A little over three years ago, Chris Moriarty received a stellar job offer at a law firm in Charleston, SC. Anxious to settle down and unfamiliar with the area, he made a snap judgment and snagged a home sight unseen. Long, narrow, and deprived of light, the home made Chris feel like he was putting the “cave” in caveman. He soon grew so fed-up with the space, he began an extensive search to find a new home that was just right. As he learned through his house hunt, a bad home can do amazing things to one’s list of must-haves. The desperation he felt made each line item seem a little less mandatory.
Originally, he wasn’t keen on clean lines, concrete floors or the pared-down aesthetics many Americans value. Growing up in England had instilled in Chris a love for more traditional interiors and architecture. When he viewed the two-bedroom, two-bath home he lives in today, however, all of his preconceived notions went out the (larger-than-life) windows. There was such an abundance of light, and the open floor plan was so unique for the city, he signed the lease on the spot.
While the space won Chris over, decorating it proved to be a challenge. He found himself stumped when it came to infusing his traditional tastes into the sleek apartment. “While impossible to replicate Old World charm in a modern building, it was important to have a flavor of England in the apartment,” Chris explains. That’s where interior designer Erin Glennon came in. She pushed Chris to consider riskier furniture and decor options and worked with him on finding ways to balance newer and older styles. I think you’ll agree after taking a peek inside, that the two make a fantastic team. Quite honestly, the pair owes a bit of their success to that awful, cave-like home Chris used to live in. If it hadn’t been so bad, he wouldn’t have been so desperate to leave it behind — and may not have ever chosen such a modern and streamlined space to call his own. Enjoy! —Garrett