Friday, May 29, 2009

house tour

This time of year many homes open their doors for house tours.
Eddie Ross posted this charming home and I just had to illustrate it.
Just look at these window-boxes and tulips!

If your house were part of a tour, what would you do first to get ready?


Marnie said...

beautiful - remember that great stair runner inside the house - thanks for the border suggestion on the boards - i will see what it looks like - this weather is good for the grass and plants but i want summer back

phillips phamily said...

put something in the oven, probably cookies. the smells of a home make the first and leave the most lasting impression!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

The quintessential American house. Those window boxes!! Gorgeous.

The first thing I would do?? Tie a big bow around Edward's neck!

###### said...

lovely as always!

cotedetexas said...

That was a gorgeous window box- great curb appeal and the interiors were even better!

Anonymous said...

OOohh...this is beautiful Patricia!
To answer your question:
First I would get hysteric, then call the cleaning lady, bake a cake and later make some coffee so the house smells like HoMe!!
Have a nice weekend!

Leciawp said...

Beautiful work Patricia. I always love your homes. All I would do to mine is make sure I had fresh flowers in the house.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Beautiful house and drawing. I love the window boxes. I would probably dust!!Have a great Friday!

Anonymous said...

What would I do first?
CLOSE the door! ;)

Purple Flowers said...

I would have classical music playing softly in the background.

Slices of Beauty... said...

Clean, clean, clean and pop the music on...

Debra said...

This house spoke to me on so many levels when I saw it at ER. You have certainly captured all that helps it speak "Welcome". I would set a pretty dining table and lots of flowers.

pve design said...

So far we have nice music, tidy homes, flowers and something freshly baked, bows on our canine friends, and hopefully the hysterics have stopped, along with the rain!
As always your comments always make me smile!

erin said...

house tour... hmmm... i'd have to tidy up the kids random toys and my own random stacks of paper strewn around every corner. i'd get fresh flowers, throw something yummy in the oven and make a nice pitcher of iced vanilla coffee to offer the guests, a little music and hopefully nice conversation to follow. oh yeah and then i'd make sure to ask everyone who came by if i could go look at their houses one day, as others peoples places are always more interesting! what a great post.

jae said...

the first thing I would do would have to be remove the bikes, scooters, etc. from the front door. then I would go inside, turn on the music, pour myself a glass of wine, and figure out what I just got myself in to!

p.s. another lovely illustration!

yvonne said...

We have baskets around the house for storing toys when our boys aren't playing with them. All of those baskets would go into hiding in the basement during the tour! If it were autumn, I would pour some apple cider into my slow cooker and add a few cinnamon sticks. The smell is wonderful!

KricketM said...

Oh my.... hydrangea window boxes... I'm in love! ;)

Living the life in The Little City said...

If my house were on a tour, well, it just couldn't be. There's way too much to do. Unless, the tour was twenty years from now.

Joyce said...

Very pretty! Probably think of a little favor or bake a warm cookie to hand out and call my friend for flowers.

Kwana said...

What a beautiful home. Love the illustration. The first thing I'd do is clear the piles of the dining room table. Then get some music on and really start cleaning.

Ann said...

I'm speechless...that window box and tulips below are so lovely. I will always be a flower-loving person.

ticklishfromadistance said...

Your talent is just something extra.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Clean! And order flowers. It's a charming portrait - you completely captured the feeling of it.

Anonymous said...

Your illustration of this beautiful home is just lovely! You have such talent and such a peaceful artistic style.

Now about the tour and the invitation sent to Eddie Ross...WOW! A brave woman with lots of confidence and more time (or help) than I have to whip my home into shape for such an event or notable guest. Bravo to her!

Tricia - Avolli

Deidra said...

THAT is beautiful! Coincidentally, I'll be shopping for window boxes this weekend!

Your illustration is wonderful!

vicki archer said...

Garden definitely - then worry about the inside. Your illustration is so charming and captures entirely the spirit of that home....

Velvet and Linen said...

I loved this home on Eddie's website, but your painting is even more charming (if that is possible!).
You have an incredible talent!
Happy Weekend.


Lauren said...

so gorgeous!!! loved this!!!

gosh if i were on a house tour anytime in the next 6 months i'd probably run away and pretend i didn't live there!!! hahaha


pve design said...

not with your 10 minute rule! tee hee.
you would have the place picked up, and looking spiffy in no time! ding, dong!

Summer is a Verb said...

What a pretty home! And, the hydrangea in the window boxes, pure genius. Also, a HUGE fan of proportionally correct outdoor light fixtures. Why does everyone tend to go small?

Daly Essentials said...

I'm dying over the flower boxes!! soo pretty!!

alice said...

Patricia this is so charming!
I loved seeing that house with the pretty hot pink hydrangea on Eddie's blog.

If I were to have a house tour, the first thing I'd do is probably panic and the second is make way too long of a "to-do" list!!!

bluehydrangea said...

When I saw this house on Eddie's post I was blown away! It just screams charm and your painting is stunning! How I wish I had your talent!

Alexis said...

I would have Stephanie that was featured in Eddie Ross's post to come to my house and create more beautiful floral arrangements!

annechovie said...

This is such a charming home, Treeba and your painting captured it perfectly. Have a wonderful weekend!

LindsB said...

What a beautiful illustration! I think the first thing I would do is make sure the foyer is clean of dust bunnies and the house smells good. Nothing is better then walking into a great smelling home.

meg duerksen said...

that house is so pretty.
i love it!
my favorite houses are white and black.
i love your illustration of it too.

if my house were were being seen....i'd clean. it would HAVE to be cleaned seriously bad.

Anonymous said...

So beautiful, Patricia! Elizabeth is thrilled, I'm sure!

Jaithan + Eddie

pve design said...

Thanks to each of you for your kind words!
Let the house tours begin...I plan to show many wonderful the coming weeks. "A comment" from Eddie! I am thrilled!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Wonderful job!

I'd have to sweeping away the mounds of hair ball tumbleweeds left (unintentionally) by Maggie the wonder dog. :-)

I just went on a couple of house tours including an INCREDIBLE show house...made me want to come home and get rid of everything I own!

Jen Kershner said...

That is what the outside of my house wants to look like when it grows up. Love your illustrations!

Easy and Elegant Life said...


Move. It's a disaster area.

Robyn said...

DELIGHTFUL ART! WOW! I'm so glad I saw you on Pretty Pink Tulips! Let's see, if I were having a house tour, ID: Call Merry Maids (I had surgery 4 weeks ago...not doing much here, PLUS the husband is doing construction in the family room and doesn't HESITATE to SAND and SAW right in there!), then I'd spruce up my flower pots front and back, send the kids packing to grandmoms for a few days so it could stay that way and then hope for the best! ;-)

paula said...

Beautiful! Love the surroundings, it was so green and so fresh in the eyes.

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Dovecote Decor said...

I would have to get rid of the clutter which has become all but invisible to me.

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