Saturday, July 5, 2014

Lisa's House

A few weeks ago, Steve and I went to an old friend's house for a birthday party.


I immediately noticed the mailbox and took out my phone to snap a picture and then I looked into the yard . . .


 the line from Jerry Maguire, "you had me at hello" came to mind, but my thought was, "Lisa had me at that old truck door".


This week Lisa was so sweet and allowed me to photograph her lovely home for my blog - 540 photos to be exact.


It was a gorgeous sunny day in Southern California and Lisa's 1960's ranch style house made a wonderful backdrop for her vintage truck.


I am not the only person to fall in love with Lisa's home and style.


Fifi O'Neill featured the home


 in her book, Romantic Prairie Style, on pages 124-131.


When you step onto the porch you might be tempted to sit awhile,


but then your eye catches a fun old cabinet filled with birdhouses.


I love that container filled with succulents and the collection of floral frogs.


As you walk through the house, you will notice an abundance of fun signs.


But, you won't be getting in the house today.


As you see from the sign on the door,


 nobody gets in to see the Wizard.


The end of today's tour has nothing to do with the Wizard of Oz.


All those 540 pictures will take time to edit and I need to finish blog posts for Where Bloggers Create and the Mad Tea Party.


I leave you with the view looking out the master bedroom window and hope you will come back to see the inside of the house early in the week.

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I am sharing with

The Dedicated House - Make It Pretty Monday

Thoughts from Alice - Sundays at Home

51 comments:

Gina said...

I love what I've seen! Beautiful! Can't wait to see the inside too.

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Evening Carol, If Lisa's garden is anything to go by, then we are in for a treat when you share her home. The garden is beautiful and the lawn is so neatly mown. I really could just sit for a little while and take the garden in....I love it.
Best Wishes
Daphne

Elaine L. said...

Omg does she have style. I have to get that book.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
All looks enchanting! I look forward to future posts on this ranch house.
XO,
Vera

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh, Carol,
I so agree with you on the style of her home, I so wish I lived close enough to take in all the beauty up close. I fell in love with her painted distressed floors when I opened Fifi's book. It all took my breath away.
Her mail box is just like a friend of mine. Funny how a mail box can set the tones how excited we are to see I side.

Thank you for this July post, I am going to go get my book and have a much closer look it's been awile.
I am excited to get fifi's new Prairie Style Weddings where my art ( Love) sign is on the cover and my art pieces stage, along with my daughter is one of her model brides at Renee and Gordon's home in Santa Barabra CA.

It's so exciting that you are able to see your friends home up close and so personally, I so know this feeling.

Beautiful July to you.

Xx
Dore

Susie said...

What a fun house, and I mean that in the nicest way. Lots of character. Love all the flowers and plants. I'll be looking for that magazine. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

bobbie said...

so lovely! I can't wait to see more...

White Lace and Promises said...

What great photos and I certainly love the blue vintage truck and all the garden art of prairie style. I'll take the blue cabinet. I love it! You certainly are a great photographer too. I'm gonna post a post tomorrow featuring you as my inspiration. It will link back to you. I'm working on my front porch.

Cozy Little House said...

Wow, what creativity! I'd never of thought of doing that with the car door.
Brenda

My Little Home and Garden said...

Your friend has a lovely, fanciful garden. It must make people smile!

Karen

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I need one of those truck doors! Of course they will be back for the rest. Good luck with your other posts! I can't resist saying this - don't you wish someone would reverse that quote "shoot for the moon - if you miss at least you'll land on a star" don't they know the stars are like crazy far away compared to the moon?

fiona anderson said...

I've got the book (in fact I e-mailed Fifi O'Neill the day I first saw it and she very sweetly replied) so I had to go check out the interior because the exterior is so pretty, and yes it's gorgeous inside too.
I really look forward to seeing more of your 540 photos, it must have been lovely to visit.

jinxxxygirl said...

Oh i'll be back! Lovin' that door!!! What a neat idea! Hugs! deb

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I can't imagine really living in a home with that kind of outdoor space! Gorgeous and amazing. Look forward to more photos.
hugs,
Linda

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

what a great idea of decorating. i love it!! gorgeous old truck. looks like a great area to live in & relax in the CA sun. ( :

Linda Walker said...

Well I was already to go inside but I imagine it will be well worth the wait! Thoroughly enjoyed this post! I love that truck!
Linda
Sewwhat!

Connie said...

No worry, girlfriend . . . we'll all be back. As you know we love sneaking a peek into the homes of other creative women. So much inspiration.
I want to do something out by our driveway to add our house numbers, but in a creative way. That truck door was wonderful, but I'm still looking for ideas. Something unique :) Do you have any ideas?

Kelly said...

Oh I can't wait to see your pics of the inside! I have that book, so I will go back and look at those pages. I love all the pretty flowers in her front yard!

Natasha In Oz said...

G'Day from Australia! I just popped by to visit via the Thoughts from Alice linky party. I love this house and garden! That letterbox is great!

Best wishes.
Natasha in Oz

PS please stop by and say g'day if you have a minute to spare-it would be lovely to welcome you to my blog!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

oh yes, if it was featured by fifi, it has to be wonderfulllllll. :-)

tessa~

Debby said...

So wonderful. I can't wait to see the inside. For some reason I have missed several of your posts. I have some time to catch up now and I am. Doing better. So much going on here. Ready for normal living, hah. Enjoy that beach home of yours.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

OMG - everything is stunning and I can hardly wait to see the rest of your photo's. She certainly has a beautiful home and gardens. Love the blue truck and door.
Sounds like you had a great time.
Mary

Rita C. said...

You temptress, you! Well, I guess I'll just have to pull out my Romantic Prairie Style book! Can't wait to see the inside through your lens, but the outside is 110% adorable. Love those colors!
Rita

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I've got that book somewhere in my house and now I need to find it to refresh my memory. Gorgeous house and gardens! Thanks for sharing, Carol!

cynthia lee designs said...

Love her vintage truck!! Can't wait to see more photos. I have that book and am getting it out to take another look at her home.
~Cindy

Custom Comforts said...

I can't imagine editing 540 pictures. What a job, but a delightful one I'm sure with a home and garden as beautiful as Lisa's. Can hardly wait to see more.
Cindy

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Carol how sweet. I cannot wait to see the inside of the house. That blue truck had me at Hello!!! What a gorgeous home on the outside.
Kris

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

That truck! Sigh...Can't wait to see the rest of the tour!

Vicky Hunt said...

Love it! Lisa's house reminds me of my Aunt Loretta's style. I can't wait to see more. That old truck is to die for!!! Love the color! Have a great Sunday.

Blessings, Vicky

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Carol! I was off the computer yesterday because we had a little party of our own here at the house...but this is exciting to see this special home! I LOVE THAT truck door too, and her vintage aqua pick-up truck is fabulous!

The house, the gardens.....I bet your wheels are spinning now to edit and arrange the photos! I can't wait!

Have a super Sunday dear Carol! Anita

Dawn said...

What a beautiful and creative home. I love all the quirky touches.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

This was perfect for Part 1! :) Enjoyed ! :)

JoAnne Weisser said...

Lisa's home looks amazing. Such gorgeous flowers and I love that blue truck!

Patty Antle said...

Such eye candy. What a fun place to photograph!

must love junk said...

LOVE that cupboard on the porch! That book is one of my favorites...how fun that your friends' home is in it! :)
Susan

Jeanna said...

So much eye candy...looks like a fun place to spend time.

Leslie Harris said...

I love that front yard!! And that old truck door is a first for me. How utterly charming, I don't think I've seen one used like that before. I can't wait to see the inside of her home. I hope you're having a great weekend.
xo
Leslie

chateau chic said...

Are there any words to describe what a charming home this is?? I'm so glad you'll be sharing more of the inside because that fabulous cupboard is an amazing teaser. The curb appeal is to. die. for.
Mary Alice

Mimi Sue said...

One of my favorite things to do is go on house tours. Thanks for bringing us along. Mimi

Stacey said...

Can't wait! I have Fifi's book, I'll have to get it out and remind myself what I'm waiting for. :)

Art @ Home said...

I love her home! I can't wait to see more of it, Carol.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You had me at the old truck door too. What a treat for the eyes everywhere I look. Looking forward to seeing more.

HEATHER GRAHAM said...

EEEK! I'm on pins & needles to see the inside, now! So fun!

Consider It All Joy said...

Well, of course I'll be back! What beauty you have shared with us already! Can't wait to see more! Blessings, Cindy

Sarah said...

You can bet I'll be back to see more. I've been eagerly awaiting your house tours since you mentioned them in an email. Wow, you are a busy blogger of late. Thanks for sharing all the fun with your readers.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, Lisa's cottage is gorgeous and the feature in Prairie Style is wonderful. Love these pics and looking forward to more. I love the old truck door in the yard.
Hugs

Candy S said...

I am in love with the bird house display - and everything else. I would love to see everything in person. Your beautiful pictures just make me want to see more.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The garden is absolutely charming!

Debra Howard said...

Wow! Everything is so beautiful. It is so fun to visit Lisa's house with you. So many cool ideas too.

Renee said...

I love the garden, the truck, the truck door. Everything.

Thank you Lisa for sharing.

BlueClearSky Elizabeth said...

Lovely! I have that book and will have to pull it out again. Love the vintage blue truck in that oh so pretty blue, and the china cabinet too. Thanks for sharing.