Monday, February 21, 2011

It's official!

It's been a busy week. The signs are in the yard and the flyers in the tube. Yesterday's 'Open House' was a big success! Over 50 guests and 3 interested parties!
A special thanks to Julie Calk who offered to help greet guest and even brought homemade cookies. Yay, Julie! And I can't forget my darling neighbor Bobbie Brammel. Bobbie and Hal, and Nicco are the precious neighbors that I've been praying for (the house has been empty the past 4 1/2 years)...for years. They bought the house across the street last November. It's too late. I'm already attached. I'm going to miss all my neighbors!!! Love you Boot's and've been a dream come true. Your like family!
Getting ready to sale a house can be quite a chore. Especially when you are a creative soul that can think of a dozen uses for any and everything. Some people would call me a pack rat but my friend Mary hit the nail on the head, when helping pack my studio last Friday. "Boy, Roxanne. When you move in to something, you "MOVE IN"! Yep! That's me. I tend to over do things. You'd think I'd would have learned by now! That after 17 moves I'd own the bare essentials and be a minamalist. For whatever reason, I'm not. However, I'm always hopeful. Thankful for the opportunity that lies before me. My new motto: If I don't 'love' it, don't pack it! It will be a process but I'm looking forward to it, one step at a time.
Yes, I made the sign's...... I'll give them to you if you buy the house!

Favorite Things......bird bath!

Located in the heart of our little cottage are two bathrooms. From the beginning we have referred to them as the 'boys and girls' bathrooms. Last week I showed you the girls bath. Do you remember? Today I want to show you the other but I've decided to to call it the 'bird bath'. Due to it's subtle bird theme. Are themes out of style? Well then let's say I took inspiration from our little feathered friends. Also their nest and eggs.

I frosted the walls with joint compound pretending it was a giant cake. Then I painted the walls ( the color of dried Lima beans) and the ceiling a pale grey blue. the next day, I brushed on and quickly wiped off, Minwax Dark Walnut Stain and Seal. The 2" slate tiles which look like crushed quail egg shells came from Lowe's. As did the shower doors. The sink and cabinet were pre assembled and purchased locally. Along with the decorative accessories.
So which do you prefer? The girls or the boys?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Favorite things....porch!

It's unanimous! Everyone loves the porch on this house. It's a wonderful place, where Coach and I enjoy drinking our 'saturday morning' coffee.

It's also been the perfect spot for many a conversation!

Warm and cozy, much like a room, this porch has one purpose. . .relaxation!

So kick back and I'll grab you a glass of iced tea!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Favorite Things.......vintage bath!

This quaint little bath is another favorite at the top of my list!

It's white ceiling, walls and tile create a
spa like serenity. Making it the perfect backdrop for bold color and pattern.

Add a chandelier, a galvanized tool caddy, a rusty wrought column, several chippy mirrors, a time-clock card holder for unexpected fun! The shower curtain and towel are from Antropologie.
The tub, toilet and built-in vanity have been in the house since 1937. This original bath is a perfect blend of both old and new.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Favorite things......

Just in case you haven't heard, we're moving to Temple, Texas. Coach is officially the Athletic Director/Head Football Coach for the 5AAAAA Temple Wildcats. We have loved living in Abilene and will miss it! We won't have to change colors but we will have to change houses! So in the next few weeks I'll be trying to sell our house. It's a wonderful home, all 1936 sq. ft. of it. We've made a lot of great memories here. But now it's time for us to move into the next chapter of our lives. We will miss this place and all of our great neighbors. I can't help but wonder who will live here next.

So in the days to come, I've decided to share my favorite things about this 1937 Tudor Cottage.
First up, is the updated kitchen. Spacious with lots of cabinets, robin egg blue counter tops, stainless steel appliances, gas range, breakfast nook, 4 windows with brown toile roman shades and track lighting. I also like the open floor plan, where one area flows into another. Great for entertaining a crowd.

More favorite things to follow. Next up! The Dining Room...

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Vintage home for sale by owner on Sayles Blvd. Abilene, Texas.

Coach has accepted the Athletic Director/ Head Football
job at Temple High School. This lovely home will belong to
someone else in the near future. Will it be you?

Our house is a 1937 Tudor Cottage. Though it has been updated in numerous ways, it still retains much of it's original charm. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and detached garage on a large landscaped corner lot. It is on pier and beam, has hardwood floors, carpet tile, central air and heat and new windows with solar screens. The electrical and plumbing are up to code. There is a pergola over the back patio, a garden shed, cobbleston paths and a sprinkler system. The kitchen appliances are stainless steel and the cook top is gas.

Click here to stroll through it!

I'll be glad to show it anytime!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow Day!

This morning we woke up to 9 inches of snow! After coffee and breakfast, I pulled on my boots, bundled up and headed out to take a few pics! Immediately I was struck by the beauty. Everything is transformed with when it has a few inches of snow. Common place objects become uncommon. Almost like works of art.

Let me show you a few of my favorites...

Backyard Art Exhibit



White Swan

Screen Door

Deep Snow

Bait Bucket


Family Tree