The Summerville Cottage

 Yesterday, as I was wandering around the house snapping photos for insurance purposes, I realized
that, although I spend hours combing through interior design photos on other blogs, I seldom post photos of my own houses. There are several reasons for this:  I never feel as if a room is completed,
because I'm a professional photographer, I should take the time to set up lights and make an effort to arrange flowers, etc. and usually our houses are under construction and we are living in chaos!
With that said, these photos - are just ones that I snapped without too much effort involved.    So here it is - our little
cottage in the enclave of Summerville,  along the Savannah River in Georgalina.  This post features the living room.  I'll do separate posts for the rest of the house.
                                                                                                                                                               My style is rather eclectic - things I've collected over the years.  I'll list the sources, if
anyone is interested!

Top Photo:  Art by:  John Hulse, Steve Northup, Yvoy and a SC artist that I can't recall the name
of.  I have it written down somewhere.  Just can't locate it at the moment.
 Linen Churchill Sofa - Rooms and Gardens - Santa Barbara.  Pillows - William Sonoma Home (top) and a custom pillow in Richard Allen fabric.  Throw - Kelly Wearstler for SFERRA. Antique French
Garden table from Precious Cargo - Summerland, CA.  Lamps from Elegant Earth - Urn -bo-tan-ik  - Summerland, CA

Antique Chinese jars from Jack-a-lope - Santa Fe, NM.  Ottoman - designed and built by me, covered in Restoration Hardware Belgian Linen.  The wing chair is covered in RH Belgian Linen as well.  Photograph on the wall: Julie Graber
 These are the before photos.  Due to a leak in the roof, the ceiling caved in.
We bumped out the fireplace to support the rafters above and refaced the fireplace with a
simple traditional mantle to match the rest of the woodwork in the house.  This little cottage
is nearly 100 years old and needs constant care!  I built a long rad cover to enclose the
non-functioning radiator.  I also built the sofa table to match.                                                                We replaced the ceiling fixture with a vintage chandelier and painted the
walls BM Edgecomb Gray and the trim BM White Dove.
 As you can see - the roof needed some serious repair work!   (Still needs more!)

 Vintage McGuire chairs give extra seating and add texture.  Circa Lighting lamp, antique Navaho Rug,
Sabina and Mesquite wood table from Mexico.  Pillow - African textile.  Cashmere throw - Banana Republic.  Art - Top Photo: Ryannan Bryer de Hickman.  The bottom piece is a framed
Buck & Hickman antique saw.

Photos By: Ryannan Bryer de Hickman


  1. You have exquisite taste..Exquiste..So nice to get a visit.
    I am in love w/ those large paintbrushes.
    I have nothing at the moment on our great groom coffee table(old old wood table that we cut the legs off..pale honey) I have no idea what would look nice as a tablescape..:( WE have built ins on each side of the fireplace..and there are things there and I have NO problem with that..I like the way they look..but that table?:(
    You have that down pat.
    I can't eblieve the before and after difference.
    Our roof after only 13 yrs is getting redone in the next couple of weeks.
    Apparently is a was a very bad yr for shingles.
    Artisanal metal this time.Jacques never wants to think about the roof again.

    1. Thank you for your compliments Monique - you are such a dear friend. Wish we lived closer - I'd have you over for a cup of tea or better yet - a glass of wine.

  2. I love love it all. My decorating style is also eclectic, by yours Ry, is so clean and spare looking. Love that. Only problem I see, is that having two places means twice the work. I know. Just love the white linen couches. My dream.

    1. Sweet of you to say Donna! The saving grace on this white linen couch is that is has a slip cover that can be taken off and washed!


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