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features 114 • la dolce vita

In a delightful, Mt. Pleasant cottage lives the queen of all things sweet and delicious— Kristin Cobb, proprietor of Charleston’s favorite bakery, Cupcake. Peruse the pages of “La Dolce Vita” to learn about the entrepreneurial spirit, the beloved family, and the welcoming home of Cupcake’s heart and soul.

129 • home show preview We bring you a sneak peek of our January event held at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium. Don’t miss out on meeting some of the Lowcountry’s most talented home professionals, chatting with ASID interior designers about upcoming projects, and viewing the décor featured in our White Room Challenge.

133 • wine-oh! Stained wood, warm lighting, and impressive natural stone make wine cellars and wet bars some of the most luxurious and character-filled rooms in a house. “WineOh!” (a particularly exciting feature for some CH+D editors) will help you discover the perfect space to illuminate your collection and taste your favorite wines. p. 114

153 • quintessential kitchens Are you wanting to redo your kitchen (or start from scratch in a new home), but feeling overwhelmed with the myriad of decisions required? Take a look at our “Quintessential Kitchens” feature to get inspired.

202 • dwell well The spaces of our home that we open up to our friends and extended family—our living rooms and dining rooms—are the ones we want to show off the most. If you’re looking for the creativity to spruce up your entertaining rooms, check out ten top-notch, professionally designed rooms located right here in the Lowcountry.

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CH+D offers you exclusive coverage of the 2012 CRAN Design Charrette. Over 30 local architects banded together this past October to develop eco-friendly, budgetconscious home designs for local branches of Habitat for Humanity.

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in every issue departments

columns 26 Editor's Note 48 Meet + Greet 52 Ask the Experts 64 HomeWork 66 Your Money's Worth 68 Hidden Treasure 70 Pro on the Go 72 Crafted in Charleston 110 He Said/She Said 223 Ad Directory 224 Reader Info Center 226 Loose Ends

industry profiles 83 Building Blocks 84 Architects + Archetypes 86 Design Dilemma

Pictured on Cover: Kristin Cobb photographed in her kitchen in September 2012

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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 • 50 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 • 55 With winter comes cozy gatherings of family and friends including game nights in the den, dinner parties in the dining room, and marshmallowroasting bonfires on the patio. Check out how you too could be hosting some impressive fêtes before the season’s end.

nature/nurture • 74 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 • 89 Peruse the impressive results of transformative home projects courtesy of several local companies.

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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 threats of coastal living like rust, water damage, and hurricanes.

This issue, the CH+D crew had the opportunity to visit the chic, Mt. Pleasant home of Cupcake bakery owner Kristin Cobb and husband Darryl. The sweet couple invited us in to meet their son, Bodie, Kristin’s mom, Carol Kuhlke, and their two playful pups. Sending us home with a bakery box of fresh cupcakes (Yes, we did eat all of those cupcakes pictured on the cover!), Kristin and Darryl were more than the epitomic picture of Southern hospitality.

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charleston HOME+DESIGN Publisher • Timothy A. Barkley

Production Editor • Christy Conway Art Director • Patrick Brickman Graphic Designer • Matthew Bolt Associate Editor • Megan Busch Production Coordinator • Corie Turner Interns • Ashley Holliday, Emily Mecredy

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New Home Charleston (NHC) has not independently tested any services or products advertised herein and has verified no claims made by its advertisers regarding those services or products. NHC makes no warranties or representations and assumes no liability for any claims regarding such services or products. Readers are advised to consult with the advertiser and/or other home repair/renovation professionals regarding any such claims and regarding the suitability of an advertiser’s products. No reproduction of printed materials is permitted without the consent of the Publisher of Charleston Home + Design magazine. Copyright 2013 by New Home Charleston, Inc., all rights reserved.


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n these colder months, there is nothing better than experimenting in the kitchen with a new stew, casserole, or bread recipe. I find that completing a warm, new dish for family and friends can provide such joy. I also find that cooking can be stressful in the wrong environment, such as a kitchen with poor lighting, inadequate counter space, or malfunctioning appliances. With a little imagination and a few great home-improvement professionals, though, the kitchen of your dreams can be ready for you to make gazpachos, salsas, and salads by the time spring emerges. To develop your transformative ideas, take a peek at our “Quintessential Kitchens� feature and learn the finest ingredients for creating a consummate kitchen. And if that whets your taste buds, inspiring you to transform all of your entertaining spaces, the “Dwell Well� feature is something to explore. It will show you that interior design is more than a hobby; it’s an art form. If you’d simply like to dabble in a few home updates, our “Trends� department will direct you to some entertaining pieces from the Lowcountry that are not to be missed.

Since everything comprising a home expresses who we are and what we’d like to be, the home is personal. Thanks for letting us in.

Christy Conway, Editor

And finally, what meal wouldn’t be complete without some wine and dessert? Pore through 10 pages of wine cellars and wet bars before delving into our cover feature, “La Dolce Vita,� about Kristin Kuhlke Cobb, proprietor of local sweet spot Cupcake.

P.S.–For a daily dose of CH+D’s advice, follow the (RED)itors on Twitter @CHDmag, friend us on Facebook, and check out our ideabooks on Houzz, a site and app for home improvement aspirants.







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January 25-27, 2013 at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium



he 10 Annual Charleston Home + Design Show is happening the weekend of January 25-27, 2013. The downtown home show that people have loved for years will take place at a new location while Gaillard Auditorium undergoes a major renovation. Our new, temporary home— The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium—will be completely transformed from a football stadium to a home-and-design

Mecca with over 100 of the best local companies setting up elaborate displays on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. With over 30,000 square feet of displays located inside the Stadium's $40 million expansion (including The Citadel's exclusive Pearson Club Level on the 4th Floor), our event is rain or shine. Everything is covered, heated, and protected from the elements. Plus, there is free parking!

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CHALLENGE Sponsored by Ethan Allen Charleston Home + Design magazine will be staging our own version of the popular reality show on HGTV. We start with four rooms, each 100-square-feet, built onsite at the stadium, all painted white. Four Ethan Allen interior designers will be tasked with transforming each room into an amazing space in only 12 hours. Vote on your favorite room; CH+D will make a donation to the winning room’s charity of choice!


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and the cabinetry. Here to walk you through the cornucopia of options and upgrades, the editors at CH+D have chosen a few amazing, local kitchens to get your creative juices simmering. And, because you’ll likely want to snag some design aspects (they’re that imitation-worthy!), we’ve pulled out a few complementary elements for your purchasing pleasure.

Builder: Priester's Custom Contracting, LLC (843) 200-8495 |

Art Mosaics of the Carolinas

Interior Designer: MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939 |

Designed by Stephen Mays | Built by R.M. Buck Builders, Inc. | Lighting by Charleston Lighting and Interiors | Story by Christy Conway


o matter what your flavor—modern, rustic, cottage, or vintage—and no matter which your kitchen layout—galley, pullman, horseshoe, or island—one thing on which everyone can agree is that a quintessential kitchen can only be made with high-quality ingredients. Each portion is important in affecting the final outcome: the lights, the appliances,

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e all love our home’s living spaces; they’re the relaxing, kick-off-your-shoes rooms, the watch-a-movie-on-the-couch rooms, the grab-a-bowl-of-cereal-before-work rooms. Our dining rooms and living rooms aren’t just for our immediate family, though. They’re the places in which we entertain. And when we want to put our best hosting foot

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HOME+DESIGN NEWS ★ ★ What’s Happening in Charleston’s Home and Design Industry

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Eco Deco Honors Interior Designers

T. PLEASANT— Throughout the years, local home décor companies have realized the benefit of building strong relationships with the interior design community. Eco Deco—a green, healthconscious paint company— has chosen to honor those designers who have fallen in love with their paints by connecting them with Lowcountry homeowners. Bertrand Valero of Eco Deco expresses, “Our experience tells us that selecting paint colors can be a very stressful and overwhelming process for homeowners. They come in the store and say, ‘There are too many choices; there are so many hues of the same color. I can’t even tell the difference between them.’” Eco Deco’s approach has always been to make this selection process as easy as possible. To do this, the company partnered with local interior designers to create the “Wall of Colors,” which features each designer’s favorite color palette on enlarged swatches. This visual representation allows shoppers the opportunity to see color trends and become inspired by the industry professionals’ picks.

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Showcasing these local designers and their projects was the next natural step for Eco Deco. The Designer of the Month program highlights the work of a particular designer each month so that homeowners can see the paint within the context of a room. To top off the 2012 Designer of the Month year, Eco Deco hosted a Designer of the Year party in which each of the nine featured designers submitted their best project utilizing Eco Deco paints. Participants included Lara Raih of GDC Home, Annise Blackwell of Annise Blackwell Interior Design, Denise Maksimowitz of Denmak Design, Cristina Swinney of Island Interiors, Hunter Graybill of Hunter Phelps Interiors, Theresa Bishop of Herlong and Associates, Betsy Bamberg of Market Place Interiors, Jesse Phipps of ink Interiors, and Regina Garcia of Regina Garcia Design. Introduced with a drumroll, the 2012 Designer of the Year is Annise Blackwell. Congratulations on your hard work and impeccable eye for cohesive, creative interior design!

(top) Karly Cortes of Charleston Home + Design magazine, Karim Hiouel of Eco Deco Paints, Designer of the Year Annise Blackwell, Christopher Rose of Christopher Rose Architects, Leslie Roberts Norton of the Art Institute of Charleston, and Timothy Barkley of Charleston Home + Design magazine (above) A red carpet (along with the paparazzi team of CH+D) donned the entrance of Eco Deco to add a touch of glamor to the evening. (below) Eco Deco revealed the Wall of Colors which showcases the top picks of local interior designers.

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Max G. Crosby Construction and Ginger Brewton Interiors, LLC to Work with Coastal Living Magazine


ANIEL ISLAND—Coastal Living magazine has selected local construction company Max G. Crosby to be the general contractor and Ginger Brewton to take on the interior design of the 2013 Idea House. Construction began on Daniel Island in December 2012, and the project will be complete in June of this year. The companies are looking forward to showcasing their talent on a national level. The home will be open for tours during July, August, and September of 2013.

Photograph by Matt Bolt

For more information, call Max G. Crosby Construction at (843) 766-9976 or visit To speak with Ginger, call (843) 270 7491 or visit Jamison Howard of Max G. Crosby Construction with Ginger Brewton of Ginger Brewton Interiors, LLC

HGTV Dream Home Opens to Public


IAWAH ISLAND— Charleston has eagerly watched the building progression of this year’s HGTV Dream Home that was constructed in Kiawah Island’s Indigo Park neighborhood. The home was designed by architect Christopher Rose, who was kind enough to share a sketch

Architectural Sketch of the HGTV 2013 Dream Home, Which Just Received Platinum LEED Certification


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of his design with our readers. Tour the home in person now through March. For more information about Christopher Rose Architects, P. A., call (843) 559-7670 or visit For more information about HGTV Dream Home, visit

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Remark Landscape Architecture Participates in PARK(ing) Day

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OWNTOWN—PARK(ing ) Day is a lesser-known festivity celebrated throughout America by artists, designers, and citizens who convert metered parking spots into mini public parks. The idea is to create beauty in a public space that is normally used for a mundane purpose (like parking a car) and bring awareness to the way citizens choose to use

public lands. During lunch on September 29, 2012, J.R. Kramer of Remark Landscape Architecture transformed an upper-King Street parking spot into a peaceful spot, featuring lush greenery and blooming plants in celebration of PARK(ing) Day. For more information, call (843) 7469573 or visit

MW Hunter Custom Interiors Launches New Candle Line

Photograph by Matt Bolt


EST ASHLEY—The Votivo candle company, based in Spartanburg, has gained national acclaim as the favorite candle of stars such as Madonna, Rihanna, and George Lopez. Each deliciously smelling candle—in fragrances like Black Ginger, Bright Leaf Tobacco, and Red Currant—is hand-packaged and hand-sealed, giving it a special, homegrown touch. MW Hunter Custom Interiors in West Ashley is now

Votivo Candles at MW Hunter Custom Interiors in West Ashley

an authorized dealer of Votivo candles; stop by and pick up a sample (or a new candle) next time you’re in the area.

For more information, call (843) 556-4939 or visit Find their showroom at 1722 Ashley River Road in West Ashley.

Energy One America Hosts Ugliest Crawl Space Competition

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HARLESTON—Energy One America, which was named one of the fastest growing businesses by SC Biz News, decided to spread the word about their crawl space encapsulation service. To do so, they hosted the Ugliest Crawl Space Competition through their social media networks. After

sorting through many submissions, the team at Energy One declared the home of Hannah Shumaker the winner. Hannah will receive a $500 credit towards a crawl space encapsulation project. For more information, call (843) 3886260 or visit

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(above) Circa Lighting's Newly Remodeled Showroom (right) Karly Cortes of Charleston Home + Design with Matthew McLaughlin and Steele Trotter of Circa Lighting

Circa Lighting Redesigns King Street Boutique


OWNTOWN—Circa Lighting is hailed as one of the most high-fashion lighting boutiques on the peninsula, and the shopping experience there has just become even better. The team at Circa Lighting has thought-

fully redesigned their upper King Street shop to match their national branding campaign of striking, yet simplistic, design. The new layout features a more spacious floor plan, more room to work with the in-house staff, and eye-catching

window displays. The revision is sure to wow each shopper who steps inside. For more information, call (843) 937-5990 or visit Find their showroom at 426 King Street, Charleston.

New Consignment Store Opens in the Neck Area


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OWNTOWN—After searching for the perfect downtown location for nearly three years, Linda Kammel (owner of Lowcountry Consignments and Victoria’s Furniture) has opened Charleston Consignment Co. on North Nassau Street between Morrison Drive and Meeting Street. Of her new location, Linda dotes, “I love the diversity and energy of the neck area; it is filled with student activity, restaurants, bars, and other emerging businesses. I can see a bright future in this end of Charleston. We're glad to be here.” The new store houses everything from art to furniture. Shop often because the inventory is always changing.

Linda Kammel of Lowcountry Consignments, Victoria's Furniture, and Charleston Consignment Co.

For more information, call (843) 720-5282 or visit Find their showroom at 464 N. Nassau Street, Downtown Charleston.

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Moluf’s Expands Showroom on East Bay Street


OW N T OW N — U n d e r s t a n d i n g the need for a showroom that inspires vision and creativity within homeowners, Moluf’s has expanded their display area to showcase even more kitchen and bathroom options. Their new setup includes Plain and Fancy brand cabinetry provided by Sandra Gaylord of Gaylord Design; lighting by Carolina Lanterns; countertops by Palmetto Surfacing, World Granite, LLC, and World Stone Distributors; five farm sinks; five new faucet brands; multiple vanities; five freestanding tubs; and one working Microsilk tub (the height of bathroom technology, deemed “the fountain of youth”). A real-life representation of installed fixtures allows the shopper to envision the displayed products in his or her own home.

Moluf's newly remodeled showroom features numerous installations of plumbing fixtures, sinks, toilets, and tubs so that homeowners can glean inspiration for their own house.

For more information, call (843) 723-4881 or visit Find their showroom at 530 East Bay Street, Downtown Charleston

The Pendergrass Moving Company, LLC Opens Private, Climate-Controlled Storage Facility

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HARLESTON—The Pendergrass Moving Company now offers private, climate-controlled storage for their customers. Mandi Pendergrass notes, “We’re able to store household goods as well as office and commercial goods. Items that benefit from a climate controlled environment include antiques, fine furnishings, art, photos, heirlooms, furniture, electronics, and important documents. A climate-controlled and monitored environment is important to prevent warping, mold, pest infestation, and other problems caused by improper temperature control.” To offer maximum security, the Pendergrass staff checks on stored items daily, ensuring that their customers’ possessions are tucked away safely.

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Jay Miller of HWC Custom Cabinetry Demonstrating the Functionality of the Murphy Bed

HWC Custom Cabinetry Now Specializes in Murphy Beds


ORTH CHARLESTON— Forget hideous wall panels masking the murphy beds of the past; you can have the same convenience and space-saving technology hidden behind beautiful custom cabi-

netry. The murphy beds that HWC Custom Cabinetry is now building are not only stunning, but also easy to use. They utilize one-person, one-handed, simple hardware that makes offering a good night’s rest a cinch. With

beauty and quick accessibility, it’s no wonder that murphy beds are coming back in style. For more information, call (843) 207-0750 or visit

Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. Offers New Door Options from Craftsmen in Wood


AMES ISLAND—Buck Lumber now carries a new line of doors, Craftsmen in Wood, which specializes in handrubbed finishes as well as artistic distresses and carvings. Dale Fort of Buck Lumber describes, “When locals think of millwork, we want them to think of Buck Lumber. In order for that to happen, we have to be exceptional. Craftsmen in Wood is an exceptional company with exceptional products that we’re proud to carry.” The new line is a welcomed addition to Buck Lumber’s offerings. For more information, call (843) 795-0150 or visit


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Dale Fort of Buck Lumber and Building Supply Showcasing the New Craftsmen in Wood Door Line Available in Multiple Finishes and Styles

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RS Custom Homes Teams with Lowcountry Orphan Relief to Complete New Construction


ORTH CHARLESTON—On November 8, 2012, RS Custom Homes broke ground on a new distribution center in North Charleston for Lowcountry Orphan Relief, a non-profit organization that works to help children in need in the TriCounty area. At the new facility, volunteers will organize and receive materials such as clothes, school supplies, and toiletries. As orders from a variety of sources (such as caseworkers and teachers) come in, volunteers will distribute the resources to area children in need of supplies.

Chip and Zac Naramore of RS Custom Homes meet with members of the press and volunteers for Lowcountry Orphan Relief to break ground on the new distribution center.

If you would like to learn more or if you would like to donate to Lowcountry Orphan Relief, visit To learn more about the involvement of RS Custom Homes, call (843) 514-7521 or visit

Two of CH+D’s Favorite Companies Take Home Prism Awards


Tommy Priester of Priester's Custom Contracting (above) and Steve Kendrick of Structures Building Company (right) both accepting Prism Awards from Heather Pound of The Post and Courier.


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OWNTOWN—At the 2012 Prism Awards Ceremony hosted by the Charleston Homebuilders Association, two noteworthy local companies went home with a coveted glass trophy— Structures Building Company and Priester’s Custom Contracting. Structures won the award for the best single-family home in the $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 category. Priester’s Custom Contracting brought in two awards: the Excellence in Customer Service award and the Best Remodeling Project between $150,000 and $300,000 award. We commend the

two companies for their hard work in the 2012 year! To contact these builders, call Structures Building Company at (843) 856-6901 or visit Priester’s Custom Contracting can be reached at (843) 2008495 or at

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Local Building Company Southern Structures, Inc. Branches Out with Handyman Services such as carpentry work, sheetrock installation and repair, painting, plastering, masonry, plumbing, electrical work, HVAC maintenance, replacing windows, repairing roofs and gutters, and pressure washing. The best part? Ben and his crew are on call 24 hours a day for emergencies (like when that pesky water pipe bursts at two o'clock in the morning). For more information, call (843) 442-7354 or visit

Photograph by Matt Bolt

CHARLESTON—Since many people today are buying existing homes or staying in their current homes longer, Ben Daniel of Southern Structures saw the growing need for a trusted handyman. So, he created a new branch of his building company known as Daniel Handy Home Services. Being a builder has helped Ben learn the ins and outs of each aspect of a house, allowing him to fix just about any problem that may arise. The list of his repair capabilities is endless, including tasks

Ben Daniel of Southern Structures, Inc.

World Stone Distributors Moves to New Showroom off of Clements Ferry Road

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HARLESTON— The folks at World Stone Distributors have been doing business off of Clements Ferry Road for years. Carefully looking at their status-quo setup, owner Giuseppe Telara knew that they needed a change—more warehouse room and less showroom space. While homeowners like to see stone installed in a showroom (and World Stone still has plenty of display space), one of the unique experiences when shopping for natural stone is choosing one's own slab. At their new location—a 50,000 squarefoot facility also located off of Clements Ferry Road—homeowners can peruse natural slabs and choose the perfect one for their project.

World Stone Distributors' natural stone warehouse is home to thousands of slabs on display for the public.

World Stone Distributors is now located at 414 Jessen Lane off of Clements Ferry Road. For more information, call (843)744-5665 or visit


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Daniel Island Audio/Video and Structured Wiring, LLC Opens New Show Room


ANIEL ISLAND—Daniel Island Audio/Video has decided to move their showroom from Seven Farms Drive to a new location in Charleston’s island town—Jessen Lane off of Clements Ferry Road. The new location will be highly accessible to shopping homeowners and close to other industry professionals who have made their home on Clements Ferry Road.

Photograph by Matt Bolt

For more information, call (843) 4712990 or visit To stop by the new showroom, go to 474A Jessen Lane, Charleston, SC.

(above) The new Daniel Island Audio/ Video showroom welcomes shopping homeowners. (right) Eleanor Black and Jerry Tollison outside of their showroom.

Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. Now Carrying Laminan by Crossville


ORTH CHARLESTON—Laminan, a thin, porcelain, skin-like tile, is one of the most unique wall-covering options available; it can actually be installed over outdated ceramic tile on the walls without removing the original, old tile. Its usability doesn’t end in the bathroom and kitchen, though. Laminan is also suitable for boats and outdoor areas. The large, onemeter by three-meter panels will last as long as any other porcelain material. In addition, they require no sealing, stripping, waxing, or refinishing. You can now find Laminan locally at Palmetto Tile Distributors. For more information, call (843) 266-8700 or visit


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(above left) Laminan by Crossville Installed in the Restroom at Ms. Rose's Restaurant in West Ashley (above) Laminan Color Options

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{ Bacco Italian Restaurant Serves Up Yummy Lunch Dishes {


T. PLEASANT—A young entrepreneur, Michael




opened Bacco Italian Restaurant in 2007 at the ripe age of 25, offering delicious dishes with Italian inspiration from Venice and Naples. Boy, were we impressed by the authentic Italian spread he laid out for the CH+D team! We savored four different antipasti treats, followed by several tasty entrees. To complete the dining experience, we eagerly sampled two gourmet Italian desserts. With a meal like this, we left the Mt. Pleasant eatery more than satisfied with Michael's culinary creations. To grab a bite, make a dinner reservation by calling (843) 884-6969 or stop by for lunch at 976 Houston Northcutt Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant.

ANTIPASTI •Sformato (chilled beet custard with parmigiano poppy seed frico) •Salumi and Formaggio •Vongole al Forno (little neck clams fire roasted with white wine and parsley) •House-Made Mozzarella and Prosciutto •Insalata di Polpo (which showcased grilled octopus, a new treat for the entire CH+D team) ENTREES •Margherita Pizza •Salumi Toscani Panuozzi (Italian sandwich with house-made mozzarella and Tuscan salumi) •Bucatini Amatriciana (Bucatini pasta with pepperoncini-flavored tomato sauce, guanciale and pecorino cheese) •Pasta al Forno (butternut squash gnocchi with sage and smoked provala) DESSERTS •Budino alla Modica (roasted habanero- and cinnamon-flavored chocolate custard) •Panettone Bread Pudding

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youngest child, Ansley, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, the McEvoy family experienced this change first-hand. Not only do medical bills pile up, but travel costs to appropriate hospitals (including gas and hotel fares) add to the expenses. Amy McEvoy, the matriarch of the family, decided to do something for other families in the same situation; she founded The Journey House, a nonprofit organization in the Lowcountry that helps families afford the additional costs associated with having a child who is suffering from a chronic or life-threatening illness.

Amy McEvoy Pictured with her Family on the Steps of their Mt. Pleasant Home


OWNTOWN—If a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, the life of each member of the family changes dramatically. When their


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Currently, they’re working with America's Home Place to construct a home for families to stay while their children are receiving care at MUSC. To get involved or donate, visit The Journey House website at


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Festival of Houses and Gardens March 21-April 20, 2013 Downtown Charleston For more information, visit

10th Annual Charleston Antique Show March 22-24, 2013 Memminger Auditorium Downtown Charleston For more information, visit

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Design In Mind Photography by Matt Bolt

The number-one room homeowners choose to remodel is the kitchen. To navigate the project on one’s own, however, is no piece of cake; there’s more to it than simply making decisions about color swatches and granite samples. Hailed as an expert in “all things kitchen,” Nancy Jo Klug, owner of The Charleston Design Cottage (a local kitchen design company), helps homeowners achieve the kitchen of their dreams, and after talking with her about her methods, we can see how.

Nancy Jo Klug of The Charleston Design Cottage

With a prospective client, how do you begin the design process? The first questions I always ask are “What problems are you having in your current kitchen?” and “What would you like to see in your new kitchen?” After all, my goal is to create the homeowners' perfect kitchen, not mine. Before our first sit-down appointment, I usually suggest that they pick up a couple of shelter magazines (including Charleston Home + Design) and flag kitchens that appeal to them. By looking at the pictures, I can usually point out a pattern or consistency in their choices that will help define their present sense of style. During this first appointment, we discuss the need to shop for appliances very early in the design process, as they determine cabinet placement. This shopping trip is also a good way to help them define a realistic budget for the project (and perhaps experience a bit of sticker shock in private). Kitchen remodels can be expensive. How do you broach the subject of budget?


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Budget is a sensitive area for most, but I let clients know that I can’t and don’t start designing without one. My job is to respect their financial comfort level and stay within it. No one wins if every time they walk into their kitchen, they think of the items that had to be eliminated or their discomfort from knowing they spent more than they could afford. Our shared goal is to create a room that brings joy each time they enter it. What advice do you have for homeowners who feel overwhelmed with the idea of remodeling their kitchen? I find that most people get intimidated for three reasons: they don’t know where to start, they think they have to make all the decisions at one time, and they believe they will make mistakes. I’m famous for saying, “Look at everything and fall in love with one thing. That one item is what we will build the design around.” I suggest that they take a look at cabinets, floors, countertops, and appliances. Within those arenas, something will catch their eye (or soul), and that is where we

One of Nancy Jo Klug's Favorite Kitchen Remodels from Her Career

start the design process. Each subsequent item will be chosen to flatter or coordinate the original inspirational item or give purpose to it. What do you do as the designated project leader to alleviate the homeowner’s worries about mistakes?

lems related to any choices are discussed. Issues and decisions can be revisited as many times as needed until they are comfortable with the design. I tell the homeowners that their job is to look forward to their new room; my job is to make sure they have a design they love that is based on safety, budget, efficiency, function, and aesthetics.

I remind the homeowners, when necessary, that I’m here to make sure they don’t make mistakes. The benefits and potential prob-

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SIPs: Savings in your PocketbookS Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) Prove that Homes Can Be Built Better and Faster The desire to own a home that has architectural character, uses quality materials, is of a manageable size, and produces an energy bill that is half the cost of the neighbors’ is an emerging movement in home construction for obvious reasons. The Verdi Company is responding to those desires by offering a soup-to-nuts service that includes design, development, and construction of low environmental-impact homes by taking advantage of company owner David Hill’s experience as an architect and general contractor. With his green designs, combined with his in-house manufactured Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), David's work lives up to the company name: Verdi. SIPs are structural “sandwiches” of wood skins bonded to high density foam that provide primary structure, insulation, and sheathing all in one piece. The use of these prefabricated SIPs

allows a home to be “in the dry” within a week, produces less onsite material waste, and requires smaller heating and air conditioning systems. Because these quasi-custom homes are not traditionally stick-built, The Verdi Company promises they are building better, more efficient homes that save both the environment and money. To build your new, green home with Verdi, call (843) 475-3317 or visit

Relief from the Sun A Hardly Noticeable Film Makes You Notice the Benefits of Being Green Living in the continually sunny Lowcountry, do you feel compelled to take advantage of solar energy even though you’re not ready to commit to a full solar-power system in your home? Good news! We at CH+D have found a new product that lets you participate passively in solar heating. Solar film for windows heightens your home’s interaction with the sun’s power without calling for a major remodel.

ing, you would be using drastically less energy to cool your home in the summer months. Also, solar film blocks 99 percent of UV rays, keeping your furniture and home décor safe from fading. With solar film, a solar panel construction project is avoided, electric bills are lowered, costly furniture is spared, and the earth thanks you.

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“I think homeowners should have a clear idea of what they need. Then, I think the number-one thing they should look for is the quality of the piece (which can be determined by manufacturer). Also, homeowners should consider customer service. If you have someone that knows the pieces, knows the furniture, and knows what you’re looking for, the shopping experience will be better. We have a great staff at all of our stores. They’re all wellinformed and very good at what they do. They are always able to assist shoppers with their selections”

“The first things you always want to ask about are how long the company has been in business and how long they’ve been working with garage doors. Also, it’s important to know if their installers actually work for them (rather than being subcontracted out). Today, there are a lot of companies that use subcontractors. All of our guys work for us, so we have control over the entire process. Also, because All About Garage Doors is growing, I’m not able to be on every job site. Since I hire each employee personally, I know that they will get the job done right.”

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“I would look for experience from the standpoint of general pest control, which is a fairly risk-free service to purchase. However, if you are talking about termite control, you need to ask the prospective company a lot of very detailed questions. How many Formosan termite infestations have they seen? How many infestations have they repaired? How long have they been in business? I would look for a business that has been here for a long time, is a substantial size company, and has the wherewithal to handle termite damage claims. These factors go a long way in validating how good the company is.”

“Always ask if the inspectors give a guarantee or warranty with their service. We want satisfied customers, so we offer a satisfaction guarantee with our service. If somebody is not happy with our work, we will refund his or her money and pay for another inspector to look at the house . We also include a 90-day home warranty with every inspection. Even though the inspection is a snapshot in time, sometimes things happen after the inspector has been there, and the 90-day warranty covers many concerns that may arise within that time frame.”

For more information, call Charleston Consignment Co. at (843) 720-5282 or visit

“First and foremost, you want to work with a reputable company, one that has been in business for a while. The homeowners need to do their research to make sure that they are dealing with a business that has insurance and is licensed. There are a lot of ways to do audio and video in a house, and it is a costly venture. You want to work with someone who has experience. Technology is constantly changing, and unless you are working with someone who has experience, you are going to run into headaches. The more reputable companies help you avoid that.”

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This coffered and barrel-vaulted foyer ceiling is one of the jaw-dropping features that qualified this house as a must-see on the Homes by Architects Tour on Daniel Island last year. With custom mouldings and tongue-and-groove, v-edge construction, the homeowners will never see any imperfections despite the difficulty associated with installing barrel-vaulted ceilings. And, they can brag to guests upon entry that their ceiling is made from the same wood (Sapele) used to manufacture 36-string harps and the decorative interior trim of Cadillacs.

Blue beadboard porch ceilings have been a tradition in the Lowcountry since the Victorian era. Some say it is because the color is reminiscent of the sky, but Gullah folklore dictates that the color blue (or “Haint Blue”) was applied to doors, window frames, and porch ceilings to keep away evil spirits. No matter the reason, many Charlestonians still appreciate the style which can be achieved using high-quality, four-foot by eight-foot ply bead sheets.

Why use drywall when wood paneling gives a ceiling character? For a room like a study or a den, deep, rich paneling adds the necessary atmosphere—a combination of masculinity, class, and coziness. With such dramatic moulding—milled by Southern, family-owned company Stewart Brannen Millwork—homeowners are able to construct new homes that feel historic or update older homes with a period-appropriate charm. Who knew ceilings could be such an important aspect in home design?

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A charming addition to any porch, dark-stained cypress ceilings allow a tea-sipping marsh observer to feel one with nature. Because cypress does not cup or twist like other species of wood, it is the perfect material to have installed in such an exposed portion of the home. Also, cypress easily accepts a range of finishes, including fine oils and stains. These particular panels are tinted to perfectly match the warm tones seen in the exterior doors. For more information, call Liberty Cedar at (843) 744-0450 or visit

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teve Meyer and his wife built their home in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of River Towne after falling in love with the location for its sprawling golf courses and beautiful views. While moving to Charleston had always been a dream for the couple, they had no immediate plans to relocate. Once they found the perfect lot, the Meyers’ decided to seize the opportunity and make Mt. Pleasant their new home. Steve, a California native, has been

Steve Meyer of Precision Flooring Group

with Precision Flooring for only a few years, but he has a lifetime of experience. “I’ve spent 45 years in the tile business. I’m the third generation of experts, and I’m a certified tile installer,” Steve notes. While Precision Flooring offers wood, vinyl, tile, and carpet, Steve is most passionate about tile. For more information about Precision Flooring Group, call (843) 762-9380 or visit

Steve got creative with the tiling patterns in his home. The most striking element is the black granite frame surrounding the center of the kitchen. By choosing tiles that match the island’s countertop, Steve developed a design element that adds visual interest and variety to the floor, while offering a clean and low-maintenance alternative to an area rug.

Originally, Steve chose larger tiles for the kitchen backsplash to match the floor, but a few years later he opted to replace the existing tiles with smaller, mosaic-style tiles. After a long search, Steve decided on these one-inch glass and slate pieces to match the countertops.


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he 2012 hurricane season came to a close with very few local threats, but that’s no reason for Charlestonians to become complacent. Truly unpredictable, the 2013 season could bring gushing rains, intense winds, and all other hazards accompanying a high-category storm. Now is the time to begin preparing your home. Ever wonder if adding hurricane shutters is a good investment? Check out our investigation into the value of these popular window protectants to find out for yourself.

One of the main causes of hurricane damage is the penetration of a home’s windows and doors by flying debris. Once the windows are broken, wind can enter the home, creating increased pressure inside the house that could literally force the roof to detach from the structure. Hurricane shutters are installed to protect the building envelope (the outer walls and roof ) and to prevent this wind pressure from entering.

tially eliminating the hassle and cost of rebuilding, remodeling, or replacing belongings after a storm. Furthermore, with the passing of the Omnibus Coastal Property Insurance Reform Act of 2007, insurance companies are required to offer discounts for homes with substantial hurricane protection. Grants are also available to promote hurricane-safe homes. For example, if the structure of your home is insured for less than $300,000, you can qualify for a matching grant up to $10,000; also, if your income is below a certain level, you can qualify for a full grant of $5,000 to protect your home from storm damage. These little, money-saving perks can truly add up in the long run.

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ighting designer and manufacturer Edward F. Caldwell & Co. of New York City designed lighting fixtures that helped affluent citizens transition smoothly from elegant candlelight to modern electricity in a time when many homes and public buildings were being electrified for the first time. Inspired by the traditional, ornamental aesthetics of the late 19th century, Caldwell and his partner Victor F. Von Lossberg created intricately designed lamps, lanterns, and chandeliers that were installed in landmarks such as the Rockefeller Center and the White House. This table lamp (shown right) would fit in a well-appointed foyer or office, reminding passersby of the amazing electrical transition Americans underwent. For more information, call Palmetto Moon Antiques at (843) 856-1881.

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questrian artwork dates back to the prehistoric era with depictions of the wild animal adorning cave walls. While the medium has changed, the symbolism remains the same: strength, beauty, and grace. One artist, who knew this more than most, was British painter Leonardo F. G. Cattermole, acclaimed for painting both horses and dogs in the midto late-19th century. It is no wonder a good number of Cattermole’s works are still sold and auctioned in Europe—he was an award winner at the French International Exhibition of 1855. This particular historical painting, featuring three spirited horses, is a rare gift to the Lowcountry. For more information, call (843) 795-9689 or visit

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his stately sideboard, created to hold and display fine silver and dishware, is especially worthy of collection for its unique, vertical drawers and impressive crotch (flame) mahogany veneer. Such veneer is identifiable by the dramatic v-grain of the wood, which is cut from the section of the tree from which the limbs and branches develop. Built in New York in the early 1800s, this piece (along with all American Federal pieces) is characterized by its straight legs and geometric inlay patterns. Functioning as a centerpiece of entertainment, this sideboard is both a conversation starter and a handsome addition to any dining room. For more information, call Leon Vanderbilt Antiques at (843) 577-0520 or visit


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Kevin inspects the client’s property. He determines the south-facing side of the roof (to maximize the UV light), makes sure there are no trees blocking the roof from the sun, and proceeds in designing a solar panel array on a piece of paper so that the client can envision the layout. This requires some simple math to make sure the panels (whether they are solar photovoltaic or solar hot water) fit on the home. Solar photovoltaic panels create electricity, while solar hot water panels heat and cycle hot water for the home.

eventually hold the solar panels onto the roof through hurricanes.


The technicians use a pulley system to raise the 30- to 100-pound panels onto the roof. These American-made panels are transported from Georgia. With such a short shipping time, this homeowner will be getting off the power grid in a matter of days. When they arrive, each panel is clamped to the rails in a portrait orientation.

DAY 6-8

Solar panel installers have to be both electricians and plumbers when installing water heating and electricity generating panels. On this day, Kevin and crew place inverters (electrical power converters) and run a wire connecting the panels to the meter and the electrical breaker box—the load center that distributes power to the home. Also, they


The SolarTEK team evaluates the roof’s age and condition. This Mt. Pleasant, marshside roof is mid-age but is in generally good shape. Because the project will be an extensive residential installation, Kevin promises to remove and reinstall all of the homeowners’ panels in a few years when they update their roof.

DAY 3-4

Two experienced SolarTEK technicians secure stainless steel and aluminum rails four feet apart on the roof. These rails will


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install copper pipes from the solar water heat panels to a new drain-back tank under the house. This tank pumps ten gallons of water up through the copper pipes and onto the roof to soak up the radiant heat from the sun.


Finally, the team connects their system to the homeowners’ wireless router so that when they log on to the internet, they can easily monitor the system. The installation is now ready for inspection by the town of Mt. Pleasant. When there is proof that SolarTEK has adhered to code, SCE&G commissions the system by putting in a meter that allows the home to feed electricity back into the power grid, thus drastically reducing the homeowners’ bill.

For more information, call SolarTEK Energy of Charleston at (843) 937-9999, or visit

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ongtime contractor Kevin Crout took his jack-ofall-trades knowledge and applied it to the up-andcoming field of solar energy. With an average of 230 days of sunshine in the Lowcountry per year, it only made sense. Since starting SolarTEK, he has yet to look back. The CH+D crew took a few days to shadow Kevin and his team of pros on the go, learning—surprisingly—that lowering utility bills by taking advantage of the sun is not quite the complex undertaking that one might imagine (or expect).

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The Craftswomen:

Libby Ganong of Add Libb Designs and Harper Bech-Correa of Not Just Fabrics

The Craft:

In the studio basement of Downtown Charleston’s Karpeles Museum, Libby stitches hundreds of one-size-fits-all, wearable-art handbags. These modified satchel bags are the result of years of experimentation with the goal of producing the perfect purse shape. Libby is not only known for her unique A-frame style but also for her threedimensional accents, such as silver Drings, buckles, shells, and chains.

The Backstory:

A late-twenties cultural anthropology major from the University of Virginia, Libby is not your typical seamstress. She taught herself to sew at the age of 12 on an old sewing machine purchased from a garage sale. Always creating her own patterns, weaving, and woodworking, it seems as if Libby was meant to be a hand-crafter. After college graduation, she moved to the Lowcountry to immerse herself in the thriving art scene (with no idea that purses would be her signature). Just two years later, she started Add Libb Designs with only a handful of styles. Now, her collection is vast and reflective of her maturity as a designer.


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The Process:

First, Libby purchases contemporary fabric from local suppliers like West Ashley, home-fabric store Not Just Fabrics. They have a revolving stock of high-end remnants (from furniture manufacturers) and bolts upon bolts of bright, sleek silk; rich, luxurious upholstery fabric; and fun, floral prints. Since a purse’s design starts with the fabric, this type of selection is essential for her business’ success. Harper Bech-Correa, owner of Not Just Fabrics, is a long-time friend to Libby. She often pulls out unique leathers from a stack in the back that she put aside just for Libby. Next, Libby buys her handle and hardware garnishes from Unites States manufacturers, making her work 100-percent American-made. Finally, once she melds her chosen elements, Libby takes her purses to market (locally, the Saturday morning Charleston Farmer’s Market). They fly off the racks at just under 100 dollars each.

For more information about Not Just Fabrics, call (843) 852-0837 or visit For more information about Add Libb Designs or to buy a hand-made purse, call (843) 469-9123 or visit

(top) Libby's designs feature an A-frame style with varying decorative accents. (above) Add Libb Designs' studio gives Libby and her team plenty of space to create. (below) With the help of Harper, Libby chooses high-quality, contemporary fabric for her unique purse creations.

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curve appeal Elongated Flower Bed By lining the wall, this narrow planting bed brings in a touch of green to the hardscapes in this outdoor living space. The foliage also serves as a visual transition from the pavers of the patio to the brick of the wall.

Matching Curves The low retaining wall provides an effective way to manage a multilevel lawn and is aesthetically pleasing. The shape of the retaining wall mirrors the curve of the fountain, creating a cohesive design.


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Tips and tricks for enhancing outdoor enjoyment

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Miniature Hedges


Meandering Path

These shrubs form a low-set version of the classic hedge style. Forming a frame around the bed, the bushes give the yard a manicured appearance and require little maintenance.

With their large, snowy blooms, these magnolia trees exude Southern charm and elegance. Native to the Carolinas, magnolias have added benefits such as staying green all year, attracting songbirds, and growing large enough to provide ample shade.

This winding gravel path is a great landscaping solution for a skinny strip of yard along a property line. The walkway gives the space a healthy dose of artistic panache.

For more information on this Daniel Island project, call DIG Landscape • (843) 327-4372

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Caribbean Chic

Flooring Functionality

Wise Walking

Bold-textured native plants and grasses provide a tropical atmosphere right here in the Lowcountry for these homeowners to enjoy.

The large, ground-level deck creates a designated floor space for this outdoor area, offering plenty of room for comfortable furnishings to accommodate friends and family.

The boardwalk provides a practical path to the door, while still upholding the yard’s beach-house aesthetic.

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For more information on this Sullivan's Island project, call REMARK• (843) 746-9573 •


Outdoor Heaters

Water Feature

This pergola is not simply decorative; it also provides shade and a mount for a fan that will keep the patio cool when the Charleston summer heat rolls in. Vines can be easily trained to climb and cover a pergola, creating a verdant roof.

Patio heaters will keep the seating area toasty when the weather gets cold so that homeowners can continue to enjoy their outdoor living space.

A pondless water feature is the perfect way to create the sound and appeal of a waterfall without the additional maintenance of a pond. This water feature was specially designed for pups and pup lovers.

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Adding a sidewall to a classic pergola creates a more intimate atmosphere in an out-of-doors entertaining space. Its rich wood tones set an inviting mood.

The large chimney and symmetrical firewood storage areas will provide a warm fire all evening in this rustic brick fireplace. Once the sun goes down and the air is chilly, guests will enjoy gathering around a welcoming hearth for its warmth and light.

Mushroom-top lights are clean-lined fixtures that don’t need to be hidden in bushes or along a wall. These lamps will light up the yard and walkway at night so that homeowners can enjoy the backyard all evening.

For more information on this Mt. Pleasant project, call Coastal Landscape • (843) 559-3311 •

Dress it Up

Room to Grow

Seamless Transition

Hanging plants aren’t just for your porch; they make great additions suspended along fences or on decorative supports.Rather than completely hiding the fence, these hanging pots add visual interest and charm.

Carefully spacing young shrubs and plants ensures that a yard will become beatifully lush rather than overgrown as the years pass. Even while the plants are small, a well-organized flower bed looks thoughtful and attractive.

Recessed stone slabs allow homeowners the ability to simply mow the area along with the rest of the lawn. The integration of the stone into the sod creates a seamless transition from the deck to the yard.

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These cypress trees will grow up to 40-feet tall without getting very much wider, so they won’t overcrowd the space. Columnar trees like these fit well with historical and Mediterranean-style homes.

Outdoor lighting is a great way to show off your home's landscaping throughout the evening. Well-placed light fixtures can accent the best part of your home's architectural features while increasing visibility in the darker corners of the yard.

Color Variety Although the flowers may not be in bloom, your yard can still be colorful and fun. In this courtyard, the variety of shades of green in the trees and bushes provides a splash of color interest, especially as the leaves turn in the fall.

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Snapshots of local builders, architects, and interior designers


BUILDING BLOCKS James “Donnie” Smith, founder of The J.D. Smith Company, has been making an impact in the Charleston area since 1998. Donnie is a member (and was the president at one point) of the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association. In addition, he has been recognized by Professional Builder Magazine for his stellar construction capabilities in and around the Holy City. We took a moment to pick his brain about the joy he finds as a builder in Charleston.

James "Donnie" Smith of The J.D. Smith Company

When did you discover your passion for building? Before settling in Charleston and starting my own business, I worked in the corporate side of the homebuilding industry. Through my experiences, I discovered that I had a true passion for building, but I wanted to be able to interact with clients on a personal level, which is not common in corporate America. When I started my own business, I wanted to focus on an informal and intimate way of building; the only way to do that was (and is) through custom building.

What is the best part of being a builder in Charleston? Since the Lowcountry and its homeowners are so diverse, custom homebuilding possibilities are endless. If you combine that diversity with the amazing landscapes, picturesque views, and the unique tastes and trends of Charlestonians, you have the perfect ingredients for spectacular, oneof-a-kind custom homes.

What has been the most interesting or unique project you've worked on? Every custom home we build is unique and interesting; it’s impossible for me to choose one project as a favorite. Each project allows my team and me to grow and learn new building trends, while still keeping green building, energy efficiency, and superior building quality a top priority. 

Do you have any exciting projects on the horizon? We constantly have new projects on the horizon, which has been a blessing through some of the toughest economic times in our country. We’re still building and renovating quality homes at a steady pace and are more than grateful for that.

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Architecture is very much like an art, and the architect is the artist. When did you begin to dabble in architecture and discover your passion for the art? Art and architecture have always been a part of my family's history. My middle name is Allison, which is my grandmother's maiden name; she was a painter. Her mother—my great-grandmother—was also a painter, and my great-grandfather was an architect who lived and practiced in the upstate of South Carolina. As you can see, art runs in the family. Growing up in the Lowcountry with three family plantations, I was constantly exposed to architecture. When I was nine or ten years old, my father needed to build a barn on our farm.  He just cut down some timber on our land, which was then milled into the proper sizes and dried. He asked my opinion about the structure and what should go where. It was during this whole cycle of turning trees into a functional barn on the farm that I realized there was more to building than simply putting


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Christopher Rose of Christopher Rose Architects, P.A.

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A truly homegrown Carolina boy earning his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in architecture at Clemson University, Christopher Rose has been an integral part of the architectural community for more than 20 years. His work since graduation includes the development of plans for affordable housing, designs for numerous, high-end custom homes, the acquisition of over 17 design awards, and the creation of several local communities. Although his primary market is Charleston, Chris has expanded his talents to construct cohesive residential and commercial spaces throughout the United States and abroad.

some lumber together. This was when the concept of architecture—blending art and construction, combining form with function—became real to me.

How has this architectural passion that you realized so many moons ago morphed into a design philosophy for your firm? My history with the Lowcountry has influenced the way I practice architecture and my business model. Of the team that works at

my firm, most of the architects were born and raised in South Carolina. Our state— especially Charleston—has a unique architectural style already. We strive to tie the Carolina style we’ve been exposed to since childhood into our designs, while also adding new concepts gleaned from our experiences through school and travel.

What exciting, new projects are in the works for the new year? We’re currently working on two ocean-front homes, which are both very different. One home is very contemporary, where we get to expand and stretch our design skills to new levels, and the other is very traditional, allowing us to incorporate our rich, Southern heritage.

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DESIGN DILEMMA With more than 17 years of experience in her tool belt, Cynthia Zimmerman of Zimmerman Interiors brought a tired kitchen and living room out of the ’80s and devised a chic and contemporary look. She revitalized the space by creating the functionality that the homeowners needed and the beauty that will allow them to enjoy the living space for years to come.

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functional; they wanted it to be beautiful. The homeowners desired the design to be streamlined and sophisticated.

Story by Emily Mecredy • Photography by Patrick Brickman

The Plan:

The Dilemma:

The homeowners called in Cynthia to breathe new life into this outdated kitchen and living room. The space was stuck in the ’80s and in need of an update. Not only did the homeowners want to modernize the space, but they also needed to improve its functionality to fit their lifestyle. They needed more usable storage and a space that would lend itself to casual entertaining.

The Requests:

The homeowners lived in the house for a year before reaching out to Cynthia so that they would know ex-


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actly what would work for them and what needed to change. They were happy with the floors but tired of putting up with many other outdated elements (like their old refrigerator and rickety cabinets). However, they wanted the space to be more than just

Inspired by a set of custom, hand-blown glass pendant lights, Cynthia set out to create a cohesive space that was both modern and functional. She gave the room a muchneeded facelift with up-to-date fixtures, pristine cabinetry, and all new Jenn-Air appliances (including a beverage refrigerator for entertaining). To make the room a better place to welcome and entertain guests, Cynthia took out a dividing wall and joined the kitchen and living room spaces. “I also cut down the bar-height counter at the peninsula, opening up the space and allowing for more functional serving and eating,” she explains. Cynthia didn’t only think of functionality in the design; she also introduced elements to make the room elegant and relaxing. She employed a color scheme of calming blues, rich chocolates, and mellow creams to set a tranquil mood.

The Result:

The changes that Cynthia made in the kitchen and living room make the space versatile and modern. The once-dated area is now an ideal place for the homeowners to entertain friends and family or to relax and unwind after a busy day.

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Highlights from local projects by some of Charleston’s best home professionals


endowing texture Story by Megan Busch • Photography Matt Bolt

After purchasing a house overflowing with historical texture, Mt. Pleasant homeowners sought to develop an interior design—featuring highly textured tilework—to match the structure’s storied past.

The balance of matte and iridescent tiles in this Old Village master bathroom gives the space a chic, feminine feel.

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(left) In this Old Village kitchen, the homeowners chose a uniquely textured backsplash featuring Biblical Stone imported from Israel. (right) The homeowners worked with Buckhannon Brothers Tile to install multiple styles of tile in varying shapes, sizes, and feels to create layer upon layer of design in each room. (below) The guest bathroom flaunts multi-colored mosaic tile around the tub.


ell-known for its fatal, kamikaze-style mission sinking the Union warship Housatonic off the coast of Sullivan’s Island, the H.L. Hunley submarine holds many secrets about Charleston’s involvement in the Civil War. Just moments after the Hunley distributed its epic blow to the Housatonic and the crew sent the signal of victory, the submarine sank, carrying with it a crew of victorious Confederates. Staying an evening ashore in a cozy residence just a short time before their demise, the Hunley crew has a direct tie to one particular home in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant. When the most recent homeowners first purchased this Old Village home, they knew they wanted to remodel and build an addition worthy of the house's memorable roots. So, they picked up the home, moved it to a different position on


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the same lot, elevated it, and added the addition. Understanding the historical texture of the home inspired the owners to incorporate rich textures into the interior design; to do that, they focused primarily on unique tile installations with the help of Mt. Pleasant’s Buckhannon Brothers Tile. Sonya Buckhannon (half of the company’s husband-and-wife pair) notes, “The owners have a lot of interesting materials that they used throughout the home. Even with the tile, I think they brought in many different patterns and designs to make it really stand out.” Many homeowners don’t realize how progressive the development of tile options has been over the past five to ten years. Sonya describes, “Our industry used to be just stone and ceramic tile. Now, there are so many different colors, patterns, and styles. We have porcelain tiles that look like stone, fabric, or even painted

walls. There are also options like leather and stainless steel tile. The possibilities are endless. Tile used to be considered so utilitarian; you would just put it on your floors or your shower walls and be done with it. Now, it’s more like wallpaper. You can create such a unique look, and (unlike wallpaper) it’s so easy to maintain.” The Old Village homeowners understood the advances in tile and decided to take full advantage of the modern options for their historical home. Buckhannon Brothers helped with these options by installing the homeowners’ choices in two master his-and-hers bathrooms, two guest bathrooms, the kitchen, and the laundry room. The dual master bathrooms contain features fit for the opposing sexes. The husband’s space sports natural stone in warm hues, while the wife’s area flaunts unique matte and iridescent glass tiling. “Her side of the master bathroom is so feminine. Its beautiful, coastal color fits the marsh-front venue. Glass tile like this has become more popular over the past few years. A lot of people think it’s kind of trendy, but I think this room in particular is a great application to show that it can be very traditional,” says Sonya about her love for this bathroom's design. The glass tile isn’t the only unique installation in the bathrooms of this home. Chair rails donning the guest bathroom’s shower


walls and heated flooring (even inside one of the showers) add to the lavatories’ unique design. After the bathrooms were complete, the Buckhannon Brothers team returned several weeks later to complete the kitchen installation (following the arrival of custom cabinetry imported from England). The homeowners chose a Honey Onyx subway tile for the backsplash and Biblical Stone imported from Israel to be the focal point above the range. Quarried from the deserts around Bethlehem and Jerusalem, every piece of Biblical Stone has a distinctive color and pattern. When installed, each limestone tile looks varied, yet the individual pieces naturally match one another. To punctuate the kitchen, Buckhannon Brothers installed a custom inlay above the range surrounded by a pencil frame, a minute detail that enhances the focus of the inlay.

(above) In this guest bathroom shower, the team at Buckhannon Brothers Tile added horizontal lines of contrasting tile, giving the shower a sophisticated, layered feel. (below) Going hand-in-hand with the feminine side of the his-and-hers master-bathroom pair, the husband’s lavatory boasts a masculine motif and heated floors— even in the shower!

By incorporating these textures throughout the kitchen (and, really, throughout the entire house), the homeowners were able to complement and pay homage to the home’s rich historical past and construct a living space that is both vibrant and impeccably designed. v For more information, call Buckhannon Brothers Tile at (843) 881-8911 or visit

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rising from the ashes After losing their original Wadmalaw Island home, Jacqui Brokaw and her husband began to rebuild, constructing and envisioning the residence of their dreams.


new construction, especially a project as large as this one.” With their pictures in hand, the Brokaws began working with an architect to design their home; Jacqui was most concerned about the kitchen. She recalls, “Working with an architect for the actual plans, my husband and I pretty much designed the house ourselves. One of my starting places was the kitchen. That room always seems to be the last room that is considered, but I wanted to start with the kitchen.”

Thomas Lauderdale with Homeowner Jacqui Brokaw

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early two years ago, the Brokaws, Wadmalaw Island homeowners, lost their house to a devastating fire caused by a wayward lightning strike. After picking up the pieces and deciding to rebuild, the couple began imagining a custom home with all the amenities they’ve always wanted. “Well, I started out with pictures,” explains Jacqui Brokaw. “Just tearing them out of magazines is the best way I’ve ever known to design a house. I’ve remodeled before, but I’ve never had the opportunity to work on

The hood is accented by an intricate tile backsplash provided by Melcer Tile. The homeowner was pleased to find a minimal price difference between painted and stained Smithport Cabinetry.

After completing the design, the Brokaws took their plans to Thomas Lauderdale at Advanced Kitchen Designs to perfect the cabinetry layout; he came highly recommended to the couple by a close friend in the Charleston area.

Nestled off of the kitchen is the breakfast room, housing a little bit of counter space for favorite morning appliances— such as an espresso machine or a toaster—and plenty of cabinetry for storage.

the custom look that she saw in so many shelter publications, while still fitting comfortably within her family’s budget.

Thomas didn’t stop with the installation of the kitchen; he also carried out the Thomas quickly began Brokaws’ plans for transforming the Brokaws’ the breakfast room, plans into a functional the master bathroom, kitchen. The team chose two guest bathrooms, the affordable, fully and the laundry room. custom designs of He couldn’t complete Smithport Cabinetry, a these projects all cabinet manufacturing on his own, though. company based in It was through a Tennessee. The cabinetry collaboration with around the kitchen has other Lowcountry a white, painted finish; home professionals In addition to the kitchen in contrast, the island and breakfast room, Thomas that Thomas was features a darker finish. Lauderdale of Advanced Kitchen able to deliver such a Designs worked with the The unique touches of beautiful kitchen and the kitchen—such as homeowners to install cabinetry bathroom for these in the master bathroom and two the hood with custom guest bathrooms. local homeowners. He corbels, the stacking worked with Melcer cabinets, and the non-traditional door Tile to provide the intricate tiling, style—have fulfilled Jacqui’s desire for Vitoria to choose the stunning granite beauty in the most utilized room of the countertops, Ferguson Enterprises to house. And, upon seeing the cost, she was find the perfectly matching faucet, and pleasantly surprised that she could have Rick’s Lighting to add the finishing

touches. Thomas, with his band of local companies working together, was able to construct a functional, custom kitchen (and bathrooms!) for the Brokaws, who are ready to move in to their new home atop the ashes of their previous abode.v For more information, call Advanced Kitchen Designs of Charleston at (843) 225-9344 or visit

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love lifts us up Aging Isle of Palms homeowners find a renewed love for their Wild Dunes four-floor, marina-side home with the addition of a custom-built elevator.


fter recently celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary, Melvin and Lessie Smith, understandably, are less agile and more cautious than they once were. So, it’s no wonder that the two considered finding an alternative to their four-story Wild Dunes home—even reaching the point of researching assisted living facilities. After, they met Sam Hiott of Advantage Elevators, however, they decided to initiate the healthy undertaking of installing an elevator in their pre-existing home.

(left) Advantage Elevators installed a custom-sized, 14.5 square-foot elevator cab so that the Smiths could easily transport luggage, groceries, or a wheelchair, if need be. (middle) The neighbors' house depicts the original configuration. (right) The Architectural Review Committee allowed the Smiths to enclosed their stacked porches to create an elevator shaft. From the finished exterior, one would never know that there had been an extensive remodel.

Maintain, Inc. enclosed their Charleston-Single style porches to create the custom-sized shaft. “We had to raise the roof in order to have the elevator, but in the process we did a lot of other remodeling,” Lessie said, clearly happy with the turnout.

Advantage Elevators installed a Home Elevators Direct hydraulic elevator package with a custom-sized maple cab and clear, acrylic doors. “One of my requests was that we make sure it was large enough to (from right) Sam Hiott of Advantage put a wheelchair in,” Elevators with Homeowners Melvin Melvin described. “Also, “To start, we found Sam, and Lessie Smith and that was a blessing,” we chose the acrylic explained Lessie. “We had to go to the Ardoor because if you have any claustrochitectural Review Committee (ARC) to phobia, that would make a big difference.” get all the permits, and that took more time than it took Sam to put in the elevator.” Working in the elevator business for Initially, the Smiths preferred to add an elyears, Sam knows how to accommodate a evator to the front exterior of their home, homeowner’s specific needs. Sam detailed, as it would be less expensive to install. But, “Because the elevator is out here in the the ARC denied their request because it salt air, dealing with rust, everything that would change the look of the home from is metal is powder coated. We also use an the street. In order to appease the commitelectronic valve for our hydraulic systems, tee, the Smiths and their contractor from which means that you don’t have to make


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the adjustments that you do with a mechanical valve. The electronic valve actually anticipates the change in oil viscosity caused by changing temperatures. We’re the only manufacturer of residential elevators [in all of Charleston] that uses an electronic valve in their home elevators.” With homeowners like the Smiths who are not in the market for home maintenance, this installation is ideal. “This has made a terrific difference,” Lessie asserted. “We can stay here forever, now.” v For more information on Advantage Elevators, call (843) 475-3541 or visit


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green light With a desire for Platinum LEED Certification at the forefront of their minds, the builders of this Kiawah Island cottage sought only the most energy-efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures for the seaside home’s interior.

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he home and design industry has heard nothing but good things about Kiawah Island’s up-and-coming Indigo Park, which features the 2013 HGTV Dream Home. The entire neighborhood was constructed and planned by some of the best homebuilding talent in the Lowcountry. Architect Chris Rose and building company Royal Indigo began with an idea to create a LEED-Certified (a designation for excellent environmental design), green-conscious community in the heart of Charleston’s

island resort town; to do this, they employed the help of several local businesses, including plumbing, lighting, and appliance company Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. Heather Thomas of Ferguson describes Indigo Park saying, Heather Thomas, Lighting Manager, “The developers’ main and Wade Kuisel, Builder Outside Sales concern was to be an Associate, of Ferguson Enterprises eco-friendly community. So, specifically, they wanted to ensure that their homes achieved Platinum LEED-Certification. Because we work with homeowners and builders on a daily basis with green products, we were knowledgeable about the lighting and plumbing fixtures appropriate for the job.” However, green building is not unique to Kiawah; simple additions and upgrades can bring your own home closer to a LEED Certification. Working in the industry for years and with the developers of this unique Kiawah neighborhood, Heather and her Ferguson colleague Wade Kuisel, have come up with several solutions for the homeowner who wants to not only make a tiny carbon footprint on the environment, but also save a little cash on his or her energy bill. For lighting, the duo recommends recessed LED can lights by CSL Lighting and dual-function, under-cabinet LED task lamps, like the ones they installed in the Indigo Park home. Heather describes, “LED lighting is probably the most cutting-edge technology in the residential arena right now. The new lamps are different from traditional bulbs because they have a significantly longer life span. A

(left) LED recessed can lighting in this Indigo Park home’s ceilings actually saves the homeowners money on their electricity bill and helps them make a smaller impact on our earth’s environment. (right) With beautiful design and vast, vaulted ceilings, the homes in Indigo Park prove that one can have both beauty and energy efficiency.


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One of the newest, green-friendliest neighborhoods, Indigo Park on Kiawah Island is the location of HGTV’s 2013 Dream Home. The beauty of the neighborhood is unparalleled, and the talent of local home professionals (such as Aqua Blue Pools; Christopher Rose Architects; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery; and Liberty Cedar, just to name a few) utilized in this neighborhood’s design is unmatchable. CH+D • Winter 2013



(above and bottom right) The faucets featured in this home are all low-flow faucets, which use significantly less water each time you turn them on. (top right) Dual-flush toilets are just one of the many features that earned this home a Platinum LEED Certification. (inset) LED lighting, like these can lights, offers substantial savings on energy bills (and each lamp lasts roughly 50,000 hours).


typical LED lamp lasts for 50,000 hours, whereas a traditional bulb lasts between 900 and 2,500 hours. You rarely have to worry about the maintenance of it, so you don’t have to ask your husband every few months, ‘Will you please go and change those light bulbs?’” In addition to these perks, LED lamps use about six times less energy than a typical bulb.

feels like a regular faucet. I turned it on, and I couldn’t believe it.” If you’re seeking to save money, though, don’t stop with just the faucets—consider installing dualflush toilets. Toto brand dual-flush toilets (which are also installed in these bathrooms) save up to a half-gallon of water every time you visit the loo. “That’s quite a bit; I know that can add up,” quips Wade.

LED lighting is not the only feature that Ferguson recommends for an earthfriendly, pocket-kind home. The plumbing fixtures used throughout a house can have a significant impact on the price of the water bill. Wade suggests using low-flow faucet heads. The bathrooms in this Indigo Park home, in particular, feature Grohe brand low-flow faucets. Wade raves, “Even though they are low-flow fixtures, the sensation you have of the water flowing still

By utilizing the new technology on the market—for your lighting and plumbing fixture needs—utility bills can drop drastically, and for this Indigo Park home, these simple upgrades (among others) have led to a Platinum LEED Certification, which is the highest ranking available. v

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Long-time Park West homeowners realize the potential of their home by simply expanding their living space to include the outdoors.

(above) The Desciaks discussed many pool shapes, square and kidney among them, but decided their yard called for a free-form pool, which they had custom designed entirely by Josh Atkinson, a seasoned pool and spa designer, installer, and maintainer.


he Desciak family of Mount Pleasant had a backyard that was barely usable. Their house was lovely, but they didn’t dare venture outside, let alone spend quality family time together there. Their dislike of the space increased so much that Bill and Jennifer Desciak—parents of four growing boys—considered moving, despite their love for the house. They looked but could not find a seamless combination of indoor and outdoor living space. So, they decided to drastically revamp the plot they had owned for nearly 11 years. In order to keep the teens happy and close to home, Bill and Jennifer envisioned a green space for their soccer-loving sons, a barbeque space with


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shade for Jennifer’s family dinners, a flat screen television for Bill's entertainment, and last but not least, a pool, spa, and fire pit combination to satisfy every family member—and their friends. To achieve their

(from right) Josh Atkinson of Atkinson Pools and Spas with Homeowners Jennifer and Bill Desciak

goals, they chose architect Losse Knight of LFK Architects, LLC and custom pool designer and builder Josh Atkinson of Atkinson Pools and Spas. “We’ve been in business for 30 years; I am actually a third-generation pool builder. Sometimes people joke that I was born to do it,” stated Josh. This similar family bond, along with Atkinson Pools’ design quality and flexibility, were the reasons the Desciaks chose the Atkinsons for their backyard remodel. And, what a good pair it turned out to be! Jennifer explained, “We went through several concepts and found ourselves moving the pool a little further away [from the house] based upon this new

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outdoor kitchen. So, we kind of settled on this shape, and then we designed [the rest of the backyard] around the shape.” They added a hot tub and fire pit, both clad in silver travertine decking (with stunning veining), one option of many that Atkinson Pools has samples of in their showroom. To complement the decking, the couple chose French Silver exposed quartz aggregate for their interior pool finish. “There were three colors [varying in darkness] that we could have gone with,” described Bill. “There was black, which we were initially intrigued by because it looked like a lagoon, and then there was the traditional look, which is the lightest [option]. It was

just too bright, but the [middle option] was a nice in-between because it gave the pool a warmer feel, and it fell in well with the travertine, too.” Since the design and layout was completely custom, through each step, Josh and his team assisted the Desciaks with their material choices. Josh said, “Early on, we strive to form a relationship with our clients that is built on trust. It helps to have candid conversations about their visions throughout the building process. Even after this project was completed, I still enjoy visiting with them.” Bill and Jennifer were quite pleased with the partnership and final product.

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Jennifer stated, “We use our backyard a lot more now. I mean, we sit out here to eat dinner and entertain our family and friends coming into town. The kids even do their homework out here. It’s like our second living room.” v For more information, call Atkinson Pools and Spas at (843) 881-3068 or visit

Stunning silver travertine decking (top) and a fire pit and hot tub combination (above) allowed the Desciaks the opportunity, finally, to take advantage of the backyard property they had owned for over 11 years.

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PROJECT FILES material left. Tex-Cote is 68-percent material, so it is a lot thicker and lasts a lot longer. There are some other products out there that are elastomerics, like vinyl or ceramic paint, but they don’t breathe. It is very important for a house to be able to let the air come and go. Mold and mildew are two of the problems with using the plastic paints.”

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A work-from-home consultant for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ed describes himself as a detail-oriented, value buyer, which means he does his homework for a good investment. “I come from Atlanta where normal paint lasts 25 years,” Ed quipped. “When we moved here, I started checking around for types of

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stone’s throw from Fort Moultrie, the homes on the southern tip of Sullivan’s Island are immersed in history. Like many houses in the Lowcountry, they may be indoctrinated—hundreds of years down the line—into Charleston’s historic registry. With the harsh UV rays, salt sprays, and rough winds of the island, however, it is likely that many will fall by the wayside before ever earning their historic plaque.

Tex-Cote over other options: “Standard water-based paint is about 70-percent water, so that when the paint cures or evaporates, there is only 30 percent of the

Michael Shiver of Permacoat of Charleston

One way homeowners Ed and Carolyn Allen ensured that their home will be around for years to come (at least for their lifetime) was to have Permacoat of Charleston coat their wood-sided home with Tex-Cote, a titanium- (for strength) and calcium- (for breathability) based coating that is ten times thicker than traditional exterior paint and, thus, holds a 45-year warranty. In Carolyn and Ed’s newly coated screened-in porch overlooking the cove inlet, Michael Shiver, owner of Permacoat of Charleston, explained the benefits of


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Not only does Michael and his Permacoat team caulk and paint every inch of a home’s exterior, but they also have the capability of rescreening a porch or replacing windows. So, there is no need for other subcontractors. (above) Permacoat’s final product has a 45-year warranty, so this home will be just as well-maintained in the year 2058!

finishes. I wanted to hear about the oldest homes in similar climates. It became a value question. I knew Tex-Cote was more expensive, but you pay more now and you get more life.” It’s true. Around here, homeowners end up repainting every five to seven years based on the unique elements and poor paint preparation. See, a lot of painters fail to prep the exterior thoroughly. The painters at Permacoat pride themselves on power washing the existing wood, carefully replacing rotten siding, and using premium caulk. Also, Permacoat—if need be—replaces gutters, roofing materials, screens, and windows. (The windows are actually sold by Michael’s father, a Lowcountry factory-direct window provider, which means they are less expensive for the end user.) In addition to saving the Allens the obvious fees and hassle of repainting, TexCote will reduce their energy bills. “According to the Department of Energy, depending on the substrate [siding material] and color of the paint, you could save up to 21.9 percent on cooling cost because Tex-Cote actually reflects heat,” Michael explained. “For Ed, he only has a little shade on one side of his home. This product is great for that direct sunlight.” “My whole experience has been positive,” Ed said emphatically. For someone with no time for home maintenance but an eye for perfection, that is a huge compliment. v


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the cutting edge Hip, new, upper-King restaurant Stars enhances their atmosphere and safety by partnering with fellow local business QEI Security and Technology.


econd only to cuisine, the atmosphere of a restaurant—including lighting and music—dictates its success. For such an integral aspect, newly opened Stars restaurant owner, Keith Jones, trusted QEI, the technology arm of Quality Electric—a Lowcountry company in business since the late 1970s. “On this particular project, they requested lighting and music control,” John Gaccione, General Manager of QEI, explained. “They were going to experiment and see how that worked for them, and then eventually we were going to tie in a security system, thermostat control, and surveillance cameras down the road.” For this, QEI chose to install Control4, a personalized automation and control system. So far, it has been the key to Stars’ impressive ambiance. Since opening, the two restaurant managers easily control (from their Apple devices) both volume and playlists independently for the three different floors. Because the roof patio— with hidden planter speakers installed by QEI—has strict noise restrictions, this capability is particularly important. And, as the night goes on, being able to automatically dim the light in certain rooms and romantic nooks has proved priceless. (top left) On- and off-site lighting control is essential to businesses and homes alike for efficiency purposes. (above) This Control4 system, which is a small expense upfront, can drastically reduce utility bills for years to come.


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(above left) Volume control is very important to downtown restaurant Stars because of strict roof-top noise restrictions. So, Quality Electric installed the electrical wiring, and QEI, a division of Quality Electric, installed these unobtrusive speakers and programmed a system so that, at the touch of an iPad or iPhone, the sound could be diminished. (above right) Chad Sanders, owner of QEI, demonstrates the ease at which a restaurant manager or homeowner can control lights, sound, and even HVAC and security systems.

owner of QEI clarified, “The same [or similar] system can be installed in a residence. It ties in home audio, lights, and HVAC. It even has different apps for the kitchen so that homeowners can preset their range to a certain temperature. It also has an app for Subzero refrigerators that allows a homeowner, who may be entertaining or having people over, to set the Subzero to go into ‘party mode’ so that it creates more ice.” Even more impressive than that is the fact that Control4 allows homeowners the ability—at one push of a button—to turn off all interior and exterior lights, lock every door, and arm the alarm system right from the comfort of their own bed. And, if homeowners are on vacation (even across the country!), they can still retain control, as long as they have their chosen device


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(Mac or PC based) in hand. Chad explained, “Homeowners can unlock their doors and disarm their system remotely, for example, to let the cleaners in.” As with everything, there are varying levels of control available, as shown by the restaurant. Stars started with lights and audio. Homeowners can start simply, for example, with one-stop entertainment control, condensing the multitude of remote controls on their coffee table. John described, “What is good about this particular product is that you can build it as you go. You can start with a base and, as your budget allows, you can go further. You don’t have to do it all in one shot.” v For more information, call QEI at (843) 797-7603 or visit

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the junction of old and new With a business philosophy that combines the traditional with the up and coming, Charleston Woodworks brings a medley of past and present into their latest custom design.


harleston is the quintessential example of blending the old with the new, for where else can you find a horse (with a carriage) trotting in front of an Apple store? Local company Charleston Woodworks has picked up the Holy City’s trend and incorporated it into not only their business model, but also their custom designs. In one Mt. Pleasant house, the retiring homeowners wanted to showcase their love of both the antiquated and the technologically advanced. So, for two rooms—the master bedroom and the family room—

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these homeowners reached out to Charleston Woodworks to design and build a large cabinetry installation that would display the matriarch’s vast collection of books around a traditional fireplace, above which would sit a sleek, flat-screen TV. Sarah Jacobs (who has been helping her father, James, owner of Charleston Woodworks, in the shop since she was twelve) describes, “The design was all very traditional in style to match the rest of the house, but they wanted space for their modern technology, too.” To create these mixed-era masterpieces, James implemented classic, handmade

techniques coupled with the modern convenience of a CNC router, which is a computer-operated routing device. Sarah explains, “My father hand made the mantelpiece in the living room. It’s kind of a pet project of his; anytime a mantel comes up, he likes to check out of the office and go reintroduce himself to what he loves about woodworking. The fluting detail, however, was made using a CNC machine. We have one employee who draws the designs on the computer; those drawings are then sent to the CNC router, which transforms the illustration into a three-dimensional design. We like the machinery because it provides a much faster

(top and above right) The homeowners wanted the traditional look of library bookcases and a fireplace, yet they also wanted space for the latest technology, like a flat-screen TV. (above left) Although Charleston Woodworks did not handcraft the kitchen cabinetry, they did install it and make minor adjustments so that it fit into the room’s design with precision.


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Mingling the old with the new (in their cabinetry installations and in the manufacturing process) has become a common practice for the local company and an integral thread that runs throughout their business philosophy—even to the point that Sarah mixes the new business ideas that she learned in college with her father’s old-time, triedand-true traditions. With the best of both worlds, it’s a win-win situation. v


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The Ins & Outs

of Homebuilding Shannon and Nelda Dwinnell of building company America’s Home Place face off on floor plans, design, and the perfect kitchen. (from left) Nelda (Building Consultant) and Shannon Dwinnell (General Manager) of America's Home Place


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She Said: I prefer an open plan. Often an open plan will appear bigger than its actual dimensions because it simply has good flow. Also, I love being able to interact with friends or guests when entertaining and spending time with family in a combined open kitchen, dining, and living area.

He Said: I miss the character of the traditional floor plans with their intimate spaces, like inglenooks, boudoirs, mudrooms, butler’s pantries, parlors, and drawing rooms. Victorian-era homes were the pinnacle of architecture for me; they are not often matched today because of our focus on standardized dimensions and because our busy lives have eliminated the need for rooms used primarily for leisure. The best plans blend the new with the old in a seamless and timeless way.

What is the best feature that one can add to their kitchen in the design process?

She Said: Unique lighting adds functionality, warmth, and interest to any kitchen. This feature is often overlooked. It’s important to add lighting in the planning stage to ensure that the wiring is correct for the purpose intended. Yes, that does mean that you need to pick all the fixtures ahead of time and know the specifications for each.

He Said: With options like pot fillers, warming drawers, built-in espresso bars, under-counter freezer drawers, wine racks, spice racks, and plate racks, who could pick just one? However, I would have to say that a good kitchen needs ventilation. I know it doesn’t sound very exciting, but if you plan to cook much of anything, you need good ventilation.

Do you prefer a minimalist design—a smaller area overall with maximum usability—or a large space with room to grow?

She Said: I like a just-right sized design. If you do want a smaller space, taking advantage of any available storage space and maximizing the usability of all the areas are key. Combined-use areas can help cut down on the footprint and create neat features. For example, consider adding a laundry-pantry-mudroom or an office that can double as a guest suite.

He Said: There is nothing more impressive than a two-story entry with a sweeping central staircase and a second floor gallery. Yes, it may eat up 20,000 cubic feet of volume (or roughly 1,500 square-feet of potential living space), but you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And really, can you ever have too much garage or storage space?

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La Dolce Vita Delve into the Sweet Life of Kristin Kuhlke Cobb of Charleston's Cupcake


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cing swirls too immense to fit in your mouth, whimsical travel to far-away places, and the sturdy, consistent love shared among family and friends: These are the ingredients that add spice and flavor to the life of Kristin Kuhlke Cobb, owner of Charleston’s favorite bakery, Cupcake. After working the food-and-beverage circuit post-college and completing a stint in the cell phone industry, Kristin knew that it was time for a career change, but she wasn’t quite sure where life was taking her. So, she packed her bags for

a soul-searching venture in New York City. In the middle of the bustling city, she found the roots of inspiration that sparked a return voyage down South to open the doors of Cupcake, a shop for sugar-craving Charlestonians. Kristin’s creation of the King Street cupcakery was just the beginning of the amazingly sweet, entrepreneurial road ahead. The Charleston Home + Design team took a moment to sit down with Kristin and her architect-husband, Darryl, in their cozy Mt. Pleasant cottage to chat about all of life’s delectable treats . 

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Kristin Cobb of Cupcake

(above left and right) As a recent birthday treat, Darryl purchased professional interior design services from Adrian Truluck of Parker Sims Interiors for Kristin. One of the rooms that they completely redesigned was the office, where Kristin balances the books and handles the business side of Cupcake. (right, counter-clockwise from top) One of Darryl’s favorite aspects of his family’s home is the location; it is nestled in an area where he, as a cycler, can bike downtown or all the way to Sullivan’s Island. Colorful, blooming flowers surrounding the home brighten the Cobbs’ cottage even on a crisp, fall day. On their back porch, the Cobbs sit at a table that Kristin creatively built herself.

Every time I walk into Cupcake, I’m utterly thrilled with the anticipation of biting into a red velvet treat; it’s my favorite dessert of all time. Where do all of your delicious—and often more unique than traditional red velvet— flavors originate? Kristin: When I first opened the bakery, my biggest inspiration came from the grocery store; I would walk up and down the ice cream aisles and find new flavors. Today, though, I’ve been blessed with creative staff members who discover a lot of new flavors on their own. When I get involved with the process, I just focus on flavors I enjoy—like salted caramel—and turn them into cupcakes. When there are certain flavors that are popular or trendy, we try to incorporate those into the recipes, too. I also have a few family recipes in the store; the pumpkin cupcakes that we bake in the fall are my aunt’s recipe. You seem to really have a passion for the oven, so much so that it has become an integral part of your life. Where did you first learn how to bake?


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Kristin: My dad did the majority of the cooking when I was growing up, so he taught both my sister and me how to cook. My dad was more of a cook rather than a baker, but he always made us these wild, crazy cakes for our birthdays. One year, my cake was made to look like a mountain; it had about six different cake flavors with a different type of filling in between each layer. However, he didn’t make the icing stiff enough to keep it from running down the sides of the mountain. It was a mess, but it was awesome. Have you ever incorporated any of your dad’s wild flavors into cupcakes at the store? Kristin: Not really—the mountain wasn’t the only creation that didn’t turn out quite right (giggles). Another year, he attempted a red velvet cake for my birthday. It turned out so badly that he tossed it out on the picnic table in the backyard for the birds to eat. He also made me a giant ice cream sundae the night I first rode a bike without training wheels. He was so proud! It was filled with three different

ice cream flavors and every kind of sauce and sprinkle he could find in our pantry. It made me sick, but I'll never forget it. His passion for unique sweets really inspired me, and I’d like to think that I perfected some of his concoctions. [The red velvet flavor at Cupcake is their top seller!] What made you turn these wonderful memories of your dad baking into an actual career and business? Kristin: When I moved to New York on a sort-of sabbatical, I went to a friend’s birthday party, and her boyfriend brought cupcakes. I thought that was just the most exciting thing because I hadn’t really seen cupcakes since I was a kid. It was such a fun thing to do because everybody got to pick his or her own cake flavor. Then, I started going to Magnolia Bakery, which was on Sex and the City, and I found loads of inspiration there. After a year, I moved back to Charleston and decided that I would open a cupcake bakery. Most people thought I was totally nuts because they had never heard

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of a cupcake store, but my family and my best friend were more than supportive throughout my whole adventure. What great inspiration—birthday cakes as a kid and cupcakes at a New York birthday party as an adult. After watching Sex and the City for years, I think living in New York City would be a wonderful experience. Is it all that the show makes it out to be? Kristin: In every way you would think it’s cool, it is cool. But, it can also be very lonely and expensive. My friends and I used to laugh and say that every time you walked out your door in New York, twenty bucks flew out of your pocket. You can’t go anywhere or do anything in the city without spending money. So, when you’re trying to save or budget, you just have to stay in your apartment, which is usually unbelievably small. In my place, I had a trundle bed, and in the trundle was where I kept all of my sweaters and winter clothes—I didn’t have space anywhere else. I just had this trundle bed and the teeny, tiny, little apartment with a miniature sink and a miniature oven. Trying to find a job in the city is hard, too. It’s very competitive there; it’s very different than Charleston.


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The design of Bodie’s nursery began with the elephant fabric used on the curtains and pillows. Kristin found the pattern and fell in love with it. When she took it to her interior designer, the duo decided to pair it with green because it’s a much more modern color for a boy’s nursery than the traditional blue. The result could not have been any more stylish for Bodie’s abode!

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(above left) The living room features some of Darryl and Kristin’s favorite art that they have collected during their various travels. (above and below right) With the redesign of the house, Kristin wanted to incorporate some of their older furniture into the new look. Her designer, Adrian, used the favorite pieces that Kristin already had to create the new space.

There’s no Southern sweetness. For instance, when you’re interviewing, you have to be all about your career and die-hard; that was difficult for me. Despite all of this, though, I loved living there. The culture, the art, the museums, and everything else are just amazing. Oh! And the food and shopping—you can’t beat it. Living in the city really sounds like an awesome experience, even with its pitfalls; do you ever go back to visit? Kristin: The city will always hold a special place in my heart, and I’ll continue to visit. My husband and I actually got married there in Central Park. It was wonderful! We flew up, and we walked through Central Park to try to figure out where exactly we were going to do the ceremony. We found this pavilion called the Women’s Pavilion right near a lake that we thought was really pretty. The morning of the wedding, we just went to the park with a few friends for the ceremony.


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(above left) The dining room, adjacent to the kitchen, is where Kristin entertains. When the couple has friends over, everyone gathers between the dining area and the kitchen. (above middle) The Tour De France painting is one of Darryl’s favorites because it reflects his passion for cycling. (above right) Even though Kristin’s job requires her to bake on a regular basis, she still loves coming home and whipping up a good dinner in her kitchen.

It was really hilarious during the ceremony because random people in the park would stand and just watch. One lady, who we didn’t even know, was really getting up close to us taking pictures. It was great (laughs). We try to make it back to the city once a year; we just have so many memories there. I would imagine so! Do you like to travel elsewhere, too? Kristin: We’re big travelers. We like to go to the Jazz Festival in New Orleans each year, and we spent our honeymoon—before our wedding—in Italy. We went to Rome, Siena, Florence, and Cinque Terre; we drove all around Tuscany, too. Did any one of the cities in particular grab your heart or make a most-memorable impression? Kristin: I really liked Tuscany. The first time I went to Italy, I stayed in an inn in Arezzo run by a mother and


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daughter—Rosy and Carla. When I went with Darryl, we went back to the same place. There, I had the best tiramisu that I’ve ever had, so I asked Carla if she would teach me her recipe. She and her mom taught me five different desserts, including the tiramisu. The family was just so open and welcoming to Darryl and me. They had us sit at the table with their family, and we had this three-hour-long dinner where we just relaxed, ate, drank, and talked. It was such an experience. Also, one night we went out to dinner with Carla, and she gave us a tour of the whole town. She had lived there all her life. She told us all the history and took us to the school, which we never would have found on our own. She had us visit her friend’s vineyard where they make organic cheeses and all organic wines. So, we got to do a tasting and see how the organic vineyard works. We enjoyed every minute of the trip. I’m so in love with Italy that I can’t even stand it.

This seems like the perfect way to spend a honeymoon. With travelling to Italy, New York, and New Orleans, it sounds like you and Darryl have had a lot of fun adventures together. What was your very first adventure; how did you first meet? Darryl: Well, we kind of knew each other just well enough to say hello. Then, a mutual friend said, “You ought to go out with Kristin.” So, I took her to McCrady’s. Our first date was actually on the one-year anniversary of Cupcake and the seventh anniversary of my architectural firm. It’s quite impressive that both of you are entrepreneurs, owning and managing your own businesses. Kristin: It is, but I never really had the kind of career that Darryl did. He went to school for architecture, became an architect, and opened his own architectural firm. I went to Clemson, then I kind of bounced around between different jobs. I

think that because we’re both business owners and entrepreneurs, we work especially well together. We can understand each other’s business, so that makes life easier. What did you do before opening Cupcake? Kristin: My degree is in financial management and accounting. I worked in food and beverage here in Charleston for a number of years waiting tables and bartending. I also did some bookkeeping jobs, and then I took some sales positions. I worked at BMW, and I sold cell phones. For many years, I was known as The Cell Phone Girl, and now I’m known as The Cupcake Girl. Darryl: When she first opened her first Cupcake store, people would bring their cell phones in there for her to fix them. Kristin: I finally had to tell them, “I don’t do that anymore. You’re on your own” (laughs). You each have your own special niche in the business world now. Darryl, how did you get your start in architecture?

Darryl: I’ve always known that I wanted to be in architecture. I went to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to study. After that, I was required to work for different firms and complete 5,600 hours of internship credit, which takes about three years. Then, there were nine tests I had to take to become a certified architect. Once I was finished, I started Cobb Architects. Kristin: When I think of stories about us, I just always think of Darryl going to school and becoming an architect. He worked so hard, and I’m proud of him. He’s done such great work around the Lowcountry, too. It’s a riot to have him drive through areas like I’On and Daniel Island and listen to him give a tour. He’s like, “I did that one, that one, that one, that one, and those three.” He’s not the only man you have to be proud of; you two just welcomed a brand new little man into the world. How does it feel to be parents? Kristin: We feel pretty normal and pretty good. We’re actually getting a decent amount of sleep. At six weeks, Bodie just

started sleeping about eleven hours each night. I’m not complaining. What a blessing for the two of you that he sleeps all night long. The name Bodie is really unique. How did you decide on it? Darryl: Well, at first we couldn’t pick a name. Then, we were watching the Kentucky Derby, and I said, “Whoever wins this race, that will be our kid’s name.” The winner of the race ended up being I’ll Have Another. Kristin refused to name our kid that. But, Bodemeister came in second, so we named him Bodie. His middle name is Anderson because that’s my dad’s and my middle name. You guys have a wonderful home in which to raise sweet, little Bodie. What made you choose this place to settle down? Kristin: We have such a great neighborhood and such great neighbors. There are always little kids playing outside. Right now, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Darryl: I’ll tell you a cool story about this house. Being an architect, I was get-

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ting ready to build a custom home. I bought the lot; I drew the plans. While in the permitting stage, this house became available, and I snatched it off the market. The reason I did it was because of the location. I love to cycle, and from here, you can cycle or run anywhere. I can leave the driveway and go to Charleston or go to the islands. It’s great. Do you guys think that designing and building a custom home is in your future? Darryl: Yeah. You know, maybe one day. I like this house, but we would like to have a pool and some other features. If I was designing our home, it would probably be a little more modern, and there would be a big island in the kitchen. Right now, it’s always a little tight in here because everyone piles in our small kitchen and dining room. You know how people have the big, open floor plans now with that big island in between the living room and the kitchen? That’s what we would do. We would like a really nice screened-in porch, and I’d love it if I could design our future home to be on the water. That would be the best scenario—something over the marsh. Kristin: I think that one day I’d like to live in a Darryl Cobb original (laughs). Darryl: We’re content, though. If it happens, great, but if it doesn’t, this is a wonderful spot too. It’s so refreshing to hear two people actually say that they’re content and happy. You have done so many things to update the home, making it cozy and a reflection of who you are. What are some of the more recent changes and updates you’ve made here? Kristin: I had never worked with an interior designer before, so for my birthday gift this year, Darryl got me Adrian Truluck of Parker Sims Interiors. Adrian and I remodeled the kitchen and completely revamped the other areas of the house. It was great working with a designer; Adrian just seemed to get my style, and everything has come together nicely. Outside, we added the firepit and did the planting. Darryl also painted the shutters blue not too long ago. Darryl: Before the most recent redesign—and before Kristin moved in—I made some other adjustments to the house. I put on a new front porch, a new front door, the beadboard and wainscoting in the bedroom, all the crown molding, and hardwood floors. We’ve just made a couple different layers of changes.


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(above and below) The Cobbs’ bedroom features wainscoting and hardwood flooring that Darryl installed himself before Kristin moved in. The couple is always updating and redesigning, making each room in their house feel cozy and personal.

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So, before Kristin moved in, was this house more like a man cave? Darryl: Surprisingly no (chuckles). I’m a minimalist, so there was just a lot less stuff in here. Kristin: He actually had curtains hung and throw pillows. As I started coming around, though, more and more things started appearing in the house. The décor, now that you’ve moved in, seems to focus on a lot of eclectic art. Did you bring that into the design, Kristin? Kristin: We actually both like to collect art, and it’s something we enjoy doing together. Darryl: All of our art has some sort of meaning to it. We have one painting of my dog that passed away last year, one of the Tour de France because I love to cycle, a few pieces from our trips to New Orleans, some from our honeymoon, and a couple local finds as well. We’re going to try to get a piece this year when we go to New York. Do you have plans for the future of this house—besides filling it with more memorable artwork from forthcoming adventures? Darryl: Nothing major. We may add a screened-in porch to the back, and I’ll keep adding landscaping a little every year. We were thinking about doing an addition off the living room, but I don’t know that we need it. When I found out we were going to have a kid, I thought the house was too small, but now I think it’s just the right size. Who knows? Maybe with another baby, an extra room just might be necessary.

(above) Made famous in Charleston by their delicious flavor and massive icing swirls, Kristin’s cupcakes have been a favorite among locals since 2006. (above right) Kristin Outside Her Mt. Pleasant Store Located in the Belle Hall Shopping Center

Kristin: Darryl told me it was a one-in, one-out deal. We might have to lose a dog to have another kid (laughs). Whatever it may be, we’ll see together what the future holds—for the house and for our family.

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he charcoal and garnet color scheme makes this special builtin a one-of-a-kind place to store and pour the finest reds from around the world. With in- and under-cabinet lighting, each striation in the granite is magnified, and each delicate piece of glassware is highlighted. While there is no place to belly-up, we’re sure (with a feature piece like this) that there are plenty of other amazing lounging spaces in the house in which to enjoy a glass. Designer Kitchens & Baths, Inc. (843) 763-7717


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torage is key in this geometrical wonder of a wine room. With triangular shaped cubbies, Mt. Pleasant restaurant Basil is able to quickly and easily access a collection of wine under the same label and proudly display their finest magnum bottles. Designed by Tara Romano of Neil Stevenson Architects, each solid walnut rack is both beautiful for patrons and functional for sommeliers. Charleston Woodworks, Inc. (843) 744-0016

Tasting Notes Daniel Island -Maple, Shaker Cabinetry -Mounted Wine Rack and Shelving -Scabos Flooring Built by Phillip W. Smith General Contractor, Inc. (843) 881-9828


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uscany has nothing on this Old Village wine cellar. The rustic, knotty-pine shelving, crown moulding, and mantle perfectly accentuate the aged brick fireplace surround so that, when tasting, the space feels intimate and cozy versus chilly, like a wine cellar tends to be. The long, porcelain tiles, laid in a herringbone pattern, add visual interest and a variation of texture to the space. And, they will not warp or stain if someone spills a little wine when having a little fun. Buckhannon Brothers Tile (843) 881-8911


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Oak Tasting Spitoon

Vintage Colored-Glass Decanter and Wine Glasses Charleston Revisions (843) 388-7880

Periwinkle Glazed Wine Chiller

Coralberry Cottage (843) 884-2225

Terrace Oaks Antique Mall (843) 795-9689

Cork-Filled Table Lamp

Charleston Lamp Company (843) 763-9150

Wine-Chilling Corkcicle

MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939

Ceramic Tile Mural Backsplash Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. (843) 768-3111

Italian Wine-Tasting Chalkboard Next to New (843) 606-2715

Hand-Forged Iron Cellar Door

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Lowcountry Iron and Woodworks (803) 655-5653

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Pantry Wine Pull-Out Tailored Closets (843) 696-0791

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o matter what your flavor—modern, rustic, cottage, or vintage—and no matter what your kitchen layout—galley, pullman, horseshoe, or island—one thing on which everyone can agree is that a quintessential kitchen can only be made with high-quality ingredients. Each portion is important in affecting the final outcome: the lights, the appliances, Builder: Priester's Custom Contracting, LLC (843) 200-8495 | Interior Designer: MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939 | Photograph by Matt Bolt

and the cabinetry. Here to walk you through the cornucopia of options and upgrades, the editors at CH+D have chosen a few amazing, local kitchens to get your creative juices simmering. And, because you’ll likely want to snag some design aspects (they’re that imitation-worthy!), we’ve pulled out a few complementary elements for your purchasing pleasure. Countertops: World Stone Distributors (843) 744-5665 | Mosiac: Art Mosaics of the Carolinas Backsplash & Flooring: Flooring Services (843) 388-6872 |

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About this Photo: Builder: Russ Cooper Associates, Inc. Interior Designer: Denise Balassi of Interior Consultants Cabinetry Provider: K&K Cabinets, LLC Architect:

Christopher Rose Architects, P.A. (843) 559-7670 154

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White Cristalino Marble

Vitoria International (843) 760-2470 |

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Photograph by Matt Bolt

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Best Classico Hood

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (843) 747-6301 |

Danze PullDown Faucet Moluf's (843) 723-4881

Bianco White Tile

Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. (843)266-8700 |

Calligaris Exia Barstool

Danco Modern Furniture (843) 884-2256 | CH+D • Winter 2013




About this Photo: Builder: Norm Labrie of N.C. Labrie Custom Builders Architect: Scott Sullivan of Scott Sullivan Design Interior Designer: Andy Bennington Flooring: Melcer Tile Builder:

Designer Kitchens and Baths, Inc. (843) 763-7717 156

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Fish Gurglers

MW Hunter Custom Interiors (843) 556-4939 |

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Hubbardton Forge Mobius Pendant

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (843) 747-6301 |

Subway Tile

Buckhannon Brothers Tile (843) 881-8911

Bertazzoni Double Oven Swift Appliance (843) 388-7283

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Quintessential Kitchens

About this Kitchen:

Woven Shade Provider:

Best Buy Blinds (843) 884-3454 |

Builder: Thomas M. Evans Custom Building and Renovations • Interior Designer: Amy Trowman Design • Fixtures: Lowcountry Lighting Center

About this Kitchen:


Southern Structures, Inc. (843) 442-7354 |

Architect: Bill Childs of WH Childs and Associates • Plumbing Fixtures: Moluf's • Window Provider: Buck Lumber and Building Supply, Inc.


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About this Kitchen:

Countertop Designer and Fabricator:

Eco Designer Concrete (843) 364-6917 |

Builder: Travis Arnett of Arnett Construction

About this Kitchen:

Painter and Cabinetry Refinisher:

1st Class Painting & Restoration (843) 261-0212 |

Interior Designer: Karen Blasko and Melinda Welch • Paint Provider: Sherwin-Williams CH+D • Winter 2013




About this Photo: Architect and Builder:

The Verdi Company (843) 744-6550 160

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Tea Pot

Palmetto Moon Antiques (843) 856-1881

Photograph by Matt Bolt

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"Lively Yellow" "Blue Sky" "Renwick Golden Oak" Sherwin-Williams 1-800-4-SHERWIN

American Black Walnut Flooring Elegant Hardwood Floors (843) 723-8172 |

GE Microwave Oven

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (843) 747-6301 |

Viking Intelli-Wash Dishwasher

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (843) 747-6301 |

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About this Photo: Builder: Cline Homes Cabinetry and Countertops:

Jilco Kitchen & Bath (843) 849-6465 162

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Intercom System

Daniel Island Audio/Video and Structured Wiring, LLC (843) 471-2990

Photograph by Matt Bolt

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Snow White Marble in Herringbone Pattern

Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. (843) 266-8700 |

Hand-Scraped American Cherry Wood Charleston One Source (843) 278-1751

"Mint Julep" "Graphite"

Eco Deco Paints (843) 654-9520 |

Bell Jar Lighting

Charleston Lamp Company (843) 763-9150 CH+D • Winter 2013




About this Kitchen:

Architect: Richard Nevil Lighting and Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson Enterprises, Builder:

Cinder Creek Construction

(843) 737-2201 |

ELK Buckingham Chandelier Kohler Revival Faucet

Rick's Lighting (843) 763-2282 |

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (843) 747-6301

TRUFIG Wall Plate

Accucom Integrations Group, Inc. (843) 769-4822 164

Rocky Mountain Hardware Maddox Grip

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Wheatland™ Offset Undercounter Kitchen Sink

Let us orchestrate your dream. For the perfect products for your kitchen or bath, stop by a Ferguson showroom. It’s where you’ll find the largest range of quality brands, a symphony of ideas, and trained product experts to help orchestrate your dream. With showrooms from coast to coast, come see why Ferguson is recommended by professional contractors and designers everywhere.



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About this Photo: Builder: Lane Baker of Saltwater Homes Cabinet Designer and Provider:

Advanced Kitchen Designs of Charleston (843) 225-9344 | 166

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Gravy Boats

Coralberry Cottage (843) 884-2225 |

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Bertazzoni Master Series

Photograph by Patrick Brickman

Swift Appliance (843) 388-7283

Tile Planks "Barrier Island" "Simply White"

Buckhannon Brothers Tile (843) 881-8911

Eco Deco Paints (843) 654-9520 | CH+D • Winter 2013




About this Photo: Countertops: Lowcountry Stone Solutions Appliance Provider: Wholesale Appliance Center Builder and Cabinet Maker:

Dynamic Design Build (843) 345-5044 168

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Baldwin Deco Cabinet Knob Builders Hardware of South Carolina (843) 552-5515

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Quoizel Naturals Fixture in a Palladian Bronze Finish

Charleston Lighting and Interiors (843) 766-3055

Antique Water Cooler

Terrace Oaks Antique Mall (843) 795-9689

"Napery" "Compatible Cream" Sherwin-Williams 1-800-4-SHERWIN

iPortÂŽ Whole-Home Control System

Audio Warehouse (843) 571-0535 CH+D • Winter 2013




About this Kitchen:

Architect: Historical Concepts Interior Designer: Angie Hranowsky 2009 Coastal Living Idea Cottage Builder:

Structures Building Co.

Calligaris Nido Chair

Danco Modern Furniture (843) 884-2256 170

Photograph by Tria Giovan

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Custom Mosiac Tile Melcer Tile (843) 744-5345

Best Montagne Hood

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Quintessential Kitchens

About this Kitchen:


Artistic Design & Construction (843) 573-2444 |

Countertops: Granite Shop • Tile: Melcer Tile • Cabinets: Prestige Cabinets • Lighting: Rick's Lighting • Flooring: Bay Pointe Hardwood Flooring

About this Kitchen:

Cabinetry Provider:

Carolina Kitchens of Charleston, Inc. (843) 856-8255 |

Cabinetry Designer: Stewart Culler • Interior Designer: MW Hunter Custom Interiors • Cabinet Pulls: Bird Decorative Hardware


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About this Kitchen:

Interior Designer:

Hunter Phelps Interiors (843) 647-7457 |

Builder: John Wieland Homes • Granite Fabricator: Granite Shop • Paint: "Thunder Road" by Eco Deco Paints

About this Kitchen:

Cabinetry Refinishiner:

Carpenter's Antiques & Restoration (843) 884-3411 | CH+D • Winter 2013




About this Kitchen:

Architect: Christopher Phelps & Associates Interior Designer: Regina Garcia Design, LLC Builder:

JD Smith Custom Homes, LLC

Rooster Cookbook Stand Next to New (843) 606-2715 174

(843) 881-8843 |

Hakwood Engineered Flooring Palmetto Wood Floors, Inc. (843) 884-6191

Gilt and Crystal Chandelier Charleston Lamp Company (843) 763-9150

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About this Photo: Builder: Cook Bonner Construction, Inc. Tile Provider: Melcer Tile Cabinetry: Carolina Kitchens of Charleston Audio and Video: Accucom Integrations Group, Inc. Window Provider: Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. Architect:

Spivey Architects, Inc. (843) 795-9370 176

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Impressions Classic HandScraped Flooring in Wheat Carpet Baggers (843) 571-0013

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Kohler Cast-Iron Apron-Front Sink

Moluf's (843) 723-4881 |

Calligaris La Locanda Chair

Danco Modern Furniture (843) 884-2256 |

Water Shades Brick Blend Mosaic

Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. (843) 266-8700

Hudson Valley Canton Lighting Charleston Lighting and Interiors (843) 766-3055

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About this Kitchen:


Fisher Recycling

(843) 554-6099| Tile: Melcer Tile

About this Kitchen:

Cabinetry Builder:

Sullivan Custom Cabinetry

(843) 554-5880 | 178

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About this Kitchen: Photograph by Holger Obenaus


Just Additions & Remodeling (843) 928-3971 |

About this Kitchen:

Countertop Fabricator:

MVP Granite and Flooring (843) 388-2326

Photograph by Matt Bolt

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About this Photo: Designer: Signature Kitchens Custom Cabinetry Builder: Mt. Pleasant Woodwork Building Material Provider: Southern Lumber & Millwork Corp. Builder:

RS Custom Homes (843) 886-5187 180

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Touchpad Control System Carolina Custom Security (843) 881-4802

Photograph by Matt Bolt

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Calligaris Latina Housse Chair Danco Modern Furniture (843) 884-2256

"Calico" "Tradewind"

Sherwin-Williams 1-800-4-SHERWIN

Valley White Granite AGM Imports (843) 747-0088

Viking Refrigerator

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (843) 747-6301 | CH+D • Winter 2013


Cabinetry Builder: Charleston Woodworks (843) 744-0016 |


Kitchens Interior Designer: Anna Deyton & Sabrina Williams of Beauregard Design Builder: George Reavis of Reavis-Comer Development Flooring: Elegant Hardwood Flooring

Light Fixture Provider: Circa Lighting | (843) 937-5990 |

Architect: Lessard Group Inc. Appliance Provider: Signature Appliance

Light Fixture and Cabinetry Builder: Low Country Iron & Woodworks (843) 655-5653 182

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Glass and Stone Mosiac Backsplash: Precision Flooring Group (843) 762-9380

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About this Photo: Builder:

Phillip W. Smith General Contractor, Inc. (843) 881-9828 | 184

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Tiberious Granite

World Stone Distributors (843) 744-5665

Photograph by Tripp Smith

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Mohawk Laminate

Carpet Headquarters (843) 568-6372

ELK Cerama Pendant Rick's Lighting 763-2282

Architect: Herlong & Associates Interior Designer: Soucie Horner, Ltd. Countertops: MVP Granite & Flooring Lighting Fixtures: Charleston Lighting and Interiors

Sub Zero Refrigerator

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (843) 747-6301

Serving Scale Dish

Lowcountry Consignments (843) 606-9881 CH+D • Winter 2013




About this Photo: Architect: Julie O'Connor of American Vernacular Cabinetry: Advanced Kitchen Designs of Charleston Builder:

Bennett Hofford Construction Company Inc. (843) 722-8169 | 186

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Beveled Subway Tile

Palmetto Tile Distributors, Inc. (843) 266-8700 |

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ShowHouse Ascent Faucet

Moluf's (843) 723-4881 |

Heart of Pine Flooring

Elegant Hardwood Floors (843) 723-8172 |

"Biscuit" "Froth"

Eco Deco Paints (843) 654-9520 |

Iron Barstool

For the House - The Barstool Shop (843) 881-7073 | CH+D • Winter 2013




About this Kitchen:

Pantry Provider: California Closets | (843) 762-7980

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About this Kitchen:

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

Granite Fabricator: Granite Shop (843) 771-1235 188

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About this Kitchen:

Window Treatments: Advanced Window Fashions (843) 881-8858

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Quintessential Kitchens

About this Kitchen:

Decorative Features Provider:

Trident Habitat for Humanity (843) 559-4009 |

Interior Designer: Claudia Trowman • Range Hood Builder: Stone Casting, Inc.

About this Kitchen:

Craftsmen in Wood Cabinetry Provider:

Buck Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. (843) 795-0150 | 190

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About this Kitchen:


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

Countertops: MVP Granite and Flooring • Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. • Tile: Melcer Tile

About this Kitchen:

Kitchen Designer:

Authentic Kitchens & Baths Concepts (843) 852-9407 |

Builder: Max G. Crosby Construction CH+D • Winter 2013




About this Photo: Interior Designer: Sandra Crosby Tile: Melcer Tile Countertops: Martol Marble and Granite Cabinetry: Authentic Kitchens and Baths Concepts Flooring: Bay Pointe Hardwood Floors Builder:

Max Crosby Construction (843) 766-9976 192

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Titanium Black Granite

Universal Marble & Granite, Inc. (866) 919-7779

Photograph by Matt Bolt

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Quoizel Uptown Fulton Pendant Charleston Lighting and Interiors (843) 766-3055


Charleston Revisions (843) 388-7880

Viking Cooktop

Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. (843) 747-6301 |

White Plantation Shutters

The Plantation Shutter Company (843) 571-4707 CH+D • Winter 2013


Quintessential Kitchens

About this Kitchen:

Wood Cabinetry Provider:

84 Lumber (843) 884-8431 |

Builder: Sam Lisi of Village Restoration and Custom Homes

About this Kitchen:

Countertops and Backsplash Provider:


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Lowcountry Tile Contractors, Inc. (843) 763-2161 |

outdoor fireplace, patio, pergola, and lighting

We provide stunning landscape design from start to finish!

Contact us today to get started on your next landscaping project!

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design · pavers · patios · outdoor living areas · fireplaces · water features · irrigation · lighting

custom driveway paver design

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custom retaining wall & driveway

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Quintessential Kitchens

About this Kitchen:


Leigh's Painting (843) 200-3735 |

About this Kitchen:

Building Material Provider:

Southern Lumber and Millwork Corp. (843) 744-6281 |

Builder: M. R. Jackson Construction • Custom Cabinetry: HWC Custom Cabinetry • Trim: Carolina Machine Finishing • Countertop: Affordable Granite


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Countertops: Classic Marble, Granite & Tile Flooring: Sonray Flooring

Interior Designer: Debra Boyle of Blair Design Associates, Inc. • Countertop Fabricator: Palmetto Surfacing • Flooring: C & B Hardwood Floors

HWC's unique floor levelers saved this kitchen from flood damage!

About this Kitchen:

Cabinet Builder:

HWC Custom Cabinetry

(843) 207-0750 |

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Kitchen Designer:

About this Kitchen:


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

America's Home Place (843) 824-1402 |

Cabinetry: Jilco Kitchen and Bath • Countertops: Palmetto Surfaces • Lighting, Plumbing Fixtures, and Appliance Provider: Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. CH+D • Winter 2013




About this Kitchen:

Interior Designer: Gaylord Design Countertops: World Stone Distibutors Tile: Melcer Tile Appliances: Wholesale Appliance Builder and Custom Cabinetry:

Thomas M. Evans Custom Building and Renovations (843) 442-0277 |

Control4 System

QEI Security & Technology (843) 797-7603 198

Butcher Block Cutting Board

Charleston Woodworks (843) 744-0016

Upholstered Barstool

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“1st class people doing a 1st class job”

Painting · Restoration Remodeling · Carpentry

Roofing Drywall · Flooring

843.261.0212 Recently finished cus tom cabinetry and Kitchen painting projec t in Mt. Pleasant

Quality Installation & Refinishing Fine Hardwood Floors New Homes and Remodeling From left: Rick Bonner and George Cook of Cook Bonner Construction with Fred Stone III of Elegant Hardwood Floors

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Test Your Kitchen Knowledge

Question 1: How do you know if one (or more) of your kitchen appliances has been recalled? A. Keep up with the News B. Google It C. Let Your Home Inspector Keep Track of It Answer: C. When inspecting a house, ACE Preferred Inspections will note the make and model number of each of your appliances and monitor them for recalls forever. A do-it-yourself recall check service is also available.

For more information about ACE Preferred Inspections, call (843) 849-0455 or visit Question 2: True or False? If you experience a kitchen fire, your insurance will automatically cover any resulting damages.

How Much Do You Know about the Nitty Gritty of Your Kitchen?

Question 4: How do you keep your refrigerated food from spoiling during a power outage? A. Open the Refrigerator as Little as Possible B. Have a Backup Generator C. Dispose of All Food before It Has Time to Spoil Answer: B. A backup generator will ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible during a major storm or power outage, and it will keep your food nice and cold until the main power source is restored.

For more information about Lowcountry Generators, call (843) 696-0082 or visit Question 5: How many plugs should be on a kitchen’s island to meet South Carolina’s code requirements? A. At Least One B. At Least Two C. None Are Required (Although,

Answer: False. Your insurance will only cover the damages if the fire is deemed unintentional. If it is a cooking accident, normally the insurance policy will pay for repairs. However, the intentionality of the event is determined by the adjustor, so it is based on his or her discretion.

Answer: A. Each kitchen island must house at least one electrical plug for the home to meet the current building code requirements.

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Question 3: True or False? My home insurance plan can act as a warranty for my high-end appliances.

Question 6: True or False? You should have an electrical outlet in your kitchen every eight feet.

Answer: False. Unlike a warranty, insurance plans will not cover faulty manufacturing defects or normal wear and tear. However, if your appliances are damaged by a flood, hurricane, surge outage, or other disaster, most insurance policies will pay to replace the damaged items.

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it’s nice to have one nearby.)

Answer: False. You should have double that amount, installing one electrical plug for every four feet of counter space.

For more information about Transworld, Inc., call (843) 577-3491 or visit Question 7: How can you know if your home has moisture control problems? A. Inspect the Crawl Space B. Look for Evidence of Mold C. Have an Air Quality Test Performed D. All of the Above

Answer: D. To learn if your house is experiencing moisture control problems, you must start at the crawl space, inspecting the wood for visual water damage (a darkening of the wood) and visible mold spores. Then, an air quality test should be performed on your home to see how much of the mold has seeped into your living space. If there is water damage within the structure of the home, it can weaken the floors, possibly making them too brittle to hold heavy-duty appliances.

For more information about Clean AIR by Earthcare, call (843) 284-6160 or visit Question 8: True or False? Mold can grow in the house without a moisture source. Answer: False. Mold always needs a moisture source in order to thrive. It will make you think twice about leaving damp dish rags out on the counter!

For more information about AirTight Sprayfoam, call (843) 225-5833 or visit Question 9: True or False? If you want to enclose your crawl space to reduce the possibility of mold growth under the house, the procedure can also prevent your beautiful hardwood kitchen floors from cupping. Answer: True. Without the extra moisture under the house, your hardwood floors are safe from the dampness.

For more information about ESS: Environment Solutions and Services, call (843) 881-0027 or visit Question 10: True or False? You can order your building materials for a kitchen remodel online and have them delivered to your jobsite for free. Answer: True. At, you can place an order for the building materials you need (many of which are cheaper than the national chain stores). OrderOnSite partners with local vendors to fill your order, ensuring that your money boosts Charleston’s economy.

For more information about OrderOnSite, visit Question 11: What is the healthiest, safest cleaning ingredient to use in your kitchen? A. Bleach B. Hydrogen-PeroxideBased Cleaners C. Ammonia Answer: B. Hydrogen-Peroxidebased cleaners kill 99.9 percent of common germs in the kitchen. Proxi disinfectant cleaners break down into water and oxygen without leaving any harsh chemicals behind.

For more information about Proxi, call (704) 584-0072 or visit Question 12: What’s the best method of cleaning the trays underneath the burners on the stovetop? A. Steel Wool B. Baking Soda C. Lemon Juice Answer: C. Combining lemon juice, salt, and a little soapy water creates the perfect combination for cleaning surfaces so close to a heat source. You don’t want to use any chemicals on the stove because the heat could cause a fire or cause the chemicals to burn off into your sizzling food.

For more information about Maid Pure, call (843) 284-8272 or visit Question 13: What insect is most attracted to a dirty kitchen? A. Flies B. Cockroaches C. Ants Answer: A. Flies are the first insect to be attracted to a dirty kitchen with exposed food items. Ants quickly follow to gather food to take back to the hill.

For more information about Palmetto Exterminators, call (843) 766-9701 or visit

Question 14: True or False? When arriving home from the grocery store, you should always remove grain items (like flour, grits, cereal, or dog food) from their original packaging and store them in air-tight canisters.

breakfast for the entire family without waking a sleeping soul until the food is ready.

Answer: True. Grain beetles can make their home in penetrable paper packaging. By placing your products in plastic containers, you’re making sure that the product has not already been infested and that it doesn’t become infested. In addition, roaches are attracted to the glue used to assemble many paper and cardboard packaging. Removing it decreases the attraction of these pesky bugs.

Question 17: True or False? Your HVAC return should be located in the kitchen.

Question 20: True or False? Switching out your traditional light bulbs for CFLs makes no significant difference on your energy bill.

Answer: False. If the HVAC return is placed in the kitchen, it will pull in the heat generated from the cooking appliances, making your HVAC unit work harder to cool the warmer air.

Answer: False. CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs) can drastically reduce your energy bills. These bulbs use up to 75-percent less energy when compared to traditional options.

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Question 18: True or False? Dropping the temperature of the entire house can counteract the warmer temperature generated while cooking in the kitchen.

Question 21: How can you get free hot water for your home on a monthly basis?

For more information about Ledford’s Termite & Pest Control, Inc., call (843) 766-8298 or visit Question 15: True or False? Fruit flies enter a kitchen through windows and doors, as well as travel on fruit. From there, they breed in damp areas and grimy sink drains. Answer: True. Anywhere there is decay or fermentation of carbohydrates, fruit fly larva feed on the yeast produced by this decay. Interior breeding sites can include drip saucers of potted plants, drip pans under refrigerators, door seals of dishwashers, openly stored fruit and vegetables, the lost potato under the stove, damp mops, soda cans stored in the recycle bin, and any other place there is moisture and some sort of fermentation.

For more information about Lane’s Pest Control, call (843) 238-9995 or visit Question 16: Which kind of spray foam insulation is best for the kitchen? A. Open Cell B. Closed Cell C. Both Answer: A. Open cell spray foam is ideal for the walls of a kitchen because it acts as a sound barrier. You would be able to cook

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Answer: True. Depending on what appliances are in use, the temperature in the kitchen can rise anywhere between five and ten degrees. Lowering your thermostat during a day or evening of cooking can balance the temperature and keep you from breaking a sweat while whipping up your famous blueberry pies.

For more information about Smith's Heating & Air Conditioning Company, Inc,. call (843) 552-3772 or visit Question 19: If you want to take on a cabinet refinishing project of your own, what is the first step? A. Priming B. Sanding C. Staining Answer: B. You must always sand your cabinets before you paint or stain them. If you skip the sanding step, the new layers of primer and paint will not stick to the wooden surface. If you’re staining and forego the sanding process, the stain won’t even penetrate the wood. If the whole process becomes too taxing, you can always call in a professional to take

care of the dirty work.

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A. Steal It from the Neighbors B. Use a Wood-Burning Stove C. Capture Energy from the Sun Answer: C. With heating costs constantly on the rise, using the rays of the sun for solar hot water can reduce your monthly expenses. Solar hot water systems can produce up to 95 percent of the hot water necessary to run a household.

For more information about SolarTEK Energy, call (843) 937-9999 or visit Question 22: True or False? When it’s time to move, the best way to pack your fine china is by wrapping it in newspaper. Answer: False. If you wrap your fine china in newsprint, the ink can permanently transfer to your expensive dishes. The best way to pack your china is to place the pieces in a triple-corrugated box. First, you should pad the bottom of the box, then add the heavier dishes wrapped in non-printed newsprint. The lighter items—like fragile stemware— go on top. If you’re packing your stemware, never lay glasses on their sides. Always wrap them and pack them together standing up.

For more information about Pendergrass Moving Company, call (843) 971-0919 or visit Question 23: If you’re selling your home, the most-wanted item that homebuyers like to see in their future kitchen is a granite countertop. Answer: True. The most desirable features in a kitchen right now are natural stone countertops and stainless steel appliances.

For more information about Showhomes Homes Staging, call (843) 606-2811 or visit Question 24: In what way can an iPad increase your productivity in the kitchen? A. The iPad can store recipes for easy access when cooking. B. It can set the lighting and music for the perfect party ambiance. C. You can keep an eye on your children in the pool while you prepare the sides for a summer bar-b-que. D. All of the Above Answer: D. The technology of the iPad has created significant improvements in the daily functions of running a household— including improvements to the time spent in the kitchen.

For more information about NextGen Technologies, call (843) 871-8531 or visit Question 25: True or False? You can design your home with systems that can turn your oven off if you accidently leave it on. Answer: True. The Control4 System can control almost any aspect of your home that you choose from the music and lights to the door locks and kitchen appliances.

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An Interior Design Showcase


e all love our home’s living spaces; they’re the relaxing, kick-off-your-shoes rooms, the watch-a-movie-on-the-couch rooms, the grab-a-bowl-of-cereal-before-work rooms. Our dining rooms and living rooms aren’t just for our immediate family, though. They’re the places in which we entertain. And when we want to put our best hosting foot


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Builder: Phillip W. Smith General Contractor, Inc. Interior Designer: Edith Royall Smith Architect: Herlong and Associates Photograph by: Tripp Smith

forward, the public spaces in our homes must be inviting, impeccable, and ready to provide a warm welcome to all who visit. Browse through the next several pages to grab ideas for the perfect dining and living room looks from a handful of the Lowcountry’s favorite designers who know exactly how to create fabulous, functional rooms.

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Interior Designer: Jesse Phipps, Allied ASID • Builder: Chris Ravenel of Ravenel Construction Group • Paint: Eco Deco • Location: Mt. Pleasant


he biggest inspiration for the design of the living room was the color

palette. The homeowner wanted a light and airy interior to provide a relaxing space to gather with her family.  We worked with Eco Deco Paints to find the perfect shade of light gray for the walls. This color set the tone for the monochromatic color scheme of the furniture. Introducing small pops of blue and green in the accessories adds some interest and still maintains the overall soothing atmosphere.


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Interior Designer: Melissa Hunter • Builder: Joe Arvitrio of Joseph Vincent Custom Carpentry Wet Bar Cabinetry: Carolina Kitchens of Charleston, Inc. • Location: Isle of Palms


his house was originally used as the homeowners’ beach house

on Isle of Palms, but they wanted to retire here in the Lowcountry and make the space their permanent residence. When they began the remodel, the matriarch of the home wanted to reuse some of her older furniture. So, I recovered the pieces in a new gray and yellow color scheme and ordered a few new pieces for the space. Finally, I created some pillows

to further draw in the pops of yellow. –Melissa

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Interior Designer: Lydia Gieczys • Furniture: Ethan Allen • Painting: Jack Brubaker • Location: Daniel Island


y inspiration for this home was the client herself. I have worked with Barbara [Kolakowski] for a number

of years; this year she made the decision to complete her living space. Her style is the essence of sophistication and quiet elegance. In her home, she wanted some rustic, Lowcountry charm. Her desire was to have coastal touches without it being too obvious. We used a lot of different textures—from the smooth feel of the sofa to the highly textural pillows. We also incorporated a sisal rug and, of course, some seashells (without over doing it). The painting over the mantel signifies that there is water close by without actually seeing it firsthand. For the furniture, we mixed Ethan Allen's British Classics collections with some of our contemporary pieces. The final look is very soothing, fresh, and contemporary.

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Interior Designer: Courtney Agosti Art: Ann Long Fine Art • Sofa: Lee Industries • Rugs: Zinn Rug Gallery and Whitaker Rugs

Location: Charleston


his sitting room was inspired by the Jill Hooper painting

(‘Katalina’) hanging above the mantle. The painting was the catalyst from which we drew colors and textures. All pieces had to complement, not overshadow or compete with, the simple elegance of the painting. We found furniture and decor from antique vendors, shows, and resources throughout the Southeast. This formal, yet livable, room speaks to design elements through out the house, so there is an elegant, detailed flow.


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Interior Designer: Stasia Berk, ASID Builder: Matt Lyle of Lyle Construction Cabinetry: Centerpoint Cabinets Location: Bluffton


he living room is the central hub of this home. It has visual texture and a vibrant color palette. My design style is to create a space that people are comfortable spending time in. This living room is a mix of traditional and nuevo classical styling. My inspiration came from the natural landscape. The views from this house offer bursts of vibrant colors from sunsets, wild foliage, and water. –Stasia

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Interior Designer: Jennifer Rhodes Mendelsohn, ASID • Living Room Fabrics: F. Schumacher and Kravet • Furniture: Kravet Needlepoint Area Rugs: Zinn Rugs • Dining Room Side Chairs: Travis and Company • Drapery Fabric: Beacon Hill Built-In China Hutch: Signature Kitchens and Baths • Location: Daniel Island


he inspiration for this project began with the blue and yellow F. Schumacher print fabric on the living room love seats.

My client fell in love with the design and color combination, so the interior design for the living room and the rest of the home evolved from the feel of that original fabric. For more information on this project, contact:


J. Rhodes Interior Design • (843) 795-9411 •


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Interior Designer: Sabrina Young Williams and Anna Deyton • Builder: Passailaigue Homes, Inc. • Architect: Darryl Cobb • Drapery and Wall Upholstery: Creative Cotton Company • Location: Daniel Island


he inspiration for the room originated with the client. She dined at the Peninsula Grill and fell in love with the velvet walls. She called

me and asked, 'Can we do that?' I took that question and ran with it. We wanted a formal dining room, which is what the architecture of the house demanded.  I tried to create a warm and intimate space where people could sit for hours and not want to leave after a wonderful meal. The table was specifically chosen for the room so that everyone

could sit and converse.


For more information on this project, contact:

Beauregard Design • (843) 628-3233 •

All of the dining room’s upholstery was created by Annette Ellard of Creative Cotton Company. The wall upholstery fabric is Antique Cotton Velvet by Kravet and the drapery fabric is a silk taffeta stripe by Colefax and Fowler. For more information on this project, contact:

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was completely inspired by the view. The house sits so close to the ocean

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aving never been to Kiawah Island, I had no idea of the natural beauty that was waiting for me on the drive to

the O’Learys’ new building site. The scenery along the drive was truly no less than inspirational. The colors and the way they interplayed gave me a tranquil peacefulness that I had never experienced. I knew right then that I had to play off this experience and duplicate this same feel throughout the home. Using a monochromatic color scheme and introducing subdued blues, greens, and delicate grays, I formed the foundation for my color palette. At completion, my clients and I knew we had achieved the goal of creating an incredible living experience in a very special place.



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Giving Back

Over 30 Charleston-area architects volunteered their time and gathered together for an entire day to create new home plans for local Habitat for Humanity chapters.

CRAN Charleston Organizes 2O12 Design Charrette


ith a giving spirit, over 30 talented architects from the Lowcountry area met for a design charrette on October 19, 2012 to volunteer their time to aid Trident Habitat for Humanity. Benefitting the tri-county area was the real goal of the design charrette, and these architects were thrilled to have the opportunity to use their skills and specialized knowledge to give back to the Holy City. Habitat for Humanity will use these new plans to construct homes by the end of 2013 in each of the


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area’s Habitat for Humanity districts in Charleston, Sea Island, East Cooper, Berkley County, and Dorchester County. The architects of CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) volunteered their time to make Charleston a better place to live by organizing a charrette. For those of us that don’t speak French, a charrette is traditionally a cart that architecture students at the School of Beaux-Arts in Paris would use to carry project materials through the city. Because these students used the carts during periods of intense work,

the term now refers to “doing something in a very focused and energetic way to produce a product very quickly,” (Bill Huey, president of CRAN Charleston). The architects of CRAN followed this tradition by meeting for one day to produce five functional home designs. “Energy efficiency” was the phrase on everyone’s mind as they worked to create aesthetically pleasing and practical plans for the Habitat homes. Because volunteers from all walks of life build Habitat for Humanity homes, the organization has a number of standards

(left and right) The architects worked together in teams to develop five different home designs that the Habitat for Humanity group will implement in the development of neighborhoods throughout Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties. (center) David Hill of Verdi specializes in green building; his expertise helped the CRAN team create homes that are not only functional and beautiful, but also energy-efficient.

for the blueprints that provide for the safety of these volunteers. While the guidelines created a challenge for the architects, the charrette teams found many opportunities within Habitat's standards. The CRAN group hoped to create innovative designs for Habitat that would bring their plans up-to-date with the ever-changing building codes, as well as serve as beautiful and energyefficient models for construction. New and alternative building materials (such as spray foam insulation) are some of

the solutions that the architects utilized for eco-friendly construction. “By building houses that meet Energy Star Three-Design specifications, we are able to not only lower a family’s average monthly utility bill by about 25 percent, but also reduce the carbon emissions from these houses for each year the houses are in operation,” explains Chris Tweedy of Trident Habitat for Humanity. Because these new designs will cost slightly more up front than previous Habitat home designs, Alcoa (a major

aluminum manufacturer) has generously given a grant to make up the difference so that these energy-efficient designs can be a reality. The architects of CRAN are so enthusiastic about the work they have done for Habitat that they are considering constructing one home as a team. Bill Huey explains, “Through CRAN, we hope to let the public know that the local professional residential architects have united with the common theme of working together for the community.”

(above left) In creating the plans for the Habitat homes, the architects had to be mindful of the organization’s safety regulations; because many people from all walks of life help construct the homes, safety is of utmost importance in the building process. (above right) The use of the latest technology allows the CRAN team to digitally create images that demonstrate how the home will look once constructed.

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DIY Nursery Mural


n preparation for the birth of their daughter, Patrick Brickman (Charleston Home + Design’s art director) and his wife, Rachel, created a whimsical nursery for their precious babe, Emma Joy. Both knew they wanted a gender-neutral room for when their family grows again, but they had somewhat different ideas about the theme. Because Rachel wanted a Noah’s ark motif and Patrick wanted a beach theme, he found a playful way to combine the two ideas. Painting an all-around mural for the nursery was no small task, but Patrick was up for the challenge. For his project, Patrick chose all of his colors from Sherwin-Williams. He explains, “I always enjoy supporting a quality company from my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Sherwin-Williams always has superb discounts for premium paint, and I wanted to ensure that the mural would endure any scuffs or spills. The paint mixed well to create other shades of color and was easy to apply. It dried quickly and turned out better than I expected.” Patrick tackled this DIY project in just a few steps. Here is how he did it: Step 1: On paper, Patrick mapped out the walls and major furniture, such as the crib, and then sketched out his design for the room. He made sure that most of the animals faced the crib so that the whole focus of the room is on baby Emma.

Sherwin-Williams Paint Colors Used

SW 6258

Tricorn Black

SW 6549

Ash Violet

SW 6780 Nautilus

SW 6491 Open Air

SW 6921

Electric Lime

SW 6897


SW 6599 Begonia

SW 6258 Toasty

SW 7006

Extra White

Story by Emily Mecredy • Photography & Mural by Patrick Brickman

Step 2: Patrick taped off the upper and lower sections of each wall. Then, he painted a basecoat of two different blues that would become the sky and ocean. Step 3: Although free-hand drawing was an option, Patrick chose to project his sketches onto the wall and trace the image. Step 4: Finally, Patrick painted in the different animal outlines with cheerful colors like he was completing a colorby-number painting. By mixing different paint colors, he was able to give the animals intricate shading and detail.

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I’m really happy with how it turned out. The bold shapes, colors, and animals will be great for the baby to point out and identify as she gets older.

–Patrick Brickman, Art Director of CH+D

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