I have a confession to make. We’ve actually already bought a house (no, not the one above, sadly). BUT we haven’t closed on it yet, so I don’t want to jinx anything by posting much about it. I will tell you that when we first saw the house, we nixed it off the list. But more about all that later.
When it comes to describing homes in Grosse Pointe, the words “formal,” “traditional” and “decorative” are at the top of the list. If you want a mansion, there’s one waiting for you here in Grosse Pointe. All these beauties below (and the one above) are on the market right now…
Our needs (and budget) don’t call for a mansion or anything close. Just wanted to give you an idea of the larger homes in the area. Most of the larger estates line the waterfront, with a view of the beautiful Lake St. Clair, but many can also be found inland.
Moving on. Many of the homes currently for sale were last updated in the 60s, 70s or 80s, so the interiors leave much to be desired. At least by me. Although we have seen some homes that were recently updated and they also seemed to be heavy and ornate for my taste (we’re not in Northern California anymore, that’s for sure).
Some trends I’ve found:
1) Pool Tables. Grosse Pointers love them a game of pool, apparently. Usually the pool table is found in the basement or a wood-paneled room (which is another big trend – lots and lots of wood. The darker the better.).
2) Grosse Pointers also love roosters in the kitchen.
3) And stone fireplaces. (and maroon leather couches. That one came up a few times, too.)
4) Matchy-matchy. Especially matching curtains to other pieces of furniture (bedspreads, chairs, couches).
5) Telling stories on the walls. With paint.
6) Wallpaper. I don’t think I saw one wallpapered room my entire 18 years in San Francisco. Here, it’s everywhere, in every house. Maybe just one room, maybe the entryway and hey, maybe on the ceiling because why not? I have to say that the whole concept of wallpaper is growing on me and I’m actually considering redecorating the new downstairs bathroom with some funky wallpaper (what is happening to me?).
7) General over-the-top-ness. Let’s put down three Persian rugs in the sitting room! On top of each other! Or, wherever are we going to put our hundreds of wine glasses? I know! Let’s build an entire room for them. Made of dark wood, of course.
8) Black toilets. And sinks. And bathtubs.
9) The “I hired a designer” look. And by “I hired a designer” I mean, “I hired a Grosse Pointe designer.” Though I am sort of loving the pink chairs. Loving.
10) One of the trends I think is great is that many of the family rooms or dens here have built in bars. Useful and fun.
Many of the photos above were taken from homes we didn’t see, but some were taken from homes we did walk through and put on our shortlist (and one of the photos is from our new house!). House-hunting in Grosse Pointe has been a fun adventure (house buying, that’s a different story). It’s much harder to picture a house as your own when it’s not cleaned up and staged, but I’m glad they don’t bother with that here. I love looking through a home and seeing how it’s been lived in. How it was loved. (And sometimes how it was neglected).
There’s something surreal about walking into a stranger’s home. All their things, just out there. What bedspread they picked out, what kind of clothes they wear, which photographs they have on their mantel, what kind of pasta sauce they use. House-hunting has given me some insight into the people of Grosse Pointe (said as if they are aliens). Some are conservative and uptight, some are showy and want to be seen, some are laid back and comfortable, some are fun and eccentric, and some are busy and frazzled. I hope our new home will be a true reflection of who we are, too. Funky downstairs bathroom wallpaper and all.
*All photos taken from Trulia.com.
Pool tables, I think is a Midwest thing and wallpaper, so East coast and NOT a WEST coast thing at all. Hahahaha. Black toilets, huh? Classy :P
Interesting to see which house may be yours! You are turning into a Yank! All that stuff looks very normal to me, except the gawdy overkill rooms. Great post! It’s 105 here today by the way…. Whoa!!
Ha, that’s funny. About everything seeming normal. Someone’s different is always someone else’s normal. Yikes, hope you didn’t have to go outside much.
All the wood in the rooms – like going back to the 1970’s…. I am in between jobs at the moment hence I am not having to be in the heat much. Need an indoor job, maybe in a smokey casino aye?
I like wallpaper! So go for it in your bathroom or elsewhere. I think it can be good just on one wall. BTW, we had the paper in the second wallpaper picture in my parent’s foyer for most of my life. I still love that wallpaper–looks way better than the current paint IMHO. How many times can I say wallpaper?!
Some of it is so crazy. But some really adds something to a room. (And how many times can I say “some”?). I’m kind of obsessed with finding a great print for the bathroom now.
There are some great wallpapers on this website! http://www.designyourwall.com/store/Wallcovering-Wallpaper-c-2.html
Everything from traditional, vintage, textured, flocked, etc….
I’m dyyyyying to know which picture is from your house! Congratulations!
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Hahaha. Take a guess! We’re very excited. Fingers crossed.
How interesting! In the photo with the pink chairs, I can’t recall ever seeing loveseats/oversized armchairs at the ends of a dining table! There is definitely something regional going on there! I love that you included a mystery pic of your new home. I have picked the one I think it is, but will not reveal which I think it is until AFTER the house is officially yours!
Thanks for the comment. Love that you’ve picked a photo. Will be fun to find out which one you picked! Do you still have a blog? I feel like I used to get updates, but haven’t for months and months. I’ll check your Facebook. x.o.
I do still have my blog. I haven’t been as faithful about writing lately, but i DID actually post something today. It’s http://starshapedwords.blogspot.com
Awesome, thank you!