Pollyanna Cottage in the Cotswolds

March 24, 2014

When I first visited England as a teenager, I was awestruck by the thatched-roof cottages. I had never seen anything like them outside of storybooks and Disney movies, so I couldn’t stop snapping pictures of them with my camera…

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Save This Gothic Revival & More Friday Links

March 21, 2014

1. The William Mason House in Connecticut

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For Sale: A House in the Heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains

March 20, 2014

There are several types of houses I dream about owning someday, and a “rustic but elegant mountain retreat” like this is one of them. It sits on over 3 acres in Cashiers, North Carolina, perched high above the valley in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains. And it comes with a guest house on […]

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Sarah Jessica Parker’s West Village Brownstone

March 19, 2014

The Vogue Diaries interview series recently stopped by Sarah Jessica Parker’s West Village brownstone to ask her 73 questions, from her phone of choice (“Blackberry”– really??) to what Oprah’s like in real life (“Human”). I didn’t catch all her answers, though, because I was so focused on the rooms in the background…

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Phil & Claire’s “Modern Family” House Hits the Market

March 17, 2014

Phil and Claire Dunphy’s house on the popular sitcom Modern Family is for sale in L.A. The homeowner gets paid each time the show shoots exterior scenes on the property, but the interiors were recreated on a soundstage. Let’s compare the real house to the one seen on TV, shall we?

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The Story of a Brick Cottage in Portland & More Links I Like

March 14, 2014

1. I loved reading the story behind this charming “English Cottage Style” brick house that was built in the 1920s in Portland and seeing old photos and advertisements for it.

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Before & After: A 1950s Beach House in North Carolina

March 13, 2014

A reader named Allison wrote me about the (kinda sad, very brown) 1950s duplex that she and her family recently renovated in Kure Beach, North Carolina. After 10 months of working on weekends, they transformed it into a colorful “Caribbean-style cottage” they dubbed Latitude Adjustment. 

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Designing a Small House with a Big Porch in Connecticut

March 11, 2014

This little house lives larger than it looks. Architect James Crisp tells me he designed it as a full-time residence for a client who was downsizing and moving near family. They wanted it to echo the style of the old Greek Revival that sits nearby on the property in Eastern Connecticut. 

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