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Friday, February 10, 2012

Williamsburg Colonial home tour

Thank you Carolyn for opening your Williamsburg Colonial home tour with us. What a neat story, and what  fabulous home!

When Debbie asked me to give you a tour of my home, my first thought was, "Wow! That's so nice of Debbie to think of me." My second thought was, "Oh my word, I need to clean this dump up."

So I'd like to thank Debbie for having me here today. Thanks to her my house is clean, and I get to spend some time with the readers of her fabulous blog!

Welcome to Our Home...

I am blessed to be able to say that I live in my dream home. Do you have a house in your town that you stalk drive by and admire?  Well, for me this was the house that my car always seemed to drive itself by. I'd arrive early to pick my kids up at preschool, so I could turn into the neighborhood next door and spend a few moments checking out this house. I'm lucky the neighbors didn't call the police! I loved the architecture and the charming elements like the cupola and weathervane. Although the home was built in the late 80s, it has the character of an older home.

I was beyond excited when it went on the market and had an open house. Literally, the second I walked in the front door, I whispered to my mother, "I love this house!"

We left the open house, and my husband and I immediately began planning how we could get our house ready to sell and buy this house. As fate would have it, two days later I went to my first summer tennis team practice and who was on my team? The owner of my dream house! I found out she had 3 sons just like me (we would later add a 4th son to the mix) and she loved the house as much as I did and was sad to be leaving it. We both believed it was meant to be that our family would be the next owners of the house.

A few months later, our family was able to call my dream house "home."

The house has undergone some changes over the past 4 years. In the foyer, we put in new hardwood floors, removed the carpet from the stairs, refinished the stairs and painted the walls.

The living and dining rooms are a work in progress. We removed the carpeting and installed hardwood floors. In the dining room, we removed toile wallpaper and curtains and put up grasscloth wallpaper.

In the living room, we painted the previously red walls white and put in plantation shutters. I am currently working on decorating these rooms. I'm playing with furniture arrangement (as you can see by the pads under the piano legs!), and I've got lots of accessorizing left to do.

The "hub" of the home is our kitchen and family room.

One of my favorite spots is our sunroom.

In the master bedroom I tried to create a tranquil retreat to escape the craziness of a house full of boys!

I hope I afforded the same luxury for our guests.

The design of this room was born of the French Provincial furniture I inherited from my grandmother. Perhaps it's a bit frou frou, but I never got to decorate a little girl's room!

There's no shortage of "boy spaces" around here.

The room that received the biggest makeover was the master bathroom. Early last year we embarked on our first major renovation, which involved completely gutting the bathroom.

My blog began as a way to document the remodel of our master bathroom.

It is my favorite room in the house!

My kids' favorite hangout is in the basement.

Lots of pop-a-shot and ping pong tournaments take place down here.

But, in the summer there's only one place you'll find all of us...

Oh... this makes me want winter to end soon!

Debbie, thank you so much for having me here today. You have been so supportive of my blog from the beginning, and I truly can't thank you enough!
Thank you Carolyn from Sweet Chaos Home for welcoming us!



Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love Carolyn's home and always enjoy admiring it in her posts. I don't think I had seen the outside before. Just gorgeous.

February 10, 2012 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

What a great tour! Her rooms are so spacious and well appointed. Love the 3 car garage around the side of the house! Boy, could we ever use that now that our son is driving. She is very lucky to be living in her dream home at such a young age. Some of us never get that chance.

February 10, 2012 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Carolyn's home is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with us.

February 10, 2012 at 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carolyn's home is gorgeous! Thank you, Debbie, for sharing. I will definitely visit Sweet Chaos Home!

February 10, 2012 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

What a stunningly beautiful home. Thanks Carolyn for sharing your dream home with us and thanks Deb for featuring it so I could see.


February 10, 2012 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger miss flibbertigibbet said...

What a beautiful home...gorgeous woodwork throughout! Thanks for sharing!

February 10, 2012 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger STARDUST said...

Great house tour Debbie! Especially liked the sunroom!

February 10, 2012 at 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie Dear! Oh,my goodness! What a wonderful home. I just love it. We were in Williamsburg a couple years ago and had a dinner in a home a lot like this. I haven't seen her blog but I'm on my way!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

February 10, 2012 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home said...

Debbie... thank you so much for including our home in your Home Tour series! Have I told you lately that you're the best?!

I appreciate all the kind comments. I should probably clarify that although the style of our home is Williamsburg Colonial, it is located in the good ole land-locked Midwest :)

February 10, 2012 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger reFresh reStyle said...

Beautiful! I love Carolyn's house too! and her blog! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend.

February 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a lovely home. So much wonderful sunshine pouring in!

February 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

What a fabulous home. It looks too nice to actually "live" in. Such perfection. Carolyn is a very blessed lady. Thanks Debbie for opening up another world and sharing such beauty. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

February 10, 2012 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Bliss said...

Well you sure can't argue with fate, and it seems like living in that house was meant to be. My favorite items are the clock and shelf in the guest room and the master bath makes me want to have a party.... in the shower..... with the Chippendales....just kidding.


February 10, 2012 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

What a great story. It's evident that a lot of love and care went into to decorating the house. It has such a warm, family-friendly vibe.

February 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Carolyn's home is just beautiful. I remember seeing her gorgeous bathroom when she posted about it, and I loved reading the story about how they acquired their dream home.The yard is impressive, too!

February 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger lisaroy said...

Stunning home! I've always thought of this style as Cape Cod (with the dormers) but I guess I'm mistaken. A truly perfect home! :)

February 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Shanee said...

What a beautiful home, I enjoyed taking the tour. Thanks for sharing.

February 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Grammy Goodwill said...

What a beautiful home! It's so special that she was able to make her dream a reality.

February 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger At The Picket Fence said...

Carolyn's home is so gorgeous! Not hard to understand why it is her dream home. :-) She is so sweet too and I'm glad you shared this with us Debbie!

February 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Calypso In The Country said...

What a gorgeous home tour! I love the story behind the purchase of the house too! It was meant to be! Thanks for sharing!

February 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

what a pretty home! It very much reminds me of the home we just moved from. We also used to drive by it, for a few years, loving it and admiring it. When it came for sale, there was no way I could afford it....then I met my husband, and a year later it was back for sale and we bought it. It was also an 80's home, but classic in design, with a sunporch and a I miss it!

February 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Loved the tour of Carolyn's home...Really loved the mural in the boy's fun!..And my fav, the beautiful

February 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Beautiful home...I am crazy about her dining room chairs!!

February 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

Love this home and so happy that Carolyn got her dream home. I would not know what to do with all that space.
Thanks Debbie for sharing this home with us and to Carolyn for her great blog on it.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

February 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann Pickett said...

I loved hearing about how Carolyn fell in love with her house. It is such a charming home and I have been following her for a while (our bath rooms are really similar--ha! our common bond). Anyway, thanks so much for featuring her.
Happy weekend.

February 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Shannon Fox said...

What a lucky lady to actually get to live in her dream home. It's stunning throughout and the master bath remodel is gorgeous!!

February 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

What an awesome home tour. It's a gorgeous house and I love the story behind how she bought it. That master bathroom is stunning!!

February 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Allyson McGuire said...

What a beautiful home! It really does have the character of an older home, and I love that! Thanks so much for sharing!


February 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

Isn't this gorgeous? I visited her a little bit ago. I love the story behind the purchase.

We are in Orlando-I'll say Hi to Mickey for you! xo Diana

February 10, 2012 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Dr. Wheel said...

I love your home! I wish my home could look just as good. If you're looking for a place that has home decor stuff there's a site a friend of mine recommended me to called World to Home. They have a bunch of home decor items you can add to your home. =]

February 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Grandma Linda's Daydreams said...

What a fabulous home! it will be fun for her to accessorize it, and decorate for holidays. Great place to entertain! I enjoyed seeing it, that was a great tour. I noticed the murals in one of the boy's awesome rooms!
Blessings, Linda

February 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Deserae said...

What a gorgeous home! Thanks so much for sharing it with us :o)
Have a great weekend!

February 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a pretty home!! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to watch the evolution!

February 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carolyn's home is exquisite. Just beautiful. Thanks for showcasing it and introducing me to her. I now have another new blog to follow.

February 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger An Oasis in the Desert said...

What a beautiful home, and such a great story! Thanks, Debbie, for sharing.

I love all your brass pieces. And, no, I do very few "trendy" things in my decor. I really don't my home to look like everyone else's. Let's here it for the "eclectic" look!

February 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

What a beautiful home! I love how the side of the house connects to the garage. I love the little side porch.

February 11, 2012 at 12:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her house is gorgeous!!!

I admit to doing some trendy decorating - but mostly just for holiday decorations. :)

February 11, 2012 at 2:03 AM  
Blogger CailinMarie said...

wow! what a beautiful home! I love how you have decorated it and that "den" off the kitchen is just awesome.

February 11, 2012 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I just love your home -The kitchen and family room are so nice. yes and love the master bedroom and bath.

February 11, 2012 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

What a lovely, lovely home! There is one area I love more than another! The entire home is just gorgeous and says,"Come in, have some tea and chat a while. I love visiting with you." Wow! Just beautiful!

Thank you for sharing your friends home with us!


February 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Carolyn's home is a dream! What a wonderfully spacious home to raise 4 boys. She has done a beautiful job making it her own space. Thanks for sharing! ~ Sarah

February 11, 2012 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Fantastic home tour. Carolyn's home does look like a dream home.


February 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I love Carolyn's home!! Especially the "French" room! Thank you for sharing. Heading over there to take a look around. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

March 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM  

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