Cooking up plans for a custom open-air kitchen? Kim Wade finds her appetite in the elements. From Lowcountry boils and oyster roasts to down-home backyard barbecues, Savannahians have many reasons to dine, as the French say, en plein air. Kevin and Fabienne Dickinson have elevated outdoor dining to high art in their Wilmington Island home, perched along the picturesque Shad River. They had a little help from neighbor Franco Marra, Italian chef and owner of Frali Gourmet, who moved in next door a decade ago and invited them over for a pizza party.
At a bend in the serene Skidaway River, the Jaakkola family has created a most idyllic Isle of Hope sanctuary—especially for daughters Ava and Sophie, who make a splash in their own watery playground. Take a turn and step inside a true Southern charmer.
We spend most of our waking life at work—so isn’t it about time we made ourselves at home? Allison Hersh gets insider tips from a quintet of coastal creatives who are redefining their work spaces with a personal approach to design. Photography by Beau Kester
A dated Eighties-era dwelling finds new life as a rambling river cottage for the modern age. Kim Wade tests the waters. Photography by Richard Leo Johnson Add Warmth. The raised ceilings and butt board walls lead to another new element of the home—what the homeowner calls “the River Room.” Originally a screened-in porch, the space was unusable during winter months, so Eric installed new French doors, enclosed the area and incorporated a rustic fireplace. This created a welcoming space year-round—and extended the home’s entertaining possibilities.
A creative couple marries Old World elegance with present-day panache in an 1853 townhome renovation. Allison Hersh steps inside this stylish sanctuary. Photography by Richard Leo Johnson
Step away from the big box catalogs and online retailers, and take a walk with our associate editor through the Downtown Design District. You’ll find all the inspiration you need for home and hearth. Photography by TERESA EARNEST
When I’m in a design rut and in need of a creative excursion, I put on my walking shoes and head to the intersection of Whitaker and Jones streets to browse … and buy. Here, within the confines a few blocks, I’m uplifted by endless variety. For example, One Fish Two Fish is stocked with gilded clam shells, cow hides and textiles that invite me to touch. My mood is brightened by the fanciful lamps, sconces and chandeliers at Circa Lighting—and by the great deals at the annex across the street. Bottega Bellini makes me feel as if I’ve wondered into the waiting arms of a big Italian family, and Number Four Eleven never fails to yield the ideal wedding gift. Amy Paige Condon, Associate Editor[gallery columns="1" size="full" ids="15719,15718,15716,15715,15713,15714,15712,15711,15710,15709"]
Ghouls and goblins settle in during the witching season at a bright and whimsical Ardsley Park bungalow that’s anything but spooky. Judy Bean takes us on a spirited tour. Photography by Richard Leo Johnson
A lifelong quest to find a place on the water leads a Georgia native to a place called Hope. Amy Paige Condon follows the trail. Photography by Richard Leo Johnson
Sprawled along the picturesque Herb River, this family’s dream home took nine years to complete. Charlotte Nauert spends some time with the passionate people behind it. Photography by Richard Leo Johnson
Rethink Design Studio's step-by-step guide to detox your home of clutter.