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156 F E AT U R E S

132 A Lowcountry Beach House

New York Times Best-Selling author Mary Alice Monroe allows us into her Isle of Palms beach house where she’s written many of her novels. We talk about her newest novel, her home’s design, and more.

144 Architect's Gallery of Custom Homes

See inside five stunning Lowcountry homes designed by local architects in our annual Architect’s Gallery.

156 Summoning Summer

Cover Photograph by Patrick Brickman

Ready to soak up the sun? Check out our outdoor living guide for inspiration on how to improve your outdoor space so you can enjoy the summer outside with your family.

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"As an avid reader myself, I was thrilled to sit down with Mary Alice and talk about her writing process and her approach to writing her acclaimed series, The Beach House."

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ummer is coming in hot, literally. We started seeing warmer temperatures as early as February this year and I’m sure we’re all anticipating a hot summer. I see lots of beach and pool days in our future. Patrick Brickman's Picks (pg 156)

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One of my favorite things to do is pack up some snacks, my sunscreen, and head to the beach with a good book. New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe has written dozens of great beach reads and this issue she graces our cover. As an avid reader myself, I was thrilled to sit down with Mary Alice and talk about her writing process and her approach to writing her acclaimed series, The Beach House. The next installment in the series, The Summer of Lost and Found, hit stands in May and discusses life during the pandemic. It’s a wonderful read! We get a look inside Mary Alice's Isle of Palms beach house where she's written many books and hear about her travels, designing the home, and her environmental efforts.

This issue also highlights our annual Outdoor Living Guide and Hurricane Guide. In these two features you’ll gain inspiration for how to make your outdoor living space Pinterest worthy and how to protect your home against those strong hurricane winds we might be seeing in the summer months. Peruse our annual Architect's Gallery to gain insight from the pros on how they can create your dream home. The Charleston Fall Home Show is back, August 27-29 at the North Charleston Convention Center. Come meet local vendors and get a signed copy of Mary Alice's latest novel The Summer of Lost and Found. Throughout the following pages, I hope you’re not only inspired by the beautiful photos but also by the stories of the human experience. Happy reading!

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A Passion for Outdoor Living Maria Lynch Dumoulin, president of Kenneth Lynch & Sons, carries on the tradition of craftsmanship and classical design started by her grandfather almost a century ago.

Tell us about Kenneth Lynch & Sons.

Kenneth Lynch & Sons has a history that spans 100 years, with roots in the metalcraft of my grandfather Kenneth Lynch. Our company was founded in 1927 and I am proud to be the third-generation owner, following in the footsteps of my grandfather and father.

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Story by Alli Steinke • Photos Provided by Kenneth Lynch & Sons

We design and manufacture three lines of garden ornamentation and outdoor furnishings. Our Estate Elements Collection features statuary, fountains, sundials, and garden ornamentation. The Florentine Classics Collection showcases handcrafted outdoor furniture, and the Lynch Urban Seating Collection includes park benches and site furnishings.

supported by expertise generated over our many decades of experience in the industry. We are proud to have built strong relationships with homeowners and designers who come back to us to assist on different projects. The quality of our products and our focus on customer service have helped us create beautiful spaces for garden enthusiasts to enjoy across the country.

Can you explain some of the products you create and why you developed those pieces? Founder Kenneth Lynch discovered inspiration in the classical style of European design. During his travels to Italy and other parts of Europe, he collected all types of ornaments and began to make molds to replicate these products in cast stone. His goal was to make the beautiful artistry of hand carved statuary available to the public by offering these products in a less expensive, yet stronger material.

(inset) Maria Lynch Dumoulin of Kenneth Lynch & Sons (opposite top) Garden ornamentation Kenneth Lynch & Sons provides homeowners. (oppostite bottom) An outdoor set offers a relaxing place to sit and enjoy your yard.

These pieces are found in our Estate Elements Collection. The Florentine Classics collection was a perfect fit to accompany the classical design of our ornamental products, adding products for outdoor living and practical style to the mix, while still maintaining the timelessness of our company’s design aesthetic.

What makes Kenneth Lynch unique? Our team is always delighted to work one-on-one with homeowners and design professionals to meet the needs of their outdoor projects. In addition to our vast catalogue of products, we are happy to create customized designs to bring each client’s vision to life. Our team provides advice, knowledge, and experience to the homeowner to facilitate their project and provide an outcome they will cherish, with products that will last for generations.

What are some of your plans for the future? We’re excited to expand our product customization options to ensure our customers get exactly what they desire for their furniture pieces and other garden ornamentation. Every garden is unique, and we want to be sure to accommodate the needs of our customers. We are now developing a plan for spring 2022 to have furniture sets available for immediate shipment so homeowners can get started creating and enjoying their outdoor paradise right away. For more information, call Kenneth Lynch & Sons at (203) 264-2831 or visit CH+D • Summer 2021 • 61

Life In Color Loretta Bryan and Tori Mullin of Sherwin-Williams share their favorite color trends of the season.

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Tori Said: Favorite finish?

I love the fluidity of a high gloss finish. It elevates small spaces like powder rooms and invites movement across trim or long halls.

I once created the most stunning soft raspberry for a baby nursery. It was custom color matched to a section from the rocking chair fabric and accented with shades of pale green and white.

Favorite custom color you’ve created?

While living in Philadelphia I helped create a “muddier” burgundy. The final result brought my heart back to Charleston. I called it “Palmetto Bug-Undy.”

One of my favorite Sherwin-Williams colors is “Comfort Gray.” It’s my go to coastal color, especially for creating a spa-like atmosphere in a bedroom. So soothing!

Favorite Sherwin color?

Currently I’m loving minimalist tones like “Shitake.” It’s the perfect neutral to transition from gray without going too yellow or red in various lighting conditions.

I believe color sets the mood the minute you step through the door. Lately I’ve been painting cabinets and interior doors in dark, dramatic colors for some architectural pop.

Favorite way to incorporate color into a space?

I love using color to create volumes and shapes. Using a pop of color on the island or interior doors is a great way to sprinkle some happiness throughout the home.

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At Home With

Toni Hammersley of French Mercantile When Toni Hammersley opened French Mercantile in September 2020 in the heart of the historic district of Summerville, she was eager to bring the European style home décor she loves to the Lowcountry. She’s carried the European style throughout her own home as well.

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Toni’s Southern Living Magazine Farmhouse Revival was a must for an airy and bright feel throughout. The French farmhouse is designed with a classic style in mind to stand the test of time. Soft and muted colors integrated throughout the home paired with natural elements such as weathered oak, honed marble, and rattan give the space an organic feel. Toni added in vintage florals and linens to exude a cozy feel. In addition to the interior details, the home also features a 90 foot wrap-around porch that Toni uses frequently for outdoor living and entertaining.

2 The home décor pieces that Toni

brought home from French Mercantile were carefully curated. French baskets, European bread boards, and those vintage florals mentioned above are seen in the kitchen.

3 Each detail in the home was meant

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to speak to the French farmhouse style, like this piece in the foyer that welcomes you into the home. This piece is laid back and rustic. Sitting on top of the antique console table are other vintage farmhouse elements such as clocks and mirrors that can be found in French Mercantile. For more information, call French Mercantile at (843) 494-3229 or visit

Toni Hammersley of French Mercantile

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A Woodworker’s Enthusiasm William Witherspoon and Richard Deavers of Artisan Woodworking have over a decade of friendship and collaboration that led them to starting a custom woodworking business together. Now, they work everyday to bring stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces to homes across the Lowcountry.

Craftspeople William Witherspoon and Richard Deavers met 15 years ago when William made the move to the Lowcountry from Asheville, North Carolina. When William decided to start his own company, there was no doubt in his mind that Richard would be his partner. “He is one of the most talented woodworkers I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He’s sort of the yin to my yang.” In 2013, the two founded Artisan Woodworking. Since their opening, Richard and William have grown their team to include four full-time employees, each of whom are knowledgeable and passionate about the custom woodworking services they provide homeowners.

The Artisan Woodworking team handles a variety of jobs. They will work on home renovations for large contractors and custom interior trim projects. Because of the wide scope of their projects, William says he doesn’t find they have one singular process, but their projects do all start the same; an initial meeting. During this meeting William gets a feel for exactly what the client wants so he can build a product they are proud of. Once they determine the wants and needs of a

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Story by Alli Steinke • Photography by Ebony Ellis


(top) A Lowcountry home features a custom rail and staircase the Artisan team made. (bottom) Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning at this bistro table. (opposite right) William Witherspoon of Artisan Woodworking.

client, the Artisan team draws out the project and revises however many times necessary until the client is 100% happy. Each projects is completely custom.

He is one of the most talented woodworkers I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He’s sort of the yin to my yang.


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Be Kind to Your Yard Story by Alli Steinke • Photography Provided by ProGreen Synthetic Turf

When taking care of your landscape, there are a variety of ways to be kinder to the space while also helping the environment.

Save Water, Save the Planet uses of water. It can get expensive when you look at your water bill, and you don’t always see how much water you’re actually using. Experts say at least one inch of water should be applied to your grass weekly during hot and dry periods. To provide your lawn with that water, it takes over half a gallon per square foot.

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Withstanding Lowcountry Elements Purchasing products that will protect your home against the harsh Lowcountry environment of extreme heat, humidity, winds, and moisture can be overwhelming. Here are a few products that are durable and protect your home.

High Impact Each year we await the arrival of hurricane season and prepare our homes against the strong winds and flooding that will likely occur. One way to protect your home against the strong winds that a hurricane brings is by installing storm panels. There are a few different types of storm panels. Corrugated aluminum storm panels are lightweight and durable. Galvanized steel panels offer the same durability but are heavier. A Lexan Panel is clear so it allows you to protect your home without compromising on site lines.

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As we enter the sweltering summer months, we have to think about the damage UV rays can do to our outdoor furniture. Invest in durable, long-lasting pieces that will endure through the hot summer and beyond. Teak furniture, which is commonly used for boating and in wet environments, is just one option to invest in. At Outside Is In, their teak furniture is made from the center heartwood of trees grown from sustainable forests. This heartwood withstands the harsh sun, changing elements, and insects. Its strength and durability makes teak a popular choice for Lowcountry homes. For more information, call Outside Is In at (843) 718-7181 or visit

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Summer Blues

Story by Alli Steinke • Photography by Patrick Brickman

We’re officially in summer which means it’s likely you’ll be spending a lot of time in the pool. Between different shapes, cleaning systems, and materials there’s a lot to know when creating your dream pool.

This Isle of Palms beachfront pool by Heritage Pools, LLC is the perfect retreat featuring an automated cover by Pool Cover Solutions.

Gunite Pool

Gunite pools are made of a framework that is sprayed with a concrete and sand mixture so it’s extremely durable. This type of pool is very versatile and can be built in a variety of shapes. In addition, gunite pools pair with a plethora of finishes including plaster, pebbles, or glass.

Fiberglass Pool

This type of pool is molded and installed in one piece. Fiberglass is a strong, lightweight material and is more resistant to algae formations. It also maintains a more stable pH level. With a fiberglass pool, you will also not need to resurface or replace the lining.

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AOP System

This system destroys unwanted bacteria and viruses. AOP is the most powerful way to safely disinfect the water in your pool and reduces the amount of chlorine used. The Advanced Oxidation Process sanitizes and disinfects the pool water by oxidizing organic and inorganic contaminants.

Salt System

Salt systems generate chlorine for a pool through a salt cell, you just have to add salt occasionally. This system also makes the water softer and is less harsh on your hair and skin than a traditional chlorine pool.

UV System

An ultraviolet pool sanitizer uses a non-chemical process that utilizes germicidal UV light rays to sanitize the water.

They emit a high intensity light ray that targets the growth of algae and other bacteria.


Coping is the material used to cap the pool edge and protect it. It will stop water and prevent debris from getting into the pool shell, protecting it from deterioration. The coping also covers the mechanical elements and adds a decorative feature.

Automatic Pool Cover

With the push of a button you can cover your pool to keep children, debris, and critters out. This provides an extra safety measure when away from your house.

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Building Blocks


Greg and Jeff St. Pierre S T. P I E R R E C O N S T R U C T I O N

What made y'all want to become custom home builders? Our fascination in construction started when we were very young. We have built a mélange of things over the years. We began working as carpenters for a custom home builder right out of high school. We’ve always had a passion for what we do and take a great deal of pride in our work. After several years of working as contractors on smaller projects, we decided to venture out on our own and established St. Pierre Construction.

What makes your construction company unique? There’s a few things that I believe make us a unique construction company. Jeff and I are very “hands-on.” We enjoy working in the field alongside our crew; they appreciate that and our clients appreciate knowing we are out there too. Our company also employs and manages our own in-house carpentry crew. We really value that and it’s also very beneficial to our high quality control standards.

What is it like working with your brother every day? That’s a question we’re often asked and makes us chuckle every time. We’ve been working together since we were kids so it’s no big deal to us. I guess you can say we’ve had a lot of time to “grow-up” while we “grew” this business. We both know that, without a doubt, we can trust each other and depend on each other to do our jobs.

Tell us about some of the custom features incorporated into this particular home? We always enjoy the challenge of any historic renovation. The plans for the renovation and addition were developed by Heather Wilson. This required the removal of the non-historic portion of the home, lifting and moving the remaining historic section from its original location on the site to allow for the new foundation and addition to be constructed. The exterior doors are all custom-made by Stewart Brannen Millworks and we installed a metal roof with the old-school crimp system which gives the home a stunning look and creates a timeless appeal. For more information, call St. Pierre Construction at (843) 352-7925 or visit

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Story by Alli Steinke • Photography by Patrick Brickman


Inspired Interiors



What inspired you to become an interior designer? My dad is an architect and city planner. I’ve always felt I learned to see things through his lens. He and my mom took great care of our house and did additions and updates. That design aspect was always on my radar. I thought I would want to be an architect like him and went to architecture school. However, when I got to school, I started to recognize I was more interested in the interiors of a space. That education helped me transition into this side of the industry. I have a unique perspective because of that background in architecture.

Why is it important for homeowners to work with a designer? There are three kinds of clients—the ones who like way too many things, the ones who just want you to agree with them, and the ones who don’t know what they like. It’s a process of listening. Designers have to present questions to clients that will help you gain valuable information. You have to know enough to ask the right questions. As a designer, you have to help put order to their thoughts and then put together something that pulls their vision to life. We have to understand how a room should be set up spatially, how the space will be used, the people who will be living there, etc. We can also help them set up short-term and long-term plans to help give them a sense of confidence by taking it one room at a time.

How did you help these homeowners bring their vision to life? I’ve been working with this client for about 12 years. This project was a renovation of their kitchen. It was small with a little breakfast nook, a den, and a porch off the kitchen. We absorbed the screened-in porch that wasn’t being used and created a larger den and breakfast area. We went with a bright and light look. What I love about these clients is that they aren’t afraid of color. The drapes have a raspberry red color, with a deep teal in the den. That scares some people, but we were careful in how we used the color. The design is very transitional so they won’t get tired of it. For more information, call CHD Interiors at (843) 571-2446 or visit

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Taking a Look at Waterproof Laminate When it comes to your home, it’s important to use products that not only speak to your style, but also products that fit your lifestyle and will be durable for years to come.

Floor Selection

One of the most important products you’ll select for your home is your flooring. Most areas in your home will have heavy foot traffic, so you want to choose something durable and low-maintenance. One great option is a waterproof laminate.

Revamped Laminate

Revwood is an upgraded laminate that is now waterproof, kid proof, and pet proof. Laminate has always been one of the most resilient and durable floors when it comes to scratch resistance and resistance to indentation, however it wasn’t water resistant. If spills weren’t cleaned up, the floors would delaminate or the top layer would bubble up.


In order to make waterproof laminate, manufacturers have sealed all four edges of the planks, preventing water from being able to penetrate through the seams. A NanoLock technology was also added to the top layer to protect it from water and allow the water to bead up for easier clean up. With this technology, water can sit on top of the floor for up to 48 hours before beginning to show damage.

Thicker and Quieter

Laminate has been made thicker to help make it quieter and more durable. These floors used to be a six or eight millimeter thickness. New waterproof laminate is 10 to 12 millimeters thick which noticeably helps deaden sound.

For more information, call Carpet Baggers Carpet One at (843) 571-0535 or visit

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Dream Closet It seems closets are always tricky spaces to figure out in your home; either there’s not enough room to hang all of your clothes, or there’s not enough storage for your shoes or jewelry. Creating a custom closet is the way to ensure you have exactly what you need.

The Setting:

You’re in your dream home tackling the organization of your new closet. You’re so excited to create a space that will bring you joy every morning when you get dressed, but you soon realize there’s a problem.

Hidden Shoe Storage

The Problem:

The closet only has hanging space and no storage for shoes. You want a closet where you can store not only your clothes but also your jewelry, purses, shoes, and other accessories. It should be an organized space that makes you happy when you walk in, not somewhere that stresses you out.

Jewelry Organizer

The Solution:

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Retractable Ironing Board

Story by Alli Steinke • Photography by Callie Cranford

With a custom closet, you are able to make your closet function and look the way you want. This particular closet has a rotating shoe shelf that’s hidden behind the hanging storage. It also has jewelry drawers so you can keep your accessories organized. In this closet, you also have a hidden ironing board that gets folded up into a drawer to maximize the space.

The Process:

When designing a custom closet, the first step is to establish dimensions of the space and where shelving and cabinetry will go. Then cabinet colors are selected, along with hardware finishes and styles, and door styles. Homeowners also have accessory and other storage options to choose from, such as tie storage, pull out hampers, etc.

We work with the customer to find out their needs, expectations, and assist in designing a space that will function well for their everyday routine. — Jay Valk, Owner

Once all of those design selections are made, and initial plan is shown and tweaked until it matches the homeowner’s expectations and needs for the closet. For more information, call Classic Kitchens of Charleston at (843) 991-4207 or visit

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Story by Alli Steinke • Photography by Callie Cranford


Smart Living The team at Totality Solutions take us through a typically work day; doing installs, keeping in contact with clients, service requests, and more.

7:00 am



Megan, Gary, and Brittney, the dispatch and project team at Totality Solutions, start the morning by connecting online to review the tickets for the day to come. With Megan in Charleston, Gary in Myrtle Beach, and Brittney in Louisiana, the three unite remotely to prepare for a busy day of commercial and residential I.T. service calls.

After completing a few commercial requests, Austin arrives at a home to install home security products. The Totality sales team has already helped the customer select a customized Ring system, and now it’s Austin’s job to install each product. Austin mounts a Ring video doorbell, multiple Ring floodlight cameras, and a Ring security system to help this customer feel “Totality Secure.”

Technicians Solomon and Darius partner up to install a new curbside pickup unit at a grocery store. This work involves the help of a scissor lift to run ethernet cable for stretches as long as 200 or 300 feet at a time.

9:00am Technicians arrive on their scheduled sites to handle highpriority customer requests. Lead technician Austin brings the network back online at a financial institution, then heads to Target to troubleshoot a malfunctioning point of sale system. 88 • CH+D • Summer 2021

12:30pm As technicians move from ticket to ticket, the dispatch and project team monitor their work and stay in close contact with clients to provide status updates and photos.

5:00pm The day never really ends for the team at Totality. Tickets continue into the evening and overnight hours as technicians perform work in retail and commercial locations that prefer after hours appointments. “We’re committed to providing end-to-end service for all our customers,” explains Michael Fourhman, president of Totality Solutions. “Whatever they need, whenever they need it, we’re on call to make sure technology is an asset, not a hassle.”

For more information, call Totality Solutions at (843) 310-4620 or visit

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Top-Notch Knowledge from the Pros Hear from industry professionals about what’s trending, how they approach a project, and more.

Ryan Butler

Sherry Crawford

Steven Ortego

SHELTER Custom-Built Living

NextGen Automated

Iola Modern

What advice do you have for someone looking to hire a builder?

People often want to see finished homes to ensure that the quality aligns with their expectations, and this is certainly important when interviewing a builder. Along with viewing existing homes, it is important to find out how the builder operates in terms of the contract, communication, change orders, information and selection management, interior design, and finances. Weekly meetings and making the schedule assessable helps deliver a more customer centered approach to building a custom home. SHELTER strives to make our process and client experience match the quality of the homes we deliver.”

For more information, call SHELTER Custom-Built Living at (843) 471-1833 or visit

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What is it like working with interior designers and what do those collaborations look like?

Homeowners and designers spend a lot of money and time selecting the flooring and furnishings for their new home and want to protect them from damage. UV rays can absolutely damage those finishes over time. We come in and install motorized shades so homeowners don’t have to remember to close them during the time of day when the sun is beating down at its strongest. You can schedule them to come down and protect your investment. We offer so many fabrics and styles to tie into the designs of those furnishings and floors you’ve selected.

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

Can someone who lives in a more traditional home integrate modern furnishings? How would they accomplish that?

Absolutely. The truth is most people in the Charleston area don’t live in modern homes, and not a lot of people are drawn to modernism. There’s some truth to the notion that a lot of modern architecture tends to be more expensive, so not everyone can afford to be in a truly modern home. I live in a very traditional Charleston home and I tend to think that it is very beautiful to have simple furniture so I can let things like casework and moulding show. Those are elements that I think a lot of people are hiding with oversized furniture, so part of what we do is not only help you find your style, but also find the right piece so that you are living with that piece the best you can.

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

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Lee Beford Alpha Omega Construction Group

What does a GAF Energy solar panel roof look like? Do you have to replace the whole roof to get the integrated panels?


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It’s aesthetically pleasing. Historically, the panels are raised up off the roof and debris can get blown up under the panels. The new panels that GAF Energy provides almost lie flat with the shingle. When you walk by, you’ll see something that looks almost like a skylight. Water will roll right over it; because it is just about flush to the shingles, there is nothing hindering water or debris from getting caught. The roof integrated panels are all black, almost resembling a flat screen television. The ideal situation would be a new roof so you can do installation of both products on the same day, so aging is all the same.

For more information, call Alpha Omega Construction Group at (843) 818-4569 or visit

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What’s Happening In

Home + Design News

(left) Crosby Creations Home Designs won four prism awards this year; and this one is for the single family home category. (right) This outdoor living space remodel earned SHELTER Custom Built Living one of three 2021 prism awards.

Be in the know with some of the Lowcountry’s events, happenings, awards, and accomplishments from local home professionals.

2021 Prism Award Winners Announced The Prism Awards are held each year by the Charleston Home Builders Association. The association recognizes submissions from home professionals across the Lowcountry for their work on various projects. Congratulations to all the companies who won Prism Awards. Below are the winners you can see within our pages. Aquatica Pools and Spas Curtis Daniel Homes Crosby Creations Home Designs Delpino Custom Homes JacksonBuilt Custom Homes Priester’s Custom Contracting SHELTER Custom-Built Living St. Pierre Construction Structures Building Company For a full list of winners visit See these projects on

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New Interactive Showroom A new showroom for NextGen Automated means appealing to a wider range of homeowners throughout the Charleston area. This space allows for an immersive experience where you’ll hear the sound quality, view the picture in HD, and operate automated shades so you can truly see how these products will work in your home. The new showroom is located at 2457 Aviation Avenue, Suite 119 in North Charleston. The showroom is open by appointment only. Please call to make an appointment for an interactive demo today. For more information, call NextGen Automated at (843) 871-8531 or visit

Hausful Carries New Line Scandinavian home store Hausful, located on Sam Rittenberg Blvd., is carrying a new line of furniture. Cane-line is a Danish company that strives to “make life comfortable and add value to life and the places where you unwind and relax.” The outdoor collection offers comfort and minimal maintenance. For more information, call Hausful at (843) 203-6420 or visit

The Charleston Fall Home Show Returns The Charleston Fall Home Show returns August 27-29 at the North Charleston Convention Center. Despite how busy contractors are, every single A-List vendor at the show is motivated to work with you. Come meet your next contractor! For more information, call Charleston Home + Design at (843) 877-7652 or visit

Story by Alli Steinke • Photograph by Patrick Brickman

Moving On Up After years in the shopping center at the intersection of Houston Northcutt and Coleman Boulevards, Coralberry Cottage is taking a trip down the road to open the doors of a new location. Their new space will be designed and built specifically for their needs by architect Liz Baker, co-owner of Coralberry and owner of Translations Design Studio. The custom space will be at 1135 Chuck Dawley Blvd. and is anticipated to open by the end of 2021. For more information, call Coralberry Cottage at (843) 884-2225 or visit

Additional Space for Local Workroom The team at Jean’s Custom Workroom has expanded. They’ve acquired another building that houses fabric selections and plenty of space for client meetings. The renovated home turned office space is located at 1224 Wappoo Road in West Ashley. Make an appointment to talk to Jean and her team about all of your custom upholstery and fabric needs. For more information, call Jean’s Custom Workroom at (843) 225-1669 or visit

Top Custom Service Leader Recognition SHELTER Custom-Built Living received a 2021 Guildmaster with Highest Distinction Award from GuildQuality for their customer service in residential construction. GuildQuality is a thirdparty customer satisfaction surveying company that has come up with the Guildmaster Award to recognize home building, remodeling, and contracting professionals demonstrating excellent customer service. SHELTER CustomBuilt Living is one of 400+ national businesses recognized. For more information, call SHELTER Custom-Built Living at (843) 471-1833 or visit

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Expert Coalition An interior designer, custom home builder, tile company, and plumbing fixture supplier join forces to create a home with high-end finishes and unique touches.

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(above) With expansive views of the marsh in the open concept kitchen and dining room, the Fricks can enjoy time together and the beautiful scenery. (inset) A polished chrome faucet sits in the wet bar in John’s mancave.


hen custom home builder John Frick of Level Building Projects purchased this lot he’d been eying for years, he already knew what his future home would look like. “When we were designing the home, there were several things that we wanted,” John recalls. That list included taking advantage of the marsh views, a modern design with clean lines, an open floor plan for the kids, a chill room for John, and a bar. “I needed somewhere to house my fancy liquor that I don’t share with just anyone,” John laughs. Their plans also included a playroom for the Frick children. With 15 years in the industry, John knew that he couldn’t do all of this on his own, so he called in his friend and interior designer Mary Welch Fox Stasik of Mary Welch Fox Design. The two will be co-hosting one of HGTV’s new shows airing August 19th at 8pm, Breaking Bland. “Melch is one of my best buds,” John says. “I dig 96 • CH+D • Summer 2021

her edgy style and we’re alike in a lot of ways, so it made sense for us to work together on my home.” The two actually worked on John’s home together before they were cast as co-hosts. “It was our first time working together and we were having a blast,” Melch says. “I asked the cameras to stop by while we were filming the sizzle and they loved John.” Melch notes that working with John was a bit nerve-racking because not only was he a good friend, he was also in the home industry. “These are your people, your chosen family, and you want to do anything and everything in your power to make it the best experience it can possibly be,” she adds. But, construction is difficult and things always pop up. Luckily, since John was is in the industry, he was very understanding when things did arise. Together, he and Melch pushed some design boundaries. Floating cabinets in John’s study, darker colors, and a butler’s pantry that is a complete departure from the design

Edgy Music Space John’s mancave is a space where he can enjoy his vinyl collection, sip on his favorite drink, and watch TV. The bold room is a family favorite.

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PROJECT FILES of the kitchen were just a few of those things. “When your clients trust your eye, it’s everything,” Melch smiles. “The Fricks also have killer styles of their own; Sarah has a chic boho style and John gravitates towards mid-century modern.” Throughout the process, John brought on other industry professionals as well. “I have been fortunate enough to work with some great vendors and suppliers, two of whom are Jennifer Freer with

Melcer Tile and Jessica Markley with Moluf’s,” he adds. “They are helpful to me and my clients by staying on top of communication, keeping up with orders, staying on budget, and making selections.” For the plumbing fixtures, Melch and the Fricks knew exactly what they were looking for. Jessica Markley with Moluf’s came in to get those selections for them. Jessica used several finishes throughout the home, but finds the space still remains

cohesive as you move from room to room. “From the use of the more traditional polished chrome and nickel to the matte black and unlacquered brass, we were able to create the experience that the Fricks wanted to accomplish,” she explains. Jessica also brought in a statement piece for the powder room that truly completed the space. “We had a concrete sink that runs the length of the powder room brought in from the UK that comple-

(above left) The butler’s pantry features geometric tile, shiplap walls, and lots of extra storage. This space went in a design direction completely different from the kitchen and it paid off. (top right) Fun tile was used in the laundry room as well for an extra pop. (bottom right) The chrome faucet and sink in the butler’s pantry coordinate with the countertops and appliances to create a cohesive look.

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mented the concept for this room.” Moluf ’s also just finished the outdoor shower at the Frick’s home; they created a custom shower made out of copper piping to allow the material to patina in the outside elements. When it came to the tile, Jennifer Freer of Melcer Tile notes she took direction from Melch and John and brought in materials that fit the look for each space. “We loved the tile for the kids’

pected and they all had fun while doing it. “It’s always so much fun working with John and Mary Welch! We shared a lot of laughs while working together to achieve the perfect look,” Jennifer recalls. ✴

bath since the patterns were so fun, yet sophisticated enough to grow with them,” Jennifer begins. “The master has a very organic and spa-like feel, which is just what John and Sarah were going for in this house, and then we went with something fun and unexpected on the laundry room floor to bring some color into that space.”

For more information about the tile, call Melcer Tile at (843) 744-5345 or visit

On everyone’s end, this project came together just the way John and Sarah ex-

For more information about the plumbing fixtures, call Moluf’s at (843) 723-4881 or visit

(above left) Patterned tile was used in the boys bathroom to hide daily wear and tear from young children. The faucets pair with the cabinet hardware, again to maintain a cohesive look. (top right) From left to right: Jessica Markley, Jennifer Freer, Mary Welch Fox Stasik, and John Frick (bottom right) The concrete sink imported from the UK took the powder room to the next level.

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Story by Alli Steinke • Portrait Provided b y Curtis Daniel Homes • Photography by Callie Cranford


Adding On Another child drove these homeowners to add on to their I’On home they loved so they had more space for their growing family.


hen the Sidney’s found out they were expecting their fourth child, they had some ideas for how to make their current home in the I’On neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant work for their family of soon-to-be six. They wanted to add more living space on the first floor and another bedroom upstairs. With a plan to remodel the home, rather than move into something larger, they got to work. Renovations can be challenging which is why it was so important for the Sidneys to assemble a great team. After learning from friends about their positive experience with Curt Wegner of Curtis Daniel Homes, Sam and her husband knew he was the right person

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to execute their vision. Together, they worked with Curt and Phil Clarke of Clarke Design Group to come up with plans. Once the plans were complete, it was time to put them in action. The family temporarily moved so the team could work freely without disrupting their daily activities. The renovation included converting the screen porch into a sunroom, moving the master bedroom to the rear of the house, and adding a fifth bedroom upstairs. In order to convert the porch, Curt worked with Atlantic Architectural Windows & Doors on a folding glass door and window that overlook the pool. When it came time to add the fifth bedroom, the team converted the existing master

Curt Wegner of Curtis Daniel Homes

Boys Room The Jack and Jill bathroom connecting two of the boys’ rooms gives them plenty of space to get ready in style. Dark countertops, cabinet pulls, and accents in the tile floor give the space a more masculine feel.

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(above) The Sidney’s kitchen functions well for the family of six. The oversized island has a spot for each child to sit and enjoy a snack after school. (bottom right) A bold orange freestanding tub makes a statement in this bathroom. (opposite, top left) Wanting a very specific look for her room, the Sidney’s daughter designed her space. (opposite, top right) Beautiful moulding and hardwoods in the space give the room a charming feel and, paired with a wood slab floating desk, give the daughter her own stylish space to do homework. (opposite, below) The sunroom was an important addition so the family could enjoy indoor/outdoor living.

bedroom, closets, and a portion of the master bath into two secondary bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bath in between them. To create the new master, Curt expanded an existing secondary bedroom over the new sunroom, creating a spacious new bedroom. The existing walkin closet became ‘his’ spacious new closet became ‘hers’. The new master bath was created by eliminating a closet so an existing secondary bath would have room for a double vanity. The existing tub was removed and replaced with a beautiful freestanding tub with a floor mounted filler. The existing master shower received new tile and the door was moved to the opposite wall so it could be accessed






“This plan minimizes the movement of walls and new plumbing runs,” Curt explains. “It was a very efficient redesign that accomplished the homeowner’s goals.” All together, renovations took about five months, which is a pretty typical timeline for a project of this scope. With four kids, two dogs, and the parents, the Sidney’s home now functions well for everyone and gives each member of the family room to enjoy both their indoor and outdoor spaces.✴ For more information, call Curtis Daniel Homes at (843) 901-5801 or visit CH+D • Summer 2021 • 103

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Durable Deck When you live in the Lowcountry and have a deck, it’s crucial for that deck to be durable and ready to handle the heavy foot traffic and elements the Lowcountry climate brings.


or this Lowcountry homeowner, building a strong deck with the right color for the family to enjoy was of utmost importance. Little did they know when they began this project, there would be a material shortage and increase in price. But they moved forward and completed their project with the help of Lowcountry professionals.

Steven Kukulka of Decks and Docks Lumber Company

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The process began by visiting the Decks and Docks Lumber Company showroom where the homeowner selected the colors and railing they wanted. Once the owner completed

their selection, Steven Kukulka of Decks and Docks visited their home. Steven notes that because they got involved from the very beginning, they were able to minimize the waste on the job since they knew exactly what they needed, and delivered a finished product that was exactly what the homeowner wanted. During the process, as with many home projects that have occurred over the past year, there were some challenges that came up. Steven mentions that Trex, and all composites, have become more challenging to get your hands on.

Sipping on the Porch With a well-made deck, these homeowners are able to enjoy outdoor living with a cool glass of lemonade, without fear their surfaces are getting damaged. Trex pros Tardiff Builders were the certified installers for this project.

“Shortages are due, in part, to raw material price increases and increases in demand,” he states. “With more people redoing their homes or expanding decks, folks are buying record amounts of Trex.” Decks and Docks’ solution? Bring more popular Trex colors in stock so they can fill orders faster. In many instances, because they have the inventory, the team at Decks and Docks can deliver the material within a week. The Trex material that was used at this home comes with a 25 year residential warranty that covers most fade and stain issues. “We recommend a good pressure washing or scrubbing with Dawn dish soap and a stiff bristle,” adds Steven. “Homeowners tend to do this after the pollen drop in preparation for the summer season.” ✴ For more information, call Decks and Docks Lumber Company at (843) 266-9675 or visit

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Quality Over Quantity On the hunt for quality, contemporary, cutting edge cabinetry, these Daniel Island dwellers collaborated with professional cabinet designers to achieve their design goals.


ach room in this Lowcountry house is unique and different from the next. Together, these rooms make up the pieces of a stunning, custom project. When the owners were in the process of building this home, they were very clear on their vision for the various cabinetry throughout. They were looking for high-quality cabinetry that was sleek and modern.

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that self heal from minor scratches. Fully integrated panels and surfaces across the kitchen, bar, and doorways helped achieve the clean lines the homeowners wanted. All of the cabinet doors are push to open, so no handles were used. There was a combination of the finishes above along with custom wood veneers, dyes, stains, and opaque finishes to make each space feel like its own—no two spaces are the same. Jay Miller, owner of HWC Custom Cabinetry, recalls his continued relationship with these homeowners and why it was beneficial for them to collaborate again. “I’ve had multiple projects with this builder and with these homeowners,” he recalls. “Each time we work together, we offer attention to detail,

Jay Miller of HWC Custom Cabinetry and Jeff Pritchard of Trellis Residential

(top left) Jay and his team created a custom storage piece for these homeowners complete with modern finishes to remain cohesive with the rest of the home. (top right) The contemporary kitchen is finished in natural wood and white hues giving it a beachy feel. (bottom left) In a guest bathroom, a midcentury modern vanity was designed with additional storage below. (bottom right) The bathroom vanity complemented the dark floors and paired well with the vintage Turkish rug.

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(above) The master bathroom was complete with clean, simple lines to mimic the modern feel of the rest of the home. Push to open cabinet doors are sleek and easy-to-use for the owners. (below right) The laundry room features a pop of color with a “Robin’s Egg Blue” on the custom cabinets Jay and his team designed.

experience with contemporary materials, and precision.” The HWC team utilized the latest tools, software, and CNC equipment to execute this project to the standards the homeowners held them to. Inspiration for Jay comes from so many places starting with his passion to make things. “Cabinetry today has so many facets, materials, functional hardware, and finishes that there is a nearly unlimited collection,” he says. “It’s fun to work with our clients who want to create spaces that are functional and beautiful.” Jay also draws inspiration from his clients. “Our clients force me to look beyond what we know and learn more, and get better. They are demanding and we get to improve and grow as a result.” During this project, Jay and his team had to integrate the faces of the 34 feet worth of cabinetry, concealed hinge passage doors, and wall paneling which proved to be a bit of a challenge they overcame. To ensure the clients got what they wanted, HWC sourced a wide range of materials for each room from different vendors. What they accomplished was a modern home with unique spaces that spoke to the homeowner’s style and functioned well for how they live. ✴ For more information, call HWC Custom Cabinetry at (843) 207-0750 or visit

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Daniel Island Dream Home Wanting to create a space they would raise their family in, these homeowners worked with a custom home builder and countertop supplier to create a top-notch space.


he process of building a custom home was new for these Daniel Island homeowners. The couple was unsure of what they were getting themselves into, but were excited to embark on a new journey and design their dream home. With the help of architect Chris Caponigro and their builder, Nathan Delpino of Delpino Custom Homes, the couple began the process. “Nathan was involved from day one,” notes the homeowner. “He was there for all the planning meetings and was phenomenal in bringing the plans to life.” With two young kids, one of the priorities was making sure they were enjoying both the indoor and outdoor spaces equally, especially since we’re in the

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Lowcountry. Another top priority was durable surfaces, so the team at Vitoria International was brought on board. “We knew Vitoria’s natural stone was going to be the highlight of this build and we wanted to make sure we created spaces that showcased these materials,” Nathan explains. “We began working with Chris to create the indoor/outdoor living feel that the owners were looking for.” Three sets of Origin bi-fold doors were used to make the outdoor pool deck an extension of the main living room and dining room. A lot of focus was put on the pool deck and outdoor kitchen to make sure they were safe spaces for the kids. “By creating the cat-walk around the pool, we were able to solve the safe-

ty concern for the kids while keeping the view unobstructed,” Nathan adds. The natural stone Nathan mentioned was truly highlighted in the kitchen. “The kitchen hood is wrapped in 3cm marble,” says Adriene Araujo of Vitoria International. “The customers wanted to carry the marble they used in the kitchen and scullery countertops on the wall and hood, so the full height backsplash is one piece of stone.” As a natural stone person at heart, Adriene was thrilled the owners wanted to use these surfaces throughout the home. Marble was used in all of the bathrooms, soapstone for the fireplace, and quartzite for the outdoor kitchen. “I love the beauty and richness of real stone,” she adds. “Some people might be afraid of the little ‘imperfections’,

Natural Flow In the kitchen and butler’s pantry, floating shelves and the same countertops keep the spaces cohesive while darker cabinets provide contrast.

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Animal Instinct The daughter wants to be a veterinarian so she chose an animal print wallpaper was used and paired with the stunning surface. This room is a stylish space for her to grow in.

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(above) The family’s laundry room offers more than enough space for the loads of laundry done each week. The blue cabinetry by Jilco Kitchen and Bath pairs with the unique tile flooring by Melcer Tile. All countertops were all fabricated by Stone Central. The lighting, accessories, and cabinet colors were selected with the help of Rachel and Lana at the Boulevard Company.

but for me those characteristics are what make natural stone so unique.” Nathan and his team worked closely with local suppliers for various other materials throughout the home.

Adriene Araujo of Vitoria International & Nathan Delpino of Delpino Custom Homes

“We know and trust their expert opinions on specific materials that are best suited for our Lowcountry climate,” he proclaims. “We used many local artisans for metal work, trim work, and more. Several of the accent walls and custom-built areas you see throughout the home were handcrafted by our trim carpenter on site.” The artisans Nathan works with help create unique, one-of-akind features for his clients. Nathan notes that since there are so many great features in this home, it’s hard to choose his favorite. The master bedroom accent wall, cabana bathroom tile wall (see pg. 218), and rock climbing wall are just a few elements that made his favorites list. Trust is a big factor that made this project a success. “Building a home is not a one day deal,” Adriene states. “It’s a lengthy process that involves a lot of different people. In order for the project to run smoothly, we really need to rely on our partners.” Nathan puts the same importance

on trust and partnership. “When you work with people you can trust, you know they have the same end goal in mind,” he says. “All of the local suppliers and subcontractors we work with take pride in their work and genuinely want to create a home that is both structurally sound and visually appealing.” Because of the trust the homeowners had in their team, and the trust that Nathan, Adriene, and the other suppliers had in each other, this project came together seamlessly and resulted in a beautiful, well-designed and constructed home for the family to make memories in for years to come. ✴

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A Family Affair After moving from the UK to start a family business, these homeowners settled down in Mt. Pleasant and created a stylish space for their children to grow up in.


ight years ago, Paul Tinkler and his wife Elizabeth moved to Charleston for Paul to join his father-in-law Steven Shell in business. “Steven has a great personality and design flair,” Paul notes. When the Tinklers moved to Charleston, they initially settled in Dunes West before moving to their current home to be closer to their store, Steven Shell Living; Paul can be at work in 10 minutes or less. With two young children and years in the furniture and design business, designing their own home came fairly easily to Paul and Elizabeth. Elizabeth had very specific ideas in mind, and because they know so many

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vendors through the store, they were able to bring a lot of these ideas to life. Everything from the drapes and bedding to the sofa and accessories came from Steven Shell Living. Throughout the process of designing their own home, Paul and Elizabeth were also able to find new vendors for the store they had been missing. The design for the living room started with the sofa. “We wanted a sofa that would be big enough for everybody to sit on,” Paul proclaims. The sideboard has been carried in the store for years and Elizabeth knew she wanted the statement piece. “Everything surrounding it came from those two pieces.”

The Tinkler family in their Mt. Pleasant kitchen.

Color Play Elizabeth got outside her comfort zone in her office and played with color in a beautiful way. Green grasscloth wallpaper, a pink desk, and gold velvet chair pair together beautifully and give Elizabeth a bright, happy space to work in.

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(above) The living room was designed with cozy, family time in mind. A large sofa was a must, as was the sideboard to showcase some favorite items and add more storage to the space. (opposite, top left) This coffee table is one of Paul’s favorite pieces; the texture and gold give the piece a boho chic feel. (opposite, top right) The light fixtures in the kitchen are statement items the Tinklers love. (opposite, below) Paul and Elizabeth’s bed was designed by Steven Shell himself.

The goal was to keep everything light and airy. Elizabeth loves to start with a clean base of natural tones and whites, then add on from there. Pink is also a common color seen throughout the home. Steven designs pieces himself so the family incorporated some of those items as well; the master bed and some end tables being just a few of those pieces. Paul and Elizabeth also had some items custom designed from other factories they worked with.

Paul says. “But overall everything came together pretty well, though we are still waiting on a few pieces.”

The family moved into the home during the summer of 2020 so there were some unknowns and delays due to the pandemic, like with many homeowners. “We moved in without a sofa and a dining table,”

Since their expansion a couple of years ago, they’ve been pulling from both international and domestic dealers. To solve the inventory problem, they’ve been pre-ordering a lot of things to ensure they have enough products

The pandemic also impacted the store. “We closed for four or five weeks and saw a huge influx of people wanting to redo their homes,” adds Paul. “The issue then became making sure we had enough inventory.” While Steven Shell does do some special orders, they sell most things from the floor.

in stock to serve their customers. Steven Shell’s second location is in Raleigh, North Carolina. They carry their line of Steven Shell Living furniture at that location as well and other furniture retailers often purchase these pieces. What started as a small family business in a 5,000 square foot space has grown over the past eight years to a 25,000 square foot space, multiple employees, and two stores with a third possibly on the way. “It’s a huge success story,” Paul smiles. ✴

For more information, call Steven Shell Living at (843) 216-3900.

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Flooring Vision Lowcountry flooring professionals collaborated with a custom home builder to select durable and stylish flooring options for this Kiawah River dwelling.


he Kiawah River community is situated along 20 miles of waterfront on Johns Island. As the community continues to grow, more and more families are finding their forever homes and taking advantage of Lowcountry life. For this particular project, two Lowcountry companies joined forces again after collaborating on a previous project.

Savannah Bonnette of Elegant Flooring

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Elegant Flooring worked with Artisan Custom homes in the past and the positive experience the builder had with the flooring professionals led them to working together again. “Through immense work and communication, we have improved our processes of assisting in design and providing consistent relations to meet both builder and client needs,” explains Savannah Bonnette,

the Account Manager at Elegant Flooring. For this Kiawah River project, Elegant Flooring worked with Artisan Custom Homes to provide hardwoods, carpet, and tile throughout this home. Each project that Elegant Flooring works on begins with an introduction meeting. In this instance, that included Joe Varbero and Jessica Russell of Artisan Custom Homes, as well as the new homeowners. That meeting naturally flowed into a selection meeting where they chose the products. Savannah presented them with options based on what they were looking for. The team ended up using an engineered oak hardwood, Catalina pebble tile, a hexagonal mosaic tile, and premium ivory carpet. These materials were

Surface Style With durable hardwoods throughout the main living areas and a custom tile backsplash, these homeowners are living in style.

selected for the relatively easy maintenance; the tile and carpet need regular cleaning and the hardwoods will need to be cleaned with an NuOil Floor Cleaner. These choices were also cost effective and unique to the homeowners. Savannah notes that the carpet was probably the easiest choice the owners made. “They wanted something sturdy, yet soft, and neutral for their bedroom,” she says. “The backsplash design was a bit more complex, but that is to be expected.” Once the decisions were made, Savannah placed the order for the materials and they got ready for installation. Tile goes in first, then the hardwoods, and then the carpet. Like with many projects, hiccups will arise, but Savannah says that’s why communication is so important. “Being consistent in communication with the builder, installers, and suppliers allowed us to handle those unforeseen circumstances.” With everything installed, the homeowners have moved in and are enjoying their new home. “These homeowners were wonderful to work with,” Savannah adds. “They used us as a resource and we were able to work with them to select products that fit their life, environment, and the different areas of their home.” ✴ For more information, call Elegant Flooring at (843) 723-8172 or visit

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Story by By Mollie Bowman • Photography by Patrick Brickman


Full-Time Vacation These homeowners were eager to partner with the pros to build a retirement home that would function well for their day to day life and when their family visited.


he Biggerstaffs brought completed plans and designs to the table when they began meeting with contractors to build their retirement home. They knew what they wanted and had a price point in mind. Once they met their contractors, Tommy and Shelley Priester of Priester’s Custom Contracting, the Biggerstaffs were ready to move forward with building their dream home. These clients were looking for a change in style and wanted a home that they could live in for the rest of their lives. “They came from a traditional style home that they had lived in for years,” Tommy notes. “They wanted to steer away from that and go for a more Lowcountry, ‘beachy’ kind of feel in their new home.”

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Tommy and Shelley answered all of the soon-to-be homeowner’s questions and sent the client out with Marie Lindenmeyer of By Design Consulting, LLC to their trusted local vendors to pick out cabinetry, flooring, plumbing fixtures, lighting, windows, doors, and other materials. The next step in this process was to get an accurate estimate that gave a true picture of what costs would be for their custom plans. Priester’s Custom Contracting wants to make sure that their clients are fully informed from the beginning so that there are no major change orders along the way or at the end of their project. Once all pricing and contracts were finalized, they then went up to their water-front property in McClellanville, cleared the lot, and were ready to start building.

Shelley and Tommy Priester of Priester’s Custom Contracting

(top left) The Biggerstaff’s home is bright and airy, showcasing their most beloved possessions that they’ve acquired over the years. (top right) A vast front porch gives the couple wonderful views of their property and features a ceiling painted in the “Haint” blue often found on Charleston porches. (bottom) Oversized plants and lanterns welcome visitors into the home.

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(above) The open floor plan allows the Biggerstaffs to entertain comfortably. (below) The porch gives the couple wonderful views of the wildlife right in their backyard.

These homeowners were eager to partner with the pros to build a retirement home that would function well for their day-today lives and when their family visited. While there were a few challenges along the way, Tommy was able to quickly address and solve these issues by managing the project on-site daily. This ensured every aspect of this home was held to the highest standard. It was important for the homeowners to have enough space in their new house to accommodate entertaining guests. After having a girls’ weekend, Mrs. Biggerstaff recalls her friends commenting “let’s just stay here” instead of going out. This home is a great place to relax and enjoy nature. “Looking out of all the doors and windows, is like looking into a painting,” the Biggerstaffs note. Therefore, it is no surprise the homeowners’ favorite feature of the house are the huge porches. “The views are spectacular, and the quality of the home is excellent.” It took roughly nine months to complete this project, and the Biggerstaffs were very pleased with the result. “They like to call me and tell me how they feel like they’re on a vacation every day of the week,” Tommy recalls. With large sweeping porches overlooking the river, there’s no need to book a weekend getaway. “They fish, crab, and have a lot of wildlife in their backyard,” Tommy says. “They’re on their full-time vacation.” ✴ For more information, call Priester’s Custom (843) 200-8495 or visit

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Marrying Traditional Southern with Modern Coastal As an artist, this homeowner had a very particular vision of what she wanted her Lowcountry home to look like.


n artist had a vision of a Southern style home with shiplap and bright whites. It was important for her to have a space that felt fresh and coastal, but still had a semblance of traditional design. With a color palette and some selections already made, it was time for the homeowner to finish the design of her home with custom touches that merged the old and the new.

Logan Miller of Jean’s Custom Workroom

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The homeowner called on Logan Miller, lead designer at Jean’s Custom Workroom and Logan Elizabeth Designs, to help make selections to blend her modern coastal and traditional southern style. “It was important to bring in new things to make the space fresh while still staying true to who the client is,” Logan advises.

This dwelling, located on James Island, has views of the marsh. The design of the interior of the home was somewhat inspired by the views of the outside, and the spaces flow together with complementary colors. Similar shades of blue that matched the water outside can be seen throughout the space. When Logan got involved, she assisted in selecting pieces to complement the sentimental items her clients were already using. She also brought in floral fabrics and chinoiserie décor pieces to blend traditional and contemporary Southern style. “Creating custom upholstery can be time consuming, but is always worth it in the end when you receive the perfect fit,” Logan says. “For me it’s a dream because I can envision almost

Connected Elements Similar hues of blue are seen throughout the home. The light blue is paired with neutral hues in the custom upholstered bedroom pillows and pops of color in the pillows on the living room sofa.

anything and know our team will make it happen.” Challenges are part of the process, Logan notes. Blending selections the homeowner had already made prior to Logan’s arrival with some of her suggestions took some time, but together she and her client were able to find patterns the homeowner loved and worked well with the existing pieces. A fun touch was added to the master bedroom. Since the homeowner is an artist herself, she and Logan worked to come up with a unique design element they could incorporate. They came up with an idea for a mural behind the bed. “It appears to be wallpaper, but it’s actually handpainted and can never be replicated,” Logan explains. Working with Logan and the team at Jean’s Custom Workroom helped this homeowner achieve her dream space complete with beautiful and well-made upholstery. ✴ For more information, call Jean’s Custom Workroom (843) 2251669 or visit


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Weekend Getaway Cottage Ready to plant some roots in the Lowcountry, these homeowners decided a weekend getaway was the best first step, so they got to work dreaming up their Lowcountry cottage.


hese homeowners had always envisioned themselves in Charleston in a cozy cottage. They dreamt up wrap-around porches, a den, a roomy bedroom and bathroom, and a dog run in the design. They dreamed big. But as they began the process, they started to realize that maybe they didn’t need something so spacious and adjusted their plans as they reassessed their needs. When approaching a project like this, most experts will recommend coming into it with an open mind and your own ideas. Then you work with a house plan designer or architect to design a home that works for you. The process should be fun, as it was for these owners. With the help of residential building designer Jodi Crosby of Crosby Creations Home Designs, the cou126 • CH+D • Summer 2021

ple brought their country cottage to life. Located on the Toogoodoo River near Meggett, Jodi worked with the homeowners to design their house plans. The completed space ended up looking like a country cottage. “Sure it looks shiny and new, but it could also be mistaken for a newly renovated 100 year old home,” Jodi says. “It just fits so nicely in its country setting.” The homeowners incorporated a Dutch door in the kitchen leading to the porch, an element that everyone loves. With a low foundation, porch railings were not necessary so the exterior remains open and airy. In order to not have to install those porch railings, the grading around the home had to be adjusted. The final grading couldn’t be any higher than 30 inches. To achieve this, Jodi called

Jodi Crosby of Crosby Creations Home Designs with her daughter.

Country Cottage This cottage was complete with an open floor plan and beautiful features including shiplap walls and a gorgeous brick fireplace with a dark wood mantle to provide contrast.

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PROJECT FILES on her husband Charlie who owns Crosby Trucking Company. With Charlie’s help grading the property, they accomplished their goal. Once the project was complete, like with many other projects, Jodi stayed in contact with her clients. “Some projects take a little longer than others but in the end, the goal is still the same—to provide a design that meets their needs, wants, and budget,” she explains. “This is our objective with each and every project. We’ll work with you until it’s what you want.” Jodi also recalls that many of their clients contact them after the project is complete and send pictures. “Ultimately, we’re the honeymoon phase of most projects.” ✴ For more information, call Crosby Creations Home Designs at (843) 514-7354 or visit

(above left) Complete with furnishings and accessories from Coralberry Cottage, this home exudes style and functions perfectly for the family. (above right) Lots of windows throughout the home allow for plenty of natural light to pour through, saving the owners money on their energy bill. (below) The open floor plan kitchen and living area was important for the homeowners so they could entertain while all being in the same space.

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Create with Color Guests can have the best of both worlds while staying at this historic Charleston home that has been transformed into a modern Lowcountry getaway.


hen interior designer Melissa Hunter of MW Hunter Custom Interiors signed on to fabricate the window treatments and bed covers for this Charleston bed and breakfast, owners Marlena Parker and Stuart Gross were intrigued by her playful patterns and her ability to flawlessly tie them together. After finding out that Melissa was also a designer, the two asked her to help them see the project through to the finish line. With the construction of the space completed by the time Melissa came on board, she was able to breathe life

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into the neutral color palette that had already been established through the walls, cabinets, and tiles. She focused on windows, bedding, side chairs, and tables as instruments for implementing pattern and color. The trio sat down and got to work making their vision a reality. Knowing that the owners wanted a lot of color, Melissa presented them with various fabric combinations that would stand on their own in each space, but could also easily interact with each other. “I wanted to create that wow factor, but I also wanted it to have that flow and continuity about it,” Melissa said.

Melisa Hunter of MW Hunter Custom Interiors

Go With the Flow Melissa wanted each room to be unique while simultaneously complementing each other. She used the same fabric in both the kitchen and living room, and scattered vibrant green and blues throughout the house.

She loves playing with different patterns, and this allowed her to tie every room together while still maintaining individual character. In order to create the desired flow between the living area and the kitchen, Melissa installed functioning roman shades in the kitchen made out of the same fabric used in the living room drapes. Marlena and Stuart wanted natural lighting to illuminate the space, but not at the cost of privacy for their guests. They decided that the combination of functional drapes and sheers in most of the windows provided both of these important elements. In the living room, the drapes were adorned in a bold pattern that included the various colors seen throughout the house. Melissa also speaks fondly of the custom pillows made for the living area, stating they tied the palette for that room together perfectly. Melissa and the owners were striving for a slightly feminine direction in what they call the “bridal suite,” and they accomplished it by using bright green fabric with large blooms of blue flowers on the functioning panels. They incorporated this design on the bed as well The bedside tables used in the room had been previously purchased by Marlena, so Melissa had fun searching for lamps to complement the size of the tables, as well as the rest of the room. The finishing touches were a subtle but stylish accent chair and as a dressing mirror that helped the room appear larger. For the bathroom window, Melissa included a simple woven wood shade that “brings a bit of the Lowcountry inside.” Handpicked art pieces were placed throughout the house by Marlena and Stuart, showcasing a bit of who the owners are and where they’ve been.✴ For more information, call MW Hunter Custom Interiors at (843) 556-4939 or visit

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Mary Alice sits in her breakfast nook with her fur babies and daughters Claire and Gretta, both of whom contributed to the design of their parents’ home.

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A Lowcountry Beach House

New York Times Best-Selling author Mary Alice Monroe welcomed us into her beach house. Most notably known for her series, The Beach House, the author sits down to discuss her travels, her environmentalism, writing her first novel, and what her readers can look forward to in the future.

Story by Alli Steinke | Photography by Patrick Brickman, Callie Cranford, and Ebony Ellis

ary Alice Monroe is among the ranks of Pat Conroy, Dorothea Benton Frank, and Anne Rivers Siddons. When you hear her name, you are likely transported to the beach, as this is where many of her novels are set. Her most notable series, The Beach House, earned her a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie adaptation brought to life with the help of South Carolina native actress Andie MacDowell. As an author myself, of course in a different medium, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down with Mary Alice and talk about her writing process, her work with the turtles, her passion for travel, and how she approached the design of her Lowcountry home. Be prepared to add some new books to your list—after hearing Mary Alice’s story you’re going to want to read each book she mentions.

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The Monroe Beach House

including family pieces was a must. “Markus’s family has been here since the Mayflower; they were signers of the Declaration of Independence,” Mary Alice notes. “There’s a lot of history in both of our families.” It was important to incorporate those family heirlooms they had acquired over the years, however with hurricanes prevalent in the Lowcountry, Mary Alice didn’t want family heirlooms destroyed if a storm did come through.

Deciding where they would buy a house wasn’t a hard decision for Mary Alice and Markus. It was always Isle of Palms. They wanted to be on an island and when Mary Alice saw their house when it was being built, she knew it was theirs. “I knew enough about flooding and rising waters, and this house is actually one of the highest lots on the island,” she explains. When they purchased the house, it also had a breathtaking view of the intercoastal.

Mary Alice has used a combination of some family pieces and some fresh pieces that she selected specifically for this home. Some of the family heirlooms include the Chippendale furniture in the living room which hailed from Markus’ ancestor Governor Robert Livingston. Other family pieces include the Sheraton case and Belter chairs in the living room. The antique chairs in the dining room are 18th century pieces from New York.

Mary Alice has always loved Isle of Palms, ever since she and her family first visited. She and her husband Markus visited the Lowcountry nearly every year with their kids Claire, Gretta, and Zachary in tow. The couple knew if they ever had the opportunity to move here, they would take it. Markus was offered a position at MUSC in child psychiatry and that was it. It was 1999 when they made the move.

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In paying homage to her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Asian

(opposite left) Mary Alice’s beach house is quintessential Charleston; Bahama shutters, palm trees, and porches. (left) The pavers lead to a firepit which the family frequently uses for oysters. (right) A wrought iron gate leads to another outdoor area used on a regular basis. (below) With grandchildren visiting the house often, a pool was a must for Mary Alice.

History and Japanese language (more on that later), Mary Alice has a lot of Japanese art including woodblock prints and porcelains in particular. “Among my prized possessions are the sets of porcelain china my husband’s great grandfather, Admiral Wood, brought back from Japan.” Though she loves the antiques and special items she has collected, Mary Alice demands cushy sofas and functional furniture so her guests can relax and have fun visiting, she notes. “This is a house that is lived in.” The beachy colors of South Carolina have also presented themselves in Mary Alice’s home. In the kitchen and dining room, you’ll see a great deal of blue. In other areas of the home, there are shades of sand, green, and some yellows. Her daughter Claire is the designer behind Delancey Interiors and she helped her mom design the home. Claire guided Mary Alice to those colors—the softer ocean blue palette inspires Mary Alice’s books so it only made sense to include it in her home. Farrow and Ball “Pointing” is used in many areas throughout the home. Mary Alice found a Clarence House fabric she loved and it inspired the basic color scheme. Claire also wanted to support local vendors such as Urban Electric and Lulie Wallace in the design of her parents’ home. Not only do Mary Alice’s furnishings have special meaning, but so do the artwork and books seen. “I feel at home with my art and furniture because they mean something,” Mary Alice adds. Her collection contains books signed by her author friends, gifts from people, and treasured first editions. Among her art collection are pieces by friends and local CH+D • Summer 2021 • 135

A Lowcountry Beach House artists Jonathon Green, Jennifer Smith, Barbara Bergwerf, and Leslie Pratt Thomas. Mary Alice’s sister, Marguerite Martino, is also a prevalent artist in her home. “Like my character Lovie in The Beach House, I like to think I’m surrounded by friends,” she smiles. The home has evolved over the years as Mary Alice’s family has evolved. When the kids were living at home, Mary Alice’s office was one of the smaller bedrooms. It’s always been a rule in their home that she has a designated room for her work, because you can’t do your craft where there’s lots of noise and distractions—and raising three kids is noisy. In an old house, Mary Alice once called her friend Nora Roberts crying because she was so stressed out. She had two books due and things to do with the kids and she just couldn’t take anymore. Nora said, “Mary

Alice, put a sign on your door that says ‘Is it blood or fire? If not, go away.’” Mary Alice knew she needed that respect for her space and she used that sign in this house as well. Now that her children are grown up, Mary Alice converted a room upstairs into a large office. The space has a private patio, lots of built-ins for her books, and plenty of room for her to spread out while she works. “My dogs curl up at my feet as I write,” she adds. The kitchen is also a space that has been redone a few times; a favorite addition being the banquette they use on a daily basis. “I’m redoing the kitchen again to accommodate our growing family,” Mary Alice explains. “The kitchen is the heart of the home so I’m expanding it, putting in two farm sinks, adding more fridge space, and an island just for prep.”

(left) Mary Alice stands in her dining room in a custom Oscar de la Renta dress. She often hosts dinners and wine nights for her tribe here. (opposite above) In the dining room, Mary Alice combined antiques with lucite armchairs, an unlikely pair that works perfectly for the space.

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When Mary Alice’s children were young, she grew herbs and vegetables in a raised garden. While she was writing The Butterfly’s Daughter, she created a butterfly garden. When the children moved out and the number of dogs increased, Mary Alice needed more space for pets. Mary Alice’s daughter Gretta lives on Sullivan’s Island, so Mary Alice’s home has become a gathering place for the family. The grandkids vacation at the home and will grow up there just as their parents did. “Only a storm will chase me from this house,” Mary Alice says. “This is my

‘Primrose Cottage’ and like the one in The Beach House, my house carries many happy memories. I hope it will endure so I can pass down the house’s legacy of hospitality to the next generation.” Mary Alice had felt so drawn to the Lowcountry every time she came and her commitment to our environment has only grown over the years. Moving here was the best decision for her and her family. She recalls sharing her love of the Lowcountry with one of her colleagues and friends, the late Pat Conroy. Mary Alice had a party at her house one evening and Pat was in

attendance. “He walked up to me and said ‘Mary Alice, you sure you weren’t born here?’ and I said ‘In another life.’”

A Writer’s Education

Mary Alice always knew she loved to write, but it wasn’t until she was in third grade when her teacher Mrs. Crawford asked her if she wanted to be a writer when she grew up that she realized writing was actually a career. The young Mary Alice was stunned. “I remember asking ‘Is that really a job?’” Mary Alice had been writing stories for as long as she could remember so it just clicked. From that moment on, Mary Alice knew she would be a writer. CH+D • Summer 2021 • 137

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(above) The front living room is one of Mary Alice’s favorite spots to curl up with a good book. The calming blue hues and variety of textures are the perfect ingredients for a cozy space. (opposite above) An alternating palm fronds blue wallpaper gives the powder room a playful, coastal touch. (opposite below) Paying homage to her time in Japan, Mary Alice’s main living space has special pieces she brought home showcased throughout the space.

Too shy to share her creative writing, Mary Alice enrolled in journalism school at Northwestern University. She started school but quickly discovered that wasn’t the path she wanted to take. At that time, Mary Alice was living in Chicago and the Encyclopedia Britannica was working on their newest release. “It was a real coup to get a job there because it was a mecca for researchers and writers,” Mary Alice adds. But she did. “I started as a lowly assistant and worked my way up to assistant to the general editor.” That role gave Mary Alice the opportunity to correspond with some great minds and taught her more than she could have imagined.

Kon’nichiwa from Japan

Mary Alice’s journey at the encyclopedia would come to an end when her husband got an itch to go to Japan. Markus had always been interested in the country but Mary Alice had no idea what she was getting herself into. “When we arrived I just felt like I had come home,” she notes. At the time, she was just 21 years old. Their time in Japan led Mary Alice to change her entire trajectory upon returning to the United States. Mary Alice and Markus returned and moved to New Jersey where Markus began medical school and Mary Alice began her studies in Japanese at Seton Hall University. She wrapped up her time at Seton Hall with undergraduate and graduate degrees and was certified bilingual. While in graduate school, Mary Alice began writing her first book; interestingly enough a Japanese historical novel. 138 • CH+D • Summer 2021

Babies and Books

When Mary Alice and Markus were expecting their third child Mary Alice was put on bed rest. She had to lay completely flat from July until October when her son was born. During that time, Markus took the television out of the bedroom. “He said to me, ‘As long as I’ve known you, you’ve wanted to write a novel but you didn’t have the time.’ I picked up a yellow pad and a pen and began writing.” Mary Alice always says she gave birth to a baby and a book. Over the next few years, Mary Alice joined a writing group and made great friends with the members. Nora Roberts brought her into that group and they are still close to this day. The book she wrote while pregnant with her son was published and she hasn’t looked back since. “I had this moment of clarity and I knew, for sure, that this was what I was meant to do.” Mary Alice recalls the feeling of holding the book in her hands for the first time. “You work on it for months and envision what it might look like. You open the box and hold it and it just affirms everything you’ve worked on.” Unbeknownst to Mary Alice at the time, her Beach House series would become her big claim to fame. This was meant to be a single book but the response was so great it just continued. After being

involved in the opening of the sea turtle hospital at the aquarium, it was clear to Mary Alice that she should continue this story with the Rutledge family in The Beach House. So Big Mama, one of the sea turtles from the aquarium, is in the book. Still only supposed to be a sequel, Mary Alice kept getting more inspiration to continue the story. Whenever she had a story she wanted to tell about pelicans, shorebirds, or sea turtles, she brought the beloved Rutledge family back for her readers. “I had a mission to tell these stories, and the Rutledges became loved by a lot of readers,” Mary Alice explains. “And now in the latest novel , The Summer of Lost and Found, the characters are older and it’s focusing on the next generation.” Her job as an author, she notes, is to write each book so it can be read alone but as a standalone novel, succinctly re-introducing important characters. When finished, she leaves it to the reader to decide if they want to go

back and read the entire series. Readers usually do. Mary Alice also has a variety of stand alone novels and smaller series that she’s written, including children’s books such as The Islanders series that takes place on Dewees Island. Each process for a new book starts with copious research on the species she chooses to write about to make sure there’s enough to sustain a novel. This includes talking to experts and scouring through various academic research. Then she’ll spend time on location with the species for between six months and two years. When she dives back into another Beach House book she reads the series again. “I don’t want to forget something, even the color of a character’s eyes,” Mary Alice adds. She also has style sheets and composition notebooks chock full of notes, research, and other data that she references when she begins writing. These notes are helpful

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A Lowcountry Beach House

to Mary Alice so she can continue the character development throughout each of the novels, and so she can recall what was mentioned three books ago that she might need to reveal in the new book. This series is about the Rutledge family and Mary Alice feels very responsible to continue the series for her readers who come back each time a new one is released—people love the Rutledges. Since beginning her career over 20 years ago, Mary Alice has become a New York Times best-selling author, which is a huge honor, and something she doesn’t take lightly. “For me the NYT best-seller was like crossing the line to give myself the ability to say what I wanted to write,” Mary Alice begins. “I had a mission to make my books a force for good and make my readers aware of environmental issues, and more, how they could make a difference. My success allowed me to do that.”

The Road to Hallmark

(above) Mary Alice’s grandsons have their own room when they visit grandma. (below) Mary Alice’s middle grade book, The Islanders, is in the boys’ room so they can enjoy a good book before bed.

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16 years after the book came out, The Beach House was adapted for film as part of the Hallmark channel’s Hall of Fame. The story was brought to life by the help of Gaffney, South Carolina native actress Andie MacDowell who portrayed Lovie on screen. Mary Alice recalls writing the role of Cara with Andie

MacDowell in mind. Then, it seemed, the stars were aligning. Mary Alice ran into Andie at an airport. “I didn’t want to approach her because it was late and we were all so tired,” she remembers. But then she stood next to her while waiting for luggage. Mary Alice decided to shoot her shot. “I introduced myself,” Mary Alice recalls. “I’m an author and I just wanted to let you know you were the inspiration for the heroine in my novel.” Andie asked what the book was and wrote it down, and told Mary Alice she would read it. After Mary Alice got her luggage, she was walking past the bookstore that used to be at the airport and saw the poster for her new book, including the back list with The Beach House. A few weeks later, Andie contacted her and said she had seen the poster and read the book and wanted to make the movie. “It was serendipity at its best.”

Andie’s large role in the making of the film as executive producer allowed her to ensure they were staying true to the book.

Mary Alice and Andie spoke about the film quite a bit. Mary Alice wanted Andie to play Cara but she wrote the book nearly 20 years ago. Andie was older than Cara now, and wanted to play Lovie, so she did.

Mary Alice has been a part of the Isle of Palms/Sullivan's Island Turtle Team for over twenty years. There is a photo in her office taken by Robert Clark titled Joy. She notes that this is when she feels happiest

The team was also able to bring Chad Michael Murray, most recognized for his role as Lucas Scott on the CW drama One Tree Hill, on for the project. Chad played the role of Cara’s love interest Brett. Per Mary Alice, “He’s a Southern boy and he carried the role perfectly. He’s the nicest man in the world.” While they began filming and getting sets designed, Mary Alice was able to stay with Andie. She was part of the first day of filming. That first day, they tackled the turtle scene. “I started to cry,” Mary Alice remarks. “You see your words coming to life and it was just incredible.”

Befriending the Turtles & Other Species

and like her truest self. You can see in her expression as she handles sea turtle hatchlings why Clark called the photo Joy. By the time Mary Alice joined the turtle team she had written five novels. At that point, she knew she wanted to write a book that would be beneficial to the sea turtles. It was 2000 and there was a lot of light disorientation and the shrimp boats didn’t yet have the turtle excluder devices on them. The shrimpers were concerned about not catching enough and losing money. Mary Alice says that it was their goal to show the shrimpers that the extra precaution for the turtles wouldn’t harm them. They eventually understood and have been using the excluder devices on the boats ever since. “I was so grateful so I wrote a book about the shrimpers to show how they were heroes as well,” Mary Alice adds. This experience changed the way that Mary Alice wrote novels. She was determined to write about conservation and environmental issues that residents of the Lowcountry were facing everyday. “I wrote my plot, my themes, and the whole structure around what I learned from the

(above left) There is more than one chef in the Monroe household so the new kitchen design will have plenty of space for everyone to partake in preparing the family meals. See this rendering come to life in future coverage with Charleston Home + Design. (above right) The color palette for the updated kitchen will remain true to the rest of the spaces; green and natural fibers to keep that coastal ambiance. CH+D • Summer 2021 • 141

A Lowcountry Beach House The Climax

In April of 2018, Mary Alice Monroe reached the highlight of her career. It was on the night Mary Alice was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame. It was an honor for Mary Alice and one she shared with her friends and family. That same night was also the premiere of the Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of her best-selling novel The Beach House. Mary Alice gave her induction speech and then went to watch the viewing of her movie adaptation at her friend Cassandra King Conroy’s home. Per Mary Alice, she was sitting in her late friend Pat Conroy’s comfy, orange lounge chair with her daughters cuddled on either side of her. On a shelf below the television that was currently showing The Beach House, Mary Alice looked down and saw Pat’s award for his Hallmark Hall of Fame movie The Water is Wide. “Here I am watching my Hallmark Hall of Fame movie in Pat’s chair, looking at his award,” she smiles. “It was without a doubt, the highlight of my career.”

The Next Chapter

Mary Alice cozies up on her couch for a relaxing afternoon.

species,” she says. This approach helps her avoid dumping a bunch of information on her readers. Since she began this process, she has written 18 novels set against environmental issues and species. Mary Alice pushes for one each year. The Beach House came out in 2002. Nobody was talking about sea turtles and how to help them. Tourists didn’t know what a “Lights out for Sea Turtles” sign meant. Nobody knew what to do if they saw a nest hatching. Mary Alice thought if she could educate her readers and make them see the species through the eyes of her characters and share her passion, then they would truly care about the turtles. “If you care, you take care” has been her motto for the past 20 years as she’s continued her 142 • CH+D • Summer 2021

conservation work and written an entire Beach House series. The Lowcountry wildlife was one of the big draws for Mary Alice. In addition to her work with the Turtle team, she also volunteered during the early days of the Avian Conservation Center: The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw. She would go on to write Skyward about facilities that cared for injured birds. During her time at Birds of Prey, Mary Alice cared for an eagle for about seven months. This great bird was released along the intercoastal. It later perched on Mary Alice’s roof. “We just looked at each other and that connection goes beyond what anybody can explain.” The eagle built a nest on a hammock near Sullivan’s Island. Every December Mary Alice sees her soaring.

Mary Alice has new ideas for novels coursing through her veins at any given time. She believes she has found the next species she wants to focus on and will begin researching the animal, and start planning her work with them. And she’s thinking about straying away from the beach for a bit—still focusing on the Lowcountry but another environmental issue away from the sand. Mary Alice also has a Facebook group called Light One Candle where people can talk about how they can make a difference whether that be using non-plastic straws or helping the turtles on Isle of Palms. She’ll continue growing that page and encouraging others to get involved. She states she learned a valuable lesson during the pandemic that she shared in her novel The Summer of Lost and Found. “Live each day to the fullest,“ Monroe declares. With this in mind, she will continue writing, but she will also make time to spend with her children and grandbabies—and loving on her dogs. And of course, she will continue to serve on the Island Turtle Team she loves so dearly. 












Reminiscent to the Rutledge family in The Beach House series, family time is of utmost importance. (2) Over the span of her 20 year career, Mary Alice has published dozens of books which are on display outside her office. (3) The various works of art throughout the home all hold special meaning to Mary Alice. (4)

The dining table is always set, prepared

to host friends and family at any given time. (5) In continuing with the blue seen in various spaces in

the house, the dinnerware also

matches. (6) Mary Alice’s daughter Gretta is an artist and painted this mural for her parents’ outdoor area. (7) This built-in in the living room is home to a collection of items Mary Alice found during her time in Japan. (8) The family’s breakfast nook is used nearly everyday even if just to enjoy a quick cup of coffee in the morning.




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Vinyet Architecture Pages: 146-147

Translations Design Studio Pages: 148-149

MHK Architecture Pages: 150-151

Innova Architecture Pages: 152-153

Crosby Creations Home Designs Pages: 154-155

Architect: Vinyet Architecture Photograph by: William Quarles Photography

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Take a peek into five Lowcountry homes designed by local architects and design professionals. Hear from the experts about why it’s beneficial to have an architect involved in your home’s design, what unique details they’ve incorporated into the spaces, and more.

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What unique details did you incorporate into this home? With the stair tower in the front of the house being dominant, we felt that breaking up the shingle walls with panels would help divide the overall mass and give it a little more character to the home. We also wanted to design the home with large picture windows and sliders at the back to access the rear porch and pool. Lastly, a second floor bonus room with a large balcony was designed for additional outdoor living space. Describe some of the homeowner’s goals for the space. The main goal was to capture the views of the home the moment you stepped through the door. It was important that every major room, from the kitchen to the great room to the master bedroom, had that feeling of being connected to the outdoors. Why was it beneficial for these homeowners to work with you? We were able to help guide our client through the Architectural Review Board process by creating a home that fits within the guidelines but still addresses all the needs and expectations requested by the homeowner. How did you overcome challenges that arose during the process? With this project being so close to the golf-course, it was important to create a home that had privacy from the adjacent tee-box, but also provided amazing views from the back of the home. We were very mindful when having our initial design meeting about those elements and coordinating that with our landscape architect.

For More Information: Vinyet Architecture (843) 619-7662 Photography by William Quarles Photography

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Are there any contributors you’d like to credit?

Built by M. Ashton Holloway with MHA Construction, Landscape Architecture by Heyward Townsend with Living Designs Landscaping, Interior Design by Shannon Bogan of S. Bogan Designs.

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What unique details did you incorporate into this home? The lot was long and narrow with great views of the marsh and Wando River. We wanted to integrate as much of the view into each room of the house, even though it wasn’t very wide. We positioned the kitchen to overlook the dining and great room so all the spaces integrated the view. Describe some of the homeowner’s goals for the space. The owners are a fun couple that love to entertain. It was important to create a nice, open floor plan that gracefully connected with the outdoor living. Rick and Kate did their homework and provided me with photos of exteriors they liked. I translated their inspiration into a coastal cottage with timeless details and a lot of character. What advice do you have for homeowners looking to work with an architect? I recommend owners do their homework, research, and provide detailed information to their architect in the beginning. The more information you provide early on, the more cohesive the design will be. The most integrated designs evolve when you start with a blank canvas. How did you overcome challenges that arose during the process? The lot size caused restrictions to get everything into the home that the owners wanted. We touched every setback of the lot so we had to get creative to integrate the guest/study closet in under the stairs. I welcome challenges in knowing that in the end, we’ll have a more interesting design.

For More Information: Translations Design Studio (843) 367-7367 Photography by Patrick Brickman

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Are there any contributors you’d like to credit?

It was the first time that I worked with Ryan and Jenny Butler with SHELTER Custom-Built Living. They were so great and that led us to working together on many more homes.

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What unique details did you incorporate into this home? The classical look and outdoor spaces make this home unique. It is very reflective of the individual taste of the homeowner—which is always our main goal. Space is personal, and our clients benefit from being an integral part of our design process. Describe some of the homeowner’s goals for the space. These clients loved the outdoors and wanted an indoor/outdoor space. We achieved this by adding a large pocket slider connecting the dining area to the lounge and by using a two-sided fireplace connecting the lounge with the pool area. These clients also wanted a nautical theme which can be seen throughout the home with features including a barrel vault hallway, round windows, and shiplap accents. Why was it beneficial for these homeowners to work with you? Knowing the details of the building code is a large part of the key benefits in working with an architect. MHK is very involved in the planning process and this is always a great benefit to our clients. It is one thing to draw a vision, but it is another to be given permission from the city to build it. There are so many things to consider that clients are unaware of. Architecture is important to the longevity of our communities, so it is crucial to work with an experienced architect. How did you overcome challenges that arose during the process? We always tell our clients that the hardest part of the process is finding the right lot and understanding what can be built upon it. Working out the design is interactive and fun and overall a very enjoyable process. We love working with our client’s vision and we are a very client-first firm. Photography by Naples Kenny

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For More Information: MHK Architecture (843) 203-6028

What technology do you use?

MHK is a multi-faceted firm wherein our team members are as individual as our clients. Some of our team works traditionally with sketching, and others work on the latest 3D technology to produce photo-real renderings. Our clients get a true sense of what they will be getting before it is built.

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What unique details did you incorporate into this home? This home features many of our typical energy saving and indoor air quality enhancing materials and systems. What was really unique was the layout of the home itself. It’s set up in three zones essentially; a parent’s area with an owner’s suite and private screened porch, a public area which included both an open plan kitchen, dining, living room, and deck as well as a roomy upstairs for kids and guests, and a unique grandparents suite with a shared front entry and its own bedroom, living areas, and screened porch. These spaces accommodate the homeowner’s particular lifestyle and living arrangement. Describe some of the homeowner’s goals for the space. A big goal for the homeowners was to be very involved in the design process. The husband is a professional designer and real estate investor and the wife is an interior designer. We worked closely with them, as we do with all clients, to incorporate their ideas. In this case, they produced their own interior drawings, selected the materials, and brought in some of their own subcontractors and suppliers to help finish the home. Why was it beneficial for these homeowners to work with you? This home is unlike any other you could find in a plan book or in the marketplace; not only because of its one-of-a-kind design, but also because it sits on a very challenging lot in terms of shape, setbacks, and protection of the adjacent marsh. Plus, the owners had so many good ideas that we all really needed a central “clearing house” to evaluate and integrate them into the final design, and that was our job.

Photography by Matt Bolt

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For More Information: Innova Architecture (843) 377-3766

Are there any contributors you’d like to credit?

The homeowners were very involved in the design ideas and decision-making process, and these pictures show the wife’s real talent in interior design. The Carolina Siding and Construction crews were instrumental in providing a range of services and construction tasks on this project.

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What unique details did you incorporate into this home? I was able to utilize the space on their lot in order to capture every available view of the Ravenel Bridge and the other stunning views that surround their home. I think the architectural millwork brings such a unique coastal feel, especially on the tower at the foyer. Describe some of the homeowner’s goals for the space. Jamie and Caitlin were so great to work with. Their goals were straightforward from the start. All of the secondary bedrooms and main living spaces were to reside on the first floor, along with a raised infinity pool. The second floor was to be reserved as the owner’s retreat with his and hers walk-in closets, a study, a lounge, and a porch overlooking the views. The third level was for pure fun and entertainment with a deck, again capturing the spectacular views. Another objective was to have all the bedrooms be peaceful and to not have any traffic above them, so they’re strategically placed to accomplish this wish. Why was it beneficial for these homeowners to work with you? I specialize in water view lots and often take on projects with tricky or complex lots. This project was no exception. How did you overcome challenges that arose during the process? We did have some challenges regarding the grading on this lot. There were homes on both sides that were already built and had established grading, so we needed to work closely with the landscape architect to mitigate the water runoff. Sometimes challenges may arise, but I always try to be proactive and not reactive. I think that helps my clients keep calm and confident through the design process.

Photography by Ryan Meadows Photography

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For More Information: Crosby Creations Home Designs (843) 514-7354

Are there any contributors you’d like to credit?

I would first like to thank Caitlin and Jamie for giving me the opportunity to work with them to design their dream home. Their builder Patrick Cogan did an amazing job and Caitlin did all of the interior design herself, which also turned out fabulously.

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Landscape Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Photograph by Patrick Brickman See Full Project Details on Page 168

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SUMMONING SUMMMER It’s officially summer in the Lowcountry which means it’s time for those family barbecues, lounging by the pool, and enjoying a refreshing drink on the porch. Flip through our annual outdoor living guide to get Pinterest-worthy inspiration for how to elevate your own space.

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An elevated infinity edge pool overlooking the Wando River and picturesque Lowcountry marshes paired with an outdoor dining area and separate lounge area were positioned for these homeowners to enjoy the amenities of their own landscape.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Built by SHELTER Custom-Built Living • Interior Design by Hollis Erickson for SHELTER Custom-Built Living • Pool by Aqua Blue Pools • Appliances from Signature Appliance Center • Outdoor Shower by Moluf’s

Photography by Patrick Brickman

• Building Materials by Buck Lumber

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& Building Supply • Architecture by Clarke Design Group

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : SHELTER Custom-Built Living (843) 471-1833

Outdoor Dining This Kiawah Island all weather dwelling features a custom cabinetry package to optimize the function of the outdoor kitchen.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Outdoor Kitchen with Peninsula Seating • Cabinetry by Classic Kitchens of Charleston • Built by Novella Homes • Automated Screen by


Photography by Patrick Brickman

Classic Kitchens of Charleston (843) 991-4207

Photography by Ebony Ellis

NextGen Automated

Brought Back to Life To increase the durability of their dock and prevent further deterioration, these homeowners had a special coating installed that will protect the surface from cracking and getting damaged by the sun.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • UV, Water, & Slip Resistant • Restored Dock • Non-Toxic Coating • Dock Resurfacing by Acryfin Coatings South East

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Acryfin Coatings South East (803) 493-8539

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With durable and stylish outdoor furniture, these homeowners can relax and enjoy life outdoors with low-maintenance.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Marine Grade Polymer Pool Furniture • Eco-Friendly Polymer Deep Seating & Adirondack • Fiberglass Umbrellas • Furniture & Accessories by Backyard Retreats

Photography by Patrick Brickman


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Backyard Retreats (843) 856-0049

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A vast yard called for beautiful landscaping and an infinity edge pool facing the maritime forest.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Infinity Pool with Tahoe Pebble Interior Finish & Heated Spa • Native Grasses in Landscape • Pool by Aqua Blue Pools • Landscape by REMARK Landscape Architecture • Built by Buffington Homes • Architecture by McDonald

Photography by Patrick Brickman


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Aqua Blue Pools (843) 767-7665 • REMARK Landscape Architecture (843) 952-7817 •

Vast Space Exposed beams and large wraparound porches make this pavilion feel spacious and welcomes families to enjoy time together.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Masonry Fireplace • Custom Field Built Exposed Trusses • Cedar Siding • Exposed Rafter Tails • Design Plan by Crosby Creations


Photography by Patrick Brickman

Crosby Creations Home Designs (843) 514-7354

Photography by Patrick Brickman

Home Designs • Built by Roger Brabham

Contemporary Living At this Kiawah Island home, a minimalist outdoor space was key as to not distract from the natural landscape beyond.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • 21 Foot Origin Bi-fold Door • Custom Garapa Deck & Cable Railing System • Garapa RainScreen Siding & Decking • Andersen E Series Windows • Recessed Aquor Hose Bib • Built by Cinder Creek Construction • Architecture by Architecture Plus

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Cinder Creek Construction (843) 768-0784

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With beautiful construction of this Kiawah Island home, fashionable and long-lasting outdoor furniture and accessories were a must for the homeowners to take advantage of their stunning spaces.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Porch & Patio Dining Areas • Firepit with Lounge Furniture • Front Porch & Lawn Lounge Areas • Built by JacksonBuilt Custom Homes • Interior Design by Chelsea Goldrick & Taylor Hanna of Steven Shell Living • Furniture & Accessories by

Photography by Patrick Brickman

Steven Shell Living

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JacksonBuilt Custom Homes (843) 471-2310 • Steven Shell Living (843) 216-3900

Repurposed Surface These recycled glass concrete countertops were made out of oysters, Pinnacle vodka bottles, and aqua glass for a unique touch to this Lowcountry home.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Countertops Supplied by GlassEco Surfaces • Countertops Fabricated by Eugene’s Marble and Granite • Interior Design by • Pool by Aqua Blue Pools


Photography by Patrick Brickman

GlassEco Surfaces (843) 554-6099

Photography by Ebony Ellis

Guest House Studio

Dreamy Landscape A beguiling natural landscape was enhanced with a custom pool and space for these homeowners to spend hours cooling off during the hot summer.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Firepit & Water Features • Raised Spa • Tanning Ledge • Outdoor Kitchen & Dining Area • Pool by Heritage Pools, LLC

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Heritage Pools, LLC (843) 762-3417

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Beautiful water views take this outdoor living area to the next level. Pair the views with natural stone countertops, a custom walkway around the pool, and custom cabinetry and you’ve got a stunning space for the family to use regularly.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Built by Delpino Custom Homes • Countertops Supplied by Vitoria International • Cabinetry by Jilco Kitchen and Bath • Tile by Melcer Tile • Automation by NextGen Automated • Pool by Blue Haven Pools

Photography by Callie Cranford


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Delpino Custom Homes (843) 818-4866 • Jilco Kitchen and Bath (843) 849-6465 • Vitoria International (843) 760-2470 •

Graceful Green To coordinate with the green shutters, a primarily green landscape was planned with other pops of color in the flower boxes.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Lush Greenery • Plant Boxes • Topiary Trees • Landscape by Yellowstone Landscape • Built by King and Society Construction


Photography by Callie Cranford

Yellowstone Landscape (843) 225-2380

Photography by Callie Cranford

• Architecture by Neil Stevenson

Coastal Magic An interior designer cultivated a stylish patio and pool lounge area with a contemporary coastal ambiance.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Lounge Chair Area • Sitting Area with Fireplace • Interior Design by House of Hoffmann Interiors • Pool by Blue Haven Pools • Pool Loungers by Frontgate • Furniture by RST Brands


House of Hoffmann Interiors (617) 680-4412

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The outdoor lighting at this Mt. Pleasant home ensures everyone has a good time when hanging out by the pool in the evening hours. Fun colors not only brighten up the space, but also guarantee safety when walking around the property.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Uplit Home & Palm Trees • Path Lighting for Walkways • Deck & Step Lighting • String Lighting Over Pool & Patio • Handrail Lighting • Underwater Lighting for Dock from Harbor • Color Changing Lights &

Photography by Patrick Brickman

Light Logic Smart Timer

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• Landscape Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives


Outdoor Lighting Perspectives (843) 258-1574

French Farmhouse Copper lanterns and other European décor was used on this Summerville porch to cultivate the French farmhouse ambiance the homeowner wanted to achieve.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Screen Porch with Rattan Dining Set • Gas Firepit • Container Plants


Photography by Patrick Brickman

French Mercantile (843) 494-3229

Photography by Patrick Brickman

• Accessories by French Mercantile

Ultra Modern Cabinetry To top off the design of this Lowcountry estate, durable cabinetry, made to withstand the elements, was installed in the outdoor kitchen.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • High Density Polyethylene Cabinetry • Installed on Leg Levelers to Easily Adapt to Sloped Decks • Cabinetry by HWC Custom Cabinetry • Built by Trellis Residential

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : HWC Custom Cabinetry (843) 207-0750

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With their backyard backing right up to the Charleston Harbor, these homeowners created welcoming porch areas to enjoy the views which included quintessential gas lanterns often seen in Charleston.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Harbor Front Property • Sliding Patio Doors • Gas Lanterns by Carolina Lanterns & Lighting • Leathered Countertops Fabricated by Universal Marble & Granite • Architecture by Rush Dixon

Photography by Ebony Ellis


F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Carolina Lanterns & Lighting (843) 881-4170

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Who would want to leave this space? A glorious pool with a spa and waterfall feature beckons to be swam in throughout a hot summer day.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Infinity Edge Spa • Custom Shellstone Firepit • Saratoga Elite Synthetic Turf • Built-In Palm Planters • In-Water Table & Bar Stools • Pool by Aquatica Pools and Spas

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Photography by Patrick Brickman

Aquatica Pools and Spas (843) 212-0014

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Modern Style This Lowcountry patio is decked out in a contemporary dining set where the homeowners often relish in the comfort of a good meal.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Natural Fiber Striped Rug • Armless Dining Chairs • 4-Person Dining Table • Furniture & Accessories by


Photography by Patrick Brickman

Iola Modern (843) 225-6286

Photography by Margaret Wright

Iola Modern

Durable Finished Siding This homeowner used a company to encapsulate all six sides of his siding to protect the material from UV and water damage.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Siding by Carolina Machine Finishing • Built by Phillip Smith General Contractor • Architecture by Camens Architectural Group

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Carolina Machine Finishing (843) 760-0029

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To help make certain everyone gets around the yard safely, these homeowners worked with automation pros to install landscape lighting throughout their property.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Stair Lights, Uplighting, Floodlights, & Wash Lights • Home Automation & Outdoor Lighting by NextGen Automated • Built by Mahshie Custom Homes

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Photography by Ebony Ellis

NextGen Automated (843) 871-8531

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By working with an architect, these Daniel Island homeowners assured their dwelling had unique touches that spoke to their style.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Separate Guest House • Arched Entryway Leading to Front Porch • Wood Panel Ceiling on Porch • Juliet Balconies on Upstairs Bedrooms • Covered & Uncovered Porch Areas • Architecture by Translations

Photography by Patrick Brickman

Design Studio

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Translations Design Studio (843) 367-7367

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Paint & Stain In order to protect the surfaces of their porches and fence, these homeowners got a professional stain painted on to keep them looking fresh and long-lasting.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Custom Exterior Stain on Porches & Fence • Staining and Painting by


Photography by Patrick Brickman

Carolina Stain & Seal (843) 285-5924

Photography by Callie Cranford

Carolina Stain & Seal

Lively Landscape Bold colors can be seen throughout this Isle of Palms landscape. Aloe, Red Drift Roses, Crassula, Crinum Lilies and Hibiscus are just a few of the colorful flora used.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Vibrant Ground Covers • Succulents • Tropical Florals • Ornamental Stone & Synthetic Turf • Landscape by HLG Growers

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : HLG Growers (843) 901-4862

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A one-of-a-kind pool house was constructed out of a shipping container creating a durable and usable space to relax in.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Lounge Area with TV • Bar Area with Matching Bench • Pool House by Carolina Mobile Storage • Pool by Heritage Pools, LLC

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Photography by Patrick Brickman

Carolina Mobile Storage (843) 851-2661

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These homeowners used an interior designer to take advantage of marsh views by cultivating a cozy space to curl up with a good book and a drink after a long day.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Panoramic March Views • Wood Burning Fireplace • Stained Tray Ceiling • Kingsley Bate Furniture • Outdoor Television • Interior Design by Riverside Designers • Built by Kingswood Homes

Photography by Ebony Ellis

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Riverside Designers (843) 377-2600

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Exemplary Exterior Comfy lounge furniture beckons these homeowners to sit and relax on the various deck space throughout this Dunes West home.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Functional & Aesthetic Flow from Indoor-to-Outdoor Spaces • Sustainable Materials • Integrated Solar Panels • Outdoor Bar on Roof Deck • Pool by Aqua Blue Pools • Landscape by Simply Green


Photography by Keen Eye Marketing

Innova Architecture (843) 377-3766

Photography by Margaret Rambo German

• Architecture by Innova Architecture

Fashionable Sides The exterior of this West Ashley stunner got a fresh coat of paint, rounding out the remodel and giving it a million dollar look.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Bright White and Matte Black Paint for Modern Farmhouse Style • Gas Lanterns • Minimal Landscape Design • Sierra Pacific Windows • Paint by Sherwin-Williams • Interior Design by Latitude Design Group • Gas Lanterns by Rick’s Lighting + Home

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Sherwin-Williams (843) 884-1041

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An expansive outdoor kitchen with chrome handles and plumbing fixtures is complemented with an rounded sectional so the whole family can enjoy time together whether cooking or relaxing.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Plumbing Fixtures by Moluf’s • Interior Design by JLV Creative • Hardscape by Passion Masonry • Landscape by Grandscapes • Built by Beasley Custom Homes • Appliances by Plugs Appliance Center • Cabinets by Disher Cabinets • Putting Green by Inteliturf

Photography by Patrick Brickman

• Home Automation by Linked AV

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F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Moluf’s (843) 723-4881

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High-quality materials were used in the construction of this Lowcountry home to ensure the waterfront dwelling will withstand the elements for years to come.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • IPE Deck • Master Deck Area • Outdoor Fireplace & Living Area • Building Materials by Southern Lumber & Millwork • Built by Phillip Smith General Contractor • Architecture by Herlong

Photography by Patrick Brickman


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F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Southern Lumber & Millwork (843) 744-6281

Porch Paradise This polished porch is designed for entertainment. Cozy up on the couch and roast some s’mores while watching your favorite movie.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Panoramic Views of Wando River and Ravenel Bridge • Home Listed by Island House Real Estate • Built by Structures Building Company • Interior Design by


Photography by Jason Stemple

Island House Real Estate (843) 847-1762

Photography by Callie Cranford

Embellish Interiors

Screened In Charm This screened-in porch with two separate seating areas allows the homeowners to savor the outdoors without dealing with pesky critters.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Two Velux Fixed Skylights • Westbury ‘Tuscany’ Railing in White Fine Texture • Wood Beadboard Ceiling in Haint Blue • Extra Wide Landing & Stairs • Custom Door Framing to Mimic Sidelights & Transom • Built by Classic Remodeling & Construction


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A custom swinging bed paired with teak and rattan furniture with sunbrella fabrics creates the ultimate outdoor spaces for these homeowners.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Teak Table, Bench, Stools, Chairs, & Loveseat by Dovetail Furniture • Dash & Albert Rug & Poufs • Cafe Chairs by Sika Designs • Thibaut/Sunbrella Pillow Fabrics • Summer Classic Chairs & Matching Ottoman • Interior Design by Allison Flanary of Aiden Fabrics Photography by Ebony Ellis

• Fabric & Sewing by Aiden Fabrics

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Aiden Fabrics (843) 216-0008

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The roll down shades at this Lowcountry home’s pool pavilion protect from damaging UV rays.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Outdoor Kitchen • Brick Chimney with Arched Chimney Crown • Graber Exterior Solar Shades by Patriot Blinds & More • Built by Randy Crabb of Maintain Inc. • ‘Taj Mahal’ Quartzite from Universal Marble & Granite

Photography by Ebony Ellis

• Lighting by Rick’s Lighting + Home

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F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Patriot Blinds & More (843) 461-1368

Seaside Setting Pulling from the colors of the water and landscape beyond, this patio was decked out in green and blue accents carefully selected by the interior designer.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Adirondack Lounge Area • Cable Railing • Coastal Accents • Outdoor Living Design by


Photography by Colin Grey Voigt

Designs by Imagine That (843) 345-5788

Photography by Callie Cranford

Designs by Imagine That

Feeling Fresh This home required a beautiful paint job to accent it’s stunning architectural touches.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Painted by Koozer Painting • Pool by Aqua Blue Pools • Built by Tupper Builders • Pool House Architecture by Glenn Keyes Architects • Hardscape by The Stonemeister • Landscape Design by Sheila Wermiter and Associates • Landscape by Ables Landscapes

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Koozer Painting (843) 881-2212

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A custom built-in bench and dining table gives this Lowcountry family plenty of space to host dinner parties in style.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Built-In Bench Seating • Custom Wood Dining Table • Expansive Porch Area • Sliding Doors Leading Outside • Bench & Dining Table by Carpenters Woodworks

Photography by Callie Cranford


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Carpenters Woodworks (843) 884-3411

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The Lauhala mat ceiling of this tropical master porch paired with the bi-folding NanaWall window unit guarantee these homeowners have unique outdoor living areas filled with style.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Vaulted Ceiling & Cupola • Stainless Steel Exterior Cable Railing • Wet Bar with Hidden Pull-Out Storage • Built by Structures Building Company • Chalmers Street Wall Mount Lighting by Carolina Lanterns & Lighting • Pool by Blue Haven Pools and Spas • Exterior Beams by Southern

Photography by Holger Obenaus

Lumber & Millwork

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F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Structures Building Company (843) 856-6901

Darling Patio Lounging Comfy lounge furniture beckons these homeowners to sit and relax on the various patio space throughout their I'On home.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Locally-Made IPE Coffee Table • Oversized Chairs with Vivid Colors on Pillows • Teak Furniture & Outdoor


Photography Provided by Kenneth Lynch & Sons

Coralberry Cottage (843) 884-2225

Photography by Callie Cranford

Accessories by Coralberry Cottage

CLASSIC SOUTHERN Garden The garden in this home was accented with statues and fountains, elevating the landscape design.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • La Brezza Statue • Florentine Classics Star & Dolphin Furniture • Armillary Sundials • Focal Points in Statuary, Urns, Fountains, Benches, & Finials • Furniture and Accessories by Kenneth Lynch & Sons • Architecture by Kramer + Pandula Architects

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Kenneth Lynch & Sons (203) 264-2831

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SPATIAL PLANNING In order to take advantage of each square foot, the outdoor kitchen and shower at this Lowcountry pool house were built under the house so it didn’t take space away from the yard and pool area.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Pervious Paver Pool Decking • Custom Pool & Spa with Automatic Pool Cover • Turf Lawn • Maintenance Free Outdoor Shower • Kitchenette with Combustion Approved Shiplap • Built by Diament Building Photography by Ebony Ellis

• Pool by Aquatica Pools and Spas

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Diament Building (843) 991-5531

SIMPLE SPEAKS VOLUMES Keeping the design of this porch simple allowed for thoughtful design and consideration of each element.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Various Greenery • Large Dining Set • Interior Design by Logan Miller of Jean’s Custom Workroom • Chair Cushions by Jean’s

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Jean’s Custom Workroom (843) 225-1669

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Photography by Ebony Ellis

Custom Workroom

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BUILT TO LAST By using strong materials and careful planning throughout construction, this Lowcountry dwelling is built with longevity in mind.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • IPE Decking • Stainless Steel Cable Rails • Mahogany Door & Shutters • Reclaimed Fireplace Hearth Beam • Built by St. Pierre Construction • Architecture by Beau Clowney Architecture • Landscape Architecture by Glen Gardner Photography by Brian Climer

• Pool by Aqua Blue Pools


QUARTZ BEAUTY The polished finish of the countertops in this outdoor kitchen elevate the design and are made to be scratch resistant and durable.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Covered Outdoor Kitchen Area • Cambria Quartz ‘Ironsbridge’ in Polished Finish • Countertops Fabricated by Palmetto Surfacing

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Palmetto Surfacing (843) 569-1131

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Photography by Ebony Ellis

St. Pierre Construction (843) 352-7925

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ENHANCED TECHNOLOGY The home automation throughout this outdoor space boosts the homeowner’s outdoor living experience with top-notch audiovisual and lighting.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Audiovisual Systems • Home Security • Outdoor Lighting • Automation and Home Tech by Innovative Group • Built by SHELTER Custom-Built Living

Photography by Ebony Ellis

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Innovative Group (843) 737-6145

WRAP AROUND BLISS When constructing this home, the builder included wrap-around porches for the homeowners to enjoy the views and wildlife surrounding them.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Built by Priester’s Custom Contracting • Architecture by Allison Ramsey Architects • Interior Design by Marie Lindenmeyer of By Design Consulting • Building Materials & Windows • Lighting by Rick’s Lighting + Home

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Priester’s Custom Contracting (843) 200-8495

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Photography by Patrick Brickman

by Southern Lumber & Millwork

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MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SPACE This versatile outdoor area has multiple spaces for the family to use for different activities. Play games at the dining table, swim laps in the pool, or grill out your favorite meal.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Outdoor Living Room Opening to Pool Area and Yard • Two Sided Fireplace • Architecture by MHK Architecture Provided by MHK Architecture and Planning

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EFFORTLESS LAWN With synthetic grass, these homeowners are set for years to come with a minimal maintenance yard that will look bright and green throughout the year.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Eco-Friendly, Low Maintenance Turf Installed by ProGreen Synthetic Turf

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : ProGreen Synthetic Turf (843) 494-5092

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Photography Provided by ProGreen Synthetic Turf

MHK Architecture and Planning (843) 203-6028

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TRADITIONAL LOWCOUNTRY This Lowcountry home designed by an architect does not disappoint. With ample room for lounging, eating, and enjoying the outdoors this space is ready for duty.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Outdoor Fireplace & Lounge Area • Grill Area • Built by Lowcountry Premier Custom Homes • Architecture by Vinyet Architecture

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Photography by Ebony Ellis

Lowcountry Premier Custom Homes (843) 881-3930 Vinyet Architecture (843) 619-7662 •

IMPACTFUL DOORS These garage doors are impact, wind-rated for hurricane force winds so you can keep the water and debris out.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Anodized Aluminum Finish • Powder Coat Paint Finish • Garage Doors by Overhead Door Company of Charleston

Overhead Door Company of Charleston (843) 767-0028

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Photography by Ebony Ellis


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COOL DOWN The shades on this Daniel Island porch serve multiple purposes; blocking UV rays, reducing heat and glare, inward privacy, and outward visibility being the top functions.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Motorized Palmetto Porch Shades by Best Buy Blinds • Pool by Aqua Blue Pools • Tile by Buckhannon Tile + Design

Photography by Callie Cranford

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Best Buy Blinds (843) 884-3454

MARVELOUS MOSAIC This covered patio space was elevated with a custom mosaic backsplash in the kitchen in a coordinating blue shade with the rug to add some extra pizazz.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Covered Patio with Fireplace • Kitchen with Custom Backsplash • Built by Kalman Construction • Countertops by Eugene’s Marble & Granite • Plumbing Fixtures by Moluf’s Southern Lumber & Millwork

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Kalman Construction (843) 856-0515

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Photography by Ebony Ellis

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HIGH TECH EXTERIOR Automation throughout this home, including the outdoor living space, gives the homeowners easy control over their sound systems so they can listen to their favorite songs while sitting by the pool.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Outdoor Kitchen • Pool with Heated Spa • Spiral Staircase to Upper Porches • Pool Lounge Area Facing Views • Home Automation by

Photography by Patrick Brickman

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IMPERISHABLE FURNISHINGS For this family, durable outdoor furniture was a must so they could use it regularly and not have to worry about weather damage and deterioration from overuse.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Grade-A Teak, Powder Coated Aluminum, All Weather Wicker, & Cast Concrete Furniture • Sunbrella Fabric • Furniture from J&K Home Furnishings

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : J&K Home Furnishings (843) 800-4015

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Photography Provided by J&K Home Furnishings

The Audio Warehouse (843) 571-0535

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INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING The accordion doors leading out to the deck exemplify the concept of indoor/outdoor living these homeowners wanted to achieve.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Uplighting on Trees • Daniel Island Marshfront • Built by Curtis Daniel Homes • Architecture by Clarke Design Group Photography by Katie Charlotte & Patrick Brickman

• Landscape by REMARK Landscape Architecture • Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives


AN OUTDOOR LOVER’S PARADISE Between this beautiful custom pool, the modern exterior of the home, and the putting green this home offers outdoor enthusiasts the perfect place to hang during the summer.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Marble Decking • Putting Green • Outdoor Kitchen • Pool by Blue Haven Pools • Home Built by Eastech Property Development

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Blue Haven Pools (843) 552-6000

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Photography by Ebony Ellis • Drone Photograph provided by Blue Haven Pools

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The dolomite countertops in this Mt. Pleasant outdoor bar area beckons for happy hour on the water.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Leathered ‘Fantasy Brown’ Dolomite Countertops Fabricated by Universal Marble & Granite • Lighting by Carolina Lanterns & Lighting • Architecture by Rush Dixon Architects

Photography by Callie Cranford


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Universal Marble & Granite (843) 767-7779

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ENSURED PRIVACY By installing porch Bahama shutters on their home, these homeowners ensure their dwelling has extra privacy.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Sun Shading • Powder Coat Finish on Shutters & Hardware • Shutters by Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters

Photography by Callie Cranford


Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters (843) 822-5519

CUSTOM FENCE These homeowners enlisted the help of a custom woodworker to create the perfect fence for their style and needs.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Standing Seam Horizon-hoc Metal Roof • Matching Hardie Siding Throughout • Custom Outdoor Kitchen with Stainless Blaze Appliances • Custom Gates & Fences • Wood Work by Artisan Woodworking • Pool & Stone Work by Meadows Pools Appliance Center

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Artisan Woodworking (843) 247-3178

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Photography by Ebony Ellis

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This Johns Island marsh front property was built with outdoor living in mind. A Big Green Egg and tall ceilings ensure you can enjoy a good meal without interrupting your views.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Grill Area with Big Green Egg • Marsh Views • Raised Island with Bar Seating • Built by Arnett Custom Homes


Photography by Callie Cranford

Arnett Custom Homes (843) 271-8868

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BOAT LIFE These Lowcountry boaters needed long-lasting flooring for the interior of the yacht to ensure it would withstand the daily wear and tear.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Flooring by Carpet Baggers Carpet One


Photography by Callie Cranford

Carpet Baggers Carpet One (843) 571-0013

WELL DESIGNED RESPITE Looking for a respite from the summer heat, these homeowners worked with interior designers to come up with a stylish sunroom that would keep them cool but still allow them to get outside.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Cocktail Table Fabricated Out of Old Pub Sign • Limestone Dining Table • Hand Finished Wood Flooring • Interior Design by CHD Interiors

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : CHD Interiors (843) 357-1700

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Photography by Matt Silk

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SECURITY PACKAGE To increase the security of their home, these Daniel Island homeowners enlisted the help of home security professionals to install a system that will provide them a sense of safety.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Customized Ring Home Security System Design & Installation • View Camera Footage from Anywhere with App • Integrated with Amazon Alexa • Home Security by Totality Solutions • Home Listed by Island House Photography by Callie Cranford

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F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Totality Solutions (843) 310-4620

BOLD CABANA BATH For these Lowcountry homeowners, having a cabana bathroom to wash the kids off after the pool was of utmost importance.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Tile by Melcer Tile • Built by Delpino Custom Homes • Countertops by Vitoria International • Cabinetry by Jilco Kitchen and Bath • Plumbing Fixtures by Ferguson

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Melcer Tile (843) 744-5345

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Photography by Callie Cranford

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COORDINATING HUE In order to remain cohesive, this deck features color match fasteners so they coordinate with the decking shade.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Trex Pebble Gray Decking • Color Match Screws & Hidden Fasteners • Trex Supplied by Decks and Docks Lumber Company • Siding & Roofing by Alpha Omega Construction

Photography by Callie Cranford


Decks and Docks Lumber Company (843) 266-9675

CUSTOM COLLECTION Poly adirondack furniture on this Lowcountry patio makes a statement as it was customized for these particular homeowners.

O U T D O O R F E ATU RES : • Swivel Rocking Chairs • Custom Color and Style Selections • Two-Toned Adirondack Furniture by Charleston Amish Furniture

F O R M O RE I N F O RM AT I ON : Charleston Amish Furniture (843) 225-2513

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Photography Provided by Charleston Amish Furniture

• Matching Chair and Table Sets

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7 AUTOMATIC POOL COVER Pool Cover Solutions

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Charleston Amish Furniture

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Charleston Fall

The Charleston Fall Home Show is back! August 27-29, 2021 at the North Charleston Convention Center Presented by Charleston Home + Design Magazine

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Built by SHELTER Custom-Built Living • Interior Design by Amy Trowman Design Home Automation by Innovative Sight & Sound • Photography by Patrick Brickman


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Three lucky locals who attend the Charleston Fall

Mary Alice Monroe will be making two

Home Show will each walk away with a $2,000

appearances at the Charleston Fall Home

Home Improvement Prize Package:

Show. The Isle of Palms resident has just released her newest book in The Beach House series called The Summer of Lost and Found. Come meet Mary Alice, hear her thoughts on her successful career and what the future holds. See for details.

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• $2,000 Custom Garage Floor Coating Package from Carolina Flooring Specialists. • $2,000 Lighting / Ceiling Fan Package from Charleston Lighting and Interiors. • $2,000 Pergola or Screen Room Enclosure from Express Sunrooms.

NORTH CHARLESTON Convention Center

AUGUST 27 -29TH, 2O21 TH

A-List Local Contractors Over 100 booths will be occupied by the best local home pro’s ready and motivated to work with you. They are eager to talk with you about getting your project off the ground. Meet these home professionals at the show that specialize in the following categories.

VIP Home Show Happy Hour On Friday, the show closes to the public at 6pm and that’s when our “Pro-Only” VIP Home Show Happy Hour Party begins, free with an invitation for builders, remodelers, architects, interior designers, and other building professionals. Tickets are also available to purchase for only $15 per person and includes a free beer/wine bar and catered food.

Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Lab Also, on Friday, August 27th an 80-foot long, 30-foot wide tractor trailer will be on site at the Charleston Fall Home Show demonstrating numerous building trades and the jobs that are available and in-demand. Come experience the simulators and see what it’s like to train as a plumber, HVAC technician, electrician, carpenter, and more.

Attending is Easy (on the wallet) • Friday, August 27th, admission is free 11am-6pm. • Saturday & Sunday admission is $7 per person until 2pm. • Admission is $2 per person after 2pm

Appliances Architects Automated Window Treatments Basement & Crawlspace Blinds Builders Building Materials Cabinetry Cabinet Restoration Closet Systems Countertops Deck/Dock Resurfacing Elevator Exterior Contractors Flooring Foundation Repair Furniture / Home Décor Garage Doors Garage Floor Coatings Generators / Whole House Glass Granite & Stone Grill Cleaning Gutters Hardscapes Hardwood Flooring / Carpet Heating & A/C Home Automation & Theater

Home Plans / Design Hurricane Protection Kitchens & Bathrooms Landscape Architects Landscape Lighting Lawn & Garden Lighting Lumber Mirrors Outdoor Living Paint Paint Contractors Pergolas Pest Control Plantation Shutters Pool Covers (automatic) Pools Pull-Out Shelves Remodeling Contractors Roofing Screen Rooms Security Systems Shower Doors Solar Power Sunrooms Tile Windows & Doors Window treatments

• Parking is free all weekend

Thank You To Our Sponsors Free Giveaways • Saturday morning be one of the first 200 families to pay $7 admission and get a free Tervis Tumbler with lid. Special thanks to Cathy Swink with the Tervis Shop at 179 Church Street, downtown. • Sunday morning be one of the first 200 guests to pay $7 admission and get a free flashlight from ABC News 4 and Lowe's in West Ashley.

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OPENINGS How to Protect Your Windows and Doors From Damaging Hurricane Force Winds

! We are officially in hurricane season so it's important to be prepared for




winds. Impact


windows, doors


shutter systems are some of the best ways to protect your home from the deadly hurricane force winds. We’ve talked to Lowcountry professionals about shutter, window, door, and garage door options for your home.

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IMPACT RATED EXTERIOR DOORS Andersen Windows & Doors offers homeowners a variety of impact rated, modern doors that will protect the entrances of your home from strong, hurricane force winds without interrupting your views. Coastal Folding Doors are sliding doors that can open from the left, right, or center to take advantage of the Coastal Pivot Doors are increasing in popularity as

doors have impact glass options for you to choose

well. These doors, most commonly used in entryways,

from; either choosing a high performance impact-

are aluminum wood-clad or all aluminum. They also

resistance glass or monolithic impact-resistance glass.

have the impact-resistance glass options and are

They also have a Hallmark certified rating for air, water,

rated for their air, water, and structural performance.

and structural performance. In addition, the high

Pivot doors are installed with a water-rated flush sill that

performance on-floor drainage sill will help prevent

has a multi-point lock and concealed threshold screws

water from entering the home.

for optimal performance.

Photography by Patrick Brickman

indoor/outdoor living the Lowcountry offers. These

(top right) This pivot door by Novella Homes helps maintain views and your safety. (above left & right) Translations Design Studio worked together with SHELTER Custom-Built Living on this Daniel Island home which features impact-rated accordion doors and windows.

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We use impact windows on every job, typically either

Simonton or Viwinco. Impact


windows will generate insurance savings each year which is

Kevin Kalman Kalman Construction

Impact Rated Windows are about twice the cost of non-impact rated windows but they are the easiest, most convenient way to protect your windows. They provide 24/365 security for your home, meaning you can be out of town

Photography Provided by Buck Lumber & Building Supply

another benefit for my clients.

and your windows are protected from break-ins as well as hurricane winds. Andersen® 400 Series windows with codes for protection against our harsh weather conditions during hurricanes. These windows won’t peel, blister, flake, or corrode and are weather-resistant.

(above) Andersen® 400 Series windows with Stormwatch® Protection from Buck Lumber & Building Supply. Designed with energy efficiency in mind, Stormwatch® windows seal out drafts, wind, and water. The impact glass and heavy duty hardware protect your home from strong winds and debris. (below) Marvin Elevate windows on this Daniel Island home by Southern Lumber & Millwork are impact rated with coastal fiberglass and real wood interior.

Photography by Patrick Brickman

Stormwatch® Protection meet coastal building

We normally use Andersen, Marvin, Sierra Pacific, and Stewart Brannen Millworks.

The first three are the biggest manufacturers that we deal with. They are all great products that offer a wide variety of customizations,

which is necessary to meet the requirements of the architects we work with on high-end products. Brannen makes a lot of the impact-rated mahogany doors we use. Architects love them for the same reasons. They

can do anything custom and their products are great.

Greg St. Pierre St. Pierre Construction

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Storm panels are the most cost-effective way to protect your home from damaging winds. They come in aluminum, polycarbonate, and steel. Storm panels are lightweight and require limited storage space if they aren’t needed. You can install them into mounted tracks that

There are a variety of shutter styles that can protect

can be painted to match your home’s exterior.

your windows from those hurricane winds. Bahama shutters, colonial style, roll downs, storm panels, fabric

Fabric shields are a lightweight option, installed from the

shields, and accordions are some options that provide

outside with direct mount fasteners that are permanently

protection and look great.

installed in the opening. These shields are easy to maneuver, and like storm panels, can be easily removed.

Bahama shutters not only provide shade and privacy, but they also offer powerful hurricane protection; they

Accordion shutters are permanently anchored to your

can be hurricane impact rated. Fully operable louvers

home and secured by sliding left to right to each side

allow you to adjust the shutters as you see fit so when

of the window or door. They can be installed to operate

a hurricane comes, you have a full wall of protection.

and lock from either inside or outside, with a thumb-turn system for the inside and a key lock system for the outside.

Roll down shutters offer a secure, hurricane safe

Accordion shutters are made of powder-coated extruded

environment for your home. The motorized system

aluminum for protection against high velocity winds.

is operated via remote control so they are easy Colonials are made of heavy duty aluminum alloy

a hurricane. They are made from top-of-the-line

components and assembled with stainless steel rivets

aluminum to maximize their resistance and durability.

and screws for maximum strength and durability. Photography by Ebony Ellis

and quick to use when preparing your home for

(above) This Lowcountry home has multiple shutter styles from Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters to ensure maximum strength against hurricane winds. Bahama shutters on one side and colonials on the other both protect from strong winds and possible flying debris.

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Photography by Ebony Ellis

WIND LOAD-RATED GARAGE DOORS Garage doors are the largest point of entry in a home, so when selecting a door for your Lowcountry home consider wind load rated systems. These systems provide protection against high winds, wind-borne debris, and internal and external pressure changes. WindStorm™ doors have reinforced hardware throughout the door, additional horizontal bracing for further reinforcement, impact rated glass for added safety and protection, and insulated door systems. These doors also come in a variety of styles to match your home. Depending on the age and condition of your garage doors, struts can be retrofitted to strengthen an existing garage door.

(above) Strengthen the biggest point of entry in your home with wind load-rated garage doors from Overhead Door Company designed to keep debris out and protect your dwelling from hurricane force winds.

We work with many window

and door brands that our client's architect specifies or that fit


within our client's budget.

Andersen, Marvin, and Sierra Pacific from Buck Lumber tend to be the most popular, offering contemporary, oversized impact

rated windows and doors.

Ryan Butler

SHELTER Custom-Built Living

84 Lumber (843) 832-8485

Buck Lumber & Building Supply

Southern Lumber and Millwork

(843) 795-0150

843) 744-6281

Windows, Doors & More

Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters

Overhead Door Company of Charleston

(843) 822-5519

(843) 767-0028

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AD DIRECTORY AD DIRECTORY 84 Lumber........................................................89

Curtis Daniel Homes.........................................4

MHK Architecture & Planning........................25

Acryfin Coatings South East........................207

Danco Modern Furniture..............................199

Moluf’s....................................................61, Back

Advanced Kitchen Designs of Charleston....197

Decks and Docks Lumber Company ...........201

MW Hunter Custom Interiors.......................231

Advanced Window Fashions........................123

Delpino Custom Homes.................................13

NextGen Automated.......................................59

AGM Imports...................................................51

Designs by Imagine That..............................213

Next to New...................................................235

Aiden Fabrics...................................................12

Diament Building Corp...................................45

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives....................123

Allen Design, Inc.............................................58

Elegant Flooring............................................238

Outside Is In ....................................................19

Alpha Omega Construction Group, Inc.......213

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.......54

Overhead Door Co. of Charleston...............219

Aqua Blue Pools............................................197

Flooring Factory............................................ 211

Palm Casual.....................................................43

Aquatica Pools and Spas................................20

For the House—The Barstool Shop..............61

Palmetto Mosquito Control..........................237

Arnett Custom Homes....................................34

French Mercantile..........................................129

Artisan Woodworking...................................175

Gateway Supply Company..........................209

Audio Warehouse, The....................................39

GlassEco Surfaces.........................................217

Backyard Retreats, Inc....................................27

Granite by Design.........................................195

Bath Fitter.........................................................71

Harper Construction Inc.................................65

Best Buy Blinds.............................................179


Blue Haven Pools & Spas.............................217

Heritage Pools, LLC.......................................109

Brackish Builders, LLC....................................79

HLG Growers.................................................207

Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc...............2

Home Etiquette................................................85

Buckhannon Tile + Design..............................44

House of Hoffmann Interiors.......................201

Carolina Flooring Specialists.......................179

HWC Custom Cabinetry................................221

Carolina Lanterns & Lighting.......................175

Innova Architecture.......................................195

Carolina Machine Finishing............................57

Innovative Sight and Sound........................205

Carolina Mobile Storage..............................129

Inspired Closets...............................................48

Carolina Stain & Seal....................................199

Iola Modern......................................................73

Carpenters Woodworks..................................26

Island House Real Estate................................29

Carpet Baggers Carpet One.........................209

J&K Home Furnishings................................8, 9

Casper Design...............................................191

JacksonBuilt Custom Homes.........................46

Century Glass................................................235

Jean’s Custom Workroom............................221

Charleston Amish Furniture.........................171

Jilco Kitchen and Bath....................................38

Charleston Bath Experts.................................87

Just Additions & Remodeling........................93

Charleston Cabinets Inc................................215

Kalman Construction......................................28

Charleston Lamp Company...........................42

Kenneth Lynch & Sons..................................109

Charleston Lighting and Interiors..................47

KMG Interiors..................................................67

CHD Interiors...................................................50

Koozer Painting..............................................187

Sullivan Custom Cabinets............................183

Cinder Creek Construction ............................23

Ledford’s Termite & Pest Control, Inc............93

Terrace Oaks Antiques....................................16

Circa Lighting...................................................10

Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters......91

Totality Solutions, Inc......................................63

Classic Kitchens of Charleston.......................55

Lowcountry Iron & Woodworks.....................87

Translations Design Studio............................14

Classic Remodeling & Construction..............53

Lowcountry Premier Custom Homes............77

Universal Marble & Granite, Inc....................36

Clear Blue Pools, Inc.....................................161

Lowcountry Tile Contractors, Inc.................203

Vinyet Architecture.......................................... 11

Closets by Design............................................56

M & M Oil & Propane (The Fire Place)..........71

Vitoria International........................................75

Coralberry Cottage..........................................15

Maner Fence and Specialties.......................187

Wholesale Appliance Center........................ 211

Crosby Creations Home Designs.................238

Melcer Tile..........................................................3

Yellowstone Landscape................................161

Palmetto Surfacing, Inc...................................41 Paradise Home Improvement......................237 Patriot Blinds & More...................................235 Polished Renovations & Design....................21 Pool Cover Solutions of the Southeast.........91 Port City Elevator...........................................219 Priester’s Custom Contracting.......................49 ProGreen Synthetic Turf..................................22 REMARK Landscape Architecture...................5 Riverside Designers......................................215 ShelfGenie.......................................................37 SHELTER Custom-Built Living.......................33 Sherwin-Williams................................... 32, 171 Signature Appliance Center.........................183 Sir Grout of the Lowcountry........................205 South Star Granite........................................191 Southeast Kitchens.......................................203 Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp.............243 St. Pierre Construction..................................6, 7 Steven Shell Living.........................................24 Stono Construction.........................................17 Structures Building Company........................18 Sub-zero, Wolf, and Cove...............................35

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READER INFO CENTER Antiques French Mercantile Terrace Oaks Antiques

843-494-3229 843-795-9689

Appliances Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Signature Appliance Center Sub-Zero Group Southeast, Inc Wholesale Appliance Center

843-747-6301 843-571-5735 407-857-3777 843-556-0917

Architects Allen Design, Inc. Innova Architecture MHK Architecture & Planning Translations Design Studio Vinyet Architecture

843-709-7322 843-377-3766 843-566-3577 843-367-7367 843-619-7662

Barstools For the House - The Barstool Shop


Bathroom Remodeling Bath Fitter Charleston Bath Experts Delpino Custom Homes Sir Grout of the Lowcountry

843-405-7013 843-216-7551 843-818-4866 843-640-5544

Blinds Advanced Window Fashions Best Buy Blinds Patriot Blinds & More

843-881-8858 843-884-3454 843-461-1368

Builders Arnett Custom Homes Brackish Builders LLC Cinder Creek Construction Curtis Daniel Homes Delpino Custom Homes Diament Building Corp. Harper Construction Inc. JacksonBuilt Custom Homes Lowcountry Premier Custom Homes Priester’s Custom Contracting SHELTER Custom-Built Living St. Pierre Construction Stono Construction Structures Building Company

843-271-8668 843-566-5554 843-768-0784 843-901-5801 843-818-4866 843-991-5531 843-737-4745 843-471-2310 843-881-3930 843-200-8495 843-471-1833 843-352-7925 843-805-4141 843-856-6901

Building Materials 84 Lumber 843-832-8584 Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 843-795-0150 Carolina Machine Finishing 843-760-0029 Decks and Docks Lumber Company 843-266-9675 Maner Fence and Specialties 843-552-0242 Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp. 843-744-6281 Cabinets Advanced Kitchen Designs of Charleston 843-225-9344 Carpenters Woodworks 843-884-3411 Charleston Cabinets, Inc. 843-554-7800 Classic Kitchens of Charleston 843-991-4207 HWC Custom Cabinetry 843-207-0750 Jilco Kitchen and Bath 843-849-6465 Just Additions & Remodeling 843-277-5828 Polished Renovations & Design 843-475-8856 ShelfGenie 888-491-6191 Southeast Kitchens 843-795-8809 Sullivan Custom Cabinets 843-554-5880 Closet & Organization Systems Advanced Window Fashions Closets by Design HWC Custom Cabinetry Inspired Closets

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843-881-8858 866-484-8130 843-207-0750 843-557-1900

Furniture Aiden Fabrics Backyard Retreats, Inc. Charleston Amish Furniture CHD Interiors Coralberry Cottage Danco Modern Furniture For the House – The Barstool Shop Hausful Iola Modern J&K Home Furnishings Next to New Outside Is In Palm Casual Steven Shell Living Terrace Oaks Antiques

Maner Fence and Specialties ShelfGenie

843-552-0242 888-491-6191

Consignment Furniture Next to New


Countertops Advanced Kitchen Designs of Charleston AGM Imports GlassEco Surfaces Granite By Design Jilco Kitchen and Bath Lowcountry Tile Contractors, Inc. Palmetto Surfacing, Inc. South Star Granite and Flooring II, LLC Southeast Kitchens Sullivan Custom Cabinets Universal Marble & Granite, Inc. Vitoria International

8 43-225-9344 843-747-0088 843-554-6099 843-416-8509 843-849-6465 843-763-2161 843-402-8741 843-277-2101 843-795-8809 843-554-5880 Garage Doors 843-767-7779 843-760-2470 Overhead Door Co. of Charleston

Decorative Hardware Gateway Supply Company Moluf’s

843-554-0450 843-723-4881

Design / Build Allen Design, Inc. Diament Building Corp. MHK Architecture & Planning Southeast Kitchens

843-709-7322 843-991-5531 843-203-6028 843-795-8809

Designers Casper Design House of Hoffman Interiors KMG Interiors, LLC MW Hunter Custom Interiors Riverside Designers

843-696-4287 617-680-4412 843-981-9075 843-556-4939 843-377-2600

Dock Products Acryfin Coatings South East Decks and Docks Lumber Company Dock Resurfacing Acryfin Coatings South East Carolina Stain & Seal

Driveways and Walkways HLG Growers Yellowstone Landscape Elevator Port City Elevator, Inc.

803-493-8539 843-285-5924 843-901-4862 843-225-2380

Exterior Staining Carolina Stain & Seal Fabrics / Upholstery Aiden Fabrics Jean’s Custom Workroom

803-493-8539 843-266-9675

910-409-1474 843-285-5924

843-216-0008 843-225-1669

Fencing Lowcountry Iron & Woodworks Maner Fence and Specialties

803-655-5653 843-552-0242

Fireplaces M & M Oil & Propane (The Fire Place)


Flooring Buckhannon Tile + Design Carpet Baggers Carpet One Elegant Flooring Flooring Factory Lowcountry Tile Contractors, Inc. Melcer Tile

843-881-8911 843-571-0013 843-723-8172 843-790-4354 843-763-2161 843-744-5345

843-216-0008 843-856-0049 843-225-2513 843-571-2446 843-884-2225 843-884-2256 843-881-7073 843-203-6420 843-225-6286 843-800-4015 843-606-2715 843-718-7181 843-881-0041 843-216-3900 843-795-9689 843-767-0028

Garage Floor Coatings Carolina Flooring Specialists


Garage Organization Inspired Closets Carolina Flooring Specialists

843-557-1900 843-725-8502

Gas Lanterns Carolina Lanterns & Lighting Charleston Lighting and Interiors

843-881-4170 843-766-3055

Grills M & M Oil & Propane (The Fire Place)


Gutters Alpha Omega Construction Group, Inc. Paradise Home Improvement

843-818-4569 855-347-5199

Hardscapes HLG Growers Yellowstone Landscape

843-901-4862 843-225-2380

Hardwood Floors Carpet Baggers Carpet One Elegant Flooring Flooring Factory

843-571-0013 843-723-8172 843-790-4354

Home Automation / Home Theater Audio Warehouse, The NextGen Automated

843-571-0535 843-871-8531

Home Décor CHD Interiors Coralberry Cottage French Mercantile Hausful Steven Shell Living Terrace Oaks Antiques

843-571-2446 843-884-2225 843-494-3229 843-203-6420 843-216-3900 843-795-9689

Home Organization Home Etiquette


House Plans Crosby Creations Home Designs


Hurricane Shutters / Protection Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters 843-822-5519 Interior Design CHD Interiors Casper Design Designs by Imagine That House of Hoffman Interiors J&K Home Furnishings

843-571-2446 843-696-4287 843-345-5788 617-680-4412 843-800-4015

KMG Interiors, LLC MW Hunter Custom Interiors Riverside Designers

843-981-9075 843-556-4939 843-377-2600

Landscape & Design HLG Growers 843-901-4862 ProGreen Synthetic Turf Systems 843-494-5092 REMARK Landscape Architecture 843-952-7817 Yellowstone Landscape 843-225-2380 Landscape Architects REMARK Landscape Architecture 843-952-7817 Landscape Lighting Outdoor Lighting Perspectives NextGen Automated Landscape Materials GlassEco Surfaces ProGreen Synthetic Turf Systems

843-258-1574 843-871-8531 843-554-6099 843-494-5092

LED Lighting Outdoor Lighting Perspectives


Light Fixtures Carolina Lanterns & Lighting Charleston Lamp Company Charleston Lighting and Interiors Circa Lighting Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Steven Shell Living

843-881-4170 843-763-9150 843-766-3055 843-937-5990 843-747-6301 843-216-3900

Low Voltage Cabling & Technology Services Totality Solutions 843-310-4620 Lumber 84 Lumber 843-832-8584 Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 843-795-0150 Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp. 843-744-6281 Mantles AGM Imports


Marble / Stone Products AGM Imports Granite by Design Lowcountry Tile Contractors, Inc. Melcer Tile Palmetto Surfacing, Inc. Sir Grout of the Lowcountry South Star Granite and Flooring II, LLC Universal Marble & Granite, Inc. Vitoria International

843-747-0088 843-416-8509 843-763-2161 843-744-5345 843-402-8741 843-640-5544 843-277-2101 843-767-7779 843-760-2470

Mattresses J&K Home Furnishings


Millwork Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 843-795-0150 Lowcountry Iron & Woodworks 803-655-5653 Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp. 843-744-6281 Mirrors Carolina Lanterns & Lighting Century Glass Charleston Lighting and Interiors Outdoor Furniture Backyard Retreats, Inc. Charleston Amish Furniture Iola Modern Kenneth Lynch & Sons Palm Casual Outside Is In

843-881-4170 843-614-4628 843-766-3055 843-856-0049 843-225-2513 843-225-6286 203-264-2831 843-881-0041 843-718-7181

Outdoor Kitchens M & M Oil & Propane (The Fire Place) Southeast Kitchens Paint Sherwin-Williams Company Spectrum Paint

843-402-7790 843-795-8809

Paint Color Consultant Sherwin-Williams Company Painters Carolina Machine Finishing Koozer Painting

1-800-4Sherwin 843-881-2212

843-818-4569 843-760-0029 843-767-7665 843-212-0014 843-552-6000 843-300-4143 843-762-3417

843-760-0029 843-881-2212

Spas & Hot Tubs Aqua Blue Pools Aquatica Pools and Spas Blue Haven Pools Clear Blue Pools, Inc. Heritage Pools, LLC

843-766-8298 843-766-9701 843-766-9701

Staging Home Etiquette

843-554-0450 843-723-4881

Pool & Spa Covers Pool Cover Solutions of the Southeast


Pools Aqua Blue Pools Aquatica Pools and Spas Blue Haven Pools Clear Blue Pools, Inc. Heritage Pools, LLC

843-767-7665 843-212-0014 843-552-6000 843-300-4143 843-762-3417

Propane M & M Oil & Propane (The Fire Place)


Real Estate Island House Real Estate


Remodeling Advanced Kitchen Designs of Charleston Artisan Woodworking, LLC Brackish Builders, LLC Carpenters Woodworks Charleston Cabinets, Inc. Cinder Creek Construction Classic Remodeling & Construction Curtis Daniel Homes Delpino Custom Homes Just Additions & Remodeling Kalman Construction Paradise Home Improvement Polished Renovations & Design Priester’s Custom Contracting SHELTER Custom-Built Living St. Pierre Construction Stono Construction Structures Building Company

843-225-9344 843-247-3178 843-566-5554 843-884-3411 843-554-7800 843-768-0784 843-763-3297 843-901-5801 843-818-4866 843-277-5828 843-856-0515 855-347-5199 843-475-8856 843-200-8495 843-471-1833 843-352-7925 843-805-4141 843-856-6901

Roofing Alpha Omega Construction Group, Inc.


Security Systems Audio Warehouse, The NextGen Automated

843-571-0535 843-871-8531

Shelving & Organization ShelfGenie 888-491-6191 Shower Doors Century Glass Maner Builders Supply Co.

Siding Alpha Omega Construction Group, Inc. Carolina Machine Finishing


843-881-8858 843-884-3454 843-822-5519 843-461-1368

Pest Control Ledford’s Termite & Pest Control, Inc. Palmetto Exterminators Palmetto Mosquito Control Plumbing Fixtures Gateway Supply Company Moluf’s

Shutters Advanced Window Fashions Best Buy Blinds Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters Patriot Blinds & More

843-614-4628 843-552-0242


Storage Carolina Mobile Storage Structured Wiring Audio Warehouse, The NextGen Automated

843-851-2661 843-571-0535 843-871-8531

Synthetic Turf ProGreen Synthetic Turf Systems Termite Contract Ledford’s Termite & Pest Control, Inc. Palmetto Exterminators Tile Buckhannon Tile + Design Carpet Baggers Carpet One Flooring Factory Lowcountry Tile Contractors, Inc. Melcer Tile Palmetto Surfacing, Inc.

843-494-5092 843-766-8298 843-766-9701 843-881-8911 843-571-0013 843-790-4354 843-763-2161 843-744-5345 843-402-8741

Video Surveillance Systems / CCTV Totality Solutions 843-310-4620 Water Features HLG Growers Kenneth Lynch & Sons

843-901-4862 203-264-2831

Window Treatments Advanced Window Fashions Aiden Fabrics Audio Warehouse, The Best Buy Blinds Jean’s Custom Workroom NextGen Automated Patriot Blinds & More

843-881-8858 843-216-0008 843-571-0535 843-884-3454 843-225-1669 843-871-8531 843-461-1368

Windows / Doors 84 Lumber 843-832-8584 Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. 843-795-0150 Paradise Home Improvement 855-347-5199 Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp. 843-744-6281 Windows - Fogged Glass Replacement Century Glass 843-614-4628 Wood Refinishing Artisan Woodworking, LLC


Workroom Jean’s Custom Workroom MW Hunter Custom Interiors

843-225-1669 843-556-4939

Wrought Iron Lowcountry Iron & Woodworks


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WRITE AWAY with Mary Alice Monroe

Photograph by Patrick Brickman

Favorite author?

Favorite local bookstore?

Advice for young writers?

Pat Conroy

Buxton Books and

Write everyday. Be present with your

Blue Bicycle Books

story. Do research. Don’t only write

Favorite beach in Charleston? Isle of Palms

Favorite book?

when you want to or when you

Most exotic place

have time. If you’re a writer, you

you’ve traveled?

make the time to write.


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