Limbed holly bushes soften a horizontal wood-slat fence, providing privacy as well as filtered light for the Thomae family’s alfresco dining room.
Dr. Cristian Thomae and his wife, Tracie
After making an offer on another house in Mount Pleasant stumbled upon the Fulton neighborhood and a home that checked all the boxes on their wish list: new construction; proximity to downtown and good schools; an unfussy, modern design; and a welcoming vibe.
Wide-Open Spaces: Shiplap walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s “White Dove,” oak floors, and reclaimed beams set the stage for the open living area, including a cozy sectional sofa from West Elm where Mia the Maltipoo relaxes among pillows from Lyndon Leigh.
In the streamlined kitchen, seamless cabinetry on each side of the expansive marble-topped island holds everything from cookware to craft supplies, as well as a built-in beverage cooler for kids’ drinks. To the right of the chevron-tiled backsplash, a walk-in pantry houses cooking staples and the wine bar.
Sit a Spell: Most mornings—post-school-drop-off—find Tracie in the light-filled dining room reviewing images and reading magazines. The oak table is from Anthropologie, and the resin-covered banana-bark chandelier from Candelabra.
Fun Zone: Three sliding glass doorways open to the outdoor entertaining areas, including a lounge space with aluminum and teak love seats from AllModern and a woven lantern from Lyndon Leigh, Cristian’s “kitchen,” a compact pool where the boys and goldendoodle Kylie splash and play, and the pergola-covered dining area with a teak table and chairs.
Coastal Living: Hanging in the stairwell to the boys’ rooms, the painting of blue crabs came from their home in Augusta: “I guess we were always aiming for the coast,” Tracie says.
Serene Wing: Spare, modern lines continue in the first-floor master “wing” complete with 10-foot vaulted ceilings, his-and-her walk-in closets, and a laundry room hidden behind the reclaimed wood sliding door. Furnishings are a blend of older favorites with new pieces, such as the low-slung upholstered linen bed from AllModern.
R&R: In the master bath, a large soaking tub overlooking the backyard separates his-and-her marble-topped vanities. An expansive shower with frameless glass and penny marble tile completes the retreat.
The Thomae family happened upon their ideal digs—fresh, modern, and complete with an outdoor oasis—in Mount Pleasant