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The Red Thread: A Thoughtfully Restored Townhouse in Charleston by Serious Buildings

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The Red Thread: A Thoughtfully Restored Townhouse in Charleston by Serious Buildings

April 12, 2024

We’ve been following the work of low-key design savant Helen Rice for more than a decade now (we first profiled her creative agency, Fuzzco, which she cofounded with Josh Nissenboim, back in 2014). And when we checked in with her recently, we found ourselves transfixed by her Pitt Street project in Charleston, undertaken by Serious Buildings, Fuzzco’s design-driven real estate investment company.

The interiors are painted a uniform shade of Tallow from Farrow & Ball, but we’re especially taken by the subtle touches of red she deploys throughout the interior (see The Unexpected Red Theory: Yay or Nay?).

Join us for a tour:

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Above: Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, the historic Federal-style house was built in the early 1800s. In the 1840s, it was renovated in the Gothic style, and a grocery store was established at the ground level, giving the property its unique commercial presence within the residential neighborhood.
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Above: An airy porch.
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Above: “I was VERY happy to find this vintage Wicker Works furniture, made in Italy, on Craigslist,” Helen says (1st Dibs has a similar set on offer). “I always focus on materials first. In this case, warm woods, patinated surfaces, wicker, and rush. The red upholstery functions to keep you from falling asleep.”
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Above: “I like the furniture to sit in the middle of rooms—there’s something clean about it, and I feel like it treats the furniture like a sculpture to pull it off the wall.”
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Above: “The coffee table is a prototype made by my friends at Workstead.”
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Above: The kitchen is anchored by a La CornuFé 43 Inch Dual Fuel Natural Gas Range; the dishwasher is from Bosch.
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Above: The Creamware Pendant Light is from DeVol Kitchens. A Liebherr refrigerator is concealed behind paneling.
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Above: The elegant faucet is from UK company Catchpole and Rye.
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Above: The cherry bench is by Michael James Moran.
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Above: The cabinet pulls are by Fort Standard.
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Above: The graceful stairwell leading to the upper floors.
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Above: A Palladian window at the top of the stairs floods the interiors with light.
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Above: A view into a guest bedroom.
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Above: The window shades are custom-made from vintage silk fabric and the striped bed cover is from
Red Land Cotton.
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Above: Custom double sinks by Workstead.
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Above: A clawfoot tub.
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Above: An elegant glass shower door.

For more on Helen Rice and Serious Buildings:

Quick Takes With: Helen Rice

Shopper’s Diary: Ponytail in Charleston, SC, a Pop-Up Shop Poised to Go on the Road

A Modern Kitchen in a North Carolina Log Cabin

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Frequently asked questions

Who is the design savant behind the Pitt Street project in Charleston?

Helen Rice

What is the uniform shade of paint used in the Pitt Street project interiors?

Tallow from Farrow & Ball

What is the name of the design-driven real estate investment company involved in the Pitt Street project?

Serious Buildings

What is the unique feature of the Federal-style house in Charleston built in the early 1800s?

In the 1840s, it was renovated in the Gothic style, and a grocery store was established at the ground level, giving the property its unique commercial presence within the residential neighborhood.

What vintage furniture did Helen Rice find on Craigslist for the project?

Vintage Wicker Works furniture, made in Italy

What type of range anchors the kitchen in Pitt Street project?

La CornuFé 43 Inch Dual Fuel Natural Gas Range

Where is the faucet in the kitchen from?

Catchpole and Rye

What are the custom double sinks in the project made by?

Workstead

What type of bathtub is featured in the project?

Clawfoot tub

How is the light in the second-floor bedroom of the project sourced?

The Creamware Pendant Light from DeVol Kitchens

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