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 bedroom.myhomeideas.com
And this would be the master bathroom.nickolsenstyle.blogspot.com
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 children.houseofturquoise.com
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.