Designer

David Huckabee

David Huckabee

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David Huckabee has always been enamored with the prospect of designing homes for a living and, when he was younger, he planned to study architecture. At the age of 24, he chose a slightly different path. Thirty-five years later, he has no regrets about his decision to help create comfortable and beautiful living spaces as an interior designer.

David, who has been with Southeastern Galleries for 16 years, pointed out that the most important aspect of his job is to ascertain exactly what his clients want. And, he says, there’s only one way to figure that out.

“You listen. You pay attention. You go out to their home and see how they live and what they like,” he explained. David Huckabee

He added that he does a large amount of repeat business, and earns referrals from many of his clients because, “I really give it my all. I always give it that little extra. That’s why people remember you,” he says. “My whole goal when I design a room or a whole house is when you come home and put that key in the door, you feel like there’s no place else you’d rather be.”

David says he enjoys every aspect of his job, but accessorizing and adding the finishing touches bring him the most professional satisfaction.

“You can have the nicest furniture in the world, but until you accessorize, it just doesn’t have that personality,” he says.

IMG_9092Always one to go the extra mile for his clients, David pointed out that even though Southeastern Galleries carries a wide range of indoor and outdoor furniture, rugs and accessories, he also helps his clients with finishes, granite, tile and cabinets, helping them choose these options so it “all has the right flow.”

Much of David’s business is from clients who have benefited from his expertise and his experience in the past. For example, over a period of about 15 years, he has designed four different homes owned by the same family – one in Florida, another in the mountains and two more in the Charleston area.

Sometimes, he says, top-of-the-line customer service takes a while to pay off. He mentioned one Sullivan’s Island resident who came to him around six years ago in search of draperies and a sofa. He went to her house, developed a floor plan and then didn’t hear from her for three years, at which point she called and says she was ready to have the work done. Now he’s providing her with additional interior design services.

IMG_1805A Lowcountry native, David graduated from James Island High School and attended the College of Charleston. In his spare time, he helps care for two special needs cousins, rides his bike and works in his yard in West Ashley, “which is like therapy for me,” he says.

And then there’s the Southeastern Galleries Christmas tree. For years, he’s been decorating a 10-foot, live tree from the same New York-based farm, which sets up shop in the Lowcountry starting in November.

“It’s my gift to the store,” he says, explaining that he started the tradition during the few years when he was taking a break from interior design and was responsible for setting up the showroom and keeping it looking fresh. “Now it’s become a tradition.”

 

Courtney Jacob Harmon

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Courtney Jacob Harmon is a welcomed addition to the team at Southeastern Galleries. While Courtney is a native of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, she cannot imagine a more opportune location for her family and career than Charleston.  

Courtney graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Interior Design. Over the next several years Courtney would further develop her expertise in full scale design services while in Greenville and Charleston.

southeastern galleriesHaving joined Southeastern Galleries two years ago, for Courtney it was second nature connecting with a company that was family owned and operated. “I appreciate the strong sense of family value. As a mom to a young son with a husband wrapping up medical school at MUSC, I am able to balance my career with my home life.”  

Growing up in Ponte Vedra Beach, Courtney was heavily influenced by the communities’ renowned affluence in resort living. Courtney is incredibly comfortable at mixing exclusive building materials for kitchen and baths, while appreciating the need not only for versatility but durability in textiles as well. With Courtney’s unique approach to interiors, she has been able to specialize in creating a conglomerate of high fashion and performance.

southeastern galleriesWhile Courtney excels in any arena or style of design, she most personally identifies with Chinese Chippendale styling, though modernized with a fresh color pallet and more contemporary upholstery. “I love taking that family heirloom, or piece with such sentimental value to a client, and giving it new life in an updated space. When I can create a space that is a comfort to my client, that is the most amazing feeling in the world,” she says.  

Courtney is able to bring to fruition every clients ideal sense of editorial design while discerning client’s specific lifestyle needs. When she’s not making a client’s house a home, she is enjoying time with her family. As Courtney would suggest “A well-designed room is special, the people inside the home are what really matter.”

 

Ann Marie DeMars

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DeMarsAnn Marie loves the warmth and charm of Charleston, and applies those same qualities to her work with clients, melding their personal style with good design techniques. The result is a beautiful look and feel unique to each project.
Ann Marie’s fire is lit by the opportunity to listen intently to her clients and tailor their combined vision to the client’s individual needs. Believing strongly that form follows function, she links architects, builders and remodelers to create a space that works aesthetically and practically “If I find a sofa that is beautiful but not comfortable, it’s not the right sofa,” she says.
Ann Marie has worked with one client on three homes, each with a different purpose. The beach house required one approach, the family home another. The homeowners sought a casual elegant approach to the house in the North Carolina mountains, so Ann Marie found luxurious draperies, finely appointed furniture and antiques and accessories that worked as an integrated unit. The clients were delighted and have hired her to design the interior of a fourth house.
Ann Marie, originally from Chicago, began her professional life as an accountant, but found her true calling while working for a custom home builder. She returned to school to earn a degree in interior design, then moved to Charlotte and eventually landed at Southeastern Galleries here in Charleston 12 years ago, drawn by the classical furnishings found there.
The combination of two, disparate perspectives – the mathematical and the aesthetic – gives Ann Marie an ability to blend styles and turn anyone’s vision into a beautiful space while keeping budget in mind.
While Ann Marie designs with her clients’ sensibilities in mind, the traditional is her personal feel-good place. Her classic, single-family home she & her husband built on John’s Island, featured an interior she designed, reflected the vocabulary of antiquity, while showing off the surrounding natural beauty from a wrap-around porch. Sunsets viewed from the DeMars’ porch were a daily event.

When Ann Marie walks into a house, she can’t help redesigning it in her mind’s eye. She’ll move kitchen cabinets, alter window treatments, change out flooring choices, switch paint colors and so on. (Don’t worry, she keeps those thoughts to herself.) She enjoys walking into the clients’ homes after they have moved in, so she can see her design put into action. That’s the real test of good design.
Ann Marie and her husband have two other passions – sunshine and water. The sunshine is their three-year-old grandson, who lives in Mount Pleasant with one of their sons. The water serves as a palette for their 42-foot sailboat, on which they cruised 12 years ago, from the Chesapeake down the Intracoastal Waterway to Charleston, then to Florida and then on to the Bahamas for a winter of scuba diving, snorkeling and many adventures.
Living in the confines of a boat challenges the use of practical space. When she “downsized” to a smaller home, she combined function with beauty, thus being able to help clients achieve the same feel.
If you want your design project steered through the rough seas by a steady hand with a diverse background and experiences, you can count on Ann Marie to listen and deliver. You can reach her at annmarried@southeasterngalleries.com or at 843-556-4663.

Brittany Bowser

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Brittany Bowser

Brittany Bowser Brings an Artist’s Eye to Design

Born and raised in the Upstate to an artistic family, Brittany Bowser at first thought she wanted her life to go in a different direction. But a single architectural history course in college reignited her passion for design. The experience inspired her to change majors, schools and cities, graduating in 2010 from the Art Institute of Charleston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. After a stint in Greenville working for a design firm, the powerful call of Charleston brought Brittany back to the city she loves.

The Holy City’s varied design realm inspires Brittany, from the 18th century reproductions of the peninsula to the industrial clean whites of Sullivan’s Island to the warm golds and contemporary-traditional stylings of Kiawah. Brittany particularly loves making a space work for a client’s unique needs, often by incorporating family heirlooms and living habits into the room. She excels at pulling a family’s emotions into a space they are going to occupy for years to come.

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Clients laud Brittany’s attention to detail, her passion for beautiful yet functional designs, and her ability to work closely with them to solve problems and create a home in harmony with their personal style. Brittany counts many clients among her friends, and considers the relationships she develops with them among the joys of her work.

Brittany’s love of art extends to her personal life. An avid creator, she paints, crafts, arranges flowers and generally dabbles in making beautiful things. Recently, she has taken up wood turning, carving out creations on a lathe in Mt. Pleasant. Friends and family delight in receiving very personal and beautiful pieces of art for birthdays and other special occasions that Brittany has fashioned herself.

When she isn’t designing interiors or creating beautiful things, Brittany is outside enjoying nature’s gorgeous bounty. She plays on a kickball team, runs, bikes, kayaks the Ashley River and has recently taken up golf, a skill she is developing with the same persistence and attention to detail she brings to her work.
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Nathaniel King

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NathaCYR_2043-Edit-300x200niel King has been practicing interior design for 29 years and has had the privilege to complete projects throughout the United States and Canada. Projects include residences in Vancouver, Calgary Toronto, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand. Award winning projects include residences at “The Regent” (Chicago’s Magnificent Mile) and “The Courtyards” at Punahou in Waikiki, Hawaii.

Nathaniel holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Radford University. While an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Tech (VPI) and Radford University he sat on various foundations, boards, and councils for excellence, ethics, and accountability for designer/ client relations.

As a thorough interviewer, Nathaniel ensures your needs are understood and addressed to accommodate both function and style. Services include client interview, evaluation, inventory, scaled drafting, presentation, and accessorization. Please contact him to schedule an appointment while he is accepting new clients.

Joe Meyers

Joe Meyers

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Joe Meyers, a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, joined Southeastern Galleries in 2002.  Joe is experienced and knowledgeable of all aspects of residential and commercial floor covering.  Whether it is hardwood, wall-to-wall carpet or custom rugs, Joe works with clients and designers to best match lifestyle and budget needs with the perfect style, texture and color.

Southeastern Galleries has a fantastic selection of Brands and Styles to complement any room and meet every budget.   A sampling of major brands offered include:  Karastan, Masland, Stanton, Nourison, Fabrica, Dixie Home, Shaw, Tuftex, Prestige Mills, Concepts International, Wunda Weave, Design Materials, Fibreworks, Radici, Robertex, Hartco, Armstrong, Aladdin, Horizon, Durkan, Bigelow and more.

Trudie Cooper Krawcheck

Trudie Cooper

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Designer Profile: Trudie Cooper Krawcheck

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Trudie Cooper Krawcheck was born into the world of interior design. Born and raised around her family’s beautiful Charleston homes, Trudie learned to appreciate great design early on. For her, it’s not a job or a career but a way of life, and she brings that approach to every working relationship. When she works with clients, they get all of that passion and expertise, while bringing to life their style. Trudie

Representing the third generation of the Cooper family at Southeastern Galleries, Trudie puts her heart and soul into every design while striving to reflect her clients’ styles and tastes. She believes her job is to look and listen to clients in order to create a design that fully reflects their personalities and stories.
After graduating Ashley Hall, Agnes Scott College and the College of Charleston with a fine arts degree, Trudie fulfilled her destiny by joining the family business 35 years ago. In that time she has developed long-term relationships with many clients who have become her friends. One family in Kiawah has asked her to design six houses, all of which reflect the family’s living style and tastes, without any two of them alike.

Trudie’s clients say she is methodical, drawing architectural plans, doing background research, and viewing the family’s belongings before embarking on an actual home design. Trudie always incorporates pieces important to a family into the design, even if they have to be repurposed.

TrudieThe style of Trudie’s grandparents and parents have become her own, leavened by modernity. Her own home includes spectacular family heirlooms with more contemporary upholstery. “I love pairing the old with the new, so my home is livable and comfortable and makes you feel welcomed,” she says. She did inherit her mother’s and grandmother’s desire to set a formal dinner table, complete with her grandmother’s china and mother’s silver goblet. She likes her family to sit down to dinner around a table that reflects the family’s heritage.

At Trudie’s dinner table, the conversation veers away from design towards sports – thanks to her active 17-year-old son, Jack. A single working mother, Trudie focuses her time and attention on her son’s activities and the work for which she has so much passion.
“There is such joy in doing what you love and working with clients that you love,” she says.

 

Randolph Cooper

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A fourth generation member of the Southeastern Galleries family, Randolph Cooper grew up immersed in his great-grandparents’ vast knowledge of fine design. Dinner table conversation included the names Adams, Wedgewood, Chippendale and other staples of the industry.

Randolph’s extensive travels as a child, particularly through Asia and Micronesia, inspired an appreciation for three things: the gorgeous mosaic of foreign cultures, the varied aesthetics that span the globe, and a reverence for the unique history and beauty of his home city of Charleston.

After graduating from the College of Charleston, Randolph embarked on his career at Ralph Lauren, where he paired new sales skills with a further sharpening of his design talents. Ralph Lauren offered Randolph the first platform to express his passion for design.
Charleston and his family beckoned, and Randolph returned to Southeastern Galleries eight years ago to help clients complete their homes. Randolph pours himself into each project, no matter how big or small, combining an appreciation for old world design and antique pieces while utilizing new and current elements in design. On the one hand, he says, a historical sensibility need not be stuffy. On the other hand, “progress for the sake of progress results in poor design.”

Randolph loves his job at Southeastern Galleries. He works every day with his uncle, cousin, aunt and grandfather, and takes immense pride in a store that such a large part of his life. He appreciates the great blessing and honor of upholding the family legacy for superb customer service and spectacular antique furniture.
One of his favorite aspects of the job is the clients, many of whom have become his friends. Whether clients need his assistance designing the layout of a multi-million dollar home or choosing a single nightstand, he is humbled by the opportunity to educate and guide them.

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“I love to do this,” he says. “Even on my worst day I’m excited to wake up and work with clients, my family and some of the most intelligent designers in the Southeast.”
Randolph is energized by life in the Holy City. The focus on historic preservation and restoration inspire him. You might see him at one of a plethora of cultural activities – like SEWE, Spoleto and Restaurant Week – or offshore fishing with family, friends and a frosty brew in hand. He also contributes his considerable talents to our community, volunteering on the city’s tourism development committee and with Charleston Animal Society, from which he adopted his dog, Wellfleet.

It always comes back to design for Randolph. After all, it’s in his blood. He loves working with the great furniture makers and trend setters across the world, including Earl Charles Spencer, brother of Princess Diana and a renowned designer and collector in his own right.

Whatever he is doing, Randolph combines an intensity for appreciating beauty with a lightheartedness about life itself.

 

Rick Cooper

Rick Cooper

Rick Cooper

Rick joined Southeastern Galleries in the early 1980′s after receiving his BS in Business from The Citadel, his MBA from the University of South Carolina and several years with Milliken Textile Mills. His textile training inspired him to become an expert in rugs, carpets and fabrics.

Rick and his wife of 30 years share their world with 3 sons and a beautiful daughter-in-law. When Rick is not working, he can be found on the golf course with his best friend, mentor and spiritual counselor, Bishop T or playing with his granddog, George.

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