How to get that Stars Hollow quaint we all adore.Lifestyle
The fictional town of Stars Hollow is the back drop to the cult TV show Gilmore Girls.
Yet did you know, that Stars Hollow is based on the real town of Washington, Connecticut? Neither did we!
Until a totally obsessed fan, (hey sis!) gave us the 4-1-1.
Now, because we are total real estate nerds, we set out to investigate what made Washington, Connecticut so special.
This is what we have to declare. It’s quaint.
Not just the “superficial quaint,” either.
Listen up. Seriously.
We live in New England, so we know a thing or two about quaint. AND… we love design and interiors. So, we know a thing or two about decorating a space. Therefore, when we look at real estate, we take a good look at what makes a house worth going for, and what makes one just…yikes! We study this. Like, all the time. And we have to tell you, we found some really great homes in Washington, CT that hit high marks in the perfect quaint department. Not to country-bumpkin, nope. Just ones with the right amount of vintage, clean and modern lines. Chic.
So, what’s the Stars Hollow connection? How is Washington, CT just like it?
For one? The charming downtown area. It consists of five villages…FIVE iconic villages. There’s Marty’s Diner, which will give you all the “Luke’s Diner” feels. The Mayflower Inn, where Amy Sherman-Palladino stayed! Clearly an inspiration for the show.
A local hardware store, and a prep school round all of this out for the Gilmore Girls lover, but it hasn’t really scratched the surface about why it’s so quaint.
Until we checked the real estate listings.
Drumroll please, why we show you some amazing homes and explain WHY they’re so darn awesome and really make this town…literally giving us all the Stars Hollow feels. Remember, these are just real estate photos.
Speaking of white, one real easy tip to make an old home look fresh and modern without loosing any of the quaintness of vintage is to use white paint. When in doubt, paint it white. Old wood paneling even old wood floors get a new life when painted white!
Yet beyond white paint, the biggest way to get that quaint feel are the architectural details, beams, wide plank floors, stone, ornate mantels, mouldings, things they don’t do anymore. Or at least not without a huge price.
Painted floors are another way to get that quaint look.
Vintage lighting makes a bold yet quaint statement.
Quaint doesn’t have to mean old, small, or falling apart at the seams. Adding a few vintage pieces, barn wood, stone give this very modern manse a very quaint feeling despite its large open rooms.
Now for the not so quaint. We won’t go into the why, we’re hoping that the pictures speak for themselves. Again, just like the above, these are real estate photos, not from Washington CT., that’s all we’re going to say.