An Art-Driven and Color-Splashed Redesign

Above the mantel, a treasured abstract painted by Aboriginal women and a whimsical array of origami cranes created by the homeowner’s son tie the living room’s vivid color scheme together.

It was during a fateful first trip to Charleston that the artist/client wandered into the boutique, discovering an instant attraction to its art-infused point of view. Seeing this as a harbinger of good things to come, she signed a design contract almost as soon as she purchased her circa 1840 house in Harleston Village.

The homeowner wanted a modern dining room, so Mitchell and Hill chose an iconic Saarinen tulip table with nearly indestructible Italian-made Lucite chairs surrounding it. The metal cabinet in the back was a bit of a sticking point for its utilitarian design. “I was hesitant at first,” Mitchell admits about the makeshift sideboard. However, once it was installed and accented with funky lamps, objets d’art, and another of the owner’s abstract canvases, the ultra-functional piece fit right in.

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