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My passion is decorating with vintage and antique finds on a budget. There was a time when I wouldn't have dreamed of going into a goodwill. That day has passed. :) My second love is scrapbooking all those special family moments for posterity, and I recently set up my very own scrapbooking room. I have three beautiful children, two sons and a daughter as well as a sweet (albeit full blooded Yankee) daughter-in-law and two grandgirls. I also enjoy gardening, meeting new friends and relaxing on my patio in the evenings with a glass of fine wine. During the summer of 2001, I spent two glorious weeks at Kennedy Space Center. I've been somewhat of a space geek ever since....

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Foyer Tour

I'm joining up with Kelly over at Kelly's Corner to share my foyer pictures.  When my mom passed away, I inherited her beautiful antique foyer hall tree.  I absolutely LOVE all of the intricate carving on it.  Isn't it awesome?


As with most antiques, there is a story there....  When my parents built their last house many years ago, my great aunt gave me father this piece to use in their foyer.  Problem was, it had been stored in an old barn for years and looked nothing like it does now.  When my dad arrived home with it, my mom took ONE look at it and announced that she didn't think she was interested!  Not one easily discouraged, my dad used several entire jars of wood filler to plug the large holes and gouges and restore it back to its former beauty.  I think he did an AMAZING job, how 'bout you?  The seat lifts up to reveal a large storage compartment.  It's where I keep all of my photo albums and scrapbooks.  That old worn straw hat belonged to my dad as well.  It was his favorite hat and he wore it out he used it so much when he gardened or worked in the yard.  At one point, he used some staples to try to secure the edge to the brim.  My older sister bought him a brand spanking new hat to wear but he preferred his old broken-in one.  I will always treasure that old hat.  It's a testament to how hard my dad worked all his life.  He was born a poor country boy whose father left the home when he was just a few years old but he worked hard, earned a scholarship to attend college in the "big" city, and was very successful in life.  I miss that man SOOO much.  Here is a shot of my front door with the starfish garland I made a couple of summers ago.  I LOVE summertime because I don't work then!!!!!


Here's a view looking into my family room...... Kindly ignore that not so flattering image in the mirror....


As you can see from the reflection in the mirror, my dining room is still an outdated deep red color.  That's the next room up for painting in my humble abode, my friends.  I've been considering what color to go with in there.....  I'm WAYYY too heavy on the gold and need to venture out a bit.  My illness put quite a damper on my plans for the summer, I can tell you.....

I hope you enjoyed the mini tour of my foyer!


4 comments:

  1. Your foyer is beautiful, Terri. The antique hall tree is gorgeous. Sorry you've been I'll. What happened? Hope you're a lot better now....Christine

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  2. Your foyer is beautiful! The hall tree is a real treasure and I love the story that goes along with it.
    I did laugh when you mentioned about your Dad liking his old hat over the new one. My father was the same way!

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  3. I'm stopping by for a visit from Kelly's Korner today.
    You have a wonderful entryway into your home. I also love reading the stories behind items in a home. That definitely turns a house into a home.
    I would want to just hang out on the bench, reading a book and enjoying a cup of coffee every morning.
    Your foyer is so welcoming.
    I really enjoyed my visit to your blog. Have a wonderful week

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  4. I love the story behind the hall tree and the hat. Both of them carry wonderful memories. I also really like the starfish garland.

    As you can tell I am slowly catching up on my SUYL reading :)

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