Hello! Welcome to my home. I’m so glad you could stop by. In-person visits are minimal to nil this year, so I thought a virtual visit would be fun today.
Our weather is sunny, but the temperatures are only in the forties, so that means I’m bundled up for a casual, comfortable afternoon at home. I have never been a fan of cold weather, but even less so nowadays.
My staying at home look includes high waist straight leg jeans here. The cozy cardigan is old, but here is a similar one. The long sleeve black tee is here. The short boots are here.
The entry features a chest I purchased many years ago while living in the New Orleans area. The gemstone pedestal is a very old one purchased at an estate auction. The figurine is one of a pair I found in an antique store in Black Mountain, NC.
I started my collection of blue and white objects in the early 1980s. I appreciate things that serve a function as well as being beautiful.
I downsized about seven years ago and had to find new homes for several rooms of furniture, art, and countless decor items. The objects I have now hold significant meaning and give me pleasure when I look at or use them. Everything has a story.
One of the Victorian period figurines is in the foyer; the other is in my office, shown below. It is to the left of the entry. My sister gave me the barrister’s bookcase when she and her husband built a new smaller home a few years ago. The black and white prints are of the Paris Opera House (Palais Garnier).
To the left, after my office and a guest bath, is an antique library table. The gallery wall of black and white images includes some of my favorite architecture and landmarks. A rarely used formal dining area is to the right of the entry. The ginger jar with a lid was my first blue and white purchase in 1983.
A wall divides the kitchen area from the living room seating area and the dining area. I was relieved to learn that the oversized Hudson River style painting from my previous home would fit in this space. It looks very romantic in the early morning light.
Some of my Monique Carr oil paintings are displayed on the narrow wall between the laundry room and the pantry.
The bright breakfast nook off the kitchen is now home to all those plants that enjoyed living on the screened-in porch during the summer.
I had all the walls throughout the house painted in the color Almond Paste from PPG Paints before I moved in. I love the warmth and the soothing glow of this muted beige color.
You will often find me curled up in front of the fire with a book in the winter. I’m reading the newly published one by Mr. Mickey’s cousin, Rebecca, at the moment. The book is based on caring for her Alzheimer’s-afflicted dad in her home. Mr. Mickey appears in the book as her Dad’s cousin, “Will.” If you would like to read the delightful and heartwarming book, it is here.
The ornately carved writing desk was another auction purchase. I found the cast iron candle stand on the table in a garden center. It weighs a ton, so I dust around it.
Around the corner from the table is my bedroom. It includes a bench, chairs, and tables found at auction or handed down from my parents.
The bedside lamps were in the living room of my childhood home. The sconces beside the European print above my bed were a special housewarming gift from Mr. Mickey. He also gave me the bronze fairy atop the bureau many Christmases ago. One of our friends did the watercolor of Main Street in downtown Johnson City.
Outdoor dining is a warm-weather option on the open deck off the screened-in porch. I found the urn many years ago in New Orleans. It contains a unique collection of seashells I’ve picked up during my travels around the world.
Thanks for stopping by today. It was lovely to have some company.
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