Friday, July 28, 2006

Welcome to my home!

Okay, I'm late getting in on this, but I had so much fun getting to visit everyone else's, I just had to join in. You can start the rest of your tour at BooMama's place.

I'm so glad you came. Come on in!

First of all, this house has been a special blessing to us. We found it when our fourth child was born and we were desperately short on space. Our last house had already sold, and we had nowhere to go - another house we had put a bid on fell through, and this one came on the market - all in one week! It was definitely a God thing!

We don't own anything very fancy - most of our furniture is estate sale, vintage or otherwise salvaged (or at least looks like it after five kids!).

I like being able to put my feet up, and invite my friends to do the same!

Here is my front door. I leave it open most of the day so I can see what's going on outside through the storm door when I sit at the computer. That is, what I can see through the constant mass of fingerprints!

Here is my entry. The embroidery of the Twenty-third Psalm was done by my grandmother.

To the right is our formal living/dining room. I inherited the piano from my mother, and embroidered The Lord's Prayer when I was on bedrest for 16 weeks (that was the last time I actually had time on my hands!).
Straight ahead when you walk in is our family room.
Here's where I sit at the computer, at a desk I got at a yard sale, painted it red, then antiqued.

When I turn around I can see this.
I love my kitchen - decorated with both of my grandmothers' kitchen items and aprons. And just in case things get a little crazy while are all seven of us are at the table, this reminds us what's important:
I'll just show the little girls' room, since my five-year-old has insisted on being in every other picture! The quilts on the wall were made by my maternal grandmother, and the one on the bed was made by my husband's great-grandmother.
While my kids' closets are quite tidy now (16 bags to the Goodwill later!) I will NOT be posting pics of my laundry room or my closet, for fear of injuring you with falling debris when you open the door!

Thanks for coming by - if you are ever in my neck of the woods, I'll whip up a batch of cookies, put the coffee on, and we'll have a nice visit, okay? For those of you with little ones, my oldest LOVES to babysit, so we might even be able to talk!

44 comments:

Grafted Branch said...

A very lovely home. I especially like the heritage elements: quilts and utinsels.

Lol that your little girl is following the camera to every room!

Nikkie said...

You have a very lovely home, I just love your kitchen! Very warm and inviting!

Kim from Hiraeth said...

Hi Katherine!

You have a very inviting home. I'd like to come visit you in person. Your daughter is darling!

Lindsay said...

I LOVE your house!
and your girls are too cute!

org junkie said...

Katherine thank you for sharing your beautiful home. I find that it is such a great way to get to know someone. I really wanted to participate and I still might but I have an eight month old teething baby in the house...need I say more..LOL.

Katrina said...

Very nice home, Katherine. I especially love your kitchen cabinets, and the quilts. Thanks for the tour!

Michelle- This One's For The Girls said...

I loved your house--every single room! I especially loved the kitchen and your grandmother's things. I LOVE your Lord's Prayer cross-stitch.

Who knows, maybe I'll get to see it in person some day. :)

Thanks for joining in.

Peach said...

Cute, Cute home! I love your kitchen and all the items you've gathered from your grandmothers.

The quilts are beautiful, too. Can't forget the girls -- they are precious!

Southern Girl said...

You have a very pretty home! I especially loved your "border" in the kitchen. ;)

Joy said...

Beautiful!! I love the kitchen...it looks so homey!
I love the antiqued desk too...actually I loved everything!
Tell your daughter she looked very cute in all the pictures! :)
Blessings.

Jennifer said...

Oh, good, I didn't know if you were going to play! It's beautiful, and it does prove that you are neat and tidy because you did it at the last minute. I love your helpers and the kitchen light fixture.

Tammy said...

Oh, you have decorated with such charm! I simply love it!

I really like what you did with the bargain desk! Great job!

Your home definately inspired me to add a little more charm and zing to my place. It needs some TLC, I have to say. But please come on by anyway...I also got in on this a bit late today, but the coffee's still brewin'! :)

Thank you for letting us see your beautiful home!

Pieces said...

Your home is charming! I love the things in the kitchen from your grandmothers! Great idea.

shannon @ rocks in my dryer said...

I love it! How great that you've surrounded yourself with things that have so much meaning attached.

Barb said...

Your desk is beautiful. And I love your upper kitchen cabinets. So soft looking. You have a lovely home. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Belle-ah said...

Love your kitchen; the whole house is lovely and inviting.

Code Yellow Mom said...

What a lovely home! I can SMELL the cookies baking. :)

The kitchen is my favorite.

Thanks for the tour!

Mama Duck said...

Mmmm, cookies! Beautiful house, thanks for sharing! Makes me want to come visit you ;).

Beck said...

Very, very lovely - but I knew that I'd like your house. Your daughter is pretty cute, too!
Question - how did you hang up your quilts? I have some that I'd like to display but am worried about damaging them.

Chappyswife said...

You have a beautiful home, looks very comfortable & full of love & fun. Oh, the quilts. Now that's right up my alley - and now I have some of my Grandma's aprons. I've been wondering what to do with them. Thanks for letting me visit.

Sue said...

Your home is so welcoming and I love the pieces of your grandma and mom. I try to do that too! It helps keep them close by for me...
Your family seems very blessed...

melissa said...

thanks for the tour. loved peeking into your home!

Katie said...

Hi Katherine! Your house is beautiful and I love the quilts and embroidery! Blessings, Katie

PEZmama said...

I love that your daughter is in all those pictures - and was obviously enjoying it.

Your kitchen is beautiful. I really like the color on the walls and the white cabinets. I can also appreciate the quilts in the girls' room. My MIL is a quilter too and we have one for each of our kids from her. (I dabble in it myself a bit, but nothing that fancy yet!)

Thank you for sharing your home with us.

Chilihead2 said...

How lovely! Thanks for having us. This has been such a fun tour or homes, hasn't it?

Jen said...

I love it so homey.....its great. I'm going to post mine sometime this weekend.
Jen

stephanie said...

I love the quilts! And I never thought of putting kitchen items on the wall like that. Very very neat. :) Thanks for sharing.

PEA said...

Thanks so much for sharing your home with us...it's quite lovely and I love all the quilts! Your home is very warm and welcoming...love the fireplace too!! Thanks again:-)

~Jennifer said...

I love your home, it's beautiful! Especially the little stars of most of your photos. :)

Carol said...

I knew your home would be beautiful. Of course, I was right! Have I ever been wrong? Wait! Don't answer that.

Thanks for the peek inside!

Jenny said...

What a beautifully decorated home. Thanks so much for letting us in!!

PastorMac's Ann said...

Thanks for the tour of your lovely home. It's so welcoming and cheerful. Love your kitchen and your little models made the visit all the more enjoyable. We have quilts hanging in almost every room, but ours don't have the history or the family connection yours do. But they were made with love by friends. I love quilts! When I grow up maybe I'll eventually be a quilter. (yea, sure.)

Enjoyed the visit. Might just have to come for some cookies sometime. (you had me with cookies - but the offer of a babysitter so we can actually enjoy conversation?! well that really sold me!)

Susanne said...

Beautiful home Katherine! Love the color of your kitchen! and your family room is so inviting!

Stacey said...

You have a beautiful home and a welcoming spirit. You made me feel so at home, I wanted to come over right now, today!!!
Bless you!
P.S. I liked your blog so much that I blogrolled you!

Beckie said...

I love the models - they totally MADE the tour.

You have a lovely home!
Thanks for the invite!
Blessings!!

Trixi said...

Your house looks great!! Thanks for inviting us in.
Blessings,
Trixi

cmhl said...

beautiful home!!!ff

theresa said...

What a sweet home K! I like the hangings in the kitchen on the high wall. Too cute! And I love your furniture, very homey! Thanks for joining in!

Gail said...

You have a lovely home....I love that you have used so many things from your family; I'm partial to the quilts! And your daughter is just adorable in the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

Katherine, I love your kitchen! Those glass cabinets with the fabric are so fun--I'd trade my painted ones for glass anyday! Those built-in bookshelves are awesome, too. (I'm starting to covet, I better go!)

Thanks for inviting us in:)

Sarah said...

My sister and I had a quilt just like the one on your daughter's bed, except our's were done in light blue. I think my mom still has ours. You have a very lovely home.

Jenny in Queensland said...

You have a lovely home, I love the quilts in the little girls room and your kitchen decorations are lovely, especially as they are from you Grandmothers. Thankyou for inviting me in.

Simply Stork said...

thank you so much for inviting us over...I love that...I'm thinking about doing a home tour too sometime soon...thanks for the inspiration :o)

~simply stork~

Anonymous said...

take those shorts and little white cotton knickers off then lift your legs up and spread like that