Details, Details: The intricate architectural details of Roehm’s 19th-century Charleston home, such as the flying staircase and exquisite plasterwork, caught her well-honed eye.
Living In Color: Her living room is an ornate ode to texture, color, and craftsmanship and a showcase for her love of chinoiserie, including lacquerwork, carved and gilded wood, and blue-and-white porcelain.
Festival Flair: Roehm hosted the 2015 Spoleto Festival USA party for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Members of the cast gave a special performance during the soirée.
The garden with boxwoods she planted herself.
Roehm with Simon Pinniger, her partner of 17 years.
Roehm has been featured as the keynote speaker at the 2012 Gibbes Museum of Art’s Art of Design luncheon. “I love giving back to the Charleston community,” she says. “It’s fun to be the new kid on the block;” photograph by Julia Lynn.
Roehm, a former board member of the New York Public Library, celebrated the release of Style & Design with a Charleston Library Society High Tea in October 2018; photograph by Kim Graham.
photograph by Kim Graham
Whether arranging models and apparel for the runway, or her beloved flowers for a lavish bouquet (as featured in Design & Style), Roehm bows to Mother Nature, “the ultimate arbiter of style—you never see a color combination in the natural world that doesn’t work,” she writes.
A New Path: Roehm’s first book, A Passion for Flowers (Harper, 1997), “opened up an entirely different creative path, one I could follow with enthusiasm and that changed my life,” she writes in Design & Style. Since then, she has authored a dozen tomes of inspired design.
The Charleston Profile: Carolyne Roehm’s elegant simplicity and hard work made her an icon of international design, and now her impeccable style and generous spirit find a home in the Holy City