Workstead House, Charleston
Residing on Charleston’s historic Bee’s Row and characterised by terracotta pediments, cast iron fences and elaborate interior mouldings, The Workstead House showcases “Southern modernism” by marrying the area’s historic past with a refined, contemporary aesthetic. Originally built in 1853 by Sara Smith, Charleston House was once used as a warehouse during the Civil War that stored smuggled goods and merchandise brought into Charleston Port during the Union Blockade of the 1860s.
The historic property underwent significant renovation and restoration, carefully directed by Brooklyn based design practice, Workstead. Particular consideration was paid to the home’s finer details, with the intent of retaining the original mouldings, doors and windows, stairs and floors and replace only when necessary. The additional materials were selected based on their longevity and elegance, they are rich and honest and resulting in a sensorial experience of “southern modernism”.
In the kitchen and dining areas, original exposed brick walls meet with carrara marble and gold fixtures, while rattan furniture is contrasted by rich green velvets and textured leathers. The bedrooms display a blend of soft linens and mahogany antiques, offset by an abundance of lush greenery that fills each space of the gorgeous home.
Workstead’s chosen palette is a collection of moss greens, deep emeralds and ocean blues. Together they are harmoniously elegant, creating a calm and refined atmosphere that will surely stand the test of time.