SCHEMBRA REAL ESTATE GROUP ADDS ASSOCIATE 

Whitney Halley, a lifelong resident of Hilton Head Island, has joined Schembra Real Estate Group as assistant to the broker-in-charge. She was most recently client service supervisor for Spherion in Columbia. Halley graduated magna cum laude from USC Darla Moore School of Business with a bachelor of science degree in marketing and management.

CALLAWASSIE ISLAND HOME WITH A FRENCH TOUCH

Nancy Rapp is an enthusiastic home chef. She has French cuisine by her culinary side and an abundance of cookbooks for reference in her back “messy” space where she has a working kitchen for prepping and a desk. 

Julia Childs was her cooking mentor in the early 1970s – cookbooks and TV. Beef bourguignon is her favorite dish to cook on Callawassie Island, where she and her husband, Rob, live. She mixes her braised beef with gravy beef stock, red wine and cognac, carrots and onions. 

THE GREENERY TEAM TAKES PRIDE IN LANDSCAPING THROUGHOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY

Planting trees, mowing grass and sculpting the grounds of homes, businesses and resorts does not fully describe the work of The Greenery, Hilton Head’s largest and most prolific landscaping company.

What the company’s legion of employees really does — from dawn to dusk — is put out a colorful welcome mat for road-weary vacationers and seasonal residents eager for downtime in the Lowcountry.

WEICHERT REALTORS ADDS 4 AGENTS

Weichert Realtors has welcomed new agents. David and Amanda Rutherford will work out of the Sun City office. They both have decorated military and federal service careers spanning more than two decades. David holds a masters of business administration in hospitality management from Johnson and Wales University and is pursuing a master’s degree in finance.  Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in intelligence studies from American Military University and is working toward a second degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

The Lowcountry’s top builders and designers were recognized at the 21st annual LightHouse Awards gala on Nov. 6 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island.

More than 100 building industry professionals attended the event, presented by the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association with the support of title sponsor BB&T Home Mortgage, now known as Truist.

KITCHEN REMODELING SEES UPTICK DURING PANDEMIC

The pantries are stocked, the fridges are full, the wine is racked, and the home kitchen has been the go-to room for the entire family for several months.

Many Lowcountry homeowners have doubled down on their cooking skills in the kitchen during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lowcountry is known for its charm and rich history, but it is also admired for its breathtaking homes. From the striking historical architecture to elegant décor, properties in the area are a source of pride. We’ve selected a few standout properties that you can own, and reached out to local architecture firm Court Atkins Group and asked for its take on these unique locations. Interior Designer Gregory Vaughan offered his perspective on each property. He is a 30-year veteran in the Lowcountry with a bachelor of fine arts degree from SCAD.

NEW TECHNOLOGIES OFFER MORE FOR THOSE LIVING THE LUXURIOUS LIFE

The only thing more relentless than the pace at which technology evolves is the pace at which it becomes commonplace. Take home automation, for example. The ability to control everything from your home’s security system to the temperature of your oven with your voice was once the stuff of science fiction.

Today, you can do all of that with a Google home mini. And they are literally giving those away with Spotify subscriptions, like a toy in a cereal box.

TIPS TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY WREATHS POP

Wreaths are as unique in decor as their historical symbolism is vast. Chronicled back to ancient Greece and Egypt, they were said to have been worn as headdresses by royalty, warriors, and poets.

Adorned in fine jewels, flowers and rare fabrics, this greenery signified power. Wreaths were also used to celebrate the winter solstice, and its promise of spring.

WEICHERT REALTORS HIRES 7 AGENTS

Weichert Realtors has welcomed new real estate agents.

Michelle Alaimo grew up in Rochester, New York, and worked for 20 years as a photojournalist at newspapers in several states, before moving to Hilton Head in 2018. She eventually pursued a career in real estate.  She will work out of the Hilton Head office.

Avis Knowles has been a resident of Savannah, Ga., most of her life. She will work out of the Savannah office.