House Tour: House Snooping at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie

It’s Friday y’all!
Wanna snoop around somebody’s house???
Today we’re snooping around the home of Laurie from
Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie.



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I am so honored to be featured on Suzy’s beautiful blog today – especially after seeing all of the other wonderful homes she’s featured. If you’ve missed them, you need to go back and check them out. Not to mention Suzy’s wonderful home. Wow! I am in great company.
I blog at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie. As my blog name implies, I am a chatty person, and I’m also a bargain hunter. I didn’t think my blog title should reflect it, but I am also a hoarder collector. Until I watched that Hoarder’s show, I thought I was a hoarder, but those people make me feel better about myself! I do have a difficult time getting rid of stuff. If you are a bargain hunter and a collector, your home probably does not contain much that matches the rest of your décor (at least that’s the way it is with this bargain hunter/collector).
I’ll start the tour of my home in the front entry hall, even though it is seldom used. Everyone comes to our back door.
I grew up in this house. My parents built this house in 1949. When they were both gone, my husband and I bought my sister’s half and remodeled the house for ourselves.
As is normal in a home of that era, the entry hall led into the dining room on one side and the living room on the other side. We refer to the former dining room as the study/music room. I’ll confess, it is not often used for studying or for music (unless you count my CD player). This room is where my laptop and my “crafting supplies” live (although not much crafting goes on around here either). All of you know that there is a lot of computer use going on here though.
Since it was formerly a dining room, the study leads into the kitchen, which we remodeled.
From the kitchen, I can see into our family room, which we added in our remodel.
See what I’m talking about? Collections and mismatched furniture everywhere. That’s my “style”. Years ago, I read that if you love something, buy it, and it will coordinate with the rest of what you have. I may have taken that advice a little too far, but we do enjoy living here.
Our grandchildren often eat at the coffee table, so I have stools under it for them to use.
From the family room, you can see our sunroom (I just hope you can’t see our swimming pool in the backyard which currently has green water in it).
The “ladder” in the sunroom leads to my husband’s home office. (I’m not allowed to photograph it.) To be honest, he doesn’t use it very often, and I have stashed so much junk up there, I can’t share photographs of it. (There may be signs of a potential hoarder in that room!) There is a small powder room at the end of the sunroom. It is only used by swimmers and has evolved into a flamingo theme, because people keep gifting me with flamingos.
Our master bedroom is always a work in progress (without much progress). I hung toile tablecloths as curtains when we moved in 10 years ago. They were SUPPOSED to be temporary, but they are still there. You may notice that the chandelier in our bedroom matches the one in the study/music room (formerly the dining room). That’s because our bedroom was previously the formal living room. We don’t live very formally, so it became the master bedroom.
This wall where I have a buffet (yep, I have a buffet in the bedroom) is where the opening was between the entry hall and living room.
Suzy, I am so flattered to have been asked to share on your blog. Thank you so much.
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Thank you, Laurie, for sharing your lovely home with us.
How cool it is to be living in the same home that you grew up in.
It was a real treat to see so much of your home all in one place!

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  1. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says:

    Laurie’s home is amazing!
    I have been one of Laurie’s loyal followers and friends since the early days of blogging.
    And her blog is one of my faves!
    Great tour,

  2. This a fabulous tour, I love all the toile and the fact it is a family home. Just beautiful.


  3. If this is what hoarding looks like, then sign me up. Laurie’s home is amazing — so very well curated. I can’t wait to check out her blog.

  4. Laurie’s tour is wonderful!! Her house is gorgeous, I love every room and it’s looks huge too! The best part is that it was her parents, so many memories for her and currently, she’s also making more memories for her grands in turn! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    So very nice…I am in awe of her many wonderful antiques and …great feature Suzy!

  6. Laurie Ritchey says:

    Suzy, Thank you so much for featuring our home! laurie

  7. Carlene @ Organized Clutter says:

    Laurie’s home is fabulous. Lots of great display built ins and interesting nooks and crannies.

  8. So fun to see Laurie’s beautiful home! I feel as if I’ve been for a visit. What a perfect home for all the gracious hosting of family and friends Laurie does!

  9. What a beautiful home! I love Laurie’s collections…. oh my! The blue toile sofa is just amazing and I love all of the color and personality throughout her space. Just fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Jewel Sauls says:

    Wonderful home! I love Laurie and her decorating style. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of the rest of her house!

  11. Carol OurSearsKitHome says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Laurie’s home, like her blog, and her self, is wonderful! It was great seeing it all in one place, too!

  12. Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary says:

    Great blog. Laurie’s home is beautiful and looks so comfortable and inviting.

  13. Curtains in My Tree says:

    That was a fabulous tour, I loved every room and that wall unit was fabulous

    Thanks for the tour of Laurie’s home

  14. Glenda/MidSouth says:

    Thanks for the tour of Laurie’s very pretty home It has a warm/welcoming look to it also. I met her a few years ago and felt I already knew her – truly a very nice lady.

  15. Thanks for featuring Laurie’s home. Laurie is one of my good buddies! For as long as I’ve been reading Laurie’s blog, I never knew that her home was the one she grew up in. I think that’s special!

  16. Laurie Ritchey says:

    Suzy, thank you again for featuring our home. This has been so much fun. You and I both have some very kind blog readers, and their comments have been so nice. laurie

  17. Wow! What an absolutely beautiful house! What a great feature, Suzy! Thank you so much for sharing!


  18. Celestina Marie says:

    Hi Suzy,
    Laurie’s home is gorgeous and every detail is amazing. She has such a good eye for bringing treasures together with color and balance. Thank you for sharing her home. Laurie is very talented.
    I visited Laurie’s post as well and your home is gorgeous too.
    Have a wonderful evening.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie