Small & Mighty – The Dormont

Small and Mighty – The Dormont “Be like water, which is fluid & soft & yielding, as in time, water will overcome rock which is rigid & hard. Therefore, what is soft is strong.”― Anonymous This warm, welcoming cottage/craftsman style home brings you an easy feeling, downsized space, but luxury and style you would expect in […]

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Pool Anyone – St. Marcel

Pool Anyone? – St. Marcel And I don’t mean the kind that comes with cue sticks! “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, […]

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The Essex- Jump on in!

“Many people cycle or swim to keep trim. But if swimming is so good for the figure, how do you explain whales?” Charles Saatchi Many moons ago, I swam a lot. Every day, in fact, the pool was open. Since then, I have swum in rivers, lakes, ponds, and my favorite- the ocean. If you love […]

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The Belvedere Plan-Commanding Inside and Out

Did you know that the word belvedere means designed to have a commanding view? Well, didn’t we both learn something new here today. And that is why the name fits perfectly. The Belvedere Plan by Living Concepts is one you cannot just walk on by without looking back. It begs you to look again and […]

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Enjoy Nature – The Natoma

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and winds long to play with your hair.” – Kahlil Gibran When I think of the house plan name Natoma, I think of the base word Nature.  I think of the outdoors with its earthy colors, space, and myriad of ‘emotions’ to be so […]

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Hello Spring – Hello Blairmore

“And the Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.” – Percy Blythe Shelley Happy Spring!  Don’t let this home, Blairmore, by Frank Snodgrass of Living Concepts, fool you.  This looks like a […]

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The Ashburton: Making Best Use of Inside and Out

Like the Atwell plan by Living Concepts, the Ashburton: Making Best Use of Inside and Out, realizes that the outside space is nearly as important as what’s inside. Almost. When we are prone to wander outside on a beautiful day, we do want our living area that is outside the confines of four walls to […]

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Inside/Outside: the Atwell Home Plan

It is March, and we are in springtime. Yes, meteorological spring. Okay, so your calendar says Spring is officially March 20th or whatever. Yet, have you not seen the narcissus poke their slim green bodies above the earth? Or the daffodils waving their yellow banners? Ah, time to start planning for outside events that usually […]

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European Charm – The Coventry

“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks….” – Shakespeare Based on that alone, I’m ready for this home.  Frank Snodgrass of Living Concepts, has given us Coventry (E-3678), with over 4200 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, and plenty more space so we can fuel our European dreaming souls daily.  With a charming […]

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The Brantley Plan: A Traditional Home with Master Up

I recently made a loaf of Scandinavian Rye Bread. The recipe said it was dense, as it should be with grains like millet and wheat berries. And oh boy, they were not kidding. Unlike my recent baking experience, The Brantley Plan: A Traditional Home with Master Up by Living Concepts is a house plan destined […]

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The Florence Plan: Master Suite Up

Trapped. The little wren was trapped inside our home (briefly, flew out unharmed later). Have you ever had that feeling of being trapped in your own home? And know that you need more room? This European house-The Florence Plan: Master Suite Up by Living Concepts, reminds me of openness. It has four bedrooms, two kitchens, […]

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First Home – Last Home – It’s Enough – The Selwyn

“He who knows enough is enough will always have enough.”- Lao Tzu Your heart beats loudly, you feel its rich pulse and thuds in your chest, your breathing might be short, and a scream or squeal just barely contained in your soul.  You have the energy of a sprinter to just dash around madly, without reserve, […]

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All Things Great and Small – Boulder Creek

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill Do small things in a great way……think about that.  Kindness in small ways, small packages offer great possibilities.  This house, too, although not great in size, is great in every other way.  The Boulder Creek (A-1883) by Frank Snodgrass […]

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The Biscayne Plan: Better with Porches!

If you were fortunate enough to grow up in a house with a screened porch, you probably heard the lament don’t let the screen door slam! And that was before the hinge was improved to prevent that. Ah, memories of running out the door and being out of sight before that happened. Open porch or […]

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The Edgewater Plan: A Cottage for Your Second Home

Some of my favorite series on Netflix list “fear” as an element in the parental guidance notes. We just finished watching the final episode of the new Lost in Space (loved it!) and I saw that word. Fear. Well, fear not here, because this plan by Living Concepts- The Edgewater Plan: A Cottage for Your […]

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Suite/Sweet Living – The Belingrath

“Cherish the fabulous, the fantastic, the beautiful, the graceful, the moments of abandon, laughter, quirkiness. Cherish the tiny incredible details, the gigantic & varied display, and the infinite depths — of life.” ― Jay Woodman What do you cherish?  Where is beautiful?  Which moments give you pause for appreciation?  Where do these events and feelings tend […]

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The Amesbury Plan: A Mediterranean Gem (With a Guest Suite)

I write frequently that things are not always what they seem on the inside when looking from afar. For example, a house on a hill that is old, neglected even. But on closer inspection, reveals huge fireplaces, wide plank floors. A whole lotta money needed to fix it. True story for another time. This house […]

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