WELCOME HOME: An entry courtyard, flanked by one-car garages topped with private guest quarters, became the stately starting point for the overall design concept. (Left) An open floor plan leads to a back terrace and pool area, where an endless marsh vista awaits.
ART ABOUNDS: Years of global travel and a stint living abroad have boosted the couple’s art and rug collections. A soothing neutral palette allows the art, including that of Charlestonbased artists Jonathan Green, Robert Lange, and Mickey Williams, as well as works by Chagall, Matisse, Miro, and Picasso, among others, to take center stage.
AN EYE FOR DETAIL: A collection of Knoll dining chairs by the famed American architect Robert Venturi surround the dining table.
COOKING LIGHT: Abundant natural light is the main ingredient in the spacious kitchen, where an oversized island with quartz countertops offers a central gathering space. “We entertain a lot,” says the wife, who loves to cook but gives her husband props for “approaching chef status” with his culinary expertise.
WELL FRAMED: Parallel linear foyers with floating walls to accommodate large paintings, bookend the main living area. Underscoring the home’s symmetry, they provide excellent gallery space, this one showcasing vintage French Art Deco posters of Lotti, Cappiello, and Falcucci.
A STUDY IN CLASSICS: Outfitted with shiplap walls, bluestone flooring, and select furnishings by Baker and Ralph Lauren (many designed by architects), the library features a cozy fireplace, plus a wall of custom built-ins.
TRANQUIL RETREAT: Walls throughout the home are white, except for the soothing seafoam green in the master suite. With windows on three sides, the master gets plenty of soft light; “the beauty when the sun is coming up is very special,” the wife says.
When the couple saw the Waterworks “egg” tub in the Washington, DC showroom, it was a must-have.
This art-filled Kiawah ode to symmetry and serenity was years in the making, and the making was half the fun