“Hello, marsh!” exclaims architect Marc Camens as he opens the front door to the home he designed in Kiawah Island’s Ocean Park neighborhood. His greeting is apt. In this house your eye sweeps from the entrance through an expanse of glass windows, past the home’s outdoor living areas to the majestic golden greens of the Lowcountry marshlands.
A slogan is posted in Tom Potocki's studio: “The Magic Is in the Mess.” To me, there are a few ways to interpret that slogan, but for Potocki the “magic” likely refers to the mysterious spark of creativity that inspires his work.
Beaufort, South Carolina-based watercolorist Casa Huger Bacot took the long road to becoming an artist.
In the Lowcountry, basements are uncommon. Absent a need to dig the foundation beneath a frost line, which is standard procedure in other parts of the country, there isn’t much economic sense in building down into the ground. Plus, there are other considerations—the Lowcountry’s high water table and mold and mildew brought on by periodic flooding and high humidity.
Great art, some have argued, is like a mirror: If we look, we will see our own nature, our own humanity reflected. Great works of art attract our attention and show us all of the emotions and ideas we bring with us. If this is true, if great art does reflect something inside us and show something about ourselves, then LePrince Fine Art on King Street is a hall of mirrors.
When John DeZinna drove down to Charleston from Pennsylvania in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo with a fellow framer and a truck filled with tools, he got a job within an hour of arriving. Hugo’s destruction created a frenzied demand for skilled labor. That’s when DeZinna noticed that flooring companies were few and far between.
Imagine using art as a teaching tool: inspiring young people not just to create, but to achieve things previously unimaginable in their worlds. That’s what Carlyn Ray has been doing for the past five years with her organization Art Reaching Out (ARO).
The natural décor business owned by mother and son Empress and Micah Gilbert displays a breathtaking collection of earthly treasures, and their gallery is, literally, the most impressive in Dallas.
Opening an art gallery is no small feat. It takes time, effort, talent and attention to detail. And it always helps to have a bit of good fortune on your side, too. Thankfully, when it came time for the Mount Pleasant Artists’ Guild (MPAG) to open a gallery space, fortune favored the endeavor.
The story behind this stunning remodel in the exclusive Old Village of Mount Pleasant reads like an episode on HGTV: A young couple zeroes in on the neediest house in the best neighborhood and with assurances from a crack renovation team, looks past the sagging floors and aging beams, and transforms it into their dream home.
When a newly retired couple decided to relocate from Nashville and leave high-powered, highstress jobs to create their ideal home in Mount Pleasant, they relied on longtime Charleston architect Bill Huey of Bill Huey + Associates.
In the coastal South Carolina county of Georgetown, sandy banks dotted with historic plantation homes line the lower course of the Waccamaw River. Just east of where the natural beauty of the river reaches its peak lies Pawleys Island, America’s oldest seaside community. This charming, three-centuries- old town offers a welcome respite from the high-energy resort city of Myrtle Beach, just to the north, and a relaxing prelude to the historic city of Charleston, the nation’s number one tourist destination, located an easy drive south.
When Lori and Jamie Posnanski first see the house in Mount Pleasant, the outside is so overgrown they can barely find the door. Inside, the walls are dirty yellow and a varmint has taken up residence in the kitchen floor.
“It chose me.” This is Robert “Buz” Morris’ answer when asked how he got into the construction and architecture business. Morris has been building and renovating homes and structures for over two decades. Along with a team of handpicked experts, he always ensures quality during each step of the process.
There’s a new boutique on King Street, and its mission is to surprise and delight you. Artsy Abode takes this mission seriously, and it doesn’t dillydally— starting with the wall of clocks.
Had I arrived at the Lowcountry Artists Gallery a few weeks earlier, I would have seen a friendly, whimsical frog sculpture sitting outside the gallery door. Unfortunately for me, the frog—a copper sculpture from gallery artist Zan Smith—was recently sold.
From the outside, Lowcountry Consignments looks like a quaint home with a lovingly maintained exterior. Decorated with a little garden, complete with blooming flowers and fresh mint, the sweet facade makes the building appear small.
When architect Marc Camens met with his clients to discuss the design of their soon-to-behome in Kiawah Island’s prestigious Royal Beach community, the wife stretched out her arms and said, “I want the house to open to the ocean.”