Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Top 2 Tuesday- Homes!

In case you can't tell... I decided to spruce things up a little bit around here! I'm not sure if I like it yet, so the next time you visit everything could be completely different! We'll have to see. Oh, and if anybody can show me how to get my buttons up on a navbar on the top of my blog, I'd be FOREVER grateful! :)

Today's Top 2 Tuesday is.....

Dream Homes!

If you don't all ready know, I have a passion for everything that has to do with homes. I have an Associate's Degree in Real Estate and growing up my Sunday treat after being good in church was the privilege of going to open houses with my Mom!

1. What girl doesn't want a beach house? I love this Coastal Living Idea Home that is in Galveston Island.

I was able to visit it last summer and was BLOWN AWAY by how beautifully it was decorated!

I love the layout, all of the porches, its multitude of windows and the unique touches that make it feel like home... Oh, and the fact that it's backyard is the Gulf of Mexico!

It's for sale, furnishings included, for a mere $3 million!

If you live in the area, or will be stopping by I really suggest that you go and take a look! Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to the Galveston Historical Society.

I'm also a sucker for the special touches of older homes. Our beautiful house in Ohio was built in 1930 and had the original wood doors complete with glass doorknobs. We also had a jam cellar in our basement (who doesn't need one of those?!), a coal chute on the side of the house and underneath the carpet were the original wood floors (yes, they needed some TLC).

2. With that being said, one of my all-time favorite older homes would be: Stan Hywet Hall.

It's a beautiful Tudor Revival home in the Cuyahoga Valley in Ohio. Built between 1912-1915, the house alone (not including gate house or carriage house) was over 64,000 square feet! No, I do NOT need that big of of a house. It's just breathtakingly beautiful. The intricate woodwork, furnishings and landscaping will render you speechless.

It also had over 3000 acres of land when the owners built the home. Today, it is preserved and open for tours and of the 3000 original acres, most has been donated to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Stan Hywet still retains 70 of the most beautiful acres of land you will ever lay eyes on. Their gardens are magnificent.

Back when we lived in Ohio I had a membership and visited atleast 5 times a year, if not to view the house, then to just wander the gardens.

(Sorry there are no pictures of the inside, photography is not allowed!)

Have a great day!


  1. Love all your pictures!! That Beach House is Amazing! Hope you are having a great day! Your blog is too cute!

  2. Do you know that in all the years I lived in Ohio, I never made it to Stan Hywet?

    I love that coastal home-- I love it when shabby chic meets beach, and that house executed that style perfectly. Great choice!

    I think blogger has a new tool for you to create buttons for a nav bar. It's inside the "Edit Pages" section on your dashboard, if memory serves me right!


  3. We have been to the Galveston House it is so pretty and if I had the 3 million it would be mine =) I love Galveston Historical Society!

  4. Growing up, we lived right down the road from Stan Hywet. Yes, we could walk there in 15 minutes and ride our bike there in 5. I still have a soft spot in my heart for West Akron despite having lived more years overall in Hudson. It was my childhood dream to get married in their rose garden, something that I still haven't given up on. If you ever get a chance to attend their Shakespeare in the park shows in the summer when you are back in Ohio, do. Then again, maybe you already have. I also LOVE their Japanese gardens... okay, now I'm just gushing. Good choice, Em!

  5. Love that house - especially love the white living room area. Just want to curl up with a book in there!


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