Kitty Bartholomew’s motto is: “It’s not what you don’t have, it’s what you do with what you do have.” She was on HGTV for 8 years as the host of “Kitty Bartholomew: You’re Home.” 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. Take a look!
According to an article on WTVR.com about the house, “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 guest house.”
The cottage was featured in her book Kitty Bartholomew’s Decorating Style:
Here’s how she decorated it for the summer as it was shown in the book, with slipcovers to lighten things up:
And here’s how it looks in the listing with red slipcovers instead:
The listing only has a few photos, including one of this bedroom with a Dutch door leading to the garden:
Here’s how that bedroom looked in her book:
Here’s how the small cottage kitchen looked when she bought the house:
And what it looked like after she cozied things up in there (via the LA Times):
She installed an antique O’Keefe & Merritt stove in the kitchen.
I watched her way back when she was the decorating correspondent on ABC’s “Home Show.” 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.
For more information, check the listing. I believe her book is out of print, but you can buy used copies here.