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!
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.
When you step into the house you gaze through the living area and porch to the river.
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!
I also liked the use of layered rugs and the unique art wall, with bird prints hanging by chains from a brass rod.
The dining spot was spectacular with beautiful fabrics on the chairs, a great view to the river and fabulous painted wood floors.
The kitchen featured hand painted panels and a grid lighting instead of island pendants.
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.)
First floor hall leading to master bedroom
The canopy bed in the master used beautiful fabrics from Heather Chadduck Textiles, hand-printed fabric, printed on 100% preshrunk Belgian linen.
Master bedroom sitting area
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.
Powder bath main level
Screened porch with fireplace overlooking park area
And the idea house conversation piece…a pet pot filler! Everyone loves their pets.
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!
Upstairs hall with a pair of wicker console tables and books.
The bunk room, another favorite with wallpaper on the ceiling.
The game room
Each table had a built in backgammon or chess board.
Upstair porch with swing and the alternate colored floors.
Upstairs porch with ratan pouf ottomans.
Guest bedroom upstairs
The guest bath’s woven blinds with fabric on the reverse side…
An upstairs guest bedroom which felt a little retro to me.
And remember my earlier comment on skirted sinks? Well the Idea House had 2!
Upstair powder bath.
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.
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
I’ll end the way I began…On The Porch!
Come celebrate with me. I’ll save you a seat on the porch and at the table!