My husband and I are starting to think about buying our first home or building a small cabin and keeping our apartment. Somehow building a cabin 30 minutes out of the city makes me nervous. That we’d miss out on things happening here in Des Moines, IA. That life would become less convenient. And then I heard about the Asay family. Libby and Tad Asay and their children are packing up their home to move to Eastern Asia later this month. They are excited for this new adventure, but it absolutely comes with costs they are willing to pay. They’ll be leaving behind their house in Ames, IA that they’ve lived in and have transformed over the last six years.
Libby is a photographer and stay-at-home mom and Tad is a mechanical design engineer. When Libby was 8 months pregnant with their oldest child, Linley, they purchased this house based on what they could make it into. “The moment we walked in our home we knew it had the potential to become the home we had hoped for. Because of the year it was built, the woodwork isn’t just simple; it has detail, history and character. One of the features at the top of our list when we were looking [was] a wood burning fireplace, so when we laid our eyes on that we were almost sold! The home was extremely outdated, but tackling home projects together is one of our favorite things to do as a couple,” shares Libby. “We could see what the home could be.” They’ve redone the kitchen, added wood trim to the 90s addition on the front of the house, painted and created an entryway. “Many projects remain that we didn’t get to (landscaping, a fence, shutter paint, bathrooms), but we are moving on and are excited to see how the next homeowners put their stamp on the place!”
Libby and Tad have an eclectic style that mixes modern, traditional and vintage elements together for a seriously comfortable and inviting look. Each room has its own personality while all flowing together seamlessly. “Our goal was to create a welcoming, peaceful atmosphere with decor that reminds us of the things we love and are grateful for in a way that is child-friendly,” Libby shares. These last weeks in their home are full of packing and gratitude for what their house has been for them. –Lauren
Photography by Libby Asay