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Monday, July 29, 2013

My friend Suzi’s Home

My friend Suzi and I met in the early days of  interior design school. We were two older moms, Air Force wives, facing down dastardly professors. We were destined to become friends.

Suzi is a top notch hostess. One of our best memories is the Seinfeld themed party “Festivus” she and her charming husband Ron held during one holiday season. Oh was that fun!

As with all Air Force friends Suzi eventually moved away. But we still emailed and it was great fun letting her know I was coming to Virginia. Not surprisingly she invited us over for dinner.  

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I just adore Suzi’s style. It is somewhat a cross of traditional, meets Tuscan, meets British Colonial. Happy fun colors and patterns suit her personality so well.

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One fun game you can play at Suzi’s is “Find the monkey in the room”. They seem to show up everywhere. I see three just in this vignette alone.

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Ever clever and thrifty Suzi designed her mantle with a shelf and molding bought off the shelf from Lowe’s. It rests on two oversized candleholders.

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I think these may be the biggest candleholders I have ever seen. But they work great! It can all easily come down as Suzi likes to change her room displays often.

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She said the next time I come see her the formal dining room will be a completely different color and style. I believe her.

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I couldn’t get Sweet Boy out of the man cave. :)

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The backyard is a bit of paradise too.

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Her lovely pond has several goldfish.

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Statuary appears in all corners of the garden.

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There is an overall Asian influence. Amazingly Suzi and Ron do all the landscaping themselves.

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One of three sitting areas.

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Suzi and Ron you are absolute angels!

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Thank you for opening your beautiful home to us.

The Gunn’s

15 comments :

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Beautiful home!!

Nancy said...

That yard and pond is gorgeous!

Karen Albert said...

Good Morning Laura,
Suzy has a lovely home, and the best thing about friendships is that you can often pick up right where you left off!

xoxo
Karena
2013 Designer Series

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh wow, her gardens are really amazing, love the pond. Such fun to catch up with old friends. Hugs, Marty

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

The yard is absolutely amazing and gorgeous! I can see why your son wanted to stay in the man cave. It is such a guy space.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Very lovely and unique. Love the mantle idea!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Gorgeous tour!

Vel Criste said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing Laura, I love the backyard the best with that gorgeous pond! I also think her mantle is pretty amazing!

Lady Dorothy said...

I love the tropical and animal prints together! I'm going to have to keep that in mind!

Calypso In The Country said...

She has a beautiful home and any fan of Seinfeld has got to be a great person! Thanks for sharing!
-Shelley

lynn cockrell said...

Your friend's home is gorgeous! It is wonderful that you had a chance to see your friend again and I can imagine how happy she was to see you, too. Great job on the pictures you took!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

How fun that you were able to catch up with an old friend. Suzy's home is lovely. :)

Louise said...

Oh mygoodness how beautiful. That backyard is just gorgeous.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Does she take in borders?? What a gorgeous home & garden! I'm sure you had a wonderful relaxing time with her in her home. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful place with us!

Blessings, Edie Marie

openid said...

What a peaceful sanctuary Suzi has created. I would love to stroll through her garden and feed the koi.
Your Friend,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com