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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.
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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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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 palmettoexterminators.net. 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 foxworth-hardware.com.
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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 libertycedar.com, 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 votebuckhannon.com. 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 bbsgolowcountry.com. For more information on Recall Check, call (843) 849-0455 or visit ACEPreferredInspections.com.
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ATS Introduces New Team Members and New Products
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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 ats-sc.com.
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 millsbroshvac.com. 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
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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 newhomehardware.com.
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 theteakhut.com. 28 • Charleston Home + Design • Spring 2010
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