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In South Carolina, a Century-Old Home for a Modern Family

by Garrett Fleming

In South Carolina, a Century-Old Home is Refashioned for a Modern Family, Design*Droits-Humains

Without a doubt, one of the greatest challenges I faced during my 10 months of chemotherapy last year was not being able to fly anywhere. In order to scratch the traveling itch, I’d often lie in my hospital bed and use the power of memory to whisk me away instead. One of the destinations that frequently occupied my thoughts was Charleston, SC, a place with some of the most beautiful streets I’ve ever seen. While on a history tour there in 2003, I learned how the city’s taken the time to number each of the cobblestones in their oldest roads so that after they’ve been removed and cleaned they can be placed back in the exact same spot where they were originally laid hundreds of years ago.

Over a decade after my visit, I’m thrilled to report the city’s eagle-eyed focus on putting their history first hasn’t wavered. And the immaculately maintained home of artist  proves it. Purchased from the president of the Charleston Historical Preservation Society, the century-old abode boasts original fireplaces, molding and enviable, built-in cabinetry. Needless to say, the Wallace family landed a fabulous move-in-ready option. All it required was a bit of modernizing to make it perfect for Lulie, her husband Harrison and their daughter Edy.

The process began with some structural renovations that, while slight, did displace the family for a bit. It wasn’t a problem though. Lulie and Harrison just camped out on the sofas of six of their closest friends while the team of builders went to work. Over the course of four months the crew refinished floors, revamped the kitchen and added in the finer details that would eventually set Lulie up for success once the decorating process got underway.

Unafraid of being bold, Lulie didn’t hold back when it came time to design. Instead she amplified the more modern updates as well as the home’s original details through a collection of colorful prints and patterns from her own textile collection. The living room, in particular, holds many of these gems. Look above the fireplace, and you’ll find some of her original artwork. Peek opposite it, and sunlight cascades through curtains in fabric by Lulie’s own hand. Below that, a lampshade in a floral motif, one of her staples, calls for you to unwind with a book in the halo of its glow.

Overall, Lulie’s touch is all over this gorgeous home and is, without a doubt, the reason it is such a looker. Scroll down to see every compelling facet she’s so thoughtfully incorporated into her family’s nest. You won’t regret it. —

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Image above: Strategically infusing her own line of textiles and artwork into her home — without totally overshadowing her husband’s design POV — was at the forefront of Lulie’s mind throughout the decorating phase.

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The home's previous owner was the president of the Charleston Historical Preservation Society, so there wasn't much heavy lifting to do when it came time to rejuvenate the space. It did, however, take four months for the Wallace family to put their personal stamp on the Charleston, SC home. During that time, the family bounced between the homes of their six closest friends.
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The couple installed vintage doors featuring (partially) stripped paint throughout their home. The technique gives each door a one-of-a-kind, worn-in feel.
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Easy to clean and easy on the eyes, this navy couch has proven to be a lifesaver for Lulie. She tells us toddlers and dark leather sofas are a match made in heaven. The mid-century coffee table is Harrison’s favorite piece in the entire home. “He loves it. He talks about it about once a week!” Lulie says.

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Lulie painted this silk piece above the living room's mantel.
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Mary Walker –- a Charleston art scene darling -– painted the piece above Harrison and Lulie's bed in the 1970s. Lulie scored it at an auction.
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Interior designer tracked down this vintage bench for the seating area in the pair’s bedroom.

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These dressers fit so perfectly into the nooks on either side of the mantel in Lulie and Harrison's bedroom, you'd think they were custom. Nope. They're from West Elm.
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 – one of the family’s neighbors – painted the deer above the mantel in Edy’s nursery, Lulie’s absolute favorite room in the home.

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This changing table used to be a TV stand and has been with the couple since they first moved in together years and years ago.
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The "well-appointed" kitchen has everything this small family needs. It opens up to the dining and living room, so entertaining is a breeze.
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This mini gallery in the kitchen serves as further proof of just how important art is to this creative family.
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The guest bedroom's daybed allows it to function as both a playroom for Edy and a lounge for Mom and Dad. To create it, Lulie paired together two separate headboards from Wayfair.
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Curling up on the daybed and watching movies is one of Lulie's favorite pastimes.
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"The black painted tub is original to the house and is where Edy gets all her bubble baths," Lulie shares.
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A handwritten note from Lulie.
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The home's floor plan shows the kitchen, living and guest room on first floor and the family's bedrooms on the second.
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Source List

Window treatments throughout – Convey

Living Room
Leopard club chairs – Custom
Blue leather couch – Anthropologie
Floral lampshade, roman shades, leaf upholstery fabric – Lulie Wallace
Vintage yellow lamp – 17 South Antiques
Side tables – Scotts Market

Owners’ Bedroom
Bed drapery – Lulie Wallace
Bed – Restoration Hardware kids
Bench – 17 South Antiques
Dressers – West Elm
Side table lamps – Urban Outfitters
Rug – Celadon

Nursery
Wallpaper – Lulie Wallace
Curtains – Restoration Hardware
Crib – Babyletto

Guest Bedroom
Daybed – Wayfair (two queen headboards put together)
Yellow rug – Angela Adams
Black console table – 1st Dibs
Wicker armoire – Craigslist
Antique black chair – 17 South Antiques

Kitchen
Wishbone chairs – West Elm
Stools – Wisteria

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Comments

  • Another confirmation that an all-white kitchen with pops of color and floating shelves is my new design aesthetic. Time to roll up the sleeves!

  • The use of color and pattern, along with the arrangement of their gorgeous artwork, are absolutely amazing. This home is so inspiring and happy. The nursery is probably my favorite spot in the house. That green paired with wallpaper that is both soft and bold at the same time, is just beautiful. And I love that it is paired with the gray zebra print rug. I would love to know the source for the curtains in the guest room. I am guessing, that they are custom, but would love to know the fabric if they know it.

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