Friday, July 5, 2013

Show Off & Inspire-House On The Way

This week I am super thrilled to be able to Show Off and Brag about Leslie at House on the Way.  If you don't know her you will fall in love with her home and her style.  She is the sweetest person and always leaves such wonderful comments and is so eager to learn something new and to share all of her talents.  You are going to love the tour of her home - - - -Gorgeous.

Hello! I'm Leslie and I blog at House on the Way, a home decor & design blog where we are on our way to a beautiful home. I want to give a big thank you to Marty for inviting me to participate in her Show Off and Inspire series! On July 21st, I will be celebrating my 1 year anniversary of blogging and Marty has always been a big supporter. I am honored to be here!

Welcome to My House

Seven years ago, my husband and I were out driving on a Saturday afternoon. We were driving through a neighborhood when we saw a for sale sign in the front yard of this gorgeous house. We slowed down to look and noticed a man in the driveway motioning to us. He happened to be the builder and he gave us an impromptu tour. I loved it as soon as I walked up to the front door. I love my front door! (In fact, if you notice…my blog header is my door.)

As I share some of my favorite aspects of my home, I think you will notice two things…1) I love color..and 2) My favorite color is red!

Living Room

Yes, it's bold…but I love it! I love the fact that my sofa makes a statement. It says, "Look at me!"

Living Room Chairs

My coordinating chairs flank a glass top gold table that is one of my favorite pieces. It has such a unique, elegant shape. I am really loving metallics right now, especially gold.

Living Room Chair

I think you'll notice that I mix patterns and prints and I mix the old with the new. My late grandmother was an antique dealer and I grew to love the rustic primitive look of antiques, but I like to pair them with newer, contemporary pieces. I truly love an eclectic, layered look in a home.

Kitchen Table

My kitchen has maple cabinets with gray and black countertops. The design of the tile backsplash is one of my favorite things about my kitchen.


My large Welsh Cabinet is one of my favorite pieces of furniture. My grandmother had it built for her sunroom years ago and I bought it from her years later. It's a great piece for displaying my favorite pottery pieces and I love the substantial size.

Dining Room

If you visit my blog, you'll also discover that I love monograms! I will monogram anything and most of them are DIY, like my burlap monogrammed banner.

Corner Cabinet

Let me show you my swan. Last year I found a picture of a wooden swan sign that I found in a magazine. I held on to that picture till I finally created my own. I love it so much! It hangs above my mantel.


In our basement, we had some custom bookcases built. The room was an odd shape but this area was the perfect spot for the bookcases. The moulding and detail are beautiful and I love the crisp clean white.


I have an antique round table in the space in front of the bookcases. The kids use it constantly as a game table. I also have four stools instead of chairs. The stools came from HomeGoods and they each had a different fabric on the seat. I recovered them with this great black and white cheetah print.

Basement Table

This is my favorite gallery wall. It is not only beautiful, but it serves a very important purpose…it's excellent camouflage! It covers some ugly electrical boxes on the wall. Every picture is black and white and none of them are traditional posed pictures. They are all very candid, unique shots of my children. I could stand and look at those pictures for hours.

Basement Gallery Wall

These are a few of my rooms, decorative items and furniture pieces that are my favorite in my home. I have loved sharing with you today and Marty has been so gracious to have me visit!  I'd love for you to pay me a visit over at House on the Way and explore the rest of my home tour as well as my DIYs, crafts, decorating tips, helpful hints and more!

You're Always Welcome at My House!


Isn't her home beautiful.  Be sure to go and say hello to her and if you aren't already a follower, you need to be.  Thanks so much Leslie for allowing me to Show you off a little and brag about your many talents.
If you would like to be featured on Show Off and Inspire, just send me an email.  

  I am linking to the following parties:

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 Be Inspired 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
Karen at Redoux Interiors Friday Party
Classy Clutter for Spotlight Saturday
Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks Linky
Aimee at It's Overflowing for Overflowing with Creativity Sat.

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  1. Really lovely home! Thanks for sharing Marty!
    Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Lovely! Will check out her blog. Thank you!

  3. Wow, Leslie's home is beautiful! I LOVE red as well so you can imagine how my heart went "pitter-patter" when I saw that couch! Lovely!

  4. Beautiful home indeed. The red is so inviting and I especially love the big red tea pot. How fun. I'm heading over to her blog to see some more! Blessings to you Marty and Leslie, Patti

  5. So beautiful! Love your style. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Thanks for sharing this Marty, red I such a vibrant color and she really does it beautifully.


  7. This is a lovely home! Love your style, Leslie! I love your black accents! Thank you for sharing this fabulous home, Marty! Have a great weekend!

  8. This house is just perfect. I LOVE all the color. We are getting ready to put bookcases in our basement. I am definitely inspired by the ones in this post. Thanks for sharing, Marty.

  9. Gorgeous home, love your pops of red...charming!

  10. Beautiful all the red!

  11. Great tour. My favorite color is red too and I love Leslie's timeless decorating style.

  12. I love the tour of this beautiful house; it's warm, I love the style, and everything in this home you shared, dear Marty! Thank you. Hope you are having a great patriotic weekend.

  13. Marty,
    Beautiful home, indeed!!!
    Love the Traditional syle with the mix of black, reds, white and natural elements!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  14. Marty, Leslie's home tour was so inspiring. Her home is beautiful, and I love her bright colors. I am coveting her wonderful Welsh cabinet, which is even more special because he belonged to her grandmother. Thank you for sharing her beautiful home. laurie

  15. Thank you again Marty for having me today! It's been a great day! You have amazing readers! Have a wonderful weekend.
    House on the Way

  16. Hi Dear Marty! Oh, what a beautiful home to share with us. I don't know her so I'll have to pop on over to her blog. Thank you so much for popping in to see my new little blog. I was having a little trouble adding things to it. Seems Blogger/Google have changed things up a bit and I couldn't get things to work. I do have my GFC up and running but am having trouble with Bloglovin. Thank you so much for your suggestions. I hope you had a wonderful 4th.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  17. Marty- This is a beautiful home. I love how she has such a mix of old and new pieces. It is always fun to discover some new blogs. You can tell she is a talented gal- xo Diana

  18. Such a beautiful home. I love the design choices and the mix of it all. Thanks for linking to TTF this week.


  19. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  20. Love that kitchen! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  21. Leslie's home is so very beautiful...I love the beautiful red...and the bookcases are wonderful...just love how they wrap around the corner.. such a great idea...Thanks Marty for presenting Leslie's gorgeous home!