Friday, July 28, 2006

Welcome to my Home!


My very non-bloggy friend (and you know who you are) was telling me what she liked about some of my recent posts and added, "I don't really like all the blog talk, though." I answered honestly, "Yes, I know you don't, but all the other bloggers do." Don't correct me if I'm wrong, bloggers, because I like it, and it's my blog.

Anyway, I know that even Danielle will love the Bloggy Tour of Homes. She hasn't seen my home here in Connecticut, so I am welcoming all my bloggy friends, as well as real life friends, to take a look. You can click the picture link up there to see the original idea if you'd like. BooMama's idea was to let us "see" where each of us lives, but also to give God the glory for what we have, be it 500 or 5000 square feet. I like that idea. Click here to visit other homes on the bloggy tour.

Come on in. . . .

If you walk down the hall, you will see where I blog.


BooMama also said "don't be afraid to show us the real deal." Well, this desk is conveniently in my kitchen, but it's usually a bit of a mess. So, just like when "real" people come over, I straighten a bit. This is the straigtened up version. It can get much much worse.


Because I have a laptop, I also enjoying blogging here on the porch,



or here in my favorite chair in my bedroom.

I am veering from the instructions, and showing the rest of my kitchen, before I show my living room, because even though I'm not organized, I am logical.



One thing that I am very thankful about in this kitchen is my sink. We just redid the countertops, and got a new undermount sink. When it was installed, I realized that it was deep. Oddly deep. But the great thing is that there are dirty dishes in there right now, and you really can't see them! A bad thing that I've just figured out is that I can't really get behind the really deep sink to unscrew the drawer handles to replace them with my new hardware that is on the other cabinets. They are fake drawers, so I have to go from inside the cabinet. Any tips?

On to the living room:



It's small, but I like it. We (meaning the kids during the day) watch TV here, and hang out. There are toys. It's not pristine.

Fifth photo is "my choice," so I'll show you my library. It's connected to the living room by a large opening (which also has sliding doors are never closed). I just redid this room. It was a "nothing" room, with a random sofa. But with some cheap shelves that I bought at Costco, and the little secretary desk that I got for $10 or $15 at a tag sale, it's a den/study/library. I love the term library, but the name is just not sticking. Now we use and enjoy this room for reading and Amanda uses the desk for homework sometimes.



Thanks for looking, and come back any time!

70 comments:

Trisha said...

Love your library and fireplace. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs Blythe said...

Love the tour of your home. It looks lovely.

Dianne said...

Nice job on the kitchen. YOur home looks very inviting!

Jane said...

Oh, the porch is so nice, would love to be sitting there reading a good book!!

Beck said...

You have a beautiful home! I really love the library - I love going to people's houses and seeing bookshelves!

Katrina said...

You did a wonderful job on the kitchen and library - love them! And your "blogging chair" in the bedroom looks very comfy. It was so nice to have this tour and to picture you, Terry, Amanda, and Kyle as you go about your daily life.

Laura said...

I love your porch! I told Beck the same thing - I'm in love with porches and yours looks so cozy!

Susanne said...

Loving your porch and your library! Thaks for the lovely tour!

Mississippi Girl said...

Your home is so warm and inviting!! LOVE the hardwood floors and that porch!
Jennifer R.

Gina said...

One question to all the blogging home girls, How much do you actually CLEAN before you take those photos?

All your homes are beautiful, but I think I'll have to stay away for the tremendous guilt trip it gives me! :)

Tammy said...

my..my at the books!!
a kindred spirit!!
I have a daughter about your age that homeschools (see 'Manda on my blog)...so I'm used to the bloggy talk...lol!
Loved your home...thanks for sharing!
:-D

kpjara said...

I love the library! The whole house is really beautiful and inviting (at least the parts we saw).

Thanks for having us over!

Sue said...

Thanks for inviting us! I would love a huge wrap around porch. It seems like such a welcoming touch to a home!

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH countertops & undermount sink!!!! IIIIIIII love it!!!!!

You have a beautiful home!

Nikkie said...

You have a very lovely home, thanks for sharing it!

sarah said...

Great tour. Blogging on the porch looks like fun!

Karla said...

Beautiful home! Thanks for the tour. And if "library" sticks with you, then library it is! I love it! I wish I had a library. Almost no better environment than a library. =)
I love the green walls and the hardwood floor in the living room! A great place to hang with the fam. =)
Hope you get to stop by and take a tour with me sometime soon. :)

Mama Duck said...

Ah, it's very clean, we have toys everywhere in our house!! I want a laptop so I can do that too ;).

Code Yellow Mom said...

The sink is my favorite...

Thanks for the tour!

kaliblue said...

Your home is nice. Thanks for sharing:-).
Have A Great Weekend!!!

Stephanie said...

Great tour thanks for inviting us in!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Lovely! And I too showed "The REal Deakl" as you no doubt saw....I like that because then you get a sense of "life" going on in the house, you know? Thanks for sharing these wonderful views of your home.

Tammy said...

Your kitchen is beautiful! I enjoyed the tour!

(I'll answer your question to me here--the left house on my header is my house.)

Tammy said...

Love your kitchen- and the porch too! Your home is so cozy (which is what someone said about mine...and what I'd like to think mine is, too.)

Thank you for the tour! Mine was late in posting but drop on in!

Blessings,
~Tammy

Jeannine said...

Your house is beautiful; thanks for doing the tour.
Deep sinks in kitchens are very nice. I purposely bought the deepest ones we could find so I can wash my canning pots and large stockpots without difficulty. You're right though, a side benefit is you can hide quite a few dirty dishes. :-)
We have a library too although we always call it the schoolroom. We never actually do any school there though so we've tried calling it the library but the schoolroom name seems to have stuck.

Autumn said...

Oh I love all the books..Have you finished them all?

CHEL said...

I love the cabinets in your kitchen! Beautiful!

keri said...

hi jennifer...your house looks very homey and comfortable, i love that! and oh how my hubby wishes he had a great leather chair like yours...maybe some day! and thanks for coming by my home too!

Faith said...

It is just beautiful! The Library - mucho grande!!! Love it. Your home is very warm and cozy - just like it should be! thanks for inviting me in!
p.s. Bloggy talk? I'm all for it!!

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Love it - looks so comfortable and homey! I'll be right over!

PEA said...

Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse of your home..it's very lovely and I love your furniture and decor!!

Susan said...

Thank you for your message on my blog, it's just what God has been reminding me today.
Your house is lovley by the way, and I love the colour of your living room.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

what a wonderful, cozy home. i love it. that porch is soooooo great - you wouldn't be able to drag me off it!!

PastorMac's Ann said...

Thanks for inviting us into your lovely home. How nice that you can blog on the back porch and I'd love to have room in the bedroom for a big comfy chair that - afraid we'd have to more the bed out! Love those beautiful wood floors.

Belle-ah said...

Love, love, love the colors on your front entry! Thanks for the tour.

Kris in TN said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today during the Home Tour ... your home is great! I want an undermount sink so badly ... can't wait to remodel the kitchen in another 10 years or so - LOL!

Kris

momrn2 said...

Great Place!! I am jealous. Wish I could blog on my pack porch! From what I can tell, we have identical stoves... small world! (just thought you might be interested in that tidbit.) :-) Thanks for allowing me to "stop by". Thanks for stopping by "My Quiet Corner"!

Val said...

Blogging on the porch - I like the sound of that. And the deep sink that hides dirty dishes - fantastic! As a retired librarian, I applaud you library.

Sandra said...

I would love to blog on the porch, how wonderful :)

I have to tell you that your library and all the books are my favorite :)
Beautiful house, thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

Your home is so comfortable looking. And that white chair and ottoman in your living room? That's a MAMA BEAR chair and I love it! I could sit in down and not get up for days in that chair. Thank you for letting me drop in.

Beckie said...

Great house!!
I love your library!!

Blessings!

Lauren said...

Oh that porch, yes, yes, I could blog there too. Thanks for having me.

Carol said...

I neeeeeed me that porch! When it cools down, I mean. Not today.

Thanks for the tour!

Jenny in Queensland said...

You have a lovely home, thankyou for inviting me in.

Peace & Happiness said...

Ohhhh your home is so warm and wonderful! Thank You for sharing!

http://little-bunny-foofoo.blogspot.com/

Huggers!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for sharing, your home is lovely! And thanks for visiting mine, too.

Nice to meet you. :)

Laurel Wreath said...

Love your patio. Beautiful house thank for inviting me!!

Blessings,

Heather said...

Thanks for the tour!

Monique said...

Being from MA I love the country siding and porch. Such a warm and loving home.

~Jennifer said...

Oh, I would love blogging on that porch, and the chair looks like it just wraps it's arms around you and gives you a big hug when you sit in it! Thanks for sharing pictures of your beautiful home!

smhgrace said...

That's a wonderful chair in your room. I like that great big island workspace in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

Laura said...

What a beautiful home! I had to show Darling Husband your fabulous kitchen :) I love the sink and counters!

DH says if it is a screw to use a "sawzall" (brand name) to cut the screws off (or some other reciprocating saw), that there is pretty much no other way to get them out of there w/o taking out the sink. If it is a bolt you can use a basin wrench. HTH!

Robin said...

Love the screen door. It just says, please come in and visit!

PEZmama said...

You said "tag sale!" I haven't heard that in a LONG time. Out here it is a "garage sale."

I am from Connecticut too. Born there and didn't leave until I went to college. How fun to be back "home" on your tour!

Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by my blog.

Malissa said...

love the library! I always wanted one.

:)

Thanks for stopping by my place too

Chappyswife said...

Very nice home! Thanks for visiting me & allowing me to tour your home!

theresa said...

Love your home...especially your new kitchen and the porch! Thanks for the tour!

Laura said...

so cozy and comfy looking, i'm afraid i might never get up if i sat down! thank you for opening your home and for visiting mine...yes, my kids are hams still.

Geekwif said...

Thanks for the tour. I like your blogging places. You have a lovely home.

Addie said...

You have a really comforting and welcoming home. I love the big comfy chairs, the porch and the butcher block island. And whatever you call it, the library is very nice to have, huh?!

Dianne said...

Nice to meet you! I like that you can blog anywhere. I'm on a pc, so am stuck in the family room corner. Your house looks really inviting.
As for the knobs-could you decoupage or paint them? I think you would have to take the sink out again to put in new ones. I am in a dilemma here as I have a new kitchen garden window-really deep-needs staining too! I have a new off-white sink-guess it will be the paintbrush on a pole try or get my 6'8" nephew out here to lean in to it! LOL

Mountain Mama said...

Nice home. I love your kitchen! It looks like it would be fun to cook in there.

TurtleHeart said...

Love the library! Your home looks so nice and cozy! I would love to have a nice shady porch where I could take my laptop to blog. Thanks for the tour!

Nancy said...

Thanks for the tour. I like your home, especially the kitchen and fireplace. I see what you mean about the kitchen hardware. Can the panels be popped off? Could the old pulls be "sawwed" off and new ones epoxied into the holes?

udandi said...

Pretty wood floors! Thanks for stopping by my place, I'm still working my way through the rest!

Michelle- This One's For The Girls said...

Don't know how I missed your house the first time around--because you were one of the ones that I wanted to be intentional about visiting...

Anyway--I loved your house--especially the fireplace the the porch. Oh what I wouldn't give for a porch like that one.

Loved your follow-up comments too--very encouraging. Thanks for having us!

Shalee said...

That is one lovely home. I love your library - stick with the name, they'll get it eventually.

Thank you for showing us some of your favorite things around your place.

MommaB said...

I love your porch bloggin' area and the library looks very inviting! Thanks for opening your home to us.

Sonia said...

Love the tour of your home. It looks so beautiful! The library is very charming, too!
Thank you so much!

Mrs. C said...

Your home looks so comfortable! Thanks for inviting us in.