Design

A PERFECT FIT

When this Washington, D.C. couple identified their future vacation home site on Kiawah Island, they felt secure in the knowledge that it met all their expectations.

A MAGNIFICENT VIEW

When a New York City couple decided to move their lives away from the Big Apple to Charleston, they spent as much time as their busy schedules permitted visiting the area to look at houses in their soon-tobe adopted hometown.

MASTER SILVERSMITH

Al Crabtree has a rare skill set, and he prefers to take it on location. A master silversmith with more than 50 years of experience, Crabtree specializes in museum-sanctioned restoration and conservation methods.

MEETING THE CHALLENGE

When the oceanfront home that Buffie and Mark DuPuis were considering sold before they could make a bid, they thought they’d missed a rare opportunity to enjoy their retirement in exclusive Prince George.

THE NEW NEUTRAL

For one couple, a piece of art sparked more than just conversation. It was the tinder that flamed a long and fruitful relationship.

RE-EXPLORING HISTORY

If you’re looking for a garden design that pushes beyond conventional rows of clipped boxwood and brick paving, stroll south of Broad Street in downtown Charleston.

MATCHMAKER

“Let me give you the best advice you’ll get as long as you’re here,” says Gigi Chapman, owner of Charleston’s DeGuise Interiors. She will never forget her professor’s words during her very first semester studying interior design in college: “He told me: ‘You get to take an elective. Make it Marriage Counseling.’”

THE CASE OF THE BURMESE BUDDHA

Bobbi Jo Engelby, the owner of Domain Interiors, is known for her magical ability to blend a client’s diverse array of art, furniture and accessories into eclectic, colorful interiors that hang together with style.

MAKING VISIONS REAL

“It chose me.” This is Robert “Buz” Morris’ answer when asked how he got into the construction and architecture business.

LESS IS MORE

When a Sumter family of five decided to purchase a luxury condominium in Mount Pleasant, so they could spend more spare time in their beloved Charleston, they knew interior designer Nicole Norris and her team at Nicole Norris Design Studio would make it a beautiful space that would accommodate them in style.

GOOD TIMES, UNIQUE FINDS

Walking into Scarlett’s Home Decor & Gifts in Summerville, South Carolina, is like dropping by to have a glass of wine with your girlfriends—that is, if your girlfriends are talented interior designers with keen eyes for beautiful things.

DREAM ON

The joy of building a custom home is that you get to choose all the details yourself. Few things in life are more enjoyable than Sunday mornings spent pinning pictures of luxurious bathrooms and kitchens, right? However, when it’s time to make those final decisions, overwhelming choices and logistics can ruin the fun.

In the Spotlight

Furnishings inspired by Fall

NATURAL BEAUTY

Imagine the intricate, swirling patterns of nature found in seashells, sea glass and oyster shells. Now imagine that these objects had been saved from a landfill and fashioned into gorgeous, sturdy and durable countertops, bathroom vanities, wall cladding, shower walls or even fireplaces. Picture in your mind what a fine piece of earth-friendly art that would be!

A TALE OF TWO STYLES

What began as a clash of styles between husband and wife—his love of all things traditional versus her preference for touches of glamour—came to a happy, amicable conclusion.

In the Spotlight

The Echasse floor vase by MENU of Denmark takes edgy inspiration from laboratory test tubes and combines it with a classically elegant design, featuring brushed brass and smoke glass.

TREASURE HOUSE

Jan Clouse, president and founder of Carolina Lanterns & Lighting in Mount Pleasant, is not your typical Southern belle. Actually, you could call her a modern Southern dynamo.

TIME FOR A CHANGE

For 11 years the Vicente family made their home near Summerville, South Carolina, where they raised their young children. In 2016, after living with toys scattered about the house, they chose to alter their lifestyle by moving to an Isle of Palms home where they could enjoy a more “grown-up and glamorous” lifestyle.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

Step into Jean’s Custom Workroom and you’ll see a vast library of fabrics and accomplished seamstresses hard at work on custom pieces that are both durable and elegant. “Sewing is a dying art,” owner Jean Peters says.

FLOORED

“Prepare to be floored,” warns Reclaimed DesignWorks (RDW), the company responsible for the wall-to-wall walnut in what might be downtown Charleston’s most expensive hotel room.