Last week, I decided to take a drive to James Island. It was in the morning, a perfect blue-sky day with little humidity. From downtown, it’s easy to get to the sea island – about three miles and five minutes later, I was on the James Island Expressway to Harbor View Road. My goal was to exp…

According to a recent report from Zillow, 75 percent of respondents surveyed used Zillow to “find unique, odd, or luxurious homes.” Like binge watching or watching YouTube viral videos, Zillow surfing was up—way up in 2020. It was one of our “pandemic pastimes.” Zillow had over 9 billion vis…

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In years past, The PRISM Awards Gala was a large-scale celebration held at the Charleston Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston. Attended by hundreds of industry professionals – builders, contractors and companies – the prestigious event recognizes the crème de la crème in the new home/cons…

Matthew Ward Landscapes is a renowned Lowcountry landscaping company in Summerville, supplying both residential and commercial landscaping design needs, and all that goes with it. They’ve been in business for over 25 years and General Manager Elizabeth Ward calls it very much a “family-orien…

If you haven’t visited downtown Summerville lately, you’re missing out. Downtown is thriving. I drove to Summerville last week and walked through the town’s square, Azalea Park and some of the bucolic streets nearby.

Hanahan is located in Berkeley County in the middle of North Charleston. In 1973, the City of Hanahan was incorporated. Since 2010, it has grown over 50 percent—to over 26,000 residents. A diverse community, there are brand new master-planned neighborhoods and older established ones, with ho…

Courtney Agosti teams up with architects, builders and clients to make livable and inviting spaces. Agosti uses colors derived from nature—a cabinet the color of pluff mud, a moss-colored side chair, a ceiling painted with a hint of sky blue. She is a South Carolinian who grew up Greenville …

Earlier this month, the Sea Island’s Habitat for Humanity had their annual Women Build event. The week-long event was November 7 through the 14 and 100 women and others came together to put in 636 volunteer hours throughout the week to begin the building of a recipient’s home.

Sheila C. Johnson grew up understanding the value of hard work, commitment, education and facing challenges, head-on. As the first African-American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams, the NBA Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the WNBA’s 2019 World …

I attended a virtual event of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) last week regarding trends that we can expect in the real estate industry in 2021. I also reached out to a couple of local experts to get their take on how Charleston’s market is faring.

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Elizabeth Stuart’s design firm and retail store has been a staple in Mount Pleasant since 1996. Its subtle and sophisticated exterior tucked off of Coleman Boulevard reflects the designer’s unique style: Refined, eclectic and sophisticated with unexpected glimpses of beauty.

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If you ask Jenny Keenan, the owner and founder of Jenny Keenan Design what her creative design process is, she’ll tell you it’s all about originality, personality and travel.

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Rhett’s Bluff on Kiawah Island is a private riverfront community flanked by Bass Pond and the Kiawah River. It is the epitome of waterfront living – with access to boating, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing. Sitting on the dock viewing an awe-inspiring sunrise or glorious sunset is every…

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Ceara Donnelley is a downtown Charleston interior designer who has worked on projects with clients from Charleston to the Berkshires. Donnelly’s philosophy is one of commitment to the “past, present and future – in equal measure.” Her designs incorporate preservation while “winking at the new.”

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Daniel Island is a 4,000-acre “island town.” The way in which it was planned and designed was to incorporate a strong interconnectedness to residents, the community, the land surrounding it and to hold dear the beauty and history of the property. Known as Etiwan Island when Native Americans …

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“There is a direct correlation between art and design,” said Frances Parker of McLaurin Parker. “Art influences us in so many ways with design, color, textiles, composition and inspiration.”

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“I’m accustomed to these renovations,” said Mark Regalbuto of Renew Urban Charleston. “The property was in structurally bad shape so every single brick in the building had to be repointed. Even the line base putty had turned to sand and all had to be hand scraped and put back together.”

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