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018Hawes

All photos by Stacey Schmitz Photography

Hi! We’re Aaron and Heather. We live in a mid century firehouse (yes it still has a pole) that we’re building into our dream space. We have grand plans for an awesome photography studio, comfortable living space and a patch of greenspace for us and our Great Danes, Mojo and Hank, to enjoy (relaxing by the fire pit for us, sleeping in the yard for Mo and generally being a cute puppy for Hank.)

020Hawes

021Hawes

This blog is where we chronicle our DIY adventures (and a few others… like that time we were on House Hunters). Aaron tackles a lot of the projects when he’s not running our photography business. I help where I can (I’m great at clean up) and bring you (hopefully) entertaining stories to with each post.

We hope you’ll stick around and see how we infuse our modern industrial aesthetic into this space.

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41 comments

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  3. Chad Patton

    Just watched your House Hunters episode. I’m glad you chose the Firehouse. It’s an amazing space. I’m envious to be honest….lol. I stumbled on your blog and I look forward to the seeing the updates. Awesome…..simply awesome.

  4. C Harris

    Hi I just saw you on House Hunters. I love it! I hope you post more pictures as you continue to do the work. Wonderful photography, too.

  5. Mckenzie R

    Hey Heather and Aaron, beautiful choice. I loved the episode of house hunters! I have a question I hope you can answer, where is the second place located? That’s exactly my taste and I was hoping if you could give me a little information on it. I tracked you down just to find out and say congrats as well! Hope you can get back to me thanks!

    • Heather

      Hi McKenzie – The episode was filmed in February of 2013, so we know that place has sold. But for reference it’s a loft in the building at 3212 Locust (just east of SLU’s campus).

  6. Paul

    Hi Heather and Aaron, I saw your home on house hunters and think you have done an amazing job. I used to live in Saint Louis when I flew for TWA in the 90’s. I am now working on a new venture and planning to make dog collars out of old fire hose. I saw the fire hose pendant lights you have and was trying to figure out how to make one. Can you give me any hints on how they were made? Cheers and congrats on your accomplishments! – Paul

    • Heather

      Hi Paul – Thanks for the message. We haven’t opened them up yet, but as far as we can tell the former owner used a track lighting system and suspended pendants down through the hose. Hopefully that helps! I’m sure we’ll post in it when we take them out (maybe later this year if we tackle the rest of our first floor makeover).

  7. susan fadem

    Would love to feature you in the Post-Dispatch’s Home & Away section. Please contact me! What a splendid job you’re doing! Could be so inspiration — and in the trenches — for readers!

  8. Claire

    Saw you guys on House Hunters and I just HAD to see if there was any way I could see what you’ve done to the place. It looks unreal!!!

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  10. Kara

    Just saw the episode on House Hunters…all the way in Idaho. I don’t have a connection to St. Louis, but your house is so cool. I’ve been looking around your site and am so amazed by what you’ve done. Good work!!

  11. Stefanie

    Love the blog, love the firehouse, and you guys are making me seriously miss St. Louis. My husband is from there originally and we’re headed back to see family soon.

  12. vanessa

    I just saw you guys on House Hunters on Netflix. BEST. EPISODE. EVER!!! I had to totally do some major investigating to find this blog lol. I am so glad I found you. My new favorite blog πŸ™‚ LOVE THE FIREHOUSE!

    • Heather

      Aww! Thanks so much! We were really happy with how the episode turned out. Welcome to the blog! It’s always nice to have a new reader!

  13. Sarah

    Stayed up way too late watching House Hunters tonight and happened on your episode. My husband and I are also creatives, and are now totally in love with your home. You guys are awesome and very inspiring. I look forward to seeing the updates as they come!

  14. Jessica

    I’m a little late to the party but just saw your episode on House Hunters on Netflix and was in love with the firehouse. I can’t wait to take a look at your blog and see the progress!

  15. Sharon Spal

    I have been binge watching House Hunters on Netflix, and saw your episode. I was so excited to see you got the fire house! I am also a photographer, and had to stalk your business on Facebook immediately. Haha! (Your work is absolutely gorgeous btw!!)

    I was hoping to find updated to see what you have done with the firehouse, and so I have been sucked down the rabbit hole, perusing through your blog for the past hour. πŸ™‚

    I am absolutely in love with all that you have done!! So very cool! I will definitely stalk, I mean follow, this blog for future updates. Best house ever!! And I won’t even get started on my jealousy of your studio/office space and future wine cellar (as I sit here editing on a crappy desk in a make-shift corner of our family room).

  16. Dianne Kurtz

    Oh my goodness,this is awesome.I watched that episode of House Hunters,and I kept saying” take the fire house!”I am so glad you did.Great job.I am in awe.

  17. Owen

    My mom, dad and I just watched house hunters and we’re excited to find your blog with updates on the space. We also wanted to know how’s Mojo? From, Owen

    • Heather

      Hi Owen – Thanks for checking out our episode and stopping by our blog. Mojo is doing well! She absolutely loves the yard, especially this time of year. We also have a new addition to the family: a black Great Dane named Hank. He’s a puppy so he has lots of energy!

  18. Marissa Guerrero

    Heather and Aaron,

    You guys rock! I’ve been following your blog since I saw you on HGTV’s House Hunters Episode last year. I check in on your blog ever couple of months and you guys are seriously somethin’ else! Thank you for sharing your home and talent with the world (Heather, your blog posts make me LOL. You are so thorough and detailed and its GREAT for us watching because we can figure out how to create something as awesome as you guys). I seriously am in awe of the incredible ideas you guys come up with! Can’t wait to see what you guys do next.

    Best of luck from California!!

    -Marissa

    • Heather

      Hi Marissa – This was a great thing to see in our inbox this morning! Thanks so much for the words of encouragement. And anyone who thinks I’m funny instantly goes on my ‘I really like you’ list πŸ˜‰ We’re looking forward to diving into and sharing more projects soon!

  19. Yvonne

    I think this is absolutely amazing!! The transformation is incredible!!! Happy for you both!! I would love to transform something just like that! πŸ™‚

    • Heather

      Thanks, Yvonne. Sometimes it’s hard for us to focus on everything we’ve done instead of everything we need to do. We so appreciate our virtual cheerleaders and comments like yours!

  20. Whitney B.

    Found you guys on Pinterest and am absolutely in love. Not only because of the obvious, the fire house, but because you have two Great Danes like myself. Keep up the amazing work and keep living outside the box!!!!

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