Teacup gardens are full of expressive possibilities. Choose larger animals for impact or to spotlight a child's special interest, or smaller versions that make the plants look like trees and foliage towering over the creatures.
With four boys from 12 to 17 (and dog Lucy), downsizing from a 4700 square foot home to a 2600 square foot one, meant that Elizabeth and Curt Nesbitt had to be smart about their space. Their stunning, contemporary Sullivan's Island home on the lush green marsh of the Intracoastal Waterway benefits from an airy, open living room, dining room and kitchen on the home's second floor. Floor to ceiling windows let the light flood in and make the space appear even more expansive. Designer Jenny Keenan worked with the Nesbitts on the smart, chic design of their spacious-feeling home.
The narrow shape of the kitchen feels lighter and brighter thanks to white upper cabinets, some with glass doors, and big windows. The lower cabinets have a pale gray wash, a pretty blend with the appliances' stainless steel.
The living room is brimming with charm from the pair of bird paintings, to the distressed table lamp. The large-scale upholstery on the club chair is a fun and refreshing twist when paired with the skirted sofa.
Mermaids would wave a happy tail at the scale-like backsplash of this pretty powder room. A large niche is the perfect place for a vase of succulents. The concrete countertop and industrial faucet are basic, stylish accompaniments that let the tiles get the spotlight.