Griffith Avenue, Owensboro, Kentucky

Happy Mother's Day!  Like I did last year, I wanted to find a house today that reminded me of my Mom's tastes, and I thought this classic beauty fit the bill nicely.

Griffith was built in 1921 and is in Owensboro, Kentucky. Owensboro overlooks the Ohio River, and can boast that it has the world's largest sassafras tree.

Griffith, meanwhile, can boast about its beautiful hardwood floors and natural light:

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I love this transitional style for the living room.  It's tailored and elegant but has a touch of a coastal feel, as well.

The dining room shares the beautiful features of the living room: I looked to bring in an elegant coastal feel and found it:

The kitchen, while perfectly spic and span, brought me up a bit short...

...until I swapped the Z-brick for brick-shaped glass tile that fits our design brief:

{Griffin Custom Cabinets}

What sweet 1920's house is complete without a breakfast nook?

How about a sweet breakfast nook where linen napkins wouldn't be entirely out of the equation:


Now let's bring some of that coastal elegance to the master bedroom:

... to a guest bedroom:

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... and the guest bath:

{Melanie Turner}

Look, the towel bars are even in the same place.

Everyone likes the idea of an attic sanctuary, even if it starts out like this:

...because we dream that with some work, we can turn it into this:

This was fun for me to discover because I recognized the goose painting to be the work of Dawne Raulet Hall.  I remembered reading about her on on Sherry Hart's blog Design Indulgence.  Neat to see not just Dawne's painting, but her beautiful lake home featured.  Coastal elegance!

Fittingly, for a special Mother's Day treat, I'd like to give away a copy of blog friend Kristy Woodson Harvey's wonderful and brand new first book Dear Carolina.  

A moving debut novel about two mothers—one biological and one adoptive—from a compelling new voice in Southern women’s fiction.
One baby girl.
Two strong Southern women.
And the most difficult decision they’ll ever make.
Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone. Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby. But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves, she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…

I'm halfway through reading it, and enjoying how it unfolds from the synopsis. Her characters have rich stories, themselves.  I'm especially appreciating Kristy's blend of both design and humor in the story, for example: "As it turned out, I had been as right about Allen as I had about cornice boards.  They were both fine as long as they weren't in my house."

I'm drawn in, and can't wait to read just how Khaki's and Jodi's stories grow toward their resolution.

To enter the drawing for a copy, just leave a comment this week naming your favorite city and why I should feature it. (Sorry, U.S. entries only, please.) I'll randomly draw a winner and announce it in my next post. Good luck!

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