Home Tour- Dining & Living Rooms

10 09 2008

Hey, you came back! Nice to see you again! If you are new here, I am taking you on a tour of my home. (Well, the part that is not piled with toys, sippy cups and shoes!)

Yesterday, I showed off my cleaned up front porch. Here is a full view of the house. My husband works hard on our yard, so I tried to show a little bit of the green grass. Great job hubby! It was raining when I took this, so it sort of looks like I live in a rain forest.

Come on in Ya’ll…

This is the dinning room I just re-arranged. Since I didn’t plan on doing this, I have no before shots. But I can tell you it was very cluttered with a big tree, ugly dried flowers on little shelves, candle sticks, frames of the kids. Just a bunch of things that didn’t belong!

I am enjoying this toned down simple look. Three things I want to add to this room. Maybe you can give me some ideas!

  1. A Rug. Should it be a colorful pattern or simple?
  2. Blue accents. A peacock blue maybe? Something to help that painting pop. Oh, what about a pretty table cloth? I can’t picture a blue table cloth though? mmmm?
  3. Plates around the big mirror. Or should I just leave it? I can’t make decisions!!
My favorite area of the house is my family photos along the stairs.

I love decorating with old books and fruit.

I usually buy bags of apples and lemons at every grocery store run. I have small children and can’t keep anything too nice within little arms reach! I have a big bowl full of sea shells and those are all broken now! Right before I took this photo below, I realize there was a bite in one of the apples. I should have left it! ha.

Note the big bowl of broken shells on the table above. I can’t believe that crystal bowl is still intact!

Now after looking at these photos. I really want to get new lamps and blue accents! I used to have lamps, in these rooms, but ended up moving them to areas that we actual use on a daily basis.

You may think,  oh bla… where’s the color?  Since all my other rooms are very colorful, I left the entry neutral tones. It’s fun to change color with accents.

Want to see more of my house? Check out these posts:

My Front Porch

Kid’s Rooms

home office and garden

Kid’s Playroom (scroll down to see it)

NOTE:  After posting my home tour. I realized there was a POOPIE party going on at the Nesting Place! POOPIE stands for: People Opposing Objectionable Pretend Plants In the Environment. You know, like bright green ivy hanging over the tops of cabinet. You can read all about it here. I am very much a POOPIE, then realized I have more than one pretend plant! How many fakes do you see in my rooms above? Are they really horrible or okay? ha! Or maybe you never even noticed? You can join in on the fun and link to your wonderful or horrible pretend plants, pumpkins, fruits, or whatever it is you want to share!

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Strange Houses

20 08 2008

I love artists, they create beautiful and sometimes really strange things. Check out these strange houses!

Life Sized Dollhouse

Canadian artist Heather Benning transformed an abandoned farmhouse into a life sized dollhouse. Situated in a Saskatchewan field, the artist replaced the back of the house with Plexiglass, allowing for a typical dollhouse viewing. Inside, Benning had redecorated the abandoned house with furniture of the 1960s, when the house was left empty. 

How fun! I wish I had this much time on my hands. She needs some gigantic Barbies playing house inside. 


Cacilo Bottle House

This one story building approximately 12×12 is made almost entirely of glass bottles. Apparently bottle houses weren’t that unusual for prospective prospectors trying to cash in on the silver rush during the late 1800’s in the Calico Mining District outside of Yermo, Ca.

I really love this bottle house. It would be a pain to dust though!


Daniel Czapiewski’s Upside-Down House in Poland

A Polish businessman and philanthropist says he has built this upside down house to remind people of wrong doings against humanity. The house has been attracting thousands of tourists. People visiting the house start to feel sea-sick once they are inside. “Mankind spoiling this world, and only mankind can fix it…”, the owner of this new wonder said. The house took 5 times longer to build than a normal house.

Okay, if this was in the U.S, I doubt this would attract thousands of tourists! But that’s just my thinking. 


Toilet Shaped House in South Korea

This toilet house was built by Sim Jae-duck, chairman of the organizing committee of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association to mark the association’s first general assembly in November.

The house is named Haewoojae, which signifies in Korean “a place of sanctuary where one can solve one’s worries”. 

Mmmm… I wonder what it smells like inside???

Stories and photos via Weird Us, World Architecture News, ReutersArt MoCo & CBC News