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The 'save our house' tour continues...our home means the world to us!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

emoticon Hi all! I must say I'm just so grateful to you for being such wonderful supportive friends! This 'save our house' fight has been SOOO exhausting and I decided I just really wanted you to see what we are fighting for.

Why not share our beautiful home...the one that we have worked our GUTS out to enjoy. It's special not only because it is beautiful and it has 'my brand' in every room...but more special because of the wonderful family memories it brings up whenever I move from room to room.

Those special memories of COURSE all revolve about our beautiful son Joshua who we lost in 2006.

In the kitchen I think about the meals we prepared together, in the dining room I think of all the karoke parties we laughed and enjoyed. In the living room, the baby showers for one of the daughters of my best friend that he grew up with.

In our bedroom I think of him bounding in on Christmas mornings when he was a teen-ager saying "Rise and Shine.... mums and dad...I've got presents to open ya know!" emoticon emoticon That was OUR Josh...ever the irreverent jokester...but the kid with a heart of pure gold. He ALWAYS made me open his present from him FIRST...no matter how anxious he was to plow into his. emoticon I LOVE our Josh sooo much and I miss him as much today... seven LONG years later... as I did the day he went to accept his angel wings.



Josh at his grandma's house in Iowa one Christmas day. Wasn't he SO cute? emoticon

But onto the house tour.

Here's the staircase that leads off of our leisure room (fancy term for TV room or den) up to my jewelry studio. It's the ONE color mistake I made in the entire house. I had 3 shades of orange picked out. That wall was too high even for usually fearless.. Bobbi to take on. We were having the outside of the house painted so I thought...hummm...maybe I'll have a professional do it. Somehow I told him the wrong color on the color strip...or he got confused and bought the wrong color...but it's MUCH too orange. It should be a softer tangerine~y shade...but oh well...I'm not worried about it at this point. If we stay here...I'll deal with it then.

Again...I'm adding pics and saving as I construct this blog...so if you don't see many pics..I'm still working on it. emoticon



Here's one of my fav motif walls I LOVE botanical pics..they are the ONE pic (at least for me) that I NEVER get tired of looking at. I also LOVE bird pics...it must be a Florida thing?



You can see other pics of my upstairs jewelry studio on my pic page. No need to duplicate them here.

Now we'll go to the 'work horse' room in the house...that's our office. It's right off the front door so when we had the big construction biz we could have the occasional customer or builder come to see samples and they didn't have to tromp through the whole house. Normally I'm VERY private about our house with people I don't know so this office right off the front door was a big convenience.

I must say it's REALLY something that I'm sharing all of our humble home with you. I've even thought of making my page private because of this share. Hummmm still thinking on that one.



We have two work spaces...one for the hubs and one for me. But we always end up fighting over the Mac soooooo...we're usually in here at different times doing our thing.



Here's the Mac station and the one I'm most frequently at. I LOVE the maps on the wall...I can easily see where we are headed on our Teddy Bear Challenges on the world map...and then to the right of the computer there's a United States map so I always know where most of my sparky friends are. I look over and say HEY Kay...in TN...I know right where you are as I'm typing to you! emoticon I LOVE that we have friends EVERYWHERE...and Spark makes it happen! emoticon



This is one of my FAV pics that came home from our consignment gallery to our office. I have a rule about bringing things home. First off they have to be there for at least 4 months. They have to be WORTH more than anyone is willing to pay for them. AND...they have to speak to me saying 'take me home to a GOOD home Bobbi and I know your's is the place I most want to be!"

Okay...we all KNOW I'm a sentimental 'corn ball'...get it from Iowa...corn? emoticon



Here's the back wall of the office..it's all crocodile tears green and has one chocolate brown accent wall...painter...ME! emoticon



Here's another interesting motif...the wall shelf is REALLY for a bathroom...but WHY not in the office for texture and interest. You might be able to see my little bear totems from N. Mexico that I fell in love with and couldn't stop buying. My animal totem is the bear. Josh's was the wolf. I also have a cool abalone shell mask from a trip to the Bahamas. It's pretty cool too. That awesome little mica gold/clay mask is my ALL time fav..it came from an Indian Pueblo in Taos and has corn husk trimmings. I LOVED Taos..we almost bought a house there when we had more money than sense from our construction biz back in the day.

Yes I was truly obsessed with masks for a long, long time...but I sold most of them at the consignment gallery. I read in one of Josh's journals that they creeped him out...so after knowing that (even after his passing) they just didn't speak to me any more. I still have a few of my very favorite ones...but who needs zillions of ANYTHING? emoticon



Here's an edited version of them after I sold a lot of them. I'm moving things around constantly so it's always different at the gallery. It makes it a lot more fresh and fun..and hey...I'm ALWAYS burning calories! emoticon





Here's most of them when I first took them in. They sold pretty quickly...most everyone seems to like masks...hummm a mask biz anyone?



I kept this cool wooden elephant one...he's located above the door to the den in the entry hall. When you get elephant's always get one's with their trunks facing up...that's good luck!



Now into the master bedroom. This is pretty close to the front of the house too...right next to the office...which I really didn't think I'd like...but it's no problem. I just keep the double doors closed if we have customers come to the office. This almost never happens anymore. And our friends know every room in the house anyway. emoticon



I totally LOVE this smokey blue paint color. Soooo restful. And we had our friend who is a handyman put in the double row of the white ceiling accent moulding. I love the pa~zazz it gives off against the smokey blue walls!

I'm one who believes NO TV in the bedroom. It messes with your sleep routine. I go to bed to read a little before falling asleep, sleep...and yep...occasionally a little hanky panky...if you know what I mean. emoticon emoticon

Here's another view. I totally LOVE that rockin' mirror...got that at HomeGoods for a steal. It had a little piece of mirror missing...but aren't we LUCKY our best friends own a glass biz so my best friend just made a little template and ta~da...as good as new!



Here's another FAVORITE thing..this wonderful silver patina chest. Now this I DID spend a fortune on...but it's timeless and will go with me anywhere...even a tent if I have to have one of those to live in! emoticon



Here's the wall right next to my side of the bed. Love these wood medallions...I got these at a bedding store. They carry out the theme of chocolate brown and smokey blue...tranquil and restful colors for sure!



And...here's a pic of our beautiful son and his girlfriend Andrea...he's the last little guy I see before I fall asleep at night...Hubs..is a night owl and I'm usually long asleep by the time he comes into bed...he's an early riser too...so the pic of Josh is the first angel I wake up to every morning...there is NOTHING that equals a mother's love...nothing! emoticon



Okay here's a shot of the small hall from our sitting room connected to the master bedroom. This is a REALLY cool feature of this house and I love it! It can be a kind of far walk to the bathroom at night though...lol! emoticon



Oh my goodness...out of time for today's blog...yes...the house tour returns tomorrow...thanks sparky's for enjoying my home as much as we do! I've still got mountains of paperwork to send out in my quest to save it.

Keep those prayers coming. If we manage to save it I should have a big ole' hoe down and invite you ALL to come! emoticon emoticon




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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BBONET 8/19/2013 9:40PM

    Thanks for opening your beautiful home with us!!! Gorgeous pictures!!!! emoticon emoticon

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TSISQUAUSDI 8/16/2013 12:34PM

    So beautiful!

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JAZZEJR 8/16/2013 12:31PM

    Gorgeous pics. So wonderful of you to open your home up to us for a tour. You have great decorating taste--must be the artiste in you :) I totally love that smokey blue color too--it's in my bedroom, bathroom and my living room. I call it Spa blue :)

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SPARKLINGME176 8/14/2013 7:06PM

    Yummo!!!! emoticon

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NEWFLABULESS 8/13/2013 11:58PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home and wonderful decorating skills with your SP friends. I truly enjoy the pictures and narration that accompanies them. I am still praying that there is an ounce of goodness left in the world and the right person will see your fight to keep your house and how terrible the big bad corporate gurus have been. In our prayers!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/13/2013 11:50PM

    Still sending you my prayers and love!!!!!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 8/13/2013 10:54PM

    Your home is beautiful, praying you will be able to keep it. emoticon

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MIMO11 8/13/2013 10:09PM

    Your love for your house shines through your blog. Blood, sweat and tears-those are worth fighting for.

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MJLUVSANIMALS 8/13/2013 9:49PM

    Very nice house, looks comfortable and inviting. I never cared for stuffy homes. There has to be a piece of the person who lives there, in all things. Really decorative.

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DS9KIE 8/13/2013 9:24PM

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ALIHIKES 8/13/2013 6:56PM

    Beautiful home Bobbi, I hope you will see justice!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 8/13/2013 2:15PM

    What a beautiful ho,me thankyou for sharing it, prayers my friend are coming your way

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JUSTME29 8/13/2013 1:24PM

    Your house is beautiful. I have to admit that masks freak me out a little bit too, especially all together like the one picture.

Thank you so much for trusting us enough to share such a personal series of posts.

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/13/2013 1:10PM

    Gorgeous! I wish you brilliant success.

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LYNCHD05 8/13/2013 1:06PM

    Lovely home. Amd we can all see you happy influence!!!

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GRACEOMALLEY 8/13/2013 12:46PM

    Thanks, again, for sharing all this with us. It has definitely got your mark on it. As I'm sure you know, you've got all my support nd good wishes and prayers. Don't let the ba$tards win.
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NANA2JONEMIMAT 8/13/2013 12:32PM

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Deanna


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MS.ELENI 8/13/2013 12:11PM

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LADYJ6942 8/13/2013 12:02PM

    What a beautiful home. Keep fighting the good fight.

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OLDERDANDRT 8/13/2013 11:21AM

    Prayers continuing, my friend! I would certainly be fighting to keep this beauty of a home, too! It really says, "Bobbi is my creator! I don't want her to ever leave me!" Thank you for letting me see your beautiful home, dear friend. I know you are a private person, but really, this wonderful house is an extension of you!! And your wonderful designer sense!!
Hope you are having a fabulous day, my Sparkly friend!!! Let you light shine!! (((HUGS)))

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GOING-STRONG 8/13/2013 10:57AM

    Maybe I'm weird but I like the orange wall! Unlike your home, our house is ONE color. The color is called clamshell but that doesn't really tell you much. It is sort of a soft beigy peach... walls and ceilings...soft and warm. I'm more of a monochromatic person for my own home. Less chaotic I guess. We finally have an interested party looking at the house. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for us. They are coming back for the third time tomorrow. Even though I will miss living in this dream house we need too move on and downsize.

Thanks for sharing your pics... you are a fabulous decorator.

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JRDIAMOND4 8/13/2013 10:44AM

    Bobbi, any thing you create is beautiful! I can't imagine the stress you must feel. I hear you say The fight isn't over until the fat lady sings. WELL I am here to say I hope it is the skinny lady singing praises of joy and defeat when this is over and her name is Bobbi :)

Love you and praying for you.

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BARBARAROSE54 8/13/2013 10:31AM

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DR1939 8/13/2013 9:29AM

    Very nice.

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MSLZZY 8/13/2013 9:12AM

    Your house is a work of art. Thanks for the walk through. I would love to live here.
You are so awesome!

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EVIE4NOW 8/13/2013 8:53AM

  Your home is lovely. I have to wonder tho, after looking at your desk... then mine. How do you keep it so tidy? I call mine "the black hole" lol.

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KNLILLA 8/13/2013 8:45AM

    Really nice! Good luck! :)

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