Below is a selection of homes created by our interior designers.

June, 2019: Fabulous, Phased Interior Updates

When the owner of a six-bedroom home with a spectacular sound and oceanfront view sought to update their home, they reached out to Susan Henz. Rather than tackling the entire home, a phased approach was developed to methodically update the home as schedules permit.

Exceptional Views

Given the beautiful views, it was natural to start with the central gathering place of the home -- the living room. Understanding the home also serves as a rental property, the design needed to be visually impactful, functional and exceptionally durable.

Working with the homeowner, a budget and schedule were established to deliver maximum impact. A bright coastal, waterfront-living palate consisting of neutrals and whites, bright blues, and vibrant patterns was recommended.

Comfortable TV Viewing

To begin the makeover, a quality sectional sofa capable of withstanding regular use was selected. Given the color of the sofa, a high-performance Crypton fabric was an essential choice. Today's performance fabrics are stain, odor and moisture resistant and can easily be spot cleaned and deep cleaned by professionals. Looking forward, the purchase of two sets of slipcovers was recommended to keep the sofa looking fresh and new for years to come.

Great Conversation Area

To add color to the space, bright blue accent chairs, pillows with vibrant patterns and a complementary rug were included in the design.

The design and selections work for two key reasons. First, the color palate allows the outdoor ocean blues and natural greens to become the focus -- not competing with interior colors. Second, the choice of quality, durable furniture enables the fabric to be cleaned or refreshed with new or recovered cushions -- avoiding the expense of replacing the entire piece. Quality furniture will always save homeowners money over the medium and long term.

Beautiful Water Views

With the main living space updated, it's on to the next phases -- the outdoor living area followed by the bedrooms.

If you're thinking of updating a room or your entire home, please contact me. I'll develop a plan that suits your taste, schedule and budget. And I'm confident you'll be inspired and pleased.

Susan Henz

Susan can be reached at 843.785.5261 or by email at to discuss the transformation of selected rooms or your entire home.



April, 2018: A Transformation to Behold

Interior Designer, Cheryl Wilson, worked with Susan B., a long-time client of Plantation Interiors, to update her home on Hilton Head Island. Seeking a transformation to reflect her current lifestyle, the design objective was to revitalize the use and function of spaces, encourage casual and comfortable gatherings with friends, replace darker colors with softer hues, and deliver a clean, clutter-free space.

It was important to Susan that the changes reflect her individual taste rather than current design trends -- and to incorporate some of her existing pieces. To meet Susan's design objectives, Cheryl proposed a unified color palette allowing the flexible introduction of color through accents, pillows and window treatments. Cheryl also selected pieces to be repainted/reupholstered and paired them with comfortable, properly proportioned new furniture to create relaxing conversation areas.

Within the kitchen, the multi-level counter was replaced with a single granite slab and new undercounter stools delivering clean lines and acting as a casual gathering space. The wall color was lightened and the backsplash and countertops were updated to reflect Susan's taste.
Prior Multi-Level Counter
Prior Multi-Level Counter
New Single Granite Slab
New Single Granite Slab
Prior Kitchen Design
Prior Kitchen Design
New Kitchen Design
New Kitchen Design

Within the dining room, the chandelier was upgraded to reflect a casual elegance accompanied by her refurbished table, new chairs and area rug help to complete the transformation.
Prior Dining Room Design
Prior Dining Room Design
New Dining Room Design
New Dining Room Design

Within the living room, the built-in bookcases were repainted to brighten the space. Complementing these items, Cheryl recommended a selection of new furniture that Susan could touch, see and experience within Plantation Interior's showroom. Additional color and fabric choices were presented from the Plantation Interior's extensive resource library. Cheryl also incorporated a custom painting above the fireplace to serve as the room's focal point.
Prior Living Room Design
Prior Living Room Design
New Living Room Design
New Living Room Design

And to refresh sentimental pieces, a chair and sofa were reupholstered restoring them to new condition within the home's media area.
Prior Media Area Design
Prior Media Area Design
New Media Area Design
New Media Area Design

To recapture space, the decade-old children's play area was transformed into a sitting area -- allowing adults and teens to interact.
Transformed Children's Play Area
Transformed Children's
Play Area
Welcoming Adult Conversation Area
Welcoming Adult
Conversation Area

Three of the home's bathrooms were also updated with new tile, paint, fixtures, lighting and glass -- all reflecting a bright yet casual elegance. Importantly, the granddaughter selected her custom finishes working with Cheryl and Susan.

The bedrooms were also painted relaxing colors with complementing window treatments, carpeting and furniture.
New Master Bedroom
New Master Bedroom
New Teen Bedroom
New Teen Bedroom

And to complete the project, the home's exterior received a new coat of paint along with welcoming lighting fixtures.

"It was a wonderful experience collaborating with Cheryl on improvements to my home. Cheryl's design expertise, skills, resources and patience were invaluable during the process of making selections and decisions. She provided professional guidance and capably kept the project on track. It was truly a pleasure working with Cheryl and I love the results!"
--Susan B.

Interior Designer Cheryl WilsonBy listening and establishing a trusted collaborative approach with the owner and local contractor, the home's remarkable transformation was successfully completed.

Cheryl can be reached at 843.785.5261 or by email at to discuss the transformation of selected rooms or your entire home.

August, 2016: A Functional Place by the Sea

See how Interior Designer Hope Hunter of Plantation Interiors transforms a Sea Pines home into a modern gem.

From Hilton Head Magazine, August, 2016
Hilton Head Monthly
Remodeled Kitchen

As development at Sea Pines emerged from a master plan drawn up by the Fraser Land Holding Company in 1956, visionary Charles Fraser built a home on Green Heron Road and the community's first condominiums appeared early in the next decade.

Original Kitchen

Sea Pines approached build-out on its 5,200 acres in the mid-1970s. Land availability became a premium, and its scarcity eventually would extend to the rest of the island.

Unlike neighboring Bluffton, Hilton Head has been experiencing a dramatic rise in the number of permits for home renovations for several years. The only other option for homeowners on the island is to buy an existing home, tear it down and rebuild.

Interior designer Hope Hunter at Plantation Interiors knows all about the surge in renovations -- she has done many of them. One of her recent projects was a major eight-month makeover of a ranch home in Sea Pines that was built in 1972.

Original Living Room

"It was an intriguing project from beginning to end," said Hunter, a lead designer for the company, which traces its roots on the island to the Fraser regime. (Dudley King purchased the island institution in 1983.) "I had a vision of reconstructing it into something understated, yet sophisticated and a functional place by the sea."

In fact, the couple and their three children from Charlotte can skip to the beach in five minutes from the vacation home they purchased two years ago. The renovation was completed June 2015.

Remodeled Living Room

"It's my job to help create a home the client will love, a home that looks and feels fresh and comfortable as it stands the test of time," said Hunter, whose varied design portfolio includes transitional, traditional, cottage, contemporary and various hybrids.

Time did not treat this particular three-bedroom home very kindly. It had a decades-old look and feel -- notably the popular architectural trend of that time to compartmentalize every room with a wall.

Remodeled Living Room

Hunter enlisted the remodeling talent of Dan Wallace, who removed all the flooring and knocked down the walls in the foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen hallway and an interior wall in the kitchen where an unused hall closet was located. This expanded space enabled the installation of an island in the kitchen.

The home's new "bones" transformed the former foyer, dining room and kitchen into a large great room with an open floor plan.

The new open space was further enhanced when Wallace carved a skylight in the kitchen, which "allowed volumes of natural light" to brighten the entire living area, Hunter said. She selected a "refreshing white" from her color palette to complement nature's bounty and create an "airy ambiance."

Wallace replaced the original kitchen cabinets, with cabinets with an abundance of drawers for storage space. The countertops now gleam with handsome quartz in a variety of colors and patterns with no visible seams. The backsplash shines with metro tile. Contemporary art prints adorn the wall and add splashes of color that are reminiscent of the ocean, a color scheme that resonates throughout the home.


Wallace also showcased his craftsmanship to the custom millwork and fireplace details. The original stucco fireplace wall was replaced with shiplap, but the surround retained the stucco, which was painted and framed with trim. Existing dark beams were repainted in white trim. Two large pendant lights, with metal frames and diamond-shaped inset glass accents, now hang in the great room. Subtle zebra print wallcovering graces the foyer wall that wraps around into the kitchen and hallway.

Comfort and subtle elegance grace the great room furnishings, which feature a mixture of soft upholstered sofas and chairs with stylish fabrics and vibrant textures. The sofas, chairs and ottomans were specially ordered by Hunter from a large library of suppliers in Plantation Interiors' design studio, but the cocktail table, end tables and accessories were selected from the floor of its 25,000-square-foot showroom.

Hunter and Wallace teamed up to give the master bathroom the royal treatment. He removed a sunken tub, the flooring and walls, allowing space for his-and-her vanities set against an "awesome pop of color on the accent walls," she said. The walk-in shower was refurbished with white tube tiles and a seamless glass panel that creates a large, open feel in the shower enclosure. Four matching side lights complete the makeover.

Remodeled Bathroom

From a bathroom window, the couple can catch a glimpse of the swimming pool in the backyard. A hot tub with wading areas on both sides and water jets that shoot 8 feet skyward straddles the pool.

A Lowcountry-style oyster shell concrete deck encloses the area to the doors leading to the great room, master bedroom and screened-in sitting area.

"The outdoor living space can be seen from the open entry, great room and kitchen, giving the home a comfortable, chic, amazing balance of casual living near the sea," Hunter said.

Outdoor Area

This Sea Pines home was 43 years in the making and one year in the redoing. Lowcountry beauty is timeless.

Interior Design: Hope Hunter, Plantation Interiors
Remodeling: Dan Wallace
Kitchen Cabinets: AKD
Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson
Hardware: Bird Hardware
Custom Paint: Paint & Paper Tiger, Benjamin Moore Paints
Kitchen countertops and tile: StoneWorks

June, 2016: From Summer Cottage to Full-Time Home

With help from Interior Designer Denise Stringer, a retired NHL player and his family expand their former vacation home with a big addition and an interesting side-by-side design

by Karen Egly-Thompson of Houzz, redistributed with permission

After Eric Weinrich hung up his skates and retired from professional hockey, he returned to his native Maine with his wife, Tracy, their two children and two black Labs. But the place they had enjoyed as a summer home for many years needed some TLC to make it work as their new permanent residence. So they embarked on a renovation to update the cottage home, enlarge the kitchen and build an addition with a master suite, a study, a game room, a powder room and an exercise area, all while maintaining the spirit of the original cottage.


Photos by Jonathan Reece Photography (click on any image to view the entire portfolio online)

At a Glance
Who lives here: Eric and Tracy Weinrich, their children, Ben and Emily, both in college; and two black Labs
Location: Casco Bay, Maine
Size: 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths

It wasn’t difficult to put a team together to get the project in play. The couple knew interior designer Denise Stringer through a mutual friend, and Eric’s father, John, is a retired architect.

Maritime weather had taken a toll on the exterior of the original home over the years. The team removed the old asphalt roof and replaced it with western cedar shake roofing shingles as well as a partial metal roof to help guard against harsh winters.

Here, the restored cottage sits in front of the addition, which is clad in prestained cedar shingles.


They added copper gutters and trim, and replaced the rotted wood-framed windows with aluminum-clad wood windows in the same architectural style. New wood clapboard siding was added and stained with a solid tan latex house stain.


From a side view, the addition on the left and the original house on the right appear as two separate structures, but in fact connect seamlessly by an enlarged kitchen and mudroom area.


There are two ways to access the home: the front entry of the original house, and a second entrance through a mudroom to the right of the garage doors.


Here’s a detail of the mudroom entry.

Siding: prestained cedar shingles, Maibec; trim paint: Gargoyle 1546, Benjamin Moore

Living Room

With all of its charm, the cottage’s original living room sits at the rear of the home. The beams are original to the house but actually predate it: They were reclaimed from a local barn when the home was built. Unfortunately, the previous homeowners stained them a burgundy color, so restoring the beams became part of the renovation.

Here, the original pine wood floors run throughout the main living spaces and vary in width. Stringer says some of them are up to 10 inches wide.

Sanded plaster walls are also original to the home. A plasterer familiar with the technique was sought out to finish the walls throughout the addition to match. “We wanted to match the original sanded plaster walls that were in the summer cottage, so that everything flowed and the transition was smooth between the old and new sections,” Stringer says.

Trim paint: Shelburne Buff HC-28, Benjamin Moore; upholstered chair and sofa: Lee Industries; woven rush bergères, console table and benches: Fremarc Designs; three-legged table: Lorts; area rug: Mougalian Rugs; pottery lamps: Abacus Gallery; pottery accent pieces: Alison Evans

Dining Room

Adjacent to the living room, the dining room shares the same water view and beautiful pared-down finishes.

A custom chandelier above the alder wood dining table mixes an Early American vibe with contemporary design. Its leafy center represents marsh grass, and oyster shells dangle from the candlestick bases.

Chandelier: Lowcountry Originals; dining table and chairs: Fremarc Designs; area rug: Mougalian Rugs; watercolor paintings: David Deran; pottery on table: Alison Evans


An upstairs bedroom in the original cottage is a tranquil getaway for guests. Here, the soft, earthy texture of the sanded plaster walls is more evident. Stringer had simple Roman shades and black-and-white ticking bedding custom-made so as not to detract from the beauty of the plaster and wood.

Trim paint: Intense White OC-51, Benjamin Moore; wrought iron bed frame: Ralph Lauren; armoire, chair and ottoman: Stickley; pine dresser: Lorts; artwork: David Deran and Linden Frederick; area rug: Mougalian Rugs


The soffit running above the kitchen island marks where the original kitchen ended. Now enlarged, the kitchen is roomy and bright, and serves as a natural connection to the addition.

Continuing the warm, rustic cottage vibe, some of the kitchen materials include salvaged beams, wide-plank wood floors, distressed black milk paint and alder wood cabinetry. Granite countertops on the periphery have been flamed and wire-brushed to give them a matte, rustic appearance.

Sitting Room

A dreamy sitting room is to the left of the kitchen in the addition. Reclaimed barn wood was brought in from Pennsylvania for a special ceiling.

Trim paint: Shelburne Buff HC-28, Benjamin Moore; chair and ottoman: Lee Industries; wicker furniture: Maine Cottage; area rug: Mougalian Rugs


A corridor past the sitting room leads to a powder room, shown here, and ends in the game room, as seen in the following image.

Stringer found the concrete sink at an architectural salvage store and combined it with metal legs from a plumbing supply store. The sink’s warm patina enhances the golden tones of the Brazilian slate wall tile.

Wall tile: Brazilian slate, Old Port Specialty Tile Co.; flooring: bluestone

Living Room

Just past the powder room, the corridor leads to an informal game room, with a built-in bar, where the family hangs out, plays games and watches TV. A comfy sectional sofa covered in durable Ultrasuede is large enough for family and guests.

Stringer kept the palette subdued here, like in the rest of the house, to highlight the beauty of the wood and of the plaster wall finish. However, one pop of color comes from an image of Weinrich when he played for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Sofa: Classic Gallery

Living Room

Seen from the bar area, a wall of antique chestnut built-ins surrounds the fireplace, which is made of local ledge rock.


The new master suite sits above the game room. Because the home is on the northern part of the island, it has water views on both sides. The master suite takes advantage of the vantage point on three walls — and is the reason the homeowners dismissed the idea of having any window treatments here. With no privacy concerns and with beautiful views, there was no reason to cover up. Stringer kept the palette neutral to focus on the view.

Bed: Woodland; nightstands and chests: Century


The bed cover, custom-made in Stringer’s workroom, is a unique fabric composed of strings. Soft on the feet, the wool-and-silk-blend rug catches the light streaming in through the windows.

Chair and ottoman: Sherrill Furniture; area rug: Mougalian Rugs


The master bath features a chiseled stone backsplash inspired by the nearby mountains that homeowner Tracy likes to climb with the family’s two Labs. Another subtle nature reference is the cabinet pulls, which are made of rocks.

Trim paint: Utterly Beige SW-6080, Sherwin-Williams; floor tile: flat river pebbles; countertop, tub backsplash and sinks: Cafe Pinta stone


Despite the beauty and craftsmanship that went into restoring the original cottage and building the addition, nothing beats the view from the rear porch off the living room.

Whether your next project involves transitioning a vacation home to a permanent residence or you are building anew, I welcome the opportunity to discuss your project with you. With my 30 years of award-winning design experience, I am confident that together we can create your dream home.

You may view additional images reflecting my work by visiting or Houzz.

Denise Stringer
Interior Designer

2015 and 2016 Houzz Awards

May, 2015: Palmetto Bluff Design

Palmetto Bluff home tailored to new owners' rates and lifestyle
From Hilton Head Magazine, October 2015
Hilton Head Monthly

Change in the heart of the Lowcountry comes slowly — and most often in subtle tones when it does.

When Bill and Bonnie Miller bought their furnished home tucked away in May River Forest at Palmetto Bluff three years ago, they were impressed with the quality, detail of craftsmanship, architecture, design and location of the home. They didn't want to change a thing structurally of the residence, built 10 years ago by Bluffton's Reclamation by Design based on an architectural design by a Savannah firm.

After all, the stone, brick and wood inside and outside the custom-designed home were reclaimed and masterfully reused. The Millers are surrounded by reclaimed heart of pine, cypress, chestnut, maple and hickory from an old warehouse in New York City and a 100-year-old textile mill in South Carolina. Then there are cobblestones from a Baltimore shipyard and bricks from the old mill.

But, like any new homeowners, the Millers wanted their magnificent 5,200-square-foot property to reflect their aesthetic tastes and lifestyle.

"They wanted to personalize the home, and that's what we did," said interior designer Cris Taylor of Plantation Interiors on Hilton Head Island. "Now it's their home."

"Our challenge was not to mess it up," said Bill, an avid horseman and breeder, entrepreneur and chairman of PLI Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of hotel keycards and specialty printed products. "The material and workmanship in this house is something you rarely see anymore … we wanted to lighten it up and personalize it."

"It was someone else's tastes," said Taylor, a Georgia native who has spent 22 years of her award-winning design career with Plantation Interiors. Taylor already knew the personal tastes of the Millers because she put her professional magic to work at a home they bought in Leamington on Hilton Head in 1999.

"The chemistry between Cris and my wife was really key to this place," said Bill, a Washington, D.C., native. "We had to find a way to soften it and lighten it up."

Taylor went to work with her color palette, spatial positioning skills, and creative blending of furnishings that were part items inherited from the previous homeowners, part family heirlooms and personal mementoes, and part new custom-designed pieces and original artwork.

"We used very neutral whites and creams," Taylor said. "There was a transformation from a dark to a lighter finish. We didn't use a lot of color because there was already a lot of architectural interest and beautiful views. We went to the extreme with whites and creams, and we changed the color palette to showcase the home and the architecture best."

The master bedroom underwent the most dramatic change.

"Bonnie said, ‘This is a man cave,' dark and foreboding," her husband said.

That changed. Gone was a heavy green, gold and red drape covering one window that overlooks the gorgeous retro courtyard, large lagoon and lush, natural landscape outside. An adjacent double-door screened porch also brings the magnificent vista inside.

Esposito Construction in Bluffton covered up — but didn't remove — the dark reclaimed maple wood ceiling with 1-by-8-foot shiplap planks, which were painted in the fresh neutral color as the rest of the room and living spaces.

"It's a Lowcountry feel that's a much more warm and comfortable living space, especially with the views and the screen porch," said Brian Esposito, the company's owner.

The master suite also received the royal treatment with a custom-ordered iron poster bed from Plantation Interiors, new nightstands, new original artwork and reupholstered chairs.

"It's light and airy and a very peaceful place," said Bonnie, a former Pan Am stewardess and personal secretary to Dr. Henry Kissinger at the White House during President Richard Nixon's term. She spends considerable time at the Palmetto Bluff stables, tending to her horses and dressage.

Esposito and his team repainted the entire living space in the one-story main residence — there's also an annex and guest suite above the garage connected by breezeways — and KPM Flooring in Hilton Head provided new rugs to complement the reclaimed heart of pine flooring and add some color to the neutral color scheme throughout.

In the foyer, Taylor and Bonnie collaborated on buying a Lowcountry landscape painting from Four Corners Gallery in Bluffton and a new rug from KPM, while repositioning a lowboy family heirloom. Another wall showcases several colorful local paintings of marsh birds.

"We brought in color with the artwork," Taylor said.

Bill's study also received a lighter touch. Bookcases were replaced by glass shelves, with delicate lighting to show off silver harness racing trophies earned by his grandfather in the early 1900s and prized sports photos. Personal memorabilia from his harness racing lineage — his family built and owned the famous Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland — include a display in the family room of his grandfather's jockey racing silks from the 1940s.

Taylor said she positioned a curio cabinet in the living room to display "wonderful historical memorabilia from Bonnie's career" and worldwide travels. "It makes it very personal."

Besides the reupholstering of the existing furniture, she also added silk pillows as accessories in the living room.

"We created serenity with the furnishings," Taylor said.

Elsewhere in the four-bedroom, six-bathroom home, a new kitchen backsplash comprised of warm, large travertine tiles replaced busy smaller tiles.

Outside, the reclaimed heart of cypress wood on the siding, trim and shutters was washed, bleached and stained to soften the look.

"It's a very nice home to come home to," Bonnie said.

April, 2015: A Home with an Exceptional View

If you were building a beautiful mountain-top home with expansive views, what would you suggest to the builder or architect to take full advantage of the panoramic vistas and stunning colors during the spring and fall?

And how might you design the interior if the home was constructed by stone craftsmen where each wall and arch was a masterpiece?

See how award-winning interior designer Dean Huntley designed a beautiful interior for this home in The Greenbrier located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

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  • Exterior
  • Outdoor View

Below are images of individual rooms reflecting Dean's interior design approach for this exceptional home. Please click on any image to view additional detail.

  • Living Room
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Bedroom
  • Bedroom
  • Bedroom
  • Stairs
  • Dining Area
  • Sitting Room
  • Bedroom
  • Bathroom
  • Bathroom

We hope you enjoy the views of Dean's work as much as the homeowners love living with it. The objective was to create a timeless design that reflects the family's lifestyle while emphasizing the home's craftsmanship and stunning views.

If you are considering a new home or remodeling, please contact us. Dean would welcome the opportunity to help create your dream home.

March, 2015: Delivering Exquisite Interior Design

When Dr. Virginia Herrmann decided to build her Lowcountry home, she acquired the expertise of interior designer Denise Stringer. From the initial stages, Denise collaborated with the architect and builder to bring Dr. Herrmann’s French Country dream home to reality. With Denise’s guidance, this Lowcountry home with its French Country influence came into focus by bridging Old World charm with today’s comfortable living style.


quote Building our home was a huge undertaking; designing both the exterior and the interior was surprisingly, an absolute pleasure thanks to the expertise of Denise Stringer. In my experience, Denise is a very gifted designer who takes the time to listen and get to know her clients. She has exceptional talent and exquisite taste, and gave us the guidance to create what we feel is our perfect French Country home. Denise provided insight and suggestions in a timely manner; when solutions were needed, she was incredibly resourceful, and was always mindful of our budget. Denise is patient, never rushed, and has the ability to educate in a kind and sensitive manner. My wish was to combine some of my personal treasures and effects with newer ones that would reflect our personal taste. Denise fulfilled my wish; she has the ability to merge warmth with elegance, creating a home that is unique to us, and welcoming to all who visit. Denise does not simply design interiors; she creates beautiful homes and builds trusting relationships that will last a lifetime. quote

Dr. Virginia Herrmann

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  • Herrmann Exterior
  • Herrmann Living Room
  • Herrmann Living Room
  • Herrmann Office
  • Herrmann Dining Room
  • Herrmann  Wine Bar
  • Herrmann Kitchen
  • Herrmann Breakfast Area
  • Herrmann Family Room
  • Herrmann Family Room
  • Herrmann Lanai
  • Herrmann Exterior

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To view additional interiors designed by Denise Stringer, please visit or see her work on Houzz.

If you are planning a new home, renovating, or simply refreshing your existing home, Denise looks forward to discussing your objectives and can be reached at 843.785.5261.

Designing Interiors Beyond the Lowcountry
by Denise Stringer

Over the years, clients have often requested my design services for properties beyond the Hilton Head area. As a result, I have traveled across the United States and Internationally creating dream homes for discerning clientele.

Here is a glimpse into one such project and its rewarding career challenge. Now escape to the Adirondack Mountains and enjoy this read.....

With the acquisition of a 20,000 square foot existing residence nestled in the Adirondack Mountains north of Lake Placid, the new owners sought to renovate and transform the property into a relaxing, rustic retreat with the look and feel of an Adirondack lodge. The objective was to bring in the breathtaking mountain and lake views from the 3,000 acre property into their home - capturing the scenic backdrop which was the perfect environment for fishing, hunting, horseback riding and family gatherings.
  • Adirondack Exterior
  • Adirondack Porch
To transform the original building, the entire interior was removed allowing a complete architectural, functional and aesthetic makeover - with the exterior experiencing a renovation of similar magnitude. Given the sheer size of the main structure and adjacent buildings, the reconstruction occurred in multiple phases - affording focus and providing living quarters during the process given the home's remote location.
  • Adirondack Renovation Fireplace
  • Adirondack Renovation Walls
A key challenge involved dividing the 20,000 square feet into intimate, functional spaces, while minimizing the home's grand height and scale. Interior walls, particularly of the kitchen, library, family room and separate bar, were carefully located to maintain sight lines into the main Great Room. Addition of a horizontal tier divided the large, open space of the Great Room into separate lounge and recreation areas.
  • Adirondack Great Room
  • Adirondack Kitchen
  • Adirondack Pool Room
To accomplish the rustic, Adirondack-inspired atmosphere, the redesigned home incorporated natural materials acquired directly from their property. Most notably, indigenous trees were stripped of their bark and transformed into unique structural and visual elements throughout the project. Stones for the massive three story fireplace were obtained from the local area, as was the stacked granite and granite slabs.
  • Adirondack Game Room
  • Adirondack Dining Table
With soaring ceiling heights approaching 30 feet, another challenge involved furnishing and lighting the volume of space with the appropriate scale- transforming openness into warm, comfortable and intimate spaces. As one might expect, most furniture, area rugs and lighting fixtures had to be custom sized to be scale appropriate for each room. Many of the rustic furniture pieces were handcrafted by Adirondack artisans who incorporated locally harvested birch bark, twigs, tree roots and antlers. One such creation was the custom dining table which was designed to seat 16 people.
  • Adirondack Great Room
  • Adirondack  Media Room
  • Adirondack Custom Hutch
  • Adirondack Custom Bed
  • Adirondack Power Room
With the abundance of warm wood tones from the rough-sawn pine floors to the stained wood ceiling and beams, the task to effectively illuminate the home was substantial. The solution involved large, custom designed chandeliers and sconces assisted with generous amounts of up and indirect lighting. To naturally light rooms and seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor environments, large window walls were incorporated, such as in the Master Suite hence capturing their lake and mountain views.
  • Adirondack Master Bedroom
  • Adirondack Master Bedroom
The home blends so well into its natural surroundings, some true local residents, the bears, also sought cohabitation. Perhaps seeking food, a bear clawed open a delivered package - damaging the down filled pillows within. Since then, the pillows have been re-stuffed and currently adorn the appropriately named "Three Bears Guest Suite". Now that's an endorsement not commonly available for any project.
  • Adirondack Three Bears Room
  • Adirondack Retreat
Whether your next project will be on Hilton Head Island, within the United States or Internationally, I invite the opportunity to discuss your project with you. With my 30 years of award-winning design experience, I am confident that together we can create your dream home.

To view additional interiors by Denise, please visit


October, 2014: Interior Designer Cris Taylor Creates Homes that Truly Impress

If you currently reside or are planning to build a home in the greater Hilton Head area, Plantation Interiors is dedicated to ensuring the interior design process is enjoyable and delivers results that truly impress.

When working with builders and architects, we ensure every detail from colors to lighting to special features are carefully planned and perfectly executed. Our goal is to create a home that is beautiful, comfortable and impressive.

Cris Taylor worked with Bonny and Jack Huffman overseeing the interior design process—from selections to their flawless installation. The Huffmans were kind enough to share their experience as they constructed their new home.


quote Building a house is a challenge… from a distance of 600 miles is a formidable challenge. I soon saw the need to engage the services of a local talent. Efficient, thorough, organized and accomplished, Cris Taylor became my life-line. During my visits to the island, Cris coordinated and attended appointments with vendors to complete construction selections and concurrently orchestrated the systematic interior decoration selections, both with masterful methodology. Being able to rely on her keen eye and expertise during my absence was invaluable. There was never a detail too big or too small to capture her attention. She participated in many on-site meetings with our builder to incorporate unique features in our home. This degree of customer service was never expected, but willingly given. Cris’s skills were further complemented by the dedicated staff at Plantation Interiors who coordinated the purchasing, warehousing, delivery, and set-up with flawless execution. Their showroom is expansive and impressive. It symbolizes excellence and excellence is exactly what I found at Plantation Interiors quote

Bonnie & Jack Huffman

  • Foyer
  • Living Room
  • Living Room
  • Sitting Area
  • Dining Room
  • Kitchen
  • Office

If you are planning a new home, renovating, or simply refreshing your existing home, we look forward to discussing your objectives. We can be reached at 843.785.5261 and we look forward to hearing from you.

September, 2014: Interior Designer Dean Huntley Defines 'Lowcountry' Design

With the growing popularity of living in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas, many owners and visitors often hear properties described as "Lowcountry." But what, precisely, does this mean?

In the September 2014 edition of Hilton Head Monthly, Dean Huntley of Plantation Interiors shares her thoughts regarding the illusive definition of the Lowcountry design.

"A Lowcountry home focuses upon comfort" -- for the owner as well as visiting friends and family. Informality has replaced formal dining and living rooms.

Lowcountry Living Room

Stylistically, Lowcountry design is a combination of beautiful workmanship and the individual preferences of the owner -- which may include walls of buttboard, beadboard, stone or other materials such as linen wall coverings, fireplaces indoors and out, forged metal transoms and large windows to exquisite views.

Lowcountry Bedroom

"Gone are bamboo motifs, lime greens and palm tree wallpaper." Today’s colors are soft grays, soft tans, soft blues and soft greens -- with reds, vibrant yellows and oranges for the "trendsetter."

Lowcountry Office

Importantly, a Lowcountry home is about keeping life simple and taking advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings available to us every day -- from the water views to the white sand to the green fairways that adorn the Hilton Head area. "You always bring the outdoors in and for certain situations eliminate the need for window coverings."

Lowcountry Patio

Life in the Lowcountry is relaxing and easy. And homes that share this spirit tend to have large windows, ample outdoor living areas, and indoor rooms that enable family and guests to easily interact regardless of the number of people.

Lowcountry Kitchen

Lowcountry living is indeed a blessing. A Lowcountry home reflects how the owners choose to live. And this is often best characterized with a few key words that include: comfort, casual, outdoor and personal.

Lowcountry Living

If you might be interested in updating your home's look, feel or function, please give us a call at (843) 785-5261. We would be eager to help you explore options that will heighten your home's comfort, functionality and appeal.

July, 2014: Interior Designer Dean Huntley of Plantation Interiors Creates Stunning Homes

In our continuing effort to share the work of our award-winning interior designers, we are delighted to showcase the beautiful home of Steve & Sue Sydow. In a single word, the home has been best characterized as "stunning."

Dean Huntley of Plantation Interiors and the architect Neil Gordon worked with Mr. and Mrs. Sydow to help create a beautiful home reflecting their lifestyle and preferences.

The home embodies a collaborative spirit among Steve, Sue, Dean, and Neil. It also reflects Plantation Interiors' total commitment to creating unique, comfortable and beautiful living environments.

Dean Huntley


quote Dean Huntley possesses great organizational and time management skills which maximized our time together. She understands the building timeline and knows the order of items to be selected. She has a long list of resources available locally as well as outside the area. Dean’s support staff were fabulous, checking furniture items as they arrived, storing until needed and their installation included great care for hard surface floors and hard to place items. The entire staff is professional, courteous and very helpful. The showroom at Plantation Interiors is also outstanding. Dean would be an excellent choice for any design project. She has excellent taste, lots of experience and would bring her incredible set of skills to any project large or small. quote

Steve & Sue Sydow
Frisco, Texas

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If you are planning a new home, renovating, or simply refreshing your existing home, we look forward to discussing your objectives. We can be reached at 843.785.5261 and we look forward to hearing from you.

October, 2014: Interior Designer Denise Stringer Creates Homes that are Breathtaking


quote The moment we saw Denise's home, we knew we had found our interior designer! Today, we look in awe at the beautiful work she did to customize our home. Her ability to choose the perfect colors and her attention to detail did not go unnoticed. She made the process a stress-free experience from day one. All we ever had to say was 'Denise, you pick it and we will love it.' And, we do .... from the beautiful leathered granite countertops, the gorgeous fixtures and furnishings to the breathtaking window treatments. We could thank Denise a million times for the beautiful job she did and it wouldn’t be enough. We truly feel we have one of the most beautiful homes we have ever seen! quote

Ron & Carol Young
Lake Murray, South Carolina

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If you are planning a new home, renovating, or simply refreshing your existing home, we look forward to discussing your objectives. We can be reached at 843.785.5261 and we look forward to hearing from you.

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March, 2014: Creating Comfortable and Enjoyable Homes via Interior Design

This month's newsletter focuses upon the work of Plantation Interiors' Hope Hunter to create elegant yet comfortable living spaces.

The design below was created for Forest and Linda Frank, co-partners of Sea Pines Real Estate South Beach.

This article was published in the February, 2014 edition of Hilton Head Monthly Magazine. It was written by Dean Rowland with photographs by Clayton Girard.

Subtle Grace
Each room of Sea Pines home is warm, comfortable

Hope Hunter Subtle Grace Exterior

From room to room, the warmth in colors, scrutiny in fabric design, detail in millwork and other special touches make this residence on Jessamine Place in Sea Pines a home of elegant comfort.

The homeowners -- Forest and Linda Frank, co-partners of Sea Pines Real Estate South Beach -- and veteran interior designer Hope Hunter of Plantation Interiors on Hilton Head Island sculpted a lifestyle vision that was 18 months in the making.

"The new Sea Pines home of Linda and Forest Frank is the epitome of subtle grace," said Hunter, a 30-plus-year veteran of the interior design business who has been with Plantation Interiors for most of that time.

"Although the rooms are different, the design flows " said Hunter, who has teamed with the Franks on four previous home-design projects on HHI since 1999. "It's like a collection. It's warm and comfortable and that's what they wanted ... they like to come home, relax and enjoy every part of their home."

And that's what the Franks do.

"Hope gets a feel for what you want to do, then she goes away, and then she'll present to you a kind of storyboard for each room," said Forest, who was actively involved in many of the home's architectural design aspects, including the millwork and wood paneling.

Hope Hunter Subtle Grace Living Room

The Franks partnered with builders Mark Boyer of Boyer Construction and Don Schuttera of Atlantis and architect Jeff Watterson of Palmetto Design, all located on Hilton Head Island.

He said that when he strides up the dozen or so front steps and opens the door, "You come into a space that feels very grounded, solid and well-built and having subtle richness to the interior architecture of the space. Hope is good at taking the richness and luxurious feel of the trim, the millwork and the floors and wrapping furniture around that and working with it to continue that feel and that look.

Hope Hunter Subtle Grace Dining Room

"The color scheme throughout the 4,500-squarefoot home comes from the same family: camel, or "canyon beige" as Hunter calls it.

"We like warm colors…warm and tasteful," Linda said, noting that the camel-hue variations have been used in each of the trio's five collaborations. Forest calls it naturally "earthy."

"She knows our colors … we've worked with Hope enough that she understands us and understands what we want," said Linda, with one underlying premise. The color must look "fresh and new. You take something we've had for awhile and change its personality while working within the parameters of what she does."

Hope Hunter Subtle Grace Bedroom

"Our color palette is a monochromatic look on the walls where the definition of trim and side wall is the difference between a lower luster and a slightly higher luster," Forest said. Credit Benjamin Moore's No. 1038 matte finish on the walls, quarter-formula flat finish on the ceilings and satin finish on the trim.

Blend in new furniture, furnishings, artwork, rugs and accent pieces from Plantation Interiors' array of choices along with select pieces from the Franks' private collection and the result is a strikingly rich, comfortable and imminently livable personalized environment.

Hunter's attention to appointments can be found in the living room, for instance, where she utilized the indigo and salmon found in the rug (which sits atop a broader seagrass rug with a herringbone design) and in one of the John Stobart prints, supplemented with touches of brown and cinnamon, to maximum effect in the fabric selection. A leopard-print covering on one of the chairs satisfies the Franks' love of color and texture in "refreshing, dynamic fabrics," Linda noted.

Hope Hunter Subtle Grace Family Room

Creative arrangement of ordinary sea shells in a hurricane lamp dazzles the eye. In the master bedroom, one of five in the two-story, six-and-a-half bathroom residence, paisley and crewel Ralph Lauren patterns complement the rug. Noteworthy too are the abundant use of shutters in lieu of window treatments and numerous accent pillows, especially their trims, which "add a nice pop of color," Forest said.

The natural light that flows through the windows on the half-acre lot shines on the eclectic style and purposeful mixing and matching of the furniture, furnishings, accents and accessories.

"It's amazing how much light comes in from the golf course," Hunter said, referring to the 14th fairway of the Ocean course that straddles the property. She noted that a host of magnolia and palm trees, as well as two 200-year-old oak trees, lush landscaping and overall "island greenery" effect influenced the interior design process.

Hope Hunter Subtle Grace Patio

If the couple isn't sitting at the refectory table in the breakfast room — "it's a beautiful table that we use every day," Linda said -- that overlooks the backyard and beyond, they enjoy spending leisure time in a comfortably furnished open-air porch next to the pool.

Fortunately for the Franks, their comfort zone resides in every room of their luxurious home.

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