Sunday, January 2, 2011

Romancing the rental

There is no sweeter place than home,

where we rise to greet each day,

where we warm our selves from winter's cold,

where we nourish body and spirit,

where we return when we are weary and afraid.

Home is the only place Dorothy wished to be,

despite all the adventures and wonder that lay before her.

Indeed there is no place like it.

Welcome to a new home I can call my own.

It is a rental in town, quite a departure from

the country house that I occupied for 15 years.

It sits on a brick street lined with a variety

of old houses.

The oldest part of the house dates from 1853---

yes, there is wavy glass in those windows!

An enclosed porch extends a warm greeting

to all who enter.

Just inside the door lies the living room.

You may recognize some items from my

previous home. In fact, nothing here is new,

although the rooms dictate different arrangements.

Of course I am constantly playing with the placement of things.

The living room has changed several times since I first moved in.

This doorway leads to the second floor,

a walk-up attic bedroom.

I like the way the stairs have a European feel

to them, with the door being positioned part way up them.

Three cats share this home with me.

The kitchen is one huge, open room.

There is nothing fancy here, just a plain old

farmhouse style kitchen.

It does not suit my taste or aesthetic,

but it is functional and the colors are now

neutral, so I am able to live with that.

More images will follow after I return from

a trip to the southland.

This morning I am in beautiful Savannah, Georgia

for another day of taking in art, architecture, great food,

and warm weather.

Happy new year to all!

May 2011 bring you a wealth of possibilites.

Until next time...


  1. Dear Anne,
    Your new home is looking must have worked really hard. I really hope that you are enjoying your 'new life'.
    Wishing you a wonderful 2011, filled with joy, happiness and many special moments. Thank you for all of your lovely comments and support throughout 2010. With much love. XXXX

  2. oh anne, i love it all. it couldn't be more peaceful. you def have a knack at creating peaceful interiors. nothing is crowded or complicated. very soothing. i am sure you are v relaxed there. best new years wishes to you.


  3. Hi Anne,
    So peaceful and bright...I'm glad you're settling in and making it your home. It takes a lot of courage to change your life and I pray for a wonderful new year with lots of opportunities for you.
    Savannah?! you lucky girl...I love that city. Did you go to the old pink house for dinner? I hear it's amazing.
    Happy New Year!

  4. Be still my heart it is soo serene and comforting to look at. Cant wait to see what you will do with the attic space. Love your new space.

  5. Hi Anne
    Well you have made your rental look so inviting and comfy.. just lovely!! mine is a wreck!! and not being allowed to put anything on the walls really makes me nuts!! I'd love some vintage mirrors as you have done.. they look so charming!!

    thanks for your sweet comment.. I hope this new year brings you much happiness and joy!!! xxx Julie

  6. Anne,
    Just wanted to say hi. I've stopped by a few times and read about the changes in your life and it looks like you're making the best of them. I'm sure there's a lot more than all of us know so I hope you're doing well. I love your new place. I think those stairs would have had me at hello. I love quirky things like that in old places. I particularly love that the white slipcovered chair with the brown wood arms. That would be the place I'd pick to sit and enjoy a cup of tea....or a martini, whatever you're serving. Is the kitchen big enough that you could pull that big chest over and use it as an island? That might be really cool. Hard to tell from the photos.

    Hope you're doing well. Steve

  7. Hi Steve,

    So nice to hear from you! Thanks for the comment. The chair on the front porch is the perfect spot for tea-- works well for martinis also! Yeah, the kitchen is quite huge. I have toyed with the idea of putting some sort of piece to use as an island. I'll give your suggestion a try and see how it works. I really miss my blogging time and plan to stop by to visit you soon.

    Take care,


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