May 27, 2018

Benefits of a Buffet


Have you ever hosted a meal in your home and it felt like everyone was stepping all over each other in the kitchen?  Sometimes, that is half the fun of having everyone over.  Other times, if you're anything like me, you might find yourself wishing you had just a little more space.  Queue the buffet (or sideboard)!

Buffet and vertical floating wine bottle holder with air plants | The Lowcountry Lady

A buffet will help optimize your space, by allowing you to store a few more things in cabinets or drawers and by giving you an option to spread out snacks, cocktails or desserts when you're entertaining.  People often setup beverage stations on their buffets - I've always loved that idea.

Buffet and vertical floating wine bottle holder with air plants | The Lowcountry Lady

Our very handy brother-in-law made us a gorgeous floating wine bottle holder when we moved into the house.  It found its home over our new buffet today!  What do you think of the air plants?

Buffet and vertical floating wine bottle holder with air plants | The Lowcountry Lady

Source list (including select affiliate links) -
  • Indoor/outdoor buffet: Celadon
  • White flower pot and ZZ plant: Abide-a-while
  • Tiny flower pot and succulent: Whole Foods
  • Lamp: Pottery Barn
  • Govino Wine Glasses
  • Similar to our wine rack

Apr 22, 2018

Painting the Porch Ceiling Blue

Gallavant through neighborhood streets of Charleston and you're bound to catch a glimpse of a porch ceiling painted blue.  According to The Southerner's Handbook, the tradition of using 'Haint Blue' for porch ceilings, as well as front doors and even trim, is closely tied to Gullah culture.  Gullah wisdom suggests that haints (vicious ghosts) are unable to cross over water, so the blue paint color acts as a barrier to keep the spirits out of the home.  The book Very Charleston suggests that sky blue ceilings also deter bugs from nesting - I'll report back with my personal experience in a few months.  I'll be able to do that because I painted the ceiling on our small back porch this weekend.

I love the charm of any painted ceiling, but especially those painted blue.


Haint blue porch ceiling with SW Cay | The Lowcountry Lady

Here's the before shot showing the simple wood beadboard painted white.  It was fine, just missing the character I knew I wanted for this back porch which looks out to the woods.

Haint blue porch ceiling with SW Cay | The Lowcountry Lady

Choosing the right blue was a must.  I wanted something a little bit more vibrant and slightly turquoise because I knew it could stand up to all of the nature surrounding the porch.  I choose SW, Cay, and I love it!

My motivation for this project was reignited when I visited the Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff last week.  The designer for that home chose a dusty blue, which makes for another interesting choice.  Here's a picture I took during my visit -

Haint blue porch ceiling | The Lowcountry Lady

Thinking of painting your porch ceiling blue?  Consider these colors options -

Haint blue porch ceiling with Piazza Blue | The Lowcountry LadyHaint blue porch ceiling with SW Cay | The Lowcountry LadyHaint blue porch ceiling with SW Resolute Blue | The Lowcountry Lady

Left is SW Piazza Blue D-CR075, the most traditional choice for haint blue.
Middle is SW Cay 6772, my favorite and what I chose for my porch.
Right is SW Resolute Blue 6507, a little more mellow bluer blue.

Haint blue porch ceiling with SW Cay | The Lowcountry Lady

Apr 18, 2018

HGTV Smart Home 2018 in Palmetto Bluff

Today was an absolute treat, friends, because I got to tour the HGTV Smart Home.  The home is Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton.

How can you beat a visit to a gorgeously decorated home, filled with all kinds of cool technology, nestled in one of the most charming coastal communities in the lowcountry?  Add a visit with the sweet and incredibly talented designer, Tiffany Brooks.

I asked Tiffany how she starts with a project like this one.  She let me know that she does a lot of brainstorming and sketching.  For this specific home, she started in the dining room.  She knew that she wanted it to be different, and began with the elevation of seating around the table.  Instead of armed chairs at each end of the table, she choose the most wonderful, plush blue ottomans.  She selected drapes that tied in with the blue, the color that also inspired the kitchen cabinets.  The rest of the details started coming to fruition from there.

I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

Simple window boxes filled with pink flowers on a modern cottage in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Dusty haint blue alternative on this cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Fiddle leaf fig trees and curtains and gorgeous chandelier in a cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Ottomans instead of end chairs in the dining room of a cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Custom South Carolina prints from mitchellblack.com in cottage farmhouse Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Custom South Carolina prints from mitchellblack.com and ironwork fireplace in cottage farmhouse Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Custom South Carolina prints from mitchellblack.com and ironwork fireplace in cottage farmhouse Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Cow steer skull on chevron shiplap in cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Cow steer skull on chevron shiplap in cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Computer web browser in the bathroom Smart Touch Vanity Mirror in cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Modern laundry chute going from master closet to laundry room of cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Dusty blue kitchen cabinets in the cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Dusty blue kitchen cabinets and modern window shelves in the cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Dusty blue kitchen cabinets, farmhouse sink and modern window shelves in the cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Dark painted ceilings and built-in baby or dog gate in the mudroom of a cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Dark painted ceilings in the mudroom of a cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Dark painted ceilings in the mudroom of a cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Woodgrain wallpaper in a nook off the great room of a cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Gorgeous screened in porch in a cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Gorgeous screened in porch in a cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Modern outdoor wood ceiling fan on the porch in a cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Drawers built into the stairs in this cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Hidden video game room cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Stunning gallery wall cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Dark vertical subway tile in guest bath of cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

SW Dark Night in teen or kid bedroom in a cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

SW Dark Night in teen or kid bedroom in a cottage farmhouse in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Behind the scenes tour of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

You can, of course, enter to win this stunning home and read even more about the design, technology and community here.

Love home tours as much as I do?  Check out my posts walking through the 2013 Coastal Living Showhouse on Daniel Island and the  2014 Southern Living Idea House.