Living on the beach … A special spyglass villa on Amelia Island Plantation

What is your idea of a perfect getaway from the cold winters?

What conjures up memories of summertime fun better than a  beach vacation?

After Dave and I sold our marshfront home, we purchased an oceanfront condo thinking we would be splitting our time between Florida and the North Carolina mountains.   Staying within the Omni Amelia Island Plantation was important to us as this is where we were married, moved to when our children were in middle school, built a marshfront home and where we plan to stay.

After extensive renovation, the condominium is perfect for our lifestyle.  We love the ease with which we can lock up when ready to head to the mountains.  We love our gorgeous beach view… seeing the ocean, sand dunes, sawgrass vegetation… the surf, calm in the summers with southeasterly breezes and sometimes riled up during the few Nor’easterns we get in the winter.

I especially like seeing the land tying in with the ocean and sky.

View from 6529 Spyglass balcony photo by KathyMillerTime

We have extensive balcony space with spectacular ocean views from every room.  A summer supper on the balcony is a treat especially when coordinated with an Omni fireworks display during 4th of July festivities.

On New Years Eve, sitting on the balcony with a blanket wrapped around me, nothing is better than watching  fireworks timed perfectly to ring in the New Year.

Changes are expected in any New Year and in 2017 we are getting ready to do it again!

It is with sadness that Dave and I decided to sell our beautiful villa at the beach.  We are purchasing his mother’s and father’s marshfront home. (The one that is just down the street from our previous home!)

This home has been the family gathering place over the years.  Our children grew up visiting their grandparents in this home…sharing vacations with cousins…going on boat rides, golf cart rides…rollerblading…enjoying many fun meals… and celebrating family times together.

We are sad to be leaving a special place, but happy to be moving into another special home.

Since we will be selling our home I thought you would like to see how we chose to live with the beach, the view, the art, the kitchen and dining….so important to my testing of recipes and entertaining friends.

Living Room 6529 Spyglass Villa kathymillertime

Our art collection is very important to Dave and me.  The center painting above the TV (placed perfectly for our homegating parties) is a Dennis Campay original featuring downtown Fernandina Beach.

Spyglass Living with center TV and Dennis Campay painting over TV

 Deciding how to integrate my paintings into our rooms, became a priority and collaboration with Julie Johnson and Benjie McEntyre of Julia Hall Interiors.  At her suggestion we added the cabinetry and lined the surface with shiplap.  This makes it very easy for me to swap out paintings as I add new pieces.

Spyglass Living with artwork displayed on shiplap walls

Integrating new design trends with our existing artwork, antiques, vintage and new furniture was a fun challenge.  We used lots of neutrals in the paint color and furnishings allowing our colorful art collection to take center stage.

Spyglass looking into studio gallery with Tailgating Through The South original painting by Kathy Miller

Spyglass Condo with view into kitchen KathyMillerTime

Love my new kitchen especially the Wolf induction cooktop.

Spyglass kitchen with Wolf Invection Cooktop

View from kitchen to Living balcony and Dining balcony

View from kitchen to dining area with Subzero refrigerator

Kitchen Spyglass kathymillertime

Bar area and Wine Cooler 6529 Spyglass Amelia Island

Dining room Spyglass Villa

Powder Room 6529 Spyglass Villa

Master Bedroom entry 6529 Spyglass Villa

Master Bedroom Spyglass Villa Amelia Island

Master Bedroom Spyglass Villa

Master Bath 6529 Spyglass Villa Amelia Island

Master Spa Tub Spyglass Villa Amelia Island

Guest Bedroom Spyglass Villa Amelia Island

I use the 3rd bedroom as a studio to showcase my original Tailgating Through The SEC paintings.

Studio/ Bedroom Spyglass Villas

Balcony Spyglass Villa

Dining Alcove Balcony Spyglass Villas

Spyglass Balcony View

Right whales have been know to spawn off shore during the winter. What a treat to see.

Pool view at Spyglass Villas  Click HERE to take an interactive Toursler tour of this special villa.

Click HERE  and then the little photo icon for MLS listing and more photos.

Whether waking up to a glorious sunrise or watching an equally glorious moonrise, the beach never gets old.

Watch for upcoming stories on my downsizing and upsizing tricks of the trade.

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


  • Michael Redding says:

    Beautiful condo thanks for the tour. I’m so glad to hear your keeping Dave’s parents home and making it yours. I have fond memories of that home and I know your family does too. Can’t wait to see how y’all make it your own. Best wishses for a new beginning there.

  • Nancy says:

    What a beautiful condo. You can never duplicate the beautiful beach views. I do miss those. I am sure your new home will be just as beautiful as this one. Good luck.

  • Bob says:

    Wow. That news is certainly bigger than a new recipe! Congrats!! Your current home is gorgeous. Hope it sells quickly! Can’t wait to see pictures of Dave’s parents’ place and your magic soon thereafter.

  • JOY says:

    I loved seeing your beautiful condo and the fabulous view. Now I can’t wait to see pictures of your new home on the marsh.

  • Lisa Ann says:

    Kathy, how lovely is your villa! You can turn anything into beauty with the flair of your mind, eyes and special gift you have of just knowing what should be!! Good fortune smiles at you as you prepare for your last (lol) homestead. It will be extra special for all concerned as you all spent many days & nights at Grandma & grandpas.
    I wish you well and can’t believe you got all that house’s stuff into your villa and now have to furnish a house again!
    Good luck and miss you. ❤

  • Susan says:

    Your condo is a beautiful home that reflects the welcoming warmth of you and Dave. The next owners will be quite fortunate !
    Your next chapter will also be quite special ! Susan

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