Even when he was a child, Litt Glover loved the marsh. “I’ve been visiting St. Simons Island every year since 1943,” he said. “My mother’s parents had a home on East Beach.”
The Atlanta resident, and his wife, Cindy, both have deep roots in the Golden Isles. That’s what prompted them to begin looking for a home, eventually finding one in Sea Island that will be featured in the upcoming Christ Church Tour of Homes on March 21.
“We love the area,” Glover said. “We love the marsh – the reason we bought this house is that it has the marsh view we always wanted.”
Together, the Glovers have five children and 12 grandchildren, who all like the beach, so the Sea Island house serves both fans of the beach and marsh.
“We saw it online, and it had everything we wanted,” Glover said.
When the couple purchased the home three-and-a-half years ago, renovations were a No. 1 priority.
“It had to be completely redone,” he said. “The Bechtel Corp. was the previous owner, and it was set up for business meetings.”
Among the renovations were a new master suite on the east end of the house, adding wrought-iron banisters on the floating curved staircase and second-floor gallery, and redoing the floors.
Two bedrooms on the second floor became one bunk room for the grandchildren when a wall was knocked down. And, an additional bedroom was added.
“We like it,” he said.
Interior designer Val Cranford and her team, along with Glover’s wife, Cindy, made most of the decisions about the renovations.
Cranford said the most striking feature of the home is its openness.
“The open floor plan and the furniture layout create a dramatic focal point which leads one’s eye to the inspiring, yet relaxing, marsh vista,” she said. “The upstairs wrought iron gallery features a large picture window, creating a serene and dynamic real-time landscape worthy of any great artist. The panoramic view of the dynamic beauty of the marsh and its abundant flora and fauna changes hourly and daily, and that delights and never disappoints.
In keeping with the striking exterior views, the sights indoors are just as wonderful.
Litt Glover is an avid art collector, and Cranford said he has enjoyed finding pieces for this home.
“He recently acquired a beautiful abstract by Gretchen Warsen for the master bedroom,” she said. “The painting over the sofa in the living room was purchased by Cindy in 1978 from a local artist, Mildred Huie. This painting inspired the color palette for the living room space.”
Other paintings from local artists Beckly Blalock and Dawn Newbern hang in the upstairs rooms. Notable pieces of art include two Chinese carved ivory statues in the dining room, purchased by Litt’s parents while traveling in Asia.
“The dining room walls were hand-painted in a strie pattern by local artist Josie Kennedy,” Cranford said, adding that Kennedy also painted several pieces of furniture for this project. “The unusual white chandelier with leaf motif (in the living room) was designed by Paul Ferrante. We chose (it) to connect the upstairs gallery area with the lower living space.”
The house is decorated in transitional style, with Mediterranean and island flare, Cranford said, reiterating that the color scheme throughout the home had been inspired by the Glover’s artwork.
The kitchen, and other public areas, are as inviting as the living room.
“The home has a wonderful, spacious kitchen, and a butler’s pantry which allows for large family gatherings and parties,” she said. “As we all know, guests seem to always gather in the kitchen, and this kitchen is perfect for entertaining.”
In addition to the downstair master suite and the bunk room, which contains four bunk beds and a large king bed, there are four upstairs bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom.
“The master bedroom is decorated in soothing neutral tones, and has a fabulous marsh view,” Cranford said. “The upstairs bedrooms are each designed around a favorite color of Cindy’s.”
When two people have divergent tastes in color, compromises must be reached, and that was accomplished in the Glover home.
“It is a coral and aqua color palette, mixed with neutral tones throughout the house,” she said. “Litt prefers the neutral tones, and Cindy loves color, we tried to make the house a delightful mix of both.”
Other family areas include a den modeled after the interior of a ship, an outdoor pool and fire pit, and shady trails for meandering close to the marsh’s edge.
All in all, both Cranford and the Glovers are pleased with the result.
“In the beginning of the project, our main goal was to celebrate the amazing view and I think as a team, with the Glovers, their architect and builder, we accomplished that,” Cranford said.