Dream Big Day 6

Once this beautiful home is complete every room inside has to be to shine like the construction outside.

I alone can only do my precious home a disservice. With that said an interior designer is what I need to assist me throughout the whole project—not just putting on the finishing touches.

There are many decisions to be made from the beginning before ground is broken to the final furnishing put in place. I look through many magazines for ideas and thinking about making a vision board to keep everything together.

First and foremost I’ve got to have the perfect place for my Baby Grand Piano. Then we can work the rest of the room around its placement. In that placement I must have a place for a fish tank-a beautiful colorful home for fish that replicates the depths of the seas.

I don’t want cookie cutter furnishings. I have antique furnishings from my grandmother and some I purchased that have to be utilized. I found dining chairs I want to purchase but the jury’s still out about a new table. I have my grandmother’s table but not sure if I want to use it. If I do use it will have to change the finish to another color other than brown or black. I haven’t found a table I like enough to purchase so I still have time to decide.

The rest of my home will evolve. I won’t be in a hurry to get every room completed at once. Listening to what it’s saying is important.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.


Dream Big Day 5

I have a lot of ideas and desires for my big dream. There is one problem and that is I need someone with expertise to put it all together on paper where it makes sense. An Architect could do that for me. One that listens well and executes what I tell them I want. I’m going to pick something like a faucet, sink I want in the house and have the architect build around it—just like a commercial that use to be on television. It would be fun to see that actually happen. I want someone who can relate where I’m coming from and can see and understand the method to my madness and be an asset to my project.

 Who finds the builder? Is it the architect or I? If it’s me how do I choose a good builder? I don’t know how to pick builders or contractors either. Maybe the Architect can give me recommendations. I’ll be sure to check all the people who will be building my home. There are probably a lot of Architects and builders in the vicinity of where I presently live.

 When I finish interviewing potential candidates to build my home I will have the right team. They will put together the most magnificent home that was ever built.


Mortar oozing out from between the bricks gives a house the old world look. Some stone could be added for contrast. Distressed shutters dress the windows in an old world color to compliment the mortar. A front door that makes you think you are entering a castle will add to that look. This looks great on a two-story house but how will it look on a ranch house?

The garage should be entered from either side or the back. A three-car garage would be great so I can have enough space for an atv/ golf cart to drive around my ranch.

Plenty of windows will open the house to natural light. I’m like God when He said light be. I love light. Skylights can also add natural light.

The house needs to face north or south. If you’d ask me why I couldn’t tell you. That’s just what I decided years ago and both of my other homes were situated on the land that way.

This home needs a little more than the run of the mill driveway. A straight concrete drive will not work. A brick circular drive will set the house off. With the circular brick drive the sidewalk needs to be brick also.

I can see my big dream coming together. Maybe the look I described doesn’t all go together. I’m for starting a new trend.

I’m sure there are a lot more details that would come to mind as I dream more.


As I was thinking about Dreaming Big today it occurred to me that my home should be situated on land somewhere. Situated where is the big question I need to find an answer to.

Do I want it in a new community where they may have several styles of houses and I have to be satisfied with their plans? They might say you can make it the way you want but within the parameters they set. Then there’s the dreaded HOA-Home Owners Association. They charge you to tell you what you can and cannot do to your home. If you live In a Master Plan Community the HOA fee is much more for extra activities you don’t have time to use. I’ve been there, done that with my last home. I’m not particularly interested in doing that again unless it’s a neighborhood just I have to live in.

Since I’m dreaming big, I want a ranch with a creek and wooded acres. With that much land I want a sprawling ranch style home and an Olympic size pool with a pool house. A studio behind the main house is already a part of my big dream. Several Longhorn steers and a couple of horses will have a home at my ranch. I’ll have to hire a ranch hand to take care of the animals and ranch since I haven’t a clue what to do with all that.

Once everything is built and in place I’m going to throw a Texas size barbecue all weekend and invite a bunch of people. I will also hire a chef and wait staff for this shindig because I will be socializing with my guest instead of in the kitchen.

Now that’s Dreaming Big!



Wow, yesterday I started dreaming big about the patio. Who would have thought? Most people start dreaming big on the inside of their homes. I guess I’m not like most people and I’m not finished dreaming about the rest of the back, front and side yard.

Today my Big Dream is a new home—built from the ground up to my specifications. I want a home that will be customized to my needs and wants. I don’t want rooms that never get used. Every space has to have a purpose and be user-friendly.

The three most important rooms to me are the kitchen, master suite and craft room. My big dream would be a studio in back of the main house that could be totally dedicated to my crafts and writing. This would be an organized area that I wouldn’t have to pack up and store what I’m working on and bring it out again the next time. I wouldn’t have to hunt for my materials when I get an idea for a new piece of jewelry, a painting or an outfit because everything would be neatly put away. I would be able to get what I need to get busy and create.

My kitchen has to have plenty of light. I don’t want the sink in the island because I want a window to look out and watch the birds playfully soaring throughout the yard. I do require an island—a big island that can seat many people because I don’t want an eating area. I will have a dining room on the other side of the Butler’s Pantry that will get daily use. There has to have plenty of storage so all my gadgets and small appliances have a home. I do have a lot of them that I enjoy using. They need to be in a convenient place. A Butler’s Pantry has to be in close proximity to the kitchen because I have all types of glasses I like to drink out of. I don’t like drinking out of plastic.

My master suite has to be a peaceful place without a television. A cozy room off the master suite would be great for a television/library. That would leave the bedroom for rest.

Separate sinks would be ideal in the master bath. I’d want either a steam shower or a walk-in shower without doors. A deep six-foot soaking tub is a must because I love bubble baths. A towel warmer is needful to wrap in warmth after my bubble baths or steam shower. I don’t want to forget about toasty warm toes and a way to accomplish that is to have heated floors in the master bath.