Friday, September 16, 2016


I showed you the outside,
the first floor and the upstairs.
Today we are down on the lower level.
As you go down the steps
you see the two little
'hidey holes' where the faieries leave
Older kids on the high one
Little kids on the low one.
(they ring the faierie bell outside the house
before they come in).
At the bottom of the steps
you see a small sitting room off the
master bedroom.
There is indirect lighting in the ceiling.
There is a fireplace in this room also.
That is Georgia Chunk Marble.
You either love it or hate it.
Hubby loves it.
Here you are level with the bay and patio.
Our bedroom is right behind the sitting room.
This is what you see walking in the door.
If you look REAL CLOSE you will see a
by MyHero's side of the bed
snuggled up to his night stand.
It must be for me because we have a 
security system in place that would
scare the devil away.
Looking back towards the door.
Master bath...
His side....
Toilet room is to the left with a pocket door.
My side...
Hahaha-scale is not included-
It is set at 125 pounds
so I always feel good about myself.
Jetted spa Kohler tub.
Right outside this bathroom
is a rescued claw foot tub 
with hot and cold running water.
This has seen lots of bubble baths 
for kids over the years.

Going down the hall to the right of the bedroom-
The laundry room is on the right-
There is a stained glass piece built in 
between this and the extra bathroom.
At night there is a light that shines on it
to act as a night light for the bathroom.
Yep!  Still got my old Maytags
that work like a charm.
They are going on 20 years old!!!
Only one small repair over the years.
These are bead board cabinets.
To the right of this room is the bathroom
to use if you are outside and
coming in from the bay to take a shower.
You can see the stained glass window on the left.
John's office is at the end of the hall
and for some reason I don't have a picture of that
in my file here.
Sorry--another time...
It is nautical decor.

There is also a full service kitchen 
to serve the movie room.
This was the main kitchen in the old house.
When we rehabbed the house
we just moved the kitchen downstairs
and added new cabinets.
They are beadboard which is hard
to tell in this picture.
Storage room to the left which is
To the right is the media/movie room.
When you are standing in this room 
you are at eye level with the bay.
This is a sound proof room
with porcelain drywall.
There is a raised stage at the end
that has hosted many 'plays',
and song fests.
The screen comes down behind the curtains.
Facing the other way you will see a
built in serving station with a granite top.
There is a popcorn machine down here
that sits on top of my dad's old oak icebox
that he set up housekeeping with when he was young.
There are more bits and pieces but 
you have seen the highlights.

I am headed to my daughter's house for a few days
and then on to PA for a class reunion 
and to see my dear, wonderful cousins
that I love dearly.

I have told MyHero to 
while I am gone.
Last year he drove my son's tractor 
into the bay
and it can't be fixed.....
You might remember this...
Last week he thought he might repeat
the fun with MY John Deere!
Skinnier guy...
Littler tractor.....
Hey!  At least he was smart enough
to get off before he rode it all
the way in.
I'd say he is improving!

your photo name


Carol Slater said...

Beautiful home! I would love to have this and I would say your view is breathtaking.

Sylvia said...

Have a wonderful time at your class reuion! You deserve thr break!
Poor John, he must really love the water.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

What a great tour! Your home is so nice and big with so many wonderful spaces. I hope your sale goes well, and quicker than you think. Will you be downsizing, or staying with a similar square footage? -Jenn

Katie Clooney said...

Wow!! What a fabulous house! It has everything. This is a realtor's dream. My favorite is the Fairy's hiding places. Hope you house sells this weekend.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I love you for your wicked sense of humor. The Georgia marble remark did not escape me. You be good at that reunion!

Connie in Hartwood said...

I just spent the most wonderful time scrolling and touring your beautiful house. What a job it must have been to stage it for sale, and your hard work shows! Hugs to you, as you head off for your next chapter. Have fun on your trip.

Susie said...

Diana, I do remember the little hiding places.Your home is a big beautiful gathering place. I absolutely love that outdoor bathtub. Wish I had one of those while raising my girls. LOL I also think people with kids need two dryers. I love my old washer and dryer. Enjoy your break . Have fun at the reunion. Bless your heart, love, xoxo, Susie

Betsy said...

Diana, your home is stunning! Your staging is lovely and just perfect! I adore the theater room with the stage- only Nana Diana! Love your hero on the tractors- that boy is a mess!

Chatty Crone said...

You have a GORGEOUS BREATHTAKING home there girl - where you the original homeowner? Did you have this built? Wow love those two little hidden doors. Just love everything. Boy John did lose a lot of weight - hope your John Deere is okay. Have fun on your trip and enjoy your reunion. Keep your wonderful sense of humor too!

Melanie said...

Such a gorgeous house, Diana. I can't believe this wouldn't sell immediately. Too funny about your hubby and the tractors! Have a wonderful time on your travels.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Diana, thanks for the wonderful tour of your house. I hope it will sell fast for you. Those photos of your husband and the tractors are so funny. Enjoy your time away. :)

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Your home is beautiful Diana. I wish you great success selling it. It will be a new chapter for you both. Loved seeing your Hero out and about. xo

Down On The Farm said...

Your home is just beautiful!!!! Thanks for the tour. Enjoy your time away!!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Your home is so beautiful. I can't imagine it not selling quickly! Enjoy your vacation~

Kim said...

Boys and their toys!! ;) The whole house is lovely, Diana and I hope that it sells quickly and you find another one just as special to call home super soon. Have fun at your reunion!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Besides all my laughing, funny lady, I see such a beautiful home and I can just feel all the warm memories you'll take with you when you move. I'd never get out of bed-what a beautiful view. I think I'd sell it from that viewpoint! Haha
Have fun visiting your cousins and at your reunion. You behave yourself. ;) xoxo, T.

Nancy's Notes said...

I am always smiling and usually laughing when I'm reading your blog! Those pictures of your Deere John crack me up! Okay, Miss Diana, your home is absolutely magnificent! Buyers will be bewitched when they walk in, they will love, love, love it!
Have a good time at your class reunion! Pictures please!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I always enjoy reading what you write, Diana. You always leave me with a laugh. Your home is lovely and everything anyone would ever want or need. I know you are going to have a great time at your reunion. Enjoy. xoxo ♥

Pom Pom said...

The house is so luxurious, so beautiful! I bet you are having fun thinking about your next house. Someone should keep watch over the tractor pilot.

Nonnie said...

Diana, that is one gorgeous home and what a blessing to have lived there. Did you guys build it or is it one that had been there? Enjoy your reunion.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...


Just caught up with your home tour. WOW. Just wow. I don't know what to say except your home must have been something else for you all these years. You have done a REMARKABLE job - it is absolutely exquisite. I am sad and sorry you must close this chapter, but do understand its necessity. It is a great deal of house to care for right now. I loveyour tastes and feel honored you have shared this dream home with us. I am sending you and hug and a few million tears, and offering my shoulder as you prepare to let this beauty go.....knowing easier days ahead for your both. In the end, the only thing that matters is love and family. And, well, seriously? That homemade truck trailor thing's window was mighty nice. : - )

Don't forget to bury a statue of St. Joseph upside down in the backyard to help sell you home faster. But Do make sure that truck/trailer thing is available should you need to move quickly. St. Joe doesn't disappoint.

Love you. Hang in there. You are so brave and amazing I just shake my head in wonder. You inspire my soul. ♥♥♥

Terri Steffes said...

From the hidey hole to the movie theater, I am in love with all the details that you think of. The bathtub outside??? That's incredible. May I come have a bubble bath before you move? Hugs sweet lady!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I loved the tour of your gorgeous home, just sad that it has to be as you put it on the market...hugs...

Vee said...

Oh I would love to hear John's side of these stories. The pictures look bad, but his stories must be good. Ha!

What a beautiful home. I never dreamed that I "knew" someone who lived "on the other side." It has been a wonderful tour and what a lot of work you have done. Have a wonderful time away and we'll all hope with you that your hubby stays out of the brink.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Diana, this level is as wonderful as the rest. The entire home is beautiful. Thank you for the tour this week. Have a great weekend in Indiana. Congrats to the kids on their anniversary. xo

Anonymous said...

It is lovely and I would say you need a break and some family/friend time away after preparing the home. Have a nice time.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hubby is improving in his tractor driving skills!! LOL Have a safe and fun trip. Nancy

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

This is a million dollar home! Loved going through it! The tractor in the lake is too funny. I'd like to know the rest of the story! Our John Deere has those same weights on it- probably not so great in the wet sand though! Have fun at the class reunion and seeing old friends and family.

Anonymous said...

Oh my Diana,.....absolutely exquisite and what a view. How I would love working in that kitchen and staring out at the water! LOL....I had to laugh at the tractors in the water. My husband has done the same thing....with the john deere rolling into the lake but thankfully not the field tractor but he has had mishaps with that one too.....scares me to death!

camp and cottage living said...

This looks like the perfect area for the family to gather. It's all beautiful and so comfortable too.
Have a great time on your travels, Diana.

Consider It All Joy said...

Oh Diana, I have finally taken the time to tour your gorgeous home! I'll skip any comment about the HERO :) I'm sorry you are having to sell this beauty but I believe that God always has reasons for the seasons of our lives. I'm not often sure that I understand the reasons, but trust that He always wants what is best! Someone will surely be blessed to own this lovely property and you and John will benefit from the next steps on your journey together. You are both in my prayers! Cindy xo

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Diana, I have so enjoyed seeing your fabulous home! You should have shared it with us before you were fixing to sell it. Look what all we've missed! I can see your personality in all of the rooms and I love that.

Oh dear ... that tractor story. Just oh dear.

Gypsy Heart said...

I am speechless at all the space you have! Wow, a dream home for sure. I know the grands love being there and the little hidey holes are awesome! Such beautiful views ~ someone is going to love this gorgeous home.


JoAnne said...

Your home is really beautiful, Diana. It is so family oriented and I really love how you have special little spots for your grandchildren. I'm sure you will make your next home just as special. I'm glad John didn't end up in the water this time. I can see there is never a dull moment at your house! : )

Pam Kessler said...

Poor MyHero and his tractor driving abilities :) Please tell me you are selling the tractor with the house. That will solve the tractor/water problem once and for all.

Donna said...

Your home is just gorgeous! Lots of precious memories stored in those walls. The tractor needs to stay with the house. Hmmm, wonder what your HOA has to say about backyard chickens? Just kidding! I love the house but it's too big for just us'ns. It will be perfect for a new family to enjoy.

Junkchiccottage said...

Just swooning Diana. Gorgeous home inside and out. Have a great week end and wonderful trip to Mindy's.

Janet said...

Wow ! :)


Lovely wonderful home! I think your guy needs a toy tractor! Have fun.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Oh Diana, what a beautiful home you have! This is my first visit here in a while... I've been so busy with summer, and had a bit of a blogging break. I'm telling you what, every time I come here, I leave chuckling! You are so hilarious... I love the 125-pound scale, lol! And the tractor pictures, oh my goodness, that is just too funny! Your home is absolutely amazing, and I wish you all well with your future endeavors! It will be hard to find a home to match up to this one! Hugs to you today :)

Launna said...

The media room is cool... such a nice room to have for a large family... and so cool to have an outside bathtub... I love claw tubs...

Have fun in PA, it sounds like you need a little time to yourself after getting the house ready xox

Grammy Goodwill said...

Oh, gosh. I love the tractor pics. You are always so funny. I also like your laundry room with a bench to rest on from doing all that work! Enjoy your time in PA.

Art @ Home said...

Your home is so pretty! It will sell fast so I hope you have your new home picked out!

Carla from The River said...

Amazing....I just love the media room. My boys would have fun in that room.
Enjoy your time ... looking forward to hearing all about it.
Hugs to your Tractor Driving Man ... oh golly! ;-)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Diana, what a stunning home you have. I love it. You and John did a wonderful job restoring it when you purchased it.

I hope that you have a wonderful time seeing your cousins and have a great reunion. You certainly deserve a break.
Have lots of fun.

Hugs dear friend.


Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Wishing you well Diana!
Your home is beautiful and I just know the perfect buyer is going to snap your property up so fast!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your home is so beautiful, has all the 'bells and whistles' that realtors love to highlight but I know you remember each and every improvement you made and enjoyed. The view from the master is perfect and I so love the bath!!

I'm off to see the previous post. What a gem!!


AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I am overwhelmed with the space you have and how beautifully you have decorated and maintained your home. I pray for a quick sale to people who will appreciate all that you've done there!

Cranberry Morning said...

Enjoy the class reunion, Diana. Loved the photos of John trying to drive across Lake Michigan. Lol

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Okay, I'm really loving the pocket doors! Your ceilings are gorgeous too. I love the fireplace, and everything else here. So pretty! Love your idea about the scale too. ;)

tammy j said...

exquisite nana d
in every way.
but your new adventure will have your magical touch as well.
good luck on passing this beautiful home onto a family who will love it
as much as you have. :) xo

Summer said...

The fireplace is sooo beautiful ♥

Kelly said...

I've really enjoyed finally getting to snoop around your house! Ha!! It's very pretty and has plenty of room for everyone. I bet it will be hard to leave that place and move to a smaller home. I'm sure you've gotten used to spreading out and having so much space. And don't get me started about that amazing view! But, I know it will also be nice to have less upkeep and less stuff to worry about. Thanks for sharing these photos. I hope the right person comes along soon to buy your amazing home.

Attic Clutter said...

oh Diana..such a lovely home.:)

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Such fun scrolling through your last posts and enjoying every photo of your gorgeous home! Hoping it sells in a timely manner for you!

Jill said...

Lovely home! i hope it sells quickly for you :-) Hope everything else is going well too! Getting back into the start of school and Hayley not being well lately I am behind on my blog readings, but I continue to keep you all in prayer! Have a wonderful day!


Art and Sand said...

Your home is lovely. I hope for your sake it sells quickly.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I was playing catch up over here earlier, reading all of the house posts...had to leave for a kid's soccer game and more stuff throughout the day prior to finishing this one and commenting. Came back ...

Diana your house is amazing. At some point I started to think about cleaning all of those bathrooms after the grandkids had wreaked havoc, lol and my hat is off to you for that alone, lol!

Oh what wonderful memories have been created in this space for the children :) I hope that it will sell quickly to a worthy family that will fill it with love just as you all have done .

Dewena said...

I loved seeing your beautiful house, Diana! It's gorgeous and you have done a lovely job of staging it for potential buyers. And I love that white GA marble! I hope you're having a wonderful time in your travel and visits!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Hi Diana, I'm back from a long blog break. Oh my! Your home is just fabulous! It will surely sell quickly as beautiful as it is and with such a marvelous view. I know you must hate to leave it.
Hope you have had a nice visit with your cousins and classmates. Take care and Happy Fall to you!

Renee said...

Your house is beautiful.
I love the marble fireplace. We drove south of here the other day to visit a garden and went with throught the area where they mine (? I guess they mine) the marble. We went by a place called marble hill. We saw a place called the Tate House that was built with beautiful pink marble. There is a school there too made with marble. So pretty. I wonder if your marble came from there :)

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh yes your house is gorgeous.I'm sure your next house will be gorgeous also. I hope you enjoy your class reunion

Gert said...

Diana, I'm so sorry it has taken me so long to comment. My life is crazy..I guess that's a good way to put it. I've not been on the computer very much lately.

Here we are, in a new month, a year ago my Tom left our home for the last time..sad.. So, I'm feeling kind of down...even so...I miss him terribly.

Now on to a lighter have an absolutely gorgeous home!!! I hope you didn't have to do all the Hope your reunion went well and you had a time!!


Sweet Tea said...

So much to catch up on, but this post is full of such beauty!! Gonna go back and read some back posts to try to catch up. I haven't blogged in a long time but when I do I'' sure gonna have a lot to talk about. Hope you and your Hero are doing well.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I have so enjoyed your home is so beautiful and would be perfect for a growing always make us laugh!...Glad the John Deere did not end up in the Bay...and hubby too! Good luck on the sale Diana!!!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Diana, God speed on your travels and just have to cluck at the tractor incident. Around here, there'd be blood spilled...just sayin'. LOL House beautiful and wish you well on that. Looking at your beautiful place makes me think why mine hasn't sold...other than "God has a plan" and it's not His timing...yet. OTOH, my place looks lived in...BIG time...dogs, cats, and is it possible we make enough mess for a family of twelve? A dark gift, I'm thinking.
love and prayers, from Thistle Cove Farm

Carol said...

Oh my word, I'm speechless...well, not really; but I am exhausted! I should have followed your lead and just looked at one post at a time, but, no, I thought I'd be smart and view them all and leave just one comment....WOW! Oh my goodness, Diana, do you and John ever lose track of each other? Your house is beautiful -- the woodwork, the floors, and that VIEW! It sounds like you've made lots of "happy memories" here, but you will be making happy memories in another home, soon, I hope!

I hope John is feeling better and stronger each day!
Warm hugs,

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

Stopped by to do some catching up and couldn't resist taking a gander at your home, which is lovely! I'm not sure that I knew you were selling. I think I read it somewhere but forgot. That happens a lot these days. lol

All the best for a quick sale and new adventures!