duneside villa renovation
DIODIA CT. KIAWAH ISLAND, SC
Interior Design Project No 124
A casually elegant beach villa tucked between the rolling dunes on Kiawah Island’s pristine beaches. The full-scale renovation included adding a 3rd floor to allow for a Master Suite with enviable views to the Atlantic Ocean below. Modern and antique elements are intertwined to create an approachable, timeless space that feels intuitive and relaxing.
Photography by Holger M. Obenaus
A serene palette was carefully chosen to blend with the views to the well-preserved, natural beauty of Kiawah Island. Soft textures and a balance of materials evoke a sense of Lowcountry style.
A dynamic, mono-stringer staircase leads to the 3rd floor Master Suite. The use of wood on the walls and ceilings evokes a classic, nautical element. Custom, vine pendants are skillfully placed above the entry door to provide interest from any angle.
The custom-designed and built cabinetry skillfully hides counter top appliances within an easily-accessible appliance garage. This allows the focus to be on the ethereal glass back splash tile and clean, classic lines of the inset cabinetry.
An antique French trestle dining table and surrounding woven chairs lend warm, textural interest and character to the space. Beyond, a cantilevered bench with ceramic garden stools acting as spot tables, provides a perfect spot to enjoy the breeze and watch the waves.
A wall-hung demi-lune tucks neatly in a small Foyer. Tumbled travertine mosaic tile floors in a scallop pattern are classically elegant while practical for sand-covered feet. The transom above provides additional light into the front twin bedroom.
A Ming dynasty bed is the dominate element in the Master Bedroom, balanced by the Swedish-style built-in dresser opposite with antique mirror above.
Classically elegant marble is used to create a light and airy Master Bath. Touches of soft aqua subtley speak to the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Warm touches of a custom, reeded vanity and woven shades balance the cool palette.
Pendants are used in lieu of lamps to eliminate over-crowding at the mirrored nightstands. An antique reproduction, spool bed is interestingly juxtaposed to the contemporary, abstract art above.
The faux-painted vanity was modeled after a Swedish antique. The wall-hung toilet alleviates crowding in a small footprint. Textured, vinyl wallcovering provides visual interest and ease of maintenance.