Tour this Charming Southern Living Idea House on Crane Island, Florida


This stunning Southern Living Idea House was designed by Historical Concepts in collaboration with Riverside Homes, located on Crane Island, a private island off the shores of Amelia Island, Florida. This inviting beach house was built from the ground up, on a property featuring sweeping oak trees and mesmerizing coastal views. Encompassing 4,540 square feet of living space, there are four bedrooms, one bunk room and five-and-a-half bathrooms.

The design of this Lowcountry home is inspired by the water, the beach and the landscape, where protecting the live oak trees was a high priority. Touches of Victorian architecture can be found in the exterior facade, from the double height porches and ornamental millwork to the quintessentially Southern gable roof. Creating a timeless aesthetic, the project team clad this home in a mix of rot-resistant lap siding, smooth siding, and board-and-batten from the Aspyre Collection by James Hardie.


Above: The white paint on the exterior facade is Drift of Mist SW 9166 – Sherwin-Williams, while the door is painted in Blustery Sky SW 9140 – Sherwin-Williams. Flanking the front door are concrete planters sourced from Birch Lane. A yoke mount lantern above the door, along with two wall-mount lanterns are all from Carolina Lanterns & Lighting.


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Above: A welcoming entry features Lorford Smoke Bell Lanterns from Circa Lighting.



Heather Chadduck Interiors is responsible for transforming this home into a warm and inviting space for family living and entertaining.


Above: The entire back wall of the living room opens to the porch, courtesy of Ultimate Bi-Fold Doors by Marvin.


Above: The walls of the living room are painted in Classic Light Buff SW 0050 – Sherwin-Williams, while the ceiling is Pure White SW 7005.




Above: This bright and airy kitchen was designed in and L-shape, designed to keep the person who is cooking connected to those they are entertaining. The kitchen offers plenty of storage, including cabinet-front appliances for tucking away items such as a coffee maker. The concealed pantry can be found behind two cabinet doors to the left of the range. Above the island are the Urban Renewal Mini Pendants, by Clarkson Lighting. Kitchen countertop is Scorpious White Quartzite, Flat Polish — First Coast Supply.


Above: The hidden pantry includes open shelving, pull-out wire drawers and plenty of functional storage. The flooring is slate.


Above: On the walls, ME1562 – Magnolia Home – Wallpaper French Ticking, available at Sherwin-Williams stores.


Above: Over the range is a sepia-toned, handpainted tropical wallcovering from Gracie. Plexiglass protects the paper from splatters. The Venetian plaster hood is painted in Tinsmith SW 7657 – Sherwin-Williams.



Above: The windows are the Ultimate Double Hung G2; Marvin.




Above: Dine al fresco on the porch while enjoying the coastal views on the comfortable Oriana Dining Chairs and a teak table, sourced from Birch Lane. Zuri Premium Decking was used on the floor, whose appearance has a hardwood look. The light fixture is the Biloxi – Pendant Mount from Carolina Lanterns.



Above: Maximizing the beautiful scenery that surrounds this Southern Living Idea House, the project team devised almost 1,400 square feet of outdoor living space. The wrought iron furnishings are the Provence Patio Sofas and Club Chairs, sourced from Birch Lane. Also from Birch Lane is the Beige Roscoe Trunk. A retractable awning helps to shelter this space from the sun, sourced from SunSetter.


Above: A four-season screened porch features a fireplace for warmth and ambiance. The furnishings were sourced from Salt Cottage Home. Grounding the space is a Carena Weave Handwoven Brown Area Rug, from Birch Lane.


Above: The bar cart is the Bungalow Bar in Walnut, Salt Cottage Home.




Above: In the bedroom, the architects made the space appear like it was once a porch, featuring exposed bracing on the walls. A handmade mahogany bed is made by Reid Classics. The walls are painted in Westhighland White SW 7566 – Sherwin-Williams. 


Above: This light-flooded retreat is part of the master bedroom.


Above: In the master bathroom, dual vanities are painted in Herbal Wash SW 7739 – Sherwin Williams. Hardware is the Emtek- Providence Knobs. The countertop is the Monte Blanc Quartzite Flat Polish — First Coast Supply. A Balmoral Cast Iron Tub is from Cheviot Products, color matched to Rookwood Dark Green SW 2816 – Sherwin Williams.



Above: In the mudroom, the wall-mount pot filler for the dog is the Brizo- Artesso. On the ceiling, the pendant is the Circa Lighting- Precision Small Pendant (KW 5221PN-WG).


Above: In the mudroom, chalkboard paint on a built-in hutch provides a fantastic messaging center for a busy family. The hutch is painted in Grecian Ivory SW 7541 – Sherwin-Williams. Walls and trim are painted in Classic Light Buff SW 0050 – Sherwin-Williams.


Above: In the laundry room, slate is used on the countertop and floor. The cabinets and trim are painted in Grecian Ivory SW 7541 – Sherwin-Williams. On the walls, DESMOND FABRIC in Espresso from Sister Parish.


Above: In the powder bathroom, the wainscot is painted in Refuge SW 6228 -Sherwin-Williams. Above, the wallpapering is Meg Braff Designs’ Little Egypt in Iznik. The vanity is the Templeton Marble Sink from Birch Lane.


Above: An art gallery wall is illuminated by a Cosmopolitan 30″ Picture Light from Circa Lighting. The art collection is by artist Catherine Booker Jones.


Above: The staircase is located at the front of the home in order to maximize views of all of the rooms toward the water. To create interest and a modern touch are Marvin Windows. The overall feeling of this space is like walking up a lighthouse!


Above: In the 6-foot wide hallway, shiplap walls are painted in Westhighland White SW 7566 – Sherwin-Williams. Adding a splash of color to this space, the ceiling is painted in Lullaby SW 9136 – Sherwin-Williams. The wicker scallop console tables are from Mainly Baskets.



Above: A gameroom/dining space features game tables with durable acrylic tops, from Oomph Home. The L-shaped banquettes are from Lee Industries.



Above: Just off the game room is this relaxing porch, featuring a bedswing from the Original Charleston Bedswing.


Above: On the porch floor, two colors were used to create a striped affect — weathered gray and chestnut, from Zuri Premium Decking.


Above: In this cozy bedroom, the window trim and baseboards are painted in Jasper Stone SW 9133 – Sherwin-Williams. The ceiling is painted in Sea Salt SW 6204 – Sherwin-Williams, providing a subtle contrast to the white walls — Alabaster SW 7008.


Above: Throughout this home, the doors are painted in Classic Light Buff SW 0050 – Sherwin-Williams.


Above: Flanking the bed are side tables featuring a Circa Lighting table lamp in Ice Blue Porcelain. A vase filled with fresh cut flowers is the interior decorator’s no-fail hosting tip for welcoming overnight guests.



Above: In the adjoining guest bathroom, this dual vanity is painted in Jasper Stone SW 9133 – Sherwin-Williams. The countertop is Carrera Marble from First Coast Supply. On the walls, the wallpaper is the Dianthus Chintz – Lapis – Ivory Linen, by Soane Britain.


Above: This beautiful guest bedroom features a pair of twin beds from Reid Classics. A neutral wall color is painted in Alabaster SW 7008 – Sherwin-Williams. On the ceiling, the paint color was selected to be reminiscent of the idyllic sunset, Nearly Peach SW 6336.






Above: The guest vanity has an old-fashioned aesthetic, featuring fabric and wallpaper in ‘Santiago in Sand’, by Clay McLaurin Studio. The chair is the 7551-01 Skirted Sled Chair at Lee Industries.


Above: Built in bunk beds fit in a closet sized space, 8 feet by 10 feet. The walls, trim and bunk beds are painted in High Reflective White SW 7757 – Sherwin-Williams. The curtains and matching wallcovering on the ceiling is ‘Santa Barbara Ikat’, by Schumacher.


Above: In a hall bathroom to accommodate the bunk room, stripes are created on the floor using penny tiles. The entire space is painted in Pure White SW 7005 – Sherwin-Williams. A skirted farm sink keeps this space casual, accented by a rope mirror for a seaside touch.


Above: The flooring is the Soho Studio Corp, Simple 1” Circles in Sky Blue, Gris and White — Dimensions in Tile and Stone.



Above: The garage doors are the Canyon Ridge from Coplay Door. The garage doors and the shutters are painted in Debonair SW 9139 – Sherwin-Williams. Above the garage of this Southern Living Idea House is a mother-in-law suite, perfect for hosting overnight guests.


Above: The serene design of this guest space above the garage was inspired by the fine art beach photograph above the bed, by David Hillegas. Walls are painted in Lullaby SW 9136 – Sherwin-Williams. The canopy bed was sourced from Birch Lane, featuring a slipcovered headboard and footboard. On the ceiling, a patterned wallpaper — Southwind Collection in White on Powder, Meg Braff Designs.


Above: The inviting guest sofa is the 3853-11 Apartment Sofa from Lee Industries.


Above: The bathroom wall tile is 3×12 MAIO Crackled Aqua from Roca, — Dimensions in Tile and Stone. On the floors, TMMS Prima Tile, White Penny — Dimensions in Tile and Stone.


Photos: Laurey W. Glenn/Southern Living


Need To Know: Full size drawings and complete construction documents of this Southern Living Idea House can be purchased on Southern Living.

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