Monday, November 10, 2008

Um...Another House Tour..?

Hello again!...Welcome !..I wanted to show you one of my favorite rooms in the house.....Now quit dragging your feet and try to keep up...




It's not really a room at all..an entry,... a foyer,... a hallway...but it's one of my favorite places.

Perhaps it's because it is more muted than the rest of the house. The other rooms are filled with color but the walls here are a soft, creamy, vanilla. It's sort of soothing.... Did you HEAR me? I said it was SOOTHING! just making sure you were paying attention. Now then...


(She supposedly came from a church.... )

(I recovered the bench in this wonderful embroidered fabric I had found in an eBay auction. I don't know what the name or brand is but my heart goes pitty pat whenever I see it....)



It might also be that this room houses my most favorite possession. How can anyone have a love affair with lamps? But I do!.. and I always joke that in an emergency (aside from the family & pets of course ) that I would run back in for these lamps.



I think they were meant just for me.... (sigh)


Is all of this confusing you? Let me start at the begining of the house. Come on now, up off that bench! Try to keep up with the rest of the group...



If you walk in through the front doors...



You will see the Living / Dining room on the left...




And thru this little door on the right...




Is the office.....



If you venture up the stairs ......





(Another favorite of mine - Chandelier courtesy of the Kathy Ireland Collection - who knew a swimsuit model and I could have the same taste? )


You will come upon this sweet little corner chair....





But if you don't feel like hiking upstairs and you walk thru the entry......


You may or may not notice this....

(It's a raised plaster stencil. I wanted something there but nothing really jarring out at you.....)



Oh! you will see these too....


Then you will come across this little table....

(That I am trying to update seasonally....but even I have to admit it needs a little help! I'll be off to Michael's shortly!)

( I don't really know what you call this...it's some sort of framed "book"...)

(This little lady was $14.99! I am looking forward to filling the basket she carries on her back - currently with wheat - to suit the seasons. )


(These plaques were my Great Grandmothers....)



An opening into the dining room is on the left......Tea will be served later.




But if you turn to the right....




You can either dash into the kitchen on the left.....





(A little bit of a view on the way......)







Or continue down the hall to the sitting room....




....and if you turn around you are looking at the kitchen!

Confusing..? I know, I apologize. Did I mention there is a second set of stairs..? it's off of the kitchen...now if you follow me...hey wait! Where are you going? ..What?! You don't want to follow me on any more of my house tour?...well okay, you don't have to go running off screaming like that! But you might have to ask me for directions on how to get out of the house...and no refunds!


(I apologize if my posts lately are a little redundant and you are probably banging your head against your desk over me doing another house tour but I am just trying to stall until I can finish up my latest project : ) but it kind of involves the same thing - Decorating!)

21 comments:

AJ said...

Your home is gorgeous:) It looks like a model home! Your kids must be trained well;) I'd love to see how you have their rooms decorated. And can I just say how jealous I am of your kitchen. Mine has the original installed builder cabinets that have definitely seen better days, crappy counters, etc. One of these days I might be lucky enough to have one as pretty as yours:)

Glenda said...

I enjoyed it I don't know or care about the others. You have a taste that I could live with, without a problem.

It seems like a rather large home, that I wish I had, oh well wishful thinking.

Ciao

Janie said...

Beautiful home. loved the tour!!
Janie

nikkicrumpet said...

It's beautiful, stunning, and amazing no matter how many times we see it!

Twice as Nice said...

Wow you are a busy little poster!! I think the entry is stunning but that is no surprise.

Are you sure you have 3 children or did you give them away? Your home doesn't look messy enough. LOL Maybe you have cleaning children. The kind I wish I had.

Can't wait to see your new project.

Happy To Be said...

WOW!! Ms. Gilroy your home is just beautiful girl..I loved all the pictures and I seen the feather wreath in the Gentemen room and the entry girl that is a room itself..your bench turned out just beautiful girl...how come every time I see your home I use that word beautiful over and over...Oh I know why because it it...Hope all you babies are doing good..glad to see the youngest one in pre-school so you have more time to go to Home goods and sew..thanks Laurie for coming by and not waking me from my nap...You are the best...hugs and smiles Gloria

Picket said...

Hey I paid full price for my tour....I wanted to go up those other stairs!!!!! lol I loved every minute of it girl...your home is just gorgeous..every little nook and cranny!!!! I can't wait to see your project!

laurie said...

I'm not running. I'm staying until I see it all! I love everything I saw-every single thing in that entry is absolutely beautiful. I'd probably never get past the entry to your home -- I'd be so busy looking at all of the beautiful treasures. I want everything I saw in the entry! Can you tell I loved it? laurie

LillyB said...

I love love love your home! Everything is so beautiful! Have you always been talented? Or did you just wake up one day that way?LOL
God Bless you!!!

Chrissy said...

No banging of heads going on here... I loved the tour, your home is so inspiring, thanks !!!!

salmagundi said...

I remember some of these spaces on RMS, but I so enjoyed seeing them again. Every little detail is wonderful especially that bench with its great fabric centered forming such a beautiful medallion! Sally

Lady Dorothy said...

Oh, my! I'm sure every reader here doesn't mind a bit. I love home tours! And your home is beautiful! Thank you for guiding us around.

Victoria Lynn said...

Wow! I think your whole house is fabulous! Thank you for the tour.
Blessings,
Victoria Lynn

laurie said...

I am just snooping around your beautiful home again. I do want you to know how much it means to me for you to leave a compliment at my blog, because I'd really like for you to come redecorate my house. It is so kind of you to find something to compliment when you come over to my house. I loved your story about the you and the woman buying china! So glad you got the best of her in the end! laurie

mishebe said...

Love the tour. And beautiful foyer. mishelle

Lynne said...

I so enjoyed my tour of your home. It is so nice to know there is someone else that has love affairs with lamps.. DH asked me just last night how many do I have...??? Well.. I am a very smart woman..I tell him I've never counted..lol
hugs ~lynne~

Rue said...

Hi Laurie :)

Long time no talk is right! I know how busy it gets... belive me! LOL

You home has always been one of my favorites and I'll never tire of seeing it, but picket is right! I paid full price too and didn't get to see upstairs ;)

Take care of yourself and stay in touch!
rue

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Running away?? Are you kidding? I can't get enough of your home. I truly love your decorating style. Please continue to show us all your treasures. You sure have a talent for decorating. Oh, I LOVE that sweet little chair on the landing! Hope you'll come visit me at my new blog.

Anita said...

Wow. Inspiring. I love the sitting room. And all your vignettes. And all the framed paintings. As I continue to work on my old house, slogging away at fixing plaster and replacing windows, I love to look at finished (for today) homes for inspiration. Keep up the good work....And if you come to Iowa, and feel like being a design guru, stop by!

Anita

homestory-anita.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

What a pretty home you have, those curtains in your diningroom, did you add the toppers to them ??? I have the same curtains minus those tops ???

Hae a great day,
Kathy :)
jokaj@comcast.net

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