Design

A FAMILY AFFAIR

Addison Bell had a plan: an island home all four of his adult children and their families would love and use throughout their lifetimes.

TREASURES FROM MOTHER EARTH

When you arrive at the AGM Imports warehouse in North Charleston, you climb a flight of impressive light-brown granite steps and pass between stately black-veined granite columns. You glide across a buff-colored travertine tile porch that carries through the door and into the lobby. Finally, you’re greeted at a weighty white granite desk by an expert in the field of natural stone.

METROPOLITAN FLAIR

When Steven Ferrara and his wife moved to the Charleston area in 2014, the couple planned to spend the remainder of their retirement years playing golf and relaxing in the sun. When his older brother, Vincent, asked him if he would be interested in opening a home accessories store, Ferrara admits that operating an upscale décor business didn’t fit his definition of retirement. However, he was intrigued by the idea.

Marvelous Majolica

“These days, hostesses are less afraid of veering away from matching sets and more interested in setting their tables with color, texture and pieces that stimulate conversation,” says David Evans of Charleston Antiques.

Be Square

“Functionally, square tables are the modern-day round table, and they are one of my favorites,” says Liz Baker of Coralberry Cottage, a full-service showroom and interior design firm.

A PLACE IN THE SUN

Every so often in architecture, you will find a pièce de résistance, a confluence of skills, styles and visions made possible by the coordination of true experts.

Conversation Pieces

“Life is too short to take things so seriously, including ourselves,” says Elizabeth Faith. “Sometimes, the little details are the ones that invite surprise and personality into the mix.” For example, what could be more fun than adding an unexpected, whimsical conversation starter to your party as you mix up a batch of cocktails for your guests … in a penguin? Modeled after mid-century Italian barware and sourced from Europe, the silver-plated brass penguin shaker is the perfect example of how to add a delightful, tongue-in-cheek element of humor to your décor.

NO TWO ARE ALIKE

It’s hard to imagine a successful furniture business without a showroom, but don’t tell Capers Cauthen, owner of Landrum Tables. Word of mouth has served him just fine. “Wherever a table is, that’s the showroom,” he says. In that case, Cauthen has showrooms throughout Europe, 32 states and all over Charleston: Bull Street Gourmet, Prohibition, Whole Foods, Fig and the Fat Hen to name only a handful. Those places all have such a good vibe, could it be because of the tables?

Earthy Elegance

Occasionally, a bold, daring piece is all that is required to shake up a look, and the Quarry Rock console is perfect when the goal is to add flair to the modern or traditional dining room. “Our designs and color palettes are inspired by nature,” says Gracelyn O’Harra Elmendorf of O’Harra Mellette Interiors. “This unique table relies on texture, rather than color, to create a stunning, unique silhouette and bring an earthy elegance to the room.”

IN GOOD COMPANY

An empty lot and new construction in Charleston’s elite South of Broad neighborhood are rare indeed. But here was a lot that once housed a formal side garden, and Cindy and George Hartley were anxious to put up their dream house on it. They had, accordingly, assembled a team to make it a perfect fit both inside and out.

A GLOW IN THE WINDOW

In the late 19th century, Victorian architecture, with its emphasis on the grandeur of the past, gave way to the Arts and Crafts style, a movement that rebelled against industrialization and mass production. The new style put a premium on good design, traditional building methods and the use of local materials.

A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

When Sheri Ledbetter spotted the spec home under construction in the exclusive, private country club neighborhood of Daniel Island Park on Charleston’s Daniel Island, she knew immediately it would be the perfect new residence for her family.

WORTHY COMPANIONS

In a light-filled loft above the Grind and Squeeze coffee shop in I’On, 12 creatives are at work with a Zen-like focus.

THE ILLUSIONIST

Decorative artist and faux expert Stephanie Poe pulls out a piece of what looks like old wood. She encourages me to touch its knotty surface, its grooved lines promising real splinters. It’s a faux piece she created for local eatery The Obstinate Daughter that looks and, most importantly, feels so real that even the servers who see and touch it each day were surprised to learn it wasn’t wood.

GO WITH THE FLOW

Relaxing by a pool is a wonderful way to while away time during Charleston’s infamously hot summers.

OUT OF AFRICA

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of staying at the luxurious, award-winning Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Saxon is the creation of Douw Steyn, a South African entrepreneur who was a good friend of the late South African president and statesman Nelson Mandela.

SHUTTER SAVVY

When it comes to multitasking, your home’s shutters are champions. Not only do they define the character and personality of your home, they also offer practical benefits, such as protection from heat, light and wind. It’s understandable, then, that most people want plenty of choices when it comes time to purchase shutters.

A CLASSIC TIMEPIECE

Not many clocks are made the way a Chelsea is. More than 364 moving parts—gears, pinions and springs—make up its internal heartbeat, one that has survived through time and history.

HANDYMAN HEROES

Sometimes the little things that go wrong can escalate quickly into big problems. A clogged toilet or a fried electrical outlet, for example, can morph rapidly from a small inconvenience into a large obstacle. That’s when Rapid Repairs’ crew comes racing to the rescue.

Traditional with a Twist

Bohemian yet sophisticated; classic, yet contemporary. The handmade Malibu 30 beaded recycled-glass chandelier (shown in “ice”) captures the essence of functional art with a traditional shape that is given a fresh feel and aesthetic with organic materials.