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What are some questions that you ask your clients to determine how you can best design for them? 
We have an extremely detailed Welcome Packet available on the Services page of our website that breaks it all down! The first thing we ask of a potential client is to fill out our Design Inquiry form. This form helps us decide if we will be a good fit for the client. We ask a lot of background questions- what rooms they would like help with, which items/ accessories they would like incorporated into the design, floor plans of the home (if pre-existing), total budget, detailed measurements, photos/ videos of the space and more. We also ask questions regarding what they want to achieve including must-haves for the room, words to describe the look they want, likes and dislikes. We like to know what their favorite home stores are and view their inspiration boards on Pinterest. Gathering all of this information up front helps us gage the scope of the project and determine if we will be able to bring their vision to life.

Welcome Packet: https://www.meganmolten.com/services

What are some of the most common questions that you’re asked? 
The question I get asked most often is what is my favorite white paint color. It seems so simple but there are so many different shades of white. Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore is my go to color. Since white has become my signature color, I wrote a blog post to offer a quick run down on my favorites. 

Blog: https://www.meganmolten.com/single-post/2019/07/28/Our-Favorite-White-Paints

I also get asked regularly how to have light colored furniture with pets and kids. I am a big believer in performance fabrics. With the right fabric you can achieve any look you want! We sell furniture on the Megan Molten Shop with performance fabrics options. 

Shop: https://meganmoltenshop.com/collections/furniture I am often asked how to make an open concept space cohesive. This can be tricky, especially with lighting as it is visible all at the same time. Maintaining balance is key. I wrote a blog post on how to mix and match lighting in an open floor plan that tells the same story. 

Blog:https://www.meganmolten.com/single-post/2019/10/16/How-to-Mix-and-Match-Lighting-In-An-Open-Floor-Plan

Lastly, I am often asked how we charge. We offer three design packages- Full Service, Virtual or Do It Yourself E-Design. A custom design package is created after the initial consultation based on needs, budget and total scope of the project. All design packages have a $1500 minimum plus the price of products. Check out the Welcome Packet for further breakdown! 

Where do you pull inspiration from for your designs? 
I have a LOT of saved Instagram albums- all labeled- tile, lighting, paint, fabric, wallpaper, etc…they go on and on. I see something and say ” Oh-I  love that!” I do this on my phone as well. Albums full of saved inspiration photos from travels, restaurants, high point furniture market, it goes on and on! I reference them often when sourcing a project and it’s always so exciting when I get to bring one of those ideas to life or make an inspiration a reality! 

How long does a typical project take? 
Our Full Service design process takes around 21 weeks from consultation to installation. Our Virtual design process takes between 21 and 23 weeks and our Do It Yourself E-Design process takes about 7 weeks. Find the full timeline breakdown for each service on our Welcome Packet! 

How do you source your items? 
We source our items from trade only vendors we have visited over the years at Highpoint Furniture Market. We have learned their products, customizations, and built our own curated list of known and trusted products and vendors. I mostly source items I’ve seen in person, touched, sat on, etc. as the quality is really important to me as well as my credibility to clients. They are trusting me that their sofa will be comfortable and stain resistant- that’s a lot of pressure:) 

What advice do you have for homeowners looking to work with an interior designer? 
You don’t have to tackle it all at once. Most of our clients do their home design projects in phases and that’s ok! It allows you to buy more quality, long lasting pieces for each space rather than trying to fill up an entire home. I also would recommend finding a designer you trust and communicate well with- those are the two most important things. If you have that, you will have the best experience and be so happy in the end! 

As the world adjusts to a new normal and large gatherings are being adjusted, many couples are opting to get married at home in order to keep everyone safe. We sit down with the owner of Host and Haven, Lindsey Boyce to chat about planning for a wedding at home, how to incorporate home decor into wedding decor, and what advice she has for brides who still want to get married on their original date and celebrate with friends and family later on.

Tell us a little bit about Host and Haven. What do you do? Why did you start the company? 

Host & Haven is a full-service firm focused on sophisticated yet approachable event and home design. Our typical projects include high end weddings and events and residential interiors. I started the company in 2019 after 12 years in the event design business. After multiple clients came to me requesting help in their home, I saw an opportunity to speak to both markets. For me, the design process is the same. You are getting to know clients and their tastes and helping to create a space that reflects that in the best way possible. Our goal is to create beautiful moments and tailored spaces with equal emphasis on client distinctiveness and design dexterity.

During these uncertain times, many brides are having to cancel or postpone their weddings. How has your business changed as more and more brides are doing backyard ceremonies and then planning the party for later? 

With the current climate, brides really have three options; Move the entire wedding to the following year, get married on the original date with just family and then a more relaxed reception at a later date, or choose to redirect the mindset to a more intimate gathering. I think the most important step for current brides is to evaluate what’s best for them. If the stress of waiting to see what will happen takes joy out of the process, then move the date. If the current situation has changed the mindset on what you are really looking for on the day of, then reduce the guest count. 

Most of my business has stayed the same with a few exceptions. I have, however, had a few new clients come on board with more intimate guest counts and design heavy goals. 

While the initial thought might have been a fete for your closest 200 family and friends, a tasteful gathering of 25 could be just as beautiful. If we have learned anything from this time, it’s that family and close friends are what really matters. Having a few less guests will not affect you saying “I do”, cutting the cake, or having your first dance. It might just positively change the feeling from large and stressful to manageable and intimate. It could also allow for more spending power on the close-up details with a more refined guest count. 

How can brides incorporate their home design into their backyard wedding design? 

If you elect to redirect to a smaller wedding, you can splurge on more custom details. Be intentional on what these new details will look like for you now that you can explore more manageable numbers. For example, these Schumacher Lotus Garden horizontal runners. They can be repurposed in your home for holidays or have them cut down and reworked as place mats or napkins Think about connecting the vision for your wedding with the vision of your home. I firmly believe in designing all of your spaces (event & home) with a signature style and your personal brand. If you don’t have that established yet, take this time to explore.   

You have most likely already received most of your china registry, so complete the setting and utilize at the future reception/at home wedding for all guest or a head table. This Juliska Country Estate plate in flint pairs perfectly with so many color palettes. 

Take the extra time to create a curated welcome gift boxes for each individual guest. You can fill the gift with a specific theme like this breakfast box filled with tea, honey, and scones. The individual moment also presents an opportunity for a handwritten thank you from you and your betrothed. Have these hand delivered on the week of the event or created by our friends at A Signature Welcome.  

What are some of the things that brides can be planning from home during this time? 

In your spare time, go ahead and create your custom stationery and cross that off the list. You have most likely already engaged a designer with your paper needs, so transition that design time into a monogram, custom crest, or emblem.  In this example it could be the wallpaper inspired graphic or simplistic bird motif. 

Explain your home services. How do you work to combine home design, wedding design, and styling? 

Host & Haven begins all projects by interpreting a client’s personal story and helping to reveal beautiful, intentional design. My job is to give a client a space (home or event) that reflects the very best version of themselves. The home design process starts with an initial meeting and we discuss the overall project. We do a deep dive into the goals of the space and its function as well as what can become beautiful finishing touches. We almost always showcase a full home design at the beginning even if we go one room at a time, so we have the right upfront goals in mind. Sometimes this exercise can also open up what we really need versus what we thought they wanted. 

Regardless of the service a client comes to me for, we all know it has to have meaning. The meaning behind the design is just as important as aesthetic. 

What are your favorite trends in home design and home weddings? 

I am really loving a return to classic. I think tasteful long-lasting details are the way to go.  It can be tempting to lean towards what’s available in the mass market, but try to get pieces and elements that will stand up for the next 10 years in your home or your wedding album. It’s a bigger investment on the front end, but less likely to need a refresh 10 years from now. 

What advice do you have for brides who have changed their plans and are now holding a wedding at home? 

At the core, the purpose of the wedding is ultimately to become husband and wife. Remind yourself that the underlying goal will be accomplished with two people, twenty, or two hundred. Keep a positive perspective and explore the potential of this reimagined day. 

Wedding photography by Sarah Ingram Photography. Lindsey’s portrait by Rachel Red Photography.

For more information, call Host & Haven at (214) 458-3012 or visit hostandhaven.com.

When Charleston was ordered to shut down in March we entered a world of uncertainty. In the 2+ months since, our community has come together to support one another. One business that has done such is Mitchell Hill. Michael Mitchell and Tyler Hill opened the doors to Mitchell Hill Charleston earlier this year. Like many local shops downtown, about 50 percent of their business came from walk-ins, so when they had to close their doors, they needed to come up with another way to bring the showroom and gallery experience to their customers. 

Owners of Mitchell Hill, Tyler Hill and Michael Mitchell.

Initially, the team hosted virtual Facebook tours or did virtual appointments via FaceTime or Zoom. This helped create a customizable one-on-one experience for each person. When Michael and Tyler saw the impact that the phone calls were having on the community, they wanted to have these business conversations amongst other members of the Charleston community to offer guidance, insight, and solutions. They wanted to offer a platform for local businesses to tell others how to help. Mitchell Hill started their Instagram live series on April 2nd. 

Their Instagram live series features interviews with interior designers, local business owners, and local non-profit organizations. These interviews are used to check-in with fellow members of the community while also offering advice on marketing, business programs, content creation, sales, social media, and more. The platform is a way for the interviewees to share special sales, what philanthropic ventures they’re involved in, and how to stay safe. Some of the people the Mitchell Hill team have interviewed include Olivia Brock of Torrance Mitchell and Margot Shaw of Flower Magazine. As they continue this series, they plan to also interview people from Croghan’s Jewelry Box and The Gibbes Museum. Artists whose work is carried in Mitchell Hill have also been taking over the MH Instagram. The takeovers bring MH followers into the artist’s studios to learn about their process, how they’ve been doing, and more. Through these takeovers, artists have been able to continue selling their pieces. 

This network has connected local people and allowed them to share their struggles, their successes, and their narratives regarding what’s next. Mitchell Hill hopes to continue fostering these relationships as the community continues to navigate through the unknown. Mitchell Hill is part of the Explore Charleston community along with the Charleston Gallery Association. Visit their instagram to see the live videos.

For more information, call Mitchell Hill at (843) 564-0034 or visit mitchellhillinc.com.

When T. Phillips of Latitude Design Group saw Five Palmetto Road for the first time there wasn’t even an obvious front door. Now T. has married modern touches with the home’s history, designing a space that is both sleek and clean, with an obvious front door that invites guests inside. 

Enter the home and be welcomed by 4,000 square feet of custom finishes. Handcrafted cabinet details by Carpenters Restoration, wide plank European wood flooring, Italian calacatta gold marble tiled baths, modern black aluminum windows, glass transom french doors, full slab quartz detail with modern waterfall island in kitchen and main baths installed by Palmetto Surfacing, and antiqued wood beams and double sided gas exposed brick fireplace are just some of the many special touches that T commissioned from his partners. The updates to this home are not only on the surface, but also behind the walls. 

For T, it was important to make sure that the house came with great amenities behind the walls and on the exterior as well, so the redesign included replacing components with precision. There is all new electrical wiring throughout the home, new pvc plumbing, new roof and shingles, and a new European high velocity HVAC system. These touches, that might seem small, will make a huge difference in the longevity of the home and the comfort that it provides its future occupants. 

In addition to all of the stunning features in the main house, there are also two detached spaces on the property that offer supplementary square footage. The garage offers two stories of storage. Two car spaces on the first floor, and an unfinished second floor allow for the future buyers to create a custom space to suit their needs. There is ample space for an apartment on the second floor to be rented out, or used as a guest getaway for visitors. Another little building on the lot is the shed, perfect for an office, art studio, writer’s retreat, yoga studio, or just about anything you can imagine. 

Flooring Shaw European White Oak plank floors are seen throughout the main spaces pairing well with the natural hues. Tumbled Marble in a ‘Versailles’ pattern complete the butler’s pantry, and a Calacatta Marble tile is seen in all of the bathrooms, inspiring a modern European vibe.

Plumbing Rohl/Brizo fixtures are used in the kitchen and bathrooms, again continuing to modernize this remodeled home. The master bath features a freestanding Victoria and Albert tub made of volcanic limestone.

Other Unique Features The main house, garage windows, and exterior rear doors are Sierra Pacific. A custom California Pinky’s Front Exterior Door/Porch Steel Glass Doors welcome visitors inside the home. The team used antique barn reclaimed wood beams and mantels for the double sided gas fireplace, as well as custom fabricated Charleston artisan railings.

Rolled/eased trim moldings are seen throughout the house creating a modern look. Storm rated, seeded glass aluminum garage doors were used to assist in protecting against strong winds. The weather treated wood fencing is durable against the Lowcountry climate, as is the Hardie Plank and stucco exterior. The gravel walkways and driveway, and the stone pavers, offer a unique finishing touch.

For more information, visit fivepalmettoroad.com or wtphillips.com.

Giving back to the community that has supported them over the years in one way or another is part of the philosophy that drives business at Ledford’s Pest Control. Over the years, Ledford’s Pest Control has worked to support multiple organizations. One organization that they support is the East Cooper Meals on Wheels. This organization offers meal delivery services for qualified individuals. Ledford’s is involved in their annual fundraiser as a donor and advertiser. The Ledford’s team also provides pest control for East Cooper Meals on Wheels. In addition to their support of ECMW, Ledford’s also works to support the Jenkins Institute of Children, again assisting with fundraisers. These two organizations are just a couple of places where Ledford’s Pest Control puts their time, assisting in spreading the word of the missions that ECMW and the Jenkins Institute of Children portray. The Ledford’s team believes that hunger should not be something anyone should deal with and that children who are less fortunate need support; that is why they choose to assist these two local organizations.

For more information, call Ledford’s Pest Control at (843) 766-8298 or visit ledfordspestcontrol.com

Pilot, mother, wife, entrepreneur, home designer, Harvard graduate student (she finishes her masters degree in journalism this month), and our spring cover Paula Rallis manages it all. The Charleston Home + Design team spent time with Paula discussing all things design, travel, books, restaurants, and more. You’ve gotten to know Paula in the magazine. Now you’ll get an inside look into some of the design maven’s favorite things to do and places to go both in Charleston and around the world.

Favorite Coffee Shop
Vintage. I LOVE their lavender oat milk latte.

Favorite Color to Decorate With
Orange is specific to this house, but I would have to say black. I’m not afraid of black.

Must-Do Weekend Activities
Eat, paddle board, surf, More eating…

Top 5 Restaurants
Obstinate Daughter – my boy Frank is great.
167 Raw – I need a lobster roll in my life.
Chez Nous – for the French food and coziness.
Melfi’s – best pizza…ever. I’ve tested this with multiple people.
Trattoria Luca

Favorite Movie
Stepmom, very random but it is my absolute favorite, without a doubt.

Last Book You Read
Bringing Up Le Bebe which is a French parenting book about why French kids don’t throw their food and behave badly (laughs).

Top 5 Travel Destinations
Los Catalinas, Costa Rica
Hossegor, France
Montauk, New York
Laguna Beach, California
Santorini, Greece

Favorite Water Activity
Paddle boarding in Charleston is the best.

One Thing You Can’t Leave the House Without
My sunglasses.

Something People Don’t Know About You
I need a lot of alone time. I need to process thoughts and everything.

More and more homeowners are itching to get outside and enjoy their backyard patios as we enter the summer months. Outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly in the Lowcountry where dining outdoors stays popular year-round. Through companies like Palmetto Outdoor Kitchens, the backyard becomes more than a patio but rather a living space, with unique grill and fireplace designs that can tie together the entire area. One of the best ways to customize the patio dining space is by installing a grill set with a pop of color, either in the cabinetry or woodwork. By using vibrant whites or pastels, you can revamp the space to have a more bohemian, beachy vibe or modern accent to complement your dining set. The team at Palmetto Outdoor Kitchens offers grills, outdoor ovens, cabinets and other appliances to accent any and all patio spaces. 

For more information call Palmetto Outdoor Kitchens call (843) 216-0006 or visit palmettooutdoorkitchens.com

Light up the summer nights. Warm weather is here which means you can keep the outdoor party going into the night by illuminating your backyard. Add discrete LED fixtures around your yard to add light in smaller spaces creating a larger effect. String lights in different areas around the yard to tie in the warm feel. Adding light to your backyard can highlight different features, such as pathways. Not only does this add interest to your landscape, it is also a safety precaution, allowing easier navigation through the yard during nighttime hours. A popular trend in outdoor lighting are LED lights that change colors which lets you to set the ambiance for the night. Feeling a little lost with planning how to brighten your outdoors? Consult the experts. Reach out to Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and they’ll help plan and execute your lighting dreams. 

For more information about Outdoor Lighting Perspectives call (843) 412-5874 or visit charleston.outdoorlights.com.

Summer is upon us and it’s time to show a little love for your outdoor furniture. With a new season comes new trends. A conversational atmosphere can be created by placing your outdoor furniture closer together in order to cultivate a more intimate setting. Mixing different materials such as wood and steel will showcase a more eclectic design.  Opting for a classic look with wicker or rattan furniture allows you to be creative with decor and add in bright pops of color and fun patterns to stand out amongst the matching set. If you are unsure where to start with your outdoor space, start by bringing the inside out and take cues from the dècor on the interior. Although there are many routes you can take when selecting your outdoor furniture, one thing you should always remember is that durability is a must. If you are unsure where to find durable outdoor furniture head to Backyard Retreats to check out their vast selection. 

For more information, call Backyard Retreats at (843) 856-0049 or visit backyardretreatssc.com. 

Never before seen photos from our KMD Interiors Project File featured in our Fall 2019 issue.

Read the full story here: KMD Interiors

Photography by Callie Cranford