11.14.2008

Friendly Homes Friday~

I'm super excited about today's edition of Friendly Homes Friday! That's because today I get to share the home of someone who is not only one of my dear friends, but I am also related to her... It's my sister-in-law Alissa! (Our hubbies are brothers.) Alissa is one of the most amazing women I know. She has more energy than any other three women put together. And she puts her energy to good work being a very enthusiastic mother to four super-busy and fun little boys! She is an amazingly creative mother...I am constantly in awe at her parenting prowess. And even though she is so busy with her boys, she also has the time to be a super-talented crafter and to create a very beautiful home. I hope you all enjoy today's Friendly Home...


Our tour begins just outside the front door...isn't this display charming? Pretty pumpkins and a berry covered wreath hanging from an old garden planter cart.

She also has two of these pretty lanterns...I just love the ribbon.


This bowl is on a table in her foyer...yes, she has a foyer. I love the textures and the addition of the pretty little berry wreath for some autumn-y color.

This has to be one of my favorite parts of Alissa's house. The formal living room has a two story ceiling. I love the double windows on this wall and the huge barn star hanging in between?...well, I just love barn stars!

I thought this little pilgim couple was just too cute!
I love how she put this pumpkin on top of this old scale. I love the vintage patina of the scale. So charming!

I'm a sucker for a pretty fireplace. And Alissa really has one! The painting above the fireplace was painted by our super-talented father-in-law. I've shared some of his art before...here. I also love the long wooden container with the dried hydrangeas. So pretty.


She has a knack for display. Look at this fun box just full of little things to enjoy.

I love this idea. An old chippy mailbox mounted to a board. I bet they really use it to leave love notes for each other. I didn't ask, but I know that family pretty well ;-)


I'm not sure what this is, but I love the look of it with these cute jack-be-littles!

Alissa has cute vintage-inspired airplanes hanging from the ceiling in two of her boys' rooms. She and I joked that this photo would like it was really flying if you couldn't see the corner of the ceiling. (I tried to crop it out of the photo with no luck.)


Yep, she made this too! Old croquet mallets mounted to a board for a coat rack in one of her boys' room. She really is that kind of a girl!


I have long admired this chippy chair. It sits on the half-landing of her staircase. Isn't it pretty?



And last, I wanted to share this cute frame. I love the fact that she has a key for each member of the family...biggest to smallest. Sweet! (and if you look closely you can see me taking the picture...hee hee!)

Thanks to Alissa for letting us peek in her lovely home...I hope you all enjoyed it!

I'll be back next week with some exciting projects, so y'all come back now!

Have a lovely weekend~

38 comments:

Barnes Yard said...

I so enjoyed it...and I'm moving in with her :)

Vashti said...

Its all so cute....might have to steal some of her ideas as I am in the midle of doing up our new home!

Damaris said...

This is completely inspiring to me
a) because I know you two
but b) because I remember her going to auctions and getting stuff for super cheap and then turning it into amazing creations

which means...that she didn't spend millions of dollars decorating her home.

brilliant!

Ms. Tee said...

Oh, heavens - I love her house - every bit of it. The lanterns and ribbon are beautiful. I think my favorite part is the Love Notes box. I just may have to do that one. So, so sweet. :)

jennifer@love,laughter,and lyrics said...

fun, fun, fun!

I want to make the love notes plaque. It's too sweet.

Oh, and the keys to our heart box. Adorable.

How is it that there are TWO of you crafty stylish ladies in the same family?

Jaime said...

I love your Friendly Homes Friday idea and your sister-in-law has a beautiful home. Very inspiring.

Holly said...

WOW!! Why doesn't any of that surprise me?? I am jelous in an "oh so happy for her" sort of way. :) I am in love with Friendly Homes Friday!!

Connie said...

Thanks for the tour. I now have a barn star to hang in my home since reading your blog...still working on a place to hang it..C onnie

Darlene said...

Girl, you have a whole family of crafty ladies, you, your sister, your sis-in-law....decorating heaven with all of you!!! She definitely has beautiful decorations and has them displayed so perfectly!!!

Laura said...

What an amazing house! I love all the simple, beautiful details! Each one is cuter than the rest! I really love the little display box & key shadow box - what a great family idea! Your photo of the plane is amazing - it does look like it's flying! Have a good weekend!

Carol said...

Your photography is great, looks like pages from a magazine! Beautiful!

Bridget said...

Super cute! I think I will be stealing all of her ideas! ;)

Leigh said...

Positively precious ideas!

Thanks for the tour!

Shannon said...

Her house is so pretty! I loved all the pictures!! Can we go back soon???

duchess said...

What a warm & welcoming home.
Tell your sis-in-law thanks for letting us snoop around.

Lora said...

What a beautiful home!! I just love that idea with the croquet mallets!!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

I love that you are doing these Friday posts. I love to take a peek into people's homes. This one was so wonderful! I'm feeling so inspired! And, I love that word...chippy. :) Perfect.

Cristin said...

Charming!

...Fun idea to feature great homes!

Valarie said...

I love all her stuff!!!!!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What a pretty home she has!! I love that barn star -- do you know where she got it? I like how big & chunky it looks!!

I also have a design help question on my blog that I'd love your advice on! Thanks :)

Blessings,
Stacey

bec4 said...

Thanks for sharing--it is all so warm and cozy. I wish I could visit and have tea Ü.

Tamra said...

I am really enjoying these tours. When can I call and make my reservation? ;)

www.tamragirl.com

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

What a gorgeous house. And gorgeous fall decor. I LOVE that barn star, too! It totally warms up what could otherwise be a very difficult spot. So perfect!
Carrie

Carrie said...

What a great house love the chair and the key picture!

Angie said...

Really enjoyed the tour! I love everything! So creative!

Bugzmommy said...

Oh my goodness what a wonderful home! My favorite was the pumpkin on the old scale! Perfection! Thanks for sharing.

Sandy Toes said...

I love those pilgrim dolls! So cute!

I love the picture with the keys...so cute!
-sandy toes

Betsy said...

I love her home. I love this idea.

Blissful Nikki said...

wow! I enjoyed all of this! I got some great ideas from it too!! :)

By the way, I am having a giveaway over at my blog, I would love for you to come check it out! :)

Joy said...

I really enjoyed the tour! THANKS!

Home Sweet Hideaway said...

Love the lantern & all the vintage-y goods. Thanks for sharing.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Awwwww I love it all...you have one super duper talented family! Will she start a blog? I love your thankful tree! cherry

Deb said...

What a beautiful home! I love that blue chippy mail box :-) I have an old wooden crochet set in the basement and if my son were little I'd be making that coat rack with the wooden mallets :-) love that idea!!

Dolly said...

I am so glad I found your blog!
Such great ideas and your photography is awesome!

Thanks for sharing!

Hugz, Dolly

Elyse said...

so very creative and sweet. i love bittersweet so you had me at that!

Saucy said...

Love notes and pilgrims! So sweet.

T said...

What I love most of all are the people within!!!

Trisha

Wendy said...

You said it Trisha! :-)