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I had a chance to ask Tiffany Brooks, designer for this year’s luxury South Carolina home, about the design aesthetic she fostered from the interior to the exterior, as well as ways you could incorporate some of the latest technology and coastal accents in your own home.
VA: With both rustic and vintage finds included throughout, what inspired you for the design and color palette?
TB: Honestly, it was the neighborhood. My first visit to Palmetto Bluff and the surrounding area led me down a path of inspiration. This area felt so historic and had so many stories to be told, I literally started a photo, color and inspiration journal as soon as I visited the site.
VA: Did you take elements of the surrounding woodland environment and incorporate them into the design aesthetic?
TB: Most definitely. I had fun with the plants in the home and really wanted to bring the outside in. I selected the most sculptural trees and greenery I could find.
VA: There’s a lot of natural light throughout the home – what part did that play in determining layouts and room functionality?
TB: I think that the correlation to natural lighting and function is most demonstrated in the kitchen. Placing the shelving in front of the kitchen windows was a risk. We’re told “not to block natural light,” but with the abundance of windows, I had to seize the opportunity for additional storage and display through the use of the shelving.
VA: Each room seems to flow seamlessly into another, even leading to the outside. How did you create that connectivity?
TB: A unified color palette is typically the answer when you have a home that feels seamless. This home was no different.
VA: What are some of the creative ways you generated storage space in different rooms?
TB: As mentioned before, the functional kitchen shelving. Also, in the kitchen, almost each cabinet door serves as a preplanned functioning storage space. We’ve included stacking drawers and an appliance lift, and the television in that room boasts hidden storage. The master bedroom closet is a treasure trove of storage, too! The revolving shoe closet saves a ton of space and adds so much function with the revolving feature.
VA: When selecting lighting features, what inspired your design choices and the mixed-metal approach?
TB: The inspiration for mixed metals seen in lighting was definitely that curated old vs. new approach I was going for. I wanted the home to feel like I curated items vs. selecting them at the same time.
VA: From geometric shapes to portraits and coastal accents, how did you determine an eclectic mix but still create cohesion from room to room?
TB: I took my time. That is the secret to curation. You want to take your time and create a narrative for how you would like the home to feel before you select one item. Once you stick with that narrative, selections almost jump out in front of you to tell you that they’re the perfect fit.
VA: What is your favorite smart feature inside this house?
TB: Hands down the coffee maker that lifts from the master bathroom cabinet. In my own home, I’ve always wanted a lift that did that, as I cannot even communicate without caffeine. I literally lived out my dreams in the HGTV Smart Home 2018.
VA: What do you hope the winner will enjoy most about the HGTV Smart Home 2018?
TB: The feel of the entire home. I can honestly say that this home is the most thoughtful home that I have created to date. That feeling is very important to me, and I want it to be noted and shared.
VA: What are some design elements from this house that homeowners can incorporate to add some function and flair in their own homes?
TB: Some elements that can be duplicated are:
- The porch swing – It’s such a personal, yet enjoyable touch.
- Possibly swapping out a kitchen island for a butcher block or new lighting.
- Staying in the kitchen, homeowners can also add open storage; it could be in existing cabinetry or on a wall.
- Rethink your underutilized walk-in closet – it could be an opportunity for a craft room, meditation room or a game room, like I’ve installed.
Check out the photo gallery below to see images of the home and get inspired!
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No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the U.S., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends at 5:00 p.m. ET on June 7, 2018. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. For full official rules, visit HGTV.com/SmartHome or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: “HGTV Smart Home Giveaway 2018 – Rules Request”, PO Box 53305, Knoxville, TN 37950. Main Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC d/b/a Home & Garden Television.
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