Monthly Archives: July 2013

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Nick Valensi and Amanda de Cadenet List TV Home

There is a whole lot of talent that is housed here. This Studio City, California colonial is the home to Strokes lead guitarist, Nick Valensi, and his wife, Amanda de Cadenet, host of Lifetime’s “The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet.” The interview style show is actually filmed in this house! Guests have included Lady Gaga, Diane Von Furstenburg, Gwenyth Paltrow, and Portia DeRossi.

strokes home for sale 1The framed Lolita movie poster peering down on guests in the foyer may be the first indication that these homeowners have personality.

strokes home for sale 15All my favorites are here. Built in bookshelves? Check. Personalized art work? Check. A mix of Mid-century Modern with a comfortable couch? Check and check. This home is a recent construction and has 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 4,000 square feet. It’s listed at $1.79 million.

strokes home for sale 2There’s also a wood burning fireplace for cool California nights. I wonder if the mug on the coffee table has some significance? The simple trim work on the stairway wall adds interest to the area.

strokes home for sale 3And an upright piano. But, is it blocking the window? I’m much rather see a petite baby grand squeezed in here!

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I also love the kitchen in this home. Mostly white cupboards with a gray painted island. The simple lighting reminds me of a white version of the Pottery Barn lighting we have in our kitchenstrokes home for sale 18

strokes home for sale 17Another living area is right off the kitchen. I love the variety of artwork they have on display in the house. The mouse in a dress above the couch certainly is whimsical!

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The master bedroom has double doors that open into the backyard. Do you know what I find most interesting about this room? As gorgeous as this home is, and as organized as it seems, they still have cords falling out from behind their flat screen television on the wall! We have that problem with our small flat screen in our kitchen, and it drives me crazy.strokes home for sale 8Nick and Amanda have 7-year-old twins, and boy and a girl. I like how these rooms seem pretty gender neutral. If I had to guess, I’d say this is their son’s room.strokes home for sale 10

That’s only because there is a pink unicorn on the top bunk. Either way, it looks like they both have their own matching penguin. There is one in each room, cute! The musical touches are apparent in many rooms of this home. A Ringo Starr poster is framed in this child’s room.strokes home for sale 11In this industrial styled guest room, a Beatles poster, and a famous shot of Johnny Cash adorn the walls. You can get your own Cash poster here or here.
strokes home for sale 14 It looks like Nick probably does some recording and practice here at home.strokes home for sale 12I like how the guitars are hung above the drum set. I’m hoping to do something similar in our basement later this year. We have a drum set and other musical equipment that I want to display in a more organized fashion.

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To see many more images visit the listing here or here.

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Patterson Mansion

If you have a spare $26 million and a love for history, this home may be for you! This Washington D.C. mansion is not only prominently placed at 15 DuPont Circle, it is also the former residence of President and Mrs. Coolidge. dupont 2The marble and brick neoclassic Italianate style estate was built in 1901 and has 36,470 square feet. With four-stories, 16 bedrooms, 8 full baths and 7 half baths, you’ll never run out of space. The home was designed by renowned architect Stanford White for Robert and Nellie Patterson, who owned the Chicago Tribune. According to the home’s website, when planning the build, they requested “an impressive exterior and grand interiors suitable for entertaining on a large scale.”dupont 3They asked for grand interiors, and you can’t get much grander than this. The marble stairway leads to a landing with a marble fountain!dupont 4The main living areas in the Patterson Mansion are on the second level including the “paneled living room, gracious dining room and stunning ballroom complete with orchestra balcony.” dupont 6

dupont 5Can you imagine that this ballroom was a part of someone’s private home? dupont 7In 1927 the Patterson Mansion was the temporary home to President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge while the White House was being renovated. During this time they hosted Charles Lindbergh following his historic transatlantic flight. I’m sure Lindbergh received many accolades from dignitaries while socializing in this room!dupont 8It was on the front steps that Lindbergh addressed the crowds that gathered to get a peek at the popular aviator.

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To learn much more about this estate go here. To see the listing details go here.

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Richard Gere’s Strongheart Manor

Oh be still my heart. I love everything about this Hamptons home, except the price tag of course. Richard Gere’s 6.3 acre estate in North Haven, New York is listed for $65 million. Unfortunately that’s more than 65 times over my budget! Richard Gere's Hamptons Estate 2This home has over 300 feet of waterfront space. Wow! The main house was built in 1902 and has been renovated and expanded. Additionally there are two guest homes, and three separate lots. Richard Gere's Hamptons Estate 1Paradise found. This teahouse is set in the middle of the pond, overlooking the coastline. Gorgeous.Richard Gere's Hamptons Estate 4 Richard Gere's Hamptons Estate 3If you’ve read my blog before you probably already know that I’m a huge fan of a screened-in room. This one is just perfect. It’s large and has multiple ceiling fans!Richard Gere's Hamptons Estate 6 There are so many great outdoor spaces to focus on with this home. This outdoor fireplace pavilion is amazing! And, another overhead fan. I’m obsessed with outdoor fans since I recently read they keep mosquitoes away.Richard Gere's Hamptons Estate 5The perfection continues in the kitchen. All white with a barrel ceiling and tons of overhead lighting fixtures. The kitchen has a modern country feeling with white painted cupboards and a farmhouse sink.Richard Gere's Hamptons Estate 8 While this estate has 12 bedrooms, 12 baths, and 12,000 square feet, they’ve done a good job of making it feel more intimate. The rooms aren’t overly large. Curbed Hamptons described the home as a “fairly unpretentious, but very nice house.”Richard Gere's Hamptons Estate 12I like the large amount of windows and the grand piano. But, if I had to be critical about something—I have to say I’m not a fan of some of the furniture selections in this room (hello high arms on that yellow couch) and the Roman shades and curtains are boring!Richard Gere's Hamptons Estate 11The bedrooms are a welcome retreat with double doors that open up into outdoor spaces.Richard Gere's Hamptons Estate 10 Richard Gere's Hamptons Estate 9 I had to include just one more outdoor space with this spectacular property. Another pool with a natural setting. I reminds me of Reese Witherspoon’s pool!Richard Gere's Hamptons Estate 13To see even more images and get more details on this home visit the listing here.

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Portland Craftsman

This beautiful craftsman for sale in Portland, Oregon, is featured on the National Register of Historic Places! The James C. & Mary A. Costello House, is named after its first owners. James Costello was a very successful real estate investor. This historic home was designed by prominent architect Joseph Jacobberger in 1910. Portland Craftsman 12With 5 bedrooms and 4-1/2 baths, this grand lady has 6,866 square feet! It is listed at $1.375 million. In the late 1990s this home was an eyesore after years for decay and neglect, in 2001 it underwent a major transformation.Portland Craftsman 1The images of the great room show just how large this home is. Carved oak columns mark the entrance from the main hall.Portland Craftsman 2From the other angle we can see the double french doors that flank the fireplace. The carved oak mantle is spectacular. Portland Craftsman 4The mahogany paneling in the dining room is original to this home. I do think the wallpaper distracts the eye from some of the woodwork. There is way too much going on in here for me!Portland Craftsman 3They did a great job with the kitchen renovation in this home. While it’s obviously updated, it borrows details from other areas of the home. The trim details on the corners of the island seem to mimic the base of the living room columns.Portland Craftsman 5They’ve kept it open and functional, without modernizing it to the point that it would look out of place in this historical home.Portland Craftsman 6This family room space looks like a room in many homes. Less historical, more family functional!Portland Craftsman 11Interesting bathroom. This reminds me of the bathroom in the first house I purchased. That home was built in 1920, and had a clawfoot tub just like this. Also, the bathroom in that house had lots of wasted space–just like this! Portland Craftsman 10I really like the soft blue/green paint on the walls of this bedroom. The simple oak hardwood floors, and ivory bedroom furniture, make for a cute room.Portland Craftsman 8This bathroom has a tile floor, much better than the hardwood in the other bathroom! Double pedestal sinks and an arched shower doorway add to the charm. Portland Craftsman 9This looks to be an attic space and there is lots of room up here! It’s probably more accurate to call it the third floor. Multiple skylights and windows make this an appealing place to exercise, work, or chill.Portland Craftsman 13This historic home is one a double lot and the stamped concrete patio is ample. To see the real estate listing go here. Or go here if you’d like to read about this home on the 2002 Historic Irvington Home Tour.

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Penguin Clothbound Classics

How did I not know about these gorgeous books? Penguin Books Clothbound Classics serve two purposes. Not only are they great books, they also are great objects for decorating! The Penguin Classics are designed in an array of colors with repetitive graphic imagery.

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The packaging is created by designer Coralie Bickford-Smith. Penguin describes them like this: “Featuring gorgeous patterns stamped on linen cases, colored endpapers, and ribbon markers, these are rich and sumptuous volumes that continue what will be one of the most coveted sets of books ever produced.” I say this: These spines put other books to shame. I found the image below on Flickr, I like how this collector isolated the books. They’re like little pieces of art!

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These gorgeous books can be found on Amazon and can be bought individually or as a collection. Finally I’ve found something that I want to colllect–I just need to save up and find some space on our bookshelves!

To see other classic books visit Book Riot.

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The Language of Flowers

I’m lucky enough to be in a book club with a great group of smart and funny women. Our latest pick was The Language of Flowers, a debut novel from Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This month we celebrated our book club anniversary and it was hosted by our founder Ashley (and Susie) in her beautiful backyard.

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The book tells the story of Victoria Jones, a struggling foster child who ages out of the system. Victoria explores the Victorian language of flowers and uses flowers to communicate and thrive. The hosts used hydrangeas from their gardens to decorate the tables—simple and gorgeous! book club 1book club 5The conversation is always good, and we always know to come hungry. An al fresco salad bar with tons of chopped veggies—-my favorite!!food book clubAdmittedly, book club wouldn’t be complete without a few drinks. Wine glasses and Ball jars with colorful straws were at the ready!

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Ball Jars make such cute drinking glasses! I was so inspired that I picked up some Heritage Blue Ball Jars. I’m using one to store makeup brushes, and my daughter snagged one to store hair accessories!

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Besides wanting to share the beautiful backdrop for book club, I also started thinking about the main character, Victoria Jones. If she had a budget to decorate, what would it look like?

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Using the book cover and narrative as inspiration, I think she’d like to surround herself with bright and beautiful objects, things she could get on a tight budget! If you read the book, you’ll also recognize that she may want a hyacinth painting of her own.language of flower collage

1. This Amethyst Sphere Lamp is from Pier One and can be had for $75.

2. This Oval Gemmed Filigree Mirror from Pier One would make a beautiful accent for $24.95.

3. The Hyacinth Print can be found in various sizes at Fine Art America.

4. The Rayna Fabric Sofa comes in a variety of colors from Macy’s.

5. This Yellow Botanical Accent Chair is on sale at Target for $139.

If you’re looking for an easy, good summer read, I’d recommend The Language of Flowers!

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Elijah Wood’s Austin Victorian

Actor Elijah Wood recently purchased a Victorian home in Austin, Texas. Yes, you read that right. A Victorian home in Austin. The Folk Victorian home sold for $1 million and is located in South Austin, in a neighborhood called Bouldin Creek, a short distance to coffee shops and food trailers, according to Culture Map. The home was built in 1890 and has a very traditional front exterior.Elijah Wood Victorian Austin home 1Wood will have plenty of places to chill outside with an extra deep front porch, complete with a ceiling fan for hot Austin days.Elijah Wood Victorian Austin home 2

The rear of the home also has an outdoor porch. I love these modern chairs in green and white. What a fun conversation area.

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The back of the home reveals some modern touches. The third floor attic has been renovated with a wall of glass.Elijah Wood Victorian Austin home 4What a great space this is! The attic would make a great office, or better yet, a music room. Wood has his own record label and is a big fan of music.

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Through the front door, the staircase and kitchen reveal that the home has retained many of its period details. Elijah Wood Victorian Austin home 5While the kitchen has been updated with modern amenities, it looks to be in its original space. Kind of a small kitchen for such a large home (3,285 square feet).

Elijah Wood Victorian Austin home 7The formal dining room is right off of the kitchen. I’d love to see updated images after Wood adds his personal touches! I hope the Greek Key rug will go.Elijah Wood Victorian Austin home 6Super cute marble table with unique chairs. I do like how they’re mixing styles here. A more modern dining set, within sight of traditional Victorian era furniture.Elijah Wood Victorian Austin home 8 This bathroom is pure perfection. Simple, white, and clean design. I would be a little concerned about hardwood floors in a bathroom. But, it looks great!Elijah Wood Victorian Austin home 9

To learn more about Wood’s new home visit Zillow or The Daily Mail.

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Minneapolis Georgian Colonial

With abundant parks, lakes, and a low cost of living, Minneapolis continually tops quality of living lists. This stately Georgian Colonial is located in the City of Lakes and comes with lots of space. And, it’s on a triple lot. I LOVE the sprawling front porch, there is room to lounge, and dine. This 7 bedroom, 8 bathroom estate has 7,146 square feet and is in a coveted area called Grand Lowry Hill. This listing price is $1.949 million. minn 2 The foyer is dramatic with a center staircase, lots of wood details, and a large opening to a living room. minn 3You can see from the image below that there are two living rooms off both sides of the foyer. It doesn’t show the built-in bookshelves though, I’m always a fan! I love the spindle chairs here, you can find something like it at Horchow.family room  I would love to see the room below if a good designer got their hands on it! While I’m a big fan of neutral furniture, this room is begging for some personal touches. Beyond that, the woodwork is gorgeous.minn 4 Here is another view of this room, showing that it’s open to the dining room.minn 5An older home like this has so many beautiful details. It looks like the dining room has sliding double doors, for a more formal dining experience. I also like how there is an alcove area for the buffet.minn 6 I want to like this kitchen, but it looks like it suffered from poor space planning. Often people don’t give themselves enough room between the island and the other cupboards. This feels miles away!minn 8 Besides that, I do like a white kitchen with marble countertops. Something is just missing for me here. Also, the different ceiling heights are strange. I would almost bump that whole fridge area in to make the kitchen smaller!minn 7This area totally works for me. Just remove the upper shelves to open the kitchen to this sunroom and it would be amazing!min 8This bedroom is charming. I like the soft blue paint with the white ceiling. The wicker furniture lends a cottage feel. To read more about decorating a cottage go here.minn 9 Another lovely bedroom with a fireplace for cool Minnesota nights. This home has four wood burning fireplaces. minn 11 I grew up (for about five years anyway, we moved a lot) in a home built in 1919, and this bathroom reminds me of it. I like how they’ve updated it, while still retaining the charm of the era.minn 10This rear view shows just how massive this home is. Lots of windows!minn 13 Here is a look at one of those glass rooms on the second floor. I would use this as a sleeping porch. I love this room!minn 12

To see more images visit the listing here. To read more about the park system in Minneapolis go here.

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Beach House Blues

Dreaming of a beach house? If you can’t afford to buy one, you may be able to afford to bring the look of the beach into your home. I scoured the web for some great beach house looks. Near the ocean or lake (or even far away), decorating in shades of blue is comforting, crisp, and cool.

1. This rug is the perfect look for a beach home and ties many different blues together. From American Home Rug Co., this runner can be had for less than $100. You can find it here.

2. There is no question you’re a beach lover when you have this fun feather pillow. It’s available at One King’s Lane for $25.

3. A blue crab pillow isn’t just for homes on the coast! This vibrant blue pillow can be found at Etsy for just $23.

4. This pair of oblong blue stripe pillows adds some comfort to your nautical look. They are from Michael Fullen Design Group.

5. The anchors are embroidered on navy linen from Karen Robertson, a favorite among coastal homeowners.

6. How fun is this crab metal art? It’s available in four different sizes, the largest is 48″ x 30″, a true statement piece (of seafood)!

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Pottery Barn has lots of great beach accessories right now. Yellows and greens work great with neutrals and blues to create a peaceful, carefree look.

1. Glass buoys date back to the mid-1800s, and each one of these is unique and hand-blown. They range from $59-$69 and can be found here.

2. I’m in love with this whale bookend, a fun way to display a few classic tales. It’s $79.

3. These lanterns look as good inside as they do outside. Suspend them throughout the yard, or use them as a centerpiece. Available in multiple sizes and prices.

4. This faux spike coral from Pottery barn is one of a few choices they sell that are carefully molded after the natural form. It’s just $39.50.

5. Yes, Pottery Barn actually sells sand too. Glass vases filled with sand, stones or shells add to a nautical feel.

6. These wood buoys are made of mango wood, then distressed to achieve a timeworn look. They’re on sale today!

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1. Wicker is always in season at a beach house. This Wicker Wingback Armchair from Pottery Barn is handwoven and mixes formal and relaxed comfort for cottage perfection.

2. The Dory Side Cabinet can be found at Cottage & Bungalow and has removable shelves. This quirky and modern piece can be yours for $1,640.

3. The Blue Corn Pouf can be used as a foot rest or extra seating. A super functional beauty at $248.

4. They say when you get a cottage or beach house you’ll see how many friends you have, and you’ll need places for them to sleep! A daybed serves as seating during the day, and a bed at night. Add throw pillows and this Crate and Barrel daybed will be the hit of the house.

5. Natural elements are key in beach house decorating. I’m a fan of white birch and they’d add a rustic element to your outdoor theme.

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Pharrell Williams’ Miami Penthouse

The creative force that is Pharrell Williams is trying to sell his 40th floor Miami penthouse. Williams first listed the duplex penthouse last November for $16.8 million. After a few price slashes it’s now just $10.9 million. Maybe he’ll “Get Lucky” and sell soon!phar 5The listing describes it like this: “Expansive tri-level, 360′ palace in the sky with a 180′ wrap-around balcony & sprawling terraces.” Can you imagine cooking in this kitchen with a view like that? Wow!phar 4The 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom home has over 9,000 square feet. What an amazing place to entertain in this open concept dining room.phar 1Since Williams is such a creative guy, it should come as no surprise that he has a playful sense of style. He invited The Shelby, a super cool design blog, into his home in December 2010. To see the images that include his modern art collection go here.phar 9The decor in the bedrooms looks like nothing spectacular. But, it’s the view that is killer! phar 8  phar 10When you get tired of that view, you could always plop on the sofa in the screening room!phar 3The home has unobscured views of Miami and Biscayne Bay. According to Yahoo, Pharrell said that living in this skyscraper is like living in a reverse fishbowl.phar 7

phar 11The penthouse home even has its own private pool.phar 6To learn more about this home, visit the listing here.