Design inspiration, dream home or ‘the great escape’ aptly describe this coastal beauty nestled comfortably on an historical Florida coast originally known for its boat and home building craftsmanship. Crane Island, Florida (near Fernandina Beach) enjoyed the privilege of hosting the construction of the Southern Living Idea House in partnership with Riverside Custom Homes and designer Heather Chadduck Hillegas.
At first glance, this new-old Victorian styled home gives a settled, established feel evidenced by the builders ability to construct the placement of the home to complement the natural landscape of the property and existing trees resulting in an enhanced beach-front home, according to landscape architect Dan Hooten.
The dreamy white exterior is finished in Drift of Mist (SW9166) which surrounds the welcoming front door finished in Blustery Sky (SW9140), both provided by Sherwin Williams.
Beauty and practicality are seamlessly intertwined from the breathtaking entrance to the outdoor space as every consideration was incorporated for ease of movement throughout spacious and natural light filled home loaded with elegant design details.
Another amazing architectural feat is that every room has a view which only enhances the sense of an emotional and spiritual get-away feel.
A unique design treatment for the kitchen backsplash almost catches you by surprise with a lovely Gracie wallpaper featured over the range. Although for the sake of practicality, it is covered by a thin layer of Plexiglas for easy care it evokes an aged patina that connects with the Venetian plaster treatment over the hood. This could be the start of a new trend.
Last, but certainly not least, this outdoor living room seems to be the perfect space to take a moment from everyday commitments. The generous screened porch was placed on the side of the house to protect the view out back and the fireplace makes it enjoyable year round.
This project is worth taking a look at the full gallery of interior and exterior views, I promise you will experience the same design inspiration that I did upon first view. The careful and meticulous effort that went into this project makes it a winner in my book.
Please Tour the Ultimate Southern Dream House and let me know what decorating tips that you can apply to your home!
Photo Credit: Laurey W. Glenn