Yesterday I turned 35 years old.
How did I get to be so OLD? Up until this point in my life I have always felt like I was just a pretend adult. But not anymore. Now I feel like I’ve crossed some imaginary threshold into real adulthood. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still have fun! I am recovering from a weekend of annual excess with my best girlfriends from around the country. This year we ventured down to my favorite spot in the whole world—Seaside, Florida. Before I tell you about the trip and the good times let me first give you a tour of this dreamy home!
My incredibly generous husband gave me THE best birthday gift ever by renting this amazing house for us to stay in the lake district of Watercolor. Watercolor is a planned community with unbelievably gorgeous houses that all look like they are straight out of a magazine. For ten women who all met on an interior decorating internet forum, this house was a dream come true.
Our house was located at 39 Blue Stem. Thankfully we arrived before anyone else so I was able to snap these pictures of it while it was still clean and pristine before 10 women arrived and scattered clothes, shoes, beer bottles and breast pumps all over every square inch of it.
The kitchen / dining / living area was one big open space that was perfect for entertaining and hanging out together. That island was easily five feet wide and fifteen feet long.
Check out this ten seater rustic wooden dining table!
Oh how I lusted after this table.
We ate big family style brunch together each day a la Jersey Shore Sunday dinners. It was perfection.
Thanks to my friend Allison for letting me steal a few of her pictures. The kitchen…. I just don’t even have enough acronyms. White plank siding walls, open shelving, pristine grey/blue cabinetry, marble countertops, stainless appliances, and they even had my favorite Duralex picardie tumblers stacked oh-so-perfectly in giant window filled spaces…. Ahhhhh….
The pictures speak for themselves.
This is what happens when 10 women buy food separately for a 4 day weekend. We all bought the same thing! Whoops! Next time we will plan ONE menu together and stick to it. Shew… And this didn’t even include all the wine inside the wine cooler!
Vaulted, coffered ceiling. Woah.
The designers must have thought “Why have just one amazing light fixtures when you can have three? Oh, and throw in a sliding barn door so no one has to look at the half bath and laundry/mud room. Why the heck not.”
The half bath. Can you believe this place???? The wallpaper had a sheen that was decadent and over the top and just unbelievably beautiful. I swoon. I die. I couldn’t figure out how to flush the fancy toilet.
And the master bathroom.
This picture pretty much sums up the way we felt about this house all weekend. Pure and unadulterated giddyness.
We all decided that this house could never be a place that we could live with our messy kids (hello, white walls smeared with peanut butter!) but for a vacation away from the kids? This place was total heaven on earth.