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Developing a Dream A Look at the Kiawah Island Retreat of HGTV’s 2013 Dream Home Developer, Candace Dyal








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features 96 • developing a dream As the developer of Kiawah Island’s LEED-Certified Indigo Park (and the 2013 HGTV Dream Home), Candace Dyal is bringing green consciousness to the forefront of homebuilding. Her willingness to take risks, share lessons learned, and show off her amazing Lowcountry home makes this feature a fascinating read.

111 • daniel island luxury home tour Get a glimpse of what’s to come at the Daniel Island Luxury Home Tour running concurrently with the Charleston Home + Design Show on Daniel Island. The feature (and tour) showcases seven, stunning custom homes constructed by talented builders.

127 • under the sun p. 96

Summer is approaching, and with the hot, sunny days comes the necessity to cool off. Peruse the pages of our annual pool feature to soak up inspiration for your own backyard paradise. If you get started now, you can beat the heat and be swimming before the Charleston air becomes unbearably humid.

140 • backyard makeover reveal Once a year, Charleston Home + Design magazine gives away a backyard makeover to a lucky, local winner who attends the August Custom Home + Remodel Show. Take a look at the winner's dramatic before-and-after photos to gather inspiration for your upcoming outdoor project.

142 • white room challenge recap An HGTV-inspired White Room Challenge was held locally at Charleston Home + Design’s January home show. Because it was such a hit with attendees, we wanted to share the fabulous Ethan Allen designs with our readers. Enjoy!

145 • the bathroom design guide p. 127

Building a beautiful bath? Ready for a restroom remodel? Check out 40+ pages containing everything you need to know to create the perfect powder room or en suite. Start by flipping through page upon page of Lowcountry projects; then, visit the shopping section to find products that fit your unique style. For the practical tips and questions, consult our “Navigating the Nitty Gritty” guide to locate local professionals who can help solve your toughest dilemmas.

196 • chic retreats Delve into luxury with our “Chic Retreats” story, which features interior-designed master bedrooms and bathrooms in the Lowcountry. You’ll want to hide out, spend time, and relax in these personal havens.

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in every issue departments

columns 26 Editor’s Note 28 Meet + Greet 32 Ask the Experts 44 HomeWork 46 Your Money's Worth 48 Hidden Treasure 50 Pro on the Go 52 Crafted in Charleston 54 He Said/She Said 223 Ad Directory 224 Reader Info Center 226 Loose Ends

industry profiles 67 Building Blocks 68 Architects + Archetypes 70 Design Dilemma

Pictured on Cover: Candace Dyal photographed on her porch in February 2013

Cover Photo by: Patrick Brickman, Art Director


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greenhouse • 30 To help cultivate your eco-consciousness, check out innovative new products and services from local companies that promote energy-efficiency as well as sustainable design.

trends • 35 Learn how to incorporate shabby-chic looks into your home (without designing a full-fledged barn). With rustic style on the rise, we bring you some of the Charleston area’s best country décor from some of our favorite little, local shops.

h2ome • 56

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

nature/nurture • 59 In Charleston, outdoor living is an art form. Become an artist in your own right with tips and tricks from local landscaping and garden specialists.

project files • 73 Peruse the impressive results of transformative home projects courtesy of several local companies.

home + design news • 211 Find out what’s happening in Charleston’s home + design industry, and pick up a few CH+D suggestions for things to do, see, read, and listen to in the Lowcountry.

Kiawah developer Candace Dyal opened her home to the CH+D team just one day after the inaugural tour of the 2013 HGTV Dream Home (situated only four miles down the road from her Ocean Course Drive house). Acting as a guide herself, Candace pointed out her favorite architectural features, artwork, and views before sitting down with the crew and her sons, Nick and Evan, to discuss her love of business, family, and green building. Almost immediately, Candace’s quirky colloquialisms had everyone feeling like old friends.

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F rom blah to spa W

elcome to the issue dedicated to the room people used to treat as a mere necessity, but now display proudly as a statement of style. Yes. It’s the bathroom, or if you prefer a more refined synonym: the powder room, the restroom, the spa, or the en suite. Of course, there’s always latrine, outhouse, or privy, if you’re referring to a particularly unappealing washroom. No matter what the name, the water closet is one of the most remodeled rooms in the house, partly because of this identity crisis, but mainly because of the amazing tiles, tubs, towels, and toilets that are available. However, if you think that one bathroom is just like the next, be sure to take a look at two inspiring features— "Chic Retreats" and "The Bathroom Design Guide"— which show you not only some inspiring Lowcountry loos but also the distinct pieces (eclectic sinks, modern showerheads, and traditional tubs, to name a few) that will help you craft your statement-worthy lavatory.

Christy Conway, Editor

And, since it is spring and nobody should be cooped up too long in their home (even if they’re designing an impressive, residential Turkish bath), we bring you "Under the Sun," a feature showing that luxurious bathing can be done both inside and out.

PS–For a daily dose of CH+D’s advice, follow the (RED)itors on Twitter @CHDmag, friend us on Facebook, and check out our ideabooks on Houzz, a site and app for home improvement aspirants. See a QR code? Scan it with your smart device to view video interviews featuring additional content.

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




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pg 174 A Wide Range of Products and Accessories

Practical Answers to Your Nuts-and-Bolts Questions


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n her novel Emma, Jane Austen aptly writes, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” Home is a place for true relaxation, sound nights of deep sleep under down blankets, and perfect warm baths in the evening with cups of raspberry tea and enrapturing books. The most comfortable spaces in a home are the master suites—the places that facilitate quiet, private retreat. Peruse the next few pages featuring Lowcountry beds and baths created by local interior designers to gather ideas for your own cozy havens.

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Mid-Century Mod After leaving her job with National Geographic and moving south, Laurie Cooper wanted a new career that she absolutely loved. So she opened Charleston Revisions—a quirky, little shop situated within the shell of an old house in Mt. Pleasant. Her store has two facets: the retail of some of Laurie’s favorite mid-century, modern furniture and a specialization in the revolutionary furniturerestoration product Chalk Paint®. Be warned—once you step inside, you’ll want one of everything; we certainly did. Laurie Cooper of Charleston Revisions

When did you open Charleston Revisions? I began by setting up a booth in Southern Accents (a mall consisting of many local vendors selling unique products) in July 2011, and I moved into my own store about a year ago because I started carrying Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. There were a lot of questions, and I wanted to start offering classes. So, I had to get my own place. It’s really great because if I make a mess, I can leave it messy. [laughs] We have heard nothing but rave reviews about this Chalk Paint®. Can you tell us a little about it?

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I try to do two basic classes a month, and I’d like to do more specialized classes in the future, like “Revamp a Lamp.” For the basic classes, it’s 125 dollars for four hours of instruction (including lunch). The day is always really fun, and we complete a small piece, like a galvanized bucket, that the attendees can take home. You can check for upcoming classes on our Facebook page, then call to sign up. Chalk Paint® is only half of Charleston Revisions, though. Why did you decide to focus on mid-century modern furniture too?

I really like pairing the mid-century pieces with French pieces. One style is really ornate, and one style is very simple. You wouldn’t want a whole room of flashy, French pieces, but you also wouldn’t want a whole room of super-austere pieces. I’ve met many people locally who really understand the balance between the two genres. It’s my passion. I’m a little bit French country and a little bit mid-century rock ‘n’ roll. The two are surprisingly well-suited for each other. For more information, call Charleston Revisions at (843) 388-7880 or visit

The paint is really a life-changer for people who like to refinish furniture. You don’t have to sand, prime, or strip. (There are a few exceptions to this, such as rusted pieces and melamine.) For the most part, you just wipe the piece down and paint it. We have both professional refinishers and do-it-yourselfers who use the product. I’ll see a customer out at dinner, and they’ll pull out their phones to show me pictures. The husband is always like, “It’s you. You’re the reason all this stuff in my house is being painted.” After you use the paint once, you keep using it. When do you hold your Chalk Paint® classes?

Charleston Revisions is chock-full of hand-painted, redesigned furniture and mid-century modern finds.


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Local companies and products focusing on eco-friendliness

Story by Courtney Tuck

Cleaning that Harms Less and Costs Less Proxi® Cleaning Products Reduce Environmental Impact Many cleaning supplies that crowd the store shelves promise to give your home a “fresh cleaning” but do not elaborate on the effects of the chemicals used to ensure that promise. Not only will Proxi products give your home a thorough cleaning, but also they are good for the environment. Hydrogen peroxide, the company’s primary cleaning ingredient, disinfects home surfaces while leaving behind a fresh scent (without residual chemicals).

Proxi also chooses to use recycled materials to package their products. Both PET and HDPE—the two most recycled plastics—are used, and even the labels are printed with natural pigments and water-based inks. To purchase new, safe cleaning products, visit your local grocery store or the Proxi website at

Recycled Coverage A New, Environmental View of Steel Roofing

Stone-coated steel roofing system provider Gerard Roofing makes replacing your roof an effort toward sustainability versus a hassle and an unwanted expense. Their roofing tiles are made of 100-percent recycled materials and are eight times more compact than the alternative cement and porcelain tile products on the market. This means that not only is there less manufacturing waste being produced, but also there are significant financial savings on shipping costs. Local roofing company Pro-Roofing and Siding proudly installs the Gerard system so that homeowners can improve the efficiency of their home. And, with a 50-year, transferrable warranty, plenty of money will be saved. To make plans to install your new, environmentally friendly roof, call Pro-Roofing & Siding at (843) 608-3700 or visit


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ASK THE EXPERTS Excerpts from our radio show TALKING ABOUT A HOME


We asked four experts:

“What are the newest trends in your field?” Heating and Air

Building Design


Shep Rogers

Ed Young

Alan Wheeler

Michael McIntosh

“Honestly, the biggest trend is having a generator. When people down here saw how the Northeast was affected by super-storm Sandy, they had thoughts like, ‘Why don’t I have a generator? It could happen here.’ There is also a lot of interest from people who are building new homes to install a system ahead of time. Doing it beforehand is a lot less expensive and a lot less trouble. I really recommend doing that if you can. The thought of losing power and being in the dark is what makes people nervous and gets people interested in the product. Also, the generators on the market now are a lot more dependable than they’ve ever been.”

“The next big thing in the heating-and-air field is indoor air quality. People are interested in filtration systems, new filters, and UV lights because they’re trying to improve the air they breathe in their homes. These new approaches help with cutting out germs and bacteria from the air. The filter systems on today’s market go on the back of your furnace or air handler. They can get up to 99 percent of the impurities out of the airflow. They also can be added on to existing systems; it just takes a little extra work, but nothing major.”

“The current trend in home design is to build a home that is geared toward withstanding the elements. One important element to consider here in the Lowcountry is the threat that hurricanes pose on your home. With winds reaching 120 miles per hour, it is so important to have a building designer who considers what is best in extreme conditions. People don’t always know this, but there is also a seismic, earthquake factor to be aware of when engineering a home. In addition, there is a new energy code that went into effect on January 1, 2013, which will change the way houses are built in order to conserve energy when it comes to heating and cooling the house.”

“The biggest trend right now is home automation, particularly centralized components. Satellite boxes, cable boxes, and all the stuff that used to be around your television are now going into a centralized location. It works much like your electrical panel. All accessories are in a hidden location away from view, and all the units for the house are in one spot, or one closet, or one mechanical room. There are two things that we can’t stand: seeing wires or boxes and seeing the actual units themselves. These centralized components are not new systems to the house—everyone has lights, everyone has heating and air, and everyone has a television. So it’s just showing you a new way to interface that’s more convenient.”

For more information, call Lowcountry Generators at (843) 425-2619 or visit

For more information, call Smith’s Heating & Air Conditioning Co. at (843) 552-3772 or visit

For more information, call Coastal Design Builders at (843) 300-9383 or visit

For more information, call NextGen Technologies at (843) 871-8531 or visit

Now in our fifth year, Talking About a Home, a home show on the radio, airs every Saturday 1-2pm on 94.3 WSC-FM and online at You may also listen to archived radio interviews on our website, 32

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here’s no doubt that rustic home décor is in. One Pinterest or Etsy search (not to mention a quick flip through the new Pottery Barn catalog ) will offer the curious homeowner page upon page of barn-wood coffee tables, burlap pillows, and décor reminiscent of a simpler, country life. If this style is your cup of tea, we’ve done a little shopping for you. The best part? Everything can be found right here in Charleston.


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Crown moulding doesn’t have to be white, either. Choosing a stained wood, like cherry or mahogany, adds warmth to any room. Also, don’t be afraid to paint moulding an accent color, although we suggest sticking to a neutral shade. Many types of moulding can create optical illusions that increase the height of the room by drawing eyes upward and exaggerating the space’s dimensions. With options and perks like these, installing crown moulding is one of the most satisfying (and relatively inexpensive) architectural upgrades one can make.

Introduction by Paizley Patterson

Crown moulding adds both character and elegance to the entire house (and it significantly bumps up the resale value of a home). The intricate carvings of some crown moulding can act as architectural art in the room, while a simple, bold moulding can frame a popping wall color. There are several different materials (like wood, foam, plaster, and synthetic wood) from which to choose. Each creates a different impression and fits within a different budget.

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on a Tommy Bahama theme with hints of inspiration from Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The focus of the new décor was the paint—Tommy’s specialty. With a steady hand, a good roll of painter’s tape, and a few new cans of rich wall color, he began his at-home project using the skills, including trim and hardwood installation, honed through years of experience in the business. For more information about 1st Class Painting & Restoration, call (843) 261-0212 or visit

A putting green brings a resort feeling into the home and speaks to Tommy’s love of the sport. Combining the activities that the family loves with the ambiance of the tropics makes this space a well-suited family room (or man cave on the days that Tommy needs a brief retreat).

Story by Courtney Tuck • Photography by Patrick Brickman

riginally from southern California, owner of 1st Class Painting and Restoration Tommy Welch has become enchanted with the Lowcountry for the hospitable people and the distinguished, historic architecture. When Tommy and his family found a home to buy in Summerville, they had the ability to remodel their space exactly the way they wanted. Because of his passion for golf and tropical relaxation, Tommy (in cahoots with his wife, MeLinda) decorated the family’s FROG based

MeLinda and Tommy Welch of 1st Class Painting & Restoration

Color combinations of tans, browns, and palm-tree greens bring the Tommy Bahama theme to life. Tommy and MeLinda chose these colors to produce a tropical, relaxing feel. The beadboard ceilings, installed by Tommy, add to the tiki-hut décor.


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Not only did Tommy paint his family’s FROG, he also incorporated rich woods that outline the ceiling and floor, giving the room a warm, yet modern look. Linen lamps and the island-style fan shine light on the coastal atmosphere.

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taking a look at the cost of tile beyond the bathroom


here are so many options for flooring and wall coverings, but it seems the leader in quality, selection, and long-term price is a material that has been used for decorative mosaics in Italy, flooring in Egypt, and building façades in Turkey for thousands of years. That material is tile, proven durable and attractive by the fact that the same exact tile is revered in ancient basilicas and palaces that still stand today. After speaking with Sonya Buckhannon of Buckhannon Brothers Tile, we learned that tile may have been used in the past, but it is not a thing of the past.

Sonya Buckhannon of Buckhannon Brothers Tile

cluding carpet, vinyl, and wood. It was found that tile, while more expensive upfront than carpet or vinyl, was less expensive per year than all other floor finishes over the life of the building. In fact, it was calculated that tile costs thirty-five cents per square foot per year, which is less than half the cost of carpet and one third the cost of vinyl. Hardwoods, while boasting a similar life span to tile, are more expensive to install and require more maintenance annually.


Because tile is fired in kilns at extremely high temperatures, there are no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are expelled into the air during the life of the tile. This means that installing tile in your home can actually contribute LEED points if you are looking to certify your home with the US Green Building Council. In addition, tile is easy to clean and inhospitable to dust mites, mold, and bacteria. Materials such as carpet, vinyl, and wood cannot claim the same, and in fact, they break down much faster than tile. Carpet will stain and compress, vinyl will discolor, and wood can cup if exposed to too much moisture. None of these symptoms of deterioration occur with tile.


“Tile used to just be in bathrooms and backsplashes,” said Sonya. “Now, the pos-

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sibilities are endless with the finishes and looks that are available. There is tile that looks like artwork, wood, wallpaper, fabric, animal prints, and more. You can create fantastic spaces outdoors (pools, decks, and fountains) and even feature walls in an entry or fireplace.” And, to put a spin on the traditional, tile now comes in materials (such as metal and glass) and in unique shapes (such as ogee, fan, and marquis).


Sonya told us of a fascinating Life Cycle Cost Study that The Tile Council of North America commissioned in which tile was compared to 12 other floor finishes, in-


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The story behind select antique pieces

Quan Yin Statue from


Palmetto Moon Antiques

uddhist statues of gods and goddesses have long been icons of Eastern religion and culture, and bringing a representation of a religious figure into the home has become a staple in modern, Asian-inspired design. This wooden statue in particular is a representation of the goddess of compassion and mercy, Quan Yin, and comes from China—a county with one of the largest Buddhist populations. Surrounding this statue are ceramic fruit offerings; sacrifices of fruit specifically symbolized that all actions bear consequences just as trees bear fruit. Marking this statue as a true antique is a genuine wax seal on the head, representing the figure’s exportation through the Chinese customs department. For more information, call Palmetto Moon Antiques at (843) 856-1881.

Staffordshire Spaniels from

Terrace Oaks Antique Mall


taffordshire Spaniels are distinctive, antique pieces because they have been in contact with both ends of Britain’s 19th century social hierarchy. They are not only the quintessential Victorian bourgeois knick-knack, but also the product of the poor, laboring lower class. In England’s aristocracy, no mantle was complete without a set of these puppies, which were primarily manufactured in pottery factories in Staffordshire that hired children from the poorest families, paid the lowest wages, and required the longest working hours. Even though they were produced by children in derelict environments, the artistry displayed in the ceramic pieces is phenomenal and a testament to the class structure of England’s days of old.

For more information, call (843) 795-9689 or visit

Indian Dowry Chest from

Lowcountry Consignments


ating back to the 1800s, this dowry chest was once used to hold the items a young Indian woman had been saving since childhood for her future role as a wife. It could have included beautiful jewels, precious linens, or other household items. After the wedding ceremony, the box itself would have been used as a furniture piece in the couple’s new home. The chest was not only a practical entity, but also a representation of the woman’s wealth and social standing—the more ornate the box, the more well-off the bride-to-be’s family. Today, this piece would make a fitting kitchen island. [It’s four-feet tall!]

For more information , call (843) 606-9881 or visit


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19 th Century Mahogany Chest from


Antiques Market

riginally crafted in the 1850s and 1860s, this mahogany chest traveled across the pond from England and eventually found a place in a Charleston family’s home, where it became a beloved centerpiece for four generations. This dresser touts two, unique features: dust boards and a secret compartment for stashing valuables.

For more information, call Antiques Market at (843) 849-8850.

Balinese Trunk from

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the dowry chest to hold the precious goods of new brides; this 200-year-old piece was first made in Bali, an Indonesian island nestled between Vietnam and Australia. The ornate trunk features hand-forged handles and beautiful carvings. And, it’s on wheels for easy transport (for both the bride of the past and today’s antique lover).

For more information, call TradeWinds Exotic Home and Garden at (843) 367-5224.

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Eyes in the Sky

Jerry Tollison of Daniel Island A/V

10:00 am

Jerry and his installers, Mikey Testin and Chris Glavage, arrive at Coralberry Cottage and survey the store layout, seeking the ideal location to place the cameras and the DVR (the device that connects the camera to the computer, allowing the employees at Coralberry Cottage to see what the camera records).

10:15 am

Jerry speaks with Liz Baker, co-owner of Coralberry Cottage, about his plans for the security cameras. He suggests that they install four Episode Dome wire-path surveillance cameras in the warehouse-like store. (If this was a home installation, Jerry would recommend installing one camera per every 500-700 square feet of living space.) Then, he explains that the DVR should be placed behind the checkout counter so that, if a Coralberry employee is helping a customer, he or she could still see—in color—what’s happening around the store. As a bonus feature, the owners of Coralberry will be able to monitor the store remotely from their iPhones.

10:30 am

Upon receiving approval from Liz, Mikey and Chris begin searching for the appropriate wires behind the walls using a glow rod, a snake-like device that enters the wall through a conduit to locate wires. In this particular case, the correct wire cannot be found, so the guys decide to run the wire outside the wall. Jerry explains that in a home, they always run wires inside the walls. In a nonresidential setting, though, the exposed wires


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can simply be painted to match the surroundings, ensuring that they blend in adequately.

11:00 am

Mikey and Chris develop a plan to run four, separate Cat-5 wires through the track lighting to join the speakers and the DVR. Then, they begin wiring the store.

12:30 pm

The installers connect the Cat-5 strands to the cameras and the DVR using Cat-5 baluns that provide both power and internet connection to the cameras and the main hub.

2:00 pm

Using simple screws, the cameras are then mounted to the track lighting and adjusted to display the proper segment of the store. Jerry opens the split screen on the main computer and teaches Liz how to view and operate the cameras.

2:30 pm

Once this first installation is complete, Jerry, Mikey, and Chris head to their next project for the day, pleased to have provided a local business with peace of mind.

For more information, call Daniel Island Audio/Video and Structured Wiring, LLC at (843) 471-2990 or visit

Story by Megan J. Busch • Photography by Patrick Brickman


ategory 5 (colloquially known as Cat-5) wiring is the brain power behind modern home technology. Daniel Island Audio/Video and Structured Wiring specializes in installing these vital cables and connecting them to the latest forms of home automation. On this day in particular, the CH+D team followed owner Jerry Tollison and his installers to Coralberry Cottage, a local home-décor store that experienced a few thefts during this past holiday season. There, they installed high-tech security cameras to protect the boutique from shoppers seeking the five-finger discount.

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The CraftSmAn:

Ronnie Harrell of Veneer Works

The Craft:

From a homegrown business, Ronnie works with his clients to produce custom-veneered woodwork. These wood furnishings are products of years of self-taught handiwork with a mission to give customers their own unique, decorative furniture. Ronnie is also known for his exquisite artistry in sheet goods and custom kitchens. His specialty? Custom veneer, which is a process by which a thin piece of decorative wood is adhered to a premiumgrade, domestic core.

The Backstory:

Originally from Horrell Hill, South Carolina, Ronnie was his own teacher when it came to learning his craft. At age 12, he was working alongside his father in his familyowned upholstery and antique repair shop. Early on, Ronnie learned how to master skills such as making buttons and tearing apart furniture, allowing him to see just how a piece is built from the beginning to the end. For a number of years, Ronnie worked for a high-end, commercial woodworking firm.


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There, he realized that his passion for veneer work had always been a part of who he was. Ronnie sought to bring the elaborate veneer that one can see in commercial buildings to the home.

The Process:

Once a client presents their idea of what they want to see in their home, Ronnie uses that idea as a foundation for his craft. He continues by asking the client his or her likes and dislikes as well as viewing the place in the client’s home where the piece will be placed. Through this process, Ronnie confirms the exact piece of furniture that will be constructed. At his shop, he cuts the wood to the exact specifications needed and applies the veneer. Once the pieces have dried, Ronnie assembles them into the custom furniture requested by the homeowner. A perfectionist at heart, he always makes sure that the finished product is flawless. He notes, “If you take pride in what you do, the quality will take care of itself.” For more information about Veneer Works of Charleston, call (843) 442-8241 or visit

(top left) Ronnie Harrell of Veneer Works (top right) A custom-veneered A/V cabinet created by Ronnie (above) The possibilities of veneer designs are as endless as wood grain striations. (below) Ronnie’s shop houses a precision cutting machine to help construct his masterpieces. (bottom) Located on John’s Island, Ronnie’s art is produced in a modern, domed facility.

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The Ins & Outs of Home Appliances Nancy and Andy Swift of appliance shop Swift Appliance face off about the style, functionality, and availability of kitchen appliances. (from left) Andy and Nancy Swift of Swift Appliance

Question: With the reemergence of chic, white appliances, which would you prefer to place in a home with white cabinetry— new white or stainless steel?

He Said:

She Said:

He Said: In a white kitchen, I like JennAir’s line of white, floating-glass appliances. They are beautiful and really make a statement. The full line of appliances (refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, and cooktops) have high-gloss, glass-front surfaces that create an incomparable dramatic effect. They can either blend with your décor or stand out in distinct contrast.

She Said: My favorite appliance style in a white kitchen is stainless steel because it’s so clean. And, I don’t see stainless going out of style any time soon. Twenty years ago, when stainless steel was first breaking the blackand-white appliance mold, it was modern and fresh. Now, it’s classic and remains one of the highest-end finishes available.

With so many different types of appliances available, what is your favorite unique design feature that you’ve seen recently?

He Said: I like the Bertazzoni brand; they have a great, Italian dual-fuel stove. The unit comes with propane capabilities, so you don't have to convert it. That’s better because when you convert the Americanmade ranges, they inevitably lose heat. Also, it is designed to be flush with your countertops, so it does not stick out like the other ranges. It is a great value for a great-looking range.

She Said: My favorite range in the store is the Café 30" fuel range with the baking drawer. I love the idea of getting a second oven, but unlike the double-oven configuration, I don’t have to get down on my hands and knees to baste a turkey. It’s just easier to put something small in the bottom drawer. Also, if you are cooking something little, you don't have to heat up a full oven. Last but not least, the Café range looks like a professional oven without the professional price.

In what ways does your company differ from big-box stores selling the same appliances?

He Said: This is where we agree. I have been doing custom installations for over 20 years, which is something that big-box stores cannot claim. For example, if a customer is remodeling a home, oftentimes modern appliances are bigger than the appliances that are being replaced. Swift Appliance does not just sell you a refrigerator; we help make that refrigerator fit in your space.

She Said: Swift Appliance is a family business, and we differ because we offer in-home consultations and custom installations, including cabinet modifications and granite cutting. This really gives us the competitive edge. Big-box stores sell to the masses. I sell appliances to each customer based on his or her unique needs.

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


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A peek into products designed to weather the coastal elements

Story by Paizley Patterson • Photograph by Matt Bolt

One thing about the Lowcountry is certain: the weather is unpredictable. Bahama shutters are a crucial addition to a coastal home because they are not only protectant, but also one of the most aesthetically pleasing options available. When they are propped open, they provide shade; when they are closed, they act as a shield from strong winds and flying debris. As a bonus, adding advanced hurricane protection to your home can save you money on your insurance costs.

For more information, call Lowcountry Hurricane Protection and Shutters at (843) 822-5519 or visit

Photograph by Patrick Brickman

Hurricane-resistant windows provide increased protection for your home’s envelope during a storm. The windows act as a blockade throughout the tumultuous hurricane season, a time when you need to feel confident that your home is safe and sound. Simonton Windows has completed exhaustive research on the materials that comprise their especially strong windows. Pick a qualified installer, and invest in hurricane-resistant windows; it will alleviate stress in the long run.

For more information, call Dynamic Design Build at (843) 345-5044 or visit

For more information, call Stone Casting, Inc. at (843) 852-9800 or visit


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There is something to be said about setting things in stone. Stone Casting makes exterior stone trim for windows of all shapes, adding an immense amount of beauty to a home and reinforcing the window’s and the building’s strength. There isn’t a quicker way to dress up the exterior of your home than to frame the windows with some of the most exquisite stone art you can get. Stone-cast products will endure the toughest of climates, including the harsh elements of a coastal environment.

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Tips and tricks for enhancing outdoor enjoyment


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The Footlights

The Thick of It

Creating levels in an outdoor space is a strategic way to camouflage a slope, or better yet, to make the best of a restrictive landscape. A lawn with levels made of pavers creates a gradual build-up, to the home's foundation.

Ground-level garden lights are a mix of functionality and glowing appeal. They enable garden goers to watch their step when walking outside at night; dimly lighting the area also creates a romantic atmosphere.

Few things are more stunning than a growing trellis. There is an old-world feeling to seeing an iron wall, every last inch covered in greenery. Story by Paizley Patterson • Photography by Matt Bolt

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Intend to Entertain

Shine Bright

Set in Stone

When setting up an outdoor space for entertaining, design the layout around a few activities (like a bocce ball court or a dining space) and purchase furniture to make holding events as convenient as possible.

Lights draw the eye upward and give the area a deeper dimension. From café lights strung overhead to in-ground lights illuminating the trees, the glow can provide ambiance to the exterior.

A stone patio is the marble floor of your yard. When you are trying to make the outdoors inviting and comfortable, a longlasting flagstone patio can make your space seem like a room without walls.

Photography by Matt Bolt

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

Plush Grass

Setting Boundaries

Going Green

Placing sod down in your yard can bring your landscaping up to the next level. It's also easier to maintain than reseeding.

Creating clean lines around your property or yard gives it a polished feel. An appealing way to do so is with a small fence near the curb or sidewalk with appropriate plants surrounding it. It sets the yard apart by seeming inclusive, yet approachable.

When you want a privacy wall, the best option is to go green. There are many advantages to planting shrubs, trees, or tall grasses instead of building a fence. They are less expensive and in some cases, less offensive too.

For more information about this Mt. Pleasant project, call REMARK• (843) 746-9573 •


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A stone garden wall adds depth to the overall landscape and gives homeowners the ability to have multiple levels in the design.

To make a waterfall installation seem natural, use stones to create a stream- or river-like appearance and plant small shrubs throughout the feature to add visual appeal.

The sound of running water in the quiet, early morning is soothing and will turn a simple backyard into an outdoor escape. Adding a waterfall to a landscape design will not only add value to the space, but also create a unique, relaxing spot.

Photography by Candace Johnson

For more information about this local project, call HLG Growers • (843) 901-4862 •

Blending In

Finishing Touches

Mixing Size

A water feature that blends into the surrounding environment is a dynamic approach to liven up an outdoor space. This pond appears natural because it is surrounded by small stones, which are reminiscent of a riverbank.

An oar was used as a prop to reinforce the natural riverbed theme. Adding appropriate décor punctuates the outdoor area.

Using different-size stones in the water feature is key, not only for the natural look, but for the functionality as well. Medium, round stones create the shape, while smaller pebbles fill in around them to make a mock riverbed.

For more information about this local project, call Matthew Ward Landscapes • (843) 695-1193 •


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Durable Dining Outdoor dining is a pleasurable experience. Be sure that it is an amenity that will last by using outdoor furniture (like teak or iron) that can withstand the elements and maintain their aesthetic appeal with age.

Formal Walk A meandering path or a formal garden walk (whichever is your style) will lead you to the best alcoves and will offer a place for a peaceful stroll in the evening.

Simple Symmetry Remember to consider the architecture of your home when planning the landscape. Keep the various heights of plants complementary and symmetrical. And, consider what trees will look like in 15 years once they’ve grown to maturity.

For more information about this Daniel Island project, call DIG Landscape (843) 327-4372 Photography by Matt Bolt

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BUILDING BLOCKS Tommy Priester, founder of Priester’s Custom Contracting, has been serving the Tri-County area for almost 25 years. In 1988, Tommy began his career as a plumber, and in 2003, he and his wife, Shelley, opened Priester’s Custom Contracting. Since then, the couple has been perfecting their reputation in custom-home building, earning the title of Builder of the Year in 2011 and the Guildmaster Award with Highest Distinction in 2012. We asked Tommy a few questions about his passion for building and his hopes for the future of Priester’s Custom Contracting. Shelley and Tommy Priester of Priester's Custom Contracting

What is one of the most important aspects for you to consider when building a home? For us, our subcontractors are one of the most important parts of the building process. By hiring professionally-skilled tradesmen and women, we provide the homeowner with peace of mind, not only during the selection and construction phase, but for years to come. All of our subcontractors provide the homeowner with superior customer service and craftsmanship.

What sets you apart from other builders? Although the awards are fun to win, we consider our customers’ full satisfaction and the referral rating from Guild Quality to be our most esteemed accomplishments. We provide a daily, hands-on approach to building custom homes, which means that your home is built from the jobsite and not from our office. Being onsite daily creates a better quality product and greatly reduces the time of construction.

What exciting projects do you have on the horizon? We love working in Charleston because of the variety in the Lowcountry. Our four most recent projects have been at multiple locations in the Charleston area, all set right on the water. We just finished a new construction project in Rivertowne of Mt. Pleasant and a remodeling project on James Island. We currently have two new construction projects—one on Wadmalaw Island and one in Moncks Corner. Our projects cover all of the cities and islands of the Lowcountry, making us very familiar with the various niches of Charleston. Story by Courtney Tuck

For more information about building your new, custom home, call Priester’s Custom Contracting at (843) 200-8495 or visit

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Knowing very early on that architecture was her path, Anita King obtained a dual undergraduate degree in design and construction science (and a master’s degree in architecture). It is with this wellrounded education that Anita has built her local business, ink Architecture, with the mission of bringing more than just plans to her clients. She brings fullfledged solutions. CH+D gladly took a moment to ask Anita about her passion for architecture.

Photograph by Patrick Brickman


You obviously have a love for your field, having owned your own business for four years. What about architecture appeals to you? Did you always know you wanted to be an architect? I made a declaration that I was going to be an architect when I was around 12 years old. My dad, a surveyor, took me out to assist him on a jobsite, and I saw the glorious house plans drawn on huge sheets of paper telling us what the future of that lot held. I was hooked from that moment on and took every class I could to get me one step closer to becoming an architect. I applied only to Clemson and only to the architecture school. Good thing I got in! My profession is truly an obsession, and I am so thankful that I get to do something that I love everyday.

ink Architecture has Jesse Phipps, an Allied ASID interior designer, on staff. How do you think this separates ink from other architecture firms?

Anita King of ink Architecture


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I hired Jesse for her expertise in interior finishes and furnishings to complement the architectural designs. Offering both architectural services and interior design work/expertise (I own both ink Architecture and ink Interiors.), we have an advantage. We approach the entire project as a team and make sure we think of how our clients will live and use the space. This allows our customers to use us for the full design of their home from

the very beginning when they have a vacant lot to the end when we hang the custom-designed window treatments made specifically to capture their view. Jesse and I work hand-in-hand while focusing on our areas of expertise, guaranteeing a cohesive design.

What else makes ink Architecture stand out? We have recently started to draw all of our houses in 3D so that our clients are able to see perspective drawings of what the house will look like once built. We have found that it's hard for some clients to understand the traditional, 2D plans and elevations of their home, so showing them a 3D model helps them visualize it.

Do you have an upcoming project that you are particularly excited about? We are about to complete two new homes. One house is located on Sullivan's Island. The clients hired us to design everything from the architecture to the interior design, including the final furnishings and accessories. The second project, in Dunes West, showcases our interior architecture services. The client found us after the initial house drawings were complete, so we developed the interior design—from the trim and cabinetry design to the lighting and plumbing fixture selections—before construction took place. We are eager to give everyone a glimpse of both homes soon.

For more information, call ink Architecture at (843) 882–7810 or visit

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Trudy Mercy Brown hasn’t always been an interior designer. In fact, she began her career in finance. However, after realizing her passion for the design industry, she returned to school in 1985 to begin a new career path. Her desire now is to create refined spaces that reflect her customers’ personalities. And her background in finance? It created within Trudy a true understanding of “sticking to the budget,” and inspired her to become an entrepreneur, opening her own company—BlueCopper Interiors. Trudy Mercy Brown of BlueCopper Interiors

The Dilemma:

In this bathroom remodel, two main problems prevailed: The bathroom door led to the hallway and created separation between the lavatory and the bedroom beside it, and the all-white bath needed a significant splash of color.

The Plan:

When Trudy arrived at the Meeting Street project, the room had been completely gutted by the remodeling crew. The contractors relocated the bathroom doorway from the hall to the bedroom in order to create a private guest suite between the two rooms. Then, Trudy began designing. Keeping the desires of the homeowners in mind, she chose all chrome plumbing fixtures, white tile (subway tiles for the walls and octagonal tiles for the floors), and neutral wall coverings. She used texture (such as the pearlescent wall finish) to create differentiation between the colorless elements. Looking at the fresh, white room, Trudy knew that it needed some color. So, she and the homeowner worked together to choose green and rose-shaded accessories that complemented the palette of the adjoining bedroom.

With a new suite in their historic home, the homeowners were ready to host overnight guests, and Trudy, delighted with the final design, added a new bathroom to her portfolio and a happy customer to her local network.

For more information, call BlueCopper Interiors at (843) 224-9822 or visit


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Highlights from local projects by some of Charleston’s best home professionals


Story by Christy Conway • Photography by Matt Bolt

This model home features a wide selection of furniture and finishes that are directly provided by Amerisips, a company that is both earth and cost conscious.

outside the box, inside the envelope Johns Island welcomes a new neighborhood that defies the standard practices of home building and dares (with style) to be energy independent.

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(above) Even with so many large windows, these St. John in the Woods homes can be built to withstand winds up to 200 miles per hour. Also, the homes are highly efficient due to the structural insulated panels that create a strong, tight building envelope. (above right and below right) Everything from CFLs to flooring and from appliances to the HVAC system was chosen in order to receive points toward LEED Certification, a recognized standard for sustainable building.


nergy independence is no longer a movement relegated to the apocalypse-touting and granola-eating subsects of the American population. It’s now accessible and attractive to main-stream and cost-conscious home builders. Gone are the days of bulky solar panels and protruding wind turbines. Thanks to Amerisips—an all-in-one, green developing, designing, distributing, and building company—Charlestonians can enjoy free energy living…in style.

Managing Partner of Amerisips Steve Bostic explained why his business is so unique. According to Bostic, “The big houses that we used to build were eight, nine, or ten thousand square feet. But, people aren’t doing that that much anymore.


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People are thinking about what they really need and about being energy efficient. Green building is going off the charts. The problem is that the building industry hasn’t caught up with the consumer need.” Unlike the rest of the industry, Amerisips fills this home-building void, and they do it with a comprehensive, detail-oriented approach. After successfully running a 27,000square-foot design center in Sea Island, GA, Steve and Tina Bostic envisioned their next venture. “We did everything on the interior of the home,” Tina described, “but we felt like we wanted to do the whole thing. Steve said to me, ‘There’s got to be a better way to build a house.’ So, he was starting to design some panels on paper, and then we were looking on the internet and said, ‘Gosh, somebody has already done it.’” SIPs

(structural insulated panels) are what they found, and SIPs are now what form the foundation upon which their business model, company name, and homes are built. They use these structural insulated panels (which are six- to eight- inches thick) for the floor, roof, and walls of what they call their homes’ “EcoShells.” “We start out with a really tight envelope that is totally insulated, reaching insulation levels of R34,” Steve explains. “Once we shrink down energy demand by having more efficient insulation, we then supplement the energy bill with solar panels. Amerisips homes only require a third of the solar panels that are needed on stickbuilt houses. So, it becomes affordable.” In addition, the solar panels that Steve and Tina chose only have a one-inch profile,

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(above) The back of this green home discretely houses a highly-effecient HVAC system and a multitude of seamless solar panels. (left) The Front of Amerisips's Model Home

allowing them to become part of the roofing system so that they are not nearly as noticeable as other types of panels. All of this forethought has made the process of building a home with Amerisips almost like a simple equation. First, they determine the customers’ budget. Most houses within the Amerisips community St. Johns in the Woods (developed by Pearlstine Real Estate Investment), range between 450 and 700 thousand dollars. But, homeowners are not restricted to this adorable community; they can build on any plot of land. Then, the homeowners decide what style and size they would like. The options are literally infinite because Amerisips does not work from a select number of floor plans. Instead, they


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have house designers on staff to adapt a design to fit the customers’ needs. And finally, the future homeowner decides, with their assigned project manager and interior designer, which finishes (including furniture) are desired. “We’re a distributor for the major systems in the building—flooring, furniture, lighting,

solar panels, HVAC, etcetera,” Steve said. “We’re able to give the customer a lot better quality of product for a lesser cost.” Once this equation is complete, the result is a high-performance, LEED-Platinum certified, EPA Indoor Air Plus-certified, and well-appointed EcoShell home ready in as few as 60-90 days. v For more information about Amerisips homes, call (843) 637-4311 or visit For more information about purchasing an Amerisips home, call Carolina One-New Homes Division at (843) 640-3125.


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an isle of tile Quarter-century-old tile provider Palmetto Tile Distributors decks out over twelve bathrooms in two Lowcountry properties for the same homeowner.


he opportunity to own one’s own island in this country is almost unheard of, but in the Lowcountry, among all the unique slivers of land, there are a few dramatic plots surrounded entirely by water. One such property—off of Headquarters Island—is not only beautiful for its landscape but, after an extensive remodel, it is also a vision on the inside. After choosing an impressive selection of tile from Palmetto Tile Distributors for their new Folly Beach home, the homeowners tasked Palmetto Tile’s manager, Jason Goldberg, with revitalizing a wide range of spaces (including four bathrooms, one powder room, one pool restroom, one

Pencil tiles alone secure unique, two-way mirrors to the vanity wall, behind which sit hidden flat-screen televisions.

kitchen, and one pool) in their second home off of Headquarters Island. Together, they chose a mixture of materials and finishes to add visual appeal to every surface.

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“This house was renovated within the last year or two. Extensive work was done to the home. We feel very fortunate to be a part of such a nice project. The transformation is absolutely amazing,” said Jason.

Starting from the exterior, Palmetto provided natural, travertine pavers for the decking, which will nicely age with the home. Also, American, handmade glassand-foil tile was chosen for the water line of the pool. “Throughout the day, with the sun moving overhead, the light reflecting on the glass gives the tile a different color. We’re trying to show more examples of tile being used outdoors in the Lowcountry, es-

pecially since our climate is geared right toward it,” explained Jason.

ers that is part of a hard glass collection made of recycled materials,” Jason described. “The homeowners chose to have the tile go all the way up the wall. But, if someone wanted to use it on a smaller scale, they could use eight to twelve sheets of it and get a nice effect.”

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Second only to the pool, the master bathroom is a true expression of tile creativity. The homeowners used a natural stone (with a unique mauve and gray veining)

for the flooring and the shower wall. And, they used a dramatic, glass tile for an accent wall with double-glass pencil tiles to secure the two-way mirrors, behind which lies a flat-screen television. “The vanity wall in the master uses a glass mosaic from Senoma Tile Mak-

(clockwise) The Headquarters Island home overlooks both a multi-dimensional pool and the Intracoastal Waterway. The freeform dipping pool (with two tanning ledges and a hot tub) is surrounded by rustic, travertine decking. The flooring in the guest bathroom has a unique, anti-slip lappato finish which provides safety and beauty. CH+D • Spring 2013



(bottom left) The master bathroom in the Headquarters Island home displays, on a grand scale, how one can use tile to make a statement. (top left) The homeowner chose to tile the whole backsplash with a glass, bamboo-inspired mosaic to create a dramatic pop in an otherwise typical kitchen design. (top right) Gray, porcelain tiles cover this shower from floor to ceiling. This 12-by-24 inch tile was chosen for its diminished grout lines.

Always thinking of the average homeowner, Jason stocks not only luxe selections, but unique, affordable tile as well. Being a third generation tile provider, he has honed his inventory, selling high-quality and durable tile at three different South Carolina showrooms (Johns Island, North Charleston, and his father’s store in Columbia). “We’re very customer-service oriented at Palmetto Tile,” Jason said. “We really strive to help the homeowner get what they want within their budget.” For Jason, there is no greater proof that his customers are satisfied than working on not just one large, residential project for a homeowner, but two. v For more information, call Palmetto Tile Distributors at (843) 266-8700 or visit


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Fit for an extensive family, this backyard showcases Backyard Retreats’s reinforcedaluminum dining, chaise, and bar furniture with durable, sling fabric.

have a seat W ith an immediate family the size of two football teams (22, not including spouses!), the Keanes of Boston knew their Isle of Palms

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Isle of Palms homeowners furnished six unique, exterior areas so each member of the family could enjoy his or her own personalized nook.

vacation home had to accommodate and withstand a very large clan. Their challenge was to find sturdy, weatherproof furniture that fit stylistically within the backyard oasis they envisioned. “We wanted furniture that would last because we didn’t want to have to replace things when we visited. And, we wanted the spaces to be comfortable,” explained matriarch Karen Keane. For this logical set of requirements, Karen approached Sharon Campbell of Backyard Retreats for her vast knowledge about outdoor furniture. “Sharon has a phenomenal service where she offers to come to the home to see the spot being furnished,” Karen gushed. “When she visited, we clicked right away because she really listened to what I wanted, and she wasn’t trying to change everything.”

Backyard Retreats, a quaint showroom on Johnnie Dodds Blvd., offers not only wellmade outdoor furniture, but also weather-resistant artwork, decorative accents, lamps, and rugs—all of which Karen admired. Sharon shared, “We created different areas. We provided a large dining table with chairs so that they could cook out and have all their family around them. Then, we created a bar area just for leisure around the pool. And finally, we picked out chaise lounges and comfortable love seats.” And those selections were just for the backyard! Karen and Sharon also decorated four deck areas, including a lookout for wine sipping, a front-porch nook for tea tasting, and his-and-hers screened-in porches, which were the piece de resistance.

For the more feminine of the two porches, the ladies chose a beautiful, cut-glass mosaic table (no two are exactly alike) so the family could have breakfast just outside the kitchen. “We chose soft, pastel colors for the cushions to blend with the driftwoodcolored wicker. The palette offers a soft, beachy feeling,” Sharon described. Naturally, in stark contrast, the “his porch” was appointed with dark, masculine-colored Sunbrella fabric (so they don’t need to worry about spills) and strong, reinforced-aluminum frames.

“My husband and our boys are very much into sports—basketball, baseball, football, and golf. Because of that, I wanted their porch to be near the family room so they could watch a game on TV,” Karen said. “The chairs are big, and they swivel all the way around, so when the boys are on the porch playing cards, they can turn around and still see the game that’s inside.” It’s versatility like this that sets Sharon’s designs apart from the rest. And after successfully fulfilling the needs of the large, diverse Keane family, it seems no Lowcountry

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Company: Backyard Retreats Project Type: Outdoor Furniture Location: Isle of Palms

(clockwise from top left) The Keanes chose to work not only with Backyard Retreats, but also with the reputable, local pool company Aqua Blue Pools. Each space (the front-porch tea nook and the his-and-hers screened-in porches) exude a unique personality that is reflective of their purpose. CH+D • Spring 2013



lasting beauty

Jilco Kitchen and Bath helps a Mt. Pleasant couple create a kitchen with an artful aesthetic that will last for decades.


stand the test of time and remain attractive through the fluctuating tides of real estate? Take a cue from the experts—the Majerniks—who have found a prescription for lasting elegance.

obert Majernik and wife Christine are no strangers to remodeling; they’ve completed a slew of renovations in the past and have even flipped a home for resale. When the time came to start updating their newest home (built in the mid-70s), they knew just where to start: the kitchen, one of the most remodeled rooms under the roof. As they considered the budget and the hard-earned money to be spent on their project, Robert and Christine decided that they wanted a kitchen they could really love (and one that would be appealing to future buyers of the home). With design trends and styles changing constantly, though, how do you create a kitchen that will

Bryan Fletcher of Jilco Kitchen and Bath with the Majerniks

For one of their past projects, the couple used the skills of local business Jilco Kitchen and Bath. Pleased with their help, the team set forth to create a new culinary space in their current home. The key to designing a kitchen with enduring style (on a budget) is making careful choices in the beginning of the project, especially when it comes to the color scheme. Natural woods and muted tones are versatile and never go out of style. Bryan Fletcher of Jilco Kitchen and Bath recalls, “The homeowners chose

Simple design is the key to creating a kitchen with a style that will last for generations. Homeowners Robert and Christine Majernik chose classic, stained cabinetry, subtle tile, and neutral granite to comprise the foundation of their kitchen. Adding a pop of blue paint and colorful place settings gives the kitchen a just-right amount of personality.


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a maple cabinet with a stain on it called ‘Pecan.’” The choice, however, wasn’t that straightforward or easy to make. The Majerniks originally chose four different neutral colors (including a traditional, solid white) for the cabinetry. The choice came down to the price point; the maple cabinetry was in the perfect price range and a universally appealing color. Another tip for creating a kitchen with long-standing appeal? Add a splash of color and one design accent that screams “unique.” For this kitchen, the homeowners incorporated a coastal blue paint for a pop of color in the room. The intricate, stately island serves as the most distinctive design feature. Robert describes, “We saw a picture on a website and used it as inspiration for our island. We wanted it to have really big posts or really big legs.” The introduction of custom detail and color gives the room a bit of personality. Finally, a timeless kitchen must be open and airy, creating the appearance of vastness. “The whole kitchen was divided into two rooms,” details Robert. “We took out the entire wall so the kitchen was a lot more open. We wanted the eating area to be part of the kitchen.” The team at Jilco worked with the Majerniks to create a kitchen that not only facilitates more cohesive family gatherings, but also is designed in such a way as to remain elegant and beautiful (not to mention sturdy) for years. v For more information, call Jilco Kitchen and Bath at (843) 849-6465 or visit


Company: Jilco Kitchen & Bath Project Type: Remodel Location: Mt. Pleasant

The large island with stately columnar legs is the focal point of this Mt. Pleasant kitchen. The homeowners located a photo in a shelter publication and asked Jilco Kitchen and Bath to replicate the island in their own space.

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shocking discovery


xygen-dependent homeowner Lea Novit and husband Bill found themselves facing danger in a place once considered their safe haven. During a routine tree-trimming appointment, a tree service technician dropped a limb on their exterior overhead service— the electrical power line connecting the utility pole to the home. This caused the whole house to short out because the electrical installation was not grounded. (This is common in older homes in this area.) The current jumped from the appliances to the water lines, causing more voltage to surge through them than intended.

was very dangerous. That electrical current could have jumped off an appliance and onto the customers themselves. They also could have been touching a metal housing and become energized that day. Thankfully, that did not happen.”

Mister Sparky is a company of electricians trained in code compliance, electrical installations and maintenance, and emergency repairs (like those that the Novits needed on that shocking day). Mike Porter, a technician for Mister Sparky, was on-call that day, and what he found, while scary, did not surprise him.

And for those who might be vulnerable to this potential disaster, Mister Sparky provides courtesy inspections, shares their findings, and offers comprehensive solutions. While the Novits’ experience ended up being positive, Mike advises homeowners to take action now before a similar situation occurs. v

Mike explained, “We find these types of grounding problems on a daily basis. It

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What did happen was simply damaging to a home the Novits’ have owned for 50 years. By responding quickly, Mike and his team of three to five technicians were able to fix the problem and bring the home up to code starting immediately after the fire crew left and ending late the next day.

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After experiencing a frightening electrical disaster, an elderly, South Windermere couple learned that even a home owned for over a half century can surprise you.

(top and middle) Behind the Novits’ washer and dryer is hidden evidence of the destruction the rogue electrical current caused. (bottom) Mike Porter stands in front of the Novits’ 50-year-old home with the repaired overhead service visible in the top right corner of their roof.

“We have a staffer that answers our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days “The house was full a week, and through of smoke,” described all the holidays,” Mike Lea. “My oxygen is Homeowners Lea and Bill Novit said. “We have an onplugged in all the time, call technician with and I wasn’t sure if it backup. So, if he is overwhelmed, there would explode or not. I have the portable is someone backing him up, as well. And, tanks I take along with me when I go out. we’re growing. The more that we grow, the I used that and sat in the car.” Bill added, more technicians we’ll get in place to help “We called in Mister Sparky while the fire our customers.” trucks were still working.”


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the kitchen sync Seeking to create cohesion between her gourmet cooking passion and her new kitchen’s design, owner Patty Gatens—along with her husband, Richard—began the process of merging their lifestyle with their home.


ith cooking comes very large things: massive woks and bulky Crock-Pots. So we had to install extra-deep cabinets and come up with a lot of interesting features to accommodate everything,” states Patty Gatens of her love of gourmet cooking (which requires some unique tools) in relation to her kitchen remodeling project. When Patty began formulating ideas about her new kitchen, she knew one thing—the new design had to sync perfectly with her cooking and entertaining needs. Extra-deep cabinets were not the only feature that Patty sought to


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incorporate. With the help of Jay Miller at HWC Custom Cabinetry and Chris Rose of Chris Rose Architects, the team was able to come up with even more solutions to make Patty’s time in the kitchen efficient and enjoyable. They developed a three-phase process—the design phase, the architect phase, and the construction phase. First, Patty brought her requests and ideas to Jay, who created a cabinetry layout that implemented personalized features catered to Patty’s lifestyle in the kitchen. Patty notes, “Quite frankly, I got really tired (in the old kitchen) of getting down on my hands and knees to look inside a

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And now, I have a cabinet where everything’s neatly stacked; all the lids are in a row,” says Patty. After Jay and Patty sketched out a plan, they called on the architectural expertise of Christopher Rose to add extra detail and flair to the kitchen design. Jay explains, “Chris Rose was involved, and he provided some design elements we could implement that would give the kitchen a lot of punch—a real wow factor. I think if you look around at some of the design elements that are here, those elements are the parts that really stand out.” Once the architectural details were added to the plan, Jay entered the design into a CAD program that allows homeowners to view his computer remotely while he is designing a 3-D rendering of the project. (This was especially wonderful for Patty because she was living out of town during the renovation.)

Substituting drawers for doors for the lower half of the cabinetry makes digging for pots and pans obsolete—everything homeowner Patty needs is just a drawer pull away.

cabinet and to find things that were hidden way in the back. Jay suggested that we trade the cabinetry doors for drawers. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to open a drawer and there it all is.” Additional features of the kitchen developed in the design phase include a spice rack hidden in an elaborate, carved corbel, ample storage, lazy susans, plate holders, a special drawer for chef’s knives, and nooks for pots and pans. Jay also devised solutions for two of the most annoying kitchen problems—corner cabinets and Tupperware storage. Patty


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describes, “Corner cabinets are normally dead spaces that you can’t even fit your shoulders inside to reach the back. You have to get a pair of tongs to try to pull things out. Jay has wonderful, European hardware that is far from the rickety, oldfashioned lazy susans. You open the corner cabinet and slide the piece out. It twirls, and it slides right back in. It’s fabulous.” For the Tupperware issue, Jay used his imagination to create organization among numerous plastic lids and containers. “One of my little bugaboos is that I always had a cabinet with all my plastic containers for food storage that was a disastrous mess.

The final process was the construction phase in which Patty, Chris, and Jay’s plans were brought to life through the hard work of the HWC team and a host of other local industry professionals (like Andy Meihaus Construction, Classic Design, Ash Woodworking, Bird Decorative Hardware, BRL Electric, The Hardwood Floor & Tile Guys, Charleston Architectural Glass, and Ferguson Enterprises). The end result was (and is) a beautiful new kitchen fit for Patty's culinary artistry. v For more information, call HWC Custom Cabinetry at (843) 207-0750 or visit


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(above) Constantly hosting both their friends and their children’s friends, Matt and Amy McAvoy sought to build a home that focuses on entertaining. A big, cozy couch and an open floor plan facilitates dinner parties, holiday gatherings, and birthday sleepovers.

family, charity, and a place to call home Matt and Amy McAvoy, a Mt. Pleasant couple building both a new home and a local charity, formed a lasting relationship with America’s Home Place, a company that stepped up to fulfill not only the family’s desires, but also the charity’s needs.


hen their youngest daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, the McAvoy family was living in the northernmost stretch of Mt. Pleasant, making their fartoo-frequent drive to chemotherapy sessions a real road trip. The family decided it was best to sell their home and move into a rental unit near downtown while they constructed a home closer to MUSC Children’s Hospital. This process placed a burden on their heart for other families traveling long distances to take their sick children to medical treatments; not only is the journey emotionally taxing, but it is also finan-


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cially taxing. Matt and Amy began a nonprofit organization known as The Journey House, which currently funds hotel stays close to MUSC for families who need the assistance. Their future plan is to build a home downtown to house these families. Little did the McAvoys know that in the course of building their own home, they would form a connection with building company America’s Home Place, managed locally by Shannon and Nelda Dwinnell. Amy and Matt reached out to them to start construction on their personal residence in southern Mt. Pleasant. To begin, Shan-

non and Nelda helped the McAvoys choose a lot and a set of plans. Then, the team tweaked those plans to fit the homeowners’ needs. Amy explains, “We have three daughters, and they all wanted to share a room—believe it or not! So, we made their room really large. They each have their own bed and their own little areas. Then, they have their own bathroom in their room with three different sinks. We expanded the original room to make it more like a suite.” Shannon echoes, “The floor plan was generous to begin with, but we took advantage of a bit of the extra space on the second floor. That gave us a game room

and bigger bedrooms. Then downstairs, this plan already had a keeping room [an extra room between the kitchen and dining room] but we stretched the plan a little bit to get a much larger kitchen and keeping room.” Because America’s Home Place is a national company with a local connection, they are

able to construct semi-custom homes out of materials ordered in bulk, offering the end consumer a reduced price. They work with local companies to provide top-notch materials. For this home in specific, the building materials were purchased from Builder’s First Source; the cabinets from Jilco Kitchen and Bath; the countertops from

Palmetto Surfacing; the lighting, plumbing fixtures, and appliances from Ferguson Enterprises; and the paint from SherwinWilliams. With the help of so many other professionals, America’s Home Place is able to build many of their homes in a mere six months (a perk that saved the McAvoys countless dollars in rental expenses). In

(top) America’s Home Place is able to construct semi-custom homes (even as large as this one) in as little as six months. (above left) The custom kitchen features cabinetry from Jilco Kitchen and Bath, countertops from Palmetto Surfacing, and lighting fixtures and appliances from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. (above right) Crown moulding and a glass-pane door are just two simple features that make this home intricately stunning.

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(clockwise from bottom left) Because they have three young daughters, the homeowners (with the help of Shannon and Nelda Dwinnell of America’s Home Place) reconfigured the upstairs bathroom to house three separate sinks. The daughters’ bedroom is large enough to hold three, full-sized beds so that each girl has her own nook. Focused on entertaining, the McAvoys wanted to be able to bring their party outside, so they made sure that the home had a screened-in porch. Homeowner Amy McAvoy sits with Shannon Dwinnell of America’s Home Place.

the end, the new home plans were flawlessly tailored to the large family’s needs. Once Nelda and Shannon heard the McAvoy’s story, they knew they wanted to help with The Journey House project. Shannon recollects, “I went to our owner, and I told him a little bit about what The Journey House was all about. Right away, without any hesitation, he said this is something we want to be involved in. I think our prayer


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is that somewhere, someone downtown has a piece of property that is just right. Sooner or later, they are going to hear about the project, and the property’s going to be there.” Both the McAvoys and the team at America's Home Place are hopeful to begin the project soon and to serve the families of those children receiving treatment at MUSC. In the process of constructing their own home, the McAvoys became one step closer to opening The Journey House. v

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escribed as a risk taker by both herself and her two sons, Candace Dyal is no child of inheritance. She climbed her way to the top by putting everything on the line… while having a conscience (as she would say). See, Candace has a set of personal rules that she has garnered through her years. Some are simple: Don’t lie. Just say yes. Get uncomfortable. And some are more complicated. All the rules, however, are on the forefront of her mind as she lives day-to-day up in the Northeast near her boys, Nick and Evan (who attend Drexel University), or down here on Kiawah Island, where she has developed a nationally recognized green community, Indigo Park. The neighborhood, home of the 2013 HGTV Dream Home, is a living example of her rule: do it right the first time. In her inconspicuous cottage overlooking the Ocean Course, Candace, Nick, Evan, and I discussed how incredibly unexpected life can be, how strong her bond is with her sons, and how she became the lady behind the first Platinum LEED certified resort community in the country.


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Developing a Dream

(above) The Ocean Course Drive home features an understated sitting room off the foyer that Evan and Nick use for watching basketball on the television that is hidden behind the white, coastal built in. (right) Candace enjoys pairing unusual patterns, and upon entry, one can see how keen (and quirky) her eye for design is.

You’re heavily involved in the homebuilding industry now, but did you always know this was your calling? Candace: Originally, I was a stock broker; now people call the job wealth management. To those people, I say, “Get over yourself.” I did that for a long time. It was fun, and I was successful at it. I’d like to think I helped some people, but to me, it was the same old, same old. I’ve always loved business. You get to use your talents and facets of your life and pull them all together. And, my parents always did real estate on the side. We always had an extra house to rent, fix up, or sell. So, we did baseboard painting, sanding, cutting, drilling, and tiling instead of going to the mall. I used to yell at them for that.


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So, do you attribute your success to your parents? Candace: I think my success comes from many things: my parents as instructors of life, my whole family for being lifetime learners, Wheaton College for nurturing what my parents formed, and myself. I love myself. [laughs] From my parents, I learned my work ethic. My father would talk to me about quality. He’d say, “Candace, you need to sand it again.” And I’d say, “Really? They won’t rent it if I don’t sand it again?” He’d tell me, “It doesn’t matter. You’ll know. Do it right the first time.” When I was at Wheaton, there were 14 students in each class. You know you’re going to learn. And, you’re going to get to know your professors because they’ll

have dinner with you. They’ll play tennis with you; they’ll know you—the whole package. I like to say that they pushed with a hug. What did you study at Wheaton? Candace: My major in college was psychology. I was always fascinated by how one person can look at something this way, and then someone who wears a different pair of glasses can look at it another way. It’s all how you look at it. And once you step outside yourself, it’s actually quite clear. So, you didn’t study business? No MBA? Candace: Well, in London, I took some graduate courses in conflict resolution and psychology in business, but my real MBA [laughs] was when I started this

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(above) Candace’s home is protected from the coastal hazards of straight-line winds and flooding because it is set back behind the dunes and the back nine of the Ocean Course and tucked within lush, tropical vegetation. (right) The beauty of the Indigo Park property can be seen in the Kiawah vistas, the well-appointed interiors, and the inviting exteriors.

company called Galapagos Wear. I’d always liked design, and I was in New York City at the time. I saw all this clothing that I thought would be really cute on children, so I sold similar children’s clothing to Neiman Marcus, The Children’s Place, and other stores like that. But, it was the 1993 recession, and I ended up only getting ten cents on the dollar from the stores that owed me. I don’t look at it as a failure, though. I just call it my MBA. It just took me three years instead of two. I learned some lessons about how to run a business, what you need to have control of, and how to watch the reins. With such a learning experience in New York, you’re obviously deeply rooted in the Northeast. How did you find yourself on Kiawah Island? Candace: My family was looking for a retreat place. We looked at Sea Island,


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Marco Island, Naples, Greenbrier, the Hamptons, and the Cape. My husband at the time worked for Morgan Stanley, who owned Kiawah with the Kuwaiti government. So, I suggested we check it out. We came down here for two weeks in August of 1999, and we all loved it instantly. I was like, “Oh. It’s a rechargebattery place!” At first, we rented. Then, we purchased this Ocean Course Drive home in 2002. What about this Ocean Course Drive home caught your eye? Candace: This home appealed to me because it is away from everything. It’s not a home that says, “Look at me!” Also, I love the beach access, the view, and the pool area. Outside by the pool, I can hear the ocean. I can feel the breeze. I can’t hear the phone ring. It’s very quiet. I find that it’s harder to paint a picture when there is all that noise, versus just a white canvas.

You have so many interesting, decorative pieces in your home: sweet grass baskets, tribal masks, and Audubon prints to name a few. Do any features of your home have a story? Candace: I have a chest that was found at the bottom of the ocean. It weighs a ton, and there were jewels in it. Of course, the jewels didn’t come with it. I also have a trunk from China. I asked the dealer, “What was carried in that?” He told me that the trunk held seed on the Orient Express! Also, I have a lot of black, carved elephants. I like animals. Probably my most favorite animal is the elephant. I also have some great photography from Africa that both Evan and I love. When you put those exotic pieces with traditional stuff, like the dining room table from the South of France, you come up with my style. It is clean; I don’t like clutter. It’s starting to go a bit modern

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(top left) Candace’s home can accommodate up to 14 visitors at one time; many of the rooms have more than one bed in them. (top right) The front façade of the home, while beautiful, is hard to see from the road because of a group of mature palm trees. Above all else, this facet of the home appealed to Candace the most.

or contemporary. I wouldn’t say, for instance, it is English or it is Victorian. It’s just me. It seems you have a true love for this home. Do you often host parties or entertain friends? Candace: The home has been a platform for a lot of great times. Like after the last Kiawah marathon, 20 people were here for dinner. Some were local, and some flew in. I like that very few guests knew each other. And, because I am me, I can’t just let you have a cocktail and stiffly say, “What do you do?” We have to play games, you know, get uncomfortable.


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Also, my family comes down a lot. I have a very large family, and this house can sleep 14 comfortably without smelling like fish. Yeah, even family can smell like fish. If more people want to come, I can just put the extra people in the Maritime condo. So, you own a condo. That’s probably handy with so many family members. Do you rent that out when your cousins, siblings, and other guests are not using it? Candace: Yes. I bought a condo in the Maritime on Green Dolphin Way. That is for rent. It’s my baseline, my food. And because I was investing in some pretty risky things, I said, “Let’s just

rent this home [Ocean Course] out too so it can pay for itself.” You know, it’s just stuff. Are there any other homes that you own here on Kiawah Island? Candace: I also purchased and remodeled 109 Flyway Drive, an old, 7,000-square-foot Georgian, which was the first home on Kiawah Island to receive a Silver LEED certification [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an internationally recognized, green-building certification]. We had the first solar panels and solar water heating system. And, the property reuses rainwater!

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(above and right) The living room, situated off the kitchen, features two of Candace’s exotic treasure trunks and a few local, sweetgrass baskets. It also overlooks the property’s vast network of screened-in porches, verandas, and decks.

That’s quite an undertaking. Why did you decide to purchase and remodel that home?

consciousness.” He said, “Mom, that’s really risky.” As a parent, I’m like, “Yes it is, and that is not a bad thing.”

Candace: It was the summer of 2007. Nick had a severe burn, and he was recovering from that. So, he lost his job that summer because he couldn’t work. He and I were basically walking the beach, doing physical therapy. I had just finalized a divorce, and I had a blank canvas in front of me. I wanted to do something that would make an impact, make the world better.

Nick: She’s always pushing the limit, looking for the positive in everything.

I said to Nick, “Some people want me to knock down this old Georgian, sell the lot, and make some money. But, I could save it and give Kiawah a little more space instead of squishing everything in. I could raise the bar in green


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Evan: She calls me to remind me to take risks. I think she invented the word.

sible for 40 percent of the gas emissions out there. I just don’t think people quite comprehend how bad those gas emissions are on immune systems. I just think, “Why don’t we just build it right and sturdy in the first place—in case the emissions are part of the equation?”

So that marked the beginning of your real estate development company Dyal Compass and your mission to promote responsible living practices. Why are you so driven by environmental awareness and conservation?

People say, “Oh, the expense.” And, I’m like, “Really? We’re discussing two grand when a replacement [of a roof, for instance] would be how many millions of dollars?” So, not only are you creating less gas emissions, but you are also saving billions of dollars.

Candace: I have a lot of friends who have autistic children, and I don’t know what the cause of that is, but I do know that buildings are respon-

But the 109 Flyway remodel was just the beginning. Dyal Compass is best known for Indigo Park, home of the 2013 HGTV Dream Home. Tell me about that.

Candace: People were bidding on this parcel—Parcel 23—which was 15 acres of virgin, Kiawah land. You know, that opportunity is just never going to happen again. The property could hold up to 54 condos, but I just had to stop it and get a conscience. So, I embarked on something that was way over my head. Let’s just call it like it is. I did not know what I was doing. But, I had a vision of raising the bar for the island and going totally green. I did it, and I was scared. I figured the worst-case scenario was that I would be a lot poorer. But, I would still have a roof; I would have food, my health, and my boys. So I said, “Let’s see what happens.” I realized that I had to do it right because what I didn’t want to do was just another high-end development. Please spare me. Before we started building, when it was still a jungle, I saw Indigo Park all done. We were climbing over trees and stuff

like that. I said, “We want to downsize, offer smaller homes.” Obviously, you were not trained in the green-building industry. How did you learn? Candace: I went to a lot of conferences and read. And Royal Indigo [Dyal Compass’ construction company] was very supportive. Ben Daley, Craig Gentilin, and Bob Meister were great teachers. They’re constantly learning about the latest and greatest. They go to these building seminars that introduce new products, which reminds me every time, when it comes to a job, keep attending because the second you know everything, you don’t. It seems like you have a great team assembled. Who else did you choose to help you form your vision? Candace: Christopher Rose Architects

was integral. I interviewed Christopher Rose with five other architects, and he did not have an attitude. He stood with me on the driveway at Flyway Drive, and he didn’t think I was taking drugs when I said, “Okay, we’re going to keep this house, take the roof off, bring the hips down, and make it an Adirondack. And, we were looking at an old Georgian.” He was like, “Okay.” He gets it on the creative part. After working so long together, the team—Dyal Compass, Royal Indigo, and Christopher Rose Architects—is so in sync. Like in sports, athletes might have a team that they’ll remember forever. That’s this one. So, how did HGTV get involved? Candace: I wrote a letter to HGTV, and I said, “You should really know about this. There are some products that we’re using that are not even on the market, like

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(above) Candace had a vision to expand the master bedroom so that the whole top floor became a suite—a true retreat! (right) Developer Candace Dyal and Architect Christopher Rose

NuCedar, geothermal pumps, and aluminum roofing.” The aluminum roofing reflects unlike copper, which sucks the heat in. Also, they strap it down in such a way that if a hurricane comes, it’s no big deal. We built to have Mother Nature come because she will. We’ve now been able to study the energy efficiency for two months, and we’ve learned that geothermal pumps save almost 70 percent on the heating bill.

Did you have any influence on the HGTV model, and are there any differences between the Dyal Compass models and theirs?

So, HGTV, which employs people who study houses and trends across the nation, understood what we were doing.

The main difference is that their model doesn’t have an elevator. Instead, it has a bunk-bed setup that is really quite unique. And, they utilized the garage space for ping pong, golf club storage, an outdoor shower, etcetera.

I’ve got to hand it to Jack Thomasson [Producer of the HGTV Dream Home show]. Throughout the process, I kept saying, “Make your decisions with a conscience, and do it with class.” And he did. We’re very happy with how it turned out; HGTV was a huge commercial for our green concept.


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Candace: We had some say. They, for instance, had a different window company, and we wanted our Henselstone hurricane windows. We also told them that they had to use geothermal heat pumps and NuCedar shakes.

So, each of the three models in Indigo Park (Azalea, Sweetgrass, and Camellia) are LEED certified?

Candace: The two models out there, in addition to the HGTV Dream Home model, are Platinum LEED, which is the highest certification by the US Green Building Council. But, going forward, we’re adding a fourth model which has five bedrooms. Some people wanted more bedrooms. We’re still honoring our signature LEED, but it might just not be Platinum, depending on the buyer. With all this business going on down here in your “recharge-battery place,” do you still have the time to enjoy Kiawah? Candace: Recently, I moved to New York from Boston. There’s a direct flight to Charleston from there. That’s a lot easier. Gosh, that has saved me so much time.




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I think I’ve gotten a whole month back of my life. So, I come down almost every month. Usually, I’ll be here Thursday through Monday, attending a slew of meetings and checking up on things.

Nick: Candacisms, I call them. We’ll get emails from her with subjects like Ten Fun Quotes. We’re very involved in each other’s lives. There are a lot of calls. She’ll say, “I just want to touch base…”

Like with anyone that works at home, I wonder, “Where is that line?” I am disciplined enough that if you call me at eight o’clock in the morning, I’ll tell you that I’m in a meeting, and that’s me walking the beach. Because, I will be a better person at a later meeting if I go to my meeting first.

Candace: I think Nick, Evan, and I all have each other’s back. Thinking back to recent conversations, if one of us is in a funk or going over a bump, I’m like, “Have you looked at it this way? Have you looked at it that way?” And they do the same for me.

Nick and Evan, throughout our conversation, I’ve noticed that your mom has a lot of words of wisdom and rules to live by. Does Candace share her advice with you? Evan: They come at all times. You’re painting a room, and she’ll just drop one.

Nick: Team Dyal! [laughs] Is there one ‘rule’ that stands out among the rest? Candace: If anyone asks you to go anywhere or do anything, just say yes. Figure the rest out later. It just makes you a more interesting person. The world could use a few more of those.

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Pool Covers For reliable, easy-to-use pool covers, check out Pool Cover Solutions of the Southeast. Call (843) 766-0289 or visit

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Backyard Makeover

Reveal By: Emily Mecredy


ames Island residents Steve and Debbie Rogers had a maintained yard, but it lacked a professional touch. At the August Custom Home + Remodel Show, Steve jumped at the opportunity to enter the $14,000 Backyard Makeover drawing, and he won! With the desire to give their potted plants new purpose and the yard a fresh new look, DIG: Designing Innovative Gardens came in to transform Steve and Debbie’s yard into a private getaway.

(from left) Homeowners Steve and Debbie Rogers, Editor Christy Conway, DIG Owners Nick Popovich and Patty Craven


Backyard Makeover and Design:

DIG: Designing Innovative Gardens (843) 327-4372

Paver Package:

Belgard Harscapes (864) 276-2261


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Hardscape Foundation:

Fieldstone Center of Charleston (843) 557-1225

Paver Installation:

Landscape Lighting:

SC Flag Corn Hole Game:

Pine Straw:

Primo Oval Junior Grill on Metal Stand:

Ten-by-Ten Wooden Pergola with a Daybed Swing:

Accu-Brick Paving Systems (843) 821-0121

Lowcountry Mulch (843) 971-7010

Various Plants, Shrubs, and Flowers:

HLG Perennial Growers of Lowcountry Plants (843) 901-4862

Moonlighting Landscape Lighting Systems (843) 853-3221

Lowcountry Custom Pool and Spa (843) 886-8988

Recycled Glass Mulch:

Fisher Recycling (843) 554-6099

Charleston Tailgate (843) 714-1596

Express Sunrooms (843) 534-3233

Patio Furniture:

Backyard Retreats (843) 856-0049 CH+D • Spring 2013



Article by: Courtney Tuck & Rachel Tuck


he White Room Challenge, displayed at the tenth annual Charleston Home + Design Show, featured the work of four, seasoned designers from Ethan Allen—Lydia Gieczys, Bill Goudelock, Kathy Evans, and Jane Neal—who each gave his or her space an inspired design in just 12 hours. The idea of the White Room Challenge originally came from the HGTV show Design Star, where various designers from around the world would transform a bare “box” with the hope of winning the judges’ votes for the best room. To find out more about Ethan Allen or any of the local vendors involved in the White Room Challenge, you can visit the following websites: 84 Lumber (Lumber and Drywall)— 1st Class Painting & Restoration (Drywall Installation and Painting)— Ethan Allen (Design Services and Furnishings) Eco Deco (Paint)— Carpet Baggers (Vinyl Plank Floors)— Strock Enterprises (General Contracting and Framing) Charleston Lighting and Interiors (Track Lighting)


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Unlike HGTV, CH+D paired each room with a local charity (The Journey House, Pet Helpers, The Citadel’s Brigadier Scholarship Program, and with the aim to donate 500 dollars to each charity involved and a bonus amount to the charity associated with the winning room. With over 800 votes, the winning White Room Challenge designer was Kathy Evans, and the winning charity was The Citadel’s Brigadier Scholarship Fund. In response, Kathy graciously offered her time and vision to the winners of the home show’s $10,000 Room Makeover, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Padgett of Mt. Pleasant, who plan to overhaul their sparse living room. All of the rugs, chairs, couches, paintings, and decorative accessories that are seen in the White Room Challenge can be found at Ethan Allen store locations.

Ethan Allen’s

Lydia Gieczy

“Lowcountry Exploration”

Lydia’s inspiration was based on a statement-worthy peacock chair, which lead her to choose warm, neutral colors with accents of white, blue, and green. An accomplished designer with 12 years’ experience, Lydia sailed through this challenge without a problem.

Ethan Allen’s

Bill Goudlock

“Victorian Comfort” The gold-framed pieces and exquisite crown moulding provided Bill’s inspiration and focal points. The window pane mirror in the space gave his room a grander ambiance by making the space seem more open. Bill wanted guests to feel as though they were walking into their own home (with some extra sophistication).

Ethan Allen’s

Kathy Evans

“Coastal Cottage” Kathy’s inspiration was centered on her love for the beach and its casual feel. Kathy used the colors of periwinkle, gray, orange, and various browns to recreate the atmosphere of a coastal sunset. The textures and the accessory pieces all nod to the seaside.

Ethan Allen’s

Jane Neal

“Modern Glamour” Jane’s inspiration pieces were the mirrored chest, leather ottoman, and bold purple hues, all of which illustrate the benefits of using unlikely elements for a customized look. The zebra-print occasional chairs bring a modern spin to a room full of color and warmth. Jane aspired to create a space that was outof-the-box, but doable for the average homeowner. CH+D • Spring 2013


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Photograph by Matt Bolt


All the Eye-Cand y, Products, and Information You Need to Cra ft an Impeccable Bath

Resource Report: Countertops & Backsplash: Glasseco by Fisher Recycling For more information, call (843) 554-6099 or visit

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pg. 146 An Album of the Best Bathrooms in the Lowcountry

pg. 174 A Wide Range of Products and Accessories

pg. 194 Practical Answers to Your Nuts-and-Bolts Questions CH+D • Spring 2013



Resource Report:


Resource Report: Builder and Interior Design: NEXUS EnergyHomes / Architect: Caddworks, Inc. of Maryland / Tile: L&L Tile and Carpeting of Maryland / Tile Manufacturer: Renaissance Ceramic Tile & Marble / Plumbing Fixtures: Tuff Plumbing of Maryland / Plumbing Fixture Manufacturers: Kohler and Sterling Windham For more information, call NEXUS EnergyHomes at (885) NEXUSEA or visit


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Builder: Bennett Hofford Construction Company, Inc. / Architect: Christopher Rose Architects, PA / Interior Design: Kimberly Glen Interiors of Charleston / Shower Enclosure: Port City Glass / Custom Cabinetry: FM Jessen, Inc. / Countertops: Palmetto Surfacing, Inc. / Flooring: Palmetto Tile Distributors / Tile Work: Flooring Services, Inc. Decorative Hardware: Bird Decorative Hardware / Plumbing Fixtures: Design on Tap Stained Glass: Classic Stained Glass For more information, call Bennett Hofford Construction Company, Inc. at (843) 722-8169 or visit

Resource Report:

Builder: Priester’s Custom Contracting / Cabinetry: Continental Custom Cabinets, Inc. / Countertops: Granite Center / Lighting: Ferguson Enterprises Flooring: Flooring Services, Inc. / Plumbing Fixtures: Design on Tap For more information, call Priester’s Custom Contracting, LLC at (843) 200-8495 or visit

Resource Report: Builder: Level Building Projects Interior Design: Ginger Brewton Interiors Tile: Melcer Tile Company, Inc. For more information, call Melcer Tile Company, Inc. at (843) 744-5345 or visit

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Resource Report:


Builder: Robert Morgan Fine Homes / Tile Work: Jerry’s Tile and Marble Cabinetry Manufacturer: Custom Amish Cabinetry / Cabinetry Paint: BenjaminMoore (“Spanish White”) / Cabinetry: Carolina Kitchens of Charleston For more information, call Carolina Kitchens of Charleston at (843) 856-8255 or visit

Resource Report: Builder: Andy Meihaus (Now with Urban Renew Charleston, LLC) / "Frosty White" Cabinets: HWC Custom Cabinetry For more information, call HWC Custom Cabinetry at (843) 207-0750 or visit


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Resource Report: Builder: Artistic Design & Construction / Lighting: Rick’s Lighting Plumbing Fixtures: Design on Tap / Countertops: Granite Shop / Flooring and Tile: Melcer Tile Company, Inc. For more information, call Artistic Design & Construction at (843) 573-2444 or visit

Resource Report: Builder: Carson Homes, LLC / Home Design: Dewitt & Associates / Building Materials: Builder’s First Source Windows: Eagle Windows / Cabinetry: Custom Creations / Countertops: MVP Granite and Flooring / Lighting: Rick’s Lighting Decorative Hardware: East Cooper Decorative Hardware / Plumbing Fixtures: Design on Tap / Audio/Video: NextGen Technologies For more information, call Carson Homes, LLC at (843) 971-3667 or visit


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Resource Report: Window Treatment Manufacturer: Hunter Douglas / Window Treatment Supplier and Installer: Advanced Window Fashions For more information, call Advanced Window Fashions at (843) 881-8858 or visit

Resource Report: Builder: Cinder Creek Construction / Building Materials: Pro Build Vanity: Design on Tap / Tile: Palmetto Tile Distributors / Plumbing Fixtures: Design on Tap / Door Knobs: Bird Decorative Hardware For more information, call Cinder Creek Construction at (843) 737-2201 or visit CH+D • Spring 2013



Resource Report: Builder: Structures Building Company Tile: Melcer Tile Company, Inc. For more information, call Structures Building Company at (843) 856-6901 or visit

Resource Report:

Resource Report:

Builder: Crawford Construction Cabinetry: Jilco Kitchen & Bath

Builder: Coastal Design Builders, LLC / Building Materials: Buck Lumber & Building Supply Countertops: Fisher Recycling Flooring: Melcer Tile Company, Inc. Tile Installation: Jerry’s Tile and Marble / Plumbing Fixtures: Design on Tap / Paint: Sherwin-Williams Painter: Fresh Coat Painters

For more information, call Jilco Kitchen & Bath at (843) 849-6465 or visit

For more information, call Coastal Design Builders, LLC at (843) 300-9383 or visit


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Resource Report: Remodeler and Cabinetry Construction: Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc. / Architect: Morelle C. Jones of Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc. / Countertops: Palmetto Surfacing / Flooring: Melcer Tile Company, Inc. / Decorative Hardware: Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc. / Decorative Hardware Manufacturer: Top Knobs / Plumbing Fixtures: Moluf’s For more information, call Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc. at (843) 763-7717 or visit

Resource Report: Builder: Max Crosby Construction


For more information, call Max Crosby Construction at (843) 766-9976 or visit CH+D • Spring 2013

Resource Report:

Professional Pest Elimination Services Contractor: 1st Class Painting and Restoration For more information, call 1st Class Painting and Restoration at (843) 261-0212 or visit

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Resource Report: Builder: Canton Construction / Architect: Samuel Furr Architects / Interior Design: Bennett Galleries of Knoxville, TN / Cabinetry: FM Jessen, Inc. / Audio/Video: eLifespaces Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson Enterprises / Decorative Hardware: Bird Decorative Hardware For more information, call Canton Construction at (843) 795-6388 or visit

Resource Report: Countertops and Flooring: MVP Granite and Flooring For more information, call MVP Granite and Flooring at (843) 518-8998.


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We Stock Nails, Screws and Galvanized Hardware for the Construction and Repair of Decks and Docks


Contact us today to get started on your next landscaping project! CH+D • Spring 2013



Resource Report: Builder: Walter Construction Company / Architect: Spivey Architects, Inc. For more information, call Spivey Architects, Inc. at (843) 795-9370 or visit

Resource Report: Builder: ELS Construction Cabinetry: Sullivan Custom Cabinets, Inc. For more information, call Sullivan Custom Cabinets, Inc. at (843) 554-5880 or visit

Resource Report: Bellwood Decorative Window: DSA Master Crafted Doors For more information, call DSA Master Crafted Doors at (910) 815-3999 or visit


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(843) 205-0551 Catching God's Creatures for over 20 Years.

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Resource Report: Builder: Phillip W. Smith General Contractor, Inc. / Architect: Herlong & Associates, Inc. Shower: Island Glass, LLC Cabinetry: William C. Pritchard Company, Inc. / Countertops: Stone Casting, Inc. / Lighting: Lowcountry Lighting Center Flooring: Tim Galvin Tile & Marble / Plumbing Fixtures: Design on Tap / Wall Covering: Artisan Clay Interiors For more information, call Phillip W. Smith General Contractor, Inc. at (843) 881-9828 or visit

Resource Report: Interior Design: Carol Lund Interiors Lighting: Circa Lighting For more information, call Circa Lighting at (843) 937-5990 or visit To learn more about the interior design, call Carol Lund Interiors at (843) 224-2235.

Resource Report: Interior Design: Amy Trowman Design Window Treatments: Best Buy Blinds


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For more information, call Best Buy Blinds at (843) 884-3454 or visit To learn more about the interior design, call Amy Trowman at (843) 367-1577.

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Resource Report: Builder: Jackson Handyman & Remodeling / Interior Design: ink Interiors / Custom Vanity: Carolina Cabinetry Honed Marble Countertop: Tile & Stone Design Studio / Tile Supplier: Melcer Tile Company, Inc. / Decorative Hardware: Anthropologie / Paint: Eco Deco's “Midvale� For more information, call Eco Deco at (843) 654-9520 or visit To learn more about the interior design, call Jesse Phipps, ASID of ink Interiors at (843) 882-7810 or visit



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Resource Report: Plantation Shutters: The Plantation Shutter Company For more information, call The Plantation Shutter Company at (843) 830-9654 or visit

Resource Report: Builder and Architect: Verdi / Cabinetry: James Martin / Lighting: George Kovac / Plumbing Fixture Manufacturer: Kohler Paint: Valspar “Gray Silt” For more information, call Verdi at (843) 475-3317 or visit

Resource Report: Builder: America’s Home Place / Building Materials & Decorative Hardware: Builder’s First Source / Cabinetry: Jilco Kitchen & Bath / Countertops: Palmetto Surfacing / Plumbing Fixtures & Lighting: Ferguson Enterprises / Flooring: Wilsons’ Carpets Plus / Paint: Sherwin-Williams


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For more information, call America’s Home Place at (843) 824-1402 or visit

Resource Report:

Builder: Classic Remodeling & Construction, Inc. / Wall Cabinetry: Classic Remodeling & Construction, Inc. / Lighting: Ferguson Enterprises / Tile: Melcer Tile Company, Inc. Decorative Hardware: Adapt My Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures: Moluf’s For more information, call Classic Remodeling & Construction, Inc. at (843) 763-3297 or visit

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Resource Report: Builder: RS Custom Homes / Home Design: Mc3 Designs, LLC / Building Materials: Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp. / IPE Flooring: The Hardwood Flooring & Tile Guys / Plumbing Fixtures: Design on Tap / Plumbing Installation: Coastal Plumbing Tile Supplier: Buckhannon Brothers Tile / Tile Installation: The Hardwood Flooring & Tile Guys / Durock Walls: Carolinas Contracting For more information, call RS Custom Homes at (843) 886-5187 or visit

Resource Report: Builder, Home Design, & Interior Design: Kelly Builders Carolina, LLC / Building Materials: Buck Lumber & Building Supply / Andersen Windows: Seattle Glass Block Company / Cabinetry and Lighting: Restoration Hardware / Countertops: Universal Marble and Granite / Flooring: Cauble Flooring / Tile: Buckhannon Brothers Tile / Decorative Hardware: Buck Lumber & Building Supply / Plumbing Fixture Manufacturer: Kohler / Audio/Video: Linked A/V, LLC For more information, call Kelly Builders Carolina, LLC at (843) 296-1456 or visit

Resource Report: Builder: Russ Cooper Associate, Inc. / Architect: Christopher Rose Architects, PA / Interior Design: Interior Consultants Cabinetry: K&K Custom Cabinets, LLC / Tile: Palmetto Tile Contractors


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For more information, call Christopher Rose Architects, PA at (843) 559-7670 or visit

Complete cabinetry and countertop solutions

Resource Report: Countertops and Tile: Granite Shop / Designer: Jennifer Backman, Allied ASID For more information, call Granite Shop at (843) 771-1235 or visit


ince 1991, Jilco Kitchen and Bath

has provided our clients with cabinetry and countertop solutions to fulfill the needs of new construction, remodeling and commercial applications.

At Jilco, we have a variety of kitchen and bath products to fit all budgets and design challenges. Jilco is the one stop source to make your cabinetry and countertop projects a success.

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Resource Report: Builder: Amerisips Homes / Home Design: Julie O’Connor of American Vernacular / Interior Design: Tasha L. Carver of Amerisips Homes Cabinetry and Decorative Hardware: Amerisips Homes / Cabinetry Manufacturer: Haas Cabinetry / Countertops: MVP Granite and Flooring / Lighting: Charleston Lighting and Interiors / Flooring and Tile: Melcer Tile Company, Inc. / Decorative Hardware Manufacturer: Top Knobs / Plumbing Fixtures: Moluf’s For more information, call Amerisips at (843) 637-4311 or visit

Resource Report: Builder: MR Jackson Construction, LLC / Building Materials: Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp. For more information, call Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp. at (843) 744-6281 or visit

Resource Report: Builder: Rhonda Mosen Cabinetry Manufacturer: Smithport Custom Cabinetry Cabinetry Sales, Installation, and Design: Advanced Kitchen Designs of Charleston


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For more information, call Advanced Kitchen Designs of Charleston at (843) 225-9344 or visit

Resource Report: Building Materials: 84 Lumber For more information, call 84 Lumber at (843) 884-8431 or visit

Resource Report:

Builder: Jensen Company, LLC / Architect: Anita King, LEED AP, AIA of ink Architecture, LLC / Interior Design: ink Interiors, LLC Countertops: Tile and Stone Design Studio Lighting: Rick’s Lighting / Plumbing Fixtures: Moluf’s For more information, call ink Architecture, LLC at (843) 882-7810 or visit

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Resource Report: Builder: JD Smith Custom Homes, LLC / Home Design: Christopher Phelps and Associates Interior Design: Regina Garcia Design For more information, call JD Smith Custom Homes, LLC at (843) 881-8843 or visit

Resource Report: Builder (Whole Home and Custom Cabinetry): Thomas Evans Custom Building and Renovations Countertops: Granite Shop / Flooring: Melcer Tile Company, Inc. Lighting: Lowcountry Lighting Center / Plumbing Fixtures: Moluf’s / Decorative Hardware: Foxworth Decorative Hardware Paint: Lord and Evans (Now Spectrum Paint) / Window Treatments: Budget Blinds For more information, call Thomas Evans Custom Building and Renovations at (843) 442-0277 or visit


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Offer expires June 14, 2013

*Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox® products. System rebate offers range from $300–$1,100. **See dealer for details and visit for more information on the credit guidelines. © 2013 Lennox Industries, Inc.

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Resource Report: Builder (Cabinetry and Whole-Home): Strock Enterprises Design & Remodel / Building Materials: Hughes Lumber / Countertops: Palmetto Surfacing / Lighting: Lowcountry Lighting Center / Flooring: Melcer Tile Company, Inc. / Decorative Hardware: Bird Decorative Hardware Plumbing Fixtures: Moluf’s / Paint: Lord and Evans (Now Spectrum Paint) For more information, call (843) 566-0250 or visit

Resource Report: Builder: Archer Construction / Maple, Shaker-Style Custom Cabinetry: Charleston Woodworks, Inc. For more information, call Charleston Woodworks, Inc. at (843) 744-0016 or visit


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Resource Report: Fireplace Manufacturer: Mendota Hearth / Fireplace Supplier and Installer: M&M Oil and Propane For more information, call M&M Oil and Propane at (843) 402-7790 or visit

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Resource Report: Full Project: Authentic Kitchens & Baths Concepts Bathroom Design: Brenda Romito of Authentic Kitchens & Baths Concepts Cabinetry Manufacturer: Smithport Cabinetry For more information, call Authentic Kitchens & Baths Concepts at (843) 852-9407 or visit


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Resource Report:

Family Owned & Operated For Three Generations

Builder and Countertops: Dynamic Design Build For more information, call Dynamic Design Build at (843) 345-5044 or visit





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My Mama Told Me,

“ You Better Shop Around! ” — Smokey Robinson

Shuffle through the next few pages to find bathroom products and accessories that fit your own, personal style. Feeling creative? Don’t hesitate to mix and match! Photo: Kohler Jonathan Adler Colors Sinks / Available from Moluf’s • (843) 723-4881 •


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Image Homes, Inc.

Member Since 2004 Guildmaster Award Winner

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RS Custom Homes, LLC

Strock Enterprises

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Member Since 2009 Guildmaster Award Winner

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Phillip W. Smith General Contractor

J.D. Smith Company, Inc.

Member Since 2003 Guildmaster Award Winner

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McGuire Custom Homes LLC

Max G. Crosby Construction

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Priester’s Custom Contracting Member Since 2010 Guildmaster Award Winner

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Cook Bonner Construction Member Since 2003 Guildmaster Award Winner

Visit to learn more about our homebuilders and remodelers, to see pictures of their work, and to read comments and reviews from hundreds of their Charleston-area homeowners. CH+D • Spring 2013


Vanities & Sinks


Modern Moxie

Old-World Charm

Eclectic Vogue


Clean & Simple


➊ Cottage-Style, White Vanity with Granite Countertop Available at Rick’s Lighting

➋ Yanama Vanity by Native Trails

Available at Moluf’s

➌ Ronbow Vanity

Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

➍ Sunburst, Half Moon Bay Vanity

Available at Moluf’s


➎ Omnia Architectura

Washbasin by Villeroy & Boch Available at Moluf’s

➏ Barcelona 64 in Gloss Black by Victoria + Albert

Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

➐ “Uril” Cast-Bronze Vessel Sink by Linkasink Available at Moluf’s

➑ Ipanema Lavatory by Kohler

Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Where to Shop: Moluf's

(843) 723-4881

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

Rick's Lighting (843) 763-2282 ·

Who knew that a local lighting company would sell vanities? CH+D • Spring 2013

We grow our own plants and pass the savings on to you!

Full Landscape Service · Consultation · Maintenance · DIY Services · Landscape Design

Call for a free on-site consultation.

“We provide area residents with innovative tools that promote successful gardening and landscaping in the lowcountry from the foundation up, through product, service, education, and implementation.”

Christian Teague (Owner): (843)-901-4862 E-Mail: Website:

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Faucets & Showerheads


Modern Moxie

Old-World Charm

Eclectic Vogue


Clean & Simple


➊ Providence Classic Widespread Lavatory by Brizo Available at Moluf’s

➋ Two-Handle, Single-Hole Lavatory Faucet by Brizo

Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

➌ Victoria Widespread Lavatory Faucet by Newport Brass

Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

➎ Single-Function Showerhead by Newport Brass Available at Moluf’s

➏ Arzo Collection Square Showerhead by Delta

Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

➐ Handheld Showerhead by Moen

Available at Moluf’s

➍ Vas Ceramic Faucet with Imperial ➑ Moxie Showerhead and Blue Design by Kohler

Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery


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Speaker Combination by Kohler Available at Moluf’s

Where to Shop: Moluf's

(843) 723-4881

Want your shower to sing? See the Moxie showerhead (shown above) in Moluf’s Showroom.

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

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Toilets & Tubs


Modern Moxie

Old-World Charm

Eclectic Vogue


Clean & Simple


Basic, White Toilet

Available at Trident Habitat for Humanity

Numi One-Piece Toilet with Bidet Functionality by Kohler Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Oak Pullchain Toilet in Oil Rubbed Bronze by Sunrise Availabe at Moluf’s


Funky, Striped Toilet by Kohler

Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

➎ Mariposa Whirlpool with Integral Apron by Kohler

Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

➏ Capri Tub with Towel Rail by Victoria + Albert

Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

➐ Eiffel Bath in Solid Copper by Sunrise

Available at Moluf’s

➑ Miles Bathtub in “Pink Martini” by Maxx Available at Moluf’s

Where to Shop: Moluf's

(843) 723-4881

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery (843) 747-6301 The Numi Toilet (above) has a self-cleaning wand, a precision air-dryer, a deodorizing filter, ambient lighting, speakers, a heated seat, and a foot warmer.

Trident Habitat for Humanity (843) 724-6900

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Beautiful Custom Cabinets & Countertops

Nathan & Kenneth Sullivan

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Modern Moxie

Old-World Charm

Eclectic Vogue


Clean & Simple

➊ Cabaret Two-Light Fixture by ELK Lighting

Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

➋ Dune Sconce by Hubbardton Forge

Available at Charleston Lighting and Interiors

➌ Verona Tall Sconces in HandRubbed Antique Brass

Available at Circa Lighting (See It Installed on Page 160)

➍ Globe in “Brushed Cashmere” by Frederick Ramond

Available at Rick’s Lighting

➎ Three-Lamp Milton Fixture by Hudson Valley

Available at Charleston Lighting and Interiors

➏ One-Light Bath Fixture in Black by Minka-Lavery

Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

➐ Flynn Fixture in “Blacksmith” Finish by Hinkley

Available at Rick’s Lighting

➑ Crystal Globe Fixture

Available at Charleston Lamp Company

Where to Shop:

Charleston Lamp Company (843) 763-9150 ·

Charleston Lighting and Interiors (843) 766-3055 ·

Circa Lighting (843) 937-5990 ·

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

Rick’s Lighting (843) 763-2282 ·


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Modern Moxie

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➊ Lace White and

Mirrored Tiles by AKDO Available at Palmetto Tile

➋ Green Octagon Studio Mod-

ern Tile in a Marquis Pattern Available at Melcer Tile Company, Inc.

➌ Tayla Collection by

Sara Baldwin Design

Available at Buckhannon Brothers Tile

➎ Quartzite Cladding by Island Stone

Available at Melcer Tile Company, Inc.

➏ Tayla Collection by Sara Baldwin Design

Available at Buckhannon Brothers Tile

➐ Stone Mosaics by

Renaissance Tile & Bath Available at Lowcountry Tile

Where to Shop:

Buckhannon Brothers Tile (843) 881-8911 ·

Lowcountry Tile Contractors, Inc. (843) 763-2161 ·

Melcer Tile Company, Inc. (843) 744-5345 ·

➍ Fanfare Largo Glass Tiles Available at Lowcountry Tile

➑ Multicolored Fire Clay Tile

Available at Palmetto Tile Distributors

Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. (843) 266-8700 ·


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Stone & Countertops

➊ Custom Countertops

Available at Atlantic Stone, LLC

➎ Custom Countertops

Available at Dynamic Countertops (See It Installed on Page 173)

Where to Shop:

AGM Imports Granite & Marble

➋ Titanium Black Granite

Available at Universal Marble and Granite

➌ Botticino Marble

Available at Granite Shop

➏ White Macaubas Granite Slab Available at AGM Imports Granite & Marble

➐ Vintage Granite Slab

Available at Vitoria International

(843) 747-0088 ·

Atlantic Stone, LLC

(843) 737-5004 ·

Dynamic Countertops

(843) 345-5044 ·

Fisher Recycling

(843) 554-6099 ·

Granite Shop

(843) 771-1235 ·

➍ Glasseco Recycled Glass Countertop

Available at Fisher Recycling (See It Installed on Page 145)

➑ Wasabi Granite Slab

Available at World Stone Distributors

Universal Marble and Granite, Inc. (866) 919-7779 ·

Vitoria International

(843) 760-2470 ·

World Stone Distributors


(843) 744-5665 ·

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Experience Exquisite Kitchen & Bath Design! New Construction & Remodel Stylish Aging-in-Place Design Also Offering Painted & Vintage Furniture Local Artwork

843-518-0338 Call today to schedule a design consultation!

You deserve to have a truly unique space that reflects your life style.

1070 Main Road, Johns Island, SC 29455

CEMEX HARDSCAPES PRODUCTS Concrete Pavers Segmental Retaining Walls Pool Coping

When chosen to construct a dream home in Naples, Florida, the builder needed materials up to the task – functional products with strength to withstand extreme conditions and beauty to inspire. He called the people of CEMEX. The vision began to take form with a concrete block shell for durability, and the selection of a smooth stucco finish for timeless beauty. A three-color blend of CEMEX decorative pavers provided an elegant finishing touch, turning the challenge of building the client’s dream home into a stroll on the beach. For more information on our full line of decorative pavers and masonry materials, call (843) 744-2992 or visit the CEMEX showroom at 2821B Azalea Drive in Charleston.


Contact Richard H Cummings @ 843.412.4409 Photography by Taylor Architectural Photo and Harwick Homes

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Flooring & Paint


Modern Moxie

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➊ Engineered Maple Hardwood Available at Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings

➎ “Midvale Blue,” “Old Ivory,” and “Grayteful” Paint Available at Eco Deco

Where to Shop:

Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings

➋ Cork Tile

Available at Precision Flooring

➏ “Unusual Gray,” “Alabaster,” and “Frolic” Paint

Available at Sherwin-Williams

➌ Antique Barn Wood

Available at Charleston One Source

➐ “Old Ochre,” “Primer Red,” and “French Linen” Chalk Paint®

Available at Charleston Revisions

(843) 571-0013 ·

Carpet Headquarters

(843) 568-6372 ·

Charleston One Source

(843) 278-1751 ·

Elegant Hardwood Floors

(843) 723-8172 ·

Precision Flooring

(843) 762-9380 ·

➍ Heart Pine in Herringbone Pattern

Available at Elegant Hardwood Floors

➑ “Surfer,” “Macadamia,” and “Thatch Brown” Paint

Available at Sherwin-Williams

Charleston Revisions

(843) 388-7880 ·

Eco Deco

(843) 654-9520 ·



1-800-4-SHERWIN ·

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Contact us today for a free consultation.

Kitchens Baths Outdoor Spaces Renovations Repairs


There are recliners you sit in. Then there are those you escape to. Place a Stressless® recliner in any space and the room transforms into a haven of perfect comfort. Where tension gives way to relaxation. And the mind settles as placidly as the body. At the heart of the Stressless® experience are unique comfort systems that provide rejuvenating support across the entire body. Available in up to three sizes to create the perfect fit.

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Old-World Charm

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➊ Floral Wall Art

Available at Lowcountry Consignments

➎ Pineapple Tissue Box Cover Available at Coralberry Cottage

Where to Shop: Coralberry Cottage

➋ Mardi Mirror by Calligaris

Available at Danco Modern Furniture

➏ Soap Pump, Soap Dish, Towel Ring, Tissue Holder, and Knob by Jason Wu for Brizo

Available at Ferguson Enterprises

➌ Antique Shaving Mirror

Available at Palmetto Moon Antiques

➐ Cast-Iron Soap Dish

Available at MW Hunter Custom Interiors

(843) 884-2225 ·

Danco Modern Furniture (843) 884-2256 ·

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

Lowcountry Consignments

(843) 606-9881 ·


➍ Square, Multicolored Mirror Available at Rick’s Lighting

➑ Beaded Cloisonne Drain Cover by Linkasink

Available at Moluf’s

(843) 723-4881 ·

MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939

Palmetto Moon Antiques (843) 856-1881

Rick’s Lighting


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Old-World Charm

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A Stylish Way to Store Towels

The Perfect Way to Store and Showcase Your Jewelry

➊ Turkish T Robe

Available at Charleston Revisions

➎ Aqua and White Vanity Stool (Offered in Various Heights) Available at For the House—The Barstool Shop

➋ Silver and Glass Canisters Available at Terrace Oaks Antique Mall

➌ Jeweled Hand Mirror Available at Next to New

➏ Glass Prism

Available at The Charleston Design Cottage

➐ Upcycled Dresser

Available at Carpenters Antiques and Restoration

Where to Shop: Antiques Market (843) 849-8850

Carpenter’s Antiques and Restoration (843) 884-3411 ·

Charleston Revisions

(843) 388-7880 ·

For the House—The Barstool Shop (843) 881-7073 ·

Next to New

(843) 606-2715 ·

➍ Gold Standing Towel Rack Available at Antiques Market

➑ Green Storage Cabinet

Available at TradeWinds Exotic Home and Garden

Terrace Oaks Antique Mall

(843) 795-9689 ·

The Charleston Design Cottage

(843) 518-0338 ·

TradeWinds Exotic Home and Garden


(843) 367-5224

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Navigate Your Way Did your restroom remodel start after a tragic leak? Think on the bright side! With the insurance claim-payment check, you can now replace that hideous pink tile or finally get that statement-worthy vanity. If you don’t yet have insurance, however, give McKay Insurance or Kevin Shealy of Allstate a call. Allstate (843) 573-4777 McKay Insurance, Inc. (843) 856-8301

Does your morning routine include waiting a long time for the shower to warm up? Fear not! This scenario, experienced by most people every morning, is not a universal requisite. Try calling Mills Brothers or Smith’s to install a tankless water heater, which provides hot water upon request. Mills Brothers Heating & Air (843) 764-1919 Smiths Heating & Air Conditioning Co, Inc. (843) 552-3772

Does your showerhead spray in every direction making your whole bathroom damp? There is a solution, and it’s simple. Soak your showerhead in Proxi Daily Shower Cleaner to remove those gross mineral deposits. Or, better yet, call Maid Pure to clean your shower, toilet, and everything else!


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Maid Pure (843) 284-8272 Proxi (704) 584-0072

Did you know that most older homes are not equipped with GFCI [ground fault circuit interrupter] electrical outlets near a water source in the bathroom? The GCFI protects homeowners against electrical shock by sensing the potentially fatal change in current. So, if you’re already making updates, make sure to call Mister Sparky to bring your home up to code. Mister Sparky (843) 225-5998

Are you building an amazing en suite with all the bells and whistles? Don’t forget the unglamorous details! You’ll kick yourself later if your new spa isn’t well-insulated. Give a call to Energy One or ESS for a quote on spray foam insulation. And, don’t forget to apply for a rebate from SCE&G for your home energy improvements. Energy One America (843) 388-6260

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Worried that you can’t take care of your beautiful vacation home in the Lowcountry? Nautilus Company can manage your property so that when you arrive, there are no surprises or headaches. Or, call Showhomes Home Staging to help you sell that home faster and for a higher price. Nautilus Company, LLC (843) 647-6192 Showhomes Home Staging (843) 606-2811

Attempting a bathroom makeover by yourself? Now you don’t need to slog through the big box stores for all your building materials like drywall, hardware, and moulding. Jump on to to have all those items and more delivered directly to your construction site! OrderOnsite

Thinking about buying a home for its luxurious bathroom fixtures, expansive, new tiling, and painting?

ESS: Environmental Solutions + Service (843) 881-0027

Don’t be fooled by simple, cosmetic upgrades. Call Ace Preferred Inspections to locate any leaks or mold. Usually, these upgrades are done with cost effectiveness in mind and may also be an attempt to mask major problems.

SCE&G Gas Operations (866) 523-8242

ACE Preferred Inspections, Inc. (843) 849-0455

Have you created an amazing second-floor restroom retreat looking over the marsh, but now you don’t know how you’re going to keep those windows clean? Stop. Do not get out the ladder. Give G&R Services a call. They clean high and hard-to-reach windows as well as screens and sills. G & R Services, LLC (843) 343-5483

Do you have bugs in your bathroom—silverfish, cockroaches, spiders? Don’t fret. Just because you live in a jungle climate doesn’t mean you must put up with the creatures—at least not in your home. Call Lane’s, Ledford’s, or Palmetto Exterminators to set up a quarterly spraying to prevent nasty house guests from returning. Lane’s Professional Pest Extermination (843) 238-9995 Ledford’s Termite & Pest Control, Inc. (843) 766-8298 Palmetto Exterminators (843) 766-9701

Ever wanted to watch the morning news while in the shower or listen to classical music while in the bathtub? Now you can hide a sleek flat screen TV behind a two-way mirror and control the volume via your smart phone. Call the following companies to schedule the audio/ visual setup of your dreams. Accucom Integrations Group, Inc. (843) 769-4822 ATS : Audio Tech Services (843) 277-0059 Audio Warehouse (843) 571-0535 Carolina Custom Security & Sound (843) 881-4802 Daniel Island A/V and Structured Wiring, LLC (843) 471-2990 NextGen Technologies (843) 871-8531 QEI Security & Technology (843) 797-7603

Are you frustrated with your bathroom contractor—almost to the point of taking legal action? There’s no need. Try calling Britt Travis of Dispute Resolutions to help you work out your miscommunications without the expense and hassle of lawyers. Dispute Resolutions (843) 367-7317 CH+D • Spring 2013


CHIC Retreats An Interior Design Showcase


n her novel Emma, Jane Austen aptly writes, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” Home is a place for true relaxation, sound nights of deep sleep under down blankets, and perfect warm baths in the evening with cups of raspberry tea and enrapturing books. The most comfortable spaces in a home are the master suites—the places that facilitate quiet, private retreat. Peruse the next few pages featuring Lowcountry beds and baths created by local interior designers to gather ideas for your own cozy havens.


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Interior Designer: Cynthia Zimmerman, ASID PAINT: Sherwin-Williams DRAPERY FABRIC: JF Fabrics Design Accent We Love: Extra-Long Drapes. These window treatments serve to not only frame the eye-catching views, but also add vertical volume to the room, making it appear incredibly vast. SIMPLE TREND TO STEAL: Gray. According to Cynthia, “It’s the new neutral.” For more information, call Zimmerman Interiors at (843) 971-6880 or visit

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CHIC Retreats

Interior Designer: April Lipps • Tile Installation: The Hardwood Flooring & Tile Guys • Tile: Melcer Tile Company, Inc. • Countertops: AGM Imports and Highland Stone • Cabinetry: Benchworks • Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson Enterprises and Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Design Accent We Love:

Under-Tub Storage. Recessed shelves built into the tub surround offer increased storage space for linens and an extra nook for decorative accents.

Modern Hardware. The sleek, simple lines of this bathroom’s hardware perfectly complement the contemporary, dark-wood vanity. For more information, call AKL Professional Interiors at (843) 764-3006 or visit


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Photography by Patrick Brickman

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Interior Designer: Jennifer R. Mendelsohn, ASID Builder: Byrd Builders • Custom Built-Ins: The Mill Design Accent We Love:

Built-Ins. We normally think of built-in cabinetry in closets, dining rooms, or living rooms. However, this unique substitution for dressers and chests-of-drawers provides ample storage space and allows for superior organization.

Eye-Level Wainscoting. Utilizing white, extra-tall wainscoting allows for the use of a very bold paint color without the walls seeming overly dramatic. For more information, call J. Rhodes Interior Design at (843) 795-9411 or visit


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Photography by Patrick Brickman

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Interior Designer: Melissa Hunter Builder: Joseph Vincent Custom Carpentry Lighting: MW Hunter Custom Interiors Decorative Hardware & Plumbing Fixtures: Bird Decorative Hardware • Paint: Sherwin-Williams Design Accent We Love:

Platform Bed. Merging modern trends with traditional Charleston décor can be complicated. We love how this contemporary platform bed blends flawlessly with the hand-tufted rug and rich wood floors.

Automated Shades. The Roman shades in the bathroom are automated so that they’re easy to lift up and pull down without the hassle of maneuvering around the tub. For more information, call MW Hunter Custom Interiors at (843) 556-4439.


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Photography by Patrick Brickman

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Interior Designer: Cynthia Zimmerman, ASID Paint: Sherwin-Williams Plumbing Fixtures: Mirabelle Products Shower Fixtures: Grohe Tile: Precision Flooring Drapery Fabric: JF Fabrics

Design Accent We Love:

Glass Tile Insert. Skip the traditional, horizontal layout; arranging tiles in vertical patterns is a subtle way to add distinction to the bathroom.

Photography by Patrick Brickman

Simple Trend to Steal:

Chrome Fixtures. The glimmering reflection from shiny, chrome fixtures is not only ultraclassic, but also mesmerizing. For more information, call Zimmerman Interiors at (843) 971-6880 or visit

Interior Designer: Stasia Berk, ASID • Builder: Johnson and Delaney • Cabinetry: Peacock Cabinetry • Lighting: Hagemeyer Flooring: Gilman Floors Plumbing Fixtures: Cregger and Company • Wall Coverings: Seabrook Wallcoverings

Design Accent We Love:

Handicap Accessibility: With aging-in-place designs growing in popularity, creating a bathroom that’s adaptable for the future is ideal (and it doesn’t have to include thick, silver railings and hospital-esque accessories).

Photography by Guy Cali Associates, Inc.

Simple Trend to Steal:

Multiple Showerheads. Including a fixed showerhead, a handheld showerhead, and multiple body sprays creates a ridiculously luxurious shower experience. For more information, call Stasia Berk Interior Design at (843) 301-3385 or visit

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Interior Designer: Patricia Karsten • Builder: Glyder Fine Homes • Architect: Camens Architectural Group Cabinetry: Pritchard’s • Countertops: Palmetto Stone • Decorative Hardware: Foxworth Decorative Hardware • Tub: Ferguson Enterprises • Plumbing Fixtures: Kohler • Wall Coverings: Farrow and Ball Design Accent We Love:

Open Bathroom Windows. Because this bathroom is nestled among dense, lush trees, placing the tub in an alcove with multiple, large windows creates the feeling of bathing outside (without any lack in privacy). Simple Trend to Steal:

Sitting Area. Two comfy (yet refined) chairs facing a large window allow for peaceful relaxation overlooking the neighboring marsh. For more information, call Kenbrooke Designs at (860) 693-9777 or email


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Photography by Matt Bolt

CHIC Retreats

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CHIC Retreats Interior Designer: Trudy Mercy Brown Tile: Melcer Tile • Plumbing Fixtures: Moluf’s Design Accent We Love:

Aqua-and-Brown Palette.The sea-faring, aqua-blue paint paired with rich brown and cream colors gives this bathroom a spa-like, tranquil atmosphere.

Simple Trend to Steal:

Subtle Seashells. Bringing the beach home is incredibly popular in the Lowcountry. Just don’t overdo the motif. If you do, your home could end up looking like a seaside rental! For more information, call BlueCopper Interiors at (843) 224-9822 or visit

Photograph by Patrick Brickman

Photograph by Tripp Smith

▲ ▲ Interior Designer: Courtney Agosti Builder: Fielding Group • Plumbing Fixtures: Moluf’s Design Accent We Love:

Antique Vanity. Incorporating one-of-a-kind antiques into the bathroom is tricky, but turning an old, refinished chest into a vanity proves to be the perfect aged addition to a modern loo. Simple Trend to Steal:

Mirrored Wall. If a window is perched right above the sink, simple, mirrored tiles can be placed all around to offer a space for a quick makeup check in all-natural light. Bonus? The installation also makes a smaller bath appear more spacious. For more information, call Courtney Agosti Interior Design at (843) 532-7132 or visit


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{ at Charleston Home + Design’s January Home Show } Local Couple Wins $10,000 Room Makeover

Photography by Matt Bolt


T. PLEASANT—This past January, during The Charleston Home + Design Show at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium, we held a drawing for a $10,000 Room Makeover. Thousands of people entered, and local, first-time homeowners Phil and Allison Padgett won! After meeting with interior designer Kathy Evans of Ethan Allen, Allison decided to revamp her sparse family room with the exciting package of furnishings, artwork, and lighting provided by several generous home professionals.

Thanks to the Following Companies for Participating in the Room Makeover: Eco Deco Paints (843) 654-9520 | Leigh’s Painting and Contracting, Inc. (843) 200-3735 |

(above from left) Associate Editor Megan J. Busch, Editor Christy Conway, Homeowner Allison Padgett, and Interior Designer Kathy Evans (below) The Padgetts’ home, while clean and architecturally impressive, is in much need of some new furniture and the experienced eye of an interior designer.

Charleston Woodworks (843) 744-0016 | Buck Lumber & Building Supply (843) 795-0150 | Charleston Lighting & Interiors (843) 766-3055 | Frames Unlimited (843) 571-7942 | Charleston Lamp Company (843) 763-9150 | Advanced Window Fashions (843) 881-8858 | Coralberry Cottage (843) 884-2225 | Check out our Summer 2013 issue to see the finished project!

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Ferguson Unveils Newly Remodeled Showroom


ORTH CHARLESTON—After seven months of renovations, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery now has a fully upgraded and expanded showroom. They added over 2,500 square feet of space! In this new area, they are showcasing more lighting, including table and floor lamps. Also, they’re displaying more kitchen vignettes, which feature their wide array of appliances. Janet Wall, Showroom

Manager of Ferguson, said, “We’re proud of our new, state-ofthe-art, functioning kitchens, and now on a regular basis, we’re inviting professional chefs to perform demonstrations for anyone wanting to see the appliances in action.” For more information about Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, call (843) 747-6301 or visit

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery's remodeled showroom features new kitchen vignettes, showcasing their wide range of appliances. They also redesigned their conference room to provide a space for customers to pore over catalogs and discuss their projects.

AGM Imports Now Offers Recycled-Glass Countertops


ORTH CHARLESTON—Vetrazzo, a man-made countertop comprised of recycled glass and crushed Georgia marble, is the newest material being displayed and sold at AGM Imports. “It can be used anywhere: kitchen, bath, outdoors, and more,” said Melanie Richardson of AGM. “There are over 20 different colors to choose from, including Bretagne Blue, Amethystos, and Umbo White, all of which include natural oyster shells.” From architectural glass to beer bottles and jars, each mix is a signature blend of color and style that tells a unique story.

Vetrazzo manmade countertops come in a multitude of color and design options including: Cobalt Skyy, Chivalry Blue, Bistro Green, and Glass House (shown).


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For more information about AGM Imports, call (843) 747-0088 or visit

Muhler Invents Hurricane Window System and Moves Showroom


EST ASHLEY—The Muhler Company has moved their showroom to the Quadrangle Shopping Center at the intersection of Savannah Highway and Sam Rittenburg Boulevard. Muhler is a leading company in the Lowcountry for windows (for both new construction and remodeling), sunrooms, porch conversions, and now hurricane protection in the form of Storm Stud Window Systems, which were developed by Henry Hay, the owner of Muhler. Storm Stud systems are made of easy-to-roll-up, translucent fabric that can be carried under one arm but will protect a home from damaging hurricane winds and rain.Â

We were there for you then, and we’re here for you now

For more information about Muhler, call (843) 572-9727 or visit

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The Charleston Design Cottage Opens Showroom and Vintage Furniture Shop


OHNS ISLAND—Kitchen and bath design company The Charleston Design Cottage recently opened their showroom doors to local homeowners in need of design assistance. And, what a showroom it is! Owner Nancy Jo Klug designed the “cottage” to display a wide array of cabinetry options and to exhibit her hand-painted, restored vintage furniture. In

addition, the showroom is a relaxing place to brainstorm— especially for those who have unique needs, like functionality for aging in place. Drop by her showroom at 1070 Main Road on Johns Island. For more information about The Charleston Design Cottage, call (843) 518-0338 or visit

Express Sunrooms Now Proudly Sells EzeBreeze


UMMERVILLE —EzeBreeze Sliding Panels are custom window units made specifically to fit each opening in a screenedin porch. And now, Express Sunrooms uses and installs this enclosure solution, allowing porches to be enjoyed year-round. Just as their name implies, Express Sunrooms is able to install the panels in

just one day, but homeowners will enjoy a lifetime warrantee. Perfect for golf-course homes (and homes with rowdy children), the panels have been dubbed “the window with a memory” because of their ability to pop back into shape. For more information about Express Sunrooms, call (843) 5343233 or visit

Charleston Landscape Announces New Mulch & Stone Retail Location


ANIEL ISLAND—Want to update your yard but don’t want to commit to a landscape overhaul? Now you can take advantage of Charleston Landscape’s expertise and products in a DIY environment—at the mulch yard. Charleston Landscape has recently opened Southern Standard Stone & Mulch, a premier provider of bulk ground coverings. After years of experience landscaping, they’ve decid-


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ed to feature eight types of mulch, nine types of stone, four types of soil, and two types of pine straw (with pavers coming soon). And, if you just want a landscape touch up, but you don’t want to get your hands dirty, they will place your ground coverings using a unique Express Blower System. For more information about Charleston Landscape, call (843) 471-2444 or visit

Pool Cover Solutions of the Southeast Adds New Pool-Cover Supplier to Product Line


HARLESTON—Kris Windmueller, president of Pool Cover Solutions of the Southeast, is proud to add Cover-Pools’s line of manual and automatic pool covers to his repertoire. Cover-Pools crafts custom pool covers for those with freeform, vanishing-edge, waterfall, or traditional pools. What makes CoverPools particularly unique, however, is their accessory board, which controls the operation of water features, fiber-optics, and alarms in conjunction with the opening and closing of the pool cover. See page 138 for more pictures of these sleek covers! For more information about Pool Cover Solutions of the Southeast, call (843) 766-0289 or visit

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Melcer Tile Turns 45 and Transforms Showroom


ORTH CHARLESTON—C o n g r a t ulations to Jay Rauton and the team at Melcer Tile for operating a continuously successful and constantly improving tile business for 45 years. Their secret to success? “The emphasis we put on treating our customers fairly and staying cuttingedge are the reasons for our continued survival,” said Jay. In celebration,

the showroom underwent a makeover. Since popular tile often varies from piece to piece, their showroom now, for the most part, displays tile in an installed or paneled form so that clients can have a realistic expectation of how their finished project will look.

(from left) Laura Brooker, Jill Mahoney, Ashley Sharpe, Jay Rauton, Jennifer Freer, and Morgan Burdette of Melcer Tile Company, Inc..

For more information about Melcer Tile Company, Inc., call (843) 744-5345 or visit

Plugs Appliance Center Offers New Bargains on Appliances in Charleston


(from left) Scott Thomas, Chris Gobel, and Chuck Smith of Plugs Appliance Center

EST ASHLEY— Plugs Appliance Center in West Ashley has opened at 1903 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. Plugs is new to the Lowcountry, coming originally from Fair Bluff, NC. In their new, 9,500-square-foot showroom, they will be selling everything from airconditioners and vacuums to garbage disposals and outdoor grills.

High-end, brand-name washers, dryers, and refrigerators are their mainstay, however. What sets them apart from the other home improvement stores is their ability to deliver and install each product they sell. For more information about Plugs Appliance Center, call (843) 7234112 or visit

Build a Green Home and Get Tax Credits


HARLESTON—There are many great reasons to go green when building your dream home. The newest benefits are the tax credits you may receive for taking the initiative. Trish Jerman, manager of policies and pro-


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grams with the South Carolina Energy Office said, “We have tax credits for things like solar and geothermal systems.” Local builders, like Amerisips, Nexus EnergyHomes, and Verdi, use these systems in their green-built homes and would be

happy to provide hands-on help to any client wanting to take advantage of the credits. For more information, visit,, or

Audio Warehouse Introduces New Line of Automation

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EST ASHLEY—Known for their home-theater technology, lighting control, and security systems, Audio Warehouse is all about automation. Now they are marrying that technology with fashion-forward designs by introducing a line of Lutron window treatments. These blinds do more than simply go up and down; they do so automatically and with style! Lutron’s Coulisse Collection offers four fabric lines from which to choose—Elegance, Tranquil, Bold, and Impact. So no matter the décor, every homeowner can enjoy convenience. For more information about Audio Warehouse, call (843) 571-0535 or visit

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Charleston Home + Design Magazine’s Office Gets a Facelift


HARLESTON—In need of a fresher color palette, the office of Charleston Home + Design— located in the neck of Charleston’s peninsula—was the victim of a few offensive colors: neon orange, highlighter yellow, and minty green. Now, with the help of Eco Deco Paints and Kelly Builders Carolina, our work space is calming and reflective of the design industry we represent. Eco Deco provided six, amazing colors including “Chancelor,” “Pool,” and “Marshfront,” all of which boast no VOCs and a rich, easy-to-apply consistency. Pat Kelly of Kelly Builders Carolina organized an amazing team of painters to revitalize our space, repair our walls, and touch-up our baseboards, mouldings, and sills. The most impressive part? They completed this extensive transformation over two short weekends, so our team’s work was never interrupted.

(above) The Editorial Conference Room (below left) Pat Kelly of Kelly Builders Carolina (below right) The Sales Conference Room after a Dramatic Paint Change and Organization by STR8N UP Professional Organizing Services

For more information, visit kellybuilders. net,, and

Nexus EnergyHomes Now Building in Charleston


UMMERVILLE—Expanding from their acclaimed mid-Atlantic projects, Nexus EnergyHomes is now building houses in the Lowcountry. Their flagship development in Summerville, The Sundial River Birch GeoSolar Community™, consists of 12, final-phase lots and includes a multitude of home-plan designs, including their model home, The Ashley, as well as The Savannah, The Providence, and The Charleston plans. Each house is 75percent more energy efficient than standard, new homes and offers the very best in


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green design features, including photovoltaic solar array panels, geothermal heating and cooling, structural insulated panels, energy recovery ventilation, NEXUS CleanAir filtration systems, LED and CFL lights, and Energy Star Appliances. For more information about Nexus EnergyHomes, call (410) 604-2870 or visit

Nexus’s Edisto Model Featuring Four Bedrooms and Solar Panels

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Coastal Living Idea House to Bring Visitors to Daniel Island


ANIEL ISLAND—Over 10,000 visitors are expected to tour the Coastal Living magazine Idea House which is presently well underway. The Idea House, located on Daniel Island, is being constructed by local builder Jamison Howard of Max Crosby Construction Company. Crowds will be drawn to the home to form creative and fresh ideas for their own coastal properties. The tours begin June 28th, and tickets will cost 15 dollars with a portion of the proceeds benefitting a local charity. For more information, call Max Crosby Construction Company, Inc. at (843) 7669976 or visit

Boral. More than just brick. Boral Building Products is your one-stop shop for brick, Cultured Stone®, Finestone EIFS and stucco, Nichiha fiber cement siding, Boral® Pavers, Fire Rock fireplaces and all your masonry accessory items. Boral Building Products 121 Mellichamp Road Summerville, SC 29483 Office: 843.873.1610 Contact: Sally Ann Kivett

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CH+D • Spring 2013



Bring Back the Wingback


H+D magazine editor Christy Conway and husband Mike bought an inexpensive, dated wingback chair in hopes of reupholstering it with bright, contemporary fabric. Knowing Melissa Hunter of MW Hunter Custom Interiors had the chops for such a project, Christy eagerly enlisted her help. After much deliberation over fabric at the West Ashley store, where Melissa has books upon books of upholstery fabric from which to choose, Christy and Mike picked a “Mackworth” fabric in tan and “Luna” and a solid velvet material in “Honeydew.” The transformation was amazing, and the process so fun that she thought CH+D readers just might want to give an old piece a second life. Read on to learn the lessons that Melissa taught Christy during their one-on-one project.

Step 1: Pull the staples away from the chair to release the old fabric. This can be done easily with a pair of pliers, a flat-head screwdriver, or a small chisel. Remember to keep the fabric to use as a pattern for the new covering. Check the framing and foam for damage. Inspect the springs on the deck of the chair, too.

Each step that Melissa recommended was formulated through years of experience tearing furniture apart and trying to put it back together, an act of which will quickly teach any want-to-be upholsterer.

Step 3: Sew the cushion case to fit the foam form. If you choose, at this time, you can add batting for extra plushness. On a bias, cut the piping fabric in five-inch strips. With a special sewing machine foot, carefully sew the cording within the fabric strips. Step 4: Staple the fabric to the underside of the chair. Pull the material taut while wrapping the chair frame. At the corners, be sure to gather the fabric and staple tightly in place. And, don’t forget to enjoy the process!

For more information, call MW Hunter Custom Interiors at (843) 556-4939.


CH+D • Spring 2013

Photography by Patrick Brickman

Step 2: Purchase your new fabric. Try to purchase an upholstery fabric that will not only resist stains but also wear well. In order to determine high-quality fabric, pull the fabric lengthwise and crosswise. Then, release it. The textiles that return to their original shape are the best choice. Wingback chairs, as a rule, require about eight yards of fabric.

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