Saturday, December 13, 2014

House and Home

Small courtyard as you enter the front gate

Foyer area
Living Room

Living Room - looking into Dining Area

Kitchen area - looking in from the Dining Room  

Kitchen - looking in from the kitchen table
Eat-in Kitchen area - with the wedding cake
Love the Shaker cabinets with the dark finish

Wedding flowers and beautiful granite counter tops
Master Shower and Tub

Master Tub
Master Vanity area - there is a twin vanity opposite from this one. 

Our bedroom

2nd bathroom
I'm considering this tile layout for our house...
Outside place - the pool is on the left (hidden by the trees)

Community pool and spa

View from the back patio

So I promised a look at my MIL's new place.... Not too shabby, huh?  :)  It's a beautiful three bedroom attached-townhouse in a gated community.  I believe it's around 1800 square feet.  She decided to down-size after a small fire with the pool pump at the old place. She was done with dealing with all the little headaches of a larger home and she was ready to have more time, freedom and money that comes with a maintenance free place.  (I loved loved loved the old place.)  But I totally understand the appeal of a maintenance free place after living in my own townhouse.  And the heated community pool and spa is literally steps outside their back door.  What's not to like?  Nothing at all. 
I didn't take photos of the office/3rd bedroom or the master bedroom for some reason.  The Master was huge and has windows that look out on the back patio.  And the office has big windows that look out on the court yard (as does our bedroom).  
I feel incredibly lucky to visit this place every year. The house is definitely not in my price range nor would it be as a vacation so I am grateful that my MIL loves to entertain us for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Window Shopping Part III


I fell in love with this place the minute I walked in. How could I not? Look at all the stars! I may or may not have bought one to start my own collection.  (They are huge by the way!) The store is called Retablo and it is located in Old Town in Scottsdale.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Window Shopping on Vacay Part II

I loooove this bench.  It was easily 20 continous feet long.  Utterly beautiful. 
Large wine bottles in gorgeous colors. 
Maybe a little lawn ornament? 

I want this console sooooo bad!!  Santa please!!

Love the dia de los muerte!

This guy caught my attention....

Isn't he great!?  I estimated he was 3-4 feet tall. 

Maybe a dragon is more to your liking?

I think this guy is perfect for my friend, Con. 

The dragon had to be about 20 feet all together - so cool! 

One of my favorite finds last year was Retablo - So I made sure to visit again this year and during our visit we found out there a sister store in Carefree, AZ.  And it's definitely on my favorites list now!  You can find Buffalo Bill's in Carefree, AZ.  They had lots of interesting furniture and accessories for your yard or house as you can see.  Now I just got to find a way to get my favorite finds back to Iowa since they don't ship.   

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Window Shopping on Vacay

Photos from one of my favorite places!
I wouldn't mind this lovely Buddha for my secret garden.

Do you see the Bear dressed up in the back??

Blue Christmas tree - Arizona style

Dia de los Muerto 

St Francis Assisi - Patron Saint of Animals
I would love this guy for my garden too!

Still love the cow skulls. 

More interesting lawn art

Mr. Turtle was HUGE! 

Spotted dog for the garden?

I almost bought this flying pig. 
And now that I see it again- I should have!
It's so cute!

Armadillo - Xmas present for Con? 

Life-size Stagecoach anyone?

The Town Dump is my very favorite store that I make sure to check out when I'm in Arizona - inventory is constantly changing so you never know what you will find.  There is always something interesting and unexpected for sure!  (Check out last year's photos too!)

Monday, December 8, 2014



While on vacation, my MIL took us on a tour through her new investment property.  Sigh.... I could live here too! The neighborhood was cute.  It was a little bit older area compared to where she lives but the area was close to lots of shopping and restaurants. My MIL updated this cute little WWII bungalow with new finishes and some paint. It was formerly a red brick ranch with two bedrooms, a large living room with a large eat-in area in the kitchen. The grey paint on the outside makes it look so fresh compared to the other houses on the same street. And a few flowers makes a huge difference too. (And again, I forgot to take pictures of the backyard.)  The backyard has access to an alley and the yard itself was pretty big. 

In the couple days it was actually listed, she had several qualified applicants call to inquire.  And I believe she took it off the market within two days of being actually listed.  CRAZY!  I told her that her new daughter-in-law and son would love to move right in.  lol!