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There are so many ways to make a home your own whether it be by mixing patterns, painting bright colors on the walls, or adding unique accessories. However, there is another design element on the rise: metallics. Metals like gold, rose gold, copper, and bronze can provide subtle visual interest in your space and, for many people, are more approachable than bold colors or patterns. They add warmth and sophistication to any room in your home, but they are especially effective in kitchens and bathrooms. Part of what makes metallics so approachable is that they can be incorporated into a design as much or as little as you desire. You can easily find large metallic pieces like bronze range hoods and copper tubs, but even something as simple as adding gold drawer pulls can transform your kitchen or bathroom. In addition to their functional versatility, metallic elements can fit within a variety of design styles. Some people may be drawn to a polished copper backsplash for the shine and brightness it would bring to their kitchen. Others might want more muted metals, choosing a soft bronze mirror or light fixture for their bathroom instead.

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If you are planning a redesign or remodel and have questions about ways you can incorporate metallics into your spaces, Lauren Messina, of Lauren Messina Interior Design, can help. She and her team offer full-service interior design from consultation to project completion and will work with you to make certain that they create a design consistent with your personal style. Messina has an NCIDQ certification and has been nationally recognized for her designs, making her uniquely prepared to tackle any design challenge.


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For more information about Lauren Messina Interior Design, visit or call (843) 214-4157.

Blog by Emily Anderson

Mastering the art of tablescaping is a long-standing goal of anyone planning the perfect dinner party. Tablescaping – essentially creating a theme for your dinner table and its decorations – combining both imagination and attention to detail. Everything from the knowledge of the placements of salad forks to the soup spoons to choosing which flowers will look best with your blue tablecloth fall under this one category. While tablescaping may seem out of reach to first-time homeowners, most established homeowners find that they have accumulated more table decorations over the years than they realize. From old Christmas plates to the variety of vases accumulated from previous events, tablescaping can be achieved by assembling individual pieces or sets. Once arranged with a common theme, these statement items can be the perfect touch to tie together your table.

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Decorative plates and glassware are a great place to start when planning your tablescape. The Juliska Country Estate collection in red- carried at GDC Home is just one of the statement sets that can serve to spruce up your table. These beautiful glass plates, bowls, trays and jars detail various scenes of winter wonderland and would quickly pull together a festive tablescape around the holidays. In contrast to those vibrant pieces, GDC Homes Vietri Lastra collection makes trays and platters in a simple but elegant in gray, or several different pieces of the same style in white. This collection would beautifully complement a spring or summer tablescape, and could easily be paired with colorful flowers and decorative charger plates. Following these sets is the Juliska Forest collection and the Juliska Country Estate collection in blue- both which would be beautiful editions to an Easter tablescape, which is right around the corner! These collections hold several feature items, such as a tureen, pitchers, and vases. Accumulating pieces for a decorative table can be a worthwhile investment for your home. GDC Home offers several stunning items that can pull together your dinner table in no time. Happy tablescaping!

For more information about GDC Home, please call 1-(888) 819-9064 or visit them online at GDCHOME.COM.

Blog by Mary Jane Clark

When and how did your company get its start?

Ryan grew up on his father’s job sites. From the age of thirteen, he knew he wanted to start his own
custom home building company. About five years ago the time was right to begin his own company,
SHELTER Custom-Built Living.

What does your company specialize in?

Our company provides a true custom home building experience. We source unique and out of the box
fixtures for clients. We provide a team environment to assist in the building and designing process.
SHELTER creates one of a kind projects that are truly unique.

Photography by Patrick Brickman

What’s a typical day working at your company look like?

There is not a typical day at SHELTER Custom Built Living. Each project has different needs which allow
every day to be different from the next.

What’s your favorite part of working and living in Charleston?

We love Charleston’s diverse culture. It is a historic coastal city with a modern twist. This allows us to
build a wide variety of homes.

Photography by Patrick Brickman

What is the best advice you could give to people in the market for your services?

Partner up with someone who you feel comfortable with and trust.  There are several quality builders
around but they all don’t communicate and operate in the same manner.

Lastly, is there anything else you would like people to know about your company?

Our mission is to provide a transparent, straightforward, seamless approach to custom home building
with the client engaged in as much of the process that they feel comfortable with. SHELTER believes the
process of building a home should be an enjoyable experience.

Owner Ryan Butler and Design Coordinator Kecia Heyward of SHELTER Custom-Built Living
Photography by Patrick Brickman


For more information about SHELTER Custom-Built Living, please call (843) 471-1833, or visit them
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