A Gorgeous Charleston Townhouse Is Even More Charming After a Modern Kitchen Reno
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Name: Taylor DeBartola, Will Shalosky, Lady + Trish (both English bulldogs)
Location: Downtown Charleston, South Carolina
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 years, owned
Designer Taylor DeBartola first fell in love with this Charleston home’s plaster walls, soaring ceilings, tall windows, original hardwoods, and cast-iron fireplace mantels when he and his partner Will bought it. After spending almost a year adding their personality with color, wallpaper, and fun art, Apartment Therapy toured the inspiring townhouse in 2018. A home full of history—and updated through the decades—Taylor and Will are back to show off this home’s newest changes. “We thought we really loved our home before, but after taking a second phase of renovations on, we’ve been able to dial up on some of our favorite things: hosting more dinners, parties and impromptu get togethers and continuing to use the space as a rotating gallery,” explains Taylor.
Though it’s a townhome without any windows on the sides, there’s still a ton of light, something Taylor has harnessed in the room’s designs and updates. From maximizing the light in the kitchen, to contrasting with it using dark colors on the living room’s walls, the entire home is a mix of incredible details and modern additions.
“The place gets a extraordinary amount of light and I treasure the look of light pouring in through lead glass windows. I’m a sucker for the old details, the squeaky floorboards, and the weird quirks,” Taylor describes. “There simply aren’t many apartment spaces in Charleston with this kind of scale and a real grand outdoor space that opens directly onto the kitchen and living areas. Most of the time, whether working or relaxing, you can find us in that outdoor space with the door to the kitchen open and dogs running inside and out chasing the sun and then laying on the cold wood floors inside.”
Alas, Taylor and Will have already moved on to their next home adventure: They just moved, selling this townhome entirely furnished! They’re already remodeling a house from 1870 (actually just down the block) and Taylor reports he’s added designing and selling homes turn key to his design business.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Inspiration: The inspiration for this house came from Julianne Moore’s townhouse, which was on the cover of Architectural Digest in October of 2017. Over time, and with travels to Italy, Spain, and back and forth to NYC for projects and art shows, the space began to take on a well-traveled, layered, and “internationally eclectic” feel.
Favorite Element: The kitchen. Even though it’s a galley kitchen, its proportions really allow for gathering and many cooks in the kitchen at once. Particularly, I love the light fixture from Trueing Co. and the way the green ceiling looks morning, noon, and night.
Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge was to fit all of the elements of a kitchen, plus a washer and dryer and hot water heater into the space, while still making things functional, quiet, and hidden!
Proudest DIY: DIY and I have a hard time together, but I did, with the help of a friend, transform the hallway space by removing interior windows that opened to a shared hallway, wallpapered it in seagrass, and then hung a rotating gallery of art across this 16-foot stretch. I also fabric dyed the chairs in the living room!
Biggest Indulgence: The built-in Miele coffee machine in the kitchen.
Best Advice: Get creative with your surfaces, shop the stone other people don’t want (because it costs less), and give yourself permission to get the best possible appliances you can afford.
What’s your best home secret? I live and BREATHE for a dehumidifier (pun intended). There’s nothing to maintain the freshness of a space and keep upholstered items at their best than a dehumidifier. The 100% linen drapes in the bedroom can grow by up to 3” when humidity is higher, but a couple of days running the dehumidifier in there and they snap back to normal.
PAINT & COLORS
- Benjamin Moore — Black Panther – living room
- Fine Paints of Europe — Dutch Door Green – ceiling of kitchen
- Cabinets done in Egret gray
- Wallpaper is Phillip Jeffries arrow-root grasscloth
- Farrow and Ball — Charlotte’s Locks – accent wall of bedroom
- Console table — Gabby
- Lamps — Vintage
- Rug — Vintage