Southern Living Idea House 2019

Southern Living Idea House 2019

Southern Living Idea House at Fernadina Beach Florida

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I was so fortunate this past weekend to head up to Fernadina Beach to tour the Southern Living Idea House 2019. The very best thing about touring the house is the wonderful guide we were given that provides a detailed guide to every single room.  My husband and I spotted some things we really might want to ‘borrow’ from this house and the guide tells us all of the paint colors, flooring, fabric, etc.

The House:

Entrance of Crane Island Sign

The home has been built at the beautiful Crane Island in Fernadina Beach, Florida.  This is a gorgeous part of Northeast Florida which is classic lowcountry with marshlands and the inter coastal surrounding the island.  

Looking down the driveway of a low country coastal homeThe approach to the home is lovely off a small cul de sac.  
Blue Garage doors on a classic southern homeSince new garage doors are coming to my house, I fell in love with these Clopay garage doors, both the style and the color! 

White farmhouse with blue shutters

The wing of the house seen here is the master bedroom.  

White farmhouse with blue shutters and trimI had to wait a few minutes to snap this while no one was entering.  It was a rainy day but my timing was good between the car and the house.  

Tall blue front doorThe front door is elegant and lovely and similar to the color of my own front door.  This one is Sherwin Williams SW9140 Blustery Sky.  

The Master Bedroom and Bathroom:

Moss green bathroom vanity

The master bathroom has two vanities with separate sinks. I noticed they were using mixed metals.  Note the silver faucets and the gold pulls.  

Beautiful bathtub

Beneath the window, between the twin vanities is the Chevoit-Balmoral Cast Iron Bath in custom color, Sherwin Williams SW2816 Rookwood Dark Green. 

Shower with black frame doors

Marble shower with polished nickel fixtures

Shower tiles are 24″ x 48″ and hardware is from Brizo in polished nickel.

Classic four poster canopy bed

The master bedroom was bright and comfortable but held only a queen size bed which would not be my choice.  

Unique white woodwork for farmhouse walls

Walls and ceiling in the master bedroom were white shiplap with two sections on opposite walls of these un-constructed sections to add character to the space.

Shiplap ceiling and light fixture

Sitting area with inter coastal waterway view

The sitting area in the master bedroom is comfy and welcoming, but I would have opted for a desk looking out at that amazing view!  

Living Room:

Low country living room with wood beams on the ceiling

It was difficult to get many photos of the living room as this is where most of the visitors where hanging out and talking about the house.  I had a lovely conversation with John A. Hillman, the builder.  

Sea bird gallery wallI thought this was a creative way to display this collection of water bird pictures.  You might see this in my house someday!

The windows across the back of the living room open and stack back to make an easy flow from indoor to outdoor living. 

White plank wall The walls in the home are clad in a number of different styles, some plank like this and some shiplap.

Blue and white bookshelf

A pair of bookshelves flank the opening from the living room to the kitchen.  

Indoor Dining:Matchstick blinds in traditional windows

Okay, this was supposed to show you the indoor dining which is a lovely round table and six upholstered chairs.  I, on the other hand was more interested in the woodwork and the matchstick blinds and neglected to photograph the table.  Sorry.  

Painted wood floor

But, the painted floor in the dining area was so unique, I didn’t let that go unnoticed and got this nice photo.  


Kitchen pantry with hidden doors

When closed, the pantry doors just look like additional cabinet fronts.

Kitchen pantryThis is a peek inside the roomy pantry.  

Farmhouse sink

The kitchen was a little small for me, but had just the sink and faucet I would select for my new kitchen.  Unique stove hoodThe backsplash behind the Duel Fuel Pro Grand Range is actually wallpaper by Gracie Studio – SY300 New World.  Many of us visiting the home were concerned with the durability of it.  It would certainly need to have some heat-resistant cover over it, but it sure is beautiful!  I sure fell for that gorgeous custom plastered hood! Kitchen counter with palm wallpaper behind it

Another piece of that stunning wallpaper is above the bar counter that is located between the freezer and the refrigerator.   There is so much more I want to share with you, so this is going to have to be a series of posts.  Look for more including the beautiful outdoor spaces later this week!  


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  1. Thank you for sharing your photos Chloe…the home is lovely! I would have to question the wallpaper behind the rangetop….as you did. Was it protected from grease splatters? Or maybe the “owners” are/will be healthy eaters and never fry anything. LOL What a wonderful week-end trip. Hugs my friend.

  2. What a beautiful and cozy home. So bright and welcoming. There are so many wonderful ideas. I love to tour homes. Others have such creative designs and talents.

  3. How fun it must’ve been to tour this home! I love the garage doors and kitchen sink. Thanks for sharing, Chloe. Can’t wait to see the rest of it!

  4. I didn’t know that you could tour these homes and this one is lovely. The exterior is so inviting and inside looks very comfortable, especially that bathtub. Thank you for being our virtual tour guide.

  5. Chloe,

    Love this so much! I’m going to link to this on Thistlekeeping this Saturday if that’s okay! There are so many fun ideas on this post!

    Happy day friend!


  6. This home is beautifully decorated and as given me many great ideas to incorporate in our home. We plan on renovating our beach house in Carrabelle, Fl and I am obsessed with the walk in pantry for all your dishes/pots and pans…genius! Thank you SL and Chloe!!


    1. Thank you Julie! I was so busy taking photos of details like woodwork trim for our house I forgot to take some important pictures. Fortunately, the developer invited me back on a day the house was closed to tours and I got to re-shoot photos with no one in the house!! I will be sharing more! I will have to look and see where Carrabelle is! Do you have a separate home besides your beach house?

  7. Chloe, we visited the SL Idea Home at Craine Island yesterday. It is a beauty. Love all the whites and natural tones. However we too questioned the artwork behind the range. Although it was beautifully done, we didn’t feel that it actually depicted the actual area. Being a North Florida Native, maybe a little more pine, palm tree, etc. We too wondered about durability since it didn’t seem to be protected. We especially loved the outdoor fireplace sitting area, and the bunk room. The colors and are throughout the home is so wonderfully done. Would love to say it was my home. Whomever purchases her will certainly enjoy her.

    1. I am so glad you got to see it! Yes, there are a few things that were done in the name of decor not practicality. Yes, It will be a lovely home for whomever moves in!

  8. Is there a possibility for information on the 72 inch dining table? Would really appreciate this info

    1. Hi Fran! When you visit the house they give you a VERY detailed flyer on the house. The table is from Englishman’s Fine Furnishings. It is a 72″ round dining table with Cross-Banding on a 4 Splay “C” scroll pedestal. Here is a link to their website. Please let them know that I sent you!

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it, Linda. I have been fortunate to have been invited back up to photograph the home on a day it is closed to the public. I will be sharing more!

  9. Hi Chloe, I just found you and love all the pics of the idea house. Do you know the color of the gorgeous kitchen cabinets? We are building now in Fairhope, Al. and would love to have that very color on my cabinets! Thanks so much.

    1. I am sorry, Lindsey, it took me a day to dig out the brochure, which has EVERY single color in the house…! That is the vanity in the master bathroom, and it is painted SW 7739 (Sherwin Williams) Herbal Wash. I hope that helps you! Thank you for stopping by!

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