Guess what?  As of this post, If It Were Mine has visited all 50 United States!

{ireportcnn} (Why yes, I was hoping to get this post out earlier this month.)

Now I'm done.

No, just kidding!  No quitting when I've got a backlog of neat houses telling me otherwise.  So many houses, so little time -especially in July!

Rounding out our Nifty 50 is North Dakota, and today's house in Fargo.  This American beauty was built in 1905.

The corner fireplace and corner cabinet make me think we could take this home in a Swedish  direction. 

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That's a big change, I know, but it feels like a big breath of fresh air.

Let's see it with the dining room:

I mean let's see it with a Swedish dining room:

{Tone on Tone}

Beautiful inspiration, and by the way, I'd chose the metal horse over a stuffed elk, any day.

The kitchen has a streamlined look, but not in a decorative way:


Another big change for the house, that also brings a big payoff.

This sitting/family room could go from a spartan playroom....

...to a sweet family room with architectural interest that disguises the radiator and pipes.

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On the other hand, the bathroom needs to pare down its sweetness...

...to a stylish Swedish simplicity that echoes the kitchen and family room's wainscoting:

Turning toward the bedrooms, we at last find some blue and white, but it's not quite right:

In this room's case, just a little dab of blue will do:

Lastly, the master bedroom reinforces the whole house decorating plan.
Why so spartan?

When it could be so beautifully Swedish?

{Jeanetta Rowan-Hamilton/House and Garden UK}


River Road

On this sunny summer day I'll bring you daydreams of vacationing at a Shingle style 1925 house on a river.

River Road is in Toledo, Ohio on the Maumee River, with a view of Horseshoe Island. The porch overlooking the river is so picturesque, it reminds me of a movie set:

Specifically, the set for the movie Dan in Real Life

It was filmed at a rental house called Riven Rock in Jamestown, Rhode Island.  (Riven Rock--good fit for our River Road house, huh?) Be sure to check out Julia's post linked above for neat details about the movie and the house.

Of course a house like this would have a large living room, ready for games or just curling up with a good book.

This room needs multiple seating and games areas, like this:

{Victoria Hagan}

...but with a more traditional feel, like this:

{Tom Scheerer}

...and a little bit of a whimsical, gathered over time feel, like this:

{Coastal Living}

The kitchen already has a gathered over time feel, but it needs a little more cute factor:

How about a vintage style faucet, floor, and fat little drawer knobs?

{Michael Penney}

Or this, if you felt that maybe there are too many upper cabinets?

{via Stylish Eve}

Speaking of upper cabinets, the laundry room's got you covered:

Wouldn't it look sweet with a vintage-looking wallpaper and floor?

As for the shipshape master bedroom:

I like the idea of adding some age with a spool bed and layered rugs:

Finally, up to the third floor and another bedroom:

A bedroom that definitely needs that gathered over time feel, like this one:

{House & Home}

Of course, I can't just finish and leave you inside the house, pretty as it is, when the whole point of the house is this:

Hope you have a relaxing week, friends!


Lisa's House part 2

Are you excited to see the upstairs of Lisa's house?   I'm excited to show it to you!
Let's start with the floor plan again:

Let's start with the sitting room, since it's part of the stair landing.

{Noel Jeffrey}

This could be the house "lookout" spot over the front door, which would be popular with her kids.  I like that the chaise would block the doors a little, to keep it a safe lookout.  The walls could serve as gallery walls for their collection of kids' photos.

{Lucille Khornak Photography}

I like the tight grouping and simple white frames. 

Following the floor plan, next we come to this pretty room Lisa believes will be their guest room:

{Barrie Benson}

With a loveseat by the fire, what guest would want to leave?  Maybe Lisa should just copy the other room elements.  :)

The next room will be shared by Lisa's two sons.  It's been re-painted dark green.

{via Decoist}

Ok, so pretend there are 2 twin beds here, but otherwise, I think white furniture and navy accents will  give their room a masculine, collegiate look.

Lisa's two daughters will share this bedroom:

Lisa likes both ballerina and bohemian elements for them, and she had pinned this as inspiration:

{Vintage Whites- worth clicking through to see Vanessa's pretty house tour}

I like the idea of a bed on each side of the bump-out, so they would face the doorway. 
Then, along the long wall, a dresser, like this:

{Mandy Lynne}

They could have bohemian patterned quilts and ballerina accessories!  I was tickled pink to find this picture.

In the corner of the house is the sleeping porch. Isn't that fun?  Well, not in it's current state:

I imagine this as a feminine space, since it's adjacent to the girls' room, and the boys will be getting their own space, as you'll see later.
I think that would also be a sweet and tranquil retreat space for Lisa.

Here's her other retreat, but this will be more of her command center.  She mentioned buying an antique dictionary stand recently, and thought this might be the room for it.

After school, this sunny space is the homework spot.  (Like how I snuck in her dictionary stand?)

Back at the front of the house, we come to the master bedroom, which has been repainted gray:

{Suzanne Kasler}

I chose this simple design because Lisa has a green painted nightstand/dresser and chest for the foot of the bed.  She also has some antique dressers and a vanity and stool she'd like to use.  I think a simple and striking bed and accessories would ground the space and balance the antiques.

She might also like this design, because it features a lower profile bed like hers, as well as some bohemian pillows and a painted nightstand.  Again, the bedding is simple, and the lamp is contemporary.


The master bathroom will probably see some changes:

{Jessica Helgerson}

How pretty would it be to borrow Jessica's paint scheme and sconces?  It would instantly add serenity to the bathroom and be a nice way to compliment the bedroom color.

Now, as if that wasn't enough of this wonderful house, there's also an impressively sized attic and basement.  The purple shaded areas on the floor plan are unfinished, so we'll just look at the bedroom space.

Lisa thought it would make a great playroom for her boys and their Legos, and I agree.

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First, they need a fort.
Wait, what about the Legos?

Just in case the room's purpose is unclear, the artwork will tell you.

Speaking of artwork, take another look at this gorgeous home:

What a dream.  I can't wait to see how Lisa and her family turn this into their dream home.