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In college I would take driving detours just to catch a glimpse of a big, old white Victorian with crisp white curtains swinging on its wide front porch. It was my dream house, and by a sheer twist of fate, I was lucky enough to live in it for two years. Today, my ideal house continues be a Victorian, somewhere quiet with a yard and easy access to a city. I'd love to decorate it à la Mark Homewood, and liven it with lush landscaping. That may change, and sometimes I think of quitting life and moving to a cabin in the woods. What about you? How do you envision your dream house? Do you live in it? How would you decorate it ideally? Where would it be? What style of home is it? Federalist? Georgian? Or Victorian like me? Tell me by commenting below!

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Janellyod described my dream space. Lots of land with lots of places to explore outside. I'd love to have tons of little gardens and outdoor areas to relax. As for the house itself I'd like a stone home with beautiful crown moldings all decorated in pale colors, very simple and beautiful, almost like the asthetic of a beach house but not. Tons of windows and a turret that would be the bedroom upstairs and a recording studio in the lower level. There would be tons of fireplaces and lots of space for guests and pets to roam around.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Janellyod described my dream space. Lots of land with lots of places to explore outside. I'd love to have tons of little gardens and outdoor areas to relax. As for the house itself I'd like a stone home with beautiful crown moldings all decorated in pale colors, very simple and beautiful, almost like the asthetic of a beach house but not. Tons of windows and a turret that would be the bedroom upstairs and a recording studio in the lower level. There would be tons of fireplaces and lots of space for guests and pets to roam around.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i really like Tudor-like houses, very cozy, with a nice garden and not too huge. i also like the idea of a brick house, and a nice wooden staircase inside with lots of windows and an airy feel. i like a lot of the English houses in the countryside.
lukal lukal 8 years
I love the house I'm living in right now. I just need to do a few more things to update it. It was built in the early '50's, and is the Monterey style - two stories, with the main living level on the top. I also face a lovely golf course. I need help with my backyard or courtyard. Some of the older plantings need to go and I would like to add others. I desperately need a new fence. I would love to have a deck, but don't exactly know where to add it. I have a patio, but prefer a deck, off the ground.
sweettea sweettea 8 years
Sugar, my dream home would be prairie style, with just the right amount of square footage, not a 5600 sq ft. monstrosities that would be hard on the environment to maintain, with modern details, comfortable classics furniture pieces like the Tulip Chair and table set, the womb chair and a sofa from DeSede (obviously $ would be no issue) and color both in the interior and in the garden.
sweettea sweettea 8 years
Sugar, my dream home would be prairie style, with just the right amount of square footage, not a 5600 sq ft. monstrosities that would be hard on the environment to maintain, with modern details, comfortable classics furniture pieces like the Tulip Chair and table set, the womb chair and a sofa from DeSede (obviously $ would be no issue) and color both in the interior and in the garden.
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
Minimalist, Clean, Zen, White, asian, chic. And a HUGE backyard. One room that serves as an "office" with a huge book case and comfy chair to read all day and a good sound system to enjoy new tunes! :)
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
Minimalist, Clean, Zen, White, asian, chic. And a HUGE backyard. One room that serves as an "office" with a huge book case and comfy chair to read all day and a good sound system to enjoy new tunes! :)
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
A nice, no-so-big, open plan contemporary house with a Japanese aesthetic and a touch of modern art deco style. Black, white, and grays with pops of my favorite colors and metallic accents. A small sunroom off the library or kitchen on the inside. Very Japanese eaves, decking, and landscaping with cherry blossoms on the outside. A lovely mix of ancient and modern.
Janelloyd20 Janelloyd20 8 years
The most important thing my dreamhouse would need is space. I want acres of property. Everyone asks me what I'd do with it but the thing is, if you have the property you don't HAVE to limit your imagination, you can dream as far as you want. Mostly I love the idea of having all that land with trees and hidden places for future children to explore. The house inside would have to be modern, beautiful master suite and every top end, energy efficient appliance I want. Plus solar panels on every roof I owned. And maybe even horses one day. Thats really what I dream the most about, having a gorgeous house that doesn't use an ounce of oil or gas.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
If I'm dreaming big then I want the VonTrapp home from The Sound of Music... but for a more realistic dream, I would love a craftsman style cottage with a huge wrap around porch, or a Frank Lloyd Wright home wuld do ;-) The style doesn't really matter to me as much as the feel of the home. It must be very nature oriented and organic feeling, bring the outdoors in type of thing. And the kitchen should be large and very rustic with old wooden beams on the ceiling and a dutch door would be nice.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
If I'm dreaming big then I want the VonTrapp home from The Sound of Music...but for a more realistic dream, I would love a craftsman style cottage with a huge wrap around porch, or a Frank Lloyd Wright home wuld do ;-) The style doesn't really matter to me as much as the feel of the home. It must be very nature oriented and organic feeling, bring the outdoors in type of thing. And the kitchen should be large and very rustic with old wooden beams on the ceiling and a dutch door would be nice.
demure20 demure20 8 years
Mine would be a toss up between a French Chateau in NY and a Mediterranean Estate with a touch of Italian Renaissance in Cali.Both of which would have a grand double staircase (curved) in a two story foyer. (Thats a must for my dream home regardless the type of architecture) A bridge at the top of the staircase to look down. A few extra rooms which I would want is a game room, 2-home theatres and a ball room. :) Large elevated entry porch, with a beautiful Italian garden and gazebo.
demure20 demure20 8 years
Mine would be a toss up between a French Chateau in NY and a Mediterranean Estate with a touch of Italian Renaissance in Cali. Both of which would have a grand double staircase (curved) in a two story foyer. (Thats a must for my dream home regardless the type of architecture) A bridge at the top of the staircase to look down. A few extra rooms which I would want is a game room, 2-home theatres and a ball room. :) Large elevated entry porch, with a beautiful Italian garden and gazebo.
marcella marcella 8 years
Oh, and the woodsy Atelier Bow-Wow Black Dog House. Now there's a house I could live in!
marcella marcella 8 years
Modern, Japanese, Clean Lines, Spacious, Lots of Light. Basically my dream house would be designed by Atelier Bow-Wow (like the lovely, beachy Izu House or the cute functional Gae House: http://www.bow-wow.jp/profile/works_e.html). I like like Modern Zen homes with a soul.
CityGrrl77 CityGrrl77 8 years
Old school Craftsman bungalow/Arts & Crafts style home with a large porch and an updated kitchen (preferably IKEA - hey I like it) and a 2 or 3 car garage with a decent-sized driveway to work on my car in. I don't go the frilly, dreamy route....Oh - add an air compressor to that list (to put in the garage). ;)
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
My dream is to either have a brick or stone house... english manor or french cottage style to it. Large brick fireplaces all over, esp. decorative brick patterned one in the front of the house. Two car garage with a "carriage house" apartment over it.I'd like a rose garden somewhere, something very romantic and whimsical. I'm not a fan of period decorating though. A piece or two is okay, but I don't like doing the whole house in period fabrics, furniture or colors. I think you can incorporate modern design in the interior, especially in kitchens.I'd put in a large game room in the basement w/ a wine cellar and a small outdoor "underground" but open air "cigar patio", almost like an english basement patio.I envision large shade trees, beautiful flowers & a good sized lot of grass.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
My dream is to either have a brick or stone house... english manor or french cottage style to it. Large brick fireplaces all over, esp. decorative brick patterned one in the front of the house. Two car garage with a "carriage house" apartment over it. I'd like a rose garden somewhere, something very romantic and whimsical. I'm not a fan of period decorating though. A piece or two is okay, but I don't like doing the whole house in period fabrics, furniture or colors. I think you can incorporate modern design in the interior, especially in kitchens. I'd put in a large game room in the basement w/ a wine cellar and a small outdoor "underground" but open air "cigar patio", almost like an english basement patio. I envision large shade trees, beautiful flowers & a good sized lot of grass.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
Oh, my dream is to live in an historic brownstone of New York City. When I walk down a street with nothing but brownstones I forget that I live in such a bustling city.
sgdish sgdish 8 years
Casa, my dream is a victorian/cottage feel home with huge, wrap-around porches on the beach! Incredible views, cool breezes, and my family and best friends around!
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