New House, Timeless Character

Make Room for Family
Photo: Photo: Erica George Dines

Gather inspiration from the timeless character of Mitch and Gaye Drew's new Lowcountry, farmhouse-style home.

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Front Porch

Ideas for Southern Homes: Front Porches
Photo: Erica George Dines

No Southern home is complete without a wide front porch. Here, dog Copper joins Gaye and Mitch on the porch built on a stacked-stone base. In addition to the porch, the house’s exterior incorporates tapered columns and floor-to-ceiling windows like Gaye remembers from her grandfather’s childhood home in Georgia.

Trim and columns: AZEK; or 877-275-2935.

Siding: James Hardie; or 888-542-7343.

Siding paint: Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams; or 800-474-3794.

Stone: Chardonnay (2012) by Owens Corning Cultured Stone; or 800-255-1727.

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Pine-Plank Walls

Ideas for Southern Homes: Pine-Plank Walls
Photo: Erica George Dines

Shiplap, pine-plank walls in the entry provide a farmhouse feel and the background for a group of vintage botanical prints. An antique pine bench provides a convenient spot for the Drews’ daughter, L.A., to help granddaughter Mabry put her boots on.

Lantern: Star Glass Smokebell Lantern from Shades of Light;

Bench: Antique from The Plantation Shop; 904-261-2030.

Pillow: Star Crewel by Pine Cone Hill (, also available through The Cottage.

Framed artwork: For a similar look, try Panteek;

Rug: by Fibreworks.

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Details With Character

Ideas for Southern Homes: Kitchen Cabinet Details
Photo: Erica George Dines

Gaye and granddaughter, Mabry Hanlon, make pancakes at the over-sized kitchen island. The inset cabinets and bin pulls add to the old-house aesthetic of the room. The Drews decided to splurge on details in the kitchen and family room because they knew that they would spend most of their time in that area.

Cabinet paint: White Dove (OC-17) by Benjamin Moore;

Cabinets and island: Quality Cabinets;

Pendant lights: Country Industrial Pendant from Sandy Chapman, available through Circa Lighting;

Cafe curtain fabric: Giardino di Estate (34034-1) by Clarence House;

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A True Family Room

Make Room for Family
Photo: Erica George Dines

The easy flow between family room and kitchen is welcoming to all ages and offers plenty of room for their extended family, friends, and groups from church to gather. Mitch, here with his, daughter, L.A., and granddaughter, Briley, and Gaye, with their niece, Madeline Loeb, and grandchild, Mabry, agree this contiguous space is the heart of their house. The rooms also incorporate dark hardwood floors, and the family room features a coffered ceiling.

Floors: Hickory with custom stain, random width (starting at 5.5 inches).

Sofas: Ascot Sofa by Thomasville;

Coffee table: Oak Pot Board coffee table from Beaman Antiques;

Rug: Thin Ribbon Butter by Asha Carpets, available through Oasis Rugs;

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Local Artwork

Go Local
Photo: Erica George Dines

Jacksonville artist, C. Ford Riley, painted the scene of Florida live oaks above the family room cast-stone fireplace.

To view more of Riley’s wildlife and wildlife habitat art, such as this Mandarin Oaks painting, visit

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Transom Windows

Ideas for Southern Homes: Transom Windows
Photo: Erica George Dines

A transom window, inset with hand-blown restoration glass, spans the family room doorway. The windows, which can be fixed or operable, serve the purpose of providing rooms with additional light and, if operable, ventilation. They are most prevalent over interior doorways, but are also seen in historical examples over exterior doors and windows.

The Drews’ transoms are fixed and feature handmade glass from Bendheim Restoration Glass (, whose projects include The White House and Monticello. Using traditional methods, artisans create the mouthblown glass and then roll it out and cut it into sheets. In the process, random air bubbles are created, adding extra character to the panes.

Ceiling, door, and trim paint: White Dove (OC-17) by Benjamin Moore;

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Oil Paintings

Include Family Pieces
Photo: Erica George Dines

A portrait of Gaye’s late mother, Jacqueline Zetterower Houston, is a dining room focal point. “I got my sense of how to set a beautiful table from her,” Gaye reveals.

Drapery fabric: Luca (16339-005) by Scalamandré (

Chandelier: Venetian 9-Light 2-Tier chandelier by Eric Cohler, also available through Circa Lighting.

Fruit bowl and white dinner charger: Jardins du Monde collection by Juliska (, available through My Favorite Things;

Green glasses: Fiorella Large Goblet by Juliska, also available through My Favorite Things.

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Family China

Use Family Pieces
Photo: Erica George Dines

Gaye inherited the china, “Caribou” by Lenox, from her mother, and “Chantilly” flatware from her mother and grandmother.

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Antique and New Furniture Blend

Showcase Antiques

Gaye listened to her designer, Erika McPherson Powell, who steered her away from the belief that things had to match. Erika suggested Gaye buy from different vendors and shop with an eye toward mixing, not matching. Against a soft, serene palette, Erika created a blend of antique and new, family heirlooms and good catalog pieces. Gayle’s study is romantic and feminine with silk roman shades and touches of soft pink.

Interior Design: Urban Grace Interiors, Erika McPherson Powell;

Ottoman fabric: OD-Lilly in Pink (34328-6) by Clarence House (

Framed prints: Ladies’ dress shoes of the 19th century from NYPL Digital Gallery;

Hutches: Antique from Big Creek Antiques; 828-713-2844.

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Repurposed Heirlooms

Ideas for Southern Homes: Repurposed Heirlooms
Photo: Erica George Dines

An old silver trophy serves as a vase in Gaye’s study and complements the Southern touch of her mother’s pink Caribbee china.

Roman shade fabric: Budapest (GDT3648001) by Gaston Y Daniela through by Brunschwig & Fils (

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