With its double porches, elevated entrance, and graceful symmetry, the home’s façade nods to antebellum architecture, but its clean lines and black window mullions are decidedly modern.
A sculptural loveseat-size swing by Spanish company Kettal provides a modern twist on the classic Charleston front-porch experience.
Molly Fienning in the living room near an abstract painting by Brian Coleman; “I fell in love with his work at the George Gallery downtown, so we commissioned him to create sister paintings that complement one another,” she says.
When viewed from the side, the home seems to morph into something more modern. “We call it traditional up front, party in the back,” jokes interior designer Cortney Bishop.
Molly with son Fox in Babiators shades
In this informal entry, Exquisite Surfaces “Commune” cement tile in the “Navajo Zebra” pattern sets a playful tone. “It’s a lively welcome to the house via our side doors, which most friends and family use,” Molly notes.
In the dining room, sculptural elements such as the Apparatus “Cloud” light fixture, Kelly Wearstler dining chairs, and a custom Merida rug woven with leather straps are like functional works of art.
In the light and airy kitchen, white marble countertops with bold black veining make a strong visual impact.
Ted serenades Fox in the nursery amongst pillows upholstered in playful comic book-inspired fabric.
The banquette is the family hub; all gather around the concrete-topped table for meals, board games, and homework.
Molly and Sawyer read in the library, where the Phillip Jeffries “Manila Hemp” wallpaper in “charcoal” and Hickory Chair sofa upholstered in emerald-green velvet by Ralph Lauren set a moody, masculine tone.
Over the fireplace, an abstract by artist Frank P. Phillips adds a dose of color.
A custom black-and-white piece by Belgian artist Sabine Maes makes a statement in the upstairs hallway.
This powder-room isn’t upholstered, it’s a trompe-l’œil effect created by Erika Wakerly “Fan” wallpaper.
In the guest room, textiles—such as draperies by North Carolina-based Adelene and accent pillows by Kelly Wearstler—add subtle patterns and texture.
In the master suite, vaulted ceilings soar over a plush bed by Habel for Hickory Chair; a burl-wood chest adds unexpected warmth.
In the bath, floating custom cabinetry by Kris Kotlowski of Eurocraft Inc. echoes the cupboards in the kitchen.
Even the his-and-her closets, which separate the bedroom and bath, provide harbor views.
On the tip of the peninsula, Molly and Ted Fienning’s haute home embraces their love of clean-lined modernity while paying homage to the neighborhood’s historical aesthetic