Won't you be my neighbor?

My dear neighbors are moving back to Atlanta.  I just love their family and will be sad to see them go. Their darling house just went on the market and I am looking for some fun neighbors.....

Won't you be my neighbor?

1.73 acres, 4469 sq. feet, 3 Living, 3 Dining, 4 bedrooms, 4.1 bath, 3 car garage, 3 fireplaces, 
NorthEast Oklahoma City, wonderful School district

Contact me for more information.  I would love to have some fun neighbors to hang out with!!

Before and After of the Eleven Gables' kitchen

If you are super visual like me, you want to see side-by-side comparisons of before and after.  So, I thought it would be fun to do a before and after post.

Kitchen Before:  
(notice the chandelier reappear on the back porch)

Kitchen after:
(see on the brick where I haven't finished resealing the floor... that is the old island's spot... underneath the barstools) 

stove moved off of island and an updraft vent was added:

sorry about the glare... Before sink:

After Sink:

Before Storage Wall:


I really wish I would have done a better job of photographing the before shots, but you get the idea.  To see the complete transformation, go here for the before, here for the during, and here for the after!  

Coming soon:  
Inside the kitchen cabinets
Laundry/Butler's Pantry Remodel

My latest project Porch Remodel is up on the blog now!

Thanks again for coming by to visit.  

xo, Emily

Eleven Gables: back porch living

Hi Friends!  I hope you are enjoying your summer.  We are having fun with our boys.  Over the years, I have learned to trim down the summer activities and let the boys be boys.  They fill their days hunting for turtles, exploring the area, swimming, riding bikes, catching fireflies, and they even put on a cowboy play for us last night!  Trust me, there has been plenty of arguing, hitting, and screaming too!  But, all-in-all, we are having a wonderful summer break.

So, I wanted to share my porch remodel with you.  Back in 2012 when we were discussing remodeling the porch and adding an outdoor kitchen area, I threw in that I would rather spend the money on the kitchen, since that it where we spend the majority of our time.  My husband agreed and we worked up a budget to do both.  Well..... the kitchen budget quickly overtook the porch budget and we decided to just scrap the porch remodel altogether.  In the middle of the kitchen remodel, we got hit with a major hail storm.  Still, since we decided to upgrade the windows and siding, we would not be doing any porch remodel any time soon. It wasn't until we removed the vinyl siding, that we discovered water had accumulated under the existing porch roof and basically rotted the headers. 

Our contractor wouldn't move forward without replacing the headers and some adjoining framing.  Well, if you give a mouse a cookie, he is going to want some milk to go with it, RIGHT? :)

Down came the porch roof.

Out came the brick border that was built on sand.

A brick pattern was laid out to copy the rest of the house. My goal was that the porch look like it had always been there. 

A new roof was constructed and installed.  This time adding about 10 feet to the width.

Trimming out of the posts and paint was next.

Furniture came, and furniture was returned. We finally agreed on the look we were going for and everything came together perfectly. I am still searching for the perfect ottoman/coffee table. But, in the meantime, we are enjoying the porch and wonder why we didn't do it sooner!

Thanks for following me here on my blog!  I love sharing my home with you!  

xo, Emily 

Eleven Gables trip to Carlton Landing

Hi Friends!  I have been missing you!  This summer has been packed with lots of fun with my boys.  We took a two day trip to a fabulous lake community on Lake Eufaula called Carlton Landing in Oklahoma.

After pulling in to the drive, there is a goat pen, a pig pen, and a large garden.  Then winding around the bend, you come to this:
A gorgeous lookout point overlooking the lake. This is where the love affair with Carlton Landing began. 

We visited some old friends and made new friends. In the evening, we sat on the porch and sipped wine while our children freely ran around the neighborhood. 
(photo credit- 4 year old, found on mommy's phone)

Here is a picture of our cottage:

The boys visited the community chicken coop at least four times a day to check for eggs

All of the homes are just darling.

Very much my style!  Screened porches, rockers, and margaritas in a jar ("jargaritas" a.k.a. "Carlton Landing Punch")
I imagine this little slice of heaven is similar to days gone by.

 Very laid back atmosphere. We can't wait to visit again.

Of course, I came home and made my porch a little more inviting for my neighbors to pop by for a visit!