Tropical Decor Features Inside Renovated House In South Carolina


Design studio Basic Projects and architect Heather Wilson have revamped a South Carolina house, pairing white walls and concrete floors with colourful vintage decor.

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Working together, Wilson and design duo Kate and Ben Towell of Basic Projects have completely reconfigured the layout of the house, which is located on Sullivan’;s Island, an island at the mouth of Charleston’;s harbour.

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Interiors walls were stripped down and resurfaced, the existing roof, staircase and fireplace were replaced. These were then paired with furnishings and fittings that take cues from the client’;s surf trips to Fiji and Hawaii, including a set of 3 French doors.

“The French doors are mahogany and meant to enhance the Hawaiian bungalow feel of the new roof,” said Wilson.

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Polished concrete floors and white walls feature alongside vintage pieces from Hawaii. Other elements include brass fixtures, paper lanterns, organic linens, hand-dyed pillows and wool rugs.

“The clients love the Outrigger Club in Hawaii, so we found an original Outrigger canoe paddle from the 60s, and put it next to a few of their Surfer’;s Journal magazine collections framed on the wall,” said Kate and Ben Towell.

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Basic Projects often uses second-hand finds and tropical inspiration for its projects – with recent examples including a restaurant in the local area.

The same goes here. A living room, which was originally a garage, has 2 light-coloured sofas and a wicker peacock chair with vintage pink Hawaiian fabric. Other pieces include a poster of Hawaii from the 1950s, a vintage map, and an old hula girl photo.

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The tropical aesthetic is completed with dozens of potted plants, a surfboard, and a taupe-and-blue painting by artist Ty Williams.

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The house contains 2 storeys, with living and sleeping areas on the ground floor in a new L-shaped plan, and a small attic and study upstairs.

At the entrance is a foyer and a bathroom, followed by a hallway featuring an airy timber staircase and a wet bar with dark wood cabinets.

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The open-plan kitchen and sitting area is divided by a white plaster fireplace with 2 built-in floating benches and an alcove for storing wooden logs. This space also includes a minimalist oak dining table and 2 benches, and a kitchen with white countertops and pale wooden doors.

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On the other portion of the residence are 3 bedrooms, 2 of which have private bathrooms.

Light teal walls colour a bedroom and a bathroom, evocative of the ocean. “One of the guest rooms we call the Hawaiian Room. We took more inspiration from 1950s Hawaii than the current day,” said the design duo.

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A vintage Hawaiian lamp is on a nightstand, and the homeowner’;s guitar is displayed as well.

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Vintage objects populate restaurant in Charleston by Basic Projects

Photography is by Olivia Rae James.