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120 • life on goat island p. 120

Nestled between Isle of Palms and Mt. Pleasant stands an island covered in overgrown foliage and peppered with eclectic faces. Join us as we visit the residents of Goat Island and learn about their day-to-day life, traveling to work by boat, collecting rainwater for their homes, and enjoying the close-knit sense of community shared among the islanders living there.

142 • history in the making Take an exclusive tour of downtown Charleston’s most expensive home South of Broad—2 Concord Street. Listed at $17.5 million dollars, this home is a magnificent gem on Charleston Harbor, featuring views of the Cooper River Bridge, Fort Sumter, and Charleston’s steeple-laden skyline.

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Drawing inspiration from local home professionals, we guide you through 25 different tricks and tips to add value and pizzazz to your home.

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162 • dream kitchens Planning a new kitchen? Check out our Dream Kitchen story, featuring some of the most impressive kitchens in the Lowcountry, to find inspiration for your home.

187 • anatomy of a great kitchen Before you hit the stores to check out products for your new kitchen, peruse some of our favorites and steal some ideas for trendy faucets, colorful tile, classic cabinets, and more.

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in every issue departments

columns 26 Publisher’s Letter 41 Meet + Greet 44 Ask the Experts 54 HomeWork 56 For All It's Worth 58 Hidden Treasure 62 Pro on the Go 64 Crafted in Charleston 114 She Said/She Said 223 Ad Directory 224 Reader Info Center 226 Loose Ends

industry profiles 73 Builder Profile 74 Architects + Archetypes 76 Design Dilemma

Pictured on Cover: Don Thompson, photographed in his home in October 2011

Cover Photo by: Patrick Brickman, Art Director


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

greenhouse • 43 It’s easy being green! To help cultivate your eco-consciousness, check out innovative new products and services from local companies that promote energy-efficiency as well as sustainable design.

trends • 47 This issue, we drew inspiration from the Holy City’s iconic landmarks including Rainbow Row, the Cooper River Bridge, and St. Phillips’ Steeple to bring you three distinct styles: Brights, Metallics, and Curvy Mattes.

nature/nurture • 67 In Charleston, outdoor living is an art form. Become an artist in your own right with tips and tricks from local landscaping and garden specialists.

project files • 79 Peruse the impressive results of transformative home projects courtesy of several local companies.

h2ome • 117

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

This issue, the CH+D staff had the pleasure of spending four Fridays on Goat Island. Eight generous islanders invited us into their homes to share stories of their bittersweet life—from the hassles of lugging lumber across the water by boat to the unparalleled sense of camaraderie found within their tight-knit community. On our cover is Don Thompson, a shop instructor at Stratford High School and long-time, “goat worthy” resident of Goat Island.


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f you're like our family, you probably spent some extra time in the kitchen over the holidays cooking and entertaining. Perhaps, during that time, your guests or family pointed out some improvement opportunities around the house or in the kitchen specifically. We asked many of the top local companies to fill us in on the hottest culinary products on the market, and within the pages of our first issue of 2012—in our annual “Kitchen Product Guide�—are countless ideas for your kitchen. We did all the legwork to determine where to find the best countertops, backsplashes, faucets, sinks, flooring, lighting, and much more to update your kitchen. For those looking for a complete kitchen makeover or even just some inspiration, check out our photo feature of “Dream Kitchens� by some of Charleston's most reputable builders. Our cover story “Life on Goat Island,� has been a story we've wanted to tackle for several years. The problem was getting any of the Goat Islanders to talk to us. Residents of Goat Island are wary of outsiders and they dodge publicity for fear that word will get out about their special island (word has it they even shunned Southern Living and Coastal Living magazines when they came calling). Goat Island is located directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Isle of Palms and is only accessible by boat. For our story, the Charleston Home + Design staff spent four amazing fall Fridays in October onboard the company Sea Pro, tying up at the docks of about ten Goat Island property owners who invited us into their homes. They gave us their insight into what it's like to live on Goat Island and what it means to be “Goat Worthy.� Special thanks to Goat Island property owner and local architect Joe Tucker for helping open doors for us. The conversion of an abandoned concrete Navy building located on pilings over Charleston Harbor into a multi-million dollar dwelling was another story we've been pursuing for several years. When it hit the real estate market, the owners of 2 Concord Street were finally willing to allow us exclusive

As time passed, word of the reclusive couple was carried on the sun-burnt lips of seafarers across the 200 yards of Intracoastal Waterway separating the isolated atoll from the Isle of Palms. From there, the legend of the Goat People drifted to the mainland. In no time, curious spectators perched on passing boats to

The Holloways at ďŹ rst stayed resolute in their conviction of seclusion and self-sufficiency. They lived off of the land and the bounty it offered them. With no source of clean water, they learned to pool rainwater for drinking and bathing. Refusing to set foot in the Marina for provisions, they harvested the natural vegetation—and the intermittent goat—for food. Life on Goat Island, however, was difficult. The elements proved unpitying; Henry and Blanche subsisted at the mercy of the weather. After several decades of hard survival at the hands of a ďŹ ckle sea, the couple started accepting gifts from gentler hands— those of strangers hoping to get a glimpse into the odd world of the Goat Man and his wife. Sometimes, the

We feel 2012 is going to be a great year in Charleston, and we're particularly looking forward to April when—for the first time ever—the pages of Charleston Home + Design Magazine will come to life at Family Circle Cup Stadium on Daniel Island. Happy New Year, everyone!

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Last issue, we showed you 22 local remodeling projects to give you inspiration for your next renovation. This issue, we bring you even more great ideas — 25 to be exact!



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Alternately, the rich hues of the library are countered with the bright, cool hues of the third story party room—the main attraction of the home. “The colors are aquas and silvers,� describes Michael, continuing. “There is a big bar behind us, which means there’s plenty of room for lots of people and lots of fun. The terrace outside goes three-fourths of the way around this room, so guests can step out, feel the ocean breezes, and see everything that’s happening in Charleston. In this room, the architecture really ties everything together. The mouldings have an art deco feel and stretch all the way around the perimeter. Furthermore, the coloring


catch sight of the strange nomadic man and woman who shunned the civilized world and all of its accompanying conveniences across the harbor.

ith wife Blanche in tow, Henry set out for the feral land with little more than the clothes on his back and a notion of solitude. The couple, whose makeshift home consisted of a palm-frond-adorned hole in the ground, quickly endeared themselves to the island’s only natives: a herd of goats. Much like their hoofed counterparts were known to consume all manner of materials indiscriminately, the Holloways in turn quickly became indiscriminate collectors. Old buoys and baseball caps—bleached white as bone by the sun—hung from the trunk of a dead palm tree in their “yard,� along with more peculiar treasures cast from the sea, such as cookware.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the Charleston Home + Design Show coming up January 27-29 at Gaillard Auditorium. In addition to checking out the 100+ “A-List� local companies displaying thousands of custom home products and ideas, homeowners can also sit down with a professional ASID interior designer for a free design consultation and participate in “Speed Dating to Find a Builder or Remodeler.� We'll also have four Man Caves on display at the show created to reflect the design style of four sports celebrities with local ties. We're even giving away a $26,000 “Fam-Cave� Makeover at the show!



access to this Cold War-era structure turned private residence. We bring to you the tour given to us by interior designer Michael Shewan; you won't believe your eyes!




March 16 - 18 | North Charleston Convention Center Produced by the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association

Don’t miss Charleston’s longest running and most comprehensive home and garden show featuring builders, remodelers, specialty contractors, and manufacturers and sellers of everything imaginable for inside and outside your home. Plus, cooking demos, educational seminars and the chance to win a $25,000 Backyard Makeover from Accu-Brick. Show Hours: March 16 (Fri) & March 17 (Sat) - 10am to 6pm | March 18 (Sun)- 12pm to 6pm Admission: Adults $5 | Children under 12 Free Presented by

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What's happening in Charleston's home and design industry


The $15,000 Backyard Makeover is Underway WEST ASHLEY— At the 2011 Custom Home + Remodel Show at Gaillard Auditorium in August, North Charleston resident Angela Woody and her husband entered the drawing for the $15,000 Backyard Makeover—and won! Spearheading the makeover are Patty Craven and Nick Popovich with DIG: Designing Innovative Gardens. Participating companies contributing to the makeover of the Woodys’ backyard include: Fieldstone Center of Charleston, The Renovators, WilliamSmith Fireplaces, Lowcountry Paver, Cemex, Express Sunrooms, Sodbusters, Moonlighting, The Teak Hut, and Easton Outdoors. All of this excitement and change inspired the Woodys to make a new purchase to enhance their backyard even further—a brand new pool. Check out the Spring 2012 issue to see photos of the completed project.

Angela Woody (far right) with Nick Popovich and Patty Craven of DIG

(above, left to right) The Charleston Home + Design Prize Patrol Team surprised Angela Woody at her North Charleston home. Tim Barkley and Paige Mills of CH+D and Patty Craven and Nick Popovich with DIG presented Angela with a $15,000 check for her new backyard. Patty and Nick stepped outside with Angela to talk about plans for the upcoming renovation.

Charleston Trident Home Builders Association Hosts Prism Awards DOWNTOWN—This past November, the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association held their annual Prism Awards—the Oscars for local building companies. Incorporating a catered dinner from Fish Restaurant, the red carpet treatment, and plenty of beer and wine to go around, the soiree at the American Theater on King Street was an enjoyable night for the homebuilding community. The best projects from around town were honored and awarded the coveted Prism Award. Winners include Priester’s Custom Contracting for Best Remodeling Project from $300,000 to $500,000; Aqua Blue Pools for Best Pool and Outdoor Living Space; Phillip W. Smith, General Contractor for Best Remodeling Project from $150,000 to $300,000 and Best Single Family Home from $2,000,000 to $3,000,000; among many others who submitted their projects to the judges. Charleston Home + Design congratulates all of these winners and the hard work they do in the Charleston area. Charleston Home + Design magazine was on the red carpet to interview guests for our radio show, “Talking About a Home,” which airs every Saturday on 94.3 WSC-FM.

For a full list of winners, see page 27 or visit the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association at CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2012


HOME+DESIGN NEWS | shop talk

WEST ASHLEY— In order to make ample space for their showroom and a workroom, MW Hunter Custom Interiors has taken over the space next door to their current showroom, nearly doubling their workspace. Now, they have room to showcase their expansive collection of Tyler Candles, work on their custom drapery and upholstered pieces, and meet with customers to discuss interior design ideas. For more information, call MW Hunter Custom Interiors at (843) 556-4939, visit, or stop by their showroom at 1722 Ashley River Road in West Ashley.

Iris Rhea and Melissa Hunter of MW Hunter Custom Interiors

Photograph by Patrick Brickman

MW Hunter Custom Interiors Expands Showroom

Best Buy Blinds Launches New, Nationwide Website CHARLESTON— Best Buy Blinds has decided to expand their client base nationwide via a new website, offering budget-friendly selections for those looking for window treatments at affordable prices. By visiting, Charlestonians and others around the country can check out the selections the company has to offer. Often retailing products at a lower price than big-box stores, Best Buy Blinds decided to further cut costs for customers by cutting

out the measuring and installation charges normally associated with window treatment purchases. Customers can measure the product from home, place a customized order, and install the treatment by using an easy-to-follow guide located on the website. For more information, call Best Buy Blinds at (843) 884-3454, visit their local website at, or shop online via their new website

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Sanctum Custom Interiors Debuts on Charleston Homebuilding Scene


room has a sampling of some of the most popular plumbing fixtures from Design on Tap and the most popular granite samples for kitchen countertops, among other items. It's almost as if they took the best selling items from a variety of local companies and have displayed them at their showroom. For a one-stop-shop for your interiors, Sanctum Custom Interiors fits the bill. Photograph by Matt Bolt

JOHNS ISLAND— In August 2011, Sanctum Custom Interiors opened its doors for business in the Charleston community. The showroom is located with Kiawah and Seabrook Island property owners in mind, specifically owners that are visiting their property for a short time. Instead of homeowners spending precious vacation time running all over the Charleston area to visit various showrooms and to make selections for their vacation home, Sanctum Custom Interiors’ showroom brings everything to one location to reduce the hassle for homeowners. For example, their show-

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Coralberry Cottage Opens its Doors in Mt. Pleasant MT. PLEASANT— Owners Liz Baker and Melissa Hempstead have opened a furniture and gift store on the corner of Houston Northcutt and Coleman Boulevard. Their store, which is called Coralberry Cottage, features English Country Coastal style furniture. Coralberry has the perfect piece for your Charleston home. Many of their pieces are custom and locally built, lending themselves to a truly Southern aesthetic. Check them out for chairs, couches, table linens, tableware, rugs, lamps, and chic accessories that make perfect gifts. For more information, call (843) 884-2225, visit, or stop by their showroom at 976 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Suite A in Mt. Pleasant.

Liz Baker and Melissa Hempstead of Coralberry Cottage

Max Crosby Construction Joins Guild Quality and is Honored by Southern Living Magazine been invited to participate again in Southern Living’s Builder WEST ASHLEY—In October, Max Crosby Construction Program. Of Max Crosby’s Jamison Howard, Brent Warren of became members of Guild Quality. Guild Quality is commonly Southern Living notes, “We are very proud to described as the "JD Powers for home buildhave Jamison back for this year’s program. ers and remodelers," referring to the company The Custom Builder Program includes that rates customer satisfaction for automobile some of the finest builders from the Southowners based on feedback they receive from customers to track and monitor the business' east; Jamison is one of the best in South overall quality and customer service. Because Carolina.  We can’t wait to see what he does they possess a strong desire for customer satisthis year.” With honors and qualifications faction, homebuilders who use Guild Quality are like these, Max Crosby Construction is sure usually incredibly in-tune with homeowners’ to start off the 2012 year strong. needs throughout the building process, knowing that customers’ comments will be recorded For more information, call Max Crosby through a national organization. In addition to Construction at (843) 766-9976 or visit Jamison Howard of Max Crosby Construction gaining this new qualification, Max Crosby has

CHARLESTON—Circa Lighting, which specializes in upscale, designer lighting fixtures, recently announced that they are now carrying Ralph Lauren’s lighting collections in their store. Featuring classic, yet unique designs, both collections—Lauren by Ralph Lauren and Ralph Lauren Home—offer a wide variety of stylish options for homeowners, from sconces and lamps to chandeliers and more.

Photographs by Matt Bolt

Circa Lighting Introduces the New Ralph Lauren Lighting Collection

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HOME+DESIGN NEWS | shop talk

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Introduces New Jason Wu for Brizo Collection

For more information, call Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. at (843) 747-6301 or visit

Photograph by Patrick Brickman

NORTH CHARLESTON— In November 2011, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. introduced a new line—Jason Wu for Brizo. The bath collection starts with the aesthetic sense of a renowned fashion designer; then, it adds the technically innovative reputation of Brizo. With cutting-edge features, including hands-free and touch-sensitive technologies, it’s the ultimate merger of form and function. Ferguson is the only location in the Lowcountry to carry this runway-inspired line. Rickie Farthing, Janet Wall, Mandy Bender, Erin MacIlwaine, Heather Thomas, Whitney Windsor, and Kelly Hansen of Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

New Company, Advantage Elevators, Comes to the Lowcountry MONCKS CORNER— Carrying Home Elevators Direct, an affordable, quality line of residential elevators, dumbwaiters, and lifts, Advantage Elevators has recently opened its business to serve Lowcountry customers. With twelve years experience in the industry, owner Sam Hiott brings his expertise for home elevators to Charleston area homeowners. The folks at Advantage Elevators are licensed and certified to sell, install, repair, and service Home Elevators Direct products along with all other prod-

ucts from lines such as such as Inclinator, Waupaca, and Residential Elevators Inc., making it easy to maintain your elevator with one full-service company. Their best selling point? Advantage can guarantee you a 72-hour turn-around time for all elevators with standard options and a two week turnaround time for delivery and installation on all other upgrades. For more information, call 843-475-3541 or visit

Sam Hiott of Advantage Elevators

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is a creamy white color with slight yellow undertones and quartz flecks, and Sahara Onyx, which is a gold and copper colored stone. To top it all off, they added an espresso machine so shoppers can now enjoy coffee, tea, and espresso while they’re checking out the different stones that World Stone Distributors, Inc. has to offer. For more information, call World Stone Distributors, Inc. at (843) 744-5665 or visit

Debbie and Guiseppe Telard of World Stone Distibutors, Inc.

Photograph by Matt Bolt

CHARLESTON—World Stone Distributors, Inc. has renovated their showroom off of Clements Ferry Road, and it now features a new children’s play area, complete with toys, books, and DVDs for the kids to entertain themselves while their parents shop. Furthermore, they added a new kitchen vignette featuring Calacatta Fantastico honed marble, a distinctive milk white marble with gray and golden veins. They also replaced the marble in an existing area to incorporate Everest White Granite, which

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HOME+DESIGN NEWS | shop talk

Local Boeing Employee’s Home Progresses

John and Amanda Jacob

JOHNS ISLAND—For the past few months Charleston Home + Design magazine has been following the building progress on the home of local Boeing employee John Jacob and his wife Amanda at The Preserve at Fenwick Plantation. Their home is well underway, and the construction crew recently installed the siding. Since our last update, Amanda visited with some of the leading professionals in the home and design industry (some of which

can be found on the pages of this issue of CH+D!) to choose everything from plumbing installation to countertops. Check back in our Spring 2012 issue for the finished project and a glimpse at the companies John and Amanda chose to outfit their cozy new home. Follow the construction process on Amanda’s blog: Jacobfamilyatthepreserve.wordpress. com

Audio Warehouse Hosts High-Tech Home Tour for CRAN Architects KIAWAH ISLAND— Twice a year, Audio Warehouse teaches continuing education classes for local CRAN (Charleston Residential Architects Network) architects. Based on the high interest and questions about the systems and technology covered in the high-tech educational sessions, Audio Warehouse decided to provide the architects with hands-on experience. What better place to do this than an actual home on Kiawah that incorporates physical and environmental security, entertainment systems, energy management, and automated controls? Audio Warehouse provided a

high-tech guided tour of the home from the garage to the bathrooms, demonstrating each design concept and allowing the architects to see and experience the products they incorporate into their designs. With a demonstration like this, the participating architects were able to take their newly developed knowledge about home technologies and apply it to future homes and designs. For more information about Audio Warehouse, call (843) 571-0535 or visit

Russ Pritchard of Audio Warehouse

Adam Youtsey Represents All About Garage Doors & Openers, LLC

Adam Youtsey of All About Garage Doors & Openers, LLC



SUMMERVILLE—Adam Youtsey, a native of Summerville, is the new face of All About Garage Doors & Openers, LLC. He began his endeavors in the garage door industry in 2005 when he became an installer for All About Garage Doors. Today, he is at the forefront of customer service as the sales and service manager. When a homeowner decides they want to purchase a garage

door with All About Garage Doors, Adam will begin the process, walk him or her through each step, and act as the homeowner's main contact should there be any concerns. For more information, call All About Garage Doors & Openers, LLC at (843) 832-4304 or visit

Lighten up your home with Lumen, a naturally translucent stone from Vitoria! Lumen natural stone shown here backlit.

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Lumen natural stone shown above.



HOME+DESIGN NEWS | RIGHT NOW Everyone needs a great escape from the stresses of everyday life. Luckily, The Great Escape Spa has recently opened its doors to help encourage total relaxation of the mind, body, and soul. The spa offers a wide variety of massages that cater to the immediate needs of the client. Their Signature Escape massage is available in sixty and ninety minute sessions and utilizes a light to medium pressure. Its ideal for washing away the muscle aches and stresses caused by work, bills, and everyday life. The spa also offers a stress-relieving massage for the neck and back that will help ease tensions and is easy on your wallet. Spend a girls' afternoon indulging in a side-by-side massage or add aromatherapy treatment to your massage. Expectant mothers can also free themselves of all of the swelling, aches, and discomfort associated with second and third trimester pregnancy with a Mom-To-Be massage that lasts for sixty minutes. Other massages include Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone. Clients can also complement their massage with a Bath Escape for fifteen or thirty minutes before the massage begins. The Great Escape Spa extends a fifteen percent discount to military, law enforcement, firefighters, and senior citizens each Tuesday. The Great Escape Spa is located at 102 Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 7B in Charleston, SC. Call 843-364-9000 or visit their website at www.

Jessica Smith and owner Daphne Brown of The Great Escape Spa Therapy




Since its opening in 2001, the Rein and Shine Stables have been providing alternative methods for growth and healing to adults and children with physical, emotional, social, and cognitive disabilities. Rein and Shine operates as a North American Riding for the Handicapped Association Premiere Accredited Facility in Awendaw, SC and is a non-profit organization. The benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and the horses' threedimensional step are vast and include improved balance and mobility, coordination and posture, muscle tone, increased concentration and boosted levels of self-confidence. The program is designed to cater to persons of all ages and abilities. They also offer classes for students who are simply interested in learning how to ride and care for horses through their Horesemanship Program. The proceeds from the Horsemanship Program go directly to support Rein and Shine’s Therapeutic Riding Program. Because they are a non-profit organization, Rein and Shine relies heavily upon the hard work of their volunteers, fundraising, donations and grants. Community members have the option of volunteering, donating therapeutic riding lessons, and providing feed and care for the horses through donations. If you’re interested in volunteering, sponsoring, donating, or giving the gift of therapeutic riding lessons visit, email at, or call 843-849-0964. You can also find them on facebook under Rein and Shine Horses that Heal. The volunteers at Rein and Shine provide a fun outlet for children with special needs to experience the joy and excitement that comes from riding horses.

Tervis, a leader in insulated drinkware, celebrated its new store opening in the heart of downtown Charleston this past November SHOP with special guests including Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. and Tervis CEO & President, Barry Wolfson. Tervis has been making fabulously fun, insulated drinkware right here in America for 65 years. With a lifetime guarantee, Tervis tumblers keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold and are virtually indestructible. They’re microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, and they reduce condensation. The lovable tumblers can be personalized for any hobby or interest; in fact, Tervis has thousands of designs to choose from, including license agreements with some of the world's most beloved brands and sports teams—including our very own College of Charleston Cougars. The Charleston store is located at 179 Church Street and is open Monday - Thursday 10am - 9pm, Friday and Saturday 10am - 10pm, and Sunday 11am - 8pm. For more information, you can call the store at 843-724-6707.



Mayor Joe Riley and Tervis CEO Barry Wolfson at the Tervis store’s ribbon cutting ceremony downtown Charleston.


what's happening



Charleston Home + Design Show

January 27–29 Gaillard Auditorium, Downtown Charleston For more information, call (843) 577-7652

Southeastern Wildlife Expo

February 17–19 Downtown Charleston For more information, call (843) 723-1748

Charleston Food and Wine Festival

March 1–4 Charleston Area For more information, call (843) 727-9998

Charleston Home Builders Association The Original Home Show March 16-18 North Charleston Convention Center For more information, call (843) 572-1414

Festival of Houses and Gardens

March 22– April 21 Charleston Area For more information, call (843) 722-3405

Cooper River Bridge Run

March 31 Mount Pleasant/Downtown Charleston For more information, call (843) 856-1949

Charleston Lowcountry Cajun Festival

April 1 James Island For more information, call (843) 795-4386

Family Circle Cup

March 30–April 8 Daniel Island For more information, call (843) 856-7900

Charleston's "First Ever" Home Show on Daniel Island

April 21-22 Family Circle Tennis Center, Daniel Island For more information, call (843) 577-7652

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John Burnett, Bertrand Valero, Tracy Blanchard, Karim Hiouel, and Travis Barber of Eco Deco at their October Pink Party in support of breast cancer awareness.

eco-chic New Mt. Pleasant company Eco Deco was formed by an engineer working in air pollution control to offer those in the Charleston area a healthy alternative to the potentially toxic fumes of traditional paints. Although locally owned, the company benefits from a partnership with French-based Reca Paints, who has been one of the top paint manufacturers in Europe since their inception in 1985. We caught up with design consultant Travis Barber to get the scoop on Eco Deco's très chic showroom and eco-chic products.

Although your company is new, there is already quite a bit of buzz around your name in the Charleston area. To what do you attribute your success so far "plugging" into the community? We try to participate in as many local events and charitable functions as possible. As a locally-owned company, it is very important to us that we truly become a part of the Charleston community. In October, we hosted the "Pink Party" to benefit breast-cancer patients. In December, we hosted the "Night of the Designers," during which we unveiled the 2012 color trends and welcomed new local designers to our wall of color. We also currently sponsor the

Chicago Riot rugby team and a West Ashley swim team, the Sha Mel Lon Stingrays— the contribution from Eco Deco funds the season for the under-8 coed swim team. And, we are always looking to sponsor more community-based programs! We've never seen a more stylish paint showroom than yours! What makes it so different than the typical paint showroom? We like to say that we "walk our talk," meaning we stand by our commitment to provide eco-friendly, renewable products in a sustainable manner. Our showroom is a reflection of that. When constructing our

showroom, we chose to only work with local contractors, architects, and designers— as a matter of fact, even our web developers, printers, and marketing partners are local! We used eco-friendly supplies and materials during construction, and materials from demolition were salvaged by Sustainable Warehouse to be resold. We invite those in the Charleston area to bring their unused Eco Deco paint and samples back to the showroom so we can recycle the cans and donate paint to the local organizations and charities of your choice. We also have our "Wall of Color," featuring palettes created using our paints by 15 local designers. Your full line of products is eco-friendly. What makes them stand out from the crowd of "green" paints on the market? Our products are Eco Label certified, which means more than just being green. They have low to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and little to no odor. Our colorants are also VOC-free, which means you can select any color you'd like and be guaranteed that you still have a safe product. We have over 2,000 colors available and are able to make any of our competitors' colors in an eco-friendly and safe manner. Plus, I think people have the misconception that eco-friendly paint is much more expensive, but—in reality—we are very competitively priced. For more information, call Eco Deco at (843) 654-9520 or visit






Most projects include complimentary design services. Large projects requiring stamped documents may require additional fees.


Local companies and products focusing on energy efficiency


bamboo view Installing bamboo shutters is just one way to use this eco-friendly material in your home. One of the most intriguing, not to mention aesthetically pleasing, window treatment options on the market today is bamboo shutters. These attractive shutters, which look just like traditional plantation shutters and are available in a variety of finishes and colors, boast the many inherent benefits of bamboo. Because of the incredibly rapid rate of growth of bamboo, harvesting bamboo has no impact on the environment as bamboo is able to replenish itself quickly and easily. It is also one of the strongest building materials that man has access to and its tensile strength, which rivals that of steel, can withstand up to 52,000 pounds of pressure. Accordingly, bamboo shutters are the only shutters to receive LEED cred-

its for building reuse, local regional materials, rapidly renewable materials, and recycled content. The shutters themselves are available in many design options including those that work to provide an unobstructed view of the outdoors and those which operate on bi-fold and by-pass track systems. Bamboo shutters aren’t just easy on the environment; they also can help homeowners reduce the cost of heating and cooling their homes by as much as thirty-five percent. In only a short amount of time, bamboo shutters pay for themselves! For more information, call Best Buy Blinds at (843) 884-3454 or visit

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants, providing a renewable resource for home accessories such as plantation shutters.

solar system Using solar-powered products is one of the hottest methods of providing energy to your home. Solar panels gather the sun’s rays to provide power and energy to your abode.

With products like Therma-shield and solar active ventilation, solar tubes, photovoltaic equipment, and solar powered water heaters, homeowners have more ways than ever to reduce their energy usage—as well as cut their energy bills. Solar water heaters preheat the water using solar power and then distribute it throughout the home. These heaters still function in overcast weather and are designed with an electric backup for extremely

cloudy days. Thermal solar equipment can be installed for the use of heating water and can compensate for ninetyfive percent of all domestic hot water needs. Solar pool heating can extend swimming season an additional twelve to sixteen weeks without burning fossil fuels and is significantly less expensive than a traditional pool heater. Solar heating for the family pool also qualifies the homeowner for a 25 percent state tax credit in South Carolina. Ho-

meowners who install and utilize solar equipment are also eligible to receive a 30 percent federal tax credit and 25 percent state tax credit in South Carolina. A homeowner who installs a solar water heater can expect to see it pay for itself within five to seven years or less depending on the size of the family. For more information, call Solartek Energy at (843) 937-9999 or visit CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2012


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

Eric D’Angelo Crystal Clear Pools

“When it comes to keeping your pool well-maintained in the winter, you could always close your pool with a pool cover. Our staff can go out and measure your pool and fit it with a custom cover. Another option is to maintain the pool as you would in the summer months throughout the winter. The pool won’t require as much attention if it is not being used, but some people choose to heat their pool during the winter, allowing homeowners to swim yearround. It’s just like winterizing a boat: you winterize the pool when it is not in use so that it will be ready for the next year.” For more information, call Crystal Clear Pools at (843) 884-7557 or visit

We asked four companies:

what can homeowners do to maintain their homes in the colder, winter months?

Robin Hill

Seacoast Properties of Charleston, LLC In the winter, we help homeowners prepare their vacation homes for the next summer's guests. We tackle the inside by replacing light bulbs, smoke alarm batteries, door pad batteries as well as carpet cleaning, painting, flipping mattresses, replacing pillows, and thoroughly checking the heating and air systems. We focus on the outside by trimming all palm trees, power washing the home and driveways, and refurbishing flowerbed mulch. Many of our vacation homes have pools and the winter is the perfect time to drain, paint, and correct any repairs that are necessary.” For more information, call Seacoast Properties at (843) 870-2222 or visit

John Blitch Blitch Plumbing

“When maintaining your home in the winter time, it’s important to check several aspects of your plumbing system. First, make sure any water piping exposed to the elements is properly insulated to prevent freezing. When temperatures are forecasted to drop below the freezing level, disconnect any hoses attached to exterior hose bibs, and drip any faucets on the exterior of the home as well as faucets on the inside of the home that are close to an outside wall. Always remember to drip the hot side of the faucet as well as the cold side to prevent water pipes from freezing.” For more information, call Blitch Plumbing at (843) 795-9674 or visit

Brian Mills

Mills Brothers Heating and Air “There are several steps homeowners can take to prepare their heating system for the winter months. Replace your return filter regularly and have a working carbon monoxide detector. When you first turn on your heat for the winter, stand under a vent and make sure it comes on and that it blows warm air. To save energy in your home in the winter, replace worn out door and window seals and seal any cracks or holes in the siding to prevent heat from slipping out. The final area to consider is your attic space. You can add roll insulation or invest in spray foam to keep your winter energy bills low.” For more information, call Mills Brothers Heating and Air at (843) 764-1919 or visit

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







Hot new styles and products hitting the Charleston market


Holy City Chic

Drawing on inspiration from downtown landmarks, CH+D brings you the hottest trends in home décor that reflect some of our favorite spots downtown. Every designer in Charleston will tell you that bright colors are in this season—they remind us of Rainbow Row, lining the antiquated streets of East Bay. Also en vogue for 2012 are metallics, which are reminiscent of our iconic bridge, and curvy mattes that embody the stately elegance of St. Phillips’ steeple. Flip the pages to see how we’ve brought our Holy City’s landmarks into the home.

Premier Prints in Kaleidoscope Wild Not Just Fabrics 843-852-0837

Hanging Magenta Drum Light Charleston Lamp Company (843) 763-9150

Sikar Embroidery in Citrus by Martyn Lawrence Bullard MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939

Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon in Aquamarine MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939

Iron Bench with Green Fabric Next to New · (843) 606-2715

Shake It Up in Tiger Lily by Schumacher MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939

Carter in Canary by Highland Court, MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939


Bright colors are en vogue in the interior design industry. The question is not, “Do I use bright colors?” but “How do I use them?” The key is to add a pop of color in the room by throwing in a lipstick pink vase, a royal purple lamp, or electric blue throw pillows. Weaving bright colors throughout a room (or your entire home) breaks away from the traditional neutrals and brings a sense of style and sophistication, trading the bland and boring for fabulous and fun. What do these bright colors remind us of? Rainbow Row, of course! This small strip of prime real estate lends a splash of color to Charleston’s streets.

BEING BOLD WITH ORANGE Southern Mac ‘n Cheese

Island Sand

Low Tides

Deep Red Chest of Drawers and Complementary Lamp, Charleston Lamp Company (843) 763-9150

BROADENING YOUR SPECTRUM WITH Adding just one bright, GREEN bold hue to you color scheme will make any room burst with cheer. Eco Deco (843) 654-9520

Key Lime

Latte Froth

“Fashioned in Color” by Sandra Roper 86 Market Arts (843) 853-9666

Decorative Ceramic Balls Next to New (843) 606-2715

Palmetto Leaf

Yellow-Tinted Table with Drawers Next to New · (843) 606-2715




Painted on copper, the shiny hues of the metal pop out from behind this tree's leaves.

Raku Lattice Vase by Scott Haines Indigo Fine Art Gallery (843) 805-9696 Sliver Potted Plant Décor Available only through the trade at Charleston Designer Showroom For more information consult any local interior designer

Premier Prints in Suzani Harmony Not Just Fabrics 843-852-0837

Military-Inspired Mirror Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore (843) 559-4009

Parisian Pink Oyster Bucket

Art Deco Bistro Set Next to New (843) 606-2715


rs with a Combine bright colo in a very soft grey to bring ! subtle metallic feel

Premier Prints in LuLu Summerlin Not Just Fabrics 843-852-0837

What’s more iconic than our Cooper River Bridge? Its stately, artistic lines lead locals and visitors alike into our historic city. Its metallic silvers and grays lend a touch of modern to the antique feel of Charleston’s cobblestone-laden streets. In your home, mixing ultra-chic, modern metallics with touches of old world charm will bring your abode up-to-date and fashion-forward.


Antiqued Bronze Candle Holders Next to New (843) 606-2715

Prospect by Thom Filicia in Shadow MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939


Harbor Mist

“Coppice” Oil on Copper Painting by Kent Lovelace Indigo Fine Art Gallery (843) 805-9696

Silver Sea Home Décor MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939


Color pallets, including rich, trendy grayneutrals, provide great Guacamole starting points for incorporating invigorating metallics Eco Deco Sumter (843) 654-9520 Gray

Lucky Pillow Next to New (843) 606-2715

Battery Nights

Metallic Lamp Base with Gold-Leafed Shade Charleston Lamp Company (843) 763-9150

Antique Finished Storage Bench Coralberry Cottage · (843) 884-2225



TRENDS Blown Shell by Charles Friedman Available from Indigo Fine Art Gallery (843) 805-9696

Antique Foyer Table Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore (843) 559-4009

“Devil in the Corners” by Amelia Rose Smith Available from Indigo Fine Art Gallery (843) 805-9696

Charleston Oil Painting by Ginette Callaway 86 Market Arts (843) 853-9666

Muted Swirls Fabric Available through Charleston Designer Showroom For more information, consult any local interior designer

Fabricade Natural Surroundings in Chocolate, MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939

Schumacher Ambrose Linen Embroidery in Zinc MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939

Robert Allen Fabrics in Ozone Oxide Not Just Fabrics (843) 852-0837

Floral Print Fabric Available through Charleston Designer Showroom For more information, consult any local interior designer

Curves and Mattes

Curves and mattes are also on the radar for 2012 trends. What better inspiration is there than Charleston’s most iconic church—St. Phillips Episcopal? Its looming steeple not only exemplifies the curved silhouette sure to be popular for the upcoming year, but it also carries a trendy (yet, old) matte finish. Check out some of these products for your home inspired by the Holy City’s most popular steeple.

MUTED PINK White Curved Lamp with Drum Shade Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore (843) 559-4009

Irish Cream

St. Phillips Steeple is Old English the perfect go-withRose anything color. Add any other color choice to your palate and St. Phillips is sure to blend in perfectly. St. Phillips Eco Deco Steeple (843) 654-9520

Iron Sconce Next to New (843) 606-2715

Curved Dark Wicker Barstool Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore (843) 559-4009

SEA BREEZE Ocean Flair

St. Phillips Steeple

Irish Cream

Natural Tan Pillow Coralberry Cottage (843) 884-2225

Contemporary Barstool For the House The Barstool Shop (843) 881-7073 Siamese Twin Lounge Storage Chair by Lazar Danco Modern Furniture (843) 884-2256 ·



Light Sea Blue Chaise Coralberry Cottage (843) 884-2225






hether you want to remodel your current outdoor living spot or create a whole new space, outdoor decking made from alternative materials—designed to outlast the natural elements—is one of the most popular products on the homebuilding market.


Manufactured exclusively for Guardian Building Products, GuarDeck offers two product lines with similar features. The GuarDeck Prestige collection and the GuarDeck Elite collection offer stain resistant surfaces, repel mold, mildew, and insects, and require no painting, staining, or sealing. The GuarDeck Prestige collection, in particular, is created in the USA, making it a homeland made product that you can be proud to show off. For more information, call Guardian Building Products at (864) 281-3469 or visit


Made of cellular PVC, AZEK Deck is stain and scratch resistant, repels moisture and insects, and provides excellent durability. It comes in three unique styles and 13 different colors to fit your tastes. AZEK doesn’t simply stop with decking; they also offer porch and railing hardware that withstands the outside elements with as much durability as their decking counterpart. The grey color pictured here is becoming increasingly more popular along the coast. For more information, call 84 Lumber at (843) 884-8431 or visit


For homeowners looking for a 100 percent earth-friendly option, TanDeck Plastic Lumber is made from completely recycled HDPE plastics, which is the same plastic found in milk bottles. If you are striving for LEED Certification, TanDeck can raise your LEED points significantly because of its incredibly high concentration of recycled products. Supporting a natural elegance, TanDeck offers five natureinspired colors—Cedar, Redwood, Light Grey, Weathered Wood, and Sand. For more information, call Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. at (843) 795-0150 or visit






At Home with


of Palmetto Moon Antiques


t first occurred to Dana Weil that perhaps she could turn selling antiques into a career when she sold used furniture at a school fundraiser for her son. Now the matriarch of the wildly popular Palmetto Moon Antiques in Mt. Pleasant, Dana shows us pieces plucked from her showroom to decorate her own dwelling.

Dana Weil and daughter Diane Schroder of Palmetto Moon Antiques

Dana and Diane created these lamps using cast iron balusters; the painting found its niche between the two due to lack of wall space.

Set against a wall she faux-painted, Dana created a charming vignette using a mirror made of pressed tin ceiling tiles, lamps crafted with terra cotta from a building in New York, and pottery hand-forged by Sullivan's Island artist Adele Deas. The wooden arm chair was reupholstered with remnant fabric Dana had been saving for the perfect piece.

Similar items can be found at Dana's showroom, located at 1157 Chuck Dawley Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant. For more information, call Palmetto Moon Antiques at (843) 856-1881.



Gothic church windows lean against the wall behind yellow velvet chairs, which Dana won in a bidding war at Page's Antiques.

Contact us today for a free consultation.

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shedding light on the cost of designer fixtures


hopping for lighting can be quite a fun adventure for the designer inside everyone, but if you don’t set a budget from the get-go, it’s easy to fall in love with fixtures that will break the bank. What makes certain fixtures so expensive? How can one lamp cost over $5,000 while another costs only $150? Matthew McLaughlin of Circa Lighting, which carries both affordable and high-end fixtures, sheds some light on the high cost of designer fixtures.

Matthew McLaughlin, Circa Lighting

Style: Like having a Louis Vuitton

luggage set, the more expensive lighting at Circa is made to be at the forefront of home fashion and produced to be in style for years to come. For homeowners looking for the chic and unique, this extra designerfeel of many of the high-end lamps and sconces are well worth the price.

Quality: When investing in lighting,

most shoppers are searching for longevity in a fixture. Many of Circa’s products are crafted to be heirloom quality and long lasting; this quality is, naturally, reflected in the pricing. The designer fixtures at



Circa are constructed from high-quality materials and expertly designed to last as long as your home. Higher-end products, as opposed to more cost-efficient fixtures, are made with materials guaranteed to withstand the elements and last for decades.

Service: When you shop at a locally run store, you’re bound to receive better customer service than at a big-box store—the employees simply care more about your satisfaction. Whether you’re a budget shopper or your pockets have no limits, Circa’s customer service— including design consultations, test runs of lighting in your home, free shipping,

and warranties—backs their products completely.

Local Motion: Oftentimes, shop-

ping at a small, family-owned business like Circa Lighting costs a little extra simply because they don’t have the revenue and volume of big-box stores and because they carry more unique product lines. However, when you shop locally, your money is going directly back into Charleston’s economy, strengthening the local business climate. For more information about Circa Lighting’s fixtures, call (843) 937-5990 or visit


VENEER WORKS Enhance your home interior with real wood veneers. Photo by Tripp Smith

843.442.8241 Custom Tables · Custom Furniture Headboards · Sheet Goods · Custom Kitchens Desks · 175 Species of Wood · Radius Mouldings True Marine - Grade Plywood CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2012


HIDDEN TREASURE What is the story behind this

Anglo-Indian Mahogany Secretary? from

Leon Vanderbilt Antiques


raftsmen in India, influenced by British cabinet makers, began to produce some of the finest examples of English design for export in the early nineteenth century. From this group of Indian craftsmen came the term Anglo-Indian, which describes the merging of Indian and British trends in furniture making. This Anglo-Indian piece from Leon Vanderbilt Antiques reflects the style of the English Regency period. In particular, the bold carving on the crown, the intricate carved columns finished at the bottom with camel stylized feet, and the brass inlay all contribute to the exquisite and intricate detail typical of English Regency style.  This secretary was carved from

What is the story behind this

Terra Cotta Old Soul Lamp? from

Palmetto Moon Antiques A

t first glance, the breathtaking beauty of this lamp from Palmetto Moon Antiques is very obvious. The antiquity of the hand-crafted terra cotta flowers and leaves captures your imagination slowly as the light reveals the layers of ancient glazes.  Each fragment is over 200 years old and is salvaged from crumbling antique garden walls in China. No two are exactly alike, but they are complementary and can be displayed in pairs.  These Old Soul lamps are also available in unglazed terra cotta, reflecting the subtle range of colors found on site where the clay was taken from the earth. These lamps are a very spiritual offering and a hidden treasure in limited supply. For more information, call Palmetto Moon Antiques at (843) 856-1881.



solid mahogany and dates back to about 1810-15, making it a stately, yet elegant, addition to any room. For more information, call Leon Vanderbilt Antiques at (843) 577-0520, or visit

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What is the story behind this

English Regency-Style Mahogany Chest? from

Terrace Oaks Antique Mall


he English Regency period, marked by the reign of George IV as Prince Regent in the early 1800s, was famous for its renaissance of art and architecture. Following this focus on aesthetics, furniture of the era was particularly ornate, drawing inspiration from the ancient Greek and Roman styles. Often constructed of materials such as mahogany, rosewood, and ebony, English Regency furniture typically included features such as metal mounts and lion’s paw feet, as seen on this piece from Terrace Oaks Antique Mall. As was the custom during this time, most furniture in America was transported by ship from England, especially elaborate pieces incorporating British style. This chest in particular is unique because, although it was inspired by the English Regency period, it was actually constructed in New England around 1825. The burled

mahogany veneered chest features hand-carved lion’s paw feet with acanthus leaf accents, making it a truly unique piece of history. For more information, call Terrace Oaks Antique Mall at (843) 795-9689, or visit

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ocated in the trendy "Neck" district downtown, Current Safe specializes in home inspections for electrical safety. The cutting-edge company utilizes high-tech equipment such as infrared cameras and ultrasonic probes to check houses for any issues or hazards that could pose a threat or an electrical fire. We tagged along with Current Safe CEO Jim Ritter and his team to see what we could learn from these friendly neighborhood pros on the go.

8:30AM: Jim and his team arrive at a home in the South Windermere neighborhood of James Island. After greeting the homeowner, they unload their equipment.

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Did You Know? If you've ever plugged a cord into an outlet and the plug fell out, it signified a low retention level and a bad connection. A common cause of house fires, such bad outlets should always be replaced.

11:00AM: They use a ground plant that checks resistance in the ground fault system—which is used to protect the home from surges and to stabilize the voltage in the house.

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with an ultrasonic probe, which detects really low frequency sound. If they hear "barking" or anything else out of the ordinary, they know before opening the panel it is a bad breaker.

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take the cover off of the electrical panel and take a visual inspection to note anything that stands out as a potential problem. All problems are logged in a report.

9:10AM: Current Safe scans the panel with the infrared camera, which can tell them if anything is heating up that shouldn't be. This particular panel looks good but, if they had seen a problem, they would have noted it—along with a solution—in the report. 9:20AM: The team meticulously checks every single breaker and every single connection as well as performs a voltage analysis.

10:30AM: They head outside to check the meter, all the outdoor connections, the pool equipment, outlets, etc. They scan each with the ultrasonic probe and then again with the infrared light.



Current Safe utilizes high-tech equipment during a home inspection including circuit analyzers and infared lights

pays special attention to the GFI (ground fault interrupter) outlets, which are grounded outlets located outside, in the bathrooms and kitchens, and anywhere else there is a source of water. To test them, they plug an analyzer into the outlet to see if it trips. They also scan it with the infrared light to see if there is a heat signature.

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check retention on the outlets. The tester shows the retention level of this particular outlet to be five, so they suggest it be replaced; they recommend replacement for any outlets with a level of six or lower.

Safe checks to be sure that all outlets inside and out are correctly secured in the wall. The ultrasonic is also used to check all the switches.

12:30PM: Jim and his team check the bathroom exhaust fans and oven hoods. They make a note in the report recommending cleaning, as many house fires have resulted from the dust igniting in bathroom and exhaust fans. 12:40PM: They walk through the house with a can of artificial smoke and spray it by the smoke detectors to make sure they'll go off. 1:00PM: The technicians sit down with the homeowners to go over the full report of their findings, which can also be reviewed by the homeowners online via a report number. For more information or to schedule your own inspection, call Current Safe at (843) 577-3491 or visit

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The Craftswoman: Sharmane Ravenell Owner of SR Design

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decorative applications for the home using seashells, starfishes, pearls, coral branches, and other coastal fragments mixed with mirror shards.

The Backstory: A native of Germany,

Sharmane Ravenell met her husband when his service in the Army brought him to her home country. In June of 2005, her husband decided to end his Army career and move back to the States, where he was originally from. After undertaking such an exhausting move with their two young children, the couple opted to make the States their permanent home. Homesick and unsure of her surroundings, Sharmane felt lost until the couple was

finally able to buy their first home. “I finally had something to do,” laughs Sharmane. “Even though it was a brand new house, it still needed a lot of color and decoration. I love working with my hands, so I started with ripping out the carpet and putting down wood flooring, and then I painted and decorated the whole house!” A neighbor loved Sharmane's work so much that she signed the budding designer up for interior design classes at Trident Technical College under the tutelage of longtime local designer April Lipps of AKL Professional Interors. The Process: Sharmane's first foray into unique seashell designs was born out of her boredom with the loud wallpaper on her fireplace accent wall. “I just couldn't look at

(above) Sharmane can embed seashells in the most unique of places in your home, adding a splash of the sea to your interior décor. (left) One-of-a-kind, simple seashells can make a world of difference in the feel of your home. (right) Sharmane creates seashell murals that add uniqueness to the fireplace surround.



it anymore,” she exclaims. “One day I was enjoying my morning cup of tea and admiring a few seashells my daughter gathered from the beach the day before, and my idea was born.” Sharmane immediately traipsed to every local store selling seashells and bought them out! After three days of hard work in her garage (and minus one mirror sacrificed to the cause), a seashell work of art adorned her fireplace surround. For her customers, Sharmane picks each material specific to that homeowner's style, taste, and personality. Her seashell designs can be created for fireplace surrounds, columns, wall art, backsplashes, cornicing, and more.

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keeping your lawn beautiful during the chilly winter days Incorporate Evergreens and Plant Life with Intricate Structure to Provide Interest throughout the Winter

THE PROS J.R. and Holly Kramer, ASLA, LEED AP THE COMPANY Remark Studio, LLC

As landscape architects, we are often asked by our clients to provide a design that looks great in all seasons—especially winter when the grass and leaves are dry and dying. One of the ways we accomplish this is to provide layers and masses of plants that include both bold textured evergreens and deciduous plants with interesting bark or branching patterns that can be appreciated in winter. Also, plants with winter berries or ornamental grasses that keep their structure in the winter are great to implement in your yard. Change through the seasons is a good thing and it provides an opportunity to notice interesting features that may be hidden or less noticeable in the warmer

months. Another key element to having an interesting winter garden is to add a patio with a fire pit, other seating nodes, meandering paths, and sculptural walls. Even though a pool is not used during the winter months, there is no reason it can’t be designed to act as a large water feature during those months, providing reflection of the sky and a center point for winter vegetation. By combining all of these elements of design, your landscape should provide enjoyment throughout the seasons.”

For more information, call J.R. and Holly with Remark Studio, LLC at (843) 7469573 or visit

(above) Natural wood decking provides an architectural touch to this home’s back yard. (center) Adding evergreens and plants with intricate structure to your garden can provide interest even in the bleakest of months.

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Outdoor Living Features Make Your Lawn Enjoyable Even in the Brisk Charleston Winter Evenings

No matter what you do to your lawn to make it beautiful in the winter, it’s not important if you can’t enjoy your yard. Usually in the winter, spending time outside is the last thing Charlestonians want to do, but with the right outdoor features, your yard can be a haven for wintery nights by the fire, complete with kumbaya ambiance and warm hot chocolate. Features, such as a fire pit, outdoor furniture, and cozy outdoor cushions on an outdoor patio area provide enticing opportunities to enjoy your yard with family. Thanks to the prevalence of outdoor heat lamps, even larger parties can be hosted outside in the winter. The key is to enjoy your space year round, and adding features such as these will allow you to do this in the winter months.”

Adding features such as a fire pit, paver patio, and cozy outdoor furniture can drastically increase the amount of time you spend in your yard in the wintertime.

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

Keeping Your Soil Updated in the Winter is Key

“ The sod here at Mt. Pleasant’s Waterfront Park was installed by Sodbusters and looks lush in the summertime. When winter comes and the grass begins to die, don’t forget to irrigate often to keep the roots and stems healthy for the following spring.



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THE PROS Ben Sumrell THE COMPANY Sodbusters, Inc.

Wintertime is not the time when most homeowners are concerned about our lawns, but it is a perfect time to prepare for the upcoming growing season. One of the things most neglected in lawn care is keeping an updated soil sample. January or February is a good time to collect a few samples of soil from your lawn. Then, you (or a company like Sodbusters) can send them off to the Clemson Extension. They will analyze the samples to see what is necessary to feed the lawn. The most important information you will receive is the soil’s pH level. A low or high pH will affect the growth of your grass, so it must be monitored and can be corrected in several ways. However, do not fertilize your lawn until after Easter to be sure the chance of frost has passed. Also, even though it is wintertime, some insects are still active here in the Lowcountry. An application of insecticide in January or February will not be harmful to your lawn, and it will keep those lurking bugs out of your grass. Finally, be aware that your lawn still needs water although the grass is dormant, so irrigate every so often to keep the roots and stems healthy.”

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

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Straight Line Aesthetics and Winter-Blooming Plants Bring Life to Winter Gardens THE PROS Patty Craven and Nick Popovich THE COMPANY Designing Innovative Gardens

Whether we are speaking of spring, summer, fall, or winter aesthetics, success in the garden starts with a line. It can be a line drawn on paper or, more commonly, drawn directly in your lawn’s dirt. Most landscapes are composed of beds, turf areas, and hardscapes; the lines and boundaries that dictate these spaces need not always be free-formed curves (which do have their place in some gardens). Straight lines can strengthen and organize your outdoor space, keeping it tidy even in the drab winter months. The clean-cut lines of a successful garden layout really show themselves in the winter and allow for any colored blooms or evergreen foliage to really pop. Just imagine sharp bedlines defining your flower beds while showing off a grouping of three shiny, dark-green leafed ‘Little Gem’ magnolias and pink flowering sasanqua camellias bunched together near them. White violas bloom in the wintertime and create perfect blanket lining to accent your beds. And, if you’re looking for an extra splash of lively color, evergreen sabal minors, cherry laurel, and upright yaupon hollies prove to be wintertime treats for Lowcountry residents. With plants like these, winter doesn’t seem so drab and gloomy after all.”

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(above) According to DIG, straight bed lines offer a neat, organized method of keeping your yard looking tidy. Notice the straight bed lines around the pergola and surrounding the house in the background. (right) A fish pond, which thrives all winter long, adds a focal point to the backyard that is always in-season.



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builder profile Born and raised in Florida, Phillip Smith began his building career in the Sunshine State working with national building and development companies. Involved in building over 500 homes, Phillip worked his way up from laborer to project manager before moving to South Carolina in 1989 and starting a small construction company of his own with his wife Cathy. Today, it is one of the most successful building firms in the Lowcountry and Phillip—a licensed general contractor in South Carolina—is one of the best known names in the business. Phillip W. Smith of Phillip W. Smith General Contractor, Inc.

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Living here would be number one. We also tremendously enjoy the people we get to work with, who we get to build for, and the opportunity to be involved in great projects.

Do your homework before hiring an architect or a builder. Talk to as many homeowners, suppliers, and subcontractors as you can to ensure your relationship during and after the finished project will be what you are dreaming of.

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Distinctive Projects? This is a hard one to answer! Each project I am involved in has unique and distinct characteristics. Because I build custom homes, each one is very distinct.

Favorite Projects You've Worked On? The Middleton residence on Wadmalaw Island, the Lewis residence on Sullivan’s Island, and the Rose residence in Wild Dunes.

tor, Inc. is a GuildQuality building in the industry. According to Geoffrey Graham, president and founder of GuildQuality, "GuildQuality helps home builders, remodelers, contractors, and other residential real estate and construction companies monitor and improve the quality of service they deliver." For more information, call Phillip W. Smith General Contractor, Inc. at (843) 881-9828 or visit




Designed by Anita King with Ink Architecture, LLC Archive:

Anita King of ink Architecture, LLC at Eco Deco’s showroom in Mt. Pleasant which she designed.

The original brick house was built in 1963 on a beautiful lot overlooking the marsh on Isle of Palms. The homeowners originally purchased the land with the intention of tearing the house down and building their dream vacation home. The house did not capitalize on the beautiful surroundings, and it only had a few windows facing the inlet. When the economy began to plummet, the homeowners decided to renovate the existing 1963 home instead of starting from scratch. So began the massive renovation of their Isle of Palms vacation home.


Before, this home was a traditional 1963 brick house overlooking the marsh. Now, it's an up-to-date abode with a chic outdoor living area.

As it is in our current economy, the homeowners wanted to make big changes to the home (thereby making it more valuable) without breaking the bank and leaving their pockets empty. Ink Architecture strove to deliver promising results without going over budget.


The first step in Ink’s process was to develop a working plan. After sitting down with the homeowners, they decided to expand the master bedroom and create a master bath and closet. They also added a second story addition, updated the kitchen and interior decor, and installed large windows that take full advantage of the marsh views. In addition, they decided to add a fireplace to create a cozy environment for crisp, Charleston winter nights. The inside was not the only aspect of the home to receive a stylish overhaul. To the outside of the home, Anita King and the homeowners updated the porch space, painted the brick, added shutters, and replaced the front door and garage doors. Finally, they created an incredible outdoor living area featuring a new pool, a new driveway, and sleek, make-your-neighbors-jealous landscaping. For more information, call Anita King with Ink Architecture, LLC at (843) 882-7810 or visit



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ombining her background in design with her love of textiles, interior designer Annette Ellard helps a Summerville family make the most of unused space in their new home by drawing inspiration from fabric (bottom left) and local artwork (upper left).

THE DILEMMA: Upon moving into their new home in Summerville, the Whiteman family couldn't quite figure out how to use the very large room adjacent to the hallway, as the space proved too large for a dining room. THE REQUESTS: First and foremost, the Whitemans wanted to take advantage of several architectural features in the large room. They also hoped to incorporate a number of bookcases from their previous home. THE PLAN: It was decided to use the single rectangular wall pillar separating the hallway from the room as a breakpoint, which would split the space into two rooms—one being the dining room, and the other being a library. The bookcases would be utilized by arranging them to fit the available space on the new walls. Matching rugs would delineate each space. Finally, complementary lighting fixtures would be added, such as a sparkling chandelier over the soon-to-be dining table and a large drum fixture from the vaulted ceiling in the new library. THE RESULT: Although the two spaces bear different color schemes, each color was pulled from the drapery and cornice fabric to tie everything together. A large piece of artwork from a local artist and a table centerpiece also incorporates the same color scheme throughout the area to create a colorful and cohesive style. For more information, call Creative Cotton Company at (843) 737-0935 or visit



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coming of age More than two centuries after its creation, a kitchen in a historic South of Broad home comes into its own with an overhaul that embraces the modern age and honors the era in which the house was built.


outh of Broad, there sits a historic home built in the 1790s by a craftsman who assembled barrels for the thriving rice business in South Carolina. This particular home, which the cooper of barrels constructed for his eldest son, has remained resolute for over 200 years as the city it is set against has evolved. Over the course of its two century history, many owners have come and gone—many of whom updated the home to suit the changing times, as well as their own individual tastes. As the latest large renovation took place roughly 30 years ago,

the newest owners of the estate decided an overhaul was long overdue. Starting with the kitchen, they sought to renovate the historic home in a fashion befitting its storied past. To do so, they turned to West Ashley-based company Signature Kitchens and Baths of Charleston to create a period-appropriate culinary space complete with the modern conveniences of today. As general contractor and designer on the project, Signature Kitchens and Baths carried the project from inception to

This South of Broad home underwent a massive transformation to bring it up to speed with modern times; at the same time, the homeowners wanted to preserve the classic charm of the historic home. The marble on the floor, in particular, is a style that dates back to the very beginnings of Charleston culture.

completion. “One of the things we wanted to accomplish with this remodel,” explains Jon Robinson of Signature Kitchens and Baths, “was to be true to the original mouldings and architecture of this house.” As most of the original mouldings were destroyed during the home's last remodel, Jon and his team had to take special measures to honor historical accuracy. “We restored all of the beautiful casings and baseboards,” he elaborates. “We built new windows where the original ones had been closed up. We did structural work to make sure that this was going to hold up



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Signature Kitchens wanted to make this kitchen closely resemble the architecture of old Charleston, while still incorporating modern amenities. The island in the center is constructed as if it were a piece of furniture, complete with legs and classically styled cabinet doors.




Like the island, the pantry was also created to resemble a piece of furniture, particularly an antique breakfront. The homeowners store their unsightly canned goods and boxed items in this breakfront, hidden by mirrored panels and sturdy drawers.

the house when we were through with it, and then we created this kitchen.” One distinctive factor that influenced the homeowners to call upon Signature Kitchens and Baths is the 34-year-old Jon Robinson local company's of Signature wide array of Kitchens and Baths of construction trades, Charleston which allows them to complete turnkey projects. “Jim McLain, the owner of our business, is a licensed residential builder,” explains Jon. “He started in this business more than 40 years ago and is one of the best structural men that I know anywhere. He is the force that gets these jobs done; he not only knows how to do these projects, but he does them right and he does them on time.” For this particular project, Signature Kitchens and

Baths—who specializes in kitchen and bath renovations, cabinetry, countertops, and appliances—called on every construction trade their company offers: electrical, plumbing, painting, drywall, flooring, lighting, and even tiling.

that the bottom could be closed to keep the dogs contained, but the top could be opened to allow air flow return. You also get the nice visual effect.” To maintain period-accuracy, Signature Kitchens and Baths exactly duplicated the mouldings and trim from the doors originally built in 1790 for the house.

The company's extensive work literally began with the entrance to the kitchen...the door. Because the homeowners' dogs stay in the kitchen whenever they are inside the house, the door remained shut at all times. However, this led to poor airflow, as is common with many older, more compartmentalized homes. “What's unique about this door is that it is a Dutch door,” states Jon. “We created it so

Immediately inside of the kitchen, one of the most noticeable elements—a refrigerator/freezer “armoire”—is readily apparent. “The owner of the home likes more refined antiques and furniture, so one of the things that we thought about was what would they, could they, and should they have done in 1790 if they’d had a refrigerator. They might have called it an ice box at the time, but it most likely would have been a detailed piece of furniture.” To create a piece for the homeowners in keeping with this “ice box” idea, Signature Kitchens and Baths studied various pieces of furniture built in Charleston during the 1790s. They then replicated some of those details to create a custom furniture-style armoire, complete with a full-sized Thermador integrated refrigerator and freezer. “It actually looks



PROJECT FILES like it is a freestanding armoire and is even proportioned to the scale of an armoire,” Jon says. “There were, in fact, armoires during that time period that could have been made for ceilings this high, and that's how we came up with this great look.” To provide ample storage space in the kitchen, as well as a place for two ovens (one microwave convection and one normal), Signature Kitchens and Baths removed a load bearing wall, put a steel header into the ceiling, and then recessed some of the wall into ceiling to conceal it; they then added pantry space, along with storage space for trays, cookie sheets, and other baking utensils and cookware. For the pantry, the company custom created a piece of furniture that simulates an antique “breakfront”—a piece of furniture found in local cabinetmakers' shops in the 1790s up and down the east coast, even here in Charleston. “The homeowners needed a place for cereal boxes, canned goods, and all those types of foods that you need in a kitchen but don't necessarily want to see,” clarifies Jon. “We made this piece of furniture with mirror doors rather than glass doors to conceal those pantry items.” The gothic design for the mouldings of the doors reflects the many churches dotting the Holy City's skyline and represents a style that made its way into

(left) The crisp, white cabinets and marble provide a striking contrast with the dark accents and tiling. (right) Tucked away in the corner stands a stately armoire housing the refrigerator and freezer combination, delightfully hidden behind the guise of an antique piece of furniture.

many homes during the 1790s. All of the cabinets in the kitchen are Wood Mode custom cabinets made in Pennsylvania. In addition to featuring soft-close drawers—a staple in today's kitchens—Jon touts the cabinetry line for its superior fit and lifetime-warranty finish. To maximize storage capacity, Signature Kitchens created a cabinetry tower in the space. “We had plenty of countertop space,” reflects Jon, “but needed a place for glasses, plates, dishes, and countertop appliances. The tower serves all of these purposes.” For added convenience and in keeping with the historical appearance of the space, a stack of drawers has been outfitted to serve as the dishwasher. Underfoot, black and white checkerboard marble flooring mimics historic homes and sidewalks South of Broad. To get this effect, Signature Kitchens and Baths used a pattern of black marble and alternating Carrerra White marble—a type of marble that comes from the same quarries today that the flooring in some of Charleston's many historic homes came from in the 1700s. The countertops and backsplashes, which are also marble from Italy, complement the floor.

For Signature Kitchens and Baths, working Apothecary styled drawers and display cabinets on this historic South of Broad home was a welcome departure from the new offer plenty of room for storage atop the bar sink for recipes, silverware, or decorative plates. construction they frequently undertake. “We



relish working on these types of renovations,” enthuses Jon. “We feel like we’re really in our element when we take a room back to the bones. To the bare walls. To the studs. What I really love about it is seeing the homeowners' faces when they see the finished product for the first time. That’s one of the things that we love the most; we really live for that.” v For more information, call Signature Kitchens and Baths of Charleston at (843) 571-5720 or visit them on the web at The showroom is located at 1926 Savannah Highway in West Ashley, with the appliance showroom just a few blocks away at 1826 Belgrade.

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let the sun shine Mt. Pleasant homeowner JoLee Dean dreamed of a whole home full of Southern, iconic plantation shutters when she moved from Arizona to Mt. Pleasant, and that’s exactly what she got in her new home in Dunes West.


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oLee Dean began the construction of her home with the desire to have crisp, white plantation shutters line her windows. Not only does she love the way they look, but she has a long history with their energy efficiency. “We had them before when we lived in Arizona,” JoLee describes, reminiscing about the arid, sunny Southwest days. She continues, “They were really effective in keeping the heat out and the cool in.” When she and her husband decided to move to South Carolina, there was no question about what kind

The plantation shutters in JoLee Dean’s home allow her to maximize the amount of light pouring through her windows at any given time of day. She chose solid PVC Polywood shutters in cream manufactured in Murrells Inlet, SC by The Plantation Shutter Company, who guarantees their shutters to last as long as the home itself.

of window treatments to get—they knew they wanted plantation shutters. To begin looking for a company, JoLee did her fair-share of shopping. She interviewed several companies, but eventually chose The Plantation Shutter Company, based out of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. “We loved that they manufacture their own shutters and the fact that they’re a local company. We like to purchase things locally and keep local people with shops in business.” While Murrells Inlet may not seem local for the Charleston economy, it’s

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Plantation shutters are perfect for bathrooms because of the impeccable privacy they provide when closed—these shutters cover and block off the entire window.

you’re in Georgia or Virginia, you’re always going to be dealing with a Plantation Shutter Company employee, not a subcontractor. Our guys drive from Murrells Inlet to all over the Southeast to install shutters; wherever our shutters are, our installers will be there to install them.” After working with The Plantation Shutter Company for so many years, Barry knows the ins and outs of the shutter business like the back of his hand and can offer helpful advice as to which shutters are perfect for your style and home design needs. For most customers like JoLee, Barry recommends TM Polywood Shutters, one of the top-selling shutters in the country. The Plantation Shutter Company is the only company in the Carolinas to manufacture Polywood Shutters, which are crafted out of solid PVC and praised as the most energy efficient shutters on the market. However, in some cases, customers want their shutters to be composed of something a little more traditional, like solid wood.



“Because we’re in Charleston and working in historic homes, many homeowners have an aversion to modern products like Polywood. They want to stay with the historic materials that would have been used when the home was originally constructed. People also tend to choose wooden shutters when the trim color in their home doesn’t match the shutter color precisely. Wood shutters can be easily painted with the same color used to paint the interior trim,” explains Barry. Whether a customer chooses Polywood shutters or solid wood shutters, The Plantation Shutter Company can build the shutters in Murrells Inlet in roughly two or three weeks. While shutters are a little expensive, those crafted by The Plantation Shutter Company are made to last for life, and the company offers a lifetime warranty on their shutters and installation that transfers from homeowner to homeowner if you decide to sell your home. In addition, to make

shutters more affordable, Barry notes that many homeowners opt to do the installation process one room at a time, eventually finishing off the whole home over several years. “New and first-time homeowners with smaller budgets often decide they want plantation shutters throughout the house,” Barry says, “They will start in the front of the home, which is generally more formal, then little by little they will add shutters to the more informal rooms in the house (like bedrooms and bathrooms) as years go by.” The Plantation Shutter Company wants to make shutters affordable for all while still offering maximum quality in their product. As JoLee admires the Southern charm of the plantation shutters throughout her house, she remarks, “I use my shutters everyday because, as the sun changes, I open and close them to catch the light from different angles. You can still get as much light as you’d like, but you have privacy when you need it. I also like the fact that you can open them completely if you want to utilize the full window to allow maximum light into the house.” Pleased with both her new Dunes West abode and the hard work of The Plantation Shutter Company, JoLee is happy to call Mt. Pleasant her new home. v For more information about The Plantation Shutter Company, call (800) 922-9572 or visit

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elcoming a new baby into the world is accompanied by many changes to the home—from stair-blocking gates to plastic plug protectors. When Harper Correa, owner of Not Just Fabrics, noticed her son, Harrison, beginning to toddle around and crawl, she knew there were some changes that needed to be made to her living room. Drawing from materials in her own store, as well as seeking accessories and décor from other local companies, Harper set out to create a space that is not only chic and stylish, but also safe for Harrison. Originally, Harper’s living room was more like a man-cave, with her husband’s favorite reclining sofa and all the accoutrements for a comfy movie



Local fabric store owner Harper Correa draws from her own collection and other local businesses in the home and design industry to create a room that’s toddler friendly for her son. night. Realizing the need to make the space Harrison-friendly, Harper decided to implement some insightful changes in the room. She notes, “Well, we were taken completely by surprise with Harrison. We had to re-think the way our whole house was designed and decorated. We had a lot of adult things that were either breakable or potentially harmful for Harrison; we had to do away with anything like that. Most importantly, we also had to change the softness of the house—we had to change the fabrics, the drapery, and the seating. It was important to make the room safe and comfortable for the whole family to be in together.” Beginning her project, Harper turned to the store she knows best—Not Just Fabrics.

(above) Not Just Fabrics’ Harper Correa redesigned her living room to be safe for her sweet, toddling son, including spill-proof fabric and climb-proof drapery. (below) Harper and her son, Harrison.

She first turned her attention to the drapes. “Typically, in most of my rooms,” Harper explains, “I hang long ceiling-to-floor drapes. I like to use them to add structure and color in a room. That’s what we had in the living room originally, and we immediately took those out.” Harper found that Harrison was a little like Tarzan, using the drapes as vines to climb and swing on. Seeing the danger here, Harper chose a neutral fabric from Not Just Fabrics to accent her windows. To prevent Harrison from climbing, Cathy Rowland of Custom Window Treatments constructed drapes that were shorter and out of Harrison’s reach, but that could still be extended to offer maximum privacy and darkness for movie nights. In addition to the drapes, Harper added blinds and shortened the cords so Harrison wouldn’t get tangled in them. Moving from the windows to the furniture, Harper turned again to her storehouse of fabrics and custom furniture at Not Just Fabrics and the impeccable upholstery work of Elite Furniture Upholstery to create new furniture for the room. “We quickly removed the leather reclining sofa that was originally in the room and replaced it with a new sofa,” explains Harper. “It’s a custom-created sofa covered with fabric that is very childfriendly, pet-friendly, and husband-friendly.” Harper is so confident in this child-proof fabric that she chose a light color—cream— to cover her couch. “You can clean anything up with just a baby wipe. Even liquids just bead up, giving you plenty of time to wipe them away before they seep into the fabric. I’m not even worried about red Kool-aid.” Best of all, this fabric is affordable. Harper notes that it is their best selling fabric, com-

ing in roughly eighty colors and running less than $20 per yard, which is quite low on the upholstery fabric price scale. To add some accents, the employees at Not Just Fabrics constructed some accent pillows and a slip cover to revamp her old ottoman. Then, she headed over to Charleston Lighting and Interiors, who, Harper exclaims, “has the best accents!” Her fan, lighting, stacking tables, and mirror all came from the Charleston Lighting showroom. “We took down the original ceiling fan in this room, which frightened me. My husband is so tall, and with him picking up Harrison, I could just envision the absolute worst case scenario. We, instead, installed a wall-mounted fan from Charleston Lighting. Furthermore, we removed all the lamps in the room because the cord issue was just very scary, and we put in overhead lighting instead.”

ant, is created to be mild enough to paint a child’s face with and to be completely odorless during the painting process. With the help of local companies like Eco Deco, Elite Furniture Upholstery, Charleston Lighting, and the talented workrooms and employees of Not Just Fabrics such as Cathy Rowland and Shirley Williams, Harper was able to transform her living room into a space that is safe and friendly for her busy and curious son. v For more information, call Harper Correa with Not Just Fabrics at (843) 852-0837 or visit To learn more about Eco Deco call (843) 654-9520 or visit To get the look from Charleston Lighting and Interiors, call (843) 766-3055 or visit Finally, to speak with the upholsterers at Elite Furniture Upholstery, call (843) 745-9979.

Each decision made for the remodel of the living room was made with Harrison in mind. Even the paint, from Eco Deco in Mt. Pleas-

(above left) Harper opted for overhead lighting and a reading lamp. (above right) All of Harper’s accent décor came from Charleston Lighting and Interiors, including the stacking side tables next to the sofa. (left) A rocking chair for Harrison gives him the perfect seat in the family’s den. (right) What used to be a man cave-like family room has turned into a child-friendly space peppered with Harrison’s favorite toys.

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(above) The Bishop home, located on the coast of James Island, received a brand-new coat of Rhino Shield. With the new layer of paint, their stucco home is now ready to face the elements of their costal lifestyle; the Rhino Shield substance waterproofs and seals the stucco of the house to prevent mold and mildew and adds a layer of UV protection to repel the sun’s radiant heat and reduce energy costs.

racking stucco. Chipping paint. Leaking window panes. Expensive energy bills. Anyone who owns an older home in Charleston has expressed these complaints before. One such James Island couple was tired of the constant upkeep necessary to maintain the exterior of their 17 year-old home. Frustrated with the much needed maintenance, Harry and Barbara Bishop decided that they never wanted to worry about painting again and called Rhino Shield, managed by local Charlestonian Jon Rosa, to come take a look at their house. Rhino Shield specializes in a thick, elastic, breathable coating designed to last over 25 years. When the Bishops learned about Rhino Shield’s energy-saving, cost efficient system, they began to inquire more about the process. “Surely this isn’t as simple and hassle-free as it seems,” they thought. Upon speaking with James Schlenker of Rhino Shield, the Bishops learned exactly how the four-step Rhino Shield process worked. The first step involves an intense round of pressure washing to make sure the surface is clear of dirt and mildew. Then, James and his team perform a rigorous inspection and meticulous repair process. With careful scrutiny of each crack and crevice on the outside of the home, Rhino Shield decided exactly how to repair the stucco of the Bishops’ home before moving forward. Next, James and his team applied the first coat known as APS (adhesive primer sealer). Resembling glue, the APS acts as a primer, an



adhesive, and a sealant. It primes the walls and prepares them for the topcoat to stick to the home. The APS also acts as a waterproofing agent, sealing any cracks in the walls, preventing new ones from popping up, and protecting the entire structure from moisture damage. Finally, the topcoat is applied. This coat contains the color and resembles traditional paint, except it is ten times thicker and elastomeric (like a rubber band) to prevent cracking and chipping—a piece of dried paint can actually stretch beyond itself multiple times. The Bishops chose a slightly yellow-tinted cream tone that adds a hint of color without seeming too bright. Just like at a paint store, Rhino Shield has the ability to Jon Rosa of Rhino Shield mix colors on the spot and create hues wellsuited for Charleston. After about two weeks of work, the Bishops’ home was ready to face the elements of coastal living. Their new coat of Rhino Shield not only resists the salty sea air, but it also reflects roughly 80-percent of the sun’s radiant heat, significantly dropping Barbara and Harry’s electricity bill in the sweltering summer months. Easing the Bishops' original concerns, Rhino Shield has made it easy for the couple to maintain their home’s appearance over the years. v For more information, call RhinoShield at (843) 884-1992 or visit


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a labor of love Facing an unexpected diagnosis with ALS, a retired career military man marches on with plans to build his loyal wife Lena the kitchen and bathroom of her dreams.

(above) Sandra Gaylord with Lena and Ted Swanson and one of their beloved dogs (left) The track running along the ceiling allows the homeowner Ted, who suffers from ALS, to maneuver from his bed to the bathroom.


retired Air Force master sergeant, Ted Swanson devoted his life to the military. When his service to his country didn’t take him away on deployment, he reveled in time spent with his beloved wife Lena. As a military spouse, Lena was no stranger to sacrifice herself; she became proficient at packing due to their frequent moves, and she always mustered a smile no matter what situation the military threw their way. Having lived most of their years in the military in base housing, Lena longed for the day when they would have a home complete with her dream kitchen, and Ted dreamed of the day he could fulfill his promise of giving that to her. But before that dream was realized, the couple was dealt a devastating blow when—shortly after his retirement— Ted was diagnosed with ALS, the same affliction that took the life of NY Yankees' Hall-of-Famer Lou Gehrig. Realizing the debilitating disease would take a devastating toll on Ted's health, the couple decided to return to Lena's hometown of Walterboro to be close to her family for support. They purchased a home and quickly realized the first project they needed to tackle was making the home's cumbersome bathroom a space that would be functional for Ted as his ALS progressed. Ted wanted to ensure the space was beautiful for Lena, not institutional, so they began searching the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) website for a company specializing in bath design. It was through




their research that they found a listing for Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and aging-in-place specialist Sandra Gaylord and were instantly drawn to her upon learning she consulted with a certified occupational therapists for projects such as theirs. Due to Ted's ALS and the amount of military personnel who contract the disease, the Swansons had to go through the U.S. Office of Veterans Affairs (VA) to be approved for a small grant that would help offset the cost of the remodel. Upon learning the VA approval process could be long and arduous, Ted decided right then that—although his original plans would have to significantly change—he would not let his diagnosis interfere with also creating a kitchen worthy of Lena’s wildest dreams. Even though he had not yet received funding for the bathroom remodel, Ted decided to move forward with creating Lena's dream kitchen; he knew that, when he eventually had to leave her, Lena would be too conservative to ever complete such a space for herself. “When I met Ted almost two years ago, I was so touched by his wish to create a dream kitchen for his wife, Lena, as well as a bathroom that would be functional for him but also beautiful for her,” Sandra says. “He wanted to hire someone to design the bathroom who would be able to make it sufficient for Ted to enjoy and easy for Lena to assist. Ted truly didn’t want the bathroom to have an institutional look; he said he wanted someone to be able to look at it and never guess someone with a disability lived there.” To ensure the project was perfect, Sandra researched both VA and ADA (American Disability Act) requirements— knowing that by making the bathroom more accessible now, they would actually be adding value to the home in the long run. “If the Swansons should ever decide to move again, having an aging-in-place approved bathroom would certainly be a good selling feature. People often don’t realize,” explains Sandra, “that ‘aging in place’ doesn’t have to look institutionalized; it can be pretty. Ted

Sandra was able to honor most of the original ideas for the space. Perhaps the most important aspect of the space for Ted proved to be a cutting-edge track system installed in the ceiling. Designed by Jim Carl of Atlanta company All in One Access, the track glides all the way over the bed so Ted can access it from any point. Once he is in it, the track is capable of turning in multiple The measurements of Ted's custom vanity were designed to be compliant directions and traveling to with the codes required by the U.S. the bathroom; ultimately, Office of Veterans Affairs, who it ends in the shower. To provided a small grant towards the allow Ted to easily enter redesign of this bathroom. the shower using the track system, Sandra factored the system into her design and Lena trusted me in this idea, and we by keeping the shower completely open. worked hard to achieve it.” Looking to the future, Sam made sure Although it was a long process of the ceiling could easily be returned to its paperwork, the project really began to pick original form. “In the future, if they want to up with Sandra on board. They tweaked remove the track system,” elaborates Sam, the plan as they went along, and soon "they can just unhook the clips, which are found their contractor, plumbing fixtures, bolted to a system of blocks built into the tile, and so on. But it took time to truly get ceiling. Once you take the track off, you can the project going, not because of the actual just finish the sheetrock and paint it so you construction but rather because of the could never even tell the track was there.” paperwork involved with working through the VA. Helping to keep the entire remodel Once in the bathroom, the first vanity running smoothly was contractor Sam belongs to Ted. Specifically designed for Swells of Summerville-based building him, it is 27 inches deep—considerably company Classic Construction. “When deeper than the standard of 21 inches deep I first met with Sandra to discuss the suggested by NKBA. The sink is off-center project, she had already worked up a nice to allow space to the right for a caregiver, set of remodeling plans to refer to,” states and Sandra also designed a custom vanity Sam. “We walked through the bathroom unit with a storage cabinet in the center to together, and she explained her design house everything needed for caregiving. concept, which turned out to be great and very easy to work with.” Although some The doors bi-fold and slide into the cabinet, of the VA and ADA guidelines she had to creating an open space for the track to adhere to mandated changes to the original travel and for the caregiver to pass through. design Sandra created—such as removing The vanities on each side are unique to the the whirlpool tub she planned to include— individual user; the second vanity, which




The shower, designed specifically for Ted’s need, was created to be large enough for him to easily get in and out, and for caregivers to easily access him. In addition, the faucet has preset configurations so, with the press of a button, the shower will turn on the exact temperature and settings that Ted likes.

is closer to the typical depth of 21 inches, holds Lena's personal effects. So Ted would no longer have to struggle with his wheelchair in a tight shower stall, Sandra created a shower with no glass doors and no curtains, which can be easily entered by Ted. A large walk-through space, the unique shower contains only two walls to allow someone to enter either side in case of any kind of emergency. One wall contains several body sprays and a grab bar; the other wall contains the hand held shower which can also be used as a grab bar, several body sprays, another grab bar and two windows. “I love the concept that you can go in and go out at will,” enthuses Sandra. “By doing a bathroom like this, my mind was also set on safety—if it was a typical three wall shower and something happened, Lena would not be able to get in the shower to get to Ted. With only two walls, Lena or emergency personnel can walk to the other side to assist Ted.” Sandra actually showed the Swansons this distinctive design shortly before Ted had fallen in the shower and Lena couldn't get to him, so—as scary as the experience was—it validated the design in their minds. Just like the average, everyday consumer, Ted made a common request. “As a designer, the one thing that most everyone asks for is natural light, and Ted was no different,” Sandra says. Since the original bathroom was dark with no windows, Sandra felt having a



lot of natural light was also imperative for Ted's emotional well being. To allow light into the space, she created a row of transom windows. By using transoms in lieu of standard windows, they didn't have to worry about privacy or any window coverings that could be an issue to movement in the room. To make use of all of the natural light now provided by the transoms, Sandra built two tall windows where the freestanding shower wall was so the light from the transoms would flood through those windows into the rest of the bathroom. One of Ted’s favorite changes, a high-tech digital shower system from downtown company Moluf’s offers the ultimate in ease and convenience. “Since Lena is not always there to help Ted in the shower,” explains Jessica Markley of Moluf’s, “we had to make the shower accessible for him.” There are four settings on this particular shower unit, and everyone who helps take care of Ted knows number one is his setting. When Ted is in the shower, he can simply use a handheld remote control to press his function, which adjusts the water temperature to his preference and directs the body sprays. “We’re getting to the point at which many people are starting to think of the stage in their life when they may need such assistance,” says Jessica. “A barrierfree situation like this shower offers is ideal. There’s no stepping in or out over anything, which would be a tripping hazard, and you’re also able to get a wheelchair in if you need to.”

Ultimately, the Swansons soldiered through the piles of paperwork and the challenges that popped up along the way so that both husband and wife could have their dreams fulfilled: Lena’s of having a dream kitchen and functional yet beautiful bathroom and Ted’s of being able to give Lena that sanctuary, which he knew would serve as a space of respite for her as she helped him face the uncertain future that is a facet of being diagnosed with a disease like ALS. “The good thing about working with Sandra and Sam is that they worked around Ted and his needs,” acknowledges Lena. “I think most people would have just come in and been prone to building a typical shower to meet the basic requirements. I don’t think it would have been something that stood out— that would be pretty, upscale, and functional, which is what Sandra designed for us.” Ever altruistic, Master Sergeant Ted feels at peace knowing Lena loves the new bathroom. “I’m very happy with the work the designer has been able to do. It came out beautifully.” v To learn more about this project or to consult with Sandra on your own, call Gaylord Designs, LLC at (843) 327-4635 or visit Sam can be reached at Classic Construction of Summerville by calling (843) 817-1721 or by email at To learn more about the plumbing fixtures used in this project, call Moluf’s at (843) 723-4881 or visit

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The Snowdens’ newly remodeled kitchen features darkly stained, cherry cabinets. Usually homeowners want to avoid dark cabinets for fear that they will make the room look small and dim, but the triple set of huge double doors in the Snowden home allow plenty of light to illuminate the kitchen.

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very little girl growing up in Charleston wishes one day to have her very own historic home in the heart of downtown. For mother and daughter duo Nancy and Jennifer Snowden, their Anson Street remodeling project was a dream come true. But, what do you do when your dream home doesn’t seem to be progressing smoothly? Nancy and Jennifer encountered this is-



sue with the first contractor hired for their downtown remodel, and mid-project they were led to find another contracting team: one who could finish the project in the right way. Settling in with ReNew Urban—an upand-coming contracting company spearheaded by Mark Regalbuto—Nancy and Jennifer finally found a company in sync with their needs. Mark recounts, “Well, the Snowden’s remodel would be categorized

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figure out what had been done correctly, discover what had been done incorrectly, and then, bring the home to the finished stage.� Once Mark was in control and the project was underway, Nancy and Jennifer could relax in confidence. Mark and his team took the Anson Street home from a building containing six different apartments and transformed it back into its original state as a single-family home, adding some extras, including a glass-paneled window installed in the roof that allows access to the rooftop. One company in particular had been a part of the Anson Street project from its early stages. Responsible for the

kitchen and all other cabinetry in the home was Mevers Kitchen & Bath Design Studio, who weathered two years of the four-year project and two separate leading contractors to create a beautiful remodel for Nancy and Jennifer.

(above) The master bathroom includes a separate dressing vanity for the ladies of the house to do their hair, makeup, and primping. (right) Homeowner Jennifer Snowden with Billy Mevers of Mevers Kitchen & Bath Design Studio. (right) The mini bar upstairs features a small refrigerator and freezer to provide the perfect nook for breakfast or a midnight snack.



Beginning with an upscale kitchen remodel, Billy Mevers of Mevers Kitchen & Bath Design Studio began by installing darkly stained cherry Dura Supreme Cabinetry and classic granite countertops. The kitchen features a professional-grade stove with three drawers on each side to store pots, pans, and baking dishes.


(above and above right) One of the guest bathrooms is situated in a long, narrow room, providing just a little bit of a challenge for the Mevers team to install the cabinetry. (below) The master bathroom features a custom-made wooden valance that connects two linen-storage cabinets. The valance gives the vanity a feel of cohesion, as if it were a single piece of furniture.

In addition to the traditional cabinets in the kitchen, Billy added a countertop cabinet for extra storage and an open shelf to display plants and decorative collections. Finally, Billy added a paneled valance to match the cabinets and offer added interest. With the valance, the cabinets feel as if they are all one piece, giving them a clean, straight-edged, finished look.

Carrying the dark finish of the kitchen cabinetry over to the living area, Mevers also installed a matching mantelpiece for the Snowdens. “We don’t do mantles very often,” Billy describes, “because most people want their mantle to be painted to match their trim color. But, occasionally you run into homeowners who want the mantle to match the kitchen finish, which is what we have here.” The matching mantle adds a cohesive touch to the two most important entertaining areas in the home—the kitchen and the living room. Mevers’ cabinetry expertise expanded throughout the Snowdens’ house from the kitchen into the bathrooms. In the master bathroom, Billy and his team installed some traditional cabinetry, but added a few special features to make the space unique. As they had done in the kitchen, Mevers created a custom valance to make the vanity look as it were a single piece of furniture and built linen storage towers on each side of the double sinks, which are becoming increasingly more popular in modern custom homes. In one of the Anson Street home’s spare bathrooms, Billy incorporated the same type of paneled valance to create cohesion within the Jack-andJill style vanity. Unique in this guest bathroom is the bookcase-style center




tower separating the two sinks, which serves as a perfect space for Jennifer and Nancy to store treasured family snapshots. Finally, Billy and the Mevers team conquered the mini bar. Located on the second floor and designed to be the quintessential stop for a midnight snack, the bar features a little refrigerator and freezer with a bar sink and storage cabinets. Situated among the bedrooms upstairs, the mini bar gives the Snowdens a convenient nook to get a drink or a snack any time of the day. Although their remodel began with a rough start, Nancy and Jennifer are confident that their four-year long project was worth the speed bumps. Not only are they grateful to ReNew Urban for their ability to repair problems arising from the previous contractor, but they are also thankful for the companies who have been intricately involved in the project for the long haul, like Mevers Kitchen & Bath Design Studio. v For more information about Mevers Kitchen & Bath Design Studio, call (843) 388-9633 or visit To contact ReNew Urban, call (843) 345-6168 or visit

The stately kitchen in this historic, Anson Street home offers the traditional look of classic Charleston with modern features, such as professional-grade, stainless steel appliances. (below) The Snowdens wanted to create a connection between the two rooms for entertaining—the kitchen and the living room. To do this, they asked the folks at Mevers to install a mantelpiece that matched their kitchen cabinets. .

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Mt. Pleasant resident Mary Desjeans consulted with Advanced Window Fashions to choose a window treatment that allowed her to maximize the amount of light in her home.

to lift the bottom and have natural come through that bottom portion, or pull the top down and have light spill in through the top. The bottom-up feature would additionally afford Mary's beloved cats a great view —without Mary having to risk them clawing up the window treatment. She would also be able to tilt the veins to provide both a clean look as well as the UV protection she had hoped for. The idea of the Silhouette treatments appealed to Mary so much, she opted to use them on the entire front of her house. The Hunter Douglas products Mary chose for her home not only met her immediate needs, but they also offered a sense of security as Advanced Window Fashions is a Centurion Gallery with the brand. They are also an Dealer Service Center, so even non-customers can bring their Hunter Douglas products there for repair. As a Centurion Gallery, Advanced WinHow Hunter Douglas dow Fashions stands behind their prodwindow coverings are ucts with the Hunter Douglas warranty. helping one Mt. Pleasant A great source of comfort for customers, the warranty provides that if ever there is homeowner see the light a normal wear-and-tear type of problem with the cords or lifting system, Hunter Douglas will replace the components hen Mt. Pleasant resident at no charge to the customer. “Even if Mary Desjeans first began replacing those components means upher search for window covgrading the product that is 10 or 11 years erings for her Old Village home, takold in order to make your product operaing advantage of natural light topped Nancy McCrae and Ruthie Buechele of tional again, we will do it,” emphasizes her criteria. However, she had many Advanced Window Fashions Ruthie. v other considerations that needed to be encompassed by the window coverings she would ultimately choose: clean lines, UV protection for floors and furniture, un- For more information, call Advanced Window Fashions at hindered views, ease of operation, and pet safety. Unsure if there (843) 881-8858 or visit You can also was a product on the market that would pose a solution to all visit their showroom at 502 Wando Park Suite 105 in Mt. Pleasant of her quandaries, Mary made arrangements to meet with de- off of Long Point Road. sign consultant Ruthie Buechele of Advanced Window Fashions. “When Mary mentioned that having natural light fill her Check out our full interview with Ruthie home—while still having privacy—was most important to her, VIDEO at we knew right away that there were several applications that EXCLUSIVE or scan the QR code above using your mobile phone. wouldn't be applicable for this project,” explains Ruthie, “but I knew we could find something that would meet all of her needs.”


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Snakes (such as this venomous juvenile copperhead caught in a Mt. Pleasant bathroom) and other pesky creatures can easily turn your habitat into their habitat by sneaking through tiny holes in your home.


oon after Jeff Wilson and his wife moved to Isle of Palms a little over two years ago, they began hearing the unnerving sounds of scratching and chewing coming from the attic. Poking around the garage for any tell-tale signs of unwanted house guests, Jeff discovered evidence that rodents were the likely culprits. Anxious to rid their home of these noisy neighbors and get back to enjoying their new abode at the beach, the Wilsons called local company Creature Catchers to solve their dilemma.

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Local company Creature Catchers gets the best of unwelcome house guests (think squirrels, snakes, and rats) through a unique system of trapping, relocating, and critter proofing.

A local organization that specializes in wildlife relocation and rescue, Creature Catchers “critter proofs” homes and relocates the animals that are inside damaging the homes. “Not only did Brad and his team get the work done, as far as trying to rid the place of critters,” elaborates Jeff, “but they also critter proofed the place, which is something I didn’t know could be done. Brad saw holes I would never have seen and either put wire

“The call went in, and Brad [Hilfrink, owner] and his son came out faster than I would have imagined possible,” muses Jeff. Brad Hilfrink “I like punctual, professional, of Creature Catchers and personable, and they were all three.” To homeowners like Jeff, the passion Brad holds for his job is evident—and reassuring. “Brad is an animal lover in the business of ridding homes of animals, so I don’t have any fear that there is going to be any carnage on my property. mesh over them or closed them with wood. In He’s totally focused when he gets to the other words, he made the house impervious home. I can say I don’t worry about those to infiltration.” A critical part of Brad’s critter problems anymore and, having a wife who proofing process is relocating unwanted is not very fond of rodents, that’s good. We guests such as squirrels, rats, raccoons, snakes, birds, and virtually any other animal get to sleep soundly at night.”



that may wander into an abode. “I actually pride myself on not killing animals,” states Brad. “What I do is I go in and catch them, I relocate them, and then we critter-proof your house so the creatures can’t get back in.” The only exception Brad makes is in the case of rats. Since the rats have to be released into the yard, the home must be critter proofed before they are released. If the homeowner chooses not to have their home critter proofed, Brad will do a lethal trapping. Unfortunately, the first inclination of most homeowners —to put out poison or set traps— actually creates more problems. “I don’t use poison, because all poison does is put dead animals in your walls,” explains Brad. “Then you have to call someone like me to come out, find the animal, and do the clean-up. So I try to tell people not to use poison. When people try to critter proof their own homes, it’s really hard to get every spot; these animals never give up.” The explanation for the persistence of these pests lies in pheromones. When a rodent moves, it cannot control its bowels; as it moves, it urinates and defecates. In the excrement is a pheromone that creates a “trail” for other rodents. “Let’s say there is a rat that

PROJECT FILES comes into your house,” says Brad. “You catch it, and even catch five or six more of them. You’ve caught them all, and it’s quiet for a few weeks. Then another rat walks by your house, hits that pheromone trail, and follows it all the way to the exact hole the previous rodents used. They’ll go to the same nest and all the same areas. That’s why it’s so important to critter proof, because more will always keep coming.” The damage such unwanted pests can create is staggering: They can cause house fires; they can tear into your HVAC system and lead to costly repairs; they can chew on low voltage wires which cause alarm systems to continuously sound. Perhaps most disturbing, however, is the fact that these creatures carry diseases into your house. Even after they are gone, they may leave behind diseases, which can create problems with airborne pathogens. According to Jeff, Creature Catchers took extra precautions to ensure such pathogens wouldn't be a problem in the

This white squirrel and sibling were caught in a home and safely released by Creature Catchers. Although squirrels aren’t as detested as rats, they are part of the rodent family and can bring unwanted diseases into your home.

Signs You Have an Infestation


Droppings: According to Brad, if you see droppings (rat droppings look like little black bananas) you definitely have a pest problem.


Fur Oil: A tell-tale sign a furry fellow has been in your home, fur oil stains show up as greasy smudges or dark spots on wood and, especially, attic piping.


Chewing: Maybe the corner of a cardboard box is chewed up, or maybe it's a stack of papers in the office. Wilson's IOP home. "After Brad finished critter proofing our home, he sprayed special biological agent in the attic that protects us from the undesirable effects of what rats leave behind," says Jeff. To help the homeowners feel more comfortable with the procedure, Brad explained every step of the process, why he was doing it, and why it was necessary. "What I do, believe it or not, is I sell peace of mind," asserts Brad. "When I come out, I find the problem, and I solve it as quickly as possible so you can get back to your lifestyle and stop waking up at midnight and listening to the scratching." To first pinpoint the source of the infestation, Creature Catchers offers a free inspection, during which they inspect a home, determine what they are dealing with, and inform the homeowners how they intend to solve the problem. If a homeowner does opt to hire Creature Catchers, the company will set traps the same day of the inspection to start catching the target animals. A few days later, they come back to the site and complete the critter proofing process, which includes sealing every hole more than a half of an inch in size. They continue trapping for seven to ten days after the critter proofing process to ensure any animals stuck inside are caught and removed from the home.

Either way, it is a sure sign of unwanted houseguests. If you find any of these signs in your own home, Brad urges you to call a professional and get it taken care of immediately. “There's no such thing as one rodent!” he stresses. other pests from their homes, Brad offers a written warranty for one full year. The warranty is then extendable, meaning it's possible to extend each year to have coverage indefinitely. Whatever pest problem he comes across, Brad looks forward to the challenge—and to the reward of alleviating the issue for the homeowner as well as removing animals in a non-lethal manner. He smiles, “If you see, hear, or even smell something, you just call me and I'll come out and take care of it.”v For more information about Creature Catchers and the services they offer, call Brad at (843) 205-0551 or visit

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and valances throughout the clubhouse. “There are a lot of windows—huge, huge windows,” gushes Marilynn, revealing her inherent passion for design. She continues to explain, “I was brought on board at the beginning of the project, and I designed all the window treatments, picked out all the fabrics, trims, and hardware, and did all the installation. The project lasted about 13 months for me, and it was one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve ever worked on.” Marilynn's goal was to have a unique and different look in every room while pulling together the decor of the building. Although the styles varied from drapery panels and simple valances to plantation shutters, Marilynn’s favorite room in the clubhouse is a banquet room, which includes a long wall of repeating window treatments. “It was one of my favorites,” Marilynn notes, “but it was also one of the hardest to construct as well. Perhaps that’s why I like it. The treatments offer an asymmetrical look, and they are the type of window treatment that leaves no room for error. The valance is flat, and each window here is just slightly different in size. I had to measure to the exact eighth of an inch to make sure the valance fit and laid in the exact place, ensuring that everything hung properly.” The challenge was no match for Marilynn, who has had years of experience designing and installing all types of window treatments.

Incorporating the prep of a classic golf course, coupled with the traditional styles of Marilynn Gay’s window treatment designs, the Orangeburg Country Club’s Clubhouse provides insightful inspiration for homes closer to the coast.


he classic prep of Orangeburg Country Club can be seen as rich fodder for your own design palette when creating your Charleston home. In particular, the expert style of drapery, designed by Marilynn Gay of Panes & Pillows, can be a starting point for your home designs. Orangeburg Country Club has a unique history in South Carolina; it was originally designed in 1963 by leading architect Ellis Maples and has won several awards designating it as one of the best golf courses in the area. Just a few short years ago, in 2009, the course and clubhouse were redesigned to bring the property up-to-date with modern times. To begin the remodeling process, the current owners and Susan Weeks Design called on Marilynn to provide the curtains, drapes,



Seeing ideas in a commercial building is one thing, but how do you apply them to your own home? Marilynn has the perfect solution to discovering what works in your specific space. It’s easy; you can simply snap a photo of your windows on your phone and text it to Marilynn. Then, she uploads the photo into a program specially-designed for creating window treatments. “I do a rendering of the treatment the homeowners have selected, complete with fabric samples that fit their personal style. I can actually plug the fabric right into the program and place it on the photo of the window so they can see what the finished product is really going to look like and make sure that it’s exactly what they want before I start fabricating the treatment,” explains Marilynn. Inspiration can be drawn from anywhere—a restaurant, a chic office building, or a traditional country club. With the help of experts in the design field, like Marilynn, you can take those inspirations and turn them into tangible design elements for your home. v To contact Marilynn Gay with Panes and Pillows, call (843) 693-6900 or visit


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Busts of famous celebrities and actors line the home of Sandy Buffie, who finds her inspiration in the most unique of places—dryer lint. The sculpture of Pirates of the Caribbean’s Jack Sparrow and the puppy perched on the area rug are each constructed of over 20 gallons of dryer lint.

an artist’s nook Local artist Sandy Buffie turns her old, concrete-floored storage space into a stylish, dual-functioning gallery and studio.


’ve been working with dryer lint for about fifteen years,” explains Sandy Buffie, an eco-friendly and unique artist residing on Kiawah Island. Her creations are truly one-of-a-kind; she uses dryer lint to construct busts and sculptures in a life-like manner. Of her discovery of this art, she notes, “I kind of realized that I could sculpt with dryer lint by accident. I was on the phone with my mom one day and made a little man. I said ‘Oh! I’ve got to go; I made a man with my lint.’ My mom called back later and said ‘I think you



need to go back to work. Are you still playing with your dryer lint?’ By that point, my idea was born. I just kind of started with small pieces, and then they got bigger and bigger. One day, somebody finally asked me if I could do Frankenstein, and I said, ‘Well, sure!’ Once I constructed Frankenstein’s bust, I just went from there.” The process of creating lint sculptures is just as unique as the finished art. It takes roughly two to three months to complete a lint structure, not including the time

it takes to gather the massive amount of dryer lint required for the project — which, according to Sandy, is about 20 gallons of dryer lint per sculptured bust. (Sandy exclaims, "That’s a lot of laundry!") While she creates commissioned pieces and participates in shows across the country, Sandy makes many of her pieces with goodwill in mind; she sends her celebrity-inspired pieces to the stars in hopes that they will auction them off at charity events. “That’s my ultimate goal with some of these pieces,” she admits. In addition to lint sculpting, Sandy also creates a line of jewelry known as Hardwear. Everything in her collection is made out of objects she stumbles upon while out and about; she relishes creating jewelry and making beautiful art out of mundane objects. Of her jewelry line, she says, “Every piece is unique and one-of-a-kind. I’m

PROJECT FILES just kind of starting this business—mostly on my website and social media sites. I’d rather just make the jewelry, but selling it is pretty important too.” With over 300 pieces of jewelry to be displayed and the need for ample work space, Sandy’s home simply didn’t provide the working square footage she needed to fully express her creativity. “I really needed a place where I could store and display my finished pieces, and this is the first studio where I’ve been able to do that," she states. "Finally, my work isn’t all over my dining room table and all over the kitchen counters. My husband is really happy about that!” To create this chic studio, Sandy interviewed three different companies, but eventually chose 1st Class Painting and Restoration to complete the project. “1st Class was the last of three contractors I spoke with, and I immediately had a great feeling when they came to look at the space,” she asserts. "They immediately saw what I wanted to do with the studio even though

it was a complete wreck—it was filled with boxes, and you really couldn’t see anything except the floor. When I met Tommy, I found out that 1st Class Painting was a whole-family business, and I really loved that.”

make the room completely functional. The cabinets were just boxes originally, so they installed doors and finished them to provide ample storage space for Sandy’s tools and to hide the clutter of art supplies from normal view, while still allowing Once Sandy decidfor maximum aced to hire 1st Class cessibility. 1st Class Painting and Restoration, the company then installed got to work designbookshelves to ing the studio to fit house even more all of Sandy’s artisof Sandy’s artwork, tic needs. Sandy’s followed by adding Artist Sandy Buffie art was to be the the finishing touch main focal point of to the room—mothe room. To start, they decided to finish saic tile on the wall. “The beautiful mosaic the ceiling of the unfinished storage space tile that you see on the back of this wall,” and install the trim and electrical wiring. notes Melinda Welch of 1st Class Painting Next, 1st Class painted all the walls, the ceil- and Restoration, “was also installed by us. ing, and the beadboard, and they installed This was one of Sandy’s visions, and she a ceramic bamboo style tile on the floor. really wanted to see the tile stand out.” 1st Then, they added all the special features to Class Painting took care of every aspect of

(left) 1st Class Painting and Restoration took Sandy’s drab garage and transformed it into an inspiring workroom and elegant showroom. 1st Class completed the project from start to finish, from the painting to the electrical work to the tiling. (right) Sandy showcases her art throughout her home and is often able to use her pieces for charitable causes—many of the celebrity-inspired busts are sent to celebrities to auction off, raising money for various organizations around the country. CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2012



the room’s transformation from the carpentry and electrical wiring, to laying the tile, completely eliminating the need for seperate subcontractors. Sandy was not the only one adding visionary ideas to her workroom. Her daughter, Emily, made some of the design decisions for the space. She picked out all the colors and lighting, helped with selecting tiles, and did a majority of the overall design work. Incorporating one of the most distinctive products in the room, Sandy and her daughter had 1st Class make a trolley. “I needed something that would roll on the floor for my work, and it’s brilliant,” says Sandy. “There isn’t one on the market, and Melinda and Tommy of 1st Class just came

up with one for me.” The workroom space has become a haven for Sandy to construct and display her art, as well as a gentle reminder of the family involvement that went in to creating her studio. So, what does Sandy want to create first in her new studio? It’s rumored that she asked the team at 1st Class Painting and Restoration for a bag of sawdust. If she can turn lint into beauty, whatever she decides to create with the sawdust is sure to be spectacular. v To check out Sandy Buffie’s art, visit For more information about 1st Class Painting and Restoration’s work, call (843) 324-6006 or visit

(above left) When Sandy isn’t sculpting with dryer lint, she works on her jewelry line known as Hardware. (above right) Plenty of work space and ample drawers give Sandy enough room for creatively working and storing her treasures. 1st Class Painting and Restoration also installed shelving units for Sandy so that she could keep all of her art supplies organized and neat. (below) Each piece in Sandy’s Hardware jewelry line is made out of objects that she has stumbled upon around town, making each necklace completely unique.

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PROJECT FILES | SPECIAL REPORT (below left) As one of Energy One America’s team members works on installing spray foam, the most energy efficient home insulation product on the market, he wears special protective gear. Although the product is completely safe when dry, the wet foam expands very rapidly and can cause serious harm to the skin or eyes. (below right) Before they begin, the installers seal off any open holes or crevices in the attic structure. Once the foam is installed, they use a special tool to test the depth of the foam, ensuring that it is thick enough to offer maximum energy savings.

sealing it in A more recent innovation in home insulation, spray foam has become a top choice for insulating homes across the Lowcountry. We at Charleston Home + Design took a moment to visit one of Energy One America’s projects in I’On Village constructed by Cook Bonner Construction, Inc., where Dean Paulk answered some of our questions regarding this revolutionary product.


rom our understanding, there are two different types of spray foam products—open cell and closed cell. What are the differences between the two? Dean: Both foams are going to give you the same high-quality, thermal protection properties and conductive heat reduction benefits, meaning that both open and closed cell foams will offer dramatic energy savings. The biggest difference between the two is that closed cell foam will actually add structural integrity to the home by increasing its wall assembly racking strength by 2.5 times. The added benefit of open cell spray foam is that it is a great noise abatement product. It’s used a lot in sound studios and homes close to airports to block outside noise from entering the house. The final difference between the two types is that closed cell spray foam is a water barrier, while open cell is just a vapor retarder,



meaning a leak can sometimes be easier to detect with open cell foam than with closed cell.

the subfloor or crawlspace to add strength and reduce moisture intrusion into the home.

How should homeowners decide where to put closed cell foam and where to put open cell foam?

If you had to rank them in order, what are the most important spaces to insulate with spray foam?

Dean: Closed cell foam all over the house—in the subfloor, attic, and walls— will provide the sturdiest enclosure for your home. However, this can be very expensive. Open cell spray foam is a little less expensive and by using it strategically, homeowners can save a little money on the installation. We recommend that you use closed cell spray foam in the attic to increase the strength of your roof, especially along South Carolina’s coast, which is highly susceptible to hurricanes. Then, install the less-expensive open cell foam in the walls to decrease sound transfer from room to room, and put closed cell in

Dean: The biggest culprit responsible for energy theft is the attic. The attic is where most of your home’s conditioned air leaks out of the home. The second place is under the home, and third place is the walls. You can save massive amounts on your energy bill just by installing spray foam in the attic. If you think about going into your attic on a summer day, you know the space will be sweltering hot. However, with spray foam, the attic will be drastically cooler, many times remaining within 10-12 degrees of the temperature of your living space. In addition to heat reduction, spray foam will keep the humidity out, which


space brings the envelope of the home all the way down to the earth, so the earth becomes a component in the insulation of your home.

leads to mold growth. There are basically three types of heat transfer that occur in the attic: conduction, convection, and radiation; spray foam eliminates all three of these factors.

We’ve seen kits at Lowes and Home Depot to install spray foam yourself; is this recommended?

Can spray foam be installed in new construction and retrofitted for existing homes? Dean: Spray foam insulation can easily be installed in new construction at the same time the contractors would normally install traditional insulation, like in this home constructed by Cook Bonner Construction, Inc. Existing homes are easy to do as well. If it’s a completed house, obviously, the sheetrock prevents us from getting to the walls, but you can get a lot of energy savings from retrofitting the attic and crawl space, which is normally easily accessible, making it a simple process to install spray foam insulation in that area. The existing home market also enjoys many rebates from local utility companies, local grant programs, and IRS incentives. For example, homeowners are currently able to discount the average existing house installation of spray foam by up to $3,050 through grant and rebate programs. How do you know that the spray foam has covered any and all nooks and crannies from which conditioned air can escape?

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Dean: The best way is to perform a blower door test. When you create an enclosed attic space with spray foam, it’s easy to get it 99% right. However, that one percent will come back and bite you. The blower door test will ensure that it’s a hundred percent right and no cracks or holes are missed. Energy One America provides this blower door test as a complimentary service on every install. What other insulation tricks can homeowners use to save on their energy bill? Dean: If homeowners want to take their insulation a bit further to save more money in the long run, they can have their crawl space enclosed (in both existing homes and new construction). Enclosing the crawl

Dean: While it’s possible to install spray foam on your own, I don’t recommend it for the safety reasons. The product, once dry, isn’t harmful at all, but the installation process can cause problems if the wet foam comes in contact with your skin. It adheres like glue and can be extremely painful if you try to remove it. In addition, the foam expands about 170 times per second. If even a droplet gets into your eye, it will expand rapidly, and you can only imagine the problems this would cause. Our installers wear both masks and full-body, protective suits to prevent such injuries from occurring. It is almost always more expensive to complete the installation yourself, as well, because the price of materials at the retail level is quite costly. v For more information, call Energy One America at (843) 388-6260 or visit To learn about the contractors who worked on this project, contact Rich Bonner, Vice President or George Cook, President of Cook Bonner Construction, Inc. at (843) 795-9301 or visit

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I’ve seen curtains that are just lined and others that include an interlining. Which is the best?

or on the window frame is so 1985. Curtains should enhance your room, not bring it down.

Shirley Said: The process of lining curtains is very important whether you use just a basic lining or both a lining and an interlining. I prefer both! It gives the curtains body as well as protecting the fabric from sun damage.

How do you choose the perfect hardware for your room?

Kathy Said: I also prefer both for those windows that receive a lot of direct sunlight. The extra lining protects the fabric as well as your interiors, hardwoods, and furniture from fading. However, if you are looking for that lightweight, cool, beachy, Charleston feel, your best bet is to get a lined poly-fabric (like a sheer). It will help protect your home from the sun without the weight of both lining and interlining.

What is the proper height at which to hang curtains above a window?

Shirley Said: It usually depends on the client’s need. It also depends on the window and what will work cosmetically. Size and function are the most important determining factors.

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ince settlers first set foot on its shores in 1670, Charleston has seen much change. Although some relics of the older days remain—the occasional cobblestone street or rusty tin roof—a great deal of what was has given way to the ever-evolving parade of modern advancements. Just off the Isle of Palms, however, there exists a tiny stretch of barrier island which has managed to remain virtually untamed. A sepulcher of driftwood and maritime debris, its primitive shores bear testament to its wild continuity. It was this island that, in 1931, enticed Charleston-area butcher Henry Holloway to flee the hustle and bustle of the rapidly developing downtown metropolis in search of seclusion. And thus began the legend of the Goat Man and his indelible imprint on the strip of land now known as Goat Island.




ith wife Blanche in tow, Henry set out for the feral land with little more than the clothes on his back and a notion of solitude. The couple, whose makeshift home consisted of a palm-frond-adorned hole in the ground, quickly endeared themselves to the island’s only natives: a herd of goats. Much like their hoofed counterparts were known to consume all manner of materials indiscriminately, the Holloways in turn quickly became indiscriminate collectors. Old buoys and baseball caps—bleached white as bone by the sun—hung from the trunk of a dead palm tree in their “yard,” along with more peculiar treasures cast from the sea, such as cookware.

catch sight of the strange nomadic man and woman who shunned the civilized world and all of its accompanying conveniences across the harbor.

The Holloways at first stayed resolute in their conviction of seclusion and self-sufficiency. They lived off of the land and the bounty it offered them. With no source of clean water, they learned to pool rainwater for drinking and bathing. Refusing to set foot in the Marina for provisions, they harvested the natural vegetation—and the intermittent goat—for food. Life on Goat Island, however, was difficult. The elements proved unpitying; Henry and Blanche subsisted at the As time passed, word of the reclusive The Holloways, the original Goat People mercy of the weather. After sevcouple was carried on the sun-burnt lips of seafarers across the 200 yards of Intracoastal Water- eral decades of hard survival at the hands of a fickle sea, way separating the isolated atoll from the Isle of Palms. From the couple started accepting gifts from gentler hands— there, the legend of the Goat People drifted to the mainland. those of strangers hoping to get a glimpse into the odd In no time, curious spectators perched on passing boats to world of the Goat Man and his wife. Sometimes, the

Just across the Intracoastal Waterway from the Isle of Palms, Goat Island boasts an unmistakably rural and offbeat coastal feel. Quirky decor inspired by the sea—such as an ominous hand-painted skull and crossbones sign, the sun-bleached skeleton of a horseshoe crab, and a fluorescent yellow smiley-face pirate cistern—is a hallmark of the primitive area's eccentric inhabitants.





A rough-hewn wooden sign bearing the inscription "Goat Island" hangs conspicuously from longtime resident Jimmy Smalls' front porch.

strangers came bearing as little as the discarded remnants of a leftover lunch. At other times, the offerings were considerably more generous. According to Goat Island lore, it was one of these more generous gifts that led to the demise of the island’s patriarch. In 1961, a stranger gave the Goat Man a simple plywood hut—a luxury after living in a disheveled lean-to for three decades. It was then, while taking shelter in an actual structure for the first time since they left Isle of Palms, that Henry Holloway caught pneumonia. By 1962, he had passed away, leaving Blanche behind as the only true witness to his insular existence. Flinty as she was, Blanche could not survive the harsh winter alone and, just one year after her husband’s passing, Goat Island’s matriarch was also dead due to a bout with pneumonia. Surprisingly, not much has changed on Goat Island since the passing of the Goat People. More residents have homes there, and the homes are larger than they once were. However, the people of present-day Goat Island still live a rustic life by most standards. They have no real roads; an overgrown path running down the center of the island—Buccaneer Road—serves as their main thoroughfare. Although many of the homes have deep water wells, the water that streams from their taps is still too full of sulfur and salt to use for anything other than the plumbing. Like Henry and Blanche before them,

today's “Goat People” collect rainwater to use for everyday tasks such as cooking and cleaning—the difference being that they now collect the water in large cisterns that sit on their property like squatty, flightless albatrosses. Today's residents, unlike the Holloways, toe the line between self-imposed isolation and integration with the modern mainland. Most have jobs outside of the island, so they often rise before the sun, saunter down their narrow docks, and climb aboard their boats at the morning's first high tide to ensure they have enough time to traverse the stretch of Intracoastal. So, then, must they take the tides into account before returning home. Many residents enjoy modern conveniences such as cable television and high-speed internet, although they prefer to spend their days on the boat, coated in the salty spray of the ocean, or at home, curled up with a good book. They are at once fiercely protective of their privacy and, conversely, unabashedly gracious to the rare visitors who are invited to the island. So, for those who live in the Lowcountry, the legend of the Holloways still lingers. Children who grew up visiting Goat Island in their youth recount their run-ins with the infamous couple. Passengers aboard “eco-tours” glean bits and pieces of the colorful characters’ history from talkative tour guides. And—perhaps most markedly —although more people now make their home on Goat Island, the spirit of the Holloways’ notion on their inaugural journey remains intact. Those unalienable attributes they first sought —solitude, self-reliance, and a sense of singularity with nature—still serve as a siren song to the same resilient breed of people: People who don’t fear a life without frivolities; People who embrace charting the course of their days by the rising of the tides; People who traipse through the marsh in big rubber boots to unearth the offerings of the ocean. Goat-worthy people.

(above) Otis, one of the last goats remaining on the island, welcomes us to the home of his owner, Sarah Sanders. (left) Rounding the bend towards the backside of the Island, a red-roofed home nestled in palm trees serves as a charming landmark. (right) Balancing atop a trimmed palm trunk, a makeshift checkerboard provides entertainment along Buccaneer Road.






Ethel Nepveux, pictured here at her James Island home with her black lab, is credited for keeping the legend of Goat Island alive. She is one of the few who not only lived on Goat Island at the same time as the Holloways, but who also has rare pictures of the reclusive couple.

f there is one person instrumental in perpetuating the legend of Goat Island, it is Ethel Nepveux—the Island's honorary historian. Born in Georgetown, Ethel grew up in the rural area of Johns Island. Shortly after marrying her husband Felix, Ethel saw an ad in the paper promoting Goat Island and convinced Felix to take her over to check it out. Drawn to the peace and beauty of the place, the couple decided to build a home there in 1960. “Our house was nothing special,” muses Ethel. “Today, there are a lot more people living on Goat Island and they have fancier houses; we didn't have a fancy house.” A documentarian by nature, Ethel began keeping track of everything; she saved court documents, old pictures, deeds, and other mementos of life on Goat Island in an effort to preserve a history for the people who lived there—and who would live there in the future.

Although Ethel remembers her time on Goat Island fondly (she now lives on James Island), she does not feel so fondly about the Island's namesake inhabitants. “I was so happy when we moved to be done with the goats,” she asserts. “They would eat up everything!” Today, Ethel's passion for history is perhaps just as voracious as the appetites of her four legged foes was back then; a living transcript of the Island's past, she remains the go-to source for keeping the legend of Goat alive.

Ethel's collection of Goat Island memorabilia includes a plethora of old photographs illustrating the day-to-day dealings of residents throughout the years. The Island's honorary historian also saved virtually every document ever published about Goat— from newspaper articles to deeds.






or Jimmy Smalls, the challenges that come with owning a home on Goat Island have simply become a way of life, as he bears the unique honor of having spent his childhood living on Goat. "I feel very fortunate that I grew up here," Jimmy exclaims. "To be a kid out here was like nothing else. I can remember playing cards with the neighbors on the weekend and then at night we'd go shrimping— a barge would come by at low tide and suck all the water off the banks, and we'd go around with a flashlight and pick up shrimp...everywhere, there were monster shrimp and their red eyes would just be glowing. It was a great experience." As a Goat Island native, Jimmy is one of the few residents who actually knew the Holloways. "When I was little, Mrs. Holloway would grab hold of me and Having grown up on Goat Island, Jimmy Smalls is one hug me and kiss me," he shares. "I of the area's most resourceful residents; neighbors look back at pictures now and realize often turn to him for advice and assistance, earning him the nickname of "The Mayor." (above right) Using she was just an old lady, but she sure driftwood he plucked from the marshes, Jimmy scared the hell out of me then. It was constructed this one-of-kind outdoor shower.

(clockwise) An assortment of exotic tribal masks from Jimmy's mother adorn a wall in the living room. Jimmy cradles Larry Bird, one of his two macaws. A spiral staircase leads from the living room to the downstairs. From the American flag flying proudly to the colorful smiley-face pirate cistern, Jimmy's home is a distinctive landmark of the Goat Island coastline.



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Sitting barefoot amongst an old ship lantern and a cluster of rod and reels, Randy Webb exudes the air of a “salty dog,”—a man who has weathered life on the sea. (below) A fellow Islander painted this cheeky nod to Randy's name on a sign that now hangs by his front door.

n the backside of the island, at the end of a perilously long and narrow dock, towers a tall house with an unparalleled view. A handpainted plaque that reads "Randy's Webb" hangs by the front door. It is on this stretch of Goat that the home's namesake, Randy Webb, can often be found partaking of his favorite pastime. "Yes, I do a lot of fishing," Randy remarks huskily as his eyes scan the sea. "There’s a lot of trout, red drum, even some flounder out here. I had my crab trap off the dock one day and we pulled it up and there were about 37 big stone crabs. You just never know what you’ll catch." Having spent most of his life on boats, Randy is no stranger to the hard work that comes with life on the coast. Originally from the New England area, he moved to Goat in 1998 and began the painstaking process of building his home. "There’s no lumber yards here and you can’t just drive your truck over there," he

The decor of Randy's home includes shelves full of books and tables topped with travel relics and matchless mementos such as his “hotline” (a melted phone) and a stained glass panel by Randy's mom. Nestled into the overgrown greenery on the backside of the Island, Randy's home offers one of the best views on Goat.



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A teacher at Stratford High School, locally-raised Don Thompson comes from a family of academics: his father taught at the Citadel and his mother at Ashley Hall. (above right) The aerial view of Don's property shows the “watch tower” atop his home that affords breathtaking panoramic views.

on Thompson's ties to the Lowcountry stretch far back, beyond the salty shores of the Intracoastal and straight into the heart of downtown: Growing up, his father was a math professor at the Citadel, where the family lived, and his mother was a math professor at Ashley Hall. Today, Don follows in the scholastic footsteps of his parents by teaching the craft of carpentry to students at Stratford High School. It is a trade Don holds dear to his heart. "I designed this house, carried every stick of wood over here, and built it," he says. "Sometimes I find myself sitting around on a Sunday morning thinking, ‘Man I sure am happy to have this place.'" As one of Goat's longest-running residents, Don has found his day-to-day stride, which begins each morning around 6am for the boat ride to the mainland—an hour he describes as "so unbelievably pretty, when the sun is coming up in one place while the moon goes down

in another." During his leisure time in the summer, Don picks a project to focus on, interspersing time spent on it with a bit of fishing and occasional socializing. "I probably visit people more than I might otherwise. My neighbor down the way comes down when he gets a good bottle of Bourbon, or when we run into some particularly good beer we sit around and drink. We are all misfits and eccentrics, but we all appreciate each other."

A carpenter by trade, which is also the subject matter he teaches, Don designed and built his own home—carrying every stick of wood up from the dock. Mismatched furniture, dogeared books, and funky trinkets give self-professed bachelor Don's home a lovingly lived-in look.



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Diann and Dennis Clark stand in the entryway of their home, beneath a sign they “upcycled” after fishing it from the Intracoastal following a hurricane. (above right) The couple's bathing facilities can be found in their “Bathouse,” which is located a short stride from the main house.

ative to Pennsylvania, Dennis and Diann Clark first ventured to Goat Island 25 years ago...and fell in love with it. A decade later, they built a modest house and adjacent bathhouse and began making it a home. “We bought our property when our children were young and we started building slowly while we were still living up north,” says Diann. “One year, while snowed in, we decided as a family to move to the beach. The boys were in second grade and fourth grade, Colleen in high school; we waited until they were old enough to carry their own gear!” As their children grew, Dennis and Diann learned to manage hectic mornings scuttling down the dock to cross the Intracoastal, drop the boys off at school, and then head to their respective full-time jobs. Now semi-retired, the friendly couple often host special get-togethers and gatherings for friends and family at their home. The Clarks unfettered love of the Island comes from embracing what others may consider hardships, like shut-

tling back and forth no matter what the weather brings. “We’ve made many trips across over the years with a tuxedo in one hand, football gear in the other, and a science project board wrapped in a big Hefty bag tucked under an arm. Dennis and I both feel raising our children here has been an extraordinary experience and opportunity for them; we are a very close family,” says Diann, noting, “We live deliberately...we think through what we do and how it affects the Island and others. I wouldn’t change the last 15 years for anything.”

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Robbie, standing here in his home's distinctive stairwell, meticulously crafted his home with a wealth of warm-toned woods (pictured above and right). Fishing rods and a portrait of a shabby sea captain hint at Robbie's love of the sea.

s a child growing up on Sullivan's Island, Robbie Robinson often heard stories of the Goat People and dreamed of what life might be like on the Island. Years later, Robbie's sojourns to the Island became frequent enough to merit buying his own piece of the seaside haven. He calls the home he now owns on Goat "Driftwood," as his penchant for scooping up such offerings from the sea has led to an impressive collection—the most noticeable of which is a 26-foot cedar tree in the center of his living room. Although clearly ardent about the sea, Robbie is more famously associated with another element: fire. As a 25 year volunteer firefighter, he has understandably become the honorary fire marshal of Goat Island. "I came up with a fire system that runs under the dock, through which you can pull up in a fireboat and have the hose ready to fight the fire just a little quicker," he says. When not on the Island, Rob-

bie spends his days as a builder with Johns Island-based Epic Development Group, which he cofounded. Although the back and forth commute doesn't bother him, Robbie admits it's not for everyone. "You’ve got to love it to live out here. When it's raining and lightning and thundering, you have to be prepared to get your gear on and go. If you don't have a passion for this place, then you’re not going to be able to handle it."

A longtime volunteer firefighter for Sullivan's Island, Robbie utilized his knowledge of fire safety to create a system that runs the hose all the way down docks for faster access; here, the hydrant and hose system can be seen at his dock. As owner of a Johns-Island based building company, Robbie boats across the Intracoastal every day to get to work. The interior of Robbie's home features distinctive maritime detailing, such as 26-foot driftwood cypress in the center of the house and a ceiling designed to look like the hull of a boat.



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Sally, Joe, and Clay Tucker can often be found enjoying meals together in an outdoor porch they built off the point of their Goat Island property. Just off the trail leading up to their home, an inscription upon an old palm frond belies the Goat Island mentality.


or the Tuckers, virtually every brick or piece of wood comprising their Goat Island home bears a story, as patriarch Joe and his sons Clay and Jonathan often worked together to build the raised twostory structure. And, long before building the house, the family began building memories at Goat Island. "We have so many memories here over the years," says Joe. "We used to camp out here with

the boys when they were young. We had tents before we had any of the structure out here. One year, we even brought a little TV and tried to watch the Superbowl." Although not as much of a fan of camping as the men in her life, Joe's wife Sally also revels in the family's time spent on the Island. "The beauty of it is just like the Lowcountry; once it is under your skin, then you're hooked," she smiles. "It's almost always an adventure here. You see all kinds of wildlife: eagles,

waterfowl, deer, raccoons. And, every now and then, you have to make an emergency run to the Marina for something!" As owner of Tucker Architectural Associates, where son Clay works with him, Joe relishes the Island's ability to take his mind off of work on the mainland. "We spend so much time working on the property out here, but I have absolutely no regrets," he says. "I call it my work therapy; when I'm here, all the worries of business fall away. That's something I always look forward to."

Designed to feel unobstrusive to the natural surroundings, the Tuckers' home deftly blends in with the native foliage. The Tuckers' colorful kitchen includes an island adorned with a wooden goat carving to create a “goat island.” Nods to the home's nautical roots, such as a bed suspended by this rope and a nautilus shell print created by Joe, are on display in a guest bedroom.




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(above) Paula Urbano and dog Dixie smile in the doorway of Paula's unapologetically coloful cottage, which earned the name Oz when Hurricane Hugo picked it up and spun it around. At right, Dixie prances down the dock after Paula. (below) Paula and Dixie relish quiet time spent on the porch overlooking the Intracoastal. Inside of the home, bright colors and coastal charms give the quaint space loads of personality. Native to the northeast, Paula had to learn to be a master at the helm of her own boat to live on Goat Island.

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aula Urbano, a substitute art teacher originally from New York, starts her mornings on the Island restfully. She reads, she sits in the sun with her dog Dixie, and— occasionally—she strolls down Buccaneer Road to visit with neighbors. For the most part, however, Paula enjoys the solitude and peace from the porch of her undeniably cheerful yellow-and-teal cottage. Barged in from North Charleston with its original owner riding atop it down the Intracoastal, the cottage earned the name “Oz” when Hurricane Hugo picked it up and spun it around to the slightly askew position it still remains today. Much like her color-

ful cottage, Paula brims with personality—an attribute she credits in part to life on Goat Island. “I think when people move out here, they become inherently more interesting,” she smiles. “You have to be able to handle waking up at 6 o’clock in the morning when it is still dark and going out to see if you can get your boat off the dock. Sometimes at real low tide, you have to pull your boots on and push the boat out. You simply have to have a strong constitution and strong personality to put up with some of the things you have to go through. You become so much more appreciative of where you are and much more aware of your surroundings.”



S Perched atop a wooden platform, Muriel the goat stands watchful guard over the property of owner Sarah Sanders—the only resident on the Island still raising goats (Sarah respectfully declined being photographed). (above right) Sarah's beautifully crafted Goat Island Treasure Boxes, which she creates in a workshop behind her house, were originally born out of an idea Sarah when she saved old picture frames from her best friend's garbage.

everal years ago, "Goat Island Treasure Boxes" began showing up at select boutiques throughout Charleston and quickly became a hit with Holy City residents. Back on Goat Island, the modest maker of the boxes, Sarah Sanders, was shocked by their success. "I used to do wood crafting as a hobby, and one day my best friend—who is a picture framer—started to throw away her framing scraps; I said to her, "Do you mind if I get them out of your garbage and start making little boxes with them?" laughs Sarah, "So the Goat Island Treasure Boxes clearly came from humble beginnings!" Before finding her knack in woodworking, however, Sarah served

as a teacher for 33 years. "When I moved here, I went 14 years without missing a day because we didn’t have telephones," she says. "If you needed to call in sick, you’d have to paddle across to the pay phone." Today, Sarah wakes up before daylight to begin working on her boxes. Some days, she goes for walks in the morning. Others, she tinkers in the garden. "I fell in love with this place when I first came to visit, and I still feel the same way," she enthuses. "Every day, I'm happy to wake up and see the sun rise and happy to see the sun set. It's a good life, and this is a great place to live—it’s as close as you’re going to get to heaven without dying."

An oversized birdcage (complete with the cheerful chirps of its feathered residents) proves just one of the items that gives Sarah's home a whimsical appeal. Sarah spends spare time crafting treasure boxes in her workshop or enjoying the sun and sea from her wide porches. CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2012


GOAT WORTHY MOMENTS From gregarious gatherings to natural disasters, there's never a dull moment when you live on Goat Island. Here, residents share some of their most memorable experiences as mainland expats.


was living out here during Hurricane Hugo, and left before the storm hit. After it was over, I borrowed some binoculars from a policeman in Mt. Pleasant to look over at Goat. I could see across to the top of my house. The next day, I headed back over by boat and could see the house on the way and thought, How could that be? I just didn't expect there to be a stick of wood left. As I got closer, I thought maybe it was tilted just a little bit. When I finally got here, I realized the reason I had been able to see it was because all of the trees had been ripped away. Oh, and the house (which had been elevated) was sitting on the ground! I had to hire a crane, which came over on a barge from which it lifted my house. It was almost a year before I could move back in.” Don Thompson (who took himself—first by boat across the Intracoastal and then by car from there—to the hospital 12 years ago while having a heart attack)


he current is crazy here, but I've been a waterman all my life so I sometimes go swimming off the dock. One day, I had gone in the water and I didn’t realize I’d nicked my toe on a barnacle. So there I was, floating back towards the dock, when I felt something tugging on my toe. I looked down and there’s a shark nibbling on it! I got back to the dock okay, but since then I’ve seen probably an 8-foot bull shark—which is the most dangerous one in the world—right off the dock. There are no stop signs for big fish out here; they come and go as they please.” Randy Webb (who once saved himself after falling off the dock at night by hugging his boat's motor and pushing its "up" button until he was raised out of the water)




efore Hurricane Hugo, I spent 20 hours straight preparing my house by pulling up the carpet, dismantling items outside, and storing things upstairs so floodwater wouldn't ruin them. Then I evacuated to Snee Farms and was so exhausted I slept through Hugo! I woke up the next day to the aftermath. I could see that my house was still standing, but officials weren't letting anyone back over. Finally, after a few days, I got permission to come back and I ended up staying for over a month straight without leaving. They had a ferry boat going back and forth, so friends would drop me off some supplies. There was no power, no lights. I could hear looters going up and down the waterway at night.” Jimmy Smalls (who walked outside once to find a herd of hungry goats eating blueprints of his survey work, along with several bags of concrete he had recently hauled to his house)


ince Gaston was a tropical storm and wasn’t supposed to be too severe, we decided we would have the kids stay with friends on the mainland, but Dennis and I would stay on Goat Island. All of the full-timers had decided to stay as well. The winds hit 80 miles per hour! The storm changed its whole course and came from the backside of the island. The rain came down hard and sideways and, coupled with the wind, knocked down cedar trees and tore branches from others. When it was over, all of the neighbors started calling and walking to each others' homes to make sure everyone was okay. It really does take a strong person to live out here, and it’s nice to know you can count on your neighbors when things get tough.” Diann Clark (who used to simply write the excuse "Low Tide" on notes to her boys' school when they had to wait for the tide to turn)

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History in the Making A matchless maritime past coupled with a dramatic

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s the only home in downtown Charleston surrounded completely by water, the house at 2 Concord Street is truly a unique gem in the Holy City and—as it turns out—one with a maritime history as distinctive as its surroundings. Originally constructed in 1961 as a naval degaussing station, the structure housed the equipment for magnetically neutralizing devices on Navy

minesweepers and other ships. When the Navy departed Charleston in the 1990s, they closed the downtown building along with the old naval base in North Charleston. The turn of the century provided a new face for the old degaussing station, and in 2007, it was purchased by a Charleston family eager to renovate the inimitable space and create a home perfect for entertaining South of Broad. CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2012


2 Concord | History in the Making

(left) The elegantly designed sitting room overlooks the Charleston Harbor and the 100-foot dock connected to the home. Fun fact? This home at 2 Concord Street is the only home South of Broad to feature a private dock. (center) The dining room features very little wall space. Instead of trying to fill each corner, interior designer Michael Shewan decided to form curved corners, creating a soft, rounded space for enjoying lunch and peering out over the water.


here does one begin is very unique and dramatic in its position- created this drama by including a custom transforming an old mili- ing as well as its location on the Charleston curved stairway and an arch over the entary building? The ho- Harbor, so I felt like when you come through trance to the dining room. This arch helps give the home softness and meowners beauty and enhances the turned to James Meadors of curvature of the stairwell.” Meadors Construction for Clever design elements furtheir construction and archither add to the impact and tectural expertise and Michael functionality of the foyer. Shewan of Michael David & “The powder room is locatAssociates for his knack for ed near the front door, but eye-catching interior design. a little further back, there The staff of CH+D had the is a hidden door in the panpleasure of walking through eled wall leading to a tem2 Concord with Michael and perature-controlled wine realtor Charles Baarcke of cellar,” elaborates Michael. McAlister Preferred Prop“The wine room holds aperties to see just how they proximately 1,500 bottles turned this once cold and of vino and is completely barren military station into a home that is not only warm The library, with its custom-whittled wood shelves, is the warmest feeling out of sight in the home.” and inviting, but also eco- room in the home. It was created for enjoying cozy, rainy days curled up The dining room features friendly and LEED Certified. on the couch with a good book. the same curvature that A home's foyer is its first impression, and 2 the front door, you should immediately see Michael incorporated into the stairway Concord certainly presents an impeccable something that is exciting and shows the and archway. “There are four major openone. Michael Shewan explains, “The house drama that the rest of the house has. We ings in the dining room and very little wall



(right) 2 Concord’s kitchen was created for drama. The back cabinetry, similar to a great English breakfront or Italian armoire, creates a stately, antiquated air, masking the utilitarian feel of kitchen appliances.

left. Instead of having these tight little cor- eco-chic factor of this home, all of the mar- tricate woodwork in the library was crafted ners, we decided to make curves,” notes ble and granite in the kitchen are remnants using reclaimed cypress—a species with a Michael. “Then, we also curved the ceiling left over from other projects around town. particularly interesting local history. “En route to South Carolina, to go with the curved corners many of the cypress logs and added the crown mouldwould fall off the cargo ing with the recessed lighting ships; the wood in this behind it.” Adjacent to the dinroom was discovered at ing room is the kitchen, which the bottom of several rivupholds a poised air of decoers,” explains Michael. rum. “The living room looks “Once they were recovright through to the kitchen,” ered, those cypress logs says Michael, “and since we were milled to create wanted to keep some bit of beautiful, finished wood formality in this kitchen, the like the kind found in this homeowners and I decided to library.” The inherent create a whole wall of cabiwarmth of the reclaimed netry to look like a big piece cypress contributes to of furniture similar to a great the room's coziness. The English breakfront or Italian space was specifically armoire. We intertwined the The master bathroom was remodeled to incorporate all the best designed to provide the windows with the cabinetry of bathroom accessories, including a free-standing tub, granite countertops, and a bidet. homeowners a welcomand even put a wood countering respite, especially on top on the back counter so it would enhance the piece-of-furniture look. And, in addition to marble and granite, cold, blustery Charleston nights. To that We chose light colors for the island, so your many other reclaimed materials were used effect, a fireplace and a warm color palette eyes just sort of pass over it.” To add to the in the construction of 2 Concord. The in- complete the motif.



2 Concord | History in the Making

Alternately, the rich hues of the library are countered with the bright, cool hues of the third story party room—the main attraction of the home. “The colors are aquas and silvers,” describes Michael, continuing. “There is a big bar behind us, which means there’s plenty of room for lots of people and lots of fun. The terrace outside goes three-fourths of the way around this room, so guests can step out, feel the ocean breezes, and see everything that’s happening in Charleston. In this room, the architecture really ties everything together. The mouldings have an art deco feel and stretch all the way around the perimeter. Furthermore, the coloring

(above, clockwise) This horse statue is truly a Charleston gem; in its earlier years, it kept watch on Meeting Street. Now, the antique structure overlooks the city’s church-laden skyline from 2 Concord’s third floor. The hallway leading into the master bedroom is lined with mirror paneled doors masking the entrance to the master bathroom and his-and-her closets. In the entry way, the temperature-controlled wine cellar is also masked by a door hidden in the paneled wall. The master bedroom offers fantastic views of the 100-foot dock (below) jetting out into the Charleston Harbor.



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pulls every nook and cranny of the room together.” Featuring 360-degree views which encompass the Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter, and the Holy City skyline, the vistas of the party room are virtually unmatched and offer a breathtaking backdrop for entertaining. Four distinct bedrooms with fantastic views of Charleston fill the second floor of the home. There are two smaller bedrooms—one decorated femininely, the other more masculine—as well as a master suite. The fourth room, although large enough to be a bedroom, currently serves as a workout room. To create an atmosphere that is aesthetically-pleasing and that expresses individuality, Michael played up each space with a mix of stately furniture and local art. In the more feminine-styled guest room, for example, paintings by local favorite Shannon Smith of Smith-Killian Fine Art Gallery adorn walls adjacent to artwork Michael created using pieces the homeowners’ daughter made while she was studying fashion design. “They are cutouts for various dresses and designs. We framed them and put them on the walls, and quite frankly, I think they are as good as any art you can find elsewhere. They have great personality,” exclaims Michael. Pairing these works of art in one room creates an atmosphere that is both elegant and deeply personal.

(top) The guest house features exposed brick walls and reclaimed wood flooring, giving it a traditional, Charleston elegance. (middle) The guest house, which includes a three-car garage, is connected to the main house by a dock stretching across the marshland of the Charleston Harbor. (below) One room features antiques from around the South and local art from around the Lowcountry.

Michael worked closely with the builder to ensure that each room was transformed from military drab to upscale elegance through interior design and unique architectural details, for which 2 Concord was recently featured in the revered national publication Architectural Digest. Today, the remodeled masterpiece keeps watch over the harbor, awaiting a new homeowner to take residence and build upon the history which already makes it one of Charleston's most storied spaces. For more information about the interior design of 2 Concord, call Michel Shewan of Michael David & Associates at 843-452-6606. If you’re interested in purchasing this home, call Charles Baarcke with McAlister Preferred Properties at 843-991-3337 or visit



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(above) The third story of 2 Concord was created for entertaining, incorporating plenty of seating, a full bar, and 360-degree views of Charlestonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s steeples, the Ravenel Bridge, and Fort Sumter. (below) Stepping out onto the wrap-around porch, guests can get a whiff of the salty, sweet air of Charleston.

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Art is meant to open up the imagination. It makes sense, then, that you can create an entirely new perspective in your home with a few strategically placed paintings. These tactile pieces portray egrets wading in the marsh for a feel that is decidedly Lowcountry and inherently soothing.





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Swapping out cabinet hardware still tops the list of quick tricks for updating your decor. They can take the look of cabinets from country to contemporary, or vice versa. They can add function and versatility. And, best of all, they come in virtually every price point so you can decide if you want to dazzle a little or dazzle a lot. When Christine Foxworth, owner of Foxworth Decorative Hardware, decided her kitchen needed sprucing up, she chose to transform its feel solely with hardware upgrades, as evidenced here in her kitchen!


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Nearly any bedroom you walk into, whether it be in the Lowcountry or beyond, sports a similar bedside configuration of a lamp atop a nightstand. Give your bedroom a blast of modernity by opting instead for wall lamps flanking the bed! We are obsessed with this idea, which is currently circulating in trendy interior design circles. Our pick? This Chunky Swing Arm Wall Light by Sandy Chapman.


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Fabric can take a space from drab to fab in no time flat. Few things can alter the personality and character of a space faster! There are myriad options when considering updates using fabric, so don't be afraid to go a little wild. Tired of your sad old sofa? Reupholster its throw pillows for an instant overhaul. Or, better yet, just have the entire thing recovered! The applications are endless when you aren't afraid to get creative.



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Lacking adequate gutters can make a home extremely susceptible to water damage. When debris clogs overloaded gutters, rainwater can begin to rot the fascia board located behind the gutters. To ensure this Charleston house didn't suffer such a fate, the owner of the home invested in Leafguard's patented seamless gutter system. Since the system is guaranteed not to clog, you won't have to waste any more of your valuable weekend time climbing ladders to scoop out gutter muck.


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In this local home, a kitchen remodel was in order after the house suffered fire damage. Remaining upbeat, the homeowner looked at it as an opportunity to update the white cabinets—which were beautiful, but not at all the homeowner's taste. Instead, the homeowner enlisted Jilco Kitchen & Bath to fill the space with warmer wood and to give it added oomph with special details and an Asian-Zen color palette.





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For many people, a large porch or add-on to their existing porch is a must-have upgrade on their renovation to-do list. However, it is often pushed to the back burner due to the expense and scope of the project. What most people don't realize is that, even if a big budget porch reno isn't yet feasible, you can still create an affordable outdoor space that will extend your enjoyment of the great outdoors. Case in point? The owners of this Mt. Pleasant home opted for a custom screened-porch hot tub enclosure!



As powder rooms have become more common in new construction, their value has skyrocketed. It is estimated that you can recoup almost the same value on a powder room remodel as you can on a master bathroom remodel! Countertops available at: Atlantic Stone, LLC | (843) 729-3838


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Tired of looking at the shoes lining your closet's shelves or the stacks of clothes that sit on those shelves in the off-season? A custom glass insert in your closet can conceal the clutter in a stylish way. Another fast fix for adding some interest to your closet system is replacing solid upper cabinet doors with doors featuring custom glass inserts.





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Although smaller in size than your other bathrooms, your powder room doesn't have to lack in impact; unfortunately, homeowners often overlook this space when considering home updates. Why not buck this trend and create a powder room sure to impress your guests? This bathroom—once boring and neglected—now boasts an urban, spa-like sophistication thanks to sleek new fixtures and a stunning tile accent wall.


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Few things feel so quintessentially Southern as a metal roof. Now made of galvanized steel, these striking structural additions are more durable and weatherresistant than their tin counterparts of the past. Prices have fallen, making metal roofs competitive with architectural shingle roofing as well. They also come in a wide variety of colors, such as Polar White, Charcoal Gray, Gallery Blue, and Country Red.


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If you live in an older home, chances are you lack some of the modern conveniences owners of new homes are accustomed to, such as a large garage or ample closet space. Add valuable square footage to your home—and space for such conveniences—with an addition. This one story brick ranch home nearly doubled in square footage with the addition of a stylish two car garage with loft above, which also increased the home's value.




No matter how beautiful your closet system is, the space will suffer if it becomes overrun with clothing and accessories. When you are faced with an overwhelming amount of items, it can feel impossible to organize. Start by evaluating what you own. Box up anything you no longer wear and donate it a charity, such as Goodwill.

Do you have a sliding glass door that you just can't quite figure out the right window covering for? Banish those Venetian blind blues with fabric sliding panels. Clever and convenient, they operate much in the same manner as Venetian blinds, but feature a sleeker style. These chic counterparts to the old alternative come in a huge variety of fabrics and materials to ensure cohesion with your existing decor.





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Certainly a bigger ticket update, an elevator retrofit makes beaucoup sense in the long run. Not only will it help with resale value, but it offers comfort and security as you advance in age. Besides, it can prove useful even before you need it; who wants to carry 15 bags of groceries up the stairs of an elevated home?


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It is no secret that kitchen remodels can be costly. As a matter of fact, they are often the most expensive upgrade homeowners undertake. If you can't yet commit to such a budget-busting endeavor, look underfoot for the answer: Having your stone and tile restored or regrouted can give you that brand new look for a fraction of the cost of replacing your floors.


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Another tricky space to find window treatments for is a bay window. Annette Ellard, owner of Creative Cotton Company, recently remedied this problem in a Charleston area dining room. To keep the treatment in proportion with the room and large expanse of wall above the bay windows, she fabricated an oval rod that was ten inches tall but only six inches deep. The draperies were shirred onto the ends of the rod, and tiebacks and beading were added to complete the project.


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If you are uninspired by your kitchen but simply lack the time (or budget!) for any large-scale changes, swap your old barstools out for a new set. Barstools are a super-easy way to inject personality into your kitchen, as they come in a seemingly limitless array of styles. For true wow factor, opt for those in bright colors or with funky lines. CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN • Winter 2012




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The addition of moulding and other architectural elements can give an older bathroom a fresh feel. In this home, wainscoting in the form of ship lap siding amps up the space's textural dimension and classic Charleston appeal. Crown moulding around the shower enclosure serves as a super clever way to dress up an otherwise no-frills area. Paired with special details such as under vanity lighting, this bathroom now boasts a completely custom feel.



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When choosing new cabinets for your kitchen, consider a neutral palette with pops of contrast to get the most impact. Here, creamy white cabinets look super chic when paired with dark granite countertops and oil-rubbed bronze hardware. The island sports a color scheme inverse to the cabinet and countertop palette, with a bright white countertop and black cabinets.



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Dream Kitchens Whether you are a bona fide culinary genius or simply an at-home confectionery connoisseur, chances are you have envisioned on more than one occasion what the ideal kitchen might look like. Well, look no further. We scoured the Lowcountry to bring you a dozen eye-candy kitchens that are sure to give you sweet dreams the next time your imagination drifts to the culinary space you crave. Highlights: custom cabinets in Willow Creek finish, island in select black walnut, Calcutta Gold marble countertops, random width select American black walnut hardwood flooring, Rohl faucet, Elkay sink, Crossville ceramic tile backsplash, Viking appliances


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Phillip W. Smith General Contractor, Inc. (843) 881-9828 | Designer: Edith Royall Smith Cabinets: William C. Pritchard Company, Inc. Countertops: Creative Counter Tops Lighting: Edith Royall Smith (chandeliers), Charleston Lighting & Interiors (recessed) Flooring: R.W. Cauble & Company Decorative Hardware: Foxworth Decorative Hardware, LLC Sink & Faucet: Moluf's Wall Covering: Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. (backsplash) Appliances: Wholesale Appliance Center Tin Ceilings: Mescon's

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Dream Kitchens

Artistic Design & Construction (843) 573-2444 |

Highlights: custom raised panel cabinets painted white with chocolate glaze, island stained in cherry, Verde Jewel granite countertops with eased edge, 3/4-inch red oak flooring, Arden Augusta double bowl stainless steel sink, Grohe Bridgeford pull-out kitchen faucet in chrome, 40-inch Thermador range, Thermador hood, and Thermador dishwasher, GE microwave, 36-inch Samsung Refrigerator, 15-inch Scotsman ice maker


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Photography by: Patrick Brickman

Cabinets: Prestige Cabinets & Custom Wood Works Countertops: Granite Shop Lighting: Rick's Lighting Flooring: Horizon Forest Products Sink & Faucet: Design On Tap Bath and Kitchen Gallery Wall Covering: Sherwin-Williams Appliances: Wholesale Appliance Center

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Dream Kitchens

Signature Kitchens & Baths of Charleston, Inc. (843) 571-5720 |

Highlights: Wood Mode Brookhaven cabinets in horizontal wenge laminated with aluminum edge banding, Signature custom metal countertops in stainless steel, multi-colored dark slate flooring, Topex “bar pulls” cabinet hardware in brushed stainless, Hans Grohe restaurant faucet in brushed stainless, Signature custom apron sink in brushed stainless, custom backsplash in horizontal slate with random running bond mosaic, Bertazoni Italian pro-style gas range in brushed stainless



Photography by: Patrick Brickman

Cabinets: Signature Kitchens & Baths of Charleston, Inc. Countertops: Signature Kitchens & Baths of Charleston, Inc. Flooring: Beasley Floor Coverings Incorporated Decorative Hardware: Topex Sink & Faucet: Design On Tap Bath and Kitchen Gallery, Signature Kitchens & Baths of Charleston, Inc. Wall Covering: Beasley Floor Coverings Incorporated (backsplash) Appliances: Signature Appliances



Dream Kitchens

Classic Remodeling & Construction, Inc. (843) 763-3297 |

Highlights: Greenfield frameless cabinets with Shaker-style door in Cameo (perimeter) and Juniper (island), Cambria “Snowden White” countertops, Juno can lighting, under-cabinet lighting by WAC Lighting and CSL Lighting, 2 1/4-inch red oak flooring to match adjacent floors, Berenson Hardware brushed chrome decorative hardware from “American Classics” collection, Kohler “Simplice” plumbing fixtures in chrome, American Olean Legacy Glass Series 2-inch by 4-inch glass subway tile backsplash in Moonlight, Jen Air range, GE Monogram microwave, KitchenAid dishwasher



Photography by: Matt Bolt

Cabinets: Classic Remodeling & Construction, Inc. Countertops: Palmetto Surfaces Incorporated Lighting: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Flooring: Lowcountry Tile & Stone Decorative Hardware: Classic Remodeling & Construction, Inc. Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Wall Covering: Owner supplied Appliances: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

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Dream Kitchens

JD Smith Custom Homes, LLC (843) 881-8843 |

Highlights: Custom clear birch cabinets featuring Shaker-style doors with bead in a custom painted glaze, countertops and wet bar in 3 centimeters “Walnut Leaf” granite, rift and quartered tongue-and-groove white oak flooring, Cascade Series decorative hardware in Satin Nickel, Franke sink and faucet, Elkay hammered steel wet bar sink, GE Monogram stainless steel appliances



Photography by: Patrick Brickman

Cabinets: William Pritchard Company, Inc. Countertops: William Pritchard Company, Inc. Flooring: R.W. Cauble Decorative Hardware: William Pritchard Company, Inc. Sink & Faucet: Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Appliances: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.


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Dream Kitchens

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Knudson Construction, LLC (843) 735-9402 |

Highlights: two islands, fireplace, refrigerator/freezer, “garage doors” for coffee and toaster oven



Photography by: Cali O'Hare

Cabinets: Knudson Construction


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Dream Kitchens

Coastal Design Builders, LLC (843) 300-9383 |

Highlights: Timberlake cabinetry in creamy off white with brown glaze to complement the warm wood flooring, Santa Cecelia granite, Capital Lighting fixtures featuring bronze highlighting to tie in with the stair balusters and wood tones, Union Church Millworks 3 1/4-inch wide distressed red oak flooring with medium brown stain, Hardware Resources satin nickel decorative hardware, Moen satin nickel faucet with single handle and soap dispenser, Leneva double sink in stainless steel, and ProFlow prep sink, flat finish walls in “Ivoire” by Sherwin-Williams and semi-gloss trim in “Creamy” by Sherwin-Williams, Whirlpool refrigerator and built in microwave, Jen Air 30-inch wall oven, Jen Air dishwasher, Jen Air gas cooktop



Photography by: Matt Bolt

Cabinets: Authentic Kitchens & Baths Concepts Interior Designer: Authentic Kitchens & Baths Concepts Countertops: Creative Counter Tops Lighting: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Flooring: Charleston One Source Decorative Hardware: Urban Interiors Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Wall Covering: Sherwin-Williams Appliances: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

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Max Crosby Construction (843) 766-9976 | Cabinets: Authentic Kitchen & Bath Concepts Countertops: Martol Marble and Granite Lighting: Charleston Lighting and Interiors Flooring: Bay Point Hardwood Flooring Decorative Hardware: Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Wall Covering: Melcer Tile Appliances: Owner supplied

Photography by: Matt Bolt

Highlights: hardwood floors, integrated appliances, custom furniture-style island/breakfast bar, custom cabinetry


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Dream Kitchens

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Highlights: Inset style cabinets with a “baked-on” paint finish, two islands with glazed finish, Carrera marble countertops, 5-inch select grade walnut hardwood flooring, SubZero stainless steel appliances, French range from Lacanche



Photography by: Warren Lieb

Interior Architecture: Herlong + Associates Cabinets: Jill Frey (designer), William C. Pritchard Company, Inc. (manufacturer) Countertops: AGM Marble and Granite (importer), Universal Marble and Granite (manufacturer and installer) Lighting: Rick's Lighting Flooring: RW Cauble Decorative Hardware: Foxworth Decorative Hardware, LLC Sink & Faucet: Design On Tap

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Dream Kitchens

Thomas Evans Custom Building & Renovations (843) 442-0277 |

Highlights: hardwood flooring, granite countertops, custom white cabinetry, chandeliers by Circa Lighting, professional grade integrated appliances


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Dream Kitchens

Priester's Custom Contracting, LLC (843) 200-8495 | Designer Julie O'Connor of American Vernacular Cabinets: Carolina Kitchens of Charleston Countertops: Granite Shop Lighting: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Wall Covering: Flooring Services, Inc. (backsplash) Appliances: Wholesale Appliance Center Fireplace: Red Bay Constructors (brick), Lowcountry Fireplaces, Inc. (gas logs)

Photograph by: Holger Obenaus

Highlights: custom cabinetry, two islands for maximum workspace and efficiency, designer lighting, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, hardwood flooring


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Dream Kitchens

Byrd Builders, Inc. (843) 243-0343 Architecture & Design: Cusick/Hazeltine Architects LLC Cabinets: The Mill, JSP Countertops: Stone Works Lighting: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Flooring: John Griffiths Hardwood Flooring Decorative Hardware: Bird Decorative Hardware & Bath Sink & Faucet: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Wall Covering: Southern Exposure Painting (paint) Appliances: Signature Appliance Center

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Highlights: custom cabinetry, furniture-style island, hardwood flooring, commercial grade stainless steel appliances


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Anatomy of a Great Kitchen

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Would you classify your kitchen's design style as DOA? Our annual kitchen product guide is the ideal antidote. To help you revive your lackluster space stat, we examine white-hot components from local companies that make this favored space the heart of every home.

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MODERN MARVEL When an I'On homeowner fell in love with a high-end framed, inset-door style kitchen she saw in a national magazine, she knew she had to have it. By carefully crafting the frameless cabinetry from Ultracraft, designer Stewart Culler was able to recreate the look—at about one-third of the cost of the inspiration photo. Available at Carolina Kitchens of Charleston (843) 856-8255




With its custom cabinetry, contemporary lighting fixtures, and distinctive (and massive!) "double wave" island, this kitchen is a perfect example of how being bold pays off. Available through Advanced Kitchen Designs of Charleston (843) 225-9344



Cocktail hour is making a comeback, and what better way to serve us classic concoctions than from a custom bar? This one features "book-and-butt" panels in the front created from thin sheets of veneer made of crotch mahogany, which is harvested at the place where the tree branches out from the trunk. Available through Brooks Custom Woodworks (843) 696-3044

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No, this isn't a misprint....we were also surprised to learn that 84 Lumber—traditionally known for providing, well, lumber (and other building materials)—also offers beautiful designer cabinets and countertops, as evidenced by this kitchen. Available at 84 Lumber (843) 884-8431


This kitchen boasts a welcoming aura courtesy of a complementary mix of warm tones including rich brown cabinetry, classic hardwood floors, and creamy granite countertops. Contrasting white cabinetry on the island and four chic pendant lights brighten up the space. Available at Gaylord Design, LLC (843) 327-4635

Not-SoShabby Chic

Soft off-white painted cabinets with a handrubbed tobacco glaze give this kitchen vintage charm in spades... particularly when paired with a green and white diamond pattern painted floor. Available at Hostetler Custom Cabinetry (843) 795-0946



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Today, islands are as integral to the kitchen as the appliances. They have become an extension of the space's productivity and efficiency. This large horseshoe-shaped one houses the sink and faucet, while its bar offers an ideal spot for entertaining guests. Available at Cross Cut Services, LLC (843) 608-8142


This lustrous kitchen, designed by Authentic Kitchens & Baths Concepts, beams with beauty courtesy of custom cabinets, a furniture-style island, and glamorous oversized light fixtures. Available at Authentic Kitchens & Baths Concepts (843) 852-9407

Mix It Up

Clever combinations—tall and short, deep and shallow, painted and natural—amp up the interest in this kitchen's cabinetry. We especially love how the taller cabinets smartly call attention to the vaulted ceiling. Available at Southeast Kitchens (843) 795-8809




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With a custom banquet of cabinets— complete with wine cubbies—it's easy to keep everything in its proper place and your kitchen in mint (like the amazing color of these cabinets!) condition. Available at Carolina Cabinetry & Millwork (843) 821-1551

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A historic home in need of complete renovation, this kitchen originally bore un-level floors and walls—making installing new cabinets a challenge. To provide functional cabinetry that would bring the kitchen up to date in an aesthetically pleasing way, Mevers Kitchen & Bath Design Studio worked closely with the homeowner to develop the ideal mix of classic and cuttingedge. Available at Mevers Kitchen & Bath Design Studio (843) 388-9633

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Black & White

There's a reason black and white is a classic color just looks great! In this kitchen, the neutral scheme lets the craftsmanship of the custom cabinetry—which features details such as lit, glass-front display areas—take center stage. Available at HWC Custom Cabinetry (843) 207-0750


Color can transform the entire feel of a kitchen, especially when that color is on the cabinets—often the largest component of the room. Carpenter's can dramatically change the look of your existing cabinets by repainting or restaining the cabinet boxes and doors. They can even create new doors with a more updated look. Available at Carpenter's Antiques & Restoration (843) 884-3411




It's hard to fathom it when you see this kitchen's designer good looks now, but it was once an outdated, lackluster space. Wellborn Cabinetry, available in a dizzying array of colors and finishes, served as starting point for this dramatic transformation. Available through Charleston Interiors (843) 577-0480

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A Tall Order

To maximize storage and every inch of vertical space in the room, these custom cabinets topped with crown and dentil moulding stretch all the way to the ceiling. Available at Jilco Kitchen & Bath (843) 849-6465


Now an en vogue hue for the kitchen, black proves both chic and dramatic on this custom cabinetry juxtaposed with warm hardwood floors and cream-colored granite countertops. Available at Sullivan Custom Cabinets, Inc. (843) 554-5880

Eat Your Heart Out

If you need more cabinet space, why stop at simply adding more cabinets? The Dunes West owners of this home opted instead to build an entire addition to their home and then fill part of that space with plenty of custom kitchen cabinets. Available at Just Additions & Remodeling (843) 928-3971

Cream of the Crop

K & K Custom Cabinets in a dreamy cream color exude an inviting ambience in this kitchen and complement the rich brown tones of the range hood (not pictured), mosaic tile backsplash, and oil-rubbed bronze cabinet hardware. Available at Sanctum Custom Interiors (843) 718-2861


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THE WIRING WIZARDS: If the kitchen is the heart of a home, then the electrical system is what keeps the heart pumping. Whether you live in a newly constructed home or an older home, it's important to have your homes electrical system checked for faulty wiring and possible fire hazards. To have the pros check your home for faulty wires and possible fire hazards, call Current SAFE Home Electrical Services at (843) 577-3491 or visit

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Countertops in white granite or marble are all the rage right now, favored by homeowners for the effortless elegance they provide. In this Mt. Pleasant kitchen, White Carrara marble countertops and complementary backsplashes look super chic paired with crisp white cabinets. Available at Atlantic Stone, LLC (843) 729-3838

Natural Selection

Have you ever flipped through a magazine to see countertops in a style you love but a color you just aren't crazy about? Head to World Stone Distributors and you'll find no shortage of slabs to choose from! Here, stone is used in several applications (backsplash, countertops, flooring) for an eclectic yet cohesive look. Available at World Stone Distributors (843) 744-5665

Go With the Flow

A compound made of natural quartz, Silestone has long been favored in design circles for both its beauty and bacteriostatic (hygienic) protection. Their River Series in particular, shown here in Grey Amazon, is wildly popular. Available at Creative Counter Tops (843) 881-8315

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It seems that, no matter how many times we traverse the beach, coast-dwellers always bring "sea trinkets" back home. Vetrostone countertops, created using an aggregate of sea glass and sea shells, allow you to pay homage to our beloved seaside style without tracking in all the sand. Available at Vetrostone USA (843) 589-4000


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i-Coat of Many Colors

One of the newest innovations on the market, iCoat's countertop resurfacing system creates a completely seamless and non-porous surface without the hassle of ever having to reseal. Plus, it can even be customized to look like natural stone! Available at Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings (843) 571-0013

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Leave No Stone Unturned

The beauty of natural stone is that each piece is inherently unique; Mother Nature doesn't make duplicates! When you visit AGM Imports Granite and Marble to find the slab best suited for your kitchen project, consider a dramatic stone to turn your countertops into a showpiece. Available at AGM Imports Granite and Marble (843) 747-0088

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Whether your kitchen is incredibly contemporary or totally traditional, you can find natural stone to complement it at MVP Granite and Flooring. Their showroom showcases everything from luxurious fine grade granite to affordable quality stone. Available at MVP Granite and Flooring (843) 388-2326

Marble that is full of movement gives an undeniable energy to the kitchen. This slab of Bianco Paradiso would surely make any countertop shine. Available at Vitoria International (843) 760-2470

Out of This World

You don't have to fly to the moon to get countertops with otherwordly appeal; Granite Shop now offers the Galactic and Nebula series from Silestone in their Summerville showroom. Available at Granite Shop (843) 771-1235

Green with Envy

Being green never looked so good! Recycled glass countertops are not only eco-friendly, but also a complete conversation starter. As if that weren't enough, the color options are virtually endless! Available at Fisher Recycling (843) 554-6099 CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN â&#x20AC;˘ Winter 2012


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Concerned about choosing fad flooring that won't be in style in five years? Choose classic heart pine and rest assured that your kitchen will stay in style long after the fad floorings have fallen out of favor. Available at Flooring Services, Inc. (843) 764-4675

Tiles of Style

It used to be that the only tile used in the kitchen was either simple ceramic or travertine. Today, flooring tile boasts a multitude of styles and finishes. This example by American Olean shows off one of the hottest trends availableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;linen finishes. Available at Melcer Tile Company, Inc. (843) 744-5345


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The Difference is in the Details

Highly detailed in color and rich in natural texture, Mohawk's Villarreal porcelain tiles make the kitchen come to life. Here, a random pattern of assorted sizes contributes to the natural feel of the space. Available at Carpet Headquarters (843) 578-6372

Cucina Bellisima

Utilizing Shaw Ceramics "Cypress" tiles on the floor and wall fills this space with the rustic sophistication of a cozy Italian kitchen. Also very durable, the tile bears random shade and texture variations that naturally camouflage wear and tear. Available at Carpet Baggers Floorcoverings (843) 571-0013

THE PERFECT PLUMBER: The plumbing is the most basic staple of your kitchen’s function. For changing out plumbing fixtures or fixing that leaky faucet, give John Blitch a call : Blitch Plumbing at (843) 795-9674 or visit

DO I NEED TO REVISE MY INSURANCE AFTER A KITCHEN REMODEL? Kitchen remodels in particular add a great deal of value to your home. Contact your insurance agent and make them aware of the improvements you've made in your home. Updating your policy will protect you against fire damage from the cookies you accidently baked too long. To protect your habitat and insure your home against fire damage, give Kevin Shealy with Allstate a call at (843) 573-4777 or visit him online at allstateagencies. com/kevinshealy.


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Clean, classic hardwood flooring in long, wide planks feels delightfully Lowcountryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;exactly what the owners of this Hollywood-area home hoped for when choosing the material for their kitchen. Available at Precision Flooring Group (843) 762-9380


Few finishes rival cherry in inherent warmth and timeless taste. Did you know, though, that you can have the look of cherry-finished real hardwood in... laminate? This high-quality laminate dark-varnished cherry plank flooring from Quickstep's Elegance Collection goes to show that high style doesn't have to cost an arm and leg. Available at Palmetto Carpet & Floor Coverings (843) 881-6868

Set in Stone

Isn't this wood plank flooring beautiful? Guess what? It's not wood. It's actually stone made to look like real distressed hardwood! Not only is it extremely durable, but it is a cost-efficient option to the real deal. Available at Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. (843) 266-8700

Heavy Metal

We love the "pickled" look of this Hakwood Engineered Flooring in European Ash Elegance. Featuring an aluminum wash and matte urethane, the eco-friendly flooring shines with a slight iridescence. Available at Palmetto Wood Floors, Inc. (843) 884-6191


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When it comes to your home some things can be purchased used and re-imagined to look like new. Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore constantly gets gently-used appliances, kitchen fixtures, tables, and chairs into their showroom. Bonus? Any money you spend with Habitat for Humanity goes to helping others in the community have safe, comfortable homes. For more information, call Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore at (843) 559-4009 or visit

Many times when remodeling, the first inclination is to purchase new products for the project. Sometimes, though old items can be restored to look like new. The folks at Roth Restoration pride themselves on their ability to restore scratched and scuffed granite and marble. Their restoration process can save you hundreds by simply restoring your current stone rather than replacing it. For more information, contact Roth Restoration at (843) 329-9866 or visit

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We adore (okay, we're obsessed with) the luxury luggage-styling of this La Cornue Chateau Series range in British Racing Green. Featuring stainless steel and a polished brash trim, it has a certain je ne sais quoi, wouldn't you say? Available at Signature Appliance Center (843) 571-5735

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It seems as if innovative new appliances and accessories for the kitchen spring up every day. And, thankfully so! These high-tech treats are ideal for the Martha Stewarts among us as well as the culinary-impaired. A few of our new favorites to have you fast on your way to gastronomic greatness: Wolf's removable baking pan racks (pictured below right, genius!), pop-up exhaust fan (pictured right), griddle pancake range insert (pictured left), and food container inserts for the range (pictured below). All available at Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (843) 747-6301


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Dynamic Duo

Suspended above a clean white kitchen, a pair of Altamont pendants by Hudson Valley offer a pop of metallic panache. Since they come in different sizes, you can opt for two larger, three smaller, or whatever configuration may strike your fancy. Available at Ferguson Enteprises, Inc. (843) 747-6301

The Allure of the Exotic

Beneath the light of this large three light pendant from Murray Feiss' Marcella Collection, any kitchen would seem rife with beautiful possibilities. Available at Rick's Lighting (843) 763-2282


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Seeing Double

Two is better than one, as they say, and we couldn't agree more in regards to this island chandelier from Minka. An elegant alternative to pendant lights, this fixture's gleaming finish and swanky design feels unapologetically grown-up. Available at Charleston Lighting and Interiors (843) 766-3055

Come Full Circle

This "Extra Large Hicks" pendant by beloved designer Thomas O'Brien at once manages to emanate retro appeal and new world polishâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a dichotomy of design that has become his trademark. Available at Circa Lighting (843) 937-5990


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Give It a Twirl

Cabinets feeling a bit bare? Jazz them up with the spiral styling of these Bastogne knobs by Emtek. Shown in Rust, they are also available in matte black. Available at Builders Hardware of South Carolina, Inc. (843) 552-5515

To the Letter

Like seersucker and bowties, monogramming is a style statement southerners are known for. Happily, your initials are no longer relegated to fashion accessories; you can now sport yours in your kitchen, courtesy of the Metropolitan Embossed cabinet knobs from Hamilton Sinkler. Available at Foxworth Decorative Hardware, LLC (843) 881-0827



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BACKSPLASHES Building a Legacy

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The Legacy Glass collection from American Olean is so versatile, it would work well with any decor. The muted gray tones of this one in particular enhance the kitchen's contemporary air. Available at Melcer Tile Company, Inc. (843) 744-5345


Finding the right color for your kitchen can be difficult enough, having to worry about pungent (and potentially toxic) paint fumes should be the least of your concerns. Eliminate stress by opting for a shade from Eco Deco's eco-friendly collection of colors. We personally favor soft shades for the kitchen, like those pictured here, that won't compete with other components. Available at Eco Deco (843) 654-9520

Rock Out

Talk about texture! This natural stone backsplash by Island Stone literally jumps off the wall for a 3D appearance. The interwoven design and rich slate hue look great paired with light colored countertops and chocolate cabinets. Available at Buckhannon Brothers Tile (843) 881-8911

She Sells Sea Shells

When Sharmane Ravenell first moved to the States from Germany, she fell in love with the beach. After many trips with her daughter to the seashore, Sharmane got a bright idea: What if I use the shells to create mosaic wall applications in my home? The result, as seen here, can be used to give seaside style to your backsplash. Available at SR Design (843) 303-2669


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Stroke of Genius

When the owner of this Summerville home bought the house, she was not impressed with the boring kitchen cabinets. Instead of spending her entire renovation budget buying new cabinets, she instead had them repainted and custom handfinished for an equally impressive new look. Available at 1st Class Painting & Restoration, LLC (843) 324-6006

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No Bones About It

Herringbone is, without a doubt, a pattern on the rise! Here, in the form of a metallic tile backsplash, it offers a spin on the standard subway tile typically chosen. Available at Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. (843) 266-8700


ince 1991, Jilco Kitchen and Bath has provided our clients with cabinetry and countertop solutions to fulfill the needs of new construction, remodeling and commercial applications.

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

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SINKS Meet in the Middle



Be the toast of the town when guests catch a glimpse of the one-of-a-kind design of this Kohler island sink, which runs the length of the island and gradually slopes towards the center. Available at Moluf's (843) 723-4881

This single-bowl Moen prep sink serves as an ideal spot for cleaning your veggies before your evening meal. Pair it with a trendy faucet like the one pictured to give your kitchen counter a modern, sleek look. Available at Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Company (843) 856-0084



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A place to chill your libations, trays for hor d'ouevres...who knew a sink could be so versatile? Lenova's Entertainment sink is, apropos, perfect for the homeowner who likes to have parties. Available at Design On Tap Bath and Kitchen Gallery (843) 329-0661

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Straight from the Runway

Jason Wu, one of the most talked about fashion designers today, recently did the world a great service by partnering with Brizo to bring a super sleek collection of plumbing fixtures for the home (faucet pictured here). Available at Ferguson Enteprises, Inc. (843) 747-6301

Spicing It Up

Hailing from Jado's Basil Collection, this faucet features a pull-out spout—perfect for easy rinsing—attached to an elegantly elongated neck. Available at Design On Tap Bath and Kitchen Gallery (843) 329-0661



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Mirabelle's two-bowl undermount sink is full of practical features, such as sound absorption pads to minimize vibration and sound, as well as a recessed bridge design to allow an easier fit for larger items. Available at Ferguson Enteprises, Inc.(843) 747-6301 |

Form Meets Function

Featuring pause, aerate, and spray functions, the Elate pullout faucet by Kohler makes prep and cleanup a breeze. Bonus? It's minimilast design proves incredibly easy to clean! available at Moluf's (843) 723-4881

Farmhouse Chic

The design of this two handle kitchen faucet with side spray from Showhouse By Moen is what we like to call "farmhouse chic," a style that marries Charleston's rural past with its metropolitan present. Available at Mt. Pleasant Winnelson Company (843) 856-0084

JAZZING UP YOUR KITCHEN Local artists like Regina Bowling create wonderful oil paintings that can be displayed in the kitchen or dining room area. Also, check out some local galleries downtown, like Indigo Fine Art Gallery, for the perfect kitchen piece. Call Regina Bowling at (843) 270-7824 or visit her website at To get in touch with Indigo Fine Art Gallery, call (843) 805-9696 or visit

Innovation, Collaboration & Stewardship

Bringing the outdoors inside can make a dramatic statement in your kitchen. Try incorporating a wall or island constructed of natural stones. To learn more about using natural stones in your kitchen, call SPS Custom Stone at (803) 535-0650 or visit

For cabinets that shine and have an authentic veneered wood look, contact Veneer Works at (843) 4428241Â or visit The natural look and feel of the cabinets will add a classy touch to your kitchen.

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Everything In Its Place

Having a proper place for everything in the kitchen ensures that you know exactly where to find what you need when you need itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a must when you are making your favorite family meals. This pantry helps keep you in order with a recycle bin, linen drawers, platter shelving, spice rack, wine rack and baskets, and L-shelves for large appliances. Available at Tailored Closets (843) 696-0791

Icing on the Cake

As the owner of this Goose Creek kitchen is an avid baker, interior designer April Lipps wanted to outfit the space with amenities that would make cooking and cleanup convenient. To do so, her design included a custom made KitchenAid pull-up shelf, a drop down granite "cutting board," and a pull-out spice rack. Available at AKL Professional Interiors (843) 764-3006


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Ethan Allen will be creating four Celebrity Man Caves to be displayed during the show. Their work—as shown above—is extremely versatile, allowing them to create four distinct spaces. See next page for details.

_ Win A $26,000 "Fam-Cave" Makeover _ Free Design Consultations With ASID Interior Designers _ Speed Dating To Find A Builder Or Remodeler _ Sports Celebrity Man Cave Rooms On Display _ Free Admission On Friday _ ABC News 4's "Lowcountry Live" Broadcasting from the Show On Friday _ Kitchens, Baths, + All That Jazz Party _ Silent Auction All Weekend Long





The participating sports stars are:

See four "Man Cave" rooms on display designed to reflect the image and personality of four nationally known sports figures with ties to Charleston. Each sports celebrity will be working with interior designers from furniture company Ethan Allan who will outfit the spaces. Each sports celebrity chose a local charity to receive a $500 donation in their name: Coach Cremins chose Neighborhood House. Brett Gardner chose The Charleston Miracle League. Ernie Irvan chose The Race2Safety Foundation. Mike Veeck chose MUSC Health Storm Eye Institute.

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Will Win a $26,000 "Fam-Cave" Makeover!

New this year, the organizers of the Charleston Home + Design Show, in partnership with the select local companies listed below, will be giving one lucky local a "Fam-Cave" package valued at $26,000!

The names of three finalists will be drawn on Monday, January 30th, 2012 (need not be present for drawing). To be chosen as a finalist, you must own a home in either Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester County and our design and construction makeover team will conduct site visits to each of the finalist's homes and a winner will be drawn randomly. No purchase necessary. Visit for complete list of rules

Coach Bobby Cremins, legendary college basketball coach, is the current coach of the College of Charleston men's basketball team and former captain of the University of South Carolina basketball team. Coach Cremins became nationally known during his time as head coach at Appalachian State and Georgia Tech. Brett Gardner, current left-fielder for Major

League Baseball powerhouse the New York Yankees, hails originally from the small town of Holly Hill, SC, just outside of Charleston. His extreme speed in the field first garnered notice when he became a walk-on baseball player at College of Charleston, from which he graduated.

and Stock Car Hall of Famer, captured the country's attention during his extremely successful stint in NASCAR. His impressive career includes 15 Winston Cup victories, 22 Winston Cup pole positions, and over $11 million in earnings. He has received numerous accolades, such as Driver of the Year and one of NASCAR's top 50 drivers of all time. Mike Veeck, president of the Charleston Riverdogs, is known for pulling famously fun publicity stunts (pigs delivering baseballs to the umpire?!) at the ballpark. His family's history is illustrious; his grandfather was president of the Chicago Cubs, and his father was a Hall of Fame owner of several teams. Mike recently penned Fun is Good, his first book.

The following local companies will be donating components for this exciting package: Next Gen Technologies will provide a Samsung 46-

inch LED TV and a Denon surround sound receiver with 6 inch ceiling speakers (or cube speakers depending on room) valued up to $2,000.

April Lipps of AKL Professional Interiors will provide

up to $1000 in Design Services and will guide the winner in making selections for their new room.

Alan Wheeler of Coastal Design Builders will provide

General Contractor services valued up to $4200. He will finalize design with homeowner and interior designer, order materials, schedule trades, oversee trades’ work, schedule inspections, and ensure work meets code and owner’s expectations.

Coralberry Cottage will donate a 3-Seat Sofa with slipcover design valued up to $1500. Cross Cut Services will provide built-ins or new trim/molding valued up to $2,000.

Danco Modern Furniture is donating a Stressless

chair and ottoman in the color of your choice valued up to $2000.

Eco Deco is donating eco-friendly paint valued up to $500. Ethan Allen is donating a Brooklyn Media Cabinet with eclipse finish valued at $1279 and a Tangent Coffee Table in saber finish valued at $729.

Advanced Window Fashions is donating Hunter Douglas window fashions with installation valued up to $2,000. Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. will provide up to $500 in lumber and building supplies for custom builtins and/or custom furniture.

Flooring Services Inc. is donating flooring material and installation for the space valued up to $2,000.

Charleston Lighting and Interiors is donating a

sheetrock repair and painting services valued up to $1,500.

lighting package with installation valued up to $2000.

Circa Lighting is donating table or floor lamps, de-

pending on the needs of the winner valued up to $1,000.

SPEED DATING TO FIND A BUILDER OR REMODELER You need to do your homework to find the right builder or remodeler for your project. But who has time to sit and meet for hours interviewing several builders or remodeling contractors?


Ernie Irvan, former NASCAR race car driver


Infinger Furniture is donating home furnishings

valued up to $1500.

1st Class Painting & Restoration is donating

86 Market Arts is donating select pieces of art for wall hangings valued up to $300.

We take the familiar concept of speed dating and give it a twist, where homeowners will have an opportunity to get acquainted with seven builders or remodeling contractors in just 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday. Two sessions available 12:30pm-1pm on Saturday and Sunday January 28-29.

Speed dating is free for homeowners, but you must be actively seeking a builder or remodeling contractor. We'll even give you a free Speed Dating t-shirt. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, call Charleston Home + Design Magazine in advance at (843) 577-7652 or email

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FREE DESIGN CONSULTATIONS OFFERED BY ASID INTERIOR DESIGNERS For the 9th year in a row, we've partnered with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Carolinas Chapter to provide free professional design advice for homeowners. If you’re curious where we got this fantastic idea, for the past 11 years ASID interior designers at the annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94 In New York City have also been providing free design consultations to thousands of grateful homeowners. Consultation times are available Friday 1pm-4pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, and Sunday noon-4pm. Consultations are limited, so please call Charleston Home + Design Magazine at (843) 577-7652 or email info@ to schedule your personal 20-30 minute design consultation. Although reserving a timeslot is preferred, you may sign up at the show if any timeslots remain.

Thanks to all our participating ASID Interior Designers: Alexandra Frick, ASID Innovative Interiors, LLC (843) 577-0188, ext. 1

Lydia Gieczys, Allied Member ASID Ethan Allen Retail, Inc. (843) 971-4338

Cynthia B. Zimmerman. Allied ASID Zimmerman Interiors (843) 971-6880

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

Emily Cox, Allied ASID Anderson Studio (843) 884-0444 Jennifer Backman, Allied ASID Kaizer Home Interior Design (843) 276-4971

Duval Acker, ASID, CMKBD Kitchens By Design (843) 553-8070 Michelle Pollak, Allied ASID The Lollipop Tree (843) 216-6880

Jennifer Rhodes Mendelsohn, ASID J. Rhodes Interior Design (843) 768-2998 Donna Horack, ASID Horack Patch & Associates, LLC (843) 343-4170

Yvonne Gregory, Allied ASID Yvonne Gregory Interiors, LLC (843) 708-3535



- Complimentary wine - Free local favorite Palmetto Brewing Beer - Free catered food at every vendor booth - Plus live jazz from the Frank Duvall Jazz Trio

Add that all up and you’ve got the perfect ingredients for one heck of a party at the Charleston Home + Design Show! Additionally, Kitchens, Baths, + All That Jazz is being billed as “the largest gathering of local design and construction professionals EVER in Charleston” with members from every one of the following organizations receiving an invitation to attend:


- American Institute of Architects (AIA) Charleston Chapter - Custom Residential Architect Network (CRAN) Charleston - American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Carolinas Chapter - Charleston Chapter CSI - Charleston Trident Home Builders Association


Kitchens, Baths, + All That Jazz party is also open to the public and $15 tickets may be purchased the evening of the show. For more information, call (843) 577-7652 or visit

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Artistic Design & Construction (843) 573-2444 Bennett Hofford Construction Company, Inc. (843) 722-8169

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SPS Custom Stone (843) 577-5005

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Classic Remodeling (843) 763-3297

Liberty Cedar (843) 744-0450

Palmetto Carpet & Floor Coverings (843) 881-6868

CNT Enterprises, LLC (843) 577-7268

Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp. (843) 744-6281

Precision Flooring Group (843) 762-9380

Coastal Design Builders, LLC (843) 300-9383


Garage Doors

Just Additions & Remodeling (843) 928-3971

California Closets (843) 762-7980 Tailored Closets (843) 696-0791

Elegant Hardwood Floors (843) 723-8172

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Mills Brothers Heating & Air (843) 764-1919

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MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939 Rug Décor (843) 766-7783 Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore (843) 559-4009 SR Design: Unique Seashell Design (843) 303-2669

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Christopher Rose Architects, P.A.

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Alice Nixon Burress, Citadel Enterprises, Inc.

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Douglas Boyce, Architect

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Charleston Interiors (843) 577-0480

World Stone Distributors (843) 744- 5665

Creative Counter Tops (843) 881-8315

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Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc. (843) 763-7717 Design On Tap Bath and Kitchen Gallery (843) 329-0661 Ferguson Enteprises, Inc. (843) 747-6301

DIG Landscapes (843) 327-4372

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Natural Gas

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Outdoor Furniture

Backyard Retreats, Inc. (843) 856-0049

HWC Custom Cabinetry (843) 207-0750

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

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Southeast Kitchens (843) 795-8809

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Structural Insulated Panels Amerisips (843) 637-4311


Express Sunrooms (843) 534-3233

Window Film

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Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. Southern Lumber and Millwork Corp.

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AGM Imports Hostetler Custom Cabinetry

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AGM Imports Vitoria International World Stone

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Seacoast Properties of Charleston


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Port City Glass and Mirror


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Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. Carolina Machine Finishing Pro-Roofing & Siding

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Solartek Energy of Charleston


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Charleston Riverdogs


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AGM Imports Atlantic Stone Creative Countertops Fieldstone Center of Charleston Inc. Granite Shop Lowcountry Paver Vetrostone USA Vitoria International World Stone Distributors

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Express Sunrooms Renovators, The

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Alaglass Pools of Charleston Aqua Blue Pools Blue Haven Pools Clear Blue Pools Inc. Crystal Clear Pools

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Ledford's Termite & Pest Control, Inc. Palmetto Exterminators

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Buckhannon Brothers Tile Lowcountry Tile Contractors Melcer Tile Company Inc. Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. Precision Flooring Group

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Charleston Designer Showroom Elite Furniture Upholstery, LLC Not Just Fabrics

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Low Country Iron & Woodworks


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Structured Insulated Panels Structured Wiring


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Water Purification

Whole House Audio

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CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN â&#x20AC;˘ Winter 2012


LOOSE ENDS This winter, our issue has been focused on kitchens and cozying up. Check out the recipes below (as well as the restaurants that inspired them) to add a warm, homemade touch to your chilly days.

Two Boroughs Larder 186 Coming St., Downtown | (843) 637-3722 Operated by husband and wife team Josh and Heather Keeler, Two Boroughs Larder is one of the hippest restaurants in town. Their menu changes constantly, incorporating a vast array of local produce to create unique dishes. Two Boroughs Larder specializes in providing American-style food, quality wines, and an impressive list of craft beers.

Pork Shank Ragu Bianco and Chestnut Ravioli From the kitchen of Two Boroughs Larder

An intricate recipe for a cool winter evening, this comfort food is accompanied by a hint of gourmet fair. Incorporating ingredients like white wine, thyme, and pancetta, this recipe is sure to be a winner. Try this for a date night in or impress the in-laws with this delicious cuisine. * for full recipe, visit

Goat. Sheep. Cow. 106 Church St., Downtown | (843) 480-2526 A specialty market at its finest, Goat. Sheep. Cow. prides itself on offering the best cheeses from all over the world. Located in the heart of Charlestonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art district, the cheese market provides the perfect ingredients for a romantic meal or dinner party. In addition, they offer olive oil, honeys, jams, and dried fruits to accompany their wide variety of cheeses.

Cheese Fondue Inspired by Goat. Sheep. Cow.


1 garlic clove, halved crosswise 1 1/2 cups dry white wine 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 teaspoons kirsch 1/2 pound Emmental cheese, coarsely grated (2 cups) 1/2 pound Gruyere, coarsely grated (2 cups)


CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN â&#x20AC;˘ Winter 2012


Rub the inside of a 4-quart pot with the cut sides of garlic, and then discard the garlic. Add white wine to the pot and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. In a separate cup, stir together the cornstarch and kirsch. Gradually add the cheese to the wine in the pot, stirring constantly in a zigzag pattern (not in a circular motion) to prevent the cheese from lumping. Cook until the cheese is melted and creamy, but do not let it boil. Stir the cornstarch mixture again, and mix into the cheese fondue. Bring the fondue to a simmer and cook until thickened (5 to 8 minutes); stir continually. Transfer the cheese fondue to a fondue pot set over a flame, and serve with bread for dipping.

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