11/10/2014

Wyndcrofte Place


Today's home is this 1933 beauty in Charlotte, North Carolina.  It's in the Freedom Park neighborhood, which seemed an appropriate choice to honor Veteran's Day this week.


{Better Homes and Gardens}

Big lanterns and neutrals, you make my heart sing.



Nailheads and sparkle, we must have the bling.


{The Elegant Abode}

Slipcovers and texture, meals to inspire.



Seashells and baskets, a seat by the fire.



{source unknown :( }

Sheepskin and scallops, blog schedules to keep.



Sheepskin and scallops, to help baby sleep.



{Catalano Architects}

Settees and pillows, a soft place to land.


Porches and rockers, and this is the end.





11/03/2014

Owen Street

Hello friends!  A lovely house awaits us today in Saginaw, Michigan, while very considerately providing gorgeous fall trees for this watercolor.
What drew my attention to this house were the listing photos, including some from 1915.


Anyone feel like a good before, before, and after?


This house was last sold (and dare I say decorated) in 1993.  

Let's bring back a level of prettiness that references 1915, but looks very comfy for today.

{Barry Dixon}

Here are the listing photos of the dining room, followed by our inspiration:



{Randy Boyd}

Again, a very timelessly pretty look for the dining room.

I love this old photo of the sunroom:


This newer rendition is nice, but needs a little more prettiness.


Here we go:

Blogger Carolyn Aiken can whip up a beautiful, period appropriate sunporch like nobody's business.
Finally, let's check out the master bedroom.


This present-day rendition almost doesn't look like the same room:

To bring back more charm, I found a dreamy nod to the 1915 photo by combining these two rooms:


{left image, Phoebe Howard; right image, source unknown}

This house has beautiful appeal for any decade.  What a treat for the new homeowners to have almost 100 year old photos of their new gem. 



10/27/2014

Spooky Hill



Happy Halloween!  Appropriately, let's wander to Spook Hill, Maryland, and a 1988 house on Pretty Boy Dam Road.  Actually, this house doesn't look very spooky, does it?  
Where are the dark storm clouds rolling in when you need them?

Well, come on in to the foyer, where it's so so ready for decorating, it's scary.



That's certainly moving beyond builder basic, isn't it?  Let's bring some of that warm drama to the living room:


{Better Homes and Gardens}

You can't get much more cozy drama than from a burnt orange couch...




{Victoria Hagan}
...unless it's from twilight blue dining chairs.  Love how this room could be dressed up or down so easily, too.

There's certainly no drama in this current kitchen:



{source unknown}

But that could be remedied with gray stain over the oak cabinets, and gorgeous soapstone counters.

As for the family room...


{Victoria Hagan}
...let's let Victoria Hagan pull in our colors with a lighter touch.

Upstairs, there's a builder-basic master bathroom: 


{Beazer Homes}

The dark vanities and window treatment would warm up the space and add a little dramatic personality.

Same goes for this playing-it-safe master bedroom:


{James Andrew}

Now it's warm, cozy, and definitely dramatic.

If you'll pardon the bad Halloween puns, with a few decorating tricks, we've whipped up some treats for this house, and it wasn't scary at all.


Or was it?  Happy Halloween, friends!




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10/13/2014

Landon Lane



Hello readers!  If today's house looks vaguely familiar to you, it's because you saw it on the blog Hooked on Houses last week.  Julia posed the question, "How would you fix up this old house in Virginia?"  Lots of people responded, so armed with their ideas plus the inspiration intact in this 1912 charmer,  I decided to give it a whirl.


On the front porch, the vote to add rockers and a porch swing was popular, and I figured a little fall color (and a cute doggie) would seal the deal.

{Better Homes and Gardens}

The kitchen has period charm, and most commenters wanted it to stay intact.


{Sharon Lovejoy}

I want to bring in Craftsman gray-green paint to work with the existing cabinets. 
Here's another before view for reference:



The dining room looks like it needs new flooring and some inspiration:



Since the inspiration photo is a little dressier than our space, I created a quick mash-up of the two dining rooms to see the possibilities:


The wallpaper border above the fireplace is called Birchwood Frieze by Bradbury and Bradbury.


The living room brings to the forefront a common debate-- paint the woodwork or restore it?


I'm advocating both approaches, as beautifully demonstrated below:


I also like this furniture arrangement, and how it continues the new color palette from the rest of the house.  The window trim can be left white, and the existing original wood finishes restored, such as in the entry, below:



In terms of decorating this entry, I'd just flip-flop the rug and wall colors, like so:

{Better Homes and Gardens}

Going up our now beautifully restored stairs, we'll take a peek at one of the 3 bathrooms:


Some of Julia's commenters mentioned how Nicole Curtis from the HGTV show Rehab Addict could work wonders with this house, and I think this bathroom proves their point:

{Nicole Curtis}

There we go, all fresh and clean.

Now let's check out 2 of the 4 bedrooms.


More period charm, coming right up:




I like the shape of this room.  It just needs a little pretty inspiration:

{Cathy Kincaid}

{source unknown}

Hopefully this cozy house in Orange, Virginia will be as well-loved for its next 100 years, too.
Thanks so much Julia, for the inspiration!