Coastal Living Showhouse 2012

It was such a nice surprise that the Coastal Living Showhouse coincided with our trip to Florida.  Natalie and I left the kids with the men, hopped on our bikes, and pedaled our way to Rosemary Beach for some we-time.

Benecki Homes built the L-shaped house, and Urban Grace Interiors designed the interiors.  One enters the house at the corner of the L, with doorways leading to the two wings.

So far so good, right?  But, wait!  See those stairs?  Ugh, we forgot to go upstairs, missing like 2000 square feet of extra house.  Blame it on mommy beach brain and the fact that we were anxious to make our massage appointments.  Even as we were leaving the house, we said to each other, “The house felt smaller than 5000 square feet…I could have sworn there was an upstairs.”

There was a little side prep kitchen off the main kitchen, with shelves similar to our new ones.  I have to say, I don’t think I like the idea of a side kitchen.

I’m with you, Urban Grace–I love long bolster pillows on the bed.

The kitchen, laundry, and bathroom cabinetry all displayed continuity while offering a variety of styles and hardware or lack of hardware.

As pretty as the house is, I would be just fine and dandy to spend my time in the backyard, watching the pool boy–I mean, watching the pool…boy, am I hot!
Here I am exiting the house and I just want to say, “Go back inside and see the upstairs!  Get your $15 worth!”  Oh well.

Lovely, isn’t it?  How can I get my hands on one such beach house?

Update:  I like to say great minds think alike…Julia of Hooked on Houses also posted about the showhouse, and she has photos of the upstairs, hooray!  So if you want the rest of the tour, check out her post.

Comments

  1. Katherine M. says:

    Kind of off topic…I have those same shoes you’re wearing in the last photo. Love them!

  2. I know you did not just say you forgot to go upstairs! I’ll bet you were so disappointed when that hit you!
    I love the light fixtures in the bedrooms. And those plates in one of the top photos – they look hand made or hand-thrown.
    Thanks for sharing!
    -Trish

  3. VERY nice water rooms. And I say that with the authority of someone who was scrubbing a shower at 7 am today.

  4. We are heading to RMB next week – I can’t wait to see this house in person. Thanks for giving me a preview

  5. Peggy says:

    Oh yeah, I could vacation there!

  6. so peaceful and stunning. I am amazed by her fixture choices… they are so beautiful! Off to see Julia and walk upstairs. mwah!

  7. LOVE that house!!! You’re so lucky to have gotten to tour it in person.

  8. Donna Aitken says:

    You rode a bike in those shoes?!?! I like them. I want to swim in that pool!

  9. Darling picture of you at the front door! You’d never guess that fresh, stylish woman was raising 5 kids on her own this week. Amazing!!

  10. Love the pics you got! I’m cracking up that you missed the upstairs. I did that once at a home show where there were 6 houses in a row and we were like, “That one felt a lot smaller than the others…” Duh.

    Wish I could see this place in person. Looks fab to me and wish I were in that pool right now…

  11. Natalie says:

    I still feel so silly for missing that! Ugh!

  12. Angela, how are you? What a pretty peaceful space. I could check in there, rest up and hang by the pool and just read a shallow magazine. Sounds perfect. Definitely have been working too hard lately!!

  13. We were there for the grand opening last month, incredible house! You should go back and see the 2nd floor! You forgot to mention the architect/master mind of the house itself (including all the interiors, there is a difference between interior design & interior decoration)….Lew Oliver of Whole Town Solutions in Atlanta.

  14. Hi Angela,
    I am writing to ask permission to use your photo of the showhouse dining room above in a blog post of my own. I will be guest blogging on ‘High Cotton Style’ about dining room inspiration for Fletcher’s new home in Ohio. I would credit you by name and with a link to your blog and to this post where the photo originated. You can see my blog Henhurst Interiors via the link on my website. I did not want to put the URLs here in case it cased the comment to be labled spam.
    Many thanks,
    Phyllis
    Henhurst Interiors

  15. Thank you for this! I’ve been dying to get there but unfortunately not in the cards from Connecticut.

    Loving your blog, too – happy to have found you via Sherry Hart 🙂

    Liz @ Shorely Chic

  16. haha, i’m totally blog hopping between all of ya’ll that went to this house. Just came from Sherry’s blog and I’m on to the next. I love seeing all of the different angles that you girls captured! it’s the next best thing since I couldn’t go in person myself. you lucky dogs! thanks for sharing!

  17. Beth Chesak says:

    Where did you get the white p,antes with brown rim in the 2012 ultimate beach house?

  18. Beth Chesak says:

    Where did you get the the white plates with brown rim in the 2012 ultimate beach house?

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