Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Hi y'all! I'm back! Well, kind of :)
Been busy on the road visiting family and friends and oh yea, moving our family of 7 to our new home in Virginia just 1 week ago. So here it is, folks....our new American farmhouse.....minus the farm. My hubby did an amazing job finding the perfect house for us. It was being built for a family who also had 5 children and not sure what happened but it became ours. We were thrilled because not a lot of people build houses to fit a family of 7 and when this became available in the short time frame we had, we just knew it was meant to be. I can't wait to put my spin on it. I'm definitely going to need some help in the back from you all. It has a huge screened in porch attached to the guest suite and then another big attached deck to that. I have no idea what to do with it so I'd love to hear any ideas.
With 361 boxes to unpack....and no, that is not a typo.....361 boxes to be exact, I haven't had a lot of time for decorating but I couldn't wait to get my kids' painted silhouettes hung up by the front staircase. They are some of my most treasured pieces. My cousin, KiKi did an amazing job on them. They are going to look even more fabulous once the yummy gray paint goes on the walls.

Here is one side of the entry way. The neutral color is fine for now but I can't wait to get that gray on the walls!

I love how the vintage watch face collection and my vintage # 5's look in this old wooden bowl by the front door. I can't seem to find my other watch faces, though. In fact, there is a lot that I can't find but there is also a lot of things I hadn't seen since we left Dallas several years ago! These movers are great but I sometimes don't understand their reasoning behind their packing. My best piece of advice for all of you getting ready to move.....set aside your toolbox before the movers pack it away.

And here is a vintage metal chandelier that I can't wait to hang up in the guest suite! My mom has the other one and I never did anything with mine in the other houses because the wiring was messed up. But when I was back home last week, my cousin, Jared, who is an electrician fixed her right up for me. I am grateful for his talent. Now, let's see if I can get my hubby to install it soon. I can't wait to see it hanging up in there and casting it's glow!

My fellow artist friend who I had the pleasure of meeting while we lived in Chicago paints these gorgeous art tiles. Her work is beyond amazing and I just love her style. I finally bought these from her before we moved and couldn't wait to find the perfect spot in the new house to hang it. We put it in our breakfast room and I just love it there.

I just love how they have a very aged and grungy feel with a bit of that Anthropologie flair that I love so much.

She sells the poles in all different lengths and then has different knobs from which you can choose. I went with the creamy vintage looking ones. The tiles are hung from big aged metal rings. So unique!! I have some of her Christmas tiles so I can change out the fleur de lis and crown during the holiday.

So with all that said, looks like I'm back to the drawing board with decorating and I just have one thing to say about it.........I'm lovin' it! There is so much to do in this house and I cannot wait to keep going. So thank you for letting me share this journey with you all. I'd love to have feedback on decorating ideas or other inspiration from you all, so send it my way!

Giddy up!!


  1. I was JUST thinking about you yesterday and figuring you must be moved by now. I SOOO miss chatting with you on FB! Thanks for the update! And if I ever come to VA can I come stay in the guest suite? Cuz I mean holy cow you have a guest suite!:)

  2. tia~ love the dowler tiles.....and i must say...you must have had things hidden away in oswego....and one other comment....i love the side-entry garage. i think people must think i'm crazy with that whole side-entry thing, but it has such great curb appeal with the doors "hidden" away.

  3. Hi Miss Sarah! So good to hear from you. And absolutely, yes! Come on down to VA! I'd love to have ya. Thanks Susan. Yes, I love the side entry garage, too. I had all this stuff in the Chicago house but just in different places in that house and it just looks better in this house. It was built to look like an old farm house but updated. A lot of nice woodworking...

  4. Tia, You have done an AMAZING job decorating your new home and making it you! LOVE the pictures. You have a true talent. I will check out some paint color recommendations for the your office area. So happy that you are settling in so well to VA. I so miss you here. Can't wait to visit you soon..Jill

  5. Hi Miss Jill! I miss you, too girl! Thanks so much for the compliment. That means a lot especially since you are an interior designer! I just love surrounding myself with pretty things, although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, to me, the older and chippier, the prettier! I have decided that the majority of the house will be in Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams. It is one of the prettiest grays I've seen and it goes with so much. The dining room will be 2 shades darker than that gray with the silver tin tray ceiling. I can't wait to tackle that room!! Talk soon, my friend!

  6. Congrats on your beautiful new home. Have fun moving in!

    Warmly, Michelle

  7. GIRL! I LOVE what you've done so far and KNEW you'd make it FAB! Love the American farmhouse too! Great job! My vote is to make that guest room just that! (I can sip my morning coffee on the enclosed porch)

  8. Tia, welcome to Virginia! I'm a Southwestern Va gal myself. Your home is the perfect mix of old and modern..Love it!! Can't wait to see what you do with everything...keep us posted.

    Have a great weekend..:-)



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