Sunday, December 20, 2009

Southern Shores. Outerbanks 2008

Home: Counterpoint
Realty: Corolla Classic Vacations

Favorite elements of home: Porches. You could sit on the back porch and view the beach or sit on the front porch and view the ocean that touches inland N. Carolina. Southern Shores is a very thin strip of land and not built up (...yet). It might become the next Pine Island but the housing market really hurt the obx so it may be a while before it reaches that potential. If you're in the market to purchase an ocean front house, I highly recommend this area.

As you can tell, Meg endured last years vacation. Since the trip to Pine Island, Meg had studied in Italy which was enough for me to realize I didn't want her leaving again. I proposed the weekend she flew back to the states so this trip to the obx we had our engagement photos taken.

Here are some photos from the online tour. For more photos, click here.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pine Island, Outerbanks. 2007

Since 1997 the Cook family has made it a priority to spend time as a family away from the routines that consume the other 358 days of our lives. The location has always been the Outerbanks of North Carolina but the location within the Outerbanks has changed almost every year.

I was 13 years old the first year all 18 of us traveled from Ohio to North Carolina. We stayed in Nags head and rented an 'oceanview' home. That was the only year we didn't rent ocean front.

Most of the homes are owned by families but rented through a variety of realty companies. All of the homes have names and the home featured in this post is called "Absolute Ambiance" and is located in Pine Island .

This was by far my favorite house we've stayed in (My grandma wouldn't agree). It was very modern and the interior was stunning. (My grandma prefers rentals with a look-and-feel of a beach cottage). This year was also special because it was the first year my wife joined us. We were only dating at the time but we knew that if she could survive a week with the entire cook famliy in one house, she could handle anything :) For More Photos and Rental information, Check out the rental Page: Absolute Ambiance

Here is the tour:

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Miles Design Holiday Card(s)

If you haven't already seen the Miles Design collection of Holiday Cards, check out the process here!
(photo via Josh Miles)