Culture, Architecture & Design // 5 min Read

The Heart of It

Written by Grubbs

Dec 7, 2017

Ask around about what makes Moreland Village so special. Some people would say the land—the crops that were grown here and the families that they fed. Others might remember a field along the marsh that was once known as the best dove hunting spot not only in the state of South Carolina, but in the country. The 1,184-acre parcel purchased by Richard Proctor in 1774 has served in various capacities in the years since its purchase, but one thing has remained the same: it has always been about the land.

The interior designers of The Boundary and the Outfitters, J. Banks Design, strived to make the interiors of the social hub feel like the original gathering space from years ago. They wanted to create something that felt very authentic to the Lowcountry and made the space feel as though the outdoors were inside with you. Anchoring the interior decor is the custom art that J. Banks procured from a variety of talented artists in the area. Natural materials partnered with bold colors and different media created a space that brought the outdoors in through a natural transition.


As guests walk in the front door of The Boundary, they are immediately drawn to the stunning oil painting that stretches across the fireplace mantel. These bold colors created and painted by renowned Lowcountry artist Betty Anglin Smith were inspired by the surrounding coastal sunsets. As the largest piece Smith has ever created, this canvas stretched over multiple easels in her studio while she painted it. Joni Vanderslice of J. Banks saw Smith’s work as the perfect complement to the handmade tabby walls of The Boundary.


Mary Edna Fraser began photographing landscapes out of her grandfather’s 1946 Ercoupe plane when she was young. To create her beautiful aerial works of art, Fraser studies the geography and topography of an area, as well as maps, charts, and satellite images and then applies this research to her photography. An aerial photo taken by Crescent Communities inspired Vanderslice to bring Fraser in on The Boundary design project to recreate that old photo of the signature Lowcountry landscape from above. To proportionately cover the large wall of The Boundary dining room, Fraser created the photo by changing her medium to fit the scale of the space and the artwork. This gorgeous aerial photograph brings a different outdoor perspective to the dining room while still capturing the Lowcountry.


Created by South Carolina resident Travis Hayes Folk of New World Cartography, this hand-designed map injects the charm of something old into this fresh, new space. In what Vanderslice describes as a grounding effect, this map gives a location to Moreland Village and demonstrates its location as the anchor for the place. Folk’s method of taking current property and pairing it with old landmarks while focusing on the details in the hand drawing and hand coloring creates a stunning work of art.


For The Boundary’s signature bowling alley, the elongated lanes needed a special trademark on the far wall. A long wall and an even longer space between demanded a piece with extra depth and detail. Artist and sculptor Joe Thompson grew up in Athens, Georgia, and was a woodworker while he attended the University of Georgia. His talents flourished as he attended Clemson University to complete his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture. Thompson created this unique sculpture based off natural Lowcountry scenery and is nearly 22 feet wide and over eight feet tall. Pieced together with small pieces of wood, this masterpiece took over 800 hours to complete.


As guests move toward the Outfitters, the art of Moreland Village seems to move as well. Gracing the ceilings of the Outfitters are the works of Daufuskie local Chase Allen. Allen traded the corporate boardroom for the simple island life in 2001 and that mentality is felt throughout his art. Designed to feel as if they are flying through the air, these birds are perfectly situated at different heights, bringing more depth to the work. The natural feel of the birds flying in from outside brings the artwork of the Outfitters alive.

By: Sarah Grubbs

Photos by: Rod Pasibe & Krisztian Lonyai