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Patio Reveal

Today I would like to show you the transformation of our patio.  With a lot of work, it has come a long way since we moved here ten years ago. 

In the picture below you can see how it looked after we had replaced the ugly brown shingle siding on the house and added the patio doors. There was actually no direct access to the patio before this. The concrete blocks that made up the patio always looked dirty and they were uneven in many places.  They also went right up to the house so there was no space to plant anything between the patio and house.  

Do you see our kitty waiting to get back in the house?  I don't blame him for not wanting to spend too much time our there.  We didn't want to either! 
A few years ago, my son and hubby tore out the old concrete blocks and laid new pavers.  Such a huge improvement!

With some landscaping and pretty flowers, it has become a space we can really enjoy.  

It's been especially nice this summer. We have had a lot of really nice days fo…

The Back Staircase


I'm not sure what it is,
 but I have always loved the idea of having a 
back staircase into the kitchen.

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  Something about it just seems so sweet and quaint.
I can just imagine wandering down those steps in my bathrobe
 to make coffee in the morning, can't you?

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The kitchen above is from the movie Stepmom.
You can see the back staircase in the background and notice
how the staircase turns for the last few steps as you enter the kitchen.  
 I love this kitchen and the entire house, actually. 
{This is one of my all time favorite movies ~ you must see it if you haven't already!}


If it's a winding staircase, then my heart really goes pitter-patter!

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This last one is more modern, but lovely just the same.

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My Grandmother lived in a farmhouse with a staircase into the kitchen.
I can remember it so vividly ~ I just loved that!

Do you have a back staircase or any memories of one?
I would love to hear about it!



Comments

  1. The nest to last picture looks like a doll house. A mini table and fridge but it is adorable. Step Mom is an all time favorite of mine as well.

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    1. It does look like a doll house now that you mention it ~ it is totally adorable!!

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  2. It's funny...when we built our home we were supposed to have a back staircase. We actually opted against it (mainly because it would eat up so much room in our family room and would have taken two walk-in closets out of my son's room). Now that we have lived here for more than ten years I regret that decision. I think it would have been very cool.

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    1. Yes, it would have been cool, Judy. It's hard to make those choices sometimes between what's practical and what our hearts would like!

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  3. I'd never thought of back stairs, but after seeing these photos, I think they're absolutely charming!

    Erin
    Carolina Country Living

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    1. I know!! What is it about them that is so charming? I just can't put my finger on it.

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  4. My love of old houses started due to a back staircase. When I was 15 I cleaned house for an elderly lady in a beautiful old home with 2 staircases. The central staircase in front was for the family, and the back staircase was for the staff (she had no live-in staff, but that was the intent of the home's design). There were so many things I loved about her home and it launched my passion for old houses. I will always remember that house and your post reminded me of it. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! And yes, I love Step Mom! :)

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    1. Isn't it funny how certain memories just stick with us? I can see now that my passion for houses and decorating started at an early age too ~ I just didn't realize it then!

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  5. That's one of my fav movies, and I so rarely watch TV or movies. So that's saying something. I'd forgotten all about it. I should see if it's on TV one of these days. No memories of a staircase here. But I love the idea as well.
    Brenda

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    1. I don't usually watch a movie more than once but I could watch STEPMOM over and over ~ it's great for a good cry, too!

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  6. Our house in Kansas had a double stair case which lead into the kitchen. I loved it. You're so right. I could sneak down for a midnight snack or early in the morning without waking everyone down the hallway up. I miss that convenience. Great pics.

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    1. Thank you, Barb. I can understand why you loved it. I think all houses should have one!!

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    I have these stairs in my parent's house. this is the part of the house where we will stay if it's necesary in the future (because they are old and I'm the only daughter) So I want to instal a small kitchen here. you can see the photo in the URL up

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  8. I love all of these photos... a back staircase does sound like fun! It also seems to make more sense... after all isn't the kitchen so often the heart of the home? :-)

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  9. Great photos. I hope one day you will have your kitchen staircase. Hugs!

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