Thursday, June 13, 2013

Blogger Home Tour - Our Home Away From Home

Welcome to the Blogger Home Tour series.
Featuring some of the finest homes on tour in Blogland.


Met Maria Elena from Our Home Away From Home

Her home has always been one of my faves with its elegant autumn hue colours throughout.
 As with the season, this home expresses much comfort, warmth and definitely a heartfelt welcome.

Maria and I started blogging about the same time.
I would see and visit her at a few parties.
Always admiring the love she generates into her home.
And now almost two and a half years later, I feel we are bosom friends.
And if she lived closer, I would be popping over for tea regularly and chat away the day!

She makes her home away from home in Texas, USA, but was born and raised in Madrid, Spain.
I can always see and feel a hint of her Spanish background throughout her home.
She is wife to retired Army and Mom to three children, one which is a Navy son.

A crystal Palace in Madrid, Spain

Let step inside and have a look around.

They built their home in 2008.
A custom built design, making their own personal and private place to hang their hat.

Love the foyer, double love the stairway.

Awesome metal art throughout the house. 

 Have a seat in the livingroom.

An even prettier living room dressed for Christmas.

The cutest laundry room.
If you have to do the chores, may as well be in a pretty room!

 An elegant and classy kitchen.

The breakfast area.

Don't you just love the family room?
I just might fall asleep in that big comfy couch! 
This is my very favourite room.

A little bit of Christmas detail in this room.
Love this coffee table, I might have to copy this look.

A very talented crafter and master of DIY projects!
With detailed step by step instructions on all things how too's - my kind of tutorials. :)

Love her back porch.  
She gives a detailed tutorial for these no sew canvas drop cloth outdoor curtains here

Simply a lovely home, I very much enjoyed showing it off today.
Thank you Maria for letting us take a tour.

Drop by her blog, Our Home Away From Home, and say hello!


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I will be linking up with these parties

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
 Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home


  1. Maria has a very lovely home. Thanks for the tour, Diane. Have a great day!

  2. Yes I do love her home! It's beautiful and welcoming. That porch is to die for!

    You know, I just found your blog on one of the linky parties recently. I really like it.

  3. Well there you are, Diane! I have started all over and lost touch with some of my favorite bloggers, so glad I found you over at Our Home Away From Home. Yes, this home is beautiful :)

  4. Her home is lovely, I especially love her porch!

  5. Very elegant, with a hint of the Southwest.

  6. Beautiful Home...thanks for sharing your home tour.
    Maybe you can visit me at Simple Pleasures .

  7. I just love Maria's home and she is a gem! Thank you, Diane for sharing!~~Angela

  8. I have been following Mariaelena's blog for about 6 months and I am never disappointed when I visit. Her home is a feast for the elegant but also warm and welcoming! Thank you for the tour!


  9. Beautiful home. I'm off to visit Maria.

  10. Diane, what an honor it is to have our home featured in your beautiful blog. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for thinking of me!

  11. I've been following Maria Elena for about a year now, and she is one of my faves. She is so very talented and has a gorgeous home!

  12. Maria's home is so lovely. I love the staircase! Lots of nice decorating touches.
    Thanks, Patty

  13. Such a lovely home! and it seems I missed your birthday - happy belated!!!

    Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful week xox