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This Looks Like An Ordinary Home, But It’s Hiding Something Amazing Inside

When it comes to residential real estate, single-family homes with two-door garages are a dime a dozen. More often than not, these homes are as nondescript on the inside as they appear from the street, with a design aesthetic that one could describe as being sparse at best.

And if you follow that train of thought, the inside of this figurative book is probably just as plain as its cover.

But there’s more to this home in Newport, Oregon, than meets the eye. Once you pass through the threshold, you immediately realize that this house’s interior is anything but minimalistic.

In fact, it looks like it’s fit for royalty — and for good reason. The woman selling the opulent home happens to be Almine Barton, otherwise known as the Right and Honorable Dowager Countess of Shannon.

Filled with antique furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries, this Baroque-inspired palace encompasses the grandeur and intricate realism associated with that period in aesthetic history.

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As Barton explained to Yahoo Real Estate, “When I went in and saw the little space, it didn’t feel right to me.” With that in mind, she gutted the home, knocking down walls to add flow to what was once a disjointed space.

Instead of opting for the light-filled rooms that we love so much today, Barton replaced paneled windows with stained glass.

“We have 18th-century stained glass in many of the windows,” she said, “and just like in a cathedral, the darker interior makes these windows light up like gems throughout the day. As the light changes, the windows change.”

According to the Dowager Countess, “It’s like living inside a Rembrandt painting.”

While certain elements point to a Renaissance-inspired motif, the interior is a conglomerate of different styles. In this home, Renaissance fresco paintings sit alongside delicate woodwork with an Elizabethan vibe, and it’s all grounded by the richness of Baroque realism.

And if you have an extra $400,000 lying around, you can make this palatial pad your own.

(via My Modern Met)

The truth about this home is that it’s a literal representation of the idea that we shouldn’t take everything at face value. If your life could use a royal change of pace, check out the official listing.

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