Day 1 – Parade of Homes… (& link party)

May 1, 2011
 The Parade of Homes Tour

{House 1} 

Its finally here!  After all of the planning, cleaning, picture shooting, emailing, scheduling & blogging, the tour is ready to go. This week A Bowl Full of Lemons is hosting a virtual Parade of Homes event with 33 homes!!!  We will be sharing 6+ homes per day for the next 5 days.  The tour starts here

My home is the first stop in the Parade.  At the end of my tour, make sure to click on the door to go to the next home.  After home #6, you will have to wait until tomorrow to see the next home. We will be sharing 6 homes per day. Grab a cup of coffee and relax in your seat because you are about to get some great inspiration.

Welcome to my humble abode.

My tour begins in our living room.  Its not what you would call a “large space” by any means.  But it works for us. Its comfy. Im going with a cottage vintage style.  I hope to slipcover my two arm chairs soon (to de-modernize them a little).  My dark shelf in the corner needs some decorating too.  Garage sales & antique malls are where I hope to gather vintage finds to fill them.

I purchased the rubbed oil bronze Pharmacy Floor lamp from Target. I LOVE it.  It works great for a reading lamp.

I use this old market basket for my Pottery Barn decor books.

The galvanized number boxes are from Pottery Barn. I found them on clearance.

I got the bird cage from Gabriel Brothers. Its one of my favorite finds.

I picked up this old gate door at an antique mall during spring break in West Virginia.  I hung vintage post cards on clothes pins.  The post cards are from 1910’s.

A reproduction market basket from Hobby Lobby.

We sold our 61″ tv to my sister and downsized to a 40″ flat screen with a new tv stand, for the same price. Yay me!  I got the tv stand on clearance at Target.

A Hobby Lobby find, a vintage station clock.

Next on my tour is our Kitchen.  We remodeled it about a year ago.  {Here} is what the old kitchen used to look like. It was a major transformation.

Love my Martha Stewart towels.

I purchased the lighting at a garage sale for $10.

My tutorial on how to make a chalkboard frame is {here}.

My cake stand is from Home Goods ($12.99).

Another Hobby Lobby basket find. It holds all of my current magazines & catalogs.

We got this Sourav table from World Market.

Next on my home tour is our Dining Room.  I am on the hunt for some “new” dining chairs.   I want rush back vintage chairs.

My vintage cameras look great on my launch station shelving.

My 4 year olds “Bakery” bedroom

The last room on my tour is my daughters new bakery bedroom. I’m not completely finished with it yet, but I wanted to show it during the house tour.  I still need to finish the vinyl lettering. Im adding some more pink “baking words” to go around her entire room.  Im also hanging the “sweets” pictures on brown polka dot ribbon, from the board & batton.  I also need to sew brown ric-rack to the bottom of her bedskirt.  So much to do, no time to do it. 🙂

My vintage holly hobby & some vintage 1950’s patterns.

The striped sheet set is from Target.

She’s growing up so fast.

The shelf holds a brown cupcake pan, cake stands, & white bowl to hold her kitchen toys. The bottom two shelves contain baskets full of her books.

The vintage pie tin adds some charm.

 25 cent Martha Stewart valances from a garage sale.

The sweets pictures are from a garage sale too ($1.00 each).

Pinkalicious cupcake stand is from Walmart.

 Copy cat pottery barn armoire ($150 instead of $1000).

 The chalkboard is from an old picture frame I purchased at a thrift store. I painted the frame pink & spray painted chalk board paint on the glass.

 I LOVE these baskets. I picked them up at Gabriel Brothers.

The cake stand is from Home Goods.

Next on the tour is a beautifully decorated home by Jennifer at The Old Painted Cottage.
 Her home has recently been featured in the Romantic Prairie Style book. She has the most gorgeous dining room I’ve ever seen. I would love to “copy” her look for my own dining room. Maybe I will just have to kidnap her and hold her hostage until she cooperates and decorates my home. (he-he)

 Enjoy the tour!


If you would like to join our Parade of Homes, grab a button (for your post) & link up your home tour (or room) below.

47 comments on “Day 1 – Parade of Homes… (& link party)

  1. Becky B. says:

    Everything is beautiful! Your house is so pretty…love all your vintage touches! I was secretly hoping to see you master bedroom finished 😉 Can’t wait to see the other houses!!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  2. Toni~

    Your Home Tour is fabulous!!!
    I about fell off of my chair when you said Gabriel Brothers…. I know some of the Gabriel boys who started those stores! I am from SW Pennsylvania and grew up near many of their first stores in WV, PA and OH. So funny to see that in your post.

    Your daughter’s sweet room is so cute, every little “sweet” detail. Your vignettes are so well done.

    Love the linens and warm pallet of khakis, ivory, warm whites and beige throughout your home. Also love the mirror above the sink…so many things I could comment on!

    Fantastic… all of it. Thanks for letting us all in for a most enjoyable peek.


  3. Mary Ellen says:

    Wow great tour!! looking forward to seeing all the other homes in the next few days!!

    I love that lamp shade you made in the living room! I bought one of those clocks like you have and am having a hard time figuring out where to put it!

    bee blessed

  4. Colleen says:

    Your home is beautiful! I love all the wire baskets you use throughout your space and your choices are just gorgeous! I also love that you mention the places you buy certain things too. Love it!

  5. Stacey says:

    Your home is just gorgeous. I love the combination of vintage/modern/pretty that you have going on. Your daughters room is adorable. I’ve never seen a bakery theme and I think it’s just perfect for a girl.

    Now I’m off to see more homes. Thanks for hosting this tour. It’s perfect for this rainy cold morning we are having here.

  6. CHH says:

    Dear Toni,

    Thank you for hosting the house tour
    and for sharing your beautiful home.

    I especially love your daughter’s Shabby Chic room and the fact that you incorporated the
    dreamy playhouse outside. I think that just about everybody loves spending time outside making memories.

    House tours are a great way to get ideas for
    decorating and a reminder to remember
    to only surround yourself with the things
    that you love and treasure.

    You inspire a lot of people with your ideas.
    Keep up the great work.

    Many blessings to you!

    Enjoy this beautiful day.

  7. Carly says:

    Oh WOW Toni your home is gorgeous! I absolutely loved the tour, thank you so much for sharing!

  8. This Parade of Homes tour is such a great idea. Seriously… you think of everything! I love the idea and your home is just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to seeing all the rest!

  9. Clean Mama says:

    I just LOVE all of your little details – so many ideas! I linked up my craft room 🙂

  10. Oksana says:

    Such a warm and cozy home, Toni. Amazing photos, as always! Thank you for sharing.
    -Oksana from

  11. Your home is so beautiful! I love your kitchen! I can’t wait to see all the other homes as well. It’s so fun to get ideas from so many talented people, Marcia

  12. Nati Tristan says:

    I loveeeeeeeeeee your home!! It’s amazing!

  13. Genevieve says:

    Simply beautiful.

  14. Thank you for sharing – your home is so comfy and inviting! Love it!

  15. So I guess I’m a bit “vintage” myself since I owned that same Holly Hobby doll. ha-ha! Lovely home and great inspiration as well.

  16. Angela says:

    I LOVE your little girl’s room! Orginal and super “sweet”! I just love the sweets/baking theme. I had that exact Holly Hobby doll, too!

  17. Great first layer of the Parade of Homes cake you are baking! So much fun. Can’t wait to see layer two tomorrow!

  18. I found you through the Old Painted Cottage. Thanks for hosting the Parade of Homes and Linky Party. Your home is lovely! I had a Holly Hobby doll almost like the one in your photo! I am your newest follower, and I am so happy to have found your blog through Jennifer’s.

  19. Becky says:

    I love your style and can’t wait to copy some of your great ideas 🙂 The bakery sweet shop theme is so cute for your little girls room I love that chocolate brown color.

  20. Alanna says:

    How gorgeous is your daughter’s room!!! I would have loved to have such a “sweet” room growing up! Love everything in your house – so inspiring.

  21. AliLilly says:

    OH TONI! Your home is amazing! Everything, EVERYTHING is just gorgeous! I’m IN LOVE with your daughters room! WOW! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us! 🙂

  22. Hines-Sight says:

    Your home is lovely. You are so inspiring. No clutter. I need to work on that.

  23. Toni says:

    Thanks ladies!!!

  24. LOVE it!! Love that Holly Hobby doll, I had one, too! thanks so much for coordinating this for all of us. I can’t wait for ours to go up! 🙂

  25. Sallie says:

    Oh my. Toni, your home is beautiful!! I love everything, especially your daughter’s room. You inspire me.

  26. Cailan says:

    It’s beautiful! Thank you for sharing all the lovely details. And thank you for the party! 🙂

  27. Loved taking the tour today. You have inspired me to try to do some updates in my home. I’ve had decorating fever but it needed a strong dose of inspiration and your sharing of your home is the cure! I have that same bedspread that you have on your daughter’s bed. Was it from the shabby chic collection? I like how you combined it with the striped sheets. Your daughter’s room is very sweet. Thank you for sharing with us where you find the items in your home. Target, Home Goods, and a yard sale combined make for great style. Your talented ideas made them all fit together. Hugs, Maryjane from Storybook Cottage

  28. Your home is so lovely. And your daughter’s bedroom is just heavenly! Love all your sweet vignettes and color choices.
    Thanks for hosting this fun event. I have a feeling I know what I’ll be doing with my free time the next few days……..visiting all the gorgeous homes!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  29. Cindy says:

    Your home is amazing and your daughter’s bedroom is a pink delight!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  30. Noe says:

    Your Home is a Dream! absolutely adorable. Every corner of it has the right ingredient for a perfect Mix. You have done a Great Job! Thank you so much for sharing!

  31. amber says:

    absolutely gorgeous~ every last little thing! so enjoyed the tour.

    can i ask:: did you paint your dining room table/chairs white?? i have something very similar in oak and am thinking of painting it white…

  32. patedsch1 says:

    Not able to open the door for Home 3 have you had any other complaints?? I was so enjoying the tour…….

  33. I had so much fun touring your home. It’s stunning! I went back to see the kitchen makeover. What a huge difference paint and hardware make. We are using bead board like you, as well. Love all the wire baskets, pops of jadite green and the #’d accessories. You’ve done a great job of mixing vintage in an updated style.
    Thanks so much for allowing me to join in on the tour. It made my week 🙂

  34. Your Home is Absolutely Beautiful, I have really enjoyed seeing all the Homes, Not sure if it is a Cliche in the system, but I think it is house 26 The Vintage Farmhouse that the end of the post just stops, I can’t leave her a comment or see anything to go back to the beginning or the Next home (if there is one) I figured there must be, since this goes on till tomorrow…
    just thought I would Let You Know
    Thanks for such a Fun Tour!

  35. 6904! says:

    I am your newest follower and participant in the linky party! I love everything in your room! So beautiful… Great work!

    Nicole @ Sixty-nine oh! four

  36. Toni, you have done a wonderful job decorating your beautiful home. It evokes a warmth and inviting feel. Your daughter is a lucky girl to have such a talented mother!!

    Thank you so much for all of the hard work to make this tour so successful!


  37. SHERRY HART says:

    Love your home…so soft and romantic!

  38. I learned of the Parade of Homes over at Mary’s Meanderings. So great as it is always fun to peek inside the home of others. And since it is so hard to get decent decorating magazines on this side of the world, it’s even more fun for me to sit back and take a virtual tour. Now I see 52 other bloggers linked up. I may need to stay in pajamas all weekend. 🙂 Happy weekend wishes to you, Tammy

  39. Oh My Gosh!!! You are seriously a woman after my own heart….I love everything!! Thank you for sharing!

  40. Jennifer says:

    WOW WOW WOW! Can I tell you how fun this has been looking at the homes! I love your house. It’s beautiful and now I want to go paint all my furniture white! Actually I’ve been debating painting my dining furniture and I think your photos sealed the deal! Lovely!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  41. Finally getting a chance to take the whole parade of homes tour. Thanks again for hosting!

  42. Good post and I like your clocks and telephone is it vintage? Anyways, for me it was cool I love the light colors you used and your sink was awesome. Thank you for this great blog.

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  43. RKay says:

    Thank you for showing your beautiful home. I feel incredibly grateful for home decor blogs like yours. It is such a treat as I do not know any one in person who enjoys decorating like I do. I love your house. Can I ask what the dimensions of your living room are? I love your furniture layout, and I would like to see if it would work in my room. I also need to downsize my large TV cabinet and shelves to something all it cottage vintage as you do. Thank you for inspiring me!

  44. RKay says:

    Whoops…re:I also need to downsize my large TV cabinet and shelves to something like you did. My style is similar to yours, I’d call it cottage..

  45. Jessica says:

    Where did you get the wreath in your kitchen? I love it!

  46. Toni says:

    Target. A couple years ago. 🙂 Its a bay leaf wreath.

  47. Newest follower. Your house is beautiful!! This is exactly how I would like my house to look! I love your side table lamp. I found it on Pinterest and I have shared it on my blog feature, Hmm… That’s Pinteresting. Would love it if you could come by and check out the feature 🙂

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