Pretty House of the Week

I found a year-old issue of House Beautiful at the shore a few weeks ago and was ogling over this waterfront home in Rhode Island.

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This wallpaper is so, so good:

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And this gallery wall?  Perfection.

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Red, white, and blue done right:

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Tiled walls!  In the whole kitchen!

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And oh, these drapes.  I’m drooling.

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Don’t you just love a good beach house?

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From the Vault

It’s time for another installment of “From the Vault,” where I share the bizarre things I see in people’s houses.  Fun, right?

Bet you never saw a multi-colored, changeable, disco-mirrored flushmount in a breakfast room before.  Well, I have:

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Adjust the color to match your mood!

Thankfully, my clients who bought the house where said flushmount lives have great taste and ranked “Replacing Breakfast Room Flushmount” very high on their to-do list.

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Exposed Beams

Exposed beams are a design feature I’ve always loved.  In most instances, I see raw wood beams over a white ceiling, like so:

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Then I came across this image from Lonny:

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Doesn’t it look amazing to see white beams on a wood ceiling?  So fresh.  I never would have thought to do, but it really looks good.  Of course, it would be killer in a beach house, but I think you could easily pull it off in any home.

Exposed beams give a room so much character, don’t you think?

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Pretty House of the Week

One of my favorite bloggers, Erin Gates over at Elements of Style, recently wrote a really cool post about modern rustic style for a client designing a new home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Have you ever been? I love that town.

I think her inspirations images fit right in with this modern-day farmhouse.

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via House and Home

I’m totally into this.  So fresh and unique. (Click here if you want to see what the inside looks like.)

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The Perfect Kitchen

I actually gasped when I saw this picture.

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That island!  Those cabinets!  The pendant lights!  AND steel windows and doors?!  I don’t love the barstools, but there is so much perfect happening everywhere else I can’t say I mind them.

I think if I closed my eyes and tried to picture my dream kitchen, so much of this picture would be in it: carrera marble counters, subway tile backsplash, white cabinets, high ceilings, built in fridge, humongous island.  Oh, and a pretty view, please!

What would be in your perfect kitchen?

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Back to (Blog) Business

Okay folks, the wildest real estate market I’ve ever seen had me in a whirlwind of showings, photos, new listings, multiple offers, and settlements (9 in a 5 week period alone!) over the last 7 months.  Now that many of my clients are happily nestled in their fab new homes, I’m dedicating myself back to the blog.

I’m going to try really hard to give you a Pretty House of the Week every Friday again AND post some extra content during the week.  So tell me what you like and what you want to see more of, k?

It’ll be like our own little meeting at the kitchen table.

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Pretty House of the Week

This is Katharine Hepburn’s Connecticut estate.  Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?

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There’s water on two sides, people!  (Take the full tour here.)

Oh, and it’s for sale if you know someone looking for a $14.8M house.  #callme

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Got Dogs?

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a picture of this $1.46M home in Lower Gwynedd that I settled last week.  (So big I barely got half of its 8,315 square feet in my camera’s frame.)

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On a scale of 1 to 10, the house is an 11.

One of the things my buyers loved so much about it (beyond the superior custom features, ski-chalet chic design, wooded lot, and a Master Suite with his and hers bathrooms and connecting shower) was the dog washing room. YEP!  A whole room just for the dogs!  Since my clients have two, they adored this space.

Check out the dog bath

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and built-in dog bowls!  How genius is that?

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Not everyone has the space for a dog bath, but built-in dog bowls in a kitchen or laundry room seem pretty doable to me!

What’s on your wishlist for your dogs?  (Happy Friday!)

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Holidays and Doorways

Hope you’re doing something fun (maybe nautical?) to celebrate summer’s unofficial kickoff this Memorial Day weekend!

Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite blue front doors if you’re looking for an easy project to do with all that extra free time on your hands. ;)

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Have a great one!

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Pretty Light Fixtures

One of the things on my to-do list is install a pretty flush mount in my daughter’s room.  I didn’t find out the baby’s gender when I was pregnant,   so her room was mostly white everything with light gray walls when she was born.  A girly light fixture is a fun way to fancy it up for her, don’t you think?

I always loved this one from Shades of Light

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via Shades of Light

but never pulled the trigger.

Then a couple months ago (via Pinterest – man, I love that site) Design Dump posted this “Affordable Find” and I think I fell in love:

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For about 1/10 of the price, the Pottery Barn Kids flushmount is nearly a dead ringer for the super expensive Colleen & Company one.

I think with a steady hand you could paint a gold trim around the scalloped edge of the Pottery Barn one and replace the white hardware center with something brass and it would look so chic and just as expensive as the Colleen & Company one.

Should I get it?

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