A young couple wanted their home on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, to reflect their passions: surfing, travel, and hanging out in bare feet. In fact, when designer Kate Towill of the Charleston-based firm Basic Projects asked them to give her three words to inspire the design they responded with: summer, hideaway, and barefoot. The house itself, which was designed by architect Heather A. Wilson, has a similarly laid-back vibe and feels like it would fit right in on the islands of Fiji or Hawaii, where the couple frequently travels.
Inside, Towill focused on letting the materials take center stage. "We like to strip things back and let the materials be in the rawest state — like the plaster fireplace and shelves, the poured concrete floors and countertops, and all the organic linen," she said. The designer also gathered furnishings from a wide range of sources, making sure everything — even down to the frames on the artwork — feels like it was collected over the years. The finished result is what a beach house should be: breezy, relaxed, and barefoot-friendly.