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My Favorite House in WaterSound



In my post the other day, I shared with you how I love the shingled style of New England architecture and the beaches along the Panhandle area of Florida.  The development of Watersound brought those two loves together. Today I want you to see my favorite cottage there.  Even the builders call this home “Martha’s Vineyard Shingle Architecture.” 🙂

Featured in a supplement inside the August 2008 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, it was custom built by a family from Atlanta.  Historical Concepts (my favorite firm!) designed it and Grand Floridian Builders constructed it.

At one point in its life, it was available to rent, but in all my research I have been unable to find it listed as a current rental home.  Like many of the homes on 30-A, it has a name – Amazing Space.  (Don’t you think that’s cute? 🙂 )

The home’s interiors reflect a sand and sea color scheme; the walls are whitewashed pine, and the ceilings in most of it are natural wood.  This next photo is from the magazine shoot where the room was styled for the article.

The living area backs up to a dining area and kitchen.  So the entire area is very open.  And there is a long screened porch on the other side of the fireplace.

That wonderful long table was handmade from old wood by an Atlanta furniture builder.  Here is another view of it styled for the magazine shoot.

historical concepts. com

Let’s look around that great kitchen a little more.  Here is the photo of it again from BHG.

The floors in this home are absolutely gorgeous!  They are made from heart pine and withstand the wear of sand tracked in from the beach.

From the photo above and the one below, you can see there is another dining area right off the kitchen.

And the same area styled for the photo shoot…

Now let’s take a look at some of the bedrooms in this beach house.

First..the master bedroom located upstairs:

There is also a master suite downstairs.

This bedroom on the second floor was my favorite from the magazine article.

Now take the stairs up to the third floor.

The entire third floor is the kids’ space, and what a great space it is…

with its game area…

its built-in bed…

and its nautical bathroom.

If our budget could handle it, I would love to rent this amazing home… or better than that, live there!  Just walk out that back door and take the boardwalk down to the beach.  Heaven

I hope you have enjoyed touring this dream house with me.  Some of you mentioned in your comments and emails with the last post that you are on vacation or soon headed there.  Enjoy your trip!  Hopefully, those of us who have not traveled anywhere this summer will soon be off to great places, too. 🙂

until next time…

update:  I have since learned that the homeowner did ALL the interior design work in choosing and sourcing out all the fabrics, hardware, colors, etc.  She lives in Atlanta and now does consulting work. If you are interested in working with her on a project you might have, you can contact her here: . (She obviously has great style! 🙂 )

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kate - August 12, 2014 - 2:12 am

It’s for sale!!

Paula B. - July 3, 2013 - 8:22 pm

Sigh! What a lovely home…. Just got back from the GFWC national convention in Hollywood, Florida and brought the heat home with me. Imagine heading out the door and down that walkway to the beach. It is so reminiscent of homes along the New England coast, however right now those turquoise waters of the Miami area (and some palm trees) are on my mind. Have a wonderful Fourth, Kelly!

Wanda - June 28, 2013 - 8:01 am

Love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enough said!

Marianne in Mo. - June 26, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Thanks for the amazing house tour. I’ll have to pull out my copy of the magazine and revisit! And thanks for the e-mail response to my post. Wish we could have vacationed this year, but the hubs head to have spinal surgery, and out went our plan to drive the east coast this year. Maybe it’s for the best, they’re getting alot of rain! There’s always next year, right?

Marci Johnson - June 25, 2013 - 9:13 pm

What a beautiful home!! I love that kitchen!! Were there any pictures of the porch. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be!

Dawn - June 25, 2013 - 5:42 pm

I really like how welcoming the house seems. All of the areas seem to say “come read a book here!”

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - June 25, 2013 - 4:21 pm

It is no wonder it is your favorite home there…it is truly beautiful!!

Stacey - June 25, 2013 - 3:19 pm

This home is pretty much perfection. Love it all. Thanks for sharing.

Garden, Home and Party - June 25, 2013 - 2:17 pm

I love the details in this home. Too bad it isn’t for rent anymore. It definitely looks inviting and like a place that would accommodate a large group.

Barbara (WA) - June 25, 2013 - 1:27 pm

First thing that caught my eye was the tower on top – wouldn’t that be fun!! No wonder this is a favorite house of yours. It is gorgeous inside and out but has a very livable feeling to it. Thanks for sharing this house!

Nancy - June 25, 2013 - 1:04 pm

I can see why this is your favorite. I love it all. Those floors are awesome. My favorite room is the upstairs master.

Vicki - June 25, 2013 - 12:57 pm

The 3rd floor area looks like great inspiration for your above the garage area that you are working on. Love, love, love SoWal as well!

Louvina - June 25, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Love your “Amazing Space”—the whole house is so beautiful! I especially like the kitchen and all the eating spaces. Noticed the ” mix and match ” chairs–wish I had a good eye for that type of decorating. My new project–is to have my fireplace/bookcase area turned into an entertainment center in the family room which will match my new kitchen! Same designer came yesterday to measure and help me pull my ideas together and it should be done by mid July. Will be using the white beadboard and black hardware and a lot of up to date tech gizmoes –speakers, one remote to control updated DVD/cable/wifi/ –and everything(cords-boxes) all concealed!! I’ll send you a picture!:)

Suzy - June 25, 2013 - 11:50 am

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! I would vacation here in a heartbeat! I wanna curl up with a good book in that adorable built-in sleeping area on the third floor. Open up those windows, gets some coastal breezes blowing through…EPIC napping could happen there!!

Thanks for sharing this amazing home, Kelly! 🙂

Kathy - June 25, 2013 - 11:35 am

Ahh! Another mini-vacation! Thanks! (I hope you own it someday.)
Glad I could give you a vacation! I would love to own it someday too… when I win the lottery! LOL

Patty - June 25, 2013 - 11:25 am

Wow! I just love this house, both the exterior and the interior. The coastal look has just been calling my name for so long now. It looks so relaxing and natural. I especially like the window shades.
Thanks, Patty
It does look relaxing, doesn’t it? I think that is what makes people love the coastal look. We all need to relax more!

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