Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ideas From Hilton Head

It was my privilege, for the second year in a row, to be one of the judges of the Hilton Head Homebuilder's Association Lighthouse Awards. There were over 90 entries this year, and four panels of judges tackled them over two days.

My group of judges visited all of the renovation projects, and new construction homes priced from $700,000 to over $3 million.

We were impressed by the amount of construction and design talent on the was difficult in some categories to decide which house should win.

Naturally, I took a ton of photos. (So many that I filled the memory of my iPhone, and had to spend an hour clearing it out once I got home!)

Attached are some shots of my favorites...fair warning that there are tons, but they are worth waiting for!

This fitted closet was beautifully lit with concealed tape light inside each glass fronted cabinet. The marble topped island concealed an ironing board, and an automated TV screen dropped down within one of the niches.
These cobalt blue lanterns provided a perfect pop of color in this otherwise sedate kitchen. The finish on the cabinets was stunning...a soft blue gray that changed color depending on the light.
To make the most of a small master bath, this house had a "wet room" that served both showering and bathing. A mix of carrara marble and less expensive porcelain were skillfully combined.
The beds in this kids room appeared to be suspended from the ceiling with rope. There were concealed pedestals in the center to stabilize them, but the floating appearance was a jaw-dropper.
By far my favorite feature was this industrial wall of glass that separated a masculine study from the adjacent gallery.
A pair of vintage doors were used as "backplates" for the sconces in this guest room.
This octagonal master bedroom was punctuated with light from dormers above and highlighted by a sculptural chandelier.
This polished and stained concrete floor provided an easily maintained and striking backdrop in a room awash in neutrals.
This bright modern kitchen was highlighted by a slab of stone and a rusticated mahogany eating counter.
Several of the larger houses had these scullery kitchens...pantries on steroids that served to clear the main kitchens of clutter and provide secondary food prep places.
This house had almost no sheetrock surfaces. Shiplap paneling had been laid over every surface. In some rooms, it ran vertical, and in all cases was grounded by generously sized baseboards and casings.
Many thanks to the Hilton Head Homebuilder's Association for putting on such a wonderful the builders and homeowners who opened their doors...and to all the talented folks who made these gorgeous spaces a reality.

No comments:

Post a Comment