Carriage House Studies
The Designer: With nearly 25 years of experience, Alexandre Fleuren has worked in almost every aspect of the design field, from historic Lowcountry properties to new urban spaces in Atlanta and custom homes throughout South Carolina.
The Room: Preferring to focus on a client rather than a motif, the designer envisioned this retreat’s inhabitant as a man with a keen interest in Lowcountry nature, photography, architecture, and history. To balance the textural brick wall, the designer commissioned Suzanne Allen to create a luster stone finish on the remaining walls. Wildlife photography by Chris Smith, hung in a grid, and a largescale painting of the Upstate foothills by Lynn Boggess, provide depth in the small space.
Man Up: Rely on strong contrast to evoke a masculine look. Here, a graphic cowhide rug enhances the patina of the homeowner’s desk.
The Room: Fashioned to be a space where the lady of the house can escape the noise and busyness of a home filled with children and guests, this study is a nod to sophistication and grace. To begin, Fleuren replaced old paneling with a stunning damask wall covering. An antique French planting table and desk add functionality to the beautiful suite. The Barbara Flowers painting, Venice, and original art by Jeff Erickson define the client: “traveled, elegant, and soft:’
Trick the Eye: Create vertical lines to visually raise the height of a room. In this tight space, the designer painted the narrow closet doors in a stronger color than the wall and devised drapery panels the full height of the room with a contrasting trim.
Click here for more CSOL Designer Showhouse project images. Alexandre worked with many of her preferred vendors on this project. Including, but not limited to: Thibaut Fine Furnishings, Poetic Pillow, Fine Rugs of Charleston, Chris and Cami Photography, Susanne Allen Studio Faux Finishing. . .