For nearly thirty years, Amelia Handegan has run her Charleston-based design firm. Within her studio is an ever-changing collection of antiques and architectural treasures from her travels. She has been involved in both residential and commercial projects, and has also worked on the restoration of many of Charleston's nationally recognized historic homes. Her oeuvre has been published in such shelter magazines as Architectural Digest and Veranda. A recipient of House Beautiful's "Showhouse" award in 1997, she has been acknowledged in the magazine's 100 Best Designers in America. Handegan has also been included in the Robb Report's 2007 Guide to the World's Top 40 Interior Designers. Photographer Pieter Estersohn's work appears frequently in Architectural Digest and Elle Decor, and other leading design and travel magazines. He is the author of Kentucky: Historic Houses and Horse Farms of the Bluegrass Country, and has provided the photographs for Charlotte Moss: A Flair for Living and Suzanne Rheinstein: Rooms for Living, among other titles.
The best Southern houses tell personal stories, and in her
beautiful new book, Rooms, out this week Amelia Handegan
shares a few of her own. . . . In the 223-page volume, Handegan
covers a diverse array of projects, from a North Carolina mountain
cabin to a formal historic estate in Virginia to her personal
residences on Folly Beach and in downtown Charleston.
--Garden & Gun Handegan shares more of her thoughtful insights into creating a beautiful home.
--Architechtural Digest Fall must haves.
--La Dolce Vita
The Charleston-based interior designer Amelia Handegan is as happy to design the rooms of a new home as she is to restore nationally recognized historic houses. Her work is often compared to that of the late Albert Hadley in that she embraces multiple elements and techniques to use in her interiors--whether that means antiques, painted murals, highly textured fabrics, vintage passementerie, stenciling, or decidedly modern furniture and accessories. Her best projects are featured here, including a quaint beach cottage on Folly Island, South Carolina, a rustic (but luxurious) cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a 1920s Charleston apartment, and her work on Rose Hill, an eighteenth-century Virginian plantation house.