Peachtree Home – Kitchen and Bath Specialty Showroom in Old Town Bluffton


Peachtree Home Showroom

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Lukejohn Dickson of Peachtree Home … a new kitchen and bath specialty showroom that has just opened in The Promenadue in Old Town Bluffton. We had a chance to learn a little bit about his new business and family…

What are the hottest current trends in the kitchen and bath world?

Less is more! Clean lines and simplified designs are dominating the kitchen and bath areas of the home. Textures, finishes, and color are where the flare is coming into play. A more modern sensibility mixed with rich finishes like antique pewter and brushed brass are softening the modern design sensibility to make it more approachable and not cold feeling. Deep dark cabinetry colors like charcoal and navy mixed with lighter countertops that are highlighted by pops of personal preference of color on painted walls, artwork, and light fixtures make for bold and classic color palettes.

Peachtree Home Showroom

What are the two or three things you suggest all your clients do when starting to think about a new kitchen?

Start with a good design that explores the many options of your space. There is never just one design option, but you ultimately have to choose one design. So make sure you explore your options, and a good designer will help you see these options and navigate them before you have to choose the one right for you.

Learn about all the new appliances available in the market. Kitchens are designed around specific appliances and this is key to not getting too far down the road only to learn there is a new appliance that could have changed the way you designed your kitchen space. New ways to use appliances allow you to think outside the box with the layout of your kitchen space.

Peachtree Home Showroom

Tell us a little bit about your business…

Peachtree Home is a kitchen and bath specialty showroom featuring appliances, cabinetry, countertops, flooring, hardware, and plumbing and lighting fixtures. We offer specialized design services to homeowners, designers, builders, and architects.

Lukejohn Dickson - Peachtree Home
Lukejohn Dickson – Peachtree Home

Why did you choose to be in Old Town Bluffton?

It is authentic. Old town Bluffton offers the convenience of restaurants, shopping, and local business. Old Town Bluffton has a “Botique” quality that our customers enjoy.

Homes for Sale in Old Town Bluffton

Old Town Bluffton

9 Properties Found. Page 1 of 3.

Photo of Listing #401588

8 Guerrard Ave, Bluffton

,000 – 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,816 Sf

MLS # 401588


Photo of Listing #400968

38 Lawton Street, Bluffton

,000 – 2 Beds, 1 Baths, 775 Sf

MLS # 400968


Photo of Listing #404412

25 Shults Road, Bluffton

,900 – 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,662 Sf

MLS # 404412

Peachtree Home Showroom

Tell us a about your family…

My wife is Amy Dickson, and we have a 3 year old, Anna Catherine, and have out 2nd child due in May (another girl). We live in downtown Savannah and have been married for 8 years this fall. Amy is from Bluffton, and grew up off and on between Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. I grew up in Atlanta, and my family immigrated from South Africa in the late 70’s. Amy is a graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I am a graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Peachtree Home Showroom

Contact Peachtree Home!

You can find Lukejohn and Peachtree Home in The Promenadue in Old Town Bluffton next to Corks. Stop in to see their beautiful new showroom and talk with Lukejohn about what he can do for your next new kitchen or remodel. Or you can reach Peachtree Home online at www.peachtreehome.net by phone at 912-236-9299 to set an appointment. Thanks!

Spring 2015 Moss Creek Open House


Sunday, April 26 from 1-4 pm, Moss Creek Plantation and Dunes Real Estate will be hosting an Open House Event featuring 38 beautiful properties! Come join us and see what Moss Creek Plantation has to offer! 

Moss Creek is a private, gated community and a taste of plantation living. Moss Creek homes are private refuges, nestled in the woods, among the lagoons and ponds, and bordering the golf courses. The Moss Creek Clubhouse boasts outstanding dining overlooking the tidal marsh. Every property owner is a member and there is an outstanding opportunity to purchase a reasonably priced unlimited golf and tennis activity package. There’s fishing and boating from the deep-water marina, a 36-acre Blue Heron Sanctuary and the 11-acre Fording Island Nature Preserve and much, much more!

View full details and see more photos of the homes on tour this weekend!

 Stop by our office at he entrnce to Moss Creek to pick up a flyer of all the Featured Properties!

The Grateful Hound – Living in Bluffton with a business in Savannah


We recently had the opportunity to sit down with John & Maggie Granquist who own The Grateful Hound in Savannah, GA. They recently purchased a home in Bluffton and were good enough to talk about their experience.

John & Maggie Granquist - The Grateful Hound

John & Maggie Granquist, their son Teddy and dogs Lamby and Barksdale

Tell us about your business.

Since 2010, we have owned and operated The Grateful Hound, a dog boutique located just steps from the busy Ellis Square and City Market area of Downtown Savannah. We specialize in high-quality dog toys, healthy treats and eco-friendly supplies, as well as dog-inspired gifts and items for the home. In 2014, our business was named one of Savannah’s four “can’t miss” spots by Southern Living magazine.

The Grateful Hound

We are excited as we recently shot a commercial featuring Savannah icon Jamie Deen, who has been a customer for several years…

In addition, last year we launched our own line of dog bowtie and flower collars called Hounds Abound and have begun to wholesale them in boutiques across the country, including local independent dog stores like All Four Paws of Bluffton, Tail Wiggles of Hilton Head Island and Tailsspin in Savannah.

The Grateful Hound - Hounds Abound

Why did you choose to live in Bluffton and not Savannah?

As business owners in Downtown Savannah, the logical choice would have been for us to purchase our first home in Savannah. However, the more we investigated Bluffton, the more we realized it was the only place that we wanted to be. The area’s focus on a family-friendly lifestyle, combined with unparalleled natural beauty and a superb cost of living was exactly what we hope to find for our family.

The Grateful Hound Storefront

Where do you live in Bluffton and why did you choose that neighborhood?

We chose Westbury Park as our home for a number of reasons. First and foremost, we love the home styles found in the neighborhood, many of which include traditional lowcountry home elements such as wooden front porches, large old trees and several community spaces.  We also enjoy being only 10 minutes from Hilton Head Island, which is wonderful for our three-year old son Teddy and two dogs, all of whom love the beach. Finally, our commute to Downtown Savannah is only 25 minutes, most of which is really quite beautiful. As first-time buyers, Westbury Park represented tremendous value in the market, and we did not want to let a great opportunity pass us by.

Granquists in Westbury Park, Bluffton SC

The Granquist family on a walk in Westbury Park

Homes for Sale in Westbury Park

Homes for Sale in Westbury Park

2 Properties Found. Page 1 of 1.

Photo of Listing #406159

New Listing

69 Westbury Park Way, Bluffton

,000 – 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,792 Sf

MLS # 406159


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11 Abbey Avenue, Bluffton

,900 – 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 1,710 Sf

MLS # 406099

What do you most enjoy about living in Bluffton?

We have great appreciation for how family friendly Bluffton is. With good public schools, cool community events like the Old Town Farmers’ Market and Sunset Parties, great parks and playgrounds, and world-class beaches just 10 minutes away, we sometimes think we have hit the jackpot. In addition, my wife and I enjoy the occasional date night, and with a plethora of wonderful restaurants in Bluffton and on the Island, there is always someplace new to enjoy.

One of our favorite parts about living here is that we are getting to witness Bluffton’s progress and growth first-hand. We have been living in the area for under two years, and yet we’ve watched as new schools have been built, community events have expanded, and local businesses have popped up and grown. It helps us feel that much more connected to the area and we can’t wait to see Bluffton reach its full potential.

Do you find Bluffton to be a “dog friendly” town?

Bluffton is a dog friendly town indeed. Having many outdoor activities nearby, most of which can be enjoyed with your four-legged friend, means that there is never a lack of things to do. From the beaches to the nature trails to the walkable historic districts throughout the area, both dogs and dog-lovers have much to celebrate about the Bluffton lifestyle.

The Grateful Hound Logo

Contact John & Maggie!

Next time you’re in Savannagh stop by The Grateful Hound at 32 Barnard St. between Broughton and Congress (map) located just steps from the busy Ellis Square and City Market area of Downtown Savannah, check them out online at TheGratefulHound.com or call the shop at 912-236-7297.

Hilton Head History


Many, many years ago the island was inhabited by Native Americans and in the 1500’s there were periods of Spanish and French who came and went.  In 1663 Captain William Hilton (for whom Hilton Head is named) came to the area to explore lands King Charles had granted to eight Lords Proprietors.  Sailing around Port Royal Sound, Hilton spotted a headland on the island’s north end and the island became known as Hilton’s Head. For many years there was cattle raising and indigo farming but then later on Long Staple Sea Island cotton brought fortunes here. The cotton plantations were tended by thousands of African slaves.

Hilton Head History

Then in April of 1861 the Civil War began  and the Union Army attacked Hilton Head in the Battle of Port Royal.  The Confederates evacuated to the mainland while the Union landed almost 13,000 troops at Fort Walker.  Hundreds of abandoned slaves with no place to live fled onto Hilton Head.  With military assistance they built Mitchelville, the nation’s first freedman’s village.  During the Union occupation, the island’s population swelled to over 40,000.

Hilton Head Plantation Homes

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25 Properties Found. Page 1 of 9.

Photo of Listing #405968

17 Rookery Way, Hilton Head Island

,000 – 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,800 Sf

MLS # 405968


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70 Old Fort Drive, Hilton Head Island

,000 – 5 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,594 Sf

MLS # 402434


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4 Stonegate Drive, Hilton Head Island

,000 – 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 3,638 Sf

MLS # 399521

When the soldiers left in 1868, the population dwindled to only a few thousand.  Some of the freedmen remained.  They fished in the waters and farmed on the land once owned by their masters.  Their “Gullah” culture remains intact today.  The language is a blend of African and American words and traditions.  Visitors often buy baskets made by the Gullah natives.

Fort Mitchell - Hilton Head Island, SC

From 1868 until 1950 there were only a few hundred people on the island and they fished, hunted, and farmed. After World War aII the majestic pines that covered the south end of the island attracted people in the lumbering business.  Some men from Georgia bought some property here. They paid . an acre, formed the Hilton Head Company and set up 3 lumber mills.  Gradually the lumber business provided the means for building a bridge to the island.

After graduating from Yale, the second son of the principal owner of the Hilton Head Company, Charles Fraser,  came to work at his father’s lumber camp.  Although two of the partners wanted to develop the island as other seaside resorts, Charles had a vision for the island that would keep it in harmony with nature preserving the island’s natural beaches, marshes, and forests.  He prepared a plan that would attract affluent families by  providing abundant parks and open spaces, attractive accommodations, and strict controls.   The dream was realized and fortunately our town fathers have maintained it as Charles envisioned. That’s why people from all over the world come to visit.  The population today is about 37,000 but two and a half million visitors come over the course of each year.  It’s really a great place!

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Bring on the sunshine!


Bring on the sunshine! Spring is quickly approaching in the south, and that only means one thing—more sunlight! The lowcountry is lucky enough to not have had snowfall or too many freezing temperatures, but I think I can speak for many people when I say that everyone is looking forward to warmer weather. With spring being only three weeks away, summer is right around the corner…

As the sun comes out, people will begin to yearn for outdoor activities. Luckily, there are many things to do outside!

Bluffton Weather
 

If you’re looking for a meal with a view, try ELA’s restaurant for brunch every Sunday from 11 – 2 pm. There you can experience amazing food while enjoying a breathtaking view of water from their outdoor patio. To make this even better, there’s live music!

There are many advantages to living on Hilton Head Island, one of them being the wide range of opportunities to stay active outdoors. Throughout the island, there are trails for runners, bikers, or the power-walker. Whether you’re by yourself, accompanied by a loved one or the whole family, it is a truly awakening experience to breathe in the fresh air. The paths are surrounded by beautiful, old trees that will make you feel one with nature. If you aren’t someone who likes to run, there are plenty of tennis courts, golf courses, and community pools to help you relax while breaking a sweat.

 

Hilton Head Beach

 

Another option to enjoy the outdoors is one of the main reasons people make the move to Hilton Head Island—the stunning beaches. There are nine beaches that the public have access to, as well as many plantations have private beaches reserved for those who live there. If you have a pet, many beaches let you bring them as long as they are on a leash. The “official” time of year for the beach starts April first, but that still shouldn’t stop you from putting on some warmer gear and going for a walk!

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Hilton Head’s warm weather and sunshine are what draws so many people to the area, so why not take advantage of it? It might be a little chilly right now (with temperatures averaging fifty degrees), but the sun is still shining. Everyone can benefit from being outside and soaking up some Vitamin D, so just put a jacket on and take advantage of the area. Whether you’re exercising, spending quality time with loved ones, or appreciating the local nature – you will fall head-over-heels for the lowcountry. 

Live Oak Trees Lowcountry

 

 

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The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina


The Arts Center is located in the center of Hilton Head Island at the entrance to The Shelter Cove Harbour, a beautiful marina with waterfront shopping, dining, entertainment and villa residences.

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

The 4,500 square foot Arts Center rests on 4.7 acres and was opened in 1996 to “enhance and benefit the community through the arts.”  The land was donated by the Self family and was originally the Arts Center was known as the Self Family Arts Center.   The Self family has been a development force on Hilton Head Island since the 1960s, when James C. Self Jr. helped build Sea Pines‘ first golf course, the Ocean Course and developed Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.  You can enjoy a nice meal at “Big Jims” restaurant located at The Robert Trent Jones golf course in Palmetto Dunes and read about Mr. Self, who was a graduate of The Citadel.

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Bubba Self and Thomas Self, fourth generation in the company, continue to be active in the operation of Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove.  Hilton Head Hospital, Christ Lutheran Church and the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce headquarter are thankful that the Self family also donated land for their facilities.

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

There are five different parts to the Arts Center – the Theater Series, the Presenting Series, Visual Arts, Education and Community Outreach.  Located in the Arts Center is the Elizabeth Wallace Theater, a state-of-the-art facility with 350 seats.  Each season is from September to August. The theater produces five shows including dramas, musicals, and comedies. The staff hires directors, scenic designers and actors from all over the country; however what makes the Arts Center a success is the community involvement through its financial support and volunteerism.

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Palmetto Dunes Villas

38 Properties Found. Page 1 of 7.

Photo of Listing #402468

75 Ocean Lane, Hilton Head Island

,000 – 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,171 Sf

MLS # 402468


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2 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island

,000 – 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,315 Sf

MLS # 405721


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1 Ocean Lane, Hilton Head Island

,000 – 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,232 Sf

MLS # 393591


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76 Ocean Lane, Hilton Head Island

,000 – 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,488 Sf

MLS # 404739


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47 Ocean Lane, Hilton Head Island

,000 – 1 Beds, 2 Baths, 985 Sf

MLS # 402120


Photo of Listing #398235

65 Ocean Lane, Hilton Head Island

,900 – 1 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,019 Sf

MLS # 398235

What is unique is that the costumes and sets are made and built on site as shown in the photo of Doug and Trish Weaver on stage with their personal items used in Golf – The Musical.  Doug is Director of Golf Instruction at The Palmetto Dunes Resort and Trish is a Realtor with Dunes Real Estate Group.  The Arts Center is one of the few Arts Centers in the country that both produce and present.  In addition to the five theater productions, there is also a variety of dance and musical events.

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

The Arts Center hosted nearly 46,000 participants during the 2013/14 season alone, second only to the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament. Since the opening in March 1996, there have been over 1,150,000 participants. The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is the third largest arts organization in the state. It has produced over 75 shows since opening in March 1996.  Additionally, the Arts Center has presented more than 100 nationally and internationally renowned artists as part of  their Presenting Series and produced over 100 exhibits in their gallery. This 2,000 square foot state-of-the-art Walter Greer Gallery has works from local and visiting artists. This is free to the public.  Workshops and educational programs are offered in addition to community festivals and events throughout the year. The Education and Outreach program have reached over 100,000 adults and children, who may not otherwise be able to participate in the arts.

In 2006, the Arts Center was named the state’s top arts organization by the South Carolina Arts Commission. The Governor’s prestigious Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award – the highest honor bestowed by the state in the Arts – was presented to the Arts Center in a special ceremony at the Statehouse.

Beaches and golf may have brought you to the Island, but visit the award winning Arts Center of Coastal Carolina before you leave. The shows are comparable to Broadway. The set design, staging and acting are first class and will leave you with great memories of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

There are three productions to look forward to in the remaining season. Coming February 2015, Ring of Fire, The Music of Johnny Cash is playing from February 10th to March 1st. Next is Gypsy from April 29th to May 24th. Xanadu is the final show from June 17th to July 26th.

Special performances coming up are The Taste of Gullah on February 7th, a free community festival featuring Gullah food, music, West African dance and more. February 16th, the comedy of former beauty queen Jeanne Robertson.  Peter Nero, pianist is on March 7th. Also in March, The Celtic Tenors on the 11th and 12th.  This summer Gullah Kinfolk on August 5th and 6th, The Beatles Experience August 12th and 13 and the Masters of Soul on August 21st and 22nd. September begins a new season.

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Snow Dusted Hilton Head Island


Hilton Head Island Snow Day in Shelter Cove Park                        

Did you didn’t know that once a year Hilton Head Island declares one Saturday each January to celebrate snow.? January 24 ,2015 it was 63 and partly cloudy, a little windy from a storm that passed through during the night. It was a little chilly.  The sky cleared during the day to become a brilliant blue with luminous white clouds. In years past the temperature has been in the 70’s and the children still come in parkas and hats.

 Hilton Head Snow Day

The Snow Day is held in the Shelter Cove Park from 11:00 to 4:00. Children are charged .00. Parents and grandparents can enter the park for free. Special trucks are brought in to the park that make snow. The operators use huge hoses to blow the show high in the air. Each group of children, their parents and grandparents  have such fun playing in the snow. Lots of laughter is heard and snowballs are thrown.

It is a fun family outing where the children can play in various bouncy houses and slides. Visit the animals in the petting zoo and let the little ones ride on a pony. Take a ride on the junior size train around the park.  Sit and have casual conversation with your neighbors.  There are vendors selling refreshment. ” Tove’s Cup Cakes – Make Today a Cup Cake Day!”

Hilton Head Snow Day

 Listen to music provided by our local Hilton Head Island radio station 104.9 The Surf.  Low country –beach music and snow – a perfect combination!

Next year the annual “Hilton Head Snow day” will be held in a beautiful new park located behind Shelter Cove Town Center. There is a exciting new playground and wonderful plantings of Palm Trees and local greenery. The Park looks out on to Broad Creek.; a beautiful setting for our next snow fall.

Hilton Head Snow Day

If you are thinking of making a move to the south come to Hilton Head Island. Please know that it is a wonderful small town that aims to please its residents and visitors.

 If you miss snow we’ll make it for you and you won’t even have to shovel your drive way.

 

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