Home-a-Rama House #5: Nantucket-Style Living

by hookedonhouses on February 6, 2009

This is the final day of our week-long series featuring homes from the Indianapolis Home-a-Rama. As you’re reading this, I’m driving to Nashville for the BlissDom blogging conference. I’m looking forward to meeting some of my blog friends in real life! This 6 bedroom, 8,000 square foot home, which has a stained-cedar shake exterior with stone and white trim, was built by Executive Homes of Fishers, Indiana. Builders Pete Gray and Jeff Keck worked with designer Michele Boggs of MB Designs to create “the essence of Nantucket living.”

Take a look and let me know what you think!

This was the most crowded of the homes, as you can see in these pictures. Made it kind of hard to get all the pictures I wanted.

I’m not sure how well it translates into these photos, but this house felt very light, bright, and happy. Designer Michele Boggs says that the home’s Nantucket style and abundance of windows inspired her “to decorate in a simple palette of green, white, and brown, bringing the outside in.”

This house was already sold at the time of the show, and I’m not sure how much it went for. If anyone happens to have that information, let me know!

What did you think? Do you like this better than the other houses I showed you? What would you do with that extra space above the garage?


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Luphia February 6, 2009 at 7:07 am

this is lovely, i still have trouble imaging me living in a big house as it’s just me & currently have no pets, i’ve also spend most part of my life in flats, but I would definitley love to spend a weekend vacation there! :)

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Kathi February 6, 2009 at 7:15 am

You saved the best for last! I love everything about this house!
Especially the girl’s room and the fireplaces! Just beautiful!!
Thanks for the tour Julia! It was fun!

Jan February 6, 2009 at 7:16 am

Oh yeah…this is the ONE I’ve been waiting for!! Since the beginning of your tours…I’ve been looking for one to “move” me and this one did it!! I love the windows…the layout…the “look”.

Jan’s last blog post..Show & Tell Friday…

Liz@VioletPosy February 6, 2009 at 7:42 am

I love it, it would be my perfect house. I’m just about to spiny my dining room the same Blue as the sitting room in those pictures. Hopefully it will look as good :)

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Angela February 6, 2009 at 7:58 am

Love it! My heart is still with house #1, but this is probably #2. The round window – AMAZING! The bar downstairs – loving that too! What a crazy combination of houses this week! Thanks for posting!

Angela’s last blog post..25 Random Things About Me

laney February 6, 2009 at 8:04 am

…this on is lovely…inside and out…

Derek February 6, 2009 at 8:05 am

I though you might be holding the best one for last. This one is effortlessly beautiful. Sometime it just looks like they tried to hard. The old saying that sometimes more is just more. This home reflects it exterior even on the interior, great continuity and flow. It has a more updated or “transitional” look without loosing its traditional edge. Well Done!

modernemama February 6, 2009 at 8:10 am

Love the hearth room and the chair in the master bathroom, the interior design is worlds away from #4

modernemama’s last blog post..Dreaming of Down Under

duchess February 6, 2009 at 8:15 am

This one was my favorite! Love it.
Thanks for taking us on this tour & have a great time at Blissdom.

duchess’s last blog post..Palmetto Invitational

Kelly February 6, 2009 at 8:30 am

This one is my favorite! Sometimes they hand out lists of paint colors at home shows. Do you happen to have that info. for this home?

Hope you have a safe/fun trip to Nashville!

Emily B February 6, 2009 at 8:50 am

I LOVE this one!! I’ll move in this weekend. LOL. Question though; why is the study always so dark. I can see that maybe they’re trying to go for an ‘impressive’ or ‘masculine’ feeling in the room, but I don’t get it.

Emily B’s last blog post..wardrobe malfunction

bungalow_bliss February 6, 2009 at 8:51 am

Thanks for ending on such a high note! This is by far my favorite, and I can’t even begin to list what I love about it. The entrance, windows, fireplaces, color palette, that MASTER SHOWER. I’m not surprised at all that this one sold so quickly!

Thanks for the great tour this week! Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

bungalow_bliss’s last blog post..The Mid-season Slump

Ramona February 6, 2009 at 9:04 am

This home is absolutely wonderful. I love all of the nooks and fireplaces. All it needs is a loaf of bread baking in that oven. Thank you for a great tour.

Have a great weekend at Blissdom!


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Phillips Phamily Mama February 6, 2009 at 9:11 am

The trim work, the colors, the cabinets! Ah, sign me up! LOVE it!

Have fun in Nashville, my hometown! If you can make it to 2nd Avenue, you’ll have an absolute blast. Also, Robert’s Western Wear has some great local talent. And Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, of course!

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Terry Kearns February 6, 2009 at 9:15 am

I love the “dog trot” style central hall. I thought that was southern thing, maybe it’s a southern Cape Cod.

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christy February 6, 2009 at 9:15 am

I liked this one a lot, but I think of blue as a predominant color in any beachy decor…not sure why they didn’t go with that. I loved the girl’s bedroom and the fabulous oval shower the best. Gorgeous exterior too! Thanks for showcasing.

Heather February 6, 2009 at 9:34 am

It’s simply gorgeous! This home actually looks lived in and not staged. I want the chairs in the family room, and that round window is stunning.

Heather’s last blog post..Don’t forget your red tomorrow!

Pat February 6, 2009 at 9:39 am

I’ve been in and out and here and there, this week and need to catch up, but we have nifty day trip planned for today. I’ll do more catch up tomorrow. I’ll be back for a closer look. I just had to tell you, there is a home, similar in exterior style, nearby, I’ve been looking at for about 8 or 9 years. It is weathered grey, but the style is almost exactly like this one. I’ve wished for years, for that house. Of course it’s too big for us, at our age. But a girl can dream, right?

I couldn’t believe the angles and such are so similar. Great post!! Love it and when can I move it!!

Pat’s last blog post..~A Beautiful Life & Day Trip Dreamin’~

Mike February 6, 2009 at 9:55 am

*swoons and faints onto the chaise in the master bedroom sitting room*

This is by far my favorite of the week. It is just gorgeous! When can I move in?

Amy February 6, 2009 at 10:01 am

This one is by FAR my favorite…absolutely gorgeous! Love the architecture, the design…everything! My dream house for sure. You saved the best for last!

Holly February 6, 2009 at 10:13 am

Loved this one! Did anyone else catch the title of the book on the mudroom/craftroom shelves? ‘Creating the Not So Big House’ LOL…at little incongruous, don’t you think? Love the stone fireplaces, the master suite, the color scheme, the kitchen, the mudroom…okay, I loved it all!
Fabulous week of tours, Julia! Obviously, these photos were taken back in the summer; just wondering why you waited so long! :)

Holly’s last blog post..Bathroom and Bargains

Annie Anderson February 6, 2009 at 10:19 am

Beautiful! Now I can’t decide which I like best – this one or the New England style house from #3, I think it was. This one has all sorts of fabulous little nooks and cranny’s like the little room by the kitchen with all the organizer boards and stuff. I like that. And the little sitting room off the master is cool, too.

Thanks for sharing all the houses!

Annie Anderson’s last blog post..Around the web January 17, 2009

cardinalkay February 6, 2009 at 10:23 am

And YUMM-O! I loved the house, but (picky picky) felt it was a “tad” too GLAM. In my little world, that beautiful staircase would have been more simple. Overdone houses (like the previous ones on our tour) have all the charm of a Hyatt Regency hotel lobby, for me. I think the interiors need fewer faux things and more vintage “stuff”. Who’s with me?
Your pal,

Jenny February 6, 2009 at 10:26 am

This is the best one! I love the trim and built ins! Beautiful! I need that laundry/mudroom/craft room!

Jenny’s last blog post..Her Memory Amazes Me

cardinalkay February 6, 2009 at 10:31 am

Oops — I thought of yet more criticisms — HA! Actually, I have to agree with Christy that this house wants more BLUE. Was the porch ceiling blue, I hope? And Holly, kudos for spotting the book, “Creating The Not-So-Big House”, which is part of a series by Sarah Susanka. Those books are really great, and I recommend! xo
Your pal,

Fifi Flowers February 6, 2009 at 10:44 am

THis you are Hooked on Home-a-rama! I’ve sent everyone your way via Hooked on Friday post… I’m sure they will all love your tours!
ENJOY your weekend!

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Linda February 6, 2009 at 10:46 am

Sold. There isn’t one thing I don’t absolutely love about this house. Thanks for letting us look at it!

Linda’s last blog post..Skywatch with Edgar and Virginia

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries February 6, 2009 at 10:55 am

And there you have it – a house that really felt like a HOME and gorgeous to boot. (Did I just say “to boot?” Ack!) That is one dream house I would love to live in for sure!

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries’s last blog post..Gimme a Kissie!!!

Arleen February 6, 2009 at 10:58 am

Hi Julia. Thank you so much for hosting this 5-day home-a-rama. I’ve enjoyed it very much! And have a great time at Blissdom09 in Nashville!


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SoBella Creations February 6, 2009 at 11:15 am

This is my favorite of all the houses you have shown.

I hope you have a wonderful time at Blissdom.

SoBella Creations’s last blog post..ella bo bella

Alecia February 6, 2009 at 11:20 am

This is by far my fave of all the houses. I think I’m going to steal a few ideas from it. Oh, I would love to have this house!!!

Alecia’s last blog post..Knock Knock…

Kate February 6, 2009 at 11:33 am

Wow, I don’t know which house is my favorite… I’d love to put all my favorite parts together and make one perfect house!

Kate’s last blog post..A ham continuation…

Angie February 6, 2009 at 11:33 am

I loved loved loved this one. All it needs are a few crystal/glass door knobs and I would be in heaven :-)

Angie’s last blog post..One of those days…

Michelle February 6, 2009 at 11:40 am

Woah…I just fell off my chair. You weren’t kidding when you said you were saving the best for last. I can’t even begin to list what I love about this house. I love it when great archictecture meets great interior design. It felt like I just left my cramped midwest cape cod and flew out to Martha’s Vineyard.

Hope you have a great time at Blissdom! Can’t wait to hear all about it!!

Michelle’s last blog post..A Twofer Today, And A Giveaway!

Christy February 6, 2009 at 11:46 am

This house was a nice way to end the tour this week. I agree with “cardinalkay” her comments were right along the lines of what I was thinking. I enjoyed the exterior very much – wouldn’t a window box, white rockers on the porch and a couple of large pots of flowers beside the front door be a lovely touch? Upon entering the home I expected more “bright and white” rather than the dark accents such as the staircase which is a style so often found in the “tuscan” wannabe homes in my area. Overall this house was sweet but I think that a more simple, brighter, fresher decor would have been more in keeping with the exterior.

Kathy :) February 6, 2009 at 11:55 am

Loved it Julia…

The round window was neat, Hearth room, I loved the staircase leading upstairs, it looks like a very comfortable home !!!

Have fun in TN…can’t wait to hear all the stories and see the pics…hope you get to meet Rhoda, she is such a doll.

Be safe,
Kathy :)

Emily February 6, 2009 at 12:03 pm

I think I like the inside of this home the best. I like the light colors. Thanks for doing these tours. I’ve really enjoyed seeing them. Have fun at Blissdom!

Suzy February 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Loved this house the Best! Have a great time in Nashville….I’m sure you will.
Keep it Sweet,

Suzy’s last blog post..A little Sweet Schrafft History….with Schrafft Butterscotch Cookies

Diana February 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Indy has redeemed itself. This one is much better than the past ones, but still not as good as the first. This exterior is to die for, though!

ann February 6, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Love this house. Love the entrance light, LOVE the kitchen – I just stared at those pictures, love the laundry area. LOVE the simple decor – in the girls room they had just two pictures hung by the beds – the house didn’t seem cluttered.
What would I do with the space over the garage?? Well, since 8000 sq. ft. would more then suffice for my family…and ANY guests we would have….. humm- maybe a mother-in-law suite?? ;)

dr_iqmal February 6, 2009 at 12:52 pm

what a nice house…
hope to have just like that one day…

Julie at Organizement February 6, 2009 at 1:12 pm

This is my fave by far!!!

Julie at Organizement’s last blog post..Linen Closets – Before and After

beth February 6, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Awww. That’s much better than the other houses. Very soothing color palette and nice decorating. I love New England style and am trying to achieve the feeling in my little home in the desert. :)

beth’s last blog post..Why do they do this to us?

janet February 6, 2009 at 2:07 pm

More Hamptons than Nantucket to my way of thinking. When I think of Nantucket I think of the old Sea Captains homes from the eighteenth century. I had the pleasure of going on the summer house tour in Nantucket one year and it was fabulous, most homes are old and warm and cozy. Very expensive because of the location, but not too many ostentatious homes.


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Kirsten February 6, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Definitely the best of the bunch: gorgeous!! Loved all the millwork/built-ins, etc. I agree with some others though, the staircase (esp the banister) did strike a wrong note. Exterior truly gorgeous. And as for the space over the garage?? Would DEFINITELY re-purpose it as a MIL-suite (yes, that would be the MIL who stays with me for SEVEN WEEKS at a time!!!!)

Kirsten’s last blog post..But is it Art?

Mom in High Heels February 6, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Okay, THIS is my new dream house. It had me at oval shower. The ONLY thing I don’t like is the light fixture in the sitting room off the master. That’s an easy fix though. Beautiful!

Mom in High Heels’s last blog post..‘A’ mazing

Kellye February 6, 2009 at 2:38 pm

I knew that this one would bowl people over and it’s a lovely house. To be perfectly honest, “light and bright” is not my style. All of that light pouring in would bother me; maybe I would like something like Manderly? ;)

The decor is fine, perhaps a little bland. However, the staging far and above makes up for it. This is what a model home should look like!! Of course, the shower is the best one since last year’s with the TV.

Charlie February 6, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Wow, I love this house! It seems warm and welcoming for a house that size. I love the contrasting wall colors for each room. The rooms seem to have a great flow, so important when you have that much space plus open spaces. The decor was also up my alley. Were the ceilings painted white? No matter, I would move in without changing a thing. Great tour!

Charlie’s last blog post..Kämp Hotel – Helsinki

Puna February 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm

My favorite two things, the sink in the kitchen and the round window in the hearth room. I like a little more punch though…is it kinda small?

Aubrey February 6, 2009 at 5:12 pm

You know what I’d do with that space above the garage? Make it my own personal retreat away from everything and everyONE. Sometimes my family drives me completely nuts. I like that they have windowsd above the sink in the master bath–I lookst my face too much hand wonder why I still have to suffer zits AND worry about wrinkle birth. I liked all their window treatments–Roman shades are my favorite and I like how some are hung below the top of the window for extra light without sacrificing privacy.

One of those other houses–the one where the inhabitants were supposedly well-travelled? What were they thinking–that the people well-travelled wine tours, imbibed too much, and went shopping immediately afterwards?

And the ouse with the coffepot in the bathroom–I don’t drink coffee, and if I did, I can’t decide if that was pure genius or the ultimate of enabling–why bother ever going downstairs, right?

Aubrey’s last blog post..Warmth, Trouble, Bone Loss

Pam February 6, 2009 at 5:23 pm

The best so far by a mile. I can’t wait for Cincinnati’s Homearama, I haven’t been in a few years but you have wet my appetite. Thanks, Pam

Pam’s last blog post..Prayers Today

hookedonhouses February 6, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Hey, guys! I made it to Nashville and I’ve been having a great time meeting up with blog buddies like Kimba (Soft Place to Land), Rhoda (Southern Hospitality), Susie Harris, Nester, Amy Locurto, and on and on. So fun!

Unfortunately, the wireless connection here is slow as molasses, but I’ll try to answer a few questions.

1. Sorry, but I didn’t get a list of the paint colors, so I can’t help you there. I’ll try to remember next time to ask.

2. This Home-a-Rama was in the Fall of ’08–just now got all the pics edited, sorted, and uploaded (the holidays slowed me down). Sorry I didn’t get them posted sooner!

3. Don’t know why studies are always so dark.

4. I didn’t notice the “Not So Big House” book on the shelf. Love that series! Funny that it was in an 8,000 sq ft home, tho. ;-)

Were there other questions I forgot to answer? My connection is too slow to read back through your comments again right now, but I’ll check again later when I have a chance.

Now I’m off to the pajama party for pizza and a movie. We’re watching “Mamma Mia.” Later, Gators! -Julia :-)

Sue February 6, 2009 at 10:47 pm

This house is a bit blah for my taste…I did like the keeping rooms big round window, I liked the mud room. and ofcourse the garage with the room above..I would have liked to have seen a little more color…Have fun in Nashville…

Sue’s last blog post..SUE’S WORDS OF WISDOM…….

jeweledrabbit February 6, 2009 at 11:31 pm

The drabness of the decor completely ruins this house for me.

le February 7, 2009 at 7:22 am

I am relaxed with this one … love the muddy craft room – great multi use …. and the organising nook behind the kitchen – too cool for school – enjoy your time at the Bliss do – le

le’s last blog post..I can see clearly now ….

Sadie February 7, 2009 at 10:53 am

Me want.

Sadie’s last blog post..37/365

hookedonhouses February 7, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Wow! Thanks to everyone from the Garden Web forums who stopped by today to take the tours. So nice to see you all, and I enjoyed reading your comments on the message boards. -Julia :-)

TraceyB February 7, 2009 at 9:08 pm

This house reminds me of the homes here in Florida. Light, bright and airy. Love it!!

Linda Merrill from ::Surroundings:: February 7, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Definitely not Nantucket, possibly Martha’s Vineyard, more Hampton’s as someone said above. It feels like it lacks soul.

Linda Merrill from ::Surroundings::’s last blog post..Getting back into the saddle

Jen R Sanctuary Arts February 7, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Love the family room paneling, but there is s a lt of white going on around there!

Jen R Sanctuary Arts’s last blog post..Quick Valentine’s Day project

Tamara February 8, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Are you back home yet? Can’t wait to hear how your trip went!

Tamara’s last blog post..And Now For A Short Musical Interlude……

Jan Rochefort February 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I thought this one was the best! It could have used a little more color for my pallete, loved the unusual window. Thank you for the tour..

Lazy Mom Leslie February 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm

I love seeing all these beautiful homes and getting ideas from them. But the more I see the more I am convinced that I want to pare down and simplify! Too much space and too much stuff.

Courtney February 8, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Hi Julia! I could tell from the photos of the outside of this house that it would be my favorite. It did not disappoint! It’s definitely luxurious, but is also homey and calming at the same time. I just love it. And I can’t wait to hear about your time at the conference! You and Kimba and Melissa and all the “cool kids”…must fill us in! xoxo

Courtney’s last blog post..a sweet strawberry party

Courtney at Blogging Matilda February 8, 2009 at 10:41 pm

I am swooning over here! Being a cedar shake kinda girl, and putting up every single one on my house, by hand, I can only imagine how long this took :) I love it all, when can I move in?

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Robin February 8, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Agreed, this is more Hamptons Chic than Nantucket, but it is lovely, you definitely saved the best for last.

Robin’s last blog post..Now I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger

Sue February 10, 2009 at 1:13 am

I loved this one…too big for me of course but love all teh touches and decor.
I have just savored all of your posts about the Homerama. What fun…even if their laundry rooms were bigger than MY whole house! *grin*

Thanks for this !!! Such fun!


Sue’s last blog post..A Sweet idea

RehabOrDie February 10, 2009 at 7:54 am

There once was a house styled Nantucket
whose charm couldn’t be held in a bucket
the scale was quite right,
and the trim-work quite tight
so those who don’t like can go s….



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rue February 13, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I don’t know if it’s because the last house burned my retinas or not, but I really like this one the best :)


rue’s last blog post..A project and an unpacking interuption

Maureen February 15, 2009 at 10:08 am

I love this home and decor, I am planning a kitchen renovation and house painting, and was wondering if you could let me know the paint colors for each room, especially kitchen, entry, living area and what color is the kitchen counter top? Thank you for sharing this lovely home with me. Have a great day!

hookedonhouses February 15, 2009 at 10:23 am

Sorry, but I don’t know any of the paint colors for the homes. Wish I did! -Julia

Maureen February 15, 2009 at 10:50 am

No problem, I just read through your blogs and realised someone else had already asked you, sorry, I was just sooo excited when I asked you, I didn’t notice the other blogs, and I since read through where you said Michele Boggs used green, white and brown, so that helps. I am hoping my benjain moore paint specialist can help me match some nice colors up. I live on the east coast in Canada, and I just happened across your web site, I have really enjoyed looking through it, very nice. thank you for responding to me so quickly, and I will look forward to seeing more of your shows. thanks again . Maureen

Rebecca February 22, 2009 at 2:29 am

Maybe I’m nuts, but when I see houses this big I think, who on earth wants to clean that much house?? Oh well, if I could afford 8000 sq feet, maybe I could afford to have “staff”!!

ida February 27, 2009 at 10:00 pm

at first i was cool with the house then i realized how huge it was. and the stairs. they dont need carpet. they can be a free stair stepper device. just too much house for me.

Nathan September 8, 2009 at 1:15 am

I quite like almost every room of the house. I especially love the view when you enter the home and the family room. Also, I have to mention that I freakin’ LOVE the staircase!

gina January 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I wanted to know if the darker island in the kitchen was black or a very dark brown. It looked black to me, but the designer mentioned she used a simple palette of green, brown, and white.


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