Five very gracious, charming, and pretty "daring" Residents, opened their homes for our First Annual Tour of Homes. We hope many, many will follow in the years ahead!
I have organized many Tours over the past 7 years and this one, the smallest one to date, was by far
Everyone, all the residents, guests, and all the fabulous Homeowners who opened their homes, were jewels to work with!!!!
It proceeded without one hick-up! Quite a feat I must say!
Everyone had a fun, great time. We ended the afternoon at our Model Home which was overflowing with yummies.....lots of chocolates!!! Thanks to our gracious Sales Associate, Meg Thompson, who donated her time and efforts to make the day complete. I was in Heaven!
So many Thanks go out to our wonderful Hosts......
Moe and Frank Dorio
Laura and Tom Gardner
Linda and Lowell Gibbs
Kathy and Dean Gross
MC and Myself who threw our home in just for fun!!!!
We raised a good sum for our Club House and I can't Thank You ALL ENOUGH!!!!!
Here are a few pictures of our fun filled day......
MC and I have moved a few things around.....nothing new there!
But this time we have "transformed" our covered Terrace into our "new"
....Ta Dah...$95.39...the cost of Ballard Design's Suzanne Kasler's indoor/outdoor
7'10" x 10'10" rug!!!
We had the table and the chairs from our Bucket List home! MC made the table when we moved into the BLH. The table was against a wall in the Master Bedroom, but really had no "purpose".....EPIPHANY......make the Terrace a Dining Room.
Yesterday we had torrential rains and the entire "room" remained DRY!!!!
In the Spring we hope to add indoor/outdoor drapery panels on the ends and in the center. Along with the rug, it will add softness to the hard surfaces. We might have our dinner out there this evening...it's 70+ here in Atlanta today!!
Of course when one thing moves...everything moves. We had to add something to the wall where we had the table and this is what we came up with...
The Christening Dress moved to over the glass console
With the white slipper chairs moving to the Master Bedroom it left some "holes" in the Great Room.
Did some moving and came up with this arrangement.
Now we are going to seriously start our Christmas decor! We picked out our tree Saturday and with the help of our dear, dear neighbor, we will pick it up with his truck on Wednesday,
Our Community is very small compared to Sun City. We will have around 120 homes when it's built out. But...there are 5 residents brave enough to volunteer their homes for Olde Town Grayson's first Holiday Tour of Homes on December 14th. I am looking forward to the afternoon and will have my camera in tow!!!
Well how about this! It was a total surprise to me! I was waiting for November 16th!
Just got word from Meg Thompson, our Site Sales Agent, that it was in today's paper!
You don't hear from me for weeks and now two days in a row!!!!
I hope you aren't "over" it all, but I had to post this!!!!
Enjoy, (we sure did!)
Patty and Steve Day’s home in Grayson.(Christopher Michael Oquendo/ www.ophotography.com )
Patty and Steve Day relax in the living room of their home in Grayson.(Christopher Michael Oquendo/ www.ophotography.com )
Patty and Steve Day’s
daughter’s Christening dress is proudly displayed in the master bedroom
of their home in Grayson.(Christopher Michael Oquendo/
Patty and Steve Day’s home in Grayson.(Christopher Michael Oquendo/ www.ophotography.com )
By Lori Johnston
For the AJC
By Carolyn Crist
For the AJC
their 55 years together, Steve and Patty Day have lived in more than 10
states and 35 homes. Five years ago, they moved from high-rise
condominiums in Charlotte, N.C., to Sun City Peachtree, an active adult
community in Griffin. As the development grew, they decided to buy a new
home in Olde Towne Grayson, a 120-home neighborhood in suburban
Steve, 76, a retired restaurant manager, and Patty, 74, a
retired real estate agent who blogs about interior design
(PattysEpihonies.Blogspot.com), chatted about their three-bedroom home. Q: What were you looking for? Steve: We wanted something closer to shops, restaurants and amenities. We can walk to Kroger if we need. Patty:
We also wanted something in the same price range and square footage as
before — a garage, at least two bedrooms, two baths and a den. Q: How did you move on this home? Steve:
We drove up to look at the community and immediately knew. We
absolutely had no intention of buying that day. I didn’t even bring a
checkbook. But we got here, talked to the agent and knew this was the
place. One of our bank branches happened to be in Stone Mountain, so we
put the contract down that day. Patty spent time choosing the flooring,
paint and fixtures while I got the check for the deposit, and it was a
done deal in less than four hours. Q: What do you love about the house? Patty:
In our last home, we had just installed a walk-in shower with a
frameless glass door, and this one came with it. We also had French
doors that led to a terrace, and this one came with that as well. We
didn’t lose the two big things we looked forward to and had just
finished. Q: What have you added so far? Patty:
I like to style the bookshelves and tabletops with the items we’ve
collected over 55 years. We also like to feature our granddaughter’s art
wherever we have space. She preserved our family’s christening dress
from the 1890s, and we hung it in our bedroom. Steve:
It’s a fantastic family heirloom. Patty’s mother was christened in it,
and our kids and grandkids were christened in it. You can still see the
beautiful lacework, and we’re glad she preserved the brittle material
after 100 years. Q: Tell us about your blog. Patty:
I started it six years ago in Charlotte. It was my granddaughter’s idea
because we’re always moving the furniture and getting crazy ideas. I
usually have the epiphany and put Steve to work in creating it. People
know him as MC – Master Carpenter, Master Chef, Master Carver – and he
gets fan mail. Q: Do you have a tip for buyers? Steve:
There’s no such thing as the perfect house. We’ve discovered that for
the past 36 homes. You’ve got to make compromises. You can look at 200
homes and never find exactly what you want, but if you can get eight of
10 items, you are ahead of the game. At a Glance
and Patty Day’s new home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,000
square feet. Homes in Olde Town Grayson range from the low $200,000s to
I mentioned when I last left you, that if something of interest came up....I would do a Post.
We have moved a few things and it was suggested they were Post Worthy!!!
As with all "moves", one thing leads to another and so a number of objects moved!
The FIRST, and the one that started the entire "event," was removing the large TV that was over the fireplace. It came about, quite by chance. I always preferred an art piece over the fireplace but couldn't figure out where to put the TV . I visited a neighbor and noticed she had an awesome painting over the fireplace. We have the same model home, so I asked where she put their TV? She explained they have one in their bedroom, another one in her husband's den and one in their guest room. She bought a lovely chaise and a recliner so they can watch TV together in their bedroom. Our bedrooms are quite large, about 14' x 19', allowing lots of space for this.
MC was "in" just not into watching TV in our bedroom. He suggested we put it in our spare room that we use when we have guests. There's a small TV, sofa, one section of the IKEA wall shelving, and a large chair. If we have overnight guests they sleep in our new FrontgateEZ bed!
We moved MC's white Stressless chair into the room, and put the large TV where the small one was! It works great! The room is small, but it's cozy and we can actually see the TV! It's only a 40" screen so watching it in the Great Room wasn't perfect. We talked about getting a larger screen so we could really see the picture from all the areas in the space.
The TV is in the corner out of view.
BUT, I'm keeping the best part for now.
We hung the large black and white art piece that Erica did for us over the fireplace
Put our Daikoku on the mantle. Daikoku is the Japanese God of Wealth, Prosperity and Patron Deity of Agriculture. Our son Steve, gave it to us for Christmas a few years back. He purchased it in Tokyo in an antique shop. It was hanging over a doorway to a home at some point years ago in Japan.
I am so pleased with our Great Room. Why didn't I think of that before!!!!
The small TV is now in the kitchen. Comcast is coming out on Wednesday to hook up a new outlet. We decided, for fun, to try the coffee pot on the zinc table that's in between the IKEA shelving. It might go back to the kitchen counter, but I'm trying it out here for a few days. Handy having the coffee right at the table! (Like a morning test!) I have the perfect lamp that can go on the table if the coffee pot doesn't work out.
Coffee Pot ....removed.....failed Morning Test
TV in Kitchen
Worked out perfectly!!!
MC is "playing" with a new Little People, but is no way near finished. He bought a new special tool and is enjoying trying it out.
What replaced DAIKOKU ? He was on the console in our foyer and now......
ANTIQUE FOO DOGS
The Foo Dogs were also a Christmas gift from Steve! They came with papers!!
They are Certified Authentic pieces that were made in China during the Ming Dynasty dating 1368-1644A.D. We have the papers to prove it!!
Steve and his family are now living in Nashville so I guess we won't be receiving anymore treasures from Asia!!
I'm doing a Post in November..... an interesting piece to write about on November 16th!
MC and I wish to thank all of you who have written comments and notes to us. We can't tell you how much we appreciate all of them.
We also want to give a special "Thank You" to our Granddaughter, Erica, who literally pushed me into writing a Blog! Back in 2008, I had absolutely no idea what a Blog was. Erica explained all the ins and outs and she designed the Heading and set it up for us. She has been with us from Day 1 ......
We wish to say that we will pop up one of these days with something new from my insane mind or from MC's talented hands.
MC and I have thought long and hard and have decided to go into a "form of Retirement" !
We wish to take a break and time off from Patty's Epiphanies.
Patty's Epiphanies began with the first post on Wednesday, September 3, 2008.
This is an ideal day, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 to take a break.....for 6 years you have read about insane and silly ideas that popped into my head. You have also seen how loving, caring and talented MC is. The best thing about MC is that he has put up with me for over 55 years!
And I promise If something interesting occurs in our lives or here at our HAPPILY EVER AFTER HOME, I will do a Post, and share with you.
It's only fitting that this last MC "Little People" that MC just finished is of him, making another Little People!
Now I will leave you all with one last Crazy "Epiphany" both of us worked on over this past weekend.
We removed two glass shelves from the middle IKEA wall unit. We hung the mirror that we purchased on One Kings Lane on the wall in the space. The mirror was a mirror from Kenneth Brown's home. I added a vase with some gold branches on the remaining glass shelf, in front of the mirror!
It's crazy, and a perfect example of a "Patty Epiphany!!!
Thank you for reading my blog for these past 6 years. MC and I appreciate it more than you can imagine. People from all 50 States + The District of Columbia, 107 Countries and 9 Canadian Provinces, had clicked "on" adding to over 50,000 hits.
We have enjoyed sharing all our insane antics with you. We will be back.....