After the disastrous move we had a few weeks ago, I can finally AND happily say life has calmed down to a low roar and we’re getting our sea legs here in the Tar State.
There’s so much to see and do, we’re like kids in a candy shop.
Sunday we went to the Southern Living Idea House located on beautiful Bald Head Island, an idyllic, five mile long island off the coast of North Carolina.
Bald Head Island is only accessible by a twenty minute ferry ride from Southport, NC. There are no cars allowed on the island, and people typically get around using golf carts, bikes or their feet. The absence of cars contributes a great deal to the serene, almost magical feel you experience as soon as you set foot off the ferry.
We considered renting bikes but changed our minds at the last minute and took advantage of the free tram that was provided specifically for ticket holders to the house. The ride was about 15 minutes on a mostly dirt road, through densely landscaped terrain with barely a glimmer of any houses that were tucked away behind them.
(I took a lot more photos than what I’ll be showing you today, but if you’d like to see more and get some detailed information about the house go to Southern Living.)
Visitors to the house should not expect grandeur, but they can expect a well thought out home designed with efficiency of space in mind and a few unexpected elements thrown in for good measure.
Something that I’ve always wanted was an outdoor kitchen that is at least partially covered, so I can grill year round outside. It seems like such a practical addition to a home, especially in warmer climates. We will have a small 10′ square concrete pad in our new house where I’m hoping to squeeze in a grill and perhaps a sink and/or fridge.
The Idea House has a small but well designed outdoor kitchen, visible in the background, but I also wanted to show you the little bar area. What a great idea, and if you have a window in your kitchen or dining area you could easily adapt something like this for your own home very inexpensively.
Not surprisingly, the Idea House is open concept with high ceilings, but what really sets this home apart are the tall windows that let in a ton of natural light, making the home appear bright and airy.
One of my favorite spaces in this lovely home was the guest quarters. Not so spacious that your guests won’t want to leave, but spacious enough that they can spread out and not feel cramped. And what do you think of this color? I ♥️It! I’m seriously considering blues for our new place, but every time I see this color I’m tempted to nix that idea!
And check out these bold and beautiful stairs on the second floor landing!
I remember having a chair exactly like these when I was in my 20’s. Everything old is new again :).
Here is a view of the kitchen from the dining/living area. Notice the thin gold band on the exhaust and how it lines up exactly with the gold band at the top of the backsplash. Details, details, details.
Here’s a shot of the kitchen from the landing. Love the quartz countertops and pop of orange.
The master bedroom has floor to ceiling windows and a beautiful, sophisticated chandelier that adds just the right amount of bling.
One of my favorite spaces was the master bath. Classic and bright, but the floors provide a modern, almost whimsical touch that gives it that wow factor.
If I had to describe this house in one sentence it would be ‘great use of space’. Every square inch has been planned meticulously, and if you visit and you’re not inspired, well, I guess you’re just not paying attention. 😉
There are so many pretty houses on the island, but this one really spoke to me. Notice the trees and greenery. Almost all the houses, with the exception of the ones directly on the beach, were landscaped like this. Truly magical!
In other news…
The weather has cooled down a bit, giving us the opportunity to do some bike riding for the first time since we arrived nearly three weeks ago. It’s wonderful exploring Wilmington, finding new restaurants, taking carriage tours through historic neighborhoods, lazy beach days and my personal favorite, checking out the amazing decor shops in the area.
I have some photos of Southport, voted the ‘happiest beach town in the US’, but I’m going to quit while I’m ahead for now. It’s cumbersome to blog from my iPad, and sometimes I just can’t get a connection on Fisherman’s laptop where it would be easier, even with our hotspot, so bear with me. Consider following me on IG where I share some photos that don’t make it onto the blog. Just click on the camera icon just below. 🙂