Sunday, November 23, 2014

Two Low Country Cottages

Today, we're touring two Low Country cottages.
First, we're taking a look at a Coastal Living Holiday House, designed by Allison Ramsey Architects, Inc. The Low Country-style cottage has cedar shake siding and a welcoming porch--it has been decorated for the holidays with natural greenery, wreaths, and illuminated garlands. Votive
candles light the path to the steps.
Beach Style Entry by Beaufort Architects & Building Designers Allison Ramsey Architects

According to the architect: "The cedar shakes are natural and have since turned darker and grayer. The Trim is "Aunt Bettys China" by Sherwin Williams, I believe." 

What a great paint name for a Southern cottage. I couldn't find it in my fan deck, but after a little research, I saw it in the Sherwin Williams Colors of Historic Charleston Collection (Aunt Betty's China DCR 101).

I tried to find more photos, but this lot is all. I did learn that the roof was meant to be tin, but architectural shingles were used instead. I have been thinking of using a tin roof, but I'll need to research it. We have many old trees around the ranch house, and I wonder what what happen when a branch falls...but I digress!

Below, a look at the porch details.

Inside, we're greeted by Low Country charm. In addition to high ceilings, the house has an
open floor plan. The room has warm, earthy colors and interesting textures.

An adjoining room features a place to read by the fire.

Love the magnolia wreath in the window. Can you smell the rosemary on the counter? 
We can do plenty of cooking: The kitchen has pro appliances and ample space.
An open concept floor plan makes sure that you won't be alone when you're making pies for Christmas. 

Blue-green cabinets add so much personality to an otherwise ordinary laundry room.
White seems to be my go-to color for cabinets, and the green is refreshing. Wish I knew the color!

And in the bath, we see another painted cabinet. I like how it warms up the space.
The old fashioned window is charming.

A peek at the rear elevation.

It looks as if they are set up for a holiday party. Love the candles
beside the pool. For this party, I'd serve Carolina Caviar (made with black eyed peas), a Low Country Crab Boil, dirty rice, hush puppies, a seven layer salad, a lemon chess pie, and plenty of iced tea.

And a final peek at the house. 

Let's move over to house #2--Baypoint Cottage at Bray Island. 
I'm drawn to the tin roof, shed dormer, and the wide porch. A circle driveway is super practical if you entertain frequently, decreasing log-jams.

Inside, the rooms are neutral..but they aren't your Aunt Fanny's neutral!
This is a warm, cheery space.
The stained doors are fine-looking--and again, so different from the white on white that's everywhere. This is a hearth room, adjacent to the kitchen, and I'm a little wild over the green-and-white fabric on the chairs. This room just makes me smile!

The hearth room opens to the dining area, which is bright and sunny--love the windows. The room just wouldn't be the same if the windows were painted white--pretty, for sure, but different.
We have to replace a few at the ranch, and after looking at these photos, I'm thinking of staining the doors. 

The old fashioned kitchen makes the most out of storage with double-decker cabinets and a built-in pantry between two windows. A marble-topped island separates the kitchen and hearth room.
I love the contrast of wood/painted cabinets.

What's for supper in this Low Country kitchen?
Benne wafers, oysters on the half shell and cocktail sauce, shrimp and grits, a fried green tomato salad, and peach cobbler---with white wine or gallons of sweet tea, your pick.

On the bathroom floor, antique heart pine flooring was used instead of tile.
Other details: Marble tile shower, beadboard encased tub, wooden blinds.

What a beautiful screened porch--and another great view. This house would be perfect for tablescapers and cooks--plenty of foraging in the woods for greenery.

The rear elevation evokes a feeling of Low Country living. I can imagine the smell of sunlight on the pines, and the faint odor of pluff mud. I think this house is my favorite. Maybe it's the land--all of that wide open space--or the charm of a screened porch. 
Let's have mint juleps and talk about the houses. Here, have a few cheese straws.

Hope you enjoyed the coastal tour today. You can view previous tours HERE. 
See you next Sunday.

Resources for House 1:
Photography by Photos by Josh Savage for Coastal Living via Houzz.

Resources for House 2:
olin redmon - photographer Heirloom Building Company - Builder
House plans

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  1. I love everything about these two cottages. They are so romantic yet comfortable in a Southern way. If it weren't for hurricanes, unbearable heat and humidity, I would pester my husband to move to Low Country this very minute. Doesn't stop me from dreaming though :)

    Hope you're having a nice weekend ML.

    1. That's a perfect description, Sam--"romantic yet comfortable in a Southern way." Glad you dreamed a little today!

  2. They are both wonderful. I see many things I would like to have in a home. I have been wondering if I need to have window coverings on the living room/dining room windows in our new home. They are very tall and large. I see in the second cottage they have none and it looks great.

    1. I'm beginning to wonder the same thing. My window treatments are dust catchers. Love the windows in the second cottage.

  3. Beautiful homes. Thank you for sharing these. I'm so happy to see designers using natural wood and color again. It's a refreshing and much needed change from all the sterile white and gray used recently. I could just move right in to either one!

    1. I agree! I showed my DH a photo of cottage #2, and he liked the stained doors quite a bit.

  4. The Baypoint cottage had me taking notes. I may need to build another lake house! Thanks for taking us along.
    Cherry Kay

    1. Baypoint would be a fantastic lake house! Thanks for coming along, Cherry Kay!

  5. Love these houses. I am partial to the Lowxountry. We had a house on Port Royal Sound new par Beaufort SC. I like the first I am mentally thinking about the cottage our bachelor son wants to build. I am stocking up on ideas! Thanks for these pics.

    1. Glad you enjoyed them, Sheila! My son liked the first cottage, too. Thanks so much for coming along on the tours!

  6. its amazing. I'm giddy in love with it and could move right in and wouldnt change a thing.

  7. Loved the second one especially. Thought the fireplaces in the first one looks SO awkward without mantles.

    1. I liked #2 also, Katzcradul. I keep finding ideas in every room.
      Have a good week!

  8. Wow, I love both cottages, but think I'm partial to the second one, Michael Lee. I loved the airiness of it and the screened in porch. However, I'd be happy to eat at either cottage with the menus that you provided!

  9. Both cottages are so beautiful...Each one has such charm and beauty! It would be hard to pick a favorite. Thanks so much for sharing this and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  10. I love these! Has always been a favorite house plan!