Arts and Crafts Home Turned LEED Gold

Today's tour is a little unique as well as quite appealing. A classic Arts and Crafts style home was renovated with a green focus in mind. The result is a LEED certified home. If you're not familiar with LEED, it stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. So basically there are environmentally-friendly (aka "green") finishes and details. The home is charming and stayed true to many of its original elements during the renovation by … [Read more...]

Cotswolds Cottage: Charming Home Tour

What is it about the English countryside that captures your heart and never lets go? There's something about those little stone cottages dotting the rolling hills of the country with sheep baying in the background. Didn't we all fall in love with the cozy little house featured in the movie, "Holiday" with Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, and Jack Black. I think you'll find today's Cotswolds Cottage by absolute abode design just as … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Family Home Tour

A warm and inviting Massachusetts family home creates beauty and convenient living within its walls. As you tour this pretty home, you'll enjoy a mix of neutral finishes combined with texture and timeless, traditional style. A pair of tufted wing chairs with brown fuzzy pillows form a cozy conversational corner. A white orchid lends a touch of elegance. Photo by Design Fixation [Faith Towers]   Shiplap walls painted in gray cloak a … [Read more...]

Elegant Farmhouse: Charming Home Series

Elegant and Farmhouse. That almost seems like a contradiction of terms. Farmhouse is a comfortable, relaxed style whereas "elegant" conjures up images of fancy gold mirrors and other high end furnishings. But "elegant farmhouse" is how Southern Farmhouse Designs, LLC describes this Texas home renovation project of theirs. Today's Texas home wears soft colors and features architectural details like wood ceiling beams and built-in … [Read more...]

Family Retreat: Charming Home Tour

Today we're touring a family retreat by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer that offers a series of cabins. A main cabin provides the general gathering space and separate buildings, like a writer's hut, create private little retreats within the family retreat. Today's charming home is located on the San Juan Islands just north of Seattle. The main cabin enjoys an inspiring view from the front porch. Photo by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer   Although the outside of … [Read more...]

Lake Michigan Cottage: Charming Home Tour

Happy Sunday, Friends! I hope that you're enjoying your weekend, and I'm happy that you're here to enjoy another weekly home tour. Today we're visiting a Lake Michigan cottage by The Cottage Company of Harbor Springs. I use the term "cottage" loosely because the home is actually quite spacious. A beautiful Moira clock nestles into a cubby beneath the winding staircase. Photo by Cottage Company of Harbor Springs   The living room is … [Read more...]

Eclectic Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

Happy October, Friends! I hope you're enjoying the fall season so far. I know many of you are sprucing up your homes and getting them ready for cooler weather. And others of you are suffering from storms or fires that are plaguing our country. I hope that today's eclectic farmhouse tour will give you some cheer and lighten your spirits. Today we're touring an east coast home decorated by Jamie Keskin Design. Even though she's located in … [Read more...]

Colorful Russian House: Charming Home Tour

Illinois is breaking out in color on the trees and in honor of the fall fanfare, I thought I'd choose a colorful home for today's tour. Have you ever stepped inside a Russian house? This one by designer and decorator Zhenya Zhdanova is quite cheerful and charming! You'll notice an abundance of painted bead board and paneled walls throughout the home. A pair of vintage style chandies illuminate the dining space, decorated in red and blue. Photo … [Read more...]

Architectural Details: Charming Home Tour

Today's home tour has unique architectural details that I think you'll find quite appealing. Not only does this home enjoy good bones, but it's beautifully decorated by Lauri Rossi Interiors. Take a look and see for yourself! Note the transom windows above doorways in the living room (and the dining room beyond). Painted in black, the transoms stand out instead of fading into the background. Photo by Tom Grimes Photography   Beautiful … [Read more...]

Craftsman House: Charming Home Tour

The first home I purchased was a craftsman house. I loved all the architectural details of that small charmer. It was a perfect starter home. Today's tour features an updated craftsman house by Kelly and Co. Design that's quite larger than my first humble home. A simple farmhouse bench greets you when entering the home, hinting at the warmth and comfort in rooms to come. Photo by Kelly and Co. Design   A dark-paneled wall surrounds the … [Read more...]

Hamptons House: Charming Home Tour

Today we're touring a charming Hamptons house decorated by Alison Kandler. I love her playful use of color - it's not overbearing but rather, just the right touch for each room. Step inside this delightful home with its quaint appeal. A brightly painted Dutch door beckons you to come inside and make yourself at home. Photo by Alison Kandler Interior Design   Painted bead board wraps around the walls of the mudroom with built-in benches. … [Read more...]

Family Beach House: Charming Home Tour

Although school has started in most parts of the country, summer isn't officially over just yet. The days are still warm and sunny and there's still time to enjoy the last remnants of my favorite season. So before we usher in autumn, let's take a tour of a charming family beach house located in Massachusetts. The home is the creation of Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders. Photo by Polhemus Savery DaSilva   The family beach house … [Read more...]

Quebec Cottage: Charming Home Tour

The only time I've been to Quebec was when I was about three years old. I don't remember much, but I do remember buying a plastic French poodle in one of the shops. I would love to go back someday to admire the historic architecture. Today we're traveling to Canada to tour a charming Quebec cottage, designed and decorated by Sonya Kinkade Design. The cottage kitchen is light and bright, but includes warm touches like the wood kitchen island and … [Read more...]

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