Do you ever wonder how your home might look if you were able or forced (God forbid) to start over? Would you use the same color scheme? Select the same style of furniture?
Maybe I’d want a two-story home with shutters, like the San Marino, Father of the Bride house (Nancy Myers)
When attending wedding showers I’ve seen some of the items registered for and thought, ohhh, those are pretty colors for a kitchen, I like these pots and pans, what a great pattern for everyday dishes.
To that end, here’s some fantasy rooms and details that I’ve admired and thought would be lovely in a “second” home.
I imagine I’d still want a cottage…
I think a fountain to greet visitors as they enter might be a nice touch…
Beams would be a definite bonus…
Bunny Williams likes beams too…
Barn doors would be wonderful…not sure where these would go but I’ve seen them on several fabulous houses and I love the way they look.This kitchen pretty much has it all, beams, a great chandelier, a fabulous stove, lamps on the built-in buffet.
A double farm sink…makes my heart beat faster.
A tub I could soak in with a sweet chandelier overhead.
…and maybe a bathroom large enough to have a leather chair and side table…not sure I’d use it but it sure looks pretty in the bathroom, doesn’t it?
Luxe and Lillies
A welcoming room to rest my head.
I’d definitely want an indoor laundry room, as opposed to one housed in the garage—may be a California thing.
While I’m dreaming why not throw in a greenhouse?
…and I’d drive this car…not really, I’m not a convertible kind of girl, but boy is it pretty!
…and I would most certainly have a Border Terrier…don’t tell Madison, she’s got some Border Terrier in her and I don’t want her to feel insecure.
Madison on laundry day (do you think she heard me?)
Okay, now you know my fantasy house, what would yours include. Honest, this is just for fun. I’m very content with my home and I love my life…but its fun to pretend sometimes.
Victoria Elizabeth Barnes said:
My dream house: Old (giant) cottage in the woods, on a lake. Where I cannot see or hear any of my neighbors. Huge, deep, screened-in porch. Vintage kitchen. Built in floor-to-ceiling bookcases down a long hallway. Vintage linens. Mature fig trees. Lots and lots of old casement windows and French doors.
And? No more than twenty minutes from Whole Foods.
Karen B. said:
Yes, quiet would be wonderful but I’d want to be conveniently close to Whole Foods, a good movie theater, library, etc. Your place appears to be on a large lot, so you’ve got the first step down, right? We’re in close proximity to neighbors, fortunately both sides are quiet…that is critical.
My friend lives on Bainbridge Island and when I stay there you can hear the cars slowly drive on the gravel road by there house, it sounds so much better than the fast pace grumbling of the engine racing down the road.
Mine would be a cottage too but a little hobbitey looking. Yes, in fact I’d want a round door. Also, I’d like terra cotta floor tiles – I don’t know why those appeal to me so much. And a swing under a monster tree in my yard.
Linda Coble said:
While I love my home, the idea of a “woodsy” cottage really appeals to me. I’m fortunate to have an abundance of large, mature trees in a very peaceful setting but, since we’re dreaming, I’d love to have a walk-in pantry and a greenhouse. I guess it’s a holdover from all my years in California, but I love to have healthy house plants and our Northwest climate makes it hard to nurture them.
The house from Father of the Bride has always been one of my favorites. So is the house from Something’s Gotta Give and the cottage from The Holiday. It’s sure fun to dream, isn’t it? The shot of little Madison at the end of the post is darling!
Karen B. said:
Thanks, Linda. Yes, I forgot to show an image of a walk in closet and a walk in pantry…since we’re dreaming.
Such a thought provoking subject – so little space to write! My dream is to have the “perfect” retirement cottage – but it has to be here in Irvine near all my good friends! I have so many ideas about what I would want, I don’t think they will all fit in one house ( or it would be very crowded!). I would still keep my same color scheme of neutral backgrounds with predominately blue accents. I would have only wood floors, no carpeting in the bedrooms like I have now. I would keep the majority of my wood furniture since some of those pieces are like old friends. I would certainly update/ change accessories and bedding. I think I would put the emphasis on the kitchen, bathrooms and garden. It’ll be time to put all those years of collecting pictures to good use!
Karen B. said:
I’m 100% with you on all that, and a walk-in pantry and walk-in closet. 🙂