Our Previous Homes #2

Have you ever bought a home for the sole purpose of making money on it?  I had never even given it a thought.  When we were moved from Savannah the first time, Honey had taken a job in the Chesapeake/Suffolk/Virginia Beach Virginia area.  Houses in the area we were focused on were plentiful, so much that we looked for 2 solid days at homes in one neighborhood.  This neighborhood was unique in that within the subdivision there were mini subdivisions.  The house we settled on had been a model home and was only lived in less than a year prior to our moving in.  Everything was really new...mostly! Pardon the poor quality of these photos as they are scanned copies and they don't turn out very well.
It was pretty and I liked it okay so, we signed on the dotted line.  She was right about it being an incredible investment.  We paid $160K for it in 2000.  Don't ask me what we sold it for in 2002 but, last year it sold for well over 300K.

The layout was terrific, we did tons of entertaining in this home.  Lots of work parties since he was at the corporate headquarters for the company he worked for then.

It was a great house.  I was sad to move away and leave it and the many neighbors I made that have turned out to be life long friends...shout out to Bestie J!!!

It sold in 31 days on the market, we were fortunate on such a quick sale!  Then it was on to the next house and state!

House #3
House #4

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A French Dining Table

For as long as I've been friends with my antique buddy she has talked about finding a dining table.  A few weeks ago she sent me a text with the most magnificent dining table I've ever seen. As quick as I saw it I phoned her to get all the details.  Where was it, how are we gonna get it to Auburn and on and on.   As luck would have it it was in Fairhope, Alabama.  I immediately committed myself to doing anything I could to help bring it to Auburn!  We quickly realized that the table wouldn't fit into her SUV.  We decided to see if it would fit into my minivan, ya'll should have seen us inside the back of my van with measuring tapes in hand.  It would fit!

The table came from a French Monastery and dates back to the mid 1800's.  I can only imagine the conversations held around this table.

To say it is a good thing her dining room has french doors would be an understatement, the top didn't have to be removed for transport or putting it into place in her room.
An antique french country dining table.

The details on this table are exquisite, from the legs to the top!   Without a doubt it is the most amazing piece of furniture I've personally ever laid my eyes on.
A dining table french country style.

A french country dining table.

I do realize this last photo shows only a small part of her dining room but isn't it gorgeous?!  The table is for sure the piece de resistance.

A french country dining table

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Our Previous Homes #4

I'm back this week sharing another one of our previous homes.  How much do you trust your husband, best friend along with a realtor to pick out your home?  Well ya'll I trusted them alot!  Meet house #4 located in Guyton, Georgia just outside of Savannah.  I do realize that this house sure is pretty in these photos...gorgeous even.  But the first time I drove down the drive way I sat in the car and thought to myself what has my husband done.  It was truly a fixer upper.  The spindles on the porch were all rotten, the shrubs were 3 times taller than they are in these pics, the yard was so over grown, the lights on the end of the garage were broken.....and I won't even talk about the inside except to say....more blooming wallpaper....everywhere!!!

I drove all the way from Ardmore, Oklahoma to house shop for a few days and came up with zilch. zip, nada!!!   So that is where Honey, Bestie S and realtor turned friend come in.  It took a while for the house to sell in Oklahoma which was probably a good thing considering we they had a heck of a time finding a home.

Every room had a different color carpet along with a crazy paint color.  Our master shown in this pic was bird egg blue with pink carpet and a border....more blue and pink.  The shot below is the after, forgive the distortion in colors as these were pics I had to scan and the colors are all wonky!

This was the family room.  We LOVED this room and spent lots of time here.

The ceiling pictured here was the formal living room that was enormous.  The ceiling was gorgeous, looked like a gazebo and was not painted when we moved in.  The painters that were there with us for 3 WEEKS painting the entire home, suggested that we spray paint the ceiling fan(it was brass).  I said sure give it a go.  It worked and functioned just fine after so, yes indeed you can spray paint a ceiling fan!  Note the built ins the living room.  This house had them everywhere.  I didn't have enough stuff to put on them!

This photo is half of the formal foyer.  Ya'll this was my fav part about the house....that and the fact it was back in Georgia.  Note the built ins and the french doors.  This house had 6 sets of french doors inside.

The back yard was spacious, the house sat on an acre lot.  The little Cap Code building you see was a detached garage.  The builder of this home was also the owner, they lived inside this garage while building the big house as they called it.

The square footage of this garage was almost as large as our very first home...it was 1,500 square feet.  It boasts a bathroom and an apartment that was heated and cooled.  Note the cement pad to the side that is fenced....along with Honey's boat that we had to sell when we moved to Auburn, insert  a sad face for Honey.

I wish that I still had the photos of the before of this home, ya'll when I said the painters were there for 3 weeks I'm so not kidding....I was sick of them by the time they left.  Maybe I can scratch up some interior photos so I can share those too.  This house was really hard to leave and I still lay awake at night redecorating it!

Our Previous Homes House #3

Through the life of this little blog I've mentioned here and there about the other homes we've owned.  Many of you have even asked to see photos of those homes. Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing those. The home I'm sharing today is home #3 located in Ardmore, Oklahoma.  I'd have to say that this is the  most stately home we've owned.

It is situated on a corner lot that provided panoramic views.  When we first moved in there was a Texas Long Horn bull in the pasture you see.

This home was custom built by a realtor in town.  It had many bells and whistles as Honey would say.  Most notable was the master closet.  Ya'll that closet was something only closet dreams are made of!  Often times when someone would ask where we lived and we answered Southern Hills they would immediately follow up with "oh you have the house with the closet!"

The landscaping was minimal at best so we put in some time taking it up a notch.

The side porch, or what is actually called a coach porch was a ideal spot for our cats....and the numerous skunks that would pop over for a bite of cat food.

Maybe another time I can share more of the inside of the home....I can tell you there was TONS of wallpaper!

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Happy Birthday Andrew

I can hardly believe that today Andrew turns 22!  I really have sat around thinking how on this earth did these years just fly by.  The first moment I laid eyes on him I thought he was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen(sorry John) and still do!

Andrew is such an incredible young man.  He has just applied to nursing school and we wait with baited breath!  He is compassionate, brave, friendly, looks to help others.  He also loves SEC football & basketball, coffee and is an early riser(thank God for this)!

There is no doubt that Andrew along with his brother are the greatest gifts I've ever been blessed with.

Happy Birthday Andrew!