Transformation Tuesday: Ugly, Shiny Laminate to Farmhouse Ready

I must confess that projects are fun and addicting. IT feels good to transform the bland into something fabulous *smile*

I must confess that projects are fun and addicting. It feels good to transform the bland into something fabulous *smile* P.S. please ignore the hot mess in my basement…I have been on Pinterest looking for organization inspiration!

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from random road trips to gluten-free goodies. Today on the blog, we are chatting about a transformation that took place in August–but just recently received its last coat of paint…I think…it’s complicated…Where was I? Oh, yes! Today, I want to give the reason why I made the change + the details on the how. So, go grab that cup of coffee and sit a spell!

This is the first photo of Hathorn Hall's kitchen that I took. I immediately fell  in love with the tall windows and ceilings. The countertops were not so grand, but an easy fix.

This is the first photo of Hathorn Hall’s kitchen that I took. I immediately fell in love with the tall windows and ceilings. The countertops were not so grand, but an easy fix.

I love the color of my cabinets. Normally, I  like painted/glazed cabinets--but this kitchen needed the warmth and anchor of the rich wood.

I love the color of my cabinets. Normally, I like painted/glazed cabinets–but this kitchen needed the warmth and anchor of the rich wood.

I knew the island and the kitchen needed a bit of personality when I first toured it. It is going to take time to get it to where I want it to be...but that is perfectly okay because I heart projects *smile*

I knew the island and the kitchen needed a bit of personality when I first toured it. It is going to take time to get it to where I want it to be…but that is perfectly okay because I heart projects *smile*

The countertop is just too shiny...I know...I just said too shiny...but there is a time and place for shiny *wink*

The countertop is just too shiny…I know…I just said too shiny…but there is a time and place for shiny *wink* P.S. Do y’all see Ziva’s furry paws? She loves to be everywhere I am!

I love all the storage my kitchen has and the layout works well.

I love all the storage my kitchen has and the layout works well. It just needs some color, organization, and a bit of wow!

Problem: ugly, shiny island countertop Solution: wood (as in farmhouse table)

Problem: ugly, shiny island countertop
Solution: wood (as in farmhouse table)

I decided that I wanted my bland, stock kitchen to look more farmhouseque--so I set out to create that look by transforming the island into a farmhouse table.

I decided that I wanted my bland, stock kitchen to look more farmhouseque–so I set out to create that look by transforming the island into a farmhouse table. The hubby is so great at interpreting my random thoughts into a beautiful product.

This was an easy and affordable transformation project.

This was an easy and affordable transformation project.

I love this wood glue.

I love this wood glue.

Tool of the trade--and totally worth the investment if y'all do a lot of projects.

Tool of the trade–and totally worth the investment if y’all do a lot of projects.

First we glued, then we nailed the tongue-and-groove planks directly to the old countertop. No reason to tear out + we wanted the extra height.

First we glued, then we nailed the tongue-and-groove planks directly to the old countertop. No reason to tear out + we wanted the extra height. See how shiny and reflective that countertop is! Blinding!!! P.S. we used two different kinds of glue…we ran out…and then improvised with what we had! #renovatorprobs

Making progress

Making progress

Now it is ready for trim.

Now it is ready for trim.

Nothing fancy--think farmhouse.

Nothing fancy–think farmhouse.

Ready for paint...and this is where it got tricky...because I love so many colors!

Ready for paint…and this is where it got tricky…because I love so many colors!

First things first--decide on wall color.

First things first–decide on wall color. P.S. We filled in a few of the larger “knots” with wood filler + the nail holes.

This is the color I thought I wanted because I loved it so much at Sloss Castle.

This is the color I thought I wanted because I loved it so much at Sloss Castle. See next photo for all the details.

Risers are in Behr Premium Plus Interior Eggshell Enamel in Japanese Kimono and the steps are in Behr Concrete and Garage Floor Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid

Risers are in Behr Premium Plus Interior Eggshell Enamel in Japanese Kimono and the steps are in Behr Concrete and Garage Floor Paint 1-Part Epoxy in Pyramid

Long story short–transforming the island was easy…picking a color was not so easy. Honestly, I painted and glazed it over eight times…I lost count, but I think I finally got it…stay tuned for the final…well, final is a strong word *wink*…color reveal *smile*

Be sure to check out all the fabulous happenings on Instagram and Twitter. Don’t miss a random thing *smile*

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Looking Back at 2014

2014 was a full of adventure and moving and moving on. It was a year where I had my gluten-free cupcake + I ate it *wink*

2014 was a year full of adventure and moving and moving on. It was also a year where I had my gluten-free cupcake + I ate it *wink*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living! Y’all come on in and sit a spell with me *smile* Today on the blog, I want to reflect on 2014 and say a big, huge thank you to all  of you that have read and supported my blog. I cannot thank y’all enough for all the sweetness, the kind words, the encouraging comments and emails…for everything! I am getting a little teary eyed thinking about how far SSL has come since its first post. I admit that I am not very good at posting on a regular schedule–life gets in the way *wink* but y’all have stood by the randomness, and I thank y’all for that *big hug*

As I was checking out all the blogs from 2014, it was really hard to pick the top ones. The Fall Foliage Report was a big favorite–and thanks so much for all the shares on Facebook…I am blushing thinking about it! *Drum Roll* According to the readers, the top SSL Fall Foliage Report was Historic Jonesborough. I must admit that I absolutely adore that darling town.

Burst of color outside the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church

Burst of color outside the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church

The Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week was a favorite to share on Pinterest. I admit that I don’t have much time to cook, and I like to keep the food preparation easy and quick *wink* I know I must be babbling, but I really did have so much fun trying new foods, eating gluten-free cupcakes, and attending the Whole Foods Market grand opening in Asheville. I can’t wait to see what gluten-free goodie adventures I go on in 2015! Don’t fret–I will share all the details with y’all *smile*

Matt Muenster of DIY Network's Bath Crashers and Abby at the Birmingham Home + Remodeling Show.

Matt Muenster of DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Abby at the Birmingham Home + Remodeling Show.

Last year, I went on several adventures with my favorite VIP, Abby Hathorn. We attended the Birmingham Home +Remodeling Show and the 4U Ultimate Girls Day Out. We had many more road trips, but y’all will have to head over to the Vintage Inspired Passionista for those!

Looking back, the sleepless nights...loud, creative discussions...and the back pain were all totally worth it. P.S. I am so glad that I do not have to do a major kitchen renovation in my new house. P.S. the hubby painted the walls + we put a new top on the island. I cannot wait to tell y'all about it!

Looking back, the sleepless nights…loud, creative discussions…and the back pain were all totally worth it. P.S. I am so glad that I do not have to do a major kitchen renovation in my new house. P.S. the hubby painted the walls + we put a new top on the island. I cannot wait to tell y’all about it!

Last year, the little family and I moved from Trussville to Johnson City. Whew! I am getting tired just thinking about all the renovating of Sloss Castle and the packing up to move to Hathorn Hall–a 1920 home located in the historic heart of Johnson City. Be sure to check out the blog post all about the first time I saw Hathorn Hall. Click here.

This was the first picture I took of Hathorn Hall--this was during our whirlwind house hunt in the Tri-Cities area! I immediately fell in love with the front porch *smile*

This was the first picture I took of Hathorn Hall–this was during our whirlwind house hunt in the Tri-Cities area! I immediately fell in love with the front porch *smile*

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One of the most popular repurposed projects on SSL was all about repurposing an old chain link gate. I must admit that I miss that arbor–Note to Self: find an old chain link gate and make an arbor for Hathorn Hall *smile*

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My goodness! So much happened in 2014–and honestly, it is really hard to pick the top events. I know that my perspective changed this year–while in a car wash–yep, I had an enlightenment in the car wash. I know that I struggled with being a housewife, and I know that God blessed me beyond what I deserved.

Once again, a big thanks for all of the love and support. Y’all are the best! Happy New Year!! I don’t know about y’all, but I am excited to see what God has in store for 2015.

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Re-decorating Hathorn Hall’s Front Porch + Dining Room Sneak Peek

IMG_8040Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living. If this is your first time visiting, we would like to extend a warm Southern welcome *smile* The rules of SSL are simple–grab a good cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea and sit a spell with us. That’s it *big smile*

Today on the blog, we are chatting about several things–from a sneak peek of Hathorn Hall’s dining room to the front porch fall decor I had to replace and fix due to some severe and blustery weather.

Now, it is time to sit a spell and enjoy the randomness of today. To be honest, most of my days are random and scattered, but that is perfectly okay because I am alive and kicking *cue Simple Minds*

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans.

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans. Stay tuned for the details on paint, fabric, and more *smile*

I cannot wait to tell y'all all about the wine rack/buffet table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

I cannot wait to tell y’all all about the wine tasting table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y'all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y’all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A couple of weeks ago, we had a bit of severe weather here in Northeast Tennessee. The wind was terrible, and it took a toll on my cornstalks and other front porch fall decor. After the storms had all passed, I got busy with salvaging and re-decorating. Check out the original post about the fall decorating here. I did not want to invest too much into the project because I did not want to take from my winter plant or Christmas budgets.

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile*

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile* Notice the blue cooler–I finished the re-decorating and clean up just a couple of hours before we had a Saturday Football party *whew…cutting it close*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y'all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y’all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink* Notice that I did salvage the corn from the cornstalks and used them as “filler” for the pots + a few of the corn “leaves”–are they called leaves? Hmmmm….

I was super relieved  that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

I was super relieved that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the sneak peek of the dining room + more fall decorating. I really do love this time of year. Fall puts on the best color show *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

 

 

 

Front Porch Fall Decor at Hathorn Hall

I am so excited about fall! I love the colors, the cooler temps, and the pumpkins that are everywhere *smile* !

I am so excited about fall! I love the colors, the cooler temps, and the pumpkins that are everywhere *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about front porch fall decor. Oh, how I love fall! This time last year the hubby and I were talking about moving to the Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia area. I was spending countless hours on Realtor.com looking for potential candidates, and we were still renovating Sloss Castle. It was a stressful time…my favorite time of the year was spoiled by too much work and too many difficult decisions. To make matters worse, I didn’t get to decorate *sad face* God knew I was busy, so He made sure that all the leaves at Sloss Castle were in full show *smile*

Last fall at Sloss Castle. It was a spectacular show!

Last fall at Sloss Castle. It was a spectacular show!

This was the first time I saw our new home in Johnson City. It was gussied up for fall...we were meant to be together *wink*

This was the first time I saw our new home in Johnson City. It was gussied up for fall…we were meant to be together *wink*

Don’t y’all just love reminiscing! I know I do. But enough looking back. Let us talk about this year’s fall porch decor. I kept the theme natural and simple…pumpkins, yellow mums, corn stalks, and a few leaves woven into the corn stalks. Classic.

Yellow mums are the original fall flower. I picked up mine from the local Kroger and the Farmer's Market.

Yellow mums are the original fall flower. I picked up mine from the local Kroger and the Farmer’s Market.

I did not want to overcrowd the steps with flowers and pumpkins...believe me...I thought about it! But I wanted it to open and friendly...not overwhelming.

I did not want to overcrowd the steps with flowers and pumpkins…believe me…I thought about it! But I wanted it to be open and friendly…not overwhelming.

When the summer flowers and foliage die back, I will replace them with fall/winter varieties.

When the summer flowers and foliage die back, I will replace them with fall/winter varieties.

The rusty milk can I picked up in Asheville is perfect for displaying a pumpkin.

The rusty milk can I picked up in Asheville is perfect for displaying a pumpkin.

Ya'll know I had to gussy up the swing with a dash of fall color. I found all of my fall pillows at Stein Mart.

Y’all know I had to gussy up the swing with a dash of fall color. I found all of my fall pillows at Stein Mart.

The yellow and orange pop against the neutral shade of Hathorn Hall.

The yellow and orange pop against the neutral shades of Hathorn Hall.

I created three bundles of cornstalks for the door.

I created three bundles of cornstalks to frame the door.

As the cornstalks begin to get droopy, I will just weave the leaves together and tie them with twine.

As the cornstalks begin to get droopy, I will just weave the leaves together and tie them with twine.

Every front porch needs at least two rocking chairs with comfy pillows!

Every front porch needs at least two rocking chairs with comfy pillows!

I love the long-neck pumpkin in the terra cotta pot.

I love the “long-neck pumpkin” in the terra cotta pot.

Hello, pink swing! You are always the star of the porch *smile*

Hello, pink swing! You are always the star of the porch. But that cute, lime stool is shining pretty bright too *smile*

I had a leftover crate from a recent bookshelf project, and it made the perfect container for my green striped pumpkins and a burgundy mum.

I had a leftover crate from a recent bookshelf project, and it made the perfect container for my green-striped pumpkins–which I found out from a grower at the Farmer’s Market that they are actually green-striped cushaw (cucurbita mixta)…a winter squash.

Cornstalks + pumpkins = classic fall

Cornstalks + pumpkins = classic fall

I think I will be sitting a spell with coffee a lot this fall!

I think I will be sitting a spell with coffee a lot this fall!

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IMG_6527Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about classic fall porch decor. Stay tuned to the blog for fall foliage updates. The hubby and I will be venturing out and photographing our first fall here in the Tri-Cities area…I am seeing a few trips to Asheville in my future…and perhaps the Gatlinburg area as well!

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The Dining Room of Hathorn Hall–Pretty Much a Blank Slate

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about Hathorn Hall’s dining room–which is pretty much a blank slate. Now, grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and sit a spell with me as we take a look at what I’ve found so far that’s inspiring my dining room and what is still left to figure out.

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Recently, the hubby and I visited Corner Nest Antiques Mall in Elizabethton, Tennessee. It’s fabulous. It’s amazing. It’s a wonderland of treasures. Y’all must go see for yourselves! Anyway, we went in search of period furnishings for our 1920 home…but I’m so easily distracted by beautiful junk that our original reason was quickly lost by my begging for every single piece of rusty goodness.

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Now, please understand that I know my own junk addiction…and the hubby has learned the difference between my “I’ve got to have this.” and my “I’ve GOT to HAVE this!”. So, when I stumbled upon a big, green handmade tool box…he knew I had to have it because I had a vision for it…an exact place to put it where I could admire it and show it off.

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The colors of the tool box drew me in…the John Deere green and yellow with the slightest hint of lilac showing through…its bulkiness…its size…all its special compartments…as soon as I picked it up to examine it closer, I knew someone like my dad had built it because my dad builds everything sturdy and with detail.

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Before I found my giant tool box, I had wanted a big dough bowl for my dining room table. I had found lots of dough bowls that I liked, but none of them had spoken to me….

I love all the table displays at Z Gallerie, and I’ve thought many times about buying one…the tall vases, the sparkle, the glam…oh, my! But in my heart,  I knew the hubby’s table did not want anything new, sparkly, nor glam…this rugged table was handmade from a walnut tree from his family’s property many moons ago…it rested in the hallway in his family’s barn for many years before finding its way to us…for years, friends and family sat on it while drinking and enjoying the annual cow sales…it has had a rough, but good life. If you see the hubby, get him to share the story of his table because he tells it much better than I. *smile*

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No, this table did not want Z Gallerie. I did. It wanted something that represented its character–good,  hardworking folks. The tool box was perfect.

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To add a bit of pizzazz to the table, I’m going to fill the tool box with old bottles and vases…and then fill those with fresh flowers. For Christmas,  I can fill it with greenery and vintage ornaments. Oh, the possibilities are limitless!

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I’m not going to talk much about my art piece that’s in the dining room because her story is very interesting, so I will write a separate post dedicated to her…but I had to give y’all a little peek. *smile*

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Ugh! This wall has me all in a tizzy. Thermostat and the return air grille. What to do…what to do!

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Blank wall…and still debating on wall color…I’m leaning toward a rose color…not too pink…not mauve…I will know it when I see it *smile*

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I love the windows…I really don’t want to cover them with bulky curtains or ugly blinds…hmmmmm….

Well, that’s all the dining room news that I have. There is still much to be done, but one of these days…inspiration will hit and BAM! Dining room complete *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my dining room. Now, go out and find your own junky treasures! *smile*

Come Sit a Spell in the Parlor

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine.  Today on the blog, we are going to sit a spell in my parlor and chat about its character, old Southern charm,  and its potential. I’m thinking we should serve sweet, iced tea in the parlor *said with a Southern drawl*

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When you enter through the massive wood front door, turn to your left to see the gorgeous, restored pocket doors that lead to the hubby’s office.

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A little collage of crosses…I’d like to make a few more…find a few more…time will tell *smile*

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Another view of the pocket doors. I just love them! I wish I were a better photographer so I could capture better details of them for y’all.

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Once you step inside the house,  the fireplace greets you. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep the chair in that spot, but I needed somewhere to put it…and the basement didn’t seem like a good idea!

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Another perspective of the parlor and its layout.  It’s a big room…and it deserves attention…I’m just not sure how to decorate its awkward shape. But I’m trying *smile*

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This corner has me bumfuzzled…I like the Walter Anderson paintings on either side of the fireplace…but I’m not sure what to put on the blank wall….

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I love, love, love the curved walls…but with what do I adorn them…if anything? Suggestions are welcome, so please feel free to share ideas or your own curved wall challenges. *smile*

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A little close up of the curved baseboards. I love the dark, rich stain against the warm stain of the floors.

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Cute little wall sconces…they add just the right amount of light for evening sitting…with a good book.

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Ziva, our Giant Schnauzer and big baby, insisted on napping in the parlor while I snapped photos for y’all.  It was thundering outside, so she decided to stick close to her mom.

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I stacked up a couple of old trunks and added a Walter Anderson painting to the space by the front door.

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I love this old dresser…I started to refinish it, but decided I loved it as is. It just needs gussin’ up with some pottery…Note to Self: look for a local pottery artist.

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Y’all know I love windows…big windows! This set of three overlooks the wraparound front porch.

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Warm meets cool…white ceilings would have been too stark for the room…I needed to cozy up the space…bring the height down a bit and highlight the mouldings.

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today in my parlor. There’s still some work and decorating to be done, but I don’t want to rush it because this charming space deserves pretty things *smile*

The First Time Ever I Saw Hathorn Hall

This was the first picture

This was the first picture I took of what is now Hathorn Hall.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to SSL. I hope that everyone is having a blessed week so far. Hasn’t it gone by so quickly! Time always seems to move faster in summer. *sigh*

Today on the blog, we are going to journey back to the very first time I toured my new home. It was a chilly, sunshine-filled day…back in the fall of last year. I was stressed out from all the house hunting…and was about to give up…and stay in Alabama…but then…my sweet, patient realtor showed me a newly renovated 1920 house…and it was love at first sight *smile*

*Note: I apologize for the quality of the photos…they were just notes for me to remember the house by…not meant for sharing, but I just had to share them with y’all *smile*

Tip: When house hunting, take photos and notes of the houses you tour because it really is hard to remember all the little details and problems of each house.

 

The warm sunshine rays and the cool breeze made a wonderful first impression

The warm sunshine rays and the cool breeze made a wonderful first impression. I knew this spot would be perfect for a porch swing–a really pink porch swing *wink*

The porch...oh, the beautiful porch.

The porch…oh, the beautiful porch! Did y’all know that I loved front porches, sitting a spell, and coffee? *smile*

Guest bedroom upstairs.

Guest bedroom upstairs–I was so impressed with the refinished hardwood floors, the light from the windows, and the tall ceilings of each of the guest bedrooms.

Guest bedroom number two--love all the windows and the space

Guest bedroom #2–once again, I was in love with the big windows and all the light pouring in…

Bench in the guest bathroom upstairs

Bench in the guest bathroom upstairs–my favorite bathroom in the entire house. I cannot wait to show y’all what I am doing in here!!

Master bath separated with a pocket door from the master suite

Master bath separated with a pocket door from the master suite…the hubby and I have bought the floor for the space…we just have not had the time to install it…one of these days *smile*

Mater bedroom--part one

Mater bedroom–part one…stay tuned for the progress on the master suite–new hardwood floors, a gorgeous headboard the hubby built from…wait…I have said too much already!

Master suite part two

Master suite part two–the windows…oh, how I love these windows…and the view…y’all the view is amazing…

Oh, these windows and the view--the porch had me at Hello, but the master bedroom caused me to tear up and beg the hubby for this house ;)

Oh, these windows and the view–the porch had me at “Hello”–but the master bedroom caused me to tear up and beg the hubby for this house *wink*

Down the stairs to the parlor

Down the stairs to the parlor…I cannot wait to fill the walls with art!

View as soon as you step inside the front door

View as soon as you step inside the front door

Fireplace love!

Fireplace love! Y’all know I love me some old fireplaces…and windows…and front porches *wink* This is the fireplace in the parlor.

My first look at the parlor. Who doesn't love lots of windows and richly colored wood

My first look at the parlor. Who doesn’t love lots of windows and richly colored wood!

Butler's Pantry

Butler’s Pantry–I knew this would become my beverage station…I will chat about that on a future blog post.

Peek inside the kitchen--the tall ceilings and all the cabinet space!

Peek inside the kitchen–the tall ceilings and all the cabinet space…and guess what else? Yes, the windows *smile*

Dining room--once again the windows had me. I sound like a broken record...but I do love my windows.

Dining room–once again the windows had me. I sound like a broken record…but I do love my windows…the floors also had me…and the tall ceilings…well, everything about this house stole my heart!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me as we looked back at the first time ever I saw Hathorn Hall…let us continue to sit a spell and sing a little “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack…”The first time ever I saw your face–I thought the sun rose in your eyes…blah…na…na…that is all the words I know…the first time ever I saw your face…na…na….”