The lovely blog House of Turquoise recently featured the Bridgehampton home of Todd Rome, who owns a charter-jet business called Blue Star Jets (named after the fictional airline Gordon Gekko tried to take over in the movie Wall Street). His wife Vanessa decorated their home in shades of–you guessed it!–turquoise, and found a way to make it both stylish and family friendly for their 4 kids.
I like their white kitchen with the kinda funky lanterns that you don’t expect and beadboard on the ceiling:
But what really grabbed my attention was this shot from the foyer, looking into the living room:
At first I didn’t notice it, but then I realized–there’s a playpen set up in there, for all the world to see. They didn’t remove it for the photos or anything. And I found that really refreshing!
We all have our (figurative) playpens, don’t we? Areas where real living goes on in practical ways that may not be pretty, but they’re necessary. There might be dog bowls in the kitchen, soccer gear piled in the mudroom, toddler gates on the stairs.
We might try to hide as many of them as we can when company comes or the cameras come out, but they’re the signs of real life being lived. And that’s not so bad, is it? After all, those are the things that make a house feel like home.