Guess what?  As of this post, If It Were Mine has visited all 50 United States!

{ireportcnn} (Why yes, I was hoping to get this post out earlier this month.)

Now I'm done.

No, just kidding!  No quitting when I've got a backlog of neat houses telling me otherwise.  So many houses, so little time -especially in July!

Rounding out our Nifty 50 is North Dakota, and today's house in Fargo.  This American beauty was built in 1905.

The corner fireplace and corner cabinet make me think we could take this home in a Swedish  direction. 

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That's a big change, I know, but it feels like a big breath of fresh air.

Let's see it with the dining room:

I mean let's see it with a Swedish dining room:

{Tone on Tone}

Beautiful inspiration, and by the way, I'd chose the metal horse over a stuffed elk, any day.

The kitchen has a streamlined look, but not in a decorative way:


Another big change for the house, that also brings a big payoff.

This sitting/family room could go from a spartan playroom....

...to a sweet family room with architectural interest that disguises the radiator and pipes.

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On the other hand, the bathroom needs to pare down its sweetness...

...to a stylish Swedish simplicity that echoes the kitchen and family room's wainscoting:

Turning toward the bedrooms, we at last find some blue and white, but it's not quite right:

In this room's case, just a little dab of blue will do:

Lastly, the master bedroom reinforces the whole house decorating plan.
Why so spartan?

When it could be so beautifully Swedish?

{Jeanetta Rowan-Hamilton/House and Garden UK}


  1. Vicki,
    I like the direction you took the room decor for this Fargo house. It's fitting for a home that lives through very cold winters. Congratulations on finding houses for us to enjoy in all 50 states. Are there real estate listings online for England and France? I'd love to see what you might do with a cottage or manor house in either of those regions---or any part of Europe for that matter. :-)

  2. Good morning Karen, That's a great idea- I've only done one house each from those countries, so there's a lot of fun possibilities there.
    That's my kind of armchair traveling! Have a good week!

  3. Love that last room especially. You have such a talent for nailing the problem and finding the answer. Wish I could have you do my real home.

  4. All 50 States... Woohoo! You've accomplished quite a bit. I also love your ideas for this beautiful home. Have a wonderful weekend, Vicki... :)

  5. Very informative, keep posting such good articles, it really helps to know about things.

  6. You should be in charge of everyones afters…love every room and the kitchen and bathrooms are amazing!!