House Tour: Bald Head Island

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 We must have North Carolina on the brain this week! A gorgeous designer yesterday… A fabulous house today… 

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 Of all of the amazing and travel-worthy spots in our state, Bald Head Island is one of the most unique — and one of our favorites! Leaving your car on the mainland, traveling by ferry and getting from place to place via golf cart couldn’t be more of an escape or more relaxing. And Lisa Sherry of Lisa Sherry Interieurs‘ Bald Head home couldn’t be more fabulous or swoon-worthy if it tried! (She’s pretty fabulous herself!)

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Monday Musing: Honed Marble

Peacock Kitchens
We’re finally only weeks away from finishing the Beaufort house. 
de Giulio Kitchens
So, it was time to pick kitchen countertops!
CJB Design
If you’ve ever been to a stoneyard, you know that slab after slab after slab of stone can get a little overwhelming.
Pacific Peninsula Group
Fortunately, we only had to look at one.
O’Brien Harris Design
When it comes to a clean, classic elegance that never gets old, white marble is the way to go.
Susan Gilmore Photography
While the shiny stuff can stain, stain, stain, a honed surface can be sealed to prevent those red wine spills and grape juice rings from becoming a part of your kitchen history.
St. Charles of New York
Lines and etches can still happen, but they’re less obvious.
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Plus, it’s an old house. 
Cote de Texas
A well-worn, oft-used countertop fits right in.
Phoebe Howard Design
We went with a clean, straight edge like this.
Lauren Nelson Design
A rounded, ogee edge like this is sophisticated and chic.
Kate Davidson Design
But for that laid back feel we were striving for, we think something more casual was perfect.
Loi Thai – Tone on Tone Antiques 
It’s no coincidence that Mom’s design style obsession, Loi Thai, has honed marble in his fabulous kitchen…
Tina – The Enchanted Home
The lovely and talented Tina from the Enchanted Home has marble in her kitchen too.

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Do we get a marble farm sink too? A girl can dream… 
Thanks for visiting us today! 

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Farmhouse Sinks

Amoroso Design

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Beaufort Update: The Demolition Continues!

 No, I had not been drinking when these pictures were taken. The only thing I can figure is that little hands were grabbing at my phone as I was snapping away… Mom and Dad’s bathroom and closet have been ripped out, and things look promising!
 We hope we can improve upon the harvest gold fixtures. 

This is the doorway from their bedroom into the bath. The smaller doorway will be closed up to give a longer wall for placing the bed. Here’s a design lesson: Sometimes trim that coordinates with the attached bath is not a winning idea!
 Ignore the yucky fixtures — this is our “Portajohn” during construction. But we are so shocked to see that this closet underneath the stairs looks much more spacious than we thought it would converted to a half bath.
 Some fun remnants of the past in the upstairs bathroom. Do you think we should revert back to one of these pretty wallpaper patterns? 😉
One of the previous owners of this house way back when embezzled money from the bank where he worked. Legend has it that he stashed the cash somewhere in these walls… Will and Daddy can’t find it.

 It was hard to get a good shot of the upstairs bath, but it has opened up so much. 

 Once this wall is knocked down, little Will is going to have a great bedroom — much bigger than we expected!

 Fortunately, there was no need to demo the late-afternoon view… When we start feeling overwhelmed we have to go sit on the porch for awhile and remind ourselves that this really is going to be great — one day!
Thank you so much for stopping by today. We hope you have a fabulous Monday!

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Insanity…

 

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And, no, we don’t mean the workout. (Although, I’d kind of like to try it… Any thoughts?) We finally, after months of searching, bought a house in Beaufort, NC! Yay! Here’s the insane part: It’s a MAJOR fixer upper. The front part was built in 1813, the rest in 1907, and we’d say it hasn’t been updated in a good forty years. Add to that that it has been empty for five, and you can imagine what we have ahead of us.
It was one of those places that we walked in, chuckled and murmured under our breaths: “Who would buy this place?” But there was something about it that just wouldn’t let us go. 
Brace yourself for these before photos. You have to see the before to really be able to appreciate the after, right? We’re just going to give you a glimpse into the downstairs today. This is the entrance. Good news: fireplace. Bad news: Faux brick mantle. 
The bones and charming details are there, but these photos actually do the condition of the place justice. Even the ceilings have to be completely redone. Well, I mean, they don’t have to be, but ceiling tiles covering peeling plaster weren’t what we had in mind for our dream coastal vacation spot.

 

Bright side: The hardwoods under this carpet are in fixable shape!
It has a great, big dining room for holding lots of fun summer parties! (You’re all invited any time, of course.)
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Ta da! We are actually beyond thrilled with this kitchen. There is really nothing salvageable in the entire thing, which is great. It reduces that “Well, maybe we should save the cabinets and redo them later” thinking. The true tabula rasa.
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We can gut it, add French doors and windows… a few hardwood floors… a little marble… a giant island… some glass cabinets… snazzy appliances… and — voila! — we’ll have the kitchen of our dreams!
Beach house laundry room
This is going to be a darling mudroom when it grows up!
beach house bedroom
This is the downstairs master. As Will said, you can tell there was a well-worn foot traffic pattern going on here. Bad news: The floors under here are not salvageable.
Good news: The toilet seat cover came with the house. I bet this was one sassy bath in its day!
Oh, wait. What’s that you say? There’s another bathroom on the other side of the downstairs master! Until you walk in it… Or, rather, crawl on your hands and knees. The ceiling is, no exaggeration, four feet tall. It is one of the great unanswered questions about this house. When we find out why one would have a bathroom with a four-foot tall ceiling — in the downstairs master — we’ll let you know!
Although, truth be told, the view sort of makes up for any of the home’s shortcomings… Pun intended 🙂 We can’t wait to show you rest of it and keep you updated as we begin this fun renovation! I’m sure we’ll need lots of advice, and we’re lucky to have all you chic readers to help us out! Stay tuned…
Happy Monday, everyone! 

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