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20 Charming Carolina Homes Made for Waterfront Living

March 03, 2022

With thousands of miles of shoreline — both coastal and riverfront — Carolina is the land of beautiful waterfront homes. Find inspiration to fill your abode with the same relaxed atmosphere, abundance of texture and watery hues.

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Going Modern yet Staying Classic

Classic Carolina design gets a major upgrade at this waterfront home. The elevated home is built to protect from rising seawater, as well as to take in the surrounding views. With not one, but two wraparound porches and additional balcony on the top level, you'll have an unobstructed sightline no matter where you are. Cedar shake siding and traditional architectural elements combine with more modern metal porch railing. However, it's duly noted that the seawall is topped in a white picket fence.

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Bring in Moments of Water

Sophisticated and enchanted, this bedroom delivers watery elements to reflect its Carolina coastal vibe. Bedecking the space in subtle blue-greens are wave-like headboards, a coral-inspired chandelier and an abstract ceiling that looks like the surface of the ocean. Design by Lindsey Cheek of Gathered.

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Create Kids' Space With Style

Bunk rooms are a common occurrence in vacation homes — the better to corral all those kiddos together. Try a sophisticated nautical theme: blue-and-white striped bedding, shiplap walls, a propellor-inspired ceiling fan and a variety of blue fabrics. Not only does the theme nod to the home's location, but it's also kid-friendly without being kitschy. Design by Lindsey Cheek of Gathered.

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Lean Into Airy Neutrals

You'll never go wrong with soft whites in a waterfront design. The muted palette instantly creates a relaxing environment — a necessity for any bedroom. And if the cozy sleeping quarters aren’t enough, hide away in the roomy built-in reading nook. Design by Lindsey Cheek of Gathered.

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