Monday, June 16, 2014

No Place Like Home

Auntie KiKi here and one of my dearest friends is redecorating her house, top to bottom and that’s always a scary thing to be doing in my opinion especially if you go and turn it over to one of those snooty decorators who think they know it all. 

I mean a house...especially a Savannah house has got to have certain things to make it right. 

There better be a big old table in the kitchen. Not one of those bar things with stools. I mean a fullout table that sits all the family at once. A family that eats together stays together especially if there’s fried chicken on that table.

And while we’re talking kitchen’s there better be a big one. This is cooking country and we need room to move around. Everyone has a job to do like stirring the gravy, and setting the table proper.

And there better be room enough in that house for grandma’s pie safe and auntie’s sewing chest and that there rocker your mamma rocked the babies in. A house can be new but we take our past with us for sure.

When picking out new furniture be thinking something that a swaying. Don’t be forgetting that swing on the porch and the rocker by the hearth. Things that stay put get downright boring if you ask me.


These are some of the must-haves in a Southern home. What’s a must have in your home? A big porch to sit a spell? A fireplace to gather round? A garden for growing tomatoes and okra?   




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  1. I've always wanted a wrap around porch, but never had one and still don't! I do have my fireplace though and a big backyard.

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    1. Love wrap around porches. I don’t have one either. A deck and patio is as close as I get.

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    2. I don't have a deck or patio either...oh well.

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  2. a big-must for me in my house is a comfy sofa with a TV with all of the technology available!!!! I need to watch my shows & sports!!!!

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    1. I have a big comfy sofa too. Nothing better.

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  3. Must-haves in my home include a large number of bookcases, a kitchen island, a screened-in patio and pool, and a kitty!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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    1. Oh a pool! How cool is that. Lucky you.

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    1. AC is always sweet when it gets into the 90s. Love the porch, esp with a big swing.

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  5. A big kitchen is on my list of must haves! I would love a fireplace in my kitchen, but it will have to wait. :)

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    1. I’d love to have a fireplace in my kitchen. What a great idea.

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  6. I have to have my home office/genealogy room/craft room. Love it!

    lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. Lots of room for hobbies…always a big plus. Lucky you.

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  7. I would love to have a much bigger kitchen with more cabinets, cupboards and counter space. Also a dining room as currently the only place to eat, is in our tiny kitchen.

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  8. Love the house and series
    rjprazak6@gmail.com
    Becky Prazak

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    1. Thanks so much. Big Southern homes are always so lovely.

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  9. Love the house and series

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    1. Thanks so much. Nothing better than a little Southern hospitality.

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  10. I'm a pretty simple gal, but my must have - absolutely - cannot do without - is a bathtub. It's my favorite place to read.

    For years, I lived in the barracks - no bathtub. I could put up with everything - the noise, the lack of privacy, the surprise inspections - but the lack of bathtub is what really got me down!

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    1. Thank you so much for serving in the military to keep us all safe. Bless you. You so deserve that tub. Enjoy!

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  11. A porch, for sitting, relaxing, reading and enjoying!

    patucker54 at aol dot com

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    1. Love porches. Give the house a lovely homey feel and great for relaxing.

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  12. I dream of some day having walls lined with bookshelves so that I can unpack all of my books and look at them all. Someday......

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. I never have enough bookcases either. Poor books are stacked in corners. One of these days...

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  13. I love big porches to swing on or to just to sit and read a good book or two. Right now I live on a farm and we have an area back behind the barn that we have bonfires. It is situated between the pond, creek and field that is farmed every summer. It is nice to sit back there with a nice fire and a good book. Quiet and serene.

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    1. a place for bonfires sounds terrific. Lucky You! And a pond and creek. You are in a great place.

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  14. A tranquil porch perfect for reading and sipping tea would be a delight. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. a bookshelf

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  16. Weeping willow tree, stream, a wrap around porch, a library, craft room, a secret passage and a secret room, curved turret type rooms on the corners of the house.

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    1. Sounds amazing. You should write a story about this.

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  17. A healthy supply of snack foods for the ravenous teens, a big comfy dog bed and my oak dining table.

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  19. I love the cat and mice fence.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. that fence is from Savannah. Took the pic myself. I love it too.

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  20. Whoops! Not sure how I didn't realize it but I accidentally deleted my first response. Oh well, here it is again.

    Must haves in my dream home include a library, central air and heating, a comfy couch you can completely stretch out on, that big table to gather around, a bathtub, someplace to sit outside, and room enough outdoors for a slew of tulips, Easter lilies, and big shady trees. Wow, I don't think I realized how many things are on that list. Oh well, that's why the key word is dream, right? robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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    1. My list keeps getting longer too. Love my gardens.

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  21. My big Kitchen Aid mixer

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  22. The Pie Safe is one I purchased, the table and buffet in the kitchen was my parents, the matching vegetable bin was made by
    my uncle, the rocker next to the fireplace was my father's mother, the dining room furniture was my mother's mother, Then there
    is the family silver and china that has been passed down from generation to generation, the bedroom furniture from Great-Great
    Grandmother Lula Mae. Not to mention the sea chest that I use for material scraps/coffee table in the den that my father's
    Great Grandfather brought over with him in 1843 from France. Very few items in my home do not carry the history of my family,
    except the maybe the glider, swing and three rockers on the front porch a friend made for me, or the the two ice-cream parlor tables and chairs I rescued from an old 50's diner that was being torn down. If you have a southern home you need to add roses and Magnolias in the yard and a vegetable and herb garden off to the side. If space allows you need fruit trees, at least one dog and a couple of cats. Now lets talk doilies and lace curtains...

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    1. Sorry, I forgot my e-mail address InspirationalAngel@hotmail.com.

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    2. Now THAT is a Southern home! Well done, DelAnne!

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  23. I'd love a wrap around porch with a porch swing. Screened in to keep the bugs out.

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    1. I just love porch swings. I have one in my tree…as close as I can get.

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  24. I must have a large fenced yard for my dogs.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. always a space for the pets. Gotta have the fur babies close

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  25. Oh Auntie Kiki...our house wouldn't be a home without our hobby room for my husband who builds W.W.II model tanks, etc. and my sewing room where I stitch quilts, make items to sell at our weekend vendor's booth and sew stuffed animals for the grandkids. I miss having a big front porch as I did as a child, but, that's not generally a southern California housing theme (sigh).
    sxygrndma48@yahoo.com

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    1. A happy home indeed. Love the WWII tank hobby. Wow! My husband would live to see that!!

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  26. I have to have a garden with lots of flowers.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Rita. I keep adding more and more and more flowers. It’s a sickness. LOL

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  27. I would have loved a wrap-around screened-in porch but that style of house was out of our budget. Instead, we have a nice gazebo with mesh netting panels on our patio for those cool summer evenings (can you tell I hate mosquitoes!). kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. The gazebo sounds amazing with the netting. What a great idea.

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  28. I love the cat and mouse picket fence. My 'perfect' house would be on a lake. However reality slaps me in the face and tells me to settle for a nice house built in the 1920s, preferable a bungalow. I have one now, but must move to the town my parents are in...

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    1. Oh, Liz, I’m so sorry you have to move. It will be great to be by your parents but packing is such a headache. Good luck with the move and finding a new house. A lake house sounds amazing.

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  29. Definitely a big porch. Raquel36m (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Nothing better than a big porch where you can watch the rain. Love it.

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  30. A big enclosed porch with an ocean view. Can't afford the ocean view but at least I have the porch.
    dotkel50 (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. I brother has the ocean view from his porch. I cannot afford it either! Nice that I can mooch his. LOL

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  31. I have a screened porch that is surrounded by beautiful trees. It is my favorite place to read.

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    1. Sounds wonderful, Janet. Wish I was there having tea with you. :-)

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  32. I would love to have big enclosed porches in the front and back of the house but I don't. A girl can dream.

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    1. Always dream. I want a big kitchen. I keep looking for kitchen stretches on Amazon…no luck so far.

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  33. must haves-big yard, bookshelves -wish i had a big screened in porch!

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    1. Screens are wonderful but just being outside is terrific too.

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  34. I can't live without my dishwasher, but there are so many amenities that I would love to have. But first, I must have the finances to buy my own home. I would love a home with a library, and secret passages. A nice cozy bay window that has a comfy cushion that I can sit on along with my furry feline companions while I read a good book. I would love a tv/game room for friends and family when they come over. And I would love an awesome tree house for my wonderful son.

    Jennifer scooby_doo_forever_2000@yahoo.com

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    1. Love the secret passage idea. I want one too!

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  35. A library to house all of my books and a big kitchen because I love to cook and bake.
    Cmkeck311@aol.com

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    1. Oh Christine. I’m coming to your house for dinner. And baking!! Yummmm. I can smell the biscuits from here.

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  36. I want the big porch to sit back and relax.

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  37. A big dining room table, so we can have large family dinners & holiday celebrations & sit around on lazy Sunday mornings with coffee & the Sunday paper.

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    1. My dining room table is getting too small and that’s a good thing…more family at the table. :-)

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  38. A big porch with a swing and lots of azaleas....

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    1. I love azaleas and magnolias. Spring in the South last for months. So nice.

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  39. A big yard for the dogs to run in and plenty of bookcases for all of my books. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  40. Porch for my rocker so i can read outside, grill so i can cook and eat outside, honeysuckle and gardenias Pitcher of Sweet Tea

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  41. We are doing some work in our house - house 'facelift' I call it. We currently have the conventional, boring arrangement with the living and dining areas one big room and the kitchen-breakfast nook-TV room as another big room. My husband had the brainstorm of moving things around so that we'll have a TV room-library-great room and a big eat-in kitchen with a small seating area in front of the fireplace. Everyone likes to congregate in the kitchen anyway, and I am having a lot of fun deciding just what to do with my "new" room.

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  42. When I moved south, my requirements for a house were 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a fireplace, a 2 car garage and a pool. I have all those things and love my home.

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  43. A Jacuuzi bath tub and 2 toliets. You know how men are. candacejdavidson@gmail.com

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