From new builds to revitalizations, these featured homes are where the owners' stories begin
Making an encore performance on the home tour this year is this charming beach cottage just north of Myrtle Beach’s Golden Mile and a block from the sand. You’ll find that it may be a decade later, but what hasn’t changed is this home’s Southern coastal charm—from your first step through the white picket front gate and onto the pretty brick walkway.
Teena DeBerry grew up here at the beach in the Pine Lakes area, moved to Florence, where she lived for 30-plus years after she was married, and returned to her hometown 15 years ago.
“I grew up back in the day when everything was real beachy and the furnishings were that kind of old beach look,” says DeBerry.
The cozy, three-bedroom cottage is light and airy, resembling an outdoor living design, with a blend of sun-kissed walls and fresh lime green color schemes, awning-like window treatments on the west wall of windows, and brick patio flooring in the dining room and lower level living area.
“I’m really drawn to that mid-century design and bamboo furnishings,” she says. “It’s been fun to come home to all of the colors.”
Two of her favorite spots are the window above the kitchen sink that overlooks her bird feeders and the relaxing covered patio in the backyard.
Give the DeCandios a blank blueprint and floor plan and they’ll run with it, create an original home from the ground up and customize it beyond the wow factor. It’s something the couple has done with builders for their last five new homes, but this oceanfront dream was a little different from the rest.
“We had never had a modern home,” says Jill. “… And then inside we like to do some things a little bit different, with a very flowing living space and a lot of homes aren’t like that.”
Permanent Myrtle Beach residents as of last December, the DeCandios decided it made sense to make the move from North Carolina to their South Carolina vacation destination.
“We always loved vacationing here,” says Jill. “It’s where our daughter grew up and learned to swim. But we weren’t able to plan ahead because of my husband’s work and then we’d always have to pack back up at the end of the weekend. So, after doing that a number of times, we thought maybe we should look at moving.”
They started with a second home here at the beach and now call their three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath oceanfront new build their home sweet home. Immersed in endless shades of gray, the large, open floor plan boasts a sexy kitchen stocked with all of the latest gadgets that’s the perfect setting for entertaining—modern, angular lighting dropping down from the beamed ceiling; a herringbone patterned showcase wall in the living area; and a wall-to-wall view of the ocean that will take your breath away.
Additional interior highlights you’ll want to lock eyes with include the master bath’s showpiece chandelier, the collage of unique framed obsolete cell phones on the west wall of George’s home office (he is CTO of Broadcom and formerly worked for IBM for 26 years), and the second floor guest living area—almost like a resort suite retreat.
Ansley Pegram’s rancher transcends time. It’s like a visual memoir that lives and breathes throughout the home with a history that trails along her showcase of collectibles, artwork, sculptures and antiques. But it’s ever so fashion-forward, as the 1950s home in the Dunes Club was just renovated in the fall, thanks to the deft eye of designer John Gore.
“We didn’t have to change any of the footprint of the home,” says Pegram. “No walls were taken out. The only major overhaul was the kitchen. And John knows my tastes very well.”
Her tastes take on a beautiful hybrid of simple elegance that travels the globe throughout the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home, with a blend of Chinese scroll paintings and Asian sculptures with Pegram’s assortment of sweetgrass baskets, a Southern culture classic.
Much of the home decor, in fact, pays tribute to Pegram’s Southern roots via treasured items that once belonged to her parents, who both recently passed away. Pegram moved from Charlotte to serve as their caretaker for the last seven years. Her father was a longtime local architect.
“I used to say that I was more traditional, but now I think my taste is just more eclectic, with pieces that I like,” says Pegram. “I think the only new thing I bought was the couch. … John made me make a floor plan to draw out where every piece of furniture was going to be placed and called it the house of collectibles.”
From her mother’s fine china and intricate needlepoint work to artwork that once hung in her parents’ home to a kitchen pantry-turned bedroom for her beloved dog, it all pieces together perfectly in Pegram’s house of collectibles.
The Art Museum’s 20th Annual Spring Tour of Homes to Benefit the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Saturday, March 14, 2020 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets $50 ($55 day of tour). A luncheon buffet will be offered for ticket holders only at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, 9000 N. Ocean Blvd., from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. $20 per person. Reservations required, through the Art Museum at (843) 238-2510.
The Davis Home
9001 Bella Verde, Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach
The DeBerry Home
6007 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
The DeCandio Home
8822 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
The Pegram Home
315 Wildwood Dunes Trail, Dunes Club, Myrtle Beach
The Serek Home
6604 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach