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 

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.