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Kimberly Grigg is the principal designer and owner of Knotting Hills Interiors, based in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Kimberly earned her degree in business and interior design from Winthrop University. With her husband Roger she has six children — adopted, blended, and biological — and an assortment of pets. We love that volunteerism plays a significant role in her family’s life and that Kimberly makes a yearly to-do list of 50 things that make a difference.

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Knotting Hill Interiors specializes in green design, so when a couple asked Kimberly to renovate their home in Myrtle Beach, S.C., using eco-friendly principles, she happily agreed.

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Kimberly says: A foot-pedal sink in the kitchen is a unique feature that is high on the list of green recommendations. My clients enjoy the benefit of controlling the water flow and their four daughters enjoy the sensation of driving a car. The handles are for show as the sprayer works via pedal.

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The kitchen table, and accent tables elsewhere in the home, were made from reclaimed wood. We reconfigured the couple’s first phone, now 25 years old, and mounted it on the kitchen wall. Above it hangs a dismantled phone booth placard they found in a flea market in England.

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A spiral staircase acquired from the burned ruins of a 16th-century castle was retrofitted to meet current building codes. This staircase is a family treasure; it serves as access to the kids’ playroom.

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The homeowners love planting seedlings. A conservatory equipped with an old farm sink serves as the perfect setting for planting.

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When a tree root was removed to accommodate the new footprint of the house, it was recycled into the mantel over the fireplace of the outdoor room. A bench was also made and each family member signed it to commemorate the occasion (see picture below).

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In the foyer, a local artist hand-painted elegant two-story trees. These are a delightful, no-maintenance way to bring the outdoors inside.

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The vegetable-dyed inspired the color palette in the dining room. An antique table and buffet add charm; the backs of the dining chairs were hand-painted by a local artist.

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The beams in the family room ceiling are reclaimed wood from an old barn. The sofa table was made from rubberwood, a hardwood related to maple.

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The master retreat boasts walls upholstered in cotton velvet by Kravet.

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The homeowners use the study’s galvanized work desk as a partners’ desk.

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Upstairs, the guest bedroom houses a vintage bed that was re-caned and painted to create a restful retreat.

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The guest bathroom features a countertop made of Vetrostone, a recycled material made in South Carolina. The upstairs carpets, supplied by Mohawk’s SmartStrand, consist of 37% corn.

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Bedrooms for the four girls were designed to reflect their ages and interests. We painted the spaces with low-VOC paint, which was also used throughout the home.

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After a year of renovation, the family waited another few weeks before moving back in for a green-inspired reason: to coincide with Earth Day.

Read more about Kimberly’s designs on the Knotting Hills Interiors Blog.

2 Responses

  1. Sharlene says:

    This is an amazing space, and a wonderfully warm, earth friendly story. Truly living can be beautiful, luxurious and 'green' at the same time.

  2. TeddyMatthews says:

    These are some amazing homes …. Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas are a great place to live and vacation ! This is one of my favorite areas in the U.S ! I personally perfer North Myrtle Beach , Little River and Longs areas ! If you are going to be vacationing or relocating to Myrtle beach check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWb3C-PPFvM

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