Welcome to my home….

Several months ago my home was featured on Debbie-Doos

…..it was such an honor to be featured on her blog.

So, today, I thought that I would present this post …my home tour.

And to see it before the rooms transition to “all things Christmas”!!…


I live in North Carolina….

We relocated to North Carolina from Florida, where I had lived most of my life. We love it here.

It was a difficult move as we were leaving our friends and family, so that we could be close to our son and his family.

We had our home built in a beautiful golf course neighborhood.

We chose this plan as almost every room had a view.

A view…”it’s all about the view”…..So come on in and hope you enjoy the tour!


The front facade of our home….
One day while my builder was supervising the pouring of our driveway…
….someone drove by and said, “Oh what a cute little house”…
……….He replied, “It may be cute, but not that little”…


A view of the back (in the winter…I love the snow on the ground)…

As you can see, we have many sets of french doors that overlook the back yard…

With the exception of a few bathrooms, and the bonus room, all the rooms have a view of the back yard.

So come in and make yourself at home…

The foyer:


Starting off with the living room area…..


As you will quickly see, the main floor is really one large room…
We wanted that casual, great room feel.

This room is how it looked several months ago…



and now it looks like this:

…..the stained glass moved into the foyer…

……….and antique wood and iron shutters were placed over the fireplace.


So now, we move into the dining room…It is a casual room…

…..unlike many dining rooms, it faces the back of the house.

The best part is that we use it every day…
…..unlike our former dining rooms in which the chairs “were warm” only a few times a year!


And now we move on to the kitchen….


The cabinetry is Cherry….
We had “discussions” back and forth as to the style and color of the kitchen…
…..We had many cherry and mahogany pieces, so it was best to go with the cherry…
………or so I thought at the time……
…………..But at least I sneaked in the farmhouse sink!!!



And then there is the pantry..It originally was slated for just a room with a door and shelving…but I had the
builder re-work it into a butler’s pantry with plenty of storage behind cabinetry….


Where was that wide angle lens when I needed one!…

And now moving on to the keeping/sunroom…


The windows in this room were not covered originally…our view was trees all around…
…..a true sunroom…
Then the house went up next door…so I decided to place curtains half way up..
…..so I do not subject my nice neighbors..to me in my PJ’s!!

When I saw this wicker at the High Point showroom, I fell in love with the color…(mfgr is Lane Venture)



And now..down the hallway..we go toward the laundry room and the powder room…
…..and beyond the door is the entry to the garage.

Now, have you had your second cup of coffee yet…

…..you may want to grab another as this post is heavy on the photos!!



I wanted the cherry cabinetry to flow through the main floor for consistency….

Oh..are those “orbs” in the lower left hand corner?…woooo..




And then across the hall…the teeny powder room…that is on my list for a facelift! No Botox…


I’m really needing that wide angle lens…hope “honey” is reading this!

Now we move on to the Master Bedroom…my builder loves making the ceilings very interesting…


The walls will soon be painted with SW Silvermist..the same as the master bathroom…

…..haven’t made it in there yet!



Now we shall move on down the little hall to the Master Bath…



So now..I am going to take you to the other floor….and hope that I have not lost your attention….
As I said, this is definitely a two cups of coffee (or tea) post….

So now we shall enter the main guest room…
Oh by the way, all the bedding in all 3 bedrooms are by Pottery Barn with some custom made pillows.




This room, always a work in progress…then again, so is the entire house!


I love that I am able to place chairs in most of my bathrooms….
…..a garden whirlpool tub is in this bathroom for guests to enjoy…
………..and also comes in handy after a long day of softball games!


So down the hall to the media room we go….


This is a great room for movies and enjoying company of others…


The saying over the doors are there all year round…a request from our Granddaughter!




A little kitchenette comes in very handy…

So let’s move down the hall…towards the second guest/little (and I mean little) craft space….





And here is my little craft space…hopefully soon there will be some new units there for crafting…


Another bathroom for guests…no windows here..so light not great….


A very large shower and toilet area beyond the door….


And here is a “glimse” of my hubby’s office…we utilized the 4th bedroom for it….he was in there working…shhhh….
He also has a great view when working….

Now, last but not least there is one more room to show you for today….whew…you probably thought this would never end!


Can you tell he loves baseball?…We added the wainscoting to match the pool table…


There is a wet bar up there…for those thirsty guys!…


There is a bathroom and a large closet in that room also…but not really photo worthy right now!….

So, I hope you enjoyed the very L O N G tour of my home….

A home that we love that is always “in the state of change”….

I am joining:

Judy at DIY by Design Fall into Fall Party

Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

This Home Tour has been featured on the following wonderful blogs:

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  1. Shirley,

    Everytime I see your home I love it more and more, it is so beautiful. You don’t miss a touch.


  2. So fun seeing your cute LITTLE house again. I love your manicured front yard. Beautiful. Wish mine was smaller like yours. Our yard is just too big.

  3. Your house is WONDERFUL. You have a great sense of style. I am in the process if updating my dining room and I love the upholstered chairs in yours. Do you mind sharing where you purchased them or the company who makes them? Blessings!

  4. Shirley, thank you for the personal house tour last weekend. Your beautiful home is inspiring! It was fun to see it again here.

  5. O)h Shirley, I so love seeing your beautiful home no matter how many times it is featured by YOU or anyone else! I would love to stay in that guest room, it is so pretty and luxurious!!! Your yard is so neat and beautiful too. Your open kitchen/dining/sunroom reminds me of this place!!! THAT makes me happy!!!!:) Have a great week, my friend. XO, Pinky

  6. It’s gorgeous, Shirley! Fun to see all your spaces together… so inviting. :)
    xo Heidi

  7. Donna White says:

    So much beauty to enjoy!

  8. Donna White says:

    So much beauty to enjoy!!!

  9. I loved touring your home, Shirley. It is just gorgeous and I always feel like it welcomes me when I’m there!

  10. So happy I was able to be a guest of your home and stay in one of the guest rooms, because although its beautiful here, these pictures do not do your home justice. And for the record, if anyone reads this comment – her home is ALWAYS this clean. It wasn’t like this just for these pics. :)

  11. You have such a beautiful home, Shirley! I can’t believe al the natural light you get ~ it’s wonderful!

  12. Omigoodness, this is quite a tour. You’ve done a beautiful job creating a look that flows easily from one room to another. Did you start from scratch or did some of Florida transfer?

  13. Shirley love love loved the tour! Your home is simply stunning! Love your style!

  14. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Your home is stunning. I love everything and I love all of your decor. So beautiful. Hugs, Marty Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:06:53 +0000 To: astrollthrulife@live.com

  15. Always love touring your home!!

  16. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: LOVE your house, girl!!! The back side of the house is just FABULOUS, and I love all the French doors. I think this is the first time I’ve seen your master bedroom. The ceiling is magnificent!!! I really like all the dark wood in your master bath, too! In fact, I love all the dark woods throughout the house. I would love to make that switch. It’s great that you can put a chair in the bathrooms. Only one of ours is large enough/configured so that we can do that. Gorgeous house, Shirley! I’m glad you are enjoying it!

  17. Beautiful, beautiful home. It feels so cozy. Loved the tour!

  18. Love it, thanks for the opportunist unity t view it…. Enjoy!

  19. Just gorgeous! Your home is huge! I can’t get over how big all of your bathrooms are. I absolutely love how you changed your fireplace mantel area. I remember when you finally got your husband to hang that wood piece. It’s perfect there. I really enjoyed the tour!

  20. Gorgeous, Shirley! I have seen photos with bits and pieces of your home but never the entire house. Everything is sooo pretty.

  21. I remember your home from Savvy Southern Style, and it’s just as beautiful in these photos!! Somehow you manage to have a grand and dramatic home that’s also very warm and welcoming. It’s simply lovely!

  22. WOW! Your home is stunning!

  23. Shirley, I only took me one cup of coffee and a little drool to get through this post :) I’ve enjoyed peaks in the past, but what fun to enjoy the whole house tour! The elevation from the back looks like a totally different house from the front! Wonderful to have all those windows! All your molding and ceiling treatments are wonderful. I REALLY love that you matched the wainscoting to the pool table!

  24. Your home is stunning, and I enjoyed the tour of it! The front view is really pretty, but the back view stole my heart! Beautiful! The gorgeous ceilings make quite a statement, too! :)

  25. Shirley, as you know, I just love seeing photos of your home! You have such great style; and everything feels so warm and welcoming! Just gorgeous!

  26. Just started following you and I have to say (like all) what a beautiful, but mostly warm home. You have created a home not just a house.

  27. What a lovely home you have! Thanks for sharing it xox

  28. Shirley, your home is stunning! It’s so warm and inviting! I love your sunroom and the antique wood and iron shutter is gorgeous over the fireplace! Each bedroom is so serene! I could go on and on! You have decorated your home beautifully!

  29. Your “cottage” is fabulous! The winter scene is lovely – I can picture you sledding right now! Well, maybe just enjoying a cup of hot chocolate by that fabulous fireplace!

  30. I love your home, but especially your living room. Just beautiful!!

  31. I really love to have a visit at your house, especially at your living room…love the way you arrange it.

  32. Your home is beautiful! I loved the tour.

  33. Your home is truly beautiful – inside and outside. Your back could even be the front! :) Your furnishings are so pretty and your decorating is gorgeous. You are so blessed.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia :)

  34. What a great space for a big family party. And I WISH I had a crafts room like yours.

  35. Shirley your home is beyond stunning!! I love love LOVE all your windows and natural light. What a dream home!! :)

  36. You live in my dream home, Shirley! What an incredible floor plan. I love all of the French doors … the open feel … the light … and, the space! Wow! And, I know how much you love your craft room … lucky lady, you! Happy Thanksgiving!

  37. Your home is absolutely stunning. I would never go out. Only kidding. Thank you for the tour again.

  38. Shirley your home is so beautiful and full of warmth! I love your dining room; I picture so many special gatherings. Also the silver mist paint color; adore!

    Giveaway from Scalamandre!

  39. you have a beautiful home with lots of space. I love butlers pantries I wish we would have known we were going to stay in our home as long as we have. We would have changed our pantry . Love everything you shared. You have great taste and a lovely sense of style. One of my favorite photos is the first one! Wondering where you are in SC ( send email please) there is a possibility in the next couple of years we may move there. xo

  40. I never get tired of seeing your home. It’s just gorgeous. I remember when it was featured over at Debbie’s. I will be featuring it tomorrow night at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  41. Is the term “keeping room” a southern term? I am from the Pacific NW and have never heard that term before…lovely, lovely home

  42. Michele from IL says:

    Gorgeous home! Especially love the unique tray ceiling in the master bedroom. :)

  43. Absolutely beautiful! Long post? NOT! I could spend hours absorbing all the details!

  44. Beautiful home! Happy Thanksgiving

  45. Shirley, thank you for the tour of your beautiful home. I like the fact that all the rooms have a view. The back facade full of French doors and windows is remarkable. Enjoyed this post from start to finish. Happy Thanksgiving………Sarah

  46. What a delightful home! Thank you for the tour. Love the French doors, and your big backyard. Thanks

  47. Wow! Get my room ready, I’m moving in! So many gorgeous details…the shutter above your fireplace, the old grocery cart, just beautiful!!!

  48. Hi, Shirley! Your home is beautiful! So many wonderful details. I adore those antique shutters over the fireplace. And the silver mist color in your master bath is gorgeous!

  49. Thank you for the tour Shirely! Your home is stunning! There are so many beautiful details throughout. Love the woodwork:)! Happy Thanksgiving! Jen

  50. I truly enjoyed the photo tour. You have a lovely home, and you have decorated each room with such attention to detail! Many thanks for sharing, as you have given me many ideas to consider for my own home.

  51. yarlette says:

    Love your home. What a great place to live.

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