South's Greatest Kitchens 2019


Award-winning interior designers, Amy and Lukejohn Dickson have worked tirelessly over the past two decades and have positioned themselves as the go-to couple for upscale design. Check out these THREE amazing kitchens created by this dynamic duo.


Spring Island
Owners, Porter & Rain Galloway
Designer: LaSource Home

Having lived overseas in some of the world’s most exotic destinations such as Thailand, France and Singapore, Porter and Rain Galloway set their sights on the Lowcountry coast when it was time to come home to the states 10 years ago – entranced with the beauty of natural elements that dwell in the Southeast’s landscape of the ocean, rivers and marshlands.

Described as “veteran remodelers,” the couple considers their home on the exclusive Spring Island to be their first project that isn’t just a renovation, but a transformation.

Five years in the making, this state-of-the-art kitchen combines outdoor elements with world-class design; it’s a unique pairing of the rawness of nature and the sophistication of modern appliances which creates a space unlike any other.

With a passion for cooking and entertaining, the couple desired an open concept. 

“We wanted to create a welcoming feeling and place for people to enjoy,” Rain says.

Shown above: Galley 5’ Workstation shown in a back-to-back configuration for maximum functionality, Commercial style faucet with 360-degree articulating 18” spout, Pop-Up Power with USB power outlets, Handmade Ceramic jars by Plantation Interiors, Miele dominates the appliance industry with this 6 in 1 range: Cooktop, griddle, convention oven, microwave, speed oven, and warming drawer, Custom pantry storage conceals beverage station with Miele Coffee MakerCustom stainless steel range hood designed and built by LaSOURCE and Concealed Fridge & Freezer in the back kitchen in custom cabinetry.

The kitchen features dual 5-foot Galley Workstations that allow the two cooks to handle all tasks—preparation, serving, and clean-up—from a single, central spot, whether working side by side or separately. Kitchen designers Lukejohn and Amy Dickson of LaSource Home say the back-to-back configuration provides a “completely different dynamic” than more typical layouts—and is a perfect fit for the couple’s cooking and entertaining style. 

Complete with German Miele appliances, custom American-made cabinets, flooring from local reclaimed wood, paint from Farrow and Ball along with accessories provided by Plantation Interiors - this kitchen was thoughtfully designed to flow with the natural environment that surrounds it. It’s hard to determine where the living space ends and the kitchen begins. Defined as a lifestyle kitchen - it creates a place for Porter and Rain to engage, entertain and be inspired by the elements. 


Home of Jack & Leslie Trenta
Location: Bluffton, SC

Designers: Leslie Trenta & Lukejohn Dickson

A collaborative effort between interior designer Leslie Trenta and kitchen designer Lukejohn Dickson, resulted in this traditional kitchen located in Old Town Bluffton’s Historic District. It is as playful as it is polished.

With whimsical layers of colors and textures inspired by the landscape of the Lowcountry, the owners, Leslie & Jack Trenta, have imaginatively created a kitchen that reflects many elements of the Lowcountry vernacular.



Leslie, leading in the design, shows she isn’t afraid of using color as she has carefully curated artwork and accessories to make the space feel even richer. The goal for the interior spaces throughout the newly constructed Guilford Place Cottages of Stock Farm, was to have a home feel lived in and timeless, borrowing elements of historic architectural details that make the home unique.

Made complete by a state-of-the-art La Cornue range as the centerpiece, and with a dog-friendly scullery (built with their beloved Brittany Spaniel, Sam, in mind), this fun kitchen is cozy and practical and perfectly equipped to entertain guests.

“Jack and I wanted a space that worked well with our lifestyle, while adding my own spin on timeless design that reflects the Lowcountry spirit,” says Leslie. “Everything is functional and detailed-oriented, but also very comfortable.  It’s our little Lowcountry cottage”

Home of Mike & Ann McLaughlin
Location: Savannah
Designers: Amy & Lukejohn Dickson

Nine years after Ann and Mike McLaughlin moved into their 1965 custom built home near the Savannah Yacht Club, they decided it was time to put a fresh spin on the original kitchen layout. With the help of designers Lukejohn and Amy Dickson of LaSource Home, they were able to curate a blend of authentic materials that create a space described as “Lowcountry chic.”

Using 2,000+-year-old sinker cypress pulled from beneath the Ogeechee River for ceiling beams and pillars, the duo opened up their kitchen so that it would be the focal point of this charming home. Crisp white quartz counter tops with waterfall edges create a simple look – designed to not take away from the bold texture of the wood.

“The original galley kitchen was a real challenge because of a load bearing wall. Luckily we were able to get creative with the local pecky cypress beams,” says Mike.

“We wanted a simple, clean, coastal design and opening up the kitchen really changed the feel of the entire house.”

Adorned throughout this charming custom home is an impressive collection of Ann’s eclectic artwork.

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Both former University of Alabama athletes (football & swimming) the two southerners have beautifully captured the essence of the Lowcountry in their newly renovated home.

With inviting views of their backyard, their sleek and stylish kitchen is a comfortable gathering place for the family of four and their beloved Labrador Retriever named Tide. 

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Events Calendar

  • Volunteers needed for The Salvation Army

    Nov 14, 2019
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army Savannah is kicking off their annual holiday season Red Kettle Campaign on November 14, 2019. They announced an ambitious...

  • “Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick” Exhibition

    Oct 11, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick examines the work of six contemporary artists—Corey Arnold, Guy Ben-Ner, Patty Chang, Tristin...

  • SS Savannah (1819-2019)

    May 23, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Ships of the Sea Museum

    2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the SS Savannah's groundbreaking trans-Atlantic crossing.  In recognition of this monumental achievement,...

  • Savannah Philharmonic Chorus Auditions

    Sep 07, 2019
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle

    The Savannah Philharmonic is holding auditions throughout the year for singers to have the opportunity to join the Chorus for the exciting...

  • Savannah Philharmonic Chorus Auditions

    Sep 07, 2019
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle

    The Savannah Philharmonic is holding auditions throughout the year for singers to have the opportunity to join the Chorus for the exciting...

  • "Portrait of the Artist" Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Aug 03, 2019
    12:00 PM - 12:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    This exhibition brings together several photographic portraits of recognizable creative individuals from Telfair’s permanent collection....

  • 2019 Red Kettle Campaign Kick-Off

    Nov 14, 2019
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Georgia State Railroad Museum

    Salvation Army is holding a Christmas campaign kick-off event featuring Christmas carolers, elf appearances, an eatery serving...

  • Museum in the Moonlight

    Nov 15, 2019
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

    Get your groove on at our 13th Annual Museum in the Moonlight + Featuring A Nickel Bag of Funk and Jim N' Nicks!!No need for a ticket - this is a...

  • Still Standing - A Tribute to Elton John

    Nov 15, 2019
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    You loved the movie “Rocketman” on our big screen! Now come see a live concert tribute to Sir Elton John on the stage of the coolest little...

  • Chase Rice Concert

    Nov 15, 2019
    All Day @ Grayson Stadium

  • Forsyth Farmer's Market

    Jun 29, 2019
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ South end of Forsyth Park

    The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese,...

  • 6th Annual Pee Wee Rodeo

    Nov 16, 2019
    10:00 AM - 1:00 AM

    Do not miss this year's Pee Wee Rodeo - It will have everything your little ones want to see, plus some great things for adults too! *Stick...

  • Fall Harvest and Cane Grinding Festvial

    Nov 16, 2019
    All Day @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

    Help us celebrate Georgia's diverse agricultural traditions during our annual cane grinding event. Centered around our 1800's Heritage...

  • Musical Matinees: FUNNY FACE (1957)

    Nov 17, 2019
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Lucas Theatre

    Dispatched on an assignment, New York City-based fashion photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) is struck by the beauty of Jo Stockton (Audrey...

  • National Theatre Live: ALL ABOUT EVE

    Nov 19, 2019
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Lucas Theatre for the Arts

    Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live...

  • 2019 Holiday Artist Collective

    Nov 21, 2019
    4:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Deep South Photopoint

    An upscale, holiday art market featuring one-of-a-kind collectibles, original paintings, genuine photographs, fine art prints and gifts created...

  • Howard Family Dental 11th Annual Free Day of Dentistry

    Nov 22, 2019
    6:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ Howard Family Dental

    Howard Family Dental is proud to offer their 11th Annual Free Day of Dentistry, held on Friday, November 22nd, 2019. The staff and dentists at...

  • Dharma Talk with Teijo Munnich

    Nov 22, 2019
    7:15 PM - 9:00 PM @ Savannah Power Yoga

    Join Zen teacher Teijo Munnich for a Dharma talk! This session is the first in a two part visit by Teijo to Savannah.   The topic of this year's...

  • Southern Songbirds

    Nov 22, 2019
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Three beautiful singer-songwriters from opposite coasts come together on the Tybee Post Theater stage for an incredible night of music. Our annual...

  • All Day Zen Meditation Retreat

    Nov 23, 2019
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Demere Center for Living

    This all day meditation retreat with Teijo Munnich includes sitting and walking meditations, dharma talks and discussions. Teijo Munnich is the...

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Scenes of the South

6th Annual First Responders Luncheon

Harris Lowry Manton LLC hosted its 6th Annual First Responder Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 28 at Daffin Park. Free lunch was offered as a “thank you” to local paramedics, firefights, police officers and emergency medical responders.

DineSouth's VIP Icebox

DineSouth 2019 VIP room sponsored by IceBound was a hit at this year’s event! With a special performance by Ken Roy, guests enjoyed exclusive vendors such as sushi from Rue de Jean and popsicles from Savannah Square Pops. Made complete with a full-serve bar, the VIP room was chillingly spectacular!

DineSouth 2019

DineSouth 2019 was a huge hit - by far one of our best ever! Thank you to all of our vendors, sponsors, entertainers and patrons. The Equinox All Stars rolled us into the night with fabulous tunes while Savannah for Morons and The Stardust Pixies treated guests with show-stopping amusement. Hunter Cattle came through with bells, livestock and a petting zoo. But of course, the event was topped off with some of the best flavors Savannah has to offer followed by mouthwatering cocktails. It was a night to remember, and we couldn’t have pulled it off without our amazing clients, supporters and staff. Thank you to Savannah Station and Events Work for helping us pull off anything great year. See y’all next time!

Anne Pappas Grand Opening

Anne Pappas Interiors celebrated the Grand Opening of their new full-service design studio and showroom at 101 W. Liberty St. in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District, on Thursday, Oct. 10. “This inspiring space will allow our talented team of designers to provide exceptional creative services to clientele who appreciate the art of design,” said Pappas. A member of Coastal Living and Southern Living’s exclusive Designer Network, Pappas offers a fresh, inspired approach to interior design, incorporating a variety of textures and design elements inspired by nature, travel and global style. Pappas and her team welcomed guests with light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the event.

Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala

Glitz and glamour were galore at the Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala celebrating the Savannah Entertainment Industry as Charles (Bo) Bowen and his team orchestrated the event of the year. The night was unforgettable for all, but even more so for many hard-working and deserving individuals who were recognized for their contributions to the local film and television industry

Bitty and Beau's at Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott gives back with Bitty & Beau’s Saturday, Sept. 28. Kendra Scott gave 20% the proceeds of their sales from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to Bitty & Beau’s Coffee. Bitty & Beau’s, which aims to provide jobs and change the way people see those with special needs and disabilities, provided muffins and coffee.

Brews for a Cause September at Mansion on Forsyth

South magazine in collaboration with Southern Eagle hosted Brews for a Cause at Casimir’s Lounge at the Mansion on Forsyth Park on Thursday, Sept. 26 in a successful effort to raise money and awareness for CURE Childhood Cancer.

Savannah Hospice Gala

Hospice Savannah celebrated 40 years of the “Art of Living” at the Landings Plantation Ballroom on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Latin Dance Party Featuring Gino Castillo & The Cuban Cowboys

The 38th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival hosted a Latin Dance Party, which featured Gino Castillo & the Cuban Cowboys on Thursday, Sept. 25 at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Castillo - the Afro-Cuban jazz singer and percussionist – led the Charleston-based Cuban Cowboys as they brought patrons to their feet, dancing the night away to his funky–jazz, high-energy tunes.

Grand Opening Studio 60 | Body Brite

Studio60BodyBrite owner and girl boss Bobbie Ciaccio unveiled Savannah’s newest salon to the public by hosting a grand opening, “Pink Party,” on Friday, Sept. 13.