18th ANNUAL TOUR OF HOMES
Photos © Sandy Dimke
Designer: Buds and Blooms | Home Sponsor: Lowcountry Insurance
This home was built in 1883 by sea captain John O’Brien and his wife Katie. The original plan was two rooms over two rooms with a central hall on each floor. Double verandas face the Beaufort River. The floors are the original red pine. Additions have been made to the house throughout the years and was even converted into a multi-family dwelling during the 1940’s. It was later converted back to single family home when it was sold to Anne LaRoche Nettles for $2250 in 1946. The Kresch’s have updated a number of rooms while keeping the historical integrity of the home. For example, the dining room mirror covers the original window to the back of house that BOAR requested be left in place in case someone wanted to restore the house to its original state.
There is so much more history to this house that will be shared on the tour. You will also have a chance to stroll through the beautiful front garden and enjoy the amazing views of the Beaufort River from the veranda.
Buds and Blooms will present a Hanukkah theme featuring dramatic florals using blue, white and gold touches throughout, centered around traditional family pieces.
Designer: Elizabeth O’Herron Interiors | Home Sponsor: Sutton Construction Company
This lovely cottage was built in 1870 by William Richey who fought in the Civil War on the Union side. The master bedroom addition was added in the mid to late 1900’s featuring an amazing view of the Beaufort River. The home was recently restored over the last year and an English garden was added in the back. The plan was to mix the original floors and prairie windows with modern art and contemporary furnishings.
Elizabeth O’Herron was the interior designer during the renovation of the home and will add her holiday touches with boxwood garland and a festive Christmas tree on the front porch. She will set a neutral non-traditional table in the dining area and continue the look with a tree in the living room decorated with natural elements such as palm fronds and peacock feathers.
CUTHBERT HOUSE – Pierre Edward & Connie Binot
Designer: Urban Nest | Home Sponsor: Live Oak Builders
The Cuthbert family (descended from the youngest son of a Scottish laird) built their coastal home in 1790 to escape the heat and insects of their inland plantation during the summer season. This Federal style home was built at an angle to catch the best breezes. In 1861 the Union army arrived and General Rufus Saxton claimed the house for his own quarters during the occupation.
One of the most interested things guests discover at the Cuthbert House is the signatures that some of the Union soldiers scratched into the marble of the fireplace in what is now the Eastlake Suite.
Saxton sold the house 10 years later when it was then remodeled in the Victorian style, expanding the front porch and adding the two story north wing including the conservatory, dining room, kitchen and butler’s pantry.
The Cuthbert House Inn is now one of the most popular Bed and Breakfast accommodations in the area. Urban nest will add to the charm of this beautiful home with the holiday theme “Bringing Back the Old Time Spirit of Christmas” using a collection of vintage brass horns and candle sticks, vintage Christmas ornaments, up-cycled greenery and holiday floral to showcase how to incorporate vintage treasures into our modern day.
HARVEY HOME – North Street
Designer: Maison Beaufort featuring Buxus Greenery | Home Sponsor: Grayco Hardware & Home
Built 6 years ago around a beautiful oak tree, this home is a modern interpretation of historic Beaufort. It appears cottage-like from the outside but inside it opens up to an amazing space with beautiful cove ceilings decorated in soothing grays with bone white walls and linen trim. Fabulous windows surround the house bringing the outside in. The décor reflects East meets West with family collections and years of acquiring western art and Indian artifacts. Downstairs features a suite with bedroom, bath, mini-kitchen, office and additional outdoor space. A true sanctuary!
The design team will use all fresh greenery throughout. It will also feature an amazing collection of antique ornaments and collectibles including a Santa collection and antique feather tree with real candles. This home is a show-stopper!
BAKER HOME – Newcastle Street
Designer: Pier 1 Imports-Barb Farley | Home Sponsor: Allison Sutcliffe Greco, Realtor
This quaint cottage style home was built in 1890. Formerly used as a guest house for the Beaufort Inn, it was recently renovated from a two guest suite house to a single-family home enlarging the side of the house where the kitchen in located. It features two fireplaces with rustic wood mantles, beamed ceilings and beautiful hardwood floors throughout. The front porch, complete with rockers, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy all that downtown living has to offer.
Decorated for the holidays by Barb Farley from Pier 1 Imports, it will feature a Christmas Party theme complete with a rotating Christmas tree. It promises to be a real gem on the tour.
Designer: Dataw Garden Club | Home Sponsor: Charles Heyman Quality Construction & Remodeling
This Plantation Style home was built in 1830. It was formerly the Craven Street Inn but was purchased in 2012 by the Tomy’s and renovated back to its single-family heritage.
You immediately feel welcome as you approach the home through the beautifully landscaped front gardens. Entering the home, you will step back in time as you are surrounded by architectural wonders, history and antiques from all over the world. Be sure to take note of the large George III sofa circa 1775 that was acquired from Flaxley Abbey Estate (Downton Abbey) in England and a French grandfather clock that is one of the first of its kind circa 1700’s. There are fireplaces in every room and the floors are the original refinished heart pine. Each room has a story.
You will be able to tour the entire main floor of the residence as well as the Freedman’s Cottage in the back. The Carriage House and Freedman’s Cottage now serve as VRBO rentals.
Dataw Garden Club will use natural materials to create a Lowcountry festive holiday setting that will compliment this historic beauty.
Designer: Sweet Bay-Maggie Engstrom | Home Sponsor: Corriveau Insurance Agency, Inc. State Farm
This loft style home is located on Bay Street above Regions Bank on the 3rd floor. The building was designed and built around 1975. The 3rd floor has had numerous uses over the years including occupancy by the DEA from 2003-2013.
After that time the owners decided that it would be better suited to a residential space and was gutted and renovated. The only remnant of the DEA is the jail bench that currently sits next to the elevator doors. They opted to keep as much of the living space open as possible with views encompassing the church steeples north of Bay as well as the park, ICW and bridges to the south. The exposed concrete pillars and beams are imprinted with the texture, grain pattern and color of Cypress wood which gives it the open, contemporary feel. This home has amazing panoramic views from both the indoor and outdoor living spaces.
This unique home is over the top! It is filled with artifacts from around the world and special design touches. Maggie Engstrom’s theme this year is “Crescendo”. She plans to awaken the soul and holiday spirit with color, texture and metallic finishes that will tell a unique Christmas story. She will incorporate natural elements and botanicals to compliment the modern décor. You won’t want to miss it!