Our Cottage Retreat on Kiawah Island, South Carolina mixes laid-back beach living with elegant comfort.
The great room serves as a central gathering space and the cottage's architectural stronghold. Textured stucco walls—painted
mocha to offset light-colored furnishings—meet limestone flooring.
Painted windows recall leaded, metal versions that originated in Europe. Beneath the tall, stately window, a separate seating
vignette provides a comfortable reading spot on a rainy day.
Drapery fabric: Robert Allen
The great room makes for a study in contrast, mixing light and dark hues and soft lines with angular ones. Light floods the entire space through seemingly infinite panes of glass.
The kitchen's 12-inch-deep, stainless, commercial-grade sink easily handles unwieldy pots. The satin nickel faucet with side spray offers graceful style and restaurant efficiency. Above the range, a convenient wall-mounted faucet fills the large vessels required for Lowcountry boils.
In the bar area, open shelving takes the place of upper cabinets and displays glazed ceramic dishes and deep-blue stemware.
The scale of the master bedroom becomes evident upon entry. Floor-to-ceiling curtains set off a seating area adjacent to the handsomely tailored bed. Woven wood shades filter glare during daytime slumber. Luxurious hemstitched linens and an antique rug display the range of sand and sea tones found in the room.
Plush towels lie within easy reach of the master bath's freestanding tub. Shell mirrors and woven baskets provide natural touches.
A soaking tub provides spa indulgences. The tub rests on a river-rock inlay. "I thought it would be fun to have the pebbles so that the tub looked like it was sitting on a different surface. It's a pebble rug," Jackye says.
In the guest bath, the hand-planed, distressed cherry vanity commands attention. A streaked, white marble top emphasizes antique steel hardware and polished chrome sink fixtures.
Made of cellular PVC, the "beaded board" on the loggia ceiling and soffits has the look and feel of real wood but requires less maintenance―perfect for harsh, seaside climates. The lanterns feature an antique finish and seeded glass.
The laundry room's appliances are an attractive alternative to purely utilitarian options. The energy-efficient washer's front-loading door alleviates heavy lifting. The dryer automatically adjusts moisture and temperature levels with each load. A wall-mounted ironing board folds up to save space.
Interiors flow easily into the home's courtyard, where a lap pool and comfortable seating make the area a sanctuary. The raised brick planter beyond the pool provides a platform for landscaping and also scales down the high exterior wall. The darker color of the brick breaks the space up and coordinates the stucco tabby wall with poolside paving.
Built of marine polymer and insulated for durability, the cabinets and appliances stand up to tough coastal environments.