LC: I’d say Charleston Revisions is a little (tiny) bit French Country, a little (lot) bit Mid Century rock n’ roll, with a dash of Hollywood Regency sass, and Palm Beach glam thrown in for good measure.SS: How long have you been in the business and how did you get started?
LC: Four years. I am furniture obsessed! I love the layered history of furniture (who made it, why it was made, who bought it etc.) Every piece has its own little secrets. And the dressers hide a little treasure trove of personal effects… doilies, granny panties… hidden love letters….SS: Where do you find your design inspiration?
LC: My grandmother hailed from New York and married a southerner. “Banished to the dreadful south” according to her northern relatives. But she brought her glamorous style with her! She had Milo Baughman swivel barrel chairs (that I would spin and spin in), a full on wet bar stocked with very cool barware and amazing chinoiserie pieces collected in her travels to “the Orient.” And she wore a bikini on Sullivan’s Island in the forties. You know there was some serious tongue-wagging going on for that! Her home, her style was my inspiration!SS: What do you look for when buying for Charleston Revisions?
LC: Exceptional pieces that stand out and are one-of-a-kind. Sounds cliché, but I don’t sell anything I wouldn’t proudly display in my own home. I always have that “I want to keep it moment” when a new piece comes in. Then I flash to that hoarder show, and stop myself.
SS: Describe your customer.
LC: I love it when someone walks through the door and says “this is such a happy place.” I love vibrant colors and lots of them! I tend to paint (say it isn’t so) some mid century modern furniture (hey – not all mid-century furniture is created equally, after all). And lots of people are on the same page when it comes to reinventing and modernizing “brown” furniture. On the flip side, there are those who simply state, “I can’t believe you painted the wood on that dresser.” Oops!SS: What do you love most about Charleston?
LC: Everything! What’s not to love? It’s God’s country, after all. (This statement is self-professed by all who abide in our fair city)SS: Your cocktail of choice?
LC: French Greyhound= Hendricks Gin, Grapefruit Juice, St. Germain, Simple Syrup. Followed closely by a glass of fabulous champagne garnished with a frozen black cherry. It keeps it cold AND turns it a sassy shade of light pink!If you ever so happen to be in charming Charleston, you simply must stop by Charleston Revisions to peruse Laurie's fantastic finds and to meet her and her lovely team. They can also help you design your own SS with their selection of fabrics and finishes. You will leave with a smile, hopefully a scouted treasure with a secret story from times past, and maybe, some SS!