Hello, my wonderful friends! What a pleasure it is to have you on Home Bunch today. It’s also a true honor to have this beautiful Southern beach house designed by the talented Courtney Bishop from Cortney Bishop Design.
The homeowners of this beach house are the founders of Babiators. The two met at Harvard, followed by the husband pursuing a career with the Marine Corp as a fighter pilot. He often flew in spectator-filled air shows and it was when his wife noticed young children squinting up at the sky during his air shows, that the idea for Babiators was born. Prior to Harvard, the client lived her whole life in the Upper East Side of Manhattan but it was the husband’s Carolina roots and warmth of the South, both literally and figuratively, that spawned the move to The Holy City.
See more details below.
Southern Beach House with Modern Interiors
With eyes on Charleston, the couple sought a family-oriented lifestyle rich in doses of urban flair, culinary delights, and an artistically inspired culture. Initially, the couple intended to restore a more traditional “Charleston single” but after touring several properties, none quite felt like home. Our client dreamed of a home of dual personalities – one that featured stoic, traditional antebellum Southern architecture, but also a surprise interior of simple modernity and urban chicness just beyond the front door.
Upon securing the last available lot on the city’s downtown waterfront, our client’s decision to build seemed fundamentally right for their family, which led to search for the exact architect, builder, and design team to move the vision forward. Charleston’s downtown is the country’s first historic preservation district and the city’s Board of Architectural Review (BAR) is also infamous for its strict and complex review of new builds. The BAR has the complex responsibility of honoring the city’s historical cityscape but still recognizing inventible growth. With the design trifecta behind Uptown Downtown, a promising home was designed and BAR-approved that fulfilled our client’s needs and wants.
Windows: Anderson Windows.
Exterior Paint Color
Brick Exterior Paint Color: Custom White Match to Interior Color.
Front Door Paint Color
Front Door Paint Color: Benjamin Moore 2124-10 Wrought Iron.
Door Hardware: Rocky Mountain.
Exterior Sconces: Tekna “Montrose” Lanterns.
Cortney Bishop Design’s role in this full custom home residential build quickly became a welcomed synergetic effort with the client and the architect, Heather Wilson. Ultimately, the interior benefited from their mutual appreciation for each other’s ideas and exposure to new finishes, patterns, furniture, and lighting.
Chair: Roberta Schilling Chair.
Upon entry into the home, the wide plank French oak floors immediately say hello and serve as a guiding beacon throughout the home. The entry room of the house serves a dual purpose with flanking, twin limestone fireplaces and inviting white plaster walls (see picture below).
Sectional: Verellen Duke Custom Sectional Sofa – similar here.
Chair: Hans Wegner Papa Chair + Ottoman purchased on 1st Dibs (covered in Kelly Wearstler fabric) – similar here.
Console Table: Bradley USA Bruce Console.
Artwork: Brian Coleman Painting.
Mirror: South of Market Mirror – similar here.
The room occupies both dining and entertaining areas – the ideal gathering space for a family that loves to host.
Dining Table: Custom Dining Table made by Eurocraft, Inc. – similar here.
Dining Chairs: Kelly Wearstler Elliott Chairs in Gretchen Bellinger fabric.
Artwork: Brian Coleman Painting.
Floor Lamps: Noorside Floor Lamps.
Beyond the front great room, there is a small break in wood flooring that meets Exquisite Surfaces Navajo tile. This flooring change was designed intentionally as this landing leads to another exterior entry door down to the garage. The tile landing meets the main stairwell which features simple architectural prominence, yet is still remarkably impressionable with the continuation of wood flooring treads, plaster walls, a custom metal railing and lighting by Urban Electric and Roll & Hill.
Tile: Exquisite Surfaces Commune Collection: Navajo Zebra Cement Tiles – Other Black & White Cement Tiles: Here.
Beyond the main stairwell, the kitchen showcases custom cabinetry that intentionally matches the hardwood floors. Accents of white marble countertops and a Kelly Wearstler lighting add instant visual contrast.
Kitchen Island Dimensions: 9’6” x 4’
Lighting: Visual Comfort Utopia Pendant.
Kitchen Cabinet: Custom cabinetry fabricated local carpenter, Eurocraft, Inc. The cabinetry finish was designed to replicated the wood flooring finish.
Cabinet Hardware: Buster & Punch – similar here.
Countertop & Backsplash
Backsplash and countertop are Calcutta Cervaoile Honed Marble.
This modern breakfast room is bright and perfect for a family. I especially love the long L-shaped banquette and the windows. Custom banquette made by Eurocraft, Inc.
Art is from homeowner’s personal collection.
Chandelier: Apparatus Triad 9 – similar Chandelier: here.
This dark and cozy library is dressed in a Phillip Jeffries almost-black seagrass wallpaper.
Wallpaper: Phillip Jefferies Manilla Hemp Grasscloth – similar here.
Cabinetry Flanking Fireplace & Trim Paint Color: Farrow & Ball Blue Black.
Lighting: Apparatus Custom Lariat.
Accent Chairs: Hickory Chair Mimi Lounge Chairs.
Coffee table: Made Goods Page Coffee Table.
Artwork: Frank Phillips Painting (above fireplace) & Heather Day Painting (small piece by window).
The playroom features a custom Banquette in Kelly Wearstler fabric with pillows in Kate Loudon Shands “POW” fabric.
Shiplap and trim color is Plaster Match (custom).
Chair: Verellen Sawyer Chair.
Floor Lamp: Verellen Como Floor Lamp.
Home Office Sofa
This pink Mid-Century sofa is gorgeous!
Pillows: Minna Pillows – similar here.
Artwork: Sally King Benedict Painting.
Rug sourced in Morocco.
Lighting: Jason Kohatnik Geo Glass Sconces.
Powder Room Wallpaper
Wallpaper is Hygge & West “Cities” Wallpaper – Other Fun Wallpaper Ideas: here.
Washstand: Waterworks Rowan Washstand.
Faucet: Waterworks Henry Faucet.
Lighting: Apparatus Synapse Pendant – similar style: here.
Interior Paint Color
Plaster Walls (custom color) by Mike Lauer of American College of Building Arts.
Hardwood Flooring: Exquisite Surfaces Manor Collection Blond Color Variation – similar here.
On the second floor, the wood flooring and plaster walls continue but also meets wide plank shiplap – creating a welcoming sense of cohesion and style.
Lighting: Cedar & Moss Alto Globe
Bedroom for the boys include custom upholstered beds, bedding, and drapery, an authentic Moroccan rug find, and aviation-inspired art.
Beds: Custom Upholstered Twin Beds made by Southern Shades in Adelene fabric – similar here.
Nightstand: Made Goods Dante Nightstand – similar here.
Rug sourced in Morocco.
Boys’ Bedroom Drapery: Brooke Perdigon Loxo fabric, drapery fabricated by Southern Shades, a local Charleston, SC fabricator.
Lighting: Cedar & Moss Alto Globe – Sconces: One Forty Three Sconces.
Custom Cabinet by Euro Craft, Inc. Painted in Farrow & Ball Blue Black.
Lighting: One Forty Three Shaded Sconce.
Bathroom Faucet: Waterworks Studio Flyte.
Tile: Popham Tile Pecha Hex
The guest bedroom breaks tradition with the wall finish and features dark walls painted Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron. The floors remain in French oak, creating that instant visual high-low contrast that stands apart from most other rooms in the home.
Draperies: Adelene Simple Cloth “Scribble” fabric, drapery fabricated by Southern Shades, a local Charleston, SC fabricator.
Bed: Verellen Aimee Bed – similar here.
Nightstands: Bobo Intriguing Objects nightstands.
Similar Pillows: here.
Blanket: similar here.
Floating Vanity Details: Vanity made by local fabricator out of Ann Sacks Eros Grey Marble Tile.
Sconces: Visual Comfort Openwork Long Sconce (Large).
Rug sourced in Morocco.
Faucet: Waterworks Henry.
Wallpaper is Erica Wakerly “Fan” Wallpaper.
Shower tile is Lava Calda Shower Tile.
Master Bedroom Entry
The master suite’s modernity and tranquility is immediately noticeable upon entrance. The entry door leads into the couple’s custom designed closets with views of the Charleston Harbor just beyond. The actual bedroom is just off to the left, with the master bathroom to the right.
Contrasting textures and tones encompass the master bedroom with a velvet upholstered Hickory Chair bed designed by the Hable sisters, warm burl wood bedside chests, Apparatus lighting, Verellen lamps and a visually impactful rug by Vivienne Westwood.
Bed: Hickory Chair Hope Bed.
Artwork: Frank Phillips Painting.
Table Lamps: Verellen Como Lamps.
Blanket: Joinery Bed Blanket.
Drapery: Holland & Sherry wool fabric.
Nightstands: Bennett Galleries Burlwood Nightstand.
Wall Color: Plaster Walls (custom color) by Mike Lauer of American College of Building Arts.
The serene master bathroom once again showcases custom designed floating cabinetry to match the French Oak floors, plaster walls and fireplace, Borghini marble countertops, Calcutta Gold tilework, and Kelly Wearstler lighting. The master suite’s serenity is even further realized with access to it’s own sitting porch facing Charleston Harbor.
Countertop: Calcutta Borghini Marble Countertops
Bathroom Faucet: Waterworks Studio Ludlow
Artwork: Sally King Benedict Art.
Lighting: Visual Comfort Utopia Sconces
This truly is a dream home on a dreamy location!
Many thanks to the interior designer and Kate L. for sharing the details above!
Interior Design: Cortney Bishop Design (Facebook, Instagram)
Photography: Katie Fiedler Photography (Instagram).
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