Designed by Eric Moser, Sugarberry Cottage embodies all the notions of a historic Lowcountry cottage but with modern amenities. Siding and shutters are made from environmentally friendly and low-maintenance composite materials. A gabled roof with exposed rafter tails and a metal roof underscore the historic look. The in-town location makes morning strolls to the waterfront or community shops and farmer’s market equally convenient.
This two-story cottage offers plenty of places for visiting with friends or finding a peaceful retreat. The main level is comprised of a wraparound porch -- both screened and open. Inside, a great room encompasses a seating area, dining nook, and kitchen. The master suite looks onto the potting shed and walled garden, and two bedrooms share the upstairs. "This house not only defines the Lowcountry style, but the entire Habersham community," says interior designer Barbara Yergens.
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A covered porch provides convenient access to the garden and back door parking. Large enough for a pair of chairs and framed by outdoor draperies Yergens calls this welcoming spot the "morning porch." Adirondack chairs with cutouts of the South Carolina state logo -- a palm tree and quarter moon -- give this cottage even more sense of place.
"This home is all about casual, Lowcountry living," says Yergens. "I wanted it to be a home that you are instantly comfortable in." In the seating area, wicker armchairs and a caramel-colored sofa cozy up to a cocktail table -- all in view of the fireplace and flat-screen television. A dining table and wicker chairs find plenty of space against the far wall where a smartly designed built-in hutch displays china.
"The open floor plan allows for a flow of conversation and family fun," says Yergens. A rug defines the seating area where the sofa and armchairs gather around a cocktail table. An ottoman pulls up for extra seating.[
"The interior has a please touch, no fuss feel. It's comfortable for a young family or grandparents with visiting grandchildren," Yergens says. Hand-rubbed finishes on furnishings lend vintage appeal. "The furnishings look like they were family pieces collected over time," she says.
The kitchen opens onto the living area so the chef can join in the fun. A maple-topped island complements the honey tones in the sitting area.
Open shelving, plentiful drawer space, and a cabinet over the range provide maximum storage in this efficient design. A paprika red sideboard and barstools inject a punch of color.
Open shelving flanking the kitchen window displays wine glasses and decorative accessories. Counterspace is generous enough to display cookbooks and canned produce from Lowcountry farms.
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The dining table nestles up to the staircase. Designed to seat six, the roomy area suits casual meals. Sconces flank a built-in china cabinet -- just one of the many space savers in the home.
"I chose colors reflective of a sunset over the Broad River," Yergens says. "The golden tones are the hues of the marshes in the fall and winter."
Nowhere is this palette more evident than the master bedroom. Walls are maize yellow, wood tones are pine, and the coverlet and bedside tables are the warm red of the setting sun.
The master bath offers refined cottage style with its wainscoting, dressing chair, and bureau. Double vanities, plentiful cabinets, and modern fixtures add hotel flair.
Yergens chose a nautical theme for the twin bedroom. Red cannonball beds reside under the dormered roof. Sculpted metal fish swim above, and a fly-fishing basket lamp underscores the home’s proximity to the water.
Yergens designed the prototype for the guest bedroom after being inspired by a door frame in a historic Lowcountry cottage.
Though this bedroom is graciously sized, architect Eric Moser took advantage of the dormers to build in shelves and window seats.
Like many of the homes at Habersham, a small outbuilding provides just enough storage for hobby toys and garden tools. Though this shed is designed for gardening, it could just as easily convert to a bar or buffet for patio parties.