Dogwood Place House Plan (SL1975) by C. Brandon Ingram for Southern Living

Dogwood Place House Plan (SL1975) by C. Brandon Ingram for Southern Living

Charm, right? A beautiful old home, exquisitely built years ago set in a gorgeous established neighborhood, where the homes are all well built and solid. But wait, is it truly an older home? Or is it a newly built home that is so well designed that it just looks like it fits in perfectly among homes that are much older. #bingo This plan is gorgeous, and just wait until you see the interior!

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Spruce Cottage by Lake & Land Studio

Spruce Cottage by Lake and Land Studio

Pretty exquisite house plan, right? Can you imagine this cottage situated on the water? This is actually the back of the cottage – perfect for taking in the most wonderful views ever! Notice the wonderful wrap around porch – fabulous! Just think how much time could be spent! Lake & Land Studio has stunning house plans, this is just one!

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Oak tree blowing in the wind…

Blowing in the wind #loop

These grand oak trees are everywhere in Charleston, South Carolina. They’re stunning, magnificent and oh, so striking! I’ve written about them many times. They have the Resurrection fern that grows on many of them. Look at the trunk above and see the crunchy brown looking fern attached to the tree, that’s a resurrection fern. If it rains it is stunning and bright green. Once the rain is gone and the tree gets dry it turns brown and crunchy again.

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First Day of Summer is Tomorrow!

Charlie’s new (smaller) pool…

Well, tomorrow is the day! The first day of summer, June 20, 2021. Woohoo! A time of year so many of you are looking forward to. Out come the beach and pool supplies, quicker and lighter food to eat – ironically, even with the heat, more time spent outdoors. Summer is a good time to relax, grab a book and an iced tea and chill for a bit.

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Spotlight: Abide A While Garden Boutique!

Photo taken inside Abide-A-While Garden Boutique | Mount Pleasant, SC

We love to visit the garden boutique at Abide A While when we’re in Mount Pleasant, SC. I love to see their unique offerings. Abide A While is a happening place, especially on weekends! So if you’re in the area be sure to check it out. There is something for everyone. They have great gift ideas if you live here or are visiting and want to take something back with you.

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Islander Cottage (SL1951) House Plan by Moser Design Group for Southern Living!

Islander Cottage (SL1951) House Plan by Moser Design Group for Southern Living!

Wow, right? I love the house, the garage AND the covered breezeway leading to both the house and the upstairs guest suite from the house. A wonderful place to live or be a guest! I like this modern farmhouse plan a lot. You can see some of the real-life images – which really helps when trying to think about how you would live in a plan…

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Summer Book List and Paint Color in Study!

My Summer Book List

Beach reads 🏖 this time of year are the go-to book on many of our book lists. I like to hear what y’all are reading! Drop me a message via the CONTACT ME button above, or via a comment on my website (this post), Facebook or Instagram. The one genre I’m not big on is horror. Good grief, I don’t even watch the nightly news 😉 So if you have any great suggestions, let me know!!

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26 Monroe Avenue House Plan by Our Town Plans!

26 Monroe Ave House Plan by Our Town Plans

You just can’t beat classic design, can you? When these house plans turn into beautiful homes, the homes are there for generations. Looking as classy and elegant as they did on day one. That’s because good design lasts forever. Just look at the porches! They are divine, aren’t they? A nice size front porch and another on the back porch with the bonus of being screened. #loveit

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Cigar Factory – Charleston, SC

Cigar Factory | Charleston, SC

This is the old Cigar Factory in Charleston, SC. Just look at the dark brick! It’s an impressive building that has stood the test of time! This stunning building was constructed in 1881 as a cotton manufacturing facility – it also survived the Earthquake of 1886 and in 1903 was leased to the American Cigar Company. At one point they made 1.5 million cigars each day!

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Loving the Silvery Greens!

Photo taken at Elizabeth Stuart Design – Mt. Pleasant, SC

Lately, I’ve been paying attention to plants and flowers used in window boxes wherever I go (like the one pictured here). Different plants that I like, or things that look nice planted together, color schemes, etc. I like the white, green and silvery greens in this planting. In the end we chose…

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Carriage Run Cottage (18318) by Allison Ramsey Architects

Carriage Run Cottage (18318) by Allison Ramsey Architects

I love a screened porch! Especially when doors open onto it, which can fill your home with the scent of spring air (at least right now!) It’s a nice place to kick back and relax and extends the footprint of your house with living space (even though it’s not counted in the square footage) that feels comfortable a good bit of the year (depending where you live). This is one sweet plan!

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A Different Perspective

Looking up towards the heavens

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with the advent of phones that carry the most phenomenal cameras ever! Who would have imagined? I am one who would lug a big camera around every vacation, trips downtown, and anywhere scenic. (Thank you, Fred, the real one that lugged the camera for me). Now, I simply grab my phone and create the most beautiful photographs. It makes us all amateur photographers. #icantstop #dontwantto

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Flint Cottage SL1955 by C. Brandon Ingram for Southern Living!

Flint Cottage SL1955 by C Brandon Ingram for Southern Living

Adorable house, isn’t it? I really like the lines of the roof – it has such appeal. Charming, and something that you would have seen built back in the day. I especially love when you’re in an established neighborhood and there are a few new homes sprinkled throughout – but… you can’t tell which homes are new. That’s talent!

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