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Scala Al Paradiso

Scala Al Paradiso translated from Italian is “it climbs to the paradise,” and that can be translated to Stairway to Heaven. I was inspired by the staircase in yesterday’s classic home to search out other amazing stairways.

Planitserver.com

Planitserver.com

This one is very interesting – it reminds me of a book I read to my kids – “The Spooky Old Tree.”

The Spooky Old Tree - Image Coloribus

The Spooky Old Tree – Image Coloribus

The American Legacy - Tumblr

The American Legacy – Tumblr

Victoriamag.com

Victoriamag.com

Houzz.com

Houzz.com

brunchatsaks.blogspot.com

brunchatsaks.blogspot.com

cocokelley.blogspot.com

cocokelley.blogspot.com

BHG

BHG

covetdujour.blogspot.com

covetdujour.blogspot.com

classicaladdiction.com

classicaladdiction.com

Georgian Design - Tumblr

Georgian Design – Tumblr

southshoredecorating.blog.com

southshoredecorating.blog.com

delightbydesign.blogspot.com

delightbydesign.blogspot.com

Gracie Swainson - Tumblr

Gracie Swainson – Tumblr

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plushpalate.blogspot.com

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Sara C Mills - Tumblr

Sara C Mills – Tumblr

AND THE WINNER IS

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There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she cant get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a Twenty-First Century World

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Where To Live?

So….there is one lucky family that will be able to choose where they want to live when they buy this house.  I don’t know what I would choose, because I love what the possibilities are for the “bonus” space I found.

Main House

Main House

The “main house” has all of the traditional rooms you would expect to find in a home of this age (1926).  It is a center hall with the stairs directly in front and dining room and living room on either side.

Center Hall

Center Hall

I would take my cue from the exterior colors of gray, black and white and carry them through.  On the entryway wall, I would create a gallery wall of white/gray/black artwork.

Wall color is Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray.  Image - Decorpad

Wall color is Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray. Image – Decorpad

I would consider painting the stairs white, the railing gray and carpeting the steps in gray and black.

Paint the steps and rails and carpet the steps.  Image - lamaisonfou.blogspot.com

Paint the steps and rails and carpet the steps. Image – lamaisonfou.blogspot.com

I would definitely put this zebra print rug in the foyer that I would buy from West Elm.

Buy from West Elm

Buy from West Elm

The potential

The potential

A different shade of gray in the living room, and look how cute I would make those shelves look.  Benjamin Moore’s Copley Gray is a warm toned gray in the greige family.

Benjamin Moore Copley Gray - Image Source - Southern Shore Decorating Blog

Benjamin Moore Copley Gray – Image Source – Southern Shore Decorating Blog

Plenty of room in the kitchen to eat, so I would make the dining room a playroom.

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

The Play Room

The Play Room – Image Source – divaaniblogit.fi

Play Room Rules - Image Source - google.ca

Play Room Rules – Image Source – google.ca

Eat In Kitchen - Before

Eat In Kitchen – Before

Eat In Kitchen - After? Image Source - Decorpad.com

Eat In Kitchen – After?
Image Source – Decorpad.com

What I really love about this house.

#1 – This bedroom wall.

A Window Seat!

A Window Seat!

Would love to be able to dress up the window seat like this.  Also paint the ceiling a soft gray with the walls a bit darker gray that would make a beautiful contrast with white woodwork.

The newly designed windowseat - Image Source - Sylco Cabinetry via Houzz

The newly designed windowseat – Image Source – Sylco Cabinetry via Houzz

#2 – The side porch

The Side Porch

The Side Porch

Bring the porch to life with flowers

How cute! - Image Source - reinventedkb.com

How cute! – Image Source – reinventedkb.com

#3 – The Screened Porch

Outside Living without the bugs.

Outside Living without the bugs.

Bamboo shades and outdoor drapes add privacy

Depending on Spring and Falll temps - can be used April through October.  Image Source - HGTV

Depending on Spring and Falll temps – can be used April through October. Image Source – HGTV

OK – This is why I really love this house.

I found hidden treasures in the garage

I found hidden treasures in the garage

I want these doors.

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In the garage, someone used old doors as partitions – I want these!  And I am drooling over the work bench, even though I have never worked at a bench in my life (nor will I ever).

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This is called a “rustic chic” room divider on Pinterest

"Rustic Chic" - Image Source - thirdfloordesignstudio.blogspot.com

“Rustic Chic” – Image Source – thirdfloordesignstudio.blogspot.com

OK I know where I would live – in the BIG BONUS space above the garage.

Where I would live

Where I would live

And I don’t know which look I would prefer.

Barnhouse Messy Chic

Barnhouse Messy Chic

Urban Chic

Urban Chic

Please feel free to leave comments that I may pass on to real estate agent who has this home listed.

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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My Inspiration

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My Inspiration

I have been thinking a lot lately about making a real estate investment.  I have started to get a feel for what is on the market locally (South Jersey).   This house is so sad…..I would love to make it happy.

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I would love to make it look like this.  Source - housekaboddle.com

I would love to make it look like this. Source – housekaboddle.com

The enclosed porch

The enclosed porch

There’s not a lot of room to decorate the enclosed front porch, most especially with the heating thing that’s in the way.  But, how much room do you need to make a small space look beautiful?

Source – Tumblr – notmybeautifulhome

Let’s step inside…do you think ghastly is a good word?

What adjective would you use to describe the living room?

What adjective would you use to describe the living room

Where to begin?  I would start with changing the front door and ripping the paneling off.  I would hope that hardwood flooring would be the only thing lurking under the carpet.

A new front door.  Source - Authentic Home Blog

A new front door. Source – Authentic Home Blog

Oh!  A fireplace

Oh! A fireplace

I would definitely paint the fireplace white.

Source - Houzz - Dana Wolter

Source – Houzz – Dana Wolter

Source - Pinterest

Source – Pinterest

More paneling to remove

More paneling to remove

I like the blue and white combo for the dining room with the up-dated look of applied moulding on the bottom.

Benjamin Moore Stratton Blue.  Source - Apartment Therapy

Benjamin Moore Stratton Blue. Source – Apartment Therapy

Do I need to explain the kitchen?

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There’s plenty of room for this island

Source - nadafarmlife blog

Source – nadafarmlife blog

What about the bath?  Side note – pet peeve – toilet seats left up when agent takes pic and posts.

l50b4f343-m10oIf I want to keep pink as the inspiration color – I know I won’t be able to afford to do this.

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Source – Roxxn.wordpress.com

So….I can paint the walls gray to tone down the pink

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Source – askville.amazon.com

Are you surprised by the bedrooms?

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Source – babiniec-cafe.pl

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Source – newlyweddiaries blog

And then this needs to be replaced

What is it?

What is it?

Much cuter!

Much cuter!

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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