The other day, my boys and I headed up a long driveway, past a gently rolling hill and a sweet little stable. We felt as if we'd driven right into the Italian countryside...
It was like walking through the pages of House Beautiful...
We were warmly welcomed in by my sweet friend, Helen, who had invited our Bible Study group over for lunch and swimming for the kids.
A charming pinstriped wingback settee looked like it was made for the entryway...
Walking through the doors, we came to this elegant sitting area and stairway...
The family room fireplace was one of my favorite features in the home.
With five sons (yes, 5!) living at home, the house has lots of fun areas
for the boys and their friends to enjoy, including a foosball table in this
lovely room (appreciated, but not pictured ;).
I'm pretty sure this tight-knit family gathers often for dinners in the dining room.
(I picture grilled salmon, vegetables and creme brûlée.)
Timeless, old-world charm mixed with modern comforts...
Attention to detail was evident throughout the house with special touches, like these beautiful antique-inspired doorknobs... on each and every door!
One of the boys' hangout rooms...
Aren't these ottomans great?!
She even has pretty laundry room organization...
And this covered outdoor living area, near the pool, is where we spent most of our time. It was a challenge, but we managed. ;)
And here's where our kids spent most of their time! (Doesn't it look like the Mediterranean?? Washington state never looked so good.)
I remember talking with Helen when she and her husband were in the process of buying their home, about a year ago. What was most important to her, in choosing a home, was having a place where family and friends would feel welcome.
A place where loved ones would want to gather.
As our group of friends lingered - our kids playing with Helen's youngest boys - I couldn't help but notice her older sons and their friends, coming and going. They'd pull up to the kitchen island for lunch, chat with Helen and be on their way.
It's just what she pictured.
Beautiful, welcoming and warm...
Thank you, Helen, for sharing your home with us.
I hope you all enjoyed this tour!
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