Beloved decorator moves to Isle of Palms
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Photo and story by Jackie Perrone

Mary Ridgill, Mary Clowney, and Susan Shuler “Our dear fr iend Mary is going to relocate. Who in the world will help us decorate?”

This was the theme of Mary Clowney’s goodbye party last week. This Columbia doyenne of antiques and inter ior design is moving to the Low Country, and about a hundred of her closest fr iends gathered at the home of Susan Shuler to bid her farewell.

“I’ve been in the antiques and decorating business for 24 years,” says Clowney. “Four teen of them in the Vista where the Mellow Mushroom is now. And since then, in the North Trenholm area. I’ve done projects all over the U. S.: Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Chicago. “Now we are going to live in our beach house on the Isle of Palms to be closer to the grandchildren, and eventually, we will move into the Franke Home, the Lutheran retirement home there.”

Barbara Ridgill was co-hostess with Shuler for the drop-in. Mary Clowney did the interior design for both their houses, as well as the Shuler second home in the mountains. They say that once you do business with Mary Clowney, you have a new friend for life.

“ You might say Mary’s trade- mark is a bowl of Granny Smith apples,” says Ridgill. “You’ll notice we ha…………… continues on Columbia Star

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Your Family Decorator: Exploring the California look in Palm Springs
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I recently traveled to Palm Springs, Calif., at the request of two of my clients there.

After visiting several designer showhouses, they had come to believe they could not find a decorating source with a look other than sand with dashes of brown and sunset rust.

And to be sure, the exteriors of houses in the desert are found in the range of colors that include sand, burnt orange and golden yellow. You just don’t find houses there in bright Bermuda hues that would jar the landscape.

Now, I do understand that thinking and, actually, there is truth in the anchoring of desert color. One of the joys of the desert, color-wise, is in the flowers that bloom there, often thanks to carefully planned irrigation. You can see many of the same plants we see in Florida — hibiscus, certainly, and walls covered with magenta, rose and orange bougainvillea. In the gardens of the areas’ gated communities, from the Vintage Club in Indian Wells…………… continues on Palm Beach Daily News

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