Design

THE COOLNESS FACTOR

Before I can even sit down, Stephanie Rhodes is pounding the table with an elegant fist. “Where’s Bill?” she asks, apropos of nothing. “Everybody has a Bill Murray story but me and, frankly, it’s a little sad.”

TRANSFORMED

It was a simple two-story house built on a site that overlooked a deepwater creek on Edisto Island, a tranquil, mostly protected barrier island about an hour’s drive south of Charleston.

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

When the tide is low, it’s possible to stroll the narrow bank of the Wando River along Daniel Island’s eastern-most shoreline.

BEHIND THE GARDEN DOOR

Near Colonial Lake in Charleston’s historic district is a driveway that leads to a mysterious wooden door. From the sidewalk you get the feeling that the door was put there to hold something in. Tropical leaves poke out from behind it. The booted trunks of palmetto trees rise just beyond it. There’s activity back there; you can sense it. But what?

ANY SHUTTER IN A STORM

It’s hurricane season in the Lowcountry, and whatever the literal winds of fate blow our way this year, there will be a hurricane season next summer and fall, and the summer and fall after that, and so on. A hurricane is coming; it’s just a matter of when and how powerfully the next blow is delivered.

THE ULTIMATE UPGRADE

Who wouldn’t want to live poolside if they could? With the temperature of the planet on the rise, our already toasty Lowcountry days are growing warmer and lasting longer than ever before. Balmy days, in fact, stay with us well into the fall— days custom-made for chilling down at the water’s edge. And, unlike the deep blue sea, your swimming pool awaits the touch of your toe—sheer bliss, just a stone’s throw away.

GLIDE INTO BED

Their business started in 2013 and according to Cindi Rembert, “We started it from scratch.” But now, just three years later, what Rembert and her husband, Carson, began has become a nationwide business that has taken the simplicity of a plain old bed to a whole new level. Custom Carolina Hanging Beds, located in Johns Island, offers hanging beds with a personal touch.

THOUGHTFULLY CURATED

A presence in Charleston’s design community for more than a decade, Matthew McLaughlin decided it was time to put down some roots of his own. The former showroom manager at Circa Lighting partnered with his parents to set up shop after renting space in Antiques of South Windermere for the past four and a half years. Located in South Windermere Shopping Center, Well Furnished is a home furnishings boutique that features a curated selection of period and new furniture, original artwork, classic lighting and distinctive accessories.

PARADISE FOUND

You wouldn’t know it, but just off one of Mount Pleasant’s busiest thoroughfares exists an ideal location for viewing our magnificent Lowcountry sunsets. Located just a few miles from Charleston’s pristine beaches, the small neighborhood is tucked back among lush greenery and opens up to breathtaking marsh views.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

As soon as the vibrant, coral-colored front door of this New England-style, 6,000-squarefoot, five-bedroom “cottage” opens, you can see all the way to the back, through its many windows to Lowcountry marsh views and the Daniel Island Club’s Ralston Creek golf course. Designed to capitalize on those views, this home’s open and exposed first-floor plan required special framing and engineering to evenly distribute the weight on the home’s beams. But, explains builder Steve Guaglianone, it was instrumental to creating a home as light and bright as possible.

A MODERN VISION

When this entrepreneurial young couple decided to build their dream home, there was no question where or what it would be. Susan and David Schwartz were already ensconced on Daniel Island and loved the lifestyle of the master-planned sea island community. They envisioned a contemporary-styled home, a family-oriented setting for their two children and a base for Dave’s business with all the resources they required nearby. Very straightforward. Except for one detail: Dave’s passion for cars and a growing collection— a Maserati, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and vintage Chevy, to name a few—which would drive not just a few of the coming decisions.

HOME WITH A VIEW

The classic beach-style house set along the Isle of Palms’ iconic Palm Boulevard never failed to catch the eye of interior designer Amy Trowman when she passed by. Traveling between home, her Mount Pleasant-based design firm and meetings with her clients on this South Carolina barrier island and neighboring Sullivan’s Island, she always admired both the house and its expansive view of the Atlantic.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Local designers and home-furnishings experts share some of their favorite finds. From rustic doors made from reclaimed wood to contemporary chairs and sofas, this season offers plenty to admire.

GOING THE EXTRA MILE

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?

A CUT ABOVE

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.

TWISTED TRADITIONAL

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.

ALL GROWN UP

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.

A BOXLOAD OF TRENDS

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.

A Touch of the Sea

Home accents inspired by the coastline

GLASS HOUSES

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.