Designer and antiques dealer Jeannette Whitson always loved the look and feel of New England Shingle-style homes, but the Nashville native wasn't about to give up the warmth of her Southern roots. So she set out to build her family's retreat on the mystical island of Kiawah, just off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. Plans were well underway when she discovered that her dream house—a gracious Cape Cod with weatherworn shingles and funky rooflines—already existed. She snapped it up and began giving the elegant matron a youthful face-lift.
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Designer: Jeannette Whitson, Garden Variety Design, Nashville; gardenvarietydesign.com. Bamboo side table, sofa table, rug, handkerchief planter on coffee table, and coffee table: Similar items available through Jeannette's shop, Garden Variety Design.