WATERSIDE HOME TOUR: Southern Coastal Design Touches

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waterside tour home

10 years ago we were driving around and noticed this sign that said Palmetto Bluff. So we took the turn which took us down a long road. We were speechless to discover this beautiful place filled with open waterways and beautiful tropical terrain. The developers were converting part of 22,000 acres into a resort-style neighborhood filled with beautiful coastal-style homes. What was so amazing, was that this place was in our local area and we had no idea! So we jumped on this new, exciting opportunity, and purchased a lot that same day, and started the plan to build our dream home.

water tour home post luigi


water tour home may river

Initially we built a large home, which we lived in for 6 years. We then decided it was too much space, so we made the decision to down-size and build a smaller, more manageable home. Every detail about this home was well-thought-out. What we learned from our last home about what worked and what didn’t, was also helpful in the design process.

waterside home tour front entrance

Coming from a larger home that was traditional, we knew that an open concept floor-plan was what we wanted. We decided to go with a light and contemporary vibe. For example, the shingles and the wood plank, we choose a light beige color with teal green shutters.

wtaerside home tour side entrance

We kept the landscaping minimal by adding palmetto plants and grasses. We choose old Savannah brick for the hardscapes.

watereside tour garage entrance

…and created paths throughout the back of the home, a backyard grill & patio and additional space to entertain family and friends outside by the fire pit.


The kitchen is outfitted with stainless steel appliances against a white background and highlighted with reclaimed wood for the island and oven fan. I don’t like clutter, so there are no unnecessary pieces.


The  pantry and the kitchen all share in the same palette. Open shelving is nice and airy. Everything white and reclaimed wood in keeping with the theme. Marble counter tops throughout the kitchen, as well.


Upstairs there is a two-bedroom and two-bath area, again keeping things simple and classic. We created a large bathroom for guests to feel like they are staying at a resort. There’s both a freestanding tub and a large walk-in shower. Everything again, white and marble counter tops.


We tried to think of sustainable materials to use throughout the home where we could. The largest amount being the reclaimed wood throughout the home. We added the barn wood to the ceiling and bedroom doors in our master bedroom. The floors are concrete throughout the main living area. Having simple and sustainable materials, helped to keep the cost down. The benefit was also that it aesthetically looked great!

waterside bathroom


waterside home barn doors

I hope you enjoyed my home tour. I want to give a special thanks to Emily From Table and Hearth for creating this home tour. Head over to the other gals home tours and check out their beautiful homes.


Monday, June 20

Table & Hearth
The Happy Housie
In My Own Style
The Space Between
DIY Passion
Brian & Kaylor

Wednesday, June 22

Starfish Cottage
Family and the Lake House
What Meegan Makes
Migonis Home
Up to Date Interiors

Friday, June 24

Nina Hendrick
Simple Nature Decor
Slightly Coastal
Setting for Four



  • Janet (Shabbyfufu)

    Maria….your home is absolutely gorgeous and what a beautiful setting! xo

    • Maria Brittis

      Janet, Glad you like my home and the lowcountry area as we call it around here in coastal carolina. Talk to your soon.

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  • Chloe Crabtree

    I was perhaps most excited to see your home of all of them on the tour! Although I am landlocked in central Florida, the new to us home is a coastal/low country style and I have been trying to weave my way through to decide on my design style. I absolutely love your long marble counter in your master bath and can’t wait to take on our bathroom this winter. The ceiling in your master bedroom is heavenly! I have subscribed and look forward to seeing more from Simple Nature Decor!

  • Sandra

    Hi Maria, your new home is simply beautiful. You’ve skillfully designed a home that brings the best of nature into each room! A great example of lowcountry loving at its’ most elegant style.

    • Maria Brittis

      Sandra, so glad you stopped by, im pretty happy with my home, I truly enjoy spending time in it compared to my other homes.

  • Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    Your home is beautiful! The setting is so pretty. I love the marsh. It reminds me so much of my college day in Charleston. I always think of Charleston and I can almost smell the marsh through the computer. Thanks for the tour!


    • Maria Brittis

      Nancy, did you go to Charleston College, my daughter almost went there and I wished she did, but she ended in NYC, which is I guess more exciting, but I miss her. If you ever in the area let me know and I can take a drive and meet you for lunch.

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  • Heather

    I love the marsh views! What a stunning home you have and you’ve decorated it so beautifully! Happy summer!

    • Maria Brittis

      Hello there Heather, Its been so much fun meeting all you gals. Its the best party sharing our love for the home. Happy to hear you enjoyed the marsh views and my home.

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  • [email protected]

    Hi Maria –

    Your home is fabulous…dreamy…everything so well thought out and I love your clutter free vibe. I am not too far from you, perhaps we can meet up sometime in the future. So happy to have found you through the tour.

    • Maria Brittis

      Diane, that would be amazing to hook up, are you going to the Haven, I plan on going for the first time. Maybe we can meet there too. Where do you live. You can email me at [email protected] if you like.
      Warmest Regards, Maria

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  • Emily @ Table & Hearth

    I am so happy you were able to join us and share y’all’s stunning home! What an absolute dream!!

    • Maria Brittis

      Emily you did such a wonderful jon in organizing, and you were such a gracious host. I truly enjoyed it.

  • Marie - Family and the Lake House

    Your home. YOUR HOME!!! Oh my stars – it’s goooooorgeous!!! I love all the white with the reclaimed wood throughout your home… and no clutter? Yes, please! Seriously. I think I want to move and build a house now! Thanks so much for sharing your home with the people of the internet, myself included. Loved it soooo very much! 🙂

    • Maria Brittis

      Marie, Love the name! Thanks for such a nice comment, it was great fun to do this waterside tour, Emily did such a great job organzing it.

  • Catherine Shaw

    Lovely, upscale home, so classy, and right on the water!

    • Maria Brittis

      Thanks Catherine, I’m not on the water, but across the street, those are pictures by the water near my home.

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  • Meegan

    What a view! Your home is stunning and welcoming. Your style is beautiful Thanks for inspiring me.

    • Maria Brittis

      Meegan, great that you stopped by, Thanks for the lovely comment! I also was in love with your home, it was so great meeting everyone, I’m sad its over, 🙂

  • Kathy

    Wow! Your property and house is just stunning. I love the rustic elements inside with all of the white. It’s perfect.

    • Maria Brittis

      Kathy, hope you have a nice holiday overseas, do you celebrate the 4th there.

      • Kathy

        On base we do!! We are camping with friends at a military base right on the beach this year. 🙂

  • Katherines Corner

    You are living my dream my friend. Everything is beautiful. You have a gorgeous home xo

    • Maria Brittis

      Have a wonderful 4th with your family and thanks for the lovely comment on the waterside home tour. xoxo

  • Sondra @ Sondra Lyn at Home

    What a gorgeous waterfront home! Did you build your smaller house on the same land? Thanks for sharing this tour of your lovely home!

    • Maria Brittis

      Hi Sandra, thanks for taking the time to stop by, we sold the first home and purchased another pieces of land. Hope to see you at he Haven

  • Lisa

    Your home is stunning!


    A beautiful home in a beautiful setting…. thank you for sharing

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  • Krista

    What a dream home! What a dream neighbourhood! And the exterior of your house has be salivating. It. Is. So. Stunning!! Wow – love, love, love! And you are inspiring me with your simplicity and uncluttered look!

  • Janet Vinyard

    Hi Maria, Great house and lovely tour of the grounds! It’s great that you could learn from the first house. I really like the breezeway between parts of the house. Well done! Blessings, Janet

    • Maria Brittis

      Janet, life is so important with memories, each home you cherish all the moments you had in it, i do miss the other home, but this home has been very easy to care for.

  • Amanda

    Such a beautiful home! Thank you for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!

    • Maria Brittis

      Amanda, Thanks, glad you stopped by to see my home! it was such a nice challenge with all the bloggers, everyone has such lovely homes.

  • Nikki Gwin

    All those windows! I am in love.
    🙂 gwingal

  • Jemma

    Good Evening Maria!
    Oh, such a lovely, lovely home you live in and I love all of the thought that you have put into it.
    Love the breezeway and I see so much gorgeous detail, I know you must find such joy and tranquility here!
    Thank you ever so much for sharing this at TOHOT!

  • Carollynn


    Thank you for the beautiful home tour. I found you by way of Rhoda at Southern Hospitality’s Friday Feature of your home. We just purchased a new to us cape cod home in the DC area, and your home will serve as inspiration for a new direction for my decorating efforts.

    • Maria Brittis

      Carollyn, I am so touched by your comment! I am thrilled you found me at at Rhoda, she is an Angel! I was so happy she featured my home on her blog. I would love to see you home, I will go check out your blog too. All my best Maria

  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    What a beautiful home you have Maria. It is so nice when you can build it to your exact specifications and needs. We built ours years ago and the architect did everything wrong! Haha! I don’t think I’ll be building another one anytime soon. But yours makes me yearn for one like it. It is the perfect beachy home. And your decorating style is impeccable.

    • Maria Brittis

      Mary: You are a sweetie!

      I have built many homes and had problems in the previous ones, but this one I was destined to do it my way and not listen to any one but me and it worked, I got what I wanted. I knew what works and what did not! I built small instead of large and that was very important, to have something manageable. Let me know if you ever want to built again and we can go over ideas. Can’t wait to see you at the Haven.

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