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As the salty air sweeps through the coast community of Habersham, a Southern Living Inspired Community, we are in love with the design of the latest Inspired Home - featuring the decor of local design firm and Southern Living Designer Network Member, JBanks. Lisa Whitley, resident designer, gave us the inside look at the home's decor and her take on the seaside style.

Meet Lisa Whitley, Allied ASID - Designer at J Banks Design. J Banks Design is located on Hilton Head Island, SC and is known for our casually sophisticated and livable interiors. Each of our projects exudes a sense of place and our clients personal tastes and preferences. We have over twenty eight years of design expertise; and are thrilled to be a part of the Southern Living Designer Network.

SL: What was your inspiration for the décor of the home?

Lisa: The inspiration for the home was two-fold: The community of Habersham was my first source of ideas and motivation for the project. I wanted to create a home that would embody what I think of when I envision the homeowners that live in Habersham. The internal community is very neighborly, people entertain, they sit on their front porches and socialize. It's the epitome of a southern township. I took my color inspiration from the nature and landscape of the Low Country. The walls in the main living area are a light grey-ish green, and they change depending on the sun exposure. The doors are a deep taupe color, which is taken from the color of the pluff mud, found in our marshes. I used brighter greens, blues and lavenders as subtle accents – the green taken from the brighter color of the marsh grass when the tide is low, the blue taken from the sky at sunset and the lavender-grey seen in the shells of the oysters the Low Country is known for.

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SL: The décor of the home is light, airy and flows through each space. How did you plan to execute this idea throughout all of the rooms?

Lisa: I wanted to keep a consistent color palette that I felt was livable. Nothing used was too bold or trendy as I wanted everything to feel classic with a fresh approach. This cottage plan is an open concept so I didn't really think about individual rooms but rather one larger room with different functions for different spaces. Each space needed to flow or they would feel too small and disjointed.

SL: What is your favorite aspect of the home?

Lisa: My favorite part of the home is the kitchen and dining area. In the kitchen I used traditional materials you would have seen in a stately southern home many years ago - soap stone countertops and a beveled marble backsplash. But in the dining area I used an oyster chandelier. I think the oyster chandelier is something unexpected and whimsical giving the traditional elements a more casual feel.

SL: Do you have any advise for those looking to decorate their homes?

Lisa: Use what you love and don't get caught up with the trendy fads. Your home should be a reflection of you – it's not how much money you spend, it's how much of yourself you put into it that makes it feel like home.

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