El Camino Real, San Luis Obispo, California

On the heels of Valentine's Day, I've left my heart in San Luis Obispo.  My love for real estate listings stayed there and found another beauty to share with you today. This house was built in 1895, sits on 13 acres, and has its very own horse barn. 

The listing included this photo:

Fun to compare the changes, huh?  I tried to find more historic information about the house, but came up empty.  It's not San Luis Obispo's fault, though, because they have the coolest interactive "storyboard" site for historical buildings that every city should copy. 

In the meantime, let's check out the interiors, because I've found lots of design ideas to copy instead.

Specifically, lots of good ideas from one good designer, Sheila Bridges, like this for the living room:

and this for the dining room:

The house's beautiful staircase only needs to be showcased better. (We also should find a way to stop showcasing the kitchen from this foyer.  This isn't Fixer Upper, after all.)

Here's showcasing with showstopping wallpaper, mirror and light fixture: 

{Sheila Bridges}

Going back to the kitchen, the layout is a little confusing...

and oddly reminds me of "The Cosby Show" kitchen...

...when instead I'd rather be reminded of (and makeover inspired by) this kitchen:

{Venegas and Company}

Let's go upstairs, where first we'll encounter a utilitarian office :

Let's take another cue from Sheila Bridges and turn the useful into the eye-catching:

Then, in this bedroom, we'll take away what is currently eye-catching...

...and make it more useful for a soothing, streamlined sanctuary:

{Sheila Bridges}

We'll do the same for this bedroom:

But maybe with a touch more glam.  After all, that beautiful staircase needs to lead somewhere equally elegant:

{Tommy Smythe}

Finally, just in case you were curious about those 13 acres I mentioned earlier, here's a little look-see:

Not too shabby, huh?  You can see why I stayed smitten with San Luis Obispo. Maybe I just need a Marquess or a race car driver to turn my head.  (How hard is it going to be to wait until the Downton finale on March 6th?!)

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