Friday, September 28, 2012

Tour of Homes 2012

On the first day of autumn, my husband and I enjoyed the warm, sunny day by going on a tour of homes in an historic neighborhood that was developed in the late 1800s. This is my favorite event of the year. I love to see what people do with their old houses. This year, there were nine homes on the tour. A couple were new construction or older homes that have been completely renovated or added onto. To me, old homes with their original wood floors, wide moldings and quirky imperfections are so much more charming and appealing.

The decorating in several of the houses this year was phenomenal. Unfortunately, the tour prohibits indoor photography. But as we walked the neighborhood's tree-lined streets, I snapped photos of many cute homes to share with you. Of the 12 below, two were on the tour and I've noted which ones they are. After you look at each house, let me know which are your favorites and why. 

House # 1
I love the color of this house, its four-over-one windows with narrow, vertical panes, and tapered brick columns. I also like the proportions of this house and its single dormer over the front entry. 

House #2
This house is harder to see because of the landscaping, but I like the color scheme and how the vertical beams are painted in a contrasting color, similar to our home.

House #3
Here's a simple, grey Craftsman style bungalow with dark painted mullions, a reddish door and the classic southern ceiling fan on the porch. In fact, I see ceiling fans on 9 of the 12 houses here!

House #4
This house was on the tour a few years ago. It has round columns instead of square. My husband and I prefer square or tapered columns to round. Do you have a preference?

House #5
This American Foursquare style home, built in 1926, was on the tour. There were many unique details in this house, including a charming non-electric doorbell, original built-ins, inlaid wood floors, an original brass handrail going up to the second floor (it had such a nice feel), six coal-burning fireplaces (non-working) and original gaslight fixtures throughout. The owner is an interior designer and the home was beautifully decorated.

House #6
Look at the lovely columns on this house! The stone piers at the base of the columns and stone steps are so pretty, and I love the Craftsman style wood door. This is the kind of door we'd like to have on our house one day.  

House #7
Ah, look at the rich red color of this house and its smaller-scaled black shutters. The double gables with decorative brackets painted white stand out nicely against the red siding. I love the tapered columns!

House #8
This magnificent house was on the home tour, thank goodness! In fact, at the time of the tour it was for sale (sales sheet stated the price at $1.4 million). Built in 1905, this house had been divided into apartments in the 1970s and was considered for demolition. Fortunately that did not happen. The current owner has done a wonderful renovation job, and the decorating was truly unique. My favorite parts were the front porch and amazing back yard with a pool, hot tub and koi pond with waterfall.

Below, the front porch with pale, sky blue ceiling and original light fixtures 

House #9
This next home is very symmetrical with simple square columns and a cute little dormer to add visual interest to the roofline.

House #10
I love the color scheme of this home, the Craftsman lanterns on either side of the front door, the side-by-side square posts, tapered brick columns and deep overhanging eaves. This is such a cute house!

House #11
Here's a nice brick, stucco and shake home with a gaslight lantern to welcome guests. I like the wide dormer on the left and the contrasting vertical posts above the front porch.

House #12
I believe this house may be new construction, or a complete redo of an older house. Look at the top peak -- do you see what look like bird house openings? They are glassed in, but there are little perches below each one, making it look like a home for purple martins. My husband spotted this detail. I love the wood shake siding and oval window on this house. 

I have a favorite, do you? Leave a comment and let me know!

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