Grady Jeffery has his hands full. His clients are planning to demolish their small brick ranch house on the Isle of Palms and replace it with their dream home. But the dreaming part of the dream home isn’t happening on a Pinterest page. No, this dream is chronicled, cataloged, tagged, cross-referenced, color-coded, and is being called forth from the ether via a sacred binder the homeowner has been carefully cultivating for years. It makes a satisfying plonk as she whomps it on the coffee table.
When artist Sheila Pringle was named artist of the month at Perspective Gallery in May, she couldn’t help but reflect on the extraordinary circumstances that got her to that moment. The decade she spent during her youth studying for a career in painting at Corcoran School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., somehow seemed the distant muse that would one day reach out to her at a time in her life when she felt hopelessly unreachable. A progression of her paintings over the last two decades serve as her personal diary, illustrating her long journey back from a brain tumor to recapture the shine—that perpetual reflection of sunlight off of water that dominates the South Carolina landscape.
If you’ve ever lived through a home renovation, you know what a unique challenge it can be. Big decisions feel intimidating; small decisions can get tedious, and locating the right materials or furnishings consumes all of your evenings and weekends. Charleston’s gauntlet of zoning laws, building codes and environmental regulations add a whole other layer of complexity. Put together, renovating a home in the Lowcountry can feel like a full-time job. Now imagine trying to do it from 500 miles away.
Almost every morning, Kathi Aderholt takes the short walk along the boardwalk from her home to climb the few steps up and over the dunes to the expansive beachfront. With 2,700 acres of the private, unincorporated community of DeBordieu Colony at her back, she watches as the sun breaks the horizon, its first light sparkling like diamonds across the mighty Atlantic that’s spread out before her.
This spring’s high point market was a special one for Gigi Chapman. Having been in the home furnishings business for more than three decades, she has attended dozens of High Point Markets, spending many exciting days rambling through the millions of square feet of exhibition space, and rubbing elbows with other leading retailers, designers, innovators and manufacturers from around the world who gather each year for the debut of tens of thousands of new products. But this year’s High Point Market was the first since Chapman opened her new retail showroom along bustling Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant.
Nobody embraces the “go-go-go” entrepreneurial spirit like Annette Kreck of Southern Shades. After starting the high-end textile company 18 years ago and working from her home for 16 of them, she opened up a new facility in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, two years ago to provide the quality service her clients demand.
Design trends may come and go— remember “distressed” cabinetry?—but stylish stone countertops and tile work never fade out of fashion. That’s a good thing for decorators and homeowners alike, because there have never been as many options available as there are today. Joe Sykes, president of Atlantic Stone, agrees.
Painter Ignat Ignatov may be a new resident of Charleston, but he’s certainly no stranger to the city’s charms. Among a select few emerging and mid-career contemporary impressionists represented at LePrince Fine Art on King Street, he traveled to the city many times to explore and paint and, like many artists before him, eventually succumbed to Charleston’s allure.
Tyrone Geter’s career as an artist is on fire. The 74-year-old, retired professor of art from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, has built an international reputation as a world-class artist, painter, sculptor, illustrator and teacher. He’s known throughout the art world for his larger-than-life charcoal on torn paper works, which reflect his African American heritage and draw upon oral narrative tradition and music for inspiration. Every piece of Geter’s art embodies compassion, hope, justice and perseverance, concepts he learned from his mother.
For Zoe Raymer, her ninth birthday was the best one ever. Her family had just moved into a new house, and she had gotten the room she really wanted, the one with the second-floor porch. Now all she wanted for her birthday was a bunk bed to make her new room really special. In fact, she had been begging for a bunk bed for two whole years, and her parents had finally agreed.
The Lowcountry isn’t known for its clay. That’s a Piedmont thing. Around here we’re all about sand, shells and weathered wood. It’s an environmental palette that finds its way into our homes in building materials and interior design.
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Charleston native Trey Smith has spent most of his life making music, but now it’s his art that “rocks.”
The artist/owner behind Charleston Slate Works,…
Few things are more refreshing than spring in Charleston. Today, as you throw open the windows and finish your annual spring cleaning, why not freshen up your abode with updated fabrics and fabric accents? Jean Peters can help you do it.
Scott Hyland loves a challenge. When he transitioned from building huge commercial structures for one of the world’s largest building companies to constructing homes in the Charleston area, he soon realized that the greatest challenges lie in renovations and additions to existing homes.
You may not know Jennifer Black, but if you’ve walked through the fashion district on downtown King Street, you’ve likely seen her name painted on…
There are dozens of outdoor furniture companies scattered throughout the Charleston area. After all, who doesn’t want to spend time outdoors in the heady air…
It’s not often that a set of dental tools inspires a career other than dentistry, but for Fer Caggiano, it was one of the many…
Let’s start with the paintings of donuts portraying the seven deadly sins. Here are beautifully rendered portrayals of fat, lazy, jelly-filled pastries acting out transgressions…