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Buy it or try it: Gascoigne Bluff

This Bluffton home costs $4.85 million, but its inspiration is free.

This May River estate is like no other and is listed by Catherine Donaldson of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s for $4,850,000. Located in the secluded enclave of Gascoigne Bluff, this manor home exudes true quality and luxury. The compound spans almost seven acres, and the main home itself underwent a massive renovation in 2007 – it is simply stunning. If you’re not ready to move in quite yet, the décor is inspiration for the interior designer in all of us.

What we love

What’s not to love? We can’t make up our mind if it’s the one-room historic schoolhouse that was lovingly converted into a guest home or the poolside bar. Here are some ideas to steal from the main house.

1. Symmetry. The fireplace is flanked by elegant and equal displays, right down to the lights. While paintings ‘don’t match,’ they work together beautifully. Symmetry doesn’t mean matchy-match.

2. Arrangement. The smaller art above the larger piece on each side is surprisingly simple, and the stacking is pleasing to the eye

3. Two tone. The gray kitchen island looks stunning and offsets the many white cupboards. Don’t be afraid to paint a kitchen island or the lower cabinets a different color than the top cabinets.

4. Wood. From the natural floors, to the hutches by the fireplace to the breakfast bar top right up to the ceiling fan, wood is a natural choice and ties in with the natural setting of the home.

Pro tip: Inset or frame your television to avoid seeing the wires from the side view.

Just the facts

• 6,920 square feet
• 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms
• Hidden deepwater dock with large pier head on the May River
• Historic schoolhouse that was converted to a guest house, additional garage, pool, poolside bar, home theater, steam shower, fitness center, library, wet bar, catering kitchen.