11/24/2014

Thanksgiving Road


Over the river and through the woods, to Thanksgiving Road (in Easton, Maryland) we go.

I hesitate to propose changing this pretty, traditional living room:


But, if it were mine, I'd eagerly incorporate some of these fresh, beautiful choices:

{Kelly Keiser}

The dining area is traditional with blue and white touches:


I think we should take the blue and white and play with it a little:

{Kelley Proxmire}

As for the somewhat masculine library...



...how about adding a little girly glam?  By the way, isn't it refreshing to see a heat register in an inspiration photo?  I was surprised it wasn't airbrushed out of existence.

This home also features a large utility room:


I imagine this space could incorporate clever washer & dryer cabinetry, like this:

{Sharyn and Jim Zembruski /This Old House}

This is the week when you also eye this space for its potential of storing extra sets of holiday dishes. 

This house has 4 bedrooms, one of which has become this sunny exercise room:



{Better Homes and Gardens}

Now we've made it sunny with style.  Would horizontal stripes make me feel slimmer?  
At least good design always increases my heart rate.

Last up is this guest room with its pretty palette:


{Kelley Proxmire}

Talk about pretty palette with pow.  Kelley took a good idea and ran with it.


Not only is this house on Thanksgiving Road, but its in the Thanksgiving Farm neighborhood.  This means that you're obligated to host all holiday dinners, but that's a small price to pay for living in such a picturesque setting.

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting a blog friend in person.  Karen from Garden, Home and Party is just as sweet and funny as you would expect from reading her blog.  It was fun to "talk shop" while we shopped.  The best part of blogging is definitely the friendships!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Linking to: Mod Mix MondayInspire Me MondayInspire Me Tuesday, and Wow Us Wednesdays.

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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