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Retired NASCAR sensation Ernie Irvan takes us on a tour of his Wadmalaw Island home. With wife Kim along for the ride, Ernie fills us in on the driving force behind his illustrious career and the simple southern lifestyle he now leads in the Lowcountry. 

Meet Melanie Richardson of AGM Imports of North Charleston as she shares advice on finding the right natural stone for your home.

Local Interior Designer Rebekah Carter of Red Element Design walks us through her transformation of a Cassique garden cottage on Kiawah. In addition to describing how she tended to the task of overhauling the home's interior design, Rebekah offers advice on how to get high style on a budget.

Make a splash with some of the market's hottest new products and services, ranging from hand-hammered sinks and eco-conscious commodes to statement lighting and spa-style tubs.

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Check out some of Charleston’s most classically beautiful bathrooms and pick up a few pointers for creating timeless style in your own home.









Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the January 2010 Charleston Home + Design Show to catch up on the exciting events and exhibits of the weekend. Bonus? We reveal the winner of the Celebrity/Designer Idea Room competition!

Carpe diem! This multi-page feature is chock-full of products to help you seize the sunny days of spring and summer. Check out some of the hottest outdoor products on the market, including grills, pools & spas, docks, fencing, hardscaping & landscaping, lighting, and outdoor comfort. Modern Classics, p. 107

Get an exclusive peek into some of Charleston's most captivating yards and gardens as The Garden Club of Charleston's own Barbara Heddinger offers an insider's guide to the Gateway Walk and 75th Annual Walking Tour of Private Homes & Gardens.

Delve deeper into the outdoor living spaces of the Charleston Home + Design Idea House to garner inspiring ideas for your own alfresco areas. Plus, Interior Designer April Lipps walks us through the creative concepts behind the Idea House bathrooms she designed.

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Spring 2010 Departments

Columns 20 • Publisher’s Letter 32 • Meet & Greet 34 • GreenHouse 42 • Home-Work 44 • Architects & Archetypes 52 • He Said/She Said 175 • Ad Directory 176 • Reader Info Center 178 • Loose Ends

HOME + DESIGN NEWS 23 Shop Talk Find out what’s happening in Charleston's home + design industry.

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PROJECT FILES Giving an Old Pool New Life

Just in time for the sunny seasons, CH+D staffer Paige Stevenson's outdated pool is revived by Mike and Rayna LePore of LePore's Custom Pools with a new liner, textured concrete seating area, and water feature.

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Donna Simpson and team of Woodboys in Summerville help homeowners Michael and Ericka Kalinowski outfit their abode with engineered hardwood floors that are fashionable underfoot and can withstand the wear-and-tear of pet paws.

Pictured on Cover: Ernie and Kim Irvan, photographed at their Wadmalaw Island home in March 2010

Cover Photo By: Michael Costa, Creative Director

This is Creative Director Michael Costa's seventh cover shot for Charleston Home + Design. He does double duty for the magazine, heading up the design while saving the occasional shoots for himself. "Ernie and Kim were great to work with," Michael says, "and very patient while waiting for the perfect natural light for the shot. They had five dogs running around, and we kept having to whistle for the dogs to get out of the picture!"

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Keeping It Local


hank you for picking up our latest issue of Charleston Home + Design magazine. If you are a property owner here in Charleston who has a passion for all things related to your home and you seek inspiration to make it the best it can be, then you're definitely reading the right publication! Everyone here at Charleston Home + Design considers it our job—our mission—to showcase the work of hundreds of local companies so you know just who to call when you're ready to tackle a project. That's our job, and our small staff works very hard to present a magazine every three months that's packed with quality content. You may have noticed NASCAR legend Ernie Irvan with his wife Kim on our front cover. After an illustrious career and two near-death accidents on the track, the Irvans have retired to Wadmalaw Island and built a gorgeous custom home. We take you inside so you can see how they live and how they play. After reading Editor-in-Chief Julie Sprankles' interview with them, you definitely get the sense that the Irvans are the type of down-to-earth people you could share a laugh with— whether you're a NASCAR fan or not. Just in time for spring, our annual outdoor living guide is sure to help motivate you to make the most of your outdoor space. And our annual bathroom product guide showcases the hottest selling vanities, countertops, tile, plumbing fixtures, and more (p. 81). We also talked to some of the most talented custom builders in town and asked them to show off the bathrooms they've created either from the ground up or through a remodel. As if that isn't enough, more inspiration is just a few page turns away in a story we call "Cultivated Cottage," in which Interior Designer Rebekah Carter of Red Element Design Studio stages a charming Cassique cottage

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on Kiawah Island and nurtures the project to full bloom. In some of our other features, we take you inside AGM Imports and enlighten you on how best to choose natural stone from the thousands of slabs on display. We also look back at the highly successful Charleston Home + Design Show, which took place this past January 29-31 at Gaillard Auditorium, and show you the winning Celebrity/Designer Idea Room. Finally, we re-visit the bathrooms and outdoor living spaces of the Charleston Home + Design magazine Idea House. So we've definitely got a lot to offer you this issue and we ask only one thing in return. Our local economy has suffered over the past few years and that has impacted many of the companies you see within our pages. When you're ready to start your own home project, please call on some of these companies to do the work. And when you do, let them know you saw them here (they love feedback). That's all we ask. Enjoy our Spring Issue and we hope to see you at the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island April 10-18, where we'll be greeting tennis fans and giving out free issues of Charleston Home + Design magazine at our tent.

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imothy Joner, office manager of the Greenville, SC branch of Palmetto Exterminators, has created quite a buzz with his up-close photo of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) situated atop a sunflower. Winner of Pest Control Technology magazine's 8th annual Best Photo Contest, the stunning snapshot was captured using a Nikon D80 with a Tamron 90 millimeter macro lens while Timothy was visiting his mother in Northern Greenville County. "Capturing

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bugs and pests in their natural habitats provides a great entomology training tool for our technicians," explains the budding photographer, "and provides an educational opportunity for our customers." And Timothy isn't the only insect expert at his company— Palmetto Exterminators, a family owned and operated business, boasts two graduate Entomologists on staff! For more information on the company's services and initiatives, visit Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010 • 23

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shop talk Popular Decorative Hardware Company Settles Into New Showroom MT. PLEASANT—Formerly located at 1169 Chuck Dawley Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant, Foxworth Decorative Hardware, LLC has moved down the road to a new location at 304 Lucas Street off of Coleman Boulevard. The new showroom, which is situated behind lighting company Candelabra, is much more spacious and offers a more accessible layout for visitors. With the heavier foot traffic generated by the convenient new location, Foxworth has also added a bevy of new products and working product displays to engage showroom guests. A Lowcountry shopping staple, Foxworth will continue to offer hardware from top vendors such as Baldwin, Emtek, Schaub, Schlage, and Rocky Mountain. Founder and Owner Christine Foxworth Reilly, VP of Sales and Operations Rob Reilly, and other members of the Foxworth team are on-hand Monday through Friday to offer assistance with product selections. Visit the new showroom at 304 Lucas Street in Mt. Pleasant or, for more information, call (843) 881-0827 or visit

Christine Foxworth Reilly of Foxworth Decorative Hardware

Dan Fagley Joins Liberty Cedar NORTH CHARLESTON—A "local" seven year veteran of road sales in the Charleston custom home market, Dan Fagley has joined the Liberty Cedar Sales Team. The company, which specializes in exterior trim, decking and siding including custom brackets and pergolas, wood roofing, interior flooring, and interior trim packages, welcomes the knowledgeable newcomer to their team. Along with their core product line, the company now stocks "Kleer" PVC trim, the most consistently milled, highest quality PVC on the market today. Liberty Cedar is also a stocking dealer of Cox Industries pressure treated southern yellow pine and a full line of Hardie siding and trim. Founded in 1990 by Brock Goss, Dave Goss, and Joe Davies, Liberty Cedar expanded and opened their current retail warehouse location in North Charleston in 2008. To speak with Dan, call (843) 670-8117. For more information on Liberty Cedar's products and services, call (843) 744-0450, visit, or drop by the showroom at 4115 Dorchester Road. Dan Fagley of Liberty Cedar

Isle of Palms Resident Ryan Buckhannon Makes Run for Congress ISLE OF PALMS—An entrepreneur who has started three thriving businesses in South Carolina, Isle of Palms resident Ryan Buckhannon, 37, has undertaken his next big venture— running for Congress in 2010. Much like the working class Americans he champions, Ryan started out after college working multiple jobs to support his family. He and his brothers first created Buckhannon Brothers Tile Company, a tile, marble, and stone fabrication and installation company now headquartered out of a retail location at 502 Wando Park Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. Soon after, Ryan utilized his Chiropractic degree from the National University of Health Science to establish his second business, Coastal Chiropractic Clinic, on Isle of Palms. After Ryan and his wife Sonya were blessed with triplet boys, Ryan went on to open up his second chiropractic office, Atlantic Spine Clinic, in Mt. Pleasant. He also became very active in local politics, running for and winning an open seat on the Isle of Palms City Council, where he is currently serving his tenth year. For more information on Ryan and his run for Congress, call (843) 224-0667 or visit 24 • Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010

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shop talk Ace Preferred Inspections Announces Two New Services WANDO—Ace Preferred Inspections, Inc. has provided home inspection, engineering, and construction consulting services to Charleston area homeowners for over 13 years. Now, the well-established company announces two exciting new endeavors. Builder Buyer Services Group (BBSG) provides new home warranty administration for builders. BBSG serves as the liaison between the builder, homeowner, and subcontractors to facilitate communications and ensure warranty issues are addressed fairly, promptly, and efficiently. Heading up BBSG are Jeffrey (Jeff) Donaldson, owner of Ace Preferred Inspections, and Paul Remoll, who has a solid background in real estate sales. ACE is also proud to introduce Recall Check, a service created to help protect consumers from dangerous recalled products. ACE records model numbers of built in appliances during the home inspection and searches them against the CPSC recall database. Customers receive a written report that identifies recalls and provides instructions on how to have them repaired by the manufacturer—usually for free. For more information on BSBG, call (843) 628-4080 or visit For more information on Recall Check, call (843) 849-0455 or visit

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ATS Introduces New Team Members and New Products

David Smith and Kenny Ahern of ATS in a custom home theater they created

CHARLESTON—Specialists in smart home technology, Audio Tech Systems (ATS) has experienced tremendous growth since the company was first created by long time friends David Smith and Kenny Ahern. To help handle their burgeoning workload, ATS welcomes four new team members to the family: Ryan Layne, Charleston Sales & Systems Designer; Dave Roos, Bluffton Sales & Security Designer; Scott Willis, Project Specialist; and Justin Graves, Project Specialist. The new additions will assist the company with home theaters and media rooms, control systems (aka home automation systems), distributed audio and video systems, structured wiring, and central vac systems. In addition to the new team members, ATS has also expanded their roster of products and services to include security and fire systems, assisted living monitoring solutions for care giving remotely, direcTV installers, and the Pioneer Elite product line. For more information, call Audio Tech Systems at (843) 277-0059 or visit

Mills Brothers Certifications Lead to Impressive Energy Savings HANAHAN—Family owned and operated, Mills Brothers Heating and Air takes pride in providing friendly, quality service to the residential and commercial communities of the Lowcountry. To ensure superior service, owner Brian Mills has recently acquired new certifications to help determine the HVAC system best suited for a home based on several different dimensions. Using the Wrightsoft Heat Load Calculator, Brian is able to establish the correct tonnage of the HVAC system needed for the home before an HVAC unit is chosen. Because a home's building materials and dimensions can dramatically affect the level of tonnage required to effectively heat and cool a home, determining the tonnage upfront can provide savings on energy expenses in the future. Mills Brothers also now offers American Standard Heritage Hybrid comfort systems to maximize energy efficiency in the home. Combining an electric heat pump with a natural gas furnace, the system boasts an average annual utility cost savings of 68 percent. For more information, call Mills Brothers Heating & Air at (843) 764-1919 or visit 26 • Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010

Brian Mills of Mills Brothers Heating & Air

In other news, have you seen this storefront? Since overhauling their exterior, local company A World Apart is hard to miss!

On a trip to Bali in the early '90s, Kim and Philip Przyborowski fell in love with a Victorian fence. Owners of A World Apart, the husband and wife team decided to put it in front of their James Island store to represent the types of furnishings and accessories available inside the charming boutique. In 2008, however, tragedy struck when a motorist ran off the road, plowing through the fence and straight into the storefront. While picking up the pieces in the wake of the disaster, Kim felt a strong urge to try something different. She and Philip agreed it was time for a rebirth of the store. To help them develop a concept, they called in local artist and muralist Karl B. Smith. Once they established their concept, Karl went to work. The artist began by painting the exterior of the building, using three complementary colors to add dimension. Then, to add more interest in keeping with the company's character, Karl meticulously painted a pagoda to top the store sign. Swing by 2008 Wappoo Drive off Maybank Highway to see for yourself or, for more information, call (843) 762-1884.

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New North Charleston Location for Builders Hardware of South Carolina

Joel Hinkel and Doug Hayden in front of their new North Charleston showroom

NORTH CHARLESTON—Since its inception in 1997, Builders Hardware of South Carolina has worked to change the typical fashion in which hardware is distributed. Traditionally sold from a supply house and then passed on to a trim carpenter to install, hardware purchases generally require the builder or homeowner to make multiple visits to both the hardware company and the trim carpenter. By combining the service and the product, Builders Hardware streamlines the process. To further accommodate clients, the company has moved to a new showroom in the fast-growing Peppermill Parkway district. Sharing the space is Charleston Shelving & Mirror, a company that previously worked in conjunction with Builders Hardware out of a separate space. Visitors to the new showroom can expect to find thousands of choices in doorknobs, front door entry locks, cabinet pulls, and bath hardware, in addition to multiple working product displays. Drop by the new showroom at 7268 Peppermill Parkway in North Charleston or, to learn more about getting a free estimate in your own home, call (843) 552-5515 or visit

The Teak Hut Moves to West Coleman Boulevard MT. PLEASANT—The Teak Hut, an importer of grade A teak outdoor furniture and accessories from Indonesia, has moved into a new showroom at 433 West Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant. Formerly known as Classic Furniture, the Teak Hut offers more than 100 items in their various collections, including Adirondack chairs, bars, benches, chairs, coffee tables, dining tables, end tables, lounges, rockers, steamer deck chairs, and more. Striving to provide products of superior quality and value, the company supports the local Indonesian community and, therefore, fosters the growth and wellbeing of the small companies that produce the Teak Hut's furniture. Teak's natural oils and hard composition make it ideal for outdoor exposure, as they contribute to the wood's resistance to cracking, rotting, and splitting. Teak is also a sustainable material, making it an eco-friendly option. Stop into the new showroom at 433 West Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant or, for more information, call (843) 856-2095 or visit 28 • Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010

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In our constant quest to provide you—our readers—with the best the Lowcountry home and design scene has to offer, we've realized the need for growth in our small company. To help us in our efforts, we've added two friendly new faces to our team. Joining the production staff is graphic designer and photographer Matt Bolt. Matt is fluent in French (he even spent a year in France teaching English!), enjoys drawing and painting, and is a self-proclaimed nature lover. Our new addition to the sales team is Karly Cortes, previously of Charleston Lighting and Interiors. Karly loves the color pink, has a knack for people, and lights up whenever she talks about her daughter Faith, 5. Welcome to the family Matt and Karly!


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IN OTHER CH+D Spring Playlist What we’ve been listening to lately...

"You & Me by Dave Matthews Band" –Paige "Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show" –Julie "Just a Boy by Angus and Julia Stone" –Michael "Blah Blah Blah by Ke$ha"–Sherry "Tomach by Wagon Christ" –Matt "Fidelity by Regina Spektor"–Corie "I'ma Be by Black Eyed Peas" –Karly "Classic country station on satellite. My 2 and 5 year old daughters love it!" –Tim

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With the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner plant and Carnival Cruise Lines both settling in the Holy City, it looks as though the rest of the world is finally catching on to what we Charlestonians knew all along—there's no place like our hometown. With a two percent annual population growth over the last five years, Charleston is climbing the ranks of the 100 largest housing markets in the country and is the fastest growing city in South Carolina.



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The Garden Club of Charleston's 75th Annual Walking Tour of Private Houses & Gardens April 9-10, 2010 Downtown Charleston For more information, call (843) 530-5164.


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Founders' Day April 10, 2010 Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site For more information, call (843) 852-4200.  

Family Circle Cup April 10-18, 2010 Family Circle Stadium, Daniel Island For more information, call (800) 677-2293.

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ucked off of Maybank Highway behind the moss-laden oaks of Johns Island, Colson Elevator Company offers a convenient—and scenic—shopping spot for homeowners seeking elevators and lift products. Originally established in 1985 primarily as an electrical company, Colson has grown and evolved to meet the needs of the community and is currently thriving under the leadership of its matriarch, Allison Williams. Having first come to Colson as an employee in 1990, Allison bought the company from Mr. Colson in 2005. Two years later, she bought a lot on Johns Island and, in 2008, construction began on the current showroom/office and warehouse. To help customers make an educated decision, the showroom is equipped with two functioning elevators to ride and to view the different finishes available. We dropped in on Allison to ask a few questions about the company she loves. There is such a warm, family-friendly atmosphere in your showroom. Is it fun working in

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an office that is predominantly female? Most of the time it is fun! We all have different jobs and stay busy doing what we need to do. At what point in the building process or before the building process would you recommend people come to see you? The best time to start planning for the elevator is when the architect is doing the house plans. We can work with the builder and/or architect to ensure that the largest elevator cab possible is designed in the house plans. If it isn’t possible to plan for the elevator that early, we can come in at any stage and do an elevator. There are more restrictions the further along the building is, such as walls already in place. You offer such a wide variety of lift products, along with many options and upgrades. How do you help homeowners find the perfect fit

to suit their own personal style and to meet their individual needs? Most of the time the homeowner already has an idea of the type of product they are interested in. Once we know whether they want to do an elevator, a dumbwaiter, a stairlift, or perhaps a porch lift, then we can evaluate the space they have and go over their options with them. Last question: Do you ladies order in or eat out at any local restaurants during the work week? When we were in the design stages for our new building, we planned for a full kitchen, so we make our own lunches and eat in as much as possible. If we do eat out, we like to try as many different places as possible! v For more information on Colson Elevator Company, call (843) 557-0106 or visit

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eco-conscious home protection products


ho knew soy could be used to help craft an eco-friendly spray foam? U.S. Home Protect of Charleston (USHP), who specializes in open and closed cell spray polyurethane foam insulations, offers a product that does just that. HeatLok Soy, a closed cell sprayfoam, has a unique ecological benefit in that it is made from recycled plastic waste, soy, and vegetable oils. And while their closed cell spray foam boasts the soy base, both USHP's open and closed cell foams are deemed environmentally friendly because they contain no ozone depleting chemicals, gases, fibers, or asbestos. Furthermore, installation of either product allows builders to utilize smaller HVAC systems, saving both homeowners and builders money. In addition to "green" spray foam, USHP has two other divisions offering green services. Their mold prevention division is the exclusive Lowcountry provider of Forticel™, a proprietary coating technology that prevents mold growth on its coating surface, and which has zero VOCs and no off-gassing. USHP's crawlspace division focuses on creating sealed and conditioned crawlspace environments in both new and existing construction, which can reduce the energy usage of a home by up to twenty percent. For more information on how U.S. Home Protect of Charleston can help you make your home more energy-efficient, call (843) 388-6360 or visit

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omeowners today enjoy more eco-friendly building options than ever before, a result of the increasing momentum of the worldwide "green movement." However, the prospect of visiting a different vendor for every single green product deters many potential green-goers. Recognizing the benefits of green building early in his career, Whatley Bush founded Summit Green Solutions in 2008 to offer energy saving roofing, spray foam insulation, and solar solutions for the construction and/or renovation of residential and commercial projects. Heavily involved with the green movement since 2001, Whatley today serves on South Carolina's US Green Building Council (USGBC-SC) and works with several other green building programs. He utilizes his knowledge of these programs, which includes Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, to help homeowners determine the green program most relevant to their applications.

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order of the day A place for everything everything in its place... - Benjamin Franklin

The apothecary style drawers on this distressed dresser are ideal for organizing odds and ends. Plus, the weathered driftwood-esque finish feels oh-so-beachy! Available at MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939

There's no better time to do a little sprucing up than spring, and why not make it a more enjoyable process this year? Pick up furniture and decor that do double duty as decorative elements and as storage components. The peace of mind afforded by a sense of order in the home allows you to truly enjoy those rare leisure moments. Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010 • 37


trends Getting and staying organized is no easy feat, and some people fare far better than others. To help you channel your inner organizer, we found a few furnishings and gleaned a few tips for making simple changes that will help bring order to your dwelling space.

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This charming vanity's top pops open to reveal a hiding place for jewelry and other baubles. Another idea? Stash frequently used makeup inside for quick touch-ups. Available at Terrace Oaks Antique Mall (843) 795-9689

The best advice I have found is to set a routine in place so that you regularly sort out the items in a given area that are not necessary. If it is in the master closet—take the ties or shoes or sizes of clothes you hope to fit back into one day and move them out of your every-day space. You can donate them or, if you are not ready to do so yet, store them in an under-the-bed container. If they remain in the container for a year without being used, you may feel better about donating them. The main purpose here is to make room for the items you want to be able to locate because you use them frequently. Any other items that you keep in that every-day space will merely get in the way. The more you follow this simple principle, the easier it will be to function in that space, whether it be a master closet, a pantry, or a home office. Steve Rogers, Director of Sales and Marketing at California Closets To speak with Steve, call (843) 762-7980 or, for more information, visit

Coffee table, seating, footstool...this plush oversized ottoman can meet a variety of needs, and the bottom shelf offers a great nook for display-worthy books and magazines. Available at MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939

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Donate Gently Used Items As most organizational professionals will tell you, clearing the clutter from your home is one of the top tricks for keeping some semblance of order. We're all guilty of hoarding items. Sometimes we hold on to possessions too long out of some sentimentality we associate with the object, and sometimes it's simply a case of not making the time to clear out the old and make way for the new. Once you've made the commitment to pare down your possessions, why not box them up and take them to Sea Island Habitat for Humanity's Restore? Each year, the charitable organization relies on the generosity of donors to provide the financial support necessary to build homes for Lowcountry families in need; in the current fiscal year, they plan to build 11 homes. So what better motivation to finally get rid of those lingering items collecting dust in the corner? You will be doing something good for yourself and, at the same time, doing something good for your community.

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Reclaim Your Closet Space Clutter does more than make a mess; it robs us of valuable time and energy. If time is money, all of us need help with our investment. Try this helpful tip in clearing the clutter and reclaiming your closet space: first, remove anything that doesn’t belong in your closet, from books and magazines to exercise equipment. Clear the closet to give you a fresh start. Invest in good hangers to help maintain shape and give good support to your clothes. Before putting anything back, ask yourself, Do I wear it and do I use it? Don’t be afraid to discard and donate. Organize items into zones—for example: pants, blouses, skirts, suits, dresses etc. Organize by color—dark to light, and long sleeve to short, etc. The closet is where you begin and end your day; clearing the clutter and reclaiming your space is an investment that will pay you over and over again.

This sleek mahogany desk, handcrafted here in Charleston, makes organizing your work space a stylish affair; a plethora of drawers and doors offers ample room for all your office supplies. Available at Broadleaf Woodworks (843) 763-7746

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t age six, budding entrepreneur Tim Smith was picking and selling figs door to door. Today, Tim is at the helm of his most successful venture to date— Windward Shutters, LLC. A Charleston resident for over 20 years, Tim first founded Windward in 1996 out of his home. Now located in a large facility on Virginia Avenue in the trendy Park Circle district, Windward Shutters stays busy equipping homes and businesses with hurricane protection products. During his downtime, Tim enjoys hanging out with wife Kristen, son Garrett Blue, 5 1/2, and daughter Carson, 2, at their own storm-proofed Isle of Palms abode.

Tim and his family at home on Isle of Palms

Tim outfitted his Isle of Palms residence with an array of hurricane protection products. "In addition to the Bahama shutters, hurricane panels were cut and tracks installed on all the porches to allow for a convenient, strong protection in the event of a hurricane threat," explains Tim, "and motorized rolldowns were installed on the rear bedroom windows for privacy and light control." Knowing they are safe allows Tim and his family to focus on fun—fishing, hunting, surfing, eating at favorite food joint Jack's Cosmic Dogs, and, of course, spending time together.

Tim chose festive orange Bahama shutters for the front and side windows to give the house more character and dimension. "We chose that color because we really wanted to liven the house up," he says, "and I've found that shutters really 'pop' when you pick a color that strongly contrasts the color of the home's exterior. The color choices available for the Bahama and Colonial shutters are infinite."

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architects & archetypes

5 Questions with... Richard Moutz

Principal Architect & Owner of R.L. Moutz, Architecture, L.L.C.


A registered architect in South Carolina, Richard Moutz began his career with a BS degree in Architecture from Ohio State University in 1975. He then went on to receive further training in illustration at the Graduate School of Design Special Programs in Architectural Delineation at Harvard University. Richard settled in the Lowcountry in 1985, when he opened an office in Mt. Pleasant. Currently located at the corner of Maybank Highway and Folly Road on Wappoo Creek Drive in the Wappoo Creek Office Park, R.L. Moutz, Architecture, L.L.C. specializes in custom home design, commercial and institutional design, tenant upfit design drawings, and professional renderings. 1) What makes Charleston the perfect home base for your company?

I think the Charleston economy is likely to move out of the current recession faster than most areas. The Charleston area is such a desirable place to live; I think it will continue to attract more and more people relocating here. 2) What are your favorite things to do in the Lowcountry when you're not working?

4) Greatest professional inspiration? The greatest professional inspiration comes from traveling. When getting outside of my immediate location and seeing what the rest of the world is doing, or has done, I return with inspiration. In particular are major American and European cities.

My favorite thing to do after work is to take advantage of our beautiful waterways; I enjoy fishing in the creeks and rivers, as well as sailing on my Sunfish sailboat. I also enjoy traveling and watercolor paintings.

5) Best advice that you have been given?

3) Favorite example of architecture in Charleston?

I think the best advice came from my first employer after college: "Always pay attention to what the clients' needs are and write down everything they say."

My favorite example of good architecture would be the Middleton Inn, which I consider the finest piece of architecture in the area.

To speak with Richard, call (843) 762-0093 or visit

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• One of downtown's architectural gems, the John Rutledge House Inn, was featured on the pilot episode of "Cities for Vows," a new show that helps destination brides hone in on the perfect place to have their dream wedding.

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Giving an Old Pool Pool pros Mike and Rayna LePore of LePore's Custom Pools take homeowner Paige Stevenson's pool from drab to fab

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Once neglected, the pool and entertaining area is now a popular hangout for the home's family of six.


e first spoke with homeowner [and Charleston Home + Design magazine team member] Paige Stevenson at the Fall 2009 Custom Home + Remodel Show at the Gaillard Auditorium. She said her pool was in rough shape and wanted us to take care of it. From the getgo, I was excited about doing the repair and renovation work on Paige's pool. I love the challenge of renovating existing swimming pools, because pool renovations generally start with a pool looking its worst. It's gratifying getting it back to looking better and functioning properly. The first step at Paige's was a site inspection. It was in the usual condition: liner coming out of its track, water behind the liner, debris in the pool, and the usual assortment of wildlife living in the water. The 48 • Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010

next step was to de-water the ground prior to draining the water out. This is extremely important; if this isn't done, the bottom of the pool could be damaged. I found the de-watering pipe stubbed up by the filter equipment and hooked our de-watering system to it. The pool was then drained; all debris was removed as well as the old liner. Once the old liner was out, I could examine things that couldn't be done during the site inspection. The general condition of the pool structure was good. The bottom, however, was extremely rough and had left pinholes in the old liner. The solution was to skim coat the entire bottom with the appropriate pool base (a mixture of Portland cement and vermiculite). This will protect the new liner and make it last a lot longer. The plumbing lines were then pressure tested to make sure they were in

good condition (they were) and all gaskets were removed and replaced. Some touch up paint was applied to the aluminum coping to dress it up. Next, the concrete deck around the pool was acid washed and pressure washed to prep it for the application of the Kool Deck texture. Once the texture had dried, the new liner was installed. The liner was snapped in its track and then "Vac-U-Fitted" into place using a liner vacuum. The focus was then turned to the surrounding area of the pool. Paige wanted to add a 12-foot by 20-foot poured concrete seating area to her existing deck, as well as add a pergola to that area. The sod needed to be removed, posts for the pergola were set, and then concrete was poured. Once the concrete had sufficient time to cure, texture was ap-

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Silhouette window shadings by Hunter Douglas in the dining room

before The newly revamped pool features cascading water jets and a colorful liner.

plied to that as well. I also ran two 3/4-inch PVC lines out to an adjacent landscaped area and added two water jets. Whenever possible, I usually like to add some type of water feature to a pool. They look and sound great and will actually help in your pool's water chemistry because they aerate the water. The last step was to color seal the deck with the color stain Paige picked out. The pool was started up and chemicals were balanced. It was a pleasure doing the work and I hope it provides years of enjoyment for Paige and her family. v For more information, contact LePore's Custom Pools Incorporated at (843) 817-4028 or visit

(left) The pool and patio before the project and (right) the pool with the new liner.

AT A GLANCE Project: Swimming pool makeover Homeowner: Paige Stevenson Location: Hanahan, SC Highlights: 16-foot by 32-foot polymer wall vinyl liner swimming pool - "sport" pool (deep in center), .27 mil replacement vinyl liner, pool deck textures added to existing concrete, additional 240 square feet concrete patio with pergola, two water jets added to landscaped area adjacent to pool

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Engineered hardwood floors by Kährs replace outdated carpet in the open living area of a Summerville home, adding warmth and character.

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hen homeowners Michael and Ericka Kalinowski from Summerville decided to purchase wood floors, they had specific requirements that had to be met. They wanted a light colored floor with variations in color and grain. Since they have two small dogs, the floor would also have to stand up to the stress of pets and be able to be sanded and refinished multiple times to extend the life of their wood floors. The homeowners selected Kährs American Colonial Maple hardwood flooring.  This product has a substantial wear surface and has the ability to be refinished. As their home’s foundation is a cement slab and most slabs are not level, we suggested floating the floor. The floating installation resulted in a floor that is remarkably quiet due to an overall board thickness of 5/8 inch over an underlayment of 1/8 inch. The underlay50 • Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010

ment helps in absorbing sound, provides a moisture barrier, and makes for a quieter floor. Once completed, the Kalinowskis were very satisfied not only with the  look achieved, but also with the feel and quality of the engineered hardwood floors. v For more information, contact Woodboys at (843) 851-0026 or visit Homeowner Ericka Kalinowski with Woodboys owners Donna and Jim Simpson

AT A GLANCE Project: New hardwood floor installation Interior Design: Ericka Kalinowski (homeowner) Location: Summerville, SC Highlights: Engineered hardwood maple floors by Kährs, purchased at and installed by Woodboys



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Plantation Shutters vs Judge and Kelly Fowler, owners of Best Buy Blinds, duke it out over the best window treatments for their next home Kelly: I love the look of Hunter Douglas Silhouettes and Luminettes. They have a soft, sheer appearance and provide a romantic feel to any room and complement a wide variety of decors. They can be dressed up or down with drapes or valances, but they also can stand alone. Judge: For a home in the Lowcountry, you have to give plantation shutters serious consideration. They are undoubtedly the best application for street appeal. Lowcountry residents recognize the distinctive look of shutters and admire the homeowners’ good taste! Kelly: Don’t get me wrong—I love plantation shutters too. But, when you feast your eyes on the smooth sheer fabric of the Sillouettes, it just seems so right. I like the ease of how they roll up into a 4-inch box that hides the stacking that occurs with regular blinds. Try that with plantation shutters! Also, Silhouettes and Luminettes can be automated so you can sit back and relax while the view is revealed by simply pressing a button on the remote control. 52 • Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010

Judge: Whether you are on the beach or in a traditional downtown, South of Broad house, plantation shutters can give the right look and function for your home. For the beach house, you can have large (3 ½ -inch or 4 ½-inch) louvers. This provides a great view and maximum light through the louvers. For the downtown traditional home, you can have smaller (2 ½ -inch or 1 ¼ -inch colonial style) louvers with a four panel bifold. This gives you the privacy you need with the desired period style. Also, a horizontal center rail on either type of shutter gives you the ability to close the bottom set of louvers while leaving the top set of louvers open for view and light. Kelly: Silhouettes and Luminettes are perfect for homes with amazing views like we have here in the Lowcountry. If you have an incredible view of the beach or the marsh, the Silhouettes will not block one iota of the amazing view. While both plantation shutters and the Silhouettes provide great UV protection (95 to 99 percent) when closed, the Silhouettes additionally provide 60 per

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cent UV protection through the sheer when they are down but the slats are open. Your hardwood floors will thank you! Judge: Properly installed plantation shutters will become part of the window moulding. They can be custom painted or stained to match the trim. It is like purchasing a fine piece of furniture for your windows that will last a lifetime. Kelly: Well, I guess what we are saying is that both products are really great additions to your home. Real estate agents recognize all these products as assets for resale, as you will see both mentioned in the real estate listings. Often, the window treatments on a home for sale will be a pivotal selling point and, with either of these products, it would put the buyer over the top. For a free sales consultation and estimate, call Best Buy Blinds at (843) 884-3454, surf over to, or stop by the showroom at 454 Jessen Lane in Charleston.


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Resources: Natural linen sofa – Celadon Home, blue and cream coral chair – GDC, ornate coffee table – Highpoint furniture market, lighting – Currey and Company and Butler lighting from Highpoint, NC, wall color – Sherwin Williams’ Macadamia Interior Design (entire home): Shawna Robinson Designs, Charlotte, NC Home Builder: Steven W. Kuemmerle Development Corp.

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Special Feature

up to speed Twice in his career, celebrated NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan almost lost his life to the sport he loved. Famous for flying around the track at speeds upward of 200 miles per hour or more, the California native was no stranger to danger. These days, however, the man who battled back from the brink to win countless accolades and awards enjoys a more leisurely pace. He starts each day savoring breakfast with four friends at Sunrise Bistro on Johns Island, and fills the afternoon working the 50+ acre grounds their home is situated on. His day often ends watching TV in bed with wife Kimberly—along with all five of their dogs. Forever a driver at heart, though, Ernie spends a great deal of time chauffeuring his family around. And, although Kim and the couple's two children, daughter Jordan and son Jared, relish the time spent with their father, they have one constant complaint...he drives too slow. Hanging out on the back porch with the pups, the down-to-earth driver and his wife fill me in on what life is like outside of the fast lane. by Julie Sprankles | photography by Michael Costa


ou began your racing career driving go-karts in California when you were nine years old, and were winning stock car races by 16. Did you ever imagine you would go on to become one of NASCAR’s most notable names? Ernie: No, not at all! You don’t even imagine it. I was just doing what I loved to do! I started with go-kart racing, so I just thought

stock car racing was the next normal step. It was all because that’s what my family did. My dad was a racer so I kind of fell into his footsteps. It’s always enjoyable anytime you can do something you love to do and have a lot of fun. The ride wasn’t always so smooth on your journey to becoming a NASCAR sensation… you lost your best friend in a racing accident at a young age, you struggled

to support yourself with odd jobs, and you suffered severe physical injuries from accidents. What has been the driving force that has kept you motivated throughout your many hardships? E: The challenge of racing. It’s not something that is easy to do but it is something that I love to do. I felt like I needed to do it and make it into a career…it’s an American pastime.

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You never got nervous flying around the tracks at such high speeds? E: No…you know, it’s really not the speed that gets you—it’s that sudden stop at the end. Really, it’s all relative. When everyone is going 200 mph, you don’t feel like you are going that fast because everyone else is going the same speed. Now, if everybody’s going 50 and you go by them at 200, you’re

"[After my accident] they told me that if I could ever even drive my little girl to school, that would be a successful recovery. And I was like, No, no, no. You don’t understand. I want to get back to racing." like, Whoa! When you are sitting out there watching the race and everyone’s going the same speed, it doesn’t look like they are moving too fast. Kim: I think what really gets you is when you watch them coming down pit road at 50 or 55 mph and it looks like they are barely moving. I can say that when I used to watch him at the track—we had a motor home there, we were traveling gypsies!— I would rather at times go in and watch it on TV because it doesn’t look as fast. When you’re there and you see them going by and you actually feel how fast they are going… that got me nervous. It’s so different seeing it in person. In February 1991, you drove to victory in the Daytona 500—the most prestigious and lucrative event in stock car racing at the time. Was the victory surreal in light of the fact that, only four years earlier, you had watched that very race on a borrowed black and white television while washing cars for cash? How did you celebrate?

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E: As I always say, only in America! You can only have that opportunity to go from having a borrowed TV and be welding grandstand seats and washing cars for extra money and then, only three or four years later, win the Daytona 500. And then I got to go to the White House for a state dinner…I thought I was going for a steak dinner! [he laughs] One thing special I did do when I won was take my Daytona 500 trophy, fold my Murphy bed out of the wall, and stick the trophy on my nightstand. [Ernie and Kim both laugh at this memory] I did get to go to a few parties with my friends, but by the time we left Daytona and drove the

eight hours home, I really spent just one late night out before I got the invitation the next night to the White House. I even went on Letterman. It was real busy, but it was a good real busy. Do you think your rise to fame changed you at all? E: I don’t know if I can be called a redneck, but I really am just an everyday person. I feel very fortunate to have done what I did, but I feel like I was just the same ol’ person after winning the Daytona 500 that I was before winning it. I just really feel like


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I’m the same person I always was. Actually, I think I’m more different now that I’m retired—I’m probably a lot more easy-going today than I was before, because before it was hard to get me to sit down and talk because I was trying to do a million things at once. Years after winning the Daytona 500, I was named one of the 50 greatest drivers in NASCAR history but, back then, I was in the thick of it so it didn’t seem like a big deal. You’re always looking at what you’re going to do next; not what you’ve done, but what you’re going to do. I mean, I never wore my Daytona 500 ring until after I retired. At the time, I was thinking, I want to win another one! I think today I am probably more appreciative of everything.

E: Well, it’s a sport that is accessible to everyone. You can have a rabbit ear antenna and pick up the Daytona 500! I think that has really escalated it, and the popularity has grown because it is a good sport. People love to see the cars, especially when they are going fast. But again, a lot of it is because people don’t need cable or satellite to watch it, I think that has just opened it up a lot. The critical brain and lung injuries you suffered in a 1994 practice session accident led doctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan to give you a slim 10-percent chance of surviving the night. After making such a miraculous recovery, what prompted your return to racing?

would be a successful recovery. And I was like, No, no, no. You don’t understand. I want to get back to racing. Kim didn’t want the doctor to tell me that because she wanted me to have the hope to motivate me to get better…not to get back to racing, but to get better so I could be a husband and father. People tell me that I must be superhuman to recover like I did, but I tell them, I had nothing to do with it! Everything happens for a reason. One of these days, when I die and I am sitting in front of God, I am going to find out why He saved me. I sit here sometimes and think, Why am I here? The Bible says we’re all here for a purpose and—obviously—at the time of my wreck, I hadn’t served that purpose yet.

You were in the crop of racers who brought NASCAR mainstream, and now it’s one of the most widely watched sports in the country. What do you attribute the growth to?

E: I just didn’t know any better! Kim was involved in the whole thing, and she was there when the doctors told me that if I could ever even drive my little girl to school, that

Kim, that had to be a harrowing ordeal for you, to be faced with Ernie’s mortality in that way. What was going through your mind at the time?

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(top left) Interior Designer Shawna Robinson used custom upholtered chairs from her Happy Chair line in conjunction with a table and lighting from High Point Market to create a distinctive dining space. (top right) Avid equestrians, the Irvans share their estate with several horses, which find shelter in a state-of-the-art barn. (bottom left) The family makes the most of their tranquil Lowcountry settings with outdoor entertaining areas. (bottom right) A custom carved stairwell with ebony stained floors by Rob Chapman of the Charleston Group adds architectural interest, and provides a convenient nook for the Jordan and Jared's various awards. 60 â&#x20AC;˘ Charleston Home + Design â&#x20AC;˘ Spring 2010

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K: It was sort of surreal; you couldn’t even racing today, and think, Man, I could still be where it was just about horses. We ended think ahead a day because every hour, in the out there. But I know I made the right deci- up coming to a compromise, and that comcondition in which he went in, was critical. sion for me. promise was here! Me and my son love that We took one step forward and two steps we’re so close to the beach, but Ernie and backwards throughout the entire process. K: After his retirement, we realized this Jordan aren’t so crazy about it. There were so many surgeries and such is it—he won’t be accumulating any more that, for years after, we had to go through. trophies—so we created a little pool/trophy E: It’s like every time you go there, the sand You still just have to take it one step at a room and had his uniforms mounted to the gets all over your feet… time, and you have to have faith in God ceiling, and put all his trophies up and got and leave it at that. But, as bad as his ac- everything situated. And then the house Jordan: and the salt water is so sticky… cidents were and him having to retire when burns down. [They were living in Mooresville, he didn’t want to, you find the silver lining. NC at the time.] So on top of Ernie leaving E: and most of the time the water is cold, It’s great my kids get to have their dad here, racing, we felt like we lost everything from and I don’t like the fish…. and he gets to be here with them full-time. his whole career. But, in the end, you realThey may not like that all the time [they both ize the material things are not what matter, [this time, Kim and I are the ones doing the laugh], but they appreciate it. It’s funny be- because we were safe—we weren’t in the laughing] cause our son Jared was just a baby when Er- house at the time of the fire. Life always has nie retired, so he really doesn’t understand a way of circling back around and making Your home is beautiful! Who calls the everything Ernie accomplished. I design shots? try to tell him, Yes, I promise you, "The foundation I created is your dad beat Jeff Gordon a ton of K: He does! [they both laugh] times! There was this one really Race to Safety, which is all about E: Yeah, totally me. funny moment when we were on vacation in the Bahamas with Jared trying to educate the public about K: Well, in this room [outdoor enterand were watching ESPN Classic and trying to figure out if Ernie taining area] he does…you see the traumatic brain injury. We’ve had Bud tapper, and the grill, and the big had retired yet or not at the time of that race. And then we saw him plastic trash cans. This is his style! a few walks to raise money and and were like, Oh yeah, there he is! And his patio heater, of course. And Jared just thought for a minawareness and, recently, we gave Did you guys have a guiding hand in ute and then said, Huh. You’d think this would be in black and white. So, your home’s interior design style? around 3000 bicycle helmets to in spite of the bad, we have to be thankful for the little moments like K: Oh, yes! We knew Shawna Robunderprivileged kids." that we have enjoyed. inson through racing—she also used to NASCAR race!—and she helped In 1999, you announced your retirement you realize what is important and what’s us decorate in North Carolina, so we asked surrounded by your wife and kids. After not. We did end up salvaging some of the her to help us here too. She’s an incredibly an illustrious, award-winning career filled stuff from the house though, and you can talented painter and designer and such, so with many ups and downs, what ultimately see the burns and everything, but it doesn’t she helped me with everything from the led you to walk away from the industry? matter to us. And then NASCAR gave him ground up. replicas of the trophies he couldn’t replace, E: When I got hurt again in ‘99, the chances along with new victory lane pictures. It was E: They are really big into getting things of me being able to recover were going to a very sweet gesture! that look really old, and are really expenbe a lot lower than the first time. I just felt sive! [they laugh] Kim is really good about like I didn’t want to push it any further. It A California native drawn to the East Coast knowing what she wants, but she just was for sure the right decision, because I by the NASCAR scene, how did you end up doesn’t know where to go to get it. Shawna couldn’t go out there and race a car today. on Wadmalaw Island? knows how to go get it. I think Kim could I’m not just a halfway racer; if I can’t go out pick out some great things, but couldn’t put there and be competitive, I’m not going to E: Good question! Well, it’s just like al- a whole house together. Shawna makes it do it. Sometimes that’s not the best way to ways…you follow a good thing. all work. be, from a financial standpoint, I guess, because I could have kept on going and col- K: We had a farm in North Carolina and K: She pushes us in a good way. She conlecting a paycheck for just getting by…but thought we wanted to downsize, and we vinced us to paint the trim in my daughter’s that’s just not me. Sometimes, though, I do also hate cold weather. We looked in Flori- room black, and at first I was like, Oh no, look at my buddy Mark Martin, who is still da, but Ernie didn’t want to be somewhere this is going to look like a haunted house. But 62 • Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010

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now that it is done, I love it—it is one of my favorite rooms in the entire house. Your family organizes an equestrian club, and Kim and Jordan are both quite accomplished riders. How did your involvement with this extracurricular first unfold? K: For years, we did Paso Finos, a Spanish gaited horse. I had like 17 when we moved down here because we were breeding and selling and showing and all of that. Jordan was really into it. She then started doing jumpers and got bored with the Pasos—I guess the thrill-seeking blood runs in her veins—and so we ended up, when we got down here, having a big sell to get rid of the Pasos. Now Jordan has two jumpers. I can ride jumpers too—if all four hooves are on the ground! I try to be careful because I broke my shoulder three years ago trail riding. Everyone always thinks there’s an exciting story but I’m like, No, just trail rid-

ing! Talking on the phone to him [pointing at Ernie], acting like Annie Oakley, and a bird flew out. I still ride and I love riding with Jordan, since we have that interest together.

"Life always has a way of circling back around and making you realize what is important and what’s not," says Kim.

light-heartedly rolls her eyes at this] K: Yeah, they actually let him win doing all the wrong stuff. He turned into the rail… E: No, no. You know what, I just looked so good! Did I not win? [Ernie playfully smiles at Kim] K: I’ve won nationals one time. Ten years I had to work for it, and they give him first place while turning into the rails! [they both laugh] Although you have little downtime, you devote a good bit of it to the foundation Ernie started. Can you tell us about that endeavor?

Ernie, do you ride at all? E: I have. I’m not big into it like they are, and that’s okay. I rode a couple Pasos and showed; I just think it’s kind of easy. [Kim

E: The foundation I created is Race to Safety, which is all about trying to educate the public about traumatic brain injury. We’ve had a few walks to raise money and awareness

(left) A multi-purpose area, this den serves as a media room in addition to a showcase space for many of Ernie's NASCAR awards and mementos. (right) The Irvans utilized unused hall space to create custom cases to house Ernie's trophies.

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and, recently, we gave around 3000 bicycle helmets to underprivileged kids. We’re trying to teach them the importance of safety. If we can have one kid wear a helmet and save his life, then our work is worthwhile. If you can get more numbers out there, more kids that wouldn’t normally wear a helmet will put one on, and the odds get a lot better that brain injuries can be avoided. It was just something that was really important to me, since I had to retire from a traumatic brain injury. I didn’t know anything about these types of injuries until I had one. They call it the silent epidemic. Every 23 seconds in the United States, there is another traumatic brain injury—that’s 1.5 million a year. And those statistics were from 2000, so I’m sure they’ve gone up. If every child under the age of 15 wore a helmet and wore it properly, it would save one life a day and one traumatic brain injury every four min66 • Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010

utes. Everyone I tell that to is like, Naaaah, I can’t believe that. K: One of the most devastating things about traumatic brain injuries is that there is no cure. That’s why prevention is so important. If you look up the statistics, it usually happens to people in the prime of their lives. Ernie is one of the success stories, having come back from two serious brain traumas, but there are so many more that aren’t so lucky. E: Everybody says, Well, it’s freedom of choice to wear a helmet. Well, your freedom of choice disappears when you crash. If you don’t die, you become a statistic. Think not only about how that affects you, but how it will affect your family forever—all because you didn’t want to wear a helmet. You just never know what is going to happen…that

is why it’s called an accident. If you were to tell someone, If you go down the road right now, you are going to wreck…but you can’t have a helmet, I bet you they wouldn’t go. With the foundation, we are just trying to get people to think about these things in the hope that we can help prevent these injuries. Last question…do you still watch NASCAR? E: When my wife lets me turn the TV on! K: That’s why we have so many TVs! [laughing] No, really though, he watches it constantly. He keeps the Sirius NASCAR station on in his shed all the time—24/7! E: I like to keep up with it. I enjoy watching Kyle Busch. He’s just a little bit cocky, but he has the goods to back it up. v


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iant slabs of natural stone stand neatly arranged in rows like massive monoliths of art in the brisk air of the expansive warehouse. Examining the subtle intricacies of each—iridescent flecks of blue, fossilized seashells, bold movement—it is difficult to believe they came from the Earth, the artistry of Mother Nature herself. Hand-picked from quarries all over the world by owner John Antunes, the staggering variety of stone that greets guests at AGM Imports in North Charleston can feel sheerly monumental. A native of Portugal and the owner and President of family-owned AGM, John utilizes over 20 years of experience in the stone business to provide homeowners and fabricators with quality natural stone, quick service, and fast delivery. Juggling thriving

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warehouses in Hilton Head, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Charleston, along with devoting time to wife Alice and their three children, the multilingual multi-tasker rarely stays in one locale for long. On hand to help visitors to the North Charleston warehouse select the material best suited to their individual applications is stone-savvy Melanie Richardson, whom John trusts to hold down the fort when off on his intercontinental importing excursions. With natural stone—granite in particular—being a hot commodity for home countertops in today's market, Melanie often walks homeowners through the various options available for residential use. "With more than 10,000 slabs and 250 varieties of stone, there is plenty to see!" exclaims Melanie. "We have granite, marble, traver-

tine, onyx, slate, soapstone...we urge people to come by and check everything out. We're a wholesaler, so we can't quote pricing, but we can definitely help answer all their questions and assist in finding the perfect stone." Recently, Melanie says, homeowners have been frequenting the warehouse for a range of applications, from new construction to staging purposes. Although some visitors to the warehouse seem to know exactly what they are looking for and take little time finding it, the majority of homeowners need additional assistance. Explains Melanie, "I have stayed with people up to four hours before to help them find what they need. That's what we're here for, to help you! It's nice to be able to use my experience to facilitate people with their selections—when you've seen as much as I

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have, sometimes you just know whether it will look good or not. I am always willing to throw my opinion out there, and I don't get offended if someone disagrees with me. In the end, it's always up to you!" Although AGM leaves the ultimate selection up to the homeowner, they do try to use their expertise to steer patrons in the right direction. For example, says Melanie, "We don't recommend people put marble in their kitchens because it stains and scratches. If you have something that is polished and you get a stain on it, anything you use to try to clean up that stain will eat through the polish and leave a dull mark on your countertop. I always tell people if they want to use marble, use it in the bathroom because it looks soft and pleasing, and is at less risk for scratching and staining." Granite, she elaborates, is the strongest choice for kitchens as it is a hard, non-porous surface.

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ple are unsure of their applications. "Onyx," Many homeowners in the Charleston marMelanie clarifies, "is really meant to be ket swing by AGM Imports seeking stone backlit; some you can see through, some for their beach home or retirement home you can't. It's ideal application would be in and, understandably, desire something difa bathroom. Soapstone can be used in the ferent than what they have in their primary kitchen, but it can still scratch and stain. home. In Melanie's opinion, a homeowner would be hardIt is definitely a nice pressed not to find a smooth look though... Adventurous buyers often unique stone to outfit kind of has that inexpress a desire to mix any dwelling. "It's so dustrial, concrete interesting working look." For all varieties stones within their home, here because there of stone at AGM, you are always new things can request the slab be most frequently wanting to honed or have a leather put a "wild" stone on their coming in," she says. "There's always somefinish. "The hone," says kitchen island. Melanie, "is taking the thing to look forward polish off and having to. No two pieces are a smooth look. The leather is going deeper alike! Even if they come from the same lot into the stone and actually giving it some number, there will be something special more texture." Although the durability for about each slab." v the stone remains virtually the same with either finish, it is important to note that Swing by AGM Imports at 4250 Scott Street in with honed finishes, you will occasionally North Charleston 8am-5pm Monday through see water spots, finger prints, and other Friday and 8am-12pm Saturday or, for more smudges, which will disappear naturally information, call (843) 747-0088 or visit over time.

A Few Interesting Facts • Many of the blue-hued stones come from Canada and Norway, and are typically much more expensive because naturally occurring blue in stone is so rare. • Have you ever wondered where the names of the stones come from? Most names honor the region the material came from, and other are named by workers in the quarries. Last time AGM owner John was in Brazil, he got to name one—Forest Blue! • When visiting AGM, it's helpful to Melanie and the rest of the staff if you bring along samples of your cabinets, paint colors, flooring, and anything else you might need to coordinate with your countertops.

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Interior Designer Rebekah Carter welcomes us into the charming Cassique Garden Cottage she nurtured from barren to full bloom. by Julie Sprankles | photography by Michael Costa


ituated around a private garden courtyard teeming with flora and fauna, the Cassique Garden Cottages appear as though they were plucked from the pages of a storybook. The delightfully quaint one story dwellings— which were distinctively designed to reflect the English Arts and Crafts movement of the 19th century—bear singularly a colonial influence and a trademark Kiawah Island

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aura. For local Interior Designer Rebekah Carter of Red Element Design Studio, Inc., making the interior of one of these cottages flourish was a matter of playing up the home's Old World European charm, adding a few modern touches, and striking a balance between luxurious and laid-back. From the outset of the project, Rebekah found herself in a unique position. "The homeowners live in California," she explains,

"so I've never actually met them!" Hoping to sell the cottage in the current real estate market, the homeowners knew they needed the help of a professional. Rebekah's first order of business was convincing them to let her use furnishings and accessories to fill the home, which they agreed to—on a budget. "Originally, they weren't going to furnish the home," says Rebekah, "but I pushed them because I knew they would get a great return on their investment." To keep

"This is my style," [Rebekah] exclaims. "I really enjoy putting a space together when it's something I love!"

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Rebekah's budget-practical pointer? Pewter Fossil countertops like the ones pictured here give you the same seaside-inspired, organic aesthetic as Oysterstone or Vetrostone at a fraction of the cost.

The cottage's spacious kitchen, which opens up into the great room, features a massive island ideal for entertaining.

the homeowners up to date on her progress, Rebekah stayed in constant contact through email. "I did fixed interior selections first—all the tile, paint, plumbing and such—and sent the homeowners pictures," says Rebekah. "When they responded that they liked everything so far, I kept going!" With such an abundance of creative freedom, Rebekah relished drawing on her own style for inspiration." This is my style," she exclaims. "I really enjoy putting a space together when it's something I love!" More importantly, however, Rebekah strove to ensure the interior reflected the Kiawah Island atmosphere. "I'm definitely the type of designer who designs so that if the kids come in wearing wet bathing suits or with 74 • Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010

"Originally, they weren't going to furnish the home," says Rebekah, "but I pushed them because I knew they would get a great return on their investment." sand on their feet from the beach, they're not ruining precious silk," she says, continuing, "I just don't think that's what fits out here on Kiawah. It's not South of Broad; homes here are meant for comfortable, resort-style living." To that effect, Rebekah relied on durable fabrics such as cotton and linen that would wear well over time and still look fashionable.

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A large dining table and dramatic chandelier define the dining area. For versatility and practicality, Rebekah chose the wing chairs on the end of the table so they can be pulled into the seating room to avoid overcrowding.

"I'm definitely the type of designer who designs so that if the kids come in wearing wet bathing suits or with sand on their feet from the beach, they're not ruining precious silk." versatile." Rebekah ordered most of the furniture and larger pieces for the cottage through wholesale vendors, but did most of her accessorizing with local art and found objects such as shells. "I like to incorporate local elements, because you don't want to walk in a house and feel like you could be anywhere U.S.A.," she says. "It's neat to find local, odd things that you could never just pick out of a catalogâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they simply wouldn't

have the same character." During the furniture selection process, Rebekah will often find a few pieces that inspire her color palette. In the cottage, the color palette developed from the wingback chairs at the dining room table. Rebekah echoed the burlap and white hues of the chairs throughout the home, adding in liberal doses of muted blues and sea greens to round out the palette.

Although given virtually complete creative license, Rebekah was faced with budget constraints while working on the cottage. For the designer, however, working on a tight budget was all about finding the right balance. "If you're on a budget, you can still get the upscale look on a whole without blowing your budget," she elaborates. "You just have to strategically place pops of the pricier items." It is also, according to Rebekah, a matter of familiarizing yourself with your resources. If you are aware of the varying price points of different companies, you are more likely to know a great deal when you see one, and are also more likely to know when something is worth splurging on. She also urges people to consider interior designers as a resource; "People think designers are always expensive," she Charleston Home + Design â&#x20AC;˘ Spring 2010 â&#x20AC;˘ 77

says, "and at times we can be, if that is what you want, but we can also source items that you can't buy anywhere else. Designers can be a great asset for someone on a budget." A true believer in the principle of less-is-more, Rebekah designed each space in the cottage to be a reflection of chic minimalism. "I feel like when you over-decorate, you don't give people room to move in and make it their own, and then it just gets crowded," she muses. "I like more of a soothing and sophisticated—but still clean and classic—look so it doesn't get dated. I don't want someone to look at these pictures in five years and say, What was she thinking?" For now, Rebekah

can rest assured she has pleased at least one client with the timeless look she created in the Cassique cottage. "I remember, after the job was finally done, being in Savannah with my husband when I got a call from my assistant," recollects Rebekah. "She told me the homeowners saw the pictures we emailed them of the finished home and they were so excited they wanted to call and personally thank me!" It is moments like that, according to the resourceful designer, that make all her hard work worthwhile. v

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SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS with Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry, available in a spectrum of shades including red (Renaissance, left), soft yellow (Abbey, middle), gray (Stratford, right). Available at Southern Kitchens of Charleston (843) 577-7713 •


or, rather, have local artist Janie Atkinson do it for you. And voila! A beautiful view where there once was none. Available at Janie Atkinson • (843) 532-3882

RECYCLE, REDUCE, REUSE with countertops crafted from recycled materials, like these previously on display at the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Designer Showhouse room by Stephen Herlong & Associates. Available at Fisher Recycling • (843) 554-6099 •

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STAND UP TO HOT & STEAMY with Benjamin

Moore paint from the Aura Collection, mold-resistant and specially formulated to last in humid conditions. Available at Charleston Paint Company (843) 577-6581

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ASK MR. SANDMAN for a special kind of

dream…Romano Dream granite countertops! The stone’s sandy-shade, which is accented by dark lines of movement, pops against light-colored cabinetry. Available at Charleston Stone Interiors (843) 568-0207 •

RETROFIT LIKE A GLOVE with a Luxury Baths System, which allows you to convert your tired old tub into a spacious tub/shower combo. Available at Coastal Additions, LLC • (843) 608-3250 •

ADD VANITY FLAIR with a custom vanity. A nice alternative to traditional sink cabinetry, this furniture-style hutch is flanked by two pedestal sinks to make the most of a narrow nook. Plush perk? This versatile piece is ideal for stashing extra towels and toiletries! Available at Charlestowne Case Works • (843) 795-6210

GET GOTHIC GLAM with black bathroom furnishings

and accessories from the Nouveau Collection by Sonia. We particularly love the chic floral patterned cabinet door panels! Available at Sig Supply (843) 577-0801 •

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with the sophisticated, metropolitan Alexis chandelier by Elk Lighting. A growing trend, chandeliers in bathrooms add a pleasant pop of opulence. Available at Ferguson Enterprises (843) 747-6301 •

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Sutton Place Collection by Atlas Homewares. Inspired by 1930’s New York, this angular hardware pays homage to décor classicism. Available at Foxworth Decorative Hardware, LLC. (843) 881-0827 •


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STREAMLINE YOUR SPACE with the elegant

minimalism of the PuraVida bathroom suite. Designed by Duravit, in collaboration with Phoenix Design and Hansgrohe, PuraVida brings poetic purity and clarity of form to the bathroom. Available at Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath • (843) 577-5440

DELIVER A DASH OF PANACHE to basic cabinet hardware by choosing pieces with subtle—yet distinctive—details like this cabinet knob and pull from the Luxe Collection by Jeffrey Alexander. Available at Builders Hardware of South Carolina, Inc. (843) 873-4398 •

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with a free in-home water analysis from the pros at Culligan. They can help determine the appropriate equipment to keep your water free of impurities that affect your fixtures and more. For more information, call Culligan at (843) 767-3333 or visit

RUN WILD WITH TILE by mixing several sizes and shades in the same

space. An elegant example, this bathroom features two sizes of American Olean Cortesia floor tile in Dorato, in addition to Dorato tiles on the wall and Bijou de Verre mosaic tiles in butterscotch on the tub surround. Available at Carolina Flooring • (843) 225-0700


elementally elegant Kohler Purist Wading Pool wet surface lavatory and hand basin in Biscuit, paired here with the Purist mirrored cabinet with Laminar faucet. Available at Ferguson Enterprises (843) 747-6301

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traditional glass-globed fixtures by opting instead for the Shelby bath vanity lighting. The pretty etched glass shades are sculpted to emulate ethereal flower petals. Available at Charleston Lighting and Interiors (843) 766-3055

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CHERRY PICK custom cabinetry to suit your style and needs. This custom bathroom by Hostetler Custom Cabinetry features an impressive integrated makeup vanity. Available at Hostetler Custom Cabinetry • (843) 795-0946

AVOID THE SHOCK of electrical damage that can occur if your bathroom lighting isn’t installed properly. Despite what the stubborn would-be handyman inside of you says, you may be in for a serious jolt if you adopt the do-it-yourself attitude in this department. Trust the pros and you can steer clear of singed hair. For more information, call Southcoast Electrical & Plumbing Services, Inc. at (843) 442-0800.

EXPRESS YOURSELF with Mohawk ceramic

tile. Available in many colors, sizes, and textures, this tile is well-suited for bathroom backsplashes, floors, showers, and walls. Available at Floor It Now (843) 744-2684 •

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innovative ideas for the bathroom CAPTURE THE LOOK

of granite with TruStone cultured marble countertops. PhotoFuzion combines heat and pressure to meld an actual image of granite to gel-coated cultured marble, giving you granite style minus the weight, porosity, and price tag of the real deal. Available at Quality Marble, Inc. (843) 851-9717

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rain shower heads by Moen. As they say, two is better than one! Available at Builders Hardware of South Carolina, Inc. (843) 873-4398








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BE CHEEKY with the Amuse vanity from Waterfall. Available in 13 cheerful colors like Sunset (pictured), the wittily spacesaving piece comes equipped with two drawers and one tilt-out tray as well as Blum invisible undermount softclose hardware. Available at Moluf’s (843) 723-4881


with Lumicor “Prairie Grass” acrylic panels. Available in a variety of thicknesses, the earthy panels make delightful door panels or space partitions. Available at Kitchens By Design (843) 849-6890

ROCK OUT with a “pebble” floor

for a soothing spa feel. In addition to adding interest to the bathroom, this Om-inducing flooring material makes a great shower accent. Available at Buckhannon Brothers Tile Showroom • (843) 881-8911

SOAK UP THE SERENITY in the Dali freestanding tub,

specially molded to fit the natural contours of your body. Bonus? It’s designed to fit up to two people so you and your significant other can enjoy bathing a deux. Available at Noland • (843) 744-8213 •

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by hiring a professional design team to maximize the space you have. With both an interior designer and architect on board, Designer Kitchens and Baths is aptly suited to handle projects of all styles and sizes. Available at Designer Kitchens & Baths Inc. (843) 763-7717 designerkitchens


vanity, that is. The sleek styling of this piece easily updates any space, and the coordinating mirror makes the look cohesive. Available at Ferguson Enterprises (843) 747-6301


daintily accented decorative hardware, such as the Maddox Knob by Rock Mountain Hardware. Available at Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath • (843) 577-5440

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innovative ideas for the bathroom CREATE DIMENSION with textured

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FLUSH EFFICIENTLY with the 100-percent factory flush tested American Standard Boulevard toilet. This eco-conscious commode meets EPA WaterSense criteria and contributes to a LEED solution. Available at Noland (843) 744-8213 •

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innovative ideas for the bathroom DON’T LEAP IN THE DARK when you can illuminate your space with this happy hopper! One of an assortment of animal-themed nightlights, the mosaic frog is practical and full of character. Available at Charleston Lamp Company (843) 763-9150

Animal motifs in home decor date back to the Moche people of ancient Peru, who worshipped wildlife. Frogs were often depicted in their art!


when you jazz up your bathroom with the EnCounter Countertop Mix Wave Sink. Custom made from concrete, the sink’s countertop boasts a two-tone custom color and a smooth, lowsheen matte finish. Available at Palmetto Concrete & Coating Services (843) 296-2953


for your tub with the help of your builder. This tub alcove by Coastal Design Builders complete with regal columns framing the area, just begs for a good book, long soak, and lots of bubbles (or bubbly!). Available at Coastal Design Builders (843) 300-8393

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with an elegant bathroom door handle by Emtek. Whimsical in fashion, the handle’s swirled center reminds us of the top of a lettered olive—our state shell! Available at East Cooper Decorative Hardware • (843) 881-5065

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innovative ideas for the bathroom ACCENT LIGHT WITH DARK to

create contrasts that will make your space stand out. In this bathroom, crisp white custom cabinetry by Sullivan’s Custom Cabinets is offset with deep oil-rubbed bronze hardware and dark chocolate colored accessories. Available at Sullivan Custom Cabinets (843) 554-5880

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HONOR THE PAST with a farmhouse style deck-mounted bridge faucet by Rohl in one of five authentic finishes. All that’s missing now is a claw foot tub! Available at Moluf’s (843) 723-4881 •


INTEGRATE FOREIGN FASHION into your bathroom for a look that is très chic. We love the rich Cappucino finish (how Parisian!) and sleek styling of Kitchen Craft’s “Euro Collection" New Haven cabinetry in maple. Available at Jilco Kitchen and Bath • (843) 849-6465

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for this stunning light fixture from the Arabesque Collection by Murray Feiss. With its delicate filigree detailing surrounding an ivory linen fabric shade, this ceiling mount is high on style. Available at Rick’s Lighting (843) 763-2282 •

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transform your powder room or bathroom with the addition of the nautical-inspired Rockford light fixture from Hudson Valley. Available at Lowcountry Lighting Center • (843) 881-4170


GO WITH THE FLOW by allowing the

flooring material from the rest of the house to continue into the bathroom. Hardwood floors in this home extend from bedroom to bathroom for a decidedly cohesive feel. Available at Elegant Hardwood Floors (843) 723-8172 •


the simple yet sophisticated styling of the Grohe Seabury faucet. Graceful curves and a timeless silhouette ensure this fixture remains relevant over time. Available at Noland (843) 744-8213 •

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TOP OFF your chocolate colored custom cabinetry with super dark natural stone countertops for a deliciously refined dichotomy. Available at Mevers Kitchen & Bath (843) 388-9633 •

innovative ideas for the bathroom GLOW FROM WITHIN


The average person uses anywhere from 12.5 to 50 gallons of water during a 5-minute shower, and two gallons of water just to brush their teeth!

when you pair Daltile Cross Cut Torreon travertine on the floors, tub face, and fireplace with the Cristallo Glass in Smoky Topaz on the wall and ceiling surrounding the tub—the look is simply smoldering! Available at Palmetto Carpet and Floor Coverings (843) 881-6868

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Walker Zanger. The Vibe Collection, shown here is Ashbury Mosaic in Blue Shadow, flaunts a fab '70s style inspired by the heyday of fashion designer and runway show pro Emilio Pucci. Available at Melcer Tile • (843) 744-5345 •

Moen Kingsley Collection faucet featuring a rich oil-rubbed bronze finish. Up the cool quota by pairing it with a stormy gray tile backsplash. Available at Builders Hardware of South Carolina, Inc. • (843) 873-4398

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innovative ideas for the bathroom PUT THE PEDAL TO THE METAL and race to fashion first place

with the uber-elegant Metallismo Brick mosaic backsplash (shown here in Smooth). The first of its kind available in the United States, these metal mosaics bring new meaning to taking home the silver. Available at Melcer Tile (843) 744-5345 •

COME OUT OF YOUR SHELL with Oysterstone countertops. Captivatingly coastal, the organic surface is infused with bits and baubles from the sea. Available at Palmetto Surfacing Incorporated (843) 569-1131


comes to maximizing the usable square footage in your bathroom. A builder such as Design Builders, Inc. can map out the best possible application for every nook and cranny, as illustrated by this clever corner tub and half wall configuration. Available at Design Builders Inc. • (843) 795-1779

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It is widely accepted that, when building or remodeling, kitchens and baths can sop up a surplus of your budget. How, then, do you create a bathroom with style that has staying power…a bathroom that will last for years to come and help you avoid costly remodels? We dove beneath the surface of ten stunning Charleston bathrooms to emerge with the secrets that make these spa-inspired spaces modern classics.

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Modern Classics Bathroom Design: Artistic Design and Construction (843) 573-2444 | Highlights: Custom cabinetry featuring a shaker style with wide rail, Juparana Florencia Bordeaux granite countertops, Devereaux Neo Silver lighting fixtures, Tracce Del Tempo Series floor tile in Rosso by DOM, brushed nickel Eva faucet by Moen, Copper Penny wall paint from the Modern Masters collection by Sherwin-Williams, Marlborough tub by Victoria + Albert

RESOURCE GUIDE Cabinets: Prestige Cabinets & Woodworks Countertops: Classic Marble, Granite and Tile Lighting: Rick's Lighting Flooring: Elements Tile Showroom Decorative Hardware: Lowe's Plumbing Fixtures: Design on Tap Tub/Shower: Design on Tap Wall Covering: SVMS Painting; paint by Sherwin-Williams

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a touch of warmth Even given careful consideration, a bathroom can come off as a cold and sterile space. Take a cue from this brandy-hued bathroom and infuse your own space with a bit of warmth. Tile and countertop selections that echo the warm color on the walls enhance the inviting atmosphere. Not ready for a full make-over? A little bright colored paint goes a long way!

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Builder: The Charleston Group, Inc. (843) 637-4246 | Highlights: Room design by ASID Interior Designer Victoria Harris, custom designed wood cabinets by The Charleston Group and Victoria Harris featuring antique mirror and ML Campbell finish in Phantom, Emperador Dark marble countertops, Curry & Company Prelude light fixtures in Silver Leaf, Kohler Ladena sink with Hansgrohe Axor Montreux bridge faucet, Benjamin Moore wall paint in October Mist at 75-percent, Duravit Happy D free-standing tub with Hansgrohe Axor Montreaux free standing tub filler

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From the mirrored cabinet doors to the elaborate wainscoting, this bathroom is packed with details that add interest and depth to the space. To punch up the prestige even more, the sink area is situated opposite of a near-mirror image custom vanity featuring an impressive archway with built-in cabinetry for storage.

RESOURCE GUIDE Bathroom Design: Victoria Harris, ASID of VHarris Interiors Cabinets: The Charleston Group, Inc. Countertops: AGM Imports (importer); Top Notch Marble & Granite Specialist (fabricator) Lighting: Ferguson Enterprises Flooring: Palmetto Tile Distributors Decorative Hardware: Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath Plumbing Fixtures: Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath Tub: Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath Wall Covering: Paint by Benjamin Moore

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Modern Classics Builder: Custom Designs (843) 532-3903 | Highlights: Cherry cabinetry with Mocha stain, Venatino marble countertops, 4-inch can lighting, brushed nickel decorative hardware, Rain Head shower head with seven additional shower heads, Benjamin Moore paint in Decorator White, 6-inch by 12-inch Venatino marble on floors, walls, and ceilings

RESOURCE GUIDE Cabinets: Jamie McDonald of Custom Designs Countertops: Tile & Stone Design Studios Lighting: LEC Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson Enterprises Tile: Custom Designs Border: Barbiglio Border (1 1/4-inch mosaic) Wall Covering: Custom Designs

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a focal point The homeowners of this house knew that to make the most of their narrow bathroom, they needed to maximize the space they had. Builder Aaron Youmans and the rest of the Custom Designs team created a show-stopping, spa-style marble bathroom that combines functional features with modern luxuries.

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Bathroom Design: Black Dog Designs (843) 442-0277 | Highlights: Crisp white cabinetry, dual vanity, marble countertops, marble tile floor, garden tub with marble tile backsplash, separate shower with marble top bench seat for comfort and utility

thoughtful details Forgetting to plan for practicality—as well as the future—is a mistake homeowners often make when designing their master bathrooms. Details such as a separate garden tub, dual vanities, and a full-sized built-in shower bench ensure this bathroom continues to meet the homeowners' needs with the progression of time.

RESOURCE GUIDE Interior Design: Kelly Carey Builder: Wayne Williams Cabinets: Distinctive Design Countertops: Distinctive Design Lighting: Lowcountry Lighting Center Plumbing Fixtures: Moluf's Tile: Melcer Tile

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Builder: Priester's Custom Contracting, LLC (843) 200-8495 Highlights: Executive Kitchens brand cabinetry featuring the Charleston door style and Burgandy Maple color, Passion Red Onyx marble countertops, heated tile floors, stained glass windows, archway with columns over tub, marble shower tile

sense of self From the sweeping arches and ornate stained glass windows over the massive tub to the opulent marble-tiled shower, this bathroom isn’t afraid to embrace grandeur unapologetically, echoing it in even the smallest details. The result is an unabashedly bold—and beautiful—space.

RESOURCE GUIDE Cabinets: Mevers Kitchen & Baths Countertops: Emerson & Hyatt (installer); A & S Marble & Granite Imports (importer) Lighting: Quoizel (available at Charleston Lighting & Interiors) Flooring: Emerson & Hyatt Decorative Hardware: Van Dykes Catalog Plumbing Fixtures: Moen Tub/Shower Tile: Emerson & Hyatt

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Modern Classics Builder: Max G. Crosby Construction Co. Inc. (843) 766-9976 | Highlights: Raised panel cabinetry by American Cabinet with Dark Cherry finish and Black glaze, Crema Marfil marble countertops, Crema Marfil marble flooring with Dark Emperadora marble dots, Kohler Conical Bell vessel bowl sink, Newport Brass 1030 series wall valve faucet, Purist tub by Kohler

RESOURCE GUIDE Cabinets: Authentic Kitchens & Baths Countertops: Martol Marble and Granite Lighting: Lowcountry Lighting Center Flooring: Melcer Tile Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson Enterprises Tub/Shower: Ferguson Enterprises Arched Mirrors: Quality Mirror and Glass

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a clever mix As opposed to plunging full-steam ahead with only one style, this bathroom opts for a transitional design that samples from several styles—a smart way to avoid falling obsolete at the hands of fleeting design trends. The exquisite chandelier and traditional cabinetry say classic, while the mirror-mount faucet and sleek vessel sink appeal to more contemporary tastes.

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Modern Classics Builder: SintraSignature Homes, Inc. (843) 856-5052 | Highlights: Mahogany cabinetry, Calcutta Gold marble countertops with polished finish and ogee edging, Brazilian teak hardwood floors with satin finish, crystal decorative hardware, Kallista undermount White sink, Rohl polished nickel faucet, Victoria + Albert tub, Calcutta Gold marble shower tile with polished finish

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furniture-inspired features A monogrammed chair, cozy shag rug, and chic chandelier are just a few of the elements in this bathroom that echo the interior design found throughout the home. Paired with hardwood floors, substantial furniture or pieces with a furniture feel create an upscale atmosphere in the bathroom that is cohesive with the rooms beyond.

Modern Classics Contributing Company: Authentic Kitchen & Bath Concepts (843) 852-9407 Builder: Max G. Crosby Construction Co. Inc. (843) 766-9976 | Highlights: Calcutta Gold marble countertops, custom cabinetry by Authentic Kitchen & Bath Concepts, B & F Calcutta 13-inch by 13-inch floor tiles, Sherwin Williams wall paint in Grassland, Stone Partnership Inc. tub, B & F Calcutta 10-inch x 13-inch shower tiles, Walker Zanger "Opus" shower border

bright white When in doubt, go white…this perennially preppy shade never falls out of fashion, particularly in the Holy City. Plus, the clean white cabinets, crystal hardware, and crisp white linens in this bathroom effortlessly brighten up the space, making it look clean and inviting. We’re also fans of the muted hue of wall paint that allows the bright white to take center stage.

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Modern Classics Builder: Thomas Evans Custom Building & Renovation (843) 442-0277 | Highlights: Custom cabinetry by Thomas Evans Custom Building and Renovation, granite countertops, tile flooring, brushed nickel plumbing fixtures, design by Walker Design Group

RESOURCE GUIDE Bathroom Design: Walker Design Group Cabinets: Thomas Evans (built in-house) Countertops: Lowcountry Stone Solutions Lighting: Charleston Lighting & Interiors Flooring: Melcer Tile (supplier); Ron Parish (installer) Decorative Hardware: Foxworth Decorative Hardware Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson Enterprises Tub/Shower: Ferguson Enterprises Wall Covering: paint by Sherwin-Williams (supplier); Thomas Evans (paint contractor, in-house)

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natural appeal Mother Nature is a master of artistry, so echoing the colors and textures of the outdoors inside your bathroom is a foolproof way to add finesse. Avocado-colored walls and textural floor tile give this space a gorgeously organic aura, proving that sometimes less is more—all the bells and whistles aren’t necessary if you start with great design.


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Modern Classics Builder: Rampart Construction, LLC (843) 559-8875 | Highlights: Custom cabinetry featuring cherry wood with Tobacco stain, Cooper Brown granite countertops, Travertine Volcano pattern flooring in Scabos, Kohler tub/shower in White

room for two Over time, we all accumulate a bit of bathroom baggage. From lotions to floss, everyone needs some space to stash their toiletries and the like. If your vanity lacks adequate cabinet space, you will spend half your time in the bathroom fighting for drawer space with your significant other. Make sure you both have plenty of room to stow your stuff neatly out of sight, as well as space for towels and extra linens. 120 â&#x20AC;˘ Charleston Home + Design â&#x20AC;˘ Spring 2010

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Our 2010

January 29-31, 2010 Gaillard Auditorium


ost years, the Charleston Home + Design Show starts off with a bang on Friday evening with the ever-popular Kitchens, Baths, + All That Jazz party. This year, however, the party started a little earlier for patrons.... In response to the current recession, we opted to offer more value to home show guests with special deals, discounts, and exhibits. Kicking off the entire weekend was Free Friday —everyone who came to the show during regular show hours on Friday got in, you guessed it, absolutely free. Following a huge turnout and an equally busy Friday night party, the buzz continued throughout the weekend as guests picked up free

review coupon books with vendor discounts and two day passes (for one admission price!), garnered free design advice from ASID interior designers, attended free home-oriented seminars, perused the six Celebrity/Designer Idea Rooms, and even got free book signings from acclaimed authors. Held January 29-31 at the Gaillard Auditorium downtown, this year's show was filled with dynamic exhibits and graced by homeowners full of hope for the promise of the new year. If you happened to miss the exciting event, flip though the following pages to catch up on some of the home show's biggest highlights.

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Homeshow in Hindsight ASID Design Consultations

Thanks to all our participating ASID Interior Designers: Donna Horack, ASID Horack Patch & Associates, LLC (843) 768-2998

Joyce Cerato, Allied Member ASID La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries (843) 553-8070

Carolyn Stevenson, Allied Member ASID Dubose Interiors, LLC (843) 849-8380

Duval Acker, ASID, CMKBD Kitchens By Design (843) 849-6890

Sandra Gaylord, Allied Member ASID Gaylord Design, LLC (843) 327-4635

Jennifer Ferrell, ASID Riverside Designers (843) 377-2600

Emily Cox, Allied Member ASID Red Charrette Architects (843) 579-3400 Jane Jilich, ASID J. Jilich Design & Associates (843) 853-9622

Adrian Sims Truluck, Allied Member ASID Parker-Sims Interiors (843) 278-8707 Marian Chatfield, ASID Chatfield Interiors (843) 971-7405

Jennifer Rhodes Mendelsohn, ASID J. Rhodes Interior Design (843) 795-9411 Michelle Pollak, Allied Member ASID The Lollipop Tree (843) 216-6880

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For seven years now, local ASID interior designers have been volunteering their time to offer home show guests free design consultations. One of our most popular exhibits every year, the 2010 ASID Design Consultation area turned out over 40 happy homeowners with questions answered about everything from paint color choices to whole room remodels. We would be remiss if we didn't thank the 14 fantastic ASID interior designers who solved so many design conundrums and queries for home show patrons; thank you all so much for donating your time and expertise!

Other Special Exhibits In addition to the Free ASID Design Consultations and Celebrity Designer Idea Rooms, several other exhibits and incentives contributed to the action-packed weekend. In an effort to save homeowners money, we offered two day passes for one admission price. We handed out coupon books to every home show visitor to take advantage of considerable discounts to virtually every show vendor. We invited homeowners to sit in on free seminars by respected industry professionals, with topics ranging from kitchen remodels to staying organized (a seminar several staff members attended!). Bonus? Every homeowner who attended the seminars received a free gift! Homeowners who were building or remodeling also enjoyed Speed Dating, where they had the opportunity to meet seven architects, builders, and interior designers in three separate sessions.

Grand Prize Drawing Each year, thousands of homeowners fill out grand prize drawing ballots at the home show and wish for the best. Many have lofty plans set out for the prize money, but no one ever really believes they will be the lucky winner. It may seem too good to be true but, as surreal as it was, it became a truth this year for home show visitor Gloria Adelson of West Ashley. Gloria chose to receive a $5000 tile shopping spree at Melcer Tile from the generous list of options below, and already has plans for a bathroom remodel underway. Congrats Gloria, and good luck with the remodel! • • • • • • • • •

$5000 Sony HD home theater system from Audio Warehouse $5000 window treatment package (blinds, shutters, or shades) from Best Buy Blinds $5000 Azek millwork or deck package from Buck Lumber and Building Supply $5000 custom landscape design and installation package from D.I.G. Landscapes $5000 Kohler plumbing package from Ferguson Enterprises $5000 tile shopping spree from Melcer Tile $5000 teak furniture shopping spree from The Teak Hut $5000 Forticel Platinum package from US Home Protect of Charleston $5000 toward a kitchen or bath remodel or new kitchen cabinets from Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc.

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Homeshow in Hindsight Celebrity Designer Rooms Everyone who visited the Charleston Home + Design Show was asked to cast a vote for their favorite Celebrity/Designer Idea Room, this year all created for acclaimed Lowcountry authors by local interior designers. Each room was associated with a charity picked by the corresponding celebrity. In turn, each charity chosen received a $500 donation from Charleston Home + Design in the respective celebrity’s name. After tallying this year's votes, we found the numbers were so close, we recounted twice to be completely certain of the winner. And the 2010 top winner is...

Chef Bob Waggoner

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Chef Bob Waggoner's room, designed by Joyce Cerato of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries! Chef Bob chose Louie's Kids to receive a $500 donation in his name.

To drum up even more excitement for the charitable exhibit, three of the six authors participated in a book signing session on Saturday, January 30 from 1pm-4pm. Ken Burger, award-winning executive sports editor of The Post & Courier and author of Swallow Savannah, and Chef Bob Waggoner, author of The Charleston Grill Cookbook and host of the television show "UCook! with Chef Bob," and Dorothea Benton Frank, NY Times best-selling author of Bulls Island, The Land of Mango Sunsets, The Christmas Pearl, Full of Grace, Pawleys Island, Shem Creek, Isle of Palms, Plantation, and Sullivan's Island were on hand during the special session to personally sign books for home show patrons.

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This gorgeous swimming pool, built by Aqua Blue Pools, overlooks the Wando River from homeowners Rick & Krissa Jackowski's Dunes West home.

ollowing a tumultuous few years, Lowcountry residents are finally beginning to breathe a bit easier. For the first time in quite some time, hope is drifting in the air with the salty sea breeze, and we are primed and ready to embrace it. After all, in the Holy City, we place high priority on happiness. If there is a silver lining to the state of the economy, it is that it forced us to remember what is really important…family, friends, hospitality. More than ever, Charlestonians feel incredibly blessed to live in a city so full of natural beauty and unparalleled charm.

It makes sense, then, to get out there and enjoy it! Turn the radio up and ride with your windows down. Pack a cooler and take the boat for a spin in the harbor. And, most of all, enjoy time at home, spent living and laughing out loud with those you love. This year, we’ve compiled our annual outdoor living guide chock-full of products meant to maximize your own outdoor living areas. So, go on, peruse. Better yet, grab some sunscreen and a lounge chair and soak up the inspiration—and sun!—in the great outdoors. Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010 • 127


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The Wolf 36-inch freestanding gas grill gives you the freedom and flexibility to fire up virtually anywhere; roll it down to the riverside for a picture perfect party, and let the barbecuing commence. Also available as a built-in. Available at Wholesale Appliance Center • (843) 884-2010

Outdoor cooking connoisseurs everywhere are sure to drool over the commercial-style Lynx Professional Grill. Fun features include a hood assist kit that allows grillers to open and close the grill with the touch of a finger. Available at Ferguson Enterprises • (843) 747-6301

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Already have your outdoor appliances but hankering for a complete alfresco kitchen? Fieldstone Center of Charleston carries a variety of Belgard paver products, natural stone, and their Islands By Design line to help you to build an outdoor living space that integrates what you already have. Available at Fieldstone Center of Charleston (843) 557-1225 •



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Don't forget to eat your veggies! Simply brush fresh produce with a little olive oil and cook directly over the flame for one of the tastiest - and most nutritional - barbecuing fares.

Heralded for its beauty and naturally ability to withstand the elements, teak is a timeless choice for outdoor furnishings. Featuring louvered doors in the winsome wood, this Atlantis Outdoor Kitchen evokes easy, breezy island style—with staying power. Available at Southeast Kitchens • (843) 795-8809 •

Few things can bring a crowd running faster than the smell of succulent food firing up on a smoker and creating that campfire-esque odor wafting in the breeze. Primo Grills and Smokers— the creators of the only Americanmade ceramic grills—has perfected the art of grilling with the Oval XL (shown in teak table), which features 400 square inches of standard cooking surface. Available at William Smith Fireplaces & Home Accents (843) 767-8105

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You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your decking will be able to withstand some spilled wine or your pets at play; Azek Arbor Collection decking (shown here in Morado) is stain, scratch, split, and mold/mildew resistant so you can stop distressing and start de-stressing! Available at Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. (843) 795-0150 •

A great deck - particularly one with comfy furniture such as a super-sized sectional sofaprovides a pleasing place to linger and lounge during parties.

Decks are meant for relaxing in the great outdoors, so eco-friendly decking is a nobrainer. Ninety-five percent of all material used to create Trex Transcend decking is comprised of reused plastic shopping bags, reclaimed wood and used pallets, and sawdust. Available at Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp. (843) 744-6281

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A well-crafted deck can serve as an extension of its surroundings to enhance a great view. Constructed by Custom Designs, this deck features multiple elevations from which to take in the stunning marsh front setting. Available at Custom Designs â&#x20AC;˘ (843) 532-3903 â&#x20AC;˘

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Create a lasting first impression by beckoning guests to your pool through a Delgard pool gate and surround. For added effect, pair it with a wrought iron or wrought aluminum perimeter fence. Available at Builders Hardware of South Carolina, Inc. (843) 873-4398

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Prolific in Charleston, wrought iron has been used in the Holy City since the Revolutionary War period. Beckon the beauty of bygone days in your own backyard with a decorative wrought iron fence, gate, or spiral staircase. Available at Lowcountry Iron & Woodworks (803) 536-6567

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If you’re lucky enough to have breath-taking views, why block them with bulky railings? C. Sherman Johnson Stainless Steel handrail systems offer unhindered panoramas of your sublime vistas. Available at Charleston’s Rigging & Marine Hardware • (843) 723-7145

Concrete is a material that gives you the option of thickness, texture, color, and edge design for countertops. Concrete also allows you to take part in the design process.

DID YOU KNOW? The typical urban fence of today is primarily employed as a means of safety and privacy—a way to keep our children and pets from wandering outside of the watchful eyes of parents, and to keep unwelcome visitors out. However, fencing first developed under the feudal system by enterprising farmers who wanted to use their land in more lucrative ways. This meant dispossessing peasants allocated to strips of land on the property in order to eliminate common fields and, essentially, make themselves the most productive—and therefore profitable—landholders.


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Think outside of the…driveway! With hardscapes now available in so many forms and fashions, it isn’t fair for your car to have all the fun; amp up your own enjoyment with a cascading rock formation water feature. Available at Southern Stonescapes Unlimited • (843) 532-7856

Make a statement with a paver driveway! The owners of this home loved the look so much, they constructed a winding driveway long enough to loop around the side of the house. Available at Accu-Brick Paving Systems • (843) 821-0121 •

Give your sunroom or screened porch a breather from time to time by extending your outdoor living area with a Lowcountry Paver patio. Throw in a fire pit and a few comfy chairs to create a cozy nook ready for roasting. Available at Lowcountry Paver (866) 468-3561

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Jazz up your poolside seating area with Belgard pavers for a look equally well suited to lounging in the sun (umbrella drink in hand, of course) and entertaining a bevy of guests for a swanky poolside party. Available at Fieldstone Center of Charleston (843) 557-1225 fieldstone

Deck out your driveway with an impressive motif created from contrasting colored pavers.

Semi-permeable pavers are aesthetically pleasing and—unlike impervious surfaces such as concrete—help to reduce storm-water runoff pollution. Available at Cemex (843) 744-2992

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Take it outside…to the impressive firepit and entertaining area, that is! A Belgard set-up (like this one) is well-suited to both summer and winter, stretching your outdoor enjoyment further in the year. Available at Fieldstone Center of Charleston (843) 557-1225 •

Talk about bringing outdoor entertaining to new heights! In addition to the standard coffee table height of most firepits, the Tabletop Campfyre comes in dining and bar heights. Eat dinner under the stars while basking in the warm glow of an inset firepit with Beachwood logs. Available at William Smith Fireplaces & Home Accents (843) 767-8105 • 138 • Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010

The first Isokern system introduced in North America two decades ago, the Standard Series outdoor fireplace can be custom finished to suit your specific needs or architectural designs. Available at Isokern (843) 576-9594 •

Be the envy of your neighbors with the Rinnai Impression outdoor vent-free gas fireplace. Not only will it cut the cold on chilly nights, but the fireplace also serves as a show-stopping conversation piece. Available at The Fire Place (M & M Oil and Propane, Inc.) • (843) 402-7790





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A little history goes a long way toward making your outdoor space one-of-akind. Furnishings and architectural elements handpicked and imported from Bali are beautiful and have a story to tell. Available at A World Apart (843) 762-1884

Take a load off! Everyone needs a place to kick back and relax. Teak bar chairs have a classic outdoorsman feel and are ideally suited to withstand a wide variety of weather conditions. Available at The Teak Hut (843) 856-2095

When searching for elements to make your outdoor space stand out, think creatively. Swing by Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore and seek out alternative décor. An avid golfer? Why not purchase that old club set and pick out a few pieces to mount on the wall. The ReStore always has an eclectic array of goodies to peruse, and proceeds go the helping build homes for Lowcountry families in need. It’s a win-win situation! For more information, call Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore at (843) 559-4009 or visit

Punch up your poolside parties by reupholstering outdated throw pillows in playful fabrics made for the outdoors. Pictured here are a mix of printed polyester and solution-dyed acrylic, polypropylene and solutiondyed acrylic, Robert Allen, and Sunbrella fabrics that are sure to breath life into your lackluster outdoor décor. Available at Not Just Fabrics (843) 852-0837 140 • Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010

Sit in style (and comfort!) with the Telaweave high-back folding chair from Telescope Casual Furniture. We love that you can tote these to the beach, but they are still cute enough to serve as seating at your outdoor entertaining area. Available at The Fire Place (M & M Oil and Propane, Inc.) (843) 402-7790



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Lawn &


A lawn and garden afficianado, Andrew Smith, ASLA, has been designing landscapes all over the Lowcountry for over two decades. Lauded for always designing gardens distinctively for the individual, Andrew created this luxe landscape at a home off Harborview Road to amplify the home’s awe-inspiring outdoor area. Available at Landsmith Design • (843) 766-5263

Do you ever drive by lushly landscaped yards that leave you feeling green with envy? How, you wonder, do they get their lawn and garden to look that good? Like most things in life, there is probably more to it than meets the eye. Beautiful landscaping takes hard work. If you want the full bloom effect this spring, have Arborscape Tree Preservation come out and administer their Spring Treatment. Utilizing a liquid injection system for a better distribution of fertilizer and injection of water into the root zone, the Spring Treatment features a specialized fertilizer with slow release to protect plantings from burn problems. For more information, call Arborscape Tree Preservation LLC at (843) 571-0233 or visit

Whether your landscaping project is large or small, calling in the professionals to oversee the project will ensure you get great results—like the stunning garden pictured here. DIG will design a master plan based on your desires, handle the entire install process, and even give you tips and tricks for keeping your landscape looking lovely. Available at DIG Landscape (843) 327-4372 •

When considering sod, most people call to mind the traditional sod squares and checkered yards with patches of vibrant green grass. However, as evidenced by this picture of Sodbusters crew members laying tea boxes at Bull’s Bay golf club in Awendaw, sod comes in other sizes. Sodbusters can install a roll 30-inches wide by 100-feet long (both commercial and residential) to give you less seams and a more uniform look. Available at Sodbusters, Inc. (843) 856-0202 • 142 • Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010


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Lighting Mirror your home’s maritime proximity with nautical style light fixtures. We love the Lighthouse Collection by Murray Feiss, particularly this “Light” Lighthouse fixture in brushed steel. Available at Rick’s Lighting (843) 763-2282

A symbol of hospitality, pineapples are a predominant motif in Lowcountry design. Hanging from the porch ceiling or flanking the front door, the Pineapple Collection light fixtures by Hinkley Lighting inject a cheerful charm to any entryway. Available at Charleston Lighting and Interiors • (843) 766-3055

Reminiscent of the fixtures found on carriage houses of yesteryear, the Spencer Collection outdoor light fixture by Landmark Lighting makes a cute-as-cobblestone addition to a garage or front porch. Available at Ferguson Enterprises (843) 747-6301 •

Resist the elements with outdoor lamp shades. Available in solids, stripes, and prints, outdoor lamp shades add panache to your fixtures of choice. Bonus? There are a ton to choose from, so you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Available at Charleston Lamp Company • (843) 763-9150

Flickering on Broad Street, hanging from the haint blue beadboard of homes on the Battery…gas lanterns are a quintessential outdoor lighting pick on the Peninsula and beyond. Opt for a handcrafted hanging gas lantern above your front door for authentic Lowcountry charm—and illumination! Available at Carolina Lanterns • (843) 881-4170

A beautiful landscape takes a ton of hard work. Make sure the blood, sweat, and tears (if not yours, then your landscape designer’s!) aren’t in vain by adding strategically placed landscape lighting to highlight your home’s outdoor assets. Available at Moonlighting Landscape Lighting Systems • (843) 853-3221

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Pests such as termites, ants, spiders and roaches (fondly referred to in South Carolina as Palmetto Bugs) can be a nuisance inside AND outside your home. Without consistent treatments they're guaranteed to multiply very quickly, creating much bigger problems. It’s a risk not worth taking. Available at Ledford’s (843) 766-8298 • Almost anything comprised of wood or near wood is fair game for termites, and they have been known to destroy boats, decks, docks, and more. Routine termite treatments and maintenance are key to keeping your outdoor areas intact. U.S. Pest & Environmental Services offers services such as Termidor Liquid Pretreatment, to deter the derelict bugs from doing costly damage. A chemical technology undetectable by termites, Termidor is picked up by the individual insects and carried back into the colony, where it systematically wipes out the infestation. Available at U.S. Pest & Environmental Services • (843) 225-5147 •

It's a warm summer day and you accidentally disturb a newly built fire ant nest in your backyard. Enormous numbers of angry ants swarm your flip-flopped foot and suddenly you notice the stinging pain. If you live in Charleston long enough, you're going to be stung by fire ants. Palmetto Exterminators will customize a treatment to solve whatever pest problem you encounter. Available at Palmetto Exterminators Inc. (843) 766-9701 • palmetto

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Sunrooms &

Screened Porches

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Custom details can make all the difference in giving a sunroom the look of a custom room addition. Express Sunrooms of America offers several options to make your space stand out, from custom crown moulding to a Sea Island Day Bed Swing (the company is the exclusive dealer of these!). Available at Express Sunrooms • (843) 534-3233



Stop the sun from streaming into your eyes while trying to enjoy an afternoon in your sunroom or screened porch. Just choose shadings, like the ones pictured here, that have a distinctively outdoorsy feel in keeping with your surroundings. Available at Advanced Window Fashions • (843) 881-8858 •

A sunroom adds value—and usable space—to your home, allowing you to bring the outdoors indoors. When you want to bask in the sunshine without sweating or swatting at bugs, a sunroom offers an inviting, climatecontrolled alternative. Available at Muhler • (843) 572-9727 •

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Spas &

Swimming Pools

Lazy hazy days lounging poolside can really work up a thirst! Head into the pool house and serve yourself a tasty libation from atop a custom concrete bar top. This outdoor bar top features blue-and-aqua stained concrete embedded with Brazilian Agate stones illuminated with fiber optic lighting. Available at Palmetto Concrete & Coating Services (843) 296-2953 •

This Isle of Palms pool holds its own among sweeping ocean views with streaming water jets and an elevated spa that cascades into the pool, flanked on either side by bubbler jets. Oh, and the custom made dolphin fountain feature is pretty nice too! Available at Clear Blue Pools • (843) 851-1067 •

Who says pools can’t be smart? Blue Haven swimming pools, like this one, can be equipped with a bevy of intelligent options. A few notables? The SmartSaver microprocessor, which runs pool cleaning and filtration to save you time and money, and SmartControls, which allow you to activate jets, lighting, and more from indoors. Available at Blue Haven Pools & Spas (843) 552-6000 •

This classic kidney-shaped pool demonstrates the dramatic impact of water features. A clever design, three small water jets cascade into the pool opposite from three large arches of water streaming into the pool from the landscaping beyond. If you have an older pool, water features can be retrofitted. Available at LePore’s Custom Pools Inc. • (843) 817-4028

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It was only a matter of time before someone realized incorporating the ubiquitous iPod into outdoor entertaining was an apt progression of technology. Made to work in conjunction with the popular handheld music devices, this audio-video system remains relevant. Available at Carolina Custom Security & Sound • (843) 881-4802



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If you already have planters (that don’t include speakers), but you still want to enjoy high-quality outdoor audio, try a Rockustics rock speaker. Easy to tuck into your existing landscaping, guests will be flabbergasted trying to figure out where the tunes are coming from! Available at Island Integrations • (843) 388-9752

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Looking to liven up your outdoor entertaining with smooth musical stylings? Why not add a little flora while you’re at it? Planter Speakers seamlessly integrate into their surroundings, and can be used with real or faux plants. Available at Audio-Tech Systems (843) 277-0059 •

IP cameras are closed circuit television cameras that use Internet Protocol to transmit real time viewing so you can see who is outside at the pool or at the front door. Audio Warehouse can install this as well as outdoor televisions, speakers, wireless internet, and weather stations. Available at Audio Warehouse • (843) 571-0535

When planning your outdoor space during construction or renovation, consider wiring the area to be used with a Control4 audio automation system. This cutting-edge technology allows you to stream music to multiple locations, so you can listen to it poolside while your spouse enjoys it in the kitchen. Available at Controlit (843) 628-4290 •

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he air is heady downtown in the springtime, dense with the sweet scent of azaleas, camellias, and other fair weather flowers. Sprightly bumble bees, thick-laden with pollen, flit around the busy streets, weaving in and out of the tourists before disappearing behind the stately gates of picturesque homes. An integral part of Charleston's charm, the lushly landscaped gardens and yards of the Peninsula remain a mystery to most—only visible in the slim spaces between wrought iron posts. Their allure, however, is palpable. Holy City residents and guests alike can often be found craning their necks around corners to view the vast expanses of green hidden from sight. As luck would have it, the charitable organization responsible for many of these miniEdens provides an outlet for landscape voyeurs when, every spring, The Garden Club of Charleston leads the eager through the wrought iron gates straight into some of Charleston’s most captivating secret gardens.

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About The Garden Club of Charleston


ne of the oldest and largest garden clubs of America, The Garden Club of Charleston was founded in 1922 and federated in 1932. The Garden Club of Charleston is a non-profit organization dedicated to "directing profits from projects solely for benevolent, charitable, scientific, and educational purposes conducive to the well-being of the community; to promoting the protection and conservation of natural resources and wildlife; to encouraging civic planting and beautification; to furthering horticultural education, conservation and landscape design through gift camp scholarships; and to encouraging the love of all phases of garden club work." For 75 years, The Garden Club of Charleston has offered special tours of private houses and gardens in the historic district, which fund the Club's many benevolent community projects. The Garden Club of Charleston maintains the following gardens that tourists and locals alike enjoy throughout the year:

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Joseph Manigault Garden at 350 Meeting Street. Built in 1803 and seeing many transformations, The Charleston Museum purchased the house in 1933, it was opened to the public in 1949 and The Garden Club of Charleston has maintained the magnificent garden ever since. Heyward-Washington Garden at 87 Church Street has been maintained by The Garden Club of Charleston since 1941. Designed as a Charleston garden during the late 18th century it features a knot garden and plants authentic to the period. The Heyward House was built in 1772. Garden of the Confederate Home at 62 Broad Street whose buildings and courtyard are nearly hidden from passersby is now maintained by The Garden Club of Charleston. The historic site was established in 1867 as a home for mothers, widows, and daughters of Confederate soldiers.

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To give you a true perspective on the Club's walking tours, we asked Barbara Heddinger, who handles publicity, to describe the seasonal­ —but perennially appealing!—walking tours for us

Charleston's Hidden Treasure: The Historic Gateway Walk


he Gateway Walk is a true gift to the city. Just a few feet from the hustling city streets, inner courtyards give solace where you can listen to birds and church bells. The Garden Club of Charleston maintains this wonderful garden for the public to enjoy, though few people know about this hidden treasure. Following a trip to Paris in the late 1920s that included an inspiring visit to La Madeline Church and its surrounding gardens, Mrs. Celia Peronnlou McGowan returned home with a desire to create a similar setting in the heart of her native Charleston. Employing her persuasive skills both as President

of The Garden Club of Charleston and as an influential member of the City Council, Mrs. McGowan was successful in bringing her dream to reality with the development of Charleston's Gateway Walk. Designed by prominent landscape architect Loutrel Briggs and dedicated on April 10, 1930 to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city, the Gateway Walk combined several historic sites with an interconnecting system of landscaped walkways in Charleston's Historic District. During World War II, it became increasingly difficult to secure funds and resources

to maintain Gateway Walk, and by 1950 the project showed signs of neglect. In January 1953, the Garden Club of Charleston took steps to restore this unique civic project to its former glory. In recognition of its importance to the community, the project was awarded the Kellogg Medal for Civic Achievement in 1954.

The 75th Annual Walking Tour of Private Houses & Gardens


he Garden Club of Charleston's 75th Annual Walking tour of Private Houses & Gardens takes place Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 2pm-5pm. A tour of some of historic Charleston's most magnificent homes and gardens, the tour will also feature flower arrangements crafted by members of the Club. Refreshments will also be served in a lovely Charleston garden. This year is very special to our garden club in that it marks our 75th anniversary of house and garden tours. We are the second oldest garden club in the country, and we are very proud that we have been opening our houses and gardens for the public to enjoy, and to benefit our continuing projects. This is the most beautiful time of the year in Charleston, with the gardens at their peak; we hope you will join us!

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Tickets are $35, and may be purchased in advance. They will also be available at the Visitor Information Center on the day of tours. For information on the tour and how to order tickets, please visit our website or call (843) 530-5164. All proceeds benefit The Garden Club of Charleston's continuing projects—maintaining gardens at the Manigault House, the Heyward-Washington House, the Association for the Blind, the Gateway Walk, the Healing Garden at MUSC, and the gardens at the Historic Confederate Home. Editor's Note: To learn more about all of the Garden Club's gardens and projects, check out!

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The Idea House Bathrooms : 162 | The Outdoor Areas : 168


rooms as well as the outdoor living spaces at the Idea House, since we're already focusing so much attention on these areas in the rest of Charleston Home + Design magazine.

In this issue we thought it made sense to spotlight the products and services that were purchased for the Idea House bath-

In our first story, we asked Interior Designer April Lipps of AKL Professional Interiors to share her thoughts on the bathroom selections she made for the Idea House. So many products go into a bathroom—tile, lighting, plumbing fixtures, vanities, knobs and pulls, countertops, mirrors, glass, towel rods/hooks, paint colors, and more. All of these prod-

hose who read Charleston Home + Design magazine on a regular basis know all about the Idea House we built and revealed in 2009. Since then, droves of readers have contacted us with inquires and questions, prompting us to continue our coverage of the Idea House. To be honest, we kind of went overboard on the "ideas" that went into the Idea House and so there remain many stories yet to tell.


ucts must be carefully chosen so that everything harmonizes. And we remember vividly how making one change in the selections, such as tile, created a domino effect of changes to the other selections. Bathrooms are a huge challenge and we know you'll get some great ideas for your own bathroom project here. We also go in depth as we explore all the outdoor spaces at the Idea House, pointing out exactly who did what and where, making it easy for you to discover exactly which local company to contact for your own project. Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010 • 161


Interior Designer April Lipps of AKL Professional Interiors provided her design expertise for much of the Charleston Home + Design magazine Idea House. In her own words, April shares her thoughts on the bathroom selections she made and how she pulled everything together.

April's Selections:

Wall Sconces: From Charleston Lighting & Interiors, installed by Southcoast Electrical & Plumbing Services, Inc. Mirrors: From Quality Mirror & Glass, Inc. Tile Surrounding Mirrors: Tile over sinks from Melcer Tile, installed by Davis Tile Wall Faucets: Wall mount faucets from Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Countertops: Countertops from Lowcountry Tile Contractors, Inc. Vanities: Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry brand vanities from Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc. Vanity Sinks: Lavatory sink from Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Vanity Hardware: Vanity knobs and drawer pulls from East Cooper Decorative Hardware Shower Doors: Frameless heavy glass shower door from Port City Glass & Mirror, Inc. Shower Fixtures: Shower spray heads from Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Shower Tile: Shower tile from Melcer Tile, installed by Davis Tile Water Closet: Commode from Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Door Knobs: All Emtek interior door hardware from Foxworth Decorative Hardware, LLC Floor Tile: Master bath floor tile from Melcer Tile, installed by Davis Tile

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ost couples would prefer the privacy of having their own bathrooms, but that is usually not practical. The Idea House master bathroom was designed to create the feeling of two separate spaces with a privacy wall that stops two feet short of the nine foot ceiling. The privacy wall allows the homeowners their own space but with the opening

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at the top, conversations can still be carried on while getting ready. A central ceiling fan overhead moves air on both sides of the wall and distributes natural light throughout. But while the privacy wall is a visual partition separating the dwellers, the two spaces work in harmony. This side of the master bath is

dominated by an enormous tiled shower with multiple shower heads and a frameless heavy glass shower wall which the couple shares. Natural light spills into the bathroom from the bedroom through a transom of glass block in the shower and a separate water closet allows both adults complete privacy as well.

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April's Selections:

Master Bath (Hers)


n the other side of the wall, an MTI air jet tub from Mt. Pleasant Winnelson is surrounded on each side by floor-to-ceiling cabinetry. It was decided to paint these cabinets white so that the vanities would be the focal point and to keep the bathroom from being too dark. Matching Plain & Fancy brand vanities from Designer Kitchens & Baths each back up to the privacy wall. Both are stained dark and have feet to make them resemble a piece of furniture. Above the vanities, glass tiles were used to cover the wall, and the mirror was inset into the tile. The glass tiles add some "glitz" to the room and the dark vanities draw your attention to this area. The faucets were wall mounted to keep the marble countertops clean and uncluttered, while also adding a contemporary feel to the bathroom. We wanted the space to be light and airy but be dramatic, which the vanities and glass tiles achieve.

Wall Sconces: From Charleston Lighting & Interiors, installed by Southcoast Electrical & Plumbing Services, Inc. Mirrors: Mirrors from Quality Mirror & Glass, Inc. Tile Surrounding Mirrors: Tile over sinks from Melcer Tile, installed by Davis Tile Wall Faucets: Wall mount faucets from Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Countertops: Countertops from Lowcountry Tile Contractors, Inc. Vanities: Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry brand vanities from Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc. Vanity Sinks: Lavatory sink from Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Vanity Hardware: Vanity knobs and drawer pulls from East Cooper Decorative Hardware Window Film: Frosted glass window film for privacy from Solarworks Group, Inc. Cabinetry Surrounding Tub: Cabinetry towers surrounding tub from Diversified Woods, Inc., painted by Carpenter’s Antiques & Restoration Chandelier Over Tub: Provided by Island Daze Designs Bath Tub: Air jet tub by MTI from Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Floor Tile: Master bath floor tile from Melcer Tile, installed by Davis Tile

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April's Selections:

Hall Bathroom


he purpose of the Idea House was to be creative and give people ideas and, with glass tile becoming so popular, we decided to cover the entire floor in a new glass tile made specifically to walk on. During the Idea House open house, many people remarked that the tile floor looked like the scales on a mermaid’s tail and the mermaids on the wall contribute to that visualization. To keep the floor as the focal point, simple white subway tile was used on the walls, with one row of glass for an accent strip. The vanity for the bathroom was to have the same coastal feel as the rest of the house so beadboard was used inside the door and drawer frames. A "pop out" on the cabinetry in the center accentuates the drawers and makes the vanity look like a piece of furniture. The addition of decorative feet furthered this look. Glass hardware, which matches the green wall paint, gives the vanities a finishing touch. This bathroom was designed with growing girls in mind, which means make-up and other potential stain-inducing products would impact the countertops. Therefore, we chose granite rather than marble to prevent future spills from showing. The décor selected was to be lasting and usable by both adults and children. Simple accessories were used that would allow the girls to grow up and not have to make any major changes to the room’s décor. The only things that would be changed would be wall color and decorative accents.

Lighting Fixtures: Lighting fixtures from Charleston Lighting & Interiors Mirror: Mirror from Quality Mirror & Glass, Inc. Vanity Tops: Bianco Sardo granite originating from AGM Imports; countertops fabricated and installed by Lowcountry Tile Contractors, Inc. Plumbing Fixtures: American Standard brand plumbing fixtures from Mt. Pleasant Winnelson, installed by W.M. Plumbing Door Knobs: All Emtek brand interior door hardware from Foxworth Decorative Hardware, LLC Vanity: Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry brand cabinetry from Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc. Cabinet Hardware: Decorative hardware from East Cooper Decorative Hardware Mermaids: Provided by Island Daze Designs Tile: Tile from Buckhannon Brothers Tile Showroom, installed by Davis Tile

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April's Selections:

Third Floor Half Bath


his half bath was added after discovering additional space during construction. It saves those who might be partying on the rooftop deck from having to walk down two flights of stairs to use the hall bathroom. It also makes it more convenient for guests who might be sleeping in the Murphy bed in the adjoining Map Room. The décor has a nature-oriented feel with the alabaster rock tile floor and the painted fish swimming along the wall. The small mirror above the pedestal sink resembles a porthole. Light Sconce: Wall sconces from Charleston Lighting & Interiors Plumbing Fixtures: Pedestal sink, faucet, and commode from Noland Fish: Provided by Suzanne Nicol, available at Island Daze Designs Tile: Tile floor from Complements Tile and Ceramics


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Outdoor Living Spaces:


We turned to Landscape Designer Andrew Smith of Landsmith Residential Garden Design to mastermind a plan that would blend the outdoor living spaces seamlessly. This involved specifying several disciplines, including plantings, sod, palm trees, irrigation, fencing, swimming pool, pool decking, retention walls, and paver driveway. Mosquito Control System: Palmetto Mosquito Control (843) 766-9701

Fire Pit: Fireside Hearth & Home (843) 552-3737

Irrigation System: Aqua Scapes Landscaping Services (843) 568-2896

Swimming Pool: Clear Blue Pools (843) 851-1067

Palm Trees: Palm Trees, Ltd. (843) 559-1214

Bluestone caps: Carolina Supplies & Materials (843) 723-6588

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Piling Sculpture: Landsmith Residential Garden Design and Consultation (843) 766-5263


Every homeowner should take the time to meet with a landscape designer to create a plan if you're building a new home. If you have an existing home, a landscape designer can create a plan for a backyard makeover that you can implement all at once or a little at a time. Either way, you'll have a plan to tie everything together seamlessly. The investment is relatively small and you'll be happy you made it.

Pool Equipment: Clear Blue Pools (843) 851-1067

Landscape Design: Landsmith Residential Garden Design and Consultation (843) 766-5263

Sod (Zoysia turf grass): Sodbusters, Inc. (843) 856-0202

Plantings/Mulch: Aqua Scapes Landscaping Services (843) 568-2896

Fencing: Builders Hardware of South Carolina (843) 873-4398

Pavers (material): Lowcountry Paver (843) 784-7104 Pavers (installation): Southern Stonescapes Unlimited (843) 532-7856

Pool Cover: Pool Cover Specialists of the Southeast (843) 766-0289 Charleston Home + Design â&#x20AC;˘ Spring 2010 â&#x20AC;˘ 169


Outdoor Living Spaces:

Pool Area & Covered Terrace Swimming Pool: Three waterfalls were integrated into the swimming pool built by Clear Blue Pools as a water feature to provide the calming sounds of trickling water (neutralizing traffic noise from nearby I-26). Clear Blue custom-designed the pool to fit into the limited space available in the backyard of the Idea House. Clear Blue Pools (843) 851-1067 Bluestone Caps: The waterfalls are topped off with 2-inch thick bluestone, a very traditional hardscape material here in the Lowcountry used for walkways, patios, and driveways. Carolina Supplies & Materials (843) 723-6588 Southern Stonescapes Unlimited (843) 532-7856 (installation) Automatic Pool Cover: We worked early on with Clear Blue Pools to specifically design the swimming pool to accommodate an automatic pool cover from Pool Cover Specialists of the Southeast. A key automatically closes the pool cover, keeping children safe and reducing pool cleanings. Pool Cover Specialists of the Southeast (843) 766-0289

Pool Decking: Lowcountry Paver provided all the pavers for the pool deck and underneath the covered terrace while Southern Stonescapes expertly installed the pavers. Lowcountry Paver (843) 784-7104 (materials), Southern Stonescapes Unlimited (843) 532-7856 (installation) Outdoor Kitchen Island: The folks at William Smith Fireplaces installed a stainless steel outdoor kitchen island/ grill which came with a built-in look without the built-in price tag. The entire kitchen/grill came as a kit which included granite countertops, a warming drawer, a stone veneer, and more. Some units even have refrigeration. William Smith Fireplaces & Home Accents (843) 766-0347 Outdoor Teak Furniture: The Teak Hut provided these well-built chaise lounge chairs to relax upon around the swimming pool. A teak buffet has plenty of space on top for serving dishes when entertaining, and space below for storage later on. The Teak Hut (843) 856-2095 Accesories: Amy Floyd of Island Daze Designs staged all of the outdoor living spaces, providing all the accessories available at her shop in Southern Accent Designer Showcase in Mt. Pleasant. Island Daze Designs (843) 532-1041 Outdoor Music: Audio Warehouse installed outdoor speakers to listen to music, whether swimming or taking a break in the shade. Audio Warehouse (843) 571-0535

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Outdoor Living Spaces:

Porte-Cochere & Driveway Outdoor Fireplace: A stainless steel wood burning fireplace from William Smith Fireplaces will last many years—even in the salty air—and helps transform a driveway-like space into a true living room area. William Smith Fireplaces & Home Accents (843) 766-0347 Mantel: A salvaged heart pine girder beam originating from the historic Factors Walk Warehouse in Downtown Charleston takes on a new life as a mantel (note the original notches underneath). Joseph Wickes Salvage (843) 514-9595 Brick Wall: Brick from Cemex was used on the fireplace wall and while the brick is new, it has the appearance of being reclaimed. Cemex (843) 744-2992 (materials), Southern Stonescapes Unlimited (843) 532-7856 (installation) Pavers: Terra cotta hued pavers from Lowcountry Paver were expertly installed by Accu-Brick Paving Systems and complement the brick wall. Lowcountry Paver (843) 784-7104 (Materials), Accu-Brick Paving Systems (843) 821-0121 (installation) Stucco: Oyster shell tabby was used in the stucco on the foundation walls of the Idea House. Carolina Supplies & Materials (843) 723-6588

Outdoor Wicker Furniture: It pays to visit Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore often for arrivals of nearly new furnishings. These wicker pieces were barely used and a great bargain. Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore (843) 559-4009 Outdoor Music: Audio Warehouse installed additional outdoor speakers in the ceiling for those congregated around the outdoor fireplace. Audio Warehouse (843) 571-0535

Wrought Iron Gate: At the entrance to the porte cochere, a barrel-shaped wrought iron gate was custom made by Lowcountry Iron & Woodworks. The gate provides security while allowing natural cooling breezes to pass through unhindered. Lowcountry Iron & Woodworks (803) 515-3023 Driveway: Three-piece Old World Cobble tumbled pavers from Lowcountry Paver were expertly installed by Accu-Brick Paving Systems along with an adjacent retention wall. While neighboring concrete driveways will crack over time, the pavers can be easily re-set when the ground underneath shifts. Lowcountry Paver (843) 784-7104 (materials), Accu-Brick Paving Systems (843) 821-0121 (installation)

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Outdoor Living Spaces:

Rooftop Deck Steel Cabling Handrail System: To take full advantage of the 360-degree views of the Ashley River, The Citadel, and top of the Ravenel Bridge, a steel cabling handrail system was used, which not only provides safety but also enhances the sightlines. Charleston's Rigging & Marine Hardware (843) 723-5859 Outdoor Teak Furniture: In order to find outdoor furniture that would withstand all the elements plus be heavy enough not to blow off the roof, we turned to Dave Vaupel and the Teak Hut. The Teak Hut (843) 856-2095 Wrought Iron Spiral Staircase: The rooftop observation deck can be accessed by a wrought iron staircase that is compact enough in size to be installed in a small space yet strong enough to endure the salt air. Lowcountry Iron & Woodworks (803) 515-3023 Outdoor Music: Audio Warehouse installed outdoor speakers with a remote that allows the user to change the music without leaving the rooftop deck. Audio Warehouse (843) 571-0535

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Other Notable Outdoor Living Elements 1) Windows & Doors: We chose Jeld Wen brand windows, which are available at the Muhler Company, in order to take advantage of all the great views of the outdoor living spaces. The Muhler Company (843) 572-9727 2) Hardscapes: The Idea House is a veritable showcase for assorted types of hardscape materials. Four different styles of pavers were used for the driveway, porte cochere, covered terrace, and pool deck. Oyster shell tabby was used to create a concrete walkway in the front of the Idea House and in the stucco on the foundation walls. Bluestone was used to cap off the top of a retention wall and the swimming pool waterfalls. Brick was used on a single wall in the porte cochere as a design element. 3) Mosquito Misting System: In order to enjoy all the outdoor living space on the ground floor, a series of misting nozzles and tubing were installed around the perimeter of the back yard. The nozzles are strategically placed where mosquitoes tend to congregate, and yet are inconspicuous to the eye. Palmetto Mosquito Control (843) 766-9701 4) Retractable Screens: Large screen panels that rise up and lower with a remote control were installed by Modern Screen Solutions on the small porch off the master bedroom. When raised, the screens provide unobstructed views of the marsh and Ashley River. Modern Screen Solutions (843) 278-4963



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Closet & Organization Systems California Closets 762-7980 Charlestowne Caseworks 795-6210 Heritage Woodcraft Inc. 207-0750 Quality Marble, Inc. 851-9717 Tailored Closets 696-0791 Concrete Products Buckhannon Brothers Tile Showroom 881-8911 Cemex 991-3688 Extreme Concrete LLC 743-1369 Palmetto Concrete and Coating Services 296-2953 Counter Tops AGM Imports 747-0088 Authentic Kitchens & Baths Concepts 852-9407 Charleston Stone Interiors 568-0207 Designer Kitchens and Baths, Inc 763-7717 Fisher Recycling 554-6099 Jilco Kitchen & Bath 849-6465 Lowcountry Tile Contractors 763-2161 Melcer Tile Company Inc. 744-5345 Mevers Kitchens & Baths 388-9633 Palmetto Concrete and Coating Services 296-2953 Palmetto Surfacing Inc. 569-1131 Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. 266-8700 Quality Marble, Inc. 851-9717 Southeast Kitchens 795-8809 Southern Kitchens of Charleston 577-7713 Sullivan Custom Cabinets 554-5880 Cultured Marble Melcer Tile Company Inc. 744-5345 Palmetto Surfacing Inc. 569-1131 Quality Marble, Inc. 851-9717 Decorative Concrete Accu-Brick Paving Systems of Charleston 821-0121 Palmetto Concrete and Coating Services 296-2953 Decorative Hardware Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath 577-5440 Builders Hardware of South Carolina 552-5515 Charleston's Rigging and Marine Hardware 723-7145 East Cooper Decorative Hardware 881-5065 Ferguson Enterprises Inc. 747-6301 Foxworth Decorative Hardware, LLC 881-0827 Mevers Kitchens & Baths 388-9633 Moluf's 723-4881 Sig Supply 577-0801 Docks & Repair Dockmasters Construction 559-7010 Doors Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 795-0150 Charleston One Source 278-1751 Kolbe Gallery, The 881-0038 Muhler Company, The 572-9727 Southern Lumber and Millwork Corp. 744-6281 Withers Industries 376-0013 Drapes Advanced Window Fashions 881-8858 Driveways and Walks Accu-Brick Paving Systems of Charleston 821-0121 Cemex 991-3688 Deckcrafters of South Carolina 795-1880 Fieldstone Center of Charleston Inc. 557-1225 Lowcountry Paver 784-7104 Southern Stonescapes Unlimited 532-7856 Electrical Contractor Colson Electric & Elevator 557-0106 Current SAFE, Electrical Fire Protection 577-3491 Southcoast Electrical & Plumbing Services 442-0800 Electrical Fire Testing Current SAFE, Electrical Fire Protection 577-3491 Elevators & Dumb Waiters Colson Electric & Elevators Inc 557-0106 ESC Elevator 577-3339 Fabrics Not Just Fabrics 852-0837 Fencing Builders Hardware of South Carolina 552-5515 Low Country Iron & Woodworks 803-515-3023 Fireplaces M & M Oil & Propane (The Fireplace) 402-7790 William Smith Fireplaces 767-8105

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HVAC (Heating and Air) Mills Brothers Heating & Air Smith's Heating and Air Conditioning Co. Indoor Air Quality Mills Brothers Heating and Air Insulation Airtight of Charleston Summit Green Solutions US Home Protect Interior Decorating AKL Professional Interiors Creative Cotton Company Creative Touch Interiors House Interiors Island Daze MW Hunter Custom Interiors Red Element Design Studio Redefining Luxe Interior/Exterior Trim Charleston Trim & Construction Landscape Design D.I.G. Landscapes ECL Design Landsmith Landscape Lighting Moonlighting Landscape Materials Fisher Recycling Landscaping D.I.G. Landscapes ECL Design Landsmith Sodbusters Inc. Lawn and Garden Sodbusters Inc. Light Fixtures Charleston Lamp Company Charleston Lighting and Interiors Ferguson Enterprises Inc. Noland Company Rick's Lighting Sig Supply William Smith Fireplaces Liquid Vinyl Siding PermaCoat of Charleston Lumber Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. Southern Lumber and Millwork Corp. Mantles AGM Imports Charlestone Design LLC Hostetler Custom Cabinetry Marble AGM Imports Quality Marble, Inc. Marine Contractors Dockmasters Construction Millwork Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. Charlestowne Caseworks Diversified Woods, Inc Liberty Cedar Muhler Company, The Southern Lumber and Millwork Corp. Withers Industries Mirrors Charleston Lighting and Interiors Port City Glass and Mirror Quality Marble Inc. Moisture Control Concept Technologies, Inc ESS: Environmental Solutions + Service US Home Protect Mold Prevention Airtight of Charleston Concept Technologies, Inc ESS: Environmental Solutions + Service US Home Protect Movers or moving Units Mobile Storage Outdoor Furniture The Teak Hut

764-1919 552-3772 764-1919 225-5833 294-0160 388-6260 764-3006 737-0935 284-0069 216-2002 532-1041 556-4939 768-0951 607-1819 270-3371 327-4372 224-8092 766-5263 853-3221 554-6099 327-4372 224-8092 766-5263 856-0202 856-0202 763-9150 766-3055 747-6301 744-8213 763-2282 577-0801 767-8105 763-4562 795-0150 744-6281 747-0088 216-3831 795-0946 747-0088 851-9717 559-7010 795-0150 795-6210 514-6370 744-0450 572-9727 744-6281 376-0013 766-3055 577-6500 851-9717 881-1032 881-0027 388-6260 225-5833 881-1032 881-0027 388-6260 571-2377 856-2095

Outdoor Kitchens Ferguson Enterprises Inc. 747-6301 M & M Oil & Propane (The Fireplace) 402-7790 Southeast Kitchens 795-8809 Paint Charleston Paint Company 577-6581 Coastal Coating LLC 302-2166 PermaCoat of Charleston 763-4562 Painter Carolina Machine Finishing 760-0029 Certa Pro Painters 800-462-3782 Thomas M. Evans Construction & Dev. 442-0277 Painter – Faux Janie Atkinson 532-3882 Palm Trees Arborscape Tree Preservation 571-0233 Patio Furniture Teak Hut, The 856-2095 Pest Control Ledford's Termite & Pest Control, Inc. 766-8298 Palmetto Exterminators 766-9701 Palmetto Mosquito Control 766-9701 Plumbing Blitch Plumbing 795-9674 Southcoast Electrical & Plumbing Services 442-0800 Plumbing Fixtures Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath 577-5440 Ferguson Enterprises Inc. 747-6301 Moluf's 723-4881 Noland Company 744-8213 Sig Supply 577-0801 Professional Designer / Kitchens Kitchens by Design 849-6890 Propane M & M Oil & Propane (The Fireplace) 402-7790 William Smith Fireplaces 767-8105 Remodeling Artistic Design & Construction 573-2444 Authentic Kitchens & Baths Concepts 852-9407 C & T Enterprises LLC 577-7268 Canton Construction Company 795-6388 Coastal Additions, LLC 568-0401 Coastal Construction & Development 849-9005 Coastal Design Builders, LLC 300-9383 Custom Designs 532-3903 Designer Kitchens and Baths, Inc 763-7717 Priester's Custom Contracting LLC 200-8495 Renovation Solutions 697-0239 Sea Island Habitat for Humanity 559-4009 Southeast Kitchens 795-8809 Southern Kitchens of Charleston 577-7713 Steven W Kuemmerle Development Corp. 559-7278 Sunview General Contracting Inc 532-9157 Thomas M. Evans Constr. + Dev., LLC 442-0277 TNT Construction 693-1339 Retaining Walls Dockmasters Construction 559-7010 Roofing Homewerx 270-2050 Southcoast Exteriors, Inc. 881-0020 Summit Green Solutions 294-0160 Rugs Rug Décor 766-7783 Screens Modern Screen Solutions 278-4963 Security Systems Carolina Custom Security & Sound 881-4802 Shower Doors Port City Glass and Mirror 577-6500 Quality Marble, Inc. 851-9717 Shutters Advanced Window Fashions 881-8858 Palmetto Storm Protection, LLC 991-0124 Windward Shutters, LLC881-6262 Siding Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 795-0150 Carolina Machine Finishing 760-0029 Muhler Company, The 572-9727 Southcoast Exteriors, Inc. 881-0020 Sod Sodbusters Inc. 856-0202 Solar Solutions Solartek Energy of Charleston 937-9999

Summit Green Solutions 294-0160 Spas & Hot Tubs Blue Haven Pools & Spas 552-6000 Clear Blue Pools Inc. 851-1067 Sport Teams & Events Charleston Riverdogs 577-3647 Family Circle Cup 849-5315 Staining (houses, windows, doors, etc.) Certa Pro Painters 514-4529 Stone Products AGM Imports 747-0088 Buckhannon Brothers Tile Showroom 881-8911 Charlestone Design LLC 216-3831 Fieldstone Center of Charleston Inc. 557-1225 Lowcountry Paver 784-7104 Palmetto Surfacing Inc. 569-1131 Quality Marble, Inc. 851-9717 Southern Stonescapes Unlimited 532-7856 Storage Units Mobile Storage 571-2377 Structural Insulated Panels Global Building Solutions 881-3590 Structured Wiring Audio Tech Systems (ATS) 277-0059 Audio Warehouse 571-0535 Carolina Custom Security & Sound 881-4802 Controlit, Inc 628-4290 Island Integrations 388-9752 Sunrooms Coastal Additions 568-0401 Express Sunrooms 534-3233 Swimming Pools Blue Haven Pools & Spas 552-6000 Clear Blue Pools Inc. 851-1067 Lepore's Custom Pools, Inc. 817-4028 Termite Contract Ledford's Termite & Pest Control, Inc. 766-8298 Tile Buckhannon Brothers Tile Showroom 881-8911 Charleston Stone Interiors 568-0207 Creative Touch Interiors 284-0069 Davis Tile, Inc. 835-8895 Floor It Now 573-0001 Lowcountry Tile Contractors 763-2161 Melcer Tile Company Inc. 744-5345 Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. 266-8700 Quality Marble, Inc. 851-9717 Tile Installation Davis Tile, Inc. 835-8895 Trees and Shrubs Arborscape Tree Preservation 571-0233 Water Purification Culligan 767-3333 Whole House Audio Audio Tech Systems (ATS) 277-0059 Audio Warehouse 571-0535 Carolina Custom Security & Sound 881-4802 Controlit, Inc 628-4290 Window Treatments Advanced Window Fashions 881-8858 Audio Warehouse 571-0535 Best Buy Blinds 884-3454 Creative Cotton Company 737-0935 Creative Touch Interiors 284-0069 MW Hunter Custom Interiors 556-4939 Solar Reflection Inc. 769-6087 Solarworks Group, Inc. 884-5123 Withers Industries 376-0013 Windows Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 795-0150 Coastal Additions 568-0401 Kolbe Gallery, The 881-0038 Muhler Company, The 572-9727 Southern Lumber and Millwork Corp. 744-6281 Sunview General Contracting Inc 532-9157 Window Authority 852-7873 Wrought Iron Low Country Iron & Woodworks 803-515-3023

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Do you do anything in particular to prepare your home for spring?

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"It is great to b e back in our h ome on Sulliva for spring. W n's Island getti hile spring at th ng ready e G o vernor's Mansi delight- especia on was always lly in the garden a where it seemed new blooming ea there was somet ch week- it is fu hing n to be in our o one of the prett wn home prepa iest times in ou ring for r state. I don' the house other t do anything sp than to clean cl ecific to osets and put m clothes in stora any of the boys ge downstairs. ' winter I also clean ou my pots with flo r screened porc wers so we can h and fill enjoy spending I begin to work m o re ti m e outdoors, and down all the ga me in our freeze r so w e can prepare to fill it with shrim p and fish this su m m er." - Jenny Sanfo rd, author of th e national best-se lling memoir S taying True

Mostly I get fresh fIowers and put them in the windows. As a matter of fact, I have a call in to fIoral designer David Singleton right now to get me some hydrangeas! -Alysia Olshinski, Special Events Director at Charleston Maritime Center "Mainly I get my kayaks out and make sure they are all clean and ready to go, and make sure my camping gear is all organized." -Blake Matheny, team member at beloved Lowcountry sporting goods store Half Moon Outfitters

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