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Tuesday, 26 May 2009

A Blog Party!

Hello everyone~ Where would you live and what would your dream home be like? I received an invitation from Deana at Alchemy Fine Living to join her for her blog party.

This party is all about dreams; dream homes and dream locations. These are my thoughts about where I would live and what kind of house my dream home would be....

In the summertime, I would prefer to live on our little Island where I am now. To me, there is just no other place to be. We have the most amazing beaches here! Winter, however, is a different story! Then, I would prefer to be in a warmer climate..... perhaps Provence!I guess my dreams are a bit more down to earth compared to some! Oh, I could go wild but I think for me anyway, it's better to fantasize about something that is within reach!

I am drawn to many different styles of houses but if I was to have my 'dream home' it would be one level, with a front porch, a screened-in porch, and a two car garage, such as the design above and it would have to be near the beach! The house would be yellow as I always lust after yellow houses, it seems. And it would have cedar shingles on the roof. As you can see from the design above, it looks like it has been built in sections, which I love the look of. I don't know what style you call this, all I know is I love it! I love a house with lots of nooks and crannies! And I would like to have a cupola on the roof. There would have to be some gingerbread trim on it too as I love architectural pieces.
My dream home would have a bay window or two.
My dream kitchen would have big windows and the room would be flooded with light; sunny and warm. The cabinets would be an antique white or creamy white. The kitchen would also have to have an island with a prep area and a breakfast bar. A breakfast nook and a dining room are a must-have, as we entertain a lot.A favourite fabric for the kitchen.There would be a fireplace in the dining and living/family rooms. There would be a couple of niches as well. I love collections.
My decor style dictates that I would probably decorate with whites, creams, and lots of toile. A little French Country and a little English Cottage with some Traditional touches thrown in. I like to be comfortable without being too formal, and I like the look of the old with the new.
As I am a romantic at heart, I also lean towards shabby chic. I love white, pink and green, reds, aquas, robin's egg blue, and creamy yellow. I love blue toile as well.
I adore crystal chandeliers, and roosters make me smile! I love beadboard and pillars. An office with a big library would be wonderful as we love books.
Of the two dining rooms below, I don't know which one I prefer. I love the windows in the first but love the pillars in the second.My favourite rug.The master bedroom would be romantic with a sitting area and there would have to be an ensuite bath with a whirlpool tub and a huge walk-in closet. A fireplace would be nice too. I probably would not choose the blue toile however, as much as I like it. I am more apt to go with the green and white.I love these colours in the bath.Most of the gardens would be in the back where it would be private and secluded. There would be a cozy little guest cottage where my sons and their families could have their privacy when they come home to visit. A gazebo, bird houses, and the odd statue among the paths leading to a couple sitting areas would be wonderful too. I would love a pool surrounded by plants and flowers.
I love trees and scrubs so they would be plentiful. A little brook running behind the gardens would make it perfect! Most important of all, my home would not be a 'home' without my hubby, my family, and my friends around me. I think that is what makes a house, even your 'dream house,' a home!
Have a wonderful day everyone and please check out all the other dreamers out there in blogland today!


  1. Sandi,
    Can I come live with you? I love your dream home! I, too, like shabby, country, chic! LOL! I love screened in porches, I adore Toile and anything chintz! I really like the way you dream.


  2. Very lovely! Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs, Lisa

  3. I love your dream home. Everything is lovely. I especially love your gardens. I love ferns and lots of greenery around. Thanks for letting us come by for a visit.


  4. Hi Sandi!
    Wow that tub is stunning! I just wanna soak in a bubble bath now. Great pictures. Thanks for joining my party!

  5. Sandi, Thank you for stopping by my post and leaving a comment! Your dream home is such a beautiful retreat!!!! I loved how you imagined the inside of the house with its nooks and crannies and the beautiful red toile is gorgeous. It was nice to "meet" you and maybe we can meet up again at Rhondi's porch party

    If you don't have a porch I am sure you can make a party setting and join in anyway and being a porch lover you just have to join in the fun.

  6. Hi Sandi,
    Your dream home is so pretty.I agree there is no place like P.E.I.
    Take care,

  7. Hi Sandi,
    I just adore the kitchen in the first photo that would be my dream kitchen also.
    I have a dinning room and we don't use it, so I don't want another one, we do how ever entertain we just do out doors.
    Great post and love all the photos!

  8. Your dream home is wonderful - starting from the view, to the inspiration designs, up to the garden. Oh i hope you'll have all that. Well, let's cross number one cause you already have that. Waking and seeing the beautiful view of the beach truly is a beautiful dream :-)


  9. I think us women get to a place in time where we know exactly what we want in a dream home. Now all we need is the income to make it happen. Your dream home sounds lovely. I hope one day that could be possible for you. You never know!

    Enjoy your Day-

  10. Hi
    Wow I love the way you dream .
    I think I need to take a few dreaming lessons from you :)
    Thank you for making my day so much brighter.
    Blessings of joy to you.

  11. Hello, I'm still making my Blue Monday and Pink Saturday visits. Thankyou so much for stopping by. I love your dream place to live. Also you pink and blue posts this week are great. I especially loved the little praying figurine!
    Bless you, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  12. Your dream choices are very close to what mine would be...I love any thing yellow as well.Ive been to PEI a couple of times to visit my sister.This provance is the cats meow in summer,red dirt who would have thought??? Please concider this Manitoba gal a follower. Love your blog.

  13. I'm really lucky to have what I do so the fact that I have what I have is a dream to me. My wife my kids my house and my car are all enough to make me happy. Not just content, I keep upgrading the interior. I just got a new Whirlpool Tub that we all really enjoy. The TV keeps the kids occupied. The bubbles seem to make them drowsy so off to bed with them directly afterward. That give Shelly and I time to enjoy each others company without interruption. I think that too much could stress me out. I can easily maintain this place on the weekends. Any more than that would be too much. Happiness!


I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY!

Also, due to the amount of spam I've been getting, I have had to set Comment Moderation. ~ Sandi