August 12, 2010

A house and a little contest.

Today we went to see a house. When I say we, I really mean I was the one who wanted to see this house and Eric and the girls were just along for the ride.

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I was so excited to see this house that I was actually a little giddy. Eric laughed out loud because I was sitting in the car grinning like the Cheshire Cat.

The house, and more than four acres of yard, are surrounded by a giant rock wall. (I've never seen a wall in the pictures and it really made my gawking challenging!) We had to drive past the house and then turn around and wait until there were no cars coming so we could drive by again and linger in the front for a couple moments.

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This is a house that I've seen in pictures many, many, many times. I've seen pictures of this house decorated for holidays. I've seen pictures of this house filled with people for parties. And I've seen pictures of countless decorating projects within its walls.

And it's because of those pictures that poor Eric has gotten roped into more than one project.

I saw a picture of the house with pumpkins, with perfectly-round holes, decorating the steps for Halloween. I convinced Eric to help me drill holes in pumpkins for the front of our house. This is not a project I would reccomend. A drill plus a pumpkin equals an enormous mess. There is no way to keep the pumpkin goop from flying everywhere and even though I did this on the patio, I was picking up pumpkin guts for weeks.

It was a picture of the Thanksgiving table at this house that sent Eric and I on a many-hour jaunt in search of fall leaves. We lived in Arizona at the time where fall leaves are hard to come by but we drove and drove until we found some.

I saw this house all decked out for Christmas and especially liked the trees in the yard filled with glittering balls of small white lights. My sweet husband made me dozens of similar balls out of chicken wire wrapped with lights that get put in our trees each year for Christmas.

The house was purchased in 1975 for $50,000. (An additional two-acre parcel of land was later purchased for an additional $40,000.) It sold several years ago for $6.7 million -- a bargain since the asking price was closer to $10 million. Not a bad investment huh?

I'm guessing that you've likely seen a picture of this house at one time or another too. Do you recognize it?

So, here's the contest . . . What is the name of this house? (Yes, it has a name.) What city and state is it located in? And, who used to own it?

You can leave your answers in the comment section. So it's fair, I won't publish the comments until after the deadline. Everyone who answers all three parts correctly will be entered into the drawing for a great prize. (I'm not sure yet what the prize will be but I promise it will be something good!)

You have until Monday, August 16 at 12:00 midnight to enter.

60 comments:

  1. Susan Mucilli7:02 AM

    Ahhh yes, this house belonged to Martha Stewart and it is in Wesport, Ct. The name of the house is Turkey Hill! Her new house/estate is in Katonah, NY so if you are still in the area you could ride by there as well! Not too far from Westport. It's on Girdle Ridge Rd. near Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.
    Have fun!
    Susan M., mom to 2 from China!

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  2. It looks like it could be Turkey Hill-used to be owned by Martha Stewart in Westport Conn. Your hints about decorating seem to indicate it might be Martha's house

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  3. Turkey Hill Farm, Westport Conneticut and Martha Stewart used to live there.

    Oh, and I would also be giddy about seeing it, so don't feel bad.

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  4. Turkey Hill Farm, Westport Conneticut and Martha Stewart used to live there.

    Oh, and I would also be giddy about seeing it, so don't feel bad.

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  5. Turkey Hill, Connecticuit, and Martha Stewart

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  6. I knew right away that it was Martha's Turkey Hill. Sigh....I have done many of the same things you have mentioned here:) We really are so similar.

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  7. Oops... I was so excited to know that I did not say it was in Westport Conn. But as I had prior knowledge of your general trip..I should not qualify for the contest:) Just so excited that you got to see it:)

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  8. Turkey Hill! I recognized the house in an instant! Martha Stewart (one of my heroes) used to own it...when she got out of jail she stood behind that rock wall and told reporters that the thing she had missed the most during her prison stay was lemons. Lemons! That always makes me laugh and then I think about how much I love lemons! Turkey Hill is located in Westport, Connecticut.

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  9. Hi Kristy,

    This is fun!

    Martha Stewart used to own this estate.

    Turkey Hill Farm is the name and it is in Westport, Connecticut.

    I also made my husband drill 100's of holes in a pumpkin one year. He will never let me live that one down. :)

    Leigh

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  10. Great question. I believe it is Marth Stewart's Turkey Hill Farmhouse in Westport, CT.

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  11. Anonymous12:27 PM

    I know, I know! This house was my benchmark for decorating. Every holiday the house dazzled to perfection. Just lovely. The house is in Connecticut, formerly owned by Martha Stewart, and named "Turkey Hill". Right?
    P.S. Love your blog and a big thank you for pointing me to Matilda Jane for my two Chinese princesses...I had the first trunk show in our state, NM!

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  12. At first I thought it was the house from "Father of the Bride" but then I didn't remember the stone wall. Then I thought maybe from Mad Men but that doesn't have a stone wall either. Now I am completely stumped! :) Can't wait to find out!

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  13. Anonymous1:45 PM

    Ooooh, you lucky gal!

    Turkey Hill, in Westport, CT, owned by the one and only Martha Stewart!

    Jennifer
    joejen92@yahoo.com

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  14. sue baskerville2:05 PM

    i'm guessing it's turkey hill, martha stewart's former digs in fairfield connecticut. i too have loved and been inspired by all her projects pictured there in her magazine, online and in her books. i also used to live in connecticut but now make my home in tennessee.

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  15. Turkey Hill Farm
    Westport, Connecticut
    Martha Stewart!!!!

    I also have done probably way too many Martha projects.

    Sheryl

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  16. I'm pretty sure that's Martha Stewart's Turkey Hill Farm in Westport Connecticut. I also love how she decorated for the pictures in her magazine. So beautiful!

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  17. Anonymous4:14 PM

    Martha Stewart's house - Turkey Hill Farm - Westport Conn?

    Just a guess!

    Nancy
    in MA

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  18. The home is in Westport, Connecticut... Called Turkey Hill... And it was owned by Martha Stewart!

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  19. Hi!
    It's Turkey Hill which was owned by Martha Stewart in Greenwich, Connecticut.
    Deb
    beaulieu@sbcglobal.net

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  20. Ok...
    Martha Stewart
    Turkey Hill Farm
    Westport CT

    Thanks!

    Jen

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  21. That is without a doubt Martha Stewart's former house...Turkey Hill! I watched everyone of her shows when they first came on. It's located in Westport, CT!!!!


    Love it!
    Robin

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  22. Just in case you wanted the whole name it was Turkey Hill Farm!

    Westport, CT formerly owned by Martha Stewart!!!

    I left off the farm part in my first post I think.

    Love that house!
    Robin

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  23. I'm totally guessing here, but based on your location....

    The Farm - Rolling Prairie, IN - Oprah Winfrey

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  24. I say Turkey Hill Estate in Wesport, CT! :)

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  25. Also forgot to say that it was formerly owned by Martha Stewart! :)

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  26. Elyse Slotnick8:26 PM

    Is it Turkey Hill Farm in Westport CT once owned by Martha Stewart?

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  27. Is it Turkey Hill? Martha Stewart's former home in Westport, CT??

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  28. Ahhhh, Martha Stewart's Turkey Hill Farmhouse in Westport Connecticut. I'm so jealous you got to see it! SWOON!!!

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  29. Anonymous11:01 PM

    Turkey Hill Farm in Westport, Connecticut? Martha Stewart's former home, I think.
    -Emily

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  30. It's Turkey Hill - once owned by Martha Stewart!

    Janet

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  31. Anonymous3:48 AM

    Turkey Hill. Westport, Connecticut. Martha Stewart.

    kawasakirose@gmail.com

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  32. Turkey Hill House, Martha Stewart, Westport Conn. I had to cancel my subscription for a few years because I was trying to make so many things each month it made my life slightly crazy(and the people around me!)

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  33. just a guess

    Martha Stewart
    Turkey hill

    Conn

    Im sure im way off

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  34. Turkey Hill - New Hampshire - Martha Stewart

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  35. Amy G. gillenlaw@aol.com9:09 PM

    I believe the house is called Turkey Hill. It's located in Westport, CT. and it used to belong to Martha Stewart. I've driven by it myself...years ago...just to look.

    Hope you enjoy your time in Connecticut.

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  36. Anonymous9:32 PM

    Kristi!
    I admit I had to google the name, but I knew instantly you were recalling issue after issue of MS Living... Of course, the house is Turkey Hill, Martha Stewart's 3 br farmhouse in Westport, Connectifut!!! I can't wait to hear all about your trip East!
    :) Karin
    karinpmurphy@att.net

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  37. Anonymous9:51 PM

    Hi Kristi - Martha Stewart's Turkey Hill Farmhouse, Westport, CT

    Sherry Stallings
    Sherry.Stallings2293@gmail.com

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  38. Martha Stewart's house in Westport, CT....that's my guess...we live nearby...

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  39. Sorry, meant to answer all three parts...it was Martha Stewart's Westport, CT home called "Turkey Hill"...:)

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  40. EASY!!

    Turkey Hill
    Westport Conn
    Martha Stewart

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  41. Kristy - you will love this blog. I've been perusing it off and on for weeks and thought of you. Thanks for all your inspiration!

    http://www.theidearoom.net/

    Betsy,
    mom to Ella, born in Huangmei, Hubei, 07/06/05.
    Gotcha Day - 07/10/06. Sammamish, WA.

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  42. You are so funny. Here I thought you might go to a historic home like Lyndhurst or Sunnyside. Leave it to you to pick visiting the home of a modern home-making diva instead. Nice.

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  43. Ok I have been obsessed with this challenge all weekend. It is Turkey Hill former home of Martha Stewart and located in west port connecticut it was a tough challenge I hope I have it
    Thanks for making me work really hard all weekend!
    Shauna

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  44. Turkey Hill...in Connecticut, formerly owned by Martha Stewart!!!

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  45. Why wouldn't that be Turkey Hill Farm in Westport, CT? And the owner would be Martha Stewart?

    I would so love to tour that house...

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  46. Anonymous6:12 PM

    1. Turkey Hill Farm
    2. Westport, CT
    3. Martha Stewart

    Kari Augdahl
    kaugdahl@hotmail.com

    What a fun contest!

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  47. Is it Ralph Lauren's house?

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  48. I hope it is okay to change my answer to Martha Stewart's home, Turkey Hill in Westport, Connecticut.
    Thanks!
    Peggy

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  49. What is the name of this house? Turkey Hill
    What city and state is it located in?Westport,Connecticut
    And, who used to own it? Martha Stewart

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  50. Christy Zima11:27 PM

    Hi Christy,
    I believe the house is Turkey Hill Farm in Westport, Conn., previously owned by Martha Stewart.
    Hope you had a good weekend!
    Christy Zima

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  51. Turkey Hill Farm
    Westport Connecticut
    Martha Stewart

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  52. How Fun!

    Turkey Hill
    Westport, Connecticut
    Martha Stewart

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  53. Janet Harrigan11:59 AM

    Turkey Hill, Westport, CT, formerly owned by Martha Stewart (sold in 2007 and now owned by Charles Berg) I have known and loved this house for years as well!!

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  54. Well I'm guess Martha Stewart's house!

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  55. Okay...here goes...This is the Westport House. The house is at 48 Turkey Hill Road South in Westport, CT. Is was formerly Martha's Stewart's house. She bought it in the 70's with her husband. They lived there with their daughter, Alexis. Later, it was very hard for Martha to sell...I can see why!

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  56. Hi Kristi,
    Is it Turkey Hill in Westport, CT, Martha Stewart's former home? Would love to see the projects in your home that were inspired by this house! Wendy

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  57. Anne C.4:15 PM

    Turkey Hill Farm in West Port Connecticut, previously owned by none other than Martha Stewart. Your husband rocks! My husband just laughs at me when I act Martha "wannabe". Anne

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  58. Turkey Hill? I think that is the name of Martha Stewarts old home.

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  59. Hey Kristi! Oooh oohh I think I might know this!!
    Is it Martha Stewart's former Turkey Hill Farm in Westport, CT?!

    I hope you are enjoying the last weeks of summer!! :)
    Lori

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  60. Amy Potts11:38 AM

    i am not sure if i am answering the "right" way. I am guessing we
    should send a little note, otherwise people would see the answer in the
    comments....right? I think just about every woman who loves a little
    sparkle and enjoys the holidays will know....this has got to be Martha
    Stewarts home, sorry-former home. :) I had to research , Turkey Hill
    Farm in Westport, Conneticut.
    I love reading your blog-thanks so much

    --
    Amy Potts
    amypotts@hotmail.com

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