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East Meets South: A Renovated Historic Charleston Home

A couple fuses Asian style and Southern tradition to create a cozy getaway in the heart of downtown Charleston.

The guest bedroom is bedecked with textiles from Eve’s company, Lulan, including a soft-blue silk duvet cover; a tasseled throw in taupe-toned silk; and throw pillows in several shades and patterns. To create a serene retreat, Eve decorated with a cool palette of green and lavender and incorporated the clean lines of Asian furniture, including a mahogany bed with rattan panels and Ming-style bedside tables.
Susan Sully
Bordering a centuries-old cemetery, private courtyard and cobblestone pedestrian alley, the Blossoms’ historic home, formerly slave quarters, is a secluded sanctuary.
Susan Sully
In the kitchen, a row of illuminated cubbyholes, painted a deep shade of saffron, displays some of Jon and Eve’s cherished objects from Asia. Amber, hand-blown glass lights add another element of warmth to the space.
Susan Sully
In the living room, imported crafts create an exotic backdrop for the English Art Deco club chairs with original cherry-red leather upholstery and a round Indonesian ottoman covered by Lulan textiles. The carpet, a hand-knotted silk runner with an abstract geometric pattern (Lulan’s “Constellations” design), brings the room into the 21st century.
Susan Sully
Eve often sets the 18th-century dining table with celadon Depression glass. The scroll-back chairs are upholstered in Lulan’s “Horizon Line” silk. Contemporary Vietnamese paintings and a Czech art nouveau pendant lamp create bold silhouettes against the plaster walls. To filter the light, Eve chose Lulan’s sheer organza window panels with a pattern of raised diamond brocade.
Susan Sully
Jon and Eve Blossom’s downtown location puts them within walking distance of restaurants and entertainment and allows them to share a car.
Susan Sully
With the help of two other architects, Eve redesigned the kitchen layout and created space for a new bathroom without adding on to the home.
Susan Sully
An English campaign bed that belonged to a brigadier-general during the War of 1812 takes center stage in the master bedroom. Designed to be set up and taken down easily during camp movements, the bed’s lightweight wood components are marked with Roman numerals. Horizontal stripes of luminous silk in Lulan’s “Stems” pattern covers the canopy. A duvet cover featuring asymmetrical stripes and throw pillows clad in a variety of Lulan patterns adds subtle vibrancy.
Susan Sully

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