If there’s one word that is central to Alexandre Fleuren’s design mindset, it is identity. In an everevolving world of trends and fleeting aesthetics, the master interior designer, who’s been in the industry for more than 25 years, strives to find individuality and distinctiveness in every project. “I spend a lot of time listening so I can see the client as they truly are,” says Alexandre Fleuren, principal of Alexandre Fleuren Interiors in Mount Pleasant. “The whole point of what I do is to make their home their literal identity, not just comfortable and pretty. I never want someone to look at my design and say, ‘That’s Alex’s project.’ I want them to say that it embodies that particular client.”
When Fleuren was recently commissioned by a high profile couple and repeat client to design their new Lowcountry home, which is perched above the deep waters of the scenic Wando River, she immediately began shaping the interiors around their personal uniqueness. “They’re so full of life and vitality,” says Fleuren of the clients, whose family builds stunning, hand-carved Pulsifer Hampton boats that resemble pieces of art. “They’re a boating family, so this is a dream home to enjoy an active lifestyle on the water.”
Even a power couple must have a private retreat in the home, and the master bedroom is a stylish sanctuary dashed in muted tones of white, navy and moss and fitted with exclusive designs. Fleuren acquired a custom-made, Italian leather chair in a whiskey hue that brings warmth to the room, along with a one-of-a-kind Afghan rug in a navy ikat pattern that makes a bold statement. A standout feature is a moss-colored throw draped across the bed that’s from Thibaut’s new mohair collection, a first for the country’s oldest wallpaper and fabric company. “The mohair collection won’t be released until October, so this is the first time you’ll see this,” Fleuren says.
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