Making a house a home……

Here are a few photos of the house before we start to “clutter” it up turning it into our home.  As I have been “purging” the old home getting ready to move I have learned about myself.

Purging the grandkids toys was the most difficult thing – each toy, book, game I touch is a precious memory of how small they were and how they learned to do something new.  Going through some of the notebooks where little toot has drawn so many little pictures for me.

One of the first things I did in the old house is take the “artwork” off the fridge – now my fridge only houses calories, not memories.

As I walk through the new house I do realize I don’t want to “collect” a bunch of stuff, but I do require it be a home where all who visit will feel comfortable and very welcome!

This weekend we will begin the task of placing our worldly goods through-out the new house – making it our home.

So here is a little tour of a few of our favorite things – I am sure there will be more through-out the coming weeks!  I hope you all can endure.

Auditioning the stained glass window(s)  It still gets a little bit more trim.  One of the steps to making the house our home!

Auditioning the stained glass window(s) It still gets a little bit more trim. One of the steps to making the house our home!

I had posted a photo of the window on my Facebook page asking for trim color recommendations – that photo showed green in the glass – funny there is no green – only amber.  I still think I will go with green trim.

I look through this window and have the vision of the pretty flowers for the deer and me to enjoy!

I look through this window and have the vision of the pretty flowers for the deer and me to enjoy!

Both grandkids wanted to take baths – we were just too busy playing this weekend – next time!

Hubby's favorite accessory.  We had these in our room last year at Washington School Inn where we celebrated our 25th anniversary and he just knew they had to go in the new house.

Hubby’s favorite accessory. We had these in our room last year at Washington School Inn where we celebrated our 25th anniversary and he just knew they had to go in the new house.

He liked this accessory so much we had 2 put in our lighting budget!

He liked this accessory so much we had 2 put in our lighting budget!

These fans turn and spin and really move quite a bit of air.

These fans turn and spin and really move quite a bit of air.  The round circle on the floor is one of 2 floor plugs.

FYI – we have already pre-wired for this style fan only wall mount for each of the bedrooms.  Just need to acquire the fans.

We can seat 6 around the island quite comfortably - shopping for bar stools!

We can seat 6 around the island quite comfortably – shopping for bar stools!

While we were there this weekend with the grandkids we used our cheap 20+ year old barstools.

View of the working area of the kitchen

View of the working area of the kitchen

The front door - God Bless Texas!

The front door – God Bless Texas!

We had to wait until we closed the construction loan for my FUN to begin.  My studio area is stained concrete - we arrived after closing with the Title Company to get to see it in process - squeal!!!

We had to wait until we closed the construction loan for my FUN to begin. My studio area is stained concrete – we arrived after closing with the Title Company to get to see it in process – squeal!!!

If only the original painters of the house would’ve done this good of job protecting surfaces.  Look carefully in the photo – see those little white dots?  That are paint droplets because the painters removed our protective paper – then painted!

So this is stain before any sealer goes on it - kind of boring.  Brian from Artistic Impressions did 2 stain colors for me "Cola and Green Lawn"

So this is stain before any sealer goes on it – kind of boring. Brian from Artistic Impressions did 2 stain colors for me “Cola and Green Lawn”

Another view of the staining

Another view of the staining

The sealing has started - if you look carefully you will see the "fog" through the closet door.

The sealing has started – if you look carefully you will see the “fog” through the closet door.  That sealer is nasty stuff!  We shut off the propane and opened windows in other areas of the house.  It was a windy day so the quilt room windows had to stay shut to prevent our wonderful fine sand from blowing in.

Speaking of our wonderful sand – Brian recommends we not wear shoes in the studio – well that won’t happen – I am on my feet ALL day and need the support – so I will just have to buy some new “indoor only” shoes.  Shoe Shopping!

2 coats of stain - they will be adding 1 more - look carefully - my floor has a tortoise shell effect - this comes form the reaction with the stain and how our initial pour cured.  I think the term is crazing - it is very fine cosmetic only cracking.  A very cool effect.

2 coats of stain – they will be adding 1 more – look carefully – my floor has a tortoise shell effect – this comes form the reaction with the stain and how our initial pour cured. I think the term is crazing – it is very fine cosmetic only cracking. A very cool effect.

Brian says he gets clients that want that “tortoise shell look” but he cannot control that – it is just a bonus effect!

Another view - 1 more coat of sealer then 2 coats of wax!

Another view – 1 more coat of sealer then 2 coats of wax!

Just talked to Brian – they just cleaned all the fixtures and pulled the protection off the walls/baseboards.  We will need to touch up baseboards because our painters used a heavy brush when applying paint – i.e. too much paint at one time.  I could write a book on my thoughts about our painters – but this is a positive post so I will just be quiet!

The view through the french doors to the back porch.

The view through the french doors to the back porch.

We purchased the yard art at the Round Top Antique fair spring of 2013 and it fits just perfect in the country.  I love cool things and I think that is pretty cool yard art!

Time for me to do some quilting!  Ronda’s “Carolina Lily” is on the frame and calling my name!

Look around you – I bet your home is filled with memories!

Enjoy them!

Dee

 

About hollydeequilts

I am a wife, mom, grandma and quilter. I also enjoy gardening and dabble in genealogy. And I love Pinterest!
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5 Responses to Making a house a home……

  1. Jeanne Whittle says:

    Your house is beautiful. I want more pictures when it is a home. You will be missed here.

  2. Dottie Carlin says:

    I am really enjoying following your journey to your new home. Your home is really beautiful and I’m looking forward to seeing future posts.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Dottie

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Janice Scott says:

    Beautiful. Love the concrete floors.

  4. Fran Sumner says:

    Love the pictures of you all’s home. How exciting a new Home and a future of retirement in it. Please keep us posted. Fran

  5. Judy Smith says:

    Beautiful and looks so restful already.

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