OK, as promised I am sharing about another great store in Mt. Pleasant SC.  If you were ever looking for a source stock full of lighting choices than this is your destination, Candelabra Lighting & Home Decor. They offer high end lighting fixtures and home decor.

Upon entering you will feel like you have been transported into the magical place of lighting land where your are surrounded by all things beautiful and shining.  You will not have to crane you neck looking up to discover beautiful fixtures in this store because they are hanging right there at eye level where you can give them an up-close and personal inspection, making it easy to see the quality of the materials and craftsmanship.

 It only takes a minute to adjust to the overwhelmingness of your surroundings and then you can begin to focus in on the individual pieces like the wooden honeycomb shade on the Angeline by Mr.Brown. Hand crafted from hardwood pine with a distressed finish and solid brass detailing on the lantern.

Loved this Bling Chandelier by Robert Abby Inc. shown in a polished nickel finish with beautiful glass teardrops.

The oval version of the Bling Chandelier in Deep Patina would make a stunning presence over any dining room table.

If you prefer a more rustic look you may like this piece by Made Goods the Bruna Chandelier which was inspired by nature. Pairs of gently curved gesso spires radiate outward from a center ring.

Check out the assortment of styles in this picture.  If you are looking for something a little retro you may like this Jonathan Adler Sputnik small pendant through Robert Abby Inc.  Available in polished nickel and antique brass.

 For a little French influence try this fixture the Arteriors Stedman Iron and Blue Glass Chandelier.

I am just in love with drum shaped lighting, whether it is a chandelier or a pendant does not matter.  This Astoria Round Pendant by Lit Modern is so classic with it’s black shade and polished nickel finish.


Smaller pendants are available in various styles and finishes.

When you finally bring your eyes back down to earth your will find their fine selection of home decor but I imagine when you leave your head will still be in the clouds.   –  Marianne

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Steven Shell Living

I have a few more posts to send out to you before I finish covering my trip to Charleston, SC so today I am sharing about a new store to the area, Steven Shell Living.  Steven Shell of London opened a retail store right outside of Charleston in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  The store is packed with interesting and unique furniture designs, classic upholstery, accessories and art.  A wide range of finishes are offered from the nice and neutral to the bold and beautiful.  All surprisingly priced with quality workmanship.  I fell in love with the painted cabinets and particularly the aqua black combination.  I know you are not surprised by my color preference.

Steven Shell Living Store Charlston

book shelf

Hand painted chest by Steven ShellCheck out this beautiful hand painted chest that looks like it is draped in fabric.  Such a fun piece.

turquoise cabinet Steven Shell Living

Circle detailing on the cabinet doors combined with the beautiful aqua finish lends a modern feel to this piece.

linen bird cage pillow

This was the sweetest little side chair.  It was upholstered in a bulkier weight linen type fabric and had the most delicate lines.  It could surely be a nice addition to anyones home.

wooden planters

Unique lighting



Interesting light fixtures made out of a variety of materials.  Nice size and scale if you need something larger.  Tip alert: When you are shopping for specific items for your home be sure to bring your measurements with you.  In large stores like this it can be difficult for you to judge the scale of items.

botanical wall hanging

I do love these botanicals that are painted on canvas.  Wall hangings are a great option to traditionally framed prints.

turquoise bench

These rich painted finishes are sure to please any color lover.  Remove the throw pillows and place this bench with it’s intricately carved back against a colored wall to add a little style and personality to any space. 

Steven Shell Living

Yellow paint and multi colored striped fabric creates a sunny setting for meals with this table and chair combination.

rustic table

 A great way to add interest to any interior is to use something unexpected or not the standard.  I think either of these two pieces would make a great kitchen island or prep space.

Kitchen Island

pine desk

Even if you are not in the market for any furniture at this time I recommend you go ahead and check out this store when in the area.  It will still be a rewarding experience and a pleasant part of your day.  Just be sure to think about your measurements before you get carried away on purchases.  After working all the doors and mechanisms of a beautiful large black cabinet with aqua interiors someone at my house got so excited envisioning this piece at home on our upstairs landing that he was reaching for his wallet.  Luckily his personal interior designer was there to inquire exactly how he intended to get that large a piece up to the second floor.  Actually, I loved it too so I did not automatically think through it at first myself.  Isn’t it great that you can get that inspired by a piece of furniture.  You can check Steven Shell Living out on facebook here.

My next post will feature Candelabra Lighting & Home Decor which is not to far down the street from Steven Shell Living.  Happy Shopping.   –  Marianne

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South Of Market combines the things I love: interesting pieces, a variety of textures and materials, and pops of color.  When put together these elements create an fun and inviting space.

South Of Market Storefront in Charleston SC
SOM or South Of Market specializes in unique french antiques, accessories and lighting.  Step inside their store to get a lesson on mixing and matching curiosities, patterns and color.  Stacked floor to ceiling with all things interesting it is sure to inspire and and stimulate your creativity.
Orange wing chair and cocktail table ottoman pop against neutral furnishings and walls.

This display does a great job of showing how color can transform a space when you choose or are stuck with neutral colored walls.  There was a great selection of prints throughout the store and I love how they were mounted on glass with simple dark frames.  Art work is a crucial element to finishing a room so be sure to include it in any design budget.  I promise it is well worth the investment.

Bead and Metal Chandelier
One of the most engaging things about the store was interesting and unique lighting. Materials ranged from beads, metal and woven materials like above to glass, wire, and transformed objects.
 Tone on Tone Design
The above tone on tone works nicely because of the mix of materials and textures.  The lighting over this table was so unique and gave such an industrial vibe.  The picture does not show it off well but this pair of very large drum lights over this table was impressive in person.  I am not sure what they were made from but it looked like culvert pipe.  Who would have thought.

Neutral upholstery is a great idea particularly if you like to change it up frequently or hate to commit to one color because you are afraid you will like this years hot new color better.  Changes can easily be made to less expensive items like pillows, picture frames and other accessories.

Natural and found objects can add warmth to a space and connect the inside to the outside.  Lots of interesting objects can be found here like the straw sculptures on the wall.

Decorative glass is another option for adding color accents in a room.  These throws were wonderful. So soft to the touch, a nice weight and available in many colors.

SOM stores ate located in Atlanta, Virginia Highland, and Charleston.  Check out this link for design ideas from SOM.  That’s my bag there.  I could not resist one of those beautiful throws.  It’s extremely comfy and reminds me of our wonderful weekend in Charleston.      – Marianne

Today I thought I would share pictures of some of the beautiful iron work I saw in Charleston.  It is everywhere you look.  Styles vary widely  from simple geometric shapes to intricate detailed designs.  Iron work lends interest and beauty to what ever space it frames.

Love everything about this, the iron on the windows, the ivy and brick, and the beautiful iron gate.  Perfect.

Learn about the renowned Charleston blacksmith Philip Simmons.  He fashioned more than 500 decorative pieces of ornamental wrought iron.

Are you envisioning where you can add some wrought iron?  I know I am.     –  Marianne

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Charleston is an amazing city. Rich with history and culture, vibrant and stimulating, offering an endless supply of things to see and do. This trip reminded me of where my love of wrought iron, architectural detail, shutters, and neatly manicured courtyards came from. I first visited Charleston when I was in college and my interior design class traveled from the mountains of NC to experience the design influences offered by Charleston SC.

Today I thought I would share some of the beautiful pictures I took in Historic Downtown Charleston.

Beautiful dentil molding softened with a curving arch combined with a lions head door knocker creates an inviting entrance.

Love the color of these carriage house doors and the contrast of the wrought iron hinges.
Verandas or “piazzas” on every floor who would not love that?
Colorful row of Charleston Single Houses. An architectural style only one room wide with the narrow end facing the street. Designed to help cross ventilation before there was air conditioning.
Two Meeting Street Inn according to our tour guide the land was a gift from a father to a daughter and her new husband. She was instructed to build what ever she wanted and this is what she built. His home is down the street, the Calhoun Mansion.

The Calhoun Mansion is open for tours and truly a masterpiece. The entrance is breathtaking.


Intricate iron work is one of my favorite things to see in Charleston.
One of the many steeples you can see in the “holy city” of Charleston.
It was difficult choosing from the many pictures that I took. I hope you liked what I picked. I get so inspired by great architecture. If you have never been to Charleston I hope you will plan a trip and get there someday. You will not regret it. As I said it is an amazing city. – Marianne