Get to know the talented—and local!—professionals who made this year’s Idea House a true Lowcountry charmer.
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Take A Peek Inside The 2018 Coastal Living Idea House
Step into any room in our 2018 Idea House in Habersham, South Carolina and you’ll be greeted by bold, eye-catching pieces by artists from Lowcountry and beyond.
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Designer, Jenny Keenan Design
"I love mixing colors," says the Charleston-based interior designer. "And I don't worry too much about whether it's beach-appropriate. Every color works at the beach, even black—it's the tones and materials you pair it with that determine how it feels." Keenan opened her firm nearly 15 years ago, and has since designed interiors from Sullivan's Island to Manhattan, including The Spectator Hotel in downtown Charleston.
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Architectural Designer, Moser Design Group
"I like to create as many opportunities as possible for homeowners to turn off the AC, open up their houses, and enjoy the outdoors," says the Habersham-based residential designer. "The beauty of our natural environment is why we live here, so I want to design a home that always reminds its owners of what's around them." Moser is the town urbanist for Habersham and, in addition to designing homes all over the United States and the Caribbean Rim, he specializes in New Urbanism neighborhood planning.
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Builder, Allen Patterson Residential, LLC
"Build a house that requires as little maintenance as possible," advises Patterson, who grew up constructing homes along the South Carolina coast with his father, who learned from his father. "The products out there today are so good, they really allow you to enjoy what you've built." The third-generation builder has been recognized by Southern Living and Houzz for his work, which ranges in scale from custom luxury homes to affordable housing in downtown Beaufort.
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J. Michael Brock
Landscape Architect, M. Brock Designs, LLC
"Mixing shade-tolerant flowers with plants primed for full sun exposure gives you a nice color play in a setting with so much filtered sunlight," says Brock. He chose the plantings for the courtyard and hardscape borders by playing off the hues of the natural landscape. Licensed by the American Society of Landscape Architects, he opened his Port Royal–based firm, M. Brock Designs LLC, in 2011, where he specializes in residential and commercial planning throughout South Carolina.
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Developer, Habersham, South Carolina
A three-mile greenway extending along the water sets a scenic tone for the 20-year-old neighborhood of Habersham, a vibrant marshfront community with Main Street spirit. "The idea that drove the entire design of this community was walkability—being out of doors and enjoying the environment," says Habersham president Bob Turner. He drew inspiration for the community from historic towns, along with New Urbanism communities he designed in the early 1990s. These focused on building neighborhoods around a core town center that's within walking distance of homes ranging from petite cottages to marshfront manses. Over the past two decades, Habersham has grown to include more than 500 houses and roughly 1,500 full-time residents, a town center with a post office, cafés, fitness studios, a dentist's office, and even a fall festival that draws people from all over the Southeast. And Turner has a new district in the works: a collection of boutique businesses such as breweries and jewelers. "These are natural fits for the neighborhood, which is continuing to grow," he says.