Our late, great mom used to hop up + do household chores
during the commercials on Wheel of Fortune.
Talk about multi-tasking!
Anyway, here she is, with our dad,
sitting on the deck of the riverfront farmhouse
that we built in or around the year 2000.
So. I honor her multi-tasking legacy by looking at houses on the bozoputer
while watching Cardinals baseball games on TV!
Sadly, all the local houses on realtor.com were a tad boring,
so I looked in Wilmington, IL, (where our riverfront house was located.)
You might not think I would dig this house (below), but I do.
I’ve always loved a house with the chimney in front.
Is that weird?
That garage door needs to be more plain Jane
+ painted a color instead of white,
+ you just know Joanna Gaines would remove the 80’s arch window topper.
How about adding a more “now” transom, instead?
Omigosh, the pastels in that room!
Pass me the white paint + get out of my way!
But back to the porch.
I also want those posts to be fatter — + maybe in pairs on either side, like here.
Yes, of course I’d also love a standing seam metal roof, too!
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Now let’s discuss the interior, starting with this 2-story living room:
Okay. I really like that stone, + the hardwood floor is good, too.
I super love the vaulted ceiling.
Can we put some wood planks up there + say goodbye to the track lighting?
We really need to beef up the mantel + add tons of woodwork, too.
Most importantly, though — that bad (more 80’s!) deck stair railing must go!
I think I’m in the mood for something in wood + iron, instead.
Check out the wainscoting surrounding this beautiful staircase!
Back to my house. Here’s a view from the second story.
Now let’s look at a house with a similar 2-story living room.
I’m loving the wood + iron stair railing combination again,
+ speaking of Joanna Gaines — look at that shiplap!
The kitchen looks about like what you’d expect.
I don’t hate the cabinets, + there are plenty of them.
Let’s say goodbye to the soffit, though, + move the refrigerator elsewhere.
As far as the stove is concerned,
I want to make it more of a design focal point.
Man oh Manichewitz, do I love that custom range hood!
Also, I’m saying yes to the glass uppers flanking the hood,
+ I will never grow tired of subway tile back splashes
(although I think I said that once about early Americana*
+ eagle decor*, back in the 70’s! HA!)
*Go ask your grandmother.
The bathrooms are, again, what I would expect.
What the heck — let’s just go straight to some Fixer Upper bathrooms for ideas.
Since the vanity cabinet is perfectly fine, let’s slap a coat of gray paint on it
+ add a pretty gray + white marble vanity top, too.
Don’t forget the crown molding!!!
Since I couldn’t possibly have a fiberglass shower surround in my dream world,
let’s choose white subway tiles — again.
Ix-nay on the frilly shower curtain, but I never have been much of a girlie girl.
Out back, we have a nice, spacious deck, + look at all the trees!
Just say no to mold in a real estate photo, though!
Somebody needs some Clorox + a scrubby brush!
It looks as though there’s a pretty wonderful balcony upstairs!
Let’s give the 80’s deck rails the heave-ho, shall we?
My new house is located right next to a body of water!
From the looks of that H20,
I think I’m going to need to stock up on the citronella candles,
but it is waterfront, which is usually a plus.
I did some research re: which waterfront we’re discussing,
+ I think that my house is located in a community called Shadow Lakes.
The “lakes” are actually former strip mines, believe it or not.
In southern Illinois, there are still operational, underground coal mines,
but up north, they opted to just go in from the surface + dig out the coal.
Here’s one more photo of my house.
That roof line makes it look a little like a modern salt box house.
+ I’ve always liked fences like that, too!