Monday, March 14, 2011

Tuesday Inspiration: Shingle Style

Coastal Living
I've always been a sucker for a shingled house! In fact, I'm pretty sure our 1906 house started out as a shingled house and was "updated" in the 50's with stucco.

Cottage Living
Shingle Style can be cottage.

Elle Decor
Shingle Style can be farmhouse.

Or a combination of both.

Shingle Style became popular in New England in the late 1800's. They were vacation homes for the wealthy. People are still in love with them today for their casual elegance.
You can find them just about anywhere. On the coast, in a vineyard, in the mountains, or on city streets, like in my community.

One of my favorite architects, Robert A. M. Stern specializes in Shingle Style.
This is an example of one of his homes.

A similar home, also designed by Robert A. M. Stern.
I love the kitchen potager in the front entrance.

A pool house designed by architect David Neff. Notice the gambrel roof on this house, as well as the two previous Stern houses.

Another gambrel roof Shingle Style, vintage home.
Oh, be still my heart!

Architects rebelled against the elaborate Victorian foo-fooness when they began designing Shingle Style houses around 1874.
They usually have covered porches, irregular rooflines, and of course shingles, all suggesting a more relaxed, informal style of living.

I plan to feature a few of my favorite shingled houses that are in my community, so be sure to check back at the end of the week.

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Kathysue said...

Love this look it always reminds me of what I think Nantucket would be like. Definitely need an ocean view with a house like this!!! Wonderful images, Delores, Kathysue

Anonymous said...

I love shingled homes too. Have you ever been to Nantucket? You would love it... the island is packed full of shingled cottages with covered in climbing roses! xo

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love the look of shingles, too. My daughter has some on her house and I wish I did.

A Toile Tale said...

Delores --
Five years ago when we were relocating to this area, there was a Robert Stern house for sale that I just had to have my realtor take me to see. It, too, was shingle style and I was very excited. Imagine my disappointment when I found that it was very badly sited and in a development of much lesser homes. Even the inside layout was a disappointment. How did that house get there? We passed on that house, but every now and then I drive by it to lament what could have been!
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Bonnie Bee said...

my FAVORITE residential style home...elegant & inviting. Great pix

the girl is craftee said...

I love shingle style houses! Especially a barn style house like that last one you posted, so charming.

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

I love shingled houses too. Gorgeous photos and wonderful inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Walker said...

Lovely homes...gorgeous photos! I enjoyed the tour, today.

savvycityfarmer said...

I'm packed and ready to move ...
any vacancies?

24 Corners said...

Shingle houses have always enchanted me...I feel very fortunate to finally be living in one.
xo J~

red ticking said...

dear delores...
your blog is great and this post is so charming.. and as some of your comments above say...GO DIRECTLY TO NANTUCKET... and if you have been, then you know... one of the most precious places in the world... truly.

(and i adore your next post and believe it fully)
lilacs are pure heaven...
and many prayers to all who have been affected by the tragedy in japan... xx pam

Rachel said...

You make me long for the New England coast! And that is sad since I live on the Gulf in Florida! I know, I sound greedy! Thanks for sharing these dreamy homes!!!!

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely homes! I'll be checking back for another peek towards the end of the week!

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sharon santoni at my french country home said...

I love shingle houses, it's something we just never see here in Normandy. Your pictures are stunning, for the houses and for the gardens

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

Oh! I really like them too. I actually have the very first picture in my inspiration photo looks so wonderful with the blue trimmed door and red accents.

dedicated exchange server said...

Wow!! That's a beautiful house! Loved all of them in fact!!

LENE said...

Hi Delores
What a beautiful houses you show us here - number six and eight are my favorites!
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Your blog is wonderful!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Our last home was shingled on the front. I loved it but couldn't relax enough to allow it to "weather" so kept at it:) Your exaples are beautiful. XO, Pinky

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Sarah said...

Delores, I missed this post earlier. The shingle style is one of my favorites. We've spent time on Nantucket over the years. My dream is to own one of these looking out to sea.
Thanks for sharing the photos. ~ Sarah

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