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Five Ideas for Your Home: December

Minor enhancements & upgrades that make a major difference.

Secrets to steal from our featured home:

1. Tell storIes
The beams above the kitchen fascinate not just because of their architectural intrigue but because of their history, pulled from the depths of the Savannah River.

2. Find creative ways to transform storage
The addition of separate air conditioning units, plaster walls and storage racks created a beautiful wine cellar oozing authenticity.

3. Know your inspiration
King still has the Post-It note-riddled book of Robert Stern architecture that he used as a reference guide for architect Neil Gordon.

4. All space for nothing
The “princess tower” could easily have been used for a den or an office. By letting it just be a space, it became a treasured hideaway for grandkids to play make believe.

5. Install a secret entrance behind a bookshelf
No great house is complete without one. We’d tell you where this house’s secret entrance is, but then it wouldn’t be much of a secret.