Designer Alexandra Howard.
Alexandra Howard looked to her family’s collection of Asian antiques and artifacts to define the look and feel of this sitting room. A set of framed Indian sandalwood friezes and a trio of Chinese bas-reliefs inspired its rich red-and-gold color palette
Looking toward the original structure from inside the contemporary addition, designed by Charleston architect Beau Clowney
A pair of Anglo-Indian campaign chests used by Gene’s grandparents while working in Southeast Asia stand sentinel in the formal room.
Traditional millwork and reclaimed pine floors balance the new addition’s contemporary scale and modern finishes, making for a seamless architectural transition from old to new.
In the 18th-century home’s narrow dining room, one wall covered in custom panels of de Gournay’s “Early Views of India” wallpaper is the scene stealer.
Alexandra took inspiration from the lush tropical garden when honing the family room’s crisp green-and-white color palette. (Opposite) Shaded by banana trees, the screened porch is designed to feel like an adult tree house.
A true working library, this jewel box of a space is as cozy as it is elegant and serves as a visual hyphen linking the home’s historical front guest rooms to the new owner’s suite off the back of the house.
Layers of vibrant color from the deep saffron-colored drapes to the tangerine-hued custom bed frame, which Alexandra designed herself, and a deft mix of textures, including luxe velvet pillows and natural fiber rugs, transform the front guest room. In lieu of wallpaper or a more traditional piece of art, Alexandra used a Japanese screen to create visual impact.
Working with a neutral palette, Alexandra created a peaceful oasis in the new primary suite. The custom Gracie wallpaper she designed adds a punch of drama without detracting from the serene atmosphere.