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With an industry that generates around $10 billion in annual revenue, interior design is never short on ideas. Whether you want to extend one masterfully planned decor theme throughout your entire home, or are looking to mix and match styles to give your space some attitude, Janet Brooks Design will help you make your interior design dreams come true.

When a historic mansion in Charleston, South Carolina’s South of Broad neighborhood landed on the market with a $13.85 million price tag, we know the sellers had some help designing the luxurious abode. At a staggering 7,800 square feet and boasting five bedrooms, four baths, and two half-baths, this estate effortlessly combines the warmth and rusticity of southern charm without sacrificing any of the creature comforts we’ve gotten used to in this technological age.

The modern kitchen has two of everything: two islands, two sinks, two dishwashers, a double refrigerator/freezer combo (with its own built-in coffee maker), and a double Wolf oven, so that no one needs to worry about bumping into each other when they’re hard at work preparing dinner (or entire dinner parties). In fact, doubles seem to be everywhere: from the uncommon and expected double sinks in the master bath to the surprising pair of washers and dryers in the highly modernized mudroom (which even contains a pet shower to prevent pesky paws from tracking dirt into the home), this home leaves no luxury behind.

All of this pristine technology is balanced by the sophisticated charm the house exudes. Light penetrates every corner of the home while soaring ceilings make it seem larger than life; combined with “museum-quality” wood finishes, exposed beams, and brick walls — not to mention the velvet-walled library –, this mansion embodies a paradox: it feels cozy and intimate yet possesses massive, open rooms and towers over others in the neighborhood.

Consider this historic abode (which was built in the 1830s) a lesson in what to do right. Use it as inspiration for your own “southern rustic” design, and call the team at  Janet Brooks Design. a knowledgeable and experienced residential home designer to help you make your dreams a reality. Please visit our gallery to get an idea of what design tastes, colors and interior design looks you love!