Love at first sight ~ The 2015 Southern Living Idea Home Part Two

You know that love at first sight moment,

whether it be an inanimate object or a human being.

Well on this day, it was this home for me. The 2015 Southern Living Idea Home.

2015 Southern Living Idea House

It had me at the copper lantern hanging on the front porch and entering the home and seeing

straight through to the gorgeous landscape of the valleys of the beautiful farmland.

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Southern Living 2014 Idea House Tour, It’s a Wrap

So on the the final part of the Southern Living House Tour . . .

~ ~ we will move on to the bedrooms and other details of the home. . .

~ ~ ~ ~ and the beauty of Palmetto Bluff.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

When you enter the Master Suite . . . you immediately feel a sense of calm.

The metal canopy bed is by Ballard Designs.

Duvet from Dillards . . . drapery fabric is Suzanne Kasler Signature Linen Blanc by Ballard.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Love this sitting area in the room . . . There are doors in the room that lead out to the patio.

~ ~ Chair and lamp by Huff Huffington

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Love the starburst mirror over the bed . . there was no resource listing for it . . .

~ ~ however, it can very well be from Ballards.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Beautiful free standing tub by Kohler.

~ ~ Note to self: in your next house, all tubs will be free standing . . . no more garden tubs!

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

The vanity configuration was of the separate his and hers vanity . . .

~ ~ oh, that’s me in the mirror!

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

These sliding “barn doors” lend to no interference of doors swinging either into the closet or into the hall. .

~ ~ and they look great!

When you come up the stairs to the other bedrooms . . .

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

There is a great sitting area that overlooks the rooms below . .

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

~ ~ where this is your view . . . I love those double chandys!!! (Percival Chandeliers by Circa Lighting)

Now we enter one of the guest rooms . . .

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

You get that same serene and calm feeling when you enter the room . . .

However, I have to tell you what I loved best . . .

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

The gorgeous view!!!

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

I was rearranging the furniture in my head again…trying to envision a way to sit and enjoy that view!

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Even the guest bathroom had a beautiful view!

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

I did love the beautiful subway tile they used throughout the house . . .

~ ~ and made note of the beautiful floor tile for the “future”…

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

I can tell you now that this is my favorite bedroom in the house…

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

I love the coziness of the sofa in the alcove . . . however, I wondered how the desk would look there…

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

When at a desk, I like a view . . .

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Girls Bathroom . . . vanity

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

On one end of the bathroom is the closet . . . hmmm, we were not too crazy about this closet.

At first we thought it was the linen closet, but it was actually the clothes closet for the girl’s bedroom.

Southern Living 2014

Enter the boys’ room . .

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

I love that they painted the window frames black…such a great statement to the room.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Love the chair and note the great interior door…the woodwork in this house was really nice…

~ ~ we were admiring lots of planked walls in the house. It was hard taking a pic of them.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

The bathroom . . . that is very similar to the girls’ bathroom.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

And so is the closet . . as I stated before . . . not my favorite.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Between the Boys’ and Girls’ Room is a small room designated “The Bunk Room”

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Love this cozy room for “extra guests” or a place where you can retreat and read. . .

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

~ ~ and enjoy another great view.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

At the end of each bunk is a convenient table.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

This is the mudroom/powder room area that is accessed through a breezeway from the garage . .

~ ~ or the side of the house. You can see a peek of the wallpaper in the powder room.

Soon after I clicked a picture, someone popped into the powder room…so I did not get a pic inside.

Southern Living 2014

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

On the other side of the “mudroom” is a great work table.

We left the house and headed to the Town Square of Palmetto Bluff to have lunch.

Palmetto Bluff Town Square

The town is so very quaint . . .

Palmetto Bluff Town Square

Palmetto Bluff Town Square

After lunch we took a walk on the brick pavered sidewalks under the canopy of beautiful moss covered oak trees.

Palmetto Bluff Town Square

These are the ruins that are in the center of the town square . . .

Palmetto Bluff Town Square

There was a beautiful little church in the town . . .

Palmetto Bluff Church

It was just as beautiful inside . .

Palmetto Bluff

So as we leave this beautiful Low Country town of Palmetto Bluff . . .

~ ~ I snap a picture from the car of those wonderful moss covered oaks and the gas lit lanterns . . .

Palmetto Bluff

I say buh-bye to that house of my dreams . . . asking hubby, can you build me one just like it?

He smiled . . . and we will leave it at that!…

Hope you enjoyed touring the Southern Living Idea 2014 Home in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina as much as I did!

If you missed the first two Tours . . .

~ ~ you can see Part One here . . . and Part Two here . .

Have a most wonderful weekend!!!

Southern Living 2014 Idea House, Part Two

Today I present Part Two of the Southern Living 2014 Idea House

~ ~ located in Palmetto Bluff, (Bluffton), South Carolina.

Part One of this wonderful house was revealed earlier this week.

There was so much to see and take in with this home.

I must say that the way the house was built around the views was my favorite thing about this home.

However, there is a room that was my absolute favorite!…so I will start with that room today!

It’s called “The Clutter Room”

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

A room where it is an extension of the kitchen . . . like a bit of a butler’s pantry . . .

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

A place where you can create and have a place to arrange flowers from the garden . . .

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

And great shelves for storage . . . or your “staging area”

Maybe this is one of my favorite rooms as I hope that one day I can have a similar “clutter room” like this.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

I say that the “clutter room” was my favorite room IN the house…but I must say, if you ask me . .

~ ~ what was my most favorite part of the entire “property” ?. . .

~ ~ ~ ~ it would have to be the magnificent lot with the views and outdoor living spaces!

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

It’s the “ahhh moment”…

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

And you can also watch the boats go by on the river . . .

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

All of the above can also be seen from the inside of the house

~ ~ and take notice of that fabulous ceiling!

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Let me tell you . . . after sitting out on this patio. . . you get the feeling of such calm. . .

~ ~ thus, I was tempted to go to the “happy hour” setup in the kitchen

~ ~ ~ ~ and make me a drink with a cute umbrella!

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

One end of the porch . . . loved the curved shape of the side wall.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Love the curved steps which mimics the curves in the side wall at the ends of the porch.

The door at the top of the steps lead into the kitchen…

~ ~ it is great that there is space for a table under the window . . . yet on the other hand . . .

~ ~ ~ I think I would have made a pass through bar area that is level with the kitchen window .

Just sayin’ . . . .

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

The landscaping was so gloriously done . . . leave it up to the Southern Living Plant experts and designers . .

~ ~ to create such an oasis.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

And not a detail left undone in placing beautiful containers of plants throughout the house.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

My hubby (in red shirt) pointing out some details in the architecture to our friends.

We have already decided that in our next home, the roof will definitely be a metal one . .

~ ~ and maybe a red one!!

Palmetto Bluff

Like this one!!…Would love to build one similar to this one . . . but without the huge price tag . . .

~ ~ and square footage.

I have more to share . . but that will be later . . .

I would like to end this post with a story that made my “heart happy”

When we went in to the town square of Palmetto Bluff to have lunch and walk around . . .

Seeing sites like this:

Palmetto Bluff

Beautifully tree lines streets . . . of moss covered oaks.

Palmetto Bluff

And wonderful palm trees along the edge of the water . . .

After taking some photos after lunch and walking to the car . . .

~ ~ I heard a voice . . something like, “Shirley, is that you?” . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ I turned around to see these two very nice ladies who were addressing me.

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Eeeck…someone from far away recognized me and follows me!…How great is that!…as I said . . .

It made my day . . . and made my “heart happy” !!

After a short conversation. I took a pic of them before we left.

Palmetto Bluff

Meet Marlene and Doreen….thanks ladies!…as I said, you “made my heart happy” !!

And my hope to you all today, is that you encounter something or someone special that makes your “heart happy”.

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Southern Living 2014 Idea House Tour, Part One

This past weekend, I was so happy to have been able to visit the Southern Living 2014 Idea House . . .

~ ~ located in Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton), South Carolina, while traveling with friends.

When possible, I try to make it to the Idea Houses each year.

Way back when . . . when Southern Living built several Idea Houses a year across the South . . .

~ ~ I toured all three (Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina) one year.

This home was beautifully decorated by Suzanne Kasler who designs for Ballard Designs.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

The view walking up to the house . . . a true Low Country design.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Nestled in the pines of the Low Country . . .

~ ~ I have always loved metal roofs . . . taking notes for our “one day downsized home”.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

When you walk into the house there is a foyer with this beautiful gallery wall.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

The dining room is right off the foyer as you walk into the house . . .

~ ~ you can see the front door in the background.

The dining area was an area that the volunteers used . . . so it was hard to get a shot of it without “people”

The volunteers talking to my friend, giving her advice on places to visit and eat.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Just love the lighting over the dining room table!

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

The “Great Room” from above.

I was talking to my friend and we both agreed that a large table in the area of the two sofas that are up

against the large windows would be great and what a great view to have while dining.

Sitting at those sofas do not lend for views as your back is to the windows.

Hey, I was re-arranging the furniture!

Also, where the dining room is, we thought that a great grouping of 4 chairs and a table for conversation. . .

~ ~ would be great . . . chairs that swivel that is . . so you can move toward the conversations in the room!

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

I heart this chandelier !!!

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

The great room viewed from the kitchen.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Beautifully styled bookcase.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Love the versatility of the table.

Was going to crop out the “legs” . . . but must say, nice legs guys!

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Now how great are these stools around the coffee table . . .

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

The one end of the great room where I think a large dining room table would be great . . .

~ ~ can you imagine sitting at the table and looking out to that gorgeous view?

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Outdoor views from the great room . . . looking into the wonderful screen porch and view of the water.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

As you can see . . . this is the kitchen . . . where there is no upper cabinetry.

They were taking advantage of the views outside . . .

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Two sets of shelving flank one side of the kitchen.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

For added storage, there are two sets of these pantries . . . the other is directly across the room.

Truly has lots of storage space in these pull out pantries . . . and a cabinet underneath.

Also, notice the great planked ceiling in the kitchen . . . many of the walls in the house were wood planked.

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

The other side of the kitchen set up for “Happy Hour”

Southern Living 2014 Idea House

And I leave you for now, with “Happy Hour” in mind . . .

Stay tuned for Part Two and Three . . .

Part Two will have my favorite room of this Idea House . . . a room that I want for my next house!!!

Hope you gained much inspiration today!

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Haven Conference 2014

This is my third year of attending the annual Haven Conference.

Each year has always been so amazing.

I was having so much fun that it seems like I did not take many pictures!

Too busy enjoying visiting fellow friends/bloggers and attending the fabulous classes.

Off to Haven

I’m off!!….However, my first stop will be at Kim’s, where I was a guest for the evening.

Savvy Southern Style Sunroom

And a visit from the lovely Yvonne, from StoneGable.

Haven Conference

The “Ballard Designs Living Room” . . .

Haven Conference

The “Ballard Designs Bedroom” . . .

Haven Conference

Rhoda (Southern Hospitality and the creator of Haven) and Susan (Between Naps on the Porch). . .

~ ~ at the “welcoming area”.

Haven Conference

Chip Wade of HGTV Elbow Room was the Keynote Speaker.

Note to self: Even though your camera is so heavy to lug around . . .

~ ~ next time just bring it….the point and shoot just doesn’t get it !!

Haven Conference

Nothing like getting a shower from the Waterpik people!

~ ~ and a free Shower Sprayer too!

Haven Conference

And what could be better than to be able to seal a deck with the cute “seal” to be your assistant!!!

Haven Conference

And the great Mike Holmes from the HGTV show, Holmes on Homes . . .

~ ~ couldn’t convince him to make a house call ! !

Haven Conference

And what could be better than a spectacular candy station from Scout and Nimble!!

Haven Conference

Some of the many vendors . . .

Haven Conference

One of my favorite sessions was with Carmen of Southern Living/Southern Living Plant Collection.

After the session, we all got to take home a plant! 🙂

Haven Conference

Haven Conference

And Kim took a pic of Derrick of D. Lawless Hardware and I . .

~ ~ Derrick is one of my sponsors and was so happy to have gotten to meet him!!

Haven Conference

Lacefield Fabrics was another new vendor this year…they had fabulous fabrics!

Haven Conference

And then there was the Ballard Design Challenge . . .

Haven Conference

The lobby was decorated with balloons and “bubbles” by the sponsor “Tide” . . .

And the best thing of all is to be able to meet people for the first time and see old friends too!!

Haven Conference

Me, Amanda (Dixie Delights), and Kim (Savvy Southern Style)

~ ~ met Amanda for the first time and she is just what her blog name is, a true “Delight”

Haven Conference

And seeing old friends . . .

Yvonne (StoneGable), Kim (Savvy Southern Style), Heather (At the Picket Fence), Kari (Thistlewood Farm) .

~ ~ and me.

Haven Conference

Heather and her beautiful daughter.

Haven Conference

Front Row: Kim (Savvy Southern), Julie (Lilacs and Longhorns), Laura (Top This Top That) . .

~ ~ and Rachel and her adorable daughter (Maison de Pax)

Top Row: Lauren (Endearing Home), Yvonne (StoneGable) and me!

Haven Conference

Kelly (My Soulful Home) and Julie (Lilacs and Longhorns)

It was so great to have met them this year!

Haven Conference

Julie (Lilacs and Longhorns) and Lauren (Endearing Home)

~ ~ under those gorgeous chandeliers!

Haven Conference

And here I am . . . on my way home from Haven with my Southern Living Plant in the back seat!!

Haven Conference

I am happy to be home and enjoying my wonderful goodies from the Haven SWAG Bag!

Until next year . . . I have lots of sweet memories to get me through!

Have a wonderful day!!