As you drive past fields and endless rows of trees in Gladys, Virginia, you may begin to think you are lost. But one left turn and a short drive down a dead end street, and you will find that you are, in fact, home.
Katrina and Scott Morris, owners of The Morris Manor, purchased a 1919 era farmhouse in Gladys in January of 2016.
“The home was actually my husband’s childhood best friend’s house. I met my husband here,” explained Katrina in the middle of her open kitchen and dining room area. “When Scott drove by it on a whim and realized it was vacant and overgrown, we knew we needed this house—and my husband isn’t one to take risks!”
Vacant and overgrown was a bit of an understatement. This almost 100 year old home was without heating and cooling, and had such extensive termite damage that one more harsh winter and it would have likely collapsed in. But, Katrina and Scott saw the incredible potential in the two story farmhouse and rescued their childhood memories along the way.
“We purchased the house in January of 2016 and basically gutted the whole thing,” explained Katrina. “By August of 2016, we were moved in. The treatments and decor came after the move.”
My favorite room in the house is a finished room.
Seeing the potential in a home isn’t a new sentiment to Katrina. Former owner of I Heart Design, an interior design company that served the Forest, Boonsboro and Charlottesville areas, Katrina fell in love with interior design and DIY design specifically after life dealt her a series of circumstances.
“I had a major surgery and was out of commision for about a year,” Katrina recounted. “I watched a lot of HGTV that year! I studied and learned from those shows and it reaffirmed a passion and love for design. Once I had recovered enough to get out of the house, I bought my first can of furniture paint, and that was all it took. I painted everything I could get my hands on—our kitchen table, everything.”
Katrina’s passion only grew from there. A friend suggested that she try to market her DIY items at the Lynchburg Vintage Market Vintage Lynchburg Market in 2013. If the sale was a success, Katrina had decided, she should pursue interior design more seriously.
“At the end of the Lynchburg Vintage Market Vintage Lynchburg Market, I had five and a half pages of custom orders.”
Later that summer, a friend contacted her about redesigning a room and her interior design career took off from there.
“I really wanted to approach that room with the idea of, ‘What would I do if this were my room?’”, she explained.
For Katrina, interior design is more than just making a vignette or a certain room look beautiful—it’s about helping people make a house into a home and encouraging them to surround themselves with things they love.
“Whether it’s family photos or a couch full of pillows that you can sink into, don’t be afraid to make purchases that make you feel good! People are often so afraid to buy something because it’s not on trend, doesn’t ‘go’ or doesn’t match perfectly, and design is so much more than a trend,” said Katrina.
For Katrina, the Morris Manor has been a platform for that mantra. Her industrial and traditional farmhouse style pulls from DIY collections, bargain finds and items that tell a story. Pulling a lot of inspiration from nature, Pinterest and social media, Katrina brings a lot of blues and greens into her home, and then ties in the traditional farmhouse style with bright white walls.
My favorite thing about my house is my kitchen with Christmas movies playing in the background.
With Morris Manor as her blank canvas, and plenty of room to experiment and try new styles, Katrina shares her designs and life on her blog and social media—efforts that recently got her recognized by HGTV. But for her, her blog and social media is about more than the aesthetic (much like her interior design mindset). It’s about cultivating a community and encouraging people, especially women.
As for what’s next, Katrina isn’t quite sure.
“I’m a wife first, a mom second and everything else is next,” she explained. “I’m about to start an interior design project on a big lake house at Smith Mountain Lake and I’m enjoying my blog as an outlet, but I want to see what’s next on a bigger scale.”
One thing is for certain, the Morris Manor will be ever evolving and becoming even more beautiful.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Katrina and Scott on the custom paint matches for their home, as well as a number of items from our shop. To talk with us about the paint colors and decor seen here, or about creating custom colors of your own, get in touch with us today.