Relaxed Southern Living in Charleston

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Just six months ago – and after after ten years living in New York – interior designer Kate Dougherty and her boyfriend Ben Towill (co-owner of the Fat Radish, The Leadbelly and The East Pole) moved to Charleston, South Carolina. They were ready to embrace a slower pace and take a break from New York City life. One of the most exciting things about the move was that with more space, Kate would have the opportunity to flex her design muscles. She ripped out an article in the New York Times nearly two years before the move and had become a fan of Reid Burgess and his work with the design firm, New World Byzantine, and as fate would have it, just before Kate and Ben moved to Charleston, Reid listed this home on Craigslist. They instantly fell for the neighborhood, just blocks away from beautiful Hampton Park, designed by John Charles Olmsted (son of Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York’s Central Park), and when they walked through the doors of the house, they knew it was a perfect fit. Even though the house is small, it is filled with historic details and has the best Southern feature – it doubles in size when all the doors are opened to the porch. Now, they fling the doors open, listen to music (lately it’s been a lot of  Sam Cooke and old Gospel music) and have long dinner parties with friends. Not bad for a slower pace. -Amy

Photography by Olivia Rae James

Image above: “I like the bedroom to remain as calming, clean and simple as possible, like a little sanctuary – from the linens to the artwork,” Kate says. “The surf photo above the bed is by one of Ben’s favorite surf photographers – Thomas Colla.”

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Image above: “This is the guest room loft. It feels like camping up there. I found both the dream catcher and side tables in Mexico.”

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See more of this South Carolina home after the jump!

Design Sponge Sneak Peek
Image above: “This linen couch is wonderfully deep and has the best view in the house – it looks right out onto the porch. Facing the linen couch here is this teal velvet sofa, which was the size of our living room in Brooklyn! Wild how small it looks now.”

Design Sponge Sneak Peek
Image above: “Our surfboards stretched on the beams above.”

Design Sponge Sneak Peek
Image above: “I decided to do all white frames to keep it clean and let the artwork pop out – like those Shackleton South Pole expedition photos and an illustration gifted to me by Garance Dore after a collaboration we did.”

Design Sponge Sneak Peek

Design Sponge Sneak Peek
Image above: “My trusty record player has been with me since freshman year in college. Details: Neil = Neil Young, the harmonica is my favorite instrument, and the patch on the right is an award for ‘Most Creative’ given to Ben at Burning Man a few years ago.”

Design Sponge Sneak Peek

Design Sponge Sneak Peek
Image above: “Seen here are some mood board tear-outs, sketches and drafted floor plans. Right in front is a model of a tree house I’m working on.”

Design Sponge Sneak Peek
Image above: “I’ve always wanted to go to India, so I made our shower into a Raj tent. I bought two 8′ half-round dowels & wooden finials at the hardware store, painted them, then created the valance and panels.”

Design Sponge Sneak Peek
Image above: “Instead of all my necklaces tangling in a basket, I decided to nail them to the wall. Those beautiful brass nails are by my friends Val and Annie of Winsome Brave and most of the necklaces are by my childhood friends and very talented jewelry designers, Lizzie & Kathryn Fortunato. This wall always makes me smile.”

Design Sponge Sneak Peek
Image above: “Here is our wonderful hammock – where we find ourselves most weekend mornings with a book, perhaps my favorite place in the house.”

Design Sponge Sneak Peek
Image above: “Here I am in the office – fan spinning, doors open and music playing – just how I like it.”

Source List

Living Room
Garance Art Prints
Shackleton photos – these are originals gifted to us but you can buy prints here
Linen sofa – Restoration Hardware
Brass floor lamp – Circa Lighting
Teal velvet sofa – Organic Modernism
Turkish pillows from Etsy
Pair of black leather chairs from Atlanta antique store – circa 1870 Spain
Mirrors from Anthropolgie
Thailand Bag -Tag frame from flea market in Paris
Frames from Moon River Chattel (now closed) in Brooklyn

Bedroom
Vintage linen shams and duvet by MATTEO
Bed by IKEA
Bedside tables by MUJI
Photograph by Thomas Colla
Photo by Patrick Dougherty

Bathroom
Brass Equilateral Nails
Most necklaces by Lizzie Fortunato Jewels

Porch
Basket pendant bought in Tulum, Mexico
Custom-made flag
Rug purchased in Essaouira, Morocco last May
Green chairs from flea market down here in Charleston
Large wood lantern by Pottery Barn

Leslie Musser

Every element of this home is perfectly placed. It offers the ideal balance between rustic charm and modern elegance. The wall sconces, rug choices, and color patterns are eyecatching yet comfortable. The ambiance is warm yet fresh with a flair for design.

Sarah H.

It is wonderful to see the way you have combined colors in this house. I am planning a casual house in Texas using white and blues and greens, and I am very encouraged to see how beautifully your colors go together.

Kelley C

Thanks for sharing. Does anyone else see a polar bear in the placement of the lamps and surf photo above the bed in the first picture? It made me smile — I thought it was deliberate! :)

Michelle

Lovely home. Would also really enjoy a Biz Lady profile on Kate Dougherty who worked on Moonrise Kingdom as an assistant set decorator. Wow!

Katie Noguchi

I live two houses down from this place! I’ve admired the porch on my walks. Now I can see the inside!

Alix

I genuinely do not understand this whole “outdoor living room” thing. Do people bring all of that furniture inside at night? How does it not get stolen? Everywhere I’ve lived, you have to lock your chairs to the porch with a cable, but not sure how that would work with a rug and pretty pillows…

Valentine

This place is gorgeous!!! Love every detail. She is a talented lady!

James Schiller

Your home is simple but beautiful. It has the southern charm in your choice of warm earthy colors, without looking too conventional. Your space shows your personality.

I like seeing how an interior designer would design a space for herself as opposed to how she would make designs for others. But, what I love above all is that you chose Charleston as the place to move into. Being a native of this area makes me feel proud.

Also, seeing those boards suspended upon your beams tells me that the two of you are possibly beach bums. I think you’ll be happy to know that you have a number of beaches to chooses from. They are all amazing! You have the have for starters beaches on James Island – a mere ten minutes away from downtown Charleston. You can also go to Folly beach, Johns Island, Kiawah Island, and the rest of the islands around Charleston. For adventure, Charleston will have a lot to offer for you just take the time to look around. Goodluck!

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