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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Pretty House of the Week

Haven’t done one of these in a while!

All of this sunshine and warm weather has me dreaming of the perfect summer house.  I’d settle for this shingle-sided one. ;)

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Spring Market Madness with low inventory and full price offers being thrown around left and right(!) sends blogging to the back burner for a bit.  But I love it.  And I miss it.  So I’m going to make myself do it more often, okay?  Especially since I know you guys like to look at pretty houses just as much as I do.

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Phillies Opening Day and a GIVEAWAY

It’s Home Opener Day!

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And to celebrate, I’m giving away a catered lunch for up to 10 people from my favorite HEALTHY fast food restaurant (yes, there is such a thing!) Bryn & Dane’s - Citizens Bank Park’s newest food partner!

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To enter, simply become a fan of my business page on Facebook, Sheila Salvitti Real Estate.  Already a fan?  No problem!  Tell your co-worker, tell your play group, heck – tell your grandma!  All fans of my business page (existing AND new) are automatically entered to win.

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Click on this link to get to the contest home page to see how you can win an extra entry and read the full contest rules.

GOOD LUCK!

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Pretty House of the Week

This house just looks like spring to me.

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And I like every single thing about it.

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DIY necklace…(huh?)

From the completely-unrelated-to-anything-in-real-estate files…

My husband has two grandmothers who I love like they are my own.  My grandparents passed away a long time ago, so I adore having them in my      life and love calling them Grandmom and GMom.

Two weeks ago, my husband’s Aunt and Uncle celebrated their 60th birthdays, and we all went to a party in their honor – 4 generations worth of Salvittis!  At the party, Grandmom was wearing the prettiest gold necklace, and I told her so.

This is Grandmom and her necklace:

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She said she made it!!  I was all…what?! and how?!

Grandmom worked as a fashion designer in the 50s before she had kids, so as you can imagine she’s super fashionable.  We have hand-me-down dresses she made for her own granddaughters that her now great-granddaughters, like Sophie, still wear.  They’re that beautiful and that well made.

So back to the necklace.  She told me she attached a bunch of old earrings to a chain, added a little glue, and voila!  (OMG)

Obviously I had to make one, so I raided my mom’s jewelry box and found a whole bunch of perfectly huge 80s earrings.  These are my pairs:

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And my chains:

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And here’s what I’m thinking of doing:

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What do you think?  Fun, right?  Kind of genius, I say.

Want to make an earring necklace with me?

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Furniture Jackpot at Target

Have you SEEN what Target is selling in their home department lately?

These ottomans look so expensive and would be amazing as a seating pair in a living room or at the foot of a bed.

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This sofa!  For $329!  Are you kidding?!

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Crate and Barrel clone for about 1/10 of the price:

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See?  This is the expensive one.  (Call me crazy but I think you could fool a lot of people into thinking you shelled out $2,199 for a $299 table.  Just sayin.)

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via Crate and Barrel

Ummmm amazing Restoration Hardware copy:

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And a pair of these chairs and all of its stackable, modern goodness,

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with these cushions

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might be coming home with me. :)

Oh, and hello cutest poufs ever for a playroom, kid’s room, or nursery.

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Run, do not walk people, to your nearest Target if you need a little sprucing up at home for spring!

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Kitchen Backsplash – Fabric as Tile Alternative

Did you see House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Month in the March issue?

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Check it out!

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Apart from that killer, furniture-inspired island (hello, perfect shade of gray) what I really love is the backsplash.

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The mag says the designers mounted a piece of laminated fabric between two sheets of glass and installed it as the backsplash.  Isn’t it beautiful?  Here’s an even better close up:

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When asked why more people don’t do this (seriously, why isn’t this everywhere?!), designer, Adam Rolston, said: “It requires some technical skill, and the fabric can’t be too thick, or else it won’t hold together. But most glass companies could probably handle it. It allows you to take something very tactile and delicate and use it in a practical way in a place that’s unusual.”

I think it’s beautiful and unique and totally perfect in this kitchen.

(Psssst!  That island is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain, and the cabinets are Benjamin Moore’s Graystone.  I think I need to add those colors to my list of favorite grays.)

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