The time has finally come for me to put my house up on the market for sale. I have thought about selling it a few times over the past two years, but none of those times ever really felt right. This time it feels right. About two weeks ago, a settled feeling came over me. I felt as if my mind and body was letting me know that it is time to say farewell to my house and New York state….
I love house plants and I will always have them in any house that I live in. It is so wonderful to buy a small plant or get a cutting of one and watch it grow. My house plants are a very important component of my living spaces. Not only is it fascinating to see them growing taller and bigger leaves but house plants also are beautiful and bring an enormous amount of inviting “warmth” into a home. To me a home without house plants looks cold even if it is beautiful decorated. Every Sunday I water all of my plants. In the summertime I may have to do it twice in some weeks. I have a total of 28 house plants throughout my home.
These house plants are in my library room. I purchased them from a nursery when they were very tiny. I am so proud of how much they have grown. As time goes by the leaves are getting bigger and thicker. They are also filling out more in the pots.
I purchased the big plant stand at Joanne’s Fabric store several years ago. The smaller one I got from the Family Dollar store.
This is a picture of house plants in one of my upstairs living rooms. The plant stand came from The Christmas Tree Shop.
These next few pictures are the house plants in my window bay room.
These house plants are in my first floor front parlor room.
My Kitchen Windows
This plant blooms big white flowers at Christmas time.
Random photos of homes with house plants that I found online.
I love this idea and since I have two bathrooms with similar vintage looks I just may do something like this in at least one of them. The windows in both of my bathrooms are 8 feet tall so plants will get all the needed light.
Taking smaller potted plants and bunching them together on a table is a great look.
I like to have huge potted plants sitting on my wood floors too but I always have them sitting on a water tray to protect my floors.
I love using pots made of clay and ceramic.
Bright colored pots enhances the look of plants.
Photo by Neil Grabowsky of Through The Lens Studios.
Here is part of my grand front staircase. I hand the steps sanded but the risers need to be painted. The entire foyer up to the second floor landing needs to be painted but the foyer will be the last area of my house that I will finish. The base of that thingy in the wall is actually marble. People took exceptional pride in building homes back in the 1800’s. They were not just builders; they were artisans.
My back staircase which now is holding paint cans and other stuff temporarily until the restoration is over. This area also gets loads of light. I wonder if servants used to walk up and down those back stairs. I painted the area country white and the trim is some type of lime greenish color. I forgot the name of it. I wanted my back staircase to be bright and cheerful. The wicker chair that you see in the photo is a street find. Someone put it out on the curb. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. My friend Trish put it in her car for me. It will be cleaned up, painted and put out on my back porch as soon as I put on a back porch…LOL The house originally had a back porch.
Photo by Neil Grabowski of Through The Lens Studio, Montclair, New Jersey
This is my bedroom. I am usually siting up in bed with my laptop or reading a book on my kindle. Anyway…..my bedroom still needs some fine tuning. It is very girlie girl which I love, but from looking at this picture it is just missing something. This room was a hot mess when I bought the house. I was not able to save the wall moldings or medallion. I will need to think on this a while.
Updated photos of my kitchen are by Neil Grabowsky of TTL Studios based in Montclair, New Jersey.
My kitchen is huge and the ceiling is very high. I really must get that sink skirt made to cover up the stuff underneath it.
There is actually a fireplace in my kitchen. If you look to the right at the table that my blender is on you will see a piece of white board behind it covering up the fireplace. I do not have a damper so it is covered up for now so that nothing comes down the chimney. Once when it was uncovered a bat came flying down….eek! My first house had a big cooking hearth in it which I miss so much. So I do want to get this fireplace working. It would be so nice during the winter to come home and be able to feel the warmth of the fireplace while I am cooking dinner.
My kitchen gets a lot of light.
The two opened shelf kitchen cabinets were originally bookcases that I bought for $15.00 each at a thrift store. I couple of coats of white paint and they were ready to use as kitchen cabinets.
My collection of cookbooks.