My Son’s Small Bedroom Makeover: The Final Reveal!

April 16, 2015

It’s been a couple of weeks since I showed you how our son’s bedroom makeover was coming along. We had hung (fake) shiplap paneling on the walls and installed new hardwood floors, but we still needed furniture and everything else. Well, we finally got it all put together, so I thought you’d like to see how it turned out!

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Brookside: New England Farmhouse Style in Montecito

April 14, 2015

This lovely home in California was inspired by traditional New England farmhouses, and it comes with an adorable guest cottage to boot. The listing notes that it sits on over two acres in Montecito with “magical woodlands, lush gardens, a stunning pool terrace, and stunning mountain views.” Take a look… 

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Inside the Real House from the Hit TV Show “Empire”

April 13, 2015

I’ve gotten totally hooked on the new Fox series “Empire,” so I was curious about the filming locations for it. A lot of the action takes place in this grand estate owned by Lucious Lyon, which is a real house located in Barrington, Illinois. I found listing photos so we can compare how it looks on TV to the real […]

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An Old Backyard Garage Becomes a Sweet Guest Cottage

April 9, 2015

I kinda flipped when I saw how homeowners Marilyn and Brian turned what had been a run-down garage behind their home on Cape Cod into a charming guest cottage. The potential downside, though? Their guests may never want to leave… 

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A Beach House with a Blue Door on Amelia Island

April 8, 2015

This luxury vacation home rental sits on Amelia Island’s Fernandina Beach in Florida. The views are amazing, but the first thing that grabbed my attention was the pretty blue front door…

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What It Was Like to Be on “Love It or List It”

April 6, 2015

I have spies everywhere. One of them wrote me from North Carolina last fall, reporting, “Love It or List It is currently shooting at a house around the corner from me!” That was big news because the show had never filmed outside Canada before.

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Before & After: A Kiawah Island Vacation Home Makeover

April 2, 2015

A reader named Mary Margaret wrote me about the year-long renovation of her Kiawah Island vacation home rental in South Carolina, calling it “a labor of love.” Take a look at how she updated her house near the beach…

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Paul Williams House For Sale with Victorian Guest Cottage

April 1, 2015

The Ad Astra Estate in La Cañada Flintridge, California, is a Southern Colonial Revival designed by architect Paul Revere Williams in 1935. It sits on 2 acres and comes with a charming Victorian guest cottage and a small red barn in back. 

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