Hi friends! Today we're recognizing Canada Day, and I'm sending a little appreciation to my readers to the North.  I've found a house with an attached lighthouse in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. (Anybody remember the book Cheaper by the Dozen and how they summered in a similar house?)

Take a look- it's cozy inside, and has the look of a summer rental.

Let's make it look like we're here to stay.

I wish I knew the source for this room.  I like how the colors are plentiful but balanced.  They make this room look collected over time and playful, just like it should look.

The dining room is in the L-shaped space with the living room.  

Isn't that cool how the fireplace stone wraps into the dining room?

Is that grass cloth wallpaper?  I like how it's a similar color to our hutch in the living room.

Upstairs, the master bedroom overlooks Frederick Cove.

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I like this image so much, and the thought of it in a Canadian lighthouse just makes me happy.

Here's the bed side of the room:

Even FURTHER upstairs is an attic divided into two rooms.

There we go- secluded and cozy.  The views from up here must be wonderful.

I know I say this a lot, but this house is one of my favorites in terms of potential.
Hope you enjoyed exploring Summerside with me!

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I hope you are up for an adventure today, because we've wandered over 2,000 miles from our last stop in Daphne, Alabama all the way to San Francisco, California.

We'll be looking at a 1 bedroom condo housed in the historic 1873 Poole-Bell Mansion.

{1928 photo from Found sf}

 I've been itching to feature a certain design style, and this seems like the perfect canvas for it.  It's all about simple, flowing lines and shapes that look like they've been drawn by a calligrapher's pen.  Let's call it Calligraphy Style.

Come on in!

We can't see much of the foyer, but even if there isn't room for the cane settee, we can certainly add the lighting, dramatic floors, architectural prints, and hopefully, the enormous mirror.  

Let's pop into the kitchen:

Well, it's been re-done, but looks a little out of place for its setting.

Ideally I would replace the modern-styled cabinets, but this design lets us keep them and just distract with the pendants, stools, and all that wonderful, period appropriate marble.  (That ceiling doesn't hurt, either.) Tracery Interiors is a master of Calligraphy Style- no surprise, given their name!

Here is the living area, with a neat window alcove that I believe overlooks the street.

Since there's no dedicated dining room, let's dedicate the alcove to dining.

We wouldn't even need the window seat, much as you know I love them.  We just need that shapely table and chairs and that delicate chandelier.

Here's the living side of that space:

I really like the swoops and curves of this design, and all the calligraphic cross-hatches. Notice how the screen would hide our wall heater- bonus!

Next up, the bathroom:

Nice, but again, it doesn't really seem special enough. 

Just a little more attention to detail would make a big difference in our bathroom.

Finally, let's address the bedroom.

Ok, well first of all, let's address that closet.  "Closet, you're an embarrassment."

Now that's pretty.  So is the Barbara Barry Simple Scallop Pendant, and like Tracery Interiors, Barbara Barry is someone who springs to mind when you think about Calligraphy Style.

Remember that nook at the end of the room? That's where the bed will go, facing the windows.

I like everything for our space except the bench.  It's too rustic. And the lamps need to be these...

...because they look like calligraphy loops and like the foyer pendant.

As for the other side of the room:

Wouldn't that be great to have a chaise by the windows, and maybe those delicate tables could help camouflage our A/C unit while still allowing for airflow.  (For once I'm suggesting a design that considers function almost as much as form.  Aren't you proud of me?)

I think this will be a very sophisticated space much more suited to a historic mansion by the time we finish adding our calligraphic flourishes. 

I've added a new Pinterest board called, what else, Calligraphy Style, to corral all this inspiration before it runs off the page.  Hope you enjoy it!

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Winding Brook Drive part 2

Hello, and welcome back as we do more winding along Winding Brook Drive in Daphne, Alabama. 

We left off in the kitchen, so now let's peek into the adjacent family room.

Well, the curtains aren't buffalo check, but they're awfully darn pretty in their own right.  I think this continues the soft Southern style of our other rooms very nicely.

Now that we've wrapped up the downstairs, so let's see what's happening upstairs.

The shelves around the door give us a focal point and a purpose on the stairway landing.  
It's a lovely mini library.

There are 4 bedrooms in this house, so let's say the kids are grown and we need an office and 2 guest rooms in addition to the master bedroom.


Bedroom 1:

Bedroom 2:

Isn't that thoughtful of us to provide a whiskey decanter for our guests? Sleep well, friends. 

Master bedroom:

This last bedroom belongs to the talented Tessa who blogs at Nine and Sixteen.  Her blog is just as pretty and charming as you would expect from this photo.

There, now we've set this house to rights and had fun with soft colors and lots of decorative layers.
Hope you enjoyed winding along in Daphne with me!

On a design-related side-note, I just read that Sarah Richardson has been named Home Design Director for Good Housekeeping Magazine.  Looking forward to seeing what her fresh approach will bring!

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Winding Brook Drive

Hello!  Today let's meander down Winding Brook Drive in Daphne, Alabama and stop at this pretty house tucked in the woods.

Not sure if this is the foyer, but we can slip in this way.

For inspiration, let's turn to Southern gentleman and designer James Farmer.

I know this room is pretty popular for being so cheerful and homey, but with apologies to Mr. Farmer, I need to change the color scheme a bit to go with our overall house palette. (I hope Kelly at Talk of the House can forgive me for messing with those red check drapes!)

See, it's still cheerful and homey- just a little muted.  Why did I change the palette? Because this wonderful entry hall opens to a brick-floored office that currently looks like this:

...but could potentially look like this:

...and also has a nifty desk nook like this:

that could look more like this:

...but with a finish like this:

Now let's bring a little of that style to the kitchen.

A simple checked shade and small-scaled antique table for an island ought to do the trick.  

Let's take a little break in this sunny space before we continue our decorating journey. 
 I had so much fun with this house that I'm splitting it into two posts. 
Stay tuned for more soft Southern style (and more yummy buffalo check!) soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

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