About Me

Welcome! I'm so glad you're here.

I'm Jude, a British expat making a home in Jacksonville, FL with my husband and two girls. I've been a homebird for as long as I can remember (that's the British word for homebody) and always enjoyed decorating and redecorating my room growing up...although my taste has changed and evolved somewhat over the years (lilac, brown and silver was my favorite combination at one point!)

I started That Homebird Life in 2017 to document the ups and downs of our renovation journey, and it has since developed into a place for me to write about all the things I do to make our house feel like a home—from decorating to organizing and everything in between. I've learned through a lot of trial and error that the key to designing a great space is connecting with what YOU love, and building from there. It takes time to develop your home style, but I truly believe that creating a home you love is worth the effort. I share what I'm working on (mishaps and all!) in the hope that it might be helpful to others who are on the journey of making their home environment a cozy and welcoming space, too.

In 2020 we sold our renovated fixer upper to pursue our dream of building a home! We are currently living in an apartment whilst we plan our custom build—our biggest project to date. Sign up for my newsletter to get the latest updates, as well as tips for quick wins around your home. I also hang out over on Instagram—come and say hello, I'd love to connect with you!


If you're new here, check out some of my favorite projects to date:

My girls' shared bedroom
A pine dresser makeover
A colorful playroom mural
The backyard at our last house
Our Konmari purge
Building a guest house

Thanks for being here and following along with our home journey!

house exterior before and after

white brick house exterior