A Beach Bungalow Update

On South Carolina’s popular Folly Beach, designer Amelia Handegan renovates a 1940s oceanfront retreat without sacrificing its relaxed charm.

Text by Mitchell Owens/Photography by Pieter Estersohn
Produced by Howard Christian
Architectural Digest

Lawyer John Roven and decorator Amelia T. Handegan on the boardwalk of their home on Folly Beach, South Carolina.

Two Charleston firms, Stumphouse Architecture + Design and Glenn Keyes Architects, expanded the 1940s bungalow of decorator Amelia T. Handegan. Keyes created the screened porch; the Handegan-designed sofas are of Sherwin-Williams–stained plywood, with Sunbrella cushions and pillows of an Indian-textile from Sam Hilu.

In the dining area, an antique Swedish table is surrounded by vintage iron chairs; the corner cabinet is English.

The custom-made sectional sofa, antique Swedish mirror and table, and vintage kilim are from Amelia Inc., Handegan’s Charleston showroom; the Brueton chairs are upholstered in a Pierre Frey cotton.

A sitting area that was once the sleeping porch is furnished with Jens Risom chairs by Knoll and colorful striped rugs.

The kitchen is equipped with SieMatic cabinetry and a stainless-steel dishwasher by Electrolux; the walls and ceiling are painted in Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore, and the Bolivian rug is from Little Journeys.

Handegan designed the painted floors; the stripes change to a lozenge pattern where old and new construction meet.

An antique suzani hangs in a guest room; the headboard is upholstered in a Kravet fabric, the patterned pillow is of a Raoul Textiles linen, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Pink Bliss. The curtains and valance are made of burlap by Read Brothers.

A guest room decorated with an Indian cotton bedspread and an antique Swedish chest.

A bold Persian kilim is paired with Indian textiles; the ottoman is covered in a fabric from Schumacher.


Another guest room, paneled in natural cypress, with carved four-posters from Bungalow Antiques and side chairs from India.

Handegan transformed a circa-1860 Asian table into a vanity; the basin is a Turkish bowl, and the sconces are by the Urban Electric Co.

To read and see more about this home go to Architectural Digest.

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