After retiring and downsizing, we are gradually making our builder basic house a home. Come on in and I’ll show you around. My home is a mixture of thrift, consignment and goodwill treasures that I love remaking into my own unique style.
As you enter this is the view you have of the living/dining area and straight through to the kitchen/family room. Since our home is small, it helps that the rooms are open and flow together.
As you walk in and look around this is the full view of the living room. The entire house has a neutral base with soft beige walls and carpet. This allows me to change my color scheme about every 15 minutes and I do. lol That huge mirror really doubles the look of the size of this room. It seemed quite small in our previous home, but definitely the center of attention here.
Come on in through the opening to the family room/kitchen/breakfast area. This is where we live and where family always gathers. I love being able to cook and still be part of all the fun.
The breakfast area is where we have all of our meals. The table can be expanded to seat 12 if we have the whole family here.
The kitchen is literally the center of our house and I love that it is open to all of our living areas.
As you can see, the entire house flows around it.
Some of my favorite treasures are the clocks I have in this hallway.
This is a closer look at a couple of them. All of these came from my mom’s collection.
However this one is the neatest one of all. My mom and dad made this one for me. My dad was a contractor, but my mom was just as handy, she had a lathe and did all the turnings herself.
See the two plaques inside. Love Mother & Daddy 1977.
Down the hall across from the clocks is my laundry room. This is where I have my crafting cupboard, extra fridge and tons of accessories that are special to me. The quilt blocks are ones my mom and I made years ago. (That’s the door to the garage.)
I used every every square inch of wall space to display special treasures that make me happy every time I walk in here. The little wine cabinet holds a few bottles that we like to share at dinner parties, plus I roll up place mats that I’m not using and slide them into the wine slots to store them. As I said, every square inch. lol
The next door is the Guest Bedroom. This is probably the only place where you will ever see an antique kitchen with a bed in the middle. Now these are treasured antique pieces that I just couldn’t part with, so I made them work. How about a drop leaf kitchen work table complete with curved tin flour bins as a nightstand and a hoosier on the other side.
The Hoosier makes a fabulous desk when a guest needs one. The work surface pulls out for a very generous work space.
The butter churn holds a $1 tv from Goodwill and the lawyers bookcase houses some of my dads hand tools. There’s also a few antiques used as accessories too. Works for me. To see how it all came together, check out this post.
Turn right down the hall and you come to the guest bathroom. Small, but functional. This is my most recent room redo. You can see how I pulled it together by rehabbing and shopping the house here.
Just using what I had and shopping the house, I was able to totally transform this room. The shower curtain is leftover fabric from the family room drapes and I added a favorite painting and some transferware dishes.
I gave a tutorial on how to remove a medicine cabinet and patch the wall in this post. That made a huge difference. There’s room for a towel rack by the sink and a cute picture from Goodwill. I also gave you a tutorial on how I antiqued and aged the mirror.
You can find a “how to” for the tank topper tray here. Now even that curvy tank top can be used to display some fun bathroom accessories and they won’t slide off.
At the end of the hall is the Master Bdrm and bath.
I found the headboard at Hotel Liquidators, the dresser at a thrift store and the nightstand at Goodwill. You can see the tutorials on these and other refinishing and painting projects here.
Across from the bed is an armoire. It holds our tv and has some drawers and shelves for extra storage.
This is one of my favorite finds. – -$15 at Goodwill. I re-stained and redid part of the upholstery, love it. This was a huge upgrade to the l970’s chair that was previously here. See that redo here.
A view into the bathroom from the bedroom.
As you enter the bathroom, the tub and shower are on the right and the vanity is straight ahead. The angled door leads you to the water closet and the door on the left is the walk in closet.
It’s always bright and cheery in here with all the light from the window, and I love, love, love the soaker tub.
Paint and new light fixtures are about all I’ve done in here. I left the huge mirror because it makes the room seem so much bigger.
That’s it for the tour.
I can’t thank you enough for stopping by, I love company and you are always welcome. If you are new here, I would love for you to follow me at A Stroll Thru Life.
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Marty is such a neat lady. She is so great at stitching up cuttains and runners and whipping up a vignette. Love her style.
Andrea at Opulent Cottage
I have always loved Marty’s elegant, beautiful home! And Marty herself too, she is such a treasure 🙂 So awesome seeing her whole home on this tour!
I love your home Marty..very warm and so inviting!!!
Marty has such a elegant way of decorating…she is an inspiration to everyone. Her recent bathroom remodel was awesome…love it! Hugs, Penny
Lovely home and she is a sweetie too, so glad to get to see it all at once.
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Thank you so much Debbie for having me. I am so honored to be part of this series. Hugs, Marty
I never tire of seeing Marty’s beautiful home.. She surely has a style I love..
thanks so much for sharing it with us and especially all those who may have never seen it..
Happy weekend to you and yours
This is such a pretty home. Very warm and inviting!
what a fabulous tour, I even saw areas I haven’t seen before. Thanks for sharing ladies!
Debbie…thanks so much for having Marty at your blog! Marty…this tour gave us a whole new view of your home…I didn’t recognize some of it seeing it in larger pictures! Everything is just beautiful and I love how the colors and the rooms flow. You are a true decorator at heart! I really like what you did with the guest bath, I must have missed that post.
I love Marty and her beautiful home…Marty is so creative and talented…a master of vignettes, sewing projects, and decor!…Thanks Debbie for another great home tour!….Have a great weekend Debbie and Marty!!!
HI Debbie Dear! Oh, I just loved the tour of Marty’s lovely home. She is wonderful at making pretty and it’s really hard to believe her home is so small as she really knows how to decorate it.
Be a sweetie and have a great weekend,
Love Marty’s blog and beautiful home!! It was great seeing a full tour!
Always a treat to see Marty’s beautiful home.
Marty is absolutely one of my favorite bloggers. Love her sweet nature. I f we had a Ms. Congeniality contest in blog land, she would have my vote for sure!
Thanks for featuring Marty. I have been a long time fan of Marty and her blog. She is sweet and elegant and has a beautiful style and blog. I consider her a “big blogger” in blog land with all the things she has going on with her blog but even with being so busy she always takes time to comment and keep in touch. I love that about her. Marty is so down to earth and makes time for everyone.
Cindy @ Applestone Cottage
Marty is just the greatest! I am so lucky…every time I visit my son in Phoenix, I also get to visit with Marty and my other blogger pals there.
Marty has such an elegant and classy style and she is like that in real life too.
Thanks Debbie for sharing and thanks for the sweet comments you left on my blog.
Marty’s house is so gorgeous, is so much HER, with those lovely earth tones, which I also prefer, and her wonderful sense of decoration, she’s always so inspiring to me. I love every room in her house and every detail of decor, but I specially have “master-bedroom jelousy” every time I see this room! Starting to redecorate our master bedroom it’s gotten to be such a chore, that we keep posponing it every year so far! I’m lucky cause at least there’s this beautiful inspiration…and so is the bathroom too, lol! Thank you so much Debbie for sharing dearest Marty’s gorgeous home, she’s a wonderful and talented lady!.
Just Beautiful I especially like the shelf toilet topper. I would need 3 and would love with different knobs, like Master bath Glass doorknobs, Mancave some color in them and I think glass knobs also for Guest Bath!! I wish she would sell them!! They came out Great and Her Home is Beautiful!!
Deb..I Am Not Able To SEE Some Of The Pictures…Either Gone Or Only Seeing Half Of Them…Is It Only Me…Seems To Be On Alot Of Posts…I Really Wanted To See The Bed In The Kitchen…Lol..Every Ince Counts..And For Me It Does Too…Love Yur Fall Porche…xo… Sabri
they are here on my end Sabrina, not sure:(