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High style: Designers take over colonial home

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

Mindy McVay looked around the Stewart-Parker House on Front Street, Georgetown, Tuesday and knew there was a lot of work to be done in 72 hours.

A dozen designers were in the process of decorating rooms in the circa 1740 waterfront mansion for the Stewart Parker Designer Showhouse opening Saturday and running through Oct. 27 to benefit the Smith Medical Clinic, Healthy Learners and Friends of the Kaminski House Museum.

“It’s coming along,” McVay said of the project. “Designers work best under pressure.”

McVay is design coordinator of the project, conceived by Smith Medical Clinic volunteer Kathleen Hughes as a fundraiser.

“I gathered a couple dozen designers from the Grand Strand to Georgetown and had a cocktail party,” McVay said. “A dozen decided to participate.”

McVay, owner of her own Pawleys Island design firm, said the theme is “Southern Style/No Boundaries” with the idea of paying homage to the house that George Washington visited in 1791, according to Georgetown lore, and giving designers some room for their eclectic tastes.

Tracy Foye has completed a mural begun by the late Greg Watkins in the house’s breakfast room and painted the kitchen’s Formica countertops to look like granite. Carla Schuchman has painted a mural on the ceiling of the riverside foyer, and Rebecca Martin has painted the powder room.

Designers will donate their time and either purchase items for their rooms or have vendors contribute them. All the decor will be for sale after the showhouse concludes with proceeds going to the charities.

Participating designers and their rooms include:

• McVay, front and riverside porches

• Faye Harrington Altman, living room

• Layla Altman and Kerry Ann Dame, guest bedroom

• Pat Bates, master bedroom

• Anne Hartis, kitchen

• Kevin Jayroe, upstairs office

• Laura Jones, mural room

• Anna Koonts, dining room

• Gail Lunn and Whitney Hewitt, upstairs hallway

• Dana Malinski, den, upstairs bath

• Rebecca Ceron Martin, foyer, hallway and powder bath

• Sharon Parker Turner, gardens and greenery

The designers will give donors, sponsors and advertisers a first look Friday during a preview party, and the house opens to the public on Saturday morning. Hours will be 10 a.m, to 4 p.m, Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, when the designers will be at the house.

Those buying tickets on Wednesdays will be invited to a cocktail party sponsored by the Rice Paddy.

Tickets are available at Currents, Harrington Altman and Primarily Pine in Pawleys Island; Bienvenue Home and the Kaminski House Museum in Georgetown; Posh Interiors in Surfside; Rose Arbor Fabrics in Myrtle Beach and Park Smith in Conway.

For more information and to buy tickets online go to the website designershowhousegtownsc.com.

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