Room of the month: Case study

This vibrant and masculine getaway was designed with relaxation in mind.

Photography by Lisa Staff

When it comes to designing a room with multiple purposes, it can be challenging to create a space that caters to all needs. However, in the case of this oceanfront study on Hilton Head Island, the main goal was relaxation, and every element was carefully curated to achieve just that. 

“The visual appearance of one’s surroundings can have a significant impact on their mood and overall sense of well-being,” said interior designer Denise Stringer of John Kilmer Fine Interiors, who worked on the project in tandem with homeowners Trey and Kellie Bishop. “When colors and textures are thoughtfully blended together in a space, they can create a sense of harmony and balance that can promote relaxation and a positive mood.” 

From the gentle flicker of the fireplace’s flames to the ocean-inspired artwork, the study serves as a peaceful retreat. One of the standout features is the Gentleman’s Grey paint used on the walls and ceiling. This color engulfs the room in a tranquil atmosphere, providing the perfect backdrop for relaxation. The painting entitled Ocean Magic, depicting a curling wave above the fireplace, nods to the ocean outside, adding to the calming ambiance of the space.

The walnut doors with water-etched glass panels continue the ocean influence while also adding a touch of elegance to the room. Additionally the reclaimed wide-plank wood flooring adds warmth to the space, making it even more inviting.

When the Bishops want to escape into a good book, the study serves as the perfect place to do so. The state-of-the-art acoustical sound system designed by stereo guru Dan Mondoro also makes it an ideal room to unwind. 

Overall, the study is a testament to how a well-designed room can cater to multiple purposes while still achieving the desired ambiance. Whether the homeowners are looking to work from home, read a book or simply relax, this study provides the perfect space to do so. With its carefully curated elements, it serves as a peaceful retreat, making it a true oasis in the home.

The curved burlwood desk provides the perfect setting for Zoom meetings while also complementing the monkey paw wood used in the custom built-ins. The cabinets were built by cabinetmaker Mike Fountain of Renovation Arts.
Homeowner Trey Bishop, a music aficionado, displays a prized guitar once belonging to Dave Matthews, personally illustrated by the artist himself.

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