Friday, September 17, 2010

~on overload~

Have you ever walked into someones house for the first time and fainted?
Well, that almost happened to me, I swear.
I recently gave new life to a set of vintage chairs
and sold them to a mom on my son's soccer team.
I delivered them a few days back, and oh my!
Can I just say wow?
Prepare yourselves friends for the most amazing home ever!!!
And Jodi, my new BFF, thank you for letting me photograph your home!
I know this won't be the last time we see it,
I know country living is coming a knockin' at your door!
Look at these plaques propped on her kitchen counter,
fabulous right? OK, just wait.
Look at this old tool bench turned kitchen island!
It has a chippy black painted base and grey plank top!
The lighting is Martha Stewart
{very restoration hardware~ish}
and the kitchen counter tops are carrera marble.
Would you believe the cabinets are Ikea?
You walk from the kitchen into the dining room through pocket doors.
Check out that chandelier!
She worked at Pottery Barn for over 10 years,
so many of the pieces in her home are from there.

In the background here you see a whole wall in her
kitchen covered in Pottery Barn magnetic calendar squares.
I love the informal look of it.
And I believe by looking at this photo, she cooks too............
I must have taken 5000 photos of this island.
I wanted to drag it outside and load it into my car.
She probably would think I was a little weird though,
just a little.
She filled all these old glass jars with fresh flowers.
Do you see this one here?
She gave it to me!!!!
Can you believe it?
It's what took her from "new friend" status
Check out that fridge!
I think you could seriously get away with grocery
shopping once a year with a fridge that size!
Can you tell?
I love how the bottom is open for storing cookbooks and cutting boards.
Check out that faucet?
Who knew a faucet could make someone drool.
This bottle is sitting in my kitchen now!
Lucky me!
Did someone say subway tile?
My fave.
And then the stalker came out in me.
On my way home from her house I stopped at a flower market and bought dahlias.
When I got home I got online and ordered her apples and jam cookbook.
Yep, I am now officially a stalker.
The whole house smelled like this orange blossom candle.
Check out this vintage chalkboard!
It sits in the family room for the kids to get creative on.
There were vintage pieces everywhere.
I love how she stacked these old frames on her hearth.
She told me this was her Grandfather's table.
How sweet is that?
Dining table.
You can catch a glimpse of the chairs I did for her in the background,
but let's be honest,
who really cares about those chairs at this point?
Jodi, thank you for the oober inspiration you have given me!
I am now off to fluff my own nest!


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love it that even though your own home is so beautiful youstill get excited about someone else's.

It shows you have the interior bug deep in your genes!

I have Apples andJam. Isn't it a gorgeously inspiring book?

I'm completely drooling over that island. Wow! That's definitely the showstopper of the kitchen world.

Please could I be her new bff too?

Cindi Myers said...

I totally get it...I'm lusting after that island too!

gigiandoliver said...

Absolutely beeeeeauuutiful! Her house is very swoonworthy! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Now I'm off to find orange blossom candles!

Shannon said...

Wow, her home is beautiful! I am glad to know that someone else also might be as crazy as me with the buying some of the same things :)

Kathy said...

Did you check out my blog about stalking you know how I feel...!!!! Your chairs are very cool at that dining room table...I want that chandy!

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

That island is exactly what I have been dreaming about! Industrial, chippy and functional. She sounds like a really cool chickee too :D Congrats on the new BFF!! Happy Friday XOX

cathy said...

this is why i love blogging...i walked into a new friend's home last fall and CRIED! (not sobbing, but real tears alright!). her friendship is a beautiful thing and her house? the icing on the cake! {your new bff's home is amazing}

ps--i think this is my first comment here, but i check in often because your blog is such an inspiring bright spot in my day...thank you!

Leigh Ishee said...

Love it!!! I love that chandelier. What a great idea for the tool work bench.

Anonymous said...

I love her house too, but your house is not too shabby. I'd be BFFs with either of you!


Jeanne Oliver said...

I love how you just blessed her socks off. You have a great heart and her home is gorgeous!!

Miranda @ Pressing On said...

Beautiful! I can see why you'd be swooning. The chalkboard is my favorite piece I think. Awesome.

How sweet of her to give you that fabulous vase/bottle. I would elevate her to bff status for sure!

jninecostumes said...

That island is to die for!! We will all be out ripping up garages this weekend looking for a work bench to adapt. Thanks for sharing. Her house is all lovliness.

erlfisher said...

Great house! You are going to love the "Apples for Jam" cookbook once it arrives - and then you will make a mad dash for the computer and order her other cookbooks too!

Vicki said...

This post cracked me up! You are too funny with the obsession and drooling. =]

Love your new bff's style...

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh melaine! that has happened to me before! I couldn't get over it for a long time! that just might be the best kitchen island i've ever seen! Don't you just want to take me there? :)

A Lasting First Impression said...

Yep, now you get get how we feel about some of our favorite bloggers houses...hehe. I do love her kitchen. I love that it isn't over done...simply beautiful.

Gloria said...

I can almost smell that orange blossom candle.

Gloria said...

I can almost smell that orange blossom candle.

Anonymous said...

ok..... now I GOTTA know what colors she used on her dining room wall and trim work? I gotta, gotta just gotta know.... I need those colors in my house!

Thank her for SHARING her lovely home and thank you...for sharing too... love to follow you and look for your posts EVERY DAY. ♥

~ Lisa from Indiana ~
[email protected]

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I covet that kitchen~
nuff said?
A friday's favorite for sure!!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Yes, I have walked into someone's home and almost fainted. I do that quite often visiting my favorite blogs...yours included. I love her kitchen but especially the island.
Hugs, Sherry

Midwest Cottage and Finds said...

That island was to DIE for!! thank you so much for i cant decide what i love more--that kitchen or your living room!!

kimberly at mimicharmante said...

I love this post - her home is indeed gorgeous. However, it is simply a reflection of what a wonderful friend she is. Honestly - not only is she a fabulous running partner, but she is endlessly thoughtful and inspiring.
Great post Melaine,

Anonymous said...

Ok that kitchen was to die for!!! love, love, love the island.... where did she find it? i have one problem with your post.... i have to see the rest of the house! i have a knot in my stomach and can't stop thinking about how beautiful it must be. please, she is your bff, will she let you show us the rest? maybe you could beg. please, please, please. i won't be able to sleep!

Nancy's Notes said...

Wow, makes me want to fluff my nest too! Love all of the photographs, they are wonderful! That island is to die for!

Enjoy your weekend!

All That Jazz said...

I'd probably faint if I walked into your house, too, Melaine! ;-)
Her place is really lovely, nice simple touches and that kitchen is awesome. I'd love to have a kitchen like that- I might actually attempt to cook more often! So, have you talked her into doing a blog yet??
Will have to check out that cookbook, it sounds interesting.
Have a happy weekend!!

designchic said...

Oh my gosh...I'm obsessed too, and that island is fabulous...What a treat this tour was!! Thrilled to have found your blog.

NanaDiana said...

What an absolutely wonderful house! Thanks for sharing it here for all of us to enjoy too! I LOVE IT! Diana

Mamabear said...

'sigh' what must life be like to live in such a paradise!

Sami Jo said...

dreaming. i will be dreaming of that island tonight.

sleepy, the lady

Dear Lillie said...

Beautiful! And I am totally drooling over her island!

MJ said...

Wow...every inch of her home is gorgeous. Working in retail gives you a wonderful esthetic to translate into your own home. That island is to die for...I love that is all simple classic design and not overly done. Chalkboard is awesome...Chandelier is delicious. Its amazing when we can find someones house more fabulous than our own and want to mimic it to get that same awe struck feeling. Beautiful post...lovely home

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Gorgeous home and that island is sensational! Thanks for sharing. It's always fun to see new spaces!

teresa sheeley said...

Just beautiful, and hey she is a girl after my own heart~ I only burn my orange blossom gold canyon candle all the time! :) So sweet of your new friend to let you share her home with all of us stalkers out here!! ;)

Oh and you will love Apples and Jam!

Mary Lemon said...

Melanie, love love love your style! This is an awesome post too. That island is to die for. I have a question for you and couldn't figure out any other way to reach you so hope this is okay. I'm a stager/have a partner and we staged a really dated sorta contemporary but a lot of dated stuff like sort of teal (but not a good teal) counter and tile in the kitchen, lots of brass, etc. We're really into burlap, and coffee sacks, etc. and since this is an acreage we really like to use natural things. The seller didn't like our using the burlap bags and said it looked "country". So my question for you is, do you think it's dumb to use coffee sacks for artwork. We just hung two of them on the wall in the dining room and loved the way they looked but the seller didn't get it. Are we crazy or is she? Appreciate your answer and any other comments. And I found your awesome post about cutting up the coffee sack and upholstering the chair--that will be one of our next projects. Thanks Melanie!

Dreamy Whites said...

This kitchen is amazing.
Her home is beyond beautiful.
I hope we see her home featured in a magazine soon...

Melaine you are the best! Thank you for sharing...


Between You and Me said...

Beautiful the's my favorite!
I wonder if she actually cuts on the top of it, or if she uses those cutting boards underneath?

This one is going into my idea files for sure!

Now, we all want to see more of her home!

AntiqueChase said...

Is she looking for more BFF's cause I would like to apply... love it all.. my favorite being the chalkboard. I have one like it that hangs on the wall but I love the rolling one more... WOW, please take your camera and shoot another room!!!

Sherry Hicks said...

My very favorite piece she had was the vintage chalkboard, how cool is that!! I laughed when you said stalker as I have been stalking your site and pics, love your style! I wanted to wish your ruffles and rust show a big success, I would love to go see it, vacation is all used up and it is a little ways from Texas........ maybe next time!

Unknown said...

That truly is a gorgeous and spacious kitchen. I'm drooling over the large fridge.

Soulful Mama said...

Divine! I love, love, love it!

~ Clare x

natalie said...

so cool!!!!!

Candlewick5 said...

Love to look at real peoples homes that are being used...not just styled.
Thanks Melanie and I got that cookbook a couple of years ago for my birthday in Oz. Love seeing things pop up in other people's homes....

Denise C said...

Oh my. You are so right! Her house needs to be in a magazine as their feature piece. Incredible.

Anonymous said...

Oh my Gosh,,,,that's all I have to say! Well, maybe jealous.

Mary Frances said...

You stopped my heart with the vintage school chalkboard...I would love to have one...but have no where to put something that large...what a beautiful, authentic home!

Dream Mom said...

Gorgeous kitchen! Everything looks a word, "comfortable". I love that look. It looks like a kitchen that is used and loved and is stylish to boot! Hopefully your friend doesn't mind about a 100 new best friends!

I hope she lets us see more of her home. It's really something. Thanks for going out on a limb and asking for pics to share with us. I am sure that was awkward (although we did give you an excuse sayings it's for the "blog" instead of just for you, tee hee).

Rita Mann said...

I am *dying* to know more about those lemon/lime/orange plaques! Any idea where she got them?

janna said...

I am one of Jodi's lucky sisters! Her home is amazing, charming and beautiful and I love it when we get to visit! I must say though, that as beautiful as it is to look at, the incredible feeling that exists in her home is what truly makes it a beautiful place to be!

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