Monday, July 22, 2013

I have a donkey named Daisy Mae and my summer home tour!

As they say in the South....Howdy!
I am so glad that you stopped by today. I have been waiting for you on the front porch with a large glass of iced tea ready to show you around Duke Manor. Sweet or unsweetened?




Ahhh Iced Tea......It's pretty much the southern staple around here, along with some bug spray, particularly in the country where I live with my family, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 fish, pony, donkey and horses. And those are just the animals that I feed each day. Of course we have our share of snakes, rabbits, cows, chickens and deer. Those were the "extras" when we moved here 10 years ago and built our home.


Our farm also sits on a lake...I like to think of this swing as the time out chair...for me!


And this is Daisy Mae, my Pony Mule. She's like a sweet little dog, and instead of barking you will be greeted with her sweet high pitched donkey sounds every time you come to visit.

Around Duke Manor there is never a shortage of conversation on the front porch or in the backyard spaces. With my summer song of Sweet Home Alabama playing in the background or the sounds of trickling water from our backyard pond, we can sit here for hours just chatting it up with friends, family or neighbors. 


Since most of my time is being spent outdoors this summer, I have been slowly working on finishing up some projects in the house...well a lot of projects. So, excuse the mess and the just "peeks" into some of these spaces that are not totally finished. Some of these pictures are "never seen before today" and just for you.


Summer Mantel


Family Room


Living Room


Dining Room. I know I probably shouldn't have showed you that, but that is exactly what you would see if you were standing in this room right now. Half painted walls and ceiling. Well that's not entirely true.... I have since taken down the light and painted it too.

Rooms that I can walk into without having major anxiety ....

My office


My Favorite Room 


Media Room


And finally my master bedroom that I just finished hanging curtains in this week. They don't call it the lazy days of summer around here for nothing!

It just occurred to me that I think I may need to change my summer song from Sweet Home Alabama to the theme song from Greenacres...... since there is no where in the world I would rather be. It's a lot like my life. We would have to trade a pig named Arnold Ziffel though for a donkey named Daisy Mae!





I sure do hope that you enjoyed the visit today and as we say in the South....
Ya'll come back now, you hear!


PS- To see more of my home click here



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67 comments:

Bliss said...

Sweet tea please, and in honor of Daisy Mae as we say in the North.... your house kicks asss.

Bliss

Stacey said...

Always love visiting your home. :)

Christine Graves said...

Love seeing your gorgeous home...I could spend hours there...and I'm jealous...I saw in the LR you have floor outlets...Love that! One day hubby is going to come home and find that I hired an electrician to do that because I'm sick of trying to find clever ways of hiding cords...

Thanks for sharing your home :-)

Our Pinteresting Family said...

I love seeing your home posts, Laura. :) It's so beautiful and looks like a wonderful place to be.

Recreate and Decorate said...

I would love a glass of sweet tea and visit with you on that front porch! OMGoodness your home is beautiful!

The enchanted home said...

Gorgeous home! Thanks for the wonderful tour......

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

G'morning. Sweet please Laura :-) Just luvly... I might have to stay a little while longer and visit your Daisy Mae.I feel my fingers itching to sketch.
Thanks for having me.
Hugs, Gee

Atta Girl Amy said...

I loved the tour and now I want a donkey. Think we could fit her in the van on our drive from Haven to NC?

I enjoyed the sneak peeks you teased us with, too that mantel is fab. And I'm loving the color in the dining room.

Your home is gorgeous and a testament to all your hard work.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Laura!...

Christy Our Southern Home said...

What a beautiful home! I think my favorite is the porch. I am a porch stalker!!! Lol! Thanks for opening up your beautiful home for us!!! ~Christy

Elaine said...

I loved the tour, you have a lovely home. Did you use gray paint in any of your rooms and would you mind sharing the paint shade. Thank you

Pat said...

Your home is amazing Laura!!

Gretchen said...

Your house is just gorgeous and my, my, my I would love to have that media room.

Msmoozy said...

So pretty, thanks for the ice tea :-) Loved that front porch for sure.

Marty Walden said...

Every time I see your home, Laura, I want to move to the country! Your pictures just show such a beautiful, peaceful place to call home. I adore your home and think it's beautiful even if it's not done! And really, is there such a thing as done?

I'm so glad you joined us on our tour!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your home and that big front porch just calls to me. Such a beautiful space. Hugs, Marty

Shelia Williamson said...

Hi Laura! Oh, your home is so lovely and I love it that you're so real! :) I'll be waiting to see the other rooms your pretty up too! Is it ever done? :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Everything looks so good and I can't wait to see it again in person. :)

Becca said...

Sweet tea with a splash of something, please, okay? :) I always love seeing your gorgeous home ... your breakfast area is one of my FAVES, and I just want to curl up on your denim sofa and hang out (that's after I catch a great movie in your amazing theater, AND go for a ride on Daisy Mae)!

Suzy Handgraaf said...

It all looks wonderful, Laura. Loved getting some peeks at never-seen-before spots. Can't to see what you're up to in your dining room!

Cynthia said...

Laura your home is gorgeous!

Cynthia

Kathysue said...

Laura,
Oh to sit by your pond out in the country! What a perfect setting. I smiled throughout the tour of your home. I can tell you have added every special touch with a loving hand. I can totally see your personality in your home, now that is talent to be able to have your personality shine in your surroundings. Great job,
Kathysue

Carol said...

Just loved the home tour, Laura!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Just lovely!! I am determined to stop by someday soon!! UGA move-in is around the corner... :)
xo Heidi

Designs By Pinky said...

I want to come over and be visited by Daisy mae! How sweet. Your home is always gorgeous. The front porch is my DREAM!!!!!!! I would LIVE out there and out back by the pind. Hopefully our deck, patio and ond will be started SOON!!!!!! I miss them at the old house. Have a beautiful week. Thanks so much for the tour! XO, pinky

Delores Arabian said...

You had me at the front porch. I could just sit all day sipping tea there! What a gorgeous home and gorgeous property. Love it all. ~Delores@vignettedesign

Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker said...

Beautiful! What a wonderful home you've made, I'm in love with your bedroom-those curtains and that ceiling!!

Eclectically Vintage said...

I need a time out chair like that! And forget about dogs - I need a donkey!
Sharing your gorgeous home on my FB page!
Kelly

Our Feathered Nest said...

So serene and beautiful! I just love your home... thank you for sharing :)

Kelly Rinzema said...

I just love you house! It has so much charm, and the outdoor spaces you have are AMAZING! Love it all.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Such a beautiful home and tour!! Enjoyed visiting!! :)

maryhiggins888 said...

This may sound cheesy, but your home is just dreamy! I have always dreamed of sitting on my own front porch, farm animals and a pond. I love your bedroom!

Lori Young said...

Oh laura, it's absolutely gorgeous!! I always enjoy seeing your home!!

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Lovely tour and home!

Calypso In The Country said...

I always enjoy seeing pictures of your home! Thanks for sharing and inspiring us all!
-Shelley

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

I do believe I am in love with Daisy Mae! Now was that a surprise : ) You have style my friend! :) sending tons of hugs!

Jamie {Better With Age} said...

Your home is just gorgeous, Laura! You have such a talent. Love your little farm and your outdoor spaces are to die for. I'm so excited to be a part of such amazing women on this tour!!
Hugs,
Jamie

At The Picket Fence said...

Laura your home is just absolutely beautiful! It all looks so incredibly welcoming and I wish I could come have tea with you on your gorgeous front porch...sweetened please! ;-)
Vanessa

Sarah said...

Have my glass of ice tea right here with me. I may not get past your beautiful front porch, Laura. '-)
Loved my visit to your beautiful property, meeting Daisy Mae, and getting a peek into your wonderful home. Thanks!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Your home is beautiful, Laura! I am in love with that painted chest in the living room! Thanks for the tour!...hugs...Debbie

Sandra Hersey said...

Laura,
I have decided I am never leaving your home lol! It is beautiful! I am all linked up with you and I have added your button to my sidebar so I can visit each day! Beautiful beautiful home!
Hugs,
Sandra
The Adored Home

Angela Ryder said...

Your home is so beautiful and serene, both inside and out! Your office is still one of my very favorites!! ~~Angela

Pat Cantwell said...

Laura,
Thank you for your kind Southern Hospitality, dear one!!!
I enjoyed your Home Tour. . .love the Office & Master Bedroom. Such tranquil color palette in both rooms. Your out~of~door space is fabulous!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Melissa@daisymaebelle.com said...

LOVE your home! Hilarious that you have a mule named Daisy Mae, because I have a blog named DaisyMaeBelle! Named after my 3 Southern girls, Daisy, Anna Belle and Lila Mae! Life to the full! Melissa

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

I wanna come watch a movie at your house! Love Daisy Mae and your front porch is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your home with us - it's beautiful.

Keeping It Cozy said...

You have such a lovely home!

Claire Berard said...

Oh my goodness Laura! I love everything about your home!! So cozy and just stunning!! My boys would love your media room! I love it all!!

Jenna LaFevor said...

Wow, Laura! I so love your office space and your bed is gorgeous! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...
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Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Your home is gorgeous! Everything is so tastefully done! It must be great living on a farm with a lake!

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

Oh my goodness. You have not only a beautiful home but a lovely property. I kind of want to move in :)

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Laura, your outdoor spaces are just as incredible as your indoor ones! I am DYING to have a fire pit, but having one beside a water feature would be divine! What a wonderful place to raise your children!

Kimberly Chapman said...

Finally a house that is worthy to be shown in the Summer Showcase that doesn't disappoint. I am truly amazed at your design talents and I'm going to be your newest blog member!!! Thank you for displaying great design and sharing.

Mason Jar Love said...

I'll take sweetened tea, please! And I just adore your home -- inside and out (with sweet Daisy Mae!).

:) Linda

Miss Charming said...

Love your beautiful style, Laura. (And looking forward to seeing you again at Haven!)

Scribbler said...

I enjoyed your tour -- your property is beautiful. I especially like your office. And the front porch.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Laura, I just love your beautiful home and style.

I really enjoyed this tour - and look forward to more to come.

I shall now me whistling/humming/thinking about the theme song to Green Acres the remainder of the night, I just know it!

: - )

Good times.

Kathy said...

WOW! I think your home is where most of dream about living our entire lives! You are truly blessed.:-)

Anita Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Oh my goodness, that porch... swoon!!! Your home is so lovely Laura. I hope I get to visit some day in person. Smile.

Style Sisters said...

Gorgeous absolutely gorgeous!!Come link up your post at my party Centerpiece Wednesday http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/07/centerpiece-wednesday-85-and-wrap-up.html
Karin

Vel Criste said...

I love you home most especially your movie theater!!!! Thanks for sharing Laura!!!1

Nothing But Blue Skies... said...

Laura, everything looks so incredibly BEAUTIFUL!! Love everything about your lovely home! Daisy Mae looks adorable too!

Have a great day!
xo-Lisa

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

Loved your home tour Laura! Beautiful style!

Sandy said...

Love the name Daisy Mae! Would love to see some close-up shots of her. Your home is gorgeous and looks like a place I'd never want to leave. Can't wait to see your projects when you're finished. I have a few I've been working on too. Lovely blog.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh I would love to sit a spell and have some tea in your magnificent home. This post is so inspirational. I would love it if you would share this today at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us! Thanks for hosting!

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Patty said...

You have a lovely house, Laura. Thanks for showing us. I have the same chandelier you have in your living room in my bedroom. I was so happy to see it!

Teresa said...

So peaceful, serene. Blissful.
Your home is really an extension of yourself and the life you create for your charming, lovely family.
I've seen bits here and there but to see it in a Tour is humbling. So much work and so much success.
Thank you for sharing,
Teresa

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