October 2020

The Difference of Design: Kelly Caron Designs puts a premium on professionalism and experience.

Author: Barry Kaufman | Photographer: Josh Gibson

There’s a certain look to Lowcountry homes and businesses, one that is often emulated beyond the confines of the 843 area code, but never truly duplicated. It lies at the intersection of comfort and sophistication—where nickel-gap shiplap accent walls and craftsman style millwork in crisp whites meet the rustic grain of reclaimed wood and the dull sheen of hammered copper.

This look has become synonymous with the casual sophistication of the Lowcountry, and at the heart of the region that birthed it you’ll find the firm that has perfected it: Kelly Caron Designs. One project at a time, they’ve rewritten the rulebook for Lowcountry luxe, changing how we look at our spaces. “We’re moving mountains every day,” principal designer Kelly Caron said.

Their new location exemplifies this mission to beautify the Lowcountry. Perched on the corner at Guilford Place and May River Road in Bluffton, it anchors a section of Old Town currently in the midst of a gorgeous renaissance. Two stories of modern Lowcountry brilliance, the building serves as a free-standing showcase for a design philosophy that defines the new South.

“We’re bringing a little bit of a different feel to the historic district,” Caron said. “We wanted a clean look, very Lowcountry, but with modern flair to reflect our youthful energy.”

Youthful energy may fuel the inimitable designs that have become Kelly Caron Design’s hallmark, but at the foundation of everything they do is a pursuit of the highest qualifications in the industry.

“We’re artists in our own right, and we’re born with that, but we bring in professionalism and training,” Caron said. That means the highest credentials from ASID and NCIDQ as well as ceaseless professional development to stay on top of the industry. “I’m professionally licensed and my staff are all degreed; we all work together, and we have very high standards.”

That professional accreditation gives the staff at Kelly Caron Design the tools to look deeper into a design scheme. “We get very technical as designers. We’re not just operating at the surface level,” Caron said. “We talk to the builder in their language because we’ve been trained to and we understand the process. We know vendors and colors and finishes and how they work together, but we also know the technical side of things.”

The result is a design that goes beyond simply pairing window treatments with area rugs. Theirs is a design reflecting the zenith of artistry and experience. “We take clients literally from start to finish. Whether it’s a renovation or new construction, we’re making selections, we’re working with the builder and the architect … we carry them all the way to the end,” Caron said.

It takes a little bit more to do it right. But look around at the way Kelly Caron Designs, ASID has reshaped the Lowcountry’s style, and the results speak for themselves.

For more information, visit kellycarondesigns.com or call (843) 815-4737.

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