Another update on the "Monterey Colonial"! Interiors and exteriors!

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This story has been a long and winding road!

Anyone following my “blog” knows!!

Rather than publishing the three former installments;  if you haven’t seen them, you can click  on the “search” box on this blog,

 and write “Monterey Colonial”

and they will show up!  If you haven’t seen them;  I suggest you do that first!!

It is very fun even for me to compare the “before” “during” and these most recent!

It surely proves what I have always said;  a house is NEVER “finished”!!  A house is like a “life”;  “a scrapbook” of the lives living in it;  and is

always a “work in progress”  over the lifetimes spent in it!  A great house adapts to the family

and animals who live in it!  And it evolves as they do!

I hope you are enjoying the journey!!

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 Did you give up on this update post??  I’m so glad you didn’t!!!

 

Well !  Come on in!!

A peek into the living room!  (A work in progress!!)

Terrible picture!

(Joni!  I already know my pictures are terrible….my assistant will help more!!)

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The library!  Remember  the window on the right was turned into a TV cabinet!  No light came in here1

also heavy shutters on French doors!

big plantation shutters block out at least 50% of the light!!

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Our grandson’s room on the first floor just past the library!

Grasscloth, tortoise wood blinds; and twin headboards!  Bedskirts match headboards!

(“dust ruffle” is the female equivalent)

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 There is a surfboard mounted on the right wall!  So cool!!!

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It looks like a grown-up boy!  He’s almost 15!!!

Up the stairs!

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The hall to the “Jill and Jill” bedrooms and bath.  The door on the right goes out to the balcony at the top of the “Lover’s stairs”

The bedroom at the end of the hall!

Family pictures where they belong!!!  Not in silver frames spread all over the house!  Framed and

hung on wall people walk by every single day..and starting at eye level;  up and down past that!!!

The sixteen- year old’s bedroom!

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This is blurry….so sorry!  I want to show the curtains that they had in Switzerland;  lovely silk panels were remade for this

bedroom AND the Roman shades in her sister’s!

As long as the fabric is a  “natural fabric”;  curtains can last through many houses

and incarnations!  These are 100% silk;  and from Pottery Barn, no less!!

In the new Mario Buatta book;  he shows us his curtains he has had for fifty years!!

Redone for each of this three residences!  (added on, taken off, valance added;  Honestly!!  Fifty years!!!

(do buy this book;  it is a DOOZER!!!)

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SHE LOVES PINK!!!

headboard coming!

To the left before the end of the hall!

The other girl’s bedroom with the sky and the birds!  Thank goodness

she decided to keep the birds!!!

SAME FABRIC!!  redone into roman shades!!!

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On to the Master bedroom!

The headboard is in;  and the curtains were fixed!

I love this bed alcove….there are bookcases in there on both sides!

These curtains and shades were made from curtains they had in Switzerland!!!

There are windows on three sides!

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Windows on three sides;  and French doors to the balcony on the front!

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I adore this hand-painted chest!  It says some wonderful saying in French! With someone’s birthdate!

I think it was a birthday present to someone in the 30’s!!

I found it in Summerland at a wonderful antique store!

It was happy living in Switzerland for 8 years!

But I am even happier that it is “home”!!!

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The fireplace is greatly improved!

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You can see the gate in the back of the garden!

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 Here are a  few exteriors!!

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The agapanthus and the jacarandas look wonderful blooming at the same time!

Newly planted beds in the side garden!  And big pots with olive trees!

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Two new gates to match the one in the back (but singles)!

This gate goes to the pool from the back…..beautiful oak tree!!!

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This one is in the front!

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Up the “lover’s staircase”!

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Through the porte-cochere!

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Through the “porte-cochere”!

Leading to …..

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Through the rose arbors, lots of refining!

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To a lovely focal point!

There are vegetable and herb beds!

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Vegetable beds! And…….

Hydrangeas and roses!

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and an apple tree!IMG_1465

My favorite  poppies!

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 As progress moves along;  I will keep everyone posted!!  This house has some very serious fans!

I keep getting email saying “HURRY UP!!!”

I am sorry I haven’t been faster at updates!  The good news is that my “real job” has been busy!

 I will also keep you posted on that!

I am doing a wonderful house in my favorite part of Los Angeles (actually Santa Monica) for a wonderful guy!!

(he wrote one of my very favorite movies of all time!!)

“School of Rock”!!

MIKE WHITE!!!

He was also  our daughter’s “her Best Man” at her wedding 19 years ago!  Best friends since

“crib room” at Sunday School!!!

(I was so sure he would be a “STAR” I asked him for his autograph when he was in third grade)

He is a “perfect client”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 thoughts on “Another update on the "Monterey Colonial"! Interiors and exteriors!

  1. Beth Scanlon
    Reply

    Dear Penelope,
    I am charmed by this house and yours. The article on your home has been in my design file for a long time. I think it is wonderful You scouted this home for your daughter and family. I didn’t realize until this installment that the garden is going to be memorable too. Thank you for your generosity in posting.
    Sincerely,
    Beth Scanlon

  2. Beth Scanlon
    Reply

    Dear Penelope,
    I am charmed by this house and yours. The article on your home has been in my design file for a long time. I think it is wonderful You scouted this home for your daughter and family. I didn’t realize until this installment that the garden is going to be memorable too. Thank you for your generosity in posting.
    Sincerely,
    Beth Scanlon

  3. LA CONTESSA
    Reply

    Love the WELCOME photo!The house was a real find Penelope……….your family will be so happy there for years……….Now we just need a photo of THE FAMILY to complete the story!!!

  4. LA CONTESSA
    Reply

    Love the WELCOME photo!The house was a real find Penelope……….your family will be so happy there for years……….Now we just need a photo of THE FAMILY to complete the story!!!

  5. Penelope Bianchi
    Reply

    EEEK!! My friend Joni……(the smashing Cote de Texas) has told me there is trouble here! She could not make a comment! I will research……if I can??!!??

    Please hold your comments if you cannot post them! I love nothing more than reading them!!

    Thank you!! Penelope

  6. Penelope Bianchi
    Reply

    EEEK!! My friend Joni……(the smashing Cote de Texas) has told me there is trouble here! She could not make a comment! I will research……if I can??!!??

    Please hold your comments if you cannot post them! I love nothing more than reading them!!

    Thank you!! Penelope

  7. Alison
    Reply

    While I adore this house, I love your opening comment about how a house is like a life and always a work in progress. I will be quoting that to my husband who thinks our house must be finished with the latest purchase of a piece of furniture. As always, thank you so much for the inspiration.

  8. Alison
    Reply

    While I adore this house, I love your opening comment about how a house is like a life and always a work in progress. I will be quoting that to my husband who thinks our house must be finished with the latest purchase of a piece of furniture. As always, thank you so much for the inspiration.

  9. velvet and linen
    Reply

    I always love seeing the progress of your work.

    The gardens are looking beautiful as well!

    I look forward to seeing your project in Santa Monica. My old stomping grounds.

    Much Love!

    xo xo

    Brooke

  10. velvet and linen
    Reply

    I always love seeing the progress of your work.

    The gardens are looking beautiful as well!

    I look forward to seeing your project in Santa Monica. My old stomping grounds.

    Much Love!

    xo xo

    Brooke

  11. Kris Betts
    Reply

    I really like the house and how its so comfortable and not overdone. Perfection!
    Kris in Seattle

  12. Kris Betts
    Reply

    I really like the house and how its so comfortable and not overdone. Perfection!
    Kris in Seattle

  13. Penelope Bianchi
    Reply

    from Joni of Cote de Texas via email

    penny – i couldn’t leave this comment on your blog = it wouldn’t accept my math. 9 plus 5 = fourteen. I swear to god it does!!!! here was my comment: PB: These are my favorite posts! I just love seeing this house – the outdoor stairs? My favorite!!! How romantic! Everything is so wonderful – I’m partial to the master suite with the checked curtains. Love those!!! And the headboard. Love it all. I wish we had houses like this in Houston!!! And thanks for embarrassing me!!! Yes!! I saw that!!! I swear, if I come to California, I’ll bring my camera! ahahahaha!! Love you so much! Joni

  14. Penelope Bianchi
    Reply

    from Joni of Cote de Texas via email

    penny – i couldn’t leave this comment on your blog = it wouldn’t accept my math. 9 plus 5 = fourteen. I swear to god it does!!!! here was my comment: PB: These are my favorite posts! I just love seeing this house – the outdoor stairs? My favorite!!! How romantic! Everything is so wonderful – I’m partial to the master suite with the checked curtains. Love those!!! And the headboard. Love it all. I wish we had houses like this in Houston!!! And thanks for embarrassing me!!! Yes!! I saw that!!! I swear, if I come to California, I’ll bring my camera! ahahahaha!! Love you so much! Joni

  15. Penelope Bianchi
    Reply

    Thank you, Joni!! I am so pleased you like it!!

    I think it is fixed!!

  16. Penelope Bianchi
    Reply

    Thank you, Joni!! I am so pleased you like it!!

    I think it is fixed!!

  17. Marsha @ Splenderosa
    Reply

    My darling, your magic is working full time.
    The master bedroom is wonderful, what a turnaround you made of this room. And, those gardens…they are enough of a reason to have bought the house. Cannot believe you have all those flowers in full bloom this time of the year. I’m jealous! xx’s

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      We still have roses blooming on our arch on the way to the coop! a few hydrangeas; it is soon to die down! But some of these things…….(like the “potato vine” on our chicken coop; keep going all year……never stops! It is a kind of jasmine! It doesn’t smell…….but; boy does it make up for that with constant bloom!!

      I love you!!

      Penelope

  18. Marsha @ Splenderosa
    Reply

    My darling, your magic is working full time.
    The master bedroom is wonderful, what a turnaround you made of this room. And, those gardens…they are enough of a reason to have bought the house. Cannot believe you have all those flowers in full bloom this time of the year. I’m jealous! xx’s

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      We still have roses blooming on our arch on the way to the coop! a few hydrangeas; it is soon to die down! But some of these things…….(like the “potato vine” on our chicken coop; keep going all year……never stops! It is a kind of jasmine! It doesn’t smell…….but; boy does it make up for that with constant bloom!!

      I love you!!

      Penelope

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  21. Lillian Plummer
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    Love everything about this beautiful home. The garden is coming up a treat too. Hope your family are very happy living in this wonderful home, decorated with love.
    Best wishes, lillian.

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