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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Call it a chance encounter, serendipity or just plain old good luck.
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.
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.
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.
Bob Kelliher knows a thing or two about teak.
Huge success is born out of humble beginnings.