Friday, June 7, 2013

Show Off and Inspire - The Everyday Home

======================================================= Hello Everyone! What an honor it is to be asked by my very dear friend, Marty, to be featured on her Show Off and Inspire series.. My name is Barb, and I am the host and very under-paid writer/blogger at The Everyday Home. In the past, Marty has featured beautiful homes which had a distinct style to call its own. Well...not so much this home. :) I am not exactly sure what style our home is, as I have yet to figure out a name. So I will just let the pictures speak for themselves. I hope you enjoy the tour.

Welcome to The Everyday Home Tour.

How would I describe the style of our home?

That's a very good question. Maybe even one I am not sure if I can answer.

What happens if you mix a touch of 
Traditional with some Urban Farmhouse influence,  bundled with touches of English-style,
then throw in some Euro antiques and a twist of French?

It's The Everyday Home!

I'd like to invite you to come in and be our guest for a while...

No Southern home is complete without a 
Front Porch,
and although ours is small...I like to think I have  packed with a lot of attitude - or "Sass-itude!"
(that's Southern Sassy Attitude)  :-)

Here is our porch decorated for Summer...

Of course there are white rockers and a 
Southern Red Door.  :)

Our porch went thru quite the transformation
from when we purchased this home.
If you would like to real all about our 
Porch Transformation Project and see the
 Before and After Porch Project,
go HERE.

Here is our porch once again, decorated for Fall.

The white porches were switched with brown wrought-iron chairs and ottomans. 

I love to change our porch for the Seasons.
To see this Fall transformation, go HERE.

Just inside the Foyer, you enter our 
Formal Dining Room.

Two of my favorite furniture pieces are the French
Cabinets you see flanking the fireplace. 
These were Thrift Store find, believe it or not.
They are filled with a small portion of my collection of Pink and White Staffordshire China.

Wanna see the whole room, including my wall of
English Staffordshire Plates?

The next room has seen several changes over the
last ten years since we moved into this home.

The Formal Living Room.

Here it is several years ago in its "Red Stage,"
 all dressed up for Christmas -

- and here it is in "Blue Stage 1."

Blue Stage 1 you ask?  
Yes, it has since been repainted to
Summer Cottage Blue.
 (What I call "Blue Stage 2)  :-)

Here is the English Hutch all dressed for Christmas...

You can see more of my 
Christmas 2012 Home Tour HERE.

Here is my Formal Living Room in all of its 
Fabulous Fall Finery.  You can see how the room has transformed from Blue Stage 1.

These are some of the pillows which grace my Living Rom sofa, which I carry in my online
shop Farmhouse Decor.

And here is the room as if looks when not decorated for the holidays...

Next, we enter the heart of the home - and one of my favorite spots to spend time - the
Kitchen and Breakfast Room.

The kitchen recently went through a whole new transformation, as well,  and you won't believe the Before and After.

Here is the Breakfast Room...

Some of the details of the room...

...and some details from the Kitchen...

My Painted Faux Brick Backsplash

Our Copper Farmhouse Sink...

See the total Before and After Project HERE.

We added on a 30x30 Family Room 
several years ago.

It's where we spend most of our time.
It's also where we love to host a lot of parties for
Family and Friends, and generally everyone gathers around our English Pub Bar.

Here is the bar decorated in all of its
Christmas Splendor.

- and here is the TV/Sitting Area...

This room allows us to feature our love of
 English and Euro style.

Our Family Room Christmas Mantel

When it is not bedecked with yards and yards of lights and garlands... 

- this is how The Family Room looks on 
a regular basis.

We recently did a small make-over of the 
Guest Bath.
We spent less than $150, and got a
 whole new look.

Here is the Before...

Just a few changes in color and accessories, 
and this is the After.

You can see the Guest Bath 
Before and After Project HERE.

Check out how I even transformed the lamp you see above HERE.

And speaking of budget makeovers, check out our
$75 Guest Room Makeover...

See that quick-change story HERE.

Our most recent DIY Project has been a total renovation of our Laundry Room and Pantry.

I have yet to do the final reveal, but I promise it is coming soon.

Here are a few pics of what we accomplished...

My new organized pantry.

Here is the awesome storage shelf we installed up high, and a look at some of the new beadboard on the walls and ceiling, too. (painted a soft blue)

If you wanna check out some of these Tutorials,
you can go here:

Create Your Own Chalkboard Tags

How to Fake an Expensive-Looking Shelf

How to Create a Clean Paint Line

How to Fake Expensive Trims and Mouldings

Thank you for being our guest at
The Everyday Home.

It has been our great pleasure in having you tour our home.  And we hope you come back again soon.
Barb xxoo

Wow, don't you just love her style and her home.  She is the greatest and such a sweet, sweet friend too.  Be sure to visit her blog
The Everyday Home 
There is always something fabulous to see in every one of her posts.
Thanks Barb, I loved having a chance to show you off and brag a little.

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Wendy at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Kate at Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
Jennifer at Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for Weekend Wrap Up Party Friday
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  1. Just beautiful, what a lovely home!

  2. Wow Marty! Your home is beautiful! You managed to make it personal without it being cluttered. Those cabinets in the dining room are amazing. I love it all!

    Have a beautiful weekend!
    Jeannie and Linda at The French Hens Nest

  3. What a gorgeous home. I love the blue and white.

  4. Marty, I just fell in love with Barb's home! Have you ever seen a home and thought you could just move in and not change a thing? This is it for me! She has a great sense of style and so many beautiful furniture pieces. I am totally in love with the kitchen!

    Great home tour, thank you!


  5. What an amazing gorgoeus yet livable and everything touched my heart... just my style... truly perfection!

  6. I love the way you trasform your home for the Holidays & Seasons! Maybe one day I can muster up enough oomph to do that.. for now I just need to find sufficient energy to decorate JUST the basics. Still haven't hung pictures in our new place (moved in January) because I'm worried I won't put them in the 'perfect' place. Maybe while my mom is in town. ;)
    ~Heather Rebekkah =)

  7. What a beautiful home! Thanks for linking up with TTF this week.


  8. Marty and Barb so fun to take a tour on Martys blog of Barbs house, Two very special ladies!!
    xo Kathysue

  9. Beautiful home Barb! Thanks Marty for sharing her!~~Angela

  10. I can see you put your heart into your home. Love your dish collection and the faux brick painted backsplash. Thanks for the tour it's lovely!

  11. I love taking a tour of other inspirational homes right from my own home! Barb's home was amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  14. Oh, my, how I love Blue Stage #2! The rooms are so much brighter. You have fabulous rooms, impeccably decorated for every season. Thanks for allowing me to tour.


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