Today I am pleased to share with you Sunday Morning Coffee. This is a place to share, learn, explain, dream, and have fun.
Thanks for joining me for Sunday morning coffee. Today I am sharing my weekly thoughts about entertaining, decor, crafts, and recipes and our one hundred year old home.
A Little Bit About Me
The Story of My 100 Year Old Home
I never imagined I would spend full time sharing and writing about our 100 Year Old Home. It’s just a house, right?
No chance. Not even close.
First off, our house is a home. It’s where we have raised our children and created thousands of fun memories.
You all know exactly what I am talking about. Our homes are where our families grow. They are where we nurture each other, develop traditions and share our most precious moments.
My husband grew up in our one hundred year old home. He moved here when he was nine. I first visited our 100 year old home when Dave and I were dating. I will never forget when I walked in the door and met his mom for the first time. The first thing she said was, “another tall blonde!”.
It’s true. I am 5″10″. But most people think I am not tall since I look very short in our family photos. Our boys are 6’5″, 6’6″ and 6’7″. (And just so you know, there was a photo on a table in the entry room with Dave and “another tall blonde”. So it really was true.)
Dave and I dated for six years before we got married. We moved into South Pasadena a few years later when we bought our first home.
This is the part where I have to tell you I grew up as an Air force brat. Why? Because as a military family, we moved every two to three years. My dad would get a transfer, and we would pack up our home and my mom, dad, five kids, and a dog and a cat, would get in the car and drive to our next adventure.
Fast forward many years, and I still kind of think that moving every few years is the way it is supposed to be.
Four years after we bought our first home, I mentioned that it was time to think about moving. We had two kids and another one on the way and needed another bedroom.
We ended up selling our home and bought a new home a few blocks away. I should probably mention we bought our new home and moved in the day before Michael was born.
A few years later I was ready to move again. When I told Dave about my idea, he responded, “Why couldn’t your dad have worked at a car company where you got a new car every few years and not a new home!”
Oops. Sorry Dave.
We started looking at homes in the area when we got a call from Dave’s parents. They had an idea they wanted to share with us.
They wanted us to buy their home. And they wanted to buy ours too. So we would buy each other’s homes and switch homes.
I couldn’t believe it. It was my dream and it wasn’t even my idea.
The rest is history.
And we have been here 23 years and I have no plans to move. Ever.
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Around Our Home
In the Butler’s Pantry
I share photos on my Instagram twice a day, every day. I love that you see them all, make comments and give me great input.
I never expected that someone I admire, someone who is famous, and one of the most talented people ever, would notice my instagram.
I shared this photo on my Intsagram stories last week. I was sharing the organization of my Butler’s Pantry, which was a remarkable transformation.
The next thing I knew, this popped up on my phone.
Nancy Meyers shared my photo on her Instagram. This is THE NANCY MEYERS. You know, Nancy Meyers, the writer, producer, and director of Nancy Meyers movies.
Her movies include Parent Trap, It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, The Intern, Father of the Bride, and Home Again to name a few.
Nancy Meyers has been my idol forever. She created my top three all-time favorite movies. They are, in order …
- It’s Complicated
- The Holiday
- Something’s Gotta Give
These really are my favorite movies.
Every set, every home, and every backyard in a Nancy Meyer’s movie, is what I wanted my home to look like.
If I ever open a bakery I would want it to look exactly like Meryl Streep’s bakery in It’s Complicated. If I ever have a guest house I would want it to look like the one in Home Again.
They are all amazing. You should read this article to see what I mean.
I know you are wondering if Nancy has ever filmed a movie here. She hasn’t. But it feels like she has for two reasons.
First, everyone thinks our home was used in Father of the Bride. Our home wasn’t in the movie, but it looks a lot like the home that was in the movie and is located about a mile from here.
Secondly, our home was under consideration for one of her movies. The location rep visited our home and took photos. But it wasn’t picked.
But that’s ok. The fact that THE NANCY MEYERS (or even one of her staff who just might be entirely responsible for this) thinks our butler’s pantry should be seen on the instagram account Nancy Meyers Interiors made my day.
And my week.
Of course my favorite part is her hashtag #nancystyle
Thank you Nancy.
A Tip for Your Home
Start a Collection
If you have followed me for a bit then you know that I have a lot of vintage items that I like to collect. I collect vintage dinner plates, silver, cranberry glass, cake stands, crocks, quilts, flower frogs, and transferware. I do collect more things, but these are the ones I love the most.
You might already collect a few things or perhaps you don’t. Either way, collections are fun. And they don’t have to be expensive.
Most of the items I collect are in the $10 price range. The flower frogs are $2 to $5, vintage quilts are closer to $20 and the transferware and silver pitchers are about $15.
I buy almost all of my collections at vintage flea markets. This past year, since the flea markets have been mostly closed, I have bought a few items on Ebay and Etsy. In fact, I just added some glasses to my Cranberry Glass Collection and I paid $8 each.
I do have one rule. Only collect what you will use. I only buy things that I can use in our home or for entertaining.
Can you think of anything you would like to collect? What would it be?
Reflections on the Week
It has been a crazy week and I have been way too busy. I wrote seven blog posts! Seven blog posts in one week is a lot but five of them were about organizing. This means our home is way more organized than it was a week ago. It was so worth it.
I also made a very fun wreath from pine cones. Finally, we got the most gorgeous rug for our dining room! I love how it brought everything together in our dining room.
Click on any link in the photos below to see the blog posts.
My Favorite Things
In the Craft Room
This bunny tail wreath from my friend Janine at Happy Happy Nester is so adorable. Click here for the DIY.
I love this chunky yarn wreath made by my friend Ashley at Modern Glam. It’s such an easy DIY.
Martha Stewart has been making Crayon Valentine Hearts for years. I just had to share them as all you need is waxed paper and crayons.
I found a great article by Martha Stewart – Five Paint Colors That Will Increase the Value of Your Home. I would love to know what you think.
Accounts I Love to Follow
- Debra at debrahalllifestyle – So many of you ask about the wood risers next to my sink and the footed cutting boards on my island. They are both from Debra Hall!
- Sara at SimplySouthernCottage – If you don’t follow Sara yet you are going to love her!
- Terra at Thetatteredmagnolia – Terra has the most amazing vintage sales a few Fridays a month. I love everything she sells.
- Jordan at house.becomes.home – Jordan is so talented and I love her home!
Things I Love for Under $29
My Favorite Comments on the Blog
Mary: “Hi Leslie! This is my first visit to your blog, visiting from Thistlewood Farm. Your linen closet space itself is great, love the big shelves and drawers too. I also love how you answer each question that is asked in this comment section!”
Leslie: Thanks Mary! I am so glad you enjoyed our linen closet makeover. I made a commitment this year to answer all of the comments on my blog. Thank you for noticing!
Pamela: “…Your homes are beautiful and I love your blog posts. They remind me to just take time for yourself. I’m on the eve of retiring and I’m finally to the point that I’m looking forward to it and that I will have time for things that were only reserved for the weekends if I was lucky. I feel like you are a long lost friend that I have yet to meet.”
Leslie: Pamela! I am so happy you found my blog. It sounds like you are going to have a lot of fun with your retirement. You will finally have time for crafts, decorating, and more. It’s so great to meet you!
Good Things From Martha
I love this Cookie Puzzle idea! I think it would be so cute for Valentine’s Day! You can find the instructions here.
One Healthy Tip
Get More Sleep
Sleep is so important. Of course you need sleep so you have energy for each day. But it’s about so much more. Your overall health depends on more sleep. Sleep can be a factor for things such as heart disease and Alzheimers. We all need to force ourselves to spend more time relaxing, reading and sleeping. It’s a good thing.
As Joanna Gaines said, “Like the garden, I need rest—true, deep, meaningful, and nurturing rest. I need time to rest my body and rest my mind. I cannot run on fumes. In order to sustain and maintain my creativity, I need to be replenished and restored in ways only rest can provide. It’s the only thing that can carry me from what has been done to what is still to come.”
I have so many things planned for next week. It’s going to be a busy week of mostly decor and crafts. I will be sharing one of my most favorite projects ever that I just completed with Joann and I cannot wait to show you what I have done!
Catch up on Sunday Morning Coffee
If you want to read more about me, then you might want to catch up on all of my Sunday Morning Coffee posts.
- Volume 3 – I Think I Might Be Martha’s Biggest Fan
- Volume 2 – A Tribute to My Mom
- Volume 1 – How Chip and Joanna Influenced My Life
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