Have you seen the 2015 HGTV Dream Home yet?
It’s located on Martha’s Vineyard right off of Cape Cod.
I’ve taken the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard from Wood’s Hole many times. It’s quinnessential New England.
Think gray shingled houses and weather vanes and beaches and shutters and adirondack chairs and jettys and everyone eating ice cream.
It’s a place that’s warm and welcoming.
Where you want to kick off your shoes with the sand between your toes.
Where you can smell the salt air in the ocean breezes.
Where life is slower and coffee and a good book are your best friends.
This beautiful home incorporates the beach cottage style and warm and welcoming atmosphere to perfection.
Let’s take a tour together.
And here’s my top 10 favorite ideas from the HGTV Dream Home.
1. Paint the back of the bookcases dark gray
I’m not sure why I never thought of this before.
But it’s a brilliant idea.
Right next to the idea of using wood slices for texture in a book case.
2. Molding is your friend
I’ve used bead board in my home.
But double bead board?
Why not add architectural interest with another bead board panel at the top?
3. Rethink the seating arrangement
Who says the chairs have to match?
This table has two wooden chairs, two slip-covered chairs and a padded bench.
It’s kind of like some of the outfits at the Grammy’s last night.
A little random….but together it all works.
4. Large dressers as night stands
I always need storage.
I have tiny dressers next to the bed.
Why not full-size dressers?
And while we’re all at it….let’s add a pouf.
5. Add curtains to french doors
It’s hard to know how to decorate those french doors.
Here’s the solution.
Add panels on either side with a rod extending over the doorway.
6. Smallest to largest
I’m never sure whether to put the largest or smallest one on top.
Here’s the answer.
Smallest to largest.
Especially if they have an incredible metal patina against all that crisp white background.
7. Re-think the bedding
What about using one large pillow in front of the shams.
Especially if the pillow is orange.
Especially if it’s next to striped oars and an amazing metal anchor.
8. Clever window idea
Take simple white curtains and add ribbon to the sides
The ribbon on both sides is what makes the statement.
Kind of like color blocking for curtains.
9. Rustic hardware
Most of us don’t really need an outdoor shower.
But that hardware?
Why not bring a little rustic to the laundry room or mudroom?
And last….but definitely not least.
As amazing as this house is with its window boxes and working shutters and stone walkway and architectural details….
….and all of New England character….
….I would trade it all for this.
1. The doghouse
Have you ever seen a doghouse like this?
What dog would ever leave this home?
Especially if it came with salt air and ocean breezes. 🙂
PS All photos are credited to HGTV.