Thursday, March 24, 2011


Today I came upon a really good post from Laura at White Spray Paint.  She quotes C. S. Lewis

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:
What! You too?
I thought I was the only one."

Have you ever read a blog and thought. "That person is like me--I think we could be friends."

I've found quite a few.


Friday, March 18, 2011

My Dream Garage

Every day I look out at my butt ugly garage and dream about what it could look like.
Of course I'm not too picky--I'd settle for being able to park a car in it.

So...I went on the FMLS (this is my Real Estate Multiple Listing Service) to find some realistic inspiration.
This example is nice and servicable. It seems to have a area to the left of the door for inside storage.

This one has a little more style with it's shingle siding and carriage doors.

from 2010

This one will be nice when its finished.  I think it has a pergola over the garage door, an entry door on the back corner and either a big storage area in the attic or possibly a finished room.

Now, things are getting better.  I love the roof line on this garage.  The driveway is really different and has a lot of style.
Very nice over all.
 credits Atlanta First Multi List for the above photos

But this one is My Dream Garage from Nick's Picasa Album.  Its not as fancy as some of the examples above, it's just a garage.

But it's a garage in a garden.

And there's so much I love about this one: the pea gravel driveway, the pergola over the garage doors, the round vent in the gable.
And the GARDEN!!

Be still my heart.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pretty Old Eclectic Craftsman Bungalow in Oakhurst

Built in the 1920's this house definitely has an eclectic style.  There are the craftsman elements like the exposed rafter ends and stick work in the gables (these are the horizonal pieces of wood that stick out and look like they hold up the roof.) The windows are prairie style.  The front door is covered with a tudorish castellated  parapet (sort of) with an arch.
It's just plain funky.

Inside it's all craftsman bungalow.
 Gotta love that front door...

and the craftsman style fireplace flanked by prairie windows and built in bookcases. Umm, Umm, mmm.

Look closely at the corners of the opening to the dining room.  They're covered with old fashioned moulding.

The 1 inch wide oak hardwood floors are original.

Here we have the totally remodeled kitchen with all the modern conveniences but the vintage details.

The kitchen sink is vintage. It's a single bowl farm sink. So cool.
I have to let you, dear reader, in on a little secret. My daughter and I did this backsplash. It's her house.
We had a little help cutting the corners of the marble inset over the range. For tips read my previous post on tiling a backsplash.

 A wall was removed to open up a former bedroom to the kitchen. Now there's a wonderful family room/kitchen.

How about that 1970's style chair?  I absolutely love the bright poke-you-in-the-eye yellow.

This bungalow has a center hall--the wainscotting was added. Centsational Girl has a great "board and batten how to."

Look real closely at the wall at the bottom of the bedroom door on the left.  See that round thingy?  That's the old temperature control.  It opened and closed the damper on the coal fired furnace in the basement.  Ahh the modern conveniences this house had.

Here's the middle bedroom with Granny's bed and a vintagey chandy spray painted white. I highly recommend round bulbs.

The nursery is in the back.  For all you thrifty guys and gals: the rocker came from "Last Chance Bargains" a mere $10 on half price day.  It cost more to rent the upholstery cleaner.

The all new hall bath is decked out in white subway tile with blue glass accents.

Some time in the 1960's this bedroom was added.  It was finished to match the period of the home.
The moulding and trim as well as reclaimed doors and hardware are vintage style.

The master bath is all new--they didn't make 'em like this in the '20's.

One of my favorite features of this house is the lot. It's incredibly huge. 
 I swear you could build a regulation football field back there. It goes on and on--this picture doesn't begin to show how big it is.

This photo shows the gravel patio and new fescue sod.  In the summer there'll be hostas and hydrangeas along the property line on the left.

Here's what you see when you pull in the drive, a nice little path to the backyard.

Let me know if you want to take a look.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Garden Gates of Seaside

"Every garden needs a gate."
I think that might be a famous quote. If not... then I just made it up.

While "Strolling Though Seaside" I was attracted to the garden gates and screens.
In case you aren't familiar with Seaside: its a planned community on the Florida Panhandle between Destin and Panama City. 
People live there year-round, but it's almost too perfect to be real.
It was the setting of "The Truman Show". 

It was especially perfect on the day we visited.  The high was in the upper 70's, it was sunny and crysal clear---and is was February.

Not related to gates and screens are lighting and fences and porches. Pay close attention to the porch railing above. It's almost too much to take in.
Back to the subject at hand: Gates and Screens.
This is a moon gate (above).  The circle at the top represents the moon.
I've read that the shape invites the good spirits and turns away the bad.
Wikipedia says moon gates are inviting entrances.  That's for sure.

This example shows a very nice pergola gate.  I just love those dangling lights.  I've seen them in stores and am dying to get some, but I don't have anything to dangle them from.

This gate is a work of art.
I'm serious, I think an artist created this gate for this home.
It's just wonderful sitting at the end of a long pea gravel and brick driveway.

I love every thing about this gate. It echos the shape of the garage door. It has a vine trailing across it.
And it's made of rusty re-bar so it isn't too impressed with itself.

Because the houses and gardens are very close together in Seaside, screens are a must.
This one is interesting--it combines a nice screen with deck seating--good idea.
I never thought I'd like salmon colored adirondack chairs, but after seeing these--maybe I do.

Here's another fine pergola-screen-garden seat.
It's just there as a focal point at the end of a little garden path.

This trellis screens a parking pad--wouldn't want to see those tacky cars would we?
You know what a fan I am of pergolas--this one has angled tails atop colums finished with simple moulding.

I've saved the best for last. This is my A NUMBER ONE pick as best screen.
It combines the "good luck" moon gate with a pergola. There are colums and a palm tree--I'm a sucker for palm trees.  The color is a perfect soft sagey green.

Oh! Oh!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Stroll Through Seaside

A couple of weeks ago while Holly and I were at the beach we spent an afternoon "Strolling Through Seaside." I mean stolling in the literal sense--we had a stroller with a baby in it.

I thought I'd share a few picts with you.

This guy swooped down to keep an eye on us. So cool.

We didn't want to leave.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rustic Farm Table

Did I score or have I lost my mind?

You can tell me the truth....

I can take it.

Just leave a comment, please.


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