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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

After covering homes and gardens for nearly half a century, we’ve seen trends come and go, but one thing remains true: any time you’re invited into a Charleston residence, the host offers a look around just as surely as she offers iced tea. Here, in homage to that open-door, open-gate way of life, we invite you back into favorite residential haunts and garden retreats from our archives, offering 40 inspiring ideas and takeaways that can be put to work everywhere from traditional interiors to beach cottages and more

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.”

A local businesswoman and community volunteer turns a 1956 residence into the contemporary home of her dreams—without interrupting South Windermere’s quaint, cottagey vibe

After debating between two coasts, Lynne and Steve Hamontree settled on Sullivan’s Island and, with help from area designer Cortney Bishop, revamped a spec home to reflect their particular brand of West-meets-East Coast cool

Thanks to a totally efficient design, an eco-minded family downsizes into the modern and sustainable home of their dreams without sacrificing an ounce of comfort

An airy, art-filled Sullivan’s home gives a young urban family a relaxing seaside escape with long coastal views

How to meld modern aesthetic ideals with primo practicality? Interior designer Deidre Alexander helps one Daniel Island family bring it all together

Local art enthusiasts Michele and Mike Seekings team up with muralist Karl Beckwith Smith to update a grand 1850s single 

The Sustainable Warehouse rescues building materials destined for the landfill, then welcomes shoppers into the resulting trove of architectural treasures

Under cover of a handful of oaks, self-taught gardener Tommy Peters creates a cool garden hideaway

A residence custom-designed for the Holy City and tailored over time to suit our climate and society to perfection: of all the things that make this town special, the Charleston single, one of downtown’s most prominent architectural styles, has got to be top-of-the-list. Find out why the homes face south and sideways and how “haint blue” and “northside manners” factor in.

Charleston Hardware sells a myriad of lines of meticulous reproductions

How to transform a late-1700s cotton warehouse-turned 1950s residence into a home perfectly suited to Holy City living, circa-2013? With smart color choices, room-heightening design elements, and just-right furnishings from local stores, that’s how! Find out what solutions eight interior designers—and one pro green thumb—used in creating the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc.’s (CSOL®) 36th annual Designer Showhouse at 4 South Adgers Wharf. This spring, it raised $90,000 for the CSOL®—now, cash in on the ideas it holds for your own home

Designer Angie Hranowsky uses vibrant color and daring design tricks to blow the doors off a plain-Jane single house in Harleston Village

Seaside decor should be true to form, says Sullivan’s Island-based stylist Nathalie Naylor. Rather than “themey” sailing camp or electric blue aquarium looks, true coastal decor reflects what’s outside our windows: the colors of sand and sea, marsh and sunset. Here are her picks for getting started.



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