Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Home Tour Tuesday – Entry, Foyer, & Front Sitting Room

Hello and happy Tuesday!  I’m so excited to finally share with you guys our humble abode!  It’s something that I thought I would be sharing a lot earlier on, but in all honesty, it’s hard work preparing and photographing a house.   I’ve been working on it little by little during the last few months, and even though half of the rooms still haven’t been photographed, I thought I’d go ahead and dive right into the tour… maybe that will motivate me to finish the rest of the house.  :o) 

Brian and I started our marriage in a sweet, but tiny 1,200 square foot house in an older area of town.  The house was built in the 1950’s so the laundry room was outside off of the carport, the few closets it had were itty bitty, and there was only one (tiny) bathroom.  

That house holds such sweet memories because it was the house that Brian lived in the entire time that we dated, it was the house where I planned most of our wedding, it was the house that we first lived in together after we got married, it was the house that we always came home to from our abundant travels, and it was the house where we threw some kick-ass parties.  :o)  Even though all of our furniture was mismatched and my clothes were hanging on a rack in the middle of the office/guest bedroom/junk room, I will always treasure the time that we had there.   

Because it was so small, we knew that we had to move before even thinking about expanding our family, so back in 2009 after a year and a half of marriage, we decided to build.  We found a sweet little neighborhood on the north side of town in which we decided to put down our roots.  The building process was a blast, and in October 2009, we signed all of the paperwork and they turned over the keys.  It was all ours.  Such a thrill! 

We’ve worked hard over the last six years to decorate it and get it just the way we want it, so I hope you enjoy!  And don’t worry, it rarely looks like this… I assure you that it’s only this clean for the pictures for this tour!  If you were to stop by any given day, there would be shoes by the door, dishes in the sink, and toys everywhere.  I promise. 

Entry 

I’ve lived in a two-story house almost my entire life, so I knew when we built that I wanted another one.  They are just so sweet!  And just in case you start to wonder, these pictures were taken back at the end of the summer when the grass was still green and my ferns were still alive.  Hehe. 



Foyer 

One of my favorite parts about the house (even though it’s wasted space on the second floor) is the two-story foyer when you enter the front door.  It gives such a feeling of openness and I love how it allows for a little peek of the second floor.



Front Sitting Room 

When you walk in, the first thing that you see to your left is the front sitting room.  This room was empty for several years because we had no idea what to do with it.  We I tossed around the idea of a bar area early on since we entertained a lot, but we ultimately decided to turn it in to a sitting room for extra seating when we have a lot of people in the house.






We are not very formal people, so we knew that we didn’t want the room to have a stuffy and breakable atmosphere, so instead, we opted for bright colors and casual décor for a sort of funky and comfortable vibe.  It’s nice to know that the kids can play in there and I don’t have to worry about them breaking some expensive vase… although, they did once break the beer cap frame that I made  #ClassyIKnow  #WeLikeBeer


As I may have mentioned before, my Daddy is an artist, and that abstract piece in the middle as well as the caricature of Dave Matthews (my fave!) are original pieces that he painted.  And see that painting on the left?  That was me trying my hand at acrylics!  Although I’m nowhere near my Daddy’s league, I was quite pleased with how it turned out.  :o)




That cabinet houses all of our adult games – Scrabble, Taboo (the best!), Pictionary, poker, etc. – because we used to have friends over for game nights constantly before we had kids.  We haven’t had one in quite some time, but we are surely about due for one! 

The picture frames on top of the cabinet are just a few of my random favorites of our family, and the rest are pictures of us meeting random famous and semi-famous people – Jarvis Jones (linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers and former linebacker for the University of Georgia), Paul Thorn (one of my favorite musicians), Nick Hexum (lead singer from 311), The Naked Cowboy (Lol), and my personal favorite, Boyd Tinsley (the violinist for Dave Matthews Band), plus a few others. 



The framed poster behind all of the pictures is the poster from the Dave Matthews Band show that we attended in Pelham, AL back in 2013 when I got to meet Boyd, their violinist.  He autographed it for me, so it is something that I will treasure forever.


Another thing that I love about this room is the giant collage frame that I purchased to showcase all of our favorite pictures from past travels.  Brian and I love to travel.  Love it.  Some of the places you’ll see in this frame?  New York City, Las Vegas, Maui, The Bahamas, Hawaii, Washington DC, Los Angeles, The Grand Canyon, Snowshoe, WV, and many more.  I love having all of these pictures in once place and reminiscing about all of the good times that we’ve had travelling!






Well, that about wraps up this room.  Stay tuned because next Tuesday I’ll be sharing our formal dining room. 

I hope you all have a great evening! 



17 comments:

  1. Girl, I've been waiting for these posts! I already knew your house would be gorgeous but it's so fun to see! I love that you didn't make that sitting room all formal, but if I'm being honest, a bar would have been a great choice too, LOL. I love all the pictures and your Daddy and you are so talented!

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    1. Thanks, Lizzie! A bar would have definitely been nice and I surely haven't ruled it out for the future. Haha!

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  2. Such a bright & fun room! I love it! You & your dad have some serious talent. We live close to Alpine Valley in WI & Dave comes every summer for 2 nights. :)

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  3. I love how colorful that room is - so bright and inviting!!! Can't wait to see more and your curb appeal is amazing...aside from the GA flag LOL! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. This is awesome! I've been soooo excited to see these pictures. Just based off your sitting room, I'm already inspired! I would've never thought to put up pictures of each place we've traveled in one frame. Great idea! I can't wait to see more. Keep 'em coming!

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    1. Thanks, Marie! It's always nice to hear that my blog is inspiring someone! I'll be back next Tuesday with more. :o)

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  5. Beautiful! I love how colorful your sitting room is! And I am super impressed with those paintings you and your dad did - WOW! Great job! Where did you find that big collage frame? I have tons of photos and I would love to display them like that!

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  6. I LOVE your home! It's beautiful. The foyer is so nice, such a great entry. And I love the color in your sitting room. Not to mention you and your dad's paintings...how special!

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  7. Love the Georgia pride out from before you even enter!! The Hey Y'all pillow - TOO cute!

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  8. So beautiful! I love the Dave Matthews stuff...how awesome is that?! I love your staircase so much too. You guys have done a wonderful job with the decor.

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  9. Your house is gorgeous lady. I love the bright colors everywhere and LOVE your dad's pieces. I need more info on him so I can add to my collection. WE have two Tom Everharts in our home and I've been looking for BRIGHTLY colored paintings to accentuate them.

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  10. Thanks for the nod, baby girl. I know you are busy, but you need to keep painting! You have some real chops! Love you, Daddy.

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  11. You and Brian have made such a beautiful life together, babe. We're so proud of all the to of you have accomplished. Blog on. Maybe one day you can give yo Momma some blogging tips!!

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    1. Boo Boo alert... "two of you" not "to of you". Buh.

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    2. Boo Boo alert... "two of you" not "to of you". Buh.

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    3. Just let me know when you want some blogging lessons and I'll be happy to do it! :o)

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