Pretty Purple Victorian Painted Lady

Pretty Purple Victorian Painted Lady

Pretty Purple Painted Lady in Napa, California is a Victorian blast from the past. Plus, it’s purple and as such is well-known in the Napa area.  A bit pricey, but it’s Napa, so $1,275,000 please.

Fun Coldwell Banker details suggest this Victorian Painted Lady is a trip to the past. Entrance has pink iron gate. Then stroll past the blooming country garden and knock on a pink door with original leaded glass. Once you enter if you’re swooning at all the beauty there’s a fainting room and couch to fall upon.

Window to spy on the neighbors without being seen, and a vintage black dial corded phone.  Add to that, ornate etched windows and blingy chandeliers and we’ve got Victorian Painted Lady heaven.

Pour a cup of tea, lift your pinky finger and take the tour.

Pretty Painted Victorian Painted LadyI’m happy right here with the exterior.

Original leaded glass front doorOriginal leaded glass front door on this one-of-a-kind home. Not so many doors have mail slots anymore or lion knockers for that matter.Continue Reading

Gary Sinise Foundation Smart Homes For Wounded Vets

Gary Sinise Foundation Smart Homes For Wounded Vets

Today I’m sharing the Gary Sinise Foundation that builds specially adapted Smart Homes for wounded vets. Severely wounded vets that have missing limbs can now have an easier lifestyle thanks to the Gary Sinise Foundation.

We all so easily take for granted the little every day life tasks of opening a door, going up and down stairs or reaching into our upper cabinets. Smart Homes are built for wounded vets and their families to help them overcome their daily challenges.

Smart Homes for wounded vets are not the only help the Gary Sinise Foundation provides. They are involved with donating wheelchairs, specially adapted vehicles, and trackchairs.

It was in 2011 that the Gary Sinise Foundation started building custom Smart Homes for wounded vets. In 2013 R.I.S.E (Restoring Independence & Supporting Empowerment) was born. By the end of 2014 they will have started building or completed 30 Smart Homes for wounded vets across the nation. They’re not done yet!

Gary Sinise Foundation Smart Homes For Wounded VetsGary Sinise is well-known for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in the Forest Gump movie. His band of the same name, LT Dan Band, has performed for 10 years for the benefit of veterans. The band performs around the Chicagoland area every year including a few miles from my home at Cantigny Park. Continue Reading

Eat Pray Love Carriage House For Sale

Eat Pray Love Carriage House For Sale

Did you see the movie or read the book Eat Pray Love?  This is the Julia Roberts house seen in the early part of the film before she left the country to find herself.

Listing details call it a rare Cobble Hill Carriage House that used to be a 1840s Firehouse.  At first glance you can’t help to agree the Eat Pray Love movie house is charming.

After staring in the film, the house was converted to a two-unit home.  Real Estate details suggest with just a few minor adjustments it can be a “grand home with 4 to 6 bedrooms.

Like I’ve mentioned before, famous movie location houses go for a pretty penny. On the market now for $6,995,000 with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a whopping 5,800 square feet.

Brooklyn readers can scope out the location at 172 Pacific St.  Eat Pray Love is not the only movie filmed at this house I am reading.

Eat Pray Love Carriage House For Sale

172 Pacific St Brooklyn NY This is my favorite room!  Love the huge fireplace, wide open space and wood beam ceiling. I did not think by the exterior that it would look like this on the inside.Continue Reading

Sarah Jessica Parker Matthew Broderick NYC Townhouse

Sarah Jessica Parker Matthew Broderick NYC Townhouse

Celebrity couple Sarah Jessica Parker Matthew Broderick are in the realestate news.  They just price chopped their Townhouse in Greenwich Village to 22 million down from 25 million.

They are my Celebrity House today where you can find many million dollar homes of the stars.

Sarah Jessica Parker Matthew Broderick townhouse is at 20 E 10th Street New York, NY.  Listing details call it “architectural and historical embodiment of pristine New York luxury living.”  True to its description, the townhouse is full of luxurious details.

Built in 1846, one of the seven fireplaces is Victorian.  Six bedrooms with three of them on the Guest Floor. One bathroom has a huge hand-carved stone tub that’s a must-see. Comes with a Juliet balcony for gazing upon the garden.

Aside from Sarah Jessica Parker’s walk-in closet it looks like the couple flew the coop and are living in one of other homes. The famous duos net worth is $135 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick Greenwich Village TownhouseHere are a few photos of their 6,800 square foot NY townhouse mansion.

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3D Printer Houses: Is This The Future Of Construction?

A 3D Printer might be the builder of houses in the future.  In fact, a Chinese company printed ten houses using a 3D Printer in one day.  Notice I had to use the word “printed” and not “built?”

Construction companies will change. Builder’s and Architects way of doing business will change.

The whole idea that a printer could arrive at your property and build your home in one day is mind bending stuff.

The 3D Printer is a layered fabrication technology called Contour Crafting developed by Dr. Behrokh Khoshevis of the University of Southern California.

Using the printer, robotic arms and nozzles can print a house or neighborhood of houses, each with a different design. The giant robot can install tile floors, electrical and plumbing. It can even apply paint and wallpaper.Continue Reading

Tiny Cabin Just Steps From Lake Michigan

Tiny Cabin Just Steps From Lake Michigan

This is a cute tiny cabin secluded on 2.87 acres of wooded land that is just steps from Lake Michigan.

On a private drive in North Grey Dunes, Michigan north of Montague and 70 miles from Grand Rapids.

The owners are selling their beloved tiny house since they don’t get there as often as before and due to relocation to Chicago.

New buyers will get the cabin and all its contents along with the land that can be used to put another home up or subdivided. Actually the cabin is 1500 feet from Lake Michigan with access to two 500 foot frontage common beach lots.

She’s got solid cedar interior, 17 foot cathedral ceilings and french doors.

Adorable tiny cabin all wrapped up on a huge lot with beaches sound like a nice place to buy for weekend getaways or family vacations.

Tiny Cabin Just Steps From Lake Michigan This little place has its own site at Thirty Five Peppers Trail of same name as location 35 Pepper’s Trail Montague, Michigan.Continue Reading

Our DIY Transom Window Entryway Idea

Our DIY Transom Window Entryway Idea

Our DIY Transom window in the entryway idea that I shared last month on Painting The Dining Room is becoming a reality!

In my last post I shared my inspiration for a transom window with no clue how to go about finding the window.

If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that:

I SAID: Let’s go to the ReStore and look for a transom window for the entryway project….

HE SAID: The parking lot is empty…this does not look good.

Where we found a beautiful mini-french door with beveled glass.  My idea was to cut it down a few panes and use it horizontally for our DIY Transom Window on the top half of our entryway.

Here’s a little peek at our entryway mess in progress.  It’s nowhere near what we intend it to be yet, but it’s taking shape.

Our DIY Transom Window Entryway Idea This is the French door we found.  It’s actually too nice to repurpose into a Transom Window isn’t it?

HE doesn’t know it yet so keep it quiet.

I keep thinking about the mini-french door.  We saw a bunch of them in the back of the store not out on the floor yet.  I can’t get them out of my head and want to go back and buy them all.  This door was only $60.00 and a great deal instead of buying or special ordering a transom window.

What would you do with a few extra mini-french doors?

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The Spanish Style Ranch That Started It All !!!

The Spanish Style Ranch That Started It All !!!

Besides being up high on a cliff with panoramic views this 1936 Spanish style ranch has interesting bones and historical bragging rights.

Designed by Cliff May who I am reading had mad influence in the design of California-style Spanish architecture. Plus, this sprawling Hacienda is one of “Southern California’s early pastoral ranches.”

It all started with a multimillionaire banker’s brother who had May build him a home. From then on his influence flourished. Cliff May is credited for Spanish style and California ranch styles.

Have a look at this 1930’s, kind of first family Spanish style ranch that started is all.

If you live in the area and want views “from the mountains to the sea” and a piece of history, this may be just the place for you.

Romantic old world charming touches. A center courtyard marries inside and outside living beautifully. House Hunters will like the meandering path down to the pool and mature landscaping.

The Spanish Style Ranch That Started It All !!!

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