October 3, 2014

My Dad's Cool Old House

 Back yard
 Pops reading the paper :)
We cooked up a storm, so I could not get a magazine worthy photo of their new beautiful kitchen, but just look at that pretty marble counter top!

 All their appliances are Miele. The vent over the stove top, fans out when you need it. double ovens and a warming drawer. I also love the giant refrigerator.
 Love all the old stone work

 The door to the powder room is the original.
 My step-mom loves cookbooks as much as I do!

 The light from this window was so beautiful in the morning.
 Main living room

 The two photos above are of my dad's studio
 They collect beautiful rugs, and this is one of my favorites.
 Guest room

This is as close to New York as we got hahah.

I always like to snoop into other peoples homes. I like to look at real homes, not stylized ones that are way too clean or does not reflect the people who live there. I thought you would enjoy taking a peek inside my dad and step-mom's new/old home. It was built in the 1800's and it use to be exposed stone, much like the stone inside the house. Its a shame that they covered it up, but it still a lovely home. I love the creaking wood floors, that tell a story about all the lives that once graced the property, and bits of original crown moulding, old doors etc. Like I mentioned before, being from California, where the homes are not nearly as old as those on the east coast, is always such a treat for the eyes.
Their kitchen was totally re-done for them. As busy as my step-mom is with work, she loves to cook and this kitchen gets used! I always love when someone that enjoys food and cooking gets a new kitchen don't you? The old stone fireplace from one of the rooms, makes one of the kitchen walls, and that is my favorite part. The little cabinet in the stone wall is filled with spices, that smell heavenly when you open the doors. It use to have a bee hive oven to make bread from the fire place, which is shown after the double oven picture.
Their home reflects all their travels and their personalities, and it is always fun to visit and see all the treasures all over again. Can't wait to go back again soon!

On a whole other topic, what is up with the weather?! Yeah, I'm talking about the the weather like an old person hahah. Just when I was getting my fall cooking groove on, here comes a heat wave with upper nineties this weekend, and for who knows how long. Like California really needs more heat and no rain. I've been trying to get motivated with other things and pretend that it isn't hot, until I start working in my studio and start to sweat bricks!!! I have a couple hat orders and other pieces cut out and ready, but oh the motivation is so low when it gets too warm out. Whine, whine boo hoo hahaha.
Other than the annoying heat, life is good! Finally getting settled into the house, and finding my work groove. Balancing my studio time with my exercise schedule was a bit challenging at first, but I'm back into it and it feels great! I'm really getting excited about the holidays and for once in a long, long time, I think we will get trick or treaters this year. Every home I have lived in was not trick or treat friendly because of the homes being in rural parts of our town. I can't wait to see all the kids in their costumes. I better get my candy dish ready!
  Hope you enjoyed my dad's house tour. It's mainly for me and for family to see, that have not been able to visit yet, so I hope you don't find it too boring.


  1. Such a beautiful, warm home! You can always tell the difference between a true home that is filled with personal treasures, and just another house ... thank you for sharing ... J

  2. I remember that you dad moved but can't remember where. I LOVE their home--inside and out. I totally agree that I want to see a home that reflects the owner's interests. Matching sofa and chairs have no interest. Of course, an old home like that comes with charm in and of itself. What a dream kitchen!!


    1. Thanks Bonnie, My dad moved to Pennsylvania for my step moms job.

  3. Your dad's home is just beautiful! The kitchen is amazing. I could do some serious cooking in that space!