Savvy Giving by Design: Joseph

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted in here and for many reasons! Not only have we been busy busy busy at The Guest House Studio with our rockstar clients but, we’ve also been busy working hard to get the Charleston Chapter of Savvy Giving by Design up and running! Being involved with Savvy has been the most rewarding thing for me. To use my expertise, skills, and connections to make a positive impact to our community brings me so much joy. In case you haven’t hear of Savvy Giving by Design, it is a non-profit, national network of professional interior designers whose mission it is to provide comfort, support, and healing to families with a child facing a medical crisis by transforming the interior spaces of their homes at no cost to them. Pretty cool huh?


Recently we had our first Charleston room reveal for the special, Joseph Greene and his brother Jacob. Joseph was born with Hypo - plastic left Heart Syndrome which affects the normal blood flow to the heart. Since he was born he has undergone multiple procedures for this syndrome but unfortunately this disease is a lifelong disease.   The overall survival probability of children with single ventricle anatomy and staged surgical intervention has increased significantly over the past several decades but despite this the lifelong complications impact health and potential for liver fibrosis, fontal failure, and the need for a heart transplant.  Due to Joseph's syndrome, when he got a bacterial virus he developed a brain abscess and had a stroke last year at the age of 12.

He's underwent  a craniotomy for left frontal abscess evacuation in 2018 but now suffers from low normal RV systolic function, trivial AV valve regurgitation, liver fibrosis, anxiety, PTSD and severe depression.   Therefore, having a space that was relaxing, organized, and FUN to be in was key for his room makeover.


I mean, look at that face! The family rents their home so we decided to make the most impact in the furnishings and paint the walls. Joseph wanted a grey and teal bedroom. He loves art and we all know that art is great for releasing anxiety and finding a place for all those feelings! We chose to soft, plush furnishings with lots of texture for Joseph and then added in some great local art pieces that were generously donated from some Charleston artists. The rooms turned out so great and the boys loved their new spaces!


It's that time of the year again!  Kids are taking all they can get in these last days of summer while their parents prep (and rejoice) for their return.  This weekend is tax free weekend in South Carolina, and I don't know about anybody else but I have quite the list going.  Among the many things you can fine on sale and tax free are clothes, bedding, computers, and some decor.  Recently my summer intern Katie told me that apparently in the south, girls go hard core on their dorm room decor!  When I went to college we brought the necessities but then took the bedding off our beds at home or whatever mom would buy us, to decorate our dorm rooms.  I was more worried about having enough money to buy beer (ahem* I mean, school supplies) than I was about my dorm room.  That being said, I think the idea is awesome!  What better way to show your independence and pretend you have life all figured out then to completely dress up your new room at school to reflect your style and personality.  So this week, we put together three "style boards" for the girls who are heading back to school.



For the free spirited, gypsy girl who loves romantic patterns, old world art, and mid-century modern decor. 

SOURCES: (1) Art (2) Decorative Pillow (3) Chair (4) Rug (5) Side Table (6) Lamp (7) Decorative Plant (8) Headboard (9) Decorative Pillow (10) Bedding 



A little posh, a little spice, the Glam Gal is all the spice girls in one.  Animal prints, gold finishes, bold art, and all the frills.

SOURCES: (1) Headboard (2) Decorative Pillow (3) Bedding (4) Side Table (5) Decorative Plant (6) Unicorn (7) Dresser (8) Stool (9) Art (10) Lamp (11) Chair (12) Rug 



This girl loves traditional patterns, melts over pink, soft textures, and pastel colors.  She is traditional but fun all wrapped up in one.  

SOURCES: (1) Headboard (2) Decorative Pillow (3) Bedding (4) Donut Bookends (5) Lamp (6) Side Table (7) Art (8) Rug (9) Chair (10) Decorative Pillow 

Star, Spangled, SALE!

Every year, in every state, citizens of America celebrate our nation's Independence.  We pull out all of our red, white, and blue apparel (Personally - I have a hard time deciding between my Stones, Zeppelin, and Hendrix shirts), grab our lawn chairs and head to a friend or relatives house for a good ole' picnic.  We drink beer, eat lots of really bad food, and try not to get blown up by fireworks.  Also every year, we put on our shopping shoes and take advantage of some of the greatest sales on apparel, appliances, and home decor.  Normally I don't partake in the 4th of July sales but since I'm building a house I've decided this is the year to take advantage!  So for the past week I've been scanning all of my go to sites for the best sales in furniture and home decor - here is what I've found.

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Pottery Barn is no stranger to a sale.  In fact, they have them quite often.  Their 4th of July sale though is one of their best!  The more you buy the more you save and what really saves you the most (especially if buying furniture) - the free shipping!  

Shop Here!

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If you're ever in the Big Apple you have to stop in at ABC Carpet & Home!  Till then, their 20% off online sale will have to do!

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If you have been eying that piece of art or special piece of furniture on One Kings Lane's website, now is the time to get it!  They have 25% off and FREE shipping on order's over $99 ! I know right! Unheard of.

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I will be the first to admit that some of the pieces on DWR's site are a little over priced and you can often find them elsewhere for less.  BUT, there are some furniture and accessories that they do so well you just can't go anywhere else!  Now is the time to buy those pieces!  They have up to 70% off select items, like their outdoor furniture. Ugh, too good.

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If you love Studio McGee then you will love Lulu & Georgia!  They are the quintessential site for all things modern design and right now their rugs are 20% off. I may or may not have already bought some...

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We hope you found this helpful and wish you the Happiest of 4ths!  If you have fought for our freedom or have loved someone who has, we LOVE you and APPRECIATE you.  THANK YOU.

Splurge vs. Save

We love (LOVE!) when our clients bring us ideas or inspirational images.  It allows us to get to know you and your style better.  So often though, we get requests for certain pieces that people typically underestimate how much they cost!  So, we've listed a few iconic pieces that we are seeing in practically every Lowcountry home right now below and how you can splurge or save on them.  Happy reading and happy Friday!

The Oh so Popular, Beaded Chandelier!

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If you're looking for the iconic beaded chandelier and are willing to splurge to get exactly what you want, then look no further than Ro Sham Beaux.  Constructed right here in Charleston, you can pretty much everything, from the bead color and hardware finish, to even the size. 

Find this item here for $1,345.

(**Hint: to save on this item, check out their outlet for gently used items or mistake pieces.)

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If you're not looking to drop a couple g's on the Ro Sham Beaux light, their are plenty of other places to find a similar light a more budget friendly cost.    This is one of our favorites from Kouboo.

Find this item here for $395.


Cafe Dining Chairs

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This reinterpreted bistro chair by Serena and Lily is made of rattan and woven plastic.  While it does have a beautiful finish, the downside is that it has to be stored indoors, so take that into consideration if you want to use these outside. 

Find them here for $298.

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For a more weather friendly chair, try this one from Target.  They are easy to clean, have a rust resistant frame, and require less upkeep. You're just missing that beautiful bamboo frame! (sigh*)

 Find these here for $59.


We Always Splurge on...                                Always Save on...

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A Bed

This is a piece that will continue to serve you well in your home if you choose one of high quality.  We love this timeless bed frame by Lulu and Georgia because it can transition as a classic through any design trends. 

Find it here for $2,993.



It's true what they say about the "finishing touches" of a house.  It really does make a house a home.  We love to use previously owned collectible pieces and mementos for our clients but you always seem to need some fillers.  For those we turn to like of Target, Home Goods, and West Elm.  The vases pictured here are some of our favorites.

Find them here for $19.99.

Transformation Tuesday: Clawfoot Tubs

I have this pretty great client in Florida that bought a house built in 1908.  We've been working diligently to transform the old beauty step by step.  First was the kitchen but now we're onto the bathrooms!  The upstairs bath is one of my favorite to transform, specifically because it has an old clawfoot tub.  They are perhaps my favorite feature of historic homes and I hope to only have one myself some day!  I see no reason to get rid of it, as it works perfectly fine and thankfully, my clients agree!  So I've been looking at lots of great spaces to find some inspiration for mixing the old with the new and ways to update a clawfoot tub.  Here are some of my favorite!

Featured in Houzz

Incredibly grateful and super psyched to be featured in not one but TWO Houzz articles this past week!  The foyer from my "classic coastal" home was featured as the number 1 "entryway of 2016" and on House's "28 Design Ideas Coming to Homes Near You in 2017" under "over the top foyers".  So cool and wonderful! I feel so blessed by all the love and support I have been getting from everyone!  God is good!

Check out both of the articles on  Links below.
Top Entryways of 2016
28 Design Ideas Coming to Homes Near you in 2017

Transformation Tuesday: Brooklyn Town Home

As you may or may not know, I am a sucker for a good renovation story.  Renovations are kind of our speciality as it morphs our background in Interior Architecture and interior design perfectly.  I also love not only seeing a home saved but completely transformed into something new or even back to it's original form.  That's why, I've decided to start "Transformation Tuesday!"  Every Tuesday we will share our favorite renovation stories here on the blog.

First up, is a Brooklyn town home that was stuck in the 70's until designer, Allison Jennison saw something no one else did.  Little did she know and lucky for her, underneath all that wallpaper and drywall was a pretty great historic building.  Read more about it on