10.24.2011

Newport Beach Classic Home Tour

Knock...knock.  Who's there? 
"Hey, Donna!  Can I snap a few photos pleeeeese?  Your home is beautiful!"
My friend and neighbor, Donna, is a fabulous "function meets detail" designer.
Notice how the arch in the entry way is mimicked in the mantel?
 She has many thoughtful touches in the home that she created for her husband,
three children and two little white dogs (try to find them in this post).
The living room
Notice the beautiful blue and white china?  Many of these items were gifts or
purchased when  Donna's parents in law were corporate expats living in China.
 Xing Dynasty blue and white porcelain (NO football in the house!)
 in the dining room...
The painting is special as it depicts where Donna and her husband 
were married in Wilmington, NC.
The family room is... 
adjacent to the beautiful kitchen. 
                                                                                   Arched built-in for cookbooks.
Craft drawer conveniently located in the island.
 Next to the kitchen is a beautiful butler's pantry
with a separate built-in refrigerator just for drinks! 
 This mud/sand room leading to the garage looks very neat for a family of five.
Cute baskets and see the arch motif again on the bench and
how about that docking station!
This is Donna's special fire bowl invention that she made from a 30" wok.
She had a gas line plumbed to it from the barbecue.
Perfect to gather around during the cooler nights.
Let' go upstairs....

They also have an upstairs family room in the kids' wing.
 Notice the coastal theme.
 The oldest daughter's room is
a beautiful aqua shade and has a fun, Z Gallerie chandelier.
 Donna's middle daughter has a nice space in her room to hang out with friends.
In her boy's room, there is a surfing theme and his water polo medals on display.
Nice bay view from the master bedroom.
 Light filled upstairs laundry room.  OK, I am bit jealous.
 But Donna is thankful for her blessings!
 Here is the door stop leading to the roof top deck...
 with views of Newport Bay and plenty of sunshine.
 "Thanks for the tour, Donna.  Looks like there are no
skeletons in your closets...just in your window!"
Happy Halloween!

PS.  Click here if you missed our new master bedroom and details.

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59 comments:

  1. Mary Ann this is the best-of-best! The home is light, airy, quaint, inviting and importantly, quite cozy. Attention to detail is noticed down to the two white beauties. Thank you, and Donna for allowing us the privilege of touring your home. Hugs to you both! Loretta

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  2. Wow! What a beautiful home! Love her mix of painted and stained wood in the house. It's light and bright, but warm, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. What can I say to add everything that Loretta said?! Just thank you Donna for letting us feast our eyes with this perfect and gorgeous house and I specially love her furry babies, wish I had one. Have a nice week sweetie. FABBY

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  4. Stunning, stunning home! Thank you for sharing! I love every inch of it and those dogs are precious!
    -Shelley

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  5. Mary Ann, this home is stunning. My favorite thing is the boat painting from N.C.

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  6. What a great tour! I love how Dona picks up the blue and white of the China and carries it through in the pillow coverings, the living room lamp and the Wilmington painting. And is that the dog's bed I am seeing in the family room under the side table? Great Post!

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  7. Whoa, that IS a beautiful home! The laundry room and the mudroom are fabulous. I would love space like that in our house. The home's setting on the water is terrific too. Thanks to you and to Donna for opening her home to us.
    Claudia

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  8. It is absolutely gorgeous - thanks for the tour! That butler's pantry and laundry room are the extras that do it for me!

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  9. Hi Maryann, you are quite the tour operator. Whats not to love here, this is as elegant and "feel good" of a house as they come. Every room is so tasteful (I am a little jealous of how uncluttered it feels)..ugh where is the "stuff" that is taking over MY house and seems to grow over night.
    Love the living room with its blue and white touches and the kitchen, the upstairs laundry...its all GORGEOUS!

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  10. LOVE your house tours! So fabulous!

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  11. Thank you for sharing this beautiful home, Mary Ann. Your neighbor is some designer!
    Hope that your week is off to a great start.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  12. Mary Ann,

    You have some great neighbors who love to share. Lucky you...great home tour and what a lovely home for sure! Very care free and looks like the family enjoys it alot. Fresh and refreshing all come to mind which means high spirited too. Thanks for sharing as you know we love enjoying home spaces.

    Bette

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  13. What a beautiful home! The millwork has me drooling. Looks like a magazine spread!

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  14. Just perfect. And your images are very professional. You have beautifully captured the essence of the house. How does your neighbour keep the house looking like this with dogs and children?

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  15. That is a truly gorgeous home! Has it been featured in a magazine before? It looked familiar to me but maybe it is just because it is so beautiful that it should be in a magazine. :-) You are your friend are 2 peas in a pod when it comes to gorgeous homes!
    Vanessa

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  16. Mary Ann, Cathy here from up north. I love your friend's home and was tickled to see her kitchen! Can you find out the name of the granite she used on the island and perimeter (I think that's black but I'm not sure). It's exactly what I want to do!!

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  17. I love this style of decor...clean. Of course I love the view too, makes me miss home!

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  18. My favorite color scheme, white with dark brown/black and blue accents. Love it! Thanks for the tour.

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  19. Clean and white and beautiful
    Thanks for the tour Loved the pic of the puppies too
    great post
    xo
    Pam

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  20. What a stunning home. I fell in love with the kitchen!! Wonderful post!

    XO,
    Jane

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  21. Mary Ann, This is a beautiful home..inside and out! Thanks for sharing this gorgeous home with us.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  22. No football in the house for sure! Your neighbor's home is gorgeous and I'm loving the blue and white pieces. Thanks to you both for sharing.

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  23. Mary Ann , thank you for sharing that gem of a home! I love all the blue and white .0, classic;)

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  24. This home is sooo gorgeous! You really live in a beautiful town!

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  25. Can you ask her what color her door is?

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  26. What a beautiful home! I love the stairs, the built-ins and that painting in the dining room...we were married on Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington, and lived there for seven years!!

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  27. Love Donna's house. It is so beautiful. Love her style and colors. And the kitchen is a wow - and so is the laundry room. I love how bright and airy it is. Thank you for sharing.

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  28. Lovely home! I don't think I'd ever mind doing the laundry if I had that spacious light-filled room!

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  29. Wow, I loved the tour!!

    All the best, Cindy

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  30. Mary Ann, what a beautiful home. I love every inch of it. The kitchen and living room are two of my favorites. How nice of your friend to share her home with all of us. Now we can dream away about all the wonderful details. :) Gayle

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  31. Hi Mary Ann! Thank you for knocking on Donna's door and showing us inside. A gorgeous home, full on inspiration.

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  32. I love this home, Mary Ann. Such restrained elegance, and the location is stunning. Thank her for sharing it with us.
    Best...Victoria

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  33. Beautiful home Mary Ann. Her style reminds me a little of yours...very edited and tailored. Love the kitchen and I had to send it to a client so she could see the countertops. We picked something similar [dark limestone on the perimeter & something different on the island] and she was having second thoughts yesterday! This might help to visualize.

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  34. Maryann, what a beautiful home. I love her living room. The blue oriental lamp and the jars are a wonderful detail.

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  35. I will ask Donna some questions about the front door color and kitchen island material and do a follow-up post.

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  36. What a gorgeous home and every single room is my favorite...and the outside space is beautiful too, not to mention the location and views!! Every detail is so well thought out for a completely organized home!

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  37. The exterior is just as beautiful as the interior spaces. What a lovely, home, classic and casual describes her style too.

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  38. What a gorgeous home! Looks massive, by island standards, for sure!

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  39. That is one gorgeous home! Thanks for showing us around.

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  40. Beautiful home. Paint colors, I need to know her paint colors! Would she possibly tell us?

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  41. Mary Ann, Thank you!!

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  42. Your friend has a gorgeous home - ummm, wowzers! It's hard to believe they are a family of 5 as it looks like a model home. The color palette is soft and beautiful and she has incorporated the perfect balance of beach accents throughout {very tasteful}. Love it!

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  43. Loved this thank you Mary Ann....if only I could keep my house this neat! Especially my 5 year olds room :) ~Kim

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  44. Hi Mary Ann,

    What a beautiful home...thank you for the tour!

    Is there any way you could find out where Donna got the large pots by the front door? We need to replace our zinc ones with something more weather resistant. We have looked all over and cannot find the right style/material. I think something like hers would be exactly what we need.

    Thank you!

    Linda in San Diego

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  45. Beautiful home! Thanks for the tour !
    Debbie

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  46. Your friends house is just gorgeous! I loved every bit of it!

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  47. All I can saw is WOW!!! Love every little detail about this home. It's absolutely perfect.

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  48. That does it! I am moving to your neighborhood. Every tour is stunning. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  49. I could move into this house and be very happy -- and I even love Newport Beach.
    Of course, if I lived there, there would be more dust.

    Gorgeous!
    Now I need to find one of those knot-doorstops for our beach house; it's perfect!
    Cass

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  50. Wow I would definitely love to live there! It's proximity to the Newport beach makes it even more appealing. Very beautiful.

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  51. Oh I have a BIG favor. I am in Aqua paint sample overload. My daughter and I are painting her room this week (spring break) an aqua shade and we simply can't find just the right one.... the one in the house above on my computer screen looks exceptional! and perfect! Could you please please find out the color and brand for me?? Pretty please?? :)
    antiquechase at gmail dot com

    thank you so much

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  52. The aqua in the photo that has the white couch :)

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  53. BIG SMILE OVER HERE, thank you thank you!!

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  54. Love this home! What a great wall color and your pictures are gorgeous. I love that the furniture sources are all reasonably priced stores!

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  55. A very pretty room. My daughter will surely love this place. I took her to daniels homes and as a gift to them (newly weds) I gave her a living room set same as this. Our goal now is how to make it as cozy as this.

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  56. That home is very elegant and very attractive also. How I wish I can live on that kind of home here in Philippines. Every rooms are so lovely and very relaxing too.

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