THIS is What They Mean by Architectural Details…

Love to dream? Take a tour with me through a trendy home. The owners have decided to put it on the market, and they’re letting me preview it for you. Need some fresh ideas? This home has them. It’s also a study in how to stage your home, and how to live in it.

Starting at the main entrance, the black painted brick floor is unexpected and elegant.

foyer home staging

The dining room has so many features…where to start? We would all love to have a fireplace and an arched display nook in the dining room.

ding room nook home staging

But if those features aren’t already in your home, here’s one that you can definitely pull off in your own dining room. Swap your single overhead light for two fixtures. It makes a statement, and adds plenty of glitter and glam.

staged dining room

This home has the perfect space for modern living. The main space is huge, and can serve as both family gathering spot and adult room for relaxing, but it also has an extended area that can serve as a game area for the kids.

staged home living room

Need more space for the kids? There’s a huge playroom to accommodate them. Even better, it already has built-in storage, easy for rotating toys in and out, and storing seasonal wardrobes.

playroom home staging

Wonder what that wall is in the back of the photo? It’s a full bath, with a claw-foot tub. It’s functional and beautiful, with period details that usually aren’t in peak condition in a 100+ year old home.

staged home bathroom

If built-ins are your thing, take a look at the bedrooms! The little girl’s suite is my absolute fave. It’s currently decorated in pink, but I could just as easily see this room decorated with a fleet of (blue) airplanes overhead.

ceiling home staging

The built-in daybed? It’s perfect as is, but easily accessorize it with neutrals if you prefer. There is plenty of built-in closet space and storage. I should know. I’ve organized it several times.

daybed home staging

There are not one, but two additional bedrooms with hearths in them. To be honest, I’m not completely sure if they are working fireplaces, because they have always been children’s rooms since I’ve known the family. They can stay as bedrooms, or they could just as easily be a cozy and bright home office. Also? All the bedrooms have full-depth closets. This home is not lacking for storage!

bedroom with fireplace home staging

The other bedroom with a fireplace has a great arch detail…

bedroom with fireplace and arch home staging

And more built-ins.

built in office in home staging

The master bedroom is only partially staged right now, but is everything you could want in a master retreat. It has not one, but 6 closets. SIX!!!! Also, the two window seats not only bathe the room in sunlight, but offer ridiculous amounts of storage underneath.

home staged master bedroom


The master bathroom is everything you could want.

master bathroom staged

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a sweet little nook in the back, currently outfitted as a dressing table.

vanity nook staged

With this many bedrooms on the upper level, wouldn’t it be great to have another family room there as well? This home has it, with a multipurpose study area/play area with it’s own attached sun room/sleeping porch. I’d call it a bonus room, but it’s really just another great feature that seems so natural in this spacious home.

upstairs porch staged

Let’s talk linen closet, shall we? Now THIS is storage! I’ve had the privilege of organizing this custom closet, and let me tell you, there is no shortage of space here. I don’t know which I love more, all the storage, or that darling porthole window.

home staging linen closet

Back on the main level, there are plenty of trendy upgrades to this vintage home. Butler’s pantry? Yes, please.

home staging butlers pantry

This kitchen is admittedly compact, but all high end. You don’t have to wonder about where to put a family command center, with this great fridge fronted by a chalkboard surface. Leaving love notes is easy in this kitchen.

kitchen staged

Who wants direct access to the grill area through the kitchen? This is a sweet feature not found in most modern or vintage homes.

home staged kitchen

You are going to want to move right in. This is no fixer. You can put groceries right in this immaculate fridge, and start living there on day one.

home staging refrigerator

You could buy a bland white box of a house, and spend years and thousands of dollars making it unique, but why? This home has a lovely mix of neutrals and statement choices that are very livable. The breakfast room wall finish is lovely grasscloth that is both on trend and highly transitional to nearly any decor style. Notice how the modern wall treatment blends so well with traditional colonial furniture and contemporary accessories?

home staging breakfast room

One of my favorite touches is the lovely spotted carpet runner. Whoever said you should stage a house all beige and bland didn’t know what they were talking about. Chances are, you’ll remember all this beautiful pattern and molding.

home staging stairway

The built-in and vintage finishes in the family room are not the kind of detail that you would ever get in a new construction home. Check out these arched windows!

windows in staged home


And book cases!

home staging windows and built in book cases


And dormers!

dormer windows in staged home


Even the closets are beautiful!

closet in staged home


A front and back staircase!

back staircase in staged home


And how many bench seats is that? Honestly, I’m losing count.

bench seat in staged home


I totally skipped over a few rooms, bathrooms, and the back porches. There’s just so much to see here.

If that wasn’t enough, there is a full apartment above the two car garage, which includes a kitchen and washer/dryer. In all honesty, all I want is the guest house. It’s a tiny house with real plumbing. If you have an Au Pair or an in-law who wants to be closer, this house might just be perfect.

Did I mention the house has a name? Tawno Ker. It means Dear Little Home. In truth, not so little, but very sweet. I’ve always wanted to own a home that had it’s own name.

Many of us would be thrilled to find a home with a fireplace, a few arches, a French door, maybe a built-in bookcase. This home? It has all that, in spades!

living room home staging

To schedule a showing, please contact the listing realtor  Ali Ogelsby, at 610-246-5970.

Shout out in the comments. What is your favorite detail about this beautiful home?

















This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Pat in SNJ

    I’m turning green with envy!

    1. Darla

      Aren’t all these period details gorgeous?

  2. Ellen Bacon

    So many beautiful details and great inspiration for future projects. I love the floral wallpaper in the closet. It makes it such a happy place not just a storage spot.

    1. Darla

      Agreed! Isn’t that such a happy little closet?

      1. Joyce

        I need this house! I wish……Stunning

        1. Darla

          It’s even better in person. If you decide you must have it, call for a showing.

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