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Patina Blu is the combined vision of Kelly and Wally Carey. Together they envisioned in the Lowcountry a truly unique store, a one of a kind shop that would become the go-to-shop for those unique gifts for friends, family and home. They realize great selections of products, the world’s most beautiful wood floors, and a center that inspires design and creativity are nothing without the talent of its staff. Together they bring over 70 years of professional experience to Patina Blu with extensive understandings in interior design, antiques, furniture, and merchandising. Kelly and Wally both bring to the table the simple understanding that the client always comes first.
Kelly & Wally Carey moved with their two children to Mount Pleasant in 2007. When not immersed in the daily operations of Patina Blu, working with clients, or seeking unique items for the shop they are happiest when spending time with family and friends either at home, on the beach, or skiing.
Kelly Anne Carey
Co-Founder & Owner | Interior Designer
Kelly Anne Carey grew up in Rye, NY and is a graduate of The New York School of Design. For years she ran a successful Retail Design/Wallpaper store with her mother, but her passion was for interior design, which she ended up pursuing for over twenty years in the Greater New York/ Connecticut markets. Kelly developed and grew a successful business in interior design working for such clients as Chris Madden, of Chris Madden Designs, Tommy Mattola, President Sony Music Studios, and Chris Wolfe, President Saks Fifth Avenue. Her talent has been seen nationally on Good Morning America, and Oprah Winfrey. Her work has been published in such publications as Better Homes and Gardens, Kitchen & Bath, New York Home, and most recently in Charleston Style and Design. In Mt. Pleasant she has enjoyed working with both homeowners, and leading builders, architects, and realtors. At Patina Blu her talent can be seen in every corner of the shop and she’s is always excited for every opportunity to work with a new client.
Co-Founder & Owner
Wally Carey grew up in Rye NY, and is a graduate of Stonehill College; where he studied Communications and Business Administration. He spent 15 years working in advertising and video production in Manhattan. His clients included Volvo North America, New Balance Athletic Shoes, Sony Music Studios, NBC, and MTV. His work has aired nationally and in the Tribeca Film Festival. All along, he played a major role in helping Kelly build her interior design business. Behind the scenes working with Kelly, and in a creative marketing environment he brings to Patina Blu a great sense of design and knowledge. Wally also owns Focus Sharp Photography, a successful Mt. Pleasant business specializing in photographing weddings, family portraits, real estate, and interior design. He also holds a Masters Captain’s license.