As I mentioned HERE, I spent 6 delightful days on Bainbridge Island and surrounding areas of Seattle last month.  I was visiting Linda, my dear friend, along with her sister, Gretchen (another dear friend).  Linda and I go way back and our love of houses is just one of the many shared interests.

Linda and her family moved to Bainbridge Island about 14 years ago.  She grew up in Corona del Mar, California, a lovely beach town in Southern California, and resided in the area up til then.  It was hard for all of us to see her go, but once we visited this beautiful state, we understood and now look forward to regular visits.

You travel a gravel road off of a main road on the island to get to Linda’s house.  The stack stone sets such a pretty picture as you drive through what seems like a forest for a few yards.

Garden, HOme and Party, 10,11,12As you approach their front door you notice the lush, green ferns and large granite stone near the porch.

Linda's Entry, Bainbridge IslandLinda’s had the antique wagon for years, I love it’s aged patina, and with pots of boxwood, it creates an inviting entry.

Entry pots, handcarved birdLinda’s father carved the bird to the left of the flower pot.

Geranium pots at the entryGeranium’s love the humid air of the island.

Once inside the front door there is no end to interesting and attractive vignettes along with some beautiful antiques and wonderful art…

Antique entry piece, LindaI believe Linda acquired this antique side board from an antique store in Orange County nearly 35 years ago. 

The other side of the entry has a built in book case.  In addition to cookbooks, Linda has a collection of American Country hens.

Hen collection, entryThis photograph doesn’t allow you to see the details of these collectibles.

The dining room and wet bar sit to the right of the entry.

Dining room table and ceterpieceLinda and Tom had the dining room table custom-made and it accommodates 12 dinner guests with room to spare.

On the far wall of the dining room sits an antique pine cupboard.  Linda has a complete set of Villeroy & Boch ‘Petite Fleur’, so pretty on this cupboard.

Pine cupboard

Side table, dining roomAnother great antique pine piece in the dining room.

Tom collects Scotch and these two Scottish nutcrackers were a gift; the wall under the cabinets in the wet bar are lined with corks the pair have collected over the years from many a perfectly delightful meal with wine, shared with friends and family.

wet barwet bar

This is the view of the back of the house.  The home sits on a 5 acre lot.  Other than the home and drive, with adjoining yard and outbuilding only accounts for a fraction of the lot, the rest consists of towering trees.

Back of the house, Linda L & C stack  stone wall

Forest behind T&C's houseAs a Southern California girl, I’m awed by the size and stature of these trees. 

Forest beyond deckThis is the view as you eat your English muffin and sip your coffee every morning.

A couple of years ago Tom created a cutting garden.  The battle between the deer and Linda and Tom wages on, they hope to plant enough herbs and flowers for all to enjoy!

T&C cutting garden

cutting garden from the lawn The stones that retain the garden were from the property.

flowers in the cutting garden

I failed to take nearly as many pictures as I had planned but I wanted you to see some of Linda’s home.  I’ll have to visit again to get some additional photos of the other rooms in the house…good excuse, right?