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At the 2011 Charleston Home + Design Show, we gave away a $31,000 Dream Bathroom Makeover to one lucky Charlestonarea homeowner. Meet the winners, Debby and Buzz, and see how local companies transformed their outdated bathroom into a dream room!

92 • hollywood glamour meets charleston charm

Charleston Home + Design goes behind the scenes of Army Wives star Wendy Davis as we explore her career, her home, and the little charms that make living in Charleston a wonderful experience for her.

106 • where hollywood shops in charleston now

We featured Missy Ricker and Brooke Brunson, Army Wives set decorator and set decoration buyer respectively, two years ago in our summer issue. Now, we’re checking back in with them to delve into their Charleston shopping expertise. Find out where they shop for props on set and how to turn your style into Army Wives style.



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118 • a special suite viewing

Charleston Home + Design gives you a peek into the designer suites at the Family Circle Cup. Three Charleston interior designers paired up with eager students from the Art Institute of Charleston to create six unique spaces for the corporate sponsors who came to watch our favorite Daniel Island tournament.

125 • 50 hot ideas for outdoor living

There’s nothing we love more than a good Charleston summer. We’ve compiled the best ways for you to spruce up your home for the beloved season. Check out these 50 ideas to make your outside area like an oasis.

153 • only the strong survive

Throughout the past several years, many businesses have gone under during the rescission, however, when shopping for your home, there are many Charleston businesses that have weathered the storm and outlasted the hard times. Check out 100 of the best, thriving shopping sights in the Lowcountry.

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in every issue 26 • Publisher’s Letter 40 • Meet + Greet 42 • Green House 44 • Ask the Experts 56 • Design Dilemma 62 • Architects + Archetypes 86 • He Said/She Said 223 • Ad Directory 224 • Reader Info Center 226 • Loose Ends

home + design news • 29 Find out what’s happening in Charleston’s home + design industry, and pick up a few CH+D suggestions for things to do, see, read, and listen to in the Lowcountry.

trends • 47 In this issue’s “Window Shopping” article, discover window treatments custom made to dress your windows in Charleston style.

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

project files • 65 While we enjoy a good do-it-yourself project from time to time, we always leave the important stuff to the pros. Need a reason to put down the hammer and call on the experts? Peruse the impressive results of transformative home projects, courtesy of a dozen local companies. Project Files, p. 65

Pictured on Cover: Wendy Davis, photographed in her home in May 2011

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Paying Homage


fter working in radio and TV for the first 15 years of my career, I left to start New Home Charleston, the parent company of Charleston Home + Design magazine in 1999. My business partner at the time and I quickly realized that starting a business is easy...sustaining it is the tricky part. This has certainly been the case for many Charleston-area businesses over the past few years. As Charleston's housing market boomed, just about every home-related company in town was busy—even the less competent ones. But then the housing bubble popped. And as all boats rise with the tide, many of the weaker companies were swept out to sea, victims of the "Great Recession." But for those Charleston companies who weathered the economic storm, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. Business is improving, and homeowners are remodeling like crazy. Even custom building is bouncing back. Call it economic Darwinism, or survival of the fittest. So, in this issue, we're paying tribute to many of the homerelated companies in Charleston who not only survived the housing bust, but are now beginning to thrive once again. In a story we're calling "Only the Strong Survive," we showcase companies that have the "right stuff" to succeed by giving you a quick snapshot of what they're all about. So, when you go shopping for your own home, you'll know just where to go and who to talk to. You certainly want to do business with a company that will be around long into the future, and these companies certainly have demonstrated what it takes to be successful. Along the same lines, we revisit our friends at Army Wives, Lifetime Network's hit TV drama, which is filmed right here in Charleston. In a cover story two years ago called "Where Hollywood Shops in Charleston," we showed our readers all the local places the set designers and decorators shop to create the film sets you see on TV. A lot has changed with the show over the past few seasons, and we update you on the favorite local places where the people of Army Wives do their shopping.



The production of Army Wives has made an incredible economic impact here in Charleston, and we're grateful that Lifetime Network has just renewed the drama for a sixth season. This time around, however, we have one of the big stars from Army Wives gracing our cover. We're so grateful to the beautiful and talented Wendy Davis, the actress who plays Lt. Col. Joan Burton on the show. She, along with other cast members and production staff, have made Charleston their adopted hometown. Wendy hospitably shows us her beautiful Lowcountry home while telling us about some of the challenges she's faced and the hurdles she's had to overcome to make it in show business. Wendy is an amazing woman, and CH+D cannot thank her enough for opening her heart and home to us. Other notable stories you won't want to miss in this issue are our annual "Outdoor Living Guide," providing lots of ideas and inspiration to expand your living space outdoors. Furthermore, just in time for hurricane season, we present our yearly hurricane feature, where we point out all the various options available to make your home stronger. And, finally, we say so long to one of our own here at CH+D. Creative Director Michael Costa and his wife, Rita, are relocating to Florida. Michael has made an incredible impact on our small company, and he will be missed both professionally and as a friend by all here at the magazine.

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shop talk Lowcountry Lighting Premiers New Line for 2011 MT. PLEASANT—Thoughtfully designed by local coppersmiths, designers, and the staff at Lowcountry Lighting Center, the new Jan Collection is unique not only to the Charleston area, but to Lowcountry Lighting. Owner Jan Clouse, who is responsible for the line’s namesake, says, “People are really in need of different looks, and we wanted to create that. You cannot buy this anywhere else.” The collection features copper fixtures that can be left in the natural copper finish, painted, or faux painted. This new collection can also be tailored to your needs and custom made to fit into your home. Jan reiterates, “If you can draw it, we can do it.” The line is truly one-of-a-kind and adds the perfect lighting touches to your home. For more information, call (843) 881-4170 or visit

Charleston Gets New Eco-Friendly Custom Furniture Store—(Up)Cycle Interiors NORTH CHARLESTON—Based out of North Charleston, (Up)Cycle Interiors offers custom-made home furniture constructed from reclaimed wood and metal, such as the wood from old barns or from an old trunk found in an attic. All of their products are made from partially or completely recycled materials. In addition to the reclaimed wood, (Up)Cycle uses recycled wood—leftovers from building projects—and recycled metals to give their products a modern, industrial feel. They also offer (Up) Design Consultations for those looking to incorporate (Up)Cycled furniture or eco-friendly styles into their home or business. The company offers online ordering through their website, happily locating or creating whatever piece you’re searching for, whether it’s a new table, barstools, or a unique bed frame. For more information, call (866) 676-8417 or visit



Liberty Cedar Provides Lumber for Platinum LEED Certified Neighborhood Designed by Christopher Rose KIAWAH—Natural wood supplier Liberty Cedar is providing the materials to construct platinum LEED-certified homes designed by architect Christopher Rose on Kiawah Island, in a new neighborhood—Indigo Park. The community is the first to offer green-conscious, LEED-certified homes on the resort island. The homes are built with earth-friendly, sustainable materials that promote energy effeciency and reduce humanity’s footprint on the environment. Interested homeowners can choose between three floor plans designed by Christopher Rose ranging from 2,200 to 3,000 square feet. The sustainable lumber featured in these homes is provided by Liberty Cedar, who specializes in natural, decay-resistant woods, such as Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, and IPE decking. They are excited to begin the project, which officially launched on Earth Day 2011, with such environmentally forward innovation. For more information, call Liberty Cedar at (843) 744-0450 or visit To speak with Christopher Rose, call (843) 559-7670 or visit If you’re interested in purchasing a LEED-certified house in Indigo Park, call (843) 768-3400 or visit




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shop talk Mattress Firm Opens New Store on Main Street

Mattress Firm celebates their new store opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony

SUMMERVILLE— Mattress Firm celebrated the opening of their 700th store nationwide this April. Mattress Firm, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading mattress retailer in the United States and is proud to announce the establishment of an 18,700-square-foot showroom serving the Summerville area and beyond. “We are thrilled to be opening a new location in Summerville and look forward to offering our customers the same great shopping experience they have come to expect at our other six locations throughout the Charleston area,” says Steve Stagner, Mattress Firm’s chief executive officer. “Our goal is to make the experience of shopping for a new mattress as simple and rewarding a process as possible, and with our unparalleled selection and knowledgeable staff, we will do just that.” For more information, call 1-800-MATT-FIRM or visit

Local Business Sponsors Velux 5 Oceans Race DOWNTOWN—Charleston’s Rigging is sponsoring Mt. Pleasant resident Brad van Liew in his trek around the world in the Velux 5 Oceans Race. The Velux 5 race is a sailboat race consisting of five different legs—Charleston being one of the chief stops along the way. Brad, who is currently in the lead, has powered his craft, Le Pingouin, from La Rochelle, France, to Cape Town, New Zealand, and Uraguay, finally stopping for a rest in Charleston before completing the race back to La Rochelle in France. For more information, call (843) 723-7145 or visit

Colson Elevators Spurs New Company Coastal Elevators & Lifts JOHNS ISLAND—Coastal Elevators & Lifts, LLC, a new dealer of Inclinator elevators in the Lowcountry, opened this past April to serve the Charleston area. Growing out of Colson Elevator, Coastal Elevators & Lifts is under the same ownership and offers the same exemplary customer service homeowners have grown to love from Colson. Allison Williams, owner of both companies, states, “The new dealership presents an ideal opportunity to provide the region with another quality product—Inclinator elevators.” Located just off of Maybank Highway, the Coastal Elevators & Lifts team brings more than 50 years of experience to the area. Coastal Elevators & Lifts is the only certified dealership in the Lowcountry area to sell, service, and install Inclinator elevators. The dealership will take care of all the service needs of existing inclinator clients, as well as honor manufacturer warranty coverage. For more information, call (843) 577-0106 or visit



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MVP Granite and Flooring to Provide New Glass Countertop Line CHARLESTON—MVP Granite and Flooring introduces a new line of recycled-glass countertops that boasts beauty and eco-friendliness. They are stain resistant, bacteria free, and very low maintenance. Like granite they resist most scratches and can be repaired if they do become damaged. Made for use both indoors and outdoors, the material stands up to the elements, and the color is weather-resistant so it won’t fade or change. They offer 12 colors, giving you numerous options to choose from. Adding their aesthetic, many of these countertops are fully translucent, creating a space that is truly unique. For more information, call (843) 518-8998.



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own. Their rental-support program gives homeowners peace of mind, while providing their guests with a concierge service to enhance their vacation experience, as well as a local point of contact should any emergencies arise. ESPM also provides  thorough  inspections of the property each week to ensure that the property is kept up to the highest standards. The rental-support division is one of three divisions of ESPM, Inc. Other divisions include an absentee home-management program and a renovation division.  For more information, call (843) 243-9976 or visit

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shop talk Special Additions Moves to New Showroom SUMMERVILLE—Special Additions, who has been serving the Charleston area Darlene Hanna with her Special Additions crew for 20 years, has moved their outside their Summerville showroom showroom to Bell Wright Road in Summerville. They specialize in screen rooms, aluminum pergolas, sunrooms, and pool enclosures to make your home's outdoor areas more enjoyable. They are certified dealers of PGT EZE-Breeze sunrooms that provide affordable, warranty-backed peace on your porch free of mosquitoes and humidity. In addition, their pool enclosures make swimming a year-round activity that can be enjoyed rain or shine. For more information, call (843) 851-2303 or visit

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Elegant Hardwood Floors Offers Dustless Sanding NORTH CHARLESTON—Elegant Hardwood Floors in North Charleston is now offering a service that refinishes hardwood floors without creating a dusty mess in your home. The system is certified for work with lead products and features EPA-certified Hepa filters. The dust-containment system reduces the wood dust, which is a known carcinogen, reducing the risk of cancer not only in employees, but homeowners and pets as well. The process and machinery reduces the working time, ensuring a timely project with as little cleanup as possible in your home. For more information, call (843) 723-8172 or visit

Builders Hardware Introduces New Schlage Collection

LADSON— Builders Hardware now carries Schlage’s Camelot Collection, which offers door hardware that is both stylish and unique. The collection features five traditional-style designs with lever and knob options in Joel Hinkel and Doug Hayden of Builders Hardware eight different finishes. In addition to looking phenomenal on your doors, the Camelot Collection offers trustworthy security that is bump- and pick-resistant. Schlage offers a lifetime guarantee on the mechanical functions and finish of their products, ensuring lasting durability and functionality. Builders Hardware has been in business in the Lowcountry since 1997, providing Charleston with thousands of different hardware choices for years. For more information, call (843) 552-5515 or visit



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Chai’s Lounge, affiliated with Charleston’s beloved Thai restaurant Basil, is the perfect location for late-night dessert. The swanky atmosphere is reminiscent of an upscale, big city lounge, but the eastern, Zen décor gives it a serene, peaceful feel. Serving high-class desserts, as well as a complete gamut of drinks to accompany them, Chai’s is the ideal place to relax with friends in the evening. Try their “Sweet” collection of desserts, including a DoubleLayer Chocolate Cake, Fresh Fruit Pound Cake drizzled with a lavender honey compote, and Ginger Crème Brulee. If late-night sweets aren’t your cup of tea, Chai’s also offers a selection of “Savory” treats featuring a Charleston Tart with pimento cheese and crab in a cream cheese crust, as well as Tart Mykonos with spinach, feta, pistachios, golden raisins, and mint. Top it all off with a signature drink, such as their Chai Plum or a specialty coffee—you won’t be disappointed. Chai’s is located on 462 King Street downtown near Basil and is open daily from 5 pm until. Visit for more information. Chai's Lounge, King Street


Sea Island Habitat for Humanity is jumping on the bandwagon of Habitat’s national program Cars for Homes. We’ve shopped their ReStore, we’ve volunteered to build homes for those in need, and we’ve given of our own resources to help with their deconstruction salvaging program. Now Sea Island Habitat is participating in the Cars for Homes program in which they are asking the community to donate their used cars, trucks, RVs, boats, and other vehicles. “Many times, used cars end up in a landfill or sitting idle, but donating a vehicle for recycling or reselling is a hassle-free and easy way for anyone to help support their local Habitat affiliate and help provide affordable housing within their own community,” says Marcia Rundle, director of Habitat’s Cars for Homes program. “On average, more than 50 percent of the vehicles we receive each year are recycled, so donating idle cars not only helps the community but also lets all of us be good stewards of our environment.” If you want to donate your car, or just find out more about the program, call (877) 277-4344 or visit

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Dear Companion by Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore - Michael Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams - Sherry My Little Girl by Jack Johnson - Julie Jesus by Amos Lee - Corie Toomorow by Luke Vibert - Matt Rain is a Good Thing by Luke Bryan - Megan Colder Weather by Zac Brown Band - Paige Summertime by Kenny Chesney - Karly The Afterlife by Paul Simon - Patrick I have been listening to Blow by Ke$ha with my two daughters. - Tim



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June 16–18, 20ll Various Locations Downtown Charleston For more information, call (843) 557-6258


Folly Beach Wahine Classic

June 18–19, 2011 The Washout Folly Beach For more information, call (843) 737-3065

Pour it Forward Wine Tasting

June 22, 2011 The Square Onion Too Mt. Pleasant For more information, call (843) 416- 8684

Summerville’s Got Talent

July 21, 2011 Azalea Square Downtown Summerville For more information, call (843) 821-7260

World Team Tennis Eastern Conference Championship

July 22-24, 2011 Family Circle Cup Daniel Island For more information, call (212) 586-3444

Isle of Palms Beach Run

July 23, 2011 The Windjammer Isle of Palms For more information, call (843) 886-8294

Charleston Area Reptile Show

July 23–24, 2011 Charleston Area Convention Center North Charleston For more information, call (843) 529-5000

Custom Home + Remodel Show

August 26–28, 2011 Gaillard Municipal Auditorium Downtown Charleston For more information, call (843) 577-7652

Charleston Hurricane Expo

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By the time Robert Gatch formed All About Garage Doors & More in 2004, the entrepreneur's experience already included two decades of service to his state and country. But after five years in the United States Air Force, eight years in the United States Air Force Reserve, and seven years on the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Robert hoped the transition to owning his own company would allow him to spend more time with his family, while still serving the people of his community—albeit in a different capacity. Now an active member of the Tri-County All About Garage Doors' Robert Gatch area, where All About Garage Doors is headquartered, Robert enjoys building close relationships with his customers by offering fair prices, a quality product, and service years after the sale. We managed to catch him in a brief leisure moment to discuss his experience in the ever-expanding world of garage doors.

You founded All About Garage Doors in 2004, but much of your time prior to that was spent in service careers. What skills did you develop during that time that helped to prepare you for entrepreneurship? During my time spent in the Air Force and the Highway Patrol, I developed strong leadership skills and learned how to teach those skills to others. When I formed All About Garage Doors, I realized these abilities as a leader were a great asset in building a solid foundation for the company. There are so many more options available in the world of garage doors today than there were even five years ago. Are there any newer styles you favor or that you find to be particularly popular here in the Lowcountry?



With such powerful storm seasons in 2004 and 2005, windload-rated garage doors were just starting to rise in demand when we first opened. Since garage doors are usually the largest opening in a home's structure, windload-rated garage doors are stringently tested to withstand high wind pressures to help ensure the envelope of the home isn't compromised during a major storm. I would say this type of garage door is particularly popular here in the Lowcountry. With so many styles to choose from, how do you help homeowners find the ideal door to suit their home? When we meet with a homeowner to discuss door styles, we often sit down and show them the many different options that may suit them based on what

they have told us about their home and lifestyle. We also utilize our website, where we can walk them through a photo gallery of various projects showcasing different looks. As your company is family owned and operated, you often see your family in a work capacity. When you aren't on the clock, however, how do you and your family like to spend your spare time? We really enjoy sitting down as a family for dinner and talking about our day, but as the kids get older, it seems harder and harder to get everyone together at the kitchen table! For more information, call All About Garage Doors & More, LLC, at (843)8324304 or visit

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home sweet foam New eco-friendly spray foam comes to Charleston


eing green—and saving a little green— is easy when you insulate your home with spray foam. As a growing trend in home renovation, spray foam insulation continues to increase in popularity because of its ability to save homeowners big bucks on their electricity bill. A revolutionary brand of spray foam called HeatLok Soy has recently entered the market and is truly as eco-friendly as a home product gets. The Coke bottle you threw in your recycling bin last week could very well be one of the basic components of the energy-efficient spray foam in your home. HeatLok Soy is composed of recycled plastic transformed into a mint-green polyurethane foam ma-

terial. This material locks in the air in your home, dramatically reducing your electricity bill—sometimes by over 50 percent. As if these benefits were not enough, there is even a special tax US Home Protect of Charleston installs spray foam insulation credit available for hointo a new home meowners who install spray foam insulation creating a living space that is more energy To have HeatLok Soy spray foam installed -efficient. Retrofitting is available for older in your own home, contact US Home Prohomes, and HeatLok Soy is easily installed tect of Charleston by calling (843) 3886260 or by visiting in new construction.

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very Charlestonian enjoys that perfectly hot summer day at the beachwith a cooler full of cold drinks and a favorite pair of sunglasses to block the bright sunshine. Like your sensitive eyes, your home needs solar protection as well. Win-



dow film treatments, such as those made by Enerlogic, act like sunglasses for your windows to protect you and the inside of your home from harmful, ultraviolet rays that are responsible for not only skin cancer, but also the fading of color on fabrics

and furnishings. One of the most favored perks of installing this film is the impressive savings on utility costs. By partially blocking the sun’s rays from piercing through your windows, the window film acts as a cooling agent in your home. When your air conditioner isn’t fighting the full-force heat of the sun, it can work more effectively to keep your home comfortable in the summertime. Furthermore, Enerlogic’s films are unique because they work just as hard for low energy consumption in the wintertime; these films boast a reduction in heating costs by reflecting 92 percent of a room’s radiant warmth back into the room. Overall, the film improves the quality of light that enters your home from the window and decreases your energy usage, making your footprint on the environment a little bit smaller, without ever obscuring your view. To have window film installed in your own home, contact Solarworks Group, Inc., by calling (843) 884-5123 or by visiting

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We asked four companies:

is there anything in particular that homeowners should do for their homes in the summertime?

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“Now’s the time to enclose that screened porch and make it a year-round room with heating and air. This will enable you to get more use out of it. It can be a four-season type of room versus a screened-in room that you would only use a few months out of the year. I do a lot of these enclosures to give people more usable space in their home; I would say that’s probably 60 percent of my business during the summer—enclosing existing porches into sunrooms.”

“Rhino Shield's home coating system is very energy effecient. If you put this paint product on your house, it's going to block 80 percent of radiant heat. It's a green product—it's got the energy star award and it's a good product, especially in the summertime because of its energy effeciency. Regular paint does not stop moisture, cracking, rot, and the damaging rays of the sun like Rhino Shield does.”

“The most dangerous aspect of the summer for your home’s wiring is the lightning. Charleston is very high up on the lightning scale, and we experience a lot of heat lightning and frequent afternoon storms. I always recommend that homeowners get some sort of lightning and surge suppression. My company offers these suppression tools as well as a free assessment to find out whether your current wiring is safe and working properly.”

“Right now is a great time to see if you have any kind of fading on your outdoor paint. You’ll notice it more in the summer months with all the rain we have coming in. In addition to checking your paint, you want to make sure all of the caulking seals around your windows and doors are really tight. We’re going to have rain all of May, June, and July followed by a blistering heat that comes in the summer, so we want to make sure those cracks are all sealed up before that happens.”

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aked windows can make any room feel too open and unwelcoming. Simply clothing them with blinds, shutters, or curtains can create a warm ambiance in the room, set the lighting tone and add a touch of style to your design. Check out these styles to accent the sunshine portals of your dwelling.




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right floral fabrics are huge this season. Using these fabrics will brighten up any room in your house. Try paring a bright drapery fabric in a bedroom with a neutralcolored bedspread and rug. The biggest color trend this year? Orange! Clemson fans, it is your year to flaunt your carrotlike color and make it pop in your home. We especially like it paired with a cream color and an elegant light aqua.

Blue and brown "Retro Lainey" fabric in "Lake" Available at Not Just Fabrics (843) 852-0837,

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implicity is always a good way to go when choosing curtains. In a room with a lot of design elements, basic neutrals will make your windows blend in with your space. Long curtains tend to elongate the room, making it feel larger and grander. Caring for your curtains is of utmost importance to ensure that they have a long lifespan. Be sure to vacuum them with the handheld attachment when they become dirty and dry clean them once a year to keep them looking fresh. Classic, contemporary cream-colored curtains made by Annette Ellard Available from Creative Cotton Company, (843) 737-0935

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lantation shutters are classic and timeless. They are probably the most widely used window treatments in custom homes here in Charleston. The shutters, when open, allow the maximum amount of light into your house. When closed, they create a cavelike space that lends itself to nights of restful sleep. Although white is the most common color, shutters come in other bolder colors as well as natural wood colors. The natural bamboo shutters pictured can actually add LEED points to your home. Plantation shutters take a little less effort to care for over long periods of time. They can simply be dusted as part of your regular cleaning routine with a damp cloth and a product like Pledge.

Natural bamboo shutters Available at Best Buy Blinds (843) 884-3454

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With over 25 years of experience in the Charleston area, interior designer April Lipps has built a strong reputation in the community for her ability to completely transform a room. In this striking example, she fills us in on how she took a space in dire need of updating and gave it a modern reinterpretation.

THE DILEMMA With outdated wallpaper, laminate countertops, peeling and fading cabinets, and harsh fluorescent overhead lighting, this Goose Creek kitchen was in desperate need of an overhaul to meet the modern-day needs of the homeowners. THE REQUESTS Although unsure about the direction they wanted to go or what type of layout they might want, the homeowners were sure of one thing...they were definitely ready for some major changes to their home's culinary space! Coming into the project, the matriarch of the home already had a vague idea of what she wanted for the cabinet door style and finish, but she sought April's expertise for devising a layout and for pulling together the different finishes of the components that would ultimately comprise the new space. THE PLAN To kick off the transformation, April decided the best way to elongate the existing space would be to remove a peninsula that jutted into the walkway. She would then purchase a counter-depth refrigerator to keep the walkway open, install wall ovens for added culinary convenience, and bring the ceiling upto-date by scraping it and installing recessed can lighting. She would also source new components for virtually every other area in the kitchen, including floor tile, cabinets, hardware, appliances, countertops, backsplashes, lighting, and paint. THE RESULT Upon carrying out her plans for the once lackluster kitchen, April was able to present the homeowners with a chic, contemporary spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hardly recognizable from its previous state! Although the change from "before" to "after" was dramatically different on this project, April and the homeowners managed to pull it off without any major challenges; the only unforeseen issue they faced was running an additional wire for the wall oven from the electrical box to the garage, which was handled quickly and collaboratively. The happy homeowners credit the project's success to April's talents, as the experienced interior designer was able to deliver when the homeowners couldn't picture the end result.

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Tips and tricks for enhancing outdoor enjoyment


creating a summer sanctuary in your yard & garden Why Structure is Important in Your Landscaping The kids are out of school. The neighborhood pool is open and packed all day long. Traffic to Folly Beach is backed up to the connector, and you can see more sailboats off the Battery than birds. Yep, it’s summer. What better way to spend the dog days but out of the hustle and bustle of summertime in the city and in your backyard, enjoying the space that is ultimately only yours? Local landscapers and landscape architects can help you turn your outdoor area into a complete sanctuary in the sun with beautiful, blooming flowers, shady pergolas, and bright-green grass that makes you want to lie down and watch the clouds float by.

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he lawn is mown and fertilized, right? Beds mulched and plenty of flowers in bloom? So, now what? Well, perhaps it’s time to put your yard or garden over the top. ‘Yard of the month’ is in your sights.

Structure in a landscape is an extremely valuable asset—one that allows all of the annual and perennial color to shine as supporting elements. You can bring some drama into your yard by using a pergola as a focal point. Use good, solid materials, paint it in an eye-catching color, and allow vines to grow up its beams. It will add whimsy to your yard and provide a relaxing place to enjoy your morning coffee. Furthermore, a shell or stone path—whether brick-, metal-, or wood-edged—can be a quick, economical method to providing structure for a garden. A fountain can also be a colorful way to spruce up a part of the property. Simply choose your favorite glazed pottery (larger is better) and turn it into a recirculating water feature. Lastly, you can include a historical, but often overlooked, utilitarian beauty that is the kitchen garden. You can build one with a formal look of parterres and brick edging centered with a fruit-bearing fig tree or pineapple guava.

Many different plants can make your yard a paradise. Adding palms like lady palms, paurotis palms, or ribbon palms can give your yard a lush, island feel. For something more colorful, crape myrtles and powhatan look great in the summertime. So put some structure in your life (we mean your garden’s life) and harvest the rewards of color, destination, and sustenance! For more information, call DIG at (843) 327-4372 or visit CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Summer 2011



Tips and tricks for enhancing outdoor enjoyment

How to Keep Your Grass Green

THE PRO Ben Sumrell THE COMPANY Sodbusters, Inc.


he warmer weather has arrived, and it’s time to feed your sod with a complete fertilizer, such as a 164-8 combination. Keep the middle number low, which reflects the phosphorus content, because it won’t leech out of the soil as you water and cause trouble over time. Follow this first application in four to six weeks with another application to ensure good growth and color. Bermuda and Zoysia may require a little more nitrogen to keep the desired lush, dark-green color. The weather will determine how much to water your lawn. Water in the morning so the blades will dry and not be wet overnight; this will help prevent fungus in some of the warm season grasses. Be sure to keep a preventative maintenance program going with insecticide treatments per label instructions and fungicides for St. Augustine grass. Mow your grass at a height of roughly an inch and a half for Bermuda and about

two inches for Centipede, St. Augustine, and Zoysia. Keep the mower blade sharp so you are cutting the grass and not plucking the blades from the soil—it will look better and avoid stressing the grass during the heat of the day. In short, water as needed

and practice preventative maintenance to keep pests and disease out of the turf for a beautiful lawn during the growing season.

the blistering summer heat. If you’re having trouble remembering to do so, consider installing an underground irrigation system to make the process simple. Summer is really when every homeowner wants to enjoy their yard. To give it a little more spunk, consider adding some hardscaping, such as a fire pit or patio. Pergolas also provide plen-

ty of shade from the summer sun. To add some color to your yard, petunias, begonias, knock-out roses, and lilies are all in bloom in the summertime. The goal is for your backyard to be a place you can truly enjoy.

For more information, call Sodbusters, Inc., at (843) 856-0202 or visit sodbustersinc.

Creating a Backyard Oasis THE PRO Kevin Cone THE COMPANY Palmetto

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aking care of your summertime lawn isn’t much different than taking care of your spring lawn. If your grass is beginning to turn green, you’re doing a great job—keep up the good work. If you’re not seeing that lush, green color come in, make sure that you’re watering daily. That’s the most important task to keep your lawn healthy in



For more information, call Palmetto Landscaping & Design at (843) 810-4998.


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activity—not as a groundcover. Once you’ve sized and located the lawn area appropriately, proper management will keep it looking great and healthy over the long run. Apply weed and feed fertilizers after the last frost, but follow directions carefully. Overfertilization can be worse than not fertilizing at all! The height at which you mow the lawn is determined by the type of lawn you have; mowing at the correct height ensures proper moisture retention and limits the opportunities for weeds to take hold.


ome of the biggest challenges with caring for a lawn are proper management and correctly sizing the lawn area. The best way to ensure success with your lawn is to first assess your needs. Does your family need a large space for play and recreation, or do you simply need a small place for picnicking or relaxing? Once you’ve established your needs, size the lawn appropriately and locate it in the area of the yard with the most sun. Lawn areas should be used for areas of

For the remaining area of your yard, most homeowners like to select plant material that will look beautiful, but require very little maintenance. Here are a few rules of thumb we like to use. For small spaces, it is appropriate to have more complexity in your plant selection. In

a large space, simplicity will yield a more eye-catching result. Consider planting 50 to 100 or more of a single perennial or groundcover in mass. A few of our favorite plants for sunny spaces include native ornamental grasses, such as Sweetgrass and Switchgrass, and native perennials, such as Stokes Aster, Black-eyed Susans, and Lyreleaf Sage. For shady areas, you can use beautiful native ferns, Blue Flag Iris, or Inland Seaoats.

Whether it is an area of lawn, an entire yard, or a small garden space, proper planning in the beginning stages will always pay for itself in the end. For more information, call Remark Landscape Architecture at (843) 746-9573 or visit




5 Questions with... Christopher A. Rose, AIA, ASID

Founder and Principal Architect of Christopher Rose Architects, PA Born in Manning, South Carolina, Christopher Rose grew up on a farm nearby in the small town of Sardinia—a town his family had moved to from Charleston almost 200 years ago upon receiving a land grant. Chris went on to receive his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Clemson University. He also studied for a semester in the Charles Daniel Center for Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy, and has been asked to return multiple times as a lecturer and juror for the semester project. Sixteen years ago, Chris founded Christopher Rose Architects, PA—now comprised of seven architecture professionals. The body of Chris's work has been recognized with over 36 local, regional, and national design awards. Notably, he has designed and supervised construction on over 200 affordable housing units, and in 1991, he received a National Honor Award for the design of the Charleston Cottages, Prototype Housing for the Homeless; this is the highest recognition from the American Institute of Architects, and to date, Chris is the youngest recipient of that award. At one point in his career, Chris was designing several restaurants and gained licensure as an interior designer. This insight, coupled with his design philosophy, enables him to offer complete architectural design services. BLUEPRINT

What makes Charleston the perfect home base for your company? The wonderful aspect of Charleston is that all of its citizens have to be able to have a conversational knowledge of architecture; we are surrounded with it. The city’s rich architectural heritage is a delight for any architect. We also are blessed with a range of architectural opportunities, from historic restoration in downtown Charleston to high -end custom architecture on the many sea islands off the coast. What are your favorite things to do in the Lowcountry when you're not working? I enjoy taking a stroll through downtown Charleston; I can walk down a street that I



have for many years and still see something new that I had not noticed before.

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Favorite example of architecture in Charleston? The William Gibbes House at 64 South Battery. Its finely executed interiors done in the Adamesque style are some of the best examples in this country. The ballroom, in particular, is a perfect example of this style. Greatest professional inspiration? A happy and satisfied client is the best inspiration anyone can have. Best advice that you have been given?

One of our clients, after completing a major renovation, told me that three architects had worked on his home and I was the only one who did what I said I would. He reminded me that when you get busy, you need to be sure that you can maintain the quality of service. I have always had that in the back of my mind because there is a tendency to grow quickly, but you need to be very smart on how you grow to maintain the highest level of service for the client. To speak with Chris, call Christopher Rose Architects, PA, at (843) 559-7670, or for more information, visit

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High ceilings, multiple windows, and oversize built-ins give the Wilkersons living room a sense of spaciousness. The island is the focal point of this Awendaw custom home. Owners Tom and Kathy incorporated their personal Charleston style by adding sweetgrass baskets to their decor.

striking a balance Awendaw homeowners Tom and Kathy Powell seek out solutions for outfitting their kitchen and bathrooms with cabinetry that maximizes aesthetics, while minimizing clutter


short drive from the charming Sewee Outpost on Highway 17 in Awendaw, the recently completed custom home of Tom and Kathy Powell sits on a shady lot overlooking Bulls Bay. When deciding to settle outside of the city limits, the couple—like many homeowners currently building or buying in the Lowcountry—looked for a location that would offer easy access to the convenience of the urban areas, while providing the tranquility of a comparatively rural part of Charleston. Accordingly, Tom and Kathy wanted their home’s aesthetic to

both reflect the organic beauty of their natural surroundings and to incorporate modern amenities. To strike this ideal balance, Tom and Kathy called on Jay Vaulk of Southeast Kitchens to create and install custom-designed cabinetry for the kitchen and bathrooms in their home. Upon entering the kitchen, the eye is initially drawn to a massive kitchen island. With an Old World chicory stain on maple wood, the island’s cabinets boast a rustic elegance which complements the adjacent pine floors. And, at roughly 16 feet long,

the island allows the homeowners ample space for entertaining, food preparation, or virtually any other array of culinary activities. “A larger island was, for a long time, frowned upon due to the fact that you would have a seam in the granite,” explains Jay, “but we felt the island would look best spanning the space between the two support beams that were required structurally in the room, and we were able to accomplish that in a manner in which the seam in the granite is barely noticeable.” In order to perpetuate the idea that the support beams were always part of the kitchen design, Jay CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Summer 2011



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and his team mirrored the columns in cabinetry elsewhere in the house. To enhance the kitchen’s earthy appeal, Jay opted for a sand hue with a mocha glaze for the perimeter kitchen cabinets. On this decision, he elaborates, “The craze of a white kitchen has gone to the wayside; now, more homeowners have an off-white or cream color.” He and his team then used a contrasting trim color to set the cabinetry apart and give the space more interest. Painting the trim a linen color as opposed to the same sandy shade of the cabinets ensures the cabinets stand out as an individual element of furniture; the colors contrast enough to add depth, but blend in a beautiful way as well for a cohesive look. Another example of this contrast can be seen in the color variation between the perimeter cabinetry and the island cabinetry, a style choice that has become favored over the past few years in the Charleston area.

(above) Jay opted for a sand-toned cabinet with a mocha glaze. (below left) There's a perfect mix of cabinets, drawers, and display cabinets in this kitchen.

Homeowner Kathy Powell with Jay Vaulk of Southeast Kitchens



Adding further depth in the kitchen was a matter of mixing the actual depth of the cabinets. “I like to do in and out, up and down,” states Jay. “For example, we have cabinets on either side of the range that are the same depth at 13 inches deep; next to those, we have our hood cabinetry, which is 24 inches deep and on plane with the refrigerator. This is the in—13 inches—and the out—24 inches.” For the up and down, Jay brought out an 18 inch deep cabinet and raised it up to 48 inches high with a beaded crown moulding at the top. "The staggered effect," he says, “is not boring… it’s not just a flat run.” Jay and his team also designed the layout of the cabinetry around the kitchen’s stateof-the-art appliances. To start, they paneled the refrigerator so as to integrate it with the surrounding cabinetry. Instead of going with the standard 36 inch range they then added an under-the-counter oven with cooktop. In order to accommodate the microwave in a stylish and functional manner, Southeast Kitchens created a cabinet to the left of the microwave that mirrored the cabinet already planned for the right side of the microwave; this enabled Jay and


(left) The massive 16 foot island required two separate slabs of granite pieced together (right) The "her" side of the his and her bathroom includes a vanity and six drawers customized especially for Kathy

his team to tuck the microwave nicely into a corner instead of it being prominently displayed in a wall cabinet. An appliance garage next to the microwave discreetly hides the toaster, blender, and mixer to prevent countertop clutter. For the home’s bathrooms, the Powells wanted to maximize space by incorporating special niches and details. “The master bathroom vanities are customized to suit the husband and wife’s individual habits and needs,” explains Jay. “The ‘his’ side has a nice six-drawer design as well as a modified height of 36 inches to accommodate the husband’s tall height, which is a popular option nowadays. The ‘hers’ side also has six drawers, with one of them actually being dedicated to a hairdryer; there’s a plug in the back of the drawer box so, when you pull the drawer out, you can use the hairdryer, put it back right away when done, and shut the drawer to keep everything off the countertop.” In addition to even more drawers for storage, the ‘hers’ side further boasts a large area for makeup

application—one of homeowner Kathy’s favorite perks. Southeast Kitchens was also called upon to complete two guest baths; thus they opted to echo a critical design component used in the master bathroom: drawers, drawers, drawers! Jay considers ample storage space critical in keeping rooms clean and organized. Varying colors of stain on the guest bathroom cabinets were used to match various elements in each space, such as grass cloth on the wall, floor tiles, etc. According to Jay, while some homeowners come to Southeast Kitchens knowing exactly what they want, many homeowners come to the James Island showroom with no idea where to begin. Either way, Jay and his team are always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. At the showroom, visitors can view roughly 500 different door styles, which can be paired with an infinite number of colors, stains, and paint. “One of the best ideas if you’re going to be building or renovating is scrapbooking,” advises Jay.

“Pull out pictures of what you’re looking to do. Build a little file, come see us, and say 'We want this!' Then we’ll build a design around what you’ve picked out.” v Visit Southeast Kitchens at 759 Folly Road on James Island, or for more information, call (843) 795-8809. You can also visit Southeast Kitchens on the web at

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e’ve all felt the satisfaction that comes after cleaning house—that welcomed sense of accomplishment knowing not only does your home look nice, but it’s now a better environment for your loved ones. Unfortunately, many of the products used to clean our homes are, in fact, a danger to those who spend time in our abodes (particularly children and pets). Increased attention to



this issue has led to a dramatic rise in the number of homeowners—whether new parents or simply eco-conscious consumers—taking a closer look at “green” cleaning options. Upon becoming pregnant with her first child, Tyler, Dorsey Fairbairn became one such consumer. While cleaning Tyler’s bottles—and virtually every other surface he came in contact

with—using Clorox products, it dawned on Dorsey that these products leave behind a toxic residue. Concerned by this realization, she enlisted her sister-in-law, Heather Fairbairn, to help find safe, effective alternatives to traditional household cleaning products. From there, the pair educated themselves on the various aspects involved in the making of cleaning products and tested several products to determine if they would actually work. They then tried to incorporate the products into their own lifestyles to see if they were a good fit. Ultimately, the duo decided that not only did they really enjoy cleaning, but they wanted to share their passion for green cleaning with the community; this decision soon spawned the creation of Maid Pure. The philosophy of the green cleaning company is simple and straightforward: Do what you can. “People need to be educated about what they’re doing and how even small changes can make a difference,” explains Heather. “So many people feel like just because they don’t drive a hybrid it means they aren’t part of the eco-conscious community; however, you can start small from inside your home, then grow outward into other areas of your life with that philosophy. The idea behind Maid Pure," asserts Heather,"is

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about learning how to incorporate natural-based products into your everyday lifestyle." To accomplish this, Maid Pure, first and foremost, uses all organic, natural cleaning products when they work in people’s homes. The company enhances the soothing quality of these products by bringing a spa feel into the home with special touches as well. “We have a little bit of a twist to the way we do things,” says Heather. “We not only clean with these products, but we burn essential oils while we clean, do a turndown bed service, spray a nice room spray, and leave organic treats on the pillow before leaving each room.” The company begins creating this spa atmosphere immediately upon entering a home by lighting an oil burner filled with aromatherapy essential oil. “A lot of traditional cleaning products out there mask their product with a lemon or orange scent,” says Heather. “We tried— since our products are natural and don’t have that smell—to infuse the home with scents that are pleasant but lack harsh chemicals left by those other products.” Even with the benefits of green cleaning products becoming more mainstream knowledge, many consumers still question whether such a product can thoroughly clean a house versus popular brands of traditional cleaners, like Pine Sol. “Green products can 100 percent clean as thoroughly as their nontraditional counterparts,” asserts Heather, “and I believe so strongly with this. We use products that work just as well, but are less expensive and pose no threat if happened upon by your children or pets.” Admittedly, green cleaning can prove more expensive than more traditional avenues. It is not necessarily the products, however, that create this extra cost; it is the service provided in conjunction with it. “We provide a service that is topnotch…it’s an experience. We’re cleaning



The Maid Pure cleaning team with owner Heather Fairbairn

and taking the time to get to know you, get to know your home, and to make sure things are done the way you want them to be done,” explains Heather. Similarly, Maid Pure also differs greatly from smaller freelance cleaning companies in that Maid Pure carries insurance. “We carry a workers' compensation policy and a liability policy,” says Heather, "so if anything were to happen in your home while we were there, we cover it. It’s taken care of—that burden is off of your shoulders.” Another key difference Heather and Dorsey feel sets them apart is that their business is completely legitimate; nothing is done under the table. “A lot of the complaints I’ve heard from clients that previously used smaller companies, or just individuals, revolve around scheduling conflicts—the company or person just doesn’t show up,” elaborates Heather. Maid Pure guarantees someone from their company will arrive on schedule. If you do happen to have any complaint, Heather and Dorsey urge you to call them. “We’re big on communicat-

ing,” states Heather. “Let us know of any issues and they’ll be taken care of. We’re not perfect, but if you let us know what’s going on, we’ll fix the problem. Every house is different; every person is different. We’re here to please you.” To meet the needs of Charlestonarea homeowners, Maid Pure offers three different packages. The first package, which is their most basic, is called Pure Bliss. A very thorough clean, this package is what 99 percent of Maid Pure’s clients use on a regular basis. The second package they offer is the Neat Freak, a more in-depth cleaning program, and the third is the Wellness Package. Considered their big “spring cleaning,” the Wellness Package is the most in-depth and covers every single surface of the home. Other services the company offers include construction cleans, moving cleans, and vacation rental cleaning and preparation. Homeowners interested in any of Maid Pure’s products or services are encouraged to get a quote, which takes 20 minutes or less. “We come to your house, we meet you, we walk through; it’s very easy." v To learn more about green cleaning services for your own home, call MaidPure at (843) 284-8272 or visit

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Overlooking the Toogoodoo River, this magnificent vacation home is a true sanctuary for the homeowners.

sprouting up a new home Alicia Kinard of Artistic Design and Construction helps design a luxurious Hollywood, SC home and guest house that homeowners duly named Sprout.


verlooking a winding, narrow strip of coastal waterway, the newest creation by Artistic Design and Construction is truly a little slice of heaven on the Carolina coast. The main house overlooks directly the Toogoodoo River, and their guest house, Sprout, is caddy-cornered to have the same breathtaking view as the larger home. The homeowners



are from out of state and use this property as their favorite vacation spot. The final design of both houses is credited to custom builder and artist Alicia Kinard. For the main 3,300-square foot house, the homeowners had a Hilton Googe plan in mind for their new abode, but didn’t quite like every aspect of the plan. Alicia

took this plan and transformed it into a more open floor plan that the homeowners were 100 percent satisfied with. In addition, Alicia designed a three-bedroom, two-bath second floor to add more space for visiting guests. “We wanted to have a little more open atmosphere,” says Alicia. “I tend to take plans that have one or two things that you don’t like and very econom-


Sleek, simple lines dictate the home's design. Furthermore, the light-colored wood floors give the home an antique, Old World feel.

ically change them to fit what you want. We opened the main house up because I love to live in an open house. I feel like it flows for entertaining, and then the upstairs was a total creation.” Sprout, on the other hand, was created from the ground up by Alicia. The process of designing a home with today’s technology is really a fun experience. Alicia describes the process, saying, “We design everything in a 3-D software. The homeowner and I sit down and just talk about what they want. They can say, ‘Hey, I want the window here,’ and we click it and there is immediate gratification. It’s not like writing something on a piece of paper then waiting three months to get it back to find out that it’s not really what you wanted in the first place.” Both houses are outfitted with hurricaneresistant windows and a Southern-style metal roof. Stepping inside, it features a custom kitchen that’s open to the living room and entertaining space. The kitchen was designed specifically with the hom-


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“[The guest house] is designed to be pretty simple. The main house was the focus of the project, but they wanted to do the guest cottage nicely. They wanted their guests to be comfortable.”

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(above) The homeowner specifically wanted a window in the kitchen to overlook the Toogoodoo River while washing dishes. (right) Although on a smaller scale than the main house, Sprout's kitchen and living room is beautifully and artfully designed.

eowner’s wishes in mind. Alicia says, “Because they’re on the water and this is a great view, the homeowners wanted to be able to look down the waterway from their sink. So we designed the kitchen with a window over the sink.” The living room is traditionally decorated and boasts beautiful coffered ceilings to add a touch of Lowcountry charm to the home. Adjacent to the kitchen and living room area is the homeowner’s pride of the house—the porch. Their no-see-um-proof, screened-in porch is almost 1,000 square feet, making it larger than many apartment homes. The main house, which was built for entertaining, provides plenty of space to spend time with family and friends both inside and out. With the purpose of entertaining in mind, the homeowners sought to provide a guest cottage for their loved ones to give them a feeling of CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Summer 2011



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The open floor plan leaves plenty of room for entertaining between the kitchen, dining room, and den.


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Larger than some apartment homes, this 1,000-square-foot porch is a favorite relaxaton spot for the homeowners on warm, sunny Charleston days.

comfort and privacy when they came to stay—hence the creation of Sprout. While Sprout incorporated the very basics in design, it is still very elegant and classy. Alicia describes the design, saying, “It’s designed to be pretty simple. The main house was the focus of the project, but they wanted to do the guest cottage nicely. They wanted their guests to be comfortable. It gives them room to have entire families come to stay. I think that they thoroughly enjoy it. It’s really simple and straightforward through the kitchen. It’s really meant to serve its purpose and be an in-and-out

area. The homeowners don’t spend a lot of time there, but it is pretty cool for a guest to have his or her own place.” At the end of the project, the homeowners were more than impressed with how everything came together so smoothly. Both the main house and the guest cottage fit together to form one wonderful vacation home in the Lowcountry.

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With a degree in interior architectural design, Renee sizes up a space in a manner unique to most kitchen and bath company experts, as she has the added ability to work on floor plans to completely redesign a space. In this Isle of Palms kitchen, she realized the design possibilities of the existing layout and was able transform the

“There are things in this kitchen that are so different from other kitchens I’ve seen, and Renee helped think of all these different details that make the kitchen more functional and, ultimately, much prettier!”

This immaculate kitchen incorporates two islands, a bar, and an open floor plan, using coastal hues to give it a Lowcountry feel.

the difference is in the details Homeowners leave for a month-long vacation and return to a beautiful, detailed kitchen remodel


s owner of local kitchen and bath design company Premier Design, Renee Reichlyn often gets called upon to help homeowners update outdated spaces in their homes. Recently, however, when enlisted to remodel a large kitchen in a house located on Isle of Palms, Renee knew the project would present unique challenges. The homeowners, who were



out of town for a month, wanted to miss the chaos of demolition and remodeling, and were therefore requesting the entire project be completed before their return from vacation. Eager to tackle the time-sensitive task, Renee immediately met with her team at Premier Design to develop ideas for a new layout that would focus on form and functionality.

space without having to bring in an engineer or tear down any walls. To achieve this, Renee and her team first presented the homeowner with three seperate design options, showcasing how different options would work together. Once the homeowner indicated they wanted to pursue the design from the options presented that maximized the capacity for storage and organization, Premier Design began pulling together elements to create the style. A critical component in this particular project proved to be the addition of drawers. “One of the biggest improvements we made to this kitchen for the homeowner was adding lots of drawers,” explains Renee. “It’s really about easy access. On the other side of her cooktop, we added drawers for access to all of her pots and pans, as well as for her Corningware pieces— anything that she might be putting in the oven. The rise in popularity of drawers," Renee asserts," stems from their ease of operation. Drawers are set at the exact same height as the roll-out trays that were once so popular, but the drawer is a deeper space, and you can stack more things in it,” she states. “Drawers can be a solution to a lack of wall space as well, since you can use


(above) The homeowners wanted to incorporate tons of drawers for storage. They even put drawers in the island. (below) Granite is run up the wall for a reverse waterfall effect.

them in base cabinets to store stacks of dishes.” For the homeowner on this project, the drawers were particularly pleasing because she has enough space to stash sodas and other items she prefers to keep hidden. This eliminates countertop clutter, one of the homeowner’s primary concerns coming into the project. To provide adequate storage for heavier items, Renee and her team added a pantry in the kitchen. “In the pantry, we installed some very heavy duty pull-out drawers,” she states. “Everything in here has dovetail construction to accommodate more weight, and they’re a little deeper than your average pull-out so nothing can fall out.” They are also all adjustable up and down, so if the homeowner has something taller or

shorter, they can really use this space to suit their needs. In addition to new drawers and a pantry, the recently remodeled kitchen includes many other elements Renee helped the homeowner to pick. For the backsplash, they opted for a 12 inch by 3 inch subway tile style—a new spin on classic porcelain subway-style tile. Renee also suggested to the homeowner that they take granite from the countertop and run it up the wall, a new trend called the "waterfall effect." “When most people do the "waterfall effect," they are running the granite down the side of their base cabinets,” states Renee. “I decided it would be interesting to run it up the wall instead. It really is like its own piece of artwork.” CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Summer 2011



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With the help of Premier Design, the homeowner was able to create a custom kitchen in beautiful coastal colors.


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Such innovative touches routinely pop up on Premier Design’s projects, as the team utilizes many years of experience in the industry to develop new ideas based on proven products and styles. Premier Design does not carry any cabinet lines but, rather, specifically works with the homeowner on the layout and functionality of the space and has firsthand knowledge of local companies acquired over the years, which also helps Renee efficiently find the components best suited for each project. “I have nine years of experience in this business,” says Renee, “so I’m aware of all the cabinet companies in town. I can decide which one would probably be best for your project and can get things priced for you so you don’t have to do that for yourself.” For the Isle of Palms project, Renee oversaw the kitchen’s completion down to the last detail—even overseeing installation of the appliances to make sure they all worked perfectly. Although not standard on every project, Premier Design is always willing to take a project from the minimal down to that very last detail. For the Isle of Palms homeowners, the company’s thorough approach made all the difference in their new and improved kitchen. Homeowner Lynn enthuses, “There are things in this kitchen that are so different from other kitchens I’ve seen, and Renee helped think of all these different details that make the kitchen more functional and, ultimately, much prettier!” v To learn more, call Premier Design at (843) 364-7651 or visit

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"We tried to accessorize the vignettes so you can make the connection with your home as best as possible. It’s pretty much like a cutout of a house.” True-to-life vignettes fill A&S Marble and Granite's Daniel Island showroom off of Clements Ferry Road.

Leaving No Stone Unturned With new stone arriving at the warehouse regularly, A&S Marble and Granite takes every route possible to introduce their clients to new natural stone products for their home.


ocal company A&S Marble and Granite daily strives to educate their customers on their new, trendy natural stone products as well as their classic styles. Because they are a stone importer (not a fabricator) they have a gigantic warehouse filled with thousands of natural stone slabs and 200 different colors, along with over 700,000 squre feet of tile. But A&S does not merely display slabs and stacks of tile. At the front of the build-



ing is an impressively large showroom with various true-to-life kitchen and bathroom vignettes, which allow homeowners to really see what their finished granite and tile project will look like. Giving the Charleston Home + Design team a tour of the showroom was Aaron Mock, who has been with the company long enough to know all the ins and outs of the natural stone business. He described the

PROJECT FILES A&S showroom experience saying, “As soon as you walk in the door, we have a kitchen set up immediately in front of you. There are also quite a few full bathroom displays with tubs, faucets, the whole picture, so you can get a good idea of what the stone is going to look like in your home—same thing with the kitchens. We tried to accessorize the vignettes so you can make the connection with your home as best as possible. It’s pretty much like a cutout of a house.” As we explored further, Aaron gave us a glimpse of the popular styles in the Lowcountry. The first kitchen vignette we visited featured a Blue Parrot Granite, which is an African import exclusive to A&S Marble and Granite. It is accompanied with a glass backsplash and travertine flooring. Moving a little deeper into the showroom, Aaron pointed out another kitchen featuring a Rhino White serpentine marble. The serpentine marble is a little bit harder and more durable than standard marble with the same classic look, making it a perfect choice for kitchens. This creamy white color provides a very contemporary look

(above) Tiling installed in a vertical pattern available at A&S Marble and Granite. (below) Vignettes are equipped with cabinets, sinks, tubs, and natural stone floors and countertops to help you visualize your projects.




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for homeowners who want marble rather than granite in the kitchen. Talking further about trends arising in the natural stone industry, Aaron explained that glass tile is flying off the shelves as homeowners strive to create a spa-like space in their homes. Homeowners are finding that using glass tile is not as expensive as they once thought. Even those seeking a traditional look are dotting their natural stone with glass tile. Aaron added, “For more traditional customers who want a little flare they will do the natural stone

and mix in some glass. We also sell some stone that already has glass mixed in. So we have a few options for customers looking for something more contemporary, with just a little flare.” If you’re worried about a showroom this size being overwhelming, don’t fret. The staff at A&S Marble is highly educated on the design and types of natural stone and is fully prepared to help you visualize and make the correct decisions for your home. Aaron recommends bringing “as much of

your own room as you can here—anything from a cabinet door to a tile sample and paint colors. Anything you can bring from that room is going to help you pick out your granite that much easier.” A&S Marble and Granite sincerely wants to help you make good, educated choices about your natural stone and tile to make your home truly unique. v To learn more, call A&S Marble and Granite Imports at (843) 744-5665 or visit

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POINT #3 Cleaning for Specific Occasions POINT #1 Best All-Purpose Cleaner She said: Vinegar and water—It is wonderful on floors because there is no chemical build up and no streaking. It is good for windows, stainless steel, and bathrooms. It can be used to neutralize odors or remove stains from carpet. The uses are endless, but the key is to mix the correct ratio of vinegar to water depending on what task is at hand. He said: Spic and Span—It can be used on a variety of surfaces. It is a great all-purpose cleaner for the kitchen because it is safe to use around food or in the bathroom, as it disinfects and deodorizes without leaving a harsh chemical odor. It is also effective at cutting through buildup.

POINT #2 Frequency of Cleaning Visits She said: If you are not able to clean your home at all between cleaning visits, then I recommend weekly to keep it at its cleanest. But it is a personal preference that is largely dependant upon your needs as well as the size of the home. Can everything be cleaned from top to bottom in one visit, or is the house large enough to warrant more frequent visits? He said: It depends on several factors, such as how many people live in the home, the level of use, and the number of pets. A family living in a larger home with two pets would need a cleaning company more frequently than a college student in a small apartment with no pets.



She said: I think cleaning for special occasions is definitely appropriate. If you are planning a luncheon and the house is clean, but the silver is in need of polishing, you might have a cleaning company visit just to polish silver or help with other chores specific to the event you are hosting. He said: Businesses and private clubs are, at times in need of a one- time clean because the owner or other VIPs will be in town for an event. In this case, the focus might not only be on a general clean, but carpet and window cleaning as well. The same applies for residential; if you have your own VIPs, such as close family or friends, coming into town, it may be wise to focus on specific areas that will be used frequently during their visit.


Regardless of which side you sway toward when it comes to the best cleaner or frequency of cleaning, hiring a professional is an invaluable investment for many reasons. In addition to freeing up precious time to spend with your friends and family (as opposed to scrubbing surfaces in the bathroom!), cleaning professionals come equipped with tools that allow them to do the most thorough job possible; hard-to-reach areas that accumulate dirt and grime over time, such as bookshelves, ceiling fans, baseboards, and door frames, are no match for their training and techniques. To speak with Trey and Christine about choosing the best professional cleaning options for your home, call Charleston's Best Cleaning Service at (843) 559-7464 or visit their showroom at 447 North Hanover Street in downtown Charleston. You can also find them on the web at

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by Megan Bruner • photography by PATRICK BRICKMAN & MATT BOLT Homeowners Buzz and Debby Durham had no idea the wonderful things in store for them when they attended the 2011 Charleston Home + Design Show. As the $31,000 Dream Bathroom Makeover winners, their home is now equipped with a new, up-to-date, designer bathroom. Flip through the next few pages and see how the transformation was made possible with the help of several local companies!






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ituated off of Bee’s Ferry Road in West Ashley, the residence of Buzz and Debby Durham has been around since the winds of Hugo swept through the Lowcountry. Needless to say, their bathroom could use a little updating! Fortunately, the Durhams, who have been loyal attendees of the Charleston Home + Design Show for years, entered the $31,000 Dream Bathroom Makeover drawing at the show—and won! The Charleston Home + Design team sent their prize patrol, including contractor Tommy Priester of Priester's Custom Contracting and interior designer Melissa Hunter, owner of MW Hunter Custom Interiors, to surprise the grateful Durhams with the exciting news.






(left) Tommy Priester with Buzz Durham and (below) Melissa Hunter with Debby Durham.

Eager to begin, Tommy and Melissa set out to determine the design of the bathroom remodel. From speaking with the homeowners, Melissa knew that she wanted to give the bathroom a classic feel that would last through the ages and overpower quickly changing trends. Melissa was the creativity behind the project. She gathered the donated products from the various companies to create a classy and congruent space that was both masculine and feminine to suit both Buzz and Debby. Tommy was the brains and organization behind the project. He frequently visited the jobsite to check on the progress and coordinated the schedule of the subcontractors to ensure that everything was completed in a timely manner and up to Tommy’s impeccable standards. The duo was really the crux of the operation that allowed it to blend together into a beautiful new space for the Durhams to enjoy.




BATHROOM MAKEOVER As far as the actual grunt work is concerned, Tommy's team completely demolished the existing bathroom and created a blank slate to begin again. They removed a partition wall that separated the vanity area from the shower and toilet and disconnected the existing toilet, shower/tub combination, vanities, and sinks. Melissa, in conjunction with the homeowners' input, selected a new shower, toilet, sinks, flooring, mirrors, cabinetry, and tile to begin the transformation of the bathroom. In the end, Buzz and Debby Durham were more than satisfied with the project and thankful to Charleston Home + Design for putting this prize package together. They wouldn’t even shower in their bathroom until we came over to shoot video footage and take pictures! Proud of the new, updated space, the Durhams are looking forward to putting their new bathroom to use. Charleston Home + Design Magazine and the Durham family extends a very special thanks to these hardworking, local companies who made the $31,000 Bathroom Makeover possible: Priester’s Custom Contracting, LLC General Contracting Services (843) 200-8495

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At Home with Army Wives Actress Wendy Davis By JULIE SPRANKLES

On Lifetime Network's hit series Army Wives, Wendy Davis plays tenacious Colonel Joan Burton. Ushering us in the front door of her Mt. Pleasant home, however, Wendy’s warm smile betrays her tough television persona; she extends the hospitality typical of the gracious Southern hostess: offering us lunch, insisting we make ourselves comfortable, and even throwing in a genuine “y’all” from time to time. With her laidback personality and natural charm, she could easily pass for a native of the Holy City. In truth, Wendy has made her home in the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles for the better part of two decades. It is this adaptability that has led to her successful assimilation into various roles throughout her career, beginning with her breakout in the television series High Incident—for which legendary director Steven Spielberg created an entire character based on Wendy’s brief performance in the pilot episode. Strikingly beautiful and looking every bit the glamorous Hollywood starlet, Wendy fills us in on her journey from small town cornfields to casting calls, filming in the Lowcountry, and the role in her life she relishes most—mother. CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Summer 2011



the action and far enough away to leave the drama behind. It’s perfect.

I grew up in Joppatowne, Maryland, which is a little community outside of Baltimore. It’s a really small town, so I played a lot of cornfield tag with my friends! We played outside all day as kids. I have an older brother and sister and a younger brother.

You caught the acting bug while attending college at Howard University and got your first big break in 1996 when legendary director Steven Spielberg handpicked you to star in DreamWorks' first one-hour series, High Incident. As a newcomer to the industry in a high-profile role, what was the transition into entertainment like for you?

My parents have been married for 49 years; I’m really proud of that fact. Sometimes they act like newlyweds. It’s really cute— corny, but cute. They are extraordinary parents, and I’m so grateful God gave them to me. Interestingly, I’ve noticed whenever I move to a city, I always settle just a touch away from the downtown areas just like where I lived when I was growing up. In Los Angeles, I’m not right in Hollywood; I’m in the Studio City area. And here, I’m in Mt. Pleasant. I like to be close enough to get to

There really wasn’t a transition. In Hollywood, you’ve got to be Will Smith or Nicole Kidman for anyone to even notice you, so it was great. I got to work with Steven, do what I love to do, and my life was still “normal.” I could go to the grocery store, shop at the mall, and hang out with my friends in anonymity. Like most young people, I’ve had a few Lindsay Lohan moments in my early twenties that were down-right stupid, but fortunately for me, they weren’t video taped and broadcasted all over the planet

Wendy’s home is full of feminine, coastal charm. She loves the safe sense of community she shares with her neighbors in Mt. Pleasant.

lthough your life now often includes jet-setting from one locale to the next, you grew up in the much simpler setting of a small town. What was your childhood like?



by TMZ. I went through my growing pains privately—thank goodness. I think when you become that famous, the loss of your anonymity is the greatest price you pay. I must say, working with Spielberg was one of the highlights of my life. My role on High Incident originated as a simple guest star on the pilot episode, so I was hired for one show. I only had three scenes—in two of which I had no lines. Shortly after, The Hollywood Reporter ran a review of the pilot that noted all of the actors were fantastic, but “Wendy Davis was extraordinary." It was incredible! So, although my character was just supposed do one episode, they ended up making me a series regular, creating a whole storyline around my character. It was magical, really. And Steven Spielberg is just a prince of a man; he is so genuinely generous and kind. He is very much a mentor to me. Your body of work spans the spectrum from successful television series, such


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as EZ Streets produced by Paul Haggis (Academy Award-winning writer of Million Dollar Baby and writer/director of Crash) to critically acclaimed movies, such as Mother Ghost, co starring Kevin Pollak, Dana Delaney, and James Franco. Plays are also on your roster; you received a Drama Logue Award for your performance in Talking With. Is there a particular genre of acting you enjoy most or feel most comfortable in? I would say my preference has changed over the years based on what’s going on in my life. I really love what I’m doing now; I favor this type of one-hour drama with an ensemble cast. I have an eight-year-old daughter, so this style of filming gives me the best of both worlds. I get to do what I love, while, at the same time, be in one location for an extended period of time. I am able to establish consistency for my daughter and a routine for our lives. We truly live in Charleston; my little one is in school here, and I get to be just Mommy. I love every second of it—well, not every second, but you parents out there know what I mean. When you are working on a movie set, you can be anywhere in the world and can be working from four weeks to two years. That doesn’t work for me when it comes to raising my daughter. I relish having a schedule that lets us put down some roots so that she can thrive.

I moved to Charleston, I taught an acting class here for three years. I auditioned quite a few people to form the class, and I have to say, I’m incredibly proud of the students I worked with. When they first came in, they were rookies, and by the end of class, they were ready to work professionally. Army Wives has been a smash hit since it first aired and boasts a fiercely loyal fan base due, in large part, to the development of such beloved characters. What made you decide to audition for the role of Joan Burton? My agent routinely sends me several scripts, and I will read through them and let him know which projects I’d like to be sub-

for the role; I was no longer in the running, so I put it behind me. Two weeks later, when I was on my way to Florida to pick up my daughter from my parents’ house, my agent called to let me know Army Wives wanted to see me again— 11 am the next day! I was hoping it could wait until the following Monday, but he told me the part would already be cast by then. I called my parents, told them I wasn’t coming, changed my flight, and pulled my bags off the other plane. While waiting for the plane, I said to the woman sitting next to me, “Hi…I’m an actress, and I have an audition tomorrow. Would you mind going over my lines with me?” So I ended up sitting in the airport rehearsing for my Army Wives audition with a complete stranger—I don’t even know her name! She was a wonderful woman and I’m thankful that our paths crossed in Dallas that night. I wound up back in Los Angeles at around three in the morning. After getting a few hours of sleep, I auditioned and got a callback.

Like so many of us, [my character] Joan is a working mother at the core. She is in the Army, but when you think about it, she is really just an exaggerated version of what most women struggle with…finding a balance between home and work.

Between your profession and your family, you stay extremely busy. Yet, you still find time to train and develop upcoming entertainment talent by teaching acting classes as the owner and instructor of the Los Angeles Actor Center. What inspired you to found the center? Acting is such a passion for me, and I found that I adore teaching as well; I just really love passing on knowledge and information to young people who want to do this. Not only did I start the Los Angeles Actor Center, but I love teaching so much that when



mitted for. One weekend, I had a stack of scripts with Army Wives on the top. I read the title and I thought, Oh no…I don’t think I’d be interested in this. So I just put it on the bottom of the pile. By Sunday night, though, I had worked my way through the rest of the stack and was obligated to read the Army Wives script. I cracked it open, and after reading only the first page, I just fell in love. The character Joan Burton was on the first page and seemed like an amazing woman. The more of the script I read, the more I loved it, so I called my agent and told him I definitely wanted to be seen for this project. After going to a few auditions for the part, the casting directors told my agent that they were going to go with an older actress

What do you think the secret was to snagging the part?

It’s actually pretty funny. You see, I was almost flat broke at the time. I was recently divorced and just getting back on my feet. I had just spent 500 bucks buying the ticket for the flight back to Los Angeles. So, as the starving artist story goes, I show up with 175 dollars in my checking account. Furthermore, the casting directors requested that I wear a jacket to the callback so I would look more militant. And, really, what woman has a military-style jacket on her at any given moment? Off I went to Loehmann’s department store and found a jacket that felt military-esque, which I ended up spending 125 dollars on, leaving me with about 50 bucks in the bank. At the audition, I wouldn’t even put the jacket on fully because I still had the tags in it. Immediately after the audition, I got in my car and headed towards Loehmann’s to return it, thinking, C’mon…I technically wore it for less than 30 minutes,


(top left) Painting by world-renowned Daniel Island artist Jonathan Green, who is close friends with Wendy. (top right) Her study has doors with large panes of glass, inviting the summer sun into her home. (bottom left) Wendy’s second floor front porch is a summertime paradise with a relaxing swing and plenty of greenery and flowers. (bottom right) Memorabilia from Wendy’s experiences on Army Wives dot the décor of her home. She also loves these curtains, handmade by Pins N Needles, LLC.




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and it’s hideous. But, on the way, I got the call that I was chosen for the part, and I ended up keeping that hideous jacket! Now, I love it so much because it reminds me you have to walk by faith and not by sight. If I had stopped and looked at the reality of the situation—I was a struggling actor with very little money in the bank—I may have questioned whether it was worth it to spend that 500 dollars to get back to Los Angeles for the audition. Intellectually, that decision didn’t make sense. Looking at it from a perspective of faith, however, it was definitely the right decision. To this day, that jacket reminds me to follow my dreams, believe in myself, and don’t stress the details! Speaking of overcoming adversity, Colonel Joan Burton rose above a troubled past as a rough-and-tumble youth on Chicago's South Side before becoming a Citadel cadet and, later, Fort Marshall's first African American female post commander. What do you love most about playing such a strong, self-sufficient woman?



Actually, my favorite thing about playing Colonel Joan Burton is that—although she is strong and assertive—she isn’t perfect. She looks like she has it all together, but she doesn’t. Joan is a wife and mother who struggles with balancing her responsibility to her country and her family. She’s been deployed several times and, at one point, was almost killed. So she’s got a few issues to deal with. As an actress, I find that fascinating. It would be so boring if she had it all together, and it wouldn’t be realistic! I like that she looks polished on the outside, but on the inside, she’s really just a woman trying to keep it together at the end of the day. As you mentioned, your character hasn't been without challenges. A particularly trying tour of duty in Afghanistan led to a prolonged struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Unfortunately, such struggles are an increasing reality for US soldiers returning from war. Did you take any special measures to help you prepare for portraying this affliction?

I did a lot of research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I talked to many people who have PTSD and consulted with specialists in that area as well. Ultimately, I was just so honored to have an opportunity to tell that story; there are a lot of different roles out there, but what’s special to me about this part and this show is that we get to tell the story of military families in a way they’ve never been told before—from a truly intimate, personal place. It’s an honor to do that…to tell America and the world that this is what our heroes go through. And our heroes are not just the people who go to fight; our heroes are also the people who stay home and hold down the fort. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to let everyone know that this freedom we have in America doesn’t come for free—a lot of people are paying a very dear price so that we can live this way. Joan’s struggle with PTSD puts a face on this disorder and shows that, although troubled, she is still an amazing person who loves and is loved. Giving voice to these soldiers and their journeys is prob-


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Wendy's spacious side porch is splashed with summertime colors. She accents the coral of her home's exterior with yellows in the outdoor throw pillows and blues in her decorative planter.

ably my absolute most favorite thing about this show; I think it will be one of the things that, when I’m 150 or something and about to kick the bucket, I will be most proud of.

household when his wife is a battle-tested soldier? It’s an intriguing subject to explore.

As Joan's deployments often keep her away, her husband, Roland, essentially acts as an honorary "army wife," whom the other women confide in during Joan's absence. Do you feel there is a different nuance to your character's relationship with the other female characters of the show that reflects this?

Working women everywhere—military or not—undoubtedly relate to many of the frustrations Joan faces due to her career. Not only has her commitment to her job caused problems in her marriage, but she also grapples with guilt after being faced with deployment shortly after the birth of her baby girl, Sarah Elizabeth. As a working mother, did these storylines strike a significant chord with you?

Yes! Joan only gets to come to the party because Roland is there. I miss working with the women. I also sometime miss just being one of the girls! Recently, we shot a ballroom scene, and all of the ladies were there in long gorgeous gowns with their hair and makeup done beautifully, while I was there wearing dress blues and sensible shoes. As a woman, my girly-girl side was pleading, I want a gown! And pretty hair and make-up, too! But I always get over it. Besides, I think it’s neat that we’re telling the story of a man who’s married to the post commander. How does he maintain his position as leader of the

Absolutely! Like so many of us, Joan is a working mother at the core. She is in the Army, but when you think about it, she is really just an exaggerated version of what most women struggle with—finding a balance between home and work. When we’re at work, we feel guilty. When we’re at home, we feel guilty. It can be a never-ending guilt trip if you let it. Sometimes when I spend the afternoon at the beach with my daughter, the career woman part of me is thinking, I have tons of work to do. The mom part of me is thinking, I should have made these cookies from scratch.

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It’s a challenge many working mothers face. There are lots of women like Joan who are very driven in their careers. In today’s world, many families need two incomes to thrive. Joan and Roland’s relationship examines the challenges couples face in this type of family structure. Earlier, we discussed your childhood in Maryland, but you have been living in Los Angeles since shortly after your college graduation. With the filming of Army Wives, you moved here to Charleston. How does the dynamic here in the Lowcountry compare to the much larger metropolis of Los Angeles? When I lived in Los Angeles, I would never let my daughter go outside and play without my supervision. Besides, there weren’t a lot

of kids for her to play with; it’s just not that kind of city. When we moved to Charleston, I noticed her sitting inside on the couch, while the children in our neighborhood were playing outside—she literally didn’t know how to play outside. Now, I can’t keep the child in the house, and I can’t get her to wear shoes to save my life! I love it, though; it reminds me of my cornfield tag days. She has a pack of friends, and they stay outside almost all day on the weekends. In the summer, they swarm from house to house throughout the day. When they get to our house, I just put water and pizza on the porch and pray that one of those little, adorable, but dusty critters doesn’t follow me back inside. When my daughter gets home, I point upstairs and say, “Go straight to the bathroom, take those clothes off, and do not stop until you’ve taken a bath!” But it’s

really wonderful, though. I love that about Charleston. Does your home have a Lowcountry aesthetic or is it more eclectic, reflecting the different regions you've lived in and the places you've traveled to? I would say it definitely has a Lowcountry feel to it. It’s in a lovely community that’s modeled after old Charleston, so the exterior style resembles a large Charleston single. Missy [Ricker, set decorator] and Brooke [Brunson, set decoration buyer] helped me so much with the interior! When we first bought our house, it was just an empty shell, and I had no idea where to start. Missy told me to go through magazines and pull pictures I liked. She told me don’t think about it—just pull the page when I get the

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Having been in the Charleston area for five seasons now, I'd imagine you probably have your fair share of favorite restaurants and locales. Other than the occasional night off, how have you integrated your life into the community?

(above) Wendy’s dining room features a painted portrait of herself with her daughter. The room has an incredibly elegant feel. (below) The sunroom overlooks an outdoor entertaining area and is the perfect location for Wendy to relax after a long day on set.

When I’m in Charleston, which is nine months out of the year, I’m just a regular mom running my daughter around from place to place. She’s in school here so that keeps us busy. One of our favorite places to spend time is Middleton Place Plantation. This past season, I started riding with the Middleton Place Hounds. Yes, I fell in love with fox hunting! MPH is a drag hunt, which means no foxes are killed at the end of the ride. I like that. My daughter and I now lease a couple of horses, and riding has become our special thing we do together. It’s wonderful to share a common passion with her. You spend a lot of time on sets cleverly designed to look and feel like a real residence. What are some of the things you enjoy most about wrapping up a day at work and returning to your actual home?

impulse. I tried to tell her I didn’t have style in interior design, but she said to me, “You do have style; you just don’t know what it is. Once you’ve pulled the pictures from magazines and you go through them, you will start to see what your style is.” And that is exactly what happened! I saw my colors, the type of furniture I like, and the type of art that moves me—everything I needed to know was in those pictures. I have Missy to thank for that. Then, after we got all the



furniture in our house, something was still missing—the "top layer," which is Brooke’s term for the finishing touches. We went shopping, and Brooke helped me put on the top layer to make the space feel complete. I couldn’t have done this without the two of them…they’re busy women, and I’m incredibly grateful to them for taking time out of their schedule to help me pull this house together. They’re the best.

I absolutely love our neighborhood. Our neighbors are friendly, helpful, and fun. There’s a sense of pride here, and we look out for one another. The other day I was hurriedly getting my house ready for an event, and I was running late. My grass needed to be cut—it had grown more quickly than usual since it was last cut a few days earlier. Don’t you know that while I was out running errands for the event, my neighbor across the street cut my grass! How generous is that? Where do you find people like that? Apparently, Charleston! Our neighborhood is full of young families, so there are always tons of kids for my daughter to play with. Inside, we tend to hang out in the family room. I also enjoy spending time in the sunroom…especially in the morning when the sun’s rays shine through the large windows. There’s a second-floor porch I enjoy spending time on as well—a favorite spot I share with the family dog, Charlie. Sometimes when I’m looking for him and can’t find


him, I go up to that second-floor porch and find him sleeping on the swing. Don’t blame him one bit. Over the past few years, Charleston has become host to many celebrities—whether on location for a job, house hunting, or simply visiting the city on vacation. However, Charleston is still a small town, and celebrity sightings are considered special. Does it ever get uncomfortable to have people pointing you out or asking for your autograph?

on the scene was like, “I’ve never seen the show. Where are your pants? Let’s find your pants.” She got the rest of the crew back on track, and they did a great job of getting me to the hospital, where I found out I would be fine. Oh, and to answer that firefighters question…Catherine Bell is a wonderful person.

I guess it just goes to show what an impact the show has made locally! This impact became even more evident last year when public outcry amongst Army Wives fans reached a fever pitch because Congress decided to veto the motion picture production tax incentive that enables

People are so great in Charleston; in this city, there is a standard of politeness. Even if someone recognizes me, they’re so polite about it. That good old-fashioned Southern etiquette keeps things low-key. Of course, there was this one time… Well, now you have to share! What happened? One night, I woke up in the middle of the night, sweating profusely. I got out of bed and felt a horrible pain in my stomach, so I crept downstairs, thinking, Maybe I just need some water. When I got downstairs, a severe pain hit me in my stomach so hard that I fell to my knees. I was in so much pain that I couldn’t even go back upstairs. So, there I was…lying on the floor, wearing a black tank top and panties, thinking, I’m just too busy to die right now! I managed to get to the phone and call 911, and the operator tells me I should put my pets away and get dressed before the ambulance gets there. Of course, I wouldn’t have been calling if I could have done those things. I was able to crawl to the door and unlock it just in time for a group of paramedics and firefighters— four huge men and one woman. One of the firefighters gets down on the floor beside me to check my vitals, but soon leans in and says, “Aren’t you one of those ladies from Army Wives?” I grunt something resembling a “yes.” He gets back to work, and a few minutes later, says, “Okay, ma’am, I have a question for you…Is that Catherine Bell as nice in real life as she seems on TV?” I’m thinking to myself, If I don’t die, I’ll let ya know. Amusingly, the female paramedic

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the show to film locally. After politicians were flooded with complaints and pleads, the veto of the incentive was overridden. What makes the tax incentive so critical to the Lowcountry?

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When ABC Studios chose to produce Army Wives in South Carolina, it was a direct result of the competitive production incentives enacted in 2006—the year of our pilot episode. Many states offer film and television production incentives, so this is considered a viable way to generate jobs and money on the state level. Without the incentives, South Carolina would no longer be a financially viable option for Army Wives production or any other film and television production, and those jobs and money would be lost. Most folks don’t realize how much the production of a television show or movie means to the local economy, but there is definitely a huge impact. Last season, our estimated production budget for South Carolina was over 39 million dollars, which we expect to increase by 3 to 5 percent this season. Last season alone, we hired 355 employees and 1,101 extras in the state and paid over 19 million dollars in salaries and wages. The small companies that bring so much charm to the social fabric of Charleston benefitted as well; we hired 469 South Carolina vendors and contributed 7.5 million dollars to their gross revenue. To better serve the South Carolina film industry, multiple new businesses have been created, such as a lighting company, transportation company, and wardrobe supplier. We’ve also renovated several warehouses into sound stages and a set-building shop. Notably, our presence has also filtered into the education industry, as students from local colleges have been able to acquire internships and jobs on the show. In order to continue to at-

tract film and television productions that— like ours—contribute so vitally to the local economy, the tax incentive must remain intact. Also film and television production supports one of Charleston’s biggest industries—tourism. Each week, Army Wives puts a one-hour spotlight on this incredible city. We show the world some of Charleston’s most beautiful Lowcountry vistas, its wonderful Southern charm, and the warm, friendly people who live here. This positive spotlight on Charleston is priceless in promoting the tourist industry in South Carolina. The bottom line is film and television production generates money for the state, the businesses here, and the people in it. Everybody wins.

Acting is such a passion for me, and I found that I adore teaching as well; I just really love passing on knowledge and information to young people who want to do this.

Unfortunately, all shows do eventually come to an end, and as much as fans in both the Charleston community and beyond would mourn, Army Wives is no exception. Fingers crossed, we still have many more seasons to look forward to, but when the close does come, where do you think you’ll end up next? I would love for the next thing I shoot to be in Los Angeles, but so many shows now— roughly half—are not filmed in Los Angeles. Second choice is Hawaii. Honestly, I love what I do so much that I’d go almost anywhere to do it as long as it’s a safe environment for my family. Acting jobs on my bucket list—ride a horse in a Western, make it to space in a sci-fi movie, and star in a film with Meryl Streep. Regardless of where we end up, I will always love Charleston. It captivated me from the start, and the Holy City will forever be a place I hold dearly in my heart. v You can follow Wendy on Twitter at or Facebook (just search “Wendy Davis”).

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Where Hollywood Shops in Charleston Now: Revisiting the Local Impact of Army Wives


wo years ago, Charleston Home + Design magazine went behind the scenes of Lifetime Network's hit television series Army Wives to get the inside scoop on the impact of the locally filmed show on our community. We tagged along with set decorator Missy Ricker and set decoration buyer Brooke Brunson to see where Hollywood shops in Charleston, visiting the local companies they frequently sourced for the furnishings and accessories they would later use to carefully craft show sets. Today, the show is in its fifth season and—much like the local companies it supports—it has seen its fair share of change during the tumultuous two years that have passed since we last touched base. When Congress attempted to veto the motion picture production tax incentive last year, cast and crew faced a difficult truth; without the incentive, they would be unable



to continue filming in the Lowcountry. Army Wives’ fiercely loyal fan base, however, rallied around the show, flooding Congressional representatives with calls, emails, and letters until the veto was overridden. Clearly, the impact of the show is profound; not only does the subject matter speak to us, but we realize the show supports the local companies that give the social and economic fabric of our great city the character it is known for. Throughout the course of the last few years, Army Wives has continued to pay homage to the Holy City by utilizing local resources and “playing Charleston for Charleston,” now more so than ever. Upon the exciting announcement that the show was just picked up for another season, we once again touch base with cast (Wendy Davis welcomes us into her Mt. Pleasant home!) and crew (Missy and Brooke take us along as they visit more vendors!).


Name: John Kretchmer Bio: John began his career as a production assistant, followed by working as a laborer, before being accepted into the Assistant Director Training Program. Upon graduation from the program, John worked as an assistant director for many years, culminating with Jurassic Park. After working with John on the blockbuster, Steven Spielberg became very supportive of John shifting into directing, and John was able to negotiate working on seaQuest as an assistant director, as well as getting an assignment to direct one episode. He has been directing television ever since and has been fortunate to work on a large variety of projects, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Veronica Mars, and Special Unit 2.

Army Wives Title: Co-Executive Producer/Director Job Responsibilities: As a director, John was assigned three episodes this year. As a producer, his responsibilities are primarily creative, from okaying set dressing to dealing with the cast to supervising every director on the show. He also serves as the liaison between Charleston and the show’s executive producer, Jeff Melvoin, who is usually in Los Angeles.

Since we last spoke with the production crew, John Kretchmer and Barbara D’Allesandro have taken the helm as co-executive producers/director and line producer (respectively). We caught up with the busy pair to get their take on being part of the successful series. What is a typical day at work like for you? I arrive at the set a half hour before company call—usually at 6 a.m. or 6:30 a.m.—to meet with my producing partner, Barbara D’Allesandro, and discuss the coming day. She returns to the production office to supervise preparation for the next episode, while I sit alongside the current director to answer any of his or her questions and ensure that everyone (director, cast, crew) adheres to the intent of the script. Because most of the directors are here for only one episode, I serve as the voice of continuity and make sure that the tone is consistent between episodes. During any given day, I will also meet with the next director, who is preparing

the following episode, and join in casting and preparing for the subsequent week’s shoot. I will review new locations and meet with the heads of all our departments (set design, props, wardrobe, etc.) to answer any questions they may have about the upcoming script. I watch the “dailies,” or printed footage from the previous day’s work, as well as any versions of this season’s episodes that are being edited, and submit any comments/suggestions I have to Jeff [Melvoin, executive producer].   In addition to all this, Barbara and I meet with the art and locations department to discuss upcoming story lines so that we can do some preparatory legwork well in advance. At the end of the shooting day, I will often spend another hour answering emails and preparing for the next day’s shoot.

What do you enjoy most about working on Army Wives? This is easy to answer truthfully: My favorite part of working on the show is that each day I get to spend 13 hours with people I really like. It is rare in the television business that one gets to work on a show where everyone truly enjoys each other’s company. We laugh an awful lot on this show. What are your hopes for the future of the show? My hopes have come true—we will be doing 13 more episodes starting in the fall. And I hope (and believe) that the high quality of the show this year will be continued into Season 6. What do you like most about filming in Charleston? There is a tremendous amount to enjoy in Charleston: the incredible beauty and CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Summer 2011



history of the city, the graciousness of the people, the variety and number of fantastic restaurants. We are also lucky to have the old Naval Yard to use for a great deal of filming. As our camera man Bobby LaBonge says, “It’s the greatest back lot in the world.” We could not make this show without it. What are your favorite things to do in the Lowcountry when not filming?

There are three things that I enjoy in what little free time I have. I love to walk down Church Street all the way to the Battery—I never tire of just looking at the buildings and homes. Going out to new restaurants is a great pleasure as well; I have often said that Charleston has more spectacular restaurants per capita than any other city I have been in, and that includes New York, Hong Kong, Paris, and Los Angeles.

Everything from Taco Boy to McCrady’s is wonderful. Thirdly, I faithfully attend Sunday services at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church on Calhoun, which renews me spiritually and psychologically, because it reminds me how truly blessed I am to work in Charleston on Army Wives.  And over the past five years of my coming to this amazing city, the congregation has welcomed me as one of their own.

Name: Barbara D'Alessandro Bio: Barbara D'Alessandro started in the film industry as an assistant director on features/commercials/movies of the week before moving to unit production manager. She has been with Army Wives as unit production manager since the pilot aired in August 2006. In the third season, Barbara moved up to coproducer, and last season, she was promoted to line producer. Notably, she was a nominee for the Directors Guild of America Award for The Rosa Parks Story starring Angela Bassett.

Army Wives Title: Line Producer Job Responsibilities: Barbara is responsible for maintaining the budget and overall fiscal and crew decisions of the show.

What is a typical day at work like for you? At the opening of each work day, I have to be available. This is a good time for me to check in with each department and share any concerns I may have. I work with the prepping director in selecting locations, during which time we also discuss special needs for the particular episode we are working on. I evaluate the cost status of the current episode while inputting the prepping episode’s costs and evaluating the cost reports for the episode just completed —we usually work on at least three shows at the same time. At the end of each day, I check in with the crew. What do you enjoy most about working on Army Wives?



Every day is a surprise. Our crew creates new worlds on a daily basis; you open the door to a community center and you are transported back to a USO dance for World War II soldiers. What are your hopes for the future of the show? We all love being in Charleston and hope we continue to be renewed for many more seasons! What do you like most about filming in Charleston? I love the people of Charleston and appreciate their enthusiasm for Army Wives.

What are your favorite things to do in the Lowcountry when not filming? I enjoy taking advantage of the amazing festivals and events that happen every weekend, such as kayaking or the farmers' market on Saturday mornings. You’ve been on board with Army Wives from the beginning; have you noticed any distinctive changes in the show over the years? We have always relied on our fantastic vendors, and we are utilizing them more than ever. As we've become more a part of the community, we have increased our location shooting! Viewers have been able to see a bit more of historic Charleston, Folly Beach, etc.

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s noted by producer Barbara D’Alessandro, Army Wives has become a part of the community over the last five seasons and, accordingly so, strongly relies on local vendors to help create the sets and surroundings for the show. In earlier seasons, however, these locals weren’t always portrayed as themselves; the Mexican restaurant in a scene would simply be shown as a generic Mexican restaurant. Now, we get to see that the Mexican restaurant is, in fact, Taco Boy on Huger Street. The man selling boiled peanuts on the pier isn’t just a generic man; it’s Lowcountry “institution” Timbo a la Timbo’s Boiled Peanuts. In the sixth season—and hopefully many more to come—Charleston is truly played for Charleston, giving our great city the credit and notoriety it deserves. Photos taken during filming show popular Lowcountry personalities playing themselves, rather than generic, fictional characters. (above) Barbara Manigault, a farmers' market vendor known for original Lowcountry sweetgrass baskets and art, stands on set in front of her handmade wares. (right) With his larger than life personality (not to mention that orange airstream off Highway 61!), Timbo is hard to miss; locals seek out the briny goodness of his boiled peanuts. Here, he films a scene on the pier.

Two years ago, we tagged along with set decorator Missy Ricker and set decoration buyer Brooke Brunson as they visited “speed dial” vendors—companies they often sourced for set décor. This year, we checked in with three of those companies—all of which the dynamic duo still frequent—to hear how the show has impacted their livelihood during the harsh economic climate of the past few years. “Working with Army Wives has extended our knowledge on the needs of the design and fabrication portion of the TV industry, as they are different from what we are accustomed to in home design. I love it when Missy [Ricker, set decorator] calls and says, “We've got a Hot Johnny going!" That is the Army Wives call meaning, "How fast can you get the job done?!" We have had a blast working with these fabulous people who continue to help support the small businesses in the Lowcountry. We look forward to working with them on Season 6!” - Melissa Hunter, designer and owner of MW Hunter Custom Interiors

“Working with Army Wives totally saved our business through the worst part of the economy! When the tax incentive was about to be cut, I was ready to strangle the governor…I was more than happy to campaign on behalf of the show about how important the work they do with local businesses is. I think the economy is finally rebounding, but it’s a slow process, so I am very thankful for Army Wives; without them being here, it would have been much more difficult for us to sustain our business, being a small company like we are. I would jump through fire for them! They are great to deal with and really make it worth my while to accommodate them. It’s just been amazing to have their support over the years.” - Caroline Sinkler, owner of Frametastic



“The company has certainly seen change in the last few years. We acquired the inventory in November of 2009 and have added about 70 percent new merchandise. We’ve been rebuilding the architectural focus of the business as well as the decorative arts side. We use local craftsmen to create lamps, mirrors, furniture pieces, and more out of found objects, and we also augment the showroom with architectural items, 19th-century iron, garden elements, and other. The people of Army Wives have been so supportive of us and of the transition…they are all extremely nice! They are also very conscientious when borrowing something for the show to return it in the condition they first found it; we have rented items out to television and film crews before who were not nearly as conscientious, so the care Army Wives takes with our product is definitely appreciated. We really enjoy their business…I think the relationship is really win-win.” - Randy Grussing, owner of Architectural Antiques & Design


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(clockwise from left) Brooke and Missy pick out a lamp they use on set at Roumillats; Brooke chats it up with the ladies at Celadon; We caught Brooke picking flowers at Abide-A-While; Rug shopping at Southeastern Galleries is a favorite for the Army Wives girls; Brook shows off her treasures from Celadon; The guys at Bird Decorative Hardware love when Army Wives shop with them; Brooke meticulously chooses pillows for the set.


his year, we shadowed Brooke and Missy once again as they hit a handful of their favorite shopping spots in the Lowcountry. Here, they regale us with tales of their shopping process and describe some of the items they source for sets from these local showrooms.

On the Road with Brooke Brunson, Set Decoration Buyer Shopping Spot #1 – Southeastern


“When shopping for 'higher-end' sets, I always head to Southeastern Galleries; they have such beautiful furniture and accessories, and the range is fantastic. Last season, we used a light robin's egg blue silk sofa with brass tacks from Southeastern for a set, and it honestly made your mouth water...everyone on the crew commented on how stunning it was. This season we created a 'traditional Charleston judge's chambers,’ and we found the perfect desk, leather executive chair, and all of the accessories, and the set ended up being one of the favorites of Season 5.”



Shopping Spot #2 – Bird Decorative

Shopping Spot #3 – Celadon

“What can I say about Bird? In addition to being our neighbor, they have some of the best customer service around. I have worked with Chris Billings the past few seasons, and he is always willing to find what I need. I am never nervous when working with Bird, even though our very quick turnaround is often problematic for us. I often feel like a high-maintenance customer because I'll walk in with a picture and go, 'I need this and I only need two and I need it in 24 hours...can you find it for me?' I imagine it requires a lot of legwork to get it to us. I remember once looking for some letters and numbers for apartment doors that were a pretty specific request from the designer, and it's one of those things that sounds so easy...until you start looking for them. I called Chris up, and within 48 hours, we had exactly what the designer had requested!”

“Celadon is not only one of my favorites when shopping for the show, but it's also a personal favorite; I love everything in that store! The staff is always willing to help me out, and I know a number of our actors have also fallen in love with Celadon. At Celadon they know the drill; I come in and say hello and then off I go with my camera... and I'll usually email or call the next day with picks and go, 'Please tell me you have four of these?!' We had a 'beach house' set this season, and I couldn't have done it without Celadon. It was an important scene emotionally, and the color palette was very specific, and everything we got from Celadon helped create that mood. Also this season, we used some incredibly handsome leather guest chairs in the judge's chamber. The minute I saw the chairs in Celadon I knew that was it...something like that could have had me searching every store in town and calling every friend who's a lawyer!”

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Shopping Spot #4 – Abide-A-While “The staff at Abide-A-While is, again, what makes all the difference. I just adore Muffie and love that it's a family business. I'll call Muffie up looking for things, and she is always so helpful! They are so knowledgeable, and it took a while for them to understand that my 'not so normal' plant needs might not be the most practical... They'd ask me completely reasonable questions like,'How much sun does the area get?' and I'd respond with, 'It doesn't matter...I just need what's in bloom and what will look best on camera!' It goes against everything they live by! The quality of the product at Abide-A-while is superior, and when you're doing a Mother's Day brunch involving all of the main characters with hydrangea centerpieces, you want the fullest, richest in color, and best-looking product, and I can always count on AbideA-While for everything from boxwoods to indoor plants to hanging baskets.”







Missy takes us around town as we stop at her favorite Charleston shopping spots to pick out knickknacks for the set.

On the Road with Missy Ricker, Set Decorator Shopping Spot #1 – Hyam’s Garden

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“I love Hyam's Accent Store. The entire Holden house pergola is furnished with their gorgeous outdoor chandeliers and candle sconces! They always have the nicest decorative accents—from vases and planters to beeswax candles and cute seasonal items. The Garden Center has beautiful and healthy topiaries, shrubs, and trees. They have a whole section of Japanese maples as well as some hardto-find plants like eucalyptus trees. Not to mention flowers, flowers, and more gorgeous flowers! They also have a large selection of concrete garden sculptures and a huge variety of fountains. We just used one of their classic Victorian fountains for a courtyard set that we built on stage. In addition, they have gorgeous oversized ceramic planters, terra-cotta pots, and more! Shopping Spot #2 – Terrace Oaks

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“Terrace Oaks has a gorgeous selection and variety of vendors: classic antiques, including china, silver, crystal, vases, and accent pieces; books, relics, and furniture; vintage fabrics and rugs; a huge collection of framed Audubon prints; botanicals; and more! Also, owner Camille will hunt down specific items for us…she’s so connected and will find exactly what we need—from Barrister’s bookcases to Federal chairs and more. Much of the furniture in our headquarters sets came from Terrace Oaks: beautiful blue velvet wingback chairs, French side tables, and a variety of guest chairs. We have two of their gorgeous wingbacks with a Prussian print in Michael's study in the Holden house and two more with a bold gray and black strip in the Holden master bedroom.” Shopping Spot #3 – Rick’s Lighting “Rick's has the best selection of silk lampshades and sconce shades—and in stock! They also have beautiful and unique table lamps in a huge variety—from classic to contemporary—on their showroom floor. We have some fun, colorful lamps in the Burton house that came from Rick's, and many of our sconces on a variety of sets are straight off their showroom floor! Rick’s also offers a wide selection of decorative

finials and specialty handmade sconce shades with lots of frill and color.” Shopping



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“We love their Quoizel line—from Tiffany lamps to exterior lighting and carriage lamps. And they have huge oversized hanging light fixtures and chandeliers, which have been great for some of our fancy headquarters offices and ballrooms. Plus, items from the Quoizel catalogue land in just a few days (as their warehouse is in Goose Creek) so the turnaround is really fast on our tight schedule. We have their Quoizel pieces on many of our sets— The Arts & Crafts lamps, sconces, and ceiling fixtures in our Piedmont Place set; table lamps and floor lamps in the Holden house sunroom; large chandeliers in our headquarters sets; and carriage lamps at the Burton house exterior.”

Mutual Favorite – Roumillat’s “We love Roumillat’s estate auctions, which are held twice a month! Plus, they are always getting in new items. So, in addition to their fabulous showroom, which has a wide, wide variety of furniture and antiques (and

lots of beautiful armoires) they also have their auction building where you can get a sneak peek the Friday before each auction, from 11 am to 5 pm. They post featured items from the upcoming auctions on their website,, and if you can't attend the Saturday auctions in person, they'll even let you leave a silent bid! We have acquired some of our most gorgeous pieces in this way, including all of the Oriental palace rugs that are dressed into our headquarters sets. We also recently rented some pieces from an upcoming auction for a fancy military ball. The most prized of these items were two brass torchieres; we had looked high and low for these elusive items, and Roumillat's had the perfect pieces to frame the doorway of the entrance to our ball!” - Missy “I have had a relationship with Ed, Kevin, and Suzanne for several seasons, and I have kind of a unique relationship with Roumillat’s because not only do they have a fantastic selection of antiques, they also have estate auctions every couple weeks; you never know what treasures you may stumble upon! Throughout the seasons, we have found treasure after treasure at Roumillat’s. A perfect example of this happened a couple weeks ago when I was in search of   torchieres for a scene at the Hibernian Society. I had checked the prop houses in LA and called just about everyone I knew in Charleston and had spent an entire day going in and out of antique stores. I popped into Roumillat’s and walked over to see Kevin and Suzanne and check out the latest estate auction; I walked in and right in front of me was a grand six-foot bronze torchiere! I so appreciate the level of personal service that in larger cities and with larger business just doesn't happen.  I always say I am going to be in big trouble when I leave Charleston because we've gotten so spoiled with the level of customer service and the generosity of spirit...I can't tell you how many vendors have given me their personal cell phone numbers and offer up furniture from their houses.” - Brooke


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A Special Suite Viewing at Family Circle Cup

Caroline Wozniacki, this year's Family Circle Cup winner, proudly holds her trophy.

Last year, Charleston Home + Design magazine and Family Circle organization partnered for the inaugural debut of a special suite showing at the internationally renowned Family Circle Cup Tournament held on Daniel Island each April. The exhibit, which paired local interior designers with local furniture companies for the design of six courtside Ace suites, proved a huge success—and thus became a permanent fixture for the annual event. This year, we opted to shine the light on rising talent in the design community by pairing a group of interior design students from the Art Institute of Charleston with three highly respected and established local interior designers. Each established interior designer was responsible for mentoring the students in the design of two suites, for a total of six suites—each inspired by rising stars of tennis competing at the Cup. With limited time and resources, the design teams pulled together six impressive suites; keep reading to view the finished results and get the inside scoop on the design process!

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A Special Suite Viewing At Family Circle Cup Guiding Designer: Donna Horack, ASID, Horack Patch & Associates, Inc. Interior Design Inspiring Players: Caroline Wozniacki and Melanie Oudin Art Institute Design Students: Stuart

Thalheimer, Lorelee Griebel, and Nicole Rath

About Donna Donna graduated sum cum laude with a BA in Interior Design from the American College of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and a BS degree in Art Education from Kennesaw University in Marietta, Georgia. Donna has participated in six Charleston show houses, from which five rooms were chosen for national publication and one room won the People’s Choice Award.

The Caroline Wozniacki Suite

The furniture, which was more traditional in shape and style, dictated the direction the style of the room took. The leather sofa, with its traditional curved arm, and the high-top table and chairs with rattan design were given new life with the large bold art and floral arrangements. Surprise elements were scattered throughout the room, giving the space a more whimsical feel, while still maintaining the function necessary to achieve the needs of the VIP sponsors.

The Melanie Oudin Suite

Donna’s Take on Collaborating with Students from the Art Institute “I really enjoyed working with the students from the Art Institute; they were great about coming together and working as teams to select items for each room. It was a challenge completing the space using only the furnishings we were given, but by pulling together art from 86 Market Art, decorative accessories from Infinger Furniture, and rugs from Fine Rugs of Charleston, we were able to give each space individual personality and the ability to function for the sponsors and their guests.” To speak with Donna about this project or to consult with her on your own, call Horack Patch & Associates, Inc Interior Design at (843) 343-4170, or for more information, visit



A zen quality was established by repeating geometric shapes throughout the space. The large pieces of furniture—the straight-line leather sofa and chairs, simple straight black bar, and glass-and-metal coffee table with square stools for extra seating—set the tone. By accessorizing with large round lamps on the square end tables and rectangular pillows with handpainted round designs, the theme is repeated throughout the room. Color was introduced with the simple, bold stylized art throughout the room.

Guiding Designer: Cynthia B. Zimmerman, Allied ASID, Zimmerman Interiors Inspiring Players: Daniela Hantuchova and Samantha Stosur Art Institute Design Student: Kecia Heyward

About Cynthia A graduate of Hood College with a BA in Interior Design, Cynthia has been working in the Charleston area for 13 years. In 2011, she designed the first-floor piazza for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Design Showhouse at 89 Beaufain. She also served as co-liason to the Symphony League with Donna Horack on the project.

The Daniela Hantuchova Suite

The Daniela Hantuchova—inspired suite was designed to be one of sparse beauty and sophistication. Browns, blues, and hazy grey hues made for this serene and inviting atmosphere. Not high on patterns to distract the eye, the beauty of the room was explicit in its simplicity.

The Samantha Stosur Suite

To reflect Samantha Stosur’s native country of Australia, Cynthia and Kecia incorporated a mix of greens, oranges, and broad-stroke florals reminiscent of the country. The bright colors, along with organicallyinspired furniture—from the limed oak cocktail table to the reclaimed wood and wheel coffee table—helped define the space as one of lightness and grace for which Stosur is known.

Cynthia’s Take on Collaborating with Students from the Art Institute “Kecia Hayward was my student partner, and she was knowledgeable and had great enthusiasm for the project outcome! The brief time to plan for the VIP rooms was the largest constraint we faced; we only had about one week to pull the rooms together with the tennis player's background and style in mind. Also, the weather proved to be a bit daunting, as we had rain and heavy winds during the Family Circle Cup week. Working together, however, I think we managed to pull together two great designs.”

To speak with Cynthia about this project or to consult with her on your own, call Zimmerman Interiors at (843) 971-6880, or for more information, visit



A Special Suite Viewing At Family Circle Cup Guiding Designer: Emily Cox, Allied ASID, Ecox Interiors Inspiring Players: Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic Art Institute Design Student: Julie deVries

About Emily Emily Cox graduated with her bachelor and masters degree in architecture from Clemson University. After several years working as the on-staff interior designer at award-winning Red Charrette architecture firm, Emily branched out on her own with the formation of Ecox Interior Design. Having already established a solid reputation in the industry, Emily has worked on numerous homes around the Lowcountry, has participated in designer show houses, and enjoys an ongoing relationship consulting with HGTV on the production of locally filmed design shows.

The Jelena Jankovic Suite

For the Jelena Jankovic suite, Art Institute design student Julie deVries took the lead. Using a muted palette of blues, greens, and browns contrasted by pops of black, she—with the help and tutelage of Emily— created a chic, cohesive suite that played on the strengths of accessories sourced from Infinger Furniture and artwork sourced from 86 Market Arts. A rug from Fine Rugs of Charleston adds texture to the space.

The Maria Sharapova Suite

Emily’s Take on Collaborating with Students from the Art Institute “I mainly collaborated with Julie deVries on the design of my two suites, and she is just awesome. She actually made the entire process much easier because she was so on top of everything. When you are working up against a tight deadline, as we were, it really makes all the difference to be working with someone who is enthusiastic and has a positive attitude. I’m certain that Julie has a long, successful career ahead of her when she graduates from the Art Institute!”

To speak with Emily about this project or to consult with her on your own, call Ecox Interiors at (843)367-3667.



To capture the hip, youthful spirit of Maria Sharapova, Emily took a more modern approach with the Maria-inspired suite. Using larger furniture pieces from Atlantic Bedding & Furniture, Emily created a cool design accessorized with an eclectic mix of accessories—even cleverly sourcing some items from the bookshelves of her own home!

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Casual porches can be decorated just like an indoor room to provide a cozy resting place after a busy day. The high style and quality construction of this screened porch includes IPE decking, pre-coated by Carolina Machine Finishing with Penofin on all sides. Available at Southern Lumber & Millwork (843) 744-6281 •



Be the host with the most! An indoor pool house with an outdoor kitchen lends itself to poolside barbeques and summer parties. The custom outdoor pool house pictured here is built to last with marine-grade teak plywood and hardwood with a Bordeaux finish. Available at HWC Custom Cabinetry (843) 207-0750

Mimic the cobblestones on our beloved Charleston streets with two-piece Lowcountry cobble pavers. Much more stylish than standard poured concrete, the Lowcountry cobble system can be laid in many different patterns. Available at Lowcountry Paver (866) 468-3561

A well-placed pergola, such as this one created using Western Red Cedar with a natural finish, provides aesthetics as well as a shady spot to sit when you need a break from the hot summer sun. Available at Liberty Cedar (843) 744-0450

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Enhance your beautiful views with RailEasy Nautilus stainless steel cable railing by Atlantic Rail Systems. While the stainless steel cables provide an unobstructed outlook, the accompanying posts and caps offer structurally sound substance and style. Available at Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc (843) 795-0150 • Have a draught machine at your own home. The men (and women) in the family will think this Viking refrigerated beverage dispenser is the best thing since sliced bread! Available at Wholesale Appliance Center (843) 556-0917 •

When choosing poolside pavers, keep in mind the design can incorporate "activity zones." Here, a section of pavers protrudes into one side of the pool to accommodate a patio dining area. The pavers also extend on either side of the pool to incorporate lounging areas and a grilling area. Keeping the pavers underfoot throughout the outdoor area gives the space a chic, pulled-together look.



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] A simple, high-quality grill can be the best addition to your pool or patio. We especially love this Emchelon Diamond E790s grill with Oval Junior because it includes a mini oval grill for extra cooking space. Available at William Smith Fireplaces & Home Accents (843) 766-0347 •

Make the most of your alfresco activities by minimizing the amount of time spent tending to outdoor living areas. With the Élan g! Home Automation System, you can tend to your pool (in addition to virtually every other area of your home) with the touch of a button. Turn on the spa from inside as you grab your towel, conserve energy by scheduling water features and lighting, and even monitor your pool health by receiving custom alerts on your cell phone. You can also easily schedule your irrigation system to keep your surrounding lawn looking lush. Available at Carolina Custom Security & Sound (843) 881-4802 •

As tree roots mature and grow, they frequently crack concrete as they work their way toward the sunlight of the surface soil. Avoid the labor and expense of constantly replacing large portions of pavement by installing Belgard Eco Dublin pervious pavers. As they are already segmented, you can easily pull up only the affected material, make necessary repairs, and return the material to its place. Bonus? They are installed with space between each paver to absorb water so there isn't any runoff, which can be harmful to our waterways. Available at Fieldstone Center of Charleston (843) 557-1225 •



Concrete is fast becoming a favorite countertop material for its aesthetic appeal and eco-friendly properties. For added impact, try a custom creation. Shown here infused with river rock, this version can be crafted in any color, thickness, and design —as well as with myriad types of embedment, such as glass, mirror, or shells. Sealed with a 99.9-percent effective UV sealer, you won't have to worry about fading or staining!


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Attracting beautiful birds to your backyard adds to the appeal of outdoor living. Instead of running out to a big box store and grabbing a boxed birdfeeder, consider keeping it local with a hand crafted version by Will Smith. Available at LowCountry Iron & Woodworks (803) 515-0124

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Turn unused patio space into an ideal area for open-air entertaining with an outdoor kitchen. To truly suit your individual needs and preferences, customize the space to your liking with activity-specific cabinet configuration and appliances. This Daniel Island example features weather-resistant IPE cabinetry in a plank door style, boxes made of marine polymer, and all stainless steel hardware for ease of use. Available at Carolina Kitchens of Charleston (843) 856-8255 •

Teak is ideal for outdoor furniture because it’s made of hardwood with oils that naturally resist the weathering that outdoor materials experience. Don't settle for saddling your outdoor living space with pieces that lack flair, however. This Lutyen's Bench offers both durability and élan! Available at The Teak Hut (843) 856-2095 •

The modular design of the Liberty Collection appliances from DCS by Fisher and Paykel lets you create your outdoor kitchen any way you’d like— including making it fit into a tight porch corner. Available at Signature Kitchens & Baths of Charleston, Inc. (843) 571-5720 •







] If you’re completely tired of your boring backyard, have a landscape architect custom design everything from plant placement to hardscapes. A registered expert in this field, such as JR Kramer of Remark, offers insight unique to other lawn-care professionals. Available at Remark (843) 746-9573

You can never be too safe when it comes to your family (and home)! The Delgard Elba fence protects your perimeter in style. Shown here in bronze, the Elba is also available in black, white, sandstone, and hunter green. Available at Builders Hardware of South Carolina, Inc (843) 552-5515 •


Don't spend your days off with hose and scrub brush in hand. Spend those hours instead leisurely lounging with your friends and family when you hire professionals to clean and maintain your outdoor surfaces. G & R Services uses lowand high-pressure, hot and cold water to pressure wash sidewalks, patios, driveways, trash areas, walls, roofs, and awnings. To ensure the safety of your flora and fauna, they presoak all vegetation and cover any fragile or blooming flowers with plastic. For more information, call G & R Services at (843) 343-5483 or visit



Shed a little Old World glamour over your entryway with a three-light chain-hung lantern by Minka Lavery. We love the romantic feel of the dark Allendale Bronze finish, clear seeded glass, and dainty scrollwork. Available at Charleston Lighting and Interiors (843) 766-3055

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A poolside pavilion can provide shelter for crafts, picnics, playdates, and even dancing! Exposed 1-foot-by-6-foot v-groove ceiling rafters add nice contrast to the natural wood of this 24-foot-by-24-foot pavilion. Available at Charleston Trim & Construction (843) 270-3371 •

Mimicing the checkerboard style of old downtown Charleston, this limestone tile adds pinaché to any patio. The light colors give the area an airy, summertime feel. It's truly an entertainer's dream porch. Available at Buckhannon Brothers (843) 881-8911 •

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Don't let pesky insects chase you indoors on a beautiful day! With the convenience of one touch, the Solair Power Screen converts your outdoor space into a pest-free environment that is comfortable, ventilated, and protected from harmful UV rays. When not in use, the screen simply retracts out-of-sight. Available at Express Sunrooms (843) 534-3233 •


Part of the appeal of living in Charleston is the abundance of wildlife in our area. Viewing these animals from a distance is the safest and most responsible means of interaction for both parties involved, but as crafty critters—alligators, raccoons, opposums, snakes, and more—often find a way into outdoor living spaces and pools, it's best to bring in a specialist if you find an uninvited guest in your yard. Brad Hilfrink of Creature Catchers can help you avoid potentially dangerous encounters with wildlife relocation services. For more information, call Creature Catchers at (843) 205-0551

A well-manicured lawn reflects the respect a homeowner has for his or her outdoor environment, while adding curb appeal to boot! Impress neighbors and guests with a custom-landscaped and -designed backyard tailored to your tastes. Available at Palmetto Landscaping & Design (843) 810-4998



If you consider yourself an aficionado of outdoor entertaining, make sure you store all of your frequently used culinary utensils, pots, and pans in outdoor-grade cabinets. This custom outdoor kitchen features plankboard doors made of Spanish cedar, which will hold up well to the elements. Available at Sullivan Custom Cabinets, Inc. (843) 554-5880 •




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] Splintered or decaying wood can drastically bring down the beauty of exterior spaces. To restore their backyard oasis to its former glory, the homeowners of this Summerville residence brought in the team at 1st Class Painting & Restoration to add a fresh coat of paint and to replace all of the worn-out wood trim. Available at 1st Class Painting & Restoration, LLC (843) 324-6006 •

Add European elegance to your yard with interlocking pavers, which boast extremely low maintenance and durable construction. Available in a wide variety of color options and design patterns, these pavers make light work of creating a custom look. Available at Accu-Brick Paving Systems (843) 821-0121 •

A natural copper lantern effortlessly conjures up the charm of the antebellum South. This handmade copper- and -brass Somerset Medium Classic model was designed by Sandy Chapman, the quintessential designer for traditional products. Available at Circa Lighting (843) 937-5990 •



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A beautiful new lawn can be had instantly when ready-grown turf grass is installed. There are several varieties of turf grass available, including Bermuda, Centipede, Palmetto St. Augustine, Fescue, and Zoysia, which is shown here. Sodbusters will explain the unique characteristics of each and recommend the best turf grass for your yard. You can buy sod alone and install it yourself, or Sodbusters will install it for you. Available at Sodbusters, Inc (843) 856-0202 •

While the use of targeted landscape lighting and outdoor lanterns is on the rise, homeowners often neglect to install panache along their yard's pathways. We love the charming Old Charleston feel of these mini-lantern path lights by Hinkley Lighting. Available at Rick's Lighting (843) 763-2282 •

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Add colorful chairs to infuse your exterior spaces with a summery, beachy feel. Made from recycled post-consumer plastics, such as milk jugs, Casual Living's Breezesta Furniture collection comes in 20 fun and festive colors, such as Seafoam, Pink Lemonade, and Papaya. Available at M & M Oil and Propane (843) 559-0306 • Embrace your inner grilling guru with professional stainless outdoor appliances by Wolf. This impressive configuration includes the 36-inch outdoor grill with 25,000-btu sear zone, a 24,000btu side burner for accessory cooking, a 30-inch warming drawer with superior air control (keeps moist foods moist and crisp foods crisp!), and a highvolume ice machine with 25-pound storage capacity. Keep beverages and snacks convenient to the grilling area with a Sub-Zero 24-inch outdoor refrigerator. Available at Ferguson Enterprises (843) 747-6301 •

Kitchens facing trees or greenery give your culinary space a tree-house feel. Nestled amongst evergreen branches, this outdoor kitchen features 4-Ever brand outdoor cabinets constructed with marine-grade UV polymer plastic. Available at Mevers Kitchens and Baths (843) 388-9633



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For an industrial-chic look, opt for classic stainless steel marine-grade cable and hardware railings for your deck. Crafted by Johnson Architectural Hardware, such railing systems can be found from the Houston Astrodome all they way to private homes along the southeastern coastline. Available at Charleston's Rigging & Marine Hardware (843) 723-7145 •

The Big Green Egg enjoys a reputation as one of the most iconic and ideal cooking tools for outdoor living. This grill and smoker combo offers ample room (and optional additional grilling grates) to accommodate both meat and farm-fresh veggies. Available at M & M Oil and Propane (843) 559-0306 •

Incorporate recycled glass for a touch of class to your patio, poolside, or walkway. Manufactured at the old Navy Base in the Noisette community, GlassECO products by Fisher Recycling are individually hand-crafted using 100-percent recycled glass. Available at Fisher Recycling • (843) 554-6099 •




ATTENTION BUILDERS Increase referrals with enhanced customer service! We know you build great houses but, no matter how well-built a home is, you’re the first person homeowners call when they see a nail pop or any number of issues that arise in the first year of a new home’s life. Every builder in South Carolina is responsible for structural defects in the first 8 years after a home is constructed, but what are you really required to cover during year one? Every call and complaint costs you time and money. Every aggravated buyer costs you referrals. Builder Buyer Services Group enhances your customer service and administers callbacks with a nationally recognized warranty management system. We clearly define your obligations and handle the problems so you can stay on the job and focus on what you do best – grow your business and build great houses!

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Add a pergola to your yard or garden to provide a shaded passageway that is just as incredible as it is a focal point in your yard. A pergola looks especially stunning when draped with a woody vine or climbing plant, such as honeysuckle. Available at DIG (843) 327-4372

Fight the adverse effects of our region's unique weather challenges —humidity, extreme heat, high salt content—by choosing environmentally appropriate products, such as this outdoor television made specifically to resist humidity and moisture. Available at ATS (843) 277-0059 •

As outdoor furniture suffers wear and tear from the elements, save money by seeking out used items, such as these iron folding outdoor chairs from Sea Island Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. You'll be doing a good deed as well, since proceeds from the ReStore help build homes for needy families in our community. Available at Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore (843) 559-4009



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Is there honestly anything better than being able to swim all year long? This enclosure around the pool allows you to enjoy your oasis even in December. The Lexan roof gives the room an open, outdoor feel, absorbing the sun’s rays and keeping the pool room slightly warmer than the rest of the house. Available at Special Additions, Inc. (843) 851-2303 •

Beat the mosquitoes and lose the bug spray by installing a bug-beating misting system. Releasing precise sprays of insect deterrent at predetermined intervals, a mosquito misting system eliminates the need for constant swatting. Available at Palmetto Mosquito Control (843) 766-9701 •

In several types of wood species suitable for our coastal climate, Southeast Kitchens can design a kitchen with everything the outdoor chef needs, including custom outdoor cabinets and appliances from Atlantis Cabinetry. Available at Southeast Kitchens (843) 795-8809 •




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Heavy-duty decorative lighting gives ambiance to summer nights on the deck or by the pool. The strong lines and geometric design of the Dwell outdoor lantern in black by Hinkley also amp up architectural interest. Available at Lowcountry Lighting Center (843) 881-4170 • Bring the indoors out by echoing design elements from your home's interior in your outdoor kitchen area. This partially covered outdoor kitchen on Johns Island with copper-rubbed cabinetry mimics a custom matching hood. The entire kitchen, including granite countertops, are all weather-proof. Available at Hostetler Custom Cabinetry (843) 795-0946

Growing up, your parents probably chided you for "cooling the entire neighborhood" if you left a door open a bit too long. If you still crave the comfort of indoor cooling but yearn to be outdoors, air-condition your outside space with a Koolfog residential misting system. The mist instantly evaporates on contact, cooling your skin without you getting wet. Available at NextGen Technologies (843) 871-8531 •

Stainless steel is not just for indoor kitchens—it holds up well to the elements outdoors as well. Available at Magda Wholesale Kitchens & Baths, LLC (843) 822-8930



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A Look at 100 Charleston Companies Who Made it Through the Great Recession During the last few years, a great many Charleston-area companies have gone out of business, victims of the “Great Recession.” But the tide is turning, and we want to spotlight some of the companies who weathered the economic storm and are bouncing back better than ever. These companies personify the statement, “Only the strong survive.” And when it comes to shopping for your home, don't you want to do business with a company that will be around long into the future? We've compiled a list of the absolute best places to shop in Charleston for your home. A go-to guide you can use on your next project, whether you're building, remodeling, or just updating a room. CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Summer 2011


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20 + Years in Business With the changing trends and teetering national economy, it is incredibly impressive when a local business can stay intact and even thrive throughout decades. We wanted to honor these businesses for the longevity of their hard work over the years.


Paul Haugaard of Danco Modern Furniture


Known as the largest tile showroom in South Carolina, Melcer Tile is putting the finishing touches on a massive redesign and overhaul of their flagship showroom—making even more room for the thousands of styles they stock. Hugely helpful, the showroom features an array of actual tile installations to provide visual inspiration to visitors. Melcer’s talented team will help you with the selection and design of your project, and even offer installation tips to ensure the best finished result. If you are planning to do the installation yourself, Melcer offers installation tools and a full line of setting materials. 4965 Dorchester Road, North Charleston (843) 744-5345 • Jay Rauton of Melcer Tile



For those of us in the Lowcountry who love the sleek, streamlined look of modern furniture, it can be frustrating finding a furniture store that stocks the style, as it is markedly different from the typical coastal aesthetic. Fortunately, Danco Furniture—which first opened its doors in 1986—is a leader in bringing to Charleston exquisite contemporary furniture from around the world at very affordable prices. An authorized dealer for the best European and American brands, Danco is a sure bet for everything from sectional sofas to funky floor lamps. 1035 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant (843) 884-2256 •

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Almost 30 years ago, Audio Warehouse's Russ Pritchard, a founding member of the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), the primary trade association for custom home technology, opened its doors. Much has changed since then, but Russ and his team continue to provide cutting-edge solutions for the Lowcountry and beyond. Audio Warehouse works with an impressive who's who list of Charleston's best architects and custom builders. Russ clearly has a deep appreciation for his customers and instills this philosophy in every member of his staff. 1941 Savage Road Suite 100-A, Charleston (843) 571-0535 •

Russ Pritchard of Audio Warehouse


A top resource for lighting in the Lowcountry for almost three decades, Rick’s Lighting is packed with lamps, chandeliers, sconces, lanterns, and essentially every other style of lighting. This enviable selection has led the company to be quoted throughout the years as a favorite amongst industry professionals and homeowners alike. Rick’s emphasizes customer care, offering design services by staff and product specialists who specifically customize creative solutions to suit your style. Expect to see Rick at the store when you stop by. 1027 Saint Andrews Boulevard, Charleston (843) 763-2282 •

Rick and Cynthia Mappus, Monica Posey, Jamie Cole, Vicke Thomas, Dianne Wyndham of Rick's Lighting & Supplies


Many homeowners are opting to do away with their old tubs and are installing a new heavy glass shower enclosure. This trend has kept Port City Glass & Mirror extremely busy over the years, and they've responded by renovating their showroom to display several shower enclosures demonstrating various heavy glass options and styles. Once you decide which style you prefer, they'll provide a virtual rendering to take home for review. While you are visiting, Port City will also show you the various mirror options available for your space. 1519 King Street Extension, Charleston (843) 577-6500 • Freddy Giavelli of Port City Glass and Mirror



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Located downtown off of Morrison Drive, Bird is a top pick of local interior designers and is packed with high-quality architectural hardware and luxury plumbing fixtures. To better serve both homeowners and industry professionals, the company recently remodeled their showroom despite the bleak economic environment. Fortuitously, the remodel was a huge success, and Bird even had the opportunity to incorporate an exclusive new line—the Waterworks Collection (one of only six dealers were chosen nationally to partner with Waterworks as a boutique showroom). 1081 Morrison Drive, Charleston (843) 577-5440 •


Expanding upon the idea that you have to see it to believe it, Carolina Custom Security & Sound turned an old house in Mt. Pleasant into their own "show home." As a customer, this gives you the chance to experience a wide range of home audio, home theater, and other home technology products displayed in an actual home setting. Anything that is installed in new construction can be installed in an existing home using wireless technology, which does not require tearing into walls. 1155 Pleasant Oaks Drive, Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-4802 •

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When a customer is asked what he or she loves most about shopping at Sullivan Custom Cabinets, the answer is often straight to the point: no pressure. “We try to offer a laid-back experience,” explains Tracy Sullivan. “We treat each project as if it is something we would do in our own homes. We always make it personal…it’s worked for us since 1972!” A family business, Sullivan is run by Kenneth and Kenneth’s father, Nathan, and is the team’s home away from home. 2519 Oscar Johnson Drive, Charleston (843) 554-5880, Tracey and Kenneth Sullivan of Sullivan Custom Cabinets



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Charleston Green The ever-growing trend of ecoconsciousness has not escaped the Charleston market. Many local businesses have grabbed on to this trend full-force and now offer products that contribute to a happy environment.


Charleston One Source has become a favorite among architects, interior designers, and builders for their environmentally friendly custom wood flooring, including antique barn woods, antique heart pine, and wide-plank wood flooring. They buy from sustainably grown family-owned forests and put a premium on the installation and finishing of their floors. See numerous flooring vignettes in their spacious showroom. Charleston One Source is staffed by its two owners, so expect close personal service. 826-C Coleman Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant (843) 278-1751 •

Pat Devaney and Tom Werner of Charleston One Source


One of the best-kept "shopping for your home" secrets is Sea Island Habitat for Humanity's ReStore off Maybank Highway. Because of their proximity to Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, they receive tons of nearly new, unique home furnishings and accessories donated by property owners updating their villas, condos, and vacation homes. They also have reusable construction materials, such as shutters, ceiling fans, and other items carefully removed by their deconstruction crews. Make sure to drop by often, as they get new donations almost daily. You never know what you'll find! 3304 Maybank Highway, Johns Island (843) 559-4009 •



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Did you know that heating and cooling account for up to 56% of a household's annual energy costs? Ask us about the Lennox SunSource home energy system and take back control of your monthly utility bills! Pictured: First Solar Home in Brickyard Plantation featuring solar hot water heater system and solar attic fan

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The Teak Hut has recently relocated to a fantastic new location on Coleman Boulevard near Shem Creek, featuring a great selection of grade-A Indonesian teak outdoor furniture. The Teak Hut offers 14 different teak dining tables, 6 different dining chairs, end tables, deep seating, Adirondacks, and loungers. Teak's high natural oil content ensures decades of durability in any climate. The Teak Hut also offers custom Sunbrella cushions to help accessorize your outdoor furniture! 433 West Coleman Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant (843) 856-2095 •

Dave Vaupel of The Teak Hut


Offering commercial recycling services for paper, plastic, and glass products—as well as electronic equipment—Fisher Recycling covers a broad scope of small and large recycling needs. Founded by Chris Fisher in 1992 as a humble one-person operation, he began by collecting recyclable goods from several Charleston restaurants and offices. In the winter of 2005, the company expanded its warehouse space by opening Fisher Recycling Center on the old Navy base. It's here where they complete the recycling loop, turning recycled glass into beautiful countertops and even glass mulch! 2750 Avenue B North, North Charleston (843) 554-6099 •


Liberty Cedar was recently chosen to provide lumber for South Carolina’s first LEED-certified housing development, illustrating that there is a difference in the quality of building materials available and where they are purchased. In addition, they stay busy providing quality exterior wood products and millowrk to homeowners, architects, builders, and other industry professionals across the state. Popular wood species available through Liberty Cedar include Western Red Cedar, Spanish Cedar, Cypress, Mahogany & Garapa, IPE, and Meranti decking, which can all be viewed at Liberty Cedar’s retail warehouse in North Charleston. 4115 Dorchester Road Unit 501, North Charleston (843) 744-0450 •



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Most Expansive First impressions are important, especially of a showroom. These specific shopping locations will make you say “wow” as soon as you walk through the door. If it’s out there, they carry it, and they probably have one you can see first hand.


The first antique mall to open in Charleston, Terrace Oaks Antique Mall is a true treat for shoppers both local and beyond. At the super spacious 11,000-square-foot showroom, you can pore through room after room after room filled with essentially every category of antique in existence. The eclectic range encompasses everything from fine china to antique fishing lures. Their collection is ever-evolving, including furniture, glassware, estate jewelry, Native American artifacts, and more. Bonus? Terrace Oaks offers layaways, 24-hour approvals, and ample free parking! 2037 Maybank Highway, Charleston (843) 795-9689 •


Although you will indeed find row after row with bolt upon bolt of every fashionable fabric conceivable, this showroom offers much more in addition to a great fabric selection. You can also expect to find trims, pillows, custom furniture, bathroom vanities, pre-created window treatments, towels, drapery hardware, wallpaper, and more. The fabrics change weekly, so with so many affordable styles, we suggest you set aside extra time for browsing. Interested in something? Perfect! They have samples of their fabrics already cut, waiting to go home with you. 1610 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard Suite 101, Charleston (843) 852-0835 • Harper Bech Correa, Shirley Williams, Cathy Rowland, David Jakubowski and Baby Harrison or Not Just Fabrics




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At Fieldstone Center, the experience is both tactile and visual; it's a spot where you can touch and see the materials as you walk the stone yard. They stock flagstone, limestone, granite, bluestone, and fieldstone for paving, patios, fireplaces, and facades. Plus, they offer Belgard Pavers, pebbles, gravel, stone, and rock for landscaping, ponds, fountains, and much more. Most people are a bit taken aback because of so many design possibilities, but their highly trained staff will help with selection, ideas, and even direct you to a capable installer. 3066 Maybank Highway, Johns Island (843) 557-1225


With three levels and many fullsize, working vignettes, it’s no wonder Signature Kitchens & Baths of Charleston enjoys a reputation as one of the state’s most elegant showrooms. Over 8,000 square feet, the showroom features an impressive sampling of kitchen and bath designs that highlight the full-service design firm’s specialties in custom cabinetry, appliances, and space planning. Also visit Signature Appliance Center around the corner featuring high-end as well as budget-friendly appliances, along with a spectacular working kitchen. 1926 Savannah Highway, Charleston (843) 571-5720

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With thousands of selections of natural stone, Vitoria International is one of the largest granite suppliers in the Lowcountry. The name Vitoria comes from the name of the largest granite port in Brazil, which is the hometown of Vitoria's owners. Their showroom is a huge warehouse with a functional crane in the center, which plucks slabs and easily maneuvers them for homeowners to view. When looking for the right piece of stone for your home, Vitoria will help you select several slabs to choose from and aid in the decision-making on the final piece. 3220 Goodiron Way, North Charleston (843) 760-2470


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Known for being Charleston's exclusive dealer of Quoizel Lighting (Quoizel's factory is right here in Goose Creek!), Charleston Lighting and Interiors has built a positive industry image in large part due to the great customer service and beautiful lighting displays. Charleston Lighting's knowledgeable staff will help develop and implement lighting plans from design to installation. Expect to find the most-upto date styles from other top brands, such as Hinkley, Savoy House, Casablanca, and Minka. A second showroom in Summerville serves as a clearance center with extra-low prices. 1640 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Charleston (843) 766-3055


A stop at Wholesale Appliance Center’s massive Mt. Pleasant showroom is a requisite for those who fancy themselves the chef of the family. Filled with a multitude of full-size, commercial-grade, working kitchen vignettes, it’s easy to visualize yourself cooking a meal for the entire family or hosting a dinner

party using the top-of-the-line appliances featured in each space. They also carry a wide variety of other residential appliances, all at surprisingly low prices. Their West Ashley location also has many kitchen vignettes on display. 3130 N Highway 17, Mt. Pleasant (843) 884-2010 • CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Summer 2011


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Local Connection , National Support As Charleston is a leading port city, it’s no surprise that national companies want to branch out and extend their reach to the Lowcountry. Enjoy the convenience of the national franchise with the perks of shopping in your own backyard.


Not only does Kolbe Gallery of Charleston showcase and offer an impressive array of windows and doors in their Daniel Island showroom, but the company has the added benefit of being part of the highly respected national chain of Kolbe Windows & Doors. This affiliation allows the local branch greater resources when helping homeowners to find the ideal windows or doors. In addition, the company pays homage to its Lowcountry location by carrying and showcasing working replicas of historical window styles for anyone seeking to honor the style of Old Charleston. 1038 Legrand Boulevard, Wando (843) 881-0038 •

Terry Sutton and Jonathan Kenin of Kolbe Gallery of Charleston


A full-service distributor of sinks, tubs, toilets, spas, faucets, and other plumbing parts and supplies, Mt. Pleasant Winnelson proves to be a wealth of top-quality options for homeowners. The company is run by founder James “Jay” Buckingham and staffs nine employees with strengths in various areas of the industry to ensure you’ll find the right fit for your project. Mt. Pleasant Winnelson is part of the larger Winwholesale group of independent corporations, which provides a unique system of support and communication for the company. 124 Hudson Lane Suite 102, Wando (843) 856-0084 • Christy Cummings of Mt. Pleasant Winnelson


Who wouldn’t love a shopping experience that included full-body massages? At Relax the Back, browsing the showroom means kicking off your shoes and testing out a wide range of attractive and ergonomically correct products. From massage chairs with all the bells and whistles to zero-gravity recliners, comfort is key at this Mt. Pleasant locale. Ask one of the team members at Relax the Back to help you if you are interested in “test driving” a chair; they will be able to show you all of the options and settings, taking your experience from okay to extraordinary. 1795 N Highway 17, Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-1866 •


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Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Galleries have been leaders in the home building and remodeling industry for years, both here in Charleston and throughout the country. Builders, remodelers , architects, and designers feel completely at ease sending their customers to Ferguson, where each of their consultants are experts in the selection of lighting, plumbing fixtures, appliances, and accessories. This time-saving concept offers homeowners ultimate convenience where bathroom and kitchen plumbing fixtures, along with appliances and lighting, may be chosen all under one roof. 4711 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston (843) 747-6301 â&#x20AC;˘

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84 Lumber has been a staple in Mt. Pleasant for over 15 years, and their company, headquartered in Eighty Four, PA, has been in business for over 50 years. In addition to lumber and other building materials, they also offer house, garage, deck, and other plans for the "buildit-yourselfer." They will even help coordinate installation of the framing, windows, roofing, drywall, and more. With their online "request-a-quote," you can specify the type of project you have in mind, and they'll provide a detailed estimate by email. 4704 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant (843) 884-8431 â&#x20AC;˘




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This beautiful showroom was actually designed by local showroom manager Ashley Hyer and is credited with it becoming a prototype for other Design on Tap locations in Bluffton, SC, and Boone, NC. With walls of luxurious plumbing fixtures on display, Design on Tap proves to be an aesthetically pleasing shopping experience from start to finish. The stylish showroom is well stocked with options for both the kitchen and bath, and fixtures are constantly updated with new products. A knowledgeable team of sales associates is always on hand to offer more information and help. 2048 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard #3, Charleston (843) 329-0661 â&#x20AC;˘

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Where else in Charleston can you shop while lying down? Check into Mattress Firm when you're searching for a new mattress—which needs to be replaced every eight years, so experts say. When you enter the showroom, the employees urge you not just to look at the mattresses on display, but to sit down, lie down, and try them all out. After all, you will be sleeping on it every night for many years. Mattress Firm locations are all over the Charleston area and offer the largest selection of mattress choices. 2000 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Charleston (843) 852-7091

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Truly Local (Mom and Pop) Some business are just that—truly local. When a homespun Charlestonian opens a new business, we, as a community, naturally want to support their endeavors and watch the company grow our local economy. These local businesses below are grown only in Charleston.


Liz and Katie of 86 Market Arts

A stroll down Market Street simply wouldn't be complete without a stop into 86 Market Arts. A Lowcountry staple for over 20 years, the well-stocked showroom features over 1,000 affordable prints from both local and nationally acclaimed artists in virtually every genre—ranging from beachscapes and other coastal scenes to festival posters and novelty. Accordingly, you'll want to make sure you leave plenty of time when you visit to sift through all of the eye-candy! Bonus? The company also does custom in-house framing, which comes complete with a Quality of Craftsmanship and Five-Year Guarantee. 86 North Market Street, Charleston (843) 853-9666 •


M&M Oil and Propane, The Fire Place is actually two businesses in one.  Locally owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Grey and Anne Minshew, the showroom carries a diverse line of products ranging from outdoor kitchens and outdoor furniture to fire pits and grills.  In addition, they carry fireplaces, gas logs, gaslights, and tankless water heaters. Find your favorite logs by firing up one of 22 working models! The Maybank  Highway side of the business offers propane delivery, service, and installation. 233 Hoggard Lane, Johns Island (843) 402-7790

Anne Minshew, Grey Minshew, and Gale Scott of M&M Oil and Propane


When you do business with Atlantic Stone, you're doing business with owner Joe Sykes, a man with a strong work ethic who is highly accountable to his customers and who understands that his reputation is vital to Atlantic Stone's continued success. His showroom is well stocked with natural stone samples, including several quartz products available in a multitude of colors. Joe of Atlantic Stone confesses, “If I’ve done my job correctly, at the end of the job, I should have made a new friend—not just received a check.” 2770 Maybank Hwy Suite F, Johns Island, SC (843) 729-3838 •


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At Advanced Window Fashions, Larry and Nancy McCrae have made shopping for window treatments a true treat. Warm and welcoming, their meticulously trained and knowledgeable staff of window solution specialists and installers complement the solid foundation they have built. All have received extensive training and certifications and manage to strike the ideal balance between professionalism and hospitality—a desirable feat in any field. In addition to browsing their Mt. Pleasant showroom showcasing the industry's most innovative products and operating systems, you can have Advanced Window Fashions come out to your residence for an in-home appointment. Their "Imagine" design system can show you how a treatment will look in your windows, which is a huge plus if you are having trouble envisioning the finished product in your own home. 502 Wando Park Blvd. Suite 105, Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-8858

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B. Picky is truly a library of fabric designs and custom trim. The ladies working in B. Picky are professional and incredibly helpful. They know all of the new styles, hot trendy colors, and up-to-date patterns. With hundreds of fabric samples on display, there's something for every shopper's taste. They can transform simple fabrics into curtains, pillows, or even chic lamp shades. In addition to offering a fully stocked showroom, they're your go-to place for all of your monogramming needs. You certainly won't be disappointed with the fabric selections at B. Picky. 761-A Coleman Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-3771 •

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Carrying a vast array of bathroom and kitchen knobs, pulls, door handles, and other decorative hardware handpicked by owner Christine Foxworth Reilly, Foxworth Decorative Hardware is the place to shop when remodeling, building, or looking to give your home an updated look at an affordable price. Christine Foxworth Reilly, founder and owner of Foxworth, goes out of her way to ensure that customers find what they're looking for to match the feel and design of their home. 304 Lucas Street, Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-0827 •

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Palmetto Carpet and Floor Coverings has two locations in the Charleston area—their flagship store in Mt. Pleasant and a second on Johns Island. Their showroom in Mt. Pleasant has an entire room devoted to wood floors, enabling you to touch and see all the different options firsthand. The company prides itself on the quality of their staff—most have been there for many years and have built lasting relationships with customers, a testament to Palmetto Carpets founder and leader, Dennis Carpin. 1310 Stuart Engals Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant or 2814 Maybank Highway, Johns Island (843) 881-6868 or (843) 883-4283



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Busy homeowners on the go are sitting down at the family dining table less and less these days, instead eating more casually. Following this trend, The Barstool Shop has responded by providing a showroom filled wall-to-wall with every imaginable barstool you can think of. From those seeking the traditional to those looking for an eclectic style, shoppers will find exactly what they're looking for at The Barstool Shop. Boasting the largest selection of barstools and pub tables in the Lowcountry, shoppers won't leave empty-handed. 921-A Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-7073 •


A family endeavor, Aero Pure Fans is the brainchild of husband-and-wife duo Ted and Lee Johnson, who are joined in the business by their daughter Mykin. What makes this company unique is their ability to create interest in an everyday item—the bathroom exhaust fan. Ted created Aero Pure because he felt there was a need in the market for an energy-efficient exhaust fan that didn't "sound like an airplane taking off." The result? Super quiet ventilation fans that are Energy Star qualified and cost less than conventional fans to run. Their fans can be purchased online and at Rick's Lighting, in addition to other electrical supply companies. (843) 377-8642 •

Lee, Mykin, and Ted Johnson of Aeropure


Lowcountry Tile Contractors is unique in that they can help you with natural stone countertops but also specialize in custom tile installations using all types of natural stone, ceramic, mosaic, and glass tile. Their showroom is filled with ideas for incorporating stone and tile into any area of your home, including the kitchen, bathroom, and beyond. Customers may view displays of many examples of installed stone in their showroom, making it easy to see what the finished product will actually look like in your own home. 1989 Dulsey Road, Charleston (843) 763-2161


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With over 250 varieties of natural stone and 10,000 individual slabs, AGM Imports has something for everyone. Created and run by John Antunes, a native of Portugal, AGM Imports has grown from a small importing company to a major player in the Southeast's natural stone market. Since John Sr. utilizes his international connections to seek out the most unique and exotic stones around the world, his son John Jr. manages the North Charleston showroom with its adjoining warehouse full of slabs. 4250 Scott Street, Charleston (866) 547-4246 •

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When you visit the showroom, expect to meet owners Jay and Donna Miller; they will walk you through the cabinetry options available and then, when you’re ready, provide a free design consultation, estimate, and design review before moving on to engineering and manufacturing. Then they wrap up the process with delivery and installation. They also utilize a system unique to HWC Custom Cabinetry that ensures the process of having your new custom cabinets designed and built will progress at optimum efficiency, saving homeowners time and money. 4955 Dorchester Road Suite 1, North Charleston (843) 207-0750 •

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Having recently opened up a gargantuan new building, this natural stone emporium showcases a stunning variety of slabs and—unlike many stone importers—vignettes featuring real-world applications. Additionally, having their own manufacturing facilities enables A&S to offer a vast spectrum of selections, including granite, marble, limestone, slate, quartzite, onyx, travertine, glass, metal, and precious stones. The company offers a 10-year limited warranty on orders, most of which are conveniently delivered within 24 hours. 2076 Wambaw Creek Rd, Charleston (843) 744-5665 •

The act of shopping is meant to be an experience. Loving the places you shop is what makes that experience exciting. We’ve compiled a list of showrooms you can’t help but love because they’re just genuinely nice to look at. Once you find yourself inside, checking out all of their displays and imagining their beautiful products in your own home, you won’t want to leave!


For years, Carolina Lanterns has been synonymous with high-quality copper lanterns reminiscent of Charleston's stately past. As technology has evolved, however, so has Carolina Lanterns to include a bevy of cutting-edge options, such as on-demand gas ignition. Additionally, the company has expanded with the opening of Lowcountry Lighting Center, which helps homeowners with all other types of residential lighting. If you get overwhelmed by which styles may be right for you, don't fret; on-staff ALA Certified Lighting Specialists can provide you with the assistance you need. 1362 Chuck Dawley Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-4170 • Meredith Dykes of A&S Marble and Granite

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Situated on the less crowded end of Meeting Street, Fine Rugs of Charleston is truly a showroom to seek out. There are more than a 1,000 rugs displayed so that you can see each one in its entirety. Rob Leahy, owner of Fine Rugs of Charleston, stresses that his “ultimate objective is for the customer to leave our showroom with a better understanding of rugs— their design and performance along with an awareness of the many choices that they have.” For outstanding customer service and eons of rug choices, Fine Rugs of Charleston must be on your shopping list. 1523 Meeting Street, Charleston (843) 577-3386 •



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Located downtown in the up-and-coming upper King Street "Design District," Circa Lighting is like an upscale boutique. The small staff allows them to truly know their clients and their projects. Circa Lighting’s strength lies in their product, which delivers timeless design, outstanding quality, and unparalleled value. Designers include Barbara Barry, Sandy Chapman, Clodagh, Eric Cohler, David Easton, Alexa Hampton, Suzanne Kasler, Joe Nye, Thomas O'Brien, Randy Powers, John Roselli, Michael S. Smith, and now, Ralph Lauren Home. 426 King Street, Charleston (843) 937-5990 •


Southeast Kitchens on James Island recently underwent a showroom makeover, complete with new-full size kitchen vignettes displaying their cabinetry, countertops, and other offerings. The company, which has been serving the Charleston area since 1985, provides kitchen and bath design services as well as cabinetry, countertops, decorative hardware, and outdoor kitchens. If you’re on a budget but would love to update the look of your cabinetry, ask the experts at Southeast about their replacement doors! 759 Folly Road, Charleston (843) 795-8809 •

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Since building a brand new facility in 2009, Blue Haven Pools can proudly claim one of the most interactive and aesthetically pleasing pool and spa showrooms in the Charleston area and beyond; the 8,000-square-foot facility is the only one of its kind in the area to feature three fully functioning display pools: one indoor and two outdoor that showcase spas, waterfalls, fire pits, fireplaces, and completely installed decking displays. The showroom also has a dedicated tile selection room, where you can view all of the different tile and interior pool samples on display. 7475 Peppermill Parkway, North Charleston (843) 552-6000





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Innovative installations set Palmetto Tile Distributors new showroom apart from its competition. Everywhere you look—the floors, the walls, the backsplashes of vignettes—you will find unique examples of actual tile design possibilities using porcelain, glass, and stone. Palmetto Tile’s design staff uses these cutting-edge displays as a springboard for the discussion of ideas with customers and then strives to create distinctive designs for them based on individual tastes. Stop by for a visit to this new showroom. 4639 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston (843) 266-8700 •


Although Jilco is predominantly known for their custom and semi-custom cabinetry, the showroom offers a wide range of other kitchen, bath, and storage solutions, including countertops and accessories available for kitchens, bathrooms, entertainment centers, shelving, laundry rooms, and virtually any other home application. The company’s turnkey service conveniently encompasses the materials for your project, perspective and elevation drawings, delivery, installation, and service. 2300 Clements Ferry Road Building A Suite 105, Charleston (843) 849-6465 •

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Remembering their humble beginnings 19 years ago, the folks at Carpet Baggers Carpet One are more than thankful for the beautiful showroom they have today. They take pride in providing their customers with ideas to use in their own home and a variety of floor coverings to suit each customer’s needs. Carpet Baggers Carpet One features nearly 100 different flooring options installed within the showroom so that customers may see and appreciate the finished product before deciding if it’s right for their own home. 3196 Marginal Rd, Charleston (843) 571-0013 • CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Summer 2011


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In 1984, Howard Krauss created Carolina Kitchens of Charleston to provide Lowcountry residents with semi-custom and full-custom cabinetry. With wife Kay working by his side, Howard saw the company thrive. Today, they are joined in business by their daughter, Jami Koontz, who has been in charge of marketing for the company for four years. The dynamic trio oversees the spacious 5,000-square-foot showroom off Clements Ferry Road, where homeowners can peruse numerous nearly full-size kitchen vignettes for inspiration; they even have countertop and hardware samples on hand to further help you visualize cabinet combinations for your home. 2491 Clements Ferry Road, Wando (843) 856-8255

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Known for its custom millwork department and special mouldings, Southern Lumber & Millwork Corporation carries a wide range of building materials, including framing, exterior trim products, exterior doors, windows, and more. Founded by Herman Albrecht Jr. as a family-owned and -operated venture, the company is now run by his daughter Joye Shuler and his three grandsons, Will Albrecht, Ben Albrecht Jr., and Thad Shuler. The company continues to thrive by constantly improving its offerings, evidenced by their recent addition of "Elite Treated" trim boards only found at Southern Lumber. 2031 King Street Extension, Charleston (843) 744-6281


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Stopping into the Queen Street gallery of Smith-Killian Fine Art is a quintessential Charleston shopping experience. Centered around contemporary realism and color, the gallery reads like a cozy museum—full of vibrant hues and bold strokes. The work of the gallery’s namesake, Betty Anglin Smith, is—of course—prominently on display there, along with the works by her triplets: painters Jennifer Smith Rogers and Shannon Smith, and photographer Tripp Smith. Several other artists and mediums are featured, with subject matter spanning everything from European landscapes to local architecture. 9 Queen Street, Charleston (843) 853-0708

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Colson Elevators and their sister company Coastal Elevators offer customers a hands-on showroom with a working elevator display to help them make decisions about various styles of lift equipment. Allison, owner of both companies, enjoys helping all of her customers, but her most rewarding projects, she says, “involve helping disabled or elderly customers find and install lifts or elevators that allow them to stay in their homes when otherwise they would have to move.” Colson offers Waupaca brand elevators and Coastal, the Inclinator brand. 3515 Meek's Farm Road, Johns Island (843) 557-0106

Jennifer Hudson, Rosie Colson, Allison Williams, Emaculada Brockman, and Elizabeth Williams of Coastal Elevators and Lifts


Authentic Kitchens and Baths Concepts will assist from design to installation for cabinetry and countertops throughout the house, including entertainment centers, bookcases, built-ins, and more. Need ideas? Step into their showroom to see numerous vignettes displaying their products. Check out their wall of cabinet doors to select the perfect finish and style to suit your individual needs. They help with the design and execution of your new kitchen or bathroom. 2457 Ashley River Road, Charleston (843) 852-9407 •



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Picking through antiques is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a leisurely afternoon. Visiting Palmetto Moon Antiques is no exception. The showroom, which is actually a quaint cottage in Mt. Pleasant, feels lived-in and inviting; bits and baubles dot nearly every spare space.   Another perk? They can take old, antique products and turn them into new furniture, lamps, or wall art. Owned and run by the mother-daughter duo of Dana Weil and Diane Schroder, Palmetto Moon Antiques is one of the area’s most beloved shopping spots. 1157 Chuck Dawley Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant (843) 856-1881

Dana Weil and Diane Schroder of Palmetto Moon Antiques


In 1981, upon wrapping up a two-year stint as a builder for one of the nation’s first Habitat for Humanity neighborhoods, Dale Hostetler decided to start his own cabinet company. Choosing Charleston as his home base, the cabinetmaker used his old green pickup truck as his workshop until he became more established. Today, Hostetler Custom Cabinetry is run by Dale and his son, Chris, and is known for a keen eye to detail and craftsmanship. Their work can be seen in custom homes all over Charleston and ranges from outdoor kitchens to specialized wine pantries. 445 Fleming Road, James Island (843) 795-0946

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Founded by Eddie Buck Sr. in 1974, Buck Lumber & Building Supply is favored by industry professionals and homeowners alike for their large selection of quality building materials. Today, the business is truly a family affair with Eddie's wife, Margaret, and the couple's children, Eddie Buck Jr. and Susanne Cantey, contributing to day-to-day operations. In addition to a retail store filled with all manner of building supplies, Buck Lumber & Building Supply also boasts a state-of-the-art design center filled with working window and door displays. Buck Lumber is a must-stop for anyone building, remodeling, or simply tackling a weekend project. 1911 Maybank Highway, Charleston, (843) 795-0150

Eddie Buck, Jr., Susanne Buck Cantey, Margaret Buck and Eddie Buck, Sr. of Buck Lumber


For almost half a century, the Mevers family has been helping outfit Charleston-area homes with cabinetry, countertops, and cabinet hardware. The focus on quality and craftsmanship the company counts as its mission has been passed down over the years and is now entering the third generation of the family. Upon visiting the showroom, a team member will show you various vignettes highlighting popular styles and trends before helping you determine the best choices for your project. Clearly, their hands-on approach works; the company has a 100-percent satisfaction rate amongst its clients! 630B Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant (843) 388-9633 •

Billy Mevers and Chris Mevers of Mevers Kitchen & Bath Design Studio


Moluf ’s, a Lowcountry business, has been a favorite resource for plumbing fixtures for over 60 years. George Moluf founded the company in 1941. Today, his son, Tony, and grandson Trey, run the day-to-day operations of what has become one of Charleston’s most successful companies. The company carries virtually every top brand and style of faucets, sinks, tubs, toilets, and accessories, making it a favorite stop for interior designers, homeowners, and builders. 530 East Bay Street, Charleston (843) 723-4881 •

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New Showroom on the Block When a new showroom opens, it’s definitely worth checking out. Oftentimes they have the newest and hottest products on display, giving you a good grasp on what’s new and in style. LORRAINE G VALE

When designing the interior of a home, homeowners want to see options but also need guidance, or the process can be overwhelming. When you enter Lorraine G Vale's Daniel Island showroom, she has a myriad of fabrics, paint swatches, and look books to view, but more importantly, she's there to help make sense of everything. She will help you, as her slogan says, "create traditional interiors with clean, simplified lines for livable spaces that unmistakably match the personalities they are designed to serve." Through visiting her resource library, your home design options are wide open. 130 River Landing Drive 12-C, Daniel Island (843) 216-2002

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Designer Kitchens & Baths recently relocated their showroom to a larger space just up the street from their previous location. The new showroom now has more displays and a working kitchen with various cooking events planned for the future. Rhoda Jones has years of experience in the industry, and husband Morelle is a licensed architect, allowing this company to handle all aspects of a kitchen or bath remodel. Recently, the company's quality work led to them being called upon by HGTV to submit projects for Bang For Your Buck, which will air this summer. 1106 St. Andrews Boulevard Suite A, Charleston (843) 763-7717 Caroline Mazzone of Crystal Clear Pools


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Located in Mt. Pleasant, Crystal Clear Pools is the perfect place for all of your summertime accessories. They carry several different types of pools, including full-size, inground pools to saunas to kiddie pools perfect for your family's needs. The company also provides at-home consultations to determine the perfect size pool for your yard. They pride themselves on knowledgeable customer service and the most up-to-date information about new products and technologies. In their showroom, you can check out spas, saunas, and outdoor furniture on display, as well as pick up chemical products for your existing pool. 611 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant (843) 884-7557 •

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With several displays set up in their showroom, you'll have no problem choosing the right granite and look for your home. Granite Shop offers samples of quartz, marble, and granite countertops so you can see exactly what the raw stone will look like once cut and finished. The folks at Granite Shop really know their business well and are equipped to help you make the best stone decisions for your home. 717 Old Trolley Road, Summerville (843) 771-1235


Having recently settled into a new showroom just off of Ashley River Road (Highway 61), this darling company is poised and ready to tackle your next interior design project—whether it be through actual design services, the reupholstery of furniture, or the creation of custom window treatments. Furthermore, MW Hunter has fallen into favor over the last few years as one of the area’s best go-to gift shops; Tyler Candles (they are an exclusive Tyler Candle boutique), Goat Island treasure boxes, jewelry, and home décor all make perfect purchases for loved ones—or simply special indulgences for yourself. 1722 Ashley River Road, West Ashley (843) 556-4939 •

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With lamps as their specialty, Charleston Lamp Company's new West Ashley showroom is chock-full of them; they boast over 800 lamps, chandeliers, and sconces in stock! They can also help with your existing lamps, including servicing, shades, and repair. See a pair of antique lamps you love at an estate sale, but the shades are in a state of disrepair? Charleston Lamp can help you replace them with their huge inventory. Another specialty of the company is the conversion of unique objects into lamps—whether it be a bowling ball or a decorative vase. 1760 Ashley River Road, Charleston (843) 763-9150 •



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Award-winning pool company Clear Blue Pools has a brandnew showroom and is more poised than ever to provide the outstanding design, construction, and customer service Lowcountry customers have become accustomed to over the past decade. According to owner Mike Greer, the key to the company's success—particularly during the difficult economic climate of the last few years—is their firm belief in the old adage, "The customer comes first." It should come as no shock, then, that you'll be treated like a VIP when you visit the North Charleston showroom. 7110 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston (843) 300-4143 •

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A full-service cabinet business, Advanced Kitchen Designs (AKD) relies on over 25 years of industry experience to help outfit Lowcountry homes with their dream kitchens and other custom cabinetry. Originally headquartered in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area, AKD now has a Charleston showroom conveniently located off of Savannah Highway. In the well-equipped showroom, you can meet with AKD's experts to discuss cabinetry that fits both your décor and your budget. With a seemingly limitless selection of styles, woods, finishes, and colors, the showroom takes the guesswork out of finding your ideal design. 1662 Savannah Hwy, Charleston (843) 815-4555 •

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Leon Vanderbilt Antiques on upper King Street has become one of Charleston’s leading resources for fine antique furniture. Owner Gary Leon provides outstanding service, and clients benefit from his vast knowledge of antiques and over 35 years of experience.  Leon Vanderbilt Antiques offers clients the finest restoration and conservation service available.  Expert sourcing is available when searching for that special piece. When visiting, enjoy the beautiful showroom filled with fine objects or take a tour of the workshop. 1437 King Street, Ste. 6, Charleston (843) 577-0520


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Off the Beaten Path There are several showrooms that are simply worth the drive. Even though they’re a little out of your normal route and well, off the beaten path, these detours are definitely worth making.


As the premium over the years has shifted from craftsmanship to quick and easy assembly, it is refreshing to see a local craftsman who uses his hands to take one-of-a-kind furniture and restore it for another purpose. Bud Carpenter, owner of Carpenter's Antiques and Restoration, does this and more. He can now give your old kitchen cabinetry a brand new look. Although he doesn't have a formal showroom, you can visit Bud at his workshop to see pieces he is working on or simply to discuss the commission of your own custom creation. 748 King Street #B, Mt. Pleasant (843) 884-3411 Bud Carpenter of Carpenter's Antiques & Restoration


A recent recipient of a Prism Award for an impressive backyard oasis in Mt. Pleasant, Aqua Blue Pools boasts a unique distinction from many other local pool and spa outfitters—in 1998, the company joined the elite ranks of the Master Pools Guild. A highly selective process, joining the Guild requires receiving an invitation, undergoing rigorous certifications, and maintaining an exceptional level of customer service. Due to their Guild status, you're assured Aqua Blue Pool's staff will deliver a shopping experience for a swimming pool that's second to none. 5190 Towles Rd, Hollywood (843) 767-7665

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Venture into WilliamSmith Fireplaces for a shopping experience to complete your living room or outdoor area. Their warehouse-style showroom displays the latest in grills, fire pits, chimney tops, gas logs, gas lanterns, and fireplaces. Once you've chosen your product, WilliamSmith will install it in your home for you as well. The employees there take pride in their products and customer satisfaction, ensuring you a pleasant shopping day at WilliamSmith. 955 Dorchester Road Suite 3, North Charleston (843) 766-0347 •



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Step into a showroom that’s completely unique in that it’s set up like a gallery of exquisite, custom flooring products. Although they carry all types of flooring, such as hardwood, tile, and carpet, Precision Flooring Group specializes in unique tile and wood found nowhere else in Charleston. All installations are performed by in-house staff, with each project managed carefully from start to finish. With established relationships among many of the area’s custom home builders, commercial contractors, architects, and interior designers, they meet the needs of a diverse range of design aspirations. 447 Fleming Rd #B, Charleston (843) 762-9380 • Nick Mathias, General Manager of MVP Granite


MVP Granite and Flooring is a natural stone fabricator, meaning they will help you select the perfect granite, marble, or quartz stone, carefully measure the space the countertops will be installed, and then custom cut and install the stone in your home or business. They have a showroom displaying numerous samples and full-size slabs in a warehouse out back. They recently began offering glass tile as well. 500 Deanna Lane, Daniel Island (843) 388-2326

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Elegant Hardwood Floors is truly a specialist on all things wood flooring-related. Not only do they sell numerous types of wood in every color, but they also provide laminate and pre-finished flooring. They are trained and certified to install all types of hardwood and economical flooring, as well as repair and refinish existing hardwood with a dustless sanding process. An added bonus—all of their employees are experienced craftsmen who are incredibly knowledgeable in hardwood flooring. Appointments are recommended at their showroom. 1738 Harmon Street, North Charleston (843) 723-8172 •

Fred Stone of Elegant Hardwood Floors


Setting apart Builders Hardware is the unique philosophy upon which it was founded: to change the way decorative hardware was distributed. Instead of the traditional route of the homeowner having to meet with both the hardware company and the builder or carpenter who was responsible for installing the hardware, Builders Hardware opted to combine the service and the product to maximize efficiency and convenience for the customer. The company offers a large selection to choose from in their Ladson showroom. 3525 Iron Horse Drive Suite 103, Ladson (843) 552-5515 •

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To best demonstrate some of the top hurricane storm shutters available on the market, Windward Shutters’ owner Tim Smith opted to outfit his showroom near Park Circle with several working styles on the outside of the building. When you visit the showroom you will get a chance to closely examine some of the available options and see how they actually work. In addition, you can view pictures of various local projects completed by Windward, the oldest hurricane storm shutter company in South Carolina. 4827 Virginia Avenue, North Charleston (843) 881-6262 •

Tim Smith of Windward Shutters


Before there was a Buckhannon Brothers Tile Showroom, the owners worked as tile installers for nearly 15 years. Having many years of installation experience gives them a unique perspective that can enhance the look of a project and even help save their customers money. Their showroom is filled with tile lines and products that are not seen in other showrooms in Charleston. 483 Long Point Road, Suite C, Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-8911 •

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Owner John Dezinna of Palmetto Wood Floors has been creating masterworks of grain in fine homes in the Charleston area since 1991. They sell both exotic and domestic materials, plus reclaimed woods from several sources—rivers, old buildings, etc.—as well as engineered flooring, which guarantees minimal movement, even in our high-humidity areas. For anyone interested in bringing his or her old hardwood flooring back to life, Palmetto Wood Floors offers buffing and re-coating, plus re-sanding and finishing, both of which are 99 percent dust-free and do not require a cleanup crew afterward. 449 Deanna Lane, Charleston (843) 884-6191 •


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Robert Gatch of All About Garage Doors


With new garage door styles being developed every day, it can be complicated to navigate all of the available options for your home. Enter Robert Gatch, owner of All About Garage Doors, a local company specializing in residential and commercial installs, sales, and service of garage doors. Having spent the better part of the last two decades in service to his country and community (both in the military and as a state trooper), Robert takes personal pride in continuing to provide service to his community—now in the form of helping homeowners through his business. As such, he treats every customer he meets as a friend, which has garnered him a loyal client base. (843) 832-4304 •

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When in the market for a new roof, particularly a metal roof, you want to feel assured that the product you are buying not only looks great, but will also withstand the test of time. At Eagle Metals, the staff works hard to deliver on both of those promises. The Ladson-area showroom is equipped with numerous displays, color options, and profiles, all out for the customer to view. "We like assisting customers," says store manager Andy, "and I think they like our honesty, support, and the fact that we are personable." 9997 Highway 78, Ladson (843) 821-9980 •


Shop and donate to the ReStore to help Habitat build homes for area families in need.

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House Calls


Hurricane protection products are paramount for homes here along the coast, so it makes sense to shop for them at a company that will design a custom system exclusive to your individual needs. Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters will come out and do a complete evaluation of your home, after which they will give you pertinent safety details, such as condition, age, and wind code rating. They will present options that fit into your budget, consisting of any combination of accordions, colonials, Bahamas, fabric shields, roll downs, and/or storm panels. (843) 822-5519 •

Sometimes when shopping for your home, it’s nearly impossible to explain to the sales staff the layout of your home without picking it up, bringing it in, and setting it on the counter—which we all know is not an option. Let these professionals come to you and show you exactly how they can make their products work for your home, in your home.


The Overhead Door Company has long been a respected name in the garage door industry. If you’re looking for a garage door, they'll come to you with product samples, or you can swing by their North Charleston showroom to meet with one of the company’s experts. They will sit down to discuss options and show you “virtual” examples of available doors; you can even email them a photo of the exterior of your own home, and they will use computer software to show you exactly how the new door will look before it's installed. (843) 767-0028 •

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Allow Marilynn Gay to come to your home and transform your room with custom window treatments, bedding, and pillows. She will bring fabric, trim, and hardware samples to your home for you to make your selection, allowing you to see your choices in the room. Marilynn fabricates the treatments personally, thus taking full responsibility for the quality and fit, while providing personalzied service to each client. To help her clients envision their new window treatments, Marilynn uses the latest in technology to overlay possible designs with the fabric selection over a photo of your window. (843) 693-6900


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As the trend toward "nesting" at home continues to grow, homeowners are demanding more comfort-laden features, such as whole-house audio with speakers built into the ceiling and walls, home theatre systems, and home automation. NextGen will visit you to evaluate your needs and ideas, engineer the perfect solution, and execute the project—regardless of size. NextGen refers to this as their "Three E's of Success." Most, if not all, of the bells and whistles that can be integrated into a house under construction can also be included in an existing home with systems added over time as budget allows. • (843) 871-8531

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Window Master is a locally-owned window treatment company who will bring samples of their plantation shutters, wood and poly blinds, and soft shades to view in your own home. Every window varies in size and Window Master does not carry "stock" sizes that have to be cut. All of their products are custom-manufactured to your specific window size, ensuring the perfect fit. From the initial visit to measuring your windows and installation, they are there every step of the way. (843) 552-1146 •

Barry Taylor of Window Master


Making house calls to visit her customers’ homes is Sandra Gaylord’s source of inspiration. When she steps into a space for remodeling (or an empty space for new construction), she is filled with new ideas of how to make that space unique to the homeowners' tastes. Working with Plain and Fancy and Breathe Easy cabinetry, Sandra can transform a bland room into an articulately designed, enjoyable room. Interesting fact? Sandra is a specialist in designing functional and safe houses for aging loved ones. (843) 327-4635 •

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A Shade Above the Rest can come to your home and custom measure and install shutters, blinds, shades, and other window treatments. While they don't have an actual showroom, they are more than willing to drive their showroom to you! They offer professional service and installation, ensuring complete customer satisfaction is their top priority. (843) 875-4307 •

When you truly want to stay local with your home products, Lowcountry Paver is the place to shop. As manufacturers of paving stones, retaining walls, and pool coping, not only do your projects reflect your Charleston style, but they are actually made in their Hardeeville plant near Charleston. While Lowcountry Paver offers several do-it-yourself products for the adventurous soul, they can also provide you a list of local contractors to complete the work for you. (866) 468- 3561 •


A customer recently walked into Creative Cotton Company and expressed her surprise over the extensive selection of window treatments, bedding, soft furnishings, fabrics, and trims on display in full-size samples. It's a comment owner Annette Ellard hears—and enjoys hearing—often. "We try to carry lines that are not available in retail stores," she says. "We have hardware samples to show prospective clients how they look and work." Because they fabricate all of their own soft furnishings, the company is able to work with each customer to complete his or her project perfectly! (843) 737-0935 • Annette Ellard of Creative Cotton Company


Today, homeowners have more options than ever for integrating audio/video solutions into their living spaces. A highly technical field, however, audio/video integration is best left to the experts. David Smith, owner of Audio-Tech Services, or ATS,—will come to your home to discuss the best options to suit your lifestyle. A personal favorite of his customers? The Control 4 System, which allows you to manage the entertainment through an easyto-learn and -use remote. Imagine having a home that helps you save money by controlling your lights and temperature, all with the touch of a button. (843) 277-0059 •



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Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let its small size fool you! The Accucom showroom is filled with new technology and ideas for your home. Schedule an appointment to visit their West Ashley location and let them tell you about new audio, video, and lighting products for your home. Their showroom has two main purposes: The first is to give the client an idea of the type of systems they install and how they are controlled, and the second is to provide their personnel with the ability to install and become familiar with new products as they become available. (843) 769-4822 â&#x20AC;˘ Darlene Hanna of Special Additions


Annoyed with mosquitoes biting your legs? Tired of the lateafternoon storms in the summertime ruining your pool parties? The staff at Special Additions understandsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and can fix these problems! They build pool enclosures, screened-in porches, and sunrooms to give you a space you can enjoy all year longâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;rain or shine. Let them come out to your house and check out your existing porch or pool, or talk about adding a sunroom or screened porch to your home. (843) 851-2303 Chris Holsomback of Accucom Integrations Group

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Best Buy Blinds is a family-owned, local business specializing in all types of window treatments. They're quite well known for their plantation shutters, with three types available: solid wood, solid poly, and composite. Each is of high quality with its own advantages and characteristics. Best Buy Blinds offers a wide range of colors and stains as well as custom color matches. Although they have a small showroom off Clements Ferry Road, they mainly take product samples with them for inhome consultations. (843) 884-3454 Kelly Fowler of Best Buy Blinds

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We’ve all driven around downtown and peered through wrought iron gates to view the beautiful yards and gardens beyond. Looking at the elegantly styled iron, you’ve probably wondered more than once who was responsible for such artistry. For many homes around the Lowcountry, the man responsible is Will Smith. An accomplished blacksmith, Will has crafted fences, staircases, handrails, window guards, security doors, arbors, gates, and more for discerning homeowners in Charleston. (803) 515-0124


With the temperate climate and beautiful scenery we are blessed with here in the Lowcountry, we all want to extend the time we spend outdoors. Express Sunrooms has kept their overhead low since their inception, making it possible to guarantee customers quality outdoor living products at fair prices. Express Sunrooms offers new sunrooms, screen porches, screen enclosures, vinyl sunrooms, pergolas, patio covers, pool enclosures, decks, and custom room additions. To top it all off, they offer a lifetime warranty and their exclusive "no pay guarantee." (843) 534-3233 Michael Gregory of Express Sunrooms


With over 70 years experience in the business, Culligan is incredibly knowledgeable about water purification. They specialize in water softeners and pure drinking water. Culligan softeners eliminate the minerals commonly found here in the Lowcountry, which make the water smell like rotten eggs and can shorten the life of expensive appliances. If a water softener isn't for you, Culligan delivers fresh, great-tasting bottled water straight to your home. 131 Hanniford Drive, North Charleston (843) 767-3333


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“My House is Smarter Than Your House” Bryan Mishler of Controlit


Controlit specializes in home automation, custom home theater systems, and more. Their employees will come to your home and show you how to make your house more livable and even more energy efficient. With the touch of a button, lights set the perfect mood and music plays in any room you choose. Controlit also does a great deal of retrofit work on existing homes that does not require tearing out walls. Their custom home theaters let you bring the experience of going to the movies to your own living room. (843) 628-4290 •

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Based in Murrells Inlet, SC, The Plantation Shutter Company has been providing homeowners and businesses with custom designed shutters since 1987. Their work can be seen across North and South Carolina and as far south as Savannah and Augusta, GA. As their name implies, they specialize in plantation shutters of all types for the interior of your home such as vinyl, polywood, and of course, classic and traditional plantation shutters made of wood. Complementing their line of plantation shutters, they also offer blinds, shades, exterior shutters, and plantation shutter hardware. 1-800922-9572 •

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Pictured above is a home recently built by Phillip Palmer of Palmer Construction and equipped with Andersen hurricane-resistant windows from Southern Lumber and Millwork. Features include Low-E 4 high-performance impact glass, which will stop flying debris dead in its tracks without penetrating the glass. Impact windows provide the ultimate in 24/7 year-round protection and will help lower property insurance. Contact Southern Lumber at (843) 744-6281 to learn more about Andersen hurricane-resistant windows.

oofs torn from homes. Trees ripped from the earth. Twenty-foot waves crashing to shore. One of the most dramatic, damaging, and potentially deadly weather events to occur in the Lowcountry is a hurricane. But you can minimize damage to your home by preparing now, before the inevitable threat. The good news is the action you take now will minimize damage later. And the improvements you make on your home may qualify for discounts on your homeowners insurance, essentially paying for those improvements over time. Just don't wait until it's too late!


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Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane Products you can buy and things you can do to make your home hurricane ready

(left) Colonial and Bahama shutters to protect windows and screened porches—available from Windward Shutters

(right) Colonial shutters— available from Windward Shutters

Accordion Shutters

Attached permanently to the outside of a home, these shutters close by rolling horizontally across the window or door opening on a nylon roller track. When closed, they resemble an accordion.

Bahama Shutters

These shutters are comprised of a louvered panel attached above the window on a continuous top hinge and held away from the house by two adjustable rods.

Board and Batten

Board and batten shutters are often seen with arch tops or cutouts; they consist of open spaced bars or boards joined together with horizontal battens to bolster strength.



Colonial Shutters

Custom fit to each specific opening, colonial shutters offer a wide variety of options in both traditional panel and louvered styles. The reinforcing storm bar for these shutters must be installed from the exterior.

Flexible Fabric Storm Panels

Crafted from cutting-edge mesh fabric, these systems can withstand flying debris up to 200 mph. They are easily installed and stored.

Foam Insulation

When applied, foam insulation bolsters the strength of the structure by adhering to exterior sheathing, rafters, and studs.

(right) Hurricaneproof garage door from Amarr— available from All About Garage Doors

Foundation Flood Vents

When a home floods during a major storm, water trapped inside the home can wreak havoc. Flood vents allow floodwater to flow out.

Help for Absentee Owners

See the resource guide on page 216 for three reputable companies that will help safeguard your second home by securing loose items, such as pool furniture or grills. You may have hurricane shutters on your home, but someone must deploy them. These companies can be your eyes and ears before and after the storm to keep your home maintained while you're away.

Hurricane Straps and Clips

With extremely high wind velocities, the chances of the roof lifting increase greatly. These straps anchor the roof and subsequent floors to the foundation for added stability.

Impacted-Rated Garage Doors

New garage door installations must now be code compliant to resist hurricane-force winds. An existing garage door can be strengthened, thereby bringing it up to current code requirements, by installing special hurricane bracing.


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(above) Impact rated doors— available from Buck Lumber (far left) Impact resistant windows — available from Kolbe Gallery (left) Bahama and Colonial shutters— available from Lowcountry Hurricane Protection Exterior


Impact-Resistant Glass

The laminate core in this type of specialized glass stops flying objects should they penetrate the window, reducing the risk of an impact fracture.

Last-Minute Help—Paint Contractors

If you’ve waited until it's too late to purchase hurricane shutters and other protection systems customized to fit the window and door openings on your home, then you must wait in line like everyone else to buy plywood, cut the plywood to fit your openings, and then nail or screw it into place over your windows and doors. Since plywood is heavy and bulky, installing it on a ladder can be hazardous. A little-known secret is to contact a painting contactor to have them climb the ladders to board up your windows. Paint contractors spend a great deal of time on ladders, so they're comfortable being high up off the ground.

Permanent Standby Generators

These generators differ from the portable type in that they are wired directly into your electrical system at home. A transfer switch in the generator constantly monitors the power, and if it senses an interruption, the switch automatically starts the gen-



erator and restores power to your home. When the power from your utility resumes, the transfer switch reverses the process.


A basic, economical option for impact protection, plywood should still be installed over DP-rated windows and doors in order to meet proper building codes.


In general, metal roofing is stronger than asphalt shingles, but several manufacturers offer asphalt shingles designed to resist winds up to 150 mph. Metal roofing will be just as wind resistant when it's many years old as it is when new. That is not the case with standard shingles.

Roll-Down Shutters

Resembling mini-garage doors, these shutters are mounted permanently to the home's exterior; when not in use, they roll upward into a self-contained housing unit.

Storm Panels

Storm panels are plywood's lightweight cousin– similar in construction and usage but made from aluminum, steel, or dense plastic.


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St ArermYouWatch Prepared? Need-to-Know Insurance Info Allstate Insurance's Digital Locker is a new Apple application that lets you create an inventory of your possessions, which can be stored right in your pocket. Organize your personal property by room, category, or in item lists. You can take new pictures or choose from your existing iPhone library to give a visual to your home's assets. The free app makes it easy to create and manage an inventory of your personal property so you'll have the information you need right at your fingertips should you ever need to make a claim. (above) Durable metal roof—available from Eagle Metals

Surge Protection

A whole-house surge protector is hardwired into your electrical box and can prevent all the electrical appliances in your home from being damaged. Some people think they have surge protectors hooked up to individual electronic devices, when, in actuality, they are no more than a power strip and provide no protection.

Window Film

Window film will minimize damage by holding the pieces of window glass in place if the window is broken. The other benefits of window film is helping to reduce heat gain from the sun, saving on energy costs.

For more information, contact Kevin Shealy of Allstate Agency at (843) 573-4777 or stop by 781 St. Andrews Boulevard in West Ashley. There are several steps homeowners can take to minimize the damages caused by high winds. The SC Safe Home Grant Program provides grant dollars to individual homeowners to make their homes more resistant to hurricane and wind damage. You must have a Certified Wind Inspection Assessment and Report completed for your property, and Ace Preferred Home Inspections is a Certified Wind Examiner. For more information contact ACE Preferred Home Inspections at (843) 849-0455 or If you are planning to build a new home, many leading insurance companies offer significant discounts for improved construction methods and building features aimed at reducing the damage that may be caused by high winds or hurricanes.

(above) New home featuring impact resistant windows —available from 84 Lumber



For more information on how to take advantage of these credits on your homeowners' insurance policy, contact Anderson Insurance Associates at (843) 763-7525 or stop by 3491 Shelby Ray Court in West Ashley.


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Hurricane Protection Resource Guide Where can I get hurricane-resistant WINDOWS AND DOORS?

Who can I call to BOARD UP MY HOUSE?

Express Sunrooms • (843) 534-3233

G&R Services, LLC • (843) 343-5483

Kolbe Gallery of Charleston • (843) 881-0038

Vincent Smith Services • (864) 344-3366

Buck Lumber & Building Supply • (843) 795-0150

Millwork Artisans, LLC • (843) 577-3348 Southern Lumber and Millwork • (843) 744-6281 84 Lumber • (843) 844-8431

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uring hurricane season, WCBD-TV's Storm Team2 Chief Meteorologist Rob Fowler and supporting meteorologists Josh Marthers and Joey Sovine keep a watchful eye out into the Atlantic Ocean, on the lookout for the inevitable tropical storms and hurricanes that plague the East Coast each year. However, the team doesn’t just watch out for hurricanes and tropical storms. During the rest of the year, this band of brothers pays close attention to severe weather marching toward Charleston from the West. Such was the case this past spring when the terrible EF5-strength tornadoes (261–318 mph winds) struck Alabama, killing hundreds as the tornadoes made their way toward the Lowcountry.

been a broadcast meteorologist for 29 years, and "WSI has been a household name in our business that whole time." Storm Team2 recently got a chance to use TITAN2 during a tornado event here in South Carolina in April. "An EF2 tornado with wind speeds between 111–135 mph touched down in St. Stephen, SC, not far from Charleston, flattening a church there. All afternoon and evening long, Storm Team2 used TITAN2 to show our viewers where the tornado-producing cells were located and which direction they were moving, giving our viewers critical warning time so that they could prepare," says Fowler.

From their state-of-the-art Storm Team2 Forecast Center in Mt. Pleasant, Channel 2's team of meteorologists closely monitored the devastating outbreak of 312 killer twisters that touched down in one 24-hour period, breaking the old record of 226 set back in 1974. As the series of tornadoes and thunderstorms made their way east, whole neighborhoods throughout the Southeast disintegrated in minutes. Trees were debarked, and automobile-sized missiles were sent flying through the air. Fowler and his team knew this powerful storm system might be heading our way. Fortunately for Charlestonians, the Lowcountry was spared the devastation our neighboring states experienced. But had the powerful line of storms moved slightly south, it would have been a different story. But Fowler and his team of weathermen were prepared. Just this year, WCBD-TV invested in the best, most cutting-edge weather radar system available today. "TITAN2 is the best there is in our business right now," says Fowler. "It has the most powerful computers, which can handle multiple tasks and the best-looking graphics of any weather-forecasting system out there today." TITAN2's maker is a company called WSI, based in Andover, MA. In addition to WCBD-TV, customers of their cutting-edge weather-predicting products include The Weather Channel, Fox News, several airlines such as Southwest and American Airlines, and even the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Fowler has



From left to right, Storm Team2 Meteorologists Josh Marthers, Joey Sovine, and Chief Meteorologist Rob Fowler in the Storm Team 2 Forecast Center.

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away. "Little did we know back on September 9 1989, that a cluster of thunderstorms entering the far eastern Atlantic Ocean from Africa would eventually strengthen to become Hurricane Hugo, striking our coast 12 days later," Fowler points out. "As storms move closer to the Charleston coast, Storm Team2 will offer our viewers a look inside the storm via the Hurricane Hunter aircrafts. TITAN2 takes that information and lets us show our viewers what is going on inside the hurricane, how strong the winds and pressure are how big the eye is, and how expansive the wind field is, among many other things," Fowler says. Fowler also encourages viewers to stay in touch via Channel 2's tropical storm website, "I helped develop this site a couple of years ago and am very proud of how informative it has become. We will continue to track any potential threat each day until the point where the threat has passed or has become a threat to Charleston directly. That is when our news department and other station personnel all become members of Storm Team2." says Fowler. "At that point, we may be doing hourly updates as the storm gets closer, or even what we call 'wall to wall,' where our coverage on News 2 will interrupt regularly scheduled programs completely. We don’t like to break into your favorite show, but it’s something we have to do if severe weather, such as a hurricane, is a threat to us." Storm Team2 is willing to do all they can to protect residents against the storms of Mother Nature. From carefully tracking smaller weather patterns that produce tornadoes, sleet, snow, and hail, to constantly watching the development of destructive hurricanes, Channel 2 prides themselves on being at the forefront of weather news, providing Charleston with up-to-date, life-saving information. Meet Rob, Josh, Joey, and other News 2 on-air personalities at the Charleston Hurricane Expo on Saturday, August 27, 2011, from 10am–5pm at Gaillard Auditorium. For the fourth year in a row, the first 500 families will receive a FREE Hurricane Kit, including an Eveready floating utility lantern. The Charleston Hurricane Expo is part of the Custom Home + Remodel Show, organized by Charleston Home + Design magazine and sponsored by Count on 2 News and Clear Channel. For more information on the Charleston Hurricane Expo, contact Charleston Home + Design magazine at (843) 577-7652.

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3 Recipes To Enjoy This Summer Chef Sean Brock's Strawberry Gazpacho with Charleston Stone Crab & Tomato Water Jelly

Chef Sean Brock is the executive chef at Husk on Queen Street, Downtown Charleston.

For the gazpacho 6 cups chopped strawberries 1 cup diced red onion 1 cup diced red bell pepper 1 cup peeled and diced English cucumber

For the JELLY

For the tomato water

7 Sheets of gelatin, bloomed and melted 2 cups tomato water

5 very ripe heirloom tomatoes Kosher salt

1. Sprinkle gelatin over the water in a small heavy saucepan and let stand for 1 minute to soften. Stir in 1/2 cup of the tomato water. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring, until gelatin has dissolved, about one minute. 2. Combine the melted gelatin and the remaining tomato water until well combined. Pour into a baking tray and refrigerate until gelled.

1 garlic clove, minced 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon 2 ounces raspberry vinegar 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Working in batches, if necessary, combine all of the ingredients, except the olive oil, in a blender and purée until very smooth. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Put in a container, cover, and refrigerate.

1 Seedless Watermelon 4 Red Heirloom Tomatoes 4 Yellow Heirloom Tomatoes 4 English Cucumbers 2 Red Onions 3 Oranges

2. Pour the tomato purée into ice cube trays and freeze overnight. Fit a mesh strainer over a deep bowl and line it with a double layer of cheesecloth. Wrap the frozen tomato cubes in the cheesecloth, and tie off the ends with kitchen string to form a sack. Attach the sack to a handle of a wooden spoon, remove the strainer, and suspend the sack over the bowl. Refrigerate. Clear liquid (tomato water) will drain through the cheesecloth for about 24 hours. If any red liquid begins to appear, discontinue dripping. Do not squeeze the cheesecloth or the liquid will cloud.

For the crab salad

To complete

1 pound fresh stone crab meat Juice of 1 lime 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and cayenne pepper to taste

Sorrel sprigs Basil, chervil, and tarragon leaves

Gently mix all of the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate.

1. Start off by removing the skin of the watermelon, and make sure your watermelon is completely de-seeded. Once skin is removed and all seeds have been removed from the watermelon, you need to dice the watermelon into 1-inch cubes.

Chef Brett Mckee's Su mmer Salad Recipe INGREDIENTS 3 Lemons

1. Purée the tomatoes in a food processor. Add salt to taste. Add the dissolved gelatin, and pulse a few times to combine.

3 Limes 1.5 Cup Red Wine Vinegar 0.50 Cup Granulated Sugar 0.50 Bunch of Fresh Basil 0.50 Bunch of Fresh Mint Salt to taste Pepper to taste

2. Next, put a sauce pot of lightly salted water onto your gas range or stove top and turn on high heat to bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, take your red and yellow tomatoes and score the tops and bottoms of each tomato. This will help in removing the skin off the tomatoes after they are blanched in the pot of boiling water. Next, get yourself a container and fill it with ice and water to create a water bath to shock the tomatoes. Now, add your tomatoes to the boiling water for about one minute and remove and place into the water bath to shock them. Once the tomatoes have cooled, remove the skin by peeling it off, starting at the areas that were scored. Once skin is removed, set the tomatoes aside. 3. Cut through the tomatoes horizontally, and remove the seeds from the inside by scraping

1. Cut the tomato jelly into dice. 2. Divide the crab and diced tomato jelly between the soup bowls. Pour the soup around the crab. Garnish each bowl with the sorrel and herbs. Serve immediately.

them out with a paring knife or your finger. Once all the seeds have been removed, set the tomatoes aside. 4. Take your tomatoes and dice them the same size as the watermelon and place them into a bowl with the diced watermelon and set aside. 5. Next, peel and de-seed the English cucumbers and then dice them the same size as the watermelon and tomatoes. Then place the diced cucumbers into the mixing bowl with the watermelon and tomatoes. 6. Take your red onions and peel the skin off them. Now julienne the red onion, either with a knife or a japanese mandolin. Try to make sure you get them as thin as possible; you almost want the red onions to be shaved. Now add the red onion to the rest of the diced items. 7. Take your lemons, limes, and oranges and zest them and then juice them into the mixing bowl with all the other ingredients. Add in your vinegar and sugar now and toss with all

Chef Brett McKee is th pioneer ex e ecutive ch ef of 17 and Brett’s Roadside K North itchen. the other ingredients. 8. Take your fresh basil and fresh mint and chiffonade them with a sharp knife to prevent the leaves from getting bruised and turning brown. Then add you fresh basil and fresh mint into the mixture of other ingredients and toss together. Then add salt and pepper to your liking.

Chef Marc Collins’s Bar-B-Que Crab Sandwich CRAB SALAD

Bar-B-Que Sauce

Vinegar Slaw

2c. Jumbo Lump Crabmeat ¼c. Celery (diced) ¼c. Carrots (diced) 2T. Minced Chives 1 Small Bunch of Cilantro (chopped) 8 Dashes of Tabasco 1tsp. Old Bay seasoning (or more if desired) ¾c. Mayonnaise

1c. Your Favorite Bar-B-Que sauce 1c. Orange Juice 3ea. Bay Leaves 1ea. Cinnamon Stick

½ Head Green Cabbage (finely shredded) 1 Red Bell Pepper (diced) 2c. Vinegar (white) ¾c. Sugar

Chef Marc Collins is the executive chef at Circa 1886 and an integral part of Mix all of these ingredients in a the Charleston Food + Wine Festival. bowl and set aside for later use.



Place all of this in a pot and reduce until sauce thickens.

Bring the sugar and Vinegar to a boil and pour over the bell pepper and cabbage. Chill completely & save for later use.

To complete To assemble the final product, you need either sliced white bread or small soft rolls. If using the bread, spread the crab salad on one piece, drizzle with Bar-BQue sauce, and top with vinegar slaw and another slice of bread. Cut the crusts off of the bread, and cut it in half and in half again until you have 4 equal pieces. Eat and enjoy.



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