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.
Most of the rooms are personable public spaces created with drinks and conversations in mind. In the living room, for example, Matthew paired a shapely sofa with a witty trompe l'oeil plaster coffee table that looks like a stack of large books. The sofa itself is made richer with colorful textiles and pillows. "I'm a collector of textiles," says Matthew. "A bare sofa may look great at first glance, but toss an embroidered Indian silk throw over it and it will really sing."
"I really felt the home needed some history," says Matthew. He found the 1850s portrait that hangs over the sofa at Seventeen South Antiques + Design in Charleston.