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Charleston Home Tour: A Local Stylist's Posh Pad

Charleston Shop Curator home tour

Today I’m taking you inside the lovely home of one of my favorite people, Andrea Serrano! She & her husband are such good friends to us, and I’m so happy for them with how fabulously their recent home renovation turned out!

Let me introduce you to Andrea: Prior to living in Charleston, Andrea lived in New York and worked as a fashion stylist on major advertising campaigns, magazine editorials, and even with celebrities. Since moving here, Andrea has done everything from work as a costume shopper on the set of Army Wives to own a downtown shop for 5 years alongside her husband, Gus. Today she runs the Charleston Shop Curator blog and Instagram, makes regular appearances on ABC 4’s Lowcountry Live, and works styling jobs for big brands from Southern Living to Wal-Mart. As you’ll see, her home is truly a reflection of her elevated taste. Despite living with 3 boys, there is plenty of luxe all up in this chic abode!

Charleston Shop Curator Home Tour

First, let’s get some quick facts about the house from Andrea:

Year built: 1970
Part of town: James Island
Who lives here? My husband Gustavo, sons Mateo and Sebastian, and our 2 Doxies (Roxy and Pepper)

1) What is your Favorite feature of your house? What would you change about it, if anything?

We love our new vaulted ceilings! (I’ve been in the home prior to this ceiling transformation, and it’s like walking into an entirely new home).

Charleston Shop Curator Home Tour

Tell us about the design- did you have help from a designer or how did that all happen? Did you do it all at once or take your time decorating?

We had a lot of help from Lauren Messina Design. I was so overwhelmed with all of the decisions and it was so nice to have someone to run everything by. As far as decorating, we still aren’t totally “done”, but we love what we’ve done so far!

Are we ever really “done” with our decor?

What are some must haves that help make your space functional while also being such a design lover’s dream?

Our open plan living room is something we’ve been wanting to do since we moved in 15 years ago. Life is all about timing and we finally met the right contractors to manifest our vision. We also built up our equity in the value of our house and refinanced to fund the renovation. We use to have 4 walls and a low popcorn ceiling in our main living area and now we can cook and entertain in one big space. The kitchen was always the heart of our house and it’s so nice to cook and hang out with everyone comfortably. Our contractor built and island and a buffet so we have so much more storage that we didn’t have before. Having white walls gave us a blank slate to pop color and the black accents like the doors give the space a graphic detail.

Charleston Shop Curator Home Tour

Share some of the sources you used to decorate- i.e. stores, websites, artists you love.

Iola Modern, Hudson Valley Lighting, Celadon, Rove Concepts, Garden State Tile, Top Knobs hardware, Emtek hardware, Julianne Taylor for Mitchell Black Wallpaper, Chambers Austelle, Millie Sims, Crystal Nellie, Circa Lighting

Charleston Shop Curator Home Tour

Thank you so much to Andrea for showing us around your posh pad! You can see more of what Andrea’s up to over at The Charleston Shop Curator blog & Instagram!

Charleston Shop Curator Home Tour

Images c/o Kim Graham Photography


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Weekender Home Tour: Riverland Terrace Retreat

Charleston Weekender Charleston Home Tours

I first discovered this house thanks to good old Instagram, via a local realtor I follow, Gentry Todd. Gentry has a free app that I use to browse local home prices and see what’s on the market; it’s like Zillow but up to date in real time. This house is owned by another local realtor, Jennifer Vail. Her (former) home is a waterfront property with a pool; the Lowcountry’s Holy Grail of real estate! Let’s have a look:

Charleston Weekender Charleston Home Tour: Riverland Terrace

A few quick facts about this home:

Year built: 2018
Part of town: Riverland Terrace on James Island...minutes to downtown Charleston.

Riverland Terrace Charleston Home Tour via Charleston Weekender

Who lives here?

Our family of 4-Patrick and I and our two teenage daughters Ellen (18) and Grace (16) and our 4 legged friends Isabel and Rosie. Patrick is in medical sales and I am in real estate with Daniel Ravenel Sothebys International Realty. We love boating and the lowcountry water lifestyle. My nephew is at the Citadel so we are home to lots of Citadel boys every weekend as well!

Charleston Weekender Charleston Home Tour Riverland Terrace

What is your favorite feature of this house?

I’d have to say the views of the Stono River from every single room, as well as the backyard space with 1000 sf patio leading to saltwater pool/hot tub and outdoor kitchen for entertaining.

Tell us about the design- did you have help from a designer or how did that all happen? Did you do it all at once or take your time decorating?

Our architect, Neal Van Dalen, is incredible and has amazing vision. He was on site every day during the build and specified many of the interior finish details. I did the colors, fixtures and decorating myself. We have built several homes, and as a realtor with resale in mind, I always try to keep a neutral pallet with clean lines and a minimalist style. Decorating took some time because the ceilings are 12 ft and higher t/o and the rooms are open and expansive. Finding furniture to scale in these large bright spaces was a great opportunity to acquire some large pieces.

What are some must-haves that help make your space functional while also being such a design lovers dream?

The three sets of 10ft tall sliding glass doors are architecturally beautiful while functioning to create seamless flow from indoor to outdoor spaces.

We entertain frequently and enjoy cooking so the kitchen had to be the "Hub" of the home, which Neal captured perfectly. The spacious kitchen is the center of the great room and it is anchored with a 10ft x 5ft island for gathering, professional appliances and a 4ft galley ledge kitchen sink. It is so fun to cook in this kitchen and it is sized and spaced perfectly to handle lots of people at the same time.

It’s also great to have a main floor master for the ease of one floor living down the road, yet it is privately situated from main living. It is quietly romantic with the soaring ceilings and 20 ft wall of windows, accented with cedar beams and a huge iron chandelier. The master bathroom is white marble throughout and a great mix of metals in the fixtures all adding to the subtle serene feeling.

4) Can you share some of the sources you used to decorate?

Celadon, Lyndon and Leigh, & Restoration Hardware

5) Where can we see more?

Here’s the link to the listing, and you can find Jennifer on Instagram here!

Charleston Weekender Charleston Home Tour Riverland Terrace

-all images by Ellis Creek Photography-


Thank you so much to Jennifer for letting us peek inside this lovely Charleston home! I’m blown away by how gorgeous it is, but then again I never met a water view I didn’t like. Come over to Instagram to tell me hi, and head here for more Charleston home tours. Don’t forget to make every day feel like the weekend!

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Weekender Home Tour: Hampton House

Hampton House on Grove Street | Charleston Home Tour

This is a home I always stop to notice when I pass it on one of my runs along Grove Street, aptly named “Hampton House” since it’s a short walk from Hampton Park. It caught my attention because it’s a bit of a neighborhood rebel; it’s striking architectural presence sticks out like a hip urban sore thumb. It is almost museum-esque & looks nothing like most of the other homes on this street (or on the peninsula, for that matter), and I mean that in the best way. However, occasionally you’ll be reminded that this is indeed a Lowcountry home by something inside- a giant oak tree peeking in from the bathroom window or a vase of hydrangea here and there.

After seeing photos of the interior I am even more fascinated by the Hampton House, which is a founding sponsor of the Redux Contemporary Art Center's "Home is Art" community outreach program. Students from the local James Simons School were awarded scholarships to attend design sessions at Redux that exposed budding architects to the works of Frank Gehry, I.M. Pei, Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano, and more. I now appreciate this home even more, so let’s have a look inside, shall we?

A few quick facts about the home:

Year built: 2017
Location: Near Hampton Park on Grove Street
Who lives here? A design couple from New York and Los Angeles

Hampton House Charleston Home Tour

What is your Favorite feature of your house?

The architecture and design input from the local creative community.

What would you change about it, if anything?

Not a thing!

Charleston Weekender Hampton House Home Tour

Tell us about the design- did you have help from a designer or how did that all happen?

The architect (Kevan Hoertdoefer) was given a blank canvas to create anything he wanted. The addition of design installations by local artists enhances Kevan's overall design concepts.

What are some must haves that help make your space functional while also being such a design lovers dream?

Light, space, openness, livability and art.

Charleston Weekender Home Tour | Hampton House

Share some of the sources you used to decorate- i.e. stores, websites, artists you love . Architect / Kevan Hoertdoerpher . Floating stairs art / Tess Thomas. Metal designs / Eric Doran. Woodwork designs / Spiro Skartsiounis. Inspirations: Poet: Charles Bukowski's "All the way". Artist: Richard Diebenkorn's "116 Ocean Park". Music: Air's "La Femme d'Argent". Design: Frank Gehry and John Lautner

hampton house dining room | Charleston Home tour

Isn’t this home a stunner!? The inside is indeed a masterpiece, but the outside spaces are their own well thought out pieces of art.

A spcial thank you to Chauncey Clark, the home’s listing agent, for helping me get a peek inside this fabulous work of art! You can learn more about Hampton House and see the listing here. However, if you wind up buying this peninsular palace, I would really love to be invited over for dinner & an in-person tour!

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Weekender Home Tour: MylkBar Founder Katie Shields

Mount Pleasant, SC home

I got to do a photo shoot in this lovely house back in 2018, and let me tell you- it’s even more stunning in person! The kitchen and master closet are goals, people. The home belongs to the talented local entrepreneur who founded MylkBar, Katie Shields.

Give us some quick facts about the house.

Year built: 2017

Part of town: Mount Pleasant

Who lives here with you: My husband Kirk and our two children, Pace and Collier

What is your favorite feature of your house?

We are one of the few homes in Mount Pleasant that is built on a virgin plat of land. Because of this, we were able to maintain the original survey done in the 1800s and build all the way to the critical line. This allows for a spectacular view of the marsh from many areas of the home, and we’ve created lots of outdoor spaces that allow us to enjoy our surroundings.

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My favorite room is our master bedroom because it is full of natural light with 180 degree views of the marsh.

master bedroom with dorothy draper martinique wallpaper
white bathroom with rattan accents

Tell us about the design; did you have help from a designer or how did that all happen?

I did all of the selections and design on my own. While I am certainly not a professional, I consider myself an enthusiast! Both of my grandmothers had very stylishly designed homes with features like bold wallpaper and fixtures, so this has always been appealing to me. In fact, I wish I had taken more risks and done green tile in the master bath, but we plan to do that on the next home we build! Things were a bit crazy during the time period in which we designed our current home as I was simultaneously managing the build out for my business, Mylkbar Eco Nails & Beauty, and juggling a new baby. I must thrive on chaos because we are about to do it all over again with another new baby, new Mylkbar location in Nashville, and build a house again! Our current home is listed for sale.

What are some must-haves that help make your space more functional for a family of four?

Wide. Open. Spaces. LOL. And plenty of cabinets! We added more custom cabinets to our den area recently because my toddler brings all of her toys into that area. It used to really make me crazy because I am super organized and do not like clutter, but we had to just embrace it and add more cabinets in that room. Having an open concept in the main living area is really nice for kids, too, because they need room for inside play; especially when the weather prevents them from going outside. One thing I would do differently is install built-in baby gates... Have you seen the options for baby gates?! WOOF. They're all so ugly, which is really unfortunate because someone could be making a lot of money if they made attractive baby gates. We are definitely doing custom baby gates in our next home.

cabinets for extra storage in den

Share some of the sources you used to decorate. What local stores/artists and websites do you love for finding those stylish accents?

My favorite place to shop locally is Celadon. Their service is impeccable and the finds are pretty unique as their buyers go on trips to curate distinct furniture and decor with limited quantities being sold. I also love GDC as they have an impeccable selection of fine fabrics. We recently got an antique chair recovered that has been in my family since the 1800s and I used a blush pink linen fabric that I found from GDC. My favorite designers to follow include my good friend Megan McFarland and I also love Justina Blakeney, Banner Day Interiors, and Audrey Crisp Interiors. One of my favorite websites is Designer Wallcoverings; they carry brands like Thibaut, Coordonne Spain, and Beverly Hills Wallpaper.

Lowcountry entryway, white with natural accents

Can people stay in this beautiful home or do you have any rental properties listed on VRBO/Airbnb?

We are actually working on a VRBO that we invested in with my parents off of Coleman Blvd. We plan to live there while we build again, so stay tuned for the VRBO updates. You can also follow my business adventures on our Mylkbar Instagram and website. I designed both the location here and the one in Nashville. For Nashville, we used the same colorway found in our Charleston location, but the vibe is more modern, less beachy. Can't wait for y'all to see what we have in store!

Charleston home surrounded by oak trees and marsh views

Thank you so much to Katie for letting us peek inside her fabulous home. Find more Charleston home tours here, get some ideas for your next visit or play tourist in your own town with my Charleston Guide, and come say hi on my Instagram for lots more inspiration!

all images c/o Tyler Davidson

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Weekend Entertaining: A Squeeze the Day Soriée

white bar cart decorated for lemon party

Sometimes life gives us lemons, can I get an amen? I’ve been on a major lemon kick lately when it comes to decor, and I think it’s because yellow is just such a happy pop of color & lemons add a little whimsy to everything. I recently got a lemon enamel pin that says “squeeze the day”, and I got to thinking this would make a really cute party theme! Perhaps it could work as a pick me up for a friend who has been dealt some lemons lately, a birthday party, promotion, or a graduation celebration. Serve lemoncello spritzers if you’re entertaining adults (recipe below), and opt for lemonade if you’re celebrating with kids. I hope you enjoy this little album of inspiration photos!

lemon plastic wine glasses from Martha Stewart

All of the Martha Stewart items in this post were gifted to me, but I only accept gifts I love! Some of the links in this post are affiliate links that will earn me a commission.

lemon themed party with lemon balloons

How cute are these balloons I found?! Keep scrolling to the end for all product sources &

check out the Limoncello Spritzer recipe I like to use:

Squeeze The Day Limoncello Spritzer:

  1. Pour 1.5-2 ounces chilled limoncello over ice.

  2. Alternate adding chilled bubbly (I prefer a brut like Freixenet) and sparkling water until glass is full.

  3. Stir, then garnish with a lemon wedge & serve.

Mylar Lemon Balloons for Lemon Themed Party// Draper James Dress
lemon mani for lemon themed party

Cheers, my friends. Don’t forget to make every day feel like the weekend!

lemon themed party with lemon balloons

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