Recently, I was looking through some home listings on Zillow and I came across this Italianate estate from the 1920’s. As I drooled over all the beautiful rooms inside this home, I thought to myself, “This house belongs in a magazine.” I had to chuckle when I read the little blurb on the listing and found it had once been featured in Architectural Digest.
This home has a beautiful soul, you feel it from the moment you step through the front door. Instead of the typical round, library-style table so often seen in the foyers, this entry is large enough to accommodate a generous-sized rectangular table. Notice the blue planter on the table and the blue and white porcelain umbrella stand; you’ll see a lot of blue and white dotting the rooms as we take our tour.
At first I thought the entry floor was tiled but on closer inspection I see that it’s a painted wood floor. The listing describes the floor as being “stenciled.” I love how it looks here. Not sure I’d have the nerve to paint the hardwood flooring in my entry, but it really is pretty here.
We see more beautiful blue and white ceramic and porcelain pieces here in the living room. This room has a subdued elegant look, doesn’t it? It feels very sophisticated, yet comfortable…not overly formal at all.
I would never have thought of mixing all these patterns together, but I must admit, I do like it. The blue striped rug ties in nicely with the blue and white porcelain and the other blue/white accent pieces. I think what makes it all work is how the brown, tan, cream shades, even though heavily patterned, are neutral enough to play well with the blue and white patterned porcelain pieces and the blue/white striped rug. It’s busy, but it’s a good busy.
When I was doing a mini kitchen renovation, I thought briefly of going with a blue and white scheme. I was thinking of adding some touches of blue in the backsplash. I changed my mind, fearing I would tire of it quickly. Here’s a great way to get a blue and white kitchen without making a permanent commitment. Go white with the cabinets, countertop and backsplash and get your blue via upholstered bar chairs and blue decorative pieces.
Love that giant, standing, blue and white urn in the kitchen…do you see it? 🙂 The blue and white scheme continues into the breakfast nook. I wonder if this room was once closed off and they took down a wall to open it to the kitchen. So nice to have a fireplace in view from the kitchen.
Then dining room has that sophisticated, serene look we saw in the living room. Slip-covered chairs keep the room from feeling too formal. Gorgeous chandelier! Blue and white porcelain makes an appearance here in the china cabinet and in the corner near the draperies.
Built-in china cabinets grace each corner of the dining room. Love old houses, they have so much personality!
There’s a sweet Butler’s pantry, filled to the brim with lots of pretties.
This is probably my favorite room in the home, although it’s hard to choose a favorite. It has an old world feel…love everything about it from the matching chairs to the draperies to the art to the paint color. I could live right here in this room and be happy forever. The only thing I’d change is I’d want draperies on both sides of the windows, even if they fall a little behind the desk. I’ve just never been a big fan of drapes on one side of a window.
Let go upstairs and check out some of the bedrooms. Love this beautiful gallery landing! Wish they still built houses like this!
The bedrooms don’t feel “decorated.” Instead, they feel cozy and comfortable, like the furnishings were collected piece by piece over the years. Notice the green and white leafy pattern on the chair.
It appears again here in the Master bath. Love that fabric! Even here we see touches of blue. Blue and green are one of my fave color combinations.
I wonder if this rattan sleigh bed was a natural color at one time. I don’t think I’ve seen one painted white before. Is that grasscloth on the walls? It went out of style and then came back in at one point. Is it in or out right now? I can’t keep up! 🙂
Ummm, maybe this is the master bedroom…such a beautiful room with wonderful textiles and patterns. It “feels” a lot like my favorite cozy den downstairs, doesn’t it?
Another great bath! Here the bathroom is all white but gets its red and white color scheme from the chair, towels and other accent pieces. Like the kitchen, the color scheme could be changed easily in this all white room.
I love it when old houses have lots of separate rooms like this small library. It’s a wonderful, cozy place to squirrel away and get lost in a great book for hours. You can tell the owner has a love for blue and white. Seeing how it has been used throughout so much of her home has inspired me to think of adding it to other rooms of my home instead of having it only in my blue and white bonus room and guest room. It really looks great in so many spaces.
This wonderful, old home has an upstairs balcony, great place for breakfast in the morning or a nightcap before turning in at night.
Did you enjoy the tour of this wonderful home? See additional rooms and read more about this beautiful home in the listing where these pictures were found.
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