Friday, September 30, 2016

Oohing and Aahing

A few days ago, my husband had a Japanese business associate who is based in Dubai visit Kuwait for the first time.  Before he brought him to our house, he warned him that it has been described by many as resembling a museum.
I wish you could have seen his face when I opened the door and he stopped inside.  It's always funny to see the reactions of people who visit for the first time.
He spent a lot of time oohing and aahing over everything, then  
we headed to The Peacock Chinese Restaurant located at the SAS Hotel for lunch, as he said Chinese food is his favorite.
And he was not disappointed.
Complementary jasmine green tea and a plate of chocolates come with every meal.
Next, we walked around the grounds of the hotel where the Al Hashemi II is located.
It is the largest dhow ever built and one of the largest wooden ships in the world.
Which is what landed it a spot in the 2002 Guinness Book of World Records.
Once again our visitor was oohing and aahing.
It's nice when someone appreciates and is impressed with what they see around them.  
 It also allows us to be tourists again in our own surroundings.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

Have a fabulous Friday!


Hindustanka said...

Hi Tammy... WOW! I would have been stunned by your house's furnishing and decorations too :) So many things are there! Lovely!
I am glad that your guest liked everything and you also had a great time revisiting old places.

Linda P said...

I like the Proust quote. As I recall he had to use his senses and imagination wisely during his periods of illness and being in bed. I shall look at your blog post and take in everything very slowly. It's rich in detail not only in you home, but in your local surroundings outside. It was good that you can show visitors around and that they appreciate all that they see and experience.

kathyinozarks said...


Mary said...

I love the colors and decor of your home Tammy - so vibrant - and all the wall art is beautifully displayed.
I don't think you will ever become a minimalist (I'm trying more to head that way because dusting, cleaning and such becomes such a chore as one ages!), so I hope to have more wall space some day if you ever run out of places for your treasures, haha!

Mary -

magnoliasntea said...

I totally agree with the quote. And you have an amazing house. Amazing.

Pradeepa said...

Tammy, I love your house but I wonder how you clean it.

Linda said...

Wonderful post and beautiful photos. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely tour. :)

Susan said...

Oh that we could all have new eyes with which to see the world, Tammy. So glad you had the appreciative houseguest. It all looked wonderful. Susan

Quinn said...

I agree. When I lived in CO, people often came all the way from New England - thousands of miles - to visit and I always took them to lots of places.
(Now I live in MA and almost no one visits, even though my family lives just over hour away by car. Not "exotic" enough, maybe?)

September Violets said...

I've only seen snippets of your home before. Wow! I'm oohing and ahhing too! I love all the interesting pieces you have sharing your space. The ship is amazing too. Looks like you showed your friend a grand time. I like your quote ... something we all need to remember when everything starts to seem mundane around us. Enjoy your weekend Tammy,

Linda said...

Fascinating! Actually I think your living area looks like a cool vintage shop, or at least that was my first impression. I think you would think my house is very plain by comparison, as the only wall in my house that is covered so much is just above my desk space in our bedroom. Everything else is pretty much bare because my OCD can't handle too much stuff displayed, though I still find those kinds of places interesting to visit. :)

Looks like a fun time spent showing your houseguest around.

Happy weekend.

Laurie said...

Tammy, your home is very pretty. I love that you use your collections to decorate with and I love the vibrant colors.

Karen said...

Now that our kids have flown the nest, my husband and I are re-visiting some of our favorite places in our state. It is fun to play tourist at home:)

I would love to spend a few hours in your house, looking at all of those interesting things and pictures! I would never tire of it!

crafty cat corner said...

I love your lounge Tammy but I could not live in it myself, I like minimal furnishings and don't like too much going on.

Betsy said...

I love your home Tammy. It looks filled with things you love. We often have visitors and it's fun to take them to places that we take for granted. Lovely quote.

Teresa Kasner said...

I totally enjoyed seeing your home and all your exotic and wonderful decorations! That Chinese restaurant looks divine.. I wish we had one like that here! Your friend looks like he is a neat guy. Nice to see your husband, too! You're gorgeous! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Lisa said...

Your home is stunning! It is nice to have visitors that allow us to be a tourist in our own surroundings. It looks like you have some rather spectacular places share and visit.

Diane said...

Your house has a wonderful coziness. It's so unique and beautiful. Diane

Mereknits said...

Your home is amazing Tammy, so many things that are interesting yet warm and inviting.

Nancy Jo said...

Wow I don't know what to say! I need to go back and study the pictures again. So much to see. Amazing. I need to go buy more stuff!
Nancy Jo

Merlesworld said...

You have a very cosy house the walls are very interesting.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
You sure gave your Japanese guest new eyes and he will forever think very fondly of both of you for opening up your lovely and very warm home to them and showing him some of the world's marvels.
No doubt the food was great at your selection of choice for the restaurant.
Both of you are great hosts and that gives satisfaction!

Createology said...

I am oohing no aahing also. I love to be a tourist right in my own little community. I love seeing your photos and knowing the beauty you reside in.

baili said...

wow wonderful blog you have dear !
and what a beautiFUL house you live in ,i can understand his soooper surprised behavior.
tea looks inviting .
l;oved the wooden ship it is just MARVELOUS

linda said...

How lovely your home is Tammy no wonder your guest was oohing and aahing, the restaurant sounds amazing too. Have a great week. :) xx

SusanLotus said...

I´m ooohing and aaaahing over your home too Tammy!
It´s a fantastic home! I love the style and colours
and just everything I see. :)

I have to ooh and aaah my home more and your home is
very inspiring for me.

You look so nice together. Happy day to you.

Preeti said...

Your house is very beautiful!! How do you manage to keep everything arranged and clean? I can't even manage 10 showpieces .

Helen Philipps said...

So much to look at in your beautiful cosy home Tammy! I am not surprised your guest was oohing and aahing there :) The restaurant sounds wonderful, and I like the idea of tea and chocolates to accompany each meal. Love the perfectly true!
Happy new week.
Helen xox

Melanie said...

Wow, your house is indeed like a museum! There's so many lovely things to look at. I was trying to take a closer look in the photos, but I think I'd need a tour in person. ;-) It's always interesting to see your town and surroundings from a guest's view.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your home is amazing, Tammy...I love that you shared. Very elegant but also serene and cozy...I would be very comfortable. The gallery wall is stunning and I love all the colors and patterns.

You and your husband were very hospitable to your friend, I know he will have great memories.


Oliva Ohlson said...

Beautiful and WOW!!! You have so many interesting pieces and I would love to learn how you came about each. It all looks so clean and well positioned that it doesn't look cluttered to me.
My Hubby is a minimalist, and is always on my case about all of my collections. I tell him that I need my own home so I can have all the stuff I LOVE on display and I can enjoy it!!! BTW...the house next to us is for sale...hmmm...I hope

Jodiebodie said...

Love your images! Beautiful and inspiring. I especially love your decor and the colours of your throw rug and cushions on your couch - favourite colours of mine.

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