Favorite Things {part 1}

When you walk into your house, aside from the lovely people or pets you share it with, is there one thing that is your favorite?  Throughout the summer I’m going to run a series of ‘Favorite Things’ to showcase various people’s favorite items in their homes.  Today, I’m starting with my own favorite thing, and I’ve asked my family to share their favorite things as well. favorite things

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Me:

My favorite thing in our house is our dining room chandelier.  When we moved into our house four years ago, it was the first DIY project I tackled.  The chandelier was a traditional brass chandelier, but I wanted to freshen it up and make it feel more like us.  With a few coats of white spray paint and just enough dangling crystals to add sparkle without being over the top, I was able to create a one-of-a-kind piece for our dining room.  I love how the white fixture pops off of our new blue walls.

dining room chandelier

dining room chandelier

My husband, Andrew:

My favorite thing about our house is the view of our front porch during the summer.  In particular, I like the left corner of the porch looking towards the dining room window as you walk up the front steps.  There is great contrast between the red rose bush and the white columns of the porch along with the festive colors of the hanging basket and window box full of geraniums.

front porch

front porch flowers

My mom:

When Cathy asked me to pick my “favorite thing”, I thought about choosing the two small rocks I brought back from my trip to Ireland in ’03 which sit on my dresser.  But I assumed they were probably not the type of decorative item that she was looking for.  So, I decided on my collection of glass and china items.  I have plates, tea cups, bowls, vases, pitchers and tea sets that have been either passed down through our families or I have collected myself.  When I go into a store, these are always what I am drawn to first.  I love the intricate patterns and the vibrant colors.  I love both antique and contemporary styles.  I display as much as I can to add charm and interest to a room, but confess that I have too many items to put out.  Most are inexpensive, but all are special treasures to me.  If I had to narrow it down to just one favorite, I would probably choose the Japanese tea cup that came from my mother-in-law’s home.  The tiny painted figures are all wearing exquisitely beautiful kimonos.  The craftsmanship is incredible and the china is so paper-thin you can almost see through it.  I don’t know the history of this piece – I wish I did!  I should learn to ask more questions.  This piece sits on the table next to the chair where I usually sit to read, so I can enjoy it often.

Japanese china

Japanese china

My dad:

My favorite things are the two corner cupboards that came from my family.  The larger one is cherry and came from my grandparents’ home in Richmond.  The smaller one is pine and was purchased by my parents at an antique store in Richmond when they were first married.  Both of them are stately pieces that have served my family with grace and style for many years.  They display items that are both decorative and sentimental, and carry with them cherished memories of their own.  I hope they will continue to provide faithful service for many generations to come.

corner cabinet

corner cabinet

My sister:

This chair was an antique store find, in a small town in Southwest Virginia where my husband's grandmother lives.  As you can see it was beautiful, but was in need of some new fabric.  I've never recovered anything before, but with my creative sister encouraging me, we decided to take on the project.  I just love how the fabric really updated the chair, and I love repurposing! (reupholstered side chair step-by-step)

reupholstered chair

My brother-in-law:

The deck has always been my favorite spot in the house, but I have a much greater appreciation for it after several recent projects to “improve” it.  I finally cleaned and stained the deck after four years of living in our house.  With the help of my handy neighbor I also installed latticework that could withstand a hurricane.  We recently added a storage box to provide more seating and a hiding place for our son’s outdoor toys.  The awning we installed a few years ago makes it a comfortable sitting area in most any weather, which hopefully will buy me some time for that screened in porch my wife keeps talking about.

deck & awning

deck lattice work

My nephew:

These trains have been Brycen's favorite ever since his grandparents gave them to him over 2 years ago.  There isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't play with them.  The train table is also a repurposed piece of furniture.  It was an old 'honey' colored coffee table of ours that almost went to Goodwill.  We decided to keep it and repaint it, and now we have the perfect use for it!

train play table

train play table

It is always interesting to see and hear about other people's favorite things.  I love how we all picked different types of items - some old, some new, some indoor, some outdoor, some repurposed, and some with family history.

º What is your favorite thing?  

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