Friday, April 4, 2014

Show Off & Inspire - Pieced Pastimes

Today I have the pleasure of Showing Off and Bragging about Suzanne of Pieced Pastimes.  I think you are going to really enjoy her home, so warm and inviting.  She has filled her home with a style I like to call "rustic elegance".  I love the touches of nature and the beautiful wood and stone details that make their home so unique and inviting.  Grab a drink, sit back and enjoy, you will love this tour.

Hi everyone! I'm Suzanne from Pieced Pastimes where my blogging mission is to inspire you.
I am a big fan of Marty's Show Off & Inspire Series, so when she asked to feature my home I was beyond flattered. My husband and I built our cape home here in New Hampshire 30 years ago and raised our 5 children here. The weather in New England is unpredictable and our home has weathered many storms over the years. True to form, we are in the midst of yet another snow storm today.

I would call my decorating style 'rustic country'. We are big on DIY and our home is a reflection of that. Our family room has cathedral ceilings and a soaring fieldstone fireplace. The extra long mantel accommodates the firewood dumbwaiter.

Mahogany floors and leather furniture round out the family room.

We repurposed an antique factory cart into this coffee table a few years ago. Finding new ways to use found objects is a favorite pastime of ours.

Our mantel decor changes with the seasons. I start with a basic idea and build up from there.

 My inspiration for this years Winter mantel was to capture the stillness of the season.

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and it surely is in our home. It is the busiest room of the house and the place we gather most as a family.

We have a love for vintage items with a history and a purpose, so you will find many utilitarian objects from the past sprinkled throughout our home.
In my mind, there can never be enough natural light in a home, so I made these lined valances to frame out the kitchen windows but preserve as much of the day light as possible.

The farmhouse table belonged to my parents when I was a child and now our children have grown around this same table.. Oh, the stories this humble piece of furniture could tell.

 This turned staircase off the kitchen leads to the loft office.

More simple objects used as decor.

The kitchen is made up of two separate 'L's which provides plenty of cabinets and counter space....

.....a must have for someone like me who has a passion for cooking and baking.
Our master bedroom is simplistic in its decor but filled with the memories of our lives. 
Our bedside table carries the one essential for a beautiful life.
This is the view towards the closet side of the room. Sloped ceilings are an inherent detail of cape style homes. We took advantage of the feature by adding lighted storage space in the 4' knee wall.
The trapunto design on the matalaise bedspread inspired me to create some of my own wholecloth quilts.
A tousled pepper berry wreath hangs above the bed.
The pitcher and bowl was a gift from many years ago that was the perfect addition to my marble topped dresser.
My gardening hat rests for now but we will be reunited soon for our ongoing adventures in the yard.
Do you see the rocking chair tucked into the corner?
This antique cane seated chair was a gift from my husband. Over the years, we have spent many hours rocking our babies here.

I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into our home and that you will stop by for a visit. I love to share my Home Decor, DIY, Repurposing, Recipes, Sewing, and other projects with you.  One can never have too many friends.  Thanks so much to Marty for inviting me to 'Showoff'.

Didn't I tell you this was a beautiful home?  I knew you would love it as much as I do.  Thanks so much Suzanne for letting me brag a little about you today, it was such a thrill to have you here.  Now if you don't already follow Suzanne at Pieced Pastimes you really need to rush over and hit the follow button.  You will love to follow along with all of her posts and projects.

If you would like to be featured, just leave a comment or email me, I would love to feature you too.

I am linking to the following parties:
 Imparting Grace for Grace at Home, My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Fri
                                            French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
 The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Fri, Common Ground for Be Inspired Fri
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home ,
 Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Fri
 Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Fri ,Rooted In Thyme Simple & Sweet Fri.
 Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
 Redoux Interiors Friday Party, The Flying C for DIY Done Party
 Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks Linky, Funky Junk Interiors for Party Junk
It's Overflowing for Overflowing with Creativity Sat., 
Be Different Act Normal for Show & Tell Sat.

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  1. Your home is definitely worth sharing Suzanne - it is beautiful, rustic and warm! Perfect! Thanks too Marty!

  2. What a gorgeous home, Suzanne. Thanks for sharing this here, Marty. Beautiful. xo Diana

  3. Suzanne is my sisters name and it is such a beautiful name. Thanks, Marty for introducing us to this lovely lady and her beautiful home. Oh if walls could talk!

  4. Hi Marty,
    Thanks so much for featuring my home and thanks to everyone for the sweet comments. You have made my day!

  5. Beautiful home Suzanne, every detail and every room is gorgeous! Yes, it is inspiring! Thank you Marty for sharing Suzanne's home with us.

  6. Hi Marty! Thanks for featuring Suzanne. I'm headed over to visit her home!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  7. Suzanne's home is beautiful! I love all the neutral colors and rustic touches!

  8. Thanks for introducing Suzanne to us Marty. Her home looks so comfortable and a perfect place to hunker down for harsh New England winters. Very inviting. Going over to check out her blog.

  9. I really enjoyed touring her pretty home. I love the soaring ceiling in the family room. Looks like a very comfortable and stylish home.

  10. Suzanne's house is fantastic. What a lovely light touch she has, as demonstrated by her mantle decor. Everything is just right, not cluttered but certainly not sparse or lacking. I liked the teal color she chose for the MB--really set off the beautiful wood and metalasse (sp.) bedspread.

  11. I've long been a fan of Suzanne's blog and her house is perfectly lovely. As others said, it has no clutter (which I LOVE) but instead is warm and inviting and you can feel the heart of the family in the home. Love the mahogany floors, too! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Marty...I am unfamiliar with her blog...but she had me at the owls on the fireplace doors....Holy gorgeous!