Before there was a Martha Stewart, there was a Kitty Bartholomew. Now the woman who taught us to decorate our homes has listed her own Santa Monica house for $2,195,000.
The one-story Nantucket cottage has a center hall floor plan, and all three bedrooms open to English gardens. The main house is about 2,000 square feet, and there is also a separate studio office with vaulted beamed ceilings and a detached guesthouse. Adding to the home's charm is a Dutch door leading to the rear patio area. There are hardwood floors throughout, and the kitchen has an antique O'Keefe & Merritt stove.
The home has three bathrooms and was, of course, decorated by Bartholomew.
Bartholomew's decorating philosophy -- "It's not what you don't have; it's what you do with what you do have" -- made her a household name. She starred on ABC for many years, was featured on her own decorating show and hosted the annual White House Christmas Tour. Bartholomew, 61, hosted the HGTV show "Kitty Bartholomew: You're Home" for eight years, starting in the mid-'90s, and has written several books on knitting.
MaryLu and Kathleen Tuthill at Coldwell Banker Previews International, Brentwood Court office, are the listing agents.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times