House Tour

Block Island House Tour
Part Two

BI House Tour, done!  I thought I would share a few of the highlights with you and give a mini tour of our house this week.

One highlight that is hard to overlook is that it POURED RAIN the day of the house tour.  It has not rained all summer, almost 3″ of rain fell on Tuesday.  As you can see in the picture above, our lawn is brown.  Hard, crunchy and brown.  Even our dachshund avoids the grass.

People braving the rain on the rain on the way to our house....

People braving the rain on the way to our house….

All of the summer rain was saved up for August 11th.  The 200+ people that went on the house tour deserve some accolades.  It would have been very easy to stay home and do nothing!

I left some of my business cards out in case anyone liked my eclectic style and wanted some decorating help.  We grabbed our dachshund Rhino (she was irritated the entire day) and ventured out to do the tour ourselves.  Our house was in good hands with the BI Historical Society volunteers and I was too nervous to hang around and listen to any comments I might not want to hear!

Before I start the tour of our house, just a reminder that it was built in 1910 and is only 1,500 square feet, so all of the rooms sort of run into each other.  Nothing really matches, but somehow it all works together.

Living room.

Another view of the living room with our dining area and door out to the deck.  Believe it or not, our dining table expands to seat 14.

Love my orange!  View into the kitchen and of our lovely heating grate on the living room floor, circa OLD.


Our small TV room.  It was originally the dining room.

The TV room is right off of the living room/dining area.

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Our downstairs guest room is tiny.  Tucked behind the stairs, I decorated it in lime green and yellow based on the vintage yellow bureau that was left behind in the room.

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Next to the guest room is the downstairs bath.

I fell in love with this fabric and rug combo last year, so I had to use it in the house.  The downstair bath got it.  The old claw foot tub still lives in there too.

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The kitchen is off the living room and TV room.  Basically, you can walk around in a circle and see everything in about 3 minutes!



Moving upstairs.  There are two bedrooms, a small landing where we watch movies and a bathroom.

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In my daughters’ room (yes, they share and are not happy about it at this stage), I went bright.  Lilly Pulitzer.  I am confident both of their first apartments will be shades of beige and cream.


Three twin beds, one for a guest.  Although, we have had up to ten sleeping here at any given time.

Into the upstairs landing.

Making the most of all of our space, a place to watch movies or read a book.

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I loved this Dana Gibson Canton fabric so much, I used it in blue for a roman shade up here.

Master Bedroom.

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If you are a glutton for punishment, you can also see what I did to get ready for the house tour here.

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That’s it!

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Block Island
House Tour

The Block Island Historical Society has an annual house tour every summer.  My friend Sarah and I go every year and have probably seen over 60 houses on the island.  A favorite summer tradition.

Well, my house is on the tour this year.  It’s hard to believe they asked me, especially since our cottage is only 1,500 square feet and the tour will be over before it begins!  Thankfully there will be lemonade on the deck for all guests when they are done.

I promised myself I wouldn’t go crazy with “fixing” things around the house in anticipation of the house tour.  Easier said than done…

I did do a couple of little things around here.  Not too much, but the list could go on if I let it.  So, here are the tweaks I made in anticipation of the BI house tour:

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A new path (thank you Ned Phillips) we actually added last summer.  Perfect timing!  For 14 years we let our guest wander up and down our grass hill with no lights to guide them.  Not the safest.  Ned put in this beautiful stone path with solar lights.

A new hammock from Lilly Pulitzer at Target.

Adirondack chairs take a beating here, so I replaced our old ones with these lime green chairs and a Pier One table on sale for $39.99.

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I put up a magnetic picture board to match my red hutch in the kitchen.  A place to keep our BI memories.

On the left, some remnants found in our wall when we renovated the kitchen.  The postmark on the letter is Providence to Block Island, circa 1939.

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Target comes to the rescue again.  A $129.99 rolling bar cart I can wheel anywhere we are having a party!

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We have to maximize all of the space in our house and the upstairs landing is actually big enough for a small sitting area/place to watch movies on an ancient TV.  I made a few updates here.

A new roman shade.

New pillows to go with the new roman shade.

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I recovered an old ottoman we had with white cotton duck and piped it with leftover red chenille.  A striped Jonathan Adler placemat under a Crate and Barrel lamp ties in the blue.  I recycled an old blue couch into the upstairs hallway that folds into a double bed for spillover guests.  We have to make the most of every square inch!

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An old wooden chest that holds all of our DVD’S gets some new knobs.

The refrigerator we inherited with the house froze all of our produce, so I got this one on sale at Home Depot.  The old fashioned kind where you can still use magnets!

Robin Langsdorf

Artist: Robin Langsdorf

A painting of our house gets a new frame.

Marilyn Bogdanfey

Artist: Marilyn Bogdanffy (fish)

Forrest Rodts

Artist: Forrest Rodts

Two new pieces of art for our walls.

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My new Dunes and Duchess mirror goes up in our bedroom.  Love this shape!

Another old ottoman gets recovered in blue fabric I had at home, piped with white cotton duck.

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That’s pretty much it.

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If you are around on Tuesday, August 11th from 9:00 – 1:00, I encourage you to go on the Block Island House Tour.  There are some beautiful homes to see and it is really FUN.

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Sarah and I are primed and ready to go!

The two of us on the BI House Tour

Sarah and I on a BI House Tour

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