Raise the Roof: The couple renovated the home in 2008 with help from architectural designer Hunter Kennedy, who raised the roof line via a shed dormer with clerestory windows and swapped out the brick façade for sleeker-looking slate-grey siding.
Allison and Bright Williamson; their 11-year-old twins, Ben and Henry; and Labradoodle Chief relax on the back porch.
Captivating Entry: Colorful and joy-filled artwork, like this bottle-cap portrait of Frida Kahlo by area artist Molly B. Right, jives well with the Williamsons’ lively home, as does the open floor plan. “The boys are so dynamic; the level of activity here is insane,” says Allison.
Changing Scenery: This gallery wall in the living room is always in flux. “I constantly change it out,” Allison says. Works by Charleston Artist Collective members dominate this iteration, including pieces by Shannon Wood (center) and Lynne Hamontree (top right).
Go WIth The Flow: The smartly redesigned floor plan interconnects cooking, dining, and living spaces, and inset cabinetry helps to make the most of the 2,400 square feet. Close friend and interior designer Jenny Keenan pitched in by assisting with space planning and lighting, as well as selecting paint colors, textiles, and furnishings, many of which are vintage. The swivel chairs, for example, were scored at Indigo Market and reupholstered...
...the slipper chairs on either end of the dining table were handed down from a friend and recovered in a fresh fabric, and the rest of the dining chairs were scored on eBay. An abstract painting by Brian Coleman adds a dash of color and texture above the wraparound fireplace, which was stuccoed during the renovation for a more modern, streamlined look.
The twins (and Chief) can often be found hanging out on the white Nuevo Home sectional in this den off the kitchen. A round West Elm coffee table pinch-hits as a homework desk. Allison found the rug on a trip to Morocco, and the indigo pillows are from Dear Keaton.
Clean Eating: In the kitchen, area carpenter Robert Buxton built the custom asymmetrical table, which adds a contemporary design element as well as an informal space for the family to gather for meals.
In the master suite, a Russian impressionist still life complements the Suzani embroidered headboard.
A piece by Charleston Artist Collective artist Anne Darby Parker reflects in the bath mirror.
Ben and Henry’s room features a gallery wall with the boys’ own artwork, as well as handicrafts they created at Huck Finn School in Mount Pleasant.