It's a toss-up whether designer Matthew Bees likes global style or soulful old Southern houses best. But one thing is certain: His curiously contradictory passions make for strong, spirited decorating.
Photo: Jonny Valiant
Mathew Bees was still in high school when he saw Monticello for the first time, but he couldn't help correcting the docent when she misidentified several furnishings on her tour of Thomas Jefferson's masterpiece. Anyone requiring further evidence that Matthew was born to decorate historic properties need only look inside a certain early 20th-century brick plantation house set on a small island near Charleston, South Carolina.
The early-1900s home was built in a toned-down Lowcountry and Palladian style. Paneled shutters with original operable hardware offer a classic touch.