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.

Apr 6, 2018

Playhouse Paint Refresh with the Best Navy Blue



Playhouse Paint Refresh with the Best Navy Blue, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy | The Lowcountry Lady

The tale of how this playhouse came to be is a story for another day.  Today though, I'd like to share a quick little before and after.

The teeny tiny little kid house has lived in the yards of not one, nor two, but three different big people houses.  This last spot seems to suit quit well, so the time felt right for an exterior paint refresh.

The old colors were Aged Cobblestone (from the historic Charleston collection) on the siding, Duron Aunt Betty's China (available at Sherwin Williams)  on the trim, and a random can of Shrek-like green we had leftover from another project on the door.  I don't know what we were thinking with that green in the first place, but with the natural green woods in the background, the color began to irk me more and more every day. 


Playhouse Paint Refresh Before and After | The Lowcountry Lady

We started with a good pressure wash, removed the front door, and got at it.  We were able to paint the entire exterior in just a few hours.


Playhouse Paint Refresh with the Best Navy Blue, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy | The Lowcountry Lady

Playhouse Paint Refresh with the Best Navy Blue, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy | The Lowcountry Lady

Playhouse Paint Refresh with the Best Navy Blue, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy | The Lowcountry Lady

Inspired by all the water around Charleston, we chose Benjamin Moore Hale Navy for the siding.  I adore this color.  I love how it pops against the SW Snowbound white trim and the green of the trees in the background.  If you aren't familiar with this color, it's a deep navy blue with just a hint of grey.  The front door is SW Tame Teal - light and fresh.

You can find the darling wood-handled rake (along with a shovel & hoe) here.


Playhouse Paint Refresh with the Best Navy Blue, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy | The Lowcountry Lady

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