I was looking at these photos that ran in FDLuxe almost two years ago.  My house was all white.

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Now–it's grey and shades of beige…


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Kind of yucky pictures taken by me.

The girls and I came very close to moving this past year.  We really wanted a larger home, but in the end, we decided to stay.  None of us could bear to leave.  As small as it is, we are very attached to this little house, and we all  have shared many wonderful memories here.  This is our home.  Storage will continue to be a constant challenge, and we have this leak we've been trying to find for about 3 years–I think we're getting close to getting the upper hand.  We also have an ongoing battle with the feisty tree lizards that claim they were here first.  In fact, we have interloper hibernating in the house this winter.  Every time we threw him out, he would look for an opportunity to run back in the front door.  Now he resides under the book shelf, only coming out to sun himself under the Christmas tree.   His name is Fido.  I'm happy we decided to stay–there is no place like home.    Maybe I  just need a little kitchen renovation this year.  ;)

I was so inspired by the kitchen in "It's Complicated."  Thanks to andKathleen for sending me these on Twitter.

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53 Responses
  • denise December 29, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    Oh it’s so much cosier now! Really lovely, your dining room is brilliant! x


  • Kelly December 29, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    I love the kitchen from “It’s Complicated”. I think I am going to go see it just to see the kitchen. I love your house white, beige or gray and any other color you choose. You always do it with style.


  • Nini's Style December 29, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Your Corgi is so cute :-)


  • Prêt-à-Porter P December 29, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    O Judy can you come redecorate my home??!!! or at least my room! ;) i wish i could redo our kitchen too. It’s got this hideous massive mural that I’ve learned to ignore…
    I dont blame you for not wanting to leave your home with all those memories of raising your family there. Even the “flaws” must becoming endearing after awhile. I think you may be able to have more storage space if Jane moves for college (sorry Jane!!)


  • The Photodiarist December 29, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Those shades of gray and beige are great. They are minimalist but warm. Nice choices.


  • Nicole December 29, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    You’re house is beautiful! Don’t leave it!!!


  • Pia December 29, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    just lovely. i love your home :)


  • Kathleen December 29, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Your Philippe Starck Ghost chairs with the fur are my favorite.
    And you’re so welcome for the link! I’m finally going to see the movie on Friday. Can’t wait.


  • strawberry fields December 29, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    i really love the gray-ish beige color of your dining room. what’s the brand and color? i want to paint my basement sometimes next month


  • Sally Wheat December 29, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Love the gray! But I love the white too! Your house is awesome!


  • emmy December 29, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    What a gorgeous home! No wonder you didn’t leave!


  • clO December 29, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    really beautiful house.. i love the style.. that really make you feel comfortable


  • Julia December 29, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    HI Judy–
    I LOVE the grey, actually. I was showing my husband pictures of your home, saying, “See? This is what I want! This, this!” I think he got it. :) Anyway, you’re always an inspiration. I’m sorry I haven’t written you back but I will as soon as things calm down after the holidays. I did so much appreciate your kind and thoughtful email. :)


  • Gina December 29, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Love the faux fur throws everywhere! You gave me a great idea for when I am home and want to plop on my all white sofa with my feet up or when I am away and Lanadog jumps on that same sofa.
    Thanks for the great posts!


  • Cindy December 29, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    Your Home sweet home is as beautiful as you are. Happy New Year!


  • sd December 29, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    i much prefer the gray to the all white.
    and your deep attachment to your house reminds me of this article i read on New York Times website, i think you’ll enjoy it like i did:


  • DUSKIN December 29, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    before and afters are equally great.


  • Kym December 29, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Whatever you want to say about Nancy Meyers’ films, she always hires the best production designers and decorates her characters homes “just so.” Remember the wonderful beach house and kitchen in “Something’s Gotta Give,”? even “Father of the Bride” had a great look to it. I love her aesthetic.


  • Leia December 29, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Your home is so beautiful!
    And I had to LOL on Twitter when you said you just figured out mentions. I mentioned you a while ago – when you just started Tweeting – and didn’t get a response. I thought I would send you a note saying how you could check mentions, but then I thought maybe you DID see it and just didn’t have time to respond! Ha. :)


  • carolyn December 29, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    I really like your home in the grey. The kitchen you posted is beautiful – Nancy Meyer’s homes in her movies always have that classic American feel to me. I am an Australian.


  • Liane December 29, 2009 at 10:29 PM

    Your dining room is designed nicely. I love the chairs! I may get myself those chairs when I own my own house or apartment someday.


  • Nancy (nanflan) December 30, 2009 at 5:17 AM

    I think both color schemes are great, but I like the gray and beige better. It’s warmer and seems that it would be easier to live with. I know what you mean about not wanting to move, not something I’m looking forward to either.


  • Nancy (nanflan) December 30, 2009 at 5:19 AM

    Forgot to mention about the lizards…I used to have geckos in my house when I lived in Florida. The cats would bring them in. One lived in the pantry so it was always a surprise when going in there. The geckos did seem to do a good job of eliminating insects, etc. so they did earn their keep.


  • William.mg@gmail.com December 30, 2009 at 7:01 AM

    I like your house!


  • akm December 30, 2009 at 7:25 AM

    I borrowed your shaggy chair seat idea a couple months ago. I love it! :)


  • Elizabeth December 30, 2009 at 8:26 AM

    What a lovely house – it is full of harmony !
    I will add fur on our chairs in our flat in Megeve (french mountains) thinking to you …. Happy new year, Elizabeth


  • judy@judyaldridge.com December 30, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    P–would love to come and decorate for you. ;) )
    Kym–agreed, I loved the home in Somethings Gotta Give.


  • judy@judyaldridge.com December 30, 2009 at 8:54 AM

    SD–Thanks for the article–enjoyed.
    Nancy—I live close to the lake, and the lizards definitely earn their keep around here.


  • Coco December 30, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Your home is so beautiful! And I’d really love to see some pictures of Fido! : )


  • Ming Min December 30, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    What are tree lizards? They sound funny but they sound like a pain in the butt if they keep getting in your house. I’m from colorado so we don’t have any lizards that run around, only deer, elk, coyotes, and foxes


  • Att ha det gott December 30, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Its a dream LOVE it


  • Sterling Swanson December 30, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    I adore your home more then ever. The dinning room chairs are magical! I hope you don’t mind, but I have added some of your pictures on my blog. You are beyond inspirational


  • Katie December 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Gorgeous photos of your home! What color gray is that in your dining room? I’m currently searching for the perfect shade and all seem to go green, blue or brown.


  • CC December 30, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    i loved it white, and i love it grey!! you have very similar taste to me. i like things clean and bright.


  • alexia December 30, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    i love your house, feels so comfy or as we say in french like a “petit nid douillet”


  • fashion roadkill December 30, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    You have such a beautiful home, Judy!! The color palette is perfect and its the perfect mix of rustic and futuristic (LOVE the Philippe Starck ghost chairs!!!!) I hope to decorate my home similar to yours someday.


  • paula December 30, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    your house is very beautiful!!


  • audrey December 30, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    thank you for sharing!! i always see snippits of your home in photos from you and jane and its so nice to see a bit more of your fantastic style!


  • Tiffany December 30, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Your house is amazing! I love the neutral colors- makes what you wear pop that much more :) That light over your dining room table…don’t get me started! I’m loving it and so jealous :)
    Happy New Year!


  • caroline December 30, 2009 at 11:52 PM

    I L-O-V-E your dining room, its just stunning


  • nuria-little things December 31, 2009 at 1:51 AM

    What a gorgeous home, I’m a fan of the total white with shadows of other colors and wood. I love the mix of old and traditional objects with modern ones. Big kiss from Spain


  • roxana December 31, 2009 at 3:13 AM

    i’m so jealous right now!


  • Style Odyssey December 31, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    I do love the all-white. But even better is your upgrade to gray and beiges, which is what I have in my home. (You should have seen it before- think Monica’s apartment on “Friends”! All that color was fun, but neutrals are way better.)
    Happy 2010!


  • Jill December 31, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Homes are hard to leave when you have wonderful memories.
    Happy New Year!


  • Kitchen Renovations Toronto January 02, 2010 at 3:57 AM

    Love the color shades, beautiful and big diff from white =) Gorgeous house!


  • annemarie January 03, 2010 at 7:36 AM

    leaving this comment again (I am desperate):
    PUH-LEASE do a feature about bathrooms!! Need to completely remodel/build not one, not two, but THREE of the damn things and have found few sources for inspiration so far. Bathrooms are so important– how could they be so overlooked? I don’t want a bathroom that looks like something in a hotel spa, or like something in gentleman’s club, or like a futuristic fish-bowl (yawn)…do you have any insights to offer?
    This site here had some good pics, but not much:
    Would love to see/hear your ideas on the subject.


  • meg January 05, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Wow. Your style is incredible. Is this your house? very inspiring!


  • Lena January 06, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Now that’s a shoecloset I envy ;)
    I read your dauthers blog, witch is superb. And now I know about yours, so I will certainly start reading that one too.
    And it’s just too bad that the shoes and other stuff you guys have designed aren’t sold here in Norway (the stores that carry them in the states, do not ship to Norway either). I just love your designs :)
    Hope you’ll have a great week (and sorry for any misspelled words, english is not my native tounge…hehe)


  • Stephanie January 06, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    That kitchen was amazing in the movie


  • BaiLing January 10, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    I love your little house, it’s very chic and very bright!


  • homes for sale philippines January 11, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Very nice pictures. Looks so clean. I love the design of the house. Very neat. Like it.
    Deirdre G


  • Electronic Cigarette February 13, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Very interesting styling. I love the dining room chairs.


  • creative recreation August 13, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    The house is the place for you people! With it we are free from sun and wind! You speak very good! It enjoys popular support! Now we all need a house! Thank you for your willingness to share with us


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