Welcome everyone to my humble home and a special “Thank You” to my sweet blogging friend Nancy for letting me show you a peak of my small home. Nancy is such a beautiful person and a dear blogging friend. I met her last fall as we were visiting each others blogs. She always has something kind to say that perks me up right away.
I am Joanne Boulter from the blog Anne’s Attic – design blog. I live in Bountiful Utah USA. I have four children a daughter Candice, and three sons Adam, Dane and Nathan and eleven grandchildren. Besides family and my faith, interior design is my love.
I have an interesting arrangement as far as housing is concerned. I live in a darling basement apartment below my youngest son, Nathan, wife, Jordanne, and four children. Kingston 7, Boston 5, Juliette almost 4, and Izabella almost one.
Six years ago I went through a divorce after 35 years of marriage. I found myself empty nested, and suffering from an illness that did not allow me to work outside of the house. This was the first time that I had ever lived by myself and I found that I didn’t like it at all. I raised a daughter and three sons, I was use to living in a large home with a large yard that I really enjoyed taking care of. One day my third son Dane called and said “start packing we are moving you to Nathan’s house”. He didn’t even give me a chance to say no. I was concerned about being in the way . . . you know all of those kind of things, but it has turned out to be a great blessing in the lives of all of us and I have done a lot of healing since I have been here. What’s more healing than four little ones with their arms around your neck?
My day job is tending these four darling grandchildren every day while mom works. I have a yard to dig in and a small home to decorate.
Here is my front door, or you could say basement entrance. I have a full kitchen that is light and beautiful. Behind the curtain are shelves for storage. That’s the only storage that I have. I have learned that I really don’t need a lot of extra things.
Standing at the front door you can see to the very end of my home. I was really lucky because the apartment had a total cottage feel to it before I moved in. It’s totally painted in a light dove-gray with white trim. Gray carpet and dark gray tile in the kitchen and bathroom. I love the large bar in the kitchen, perfect for little grandchildren.
I have lots of counter space for baking and playing games with the grandchildren. I love the lighting in the cabinets.
Just off to the right of the kitchen is a little through way to the bathroom. I have shelves there for sheets, towels and beauty aids.
Here is my cute little bathroom. I really like the pedestal sink.
Pretty and frilly.
I have everything that I need in this sweet little bathroom. The shower is huge. The only thing I miss sometimes is a tub but it will do for now.
As you walk out of the kitchen you come into the dinning area. I have a small antique farm table and chairs.
This gives me room for dinning with friends and family. The cabinet above the table is antique, I hung it as is. So perfect with my white stoneware.
Across from the dinning area I have a sweet little hutch, it gives me the extra storage that I so badly need.
Most of the things that I have in my home are second-hand. I love the challenge of redoing something that no one else loves anymore. Even my dishes and utensils are second-hand. If a dish gets broke I’m only out a few pennies. I want people to feel comfortable when they come to visit and not to have to worry about breaking something or messing things up. With four grandchildren running in and out I can’t be worried about it all the time.
I had a friend ask me what interior design style I had, I thought for a minute then said
“50% French Nordic 50% Shabby Chic = 100% Romantic Farmhouse.”
Next to my dinning area is my work bench. This is where I do all of my projects. It’s made out of a hollow core door and two small book cases. Behind the curtain are drawers of supplies.
This little work bench really does a great job!
This is a look standing from the end of the sitting room clear through to the kitchen.
This little chest sits behind my futon. I had to sale my beautiful white tufted sofa because we couldn’t get it through the door. I had to have something that we could put together once we got it inside.
The sitting area is just the right size and I even have a fireplace. It is very cozy.
Right off the sitting area is my bedroom, the other door that you see is the family laundry room. I keep everything neat and tidy. This keeps me from tripping all over things in such a small space.
My bedroom is big enough for a queen size bed with night stand, a couple of small chests and a chair.
Off to the left of the butler’s table I have a huge walk in closet. I am perfectly happy in my tiny space, but you never know when life is going to throw you a curve ball and send you somewhere else. I am very blessed to hear little feet pattering all over upstairs, and little ones jumping in bed with me for a good night story.
That’s the bit and bobs of it all!
Thank you for visiting. Hugs, Jo
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