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About Me.

Hi I'm Rachel, a Nashvillian stay at home mom turned momtrepreneur. Most days you can find me in a messy bun and yoga pants wrangling our four children, while running a real estate business, homeschooling, DIYing, and keeping up with my passions. I'm mostly known for my thrifty finds and the ability I have to make the dollar count. Amazon is my go too, and I tend to say I have eloquent taste on a Target budget. I'm most passionate in life about my faith, my family, writing, and serving silently behind the scenes. I'm an introvert gone socialmediavert and when I'm not busy you can find me... well never not busy.

Welcome to Crate and Cottage. I'm Rachel. I grew up with two wonderful parents, still madly in love, and two beautiful sisters. I went to a local private high school and graduated college at a local state school with a degree in English and Journalism. 
I met my husband when I was 14 at the church we both attended. We dated for 7 years and got married in 2006. We both started our married life with odd and end jobs and my husband finally settled into full time real estate in 2010. We've grown our little company from a one room office to a 2000 square foot space with nearly 60 agents. We love flipping, building new, and finding investments. I've taken on the role of interior designer in  model homes and pride myself on the design of our AirBnB's. We welcomed two sweet boys into our lives in 2009 and 2015 and after a lot of prayer we welcomed our two adopted girls in 2021 and 2022. We deeply focused on homeschooling and raising them all more simply.

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A Little History

Crate and Cottage was born from my deep love of all things old. I grew up going to antique malls and flea markets with a mother, who was constantly changing and redecorating her space and a historian for a father, so my love for all things old comes naturally. Decorating on a budget is my passion and repurposing old is even better. My mom and I opened an antique booth in 2015 and decided on the name Crate and Cottage, displaying our relics in stained crates. Although we no longer has the booth, the name "Crate and Cottage" has since just stuck. Summer of 2017 was the move in date for our new self-designed farmhouse on 20 acres. It's here I will share our farmhouse journey, our decor, and my deep written convictions of creating an intentional home.

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