Going Home Is Carrie Underwood’s Escape

She Explains What Makes a House a Home

How can you tell how country Carrie Underwood is? Two words: “porch swing.”

That’s one of the things Underwood told Country Living magazine she’s insisting on in the new house that she and her husband Mike Fisher are going to be building.

“My husband, Mike, and I are designing our ‘forever’ home. My must-haves are a wood-burning fireplace, a porch swing and rocking chairs,” Underwood said.

Which sounds like the perfect place for watching their son Isaiah grow up — and then then leave for college and a career. And then come home to, to get away from it all. Because that’s exactly how Underwood thinks of the house she grew up in.

When she was asked what her favorite escape was, she said, “My parents’ house in my hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma.”

The story has a long list of Underwood’s other favorite things. Like collectibles (“Antique trunks! I have a hard time figuring out where to put them all, but they make me happy”) and what makes her stop and pull over to the side of the road (“Fruit and veggie stands. The food tastes better, and I know I’m supporting people who do things right”).

Her two dogs made the list, too, because she can’t imagine life without them.

But their names — Ace and Penny Jean — might need to change.

“I constantly consider renaming them ‘Bad’ and ‘Worse,’” she joked.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.