Design

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.

A GUARDIAN ANGEL FOR YOUR HOME

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?

GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES

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.

SHARING THE LIGHT

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.

SWAY ME NOW

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.

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.

DREAM COME TRUE

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.

FORWARD THINKING

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.