Twin Ridge Drive

I think I'm on to something.  Book-inspired real estate searches are fun!

Today's house is inspired by the book The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch.  (I don't think this prolific watercolor artist and author needs an introduction, but just in case, here's a link to her wonderful blog.)  Her book is mainly set in San Luis Obispo, California, so that's where I focused my search.

The house was built in 1997, and the decor has that homey touch reminiscent of Susan's earliest books:

For today's look, though, I have different entry conversation pieces in mind:

{Catalano Architects}

Moving on to the living room, we see there's apparently another talented painter with ties to San Luis Obispo:

The mural is beautiful, but close your eyes and take a deep breath, because we're going a bit more meditative with the space,  like this:

{L K DeFrances & Associates}

As if the house's living room wasn't light and inviting enough, there's also this family room with wonderful views:

Like the living room, let's try taking it from French Country to sophisticated and soothing:

{Huestis Tucker Architects}

Another large and sunny window awaits in the dining room:

The trey ceiling here could echo that of the living room, as could the quieter decor:

{Tracey Ayton Photography}

The kitchen currently looks like a bustling and happy space:

But, in case you don't start your mornings quite this cheerful, we could add a little hush:

{Huestis Tucker Architects}

Upstairs, this first of 4 bedrooms is light and sweet:

We could keep the lightness of it, with maybe just a few touches of sweet:

{Pamela Pierce}

This bedroom might serve as a shipshape retreat for guests:

But I'd introduce a softer shipshape approach:

{Linda Woodrum}

From  The Fairy Tale Girl it was a quick trip to a fairy tale house.  
Now I think I'll make a quick trip to the library!


Dinan, Brittany

Today I've found a storybook house for us, in a manner of speaking. I've stayed in vacation mode and  have been reading when I should have been posting.  I recently finished Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See.  The story was engrossing, but I was especially intrigued by the houses and locations in the book. (The fact that a character makes little model houses may or may not be why I started to read it.)  To share a bit of the book's setting with you, I found this listing in the town of Dinan in Brittany along the River Rance.

The listing is pretty bare bones- it doesn't say when the house was built- but when the house and the town are as storybook as this one, I don't think the exact details matter.

18 degrees Celsius is 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you want to literally join me in vacation mode, this would be a good spot!

Here is the living room, which is a pretty great blank slate:

Let's stay inspired by those terra cotta colors and indoor/outdoor flow:

The kitchen's gray blue tile works well with the terra cotta floors:

Since this house is essentially timeless (because I can't tell you when it was built), the kitchen could be called timeless, too.  But, if updated, this pretty design is perfectly in step with today:

{Design editor Beth Hitchcock, House & Home}

Moving upstairs, the landing proves a perfect spot for a library, as all proper dream houses should have.  I think blog friend Karen might agree

The only thing it needs is a perfect perch:

{This Old House}

This bathroom is another spot that would be hard to improve:

...Unless you're a fan of perfect perches there, too:  (No, not that type of perfect bathroom perch.)

{Country Living}

I wonder if this beautiful bedroom comes with this pretty cane bed?

This design might help our disappointment if it doesn't:

{source unknown}

It's hard to use the word disappointment in conjunction with this house, especially when you see the gardens surrounding the sunroom:

Finishing a good book can be a bit of a let-down, but finding possibilities for this lovely house in its wonderful location was definitely a happy ending. 


Holly Springs

Ho, ho, ho, we're home to Holly Springs, Mississippi (with a tip of a Santa hat to Jan Karon) today.
This house was built in 1858 on Randolph Street, which for the rest of the post, I'll refer to as Rudolph Street.

I think the photographer may have had a little too much eggnog before he took these listing pictures.

I like the exterior, but would be tempted add just a little more detail, especially with landscaping, like one of its neighbors has:

As for the interior:

I was reminded of Southern designer Ashley Gilbreath's house:

Yes, scallops of garland and ribbon, and just all kinds of beautiful bedecking are the order of the day.

Going in to the dining room:

More garland, and don't you just love the packages tucked into the chairs?

{House to Home UK}

As for the cute and cozy kitchen,

Ashley's had some experience in that department:

{Ashley Gilbreath}

There's nothing like a four poster bed to make you feel cocooned in comfort:

Unless you take that cocoon idea and run with it:

This room is definitely all set for a cozy long winter's nap.

Outside, open to the dining room, is a little courtyard patio:

The planter box just needs a little spruce-ing (get it?)

5th and state: Winter Containers......Ideas for DIY:

That wraps up our house hop to Holly Springs.  Speaking of wrapping, I'd better hop to it!

Watercolor Holly Topper: Polka dot paper, ribbon, colored papers, watercolor pencils, crepe paper, floral wire & tape:


Holly Lane, Plymouth

Have you been pining for a Fixer Upper home of your very own?  Did you want it to be on a seasonally appropriately named street and city?  Have I found the house for you!

It was built in 1978 in Plymouth, Minnesota.  No word on whether Plymouth is named for this Plymouth:


...but with this as your view instead, does it really matter?

Now let's check out what overlooks the view, this bright and spacious living room:

Fans of the show Fixer Upper, do you remember this finished room from last season?

The updated metal railings are so striking.  Since our house today has railings everywhere, they should definitely be a feature-- and not just one of safety!

See, railings everywhere:

Again, Chip & Jo to the rescue:

In keeping with this rustic/industrial vibe, the kitchen is well, rustic:

1978 rustic isn't the same as 2015 rustic, though:                          

{Murphy Mears Architects}

As a plus, we needed a metal window frame to match our new metal railings.  

Now to the bonus rooms of the house, starting with the landing:

Not sure how much wall space is available to the right,  

...but a cantilevered homework station would seem to fit right in.

In the basement:

it just feels right to channel Chip & Jo again:

Don't forget the ping-pong table:

The last bonus room really is a bonus room.  It's a sauna!

I looked for interesting alternative uses for a sauna space (wine cellar?), but Pinterest didn't support me.  I guess if I lived by a lake in Minnesota in the winter, sauna alternatives would seem nonexistent.  

But nonexistent doesn't always stop me. The listing didn't feature any of the 4 bedrooms, but if it did, I would answer back with this:

Finally, on a personal note to my sister, if the mirror you're considering for over your bed looks like this one, get it!

 At Thanksgiving, I'm extra thankful for family (especially when they humor my decorating advice), rooms that look like other rooms, and you, my loyal and friendly readers!
~Happy Thanksgiving!~