The front porch is in pristine condition with a painted floor and potted boxwoods framing the navy blue door. I love the hinged shutters and the abundance of windows on this Florida charmer.
Step inside today’s traditional southern home to be greeted by Ms. Kitty at the front door. Behind her is the beautiful, cozy den and in front of her is a charming wallpapered room.
The front hallway features painted, vertical paneling and a large antique mirror above a desk flanked by a pair of unique wall sconces. The wood floors are gleaming from the natural light flowing through the front door windows.
A traditional family room enjoys a coffered ceiling and buffalo check curtains. An oriental rug is layered atop a sisal rug while patterned pillows add a touch of color on the green velvet sofa.
The kitchen is mostly white with a blue kitchen island beneath a pair of pleated pendant lights.
A vintage style chef’s range is beautiful as well as functional.
From the kitchen you’ll find a view of the beautiful dining room with wrap around windows and floral wallpaper. The chandelier is just perfect for that cheery room.
The wood wrapped den is both cozy and elegant. Notice the intricate details of the trim work on the walls, accented beautifully by the rich-colored area rug. And then take notice of the artwork on the wall. At first glance it looks like a child’s art, but I blew it up on my computer screen and I don’t think it is. The art is probably not something most of us would choose to hang in a room like this. We’d probably opt for a landscape painting instead. I bring this all up because I’ve been studying artwork in homes for the past few months and am rethinking what I hang on my own walls. I’ll share more of that story in an upcoming post.
Every traditional southern home should have a pretty sunroom, and today’s Jacksonville house features a pretty one with a blue-stained ceiling and horizontal painted planked walls. The blue and white rug mimics the striations found in the ceiling. A honey-colored chest echoes the color of yellow found in the buffalo checked pillow and ottomans.
I love the upstairs hallway mainly because of the railing, but also because of the built-in book shelf and the antique desk. Did you see the Staffordshire Spaniel on the second shelf? Antique Staffordshire dogs can get rather pricey, but you can find affordable reproductions, too. I’ve always loved these statues, probably because I always wanted a spaniel when I was a kid. I painted one during my first grade art class. I felt so special when the teacher asked if she could keep my painting to display in her home. I wish I remembered what it looked like.
Upstairs you’ll find a blue and white bedroom that looks like it’s straight out of a romantic Bed and Breakfast. The traditional four-poster bed has a ruffled canopy complete with ball fringe.
Cheerful blue and white stripes greet you in the laundry room with its rich, brick flooring. Do you remember when there was linoleum or vinyl flooring that mimicked brick? It was all the rage at the time. The pom-pom buffalo on the wall reminds me of a frosted sugar cookie with candy sprinkles. I keep wanting to eat it every time I look at it (no offense to the designer).
And here’s the far end of the laundry room with a different kitty eating his breakfast. A sweet little key hanger adorns the wall next to the Dutch door.
The back porch is just as impressive as the front porch. When you live in sunny Florida, shaded porches become extremely important.