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Friday, September 20, 2013

Show Off & Inspire - Classic Casual Home

I absolutely love doing this series because I get to Brag and Show Off some of the most talented people in all of blogland.  Today I am just jumping for joy because I have Mary Ann from Classic Casual Home sharing some of her before's and amazingly beautiful after's of her gorgeous home.  Get ready to pin every single photo and be totally inspired.  I love her style and on top of that, she is one of the nicest people in the world, so enjoy.

Hello, my name is Mary Ann Pickett.  
Isn't visiting A Stroll Thru Life 
a comfortable respite in a busy world?
I'm honored Marty asked me to
be a part of "Show Off & Inspire."
These are old bottles from the flea market.

  Three years ago, I asked my 
creative sister what to call my blog.
She said "Well, your style is 
classic, yet casual."

Then, I called my nephew, who designs websites, and asked him for help. He said "Women of your age demographic aren't known to be technologically savvy."

That fired me up and two days later
had it's first blog post.   
(My daughter suggested the bullet points 
in between the words).

 This is our ever changing
 1950's Newport Beach, 
California cottage.
 Here is the living room before.

I am always switching this room around.
Actually, I do that in every room
(remind you of someone, Marty?).

Here is the dining room before.





I recently shrunk these slipcovers in the washing machine...opps!
Here are the new ones made with 
$10/yd. discounted 
PRE-WASHED fabric.

I'm writing this from the center chair in the sitting area right now while my husband cooks
"a little pasta." I blame him for my weight problem.

 Our pantry keeps small appliances handy 
but out of sight.

This area is a beverage center 
with an instant hot and cold tap.

Our son's bathroom was decorated with 
flea market finds.

Here's our guest/daughter's room...
this was made over in six weeks for 
I stenciled the paisley myself.

Her bathroom...

At the top of the stairs, 
we carved out a loft office space.

Upstairs is also the master bedroom and bath.

Back downstairs to the laundry room...

 The cabinet above the baskets is a laundry chute from the master closet.  
These two are my favorite 
"almost complete projects."  
Tommy is a junior 
at the University of Florida and 
Alie is a successful 
advertising executive in Los Angeles.
And here is another work in progress...
our five month old puppy named Chief.
He's the reason I have had to move out area rugs 
and put up a big metal pen in my kitchen.
But I love him.

Thank you, Marty, for inviting me 
over to "Show Off", and hopefully "Inspire!" 

Please come see what's new at 
I'd love to have you over!

What did I tell you, isn't her home amazing.  She has changed her home into one that totally reflects her style and created a beautiful and inviting place for family and friends.  I am always amazed at the talent to see the before and envision the after and she has that kind of talent in spades.  So be sure to go over and sign up to follow her if you don't already, you really don't want to miss one single post.

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 Imparting Grace for Grace at Home, My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
 Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded,  French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home,  Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
 Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday, Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
 Tatertots and Jello for Weekend Wrap Up Party Friday, Redoux Interiors Friday Party
Classy Clutter for Spotlight Saturday,Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks Linky
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  1. Wow, wow, wow!!!! I love your home!! What a fabulous job you did!! It is definitely one of my favorites that I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I always love before and afters, but these are amazing! What a beautiful home.

  3. Beautiful makeover! Everything looks so fresh and cozy. Popping over to visit Mary Ann's blog. Thanks for having her over, Marty!

  4. I love before and afters, and these are fabulous! I love Mary Ann's style, thanks for introducing her to us.

  5. Your home is tastefully decorated- I love it. I enjoy seeing before and afters. That stenciled wall is fabulous. I really like your daughter's bathroom- that vanity is great! That pantry is the best! Your kitchen is fab- love that marble topped island.

  6. every detail is stunning and welcoming at the same time.

    I truly enjoyed this tour..

    Marty you always find the best folks and the loveliest homes for us.

  7. OMG! Your home is super stunning Mary Ann! I can't pick a favorite, everything is gorgeous and well-thought of! Thank you Marty for this intro!

  8. Marty, such fun to be here...and thanks so much for the kind comments above. Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Beautiful style! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  10. It was great to see so much of Mary Ann's beautiful house all in one post. Great feature!

  11. Thanks for sharing Mary Anns`s lovely home Marty! I was really enjoying this tour!

  12. Amaazing!!! Thanks for sharing Marty. Mary Ann's home is luvly.

  13. I could look at Mary Ann's home all day long. How cute is that pup. Fun feature.

  14. Mary Ann is one of my favorite blogs to follow along with her style is very much in keeping with my own and I think I could just move right into her home!! She uses blue and white with touches of black, just like I like. She is beautiful inside and out. So fun to see her here on your blog Marty,
    xo Kathysue

  15. beautiful home for sure. And I LOVE those ceilings!!

  16. Welcoming and beautiful! Definitely a place I could relax and work. The absence of visual clutter is definitely a plus in the design.

  17. First things first.....Mary Ann says "Hello from San Fran"!!! Isn't Mary Ann's home and design sense absolutely wonderful? Her blog and decorating style are without a doubt my absolute favorite and I love all her posts and everything she does! AND....she did an e-design for me and she is just as nice and down to earth as any one could be!!! I never get tired of seeing her home, thanks for sharing it!

  18. A lovely home and beautiful children..not to mention an adorable little dog.

  19. Hi Marty! What a lovely home and their makeovers are just amazing! I love her blue bedroom. Hope you're doing well and thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia )

  20. Thanks for sharing Marty. Love Mary Ann's home and style.

    Have a great weekend.

  21. The before/after pictures are amazing. The kitchen looks so inviting with that arched ceiling.

  22. Hi Marty! Great post about one of my favorite bloggers, agree she is so talented and my favorite project of hers is her very own house.....beautifully done and how about that guest room! I am just waiting on my invite:) She has a great effortless elegant but inviting style and I love picked a winner!!

    Thank you both and wishing you both a great weekend.

  23. This is a beautiful home! I love her style! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  24. WOW! Thank you so much for showing us this gorgeous home Marty! :-)

  25. Absolutely gorgeous home!

  26. What a lovely and liveable home! I love that it looks like real people live and enjoy it, sometimes the homes looked to "staged" to me! Thanks for the tour Marty and Mary Ann, and what a cute pooch!

  27. Your home is lovely. What an inspiration. I just love Newport beach My grandparents lived on the sand on sea shore drive while I was growing up right across from the racket ball courts. Never any parking but many a fun summer. Beauiful home.

  28. Oh geez.........I wanna move right in! Thanks for making me jealous Marty.....wink, wink. I hope your weekend is lovely.


  29. Hellooo Marty! I popped over via Mary Ann's site and she wanted those of us who did to say, "Hello" to you. Thanks for having her as a feature - I loved seeing everything she's done and working on (that puppy!) in a condensed format.


  30. Isn't Mary Ann the most talented person? I love her homes.
    Thank you for showcasing.
    Happy Monday.

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