Redefining A Family’s ‘Home’

When Matt and Amy decided to relocate their family from out of state to Charleston, they were given a blank slate and an opportunity to redefine their style through a whole new lens.

During the relocation process, the couple soon realized their existing furniture did not compliment the new space. In an effort to make this house feel more like home, they began searching for furniture and decor that would cater to their new needs. Inspiration was found in the Arhaus Charleston showroom, and soon enough the coastal yet rustic home was complete.

“The sheer quality of all the pieces at Arhaus and Cindy’s ability to take our vision and run with it was absolutely amazing!”

—Matt, Arhaus Interior Design Client

Cindy Marvell, Arhaus Charleston Interior Designer, calmed the nerves of Matt and Amy and provided a great working environment for the three month long project. With every room needing designed, Cindy was busy selecting pieces to fit the low country style of the home, while working simultaneously with the family needs. She used a number of favorite Arhaus pieces including the Baumann wall unit and many layers of poufs.

Read more about Cindy’s design process below!

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME ON THIS PROJECT?

In Charleston, many new homes are filled with windows, which is wonderful for natural light, however you must take into consideration how they will complement the overall layout. You need to know where the sun rises and sets to make sure you aren’t placing items in a space that will make you feel warmer or fade in the light. For example, positioning a sofa with a window directly behind it may put a glare on the television.

WHAT IS YOU FAVORITE PART OF THE HOME YOU HELPED DESIGN AND WHY?

The media room was one of my favorite rooms to design since it’s for their children as they grow up. We added a  spacious Dune sectional because of its large size so the girls and their friends will have plenty of room to hangout. The Baumann wall unit is perfect for movie nights and a great place to store all the children’s books and games. The space was designed with  several poufs so the girls and their friends can have the option of soft, moveable seating. We placed the Remy desk in the corner for the girls to have a designated space for arts and crafts.

WHAT IS ONE TIP YOU WANT TO SHARE?

Don’t worry so much about trends and what will be in style in the next few years. Buy what you love and what is your style. It’s inevitable that the trends will change, but if you love your look and how you live, you will love it for years to come.

Cindy loves all design looks and had no problem falling for the Coastal designs Matt and Amy desired. “Everyone is unique—pulling personal styles out and mixing them together is what makes design fun and interesting. No two homes are the same!”

Meet the Designer

Cindy MarvellArhaus Charleston

Cindy has been married for 23 years and has two daughters, one of which is married with two daughters of her own, and a german shepherd. She lives in Charleston, SC, and spends much of her free time with her family. Her personal style is eclectic and versatile as she loves mixing different styles together.



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