Well…I did it.
I took some more pics at Dale and Rita’s house!
Rita was at work on Saturday morning, so I didn’t get a chance to chat with her about all of her beautiful decorating choices, but Dale was home with his granddaughter, and man was she a fun “assistant” that day!
A few folks asked if they could see the other side of Dale & Rita’s kitchen the other day, and they were so sweet to let me roam around with my camera again:
I love how their fridge and dishwasher drawers are embellished to look like part of the kitchen cabinetry:
Here’s a look back at the kitchen from the other direction:
And if you’ve ever wondered about how marble counters hold up after years of entertaining folks of all ages…
…Dale says as long as they’re honed and you don’t let acidic spills (mustard, citrus fruits, wine, etc) sit for hours, they’re a breeze, and they’ve really enjoyed them!
Here’s a close up of Rita’s fun Majolica collection in the breakfast room:
She has a vintage hand mirror collection in one of their guest bedrooms upstairs and I just love the way she displayed them:
That bedroom has a great view of the chapel across the street:
(That reminds me- are you coming to The Chapel Market this Fall?)
There’s another guest bedroom (and a pretty plate collection) on the other side of the hall…
That room shares a bathroom with the (toile) guest bedroom I featured last Friday:
Back downstairs, there’s a pretty little hallway with one of the coolest air conditioning return vents I’ve ever seen:
Dale said they got the wooden vent at an antique place in Georgia and hired a cabinet-maker to trim it out and build the “pitched” cabinet above it.
Here’s a closer look at that pretty study down the hall:
Dale couldn’t remember what the name of the paint color in the bookcases is, but he did mention that the light fixture came from Rejuvenation.
Around the corner from the study is the master bedroom…
(Note: The bed is actually much larger than it looks. I think my lens created an optical illusion.)
…and here’s a photo of the other side of the master bath:
There’s another small bathroom in the hallway on the way back to the breakfast room:
…and off the breakfast room, there’s a small screened-in back porch:
The porch leads to the Chapel Hill Loft out back, and that is definitely one of my favorite parts of their home, too! (If you missed my post about it, just click on that link to be re-directed over to it.)
But their house is so much more than just a “pretty place”.
It’s home for Dale & Rita, and their (adult) children & granddaughter when they visit. And even though we just met last Fall, it is more than apparent that these folks are a very kind and inspiring bunch. We’re excited to have them as down-the-street neighbors and we look forward to spending more time with them soon! (I may have to “borrow” my “assistant” again sometime, too.)
PS- I also wanted to thank Dale & Rita’s (middle) daughter, Paige, here. Dale shared with me that she spent Friday morning/early afternoon cleaning & staging the house so that it would be ready for it’s close-up when I got there at 1:00, and I really appreciate her taking time out of her day to go over there and do that. I told you they were a very kind and inspiring bunch.