Dog days of summer: cool home decorating ideas
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By Mark Stuart, Special to news-press.com 12:07 a.m. EDT August 16, 2014

Can we all agree that Southwest Florida is a little slice of earthly paradise? I wouldn’t want to jinx our extreme geographical good fortune with a complaint, yet I’ll quietly note that if any Florida season falls short of sheer perfection, it would be summer.

To be more specific, this summer. Rain, heat, humidity. The summer of 2014 has been our season of discontent! But committed and creative Floridians (like me) learn to make the most of the dog days. There are ways to keep your cool.

Gimme shelter is my mid-August mantra. Spring, fall and winter, I crave the outdoors, but summer is the time to enjoy the friendly, air-conditioned confines of the house, condo or your fav…………… continues on The News-Press

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Palmetto Bluff Idea House in August’s Southern Living, open for tours
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For the past 25 years, Southern Living magazine has built homes around the south, showcasing design ideas and room decor each year in their Idea House series.

With homes already constructed in Georgia, Texas and Tennessee, the national magazine picked a budding Bluffton location for its 2014 Idea House: Palmetto Bluff.

The home, built on Water Fowl Road near the banks of Palmetto Bluff’s waterway trail, is featured in a spread in the August edition of Southern Living on newsstands now. Located in the River Road neighborhood, the 3,787-square-foot home has four bedrooms and a spacious kitchen. The two-story home has a large living room at its center that opens to a 49-foot by 12-foot porch.

Other Palmetto Bluff homes have been featured in magazines, but the 2014 Idea House was the first time Southern Living had stopped in the Bluffton development, according to Misty Chandler, Southern Living’s marketing manager for homes and licensing.

Chandler said Palmetto Bluff was attractive for a variety of reasons, chiefly the development’s natural beauty, conservation efforts, and proximity to Charleston and Savannah.

The house was designed in about four months by Pursley Dixon Architecture of Charlotte. Once designs were completed, the home was built from the ground up in six months and opened to the public in late June. Chris Dalzell’s Shoreli…………… continues on The State

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