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features 106 Queen B.

Miss South Carolina Brooke Mosteller opens the doors of her Mt. Pleasant childhood home to share stories about growing up in the Lowcountry and her journey to the Miss America pageant.

120 Recipe for a Dream Kitchen

Beware! You may have to restrain yourself from gutting your kitchen immediately upon viewing this feature. We present 56 steps to a dream kitchen, so you’ll have plenty of inspiration for the endeavor (for which we recommend hiring some help).

173 Mapping Your Kitchen Style

Get a head start in shopping; begin with our kitchen product guide, which showcases a sampling of our favorite selections—from countertops to dining room chairs.

186 The Business of Being Constructive Instead of stashing your files under the stairs or typing out emails on your tablet from bed, designate an efficient work space. We recommend that you check out this feature to evaluate your storage, technology, and design needs.

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203 The Chef’s Table

Step inside the kitchens of five local chefs and cookbook authors, and try your hand at their favorite weeknight recipes.

214 Choosing the Right Builder

Making the decision to build a custom home is an important milestone. Before you begin interviewing potential builders, check out our tips for choosing the perfect one.

217 Coastal Living Magazine Showhouse Missed the tour of Coastal Living’s Daniel Island Showhouse? Do not fret. We bring you the best photos from the recently completed Charleston cottage.

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222 Backyard Reveal

See the amazing outdoor transformation at the West Ashley home of Jenna Michael, the winner of our Backyard Makeover given away at the Custom Home + Remodel Show in August 2013.

224 Home Show Preview

Take the opportunity to walk through the pages of Charleston Home + Design magazine by attending our January home show at the Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. Get a sneak peek from our preview to plan your new home or remodel excursion.

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in every issue Columns 32 38 42 52 54 56 58 60 64 242

Editor’s Note Meet + Greet Ask the Experts HomeWork

40 Greenhouse

To help cultivate your eco-consciousness, check out innovative new products and services from local companies that promote energy-efficiency as well as sustainable design.

45 Trends

We tackle texture­—rough, sleek, and plush—in this issue's Trends section. There's an accessory for every style, a texture for every taste.

Your Money’s Worth Hidden Treasure Pro on the Go

62 Savvy Spender

When shopping for the home, there are always options—especially when it comes to price range. Check out this issue’s Savvy Spender to see kitchen appliances ranging from top-of-the-line to budget-friendly.

Crafted in Charleston He Said/She Said Loose Ends

Industry Profiles 75 Building Blocks 76 Architects + Archetypes 78 Design Dilemma

Reference 239 Reader Info Center 240 Advertisement Directory

66 H2Ome

Living near the salty ocean can wreak havoc to the very materials used to construct our homes. We’ve listed several tried and true products made to protect against the threats of coastal living like rust, water damage, and hurricanes.

69 Nature/Nurture

In Charleston, outdoor living is an art form. Become an artist in your own right with tips and tricks from local landscaping and garden specialists.

81 Project Files

Peruse the impressive results of transformative home projects courtesy of several local companies.

227 Home + Design News

Cover Story: Behind the Scenes


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he CH+D staff enjoyed a sunny mid-October afternoon by being hospitably welcomed into the Mosteller home, a Monticello-inspired, marsh-front abode overlooking Boone Hall Plantation. In a truly Southern fashion, we sat in an array of rocking chairs on the back portico, sipping sweet tea and chatting with Brooke, one of her sisters Caroline, and her parents, Rick and Cyndi. Between Brooke and Cyndi’s honest take on pageantry, Rick’s input about his three beloved daughters, and Caroline’s witty one-liners, the time spent with the Mostellers proved to be completely delightful.

Find out what’s happening in Charleston’s home + design industry, and pick up a few CH+D suggestions for things to do, see, read, and listen to in the Lowcountry.

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A chieving peaceful productivity


nless you live in a New York City flat, work late hours at the office, and bring home Chinese food each night, chances are you spend a considerable amount of time in your house preparing meals in your kitchen and catching up on work in your home office. These rooms are essential in creating a fully functional home (outside of the big city, at least). Thus, we’ve dedicated this issue to the rooms in which we work. Become inspired—while reading our kitchen feature, Recipe for a Dream Kitchen, and office feature, The Business of Being Constructive—to transform rooms initially designed for drudgery into spaces intended for peaceful productivity. As a special treat, CH+D also brings you two features of national significance with local appeal. Take a moment to check out Coastal Living magazine’s showhouse, which is located right here in the Lowcountry and was built by Max Crosby Construction, a major contributor to the Charleston-area housing market since 1977.

And if you haven’t done so already, flip through our cover story featuring Mt. Pleasant native and Miss America contestant Brooke Mosteller. The pageant gave each lady 20 seconds for her interview. We give you 14 pages of insights about making it to Miss America, coming home to a Monticello-inspired house, and continuing an advanced education at the University of South Carolina.

Since everything comprising a home expresses who we are and what we’d like to be, the home is personal. Thanks for letting us in.

Christy Conway, Editor

Recipe for a DreamKitchen

The Business of

Being Constructive

Even gourmet chefs need a recipe to produce delectable fare that will be enjoyed by the masses, so follow their lead and do as a culinista would when cooking up an exquisite kitchen. Because, any compilation of ingredients (be it food or otherwise) without forethought will likely result in a poor review from a visiting critic. In need of a dreamkitchen recipe? Follow our 56 fool-proof steps culled from the Lowcountry’s 56 best five-star residential kitchens. Trust us, you’ll like how it turns out.

An Exclusive Home Office Feature Many people (especially writers) express an inability to be productive without a precise environment, often involving organized paperwork, proper lighting, comfortable seating, and a generally appeasing atmosphere. Nowhere in the home is it more important to have these components come together for productivity than in the office or study. Thus, we present to you some of the most efficient residential work spaces in the Lowcountry fit for a wide range of unique professions.

Mapping You� Kitchen Style

The Chef's Kitchen

Whether your interior style is as traditional as the Biltmore, as contemporary as the Guggenheim, or as colorful as Russia’s St. Basil’s Cathedral, local shops in Charleston will have just what you’re looking for to add pizzazz to your kitchen. Start your shopping journey here by perusing some of the most popular items on the market for kitchen design.

Five master foodies cook up their favorite weeknight delights from the comfort of their own Lowcountry kitchens. Compiled by Megan J. Busch | Photography by Patrick Brickman



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Bobbi Jo Engelby, Interior Designer and Owner of Domain Interiors and Design

Dominating the Design Market

Chic does not begin to describe the fresh, eclectic interior décor at Mt. Pleasant’s new store, Domain Interiors and Design. With a bachelor of fine arts in interior design and almost 20 years of experience in residential and commercial design and sales, owner Bobbi Jo Engelby knows what contemporary Charlestonians want in their homes and strives to be the go-to source for homeowners and local designers as they transform Lowcountry rooms into beautiful sanctuaries.

When I relocated to Charleston two years ago, I struggled to find highquality furnishings and accessories for my new home. As I began working locally as a residential designer, I found that many of my clients had the same experience. I have worked several years as both a designer and a manufacturer’s representative, and I felt that Charleston’s market was ready for more options. I have always dreamed of having my own home décor store because I love working with people and helping homeowners resolve their design issues. What kinds of products should homeowners and professional designers expect to find at Domain? They will find modern, transitional, and customizable furniture, bedding, accessories, and rugs. We are the largest Charleston Forge gallery in the area, the only Calvin Klein Curator Collection dealer in the Lowcountry,


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the first local retailer of Tara Shaw, and the only Legacy Linens bedding retailer here. We are also the first to carry a new local line of children’s and college-team-themed bedding called Grits and Grace. In addition, we are working with a very talented local craftsman who is making custom tables, mirrors, and shelving using unique finishing techniques. Our customers absolutely love his work. What interior design trends are you seeing in the Lowcountry? Clients are breaking away from the expected beachy, coastal look, and they are mixing in modern or mid-century pieces. I am also seeing more interest in buying American-made products; many customers desire pieces that are not mass-produced, but hand-crafted with a story to tell. 

For more information, call Domain Interiors and Design at (843) 388-0328 or visit Stop in to shop at 652 Coleman Boulevard, Suite 100 in Mt. Pleasant.

Photography by Patrick Brickman

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The Water Project (above) Lawn irrigation keeps Lowcountry yards looking green, but too much water can be detrimental to both the health of your plants and pocketbook.


ith clean water availability becoming a rising concern and water and sewer rates increasing almost every year, one of the main goals of the irrigation industry is to reduce as much over watering and runoff as possible. By opting for a proper system design or upgrade, homeowners can quickly recoup their investment by making their system more efficient. Some systems include drip irrigation for pots and shrub beds, rain sensors to prevent operation during a shower or storm, and smart controllers that sync with

local weather conditions to intuitively water only when your landscape needs it. These features will, in turn, lower water bills and reduce irrigation water waste by ensuring that it goes where it is needed—directly to the plants’ roots. The last thing homeowners want to see is their hard-earned money running down their driveway and into the sewer drain. For more information, call Charleston Irrigation and Landscape Lighting at (843) 557-4700 or visit

HVAC’s Three Little Bears Too Hot


ust as Goldilocks knew Papa Bear’s porridge was too hot and Mama Bear’s bed was too low, homeowners should know that no one-sized HVAC system fits everyone’s needs. To find a system that is just right—maintaining optimal efficiency—manual J load calculations can and should be performed. Fortunately, they are a lot easier to perform than breaking into a family of bears’ home. Simply have an energy auditor perform this calculation to avoid buying a system that is oversized and unable to properly dehumidify


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(which causes strange smells, mold or mildew growing in areas that don’t receive much air flow, or an excessive presence of dust mites). Additionally, if your system is larger than necessary, you will be using more energy to operate larger fans and larger compressors. If a simple calculation can prevent a higher bill, who wouldn’t call an energy auditor? For more information, call Palmetto Home Energy Audit at (843) 607-4442.

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Excerpts from our radio show TALKING ABOUT A HOME

We asked three experts:

“What trends are on the rise in your field for the new year? ” Nancy Swift of Swift Appliance “I just got word that the New York City market is seeing a white-appliance trend. It will take some time for it to become a trend elsewhere in the country, but it looks like white may be the new popular color in the coming years. There are a lot of modern-looking options out there now that blend white appliance colors with stainless steel (such as Whirlpool’s Ice Collection) as a transition back to white. People who are looking for something unique are trying colors like slate, which is offered by GE. Honestly, though, my biggest seller here is still stainless-steel appliances. Do I see that trend changing this year? Absolutely not.”

For more information, call (843) 388-7283 or visit

Kevin Shealy of Allstate Insurance “We’re really fortunate to be affiliated with Allstate because the national company is seeing a need to really open up in the Charleston area and be a leader in homeowners insurance plans. There were times in previous years when Allstate wanted to limit their exposure to coastal homeowners because of the damage caused by hurricanes. Right now, though, we want to grow in this area, so we’re offering great competitive rates and coverage. We’re trying to get the word out that we want to be the home insurance company, and we want to take care of our customers here.”

For more information, call (843) 573-4777 or visit

Brad Hilfrink of Creature Catchers “One of the trends I have been seeing in the last six months is that many people have started being proactive about critter proofing. They don’t actually have the bug or pest problems yet in their own home, but their neighbor or a family member had problems in the past. Now, those homeowners are attending to the problem before it even starts. A big part of our business is new home sales, too, and the first thing homeowners want is for their new structure to be checked for critter access. It seems like I’m encountering a lot more forward-thinking homeowners recently, and I’m expecting to see more of them in the upcoming year.”

For more information, call (843) 205-0551 or visit

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Industrial Sleek

Hot new styles and products hitting the Charleston market


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ine, shape, color, and texture form the elements of art. The same is true for interior design, arguably the most useful and oft-enjoyed form of art. And while line, shape, and color are discussed in print ad nauseam, we often neglect an element— texture, probably for its indescribability and inability to be felt by the reader. But in the next few pages, we tackle the topic of texture head-on by suggesting some truly unique pieces that would add that essential element to your home, whether it be industrial, rustic, or contemporary in design.

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Industrial Sleek


Steel Farm-Seat Stool


Polished Nickel Plant Pots


Black Enamel Side Table

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Cogwheel Table Lamp


Brass-Propeller Table Lamp with Marble and Wood Base


Aviator Armchair


Face-Grain Butcher-Block Side Table


Armless Stool with Foot Rest


Modern Slat-Back Dining Chair


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Terrace Oaks Antique Mall (843) 795-9689


Next to New (843) 606-2715


Charleston Lamp Company (843) 763-9150


Domain Interiors & Design (843) 714-5696


Danco Modern Furniture (843) 884-2256


GDC Home (843) 571-5142


Charleston Revisions (843) 388-7880


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Rustic rough


Sofa-Table Lamp with Compact Oyster Base


Burlap Accent Pillow with Pig Graphic


Net-Inspired Table Lamp



Oyster-Shell Wreath


Open-Base Bathroom Vanity



Side Table with Tapered Durham Legs


Copper Cabinet with Mesh Door Inserts




Rudimentary Writing Desk with Matching Stool

Traditional Japanese Birdhouse

Woven Carafe

Intricately Carved Trunk


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Trident Habitat for Humanity (843) 559-4009


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Hoardin’ Helen’s (843) 442-7800


GDC Home (843) 571-5142


Domain Interiors & Design (843) 714-5696


Palmetto Moon Antiques (843) 856-1881


Lowcountry Consignments (843) 606-9881


Charleston Lamp Company (843) 763-9150


MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939


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Contemporary plush



Floral Club Chair




Butterfly Arm Chair

Exposed-Seam Sofa

Cable-Knit Pillows with Button Enclosure

Cream Tufted-Back Barstool


Chevron-and-Diamond Pillow

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Domain Interiors & Design (843) 714-5696


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~ ~ Carpet Baggers's Dean & Lou Ann Kelly At Home with

When Dean and Lou Ann Kelly, co-owners (with business partner Steve Leasure) of local flooring company Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings, began building and designing their coastal-cottage-style home, they knew they would be incorporating Carpet Baggers's products. As an expert in the field, Dean was familiar with the flooring choices that would achieve Lou Ann's desired look. He explains, "The flooring was a joint-selection process between my wife and me. She was in charge of all the colors and decorating; I was in


Lou Ann and Dean Kelly of Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings with Beloved Pups, Hank the Hound Dog and Hudson the Spaniel (Named for Atlanta Braves Players Hank Aaron and Tim Hudson)


The master bedroom is cozy, yet open and airy. Dean explains, “The random width and length of the planks work perfectly with the open floor plan. With the large rooms of this house, we felt that the narrow boards would make the floors look too busy. Engineered, factory-finished flooring, which is more dimensionally stable than solid wood options, allowed us to use these wide widths without the worry of cupping.”


The breakfast nook (as well as the master bedroom and powder room, both pictured) boasts rustic, hand-scraped, engineered, factory-finished floors in Sienna Tuscan Hickory by Johnson Wood Floors. The table in the breakfast nook was made from a tree cut by Dean’s great-grandfather and was given to the Kellys as a wedding gift.


The powder room vanity was actually a thrift-store find. It complements the dark tones of the hardwood, which is incredibly durable in high-traffic areas. The handscraped finish allows the family to be worry-free when it comes to scratches and scrapes because blemishes can be touched up with ease.


Dean and Lou Ann chose to install cleft-style 16-by-16 Autumn Slate tiles to punctuate the outdoor living area.

For more information, contact Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings at (843) 5710013 or visit Stop by their showroom at 3196 Marginal Road in West Ashley. Architect: Darryl Cobb | Builder: Patrick Henry


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charge of the type of flooring product used." Sneak a peek into the duo's home to see their final choices and the finished project.





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Taking a Look at the Cost of

Garage Organization Systems After just a short time living in a home, the garage can quickly become an oversized storage unit for odds and ends instead of a safe haven for your automobile. Truly, where else would you store your tandem kayak, beloved beach-cruiser bicycles, last season’s clothes, Halloween decorations, and the lawn mower? With a little bit of expert organization and a storage system like one offered by Monkey Bars, you can have room to keep both your stockpile of stuff and your car in your garage. But is it worth the extra cost? Let’s take a look! Chris Cobb of Monkey Bars

Space-Saving Potential

It’s amazing what quality organization can do for the amount of usable storage space in the garage. Chris Cobb, owner of the local franchise of Monkey Bars, explains, “With our systems, we try to get as many of your things off the floor as possible to create open spaces usable for other purposes, such as parking cars.” Monkey Bars incorporates a wall-mounting system (including hooks, bars, and shelves) that utilizes the vast surface area of the walls, not just the floor.

Strength in the System

The sheer strength of the storage system


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from Monkey Bars surpasses those less expensive products found in bigbox stores. Each 24-inch-deep shelf is supported by heavy-gauge steel brackets capable of holding 1,000 pounds on every four feet of the shelf ’s surface. In addition, the steel materials are powdercoated to repel rust and corrosion that could lead to the weakening of the product in the future.

Storage Strategies

Even when you purchase a garage storage system, one question still remains: How will I organize all my items?

Chris has a solution. He recommends that long-term storage items (like Christmas tree ornaments) should be placed in bins on higher shelves in the garage. Below the shelving, you should hang short-term-use items, like gardening supplies and kids’ toys. When you choose a system from a company like Monkey Bars, organizing assistance is part of the package, adding even more value to your purchase.

For more information, call Monkey Bars at (843) 296-1698 or visit



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The stories behind select antique pieces

Murano Glass Epergne from


Terrace Oaks Antique Mall

n the 13th century, glass factories frequently burned down. In order to remove the threat of fire from the city of Venice, the mayor ordered that all glass factories move to Murano, an island located off the northeast side of San Marco. Since that time, glass has been made in all parts of Italy, but no piece can be truly called Murano glass, what has become an eminent distinction, unless it was made at one of the factories on Murano. This particular epergne (identified by its radiating stems) was likely hand-blown in the mid 1800s with the intention of displaying side dishes such as sweetmeats or fruits. For more information, call Terrace Oaks Antiques Mall at (843) 795-9689 or visit

Circa-1880 Continental Bookcase from


Antiques Market

ich and elaborate decoration was popular in continental-style furniture. Both flat and three-dimensional surfaces were covered with patterns, motifs, and sculptural ornaments. Different types of patterns, including human figures, animals, monsters, and plants, were often mixed together. This bookcase-cabinet combination features corners flanked by lion heads and arabesque carvings identified by flowing elements. Used as a statement piece, this bookcase would make a perfect addition to a study. For more information, call Antiques Market at (843) 849-8850.

Horse & Foal Spill Vase from


Palmetto Moon Antiques

he pastoral subject, the tree-trunk-shaped vase, and the restricted color palette (only certain colors could withstand the heat necessary for firing the lead overglaze) make this piece easily identifiable as a Staffordshire spill vase. These unique vases represent a prolific class of wares that were produced between the late 1700s and early 1800s and designed to hold spills, which are lengths of twisted paper or wood shavings used to light candles, lamps, and pipes from a fireplace before the advent of matches. For more information, call Palmetto Moon Antiques at (843) 856-1881 or visit


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Drew Royle (left) and Sheryl Bidwell (right) with New Property Owner Lisa Blalock


Drew, Sheryl Bidwell (Director of Owner Relations for Sweetgrass), and Isle of Palms homeowner Lisa Blalock meet to discuss the specifics of a propertymanagement contract.


After much excited talk about Lisa’s new property, Sheryl explains to Lisa that Sweetgrass can handle not only the rental aspects (reservations and renter relations) of her property, but also the marketing, housekeeping, and maintenance. Their involvement can be comprehensive, taking all of the responsibility and stress off of Lisa.


A renter on Kiawah Island calls Drew for advice about a good lunch spot. After chatting about the Rider Cup Bar, Freshfields, and Red’s Ice House, it seems as if Drew is more of a tour guide than a


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Property Manager Drew Royle of Sweetgrass Properties cannot be in two places at once, but he sure tries to be. Wearing many hats—construction, housekeeping, business, and tourism—he travels from one Lowcountry island to the next to help homeowners and renters alike, which is why CH+D felt he typified a Pro on the Go.

property manager. His job title certainly does not encompass his full job description.


As part of a monthly inspection, Drew replaces the air filters in a Wild Dunes villa overlooking the ocean. He then checks the lightbulbs, external door locks, and clocks. His goal is to keep the property in its best shape so that renters will return and provide positive feedback, ultimately increasing the rental income for the homeowner.


Drew and Sheryl develop a marketing plan for Lisa’s vacation rental including, to start, minor staging and professional photography.


Drew schedules an in-house cleaning crew to tidy Lisa’s property before the photo shoot, which has already

been scheduled to occur within the week. Because the housekeeping crew is employed directly by Sweetgrass Properties, they are available when needed. Additionally, the high cost of external maids (who are used by other management companies) is not passed on to the homeowner.


Sheryl receives a call from a family that frequently rents on Sullivan’s Island. They have locked themselves out of their beach-side home and need help. She organizes a caretaker to immediately let them in. Sweetgrass staffs an emergency phone line 24-hours-a-day for situations like this. A property manager’s job is never finished.

For more information, call Sweetgrass Properties at (843) 768-1500 or visit

Photography by Matt Bolt & Patrick Brickman

Island Hopping

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The CraftSmEn:

Spouses Cindi and Carson Rembert of Custom Carolina Hanging Beds

The Craft:

Carson planes, shaves, and mills just about everything from the rough, which makes for very unique, highly custom hanging beds. These beds can be hung from a porch ceiling or manufactured to stand free from the house.

The Backstory:

The Process:

The Remberts meet the interested clients at their home or at Custom Carolina Hanging Beds's showroom to discuss their vision for their hanging bed. They compare options for wood species (cypress, white oak, mahogany, and more), bed size, and fabric style. Carson then sketches the agreed-upon concept. Once the homeowners approve, he puts together the posts (if requested) and the bed frame with glue and stainless-steel fasteners in order to make it as strong as possible. Then, he coats the whole structure with stain, sealer, and polyurethane. Finally, he adds the requested hardware (rope, chain, or wrought iron). In the meantime, Cindi helps the homeowners choose their Sunbrella fabric package, which consists of five 24-by-24-inch pillows, two large bolster pillows, and one five-inch-thick mattress. Homeowners are also given the option to add accessories like cooler boxes, indoor-outdoor ottomans, or tables to go with their custom hanging bed. Around two weeks after the initial contract is signed, Carson and his construction company deliver and install the homeowners' custom hanging bed.

For more information, call Custom Carolina Hanging Beds at (843) 476-1984 or visit To see their work installed, check out the Backyard Makeover Reveal on page 222.


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(top left) Each custom hanging bed includes five 24by-24 inch pillows, two bolsters, and one five-inchthick mattress, all of which are made locally. (top right) Carson and Cindi Rembert pose in front of their storefront, located near the Limehouse Memorial Bridge to Johns Island. (above) The Remberts’ Baby Ricky (below) Carson crafts his hanging beds from local, rough-sawn wood.

Photography by Matthew Bolt

Carson is certainly not new to building. At a young age, he began working as an apprentice to a master interior-trim craftsman, who taught him the importance of paying attention to detail. Now, as owner of Custom Carolina Construction, he is familiar with remodeling, woodworking, and project management. Cindi, committed to the budding bed-swing company, is excited to start and manage a new branch of the family business.

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Savvy Spender


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For more information, call Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery at (843) 747-6301 or visit

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Save a Little: Victoria + Albert IOS Contemporary Double-Ended Tub

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The Ins & Outs

of Updating Your House Tommy and MeLinda Welch go head to head about painting, remodeling, and refinishing kitchen cabinetry. MeLinda and Tommy Welch of 1st Class Painting and Restoration with Daughter Mackenzie and Son Zachary


He Said:

She Said:

When painting, do you recommend that homeowners take a risk by using bold color choices or play it safe with neutrals?

He Said: This definitely is dependent on the homeowners’ personality. I personally love bold and bright colors. I think painting with them is a really inexpensive way to play with different trends. We tend to see a lot more vibrant colors when we paint homes on the coastal landscape of Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, and Kiawah Island.

She Said: I like bold colors too, but as accents. Neutral colors can blend with anything, and they don’t limit your design options as much as bold colors tend to do. Bright hues can get old quickly, while neutrals are easy on the eyes and stay popular much longer. If you’re set on using some eye-catching paint shades, try applying them in a bathroom, laundry area, or bedroom instead of a main room.

If homeowners are considering a remodel to increase the value of their home, should they focus on updating the interior or creating a more aesthetically pleasing exterior?

He Said: There are really creative ways to do both updates on a budget. A lot of efforts to simply clean up what you have can go a long way. For the exterior, power washing, painting the trim, and removing debris can be very budget-friendly ways to create huge curb appeal. On the inside, I recommend eliminating clutter and opening up adjacent rooms by removing walls if possible.

She Said: I agree. Both the interior and exterior are important when considering a sale, but it has been my experience that kitchens and baths should be a primary focus for homeowners looking to freshen up their abode. Updating a kitchen or bathroom to have open space, functionality, and style is the best solution for increasing the value of a home.

When updating a kitchen or bathroom, should homeowners replace their cabinets completely or refinish the ones that already exist?

He Said: First of all, one must clearly identify the integrity and quality of the existing cabinets. Most cabinets—as long as they are solidly constructed—can be refinished for less than the cost of completely replacing them. This is one amazing way to update a room while staying on a budget.

She Said: The construction of the cabinet boxes is important, but you should consider your overall vision for the room too. There is only so much you can do to transform existing cabinets. If the original cabinets (even if they are glazed, distressed, or refinished) won’t fit your expectations, it may be best to start over completely.

For more information, call 1st Class Painting and Restoration at (843) 261-0212 or visit


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A peek into products designed to weather the coastal elements

Lasting Lanterns Exterior lighting is incredibly important, not just for the overall aesthetics of your home, but also for your safety as you traverse your lawn, walkways, and stairs at night. If you live on the coast, your lighting should be durable and able to stand up to the salty, humid climate. The Cooper Lantern line from Quoizel (a lighting company headquartered locally in Goose Creek) features fixtures designed specifically for sea-faring climates and harsh winds. They are constructed of solid copper and boast a lifetime warranty on the electrical system and materials. Although they’re durable, don’t expect an industrial design. The copper ages beautifully over time, and the style of each lantern mimics that of Charleston’s historic, oil-burning lanterns, giving your home an authentic Lowcountry look. For More Information

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Chic Sunrooms Despite what Northerners think, winter is cold here, especially when you live on the coast and battle the crisp ocean winds whipping onto shore. Enjoying your screened-in porch and your view is still possible during the chilly season with attachable vinyl windows that block winter gusts (along with rain) and allow you to sip hot cocoa while overlooking the water. A much less costly option than enclosing a porch, the system panels, available from manufacturer Eze-Breeze, open and close just like regular windows and are easily fitted right over your porch screen. For More Information

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Tips and tricks for enhancing outdoor enjoyment


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Collinear Walkway

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Expansive yards are still en vogue, however, intimate outdoor spaces are best for those who seek tranquility instead of yard games, pools, or bonfires.

Bluestone tiles laid purposefully are an easy way (no need for cement!) to add not only definition to one’s yard, but also accessibility.

Deciduous Crape Myrtles, which thrive in the Lowcountry, require minimal pruning in the spring and offer a maximum effect in the fall when their leaves turn a rainbow of colors.

For more information about this Mt. Pleasant project, call DIG Landscape at (843) 327-4372 or visit

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Ornamental Grasses

Controlling Erosion

Organic Path

A mounding plant, ornamental grass (like this Muhly grass) offers a beautiful shape as well as soft, feathery plumes that dance in the ocean-side breeze.

Barrier islands often receive the brunt of wet tropical storms; thus, it is essential to prevent devastating erosion by incorporating extensive plantings on lots with a natural upward pitch.

Sometimes there is no need for a welldefined pathway, just a parting of the plants that allows for easy access to a more manicured golf-course fairway.

For more information about this Seabrook Island project, call REMARK at (843) 746-9573 or visit

Living Trellis

Embedded Path

Semi-Dry Pond

Nothing is easier than growing a vine in South Carolina, so take advantage of the tropical environment and incorporate them into your yard's design for an especially local look.

Slabs of rock placed within the grass can be a unique way to create a pathway without the hassle of excavating and laying a perfectly level base (which is required with pavers).

Adding a natural-looking water feature, including misplaced rocks and creeping plants, makes a neighborhood yard look one-with-nature rather than intentional and orchestrated.

For more information about this Daniel Island project, call HLG Growers at (843) 901-4862 or visit


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Palmetto Pride

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Adding cycads, recognizable by a stout trunk and compound pinnate leaves, exudes Carolina pride without the height, maintenance, or cost of a full-grown Palmetto tree.

Large pots (with proper drainage and seasonal flowers that can be switched out based on holiday, occasion, or weather) are a great way to add a pop of color to the front yard.

Gnomes aside, incorporating understated statues—like this well-mannered hound—can lend sophistication to a yard that otherwise is fairly typical.

For more information about this Daniel Island project, call Charleston Landscape at (843) 296-7592 or visit

Personal Space

Splash of Creativity

Ground Cover

In a tight backyard, it is important to keep the space orderly and functional, which is why small, well-chosen shrubs and trees are a good way to avoid overcrowding the area.

Joining an outdoor chandelier with a hanging plant could not be more creative, and it gives this pergola a romantic flair.

Pine straw helps insulate the soil (while still allowing water and air to reach the underlying earth) from temperature fluctuations, keeping sensitive plantings cozy in their beds throughout the cold months.

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An Isle of Palms Home by Sea Island Builders (right) Jason Fowler, Sam Fowler, Jeff Mathis, and James Richmond of Sea Island Builders

BUILDING BLOCKS | Sea Island Builders The dynamic managerial team at Sea Island Builders, composed of four experienced local contractors, has been swinging hammers and constructing eco-friendly, custom Lowcountry homes since 2005. Sam Fowler (Managing Partner), Jeff Mathis (Construction Manager), Jason Fowler (Pre-Construction Manager), and James Richmond (Project Manager) sat down with CH+D to share a little about themselves and their company.

Do you have a favorite project that Sea Island Builders has completed?

What advice would you give to those seeking to build their first custom home?

Jeff: My favorite project has to be 950 Middle Street on Sullivan's Island because it was such a unique retrofit to a traditional Sullivan's Island home. We maintained the classic beauty of the house while giving the owners approximately 500 additional square feet in their attic and an elevated pool attached to the back of the home. We also upgraded many of the interior spaces. Most of all, I really appreciate the relationship I developed with the owners; my wife and I are great friends with them to this day.

Sam: Hire an experienced architect, and develop a detailed set of plans that incorporates the interior design. To give your home a completely polished look, choose a talented designer for the interior selections—from tile to window treatments. Both the architect and the interior designer are worth the money; you will be happier with the end result and will avoid making many costly mistakes along the way. When selecting a builder, ask your architect for advice, check references, and personally inspect at least two of the builder’s most recently built homes to gauge the quality of his or her work.

What makes working with Sea Island Builders unique? Jason: It’s simple—the process. At the outset, we spend a significant amount of time and effort ensuring that everything is well thought out and that our clients are prepared to make fully informed decisions without rushing through any of the details. We place a great focus on project planning, which leads to a smoother and more cost-effective construction experience. Our entire process guarantees that each client receives the best service and construction experience in the industry.

What project are you looking forward to completing in the near future? James: I’m looking forward to completing the Santella family’s residence on Isle of Palms. This project is an extremely large renovation and addition to an older home in the Wild Dunes community. We’ve enjoyed collaborating with the homeowners to create a new space for their family.

For more information, call Sea Island Builders at (843) 883-7430 or visit CH+D •Winter 2014



ARCHITECTS + ARCHETYPES A true team of landscape architects in the Lowcountry, JR and Holly Kramer are transforming Charleston-area lawns into welldesigned sanctuaries and changing the way residents interact with their environment. Both Holly and JR graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in landscape architecture and brought their talents to the Holy City in 1999. Since then, they have gained many years of field experience and opened their own studio—REMARK.

▲ JR and Holly Kramer of REMARK What makes a landscape architect different from a landscaper? Holly: Landscape architecture is the best profession in the world that no one seems to know about. The title requires us to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in landscape architecture that covers a wide spectrum of subjects including historic preservation, ecology, horticulture, architecture, city planning, urban design, and green infrastructure. We are also required to work under an established landscape architect for several years, pass a rigorous exam, and take continuing education courses. The term landscaper typically refers to a contractor who installs the design of landscape architects. 

For homeowners, how does hiring a landscape architect improve their outdoor-living experience? JR: We are trained to design the outdoor environment, which doesn’t mean that we simply draw up a pretty picture. We start the design process by listening to the client and asking for inspirational images. We pay attention to the interior design of the home (this typically will give us clues about the homeowners’ style and how they will live outside), the home’s architecture, and the site’s hydrology, ecology, sun exposure, and wind patterns. All of these factors contribute to the creation of an outdoor environment that will provide many years of enjoyment. 


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What would you recommend that homeowners do to keep their lawn beautiful and healthy in the winter? Holly: A good, healthy lawn in the winter is dormant, so it’s important not to fertilize in the winter. You don’t want to promote growth that could be damaged in cold temperatures or frost. The winter is actually the best time for a complete redesign of the yard and landscaping.

Your work was recently featured in Family Circle magazine. What has your experience been since this national acknowledgement? JR: We are proud of our accomplishments, but we are really just focused on the day-to-day task of making every project the best it can be. It is very cool to get calls and emails from folks from all over the country with questions, though.

For more information, call REMARK at (843) 746-9573 or visit

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DESIGN DILEMMA After 16 years of construction experience and nearly 25 additional years of residential design experience, Tom Lee of Southern Home Design still gets excited about each and every project. This Lowcountry addition was no exception since Tom was able to find an amenable solution to the homeowners’ desire for more space that was juxtaposed against their desire to maintain a lush and mature front yard.

The Dilemma:

▲ Tom Lee of Southern Home Design

The homeowners wanted to construct the garage on the left side of the existing house. Unfortunately, the space on the left was not large enough to accommodate a garage-sized addition without removing many mature live oak trees that the homeowners wished to retain.

The Solution:

(above) The completed addition fits seamlessly onto the original property (below) Tom Lee's Detailed Blueprint.

Tom provided a detailed design to show the homeowners how the desired addition fit better on the right side of the existing house instead of the left. In his proposal, he utilized an enclosed, climatecontrolled breezeway that would enhance curb appeal and connect the old and new spaces.  The homeowners happily accepted Tom’s suggestions, adding a twocar garage with an apartment above, which includes a spacious bedroom, large office area, full bathroom, and custom storage area.  Once the project was complete, the homeowners were very pleased with both saving their live oaks and gaining a two-car garage.  

For more information, call Southern Home Design at (843) 496-1262 or visit


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245 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 230 Daniel Island, SC 29492 843.882.7810

Highlights from Local Projects by Charleston’s Best Home Professionals

Story by Megan J. Busch • Photography by Patrick Brickman


The library of this Daniel Island home holds a secret office hidden behind khaki-green bookshelves.

Tabula Rasa Starting with an empty lot—a blank slate—two Daniel Island homeowners created a house built around specific tables they collected during their travels and made a Lowcountry nest reflective of their many years together.

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his home was designed primarily around family furniture, specifically tables. That is really what makes the house unique. The room sizes and configurations are very unusual because we literally planned the house around four or five pieces,” explains builder Chris Carson of Carson Homes. When they moved to the Lowcountry, the Daniel Island homeowners knew that their beloved tables needed to fit within the house they envisioned for their marsh-front lot. They relied on their builder, Chris, and architect, Bill Huey, to transform the uninhabited land into a home big enough for themselves, their son (and his many college friends), and their favorite furnishings. Four tables accent four rooms of the house, dictating those rooms’ designs. The incred-


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(above left) Builder Chris Carson and Architect Bill Huey worked together to design not just the home’s interior, but also the outdoor living area, which was created for unadulterated relaxation. (above right) A custom staircase, a unique chandelier, and stately hardwood floors make a lovely first impression. (below left) The billiards room holds an antique pub sign obtained during the homeowners’ travels.

ibly long dining room table was purchased when the family lived in St. Louis and has been with them through numerous birthday celebrations, dinner parties, and oyster-shucking events. To accommodate the large piece of furniture, Chris and Bill incorporated several extra feet into the layout of the dining room and built the kitchen island to align with the table, giving the space a cohesive, linear design. To hold a similarly lengthy structure, the rectangular library was created around a conference table purchased by the homeowners when they were living in Europe years ago. The wine cellar was also built to perfectly

surround an antique grain table, and the billiards room encompasses a pool table with ample space to sink the eight ball into the right corner pocket. Each room and its furnishings give the homeowners an opportunity to reminisce about their adventures together. Much like incorporating the tables from their past, the homeowners had certain features from a previous house to which they wanted to pay homage in their new home. One of those features was the wine cellar. Chris describes, “The homeowners had almost the exact same wine

room—from the dimensions and the racking to the grain table and the air conditioning unit—in the house they owned in St. Louis. They were very specific about the size and layout of that room, literally down to the half-inch.” Of course, not all rooms had such a detailed set of instructions. When it came to the design of the rest of the home, the most important factor was simply incorporating the storied life of the couple into every aspect. Toni, Chris’s wife and business partner, notes, “This home is a tale of many ta-

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(above) Chris and Bill designed the dining room to hold the family’s incredibly lengthy table. (far left) The butler’s pantry features bold red cabinetry, which allows the homeowners to veer away from typical neutral color palettes in a tasteful way. (left) Chris and Toni Carson of Carson Homes (below left) The wine room is a beloved spot for the homeowners because it houses their favorite vintages in an elegant, climate-controlled space.

bles. It chronicles the family’s history and their travels, and that’s what makes it special and sentimental. The family that lives here has amazing taste and a lot of history to showcase.” With an empty lot and many stories to tell, the homeowners, working with Chris, Toni, and Bill, were able to build a home from the ground up that embodies the time the couple has shared together. v For more information, call (843) 971-3667 or visit


Company: Carson Homes Project Type: New Construction Location: Daniel Island


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Resource Guide Appliances:

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Cabinets and Vanities: Custom Creations


MVP Granite and Flooring

Electrical Work:

Palmetto Residential Electric

Elevator System: 843-270-2204

Advantage Elevators


William-Smith Fireplaces


Bay Pointe Floors

Garage Door System: All About Garage Doors

Home Automation and Sound:

NextGen Technologies

Interior Doors and Shutters: Southern Lumber and Millwork


High Marsh Landscape

Lighting Fixtures: Rick’s Lighting

Plumbing Fixtures: Design on Tap


Aqua Blue Pools

Tile Materials: Palmetto Tile

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Hit the Ground Designing


nspirational maxim writer William Arthur Ward once penned, “Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing.” Liz Baker, co-owner of cottage-style furniture and décor company Coralberry Cottage, applies this sage advice to homebuilding and shares her credo with those who seek her design guidance (but maybe not in those exact words). Essentially, Liz suggests that people plan ahead and take action early to


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Five-time custom-home owner Alicia Emory and the team at Coralberry Cottage picked every fabric, paint swatch, and lamp before the studs were even up, and the finished house is better for it.

mold their home into what they wish it to be. “Oftentimes, homeowners don’t come to us until they are a month away from moving into their home or, at best, two months away,” describes Liz. “Shoppers will come into the store and say, for instance, ‘I’m planning to have my dining room seat ten people.’ And then when I digitally put scaled furniture into the room, I have to break the bad news that the room will seat eight wonderfully but not the ten that they had in mind. Homeown-

ers miss out when they don’t address their needs early.” Alicia Emory, admittedly one of Liz’s favorite customers for her initiative, was able to take advantage of Coralberry Cottage’s full menu of design services simply because she took action instead of wishing. “I started with Coralberry Cottage in the very beginning of the building process,” Alicia says. “Liz, being an architect, was wonderful because she downloaded the plans and placed the furniture (which

Story by Christy Conway • Photography by Patrick Brickman

(above left) Alicia’s living room, the first room that guests see upon entry, is a perfect example of successful color and pattern matching. (top right) Homeowners in search of décor will find an array of candleholders, picture frames, dishware, and artwork at Coralberry Cottage to jazz up just about any room, even the kitchen. (bottom right) A custom dining table and slipcovered chairs allow Alicia to accommodate up to 14 guests during the holidays.

helped us when planning our electrical wiring).” Also, deciding on the furniture layouts and colors in advance helped Alicia choose flooring and paint. Special requests require more forethought (and time), and what is a custom home without special requests? Not very custom! Alicia and her husband have

built five homes over the years, so they knew what they wanted; some desires were easily fulfilled and others not. With the timeframe they had, however, Coralberry Cottage was able to meet and exceed each expectation. The Emorys had three special requests: recliners for the family room, a multi-use craft area, and a casual dining table that is comfortable

for the family of three and expandable for the holidays. The team at Coralberry Cottage scoured to find a recliner worthy of Alicia’s impeccable home (i.e. one that is not a bulky monstrosity). What they found was a solution to the comfort-versus-beauty problem—an upholstered recliner that

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With cabinetry (provided by Jilco Kitchen and Bath) as a fantastic base, Coralberry Cottage added pops of color and texture to make the space exude a sense of style.

comes in a myriad of different colored and patterned natural fabric befitting any well-appointed home. The second request was simple. Coralberry Cottage supplied Alicia with a matching hutch and table for the family room so that Alicia could partake in scrapbooking while the father-son duo watched sports in their stylish recliners. These furniture pieces allow Alicia to spread out when creating and to hide her supplies when company visits, all while spending time with her family.


Company: Coralberry Cottage Project Type: Interior Design Location: Mt. Pleasant


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Alicia’s final request was an adaptable dining space. “She wanted an informal dining room, which is my favorite because it is more practical, especially with a teenager,” explains Liz. “So, we found a table that feels great for just the three of them on a regular basis, but at Christmas, for example, Alicia can seat up to 14 guests. We came up with a concept where we have multiple chairs in other places of the home, like one chair in the office and two at the scrapbook table, that can come into the dining room during the three or four times a year when she needs them.” Each high-back, cushioned chair has the same construction and fabric but varies in pattern. This allows each room to have its own color scheme while the whole house remains stylistically consistent.

tentional, functional, and beautiful as every custom home should be. Could it be that William Arthur Ward was referring to homebuilding when he stated his proverb about procrastination? Unlikely. But, his advice is still applicable. v

All in all, Alicia and the Coralberry Cottage team’s ability to think ahead made for interior design that looks in-

For more information, call Coralberry Cottage at (843) 884-2225 or visit

(above, from left) Homeowner Alicia Emory with Coralberry Cottage’s Liz Baker and Donna Budd

Not at Home? Not a Problem!

(above) Even Alicia’s home office has a cottage style to it with a helpful entryway bench and file storage. (below middle) Builtin dining benches offer a casual place to decorate with bold fabrics. (below) Alicia’s scrapbooking corner houses two cushioned chairs that can easily be moved to the dining table to accommodate additional guests.

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Endless Summer It began as a summer vacation home, but after falling in love with the Lowcountry, the Andersons decided to make their Daniel Island house a permanent residence, remodeling the existing structure to meet their everyday needs.


ore windows to let in the sunshine, an open floor plan for entertaining, and a larger living area for relaxing were all requests of homeowner and matriarch Denning Anderson when she approached Phillip W. Smith General Contractor about her family’s remodel. The house’s original design was just fine for a beloved vaca-


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tion home, but in order to make it functional as their new full-time residence, Denning and her husband, Morgan, wanted to update a few key problem areas: a dining room that was completely separate from the kitchen, a porch that was set back into the home (allowing no breeze to blow through), a teeny-tiny laundry room, dysfunctional closets,

and a straight-on view of a toilet at the top of the stairs. To tackle these requests, BJ Park (Project Manager at Phillip W. Smith) and architect Tyler Smyth walked through the home room-by-room with the Andersons, configuring a plan to increase the functionality. They decided to convert the

(above left) A portion of the Andersons’ remodel includes an updated kitchen (with cabinetry by William C. Pritchard Company) and a window-seat nook. (above right) The mudroom, connected to the laundry room, is one of matriarch Denning’s favorite spots. It’s where the family members leave their coats, shoes, purses, and school bags as they enter the house.

porch into conditioned living space, creating square-footage for a larger living room and a laundry room, which boasts two washers, two dryers, and cubbies for the kitty-litter box and food. Denning laughs about this particular spot in the house, saying, “It’s so user friendly that it almost makes you want to do laundry—almost.” Turning their attention to the entertaining areas of the home, BJ, Tyler,

and the Andersons envisioned an updated, open kitchen, which they achieved by installing new cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, and appliances and by expanding the doorway leading to the kitchen from the dining area. Finally, the team made arrangements to convert the upstairs bathroom into an extended master closet, removing the view of the unsightly toilet atop the stairs.

In addition to these major changes, the home received a complete aesthetic update with new paint, custom moulding, and beautiful hardwood flooring throughout. Denning explains, “There’s not a nook or cranny in the house that BJ and the subcontractors did not alter, touch, or make better. Even the things you can’t see were updated.” These behind-the-scenes updates include spray foam insulation, which is intended not

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only for reducing energy bills, but also for holding the home together (like glue) during strong winds. Each and every update that BJ and Tyler planned and executed helped to make the home more enjoyable (and safe) for the family. The Andersons, although glad to be finished with their big remodel, aren’t quite done transforming their vacation home into an everyday home. Denning and Morgan plan to incorporate the second, untamed lot next door into their liv-

ing space by creating a courtyard and installing a pool for the kids to enjoy. BJ and Tyler are already a step ahead. The window in the laundry room has no electrical wiring or plumbing systems surrounding it so that installing a door in the future will be a cinch. When the time is right, the kids will be able to run right outside onto the pool deck and cannonball into the water. Perhaps when the Andersons are done, the home will function as both a full-time residence and the perfect spot for a staycation. v

For more information, call Phillip W. Smith General Contractor at (843) 881-9828 or visit


Company: Phillip W. Smith General Contractor Project Type: Remodel Location: Daniel Island

(top) Now a spacious living room, this area was once a screened-in porch. (above left) Phillip W. Smith General Contractor’s Project Manager BJ Park with Homeowner Denning Anderson (above middle) Denning updated her dining room by requesting hardwood floors (by John Griffiths Hardwood Flooring), new wainscoting and trim (by Marco Custom Carpentry), and a fresh coat of paint (by Kershaw Painting). (above right) Because the family dog was constantly gobbling the cats’ food, the Andersons opted for a cubby to house the kitties’ bowls and litter box.


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A Natural Habitat The dog days of Charleston’s summers were just a little too unbearable for Harmon and Carole Shade, homeowners of a beautiful brick house in Coosaw Creek. With the help of Express Sunrooms, the Shades found a solution; they enclosed their infrequently used back porch.


inding a happy medium between enjoying the great outdoors and avoiding the humidity, mosquitoes, and rare cold fronts that plague the Lowcountry is no easy task. However, with the right windows, an accordionstyle door, an automated screen, and a good contractor, melding the natural beauty found outside with the comfort


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and coziness of the indoors becomes a viable option. In fact, this is the course of action that homeowners Harmon and Carole Shade took to combat the swampy Southern heat. Carole describes their motivation, saying, “We enjoy our home, but we wanted to be able to feel like we were outside

more often. With Charleston summers, you’re very limited in how much time you can spend outside. Harmon and I started looking around and thinking about what made sense for us, and we decided that we wanted to build a solarium or conservatory off of the master bedroom. But the more we talked about it, the more we wanted to utilize the entire deck and

The sunroom opens to the porch via an accordion-style sliding glass door. (left) The Shades’ porch conversion transformed the area into a two-room sunroom with areas for relaxing, grilling, and eating.

make a fully enclosed porch.” With this vision in mind, the couple contacted Mike Gregory of Express Sunrooms to carry out their plans. When Mike first approached the project, a fairly large hurdle stood in his way: the roofline. Harmon explains, “We had some real concerns at the beginning because I was worried about attaching the solarium to the house. Our existing roof that led to the old porch didn’t have much slope to it, and I was nervous that it would

develop a leak.” Mike and his team worked around this problem and developed a solution to avoid any leakage. “Now, when you stand outside and look at the roofline, the solution seems like the simplest thing in the world, but it was definitely a challenge we had to address,” remarks Mike. Mike and the Shades were able to attend to the aesthetics of the enclosed porch after overcoming the roofline obstacle. Mike suggested plenty of windows, including lower transom panes and eye-

brow windows, to let in light and give the space an open, airy feel. The whole enclosed porch was designed to be two rooms, separated by a sliding glass door. The solarium room, as Harmon and Carole call it, is attached to the master bedroom. The second room contains a kitchen with a grill and provides access to the deck. For cooler days, the entire front panel of the second room opens with an accordion-style door, and a remote-controlled screen can be lowered to keep out pesky bugs. The most prominent focus of

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Mike Gregory of Express Sunrooms with Homeowners Carole and Harmon Shade

the design was to give the experience of being outdoors, while actually being indoors. To address a practical need of the room— air conditioning—Mike installed a ductless mini-split unit that is especially popular in European countries. Oftentimes, when homeowners add a sunroom or enclosed porch to their home, they fail to account for the strain that the extra square footage will place on the existing HVAC system. A smaller, quiet, energy-efficient unit can be used to heat and cool an addition without even noticeably affecting the electric bill. At the end of the project, the Shades were more than pleased. Carole enthuses, “It developed into the perfect addition. There are so often situations where you have a picture in your mind of what you want, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get part of it. But, Mike really delivered an amazing addition for us, and it’s exactly what I had in mind. It has enlarged our house (and our enjoyment of it) enormously.” v For more information, call Express Sunrooms at (843) 534-3233 or visit


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(top) A remote-controlled screen allows the addition to function as both a sunroom and a screened-in porch. (middle) Small, curved windows, known as eyebrows, were installed above the traditional windows to allow more sunlight to enter the room. (below) Although it’s a brandnew part of the home, the enclosed porch blends seamlessly with the existing structure.

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inder Creek Construction owners Kara and Neal Crowell know that no one wants to wade through the building process for longer than necessary. Each day that goes by, future homeowners are aware that they are expelling money and energy without being able to enjoy the fruits of their sacrifice. So, Kara and Neal try their best to expedite the process for each client by establishing a timeline with realistic expectations in advance.


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From the day they signed the contract with builder Cinder Creek Construction, one young Johns Island couple had only one year to wait for their dream home to materialize.

This allowed the team to complete a new Johns Island marsh-front home in exactly (to the day) one year for an outdoors-loving, medical-field-working, and all-around-busy young couple. “We tell every potential client, ‘We move at your pace,’” says Kara. “We have some clients that take a little while longer to look at plan concepts and give us feedback. This particular couple, however, was ready to go, made

themselves available, and were very timely in making their selections, so we were able to do everything quickly.” The key to Cinder Creek’s efficiency is the tried-and-true timeline that Kara crafts for each client, which details the exact times in the process that a homeowner needs to make (and confirm) choices on everything from roofing and insulation to hardwood flooring and paint. This type of foresight pre-

(above left) Cinder Creek’s open floorplan is not only easier on the custom-home budget, but also contemporary in design. (above right) The locally milled hickory flooring gave the homeowners the rustic look they desired and a durable surface for their two active dogs.

vents construction delays based on back-ordered products, homeowner indecisiveness, or budget surprises. Kara explains, “Before we break ground, before we sign the final contract, the clients and I have already gone to showrooms and picked every plumbing fixture, for instance. We’ve looked at tile and flooring—all of the

selections. We do this so that we know exactly what the budget will be. And even if the homeowners change their mind about a particular selection during the process, we know when we sign the contract that we can find something to fit within their budget.” For this Johns Island couple, Cinder Creek’s approach offered peace of mind

and an assurance that they would receive all the aspects of the dream home they envisioned. Some of the aspects included external access to the laundry room and a shower so they wouldn’t track sand and mud through the home after a day kayaking on the marsh; especially durable distressed-hickory flooring that would not show the wear

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(top) Overlooking a tidal creek, this home has both a screened-in porch and a wrap-around deck to take full advantage of the views. (above left) The home sits on a Johns Island lot, situated perfectly for two downtown Charleston doctors with a strong interest in kayaking. (above right) The couple’s master bathroom overlooks the marsh-front property.

and tear caused by their full-size dogs; and a flex room with wall-towall built ins for their diplomas, medical texts, and travel souvenirs. “When we first met, the homeowners wanted a study, but they didn’t want a closed-off space. So, we put it right off the entrance of the home. The room allows them, as their needs change, to convert it to a formal dining room or another entertaining


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space. But, at this time, it suits their office needs.” Providing options and flexibility with upfront expectations is what sets Cinder Creek Construction apart from their competition and why this young couple was able to realize their dream in just one year’s time. v For more information, call Cinder Creek Construction at (843) 7680784 or visit


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In Light Of One longtime Old Village couple felt the best update they made to their dated home was the shutter system that was custom crafted by The Louver Shop.


or many years, homeowners Mary Ellen and Edward Huggins’s focus was on their children—raising them, educating them, and getting them married—so much so that their home became a distant priority. When, finally, Mary Ellen was able to address the 40-year-old décor, she chose one room as a test subject. “We just decided that we would take a room at a time and update things,” Mary Ellen says. “So, we started in the living room. We painted and reupholstered the furniture, but we didn’t want to put those old window treatments back up. So, we went with new shutters from The Louver Shop. I was amazed. When they put the shutters up, they just gave the room a finished look. Even my children say that they don’t recognize the room.”


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The reason for Mary Ellen’s success with The Louver Shop is the company’s product customizability. Mary Ellen lives in a century-and-a-half old Victorian house. While lovely, it is fraught with window jambs that are not plumb. Because The Louver Shop built each of her shutter boxes precisely to the measurements, her imperfect windows were not a prohibiting factor. “One of the benefits of being a custom-shutter manufacturer,” explains Ken Evans of The Louver Shop, “is that we can tailor the product to different-sized windows. Building codes and techniques were not always the same through the ages, and a lot of homes around here settle because of the sandy soil. We have various mouldings and frame pieces that we can use to go inside the window.” And, for special circumstances, The

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The Louver Shop sold Mary Ellen shutters from their Classic Series that fit well within her historic home. The shutters that she removed before the remodel had a multitude of narrow louvers, which was a typical style of the Victorian era because people were less concerned with the view and more concerned with insulation. Today, however, shutter louvers are often wide, and because of technology, without a tilt rod. The Classic Series that Mary Ellen chose pays homage the shutters of yore by including a tilt rod and a smaller-width louver than is seen in more modern installations. In light of this option, homeowners can have their view and tradition too!

“We felt very confident coming into this historic home and being able to offer a solution,” notes Ken. Mary Ellen agrees, saying, “I think the shutters were the biggest assets to the updating.” Now that the transformation is complete, Mary Ellen feels empowered to tackle the rest of the rooms in her home, and she plans to use the help and expertise of The Louver Shop. v For more information, call The Louver Shop at (843) 636-3641 or visit


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(from left) Grayson, Rick, Brooke, Cyndi, and Caroline Mosteller


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Miss South Carolina Brooke Mosteller shares her experience growing up in Mt. Pleasant and boldly entering the world of pageantry that’s filled with philanthropic service, sparkling crowns, and bright-red lipstick.

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rooke was born to wear a crown,” declares Caroline, a younger sister of Miss South Carolina Brooke Mosteller. And, indeed, Brooke does wear a crown well.

She discovered her love for pageantry and onstage performance in high school, becoming Miss Freshman at the Miss Wando High competition. As she transitioned to Furman University, Brooke continued to participate in pageants, winning the titles of Miss Greenville Scottish Games, Miss Mt. Pleasant, and, ultimately, Miss South Carolina. Now, she is taking this year to perform her duties as a state representative, visiting high schools to promote her platform (Go Higher: College Application Day) and inspiring a younger generation, through her own actions, to speak confidently, live purposefully, and enjoy each moment. Undoubtedly, no other beauty queen can say that she once swam to Boone Hall Plantation, that she sang a Disney-princess medley during an argumentative speech in law school, or that she had a (albeit harmless) run-in with the United States Capitol Police in Washington, DC. For Brooke, events like these are simply examples of her fearless demeanor and her you-only-live-once philosophy. This moxie is precisely what drove her from the marshy shores of her family’s Mt. Pleasant home to the Miss America stage in Atlantic City, a journey I discussed frankly (and with many laughs) on the Mostellers’ back porch with Brooke, Caroline, and their parents, Cyndi and Rick.

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(left and above) Created to mimic Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the Mostellers couldn’t help mixing a little Charleston charm into the design. The checkerboard flooring can be found throughout the house and is reminiscent of the Custom House’s front steps.

I was especially connected to last year’s Miss America pageant because you, Brooke, represented not just South Carolina, but the Lowcountry—my home and your home, too. Now, you travel frequently and live in Columbia part-time. Do you still identify Mt. Pleasant as your home? Brooke: I grew up here, and I always love coming home. Depending on my schedule, I’m either at my apartment in Columbia or here [in Mt. Pleasant], but I’m here as much as I can be. I feel so at home and so attached because this place is where I grew up. It’s where I learned so many things. When I go over the bridge, I’ll turn on Taylor Swift’s “Fearless,” and it’s just perfect. I see the water, and I know I’m home. Have you always lived in this part of South Carolina?

Brooke: We lived on the Isle of Palms until I was 14 and then moved around Mt. Pleasant as we were building our house. Cyndi: We’ve always been Charlestonians. My parents are from here, and everybody that’s gone is buried in Charleston—my grandparents up to my great-, great-grandparents. My great-grandfather was the keeper of the lighthouse at Morris Island. Rick: Cyndi’s father used to say, “Charleston born and Charleston bred, and when I die, I’ll be Charleston dead.” Brooke: He had such a thick Charleston accent. Y’all definitely have some very deep roots in the area. What prompted the transition from Isle of Palms to this part of Mt. Pleasant?

Rick: It’s incredible that we’ve been blessed to find this piece of land here. In the 1990s, we owned property on the back of Isle of Palms, and we were going to build our dream home there. Then, Brooke had a first grade birthday party at Palmetto Islands County Park, and we drove down here to have that party. I left to go back to work, and my wife saw a little forsale-by-owner sign. Cyndi said, “I wonder what’s back there?” So she walked around the back of the property, saw the incredible oak trees, and said, “Oh, my gosh.” There were six acres here that were fully wooded. Brooke: She’s got vision. Caroline: My poor dad’s wallet. [laughs]

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(above) A key design feature of both Monticello and the Mostellers’ Mt. Pleasant home is reflection symmetry. (right) A narrow hallway can easily be transformed into a library; The Mostellers’ holds stacks of books (mainly about politics and religion) that give insight into the interests of the matriarch (an active member of the Charleston County Republican Party) and the patriarch (who attended seminary—along with Cyndi—before settling in Charleston and taking over Spirit Line Cruises).

Rick: My brother- and sister-in-law live next door to us here. The short story is that we owned side-by-side properties on the island. Then, we sold them and did a Section 1031 real-estate exchange to buy this [property]. We’re very thankful to be here; it’s a nice place nestled back in Mt. Pleasant. This house is certainly dream-home material. What was the inspiration for the design? Brooke: In 2002, my wonderful grandparents took us on a Founding Fathers Tour, and of course, we stopped at Jefferson’s Monticello. We had this property, and we hadn't built yet. When my mom saw the historic, French neoclassical home, she was taken with the beauty and symmetry of it. So she designed our house based on that. Cyndi: What was neat is that I had another design that, I think, was probably more casual and maybe more


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functional. In this home, the geometry dictated the design. And so in some ways, I only had to design half a house, because then, you just flip it to make it symmetrical. I will say, rationality is beauty, and that’s one thing that I really love about the design. There’s just something synergistic about the whole, when the parts add up so well. We tried to use finishes and décor that Jefferson could have used, like the American Walnut floors. I love decorating with pewter, too, because it’s not that expensive, and it looks old even though it’s not. Brooke: I think mom did a great job with the wallpaper in the house. It makes a historic, strong statement. It’s a little bit risky to have so many different patterns, and you don’t really see it in a lot of other houses. Like Monticello, it looks as if your home was made for entertaining, too,

with its open kitchen, formal dining room, and inviting sitting room. Have you hosted any great parties here? Brooke: We had my graduation party here in high school, and I think it was the most dynamic party we’ve had. We put the volleyball net up, and we had a DJ. Also my cousins, who are all boys, had a bike ramp that they put out at the end of the dock and this old rusty bike that they had found. People were doing flips off the ramp and the girls were all coming inside (in their cocktail dresses) saying, “Brooke, I need a tee-shirt. I need to get in the water!” Cyndi: It was really a lot of fun. We had about 150 Wando High School students. People we did not even know came. We’ve really had a lot of interesting guests here over the years. Lindsay Graham—you’ll start to see my political persuasion, I guess—and Mike Huckabee were here in June. And Pat Caddell visited as well. I was actually on

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The main room was created for entertaining, and the Mostellers have hosted numerous guests including Pat Caddell and Tim Scott. The floors in this space are really eye-catching; the American Walnut planks were installed in a parquet, angular pattern.

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(left) The stairwell holds a baby grand piano and a candelabra chandelier, which sports Christmas ornaments year-round. The Mosteller girls thought they were fun and colorful, and they simply did not want to remove them after the holidays. (above) The breakfast room features Brunschwig and Fils wallpaper and pewter accessories.

Politically Incorrect with Pat Caddell the night before the September 11th attacks. I just admire him very much. Brooke: She’s actually been on Politically Incorrect 13 times, and Bill Maher wrote on his headshot: “To Cyndi, My Favorite Republican, Bill Maher.” People magazine came here, too, when Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got married. They went on our dock and shot pictures of the reception across the creek at Boone Hall Plantation.

Brooke: My Furman tennis teammate from Boston, Susan Bitetti, came to visit, and we jumped in the water one September. We swam over to the dock, got out, and walked around in our swimsuits until we saw a fourth-grade field trip. Then we were like, “Okay! Back in the water. Back home, now!” [laughs]

How amazing is it to have such a historical monument right across the marsh? It definitely enhances the view.

Rick: That view of the marsh is my favorite part of the house. My bedroom overlooks the yard, and I wake up every morning and watch the sun come up over the water and the cotton dock.

Cyndi: It’s actually been really fun to have the cotton dock right across the marsh because it’s so alive with activity.

Brooke: My favorite part is outside the house, too. It’s the swings; I do really love them.

Caroline: She was on them last night, and all you could hear from inside the house was Brooke singing Taylor Swift songs. Brooke: The best swings around were at the Belle Hall school in Mt. Pleasant, so my mom had someone look at those dimensions and make mine half a foot taller. Caroline: You do love the swings out here, but I think you really love the kitchen—the fridge and the pantry. I see her in there a lot—the majority of the hours. [laughs] From all of this Taylor Swift talk, Brooke, I think it’s safe to say that you like to sing. CH+D •Winter 2014


The back portico overlooks the marsh and the cotton dock of Boone Hall Plantation.

Brooke: I’ve said before that I have a High School Musical kind of conflict in that I love sports, but I also love to sing. I was always playing tennis in high school, and it was my dream to be a professional tennis player. In fifth grade, I would even sign Venus on my papers instead of Brooke. But I loved to sing, too. When Miss Wando came up, I realized that I could have a solo—I just wanted a Barbra Streisand solo. That’s why I did it; that was my main drive. So I did it every year be-


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cause it was my one chance of the year to perform. Then, in my junior year of college at Furman, I decided to try another pageant, where I was the first runner-up to the talented Lindley Meyer from Greenville, who was, ironically, my first runner-up at Miss South Carolina. My senior year of college I tried again because the Furman track team didn’t have a race that day. The pageant was at Furman, and I asked for my interview to be early be-

cause I had practice that morning, too. I did not want my coach to know! So, I had my interview first, and then I got in my car, ripped off the fake lashes, took off my heels, put on my sneakers, and just started running, hoping I would find my team. I remember my coach looking at me funny because I had a lot of makeup on. I just tried to keep acting like everything was normal. Have you had other opportunities to sing in public outside of the pageants?

Caroline: You did sing songs from The Little Mermaid for a law class. Cyndi: You’ve got to tell that story! Brooke: Okay. In my first oral argument in law school, I sang a Disney-princess medley and got a standing ovation from my class. You could argue anything you wanted. After the movie Tangled, Disney said that they weren’t going to make any more princess movies because they were no longer relevant. My argument

was that the princesses are very relevant as good role models. Number one, the princesses have never been arrested or done drugs. Number two, Disney has come out with timeless classics (that’s when I went into my medley). And the third reason is that the princesses choose men who respect them. So yes, there was a song, but there was a serious part to the argument, too. I also sang in the US Capitol building when I interned for Tim Scott in

DC. He said, “Mosteller, I hear you can sing.” I was like, “Eh, I like to.” So he said, “Well, let’s hear you.” I asked, “Can I go out in the hallway?” When I first walked down the hallway with one of my friends, I said, “Wow, if I could sing in here, it would just be a dream come true.” The hallways are huge, and they’re all marble. So, in this scenario, I had no shame because it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I sang “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” The congressman down the hall actually called Capitol CH+D •Winter 2014


Grayson, Brooke, and Caroline take a seat on Brooke’s favorite structure on the property—her swing set.

Security because I was so loud, but Congressman Scott stopped the show and went to defend me, his intern, to the authorities. So I can officially say that I’ve had the United States Capitol Police called on me. [laughs] You’ve certainly got guts! How did this confidence of yours play into your experience at Miss America? Brooke: Backstage before the pageant began, ABC was filming, and an interviewer came up to me and asked, “Brooke, how are you feeling?” I said, “Eleanor Roosevelt said, ‘Do one thing everyday that scares you.’ I already did my own hair, and that was a little frightening. And now, I’m about to be in the Miss America pageant on national TV. So today, I’m doing two things that scare me.” It was so intimidating and so excit-


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ing at the same time. It was also surreal because it was never my dream growing up, but once I really worked for it and put my whole soul and body and time and mind into it, it totally became my dream to be Miss America—or at least to sing on the Miss America stage. Singing is only part of the competition, though. What else did you have to do to prepare? Cyndi: There is no closet that can handle all the clothes that Brooke has gone through. [laughs] It was a lot of preparation, and it’s been a very vigorous experience because it’s so multifaceted. Brooke was good in academics, but that’s just one part. Athletic ability is another part. Pageantry really requires every

talent and facet you have. For a whole person to be ready, she has to segment out those parts and say, “Okay, how do we achieve excellence here and here?” Rick: I think it has really stretched Brooke, and that’s been a very positive part of this experience. Brooke: Pageants judge from all angles. A lot of people say that it is a competition with yourself. You have to bring your best self to the table—that’s physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s your personality, too. You have to be a role model. The preparation is worth it, though. I’ve earned over $30,000 in scholarship funds, and the remainder of my law school is almost paid for.

Rick: That’s what dad is so thankful for in this experience. As that Miss South Carolina role model, you have to set an example philanthropically, too. How has holding the crowning title enabled you to reach out and help others? Brooke: I am actually the founding student of my platform, Go Higher: College Application Day, which is now in 183 South Carolina high schools. College Application Day sets up an infrastructure where students can apply to college during school hours. Guidance counselors and teachers are all there to help answer questions. Though I was salutatorian at Wando High School, I found the college application process very challenging. My mom, a board member of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, and I started brainstorming ideas to make the process easier. We took the concept of College Application Day to the commission and recieved a federal grant to fund it! It really helps not only firstgeneration students, but also procrastinators, who would have waited until the last minute to apply. This platform has given you an opportunity to work with thousands of high school students around the state. What advice do you have for younger girls who look to you as an exemplar? Brooke: There are a few things that I always try to pass on to younger girls. I say to them, “You are created for a purpose. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, and there is no one in this world like you. That’s a pretty huge deal; always remember that.” I have to preach it to myself, even, because for girls, it’s easy to compare ourselves or get down on ourselves. To really believe that you are created for a purpose is very empowering. Also I tell younger girls, “One day you’re going to be 80. Don’t waste today. Don’t waste this time in your life. Don’t sell yourself short. Go higher. Be an action-oriented person. Take initiative.

What do you have to lose? Worst case, you’ll either be embarrassed, or you’ll fail. Then, tomorrow will come.” I’m sure that your younger sisters appreciate this advice as well. Caroline, what has your experience been watching Brooke grow through her participation in these pageants? Caroline: I knew she was going to win Miss South Carolina the whole time. Brooke has always been such a go-getter, ever since we were little. She is one of the most amazing people I know. Cyndi: That makes me tear up. Caroline: Mom, pull yourself together. [laughs] Rick: I will say that I’m extremely proud of both of Brooke’s sisters who have been very supportive. They want her to go for it, and I’m really proud that they’ve taken that attitude. Caroline: Really though, even when we were little, Brooke was sparklethis and sparkle-that. She was born for this. Brooke, do you agree with Caroline and feel like the Miss South Carolina role was one you were born to fulfill? Brooke: I’ve always loved performing. But, for example, my on-stage question [at Miss South Carolina] wasn’t about Benghazi; it wasn’t about healthcare. It was about style. In the audience, Caroline leaned over to my cousin and said, “We’re toast.” I didn’t wear makeup until ninth grade, and even then, I wore bright blue eye shadow and a side ponytail—everyday. When I had my first kiss, right in our backyard, I was wearing my grandma’s tennis sweater.

Rick: It looks like a 30-year-old sweater with old tennis rackets on it. Brooke: It’s the luckiest sweater I own! Caroline: It worked, obviously. You didn’t hear that boy complaining. Brooke: I didn’t have the best style. But do you know what? I wore that sweater with confidence in my Miss America video. As for being ready for the pageant, I had never even seen Miss America until a year before I participated. I watched it last year on TV for the first time. The second time I watched it, I was on the stage. I’ve really learned a lot along the way. After all the hard work, preparation, and lessons learned, what do you think about when you’re finally competing onstage? Brooke: In swimsuit, I just think, “Flex and suck in, but remember to smile.” [laughs] For the other parts, I genuinely love being on stage. Before the state pageant, I had to tell myself, “You are Miss South Carolina; go act like it.” I’m only in this role for a year. I’ll never get to do this again in my life, so I try to give my best and enjoy every moment. It’s a real smile—up there on stage and everywhere else I go. I really am happy to be in this position and to be blessed with the opportunity to wear the Miss South Carolina crown.

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HWC Custom Cabinetry Step 2 Add a stainless-steel toe kick, accented with LED lighting, to give th e kitchen a modern aura and make it easier for you to access the fridg e for a late-night snack.

Photograph by Patrick Brickman

Cabinetry and Hardw are: Custom Cabinetry • Co HWC untertops: Palmetto Surfacing For more information about this project, call HWC Custom Cabinetry at (843) 207 -0750 or visit hwccustomcabinet

Christopher Rose Architects Step 3

s Builder: RM Buck Builder e Ros r phe isto Chr ct: hite Arc igner: Des rior Inte • . P.A cts, Archite nt me Ele Red of ter Rebekah Car Design • Tile: Palmetto Tile Countertops: A&A Granite Company Cabinetry: Island Cabinet ut this For more information abo e project, call Christopher Ros and 70 -76 559 ) (843 at cts Archite visit christopherrosearchi (843) 559or call RM Buck Builders at .com. 1155 and visit rmbuckbuilders


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Choose one focal point for the kitchen, such as this brick wood-burning fireplace used for indoor grilling, so that design elements of the kitchen do not compete.

Seaport Homes Step 4 Include a charming messaging center (like this chalkboard panel) in your kitchen, the most trafficked room in the house, to aid in familymember communication.

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Builder: Seaport Homes liance Appliances: Signature App s: Moluf’s Center • Plumbing Fixture Lighting: Rick’s Lighting Trim: 84 Lumber ut this For more information abo at es Hom t por Sea call , project k. boo face t visi or 00 (843) 754-04 stonsc com/seaporthomescharle

GDC Home Step 5 Do not default to a built-in island when furnishing the kitchen when a size-appropriate table will work just as well and add an indescribable amount of character to the space.

Interior Design: Cindy Mihuc of GDC Home • Furni ture Accessories: GDC Home & For more information abo project, call GDC Home ut this at 768-4246 or visit gdchom (843)

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Palmetto Tile Distributors Step 6 Extend the kitchen’s backsplash vertically to both protect the wa ll from grease stains and make the windows an d views stand out.

Interior Designer: Julie Fox of Fox Interiors • Tile: Pal metto Tile Distributors For more information abo this project, call Palme ut tto Distributors at (843) 266 Tile -8700 or visit

The Verdi Company Step 7 Raise a portion of the island to create a pub atmosphere; no more granite is required, and more fun will be had.

y Builder: The Verdi Compan Verdi Architect: David Hill of The er: Company • Interior Design di Hayley Singleton of The Ver re atu Company • Appliances: Sign ing Appliance Center • Plumb guson Fixtures and Lighting: Fer Gallery g htin Lig & hen Kitc Bath, ut For more information abo this project, call The Verdi or Company at (843) 475-3317 . visit


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MVP Granite & Flooring Step 8 Have your natural sto ne fabricator utilize an uncommon edge—like this double-ogee edge — to give a neutral-colore d countertop a distinct personality.

Interior Designer: Alliso n Knapp Cabinetry: Coastal Ca binet Company • Countertop s: MVP Granite & Flooring For more information about this project, call MVP Granite & Flooring at (843) 388-23 26.

S tructures Building Company Step 9

ut this For more information abo lding project, call Structures Bui or visit 01 -69 856 ) (843 at y pan Com . net structures.


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Be sure to include plenty of prep space (including countertops and dual sinks) so that you and your sous chefs can spread out.

Zimmerman Interiors Step 10 Highlight your high ceilings and prized kitchen accoutrements by including lit glass transom cabinets punctuated with unique mullions.

n Interior Design: Zimmerma on cisi Pre g: orin Flo • s Interior ton Flooring • Lighting: Charles Lighting and Interiors Paint: Sherwin-Williams ut For more information abo n this project, call Zimmerma or visit Interiors at (843) 971-6880

Melcer Tile Step 11 Match your tile style with your cabinetry style so that you don’t end up with conflicting elements , such as traditional cabinetry matched with a contemporary backsplash .

Builder: Dustin Wallac e of Wallace Services • Tile: Melcer Til Countertops: Stone Cit e y Plumbing Fixtures: Fer guson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Ga ller Lighting: Circa Lighting y For more information about this project, call Melcer Til e at 744-5345 or visit melce (843)

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Authentic Kitchen and Bath Concepts Step 12 When outfitting a kitch en with especially high ceilings, to break up th e redundancy, choose cabinets with features that will stand out, like this beaded-inset cabinetr y with a Macadamia gla ze. Builder: Charleston Ho me Interior Designer: Brend worx a Romito of Authentic Kitchen and Bath Concepts • Kitchen Co mp Authentic Kitchen and any: Bath Concepts For more information about this project, call Authentic Kit Bath Concepts at (843) chen and 852-9407 or visit authentickitchenc

84 Lumber Step 13 Split your range from your oven in order to provide more cabinetry space for pots and pans where you need it most: under the stove.

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Vintage Design Step 14 Include bold carved corbels and wine storage in your twotone island to avoid a common kitchen killer : cabinetry monotony.

Residential Designer: Vintage Design • Cabin etr Authentic Kitchen & Ba y: th Concepts • Plumbing Fixtures: Moluf’s • Decorative Ha rdware: Foxworth Decorative Hardware Paint: Sherwin-Willia ms For more information abo project, call Vintage De ut this sig (843) 889-3200 or visit n at .

Ink Architecture + Interiors Step 15

Builder: Burton Company cture + Interior Design: Ink Archite Interiors • Tile: Melcer Tile try Cabinetry: Spartina Cabine on Bath, Plumbing Fixtures: Fergus Kitchen & Lighting Gallery ut this For more information abo re + ctu hite Arc Ink project, call or visit Interiors at (843) 882-7810


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Select full-overlay cabinet doors so that the focus is on your beautiful door-and-drawer design rather than that of the face frames.

ompany Bennett Hofford Construction C Step 16 To create a furniture n illusion, apply half-colum pilasters and decorative feet to your cabinetry, but remember that less is sometimes more.

Builder: Bennett Hofford Architect: Construction Company • cts, P.A. hite Arc e Ros r phe isto Chr Services g orin Flo : Tile and Flooring Co. and ig Cra Cabinetry: M. Charleston Cabinetmakers • Lighting: s rior Inte and g htin Lig ut this For more information abo project, call Bennett Hofford at (843) 737-6862 or visit bennetthoffordconstructio

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Step 17 Carefully purchase a light fixture that communicates your style, like this updated classic featuring traditional, delicate scrollwork in a silver-leaf finish with a pleated drum shade.

Certified Lighting Consu ltant: Susan Barrineau of Ch arl Lighting and Interiors eston • Lig Charleston Lighting and hting: Interiors For more information abo project, call Charleston ut this Lig Interiors at (843) 766-30 hting and 55 or visit charlestonlightingand

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In & Outdoor Cabinetry Step 18 If you’ve fallen in love with your natural-sto ne countertop and can’t ge t enough, use it for your backsplash as well; til e is not a requirement!

Design and Project Ma nag In & Outdoor Cabinetr ement: y• Cabinetry: Charleston Cabinetry & Countertops • Cabinetr y Installers: Oliver Cupboards Fin e Cabinetry and Marsh Bluff Maint enance and Repairs • Counter tops: Classic Marble and Tile For more information abo this project, call In & Ou ut tdoor Cabinetry at (843) 670 -1392 or visit m.

Mevers Kitchens and Baths Step 19 Stagger the wall cabinets’ height and depth to create an unmatched architectural detail and more storage space.

ty Builder: Blue Heron Proper y: Services • Kitchen Compan Mevers Kitchens and Baths g Group Flooring: Precision Floorin ut this For more information abo s and project, call Mevers Kitchen t visi Baths at (843) 410-5656 or


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CH+D •Winter 2014


Kitchen Magic of the Lowcountry Step 20 Don’t be afraid to refinish your cabinets for a fresher look. Painted cabinetry is in style, so take advantage!

Cabinetry Refacing: Kit che Magic of the Lowcountr n y Countertops: Palmetto Surfacing For more information abo project, call Kitchen Ma ut this gic Lowcountry at (843) 737 of the -6887 or visit lowcountry.kitch

Sullivan Custom Cabinets Step 21 Choose a glaze to accentuate the raised panels in the cabinet doors and drawer fronts and to give dimension


ut this For more information abo project, call Sullivan Custom visit or Cabinets at (843) 554-5880 .


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Stanto Builder: Theresa Stanton of Sullivan Construction • Cabinetry: Custom Cabinets


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Classic Kitchens of Charleston Step 22 Take advantage of your home’s craftsman, colon ial, or cottage architecture and transpose that look in to your kitchen design, lik e this homeowner did wh en including rough-sawn beams. Builder: Diament Buildi ng Corporation • Resident ial Designer: Beau Clowney Design • Interior Design: Amy Trowman Design Kitchen Company: Cla ssic Kitchens of Charleston Countertops: Stone Ha nds For more information abo project, call Classic Kit ut this chens of Charleston at (843) 991 -4207 or visit kitchensofcharleston. com.

RS Custom Homes Step 23 Incorporate a waterfall countertop (spilling over the edge of the island) for l maximum use of beautifu stone, like this four-inch quartz.

Builder: RS Custom Homes tes Architect: Herlong & Associa Interior Designer: Julie Fox Braddock of Fox Interiors Southern Tile: Palmetto Tile • Trim: ation Lumber & Millwork Corpor ut For more information abo this project, call RS Custom visit Homes at (843) 886-5187 or


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CH+D •Winter 2014


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Step 24 Don’t forget the ceiling; use painted tin tiles or multicolored coffers to continue your vision on all surfaces.

Builder: Phillip W. Smith General Contractor, Inc. Architect: Herlong and Associa tes Cabinetry: Cabinet Concepts Countertops: Coastal Surface s Lighting: Charleston Lighting and Interiors

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Southeast Kitchens Step 25 Instead of implementing the exact same cabinetry configuration throughout the kitchen, customize a coordinating hutch to punctuate a particular wall of the kitchen.

Builder: Gary Brown Constru ction Interior Design: Robin Rog ers Interiors • Kitchen Compan y: Southeast Kitchens For more information abo ut this project, call Southeast Kitc hens at (843) 795-8809 or visit

Elegant Hardwood F loors Step 26 Refinish the kitchen’s hardwood floors because all the new cabinetry, tile, and rld appliances in the wo will not add up to a out flawless kitchen with impeccable floors.

Fran Ploetz Kitchen Contractor: s of Southeast Kitchen ood Floors rdw Ha t gan Ele : ng ori Flo about this For more information rdwood Ha t project, call Elegan 72 or visit -81 723 3) (84 at ors Flo


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Classic Remodeling & Construction Step 27 Double or even triple your ovens if you enjoy entertaining; you’ll be glad you have more than one when company knocks at your door.

Builder: Classic Remodeling & Construction • Flooring: Car pet Baggers Floorcoverings Tile: Palmetto Tile • Cabine try: Classic Cabinetry and Mil lwork Countertops: Palmetto Sur facing For more information abo ut this project, call Classic Remode ling & Construction at (843) 763-32 97 or visit .

Carson Homes Step 28 Select the most durable en flooring for your kitch (because everyone can be a klutz); tile, such as in this walnut travertine a four-piece Versailles n. pattern, is a good optio

s, LLC Builder: Carson Home Associates Architect: Bill Huey & utors trib Dis e Til tto me Pal Tile: ns atio Cre m sto Cu Cabinetry: nite & Countertops: MVP Gra guson Fer Flooring • Appliances: Gallery ng hti Lig & n che Kit Bath, about this For more information mes project, call Carson Ho it vis or 67 -36 971 3) at (84


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Cinder Creek Construction Step 29 Use color! There are too many beige kitchens in this world, and individuality will be recognized and appreciated.

struction Builder: Cinder Creek Con g orin Flo s Tile: Four Season ty Cabinetry: Palmetto Special rtops: nte Cou • ts duc Pro g ldin Bui and Granite Shop • Appliances hen & Lighting: Ferguson Bath, Kitc Lighting Gallery ut For more information abo ek this project, call Cinder Cre 84 or Construction at (843) 768-07 et. k.n cree der cin t visi

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For more information about this project, call Signatur e Kitchens & Baths of Charleston at (843) 5715720 or visit signatur

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Builder: Jay Sifly of Sifl y Homes Architect: Herlong & Associates Interior Designer: Ka thr McGowan of KDM Int yn eriors Cabinetry: Signature Kitchens & Baths of Charleston • Appliances: Signature Appliance Center


Pick a stove hood with pizzazz because it is your opportunity to use uniqu e angles, textures, and materials that cannot be used for the cabinetry or other surfaces.

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Jilco Kitchen and Bath Step 31 Do not allow the hardware to be an afterthought; these matte-black pulls link the island, faucet, and lighting to the surrounding cabinetry in a way that nickel would not, for instance. Builder: Brad Chaney • Kitchen Company: Jilco Kitchen and Bath Designer: Paige Porter of Jilco Kitchen and Bath For more information about this project, call Jilco Kitchen and Bath at (843) 849-6465 or visi t

Buckhannon Brothers Tile Step 32 Embrace modern monochromatism e by choosing glass til with sleek lines in a color that blends in with the surrounding elements.

an of C&S Builder: Fred Biearm sign: Donna De or eri Int • m sto Cu Buckhannon Webb Design • Tile: etry: HWC bin Ca • e Brothers Til ndow Wi • y Custom Cabinetr tion nta Pla e Th ts: en atm Tre y an mp Co er Shutt about this For more information n Brothers no project, call Buckhan visit or Tile at (843) 881-8911 om. buckhannonbrothers.c


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Carolina Kitchens of Charleston Step 33 Be intrepid with your cabinet-glass selectio n because there is more than simply transpare nt glass available; there’s frosted, seeded, and cotswald, as shown. Builder: Mark Pesce of MSP Custom Homes • Architect: Joe l Ad of Studio 291 • Designer rian : Iannarino of Carolina Christy Kitchens of Charleston • Kitchen Company: Carolina Kitchens of Charleston Tile: Melcer Tile • Ap pliances and Plumbing Fixtures: Fer guson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Ga llery For more information about this project, call Carolina Kitchens of Charleston at (843) 856 -8255 or visit carolinakitchens. net.

Budget Blinds of Charleston Step 34 Remember to cover your windows with routless blinds for increased energy efficiency, light control, and privacy if you’d like your secret recipe to remain yours and yours alone. lton Interior Designer: Judith She ociates of Shelton Taylor and Ass get Window Treatments: Bud Blinds of Charleston ut this For more information abo of ds Blin get Bud call , project 98 or Charleston at (843) 856-94 visit


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Designer Kitchens & Baths Step 35 Tear down those pesky dated walls (and add a unique archway) to open the home’s floor plan an d expand the new room’s utility.

Architect: Morelle Cook Jones of Designer Kitchens & Ba ths Kitchen Company: De signer Kitchens & Baths • Flo oring: Tricounty Hardwood Flooring Tile: Melcer Tile For more information about this project, call Designer Kitchens & Baths at (843) 763-77 17 designerkitchensandbat or visit

Coralberry Cottage Step 36 Opt for windows instead of upper cabinets to maximize visibility of the Lowcountry; you’ll treasure the views more than the storage for the unnecessary deluxe bread maker. lders Builder: Carriage House Bui Architect: Cobb Architects ries: Interior Design and Accesso try: ine Cab • age Cott Coralberry liances: Jilco Kitchen and Bath • App Signature Appliance Center ut this For more information abo age project, call Coralberry Cott t at (843) 884-2225 and visi call Cobb or 33 or visit -73 856 ) (843 at Architects . .com cobbarchitecture


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CH+D •Winter 2014


Moluf's Step 37 Don’t forget that functionality is param ount (ultimately substance over style wins out), so pick a faucet with a pull-ou t spout and touch-free technology. Builder: Evan Diament of Diament Building Corporation • Interior Design: Amy Trowman De Plumbing Fixtures: Mo sign luf Window Treatments: Be 's st Buy Blinds • Cabinetry: Cla ssic Kitchens of Charleston For more information about this project, either call Mo luf’s at (843) 723-4881 and vis it or call Best Buy Blind s at (843) 285-7800 and vis it .


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Jeffery Builders Step 38 Put your stove in the island; it will facilitate conversation and allow guests to be more invo lved in the cooking and food preparation processes.

Builder: Jeffery Builde rs For more information abo project, call Jeffery Bu ut this ilde at (843) 270-9879 or vis rs it .

Universal Marble & Granite Step 39 Bigger is sometimes better. Make room for a grand island; the only restriction should be your raw slab's size.

lder, LLC Builder: Master Home Bui LLC s, ign Des MW ct: Archite s of Cabinetry: Classic Kitchen Universal Charleston • Countertops: g: Marble & Granite • Lightin s tern Lan a Carolin ut this For more information abo rble & project, call Universal Ma or visit Granite at (843) 767-7779 . .net nite universalmgra


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Step 40 Elect statement-worth y flooring, like this Johns on Tuscan Hickory hardwo od in random widths and lengths, to continue yo ur kitchen’s theme. Builder: Patrick Henry Construction Architect: Cobb Archit ecture Flooring and Tile: Carpe t Baggers Floorcoverings • Cabin etr Advanced Kitchen De y: AKD: signs of Charleston • Appliance s: Plugs Appliance Center • Plu mbing Fixtures: Moluf’s

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1st Class Painting and Restoration Step 41 Jazz up your stock cabinetry by adding cro wn moulding to the box tops and rope trim to the reveals; your pocketboo k (and your spouse) will thank you for your frugality.

Paint Contractor: 1st Cla ss Painting and Restoration For more information abo project, call 1st Class Pai ut this nti Restoration at (843) 324 ng and -6006 or visit

Charleston One Source Step 42 Hardwood planks do not need to be parallel; have a skilled craftsman install your hardwood (like this Red Oak) in a classic French-herringbone design.

Clung Interior Designer: Debra Mc ign Des of se of Debra’s Hou Source Flooring: Charleston One s of hen Kitc ssic Cla try: ine Cab ton Charles ut For more information abo One this project, call Charleston t visi or 1 -175 278 ) (843 at Source .


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Fisher Recycling Step 43 Deviate from the gran ite norm and have custom countertops crafted for you from locally recycled glass, such as this kitchen’s Reta Blue creation.

GlassECO Countertop s: Fisher Recycling For more information about this project, call Fisher Re cycling at (843) 554-6099 or vis it

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ut For more information abo this project, call Max Crosby or 76 Construction at (843) 766-99 .com. visit maxcrosbyconstruction


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ction Builder: Max Crosby Constru y of rph Mu cy Tra er: ign Des Interior Metropolitan South Design and hen Cabinetry: Authentic Kitc s: MVP Bath Concepts • Countertop ces lian App • g orin Flo and Granite guson and Plumbing Fixtures: Fer Gallery Bath, Kitchen & Lighting


If the property allows, opt for gas appliances (particularly the range) over electric, as your food will cook more evenly and efficiently.

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Artistic Design and Construction Step 45 Incorporate structura l columns, if needed, within your vast kitchen island; they will look intentional and beautifully architectural.

Builder: Artistic Desig n and Construction Architect: MC 3 Desig ns, Cabinetry: Prestige Cu Inc. stom Cabinetry • Countertop s: Shop • Lighting: Rick’s Granite Lighting For more information abo project, call Artistic De ut this sign and Construction at (843) 573-2444 or visit artisticdesignandcon

Atlantic S tone Step 46 Do not be afraid to give your kitchen peninsula an unusual shape that allows more people to belly up to the bar, adding more fun to every gathering.

lders Builder: Dave Sondles Bui Countertops: Atlantic Stone ut For more information abo ne Sto ntic Atla call , ject this pro at (843) 737-5004 or visit


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CH+D •Winter 2014


Advanced Window Fashions Step 47 When matched with other kitchen elements, such as light fixtures an d decorative baskets, sh ades (like these Provenance Woven Woods by Hunt er Douglas) pull everythi ng together and complete the design. Window Dressings: Ad vanced Window Fashions For more information about this project, call Advanced Wi Fashions at (843) 881-88 ndow 58 or visit m.

Coastal Cottages of SC Step 48 Even the most beautiful kitchen would be useless (and unimpressive) without ample lighting; install can lights, undercabinet lighting, and pendants to brighten the space.

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Kelly Builders Carolina Step 49 Ask your builder to install tongue-andgroove shiplap in your kitchen for a coastal feel that exudes custo m quality.

Countertops: Universa l Ma Granite • Appliances and rble and Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson Ba th, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery For more information abo project, call Kelly Builde ut this rs at (843) 296-1456 or visit kellyb

Priester’s Custom Contracting Step 50 Choose corresponding light fixtures that are scaled correctly to the room that you are designing.

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Sea Island Builders Step 51 Pick an accent tile, like this multicolored mosaic, for the niche above the stove; this selection will support your chosen focal poin t and break up the large space with some color .


Builder: Sea Island Bu ilders Architect: Swallowtail Architect

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ure For more information abo this project, call Sea Isla ut nd Builders at (843) 883-74 30 or visit .

Real Deal Countertops Step 52 Dark granite should not be avoided; the best movement or natural striations can be found in heavily pigmented natural stone.

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Charleston Woodworks Step 53 Let your wood cabinetr y speak for itself by usin g a clear satin varnish, which will highlight th e natural tones and grain of the wood.

Builder: Coastal Struct ure Corporation • Architect s : Goforth, Brown, & Associates • Cabinetry and Trim: Charleston Woodworks Countertops: Real Deal Countertops For more information abo project, call Charleston ut this Woodworks at (843) 744-0016 or vis it charlestonwoodwork. com.

emodel S trock Enterprises Design & R Step 54 Add a curve to your linear design, especially if the countertop material is as versatile as wood.

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Mapping Your Kitchen Style Whether your interior style is as traditional as the Biltmore, as contemporary as the Guggenheim, or as colorful as Russia’s St. Basil’s Cathedral, local shops in Charleston will have just what you’re looking for to add pizzazz to your kitchen. Start your shopping journey here by perusing some of the most popular items on the market for kitchen design.

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Mapping Your Kitchen Style

Contemporary Charm: Bosch Benvenuto Built-In Coffee System Signature Appliance Center (843) 571-5735

Pop of Color: Bertazzoni Gas Range Swift Appliance (843) 388-7283


Contemporary Charm: GE Artistry Series BottomFreezer Refrigerator

Traditional Taste: Stainless-Steel Wolf Drawer Microwave Plugs Appliance Center (843) 723-4112


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Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery (843) 747-6301

Contemporary Charm : Copenhagen Granite

Traditional Taste: Delicatus Granite

Vitoria International (843) 760-2470

Real Deal Countertops (866) 707-1414


Pop of Color: Vetrazzo Emerald Coast Atlantic Stone (843) 737-5004

Contemporary Charm: Juniper Corian Countertop Dynamic Countertops (843) 345-5044

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Mapping Your Kitchen Style

Pop of Color: Blue Tides Granite AGM Imports (843) 747-0088

Traditional Taste: White Rhino Marble Universal Marble and Granite (866) 919-7779

Countertops Pop of Color: GlassECO Countertop Fisher Recycling (843) 554-6099

Contemporary Charm: Negra Marquina Marble MVP Granite and Flooring (843) 388-2326


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Pop of Color: Blue-and-White Porcelain Tiles Buckhannon Brothers Tile (843) 881-8911

Contemporary Charm: Vertical, Textured Natural Stone Tile Lowcountry Tile (843) 763-2161

Traditional Taste: Solid Walnut Hardwood Flooring Elegant Hardwood Floors (843) 723-8172

Flooring & Tile Pop of Color: Glass Tile Melcer Tile (843) 744-5345

Traditional Taste: Wide-Plank Hardwood Flooring Charleston One Source (843) 278-1751

Traditional Taste: Engineered Hardwood Flooring Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings (843) 571-0013

Contemporary Charm: Mosaic Tile Palmetto Tile (843) 266-8700

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Mapping Your Kitchen Style

Contemporary Charm: Moen 90-Degree Bar Faucet Moluf’s (843) 723-4881

Sinks & Faucets Traditional Taste: American Standard Country Sink and Heritage Wall-Mount Faucet

Pop of Color: Delta Fuse Single-Handle Pull-Down Faucet Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery (843) 747-6301

Contemporary Charm: Moen Stainless-Steel Undermount Sink Moluf’s (843) 723-4881

Port City Supply (843) 554-0450

Pop of Color: The Jonathan Adler Collection by Kohler Sink in Annapolis Navy Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery (843) 747-6301

Traditional Taste: American Standard Pekoe Pull-Down Faucet Port City Supply (843) 554-0450


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Pop of Color: Blown-Glass Rooster Fruit Bowls Next to New (843) 606-2715

Traditional Taste: Herb Napkins MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939

Contemporary Charm: Modern Bar Set The Coleman Collection (843) 654-9046

Accessories Pop of Color: Blue Pineapple Serving Plates

Traditional Taste: Solid-Silver Kitchen Measuring Spoons

Hoardin’ Helen’s (843) 442-7800

Coralberry Cottage (843) 884-2225

Contemporary Charm: Wine Caddy Lowcountry Consignments (843) 606-9881

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Mapping Your Kitchen Style Contemporary Charm: Chevron-Inlaid Cheese-Cutting Board Bespoke (843) 654-0088

Pop of Color: Vintage Print Trident Habitat for Humanity (843) 724-6900


Traditional Taste: Copper Bowl Palmetto Moon Antiques (843) 856-1881

Contemporary Charm: Dow Jones Drinking Glasses Charleston Revisions (843) 388-7880


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Traditional Taste: Silver Napkin Holder Terrace Oaks Antique Mall (843) 795-9689

Traditional Taste: Heron Plume, Realist Beige, and Down Home Sherwin-Williams (800) 474-3794


Pop of Color: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ÂŽ in Louis Blue, Greek Blue, and Napoleonic Blue Charleston Revisions (843) 388-7880

Contemporary Charm: Benjamin Moore Paint in Graytint, Silent Night, and Rock Gray Spectrum Paint (843) 722-1056

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Mapping Your Kitchen Style

Contemporary Charm: Metropolitan Lighting Fusano Collection Six-Light Chandelier

Traditional Taste: Darlana Linear Pendant Circa Lighting (843) 937-5990

Charleston Lighting and Interiors (843) 766-3055


Traditional Taste: Hubbardton Forge Trestle Four-Light Pendant Charleston Lamp Company (843) 763-9150

Contemporary Charm: Corbett Lighting Tango Pendant with a Textured Bronze Finish Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery (843) 747-6301

Pop of Color: Millennium Lighting Art Glass Mini Pendant Rick’s Lighting (843) 763-2282


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Contemporary Charm: Metal Barstool GDC Home (843) 571-5142

Pop of Color: Polka Dot Barstool For the House: The Barstool Shop (843) 881-7073

Traditional Taste: Folding-Leaf Dining Room Table

Kitchen Furniture

My Rooms Furniture Gallery (800) 338-8534

Pop of Color: Teal Dining Room Chair Danco Modern Furniture (843) 884-2256

Contemporary Charm: Simplistic Wooden Dining Chair Domain Interiors (843) 388-0328

Traditional Taste: Butcher -Block Portable Island Antiques Market (843) 849-8850

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Mapping Your Kitchen Style

Locating the Basic Ingredients Essential Contacts for Creating a Dream Kitchen

Appliance Repairs:

Home Technology:


Solar Hot Water Heaters:

Advance Appliance Repair (843) 532-5726

Audio Tech Services (843) 277-0059

Kevin Shealy at AllState (843) 573-4777

Edgewater Energy Services (843) 937-9999

Audio Warehouse (843) 571-0535

McKay Insurance (843) 856-8301

Windows and Doors:

Kitchen Organization:

Pella Windows and Doors (843) 377-2500

STR8N UP (843) 696-6960

Muhler (843) 572-9727

Building Materials: 84 Lumber (843) 884-8431 Buck Lumber (843) 795-0150

Carolina Custom Security and Sound (843) 881-4802

Liberty Cedar (843) 744-0450

Daniel Island Audio, Video, and Structured Wiring (843) 471-2990

Southern Lumber & Millwork (843) 744-6281

eLifeSpaces (843) 577-5644

Electricity and

Innovative Theater and Sound (843) 568-9815

Natural Gas: Berkeley Electric (843) 761-8200 SCE&G (866) 523-8242

Energy Audits: Palmetto Home Energy Audit (843) 607-4442

NextGen Technologies (843) 871-8531 QEI Security and Technology (843) 797-7603

HVAC: Smith’s Heating and Air Conditioning Company (843) 552-3772

Home Loans: Heritage Trust (843) 823-2614

Insulation: EcoFoam Insulations and Coatings (843) 645-2300 Energy One America (843) 388-6260


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Moving and Storage: The Pendergrass Moving Company (843) 971-0919

Pantry Organizing Systems:

Window Treatments: Advanced Window Fashions (843) 881-8858 Best Buy Blinds (843) 884-3454

Advanced Window Fashions (843) 881-8858

Budget Blinds (843) 410-0351

Tailored Closets (843) 696-0791

MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939


The Louver Shop (843) 722-0080

Cleanup: Maid Pure (843) 284-8272 Sweetgrass Property Services (843) 768-1500 Southern Shores Real Estate Group (843) 225-2990

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The Business of

Being Constructive Many people (especially writers) express an inability to be productive without a precise environment, often involving organized paperwork, proper lighting, comfortable seating, and a generally appeasing atmosphere. Nowhere in the home is it more important to have these components come together for productivity than in the office or study. Thus, we present to you some of the most efficient residential work spaces in the Lowcountry fit for a wide range of unique professions.

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Story by Christy Conway • Photograph by Matt Bolt

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The Business of Being Constructive

The Married Marketing Specialists Knick-Knack Shelf and Corkboard Insert— Fundamental for Family Photos Builder: Joe Arbitrio Architect: Herlong & Associates Cabinetry: Carolina Kitchens of Charleston Cabinetry Designer: Stewart Culler of Carolina Kitchens of Charleston Window Treatments: MW Hunter Custom Interiors For more information about this project, call Carolina Kitchens of Charleston at (843) 856-8255 or visit

The Studious Psychologist Wrap-Around Built-In Shelving— Ideal for Displaying Diplomas and Medical Journals Builder: Cinder Creek Construction Shelving: Palmetto Specialty Building Products For more information about this project, call Cinder Creek Construction at (843) 737-2201 or visit


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The Business of Being Constructive

The Avid Art Historian Silk Metallic Thibaut Wall Covering— Fitting for an Antique Lover Builder: Cook Bonner Construction Interior Design: MK Interior Planning Cabinetry: Carolina Kitchens of Charleston Flooring: McGrew's Flooring Countertops: Lowcountry Stone Solutions For more information about this project, call Cook Bonner Construction at (843) 795-9301 or visit

The Tenacious Corporate Lawyer Long Conference Table—Needed for Tough Face-to-Face Debates Residential Design: Vintage Design Interior Design: Mary Klingensmith Interior Design Cabinetry and Trim: Chuck Buyers For more information about this project, call Vintage Design at (843) 889-3200 or visit


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The Business of Being Constructive

The Adept Financial Advisor Recessed Solar Shades—Optimal for Those Working from Sunrise to Sunset Builder: Cook Bonner Construction Interior Design: MK Interior Planning Cabinetry: Carolina Kitchens of Charleston Flooring: McGrew's Flooring Countertops: Lowcountry Stone Solutions For more information about this project, call Cook Bonner Construction at (843) 795-9301 or visit

The Retail Purchasing Manager Antique Reproduction Display Cabinet— Essential for Presenting the Product Builder: Sheppard Construction Interior Designer: Deirdre Stevens of GDC Garden Seat, Giclée Artwork, and Other Accessories: GDC Home Lighting: Southeastern Galleries Window Treatments: JV Custom Interiors For more information about this project, call GDC Home at (843) 849-0711 or visit


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The Business of Being Constructive

The Innovative Interior Designer Vast Supply Closet—Crucial for Storing Fabric Swatches Interior Design: Zimmerman Interiors Paint: Sherwin-Williams Lighting: Ro Sham Beaux Door: Guy Ando of The Custom Woodshop For more information about this project, call Zimmerman Interiors at (843) 971-6880 or visit

The Keen Real-Estate Agent Ample File Storage—Paramount for Contract Organization Built-In Shelving: Tailored Closets For more information about this project, call Tailored Closets at (843) 696-0791 or visit


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Photo Credit: Jim Somerset

The Business of Being Constructive

The Fresh Architect Hand-Cast Concrete Countertops—Vital for the Professional with a Modern Edge Builder: Phillip W. Smith General Contractor, Inc. Architect: Herlong & Associates Cabinetry: William C. Pritchard Co. Flooring: John Griffiths Hardwood Floors Countertops: Stone Casting, Inc. For more information about this project, call Phillip W. Smith General Contractor, Inc. at (843) 881-9828 or visit

The Passionate Politician American Cherry and Brass Rolling Ladder—Imperative for Accessing Legislation Builder: Phillip W. Smith General Contractor, Inc. Architect: Herlong & Associates

For more information about this project, call Phillip W. Smith General Contractor, Inc. at (843) 881-9828 or visit


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Cabinetry: William C. Pritchard Co.

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The Business of Being Constructive

The Successful Screenwriter Elaborate Porthole and Arched Windows—Important for Feeding the Imagination Builder: Priester’s Custom Contracting For more information about this project, call Priester’s Custom Contracting at (843) 200-8495 or visit

The Active Outside Salesperson European-Style Barn Door— Required for the Secretly Untidy Builder: RS Custom Homes Architect: Herlong & Associates Interior Designer: Julie Fox Braddock of Fox Interiors Flooring: RW Cauble For more information about this project, call RS Custom Homes at (843) 886-5187 or visit


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Photo Credit: Jim Somerset

The Business of Being Constructive

The Meticulous Accountant 270-Degree Natural-Stone Desk— Mandatory for Sorting Years of Tax Returns for an Audit Builder: Thomas Evans Building and Renovations For more information about this project, call Thomas Evans Building and Renovations at (843) 442-0277 or visit

Resilient Australian Cypress Floors— Perfect for Happily Retired Pet Owners Builder: Priester’s Custom Contracting Architect: Swan Designs Flooring: Floortech, Inc. Fireplace: J Mar Stucco For more information about this project, call Priester’s Custom Contracting at (843) 200-8495 or visit


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Photo Credit: Dennis Eckel

The Casual Correspondent

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The Chef's Kitchen Five master foodies cook up their favorite weeknight delights from the comfort of their own Lowcountry kitchens. Compiled by Megan J. Busch | Photography by Patrick Brickman

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The Chef's Kitchen

In the Kitchen with

Nathalie Dupree Cookbook Author

Grits (Serves 4-6) Ingredients:

with Greens & Shrimp 2 Cups Milk 2 Cups Water 1 Cup Grits, Preferably Stone-Ground 1 Garlic Clove, Chopped 1 Cup Heavy Cream /4 to 1/2 Cup Butter


1 to 2 Cups Parmesan Cheese, Freshly Grated 1 Pound Shrimp, Peeled 1 Cup Baby Spinach Salt


Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Bring the milk and water to a simmer in a heavybottomed non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add the grits and the garlic clove and bring just to

Nathalie Dupree in Her Downtown Charleston Kitchen

a boil. Cook until soft and creamy, adding heavy cream as needed to make a loose (but not runny) mixture. Add as much butter and cheese as desired, stirring to make sure the cheese doesn’t stick. Add the shrimp, and stir until pink over the low heat. Fold in the washed and dried greens, and remove from the heat. The greens will cook in the hot grits. Taste, and season with salt and pepper. Serve individually or in a chafing dish for a party.

Variation: Add just enough cream to the grits to make them the consistency of a dip. Chop the shrimp and the greens before adding them to the hot grits and serve with crisp tortilla chips.

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The Chef's Kitchen

In the Kitchen with

Jeremiah Bacon Chef at The Macintosh & Oak Steakhouse (843) 722-4220 • (843) 789-4299 •

Hanger Steak Ingredients:

with Winter Vegetables & Lacinato Kale 4 Sauté Pans 10-12 Ounces Hanger Steak, Remove the Sinew down the Seam 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced 2 Tablespoons Butter 3 Shallots, Sliced 2 Tablespoons Aged Sherry 1 Pound Sunchokes, Chopped Small 2 Parsnips, Peeled and Chopped Small 2 Carrots, Peeled and Chopped Small 10-12 Shiitake Mushrooms, Sliced 2 Bunches Lacinato Kale, Ribs Removed and Chopped 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced in Half 5 Thyme Sprigs Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper, to Taste Olive Oil, as Needed


Jeremiah and Liz Bacon with Bulldog Dottie in Their Downtown Charleston Kitchen Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small sauté pan, caramelize the shallots in olive oil over high heat for 1-2 minutes. Reduce the temperature to low heat, and continue to caramelize for about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Finish with aged sherry, and allow it to reduce. In a large sauté pan, toss chopped sunchokes with olive oil and salt to taste, and then roast the sunchokes in the oven in the sauté pan. After 5 minutes, add the parsnips and carrots, and continue to roast the vegetables until golden brown (about 20 minutes). Season the steak with salt and pepper to taste. In another sauté pan over high heat, sear the hanger steak on all sides. Continue to cook until medium rare. Add minced garlic and butter 1 minute before removing the steak from the heat. Allow it to rest to continue carry-over cooking before slicing against the grain. In a separate sauté pan placed over medium heat, cook shiitakes in olive oil for about 10 minutes. Add kale, and continue to sauté. Add cherry tomatoes and fresh thyme, and sauté for 1 minute. Add roasted vegetables. Then, slice steak and serve.

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The Chef's Kitchen

In the Kitchen with

Carrie Bailey-Morey Cookbook Author & Mastermind of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits


Posole, Southern Style 4 Pounds Bone-in Pork Butt 4 Tablespoons Mexican Dry Rub (Recipe Below) 2 Tablespoons Bacon Fat, Divided /2 White Onion, Diced


3 Cloves Garlic, Minced 2 Poblano Peppers, Roasted and Chopped 2 Bell Peppers, Diced 64 Ounces Chicken Stock 2 Cups Water

Dry Rub:

Salt and Pepper, to Taste

2 Teaspoons Paprika 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder

2 Teaspoons Cumin 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

2 Teaspoons Oregano /2 Teaspoon Cayenne


1 Teaspoon Salt 1 Teaspoon Sugar


Carrie Bailey-Morey in Her Mt. Pleasant Kitchen Built by Kirk Wood Homes

Chopped Avocado, Crumbled Cojita Cheese,


Lime Wedges, and/or Chopped Cilantro

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Rub the pork butt with the Mexican dry rub. Set aside. Over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in a large Dutch oven. Sauté onion, garlic, poblanos, and bell peppers until soft, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes. Remove the onion mixture from the pan, and add the remaining tablespoon of fat. Add the spiced pork butt, and over medium-high heat, brown it on all sides. Leaving the pork butt in the pan, add the cooked onion mixture, chicken stock, water, salt, and pepper. Cook covered in the oven for 3 hours. Pull from the oven, and remove the pork butt from the Dutch oven. Remove the bone and fatty parts from the pork butt. Then, pull the meat apart so that it shreds into smaller pieces. Place the shredded pork back into the Dutch oven. Let the stew cool to room temperature. Then, place it in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, remove from the refrigerator and scrape off the layer of fat from the top. Reheat on the stove over a medium heat. Serve over creamy grits, and add desired condiments to the top.

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The Chef's Kitchen

In the Kitchen with

Michael Scognamiglio Chef at Bacco Italian Restaurant

(843) 884-6969 •


Clam Risotto (Serves 2) 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil

/3 Cup of Arborio Risotto


18 Littleneck Clams (Scrubbed & Purged) 1 1/2 Cups White Wine 3 Tablespoons Fresh Italian Parsley, Chopped Zest of One Lemon

2 Tablespoons Butter Salt and Pepper to Taste


Pot of Simmering Water

Heat olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over mediumhigh heat. Add risotto and clams and cook in the olive oil briefly for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Next add the white wine, and bring up to a simmer. As the wine reduces, gradually add—ladle by ladle—simmering hot water to the risotto to keep the grain barely covered with liquid, stirring at the same time. As the clams pop open, remove them from the pot. Remove the meat from the shell, and set aside. After about 15 minutes, the risotto should be cooked through, and you should stop

Michael Scognamiglio in His James Island Kitchen

adding more water to it. When almost all of the liquid is reduced out, take the pot off the heat, and add butter, parsley, lemon zest, and clam meat. Season with salt and

About the Clams:

pepper to taste, and serve.

For a great selection of local seafood, contact Andrew Hiser of Tobias Seafood at TobiasSeafood. Tobias Seafood was founded in the late 1980s when Toby (Tobias) Van Buren began growing hard clams from seed and harvesting wild oysters from the nutrientrich tidal marsh surrounding Breach Inlet. Over the years, Toby refined and perfected his techniques and developed a market, supplying fine restaurants and private customers in the greater Charleston area with his product. Jump to the present, and Heidi and Andrew Hiser have taken on the task of keeping this supply of local, sustainable seafood on your tables.

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The Chef's Kitchen

In the Kitchen with

Holly Herrick Cookbook Author

Petits Éclairs Comme “Cannoli”


Recipe Adapted from Holly’s New Book, The French Cook: Cream Puffs and Éclairs

/2 Cup Cream Cheese, Room Temperature /2 Cup Whole Ricotta Cheese

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3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream /3 Cup Powdered Sugar /8 Teaspoon Almond Extract

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Seeds from 1 Vanilla Bean

/2 Cup Ganache, Chilled /4 Cup Roasted and Salted Pistachios, Finely Chopped

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Holly Herrick with Dog Tann-Mann in her Downtown Charleston Home Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare the Sweet Choux Pastry (recipe on right). Pipe the warm choux. Brush each lightly with egg wash, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden. Turn off the oven, open the door, and let the pastry stand for 5 minutes. Remove éclairs to a cooling rack, and pierce the bottom of each gently with a knife twice, once near each end of the length of the éclairs. To prepare the filling, in a large bowl, combine all of the filling ingredients with an electric blender on medium speed until aerated and smooth (about 2 minutes), scraping down the sides and bottom with a spatula as you go. Using a pastry bag, gently pipe the filling into each of the two knife piercings on the bottom of each éclair. Using a clean fingertip or the back of a teaspoon, spread a heaping teaspoon of ganache evenly over the top of each éclair. Garnish with a sprinkling of the chopped pistachios. Serve cold.

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Sweet Choux Pastry:

1 Cup Water

/4 Stick (3 Ounces) Unsalted Butter,


Cold, Cut into 1/2 Inch Cubes

/2 Cup Bread Flour 1 /2 Cup All-Purpose Flour 1

1 Tablespoon Sugar

/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt or Kosher Salt


4 Large Eggs (about 1 Cup), Room Temperature,

Preparation: Egg Wash:

Beaten Together

1 Egg Yolk, Splash of Water, Pinch of Salt, Blended Together

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line two half-sheet baking pans with silicon mats or parchment paper. Measure all the ingredients and have them ready before preparing the dough. In a medium, heavybottomed saucepan, heat the water and butter together over medium-high heat, stirring once or twice to help the butter melt. Once melted, reduce heat to medium. Sift together the two flours and salt over a medium bowl. Add the sifted dry ingredients all at once to the water mixture, and set the bowl nearby. Stir the dough vigorously with a wooden spoon to bring it together. Continue stirring, less vigorously, until the pastry pulls away from the sides of the pan and forms a uniform ball. Turn the pastry out into the reserved bowl and let sit for about 1 minute, or until the pastry is cool enough to touch comfortably with your fingertip for at least 10 seconds. Add half of the beaten eggs (about 1⁄2 cup) to the pastry. Stir vigorously until the pastry looks uniform and glossy (about 1 minute). Add half of the remaining egg mixture (about 1⁄4 cup), and continue to stir until the pastry is uniform and glossy (about 1 minute). Repeat with the remaining egg mixture. While the pastry is still warm, pipe and bake the pastry. Brush the top of each pastry with a light coating of egg wash, being careful not to let the wash drip down the sides of the pastry. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Holly’s ganache recipe can be found in her new cookbook The French Cook: Cream Puffs and Éclairs.

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Choosing the Right Builder MADE EASY Did you know that many people actually spend more time researching a new laptop purchase than the builder of their future home—the largest investment one may make in his or her lifetime? An average custom home consists of roughly 82,000 assembled parts, and you will want a builder who can put each part together seamlessly, on time, and within budget. After interviewing several local builders and remodelers, we’ve compiled their best advice about choosing a reputable contractor and avoiding costly mistakes in the construction process.

Conduct Research

Doing proper research about a construction company prior to making your decision is absolutely necessary. Once you’ve narrowed your choices down to three to five builders, you can begin an in-depth research process. Start online. Read company reviews, check the records at the Better Business Bureau, consult Angie’s List, and perhaps most importantly, visit the Guild Quality website ( If the builder in question is a Guild Quality member, reviews (good and bad) from projects in the past will be listed for you to peruse. Next, interview homeowners who have hired your potential contractor in the past. For the most part, they’ll be honest with you about the details of their experience.

Tour a Recent Project

You can see many pictures online, but nothing reveals the strengths and weaknesses of a builder like standing inside one of his or her creations. If the project is still under construction, take a moment to chat with the subcontractors; they’re probably the same ones that would be working on your home in the future.

Always Ask for Proof

Only trust the documents you see in writing, not what a potential contractor says. You should always ask for a copy of the company’s general liability insurance and workers compensation documentation. Furthermore, ask to view a copy of the contractor’s license. Finally, read the contract and budget outline completely and

intently; don’t sign it until you’re comfortable with everything in the document.

The Lowest Price Isn’t Always the Best Offer

Speaking of the budget, don’t just choose the lowest bidder; look for value in your purchase. A lower price often means a lower quality of materials and labor. When you review the proposed budget from each company, make sure that the money allotted to each spending allowance is reasonable. For example, if you have impeccable lighting taste, and only 2,000 dollars have been reserved for your lighting budget, you’re obviously going to exceed that amount (and increase the actual cost of the home). Be realistic with your needs and wants, and realize that the lowest bidder may not be able to meet your expectations of quality.

Choose a Person You Like

The process of building a custom home is long and tedious. Whatever builder you choose will be by your side for many months, so opt for someone that you will enjoy working with. In addition to returning calls in a timely manner, possessing problem-solving skills, and exhibiting efficient time management, the contractor you hire should have a personality that complements yours.

With these tips, you should be well on your way to hiring the perfect builder for your dream home. To start your search, turn to page 233 to view Guild Quality members or to page 240 to find local builders who advertise in our magazine.

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2013 Coastal Living Showhouse Photo Tour By: Christy Conway

Condé-Nast Traveler designated Charleston as the top travel destination in the world. Only a year later, the readers of Travel + Leisure voted Charleston the number-one city in the US and Canada. Then, Coastal Living unveiled their 2013 Showhouse on Daniel Island. The national magazines are finally recognizing what we (a humble local magazine) and you (our astute readers) have known all along: Charleston is a wonderful place to live and visit. But don’t discredit the editors of Coastal Living for their delayed realization. They obviously have an eye for beauty, hence their three-story plantation-style Showhouse, built by local company Max Crosby Construction. Take a moment, in the coming pages, to recognize the amazing local talent associated with the project and peek inside the home to gain some design inspiration that will help you make the best of your coastal living.

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Q&A with the Coastal Living Showhouse Builder Jamison Howard of Max Crosby Construction Christy: How was Max Crosby Construction chosen as the builder for Coastal Living magazine's 2013 showhouse? Did your company put in a traditional bid or did the publication contact you?  Jamison: Our company has had a long-standing relationship with Southern Living magazine as part of its Custom Builder Program. In 2006, we had the opportunity to build the Southern Living Idea House on Daniel Island. Through this relationship and the overall success of the 2006 Idea House, we were contacted by Coastal Living to build the 2013 Coastal Living Showhouse. This project (of which I am very proud to have been a part) has been an amazing experience.   Christy: Did the project’s scope change at all through the process, or was the result pretty close to the original design and plan?  Jamison: There were changes to the project as it progressed. There was an amazing design team for this home. Ginger Brewton of Ginger Brewton Interiors,


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located here in Charleston, was selected as the interior designer, and Suzanne Stern of Our Town Plans was chosen as the architectural designer. We all worked so well together as a team, making decisions and collaborating on every detail to make the Showhouse the best it possibly could be.       Christy: Were there any parts of the building process that were particularly challenging?  Jamison: The most challenging aspect of this project was the timeframe in which it had to be completed. We were able to begin the home just before Christmas of 2012 and had to complete it for Coastal Living no later than June 11, 2013. Having just over five months to turn around a home of this magnitude was not ideal. However, with such a great team of suppliers and subcontractors, we were able to meet Coastal Living’s deadline. There was a great sense of accomplishment in upholding this schedule. Christy: Of all the features in the home, do you have a favorite? If so, please explain why this feature sticks out in your mind as something unique or especially attractive?

Jamison: My favorite feature of this home (and typically of any home we build) is the interior woodwork. This home features shiplap walls and a ceiling finished with reclaimed barn-wood siding. Both tasteful additions bring a nice old-world charm to the clean-lined home. Christy: Being chosen as the builder for the Coastal Living Showhouse must have been quite an honor. How would you respond to locals who are looking for a builder but might be intimidated by this addition to your résumé?   Jamison: We have a great team of people here at Max Crosby Construction who are always anxious to answer questions and discuss new opportunities in the Charleston area. Over the years, we have built homes at all price points, and I would never want there to be a perception of Max Crosby Construction as being too expensive to the point that it would be a barrier or concern to individuals that may consider hiring us as their builder.  

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Resource Guide Builder: Max Crosby Construction (843) 766-9976 | Architectural Designer: Suzanne Stern of Our Town Plans (678) 364-0688 | Interior Design: Ginger Brewton Interiors (843) 270-7491 | Landscaping: Charleston Landscape (843) 296-7592 | Tile: Melcer Tile (843) 744-5345 | Cabinetry: Authentic Kitchen and Bath Concepts (843) 852-9407 | Lighting: Circa Lighting (843) 937-5990 | Appliances: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery (843) 747-6301 | Paint: Sherwin-Williams (800) 474-3794 | Natural Stone Countertops: AGM Imports (843) 747-0088 | Fireplace and Outdoor Kitchen: WilliamSmith Fireplaces & Home Accents (843) 766-0347 | Hardwood Flooring: Charleston One Source (843) 278-1751 | Select Accessories and Furniture: GDC Home (843) 571-5142 | Audio/Video: NextGen Technologies (843)871-8531 | Foam Insulation: EcoFoam Insulations and Coatings (843) 545-2300 | Exterior Doors, Windows, and Siding: Southern Lumber and Millwork Corporation (843) 744-6281 |

Courtesy Coastal Living, a division of the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group, photography by Tria Giovan. Coastal Living is a registered trademark of Time Inc. and is used with permission.


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Backyard Makeover Reveal Each August, Charleston Home + Design gives away a backyard makeover to one lucky Lowcountry local who attends the Custom Home + Remodel Show at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. The 2013 winner was Jenna Michael, an engineer who works for MeadWestvaco and lives in West Ashley. And what does Jenna think about being our big winner? She says, “When everyone left the final photo shoot, it was so surreal. I couldn’t believe this was actually my backyard. For the past few weeks, everyday I would get to come home to a little more progress. The different vendors that I met were so friendly. I am just so appreciative of everyone who was involved.” Take a look at the before and after snapshots to see how Patty Craven and Nick Popovich of DIG Landscapes transformed Jenna’s yard into an outdoor-living paradise.


After Jenna’s Prize Package Included:

Jenna Michael and Boyfriend Billy Bowers Enjoying Their Prize Package.


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Project Management and Design (Worth $2,000) from DIG Landscapes (843) 327-4372 |

Outdoor Furniture (Worth $2,000) from Backyard Retreats (843) 856-0049 |

Hanging Bed (Worth $4,000) from Custom Carolina Hanging Beds (843) 476-1984 |

Pergola (Worth $2,000) from Express Sunrooms (843) 534-3233 |

Water Feature (Worth $2,000) from HLG Growers (843) 901-4862 |

Paver Installation (Worth $2,000) from Outdoor Concepts of Charleston (843) 345-3214 |

Lighting Package (Worth $2,200) from Charleston Irrigation and Lighting: (843) 557-4700 |

Outdoor Kitchen Island (Worth $1,700) from WilliamSmith Fireplaces (843) 766-0347 |

Custom Fire Pit (Worth $500) from Lowcountry Paver (866) 468-3561 |

Cornhole Game Set (Worth $250) from Charleston Tailgate (843) 714-1596 |

Sonos Connect Amplifier and Two Outdoor Speakers (Worth $2,000) from Innovative Theater and Sound (843) 296-7592 |

GlassECO Landscape Glass (Worth $500) from Fisher Recycling (843) 554-6099 |

Shrubbery & Plants (Worth $2,000) from Stacks Nursery (843) 832-4769 |

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The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium 68 Hagood Avenue Downtown Charleston

Sponsored by 84 Lumber, Advanced Window Fashions, Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings, Energy One America, Melcer Tile, and Real Deal Countertops

Charleston Home + Design magazine is proud to present what will be our best event yet, the Charleston Home + Design Show, occuring January 24-26 at the Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. We bring you not only elaborate displays from local home professionals specializing in tile, granite, construction, décor, and more, but also special events that will attract every member of the family. For more information, visit our website at or like us on Facebook for immediate updates about our exciting home show.

Show Hours & Admission


Friday, January 24: 11am-8pm

Four HGTV-Inspired White Room

FREE Design Consultations with ASID

Seven Home-Improvement Prize

EXTENDED Hours! Come after work and enjoy free beer and wine from 5pm to 8pm! Vendors will also offer free catered food at their booths. FREE Admission and Parking!

Saturday, January 25: 10am-6pm

$7 per Adult, FREE Admission for Kids 12 and Under FREE Parking

Sunday, January 26: 11am-5pm

$7 per Adult, FREE Admission for Kids 12 and Under FREE Parking


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Challenge Spaces on Display Interior Designers

Packages Available to Attendees FREE Admission on Friday

Silent Auction All Weekend Long

White Room Challenge Sponsored by Ethan Allen Four bare, white, 100-square-foot rooms (built on-site at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium) will be transformed into lovely living spaces in just 12 hours by six local Ethan Allen interior designers. Adapted from HGTV’s The White Room Challenge, Charleston Home + Design magazine adds a twist—each room is associated with a local non-profit, and each organization gets a cash donation from the funds raised through the silent auction happening all weekend. Cast a vote for your favorite room and the charity associated with the winning room will receive a bonus donation! The following local companies will be contributing components for this exciting exhibit: Paint Supplier: Sherwin-Williams Paint & Drywall Contractor: 1st Class Painting & Restoration Building Material Supplier (Lumber/Drywall): 84 Lumber General Contractor/Framer: Strock Enterprises Flooring Supplier: Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings Interior Design & Décor: Ethan Allen Lighting Supplier: Charleston Lighting and Interiors Ethan Allen's White Room Challenge Designers: Kathy Evans, Allied ASID & Susan Medaglia, Design Consultant Jane Neal, Design Consultant & Megan Bryan, Design Consultant Lydia Gieczys, Allied ASID Bill Goudelock, Interior Designer

Silent Auction for Home-Related Items All Weekend Long! Great deals can be had at this year’s silent auction, filled with home goods and services donated by many of the participating vendors at the show. One-hundred percent of the money raised through the auction will be donated to the four organizations associated with our White Room Challenge (The Citadel Brigadier Foundation Memorial Fund, Citadel Bulldog Mascots Boo X and General II,, and Pet Helpers) as well as to the Carolinas Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.

Free Design Consultations for Homeowners Offered by ASID Interior Designers Living in a lackluster abode? Haven’t freshened up your décor in decades? Get a FREE design consultation with a professional interior designer, each a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Carolinas Chapter. At no cost or obligation to you, pick a design professional’s brain and solve your design dilemma. Consultation times are available Friday from 1pm-4pm, Saturday from 11am-5pm, and Sunday from 12pm-3pm. Space and appointments are limited, so please call Charleston Home + Design magazine at (843) 577-7652 to schedule your personal 20-30 minute design consultation. Although reserving a time slot is preferred, you may sign up at the show if any appointments remain available.

Don’t Forget to Bring:

Win One of Seven $2,000 Home Improvement Prize Packages! Seven lucky locals will each win one home-improvement prize. Special thanks to the local companies donating the products and services for these packages. Register to win at the show. Winners will be chosen Monday, January 27. You do not need to be present to win. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Garage Organizing Makeover from Lowcountry Monkey Bars Home Furnishings Package from Ethan Allen Eight-Piece Cookware Package from Kitchen Craft Backyard Water Feature from HLG Growers Hurricane Shutter Package from Lowcountry Hurricane Protection 6. Stressless Recliner from Danco Modern Furniture 7. Sofa from Coralberry Cottage

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House Plans and/or Room Dimensions Fabric Swatches Samples of Flooring, Countertops, Cabinetry, etc. Paint Colors Photos of the Room or Furniture You Already Have Magazine Photos of Rooms or Styles You Like

Choose from the Following ASID Interior Designers for Your Consultation: Cynthia Zimmerman, Allied ASID Jane JilIch, ASID Jennifer Mendelsohn, ASID Lauren Messina, ASID Stasia Berk, Allied ASID Shannon Hall, Allied ASID Donna Horack, ASID Duval Acker, ASID, CMKBD Catherine R Brassard, ASID Maureen Matthews, ASID Elisa Constanzer, ASID Teri Du Bois Webster, ASID CH+D •Winter 2014


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What’s Happening in Charleston’s Home and Design Industry


{ AIA Charleston Section Hosts Awards Night }

OWNTOWN—The Charleston Section of the American Institute of Architects hosted “An Evening of Design Excellence” this past November at Memminger Auditorium in downtown Charleston. There, the organization honored Lowcountry architects for their stunning designs and architectural abilities. The architects were delighted to invite Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA to serve as the Jury Chair, to speak about his experience and his work on the renovation of Charleston International Airport, and to present the evening's awards. The local winning projects include: •

The Center for Art and Academics by Thomas and Denzinger Architects

The Mixson Bath and Racquet Club by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture

St. Helena Library at Penn Center by Liollio Architecture

The Cooper School Addition by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture

Windmill Pavilion by Thomas and Denzinger Architects

The Preservation of the US Custom House by Liollio Architecture

LIGHTscapes Charleston by Liollio Architecture

RE:NEW Corner by Chris Bonner, AIA

If you want to experience Charleston’s top architecture first-hand, arrange a visit. Many of the winning locations are spaces open to the general public.

(top) The Mixson Bath and Racquet Club by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture (middle) The Center for Art and Academics by Thomas and Denzinger Architects (bottom left) CH+D enjoyed photographing and interviewing the stars of the evening, including Cherie and Dinos Liollio of Liollio Architecture, on the red carpet. (bottom right) The Cocktail Hour at the AIA Charleston's "An Evening of Design Excellence" CH+D •Winter 2014



A Selection of Projects by Prism Award Winners (top left) Aqua Blue Pools (top right) Priester’s Custom Contracting (bottom left) Structures Building Company (bottom middle) Canton Construction Company (bottom right) Phillip W. Smith General Contractor

Several Local Builders Take Home 2013 Prism Awards


OWNTOWN—Each year, the Charleston Home Builders Association hosts the Prism Awards to honor some of the best projects around the Lowcountry. Along with many national companies, such as Pulte and Lennar, a few of our homegrown, local advertisers walked out of the American Theater with top honors. Priester’s Custom


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Contracting won Best Remodeling Project under $150,000, Best Single-Family Home between $500,000 and $700,000, and the Excellence in Customer Service Award. Phillip W. Smith General Contractor won Best Remodeling Project in the price range of $300,000 to $500,000 and took home three additional awards for three different single-family

home projects. Canton Construction won Best Remodeling Project over $500,000, and Structures Building Company was the recipient of the award for Best Single Family Home between $1,000,000 and $1,500,000. Finally, Aqua Blue Pools won the award for Best Pool and Outdoor Living Area. Congratulations to our winning advertisers!

RS Custom Homes Takes on Philanthropic Project

(top) Chip Naramore of RS Custom Homes with Frances Lynn Young, CEO and Founder of Lowcountry Orphan Relief


ORTH CHARLESTON窶年on-profit organization Lowcountry Orphan Relief focuses their outreach attention on children who have either been abused or neglected. The group identifies the needs of each child and provides him or her with resources such as clothing, toiletries, books, and school supplies. As their organization has grown, the team members at Lowcountry Orphan Relief realized the need for a hub specifically designed to gather and organize donated items. In January of this year, the non-profit broke ground on a 4,000 square-foot distribution center, and local building company RS Custom Homes led the crew in creating the new structure. They opened the doors of the new building this past October. Check out the other local companies in the homebuilding industry that donated time and supplies. Cahill Contracting Design on Tap M&S Mechanical Frampton Electric Colinas Contracting Coastal Plumbing and Gas

For more information, call RS Custom Homes at (843) 886-5187 or visit To donate to Lowcountry Orphan Relief, visit CH+D 窶「Winter 2014



Hoardin’ Helen’s Opens Shop on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard


T. PLEASANT—If you’re looking for something rustic and handmade to punctuate a room in the house, you’ll want to visit Hoardin’ Helen’s, a home décor store owned by two local women—Sue Feher and Amanda Milroth—with a passion for interior design. Recently, the duo opened a second location, called Rehabin' Helen's, in Mt. Pleasant to accompany their original Clements Ferry Road locale. The store, situated within SC Thrift and Resale, features custom creations (including furniture, antiques, lighting, and local gifts) made by local artisans. Stop in to shop at 708 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard. For more information, call (843) 442-7800 or visit

One-of-a-Kind Treasures Found at Rehabin’ Helen’s

QEI Opens New Division


ORTH CHARLESTON—QEI Security and Technology has expanded and created a new division, TEQHOM. TEQHOM specializes in the integration of home-automation technology, such as lighting, music, video, climate control, and security. Often, once the systems have been synced, homeowners can control all the electronic aspects of their house via an iPhone or iPad. Home-automation systems aren’t just for new homeowners; the experts at TEQHOM pride themselves on their ability to assimilate new features into existing structures and to connect new technology to the systems and gadgets homeowners already use. For more information, contact TEQHOM at (877) 797-7603 or visit


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Michael E. Karamus, Architect, LLC

Allen Design Inc.

O. Douglas Boyce, Architect

ALM Architect, LLC

Phorm Architecture + Design, LLC

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Ron Gossen Architecture, Inc.

Bill Huey + Associates

Samuel Furr Architects

Camens Architectural Group, LLC

Schmitt Walker Architects

Carl Berry Architecture

Swallowtail Architecture

Christopher Rose Architects, P.A.

Thomas & Denzinger Architects

Clark Glidewell Architect

TMD Architects

Cobb Architects

Tucker Architectural Associates

Cumulus Architecture + Design

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Dennis Lloyd Blaschke, Architect

W.M. Warlick, Architect

Dolphin Architects & Builders

Wayne Windham Architect, PA

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Charleston Revisions Expands to West Ashley

(above left) Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® at Charleston Revisions (above right) The New West Ashley Showroom


EST ASHLEY—Everyone who has shopped at the jam-packed mid-century modern consignment shop Charleston Revisions (off Coleman Boulevard) has fallen in love with the store’s selection, the array of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® colors, and the irresistible personality of owner Laurie Cooper. Now, Laurie is expanding her business by opening a second location in the South

Windermere shopping center in West Ashley. Follow Charleston Revisions on Facebook to keep up with new items in-store and to sign up for an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® class. Stop in to shop at 14 Windermere Boulevard. For more information, call (843) 388-7880 or visit

New Flood Insurance Code Affects Lowcountry Homeowners


OWCOUNTRY—On the first of October last year, changes came about for homeowners living in flood zones through the National Flood Insurance Program, which is backed by the federal government. In the past, the federal program borrowed money to cover its losses (particularly during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Super-Storm Sandy); the recently passed Biggert Waters Act strives to make the program self-sustaining by requiring it to cover its own losses. To do this, the National Flood Insurance Program will raise insurances rates (about 5 to 20 percent) to be able to afford all losses when floods and disasters like hurricanes occur. The effect on owners of older homes (built before 1974) is the most substantial. These homeowners will no longer be eligible for the same subsidized rates that they were offered in the past. Their rate will now be based on the home’s elevation, and because pre-1970s building regulations did not require houses to be built at a specific height, many older homes will be at risk for increased insurance rates. Kathy McKay of McKay insurance describes, “For example, I have clients who are elderly and living in an older home. The patriarch isn’t healthy. They were considering moving to an assisted living facility, but they had to sell their Mt. Pleasant home to do so. Of course, the buyer wanted to


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know insurance costs. The particular home required flood insurance, but the annual premium under the new rules and regulations was 38,000 dollars. Needless to say, the home didn’t sell.” Without subsidized rates, the insurance costs for older homes located in flood zones are on the rise, sometimes deterring potential buyers from signing on the dotted line, as in the previous example. Owen Tyler, president of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, believes flood insurance shouldn’t deter anyone from the marketplace. He notes, “The fact is that every property is different—even those affected by rate changes have options and even homes that sit next door to each other can be affected in very different ways.” As these changes come about, the best resources you can have are a knowledgeable insurance agent, who can guide you through the options available to keep your premiums low, and a real estate agent, who can help you locate a property (even one in a flood zone) that fits within your budget. For more information, contact McKay insurance at (843) 881-2229 or visit Also contact Kevin Shealy of Allstate at (843) 573-4777 or visit If you have questions about the new code and the real estate market, contact the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors at (843) 760-9400.

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Lowcountry Olive Oil Sells Delicacies on the Peninsula


OWNTOWN CHARLESTON—Since launching Lowcounty Olive Oil in 2011, Laurie and Jason Benjamin have been selling their South Carolina Certified olive oil at various farmers markets in the area. In November, they decided to make a leap of faith and open a storefront on Meeting Street. At this new location, they will not only sell their olive oil and balsamic vinegar products, but also fine art by local artists, Carolina-produced gourmet foods, and home goods. Do their products seem familiar to you? Lowcountry Olive Oil has been an exhibitor at the Charleston Home + Design Show for the past two years! Stop in to shop at 272 Meeting Street. For more information, call (843) 297-0462 or visit

The Tasting Station at Lowcountry Olive Oil

New Boutique Bespoke Finds Home in Whole Foods Shopping Center


T. PLEASANT—Bespoke is one of the newest stores in Mt. Pleasant specializing in one-of-a-kind products for the home, including metalwork and hand-crafted furniture. All of the items in the store are created by local artisans, so nothing is mass-produced. When stepping through the doors of Bespoke, expect to find glassware, mirrors, lamps, decor, furniture, and unique artwork. Looking for something completely custom? The team at Bespoke will creatively design and build furniture, textiles, lighting, and ironwork to your specifications. Stop in to shop at 917 Houston Northcutt Boulevard. For more information, call (843) 654-0088 or visit

Handmade Wood Products at Bespoke

The Pendergrass Moving Company Offers New Storage Options for Moving Homeowners


ORTH CHARLESTON—In addition to being a full-service moving company (from packing boxes to unloading furniture at a new home), The Pendergrass Moving Company now has a storage facility to keep items for homeowners who are between houses. For example, if you’re building a house and you’ve already sold your previous home, all of your favorite items may not fit into an intermediate rental house or apartment. Pendergrass’s new private facility is large enough to store boxes and furniture until your new home is ready. In addition, it is climate controlled and completely secured, ensuring that your treasures will be safe while they’re stored away. For more information, call (843) 971-0919 or visit


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Mandi and Mark Pendergrass at Their New Storage Facility

CBS’s Reckless Feeds the Local Home-Décor Economy

Amerisips Homes use solar “shingles” to capture energy from the sun to power the entire home. Our energy cient HVAC system is designed to reduce humidity by as much as 50 % while UV ltration cleanses contaminants from Indoor Air.

Danco Modern Furniture (above) and MW Hunter Custom Interiors (below) are both spots that the set decorators of Reckless like to shop.


O W C O U N T R Y —Lifetime’s Army Wives has led the charge in boosting the home-décor businesses in the Lowcountry, using products from different local shops to stage and create each set. Now that Reckless, a new CBS drama, has come to Charleston, the set decorators and buyers are following in the Army Wives team’s footsteps and shopping at Charleston's home-good stores. Want to shop like Reckless? Check out Danco and Antiques Market in Mt. Pleasant, MW Hunter and Charleston Lamp Company in West Ashley, and Sea Island Habitat for Humanity on Johns Island. As we hear about other Reckless stops, we’ll keep you in the know!

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Striped Pig mills the corn into flour and turns it into mash (a substance kind of like grits). Then, Casey and his team transport it into large, white vats so that fermentation can occur. Next, the alcohol is transferred into a still. Striped Pig distills its vodka 14 times, putting triple-distilled varieties to shame. Once the vodka distills, it is bottled in-

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Finally, the vodka is ready to drink. Because Striped Pig distills it so many times, even at 80-proof, it’s as smooth as can be.

Vodka not your libation of choice? Striped Pig creates 120-proof moonshine (made with the same Carolina-grown corn) and rum (made with molasses from Savannah, Georgia), too! To visit the Charleston distillery or purchase a bottle of Striped Pig’s handmade, locally sourced sprits, call (843) 276-3201 or visit You can also find Striped Pig's products at some of your favorite bars and liquor stores in the Lowcountry.


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The Charleston Home + Design Show January 24-26, 2014



Send a Little Love with Quill Correspondence


With one glance at a Quill Correspondence card, you’ll want to replace your quick thankyou email with a hand-written, snail-mailed note. The company, founded by Charleston sisters Christina Callison Kubinska and Cathleen Callison, creates one-of-a-kind cards that are designed to be simple and elegant. Each piece of stationary features a card-stock base with a hand-stamped design, fashioned from original sketches and photographs by Christina and Cathleen. After the girls transpose the design onto the card, they hand-emboss it to make a three-dimensional texture with a polished look that you’ll be proud to send to friends and family. For more information, call (843) 628-1128 or visit

The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium Downtown Charleston For more information, visit

For more information about the Charleston Home + Design Show, turn to page 224.

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition February 14-16, 2014 Marion Square Downtown Charleston For more information, visit

Darius Rucker’s True Believers Concert Tour February 20, 2014

The North Charleston Performing Arts Center North Charleston For more information, visit

67th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens March 20-April 19, 2014

Various Locations Charleston For more information, visit

Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament March 29-April 6, 2014

Family Circle Stadium Daniel Island For more information, visit

79th Annual House and Garden Tour April 11-12, 2014

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Sew Custom By Megan J. Busch


Go Shopping To find my fabric, I visited GDC Home because I love their selections and know the fabrics they carry are made to last. I chose a navy-blue-and-white floral-patterned fabric for the body and a solid lime-green option for the piping around the edges of the pillows. Priscilla recommended that I purchase three yards of the floral fabric. She explained that it probably wouldn’t take that much, but she wanted to make sure there was enough to align the pattern exactly on both sides of each pillow. Next, I shopped for pillow inserts, zippers, thread, and raw piping (all available at Hancock or JoAnn Fabrics).







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Patrick Brickman

In need of a few new throw pillows to punctuate my living room, I contacted Priscilla Bramlett of Motif Pillows, a local pillow designer and seamstress extraordinaire, who sells her vibrant, patterned creations at She walked me through the process of creating custom pillows that will make any room pop with color.

Make the Piping To form the piping (enough to surround each pillow), we cut strips of the lime-green fabric about two inches wide and folded them around the raw piping to cover it. Then, Priscilla sewed the fabric together to hold the piping in place. She connected the two open ends of the green fabric with an overlock stitch. Cut the Fabric and Sew Together Then, we cut two matching pieces of floral fabric for each pillow and sewed them together with the piping in between the layers, leaving one side open to insert the invisible zipper. Priscilla attached the zipper to each side of the pillow; this allows for the cover to be removed and washed for extra years of use. Stuff It For the finishing touches, we placed the pillow cover over the pillow insert and closed the zipper. I threw the final product on my couch, and the simple update gave my living room a fresh, chic look.

To purchase one of Priscilla’s made-to-order pillows, visit her website at For an impressive selection of designer fabrics, visit GDC Home at


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