Amidst live oaks in South Carolina, our 2002 Cottage of the Year offers ideas in seaside architecture, interior design, and salt-marsh landscaping.
Live oaks dripping in Spanish moss dominate the Lowcountry landscape. "We designed around the major trees to preserve the natural environment," says developer Bob turner. Roads curve around the sprawling giants.
A brightly striped, woven rug defines a traditional family room. Around a brick fireplace are sofas in soft yellow chenille and a pair of rattan armchairs separated by a skirted round table. A generous coffee table displays a shell collection.
Heart-pine floors: Vintage Lumber Sales, Inc.
Plump tomatoes ripen on a window ledge above the kitchen sink, with water views beyond. Open shelving brings an airy feel to the room. One wall displays a white pitcher collection, while cookbooks below are within easy reach. The cream-colored cupboards echo living room tones.
Overhead, exposed beams add texture, while a whisper-quiet, 52-inch ceiling fan circulates incoming breezes. The bed's black-and-white theme carries over to other areas of the room with checked fabric—a soft throw, a chair cushion, and ribbon tabs topping window sheers. Beyond red double doors, a private porch awaits.
A deep window ledge framing three sides of the tub holds glass votives for mood lighting. Built-in cabinets, drawers, and twin walk-in closets provide more than enough storage.
For more information about the products featured in this home, please see the November/December 2002 issue of Coastal Living magazine.