In The Lowcountry Style Of Show and Tell

A pinning, sourcing and swooning eye spy session put inspiration to idea for this in the Lowcountry style of show and tell.  Recently I received an email from Traditional Home which piqued my interest (isn’t that the point?).   As most of us do, I followed through with a click and, Lowcountry and behold, I discovered the feature “Breezy Lowcountry Home by Amy Elbert.”  The image gallery featured fifteen images capturing the charm of the inviting spaces and places of a vacation home in South Carolina’s Lowcountry designed by architect Geoffrey Bray and interior designer Wendy Kirkland.  Even though the article appears to be from the June 2014 issue, it proves classic design and decorating choices rooted in symmetry and proportion stand the test of time and trend.

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Designer Wendy Kirkland

I really like this image of the great room vignette, and thought it may be fun to emulate the look in an in the Lowcountry style of show and tell feature.  I can’t tell you how many times a client has started a consultation by showing me an image from a shelter magazine or Pinterest followed up with a request for the completed space(s) to look exactly as pictured in the aforementioned image.  Imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery, and I’ve yet to meet a decorista who hasn’t flattered the heck out of designer or decorator by borrowing from a well designed and decorated space.  Call it a creative compliment.

I don’t participate in, condone, nor suggest taking the work of another and calling it your own.

Ever.

What I have done and continue to do is use the initial presentation as inspiration and from there incorporate my own personal in the Lowcountry style of preferences.




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The Lowcountry refers to the geographic and cultural region along the coastal region of the Georgia and South Carolina coast.  Lowcountry style combines sophisticated coastal with Southern chic.

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Sourcing furnishings and decor items in the style of consists of searching sites for antiques, vintage and new pieces that complement the primary style, and then utilizing those finds to create visual harmony, balance and beauty.

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Solid Mahogany Rustic Continental Style Server Console

Antique buffets, sideboards, and servers make excellent spot pieces.  I’ve seen them used in foyers, hallways, kitchens, dining rooms, mudrooms, bathrooms- you get the idea.  Antique furniture does not do it for everyone, but when you compare quality, price, patina and presence of an antique piece to a new piece, often there is no comparison between the two.

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     Early 19th Century French Server  ||  Antique Louis XV French Country Style Buffet 

The Sir John’s Cabinet is a new piece with antique characteristics.

Turned feet.

Dentil moulded frieze accent.

Parquetry doors.

Okay, let’s move on to the accessories and accents part of the in the Lowcountry style of show and tell.

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Theodore Alexander Castle Bromwich Sir John’s Cabinet

When I can’t find the exact item or don’t exactly love the piece in totality, I pull from the highlights and work from there.  A large natural barnacle cluster paired with a Rosewood rectangular display stand images the look  while being more in line with my own taste.

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Barnacle Cluster

Why no stand under the decorative barnacle bunch?   Try, try as I may, I could not get the stand positioned correctly and adding it to the moodboard threw the entire look off.

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Rosewood Rectangular Stand

The landscape painting in the image is by artist Peter Hoffer.  I am sourcing an original work of Peter Hoffer and an in the style of option.

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Cameo 39, 2013 by Peter Hoffer 

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The Elm Tree Canvas Print by George Inness

The lamp featured in the game room vignette is made from architectural salvage.  The antique reproduction stool/chair is upholstered in a Pearson fabric.  I’ve come up with several in the Lowcountry style of recommendations for your decorating consideration.

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Catalina Lighting Oil Rubbed Bronze Two-Light Table Lamp

The wall sconce light used in the moodboard sold out before I could post, so back to the moodboard we go for a selection of substitutions.

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Studebaker 2-Light Wall Sconce  ||  Karissa 2-Light Wall Sconce    Colesberry 2-Light Wall Sconce  ||  Williamsburg Lightfoot 2-Light Armed Sconce  ||  Underscore 2-Light Wallchieres

 

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Lanesboro 26″ Bar Stool    ||   Unadilla 30.5″ Bar Stool

The all you need is a decorative throw pillow to complete the look option applies here.

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Loloi Rich Chenille and Viscose Chili Down Pillow  ||  Delphine Square Throw Pillow in Russet  ||  J. Queen New York Serenity Ogee Piped Square Throw Pillow  ||  Birmingham Throw Pillow    ||  Sloane Crewel Stitched Decorative Pillow   ||  Versailles Crewel Stitch Lumbar Pillow

When they go cheap, we go chic.  By cheap I mean inexpensive, and by chic I mean fantastic style as it stands, but fabulous with a touch of customization.

Carolina Cottage Remick 30-Inch Barley Twist Leg Bar Stool in Espresso

Carolina Cottage Remick 30-Inch Barley Twist Leg Bar Stool in Espresso

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Inside Fabric

When the price point allows, consider upholstering a piece in a striking fabric to add yet another layer of personal style to the look.

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Inside Fabric

Coastal design style is a summer natural, and when it is merged with in the Lowcountry style of accents and accessories the result is a serene, inviting, and charming aesthetic.

love your style

 

What’s Your Interior Design Style?

The interior design and decor from tastemakers Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke captures the essence of personal style.  I like the designs of this dynamic duo, and recently discovered I really like the way they think. The defining and profound statement responsible for this conclusion and recently read on their blog, Demystifying Design, speaks volumes.

“Life is so short, so why not make a big impact…”

What’s your personal interior design style?  Are you a trend setter, a practicing tastemaker?

Is your design style best defined as a time honored traditionalist?

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Does the high style from the low country guide your tastes as they translate from outdoor rustic to indoor beauty?

Skonahem

Do your interior design tastes lean more toward the bohemian?

Magnolia Pearl

Contemporary?

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Sutro Architects

Rebel with a color my world cause?

Traditional Home

Do you describe yourself as an eclectic embracer?

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Perhaps you are a decorista who dances to the beat of a different but very decorative drum?

Traditional Home

One who adores a little shabby with the très chic?

Pinterest

When home decor ideas are flowing but the home decor budget is not, do you take no for an answer or prove imagination knows no boundaries?

Carl Kleiner via Mary McDonald

Are you influenced by chic and stylish accents, accessories, and home decor, but in the end design and decorate to impress and inspire your tastes?

The Style Saloniste

Do your decor choices take a stand against the cookie-cutter effect of interior decorating,  firmly debunking  the myth that you are a complete and utter failure in life if your decor doesn’t look like every other space on that blog, this magazine, or this home makeover show?

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Are you of the school of thought that the first rule of interior design and decor is that there are no rules?

“The first rule of decoration is that you can break almost all the other rules.”

-Billy Baldwin

Don’t you love questions that have no wrong answers?  Individual style is one of the most crucial components of interior design and decorating. There is no question that staying true to your tastes, decorating your home with that in mind, and making no apologies whatsoever for those unique choices is always the rule.