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Take your living room for a walk on the wild side with this Out of Africa-inspired look from Sarah-Hamlin Hastings of Fritz Porter Design Collective. Tribal prints and a canvas sofa feel safari-chic, but thanks to a neutral palette of beige, black, and green, the mood is one of quiet sophistication. “You don’t want a room to look like a theme park,” Hastings says. “Exercise restraint and mix elements that have a subtle connection without being too literal.”

French-chic never goes out of fashion—even for the home. Architect and interior designer Chris Rose draws inspiration from classic bistros when outfitting this kitchen concept. “For your own space,” he suggests, “look to your favorite restaurants for inspiration.” The key? Aim for style and function

“Feeling cozy is all about comforting natural textures,” says interior and textile designer Lauren Mendenhall. With a nod to coastal living, she warms up a family room with richly printed linens, a deep-blue velvet sofa, and earthy elements like rattan and grasscloth

As cooler temperatures descend upon the Lowcountry, folks fling back doors open once more to enjoy alfresco living. Landscape architect Paul Freeman designs an intimate outdoor space with durable pieces and clean lines, creating a calming aesthetic that’s perfect for entertaining guests, or simply relaxing

In styling a luxurious dressing room, designer Regina Garcia offers a modern take on Hollywood glamour with bold black patterns, gilded accessories, and strong silhouettes. “Don’t be afraid to add pattern and color, whether from a picture frame, a candle, or even your favorite pair of shoes,” she says.

As the co-owner of Blue Bicycle Books with her husband, Jonathan, designer Lauren Sanchez knows the right styling can shift a bookshelf from cluttered and messy to smart and appealing. Her tip? Organize the mismatched spines of your favorite reads by height or color to bring a sense of visual order to the scene

In creating an outdoor oasis, Charleston interior designer Jenny Keenan goes for global glamour. Selecting a fringed hammock, Moroccan-inspired tiles, and pillows made of textiles from around the world, Keenan captures the essence of the exotic in this relaxed space perfect for reveling in those sultry summer evenings

When furnishing the nursery, aesthetically minded mamas-to-be would do well to follow Jennifer Mathis’ lead. In creating this hip-yet-playful look, the North Charleston designer mixed kid-centric items with elevated pieces—such as graphic wallpaper and a sculptural pendant—that aim to please designophiles of all ages

Due to Spoleto’s attractions and our gorgeous spring weather, Charleston is particularly charming in May—which means out-of-town pals start queueing up to visit. Prepare your guest room for the busy season with these coastal-cool pieces selected by design pro Deidre Alexander. “Subtle pops of color make guests feel welcome without overwhelming the eye,” she advises.

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