HouseTour: NauticalHouseontheBay

The bay… It just sounds romantic, doesn’t it? It’s no coincidence that this fabulous cedar shake beauty is just that. A fresh, clean palette of neutrals and blues is almost as soothing as the enviable water views from practically every window and each architectural detail is better than the next. This tour made us feel like bundling up, getting out on the water and experiencing that cool, fresh air that only winter can give. We hope it does the same for you!

Thanks for spending your Wednesday by our (well, not really our) pool!

Source: Austin Patterson Disston Architects

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HouseTour:PatrickAhearnArchitect

We had the pleasure of spending last week in the lovely — and delightfully fall feeling — Martha’s Vineyard.
As if the combination of beach and mountain landscapes and unbelievable views weren’t enough, we could marvel for days at the stunning architecture!
If you’re a regular on our blog, you know that Patrick Ahearn has come up more than a few times… And we walked by his office more than a few times over the course of the trip!
And, now that we’re home, we get to “walk” inside one of his more fabulous creations.
Every room focuses on the one thing that money can’t buy: the view. (Well, obviously money can buy the view but not the elements that create the view!)
Authentic architectural details like the ceilings create the feeling of Martha’s Vineyard history.
This probably doesn’t come as a shock… But we are obsessed with this crisp, clean color palette.
The art really does the talking in every room!
If a seaside home should be anything, it’s light. The light through the bookcases — and, of course, that incredible skylight — are thoughtful details that make the home feel bright.
The air of this home — like the air of the island itself — is elegant and refined yet simple and functional. We think it’s the best combination.
This spacious suite is ideal for relaxing. We love the use of the portrait lights over these prints. They really make every piece feel incredibly special!
The setup of this bathroom is so cool! The double-entry shower is another one of those architectural touches that make people like Patrick Ahearn so indispensable!
This house tour already has us dreaming of our next trip to the Vineyard… And little Will (Happy 2nd birthday, little boy!) hasn’t stopped talking about the “baby plane” we took from Boston since he stepped off of it. We’ll leave that daydreaming to him — and stick to visions of gorgeous homes like this one! Wishing all of you a daydreamy kind of day!

Source: Patrick Ahearn Architect

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In Good Taste: Sea Island Builders

We know we’ve said this before, but, as much as we love old houses (We must to still be hanging in on the Beaufort renovation after more than a year…) we absolutely adore the “new old” house. All the charm and detail of a place centuries its senior, the “new old” home is efficient, easy-to-maintain and combines the convenience of the new with everything we love about the old. 
The trick is finding the perfect builder. When we spotted this Low Country gem, we had to find its creator. When we did, we realized that it isn’t just this house. All of Sea Island Builders’ work is in good taste!

We adore a home that appears to be a tiny cottage from the front but still has plenty of space. A garage is nearly a necessity in the salt air, and it’s all the better when it doubles as a spot for guests. It’s easier to say “the more, the merrier,” when you don’t have to share your bathroom!
This room is the ultimate place for lounging — especially on a rainy day. We can see this being the best spot for older kids and teens to congregate after a long day on the beach or the boat!
This aesthetic is so perfect for a beach home. It’s simple, uncluttered and easy to maintain. Wet bathing suits are welcome on the dining chairs and the sand can be swept right out the door!
Banquettes are, in our opinion, one of the best uses of small dining spaces. They take advantage of every square inch of available room, hold tons of people and can be used for lounging any old time of day. We wouldn’t ever want to leave this sunny spot!
Wow! We love adding interest to that fifth wall, and these ceilings are phenomenal! That barrel in the hall adds loads of height and the coffered ceiling in the living room complements the built-ins.
Shingles are without a doubt one of our favorite picks for a coastal home. In a bright — but not too bright — Bahamian color, this home is so welcoming. You know, even from the outside, that, inside, a good time is had by all!
We seriously can’t get over the details in this space. That paneling is just the right laid-back fabulous, and the ceilings everywhere are a true focal point.
We love dining rooms, but, when a breakfast bar is around, they seem to get used less and less! This eat-in kitchen is ideal for grabbing a quick bite without the muss and fuss of setting the table.
King Arthur had something going all those years ago when he started meeting with those knights at the round table. Round dining tables add such intimacy to a dinner party and the feeling that no one around the table is too far away to talk. The octagonal feature in the ceiling mirrors the table creating a sense of balance and the feel that the table was positively made for the room.
The earth tones of this kitchen blend with the wilderness outside the doors to create a feeling of harmonious living. The continuity between indoors and out is so soothing.
One of the best things about the beach is enjoying it with friends! Little nooks like these that double as extra eating and sitting space are crucial for adding guests while keeping everyone comfortable.
This wall of sailing flags is the perfect nautical chic touch. Those gorgeous doors set the tone of the house from first glance.
We’re speechless over this staircase! It is truly a work of art and an out-of-the-box way to get from one floor to the next without hogging so much room with a massive staircase. We bet the view from the top of this spiral case is something else!
Everything about this kitchen feels low maintenance and clean. The bar stools add the right amount of industrial personality without overwhelming the space.
We are all about outdoor living, and this screened porch couldn’t be more inviting. Don’t you just love an outdoor fireplace? It makes the room livable all year long.
The inside of a house is only as good as the outside. We love the attention to detail on this deck and have the distinct feeling that everyone who leaves this home is as impressed leaving as they were coming.
We hope you’ve enjoyed Sea Island Builders as much as we did. Thanks for visiting with us today!

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House Tour: California Beach House

When Kim and Mark Dempster wanted to redesign their California beach home, the huge buoy light fixtures in Erin Martin’s window inspired them to ask her to become their designer. The unique nautical touches and coastal chic style didn’t stop there. We hope you love taking a peek inside this quaint, fabulously remodeled getaway as much as we did!

As if we didn’t have spring fever already… Are you dreaming of long days on the beach like we are? Thanks for stopping by today!

Source: House Beautiful

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Outdoor Showers

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The only thing better than a long, steamy, relaxing shower is that same shower in the great outdoors!
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The sky above, fresh air, birds chirping…
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Well, you get the idea.
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Even if you’re not into the idea of getting clean where the sun is shining,
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outdoor showers are super convenient.
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Who wants all that sand tracked all over the house?
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We can’t think of much more relaxing than a fabulous bathtub in the morning light.
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Outdoor showers can be so incredibly stylish too!
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And they don’t have to be elaborate to be fabulous.
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If we had to choose, we think this would be the one. What an incredible place to unwind after a long day.

We think an outdoor sink really ups the ante. We might be a little more excited about our morning routine if it started in a place like this! 
We hope you’re having a fantastic start to your day!

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Things We Love: The Gambrel Roof

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So many, many factors combine together to define the look, feel and appeal of a the exterior of a home.
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The materials, the colors, and, of course, the roof line. 
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While a plain, pitched roof is perfect for many exteriors, the architectural detail of a gambrel roof sets a home apart.
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The symmetrical, two-sided roof with two slopes on each side is traditionally seen in barns but can be used for so, so much more.
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A gambrel roof adds height and interest to any facade. We especially love it when it’s covered in cedar shakes!
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The gambrel roof on this home combined with the idyllic English garden and gorgeous view is so serene.
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We love how the materials and colors on this home are the same, but the different rooflines add an unexpected element that is so aesthetically pleasing.
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The roof lines, water and rock wall make this home feel a little like an enchanted castle!
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Multiple roof lines can make a larger home feel anything but repetitive.

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The asymmetry of this beautiful house is amazing! What a wonderful place to call home.
We hope you’re all having an amazing day!

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