Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2014

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358 CHARLESTON STYLE & DESIGN | FALL 14 A C C E N T S I n the South, we take our porch time seriously. It is hallowed ground, where the pace of life slows down. Beverages are sipped, bestsellers are read, and friends reconnect. In such a place, something as simple as a really good nap cures all that ails. With this thought in mind, Preston Stone built his frst bedswing in 1990. "Over the years, I had seen all kinds of different swings, hammocks, benches—even mat- tresses sitting up in trees," he says. "So I thought, why not make a hanging bed? The frst swing was a labor of love. I had no machines and had to chisel it myself. It took about two weeks to fnish." The labor of love was hung from the ve- randah of the Stones' Mount Pleasant home, immediately becoming the family's favorite gathering place. When Stone made a few more bedswings as gifts for friends, word of mouth spread. Soon, he and his wife, Barbara, launched their unique, homegrown company, The Original Charleston Bedswing, in 1992. "From the very beginning, our mission with The Original Charleston Bedswing was Southern Comfort Bedswings bring luxury to lounging BY M ICH E LLE THOM PSON | PHOTOG RAPHY BY HOLG E R OB E NAUS

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