“I wish I had a ‘before’ picture of that sofa,” says David Gilkeson, owner of The French Thistle, as we settle into his intimate James Island upholstery shop.
“If you’d have told me I’d be a cult leader when I was a kid, I would’ve actually been OK with that,” Stephanie Rhodes deadpans. Rhodes is the owner of The Coleman Collection furniture consignment store in Mount Pleasant, and the cult in question is her dedicated clientele, an enormous group of style and design omnivores who can’t wait to see what will show up in the store next.
“When I visit High Point, I love to see new trends and exciting new pieces,” says designer Gigi Chapman of deGuise Interiors. “The showrooms give me fresh new ways to make my clients’ homes great.” One of Chapman’s favorite manufacturers at the market is Modern History, whose name reflects its mission to construct classically styled furnishings with a modern edge.
From his brick-walled office in Charleston, architect and builder Buz Morris looks down on historic Broad Street and remembers his many months of driving to Effingham, South Carolina.
The Jetsons have officially arrived on Planet Earth. You can now operate everything in your house—TV, audio, lights, intercom, doorbell, fridge, washerdryer, oven and more—from a single mobile device.
Addison Bell had a plan: an island home all four of his adult children and their families would love and use throughout their lifetimes.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
If you were to describe interior designer Nicole Norris’ aesthetic, words like this might come to mind: classic, eclectic, modern. “I’m a Southerner at heart,…
“This,” says a fabricator who pops her head out of the workroom, “is where the magic happens.”
Ah, if only. An incantation, a wand-wave and out would come window shades, draperies, slipcovers, cushion covers, headboards, bedspreads, pillows and lampshades—every piece strictly custom.
In the workroom of Southern Shades, owned by Annette and Ken Kreck, all of these 254 CSD decorative delights spring, not from magic, but from skill and painstaking attention to the fine points.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.