The House

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Our House is named

“FAIRVIEW”

THIS house was built in 1880, after the house originally built upon the property in 1830, burnt to the ground.
I think it is pretty amazing that in all those years, we are only the second owners!
The original owners came out on the wrong end of the Civil war, and Our house, named “FAIRVIEW” was billed as the “Little House”.

Kind of makes me wonder what the “BIG HOUSE” must have looked like!At 3700 square feet this is plenty of house for me, and on some days…much too much. I know, I know….a problem many would like to have…and I do cherish my house…All she has taught me..how to care for her and how to be patient. I used to ask myself if my big house and all she requires of me was a running my life…but now I see it..as my LIFE’S work…to love this house back to the beautiful Lady she is.

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At the end of the day…I LOVE my Old House..it is where it ALL happens.

Here is a tour of our house…

EXTERIOR

THE HOUSE

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE FRONT

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE FRONT

THE ENTRYWAY

The Long View down the front hall

The Long View down the front hall

Birdseye View of the entryway

Birdseye View of the entryway

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I like this beachy feel

THE DINING ROOM

Jennifer Carroll Photography

Jennifer Carroll Photography

Interestingly, most people whom have seen the newly painted dining room initially do not notice that it is a new color. Expection a PINK rook, they have been happily surprised to instead find a warm, soothing background color which complement s almost every other color without domination the the room or appearing too GIRLS though you know I have NO problem with GIRLY!

Interestingly, most people whom have seen the newly painted dining room initially do not notice that it is a new color. Expection a PINK rook, they have been happily surprised to instead find a warm, soothing background color which complement s almost every other color without domination the the room or appearing too GIRLS though you know I have NO problem with GIRLY!

The Dining Room Mantle - painting - "EVIE" is on UGallery

The Dining Room Mantle – painting – “EVIE” is on UGallery

THE KITCHEN

kitchen island from the back

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MY DIY KITCHEN ISLAND - MADE FROM AN OLD SCHOOL DESK

MY DIY KITCHEN ISLAND – MADE FROM AN OLD SCHOOL DESK

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POWDER ROOM UNDER THE STAIRS

Powder room under the stairs

Powder room under the stairs

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The LAUNDRY ROOM

GALVANIZED BINS AND BUCKETS ON THE LAUNDRY ROOM

GALVANIZED BINS AND BUCKETS ON THE LAUNDRY ROOM

THE LIVING ROOM(S)

livingroom sea WE HAVE TWO LIVING ROOMS …JOINED BY 8 FT POCKET DOORS…THE ROOMS USED TO OPEARTE AS ONE LARGE ROOM, AND THEN AS THE KIDS GOT OLDER AND NOW THAT WE HAVE 3 TEENS…THEY LIKE HAVING THEIR SPACE..AND WE LIKE OURS…WIN-WIN…AND THE DOORS ARE NOW USUALLY CLOSED.

THE BIG WHITE DOORS ARE SO LOVELY

THE BIG WHITE DOORS ARE SO LOVELY

SEA SALT LIVING ROOM

SEA SALT LIVING ROOM

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LIVING ROOM #2 MAKEOVER WITH BENJAMIN MOORE "CLASSIC GRAY"

LIVING ROOM #2 MAKEOVER WITH BENJAMIN MOORE “CLASSIC GRAY”

LETS GO UPSTAIRS

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THE UPSTAIRS HALL

gold frames hall1 hall2  KIDS BATHROOM

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THE BOYS ROOM

Boys Room New Rug...New Curtains

Boys Room New Rug…New Curtains

Tates Desk

Tates Desk

THE GIRL ROOM

Our daughter Phoebe was 5 when we moved to this house and has had many Bedroom Makeovers….and Phoebe’s Bedroom is even featured in Susanna Salk’s new Book – ” DECORATE FEARLESSLY”!!!

here is her room TODAY  ORC MONEY SHOT

PHOEBE'S BEDROOM WALL IS WALLPAPERED IN JULIA ROTHMAN "DAYDREAM" IN BLUSH FROM HYGEE AND WEST

PHOEBE’S BEDROOM WALL IS WALLPAPERED IN JULIA ROTHMAN “DAYDREAM” IN BLUSH FROM HYGEE AND WEST

IKEA DESK WITH PBTEEN CHAIR

IKEA DESK WITH PBTEEN CHAIR

I REPAINTED her side table Benjamin Moore Spring Mint - semi gloss Advance.

I REPAINTED her side table Benjamin Moore Spring Mint – semi gloss Advance.

THE OLD SLEEPING PORCH AKA “ELLIES” ROOM

MY NEICE ELLIE HAS DUBBED THIS HER ROOM !

ELLLIE'S ROOM

ELLLIE’S ROOM

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AT ONE TIME...PROBABLY A HUNDRED YEARS AGO...THIS WALL WAS THE EXTERIOR OF THE HOUSE...THE STUCCO IS SCORED TO RESEMBLE STONE...AND BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN "INSIDE" THE WALLS HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED THE WEAR THE REST OF THE HOUSE HAS.

AT ONE TIME…PROBABLY A HUNDRED YEARS AGO…THIS WALL WAS THE EXTERIOR OF THE HOUSE…THE STUCCO IS SCORED TO RESEMBLE STONE…AND BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN “INSIDE” THE WALLS HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED THE WEAR THE REST OF THE HOUSE HAS.

COOPER'S OLD DRESSER AND PHOEBE'S OLD DOLLHOUSE

COOPER’S OLD DRESSER AND PHOEBE’S OLD DOLLHOUSE

THE MASTER BEDROOM

ANTHROPOLOGIE PONSONBY QUILT AND SHAMS

ANTHROPOLOGIE PONSONBY QUILT AND SHAMS

NEW PONSONBY BEDDING FROM ANTHROPOLOGIE!!!

NEW PONSONBY BEDDING FROM ANTHROPOLOGIE!!!

"BIRDSEYE" 30 X 30

“BIRDSEYE” 30 X 30

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my Island THE MASTER BATH

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recently the lighting was changed….to this:

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My Old Country House
COLORS:
all Benjamin Moore Paint
Walls -Pearl Finish
Trim – Semi Gloss

ENTRY WAY – FEATHER DOWN
DINING ROOM – ASHWOOD WITH MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE TRIM
LIVING ROOM #1 – SPRING IN ASPEN
LIVING ROOM #2 – PINK CLOUD
KITCHEN – CABINETS – MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE
WALLS – STONINGTON GRAY
LAUNDRY ROOM – OCEAN AIR/MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE
UPSTAIRS HALL – MARITIME WHITE
KIDS BATH – OCEAN AIR
BOYS ROOM – POOLSIDE BLUE
GIRLS ROOM – DOWNPOUR BLUE, PINK LADIES, COTTON BALLS
MASTER BEDROOM – BERGMAN GRAY (CUSTOM MIX)
MASTER BATH – PALLADIAN BLUE

ALL TRIM UNLES OTHERWISE NOTED IS “MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE”

Thank you so much for taking a virtual tour of my
Old Country House.
Thoughts on the new look???
Have a Great day!

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(IF you would like to see the BEFORE Photos go HERE)

41 thoughts on “The House

  1. Karrie

    Beautiful!!! There is so much detail!!! How long has it taken you to get to this point? I feel as if my home will never be fully decorated!! Also a silly question, do you have a schedule you keep for cleaning or is it all over a day or two? Thanks!

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      Hi Karrie. Thanks. I change my house a lot but I would say the way it is now…. took a few years to pull together. If I were starting fresh…it would probably take me much less time now, because I have learned so much along the way, like places to shop, etc. Part of what takes the time is holding out for deals, looking for stuff, or waiting to find just the right thing.
      The bathrooms and kitchen we did this winter, they took about 5 months. I am always kind of working on one thing or another.
      My biggest suggestion is to clear out clutter on a regular basis.
      I wish I could keep a cleaning schedule. Often times when I take these “pretty” photos, the hallways are full of all the stuff that cluttered the room, kids shoes, coats, toys, dishes, etc , etc.I have some help every other week which really barely cleans very deep but I have a few hours of rest and that helps. I DO vacuumn every day with the 6 pets!

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  2. Jacqueline Munro

    I LOVE your creativity with design, you have inspired me to do a makeover to our family’s lake house. I just adore your combinations of colours – it blends just beautifully. I will use many of your ideas. Thank you, Jacqueline Munro,Vancouver, B.C.

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  3. Hannah

    BEAUTIFUL!! i LOVE old homes…but with a fresh twist! you have done a great job! just stumbled upon your blog…can’t wait to read more! :)

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  4. Liz

    Hi I can’t find our original link to the kids bathroom. I love it! Well and every other room too. Where did you find the vanity lights?

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  5. Lenora

    I am blown away by this house tour. There is so much happy color which makes it all shout “I’m alive!” Not the least of which it is an old farmhouse. I fantasize every day about owning such a gem. It is easy to tell she is so loved, and getting to love a family back. Time will tell if I ever get to live in something with character. I adore shopping for items to give a second life to. Mom taught me to thrift decades ago. And dad always loved a garage sale stop. Painted furniture is quite an impressive attention getter, and you have several that I think are fantastic. The light from all the windows seems to really fill the house with sunshine. Thank you for sharing – it’s very inspiring.

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      Getting a comment like this..on a day like I had today…reminds me why I pour so much of my heart and soul into this house, and this blog. Thank you for giving me a much needed boost…and I hope you come back soon!!!

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  6. Justjude

    Wonderful arrangements of photographs throughout your healing home.
    God’s grace IS sufficient, isn’t it??

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      Yes, I spray painted them. I was inspired by ones identical, painted coral, from House Beautifu’s Dec/Jan 2012 issue. I found them on Shadesoflight.com. They are $250/pair and if you go to YoungHouseLove.com, you can get a coupon for an additional 10% off!!!

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  7. Lisa

    Excellent! Thanks so much! What color did you spray paint them? I’m thinking of spray painting my dining room chandelier and I’m so inspired by that color! Thanks again!!
    ~Lisa

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  8. Kent Gordon

    I saw your question on Apartment Therapy and wanted to reach out. Thank you for choosing our 180fx Calacatta Marble (Fauxmarble) for your kitchen and for the desire to use IdealEdge to make the countertops amazing. I am sorry you couldn’t find a fabricator through the Home Depot network. We just launched the IdealEdge product in all Home Depot’s in June. I sent out a how to fabricate to all 88 fabricators of Home Depot. I want to tell first your kitchen looks great and offer you one of our brand new books celebrating our 100 year anniversary. I am the product manager at Formica responsbile for both 180fx and IdealEdge. Please send me your address if you would like to receive one of our books.

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  9. Erin

    Your home is just so charming. I love the painting of the yellow lab. Is of yours or just a painting that you picked up?

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      Thank you Erin. The painting is one of mine. I am
      An artist and have a special place
      In my heart for animals… And I love
      Yellow labs …come back soon !

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  10. Erin

    Yes, as I hang my head, I finally went through your site and saw the great work that you do. I might someday be contacting you to do one for me. And yes, aren’t yellow labs great.

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  11. Terresa

    Hi Lesli – I love your artwork and your home. I came over here via younghouselove. My favorite pic is the one of the cat on the bed. Love the cat and the grey bedspread. I have been looking for a simple one like that for my son’s room. Can I ask where you got it?

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      Hi Terresa,

      Thanks for stopping by. If the quilt you mean is the one in my sons room, that one I got at PBTeen, exactly a year ago, it reverses to royal blue. You may want to also check Land of Nod….I have a link on my Blog homepage which can take you there to one I suggest…..Thanks for stopping by!!!!

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      Hi Jenny, Thank you for taking the time to tell me this! It makes my day…especially because today my house is kind of on my nerves…too many piles!!! But all good and I hope you come back soon! Lesli

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  12. Jessie

    Hi Lesli,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today and I am so glad to have found your blog. I really enjoy touring your lovely home. Each room is fabulous and a little quirky and that’s what make your home so unique and inspiring. I love the way you use colors and patterns, it’s so fun, fresh and unexpected. I love your artwork, they are beautiful, the colors really speak to me! You are seriously a talented woman. I think I have seen one or two pictures of your home on Pinterest and I don’t pin that very often. What an I say? Your home is charming, gorgeous and memorable! Thanks for following. I love everything you did and I am adding you to my favorite blogs! Keep up the good work!

    Jessie
    http://www.mixandchic.com

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      Hi jessie, I don’t know if I responded to this yet, but I wanted to make sure you know how touched I was by this sweet note. I am flattered by your kind words and you inspire me to do great things! Thanks again, lesli

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  13. Tina

    I was so excited to read your do’s and don’ts regarding your Kitchen. I have struggled with wanting a beautiful marble kitchen for almost 7 years but never had the budget. I recently saw the formica- Calcutta marble at my home depot and thought about but wasn’t sure…. Seeing it in your kitchen has inspired me to give it a try. I’ve coveted the look forever but have been to intimidated by the price. The Formica brand is actually in my price range:) Your kitchen is an inspiration and just gorgeous like the rest of your house. I have two boys and love what you have done with the boys bathroom! I can’t wait to get my own “dream” kitchen like you on my budget:)
    I look forward to seeing what your up to!!!

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  14. Sharon

    I just stumbled on your blog through Pinterest while searching for holiday decorating ideas for an old house. Just had to say hello, as I too live in a much-loved old farmhouse named Fairview! Ours was built around 1874 and retains most of her original features and footprint. Our Fairview ladies are very similar – full of light and warm character, and having remained with the original families for very many years (meaning they are well loved!). We also chose the exact same Formica Calcutta marble with the Ideal edge for the counter near the sink, and we love it. We’ve been here for three years now and feel truly blessed that such a special house chose us as her newest caretakers! Thanks for sharing your Fairview.

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      Hi Sharon, so nice to hear from you and thanks for taking the time to leave your comment, highlighting our parallel lives and homes. I look forward to hearing more from you ! xo

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  15. Chichi Furniture

    Wow, what a lovely, bright, creative and warm home. Every last inch has been styled with such thought and the clever use of bright painted furniture to add pops of colour to the rooms means the balance is perfect, without being too much. The ornate French style furniture adds such character and charm to the rooms, I love the white display unit with bright pink interior in the lounge – a lovely feature piece. The cow print in the bathroom is great too – I love cows :O)
    Beautiful home.

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  16. Rich

    I noticed that the light above the Master Bath sink is different in the two associated photos. I assume these were taken at two different periods of remodel?

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    1. Lesli DeVito Post author

      You assume correctly, but thank you for bringing it to my attention, what I found when scrolling through is that many of the HOUSE TOUR images are out of date! I plan to go back and update them this evening!

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  17. HattieCH

    What a gorgeous home. The interior is beautifully designed and seems to make the most of the natural style of the property itself, which I think is important in making a home feel right – creative and very lovely

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