A streamlined layout, furnishings from a range of eras, and an eclectic art collection transform a bland mid-century brick ranch into a comfortably glamorous feminine retreat.
Tinkler at home in West Ashley with her pups, Cornbread and Moose
PERSONAL SPACE: When Charleston County Treasurer Mary Tinkler enlisted designer Erin Glennon to help overhaul her mid-century ranch, she wound up with a feminine retreat filled with meaningful pieces, including artwork collected over time and vintage furnishings that reflect her love of history.
DINING IN STYLE: Velvety gold skirted dining chairs, a 1950s crystal chandelier, and mirrored sconces make the dining nook feel glamorous, while a handed-down hutch nods to tradition.
SHELF LIFE: To modernize the layout, Glennon advised taking down the wall separating the kitchen and dining nook. In its place, she added built-in bookshelves that keep the space visually open while still clearly defining individual rooms.
FRESH TAKE: High-gloss cabinets and a cool coppery backsplash help modernize the retro kitchen. But antique pieces—such as a brass-and-wood mid-century light fixture and a marble-top table reimagined as an island—lend vintage charm that’s cohesive with the rest of the abode.
Glennon found the Happy Floors “Oxido” porcelain tile in “Cobre” for the kitchen backsplash at Prosource.
Lady’s Lounge: A vintage Italian settee and textiles in dusty pinks and creams—with a few pops of peacock blue—set a ladylike tone in Tinkler’s dressing room. On the wall, a large grouping of pressed botanicals in gilt frames adds a sense of dimension.
A fuzzy flokati rug and Moroccan brass tray reference the homeowner’s recent trip to the Mediterranean, where she fell for many of the region’s unique designs.
PRETTY IN PINK: In Tinkler’s bedroom, a pink-on-pink hand-stenciled motif is more affordable (but no less stunning) than wallpaper. Tall brass bedside lamps and a clear acrylic light fixture help the eight-foot ceilings seem higher.
Glennon found the limestone bust of Poseidon while antiquing.
Floral drapes in punchy hues of orange, pink, and green add a beachy aesthetic to the home office.
VINTAGE VIBE: In Tinkler’s home office, an antique Drexel armoire provides a handsome home for paperwork. Caned chairs, botanical textiles, and an antique portrait in a gilt frame lend a laid-back glamour to the work space.
A 1960s brick ranch in West Ashley’s Old Charles Towne neighborhood gets a cool makeover with a mix of mid-century furnishings and accessories, heirloom pieces, and an eclectic art collection