Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mansion on the Market

California-Style Mansion

If you are in the market for a 1950's Hollywood style mansion nestled in one of most prestigious sections of Shreveport, La, then this is the home for you.  For only $1.75 million, this wonderfully preserved 6,129 sq. ft., mid-century modern home and 2.27 acres is a time capsule.
Driving through the gate to this home on top of a hill, guests are greeted by the warmth of the home's natural stacked stone and expanse of glass.An intricately carved, massive front door opens to a unique light fixture and beautiful wood ceiling in the foyer. Inside, interesting and one-of-a-kind light fixtures throughout the home draw the eye upward.
The natural building materials continue inside the house with beautiful grained paneling and the natural stacked stone on the fireplace in the living room.The openness of the space highlighted by the vaulted ceiling and the floor to ceiling glass walls in every room, bring the lovely outside surroundings into the house.
The kitchen abounds in natural light and efficiency.   It would be a gourmet's dream to cook in this luxurious space. 
 This is not your run-of-the mill wet bar.  Recently upgraded with thick granite counter tops, it is situated off the entrance and adjoining the kitchen, making it a natural gathering place.

One of my favorite spaces is the spacious utility room with moveable folding table and large sink.

There are four bedrooms and four full baths with also a powder room.  Each is spa worthy in it's own right with beautiful granite and marble, wavy stones and mosaics mixed with sleek design choices. Nothing was left un-turned in these bathrooms.
 Guest Bedroom 1 and adjoining bath
Bedrooms 2 and 3 with Jack-in-Jill bath

And then, the Master Bed and Bath
 This is "His" side.  There is a large walk-through shower between the His and Her baths.
And "Her" side
Now who couldn't enjoy dressing every morning in this bath.
There are also large walk-in closets in both baths.

There are several sitting areas that take advantage of the lovely landscaped 2.7 acres.
 Sun/garden room with vaulted ceiling, terrazzo flooring, stone accent wall and newly installed floor to ceiling windows that bring the outside in.
 Comfortable den with built-ins, fireplace, ceiling fan, recessed lighting and access to lower outside terrace.
And then there is this covered, open terrace off the living room.
This is the lower terrace outside the den with flagstone flooring overlooking the amazing grounds.
 The terrace area off the kitchen / dining area is filled with lush greenery and a flagstone path.

Thanks for taking this tour of a Mansion on the Market where I live. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Friday Foto Friends

I am linking up with
I thought I would share with you today scenes of our church.  It is majestic as it sits on a hill with its massive columns, and the steeple that soars for the sky. 

Baptistry Stained Glass

Large stained glass windows surround the balcony.
Hanging over the center of the sanctuary is this enormous chandelier with thousands of crystals that have to be cleaned and polished individually.

  The foyer is a large, welcoming space with marble columns and floors.  We have recently added two sitting areas for folks to visit while sipping coffee and juice prior to the service. 
 The paintings were done by ladies in our church.
I welcome you to First Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

for the

1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers? Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it? Besides rain, what else has filled your April?

Yes, we have had a few showers and one really good hard rain this month.  I do not normally carry an umbrella but keep one in the car just in case.  I don't wear a slicker and neither do I run for it unless it is absolutely necessary.  Can't even remember the last time I did that.

Besides rain, April has brought gorgeous, sun shiny days; several trips to Dallas to see our family there for various events; spending time with friends; reading; planning an up-coming trip.

2. What's something you could you give a 30-minute presentation on at a moment's notice and with zero preparation?

Nothing!  I don't mind public speaking as long as I am well prepared and "at a moment's notice" does not meet that criteria for me.

3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood.

Almost every Sunday afternoon found my sister, mother and I in the kitchen making chocolate fudge.  We would meticulously drop a tiny bit into the cold water until we were sure the fudge would be perfect.  In spite of everything, we would often have to eat it with a spoon.  But spoons full of rich, delicious fudge instead of a little square didn't upset us girls at all.

4. What's a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong?

I was once a soloist, but rarely sang without the music for fear of forgetting the words.  That happened one too many times for my comfort.

5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are-
Niagara Falls (NY), Hollywood Walk of Fame (California), Times Square (NYC), Epcot (FL), Seattle Space Needle (WA), and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston). How many of these have you seen in person? Did you feel like a tourist? Did you care? Tell us about a place (not on the list) you've visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.

The only one I have visited is Niagara Falls and did feel it was overrated.  We happened to be there on Memorial Day weekend and had to contend with at least one family from every country in the world, it seemed.  We couldn't wait to get out of Dodge!

Las Vegas is definitely a tourist trap although we enjoyed our trip there.  Just like Niagara Falls, been there done that and no need to return.

6. Your signature clothing item?

Jeans and a tunic.

7. What's an experience you've had you think everyone should experience at least once? Why?

Other than having grandchildren?  Perhaps spending time in the mountains either driving or hiking.  There is nothing more beautiful to me than the panoramic view from a mountain top.  But, I think the one thing everyone should experience at least once is visiting the Holy Land.  For the Christian, it makes the study of the Bible come alive.  For the none Christian, it is still the land of history and remarkable scenery and experiences.  There truly is something Holy about that land.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Speaking of Jews, our church hosted the Holocaust Remembrance Service this past Sunday afternoon.  I had never been to one and was so impressed.  Ten family members of someone killed during the Holocaust and one actual survivor, lit one of eleven candles in memory of the 11 million lost during that time.
A Holocaust survivor

The guest speaker was Armin Guggenheim from Cleveland, Ohio.
He told of how his family was able to escape Germany into Switzerland and then miraculously able to emigrate to America in 1939.  It was such a stirring account of what life was like for the Jewish people during those horrible years.
He told how if any one of the things listed below had not happened, his family would not have survived, as every family member living in Germany was killed.
 As horrible and distasteful as it is to see pictures and read accounts of the Holocaust, we must never allow ourselves or future generations to forget what happened and those who lost their lives.  The lessons we forget are the ones we are bound to repeat.
 "May the One who causes peace to reign in the high heavens let peace descend on us, on all Israel, and on the world, and let us say, Amen."