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Old World I’On


Old World Style in I’On

In I’On on the corner of one of the new-urbanism community’s lovely lakes, stands a magnificent three story home with a roof top terrace. This beautiful southern home purchased by native Charlestonians, resembles a Charleston Battery-front mansion with its two wrap around porches with wrought iron railing and huge white columns. Divine Creations was hired to assist with a dramatic alteration of the interiors; relocating the kitchen and redesigning walls to open up the space. A three-story addition was constructed on the back of the house which increased the size of the home to almost 6,000 square feet.

The wife was a former model and traveled to Italy for short and sometimes long stays. She left her heart there upon returning to her home in the states but vowed to return one day. So it was no surprise when Sue Mac was contracted to create an ambiance of old world Italy for her home.

Sue Mac did just that by making very specific choices for the flooring, paint colors, countertops, lighting, and cast stone architectural elements Of special note are the living room floors of reclaimed heart pine wood laid in a herringbone pattern.

One of the home’s most striking elements is the cast-stone fireplace mantle and surround. Its color was custom designed by Divine Creations as artisans were preparing the mix. The result is the feeling of old limestone carved for a villa. Another of the home’s cast stone elements is the kitchen’s range hood; designed to emulate a similar remnant from a country home in Italy.

Backing the wall behind the range are antiqued mirror tiles that lend an old world feeling to the kitchen. The heart pine of the kitchen island contrasts with the cool Italian marble of the countertops, warming the kitchen visually. A farmhouse under-mount sink is fitted near a window. Cabinets are glazed a rich charcoal. The husband had a pair of much beloved stag horn chandeliers which were installed in the kitchen lending an air of an Italian hunting lodge to the whole kitchen. Between the kitchen and the living room the firm designed a case opening which is formed by two arches and one center elliptical arch. Tucked in under the arches on the kitchen side is a wet bar.

The final cast stone element is the half bath’s dolphin styled sink. The wife loves fish and wanted a very distinctive vessel in this space. Divine Creations designed the sink and mixed the color for it as well.

The dining room features deep crown moulding and marble tiles continuing the feeling of Italy.

Other flooring surfaces in the house include travertine and wool carpets in the bedrooms, including the distinctive child’s room. Using fabrics that were selected for their feminine feel, the infant’s room was designed to accommodate her as she grows.

Much of the family’s already acquired furniture, including the wife’s collection of French olive jars, was used to decorate the space. Divine Creations sourced antique chandeliers and wall sconces which were restrung to fit. Also sourced for the home were Italian Baroque style paintings and mirrors for over the fireplace and in the halls.

Other rooms not depicted but designed by Divine Creations include the media room, the home gym, the husband’s office and a mother-in-law suite.

A large project, this home became exactly the Italian space the wife desired when she contacted the firm.

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