Isle of Palms Design: Award-winning design for a residence over 3,500 feet

October 9, 2014

Last weekend, we took home three awards at the ASID show! One of the accolades we walked away with was 2nd place for residence over 3,500 feet, which referred to MDI’s work with traditional design at an Isle of Palms home. Here’s how we do our award-winning design.

From start to finish, this job was all about attention to even the most minute details. We put a lot of focus into making this a beautiful and functioning home for a normal family. We combined traditional, formal spaces with a relaxed, coastal atmosphere that complemented its seaside location.

We’d love to share with you below photos and details of our award-winning design in that very house.


One enters the home through the gallery, which features a tile floor, selected for the majority of the first floor for its functionally, with inset tile rug design that complements the formal nature of the room. A barrel ceiling sets the tone for the space and the arch design is echoed in arch top doors in the space as well as in the arch top lantern fixtures.
Generously scaled island with a U-shaped stepped up wood counter to hide the sink from view. At the end of the island, a custom wood furniture piece was integrated to be used as a serving piece for the breakfast room and adjoining den.
In the breakfast room, paneled detailing in the ceiling spanning the kitchen, breakfast, and den provide a cohesive element along with the continuation of the tile from the gallery. The relationship between this spaces was key to the success of the design as the client wanted a space the whole family could enjoy together.
The den  serves as the primary space for the family to relax in and features generously scaled custom cabinetry which were custom finished with a unique wire brush effect while providing ample storage including space for the outdoor furniture cushions to be stored while the family is away. The coffee table was created from 2 French iron arches put together and an octagonal table created specifically around the arches.
The dining room features grass cloth wall covering to add a casual texture in an otherwise formal room and serves as a nice backdrop for their art. The tray ceiling is faux painted for additional visual depth.

Honorable Mention: Singular space

Honorable Mention: Residential under 3500 sq ft