Pine Orchard

 You know the saying about a man's home being his castle?  I think today we might just prove it.
This house was built in 2001 with Crab Orchard limestone.  It's is in Smithville, Tennessee, home to the Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival every July.

When they built and furnished this castle, they weren't fiddling around:

 Finally, a proper place to display that suit of armor you've been lugging around.  
Or, maybe you prefer your iron to be leafy and scrolly:

{Courtney Giles Decker}

It's still a very romantic design, and the print brings a nice mystical quality to our castle.

The living room has lovely windows, but it's lost that loving feeling:

I'd say a room that would look lovely by candlelight brings that feeling on back:

{Robert Brown}

The kitchen is very nice, but doesn't currently fit the castle motif:

 How about marble walls and some armor in the way of a new vent hood?

 {source unknown}

Coming up the turret stairs we find this pretty bedroom:

It's pretty, but what is a castle without an romantic canopy?  Indulgence is key here.

{Gail Plechaty}

The large master bedroom has a fireplace and french doors:

Again, let's indulge, but in luxurious bedding and lighting:

{Gail Plechaty}

In addition to an unpictured stable, the property has an unfinished guest house:

My guess is, they were going for something more like this:


Yes, it's a little grand for a guest house, but I couldn't resist showing it you! (More indulgence.)

To top off the romantic feel of the place, there are not one, but two waterfalls nearby:

I think all that this property is lacking is a moat around it.  
A man's home may be his castle, but more importantly, a man's castle can be a beautiful home.


Ballard Drive

Hello! You know how sometimes I like to make over a house with a specific owner in mind?  
(For example,  here, here, and here.)
Today let's flip that coin and make over a house the way one specific designer would. 

This traditional colonial  is in West Hartford, Connecticut.  It was built in 1927.
The designer I'm pairing it with is Kristen Panitch, who is based in Santa Monica, California.  Kristen's talent has kept her busy from coast-to-coast, because of her transitional & livable designs.

As one would expect, the center hall foyer opens to the staircase:

I think the stairway carpet and the wall color are having a little disagreement.

Let's let the walls steal the show and the stairs follow a bit more timelessly.

 The living room is a nicely sunny, if a little narrow, space:

It just needs some of that wonderful pattern from the entry:

It's still a cozy space, just a more interesting one.

The dining room is another bright and sunny room:

Cheerful as it is, it needs more pattern to hold its own with our other rooms:

Upstairs, the master bedroom is a large & flexible space:

How flexible?  Well, it could be a sophisticated space with pretty patterns...

...or, seen another way...

...it's a slightly more youthful space, still prettily patterned:

The third floor of this house offers this sunny bonus room:

Definitely a bonus for a teen, who could personalize it like this in no time flat:

Outdoors, we have a deck framed in trees:

We could turn into a finished and furnished space with design that reflects the fun we've had inside:

Because we all need a little fun outside,  I tracked down those hanging chairs.  They're the Knotted Melati hanging chair from Anthropologie.  Who would have thought macrame could be so stylish?
(Well, Anthropologie, apparently.)  Maybe I should stop typing and start brushing up on my knotting skills?

Have a great week, friends!