Sunday, August 15, 2010

30 Day Blog Journal- My Dream House



Day #15- My Dream House

Okay, outside first. My dream house would either look like a very old-fashioned "doll house" type house

OR

it would look like this:
[my childhood home]

I loved the house I grew up in. I lived there from the time I was two until I was fifteen. The house fit my mom's personality so well and it was so me, too. It was built in the 1950s and it was painted white with dark green shutters. The front yard had trees, boxwoods, and lots of big, beautiful caladiums. There was a huge white gate in the middle of the driveway, separating the front yard from the back, which was great because we lived on a very busy road (Meadowbrook Road).

The backyard mostly consisted of a large boxwood garden. It was so beautiful and Cookie and I loved playing on the brick maze that surrounded it.
The backyard also had a carport as well as a garage that had been turned into a workroom. My dad used it as his workroom and for storage, but he also took an existing structure that was made for holding lumber and made it into a "playhouse" for us.

There was also a sideyard that included a muscadine arbor (half the area under the arbor was cemented and was perfect for hopscotch and half was a little "garden" of sorts with odd shaped stones and a swing- perfect in the cool of the day). The sideyard also housed our playset, zipline, tire swing, and a garden in which my mom grew mint and lamb's ear in.

The house was beautiful and had tons of neat features like lazy susans that were built into the kitchen cabinets and a wonderful little room that my parents made into a warm cozy study. My room had a neat chest of drawers actually built into the closet and the area on top was just large enough for me to sit with a few of my dolls and a little snack. It. was. perfect.

So, actually the truth is I've already lived in my dream house. Here's a little list of some things I'd like in a future dream home, though:

Kitchen:
- checkboard tiles (just like the house I grew up in)
http://images.meredith.com/bhg/images/12/p_blackwhitekitchenfloor.jpg

http://www.countryliving.com/cm/countryliving/images/Kitchen-cork-flooring-MKOVR0905-de.jpg

- ice maker (my parents have one now and it's divine)
- pantry

Living Area:
- a den and a formal living room with a separate dinning room
- an "activity room" for the children

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- a study or "reading room" with LOTS of built in bookcases
http://www.doublespacebeds.com/images/reading-nook3.jpg
- a craft room for sewing and art projects
http://images.meredith.com/bhg/images/2007/08/ss_100222684_2.jpg

- a sunroom like we have now

Bedrooms:
- room for a king size bed in our room
- possibly HUGE "sleeping porch" style room for ALL the children (they could play in the activity room and den)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_nu0JsJv51wU/S6tSAu7ZDLI/AAAAAAAAAxc/0VQrj_SEsVQ/s400/porchbeds.jpg
[c/o Pottery Barn, via RusticFlea]

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_nu0JsJv51wU/S6tP0VShzvI/AAAAAAAAAxE/ydhDkZXG44w/s1600/HangingBed2.png

Bathrooms:

- a big bathtub in our bathroom and a separate shower
- an old fashioned stand alone claw-foot tube in the childrens' or guests' bathroom
http://www.cottagehomedecorating.com/images/shabby-chic-bathroom01.jpg
- separate vanities for me and Peyton

Miscellaneous:
- huge closets with lots of storage and good organizational systems
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_FB9sF70K15M/Sco1DrzwoUI/AAAAAAAABlw/QnnVcGXgHJE/s400/Sex+and+the+City+Closet.bmp
okay, it doesn't really have to be as big as Carrie Bradshaw's, but this would be neat...

http://www.calstuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/walk-in-closet-5.jpg
[c/o My Home Improvement]

- a laundry room at least as big as ours now (our laundry room is pretty big and it's a huge blessing!)

Outside:
- a really cute playhouse/treehouse for the children
http://www.treehugger.com/barbara-butler-treehouse.jpg
[c/o TreeHugger.Com]

[treehouse.jpg]
[c/o Trendy Mommy]

http://www.evadesigns.com/pics/black_beard_pirate_playhouse_ship.jpg
[c/o Posh Tots]

http://www.poshliving.com/_common/_assets/product_images/452/14847_PD2.jpg
[c/o Posh Tots]

http://www.poshliving.com/_common/_assets/product_images/49/519_PD1.jpg
[c/o Posh Tots- Peyton said HE would live in this one, as it has electricity, running water, and central air]

- lots of pretty flowers and plants (I really need to cultivate my gardening skills)
- pretty courtyards and arbors like at the house I grew up in
- possibly a swimming pool, but that scares me to death especially with young children

Wow! That was fun to imagine for a little bit!

***Edited to add- one thing that I totally forgot about that Peyton reminded me of (because it's an important element in both our dream homes):

A WRAP AROUND PORCH!!!

1 comment:

Henley on the Horn said...

I love your dream house!