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Lectures & Tours

Join us at Charleston’s historic Second Presbyterian Church for four inspired talks by some of the design world's most celebrated personalities in the exclusive Design in Mind Lecture Series. From passion-projects to preservation masterpieces, these speakers share the inside details behind their craft. In addition to an esteemed line up of speakers, enjoy design-focused tours during the Charleston by Design weekend. 

Where preservation meets design...


Design in Mind Lecture Series


Design in Mind I: Amy Astley with Thomas Jayne and William Cullum
Design in Mind I: Amy Astley with Thomas Jayne and William Cullum
Mar 15, 2024, 10:00 AM
Second Presbyterian Church
Design in Mind II: Veere Grenney
Design in Mind II: Veere Grenney
Mar 15, 2024, 1:00 PM
Second Presbyterian Church

Veere Grenney

London-based Interior Designer & Decorator

Veere Grenney is widely considered one of the most important interior designers of his generation, with a global portfolio of work built up over the last thirty years. Born on the South Island, New Zealand, Veere moved to England in the 1970’s and trained under Mary Fox Linton. He became a director at Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler before launching his own company, Veere Grenney Associates, in London in 1996. Grenney has been consistently acclaimed by World of Interiors and Architectural Digest among other publications, is a member of the AD 100 and listed in House and Garden’s Directory of 100 Leading Interior Designers. He divides his time between homes in Tangier, London and Suffolk in the English countryside.

Design in Mind III: Ben and Kate Towill of Basic Projects
Design in Mind III: Ben and Kate Towill of Basic Projects
Mar 16, 2024, 10:00 AM
Second Presbyterian Church
Design in Mind IV: Gil Schafer and Rita Konig
Design in Mind IV: Gil Schafer and Rita Konig
Mar 16, 2024, 1:00 PM
Second Presbyterian Church


Home Design Tour

March 15
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Explore some of Charleston's most exquisite

private homes in this intimate and exclusive designer-interpreted tour. This self-paced walking tour is only offered during Charleston by Design and will include expert designers at each elect location to answer questions and show you the details that take the designs to the next level. This tour will provide insight into the design and decorating inspiration of these very select, downtown Charleston historic homes. 


Walk & Talk Charleston Tours

begins at Capt. James Missroon House
9:30 - 11:30 am

Walk & Talk Charleston: Ironwork

Join an exclusive walking tour with Walk & Talk Charleston to marvel at the detailed ironwork of the Holy City. Wander streets lined with masterworks of the medium, admiring the delicate filigree patterns, ornate twists, and rich details that characterize pieces dating to the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Learn about the skilled artisans who crafted these timeless pieces, and discover how they fit into the architectural and cultural fabric of the city. This tour, created just for Charleston by Design, celebrates the craftsmanship, history, and enduring beauty of Charleston’s ironwork. 

Walk & Talk Charleston:
Churches, Steeples and Graveyards

Delve into the stories behind Charleston's historic churches, steeples and graveyards with Walk & Talk Charleston. On this walking tour, visit iconic churches such as St. Philip's, St. Michael's and the French Huguenot Church to learn about their roles in Charleston’s architectural and social history. We’ll also explore historic graveyards and cemeteries where ornate grave markers tell tales of the past residents who shaped the city we love today. 

Walk & Talk Charleston: 
The Long 18th Century

Travel back in time on this walking tour through “the long 18th century,” exploring the era of explosive growth and rapid change in Charleston’s rich history. Join an exclusive tour with Walk & Talk Charleston to explore the evolution of architectural styles throughout the city’s history, and examine the stylistic and practical influences from other countries, eras, and cultures that flourished during the period from the end of the 1600s to the dawn of the 19th century. 

Creators Corridor: Past, Present & Future

March 16
at Navy Yard Charleston
4 - 7 pm


Join Charleston by Design’s curated group of talented designers for an exclusive event highlighting the development of Navy Yard Charleston, the unique craftsmanship of Urban Electric, and the new Fritz Porter design studio. Guests will enjoy beverages and refreshments as they learn about the history of these architectural treasures and how they will continue to take shape in the coming years. 


The Charleston Festival
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