With its eco-friendly construction and beach-chic feel, our Idea Cottage in I’On, South Carolina, shows how to live large in a small footprint.
Writer Melissa Bigner
1 of 13Photographer Tria Giovan, Stylist Lindsey Ellis Beatty
The next big thing in architecture is right-size living. That means using money-saving, environmentally sound materials to build a smaller but savvier house in which no square inch is squandered yet luxuries still abound. I’On, the idyllic 11-year-old village between historic Charleston and nearby barrier islands, is leading the way once again with its new Jefferson Canal Courtyards neighborhood. We show you how we achieved high style in a compact space.
3 of 13Photographer Tria Giovan, Stylist Lindsey Ellis Beatty
Design Trick: Opt for stencil-painted walls as a creative alternative to wallpaper. Designer Angie Hranowsky had a local artist interpret a pricey paper’s design with shimmery gold palm fronds and leaves that enliven a coral background.
Favorite Detail: Angie found this salvaged newel post online: sa1969.com.
4 of 13Photographer Tria Giovan, Stylist Lindsey Ellis Beatty
Designer Trick: This quartz countertop is naturally stain-resistant and is certified as a safe food-prep surface. We love how the quartz surface extends to the cabinet’s baseboard on each side.
Favorite Detail: tiling an entire wall, not just the backsplash. We love how this expanse of tile transforms the kitchen’s back wall into a textured mosaic.
6 of 13Photographer Tria Giovan, Stylist Lindsey Ellis Beatty
The Half Bathroom
Designer Trick: Paint PVC pipes to mimic the color of copper pipes when they’re visible, as they are in the bath off the den.
Favorite Detail: The single sconce over the mirror. It casts a softer glow and makes room for a larger mirror.
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The Master Bedroom
Designer Trick: This canopy is deceptively simple. Angie had a plywood “top” wrapped with fabric. A skirt, the back panel, and corner panels simply drape from the top. The entire thing hangs from the ceiling with chains that Angie covered with ruched sleeves.
Favorite Detail: the vintage rattan headboard―it dresses down all that silk and fabric. It’s all about creating a high-low mix.
8 of 13Photographer Tria Giovan, Stylist Lindsey Ellis Beatty
The Master Bathroom
Designer Trick: Keep the look casual by propping up artwork against the wall instead of hanging it. This trick works especially well with a pair of similar looking but different sized prints, such as in this bathroom.
Favorite Details: the brass accents in the sexy sconces, sink faucets, and cabinetry hardware―just a touch of luxe in an otherwise quiet room.
9 of 13Photographer Tria Giovan, Stylist Lindsey Ellis Beatty
The Guest Bedroom
Designer Trick: Pair a punchy fabric with a warm mocha paint color. The neutral hue makes the yellow, turquoise, and magenta tones in this pattern pop―and it’s a more modern, less expected backdrop than a color pulled from the fabric would have been.
Favorite Detail: Going skirtless and opting for a bedspread that kisses the floor―so ’50s, so chic!