Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Sunny Getaway and Guest Posting

I adore this cape cod summer home recently featured in the most current issue of Traditional Home.  Keeping the 1817 house's charm, the family of six renovated it to accomodate their family with children and extended family.

The fabric choices keep the home youthful and playful, but the furnishings are traditional with wordly accessories scattered throughout. 

I'm normally not a fan of windor chairs, but I love how they modernized by painting them purple.  I believe it is Benjamin Moore's Mulberry Wine.  And, then to add another element of interest, they painted their accent wall a 'green apple' green. 

Here, you see a better picture of the green wall off to the left.  How amazing is this kitchen which completely opens up onto their porch.  I also really like the ribbed glass light fixture that is centered over the island.  I love the porch furniture with accents of orange and green. 

You can see accents of green and orange carried through out the house.  The room above is one of the original 1817 rooms.  I love the Brunschwig & Fils 'Shaw' fabric on the chimney wing chairs.  And, how about the green striped desk paired with the painted floor!!  Brilliant!

So sweet.

They hired a decorative painter come to dress up this powder room.  It reminds me a lot of de Gournay's cherry blossom wallpaper.  Since I'll never be able to afford de Gournay's wallpaper, this might be the next best option!!

Ahh, serenitiy.  The master bedroom.  The chestnut floors were stenciled with a fortuny-inspired design.  And, I like the contrast of the black iron bed with the white walls.

Okay, now I am ready for the summer!!  Also, I'm over at Jen and Jana's blog, Opal Never Shouts, guest blogging on ways to freshen your home for spring. 


  1. I was just drooling over this house yesterday. So much greatness - especially love the sweet little bed tucked in attic. Enjoyed your guest post too.

  2. Really beautiful!! Love a getaway spot like this!

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  3. Hi Fran .. I just found your blog tonight and really wanted to wish you well with your new baby. I know it is hard sometimes to know whether to let people know about our highs and lows - and the fact that you wrote such a personal post left me feeling both happy and sad. As someone who also had a miscarriage - albeit only 1 as I could not go through with another after that - I know the utter devastation it brings. I congratulate you (both) on finding the strength to continue on and I wish you the very best for now and the future.

    I hope you don't mind a complete stranger posting such a personal note - and believe me, I am like you and never know what to really write on my blog - but I have learnt over the last few years that offering positive comments to people, whether we know them or not - is a gift that should always be given.

  4. this is such a gorgeous home..so fresh and welcoming..with all the bright accents..so much so that you almost overlook the fact that the furniture is mostly traditional!! really lovely! thanks for sharing..have a wonderful day..do visit my blog for some mediterranean minimalism when you have a moment..it would be lovely if you would follow my blog too! xx meenal

  5. I love that stenciled floor and iron bed in the master bedroom! What a lovely home.

  6. OMG, Fran, I just ripped out these pages to scan them in and post!! But your post was so much better than mine would have been. Yes, I love everything about this house. The tradition + moderness, the simplicity of neutrals + splashes of happy colors in each room. If I had a house on the Cape, this would be my inspiration!

  7. Thank you for posting this, as I have not seen it yet, and WOW! Oh the green, Fran. Oh the green...


  8. Hi Fran, I've just found your blog via Linda at Oeke and wanted to tell you I'm your newest follower :) I just love the first room, that blue and yellow is wonderful! Nicolex

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