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A Beautiful Winter House

I was drooling over this Sun Valley home inspired by a barn (these images featured on House Beautiful). Then when I saw this mudroom, I was in love. I so enjoy finding houses that are unique and reflect a family’s personality and life. I adore the light coming in the french doors, the chalkboard, the canoe hanging from the ceiling… love love love.

A Beautiful Winter House

Love all the patterned blankets on the built in shelves! These provide a decorative statement that is PRACTICAL too. I love a house that is decorated with every day things that are also beautiful. You really don’t need to fuss around much with accessories if you have lovely colors, shapes and patterns of real life things. You know that is my kind of decorating…I love it.

A Beautiful Winter House
This room has a fun mix of fabrics and patterns. A polka dot ottoman? Love. Pops of red? So fun. Four blue and white club chairs? Swoon. A throw over each chair?  COZY! I think I need a polka dot ottoman. Stat.

A Beautiful Winter House

I can never resist wood walls!  This house is full of them so of course I would love it. These board and batten walls are a beautiful backdrop to the fun bedding and striped carpet.

A Beautiful Winter House

A Beautiful Winter House

This house really gets me in the mood for a winter getaway. It is cozy but still light, bright and happy! The perfect mix! I’ve always thought of myself as a “winter house” girl because I am so into being cozy. It is fun to see a house that has a coziness to it without being dark or dreary. A few quick changes to the accessories would take this home easily in to spring and summer. Yep, love a house that can embrace every season.

Are you a winter or summer house girl (or guy)? Or are you like me, you’d like a home that can embrace all the seasons?

For more images of this lovely home, check out House Beautiful, enjoy!


  1. Abbie

    Ok, so I know the title of the post was “A Beautiful Winter House” … but after all those airy, light pictures with the canoe and colors I totally expected to see an outside picture with at least green grass if not the ocean!

    Living in Kansas, I’ve got all seasons so my house is gonna do it all!
    .-= Abbie´s last blog ..The Birthday Boy =-.

  2. Dawn-Hydrangea Home

    Great house Melissa! I do love all seasons. However, my husband would love to end up in Maine one of these days and they do have a longer winter season – but it is fun to be snowed in. And I wouldn’t mind at all if my house looked like that!
    .-= Dawn-Hydrangea Home´s last blog ..Happy Halloween! =-.

  3. duchess

    Beautiful! Love that bathroom and now I know what to do with hubby’s canoe.
    .-= duchess´s last blog ..Why is this all I have? =-.

  4. Stephaine

    I am in love with this house….it looks so cozy and beautiful!

  5. Cheryl

    Loving all the pics of that beautiful winter house. Especially fell in love with that great room with the club chairs with a blanket on each one. Yep, I am a winterhouse kinda girl too. Love cozying up in a blanket by the fireplace and drinking hot chocolate.
    I also love those floors in that mudroom. You make a great point to use everyday things to decorate with. Like with those blankets. We don’t have to “bling” out our homes with expensive stuff, just everyday practical items. I like that.
    Have a blessed day.
    .-= Cheryl´s last blog ..The gift revealed =-.

  6. Charlene

    What a gorgeous dream house. I’m filled with envy…and admiration. I love the textiles, especially on the bed, I love the blankets on the shelves – oh face it, I love everything about that house…thanks for sharing it! I will be back to dream about it often…
    .-= Charlene´s last blog ..Halloween 2009! =-.

  7. Mrs.Rabe

    I love a home that can do it all! I am working on pulling together our cozy things…November is here – it is dark early, cold overnight perfect for coziness.

    .-= Mrs.Rabe´s last blog ..Fellowship =-.

  8. songbirdtiff

    In Arkansas we get the extremes of every season, and I don’t think I could trade those seasons for even the coziest house. It is beautiful, though!

  9. Gina

    What a beautiful house! I love the coziness-I’m definitely a winter house gal-but I love how cozy this one is without being dark and cabin like. Thanks for sharing! I’m suddenly feeling the need for some polka dots too!
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..Waxed Leaves and the New Cubby =-.

  10. Stephanie

    Love the house. It’s definitely swoon-worthy. I love a house that can change with the seasons. Now if I could just get a house that changes with the seasons in a location that stays summer all year round – I’d be a happy camper!

  11. Layla

    Ooh! I can’t decide! I’m just a HOUSE girl period! :-)

    I LOVE the ceiling light fixture in the first photo. I
    was also drawn to the “boathouse” monogrammed towels and the hall walls covered in what look to be vintage nautical maps.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration- it will definitely come in handy the further we get into our bath remodel!

    .-= Layla´s last blog ..Guest Bathroom Reno – Day 2 =-.

  12. wanda

    Ohhh gorgeous!
    I love that bedroom….yummy!

  13. Laurel

    I love all the cozy plaid blankets!

  14. Janell Beals

    I lean towards summer homes, but this one is enticing to be sure! What a wonderful bath with the large round window…it would be a pleasure to send some down time in this home!
    .-= Janell Beals´s last blog ..Paint Choice =-.

  15. Karen B

    I’m an all year round girl, but what I love about this house is how bright and sunny it is no matter what the weather is outside. I need to work on that in my own home. I also love any room that is decorated with red and blue. Totally missed the red polka dot ottoman the first time I saw this. Thanks!
    .-= Karen B´s last blog ..Let the Sunshine In! =-.

  16. Lorrie

    I like a house for all seasons – cozy in winter, open and airy in summer, but bright with light throughout the year.


  17. Jennifer Harrison

    I was just swooning over those pictures last week… so lovely. I love a home that works for every season, not just the seasons in terms of weather, but of changing needs within our family. But I always need lots of light, as much as possible!
    .-= Jennifer Harrison´s last blog ..Rouenneries by French General =-.

  18. Michelle, Home Staging Pro

    Of course its not a beat up old aluminum canoe, but a perfectly beautiful wooden canoe. I love painted board and batten and board and bead paneling. When we redid our bathroom, I added painted board & bead paneling to the WC. It looks like it was part of the original design of the house (1920’s Spanish Revival with a dollop of Craftsman).

    Thanks for sharing these pictures. If I ever win the lottery and get to buy a cabin in the mountains, it would look just like this.
    .-= Michelle, Home Staging Pro´s last blog ..Huge Silk Trading Company Sale on Fabric & Drapery =-.

  19. Rosie Klahn

    I’m a summer house girl only because I’m decorating-impaired and spareness is easier to maintain in a less-than-700-sqft. dwelling. I love cottage sensibilities, but the more details, the more I stress. Still, I linger over your site, and the lovely images there, aspiring to incorporate a few elements into my necessarily-spartan home.

  20. Marcee

    This house makes me cry-what a dream come true! I love a house that can embrace all seasons. It’s one of the reason why I love the PNW-we have all 4. Now if we could just have snow here in the WV more than drizzle and ice.
    .-= Marcee´s last blog ..I’m Ready…………..He Is Not =-.

  21. Gussy

    Whew! All of the images make me want to snuggle up and get COZY! Loved this post :) I don’t know what season I am… OK, I decided. I’m winter cozy-Gussy ;)
    .-= Gussy´s last blog ..{Imogen Heap} =-.

  22. Katie

    I need some CPR…that bathroom…oh my law…
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Sweet Seat =-.

  23. Beverly

    I loved all the rooms in that house. Didn’t make me think winter house though. That Polka dot ottoman is so cute. Hey, I cover ottomans, I could do that. Such a bright house. Ummm…. white with all those spashes of red. Great rugs.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Oh, and I can only have one house, so guess I’ll go for one that embraces all seasons. I love changing out decorations for the seasons.
    .-= Beverly´s last blog ..Ventura Flea Market "The end of another chapter in my life" =-.

  24. Kimm at Reinvented

    I definitely enjoy the coziness of fall and winter decorating, but I like warmer weather decor on the outside! That polka dot ottoman, BTW, is to. die. for.
    .-= Kimm at Reinvented´s last blog ..Design Rules Giveaway =-.

  25. Jen

    I know looking at these pictures are supposed to inspire but this one is just making me jealous! :) My innitial reaction is to say I am a summer house type of girl…but after looking at these pictures I can totally see myself curling up next to the fire and being cozy!
    .-= Jen @ After The Alter´s last blog ..UTI Medicine Related to Birth Defects; WHAT??? =-.

  26. Jill: The Welcome Home

    I consider myself an Autumn/Winter person. I love a roaring fire and the warm winter colors. I have decorated my house to reflect this. However, my fhamily has been fortunate enough to now have a place at the Delaware shore.

    It has been a great opportunity to try out that crisp, clean, beachy look that just wouldn’t work at my “real” house.

    Best of both worlds!

    By the way, I read that issue of House Beautiful from cover to cover and pulled a few pics for my idea file.
    .-= Jill: The Welcome Home´s last blog ..Farewell Halloween…Until Next Year =-.

  27. nannykim

    Hey girl, do you realize how many times you said “love” on this post!! HA!!! I love it all too. The only thing I didn’t love is the huge open ceiling—just a bit too big to be cozy for me. ….but the rest I love. I love light, too…..but my house needs more of it!
    .-= nannykim´s last blog ..Moving things around =-.

  28. gwen

    LOVE LOVE LOVVVVVE this house!!!!!! I am a four seasons kinda girl and this makes my heart skip a beat for winter…I can just picture sitting in this beautiful home with a throw and a hot cup of cocoa! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Tracy

    The living room is so bright and open it doesn’t feel winter-y at all to me. I’m more of a summer house person though so take away a couple of throws and swap out those skis for oars and I’m in heaven. With a polka dot ottoman!
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..Closet Envy =-.

  30. Janice

    Lovely photos! Like you, I love cosy houses. My greatest challenge at the moment is to make our home light and airy but warm and welcoming at the same time. I got tired of the winter and autumn colours I’ve had for years, althought they did make things instantly cosy. I’m now making the accesories work harder and am rotating them more often.
    .-= Janice | Sharing the Journey´s last blog ..Two Healing Books to Feed Your Soul or Give as Gifts =-.

  31. Slices of Beauty

    Love this home too.
    Minor seasonal changes not too much.

  32. Aisling Kiernan

    I just love the Inspired Room. I am always inspired after visiting. I really love the pictures of houses that you show. Amazing. Also love the Fall Nesting Tips.
    Definitely a winter cosy girl!
    .-= Aisling Kiernan´s last blog ..Impressions of the Bog =-.

  33. Curtis

    My wife and I are really winter house people , and love the gathering room, I have always wanted to have the four club chairs set up in the family room, and that picture gives more resolve to do it…. now just have to find 4 beautiful club chairs , at a really nice economical price point and I am on my way, Thanksgiving Blessings to all…. loved the post

  34. Debbie

    I love all of the seasons and yet I live in Phoenix. Go figure! But I love this house you featured. I could just picture myself getting comfy in one of those chairs in front of the fireplace.

    I think of my home as my nest. My husband and I can leave and come back to the comfort of a home filled with love.

    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday ~ Trials =-.

  35. Jeanie

    I like a home that can embrace all of the seasons.
    This home is gorgeous! I love a beautiful home that is also friendly and cozy.
    Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Jeanie´s last blog ..Fall Color =-.

  36. Kathy  :)

    Like you all seasons….BUT the older I get the more I like the warm weather….

    Kathy :)

  37. Taylor Sturges

    I love that you chose to put this on your blog. I was lucky enough to help set this house for the photo shoot, and provided all of the flowers. The house is just as great in person as it looks in the photos. Thank you again for featuring it!

  38. meg duerksen

    i am in love.
    that house is so amazing! love all the pops of red!
    .-= meg duerksen´s last blog ..birdie skirt =-.

  39. Amy

    I loved the look of the dining room table. Any idea if there is a place to find the dishes?

  40. Pinky

    I like to have my home look comfy for all the seasons. As I get older I love the FEEL of fall, cozing up with a book and a blanket and a fire….YUM! BUT, I also LOOOVE being outdoors in the spring and summer, sitting on the deck etc. I have a pretty open house and have WARM colors on the walls, browns, mocha, gold, etc. but it works in summer or winter. I LOVE COLOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xo, Pinky

  41. Rona

    I love the winter home. Maybe it’s from my days of living in Maine. I love having blankets in the living room and in the bedrooms.

  42. karen

    Sorry, summer wins hands down here. I’m sick of snow and I have 9 more months of it:(
    alaskan-I love it but

  43. Autumn

    I soooo want the wood bed from the bedroom picture! Great inspiration pictures.
    .-= Autumn´s last blog ..Panda and bamboo pillow =-.


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