Admiral Kalbfus Road

Good morning! While we're traveling along the East Coast, let's stop at this dandy home in Newport, Rhode Island.  It's a brick Georgian Colonial style, built in 1930.

As for its Admiral Kalbfus address?  Admiral Edward "Old Dutch" Kalbfus was a four-star Admiral in the U.S. Navy.  He also served as President of the Naval War College in Newport.

 I thought you might like to see his house, Restmere, in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Here's how it looks today, via a Google Maps screen capture:

I'm glad to see it's still beautiful.

Let's get back to the house we're decorating today.  

Fans of gray walls might want to put on sunglasses, because I've always liked sunny interiors and want one for this hallway.

The yellow foyer will transition to this soft green living room:

This is what I'm suggesting, but...

{Better Homes and Gardens}

...if I've lost you with too much yellow, let's see if we can keep the walls that soft green, after all.

Yep, I think that works.  I like the idea of layering a smaller mirror over the large one, too.  
It breaks it up and makes it interesting.

Check out this fabulous chandelier in the dining room:

{Dan Carithers}

Again, I'll let you keep the wall color a personal preference.  I like them both, but Dan Carithers' wallpaper is certainly very classic and beautiful.

I have to say that with the grandness of the other rooms, the kitchen is a bit of a disappointment.

Let's try something like this, instead:

{photo by Roger Davies}

Hard to go wrong with a kitchen with these amenities.

Let's check out two of the bedrooms, where we'll add some of the peach tones from downstairs.

{Jan Showers}

{Josephine Fischer}

I thought this made a pretty vignette to end this post.  Can't you just imagine a bride sweeping down the foyer staircase?  I like how the curtains are almost as lovely as the wedding dress.

This house can now have a four-star ranking, too, appropriate to its address, thanks to some great design inspiration.

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  1. Beautiful pictures to dream on. I love your sunny gray for me.

    1. Thanks, Connie! Glad you stopped by!

  2. I am such a fan of yellow - fun and happy. We have a yellow kitchen and I am always excited to walk in there in the mornings. Hoping your weekend is equally as sunny…

    1. I love yellow kitchens, and it sounds like yours just starts your day off right. Hope you have a terrific weekend, as well!

  3. I like that you're using a little color today! This feels like such a happy home! xo Kristy

    1. Those rooms definitely make me happy. Wish I could get a peek inside "Restmere", too. With a name like that, I bet they created a lovely home.

  4. Hi Vicki,
    What a pretty house! I always appreciate the interest built-in cupboards make in rooms other than the kitchen. What is the magic of a Dan Carithers room...I absolutely have sigh whenever I see an image of one of his rooms. They are simply irresistible.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Oh, I agree, Dan Carithers' rooms are always just timelessly pretty. They have this effortless look, too, --- like you said, magic.
      Hope you have a great weekend, too!

  5. I don't really care for yellow in the house, but those rooms are fabulous.

    1. No matter the color scheme, it's hard to go wrong with those designers! Glad you liked it.

  6. I love the yellow, the soft green and the lovely décor. Oh and yes... I can definitely imagine a bride making a grand entrance down that gorgeous staircase... :)

    1. I know- it's so fun when the picture kind of tells a story like that, isn't it? It just seemed so fitting for that particular house.


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