Tour Historic Shakenhurst Estate in England

Historic Shakenhurst Estate Tour

Recently, I received an email from Linda (thanks Linda!) with a link to the most amazing home, a large estate in England. The estate dates all the way back to 1349. Shakenhurst Estate is so old, it was mentioned in William the Conqueror's thousand-year-old Domesday Book!  Shakenhurst Hall, the main residence of the estate, was rebuilt in the late 1700's.   One of the most amazing things about … [Read more...]

Modern Family, Sofia Vergara’s Beverly Hills Home

Modern Family, Sofia Vergara's Beverly Hill's Home

Do you ever watch the ABC show, Modern Family? I've never seen a whole show, just caught a few minutes here and there. I'm familiar with Sofia Vergara, one of the main characters in the show, from having seen her in interviews and commercials.  She's very pretty and has a great sense of humor. Sofia just purchased a new home for $10.6 millon in Beverly Hills.  It has 7 bedrooms and 9 baths, that's a lot … [Read more...]

“Chrisley Knows Best” Home For Sale: Take The Tour

Chrisley Knows Best House for Sale Tour 11

I'm not a big TV watcher, there's just not a lot on television that appeals to me these days. Occasionally, I'll catch a show on HGTV while I'm grabbing a bite to eat at lunchtime. Recently I had the TV on in the kitchen and I saw a promo for a show called Chrisley Knows Best. Have you seen it? I was only about half listening but my ears perked up when they said the family in this "family comedy reality … [Read more...]

Bliss Cottage: Tour The Guest Cottage At Happy Hollow

Guest Cottage at Happy Hollow

We toured Happy Hollow yesterday and I really wanted to share the guest cottage nearby but that post was getting a bit long for touring a second home. The cottage is the adorable home we saw off to the right with the cupola on top.   The cottage, known as "Bliss Cottage"  is decorated in a very different style from the main house.  It has a "country cottage meets folk art" look to me. Let's … [Read more...]

Tour Happy Hollow, A Storybook Home With Beautiful Gardens

Gambrel Design Home with Beautiful Gardens and Landscaping 6

Every now and then I get an e-mail with a link to an amazing house. Recently, I got an e-mail from Pam and I could tell from the excitement in her voice, this was going to be a fabulous house...and it was! One look and I was totally smitten. So much charm and so not like the cookie-cutter homes we often see today. This storybook home dates back to 1901 and was designed in the Gambrel style which … [Read more...]

Tour Martha Stewart’s Home, Cantitoe Corners In Bedford New York

Martha Stewart's Farm Home, Cantitoe Corners in Bedford

Recently, we toured Turkey Hill, a home that's well known for having once belonged to Martha Stewart. Today we're touring a home she currently owns called Cantitoe Corners. Cantitoe is located in Bedford, New York. The outside has a monochromatic color scheme. Remember this photo from the early years at Turkey Hill? The kitchen... Martha has traded in her copper cookware for stainless.  I … [Read more...]

Restoration Of A Historic Ski Cabin In Switzerland

Ski Cabin in Switzerland Before Renovation 1_wm

Welcome to the 270th Metamorphosis Monday! Do you have your passport handy? We're heading off to Switzerland this morning to visit our friend, Cornelia! Cornelia has invited us on a tour of her historic 1853 ski cabin located in the Swiss mountains. It's was being restored all last summer and was done in time for this past winter's ski season. You've heard of ski-in and ski-out? This cabin is the … [Read more...]

Remembering Turkey Hill, the Newly Renovated Iconic Home of Martha Stewart

Turkey Hill Dining Room Early Days, Martha Stewarts Home

Iconic Turkey Hill, even if you don't watch a lot of  television and haven't ever read any of Martha Stewart's books, you have probably heard of her wonderful, historic 1820 home in Westport, Connecticut. Actually, it's Martha's prior home since she sold it back in April of 2007 after having lived there for 30+ years. While doing a little online research for this post, I came across an old article in a … [Read more...]

Charming Features of Older Homes

Antique Doorknob with Antique Key

Happy Friday! Are you looking forward to the weekend? I have some projects to work on so it will be a busy one. I have a little catching up do around here. I was out of town visiting family (my son and his family) and I just returned last night. It was a fun trip and the days flew by. My son and DIL purchased a beautiful, older home a while back and this was the first time I've visited since they moved … [Read more...]

A Tropical Cottage in Coconut Grove

Porches for a Cottage inn Coconut Grove 6

Have you ever been to Coconut Grove? It's one of the oldest neighborhoods in Miami, Florida.  Wasn't there a song that mentioned Coconut Grove or am I imagining that? Today we're touring a wonderful, historic, 1910, Coconut Grove  cottage that's been fully renovated/restored.  It had me at the screened-in porch! I know you're surprised! ;)   Do you feel the breezes from Biscayne … [Read more...]