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Kitchen evolution

You know that feeling you get sometimes when you go into a restaurant and take a closer look around and think to yourself – I should NOT be eating here.  It isn’t usually a single thing but a bunch of little things that add up to a not so good feeling in your tummy.  Well my friends, that is how I used to feel about the room we now refer to as the temporary  kitchen. It started off as a room with a mini fridge and a broken full size fridge for dry storage.  Some furniture made it a place to set stuff down but it wasn’t cozy or friendly or inviting.  This was the one room that needed some TLC and it would give us back a place to cook, eat and be happy.  Let me take you back in time . . . . .

After a couple of years, I couldn’t take it anymore and convinced Laurie to let me clean it up.  And it started to look a little better.

A room with a purpose
A room with a purpose

Then, a sink was added and we didn’t know how to act anymore – we were *that* excited!

And finally we went all in and did the entire room.  Painted, plastered, refinished floors, chandelier, custom island, storage, electrical, and full size appliances!  Words cannot describe how grateful we are for finally having a kitchen but now we can’t imagine not having it.

MH kitchen

Even since these photos, more work has been done to make the space comfortable and special.  As always, thanks for visiting 🙂


Frankly my dear, I *do* give a damn

Every time we pull up to MH, I feel like I’m walking back in time or a parallel universe where people still live like they did in Gone With The Wind.  The sweeping porches with ornate ironwork are just begging to host afternoon tea or a lawn party.  But sadly, it won’t be happening anytime soon as the porches are in need of replacing.  See for yourself:

For now, we dream of the future when the porches are finished and we can spend quiet evenings relaxing with a cup of tea or glass of wine.  Watching the sun rise or sink in the distance while sitting on cushioned chairs and chaises as a gentle breeze blows down from ceiling fans.  Can’t you picture it with lush green ferns hanging along the arches?  Once this project begins, you will be the first to know (well, after the contractor at least).  And we will keep everyone posted along the way.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Corbels and iron work – it’s all in the details baby!

What is it we love about Morton Hall?  Oh let us count the ways!

Anyone who has ever asked Laurie about Morton Hall knows, the details of the house had her at “hello”.  All of the gorgeous ironwork, wood trim, built-ins, corbels, and just plain awesomeness sang out to her.

While the iron work and corbels are not in the best of shape right now, it is in the master plan to restore them to their former glory.  Until then, take a look and imagine the future possibilities.



Ruth and Laurie spending some quality time on the front porch among the iron work.