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A Sneak Peek at a Stunning Southern Home

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When I was in Florida a few weeks ago I was able to visit with a friend of my Mom’s, Paulette.  She is one of those great women who are so warm and nurturing that you instantly want to pull up a chair on her back porch with a glass of lemonade and swap stories.  In addition to being all around fabulous herself, she also happens to have a home that would make any southern girl drool and she generously offered up photos to share with us all.  So pour yourself a glass of lemonade and pull up a chair, we’re going in!

The tone is one of comfort and grace, and is set immediately with the winding entrance and draping tree boughs.

Long driveway, entrance

A winding entrance sets a serene tone.

The traditional brick front is complete with dormer windows on top, painted shutters, and sweeping curtains peeking out from every window.  I also love the large palm just to the left, a great indicator that you are still in Florida!

Front of brick house

The brick facade, framed by a swaying palm.

A bright tray of green apples sits temptingly on a coffee table next to floor to ceiling built-ins and a cozy brick fireplace.  Paulette is also a believer in one of my favorite design tricks, grouping books by color!


Ready for a cozy fireside chat.

As a woman with friends a plenty, this living room is the perfect place to end an evening with coffee and desert (ok, it’s nice enough that I think we can even call it a parlor, wow!).  I can almost envision a large southern soiree, can’t you?


A true southern parlor

Everyone needs a comfortable place to read the paper and have coffee, yet even here the feeling is warm and cozy yet elegant all at the same time.

Breakfast table

An elegant breakfast awaits!

Back lawn

A back lawn, perfect for croquet.

A large green lawn sits behind the home, perfect for events, like her daughter’s wedding that I attended a handful of years ago.  Something tells me this might require a riding lawnmower…

Dock on the lake

A peaceful dock on the lake.

Nothing evokes my love of Florida more than a dock on a lake.  Being such a lover of water, just taking a book and blanket out on that dock is my perfect piece of heaven.  Ok, maybe also with a piece of chocolate cake!

A huge thanks to Paulette for sharing her home with us!


  • juliet

    What a lovely blog! It’s my first time here and I really like it!

    juliet xxx

    June 17, 2010 at 8:01 am Reply
  • Erin at Ink Obsession Designs

    Wow! Next time can you take me with you? Pretty please! 🙂

    June 17, 2010 at 9:35 am Reply
  • Melissa B.

    I’ve always wanted to live in a home like that. See, I said “home.” This manse could never be considered just a plain old “house.”

    June 17, 2010 at 10:08 am Reply
  • chantele

    Amazing house, lucky people!!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:16 am Reply
  • Jess

    Wow that house is to die for!! My house is like an EXTREMELY mini version of that one 😉 with brick and dormers – on a much smaller scale, hahah. Maybe one day….


    June 17, 2010 at 10:16 am Reply
  • Christina

    Love this house. Gorgeous. Is it strange that I am most attracted to the large beautiful lawn and the dock? I love all things southern.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:22 am Reply
  • Christy

    Gorgeous! I so want to live there!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:27 am Reply
  • The Boob Nazi

    I LOOOVEEE grouping books by color, but I don’t have enough interesting colored books!

    June 17, 2010 at 10:31 am Reply
  • Tamara Nicole

    I want a dock on a lake! Lovely feature:-)

    June 17, 2010 at 10:41 am Reply
  • Maddy

    Wow! Gorgeous! What a beautiful way to enjoy Southern Hospitality!?

    June 17, 2010 at 10:48 am Reply
  • blueviolet

    I am so in love with that parlor!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:10 am Reply
  • Francesca

    Look at you two! All grown up before my very eyes. I am LOVING the new site…complete with a URL and everything.

    Well done!
    Wishing you continued success!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:15 am Reply
  • Kerr


    June 17, 2010 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Salt

    WOW. That place is magical! It makes me want to go visit my mom in Charleston ASAP!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:31 am Reply
  • Emma

    Oh my goodness, what an absolutely amazing house! I’d love to live somewhere like that and with a dock too! Beautiful xx

    June 17, 2010 at 11:33 am Reply
  • J


    Houses like that definitely make living in a 2-room apartment seem…well…small.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:34 am Reply
  • Kristina P.

    Stunning! It’s like The Notebook!

    June 17, 2010 at 11:46 am Reply
  • Preppy 101

    Oh my – how gorgeous!! I could certainly get used to that 😉 xoxo

    June 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm Reply
  • Channon

    Lovely! Reminds me of all the croquet games in my childhood…

    June 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm Reply
  • Brittany


    June 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm Reply
  • Sandy a la Mode

    oh wow, this home is BEAUTIFUL!!!! love the southern charm!!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm Reply
  • Betty Manousos

    Love that fabulous house!
    Hope you’re having a great day!
    B xx

    June 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm Reply
  • Forever Boho

    beautiful place!!!

    peace & love

    June 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm Reply
  • doodlesbylauren

    Stunning home by the lake!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    So gorgeous! Brick houses are my favorite!

    June 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm Reply
  • taylor @ undomestic momma

    so pretty!

    June 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm Reply
  • carma

    wow – that is one huge back lawn (would keep my husband out of my hair for hours as he meticulously maintains it) 😀 (kidding- although he is pretty anal about the lawn)

    That home had definitely got some Southern charm 🙂

    June 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm Reply
  • Dancing Branflake

    Wow! Talk about picture perfect. I could only dream to live in a place like this. I can imagine myself spending hours and hours in that grass reading and looking out onto the water. So stunning and thank you for sharing this dreamlike place with us.

    June 17, 2010 at 2:25 pm Reply
  • Helena

    oh wow how grand!! amazing garden!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 2:35 pm Reply
  • Sierra

    What a lovely destination, it look so relaxing and I love the house!!

    June 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm Reply
  • Mimi

    I’m a southern girl, so of course I love this house. It’s gorgeous!


    June 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm Reply
  • Laura@JourneyChic

    Wow – so pretty! I love the living room – it looks so inviting.

    June 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • BroncoMom

    I could get lost in my day dreams just looking at those pictures. How beautiful!

    June 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm Reply
  • Jen

    What a gorgeous home — not house, for it truly feels like a home. That is a good example of my dream house, especially in a warm climate like Florida where I could sit out on that dock and daydream all year!

    June 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm Reply
  • Holly

    How lovely! This home makes me want to drink some sweet tea and listen to Patsy Cline. 😉

    June 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm Reply
  • shelby Bukhenik

    That is one gorgeous house! Get me some sweet tea and a good book and i can see myself sitting anywhere in or around that house!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm Reply
  • Polly

    Oh my, gorgeous.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm Reply
  • Traci B

    Soooo pretty! I love looking at houses!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    What a beautiful house! I love the tall pillars in front. Lovin’ the new blog location, lots of luck! 🙂

    June 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm Reply
  • Elaine, clothed much

    It looks amazing!!! How beautiful!

    June 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm Reply
  • Grace

    Wow, such a cool house–charming, classic, and elegant. I’m going to try grouping books by color.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm Reply
  • L.

    I love this house!!! How gorgeous!

    June 17, 2010 at 6:38 pm Reply
  • Melanie

    Can I come live with Paulette? Her house is phenomenal.


    June 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm Reply
  • Gracie

    The little breakfast table is so sweet. The home looks like it’s filled with love. Very elegant and beautiful.

    June 17, 2010 at 7:49 pm Reply
  • jessica

    Wonderful home. Truly southern, you can tell just by the outside of the house! Love it and thanks for sharing with us!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:08 pm Reply
  • Wanderlusting

    Oh wow. *sob* I want that house/life 🙂

    June 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm Reply
  • Diana

    Paulette’s home is beautiful. Thanks for the tour. I enjoy visiting with my moms friends as much as with my own 🙂

    Please come join my *Cupcake Challenge*, I promise it will be loads of fun!!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm Reply
  • Josie

    Oh my GOODNESS, this is absolutely stunning. That house is positively gorgeous. So jealous.
    xo Josie

    June 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm Reply
  • Surferwife

    You were not kidding! That house is gorgeous! And exactly what I would picture a home in the South to look like.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm Reply
  • Mama Hen

    What an inviting post! I wish I could have been there also. I love a nice glass of lemonade on a porch and chocolate cake I can eat anywhere! He, he, he. The lake looks beautiful. Have a great night!

    Mama Hen

    June 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Fabulous

    How gorgeous! I wish that was my house. Lol. 🙂

    June 18, 2010 at 12:12 am Reply
  • Natalie

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    June 18, 2010 at 12:15 am Reply
  • Allison

    I’m such a southern gal and absolutely love the parlor. Oh I’d love to read and sip tea while i wait for Mr. Darcy to ride up on his horse.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:08 am Reply
  • The Owl's Closet

    wow, what a beautiful home! thanks for sharing these pics with us:)

    June 18, 2010 at 1:51 am Reply
  • jasna

    Stunning home! Hope you ladies have a lovely wknd xxx

    June 18, 2010 at 2:38 am Reply
  • Caitlin

    Wow, can I please have Paulette’s house????? My god that is a slice of heaven.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:40 am Reply
  • Leah

    LOVE the home! omg gorgeous! and how nice of your mom’s friend to let you take pics!!!! I want to go to an event there like asap! and very cool of you to ask about taking pics 🙂 It’s like we are there too 🙂

    June 18, 2010 at 11:32 am Reply
  • Jodi

    so so cute! its so lovely

    June 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm Reply
  • Perfectly Imperfect

    That house is simply amazing.

    June 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • alissa

    that lawn! wowza – what a great place, loved that her daughters wedding was there!

    June 19, 2010 at 10:29 am Reply
  • shinta

    what a wonderful place,, 🙂
    so inspiring,,
    hope i’ll hve a house like that 🙂

    June 22, 2010 at 1:31 am Reply

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