PHOTO: Inside Country Living Newbie Custom Decor. / Photo by Alexander Willis
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Scented candles, handmade dining tables and custom jewelry fill the inside of Country Living Newbie Custom Decor, a new store in downtown Spring Hill.
Opened in April of this year, the store is run by Bill Walsh and Pam Jordan, a married couple from Florida.
“We moved here a year and a half ago from Florida, and just absolutely fell in love with living in the country,” Jordan said. “We have a garden, and we have a few goats.”
The store is situated in the White-Blair House on Main Street, a colonial-style home built over 150 years ago.
While the store sells everything from colonial-inspired dolls to fresh eggs straight from their own chickens, they specialize in custom farmhouse-style home decor.
“All of this is our stuff. We don’t have vendors,” Jordan said. “We added custom decor to our name because we want to make things for people. We make custom signs for people, we make custom windows for people… we want to be different in that way.”
Walsh has been a carpenter since he was in his mid-teens, a trade he picked up from his step-father.
“I lived with my stepfather – he basically raised me as his son – and he taught me some of my basic carpentry skills,” Walsh said. “From there it just took off. What was a hobby for him, turned into something that was more of a passion for me.”
Jordan and Walsh also work for the Hospital Corporation of America, an operator for health care facilities. Walsh said he believes that their experience working in health care helps them to provide exemplary customer service.
The couple originally sold their custom farmhouse-style decor at a small booth in Treasure Village, a flea market in Columbia, Tennessee. Walsh said their items were so popular, that they started to consider opening a full store and eventually settled on Main Street in Spring Hill.
“When we first were looking for homes, we drove through Spring Hill [and] we saw that house,” he said. “[We] just thought it’s so beautiful, it’s so old, and it’s just got so much charm to it. We said to ourselves, ‘wouldn’t it be cool to own a business in that home?’ It’s just funny how things work out sometimes.”
The store is open most days from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and it located at 5294 Main Street in Spring Hill.