Dress to Room Pairings at the CSOL Designer Showhouse

The annual Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Designer Showhouse kicked off a couple of weeks ago during Charleston Fashion Week.  Over 18 interior designers each styled a room in this gorgeous renovated house that was originally built circa 1840.  Located at 36 Society Street, the grand house was the perfect canvas for the designers to style from floor to ceiling.

In honor of Charleston’s most fashionable week design genius and co-chair of the event, Julianne Taylor of Taylor Burke Home orchestrated a Dress to Room Pairings.  Each room was paired with a local boutique or designer that styled an outfit that reflected the essence of the room.  I was happy to help scout the fashion pairings that went perfectly with each room.  This project was a labor of love for everyone involved.  Don’t miss out on this beautiful house that will be on display until April 15th, tickets are $25 and it benefits the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and CSOL® Music Scholarships.

I have to start with this room because it was one of my favorites.  Designed by Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room this dining room is the epitomy of fabulousness.  With wallpaper by Taylor Burke Home and Iris Apfel bottlecap art made by Molly Bright, I wanted to move in right away!

The master bedroom designed by Lauren Messina and bathroom designed by Terri Baldwin was beautifully paired with this wedding gown from Bridal House of Charleston.

The upstairs teen hangout designed by Meg Caswell was my other favorite room.  Retro influences with lots of color, pattern and texture went great with this outfit that Venita is wearing from Maris DeHart.

The second floor piazza was designed by design duo Gordon Dunning.  Black and white was clearly the theme and this romper from Escapada Living is the ultimate outdoor loungey outfit to go with it.

The music room designed by Bobbi Jo Engelby of Domain Interiors & Design was paired with this custom jacket on the dress form by Gramercy Atelier. The designer of Gramercy incorporated the room by using the same fabric of the pillow on the couch.  A match made in design heaven!

The man and lady’s study was designed by Alexandre Fleuren and the earthy tones and textures was perfectly paired with this look from Ibu.

The garden veranda designed by Catherine M. Austin was styled like a Palm Beach getaway.  The kelly green with pops of pink and palm prints were a big dose of sunshine.  I especially love the silk pillows by The Blush Label, a local accessory company that designs all of their prints.

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Photography by Clifford Pate

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Lulu Burgess – The One Stop Gift Shop

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One of my favorite haunts to go gift shopping in Charleston is Lulu Burgess on Upper King.  They have everything for everyone, from babies to adults who have a good sense of humor.  Their first store in Beaufort, SC opened up 16 years ago and I’m so happy they finally opened up their Charleston store last year.  It was a much needed gift emporium that we were lacking.  They stock a huge selection of greeting cards, a quirky selection of books, clothes, accessories, linens, tableware, glassware, and the list goes on!

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I love that they carry some locally made goods like Harry Barker dog treats, Produce candles, locally made Charleston snacks, and hand stamped spoons by Carolyn Ward in Bluffton,SC.  One of the items that really stood out to me was the Harry Barker dog biscuits packaged by people with disabilities from The Hope Center of Charleston.  Their Chicken Gumbo dog biscuits proceeds go towards the African-American Museum in Charleston. Giving your pup a present never felt so good.

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I can’t wait to share my gift ideas and where to shop local on Lowcountry Live tomorrow, November 18th at 10am. I’ll be featuring goodies from Lulu Burgess, Be The Change Boutique, Open Door Shop, and Distil Union.

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Embroidered Kimono by Sweet Sinammon $60, Lace back top by Vintage Havana $58, Fade Frame sunglasses $19.95, Tote bag by Shiralzah $65 all from Lulu Burgess // Larissa boots by Coro Como $209 from Amazon

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Purchase With a Purpose at Be the Change

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With so many stores opening up at light speed in Charleston it’s hard to keep up with them all.  Be the Change Boutique who recently opened on Lower King is one not to be overlooked. Two best friends Ashley Miller and Ashleigh Hover wanted to open up a retail space that made a difference in the world.  Every single brand that they carry are philanthropic and work with global charities around the world. From providing jobs to former sex-trafficking victims in the Philippines to scholarship opportunities to people living in poverty, the charities are endless.  These are girls are so knowledgable on every brand that they carry and each cause that they stand for, you can’t help buying at least one thing at their shop.

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When you walk up to their boutique on the second floor you know your in for a real treat. The beautiful space is filled with stylish clothing for both men and women along with accessories, shoes, home decor, paper products, tech gadgets, and even chocolate. More than a few of their products are signed by the people who made it, giving it a personal connection.  It’s such a good feeling to know where your clothing is coming from and knowing that your purchase is making an impact in their lives.  My other favorite part of the store is the incredible prices.  An average shirt could cost $40 and the jewelry ranges from $20-$60, not bad for shopping local!

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I’m excited to feature them on my next Lowcountry Live segment “Clothing for a Cause” this Friday.  Tune in at 10am to see all the local stores and brands that are giving back while making you look stylish.

View more to learn about Ashley & Ashleigh’s story and how their “Purchase With a Purpose” motto is so infectious.
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Synergy Maxi Tank Dress $76, Soko Kito Cross Ring $46, Greenola Badu Horn Studs $27.99, Penh Lenh Tassel Necklace $72, Penh Lenh Wrap $49, Pura Vida Fruit Punch Clutch $32, The Root Collective Izzie Flats $99 all from Be the Change Boutique

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Modern Luxuries

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Wardrobe:  White tank with silver details by Sheri Bodell $198,  Silver Hexagon bracelet $25 from Ro Sham Beaux //  Skirt by Elizabeth & James $280, Bag by Meli Melo $310, Bracelet by Vita Fede from Beckett Boutique //  Wide hammered sterling silver spinner ring $65 from from Gold Creations // Sterling silver Bentley earrings $40 and sterling silver wrap ring $38 by Currie Jewelry // “Haven” heels by Dolce Vita $180 from Bloomingdales.com 

Home Decor:  Sullivan Outdoor chair $1,200, table $648, Throw Blanket $108 , Velvet tassel lumbar pillow in blue, $98, Ro Sham Beaux silver lantern $168, 1st floor chandelier: Fiona in Mirror Crystal $4,998, Rachel Sconce $698 all from Ro Sham Beaux// Artwork from Charleston Art Brokers

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Posh Pad

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The Designer Showhouse sponsored by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League was decorated by local interior designers enhancing the already beautiful historical house.  The James Sanders House which was constructed circa 1851 on Wentworth is a  three-story Charleston Single House which maintains the original details, along with a gorgeous garden with gazebo and saline pool.

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Designer Ann Yancy of Ro Sham Beaux added her touch of glam to the house with her posh light fixtures and furniture. One of my favorite rooms in the house was a cozy girl’s room designed by Terri Baldwin of TCB Designs.  The cheerful and chic space is perfect for those little ladies who can appreciate a hint of sophistication.  The Malibu chandelier from Ro Sham Beaux pulls together the whole room for an elegant, polished setting.

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Beautiful artwork from Charleston Art Brokers

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Decadent quartz sconce from Ro Sham Beaux

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Hand beaded tank top by Sherri Bodell $298, Earrings $28, Gold & string bracelet $35, Malibu 18in Chandelier in White Swirl $1,500 and Rachel Sconce $698 by Ro Sham Beaux from Ro Sham Beaux // Spike bracelet by Vita Fede $400, Library by Lauren Lail  $438, Navy pants by Bella Luxx $165 from Beckett Boutique // Snakeskin heels by Christian Louboutin $898, Persian turquoise and sapphire ring $2,300 from The Trunk Show

Photography by Clifford Pate

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The Glamorous Life at Ro Sham Beaux

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Recently I visited the chic new home of  Ro Sham Beaux on Upper King Street.   The luxe lifestyle boutique is hard to miss with floor to ceiling windows displaying their iconic beaded chandeliers.  Owner and designer Ann Yancy combines the bohemian spirit of Venice Beach, where she formerly lived, with the classic sophistication of Charleston.

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Other than the fabulous chandeliers, the shop is stocked with furniture, home accessories, clothing, and jewelry. Always keeping in mind their modern and chic aesthetic, all of the merchandise flows beautifully.  I wish I could transport everything in this store to my house, it’s the epitome of modern glam!

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Wearing: Jena Jumpsuit by ASTR $105 from  7 Gypsy PH: 843-388-2464 //  Copper Bracelet by Lula Mena, hand woven in El Salvador $68 Ro Sham Beaux  PH: 843-789-3478 // Bar Ring $150, Triangle Ring $150, Heart of Gold Necklace $275 and Long Prism Earrings in brass $150 by Naked Eyes //  Taupe suede sandals with fringe by Donald Pliner $248 and bag by Rebecca Minkoff from Shoes on King  PH: 843-718-2190

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare & Makeup Studio, Hair by Mac Does Hair

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Life in the Culinary Village

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The 11th annual Charleston Wine and Food Festival proved to be action packed with a plethora of drinks, food, shopping, and stylish men.  Yes, other than drinking yourself into oblivion and stuffing your face there was some fun shopping and men who had some great personal style.  I teamed up with Charleston Grit and fellow blogger Venita Aspen to see what the Culinary Village had to offer.


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Venita Aspen and I had just come from an amazing 13 course brunch at The Obstinate Daughter, so we were pretty stuffed when we arrived at the Culinary Village.  Opting out of being a part of the drink fest, we decided to just take it all in by people watching and perusing the Artisan Market.

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Some of my favorite local companies like The Commons, Y’allsome, Brackish Bow Ties, and the Old Whaling Company set up shop in the market.  Who wouldn’t want to take a piece of the festival home with them to remember their weekend of living it up? View more to find out about the vendors at the Artisan Market, street style, and highlights of the Culinary Village.

Photography by Libby Williams

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