Words by Jessica Bahr | Photos by Nate Sheets
he best kind of vacation is one that allows you to bring a bit of that same relaxed energy back home.
For Erin and Matt Berberich, their favorite vacation spot is intercoastal South Carolina—but real life is in Overland Park, with two busy jobs and three kids under five.
So when planning for their new-build home from Roeser Homes, Matt and Erin knew they needed a Lowcountry state of mind. “South Carolina’s warm aesthetic, the traditional charm and the colors from the environment are beautiful,” Erin explains, “and we wanted to pull that into our home.”
To help Erin and Matt achieve that feel, designers Shandy Arend and Abby Humphreys of Collected Living Design led with “light and bright.” Together, they created a home that’s washed in warm white, grounded by natural oak floors and accented by layers of natural fiber textiles and pops of painterly water colors.
“When you think about ‘coastal’ design, there are a lot of different ways you can go, but we didn’t want to do anything that felt too literal,” Shandy says. “There were lots of decisions along the way that all worked together to help tell that story.”
Erin and Matt, who love hosting their family and friends for formal dinner parties, wanted to welcome guests into a relaxed yet elegant space. Of course, the heart of that space—and the focal point for entertaining—is their stunning kitchen. From the vantage point of the white-oak kitchen island, which is topped with quartz, the hosts can look over the living space, dining room and outdoor seating area.
Shandy and Abby chose a warm brass finish to elevate the kitchen’s light fixtures, and paired them with satin nickel hardware on the cabinets to keep the overall feel more traditional. And in keeping with a classic look, Erin wanted glass-front uppers to showcase collectibles and family heirlooms, like her grandmother’s punch bowl and Matt’s grandmother’s cake plate.
When Erin and Matt aren’t spending the evening hosting friends or keeping their three littles entertained, the couple can escape to their primary suite. The bathroom here features a vacation-worthy soaking tub, double-sized shower and marble herringbone tile. Abby says they went through many iterations of the design to get this primary bath just right.
In fact, Erin and Matt have made taking their time and doing things right a priority throughout the entire home-building process. Since they only just moved in the spring of 2021, there are a few things they’d still like to do before they call it finished. But they want to see how their young family lives in it before they settle on further design decisions. For now, they’re happy to let life unfold in their new home, unhurried, like a sweet South Carolina getaway.
Interior Designer (plus rugs, furnishings, art, accessories and wall coverings): Collected Living Design
Builder: Roeser Homes
New Home Community: Southern Lakes
Real Estate Agent: Red Door Group, Reece Nichols
Art (above fireplace): Rebecca Hoyle
Cabinets and Hardware: Shamrock Cabinet
Flooring: Weber Flooring/Joe’s Carpet
Lighting Fixtures: Wilson Lighting
Plumbing Fixtures: Garrison Plumbing
Siding: James Hardie shake
Window Coverings: Solar Shield