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3 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Features The History of Charleston Architecture....11 Charleston Women at Home The Tour of Homes.......................................................16 Home Simplified...........................................................24 Morales Pavers...............................................................25 Keller Williams’ Christina Greene..............................26 Your Financial House with Hollifield Financial........27 Charleston Women in Food Food that’s “Pretty” Tasty.............................................29 Charleston Women in Style Find your Lowcountry Style........................................33 How to Style a Backyard Wedding.............................37 Towne Centre................................................................40 From the Team......................................................................... 7 Our Contributors..................................................................... 8 About the Cover....................................................................... 9 Social Buzz..............................................................................10 9 Spring 2024 Table of Contents 11 16 29 33 37
4 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen DECLUTTER 01 Overall declutter the entire home. Remove excess decor/furniture. Everything in a room should have a place and purpose. Replace old light bulbs with new ones. 02 NEUTRAL PAINT Stage Your Property Bold colors have a way of reducing offers, so go with neutrals in large spaces. Painting a room a fresh neutral color helps tone down any dated finishes in the space, make the room feel larger and increase resale value up to 5%. Highlight your property’s best features and create an inviting atmosphere by staging the home. According to the National Association of Realtors, 83% of buyers stated staging a home made it easier for them to visualize the property as their home. The same study found that staged homes sold for 10% MORE than non-staged homes. 03 STAGE YOUR HOME TO SELL Scan the QR code to learn more about our services and schedule your FREE consultation! TIPS & TRICKS WITH THAT SC REAL ESTATE CHICK Q: What's going on in the real estate market? A: With the decline in interest rates, buyers can now afford an additional $300 on average for their mortgages. The Federal Reserve has outlined its 2024 plans, aiming for 3 rate reductions. This trajectory is leading us back to a historical norm, with property values anticipated to rise steadily. m ThatSCRealEstateChick.com (843)297-1935 | email@example.com Broker Associate | Realtor® Keller Williams Key Top 1% Real Estate Team 3 TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE southernbelleschildren.com | 280 W. Coleman Blvd Mount Pleasant | 843.881.1741 2024 ® at For Fashionable Tween Girls
5 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen 54 Spring 2024 Table of Contents 52 49 Charleston Women in Wellness Atmosphere and Wellness...........................43 Healthy at Home..........................................45 Anew You Aesthetics...................................49 Charleston Women in Business Show me your She-shed..............................52 A Circle of Support......................................54 Integrity Mortgages’ Kellie Collins............56 Charleston Women in the Arts Inside Home Art Studios............................59 Art and Serendipity.....................................62 “New Marriage, Same Couple” with the Walters...........................................64 Stephanie Hunt’s “Simply Chic”.................65 Charleston Women in Philanthropy Miss Lowcountry Teen................................68 Illuminating the Past................................................69 We Are Charleston Women Women in the Making................................70 We’re Influenced!.........................................71 We are Charleston Women.........................72 71 68 59 43
6 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Be a part of Charleston Women's biggest issue of the year. The Women Entrepreneur edition is coming this April! Celebrating Women in Business * See your business featured in our pages alongside other amazing women * Share your journey to success * Get exclusive access to our launch party for the best celebration and networking in town Don’t miss the best time of the year to become a part of the Charleston Women family. For Distribution and Marketing Information Call Stacey at 917-208-5633 or Email Stacey@CharlestonWomen.com www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | FB & Instagram @CharlestonWomen Lights! Camera! Women Take Action! Personality and Professionalism Find Your Business Style Anything but Gray New Show Colors The Lowcountry Five Ways to Work from Home that WORK CELEBrating Our Entrepreneurs CHARLESTON ENTREPRENEUR EDITION Summer 2023 Let us celebrate you and your business this summer!
7 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Spring 2024 • Vol. 11, Issue 1 MANAGING EDITOR LORNA HOLLIFIELD ART DIRECTOR DANA COLEMAN COPY EDITOR LEAH RHYNE PRODUCTION MANAGER BETHANY LONG AD DESIGNERS BETHANY LONG KIM HALL REBECCA SOTTILE WRITERS HEATHER ROSE ARTUSHIN MADISON BROACH • SHERRY WHITING EMILY MOODY • MARY COY • SARAH ROSE CARI LAWSON • KATIE JAMES • MAURICE J. FRAZIER ISABEL ALVAREZ ARATA • MARY E. REGAN PHOTOGRAPHER MARK STAFF BRAND AMBASSADOR STACEY MCLOUGHLIN STACEY@CHARLESTONWOMEN.COM INDEPENDENT MEDIA CONSULTANTS SARAH ROSE SARAH@CHARLESTONWOMEN.COM MAURICE FRAZIER MAURICE@CHARLESTONWOMEN.COM ADMINISTRATION & BOOKKEEPING GINGER SOTTILE SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGERS MORGAN WINNINGHAM ANTHONY MACCHIO DISTRIBUTION U.S. POST OFFICE • HARRIS TEETER • PUBLIX • CVS Charleston Women Magazine is published locally by a team of independent contractors. Charleston Women Magazine is published four times per year by Media Services, Inc. 1013 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Copyright © Media Services 2024. All rights reserved. Reproduction electronically or in print format without the expressed written consent of the publisher is strictly prohibited and a violation of U.S. copyright laws. Inquiries to: Charleston Women Magazine P.O. Box 22617, Charleston, SC 29413 843-881-1481 For marketing information, email: GetMore@CharlestonWomenMagazine.com Welcome to our first Lowcountry Tour of Homes issue. To say the least, this issue is a beautiful one, pictures of gorgeous Southern homes old and new gracing the pages (especially in our Charleston Women at Home section). It’s such a pretty and eye-catching issue that it’s important to remember that these buildings and triedand-true examples of our unique style didn’t create themselves. There are hosts of faces behind those gorgeous facades. There are our Charleston-area neighbors, creative designers, artists, architects, builders and historical figures. Also in that mix is the blood, labor and innovation of the enslaved people who were instrumental in building, shaping and maintaining many of the homes and replicas of such that we still revere today. We owe them a debt of gratitude as we look onto the things we see as beautiful all around us. Perhaps as they lie still and finally at peace — most likely in an unmarked grave nearby — our gratitude can seep into the dirt to where they finally rest. For more on this, flip to our Charleston Women in Philanthropy section for a remarkable story by Sarah Rose of how one woman’s family’s dark history now works to honor and preserve the African influences on Charleston culture — including the architecture. Much of who we are rests in the town in which we live, the things we eat and the brick-andmortar places where we rest our heads and raise our families. Behind all of that are the city’s creators. At its root, who we are is simply who we were. It’s the people who built the culture, who unknowingly started to knit it for us before we all added our own squares. That’s what this issue is really about. It isn’t about picking out drapery or tiles; it’s about why our porches are haint blue, why we use joggling boards for benches and how we know what color Charleston green really is. It’s about who we are. The Team at Charleston Women Magazine From the Team Stacey McLoughlin, brand ambassador. Lorna Hollifield, managing editor. Photo by Mark Staff Photography. Photo by Mark Staff Photography.
8 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Emily Moody is a health and fitness enthusiast, owner of Pure Barre Summerville and lover of books, words and the printed page. She has 15 years of experience in the publishing industry, which most recently includes projects with LexisNexis and the Savannah College of Art & Design. She lives in Savannah with her family, including four kids, two dogs, a flock of chickens and shelves and shelves of books. Katie James is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Charlotte and is married to her high school sweetheart. A former educator and now full-time mom to four, she enjoys freelance writing in her spare time. She’s always had a passion for the written word and enjoys using it to help showcase female-lead businesses and what they bring to their surrounding communities. Cari Lawson is a school counselor by day and writer by night. Writing provides an outlet to connect further to the community, which she serves as former president of the Junior Service League of Summerville and current board member of Dorchester County Community Outreach. She loves to spend time with her husband, toddler and puppy in her free time. Heather Rose Artushin was born and raised in Michigan, where she graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in social work with an emphasis on interpersonal practice and mental health. Charleston, South Carolina is the beautiful place she decided to call home. When she’s not talking to our town’s most interesting people for an article — or playing around with a poem — you’ll find her exploring outdoors with her two children and husband. Mary Coy is an expert on Charleston history. Not only has she published several books on the subject, she can also be found giving tours of the Holy City in her free time. She has written for Mount Pleasant Magazine for over a decade. Sarah Rose has a passion for the written word, she spends most of her time writing, hoarding and reading oldfashioned books, and curating stories about all things lifestyle. Contributors Interested in contributing to Charleston Women Magazine? Email your contact information (name, phone, mailing address) and one sample of work you have created (or a link to your work online) with the subject “Aspiring CW Contributor” to Editor@CharlestonWomenMagazine.com.
9 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen It goes without saying that the team at Charleston Women Magazine faced a daunting task when selecting the cover for our inaugural tour of homes. One of the things Charleston is most known for are its beautiful houses, both historic and new. The fact that we represent the entire area and that every suburb has its own delicious architectural flavor, made the task even more difficult. Ultimately, we narrowed it down by being careful to choose a home that represented everything on our list: Charleston herself, the Charleston woman and the history of homes in the area. That is why we chose the Pechko home at 105 Bull St., a townhouse on Bees Row in Downtown Charleston. This particular home in the heart of our metro area, commissioned to be built by a female, Sarah Smith, is the most lovely shade of cream next to a feminine pink, was erected between 1853 and 1855 and has a history all its own. Therefore, 105 Bull St., shot by and with special thanks to Keen Eye Marketing, is the clear choice. The unique Italianate-style, three-level home was taken over by William C. Bee — for whom the row is named — during the Civil War for his blockade-running firm. However, Sarah Smith took residence after the war was over, and she was the first to live on the row — a Charleston woman ahead of her time with dreams of design, grandeur, family and sense of place — an original Charleston woman. Bearing a striking resemblance to the Saint John’s hotel (now the Mill House), each building has worked to keep its original stone mantels and plasterwork that can still be admired today. We all might have more in common with Ms. Sarah Smith thank we think. www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | FB & Instagram @CharlestonWomen Discover your Lowcountry Life She Sheds that shine We’re influenced! Top bloggers share style secrets The Charleston Women Tour of Homes How to Throw the Perfect Backyard Wedding CHARLESTON HOME EDITION Spring 2024 About the Cover MEET ANNA, THE REALTOR BEHIND THE COVER Introducing Anna, a seasoned real estate expert and founding partner at The Exchange Co. Real Estate. With two decades of industry experience and a deep understanding of the market, Anna skillfully guides your real estate journey, ensuring a perfect match for your Charleston lifestyle. Explore her website to discover more about living and investing in Charleston with confidence. www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | FB & Instagram @CharlestonWomen Discover your Lowcountry Life She Sheds that shine We’re influenced! Top bloggers share style secrets The Charleston Women Tour of Homes How to Throw the Perfect Backyard Wedding CHARLESTON HOME EDITION Spring 2024 105 BULL STREET, UNIT C Penthouse Condo Downtown Two Bedrooms, Two Baths, 1,710 SF Offered at $1,899,000 126 MARSH VIEW VILLAS Folly Beach Waterfront Condo Three Bedrooms, Three Baths, 1,300 SF Offered at $599,000 WWW.ANNAGRUENLOH.COM
10 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Often times, if we hear about something that was said behind our backs, it isn’t necessarily a good thing. However, it’s immensely flattering to hear that another woman has said something wonderful about us. We like to think of our social media platforms as a place where women can cheer on other women outside our pages, and for our first social buzz of the new year, we have decided to dish on all the things our Charleston Women are saying about one another. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook @ CharlestonWomen to join the conversation. We want to hear everything you have to say; you might even see it shared right here! • @carolynmurraywcbdtv (local news personality) had this to say about entrepreneur, author and mentor-tomany Kim Powell: “A phenomenal female to say the least! Smart, supportive and stylish!” • @marvel_hair_and_makeup (local celebrated hair and makeup artist Alicia Cates) said of mother/daughter American soldier duo Nicole White and Alexis Hunter, “Thank you for your service, ladies! We support you!” • @southofsullivans (children’s book author Dawn Burns) said of interior designer Debbie DeLong being featured, “Yay! @designsbyimaginethat is so talented and sweet.” Social Buzz It isn’t just us sayin’ it...
11 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen One of the many enchanting things about Charleston is its eye-catching architecture. The stately mansions and modest wooden houses on the peninsula draw thousands of tourists — and hundreds of new residents — each year. From the earliest days, folks have commented on the uniqueness of the city’s architecture, a blend of various styles and features derived from both European and Caribbean influences. In 1764, a visitor from Rhode Island wrote that Charleston “seems a new world,” and one from England stated in 1838 that it “is extremely pleasing to the eye.” Unlike the many American cities in the early 20th century which followed the trend of erecting highrises, Charleston was spared from such modern development. Artists flocked to the city from the northeast in the 1920s to capture the scene in case Americans’ desire for modernity was about to take over Charleston, too. Fortunately for us, that didn’t occur. Never mind that it was due in large part to the fact that there wasn’t much money here during the Reconstruction and Depression eras to enable it to happen. However, on the rare occasion when such an attempt was proposed, local preservation groups united to voice their disapproval. As a result, the city established a Board of Architectural Review to ensure protection of its old and historic buildings. In the 1930s, the city of Charleston became the first in the country to pass such an ordinance. After all, the city’s motto is, “She guards her buildings, customs and laws.” When it comes to the longevity of Charleston’s buildings, that combination of serendipity and intent seems to have come full circle these days, as many newer suburban neighborhoods are emulating the charming architecture of the old city or creating their own versions of it. The community of Daniel Island is one example. It’s been nationally recognized for its smart growth and planning and, in 2007, received an award of excellence from the Urban Land Institute. The island The Charleston Look A History of Influential Homes BY MARY COY Feature A side hall plan with a double front porch in I’On.
12 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen We specialize in but aren’t limited to bathroom and kitchen renovations! 843-345-2680 Call Today for your Free Site Assement *when you mention this ad! Stay tuned for more!
13 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen was purchased in the 1940s by northern businessman Harry Guggenheim, and in 1997 the Guggenheim Foundation sponsored a master plan for developing the island. Many of the homes are built following the traditional “Charleston single house” design: a narrow house, the width of a single room, with a street door opening onto a piazza or porch that runs along the side of the house. Wider lots allow for a Colonial Revival or Georgian style home, referred to colloquially as a double house, with a front door opening into a central interior hallway that bisects the house. Also prevalent is the “side hall” plan, borrowed from the popular design of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: a narrow house with the entrance leading into a hallway that runs front to back alongside three or four telescoping rooms. Many of these exhibit classic Victorian-style features such as bay windows, turrets, scalloped shingles and front porches. Like Daniel Island, the 243-acre I’On neighborhood established in 2008 in Mount Pleasant also boasts homes similar in design to those of downtown Charleston. Houses are built on narrow lots, and the streets throughout the neighborhood are narrow, too, ensuring slow speeds for vehicular traffic. Traditional 18th and 19th century features such as functional shutters, chimney caps, metal roofs, ironwork, keystones and dormers add to the charm. Rowhouses and a pastel color palette are other obvious connections as well as a stucco exterior on some homes, as seen in Charleston’s oldest neighborhoods in the French Quarter and South of Broad areas. In the decades since I’On and Daniel Island were developed, countless other suburban neighborhoods have sprung up with their own take on Charlestonthemed architectural design. The West Ashley communities of Carolina Bay, Estes Park and The Settlement at Ashley Hall Plantation are but a few. Mimicking another Charleston tradition, some modern suburban neighborhoods even host periodic tours of privately-owned homes. The custom began downtown in the 1940s when the Historic Charleston Foundation began its Tours of Homes and Gardens in the springtime to showcase centuries-old homes to visitors who had come to see a place that time appeared to have forgotten. This year the event, now known as the Charleston Festival, will hold its Annual House and Garden Tours March 14 – April 14. The HCF also sponsors occasional tours of historic private homes outside the city. In 2024, the Art and Architecture Tour on February 14 will offer three on Edisto Island: the ruins of the 1725 Brick House, which burned in 1929; the Crawford Plantation, built in 1834 exemplifying the Greek Revival elements of columns and a portico; and the simpler wood-frame Hutchinson House, built in 1885 by emancipated African Americans. The Hutchinsons were successful farmers, and their descendants lived in the house until the 1980s. The Edisto Island Open Land Trust purchased the property in 2016 and is in the process of stabilizing and restoring the house which will eventually be open to the public. The tour in February offers an exciting sneak peek. Feature A Carolina Bay modern single house
14 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen In the fall, the Preservation Society of Charleston provides another highly anticipated opportunity to tour private residences with its Insider’s Architecture and History Tours. This event highlights the interiors of homes in the city, and tours are led by professional architects and historians. Additionally, the Society offers the House and Garden Tours which focus primarily on lovely secret gardens but also include the interiors of some select homes. Daily, there are plenty of opportunities to experience Charleston’s architectural grandeur with tours of the city’s historic downtown house museums. Two are owned by the Charleston Museum: the 250-year-old HeywardWashington House, a classic example of the double house design and the very first historic house museum to open in Charleston; and the Joseph Manigault House, whose narrow escape from demolition in 1920 led to the establishment of the city’s preservation movement. An antebellum mansion, the Edmonston-Alston House, was built following a simple Charleston single house design but was later embellished with an iron balcony and grand Greek Revival piazzas to take advantage of the harbor view. The Nathaniel Russell House, built in 1808, exemplifies the early 19th century Adams-style use of oval rooms, but the biggest draw for visitors is the famous three-story cantilevered staircase which has no visible base of support, relying instead on each step being supported by the previous one. On the flip side, the Aiken-Rhett House provides architectural insight with a twist — the house is an urban villa that has been conserved rather than restored, meaning that the structure remains frozen in time with much of it unaltered for nearly 200 years. A glimpse into the house museums as well as the privately-owned homes in both the spring and fall draws visitors and locals who yearn to see the interiors of what can only be imagined when viewing them from the street. But there are yet other opportunities to enjoy the spellbinding architecture of Charleston at venues that offer rental space for private gatherings. There is nothing like a step into history and luxury when celebrating a wedding, birthday, anniversary or corporate event. Lowndes Grove on the upper peninsula provides a beautiful setting on 14 acres overlooking the Ashley River. The colonial style plantation house, built in 1786, has been significantly altered over the centuries but retains its four-room double house floorplan along with a beautiful spiral cantilevered staircase. The William Aiken House was built in 1807 in a traditional Charleston single house design, but also boasts an octagonal wing, reflective of the Adams influence, added in the 1830s to include a grand upstairs ballroom, perfect for hosting large parties of up to 500 guests. The Governor Thomas Bennett House, built in 1825, is adorned with elliptical fanlights over the beautiful entry door and on the gable. Its tripartite window on the second floor further enhances the grand exterior, and the interior features a graceful, cantilevered staircase. The houses in Charleston attract plenty of visitors to our area year after year but have also directly influenced the design of modern homes in many suburban communities whose buyers fall in love with the city’s architecture. And it’s usually love at first sight — because, in this case, looks really do matter. Feature This I’On home exemplifies a double house with metal roof
15 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Home is where the heart is. It sounds trite because it’s been said a million times over. Let’s pretend for a second that we’ve never heard that phrase before and ponder the meaning. Our homes are the places we bring newborn babies to rest their heads, where we fall into bed after a tough day, where we hang pictures of the people who matter most to us and where we cook a family favorite in grandma’s cast-iron skillet. We decorate the walls and the halls, meticulously selecting colors that make us feel at peace. We incorporate family heirlooms that remind us of the place we felt safest and new finds that show us who we aspire to be. Our homes are where we are just us, not any other version. It is where our souls rest, where the heart is, indeed. Because of the importance of home life to any woman, Charleston Women aims to showcase aspects of culture, design and domestic life from a host of women across the Lowcountry. Some stories are about tips or tricks, while other stories are simply about a glimpse inside. This is our way of inviting you into the living room, kitchen or sunroom to sit and stay a while. Come have a little visit with us, and discover businesses and personalities in décor, home improvement and so much more. In this issue, our Lowcountry Tour of Homes edition, we have curated some of the most beautiful, unique, quintessential Lowcountry and noteworthy homes in the area. We hope you are inspired as you step inside. Charleston Women at Home There’s comfort in being anchored! anchorheatingandair.com 843-564-7777 female owned & operated
16 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen How did you put your own personal spin on the home? We have a huge family with 20 grandchildren, so we built around the idea of having everyone over on weekends and holidays. Why did you choose the location? We chose this secluded, peaceful location so the children could run and play at will. With acres and acres of communal space, there’s always a lot to do with fishing, boating, hunting and even raising chickens. What is a unique feature of the property? The ancient oaks on the river’s edge and incredible sunsets make this a special spot to live. What are some of your favorite spaces? Since we cook, the kitchen is a major hub where everyone gathers. Since this is a family of sports lovers, the television area with several on the wall for multiple games is another favorite spot for the guys. I prefer to read a good book and have coffee with Bailey’s Irish Cream in the library. The Stanley Home The Ambience of Awendaw A perfectly proper study Never forget the ceiling The view is everything.
17 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Where is the house located? This is a penthouse of the Bees Row houses on Bull Street in Harleston Village. What is the history of this house and the area it’s in? These buildings were built in 1855 by the contractor Sarah Smith. They were originally used as warehouses and stores. The facade features Italianate style architecture, pediment window heads and consolebracketed arched doors. What does this home have that others do not? This Italianate style architecture is extremely rare and coveted in Charleston. The historic charm is immense, with an original ornate entry gate, terracotta ornamentation around the doors and roofline, grand high ceilings, thick original trims and large skylights. This penthouse unit is also the only one with a rooftop deck for panoramic views of the city and unparalleled sunrise and sunset views. What type of lifestyle would a resident of this home enjoy? The home is walkable to downtown Charleston’s parks, restaurants and attractions. This penthouse unit offers a charming, low-maintenance lifestyle for peak enjoyment and luxury entertaining. What is your favorite feature? The historic charm, modern adaptations, outdoor spaces, lifestyle and light throughout the day are unmatched. *Property listed by Anna Gruenloh of The Exchange Co. Photos by Keen Eye Marketing Charleston Women at Home The Pechko Home City chic with Lowcountry charm INTERVIEW BY LISTING AGENT ANNA GRUENLOH The beautiful exterior of our downtown feature by Keen Eye Marketing The beautifully curated interior and spiral stairs. We’re loving the statement art and clawfoot tub here.
18 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen What attracted you to this Mount Pleasant property? The elegance and quality of the workmanship. How did you put your signature on the property? Did a designer help you? I had two designers and, of course, my own years of experience. We have owned 16 different homes. What history can you give us on the home? Who built it? We are the second owners. It was built in 2001. The previous owner took great care in every detail to include exquisite woodwork. We added a pool with a travertine deck, a bar and a recreation area off the pool, plus a retractable canopy over the al fresco dining area. What influenced your decision to sell the home? We wanted to downsize. It’s a great family home — lots of outdoor space for games, lawn tennis, etc. How does this home represent the Mount Pleasant vibe? It is in a natural setting with beautiful views of the Lowcountry marsh, creeks, deer and birds galore! Charleston Women at Home The Odierna Home A new home with a classic Lowcountry feel A Lowcountry gem on the marsh An elegant example of a Lowcountry primary suite Open concept with flair The quintessential Lowcountry
19 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Where is the house located? This home is tucked in the marsh alongside the golf course in the Vanderhorst section of Kiawah Island, which is the area beyond the second gate. What attracted you to the home? With this house, it was the view. We vacationed here when the kids were little and we still lived in Maryland. We had a tiny villa. We found this place when all our children were in college, knowing we’d eventually have grandchildren who needed more space. What is your favorite area? My favorite is the living area. The view is so pretty that you don’t know it’s cold outside. And the kitchen! We redid it, so it’s a nice area to have company and be a family. We didn’t use a designer anywhere. We just lightened it up a bit. Plus, I like doing it myself. How has the community dynamic changed since you purchased? A lot more young people have come in since people have started working from home. We used to be the young people, but that isn’t true anymore. There are more families and full-time residents than there used to be. Photos by Hope Singletary. Charleston Women at Home The Baird Home Golf-side comfort and luxury in a coastal hideaway The still-beautiful-in-winter exterior. A light and bright kitchen for entertaining. A Lowcountry view on coveted Kiawah.
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21 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Where is your home located and what is the history behind it? The home is located at 208 Sumter Ave. in Summerville and is now called “Hearts of Arden Estate & Cottages.” Built in 1891, this home was once owned by cosmetic mogul Elizabeth Arden and is within walking distance of historic Summerville. It is a 25-minute drive to Charleston. The property features a life-size chess board, a secret garden, a pool with a newly renovated pool house, a community fire pit, and beautiful gardens with brick walking paths. Hearts of Arden has three cozy guest cottages for short term rentals through Airbnb, VRBO and at HeartsofArden.com. What drew you to the home? We were drawn to the home by the historic nature and the beautiful grounds. We could see the potential to turn the property into special place for a romantic weekend getaway, small event space or intimate wedding venue. What is something unique about this home? The home was once owned by cosmetic mogul Elizabeth Arden, as well as Lillian Bostwick Phipps (mother of fashion icon Lilly Pulitzer). This Charleston single has a double piazza, original pine flooring, five fireplaces with unique marble mantels brought in from Europe, custom crafted plaster moldings, two original chandeliers and an elevator. The grounds still hold the original caretaker’s cottage and the carriage house, which have been renovated into a garage and two rental cottages. What are your future plans for the home? Since the purchase of the home in April of 2022, many renovations have been completed in the main house, guest cottages, pool house and grounds. The home was recently featured in season one, episode four of the Magnolia Network show, “Happy to be Home with the Benkos.” Our future plans for the main house include a renovation of the master bathroom and the sunroom, as well as an addition of a mudroom and half bath off the kitchen. We are currently doing short term rentals of the three cottages and hosting small events such as corporate gatherings, showers and intimate weddings. We hope to expand those offerings as we grow. Charleston Women at Home The Yaeger Home The Elizabeth Arden House is a Summerville staple Another side of the Elizabeth Arden house. The famous red door entry How about some midnight chess in the garden?
22 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Where is the home located? We live on Ellis Creek in James Island, in the gated neighborhood Riverside at Ellis Oaks. How does the home represent the Lowcountry vibe? We left downtown after nine years to have more space for our young daughters. We live right on the water with quick access to it and our boat via our dock. We have an awesome rope swing that all our friends enjoy at high tide, and we spend a ton of time on our back porch sitting- and dining-areas. We love to unwind by watching sunsets with a glass of wine in hand. Our house overlooks the marsh, which is ever changing with the tides. What is unique about the home? We set our house up for entertaining both kids and adults, encouraging everyone to embrace the indoor/ outdoor living concept. Kids have plenty of room in the surrounding backyard to run around and play basketball, ping pong, fuse ball and pickleball. Our living room opens by two sets of French doors onto our back porch, which is perfect for many adults to enjoy. We’ve had many an oyster roast and even a couple blue grass bands entertain our friends. We also did a pretty major renovation and added a garage, a climate-controlled storage area, a mother-in-law suite and office above the garage. We did it with Elizabeth and Greg Allen of Allen Construction. Elizabeth is the architect and Greg is the contractor — a great husbandand-wife team. What was your landscaping strategy? We used Sanford Byers and Garrett Mattes to do our landscaping design on paper. However, Tony Hernandez of TH Landscaping implemented the design and has maintained the property since we moved in. Tony has been helping me for the last 15-plus years. Our landscaping strategy is to keep it easy to maintain and green at all times with some flowering spring plants. We added a small fishpond on the property and have some small koi and goldfish, as we loved the water feature we had when we lived downtown. How does the home represent your family? Our home represents us perfectly, and we have loved living here for the last six years. It’s a great home for entertaining and a great neighborhood to raise our kids. We decorated it with the help of Jenny Keenan Designs and were able to incorporate some unique antique pieces but keep it very livable. We also have an extensive collection of 1800s French waterscape paintings from Geoff’s mom that we were able to incorporate all over the downstairs. They make quite a statement, especially in the dining room and going up the stairs. Charleston Women at Home The Gray Home Life and laughter by the water A step away from the dock. Small details make a house a home. Modern lowcountry living on the water.
23 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Where is the home located? Our home is located on Daniel Island along the Wando River. What is your favorite feature? There are many favorite features, but the outdoor living space is probably at the top of the list. We have several sitting areas that take advantage of the waterfront view and grand oaks. We also really enjoy our game room because we can entertain many guests with bowling and watching football games. Why Daniel Island? When we first purchased on Daniel Island in the early 2000s, it was quite small. It reminded us of what Charleston was like when we were growing up — a quaint downtown area, neighborhood restaurants and close-knit neighborhoods. Our children can ride their bikes to school, friends’ homes and ice cream shops. There is a sense of community that the Lowcountry is known for having. How did you create your oasis? To create our own oasis, we determined what was most important to our family. For us it was enjoying the outdoors and entertaining our friends and family comfortably. What was your design strategy? We are very fortunate that our dear friend is also our designer, Joy Lang. Joy was instrumental throughout the construction process. She helped channel our style, ideas and vision to create a unique and functional home that flows seamlessly from the inside out. Charleston Women at Home The Potts Home Regal by the River Outdoor entertaining at its best. A chic and clean kitchen. To infinity and beyond. This shot “bowls” us over.
24 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Christina Coscia of Home Simplified specializes in tailoring services to meet the unique needs of clients seeking to transform their homes. From weekly subscriptions to one-time services, Coscia provides each client with personalized attention to meet their goals. Drawing from her diverse experiences with clients from all backgrounds, this Washington, D.C. native provides a comprehensive range of services, ensuring that no aspect of home enhancement is overlooked. Home Simplified tackles tedious. It takes the stress out of daunting tasks like organizing, downsizing or managing the intricacies of a move. The offerings are far beyond conventional, allowing for personalized concierge services like customized home organization and food and party prep. Services extend as far as personal assisting and handling nagging errands like making returns and donations. Coscia’s commitment goes beyond aesthetics. Her history evolved from being a Le Cordon Bleu pastry chef, to a stay-at-home mom, to the sole provider supporting her children. She even filmed a TV pilot. This journey full of twists and turns is why Coscia brings a unique perspective to her work. Though she embraces all scale home organizing projects, Coscia also lends her expertise to smaller endeavors like interior styling and paint and wallpaper selection. Referred to as the “Goldilocks of the industry,” this renaissance woman goes the extra mile to ensure every space is “just right.” Coscia’s objective is to bring functionality and aesthetic appeal to every client’s space, navigating the fine balance between perfection and personalization. For more information, visit Home-Simplified.com, or call 843-608-9547. Getting Your Space Just Right Home Simplified BY CARI LAWSON Charleston Women at Home Home Organization | Move-In Subscription Services Home Simplified email@example.com @christina.homesimplified Book Now! (843) 818-3488 home-simplified.com “Too little space or too much space to organize, Home Simplified can get it just right!” “Christina helped us immeasurably with our vision for our new house. She has impeccable taste, and she was able to guide us through the many options for furnishings, colors, and textiles.” We get your space just right Christina Coscia, owner
25 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen A passion for working in landscaping came early for the dynamic duo of Morales Pavers. Watching her father work on the golf courses of Daniel Island, Mrs. Morales gained a love for work at the age of 7. When she and her husband are not full-time soccer parents, they are full-time business owners who strive to transform every backyard in Charleston. Morales Pavers deals with anything outdoors. They offer new irrigation systems, drainage systems, outdoor living spaces, customized outdoor kitchens and, very soon, they will be offering fiberglass pool installations. The Morales duo works with an experienced crew that strives to make your backyard into an outdoor living space you and your family will get to enjoy for years to come. The team at Morales Pavers loves to take on challenging projects, and they pride themselves on building beautiful spaces. Recently, they completed a project at Charleston Southern University, and now all students and staff can enjoy a beautiful seating bench by the fire pit. The team can handle everything from paver patios, walkways and driveways to garden walls and artificial turf. Need outdoor lighting or garden walls? They can help with that, too. Morales Pavers offers complimentary on-site consultation and design services, and they are available via phone call and text message. Swing by their Facebook and Instagram pages to get a glimpse of their recently completed projects. Reach out to them to make the backyard of your dreams a reality. For more information, please call 843-614-0209. Paving the Way Morales Pavers and Landscaping BY CARI LAWSON Charleston Women at Home MORA ES P A V E R S We’re a Hardscape business, locally owned in Charleston, SC. Installing Fire Pits, Patios, Building Outdoor Kitchens & more! (843) 614-0209 CALL TODAY For a Complimentary On-Site Consultation! /moralespaverschs @morales_pavers
26 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Charleston Women at Home There is something to be said for having experience on your side when dealing with real estate. Christina Greene with Keller Williams has experience with moving, buying and selling at all points of her life. Born in Germany, Greene moved to the U.S. with her military family when she was a child. She has lived in Texas, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Florida, Virginia and South Carolina. Beginning her career journey in physical therapy as an assistant, she was always told she would work best in a field where she could help others. She began to feel the calling of real estate when she moved to South Carolina. Greene has earned the honor of being a top producer with Keller Williams and serves on a variety of councils within the organization. They include the military, sports and entertainment, young professional and agent leadership councils. As a part of the Agency Leadership Council, Greene serves as the chair of the diversity, equity and inclusion committees. The focus is on making everyone feel welcome into the Keller Williams family no matter their religion, culture, skin color or sexual orientation. Pouring into others so they feel loved, heard, included and valued is of utmost importance. She works diligently within her organization and outside of it to grow understanding and tolerance among people. Having a relationship with clients and growing together is a cornerstone of her business. Greene is the picture of resilience and overcoming circumstances. She uses her personal experiences platforms to connect with others while keeping a smile on her face to inspire positivity. Greene has experienced placing a child up for adoption, having an abusive relationship and facing a brain AVM. Despite her personal challenges, she is proud of her ability to remain upbeat and uses her experiences to inspire others. She continues to overcome these obstacles and strives to meet people where they are. She said, “It’s important to know that I pride myself in working next to my clients, while educating and leading them to meet their goals that they want. With all my moves under my belt, I have a unique perspective when it comes to buying, selling or investing. A lot of agents are more business-driven, where I am relationship-based.” Greene works closely with buyers, sellers and investors. She loves being a steppingstone to helping them gain a better quality of life. People are important to her, and it is evident in the relationships she builds with clients. If you are looking to buy or sell your home, Christina Greene of Keller Williams is a great choice. She looks forward to partnering with you to meet your financial and home goals. You can follow her on Facebook, TikTok or Instagram. For more information, please visit ChristinaGreeneHomes.com, or call 843-765-9355. Making Homeowning Dreams Reality for All Keller Williams CHS’ Christina Greene BY CARI LAWSON Christina Greene.
27 www.CharlestonWomenPodcast.com | www.ReadCW.com | www.Instagram.com /CharlestonWomen Charleston Women at Home With over 11 years of experience in the financial industry, owner of Hollifield Financial Group Kimsey Hollifield is passionate about uplifting and educating women on structuring their financial houses. A passion rooted in being born to a single mother, being raised with a sister and now having a daughter of his own, Hollifield aims empower females when it comes to their financial futures. Whether meeting one-on-one or at one of the many women-focused events he has planned in 2024, as an independent fiduciary, Hollifield will guide his clients toward their goals by comparing what they are doing with what they can do. To simplify this process, Hollifield creates a “money map,” a visual tool that addresses the client’s current income, savings, investments and insurance. Hollifield then gives his clients a “speed limit questionnaire” to learn the level of risk that the client is most comfortable with, ensuring that no matter what, the client will know where their money is and how it will produce. The next step, Hollifield says, “is looking into next-level options such as structured notes, which is a bank product with high-interest rates, annuities for lifetime income, dividend stocks to generate monthly income, IRAs, other retirement accounts.” When asked about projections for 2024, Hollifield asserted the age-old wisdom, “Look at your savings and put a portion where you can’t lose it and where it won’t fluctuate.” That’s why the company motto is Smart. Safe. Simple. For more information, please visit HollifieldFinancial.com, or call 843-400-3022. Hollifield Financial Group Wealth-building for women in 2024 BY SARAH ROSE Investment advisory services offered through Brookstone Wealth Advisors, LLC (BWA), a registered investment advisor and an affiliate of Brookstone Capital Management, LLC. BWA and Hollifield Financial Group are independent of each other. Insurance products and services are not offered through BWA but are offered and sold through individually licensed and appointed agents. Hollifield Financial Group is making an initiative to educate and prepare women for their financial futures. Enjoy our events coming in 2024 THAT FOCUS ON YOU! Ladies-only educational and social events •Investment and income plans specific to the needs of female investors • 401k rollovers • Tax Planning • Structuring finances after divorce •Plans specific to entrepreneurs 843-400-3022 | HollifieldFinancial.com HELPING YOU BUILD, PROTECT & PRESERVE YOUR ASSETS Angela Miller Regional Partner of South Carolina, Realtor ABR, MRP, SRES, SRS, E-PRO (843) 990-8963 AngelaMillerTeam@gmail.com Her professionalism is a standard that guides her. Her expertise comes from years of experience. You will be lucky to have her in your corner during a transaction that is both exciting and stressful. -Tina G. License: LLR 88498anchorheatingandair.com