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Marsh Front


Contemporary Marsh-front Folly Beach House


After long work days in downtown Charleston the Fennellys decided they wanted to end everyday relaxing on the beach. It wasn’t long before they bought a marsh-front home at Folly Beach, South Carolina, which they raised-up to elevate it above flood tides and then completely redesigned.

Patti Fennelly contacted Sue Mac at Divine Creations after seeing the firm’s work at “The Loggerhead”, a beautiful ocean front home also on Folly Beach.

The Fennellys had already made a selection of hand scraped teak wood for the floors, not surprising since Peter Fennelly was the proud winner of the 1992 America’s Cup sailing regatta. They also had selected black kitchen cabinets and contemporary glass doors. With a 2 year old and another baby due in a few weeks they needed help in color choices, countertops, fireplace and front door entrance stone selection, dining room, master bath, children’s rooms, guestroom, playroom, powder room, office, stair rail and many other details.

A palette of warm earthtones and metallics became the foundation for the design of this contemporary home.

The Fennellys chose a luminous rectangular glass tile from Charleston Architectural Glass, for their backsplash over the stove and counters. The tiles continue up the wall to meet the 10 ft. ceiling. Contemporary stainless steel appliances and range hood offer a bounce of light. Polished granite embedded with garnets, surfaces the bar dividing the open kitchen from the family room.

The family room’s hearth was treated to a cladding of rough-cut stone and a hammered copper detail, giving the hearth a distinctly Mission feel. The rectangular dry stack stone echoes the glass tile backsplash and brackets the family living space. Picking up from the mineral gray and warm gold tones in the fireplace stone, the room’s walls were painted with soft grays and gold in several shades. A large mirror with a deep moulding was painted a companion shade of silvery-gray and gold and feels like an architectural element rather than an ornament. Sofas, chairs and other upholstered seating were re-purposed due to time constraints and a new baby on the way.

In the dining room, sophisticated silver and graphite metallic walls and an aged brass metallic painted ceiling lend a luxurious richness to the almost square room. Divine Creations supplied a Julian Chichester ebony and polished nickel round dining table on which to center the room. An antique crystal chandelier was the finishing touch.

For the master bath Divine Creations continued the earthy metallic colors, selecting warm travertine 16×16″ tiles for the floor and various sizes of travertine for the shower and tub surround. Empradora dark marble was chosen for the countertops and varied shades of bronze and copper metallic paint for the walls and ceiling which created a very rich, dramatic look.

At the home’s entryway, the same stone from the family room was used around the door and on a flanking wall, creating a warm inviting sense of arrival.

Overall, this marsh-front Folly home is inviting, sleek, and as warm as the hearts of the family dwelling there!

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