I think I speak for us all when I say that my heart SHATTERED after Chip and Joanna announced the end of their television reign. Who would I draw inspiration from? What would I watch on HGTV now? How would I carry on? (Okay, maybe I’m being a little bit dramatic.) So when I stumbled across the Moore House on Instagram, I chalked it up to fate. The Home Decor Gods really do exist! How do I know? Because The Moore House Family not only renovates forgotten homes in Rhode Island but they also turn them into Boutique Guest Stays. That’s right, Tiverton has their very own Fixer-Uppers and we had the privledge of staying in one of their homes last weekend. Raise your hand if you want to take a tour! (I know you do!)
The Quonset Hut
Nestled next to a green pasture with grazing cows and their donkey companion, sits The Quonset Hut. With four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and over 2600 square feet, this house felt like Buckingham palace to my small family of three. (Yes, Opal is included in that number. This property is dog friendly!) But hey, I’m not complaining! Several words came to mind when we walked through that red door and into our home for the weekend but one stood out: humbled. We were greeted by a handwritten card, a basket full of treats, and a letterboard welcoming our arrival. When I say that Sharon Moore thought of everything, it’s far from an understatement. She’s the host of the century.
The Heart of the Home
Let’s talk about this room, shall we? Because it really is the heart of the home. Once used during war to store ammunition, the Moore Family have completely transformed this 1940’s hut while still maintaining it’s charm. So please, remove your shoes to help preserve the reclaimed floors. In fact, sustainability, innovation, and reclaimed materials are the core components of what the Moore House Family does. And boy does it show! Just check out this antique dining table, set to Autumnal perfection, and fit for a party much classier than ours. But before I forget, do you see the elephant in the room aka the baby grand piano? That bad boy was played by the pianist for the Boston Pops! (And by me ;))
What did we have for dinner some of you foodies may ask? Well, let me be honest – I was supposed to host a party for Brian’s 30th birthday but our grandiose plans fell through. So we had a feast for two instead: steak, green beans, and potatoes that we bought at the local market and cooked on the ginormous gas range. Let me rephrase that. Brian cooked it on the gas range while I admired these gorgeous green cabinets and the rustic wooden counter tops.
I have to admit, we took a lot of naps during our time at the Quonset Hut. Well at least Opal and I did! Every bed in every room was made to perfection and I almost considered sleeping in a closet to avoid disturbing them. (You know I have an affinity for closets!) But at the end of the day, Brian and I stayed in the master bedroom. Located just up the stairs with it’s very own en-suite stocked with clean, white robes and Voss sparkling water for our convenience. Rain shower anyone?
While the master was roomy and spacious with a fig tree taller than me in heels, it wasn’t my favorite bedroom in the house. Because feast your eyes on this gem! The gorgeous downstairs bedroom had french doors that lead out to the fire pit and a bureau the size of Texas. But the real deal breaker? THE MOROCCAN SHAG RUG. I need to interrupt our regularly scheduled blog post to announce that I am officially a red rug convert! The juxtaposition between the wall and the rug has me wanting to redecorate my entire house! So thank you Blair Moore, I know this was your doing.
Close your eyes. Imagine a room that is dark, worldly, and eccentric. What kind of books are in the shelves? Are there any house plants? What type of person lives there? Even in my wildest dreams, I couldn’t have come up with a living room this perfect. (Oh by the way, you can open your eyes! I’m assuming you already did since you’re reading this.) From the green velvet sofas to the weathered brick floor, The Moore Family transformed this room into the ultimate man cave. I picture Ryan Gosling a la Crazy Stupid Love hanging out in here, drinking an Old Fashioned, and reading a leather-bound book. (Yes, I have an unhealthy obsession with Ryan Gosling. He is the ultimate man. And this is the ultimate house!)
What’s behind that hidden door, you ask? Oh just a secret playroom for the kids. This is where I told Brian I was going to school him in ping pong but then thought better of it. With bunk beds, games, a television (and even a laundry room) The Quonset Hut is the ultimate family getaway. Whether you’re visiting Rhode Island for a wedding or a vacation, this is one landmark that you don’t want to miss! So put it on your bucket list. And come visit me while you’re at it! I’ll just be over here trying to convince Brian that we need to move to Tiverton, change our last names to Moore, and persuade them to let us stay in one of their homes indefinitely.
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This post is sponsored by The Moore House Family. But as always, all thoughts and opinions are uniquely my own.