Lighting can make or break a home restoration project, especially when your goal is to blend the past with the present and future in a centuries-old home along the Carolina coast. That was the challenge Southeastern Galleries Designer Trudie Krawcheck faced.
The results speak for themselves in the home of Wallace and Catherine Scarborough at 1207 Bay St. in Beaufort. In March, the house, built in the 1790, is a stop on the town’s 2019 Architects Tour, produced by the Historic Beaufort Foundation. Krawcheck, a designer with Southeastern Galleries in Charleston, worked hand-in-hand with architect R.W. Chambers on the project.
“You really need to have a working relationship,” she points out. “The details have to meld among the homeowner, the architect, and the designer.”
It was no coincidence that the Scarboroughs called on Krawcheck when they needed an experienced designer. Her father, Bill Cooper, designed the home of Wallace Scarborough’s parents, Bobby and Elise Scarborough, in Charleston. In fact, the renovated Beaufort home includes furniture his parents purchased from Southeastern Galleries for their house in Charleston.
Though Krawcheck worked with the Scarboroughs to choose the right furniture and paint colors, she thinks lighting provided by Visual Comfort made the project a success. For example, a chandelier from the Darlana collection, by designer E.F. Chapman, graces the foyer, while the centerpiece of the Palladian Room is a Lyon Large chandelier with a beautiful antique brass finish, designed by Niermann Weeks.
“The beauty of this room is that a palladium window overlooks the garden,” describes Krawcheck. Driving up the back of the home to this sight is a beautiful focal point.
The powder bath features an antique burnished brass quartz wall sconce by Kelly Wearstler, as well as a Sophia small flush star ceiling light designed by Alexa Hampton.
“What’s interesting is that these are updated lights with a nod to the past,” according to Krawcheck, who points out that the walls of all the bathrooms were once exterior walls of the home.
The master bath features two George II crystal polished nickel double sconces with coordinating chandeliers designed by E.F. Chapman — one of them over a free-standing tub.
“We loved being part of a project like that,” says Krawcheck, who has more than 35 years of design experience. “In the end, the homeowner gets a really wonderful outcome when your team works together.”
The historic renovation of the 7,000-square-foot house, finished in 2018, took two years to complete.
The house was originally built by Robert Means and his wife, Mary Hutson Barnwell. A merchant from Boston, Means arrived in Beaufort by way of Charleston and became a successful planter on Parris Island. When it was built, the two-story frame house had a one-story porch and a spacious piazza designed to catch the breezes from the nearby Beaufort River. Edwin Denby, the home’s second owner, converted the one-story porch into a two-story porch. The front door of the Scarborough home is original, as it its lock and key.
During the restoration that started in 2017, it became apparent that two rooms on the west side of the house, as well as a cistern, might have been part of an earlier structure on the 1.25-acre property.