Marine View Drive

Today finds us in Des Moines on Marine View Drive.  

However, those waves you see aren't Iowa's waves of grain, but rather the waves of Washington's Puget Sound.  April Fools!  This house in Des Moines, Washington was built in 1955. 

Come on in the front door to the right, and you get a hint at the mid century modern architecture:

{HartmanBaldwin Design/Build}

Focusing on the kitchen side of things, I think changing the appliances and handles, as well as surrounding the refrigerator would streamline and update the room.

Here is a view of how the kitchen fits in the overall space.  This photo is from the living room on the second floor.

{Better Homes and Gardens}

What's a mid century modern dining space without a Saarinen table? (Literally a Tulip table, in this case.)

Here's a quick mock-up of the two spaces combined, just to convince you:

Moving upstairs, we can appreciate more of the streamlined architecture:

{Disc Interiors}

This furniture layout suits the room and the color palette suits our Pacific Northwest location.

The existing color palette in this bathroom, however, I would call unsuitable:

{McElroy Architecture}
(I changed the original green-hued tile to Benjamin Moore's Lavender Wash.)

The existing vanity base could stay, but wouldn't it be fun to play up that long, lean line with a trough sink? 

The master bedroom doesn't need much decoration that might compete with the architecture:

{source unknown}
(I spiced up the original colors with some Benjamin Moore Mexican Hot Chocolate & Nile Blue, to better go with our scheme.)

I might not choose such a spiderific light fixture, but I would choose the streamlined furniture.

As for the complimentary bedroom with existing bedframe and desk unit (on the unpictured wall)...

...it could become a charming office/multipurpose room that's baby approved.

But wait, there's more.  This listing isn't just for one home, but for two!  There's an 850 square foot home on the same lot.  It looks enough like a dollhouse that I had to include it.

{Unique Home Stays}
(via Tiny House Swoon, which had me at its blog name.)

All you can do in that space is play up the cute and let your guests enjoy their stay. 

By the way, there's also a Des Moines, NM, for you geography buffs out there.  Its views aren't of grain or of water, but an inactive volcano.   They don't have any current real estate listings, though, because you know I checked.   Maybe next time.



Welcome to this pretty spiffy house in Bozeman, Montana. It was built in 1904, and unlike some of our other recent finds, has been beautifully updated over the years.

Technically, it's on 3rd Avenue, but the nearest cross street is Curtiss, so Curtiss it is!  Let's start our tour with this beautiful library:

It's already quite nice, it just needs respite from its brown and orange tones.

The lighting and round ottoman/coffee table help quite a bit, too.

The family room has beautiful paneling and a fireplace surround:

Like our library, it could be cozied up a bit.

{via Hooked on Houses} 

The kitchen already is very nice and updated, with what appears to be a Sub-Zero fridge and Viking range:

I just want to take a few ideas from here:

{via Georgiana Design}

Typically when you see two-color cabinetry, the darker color is on the bottom, like this.  If you didn't feel like pulling a color switcheroo, the main elements I would borrow from this are the lighting and the island. (I love the trestle table, but without seating or storage it just doesn't seem very practical.)

The dining room opens from the kitchen and library:

{Nancy Boszhardt}

It just needs a little friendly pattern and a statement chandelier to add warmth and coziness.

The bathroom already has a lot of period charm:

Like the kitchen, it just needs a few touches:

The black accents really make the room pop.  In our room, I'd suggest a black & white botanical print, either as artwork or the shower curtain.

Here is one of the 5 bedrooms:

{Cecilie Starin}

A little softening and a statement chandelier-- that seems to be my motto, but it works.

Here's a bonus, the property also features a small guesthouse:

I would just add some shelves above the sink with nice white dishes- something like this:

{source unknown}

As for the guest bedroom:

Again, a little color and pattern would cozy it right up:

(I darkened the walls and bed frame from the original for our purposes.)

There we go, two houses that are cozy and cohesive.  Cozyhesive.  
Have a good week, friends!


Spring City

Today's post is all about Spring and its official arrival later this week.  We're off to Spring City, Utah and this 1900 house.  It's noteworthy for being constructed with oolite, a type of limestone.  (I had no idea what oolite was, which is embarrassing considering I grew up 2 hours away from Oolitic, Indiana.  Wonder what kind of real estate they have there?)
You'll notice as we go that we're being inspired by the past, but making some pretty big changes, using a springtime fresh palette.  Here is the living room:

Yes, the woodwork is going white, but it's already white elsewhere in the house.  

{Better Homes & Gardens}

We also would have to relocate that white chair and give some thought to the fireplace,  but this gives us an idea what fresh colors can do for the space.

The dining room has a little more easy-fix potential for us:

I like how blogger Debra's slipcovers lighten her space.  The ceiling appears to have a bluish cast, which makes me want to paint ours light blue, to tie into that living room. 

Back to not-so-easy-fixes with the kitchen, although it does have a neat transom window and cute vintage stove:

{Better Homes & Gardens}

I think this kitchen is Spring City perfect, with the color palette and the possibility of keeping the existing cabinets and stove. 

Upstairs, there are 3 bedrooms.

Spring City calls for birds, butterflies and blooms, don't you think?

Just look at how well the existing bathroom fits the scheme:

Here is a second bedroom, which I believe is the  master:

{Sarah Wittenbraker}

More birds, butterflies, and blooms, of course, and...

{Sarah Wittenbraker}

... a cozy sitting area where you can enjoy the first of your springtime blossoms.

Spring City is in honor of a different kind of Spring, but I figure they're just as happy about the change of season as the rest of us. Have a good week, friends!


Arbor Lodge

I know this seems the wrong time of year for this, but I read a reference recently to Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City,  Nebraska.  I got interested in its history, and naturally enough for me, this led me to local real estate listings.  (I'm fascinating at cocktail parties, trust me.)

This 1920 home is just a short jaunt from the park.  Its interiors are a little...historic, but it has its own charm.  (Could you tell from the photo that its on a brick street?)

The entry does have a built-in bench by the stairs, but it's a little drab:

Nothing a little chipper paint and some updated accessories can't address. 
(Paint color is Benjamin Moore Dulce de Leche.)

The living room can best be described as morose:

It appears that the owners are still mourning the death of Walt Disney, whose portrait is over the mantel (kidding). 

Now I'm feeling blue, but in a good way with this beautiful wallpaper and fabric.  

The dining room could also use some freshening up:

{Bunny Williams}

How about an updated version of a panel mural and much happier chairs?

The kitchen has a charming copper hood over the fireplace:

{Better Homes and Gardens}

Let's take that idea and run with it. How about a little blueberry and cream with our copper?

"Welcome guests! Enjoy your stay," says this bed:

{Marshall Watson}

That looks a little more cozy and interesting.

The master bedroom has wonderfully large windows that aren't appreciated:

{Better Homes and Gardens}

I think framing the windows and cooling down the bedding is the way to go.  For our purposes, I changed the original magazine image by framing the windows with Benjamin Moore Adriatic Sea and cooled down the bedding with Benjamin Moore Sea Salt.

{Better Homes and Gardens}
(The original, in case you were curious.)

Well, I don't know if today's house has inspired anyone to plant a little green, but hopefully it inspired us to paint a little blue.  I think this house now feels blue in the best possible way.