Saturday, December 16, 2017

Moving and My EBTH Sale


If you are following my Instagram, you have definitely seen my new project Stone Ridge Cottage.  It's a turn of the century beach house that we are restoring. As you know, our kids are both in college now so we are saying goodbye to our beautiful Royal Barry Wills house in Wellesley and moving up to the beaches of Annisquam to begin our next chapter. 

We've been cleaning out and sorting what to take with us and what to keep in our new little condo in Wellesley. After 15 years we have so many treasures and memories, but we need to part with things that don't fit into the new house.  We contacted the folks at Everything But the House  and went live with our sale yesterday.  Here is the link: EBTH

Its an eclectic mix of things - like this antique leather Hat box with beaver and silk hat inside.  I used to display that on my side table in my family room.

Or these two silver plated Cloches and Trays from the fabulous Tara Shaw Maison line. They looked gorgeous in my beautiful pantry. 


The Willow Decor logo style Vintage Rocking horse - It stood proudly by the fireplace for many years.

These porch balusters hung in my very first beach house - remember the wood walls before I painted them white?

These antique hardware pieces I found at barn in New Hampshire. I always thought I'd add them to a cool piece of furniture, door, or cabinet.

This is one of four antique paper mache molds. I loved displaying them on a mantle or bookshelf

This antique weathervane was indoors for most of the time I had it - In my family room for years but it could look great in a garden.

There's two original Marilyn Mark paintings - she's a famous greeting card artist who painted the frames especially for me.  Plus many other paintings, lithographs, china, linens and even some vintage gowns and dresses. I'm a collector. I love each and every item and I hope these things all find people who love them as much as I do.  

The link to the sale is HERE
And don't forget to follow me on Instagram - Willow Decor and Stone Ridge Cottage 

Its crazy right now but by the spring I should  be moved in and beginning the decorating of the new house. Exciting times ahead. I hope you'll join me.
xo Gina

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Our Next Chapter - Introducing Stone Ridge Cottage


My youngest child is heading off to college and in a few weeks, so Dave and I will officially be empty-nesters.

As most of you who have already seen their children go out into the world, you know the moment is bittersweet.  We decided the time was right to move permanently to our beach house. 


We have grown to love the people and the area; and know it's the perfect place to start our next chapter.


In one of life's wonderful coincidences, our neighbors decided they also were ready to start a new chapter and offered to sell their house to us. Just one moment on their porch and we knew it would be our next home.


We purchased their "virtually untouched" turn of the century shingle style beach house.   It sits up on a rather large plot of land, with several outbuildings.


This was exciting for Dave who always longed for the joys that come with a large property. The home also needed a lot of renovation which was an exciting project for me.


"Stone Ridge" was designed by architect, Ernest Boyden and completed in the mid 1890's.  The previous owners, whose family had owned it for over 85 years, left us a bag full of original blueprints which have been helpful in understanding the way in which the house was originally imagined.


  During the turn of the century Annisquam was a popular summer enclave for families. At that time there were road names but not house numbers, as each home was very distinctive and identified by name. "Stone Ridge", was named by owners, Otis and Emily Shepard. 

(old postcard)

We believe they chose "Stone Ridge" because the house sits up very high on a large, rock outcropping and ridge. 


The porches are nearly 65 feet above sea level.  We often have to look down to see the birds flying! This affords us the most spectacular views of the Annisquam river and lighthouse.


  Like most classically designed shingle-style homes Stone Ridge is wrapped on three sides by covered porches  The south porch looks over the Annisquam Pasture and down river toward Wingaersheek Beach,  the north porch looks up the coast towrd Crane's Beach and Hampton, NH.



The West porch looks out toward the Annisquam lighthouse   where we enjoy spectacular sunsets. 



Work has been underway since early Spring with landscape architects, builders and craftsmen who share our vision and who are committed to return this beautiful home to its original grandeur. 


It's been so busy to blog routinely, but you can follow the day to day work on Instagram - StoneRidgeCottage



 I hope you will join me on my next journey. There is so much left to do - kitchen, baths, porches, landscaping. 

So many areas to improve and make our own. The top photo is the before and the bottom is just the beginning of the exterior improvements- we've got a long way to go.


Here's to our next chapter- and here's to bringing Stone Ridge back to life! I hope you will come along.



PS - We also got a new puppy, Cosmo!

It's good to be back!
xox Gina 

(all photos property of Willow Decor and not to be used without permission)