Angela Lansbury’s Victorian in “Murder, She Wrote”

December 15, 2014

If you watched the long-running mystery series Murder, She Wrote, then you were probably charmed by both the small town of Cabot Cove, Maine, that Angela Lansbury’s character Jessica Fletcher lived in, and her lovely white Victorian. I decided to track them down, and this is what I found…

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Giving an Old House in South Orange a Fresh Start

December 11, 2014

A reader named Doug wrote me about fixing up this old house in South Orange, New Jersey. It was built in 1912 and hadn’t really been updated much since. When he and his wife took on the challenge of renovating it to sell, it was in pretty bad shape, but it looks a whole lot happier now…

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A Lake House Designed for Family Gatherings

December 10, 2014

Wow, do I love this lake house designed by Crisp Architects. The homeowners wanted a family retreat that would be a “multigenerational oasis” with a big kitchen open to the living room, extra sleeping areas for guests, and porches that take advantage of the water views.

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Pantone’s Peculiar Pick for 2015 & More Color Predictions

December 9, 2014

Pantone is punking us, right? Do they really expect us to start wearing and decorating with the brownish-red color Marsala in 2015? I thought 2014’s Radiant Orchid was an odd choice and was kind of relieved that it never really caught on. But at least the orchid was something that made sense with the pastel and gray trend. I haven’t seen this […]

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Longwood: An Old Stone House For Sale in Bucks County

December 8, 2014

Longwood Estate was built in the 1760s in Bucks County, Pennsylania, an area known for having more than its fair share of beautiful old stone houses. The listing says, “Inside this Georgian manor home, you’ll find custom millwork, high beamed ceilings, wide plank floors, crown moldings, and original hardware and doors.”

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Building a Tiny Purple Beach House on Tybee

December 4, 2014

Katy is a single mom with three kids whose big dream was to build a small beach house on Tybee Island in Georgia. She says, “I purchased a disgusting wreck of a house by the water in 2011 and tore it down to build a tiny, 850-square-foot house on the lot, salvaging as much from the original as I […]

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A Look Inside Bunny Mellon’s Gracious Townhouse Today

December 3, 2014

Philanthropists Paul and Bunny Mellon built this beautiful townhouse in Manhattan in 1965. Bunny was the horticulturist commissioned by her friend Jackie Kennedy to design the White House Rose Garden, so it makes sense that she would want gardens here in the middle of the city, too.

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Restoring an Old Clapboard House in Concord

December 1, 2014

This wonderful old house was built in the late 1800s in Concord, Massachusetts, and homeowners Alex and Andrea say that little had been updated since. That meant that most of the original details were intact, but it took a lot of work to do to make it a comfortable and family-friendly home.

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