architecture interior design

A design transformation

Built in 2003, this Lake Keowee vacation home needed an update to appeal to my clients more modern aesthetic.  A major two year renovation ensued and these are some of the preliminary results.

The original French country kitchen included a rustic brick floor

Kitchen before photo

Red cabinetry, a spectacular granite island and contemporary lighting set the tone for the main living area of the house.

Kitchen after

A pleasant sun room and breakfast space were added by enclosing the porch from the kitchen.


Sun Room

Knotty pine paneling kept the dining room in perpetual gloom

Dining Room before photo

An airy modern quality was achieved by removing the paneling and painting the walls a light linen color.  Tailored Swaim dining arm chairs replaced the bulky country French chairs.

Dining after photos

Heavy red upholstery along with the pine paneling made the spacious living area appear cramped

Living room before photo

A pair of button tufted Kravet sofas offer plenty of seating with out feeling obtrusive.

Living after photo

Hoping to have the project wrapped up by the end of the year.   Stay tuned for complete finished photos.

Mr. H says: Never forget that marriages are a compromise and so are renovations-Enjoy!

design history furniture

Wonderful Wing Chairs

Developed in the 1600s as a means of protecting those sitting fireside of drafts or flying embers, the English born wing chair remains a beloved chair style and is a stylish addition to any interior.

Early wing chair designs were constructed entirely from wood with flat, broad arms.

Antique wood wing chair

During the late 17th Century, demand for an extra level of comfort in seating pieces led to the upholstering of the wood frames.  By the 19th Century, chairs were generously padded, mostly with a very firm horsehair stuffing, and upholstered in luxurious velvet or damask fabrics.

Antique upholstered wing chair

The familiar, Queen Anne style wing back, with its rounded and scrolled lines, crossed the Atlantic to the American Colonies and remains the major influence in traditional wing chair design today.

Queen Anne wingback chair

Antique and vintage wing chairs have an enjoyed a resurgence of sorts thanks to companies like Chairloom’s who repurpose old chairs into a fresh work of art.

Chairloom before and after wing chair

Bold, colorful textiles breathe new life into a common chair form

Duralee fabric wing chair    Print fabric wing chair

Don’t despair if granny didn’t leave you her antique wing chair as reproductions abound such as the Baron’s Court Wing Chair from Baker Furniture

Baker Furniture Barons Court Wing Chair

If your aesthetic leans more modern, many manufactures craft their own contemporary spin on the classic wing chairs lines.   Swaim Narly Wing Chair

Swaim Narly modern wing chair

Kravet Navarre Tall Chair

Kravet Navarre wingback chair

Mr. H says: A house without at least one comfy chair is soulless-Enjoy!

architecture interior design

Kiawah Island Modern Design

Overlooking the Turtle Point Golf course and the Atlantic Ocean beyond this modern Kiawah Island home we recently completed has sweeping views from nearly every room.

Kiawah Island Interior Design

Designed by Camens Architectural Group and built by Koenig Construction, Inc. this ocean front home seamlessly blends traditional and contemporary elements.

Marc Camens Architect

Utilizing an over sized mirror in the foyer that reflects the architectural staircase made artwork unnecessary

Oversized foyer mirror

Bamboo flooring is the optimal back drop for the sleek, curvy lines, of the main floor furnishings from Swaim and Weiman.

Turtle Point Golf Course Kiawah

living-room modified

Soft green, geometric bedding and drapery from Eastern Accents in the guest bedroom

Modern bedroom design

The third floor master bedroom features a custom bed, floated in the center of the room, with a stunning view of the beach.

Modern interior design bedroom
Photos by Jim Somerset Photography.

Mr. H says: Design is thinking made visual-Enjoy!