House of the Week: A 233-Year-Old Home With a Vintage Facelift

The home was named for the builder’s mother, whose cries as a baby saved a whole ship from pirates.

Before Bob Stamps bought this 18th-century home in New Hampshire, it had an outdated kitchen and a mourning room. They both had to go.

Although the home was mostly preserved to match its colonial vintage, its kitchen was from the disco era. Stamps decided to “take what looked like the 1970s and turn it into the 1770s.”

He updated the room’s bones and overlayed that structure with period-looking pieces. For example, the oven is ensconced in an island that appears to be an antique cabinet, and the Sub-Zero refrigerator is similarly camouflaged.

The mourning room, which Stamps said was originally used for people who were either sick or who died in the winter and could not be buried until the ground thawed, was “not very useful.” So he bashed out one of its walls to expand the adjoining tiny bathroom.

Photos courtesy of Ruedig Realty

The result of that renovation, which included replacing grungy old wallpaper with new wall coverings that suit the home’s vintage, is a luxury estate with 5 bedrooms, 6 fireplaces, and more than 140 acres. It’s on the market for $1 million with Barbara Ruedig of Ruedig Realty.

New Hampshire judge and legislator Robert Wallace, who built the 4,240-square-foot home in 1784, would be proud. He was the son of a local legend, “Ocean-Born Mary,” who received her name when pirates who had boarded a ship carrying immigrants from Scotland heard a baby crying below decks.

The pirate captain agreed not to loot and sink the ship if the parents named the baby after his own mother, Mary. The ship continued on to New England, and Mary was credited with having saved it. Robert named his house the “Ocean-Born Mary House” after her.

The home’s beautifully preserved tavern room, ample closets and beehive ovens would surely make her proud.

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10 New Orleans Homes to Inspire Mardi Gras Magic

Gear up for Fat Tuesday with these gorgeous homes in the Big Easy.

If you go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and never want to leave, we understand; the city can be intoxicating (and not just from the booze). So, let the city’s Southern charm work its magic on you, and peruse these 10 gorgeous New Orleans homes for sale. They might just tempt you to hang your hat in the Big Easy.

918 St Philip St

For sale: $1.295 million


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This adorable single-story, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom French Quarter cottage looks modest from the outside, but the 12-foot ceilings and expansive courtyard make it feel somewhat palatial. The late Victorian home incorporates period details, like triple crown molding and original fireplaces alongside clean, contemporary design.

524 Esplanade Ave

For sale: $3.5 million


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Situated in the gorgeous French Quarter on Esplanade Avenue, this 6,000-square-foot 1845 Greek revival comes complete with Doric columns, marble pillars, fireplaces, and many stunning original details, like lake bricks, exposed beam ceilings, and a 19th-century hearth. If the historic charm and prime location aren’t enough of a draw, this 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom home also boasts a saltwater dipping pool in the lush backyard.

833 Esplanade Ave

For sale: $1.65 million


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Just up the block on Esplanade, another gorgeous — and incredibly unique — home is for sale. Located on the border of the French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny, this historic home is full of funky touches, most notably the dozens of murals in a range of styles painted by 27 different local artists. In addition to exuding the spirit of New Orleans, the home also boasts high-end, modern amenities and a heated pool and pond.

1124 Burgundy St

For sale: $2.65 million


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This immaculately restored 1830s French Quarter mansion is a New Orleans dream home. Designed by preeminent architect Frank Masson, it boasts a gorgeous array of original details, like exposed beams, mantles, fireplaces, and millwork. It also features an adorable attached garçonnière, or bachelor’s apartment. Two gardens, a courtyard, and a large carriageway make up the charming outdoor space of this 5,797-square-foot lot.

3435 Camp St

For sale: $2.15 million


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Located in the upscale neighborhood of Touro, a subdistrict of the desirable Garden District, this 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom Greek revival home was awarded the 2016 Renovation of the Year by Renaissance Publications. The newly freshened up home, which was originally built around 1850, features original details, a guest house, and a backyard with an herb and vegetable garden and saltwater pool.

1530 1st St

For sale: $2.2 million


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Classic cast iron railings, working shutters, and bracketed columns make this stately Greek revival in the heart of Garden District the quintessentially picturesque New Orleans home. Inside you’ll find 14-foot ceilings, floor-length mirrors, marble mantels, and a dramatic main staircase — perfect for grand entrances. Each of the five bedrooms comes with its own private bathroom, and the pool is just another added perk.

1434 Toledano St

For sale: $1.495 million


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Originally built in 1895, this 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom Garden District home saw a gut renovation and major addition in 2007, bringing it well into the 21st century. A modern custom kitchen with high-end appliances and marble counters, Caribbean pine floors with walnut finish, and 11-foot ceilings in the formal living and dining rooms are just some of the touches that make this home special.

909 Ursulines Ave

For sale: $1.95 million


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Built in 1896, this classic French Quarter home comes complete with postcard-perfect French doors that open onto a covered porch and gardens. Full of historic Southern charm, the pretty pink and green home also boasts all the modern amenities one could hope for, like a custom gourmet eat-in kitchen and gated parking with ample room for several cars.

516 St. Philip St

For sale: $3.2 million


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If the idea of owning a slice of New Orleans history is appealing, then this Federal Creole home is for you. One of two buildings designed in the French Quarter by legendary architect Francois Correjolles in 1831, the home won the top Vieux Carre Honor award in 1987 for its extraordinary restoration. In addition to the main 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom home, the listing also includes an adjacent 2-story building with an office and apartment.

9 English Turn Dr

For sale: $1.5 million


Photo from Zillow listing

To be close to all the action but not right in the middle of it, head to the other side of the Mississippi and check out this high-end, modern construction. Situated on the bank of a picturesque canal and abutting a golf course, this 4-bedroom, 7-bathroom home sits on three-quarters of an acre, which includes a charming brick patio and sprawling, beautifully landscaped yard.

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See Inside the Homes of 10 Award-Winning Celebs

Take a peek at the digs these Hollywood A-listers — and their prestigious gold statues — call home.

It’s awards season in Hollywood, and Sunday night is the highlight. Stars will be donning their designer gowns and tuxes for the creme de la creme of awards ceremonies.

Winning one of the golden statues is no small feat, even for Hollywood A-listers. To gear up for Sunday night’s ceremony, let’s take a peek inside the homes of 10 past award winners.

Jennifer Lawrence

Recognized for her work in “Silver Linings Playbook,” Jennifer Lawrence snapped up this Beverly Hills home from Jessica Simpson. The home has an airy Hamptons feel and style, while the grounds provide a peaceful garden oasis.

Meryl Streep

Repeat winner Streep put her former townhouse, a charming 19th-century Greenwich Village abode, on the market in January for $28.5 million. The luxury home comes equipped with a sleek chef’s kitchen, a master bath made entirely of Italian marble, and a rooftop deck with city views.

Adele

In 2016, Adele joined the ranks of J. Law, Channing Tatum, and numerous other celebrities with a new home in Beverly Hills. The “Skyfall” singer’s home features exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, and a dreamy backyard with a spa, a gazebo, and white lights strung over the pool.

Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn was a leading lady — both in Hollywood and on the awards scene. After her death, the seaside estate from her childhood, which she rebuilt and vacationed at throughout her lifetime, was listed for $14.8 million.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron (who was recognized for her 2004 role in “Monster”) sold her luxurious Los Angeles loft at a $1-million loss in 2016. The 2-story penthouse overlooks the Capitol Records Tower from its three terraces. Without the view, the tall steel-framed windows and exposed pipes might fool you into thinking you’re in New York City.

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges’ role in “Crazy Heart” won him kudos — and now he may bring home a statue for his role in 2016’s “Hell or High Water.” Bridges and his wife, Susan, lived for many years on a 19-acre spread in Montecito, CA with their daughters. With the kids all grown up, the Bridges are looking to pass on the 9,593-square-foot home to another family who can enjoy the Pacific Ocean views and secret hedged garden.

Goldie Hawn

In late 2016, the actress and her husband, Kurt Russell, listed their longtime home — a spacious Los Angeles mansion in the exclusive Palisades Riviera neighborhood. The home features numerous skylights, built-in bookcases, an eat-in country kitchen, and a huge backyard designed for hosting.

Tom Hanks

First recognized in 1989 for his role in “Big,” Tom Hanks, along with his wife, Rita Wilson, listed neighboring estates in Los Angeles. The two properties are located on adjacent lots, sharing celebrity neighbors like Steven Spielberg and Reese Witherspoon, but otherwise vary in size, style, and amenities.

Sean Penn

The actor (awarded for his roles in “Milk” and “Mystic River”) listed his Malibu estate in 2015. The U-shaped home sits on a private 1.4-acre lot with beautiful terraced gardens, a pool, and a backyard fire pit — and it’s just a short walk to the beach.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams hasn’t secured a win yet, but this could be her year — the “Manchester by the Sea” actress is receiving effusive praise. In 2015, Williams let go of the Brooklyn townhouse she once called home with Heath Ledger (for well over her asking price). The 4-story home includes a three-car garage, a rooftop garden with a waterfall, and 12-foot ceilings.

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See Inside 10 Oscar Winners’ Homes

Take a peek at the digs these Hollywood A-listers — and their prestigious gold statues — call home.

Hot on the heels of last month’s Golden Globe Awards, the 89th Academy Awards — aka the Oscars — are just around the corner.

Oscar night is the creme de la creme of award ceremonies, and winning one of the golden statues is no small feat, even for Hollywood A-listers. To gear up for Sunday night’s ceremony, let’s take a peek inside the homes of 10 past Oscar winners.

Jennifer Lawrence

Four-time nominee and one-time winner (for Best Actress in “Silver Linings Playbook”) Jennifer Lawrence snapped up this Beverly Hills home from Jessica Simpson. The home has an airy Hamptons feel and style, while the grounds provide a peaceful garden oasis.

Meryl Streep

The queen of Hollywood made headlines with her 20th Oscar nomination — a record number — just weeks after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2017 Golden Globes. Streep’s former townhouse, a charming 19th-century Greenwich Village abode, hit the market in January for $28.5 million. The luxury home comes equipped with a sleek chef’s kitchen, a master bath made entirely of Italian marble, and a rooftop deck with city views.

Adele

In 2016, Adele joined the ranks of J. Law, Channing Tatum, and numerous other celebrities with a new home in Beverly Hills. The “Skyfall” singer and Oscar winner’s home features exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, and a dreamy backyard with a spa, a gazebo, and white lights strung over the pool.

Katharine Hepburn

Twelve-time nominee and four-time Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn was a leading lady — both in Hollywood and in Oscar nominations. After her death, the seaside estate from her childhood, which she rebuilt and vacationed at throughout her lifetime, was listed for $14.8 million.

Charlize Theron

Best Actress winner Charlize Theron (for her 2004 role in “Monster”) sold her luxurious Los Angeles loft at a $1-million loss in 2016. The 2-story penthouse overlooks the Capitol Records Tower from its three terraces. Without the view, the tall steel-framed windows and exposed pipes might fool you into thinking you’re in New York City.

Jeff Bridges

Best Actor winner Jeff Bridges (for his role in “Crazy Heart”) has been nominated for an Oscar seven times — the latest of which is for his role in 2016’s “Hell or High Water.” Bridges and his wife, Susan, lived for many years on a 19-acre spread in Montecito, CA with their daughters. With the kids all grown up, the Bridges are looking to pass on the 9,593-square-foot home to another family who can enjoy the Pacific Ocean views and secret hedged garden.

Goldie Hawn

In late 2016, the Best Supporting Actress winner (for her role in “Cactus Flower”) and her husband, Kurt Russell, listed their longtime home — a spacious Los Angeles mansion in the exclusive Palisades Riviera neighborhood. The home features numerous skylights, built-in bookcases, an eat-in country kitchen, and a huge backyard designed for hosting.

Tom Hanks

First nominated for an Oscar in 1989 for his role in “Big,” Tom Hanks has racked up four subsequent nominations and two wins. In 2016, Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, listed their neighboring estates in Los Angeles. The two properties are located on adjacent lots, sharing celebrity neighbors like Steven Spielberg and Reese Witherspoon, but otherwise vary in size, style, and amenities.

Sean Penn

The two-time Best Actor winner (for his roles in “Milk” and “Mystic River”) listed his Malibu estate in 2015. The U-shaped home sits on a private 1.4-acre lot with beautiful terraced gardens, a pool, and a backyard fire pit — and it’s just a short walk to the beach.

Michelle Williams

Four-time nominee Michelle Williams hasn’t secured a win yet, but this could be her year — the “Manchester by the Sea” actress is up for Best Supporting Actress. In 2015, Williams let go of the Brooklyn townhouse she once called home with Heath Ledger (for well over her asking price). The 4-story home includes a three-car garage, a rooftop garden with a waterfall, and 12-foot ceilings.

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Get Rich Quick: Decorating With Jewel Tones

This year, don’t shy away from color — embrace it!

While we still love a neutral color palette and subtle accents, the design world is going crazy over rich jewel tones like emerald, sapphire, and fuchsia.

Jewel tones are most often used as accents to a neutral color palette in the form of an accent wall, a few throw pillows on the couch, or a brightly colored picture frame.

In 2017, though, jewel tones are being elevated to the lead design role, playing the part of main color and shimmering accent in sparkling tones and luxe textures. Here’s what you need to know about using one of this year’s must-have trends.

What are some popular jewel tones?

Saturated color is key. When decorating or designing with jewel tones, think about deep, contrasting colors, like emerald or ruby. These colors are bright yet rich, adding moodiness and vibrancy all at once.


Photo courtesy Michelle Workman

Other jewel tones convey a brighter, livelier style, like fuchsia or sapphire. These hues offer a more youthful take on the classic jewel tone, and would be used more sparingly throughout a space.

Where do jewel tones work best?

Anywhere! When chartreuse green is paired with a classic black-and-white palette, a living room can suddenly become both playful and elegant, perfect for the growing family or as a space for entertaining.


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A den or study that dons dark woodwork and metallic tones can transform to a bolder, even more masculine room when a vibrant tone like ruby red is introduced.

And a fresh coat of turquoise can easily be combined with shades of yellow or interesting woodwork to brighten a smaller space, like a powder room or office nook.

Entryways can also benefit from jewel tones — make a statement in a traditional entry with a splash of vibrant pink for a feminine yet fresh look.

How do you add jewel tones without going all in?

The easiest way to incorporate jewel tones in your home’s design is via subtle accents, like artwork or smaller pieces of furniture. By incorporating jewel tones into furnishings, like a velvet sofa or tufted ottoman, a room is instantly infused with dimension and livability.


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Which jewel tones are trending?

It’s easy to pick out the most popular jewel tones — you can look in your own jewel box and see hues of emerald green, ruby red, sapphire blue, aquamarine, and vibrant pinks and fuchsias.


Photo courtesy of Michelle Workman

Vibrant hues will be popping up everywhere in the next year, bringing life and richness to homes in all categories — traditional, modern, eclectic, you name it. How would you add jewel tones to your own space?

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