HAPPILILY EVER AFTER

HAPPILILY EVER AFTER

Saturday, April 12, 2014

15 DAYS !!!

We have been in our "HAPPILY EVER AFTER" home for 15 days.

I think we have accomplished a huge amount, starting with my unpacking over 60 boxes the first day!


The floor plan is quite different than any we have ever had.  Upon entering you are standing in a Grand Hall that goes 18 feet!








This gave us a wonderful space to display some of our large Art pieces from Asia and Erica!

Half way down the Grand Hall there is an opening to a smaller hall which has our Guest Bath, MC's den and our Guest Room/Sitting Room/ Whatever Room!  We will be purchasing an EZ blow up bed that opens with legs to give it bed height.  Whenever we have guests we will pull it out!  It closes up to the size of a large suit case.  They are the size of a queen bed and are quite comfortable!

MC's Den



Guest Room/Sitting Room
Guest Bath


Patti and Mark gave us this "Sign" for Christmas and we felt it was at home with
Robert Sexton's print "The Vow" and my brother Bobby's art version!
These are hung in the smaller hall.

At the end of the hall is our Great Room/Dining Room and Kitchen












TERRACE

We gave up our vista view in the BLH, but we have so much privacy with our new Terrace.  Our neighbors from Sun City, Magda and Alan,  gave us the inspiration for the roll up shades and also for those fun saddle stools!





Master Bedroom

Entrance to Terrace from Master Bedroom


Master Bath



All this in 15 days.....................
Lots has been accomplished and we have a long, long list of projects for MC and the future!  You know he will be constructing a wall unit behind the dining table and of course a built-in in the space next to the fireplace.

I have changed very few pieces since we moved in.  I have stuck with my first visions pretty closely.  Most of our things moved right into place.  We did purchase two new chandeliers and the three stools.  In the future we will slowly replace the remaining light fixtures.  

When the built-in and the wall unit are done, I can start my "decor"  displaying our treasures.  Right now they are in our huge, walk-in pantry "room"!  That and our real attic are rooms/spaces we have never had before.  They are fabulous.  Not much for picture taking, but wonderful spaces never the less!!


To Be Continued.....
Patty


Thursday, April 3, 2014

THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER HOME ......START TO FINISH


Tuesday, November 19th,  MC and I proceeded  to write a  Contract on the new home in Grayson, contingent on the sale of the BLH!

We had no idea we would be making such a decision that day!!!  Surprised us both!  We were not prepared and MC made a trip to the bank to get a check so we could write the deposit!

In the end, it made sense because there was only one house left that was the Model we preferred.  If we sold the BLH quickly, we wanted a place to go!     Linda had put the house on the market the week before.

 Within a three hour period,   the contract was written ,  wood flooring, cabinetry, outdoor lighting, brick color, wall paint color, hardware and carpet were all chosen!!!!  Did it all!!!  Having worked as a New Construction Realtor for many years, helping  buyers choose their colors, etc. really came in handy that afternoon!

Meg Thompson, the Site Agent, was  very helpful and Linda, our Agent, was a Godsend!  MC had no idea what we were choosing.  He stayed out of the process entirely!   He left it up to me, saying he knew I would choose wisely!!!

At six o'clock we were on the road on our way to celebrate at Macaroni Grill!!!  Linda treated us to a fabulous meal and a bottle of wine!

The day was unbelievable.  I guess when something is right, it's meant to be!

NOW ALL WE HAD TO DO WAS SELL THE BLH!!

We had Thanksgiving, our Home on the Sun City Holiday Tour, Christmas and New Years ahead of us!  The time went by very quickly! 

The construction of our new home  continued.  We made weekly trips to see the progress.

On January 14th,  a charming couple from Florida, drove up to see the house.  The next afternoon, the 15th, they wrote a Contract contingent on the sale of their home in Florida.

Long story SHORT.......they sold their home and we  closed on our HAPPILY EVER AFTER HOME  last Friday, March 28th.  The movers unloaded all our "stuff" that afternoon!  Saturday, March 29th I had unpacked 60 boxes and the kitchen was fully operating!   We still have pictures, mirrors  to hang and lots and lots of projects.

I'm sure you want to SEE some pictures.  I have a few, surprise!

PICTURES DURING THE FOUR MONTHS OF CONSTRUCTION


 





UNFINISHED ATTIC....A HUGE BONUS





Now you have an idea of  our doings over the last four months.  We have been busy!
The success of the sale of the BLH was ALL DUE  to our FABULOUS REALTOR,
LINDA HILLEY!! 
  Without Linda, none of the above would have come to be!



MC AND ME
 TURNING OVER OF THE KEYS 
TO THE BLH 
TO BONNIE AND RUDY


and

THE CLOSING ON THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER HOME


MC AND PATTY'S  HAPPILY EVER AFTER HOME

Now....the EPIPHANIES begin!




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

......AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER!

CHAPTER ONE

Once upon a time, in a far away Kingdom, lived  a very Happy Couple.  But, something was not quite right!
Then one day, The Prince, Princess and their Fairly Godmother took a long trip, in their white carriage, to another Kingdom far away to the North East!


They continued down the road and came upon a charming community !!!!



They approached the Gate and entered .......



OLDE TOWN GRAYSON

With the expert help from their Fairy Godmother, they were able to find the Entrance to the Castle that held all the information they needed to know.  

The Story began with a  normal day's voyage!  All their lives were  MAGICALLY transformed before this afternoon was over, never to be the same again.

The Prince and Princess entered what would become the home that became the..
"THEY LIVED
 HAPPILY 
EVER AFTER HOME" 


to be continued.......................

THE CAST

PRINCE......MC
PRINCESS....PATTY
FAIRY GODMOTHER.....LINDA HILLEY, THE MAGIC REALTOR

HAPPILY EVER AFTER HOME
http://www.oldetowngrayson.com/villas.php
The HAMPTON Model

FILMED ON LOCATION IN GRAYSON, GEORGIA






Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CARVER'S BLOCK!!!!

One year ago!!!!  Yes, last March, MC started a new MC Little People!  He had it half finished, when for no reason, HE STOPPED!  A month ago, for no reason again, he started working on it!!!  Today it is being unveiled!!!!!

This is now my "favorite"!   I love it!!!!  MC does all the cooking in our house.  This is perfect!  My only input was the "color" of the stove!

INTRODUCING
AL DENTE, MASTER CHEF








MAGNIFICO

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

GETTING CLOSE!


GRAYSON. GEORGIA



We have passed this sign each time we have traveled to our new home-site!    The Community we are locating to  is in Grayson, Georgia.  Grayson is in Gwinnett County, Georgia in the middle of  a WEALTH of amenities!!! 
More later......  Lots more..............

Our schedule going forward is WILD!
We are having my Brother, Bobby, visit us tomorrow night on his return home to Ft. Myers from a special Art Workshop in Greenville, South Carolina   Quite a short visit, but fun!

On Monday, our Granddaughter, Tess, is coming to spend her Spring Break with us.  We have some fun days planned.  Can't tell you how happy we are she wanted to visit us!!!!

  March 25th, the packers come to pack "The Kitchen"  which will include the usual plus our treasures!!   I convinced MC it was a necessary expense!  Too old to do all that this time around.

March 26th, the truck is loaded!  Then MC and I will CLEAN!

March 27th we have our Closing at 11:00am!

March 27th, at 5:00, our wonderful neighbors  are having a Going Away Party for us at our Golf Club, Cannongate.  We have spent many wonderful times there with this wonderful group of friends.  We will miss them very much.   We are so humbled they are having this for us!!!

March 28th, our Closing for our new home in a community called Olde Town Grayson.
The truck will be waiting for us after closing to MOVE IN!!!

Then the rest of our lives begin!!!!

Stay tuned for the Rest Of The Story!!!
Patty
 P.S.  Gotta go and start packing!
   

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

AN AWESOME DECOR

Over the past few years we have met many, many people.  Few here in Sun City have a similar take on design as I do.  When I met Patty, yes, another Patty, ( and her husband's name is Steve!), she mentioned her home was very similar to ours!  I visited last month and this morning returned with MC.  She loved my SW Silver Strand paint and had painted  a couple of her rooms .  The color was as perfect in her home as it is  in ours!!!

The work they have done in their home is amazing!    I have been trying to describe all they did for weeks and now with their permission,  MC took a few pictures so I can share them with everyone.

Steve is an expert at working with tile and has done FABULOUS tile flooring, back splashes and has  plans of more genus projects  to come.  He is redoing all the tile work in their home.  The tile flooring goes through the kitchen, casual dining room,  screened porch, patio and will continue into the outside hard landscaping.  This area will include an outside kitchen, dining area and a seating area.  ALL DONE BY STEVE!    When that's finished they  have unbelievable plans for their baths, which I hope to see when completed.   

These pictures were taken with my iPhone!   I had  hoped to be able to give you  a glimpse of what outstanding work they have done, but with the iPhone the detail doesn't show up!  MC did the best he could!

Their furnishings are white, with crystals and silver tones.   Even their family cat is white and blends in perfectly!!!



DINING ROOM
Right of Foyer
The walls were painted with SWSilver Strand
I am afraid you really can't appreciate how gorgeous it is!!
WOW WHAT A CHANDELIER










Den/TV Room 
 To the left of the Foyer
Walls painted Silver Strand


Desk/Computer
behind sliding doors



 



KITCHEN
The back splash is unbelievable!  There are jewel tone tiles forming that square.  MC couldn't capture it with my phone....so sorry Patty
BTW the pendant lighting are Swarovski Crystals!

Steve installed beautiful tiles to form a fabulous border !

Love the door to the Pantry!  Glass with the word Pantry engraved on the front!



CASUAL DINING AREA


Steve tiled the wall under the eating bar
In this shot you can barely get a glimpse of the tile border.





GUEST BATH


MASTER BEDROOM


Thank you Patty and Steve for allowing us to feature your fabulous home.

I can't wait to return in a few months and see the outside work done!!!!