Design

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.

DYNAMIC DUO

Call it a chance encounter, serendipity or just plain old good luck.

GLOBAL STYLE, CHARLESTON FLAIR

Bobbi Jo Engelby is quietly disrupting the local interior design scene. Engelby is the owner of Domain Interiors & Design, and like most true creatives, she isn’t afraid to reinvent a few rules.

STRONG AT HEART

People love reclaimed wood. It has history. It has soul. It looks good. But that word—”reclaimed”— what does it even mean? Think about it. If a guy wanted to, he could take a crowbar into his backyard and, one by one, reclaim the floorboards from his family’s rotting shed. But just because a piece of wood has been reclaimed doesn’t necessarily mean it’s of any good use.

MODERN STYLE

Charleston is developing faster than people can build their IKEA furniture, and the city’s home design market is still catching up. But one store is putting Charleston on the map as one of the South’s top destinations for modern design.

KING OF THE WOODS

Bob Kelliher knows a thing or two about teak.

BUILT TO LAST

Huge success is born out of humble beginnings.

In the Spotlight

Furnishings that excite

THE PERFECT TEAM

For Linda and Jim Flannery creating a Tuscan mansion on Kiawah Island’s Atlantic coastline was definitely a huge undertaking.

ON THE WATERFRONT

Long, wide views of the Kiawah River, peeks of the private Tom Fazio-designed River Course, a lush natural border of maritime forest—this serene property in Kiawah Island’s Settlement enclave had everything a buyer could desire for a second-home site.

PIONEER SPIRIT

Patty and Vic Orler felt right at home the first time they saw Eagle Island. Though they each vacationed in different areas of the country while growing up—Vic near the New Jersey shore, Patty near the Minnesota lakes—the undeveloped island in the Cassique neighborhood of Kiawah Island reminded both of idyllic childhood summers.

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.

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.

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.