Happy Birthday to Meeee!

Yes, people, it's my B'Day.  I'm 31, but I feel incredibly immature for 31 although much wiser than I was at 21.  I think the fact that I googled "Justin Bieber pumpkin carving stencil" last night and then opted not to pay the $4 the stencil seller was charging pretty much sums up where I am in life right now.  Responsible middle schooler.  That's me.

So for this very special day, I am giving myself my dream home from my pinboard appropriately titled Dream Homes.  (You can find all of the image sources if you click the Dream Homes link.  I'm being extremely lazy because it's my birthday and I have approximately 4 minutes to put this post together while Edward dances to Elmo's World.)

Let's start with the exterior.  I'm always drawn to traditional white houses.

With black shutters (I'm not kidding, I keep accidentally putting an "i" where the "u" should be in shutters ... is my subconscious telling me I need black toilets or that I'm not posh enough for my dream home? Don't overanalyze, Jennifer.)

On a big ole piece of land with awnings somewhere on the house (probably the back yard)

and a porch

and a fun door

Maybe blue?

But if we're going to vary from the white house with black shutters, I'll take one of these. 

Or, I mean, I guess I could compromise with this house (I would totally stand on my porch all day looking all smug at the neighbors with my glass of wine, like, oh yeah this is mine.)

Inside there would be lots of white walls with beautiful millwork 

This living room is a favorite of mine

As is this dining room

Of course, a big white kitchen

This is actually my dream kitchen -  white cabinetry, black island, copper pots, marble, brass hardware (i need to find a better picture than this scan)

With this storage for all my chinas and stuff

And these light fixtures

 And perhaps an eat-in dining table

I'll need a mud room complete with a dutch door for all of the childrens and dogs and backpacks and coats.  Let's go ahead and put a little dog shower in there to rinse off the muddy paws and dirty boy gear. Love the herringbone brick floor, too.  

 A butler's pantry with glass doors and a chandelier

 A giant sunroom with lots of seating

A craft room so I can be more crafty

And somewhere in this house, I will have pink hand-painted wallpaper.  Maybe I'll have a room just for me where I can read magazines and watch Real Housewives in peace.

Also, I love the idea of a little vanity in the powder room for guests. Love the green velvet chair here.

Ok, moving upstairs, we have a little boy's room.

A little girl's room, if I ever have a little girl.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to have three boys.  Remember, I'm psychic.

I still love my original moodboard for Edward's future room using the family Tartan fabric.

Now for the master bedroom.  A big gorgeous cozy bedroom with handpainted wallpaper.  No big deal. 

 And a portrait of Edward

Big master bathroom, with dark wood herringbone floors, marble and a fireplace.  Again, no big deal.

MY. OWN. CLOSET. (with Louboutins)

But really big

And, somewhere, a place for me to sit and read and not talk to anyone. Perhaps in my pink room.

A place for the kids to play

Complete with a reading nook.

Finally, the backyard needs to have a pool with blue and white pots all over the place.  I know, I'm being a little greedy, but it's mabirfday y'all!

And while I'm being greedy, I'd like this house in Charleston.  And the yacht.  I absolutely have to have the yacht with it.

Thanks for playing y'all! If I ever get this dream home, I'm not kidding , you are ALL invited.  I don't care if you're weird and a stalker, I will welcome you with open arms and security.  Let's make this happen.


  1. Happy Happy Bday! Jennifer! Love your dream house and it is fun playing this game!! Now how do we make this happen in both our lives?!! Inquiring minds want to know.
    xo Kathysue

  2. I hope this happens for you one day! What a happy post. Wishing the HAPPIEST of birthdays to my fake big sister!

    P.S. I'm moving into your poolhouse. You will have a poolhouse, right?

  3. HAPPY, happy birthday, Jennifer! Your dream house is the same as mine but you ahve ALOT more time to actually get it:):) When you do I AM COMING OVER:):) XO, pinky

  4. Happy Birthday! I'll take the first kitchen, the mudroom, the closets and shoot if I have to that house in Charleston!!


  5. You are in rare form today but I am totally loving it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNIFER!!!!!!!!
    I love your house aka dream house. Its all the same to people like us (wink)
    Of course you know I love the light kitchen with the big black island....and love your ultra glamorous bedroom, bath and fabulouso dressing area. That pool with all the blue and white..total dreamland.
    And you know what you deserve to stand on that porch all smug with your neighbors staring over at you with your glass of wine in hand....you go girl!
    31 is only 13 backwards :) You have a lot of livin to do!

  6. Happy birthday! That was a very cute post!! Keep dreaming and some day everything you wished for will come to you!
    (but you are going to have to dream A LOT to have that incredible home!!)

  7. Wait! Where's the blue & white room?

  8. Happy birthday! OK, I am holding you to this. I want a invite.....

  9. Happy Birthday!!!! I'm extremely impressed that you could put this together in four minutes. that's because you are still young and I am old. I love your dream home ideas. Have a great one. XO, Mona

  10. Happy Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day. I am head over heels in love with your dream home! The exterior alone had me weak at the knees (and that was before I saw what you chose for the interior)!

  11. Ha.. love your joke at the end! Can I borrow your dream house and dream a little too???? Wow... we're at the same age and have a very similar dream! :-)

    Happy birthday and may God bless you always!

    Wishing you a blessed weekend.


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  12. I have a black toilet in my new/old house. Terry loves black toilets...there's one in her new house too. I find this trend odd.

  13. happy birthday! sorry i'm late to the party but i thoroughly enjoyed your dream house :) p.s. you have a really cool family tartan!

  14. Sweet...I live in Charleston and would love to visit every day...LOL~

  15. I was looking for some DIY projects just browsing and came accross your blog, this blog post made me smile & laugh! :D love your dream home, sigh! Hope you get it real soon dont forget to invite! ;)


  17. I can't sleep, so I am reading your blog because I love it (duh). I LOVE this post!!!!! So weird, but a few days before I moved out, more than a year ago...you referenced Charleston in this beautiful bday post (I was too depressed to read it when it was first posted, I am sure that is why I missed it)....I know you LOVE it, but it is almost like you knew! I just started to cry. I am so emotional these days, but in a good way. Also, you will have 1 girl, I am physic, too.

  18. you really took me away with this post. just found you today 7/23 and glad i did. it was way better than calgon!!!


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