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For a certain Isle of Palms homeowner with three porches, a pool, and an expansive patio, finding the perfect furniture proved to be a challenge.


Ramona lives with her husband and pup in a sunny corner of Isle of Palms where neighbors gab with each other in driveways, wave to passing cars, and inquire about others’ relatives by name. It’s no wonder that finding the most comfortable outdoor furniture was so important to her when she met with the team at Palm Casual. “Ramona came to us with a color scheme in mind,” says Mark Presley of Palm Casual. “From there, we worked with her to pick out different fabrics and textures to make everything complementary, but not too matchy.”

The front porch is a subdued, relaxing space to enjoy a morning coffee, which is why Ramona chose oversized swivel chairs in a driftwood color. They’re made of a durable HDPE (high-density polyethylene) material in a wicker style. On the back porches, Ramona opted for more color accents with a blue-green scheme that incorporates the bright, natural aspects of her backyard and the sparkling blue pool. Each set—upstairs, downstairs, and around the patio—is slightly different in fabric patterns and shades of blues or greens, but everything harmonizes as a whole. “She selected a somewhat darker blue to go on the upstairs porch to contrast the walls of the house,” adds Mark. “Then she picked a lighter blue for the downstairs porch that doesn’t get quite as much sun.” For the patio, she chose aluminum loungers for optimal sun bathing and leisure.

It wasn’t just the endless combinations of fabrics and frame styles that ultimately attracted Ramona to Palm Casual’s outdoor furniture, though. Mark explains, “Whether your Palm Casual product is two or thirty years old, our service warranty means that we will repair it. If wicker needs to be rewoven, if cushions need to be restuffed, or if feet need to be replaced, we take care of it.” Plus, the already sturdy furniture rarely needs repairs and is easy to care for. According to the experts at Palm Casual, the Sunbrella fabric used to cover their cushions only requires a little bleach and a hosing for dirty cushions to be clean once more. The UV-treated HDPE framing also means that each chair, lounger, or table is extremely fade-resistant.

Now, Ramona and her family have their choice of pool or porch, relaxing on worry-proof chaise lounges or unwinding with a good book in a shady spot upstairs.



For more information, call Palm Casual at (843) 881-0041 or visit


Captain Dave Westberg and his wife, Kim, envisioned a year-round backyard retreat, so they teamed with Michael Gesmond at Heritage Pools, LLC to realize their dreams.Snip20160112_22

Retirement has been kind to Dave and Kim Westberg. Their home in Mt. Pleasant is a welcoming blend of warm tones, wood textures, and generous hospitality. There is so much living to do outdoors that they knew they wanted to take full advantage of the Lowcountry’s extensive season. Dave says, “We weren’t sure what kind of
we wanted—rectangular, kidney-shaped, gunite, or vinyl. We just knew we wanted to be outside and have fun.”

That’s when Michael Gesmond of Heritage Pools came into the picture. “Michael came to our home to look at the yard to get a detailed idea of the area,” recalls Dave. The big deciding factor in the process—one that most people don’t even know to consider—was Charleston’s location along a fault line. In fact, there are anywhere from 20 to 50 earthquake tremors here every year, but they’re so small that no one notices. Pools, however, can eventually develop cracks and leaks in the foundation because of these shifts if not supported and installed properly.

Heritage Pools has found a solution to the fault-line shifts. Rather than leaving the weight of the surrounding ground and swimming water to be supported by the walls of the pool itself, Heritage Pools uses an innovative method to distribute the burden. I-Beam braces are placed around the outside perimeter of the pool to prevent the ground, deck, and pool walls from settling over time and becoming uneven, which could cause fractures along the pool walls.

Once the I-Beams and pool shell were in place, Dave, Kim, and Michael got to work on the aesthetic features. Limestone coping and pavers surround the pool and lead to the bar area, while a tiered planter wall brings accentuating flora to the overall wow factor Dave and Kim were seeking. A custom firepit has already entertained many a guest during cool autumn evenings.

The couple chose an ionization method as an alternative to harsh chlorine sanitation. Ion filtration releases copper ions in order to kill bacteria. “Our ultimate goal is to build our pools to be as low-maintenance as possible,” adds Michael. “That way caring for them is not an around-the-clock chore.”

Be it a pool party or football game, the Westbergs and Michael have fabricated an idyllic outdoor space for entertaining, relaxing, and admiring.

Heritage Pools - 1006 Cummings Circle-7

For more information, call Heritage Pools, LLC at (843) 762-3417 or visit

One native upstate couple vows to build a forever home in Mt.Pleasant after seeing the local side of Charleston.


Lynn and Paul Turner have built a total of five houses over the course of their marriage and across several southeastern states. For many years, they called Raleigh their home before moving to Birmingham. But it wasn’t until after their son moved away to pursue career opportunities in Charleston that they discovered what he called “the real Charleston”—the local side of Charleston that residents know and love. Soon, they were visiting frequently and falling more and more in love with the city, the water, and the lifestyle. “It didn’t take long for us to decide we had to retire here,” declares Paul.
“We didn’t want to build again, though,” adds Lynn. “We’ve built so many times, and it was always such a production. So we chose to buy instead.” What they didn’t know was how hard it would be to find just the right home in just the right place. With such a hot market and everything being snatched up as soon as it’s listed, out-of-towners like the Turners are often left in the lurch. Lynn recalls, “We were determined to end up in I’On.”

As it turns out, something they hadn’t dreamt for themselves was just around the corner. Throughout their quest to find a home, the couple kept returning to Hibben, a neighborhood in the Belle Hall area of Mt. Pleasant. There they met their future builder, Allen Coleman of Coleman Builders. “We had an immediate connection. He went to Clemson—my alma mater,” Paul explains. “Plus he grew up in the Upstate, not far from where I’m from. He was ready to talk to us about what we were looking for and how he could help. Everything he said changed our minds about building.” Beginning that day, an enduring family friendship bloomed before the Turners even laid the first brick. Nothing was built on the marsh at that time, and the only requirement Lynn had for their lot was that it needed a live oak. Once she found the beautiful tree that now accents the front of the house, everyone got to work. The Turners relied on Allen more than any other builder they’ve worked with for subcontractor recommendations and advice, since they were still living in Birmingham at the time. “The most we did at the start was draw out about 60-percent of the floor plans and then take them to our architect, Phil Clarke, for advice, touch-ups, and approval,” states Lynn.

As an interior designer with her own business, Lynn took it from there. She designed the whole interior from top to bottom—even Paul’s man cave has the professional stylization of a designer. “She let me pick out the pieces that went in the room, but that was it,” he laughs. The spectacular thing about the house is that not one room looks like the next, yet everything meshes into an eclectic, synchronous whole.

Whether they’re drawing floor plans or decorating with chic French textures, vintage magazine covers, bright pops of color in a beach themed room, or Lynn’s countless flea-market finds, the two Turners can certainly pull together a flawless dwelling.






Builder: Coleman Builders
(843) 881-3305 |

Architect: Phil Clarke of Clarke Design Group
(843) 329-0667 |

Interior Design: Lynn Turner of Salt Sea Design and Interiors | (205) 994-1234

Audio: AV Lifestyles:
(843) 277-0059 |

Pool: Lowcountry Custom Pools:
(843) 886-8988 |

Countertops: MVP Granite & Flooring (843) 388-2326 |

Tile: Melcer Tile:
(843) 744-5345 |

Plumbing Fixtures: Moluf’s:
(843) 723-4881 |

Landscape Architecture:
1899 Landscape Solutions
(843) 296-9498

Here’s why people are choosing outdoor fabrics:

  • They have changed over time and look more like indoor fabrics each year.
  • Outdoor fabrics are very functional, which has to do with how the fabric is put together (explained below). This is a more similar process to indoor fabrics now.
  • The supply is greater and the variety is so much more ample; consumers are able to grab hold of more outdoor fabric options.

If a sofa is in a property where there is a lot of light, outdoor fabric is going to hold its color longer. This is because outdoor fabrics are very durable and fade resistant as high solution dyed acrylics and polyesters.

Outdoor fabrics are also easier to clean. A lot of indoor fabrics have to be professionally cleaned, but outdoor fabrics take on cleanability better and can be topically cleaned with water and soap. They are also bleach cleanable, so you can lift mold out of the fabrics easily. A lot of people with children and pets very much like outdoor fabrics because they are so easy to clean and there is a lower cost of maintenance.



A newly upholstered chaise lounge in Outdura Rumor Snow


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When local homeowners have to spend time away from Charleston, they partner with Southern Shores to provide their house’s upkeep and a place for vacationers to rest their heads.

Sandy shores, rejuvenating waters, fine dining, activities for the whole family, and friendly neighbors—who wouldn’t want to travel to a place that has all of those things? Charleston’s hospitality and tourism industry is a huge success for all of these reasons and more, but most vacationers looking to rent a whole home (as opposed to a hotel right on the
water or in the middle of downtown) are searching for that special something the majority of touristy spots don’t claim to have—tranquility.

That serenity accompanies stress-free travel. Southern Shores aims to offer just that by joining forces with homeowners who seek to rent their homes to guests during the peak seasons. For those guests, they offer a no-hassle trip. “Our goal is to make sure everything our renters need is in order when they arrive,” says Chris Barnette, President of Southern Shores’ Charleston branch. “If they need food, beer, wine, or anything else, we can make sure the fridge is stocked.”

That’s just the beginning. The team at Southern Shores can help coordinate dining reservations and activities for tenants during their vacation as well. Chris adds, “Even if they’re flying in from the other side of the country and they don’t want to pack beach towels or toys, we’ll provide those items so that their retreat is as relaxing as possible.”
Renting to vacationers doesn’t hurt the homeowner’s wallet either. At peak season, the dwellings that Southern Shores is in charge of renting are reserved months in advance. All of this demand supplements income for the homeowners to help pay for anything from the mortgage to the regular maintenance. The arrangement is a win-win for all parties involved.


For more information, call Southern Shores at (843) 225-2990 or visit