What makes a wonderful vacation even better?
An email from Debbie at Debbiedoos asking if I’d be interested in doing a home tour guest post, that’s what!
Welcome to my home and blog Daffodil Hill
The front door was originally brown, but this past spring I went wild and painted it red.
I’m not all that old, though I do have a thing for canes. Mostly I found these at antique stores. Maddie, our 14-year-old Jack Russell, is on the porch. She fancies seeing herself in pictures.
Our foyer was a drab beige, so we spruced it up with wallpaper. At some point I would like to paint the risers. Actually, I’d like for someone else to paint the risers and do a really great job.
As you can see, the wallpaper goes all the way up to the second floor, and I’ve incorporated blue throughout the house for continuity. The foyer is small, but the wallpaper makes a big statement. I’m also a fan of family pictures. To me a home is not about resale value or trends. It’s about the people who live and work and play in a house and their unique personalities.
We eat dinner in the dining room most nights. I light candles and put fresh flowers on the table. This doesn’t mean we’re eating gourmet food, however.
While we spend most of our time as a family in the family room, I love sitting in this space. Have you ever seen those wonderful Henri Matisse interiors, the ones with all sorts of colors and patterns? Okay, so I’m definitely not comparing this room to Matisse, but I have always been inspired by his playfulness.
When we entertain my husband builds a fire in the living room. Or, when a girlfriend calls up to chat, this is where I go for peace and quiet. Even in dreary old winter, this is a happy, warm space.
Over the years I’ve learned to be myself in decorating. While I love looking at homes with neutral palettes, I crave color. Everything in the kitchen and family room was inspired by the painting you see.
When we moved in nearly four years ago, the back splash was done in glass tile. It was probably the worst possible color combination. I was so happy to have this tumbled marble instead. It’s rustic and lighter and brighter.
The pendants were purchased three years ago from Schoolhouse Lighting. Since moving in we’ve replaced nearly every light fixture. Most of the old ones looked like giant breasts hanging from the ceiling. I’m really not kidding.
The mudroom is a bold yellow, inspired by a lovely kitchen I saw in Country Living several years ago. The homeowner lived in New Hampshire, and she needed a kitchen that would brighten her spirits in winter. She’d painted or accented several rooms in this color.
Yellow has been my favorite color since sixth grade.
The master bedroom posed a significant challenge. It’s on the small side, and there’s very little closet space. Here I took the opposite approach and went more neutral (pale yellow) and boosted the spirit of the room with colorful accents. And look at the ceiling, please. Yes, it’s a giant breast. Replacing this fixture is on my wish list.
We added the built-ins a couple of years ago. Great for storage, and I honestly find I have plenty of space for my things, even without a walk-in closet.
I have three daughters. My oldest just moved to California for graduate school. My two younger girls are 11 and 13. Their rooms are currently works-in-progress, so we’ll skip that for now.
I don’t know about you all, but I find it difficult to sit down and relax. There’s always a mountain of laundry or a pile of junk or an empty cupboard. When I really mean business about rest, I go here.
Our home is a Dutch colonial, and it was built in 1973. The house had fallen into deep disrepair, so I’m told. The previous owners had basically abandoned the property. Several years ago a contractor purchased it and began the long and arduous process of restoration. My husband and I have tried to deliver the finishing touches.
We are perched on a hill, so the vistas are nice!
My husband built this patio several years ago. He slaved, let me tell you. He also saved us a ton of money by doing this himself. He’s a talented guy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour. I can’t thank Debbie enough for allowing me to be here!
Thank you Suzanne! I love and adore every inch of your home! Thanks for sharing with us. Pop on over to those who do not know Suzanne and tell her hello.