Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Perfect Day



is when you get to spend it with one of your best bloggy friends who for me happens to be Kathysue of Good Life of Design


I first met her just over a year ago when Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kocher came to town to give one of their flea market tours of The Alameda Pointe Antiques & Collectibles Fair.


I felt an immediate connection to her, can you blame me...  just look at her sweet face!


We developed a fast friendship which has grown deeper through our mutual passion for blogging, among other things.
 

So, yesterday I took the 45 minute trip out her direction to spend the day with her and finally see her lovely home in person!
  

 Believe me when I tell you that it is always so much better in real life... photos, unless professional, can never do it justice.


This is the first room you see as you enter her home.


I thought I had a good picture in my mind of what her home looked like, but I was surprised at how different it actually was.



As lovely as this room is...
it is not the heart of the home.


Follow me...


into the heart and soul of Kathysue's home.


As Nate would say... it rises up to greet you!





 Across the entry from her gracious living room, you enter into this "great room" of sorts which is comprised of the charming kitchen to the left and delightful dining room to the right with the grand family room straight ahead set off by the expansive fireplace with it's antique over mantle providing the dramatic focal point for this beautiful living space.



I'm standing with my back to the fireplace looking back towards the kitchen and dining room with the entry in the background. (With all the excitement I forgot to take a photo of the fireplace!)

  



This lovely vignette is adjacent to the kitchen bar and provides a handy little work space for Kathysue.  I was smitten with the beautiful antique desk which I discovered she's had since she was a little girl and has the names of boys she had crushes on scrawled underneath!!


This is where you'll find Kathysue most of the time... curled up in her favorite chair.


 If you follow her blog, you know she likes to change things up on her mantle according to the seasons.

 
Before I end my little tour I must show you her stunning powder room.









 Here we are back in the entry.


I have to say what impresses me most about Kathysue's beautiful home is the feeling it evokes...


you really get a sense of the lovely lady who lives here!

Thank you Kathysue for being such a gracious hostess and a wonderful friend.  I had so much fun!

33 comments:

Tricia - Avolli said...

What a lovely home. You can tell that she has put her heart and soul into it. I especially love the crystal chandelier in the kitchen and that gorgeous black and white bathroom.

My best,
Tricia

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

As lovely as the owner! I bet you two girls had som much fun. I wish I wasn't in another country. XO

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

Cathy sure is one of the sweetest persons around. I am so glad you had a chance to visit with her. I know she enjoyed you as well.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

nannykim said...

Thanks for sharing this--I enjoyed getting to see it!

Olive Cooper said...

Terri, what a fun day with a friend. I Love her home and I adore the chandy in the kitchen! ♥O

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love her and her home also. She is one of my dearest friends in the whole world, and her home is so warm and inviting and every detail is always done to perfection. How wonderful to spend some time with her. Hugs, Marty

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Wonderful that you have formed such a friendship and you can spend time together out in the "real" world. The green in the kitchen of course is right up my alley and that ironwork over the tub in the powder room is fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

quintessence said...

What a lovely tour. And I love that you two met through the blogosphere and are now true real life friends - wonderful piece.

Kathysue said...

Aaaaah! Terri, this is beyond sweet! Thank you for doing such a great job giving a tour of my home, you are the best and Boy!! we really did have a fun day didn't we? Thank you for driving out here to spend the day. Loved our long talks and of course the treasure hunting was great. I am planning my Sons Bday dinner table with a few of the treasures we found. Love you bunches and thank you again for being so gracious with your compliments, coming from YOU it means a lot,Kathysue

Party Resources said...

I love both of you - so wish I could have been there for the tour! xx

Designs By Pinky said...

KS just did a post on ger blog called Black and White done right and I ahve to say her powder rom is definitely in that category! Goegeous! I love her and her home! She is the sweetest person. So lucky that you met her and went to her HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!! Rhanks for sharing these great pictures! XO, Pinky

Tricia Rose said...

Two of my favorite blogging friends making beautiful pictures together!

vignette design said...

Ahhh, What fun! Thanks for the tour of Kathysue's home. I actually felt like I was there too when viewing your photos. Yes, a perfect day. My two favorite blogging buddies making beautiful pictures together as Tricia said!
We all need a get together soon!

Stitchfork said...

How fun to meet in person! Great combo of black and white in the bathroom.
xo Cathy

pretty pink tulips said...

The two of you together just brings a smile to my face! I love that kitchen and that sweet desk with the boys' names scrawled underneath.

I want a perfect day with you, too!!!!
xo Elizabeth

Kathy said...

What a sweet connection....I love her entranceway and kitchen.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Thanks for sharing this...I enjoyed every room and I bet you 2 had a blast together! I love that powder room...it's like a little jewel box!

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Kathysue and I on line as newbie bloggers, and decided that we were on the same wave length about so many things. Even though we have never met (yet!), we have developed a great friendship connecting on line. I'm so excited to see her house in a full sweep. Lovely like she is! You're lucky you're close enough to visit!

Kat said...

What a fun day! I would love to see Kathysue's home in person. I just sigh whenever I see that B&W bathroom. She told me this morning that you were going to spend the day together, and I can just imagine the fun you two had! She truly is one of the nicest people I've ever met (even if we haven't met in person, I feel like I've known her forever) Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures of her home and sharing your day with us! Kat

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Terri! Isn't Kathysue just the sweetest person? And so much fun! I love her laugh! I'm so glad you got to know her. She's one of my best bloggy buddies! And thanks for letting us see inside her beautiful home! It is just so Kathysue...a very warm and welcoming place! I am glad you ladies got to hang out! I am sure it was a wonderful day! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Oh you two, that's so brilliant!! Kathysue your home is as lovely as you are, xoxo

A Perfect Gray said...

what an awesome treat - for you to get to spend the day with that sweet lady and for us to get a look into her lovely home! thanks so much for the treat, T!

donna

designchic said...

What a wonderful tour...and so fun to actually spend the day with those that you meet over a common interest blog!!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Therese, How fun to meet a fellow blogger. Kathysue is such a sweetheart and she has created a beautiful home.
hugs,
Sherry

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Terri, it is so nice to see Kathysue' whole home since she doesn't show much of it. Great photos. I still love her powder room.

SHERRY HART said...

Kathysue was one of the first to leave sweet comments when I started blogging. She always has great post and I am sure she is just as nice in person. Thank you for the tour of her lovely home.

Karena said...

I adore Kathysue and could picture her home just like this. So warm and inviting!!

to brighten your day....
xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Privet and Holly said...

I LOVED this peek
into KS's home...
It's warm and lovely,
just like she is,
and I hope to meet
her someday, too!
xx Suzanne

Uncovered Ruby said...

What a beautiful home to tour! You're so fortunate to be able to be close enough to connect with Kathysue, just blogging black and forth with her has been so much fun! Lisa ;-)

Sherri Cassara said...

What a fun tour! My favorite - the kitchen / dining room. I'm intrigued by the mirrored doors in the dining room - and wonder what is behind them. I love what the mirrors do to the room and the colors are lovely. Thanks for sharing!

eddieross said...

We SO wish we could have been there that day with the two of you! The foyer especially is so beautiful and inviting! Love your photography too!

Miss you two!

xo
E + J

Morning T said...

Such a fun tour of sweet Kathysue's home. It's beautiful and great photos Therese!
xo~
T

EleCat said...

Gorgeous! LOVE. :)