Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Home Tour ( Part 1)

I have been trying to put this post together for a while, but I just couldn't seem 
to find the time to finish it.

There were so many pictures, that I decided to do this in two different post.
Today, the bottom floor of the house and outdoor areas.
We built our home in 2008.
We fell in love with it the moment we saw it in a close by neighborhood!
We knew this was going to be the perfect home for our family.
 It was a very long and hard project, but all worth it in the end.

It took 10 months to built it and, although it was a specific model, we added many
custom upgrades and even doing that, it is taking us a while to get the
 house to where we want it to be. 

Before we moved into our new home, we donated most of our old furniture, so we are starting from scratch. 
We raised three kids and the truth was that everything was in need of being replaced.

Please, come on in for a visit!

This is the view as you enter our home.
I couldn't tell you what our style is. We buy what we like and try to make it all 
go together. We do not have a specific theme or color in our home, although we do like
warm earth colors. Our wall are all painted with Kilim Beige and Latte by
Sherwin Williams.

In the foyer, the ceilings are two story high and it proved
to be a very hard area to decorate.

To the left on the foyer, we have our formal living room and dinning room.
The dinning room is not finished. Still looking for the perfect table and chairs.
And we still need area rugs, but this is what we got so far.
We painted accent walls, added a chair rail in the dinning area, a new chandelier 
and I also stenciled the dinning room walls with a damask design.

To the right, we have the hall table that my husband built.
Everything on that wall had to be oversize since it is so big and
the ceilings so high.

To the right of the stairwell is the hallway that goes to
the library, laundry room, guest bathroom and exit to the garage.

Library/ Home office

We completely remodeled the laundry room last year.

Guest Bathroom

Straight down from the foyer takes you to our family room,
kitchen and backyard.

 Our family room is to the right.
This is the room where we spend all our family time.
It normally does not look this neat if you show up at our house around evening time. LOL


To the left, is the kitchen and breakfast area.
This is another room where our family is always gathered, specially when 
I have all my three kids at home.
Good times and good memories have been made in this kitchen.

Off the breakfast area, we have the exit to our back yard.We have big plans for an outdoor space, but, for now, we have a nice size porch that we enjoy very much.

 I do love to decorate this porch for the different seasons, 
so the look of it changes all the time.
Our winters are very mild, so we actually get to enjoy this space more 
during the Winter and Fall months than during the summer when the 
temperatures hit triple digits.

 I hope you enjoyed this tour of our home.
Still trying to get together the pictures of the rest of the house.
Stay tuned!
I hope you guys are having a good week.
Thank you for visiting!

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  1. You have a very lovely house. It looks really welcoming. I think the hall table your husband made is absolutely stunning, and I think you have made that whole difficult area look just right, which is very clever of you, because it isn't easy dealing with such high ceilings. And you already know I am jealous of your porch, lol.
    I'm looking forward to the rest of the tour, and thank you for sharing with us :)

  2. I am in love with your home, so beautiful. Love the entry cabinet that you built, I'm thinking you and your husband should build your dining room table. I bet you could come up with something fabulous!
    Have a great week :)

  3. Such a beautiful home...I love the layout and all the gorgeous space you have. Not to mention you have it decorated so beautiful too. I bet when people walk in they are in awwwww of it all!

  4. Bonita casa. supongo la felicidad que debes tener. Yo también la acabo de terminar después de 3 años entre albañiles, pintores y carpinteros. El diseño ha sido nuestro y a los que pasan por ella les encanta, lo que nos hace muy feliz.
    Beso de una ex docente que con esfuerzo ha logrado su sueño, hoy desde

  5. Your home is just gorgeous, Maria! I love it all!!! You guys have done an amazing job with it!

  6. ME-What a GORGEOUS home. It is just beautiful and you have done a great job decorating it. It is warm and homey feeling and I love the way it all flows together. What time should I stop by in the morning for coffee?;>) xo Diana

  7. I am so in love with your beautiful house. You have amazing style. You and your family has truly made it into a wonderful home. Great job.....looking forward to part II. Diane

  8. What a lovely beautiful love your colors! Your attention to details are great! Exquisite Taste! Hugs, Loretta

  9. Absolutely stunning and gorgeous!! I love your style and colors. I wish I had an ounce of your vision! Have a blessed week.

  10. You have a beautiful home, Maria Elena! You've done an excellent job decorating it too.

  11. Maria,your home is beautiful through and through. I love the open floor plan downstairs. You and your husband have truly made a house a home. I can't imagine what will be in part 2! :)

  12. What a beautiful home you have, Maria Elena! Right from the entrance and all the way to the back porch it flows so nicely with your beautiful decor and style!

  13. This is so nice!! what do you say about following each other?;)

  14. What a beautiful home you have! I wish I had such a large laundry room! Thanx for sharing at THT!!

  15. So beautiful - all of it. Seriously, can I come live in your laundry room???

  16. Maria, I can't wait to see part 2!!! :)

  17. What a warm and inviting space. You home is just beautiful.

  18. You have a beautiful home! I love your style, especially the wreaths and the wrought iron scrolly things over the mirrors/pictures! Looking forward to part 2!

  19. Your home is decorating-magazine beautiful! From the breath-taking view from the entrance to the prettiest laundry room I have ever seen! You have every right to be proud! Can't wait to see the rest!

  20. Hola Maria Elena, Felicidades por tu preciosa casa me encanta!!!!

    Un abrazo muy cariñoso.


  21. Your home is gorgeous, You did a great job. It very inviting. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Your home is absolutely beautiful! I'm sure you are enjoying it immensely.
    Thanks for stopping by, Mary Alice

  23. I was just visiting Melissa's Heart and Home and saw your link. I am a brand new blogger and ARMY wife looking for other military bloggers to network with! You can check me out at! I could use some helpful advice!

  24. Hi,
    I am so happy to find you! I am a brand new blogger and ARMY wife looking to network with other military bloggers!
    You can read about me at I would love to get advice from someone with the experience as yourself! Your home is beautiful!

  25. Your home is beautiful, & you've done such a lovely job decorating it.

  26. I can't imagine waking up in this home every day! Beautiful!!!

  27. Beautiful home! Love the stonework on the outside and the fireplace. Your kitchen is fabulous! I wouldn't know what to do with all that space!

  28. Thanks for sending me the link. Your home is GORGEOUS!!!! Every room is spectacular. I love your colors too. Envious of your laundry room. Mine is like a closet:( 2 things I had on my wish list for our next home were a bigger laundry room and bigger dining room and got neither!!! Oh well, it all works out. XO, Pinky

  29. beautiful entry, tile and staircase....are you in Texas?

  30. You have a very lovely and elegant home Elena!

  31. Beautiful home! Every room inside and out is decorated to perfection!

  32. I was wondering where you purchased your two story foyer wall decor from? Also love your home so beautiful!!!

    1. Thank you! The wall decor came from Kirklands. Hope you can find what you are looking for!

  33. Your house is SO beautiful! I love all your window treatments, and all the white trim!!


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