2014 Kiawah Art and House Tour

Friday, April 11, 2014

1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Our 2014 Gibbes, etc. Art & House Tour is Friday, April 11 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Be sure to mark your calendars now and plan to be on the island for an exciting day.

We'll need lots of help so please sign up to be a docent, help with refreshments and sell tickets. To sign up for any of these committees please email co-chair Becky Hilstad at bthilstad@aol.com. It's a great way for Gibbes, etc. members to get involved!


Buy your tickets early! They are $55 per person to tour all 5 homes.

Purchase tickets online at www.gibbesmuseum.org/events, at the Gibbes Museum Store in downtown Charleston, Kiawah Island Real Estate at the Main Gate or The Sanctuary. Tickets will also be sold at the kiosk at Freshfields Village the week of the Tour, April 5-10, from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Cash and checks accepted with checks made payable to the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Please remember that our homes are not handicap accessible and children under 12 will not be admitted. Our homeowners kindly request that all visitors wear flat shoes.

We have five stunning homes thanks to the hard work of Karen Davis, Ruth Baker, Ellen Walkley and Lee Ann Taylor, our dedicated House Search Committee. We are forever grateful to the generous homeowners for opening their doors for this important fundraiser.


We are now very excited to share the homes with you!

This traditional shingle style home overlooks Cinder Creek and the ocean beyond. One of the interesting features to this home is the soaring entrance hall that opens to the second floor. You enter the home into a “great room” that is flanked by a living room to one side and a dining area to the other side. The Master bedroom suite and an additional family suite are also featured on the first level. On the left side of the home is a beautiful 3 - story circular staircase that is situated in a tower and provides access to the other floors. This staircase also holds a magnificent double story chandelier. The all white kitchen is open to the second floor and provides you with a sense of spaciousness. The second floor features three guest rooms and an office space. Traditional furniture in neutral tones allows the home to showcase the natural environment of the outdoors. Both the first and second floors have terraces and there is a deck and pool that provide wonderful views of the creek.
The lovely home overlooks the 13th hole on the famed Ocean Course and the marsh to the ocean beyond. This beautiful home is designed in the Dutch Gambrel style and is decorated in soft hues that bring outdoor elements inside. As you enter the house it opens to a large game room that has a bar and wine cellar to welcome guests. French doors open to a large patio and pool area with extensive outdoor eating areas and a fully equipped kitchen. The outdoor porch also serves as access to the guest wing that contains two bedrooms and baths and a cozy sitting area with painted stencil flooring. As you ascend to the second floor of the guesthouse, you find a connecting hallway that takes you back into the main house. There is a wonderful library with wormy chestnut wood walls. The ceiling beams come from an old bank in Pennsylvania. Be sure to take a close look at the magnificent desk. The second floor of the main house has a second bar area and two dining areas. The kitchen opens to an adjacent keeping room. Each bedroom has access to the large outdoor porch. The living room is spacious and filled with an assortment of decorative objects the owners have collected. The third floor is where the master bedroom and bath are located. There is also another library with spectacular ocean views. The woodworking in the house is magnificent and there are unique lighting fixtures throughout.
This home is beautifully nestled in the Preserve section of the island and overlooks Blue Heron Pond. The privacy this home affords makes it unique. The neutral palettes throughout emphasize the natural beauty of the outdoors. As you approach the house, there is a courtyard green that is landscaped with olive trees with a separate guest cottage to the right. Once you enter the home you are graced with an expansive living and dining area. The artwork throughout the home is eclectic and is a spectacular collection of paintings and lithographs. Please note the signage throughout to identify the variety of artists. There are originals by Picasso and Joan Miro, just to mention a few. The homeowners’ learned to appreciate art from their grandparents who were major collectors in the 1950’s and 60’s. There is a unique piece which is a needlepoint, completed by the owner’s grandmother that is based on and carefully copies one of the paintings in the home. Another special piece was bought as a poster at a market in New York and was found to be an original by Jean Cocteau. Visitors to the home will find a juxtaposition of modern art coupled with antiques throughout.
This beautiful and spacious home was designed by the homeowners and is filled with treasures and furnishings they have collected over the years. It is a Georgian style design and modeled after a home they admired in the downtown Charleston area. The first floor opens into a media room with a beautiful collection of Kevin LePrince oils of birds. There is an ocean suite that looks out onto a spacious deck with a pool, hot tub and fire pit. The deck area overlooks a landscaped backyard surrounded by sweet grass with panoramic views of the ocean. On the opposite side of the house is a cabana with walnut engineered flooring. All of the windows and doors in this outdoor kitchen open to the deck so you actually feel as though you are outdoors. The colors throughout the home are vibrant and the homeowners have titled all of the rooms, so that you may be a guest in the “coy fish room” or the “golfers bunk room”. The second floor opens to a sunlit “great room” filled with furnishings from Williamsburg, Virginia and Delaware. A blue and white furnished sunroom gives you an extra space to relax and enjoy ocean views. From here you enter their kitchen area with stainless appliances, a walnut island and bead board ceiling. As you exit the kitchen there is yet another seating area with a large Georgian Palladian window. The “yellow and blue room” provides a comfortable guest room that features an antique Chinese lunchbox. The third floor features the “Master Suite” in deep coral colors as well as the “exercise room”. Do not miss the “Alice in Wonderland” door that leads into the bath area.
This transitional style home on a quiet cul-de-sac is entered through a tranquil courtyard filled with majestic oaks, camellias and confederate jasmine reminiscent of downtown Charleston gardens. Indeed the owners requested their architect give their “home at the beach” a sense of place and a connection to the local building vernacular, thus the use of beaded siding, wrought iron and brick on the exterior. The entire back of the home opens to a wonderful piazza and screened porch, taking advantage of the panoramic golf course views. Inside, the extensive use of moldings, door transoms and heart pine floors creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. In the living room, family antiques blend with designer fabrics featuring beach shells and shades of coral and cream. Throughout the first floor, a collection of etchings is joined with watercolors and significant oil paintings. The unusually large dining room accommodates gatherings of families and friends and features wonderful antique furniture, porcelains and oil portraits. Off the open kitchen is a comfortable, casual dining and seating area leading to a screened porch. This home shows that a traditional home can exist beautifully in a beach oriented community.