Monday, June 20, 2011

My Lovely Home....

Hi Bloggerettes!  I have such mixed emotions about selling our home.
Part of me wants to remain here forever and another part of me wants to go back home to the mountains.    We had this home custom built and we did much of the design ourselves, so it's hard to give it up.  This home is so "me!"

I hope that my new home has some of the things that I love about this one.  Like built ins,  I love them....

Do you know that just about everything you see on these shelves were either found at thrift and antique shops, TJ's and Home Goods.....
And, big windows that let in lots of sunlight...
All the little side tables you see were found at thrift stores, resale shops and Home Goods...
The curvy sofa we have had for fifteen years or more and the wing back chairs have been recovered three times...

And a screened porch to watch the golf course sprinklers...
The kitties love it too!

A place to hang my cheeky mermaid....
Got her at the auction...isn't she cute!

A big walk-in closet....

A corner in my bedroom where I often ponder all of these things and more....
Pillows made by me, curtains made by me.  Hydrangea print from Home Goods.  The tablecloth is a ruffled curtain.  The chair has been covered three times!
So why are we selling it?
It's time.

We've reached a time in our lives where it's time to downsize to something smaller and more manageable.
The housing market is pretty up and down right now, so
who knows how long it will take to sell.

In the meantime I'll just enjoy every minute of living here.

Okay, get out there and make, sew, bake, paint, create, photograph, write or find something wonderful and share it with the rest of us.



Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

"Home" is what you make it and when you take your things to your new home and surround yourself with those things and the people you love it will feel right.

Willow said...

Your home is so beautiful, but I understand about selling. We are planning on doing that when Hubby retires, but that will be a few years yet. Will look forward to see your new home.

Denise said...

Where ever you go your pretties can follow.At first my kids whinned that I was leaving My home behind,but when they all visited they felt better.It still felt like Mom and Dad's home.

trash talk said...

Your buit-ins were the first thing that hooked me. They are stunning with all your wonderful finds.
I just imagine any where you hang your hat will be filled with beauty and the joy of you.
P.S. Love that shade of toenail polish!

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hi Sissie :) You have such a wonderful home, and it shows how much love you have put into over the years, but I know that with your new home, where ever it may be, will be just as beautiful, and show just as much love :)

Have a wonderful week dear friend ~ warmest hugs, Brenda

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Moving is always a big change. Your home is beautiful Sissie but I know that your new one will be too:@)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Sissie, I love your home! It has all the elements that I love in a home, windows and built-ins. We down-sized fifteen years ago and I miss my big house! However, I'm thinking now a posh apartment would be a lot less work for me and for Hubby too. I'm sure your home will sell quickly and you will find something else you will love. Home is where your heart is.


Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Sissie, I can see why you would be hesitant about selling you home, it's so beautiful, but I know that your next home will be beautiful also!!!
hugs~~~ Daphne

Okio B Designs said...

Sissie, you house is just gorgeous! I swear it's like looking through an issue of House Beautiful! I understand your mixed feelings.


Karen said...

Sissie your home is beautiful, I can understand how you feel. Just think of all the fun you'll have fluffing and fixing your new home.

Marydon said...

I can see why you wouldn't want to leave this breathtaking home, Sissie. You have such an elegant touch in your decorating ... I love everything you share. We keep looking to do the same, as you ... downsize.

Have a great week ~

Ms. Bake-it said...

I can understand your mixed emotions as I have been there. I downsized from an old Victorian to a smaller home not even half my old home's size. You have a wonderful knack for decorating and your new home will be just as beautiful. Just think, you get to start with a clean slate!

~ Tracy

Angela said...

I can hear John Denver singing "Country Roads"! It is hard to leave Almost Heaven West Virginia! We lived in Maryland for 4 years and we wanted nothing more than to move back. I'll never leave these country roads again!


Theresa said...

Sissie, you home is beautiful! Those windows would have me sold in a heart beat! Love built ins too, I would love some here @ 612... good luck with the sale! t. xoxoox

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Sissie...I understand more than you know. My husband wants to REALLY downsize and I just cry. I am not ready for it, at least not now. I love my is very simple, but home. Hang in, if it is meant to be, it will happen. I understand the enjoying while you are there too!

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

I'm sure your next home will be just as beautiful and you will give it your own finishing touches and have fun in the process. Your home is wonderful so your next one can just be smaller and just as wonderful. Hugs, Batmans Grandma, Marilou

Blue Creek Home said...

Your house is lovely but I know that you will put your magic touch on the next house too.
I hope the process moves fast for you.

Heaven's Walk said...

Sissie - your house is just beautiful! I love the openness, airiness, and the brightness of it all! You did a spectacular job in designing and styling it. But I can totally understand about downsizing. We'll be doing that within the next 6 years for sure. Sad, but necessary. I'm sure that you'll have no problem selling that beauty! :)

xxo laurie

Low Tide High Style said...

Sissie, you know how much I love your current home, since I've tried to get you to let me submit it to a magazine. But I also know that no matter where you live you will make that house into a beautiful home too, because that is what you do!

Kat :)

A Vintage Green said...

Nice heading changes. Your house reflects you but I think that you will work your magic anywhere you live.

stefanie said...

its a perfect house...someone is going to love it as much as you do!!! just think of all the shopping and decorating you will get to do in your new home!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh Sissie, it is absolutely gorgeous! The mountains sound mighty enticing now that it is so warm. At least there is no rush for you, you better start looking for your next perfect house. It sure will make for exciting bog posts as you move in and redecorate. You are going to have to get a new booth too....That's a bummer!


Anonymous said...

I love your home, too. But I know your next one will be just as nice because you'll put your own personal stamp on it. Good luck selling it. I'm sure it'll go fast! We are still trying to get our old home sold.

Nancy's Tidbits

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Sissie Sweetie...
What a beautiful share. I so love your home. It has been so much fun visiting you there, but I have to tell you, "Where ever you go, I will follow." Love the house, but adore you sweet one.

Hope you have a glorious week. I know you will find an even better home just waiting down the road. It will have things that you love as well.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Karen said...

Ah ha! I answered my own question Sissie!
Well, you just have to do what you need to do. If it's time - it's time. And wherever you go - it'll be home there too. you'll put all your wonderful touches on it and before you know it...
Hmmmm....if you are downsizing...I think your booths are going to be overflowing with GOOD STUFF once you find your new home! And then, it just might be time for me to take a road trip...give me some advanced warning - will ya plz?
:) Hugs. Karen

Kathysue said...

Oh Sissie I know what you mean I would find it really hard to leave my existing home, but i know we will someday. I no longer like the town we live it, it has changed to a town I no longer recognize, many of the long time residence feel that way. If we could just take our home with us that would be perfect!! You will make your next home just as lovely and who knows maybe you will try some new and exciting things. Kathysue

Victoria said...

It is a gorgeous home Sissie and I can only imagine how hard it will be to leave...but maybe a family with little ones will buy so it can have a new history!

I'm sure wherever you end up, you will make it equally gorgeous and homey:)

Pattie said...

Your home is truly lovely. Enjoyed my visit thank you for sharing


sonya said...

Oh Sissie,
We are doing the very same thing! I totally understand where you're coming from. We are living in my dream home and it's just TOO much! But one thing I will get to leave with...memories and that's enough. :) Take lots of photos, Sis. That's what I'm doing. You're home is beautiful-but you know your next one will be too, my friend.

NanaDiana said...

Sissie~ Oh- I - Know! We built this house after working our way up through 12 other houses! It is a dream of a home...but,like you,it is time. We have decided to wait for one more year before we sell...and I am already dreading leaving this place I love. Like you, I have lots of built-ins..that I adore...and we are on the bay. Your home is lovely- I think it might sell pretty quickly if it is priced competitively. Beauty always sells. Blessings to you as you go through this process. Did you ever think we would be old enough to want to "downsize"?;>) Diana

Pamela said...

Sissie your home is gorgeous but any home you get will be made stunning by you!!! Sometimes large homes can be a burden on the cleaning and up keep.
I am sure you will find the perfect place!
Pamela xo

Barbara said...

Sissie your house is your home, and I know that you will find another house that you will definitely turn into your home with all of the things that say" This is Sissie's Home". You might just be needing a place to work on and make yours.

Hugs XX

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Sissie,
With your gorgeous taste, anywhere you live will be a dream house, for sure!!! I think it's all in what people feel the most comfortable with...Your home is exquisite--and I know your next one will be too! And we'll all get to see it and enjoy your journey!

Sezoentje said...

Oh, dear Sissy, I perfekt now how you feel!
Buth remember that every cloud hase a silver linging (sorry for mij bad englisch)
You sone wil be ready to leave you're beatifull home behind en go up to a hole new expirience!
Lots off love from Belgium,

Heavens rosé Cottage said...

Dear Sissy!
I love so much to visit you!Your cottage is so so nice and full of romantic!
Lots of greatings

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

It must be hard for you to leave a home that you designed yourself, putting so much love into it.
My little townhouse is no where near the size of your home but I am quite aware that because of 13 steps to get to the front porch and a narrow hallway and upstairs, I will have to sell it too for something more handicapped accessible.
My arthritis, which is now diagnosed as rhuematoid, and possibly Lupus will force me to leave our little townhouse. We already have plans of moving right down the street into a first floor large apartment in the Apartment complex where both of my sons are now living. I will be able to fit just about all of my furniture into a large 2 bedroom apartment that will be maintainence free!!
Good luck on the sale of your home!
Do you know where you are moving to and do you have something picked out already?


Riet said...

Dear Sissie.Your home is where your heart is. We downsized too last year, everybody said we were crazy leaving that beautiful penthouse we had , but now in this smaller home everybody says oh even nicer than the other one. So with your stuff around you and your excellent taste that new home is going to be even better. YOu can count on that. Have a good day my friend

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It is sad, Sissie, I feel that way sometimes about our house. We are still on the market but the listing expires July 1st and I'm not sure if we will wait or relist right away. I'm trying to look at it as a new "canvas" to decorate and that usually perks me up a little!

Shabbyfufu said...

It's beautiful Sissie and I'm sure that it will be well loved by whomever purchases it. You'll make another lovely nest in your next doubt!

I know what you mean about downsizing and doing some of that myself around here with too much stuff!

Good luck,

Claudia said...

I understand. We often contemplate selling some day - it will eventually be too much to maintain. Your home is just beautiful, Sissie, and I can see why it will be so hard to leave it. But with your talent, I know you will turn any new space into a beautiful home.


Nancy said...

The changing seasons in our lives are both hard and exciting......We downsized a couple of years ago and yes it was very hard but now that I have adjusted, I love spending the extra time I have doing the fun and creative things I enjoy......

Dixie said...

Sissie - I have no doubt that you'll have all the things you need and love in your new home... because you're taking the most important thing from the old home to the new home... YOU and your wonderful, creative spirit... Much luck in getting a speedy sale to just the right person(s) who will love the old house as much as you!
Blessings. Dixie

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You do have such a gorgeous home Sissie!
But one thing for sure, your next place will be made special by you too!
Good luck in selling, the market sure is up and down now.


Sissie, Your home truely is a reflection of the beauty I see in you! I can see why it would be so hard to leave your home and I wish you all the best. I know where ever you go you will make the next house "home" too!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Your home is beautiful Sissie but I think downsizing is a great thing. Besides, it is obvious that wherever you go, it will have the Sissie touch and be be equally inviting and fluffified. :) Have a great week. Tammy

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

As beautiful as your home is..anywhere you decide to live will be beautiful... with you living there~Hugs, Patti

Passionate for White said...

I can only imagine how hard it'll be for you to hand over the keys....tho I do wish they were going into mine! The hydrangea picture... I have the same one but the frame is nowhere near as beautiful as yours - did you reframe it?

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

yes I can see why you hate to sell and move...but I always loved making a new nest, no matter how much I loved my last one. I hope you will too!

Cindy said...

Sigh,... i can totally relate to how you feel. I sold my dream home 4 years ago, i watched them build it every day, with my little 2 year old son in my arms... and i lived there 17 years. i felt like it had my blood sweat and tears embedded in the very earth there.
Now i live in a new little house, in a sweet neighborhood, and have met so many new friends wonderful people i would never have known if i hadn't moved.
You will make any place you live beautiful Sissy, just as you did this home, and you'll also have a whole new chapter of experiences to add to your life...


Victorian1885 said...

Good afternoon Sissie
My Sweetie and I are doing the exact same thing and leave our 1924 Character home July 4th to relocate into a new build apartment style condo. I really do feel he time is right and change is good. Your home is beautiful and so will your next house..good luck with the sale process.


Collected Treasures...for the home, heart and soul said...

it's always difficult to leave a house that you have made a home....but you will do it again and love every minute of it once the process is all over and will see.....I wish you were right down the road as well and could just drive over........with some donuts and a diet coke :}
xo jana

ShantyGirl said...

Your house is beautiful and I can understand your feelings, however I have always been in a downsized mode and less to take care of is very freeing!! Less house more......well all the other cool things in life, vacations, time etc.
Love your blog! Oh and I like your toenail polish!

Rebecca said...

I love your home, Sissy. I truly do. It would be very, very hard for me to leave as well.

Love to you~


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Sissie, Your home is so very pretty but I know you will have the new home decorated beautifully in a flash! We are both kinda in the same boat...not sure about moving but knowing it is the right thing to do. I will be so glad when this house sells because I am tired of the mad rush cleaning we do before a showing.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

sweet'll take them with you to your new nest!

Patty Sumner said...

Sissie, Your home is gorgeous! I understand how it feels. We just made a major has been hard but we are settling in and it is great! Blessings!

Allison said...

Your home is beautiful, Sissie. I am sure the new owner will fall in love with it and treasure all of the hard work and love you have poured into making it a gorgeous home. You will have fun decorating your new place!

Sharon Wengel said...

Your home is beautiful and will be hard to leave , but no matter where you go your home will be beautiful because you will be there .

Jacqui said...

Oh, it would be so hard for me to let go of such a beautiful home! You will make any space you occupy beautiful by your very nature. Good luck!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I would find it so hard to leave too!

But you are so smart to find your final home now. My grandfather waited until it was too late and he developed Alzheimers and so I found his home and agonized over if it would have been what he would have wanted.

blessedmom's simple home said...

I'd have a hard time leaving too, but a new adventure is intriguing :) Your home is beautiful, I'm sure it will sell quickly.

Tara said...

Sissie, whatever home you buy next I'm sure it will be absolutely heavenly..You have the touch for making things beautiful..xx

Cheri said...

Your house is gorgeous, but, honey, you could make a mud soddy look like a million bucks! I know you will find a wonderful new home and it will take on your love & charm in no time. Where are you moving to? Is it far away from where you are now? I've not read my blogs in awhile & I feel behind on all that's going on!

Sassy Marsha said...

You have such a beautiful home, Sissie! Any home of yours will be just as beautiful b/c it is yours!


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