Hi! Thanks for visiting my internet home, Sycamore and Slate! I’m Elana Frey. I married my hunk of a husband, Chad, in 2011, only ten months after our first date! Now we have a sweet and energetic toddler, Evie, and an adorable monster of a cat, Asher.
Together with his parents, my husband owns and operates a local business: A manufacturer, wholesale distributor, and retailer of many masonry products like stone veneer, pavers, and outdoor fireplaces and firepits. I was blessed to work alongside my husband until our daughter was born, and now I’m blessed to stay home with her and run our household and this blog.
Chad’s business has given us experience and insight into the home-building process. We get to see a lot of beautiful custom homes, spec homes, and show homes… and we can’t get enough!
Just days before we started dating, my husband purchased a house, which grew into our first family home together. Right from the get-go, we were thrown into the renovation/building process and ever since then, we’ve had the house-building bug. (It’s very contagious!)
Over the years, we’ve done a lot of DIY projects, brought in a few professionals, and put a lot of thought and energy into sprucing up our current home. All the while, we dreamed and planned and imagined building our dream home one day, completely from scratch. Now that exciting project is beginning and we want to take you along for the ride!
Besides home design and decor, writing is one of my biggest passions. I thought this blog would be the perfect outlet for me to jot down a few of the adventures we have along our way. I’ll also give you tours of some of the gorgeous homes we get to see through our business. I’ll be sure to post lots of pictures, let you in on all the tips and tricks I come across, and share the triumphs and uh-ohs we encounter.
I hope you’ll tag along with us on this exciting journey as we build our home, literally from the ground up.