Design

TAKE THE PLUNGE

As with all good things in life, bigger is always better.

Brian Peppin, vice president of Blue Haven Pools in Charleston, would certainly agree.

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MULTIDIRECTIONAL FUN

There is a saying that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but if you’ve ever spent time on a porch swing you know that isn’t true.
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In the Spotlight

Elegant and understated, this high-back leather chair beckons you to grab a book and sink in. Featuring a curved back and luxurious upholstery, it is at home in the family room, office, library or bedroom.
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DREAM HOMES

If you’ve ever dreamed of escaping to your own private paradise, a new and extraordinary builder on the Charleston scene wants to help make that dream a reality.
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THE PERFECT LOCATION

For those seeking a small piece of paradise, the Lowcountry offers endless beauty.
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A VERSATILE MATERIAL

Buckhannon Brothers Tile offers tile products for your home that can be manufactured to look like almost anything—wood, metal, glass and more.
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REINCARNATION

The furniture sold at Old Charleston Trading Company has already lived countless lives. Each shelf, table and chair sold here has been pieced together from the abandoned parts of other things—everything from old metal milk urns to the remains of demolished buildings. The store is filled with history. And yet it couldn’t feel more alive.
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EUROPEAN CHIC

Lavender Hill Designs, an artisan store selling French and European-inspired furniture, housewares, gifts and more, has recently opened in the Belle Hall Shopping Center.
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DESIGN PERFECTION

When Ashley Hyer says her Design on Tap showroom staff goes the extra mile for a client, she means a mile in any direction.
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STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART

When you look at a longleaf pine tree, you see the sturdy bark and graceful pine needles, like fingers, beckoning you.
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THE COOLNESS FACTOR

Before I can even sit down, Stephanie Rhodes is pounding the table with an elegant fist. “Where’s Bill?” she asks, apropos of nothing. “Everybody has a Bill Murray story but me and, frankly, it’s a little sad.”
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TRANSFORMED

It was a simple two-story house built on a site that overlooked a deepwater creek on Edisto Island, a tranquil, mostly protected barrier island about an hour’s drive south of Charleston.
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A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

When the tide is low, it’s possible to stroll the narrow bank of the Wando River along Daniel Island’s eastern-most shoreline.
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BEHIND THE GARDEN DOOR

Near Colonial Lake in Charleston’s historic district is a driveway that leads to a mysterious wooden door. From the sidewalk you get the feeling that the door was put there to hold something in. Tropical leaves poke out from behind it. The booted trunks of palmetto trees rise just beyond it. There’s activity back there; you can sense it. But what?
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ANY SHUTTER IN A STORM

It’s hurricane season in the Lowcountry, and whatever the literal winds of fate blow our way this year, there will be a hurricane season next summer and fall, and the summer and fall after that, and so on. A hurricane is coming; it’s just a matter of when and how powerfully the next blow is delivered.
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THE ULTIMATE UPGRADE

Who wouldn’t want to live poolside if they could? With the temperature of the planet on the rise, our already toasty Lowcountry days are growing warmer and lasting longer than ever before. Balmy days, in fact, stay with us well into the fall— days custom-made for chilling down at the water’s edge. And, unlike the deep blue sea, your swimming pool awaits the touch of your toe—sheer bliss, just a stone’s throw away.
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GLIDE INTO BED

Their business started in 2013 and according to Cindi Rembert, “We started it from scratch.” But now, just three years later, what Rembert and her husband, Carson, began has become a nationwide business that has taken the simplicity of a plain old bed to a whole new level. Custom Carolina Hanging Beds, located in Johns Island, offers hanging beds with a personal touch.
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THOUGHTFULLY CURATED

A presence in Charleston’s design community for more than a decade, Matthew McLaughlin decided it was time to put down some roots of his own. The former showroom manager at Circa Lighting partnered with his parents to set up shop after renting space in Antiques of South Windermere for the past four and a half years. Located in South Windermere Shopping Center, Well Furnished is a home furnishings boutique that features a curated selection of period and new furniture, original artwork, classic lighting and distinctive accessories.
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PARADISE FOUND

You wouldn’t know it, but just off one of Mount Pleasant’s busiest thoroughfares exists an ideal location for viewing our magnificent Lowcountry sunsets. Located just a few miles from Charleston’s pristine beaches, the small neighborhood is tucked back among lush greenery and opens up to breathtaking marsh views.
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LET THERE BE LIGHT

As soon as the vibrant, coral-colored front door of this New England-style, 6,000-squarefoot, five-bedroom “cottage” opens, you can see all the way to the back, through its many windows to Lowcountry marsh views and the Daniel Island Club’s Ralston Creek golf course. Designed to capitalize on those views, this home’s open and exposed first-floor plan required special framing and engineering to evenly distribute the weight on the home’s beams. But, explains builder Steve Guaglianone, it was instrumental to creating a home as light and bright as possible.
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