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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

Countdown is ON for The Craven Grand Opening at the Southern Living Inspired Community at Cape Fear Station!

We are beyond excited to share with our friends, clients, & colleagues The Craven, which will open to the public for tours beginning October 10, 2015 in the Southern Living Inspired Community at Cape Fear Station on Bald Head Island. Today was filled with updates and tweaks of interior design to ensure that nothing is overlooked, and the house is absolute perfection for our new owners and... read more

Whitney Blair Custom Homes Southern Living Inspired Home at Cape Fear Station: Grand Opening October 10th!

It’s time to SAVE THE DATE for Our Southern Living Inspired Home at Cape Fear Station on Bald Head Island opening this fall, with the Grand Opening on Saturday, October 10th!  Make plans now to tour our home and attend all or a portion of this fabulous weekend of activities October 9 – 11 on Bald Head Island…the advanced flyer outlines the weekend’s activities that Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales and Southern Living have planned, you won’t want to miss this so make plans now.  A great weekend of food, fun and our beautiful home styled in a classically coastal decor by Southern Studio Interior... read more

Whitney Blair Custom Homes Southern Living Showcase Home Donation to Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center

This past week was a joyful time as we provided the proceeds from our Southern Living Showcase Home at Thistle Golf Estates to our charity, Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center.  For those of you who visited the Showcase Home this spring, a huge THANK YOU, as your donations went directly to support the amazing work of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center.  I’ve gotten the question why did Whitney Blair Custom Homes choose Hospice as their charity of choice?  The reason is  easily explained by the photo of my mother and me, very shortly before her death in April of 2010.  Following a major car accident on Hwy 17, she was life flighted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and began a road to recovery. However, following several significant & life altering setbacks, the decision was to allow Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center to take care of her.   While there only a few days prior to passing, the care & attention that my mother  (and our entire family) received was remarkably caring, compassionate, and genuine.  I have often told others that the nurses working there are truly angels on earth as they have a special calling for such stressful and emotionally filled work.  Hospice facilities are often misunderstood and conversations concerning the work and services they provide can be awkward and often avoided until too late for a family member in need of their services.  Despite the circumstances we faced in my mother’s passing, Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center made the most traumatic event of our... read more

Introducing the latest Southern Living Inspired Community: Cape Fear Station on Bald Head Island

  We are so pleased to be the exclusive builder of homes in the latest Southern Living Inspired Community:  Cape Fear Station on Bald Head Island.  Our first home, designed by our friends at Allison Ramsey Architects, is currently under construction…and we are happy to report it is SOLD!  The home is classic southern vernacular architecture, complete with wide double porches, exposed rafter tails, metal roof, a private outdoor master shower, and many more details that exude Southern charm with a decidedly coastal flair.  Our good friend Vicky Serany and her team at Southern Studio Interior Design are hard at work with decisions on interior finishes and furnishings to compliment the exterior. The home will be open to the public in October and also in the Brunswick County HBA Parade of Homes, Oct. 16-18 & 23-25.  Make your plans to enjoy a beautiful weekend on Bald Head Island and touring our... read more

Whitney Blair Custom Homes Southern Living Showcase Home: Seminars Announced!

Upcoming Seminars at our Southern Living Showcase Home UPDATED – we’ve updated events below so read carefully! Mothers Day ‘Wine & Design Weekend’ (Saturday May 9 & Sunday May 10):  This is the PERFECT weekend to bring mom out to the Showcase Home for a home tour, followed by an Interior Design Seminar on Saturday at 1pm.  Return on Sunday for Interior Design updates at 1pm, then enjoy our wine tasting hosted by Silver Coast Winery starting at 2pm:  what a great way to spend time with mom! In addition, we have a series of talks being given by our team of professionals geared to help you with your home and lawn needs: Landscaping Seminars – hosted by Tim Cate, Thistle Golf Course & Landscape Architect and Larry Harrelson of Nobles Professional Grounds Management.  Tim designed the landscape plan for our Southern Living Showcase Home, and Larry was responsible for executing that plan to perfection including extensive use of plants from the Southern Living Plant Collection.  Dates: Sunday April 26:  2pm.  Friday and Saturday May 1 & 2: 2pm. Interior Design Seminars – hosted by Vicky Serany of Southern Studio Interior Design.  Vicky and her talented team was responsible for the interior furnishings of the home, including furniture, drapes, wall covering, paint, lighting, and plumbing selections.  Dates:  Saturday & Sunday May 9 & 10: 1pm. Wine Tasting – hosted by Chris Kelley of Silver Coast Winery.  Chris will provide a wine tasting Mothers Day Weekend:  you will not want to miss this!  Date:  Sunday, May 10: 2-5pm.  ... read more