When I saw the 2014 Southern Living Idea House advertised in Southern Living Magazine, I decided we needed to find a weekend on our calendar and discover the community of Palmetto Bluff and Hilton Head Island in the Carolina low country.
Last weekend after work on Friday we took the four hour drive from Charlotte, NC to Hilton Head Island, SC. We woke up early on Saturday and started our morning at the beautiful lighthouse in Sea Pines, a community on the South side of the island.
Overlooking the lighthouse and marina are lot's of unique shops and boutiques to browse in and stay in from the humid 84 degree heat.
The Mystique was so beautifully constructed out of teak and mahogany.
On one side of the marina are these adirondack chairs overlooking the marshland...
...and on the other is this bar of sand that lends a home to all these kayaks.
Then we stopped for lunch at The Crazy Crab. My hubby feasted on the shrimp boil (ask for the melted butter) and I feasted on a salmon skewer, both are recommended.
After a nice morning we headed to the small community of Palmetto Bluff about twenty minutes away to go tour the 2014 Southern Living idea house.
As we drove up to the gated community we were greeted by security and given a visitors pass. The community has plantation style homes with white picket fences and canopies of trees that give it a secluded feeling. We felt like we were on a movie set.
This is the postcard we picked up of the back of the house.
This is the front of the Southern Living idea home. There's a crunchy pea gravel driveway that leads to a garage and a carport.
Behind the slatted gates in the carport were the trash cans, electrical units and a/c unit. If this were my home, I'd grow a vine on the slats to hide them even more, as it's the first thing you see and hear as you walk towards the front porch.
Let's go inside...
As we entered I was wowed by the living room, the two story room was relaxed with a coastal casual style. If you look at the walls closely, you'll see that they were horizontal planks painted.
The coil mesh curtain and fireplace were a focal point. Not my personal taste, and not the most practical for anyone with children or pets as you have to walk through it to go into the master bedroom.
Let's go into the master bedroom.
The master bathroom.
I had chosen the same soaps for our coastal bathroom remodel. They are from World Market, and smell fabulous.
As you step out the master suite, you are greeted with a porch overlooking the water.
We both agreed that if this were our home, we'd screen in the porch because in 'real life' there were remnants of dead bugs all over this cream suite of outdoor furniture.
As you step through the blue door, your greeted with the kitchen.
Next to the kitchen is the clutter room, adorned with pottery and sewing supplies.
As you go up the stairway near the dining table, you have a landing with two bedrooms on each side.
The children's bedrooms.
For more "professionally" staged photos of the house, you can view them on Susan's blog, Between Naps on The Porch.
After we left the house, we toured a few other idea houses in the community before heading towards the inn. We lunched on the Maison flatbread at Buffalo's, it was delicious and the service was gracious also.
Fold your hands together: Here's the church, here's the steeple, Open the doors and see all the people.
Absolutely beautiful low country scenery, just sit a spell and look at this beauty.
We then returned to our hotel to change for the beach. Hilton Head Island has a popular beach called Colginy with miles of sandy shores. We meandered for miles, greeting several well behaved dogs along our way and walked back while watching the sun set.
After the beach we returned to the hotel to rest and get ready for dinner at The Salty Dog Café on the South side of the island. My hubby feasted on the Alaskan crab legs and I feasted on the seafood pot pie. They served generous portions as you can see.
We woke up early on Sunday also and headed back to Bluffton, for brunch at The Cottage. I didn't get a picture because it was pretty busy. But here's a picture from their website.
After brunch we headed back home to Charlotte, NC relaxed from a nice weekend away. Our pets did really good, and we had a busy week ahead when we got back, more on that later!
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