2019 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE ON AMELIA ISLAND, FL


Amelia Island…it’s the place I call home…and it is one special place.  We have the ocean, the marsh, the intracoastal, the trees, an historic downtown district.  AND we are lucky to have the newly built 2019 Southern Living Idea House, open for tours now through December 15.  Hours listed at end of post and here at the Southern Living Idea House official site.

The Idea House is located on “an island within an Island. Crane Island is situated on the western shores of Amelia Island and directly on the Intracoastal Waterway.”

This year, Southern Living has chosen to partner with Crane Island to create an Idea House inspired by the Lowcountry lifestyle, the island’s natural beauty and the nearby Fernandina Beach Historic District. The award-winning design team also includes Atlanta-based architecture and planning firm Historical Concepts, Jacksonville-based homebuilder Riverside Homes and interior designer Heather Chadduck Hillegas, whose firm is based in Birmingham, Alabama.

We enjoyed touring the home at the opening party, but the design and interiors are so special, I had to go back for a second tour, one when it wasn’t as crowded…just to take it all in!

Opening Party Southern Living 2019 Idea House photo by The Plantation Shop

I thought you would like to see photos gathered from instagram from interior designer Heather Chadduck Design, The Plantation Shop, and some of my personal ones.

My favorite place in the house…the back porch of course! Situated on the western side, perfect for watching those sunsets.  The Idea House has employed Old Fernandina influences, inspired by bracketing and rail detail seen downtown in the old historic district houses.

Porch Southern Living I2019 dea House photo instagram

When you step into the house you gaze through the living area and porch to the river.

Living room Southern Living 2019 Idea House

I particulary liked the table with books in the living area with this spectacular view and bifold doors opening wide, allowing the space to become one.  And that fabric on the table!

Table with books in Living room doors open to view Southern Living 2019 Idea House

I also liked the use of layered rugs and the unique art wall, with bird prints hanging by chains from a brass rod.

Living room with layered rugs and wood beams Southern Living 2019 Idea House

Living room with bird prints hanging by chains from brass rod

The dining spot was spectacular with beautiful fabrics on the chairs, a great view to the river and fabulous painted wood floors.

Dining spot Southern Living 2019 Idea House

Dining room with painted floor Southern Living 2019 Idea House

The kitchen featured hand painted panels and a grid lighting instead of island pendants.

Kitten with hand painted panels and a grid lighting instead of island pendants Southern Living 2019 Idea House

And another favorite touch?  The pantry with lots of storage and a linen skirt to cover under the counter items.  I love the use of fabrics to soften an area and the use of artwork as a personal detail.

(Watch for a future post showing lots of skirted sinks.)

Pantry with linen skirt to cover under counter items Southern Living 2019 Idea House

First floor hall leading to master bedroom

Hall downstairs leading to master bedroom Southern Living 2019 Idea House

The canopy bed in the master used beautiful fabrics from Heather Chadduck Textiles, hand-printed fabric, printed on 100% preshrunk Belgian linen.

Mater bedroom canopy Southern Living 2019 Idea House

Master bedroom sitting area

Master sitting area Southern Living 2019 Idea House

Master sitting area Southern Living 2019 Idea House

The master bath had such an interesting play of pattern and texture with the wallpaper, rug and subtly striped cafe curtains.  All areas of the house have lots of windows.  The use of cafe curtains give privacy but allows light to still be a major factor.

Master bath with gridded shower door and cafe curtains Southern Living 2019 Idea House

Powder bath main level

Powder Bath main level Southern Living 2019 Idea House

Screened porch with fireplace overlooking park area

Screened porch with fireplace Southern Living 2019 Idea House

Laundry room

Laundry room Southern Living 2019 Idea House

And the idea house conversation piece…a pet pot filler!  Everyone loves their pets.

Mud area with pot filler for pets Southern Living 2019 Idea House

A room upstairs over the garage was decorated as a guest bedroom with lots of windows and views, but would be perfect for an artist’s studio or an office.  Love the wallpaper on the ceiling!

Guest Bedroom or artist studio Southern Living 2019 Idea House

Guest Bedroom canopy Southern Living 2019 Idea House

Guest bath

Upstairs hall with a pair of wicker console tables and books.

Upstair hall with a pair of wicker consoles Southern Living 2019 Idea House

The bunk room, another favorite with wallpaper on the ceiling.

Bunk room Southern Living 2019 Idea House

The game room

Game room Southern Living 2019 Idea House

Each table had a built in backgammon or chess board.

Upstair porch with swing and the alternate colored floors.

Upstairs porch swing Southern Living 2019 Idea House

Upstairs porch with ratan pouf ottomans.

Upstairs porch with wicker pouf ottomans Southern Living 2019 Idea House

Guest bedroom upstairs

Guest Bedroom with canopy

Guest bedroom closeup

The guest bath’s woven blinds with fabric on the reverse side…

woven blind with fabric on reverse guest bath

An upstairs guest bedroom which felt a little retro to me.

Upstairs Guest Southern Living 2019 Idea House

And remember my earlier comment on skirted sinks?  Well the Idea House had 2!

Skirted sink in guest bath

Upstair powder bath.

Upstairs powder bath photo by Kathy Miller

And one last detail…and you have to go out on the porch to see…a retractable shade awning!

Also the bracketing porch rail detail and trim inspired by an historic 10th street south home…The Eppes House.

Shade rectractable awning photo by Kathy Miller

I encourage all to come see this spectacular home!  It’s low country living at its best.  No pretensions just comfortable and welcoming. Part of the proceeds of this year 2019 Idea House goes to The Amelia Island Museum of History.  Buy tickets. here

Southern Living Idea House

I’ll end the way I began…On The Porch!

Porch Southern Living 2019 Idea House photo instagram

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat on the porch and at the table!

4 Comments

  • Laura Huffman says:

    I love this house! Beautiful fabrics and textures. Thank you for the tour!

  • Susan. says:

    Kathy, I am with you – the porch is divine ! Thanks for the tour. Perhaps I will visit it in October ! Definitely want to see the historic district of Fernandina Beach. Susan

    • Kathy Miller says:

      Can’t wait to see you in October. The historic district is wonderful. Lots of Victorian houses, shops and restaurants all in a quaint downtown. Thought some of the Delts and wives would like to tour this house too!

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