View from Crosby’s Seafood Dock!

Crosby’s Seafood – Folly Beach – SC

Heaven, right? Absolutely! We do not take for granted the ability to get the freshest seafood on the planet.. Crosby’s is a short distance from the house – it’s where we go to buy fresh seafood. Everyone there is so nice and helpful. But one of the biggest bonuses when we go to buy fresh shrimp is…

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Tidewater Cottage SL1420 by Moser Design Group for Southern Living!

Tidewater Cottage (SL1420) by Moser Design Group for Southern Living!

What a spectacular plan. Not too big, not too small, just right. Porches ALWAYS draw my attention, especially a screened porch! I think the dormers add such charm. This is another wonderful plan for Southern Living by Moser Design Group!

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Broad River Cottage House Plan by Allison Ramsey Architects!

Broad River Cottage by Allison Ramsey Architects

It’s after the first of the year, the holidays have passed and it’s time to get down to business. By business, I mean finding you some fabulous house plans! There are many so-so plans out in the universe, but I try to feature the best of the best. Below, there are links to see interior and exterior shots of this plan built, which is super helpful!

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The Benning Street House Plan (SL1909) by Our Town Plans for Southern Living!

Benning Street House Plan SL1909 by Our Town Plans for Southern Living

I love the look dormers give a house. I’ve never owned a home with dormers, but I like to think about how I would decorate these spaces. This plan has a fabulous front porch, I can see myself spending a lot of time on a porch as lovely as this. The windows and shutters as well as the front door and surround are fabulous. Another beautiful home by Our Town Plans!

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Atmore Residence House Plan by Lake and Land Studio!

Atmore Residence by Lake and Land Studio

What a fabulous screened porch! Can you imagine if this home was situated on the water (or other wonderful view)? I think I could spend most of my time on these porches. If you aren’t familiar with house plans by Lake + Land Studio, I urge you to check them out. Great designs, one after another. They’re also willing to work with you to make modifications to suit your needs. You just can’t beat that!

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Sadie Springs Retreat (SL1957) House Plan by CB Ingram for Southern Living!

Sadie Springs Retreat (SL1957) House Plan by CB Ingram for Southern Living

I love when new homes look like older homes in well established neighborhoods, especially when there are also mature trees. How nice to have all the modern conveniences, yet have the illusion of an older home. You just can’t beat it! This home is another example of fine architecture.

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Featured Artist: Leslie Pratt-Thomas (Upcoming show at the Dare Gallery in Charleston, SC!)

Follow the Sun by Leslie Pratt-Thomas 30″ x 30″ Oil

Leslie Pratt-Thomas. Many of you know her work. Leslie is a talented artist located in the Charleston, SC area. Art is a big part of people’s lives – it makes the world a better place. In addition to Leslie’s innate painting skills and ability to capture this area so perfectly, she is such a nice person. Kind, and interesting – you will look at her paintings, and be reminded of an area, or a memory and smile when you think of the artist who painted it. Leslie has a following clearly because her work is gorgeous and is a nice reminder of the Lowcountry. Did I mention her exhibit which starts this Friday, November 5, 2021?

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Celebrating a Wonderful Man!

A past happy birthday cake!

Well! We can definitely add a few more candles to the cake since this photo was taken. We were in Michigan, and my dad made a cake for Fred’s birthday (with MANY layers). My dad disappeared into the kitchen and when I popped in looking for him he was in the midst of baking up a storm. It was getting late…

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Good chocolate when baking makes a difference!

Guittard Unsweetened Chocolate Baking Bar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sometimes the smallest changes can change the results of a recipe, especially when baking. Always try to use the highest quality ingredients for recipes that matter (i.e. in a brownie recipe, where chocolate is the main flavor). I almost didn’t purchase this because “the other baking bars” that I’ve used since I was a kid have worked just fine. Until…

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Long Leaf Cottage SL1961 by Lew Oliver for Southern Living!

Long Leaf Cottage SL1961 by Lew Oliver for Southern Living! (Anna Braund Home – Overall Exterior)

I think this is such an interesting house plan. It’s intriguing and unique. Gorgeous doors across the front, they pull you right into the space. I love the porch, no spindles, barely a step up, which is great. A very classy design for sure, and just wait until you see the inside! Wonderful porches front and back!

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The Edgewater Carriage House Plan by Yankee Barn Homes

Edgewater Carriage House by Yankee Barn Homes

I love barn homes. There is a special ✨magic✨ about them. They can be as exquisite and fancy as you like or as warm and comfortable with a more relaxing vibe. This plan has a garage/pool room downstairs with a living space upstairs. The living space isn’t an afterthought, that’s for sure! So many windows – there is stunning light in every space! I could live there happily!

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Little Diamond House Plan by BrightBuilt Homes!

Little Diamond House Plan by BrightBuilt Homes

Stunning homes! Good design, smart use of space, well built and so classy. The Little Diamond is a very cool plan that has most of the living on the main level. There are many options for this plan which can increase space as well as bedrooms/bathrooms making this the perfect home for your needs. I love the covered area to the garage. Plentiful windows, beautiful garage doors and LOVE the front door as well!

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Jasper Road House Plan by Our Town Plans for Southern Living!

Jasper Road House Plan by Our Town Plans for Southern Living

Who doesn’t love house plans? We all like what we like, some of us are traditional, some modern, some of us like large homes and others prefer smaller. Whatever your preference there are plenty of house plans out there. What I really love is that most architects/designers will allow modifications to plans, assuring that it is your very own special place. I don’t create these house plans, I simply share what I like, and sometimes mention what I would change to make a plan work for me. This is fabulous plan, I simply LOVE the front porch and the side screen porch. It would be so difficult to leave that space! #stunning

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Never Forget

9/11. Specifically, 9/11/2001. I don’t even need to type a description of the horror that occurred on that very day. There were heroes, I will focus on them. There were heroes that saved so many people while everything was happening, there were heroes after it occurred that searched tirelessly through rubble. One thing I know, we will never forget…

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