HOMES

Don’t miss these 7 incredible homes On the Point, all professionally decorated for the Holidays by local interior designers and talented artists. The use of face coverings is required inside the homes.

Photos © Sandy Dimke

ST. PETER’S HISTORIC CHURCH

Designer: Palmetto Garden Club | Home Sponsor: The Greco Group 

In 1846, Michael O’Connor, an Irish immigrant, built, at his expense, the first Catholic Church in Beaufort. On Nov. 14, 1846, Bishop Ignatius Reynolds dedicated this new Church to the Almighty God, under the patronage of St. Peter, prince of the Apostles. It is a fine example of Early Classical Revival Style, built of heart pine. All structural components are mortised and tenoned, creating a strong monolithic and cohesive wood frame, important for such a tall, wide-open and unbraced space that is subject to hurricane force winds. The stained glass window over the altar was added in 1899 and came from Atlanta. The church was lovingly restored in 2012-2013.

The church will be beautifully decorated by the Palmetto Garden Club in a simple and traditional Christmas design. Fresh greenery, wreaths, candles and flowers are reminiscent of the times years ago.

BASSETT HOME

Designer: Scout Southern Market – Ann Higgins | Home Sponsor: Sutton Construction Company

This beautiful Lowcountry home was built in 1909 and is sometimes referred to as “The Pat Conroy House”. It was where he wrote his phenomenal book, “The Water is Wide”. Extensive renovations were done in 1999-2000 including a total kitchen reconstruction and an addition added to a section of the second story. Beautiful landscaping adds to its Southern charm.

Scout Southern Market’s Holiday decor will complement the home’s collection of exquisite antiques and rich color palette. A mix of fresh evergreen and local foliage will be present throughout both the exterior and interior of the home. A whimsical nod to Pat Conroy will be displayed in the kitchen decorations.

JOHNSTON HOME
Designer: Tidal Creek Haven-Courtney Csernica & Gillian Csernica | Home Sponsor: Live Oak Builders

This amazing Southern charmer, also known as The James Rhett House, was built in 1886.Originally only four rooms, the house’s extensive renovations were completed in 2000, adding a beautifully paneled library and state of the art kitchen. The elegant chandeliers and fabulous crown molding take you back to an era of true elegance. Dual verandas provide a relaxing view of the Beaufort River, complemented by the century old oaks, camellias and azaleas that make this property a show stopper!

The designers from Tidal Creek Haven will transform this Southern beauty into an enchanting European holiday showcase. Greenery, natural elements and traditional Christmas decor will be used to create a cozy and welcoming home for the holidays.

YOUNG HOME

Designer: Urban Nest – Anita Boose | Home Sponsor: Your Beaufort State Farm Agents – Andy Corriveau & Amy Bowman

Fondly referred to as “The Periwinkle House” because of its fabulous color, this gorgeous Victorian is an absolute gem! Built in 1886, this home was built by E.A. Scheper along with two other identical homes in the same area. Beautifully renovated, you will appreciate the attention to detail throughout the house. Impressive mahogany pocket doors, original heart pine mantle and floors and beautiful artwork all combine to make this a very special home.

Urban Nest will bring in the spirit of Christmas using the beauty and perfection of the natural world. The rooms will be filled with natural elements, finely crafted goods, and objects of beauty to enhance a natural streamlined Christmas. The use of nature, dried botanicals, and other locally influenced foliage will trigger your senses and enhance your holiday season. It will truly be a historically inspired Lowcountry Christmas with an Urban twist

HARNETT HOME

Designer: Cabana22 on Bay – Nancy Hall| Home Sponsor: Lowcountry Insurance

After a lightning strike in 2010, this Beaufort River home was lovingly rebuilt with every modern convenience. Architectural elegance, classic design and the skills of Beaufort’s craftsmen make it warm and livable. The owner’s collection of regional maps from 1591 to 1734 and a lifetime collection of furniture and decorative arts make every room a joy to explore. Gullah dolls by African-American artist Barbara Russell of Port Royal are among the amazing treasures you will see.

Nancy Hall’s holiday design will include fresh greenery combined with touches of blue (to celebrate Hanukkah) & green (the homeowner’s favorite color), along with the owners’s shell collection, to create a “Coastal Holiday Treasures” theme. The side porch facing the river will have a fresh tree decorated with hand-made shell & coastal ornaments, along with blue & green decorative touches on other areas of the porch. The kitchen will include a touch of whimsy with glass jars filled with an assortment of blue & green candy with fresh greenery throughout. The dining room will contain silver bowls filled with shells, touches of blue for Hanukkah, & a menorah surrounded with fresh greenery. The table will be set for a traditional Hanukkah dinner for a perfect family holiday setting.

 

WIENER HOME

Designer: Sweet Bay – Maggie Engstrom | Home Sponsor: The Cunningham Team – Merrill Lynch |Garden Sponser: Buds and Blooms

The original George Moss Stoney house was built in 1798 in the Federal style and remodeled in 1838 in the Greek style. It has been through a number of renovations, bringing it to its modern day splendor without sacrificing its historic integrity. Inside you will experience the lavish feel of the décor and careful use of color throughout showcasing the antique flavor of the home. The view from the porches overlooking the Beaufort River and the stunning English gardens is spectacular!

Maggie Engstrom and her team will combine touches of glamour and whimsy to create a fabulous mix for this magnificent home. This is truly a special Christmas experience in a rich Lowcountry setting. The gardens alone are opulent. They will pull out all the colors of the rooms to create a tapestry of over-the top experiences everywhere you look. Must See!

ROBSON HOME

Designer: The Ballance Group – Annie Ballance | Home Sponsor: Grayco Hardware and Homes

The original home was built in 1795 in the classic Beaufort style. Later, bought by Kate Gleason in 1927, it was named the Gold Eagle Tavern in honor of the first coin minted by the U.S. government. You can still find the recipe for their famous Banana Meat Rolls. The business was closed in 1961 and the building torn down in 1971. Only part of the concrete basement remains.

The current house was built in 2011. This stately brick home has wrap around porches and panoramic views of the ICW. The dramatic entryway features an original Julia Anderson mural and stunning wood beamed cupola. The open flow and beautiful décor give this home a truly welcoming feel.

Annie Ballance will create a Lowcountry look using oyster shells for ornaments along with birds, pine cones & Spanish moss. Elaborately decorated garland will be featured inside and out complemented with tulle, satin ribbons and white poinsettias. Elegant, simple, graceful! A truly Southern approach to the Holidays!