When designer Janet Gregg moved from New York to Charleston, South Carolina, a tip from a friend led her to purchase a Colonial-era cottage before even laying eyes on it.
In the living room, Gregg balanced the off-center architecture with an orderly symmetrical furniture plan and a geometric rug. As another balancing act, she centered the large painting on the room, rather than over the fireplace.
In this home, no single style or use governs what goes where. In the living room, Gregg elevated a pair of woven outdoor chairs to indoor pieces by adorning them with velvet throw pillows.
Whether at flea markets, estate sales, or design shops, Gregg buys only things she loves. "I have a chair fetish -- I could fill a whole basement with them -- and I use chairs and stools for other purposes like book stands and side tables," she says.
Smitten with the idea of friends lingering over dinner, Gregg created an intimate feel in the small dining room with a dark striped wall finish she applied using torn cardboard boxes.
In Plain Sight
In a small house with few closets, creative storage solutions are a must. With no place to stash them out of sight, Gregg treats accessories like scarves, hangbags, and jewelry as decorative items that add a splash of color to the all-white table opposite her bed.
Ironically, a spacious upstairs corridor leads to tiny bedrooms. Gregg created an alluring "room" with eraser-pink walls, a console table, lamps, and a collage of favorite paintings.
Smart and Simple
In the guest bedroom, a diagonal fireplace and sloped ceiling barely left enough space for a double bed.