Home Envy: Cozy Chic in Kiawah

I used to vacation at Kiawah Island over the summers and, even as a young child, I’d gawk at the stunning homes nestled all across the private island. Whether they have beach views, marsh views, or just views of other stunning houses, all homes on this island are situated on prime real estate, and the style and elegance of the homes shows that these homeowners and designers are here to make a statement.

This home was a complete gut job. The original home was built in the 1970s, but didn’t live up to its oceanfront expectations, so architect Mark Maresca and designer Cortney Bishop took on this project, the scope of which they called “empty lot to pillowcases,” showcasing the amount of effort and time they put into making this the perfect space for the family of 6.

The color palette is mostly neutral in order to not take away from the vast ocean views. The surroundings play the role of color pops in this home, while the interiors boast muted colors but bold patterns and shapes.

“The goal was to enhance the view, not take away from it, so we mixed textural fabrics and in a tone on tone scheme,” said Bishop.

Both designer and homeowner emphasized the importance of personal touches in the home, to avoid having it feel like a showroom and instead making it feel like a home. The pendants over the kitchen island were sculpted by ceramicist Andrew Molleur for Materia.

According to the designer, the kitchen tile served as a starting point for the design in the rest of the home. “It offered a graphic punch in both color and pattern, but also had a classic, old-world feel to complement other features of the home,” said Bishop.

The texture in the living room lives primarily on the floor and the ceiling; the soft patterned rug serves as a textured anchor for the light and airy furniture while the wooden ceiling caps off what would be an endlessly escalating space of bright and airy tones.

The back facade of the house faces the ocean, so the architect was sure to fill the space with as many windows as possible to ensure natural light and ocean views at all times.

Tori BilasComment