Thursday, February 5, 2009

As For Me and My House

If you're coming by from Kelly's Korner, welcome! Glad to have you here. Also, from Studio M's Sign party, welcome to you too! The diningroom you'll see peeking in from here has since been painted Antique White and you can see that in another post.


I’ve long admired those wall words that I’ve seen in other’s homes and across blogland, so when I was in Hobby Lobby recently and saw they had theirs on sale for 1/2 off, it was too good to resist ($15!), so I looked through all they had to offer and came up with this encouraging verse. I’ve always loved this and I thought it was the perfect sentiment for our home. Hubby loves it too!


After looking all around the livingroom, I placed it just over the big arched window coming in our front door and that seems to be the perfect spot for it.


The day was sunny and bright and it was a good time to just take some random shots of the foyer, living room, and into the kitchen, so I went snapping away. I don’t think I have a post with all of this main area in one place, so thought you all might enjoy seeing it all together. This is for all of you who love the details! Looking back towards the foyer, down the stairs which come in the front door of our split foyer home. In case anyone wants to know the wall color, it is Whole Wheat by Sherwin Williams and I have really enjoyed it. No plans to change it in the near future.


Lots of sunshine streams in through all the windows and I love it on days like this. I’ve tweaked my living room just a bit, so you might see a few changes. I had some dried florals on either side of the fireplace that I took down. I’m liking the sparer look (even though I’m far from a minimalist!).


The living room. This is a good picture that shows what floating your furniture looks like. If you have the space in a room, it looks so much better to bring all the furniture into a grouping around the fireplace like this and leave paths open behind for walking.



Fireplace mantel, with the cleaner look. I added back these glass sconces I’ve had for years, but still like. These are brass and I painted them to make them look old and worn and they have crackled glass. The 3 pears are one of my favorite things.


Looking from dining room out to the foyer. You will see a new color in here VERY soon. Work is already in progress this week in the dining room. And I think the new, lighter paint color has been decided.


Across the livingroom towards hubby’s office and another bedroom.


Back to the living room and sofa. See that black vase behind the sofa? It has real cotton in it! I stopped one day last fall out in the country and snipped off some cotton plants that were blooming, so you can see cotton is still grown in AL!


End table


Amaryllis blooming even larger now.


Looking back towards foyer.


My decorating books stacked on the end table and behind the chairs, there’s my $25 oil painting found at a yardsale (not the frame, just the painting). I find some pretty awesome things out there.


Peeking into the kitchen.


Towards dining room.


Another look at the dining room.


Linden Street console table and antique mirror. I’m thinking about painting these 2 chairs a fun color.


Antique mirror which I’ve had for over 20 years.


Top of mirror with some treasures.


Mom made this valance for me several years ago. The silk fabric came from a yardsale. I still love this and this one single window was a good place to put it.


There’s this little area behind the railing that needed something, so I added a column and finial that I painted that came from House Parts in Atlanta.


Mirror reflection of foyer and dining room.


The foyer table that gets changed around a lot.


Plants in the foyer.


Looking out the mirror in the diningroom. I like how all these spaces connect to each other.


Looking from dining room into kitchen.


We don’t have a huge kitchen, but it’s functional. I’m really excited, as I think I might finally be able to change out my countertops this year. We have tumbled marble tiles now with large grout lines that get dirty and I have not liked them at all. They are pretty, but not functional. I want to keep the backsplash, but change out the countertops and sink. IMG_4037

My antique French cupboard in the kitchen. I love this piece. Someone asked about the kitchen wall color. Should have included that too. It's by Laura Ashley (from Lowes) and is Olive 4. I had it in my old kitchen and loved it so much, I brought it over here too.


And that rounds out our upstairs main living area. Hope you enjoyed the tour!

I'm ready for Blissdom 09 in Nashville. Leaving early on Friday morning and will be driving back on Sunday. See you soon with lots of fun details and you can be sure, many pics! I won't be posting again until I return. Hope you all have a great weekend too!

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Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

As always, I love your tours! The wall words are super! I was at Hobby Lobby yesterday. That is on of my favorite stores. I love the verse that chose. That was our family devotion last night. We all gathered in the Sunroom and listend as my husband read from Joshua - then he lead us in a discussion about family alters and how important it is for family to pray together and serve God in unity. Thanks for sharing. Have fun at Blissdom! Can't wait to hear all your news and ideas!

Helen said...

OH MY !!!! Your home is so very lovely. My entire living level is painted in a color very similar to the color in your living room. I love it - every hour or weather condition it's perfect. Have fun in Nashville and bring home lots of stories and pics.

Kelley said...

Oh my goodness! I just LOVE your house. I have the same light fixture in our entry way. AND your colors are amazing. The decals looks wonderful and I love the message too.

Kari said...

Wow - your home is so warm and beautiful! Thanks for the mini-tour!

Jennifer @ Her Southern Charm said...

LOVE the wall words! That is hte same quote I would get, too!

Your house is amazing!!!!

southerninspiration said...

So, so pretty Rhoda....and how did you get those wall words in that spot????????


Stacey said...

Thank you for the tour. It's so nice to see the big picture of homes. Your spaces flow so well.

Have a great time at the convention.

Anonymous said...

Oh I love everything! Your house is great! It felt like I was walking with you in your house!
I wanted to see a snapshot of the kitchen....I work for C-Side Decorating! We do interior decorating! I can help you with counter/backsplash tips, when you get around to that remodel! What about something like Vetrazzo, the new stuff with recycled glass in it? Its sooooooooo awesome!
Happy Thursday!

The Kramer Angle said...

I love it. I especially like the message!

Maria said...

Oh, Rhoda. It is absolutely gorgeous. What a testament to your eye for detail! I wish I had an ounce of your talent! :) Have a fantastic time in Nashville! Blessings to you!

Adrienne said...

Hi Rhoda -
Your home is just gorgeous! I love that Scripture verse and would love to have it on my wall. We don't have Hobby Lobby here but I might find it somewhere else someday. Everything is so inviting and cozy in your home. Wish I lived close enough to drop by for a visit!

Have a great time at Blissdom. Can't wait to hear all about it. And see pictures.

Anonymous said...

I have been looking at those at Hobby Lobby for quite awhile now. I may have to get one. My living room and dining room is SW whole wheat too!! Great minds think alike!


savvycityfarmer said...

I'm being drawn right in....can I come over and play house?


savvycityfarmer said...

p.s. don't miss my 1st give away

Anonymous said...


Enjoy your trip!

Amy said...

Your home is beyond gorgeous. I just loved seeing all the decorating you have done. What a flair you have! My favorite was the kitchen area. I love the mix of colors you have used. Just beautiful! Amy

9405018--Pat said...

Wow! Your home is so lovely...Thanks for the tour! Have fun...Pat

Rachel Berry said...

Your home, YOUR HOME!! It's beyond amazing, you have a great eye for decor. It all looks like something out of a magazine. And I am totally in love with your black and white damask lamp!

Love it all

Anonymous said...

What color is the paint in your kitchen? Your house is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Rhoda your home is exquisite! I adore the verse over that window. ♥

Salmagundi said...

Great pictures showing how well your charming home flows and coordinates (but not matchy-matchy)! I like that. Sally

Unknown said...

You home is GORGEOUS! I love all the special touches and the colors are magnificent.

You mom did a GREAT job on that Valance....I needed her last month. Mine looks puny compared to yours.
Have a blast at Blissdom!

PatQ said...

Your house is so beautiful. I love snooping at other peoples houses. I love the saying you put up and I didn't know you bought those. I thought really talented people painted them. I also love the valance your mom made. How talented.

paintergal said...

You know, I don't know if I remember seeing your living room before. It's so pretty!
What brand is your sofa? Looks like one I would like.
I really like the display on top of the mirror. It would look good on a mantel also.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love the wall words. They are just perfect. Your home is just gorgeous and you have beautiful furniture and accessories. What a treat to take the tour. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

Amanda said...

beautiful beautiful! I too have a two story foyer/Living room- your decor gave me some great ideas! thanks for sharing! have fun at Blissdom- be looking for my IRL friend Kristen from WeareTHATfamily! she is a sweetie

megan said...

LOVELY!! Your house is beautiful. I want to come and relax there! =)Thank you for sharing. And the words are PERFECT!!


Bo said...

Hey Ms. this what Heaven looks like?...I think so!
;-) Bo

Blondie's Journal said...


Your home looks like a southern mansion! Why hasn't it been featured in a magazine yet? ;-)

Those wallwords are really gaining popularity, my daughter has a verse in her room.

Love, love, love everything!

Have fun in Blissdom!!!


Judy said...

Wish I was going with you this weekend and I hope to make it next year so keep me in mind for that!

I've always wanted some of those wall words but my HL has been picked over too much. Also, I always enjoy the "home tour" at your house and love it everytime I'm there in person!

We'll get together when I get back from Mexico! Ole' (that's supposed to read oh-lay)


Becky said...

Thanks for the tour. I LOVE every single thing you showed us.....especially the new verse!

Have a wondeful time this weekend. Can't wait to here all about it!

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Shelia said...

Hi Rhoda! Oh, your home is just so beautiful! Thanks for the tour. I have Olive # 3 in my living and dining room! You're such an inspiration to us all!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Essential Oil Premier University said...

Rhoda, I LOVE your wall words. I'm looking for something to put in our basement by the pool table and just can't find the right "words" yet.

Your home is absolutely stunning!! I don't think I've ever seen a split foyer home before in my life. The dining room has a doorway that comes out to the foyer but is blocked off. Different and very lovely.

Enjoy your time in Nashville.



Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tour of your beautiful home! I love it! Have fun at Blissdom!

Unknown said...

Your home is really beautiful! You pay attention to every detail and it has paid off!

I am going to have to go back through these pics several times to soak all this up! LOL


Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

A fabulous tour of a gorgeous home. I love the Bible verse....that says it all! Linda

Queen B said...

Your home is so beautiful. It is so warm and inviting. Thank you for sharing it with us!

KM Studios said...

Wonderful tour of your beautiful home!!!
Safe travels an

Twice as Nice said...

Loved the tour. Love your wall words too. Twin and I love them so much we bought a vinyl machine and started a new business! If you ever want a special saying just ask.

Hope you have a happy weekend with the girls:o)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Is it Blissdom already? I am so envious.
I had another skin treatment this weekend... I'll be in the dark while you are living it up.
Tell everyone Sandi said HI y'all!

sandra/tx said...

Everything looks lovely, Rhoda. I can't wait to see what color you choose for the dining room. Have a great weekend.

Pamela said...

LOVE those pears! I wish I had those for my kitchen!

Terri said...

Oh, Rhoda, we're on the same wave length. I posted pics of my wall words today, too. My wall color is very similar as well. Check me out if you get the chance. Your home is absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE the silk window valance that your mom made, wouldn't have thought to hang it at the very top of the wall but it looks fantastic like that. Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

All so beautiful! My favorite piece is the mirror by the window with the empty frame and accessories. SO pretty! I am officially a follower now, thought I was all along, just kept pulling you off my bookmarks...the brain is going too soon!

Enjoy Blissdom!

Lori said...

I enjoyed looking at the pictures of your home. It's beautifully decorated and has a nice, comfortable feel to it.

Justabeachkat said...

Hi Rhoda

I've been looking at wall words too. I plan to put some by the door leading into the house from the garage...I think. I loved taking the tour. Everything looks wonderful.

Have fun on your trip.


edie said...

Rhoda, Beautiful home. I hope to meet you at Blissdom!

Unknown said...

Great tour. I felt like i was in the house. lol. I will miss that red dining room color though i like it. mishelle

Anonymous said...

Thank you for such a lovely tour! Beautiful.

Melissa's Thoughts said...

Your home is beautiful. I am getting ready to sell and downsize. This gives me many ideas for my new condo.

"Blossom" said...

I love wall words too; I have placed a few around our home. Office, Kitchen. I love the tour; evern when you just change up a few items around the rooms it does make a difference.
Can't wait till you get back from your trip; love to hear about it.

niartist said...

Very nice Rhoda! I like the flow of rooms in your house, too! Very interesting the way it's set up (split levels I mean) very beautiful! Can't wait to see what you're doing with your dining room! :)

A Hint of Home said...

Your home is just lovely and the pics reflect it all so well.
Love the verse above the door.

Kelly said...

Wow! I LOVE your house! Your color scheme is similar to mine and you like alot of nice accessories like I do. I think your home could be in a magazine. Thanks so much for giving us the tour. It makes a difference to see how the rooms connect to one another instead of just close-up shots of areas in the house. I love your hardwood floors. Are they oak? Are they pre-finished or sanded and stained after installed? Please email me if you can. My husband and I are looking at flooring and I want a dark oak, I think. My email is Thanks for the tour and all the inspiration it gave me!

Wendy said...

Very pretty! I love the pears on your mantel. Enjoy Blissdom...

Terri Steffes said...

Ok, this is my all time favorite post. ALL TIME FAVORITE.

There is too much for me to talk about. I love it.

LaurenFaythe said...

Beautiful words, beautiful home. One can see all the love that was put into decorating your home.

Faye said...

I have long admired those words as well and may be brave enough some day to buy and apply some on a wall.
Lovely home....what a nice tour :)

Jill said...

Your home is fabulous! I love the wall words, as well. We have a few throughout our home. My Mom always had that verse hanging in our home, growing up. I now have it hanging over our front it. :)

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!

Joanna said...

Have a super great weekend and have a great time at Blissdom!

Your home is gorgeous! I love the vinyl you got from HB.

I was wondering what the paint color was from Grandmas house?!

If when you return you could let me know, that would be great.

Have fun!

Katie said...

Hobby Lobby is the best, love it!! Affordable cute fun always new. Love your style. I want to know what it is called? It is similar to my taste and I never know how to describe what I like to people. I just know it when I see it. Traditional mixed with european with some shabby?? And what would that be called (: Your great!

Kristi said...

Wow, that was fun! I LOVE the silk valance your mom made. I got some vinyl letters (though not from Hobby Lobby) and did this:

Though I did make a Hobby Lobby stop yesterday and found some really nice goodies for the house. Ours is having some really nice sales including 66% clearance on many items. Have fun at Blissdom. Wish I could go.

Inspired Kara said...

I've been waiting forever for the words to go on sale at Hobby Lobby!

Have fun at blissdom!

Shirley said...

What a beautiful, peaceful looking home you have. I love everything about it. I love the wall words. I think you picked the perfect spot for them. I just got some for our church and some for my living room.

Rhonda Parker said...

Rhoda - it's so beautiful! I just met you online, and fell in love with your blog. I had two questions - in your office cube shown in an older post, you have rope trim on the edges of the walls. Would you please let me know how you adhered it to the wall?
Also, how do you hang the decorative plates, yours look like they are just glued to the wall - I'm in a rental home, and don't have anything on the walls. I've bought some pretty plates, but don't know how to hang them. Any suggestions you can give me would be especially appreciated. Thanks again, and nice to meet you. :)

Rhonda in CA

KarenB said...

Your home is so beautiful! Thanks for the tour, it helps to be able to visualize how rooms fit together. Your floor plan is very interesting, you wouldn't find one like that here in SoCal. It's very beautiful!

joyh82 said...

You have a beautiful home and I love how nicely you have it all decorated. Beatiful mirrors and wall art.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

I have the same Scripture above my back door. :-) I love're right...that was the perfect spot!

Your home is beautiful...just as I suspected!

Joy said...

Your home is so warm and inviting and absolutely beautiful!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful home, and thanks for the tour. Have a great weekend.

Elizabeth said...

That is my favorite verse! Your home is beautiful. Thanks for taking us on a tour.

Best regards,
EBL-Greenville, NC

Cindy said...
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Cindy said...

It was wonderful to see this all in one post!!! Your home is gorgeous! I love all your attention to detail! I'm so envious of all your space! I'm so tired of my small quarters!

LuLu Kellogg said...

How lovely to get to go on this tour through your incredible home. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures with everyone.

Kind Regards,
LuLu Kellogg
Coastal Sisters

Anonymous said...

Rhoda, thank you for the tour today, your home is truly lovely, like you. Beautiful eye candy at every turn, bless you for allowing us to see it. Hugs, ~cindy s~

carolyn@simple~primitive~devotion said...

Wow, it looks awesome! Your home is really a beautiful place!

Free Art Printables said...

Love it Rhoda! Everything looks great! I hope you had fun at Blissdom!

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

It's your fault I'm going to be late for church! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Rhoda, I hope you have a lot of fun in Nashville. I'm so glad you posted these gorgeous pictures. Whenever I think of the very stereotypical "southern belle" home, I've always imagined these colours along with the gold-framed pictures, etc. Secretly, I was kind of hoping that the South is still all gentility and sweet tea (hee hee!) because I think y'all are the nicest people there are.

I was shocked that this post finally made me realize what to do with our one-bedroom apartment, here in Toronto. My major problem is that the hall, dining room and sitting room all open to each other, similar to yours. I was wondering what kind of style I would enjoy enough to have it in all three places to tie them together. And now I have it! Plus, I can get my "contemporary" fix in our bedroom, which is closed off from the rest of the space. My husband is going to be so happy that I'll be putting up our Summer yard sales finds, FINALLY!

Thanks again, and I look forward to the next post on my favourite blog!

Lazy Mom Leslie said...

Loved the tour Rhoda! Thanks so much for all the detail pictures. Hope you are enjoying Blissdom and can't wait to hear all about it!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

You ladies are just the best! Thanks so much for stopping by here & for all the wonderful compliments. I'm so glad many of you got inspiration & enjoyed this pics. I figured these would keep you all busy while I was gone!

I'll be catching up on Monday & will answer all the questions then. You're the best readers in the world!

Thank you, Jo Draven, for your very sweet comments. You're a joy!

SoBella Creations said...

Wow what a lovely house. I love the three pears.

Keely said...

Your home is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Unknown said...

Oh, I just could sit here and look at pictures of your house all day. I just love all the detail, and I love, love, love the colors you've chosen! (I love the red dining room, even though it sounds like you're going to change it.) You are such an inspiration!


Erin said...

your home is really lovely and i love the verse that you recently added to your wall Rhoda. please visit my blog for my give away if you have a moment!

Spa & Salon Image Consulting said...

Great Tour, Your home is gorgeous! I love the colors, and your flair! Have a great weekend.


Lynda said...

The perfect touch for an already gorgeous home! I'm in awe of your decorating talent.

Tanya said...

Your house looks just beautiful. Glamorous and welcoming at the same time. Great mix!

Kathysue said...

Rhoda what a wonderful house tour and your home is as lovely as I would have expected from such a talented and lovely lady.thank you for sharing.Did you hear Micasa is shutting down in March so I will be coming by here to visit with you. Kathysue

Heather said...

YOu have a gorgeous home!! SO pretty!! I love those big pears on the mantle!! You have great style!!

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Thanks for playing along Rhoda! You know I love looking at your house. Your wall words are just perfect over the foyer! Glad to know they are a good size, I have looked at them several times!

Perfect! Have a wonderful Mother's Day...


The Gilliland Family said...

I need you to come visit my home now! I love looking at your blog and getting great ideas. Your house is a magazine :) Have a great weekend. Thank you for sharing! Amber

Still Learning said...

Rhoda, your home is just incredible! I love the red curtains in your kitchen area. I have a similar wall color, I wonder how something like that would look at my home.
I had those same vinyl wall letters ordered for my store but alsas, I had to close my doors but aren't they great? My 11th wedding anniversary is next Saturday and I planned to go to the Hobby Lobby and get the always kiss me goodnight for over our bed as a surprise. Half off of course!! I always enjoy your blog. Usually I am here though on my other blog Southern Charm Home Decor. Have a wonderful weekend!!


Brandi said...

Your living room is stunning! I LOVE the lettering on the wall. I've been wanting to do that myself. I really need to make a trip to HL!

Laurie said...

Glad I stopped by! I love your eclectic style!

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

That verse is perfect!

Anonymous said...

Wow...your living room is amazing. The way you decorate is simply beautiful. I LOVE the "As for me and house..." saying on the walls. I would love to have something like that in my house. You are VERY talented in decorating. Thank you so much for sharing.

Unknown said...

Of course I absolutely love your house - so stinking beautiful! And the best part is those wall words - love them! :-)

Kelly said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! I LOVE your home! I would love to go shopping with you!

janet said...

i too love the wall talk, i have two in our home and third on your home is absolutely gorgeous!!! so many beautiful things to see, i ecspecially love the pears on the mantle. thanks for sharing

Karyn said...

Yout home is absolutely beautiful. It looks like something out of a magazine! Blessings.

Viviane said...

hi! love your kitchen cabinets and color. I got the color of the walls, but do you mind sharing the color you used to paint the cabinets? thanks!