Thursday, October 21, 2010

House Love

A special thank you to everyone who gave me their honest feedback for my questions in yesterday's post, I really appreciate it!  It's great to hear all the different perspectives so that I can make a more informed choice about whether to open an Etsy shop or not.

I sometimes get asked if I have a favorite house among the ones I've written about over the years.  And I have to say that it's a tough question to answer.  I see so many different styles, from contemporary to all out Victorians, that to pick a favorite would be like saying you love strawberries more than peaches...I love them both!

But there are a few notable homes which come to mind when I think of the type of home I would want to create if given a blank canvas to work from, and the house I'm about to show you would be one that would surely be at the top of my list!

I have to honestly say that sometimes it is not only the house that I love, but also the homeowners.  In my career as a writer I'm happy to say that I've never come across an unfriendly owner, which makes my job much easier.  But there are some owners who you connect with better than others, and who you end up staying in contact with over the years.

The moment I set foot inside this gorgeous waterfront home I knew it would be something special.  Even from the outside you could tell it wasn't your typical house.  And it didn't take long for me to figure out that the owners were special people too, an added bonus for me!

Because I have so many photos to share with you, and because the house truly is the star of the show, I'll try and keep my comments to a minimum and just let you enjoy the beauty of this very unique and special place.

What's not to love about a house that has a boat hanging from the ceiling...

And a graceful floating curved staircase...

I love the stained treads, handrail, and detailed tread brackets against the crisp white spindles which resemble rope.

Lots of windows, including skylights, fill the entryway with beautiful natural light.

Off of the foyer is a round game table, grounded by a colorful rug.  To the right and down a few steps is an intimate sitting area with a one of a kind fireplace clad in old barn wood and created by local artisans.

Comfortable furnishings make this a perfect spot to read a book or simply enjoy the view.  French doors lead to one of the many decks found on the water side of the home.

Also located just off the gaming area is a small bar with a beautiful stained glass window depicting the view from the house to the opposite shoreline.

A large great room is the centerpiece of the main level of the home, featuring lovely antiques, soaring ceilings, and colorful furnishings.  Beautiful artwork and sculptures can be found everywhere in the house, and a series of french doors frame one of the prettiest pieces of art, the view to the water.

One of the homeowners is an artist, with a keen eye for beautiful things.

Located just off the great room is the spacious dining room.  A large custom made table, which comfortably seats 10, boasts a correctly oriented compass rose in the center.  A catwalk accessed from the master bedroom upstairs creates a unique ceiling and french doors flood the room with additional light, highlighting this beautiful handmade chandelier constructed from driftwood the homeowners collected during their travels!

A gourmet kitchen flows off the dining area and features a mix of stained and painted shaker style cabinetry.  Dark granite counters, professional style appliances, and two large islands make this a chef's dream kitchen!  I love the way wood and tile were used to create the unique diamond patterned floor, it's both stylish and practical!

As you head up the grand staircase you get a unique perspective on the first floor, and breathtaking views of the grounds and water beyond.  

No detail was overlooked, even the boat sports a vintage life ring, not seen from below.  And the white built-in bookcase holds a secret is actually a secret door that leads to the downstairs powder room...I love that!

The entire upstairs is comprised of a lovely master suite and office area.  Soft yellow walls, punctuated by beautiful white trim highlight the curves of the room.  A semi circular headboard floats in the middle of the room orienting the bed toward the windows and water views, while providing built-in nightstands.

Narrow doors and luxurious draperies in the bedroom close the catwalk off from the dining room below, allowing for extra privacy.  But with just a step through either door, you can wind your way out to an upper level deck to enjoy a morning cup of coffee, or you can always put in your breakfast order to someone downstairs in the kitchen. 

Dormers create a light filled hallway which leads from the master bedroom to the bathroom and office/studio area.  

The bathroom is made up of his and her spaces connected by a sumptuous dressing area and ample glass fronted closets.  "His" side of the bath houses a large glass fronted shower with a television, while "Hers" features a deep tub for long relaxing bubble baths.  I love the ornate mirror and beautiful sconces which give a feminine feel to the space.

If any of you are avid golfers, this will tickle your fancy.  An upstairs balcony located off of the office area sports a gate which can be opened, allowing you to practice your swing out to the green located on the property's side yard.

Even the outbuildings on this property were carefully thought out and executed! 

Believe it or not there is even a large basement area with guest rooms, a covered stone patio, and a wine cellar...swoon!

If lounging is more your style, why not wile away the hours soaking up the sun by the pool, or laying in the hammock taking in that view?!

And if you grow tired of your surroundings you can even head out for an afternoon on the boat...for a little added relaxation.

I hope you've enjoyed touring this beautiful one of a kind home as much as I did when I photographed it.  The homeowners are both extremely hardworking people who appreciate every square inch of this home and I'm so happy they let me share it with all of you!  Thanks A & M!


  1. Simply put: I want that house! It is incredibly beautiful....and perfectly suited to the landscape of Southern Maryland. Thanks for sharing, Kathy.

  2. I'd be happy with that little outbuilding! This is lot of house but I love some of the little details. The ropes balusters with the tread brackets that are like waves are genius. Great photos too. Would love some tips on shooting photos with the camera pointed toward the light. With a camera set on auto, the light shuts the lens down. Is there an easy way to prevent that?

  3. What an incredible home... room after room, it just keeps getting better. These folks have an incredible eye for color, for whimsical art...those stairs! The suspended boat!... the driftwood and chandeliers and zebra footrest.. all great touches to a fabulous house. Thanks for posting... now I'm dreaming!...

  4. Oh, Kat, just give me the address because I am packing my bags! Just gorgeous and yet comfortable. That driftwood chandelier is something else. Love the staircase and the rope pickets.

  5. Just incredible! The hanging boat and the staircase, both are amazing!! And the fireplace!
    so glad I was able to see it,

  6. That is one of the most spectacular homes I have ever seen! I am definitely adding this post to my favourites! Thanks so much for posting these gorgeous pictures.

    Best wishes,

  7. The animal print ottaman and all the red. I could go on and on. The stairs, the mirror in the bathroom...splendid!

  8. Where to start....the walls, the windows, the dreamy floors, the staircase.....OH MY! I love it.

  9. Stunning. What a gorgeous home. All of the detail is just unreal. Hugs, Marty

  10. Kat,
    I can't stop drooling...this home is sooooo that hanging boat! Mr.CC also enjoyed the tour:)


  11. It's all amazing, but that floating staircase really speaks to me! The views are stunning. of course, and that master bath -- the stuff dreams are made of! Thank you for sharing this, and for telling us about the owners being hardworking and appreciating their wonderful home. I'm so appreciative that you shared these gorgeous images and offered us such divine inspiration!

    Kindest regards,

  12. WOW, WOW & WOW!!! I love the driftwood chandelier! I don't know if I'd be that brave . . . well, for one thing my ceilings aren't that high! LOL!!!

  13. OH MY GOODNESS!! That first pic with the shingle and hydrangeas won me over straight away!! How amazing is this home!!! How wonderful that it is owned by people who appreciate it so much. LOVELY!! Oh I think I will be dreaming of this house for a long while to come, Kat! Thanks for sharing! Happy weekend to you ~ Txx

  14. Good stuff here! I like hearing your perspective on things.

  15. You get to go to the coolest homes!!! Every corner of this house is so well thought out. Your photos of it show what a special place it really is.

    (The suspended boat is cool, but I wonder if you have to set up scaffolding to vaccuum the inside from time to time .... hmmm.)

  16. OMG! Can you imagine living in such a fantastic home? I would love it! Only thing is, I would have had to have the owners come in first and create all of this for me because I sure wouldn't have thought of all the details they did. Wow! I am so curious as to personalities of these owners, their home truly reflects originality. Love the unusual staircase, hanging boat, hidden passage behind the bookcase and that gorgeous upstairs "glass breezeway" (I'm guessing at what to call that!) I am just completely blown away by the architecture of this home! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing, it's amazing!

  17. Kat, This is my dream home! The architecture is amazing and the decorating...oh my! My husband would be in heaven with being able to hit golf balls off the balcony. Love it!
    xoxo, Sherry

  18. Oh my goodness. I believe this is one of those times where the expression, "this is how the other half lives" suits the situation. I don't even dream this big if I think about my perfect house. Wow...stunning.

  19. Oh My Goodness! I can see why this one stood out! It is just amazing!! Everything about it right down to the small details! They really thought of everything when designing this home! I love the boat! :) What a perfect dream house! Thanks for sharing Kat! And your pictures are perfect!!

  20. Wow, this house is a dream!!!!
    I love the boat inside!!! What a wonderful idea!
    Have a great weekend,

  21. Simply breathtaking. i can't in my wildest dreams picture myself living there, but i sure would like to. i'd love to have the pool. Thanks so much for sharing, and thanks to the homeowners for being so gracious.

  22. An inspiring and beautiful home! So many wonderful area and interesting details. I bet you love being in this home. Thanks for the fieldtrip!

  23. This house is stunning, Kat~ light and airy, yet still has a cozy feeling, too...all the comforts you could want!

  24. The owners of this incredible place have really created a masterpiece. An artful yet unfussy place that really feels like home, in the true sense of the word. Especially love the whimsical touches and the secret passageway to the powder room. What a great place this would be to call home! ~Lili


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