Historic 1800s was completed a few years ago for a client who wished to bring a sophisticated yet functional design to this historical residence. Did we succeed? Here’s what the client had to say…

“I approached MDI wanting to create an historical second home in Downtown Charleston.  Not only did I trust their knowledge of more traditional design, they created a process that suited my busy schedule.  Following one initial meeting, MDI sent me weekly packages with scenarios for each room including fabric samples, trims, etc. Once I made selections, they made it happen. The process was effortless. The final product was better than I could have imagined. The first floor exudes the sophisticated, historical elements where I am proud to entertain while the second floor gives me a comfortable, masculine space where I can relax.”

With the introduction of some exquisite antiques and traditional draperies, this house became the perfect Historical Charleston getaway. These are a few detailed shots that didn’t make it to the website.

Detail of Settee

This settee is the perfect size for a small living room. Rich silks and velvets adorn the settee, draperies and pillows. For the windows, we called for swags and jabots….a traditional means of treating a window. The windows were deep and allowed for the window treatments to be inset. There was specific thought and detail put into just how many folds would be in the jabots and how much lining would be revealed. So very many decisions!

Another window detail…with Charleston houses often being quite close together, we needed to address privacy on this stairwell window without blocking out too much light. We took a layered approach; sheers are the base and are polished off with a swag and jabots. The window is soft and easy. It does not close in the tight staircase.

View from Master to Master Bath

Looking from the master dressing room and towards the master bathroom, we chose to coordinate the space by using wallpaper in various patterns but compatible colorways. Beginning with a tone on tone herringbone stripe then progressing to a tone on tone damask…these spaces feel rich and intimate.

Dressing Room

An interior shot of the dressing room reveals the subtleties and details that make this simple space so unique…a bench upholstered in two contrasting fabrics, a series of dog prints over the fireplace, sconces and a bell jar and a beautiful rug.