Saturday, February 7, 2009

SHARE A SPACE SATURDAY


Tomarie became my wonderful cyber friend on RMS (for those of you who didn't come to blogging via RMS, that is a website where many of us showed each other pictures of our homes). Well, her name isn't Tomarie, but that is what her name was on RMS, and just the name "Tomarie" makes me smile. I just love that name. I may love it just because when I got to "know" her, I thought that was her name, and it just sounds so much like the sweet lady that she is. When I found out that her name is really Laura, I had a hard time calling her that, because I was so attached to her RMS name. Tomarie (I mean Laura) and her husband live in a wonderful cabin. When I think of a cabin, I think of a small wood home. But this cabin is huge, and I love the way Tomarie mixes elegant with rustic in her beautiful cabin. I asked her to give my blog visitors a tour of her wonderful home, and, even though she is a busy lady, teaching school every day, she graciously consented, so please join me while she takes us on the tour.

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Hi Everyone! My good friend Laurie has asked me to share my space today.
I’m Laura, but you might know me as Tomarie on Rate My Space, where I first met Laurie. We live in a log cabin in the woods. I share a home with my sweet hubby, Tom, three dogs, one cat, and three horses. I’ve never quite figured out just what my decorating style IS! I have a tendency to just throw everything together and hope for the best!
This is our family room. As you can see, I also like “my stuff” just like Laurie does! One of my favorite things in this room is the old antique radio you see against the wall. It was my grandmother’s that I had restored in my 20’s. About half of it had been badly burned in an attic fire. It was quite costly to restore on a young teacher’s salary! Another favorite thing is the lamp you see on the end table. I went to visit my aunt and uncle last summer who had one. I fell in love with in…and to my surprise, she purchased one for me! Can you see the little bear hanging on the wall? It says, “An old bear lives here with his honey”!


The thing I loved most about the house was the staircase. I just loved all the little interesting nooks and crannies. The stairs lead to a guest bedroom/bathroom. I am the stepmother to five children and one grandchild. That room holds many memories of all who stayed there on soooo many weekends and summers!





A close-up of a little vignette that my RMS friends helped me with!


Here is a closer shot of the dining area. Sugarbelle jumped on the table just as I was taking the pic but then turned camera shy! If you look over at the stereo cabinet, Lynne (Decorator 101) helped me with that vignette. Okay, she didn’t just help me…after I BEGGED for her help, she told me exactly where to place everything…and I still think of her when I look at it! Thank you again Lynne!
The round antique clock and picture were given to me by my favorite student last year. I taught him in preschool for two and a half years, and I cried when he left! He even told me to cut out a circle in the wall so I could see him next door…and to put up all his artwork in the room to “remember” him by! Oh my goodness, makes the tears well up again!


Here’s our kitchen. I’m a sentimentalist ~ just about everything you see has been given to me. Like I said above, I just throw it all together and hope for the best! LOL



If you spot the binoculars that are hidden behind the clock, you can look out the window and spot deer and occasionally a fox. Just a few days ago, a red fox ran across our pasture…very cool!



Here’s a shot down the hallway that leads to two bedrooms and a bathroom.



Come on in to our bedroom. I received many comments on this bedspread over at RMS. It was handed down to me from a few generations back. The hand embroidery is amazing!


Just a few months ago, I bought new bedding so I could keep the heirloom in good condition. The curio cabinet hanging on the wall holds my Limoge collection.



I have a weakness for the delicate little beauties! Here’s a close-up.



Now I must show you THE baby of the house! This is Buddy and he is embarrassingly spoiled!


This shot is with Elmo, our mighty lab who stays mostly outside. Over the summer, we almost lost him when he tried to chase off a pack of coyotes! He has no fear but doesn’t realize he’s getting older!


Before saying goodbye, I’d like to introduce you to my grandson (isn’t he handsome?!), my mother, and my husband, who is usually in jeans and a cowboy hat. We were all going to my youngest stepson’s wedding this past New Year’s Eve.
Thank you all so much for coming, and thank you Laurie for asking me to share our little cabin!
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Thank YOU so much, Tomarie. I know my visitors have enjoyed this tour of your wonderful home. Right, visitors? (Tomarie, Don't think we didn't notice that you have shown us a picture of every member of your family (pets included), except YOU!) laurie

54 comments:

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Laurie, what great fun to see Laura's home again. Laura thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share with us. Buddy is adorable. Your family is just beautiful girl.. Now.. I didn't really "tell" you where to put your pretties did I? lol.. I'm glad you're still enjoying the suggestions and can think fond thoughts. I love all your collections and the memories you must have of them. Thanks again for opening your home to us.. Laurie..great post..hugs ~lynne~

marty39 said...

Oh I remember Tomarie from RMS. How wonderful to see her cabin. It is just gorgeous and so gracious of her to take us on such a wonderful tour. Thanks Laurie for asking her to share. It was such fun. Hugs, Marty

Chris said...

Thank you for having your friend take us on a tour of her home. She has a lovely home, so warm and inviting.

Hugs,
Chris

Cynthia said...

Hi Laurie,
What a fun tour! I love this home, so cozy and warm with all kinds of neat collectibles. Thanks Tomarie, I'm pretty sure I remember this from my days on RMS. Cindy

suzeeez said...

Beautiful & very cozy home you have. I enjoyed each and every picture! Sue

mbkatc230 said...

Laura, thanks for sharing your lovely home with us and Laurie, thanks for inviting her! This is so warm and cozy, how can you bring yourself to leave? You have a beautiful family, and tell Mr. Elmo to leave those nasty coyotes alone! Thanks for the tour. Kathy

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Fabulous post, gorgeous home! Love it!

We know a couple who have dismantled and moved several log structures to their property, in the country, surrounded by woods. The cabin, they live in, is small. One bedroom, small kitchen, single bath. There is another cabin, used as her shop and another as his shop. The cabin I love best of all their log structures is for their guests a short walk along a path from the main cabin. It's actually a two room cabin. There is a wood cook stove, and a long farmhouse table. A sitting area and iron bed, are also in the one room structure. A small attached room, is the bathroom. Yes, this little structures has all the amenities of modern life, but still has the beauty and charm of an old cabin. This is the couple's guest room. One summer, the husband cooked a meal outdoors on an open fire and we dined in the guest cabin. It was fabulous!

Tomarie's home is absolutely amazing. It made me think of Paul and Nadean.

prof en retraite said...

Oh Laurie and Laura...I rushed right over when I realized that you are taking us to Laura's house!! I have visited before on rms and I still love it! Laura, you have such a nice warm and welcoming home! I have always wanted a cabin in the woods. Well, yours as Laurie says, is far beyond a cabin. It's gorgeous! And I love the fact that you, like Laurie, have surrounded yourself with the things you love! It's just gorgeous, laura! And thank you Laurie for sharing it! Hugs...Debbie

ann said...

Wee doggies.I just love being in one of my very best friends house.It looks like comfort and peace exactly like you Laura.
Laurie thank you for showing off her lovely home again...Ann

Linda said...

Thanks for that beautiful tour - wow! Love the warm and welcoming home. Also, I couldn't help but notice the 3 French ads print above the kitchen sink....magnifique! Linda

Smilingsal said...

When I was a small child, I used to listen to programs like Roy Rogers on a radio just like that one. Thanks for sharing.

marty39 said...

Laurie, I do love this cabin. It looks so warm and inviting. You asked about the plate with the alphabet. I don't know who's plate that was. My mom use to have it sitting on a table as decoration. I don't think she realized it's value. It has 3 crowns on the back and apparently worth approx. $175. Not that expensive but more than I want my children to knock off the table. lol Thanks for coming by again. I love family treasures as I know you do. Hugs, Marty

Cindy J. said...

You know, some very fortunate people get to live in a home that perfectly expresses them Dear Laura, I look at this beautiful, warm, inviting, creative home an I see you. I can't express how special this dear person it, but isn't it wonderful? We can all see it. Thank-you Laurie for giving us a chance to see this enchanting cabin in the woods and visit our dear Tomarie. Oh by the way, you should hear her sing! Love, Cindy

Helen said...

WELL ... Ms. Laurie and Ms. Tomarie! Yes, we got to meet most of the family - but no Tomarie. I will always think of her by that name as well.
Anyone who really knows me knows I have a dream - a dream of living in a little log cabin on some land with a beautiful view. I think Tomarie may be living my dream! Thanks Laurie!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Laurie, thank you so much for sharing Laura's wonderful home with us today! I truly loved seeing these pics...her home exudes love and warmth! I loved her bedroom before with the beautiful heirloom spread...but I love the new look now, too! I so remember the vignette that Laura worked on during RMS days...brings back so many good memories. :-) Laura, thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home and family with us...we are so lucky to know you, dear friend! Susan

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

This is a comment from Lauralu to Laurie about Laura's cabin! How funny is that! OK maybe not that funny but I'm still drinking my morning coffee! I slept late after an exhausting day at my photo shoot! Boy that sounds soooo important! Anyway, I'm so glad you got Laura to post her home! This is my kind of decorating! Using things you love whether they go together or not! And guess what?..it works everytime! I noticed the red coffee pot in the kitchen! Maybe my mind is just on coffee right now! Laurie and Laura have a blessed day! lauralu :)

Kathysue said...

Hi Laurie and Laura, What a great post.Laura, your home just makes me want to snuggle and cozy-up with a blanky and hot cup of coffee and a good book.I love how you throw things together, I call it decoratiny in you own unique style.I also love the sentiment behind it all.You have decorated a home not just a house and In my book that is the Best! Hugs Kathysue

Glenda said...

Can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this post, Laurie. "In the olden days" on RMS I commented as RetiredAtLast, and Laura's home captured my heart in an instant.

Thank goodness Blogger will let you enlarge the pictures. I noticed a detail that I didn't remember, a kitchen match holder by the fireplace. My deceased first husband's stepmother gave me one very similar that now resides beside my fireplace. That was 35 or more years ago. It looks like Laura's may have a picture on it, mine does not. It still brought back a lot of good memories, Laurie. Your blog does that quite often for me.

Thanks to both Laura and Laurie for this unexpected trip down two memory lanes. One down RMS and the other down a happy trip to Tennessee to visit my stepmother-in-law and her gift to me of a very old match-holder.

Diane said...

Great post Laurie!

Laura thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home and family with us. Your home is lovely and exudes a warm, happy feeling. Please give your fur babies hugs for me! ♥ Diane

xashee's corner said...

LOVED the tour! that cabin is BEAUTIFUL!! looks soo warm and cozy! :D Thank you so much for sharing this tour! Hope you have a LOVELY weekend!

imjacobsmom said...

H Lauria, Thanks for sharing Tomarie with us again! I always loved her home on RMS and it is so warm and cozy still! ~ Robyn

Happy To Be said...

OH Laurie how fun and special that was to see our dear friend Laura home again...I just love this lady and her amazing live and the love she has for her family and friends..Now you know I need those Icarts above your bed girl..I could do some shopping in your home...Thanks Laurie and thank you Laura for showing all of us your great space..your Mama a beauty girl...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Oh I loved seeing this warm and inviting home. Thanks so much for the tour, Tomarie. You have great things to share!

Laurie, how are things with you and your land? A new friend is from Rogers and he went back to clear downed trees off his property.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

That is such a cozy home! Love the fur babies too, and your family is beautiful!

Carol said...

I really enjoyed visiting Laura's cozy home. All the collections make her home a warm & welcoming place!
Hugs,
Carol

Shelia said...

Hi Laurie! Oh I remember Tomarie, too! I love her cabin and how nice to feature her beautiful place today! Thanks, dear one.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tomarie said...

I want to thank you all so much for your kind and sweet comments about our home! It is appreciated more than you could know.
Laurie, thank YOU for asking...I will forever remember how special you made me feel today! Love ya! L~

xinex said...

Oh Laurie, I am so happy to see Laura's house featured here. I am so sorry, I came so late but John and I just came from an auction trip in Jackson. Laura, I LOVE your house!!! It must be the coziest home that I have ever seen. I could just relax and spend my vacation there. May I? The picture of your 2 dogs looking up is so cute and Sugarbelle, (I love her name) is also so cute being on the dining table. Love your Limoges collection! Thanks for the tour, I REALLY enjoyed it and I love that I can see close ups!...Christine

playsdolls said...

Laurei this was a wonderful tour,I love Tomaries cabin,it is so warm and wonderful looking.
We are fixing to redo my kitchen and I have been trying to find a new cabinet style,I think I just found what I want in her kitchen cabinets.I love her cabinets in her kitchen.

lvroftiques said...

Laurie I'm so glad you featured Lauras home!! It is one of my absolute favorites!! I love everything about it! And it perfectly reflects the personalities of Laura and her sweet hubby. Warm,cozy, charming,rustic,romantic! It oozes comfort and warmth! I hope to be a guest one of these days so I can see that guest room!Lol! *winks* And Laura your limoge collection is killer fab! You have the bestest one I've seen! Vanna

Bridget said...

I never came across this space on RMS so thanks for sharing. The bedcover is exceptional!
I do feel gypped for not seeing a pic of the homeowner though!!!! lol

Ginger said...

Thanks Laurie for having Laura show her beautiful home on your blog. I could live there!!!!
Ginger

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Laurie, I enjoyed the tour of your friend's log cabin. One of our neighbors built a log cabin too and it's quite large. They are having a party soon so we can all go see how she decorated it. Can't wait. ~ Lynn @ theVintageNest.

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Hi! The log cabin reminds me so much of my friends home....right down to the pretty lace curtains and the staircase. Please thank your friend for allowing us into her cozy and welcoming home.

Take Care, DebraK

CIELO said...

Lovely log cabin... I'm sure the outsides are as lovely as the inside....

Have a blessed week

cielo

Judi said...

I've had such a nice visit at your blog this evening...and thank you for the gour Laurie and Laura. Nice that you have become such good friends since blogging..*s*.
The tour was lovely..the cottage is beautiful and everything is placed so perfecttly. It sounds like such a wonderful place to live.
thank you for sharing..
come by and visit when you have some time.
Judi

Connie said...

Laurie,
I never realized I stumbled across all you talented people who had their homes on RMS. Tell me how I find all your homes as there are so many and don't I need names and passwords, or something?
I would love to see them !
Never realized I was among celebrities !!

Anonymous said...

Laura/(Laurie)..Thanks for sharing at Laurie Eve's corner..I enjoyed the cabin a lot..I have 3 of the same Limoge boxes as you do..2 of the cat ones, of course. That is fun to spot an identical in someone else's home because it makes you an
instant kindred spirit..
Laurie, I hope you are recovering from all those days without power.
Susie

nikkicrumpet said...

Well I enjoyed that very much. She has a beautiful home...all warm and cozy and full of charm. And I DID notice that we didn't get to see a picture of her lol

Donna said...

Oh my gosh - what a beautiful, beautiful home - and family - and fur family! I love it all! I love that they get to watch deer and fox and such outside. That's my kind of view! And I (heart) the tree of life quilt/coverlet on the bed. That is just the prettiest one I think I've ever seen. Thank you, Laurie and Laura!... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Thanks for the visit on Sunday, we enjoyed ourselves. hugs ~lynne~

Dawnie said...

wow..amazing home! that bedspread and stereo are such awesome treasures. Your home is sooo wonderful! Thank you to both for sharing.

tardevil said...

I remember her name from RMS, but not her home. Thanks for showing us around. It makes me wish I had a simpler life. Can't wait to meet your next friend! :O)

Susan said...

I love your friends home. It looks warm and comfortable!

Liz said...

Awe! This is so lovely! I also have a quilt that is hand cross stitched. It is put away for now. One day I will do the guest room and use it.

Thanks for sharing your friends cabin!

~liz

Kristens Creations said...

I remember Tomarie from RMS. Her home is really warm and pretty! I always thought it looked so cozy too.

Thanks for taking a look at my pictures, it is hard getting back into the real world after being in paradise for a week! My little town just is not the same!lol. I swear someday, even if I'm old, I'm moving by the beach!

I hope you came through the ice storm ok. Kristen

Visual Vamp said...

Hi Lauarie,
I'm a former RMSer too! (mariposa490)
Its so nice to see tomaire's space again.
There were so many nice people on RMS who became the first readers and supporters of my blog.
I always wanted to organize an RMS convention so we could all meet.
xo xo

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Well, I come by to tell Laurie how much fun it was to see her at gg's and look what I found!! Oh Laura you home shows your huge heart and spirit, so warm and comfortable. thanks for sharing you guys.

artis1111 said...

Oh ,I love your home!!!! My hubby would love it too. Ok, where can I put my rocker????? Kathy

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Was just stopping in to say Hi today...how are you doing, Sweetie?

Ohhh...I'm so glad that I stopped by! Thank you so much for showcasing Tomarie's home! I do declare that her log home is just one of the prettiest that I've ever seen!!! All of the wood work is so stunning...I love it! I just love Laura's style!!!

Dearest Tomarie...

Girlfriend, I was so happy to see your beautiful home showcased on Laurie's blog! What a treasure!!! You know...for the first time...I noticed your pretty bar stools...I love that metal tooling, they're gorgeous!!! Your home is simply fabulous...I love everything about it!!! And I sure enjoyed seeing that awesome collection of Limoge again! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us!

Ya'll have a terrific Tuesday...
Love ya,
Chari

~CC Catherine said...

Laurie, I loved seeing this home. My husband and I are constantly torn about the style of home we'd like to retire in. There is something so cozy and comfy in a home with all this rich wood. Very fun read today! ;) ~CC Catherine

puddin07 said...

Laurie, I just loved seeing Tomarie's home on your blog. Of course I remember it from the good ole RMS days! I've always loved it, but to see it in your great pics is wonderful! I forgot to enlarge though, but I'm so late , I'll go back and enlarge now. I love her style, it is so warm and cozy, and she is such a good decorator, knows how to put everything together perfectly!I love the blues couches, it is all so pretty! Love Ya!Connie

squawmama said...

Laurie thank you so much for having your friend share her GREAT home with us... What a wonderful post... She not only has a beautiful cabin but her family is very good looking.... and yes her grandson is soooo handsome... Thanks again to Laurie and Laura for a fun post...

(((HUGS & KISSES)))
Donna

Belinda said...

Oooohhh....drooling over your cowgirl touches here and there... and your Limoges boxes....and your breathtakingly beautiful heirloom embroidered bedspread...and, well, EVERYTHING in your amazing home. And of course, Buddy and Elmo are the icing on the cake, right?! Thank you for sharing your enchanting home through Laurie's wonderful blog. :-) It was fun to take the tour!