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The Eleventh Annual Tour of Fine Spaces… Presented by the Junior League of Winston-Salem

Its that special time of year again…SPRING!! The flowers are starting to bloom and people are starting to be running down Stratford Road in droves. Also, this time of year… The Tour of Fine Spaces presented by the Junior League of Winston-Salem.  This is one of my favorite events EVERY year!!  I love looking at newly renovated homes big and small and getting all sorts of home ideas.  The Junior League is near and dear to my heart, so when they asked me if I would blog about the Tour this year I said YES!!  Also, near and dear to my heart is a contest!!  Enter at the bottom of the post for your chance to win TWO tickets to the Tour of Fine Spaces. The JLWS is responsible for BookWORM, the Child Abuse Puppet Show, as well volunteering with community partners throughout the city. These include the Backpack program, Golor Community Garden and the Children’s Museum, just to name a few!! So lets get to it… here are a few pictures of some of the homes that will be featured on 2013_TOFS_Logo

Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Begin the morning at Keller Williams Realty from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Tickets are $35 at the door or $30 in advance online at www.jlws.org/touroffinespaces

Enjoy breakfast treats and exchange vouchers for maps and tickets while mingling in the newly renovated office space at 280 Charlois Boulevard.

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The Raffle Ends March 17th!! Winners will be contacted the 18th of March. Thank you for playing 🙂 a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Tour of Fine Spaces is TOMORROW!!

Get your walking shoes on and grab a friend, the Tenth Annual Tour of Fine Spaces is TOMORROW!  There will be ten homes to look at and admire.  Plus, amazing food from some of Winston-Salem’s best spots to eat.  The weather is suppose to be lovely so come and enjoy yourself.

 

Excited to see what is featured this year???  Look at the spaces below…

Are you excited yet???  I am!!

Half of the fun is getting to go inside homes that you’ve watched go through a big transformation…

Here is one I can’t wait to get inside…

So what is stopping you?  The weather is going to be great, the food is going to be delicious, you will get so many home design ideas…

Purchase your tickets today for the Tour of Fine Spaces tomorrow… plus all the money raised goes to putting trained volunteers into Winston-Salem / Forsyth County.  The Junior League of Winston-Salem has been part of the community for 92 years and has helped the the creation/created organizations such as The Arts Council, SciWorks, the Children’s Museum, Horizon’s, BookMarks, and there are so many more!

What could be better???

Support a great cause and get to see fantastic homes.

Dashing – xoxox

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The Dovecote Home is for Purchase

** This post originally published today on Dovecote Decor as many of you know I have had the great fun to work for Liz for many years and get to call her home my office for all of them.  Her home is now up for sale.  It is an amazing place and she has taken some exquisite pictures for you to get a glimpse of it.  If anyone is interested please let her know, her email is at the bottom of the page.  Her home will be on the Junior League of Winston-Salem’s Tour of Fine Spaces March 21st and I will have a post about that next week. … think of this as is a little tidbit for what is to come on the tour this year!! **

2820 Thornfield Road
By: Liz Morten
We have loved our house on Thornfield Road for the last 14 years. It was conceived by a Winston-Salem couple who owned a francophile boutique and traveled extensively through France–shopping for their store and home. Collaborating with the Wilmington, N.C. architect Henry Johnston the team gathered artisans, Mennonite craftsman, custom millworkers, old wood resources for floors, beams and paneling to create an authentic, charming French farmhouse aesthetic. The house was finished in 1988, so it is a modern house with old world sensibilities.
Anvil studio artist Bill Brown, created these beautiful roof supports at the front door.

French country houses are designed to flow easily to the out of doors. French doors instead of windows compel you to wander out . Breezeways and pergolas provide shelter, allowing you to watch the moon rise, thunder strike, rain pelt or just watch fireflies in June.

Our Lady Banks Rose in the courtyard is a marvel!! This was the best year ever for our favorite spectacle. It gets’s knocked back a bit in a tough winter but is always a welcome portent of spring.

The front courtyard is also the perfect spot for tent parties. Our guests park up at Reynolda Presbyterian Church and Summit School and walk down. In case of rain, we offer the local teenager valet service.
Our kitchen window box has been an endless source of amusement for me….

This incarnation is my favorite, inspired by Ed Hollander’s personal garden in Sag Harbor. He brilliantly planted tall Oriental Lilies in the roots of their Hydrangea bushes and they magically dangle over the flowers acting simultaneously as support. It’s a stunner and this is my mini version.

A New Dawn Rose from the back of the house was transplanted to the front courtyard. A great adage to remember for all climbers is: “The first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap. This was a mature climber so it immediately embraced the space.

One of my favorite diversions is the container garden in the Spring. I came up with this Cleome/Plumbago combo and it is my favorite. As the heat goes on, they just get more wild and woolly, which is always gratifying to the gardener. The Hydrangeas through the door came in small pots from the grocery store. I enjoy them indoors, but they thrive and grow in the garden, when they’ve stopped blooming.

One year, my neighbor’s tulip Magnolia was ripped to shreds and laying on the ground, so in one of my very early blog posts, I entertained myself with this “Windfall.” Walking into the house and changing seasons we are working on a Winter Wonderland fabulous dinner.

We like the Christmas Tree in the dining room and open our gifts over breakfast strata on Christmas morning.

The entry hall has been a great overflow dining spot. We have seated as many as 22 people in dining room and the adjacent hall.

I would say our happiest times start in the kitchen and end in all the different areas we have decked out for our feasts.

Anyone who follows me on Instagram or FaceBook knows that I am the undisputed Queen of the antipasto platter.
The wonderful courtyard off of the family room is a frequent gathering spot.

The terrace off of the living room/dining room areas draws guests out for conversations. I have occasionally set up for dining out there as well, but notice that guests love an almost desperate proximity to the kitchen.  In winter, it is a great spot to gather with a blazing fire.

There are also areas in this house, where believe it or not, are not food locations.

The family room is open to kitchen area,  and I admit we eat there too.

The house was designed with 3 master bedrooms, one down and two upstairs. The fourth bedroom has built in shelves and a desk area as an optional office, but we have used it as a 4th bedroom, as have the preceding owners. There is a man’s paneled office downstairs as well with dressing and bath areas adjacent.  There are  3 separate energy zones, which make the house energy efficient. When I am the only one home, I turn down the living, dining, halls, and upstairs bedrooms.

My bedroom, which is the main floor master opens on to the dining room/living room terrace and its own secret garden on the opposite side. It is my recharging station. I am sure you are wondering……why this very long post, which could have been broken into at least3?. I have decided to move and am selling the house.  Friends have asked me to post images, so they can pass it on to their friends. Also, we have had so many beautiful occasions here, I wanted to keep a memento of all the wonderful times the girls and I have had with our relatives and great friends.  If you live in the greater Winston-Salem, Greensboro or High Point area, please share this with your friends.
Price available on request.
liz@dovecotedecor.com