Design

State-of-the-Art

As a child, Mount Pleasant native Jerry Tollison would sit contentedly on the floor, taking apart radio receivers and televisions only to put them back together again. His fascination with what created the pictures and sound began early and never ceased. Today, as the owner of Daniel Island Audio/Video, Tollison enjoys bringing cutting-edge technology to his clients.
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Center of Attention

Who knew the 1980s were lurking in so many bathrooms? If you’ve still got one of those big, built-in deck tubs, then you might be one of the victims.
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The Power of a Vision

Whatever you were doing when you were 8 years old is probably what you should be doing for a living as an adult,” designer Jennifer Patterson says to me.
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SIMPLY SUBLIME

When Liz and Will Stewart moved south from their home in East Hampton, New York, they took it for granted that they would shop for a site and embark on a new construction. They were tempted, briefly, by a house in Charleston that met all of their specifications, but decided what they really wanted were “the stretches of beach and open skies of Kiawah.”
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FUN HOUSE

Wanted: a comfortable yet stylish environment for a family of five children under age 13, including four boys. Must be durable and hard-wearing, yet able to host grown-up gatherings. Needs to accommodate many toys for an active family of seven. Must have brains and beauty.
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SUITABLE FOR FRAMING

In style, the house defies classification, drawing on mountains, coastlines, Southern woods and Western grasslands. Its traffic-stopping front porch, in architect Darryl Cobb’s view, “is one big piece of sculpture.”
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Tradition with a Twist

Steven Shell is driving. Driving, driving, driving. Six thousand miles he goes, up and down the East Coast and across the southern states, all the while looking for the perfect American town in which to anchor his family and his business. If you live here, you’re already thinking what I’m thinking: “Mount Pleasant is the perfect American town, get out of the car and slurp some oysters with us, bro.” Except maybe you don’t call people “bro,” but I do, and this is my story.
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When Precision Counts

Whether you are building a new home or planning a remodeling job, odds are the kitchen is a major area of focus.
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Countdown to Comfort

Shortly before Memorial Day, one of Melissa Hempstead’s clients dropped by Coralberry Cottage to ask about a home she was decorating for her on Daniel Island. How was it coming along? Hempstead knew the owners planned to drive down from North Carolina to spend the holiday weekend with their family in their newly completed home. She also knew they were probably not expecting it to be finished by the weekend.
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Cool Calculations

It’s summertime in Charleston, and that can mean a lot of things. Some people imagine a day at Sullivan’s Island and a dip in the ocean. Some see themselves at a RiverDogs baseball game with a cold beer in hand. Others dream of tall poolside lemonades. One thing’s for sure: every scenario involves cooling off from rising Lowcountry temperatures.
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From Rustic to Refined

It is probably safe to say that, for most of us, crossing a piece of copper sheeting with a blowtorch would likely yield one very hot puddle. Hand those two items, however, to Cliff and Corey Lill, father and son co-owners of Palm Metal Designs, and this match-up might just result in a one-ofa-kind copper cage lantern with a burnished finish, destined to hang in the vestibule of a grand Lowcountry home.
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Floors with Flair

Since the Lowcountry of South Carolina was first settled in the 1670s, Charlestonians have been known for their discriminating tastes. Hardwood flooring company Charleston One Source carries that tradition forward.
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Cool and Continental

A visit to a European antiques market is a thing both wonderful and terrible. It’s wonderful because there are endless tables spilling over with fantastic treasures, and terrible because they all won’t fit in your suitcase.
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Down to Earth Decorating

Say the word “Italy” and certain scenes spring to mind: Olive trees sprout from backyard planters, fountains gurgle over the lips of urns, freshly made pasta spills off earthenware plates, and russet-colored terraces radiate the heat of the warm Tuscan sun. In each case, the common element is terra-cotta, the unheralded but all-important hero of the quintessential Italian landscape.
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The Cutting Edge

Lowcountry builders, architects and homeowners have a seemingly endless inventory of companies they can call when they need to have natural stone countertops or tile installed. If the job is going to be a difficult one, however, their options narrow considerably. Atlantic Stone, a 5-year-old company located on Johns Island, is near the top of that list.
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Tuscan Treasures

Secreted into Burns Lane, this elegant store full of Italian-made delights is well worth the hunt. But beware, once you write a letter on handmade Italian paper, sleep on Italian linens, wear an Italian fragrance or set a table with handmade Italian ceramics, nothing else will ever compare.
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Looks That Last

If there is one idea a visitor to Palm Casual takes away, it’s that owner Aaron Beasley sincerely wants his clients to have a positive experience. Thirty-something Beasley, who emits a Zig Ziglar- in-ahoodie vibe, knows his product and is 100 percent committed to client satisfaction.
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Wired!

It wasn’t that long ago that the concept of being able to control every system in your house with the push of a button, whether you were at home, down the street or on another continent, seemed to be closer to science fiction than to fact. At the very least, complete home automation was an option available only to the rich and famous.
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Swing into Spring

There’s no better way to celebrate the return of warm weather than in the backyard, deck or porch—soaking in the warm sunshine with a cool drink in hand. Charleston-based Vintage Porch Swings specializes in this form of relaxation with its handcrafted bed swings, perfect for the porch or sunroom as well as for indoor living spaces.
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Legacy Discovered

The caller, who represented a production company working for The Travel Channel, was looking for six descendants employed in the same fields as their Mayflower ancestors. At the time, Wheeler’s company, Coastal Design Builders, was framing a luxurious master suite for a home in Georgetown, S.C.
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