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Hi friends, well we are finally approaching the finish line down in Palmetto Bluff. We are finally down to the last few weeks so buttoning this beautiful cottage up and it can’t come a moment too soon. We hope to get there down there in  about a week or two to go through a punch list and finalize a few last minute selections.

Once I am there, I know my wheels will start turning fast and furious! I want to make so many decisions like bedding, accessories, window treatments but really have hesitated to make those decisions until I am there standing in the finished space.

Still lots of aesthetic touches to be done and I just don’t want to do them until I actually am standing in the house. We had no choice but to make many decisions from afar, and did our best but being in on site is of course always optimal. I am just happy we are nearly there……

So let me show you some of the latest….


May not look like much but they started putting in plants, with luck these will grow into a pretty boxwood hedge

Paint getting finished up (side door elevation)

Small patio complete where we will put a BBQ

Both baths upstairs got their countertops now waiting on mirrors and lighting, bath upstairs got a tub…one stop closer!

Not at all, a  great picture but fixture above dining room table

Countertops and backsplash got put in….lanterns next!


Pretty lighting fixture installed!

Doors got painted (lattice going over these)

Love that window….can’t wait to se this room with the wallpaper

Above tile will be put in small laundry room

For the office/mud room we are still waiting on the lattice which will go on top of the doors then I will wallpaper the entire space, I found these lovely papers through Danika Herrick and going to take the two samples down there with me to make my final decision. Do you have a preference?



And that’s a wrap!


A special thank you to  (click on the blue to visit their websites) Incidentally all of these we used for our old home as well-


Element Builders who are building our home and doing a fabulous job 


Court Atkins, our very talented architect who we used for the second time (why change a good thing!)


Dan Keefer of Witmore.Jones.Keefer, our fantastic and talented landscape architect


Hilton Head Landscaping, our talented landscaping crew


Paint in office/mudroom- Beacon Gray by Benjamin Moore



All wallpapers shown- By Danika Henrick


Starting today in celebration of summer and flowers, every single planter on our site is 25% off!! Click here to visit shop (use code- planter)

You know when I am there, I take pictures of every nook and cranny, these above were sent by our builder but gives you the idea of what’s happening. Can’t wait to get down there and let my imagination run wild with what we have left to do (a lot).

Many of you often have questions, as I did last time, feel free to ask your questions in the comment section below, I will answer them there as well.

We will move in with some furniture that we had ordered and thankfully all outdoor furniture is ready to be delivered. Will be sure yo keep you in the loop every step of the way! Thanks for stopping by, wishing everyone a great day! Until next time……

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Beautiful- would you mind sharing where your dining table lighting fixture is from? Many thanks

Do you still have your horse? I might have missed something along the way if so I’m sorry.

Tina-you sound a bit nervous about the house at Palmetto but I can see it’s going to be fabulous-never fear-it will be wonderful.

Gorgeous, Tina!!! I can’t WAIT for you to truly make it a home. I believe your plan is to eventually build a main house, and have a cottage for each of your sons, and this house is one of the cottages, correct?? What a wonderful idea! More pictures please!!

Just noticed that the header on this page says Dairies twice and Diaries under the drawing. My guess is it should be Diaries. I enjoy watching your beautiful home evolve.

Please share the color of the white paint you used on your kitchen cabinets. Everything is beautiful. Love the tile in the laundry room.

Would love to know sources for the tile and also what makes of appliances you chose. I am beginning to build a small house…downsizing….and the info would be so helpful.
It all looks great, Tina!

I’ve engaged this project every step of the way with you! What a dream design coming to fruition 💙 I love every detail and await the final reveal in your timing!

Would you be able to reissue the floor plans. I seem to have misplaced them. I love looking at the structural side by side with the
Decorative. 🙏🏻🤞

It is coming along so beautifully. What a dreamy house. I love all of your selections and cannot wait to see your finishing touches.
I love the mood board for your office, it is all perfection.

I have been there once and it is like a little piece of heaven.

How I wish you could come over to Cincinnati and design a home for us. You do a fabulous job on every home you touch, and it’s so beautiful. I’m happy you’ll have one home done. Then your new home will be renovated, and you can enjoy both places! It’s fun to see your progress. We’re always adding or renovating one of our homes. We have three, and it seems like my husband always wants to renovate or add on a wing etc. So watching you gives me such inspiration. Tina, you are so gifted!!!

You are so talented to be able to entirely spec out all these homes of yours! They are all incredible. Will you share the bathtub and tub faucet and vanity faucet in the upstairs bath? I am embarking on a master bath remodel.
Thanks so much
Trudi R.

I love the style of this home. The outside architecture is stunning. It’s going to be a beautiful reprieve for you and your family. Can’t wait to see more, as you finish up and settle in. Best, Fanny

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