Our Story

The Home Place Sisters

When you grow up with a dad who makes classical guitars and a mom who makes nearly everything else, it’s impossible to resist the urge to make stuff. All kinds of stuff—clothing, curtains, embroidery, ornaments, calligraphy, mosaics, you name it.

This “making of stuff” seems woven into our genes.

Our dad is an incredible artist, inventor and “maker.” In the mid-70s, he learned the fine art of building classical guitars from a luthier named Macario Breseño. Over the next 40+ years, Dad built a successful business doing what he loved, and in the process, he invented many unique tools to aid in his craft. Dad has earned international acclaim and was recently inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame for his contributions to music.

Then there’s Mom: English teacher extraordinaire and ultimate DIY queen. Mom was the most creative and resourceful person we’ve ever known. She wanted a deck on the front of her house, so she built one herself. She needed clothing on a budget, so she mastered her sewing machine. She wanted to give beautiful and meaningful gifts to her loved ones, so she made them by hand. Mom was constantly creating, inventing and dreaming, and she inspired us to create, invent and dream, too.

In April 2016, Mom passed away after a 2-year battle with breast cancer. In the days and weeks that followed, we struggled to carry on. We missed her (and still do) with every fiber of our being, and we wrestled with how to honor her legacy in our own lives. We also wanted to carry forward the many lessons we’ve learned from Dad, with whom we enjoy a close relationship.

After months of processing, it came to us: The best way to celebrate the lives of these two amazing people would be to continue their tradition of making beautiful things—together.

That brings us to today. We founded The Home Place to share our love of sewing, painting, lettering, and other arts and crafts. We want to help you surround yourself with pieces that are inspiring and hold special meaning. Through our work, we also hope to spread a little joy and beauty in a world that truly needs it.

Family Collage


The Farm

Did we mention that we also own a farm? We’re proud to be a 4th-generation woman-owned business. We inherited the farm from our mom, who inherited from her mom, who inherited from her mom (and bought out an older brother…smart lady.)

The nexus of our farm property is a little plot of land called “The Home Place.” This is the site of our great-grandmother’s house and barns, built in the early 1900s. The buildings still stand today, but after a century of wind and weather, they are crumbling.

It’s hard to imagine how our great-grandmother raised four children by herself in the tiny 2-bedroom dwelling, but she did it with amazing resourcefulness. Our mom spent many happy days on the farm as a child, learning from her grandmother how to do pretty much everything by hand—sewing, cooking, hauling water, raising chickens and creating a life worth having.

There’s an amazing energy and entrepreneurial spirit at the Home Place on our farm. It’s humbling to consider the hard work and sacrifice that went into this property through the Depression, the highs and lows of the commodities market, and the winding journey of life.

The Home Place is a lovely spot, despite its weathered appearance. It’s a source of inspiration and a reminder of the creativity and work ethic of the women and men who came before us. We hope to honor this place and these people in all that we do.

— Ellen Pantaenius & Sarah Nord (sisters and co-owners)

Harvest Collection

  • Give Thanks – Handmade Fall Décor – 8x8"
    Give Thanks – Handmade Fall Décor – 8x8 Give Thanks – Handmade Fall Décor – 8x8
  • Let's Fall in Love – Handmade Décor – 8x8"
    Let's Fall in Love – Handmade Décor – 8x8 Let's Fall in Love – Handmade Décor – 8x8
  • Harvest Moon, Happy Memories – Handmade Décor – 8x8"
    Harvest Moon, Happy Memories – Handmade Décor – 8x8 Harvest Moon, Happy Memories – Handmade Décor – 8x8
  • Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice – Handmade Décor – 8x8"
    Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice – Handmade Décor – 8x8 Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice – Handmade Décor – 8x8
  • Autumn Adventure Awaits – Handmade Décor – 10x10"
    Autumn Adventure Awaits – Handmade Décor – 10x10 Autumn Adventure Awaits – Handmade Décor – 10x10
  • Sing to the Lord of Harvest – Handmade Décor – 8x8"
    Sing to the Lord of Harvest – Handmade Décor – 8x8 Sing to the Lord of Harvest – Handmade Décor – 8x8

Literary Collection

  • We'll Be Friends Until Forever – A.A. Milne Artwork – 10x10"
    We'll Be Friends Until Forever – A.A. Milne Artwork – 10x10 We'll Be Friends Until Forever – A.A. Milne Artwork – 10x10
  • All Good Things – Henry David Thoreau Artwork – 10"x10"
    All Good Things – Henry David Thoreau Artwork – 10 All Good Things – Henry David Thoreau Artwork – 10
  • Though She Be But Little – William Shakespeare Artwork – 10x10"
    Though She Be But Little – William Shakespeare Artwork – 10x10 Though She Be But Little – William Shakespeare Artwork – 10x10
  • Willows Whiten, Aspens Quiver – Alfred Tennyson Artwork – 8x8"
    Willows Whiten, Aspens Quiver – Alfred Tennyson Artwork – 8x8 Willows Whiten, Aspens Quiver – Alfred Tennyson Artwork – 8x8
  • Indulge Your Imagination – Jane Austen Artwork – 11x14"
    Indulge Your Imagination – Jane Austen Artwork – 11x14 Indulge Your Imagination – Jane Austen Artwork – 11x14
  • Wild Roses Are Fairest – Louisa May Alcott Artwork – 8x10"
    Wild Roses Are Fairest – Louisa May Alcott Artwork – 8x10 Wild Roses Are Fairest – Louisa May Alcott Artwork – 8x10

Faith Collection

  • Bless Us, Oh Lord, and These Thy Gifts – Handmade Décor – 10x10"
    Bless Us, Oh Lord, and These Thy Gifts – Handmade Décor – 10x10 Bless Us, Oh Lord, and These Thy Gifts – Handmade Décor – 10x10
  • Grow in Grace – Handmade Décor – 8x8"
    Grow in Grace – Handmade Décor – 8x8 Grow in Grace – Handmade Décor – 8x8
  • Walk As Children of the Light – Handmade Décor – 10x10"
    Walk As Children of the Light – Handmade Décor – 10x10 Walk As Children of the Light – Handmade Décor – 10x10
  • May the Lord Bless You – Scriptural Artwork – 12x12"
    May the Lord Bless You – Scriptural Artwork – 12x12 May the Lord Bless You – Scriptural Artwork – 12x12
  • Heaven Is Under Our Feet – Henry David Thoreau Artwork – 8x10"
    Heaven Is Under Our Feet – Henry David Thoreau Artwork – 8x10 Heaven Is Under Our Feet – Henry David Thoreau Artwork – 8x10
  • Sing to the Lord of Harvest – Handmade Décor – 8x8"
    Sing to the Lord of Harvest – Handmade Décor – 8x8 Sing to the Lord of Harvest – Handmade Décor – 8x8