Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Featured House #3

 It's been a long time since I've done a "Featured House" post. Over 1 year, to be exact! Since it was high time to do another feature, I decided to choose a house that has a special meaning to me: my Grandparent's home.

Even though their house was built more recently (within the past decade, if I remember correctly!), it has the feel of a much older home. Little details like the gorgeous pergola entryway and the vines on the front of the house really lend an older charm. 

My Grandma has always been an avid gardener, and there are beautifully kept gardens sprawling across the whole property. One of my favorites is in the courtyard between the house and garage, which is surrounded on 4 sides with flowers. 

They have lots of beautiful copper detailing around the exterior as well, which is starting to get that beautiful aged look. 

Their "backyard" is really acres upon acres of beautiful woods, but part of it is home to a big vegetable garden and a pond teeming with wildlife of many kinds. 

Of course, I had to include some inside pictures too! I have always loved my Grandma's taste for decorating. It feels so homey and inviting, with a mix of rustic pieces, floral tones, and unique touches.

This vignette in the entryway highlights one of my Grandma's watercolor paintings. She is an amazing artist, and their home features many of her pieces.

One of my favorite places in the house is the front entryway/hallway. It has these huge, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. It's such a great touch!

This couch is where everyone gravitates when they enter the house- it's so soft and comfortable! We sit here every Christmas and for many other holidays and enjoy warm cups of tea and each others company. Oh, and everyone fights for that corner spot! 

The view from the living room is spectacular, with the pond and trees and vegetable garden in the background.

I also love how my grandparents had slate tiles installed in a couple of places in the living room so they could bring plants indoors without worrying about getting dirt/water on the carpet. Brilliant!

Here's another view of the living room, the staircase leads up to the master suite. I love the fireplace and the (real!) stuffed bear on top. His name is Sydney. 

Another view of the entryway/bookshelves. That dog isn't real, it's actually a stuffed toy that the younger cousins love to play with. 

At this point, the lighting was starting to get worse, but I just had to snap some photos of their kitchen. I LOVE the white beadboard cabinets and the french-country feel of this kitchen. 

It even has a lovely little breakfast nook off to the side. 

Yup, really bad lighting, but at least you can see the stove with the amazing copper vent hood and the glass-front cabinets they installed. 

So, you can see why I have always been inspired whenever I step foot into my grandparent's home. I love how my Grandma always has bouquets of fresh flowers from her garden scattered around. It seems like the place is ready for a photo shoot, and I definitely think it's worthy of being featured!


  1. What a lovely home. Your grandma's home has many of the things I hope to have in my home one day!

  2. Oh wow! What a gorgeous home and yard. I can see why you'd be inspired there!!!

  3. Oh my goodness. What a gorgeous (and obviously well-loved) home. I love how welcoming the house feels! Thanks for sharing it with us. Truly beautiful.

  4. Your grandma's home has a "cottage-ey" feel which I like. Her landscape and home really does say, WELCOME. I imagine her as a very warm and loving person.

  5. I loved this post Mikalah! What a lovely touch your grandma has. It's totally inspiring to think about one day having all the skills to keep a house looking beautiful at any given moment. How wonderfully sentimental of you to feature your grandparent's home. It really was so sweet to read. Thanks for sharing it!

  6. What a GORGEOUS house! I enjoyed the tour!



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