Home Tour

by Sherry

Hi everyone!  In my last post I promised to show you more pictures of our oldest son and daughter-in-law’s home. Before I get to that I would like to share some history with you.

The home was built in 1918 and Jonathan and Heather are only the third owners.  They purchased the property from an estate approximately seven years ago. The previous owner was an heir to the family that started Christian Children’s Network.  She was running the family business from this home and divided it into offices and cubicles. When Jonathan and Heather bought the home it had not been updated since the 1950s.  The tiny kitchen was the worse with horrible rusted metal cabinets, nasty floor and counter tops. The entire home was in a total state of disrepair.  Plaster was falling from the ceilings, windows boarded up, walls put up everywhere for offices and virtually no maintenance done for years. They took on a major remodeling of the entire house, doing a lot of the work them self while trying to maintain the original architecture of the property.

The home has 7000+ square feet spread out over three levels plus a carriage house .

The foyer is so large that one winter when it was too cold to go outside my granddaughter learned to ride her bike in here. The floors are all the original white marble.

All of the moulding and trim work is plaster and some of it was missing.  New pieces were created to match seamlessly with the trim original to the house. There is a button built into the floor that the lady of the home would press with her foot when the staff was needed in the dining room. How cool is that?

The kitchen was enlarged by tearing down a wall between the cooking area and the staff’s eat-in area.  My photo makes the cabinets look bright yellow where they are really a pretty soft yellow.  There is white subway tile behind the stove, back splash and the tile goes all the way to the ceiling.  I love the stove  hood!

 

See the Pottery Barn bottle chandelier?   The terracotta floors were installed by
Jonathan.

Again,  The cabinets are not Big Bird yellow nor is the living room below!

My six year old granddaughters room. You can’t tell in the photos but the chandy is pink!  An artist did the mural behind the bed as well as one in her bathroom. Isn’t this sweet?. I have to include this room in Pink Saturdays at  How Sweet The Sound.
Thanks for taking this tour with me!  I will show more photos of the home in a later post.

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59 comments

Cathy~Mille Fleur July 11, 2010 - 2:47 am

Oh my goodness…how beautiful! The kitchen transformation is a dream as well as the rest of the home…simply stunning!

Thanks for sharing Sherry!

Enjoy!
Cathy

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The Polka Dot Closet July 11, 2010 - 3:00 am

You must be so proud of your son. That is a dream house, those cabinets in the dining room are probably the original built ins. t
The marble floors are unbelievable. I can't wait to see more pictures, I am going to follow you. Let us know what part of the world this gorgeous house is in.

Carol

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) July 11, 2010 - 3:00 am

Stunning. Their home is absolutely gorgeous. Love the kitchen, and your granddaughter's room is just stunning. So beautiful. Hugs, Marty

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Crystal July 11, 2010 - 3:04 am

What a beautiful home!!! I love all the character it has!! What a jewel! They were so lucky to find it and the decor is wonderful.

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[email protected] Charm July 11, 2010 - 3:10 am

Sherry,
Your new header looks outstanding! Love that PINK bedroom…so girly:)

Blessings,
Linda

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Confessions of a Plate Addict July 11, 2010 - 3:11 am

Hi Sherry! What a gorgeous home! I love the kitchen! And what a sweet room for your granddaughter! Hope you are having a great weekend!…hugs..Debbie

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*The Beautiful Life* July 11, 2010 - 3:25 am

WOW! What a gorgeous home and how beautifully furnished and decorated!

What a treasure they are caretakers of! We live in a very old home, too, (cir. 1893) and I can certainly appreciate the remodeling and upkeep aspect! 🙂

Thank you for sharing it! I'll bet Christmas and Thanksgiving are held at their house!! 🙂

Ruth

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*The Beautiful Life* July 11, 2010 - 3:26 am

P.S.! I had to ask — where did you get that Pure Butter platter pictured in your blog header?? I ask, because I sold them as well as the round versions for many years. To this day, I get requests for them almost weekly.

Do you know of anyone selling them now? I hate that we lost our source for them and I would love to be able to point the inquiries I get in the right direction. 🙂

Ruth

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Grace @ Sense and Simplicity July 11, 2010 - 3:29 am

Gorgeous home. What a huge undertaking to fix up a home like that. they have done an amazing job.

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Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria July 11, 2010 - 3:44 am

OMG WOW!! this home is truly just beautiful girl…and 7000 feet I would need more that a button on the floor to keep this house clean ha ha!! Does it come with a maid?? This place is by far beautiful…Thanks for sharing all your son and daughter in-law great work…Hope you have a GREAT weekend my friend…Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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~ Regan July 11, 2010 - 3:50 am

Breath-taking home, Sherry! You are SO lucky to have a kitchen like that!! 🙂

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Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! July 11, 2010 - 3:56 am

Just one word: WOW!

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DesigningLadyJane July 11, 2010 - 4:10 am

That is a palace! How gorgeous! I'm swooning over that marble floor in the foyer, and Jonathan did a wonderful job on the terra cotta floors in the kitchen.

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Joan July 11, 2010 - 11:28 am

What a lovely home! I am sure your son's family have a great deal of satisfaction in renovating this gem and bringing it back to life.

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the VG huis July 11, 2010 - 12:53 pm

Wow 7000+??? What a great place for your grandaughter to play hide and seek as well as ride her bike!! Very beautiful! ~Stacey

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[email protected] Decorating July 11, 2010 - 1:46 pm

I love old homes and they did a wonderful job. That is an unbelievable amount of work and money for a young couple to take on. My hat is off to them for doing a fantastic job on it!

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Gail July 11, 2010 - 1:47 pm

Oh my such a beautiful home, so glad it has been saved and brought back to it grandure. This is truely a wonderful a jem.
Happy PS
Gail

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Pamela July 11, 2010 - 3:38 pm

What a beautiful home! They did a great job redoing!! Thanx for stopping by and giving me info on my chairs. So not antiques now but at least they will be one day for somebody else because I am not planning on ever getting rid of them!:)

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[email protected] July 11, 2010 - 3:45 pm

What a fun visit you took us on. I especially love the brave use of color. Its a bright fun house. Having had a large home and now very small i have to say the limited rooms to be creative in is stifling… but i enjoy NOT cleaning the large one 🙂

Thanks for sharing!

Claudia

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Susan July 11, 2010 - 5:25 pm

I am so jealous of your home. It is so beautiful. And you decorated it so pretty!

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Days at Buttermilk Cottage July 11, 2010 - 9:14 pm

What a simply lovely home. I know your son and daughter in law must be SO proud of what they've created!

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sissie July 11, 2010 - 11:44 pm

Your son and daughter in laws home is so pretty.
They have done an amazing job of restoring it to its former glory.
I can just see your little granddaughter learning to ride her bike in that long hallway.

hugs
Sissie

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debbie July 12, 2010 - 3:11 am

HAPPY BELATED WELCOME TO PINK SATURDAY, SHERRY,
YOUR SON AND DIL HAVE CREATED A BEAUTIFUL HOME. I LOVE YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER'S BEDROOM…IT IS SO VERY PRECIOUS AND SWEET.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS BEAUTIFUL HOME.
I AM SLOW IN GETTING AROUND TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS OF PINK SATURDAY.
HUGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

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somedaycrafts July 12, 2010 - 3:19 am

sTUNNING! I'm in love!

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Nancy July 12, 2010 - 3:34 am

The foyer is fantastic! I love the kitchen and the flooring in there! Fabulous!

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Rhonda July 12, 2010 - 4:19 am

This is the most gorgeous home!!!! What fun it must be to decorate that foyer for Christmas!!

Rhonda

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Linda July 12, 2010 - 4:40 am

Oh my goodness…that is a big home…and so beautiful too! They have done a wonderful job refurbishing!

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Wsprsweetly Of Cottages July 12, 2010 - 8:00 am

Fortunate people to have such a lovely home!! Just gorgeous!!

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style July 12, 2010 - 1:06 pm

Sherry, OMG what a spectacular home. It is huge and gorgeous. Love that kitchen and the floor is to die for. He did an outstanding tiling job!!

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Joyce July 12, 2010 - 2:40 pm

7,000 sq. feet one could certainly ride a bike like your Grand. What a labor of love. Looks wonderful and I love the kitchen. My daughter just made her kitchen turquoise. Seems everyone wants color these days.
Joyce

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Mikey July 12, 2010 - 4:37 pm

Lovely! What a stately home! I love all the romantic colors. Your granddaughter is lucky to have such a Frenchy Frou Frou room. The kitchen is amazing! I would have a hard time not bowling in the foyer!

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for the love of a house July 12, 2010 - 6:08 pm

What a stunning piece of history and architecture! It looks like a wonderful home to live in- how lucky they are!

Love the center photo in your header- I love all things horn and that cake server is gorgeous!!

It's nice to meet you!
joan

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Atelier de Charo July 12, 2010 - 6:29 pm

How, a gorgeous home!

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LUCKY 7 DESIGN July 12, 2010 - 6:51 pm

Its obvious the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Your son and daughter-in-law have done a fabulous job restoring this home. I would love to see more…I love restoration stories! Your granddaughter's room is beautiful…I have 4 girls and thats a sweet room to grow up in for sure! Blessings to you and your family in there wonderful home.

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Andrea at Opulent Cottage July 12, 2010 - 8:35 pm

My heavens Sherry, their home is just incredible! I can't imagine how much work that must have been, and worth every bit. It's just gorgeous now, you must be so proud of them!

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Montse July 13, 2010 - 12:18 am

Gorgeous house, thanks for sharing your son's home with us..
Montse at We Live Vintage

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A Country Farmhouse July 13, 2010 - 3:24 pm

What a beautiful, beautiful home!
Trina

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Deserae July 13, 2010 - 4:11 pm

Wow,wow,wow! What an amazing home….they have done an awesome job! I have to go back and look again…I don't want to miss a single thing :o)
~Des

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Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia July 14, 2010 - 2:34 pm

What a pretty home! thanks for sharing with us! Don't look to far into my master bedroom, I'm still working on it, maybe another week and I'll share it 🙂

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enchantingproducts July 14, 2010 - 8:36 pm

What a lovely home. Thanks for sharing!

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LV July 15, 2010 - 2:24 am

What a marvelous transformation of that home. I know one things, I would get lost in a house that large. Very, very pretty, and I am sure you are proud of your son and family.

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Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures July 15, 2010 - 2:33 am

What great photos of a great home. I am so glad I got to see this. Amazing. Your son is one lucky man.

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Coloradolady July 15, 2010 - 3:09 am

Just beautiful, what a great home! I have to ask about the Pure Butter dish in your header….I love that! Where in the world did you find that??? Amazing is what it is!! Have a great VTT!

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la Brocanteuse July 15, 2010 - 1:17 pm

thank you very much for this lovely tour – and congratulate your children on a job well done. Beautiful. warm wishes Colette x

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Creative Decor by Brooke July 15, 2010 - 2:14 pm

That is a beautiful home. I love the history of old homes, so interesting.
Thanks for sharing.
Brooke

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[email protected] Hand Me Down House July 15, 2010 - 3:05 pm

I'm in love with that house! It's right out of a magazine! PERFECT!!

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fitty's pinky rose cottage July 15, 2010 - 3:11 pm

such beautiful home! love the dinning and kitchen a lot.. and the living room looks so cozy!

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~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ July 15, 2010 - 7:08 pm

What an amazing home and to think they did a lot of the work themselves. I love the yellow kitchen. I once saw pale aqua kitchen cabinets and I can't get them out of my mind. They were stunning too. The tile on the floors is lovely. Thanks so much for sharing.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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Rene' July 15, 2010 - 11:11 pm

Wow this is such a beautiful home! I love the outside too!

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Glenda/MidSouth July 16, 2010 - 6:34 pm

What a pretty home! They are doing a great job restoring it also.

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[email protected] July 17, 2010 - 11:09 am

What a beautiful home!! I love the use of color!!

Debbie

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The Knitwit Knitter July 17, 2010 - 1:12 pm

Happy Pink Saturday!!! The home is lovely!

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Lori @ Projects Plenty July 17, 2010 - 2:13 pm

Sherry…one word, GORGEOUS! Your daughter and son-in-law are doing it right. I especially love the kitchen… the tile pattern there adds so much interest. By the way, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I really appreciate it.

Lori

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Jenny Lou Who July 17, 2010 - 2:13 pm

I want that little girl's bedroom. When can I move in? 😉

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~~Carol~~ July 17, 2010 - 4:32 pm

Your granddaughter's bedroom is scrumptious! And the furniture looks like something that she can live with and grow with for quite a while!
Happy Pink Saturday!
Carol

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Christi Williams July 17, 2010 - 7:24 pm

Happy Pink Saturday!

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- Brittany September 3, 2010 - 12:32 pm

Gorgeous house! Wish I had a foyer big enough to ride bikes in ;-D. Thanks so much for sharing.

Brittany

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Alison @ The Polohouse March 10, 2011 - 5:29 am

What a beauty, inside and out!
Your son and daughter-in-law have done a gorgeous job of restoring and renovating this historic home. Love it!
Thanks for sharing!

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Ron February 8, 2012 - 10:16 pm

What a gorgeous home. I do love the style. I found your blog through Dixie Delights. I hope you will follow me. I started Uptown Acorn January 1. I love blogging.
http://www.uptownacorn.blogspot.com

And I am not a minimalist either:)

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