Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Charleston's Elizabeth Stuart Design

Let's just say I couldn't hurry my family quick enough to get to 314 King Street to visit Elizabeth Stuart Design. You know the feeling, a little pick-up of your heart beat as you near the destination. Elizabeth Stuart Faith, “Muffie”, is the energy and talent behind Elizabeth Stuart Design. Visiting this store reveals that a discerning eye with an affection for color and texture is at work. One of the things I noticed right away is the impeccable pairing of accent pillows with upholstery. Courtney of StyleCourt has also recently posted about Muffie's work - click here to see some lovely pics from her gothic revival house in Mount Pleasant.



Love the small, muted pattern on this chair paired with the bolder, vibrant pillow.
One of my absolute favorite pieces in the store! It is the lid of a box and I adore it. Beautiful design and texture. Below is a unique and lovely sunburst mirror featuring a flower motif.

Gorgeous mirror sconce. Love the half-shades with the gold borders.

A little leopard and geometric shapes to jazz up this classic couch. You'll notice the stacks of books on the coffee table. The store has a vast selection of design books, many of which are not shelved routinely in big box bookstores.

Seeing alot of cute owls lately in design. I'm wondering if it's our unconscious desire for some wisdom in this current economic climate? Here's some nice ones on these wide windowpane check pillows.

I'd also like to give a warm thank you to Caroline of the King Street store for being so gracious and for allowing me to take some pictures. They've just started a blog as well - so we had fun exchanging ideas and observations. I'm a bit slow on the uptake but just realized the article I clutched throughout our trip included Muffie's picks for places to eat, shop and visit. On the flight there, I happened to show the Southern Accents article to a very well dressed and lovely woman from Charleston who proclaimed, "This is the best and most comprehensive list I've seen!"

More good news - Elizabeth Stuart Design has a second, very large location nearby in West Ashley.

12 comments:

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Beautiful. I like you would have also been dragging my family to hurry hurry and try and get to the store first thing. Lovely. I'm in love with those chairs that had the cute owl pillows on them. What a great pattern on the fabric!

Roberta said...

Love this store and also a subscriber to Southern Accents but failed to pick up on the blog before this...thanks...now I've added same to my google reader so I can get a weekly dose of Charleston. Fondly, Roberta

Jennifer said...

I wanted to just move right in when I visited! think anyone would have noticed?

Rebecca said...

Your pictures of Charleston are filled with charm. It is such a lovely place. Thanks for letting me revisit one of my memorable vacation spots.

alice said...

I love the upholstery fabric on the chairs in that last photograph too!

Dakoota said...

Marvelous Interior!
I Buy Lights

DesignTies said...

I love the purple chair in the first picture. Just the right amount of detailing with the nailhead trim, and the fabric looks so soft. I want to sit in it and read for hours!!

The throw cushion on the chair is the perfect accent piece too :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Kelsey said...

Love it! I just wrote about charleston last month when we were visiting, what a great city! DId you make it to South of Market? I could buy the whole store...
http://www.thenaptimechef.com/2009/03/napping-in-charleston-travel-series-2.html

Pink Wallpaper said...

she does a great job w/ her store...hope you got to the west ashley one..it's a lot bigger and has more home items.

Velvet and Linen said...

What a beautiful store.
Love those sconces!
Thank you for the introduction!

xo
Brooke

Michelle said...

She does beautiful work...thanks for sharing!

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