Going for Bold

Any boldness in me comes from my momma. She didn’t let anything hold her back. She was feisty, kind, caring and determined. If she wanted something from a shopkeeper on King Street, she would pull up her car, honk her horn until someone came out to check on her, and she would politely hand them her credit card and tell them what she wanted. As I go through life without her physical presence, I find myself needing someone to help me be all the bold that I can be. A partner in crime. A bold companion. Someone who will help me stretch myself, my creativity, my individuality.

I found that in my husband when he convinced me to take on the renovation project of our 100 year old family home, built in 1915 and in unimaginably bad shape. He helped me see the once in a lifetime opportunity to restore the home my great grandparents had built. When the wall that divided the home into a duplex came down and it was opened back up to a single family home, I knew I wanted to have a big, bold entrance as if to say, “Hello, World; it’s nice to be open again.”  But I wasn’t quite sure how to get there.

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I found inspiration in my neighbor’s home that had been renovated, in my friend’s home who has a flare for the bold, and even in the Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse. Big, bold wallpaper. As it often happened during our renovation process, serendipity intervened. I wandered into the Sherwin Williams paint store and there before me was the largest selection of wallpaper books I had ever seen, and a very special lady (and I believe one of Sherwin Williams greatest assets), Miss Lorretta, holding court over thousands of wallpaper selections.  As I told her my story, the normal “call in advance to get an appointment” protocol was put to the wayside and she was all in with me, helping me create the bold entrance I couldn’t quite see.  I vaguely described what I was looking for: big print camellia wallpaper, tone on tone. She took a minute (or less) and grabbed a book and showed me some options. Finally, in the very back of that book, one of a hundred books at her command, was the wallpaper. Exactly what I was looking for!  It took a friend, a partner in crime, a bold companion to help me find it.  What transpired after that was a special friendship, so much better, bigger, and bolder than just wallpaper.


GILL9348Interior home photography by Gillian Ellis.

Don’t ever underestimate how someone else can help you find your bold.



Miss LFile Aug 03, 5 03 42 PMorretta Bryan is located at the Sherwin Williams, 464 Savannah Highway. She accepts appointments and is an amazingly talented color expert with an eye and a memory to find you the best paint color or wallpaper for your next project!




English Drews
English Drews is a native Charlestonian, a fourth generation Kuhne-Drews. In the past year, she has managed to turn her life upside down, for the...

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4 thoughts on “Going for Bold

  1. Just spent another weekend in this beautiful home and wanted to say it is CHARMING!

    English held on to her vision and the magic happened!

    Congratulations girl on a marvelous remodel!

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