ALMOST Finished!

Almost finished Chippendale rail
Almost finished Chippendale rail

Chinese Chippendale rail and stairs are my favorite..


W almost finished with the new office, garage and entertaining addition to the house—well, not really. For those of you who are serial renovators like me, you understand. There will always be one more plant for the garden, or one more chair that is perfect for the office, or one more grill or smoker Mr. P needs for his new grilling area.

Building a home is not just about the building, it is about creating a lifestyle that will make your everyday life a joy. It is about having a place where friends and family can gather to have fun, get away and relax. It’s about being ready for house guests or a party at the drop of a hat! The pressures of the job, school or just the city are left behind for a while and that Ahhhhh feeling takes over. We all crave that special place and people who seem to have those skills to help us relax and rewind. I hope our new place will provide that for people—and if the number of guests we have already had, during construction, is an indicator I think we have achieved our goal.

Take a look around your home and see what you can add or delete to make your home ‘that’ place that people love to visit. And remember—who cares if your sweetie made a mess, the sheets are in the wash, your entry is torn to pieces or your furniture is stacked to the ceiling or out to be recovered—just go for it!  Remember you are creating a lifestyle not the perfect house. You never know, this could be the best weekend of your entire life!

Almost Finished Fall porch

Janie and Gracie check out the new play area.


Fire pit area

New fire pit area is just waiting to be covered with stone—and a fire pit. LOL


new pantry area is almost finished

The new pantry cabinets are almost finished.


almost finished witht the office

The office closet doors have been installed.


bar window and grill counter

‘Mr. P’s’ fully opening window is ready at his grill kitchen—bar counter to follow.


white oak floors

The floors have been left natural white oak sealed with a clear finish.


rustic porch

The rustic porch is ready for football and fun—and an antler chandelier.


French doors

Inside, four new sets of French doors have been installed.


Screened porch doors

The doors for the screened porch have been painted.


wall paper

I am considering this wall paper for the entry, laundry or pantry—or all of them.


new grassy lawn and garden

We will have a new garden and grassy area on the side of the house where the dead trees were removed.


entry garden

The new entry garden is taking shape.


Fall red maples

And Janie thinks the new red maples look splendid for Fall!


xo♥, Lissy
All photos by Lissy Parker for You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos—just please credit the source.


October 21, 2016
October 28, 2016



  1. Reply

    Martha Parker

    October 26, 2016

    Your home should be in a magazine! Thinking Southern Living or Garden & Gun!

    • Reply


      October 26, 2016

      Thank you!

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    October 27, 2016

    Looks Fabulous!!! And I agree… it should be in a magazine!!! xo

    • Reply


      October 31, 2016

      Holly, You are too kind.Thank you for all of your inspiration!

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    October 29, 2016

    Lissy that porch area is going to be fantastic!! The Antler Chandelier will be the icing on the cake!

    • Reply


      October 31, 2016

      Thank you Cindy! It is moving slow right now.


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