Friday, July 28, 2006

A Bloggy Tour of Homes

Welcome! This front courtyard is part of the Japanese garden look we are trying to achieve. There's a rumpus (hubby's workshop and sons' gym to the left of the front door. Behind the bamboo blinds is the kitchen, and to the right, out of view, are our two studies, and one son's bedroom.

My blogspace. Well, not much to say about that. But I'd love to replace my workstation which I bought along with my first computer in about 1990. In those days I didn't use the mouse much, and now it's apparent that I don't have enough mouse-moving room.

Dining room, living room on other side of bamboo screen, STILL decorated with Christmas things, yes, in July.

Kitchen, with waiting dirty dishes edited out to left of screen. Two lazy susans in the bottom corners, glad the kitchen design man convinced us to have two rather than one. So easy to get at stuff.

Walk in pantry, taken from the doorway. It extends to the left and right, with shelves on two walls perpendicular to the one you see. Top shelf full of Gourmet magazines. I love my pantry!

68 comments:

Sue said...

Val,
Yours was the very 1st home I've toured.
Your pantry is great! Thanks for inviting us! Now that I know blogger is working, maybe I'll try to get my post done!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Very pretty home and I really love your walk-in pantry with all that room. It's to die for.

Granny said...

Lovely and homey looking. I love the pantry.

Mama Duck said...

Ah, I wish for a pantry. That is just beautiful!

Trisha said...

Nothing wrong with Christmas in July! Gret home. Thanks for sharing!

Tess said...

here from the tour - I love your pantry, can I have it?

Stephanie said...

I am so jealous of how much room you have in your pantry!

melissa said...

i'm jealous of that pantry! enjoyed your tour.

Leslie said...

Great Pantry!

We just moved to Australia. Sydney.

Anyway, I enjoyed touring your home.

Peace & Happiness said...

Lalala love your pantry.... That would make a great hide and seek spot *smile*

Thank You for sharing!

Mrs Blythe said...

Wow what a tidy pantry, you should see mine *blush* I sure didn't post a photo of mine, lol. I love your house pictures. Blessings.

Tanya said...

Love it. I love your entrance - I'm a sucker for an interesting front door. And I've seen some of the other stuff before (glad to see you've still got those decorations there). I finally got mine up (blogger was not nice about it, though).

PEA said...

This is so much fun, being able to "walk" through the other's homes:-) You have a lovely home and seeing the Christmas decorations made me smile because I'm a Christmas fanatic and I'd decorate all year round if I could! hehe

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

the Christmas decorations are so funny! good work leaving them up so long!!! that is impressive. Mine as well let em stay now. we did that growing up with our Christmas lights once or twice i think.

so nice to meet you - you have a lovely home!

Merle said...

Hello Val ~~ Thanks for sharing your home with us. Like everyone else, I love
the pantry. It is wonderful and so tidy.
I reall envy you that. What did you think of the bid draw. So close !!
Maybe we can beat Freo this week. Their
coach Chris Connolly used to live next door to us in Nathalia. He started school with my 2 girls taking him. BUT
we still wanna win. Cheers, Merle.

Jane said...

Love the japanese feel and the Christmas decorations!!!

Kali said...

Hehehe, had a chuckle at the Christmas decorations. I forgot all about this tour....I was going to participate. I am becoming pretty scatter brained lately (yes, more than usual..eeek).
Anyway thanks for the tour of your lovely home Val...loved the entrance and pantry too :)

p.s. Your variation to the tea cake sounds good...I will definitely be using the icing sugar...the other sugar was too crunchy. How clever.

Autumn said...

very pretty

Jennifer said...

Love the kitchen and pantry.

HORIZON said...

Walk in pantry- what a great idea! lovely kitchen and entrance to your home. Thank you for letting us visit.
Bests

Grafted Branch said...

I luuuuuuuv your kitchen...and the pantry! So big, so clean...wonderful!

sarah said...

Thanks for the tour of your lovely home. I want your pantry. I need a space like that for all my Bon Appetit magazines! (Oh, and the food, too.)

The videos are working on my tour now if you want to come back to see them.

Nikkie said...

You have a lovely home! Thanks for sharing it!

Kim from Hiraeth said...

oh, that pantry is great!

Joelle said...

A walk in pantry....you're a lucky girlie! Thanks for the tour!

kaliblue said...

WOW very nice !!. Thanks for sharing:-).
Have A Great Weekend!!

Julie said...

Totally jealous of your pantry. I left a nice (but MUCH smaller) walk-in behind in the last house.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Thanks for the tour. You have a lovely home. Just say you're getting a jump on Christmas this year - starting in July!

A walk-in pantry? Wow!

~Jennifer said...

I love your pantry too! Thanks for the tour of you lovely home.

Lauren said...

Yes the pantry is to die for, wonderful. Thanks so much for opening your home to us.

Sheri said...

oooh a walk in pantry! How awesome is that!

Barb said...

I love your pantry too. What I wouldn't give for storage space like that. And your hardwood floors are gorgeous. Too funny, the Christmas stuff still out and about. Thanks for the peek.

LZ Blogger said...

Just stopped by on the HOME tour! Loved the way you got rid of the dirty dishes. Nice job! ~ jb///

Nancy said...

I too would kill for that pantry. We have no food storage and I am so tired of the trek to the basement.

Sandra said...

Would love to have a pantry like yours :) Wanna come edit out my dishes too? LOL

Loved your home, thanks for sharing :)

Tammy said...

I love your pantry too!!
Nice to meet you...I've seen you around...thanks for inviting us to view your cozy home!
:-D

Stuart said...

Love the Japanese garden your setting up Val. Looks great.

smhgrace said...

What a great pantry~~I think we all want one! Your wood floors are awesome, too. Thanks for sharing.

Sheri said...

Regarding the computer in the closet...

Yeah computers DO get hot, so we just leave the door open unless we have company, then we turn off the computer and shut the door.

Cheryl said...

I see the pantry is a big hit with your visitors today. I, too, have a pantry. When we built our home I opted for less cabinets and larger pantry. No surprising, it is full!! Thanks for sharing your home.

Beckie said...

There is NOTHING like Christmas in July!! And... with the heat lately! I would love to PRETEND that it's winter!!

I love the pantry! I see LOTS of people love the pantry. Hee hee!! (We are a bit jealous, I think, but... don't tell.)

Blessings! ~Beckie

Silvia said...

Your Home looks great! I love your Pantry as well.
Hope I get to see the new book soon!!

Carol said...

I love your pantry, too! And that Japanese garden!

Thanks for your hospitality!

Dianne said...

Cool an Aussy house! I think your pantry is awesome. I just got a pantry closet (not as big as yours) and I really like it too. Thanks for the tour.

Alice said...

I love that pantry and kitchen. I'm a sucker for a tidy kitchen and pantry - so how come mine is rarely like that ...lol?

Big Mama said...

I love your pantry. I'm all about storage spaces! Thanks for sharing.

Sprittibee said...

Loved your pantry and front entry way! Neat older home. Thanks for sharing it with the blogosphere. :)

Heather said...

The cosest I'll gt to Austraila for a while!! Thanks from the US!

Stephanie said...

I love that pantry. I am gathering ideas for when we build! Thanks for the tour.

stephanie said...

What a great pantry! :) Thanks for sharing!

Laura said...

I love your kitchen and your pantry is divine! I really like the cooktop. I would love to have my old kitchen with the wall oven and cooktop back instead of the whole "stove" set up. Thanks so much for sharing your home :)

MommaB said...

Your pantry and kitchen are phenominal!! And Christmas in July is perfect! Thanks for inviting us in!

Mountain Mama said...

Nice home. I sure love your pantry. I think every home should have one like it.

Chappyswife said...

Nice home, Val. Thanks for visiting me. (I love my pantry, too!)

Sonia said...

Hi Val, I am glad I am here at you lovely home! I saw on past posts your beautiful Japanese garden and your dining room, too! Yes, I love your pantry! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

theresa said...

Lovely home and WOW what a pantry!! That's a women's dream :)

DellaB said...

wow - well done Val... I love your bamboo screen, I don't think I've ever been in a house that uses a bamboo screen that I didn't feel peace and love - I guess that might be more of the japanese influence?
thanks
Della

Susanne said...

Am so loving that walk in pantry!! Lovely home. Thanks for the tour!

Anniesue said...

Thanks for sharing! I lived in Melbourne as a child...Strathmore, is that near you? It was so fun to see a house from so far away and realize that no matter where we are, we are all so similar!

Free In Christ said...

I envy your pantry.
Thanks for the tour

Peter said...

Sounds like everyone thinks you should sell the rest of the house and live in the pantry Val, good tour thanks.

Jude said...

Love those cheerful splashes of red in your kitchen. Looks very professional. I couldn't live without a microwave though. I got my first one soon after they came on the market, 30 years ago, and have never been without one since. I guess time will tell if it hasn't been good for my health!

Anonymous said...

What wonderful list of endless comments, and great tour of your home. I was thinking about a post on Mud brick homes in Eltham? Any in your area?
Best wishes

Lindsay Lobe said...

oops -my comment above

Shalee said...

Oh, I might kill for that kind of room in a pantry. Well not really, but it really would help to be able to see everything when I'm looking to cook.

I'm a Bon Appetit girl my self, but I get the saving of magazines.

Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. C said...

Your pantry is obviously everyone's favorite! Thanks so much for the tour.

Meow said...

You have such a lovely home, and an amazing pantry ... you could hold a party in there !!
Take care, Meow

Kerri said...

Your home is lovely Val. I especially love the entrance with those white stones and huge rocks. I hope the MWC didn't have to lift those :) Kidding of course. Did you have to hire someone with a big bucket loader to move those? Nice neat kitchen....so clean and white!