Friday, February 14, 2014

St. Augustine House Tour: Part 1

Anyone with a toddler will understand the dilemma of the perpetually untidy home. Since my house usually looks like a tornado went straight through it, I haven't taken the time to photograph.

Luckily, I remembered to take a few photos after cleaning, and so I thought I might share! Mind you, the upstairs is still messy, so this is only the downstairs. For those of you who would like to visit, I hope this gives you a little motivation to come stay :-)
Our home
Background on our home: It is a turn of the century home, with quite a bit of detail. Hanging lamps are adorned with ceiling medallions, there is crown moulding, rail moulding, wainscoting, dentil moulding, gallery moulding, contrasting paint, and transoms. This house is really a beauty, and probably the best we have lived in yet. It's a small home at around 1400 s.f., but it fits our little family just fine. This home as gone through many renovations, and has a small apartment out behind it (where the landlords live). The recent renovations have added all the fine details you see throughout the house.
Entrance Hallway
Entrance:  The front door is a typical door you'll see around the neighborhood, except for the beautiful stained glass panel. The door itself is old and is tricky. During cold days, the door shrinks and won't shut unless you lock it. During hot days, the door swells, which makes it difficult to open or close.

If you look by the stairs, we've installed a pressure-fit stair gate for Mr. P. The floral prints are the same as the ones I had up in our dining room in Little Rock. They work perfectly here trailing up the stairs, and with the lavender and white color scheme. The hallway is very small, and just fits our Korean cabinet, as well as our wooden shelf with hooks.

The very far right is the kitchen, and if you look closely you can see the cluttered dining room table :)

Living Room
 Living Room: To the right you'll see one of our favorite pieces, our barrister bookcase. It houses many of our favorite books (including many of Mr. P's favorites.) This room is our general hang out room. You can see all the lovely details of the home, including the many types of moulding. In this room, we hang all our frames on the gallery moulding.

Art deco fan with ceiling medallon
Our home is an eclectic mix of new and old. The small table sitting just in front of the tv stand is Mr. P's antique table (which has matching chairs upstairs). And most of the furniture (aside from the upholstered chair and sofa) are at least 100 years old. The TV "stand" is an old shelf that used to be located in my MIL and FIL old billiards room. It craftily sits in front of a decommissioned fireplace. Also, notice the old lazy dogs, that totally ruin our couch cushions :) .

If you look in the corners of the room, you can see old typewriter stands holding up our lamps. Those we found perusing many antique stores. The one on the right we found in Newton, Georgia, and the one on the left we found in Tallahassee, Fl.
Kitchen/Dining Room
Kitchen/Dining Room: If you noticed, the picture of the living room, the kitchen is rearranged differently. It took us a very long time to get this room "just right". As a kitchen, it's very large. As a kitchen and dining room, it's very small. When the house was first built this was a dining room. The original kitchen was located in a room on the back of the house, which is now a bedroom for an apartment.

The farm style table was made by my late father-in-law, Patrick. On the table's perimeter are 100-year-old captain chairs which were purchased by my father-in-law as well (there's one in the living room). The least favorite part of this room would have to be the tile counter, which is so difficult to clean... blerg! My favorite part of the room would have to be the dishwasher. You don't realize the value of a dishwasher (or garbage disposal) until you don't have one!

Well that's all for now. I hope to have the upstairs spruced up soon so I can get some photos!

Have a Happy Valentines!


  1. I love the little stain glass touch on the door. Quite unusual and unexpected, but it works!

    I found you on bloggy moms and am follow you on your various social media outlets. I hope you'll come visit me some time, too. It's nice to meet you :)


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