For today's post in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, I admired the realtor's descriptive prose as much as I admired the beautiful house.  Hard to improve on her presentation, so I'll let her words lead you through our tour.

"This elegant circa 1912 Shingle Style Victorian offers the perfect marriage of old and new, all set on a stunning double lot with a 4-car garage in winsome Swarthmore Borough! 
Inside, a front to back center hall introduces the beautifully refinished pine floors and soft neutral colors found throughout much of the home." 

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You'll see why I was drawn to this tan & white striped rug for this space in a moment.

"On one side of the center hall, the living room and family room span the home from the front all the way to the end of the rear addition with only a fireplace separating them. Light fills this deliciously airy space, which manages to be cozy in spite of its size."

This design would keep the airy feel, and it has the 4 chairs in a circle arrangement design bloggers admire so much.  When it works, it just works, doesn't it?

"The view from the family room addition is stunning, with two walls of windows overlooking the grounds, the slate patio, and the covered back porch. Curl up and watch the seasons change as the lush greens of summer give way to the bright colors of fall.

{Eric Roseff}

See, here are our stripes I referenced in the entry, and this is the other view of our living room inspiration photo above.  We could move the couch to better curl up and take in those views.

"On the other side of the center hall, working pocket doors lead to the formal dining room. The dining room is spacious enough for entertaining large groups and features a picture window flanked by built-in bookshelves."

{Hurlbutt Designs}

This light design continues the airiness in this room, with references to the color scheme introduced by Eric Roseff's design.

"The eat-in kitchen has been renovated with a ceramic tile floor, custom cherry cabinets reaching nearly to the ceiling, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, a gorgeously restored antique Chambers professional range with griddle and a professional Kobe range hood."

No inspiration photo here, and I think our realtor covered why it doesn't need one!

"The breakfast area of the kitchen is big enough for a dining table!"

Yes, it's big enough for a dining table, but it needs a little airiness in here, too.

 "The master bedroom is very spacious with four bright windows and handsome crown molding." 

I think a handsome yet feminine design suits this space nicely.

"Three additional good-sized bedrooms with beautiful views over the property can be found on this floor... "

{Better Homes and Gardens}

"...as well as a full tile hall bath and a sumptuously renovated master bath with hall entrance, featuring classic black and white tile, a steam shower, and plumbing roughed in to add a bath to the floor above, if desired."

{House & Garden}

Just want to add a little inspiration sophistication to this bathroom, since it's the master.

"The third floor includes three bedrooms, a large storage room with handy shelving, and closet big enough to become a bath or laundry area, if desired."  (Have you been counting?  That makes 7 bedrooms!)

Oh, a bedroom with a sink.  That definitely brings the charm of 1912 to this space, doesn't it?

There we have it.  This pretty house makes it easy to see how a caring realtor could describe it so well.


Glines Avenue

I sometimes feel like Zillow and I are playing a game.  I found this house on the market last week, with all of its listing photos. Today I checked and saw that it had sold last August and they had taken the listing down.

So, quick, let's look at this quiet 1960 cottage in Santa Maria, California while we've got the chance.

The living room has a charming bump-out section perfect for another seating area. 

With a little tweaking of the furniture placement, I think this California-fresh design is great inspiration. Let's hear it for ticking and stripes!

The kitchen looks like it could use some updating, but it's giving us a good design direction.

You can never go wrong with a farmhouse sink, and did you notice the stripes?

The breakfast nook provides a handy space to tuck a round table arrangement.

{Ralph Lauren}

Pardon the girly picture.  Feel free to substitute a sailboat painting instead.

Now, for the bedrooms, which are complete blank slates:

More ticking and stripes done in Layla Palmer's always fresh and inspiring style.

This next image isn't Layla's, but is such a complimentary design, I figured it could show us a good bedside option.

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Here's another bedroom, which again is about as blank slate-ish as they come:

Let's serve up some more ticking, stripes, and a general happy attitude for this room.

And there we have it.  A little California dreaming while your skies might be gray.  

On a side note, this makes my 100th post, and also marks my 1 year blogging anniversary. 
  Thanks to all of you wonderful readers for making it fun to share my ideas with you!


Because It Is Mine- Office Spaces

Remember my post where I mentioned my current view (above)?  I was recently contacted by WeWork, a co-working company that provides creative office spaces and services.  They asked me what I would add to my workspace to make it my dream environment. 

Well, that's easy to answer.  I look at beautiful inspiration photos all the time!  
Here's my workspace- my dining room table.  It's simple and sunny and the hub of my home (yes, I get interrupted a lot).

What would I change?  First, I'd add beautiful curtains, like Alison's.

I'd also add beautiful antiques and gosh, those chairs!  Then I'd arrange my hutch more like this:

{The Cottage Journal}

Yes, I think I need some fresh flowers, and those chairs are pretty spiffy, too, aren't they?

As for the other side of the room:

This next picture isn't as perfect for my room, but I do like the paneled effect around the sconces:

{Brockschmidt & Coleman}

Would you believe those are yoga mats trimmed with molding?  It's true and it's awesome.

Here's one last inspiration picture that captures the feel I want for my room:

{Austin Patterson Disston}

I also love the way this hutch is styled.  I'll have to interrupt myself now and go rearrange mine.

Obviously I'm more inspired in my workspace if I think it's pretty than I am by ergonomics. 
Here's some people that clearly feel the same way:

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{Mark D. Sikes}

Their table even looks like mine!



Working with velvet-- I approve.


The simple furniture here looks great with that tin tile wall.

It's interesting to think about what elements make you feel the most creative, comfortable, and productive.  A good thing to consider at the start of a new year!  


If It Were Lauren's- Lewis Court

For today's post, once again I'm inspired by designer and blogger Lauren Liess.  She recently mentioned looking at a converted schoolhouse in Leesburg, Virginia, and boy, did I want to find that listing for you guys.
No such luck, but I did find this listing for a 1982 home that could use a little Lauren-izing.

Come on in, and let's give it a whirl:

The spiral staircase is cool, but could be a little more polished and updated.

The thin iron spindles and gallery wall grid have a nice, crisp look, while the chandelier brings in the organic touch that Lauren is also known for.

The kitchen is already stylish and contemporary, but I think Lauren would say that the upper cabinets have to go:

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Open shelving and mix of finishes that stay very organic speak Lauren's language.

The family room has a cast iron stove tucked next to the windows, so you can watch it snow while you're cozy by the fire.

{Rachel Halvorson}

Imagine that stove to the far left of this inspiration picture, and I think we have a Lauren-approved vignette.

The dining room is an interesting space, with its window bump-out:

{Lauren Liess}

That one was almost too easy.  (Just substitute a longer table for our dining room space.)

Here's the master bedroom.  Not sure, but I think Lauren would swap out those mirrored closet doors.

This is from actor Patrick Dempsey's house.  Is it too corny to call it dreamy?  (or is it steamy?)

I like the natural simplicity of this bedroom:

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I think furnishing the bedroom like this is our design duty. 
 (Wouldn't that make a great name for a tv show?)

This last space has multi-purpose potential:

Therefore, I'll leave furnishing it to your imagination, and simply provide an apt backdrop.

I think I need more design bloggers to share their real estate dreams.  They definitely inspire me!  
If you come across (or write!) a post like that, feel free to shoot it my way.
Have a great day!