Thursday, June 26, 2008

I'm On Mrs. G's Open House Tour!

Mrs. G. of Derfwad Manor had a great idea. Let's everyone
post photos and write about the heart of our homes.
So, come on in . . . or as the little sign in my
mom's kitchen said,
"Come in, sit down, relax, converse.
Our house doesn't always look like this.
Sometimes it's even worse!"

Don't trip over the dust kittens.

The two most expensive window seats in the state of WA.
I had to have 'em.

Aforementioned window seats, the piano,
and the fireplace. Comfy chairs for reading,
plenty of room for people and animals to lay around.
We spend a lot of time here, listening to D. play the
piano. He can play ANYTHING. Dog.

One view of the kitchen. Not quite the
heart of the home. More like the elbow.

I do love my new pot rack.

OMG. The cutest fur family EVER! This is Elica's bed
and the stuffed animals are hers. The real ones are ours.

Summer evening in the Pacific Northwest. Chilly, cloudy.
Flowers trying desperately to conjure up some show.

The good thing about our weather? There's
never a bad time for a nice hot bath.

That's it, folks. A tour from the front door to the back deck. Do come again.
And next time, bring some wine!


Mrs. G. said...

I can't believe you have a clawfoot tub!! I hope I don't die before I get to bathe in one of my own.

I could live and die on those window seats.

I love your house!

That picture of your animals made my night.

Hen said...

Hi Claire
Thanks for popping over!

Ok, I would like Mrs G paintings,
Mary ALice's rush chairs
Jen's gorgeous fireplace
The window frames from Jen's house
....and your house - ooooh so much to choose from - I'm loving the weatherboard, your bath, your arondeck chairs (however they are spelt).....what a lovely house.

blackbird said...

I LOVE your house - and I would have gone for those window seats too!

Keetha said...

Can I move in? You had me with the window seats and the windows THEN the den and OMG! The kitchen, the bathroom. Your home looks like bliss.

Melanie said...

I am absolutely shvitzing myself over those windows. SWEET MOTHER OF MERCY, those windows.

Claire, you have a darling house. I love your paint colors. And your windows, did I mention the windows?

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

I'll come. Tell me a nice store to pick up some nice local northwest wine. I do love to support the local economy.


Oliver Rain said...

Beautiful home. I'm dying for those window seats. I've always wanted my own.

Anonymous said...

If I were to really come over, I'd plop myself into the window seats -- after pushing Blackbird and Mrs. G. out of my way -- and then never get up.

kimberly said...

Oh, those windows and window seats! And unpainted woodwork! And beautiful colors! Really lovely.

We have the same air filter. Doesn't seem to help with our herd of dust buffalo.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Those window seats are amazing. I would never move. Wow.

Your Pal Pinki said...

I love a bright yellow kitchen. Makes me happy! Baths are the best!

Claire B. said...

Mrs. G., Thanks for inspiring everyone to do this. It's been great fun visiting in the homes of these wonderful people. And if you need a clawfoot tub fix, come on up, anytime. We'll go to Mount Bakery after.

Hen, so nice to meet you. I will now be a regular vistor on your blog.

Blackbird and Keetha, I know--the window seats. What is it about window seats? I've ALWAYS wanted one. So the two of them are much appreciated and enjoyed almost every day.

Melanie, the windows are so old and wavy that the view out to the park looks like an Impressionist painting. Which is nice, because we are not artists and don't know any, so our "art" is not personal and beautiful like Mrs. G's. I shvitzed over the windows too.

Angie and Jen, seriously, do come. If you are ever in the PNW. . . and you should be. It is a beautiful place!

Oliver Rain, I'm so pleased to meet you. Thanks for stopping by!

And Kimberly, the unpainted woodwork was such a bonus. This house was lived in by the builder's bachelor son until he was in his 90's. He didn't do ANYTHING. And the few owners since him preserved it well. We are so lucky. This is kind of our dream house. It is so peaceful.

Jenn, I'm so glad you came over. I love your blog.

And Pinki, that yellow kitchen was another selling point. We didn't paint it, but I do love yellow kitchens! It's kind of sponged in an old French/Tuscan look, which is even nicer. I wouldn't have the patience to do it. I'm going to check out your blog now.

Thank you all so much for stopping by!

stephanie (bad mom) said...

So lovely, even your animals look extraordinarily content.

Did I spy Trader Joe's shampoo by your gorgeous tub? (We tried for the claw foot thing but our stupid modern house wouldn't fit it without a major upstairs overhaul, which sounded too hard even with the promise of a bath afterward).

just jamie said...

I'm LOVING your home, yup I am. The window was well wroth the price, whatever that may be. And the furry ones, um, are you kidding me? They all lay around loving like that? Wow.

Claire B. said...

Yes, Stephanie, that is Trader Joe's shampoo. AND body wash. Only 1.99 for a big bottle!

I have a bordering-on-unhealthy obsession with Trader Joe's. Love, love, love TJ's. Trader Joe is my Secret Boyfriend.

And welcome to my place, Jamie! I took a look at your adorable twins. My goodness how cute!

Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Mary Alice said...

Ohhhh those windows are gorgeous. Love the windows and the window seat...yes and the wall colors...and the red rug...and the kitchen...and your deck and your tub....I grew up with a claw foot and I do miss it...claw foot tubs have souls of their own I swear. Thanks for allowing us all in.

Kirsetin said...

Love, love, love the adirondack chairs, and, of course, the most-excellent window seats. Thanks for sharing!

Nora Bee said...

Those window seats make me want to be a better person, like a novelist or something.

Anonymous said...

Stolen posters, the very best kind.
When can I come visit?

Lisa Milton said...

I love those windows, price be damned.

What a lovely view.