Today we’ll be touring the two guest bedrooms. These are the next two rooms down the long hallway. There’s one bedroom on each side and each bedroom has a bathroom, one is tiny and one is huge. Here we go!
The first guest bedroom is a good size and has these beautiful big windows with plantation shutters. And oh, the floors. It also has this blue and red wall, which we’ll be painting white sometime in the near future.
There’s a door to the big bathroom, which we’ll get to it in a minute.
I just can’t get over the closet doors.
This bedroom has two really good size closets and a big fireplace.
This fireplace is on the same wall as the fireplace in the family room. The previous owners used this room as a playroom, so the fireplace has that awesome, custom size cushion. (So the littles don’t bump their heads!) I’ll keep it and just recover it.
Now for the bathroom! This room is seriously big enough to do a cartwheel in. I may have actually attempted a cartwheel the other day. We’ve been laughing about the size of this room since we moved in.
Hello, friends! We’ve had quite an exciting weekend, moving into our new house. I know some of you saw my updates on Instagram! (Thank you for all your sweet comments!) Oh, moving. My goodness, I forgot how many boxes there were. It felt so good to see all of our stuff again though. (When we moved out of our house, we put everything in Pods while we lived with Allen’s parents and house hunted.) It was a great weekend, as far as moving goes. We had lots of family here to help and a few friends stop by to say hi. I’m so excited to show you all the house, so I thought I’d break it up into 5 posts for this week. First up, the first two rooms when you walk in the front door.
The house was built in 1905 and the long entry hall that the house is built around is quite a sight. When you first walk in the door, there are two rooms to the right and left. One will be the family room and one will be the formal dining room. I’m super excited about having a formal dining room, since the dining room in our first house was a small, open area between kitchen and family room.
The floors are just to die for. Old and creaky and warped and fabulous. Can you imagine how many people have walked on these floors? It gives me chills just thinking about it.
This will be the family room. There are two windows, a great fireplace and a little closet.
The baseboards and mouldings are so chunky and fabulous.
Fireplace details. I do love a painted brick fireplace.
This view is from the corner of the family room looking into the hall and formal dining room.
In the dining room, there’s another great fireplace with a custom mantle. These two rooms are mirror images of each other, minus the closet. Dinner parties, here we come!
I can’t wait to live in these rooms and make them our own. They already feel cozy and warm! I think that’s a good sign. Tomorrow we’ll tour the rest of the hall and the bedrooms. Yay!
I first spotted the work of Michelle Armas a few weeks ago. Michelle is an Atlanta artist, and I feel strangely attracted to her pieces. I find abstract art to be so interesting! I can’t quite put my finger on it. I suppose that’s what’s meant to happen with an abstract piece. If you’re interested, there are a few pieces left in the Furbish Studio Pop-Up Shop!
And there are lot of pieces available on Michelle’s website, of course. I’m partial to this one. It’s called Go There. It reminds me of a coffee cup and the rings left behind when you accidentally spill a little.
I always say that I got my gardening bug from my Mom. Lucky me, she is a master! I got her a little mail-order kumquat tree for her birthday two years ago. Not for any practical reason, I just thought it was cute. We wondered if it would be hard to care for but it was worth a shot. I should say “she wondered” since it’s at her house in NC, but it’s been a group effort. Anyway, my sister sent me this picture the other day…. Two years later and the little kumquat tree is alive and well and needed to be transplanted to a bigger pot!
Here are a few tips we’ve learned about kumquat trees over the past couple of years. I shared these last year and they’re still true.
Give ‘em light. Keep your kumquat tree in a sunny window.
Kumquats love water. Kumquats like wet soil so water your tree about once a week and don’t let the soil dry out too much between watering.
Kumquat trees like sandy soil. Add some sand if your soil is too dense or clay-like.
Prune the suckers that grow at the base of the trunk. These mini branches will never grow fruit and only take away nutrients from the rest of the tree.
With the new house just a few weeks away from being ours (and the stressful negotiation parts behind us), I’m getting so excited about setting up our new space. One of the rooms I’m most excited for is a formal dining room. We’ll have space for dinner parties and we’ll be able to fit my whole family around a table! What a feat! We’re lucky there’s an old Curtis family dining table that needs a home – and we happen to need a big table! I’ve only seen part of it – it’s stashed away in the basement – but I know we’re going to need some great chairs to go with it. These Ballard Designs Sorrento chairs are really pretty. We’ll see if they fit with the family table!
Jeanette’s Dining Room – Jay & Jeanette’s House Tour, Part 1 and Part 2
Anna’s Dining Room - Anna & Adams House Tour
PS – My sweet friend Jeanette, whose old dining room is the first photo, started a blog called Board and Batten to document their life and 1870′s farmhouse. Take a look!
Being a 20-something and a garden-lover, I’m exited to share with you the launch of my friend Dee Nash’s book The 20-30 Something Garden Guide! I met Dee last summer at the Garden Bloggers Conference here in Atlanta and we were fast friends. We had a particularly lovely lunch table of enthusiastic gardeners that day, eager to encourage the 20-30 something crowd to get their hands dirty and get in the garden! Dee shares her garden-loving adventures on her blog Red Dirt Rambling and she’s graced the pages of print more than a few times in Oklahoma Gardener, Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening and many more. Dee’s book is a great encouragement for young and experienced gardeners alike. From seed starting to balcony gardening to vegetable raising, you will find yourself taking inspired notes from Dee’s pages.
A group of us is celebrating with Dee today with lots of fun giveaways! Enter below to win a beautiful rose – a David Austin Princess Alexandra Rose – and 2 3-packs of Annie Haven’s Authentic Haven Brand 100% natural Manure Tea! And keep reading to find links to the other bloggers who are celebrating the release of The 20-30 Something Garden Guide and enter to win their prizes!
A little info on the Princess Alexandra Rose
Repeat-flowering English Old Rose Hybrid with approximately 130 petals. David Austin named this rose for Princess Alexandra, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II who is a keen gardener and great lover of roses. The rose that bears her name has unusually large flowers of a warm, glowing pink. They are full petalled and deeply cupped, the ring of soft pink outer petals enclosing the warm pink inner petals to create a most pleasing effect. In spite of their size, they are never clumsy, being held nicely poised on a well-rounded shrub. Because of the flower size, there is a lot to be said for planting in groups of three, keeping both flowers and growth nicely balanced. The blooms have a delicious fresh Tea fragrance which, interestingly, changes completely to lemon as the flower ages – eventually taking on additional hints of blackcurrants. It is very healthy. Size: 3½ feet tall x 2½ feet wide. Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9. (David Austin 2007, Ausmerchant). More here!
A little info on Haven Brand Manure Tea
Haven Brand uses only the highest quality manures from livestock that are raised on permanent, native grass pastures at the Haven Family Ranch. Authentic Haven Brand Premium Soil Conditioner Teas are packaged in an environmentally friendly tea bag, which makes brewing and using them a breeze. Our soil conditioner teas can be used on vegetables, herbs, flowers, lawns and anything else that grows! The manure tea can also be applied to compost piles to accelerate the composting process, giving you great compost in less time. More here!
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Now, to visit these other garden-loving bloggers and enter to win more great prizes and then go grab yourself a copy of The 20-30 Something Garden Guide!
Colleen Dieter at Red Wheelbarrow Plants — Garden Girl shorts & Fiskars PowerGear 18” loppers.
Niki Jabbour — The Year Round Veggie Gardener.
Jenny Peterson and J. Peterson Garden Design — Seedkeeper Company, A Seedkeeper Deluxe & Burlap Girdle(s).