This morning I fell down a rabbit hole, a fascinating, although slightly bitter-sweet, rabbit hole. I came across this beautiful home designed by my favorite design firm, Historical Concepts. I love their designs more than words can say.
If you don’t already have their book, you’ll want to check it out HERE. It’s wonderful! I hope they write another book one day, I’ll preorder it the moment I hear about it, if they do!
Back to the beautiful home I’m sharing with you today: The low-country home we’re touring today is located in enchanting Palmetto Bluff along the coast of South Carolina. We’ve visited Palmetto Bluff a few times before, do you remember? Once was when we toured the 2014 Southern Living Idea House. (Tour can be found here: Tour the Beautiful 2014 Southern Living Idea House)
The history behind this low-country area in South Carolina is fascinating. It goes all the way back to 10,000 BC, way too much for us to cover in today’s post. But one part of the history tugged at my heart.
Back in 1910, Richard Wilson, a well-to-do New York banker, purchased Palmetto Bluff and built this grand mansion to share with family and friends. He and his wife held amazing parties here and guests would arrive by steamship or railroad and stay for weeks!
The top photo depicts how it once looked and sadly the photo below it depicts all that remains today. Before I even read the story of what happened to the home, I just knew it was going to be a fire, and it was. 🙁 The home burned down on March 26th, 1926.
The part that really got to me was in THIS article where I found the photo below. It said that as the house became engulfed in flames, Mr. Wilson had to be led away from it twice. Can you imagine watching a home you’ve lived in for so many years go up in flames!
He didn’t have the heart to rebuild and moved back to New York where he died just three years later, no doubt from a broken heart. I wonder what started the fire? I couldn’t find anything about that.
Today a wonderful village has been built around the remains of what’s left of Mr. Wilson’s mansion and the home we’re touring is right there in the village itself, just a few feet away from the village Inn. I love the exterior, another beautiful home design by Historical Concepts.
I wish my garage door was two door and looked just like this. Would you call this a barn door style or a carriage style? Whatever it is, I do love it! I also love the brick driveway and walkway. Brick adds so much warmth and personality wherever it is used.
The home is surrounded by 100’s year old Live Oaks. Imagine looking out the windows each day and seeing such history and beauty just outside your home!
This is where I’d live, on this wonderful porch! Those look like some serious, working shutters, don’t they? I guess they would come in handy if a hurricane came this way.
Notice the garden stool being used as a small chairside table. I love using them this way in my home!
There’s a nice spot for dining on the other side of the porch. Don’t you absolutely love the view looking down the street! Just look at all the Spanish Moss hanging down from the trees!
Hope you enjoy the tour, I’ll be right over here napping and reading while you take the tour.
Notice the shiplap wall and beadboard ceiling design. Perfect for a coastal home!
Every waterside home needs a blue and white striped rug, ala the movie, Somethings Gotta Give. (Tour the Something’s Gotta Give Home here: Something’s Gotta Give.)
Look at the size of the window panes in those windows, really maximizes the view!
The kitchen is open to the living and dining room.
The kitchen has custom cabinets and Carrara marble countertops.
It’s also dressed out in professional Viking appliances. Let’s check out the Butler’s pantry!
Love how they found a way to include windows in this space, really keeps it light and bright.
The house has four bedrooms and they are all wonderful!
At first I thought this might be the master bedroom since it has a morning kitchen, but the listing says the home has two master suites on the first floor of the home. The view out the window and the ceiling shape/design tells me this space is on the second floor, so I believe it may the guest house which is located above the detached garage we saw earlier.
Lucky are the guests who get to stay here!
This must be one of the master bedroom suites.
Love all the built-in cabinetry. So since this home has two master suites on the lower level, it’s definitely a home one could live in all the way into retirement.
I absolutely love this darling attic bedroom with dormer sleeping quarters. Notice all the pretty wainscoting and built in drawer space.
Here’s the other side of this delightful room. Looks like they even allowed for attic storage…great idea!
Out back there’s a small brick courtyard that appears to lead to the garage and the guest house we saw earlier.
Such a beautiful home and I loved seeing photos of the surrounding village. You’ll find additional photos of this home, where these photos were found, here: Palmetto Home Designed by Historical Concepts. See more of the village at Palmetto Bluff here: Historical Concepts
You’ll find the book written by James Strickland, the President of Historical Concepts, available here: Coming Home