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The Charleston Home

Local gallery owner Ann Long Merck’s meticulously preserved and classically appointed pre-Revolutionary residence is a masterpiece unto itself

After a childhood abroad, Suzanne Pollak brings her global style and a penchant for blending classic and quirky pieces to her townhome on Rainbow Row

Behind a stately colonial façade, an Old Village residence overflows with color, pattern, and texture

Web developer Rich Yessian’s home in the sky makes for a rare modern addition to downtown’s historic landscape

A decade after its first overhaul, a contemporary residence overlooking the Wappoo River gets an indoor-outdoor makeover

A young family trades the bustle of Manhattan for a custom oceanfront oasis on the Isle of Palms

With help from designer Cortney Bishop, a pair of Chicago transplants bring low-maintenance sophistication to a South of Broad townhome

Situated on a tree-lined block of Wentworth Street in the heart of Harleston Village, the James Sanders House celebrates modern preservation with a graceful composition of past and present. Raised by its namesake mason in 1851, the three-story Charleston single house maintains original heart-pine foors, lead-glass windows, marble freplace surrounds, and ribbon moulding. A 2015 renovation renewed the stuccoed brick property with contemporary comforts, including an updated kitchen and saline pool, balancing its 19th-century foundation with 21st-century style. Last spring, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. (CSOL®) teamed up with 14 designers and artisans to reveal its 39th Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse during a month of tours beneftting the symphony orchestra as well as CSOL® education and scholarship programs. Take a look inside this dramatic old-meets-new estate

New York City transplants meticulously restore a B&B called “Belvedere” back into a home

Melissa Lenox, an interior designer and longtime California girl, brings a dose of West Coast style to her new home on the banks of the Ashley River

The owners of High Wire Distilling Co. imbue a 19th-century single house with soulful folk art  

A Copenhagen native brings Danish charm to a 19th-century manse and its courtyard garden

A Mount Pleasant family moves to the Caribbean and back again—and, in the process, refines their approach to outdoor living

In Wagener Terrace, a family transforms a ho-hum stucco box into a cheery mid-century-modern stunner


On Daniel Island, Kelly and David Lyle mark a new chapter in their lives with a stunning custom abode


On James Island, Mike Lata and family savor the simple life in an 18th-century farmhouse rehabbed to include—of course!—a smoking-hot kitchen

An interior designer updates her grandmother’s brick colonial in The Crescent to suit modern family life and, in the process, carves out beautiful new spaces for outdoor living


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