Sep 9, 2011

~ lovely home

One of my most favorite houses happens to be owned by a good friend of mine. I asked her if I could do a post with some outdoor shots of her home and she was totally fine with the idea. .. "Come over anytime..." she said. However, every time I thought to go over and get some pics, I was nervous that someone would see me in her yard with a camera and think I was some creepy crazy woman! Summer has come to an end, and I finally got up the nerve to go and get the deed done. It took all of ten minutes to take these pics, all the while listening to stories of extreme heat and hail storm damage... Thank goodness, dear readers, yours truly does not listen to this kind of nonsense. I went right on taking photos so that this beautiful outdoor space can inspire us all...





I love myself a painted brick home... I mentioned in a post about building my own home that painting it would have been my first choice. (here) When I first started loving this house, it was red brick. I remember when it was being painted this gorgeous creamy color, it caused quite a stir... You know, people who drove by occasionally and thought to state their opinion as to the idea of painting this house, as if they were famous designers of homes being featured on the Oprah Winfrey show... "Why in the world would they paint over that beautiful original brick?" they would ask.
Funny thing is, the original house was painted a creamy white! There's a photo of the house shortly after it was built hanging in the front entry, and sure enough, it's as painted as it can be. Somewhere along the way, the paint was power-washed off to reveal the red brick... also pretty, but heaven knows, I prefer the painted.


I mean, it looks like a house in heaven, doesn't it?












I just feel so bad about all this hail damage!
(total sarcasm)









Isn't this setting so charming? I drive by this house a lot... almost everyday during the school year. What a treat that is.
Such a lovely home...
More importantly, a lovely family inside!

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12 comments:

Red Rose Alley said...

Your friend's home is so green and groomed. It makes me want to spruce up my own home. Those photos were wonderful. Thanks for sharing them.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Fly Away Home said...

Just stunning! Your friend has impeccable taste - and - I agree with you, Jan. The white brick is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing these photos. - Beth

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

How pretty. Love the hood over the door.

The enchanted home said...

What a gorgeous stately home! Love it....you certainly do have a lot of friends with beautiful homes Jan! I want to see more more more, will we get to see inside? I can only imagine that its exquisite!

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

It is very charming....and love that carriage house in the back!! The painting opinions make me think about my new house, which is on a street that people drive on a lot and like to look at the houses...and as we are painting our new house and are sprucing it up...I worry about what others may be saying:) Take care, Caroline

natcalgal said...

What a lovely home.....and what a treat to be able to drive by it so often. With such a beautiful outside....makes me curious as to what's behind those windows. It has to be fabulous! Thanks for sharing this magical garden.

An Eye for Detail said...

I also love all the hostas with the natural stone...very nice. The painted brick reminds me of so many houses where I grew up on the Main Line, in the Phila. suburbs. Yes, I do love them painted!

Katharine H. said...

This house is exquisite! If it's as fabulous on the inside as it is on the outside, please let us see it. So inspiring! By the way, I live in Texas and as you probably know, we've had the hottest summer on record. It's nice to see pretty landscaping that hasn't been scorched by the heat. Thanks for a beautiful post.

Victoria said...

Lovely, indeed. Best...Victoria

cindy said...

This home is perfectly LOVELY in every way! Every image is so pretty! Thank you for sharing with us, Jan!

Acquired Objects said...

What a beautiful home and I love the easy elegance of the gardens!

kayce hughes said...

Beyond beautiful!