Well-traveled homeowners bring worldly perspective to Berkeley Hall.

Art collected over the years from Frank and Suzanne’s’ travels around the world provides visual interest and beauty in their inspiring living room.The home of Suzanne and Frank Grohowski is nestled in a cul-de-sac in stately Berkeley Hall. This fascinating couple had a home in Sea Pines for many years and, when it came time to make a change, Berkeley Hall captured Frank and Suzanne’s attention due to its beauty, elegance and magnificent home sites.

“We wanted to build a home that reflected our lifestyle and personalities”, said Suzanne. “We have been fortunate to have traveled extensively and collected both art work and other treasures along the way. We really wanted to build our home in a manner that would allow us to share our life and travels with friends and family.”

A Mediterranean, yet distinctly American home is the net result. Rich warm tones of winter wheat and cinnamon combine beautifully to set off textured fabrics, comfortable furniture and impeccable taste creating a relaxed, refined and quiet luxury throughout this home, the perfect venue for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

New strategies, materials make it easier to be green.

Recycled glass countertop by Vetrazzo.Millions of people are making the switch to a greener lifestyle. From replacing plastic grocery bags with canvas totes to designing homes with environmentally friendly materials, consumers are completely aware of the benefits of going green inside and outside the home.

A GREEN INTERIOR — FROM ROOM TO ROOM

Making the switch to a greener home lifestyle can be as easy as throwing out old toxic cleaners or replacing regular light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs.

But if you’re looking to remodel major aspects of the home, think about using recycled materials throughout every room starting with the kitchen.

Hot hues and cool tools to enhance your home.

COLOR CHOICESMany of us have at least one sad looking room in our home that is in need of updating and some fresh new colors. If you would like to make this change over a weekend, preparation will include getting organized and making a few preliminary decisions. The first decision to tackle is what items will stay, and what items could be transformed to a new look. Certainly the most cost-effective changes will be painting the walls to create a new color scheme and adding new accessories for the finishing touches.

Mahogany Masterpiece: The goal, to create warmth in a grand space, was achieved with rich tones, unique lighting & textures. Designed by Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD, Peter Salerno, Inc.The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is proud to announce that the 2009 NKBA Design Competition. Art of the Industry will be the largest ever for this internationally acclaimed competition, which showcases the finest kitchen and bath projects of the past year. Recognizing the importance of the competition in our industry, the NKBA has decided to more than double the cash prizes in 2009 to over $100,000. Of that amount, $25,000 will be presented to the winner of the Pinnacle of Design Award, which honors the year’s top design, representing the peak of form and function. Tw o new categories have also been added to the NKBA Design Competition for 2009: Best Sustainable Kitchen, sponsored by GE Monogram®, and Best Sustainable Bath, sponsored by Rheem®.

In addition, the NKBA welcomes This Old House® as sponsor of the Best Before & After category and American Woodmark as sponsor for all of the competitions 3D modeling. The NKBA is also pleased to have Sub-Zero®/Wolf®, Miele™, and Dal-Tile® continue as sponsors for the Pinnacle of Design, Best Overall Kitchen, and Best Overall Bathroom awards, respectively.

A Cappella show on October 6, 2008.

World Habitat Day on October 6, 2008, the a capella concert, Harmony for Habitat,To celebrate World Habitat Day on October 6, 2008, the a capella concert, Harmony for Habitat, will take place and will feature barbershop-style harmony and other a cappella singing from around the Coastal Empire to benefit Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity and commemorate World Habitat Day 2008.

The Hilton Head Lighthouse Chorus has a well-deserved reputation for supporting local charities via their community support program. In the past year, they’ve produced a benefit for Deep Well, donated $1,000 to the Bluffton High School Music Program, performed, and made a donation at the Hearts for Henry benefit concert. So, when Sing-Out Chairperson Paul Jacobson presented the idea for the Habitat for Humanity benefit to the chorus board of directors, it didn’t take much to persuade them.

An elegant & well-appointed residence in Rose Hill Plantation. An elegant & well-appointed residence in Rose Hill Plantation

A veritable tribute to fine and historic masterpieces, this elegant and well-appointe home, in step Monthly’s October “arts-infused” issue, features numerous stunning paintings by 19th century English and French artists, which are as grand as the space in which they are displayed. Note the beautiful heart pine flooring throughout). In the magnificent living room, pictured this page: The painting over the fireplace is entitled, “Japanese Wedding Cart” by Heublant (French school). Over the door, visitors will find “A View of Dordrect - the Grote Kerk” by James Webb (English school). The two paintings on the right, by Vogel, include “A View of a Cathedral” and “An Interior of a Church” (Rembrandt’s mother is buried there).

Imagination & creative design transform dreams into reality.

Imagination & creative design transform dreams into reality. Sometimes you have to be able to look beyond the old and outdated to imagine that the house you have purchased can become the home of your dreams. Such was the case for Dennis Egan and Kim Godfrey, who bought their classic home in The Sea Pines Resort as a second home. “Initially, we fell in love with Sea Pines, Twin Pines Road in particular, and when we found this house, with its beautiful view and spacious floorplan, we knew this was the house for us,” said Dennis.

Although the house had much of what Dennis and Kim envisioned for their home, there were areas that were tired and in need of updating. The couple enlisted the aid of architect Mark Paszek to execute the reinvention of the house. “Kim and I had a vision and ideas that we had collected together over time. Mark was wonderful at translating those ideas into reality, and as it happens many times with a renovation, the project took a life of its own, and our second home became the focus of our time, passion and energy.”

Adding layers of light and other tips for enhancing the most popular gathering space in your home.

Using frosted globe light bulbs with recessed fixtures creates an inviting atmosphere.Bring your kitchen to life with carefully chosen and thoughtfully placed lighting fixtures. Whether preparing a meal or hosting a casual get-together, you’ll love how multiple layers of light can change your kitchen’s mood to suit the moment. A well-designed plan provides ideal lighting for every situation.

Begin by imagining all the activities that will take place here – dining on the island, food preparation on the counter, reading the morning newspaper – and consider layering light in such a way that will help you be the most productive and comfortable in this space.

When considering general lighting needs, even light distribution and flexibility are essential. Consider recessed fixtures spaced evenly throughout the kitchen, with additional lighting positioned above islands, working countertops, sinks and ranges.

FOR THE GAME LOVER

Use your gaming table as a visual centerpiece in the game room.Turning a den or garage into a game room might be the perfect retreat for your home. Make it fun for the entire family by starting a weekly game night tradition! A game table set is for the person who loves card games, backgammon, roulette or even chess. These tables can covert into several different games and have plenty of storage for cards and chips. Game tables come in a variety of wood finishes to complement the décor of the room. Mahogany is a popular finish but a honey finish also looks elegant. A game room wouldn’t be complete without your favorite games, such as pinball machines, arcade games, foosball tables, dart boards and even board games.

For the golf lover, set up a small putting green. Practice your putt right in your own home! The race car enthusiast can get the feel of driving a real race car with the Virtual GT Racing Simulator. Check out virtual-gt.com to become a race car driver with your own “personal racing simulator” without ever leaving the driveway!

Marshland Millworks and Cabinetry brings world-class woodwork to Lowcountry homes.

Marshland Millworks and Cabinetry brings world-class woodwork to Lowcountry homes.In an age where everything seems to be mass produced, the design and craftsmanship of custom woodwork is a rare beauty – even a fine art – that few modern homeowners have the luxury of possessing. And the craftsmen at Hilton Head’s Marshland Millworks and Cabinetry, true masters of custom woodworking, take their art very seriously.

“I have unreasonably high standards,” said Duane Constantino, the owner of Marshland Millworks and Cabinetry. And like any artist who pursues perfection in his work, Constantino said he’s not sure he’s ever been completely satisfied, and this attention to detail and quality is echoed throughout the company. “Everyone at Marshland is interested in doing a superior job,” he said.