Manor Born

Palatial in scope but conspicuously lacking a formal dining room, the home of Allison Smith is an auteur feat: written and directed, as it were, by the owner herself, who leads an interior-design firm. As a design professional, she also observed the fashionable push for an outdoor room, even swapping out a separate indoor dining space in the process. Smith calls this an “unexpected choice,” given the home’s traditional exterior.

Dream homes - Charleston style and design magazine

This manor house has all the elegance and charm of a French country estate. Inside and out, it exhibits the clean design and fine craftsmanship for which Gabriel Builders is famous. If you’ve ever dreamed of escaping to your own private paradise, a new and extraordinary builder on the Charleston scene wants to help make that dream a reality.

home of the Month: The smiths

Allison Smith, founder and lead designer at Allison Smith Interiors, has an eye for design. One can’t help but notice the influence of her Northeastern roots as she planned and created her own home from start to finish. After putting down new roots in the Greenville area several years ago at a home on Lake Keowee, she, her husband, Gerald, and their daughter decided to make the Upstate their permanent home. A little bit of time, just the right plot of land and a partnership with acclaimed Gabriel Builders later, the Smith family has truly found themselves living the inspired design lifestyle.