Do you have someone in your life who knows just the right things to say at just the right moment? They are able to use words to bless and encourage and uplift? If you do, you know what a gift that is!
We have a sweet friend we met through blogging who is definitely that kind of a gift to us. Shirley from Housepitality Designs is gracious and kind and is blessed with the gift of encouragement a million times over.
If you receive a comment on a blog post from her you feel like you’ve won the comment lottery!
Her home perfectly reflects her warm and welcoming nature and we know you will love taking the tour of it today!
Hello At The Picket Fence readers ! !
My name is Shirley and I blog at Housepitality Designs.
I have been a fan of the ladies “At The Picket Fence” since I began blogging.
Whenever I see their post land in my email, I happily wonder, so what are they up to today?
I have truly enjoyed their beautiful journeys of watching them and their families grow . .
~ ~ their spirits truly inspire me.
So, I was so overjoyed when they asked me to share my home with their readers.
Welcome to my home!
The front porch last Fall. . . I chose this photo as it was so colorful . . .
~ ~ and love that time of year.
And this is what the corner of the porch looked like in the Spring.
And here is the view of the back of my home:
It is quite different from the front view.
I actually have three porches . . .
My potting bench area around the corner of the lower back porch.
This little upper porch is the porch I use the most.
~ ~ A cozy place to watch the sunrise with a great cup of coffee!
When you enter my home you will first see this . . .
This antique French buffet has to be one of my very favorite pieces in my home . .
~ ~ I purchased it in France while on a “tour with bloggers”
The foyer flows into the great room . .
As you can see . . . I love a mix of styles and color . . .
~ ~ and furnishings gathered over time from places near and far.
The other side of the room . . showcasing my antique wood and iron shutters above the mantel.
These shutters are from a villa in Italy. . . and took 4 big guys to hang them!
And now moving over to my favorite room in the house.
My sunroom . . that originally was slotted as a breakfast room.
Where there is an abundance of tole trays and vintage garden items.
The Dining Room
It is a casual room just off the kitchen . . . that overlooks the backyard and golf course.
And extra seating is always available.
The kitchen is just steps away from the dining room and sunroom . . .
I lost on the “cherry cabinet choice” but won out on the farmhouse sink.
And if the grocery store ever runs out of shopping carts . . .
~ ~ I have a spare!!
The Master Bedroom recently underwent some shuffling of furniture . . .
The bed was formerly in this space . . .
And now the sitting area is in its place.
Another space where I can enjoy a cup of tea.
The Master Bathroom Tub . . awaiting someone who needs a “calgon bath”
The vanity . . dressed for summer.
The Guest Room
A desk where my guest can write a note or answer their emails . .
The French Wooden “Chicken Stamp” Box that I purchased in France . . .
~ ~ that makes my guests giggle!
The Guest Bathroom that is actually in the Guest Room itself . . .
~ ~ so convenient and private for our guests.
The enamel pitcher another treasure I brought back from France.
Behind the chair is a jetted garden tub . . .
~ ~ perfect for the ball players after a rough game.
Our media room . . Leather is not really my choice of fabric . .
~ ~ however for this room it serves itself well.
This is an “anything goes room” with the style, filling it with what we love.
The little “retro kitchenette” on the other side of the media room.
~ ~ a great little eating area and space for popping corn for movies.
The craft room area . . located in one of the “bedrooms” . .
And on the other side of the room. . a sneek peek into a space. . .
~ ~ that I am creating for my granddaughter . . upon her request . . her wish is my command!
I love to fill this room with vintage laundry items . .
~ ~ and this is definitely a place for the orphan socks.
It is not a large room . . . a bank of cabinets on two sides . .
The opposite side of the room . . . although a small space, I have adequate room . . .
~ ~ for washing, fluffing and folding.
The “man cave” aka, the Bonus Room. . . I designed the wainscoting to match the pool table.
He actually has “three man caves” . . .
The next “cave” is behind these doors . . .
The other “man cave” . . . can you tell he has a organizational issue?
Right down to a spot for his glasses . . . ugh!!!
He has one more “man cave” . . . his office, but that is for another day. . .
~ ~ along with the powder room that is undergoing a little makeover.
And I want to leave you with a picture of my assistant.
My “sweetie” is working on our next project of her “own space” . . my budding decorator!
I hope you enjoyed this tour of my home . . .
~ ~ and thanks again to the lovely Heather and Vanessa for having me here today!
Have a great weekend!!