The short of it:
Favorite item in home: Hmmm...I have a lot of favorite spots in our home, however I personally love the couch in our living room. A couch may not excite many. For me, it’s a place where our entire family can be cozy, talk about our day, get a little R&R, laugh, learn, read, play our favorite games, or just be still.
What I am reading: I hate to admit this, but I am not a “reader”. However, I desire to be a reader! I am the type that if I actually sit down, I am asleep in no time. That all said, I have started many books that I will someday finish. I am attracted to “self-help” type books. Here is a list of books that I have started and have really enjoyed…The Holy Bible, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, Have A New Kid by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman, Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, Uninvited by Lisa TerKeurst and of course had to add in a little Romance/Drama with The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks.
What I am listening to: I am a lover of music and truly have a deep appreciation for most genres. That said, currently I mostly listen to Contemporary Christian music. I feel that it keeps me grounded and is always a reminder of who I aspire to be on a day to day basis. Yes, I fall short...that’s the human in us. It’s ok to not be ok.
Here are some of my favorite artist/groups that you could find on my playlist--Kari Jobe, Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Francesca Battistelli, for KING & COUNTRY, Lauren Daigle, Phil Wickham, Britt Nicole, Elton John, Adele, Coldplay, Dave Matthews, Eagles, Aerosmith, Creedence, Clearwater Revival, Led Zeppelin, Doobie Brothers, Jack Johnson, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Maroon 5, Guns N’ Roses, James Taylor, REO Speedwagon, The Beatles, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks and the list goes on!
Best food in town: For a small community, we are honestly blessed with quite a few restaurants to choose from. If you ask me to pick my favorite, I would have to say that Dimaggio’s has been a lifetime favorite for myself and my family. The owners and their children have devoted their lives to provide our area with great pizza, Italian dishes and even better service. This has been a restaurant that we gather to enjoy our family, celebrate birthdays, and catch up with out of town family and friends. It’s a must when out of town guests come to visit. Now that we live in Flora we get to have our pizzas delivered! It’s the BEST thing ever...eek! We also have the BEST Dairy Queen in the U.S. and this is NO JOKE! Next time you’re in town, order your favorite flavored drink. Don’t forget to request styrofoam and a small straw. They are oh so yummy!
Favorite thing about Flora/Clay County: Without hesitation, my favorite aspect of living in our town/county is that when the time arises the community pulls together and does big things!
Wild card question... What else do you want people to know about you? I said it best when I was six years old, “I’m a lover, not a fighter!” I have always valued relationships and people. I truly love people with all my heart. It doesn’t matter if I see you every day, one time a month, or even one time a year...I love you that same and it’s always like no time has passed. With so much craziness in the world, we all need to stop and start loving on each other. Mark 13:31 “Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these”.
A verse I do my best to live by...
“6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and mind as you live in Christ Jesus."
The long of it:
If you live in Effingham and have not heard of Glamour Farms then you must be living under a rock. No, this clothing boutique isn’t located in Champaign. Straight south of Effingham on Route 45 about 30 minutes down you’ll find Louisville, IL and the cutest little shop around.
But don’t let the quaint shop fool you, there’s a family (in every sense of the word) working very hard behind the scenes making it look like running and growing a women’s clothing boutique in rural Illinois is an easy business. Our What’s Inside woman, Elizabeth Patridge, and her sister Stephanie and mom Pam created Glamour Farms three years ago when life handed them lemons.
Like many other stories of business, the trio had been throwing around the “Let's open a store” idea for years but had never been compelled to pull the trigger until both Elizabeth and Stephanie had a change in pace in their previous careers. That’s when mom, Pam said, "We are going to quit talking about it and do it!" Just like that, they were off on their very first buying trip. They held their first pop-up shop at an event at the Elks Lodge, which was a success and showed them the area wanted and could support a brick and mortar. Seven days later their boutique was open for business. True story.
They quickly nailed the brick and mortar biz, then decided to go with their original plan and offer their goods worldwide by building what is now a thriving online presence. Complete with regular fashion shoots using local models, the utilization of national bloggers to help promote them and a top of the line website. Go and look at it. They did all of this in less than three years. The brick and mortar is a wonderful shopping experience complete with great service and wonderful smells and their online shop is equally well laid out and helpful. Plus, it’s educational. It was there that I learned what a “keysock” is. Click through and see for yourself.
Now, I’m not a boutique shopper. If you’ve ever asked me where I got a particular piece of clothing, or more likely if you didn’t I probably still told you that I found it at Goodwill. I first encountered Glamour Farms clothes at Boutique Blvd which was held in Effingham last year. Pam, Stephanie and Elizabeth were in the very cool booth next to us (it had walls and chandeliers, folks). I walked out of it with a pair of leggings and they have been the most bestest purchase ever. In addition to sucking everything in without being boa constrictor-like, they have held up perfectly. Which in the world of leggings means no pilling or fading.
I don’t think I’d have bought them if it weren’t for the trio believing in their products so much. They’re good salesladies not because they are pushy, but because they believe in the quality and style of their product and they are totally honest with you. Which is the key to their business. That and their fantastic spirits.
I’ve gotten to talk to Pam and Elizabeth on a number of occasions (Stephanie is the more elusive one) and every time I’ve walked away having learned a number of things not only about running a successful business but also about being a good human. They encourage, understand, love and accept everyone. Even if you don’t talk about God very often. : )
So this was a little peek into the home of Elizabeth and her husband, Keith. Elizabeth is the youngest of the family and she’s the one who wears the website, photography and techy hats, among many others. That in addition to raising three kids, Garrett (9), Ava (8) and Halle (4). You can see from her home she is VERY organized and when trying to describe her style she says it’s rustic/modern with florals and a touch of industrial. I’d say she also has an emphasis on function and buying locally.
Let me also point out that I’ve got a major crush on Elizabeth’s hair. Her hair is short, expertly highlighted (ask her about her personal stylist) and I’ve NEVER seen it look bad. Neh-ver. Kind of like the way her house is. If you just randomly showed up, I bet it’d be as neat and tidy as it is in these pictures.
All photos: Tytia Habing Photography
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