KIAWAH ISLAND, SC
Interior Design Project No 89
This Kiawah Island retreat is a great example of our ability to completely furnish an empty home from scratch. As in every project, we followed the mood and style of the architecture and existing finishes in order to create a cohesive design that feels intuitive. Nestled in the trees near the beach, this palette combines clean lines, soft colors and textures to create an inviting escape.
Photography by Michael Costa
In a house without a foyer for transition, this unique space acts as your greeting immediately upon entry. Originally planned as a formal dining room, given the casual feel of the home, it seemed clear that it would rarely be used as such. We instead, created a room that would be more welcoming upon entry and flexible in its use. The sideboard, lamp and mirror combination serve the role of entry pieces, while the other furnishings encourage a spirited board game or just lounging with a book or laptop. While this room is still perfectly suitable for small dining parties or overflow dining, it is anything but a formal dining room.
Chippendale end tables are finished in white for a whimsical take on a traditional frame. Juxtaposed is a modern, yet timeless, stone-and-bronze cocktail table, seemingly floating above a faded, Oushak rug.
The floor plan of this home creates a strong relationship to the outdoors, so we kept the furnishings perfectly scaled and simple in order to allow easy flow between the spaces both literally and visually.
It can be fun to take a vibrant color that would normally be used as an accent and make it the star of the show. This media room is a perfect example of taking a neutral palette with pops of color and reversing the scheme. It maintains a cohesive feeling with the rest of the home, while adding some vibrancy in a location that is meant for stimulation.
While we typically prefer to leave shells on the beach, these large-scaled, contemporary replicas of shells and starfish create a stylish dynamic in their repetition. This monochromatic vignette also pays homage to the nearby beach with the subtle ripples in the modern chest of drawers.
The length of both the downstairs and upstairs Master bedrooms made them perfect candidates for a suite-style layout. Our classic mix of timeless furnishings and a soft palette creates an immediately comfortable space in which to unwind.
A soft, neutral palette allows the focus to be on the beautiful lines of the furnishings, balanced by the abstract art and contemporary lamps. A touch of whimsy with the bird sculptures is a playful twist designed to evoke a smile.
Small, but not forgotten...this light-filled guest bedroom shows that smaller rooms can have just as much style as their larger counterparts. A headboard-only keeps the room feeling spacious.
While twin bedrooms are often primarily for the little ones, we find that often adults end up in these rooms at some point as well. This space is a great example of how to make a twin bedroom an enjoyable space for kids and adults alike.
Your guests may never leave. This room over the garage is fully decked out like a high-end studio apartment, complete with a sleeper sofa for overflow sleeping and a desk for the work-a-holic or internet surfer alike.