Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Whimsical Details

Several years ago, my family took a late summer trip to northern California and stayed in a most charming house by the sea.  It was a simple, lovely place with an outstanding view and some interesting, quirky details that I fell in love with.  Going through files of photos late the other night I found these and wanted to share.

The front door above was the first charming feature. 

Why can't I ever get fuschia to grow in Houston???

Well tended front garden full of herbs and flowers.

I love the weathered wood and shingled exterior.


Comfy window seats, pot belly stove, and a vintage kitchen. 

This kitchen wouldn't have been nearly as charming if it hadn't had those appliances. They were spotless and in mint condition. Just like my grandmother's!


I loved the kitchen's mismatched knobs.

The only bathroom with a hunter green sink.  Love those old brass faucets.

The board above the trim moulding is cut to follow the grain. 

I can't find my records on the details of this property, but it was so full of charm and whimsy.  I love the homeowner's attention to detail...check out the handle on the gate above.  It just made you feel the house was loved and infused with personality.  Of course, the view wasn't so shabby either.


Anonymous said...

lovely and quirky little palace..love the view and the weathered siding..and pot belly stoves are cool!! sounds like you had a fabulous time..

Splendid Sass said...

This is such comfortable home. Love a place that I can go and relax. Also love all of the unique details. And the water, amazing. Perfect setting.

Jessie said...

This home is really charming, inside and out. Love the beautiful garden, vintage appliances, the skylight and the pot belly stove. The view is definitely an added bonus!

Thanks for sharing this little gem with us!


Taylor Greenwalt said...

Love the beautiful gardens and right on the water. The view is to die for!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Such a charming home that one would want in a cozy cottage overlooking the water. Reminds me much of home (Seattle). You and your family must of had a tremendous vacation there? I love the pic of your daughter! Thank Carla for commenting on my blog. So good to be able to check in with people such as yourself again & see what's going on. Hope all is well in Houston and no tornado touched down near the Woodlands yesterday?

All my best to you! Deb

Kellie Collis said...

What a beautiful home! I'm loving the quirky details too! Enjoy the gorgeous day, Kellie xx

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