“SWANKY SWAMP.” That’s how Connecticut-based describes her vision for a client’s pattern-filled house in Palmetto Bluff, a high-end community in South Carolina’s Low Country where a parcel of luxury real estate might come with an alligator in the backyard. Or, as Barnes discovered while on a site visit several years ago, a bobcat.
“It was just walking around the perimeter of the house!” laughs the designer, whose brush with local wildlife inspired her to choose a palm leaf and mountain lion–printed wallcovering for a bar nook off of the living room. It’s just one of many wallpapers that appear throughout the four-bedroom home. Originally built as a showhouse by architecture firm Historical Concepts, “it was beautiful, but didn’t have a ton of detail,” says Barnes, “so we decided to wallpaper just about every room—it totally transformed the whole feel!”
In the few spots where Barnes didn’t (or couldn’t) use wallpaper, she and local architect H. Pearce Scott found other ways to add character. They clad an upstairs bunk room in beadboard from floor to ceiling, and painted the new kitchen a look-at-me color, Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue. After widening the front porch, shutters were installed on each side to create the feeling of an outdoor room; a pair of swinging benches give the owners an ideal spot for evening cocktails. And in the bathrooms, simple open-shelf vanities became close-to-custom with the addition of an oh-so-Southern ruffled fabric skirt.
When it came to choosing furnishings, every detail had to feel special. Pictures taken by the owners while on safari were turned into a gallery wall, custom linens by Julia B. feature the family’s monogram on a palmetto, and there’s not a single plain white lampshade in sight. “It’s a new house, but it feels like a place where things have been collected and evolved over time,” says Barnes. “It’s magical!”
What’s better than sitting on a porch? Swinging on one! Bench swing: Lowcountry Originals in a Mokum fabric. Pillows: St. Frank (large blue and small yellow) and Bunny Williams Home (small blue). Chairs: Palecek. Stool and rug: World Market. Fan: Monte Carlo Fans.
Placed back-to-back, a banquette and Charlotte Barnes sofa in Soane Britain fabric anchor the dining and living spaces. Pillow fabrics (from left): Carolina Irving Textiles, Soane Britain, and Katie Ridder, with Samuel & Sons and Rogers & Goffigon trims. Chandelier: Circa Lighting. Lamps: Bunny Williams Home with a custom Shades From the Midnight Sun shade.
“Nothing matches, but it all works together,” says Barnes. Cabinet paint: Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball. Stools: vintage with Osborne & Little cushions. Pendant:福彩便民中心开机号 Atelier Vime.
Once a closet, this nook got an upgrade, thanks to custom glass shelves and some Lioness & Palms wallcovering by CommonRoom. Bird painting: Mary Maguire. Vintage glassware: 福彩便民中心开机号Gray Antiques.
Mirror: Circa Who. Lamps: Christopher Spitzmiller with Fermoie shades. Chest: John Rosselli. Bench: vintage through 1st Dibs in a Robert Kime fabric. Rug: L&M Carpet.
Full-size daybeds (three of them!) are comfortable for visiting kids and grown-ups. Pendants: Christopher Spitzmiller for Circa Lighting. Roman shade fabric: Quadrille. Swivel chairs and stool: custom, in Christopher Farr Cloth. Daybeds: custom, in Rogers & Goffigon and Soane Britain fabrics. Desk and chair: vintage, Circa Who. Art: Mary Maguire. Rug: Kaleen.
Barnes worked with Julia B. to design custom monogrammed bedding (featuring a palmetto, of course). Bed: Aesthetic with Bennison Fabrics upholstery. Nightstands: Chelsea Textiles. Wallcovering: Quadrille. Sconces: Vaughan. Bench:福彩便民中心开机号 vintage, in Soane Britain fabric.
Armoire: antique through The Antique and Artisan Gallery. Wall hanging: framed Pierre Frey textile. Lamp: John Rosselli. Chair: 福彩便民中心开机号Collection Charlotte Barnes in a Nicholas Haslam fabric.
Cole & Son’s Palm Jungle wallcovering is instant vacation mode. Pendant: The Antique and Artisan Gallery. Mirror: Noir. Rugs:福彩便民中心开机号 Knot & Co.
“I have first dibs if they ever want to get rid of the bed!” Barnes says. Wallcovering: Balinese Peacock, Scalamandré. Lamp: Bunny Williams Home.
Chest: Betsey Ruphrecht Antiques. Lamp: Room.
Double Guest Room
Beds: Somerset Bay Home. Shade and accent pillow fabric: Duralee. Desk: vintage through Circa Who, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Brinjal. Lamps: Newport Lamp and Shade with Fermoie lampshades. Pitcher and glasses: Amanda Lindroth. Bedding: Matouk. Rug: Mark D. Sikes for Merida. Wallcovering:福彩便民中心开机号 Potalla Outline, Quadrille.
Mirror: Bunny Williams Home. Chest: vintage through Circa Who, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Brinjal.
A small blue pattern on the vanity skirt plays nice with bolder Bali Isle (both from Quadrille) on the walls. Wall mirror: 福彩便民中心开机号Made Goods.
Pendants: Low Country Originals. Armchair: Circa Who Painted in Farrow & Ball Off-Black. Side chairs: Serena & Lily with cushions in a Nicholas Haslam fabric. Table: Century Furniture. Ceiling fan: Maverick Fan.
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