Fans of beachy cottage style gathered at I’On Thursday afternoon for the premiere of the Coastal Living Idea Cottage. Situated overlooking the Jefferson Canal in the heart of the upscale Mt. Pleasant community, the two-story house is a shining reflection of the popular magazine’s aesthetic. Coastal Living built its very first idea cottage in the village 10 years ago, so this year’s cottage marks a milestone for the magazine.

A well-heeled, pastel-clad crowd moseyed through the house on Thursday, careful not to track in mud from the rainy yard. With its open floorplan and abundant outdoor living space, the house has a distinctly Caribbean feel, with great details throughout from local artists like Sally King Benedict and Molly B. Right, who created an amazing portrait out of bottlecaps. My personal favorite features of the cottage include the inviting reading nook off the library and the sea glass-like tile in the bathrooms, but all of the guests seemed to be oohing and ahhing over their own favorites.

Taking respite from the rain under a tent in the yard, noshing on hors d’oeuvres while listening to the steel drum, no doubt we were all fantasizing about the possibility of buying a home as fantastic as this. For some, perhaps, the $800K-plus price tag was even conceivable.

Whether you’re looking to buy, or you just like daydreaming, the house is open for tours through October and the $10 tickets can be bought at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit East Cooper Habitat for Humanity and East Cooper Montessori Charter School. Look for the house in the October issue of Coastal Living.

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