Many of you know the Miller family is firmly entrenched on beautiful Amelia Island with its pristine beaches,
gorgeous marshes, Intracoastal Waterway,
oak trees draped with Spanish moss,
quaint historic downtown of Fernandina Beach, and 2 wonderful resorts, The Omni Amelia Island Plantation and The Ritz-Carlton.
Due to my Knoxville, Tennessee roots and love of the mountains, our family has spent many a summer and fall in another beautiful spot, Cashiers, North Carolina.
With the thought of traveling back and forth between 2 gorgeous locations we have decided to place our Amelia house on the market, looking for a simpler home, one we can lock up and leave at a moments notice.
We purchased a home on Marsh Creek because of the expansive marsh and intracoastal waterway views and deep water access. The home built in 1980 did not take full advantage of the views. We decided to totally redo the home, moving out for over a year. We basically tore the house down to the foundation and started over, trying to keep the spirit of the original house intact, including some of the contemporary aspects.
(The outside of the original home was actually shown in the movie, “Sunshine State,” starring Edie Falco, Timothy Hutton, Angela Bassett, Jane Alexander, Ralph Waite and Mary Steenburgen.) Ask me about Edie’s dog.
Welcome to our home. The front faces the 15th tee box on Oak Marsh Golf Course.
An Ellen Diamond original painting, “Tall Palms” depicts our much beloved marshes.
Living on the marsh means seeing all kinds of birds as portrayed on the front doors.
The funky railing and hand rails are custom made. The entire first level is bamboo flooring and each stair tread is wrapped in bamboo. A time consuming project.
Our great room is the center of the house and our parties. Pecky cypress ceilings and beams bring a feeling of Old Florida.
Another Ellen Diamond original, “Palm Valley Bridge”, reminds me of our time in Ponte Vedra/Palm Valley.
Our great room has been the home of many sports viewing parties. Dave and I made a very big decision to NOT put the fireplace in the center of the room…How many times do we need a fire in Florida? We placed the big screen in the center to better watch all our sports!
We have been known to move the sofa back and dance to one of the best playlists… mine.
Think it is time for another party.
Our kitchen is the heart of the house…the place I spend a lot of time, testing recipes and serving buffet style dinners.
A different perspective with “Miller Bear” by Cashiers artist, Karen Weihs.
With the kitchen being such an important part of the home, we made sure we had a view of the marsh.
Our sunroom. The place we begin and end each day. We begin the day with coffee and papers and reconvene each evening with a glass of wine.
Our dining room, site of many a Friday Night Flicks and tailgate testing parties.
Dave insisted on a round table for better conversations.
And of course one of my favorite paintings, an original C. Ford Riley marsh painting.
Speaking of art let’s go to my favorite room….Gotta go paint.
My studio also has great marsh views. I am in heaven here except when I am struggling with composition.
I keep some of my art supplies in the antique apothecary chest on right. The finished painting is Monhegan Island, Maine.
The drawing is from a picture for an upcoming post and “South Island Living” magazine article, “A Picnic In The Grass With A 1928 Model A”. Steve Leimberg, Unseen Images, and I collaborated on a fun project.
The painting is now finished, but you will have to wait until next week to see!
The gallery showcasing all 14 “Tailgating Through The South” tailgating paintings. The originals.
Our powder room with custom MacKenzie-Childs fish sink…at the time the sink was unavailable and we found one at a distant California shop. We continued the checkerboard theme of the sink with the backsplash and window treatment.
Pottery by Vermont potter, D. Lasser. Painting “First American Beach” by local artist, Patricia Ezzell.
Our master bedroom made special by local artist, Geoganna Mullis palm trees.
James’ room ready for his visits.
Elizabeth’s room waiting for her visits.
The game room with MillerTime collectibles. Miller High Life and Welcome to MillerTime.
The butler’s pantry with wine cooler and collection of P. Buckley Moss prints.
The blue powder room with a Kathy Miller abstraction.
Our laundry room complete with blue farm sink.
The outside living is divine.
And of course the views!
Dave and I have built many homes together both on a personal level and on projects in Amelia and Cashiers.
We plan to continue our creative journey.
Come celebrate with me.
I’ll save you a seat at the table.