By Kelsey Lorman
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League is opening the doors to its annual Designer Showhouse where local designers and vendors decorate each space in a downtown home, offering inspiration for guests who tour the home. New this year, the CSOL is launching a curated pop-up shop called SCORE, which gives guests the opportunity to take home merchandise from their favorite designers featured in the showhouse.
“By working directly with the designers, we’re taking the glorious taste of the house right to the consumer,” says Jodie-Beth Galos, merchandising chair of CSOL Board.
Skirt talked with three female creatives whose products are featured in the SCORE pop-up shop.
Travel to France with French-Inspired Designs
Throughout her life, Terry Stephenson and her husband have moved from house to house in Charleston, buying, fixing and decorating homes with classic French taste and then selling the homes to find their next passion project. Terry often bought authentic, antique pieces for her homes during her travels to France, which inspired her to turn this love of French décor into a business of her own.
“I’ve always loved France, I’ve been going there for over 40 years,” she says.
Terry opened Juxtaposition Home and Garden, a brick-and-mortar shop on King Street, in 2015 and later moved to Wynsum Antiques and Interiors with other local designers. It’s a destination for those looking to find unique, antique pieces for their homes.
Terry combs through markets and trade shows on her trips to France to find pieces that are “beautiful, authentic and distinctive.”
Terry’s room in the home features impressionistic interior design and was inspired by Monet’s home and garden in France.
Her booth at SCORE will be a continuation of that space. Guests can find lavender bundles wrapped in French paper, antique cutting boards, napkin rings made out of shells found at the French Riviera, 100-year-old clay pots with patina, and a variety of French knife rests in endearing animal themes like lions, horses and rabbits. Her booth also will feature French oyster plates and French antique rosary beads. To go with the theme of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Terry also has framed antique French music sheets available.
Terry is actually credited with coming up with the name “SCORE,” saying she loved the double entendre of the meaning: SCORE references both the music score paying homage to the Charleston Symphony, as well as that winning feeling you get when you score a great deal or the perfect find.
Sweet as Honey
For Michelle Blackstock, her Bee Bella Honey company started with a family hobby that she had always been passionate about. With over 30 years of beekeeping in her family, Michelle and her husband became beekeepers in 2013 when she was encouraged by her cousin to keep bees on her balcony at her Lowcountry home.
“It’s pretty unusual to have hives on a balcony, but we don’t get as many pests due to where we’ve got them,” says Michelle.
She says her bees fly within three to five miles of their home, pollinating a number of surrounding plants and flowers in the area. For this reason, they call their honey “Wildflower Honey,” and while they first began giving it away to friends and family, they were soon encouraged to sell it. With worker bees living only four to five weeks and making just one teaspoon of honey each, it certainly is no easy task to tend to bees, says Michelle. She says they will have a total of 10 hives this spring, and loves beekeeping because of how important bees are to the environment.
“Local honey builds up your immunities,” says Michelle. “People ask me once a week where they can find my honey to help with their allergies, and it means a lot to me that I’m helping people.”
Along with her own honey, Michelle has turned Bella Bee Honey into a carefully curated collection of bee-themed memorabilia. Her best-selling honey is the jalapeño-infused honey, with her Carolina Reaper-infused honey as another fan favorite. When she’s got the time and honey supply, Michelle also likes to create lip balms and candles. Her collection also includes bee jewelry, elaborate bee purses and honey pots. These items, along with bee tea towels, hors d’oeuvre plates and more are the items visitors of the SCORE pop-up will be able to view at Michelle’s booth. She will also be hosting honey tastings once a week at the Designer Showhouse. Year round, you can find Michelle’s Bee Bella Honey collection at the South Accent Designers Market in Mount Pleasant, as well as showcased at various local shops around town.
Mungo Brings Quality Textiles to Charleston Market
Kristyn Holding’s father-in-law Stuart started Mungo with two antique looms and a passion for creating home textiles more than 20 years ago. Stuart sold his goods in his wife Jane’s shop.
In 20 years, Mungo, which creates heirloom-quality woven goods, has grown from five employees to 100, and has grown from one shop to three, with a fourth and first American shop joining the Charleston scene this month.
“Everything from inception of the design, weaving, cutting, sewing” is done with care and by hand, Kristyn says.
More than 90 percent of Mungo’s employees are women who are caring for large, extended families in South Africa.
As the company searched for the right opportunity to expand in Charleston, Kristyn, the sales manager, was connected at a local market with Jodie-Beth Galos, and immediately felt passionate about the opportunity to partner with SCORE. The SCORE pop-up will feature Mungo’s luxurious Belgian waffle towel, a large waffle-weave towel that Kristyn describes as the “treat-yourself towel.” Mungo’s spa wraps will also be available, made of a very delicate bamboo and cotton mix weave, in a natural color, a lavender stripe option, a sage, and a gray charcoal color.
Upon the opening of their Spring Street location, Mungo will feature a lovingly named Folly Beach towel made with vibrant colors and a weave that looks like fish scales, 100 percent linen bedding that is proven to stand up against humidity, and organic cotton baby blankets in colors like Caterpillar (green), Elephant (gray) and Flamingo (coral).
If you go:
The Designer Showhouse is a 1903 Queen Anne Victorian on Rutledge Avenue, south of Broad Street. All proceeds from the home tours and SCORE go to the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. You can visit the Designer Showhouse and SCORE curated pop-up shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays through April 28 (with the exception of Easter Sunday). For more information and for the pop-up shop schedule, visit csolinc.org/designer-showhouse.