Twin Ridge Drive, San Luis Obispo, California

I think I'm on to something.  Book-inspired real estate searches are fun!

Today's house is inspired by the book The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch.  (I don't think this prolific watercolor artist and author needs an introduction, but just in case, here's a link to her wonderful blog.)  Her book is mainly set in San Luis Obispo, California, so that's where I focused my search.

The house was built in 1997, and the decor has that homey touch reminiscent of Susan's earliest books:

For today's look, though, I have different entry conversation pieces in mind:

{Catalano Architects}

Moving on to the living room, we see there's apparently another talented painter with ties to San Luis Obispo:

The ceiling mural is beautiful, but close your eyes and take a deep breath, because we're going a bit more meditative with the space,  like this:

{L K DeFrances & Associates}

As if the house's living room wasn't light and inviting enough, there's also this family room with wonderful views:

Like the living room, let's try taking it from French Country to sophisticated and soothing:

{Huestis Tucker Architects}

Another large and sunny window awaits in the dining room:

The trey ceiling here could echo that of the living room, as could the quieter decor:

{Tracey Ayton Photography}

The kitchen currently looks like a bustling and happy space:

But, in case you don't start your mornings quite this cheerful, we could add a little hush:

{Huestis Tucker Architects}

Upstairs, this first of 4 bedrooms is light and sweet:

We could keep the lightness of it, with maybe just a few touches of sweet:

{Pamela Pierce}

This bedroom might serve as a shipshape retreat for guests:

But I'd introduce a softer shipshape approach:

{Linda Woodrum}

From  The Fairy Tale Girl it was a quick trip to a fairy tale house.  Now I think I'll make a quick trip to the library!

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