Design

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.

SHADES OF PERFECTION

After a lifetime of sewing and 16 years of making the most out of a cramped workshop, Annette Kreck of Southern Shades has opened a new space.

TURNING UP THE HEAT

Try this with a big box home improvement store: buy a gas fireplace or some other highend propane-fueled home amenity and have the store install it. Then, when you have an emergency on a weekend or a holiday, call a staff member’s personal cellphone and ask him to fix the problem within the hour.

VIEW FROM THE TOP

At its southernmost tip, Kiawah Island’s world-renowned white sand beach culminates in a sand spit, with the Kiawah River at its back and the deep blue waters of the Atlantic stretched out before it.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Way out on Kiawah Island’s rugged eastern tip lays Ocean Park, a secluded neighborhood of ancient live oaks, high sand dunes and jaw-dropping marsh views. In other words, the perfect place to build a Tuscan-style villa.

KEEPING TRADITION ALIVE

Andrea and Mike Kilkenny love entertaining, and love having friends and family over. They embrace it as their parents did and hope their children will do the same. That hope is embodied in the beachfront Kiawah Island home they built with the help of architects Bill Huey and Daniel Beck of architectural firm Bill Huey + Associates.

OLD WOOD, NEW LIFE

If you were to find yourself meandering through the rivers, creeks and streams of inland Charleston County during the warmer months, you might come upon an earnest young man in a wetsuit driving a mysterious contraption through the murky water.

MAKING IT EASY

If you’ve ever built a house, or talked to anyone who has, the one word that comes to mind more than any other is “aggravation.” Nothing gets done on time, everything costs more than expected, everything is a trade-off, it’s never exactly as promised, communication is lacking, the builder treats you like you’re a wart on his derriere—in short, it’s always something.