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It’s time for one of our favorite traditions! Each year, we spend the holidays reflecting on the stories and articles you loved most. It’s the “Best of Rue” and this is one of 2019’s top stories. Enjoy!

Previously published on August 22, 2019:

“We often call the scope of our work ‘empty lot to pillowcases’, and this was no exception,” designer Cortney Bishop mused about the home she was brought on to design for a family of 6 on Kiawah Island. “It was a true gut renovation that took the 1970s oceanfront house down to the studs as recommended by the architect, Mark Maresca.” Based in New York City, the family has been visiting Kiawah for years and decided to take the plunge to buy a beach home for long weekend retreats, vacations, and holidays. It was a 3-story spec home with five bedrooms and 7 and a half bathrooms that had lots of potential but needed a complete design overhaul.

“The Clé ‘Robusto’ tile used on the kitchen floors was definitely a jumping-off point for the rest of the home’s finishes,” the designer said. “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.” She kept the color palette limited to ensure that the look of the home didn’t overpower the expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean. “The goal was to enhance the view, not take away from it, so we mixed textural fabrics and in a tone on tone scheme,” she explained. Cortney sourced elegant Calacatta Gold marble from a local stone yard that was used throughout the house – most notably the wet bar in the living room. To pair sophistication with the home’s graphic patterns, she used Waterworks as a resource for faucets and lighting, such as the pendant lights over the kitchen sink.

Cortney and her client we on the same page about bringing in personal touches to the home. “One of the unique things about this client collaboration was her knowledge of both timeless furniture frames and craftsmen that were relatively new to the scene,” Cortney shared. The lighting over the kitchen island, for example, was made by ceramicist Andrew Molleur for Materia. “Personally, I love when you walk into a home and it doesn’t feel like a trade showroom… new pieces intermixed with classics that have a story,” she said.