his year’s tour will feature 7 private homes in Dataw Island, all professionally decorated for the Holidays by local interior designers and talented artists, including Lynn Monday Home & Design, Sweet Bay- Maggie Engstrom, Pier 1 Imports- Barb Farley, Scout Southern Market- Ann Higgins, Kay Summers and The Spirits of Christmas, Macdonald Marketplace, Dataw Garden Club and W.E.D.- Katie V. Huebel.

Learn more below!

Maggie Engstrom

Maggie Engstrom AIFD-CFD, the owner of Sweet Bay, has been a floral designer for 25 years. She is a member of the American Institute of Floral Design and received her formal training in European Design in Germany with Gregor Lersch. Her work is nature inspired. She is known for floral compositions that are unique and beautiful regardless of your budget. Maggie also hosts in-store workshops and events as well as offering custom home design services.

Sweet Bay was established in 2010 on Bay Street. Due to the success of the shop, she was able to relocate to a larger Bay Street showroom allowing them to offer a larger array of home accessories, jewelry, bath products and gifts. They have an extensive permanent floral selection and their seasonal displays are amazing! Maggie’s team is the best and makes shopping there a treat.

Maggie is in her 8th season with Homes for the Holidays and her designs are always a crowd favorite.

A visit to her store is “a must” at 915 Bay Street, Beaufort or check out the Sweet Bay website at www.sweetbaybeaufort.com.

Ann Higgins

Ann and her family moved to Beaufort, South Carolina from the San Francisco Bay Area. As a “southern enthusiast” she has a passion for the people and products that inspire her love of the south, its culture, and traditions. After years of traveling the southern states, Ann was struck by the absence of a retail experience that celebrated the vibrant Southern Lifestyle. Thus, Scout Southern Market was born. Creating welcoming environments is a passion Ann exhibits in both her shop and clients’ homes. Ann feels fortunate to be involved in the community. She currently serves on the Board of The Downtown Beaufort Merchant’s Association, The Board of Historic Beaufort Foundation, and The John Mark Verdier House committee.

Visit Ann’s beautiful shop at 709 Bay Street in Beaufort or check out her website at scoutsouthernmarket.com.

Barb Farley

Barb has been a designer with Pier 1 for 5 years and in management for 3 years, doing demonstrations for store events, setting store displays and assisting thousands of customers that come into Pier 1 with swatches and pictures for help. She also enjoys giving design guidance to a few friends and neighbors not to mention making her own home a reflection of her talent.

She uses her creativity outside as well as inside and is working on a Master Gardener license this winter utilizing her extensive background in photography and digital design.

Coming from a family of artists, including carpenters, designers and stagers, Barb is grateful for the training and support that she has received from Pier 1 and her team, giving her access to ideas and design styles from all over the world and cites their motto, “This is me”.

Be sure to visit Pier 1 and see this season’s exciting Holiday décor and accessories at 32 Malphrus Road #117, Bluffton, SC or visit their website atwww.pier1.com.

Katie Huebel

Katie Huebel, owner and founder of WED, has been orchestrating weddings and events for over 20 years. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with degrees in Marketing and Business she utilized her sales background. She worked as a manager in staffing sales for over 4 years in Atlanta. Feeling the urge to tap into her marketing and creative side, Katie began the process of opening her own event planning firm. In 1998 Katie built the framework of what is now WED. They have been designing weddings and events not only in the Charleston and Beaufort markets, but also in Charlotte, Savannah, New York City and Saint John USVI. WED will enthusiastically travel anywhere a client chooses as their destination to create a memorable event in a fun and stress-free environment.

Growing up in an industry with a mother that is a florist gave her the tools needed to create a thriving and innovative business. Thanks to the hard work and creative style of the WED team, the company continues to thrive!

Stop in at Katie’s boutique located in Charleston at 123 Spring Street. She can also be contacted at her office in Newpoint Corners, Beaufort, 843-209-7272 or on her website, designedbywed.com.

Lynn Monday

Lynn Monday, owner of Lynn Monday Homes, has been a designer for more than 25 years. Raised in the Washington DC area, she is inspired by different cultures. You can see the reflection of this in her work.

Lynn and her team welcome you to explore her new store based in Cashiers, North Carolina. She also recently opened a store at 700 Bay Street in Beaufort, showcasing unique home décor, sophisticated style and custom design services.  As a recipient of The Best in the American Living, her sense of style is evident. By working in commercial spaces and homes, and through her furniture line, Lynn brings her clients The Best!

Browse Lynn’s website to see a sampling in her design gallery and enjoy some of the unique items that she offers for purchase at lynnmondayhome.com.

Macdonald Market Place

Macdonald Market Place is a special group of individual shops offering an eclectic selection of beautiful things for the home and garden. You can find everything from handcrafted wreaths and garlands to custom-made lampshades.

Enjoy the unique offerings of Buxus Greens Handcrafted Wreaths and Garlands, Lark Tabletop and Accessories, Oleander Heirloom Quality Wicker, Shades Custom Lampshades and Sommersalt Cowhide and Pillows, to name a few. These talented artisans will come together to present an amazing Holiday display at one of the beautiful homes featured at the 17th Annual Homes for the Holidays at Dataw.

Visit their store located at 853 Sea Island Parkway, Frogmore on St. Helena Island. They are open Monday-Saturday, 10-5PM. For more information about the shop and artisans visit their website at www.macdonaldmarketplace.com

The Spirits of Christmas

“The Spirits of Christmas” is a dedicated group of garden club ladies who have cumulative decades of experience with house tours, flower shows, and flower design for all occasions.

They happily volunteered for the opportunity to express the Spirit of Christmas at a grand home designed in the manner of the French Countryside featuring the homeowner’s vast collection of Chinoiserie and Delft ware.

These designers decorated this home in loving memory of Janet Phelps.

Dataw Island Garden Club

The Dataw Garden Club will transform the Sams Plantation Tabby Ruins and Dataw History/Learning Center into a Holiday spectacle that will be enjoyed by all Homes for the Holidays tour-goers. Complete with docents in period costumes, carolers and refreshments for the guests, this stop will be a highlight of the Tour.

The Garden Club was awarded a First Place certificate for the Most Outstanding Holiday Beautification project of a historic building. That award was given to the Club by the Garden Club of South Carolina during the state annual meeting in April 2018. The award was given in recognition of the decorating of the Sams Plantation Tabby Ruins and Cannery Library as part of the “Light Up The Night” luminary celebration held in December 2017. The decorating committee, led by Cindy Hooper, created a magical experience. This year’s celebration, under the direction of Peggy Sue Dale, promises to be another show stopper. The Homes for the Holidays Tour is excited to be able to offer this experience for all those attending this year.