An Unforgettable Retreat on St. Simons Island

Windows line three walls of a bay in the master bedroom.

Balancing the drama of the landscape and finesse of the architecture, interior spaces marry the best aspects of a modern open plan with traditional forms and an underlying sense of symmetry. Rooms effortlessly flow from one to another. Traditional details, authentic materials, and subtle shifts in moods combine with thoughtful furniture placement to define the functions of the various spaces.

Photography by Jean Allsopp
Photography by Jean Allsopp

“This is a house that never lets you forget where you are,” Herrin says. “We made minimal use of draperies to allow every space to be deluged with a play of light from sunup to sundown.” Accordingly, views of water and moss-laden live oaks inform the interior palette of muted greens, grays, browns, and blues. Wide-plank antique pine flooring establishes instant character underfoot, while wooden paneled walls, vertical board and batten, and unfinished wood surfaces animate the walls. Art and accessories inspired by the surroundings, especially the native birds, are a constant theme.

Sturdy brick corners, an ornate wooden ceiling with exposed trusses, and a tabby fireplace with a simple heart-pine mantel instill Old-World character to the screened porch.

The spirit of this family home converges in the kitchen where a wall of folding doors opens up to engage a generous screened porch. The open-air living area seats up to 15 around two industrial-style farm tables. The Mullers often push the tables together to create one large seating arrangement that allows everyone to come together. For this couple, it’s all about gathering friends and family in a place that allows them to slow down and savor life along the Georgia coast.

white master bathroom
Photography by Jean Allsopp

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