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A Charleston Attorney’s Traditional Twist on an Industrial Space

by Garrett Fleming

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

Photography by Audra Rhodes & Allisyn Morgan

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Chris' previous home was dark, chopped-up and felt confined - not an ideal situation in the slightest. Keeping that in mind, Chris worked alongside interior designer Erin Glennon to make sure his new, industrial space was decorated so that each room flowed into the next.
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Attorney Chris and his shih-poo Brutus pose in the courtyard of their Charleston, South Carolina building.
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To create visual interest within his industrial home, and to make sure the home had a taste of Chris' English heritage, Erin chose to go against the grain and work in traditional, richer textiles and furniture. She truly pushed Chris a bit outside of his comfort zone throughout the process. The living room's zebra rug is a great example of this. Initially, Chris had hesitations about it, but after seeing the rug in the space, he can't imagine the room without it.
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No element in this home was chosen by accident. Turquoise pillows and a Sherwin-Williams "Rhythmic Blue" paint job were inspired by the hues in the living room's artwork. The curved legs of the coffee table complement the sloped arms of Chris' Restoration Hardware sofa.
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"I was gifted the Pierce Brosnan painting as a joke, and it has turned into a great conversation piece. The wing chairs were purchased at auction, and the custom pillows are covered in Jane Shelton fabric," Chris tells us.
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A colorful, Drexel side table and hearty Moroccan rug from Fine Rugs of Charleston add bits of texture and color into what could have been a cold, uninviting bedroom.
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"This old, two-tone phone brings back memories of visiting my grandmother as a child. My father thinks it still works," Chris says with a grin.
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Natural elements, like the wall's art and the rattan headboard, further help to balance out the bedroom's stark, concrete walls.
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Six people can sit comfortably at Chris' 50-inch dining table. To add visual interest to a room full of rich, wooden texture, his interior designer Erin had these chairs covered in off-white Sunbrella fabric.
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Erin found the kitchen's handsome sideboard at an auction. It offers both additional storage and acts as a serving area for when Chris entertains. Whenever the home is packed with people, these bonus chairs offer additional, comfortable seating for friends and family.
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Chris' home office is visible from the living room. Keeping that in mind, it was designed so that clutter can't accumulate. That way it's never a messy eyesore. Chris' office chair matches the set of dining chairs in the kitchen, a clever way to visually tie together two of the open-concept home's rooms.
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To accentuate the height of the modern office's ceiling, Chris has hung some of his favorite artwork above his bookshelf. Local ceramicists' work, law books and other resources are close at hand thanks to his sturdy shelving unit.
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Chris' favorite item in his office is this vintage globe. Ever since he studied history in college, the attorney has found cartography fascinating; therefore, its inclusion in his home was a no-brainer.
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The apartment's floor plan.

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Comments

  • Lovely home – I love all the little details like the fabric covered chairs. May I ask where the white lantern light fixture is from?

  • I love this space! What a great mix of old and new! The color pallet is perfect! That dog makes the perfect accessory in every room! I have one just like him. I need to take more photos of him.

  • This space is amazing! Love the details and colors (and the dog). Feels like Charleston but with a twist.

  • I like how the rooms are masculine but fun at the same time. The fabric choices and wood tones warmth to the industrial space.

  • Cool rooms, would love this to be my space, and that vintage green and white phone is amazing!

  • The artwork above the bed is amazing – where is it from? And covering the kitchen chairs in sunbrella fabric is totally genius. I like the way everything looks interesting but not too cluttered or fussy. I wonder what those kitchen chairs look like underneath?
    Thank you for showing a place that is not 1,000% mid-century modern. I appreciate the mix.

  • Can you tell me where the duvet cover is from? I LOVE it, the color is beautiful. <3 the pup too :)

    • Hi Kelly,
      The duvet was a custom piece. The fabric on it was a slubby, indigo linen from GDC Home (a local fabrics and furnishings store in the Charleston, SC area.) So glad you enjoyed it!