Kitty Bartholomew’s motto is: “It’s not what you don’t have, it’s what you do with what you do have.” I’ve been a fan of hers since she was the decorating correspondent on ABC’s The Home Show. Anyone else remember that? It was hosted by Gary Collins and ran from 1988-1994. The decorating segments were my favorites, and I can still remember the tour Kitty gave of her home on the show. She went on to become a fixture on HGTV, hosting Kitty Bartholomew: You’re Home for 8 years.
When I heard that her Nantucket-style cottage in Santa Monica was on the market for $2.195 million, I had to track it down. Here it is:
According to this article:
The one-story Nantucket cottage has a center hall floor plan, and all three bedrooms open to English gardens. The main house is about 2,000 square feet, and there is also a separate studio office with vaulted beamed ceilings and a detached guesthouse. Adding to the home’s charm is a Dutch door leading to the rear patio area. There are hardwood floors throughout, and the kitchen has an antique O’Keefe & Merritt stove.
Kitty’s family room in the summer, with slipcovers to lighten things up (from her book):
Kitty’s family room for fall, when everything gets red and cozy (from the listing):
Only a few photos are given in the listing itself–here’s a bedroom that’s shown:
And here’s how that bedroom looked in her book, Kitty Bartholomew’s Decorating Style, as well as a few other rooms:
The kitchen as it looked when Kitty bought the house:
And what it looked like after she cozied things up in there (via the LA Times, which has an article about her kitchen makeover):
From the listing, the picket fence with birdhouses at the gate (for more photos and information, see the listing).
You can buy her book, which is filled with beautiful photos, here. Learn more about Kitty Bartholomew’s current projects on her website. If you’re one of Kitty’s fans, check out the post that Tracy at Comfort & Luxury wrote about her.