The Motherload of Vacation Homes–The HGTV 2015 Dream Home

It goes against my better judgement, but I feel I must tell you this…

Do not pass Go.  Do not collect $200.  Go directly to HGTV and enter to win their 2015 Dream Home in Martha’s Vineyard!  This house is pretty much everything I love about beach houses wrapped up one beautiful package (oh, and it also comes with a GMC Acadia Denali and $250,000…umm okay).

Seriously!!!!!?  I love everything about this house.  I love the circular gravel entrance that leads you to what looks like a small Cape Cod-style cottage that’s been added to over time.  I love the shutters, portico and painted clapboard in the middle portion, but my favorite beach homes are the ones that feature the white cedar shingles you see on the side additions.  I love when they change to a soft gray overtime to give that quintessential New England vibe.  I also really like the stone chimmneys and the architectural railings up top (they add a little twist with a chippendale-style feel).  So it comes with the car, but I didn’t notice any mention of the bikes.  I hope I get the bikes…

Shall we head inside?  First, here’s a lay of the land:

The Great Room and Kitchen:

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The architects and designers nailed it in here.  The attention to detail is gorgeous.  And of course you cannot go wrong with a blue and white and sand color scheme in a New England beach house.  I love the recessed paneling everywhere and the timber beams show off the high ceilings.  Check out all the details, such as the built-ins with dark backs, the fireplace, and all the great accessories and furniture and fabric choices!!

Master Bedroom:


Now we are getting into more a sea-glass color in the master areas (yea, Kevin and I get a whole wing).  And yes there is another fireplace.  I love the chandelier and fabric trim.

Master Bathroom:


And my bathroom! Nice job on the curved ceiling and fixtures and marble choices!

Master Closet, Dressing Room and Private Patio:

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Guest Bedroom, Bathroom and Patio:

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Okay, I’m definitely partial to navy and orange (check out Kevie’s room) and it works perfect in this guest space.  Love the anchor and again the fabrics are killing me!  I also love that floor lamp!

Kids’ Bedroom, Bathroom and Patio:

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Okay this is very cute, but once I move in I’m going to have figure this room out.  I’ve only got one little lady and a giant family (I mean what’s the point of a beach house if you can’t invite tons of family and friends up to enjoy it??  I can just picture the giant Lobster Bake going on on the back patio!)  I’m going to need a lot of bunks in here and there are a decent amount of walls with darn windows…hmmm, maybe I can work on a loft space with a ladder up to more beds.  I’ll start working on that… 😉

Powder Room and Laundry:

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Love the neutrals here.

Now, welcome to my back yard!!!!!!

Back Patio:

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Keep in mind the teak furniture is going to gray over time, just like the shingles.  I love everything about this, but I’ll probably have to add an outdoor fireplace/kitchen area as well.  Okay, now the doghouse is adorable!  Maybe I’ll even get a dog!?  (On second thought, who am I kidding?  I’m not getting a dog…I’ve got enough things to keep alive.  That settles it, the doghouse is going on eBay.  Let me know if you are interested.)

So there you have it.  What do you think?  It’s probably going to be mine, but you’ve got to be in it to win it, so you might as well give it a shot.  Enter HERE.

PS  If you do win, could I please have 2 weeks every summer?  I mean, I did share…

– kate

 

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Let it Snow and Cozy on Up to the Fire–Some of My Favorite Fireplaces and Mantles

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I love a good snow day!  And we escaped this one with only a couple of inches here in New Jersey!

Our fireplace will be roaring for the majority of the day and I thought I would use this snow day to exclaim my love of fireplaces.

I love traditional fireplaces,

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eclectic ones,

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 and rustic ones.

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I’d love one in the bathroom,

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 or in the bedroom.

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 I love them in the dining room,

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 the library,

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 and the kitchen!

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Sure, I’ll also take one in my awesome lighthouse wine cellar!!!!??


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Have I mentioned I love fireplaces? 🙂

Stay warm!  I’ve got to go make some hot cocoa for the troops…

– kate

There’s a Storm A-Brewin’!

If you are on the east coast you’ve probably got your milk and eggs and wine already.

I keep reminding myself that I love living with 4 seasons…I mean come on, how boring is San Diego with it’s beautiful weather every single day?

We got this Jersey!

Now I’ve got 3 hours to get everything I need done for the next 2-3 days.  Ready, set, go!

Be safe. – kate

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Blog If I Want To!

Okay epic fail this holiday season if the goal was to blog!!  But it was a score if the goal was to spend so much time with family you couldn’t wait till they all headed to school and work! 😉

I had such high hopes for the New Year…and it’s already the 22nd!!!  So we are going to make believe that today is New Year’s Day and all my resolutions start NOW!  Technically, it is the first day of the year…at least for me.  Because it’s my Birthday!!!!

I do have high hopes for all aspects of my life as I settle into the 40’s for awhile.  I’m thinking along the lines of these goals:

Be kind work hard stay humble smile often stay loyal keep honest

I have one more class to take in the spring to get my Interior Design Certification, we are talking about some fun travel plans for the summer, I am mentally preparing myself to be a high school mom next year (!!!!) and I’m figuring out ways to expand my business in interior design and staging, while also having fun writing about stuff that excites me on this blog.  And that’s just a few of the things on my mind right now…

I’m trying to conscious about being more present at home (that’s also why you’ve seen me less here…) because I’m pretty sure the quote below isn’t referring to the internet. 😉

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So I will keep trucking along here and thanks for trucking along with me.  Now if I could just figure out how to achieve this:

Happy New Year!!!!!  – kate