Wednesday, August 12, 2009

While I'm Away - Rewind to Last Summer

While I am away here is one of my most popular posts from last summer! Enjoy!
Here is a spectacular house in Cotuit, Massachusetts on Cape Cod that is listed for sale. Cotuit is a small village in located on a peninsula on the south side of Barnstable about midway between Falmouth and Hyannis. The house was designed by the renowned designer Fritz Kreiger. For three years craftsmen worked on his vision to create this spectacular residence. He incorporated many antique elements such as doors, columns, and windows into the design. The home is being sold fully furnished with the finest collection of antiques and appointments. All photos are from Sotheby's. The main house has 12 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 6 full baths and 2 half baths with over 7,928 sq. ft. It sits on over 7 and a half acres. It also has a guest house on the property.



Notice the main house with it sweeping lawn, lovely porches and cedar shingle roof. The quintessential beach house!


The living room and dining room have many antique architectural elements incorporated in their design. Notice the columns. The chandeliers were all imported from Paris.
The kitchen features a professional eight burner Parisian stove and a two story breakfast area with a dramatic wall of whitewashed Boston brick. Notice the post and beams built in with the whitewashed brick. It is difficult to tell for sure, but it looks like a slate or soapstone counter. I love the antique mirror over the fireplace and vintage wooden doors. These rooms also include chandeliers from Paris. I love the whitewashed wooden ceiling and railings in the top photo.
The spectacular Library features unparallelled craftsmanship. Notice the work over the fireplace and again the chandelier from Paris.
The Master bedroom has an incredible arched ceiling, wood paneling and built in bed. The effect is similar to the main sleeping cabin of a luxury yacht. The wood has been slightly distressed and whitwashed. Chandeliers again from Paris. Here is a close up picture of the French doors.
The master bath is magnificent with glass etched doors reminiscent of Lalique styling. Notice the white marble floors with the dark wood. Stunning!
Architectural splendor! The circular staircase with hand forged iron railing brings you up the turret to the guest house.
The Guest House is a charming retreat. Whitewashed beams, painted furniture , iron beds and a blue and white color scheme are lovely.

No beach house is complete with out a pool area. This seems to be an area with out the same level of thought and planing. I do not care for the fence.

The final view through a small window in the upstairs of the house shows the water and the pool perched above. It is hard to believe this house is new construction. Makes me hopeful that wonderful building craftsmen still exist in America.

30 comments:

  1. Thank you for leaving such kind comment on my blogg.
    It's always fun to see that people in other countries appriciate the swedish simplicity (gustavian style)
    Your blogg is really beatiful and I'm happy I found it!
    I'll be back...
    Hugs from Flisan,Sweden

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  2. Beautiful blog. Your pictures are gorgeous.

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  3. Wow! Love it...I can't even imagine living in such a place.

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  4. I'll take it. I'm packing up and moving in tomorrow. :D

    Thanks for stopping by my place. It's always fun to meet another Willow!

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  5. Wow--what a place!! I don't know how I stumbled on your blog, but fabulous photos--

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  6. Goodness what a house Gina! The master bedroom is amazing, I could live in there & never come out. I take it this gentleman didn't do this as DYI project. If so by chance, my MOTH has just gone into a catatonic state of despair!
    Millie ^_^

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  7. WOOOWW What a Gorgeous Gorgeous Home! I just keep on staring at the photos :) Thank you so much for the wonderful and inspiring house tour.

    Karen

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  8. Bonjour Gina
    Beautiful home. I love all the detailing!
    Merci for your comment on my blog. Glad you stopped by, so I could find you! I can tell I'll love your blog since we both like European!!!
    Would love to do a link exchange with you, should you desire!
    Have a beautiful evening!

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my little blog. I feel special. I lived outside of Boston for 5 years. Love, love, love it there. We vacationed for 3 more years on the Cape, but the cottage we stayed at would be a closet in that house. Thanks for the beautiful pictures. I'll be coming back.
    Karen

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  10. This is a beautiful house. I would love to be a guest there!!

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  11. This is such an amazing house! I love all the architectural features. Beautiful post!!!

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  12. I love your blog and cannot wait to persue it at length.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog recently. It really touched my heart and meant so much.

    Come on over and celebrate life on my blog!

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  13. What a beautiful -- and BIG -- home. Lot's of eye candy in the photos you posted. Thanks for sharing.

    Joanie

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  14. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! What a nice pictures of very big houses! We don't have such a big house, but small can also be very cosy and you have to be creative with your limited space. But sometimes I wish our house was a little bit bigger!
    Greetings from Holland

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  15. so pretty - i am wondering if the house was staged to sell - it doesn't look like anyone lives there - or am I wrong? I love the checked furnture - it's very swedish in feel whoever staged it!!! very beautiful.

    thanks for your very sweet comment too. loved it.

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  16. It's Beautiful house indeed.
    I worked for a company that did all inside as well outside woodwork, It was just an amazing experience to see how all the little pieces we put together transpired in this outstanding Masterpiece, It was a pleasure to work with Fritz Kreiger his inspiration is just beyond our imagination. And the owners of the house are the nicest people you will ever Met. God bless them and this beautiful house I helped to build for almost a 1 year.

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  17. Stunning house. The grandness of it begs for Jay Gatsby to return! Great post.

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  18. Oh, wow. This is quite a house! I was really intrigued by the brick they used in the two-story family room and the ceiling treatments. It's refreshing to see something a little different. What beautiful rooms! Thanks for sharing this with us. -Julia

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  19. Stunning - love it, love it! Thanks for sharing. I love seeing homes like this - causes me to dream big!

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  20. Thanks for visiting everyone! Been busy getting the kids ready for school. Will post very soon! Thanks for all your wonderful comments!

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  21. Gorgeous images!!! What a place:)
    Come over to my blog for a giveaway!!

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  22. hi - thanks for your comment - be sure to go to that web site and look at all the pictures of the fireplaces! they are gorgeous!

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  23. Oh yes I remember seeing this home. I have the kitchen on my blog. It's an amazing home. Daisy~

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  24. This home is to die for! I especially love the whitewashed brick, and that mirror over the fireplace. Like the saying "you can never be too skinny"...... I always say "ceilings can never be too high!" Thanks for sharing.

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  25. I home fit for a princess. Does it come with a really nice dock for a really nice yacht ?? That is the ultimate question. And it says built in 1970 but it says new construction.

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  26. that house is unbelievable! the roof lines are fabulous!

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  27. You probably want to know that this "blog" is copying some of your posts in entirety. http://gardening.homecenterblog.net/page/2/
    It is doing the same with mine. I am trying to find out the bloggers who are having their work copied and notify them. I did not give my permission to have my work on another site and I'm assuming that you didn't either. I just thought you would want to know.

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  28. Oh crikey...how opulent..how the other half live, I think...sorry that I haven't been over for a while, just got back from the Amalfi Coast and have been catching up with everyone and everything. XXXX

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  29. Thank you Joy - I contacted them. Please let me know what happens on your end!
    xx-Gina

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