Creator of Lucy’s Inspired and contestant on HGTV’s Beach Flip.
Written and styled by Tracy James
Photography by Chuck St. John
When asked to describe her personal style, interiors and jewelry designer Lucy Farmer points to her newly built house as an illustration of her overall aesthetic. Because of her penchant for using repurposed items in both endeavors, this DIY-er says many try to pin a rustic or vintage vibe on her wardrobe selections as well. While those are certainly aspects of her style, satisfied by shopping trips to Anthropologie, Farmer says she also likes modern elements, noting the clean lines and abundance of light in her home. This contemporary streak is also evidenced in the sleek navy jumpsuit from Saks Fifth Avenue that Farmer is wearing upon my arrival at her residence, which she shares with her two teenage children and her husband, a home builder.
Farmer has helped her husband build eight houses, and she personally chose every element of their current home. On the bottom floor is Farmer’s studio, out of which she runs her business, Lucy’s Inspired, a vintage-influenced jewelry line handcrafted from architectural hardware finds. This artistry perfectly melds her fashion experience (a fashion merchandising major, Farmer worked for the Parisian corporate office) and interior design acumen (bolstered by her stint as creative director for Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, a veritable salvage mecca). Farmer has made one-of-a-kind bracelets and necklaces using everything from escutcheons (a fancy word for the metal plate surrounding a doorknob or keyhole) and hinges to faucet handles and a drain cover (her favorite). Every piece has a key as part of the design, a Lucy’s Inspired signature. These conversation-starting pieces range from $35 to $125, and in Birmingham can be found at Highland Shoe Company, The Pants Store in Crestline, South Boutique, Southern Spoiled, and the Pop-Up Shop at Dr. Pepper Place.
Interestingly, Farmer admits that her savvy and patience for finding architectural bargains does not translate into clothing deals, so she shops retailers with clear choices and buys what visually appeals to her. This woman who could spend hours in a flea market usually finds discount stores too overwhelming.
Farmer’s most recent adventure was to compete on HGTV’s currently airing Beach Flip, alongside her University of North Alabama sorority sister Daphney Massey, a Birmingham realtor. On the show, four contestant duos make over four separate rundown waterfront bungalows with outdated decor in Gulf Shores. Each week’s episode, airing on Sundays at 8 p.m., features the renovation of a different room, evaluated by judges. At the end of the season, the team that increases their property’s value the most wins. The seven-week filming of the show, during which time contestants were allowed no contact with their families, has wrapped, but Farmer is sworn to secrecy about the results until the series concludes in late August.
Until then, Farmer will keep creating and inspiring with her ingenuity and resourcefulness. Check out her website and blog at lucysinspired.com.