downtown watch hill
i spent last weekend and the earlier part of this week in wakefield, RI on a beach trip with my family. we stayed in a quaint bed and breakfast that, while cute and romantic, wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. note to self: if you don’t like period pieces on TV, you probably don’t like them in hotels either. antiques are great, but not when they smell like your grandmother’s closet. next time, stay in somewhere with slightly more modern amenities.anywho – one slightly cloudy afternoon, after giving up on the beach and realizing the sun wasn’t going to make an appearance, we hopped in the car and headed over to watch hill. our goal? to see taylor swift’s newly purchased summer house, of course (i’m a diehard fan; my family just humors me). watch hill is about as quintessential new england as you can get, from the shingle-style mansions to the cute ice cream shop and preppy boutiques. quaint doesn’t even begin to cover it.
taylor swift’s watch hill estate
as it happens, you can walk down a street that runs directly down to the beach behind taylor swift’s gorgeous colonial, which affords a rather amazing view not just of the megastar’s home, but also of all the homes surrounding it. in between turning around to glimpse into taylor’s windows, i ate up the architecture in the surrounding houses, which were the sort of homes reserved for the ludicrously wealthy and impeccably dressed. while i couldn’t see inside any of the mansions we walked past, i’m pretty sure that if i could, they would have looked a lot like tom scheerer’s beach house, as seen here, in elements of style (and soon to be on newsstands in house beautiful‘s september issue).
i mean, i want to live here. don’t you? the wallpaper gives me heart palpitations. the shingle-style exterior makes my cheeks flush. the crisp sea tones (god bless you, blue and white) carried throughout the home make the space feel open, airy, and inviting. bold yet traditional, this space is beach house perfection.
le sigh. a girl can dream…