by Lydia Somerville | Photography by Gordon Beall
When Janet and Jim Trebilcock bought a piece of land in Debordieu, South Carolina, they naturally turned to Charlotte Comer, the Dallas designer who had worked on their primary residence. “She was a great asset in choosing colors and accessories,” says Janet Trebilcock. “She introduced me to great kitchen cabinetry designers, lighting specialists, and linen sources.” In contrast to the rigorously traditional English style of their Dallas home, this vacation retreat features an easy mix of antiques and contemporary pieces, mingled with a few oddities.
Early in the process, the Trebilcocks took their design team up in a cherry picker at the building site to give them vantage points for the second and third stories of the future house. Working with architect Shane Rogers and builder Bill Singleton, Comer set about creating a structure in keeping with the area’s Lowcountry architecture. The first floor, at ground level, holds the foyer and guest rooms, while the second and third floors, with access to sea breezes, comprise the main living and entertaining spaces and the master bedroom. The loosely Southern Tidewater house features plentiful balconies adorned with a decorative railing that Comer is especially proud of. “When we traveled, we would drive around looking at railings. We found this one in Wilmington, North Carolina,” she says. “I think it really makes the house.”