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Open Houseing 3/14

Open Houseing 3/14

Open Houseing. I made it up. It should be a word though, cause its definitely a thing. Last weekend Ansel and I had a super fab date day. We went to an architectural salvage yard and picked out our bathroom mirror. We bought tile. We ate at Cafe Flora. And we stopped by two $1million and up open houses in our area. Now if that isn't a dream date for you... well... you're weird, certainly not me ;-) Although I will admit I am weirdly super emotional about real estate. When I walk through a really amazing house my body goes through any or all of the following reactions: shortness of breath, tears, blurry vision, near orgasm (TMI?) and deep depression. I just have a really vivid imagination, ok? And... I imagine its mine :-) Neither house was entirely prefect, no house is, but I was pretty swept up in both. Luckily they were so far from attainable that it was a happy fantasy and goal rather than agonizing jealousy. I am super happy with our house, but that won't stop my heart from skipping a beat while open houseing.

House No. 1

Kitchen: No one is surprised I love this. No one. But in case you don't already know what I am going to say, here are my fave elements.

  1. Mixture of materials. Marble with a simple retro linoleum? I kinda love it. Plus the subway tiles all the way up is pretty darn charming.
  2. Scale. This is probably my number one pet peeve in all design. I hate when things are big for the sake of being big. Not to provide any extra function, but just because they can. Also it freaks me out when kitchen woodwork is so deeply masked in plastic that it actually looks like Minnie Mouse's house.  Compare this to this and try to tell me I'm wrong :-) Rant over. This kitchen is a simply galley shape and does a great job providing sane amounts of storage and remaining a comforting room.
  3. The library lights over the shelves are kinda genius. Im gonna do that. Just wait and see.
  4. So much natural light! Ansel and I were so comfy cozy in that little nook with all the little window panes it was hard to pull away.

Dining room. Ignore the seating choice. The stager was trying to keep men interested. Instead look at that adorable sun porch with the french doors! It was so private and lovely because there was no exterior entrance. It really felt like you could have a heart to heart with your mom there for hours. And the sliding door! I'm gonna do that too.

Ok this picture does not do the bathroom justice. It was amazing ok? All the special alcoves and nooks were too cute and the hex tile? I mean we are already friends. But the layout with two side sliding doors and the windows letting in light from the halls was so architecturally harmonious and unique. This is the master suite bathroom. The suite fills the entire attic, so that whole image was pretty captivating too. Here is the listing for house number one, and lots more photos.

House No. 2

The black trim in the photos is why I wanted to visit this house in the first place. And it did not disappoint. I was sold! The rest of the house was less spectacular but I can't really nit pic when I see that millwork, pocket doors and hearth room. Come on. You love it too. Here is the listing for house number two and lots more photos! Alright, indulge me and pretend your'e on house hunters, which do you choose!

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