Smith and her husband created paneled walls from herringbone-patterned alder wood in the living room. The pendant light fixture, an Ikea find, was one of the couple’s first purchases for their home. Atop the fireplace mantel are items from a few of Smith’s collections—quirky pieces like clock gears, architectural moldings, and a sample of her collection of photos of bearded men.

Handmade at home

Photos by Lindsey Shiflett Smith


The home Lindsey Shiflett Smith shares with her husband and young son is a jewel box of unique treasures


Knickknacks are a no-no at the south Baton Rouge home of Makers Workshop blogger Lindsey Shiflett Smith, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t interesting objects to be found here. Smith, a self-professed lifelong collector, gathers and displays only those items that have personal meaning to her family, which includes husband Greg and 4-year-old son Oliver.

“I wanted to create a space rich in story,” Smith says. “It wasn’t about filling my home with things to decorate or fill space. It was about having a home full of reminders of the people and places I love.”

Smith’s home caught the attention of the style blog Design*Sponge last year. She welcomed the site’s 1 million daily readers into her rooms in a feature in October 2014. On the blog, Smith revealed bits of the stories behind the renovations she and her husband tackled, the items they made or collected, and the value they place on the personal over the perfect. Here, Smith shares those stories and images once more, along with a few new details.

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