interior design

Designer Series: Biggs Powell

Since moving to Charleston I have had the best time exploring the design scene here and getting to know the city. There are so many inspiring designers and shops - the hype is real y'all.

One such designer I have stumbled upon is Biggs Powell. He went to school in Mississippi and Atlanta and opened his first shop in midtown Memphis in 2002 in a restored Victorian clapboard. Sigh.

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Powell has been featured in House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle Decor...you name it. He was also featured as a Tastemaker with One Kings Lane twice in 2011, and it makes me sad that I missed out on those discounts. His website quotes, "His philosophy is simple: "attention to detail, a firm grasp of color, proportion, and balance, and most importantly function and comfort. What is appropriate for the client and the space comes first. The approach and style of a project will naturally develop as a result." I love that he says what is appropriate for the client and space comes first. It is so important to consider the voice of the space in which you are designing.

The Biggs Powell Interiors and Antiques Charleston location on Lower King opened more recently and is what caught my attention. Take a look for yourself...

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Who wouldn't want to immediately enter this place? I practically sprinted toward the doors. One of my favorite moments in Charleston was this summer during a particularly hot week when I tried to go by the shop, but it was closed. I swung by again around the same time when I was in the area the following week and mentioned that I had come by the previous week. The woman working there responded in a thick Southern drawl "oh, we aren't open if it's too hot dear."

I can get on board with that.

The burlwood...the marble obelisks...the cement sphere lamps and black shades...yep

Black mat gallery wall...obelisk lamps and red shades...stacks of fabric books...yep

This is my favorite shot of the store. The black wall has black lattice-back chairs hanging on it y'all. Plaster relief art, no fewer than three sunbursts, green velvet, what looks to be an Italian midcentury chair, and pleated silk lampshades. Let's not forget the abstract art. I could go on.....

I also really appreciate the fact that he has two shoulder mounts hanging in a Lower King design shop. Tugs at my Texas roots and makes me feel affirmed. In sum, do not miss this space if you are in the area!! The Weekender also did a great post on their recent trip to Charleston...they plan a complete weekend trip down to some fun details. Check it out!

xo

Whitney

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Project Reveal: Austin Kitchen Remodel

This Austin project was probably one of my favorites to date because of the kitchen AND the clients. It is always such a pleasure when those two things come together so well. The clients had even already installed the beautiful brick floor for me to work with. The bones of the house are traditional, so we had to keep this in mind with our design plan. The clients wanted a fresh and modern look, but still warm and consistent with the rest of the house.

The kitchen before felt closed in and a little dark - the greenhouse window and fur down were not helping the cause. My clients had already settled on totally rebuilding the cabinets, fur down, and moving the fridge - I did not have to do any convincing! As always when remodeling, there were some constraints we had to work around with the structure and budget. We decided to eliminate cabinets over the new range entirely to make room for a statement hood and made up for the lost storage by taking all of the cabinets to the ceiling. We also cased the new window and removed the more traditional woodwork on the ceiling.

Here is a before and after (I apologize for the iPhone after, but don't worry there are high quality pictures below):

After testing out different counter materials in the space we settled on an absolute back honed granite with brushed brass hardware. My favorite spot in the kitchen is the fabulous fireclay sink with the faucet in champagne bronze. The backsplash is a painted white brick that we extended to the ceiling and around the window. With the fridge in its new spot it created a more usable counter space across from the sink rather than having it broken up into smaller unusable sections. This area can now do double duty as a buffet or bar for entertaining!

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Photography by  Colette Creative

Photography by Colette Creative

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Overall the project was a huge success! Thank you to my clients for the opportunity to work with them, the talented Colette Creative for the beautiful photography, and Brooke at Bay Hill Design for consulting and wisdom :)