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As the weather warms, we’re spending more time outside—and thus looking to revamp our home’s exteriors and signature porches. Designer Melissa Ervin provides this plan to up an abode’s curb appeal. “These Farrow & Ball paints feel crisp, and topiaries freshen the front door,” she says. “Plus, the settee and fabrics are very comfortable.” It all makes us want to spruce up, then sit back and enjoy the results

In time for this month’s Charleston Fashion Week,­ area design pro Amelia Handegan took cues from a chic kimono style spotted on spring 2015 runways to create this look for the home. From modern art to 18th-century antiques, her eclectic picks make for an adaptable Japanese-influenced design. “It’s a theme that could add interest in a historical space or a stark contemporary room,” she says.

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon,­ Jesse Leigh Vickers of JLV Creative used pastel hues, super-soft textures, and touches of gold to conjure a mood-setting boudoir. Vintage touches are key to this look, too. “Old-world inspired pieces provide an effortlessly romantic feel,” she explains. Here are her picks for a sensual and chic space that encourages rest and relaxation

The New Year is a perfect excuse to shake up a tired design­—so we asked Karoline Kable of Karoline Kable, ASID to dream up a bold look for the home office. “No matter what field you’re in, this is the place where you want to work and be creative—so it’s perfect for elements that are sure to inspire,” she says. Here’s her vision for a work space that aims to spark your most bold and brilliant thoughts

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

Stylish gal Hollie Wood doesn’t need to spend a lot of money to create an elegant look. In fact, she works hard to source vintage items over brand-new pieces because she loves décor with a history—and she knows buying used is gentler on the environment. Shopping exclusively at local secondhand stores and antique malls, Wood dreamed up this stately look for the Thanksgiving table, and our editors picked a few new (but retro-inspired!) items to round out her selections

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.”

The master bedroom should feel like an oasis, safe from the hustle of everyday life. Area designer Margaret Donaldson says clients are allotting more square footage—or even an entire wing—to this important space. “It’s become an enclave unto itself,” she notes. Here, she dreams up the accoutrements for her ideal master suite

Charleston-based designer Regina Garcia says a designated “drop zone” can make it happen. “Every home has a nook where this can work—maybe a back hallway or in the kitchen,” she says. “It’s flexible and modular; no built-ins required!” Here, find her picks for a cohesive design that keeps chaos at bay

For a look that surprises, designer Michael Mitchell is in love with pairing bold finishes with contrasting details—all in natural patterns and textures. He shares some favorite examples from the Spring 2014 High Point Market

This season’s cocktail hour offerings recall parlors of eras past in their refinement. Sophisticated detailing and elemental materials reign right now—barware and serving items are decked in gold, silver, brass, and horn for polished, elegant entertaining, notes designer Matthew McLaughlin. Here are some of his favorites from local shops

Tis the season of giving... and guesting! Before friends and family descend, gussy up your guest room with an eclectic, hand-picked medley of wares, like local artwork; interesting antiques; and serene, seafaring scents. Here are some of our top picks from around town 

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.

Not quite. Dynamo design houses like Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, and Chanel have amped up the pairing and elevated it to graphic new heights. Now, furnishings echo the trend with super-chic nods to runways ’round the globe

The Element of Surprise can be a powerful thing. Turn your safe, signature style on its head with a bolt of the unexpected—a one-two punch with a wild new palette, high-flying poster art, or a funky-cool centerpiece to awaken your rooms. Remember: big risk, big reward

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