Today is my turn to open the doors to my home. I've been looking for you and I'm so thrilled you're here - Come on in.
A few of our friends should be stopping by soon, so I am sure you'll see some friendly faces and make a few new friends too.
Here is a copy of the floorplan of our house, I think this will help you follow along from room to room. It is 3 bdrm, 2bath, l859 sq. ft. As I have said many times, a small house, but it does have a workable floorplan. Retiring and downsizing has been a challenging experience since this is almost half the size of our previous home. Most days I feel like I am trying to squeeze the juice back in the grapefruit or myself into a size 4. I am finally settling in and slowly transforming it into a space that feels like me.
We have a typical tract home you would find in the middle of the desert, complete with desert landscaping and a few cactus and succulents. Since I was raised in the south, I think every porch should have rocking chairs and ferns, so of course mine does too. When the weather is cool, a great place to sit and relax.
You can see all the way thru the house to the backyard from the front door. A very open floorplan.
As you walk in and look around this is the full view of the livingroom. The entire house has a neutral base with soft beige walls and carpet. This allows me to change my color scheme about every 15 minutes and I do. lol
Across from the seating area is the entertainment center and you also see the door to the patio and the backyard.
While we are here, let's go on outside and enjoy our tea on the patio. It's not a huge area, but just perfect for a small bench and a table and chairs. ( My mom and dad made me the bonnet bench about 40 yrs ago, so it is one of my most treasured pieces. )
Standing next to the breakfast table, you can see part of the entertainment center and how the kitchen works into the floorplan. The kitchen is literally the center of our house and I love that it is open to the familyroom and breakfast area.
The left side of the kitchen. Here you can see the opening to the living/dining area, and both doorways to the hall. It definitely helps that the hall opens to the living area as well as the kitchen, that way there are no bottle necks anywhere.
Let's start down the hallway leading off the living/dining area. I have a small collection of antique clocks that were my mothers. They are some of my favorite treasures.
I used every every square inch of wall space to display special treasures that make me happy every time I walk in here. The little wine cabinet holds a few bottles that we like to share at dinner parties, plus I roll up placemats that I'm not using and slide them into the wine slots to store them. As I said, every square inch. lol
The next door is the Guest Bedroom. This is probably the only place where you will ever see an antique kitchen with a bed in the middle. Now these are treasured antique pieces that I just couldn't part with, so I made them work. How about a drop leaf kitchen work table complete with curved tin flour bins as a nightstand and a hoosier on the other side.
The Hoosier makes a fabulous desk when a guest needs one. The work surface pulls out for a very generous work space.
The butter churn holds a $1 tv from Goodwill and the lawyers bookcase houses some of my dads hand tools. There's also a few antiques used as accessories too. Works for me. To see how it all came together, check out this post.
Just using what I had and shopping the house, I was able to totally transform this room. The shower curtain is leftover fabric from the family room drapes and I added a favorite painting and some transferware dishes.
I gave a tutorial on how to remove a medicine cabinet and patch the wall in this post. That made a huge difference. There's room for a towel by the sink and a cute picture from Goodwill. I also gave you a tutorial on how I antiqued and aged the mirror.
You can find a "how to" for the tank topper tray here. Now even that curvy tank top can be used to display some fun bathroom accessories and they won't slide off.
At the end of the hall is the Master Bdrm and bath.
As you enter the bathroom, the tub and shower are on the right and the vanity is straight ahead. The angeled door leads you to the water closet and the door on the left is the walk in closet.
Paint and new light fixtures are about all I've done in here. I left the huge mirror because it makes the room seem so much bigger.
That's it for the tour. I can't thank you enough for stopping by, I love company and you are always welcome. If you are new here, I would love for you to follow me. Just click on any of the links below.
I also have a special treat tomorrow for Show Off & Inspire. We have a fabulous tour of Kelly's home from Talk of the House. You really don't want to miss this one so add it to your list of tours.
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