House Tour: Costa Rican Retreat

Costa Rican

Where some homes are made to stand out, others beg to fit in, to take a backseat to let the beauty around them take center stage.

This Costa Rican gem featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles is one of those homes, which seems to serve the purpose of accentuating the beauty around it. 

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Featuring limewashed cabinets and plenty of fresh fruit, this is the perfect vacation kitchen for fueling up before heading outside for the day.

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An earth-toned palette seems to blend seamlessly with the outdoors beyond the windows. 

We think the best vacation home are those that are relaxing and calming retreats.

Simple, uncluttered accents and coastal colors lend that beach oasis feel. 

Bamboo, rope and natural objects like coral are elegantly coastal.

Natural wood finishes and white washed walls lend an organic feel that captures the essence of Costa Rica.

Nautical stripes and shades of blue lend a little fun to this gathering spot.

This charming take on a bunk room lends sleeping quarters for plenty of guests!

Of course, the best part of any beach oasis is the outdoor space. The natural stone is absolutely stunning.

A calming pool with plenty of chic lounging space adds to the outdoor experience.

No matter how beautiful the pool, it’s hard to beat the beauty of the Costa Rican water.

Despite the fabulous interiors of this home, we have to say that, with this right outside the door, we would want to spend all of our time right on this beach, surrounded by the splendor of nature. 

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Beth Webb Design

Photography Erica George Dines

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In Good Taste: Coats Homes of Dallas

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It seems like the most obvious tenet of design.

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But, sometimes, we could all use a reminder. 

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No matter how beautiful the home, the whole point is to create spaces where we can live well!

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Ben Coats, a second-generation builder and owner of Coats Homes in Texas keeps that in mind throughout the entire building process.

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Coats believes that building is never the end goal. Living is.

It’s clear that Coats and his team pour themselves into the projects they undertake. 

And we truly can’t decide which space is most gorgeous. 

Stunning finishes,

Thoughtful details,

And an eye toward functionality are just a few of the tenants that can be clearly seen through these rooms.

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We were captivated from the first moment we saw the gorgeous work of Coats Homes, but to be honest, their eye for good taste isn’t what we love most about this Highland Park custom homebuilder.

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Coats Home decided to use their skills for good and has undertaken its own kind of one for one project in Texas. 

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For every custom home they build, they restore or rebuild another home for a family in need in the West Dallas area.

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Their contribution is helping bring hope and a renewed sense of prosperity to the neighborhood.

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This firm is helping everyone exercise his or her right to live in a safe neighborhood.

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You know that every week we look forward to sharing a new source of good taste with you. 

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But when people use their good taste to do good? That’s even better! If you want to know more check out the video below.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Houston who are in the midst of the devastation brought by Hurricane Harvey.

 

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In Good Taste: Old Seagrove Homes

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Alex and Cynthia Rice know good taste.

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The owners of Old Seagrove Homes, a build-and-design firm in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, the fourth-generation builder and critically acclaimed artist-turned-interior designer came together to create a full-service home company.

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We’d say it was a match made in heaven. 

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While the couple has built and designed homes all over the southeast, they have a particular passion for the Florida Beaches of Hwy 30A. (Who wouldn’t, really?)

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As we all know, coastal homes can get a bit kitschy. 

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But the Rice team is wonderful at capturing the relaxed feel and vibe that living by the shore can lend without being too beachy.

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And creating beautiful bars for entertaining on a whim–because what else is a coastal home for?

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Chic and comfortable rooms that are pretty yet livable seem to be this team’s hallmark.

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Well-planned architectural details and charming decorative touches combine to create the stuff that dream homes are made of. 

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What more could you ask for from a beautiful beach house? 

We hope you have enjoyed the work of Old Seagrove Homes as much as we have–and are savoring these last, sweet days of summer. Thanks for stopping by Design Chic today. We always love it when you do!

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House Tour: Tim Barber, Ltd.

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Good morning, our chic friends! We have just gotten back from beautiful Spring Island, SC after attending a gorgeous wedding for a family friend. 

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In the wake of the fun and festivities, the parties and, maybe best of all, getting to watch our family’s youngest member ring bear his little heart out, we’ve been talking about weddings and what makes them great. 

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In weddings, and in homes, the details, of course, matter a lot. The perfect song choice for the father-daughter dance and the right molding. A beautiful boutonniere perfectly pinned on a steamed lapel or an exquisitely angled library light. 

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Petals lining the aisle just so and windows expertly chosen to let in all the light.

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But, honestly, it’s more than that. The perfect wedding and the perfect home are all about the way the details combine into a message, a cohesive narrative that makes people feel something, have an experience they will never forget. 

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We always say, at a wedding, that the one, single thing that truly matters is the bride and groom. If they are having the time of their life then everyone else will too. It doesn’t matter if the food is cold and it pours down rain and the caterer forgot to deliver the cake. The guests take their cues from the main characters and the memory is a fond one.

It’s harder to say what that one, overarching thing is that makes a home truly special.

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But, touring this stunning one by Tim Barber, Ltd., we’d have to say that it’s the architectural details. 

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So, sure, everyone that walks in the bathroom probably doesn’t consciously realize that beautiful wainscoting sets it apart.

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But the takeaway is that feeling of having been somewhere that is finely orchestrated. 

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We love to think that people feel well cared for and comfortable when they are in our homes.

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Just like we did when we left this stunning wedding.

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Because, just like that very important event in the life of a couple and a family is ultimately a reflection of them, of what they love and how they feel about each other,

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We think the best houses are just the same. 

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This home, from beginning to end, the front door to the back porch, feels warm and welcoming. What, to you, makes a home feel special?

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Interiors: Artistic Designs for Living, LLC
Construction: Hughes Construction
Landscape: Scenic Scapes, Inc.
Photography: Laura Hull Photography

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In Good Taste: Island Architects

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If the cool breezes and clear water of the Islands are calling your name but you can’t get away, look no further! These gorgeous homes by Island Architects are reminiscent of a day spent by water. Stunning architectural details and beautiful decor are hallmarks of each of these stylish retreats. We hope you enjoy exploring them as much as we did!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creating a Spa Like Master Bath

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Terra Cotta Properties

 

As the world spins faster and we get busier and busier in our lives, it is increasingly more important for our homes to become the soothing retreats  we need to unwind.

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Suzanne Kasler via Architectural Digest

 

There’s no place where that is more important than in the first place you see in the morning and the last place you visit at night: the master bathroom.

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NE Home Magazine

 

Whether it’s adding beautiful vanities that look as much like stunning furniture as sinks, or making sure the lighting is just right, the little things can help ensure that this all-important room feels like an oasis.

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Pritchard + Dixon Design – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine 

 

While we can’t create a view, we can make the most of it in our bathrooms, focusing on maximizing light through the windows and situating our baths on the most private ends of our homes.

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Michael S. Smith via Architectural Digest

 

There is nothing quite as relaxing as a steam shower in the privacy of your own master bathroom. This luxury is getting easier and easier to install.

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Timothy Corrigan via Architectural Digest

 

Soaking tubs are another easy bathroom staple that can truly make you feel like you’ve had a relaxing spa day in the comfort of your own home.

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Tim Barber Architecture

 

Simple elements from the outdoors can make your bath feel soothing and calmer. Just a few fresh flowers or a simple plant are the perfect addition.

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Dirk Denison via Architectural Digest

 

Natural materials like stone, marble or granite also lend that organic natural feel to a bath that add to the soothing appeal.

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David Netto via Architectural Digest

 

If a water view is in your life, that’s just a bonus!

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We love mixing natural, more expensive materials like marble with less expensive, easy-to-use materials like subway tile. Gray grout adds a custom look.

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New England Home

 

Of course, not every soothing master bathroom retreat needs to look the same. This wooden ceiling adds depth and another layer of organic appeal to this space. 

What are your favorite elements of a spa-like bathroom?

 

 

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