House Tour: Historic Beauty in Mill Valley

Mill Valley house

If you aren’t familiar with the talented team at G.P. Schafer Architects and the fabulous London based designer Rita Konig, you definitely need to keep reading!  Their portfolios are so bursting with gorgeous homes that it was hard to choose which to showcase first. But one look at this Mill Valley House,  we knew it was the one. The young couple who purchased the home wanted to maintain the original charm of this 1870s stunner while updating it for modern living. Take a peek and you’ll see that the dream team of GPSA  and Rita Konig achieved just that!    

Mill Valley house and garden


Mill Valley dutch door

















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The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re looking for something to read, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

September 21: Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, NC, Q&A and Signing. Presented by Friends of the Library. For more information call the Library at 828-743-0215, 3:00pm, free and open to the public

September 21: Chattooga Club Speakers Bureau Event, Cashiers, NC, 6 pm, open to Chattooga Club members and guests

September 26: New Bern, NC Private Book Club Event, 6 pm

October 4: Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon and Purse Auction, 11 am-1 pm, Wilmington Convention Center, Wilmington, NC 

October 11-14: Poppy Con 2018, Tall Poppy Writers Retreat, Chicago, IL, private event

November 6: Private Book Club Event, Beaufort, NC, 6 pm









House Tour: Peter Pennoyer

We don’t know about you, but we love a cedar shake house. We’re pretty much convinced that you could slap cedar shakes on the ugliest cinderblock building in the world and instantly make it charming.

Peter Pennoyer shingled house


On the flip side, we think everything that Peter Pennoyer designs is so gorgeous that it would be charming even if it were built out of cinderblock.



Fortunately for us, this home is cedar shake and designed by the peerless Peter Pennoyer. It’s a pretty unbeatable combination!

Just peeking inside this lovely home feels restful. We’re instantly transported to a seaside escape made for relaxation and spending long, lazy days recharging and taking a break from the fast pace of the rest of the world.

This beautiful bay window is perfect for taking advantage of every inch of view while still feeling completely traditional and totally lovely.

This dining room proves that architectural details don’t have to be ornate to feel luxurious. The simplicity of the woodwork and built-ins in this room is in keeping with the more casual tone of the house while still making it feel perfectly planned down to the last inch.

From the stylish built-ins to the heavy custom doors, the architectural details in this home give it the feeling of total quality. Antique accents lend that collected feeling to this newer home.

A modern range hood and an antique-feeling island lend a lovely juxtaposition to this large yet cozy kitchen.

There is nothing like a Dutch door to add that homey feeling to a space.

Open shelving and a gardening sink keep clutter out of the kitchen–and ensure that fresh blooms abound all year long.

If we could choose one thing that our homes absolutely have to have, it’s light! These intricate windows add that in high style.

There’s no better accent in a master that feels like a sanctuary than a cozy reading nook. It’s the perfect place for coffee and PJs!

For the ultimate in inspiration, this is the ultimate office! No clutter, just a fabulous view.

We love a garden seat in the bathroom! It’s the perfect spot for storing bath essentials.

A fun, eclectic bar area is perfect for entertaining!

But, if you’re like us, you’d agree that there’s no place like the perfect porch for savoring a beautiful beach day.

We hope you have a fabulous day!

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