Tuesday, June 22, 2010

~my favorite room, a contest~

I am entering a contest here.
The sweet and talented Blayne Beacham is offering
the most fabulous prize, and although I never win anything,
I thought, what the heck.
It doesn't hurt to try right? Her contest goes like this.
"What's your favorite place in your house"
and why?"
Grab a cup of coffee, this could be a while.....................
When we bought our home back in 1996
We were newlyweds and had next to no money.
My husband had grown up here on the lake and
we were back for a neighbors memorial service at the clubhouse.
He ran into an old friend who casually mentioned that he had a home going up for sale in the neighborhood.
After the service we drove on down to the end of the road and knocked on the door,
" the door"
the door that would become ours someday.

We knew we couldn't afford it, but it was worth a look right?

We walked in.
Walked right into this very room and we knew,
knew it would be ours for the rest of our lives.
The sliding glass doors, which are now french doors
stuck when we opened them, we could barely fit through.
The walls were dark tongue and groove cedar and the fireplace was 60's rock.
The ceiling in the kitchen was falling in.
The floors were uneven and the single pane windows were so fogged over you could barely see through them.
It smelled like dampness and was cold
{only a single stove to heat the place}
I was 3 months pregnant with Savannah.
What were we thinking?
Well, we were young and in love and this place,
despite all it's flaws felt like home.
And best of all, we could afford it.

We put an offer in
and on April 7, 1996
it was officially ours.

This was the first room we saw when we stepped foot in this house.
This is the room my kids have had every Christmas morning in since they were born.
This is the room where the only heat source was for a long time,
where we all huddled up in front of the fire day and night.
This is the room where we watch family movies, have friends and family over, and most of all, sit back and remember what it used to be like and what it took for us to get there.
This is the room where we have all laughed, cried,
had sad and happy moments.
It's the room where my dog curls up in front of the fire.
It's comfy and it's home,
and it's the first room we saw that cold March day back in 96.
It's the room where we wrote on a napkin our expenses trying to figure out if we could afford it.
The room where we sit back and appreciate and
are thankful for all that we have been blessed with.

Nothing has happened overnight.
My sweet husband and I are still picking away at this house.
It's a labor of love and I can honestly say,
"There's no place like home"
If you'd like to vote for our room you can keep watching Blayne's blog.
Thanks for listening to my little story,
I'm going to go get a tissue now!


Laurie said...

Do you have an extra tissue? You said that so well. Home and roots and memories are a really, really great thing. You have been blessed with all of these!

Lindsay said...

This is so sweet. Well said! Nothing is better than "Home". Thank you for sharing

angela walker jewelry said...

Such a beautiful story! I think I need an extra tissue too. : ) Thank you so much for sharing!
Health and happiness to you,

Blayne Macauley said...

Oh my goodness... what a wonderful story! Thank you so much for entering the contest. You are such an amazing blog mentor and I cannot thank you enough....

Blayne Macauley said...

I just reread your story I liked it so much...

I Do Declare said...

Although the room is SO pretty (I love your cottage style!) it's your great story earned my vote! Good luck!

Robyn said...

You have my vote, hands down! I love your beautiful story and your photos...your room LOOKS like you. Not that I know you but you know what I mean. It's perfect! ...going to vote now!

Charlotte said...

When it comest to finding the right house you just know when something clicks!

Amber Filkins said...

Oh, you have my vote! I love your story. I love your home. Now I'm curious as to what state you live in? Off to vote!


[email protected] said...

Ahhh...I need one too, a tissue that is....what an awesome post! Thank you so much for sharing!

Shorely Chic said...

I love your home! Is that chalkboard paint I see in the last photo?

All things nice... said...

Ahh what a lovely post, sounds like you have lots of memories in your wonderful home. Thanks for sharing with us all. I love your interiors very stylish and elegant.

All things nice...

Carriage House Antiques said...

what a sweet story! and you've made that house a home in everyway,it's raining here today and your story made me tear up!!
I will be voting for you!

Linda Merrill said...

Great story and your photos are wonderful!

One Cheap B*tch said...

I have to agree with you. If I lived there that would definitely be my favorite spot too!


Lila said...

That's such a sweet story about how you fell in love with your home. What an image!
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Katie said...

I love admiring your home, Melaine! I loooove your style, so soothing to look at your pics! I will definately keep voting for you! luv-K :)

Angie said...

Great story. Thanks for sharing!!!

The Misty Journey said...

Love your story! Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I want your house!!! :)

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my heavens, what a touching and heartfelt story. Thank you for sharing this with us, it's really so very special.


Olive said...

It's a home with s soul and you knew that at the start. ~olive~

Farmgirl Paints said...

It's a beautiful room, and of course the memories you've made are absolutely priceless. Now off to vote;)

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Anonymous said...

what a sweet post! i am so jealous! we are in our second home and i feel like we have one last move in us! i love that your children will grow up in the same house! looks beautiful! thanks for sharing!

Beth West www.northernskyart.wordpress.com said...

Your living room looks fabulous, but best of all, it's clearly part of a HOME.

Green Girl said...

what a beautiful story to share! i hadn't had the chance to read the others but if i wouldn't be surprised if you win the contest!

adrienne said...

Lovely story. Your story. Hope you win! As a side note, is your sofa the PB comfort? I have been eyeing that sofa and wondering if it holds up and worth the money. It sure is comfy in the store!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Beautiful home and story, I hope you win...

prashant said...

You have been blessed with all of these!
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Terri said...

I'm leaving on a jet plane.... Wow, I haven't heard that song in years and it sure brought me back in time. My fondest memories of my marriage are from the "dirt poor" early days.

Soulful Mama said...

You are such an inspiration. I just adore your blog!
~ Clare x

Glorious said...

so sweet!

how do I vote for you?

Stephanie said...

I love your story.. When my husband and I first walked into our home, there were just certain little things that assure you that it's truly supposed to be YOURS.. And yes, we've been "picking away" at our house, too. : ) -S

Unknown said...


you are so going to win!

Connie in Hartwood said...

Darn it, Melaine. Now I'm all misty eyed. Your story proves that sometimes, despite what our brain is telling us, we have to trust that little voice in our heart. Congratulations on listening to your little voice, and for making your home such a reflection of you and your family.

Amanda said...

Your story is beautiful and you tell it so well. I hope to be able to tell a story like that someday, when we find our perfect home.

Rosemary said...

Thanks for your visit and your kind words. I have entered you in my giveaway.
I love your blog too.
I am going to be a follower.

Erin Walsh Design said...

You always have the best eye candy! Love it all:)

Heaven's Walk said...

You plucked our heartstrings, Melaine. Such a sweet story; sweet memories; and such a blessing that house has been for you. Sometimes it's just taking a leap of faith!

xoxo [email protected]

Unknown said...

I just discovered your blog, and I'm so glad I did! I LOVED reading your story and found it very, very touching.....and a beautiful room,too!! I'll be back for more blog enjoyment! Have a great weekend!

Thanks so much!!
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Mrs. Limestone said...

Such beautiful relaxed yet refined spaces! I love the story that goes with it. Thank you for sharing.

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