Saturday, July 4, 2009

A Jewel Box® Fourth of July

Happy July 4th! I'm running out the door to the neighborhood parade and festivities, but first I had to share photos of this 1900 square foot Federal-era house decked out in red, white and blue for 'The Fourth'. Originally built in 1853, the house was bought in 1998 by Ashleigh Blake and Joel Bruzinski and completely rehabbed. Didn't they do a great job? And I'm stealing the 'flag on the front door' idea for my entry-way. It will look great with my red geraniums.

The article and photos about this patriotic Jewel Box home can be found in the July issue of Country Living magazine. Enjoy!

Notice the simple window treatments, the light gray-blue paint color with molding and trim in a bright white and the natural hard wood floors. Perfect choices for a small entryway.

The furniture selection and placement is ideal for this cozy living area. A slender sofa and two arm chairs with a perfectly proportioned coffee table. And the wooden legs on all pieces are in full view, adding to the visual appeal. This is the traditional style done right.

Not the original kitchen, this is an addition. But the the white cabinets and stainless steel appliances would work well in any small kitchen area.

The folding french doors are a good looking solution to closing off a pantry area.

This is casual entertaining at its best. The table set with 'goodies' is the focal point and a natural place for guests to sit and relax together. The best parties always have a central focus which is the main area for people to talk, eat and mingle. I haven't done anything on entertaining lately, I'll have to do that soon. But for the basics, go to the website and click on Entertaining.

Until next time!



  1. Hi All,

    Just had to let you know that my 15-year-old son won the neighborhood 4th of July egg toss with a broken wrist! The first ever one-armed participant to win! Of course, he owes a lot to his partner Louie.

    Happy Fourth!


  2. I just found your blog through surfing the blogsphere and wanted to say that your home is lovely! I'm so inspired. Thank you!

  3. Thanks so much Debbie for your comment! I paid a short visit to your blog yesterday and just loved the post about Ozzie's baptism! I'm going to use your cupcake and pom pom ideas next Easter.

    So simple and elegant!