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House of the Week: Fairytale Home on the Main Line

 If I feature a fixer-upper here, I don't like it to be over $500,000 but this is an exception. An incredible Tudor home with 3 beds, 1.5 baths and 2000 sq ft right in the heart of Lower Merion, 647 Sussex is a gem of a home. Its surprisingly secluded in a Wynnewood neighborhood, off a long drive and on 1/2 an acre. But its walkable to Ardmore And while almost every room needs some cosmetic work, the home already sports things like central air and newer utilities!  The first floor sports a series of additions, such as an enclosed porch (maybe a future dining room?!), a carriage-style garage and a den off the back of the kitchen (maybe a future inside-access laundry room?!). The first floor offers endless possibilities to keep the charm but allow for modern flow. The upstairs has 3 good sized bedrooms and a large bathroom.   For full details, please visit the property website  Listing courtesy of the Damon Michel's Team  The property won't last long, though, with an open ho

Philly Designers to Follow

 Instagram is full of designers to follow, both nationwide celebrities and local resources. But you might not be aware how chock-full the greater Philadelphia area is with amazing designers.  Here are a few of my favorites to add to your scrolling pleasure!  Michelle Gage Interiors  No stranger to color and pattern, she's an inspiration for mixing and matching! If you are feeling like a quick, colorful pick-me-up, she's your girl Lisa Furey Interiors  A high-end designer who works all over but bases many of her projects out of Philly, she somehow manages to make the light and airy beach/farmhouse look grounded and upscale Sharp And Gray  A relative new-comer but a great, accessible and local resource for full service or small-project designs! Oak Design Project  Technically a bit more all over the East Coast, they are based in Philly and Baltimore, they are a gorgeous pairing

House of the Week: The Modern Farmhouse of your Dreams

 Farmhouses became all the rage with Johanna Gaines' signature style but a good farmhouse isn't just trendy, its timeless. A good farmhouse in a convenient location is nearly impossible to find in the greater Philadelphia area unless its surrounded by new townhomes or listed higher than the average buyer could afford, but low and behold, our house of the week - 1085 Fort Washington Ave in Fort Washington, PA.  This 5 bedroom, 1.5 bath house has 2800+ sq ft and sits on a whole acre in desirable Upper Dublin School District.  Further, it still has the original barn which can work as a workspace or perhaps converted to more living space!  This house has been tastefully updated and modern amenities added throughout such as rebuilt chimneys, new roof, new hot water heater, new central air system and new well components (see listing for full details).  The house is also right across the street from the local elementary school and sports fields. The grounds are also a wonderful mix of

On Slow Decorating and Renovating

In the era of Instagram-popular "before's" and "after's" in a quick swipe or the decades of HGTV 30-min renovation stories, its common to want to renovate your whole home top to bottom as quickly as possible.  This is especially true for new home buyers. You get the keys and then immediately want to put your mark on each room. In many ways, this a fantastic! You are eager, and thus less likely to let projects sit dormant for decades, and doing a whole house at once will often create a good whole-house flow in decorating as opposed to renovation projects that feel scattered and unrelated. Further, if the home is a 5-year-plan home, then doing projects sooner than later instead of right before you sell, is likely a safer bet.  However, if you are in your "forever home", there's something to be said for slow decorating and renovating.  Loving Wit&Delight's slower approach to renovating and decorating their new home First, not renovating sp