Sunday, March 2, 2014

Open House Sunday

Greige Cottage in Dallas
built 1929
This little cottage is all greige on the outside.
It has the typical tudor revival details that I love on houses of this age and size.

The front beds are full of cheerful! 
A side view of the house house shows it's been added on to quite a bit.
So it's actually pretty big over 2,800 square feet.
So it's a classic tudor revival on the outside but when we go inside.....

This house has been extensively renovated. Which is a shame. Gone are all the vintage details.
Yes, that's an impressive stone fireplace. But I'd rather have what was originally in this cottage.
That's a new door that looks old. I wonder what the original old door looked like?
My gosh that's a huge floor lamp!

The decor is very much Restoration Hardware, isn't it?
The house is greige on the outside and it's VERY greige on the inside.
Walls have been opened inside and new arches put in...problem is these are obviously new arches.
They don't look anything like how original arches look in these homes.
It looks like all new construction inside...gone are any of the 1929 details except for the windows.
 There are some really beautiful pieces of furniture in this house but I think this serves as an example that you can have too much of a good thing.
I kind of like the big sofa. I like that weird chair too but it just seems too big.
Hate that coffee table. The room needs some softness ottoman would have been better.
And what is that on the coffee table? Aliens?
I do love this little room. The little Restoration Hardware sofa is just fine here. Fits the space well.
I like those chairs too but the coffee too big and too much. 
That hall table I think is RH too. Perhaps the person that owns this house works there.
Very nice kitchen. Notice the steampunk industrial lighting above the kitchen island?
I do love the terrarium here.
Very nice kitchen....greige...greige...greige, though.

I can't help but wonder what the original kitchen was like?
I bet I would have liked it better than this one...even though this one is high end.
Do you like those lights over the island. I do.
Love the feet on the cabinets.
I'd like this kitchen more if it had white subway tile instead of the travertine.
Ok, light fixture....RH.
The rest of the furniture? I don't know.
Notice the bar cart? That is very cool...but it's really large.
I do like the drapes in this house and I'm thinking of doing similar in my own home.
Of course I have to have some color in my rooms.
I can't live in a sea of greige.

Have to say...I really don't like this furniture....I really don't.
In the master...a little RH mixed with a bed from somewhere else.

I'd feel like the Princess and the Pea in this big bed. It would be fun to sleep in with all the dogs though.
A friend of mine has a very similar bed to this except her's is an antique from India.
Anyway...she has to stuff the end of the bed between the mattress and the foot board with pillows.
When she got the bed...I told her she'd have to do that or the dogs would fall down in there.
She did't believe me but after being awoken a couple of times by dogs having fallen through the space.
Yes, she had to stuff it full of pillows.

One time her big 100 pound Shepherd mix got his back legs down there and both she and he didn't know how to get him out. Big moment of panic there. She almost had to call the fire department.
Luckily they finally did get him out without injury.

Wouldn't do for me to have a bed like this Harvey would roll right off and be stuck in that crevice for hours.
 A den up in the redone attic. Perfect space to watch tv.
They don't show a tv but I'm sure there must be one.
I have no complaints about this bath. 
Love every single thing about it including the gray shower curtain.
That would be the original tub. I'd like the original sink over this big one.
But I do like this sink. 
This bedroom has a West Elm vibe, doesn't it?
I wonder if this house is a mix of a husband with contemporary tastes and a wife with antique desires?
Very nice bath.
I'd style the shelves differently and why brown towels when everything else in this house is gray?
Lovely pool out back and the greige continues but it's nice with a little blue isn't it.
Can you imagine if a little blue were added inside? I think it would bring the interiors to life.
Gray outdoor furniture. Love those planters.
This would be my favorite area of the yard. Love love love this stone patio.
I wonder what that is planted between the stones?
Large covered patio...Love the curtains.
I wonder why this doesn't have furniture on it?
It would be so good if it did.

So what do you think of this house?
Too much of a good thing?
It's too greige for me. It's too much RH.
I love some of it but it would be better with a little color added in
and I would not have taken out the original fireplace.

Seems most of the vintage character is gone.'s pretty and many would love...but I'd prefer it more original.

See the full listing here.

One more thing...
I also ran across this house when I was looking for a cottage to show.
The inside was not blog worthy but I fell in love with the outside.
Especially the pots of purple pansies at the steps.
Notice the pansies in the flower beds too?
Oh...Love the way this looks...just love, love, love it!

See full listing here.

Have a Happy Sunday!
I'm lucky and get to stay home on this cold blustery day.
I asked off so that I could be sure to be home watching the Oscars.
Otherwise I would have been at the store setting up for next month's event during the whole show!

Super happy that I'll be home or I might go to a friend's but I'll be watching that is for sure!


Cynthia Myers said...

I do like it.
I mean, I'd remove some of those huge pieces like that coffee table in the room next to the kitchen.
The thing is, it's very hard to imagine what this house would look like without all this furniture.
I had to go back and look again.
I do like it.
But not what I'd pick for myself.
Except for the pool and patio, oh god, LOVE that!

Custom Comforts said...

I do like it, but I agree with you, too much of a good thing. I would need much more variety. Lovely home though.

Abby said...

I think i pinned about 7 pictures from this tour...I loved it! I could never afford all the furniture not a worry ;)

Pat said...

It's a shame they got rid of all the vintage charm as the house appears to be a showroom. Where's the charm?

Sonia said...

The first house is really beautiful but some of the furnishings seem very masculine. Lots of monotone and although it's a lot of the is nice. Not even color for me though and the furnishings are way too large for me! The second cottage is adorable and I could see myself living in that one..would have to unclutter some of the spaces though. Enjoy your day...glad you are not out in this horrible weather! I can hear ice pellets on my windows right now. Stay warm!
Miss Bloomers

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I'm with you on this one, Nita. I used to love RH, but now I don't even bother browsing in that Sepia toned store. Everything's super-sized and outrageously expensive and wouldn't even fit through my doors! The bathroom is the one room I liked in the house. I've got the same bathtub and sink in our house, but I wish I had the white tile. I love the exterior of the last house! It's getting me motivated to work on landscaping our much to bare front yard. Thanks for sharing!

Donna Wiley said...

The exterior of the first house is great but the interior looks like a furniture showroom. Overall, I think it's a nice house but I agree with Cynthia Meyers that the furniture draws your attention away from the architecture. I'm surprised the realtor would show the house decorated in such a distinct style. I'm not a fan of the Restoration Hardware look in most of the rooms but I do like the bathrooms. The only feature of the actual house I would change is that monstrosity of a fireplace.
The curb appeal of the second house is beautiful.I like the interior because at least it retains the vintage charm.
Thanks, It's fun to look.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

So glad you showed this one! I drive past this house every single day, it's just two blocks over, and I have always wondered about the interior! This house has changed hands several times in the last couple of years and someone spent a fortune renovating it. Dallas Central Appraisal District has it at $548,000 so something happened to bump it up by 200K. My favorite room is that little bathroom! Like you I am not digging those aliens :) This is a clear example of what is happening to the homes here, I mean look at that fireplace. Belongs in a Park Cities mansion. The thing I am most surprised by is the pool, now I guess I understand why that retaining wall was under construction for months. Overall it's wonderfully styled, not my thing, but if I had to guess, two guys live here and I bet it looks this perfect all the time :))
xoxoxo, Andrea
p.s. your dog stories always crack me up

Patricia Goins said...

I love it all, but I adore RH too :)

Traci Creel said...

This house while beautiful left me longing for some color.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

My brain keeps telling me it's a beuatifully decorated house... But my heart whispers it's too 'greige' and neutral to be mine!

Donna-s Lair said...

For the patio question....I think the plant between the stones is Dwarf a Mondo grass. Check it out.

I agree with you....with some tweaking that house could look so much better. Needs a color and not to look so a restoration hardware catalog. :-)

Donna-s Lair said...

Dwarf mondo grass...typo

Scribbler said...

as some in Alabama would say! it's "rurnt".

We saw those lights over the island at RH a couple of days ago. the whole mess looks like someone opened the catalog and placed an order.

The pool is the best thing about it.

An Urban Cottage said...

I can't imagine anyone furnishing their place with so much RH. The place isn't bad but the furniture just steals the attention away from everything else. I can't quite figure out the bathrooms. One looks vintage, one looks '80s.

Did you notice how close the back stairs are to the pool?

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