Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Down The Road and Across The Highway

to Debs house we go. Finally our field trip is ready to start. First come on in and have a cup of Judy's (or Tom's) coffee and I will share a bit about my daughter. And her house.
When she was a little girl, she wanted to grow up, live in a "camping out trailer" and be a Mommy. There would be NO antiques for her. She was over them, having grown up with a Mama who loved them.
Fast forward many years and she did grow up, become a Mommy, 3 times over, but she did not live in a camping out trailer and she DOES have antiques. I am glad you came by today and are going to visit her.(Yes, she is a coffee drinker, so we'll get coffee there too.) She and Michael built their house with the help of his Dad. If you saw the Country Sampler, Dec 2011, issue, you know that already. Over the years they have built on, redone, and redone again. If Deb can dream it, Michael can build it. Deb and I share so much. We belong to the same forums, and share a lot of the same friends. Her friends invite me, my friends invite her. So not only are we Mother/Daughter we are best friends. I am happy to say, that her girls treat us the same way. However neither of them are antique/prim lovers. Any way, in the early days of their home they had a terrific oak collection. Over the years they decide to go to earlier pieces and now like the same things I do. So I hope you enjoy the field trip to their home today. It is indeed a home filled not only with wonderful antiques, more importantly  filled with love of God and family.
This is the outside. There are steps to the left too.
One end of the living room.

The other end of the livingroom. These cabinets were given to Michael years ago and are KeeneKutter display cabinets out of a hardware store.At Christmas she fills it with their Snow Village collection. Now it holds her collections of Transfer Ware. She has several different colors. Purple, red, brown, blue and green. The door to the right goes into here.
The master bedroom. she has just removed a lot toile and incorporated the Family Weaver bedding. I like it so much better.
The window nook.
This is my favorite bedroom in the house. They have a huge room they call the Victorian Room, that I have no pictures of today. We will visit it, the other upstairs bedroom and Debs bathroom next visit.
I love this room. The bed is one that belonged to Curtis and I. We sold it to a friend. Bought it back, now Deb got it from me. It is a cherry rope bed, circa 1835.
Michael built the corner cupboard in the corner.Yes, I have one exactly like it. See why I like this room? Peaceful.
This is the eat in part of the kitchen.
Another view. I love this little table and the cupboard. On the right is the dining room and it's great wall of china.I think most of you are aware that Deb got the antique dishes from my Mother. She asked her for them when she was child and was drying them one night after supper. They were my Mothers everyday dishes. Mother packed them away shortly after and gave them to her when she got married. They are Royal Staffordshire Clarice Cliff Tonquin. She has added to them over the years, but knows exactly which were "Non Nons", as she called my Mother.
There is a story about the table too. I sold it to a friend, and when she died Deb bought it from her husband. It is a wonderful old 3 board walnut table. Curtis made booties to raise it high enough to eat off. She has a beautiful dining room and lots of meals are eaten there. Even though it is used everytime we have a get together, Andrew thinks it is special.
Another view. She didn't send one of her corner cupboard, but she has an Early (1790's) walnut one, full of pewter.
Well I will show you her dry sink that we found on the Worlds Longest Yard Sale last summer. It is in a corner of the livingroom as you come in the front door.
I hope you have enjoyed the field trip to Debs. don't know if you noticed but all of their ceilings are beadboard. Even though they have a house full of neat things, these two have the run of it all.
I love this picture, taken at Curts wedding!lol
Deb and the worlds best son in law.
Well thanks for coming Through My Back Door where life is good.
PS: I think I will take you to Amanda's one day. She is not prim, but vintage"y"? Is that a word? She has the brightest, cheeriest house ever. Would you like that? It would be different.lol
PSS: I have to share my joy that Linda Rebtoy is doing so well and back to blogging! Please check her out:Simply Country Seasons
PSSS: Thanks for the continued prayers for Dale. He is improving and is off the ventilator.The progress is slow, very slow, but he has had, a couple of short walks, with all kinds of assists, but he is walking. This man was who I called the energizer bunny, and my prayer is that he will be again, soon. Thanks for the prayers and please continue them.


  1. Betty, you know that I love Deb's house. It is not only beautiful, but comfortable, as well. We enjoyed our stay with them and hope to get back again soon. I love her bedroom makeover. Michael and Deb have done a wonderful job, making their house a wonderful home! I'd love to go to Amanda's. I'm sure it is just as cheery as she is!

  2. Love the tour. Deb is blessed to have such a wonderful home and husband.

    Anxious to see Amanda's too.

  3. Love Deb's house! It is beautiful, warm, cozy, and comfy-looking.... She sure does know how to decorate! It must be a great place to gather with the family.....
    Would love to see Amanda's home,too. One of my daughter's decorates in mid-century modern... it is a hoot to go in there and see all the things I grew up with (rotary phone, old Life magazines, lamps like my mom used to have, etc., etc.)! Hard to think of them as antiques, but I guess they are these days!
    Looking forward to seeing the other rooms in Deb's wonderful home!

  4. I loved Deb's house when it was in the Country Sampler and I loved seeing these pics today! I especially love that bedroom with the corner cabinet and the rope bed! I think it's my favorite! If I stayed there, she might not ever get me to leave! :)

    I would love to see Amanda's home. I love seeing all styles of decor! I love cheery! :)

    Thank Deb for us for letting you take us on a field trip! I love field trips!


  5. Thanks for the coffee and the tour, now I need to go thru my stack of back issues of Country Sampler.

  6. Wow Betty - what a lovely home - and how LUCKY you are to have a daughter who loves the same things tha t YOU do!

  7. P.S. Does she have a blog too?

  8. Got home from vacation just in time to take the tour of Deb and Michael's home. You can just feel the love through the pictures. You and Deb remind me of Holly and myself. I loved the red wall in the living room in the Sampler and I am so proud she has kept it. Love every room. I think my favorite would be having coffee in the eat in kitchen at that prim table. Yes some good conversations have taken place over that table I bet. And Andrew and Mollie will have soooo many good memories there I am sure. Thanks for sharing,. Bring on more photos. Heck, we love looking at homes with all styles of decor. Have a great evening.

  9. Hi Betty, This post is very, very enjoyable. I love all the early look and her pieces are exceptional. I can't wait to show this post to my husband. Just like my daughter....when she was young she said - no antiques....NOW.....she has many! Thanks, Betty, and thank you to your wonderful daughter!

  10. Ah! It is easy to see where Deb gets her good taste. Simply beautiful! Blessings!

  11. Hi Betty, I loved Deb's house in CS and enjoyed seeing these updates. Her home is beautiful. Would love to see pics of Amanda's home.

  12. I knew you and Deb were special. Your relationship sounds just like my mom and I. I don't know what I would do without her and we too are best friends. I really enjoyed the tour! Mollie and Andrew are adorable. Would love to "visit" Amanda's home too!

  13. Betty, thank you for the tour of Debbie & Michael's lovely home. I look forward to a tour of Amanda's home, too. I would love to someday come and see it all in person, most especially the people inside. I miss you guys!!!


  14. hello dear, i really love reading this sweet post..
    thank you for sharing this with us..
    her house is so lovely..
    lots of love for you x

  15. Hi Betty,
    I just love the open look of Debbie's home. Her antique pieces are just what I love too.
    And thanks again for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers this past year. It has meant so much to me. I go in for a check up and bloodwork the end of Sept.
    Oh, I am going down to Curry's on Friday, I wish you could go with me. I'll try to get some pictures.

  16. Mrs. Betty -

    Thanks for putting Dad on your prayer list and for asking people to pray for him. It means so much to us! I was also so excited to see Debbie's house today. I have been trying to explain to Ryan what "prim" is, and he's seen pictures of your house, but now I can show him where Curt grew up! YAY! I think he will be excited to see it. Can't wait to see you soon!


  17. Loved the tour.Such a treat.Deb's home is just lovely.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  18. Evening
    I just dropped the granny's at football and cheerleading.
    I picked up a cup of coffee and having a wonderful time with you and Deb.
    This is the coolest field trip ever.
    Your Deb's home is beautiful. I love every room and touch.
    How blessed you are to have your daughter be your very bestfriend.
    You truly have a beautiful family.
    Blessings to you & Deb


  19. I always love your posts, but this one is special. How nice that you can share the same decorating with your daughter.Both of my daughters have different tastes than mine, but they are still young yet. lol. What a sweet post! I am, going to go back and look again. Such memories in everything. I love that most about decorating. Not so much people that just do copycat decorating, but those that add family touches and memories. That's what makes everyone's place a home.Blessings~Sara


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