I had the pleasure of being invited to attend the media event for the Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse this past Wednesday. I took hundreds of photos of the exquisitely decorated circa 1840 Greek Revival house located just steps away from the Charleston harbor.
The elegant home sports double piazzas with traditional ironwork that one associates with Charleston, SC. A young couple owns the house and had recently undertaken its renovation before the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League asked them if it could be used as the site of the 40th Designer Showhouse this year. In fact, that is the young owner’s arm that you see in the above photo!
Because a young family lives here, the local and nationally renowned interior designers brought creative, contemporary elements into the historic home, incorporating some of the couple’s antiques in the mix.
Y’ALL, I may live in a small country cottage but I have always had an interest in home decor and design. And if you do,too, then you do not want to miss seeing the magic that these designers created! You have from now until April 15 to get yourself down to Charleston to see it for yourself! You can find more ticket info at the end of this post.
I took so many photos at the media event that I’m breaking down this post into 2 parts. But let me tell ya. There is no way that my photos can truly capture its magnificance. Today I’m sharing the rooms on the main living level.
When you step up onto the first level piazza, a coastal theme greets you, appropriate given that the home is located not very far from the harbor and neighboring beaches. What a wonderful, relaxing place to greet visitors and offer them a cool drink.
The Showhouse is brought to you by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League in partnership with Traditional Home and Charleston Magazine. So this relaxing spot would be a great place to peruse the latest design magazines or curl up with a good book. And when the mood strikes, you could even take a snooze on that bed swing!
In each room were cards listing sources and paint colors so if you are interested in that kind of information, more than likely, I can find it for you. For example, the wall color in this room is Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain.
I’m seriously in love with this brass lamp and the contemporary art above it depicting headphones with donut ear pieces. Funky and fun yet sophisticated!
Down the hall was the light filled music room featuring a grand piano.
The focal point on one wall was the textured chinoiserie panels created by a local artist using stencils and plaster. And look at those interesting, teal colored chairs! Southerners do love beautiful colors!
The unique hinged flower vases showcase those pretty pink ranunculus!
Across the hall was the dining room. Here you see another model wearing a coral dress that matched the color of the interior of the built in cabinets as well as the wallpaper and other fabrics used in the room. Nothing formal here in this room but there were interesting things and combinations everywhere you looked.
And the tassels on the basket add a fun and youthful touch!
Are you still with me on the tour? Good because I had to show you this round, over-sized impressionistic painting that was directly across from the kitchen. Where in the world do you find such a large canvas? Talk about DRAMA!
The designers’ talent breathed new life into the first floor rooms, don’t you think? Photographs just don’t do it justice. I’ve been in quite a few designer showhouses, but this one is a MUST SEE! Below you will find ticket information.
I’ll be back soon with the rooms on the second level of the Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse.