Bluff Diaries Chapter 14

Hello and happy spring late afternoon!  We are having the most amazing string of weather, it feels like summer, got up to almost 80 degrees! On the PB front,  things are starting to really chug along, the decision making is going to intensify and I really need to get my thinking cap on.

One of the bigger and most pressing decisions is how to treat the flooring on the front and back porch. Before I get to that here are the latest pictures of where things stand…it’s really shaping up! This week it’s all about getting those chimneys up and up they are going.

Our builder Cameron Builders is doing a great job at keeping us updated with pictures and frequent progress reports and in the loop, it makes doing this from afar easier than I would have thought:)

Exciting to see the brick chimneys  getting put up!

And we are experimenting with shutter colors next to the exterior and roof color

Another round, getting closer!

And we have a front and back door!

Right now the flooring on both patios is a standard ground shell/concrete floor which many keep as is. I however see something a little more interesting. I am thinking for the front a herringbone brick, which I love the look of.

In the back I am considering Peacock pavers, would have loved the brick but not sure about the “bumpy” nature of brick. It is a huge covered patio and I am sure, it is a space we will use a lot. There is going to be a BBQ, a fireplace and plenty of seating so I want it to not only  look good but of course be practical/functional.

So here are some of my ideas and of course, I welcome any suggestions you might have. One major perk of my blog is the exchanging of ideas, which I so love to read. So here we go…..

So brick is always beautiful and the flat brick (less than an inch) is so convenient when you need something thinner-

Love these tones of brick and have always been drawn to brick done in a herringbone pattern

So here are a bunch of my ideas….not one I don’t just love!

Blue stone above is very pretty, which we have had but it gets very hot also don’t want something so gray

And then there are the peacock pavers equally beautiful…

Can we talk about how utterly charming this is above? And how Peacok Pavers were so able to so easily be used to “blend” the old with the new

This color above and below is what I am loving, champagne

OK your turn to weigh in, have you ever done brick or pavers on a patio (enclosed or a front porch)? If so would love to know your thoughts on the matter and how it has held up, what kind of heat conductor it is,etc….Really appreciate your feedback and will be paying close attention as this is a decision that needs to be made very soon!

Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day. Until next time…..

PS The Chinoiserie tole sale is happening. Lots of great things like the new obelisks, and of course the fabulous Provence planters which will be here in time for spring planting!Take advantage of lowest prices before they come in, click here to see all the beautiful items being offered.

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Bluff Diaries Chapter 12

Happy Thursday morning. Excited to be here with chapter 12 of the Bluff Diaries and really happy to tell you that things are really starting to  happen. It is finally looking like a real house and it is thrilling!

Lots of recent pics to share with you and then we will talk about today’s subject, bathroom lighting as an extension of last weeks post on flooring. This is the first time you are seeing the actual house, and it is incredibly exciting.

Some have asked who we are using for architect/builder and I must say I am really delighted with our experience with both our architect and builder. I have wanted to share them with you but was waiting until things were further along. The info is-

Builder- Nathan Cameron (click here to contact)

Architect- Court Atkins (click here to contact)

Nathan is what is referred to as a boutique builder, at any given time he takes on no more than about 4-8 houses and gets very personal with each building experience. I love that he is so into the details and sends us extensive weekly updates, there is a reason he is considered to be one of the most popular builders in The Bluff. He and his company has been a total pleasure to deal with. Our engines are just revving up but he has stayed right on schedule to the day, impressive in this world!

For our architect we used Court Atkins, they seem to be by far the most popular architect there and rightfully so. They were fantastic even from afar and with only two visits at executing exactly what we wanted, a pleasure to deal with and get this- they actually met almost every deadline! That is saying something in today’s world.

I must say they have been a dream team, and any reservations I had about doing this from afar quickly vanished when I saw what good/capable hands I am in…thanks guys!

And now onto today’s post….

Bathroom lighting, it is often the finishing touch for a bathroom and with today’s vast array of choices, it can make a real statement. My taste honestly has not wavered much over the last 10 or so years however in this house, we are going a bit more transitional and less formal than our house here in NY.

MASTER BATHS- I love sconce lighting, I could live with sconces only…the lighting they give is so beautiful day or night. In my bathroom I will have at least a pair possibly two. As I am going with a more transitional look, the lighting will follow suit.

I will have a chandelier/lantern and may be putting in one of my bell jars which would work very nicely there. For the sconces, love each of these equally and will likely put a pair for myself and a pair for my husbands bath. These are from a company I do a lot of business with, the quality is bar none.

Isn’t this so gorgeous? I feel it is a little bit more masculine so this could work beautifully for my husbands bath

This feels a little more delicate could work well for mine or the powder room

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For the chandelier I am leaning towards one of the belljars from my shop but if I were to go another route these would be some contenders-

Most likely I will go with one of my wonderful belljars, not a bad one in the bunch but I would likely go with one  of the simpler styles.

This below would work well for my husbands bath, elegant and handsome

GUEST/KIDS BATHS- For the other bathrooms I will go with a simple polished nickel style and vary them in each bathroom. Something along this line-

POWDER ROOM- For powder room I like the idea of doing something a little dressier/stepping it up a bit….

Call me crazy but I ordered a pair of these as they were only $146!!! Click here to see, how could I pass them up. I know I will use them somewhere

Wow this has me excited over all of the beautiful lighting choices, so many pretty classically beautiful things to choose from. This is when it’s going to get fun and at the rate we are going, we will be at this stage before we know it. So…how about you? Anything here excite you? We are going for a cleaner, transitional look and I think we are well on the way.

Thank you for stopping by, wishing you a wonderful day and hope it’s feeling like spring wherever you might be, over here it still feels very much like winter! Until next time…

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Bluff Diaries Chapter 11

Hello! Just back a few weeks ago from one of my favorite places on earth,  Palmetto Bluff and I am very happy to report things are moving along at a brisk and efficient pace. It was so nice to be there and of course the highlight was getting to see our house taking shape! The framing started and as we speak they are working on the second floor, to be able to walk in and visualize and dream each of the spaces finished was amazing!

The framing should be done within a week or two and then the roof will begin. I have a few pictures to share with you  and then its some highlights from this recent visit and why we love it there so  much. We will resume next time on design and decorating topics for the next chapter as the best is yet to come!

So here is the house a few weeks ago while we were there-

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Below is the back deck which extends almost the entire width of the house overlooking the lakeunnxcxamed

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And here are some of the most recent pics that our builder sent as of last week-

These were taken from the second floor (bedrooms there will have a  lovely view to wake up to)

This below is looking through the eventual living room french doors-

There are a few reasons we chose Palmetto Bluff. We love that it’s a fully self contained community that has everything from many pool clubs, golf club, equestrian center, boating center, shooting club, tennis club, etc…and all are truly world class.

Then there is how naturally beautiful it is, every inch is so beautifully maintained, truly its like driving into a modern day Mayberry. Not to be underestimated,  is the proximity to iconic Savannah, a huge perk and only 2 hours to historic Charleston plus easy access to many other wonderful southern favorites like Sea Island, Kiawah and more….

We also love that there is fabulous Montage property on the premise which has been very convenient for us to stay at during site visits. Eventually if we have an overflow of guests we can put them up in the inn or cottages and know they are getting a 5 star experience.

Everything we could want is there, plus great proximity to the charming towns of Bluffton and Beautfort loaded with cute shops and wonderful restaurants.  So here are a few pictures which even better illustrate just why this place is so very special-

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All the “sub communities” within have the prettiest entrances like below-

There is a new Montage Inn which is fabulous, though we always opt to stay in one of the cottages, the inn is quite beautiufl

They must have known I was coming, there was lots of blue and white on display!

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The cottages are beautifully appointed-

The cottages have a beautiful view of the May River (one side of them)

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Love the generous and not often see dressing rooms

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The bathrooms are also beautifully appointed

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Every cottage comes with a pair of bikes, a fun way to get around and love that there is a dressing table outside of the bathroom, so proper and civilized!

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More pictures out and about……

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Always have  my “gas lantern” alert fully on:)

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Love all the screened in porches for early morning coffee

Firepits are everywhere along May River

Come on….anyplace that has a portable smores setup gets serious brownie points!

 

This is one of the new clubhouses (near our new house) which is just beyond gorgeous

 And a few pics from when we were in Savannah on New Years eve-

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Being in Palmetto Bluff we spent a lot of time driving around and taking notes of different aspects of the house that we want to see-

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Above we chose that brick for the trim and LOVE the pierced wall and chimney detail, below are the colors we are going with

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Suffice to say over time I will share much more about this gem of a place with you as we spend more time there, cannot wait to call it a part time home:) We will be there again in a month or so to do the electrical plan/walk through and are plugging away at fun things like kitchen cabinetry, appliances and flooring. Lots more to come….the best parts are still ahead!

If you want to catch up on past posts simply click “Bluff Diaries” in top right search bar, (make sure you pull down under search and mark blog post) then hit the search button, it will take you to all previous “chapters”. If I have enticed you to go, click here to find out more about the Montage at Palmetto Bluff and here to find out  more about the community.

And finally this video beautifully and accurately gives you a glimpse into life at Palmetto Bluff-

Thank you for stopping in and sharing this fun and very exciting journey with us. Until next time…….

PS Just this morning a new promotion has started on the most beautiful pewter handcrafted napkin rings..only do this twice a year! Click here to see the sale-

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Bluff Diaries Chapter 8

Good morning friends.  Hope you are having a good week, here it’s been very busy with lots of changes on the warehouse/office/new website front. Coming up for air.  But all good things…so no complaining but today is a nice deviation from that- Palmetto Bluff!

I waited a long time to tell you that we have officially signed with the builder as of about 3 weeks ago and it’s full steam ahead now. When I started this post we were due to get our permits on or around  Oct. 10th and break ground right after that, then Hurricane Matthew came along and derailed the plans a bit.

I was also supposed to be there this past Monday for the week with friends, but with the hurricane and clean up going on,  postponed my trip.  So…….we are hoping to get the permits in the next few days and hope to break ground this week or next and we are very excited.  Check out these pictures my friend who lives there sent me, (thanks for sending J)!

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Now that the hurricane is thankfully a thing of the past and to Palmetto Bluff’s credit they have cleaned it up,  by all reports really expeditiously. We are however already talking things like plumbing, floor outlets and custom cabinetry.  As we are really hoping to get this done as expeditiously as possible, we want everything ordered and decided upon well ahead of schedule. So we are already starting with the kitchen design which is very exciting.

The kitchen is  smaller than my current one but it’s an open layout and a nice size and I have decided I am going to do it light and airy. I am thinking a variation of a white cabinet with white marble countertops. This was my idea from the getgo and I haven’t wavered much since.

This will not be my last kitchen post but I do think this accurately sums up what I am hoping to achieve. So as my ideas start to crystallize this post is full of ideas that I am pretty much sold on.

Ready to see my latest ideas on the kitchen? Let’s get started-

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This is a great visual- So we had seen a house being built in PB  when we first started looking and immediately said “this is exactly what we want” (great layout). We then started working with that architect and we worked based off of that plan but tweaked it to our specification.

My husband was there not long ago and had a lot of fun getting to see the house almost done. It is not done necessarily in our taste but seeing the kitchen and how it’s part of one big great room in these pictures really will help you visualize as you begin to share this process with me.

 

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There will be a window on each wall, reconfiguring the way the cabinets look on either side of that range hood, not a fan of how it looks now

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This wall above (right of kitchen) I took the upper bay of cabinets and put a window in. I am giving up cabinet space but want it flooded with light and do not like the window above the cabinets…so it will be a big window with lower cabinets and fridge/freezer on either side as above

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Here is the front door (looking from great room)

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Moving along…..I went to a local plumbing business that I have done a lot of business with and was floored at how many wonderful choices there are basically with everything!

I had to look for tubs that would fit in our parameters and found two that worked great as when they pour the foundation within a week or so we need to specify where the plumbing will go-

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Simply amazed at what they are doing with tile that looks like real marble above, incredible!

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Love this thick marble countertop above, then I remind myself we will be on a budget:)

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Always drawn to polished nickel, it’s so classic

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I have  lots of inspiration pictures in my various online photo albums but there are certain kitchens I keep going back to. I know I want this to be really light and airy…probably white or a creamy white and definitely white marble.

I go back and forth between polished nickel and brass. I am really loving brass lately and it does give a certain pop and dresses things up a bit but probably will go the polished nickel route. Really torn on that one.

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This picture above and below is a good representation of what I see, definitely want to do eclipse doors!

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Some of the elements I love and am drawn to-

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LOVE these metal hoods and hope we can work it into the budget

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Already sold on white marble, there is no second choice:)

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If the metal hood will not work, then it will be a lovely wood range hood-

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But then I see this incredible sink and suddenly want to banish the word “budget” from my vocabulary!! Gorgeous!

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Love what is referred to as eclipse doors-

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I see upper cabinets on either side of range hood with these doors (love both variations)

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Pretty very pale blue island above

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Love this Ilve range but it will most likely not be within the budget so will look at other options but sure love this look:)

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And then I spotted this beauty from Viking, beautiful! My very first “adult” stove was  a Viking and I was really happy with it, I know they went through some changes in their company but hopefully are back on track, will be considering this-

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So much to love here….but I do feel the elements are coming together, enough so that I would be able to make some decisions. We have two kitchen people working on plans/quotes and we hope to get the kitchen ordered by Jan.1st.  We are simultaneously working on bathroom vanities/cabinets so that will be what I will talk about next.

The kitchen (to me) is my most important room and because it is open I want it to make a statement. That is probably the one room where I am least likely to make concessions, but am also willing to think outside the box and keep an open mind as we get started with this process.

Thanks for stopping in , wishing you a fabulous day.  Here it’s been really mild lately but supposed to turn cold again. The foliage is really starting to explode now, favorite time of year! Until next time…..

PS Yesterday was the last day for the presale ornaments, if you submitted an order but did not get an invoice/response, let us know today. We caught up last night but if anyone fell between the cracks, just let us know:)

PPS All The Enchanted Home SILVER (first 11 rows of silver) is an extra 20% until tomorrow! Use code SILVER2016  to get discount, click here to view.

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Bluff Diaries Chapter 6

Hi friends….back with another chapter. It is starting to feel like it will really happen. Our plans are out with two builders that we narrowed it down to and with luck we will have made a decision by next week, will get those final permits and be on our way!

My original plan was to be there by next Easter, that does not look likely however I sure hope that by July 4th we will be calling PB our second home:) There is so much to consider and think about, but I feel like I am making great progress well ahead of schedule by doing these posts. I already know the colors I want, the roof, the windows and shutters, that right there is huge (think of Donald saying H U G E).

Today we are going back to the interiors, when you walk in there is a wide hallway/foyer that opens to a very large great room open to the kitchen/bar (included plans on my last chapter). I have a feeling this is where we will spend a lot of our time. That room has French doors that open to a very large wide deck that goes from one end of the house to the other, love that!

So this room will have tall ceilings and we hope to do some kind of a coffered ceiling. I love when they are painted but I also really like a very light white/washed stain. So here are some of my ideas for how I see that great room being done-

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The ceiling-

Either way- painted or white washed, it is a beautiful detail and really adds to that coastal feel-

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Great color, Alabaster by  Sherwin Willliams

Flooring-

I am continuing to research this, looove the idea of a stone, like limestone or next best thing, Peacock Pavers but I know they are not as easy on the feet, so we probably will end up doing wood but I am still putting all options on the table! If I do wood it will be a lighter stain and always been a fan of herringbone anything!

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And there is no denying the beauty of a Peacock Paver…

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Rugs vs sisal-

I see doing either a tonal sisal maybe with a pattern or one of my favorite rugs, Oushaks, the more washed the better!! I know the sisal is not the most comfy on the feet but its so darn pretty, however a worn Oushak is hard to beat.

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And of course you cannot deny the beauty of a washed Oushak, so gorgeous!

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We are hoping to do a limestone/cast stone rustic French oversized mantle, I have the vision alive in my mind and know it will be a perfect choice

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The Furnishings-

The fun part aka the furniture/furnishings!  I see a lot of creamy whites, in case you are not onto this idea already:) Soft blues as a subtle bit of color, but a very soft and tonal room. I have always loved this space below that was beautifully finished by specialty finisher Leslie of Segreto, my room will be  much more casual but the feeling that invites you in and is so soothing is what I am after-

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I have always seen a big chunky tressel table in this room, the size can handle it and they are incredible durable

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And can see any of these chairs, some more casual and some more of  a rustic French

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Safavieh Furniture: Sofas, Loveseats, Recliners, Dining, Chairs, Coffee Tables, Accent Tables, Patio/Outdoor Furniture

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In the living room/family room I see lots of creamy white (in durable fabrics)

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I see a tonal room with very subtle color in soft blues and greens, these types of fabrics are what I can see on pillows and maybe a chair or two

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Love this trim as well wouldn’t it be pretty on a solid ivory pillow

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Lighting-

Always loved this light wood chandelier and am so happy I will have a place to use it, can see putting two in the great room.

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And for above the dining table which is an extension of this room can see something along this line ( a pair of these over table) All lighting from Currey

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Can see a pair of these beauties on end tables-

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And of course lots of small tables, big baskets of magazines books, a few beautiful orchids like those from my shop, all the “fluff”

Stunning Square Ivory with Blue Planter and 3 Stem Orchid Arrangement

Incredible Large Pink Orchid Plant in Long Ivory Gold Tole Planter

 

Fabulous Hydrangea in Blue and White Tole Planter

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And finally here is a loose storyboard of what I can see this room shaping up to be-

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So there you have an overall design scheme for this great room. I see it as a space that is both beautiful and of course light an airy. I think it’s going to be the center of where our living gets done. So comfort, functionality is very important, a few big comfortable sofas with plenty of chairs you can relax in are tops on my list.

Pretty soft lighting, I cannot wait to get to the point where I need to actually start making these decisions! It’s fun though to have a concept in mind and I know me, I don’t waver much, many of our ideas I know are what will end up coming to fruition.

Thank you for stopping in and following along with me..the best is surely yet to come. If you missed any of the other chapters, go to the rop right in the search bar and type in Bluff Diaries it will take you to all the previous posts. Wishing you a fabulous day, until next time……

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Bluff Diaries- Chapter 5

Hello! So here I am with another round of Bluff Diaries and some good news. The first two rounds of plan submissions got approved so we are well on our way. The plans are being submitted as I speak to the two builders we have narrowed it down to, landscape architect has been hired and things are rolling.

We are totally done with the interior plan so thought it would be fun to share it with you since I know many of you enjoy that kind of thing. We are still putting the finishing touches on the exterior. It’s a great plan in my opinion in that it is open living, love the wide front porches (especially the back) and there is room for everyone. Sure makes me realize that when a house is laid out properly you don’t need a ginormous home. I have a feeling we are going to really love living in this house.

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Today I want to divert a bit from the interiors (which is of course the most fun part) to the exterior. As we winnow down the process, we are having to think and submit our color choices to the board. I have a vision of a creamy white house with pale blue/gray shutters. The aluminum roofs are de rigueur down there and they happen to look really good. Occasionally you will see a wood shingle room which I also like.

We wanted to preserve the integrity of the true “low country” style while adding just a touch of Hamptons to it. I love a look of long windows with shutters, so pretty. As I start thinking more seriously about a lot of the  exterior features, I think I pretty much know what I am after. Today is all about my inspiration for the exterior, let’s go….

 

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This house above is a great example of the color scheme I envision for our future home,Home Bunch

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This is a beautiful color for shutters, Silver Gray by Benjamin Moore

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Another great example, love this! Belclaire House

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Really love the detailing on this house above, that railing!!!

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This is an example of the metal roofs that are so popular, like this color, Southern Living

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Isn’t this one fabulous front porch?

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Wood Shingle of wood siding….to be determined, have seen beautiful examples of both-

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This color light gray is what I am thinking for the roof-

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Madly in love with these carriage garage doors (painted in my colors of course) , if they can work with the budget, I would do these in a heartbeat!

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Another great example above

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Another beautiful color

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And you know gas lanterns are an absolute must! Bevolo

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Another beauty, Carolina Lanterns

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Who knew there are so many different shutter styles! Think I lean towards the raised panel or flat panel, a cleaner look

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LOVE this, this color is Dior Gray from B.Moore, this home is from Jack Arnold, did my research:)

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This beauty top and bottom is from the showhouse a few years back (when I first discovered Palmetto Bluff) these colors pretty much sum up what I am thinking…..

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Love the idea of either light herringbone brick or peacock pavers for the back porch-

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Kind of moving onto the “fluff” but surely the most fun part……I see two gorgeous  benches like these with some pretty pillows for the front porch, first impressions are everything! And down south a front porch is the first chance to make a great first impression.

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And a beautiful pair of planters with a boxwood topiary….

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These planters are from Authentic Provence Planters…so beautiful!

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Something along this line-

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Want to see how I can envision the front porch? Take a look….

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So that sums up in a nutshell what I am envisioning for the exterior details..of course there is much more to come but this is an overview. As we tweak the outside elevations, we are moving forward and my fingers are crossed that we will sign with a builder very soon and get this show on the road!!

If you missed the other “chapter”s on the top right of my blog where there is  a search bar you can type in “Bluff Diaries” and it will take you to the last four posts.

Thank you as always for stopping by, wishing you a wonderful day. Here it’s beautiful after a very stormy day yesterday which included a serious traffic snarl driving from the city, but it’s coooold today! Go figure:) Until next time…..

PS If you missed the post “It’s All Set” about the monthly tablescapes, you must check it out, click here

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Bluff Diaries Chapter 4

Be sure to check out all of my new arrivals, so many exciting new things!! Click here to see….

Good afternoon! Hope you had a great weekend, I am finally on the mend and today was a serious “catch up” day. Thankfully  I had started this post a week or so ago  and just put the finishing touches on.

So here I am  with chapter 4 of the Bluff Diaries…things are moving along I am happy to say. We have pretty much signed off on the interiors and I am loving the flow, it’s going to be a great space with a lot of open living. I am thrilled with how it’s  all coming together and now we are tweaking the outside elevations.

The first round of permits has been submitted so fingers are crossed that we could start building maybe late June/early July! As we inch closer, I am starting to think about the house in a more realistic sense, how we will use it and live there day to day (when we are there).

One room that I think we will use a lot is a study/small-ish family room right off the kitchen with access to the long back porch and a view of the lake. I can imagine that I will look to retreat there  early in the morning with a cup of coffee and late in the afternoon with a glass of wine or cocktail:)

I have this persistent vision for some reason of doing lacquered built ins. If I get really daring,  I would do them in a pale blue/gray but the safe/left side of my brain says do a pale wheat/taupe color. Truthfully either color could be spectacular.

I see a beautiful worn soft colored rug (think Oushak) a comfy but good looking couch, a few really cozy club chairs, maybe a small desk. I see built ins with plenty of bookshelves and no over head lighting, just a few perfectly placed lamps for soft lighting.

So as I daydream about a lacquered room that is what’s on my mind this go around and this is one room I feel like I know exactly what I want to do and chances are this will not change.  I did some “investigative research” (makes it sound official) and spent a lot of time to find the images that best convey the look I am after. So here are some pictures to drive home my point……

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This picture  best illustrates the look I am after, love the color, the tones and the overall feeling…..from John B. Murray

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And yet this below is my argument (and a mighty good one) for the pale blue, love the feeling here and the colors! I happened to see this house 2 years ago on a house tour and this room stayed with me ever since! SB Long,

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And look at the before and after picture that I found in my “investigative research”…amazing!

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So seeing them both….which would you choose?


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Here is another variation of the blue, though what I would use would have a bit more gray but this is the idea- I would also would consider doing the back pantry area in this color if I don’t do the study in blue

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Plan on having ample bookcases like above

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This is a color I have used, Stony Ground by Farrow and Ball, and this would be the colorway if I go the taupe route

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And if go the pale blue/gray route, Borrowed Light also a Farrow and Ball color would be a great way to go

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Love the idea of wallpapering the back of the bookshelves

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This is a great picture to show the palette and overall feeling I am going for, Phoebe Howard

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These both show a pale blue/gray finish which is awfully pretty!

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This is a different colorway (but so beautiful) however I do love the way the sofa is nestled into the bookcases, a clever use of space, Phoebe Howard

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Both of these pictures above and below beautifully exemplify the overall feeling/tones I see for this space, soft and soothing

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Now a look at some of the actual elements that would go in this room….

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This rug would be beautifully in this room I am dreaming up:)

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Coffee tables by Hickory Chair

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Sherill sofa

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Lee sofa

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Love both of these lamps and the more transitional feeling of them, Chrsitsopher Spitzmeiler

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This fabric (Fabricut) is not necessarily my top pick in design, but it  has all the colors to a tee that I am looking for, so keeping it on the backburner, because you never know, I could see it as a simple pleated Roman shade or soft drapes finished with a tonal wide tape like this one below from Samuel and Sons-

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Both of these pillows would fit right in with what I see in the room…..

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OK now you want to see how tall this looks on a mood board? I am really loving it…..

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I must say I really love the way this is headed, its nice to feel so certain about at least one of the rooms! Whereas the others I am in a few directions, this one I really think I could do right away if I had to, I feel that certain.

Do you have a preference of the pale taupe vs. the pale blue/gray/green painted cabinetry? Would love your take so vote if you are so inclined, I always value what all of you have to say.

If you want to see other installments of the Bluff Diaries, go to the top right corner where it says “search” and type in Bluff Diaries, it will take you to all the other “chapters”. Next time around I hope to share the interior layout with you. Thank you for stopping in. Until next time…..

PS If you missed my Seven on Sunday, click here

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The Bluff Diaries chapter 1

Hi friends, hope you had a nice weekend and it wasn’t as frigid where you are as it has been here…brrrrrr! Thankfully today the cold is breaking and we are to get to a balmy 50 degrees, works for me!

So I am starting a new series, The Bluff Diaries and this is chapter 1 of many many more to come. As many of know by now we are going to be building a new southern home in beautiful Palmetto Bluff which I am quite excited about.

This is very much in the premature stage of the entire process, as we are just now signing with the architect, but are actually one step ahead of the game as we saw a home we really liked last time we were there and are taking those plans and modifying them to suit our needs. This will really speed things up and if we are lucky and get our permits quickly, we might be starting to build in May. You know both my hubby and I do have not patience so our fingers are crossed.

If you are like me and get a little giddy over things like a blank room and getting to decorate it, a new kitchen and baths, then you can understand that my mind is racing with possibilities. So here are some very premature thoughts on what I am thinking for the house. Once we start building I will do more regular posts on this series so stay tuned the best is yet to come……

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Main flooring throughout house– I am likely going to go with? wood but might just be tempted to go with a tile that looks like wood, they have come so far and honestly it is hard to tell them apart. The tile is indestructible and cheaper, while having the beauty of wood, here are some examples of what I like and I bet you can’t even tell which is wood and which is tile!

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OK which are wood and which are tile?

Surprise….they are all tile if you can believe it, crazy I know!

 

Rugs- I want rugs for great room and dining area and am possibly going to go with sisal but if I do opt for a more traditional rug it will be a washed out oushak, a favorite. These are from Safavieh….

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If I do sisal for living/dining area I would probably opt for one with a pattern like these, love this!

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For the stairs sisal is a must…

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Bedroom flooring– Though you see a lot of homes with wood throughout the entire home in PB, I really like wall to wall in the bedroom, it just makes everything feel so cozy and warm.

I may do this with a one foot border of wood exposed around the perimeter of the room, which is another popular look, Below are some of the wall to wall carpets I really like, I favor the idea of a subtle pattern/style then keeping the rest of the room very soft and tonal……

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Bathroom flooring- I love marble and used it in all the bathrooms in this house, so will do the same in P.B. It is classically beautiful, stands the test of time and honestly just makes a bathroom feel so luxurious. I will likely use? all neutrals as in whites and creams and might do one in Celeste Blue and white if I? can get a deal on it as it tends to be pricey…..

Celeste blue and Thassos-

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How interesting could this be for a beautiful powder room floor! (Tilebar)

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This could be pretty for a powder room or master bath (Tilebar)

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I love white and cream together, we already have this floor from Tilebar but it would not stop be from doing a guest bath in it again:)

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Then of course there is the simple understated elegant of beautiful marble herringbone floors, did my sons bathroom in this pattern and love it today as much as I did 4 years ago…..

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Outside porch- We are going to have a very large covered porch that runs the entire lenght of the house and I have a feeling it will be a space we use a lot. I love the idea of using a lighter colored brick in a herringbone pattern. Practical, classic and elegant.

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So that about covers my ideas on? flooring, these ideas are petty solid and when I love something I commit to it (even if its just in my mind at this point). I hope that once we start the actual building process, it will go expeditiously, as I will want to get busy making decisions and getting things lined up to minimize delays!

I have also started a Pinterest board entitled “Bluff Diaries” for all of my evolving inspiration for this house, at the wee beginnings but its a start! Click here to follow along.

Next few “chapters”? will be on paint, lighting, kitchen ideas, baths, I will break it up by subject until the actual building begins. Thanks for stopping in….have any ideas? Do tell! Until next time…….

PS If you missed my Seven on Sunday post click here

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Big news and my inner southern belle has awakened!

Hi there and no the big news is not the big snow storm headed this way though I secretly am kind of excited (few can understand it) we will not get clobbered as badly as the DC area (wow) but are expected to get 6-12″ which is plenty for me and let’s face it, everything and I do mean everything looks prettier in the snow! If you follow me on Instagram you can bank on a slew of snow pictures:)

After Christmas we took off for a place that has somewhat stolen my heart, Palmetto Bluff. One word…amazing. If you have not been there, then by all means,? go! If you have, then you know what I am talking about:) We went there to consider purchasing a second home, which when we were there in Sept. we decided was a viable option.

Well, big news……..we did it! We bought land and are going to be building our dream southern home. Though building is not exactly what we had set out to do (kind of like it happened with this house we are in).? In the end, it made the most sense, there is not a lot for sale there and of what is for sale either did not work for us or required some renovation. Then we saw a beautiful lot on the lake and that kind of sealed the deal and we both agreed…it just felt right. With an entrance like this you can see why….

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So a new project is born and just as so many of you followed along with the building of our main house, I too hope you will join me for the ride on this next home. Though it will be no where near the scope of this house, it will be given the same degree of love and care (but from afar) and I am really excited about it. We are in the process of speaking to various architects and builders and with luck we will begin in the spring, fingers are crossed.

This is a place I hope to use for? family gatherings, possibly some Christmas’s or Thanksgiving’s, a place to invite our extended family, girlfriend retreats and eventually when our boys marry,? hope we might use this as a family retreat where we can welcome grandkids and who knows maybe host a wedding there!

As I have explained to so many when I describe Palmetto Bluff, once you pass through those gates, it is as though you are entering a little slice of heaven and leaving the chaos of the world behind you, where time slows down and a sense of civilization is restored and? I say this without a single ounce of exaggeration.

I included a video for anyone who has an extra 5 minutes to look at to give you an idea of what its all about…..and unlike so many promotional videos, this one does not exaggerate one iota! Plus everyone is so darn nice…..a huge perk.? They come from near and far, California to Maine, Russia to Australia….it’s quite international and with good reason.

 

I am busy now getting ideas together to show the architect so he has an idea of exactly what we are looking for. We saw a home being built which had a nearly identical floorplan of what we have in mind so it might be a huge time and money saver to modify those plans…fingers crossed!

We know we want this house to have an open floor plan, to be light and airy….not formal at all, just inviting and true to the low country style we are after. Here are some ideas so far…….this is just the start:)

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A very wide open front porch with fans….A MUST!

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Must have a big wide back porch and a front as well

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Firepit- absolutely!

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These are representative of that iconic “low country style”

These are interior shots that I like a lot, light, airy, lofty spaces, bead boarding some detail on the ceiling, so livable….

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This palette is what I see throughout the house with lighter woods….

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And some perks of getting to do this house from the ground up…..

Of course that we get to custom design it to our liking

That I get to design another kitchen and bathrooms…fun!

That I will get to do my blue and white powder room as well as a blue and white guest room:)

That I can incorporate some of the things I have learned from building this house into the new one…albeit on a much smaller scale

Perhaps the biggest perk…getting another place to use and display my beloved blue and white porcelains)

Getting to share it with you,? my readers…priceless!

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Must be meant to be because when I started going through a bunch of my online albums so many of my saved pictures included pictures of the look and feeling I hope to achieve in this home….destiny I tell you:)

Of course this is just the beginning….many many more posts on this subject to come. We spoke with an architect this morning and are hoping we might contract him to do the job. We are hoping with luck to begin building in April. You can be sure I will keep you posted every step of the way and share my ideas and dreams with you.

Thank you for stopping by and for sharing all my adventures with me…..love having the company:)

 

PS Today all pillows on my online shop are 20% off, use code pillows20 for discount (ends tonight at midnight) Great time to take advantage:) Click here

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Random musings seen through my iphone….

Good evening everyone….as I settle back into my routine here at home and the office, I wanted to share with you my highlights of the last 10 days. The day after Christmas we? traveled to Palmetto Bluff, yes we cannot seem to stay away:) More on that subject in a few days…..

Then ended the year in Charleston…another favorite city. Having a son who will not fly no matter what (and that has included some serious bribes on my husbands part)? has limited where we go as a family, but the important thing is that we were together and had an absolute blast, not to mention a heatwave…we had days of high 70’s and one day that it got to a whopping 83!!

Seeing that in NY today its in the 30’s…..I would love to be back there right now:) Very little narration necessary as the pictures do most of the talking…..

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These were all taken Christmas morning…..

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And onward to Palmetto Bluff….

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Arriving to Charleston on New Years Eve….

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Any restaurant that features cake on their BREAKFAST menu….especially coconut cake has a fan in? me for life!! (Peninsula Inn for breakfast)

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Even their elegant sitting room off the foyer is beautifully appointed with a pretty little coffee bar (and GREAT coffee too)!

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Even in the rain, Charleston is full of charm

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You can imagine my disappointment to see this gorgeous shop was closed on New Years Day (my husband…not so much)

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Charleston is a beautiful place to go front door shopping…….this was a beauty!

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And back at home it’s freeeeeezing here, was very busy over at the warehouse getting the orders out the door and of course putting aside a stash for all my hard work:)

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Remember my “infirmary” for my plants? Well happy to report several “patients” are being discharged:)

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And so happy to have a my great Ilve stove? for marathon soup cooking!

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Loved coming home to my beautiful new extra long chinoiserie lumbar pillow for my bed…..

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And finally as the Christmas takedown begins (always bittersweet) I quickly came up with a pretty new blue and white vignette for my mantle!

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And with the antiqued version….

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So thats a little recap…..such a fun week. I swear going there is truly a happy place, it is like stepping back in time and entering a happy zone. If you have the opportunity to go….by all means, do! Thank you for stopping by, wishing you a wonderful evening. Until next time…..

PS Last few hours (ends at midnight tonight) for the flash sale on selected porcelains……click here to view and also to enter the foo dog giveaway!

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