A dramatic sweeping staircase and art display plus a dining area dressed with memorable pieces offer a grand welcome

A dramatic, sweeping staircase offers a grand welcome into the home. The iron railing gives an introduction to more iron accents found throughout the interiors, such as the curtain hardware, the base of the dining room table, and the bed in the main suite. A collection of tree sketches by Richard Bowers climbs the stairway wall. “These sketches have a very vernacular, Lowcountry feel that emphasizes the theme of connecting the interiors to nature,” says Phoebe.

Just past the staircase, the dining room draws the eye to the center of the home. “The dining table is one of the first things you see when you enter the house, so it needed to have impact,” says Nellie. “The moment we found this stone table, we knew it was perfect. I love that it’s a little bit unexpected.” To soften the space, the designers surrounded the table with wicker chairs for a relaxed look. The oyster chandelier overhead celebrates the home’s coastal locale while also striking a balance between the formal and casual elements of the space.

For a full room tour, watch the video above led by Phoebe Howard and Nellie Howard Ossi, interior designers of the 2022 Flower Showhouse.


  • Venetian Marmorino plaster in Naturel, Belgian Flat paint in Naturel, and Belgian Trim Matte paint in Naturel all from Chateau Domingue
  • Rowland wall sconce from Currey & Company
  • Roman shade Member fabric with Manon trim from Fabricut
  • Oyster chandelier from Currey & Company
  • Stone dining table and wicker chairs through Mrs. Howard
  • Jars Vuelta dinnerware, Crate & Barrel tea glasses, Denby Jet wineglasses, and Ralph Lauren Frontier flatware all from Replacements, Ltd.
  • Nori cotton dinner napkins and pewter napkin rings from Ballard Designs

Designed and styled by Phoebe Howard and Nellie Howard Ossi of Mrs. Howard | Text by Julie Gillis | Photography by Adam Kuehl | Video by Relative Media & Marketing | Floral Design by August Floral & Event Design

Sam Stapleton's work Asters, inverted luminosity

This story appears in Flower magazine’s March/April 2022 issue on newsstands March 1. Subscribe or find a copy in a store near you.