Thursday, August 16, 2012

HOME TOUR - SO FAR



 Welcome to my Home Tour!  We've been here about 2 months now and things are really coming together.  Of course this home will always be evolving.  With very little time, and even less money, things take awhile around here.



EXTERIOR
This is the exterior of our home.


 Complete with unruly hose.



Our very large shed.  I would love to open a shop here someday.


The building on the left is our barn/garage/loft apartment.  My lucky 20 (soon to be 21) year old son is the lucky tennant here.  Photos will be coming soon, as we unveil our daughters very special birthday gift to her brother.

 Ughh, towels on the line, cars in the driveway.  Well, this a place where life is happening.  I will probably never have a perfect photo on here.


Well, don't just stand there, come on in!  This is the entrance to our mudroom.  I LOVE having a mudroom.  Especially because along with a dirt driveway comes lots of mud!


I just made this flower basket for the mudroom door.




Entering the mudroom, you would think we live in a cabin.  There is wood everywhere.  The lower portion of the wall is in really rough shape.  We will be doing something with this room in the future. 




After leaving the mudroom, you enter the kitchen.  We will be right back here after taking a quick detour.


Bathroom/Laundry Room

 The door on the right is our half bath and laundy room.  After sharing a laundry room with 24 families in our apartment building, I think this washer and dryer is my very favorite thing in our new house.



KITCHEN


Back to our hodge podge kitchen.  We have red cabinets and an oak hutch.  Beige formica and gray granite countertops.  White and stainless steel appliances.  As I said, no perfection here, only a well loved home. 
 
 With that said, I do want to paint the cabinets and hutch a linen color.  And eventually get all stainless appliances.  And replace the countertops.  And, yeah.






DINING ROOM
Here is the dining room.   We bought the table set from the owners and I plan to paint it.  We already had the rug.  I have some great ideas for this room in the future. 



HALL

Follow me  down the hall.  I love this entry way.  I found the antique ironing board at a yard sale for $5.


The lantern, pullies, and large nails were found on the property.  So were the flowers.


LIVING ROOM

And on into the living room.  I love the brown leather and creamy pillows and blankets with all the wood.


 I am trying to come up with a curtain solution.  Boy are curtains expensive!  The best price I have found is at Homegoods where I can get a pair of panels for about $20.  The only problem is that it is hard to find enough to do a whole room.

I thought of making curtains, but it would cost more than $20 a pair, plus I have very limited sewing skills.


Bare windows do let in a lot of light.


This photo was taken from the office, which is actually in a nook in the living room.  I have a NOOK in my living room.  How cool is that?






 
 
 
LIVING ROOM AT NIGHT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
OFFICE









DEN

This is our small den.  It was originally painted red and had heavy curtains which made this room very dark.  We were delighted to discover a sun-filled room!







We keep adding things faster than I can take a photo.  Here is a wreath I hung from the mirror.





STAIRS
Now we'll head upstairs.


The view from the upstairs hall.




And this is the upstairs hall.  Notice the blue painter's tape.  It is a lovely touch.





MASTER BEDROOM


This is the master bedroom.  It is quite small, but it is perfect for us.  We have kept it very simple and uncluttered.














UPSTAIR'S BATHROOM




This bathroom is nothing fancy, and that is just the way I like it.  Plain, simple, clean.  I painted it white.  The knobs and light were spray painted a chrome metallic to match the rest of the room.  I added a curtain rod and used the curtains the owner's left.  



The tie-backs are burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby.



This piece was a birthday gift from my kids.  Kids that know their mom!






Someday we will replace the vanity and tub.  But for now they get us as clean as new ones would.




MEGAN'S SUITE
Our 19 year old daughter Megan has two rooms.  The first is her very own living room.  She designed, shopped for, and paid for these rooms with just a little help from us.   She also did almost all the work herself.  I think she has great style!



Every 19 year old needs a coffee bar.



Looking into Megan's attic bedroom.





Dan's Loft Apartment
 
 
Dan just turned 21.  For his birthday, Megan painted his apartment.  She bought all the paint & supplies and went to work, while Dan was at work.  How lucky is he to have a sister like that?  
 
 
This loft is above the garage in the converted barn.  It was painted a beige with PINK undertones.  I heard it described on one blog as "swine".  It had to go.

 
 
 
Dan wanted his place very "zen-like." He likes modern furnishings and cool colors.  He works for Apple and Steve Jobs was very inspirational to him.  I think he got it right!
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Well, that concludes The Long Awaited Home Tour.   There is much more to be done here but we are enjoying the journey so far.



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75 comments:

  1. I love Megan's room :))

    My daughter is in the mood to change her room around...love the stripe feature wall.

    Blessing to you I love the scripture you are sharing on your side bar:))

    Kay Ellen

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    1. Kay Ellen, I hope your daughter finds some inspiration here. I love that scripture too!

      Gloria

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  2. Your home is lovely! More great floors upstairs too.

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  3. I absolutely love saltboxes!! I so want to own one someday! By the way, your daughter is pretty amazing to have designed and paid for that very cool living room! It's gorgeous! She did a wonderful job and should be very proud of herself! :) Stopping by from It's overflowing.

    Allison

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment Allison. I hope you get your dream home one day!

      Gloria

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  4. Wow! I'm loving those floors! Featuring you on Saturday! XO, Aimee

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    1. Thank you Aimee. Loved it, and all the other features too!

      Gloria

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  5. I am going to do a special feature of your home on my site on Wed. Aug 29th

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

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    1. Cheri, That is so exciting - I can't wait!

      Gloria

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  6. Your home tour is just fabulous! Great floors and accessorizing! I have just become a friend and follower and hope you will too! I would be delighted for you for link to Potpourri Friday, in progress!

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    1. Following you back Honey, and linked up to your party too! Plus following you on Pinterst.

      Gloria

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  7. Found you on Pinterest. Your home is amazing, well loved and lived in but impeccably decorated. I so wish I had the gift of putting things to together to be beautiful. Good job!

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    1. So glad you found me Marty. I'd love for you to follow me. Keep reading blogs and Pinterest and it can't help but rub off! Good luck!

      Gloria

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  8. Came from Its Over Flowing, Love all the wood in your home and the property looks great so much room. Good Luck with it all I will be following.

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    1. Thanks Donna Lee, I hope you'll continue to like what you see!

      Gloria

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  9. You have a lovely home. Your wide plank floors are gorgeous! And I'd love to have an old shed like that! :)

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    1. The shed is a photographer's dream (too bad I'm not a photographer), but I love the shed and floors too! I feel so blessed right now. Thanks for stopping by Sheila!

      Gloria

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  10. Found your blog at Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphasis Monday. What a lovely home you have. You have done a terrific job decorating it so far. Can't wait to see what you do next. You mentioned you need inexpensive curtains for the living room. How about canvas drop clothes. They can be dyed, you can paint a design on them and they are cheap. They also come hemmed so all you need is drapery clips to hang them. A 6x9 drop cloth at Lowes runs around $5-6 dollars and would make two panels. Or check your local thrift stores for bed sheets. They too can be hung from drapery clips which means no sewing. Anyway, just a thought. Have a fabulous day.

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    1. Sheila, this is exactly what I was going to do. Several of my pillows were made from drop clothes. But I totally scored at Homegoods! Do you know how hard it is to find 4 pair of matching curtains there? I went from Homegoods, to TJMaxx, to Marshalls, and then to every one of them within 50 miles, and finally, when I had almost given up.....I walked into a Homegoods to find a birthday gift for my son (I know, Homegoods for my son? He has a loft apartment), and there, lo and behold, were 4 pair of MATCHING CURTAINS! In exactly the color and style I was looking for. $20 a pair! Yay me! (I hardly ever get that lucky). Anyway, thanks for taking the time to make the great suggestion. I think I may still make them for the kitchen!

      Gloria

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  11. Your home is wonderful! Love its style on the outside. You have it fixed up so it looks so welcoming and friendly.
    Mary Alice

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  12. Visiting from BNOP. You have a lovely home. I impressed with how much you were able to accomplish in 2 months. I absolutely love Megan's room. She has a good eye. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Joselyn - I feel like I have been running a marathon for the last 2 months! I am very happy with what we have done so far though. Megan's room seems to be very popular, she really does have a good eye!

      Gloria

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  13. You have a beautiful home! Thanks for sharing it with us. I love all the wood and it is just so open and inviting! Megan has done a great job in her room too! Feel free to stop by and share at Gettin' Krafty With It this week:
    http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2012/08/gettin-krafty-with-it_27.html

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  14. You have a cute home inside and out. Love the barns and the property that you have.
    Thanks for sharing. Linda

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  15. I am visiting from Cozy Little House. I just love that old ironing board that you are using in your entry! What a clever idea. And I am loving those beautiful wood floors throughout your home. I hope one day you achieve your dream of turning that barn into a little shop!

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    1. Thank you Jane! And I hope if I ever get my little shop that you will stop by! (Not sure how close you are to New Hampshire).

      Gloria

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  16. Hi! I came over from Coastal Charm. I love, love, love your house....the barn, the apartment, your daughter's spaces are awesome...love your $5 ironing board. Just love it all!!!

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    1. Wow - I love, love, love your comment! Thanks Pen Pen!

      Gloria

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  17. Hi! This is the first time I've visited your blog! I WILL be back. I didn't take the time to read other reader's comments, and they may have suggested this already. But, have you thought of using drop cloth panels for your living room. They average about $10 a panel. They also have that rustic feel that your decor evokes. ♥ Becky in SC ♥

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    1. Hi Becky, It was suggested by Sheila too! I guess great minds think alike. Anywhoo, I was actually thinking this very same thing, until I came upon a great deal at Homegoods, and finally found 4 matching pair for $20 a pair. Not as cheap as the drop clothes, but I didn't have to sew! Thanks so much for the suggestion - and DO come back!

      Gloria

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  18. What a beautiful home you have! LOVE the floors and the staircase. The kitchen is really warm and inviting ... all of your house is lovely. Thanks so much for the tour.

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  19. You have such a beautiful home and I've so enjoyed the tour.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thanks Shelia, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

      Gloria

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  20. WOW, you have a gorgeous home! I love all the woodwork. Thanks for joining me.

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    1. Thanks for having me Debbie! Love your blog and party!

      Gloria

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  21. That attic bedroom is awesome. I love your house! ....and that barn....oh my. gorgeous! Thanks for having us! :)

    Jennifer

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  22. Just loved the tour. The house is fabulous. I love the ironing board console table. You have super decorating ideas.

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    1. Thank you Carlene! So glad you liked the tour.

      Gloria

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  23. Thanks for the tour of your home. You have done a fantastic job of create g a cozy home in such a short time. There are many cute touches, like the ironing board used as a table. Very nice!---------- Shannon

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    1. Thank you Shannon. These two months have felt like running a marathon, but I do love a cozy home and it is ready for our New Hampshire winters!

      Gloria

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  24. Oh it is so wonderful! You will have many wonderful years there I am sure! It looks fantastic and you will have such fun "tweaking" things in the future...enjoy!
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  25. The navy stripes on the wall are fabulous! Bold colors and stripes just go together! How nice of you to share your home with us...that was fun. :)

    Hugs, Angie

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    1. I can't take much credit for the stripes Angie, it was my daughter's idea, and she did most of the work. I can brag about my excellent taping skills though! My daughter is actually much more of a risk-taker in decorating than I am! Glad you enjoyed the tour.

      Gloria

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  26. I love your home!! And your daughter did a GREAT job on her little sitting room. Love the stripes!!
    ~~Blessings, Annabell :)

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    1. I love the stripes too Annabell. Thanks for stopping by!

      Gloria

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  27. Thanks for sharing at wow. You have had lots of views from my party. I need a link added please.

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    1. Oh my goodness, I am so embarassed Kim. I really didn't do this on purpose. I thought I added your button and was horrified to see I missed it. I guess I entered too many Linky Parties without knowing what I'm doing, while trying to learn blogging and working two jobs and fixing up a house. I am so, so, sorry. And your WOW Linky Party is awesome, I have had tons of views from it! Please forgive me?

      Gloria

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  28. Visiting from Common Ground. I really enjoyed the home tour. I've never thought to use my wooden ironing board as a table - great idea! I love the wooden floors in your house. So pretty!

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    1. Thank you Pam. I love using something meant for one thing for something else! (did that make sense)? How are you using your wooden ironing board?

      Gloria

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  29. Your new home is amazing. You said ugh about the outside but I think it's so pretty. The inside is great too...love those wood floors and all the decorating you've already done. We just moved into our house 3 months ago. It's a lot of work, isn't it!!

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    1. It sure is Stacey! How is your home coming along? I'm about to click on your name to see if you have a blog.

      Gloria

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  30. This is a terrific home. I love the barn and garage areas. You and your family have done a great job, Aloha Raliegh

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  31. Your home is gorgeous and filled with so many special touches that make a house a home.
    I enjoyed my tour! Love your shed and it will make a lovely place for a shop.

    Becky

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    1. Thank you Becky. I think the last special touch we need to add is a dog? Your Scottie is sooo cute!

      Gloria

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  32. I am so happy for you, Gloria! What a beautiful home and yard you have, you have done a wonderful job decorating!(I think clothes on the line is a special touch. I've always loved it when I have been able to dry clothes outdoors, what a wonderful scent the fresh air gives things, and a homey look, too!) I hope you are able to open that shop you want someday. What fun!

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    1. Hi Candace! You are the FIRST person I KNOW to comment on my blog! Thanks for stopping by, stop by the house for a visit some time!

      Gloria

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  33. What a lovely home!! Thank you so much for sharing with us! I think the den is my favorite, but I didn't see anything that wasn't beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Jaybird. I am sitting in my den right now! Glad you like it too!

      Gloria

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  34. What a lovely home!! Thank you so much for sharing with us! I think the den is my favorite, but I didn't see anything that wasn't beautiful!

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  35. Your house is stunning! I love the simplicity of your decorating and how by each picture you can tell how much you appreciate and love your home! : ) Thanks for sharing!

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  36. You have a beautiful home. Warm and welcoming and filled with lovely things. The antique ironing board is a great find and the perfect hall table., Your daughter and sons space are wonderful too. Thank you for sharing. Hugs!P.S. I would love it if you would link this post to my hop tomorrow

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  37. I had bookmarked your site awhile ago so I have come back and visited this home tour. Which I enjoyed very much during my office lunchbreak. You have a lovely home, your daughter is very talented and my favorite is of course the blue painter tape. What a decorative touch : ) ha ha thanks for the tour :)

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  38. I love the cozyness...all the realness....and just plain love it all.

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  39. Your home is absolutely lovely and real!!! I love the realness. Thank you. Kathy@relatemag.com

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Thank you for your lovely comments - they make my day!

Gloria