HGTV Dream Home 2015

Surprise! The HGTV Dream Home for 2015 is not terrible! Sorry for being a downer, but these “dream houses” are usually design nightmares. But, lo and behold, 1) this year’s contestant is on Martha’s Vineyard – which is pretty darn good right there, and 2) is maybe the most tasteful one of these guys HGTV has ever pumped out.

As soon as I saw this tripartite, cedar shake charmer I thought, “that looks like a Patrick Ahearn house” and, surely enough, it is. This guy is the go-to for classic Cape Cod/Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket style homes in New England and has a fancy office on Newbury Street in Boston to prove it.

I love the classic central main structure with an interpretation on “hyphens” made of large windows leading out to the right and left wings of the home.

Using the historical vernacular of plain white and green there’s nothing flashy about the home, just good ol’ New England forms. And Chippendale fretwork railing doesn’t hurt either.

A bike rack stocked with beach cruisers adds additional adorable-ness, as if this house needed it. And at this angle you can get a better view of how the white trim and green shutters (and window boxes! Be still my heart!) accent the cedar shakes. And it’s going to look even better once those shingles are all weathered and grey.

The interior design of the house was done by Linda Woodrum. And I must say, the public spaces of the home are really pretty tasteful. I believe the home must be sponsored by Ethan Allen, as almost all the furnishings have been provided by Ethan Allen.

As you can see, no foyer here, just the door (Benjamin Moore’s “Essex Green”, by the way) opening right into the great room.

The lofty, vaulted great room lets in a ton of natural light and keeps the home feeling airy. I love the white beadboard finish all over the walls and up the ceiling. It’s not only traditional, but it takes cares of the worry that is wall treatments on vaulted ceilings like this. The reclaimed beams in the ceiling add texture, a nice deep color, and a sense of age and history to this brand new home.

The built-in bookshelves provide a focal point for the “living room” area of the great room and also hold the tv and the fireplace.

And I am quite fond of the multiple sets of French doors opening on the patio. A great transitional space and an excuse for the indoor-outdoor summer living that everyone dreams about.

The dining area of the great room features a wooden farmhouse style table and a mix of seating, all anchored by a big iron lantern.

There is no shortage of  blue and white ginger jars in this house, so that’s a plus. This shot from the dining area into the kitchen gives a sort of visual explanation of the outside of the house – as you can see where the roofline ducks down into the kitchen area.

The kitchen isn’t huge, but it’s tucked neatly in to the space. I really like the skylight and the wood-topped island, which has a sort of yacht-y appeal. The cabinets are white and tasteful, though not anything to write home about.

Here’s a better shot of that wooden butcher-block island. And from this vantage point  you can really see what your view of the house would be if you were prepping away in the kitchen.

A door right from the kitchen to the back patio would certainly be helpful for entertaining.

An opening to the other side of the kitchen, back towards the front of the house, leads to the hallway to the bedrooms.

This shot gives a good sense of thelong axis that goes from one side of the home to the other. And the continuity of the white-and-blue color scheme gives the whole space a nice unity.

That being said – the bedrooms are a little atrocious (atrosh, for short). Its HGTV so obviously the tastefulness had to stop at some point. The rooms, and especially the bathrooms, are nicely laid out and appear well made, but ooooooeeee, the electric turquoise walls and anchor paraphrenalia, I won’t offend your eyes with it. But, hey, a few coats of paint and some serious accessory purging is easily done.

And I would certainly not turn down a back patio on the Vineyard like this. The little cupola on top of the left wing is divine. And, yes, off to the bottom right, I am pretty sure that’s a playhouse model of the home. Nice touch.