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Meet Robin – Front Door Friday’s Decorating Expert

Meet Robin! – A laughing blonde woman in a white Front Door apron, standing by a white door with a paintbrush in her hand.

Who is Robin?

She’s a Wisconsin farm girl, mother, wife, business owner and creative entrepreneur. The farmhouse trend? That’s nothing new. Robin’s lived it. She’s an independent woman with a power drill in one hand and lip gloss in the other.

Robin is every woman.

A FARMGIRL

woman on an orange antique tractor

Anybody who meets Robin Nafzger knows she’s a country girl. Most days it’s jeans, a T-shirt and oftentimes a tool belt around her waist. Her infectious smile and cheeky humor are genuine and refreshingly unpretentious. What you see is what you get. She comes from a tiny farming community in the beautiful Southwest Wisconsin rolling hills–where hard work and handshake agreements are a way of life.

Growing up on a 2nd-generation family farm, Robin learned to work and play hard. Along with her 8 siblings, she did chores and went to a small rural school district.

“I wouldn’t have done it any other way,” Robin says and laughs.

She’s recently come full circle, moving back to the country after many years living in the city.

You can take the girl out of the country, but can you ever really take the country out of the girl?

A FAMILY GIRL

Robin with her daughter son and husband

Whatever Robin sets out to do, she’s all in. Her family of 4-husband Rick and children Connor and Tess-are everything.

She’s a hockey mom, gymnastics mom, devoted wife and busy business owner.

The Nafzger’s farmette outside Monroe, Wisconsin is busy. Connor and Tess raise pigs and sheep every year for the county fair.

Being a career woman with a family is hard work. But for Robin, it’s all worth it.

A BUSINESS GIRL

women stocking antique country door hooks on a shelf that are for sale in a country shop

“I love being creative. I get to live vicariously designing for all these different homes.”

– Robin

 

 

Walking in to “House to Home Designs” is a feast for the eyes…and senses. Everyone who visits Robin’s store breathes in the soothing aroma of buttered maple syrup candles and leaves with a Werther’s candy, or two.

Located on Monroe’s historic Square, the store is a culmination of a lifetime spent working in design and window treatments.

After graduating college with a commercial arts degree, Robin spent 14 years working in a prominent window blinds factory. She learned the business inside and out. “I know them forwards and backwards,” she says. In fact, customers still bring her blinds to restring and repair.

She next worked a local paint and design store and eventually bought the business in 2006. Robin specializes in custom window treatments, installations and paint design consultations.

House to Home designs store sign
a tall wooden step ladder in a Country store is stocked with country décor for sale

Robin’s Advice for Running A Successful Business:

 

“Be sure you’re passionate about what you do. It helps to have the support of friends and family.”

A D.I.Y. GIRL

Robin loves power tools, saws and tool belts. She does all the installations for her customers’ window treatments and drives around in an old beat-up SUV with a ladder, tool box and drills, listening to her favorite Christian radio station.

“At the age of 16 I got a router for my birthday because I’ve always loved woodworking!”

 

She dreams of building a heated woodworking shop to build, create and hunker down during the long Wisconsin winters. #retirementgoals!

“I love being a fixer upper.”

 

Her rare spare time is spent working her family’s 1952 farmhouse, gardening and building cabinetry. Maybe one day she’ll build her own front door!

woman brushing a wall off
woman waving while looking down from an attic full of insulation
woman using a large paint roller to paint a wall beige

Robin and Country Door make a great partnership. Her design expertise and Country Door’s love for farmhouse and rustic décor come together to inspire front door decorators everywhere.

Drop Robin a line in the comments below!

9 thoughts on “Meet Robin – Front Door Friday’s Decorating Expert

  1. I keep trying to get ahold of Country Door but no one responds or answers. Is there any way I can buy a Priscilla and John wooden pilgrim set, like you use on your fall front door? My mom has been looking for them forever and I would love to surprise her for Christmas. Any extras somewhere I can buy? Or who do I talk to? Thank you so much for your help- I love your stuff! 🙂

    1. Hello Kimberly,
      Our customer service team will be contacting you by email soon.
      Warmest Wishes,
      Your Country Door Team

  2. Always anticipating the next video of yours! Haven’t been disappointed yet! Keep them coming! Love all the DIY projects! Thank you!

  3. Love the tool rules sign!

    1. Hello Suzi,
      Thanks for the comment!
      Happy decorating!

  4. I recently ordered the small little Christmas ornament tree. I ordered it more than 2 weeks ago but have not received it nor have I gotten any word about it. Can you check into it for me ? I still want it. It comes with about 8 tiny ornaments to hang from the tiny tree. Thank you.

  5. I always enjoy Front Door Friday and look forward to each one coming in my inbox. I love Robin’s ideas and her presentations. I enjoy traditional but yet out of the ordinary ideas as well and autumn is my favorite.

  6. You sound like the perfect friend for me. I LOVE TOOLS 🛠! I love creating
    all sorts of new things. Maybe we’ll meet some day.

  7. Hi,
    Do your Friday videos run all day Friday? I’m in PA, and that’s a couple of hours ahead of Wisconsin, so I don’t know when to start watching! Secondly, does Country Door advise it’s customers when they get shipments of items that have been unavailable? I’ve had my eye on something for a couple of months now but it’s not available! Thanks for your help. I’m an artist in oils, acrylics, and pencil drawings, and I love to learn new things about decorating. It helps expand my abilities to paint new things. I just found your page and am looking forward to watching all the new things I can do.
    See you soon,
    Carol

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