A L L I S Bright
INSPIRED by the Lowcountry coastal style
of Don and Sandy Spiers’ home, Julia’s Florist
design manager Wendi Fayad was influenced by
the blending of natural elements, family pieces,
books, beautiful art, and a palette of mixed metals
sprinkled throughout the interior.
“The gold leaf frame on the mantel painting invited
us to incorporate a mixture of metals in the design,”
says Dana Cook of Julia’s Florist.
The Design Challenge: “Sandy wanted to use her
garland, so we were able to add both real and faux
elements into the design. We created four separate
vignettes,” Cook says.
A copper toned vase was filled with sprayed and
natural lotus pods, gold and silver birch twigs, tinted
and natural thistle, tinted and natural grevillea, juni-per,
cedar branches and magnolia leaves.
At the opposite end, “We used a freshwater vase
with magnolia stems and natural grevillea and tinted
birch twigs,” Cook says. “We also incorporated
a silver vase with a handmade moss holiday tree
wrapped in copper-wire twinkle lights. The wooden
candle pillars also belong to Sandy. When design-ing
the mantel, we felt it was important to keep the
strong pillar lines to frame the slightly asymmetric
At the hearth level, the design team plucked the
homeowners’ sturdy black carriage lantern from
another part of the home and paired it with candles,
handmade moss pomanders, and an arrangement of
magnolia leaves. Combining the dried natural pods,
twigs and grasses with tinted elements, the reuse of
the same foliage strengthens the overall design as
much as the reiterative use of metals found in copper
and silver elements on the mantel.
For the homeowner’s antique ornaments, the
designers altered the length of the ribbons for added
“The white pinecone lights belong to the homeown-ers
too. We wanted more sparkle, so we added the
copper-wire twinkle lights,” Cook says.
The hearth is the centerpiece of a casual family
room palette blending light textiles with silver and
gold accent pieces. The painting “I Need A Sweet
Tea” by Ann Hair reflects the artist’s fascination with
the brilliant light she finds in her coastal Carolina