Castles in the Sand Beach House


I spent last week helping my sweet friend, Judy, finish a jaw-dropping duplex at the beach. We didn’t finish but got close enough to give you a sneak peak. Keep reading! There is a surprise announcement in a moment.


castle in the sand beach house

castle in the sand beach house

The houses are called “Castle in the Sand East”(the turquoise side) and “Castle In the Sand West”(the white side). Each side has 5000 sq ft heated and cooled, 1300 sq ft of covered balconies and a sun deck with private heated pool. Each side sleeps up to 26 guests. 9 bedrooms, 8 full baths and two half baths. Each master bedroom has it’s own private balcony facing the water. There are four per side!

How would you like to have a beach house like this?


castle in the sand beach house

castle in the sand beach house



sandcastle beach house

castle in the sand beach house



Well…. wait for it…… IT CAN BE YOURS!!!

That’s right. At the end of this very long post, (hey, it’s hard to cover 10,000 sq ft of wonderful) I will  give you a number to call and you can choose which side you would like to rent or heck… take the whole thing and you will have room for all of your best buds and most of their kids!

Actually, for those of you who head women’s ministries this is an ideal setting for a retreat.

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It’s Inspection Day And I Like What I See!




I have been inspecting a lot of different job sites this week and thought I would let you see a little of what my week was like. In a word…. exciting!

First we headed north to watch the walls start up on this beauty.

site inspection CEBI

I love a dramatic driveway.

site inspection CEBI

It  will soon look like this.

new consturction CEBI

Yeah. I know.  :)

Do you have any idea how many decisions go into a project like this? The number of knobs alone will make your head hurt.


Then we did a u-ey and headed south for another beauty.

foundation inspection CEBI

Can you tell from that sky that it was cold??

The sunsets here are fab.

An infinity pool will soon enjoy this view. Hope I’m invited.

pool site


So far we started with hardwood floors, marble and columns then we went to exposed beams, limestone floors and antique doors.

I’m having fun. Are you?

Now we move to some color, tile and cabinet inspections.

Yippee. All aboard.

Several people have opted for a walk-in shower lately. I love using large tiles on a broken joint in these. Not only does it eliminate a lot of grout but it gives a very gracious feel.


Next up…

say yes to the blue


The Cabinets are here!

Two weeks ago we made the call t0 add planks to this wall only. (You know how I love my wood walls.) Only the splash directly behind the range will have a decorative tile.



Awesome blossom!

I love that the bookshelves for cookbooks are hidden from sight and face the range. (See next picture.)

This particular house is a bittersweet blessing for me. It is the last house that my sweet friend Stan Godwin designed. I am finishing it for him just as we used to finish each other’s sentences. I hear his one-liners ringing in my head as I work on this project and just have to laugh. He was one of a kind.


I haven’t downloaded the pictures on the other projects yet but hopefully this will whet your appetite to follow along as we attempt to make the world a more lovely place.

Thank you dear clients.


Embracing Winter But Dreaming Of Spring

segretosecrets blog

segretosecrets blog

I hope that wherever you are, you are warm. I love the beauty of this picture and am trying to embrace winter but must admit I am dreaming of spring. How about you?

Have a wonderful weekend.

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