Open House Sundays #7 - Housepitality Designs

Welcome to Open House Sundays where we get a personal invitation to tour through a different blogger's house every week!

This week's tour is courtesy of Shirley at Housepitality Designs. Shirley is one of my dearest blog buddies and you'll never meet a kinder, sweeter person.  Her beautiful home is a perfect reflection of her beautiful spirit.  I know you'll love this tour!


Hello, Design Dreams by Anne readers!

I want to thank Anne for inviting me to be a part of her great Sunday Home Tours.

Anne, has been a wonderful friend from my very early days of blogging . . .

~ ~ she has always been so supportive to me and I just love her and her blog and her many talents!

Hi...I'm Shirley with Housepitality Designs...and WELCOME TO MY HOME!!!


Welcome to my home!

Fall Front Porch

The front porch last Fall. . . I chose this photo as it was so colorful . . .

~ ~ and love that time of year.




And now for this Fall . . . what it looks like now.

Spring Front Porch 2014

And this is what the corner of the porch looked like in the Spring.

And here is the view of the back of my home:


It is quite different from the front view.

I actually have three porches . . .

Potting Bench 2014

My potting bench area around the corner of the lower back porch.

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

This little upper porch is the porch I use the most.

~ ~ A cozy place to watch the sunrise with a great cup of coffee!

When you enter my home you will first see this . . .


This antique French buffet has to be one of my very favorite pieces in my home . .

~ ~ I purchased it in France while on a "tour with bloggers"


The foyer flows into the great room . .

Great Room

Living Room

As you can see . . . I love a mix of styles and color . . .

~ ~ and furnishings gathered over time from places near and far.

Great Room

The other side of the room . . showcasing my antique wood and iron shutters above the mantel.

These shutters are from a villa in Italy. . . and took 4 big guys to hang them!

Fall Inspired Room-Housepitaity Designs

The room dressed for Fall.

And now moving over to my favorite room in the house.




Sunroom-Housepitality Designs

My sunroom . . that originally was slotted as a breakfast room.


Where there is an abundance of tole trays and vintage garden items.

Dining Room

The Dining Room

Dining Room

It is a casual room just off the kitchen . . . that overlooks the backyard and golf course.

Dining Room Bench

And extra seating is always available.


The kitchen is just steps away from the dining room and sunroom . . .


I lost on the "cherry cabinet choice" but won out on the farmhouse sink.


A&P Shopping Cart

And if the grocery store ever runs out of shopping carts . . .

~ ~ I have a spare!!

Master Bedroom-Housepitality Designs


Master Bedroom-Housepitallty Designs

The Master Bedroom recently underwent some shuffling of furniture . . .

Master Bedroom for Spring

The bed was formerly in this space . . .

Master Bedroom Sitting Area-Housepitalty Designs

And now the sitting area is in its place.


Another space where I can enjoy a cup of tea.

Master Bathroom

Master Bath

The Master Bathroom Tub . . awaiting someone who needs a "calgon bath"

Master Bath

The vanity . . dressed for summer.

Guest Room

The Guest Room

Guest Room Desk

A desk where my guest can write a note or answer their emails . .

French Wood Box

The French Wooden "Chicken Stamp" Box that I purchased in France . . .

~ ~ that makes my guests giggle!

Guest Bath

The Guest Bathroom that is actually in the Guest Room itself . . .

~ ~ so convenient and private for our guests.

French Enamel Pitcher

The enamel pitcher another treasure I brought back from France.

Guest Room Bath

Behind the chair is a jetted garden tub . . .

~ ~ perfect for the ball players after a rough game.

Media Room

Our media room . . Leather is not really my choice of fabric . .

Media Room

~ ~ however for this room it serves well with beauty and function.

Media Room

This is an "anything goes room" with the style, filling it with what we love.


The little "retro kitchenette" on the other side of the media room.

~ ~ a great little eating area and space for popping corn for movies.


The craft room area . . located in one of the "bedrooms" . .

Graylyn's room

And on the other side of the room. . a sneek peek into a space. . .

~ ~ that I am creating for my granddaughter . . upon her request . . her wish is my command!

Laundry Room:

Laundry Room

Laundry Room-Housepitality Designs

It is not a large room . . . just a bank of cabinets on two sides . . . a galley of sorts.

Laundry Room

I love to fill this room with vintage laundry items . .

~ ~ and this is definitely a place for the orphan socks.

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

The opposite side of the room . . . although a small space, I have adequate room . . .

~ ~ for washing, fluffing and folding.

Bonus Room

The "man cave" aka, the Bonus Room. . . I designed the wainscoting to match the pool table.

He actually has "three man caves" . . .


The next "cave" is behind these doors . . .

Garage Organization

The other "man cave" . . . can you tell he has a organizational issue?

Garage Organization

Right down to a spot for his glasses . . . ugh!!!

He has one more "man cave" . . . his office, but that is for another day. . .

~ ~ along with the powder room that is undergoing a little makeover.

So hope you enjoyed this tour of my home.

Thank you dear Anne, I so love being here today!

And thank you Shirley for sharing your wonderful home with us!  Did you love it?  I know you did.

Thanks for visiting with us, have a happy week!


  1. danke für die tollen bilder und inspirationen!!! einen schönen sonntag wünscht angie

  2. Anne thanks for sharing a "dream" house, She has decorated and planned everything perfectly. And oh my those gates, so beautiful. Shirley your house is beautiful

    1. Isn't it just stunning? What a gorgeous home... Thanks for visiting Di! xo

  3. Anne, great feature! Shirley is such a sweetheart-one of my favorite bloggers, and I love her elegant style and gorgeous home!

  4. Dear Anne...thank you so much for featuring my home today....and mot of all, thank you for your has been so dear to me....Have a great day!

  5. Goodness that house is HUGE!!! She decorates so beautifuly too. My very favorite thing is the old shopping cart... LOVE! I wish I could find one that size! Thanks for sharing Shirley and thanks for featuring her Anne!


  6. Anne and Shirley,
    So much fun to have a tour of Shirley's house. I love everything, and would gladly trade cabinets with her. I so miss my cherry cabinets since our move. I have been following Shirley sor a while and always love to see her ideas! Sheila@mykentuckyliving

    1. I'm so glad you popped in, Sheila! Shirley's house is gorgeous for sure!

  7. Good Morning Anne,
    What a great choice to have Shirley here today. Her home is just gorgeous. Shirley is one of the sweetest bloggers. Big heart and wonderful friendship she gifts to so many of us. Great choice Anne. Have a wonderful week and Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

  8. I just love Shirley she is amazing. She has been a great help to me in starting my blog. I love her home everything is so perfect. Thanks for spotlighting her. Have a beautiful Sunday. XX Jo

  9. thanks so much for featuring Shirley. Shirley is a wonderful, supportive person. I met her when I first started blogging. Her home is so lovely. You picked a wonderful, creative person to feature.
    Thank you so much - I will be following your terrific blog.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  10. A beautiful, elegant home, Anne. Great feature. I love the French and Italian antiques, and the cherry kitchen cabinets. All gorgeous. xxx ~ Nancy

  11. I am lucky to say I have been a guest in Shirley's home a couple of times and there is no better hostess and the photos don't do her beautiful home justice.

  12. Anne, thank you for featuring Shirley's beautiful home! It is always designed with warmth and comfort in mind!

    The Arts by Karena

  13. I have been an admirer of Shirley's blog and decorating style for a while now. It was so nice of you to feature her.

  14. Shirleys home is gorgeous! Always so much eye candy in each and every room. I would die to have her sunroom and three porches!! I love how she mixes old with new. That's what I love to do as well! Thanks for featuring her!

  15. Hi Anne, I always enjoy seeing Shirley's beautiful home filled with its many treasures. I had forgotten about that quote in her laundry room but I absolutely love it! Great feature!

  16. Anne,
    Thanks for tour of this absolutely gorgeous home. I love the sunroom and porches.
    Warmest regards,

  17. I always love seeing Shirley's home.....every square inch of it is AMAZING!!!!
    Thanks for featuring her :o)

  18. Anne, I agree, Shirley is the "sweetest" blogger! What a fabulous feature! She has a lovely home and I adore her style! She is on talented gal! Thanks for sharing her gorgeous home with us!

  19. Shirley's home is one of the prettiest and most beautifully decorated I have seen and SHE is the sweetest person!!! I was SO happy to finally meet her in person about a month ago when she traveled up this way! Thanks for featuring her, I can't pick a favorite space in her home but sure would LOVE to be her guest!!!!

  20. I haven't ever seen Shirley's home and I must say, I'm in awe. Not only are the bones of her home beautiful, but the details are just as fabulous. I love how she designed the wainscotting to match the pool table in the one of three man caves!!


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