Tuesday, March 10, 2020

More Wausau House Photos

 Antique accordion from our oldest son years ago
Antique Wisconsin license plate
Photo of Woodside School, where I attended in grades 1 and 2
Photo of the Blueberry train, given to me by my friend Deb
Large photo I took of a building in York, UK

Good morning from Wausau, WI !!

When you enter the front door of the Wausau house, you step into a large open foyer with an open stairway to the second story (our daughter's 3 bedrooms and bathroom), or you can walk to the left (our daughter's large kitchen, laundry, family room with window seat, den)

OR you can turn right into our living room, which by some stroke of fleeting brilliance, I claimed back in March of 2019. I wanted it to be a Common Room, but needed a place to put the oak library table and chairs and the hutch (not to mention the portion of a gazillion books which moved with us). 

 The library table is a great place to play games, work on art projects, and put together jigsaw puzzles with the grandkids. I store games and puzzles in the bottom part of the hutch. BTW, the hutch was originally built into the farmhouse in Dallas, but shortly after we moved there (more than 33 years ago), we took out the hutch, took it to someone who would strip all the paint off it, and placed it in our new kitchen.

Remember it here at the farmhouse? (above)

Well now it's in the Common Room at the Wausau house (below).

 Notice the books on Italy, which our other daughter asked me to look through and see where we should visit this fall, where we had tentative plans to visit, especially northern Italy. With the whole country in lockdown because of the COVID-19 virus, we'll probably be staying right here.

 The old sewing machine drawers were
from an Amish friend near Westby, WI

The old trunk came from Norway in the 1880s. It was in one of the outbuildings on the farm when we bought it a few decades ago. No one in the family wanted it. I've always loved it. When the light is just right, you can see that it was shipped to Monona, then Menomonie. When you open the lid, which is hinged in the middle, you see a drawer in the inside top. It was a tool chest, I guess. I use it to store warm, fuzzy blankets to use on chilly evenings.

Looking out the windows toward the large backyard woods.
This is where I have my morning coffee and devotions.
 It's also a great place to spend the time before the grandkids head off to school, for they often come in here and catch us up on the latest.

 View to the south and a couple houseplants that didn't do too well this winter.
My Christmas cactus was doing great until I put a galvanized pan under it to use as a plant tray. I've never had trouble raising my succulents, but I'm convinced that the pan poisoned my poor little plant. I feel so guilty.

P.S. The carpet is not pink, but kind of tan. The sofa and loveseat are both tan/gold/brown. We're all going to get a lot of use out of this room.


Don't forget to stop in at my Etsy Shop
and stock up on natural, vegan soap.
Eight bars for only $20. 
Check it out!


And something I found on Instagram this morning:

Have a beautiful Tuesday. I'm thanking God for the many blessings in my life.

Thanks for stopping in today!

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Elizabethd said...

It's so interesting to see parts of your new house. Lovely to have furniture that has been part of your life for years. I do like the old trunk, I wonder who has stored things in it over the past years?

Cranberry Morning said...

The trunk belonged to the family we bought the farm from years ago. So it's only been in the hands of two owners.

MadSnapper said...

your new home is just beautiful, everything fits perfectly.. the trunk is my favorite of today and your old range, you already know I love it.. the common room is perfect, most of all I would love to have my coffe where you do looking at that view.

podso said...

What a wonderful room filled with the things you love and a great view. It also really expands your living space. We had a similar trunk from G's grandmother, and I let it go to some unknown person and soon regretted it. I bet that hutch was quite a thing to move!

Terri D said...

Your new home is just lovely!! Thanks for sharing the photos with us!!

Lynne said...

Your new home looks wonderful.
I am enjoying seeing the transformation pictures!
Great idea to have a Comm9n Room.
Love the windows opened to the woods.
And all your favorites plus your treasures are finding
their special place in the Wausau home.
Lots of planning and plenty of work but
look at what you all have created!

Wendy said...

It's all looking lovely and how nice to have a room where you can all come together but have your own spaces as well.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

The hutch looks lovely. We have a hutch that belonged on my grandparents and we also have a full dining room set that belonged to Mark's grandparents. It's going to be difficult to downsize because I love those items so much. That trunk is awesome. You have a beautiful view.

Michelle said...

I have enjoyed seeing your new house. It looks like a great arrangement and I hope it works out for everyone.

Dicky Bird said...

Welcome to my "neck of the woods" I will tell you, that when it comes time for me to leave my farm, I hope I can do it with as much grace and excitement that you have showed us on here. The common area looks inviting and I'm sure many memories will be made there. Also, my daughter and son-in-law booked a tour of Italy for May...they are waiting to see if it will be cancelled.

Creations By Cindy said...

Loving that trunk! Adorable piece. It looks like things are coming together for you. I am so happy for you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

L. D. said...

It is such a beautiful home. You have great furnishings and it is all arranged so well.

Carla from The River said...

Hi Judy,
I have always loved how you decorate.

Vee said...

It is a beautiful room! I am grinning over all those windows. (I’ll leave you to figure out why.) The other thing that intrigues me is the orientation of the license plate. Very clever. The hutch looks perfectly at home there. Does it feel like home to you now?

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Judy, I'm getting caught up today--loved those Amish quilts and I was glad you reassured us that you usually don't expose the tops to the sun that way! Your new place looks wonderful! You have done a beautiful job of making a brand-new space look perfectly homey and lived-in. And I never understand it when people down-size after decades in their home and don't take lots of their things with them; many just get rid of everything and buy all new stuff.


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