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2017 Southern Living Idea House on Bald Head Island Grand Opening June 16, 2017!!!

We are one month from the 2017 Southern Living Idea House Grand Opening on Bald Head Island!  The home will open to the public with a ribbon cutting at 10am on Friday, June 16.  Hours for the home will be 10am-4pm Wednesdays – Saturdays, and 12noon-4pm Sundays thru September 3, then open weekends only thru October 29.  Many special events are being planned for the home so be sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest happenings and events at the Southern Living Idea House, located at 204 Whale Head Way. It has been a very short 6 months since we began construction mid-December of 2016.  Less than cooperative weather, along with a barge breakdown, has made us question if we would actually make the planned grand opening  date, but we are well on our way to welcoming everyone to the home on Friday, June 16! Make your plans to visit Bald Head Island, for the day, weekend, or week and tour this lovely home designed by Eric Moser, with interior design and furnishings by Lindsey Coral Harper.  Many surprises and amazing design ideas... read more

Whitney Blair Custom Homes Selected to Build the 2017 Southern Living Idea House!

We are well on our way with construction of the 2017 Southern Living Idea House on Bald Head Island!   The Idea House will be sure to provide creative inspiration for prospective and current homeowners, as well as being situated in an idyllic setting on Bald Head Island!  A talented team of professionals are working together to bring this home to life:  Eric Moser, of Moser Design Group; Lindsey Coral Harper, Interior Designer of Lindsey Coral Harper Interiors; and builder Whitney Blair Custom Homes.  The Idea House will be completed June 2017 with a Grand Opening event held in June to announce its opening to the public.  The home will be open to the public starting in June through the summer, and select weekends through the fall. Continue to follow our blog and Whitney Blair Custom Homes Facebook page for current photos and information on the Idea House, the Grand Opening event and dates when the home will be open to the public!... read more

Jeff Sanderson named Southern Living 2016 Custom Builder of the Year

WOW.  I try not to use that word often but earlier this week in Birmingham it was a WOW moment for Jeff & Whitney Blair Custom Homes.  Named in the Southern Living March issue as Best Custom Builder for the 2016 Southern Home Awards, Jeff also received the annual 2016 Southern Living Builder of the Year award. He is a 2 time recipient now of this particular award. Yes, it was a WOW night for us in Birmingham!  Many many thanks to our staff, as nothing would be possible without their continued support and dedication to the craft of fine homebuilding.  ... read more

Sanderson recipient of Southern Living 2016 Home Awards Best Custom Builder

The honorees for the Southern Living 2016 Home Awards are in, and our own Jeff Sanderson was named as Best Custom Builder in the Best Design Talents category!  Jeff is one of four Best Design Talents featured in the 2016 March issue of Southern Living-(also named are Bob Turner, Best Community Developer; Camille Styles, Best Design Blog; Allison Hennessy, Best Up and Coming... read more

Diamond Award Winner at the 2015 Brunswick County HBA Parade of Homes Banquet!

Humbled and very happy to announce our Southern Living Inspired Home (The Craven) on Bald Head Island won the Diamond Award for Category 10 (Island Homes) at the Brunswick County HBA Parade of Homes Banquet!  We also took the Interior Design award for homes $650K – $1mil+, so a double win for this great home. It was a great evening seeing our friends, and extra special to have won with stiff competition from our builder... read more

The Southern Living Inspired Community Home at Cape Fear Station is OPEN!

WOW, WOW…and…WOW!  What an amazing weekend at our Southern Living Inspired Home at Cape Fear Station on Bald Head Island!  The weekend began Friday evening with a VIP Sneak Preview Party at the home, followed by a dinner at the Shoals Club and an Oyster Roast at the Bald Head Island Club. Despite a thousand year rain (& flood) the weekend prior, we opened the home on schedule to the public at 10am on Saturday, October 10th.   We had a fantastic turnout for our Grand Opening, which continued with many visitors to the home both Saturday and Sunday.  Southern Studio Interior Designs was well represented with Vicky Serany, owner, and her team of talented interior designers who coordinated several design aspects along with the color palette, selections, furnishings & accessories. The Whitney Blair Team was out in force for the full weekend at the home and in attendance at the many island activities.   We are forever indebted to Bald Head Island Real Estate Sales and Southern Living magazine who were the sponsors of this weekend. We are now in Parade of Homes mode with the home open 12noon to 5pm ,Oct. 16-18 & 23-25.  We look forward to seeing everyone there for the day or... read more

Southern Living Inspired Home at Cape Fear Station Grand Opening October 10!

The time is NOW to make plans to attend the RoastToastCoast weekend on Bald Head Island, October 9-11.  Many activities and events are planned, along with wonderful dinners, to celebrate the latest Southern Living Inspired Community at Cape Fear Station.  The Whitney Blair Custom Homes Southern Living Inspired Home in Cape Fear Station will open to the public October 10 at 10am, with official Ribbon Cutting held at the home…get your tickets for this and all the other wonderful events that are planned!  Visit roasttoastcoast.com for further information and to order your tickets! For transportation around the island, there will be trams running from the Bald Head Island marina to the home & back:  call 910-457-5003 to schedule a tram OR rent a golf cart for the day to explore the home and the island:  call Riverside Adventure Company at 910-457-4944 to reserve your cart today: do not delay as carts will be gone... read more

NCHBA STARs Award!

We are so pleased and pleasantly surprised to be honored with a state NCHBA STARs award this past month during the state’s annual 21st Century Building Expo & Conference.  With our friends and colleagues at Southern Studio Interior Design who were responsible for the interior design and furnishings,the Southern Living Showcase Home at Thistle Estates won for the Best Interior Design & Merchandising for a Home over 500K.  The competition for an award on the state level is particularly high so we are thrilled to be chosen for this... read more

A Tribute to Bodie Sanderson: What He Taught Us

For those of you who frequented our office, you know Bodie was a daily presence there.  Now that he’s gone, Cole will carry on the tradition of official ‘office greeter’ solo, but there is a definite sense something’s just not right.  Cole senses it, as we all do. After 10 years of his constant presence in our office and home, it’s hard not to still see that happy yellow lab shuffling down the hallway just looking for a person to lick or trash to riffle through. Bodie was one of those dogs that lived life large, nothing timid about him in personality, demeanor or actions.  From the moment we picked him up as a puppy from the kennel, he immediately and very enthusiastically started licking Jeff’s face, as if it was the most delicious face and taste he had ever had.  Those licks continued literally until the day he passed… as I said, Bodie lived life very large. So, as I remember him (and laugh out loud just about every time I do, aside from a few tears), I will reflect on the lessons he taught me during his very happy and full life.  Thought it might be a fitting tribute to share those lessons: WAKE UP HAPPY:  TODAY IS THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE!  at least, that was Bodie’s mantra with life.  He had many physical issues, born with genetic dysplasias in all 4 limbs which basically means he had lots of issues with his elbows, knees and hips which required multiple surgeries and recoveries.  He never complained, as he knew we were there to help him be... read more