Sunday, September 26, 2010

Inside a Real Housewife's house

Have you been watching the Real Housewives of DC? I have to admit that half of the reason I tune in is to catch a glimpse of the interiors of the homes in which the cast members live. Mary Amons' home has been featured quite a bit and while the home is a bit too large for my taste (she and her husband have five children, many of whom seem to be high school or college students), I find her home very appealing.

I read that Mary and her husband put their home on the market this week and as luck would have it, I was able to track down the listing. Perhaps they are downsizing? In a recent episode, Mary's husband pointed out that getting the baby birds to fly sometimes involves pushing them out of the nest. In this case, the nest looks quite comfortable!


*All photos from the linked real estate listing*


Ah...I love the seagrass runner on the stairs. Normally, I don't like contrasting biding on rugs, but I think the black trim looks great here. The moldings are beautiful, aren't they? According to the listing, the house was built in 1939.

You'll recognize this room from some of Mary's interview pieces on the show.




Mary's style is definitely interesting. The modern chair by the fireplace is almost like the room is sticking out it's tongue, saying "don't take me too seriously with my Baker chairs!"




There are two dining areas, side-by-side. This one seems to be the more formal. The other one is behind the mannequin and is open to the kitchen. At one point, Mary said she wanted to paint the walls glossy black.

The cross-back chairs are from the informal dining area.




The "informal" dining area is attached to the kitchen. You can see the formal dining room on the left. Notice the art...I think the first episode of the Real Housewives of DC started with the family having their portraits taken.




I love the kitchen. The materials are luxurious, but the scale of the room fits an older, colonial home. I wonder, however, why the wall overs are so far removed from the main part of the kitchen. You can see them in the right side of the image. I think they look like they are behind a built-in desk. There could be a work area directly across from them, though.



You can see the two dining areas here. Don't you love the marble counters and backsplash?




This room looks magazine ready to me. There are lots of things here that would have bloggers swooning...I wouldn't mind hanging out in this room!



This picture gives you an idea of how the first floor is laid out. I keep staring at all that great trim work!

The staircase in this image is a back staircase...you can see this stone work in the first picture of the foyer at the top of this entry. The room in with the gold mannequin (left side of the picture) is not shown in the listing. Might that be the sunny room that Mary's daughter was using as a painting studio?




And now for the second floor...






This boy's bedroom isn't remarkable, but I thought I'd point out the University of Virginia items on the wall...right next to a USC banner. I'm biting my tongue. That is not wahoowah. ;)





Isn't it a beautiful home? There are plenty more images, including a few exteriors. Flip through them below.


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10 comments:

  1. Great Post! I love seeing their houses as well and how they decorate. I was not a fan of the jersey housewives style but this is clean and sharp. All the walls being white is a little to much for me but love what they have done with a house from 1939!

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  2. What a gorgeous home (a little much white for me too, though). I especially love the room with the cowhide. Thanks for sharing Jeannine!

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  3. I adore the Navy chairs at the kitchen island. One day, I'm going to have some in my own house. :-)

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  4. Ahhh I love that kitchen... and all of those windows!

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  5. love it!! great post, j!
    i didn't flip through the listing -- curious where in dc? and how much?!

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  6. It's in McLean and the asking price is $2,350,000. :)

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  7. great post! I love her house... and Stacey's too.

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  8. I love this post, Jeannine! I don't watch the show, but I was born and raised in McLean and love to stalk the real estate up there. It's a beautiful home, but the asking price is cray-cray!

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