Home Tour #1

                                                         Home Tour
                 (I have been updating this as things change, so hope you enjoy.)

 I've been looking for you and I'm so thrilled you're here - Come on in, hope you enjoy the tour.

I love in the desert in a typical southwestern style home.

My porch is just big enough for a couple of rockers and a few plants.

 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.

The living/dining area is just inside the front door.  These areas have a  neutral background that allows me to change the accessories often.  A few pillow changes and I have a totally different room.

I recently changed the wall color to white and added white/cream strip drapes.
From the front door you can see through to the kitchen, family room and out to the backyard.  The Dining area is part of the living room.  My china cabinet is what you see on the left.

Come on in through the opening to the familyroom/kitchen/breakfast area.  This is where we live and where company always gathers.  I love being able to cook and still be part of all the fun.

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. )

We have a really small yard, even though it feels like this, and with our hot temps in the summer and then a few cold days in the winter, some of the flowering plants I want to grow have such a hard time.  I have quite a few as you can see that need to be planted.  Maybe in a few days when it cools down below 110.

Ok, it's getting a little warm, so let's head back in and finish up in the familyroom/kitchen area.

 Standing in front of the entertainment center, this is the view of the breakfast area on the left and the kitchen  on the right.

Standing next to the breakfast table, you can see 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.

This is a closer look at a couple of them.
However this one is the neatest one of all.  My mom and dad made this one for me.  My dad was a contractor, but my mom was just as handy, she had a lathe and did all the turnings herself.

See the two placques inside.  Love Mother & Daddy 1977. 

As we continue on, the first door on the left  is a coat closet and then you come to the laundry room.  This room does triple duty with not only the washer/dryer, but the second fridge plus a cabinet for all of my crafting and sewing supplies.  It also acts as storage for a lot of my accessories I'm not using at the moment.  I spend a lot of time in this little room. (That door leads to the garage.)

 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.

  Turn right down the hall and you come to the guest bathroom.  Small, but functional.  This is my most recent room redo.  You can see how I pulled it together here.  It was due for a fresh new look, clean and simple.

The next room is my hubby's office.(see the door on the right)  There is no way you will ever see a picture of that room.  He definitely isn't the neatest person in the world and papers are everywhere. lol  However I do love this wonderful antique clock that came out of  a school in LA.  The buttons on the bottom were used to ring the bells for lunch - recess and etc.  They still work.

At the end of the hall is the Master Bdrm and bath.  The most recent changes in her are the white drapes and bedding.  (I am trying to get rid of my sea of beige)

I found the headboard at Hotel Liquidators, 

 and the nightstand at Goodwill.

The dresser was a fabulous find at a thrift store.

 You can see the tutorials on these and other refinishing and painting projects here.

Across from the bed is an armoire.  It holds our tv and has some drawers and shelves for extra storage.

 This is one of my favorite finds.  - -$15 at Goodwill.  I restained and redid part of  the upholstery, love it. This was a huge upgrade to the l970's chair that was previously here.  See that redo here.

 A view into the bathroom from the bedroom.

As you enter the bathroom, the tub and shower are on the right and the vanity is straight ahead.

Flowers make the bathroom feel special.

Our walkin closet opens off the bathroom and it got a makeover this year.  Not a gut job, just a little paint, fabric and fluff, plus of course a chandy and it is totally transformed.  Plenty of storage and bling.

I used every square inch with open shelves for extra bags and some hidden storage too, plus a glamour shelf to showcase some of my favorite accessories.

A primping shelf is a fun spot to check out my jewelry.  You can see the complete makeover and details here.

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.

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