Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2014

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A n enclave of creativity is blossoming in central Mount Pleasant and putting the once sleepy strip leading to the beach on the map—literally and fguratively. Anchored by The Boulevard—a sleek apartment complex that offers a host of mixed-use amenities—Coleman Boulevard's revitalization has brought new life to the area, creating something of a design district for folks hunting for Lowcountry chic with an urban edge. Replete with restaurants, boutiques and upscale shops, Coleman's reimagined "Main Street" setting accommodates both vehicles and pedestrians with ample parking and tree-lined sidewalks. Stephanie Poe is a newcomer to the pack of home stylists here, pushing the creative envelope with unique concepts for the home, but she's hardly a newcomer to her trade. A 20-year veteran of all things painterly, she claims the frst time she picked up a brush, she knew she was destined to paint. "I had just moved to Charleston," recalls Poe, "and was very fortu- nate—my friend's husband was a contractor. I'd done decorative work in their nursery and he said 'dang that girl can paint!'" Doors opened for the BY WE N DY SWAT SNYDE R | PHOTOG RAPHY BY HOLG E R OB E NAUS Creative juices fow at Stephanie Poe Artistic Design studio: hand-strung stones and hand-painted marble beads created by Poe's daughter Ashley embellish a custom light fxture, creating a whimsical, one-of-a- kind centerpiece for a special space. 303

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