Palmetto Bluff

I am obsessed with houses, architecture, interiors – if it has to do with the way people live and choose to style their homes, count me in.  On a recent trip to South Carolina, I came across an open house at Palmetto Bluff, a private community near Bluffton, SC that totally fascinates me.  I was like a kid in a candy store spending a few hours wandering around and checking everything out.

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I mean, seriously?! This place is like a dream.

Do yourself a favor and look this place up, I promise you’ll be smitten too.

xoxo,

MJ

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Beaufort, SC

Beaufort, South Carolina is a magical place.  This city guide doesn’t have a ton of specific recommendations, but if you can get yourself to this area of the country – DO IT.  Being from the Pacific Northwest, South Carolina is like another world.  A few of my favorite snaps and recos below.

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Beaufort

Low Country Produce Market

Scout Southern Market

Old Bull Tavern

Hilton Head

Coastal Bliss Clothing Boutique

Enjoy!

xoxo,

MJ

Flights. Booked.

On Saturday we booked our flights for a September trip that will be one to remember.  We’re going back to South Carolina for our 2nd annual (golf) trip with friends.  And from there heading to Amsterdam, St. Andrews and London.  The planner in me is already plotting out some must dos.

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Here’s what I’ve come up with so far – I’d love to hear any suggestions!

Amsterdam 

Bar Hutspot

De Pijp

Begijnhof

Amsterdam Verzetsmuseum

Cafe MP – probably our all time fave bar in Amdam

CT Coffee & Coconuts

De Foodhallen

Staring at Jacob

St. Andrews & Edinburgh

Still trying to figure out the highlights here.  Will definitely post an update sometime in the next six months (yes, I’m definitely ahead of the game).

London

**this will be my first time to London and I’m pretty pumped.

Buckingham Palace

Tower Bridge

Tate Modern

Millenium Bridge

Oxford Circus

Liberty London

Harrods

Selfridges

Victoria & Albert Museum

Borough Market

Definitely planning to check out the Design Sponge city guides for Edinburgh & London.  And of course a few guidebooks.  September here we come!

xoxo

MJ

For the Love of the South Part 2

And the trip continues…

Beaufort

Beaufort, SC is a CHARMING place. It was recently rated America’s Happiest Seaside Town by Coastal Living Magazine – and it’s easy to see why!  Similar to Savannah, we got a lot of recos from the Design Sponge city guide for Beaufort.

The cottage that was stayed in at Secession Golf Club was the cutest!  I literally took pictures of all the interior details so I can remember to incorporate them into our house someday.  Needless to say, we will definitely be back.

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We started off with lunch at the Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe.  It was AMAZING.  The decor of the cafe was spot on – I’m a sucker for subway tile and the color green.  When I sat down to write this post, I went back to their website and saw that their homemade soups, just made Oprah Magazine’s favorite things list for Jan. 2015!  I think I literally could’ve eaten here every day we were in Beaufort.

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We finished up the day in Beaufort with a horse drawn carriage tour.  All of the homes in the historic area are amazing and Beaufort was actually the filming ground for a lot of movies – most notably The Big Chill.

sketchy through the trees picture of The Big Chill House

sketchy through the trees picture of The Big Chill House

The other awesome place we ate in Beaufort was Wren – amazing burgers.

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Our day trip to Hilton Head was definitely a highlight of the trip.  The water was SO warm compared what we’re used to in the Pacific Northwest.  It was amazing to just lie on the beach and read!

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We spent our last day in SC with a day trip to Charleston.  I was really excited about this trip, but it was so, freaking hot and humid that it was tough to really enjoy it.  Oh well, guess that’s a good excuse to go back someday!  A few highlights below…

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Another carriage tour!

Another carriage tour!

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Cru Cafe - one of the best meals of the trip, and a delish Rose'!

Cru Cafe – one of the best meals of the trip, and a delish Rose’! (Get the shrimp BLT)

King Street

King Street

Here’s to an amazing trip with even better friends!

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xoxo

MJ

For the Love of the South Part 1

September brought an amazing opportunity to head to Georgia and South Carolina with Matt and two of our best friends, Matt & Kelly.  Our trip started in Savannah, GA and then took us to Beaufort, South Carolina for 4 days.  From Beaufort, Kelly and I were able to take day trips to Hilton Head and Charleston.  I am completely in love with all of the charm and history of the South.  Architecture and discovering new places are two of my loves and this trip combined them flawlessly.

Savannah

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I have honestly never heard anyone say a bad thing about Savannah.  I was so pumped to go explore the city.  Before we left, I found an amazing city guide on Design Sponge that had fantastic recommendations.  Below are a few that we hit during our two days in Savannah.  And yes, we like to eat.  A lot.  Trying new restaurants is one of our all time favorite things to do.  When we’re in a new city for a short period of time, we usually have appetizers and drinks at a couple of different places rather than dinner at just one restaurant.

The Olde Pink House – A Savannah staple since forever, the mansion that the restaurant occupies is reported to be haunted by the ghost of Joseph Habersham Jr and several slave children. I highly recommend the tavern downstairs for a drink and delish apps.

downstairs at The Olde Pink House.  so rustic.

downstairs at The Olde Pink House. so rustic.

Prospector Co. – I absolutely loved this shop.  Clean and minimalist, with great, quality products.  I walked away with an awesome great sweatshirt and some Scout’s Honor greeting cards.  The guys working were super nice and gave us some good local recos.  Also – I just found out that their line of skin care products is now carried at Barney’s – congrats!

Elizabeth on 37th – We ate at Elizabeth on our last night in Savannah.  One of our good friends gave us a gift certificate as a wedding gift!  It’s rated one of the best restaurants in Savannah and it did not disappoint.

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Elizabeth on 37th

Collins Quarter – this gem we stumbled upon while on a self guided walking tour of the city.  It has the ambiance of a European cafe and a laid back, welcoming vibe that’s perfect for an afternoon drink or weekend brunch.  We were only in Savannah a couple of days and stopped by Collins Quarter 3 times!

shopSCAD – a place to buy goods from the amazingly talented SCAD students.  A must stop!

Vinnie VanGoGo’s – delish, NY style pizza on a busy square that’s great for people watching

Leopold’s – A stop at Leopold’s was a tip from my friend Chelsea.  Homemade ice cream?  Count me in!  A plus – it’s right next door to the SCAD theater which has an awesome old marquee (I’m really into old theater signs, there’ll be another post about that.)

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Clary’s – this is another place that we stumbled upon, because we were too hungry to wait in line at Mrs. Wilke’s.  The diner style food was excellent and Clary’s was featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Clary's from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Clary’s from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Forsyth Park – huge, beautiful park in the heart of the historic district. We got caught in a RIDICULOUS downpour while we were in the park.  You can tell by the pic below that I was super thrilled about it.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist – to be honest we stopped in here initially to get a break from the awful humidity.  BUT, it was amazingly beautiful inside!  It’s been restored a few times in its history, and it’s hard to believe it survived a fire in 1898.

Moon River Brewery – coming from what feels like the craft brewing capital of the world, we had to try a local brewery.  The beer wasn’t fab, but fun to try nonetheless.

Back in the Day Bakery – this was another find from Design Sponge.  The Bakery’s owner, Cheryl Day, did an awesome guide for a 24 hour visit to Savannah that’s posted on the Design Sponge site.  Coffee and pastries were great!

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Back in the Day Bakery


A few more pics!


South Carolina coming in the next post!

xoxo

MJ