Where Bloggers Live – #1

Welcome to the monthly edition of Where Bloggers Live. It’s kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…Bloggers! Who doesn’t like to peek behind the scenes and see inside people’s homes? Over the next few months, a group of seven bloggers will be sharing their workspaces, their homes, towns and more!

Make sure you visit everyone to see where the magic happens!

Bettye at Fashion Schlub

Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks

Em at Dust and Doghair

Iris at Iris Originals Ramblings

Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style

Julia at When the Girls Rule

Lisa at Midlife in Bloom

So – here goes…. I live out in the country near a small town in northern Alabama (more about it later).

I’m starting with the main part of my home that I “live in”. My house is much larger than I need, but all that size can easily fill up when family visits.

So you enter the front door into a small foyer.  Love having my family pictures there.

You’ll notice right away, I do NOT live in a minimalist house.  I’m old enough that there have been lots of birthdays and Christmases – and I have 8 grandchildren AND I’m blessed to have lived in this house almost 30 years.  That’s really no excuse though -I’ve always had “things” around and far be it from me to have an empty wall in my house 😀

So, by now you’re in the “great room” (which basically includes my living room and dining room).  You’ll note Koda trying to figure out what on earth I’m doing. 😉  The door to the right of the TV goes into my master bedroom, and obviously the french doors go out onto the deck.

I have a LOT of antique family furniture, but the buffet you see at the back of the love seat was a great antique store find years ago.  #1 son made the lamp sitting on the buffet and #2 son made the wooden candlestick on the right when they took shop in high school.  The strange floor lamp to it’s left is my magnifying lamp for cross stitch.

The futon wall contains paintings, drawings and cross stitch – mostly of elephants or irises. There are two paintings actually done by elephants. 🐘❤  And there’s still space above all those where there’s a slight vault to the ceiling – so more wall space to fill up. 😄

I love to watch the ‘house shows’ on HGTV, but rarely really like their finished product.  All white – not for me.  So, as you can see, I’m not very “up to date” with the latest styles.  My husband used to say my house was decorated in “early elephant” (pretty much correct).  At any rate – notice the cornice over the french doors and another over my dining room window.  My husband made those for me for my birthday years ago (there are several in other rooms also).  I love them!!!

The dining room table is a favorite piece of furniture for me.  It belonged to my great-great Grandfather who saved it from Sherman’s march to the sea.  It stays square as long as it’s just me or only a couple more but has 4 leaves – which stretches it to 104 inches.

Looking into the ‘living room’ from my bedroom….  the tall glass front cabinet in the corner is another family antique that I love!  The love seat on the left in the picture is where I can be found if I’m working on the computer, cross stitching, reading, or watching TV – and Koda is usually right next to me.

The painting over the fireplace is of the old family home – great,great grandparents all the way down to me.  Sadly it burned in the 1980’s.  I’m the 5th generation to live on this land and I’m so grateful to be here.

Love my fireplace and it won’t be long before I’ll be using it.  I loved it when hubby was alive and it was wood burning – but that’s definitely above my pay grade, so it’s gas logs now. 😊  Those are more family pictures on the mantle.

There’s a kitchen, laundry room/3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on this level – one bedroom is my office (that’s code for where to stack stuff till I put it away) and one is my sewing room.  Both of those rooms have futons.  I don’t have clutter, I just have ‘stuff’ and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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15 Responses to Where Bloggers Live – #1

  1. Daenel T. says:

    First of all, fifth generation? Wow! How cool that your family greets you {in picture form}. I’ve always wanted a gallery wall of family pictures but my kids and grandkids are loathe to take pictures. The Hubs and I like to visit antique shops to buy bits and pieces, it’s so cool that you have actual stories from your family to go with your items.

    This series is gonna be fun.

    • Iris says:

      Yeah – some of my kids and grandkids complain about the pictures – but they don’t have any choice. “I” am the boss!
      Iris

  2. Em says:

    You should always surround yourself with things you love that make you happy. We share a common theme entryway…family photos! A little squinting shows we both have so many similar happy memories on printed paper. Those walls always make me smile…and I love looking at pics when I visit other people’s homes.

    We also have Pom pups in common. Our Jack is a spitfire…bet Koda is too.

    Finally, the family heirlooms you have, and the way you speak of your fireplace shows you are the keeper of more than “stuff,” those are treasures that link you to the important people who have been in your life.

    All things that define home! Lucky you!

    • Iris says:

      I think you said it perfectly – “I’m the keeper of more than stuff” (but there’s a lot of ‘stuff’ too). And, I guess I wouldn’t have it any other way. Most everything I have has a memory/story attached to it.
      Iris

  3. Eileen Flanigan Sinda says:

    I love the homey feel of your house. We downsized after our children grew up and moved out. We have replaced some of our furniture to a more modern traditional look. But our two recliners give the place a homey feel. As do the photos of our children and grandchildren around the rooms. Thanks for sharing.

    • Iris says:

      We didn’t downsize – we upsized 🙂 And now it’s way too big for me – but I’m not going anywhere and it’s home.
      Iris

  4. CiM says:

    Oh, and I forgot to say, I LOVE your little Koda! What a faithful, bright-eyed sweet little companion!! So much love on that little face!!

  5. CiM says:

    Oh, Iris! I loved seeing your home. It felt like knowing you a little better. 🙂

    I’ve noticed your comments on Bettye’s blog and sometimes on Julia’s (I think?) – so I feel like I “know” you a little from those, too. It was great to see more of your surroundings.

    I can tell you’re a lady who loves – who has lots of people who love her, and who loves them right back. Your home really says that about you.

    Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your world!

    CiM

    • Iris says:

      Well what a nice thing to say about me. Thank you. I haven’t read the other blogs yet – looking forward to getting to know everyone better.

      Koda is my little sweetie and thinks he has to be right there whatever I’m doing.
      Iris

  6. Marceline Sours Miller says:

    Really delightful. Thanks for showing it off!

  7. jodie filogomo says:

    You crack me up Iris…I love that you have stuff!! There is nothing wrong with that as everyone should have their own style. And that gallery wall in the entry way is so fabulous. What a great way to showcase the family!!
    How wonderful to live on the same land as many generations have!!
    I noticed your crosses too. Rob has a collection and we are still working on where to put them!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

    • Iris says:

      Thanks Jodie – always happy to make someone ‘crack up’ 🙂 I have a few other crosses too, I should dig them out and figure out a place for them.
      Iris

  8. Bettye says:

    Oh, I love that all your family welcomes you as you come in the front door (via pictures)! The shape of your dining room windows is so interesting, or is that like a skylight over the windows? It’s so nice that you are surrounded by furniture from your family before you. I have only one “family” piece left, after all my many moves, downsizing each time.

    Thanks for sharing your home, Iris – I look forward to seeing more!

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

    • Iris says:

      Why thanks Bettye – I really didn’t expect anyone to be interested in “my” home – but it is mine. The family pieces are special to me – but they also ‘require’ devotion. I don’t think I could get rid of them unless giving them to family. The windows in the dining room are interesting – I’ve always liked them. The bottom ones are simply two long, low double windows that open (though I never open them) and the top ones are just little decorative ones that let light in – not sure what you call them. I’m off to read blogs!
      Iris

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