Sunday, March 24, 2013

Been on the road again! Christ Church Tour of Homes

We are back from our annual trip to Saint Simons for the 
Christ Church Tour of Homes. This tour is always
one of my favorite one! I just wish they 
would let me take interior shots of the 
beautiful homes, so I could share them with you. 
But I guess if it was my home, I wouldn't want people 
clicking away either. 
*I apologize, some of the pictures came from the local paper.

This year was the tour's 60th anniversary! 
The first tour was in 1954. This project sponsored by
the Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church Frederica 
benefits local charities that assist women and children
in need. In 2012 they raised more than $60,000, that 
went to non-profit organizations. 

Along with seven beautiful homes the tour includes Musgrove Plantation,
Christ Church Frederica, Wesley Gardens and St. Ingnatius Church. 

This year the Tour Chairman was Dana Parker (left) and
Avery Brooks was the Tour Co-Chairman.

Tour Stop 1 was the St. Ignatius Church. It was built in 1886 for 
the former slaves on St. Simons Island. 

Tour Stop 2 is located on East Beach. Built five years ago, it features
three stories plus a rooftop patio with a view of the ocean. The contemporary
home is constructed of concrete and steel. This family has a love
of aviation and it shows in their decor. 

Tour Stop 3 is located in Sea Palms on the banks of the Dunbar Creek.
When you enter you see the  beautiful view of the river. Every 
room, that is used frequently, takes advantage of the spectacular
location. The home houses collectibles from their travels 
abroad and many family antiques.

Musgrove Plantation: Private retreat of the R.J. Reynolds heirs.
Tour Stop 4 is Musgrove Plantation

Tour stop 5 is Christ Church

Stillwater is Tour Stop 6. It is located out Frederica Road on the
north end of the island. This modern home is designed to 
be a peaceful sanctuary. The front doors are from Indonesia and are 
beautiful carved wood. The living room and kitchen offer you a beautiful view of 
the pool and the lake. This house has a boy's room with sports 
collectibles and its own media room. The girl's bedroom is the 
perfect hangout for teenagers.

(Back of the home)

Tour Stop 7 Black Banks Plantation is steeped in history with the 
first owner being John Perkins in the mid 1700's. The current home
was designed in 1942. It was remodeled in 2004 by the current owner. 
This home houses a carefully selected collection of antiques, paintings 
and porcelains. 
There is an abundant use of chintz and fringe throughout the house. 
It showcases some of the most magnificent window treatments, this
designer has seen. It was a treat to walk around the beautiful five 
acre grounds and see the gardens and marsh views. 

Tour Stop 8 was our first home on Sea Island and I think the one that 
our group like the best! It had just undergone a complete renovation. 
I particularly liked the soothing tones of sea glass that had been
used on the furniture, walls and rugs.  This home had formal and informal
areas that made it the perfect house for entertaining. Everything about it
made you want to "stay awhile!"

Tour Stop 9 is a magnificent oceanfront "cottage." Named Marbello for 
the town on the Spanish Costa del Sol, the home offers spectacular
views of the ocean everywhere you turn. The outdoor spaces 
are ideal for entertaining. This home was used 
last year to film one of the episodes of "Royal Pain."  

Our final stop on our tour was #10. This home was built and furnished 
by the homeowners three years ago for multi-generational living. 
Using rich blues and browns and a mixture of stone and hickory for the floors,
this home is a showcase for an interesting collection of art and furniture. 
This home also includes a pool and a separate guest quarters over 
the detached garage. 

If you have never been to Saint Simons Island, Georgia, I encourage you
to make this a vacation stop. Even better if you can time it around the 
middle of March. Then you can enjoy all the beauty the "Golden Isles"
has to show, plus the magnificent home tour!  

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