My Alpine Home

We have lived in our new home in Alpine, Utah for four years now. My current goal is to make a larger more open home (which works great with our extended family) have a bit of cottage charm and seem more cozy. I hope you will follow along and give me encouragement as well as advice as I embark upon this challenge.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday’s Tour. . .My (2nd) Favorite Home Show

The last couple of months I have attended both a wonderful Home Show and a couple of gorgeous garden tours.

I thought that it would be fun to start a weekly post called ‘Tuesday’s Tour’.  Today I am sharing my(2nd) favorite home in our local Home Show.  At first I published it as my favorite home and then I remembered there was one I liked even better. lol!  

What I loved about this home was that it was so light, bright, and cheery!



The outside itself was very inviting. . .now let’s step inside.

They directed us upstairs first.  A fun variety of pictures, frames, and mirrors created this gallery wall.


The sayings on the stairs was a little too much for my taste. . .but, still a fun idea!


The home was filled with family heirloom pieces that had been painted.



Gorgeous handmade rug.



I loved the colors and the seating area in this bedroom.  Even the light floors seem so refreshing.


Patterns that I would have never dreamed of putting together, but somehow they worked.


Window box seat love!!





The boys room just made me smile.  Lots more photos, but I’ll share them when we tour ‘boys rooms’.


More great furniture out on the landing.




The kitchen was my favorite room in the house.



This little cutout was at the end of the large island.



Oh my, so much to love in this kitchen. . .the buffet, the brick wall, the plates, and the church pew.  (Just to name a few).  Yes, there’s lots more!



Not a very good photo, but I loved this idea of framing old family recipes.  They framed three.


Look at the beautiful herringbone design on the floor.


Cozy family room off of that gorgeous kitchen.



I thought the furniture was cute, but the wall was a little more than I like.  I think it was the craft room.


Look at this unusual faucet.



This light and seating area were in the mudroom where you exited into the garage.


Don’t know if I just missed getting photos of the master bedroom and laundry room or what?  But the basement was just as fabulous as the upstairs.  Saving it for another post.  This baby is already long.

Well, what do you think?  Could you live in a home like this?

Next week I’ll share a playroom that’s more like a play ‘town’.  Unbelievable!



Sunday, August 17, 2014

I Scream, You Scream. . .

We all scream for ice cream!!

Ever since I found these cute plates at a thrift store I have wanted to host an ice cream party with the grands.

That was over a year ago and it still hadn't happened.  So a couple of weeks ago I decided that I would set a date and hold a 'Back to School Ice Cream Bash'.
luck would have it, right after I decided to do it I stopped into our local thrift and what happened to jump out at me?  These darling ice cream bowls.

Aren't they SA-WEET?
and it didn't stop there. . .I also found these metal cone ice cream holders.  Never been used, new in the box; I might add.

This evening we had all of our kids and grands over to celebrate 'Back to School'.  I don't know who is more excited, the parents or the kids. lol!

I pulled any dishes that I thought would work for this joyous occasion.  Both old and new.

I have had the yellow ice cream scoop ever since we were first married.

Festive paper flower rosettes were hung from the pergola.

Some filled theirs to the brim and added lots of toppings. . .
while others were satisfied with just a little vanilla.

But everyone was happy!

And you can bet yours truly fixed herself a sweet bowl with a banana at the bottom.  YUM!  Just the way I like it!

We didn't hear much screaming going on when we were all enjoying our delicious ice cream creations.

We played a couple of 'back to school' themed games afterwards and a bit of screaming went on then.

Wishing all the kids heading back to school
A very happy school year!


Friday, August 15, 2014

French Country

Living here in Alpine there’s a little bit of a country feel.  Although we are very close to larger cities, it’s definitely rural.

I mean when you have to stop for both a chicken and a squirrel crossing the road in the same day you know that says country!

The other day I made a little switcheroo out on the porch.  I decided to exchange the large window I had out there for a rickety piece of picket fence.
I began to carry the window inside to the storage room, when the thought occurred, “why store it?  Just switch it up”.

I leaned it against a wall in the living room and gave it a touch of France.


This sweet paper mache florist planter was dolled up by my hairdresser, Shalona.  She had it for sale in her shop and I thought it was so sweet.  I have had it for some time and still love it!  I filled it with a cluster of Pink Yarrow picked from the garden.

Coffee filter and book page flowers circle the brim.  A blinged up rosette is tied around the center with satin ribbon.


A nice pairing with my lacy lampshade and little French stool!



I love my little bit of French in the country!

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:'
Thoughts from Alice for Sundays at Home