19 August 2017

Home Tour 2017

This is a re-share first published 3/28/17.  We were out of town for the summer with limited internet, so I hope to share here soon.
This is an older small home. 
I chose the colors based on Burano, Italy and a once neighbor who had a pink house. 
I didn't want a shade of brown house.
It looks like a beach house, but it's in the desert. I spent almost half my life in California, so it probably had some effect on the choice as well.
It is small... less than 1100 square feet, but the porch is almost 300 square feet.
The porch has no AC... You would think that would be a problem here. It's not, because there is a really thick foam roof over it and new insulation in the walls. I can leave the doors open all year round, and we can do the laundry and work out there without fainting. All I have is a fan on the ceiling. That's it.

This is what I love. When you walk in you can see all the way to the porch.  It didn't always look this way. It was a lot of work, mostly done by my husband and I over the course of four years. 
My style...
I love French country and Nordic style, but I also love Italy and the Mexican influence in the southwest.
Sometimes, you can see the influences in what is displayed.

This is the place for keys.

Living Room
Antique couch.
New table.

Antique couch.
Antique mirror.
Old candlesticks.
Newer tray.

These are not paintings, but the frames are exquisite.

This is a small kitchen. It has about 80 square feet. 
I wanted my kitchen to look Swedish or French Country. 
I love Swedish kitchens because they are small and white.
I love French kitchens because they are creamier and have texture and rougher surfaces.
I did something in between.

That's our Italian refrigerator, Swedish stove, French pans, and American mixer.

The glassware is a mix of found, new, old, and an accent of Anthropologie (no one made me say that.)

Outside the Kitchen Door in the Carport
Because it is a carport, I had to have something pretty to look at directly outside my kitchen door.

Dining Area with View to the Sleeping Porch
Presently I have Easter decor on the porch, but I change the display in front of the chalkboard seasonally.

Sleeping Porch
I drew the art and made the eggs, white pointed garland, and wreath.
The chalkboard, the console, the chair are all second hand.

A Place to Read 
Old with new and handmade again...
The walls on the porch are block bricks and wood siding all painted white.

We use this as a daybed or a spot for relatives when they come into town.
The pillows are from local shops.

One of the desk areas...  I had not shown this before.  I've had this desk sort of pushed off to the side for awhile, because I did not know what to do with it.  I love it, and I didn't want to put it in storage. One day last week, I was looking at this wall, and I thought, turn it to fit in front of the door to a bedroom that we don't use, and move the painting to this side.  Well it looks so pretty, and now it is a favorite spot! There is also a table behind the sofa for projects and a computer station and armoire by the laundry area.

On this side of the porch is the laundry, computer, and tea/coffee area and storage for towels and more books.

The Madhatter Library 
Whenever I can, I prefer a painting to a print.
I love landscapes and sometimes portraits.

Our library is a little over the top. We love Alice in Wonderland.

lots of books and lots of collectibles
Most of the furniture and accessories are second hand finds except for the Bombay chest and mantel.

Fireplace Mantel in the Library

"Master" Bedroom (more photos)

3rd Bedroom

Our One Bathroom (more photos)

We make up for lack of footage in our sheds.

The Potting Shed Entry

The Potting Shed
This room is open to the weather.

My Spouse's Office and View of the Potting Shed
My spouse has a portable AC to cool it.

The Teen She Shed

The Garden

We grow oranges, grapefruit, mandarins, Meyer lemons, tangelos, and peaches.
We also grow lettuce, tomatoes, arugula, basils, rosemary, lavender, mint, cilantro, sage, and oregano.
We also grow flowers like roses, sunflowers (in the fall though they will grow twice per year), and others.  Plus there hopefully will be a wild flower bloom. Some years it is good, some years not so good.

The pergola follow the shape of the patio, so it's curved.

That's our olive tree. 

The three amigos. My older poodle never gets involved in these adventures.

Thank you for visiting


17 June 2017

Zuzu's Petals...

I know others wonder if their blogging has any meaning.
Well it does.

It is the friendships we make here.
Some touch our lives with beauty... words, stories, photos, friendship...


Lin was one of those people. I loved reading about her tiny cottage and her family. And I always looked forward to her posts. She shared so much beauty. 

Lin at A {tiny} Cottage in the Woods passed peacefully this June 14.  I read it on her Instagram, because she no longer had a blog.  I know a lot of you were friends with Lin, and you can leave a condolence there for her dear spouse and family.

She was a treasure: a beautiful woman, and it showed in everything she wrote and created.

Lin needle pointed this little rabbit, and I received it in a give away. She had a little Etsy shop called Zuzu's Garden. She told me it was named for Zuzu's petals from "It's a Wonderful Life". 

Dear Lin must love her wings. 
Thank you, Lin, for the beauty you gave us.

Here is her Instagram if you would like to leave condolences to her family.

Nancy's A Joyful Cottage re ran a story that Lin wrote about her tiny home for her Small Space Series.  here

24 May 2017

The Summer Porch

There was a cottage. A white worn rental by the beach on a bay with the highest tides in the world.   I walked up the uneven three steps. I was only ten, and at ten there were only eight of us kids. This would be our home this summer.  A little white gas stove , so narrow. Crooked wooden gray floors and linoleum in other spots. But my favorite room was the narrow bedroom, really a hallway off the kitchen. Just one bed, tucked under the window, with faded floral sheets that my mother brought with us. There I would read Oliver Twist, and look out the window every morning attempting to forecast the weather for the day.

Most every day, my best friend, one of my sisters, would go down a steep stairway to the beach. Unless, the water was as high as the stairs... We didn't always splash in the tide, because it was cold, but we usually brought a pail for treasure. We were on our own in those days. I ten and my sister four years less.  It was the two of us always... hiking the Grand Canyon, fishing on the Mississippi, wading the bay, swimming in the lake, trying to speak French in Canada, sand in our Keds by the sea... wherever my father took us when he worked.

This porch sometimes reminds of that cottage... Though I think it might have been older than this one which is almost three quarters of a century.  The surfaces are not the same. Brick on two sides and wood on the other two, and cement gray epoxy floors... older, but fresh.  In the summer, I try to make the home simpler.  I've lived about half my life in the desert, but that's cumulative, not continuously, so I still love shells and beaches.

So I've snapped a few photos, not on the same days, but basically this is home for the summer. I didn't show you the table behind the couch, because there is laundry on it, and it is semi-folded. After all, the laundry area is on the porch, and almost every day the porch is used like a bedroom by one of us.

I love the way the light hits the shell in the morning.

One thing for certain is that there are flowers from my garden as long as I have them, and the bouquets change every few days.

For now, I moved this end table to the porch, and placed a basket underneath for towels.
It use to be in the living room, before I changed the sofa.

The nubby spread was my great Aunt's.

Usually no one watches television, so this table can end up with stuff on it. The day I took this photo it happened to be pretty, so I just put the flowers down next to the pillow sham that just was washed.

This chair is good for reading or for Lucy the Cat's nap.

These pieces are all slipcovered. Which is great, because I pushed open one of the french doors  too far to let more air in, and it hit the fan, and dust went everywhere, and it didn't brush off.  ( Never got around to shorten the rod of the fan.)  Here is my cottage home tour for 2017.

I like shells and flowers for summer. Do you simplify for summer?

Thank you for reading.

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I also tried Bloglovin's new feature. I wrote a post on my desert lilac tree. It worked so easily, and it posted, but for now I have no idea where it went. I don't see it there. Ha
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