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A Pinterest Dream House for Spring…Southern Style


Happy April!  Are you getting a dose of springtime yet?  If not, I want you to use your imagination today and travel down South.  Last summer, Aimee at Sixteen Fourteen did a post on a dream house she imagined straight out of Pinterest, and  I followed suite by creating my Pinterest Dream House by the Sea.  I had another dream house in mind when I finished the beach one – an old Southern house – and since it is perfect for spring, I thought it would be fun to share today.

I lived the first seven years of my life in Mobile, Alabama – a historic city full of gorgeous antebellum homes. I read Gone with the Wind three times as a teenager, and Lord knows how many times I watched the movie. So falling under the spell of Southern architecture should have come naturally to this house lover, but oddly enough, I have never wanted to build that style of home…until now.  I guess it is because I never cared for Victorian furniture (which would have been fitting in those homes,) but you see, there is this lovely pale blue color that keeps jumping out at me when I look at fabric, dishes, and other home decor things, and I can see it in my mind in a beautiful old Southern home.  This mood board shows it so well:

So let’s play with that color today as we look at an imaginary Southern dream home.  We are starting with the exterior first to give you a proper introduction.

Now come on into the front entrance.  I looked for one of those hallways with a grand staircase, but if I had one of these homes, it would not be grand inside.  After all, many of these homes would have begun life as a farm house.  So I would want to go more in that direction with the interior, and yes, I know stairs are needed for this house.  Stare closely in that mirror, and you will see that there are stairs at the opposite end of that hallway. 🙂

I am going to go a little fancier with the calm living room – but it is still furnished somewhat simply. 

For the dining room, I love the look of Joan’s at For the Love of a House.  Heck, I could just take all of her rooms and put them inside the antebellum exterior and be in Heaven!

Then for the dream kitchen, I would want this gorgeous space. (Just pretend Joan’s dining room is through that opening there under the transom window.)

and ignore the big bird on the counter near the refrigerator.

Now let’s go upstairs to check out some of the bedrooms.  This could be the master

And this would be the master

How about this room for two children to share?

And another one for our fictitiously large family.source

And perhaps a bathroom for all those

Then of course, a guest bedroom would be needed.

And finally, a guest bathroom.

And that would be my dream old Southern home.  There are so many beautiful architectural styles it is hard to decide upon just one.  I know whatever I would choose, it would always have a porch.

What would your dream house look like?

We’d love to hear about it.

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Mary Ellis - February 21, 2015 - 10:09 am

I love this house, or should say home. I am 73 years old and still have the dream. My mother took me to see Gone With The Wind, at an early age, and I was hooked. I have been reading everything on the South ever since, and will continue. I will find that “one special” southern home one day. Thanks Mary P.S. I possess all 20 signs, and I love looking.
Well Mary, I hope that one day you find “the one” and that it becomes your home. 🙂 Good luck with the hunt!

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Leslee in TN - April 6, 2013 - 4:04 pm

THIS would be it!!! My dream home. Can’t see a thing I wouldn’t love as my home!

Amy O'Quinn - April 4, 2013 - 9:03 am

I love the WHOLE she-bang! I especially like the color scheme…but I adore that living room. I have been wanting to make some changes in our living room, and you have given me some inspiration. And as far as those bedrooms go…I actually do have the BIG family. We could fill them up, as well as that gorgeous guest room! And that beautiful kitchen–all I can say is ‘Ooh and Ahh’! Love it all!
Amy – Thank you, so glad I could give you some eye candy inspiration! Isn’t that color pretty?! That kitchen is wonderful, but if I am not mistaken, it was in an idea house that went up in a fire a couple of years ago. Good luck with the changes in your living room. We are making slow and steady progress on the room over the garage. We did one interior wall in planks, and now my son is giving me a hard time about wanting to paint it…gonna have to think on it.

Jeanne Bell - April 3, 2013 - 7:35 pm

I loved your dream home and your picks would have been mine. I really could never afford one like this, but if you get it I could be your housekeeper.
Jeanne – Unless we win the lottery (which is kind of hard to do since we don’t play! 🙂 ) we won’t be living in this dream house either. I need to find a housekeeper for this one we are in now. Spring cleaning is killing me!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - April 3, 2013 - 4:34 pm

I so love your dream house…would love to have that “dreamy” house too!!…however, your own home is a dream home…so beautiful!!
Shirley – Your comment gave me a big smile! That was so sweet of you. Thank you for the compliments on the houses- both the imaginary one AND the real one.

Nikki Lehnhardt - April 3, 2013 - 9:21 am

My dream house is for sale right now on it’s 301 N wall street in Natchez Ms. Amazing 11,300 sq ft antebellum home that’s been restored beautifully. Wish i could move to Natchez instead of just visiting during pilgrimage.
Nikki – That house is amazing! I can see why it would be your dream home. And that price is great considering how HUGE it is…under $900,000 for an 11,000+ sq. ft. home that has been restored. The staircase alone is gorgeous!

Dotti Overstreet - April 3, 2013 - 9:01 am

I love your Southern home. It is gorgeous! Thanks for taking the time to pull all of this eye-candy together.
Dotti – Thank you! It was fun finding all those eye candy photos…kind of fulfilled my need to do a room round here in those colors. Ha ha! (and a lot less expensive. :)) My husband is happier if my redecorating desires are accomplished virtually instead of in real life.

Wanda - April 3, 2013 - 7:27 am

You nailed it!
Wanda – Glad you liked it. It was fun one to do! (and definitely not my typical tastes.)

Garden, Home and Party - April 3, 2013 - 12:37 am

I love your “Southern home”. It’s very welcoming and comfy looking. I might have to create one of these “pinterest” houses…it looks like fun.
Karen – You should do a pinterest house! It was fun to do, but it took me forever to find all the pictures. I had this post in my head since last summer and had been collecting pictures since then. Then I sat down to do it and realized all my pictures were wrong….yes, they were Southern, but waaaaaay too formal. So I totally started over looking for things that would fit that were more casual/cottagey…these are still more formal than I would like, but I think they had to be to fit the house a little better. Go for it!

Dawn - April 2, 2013 - 8:22 pm

I like this style but I prefer a bit more cottage like style. I am not a formal type of person. We don’t do the dining room thing. I have a large eat in kitchen that is open to the family room and home office. I love the formal Southern style but I have to a bit more relaxed in my own home.
Dawn – I know exactly what you mean, and I think that is a big part of why I have never really wanted to build a house like that – especially with children running around all over the place. I tried to go a little less formal with these rooms than what you would typically find in an antebellum home, but I do love the cottage look the best of all. Like you, it just fits our lifestyle soooo much better.

martha - April 2, 2013 - 8:16 pm

This is perfect! I don’t like the fussy and sometimes very heavy Victorian style either, but do love the romance of old southern mansions. The clean lines and lovely cool tones make this “plantation house” just right.Love the 4-poster twin beds and the porch with the floor to ceiling windows.My husband’s elderly aunt lives in a pre-war house with a porch just like this. I wish the rest of the house looked like your vision too, but most of it is closed up and I like to think it is waiting for the right person to come and restore it.
Martha – Yep, those floor to ceiling windows are to die for! Love them. I wish I had an aunt with that kind of house. I know the upkeep on one of them would be a challenge though (the house – not the aunt! :))

House Crazy Sarah - April 2, 2013 - 6:38 pm

I love your virtual home Kelly! I saw recently on Antiques Roadshow that the author of Gone With The Wind really did not have a floor-plan idea or any sketches of her southern plantation featured in the book (I forgot what it was called??). She was apparently more interested in the characters than the physical spaces.
Sarah – That is interesting that Margaret Mitchell did not have a “house in her head.” I guess the house itself (or at least its layout) was not that important to the book’s plot. Tara is the name you are trying to remember. Loved that book!

Louvina - April 2, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Loved this house tour and now I know how you relax and play when you are on break!! My dream house would be a log cabin house in the Smokie Mts. or Blue Ridge Mts. Or I could be happy in a tree house or houseboat, too! As long as I had a large kitchen to cook and serve my family and guests–plus a porch like yours to relax and entertain!!
Louvina – I would love a log house too – in fact we almost bought one – a huge one at that! But the sellers would not take a contingency contract on our sale, so we ended up building this one instead. That would have been different! Maybe I will do a pinterest dream house in the fall with a mountain house. That would be fun! As far as relaxing on my break…I’m afraid this break is being used for spring cleaning…boy howdy it is needed here!

aimee {sixteen fourteen} - April 2, 2013 - 6:00 pm

I LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much for the sweet shout-out, friend. 🙂 The porch, the guest bath, the bedrooms, the kitchen…love it ALL. Brian and I are thinking about moving to a larger house, and this is convincing me. Maybe I was a Southern belle in a past life?
Aimee – So glad you liked it! You are more than welcome for the shout out – You were the inspiration! Oh yes, you were a Southern belle in a past life..quite sure of that. Your room styles would fit perfectly here in Georgia.

Lisa - April 2, 2013 - 5:31 pm

Kelly, would it be ok if my husband and I fly down from Vermont to sit on your front porch, drink sweet tea and rock late into the evening? We will take whichever guestroom is available–we’re flexible! Thanks!
Lisa – Too funny!:) Oh yes, you may come for sweet tea and sit out on the porch (just be sure to put on some mosquito repellant since they will like to nibble on you.) You can have your pick of our guest rooms!

Ann - April 2, 2013 - 5:31 pm

I love your take on the Southern Mansion! One of my dream homes is the Howie Mandel house in Malibu that was recently for sale. I could move right into it and not change anything. I know you’re thinking *Howie Mandel??*..but I love this house! LOL.

Always look forward to your posts!
Ann – You are right. I WAS thinking “Howie Mandel??” But heck, how could a house in Malibu be anything but good?!

Nancy - April 2, 2013 - 5:16 pm

That! That would be it. But you forgot my room?? Nice picks and pics!
Nancy – Oops…how bad of me. I will have to add another room for you! And of course, I will slap on another bathroom while we are at it! 🙂

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