Thursday, April 7, 2011

Parade Of Homes Tour

What an honor to be listed among the talented participants of the
Poppies at Play 2011 Parade of Homes! If you are new here I would like to extend to you a friendly welcome.
If you're a regular reader I am ever thankful for your loyalty.
One of our sons once referred to our home as "The House of Unfinished Dreams" because when we bought it it had been a rental for most of it's life so there is always a project/dream that we are working on. We have managed to make the transformations on a tight budget, doing most of the work ourselves, both inside and out. I hope that you enjoy the tour!
This was the way our house looked shortly after we moved in.This is what it looks like now on a beautiful Spring day. I redesigned it's new look.
We're still amazed with the transformation. The backyard used to be a huge grove of
neglected fruit trees and weeds. Now it looks like this on a hot Summer day.You could also call our home "The House of Doors" because we've built several pieces of furniture out of old doors and windows. We have learned a lot from our house as we have transformed it into our home. When you walk into our home you first come into the foyer.To the right is the living room. Many of the furniture and accessories throughout our home are
treasures found at thrift stores.
This large bookshelf was built using a door and stair treads.My hubby and I built the coffee table from an old door and
100 year old porch ballasters.The dining area.The crown molding and large shelf are made from vintage ceiling tin.Here's our family room. We built the entertainment center. The center door is over a 100 years old and has the original crackle finish outside and a faux wood finish inside.Glimpses of our kitchen. This cabinet was built using an old door for the sides and old windows for doors. Our table is two doors glued together to make the table top.
The main bathroom. Above the toilet is a shelf made from a door panel.Our computer/gaming room has two bookshelves
made from old doors. The clocks above the large map tell the time of the places
where our family members have served missions for our church.The bath/laundry room with a couple more
of our hand-built projects.Last we'll go down the stairs, near the end of the hall into the guest room.Thank you for visiting!
The next stop on the tour is


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your home is just beautiful, Joy! Your front and back yards are absolutely gorgeous. You and your hubby are just so creative in putting doors together into furniture pieces ~ they all look great!

sarah atmyyellowhouse said...

I'm here for the first time and was swept away with how creative and beautiful your home is! Your yard is amazing with all the flowers and gardens and I love how you have filled the inside with handmade treasures. You did such a wonderful job on the pieces you made. It's so full of personality and charm...I look forward to seeing more!
Sarah xo

Erin said...

What a gorgeous home you have!!! I love the use of colors and your collections are amazing! I was instantly drawn in by your yard, love your yard too!

Red Door Home said...

I loved how you used so many savaged pieces in new and creative ways! The amount of time and effort you and your husband have put into creating a beautiful home shows both on the inside and the outside! Thanks so much for the tour.

Becky said...

So beautiful and extra inspiring with all your personal touches.

Fireside Studio said...

Your home is beautiful and I enjoyed looking at every picture! Thanks for sharing!

Denise said...

I can't even express how much I LOVE you home!! Inside and out! I'm sending the link to my daughter so that she won't miss it. LOVE LOVE!

Jennifer said...

Wow, where do I begin? First, I love the way you transformed the front of your home. What great curb appeal. And your yard is gorgeous. The inside is just beautiful too. I love how you've repurposed doors and things. You've done an amzing job! And how neat to have those clocks with the various times from mission trips.
Thanks for the peek into your beautiful home!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your home is stunning. I love the use of all the doors to make handy is that hubby of yours!!

Gayle said...

Great tour Joy - I enjoyed seeing so much of your home condensed into one post - it really IS amazing to think about all that you've done to your home - it's just so beautiful!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Joy, Your home and yard are gorgeous! You definitely have talent for the details that make a home unique and beautiful.

Cori said...

Oh my! Your home tour was wonderful!

Your beautiful landscaping, your ironstone collection and display, and that great fireplace.

I love all your accents and you are SO GOOD at displaying your treasures without a hint of "clutter".

This is a tour I'll have to take 3 or 4 times to take it all in.

Simply sensational!

Got to follow this creative woman!

Starview Sonnet

Cori said...

I forgot to mention that great wall with the map and the clocks...just genius!


Dear Lillie said...

What a beautiful home you have!

Lori Lucas said...

Your home truly says "come on in".(Perhaps because of all the doors!!) It is so warm and inviting..and SO family friendly. My brood would love it. Thanks for sharing. Lori L

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

I love your bookshelf made from doors. It is fantastic and inspires me. Thanks!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

So many things I love about the way you've decorated your home. First that yard and garden....I can only wish my will be half as pretty some day. I love the foyer with that small black table and basket underneath. And the corner in the living room stacked high with vintage suitcases...I love that look. How great does all your creamy pottery look displayed all together? What a fantastic entertainment center. I'd love that in my own home. And I love how wildly thrown together the black cabinet full of colorful pottery looks. I'm sure it took you forever to style it but it looks like such a fabulous jumble. That laundry room sink is adorable. And I love love that turquoise headboard in the guest room. Great house tour.

Debra said...

Your home is beautiful. You have some really neat finds. I love what you have done with all the doors.

Laurie Marshall said...

Beautiful! I also collect white pottery, but WOW! :) You'll have to punch a hole in the ceiling if you bring home another suitcase!! Your skills with old doors is inspiring - so many wonderful things.

Andy Porter said...

Joy, I LOVE it all!! I've always loved your shelves and displays! I love your use of dishes! So many treasures everywhere in your house!

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a beautiful yard like that! How inspiring! I also loved how you transformed the front of your house! Thanks for including it in the tour!

Thanks so much for such a fabulous walk through your home!


Cheryl said...

Love how you have repurposed old doors to make furniture for your home. All your pieces are so different and unique. I especially love that cabinet in the kitchen. Very cool.

Miss Charming said...

You've made a very beautiful home. I especially like the mission clocks!

Jo said...

I love all your door creations! So cute! Great way to showcase your collections.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Thanks for sharing your home with us. What a transformation from the drab appearance when you first moved in. You certainly had a vision and turned it into a beautiful family home inside and out. A whole lot of green and flowers certainly brightens up an outdoor space. I adore how you have used so many pieces of old wood, doors and windows to create the most unique storage and accent pieces for your home. Fantastic! Have a beautiful day. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

Traci said...

Thank you so much for opening your home for this tour. I love the way you have married the old items with new stuff.
Thanks for sharing.

freckled laundry said...

Your home is absolutely gorgeous. I love your 'collections', especially the bottles above the toilet & your groupings of white. {LOVE LOVE LOVE}


Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

You had me hooked when I saw the exterior of your home, but then I was really smitten with all of your white pottery and how beautifully you had it displayed.

Thanks for letting us take a tour of your lovely home.

Home for 6 said...

Girl you and you hubby have some mad skills with doors and wood in general. I am in awe of your collection of white dishes. I loved the tour and thanks so much for sharing.

patsy said...

this was AWEsome!

New Every Morning said...

Wow! It is just so beautiful and comfy!
I love:
1. Your use of clocks throughout the house
2. The stack of old luggage
3. The doors your roses climb over

CAS said...

It was so much fun touring your home. Everything looked amazing. Loved all your DIY projects. Your yard is just beautiful.

Connie said...

Your home is beautiful. It gives a very peaceful feel.

Vicki V @ said...

I love all of your art pottery! What a nice collection you have. No wonder I can't find much anymore! :) I also love the bookcase made with doors and stair treads.

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Kristin@FavoritePaintColors said...

Joy, it was so fun to see the rooms of your home. Everything is absolutely beautiful and so warm and welcoming. I never knew doors could serve so many purposes, you are so creative and all of your pieces of furniture look fantastic! Thanks for the tour!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

What a JOY it was to visit your beautiful home! My favorite is the amazing transformation of the front facade. Amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Warmly, Michelle

Melissa said...

My husband, son and I are currently living with my mother in law. We have talked about what kinda of home we would like to have. I love the design of your home and how beautiful you have made your home. I have been a follower for a long time and I love to see what you do next.

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