Last week, I traveled to beautiful Bald Head Island, NC, for a tour of this year’s Southern Living idea house. You may have already seen it featured in the magazine, but it’s wonderful to be able to stand in the rooms and soak up all of the little details. So, that’s what I tried to capture for you while I was there.
This year’s house was designed by Lindsey Coral Harper who may love rattan as much as I do. Tons of her own pieces (many vintage) were scattered throughout the house. While we were there, we met the architect who shared his vision of blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living with this house. (Keep reading and check out the outdoor bar; you’ll see what I mean.) We also met the builder and his wife who are actually buying and moving into the house when it closes to the public at the end of October.
Lots of pretty botanical art–all from here.
I asked his wife what she thought of the patterned sofa. She said she liked it but that it was also going when the designer took the rest of her loaned pieces. It would be interesting to see what the house looks like after “real people” finish decorating it for actual living.
I thought all of the lighting was outstanding. Almost every room seemed to have a statement light. Lindsey kept the overall color palette neutral but you’ll notice a burst of coral running throughout as a theme.
Did you catch those floors? According to the builder, it took a lot of searching to finally find the perfect 12″ reclaimed wood planks. They are from an NC barn and were just beautiful in person.
The kitchen was (purposely) in the heart of the house and I have to say, reaffirmed many of my recent renovation choices. Notice the simple open shelving, brass hardware and herringbone patterned subway tile backsplash. . .
But my favorite part of the kitchen–and possibly the whole house–was this sliding window over the sink that opened up to a bar, a huge patio and outdoor kitchen. I’d be handing my kids food through the window for every single meal.
The living room/dining room combo opened out onto this porch. Notice how Harper repeated the same color scheme (neutral with accents of green and coral) to make it feel like one continuous space.
Meanwhile, back inside. . . The master bedroom featured painted grasscloth wallpaper, a king faux-bamboo bed and one of my favorite chandeliers:
The more serene palette continued into the master bath. Everything–including that huge piece of shower glass–had to be brought over by boat for the construction. (I wouldn’t want that responsibility. . .) The tile floor was definitely a statement, and I’m curious to hear what you think about the hammered sinks.
One thing I noticed–particularly because Delta Faucet sponsored my trip–was how simple and classic most of the bathroom fixtures were. While brass continues to be wildly popular in the design world, I still appreciate the longevity of a simple chrome faucet. This is the Delta “Cassidy”. We just used the same ones in our recent upstairs bathroom renovation.
Upstairs, this painted hallway floor led to a sunny yellow bedroom/bath combo and the kids’ room/bath. Lots of fun pattern around every corner.
I’m normally not a yellow person, but when it comes in the form of a bold wallpaper and paired with lots of texture, I’m a fan. (I think it also helps that the bottom half of the wall is shiplap.)
Remind me to search Craigslist for more bamboo, rattan, wicker, etc. . .
Again, I was surprised that there was no brass hardware but I love the way the oil rubbed bronze finish warms up the yellow and rattan pieces. . .
And last but not least was this amazing little guest house attached to the main house by a breezeway. Are monkeys coming back? Between the wallpaper and the banana chandelier, there was definitely a theme going on here, but what I loved most was the deep blue painted trim. (The color is Turkish Tile by Sherwin Williams.)
Hope you guys enjoyed the tour. If you’re looking for specific source info or paint colors, there’s a SL Idea House app you can download.
A big thanks to Delta Faucet for sponsoring this post and trip. Even though I’ve lived in NC for 18 years, this was my first visit to Bald Head Island. If you’re looking for a real getaway (no high rises, no putt-putt!), this would be your place. We stayed at The Inn and it was all newly renovated and the innkeepers couldn’t have been nicer–and spending time with these girls was pretty good, too. :)