By Marcia Fulk for The Island Connection
The eighteenth annual Kiawah Island Art and House Tour sponsored by Arts, etc., offers visitors a rare glimpse into the art and architecture of 5 spectacular private homes in the gated community of Kiawah Island. The tour takes place Friday, April 6 from 1-5 p.m.
The homes feature unique architectural designs, exceptional views and showcase the neighborhoods of the Settlement, Cassique and Ocean Park.
Proceeds from the house tour benefit the youth of Johns and Wadmalaw Islands through visual and performing arts. Arts, etc. is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization of Kiawah and Cassique women whose purpose is to raise funds, through donations and events, to support the arts in our greater community and to provide educational and social opportunities for our membership. Arts, etc. also supports the Gibbes museum of art and other local organizations.
The tour features five private homes in the Settlement, Cassique and Ocean Park neighborhoods.
This Louisiana inspired home sits quietly on the Kiawah River taking advantage of expansive river and marsh views.
A gallery running the length of the main house connects the two wings with glass-enclosed vestibules. One side of the home is anchored by the kitchen overlooking a gated fire pit surrounded by lemon trees, the other side by a large great room with a stone fireplace that opens onto a summer kitchen and an infinity pool.
The interiors are crafted with reclaimed limestone floors from France, large bronze doors and plaster walls. The exterior of the home is surrounded by flagstone hardscape rescued from a small historical Pennsylvania town.
Throughout the home, monotone latte colors enhance the many antique and architectural pieces with a smattering of collected artwork. Local Charleston artisans complete the detailing: Sean Williams’ mural in the breezeway; gothic metal stair railings by Sean Ahrens; and painted floors by Stephanie Poe. Among the interior woodwork, accents were done in recovered hemlock from upstate New York, and a library paneled in pecky cypress from Louisiana.
The French inspired kitchen complete with a screened dining porch, features an antique fireback from New Orleans, a working pantry and beautiful hand painted floors. Sprawling river views are enjoyed from the breakfast banquet.
European white oak engineered floors capture your attention as you enter the home with ceiling beams made of reclaimed wood. Muted earthtone and soft grays comprise the color scheme throughout. The first floor offers spectacular views of the Kiawah River. To the left of the entrance, Harmon doors open to a large Master bedroom suite, which has a “morning kitchen” for convenience.
Kevin Johnson Ironworks in Knoxville did the hanging mirrors in the front windows of the suite. The painting in the master bedroom was done by Kirk Butler from Charlotte, NC. As you transition from one side of the home to the other you will see a cast concrete mantel in the living room with a fireplace screen done by Johnson. There is an open kitchen with an abstract painting by Phillip Julian. Also of note is the leather hardware in the bar area which was done by Rocky Mountain Hardware and Waterworks. Leather granite tops in the kitchen are noteworthy. The kitchen transitions to a wonderful screened porch with a wood burning fireplace and outdoor kitchen complete with heat lamps for cool autumn nights.
There are textural paintings in the hallway, bath and laundry room that inspire. On the second floor there are a number of bedrooms for guests and family. Note the butterfly table in their daughters “princess” bedroom and the wonderful iron bed made by Kevin Johnson. Each room features porches with fabulous views.
The Ocean Park home “Moon Shadow”, is shaped by the site, nestled in nature and graced with light. From a partially enclosed auto court, arriving guests enter through a custom designed gate into an unexpected lush courtyard formed by three buildings connected by glass breezeways. The glass living room offers expansive views of Bass Creek and the courtyard. Strolling the house and gardens, guests view an eclectic collection of sculpture, photography and paintings by acclaimed artists. Biedermier furniture is featured throughout the house, as are custom and antique rugs, and new and antique mirrors. The kitchen includes custom cabinetry with heirloom glass panels.
Panoramic marsh views abound from the gardens, pool deck, and screened porch as well as four, second floor decks and a sleeping porch.
Step inside an authentic Italian Manse; everything in this new home is built with artisan craftsmanship of the highest order. From the true Venetian plaster and Jerusalem limestone walls to the reclaimed wood seen throughout the house, the focus is to provide a Renaissance feel combined with modern comfort.
A rare and stunning feature of the majestic living room is the groin vault ceiling. The baroque furnishings evoke the style of the 14th century with updated design for maximum ease and beauty. All of the cabinetry and the kitchen island were made in Italy as well as the hand-painted murals.
The home is situated on the 15th hole of the Cassique Golf course demanding awed attention. As visitors meander to the outside living area, the ocean creates a back loggia view that is truly unequaled.
Located within the Garden Cottages community of prestigious Cassique, this remarkable home exudes casual elegance and a substantially larger footprint than other homes in the neighborhood. As you meander through the stone walkways, relaxation is showcased with a sunken lawn and fire pit, outdoor kitchen, separate porticos and an infinity-edge pool.
The lagoon view promises stunning sunrises and sunsets. Through the expansive French doors, the spacious great room can be seen shimmering in natural light. Upon entering the distinctive foyer, oils by Erickson, Rothwell and Perry adorn the walls. The luxurious great room conveys an understated color palette that suggests serenity and comfort. Eclectic arrays of French and English antiques are instrumental in creating a striking mixture of textures and wood.
Completing the space is a well-appointed kitchen and dining area. An enormous en suite is introduced by a private library/lounge as you stroll to the back of the home. The Master suite is complete with 10” beamed ceilings and a Mary Erickson painting on display. The rest of the home has several additional guest rooms each beautifully decorated and designed for ultimate comfort and privacy.
Advance tickets for the Kiawah Island Art and House Tour are $55 each and can be purchased online at BrownPaperTickets. com (use the keyword “Kiawah”). Tickets are also available at Kiawah Island Real Estate offices at Freshfields Village, the main gate and The Sanctuary Hotel. Homes are not handicap accessible and children under 12 are not permitted.
Advance tickets purchased must be exchanged for a tour brochure at the Square in Freshfields Village on the day of the tour. Freshfields Village is located and the corner of Betsy Kerrison and Kiawah Island Parkwy. For more information about the Tour and Arts, etc. visit KiawahArtsEtc.org.