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Charleston Home

Local gallery owner Ann Long Merck’s meticulously preserved and classically appointed pre-Revolutionary residence is a masterpiece unto itself

A young family trades the bustle of Manhattan for a custom oceanfront oasis on the Isle of Palms

With help from designer Cortney Bishop, a pair of Chicago transplants bring low-maintenance sophistication to a South of Broad townhome

Situated on a tree-lined block of Wentworth Street in the heart of Harleston Village, the James Sanders House celebrates modern preservation with a graceful composition of past and present. Raised by its namesake mason in 1851, the three-story Charleston single house maintains original heart-pine foors, lead-glass windows, marble freplace surrounds, and ribbon moulding. A 2015 renovation renewed the stuccoed brick property with contemporary comforts, including an updated kitchen and saline pool, balancing its 19th-century foundation with 21st-century style. Last spring, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. (CSOL®) teamed up with 14 designers and artisans to reveal its 39th Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse during a month of tours beneftting the symphony orchestra as well as CSOL® education and scholarship programs. Take a look inside this dramatic old-meets-new estate

New York City transplants meticulously restore a B&B called “Belvedere” back into a home

Summer’s sun-bleached wooden docks, lush palms, and sunshine inspired this modern coastal look from Sidney Wagner of Eclectic. She suggests establishing a color palette that references our marshes and shorelines, but upping the vibrancy of the hues, like the super-saturated green of the side table and fabric. Warm, natural fibers balance the more contemporary touches.

Melissa Lenox, an interior designer and longtime California girl, brings a dose of West Coast style to her new home on the banks of the Ashley River

The owners of High Wire Distilling Co. imbue a 19th-century single house with soulful folk art  

A Copenhagen native brings Danish charm to a 19th-century manse and its courtyard garden

In Wagener Terrace, a family transforms a ho-hum stucco box into a cheery mid-century-modern stunner


On Daniel Island, Kelly and David Lyle mark a new chapter in their lives with a stunning custom abode


On James Island, Mike Lata and family savor the simple life in an 18th-century farmhouse rehabbed to include—of course!—a smoking-hot kitchen

French-chic never goes out of fashion—even for the home. Architect and interior designer Chris Rose draws inspiration from classic bistros when outfitting this kitchen concept. “For your own space,” he suggests, “look to your favorite restaurants for inspiration.” The key? Aim for style and function

“Feeling cozy is all about comforting natural textures,” says interior and textile designer Lauren Mendenhall. With a nod to coastal living, she warms up a family room with richly printed linens, a deep-blue velvet sofa, and earthy elements like rattan and grasscloth

An interior designer updates her grandmother’s brick colonial in The Crescent to suit modern family life and, in the process, carves out beautiful new spaces for outdoor living


A marquee mansion overlooking White Point Garden had been long neglected. Not any more. The Hammond family has rescued it from ruin, imbuing it with a colorful balance of contemporary and classic

An artistic family breathes new life into one of the oldest homes in Mount Pleasant

It’s that time of year when we tend to have guests flowing through our front doors­—so we asked Muffie Faith, owner of Elizabeth Stuart Design, to dream up the accoutrements for a welcoming foyer. “I love mixing antiques with a few things that are simple and new for a quiet, sophisticated hello,” she says. Here’s her cozy design, perfect for ushering visitors in out of the cold

A young creative couple infuses their Charleston single house with a stripped-down contemporary aesthetic that complements its patinaed character

We Charlestonians love our porches so much, we treat them like outdoor rooms. Knowing this, designer Heidi Walker selected some favorite patio furnishings for entertaining and relaxing solo. “In our climate, outdoor living is enjoyed all year,” she says. “Establish zones for dining and lounging to take full advantage.”