Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Welcome to the "What I love about my Home" Party!

I would like to thank Marina at Only Cute Things for hosting this fabulous party! I look forward to seeing lots of photos from lots of beautiful homes! I only posted photos of various vignettes around my home because I am in the middle of packing up my house for our move to our new home! I am so excited! We were going to build a new home but were fortunate to find a foreclosed home that needed very little work. We will be moving over the next two weeks. I can't wait to decorate my new home and I look forward to showing you photos of the new home soon! My home decor is a mixture of vintage and new decor along with expensive and inexpensive decor. And now for the tour....

(Click on the photos to enlarge them)
My kitchen is French Country Style. These little vignettes are inside the French style hutch that I bought at an auction:

I bought this little bird at Dollar Tree recently...only $1!

My maternal Grandpa collected clocks and I inherited some of them after he passed away. I collect plates and I have quite a few of them that I love to decorate my home with.

Hallway decor:
Formal Living Room:

The large gold crown and black metal tray were purchased at Hobby Lobby. The two smaller crowns are Christmas ornaments and the vintage flowers and postcards are from an estate sale.

The ceramic fleur de lis is from Home Goods. The keys are Christmas ornaments.

The candle rings are a recent purchase from Dollar Tree ($1 each). I may add some flowers and ribbon to them later on.

This is the piano that my Dad bought for my Mom right after we moved to Texas from Illinois when I was about four years of age. Also shown are my wedding portrait, vintage sheet music (from an antique store) and various family photos.

I love tapestries and I own three of them. The blue vase was given to me by my Aunt and Uncle and was purchased in Europe. My uncle was a Chaplain/Colonel in the Army and they lived in Germany for several years and acquired several beautiful antiques and collectibles from all over Europe.
Master Bedroom:

The bakers rack in my Master Bedroom is fun to decorate. The apothecary jar is from Home Goods and I filled it with Christmas ornaments. Also shown is a picture of my kids when they were little, an antique bowl from my Grandma Frances that is filled with Christmas ornaments, vintage leather gloves, books, etc.
The cake topper was from my parents wedding cake! The floral arrangement is from Michaels and the faux Mercury glass candle holder is from Target (all recent finds).
The bird pictures are a recent find from Home Goods. The bird/nest and tea light came from Michaels and the pottery jug was made by my sister Jenny and her husband who have been making pottery since they were in high school. They are getting ready to fire up their new wood burning kiln in a couple of weeks (built by my BIL and his Dad).

The cherubs are from Michaels and they were $1 each!

The Swedish Bible belonged to my Great Grandma Greta and I have 2 sets of those birds :-) More vintage postcards from my large collection.

My Aunt gave me this pretty painted topiary box for my birthday a few years ago and the little dolls are from an estate sale. The Beatrix Potter Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail figurine decorated my sons nursery years ago (he had a Beatrix Potter/Peter Rabbit nursery).

More plates and a pretty painting that I bought at Kirkland's several years ago.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my home. Thank you for coming and please visit again soon!
Have a fabulous day!


Sherry said...

How exciting to be moving into a new home -- the packing up part is not so much fun, but decorating and making something "yours" that is!!

Love these vignettes from around your home -- beautiful things and beautifully displayed Julie!

Unknown said...

Such a gorgeous home, I love all of your treasures. The best part of moving is that your things take on a whole new look. Karen

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Love your crown collection & I've got to get to Home Goods to snag one of those veramic fleur de lis! Cami

SILVIA said...

muy bella tu casa, lo que mas me a gustado es el reloj de tu abuelo una reliquia

Ángela said...

Are very wonderful all. Your espaces are very especials...
Bye, Ángela

Amy-Razz Pizazz Boutique said...

Just how I pictured your home! So beautiful yet so chic! Each piece looks as though it tells it's own story :) Have a fun time moving into your new home, I am so Happy for you girl!!!!!!

Marina Capano said...

Hi! thanks you for participate! I'm sorry for taking so long to reply! I have been very busy with mt tv show and a lot of orders. but at the moment I am enjoying your house, its so nice, all its so cute! congratulation!
besos y abrazos! XOXO

cecilmil said...

Your home is so beautiful, Its absolutely georgeous, congratulation , its very nice.
hugs cecilmil

Nerissa Alford said...

I LOVED looking at your beautiful home. The crown display is adorable. I'm sure you'll enjoy decorating the new one. Good luck with your move.

Take care

Adeline Country Cottage said...

Julie, your home is very elegant, all your vignettes through out your home are beautiful.

Thank you for stopping by, and kind words you left, your welcome anytime.


marine's words said...

Love your home and can't wait until you show us your knew home.
I would like to make cards but really don't know how to go about it? how did you get started?
Your are beauitful just like your home.marina

Mya said...

You have such beautiful things. Your a great shopper too. I love the tray of crowns.
Good luck in your new home.

Unknown said...

Hi Julie
Many thanks for dropping by, thanks for Marina we are now having more wonderful friends :)

Your home is like a treasure, many beautiful and delightful things, just so beautiful, I really had a nice time looking at all those things around :)

I look forward to you new home too and your blog is a faulous find!

Happy weekend :)

steviewren said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. How nice that you have the cake topper from your parents wedding cake. I love that. I love to collect postcards too.

Centro ALMAdeROSA said...

Hola!!!, muchas gracias por visitarme en esta fiesta virtual, me ha encantado tu casa y tienes una decoración muy bonita, todo está precioso, felicidades.

Jorgelina said...

Very pretty to be able to visit your house.
The clock of your beautiful grandfathers.
A greeting from Argentina

Cape Cod Washashore said...

What a beautiful home you have! How wonderful that you have that old family Bible, too! I read your post below and think it is just marvelous that your son had the honor of playing the finale at the concert!

María Elena said...

Julie, I loved your collection of plates!

Sherri said...

thank you for the tour. Lovely arrangements. Eye delights at every turn!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

I love seeing corners of blogger's homes. I see you have a few pineapples too. I love them!
Love all those vintage toys.....sadly I remember them all.....or maybe that's a good thing?
Great auction ideas. We have ours coming up.

rivergardenstudio said...

Your vignettes are wonderful, I love the old and the new, and the way you put things together! Thank you for stopping by my blog and your lovely comments. I will be back! Roxanne

Debbie Doughty said...

Thanks for taking time to share some of your treasures in the middle of a move! I especially like the family heirlooms. Those are priceless, I'm sure you agree.

CIELO said...

Lovely home... thanks for the tour!


bj said...

Thanks for coming by today...
I really enjoyed seeing corners of your home. I am right in the middle of this HUGH project of the Kitchen Open House this week (and, possibly into NEXT week) so it will be awhile before I can post more spots around my house.
Congrats on the new house.
bj said...

What a pretty home! I love the black tray full of crowns and blooms!

Unknown said...

What lovely pictures of your home, very nice presentation. Sorry it took me so long to stop by and see them.

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

Angie(quillysilly) said...

Fabulous tour Julie!! Love all the stuff....especially the wedding photos!!! And that little nest with the eggs looks mightly familiar to me too..heehee!! Toodles..Angie

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Julie, Thank you for visiting my blog during the virtual party. I enjoyed your tour of special vignettes thru out your home. Good luck with your move and have fun redecorating. ~ Lynn

Alice W. said...

Love all your French flair!!! Fabulous home!

xx said...

I can't wait to see photos of your new place Julie! I know you have been ready to take root again - thanks lady luck for finding you the perfect spot. Lovely vignettes - really speaks to your style! Happy packing!!!

landofnodstudios said...

Well Girllie you have gone and got your named pulled out of a hat in the Land Of Nod Studio's, So it looks like the Rust and Rhinestone giveaway package is coming your way. YIPPEE!!!! YAHOO!!! *Congratulations* This has been way to much fun for me and I didn't even win anything, I was a bundle of nerves when I reached into the hat, like I was going to pull out my own name or something..... (actually it was a humongous ugly plastic bowel but hat sounds like the more professional name pulling outa thingy.) Anywho thank you so much for participating in my blog giveaway I hope you like your treasures. I had a hoot digging through my stuff to find just the right bling to pass on. When ever you have the time please send me your mailing address and I'll get your package out to you.

Sorry I had to reach you this way I have been trying to email you but the emails don't seem to be going through, my PC is on the fritz yet again.
Take care Deborah

kari and kijsa said...

What a beautiful home!

kari & kijsa