Success breeds success. What started as a pop-up art gallery has bred a full-service interior design firm as well as a permanent retail destination, offering home furnishings, décor and fine art.
It’s a mild day on Isle of Palms and landscapers have come to work on the backyard of Casa Flamingo. The building, which rents to vacationers most weeks, is pretty easy to spot. It’s the one painted a shade of strawberry lemonade. It’s the one whose terrace is crowded with flamingo statues the size of courthouse lions. Casa Flamingo doesn’t try to hide its kitsch. In fact, the only discreet thing about the place might be the artificial lawn that’s being installed out back.
Melissa Koger Watson is thinking. She’s thinking finishes for that cabinetry box, finishes with exotic sounding names: driftwood, pearl, ceruse, moonstone, French blue crackle.
Home accents inspired by the coastline
Visitors to Charleston frequently assume that every plant on Earth thrives in our landscapes. The truth is that outdoor gardening—even here in paradise—is determined by longitude, latitude and altitude. In other words, geography controls all things botanical and not green thumbs. That is, of course, unless you own a greenhouse.
How do you measure the success of a project? If it’s building a home, opinions may vary. Some give high marks for staying within a budget, others for delivering a project on time. For this Virginia couple, it was all about the journey. They started with a vision, did their due diligence, and then sat back to savor the experience.
Design a super-modern home and drop it in a super-traditional neighborhood? Check. Architect Damien Busillo of DLB Custom Home Design has been there, done that.
Your vacation home is on Sullivan’s or Isle of Palms or Daniel Island but you live in Charlotte or Cleveland or Columbia. How do you know that your vacant house is safe, secure and in good repair? And if it isn’t, who’s handling the problem?
Where can you find gilded antlers, a great sectional with bohemian (boho) pillows and a chandelier that looks like cascading bubbles? In Charleston, it’s a three-part answer involving a lighting store with home furnishings, a home furnishings store with lighting and a website that has it all. Candelabra, Lyndon Leigh and shopcandelabra.com are three different home goods entities with one related and relatable style.
Jan Clouse has come a long way since she began selling custom-made brass and copper lanterns from the trunk of her car in 1999.
Preston Stone was working a lot of night shifts. The medical director was looking for a little peace and quiet when he returned to his busy Mount Pleasant home. “I needed a little space from our kids during the day,” he recalls. He and his wife, Barbara, both imagined something big and comfortable for their porch, a cozy retreat where they could sneak in a nap or just get away from it all.
Imagine this: You’ve been on a long trip. You’re on the last flight of the night and all you want is a hot bath, a glass of wine and bed. On the taxi in, you pull up an app on your phone that lets you turn on the entry and interior lights in your house, view the surveillance system, check the temp and humidity of the wine cellar, and cool your bedroom to a crisp 72 degrees. You even fire up a little jazz to complete your perfect welcome home. Sound good?
If you had hired G&S Supply Company to install a roof with ordinary asphalt shingles back when the company opened for business 26 years ago, you likely would be hiring them again now. Shingles last, on average, 20 years and are generally warrantied against high winds for just 10 of them.
“The ocean,” was the reply that came quickly from the couple when I asked about the inspiration for the design of their home on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Not so unusual, given the fact that Kiawah’s lauded beaches inspire sunseekers from all over the world to come and play.
In a breeze-blown spa treatment of salt and sun, the beach house stood totally open, stripped down to the pilings, the roof and the studs.
When designer Quincy Forester saw the 1940s Craftsman-style house in Wagener Terrace, she saw a beautiful home with untapped possibilities hidden within a layout that was dark and choppy.
Charleston has a plethora of antique and historic items on display every day. Oh, the stories some of those old buildings and pieces could tell if they could talk. But in a city with a chronicle dating back nearly 350 years, it’s possible your kitchen countertops have histories that eclipse even that.
“I like to go bold and try new things, and I love a good tub chair,” says Jenn Jackman, owner of Jenn Jackman Designs, LLC. “This Metal Loop chair features many patterns—curves, geometric shapes and straight lines—that any two people could interpret differently.”
Speed-bake is yesterday’s news. Everyone has speed-bake now. If tomorrow you were to buy a new oven for your newly redone kitchen, it would come with speed-bake, I can promise you that. What other features your new oven might have ... well, that’s a little harder to say.
The mother-daughter duo behind Lola + Bess, downtown Charleston’s art, antiques and design destination, have a simple, hospitable goal for their customers: They want you to live surrounded by things that you love.