A House in Nantucket with an “Upside-Down” Floorplan

September 23, 2014

This house in Nantucket’s Surfside beach community won a 2014 Bulfinch Award, which recognizes design efforts that preserve and advance traditional architecture in New England. One of the reasons the judges chose it was for its “upside-down” floorplan.

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A Blogger’s Beautiful Old House For Sale in San Mateo

September 22, 2014

Delores Arabian’s blog Vignette Design often showcases her lovely old house in San Mateo, California. It was built in 1906 as a summer home for a family looking to escape the fog and noise of San Francisco. Now Delores and her husband are selling it and moving from the suburbs to the city themselves…

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Christopher Plummer Lived Here & More Houses For Sale

September 21, 2014

1. An 1880s Carriage House in Darien Confession: I’ve had a crush on Captain von Trapp Christopher Plummer since the first time I saw The Sound of Music. So when I heard that this waterfront home in Connecticut used to belong to him, I had to take a look…

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Before & Now: Looking Back at 11 Years in My House

September 18, 2014

Eleven years ago we moved into our house, and it’s fun to look through old photos and see how the kids have grown and the rooms have changed since then. For instance, this is how my family room looked on move-in day…

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A Designer’s Sweet & Colorful Cottage in Santa Monica

September 16, 2014

When designer Alison Kandler told me that her Santa Monica cottage was going to be featured in HGTV Magazine, I couldn’t wait to see it. I’d already fallen in love with her fab “farmhouse in the city” and could just imagine how much fun she’d have decorating a smaller place by the beach. 

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Forrest Gump’s Big Old House in Alabama

September 15, 2014

Twenty years ago Forrest Gump hit theaters, so let’s take a look back at that wonderful old house in Greenbow, Alabama, that Forrest and his mama lived in. I’ve had a lot of readers ask me where it is and whether it’s still standing, but I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news on that front….

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Saving Tara from “Gone with the Wind” (& More Links)

September 14, 2014

Here are 7 stories that caught my eye this week: 1. The “Saving Tara” Project

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Looking Back at Joan Rivers’ Country House in Connecticut

September 11, 2014

After Joan Rivers died last week at the age of 81, a lot of news outlets featured photos of her opulent New York City penthouse. But I kept thinking about the stone and clapboard country house she remodeled in Connecticut.

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