Friday, February 20, 2009

What makes your house special to you?

About a year or so ago I posted my house on HGTV rate my space and I had people asking me to please post more pictures of my home. I was too embarrassed at the time because I honestly dont feel Im all that great at decorating. A designer I am NOT. There are sooo many more lovely houses that are just so amazing and stunning. My house is alot different than most houses I see, at least I think so, and Ive noticed most people like the lighter colors of white, pink and blues. I on the other hand love dark browns, beige, golds, burgandy, leopard print and African masks . If you put me in an old Victorian home, in the library, walls covered with bookshelves floor to ceiling, tons of wood work everywhere, leather chairs, smell of pipe smoke and antiques everywhere I would never leave that room.

It got me thinking.. What in my house makes it special to ME. . So I thought I would share with you some things that I find are special.

I would love to hear from you and see pictures of your homes too. What makes it special to you. What makes you smile? What are the things in your home that are TOTALLY YOU?

Mine are....

This HUGE mirror was a Mothers Day gift from my sweet DH Its hanging in the dining room.

The leopard rug that greets you when you walk in our front door.

An African mask brought back from Africa by one of our customers.

Another African mask from a different customer. We have the best customers Im telling you !!!

The wall clock my DH bought for me when we moved in the house. He has name it our "Jack the Ripper clock" since it looks like something that would be on a London street.

Heres our kitchen fan. While the "fans" are spining the whole unit also rotates.

The other three fans in our house have leaves for blades. Their all different. Here the one in our family room

I collect old suitcases and I use them in my decorating. I find them mostly at yard sales for $1 each. When I look at them I wonder where they have traveled to.

More suitecases. My DH stuck his great grandfathers walking cane up there so thats what your seeing crossing the front of one of them.

More african masks. The wall looks white in the picture. How funny. Its actually all the same beige color.

I LOVE black and white photography. Heres one of the pairs of large pictures I have hanging in the family room. I bought the frames and pictures at World Market.

More african masks that hang over the one of many archways we have in the house. Found the masks at a yard sale for $1 ea and the picture in the background that says Africa I bought at another yard sale for $5


marty39 said...

Oh, I do also love your color and your house is just gorgeous. I have always had browns, tans, greens, golds and reds. Our new house had cocoa carpet and the red made it look pink and the gold made it look dirty, so I still used cocoa and dark chocolate and then bright peachy orange. Gotta have those colors. I love your suitcases and the masks are just gorgeous. You do indeed have a lovely home and one that seems very inviting. Hugs, Marty

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

You have a beautiful home Ellie, and I love that you are so in touch with your own style! That's huge. A lot of people just try to follow trends. It's so much more rewarding to have a home that reflects YOU. I think that's what makes my home special to me. It's all mine, and it totally reflects my own style and personality...aside from the fact that I feel so lucky to be able to own a home.

Have a great weekend!

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