Inspired Living

February 2013
Written By: 
Denise Mullen

These Grand Strand homeowners showcase their masterpieces for this year’s Art Museum Tour of Homes



Home of Jo Ann & Richard Crumpler

{200 Wildwood Dunes Trail / The Dunes Club}

When Richard asked his wife, Jo Ann, what she thought about building a new home in The Dunes Club, she was as clear about her must-haves as a feuding couple on an episode of HGTV’s Love It Or List It. “I told Richard that it had to be a happy house for me with more windows than walls and a working fountain in the backyard,” says Jo Ann as she smiles toward the group of cherubs atop her fountain statue that, by the way, can be seen through glass from the front door. “My friends call all the time as they drive by to tell me they saw the fountain night lights come on.”

And that makes Jo Ann happy.

“I love walking into my house,” she says. “I never get tired of coming through the front door and seeing this.”
Most people would have to agree.

The long, yawning foyer spans the length of the 7,100-square-foot home, the porcelain tile floor picking up on a hundred reflections. A short step-down from the foyer brings you to the formal living room with a bank of windows lining the back wall, showcasing the outdoor porch and gardens and, of course, the fountain.

A lively Thibaut wallpaper, Cirque du Soleil, brings the circus to dining room walls and, at the behest of her niece, a guest bedroom is playfully done in little girl pink and green.

And that also makes Jo Ann happy.

Oh, and there’s was one more thing on her list of must-haves—his and her master bathroom suites, gorgeous and practical. “It’s nice to spend time together, but not in the bathroom,” Jo Ann winks.

Home of Kimberly & Roger Grigg

{302 Wildwood Dunes Trail / The Dunes Club}

No doubt, you will have high expectations for the Grigg home, with Kimberly being a leading interior designer in the area and owner of Knotting Hill Interiors.And believe me, you won’t be disappointed.

French in feel and loaded with design inspiration, Kimberly is now in “her blue and chartreuse phase” which means you’ll be able to see the latest redo of her 7,000-square-foot home and loggia.

Take care to look up, down and all around because Kimberly treats every surface as a blank canvas. Even the ceilings in this home are dressed with a special treatment and character—like the billiard room ceiling covered in metallic zebra-patterned wallpaper, walls upholstered in gray fabric with nail head detailing and a hand-painted mural spanning the foyer.

Kimberly’s lifelong collection of blue and white porcelain is artfully arranged on a credenza in the formal dining room that also sports a tented ceiling, while a drop-dead-gorgeous green Murano glass chandelier reigns over the powder room.

The tour will also debut the redesign of a daughter’s bedroom where the entire bed is outfitted “as a prom dress.” On the Tour of Homes, you will be one of the first to see it.

Home of Val & Tony Martin

{1536 Pachino Drive / Palermo Section, Grande Dunes}

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not waterway living would be for you, the Martin home will show you the best possible scenario.Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors recede into the walls to open the main living space to the outdoors, where you step out to a stacked-stone patio kitchen, fountain, hot tub and infinity pool that gives the illusion that it drops right into the Intracoastal Waterway.

Val readily admits that she anguished over every detail and material in the home, but the effort was obviously worth it.

Stunning flooring of golden Turkish travertine, Gialla Capella granite, every conceivable style of archway and ceiling treatment faux finished by Carol Swinson, cherry wood built-ins and custom mirrors throughout the 8,000-square-foot home makes every room an architectural and design event.

With room-sized closets, a theater-style media room and “car wash showers” lined in yet more shades of tile and yellow sunflower granite, the Martin “version of an Italian villa” is a waterway dream home come true.

Home of Kathy Drake

{9374 N. Charleston Court / Dunes Cove}

To incorporate all of the china’s elements into the home décor must have been a tall order for Knotting Hill Interiors, especially when the lady of the house also called for glamorous touches that would glitter like a pair of drop earrings.

And it all had to work and flow throughout the house in spaces that don’t offer “great room” dimensions.

If you’ve ever wondered how in the world to mix and match seemingly disparate colors and finishes, this is the house on the tour where you should take plenty of notes.

Dramatic and edgy, yet comfortable.

Deep plum walls in the dining room accent silver leather chairs, and two-tone gray stripes lend height and elegance to the hallway and stairwell. Teal sofas in the family room speak to lavender damask chairs. A deep purple kitchen shows off a compelling backsplash in granite, metallic and glass tiles, and a set of simple botanical prints become headliners in mirrored frames.

Did I mention the metallic silver and gold ceilings? Make sure to look up.

The Art Museum’s 13th annual Spring Tour of Homes, to benefit the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum.

Saturday, March 2
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Advance tickets are $40 ($45 day of tour). A luncheon buffet will be served at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, 9000 N. Ocean Blvd., from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. for Tour of Homes ticket holders. Lunch tickets are $17. Reservations are suggested. Call the art museum at (843) 238-2510.


■ The Crumpler Home
Richard and Jo Ann Crumpler
200 Wildwood Dunes Trail  

■ The Dineen Home
Kevin and Tiffany Dineen
402 Pinecrest Drive

■ The Drake Home
Kathy Drake
9374 N. Charleston Court

■ The Grigg Home
Roger and Kimberly Grigg
302 Wildwood Dunes Trail  

■ The Hill Home
Dave and Sandra Hill
7338 Seville Drive

■ The Martin Home
Tony and Val Martin
1536 Pachino Drive  

■ The Rudd Home
Adam and Elizabeth Rudd
9384 Bellasera Circle

■ The Warren Home
Kevin and Linda Warren
2853 Old Bryan Drive