Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lisa's House - Step Inside

If you missed the first part of the tour of Lisa's house - the front garden and welcoming porch - you can read it here.

As I mentioned in my initial post about Lisa's house, she loves signs and has them tucked here and there throughout the house.

After looking back at the photos of Lisa's house in Fifi O'Neill's book, Romantic Prairie Style, I am a little intimidated about showing my photos.

I will remind you that I had no stylists, no special lighting equipment and the day I took photos, Lisa had just come home from volunteering at the hospital - in other words, life was going on as usual and we all know that real life and staged photo shoots are not the same thing.

Lisa's cozy living room holds many unique vintage pieces -

a triptych mirror aged to perfection . . . a fun clock . . . a rustic piece holding family photos. . .

I was not able to get any sweeping photos of the entire room, but this photo shows the wonderful bead board ceilings and the French doors leading to the garden.

A table beneath the window holds a romantic display of topiaries in a 4 foot tall birdcage.

Moving across to another side of the "great room" is the dining area where we find a wood table surrounded by crisp white chairs and a chandelier with a mix of rustic and bling.

This photo looking from the dining area into the kitchen shows the pickled cabinets Lisa had installed along with subway tile and a great farmhouse sink.

I love Lisa's color choice for the Big Chill refrigerator and dishwasher and the KitchenAid mixer.

What makes Lisa's home fun is the use of quirky pieces throughout the house.

Beautiful pickled wood floors lead down the hallway to the bedrooms.

Lisa replaced every door in the house with well loved and aged doors . . . my favorites are a screen door on the linen closet and the etched glass on the laundry room.

I love this vignette at the end of the hallway . . .

rustic ladder . . . old wicker . . . vintage linens . . . how can you go wrong?

The first bedroom holds an antique daybed with a wonderful old Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.

And, look at the patina on the closet doors.

Elphaba, a standard poodle, makes herself quite at home in the first bedroom,

but the second bedroom is the cat haven -  Elphaba and the other dogs are not welcome.

We're almost done - we just need to peek into Lisa's bedroom and bathroom.

The bedroom is a welcoming retreat . . .  comfy bed . . . plump pillows . . .  rustic bench . . . and Lisa's harp in the corner waiting to be played.

Primitive dolls are tucked around the room which is obviously one of Elphaba's favorite hangouts.

More doors . . . an arched door turned into a mirror . . . paned glass closet doors . . . a peek at the rich patina of the bedroom door.

The bedroom and bathroom were an addition just after Lisa moved into the house 6 years ago.

I love the stone floor, the vintage door and pedestal sink - I seemed to have forgotten to photograph the huge shower.

This tour has gone on long enough, so we won't go into the garden today, but I will leave you with a little teaser.

I am partying at My Desert Cottage and A Fanciful Twist later this week so drop by next Monday to see what this cute little structure is.

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  1. I wouldn't worry about the photos Carol, they look great. Somehow this house looks more real than in the book, because the photos aren't staged.
    Her home is really gorgeous, so many interesting pieces. I love the floors and those French doors leading to the garden, they make the great room feel really special.

  2. looooooove all your pics!!!!! angie from germany

  3. Her interior is beautiful and YOU did a beautiful job capturing it! :)

  4. You will not believe this, but Lisa's harp is the EXACT same model and color as mine, Carol! I hope to share my home in a few weeks now that I've figured out how to use my camera to get more light! Oh how I love the pickling process of the wooden floors and cabinets! Dreamy, white, creamy, antique....what a magical tour you had and now share with us! Even her white climbing roses are a joy!

    Any new ideas now, for your cottage?

  5. i wonder if they call that piece a "dream catcher" or does it just look like one?

    i love the kitchen chairs. they look very comfortable like a bed comforter. ( :

    i love her collection. she needs a blog to share her fun too. (hint. hint. wink. wink.)

  6. I'm totally smitten!! Lisa's vintage furniture, large and small, is Fabulous! And those old doors leading into rooms...well, I need to borrow that idea...LOVE!
    Thanks for the great tour, Carol!
    Mary Alice

  7. Carol, Oh I love it. You did a great job with the photos. I can see why Lisa's home was in a book. It is just wonderful. So many treasures too. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  8. so cute!!! What a pretty house, I love the kitchen!!

  9. How wonderful to see her home thru YOUR other words not staged... :) Thanks for sharing! Hugs! deb

  10. I love it! I love all the unique pieces and the olden woods that are mixed in. At our last house we had pickled cabinets in the kitchen like Lisa's. To me that is a beautiful timeless look. Thanks for sharing her neat house!

  11. what amazing and different touches!

    which make it so original.


  12. What a charming cottage! There is so much to take in, this is my second time visiting your post today. I think (for now) that my favorites are the crystals hanging above the table and all those doors! I love that and have toyed with the idea myself. Maybe time to revisit! ;)

  13. What a glorious home to visit! I can't imagine living pretty, peaceful, and serene with the vintage pieces and subdued color scheme. I love it...of course I love all styles, that's the reason I have a hard time narrowing it down to one and just decorate with whatever makes my heart happy...:) Have a blessed day. Enjoy your walks on the beach enough for me too! I am needing some beach time!

    Blessings, Vicky

  14. Oh Carol. Love love love!!!!!! Looked back through all your pics a few times. Her home is gorgeous. A girl after my own heart. That arched door turned mirror in the bedroom needs to be in my house. Seriously I am in love with that door. Love all her chippiness and love that she replaced stock doors with old wonderful doors with history. Gorgeous. Loved all your pictures they are beautiful. This was really a fun tour loved it.

  15. Carol, thanks for the "inside" tour. Fun! I love that she used old doors throughout the house. Great idea for interest and textures. She is a very clever lady. Loved seeing her home, and your photos are great!
    Looking forward to the Fanciful Party!

  16. Oh Carol, I loved loved loved Lisa's home. Thank you so much for sharing her beautiful home and gardens with us.
    I am going back and look at all the photo's again. I think you did a wonderful job with your pictures.
    Thanks so much.
    PS Love all the different antique doors.

  17. Thanks for the great tour! Your pictures were just fine, and I'm green with envy!

  18. Love Lisa's's so beautiful!! Thanks for taking us on the tour. Now I'm going back to look at it all again.

  19. It was so much fun to go on this tour with you. Her home has some wonderful furnishings in it! I look forward to seeing her garden next!

  20. love her style and your pics, carol!

  21. Carol,
    Don't know why, but today has slipped into a land of time management mystery!!! I will return late tonight to leave a more heartfelt comment, until then, in Lisa's house I feel warmth, great love and great soul. So much to adore... More later mon amie.
    Oh throw out the staged photos this is a delightful tour through your photo essay and into her real life. Holy crap how I love her poodle.

  22. Love all the natural patina and white washed signs, frames, mirrors, etc. I really like the white mirror on the gray door. Your photos are great! I think you did a great job of capturing her style. I'd like to capture a little of both of your styles.

  23. There's just so much to see in her charming home! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your photos with us, Carol!

    I read your last post and I've got a lump in my throat just thinking about that beautiful family's loss.

  24. Lisa is obviously very create like you. The space is beautiful and your photographs are amazing. Thanks for sharing this inspiration.

  25. Your home decor has the perfect blend of charm, character and beauty! I love the floors, all of the beautiful patina'd items and that giant birdcage full of topiaries! Lovely.

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  26. thank you for the tour. Love all the details, so gorgeous and creative!

  27. Hi Carol, what a lovely home, thanks for the tour and thank your friend for allowing us into her home.
    Look at you!
    You're becoming a "Party Animal".
    Party On!!!
    Connie :)

  28. Back again Carol for a longer look. Lots of love, warmth and fun going on in Lisa's amazing home. I love the pickled floors, the white beadboard ceiling with beams. Wow I love those lovely French doors that open to the garden. The texture the burlap adds to the relaxed roman shades is a lovely addition. There are some uniquely wonderful vintage doors added to the mix. Thanks for the tour.

  29. What a beautiful home! So many pretty things to look at. I think your photos were just fine, by the way.

  30. That is a teaser for sure!!! Her house knocked me over!! It is gorgeous! The floors and the ceiling details! It is a dream of mine to replace our doors!!! I can't wait to see the garden!!! I can only imagine!!! Wishing you an outstanding Thursday! Nicole xo

  31. Your photos are perfect!!! No staging or lighting crew needed! I am certain that Lisa is more than thrilled with the job you did sharing her beautiful home with us,I know it loved every pic!!!

  32. I loved every detail in her home. It all says HOME. Thanks for sharing it.


  33. A house really lovely, what beautiful details!!
    Have a nice day!!

  34. Dearest Carol,

    What a friend you are. Thank you for coming to dream today with me. I appreciate your comment on my post, for I'm finally inching my way to using my own photos. The header photos are mine from our dream trip to Italy, then did ya catch my image as I sat by the little stone arch in Vernazza, Italy? Then my tea set....oui, c'est trop beau - it's too beautiful, but it's true. We can make a difference when we extend our creativity to the world.

    Have a fabulous trip, I'll miss you, and may Lulu be a GOOD LITTLE GIRL!!!! Anita

  35. I love so many things about this house, I don't know where to start...oh, yes I do...the barstools are so unique.

  36. One of the reasons I love real life photos vs staged photos is that it gives all of us the encouragement that we can do it too! Her home is beautiful, photos aside, she's done a great work! Thank you for sharing them with us. Blessings, Cindy

  37. Such a gorgeous home! Your pictures were great. Thanks for taking us along and looking forward to the garden tour. So very sorry to hear about your friend. Our world is a better place because of people like him and his family. Mimi

  38. Your real life photos are fabulous!! Love Lisa's black, wrought iron chairs and of course, her apron sink - which I never got! Oh well, that is what blogland is dream and vicariously enjoy such charmers via our blogger buds!


  39. Oh.My.Gosh. I have been out of town and just getting caught up on the blog reading. This house is amazing. So much inspiration!!

  40. Oh.My.Gosh. I have been out of town and just getting caught up on the blog reading. This house is amazing. So much inspiration!!

  41. Thanks for the tour, Carol. Lisa's house is phenomenal! There are so many things to appreciate. Three things off the top of my head that I really love: the pickled floors, retro appliances, and barstools…well, really, her entire kitchen. I love the plate rack substituted for traditional cabinetry. SImply stunning!


  42. It looks divine, all of the white makes it look so spacious and chic! A triumph!