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CEO and Founder of Francis + Benedict Katie Walters


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Behind the Seams

Step inside the Mount Pleasant home of Katie Walters, founder and CEO of Francis + Benedict where readers are welcomed into a thoughtful and family-friendly renovation.

The Glow Up

Local lighting professionals showcase their bestselling and most trending fixtures in the three types of lighting categories; ambient, accent, and task.

Splashing Sanctuaries

Get a glimpse of over sixty local bathroom projects completed by the Lowcountry’s top home professionals in our annual bathroom guide full of design ideas and product selections.

Leva Bonaparte

Bravo’s Southern Hospitality star and local businesswoman, Leva Bonaparte invites us into her beautiful Mount Pleasant home where her vintage/modern style is on full display. We also take you inside Bourbon N’ Bubbles and MESU, two of her hottest downtown restaurants.

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The Season of Productivity

As the cooler days of winter have finally faded, we are greeted with the warm, bright days of spring. Flowers are in bloom, the birds are chirping, and to me, this is when our lovely city comes to life. A season of productivity, spring is a great time to tackle some of your most anticipated home projects. Our homes should be a full reflection of who we are and how we live, so let’s get those ideas off the ground, shall we?

Inside our spring issue, the Charleston Home + Design team has carefully curated an incredible guide of beautiful bathroom projects completed by Lowcountry experts. There are so many elements to layer when designing the perfect bathroom; from plumbing fixtures and cabinetry to lighting and tile, this guide was created to inspire and inform your design journey.

On our cover is Katie Walters, founder of the nonprofit fashion label, Francis + Benedict, a company that provides dignified employment opportunities to women in Togo, a country located on Africa's West coast. Katie welcomes us into her Mount Pleasant home where many dramatic renovations were made and shares her wonderful life story with her husband Josh and their seven beautiful children.

Spark some inspiration as you read through our mini feature, The Glow Up and learn how to properly illuminate your home with a strategic lighting design. We worked with local lighting professionals and retailers to show off their bestselling fixtures in each category.

Lastly, we meet up with Bravo’s Southern Hospitality star, Leva Bonaparte inside her Mount Pleasant residence. We take you through her home’s vintage/ modern renovation and inside two of her most successful downtown night clubs, Bourbon N’ Bubbles and MESU.

We can accomplish anything we put our minds to this season. Happy reading and designing!

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Dynamic Duo

What is Hayes + Nash Design Co. all about?

Hayes + Nash Design Co. is a full-service interior design firm. We specialize in decorating and furnishing rooms, all the way up to new builds, remodels, and even commercial construction and design. We started working together almost four years ago after we met through mutual friends. After we became design partners, we decided to open our second business, Shanty Shoppe.

Can you tell our readers a bit more about Shanty Shoppe?

Shanty Shoppe really originated from when we would buy items to accessorize our clients’ homes and in doing so, our friends began complimenting the different pieces of furniture and décor we would buy. It’s a separate business from Hayes + Nash Design Co., but both complement each other as they are a perfect blend of our signature style, while also allowing us to design spaces based off our clients’ wishes.

What is the design philosophy behind Hayes + Nash Design Co.?

We believe the way your home is designed can deeply affect you emotionally, mentally, and physically. We want our clients to be able to walk into their space and allow it to evoke how they feel whether it’s excited, focused, peaceful, etc. Our end goal is to put our clients’ wishes and feelings into each of their spaces.

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Meet Brittany Hanlon and Stephanie Gannon, owners of Hayes + Nash Design Co., one of Charleston’s newest interior design firms, and the Mount Pleasant home accessories store, Shanty Shoppe.

Any major accomplishments for Hayes + Nash Design Co.?

Our biggest accomplishments would have to be our repeat clients. That is the best compliment that we can get. We are also very proud of our versatile design style and our hard work to provide our clients with what they truly want for their home.

What sets Hayes + Nash Design Co. apart from your competitors?

We offer a variety of design options for homeowners so we can meet them where they are at, in terms of our E-Design packages, our “by room” design packages, and the Shanty Shoppe. Our pricing is completely transparent, so each client is aware of the cost before we begin.

For more information, call Hayes + Nash Design Co. at (843) 284-6960 or visit hayesandnashdesignco.com.

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(above) Brittany and Stephanie create beautiful designs at their Mount Pleasant Studio inside the Shanty Shoppe.

Keeping it Real in Real Estate

Many things can be done to increase home value. Maintenance of all the major mechanical items, roofs, and keeping your home in great cosmetic condition inside and out.

If you are in a multiple offer situation or you are asking for the seller to pay closing costs, you may want to offer full price or higher, but it's dependent on timing, comps, pricing, and the unique situation.

Data is showing that prices will continue to climb in Charleston. I am recommending to my clients that if you find the home you love and are in a position to move, purchase now and refinance later.

A little bit of both. It's a seller’s market, but buyers have more opportunities to think about their purchase, ask for inspections/appraisals and make smart financial decisions.

Tips to increase home value? Full price offer or over asking? Wait to purchase or buy now?  Are we in a buyer’s or seller's market?

Regular maintenance is a great place to start and is often overlooked. Of course, updates to the kitchen and bathrooms always helps.

If you are making an offer on a property that is in a popular area, priced appropriately, and is move-in ready, then you should consider a full price offer or over asking. These types of properties tend to sell quickly.

Buy. Rates are higher but rent rates are up 20-30% as well. Renting provides no tax breaks, so you are just throwing your money away.

Seller’s market. We still have very limited inventory in Charleston. New listings are down 22% in December of 2022 vs December of 2021.

For more information, call Island House Real Estate at (843) 847-1762 or visit islandhouserealestate.com.

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It’s been over a century, but the interior design trend of the “Roaring ‘20s” is making a comeback. The appeal of art deco lies in its association with decadence and is characterized as being elaborate, atypical, and glamorous. With the use of rich materials like brass or gilt, and bold jewel tones, this luxurious design trend can be achieved even in bits of extravagance.

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Inspired by the ancient Greek aesthetic, this post-pandemic trend promotes luxury using statues, neoclassical-inspired wallpaper, and Corinthian-inspired columns. Embracing the history of Greek architecture and design, these whimsical elements can make a home feel revitalized.

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At Home with Fred Stone of

Elegant Flooring

After purchasing this historic French Quarter home in downtown Charleston, Elegant Flooring’s owner and operator, Fred Stone respectfully blended the home’s original characteristics with updated hardwood floors, tiles, and other wooden elements. Fred’s home was originally built in the early 1800s and historically served as a tavern for sailors docking at the wharf to more recently, a residential duplex.

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(above) Fred Stone of Elegant Flooring.

A new addition was built on the back of Fred’s home where his kitchen and family room are located. French oak portrait floors were installed along with a custom-made French oak range hood and storage doors, creating a classic and cohesive flow throughout this space.

Kitchen Primary Bathroom

Formerly used as a laundry room, Fred transformed this space into a luxurious primary bathroom with extravagant floor-to-wall marble-like tiles. A black and white geometric tile in the shower complements the rest of the room and provides dimension and depth.

Primary Bedroom

While the original floors in the primary bedroom were a bit worn out, they were still salvageable. Fred decided to refinish the hardwood floor and added a protective layer of polyurethane to make it more durable. He admits that a few planks had to be replaced, so he used the Elegant Flooring service team to find matching hardwood to fill in the gaps.

Powder Room

Paying homage to French architecture and design trends seen throughout Charleston, a black and white Harlequin checkered tile was installed in Fred’s powder bathroom. “I wanted to make sure I continued the theme of old and new throughout my house, as a way to respect the history of this build,” Fred says.

For more information, call Elegant Flooring at (843) 723-8172 or visit elegant-hf.com.

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The Craft of Cabinetry

HWC Custom Cabinetry's advanced engineering capabilities provide homeowners with innovative approaches to common storage challenges without sacrificing design aesthetics.

The Craftsmen

Jay Miller and his team excel in the design, fabrication, and installation of custom cabinetry. Whether you’re searching for custom or semi-custom cabinets, HWC Custom Cabinetry’s talented craftsmen superintend projects from start to finish. From creative design concepts to utilizing innovative technology in manufacturing and installation, HWC provides clients with an opportunity for a diverse range of style and vast selections to fit their individual spaces.

The Process

After designs are finalized, engineers verify specifications and prepare projects for the manufacturing process. HWC has invested in specialized machinery that empowers their accomplished cabinet makers and finishers to precisely cut parts, adhere the highest quality edge banding, and apply superior finishes to a wide variety of materials. Experienced cabinet makers handcraft unique pieces,

complete final assembly, and prepare cabinetry for safe delivery and installation. By offering facility tours, HWC enables clients to experience the process in action and meet the craftsmen creating their cabinetry.

The Philosophy

Jay employs Theory of Constraints and Lean manufacturing principles, with a focus on continual process improvement. The HWC team strives to implement standardized practices while minimizing waste in both time and materials. This allows HWC to efficiently produce high quality cabinetry in a competitive market while meeting installation deadlines. For inspiration and to learn more, HWC Custom Cabinetry invites interested clients to schedule an appointment in their showroom.

For more information, call HWC Custom Cabinetry at (843) 207-0750 or visit hwccustomcabinetry.com.

Jay Miller of HWC Custom Cabinetry (left) There are hundreds of door styles and configurations and thousands of finish combinations including glazing, antiquing, and several levels of distressing. (right) Scott Gentry and David Allen operate CNC technology to produce top-quality cabinetry.
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Written by Micaela Arnett Photography by Patrick Brickman and Ruta Smith


David Watsky & Forest Wieters


What can you tell us about this project?

This historic property right off of East Bay Street involved a mass gutting of the kitchen and bathrooms across four floors. We blew out a wall to open up the kitchen and create a larger living area, as well as added custom built-ins to the living room and one of the bathrooms. In the kitchen, we added an island, all new cabinetry, countertops, tile, lighting, and appliances. After gutting the bathrooms, we added a steam shower and a custom-built vanity.

Were there any existing issues that you had to tackle?

Site protection was our main concern. There are four stories so we had to bring everything through the courtyard and windows. Lots of protective measures go into preparing a project like this. Protecting everything from the historic architecture to vintage furnishings throughout was a top priority.

What was your favorite part about this project?

The before and after transformation is always our favorite part of every project we work on. It’s nice to see how our renovations and updates can make a family feel. They are always so excited to be home and it’s better than ever.

What is your favorite part about building in Charleston?

Charleston is not a major metro where everything is modern. We have character and culture here. Depending on what part of town you’re in, the designs and aesthetics are going to be different. We appreciate the variety of projects we get to be a part of.

For fun, what is your pickup truck of choice?

We both drive Chevrolet Silverados. There’s nothing better.

For more information, call Watsky & Wieters Construction at (843) 830-4826 or (843) 568-3268 or visit wwconstruct.com.

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Can you explain the landscape design process from an architect’s perspective?

In order to present an all-encompassing design concept, we first take a detailed site inventory of the existing conditions and surrounding architecture. Concepts include a map of potential landscape layouts, design exhibits, and 3D renderings. Once a design is agreed upon, we prepare the construction documents needed for contractors to complete the project.

What sets you apart from other landscape companies?

REMARK is a full-service landscape architecture firm that focuses on high-level design and exceptional customer service. We are committed to creating innovative and sustainable designs that elevate landscapes across the Lowcountry.

What sort of landscape architecture are we seeing here?

We designed the entire outdoor living area which includes the front porch, deck, and patio. The front porch was designed to merge with the architecture of the home. The back deck was designed as a modern architectural element that merges with the interior of the home. The deck includes a grill area, and built-in storage as well as a place to hang a garden at the side yard. The patio is designed for entertaining with movable furniture and a fire pit.

What were the major goals of the project and how did you achieve them?

The goals of the project were to provide a unique design that complements the architecture, preserve the grand live oak, provide a place for children to play, and provide a drainage design that handles storm water, all within the allotted budget. These goals were achieved through thoughtful design, attention to detail, and incorporating our core values of innovation, collaboration, and stewardship.

For more information, call REMARK Landscape Architecture at (843) 952-7817 or visit remarkstudiollc.com.

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What were the design goals of this project?

When I first met with my clients, I knew we would work great together. They had a clear direction on the vision they had for their new home, and trusted in me to make it happen. The design goals were to give them the coastal look they wanted, but with a modern touch. This family has a playful style and their relocation from a big city to a coastal atmosphere played a big part in the overall design process.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Inspiration is all around. The Lowcountry holds a very special place in my heart as it is where I was raised and now raise my own family. Coastal beach elements, marsh grass, and the cobblestones downtown all play a huge role in how I design a space. I love a neutral palette, but I am also drawn to patterns, colors, and different textures. I gain inspiration from markets I attend as they have the most beautiful staged and designed rooms.

What are your favorite color and pattern combinations?

I love to incorporate different colors and patterns within the same color family. Blues, Greens, Neutrals. Mixing patterns on items like pillows and window coverings is a safe way to incorporate this into a home. Right now, and I am mixing large florals with a coordinating ditsy print and large buffalo check with a palm leaf fabric. I love having fun with color, patterns, and textures.

For more information, call Simply Curated Designs at (843) 345-0057 or visit simplycurateddesigns.com.

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Much More Than Floors

Known for their excellent selection of flooring and tile options, Flooring Factory also specializes in custom cabinetry that fits into any design and space for maximized storage solutions.

The Setting:

While renovating their Dunes West home, the homeowners were hoping to update their kitchen with new floors and cabinetry. Their current cabinetry provided fewer storage options for their cookware and groceries and did not match the modern vision created by their interior design team from Design Directions, LLC.

The Problem:

The original layout of the kitchen was dull and outdated, with single panel cabinet doors and black hardware layered along the walls. The homeowners wanted to transform their kitchen into a smaller cooking area and large butler pantry for meal prepping, with ample storage space.

The Solution:

In addition to cabinetry, the experts at Flooring Factory were brought on board to update the hardwood floors and ceiling elements. To create the modern and sleek look the homeowners were looking for, Flooring Factory designed custom flat-panel cabinet doors with contemporary brass hardware. Almost every inch of wall space was utilized in this design without overwhelming the room. The custom design also includes deep drawers with roll-out trays for pots, pans, and a mixer shelf, solving this family’s need for more storage.

For more information, call Flooring Factory at (843) 790-4354 or visit flooringfactorysc.com.

Spring 2023

A Rapture Capture

This digital media company is dedicated to delivering high-quality 3-D laser scanning services that provide a homeowner with digital renderings of their custom home to streamline future insurance documentation and collaborate with contractors with ease.

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Each morning, the Rapture Scanning team organizes their inquiries and calls from homeowners with price quotes based on square footage and the type of scan needed based on the progress of the home build. Home scans are scheduled for the coming weeks and the current schedule services all of the previous month’s inquiries.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

A scanning technician heads out for their first scan of the day to a home that hasn’t yet had its drywall installed. This is an ideal and opportune time for a whole-house scan because all of the bones and inner workings are visible.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

On-site, the scan begins with a series of rapid-fire photos to combine and create what is called a digital twin. This digital rendering allows homeowners to see what’s underneath the building for helpful information like the specific location of the home’s mechanics, pipelines, and electrical wires for future home projects and renovations.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

For a 1,500-square-foot build, it takes less than an hour to scan all of the piping, plumbing, and electrical circuits which are later compiled into a 3-D model of the house that can be viewed and shared with contractors and other home professionals for more accurate labor and material quotes.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

There are three more houses in this neighborhood to scan, so the technician takes his time completing each home before returning to the office to complete the data upload process.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The technician returns to the office where the scanning data is quickly processed into a seamless, easy-tonavigate 3D model with storage on their cloud that can later be embedded into a website should the homeowner want to share the scan with their builder and contractors.

For more information, call Rapture Scanning at (843) 936-5991 or visit rapturescanning.com.

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Written by Micaela Arnett Headshot by Bailey Baker (above) Chad Lee, Director of Sales at Rapture Scanning.

What The Pros Want You To Know

Local professionals give us the inside scoop on all things furniture, fixtures, organization, and wealth management.

Considering Airbnbs are hightraffic areas, do you provide accident warranties?

“Every product that we sell can be covered by our five-year furniture protection plan. Our plan covers nearly every single accident a customer can imagine; from rips and stains to punctures and tears. If you have a petfriendly rental or Airbnb, this will cover pet damage as well. So, if someone spills a glass of red wine after a long day at the beach, or if someone forgets their keys in their pocket and it rips a hole in your fabric or leather sofa, you are covered. It’s a great peace of mind, especially for Airbnb rentals.

For more information, call Atlantic Bedding & Furniture at (843) 530-1369 or visit atlanticbeddingandfurniture.com.

What are the most popular finishes for plumbing fixtures?

We are seeing a lot of brushed gold; it has a very beautiful regal finish. Another trend we are seeing is the matte black, which is a really nice, warm finish. Chrome is still king in my eyes, as we’re always selling polished chrome finish but the brushed gold is what’s in, and I think that it’s here to stay for quite a while. We are seeing people mix their metal finishes, too. I wouldn’t necessarily suggest mixing the plumbing fixture finishes, but with lighting, hardware, and door handles, it’s totally okay to mix your metals.

For more information, call Gateway Supply Company at (843) 554-0450 or visit gatewaysupply.net.

What are some of the comments you receive after a project is installed?

“The one comment I get the most often is that people are just happier in their space. Their life is easier. I believe this is due to the fact that we come into their homes and we take notes of how they live, how they function, and what their story is. We take all of that into consideration when we are designing these storage spaces. For example, when we’re working in a pantry, I hear that homeowners feel like they’re more organized shoppers because they know what they already have at home. They don’t waste time and money on duplicates.

For more information, call ShelfGenie at (843) 890-0542 or visit shelfgenie.com.

Now in our sixteenth year, Talking About a Home, a home show on the radio, airs every Saturday from 9am to 10am on 94.3 WSC-FM and online at 943wsc.com. You may also listen to archived radio interviews on our website, charlestonhomeanddesign.com.

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Steven Rudnicki Atlantic Bedding & Furniture
Julie Blumetti ShelfGenie Christy Hulbert Gateway Supply Company

How do you help homeowners who are planning their nest egg?

I work with all our clients. At Carolinas Wealth Management, we provide comprehensive financial advice to help each individual reach their unique goals. It’s not just investment-oriented, although investments are a big part of it. It’s also retirement planning, estate or legacy planning, tax strategies, long-term health care options, really anything to do with finances. So, of course a home purchase would be a part of that, and with interest rates being so high, it can cause more anxiety for would-be home buyers.

For more information, call Carolinas Wealth Management at (800) 948-2706 or visit ameripriseadvisors.com/team/carolinaswealth-management.

Karyn Cavanaugh Carolinas Wealth Management
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What’s Happening in Home + Design News

Design On Tap Adds Lighting and Appliances to Showroom

Design on Tap hosted their grand opening of their North Charleston showroom on March 9th, 2023, where they introduced two new additions to their inventory of plumbing fixtures to include lighting and appliances. They carry appliance brands like Blue Star and Miele; and lighting brands like Arterior and Currey & Company. Their showroom is located at 4790 Goer Drive in North Charleston.

For more information, call Design on Tap at (843) 329-0661 or visit instagram.com/designontapchs.

Charleston Home + Design's 2022 Top 10 Award Winners Announced

For the second year in a row, Charleston Home + Design magazine hosted the Top 10 Awards party on the first night of the Charleston Home + Design Show. Vendors offered up small bites to attendees, while DJ Nor_Way played popular musical hits to keep the celebrations going. The nominees consisted of many local home and design businesses who had projects published in the magazine in 2022. The three categories included bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor living.

For a complete list of winners visit charlestonhomeanddesign.com/blog.

Stay in the know with Lowcountry home and design experts and their accomplishments, events, and showroom updates.

Charleston Home + Design magazine hosted their 19th annual Charleston Home + Design Show in February of 2023 at the North Charleston Convention Center. Attendees were introduced to a plethora of local home-related businesses based in the Charleston area. Those who attended were given an option to explore outdoor living, renovation, and bathroom vendors.

The two main attractions of the Charleston Home + Design Show was the impressive line-up of informative seminars including a Q&A with past cover features, Alia Yahia-Bosworth and Andrea Serrano, and the free design consultations with established interior designers and architects.

For more information about future home shows and events, visit charlestonhomeanddesign.com.

Written by Anna Rowe Photography by Kenny Reed (above) Design on Tap displays beautiful light fixtures throughout their North Charleston showroom.
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2023 Charleston Home + Design Show Recap

GlassEco Surfaces Moves to New Location

GlassEco Surfaces has moved locations. Still located in North Charleston, their new showroom and warehouse headquarters is at 4214 Domino Ave, Unit D. To schedule your visit to their new location, please call their office or visit their website.

For more information, call GlassEco Surfaces at (843) 554-6099 or visit glassecosurfaces.com.

Zuma Announces Their Line of Custom-Made Sofas

Zuma, a company known for their collection of vintage Turkish rugs and olive jars, has announced their new line of custom-made sofas. The sofas will be available for purchase by summertime. They are currently in the process of making the sofas in Turkey, working on fabric samples and designs. The new handmade product includes unique and colorful features of Turkish design.

For more information, call Zuma at (843) 452-1117 or visit zumaimports.com.

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(above) Elizabeth Fisher of GlassEco Surfaces, a Top 10 Award winner for Best Kitchen Project.
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In the Need for Green

A great way to transform your backyard view is to create privacy with the beauty of nature by adding structure and a luscious landscape. Accentuate your refuge with tall and voluminous plants.

For more information, call REMARK Landscape Architecture at (843) 952-7817 or visit remarkstudiollc.com.

Modern Rockers

For homeowners seeking a more contemporary form in their outdoor space, this sleek version of the classic rocking chair achieves a modern look that requires little to no maintenance depending on where it is styled.

For more information, call Iola Modern at (843) 225-6286 or visit iolamodern.com.

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A Cozy Escape

Stylish and inviting, this outdoor sitting area is the perfect place to enhance comfort and relaxation while entertaining guests. All-weather wicker pieces provide longevity and can withstand the tumultuous Carolina climate.

Custom Marsh Views

Gather around a durable, unique paver fire pit as you absorb the scenic views of the Lowcountry. Roast some local oysters and enjoy the sunset, staying warm thanks to the glowing fire.

For more information, call HLG Growers at (843) 901-4862 or visit hlggrowerscarolina.com.

For more information, call Backyard Retreats at (843) 856-0049 or visit backyardretreatssc.com.

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Photography by Callie Webster Photography by Bailey Baker

A Whimsical Sanctuary

This fun and creative landscape design promotes a romantic environment with the use of luscious, tropical greenery mixed with twinkle lights and calming water features.

For more information, call Linda Greenberg Landscape & Design LLC at (704) 995-7173 or visit lindagreenberglandscapedesigns.com.

A New Level of Lounging

Hang out by the pool in a Penland Sling chaise lounge that’s so comfortable you’ll never want to leave. Take in the tropical feel from the Charleston atmosphere as you chat with friends or watch the kids stay cool in the pool.

For more information, call Palm Casual Charleston at (843) 881-0041 or Palm Casual Summerville at (843) 285-5353 or visit palmcasual.com.

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A Courtyard of Charm

Introduce contemporary stone to your outdoor space in a sophisticated and unique manner. You won't have to worry about maintaining the lawn when you have a courtyard of geometric tile and limestone.

For more information, call SiteOne Stone Center at (843) 557-1225 or visit siteone.com.

Impeccable Patio Decks

Spruce up your elevated outdoor living space with steel cable railings and white oak decking materials for a modern and edgy design. A simple yet appealing outdoor detail filled with straight lines and texture.

For more information, call Maner Builder Supply Co at (843) 552-0242 or visit maner.com.

Photography by Kenny Reed
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Backyard Beauty Sunshine Sanctuary

Establishing a landscape with tastefully arranged plants can drastically transform your outdoor area. Listen to the hummingbirds flutter to the keep and watch the flowers bloom as you enjoy the neatly designed space.

For more information, call Yellowstone Landscape at (843) 225-2380 or visit yellowstonelandscape.com.

Decompress from your week and take in the sun on these Milano sling armchairs. The chairs provide strength and breathability, a perfect spot to sit and dry off from a dip in the pool or to enjoy a fresh drink.

For more information, call Outside Is In at (843) 718-7181 or visit outside-is-in.com.

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Photography by Kenny Reed Photography by Ebony Ellis



The Details in the Fabric

After renovating her Daniel Island residence, Gabi Dalnekoff partnered with interior design boutique Imagine Home to source unique, one-of-a-kind home furnishings made from artisans across the world.

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When we look around our homes, it’s hard to imagine the true origin story behind the creation of each piece of furniture and décor. While some mass-produced items might have a sticker or a tag that tells you where that piece came from, that’s about as much of the story as you’ll get. For homeowner Gabi Dalnekoff, she wanted to decorate her newly renovated home with items that were not only of great quality but also those with a meaningful journey. When she was introduced to Staci Lantz, owner of Imagine Home she realized she found the perfect partnership.

“The one thing that really fascinated me about the Imagine Home brand was that they work with so many international women's co-op groups to create opportunities of hope, empowerment, and change in these women’s lives,”

Gabi expresses. Staci Lantz founded Imagine Home over a decade ago and has single handedly changed the home interiors market for the better. By working alongside talented artisans from around the world, she curates collections of high-quality, sustainable, and unique products that directly support the developing communities in which these craftsmen live. Imagine Home partners with artisans and co-op groups in thirteen countries including Haiti, Indonesia, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, Mali, South Africa, and Peru.

Almost all of the Imagine Home fabrics used in Gabi’s home are hand-loomed fabrics but to make the work/life balance easier for the women who make them, Staci had to find a solution. “Some of the developing countries where our women's co-ops are based do not offer childcare services, meaning when a

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Homeowner, Gabi Dalnekoff and Staci Lantz of Imagine Home
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mother leaves her home to go to work, no one is there to watch over her children,” she states. Most fabrics are woven fiftyfour inches wide, which is the standard in upholstery or home décor fabrics, but Imagine Home buys the fabrics from artisans that use a thirty-four-inch back loom, so that it can be carried to the artisan’s home like a backpack. “It was important to me that we only buy fabrics that are thirty-four inches, so that these women can stay home with their kids and continue to make a living,” informs Staci. A great example of Imagine Home’s mission at work.

Originally from Brazil, Gabi related to Imagine Home’s mission and as the owner and operator of a local

construction company, AweVida, and felt connected to Staci as a fellow female entrepreneur. Gabi filled her home with warm and natural tones. She created a modern design with layers upon layers of texture and dynamic elements.

Her passion to include one-of-a-kind pieces is evident as soon as you walk through the front door. A beautiful, handcrafted hardwood ceiling by Elite Woodwork Trim anchors the pendants which hang above the kitchen island countertop provided by Vitoria International, LLC. White cabinetry with brass hardware from Advanced Kitchen Design complements the other hardwood elements including the floating shelves and the beautiful

barstools with handwoven backs from Imagine Home.

In the living room, white pillows with blue stripes provide style and comfort to Gabi’s sofa and reading nook. These handsome textiles are made from organic cotton by women in an Ethiopian co-op. Sitting in front of Gabi’s fireplace are two ottomans covered in “Aden Grey” handwoven, organic cotton fabric.

Tying the living room and the master bedroom together, Gabi and Staci chose to use the same co-op who created the ottoman fabrics for the bedding and pillows, too. The deep gray stripes of the fabric design provide a calming and

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(left and bottom right) Imagine Home pillows add comfort to this built-in nook and sofa, while two Imagine Home cubes offer extra sitting options. (top right) The guest room is decorated with art created exclusively for Imagine Home. (opposite) A turner settee sits in Gabi’s office providing a calming touch.

relaxing tone to the space, and the soft textures allow for a comfortable night’s rest. In perfect symmetry, the two side tables next to the bed are hand-made from artisans in the Philippines, and the white draperies were created by a single mother artisan in Atlanta, Georgia.

In Gabi’s front facing office, she wanted a space where she could sit, read, and relax in between office hours and meetings. A sleek and sophisticated Turner Settee was placed directly across from her desk. The soft blue and gray fabrics were handwoven and naturally dyed in Ethiopia and provides a contemporary style with a tranquil fluidity to the space. In the upstairs guest bedroom, a handwoven rug from India blankets the floor. In India, rug-making has always been considered a “man’s” job, however,

Staci’s commitment to empowering women led her to an inspiring rug dealer whose values aligns with hers by employing female artisans to balance out the traditional male-dominated craft.

“Before I began working with home furnishings and buying things for my clients, I didn’t think twice about where my things were coming from,” Staci admits, “but once I started doing my research and I saw first-hand the impact these opportunities were to these communities, it changed my life.”

Imagine Home has two full-service interior design boutiques based on Daniel Island and in Kiawah Island. ✴

For more information, call Imagine Home at (843) 867-6235 or visit imagine-home.com.

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Classic Elegance

Wanting a timeless and modern cabinet design for this spec house, the builder called upon a reliable and talented company they’ve known for over thirteen years.

When Thomas Wingard and his father Tom Wingard of the Pendium Group began construction on this Ravenel spec home, they knew they wanted to have the best team of designers on his side. This included interior designer and luxury real estate agent Elyssa St. Pierre, Davis Flooring & Design, and cabinet design experts, Georgia and Jeff Ribeiro of Magnolia Cabinet Co.

While Magnolia Cabinet Co. is approaching their third year as a Charleston-based business, husband

and wife duo, Jeff and Georgia have over fifteen years experience working in the cabinet industry. Originally meeting Thomas and Tom on a new construction job in Myrtle Beach thirteen-years ago, their collaboration continues now with Magnolia Cabinet Co.

Desiring a classic, coastal home with luxurious elements and characteristics, Thomas wanted to utilize Magnolia’s custom and semicustom line of products to capture a home that is functional, yet stylish. “I was presented with the architectural and interior design of the house

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Written by Paige Taylor | Photography by Kelly Parrish Jeff & Georgia Ribeiro of Magnolia Cabinet Co.

True Craftsmanship

The carefully designed details of this custom-made island adds depth and dimension to elevate the kitchen area.

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first and based off that I created 2-D and 3-D renderings of my cabinetry designs in each space,” Jeff continues, “Thomas and I went back and forth, making adjustments as we went and eventually agreed on the final design.”

The kitchen is the heart of any home, and the same is true for this new build. Custom designed shaker style in-set cabinets with stainless steel hardware surrounds the open-concept kitchen. Each cabinet drawer is equipped with top-of-theline mechanics that included a softclose feature. The Magnolia Cabinet Co. team designed arches into the bottoms of each piece, which can also be seen throughout the home in the many other areas where their cabinets were installed.

A beautifully custom crafted range hood designed by Jeff was also created for this project. “Great communication between the builder

and our team is how an incredible piece like this is made. This hood was designed specifically for this home, no one else has it,” says Georgia.

The cabinetry that encompasses the gorgeous custom-made island with a white vein quartz countertop from AGM Imports sits in the middle of the kitchen. Coated in Urbane Bronze paint, the kitchen island stands out due to its bluish gray hues and column-like detailing. “We wanted the island to make a statement; to be the pièce de rèsistance, so that is what we created,” Jeff explains.

In the living room, custom builtin cabinets with glass doors were installed on either side of the grand fireplace. “I wanted the kitchen and living room to flow into each other, and we were able to accomplish this by adding the arch detailing at the bottom,” he tells us.

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(above) The range hood was custom designed and crafted by Magnolia Cabinet Co. (below) This Jack and Jill bathroom includes a double vanity designed with a raised toe-kick. (opposite) Semi-custom built-ins were designed with glass panel doors for visual accessibility.

Upstairs in the Jack and Jill bathroom, Magnolia Cabinet Co. designed a double sink vanity with a twenty-seven-inch base on both sides and twelve-inch drawer stack in the middle. Painted in shaker white, the vanity was also designed with a raised toe-kick feature which allows your feet to rest comfortably under the small section of the cabinetry. Small details like this are important to high-end designs as the designer is considering the homeowner’s function within the space.

“We are so grateful that we can provide such beautiful art into these homes, and that we get to partner with great builders, like the Pendium Group to showcase our best work,” Georgia says.✴

For more information, call Magnolia Cabinet Co. at (843) 277-5554 or visit magnoliacabinetco.com.

"Heavens" a Place on Earth

Sonya and Frank Pacera channel their faith into the home decor, accessories, and furnishings they source for their gathering and retail space in Mount Pleasant.

Opening the door to Heavens Marketplace reveals a homey and uplifting atmosphere with vintage and boho products covering every inch of the store. The marketplace’s famous candles fill the air with an earthy and crisp aroma; the faint smell of freshly brewed coffee quickly follows. Although the store is overflowing with inspiring products, it didn’t start out that way.

Originally from New Jersey, owners Sonya and Frank Pacera always envisioned moving to the South and starting something new. In July 2020, they took a leap of faith and landed in Myrtle Beach where they opened their first smaller concept of Heavens Marketplace in Barefoot Landing and Tanger Outlets. They spent two and a half years building their business.

After the success of their Myrtle Beach store, Sonya and Frank were ready to expand their reach to another area. Having spent many weekends in Charleston, the Paceras gravitated to the Lowcountry. Sonya recalls finding the current building, “I believe there is a reason why we were led to this space. Although it’s a big space to fill, it’s been a great journey to get here.” With their faith leading the way, they opened Heavens Marketplace in Mount Pleasant in September of 2022.

Heavens Marketplace lives up to the name, eliciting tranquility and comfort. Sonya and Frank Pacera have transformed the former Boone Hall Market into a space filled with inspirational apparel, handmade jewelry, and unique home pieces. Frank elaborates on the purpose of the store, “Every section has a specific feel to it.

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A Gathering Space

A community prayer tree is found in the center of the store. Visitors are encouraged to place a paper leaf on the tree with their hopes, successes, and worries.

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Whether you’re looking for home décor or fashion and accessories, we have it! The key word to describe our store is comfortability. It’s a place for the community to come and have fellowship.”

When asked if there was a positive response to the opening of Heavens Marketplace, Frank and Sonya immediately reply “yes.” They were pleasantly surprised during their first few months of opening, “Thanksgiving and Christmas were such a blessing for us. We’re thankful with how far we’ve come and excited about all we have planned going forward,” Sonya comments.

The camaraderie of the store is what they want the main focal point to be and, so far, that’s exactly what it has been. From farmhouse pieces to local artisan

decorations, there is something at Heavens Marketplace for everyone. The couple works closely with the greater Charleston community, taking the time to develop relationships with local artists and fellow business partners.

“We strongly believe in the brands displayed in our store, especially a local brand that has a great message behind it,” says Sonya, referring to clothing line Francis + Benedict, one of the many South Carolina businesses featured at Heavens Marketplace.

The one thing that Sonya and Frank hope customer’s leave with, besides a positive affirmation sign or freshly brewed cup of coffee, is to feel at home in their store.

“For us, we all live in a world that has so many distractions. If we’re able to change

(above) Heavens Marketplace supports local brands, like Francis + Benedict by featuring their products in their store. (opposite) Beautifully arranged wreaths can brighten up your front door, perfect for springtime.
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Sonya and Frank Pacera of Heavens Marketplace

a minute or hour of their day and turn it into something positive, then they might pay it forward. That’s what it’s all about, helping everybody feel good about themselves and about the world,” Sonya expresses. Heavens Marketplace is more than a store, it’s a community of family, friendship, and inspiration. ✴

For more information, call Heavens Marketplace at (854) 854-0486 or visit heavensmarketplace.com.

A Home Born Anew

A beach house that hadn’t been updated in thirty years now resembles that of an East Asian tea room after a dramatic five-month renovation by one of the Southeast’s most experienced builders.

Upon entry, guests are immediately immersed in an envelope of movement that radiates unlimited energy from the marbled porcelain tile that lines the walls and ceiling leading to a gracious open living space bursting with cultural influence and visual appeal.

Kevin Kalman of Kalman Construction has been remodeling and building homes since he could remember, having a hand in his father’s construction business since his youth. The Kalman experience can be felt all the way from Nantucket down to Charleston where he has specialized in custom renovations and additions for over two decades. He remarks, “After you’ve been in this business for forty-two years, not many

requests surprise me.” Basically, if you can dream it, Kevin Kalman can build it.

This final product was a full-scale whole home renovation inside and out that required the homeowners to commit to moving out for a short period of time while walls were reconfigured and renovations took place. Five months to be specific, and that’s quick according to Kevin. “These just so happened to be the most ideal clients to work with, meaning, they had their appliances pre-ordered and already had a specific style of design in mind.” This home hadn’t been updated since the 1980s so cosmetic improvements played just as big of a role as the major demolition and new layout. All new hardwood flooring and paint were small jobs in comparison

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Kevin Kalman of Kalman Construction

Authentic Influence

An extended stay in East Asia inspired the interior design of this remodel where cobalt blue tile animates the kitchen's backsplash.

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to the bigger tasks at hand, but proved to be just as crucial to the end result.

As spectacular as the design turned out to be, it was just a pipe dream according to the homeowners whose children had grown up and flown the nest some years ago leaving the two of them the space and time to travel the world and discover new cultures. After returning home from a sabbatical, the couple was ready to enter their age of retirement with grace and eagerness to inform their interiors with motifs of Far East Asian influence.

The couple then set their sights on working with a builder who had a vetted list of subcontractors at one of the Charleston Home + Design Shows where they connected with the master builder, Kevin Kalman. It gave these homeowners great confidence knowing that Kevin has his own team of licensed tradesmen for specialties like HVAC, plumbing, and electrical work.

The homeowners wanted to bring home the practice of traditional tea ceremonies with an authentic tea room addition just beside the kitchen. They were interested in seeing their home function in a new way that fits their retirement lifestyle and encourages their interests through design cues taken from their travels.

(above) Custom built-ins and a double vanity float over a heated tile floor in the master bathroom. (opposite) The floor plan remodel provided more than enough wiggle room for a curbless entry shower. (below) Traditional East Asian-style doors lead to a tea room just beyond the grand marbled entrance.
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Kevin reconfigured the flow of the home by moving around walls to better support this couple’s desired slow and peaceful lifestyle. This required an extensive reconfiguration plan for the foyer, a part of the design which would ultimately lead the rest of the material mood.

There were certain elements the homeowners wanted to keep, like the vaulted ceiling and skylights whereas other elements, like the custom-designed tea room, were carefully built as the couple’s latest lifestyle addition.

Surprisingly, Kevin shares, “This is one of the few times we have actually taken space out of the master bathroom suite to create room for a larger walk-in closet, and the bathroom is still huge!” Custom built-ins and a double vanity float over a heated tile floor with more than enough wiggle room for their curbless entry shower with custom tile and a separate soaking tub from Moluf’s Kitchen and Bath.

Kevin recalls how it was “an enjoyable project with great clients. The results far outweighed the expectations of what we all started with. When it was all said and done, everybody looked at each other and said, 'Yeah, that was worth it'." ✴

For more information, call Kalman Construction at (843) 856-0515 or visit kalmanconstruction.com.

Exquisite Illuminates

Desiring a home with unique elements, these homeowners reached out to a local artisan who crafts custom-made handblown glass fixtures and other glass décor.

When styling a minimalist home décor, adding statement pieces and pops of color can allow you to show off your personality without overwhelming the entire space. This home has a calm and peaceful aesthetic that plays off the many soft hues of cream and blue, as well as natural wood elements throughout.

While working with interior designer Jennifer Colvin, this homeowner decided to make her lighting fixtures the ultimate statement piece. Jennifer referred her to James McLeod of CLEOD Glass + Works to craft several custom designed and handblown

glass fixtures. James combines the ancient art of glassblowing with modern design elements to create one-of-a-kind illuminated pieces.

His portfolio includes homeware, sculptural pieces, and intricate, elaborate lighting fixtures. His passion for art began when his mother would take him to art galleries as a young boy. While studying at the California College for Arts & Crafts, James enrolled into a glassblowing class that impacted his life far beyond the classroom.

First opening CLEOD [pronounced "cloud" ] Glass + Works in Essex, Massachusetts, James found great

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James McLeod of CLEOD Glass + Works Written by Paige Taylor | Photography by Marcela Diaz

success selling his beautiful, unique handblown pieces. He decided to expand his brand in 2021 and opened his gallery location on Broad Street in downtown Charleston.

After scheduling a meeting together, Jennifer discussed what her clients were looking for in terms of design, color, glass texture, and hardware. Based on the client’s vision, James illustrated several potential ideas and presented renderings to both the homeowner and Jennifer upon his second site visit. “Because all items are custom-made to order, I was able to go to her home and look at each space. From there, we made the decision to design the lights to create fluidity throughout the home” he tells us.

Once the final design gets approved, James starts making the pieces in his Massachusetts studio. Each globe was handblown and then cold worked to fit the hardware. Next, the CLEOD team cleans and polishes each piece prior to installation, which he does himself.

The primary bedroom is filled with white oak furniture, an off-white rug, and gorgeous bedding printed with bursting blue floral blooms. James designed a 12-light bubble chandelier to mimic the color and movement of water. “As the chandelier was being made, I rolled a gold leaf onto each shade to add elegance and a shimmering effect when it catches the light,” he says. The texture of the matching bedside lamps allows the

many shades of blue in the bedding to pop.

For a final collaborative custom design element, James crafted two globe pendants with brass hardware to hang over the kitchen island, as well as two vibrant rose-colored vases, both created by one-of-a-kind molds for unique texture. The vases bring a warmth to the bedroom and complement the existing cool tones brought out by the main design color.  No matter where you are in this room, more and more unique curiosities reveal themselves through the glass. ✴

For more information, call CLEOD Glass + Works at (843) 789-4031 or visit cleodglassworks.com.

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(top left) Adding a pop of warmth into the bedroom, two rose-colored vases were created. (bottom left) Rich with texture, these table lamps mimic the movement of water. (right) A showstopping custom-made 12-light bubble chandelier hangs in the primary bedroom.

A Dream Home Come True

WhenNadine Vogel of Sweetgrass Living, LLC, a global interior design and consulting firm, began building the Folly Beach home of her dreams, she opted for machine-finished coatings to protect all of the exterior and interior building materials.

Having spent more than twenty years vacationing on Folly Beach with her family, Nadine Vogel knew she wanted to build her dream home in the place where so many memories had been made. “My husband Doug and our two girls stayed in the same beach home every year. It was right on the water, and we always had the best time when we were here,” she recalls. It wasn’t too long until the homeowners of the neighboring beach house decided to move and tear down their property.

“I remember we were vacationing one summer and noticed the home next to us was no longer there and plans for a new build were being

created. Something inside told me that this was our chance to finally build the home of our dreams,” Nadine tells us. The morning they were to end their vacation, Nadine and Doug took a leap of faith and became the new owners of the double oceanfront lot.

Officially breaking ground in August of 2020, Nadine and her architectural team designed a gorgeous three-story beach home extending over both lots with fifty pilings serving as the home’s foundation. Once the framing was structured, Nadine sourced the windows, doors, and lumber from Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp. The next steps included installing

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metal roofing and exterior siding. Having a home on the beach in a high-humidity climate like South Carolina, it’s imperative to take protective measures to ensure the longevity and exterior quality of the building materials. Thankfully, Rick Jackson, owner of Carolina Machine Finishing (CMF) was included throughout the design process until the home’s final construction.

“Due to their environmental concerns, Nadine and Doug wanted a reduction in maintenance of their home’s exterior,” Rick states. CMF’s controlled application environment provides the best process for sealing and protecting wood building components thereby increasing the durability of the products. CMF ran all the exterior sidings and trim materials through their unique encapsulation process, applying primer and paint to all six sides of each board. The exterior siding is a combination of board and batten, horizontal siding, and fibered cement shakes. “We had the opportunity to custom color the shakers which was a lot of fun,” Nadine expresses. While all siding materials were pre-primed, the shakes received a two-tone paint job to give them a more natural and weathered gray tone.

(below) An octagon design was incorporated into the center of the house; from the living room to the third floor rooftop deck. (top and center right) Carolina Machine Finishing coated and sealed all building materials for both outdoor living spaces.

(bottom right) The game room is filled with shades of blue from the pool table and wet bar.

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A large gray fence surrounding the property enhances the appeal of this grand residence. On the back side of the home, large decks wrap each level of the house, ideal to take in a beautiful Carolina sunrise and sunset.

Another design feature Nadine desired most was her rooftop deck with uninterrupted 360-degree views of the Ravenel Bridge, Morris Island Lighthouse, and the Atlantic Ocean as far as the eye can see. Each piece of fencing, decking, and railing was coated and protected by Carolina Machine Finishing.

Inside the home, waves of blue and white bring Nadine’s coastal vision

to life. “I wanted a beach home that combined contemporary influences with southern charm,” she says. A playful bubble chandelier hangs in the foyer above a custom “true North” compass integrated into the hardwood floors, a prime example of both Nadine and Doug’s personalities. The living room sits under a twostory octagonal design with a sunroof connected to the rooftop deck.

Wanting to enjoy the ocean views no matter where in the home she was, large glass windows frame the backside of the home while glass railings border the secondlevel walkways and her home gym. Beautiful crown moldings, shiplap,

and ceiling details were primed and painted by CMF. “I consider the small details like the trim and moldings to be the jewelry of a home. It’s what brings in character and life,” Nadine says.

Full of texture and depth, Nadine incorporated many different pieces that were sourced both locally and internationally, like the Ro Sham Beaux custom-designed beaded chandelier that hangs above a seventy-inch round teak root table. Another example of this is the backlit blue agate countertop and wall in the wet bar area which plays off the game room’s atmosphere. In the master bedroom, two jellyfish pendants

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(opposite left) Nadine decorated her home with delicious textures and palpable blues. (above) Two metal and beaded jellyfish fixtures hang on either side of the master bed to continue an elevated beach house look.

display metal, beads, and crystals. While the build of the home took over two years to complete, Nadine credits contractors like CMF’s Rick Jackson who allowed her to create the home of her dreams with little maintenance going forward. “Working with someone as knowledgeable and as kind as the Carolina Machine Finishing team made this process so much easier and I know my home is protected, inside and out,” she explains. ✴

For more information, call Sweetgrass Living, LLC at (843) 580-6929 or visit sweetgrassliving.com.

For more information, call Carolina Machine Finishing at (843) 760-0026 or visit cmfprefinish.com.

The Proof is in the Paint

This locally owned and family-operated painting company has made a name for itself in Charleston as the goto contractor for prep, prime, and paint services, especially in the historic district and East of the Cooper.

When you think of historic Charleston, you might picture Rainbow Row and The Battery; waves crashing against pastels and palm trees. Any local knows that these historic homeowners have given their life’s commitment to maintaining the look of the outside of their homes.

Exterior maintenance is part of keeping up with the historic architectural integrity of this city that we are so well-known for. Charleston may as well have invented the term, “curb appeal”. Since Koozer works on so many projects in downtown

neighborhoods, they are familiar with building association requirements and can help guide homeowners through the approval process easily.

This home on South Battery is no different. Its grand architecture sits on a unique corner lot with expansive porch views that wrap around the property. The homeowners were in need of a full exterior paint job over their existing brick which included color-matching the trim and window frames for a subtle contrast. In addition to this exterior upgrade, the homeowners opted to have their backyard cabana and storage shed painted similarly for visual harmony.

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Written by Micaela Arnett | Photography by Ebony Ellis Kevin Koozer of Koozer Painting

Koozer’s team of skilled painters also specializes in wood staining, kitchen cabinetry, custom striping, pressure washing, epoxy coatings, drywall repair, and roof painting, among other challenging projects that many other painters avoid due to the level of skill these jobs require. Whether you are in need of a brightening refresh on the interior or exterior of your home, Koozer Painting has the experience and integrity to provide the best result.

Homes in coastal climates like Charleston with high heat and humidity levels require more frequent exterior maintenance than a home in a drier climate region. Koozer jobs are always

painted with high-quality coatings by Benjamin Moore to ensure exterior longevity and so that the exterior paint works as an added layer of protection which aids against the potential damages that can be caused by water and weather damage, insects, and dust. It can even prevent wood rot when prepped and primed with the level of Koozer care.

You might not consider Charleston as having a “harsh” environment, but the extreme heat and humidity take a toll on all structures in the Lowcountry, especially in residential areas. Koozer’s team of dedicated painters know that if a home is properly coated, it will weather extreme conditions like an envelope of

protection to prevent small issues from becoming larger problems down the road.

Kevin Koozer assures readers, “Whether it's a restoration project in Charleston or a remodel in Mount Pleasant, we will take the proper steps to make sure that your home looks great, and that the job is done right. Many painters skip steps and use inadequate materials, which leads to poor longevity. We only use the highest quality exterior paints so that your house will stand the test of time.” ✴

For more information, call Koozer Painting at (843) 881-2212 or visit koozerpainting.com.

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(opposite) This home’s exterior was power-washed clean before a protective exterior paint coating. (bottom left) A freshly painted cabana accented with white shiplap. (bottom right) Louvered wall panels painted to match also provide pool-time privacy.


Transformative Textiles

A coastal builder and local Turkish textile retailer worked closely to establish this show home’s design scheme with an authentic mix of new and vintage floor coverings in a variety of colors and textures.

The builders of this Kiawah Island home enlisted the expertise and product excellence of Zuma, a local distribution showroom that gives Charleston access to a variety of authentic Turkish rugs.

From an interior perspective, a good rug is to a room what a good pair of shoes is to an outfit, but a Turkish rug? Whether new or old, it's an element that will establish or reinforce a design scheme and it’s certainly easier than repainting your walls or installing wallpaper.

Turkish textiles and home goods have an amazing and hand-made history that has sparked global decorative interest and design praise for generations. Over the last six years, Zuma’s owners Elyse Witt and Zuhal "Zu" Bulut travel internationally to meet with Turkish artisans to source a variety of authentic home goods for the Charleston area.

Due to the age of some of the vintage textiles, light surface wear actually enhances the rug’s character and does not impact the original quality. “Each product pattern is unique and cannot

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Zuhal Bulut and Elyse Witt of Zuma Written by Micaela Arnett Photography by Callie Webster

Dining Comfort

A large area rug grounds the lightfilled dining room with a muted color palette and a hint of blue.

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be duplicated. Our products are durable, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind, each with its own story to tell,” Zu adds.

A Turkish rug is an incredibly easy way to introduce color and pattern into your home while establishing visual pathways and creating depth among an open-scale layout with what designers call “zones” that connect smaller spaces to the overarching flow. Reinforcing areas within a space with rugs anchors furniture and naturally creates activity, task, and transition zones, which prevents large pieces of furniture from looking like ships lost at sea.

Turkish rugs really shine in areas like the kitchen and bathroom. Not only do they preserve the finish of the flooring in the home’s most high-traffic areas, but they add character and comfort to what is typically neutral and sterile areas before interior design.

Often, the ceiling and floors are the last to be adorned. Not in this case. The interior design team at Structure’s Building Co. knew just who to call to add charming comfort, cultural relevance, and exquisite craftsmanship to their newest home build.

The home’s layout required a variety of colors and sizes, and decisions were carefully made in collaboration with the builders and interior designers. The designers recognized the home’s open floor plan was in need of three large rugs in the main living space which informed the rest of the rug selections.

In the kitchen, a runner by Zuma sits in between the range and the island for texture and comfort in addition to hardwood surface protection under the sink and stove. “Seeing everything completed is so rewarding. We love seeing our rugs in their new home and love seeing all the interiors work well together.

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The rugs are stunning and perfect for the space! We work one-on-one with clients to help pick the best products for their spaces. For large projects, we will bring rugs to the site to help designers or homeowners select rugs that are best fit for their spaces and interiors. For people shopping at our warehouse, customers can take items on approval to try them in their homes before purchasing,” says Zu. ✴

For more information, call Zuma at (843) 452-1117 or visit zumaimports.com.

(above) The time worn look of this vintage rug adds character to the living room. (opposite top) In the guest bedroom, a more contemporary style rug adds a bold pop of color.

Nature’s Window

The homeowners of this Kiawah River home wanted to bring protection and privacy to their living spaces with a touch of natural textures.

Proper window treatments do more than provide light control and privacy when it comes to interior design. The design and technology behind today’s latest window fashions is something desired by many homeowners all over, especially in a coastal city like Charleston.

Starr Sanford Design, one of the Kiawah River’s community architects enlisted the expertise of window treatment gurus, Katie Jones and Dianna Hibbits of Island Shade Shoppe for another collaboration together.

The Kiawah River community is relatively new and built around the Lowcountry’s most stunning sea island views. The environmentally conscious village strives to incorporate as much nature as possible into each home design. Island Shade Shoppe, formerly known as Kiawah Island Shades has a history of installing window treatments into many of the Kiawah River homes since the community’s inception.

For this particular collaboration, the homeowner and designer continued the community’s vision by utilizing

Dianna Hibbitts and Katie Jones of Island Shade Shoppe
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Soft Textures

Natural woven wood shades made with hemp, reed, and grass offer a subtle organic touch to this primary bedroom filled with natural hardwood elements.

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and highlighting the natural elements in the home. Both Katie and Dianna were encouraged to approach this project with an organic aesthetic and focus on the community’s passion for nature, utilizing products that promote an outside environment and also enhance the river views.

Playing off the high vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom and the gorgeous floor to ceiling wood in the sitting area, which is also backed by incredible marsh views, a window covering full of organic textures was selected. “Our natural woven wood shades made with hemps, reed, and grasses combined this desired aesthetic with the function of privacy and light control,” Katie explains.

Woven wood shades from Hunter Douglas not only provide a touch of

texture, but also are durable with minimal stretching, bending, or breaking unlike competitor brands. Another set of woven wood shades were placed in the guest bedroom, but this time in one of the eighty colors to choose from at Island Shade Shoppe. While the guest bedroom was designed a bit differently than the other spaces to create an airy and peaceful environment, the woven wood shades connect the room to the entire home by use of the same materials.

Another neighborhood go-to product are plantation shutters when the view is less of a priority than privacy. “Shutters offer a variety of flexible features for function and presentation such as a split tilt allowing the top section of the louvers to remain open while

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(left and below) Plantation shutters were installed to add a classic coastal touch to this kitchen and butler pantry. (right) Complementing the cream and blush hues of the bedding, white woven shades were installed as window coverings. (opposite) A popular window treatment used for UV protection are the solar screen shades.

the bottom is closed and tilting of louvers for optimal light control and concealment,” Dianna describes.

While woven wood shades and shutters are among the most popular styles utilized in this home project, Katie and Dianna agree that minimal roller and solar shades are among the top choices for window coverings. “Inside the community fitness center, we were asked to mitigate the intense glare from the river while not blocking the impressive 180-degree view. We installed solar screen shades to block up to 99% of harmful UV rays and solar heat gain. Our solar screen shades are AERC rated to provide comfortable interiors year-round,” states Katie. ✴

For more information, call Island Shade Shoppe at (843) 834-9645 or visit islandshadeshoppe.com.


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Low Maintenance Luxury

This custom home is a lesson on material durability with Cambria quartz in its most high-traffic areas like the kitchen and bathrooms for majestic simplicity and striking contrast.

When this home’s construction began, the homeowners saw themselves calling it forever for their growing family. Windows boasting landscape views and abundant natural light pervade each room and this wide-scale layout. Interior designer, T. Phillips knew they needed stain, scratch, and chip-resistant surfaces in their most used spaces. Because durability was at the forefront of this design, Cambria quartz proved to be the best fit for the family’s lifestyle. Phillips chose the kitchen and bathroom surfaces not only for prime function but also for the material’s dramatic design impact.

A custom waterfall island grounds the kitchen and dining space with simple yet stark contrast and the details of the interior design follow. In true material harmony, quartz countertops in subtly different hues and veining were installed on the contemporary floating bathroom vanities.

Executive Vice President of Design at Cambria, Summer Kath, describes the kitchen’s Brittanicca Warm quartz as one which, “embodies warm translucent gray veins streaming across a temperate white backdrop, like venerable old rivers flowing into a fog-bound harbor. The soft and sophisticated taupe and gray veining are vast and bold, providing a subtle

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Summer Kath of Cambria

translucency, while the warm white background adds depth and dimension.”

For the bathroom countertops, Summer shares how “the complementary Winterbourne [quartz] is a warm white with a monochromatic tonality that promotes tranquility and serenity.”

Cambria’s nonabsorbent and maintenance-free quartz surfaces are the perfect material for creating luxurious bathroom surfaces and vanities without any fuss over grout maintenance and alleviate any worry over potential mold and mildew. Quartz is especially helpful in climates of high humidity like Charleston and surrounding coastal zones.

Cambria’s quartz designs take what is trending and popular with color and translate them into stunning surfaces using neutral highlights that are so unique and beyond what anyone has done. Combined with Cambria’s innovative technology, they are constantly striving to create something new, livable, and modern, providing choices that create everlasting luxury.

One of the many benefits of Cambria countertops is that they are extremely durable and made of the finest quartz. Unlike granite, marble, and other surfaces that require regular

maintenance, Cambria surfaces never have to be sealed. Because Cambria is also harder than granite or marble, it is less likely to scratch, chip, or stain. Cambria countertops are also non-absorbent, so they resist staining and won’t harbor harmful bacteria, which is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor living spaces.

For over twenty years, Cambria has been family-owned and American-made. They back their products with robust service and support as well as extending their transferable full lifetime warranty to all of its homeowners, previous and current. You can rest assured that if you purchase a home with Cambria surfaces, you too will receive the same care and attention to detail as those who commissioned their installation to begin with. Cambria’s true value becomes apparent over time as its ease of maintenance and stellar quality will prove.

Cambria offers a wide range of designs that complement many different types of materials, tones, and finishes used in homes today. Because of this versatility, Cambria works with practically any cabinet and fixture, while also standing alone as a beautifully organic, sophisticated showpiece in and of itself. ✴

For more information, visit cambriausa.com/find-a-dealer/ charleston.com.

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Written by Micaela Arnett Photography by Keen Eye Marketing (opposite) The kitchen island, countertops, and backsplash were designed with Cambria quartz’s Brittanicca Warm (bottom right) The master bathroom vanities feature their Winterbourne quartz.
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Built to Breathe

The historic homes of downtown Charleston were designed to receive maximum ventilation through their many windows and doors. With modern technology these current homeowners are getting a breath of fresh air.

In the Lowcountry, every home is different and how each home is heated and cooled requires an understanding of that fact. Older homes were built to breathe while newer homes are built tighter in construction. Tom Harvey, Founder/CEO of Holy City Heating & Air says that these old homes present challenges which they counter by leveraging their knowledge and expertise of historic construction and high efficiency and comfort variable speed systems like the Daikin Fit, Bosch, and Mitsubishi systems.

“It’s our job to find the best, most energy efficient solution for each home we work on,” says Tom, who started Holy City Heating & Air in 2015 after gaining over

fifteen years’ experience prior. In this case, the owners of this 18th century Charleston Single wanted to bring their home into the year 2023 with an updated, state-of-the-art HVAC system to condition and dehumidify the entire house. But how to solve the problem of a historic home that is meant to leak air and install equipment in the tight confines of a property where there is limited space on the exterior for equipment, was the question.

Tom and his team installed a Mitsubishi Multi Zone Ductless System and a Bosch Variable Speed Package System in the home that delivers consistent temperature and enhanced dehumidification while heating and

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Tom Harvey of Holy City Heating & Air
Written by Noelle Schlette Photography by Kelly Parrish

cooling the home. The variable speed technology makes these systems the go-to when it comes to working with limited space.

The Bosch Variable Speed Package Unit had to be located on the rooftop deck directly next to where the family likes to spend time and relax in the evenings, and it operates almost silently. The Mitsubishi Floor Mount Consoles are located in individual rooms and to give entire home comfort. The Mitsubishi variable speed systems will self-adjust to run more efficiently at reduced speeds, for longer times giving you enhanced filtration, dehumidification, and circulation. Behind each indoor unit, Tom

carefully drilled two and a quarter inch holes into the three-hundredyear-old walls routing the refrigerant, communication, and condensate drain lines through the historic framework, and onto the rooftop where the Mitsubishi Variable Speed Heat Pump was sidewall mounted to the brickwork. “Having a thorough understanding of how these old homes were built sets us apart from other heating and air companies,” he tells us.

Older Charleston homes are prone to outdoor air infiltrating the home, mostly by design from an age where these homes were built with window panes and doors lining the entire veranda and were meant to be open so

the home could ventilate and cool itself during the hot Charleston summers. In an old home with modern HVAC, the warm outdoor air infiltration meeting the cool, conditioned indoor air can cause fungal growth and generally poor indoor air quality. Holy City Heating & Air uses advanced filtration like the MERV 15 Daikin Premium Air Cleaner, and air purification systems like the RemeHalo and Halo-LED to improve your indoor air quality. “When you’re comfortable in your home,” Tom says, “You just feel better.” ✴

For more information, call Holy City Heating & Air at (843) 612-0864 or visit holycityhvac.com.

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(top left) The Mitsubishi HVAC units have removable, dishwasher safe filters for easy cleaning. (bottom left) A unit, discreetly placed in the corner of the kids’ game room, provides consistent clean air. (right) This historic Charleston home, built in the 1700s, received an updated HVAC system.

Coastal Curb Appeal

Hurricane protection was the top priority for these Mount Pleasant homeowners who used a mix of impact-rated Bahama and decorative board and batten shutters to create a charming exterior.

In Charleston, there is a language associated with shutters. Not only do they provide decorative charm, but they also protect your home from destructive weather patterns during hurricane season, something Lowcountry homeowners know all too well. Owning a house on the coast requires a level of commitment to protecting the home you love by preparing at-risk areas like windows and doors to withstand harsh winds and flying debris. During a storm, these parts of your home are more vulnerable than the rest and are at risk for damage that can cause a roof or walls to collapse in the future.

J.D. Cooper and his team at Lowcountry Hurricane and Shutters

have been locally building, installing, and servicing both decorative and hurricane-rated shutters in the Charleston area since 2006. Having been a commercial fisherman at the young age of fifteen, J.D. has always been an entrepreneur at heart. He started his own business in the shutters industry because he, “[enjoys] helping people protect their property and making them happy by improving the look of their home.”

After surveying the openings of the home on-site and listening to the client’s wants and needs for the project, Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters outfitted the front and sides of this home with a combination of classic board and

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J.D. Cooper of Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters
Written by Micaela Arnett | Photography by Ruta Smith

batten-style shutters and hurricanerated Bahama shutters for exterior protection, added privacy, and curb appeal.

For the home’s shutter finishes, the owners opted for a traditional castiron shade of paint that provides a subtle contrast against the siding. The rustic look of the board and battenstyle shutters on the front porch with s-hook hold backs give the home a sense of pastoral charm while the Bahama shutters on the adjacent side and above the garage lend themselves to life on the coast. In the hurricane off-seasons (winter, spring, and fall), this home’s

shutters can be held in the open position by its decorative shutter dog hold backs. J.D. says, “Our operable Bahama shutters are the most popular because it gives homeowners the ability to get the look they are going for while also giving them the ability to adjust them for custom shade and increased privacy without blocking their beautiful landscape and water views.”

All impact-rated shutters are made of heavy-duty aluminum alloy component material allowing them to withstand damaging winds up to 150MPH. Their products are manufactured, built, and painted or powder coated in their

local facility where a full-service sales and installation team ensures quality control and product integrity for utmost customer satisfaction.

J.D. and his team understand the importance of taking pride in the appearance of your home and they aim to provide you with dependable hurricane protection through custom shutter installations that enhance the appearance of your home while protecting what matters most. ✴

For more information, call Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters at (843) 8225519 or visit lowcountryshutters.com.

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(top left) For active hurricane protection, shutters can be easily closed from the inside or outside of the home. (right) These windows are outfitted in a classic board and batten style with s-hook hold backs.

A Well-Organized Home

Creating a home with thoughtfully designed storage spaces is something these homeowners wanted before moving into their new property.

Before making the big move from New Jersey to the Lowcountry, these homeowners knew they wanted to make their master closet contemporary in style with functional organization solutions at the forefront of its design. After seeing an advertisement for national franchise, Closets by Design, they called the local branch for a consultation and quickly learned they provide services far beyond the closet. Designer Lori Flowers Dunn explains, “Everything we do is custom, so we can pretty much bring any homeowner’s vision to life, from closets and pantries to bedrooms, mudrooms, and offices.”

Lori worked with her clients to design several storage solutions throughout their newly constructed abode. The homeowner wanted a mudroom right off of their garage. With her family of four and a dog, it was important that each person had their own space inside the mudroom. “I designed these deep cubbies for each person. Similar to a locker, there is ample storage for outdoor shoes in the compartment below, hooks inside the cubby for jackets and coats, and then more storage space at the top,” describes Lori. Extra seating was designed to make efficient use of the space and a tall, flat panel utility closet was designed to store brooms, mops, and other cleaning

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Written by Paige Taylor Photography by Ruta Smith Lori Flowers Dunn of Closets by Design


supplies. “Everything doesn’t necessarily fit inside a closet anymore,” she continues, “I don’t think that’s really our lifestyle anymore, so having a drop zone or a mudroom can provide storage for our notso-glamorous everyday outfits.”

She designed the pantry to be an extension of the kitchen. Creating a semi-walk-in pantry under the stairs allows them to move, grab, and go. The Closets by Design team also installed two large deep pull-out drawers to store canned goods and another for medicine and first-aid products. “These homeowners wanted ample space at the bottom to store their dog’s food and a place to install their microwave,” Lori says. Another extension of the kitchen is their all-black custom-made wet bar with flat panel doors, frosted matte windows, a pull-out drawer for bar tools, and a pullup door for glassware. Lori made sure to design a space for a wine cooler, as well.

The homeowner claimed the second-floor landing as her home office. A wide-open space filled with a modern white and brass desk, potted plants, and pops of color and texture in the sitting area. Overlooking the large community pond, the homeowner wanted a relaxing space where she can work, move, and be productive. For maximum function, Lori designed a large

Custom-made cubbies were designed into the mud room to store outerwear for each family member.

black bookcase with base cabinetry for important files and paperwork, as well as some shelving on top for books, picture frames, and décor. Another pullout drawer was installed into the bookcase to hold the printer, providing easy access.

Wanting a youthful and contemporary room for their youngest daughter, the homeowner designed a chest of drawers with a built-in vanity, and a window bench with pull-out metal basket containers inside. The custom-made piece is aligned on the wall providing room to move. The white finish and flat panel doors with brass hardware exudes a timeless feel that can continue as their daughter grows.

For the master closet, the homeowners had expressed to Lori that they needed the space to be comfortable and roomy, ultimately storing both of their wardrobes. Adjustable shelves were installed along each of the four walls in their closet. Throughout the closets in the rest of the home, pull-out ballet rods were installed allowing each person to arrange an outfit for the day or for an event. Other features include a jewelry shelf, a hidden hamper built into the closet frame, and a pull-out tie organizer. “I designed these closets to be transitional. As life changes, so can your closet,” states Lori. ✴

For more information, call Closets by Design at (866) 484-8130 or visit closetsbydesign.com.

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(top left) This walk-in pantry includes pull-out shelves for canned goods and firstaid supplies. (top right) Pull-up cabinet doors are one of the many features of this custom-made wet bar. (bottom) An top-notch feature of the master closet is the pull-out tie organizer.
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Smart Home Innovations

This Daniel Island home features an entirely custom home automation system for an elevated audio and visual experience inside and out.

These island dwellers integrated an array of modern technology solutions into their new custom home built by SHELTER Custom-Built Living. With help from local technology designers at Innovative Group who took the time to understand this family’s goals to provide the most ideal solutions for the efficient use of their home’s current and soon-to-be-implemented systems. The homeowner’s main areas of concern were related to window privacy, sun exposure, security, ambient lighting, and remote capabilities of full-scale audio and visual operations throughout their indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Ryan Henley with Innovative Group says, “Our goal was to enhance the lives of these homeowners through

customized solutions that are aimed at helping them find more time, convenience, and enjoyment in and out of the home. After all, they just moved to beautiful Daniel Island and wanted to make the most of their forever home.”

Based on their initial consultation, the technicians were able to identify the key takeaways associated with the homeowner’s wants and needs. In the home's most bustling spaces like the kitchen, dining, and wet bar, functional task and decorative accent lighting design impacted the way they were able to use and enjoy the space. Underlit cabinetry adds a striking glow and underscores the homeowner's collection of glassware. All of the task lighting solutions and light fixtures in the main living quarters are integrated

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Written by Micaela Arnett | Photography by Callie Webster Ryan Henley of Innovative Group

with a color beam lighting system that delivers revolutionary low-voltage light with translucent lanterns that create immersive and controllable lighting experiences. The humancentric design allows for tunability of light, flicker-free dimming, and flawless ambient transitions in vibrant color.

A custom walnut built-in is backlit for a gallery-inspired showcase that anchors the entertainment center in the living room and boasts the industry’s latest advancements and superior technological connectivity. For premium surround sound, the entertainment area includes a Stealth Acoustic System with expert-grade invisible speakers that contribute to an impeccable entertainment experience whether watching a movie or listening to your favorite playlist. If you look closely, you will barely even notice the speaker boxes.

(above) This home’s security, lighting, and audio/visual system operates on a network that can be controlled with the touch of a button.

On the topic of invisible technology, notice how sleek and unassuming the charging mount is for the operation of the all-in-one Control4 system. With this remote control system, homeowners can customize their various special features around the house all in one place and even download a Control4 application on their smartphones.

The media room was transformed into a home theater with even more invisible surround speakers and the Screen Innovations brand motorized shades and a Zero-Gravity projector screen that deploys a levitating image at a drop of up to sixteen feet. The homeowners loved the projector so much that they opted to replace their primary bedroom television with their own personal screen.

Because this lot sits right on the water, sun exposure and energy efficiency concerns were solved when Innovative suggested they fit all of the windows in the home with automated light-filtering blinds for controlled natural light and custom sun exposure at the touch of a button.

The well-balanced outdoor living space is complete with custom James Loudspeaker outdoor speakers and landscape accent lighting with motion sensors for pathway visibility.

A Luma Home Security system equipped with 24/7 HD surveillance video and audio recordings that upload directly to the home’s network cloud and can be accessed from a smartphone was installed. The technology designers at Innovative Group were sure to install security cameras with supervision over each entry point of the home inside and out to minimize risk and increase safety, confidence, and comfort.

Because all of the home’s technology systems have been set up on a high-speed Araknis Network, the homeowners rest assured in their smart home’s dependable connection to its allencompassing automation system. ✴

For more information, call Innovative Group at (843) 737-6145 or visit innovative.group.com.

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(above) Invisible speakers amplify the living room’s audio entertainment experience. (below) Motorized shades have been integrated into the primary bedroom for adjustment convenience.
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A Supreme Stone Oasis

These homeowners needed an alternative decking option that was both durable and stylish after they noticed the concrete slabs surrounding their backyard were beginning to crack.

After five years of owning this James Island property, these homeowners have made it a tradition to renovate different areas of the house each year for a more modern and functional living space. From updating the lighting fixtures to relining their pool, the upkeep seemed to be endless. At the start of the new year, the homeowners were ready to tackle their next home project by replacing the cracked concrete patio that surrounded their pool area. Searching for a long-term pool deck solution, they reached out to Luke Wilson of Coastal Stone Flooring after meeting him at a local home show.

Coastal Stone Flooring specializes in the installation of durable flooring

through all-natural river stones mixed with a proprietary blend of epoxy resin over existing concrete, ideal for garage floors, patios, covered porches, and more. “After connecting with the homeowners, I came by their home and took measurements around their pool,” Luke explains. Once the initial consultation was complete, Luke and the homeowners agreed upon the perfect stone. “We decided to go with our Texas Rainbow stones, which are mined from riverbeds in Texas, and provide a gorgeous array of natural colors like red, brown, orange, green, and blue,” he tells us.

Quickly becoming one of their most popular color selections in the Lowcountry, Luke states that this color

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Luke Wilson of Coastal Stone Flooring Written by Paige Taylor | Photography by Ruta Smith

combination goes with everything. “With where we live, people go to the beach and find seashells that are all so different. The same is with this blend. You can literally see every single pop of color each stone has to offer,” he says.

As the concrete patio extended beyond the pool area, it also served as a pathway to both ends of the yard, including patio steps into the garden. While small, singular spaces like a garage or enclosed patio takes the Coastal Stone Flooring team a day to install, large scale projects like this can take two days of install and one day of clean-up. “Accuracy and efficiency are things we prides ourselves on,” Luke tells us.

On the first installation day, Luke and his team placed forms into the space between where the concrete ends and the landscape begins. These forms are

used to prevent overflow into the yard. Once the prep work was complete, the team begins to blend the hand-selected natural river stones and their proprietary epoxy on-site. It is then hand-troweled to perfection over the existing concrete.

Attention to detail is imperative in every job, especially this one as the Coastal Stone Flooring team had to align the stone epoxy mixture along the pool coping to create a smooth transition to the different surfaces. In the more challenging areas like the patio steps, Luke tells us he had to find a ridged, bendable board that could hold the shape of the existing curvature of the steps as the Texas Rainbow blend sets. What once was an outdated outdoor living space has been enlivened to an outdoor oasis filled with color and texture. “I am so pleased with how it turned out. It is exactly what I was hoping for,” the homeowner tells us.

Coastal Stone Flooring has completed close to 150 installs since Fall 2022, yet Luke admits there are challenges they continue to experience. “People not understanding the quality and benefits of this product must be one of our major challenges," he says.

Continuing to inform the community of Coastal Stone Flooring and creating longlasting relationships with homeowners are just some of the goals Luke has set for the longevity of his company. “This is really a by-product of who we are and what we do every day. Are we treating every house like it’s our own? Are we making decisions based on what we think is the right one, if we were to have to make that decision? For me this is what I enjoy most about what we do,” states Luke. ✴

For more information, call Coastal Stone Flooring at (843) 306-3063 or visit coastalstonefloors.com.

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A beautiful blend of orange, green, blue, and white river stones were mined and hand selected to create the leading color combination in the Lowcountry.

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“African wax print fabric is a language in Togolese culture.”


When you step inside the home of this fun-loving family of nine whose matriarch founded the internationally acclaimed non-profit fashion label, Francis + Benedict, you are welcomed into a space where there is comfort in their numbers, spiritual structure to their ways, and a dog named Sunday.

Atrue Carolina girl, Katie Walters grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and made her way down to Charleston about fifteen years ago with her husband, Josh Walters who is a pastor at Seacoast church. They both work as global leaders in missions and live a modest but full life with their seven children Anna Jaye, Abigail, Abel, Asher, Ari, Anthem, and Adele. After receiving her master’s degree in family and marriage counseling, Katie began to leverage her skills and story to work with the counseling team at Seacoast church. For the past ten years her and her husband have been working with married couples pointing them to hope and healing. Together, they offer insightful wisdom on the art of marriage and family. Their new book New Marriage, Same Couple comes out in January 2024.

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matters FAMILY

The Fourteenth Renovation

This is home renovation number fourteen for Katie and Josh Walters who found this vacant property in Mount Pleasant by happenstance when the bank put it into foreclosure. They thought they would make an offer considering their age and growing children. “All of the kids shared a bathroom in our last house. That one actually had squatters in it before we moved in,” Katie admits. This is the largest home renovation she and Josh have ever taken on but it was an informed culmination of all of the projects they have completed before. As a means to conserve and maximize space in their home, Josh and Katie

motivate and encourage their children to live with less by instilling in them values that emphasize being good stewards of what they already own. In this way, the Walters work to avoid consumerism in a world of mass consumption. You won’t find tons of material goods in their bedrooms or even in the family room.

These intentions reveal themselves throughout their peaceful refuge in a way that is characterful yet modest, defined by material and color contrast. As it relates to interiors, Katie reminds us that it’s all about living within your means and creating an environment you actually want to be in. Her home is an

honest example of good design that follows good vibes instead of what’s trending.

Remodeled With Purpose

Josh and Katie always ask themselves before starting a renovation, “Is there flow? Are there any walls that need to come down? Once the flow is set, we try to create a wow factor in every room,” Josh says. The matte black wall in the dining room is their favorite example in this house.

The only major gut renovation aside from encapsulating the crawl space below the house was the kitchen where space was made for an oversized island

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Wow! Factor

The matte black wall is decorated with acrylic frames and brass hardware that complement the linear globe chandelier above the antique door turned dining table.

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complete with quartz countertops to achieve the look of white marble but function with extreme durability.

After moving around outlets to shift their appliance layout, Josh moved the walk-in pantry from one side of the room to the other in order to make more use of the corner space for storage. The updates made room for a small but usable common area that turned into a computer room for the kids in between the kitchen and the dining room separated by two pocket doors Josh installed himself.

Renovating a home with painted shiplap walls is a Walters pro-tip and one of their favorite home updates. “Shiplap is easy and awesome for families. We will beat up some walls in terms of dings, dents, and fingerprints. You avoid all of the finishing work

and sheetrock,” Josh says. In terms of DIY home projects from start to finish, he explains, “You have to be willing to do the work,” Katie adds, “We really are the poor man’s Chip and Joanna Gaines; extreme bargain flippers.” Sometimes, DIY projects are more costly than hiring a professional in the first place, so they have narrowed it down to what they can and cannot handle.

An element they have installed in their last three homes is the statement staircase crafted by their friend and carpenter, Scott Watson. He and Josh used conduit pipes spray-painted black for an elevated look to the cost-effective stair railing that conceals fingerprints and is easy to maintain. “We’ve had so many friends help us and we lean on each other. There is a tribal effort that surrounds serious renovations,”

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(left) Josh screened in the back patio for an indoor/outdoor dining space that seats the entire family. (bottom left) Symmetrical seating areas designate comfortable conversation zones. (bottom right) White shiplap brightens the kitchen and houses an informal dining space accented by natural textures. (opposite) An extension of the main living area, the music room is separated by two matte black French doors.

Katie shares. Brian Wells of Coastal Creek Design helped with the architectural designs throughout the house and Whitney Eller of Whitney Rietz Designs assisted Katie in styling of their existing furniture.

An Aesthetic Overhaul

In addition to a fresh coat of paint on every inch of the walls, the home’s existing vents, hinges, and other hardware elements were swapped with a mix of brass and iron for a low-effort but high-impact upgrade.

Finishing touches included new light fixtures with natural elements that complement the black-and-white contrast in the main living areas. In addition to peel-and-stick wallpaper, swapping little things like mirrors, sconces, and towel holders in the kids' bathrooms and powder room made all the difference without any serious remodeling.

Katie remarks how their home’s style is somewhere in between Restoration Hardware and Anthropologie, which

makes it easy to mix and match pieces. All of their home furnishings and décor have been sourced over time from budget-friendly sources like Amazon, eBay, Overstock, and Target. “It’s always a work in progress,” Katie says, “It’s about understanding our family’s priorities.

[For example], we’ve saved our master bath for last because it's not what our family needed.” The only master suite updates thus far have been the seriously creative nursery built into their walk-in closet. Even still, it's

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a cozy and surprisingly spacious space. Considering the fact that like the rest of the family, they only use their bedrooms for sleeping, this space-saving hack has proven to be one of their best ideas yet.

On the first floor, the original hardwoods were dark in color but in good shape nonetheless. Having nearly perfected the art of laying flooring from previous projects, Josh refinished them by sanding away the deep oak stain to reveal a lighter shade for a brighter design aesthetic. The flooring upstairs, however, wasn’t such a simple fix. Because of the time and money saved refinishing the downstairs floor themselves, they were able to commission a local contractor to finish the floors upstairs with all-new white oak hardwood after Josh ripped out all of the old carpets.

Beyond the statement staircase, a spacious multipurpose room houses the set of their podcast, Date Night With The Walters as well as wall-mounted gym equipment, a huge sectional sofa, and a convenient styling section for Katie’s newest clothing designs. Initially, this space was an open loft visible to the rest of the bedrooms, but Josh closed it off by adding a custom pocket barn door to forgo a baby gate.

The mid-century modern-style ceiling fans spray painted from eBay are another impressive example of Josh and Katie’s design resourcefulness. Katie admits, “This is the room that really sold me on this house because we could and still can turn it into anything we need it to be.”

Outside, Josh screened in their large back porch and Katie styled an outdoor dining space with an extended teak wood table that seats the entire family. The porch overlooks the pool and backyard with a hardscape seating area around a fire pit in front of their newly constructed cabana complete with a sauna that makes their outdoor living space something everyone can enjoy.

Family Ties

Josh and Katie met each other when they were only eighteen years old. On their first date, they asked each other how many kids they wanted. As fate would have it, they both declared, “SEVEN KIDS” in unison, and it's a dream that was fulfilled in 2021 with the addition of their youngest and third daughter. Twenty years later, they still agree their children are their greatest accomplishment and the best part of their lives.

(above left) Because their renovations focused on family function, the master bedroom received minor updates like fresh paint and new hardwoods. (above right) To make the most out of the upstairs bedrooms, Adele’s nursery was made out of an existing walk-in closet. (opposite) Their couple’s podcast, Date Night with the Walters is recorded here in the all-purpose media room complete with a wall-mounted gym and plenty of seating.
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The Walters can be described as loving, cheeky, and marked by God's mercy. Katie explains how they are, “fun-loving, but not tidy.” Josh adds, “Most large families are very structured and orderly. We're clean and routine but we show up hot.” Katie boasts about how each child is such an individual with a strong sense of identity in faith, family, and friends.

Josh and Katie prioritize connection, creativity, and community; they pour into their children’s personal strengths and interests as a means of raising them to be the most authentic versions of themselves. It’s no surprise they have an entire wing of their living room dedicated to an array of instruments including pianos and guitars big enough for the older kids and small enough for the little ones.

Togo, West Africa

Katie had always felt called to missions. She connected with a few local business and global mission leaders at church who told her about Togo’s

Multimedia Magic

The endless possibilities for this common area upstairs was one of the reasons Katie and Josh purchased the home.

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“I saw the names Francis + Benedict in a dream and I knew what I was going to do to help the women of Togo.”
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need for sustainability and economic opportunity. She was asked to go and see for herself just what that looked like in order to understand and make a lasting impact.

Katie traveled to Togo, West Africa for the first time in 2015 with hopes of returning one day to lead a mission trip counseling women and children. “While I was there, I found myself sketching dresses. I was fascinated by the beauty and versatility of African wax print fabric. It’s a language in their culture and everyone is so well dressed at all times.” Katie recalls how she doesn’t have many childhood memories, but the ones she does, involve clothes and expressing herself with fashion. There is no cultural barrier when it comes to the joy of a good outfit.

“There are so few exports [out of Togo] but there are so many people with such skill and artisanship,” Katie says. “I was also struck by the lack of opportunity. I see this little girl's face in my mind every day. I met her on that very first trip and I saw hopelessness in her eyes. She couldn’t go to school past third grade and the classrooms are full of hundreds of children.”

Economically, there isn’t much of a middle class in Togo, the majority being the lower class among the upper class. This class divide creates a deficit that makes it difficult for those in the lower class to rise to a better situation. “I understood quickly that Togo’s local leaders are so dependent on the American people to decide what they can and can’t do in their community,” Katie says.

Francis and Benedict Avoyi

After speaking with over seventy pastor couples in Togo during her first visit, Katie felt particularly connected to Pastor Francis and his wife Benedict Avoyi for their faith and self-sacrifice. For the last twenty years and counting, Francis and Benedict have dedicated their lives to taking widows and orphans into their home and offering resources, spiritual support, and a sense of community among their country’s most vulnerable.

Katie had about fifteen minutes to pitch her mission idea to Francis who was just about to catch a flight back to Togo

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(left) Anna Jaye and Abigail’s room is a young woman’s paradise. African wax print quilts by Francis + Benedict sit folded at the end of their beds for bold color and texture among white walls and bedding. (right) The shiplap walls in the boy’s room were painted a black matte to conceal any marks or fingerprints for easy upkeep.

when she told him about her dream; the names Francis + Benedict came to her clearly as a brand and she saw women of all ethnicities wearing beautiful African wax print skirts. In a genuine effort to find a way to contribute and tend to her calling, she asked if they would help her find a way to support and employ women in Togo.

Pastor Francis recalls on a recent podcast with Josh and Katie, “Why me? Why us? But then I saw her heart.”

After receiving four hundred pre-orders for the A-line maxi skirt and with the help of gracious donations, they bought three sewing machines and started the mission by hiring two seamstresses who are still working with Francis + Benedict today.

Francis + Benedict: The Mission

Francis + Benedict now equitably employs thirteen women with dignity, provision, and security. This opportunity is shifting family structures where women could not provide for

their families aside from housekeeping and childcare. These women have spent their lives being talked down to, “Without bringing any resources home, and suddenly, they can bring food to the table. They are invited into the family conversations and become decision-makers in a way they had never been before,” Francis explains.

“We are able to offer Togolese women a job that loves and cares for them and allows them to provide for their family and others in need. They are paid a fair and equitable wage with 100% of the skirt profits returned to the women and children of Togo.”

Together, Josh, Katie, Francis, and Benedict work towards a future where they can duplicate this model in other parts of Africa to help vulnerable women have confidence in themselves and equip them with the tools and resources they need to provide for their families for generations to come.

Francis and Benedict remind us, “You are not just buying skirts. You are changing lives.”

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On the flight back to America, Katie wrote this honest and simple prayer in her journal:
“God, if you can use me in any way to help these women and children, I’m your girl.”

(1) Each bedroom has been kept simple for the sake of rest. (2) Exposed shelves provide a space for ever-changing displays. (3) The gallery wall in the music room provides a charming backdrop. (4) Before Anna Jaye left for college, she and Abigail etched their sisterhood tagline in their bedside table. (5) Adding a kitchen island made more room for counter space, a hot commodity in this house. (6) You can always find at least one of the Walters jamming out in the music room at all times.

(7) The custom cabana is complete with a sauna and a mini-outdoor kitchen. (8) Bamboo shades in the girl’s room frame the window seat with a natural texture.

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Local lighting specialists and retailers showcase their bestselling and most trending light fixtures to layer in combination with the three main forms of interior lighting; ambient, accent, and task.


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Chandeliers are ceiling-suspended with multiple bulbs incorporated into one fixture.

“Ambient lighting illuminates the space and creates the mood.”

Bright Idea: Material Matters

Glass or fabric fixtures produce the most ambient light where a floor lamp won’t fit.


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Pendants add personality and cast more intimate light for a moody, atmospheric vibe.

“Lighting doesn’t always have to only be functional; it can be elegant, fun, interesting, and eye catching!”

Bright Idea: Create Optical Illusions

Not only does proper lighting help us see clearly, but it can emphasize features you want to highlight or draw attention away from something less sightly.

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Table and floor lamps are classic and easy to arrange at different heights for visual variety in your space.

“In addition to metal and glass, new materials such as ratan, rope, shells, and copper have become more prominent in the lighting industry.”


Bright Idea: Indirect vs. Direct Light

Find a balance of indirect and direct light when adding diffused light from a fabric shade or table lamp.

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“Accent lighting is a very concentrated light used to draw your eye to a focal point. The perfect light to add style and drama to your space.”



Wall-mounted sconces are usually found in bathrooms, hallways, and at the bedside.

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Bright Idea: The 5-7 Rule

A successfully lit space contains five to seven lighting points. Tiered and layered lighting is an effective way to add dimension and interest to your space.

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“Flush mount lighting is a great option for beautiful bathrooms, landings or in a series down a hallway in lieu of traditional canned lighting.”



Recessed or canned lighting is built into the ceiling.

Track lighting can be installed below your cabinetry for better countertop visibility.

Flush or Semi-Flush lights are typically placed in the middle of a room. For more than one, they are usually evenly installed which can add a decorative element.

“Task lighting is the most targeted; for example, a swing arm reading light next to your bed that you can use without turning on your ambient lighting.”

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Get a glimpse of over sixty local bathroom projects completed by the Lowcountry’s top home professionals in our annual bathroom guide full of design ideas and product selections for a beautiful yet functional bathroom in your own home.

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Cabinetry by Magnolia Cabinet Co., Built by Pendium Group, Interior Design by Elyssa St. Pierre Magnolia Cabinet Co. magnoliacabinetco.com
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Darling Décor

Styling your bathroom with accent pieces can enliven your space and show off your intended theme.

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Built by FHM Construction, Tile by Garden State Tile, Accessories by Shanty Shoppe, Plumbing Fixtures by Design on Tap, Vanity by Source Consulting Hayes + Nash Design Co. | hayesandnashdesignco.com Window Treatments by Best Buy Blinds Inc., Interior Design by Ashton Kolicko
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Countertops Supplied by Vitoria International

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Acrylic Shower Installed by Charleston Bath Experts Charleston Bath Experts | charlestonbathexperts.com

Accessories by Imagine Home Imagine Home | imagine-home.com

Harlequin Checkered Floor Tile by Elegant Flooring

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Water Works

Your sink and faucet fixtures can add so much character to your bathroom space. From sleek and elegant designs to the industrial and masculine finishes, the options are endless.

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Derring Wading Pool Lavatory & Vigo Paloma Faucet Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery fergusonshowrooms.com Sophstone Sink & Tuscan Brass Rohl Faucet Design on Tap instagram.com/designontapchs Litze Widespread Lavatory Faucet & Alaria Ribbon Spout Faucet Brizo Kitchen & Bath Company brizo.com Briolette Glass Vessel Sink & Brass Gooseneck Faucet Gateway Supply Co. gatewaysupply.net Undermount Bathroom Sink & Brass Wall Mount Faucet Moluf’s Kitchen and Bath molufs.com

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Interior Design by Annie Gallagher Interiors, Built by Foster Calvin Construction Annie Gallagher Interiors | anniegallagherinteriors.com

Cabinetry by Advanced Kitchen Designs of Charleston

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Plumbing Fixtures and Hardware by Gateway Supply Co., Leathered Quartzite Countertops by Martol Marble and Granite, Built by Evangeline Construction, Tile by Palmetto Tile Distributors, Shower Glass by 5 Islands Glass and Mirror

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JacksonBuilt Custom Homes jacksonbuilthomes.com

Built by JacksonBuilt Custom Homes, Architecture by DLB Custom Home Design, Interior Design by Joy Lang Interiors, Quartz Countertops by Palmetto Surfacing, Fluted Cabinets by Distinctive Design LLC, Tile by Buckhannon Tile + Design, Plumbing Fixtures by Ferguson Kitchen Bath & Lighting Gallery
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Window Treatments by Advanced Window Fashions

Advanced Window Fashions | advancedwindowfashions.com

Interior Doors, Trim, Flooring, and Ceiling by Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp.

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Turkish Rugs Imported by Zuma Zuma | zumaimports.com

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Forever For Your Feet

Comfort is a main ingredient when designing a serene bathroom. Consider these beautiful flooring options your feet will thank you for.

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Epoxy Paint Swirl Oli and Peter Professional Epoxy, LLC. oliandpeter.com
Calabria Polished Melcer Tile melcertile.com Aged French Oak Flooring Factory flooringfactorysc.com Tamara Buckhannon Tile + Design buckhannontd.com

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Glass, Flooring, Cabinetry, and Trim by Maner Builders Supply Co. Maner Builders Supply Co. | manersc.com

Built by St. Pierre Construction

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Interior Design by Sweetgrass Living, LLC, Building Materials Coated and Sealed by Carolina Machine Finishing

Sweetgrass Living, LLC


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Remodeled by Kalman Construction

Kalman Construction | kalmanconstruction.com

Marble Floors and Faucets, Drapery, Valance, and Interior Design by CHD Interiors

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Interior Design by Megan Molten, Paint by Sherwin-Williams in Megan Molten White, SW 0085



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Soaking Spas

Taking time to relax after a hard day’s work is crucial. These contemporary tubs serve as a relaxing oasis and a stunning centerpiece for the bathroom.

Pro Tip: Purified water can actually improve the way your skin and hair feels after bathing. The experts at Advanced Water Systems can provide you with the best water filtration system for your home.

For more information, call Advanced Water Systems at (843) 645-4450 or visit kineticocharleston.com.

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Shower Remodeled with Safety Seat and Handrails by Bath Fitter Bath Fitter | bathfitter.com

Cabinetry by Charleston Cabinets Inc., Countertops by Real Deal Countertops

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Remodeled by Watsky & Wieters Construction, Countertops by MVP Granite Countertops

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Furniture-Style Vanity and Décor by Steven Shell Living

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Backlit Onyx Surfaces Supplied by AGM Imports

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Shower Re-Caulked with Epoxy Caulking, Shower Floor Re-Grouted with Epoxy Grout, Bathroom Walls and Floor Cleaned and Color Sealed by Sir Grout of the Lowcountry Sir Grout of the Lowcountry | sirgroutlowcountry.com

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Quaint Cabinets

Cabinetry is important for organization and decoration. Whether you’re looking to maximum your storage space or to complement your fixtures, these cabinets styles are sure to tie your bathroom together.


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Cabinetry by Sullivan Custom Cabinets

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Countertops by Palmetto Surfacing, Inc., Interior Design by Joy Lang, Lighting by Lowcountry Lighting Studio

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Custom Cabinetry by Mount Pleasant Kitchen & Bath

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Custom Steam Shower and Bathroom Design Built by Cornerstone Estates Cornerstone Estates csestates.com

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From Bravo’s newest reality TV show, Southern Hospitality, Leva Bonaparte invites us into her Mount Pleasant home where her personal style of vintage/ modern is on full display. She also takes us inside two of her successful downtown restaurants Bourbon N’ Bubbles and MESU, to see how her interior design choices have changed Charleston's night life, indefinitely.

When it comes to the fun, lavish lives portrayed on Bravo’s hit reality TV shows Southern Charm and Southern Hospitality, Leva Bonaparte has made sure to stay grounded. Balancing a life of growing stardom while also being a mother, wife, and a multi-business owner can be difficult, but what most people don’t know is that Leva lives a pretty simple life. “I’m actually quite reserved. You really won’t see me out and about until all ends of the night. Some of the younger people I work with tell me to ‘lighten up,’ but I am an old school type of girl,” she says, “I enjoy going out and having a good time, but I also love being home with my family, just by ourselves.”

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Originally born in India, Leva Bonaparte spent most of her formative years growing up in Canada. Her parents fled Iran in 1978 before the Iranian Revolution and found work in India. After three years, Leva’s parents considered returning to Iran with their family but decided it was too dangerous and immigrated to Canada, instead. “My family owns a multi-national

software company that we had based in Bolivia as well, so we would go back and forth between Canada and South America towards the latter part of my high school years,” Leva tells us. Eventually opening a branch of the family business in the States, Leva officially moved to the U.S. in her early twenties. “I grew up in a FrenchCanadian community, so I learned French before I learned English. I was

taught French in school, but I learned English from being with my friends,” Leva explains.

Growing up, Leva had a passion for interior design and architecture, something she says she desired to study. “I love the idea of taking something that someone might consider old and ugly, and turning it into something shiny,” she tells us.

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Unfortunately, the French-Canadian town where she grew up in did not offer much in terms of job opportunity in this field. “I began working for the family business after studying logistics under a business degree,” she says, an education that would serve her well in the long run.

Leva moved to Charleston in 2003, where she met her now husband and real estate developer, Lamar Bonaparte. Having a long-term passion for interior design and architecture, she found herself wanting to step into the world of real estate. “My family wasn't super excited about me becoming an agent, but I was like, this is what I want to do,” she says. Leaving her family’s business behind, Leva purchased her first property in Charleston and completely flipped it; a business Lamar and her continue to this day with commercial and residential properties.


Just a short drive over the Ravenel Bridge is a quaint neighborhood in Mount Pleasant filled with Charleston water views and privacy. “When I saw this home, it reminded me of the house from the movie Father of the Bride with Steve Martin,” she remembers. The white-painted brick home is timeless and offered Leva another chance to put her self-proclaimed vintage/modern personality into it.

After living downtown for many years Leva, Lamar, and their young son moved to Mount Pleasant providing them a nice separation from their five restaurants and night clubs. “I used to go on walks with my son on King Street and I would run into people from work, or sometimes I would walk by one of my restaurants and wonder why the umbrella on the patio was crooked; it would stay with me for the entire day. I needed to be somewhere quieter,” she explains.

The dining room was the first room to receive an update. Capturing a moodier vibe, Leva painted the walls, the window grills, and crown molding a deep blue. Long, exaggerated draperies frame each window offering a lavish touch with golden hues. The original crystal chandelier remains the statement of the room, adding a dramatic touch. Leva tells us, “I absolutely loved this fixture [and the one that hangs in the sitting room]. It just fits perfectly into this design and really represents my vision.” A long hardwood table with clear, rounded chairs and colorful pillows centers the room, while more vintage hardwood furniture pieces act as accents along the walls.

Through the foyer, across from the dining room is the front sitting area where many of Leva’s meetings take place. While the golden draperies are the same, Leva was able to create quite a juxtaposition from

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Cozy Details The formal sitting room is refreshing in color and minimalistic in design. Pops of green, brown, gold, and black accentuate the space while smaller dècor like vases and Greek busts provide elegance.

the previous room. The walls, the window grills, and crown molding are painted white allowing the space to feel bigger than it actually is. A smaller vintage crystal pendant hangs in the center of the room, while a modern black and white rug blankets the floor. A contemporary white sofa and white chair provide comfortable sitting options, with emerald and brown pillows to add pops of color. Leva used the remaining spaces to fill in with smaller décor pieces like a brass bar cart and a decorative table styled with stone and glass vases, Greek busts, and a brass mirror.

Leva’s outdoor living area is that of a Southern dream. A gorgeous hardwood swing bed hangs by rope at the far end of her enclosed patio, a perfect place to marvel at the luscious Lowcountry landscape while sipping on a glass of refreshing lemonade. Filled with texture and timeless touches, this patio also includes a brick floor, a straw side table, plenty of potted plants, and the classic haint blue ceiling. “I wanted this space to feel like Charleston,” she states.


While Leva and Lamar are life partners, they’re also business partners for their marketing and events management

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(above) By mixing a contemporary dining table and chairs against the moody backdrop of the dark walls, draperies and chandelier, Leva was able to put her vintage/modern personality on full display.

Lowcountry Living

An outdoor swing bed hangs inside the screened porch allowing Leva and her family to enjoy the warm Charleston weather. Soft, cozy pillows and cushions provide a neutral palette for more subtle decorative touches.

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firm 26 Industries and Republic Development and Management Group. Seeing a need to bring a new age of fun and creativity to the Charleston night scene, Leva and Lamar opened Republic Garden & Lounge in 2013. Quickly becoming the hottest night club on King Street, she explains that it was a tough road to get there. “When we first opened, we experienced a very negative reaction. From close friends to the city, we

were told ‘This isn’t for Charleston.’ No one understood that Republic was designed for people who live here [not necessarily tourists] and want to feel like they are somewhere else for the night.” Inspired by their many travels around the world, Republic and the many restaurants that followed, have eccentric design elements throughout that allow residents and tourists of Charleston to experience a new wave of cool.

After the rising success of their first night club, Republic Garden & Lounge, Leva and her husband continued their streak by opening two more Charleston hot spots; Bourbon N’ Bubbles and MESU. A collaborative design effort between the two, she explains that some their business' interiors lean more towards her style, while others lean more towards her Lamar's. For Bourbon N’ Bubbles, a popular date night location, Leva

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wanted a space that felt like Mad Men meets Gucci, another play on the mix of old and new. “The restaurant is split into two different sections with a large round bar in between. I wanted the front area to be moody and dark like a glass of bourbon,” she continues, “we imported these amazing light fixtures with a rim that mimics the top of a bourbon glass.”

Underlit hardwood panels provide a rustic backdrop to glamorous green velvet sofas, creating a masculine touch. In the back, the space begins to round out with pink bubble chandeliers and red velvet sofas to set a more feminine mood. “We wanted this space to be a new take on an old Hollywood aesthetic where the men drink bourbon and women have their champagne,” Leva tells us.

Over at MESU, the interior design is a bit more modern with vibrant colors and patterns to match. “I wanted MESU to feel very artsy, like Miami. We

installed bright orange tiles, black and white striped walls, bedazzled pop art, funky chandeliers covered in a sheet of cut out plastic, and a gong when something needs to be celebrated,” she says. This restaurant is known for their fresh sushi, flown in from Hawaii and amazing Mexican dishes, a combination Leva swears by. “The idea behind MESU was created when I was five months pregnant, and I thought how great it would be if I had a platter of sushi and nachos to eat. This is not a fusion between the two types of foods, these are just my favorite sushi dishes and my favorite Mexican foods,” she states. While most of the colors were placed on the walls, Leva made sure to fill the lower half of the restaurant with colorful barstools and chairs, so the entire place is booming with flavor.


Being known in the public eye for stirring things up, especially when it comes to speaking out about important

social issues, Leva has learned to grow a thick skin due to the negativity thrown her way. “When I came on to Southern Charm as a full time cast member, it was very rough. Covid had just happened, and the Black Lives Matter movement was happening across the country/ world. I definitely addressed some stuff on that show that had probably never been addressed before,” she explains. Experiencing the push back, but also seeing how her restaurants has brought a new age of open-minded, fun, and willingness to change has been well worth it.

“I have stepped into my confidence, I know what I am doing.’ I know I have an intuition when it comes to an idea and all of it just clicks,” Leva adds, “at the end of the day, the effort is the same whether you make one hundred dollars or five million dollars, it’s still hard work. I’ve been trusting my intuition more in my thirties and even more so in my forties. Life doesn’t end when you turn thirty, it just gets started.”

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(opposite) Inside Bourbon N’ Bubbles, the front room design was inspired by a glass of bourbon with masculine tones and textures. The back room adds a pop of glam with pink bubble fixtures and red velvet booths. (below) MESU has a funky and colorful interior design, inspired by Latin influenced cities like Miami.

Favorite date night spot?

Leon’s Downtown or 167 Raw, Basil, Sol or NICO. We love a beach walk on Sullivan’s or a bridge walk and of course, a stop at Marshall’s.

Favorite songs?

Macklemore's Good Ole Days is a family favorite for a golf cart ride after dinner.


See extra photos that didn’t make it into print on our blog! B

What exciting things can you tell us about your plans for the coming years?

Josh and I are releasing our book in January 2024 and we are building homes in Togo that will be finished for the seamstresses and their families by December 2023.


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Plumbing Fixtures

Gateway Supply Company 843-554-0450

Moluf's Kitchen and Bath 843-723-4881

Pool and Spa Covers

Pool Cover Solutions of the Southeast 843-766-0289


Aqua Blue Pools of Charleston 843-767-7665

Aquatica Pools & Spas 843-212-0014

Blue Haven Pools & Spas 843-552-6000

Clear Blue Pools, Inc. 843-300-4143

Heritage Pools, LLC 843-762-3417

Propane M & M Oil & Propane (The Fire Place) 843-402-7790

Real Estate

Island House Real Estate 843-847-1762

Rush Team Real Estate 843-801-9701

Remodel Design

Crosby Creations Home Designs



Shelving and Organization

Charleston Custom Closets 843-790-3222

ShelfGenie 843-890-0542




Lowcountry Iron & Woodworks 803-655-5653

Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp.


Carolina Lanterns & Lighting

Charleston Lighting and Interiors

Outdoor Furniture

Backyard Retreats





Iola Modern 843-225-6286

Palm Casual


Outside Is In 843-718-7181

TEAK + TABLE OUTDOOR 843-949-2611

Outdoor Kitchens

M & M Oil & Propane (The Fire Place) 843-402-7790


Sherwin-Williams Company (Corp.) 1-800-4-Sherwin

Sherwin-Williams Company (Local) 843-556-4021

Advanced Kitchen Designs of Charleston 843-225-9344

Brackish Builders


Charleston Cabinets, Inc. 843-554-7800

Cinder Creek Construction 843-768-0784

Classic Kitchens of Charleston 843-991-4207

Classic Remodeling & Construction 843-763-3297

Coastal Creek Design 843-514-1790

Cornerstone Estates 843-818-3464


Kalman Construction 843-856-0515

Magnolia Cabinet Co. 843-277-5554

Mount Pleasant Kitchen and Bath 843-901-2506

Peartree Homes 843-343-5800

PRD Custom Homes & Interiors 843-475-8856

Priester’s Custom Contracting 843-200-8495

SHELTER Custom-Built Living 843-471-1833 St. Pierre Construction 843-352-7925

Stono Construction, LLC 843-805-4141

Retail Celadon Home 843-884-7005

Heavens Marketplace 854-854-0486

Zuma 843-452-1117

Rugs Zuma 843-452-1117

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Shower Doors Maner Builders Supply Co. 843-552-0242 Shutters Advanced Window Fashions 843-881-8858 Best Buy Blinds, Inc. 843-884-3454 Island Shade Shoppe 843-834-9645 Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters 843-822-5519 Siding Carolina Machine Finishing 843-760-0029 Spas and Hot Tubs Aqua Blue Pools of Charleston 843-767-7665 Aquatica Pools & Spas 843-212-0014 Blue Haven Pools & Spas 843-552-6000 Clear Blue Pools, Inc. 843-300-4143 Heritage Pools, LLC 843-762-3417 Storage Carolina Mobile Storage 843-851-2661 Termite Contract Ledford’s Termite & Pest Control, Inc. 843-766-8298 Palmetto Exterminators 843-766-9701 Tile Buckhannon Tile + Design 843-881-8911 Charleston Backsplash 843-894-3230 Elegant Flooring 843-723-8172 Flooring Factory 843-790-4354 Melcer Tile 843-744-5345 Palmetto Surfacing, Inc. 843-569-1131 Water Features HLG Growers 843-901-4862 Water Filtration Advanced Water Systems 843-645-4450 Wealth Management Carolinas Wealth Management 1-800-948-2706 Window Treatments Advanced Window Fashions 843-881-8858 Best Buy Blinds, Inc. 843-884-3454 Island Shade Shoppe 843-834-9645 Jean’s Custom Workroom, LLC 843-225-1669 Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters 843-822-5519 Windward Shutters, LLC 843-881-6262 Windows/Doors Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 843-795-0150 Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp. 843-744-6281 Windward Shutters, LLC 843-881-6262 Workroom Jean’s Custom Workroom, LLC 843-225-1669 Wrought Iron Lowcountry Iron & Woodworks 803-655-5653
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