Friday, September 28, 2007

What I Love About Our Home

Romantic Country Party

Karla at Karla's Cottage hosted a party on Wednesday, and I showed up late! But I couldn't resist the opportunity to show you some of my favorite spots in our home and tell you what I love about our house! Be sure you check out Karla's blog & the links to all the lovely can be late, too!

We have lived in our home for just over 2 years. It is the first home that Adventure Man and I have owned. My favorite part of our home is him and everything he does to make it "home". He is our yard man extraordinaire! He's learning all kinds of new skills as a homeowner, too. Our parents have been very helpful, as well. We're so grateful for our family and the investment they've made in our lives (and our home!).

dining room

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These first three pictures are in our red dining room. My parents blessed us with the lovely end tiger oak pedestal table that was in my family's home when I was growing up. I have always loved the table, and they gave it to me when I was in college. The tiger oak buffet was our "souvenier" from our mini-vacation to Hempstead, TX. It was just what we'd been looking for, and it was the deal of the century! The oval picture was on the wall of our family cabin for years. These pictures were taken last fall...we will get out our fall decorations this weekend, no matter how hot it is!

Adventure Man's grandmother blessed us with these beautiful Johnson Brothers dishes (The Road Home) as a wedding gift. I believe they were her grandmother's dishes. We absolutely love them. We have a few other Johnson Brothers patterns that were hers as well, but we have a complete set of these. The needlework of The Lord's Prayer belonged to AM's grandparents, as well. Some of the letters are faded. Some day I will see about getting it restored and properly mounted and framed.

Grandma plates

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The picture below shows our china cabinet (which belonged to my grandmother), as well as a few favorite pieces of "wall art" - an autumny cross (which we leave up all year) and a piece of oak leaf iron'll see more of that in the next picture.

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There is another piece of the oak leaf iron. We bought those at Canton, TX. I painted this one after I painted the kitchen walls green so it wouldn't blend in too much. This picture of a corner of our kitchen shows what is now one of my favorite parts of our house. When we moved in, we had old, dark, scarred butcher block formica. My brother gave us some beautiful travertine tile and mesquite trim. We just got the tin backsplashes installed, too. I love the way it all looks now!
new kitchen
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This is an old pie safe, given to my parents by an old friend, and then they shared it with us! I have no idea how many coats of paint it has on it. I've chosen to leave it "shabby-chic". See that pretty tea (coffee) set? And the Wilma Langhamer print to the left of it? Two of my favorite gifts from Adventure Man. Is he the best, or what?
pie safe

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The guest bathroom is nothing fancy...the sink and vanity are in the outer room. But I just love the way the colors and things work together in here. I painted that little shelf years ago...beat it up a little, added a vers. Inside the bottom shelf on the back wall of it there's an impressionist-style river scene, but you can't see it here because of the towels.
guest bath
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Here's a tiny peek at our bedroom. I love our bed. AM picked it out in his single days, intending for it to be a gift for his future bride! The dresser came from my family's antique store. The mirror was my grandma's. The topiary was part of our wedding decor, as were the candlesticks and the candle "basket" on the dresser.

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This is in my craft room, also called the "Grandma Room", because we have so many special treasures from our grandmothers in here! This table, lamp, Baylor bell & rock collection are from AM's grandmother. (She's in the pink dress in the little picture...that's at our wedding...and that's Adventure Man!)
Grandma room - table

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This little shelf above the windows has some perfume bottles that were my grandma's. She was an AVON lady. It also has some perfume bottles that AM gave me. The lady head vases were not my grandma's, but she had some like them, so I have these as a reminder! The little Irish girl doll was a gift from Grandma when I was very young.
Grandma room - shelf

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Sorry for such a long post. I hope you enjoyed seeing what I love about our house!


Mrs. Elliott said...

Your house looks beautiful and oh-so-fall-ish!

the feathered nest said...

It's lovely that you have so many things that belonged to your family or that were given to you by family. Your home is full of wonderful treasures. Love that red dining room and love all the plates on the wall too!