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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!



  1. Francesca says

    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!

  2. carma says

    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 🙂

  3. Dancing Branflake says

    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.

  4. Jen says

    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!

  5. shelby Bukhenik says

    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!!!

  6. Diana says

    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!!

  7. Mama Hen says

    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

  8. Allison says

    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.

  9. Leah says

    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 🙂

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