Friday, June 1, 2012

Home Tour

We moved into our home almost twelve years ago and it looked quite different then. Our "landscaping package" included 1 small tree and 22 shrubs and all the walls inside were that stark builder white. It's a good thing we are diy'ers because the house needed a lot of work, even though it was new.

Come on in....

Here's the view of the Foyer looking back at the front door.

The "Piano Room" is just to the left as you come in. Would love to redo this as my office since our piano player now lives in California.

When our daughter's were little, they called this room the "Thanksgiving Room" because we only had dinner in there on holidays.

Our Family Room is right off the Foyer.

The Breakfast Room gets changed up the most and I love keeping the table set.

A few years ago the laminate countertops were replaced with granite and we installed in the marble tile backsplash ourselves.
This photo was taken before the Family Room was painted.

The hallway isn't yellow anymore either : )

One of the features we wanted when we purchased our home was a main floor Master Bedroom.

We installed a tile floor in our Master Bath and added a few upgrades a several years ago.

One of the first things we did after moving into our home was to have a custom closet done in the Master Closet. I was a closet designer at the time.

We'll skip the Laundry Room and the worlds smallest Powder Room which is also on the main floor and head on upstairs to the Guest Room.

The next bedroom was our Oldest Daughter's Room  before she moved to California last May. Take all the artwork and accessories out and that's what it looks like today. UPDATE: We've repainted this room. Click HERE to see what it looks like now. 

Our Youngest Daughter's Room has my favorite furniture transformation in it. The bookcases were a really ugly Craigslist find.
The project we're working on is going in this bedroom.

We use the Bonus Room as our Craft Room/ Office. It's on our project list for a complete makeover. Can't  wait.

We also have a Basement with two rooms finished; a second Family Room and a full Bath. Our girls have had quite a few sleepovers here. There is an additional 1,600 square feet of unfinished Basement that is storage and part of that is often used for painting projects.

 The best part about our home is the outdoor space.  There is a deck off the Breakfast Room on the main floor where we often have dinner when the weather is nice.

One of my favorite places to relax is the Basement Patio. It's below the deck and stays cool until the very hot days of Summer.

The view from the Basement Patio looks out onto the woods. This photo was taken a few years ago just as the trees were leafing out in early Spring.

The little blue playhouse was mine as a child. We brought it with us when we moved from California to  North Carolina. It is painted the same colors as our ranch home back in Southern California.

The patio was installed by my husband several years ago. I love gardening and designed the landscaping and we planted everything ourselves. It's a good thing I love digging in the dirt!

Our cat Buddy is a sweetheart and loves to be photographed.

Just thought I'd throw in a scanned photo of how our backyard looked the year we moved in. We had already taken down a few trees to make room for a swingset for our daughters. The patio shown above now sits where the black plastic strips are. My husband is shown here trying to dig out one of the tree stumps. He eventually rented a Bobcat to dig them up.

It's taken many years and a lot of time spent out in the garden to get our yard to look like it does now.

Hope you enjoyed the new tour of our home(again)

Have a great weekend!



  1. Love love your gardens Pam... and your breakfast room is one of my favourite place in your home... And yes now I love your basement patio....Oh I am so happy that I have one like this in our newly constructed home... Lovely home from where I get many inspirations for my new home... thanks a lot for sharing...
    With love

  2. Hope you are feeling better Pam!~ Enjoy your weekend. Of course you know I love your home.

  3. I think your home is totally stunning and I love it inside and out. YOur landscaping is gorgeous. You can see all the work, really beautiful. Hugs, Marty

  4. Such a lovely home and in a beautiful setting!!!

  5. What a great tour Pam! Yes, you have indeed done A LOT of work on the place...but that's what makes it so special. I think the blue shed is the best part of all! I love that you actually brought it from California and grew up with it..
    You have so much space! Thanks for showing us, and hope you're feeling better. Have a good weekend; should be beautiful weather.

  6. I love taking a tour of your beautiful home Pam!! Hope your feeling better!

  7. Your home is just so cozy and lovely. I hope you fell better soon!

  8. Lovely home I love the pictures they are just trunning the kitchen and all the rooms are so pretty. Love your curb appeal too.


  9. I did see this on debbiedoos, but was quite happy to take the tour again.
    I hope you feel better soon :-), take it easy till you do!

  10. Your house is gorgeous, thank you for the house tour. I would love the basement patio too, I love sitting outside, but if it would be cooler until the hot summer, that's where I would be. I hope that you feel better soon!

  11. I just love looking at pictures of your yard. It's so pretty & so different than anything we have around here. I hope you're feeling better soon!

  12. Loved seeing your home on Debbiedoo's and loved seeing it again...So beautiful!

  13. Pam,

    Your home is just breathtaking! So gorgeous both inside and out!



    (And I wanted to stop by and say thank you so very much for your kind comments on my home at Debbie Doo's!)

  14. Your home is gorgeous, and you have created such a beautiful yard!!

    Here visiting via Savvy Southern Style.
    Following you now! :-)


  15. Wow there is not one room I don't love!! Oh my gosh your closet!!! Can you come up to CT and help me with mine? lol Why are my closets the only thing in my house I can't get ahold of and stay organized? lol

  16. Beautiful home. I love your style. I'm always looking for ways to make the front entrance (exterior) welcoming, and yours is wonderful! Thanks for sharing these pics!

  17. Your home is beautiful. Would you mind telling me what your dining room paint color is? It's gorgeous!

  18. You have a stunning house! And I'm green with envy about your outdoor space :)

  19. Heather (gonetocarolina)February 25, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Pam, I love the photos of your home. It is so beautiful and cozy too. You've done a great job!!!!!

  20. Hi, Pam!

    Your home is a breath of fresh air! It is so beautifully styled and"homey"! What part of Southern California are you from? I absolutely LOVE NC, but San Diego is my home, so it takes number one in my heart. :)

    New follower from Absolutely Arkansas!


  21. I absolutely LOVE LOVE your home and your lot! It's so lovely! We are in search for something so similar to this! With three boys we need a place they can run, roam, and explore :)

  22. Hi Pam,

    Do you happen to know the dimensions of the master bedroom closet? We’re building a closet in a new house and I love that layout, so just wondering about how wide and deep it is. Thanks!


  23. Hey Natalie, I hope you see this comment because you have no reply blogger and I couldn't respond directly. Leave me your email in a private message on a comment or a private message on Facebook. I'm currently out of town and can't measure the closet, but I think I remember it as about 8 feet square with an angle cut out of it. If you can, give your closet 10 ft x 10 ft. Our closet is really too small for the size of our home. Once you get your layout, I can always design one for you for a fee, if you like.

  24. I love the photos of your home. It is so beautiful and cozy. You've done a great work ! Thanks for sharing !


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