Friday, September 6, 2013

The Last Hurrah (In Isle of Palms)

For our last hurrah of summer, my husband and I traveled to Isle of Palms with some wonderful friends.  It has become an annual tradition, and one for which I am so thankful.

The home in which we stay is the gathering spot for their extended family and is rich with inspiration.  I have always adored this house. It reflects the home owners' personality and sense of style.
My friend, who has a degree in interior design, has similar taste to her mother; and, together, they have fun updating the family retreat when the whim or need arises.

This ocean front home is uniquely beautiful inside and out. Part Charleston, part Palm Beach, part elegant cabin, it is both casual and sophisticated - striking that magical balance that makes nights spent within its walls both indulgent and restorative.  It's warmth and aesthetic are a perfect match for the temperament of this busy and loving family.  

Here is a peek for you to enjoy...

Shell stepping stones greet guest as they walk up to the back door.

                                     The back of the home is just as beautiful as the front.

Driving up, we are instantly relaxed as we see the Palm trees and luscious green ground cover. The homeowner painted the house this fresh, peachy pink shade a few years ago. It just oozes happiness.

 Inside the home, the  family room is located in the middle of the house between the kitchen and the porch.  The light paneling and stone brick fire place gives the feel of a mountain cabin. Meanwhile, the double story room with its long windows, ocean views and Charleston-style furnishings, keep us from forgetting where we are at all times.

 My friend and her mother just recovered two barrel back chairs in a bright green and blue fabric (pictured below), and purchased new sofas in a pale blue linen  The room is accented with sea green accessories reminiscent of the exterior surroundings.

The walls that are not paneled are painted bright lime green. 

                              The loft area upstairs doubles as a sitting area and a kids play area.

                                      A nook beneath the steps show remnants of a busy day at the beach. 

                                                  I love the open railing going up the stairs. At the top landing is a stain glass window.

                                                       A hidden bar for thirsty adults.

                                        Several places to dine. Indoor (above) or out (below).

                       The screened in porch facing the ocean is the gathering spot for the entire household.

                                                                     The View.

                                                                      The Front.


Farewell Isle of Palms and thank you, dear friends, for your gracious hospitality!