Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Crush: French Garden Chairs


Some french garden chairs found me at a little shop in Charleston. I really don't need a set of these chic little chairs but I am smitten by their humble presence.









Sources: {1} Dreamy Whites {2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Atelier de Campagne} {7} {8 Eddie Ross}

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Charleston: The View from the Street


Charleston's architecture is enchanting! I took a morning stroll through the historic district's cobblestone streets with my camera so I could share some of my favorite details with all of you. Charleston is the closest thing we have in the States to a European city. It's a great pedestrian city that encourages visitors to walk the streets and discover its secrets.


I love this fountain and elegant courtyard!


Elaborate iron gates frame amazing little passageways and secret gardens.








A hallmark of Charleston architecture is the side porch. Almost every Charleston house has a porch and residents use the porch on a daily basis. It might just be the original outdoor room. Inside the original walled settlement of Charleston, the lots were narrow and long, requiring the house to be, well, narrow and long. The Single House, an architectural style that originated in Charleston, is a one room wide house featuring a porch running the length of the house. The porch faces either south or west to catch the prevailing breeze. The front door is often a facade that enters onto the porch and affords privacy. The real front door to the house opens up onto the porch itself.

 




Doorways are framed with flowering vines and accented with gas lanterns and garden gates.






Window boxes overflow with bloom and flourish in Charleston's humid climate.





A lot of the homes in the historic district have working shutters for privacy.



It's hard to see from the photo above but the homeowner lined their draperies so that the view from the street is equally as decorative as the view from the interior. The drapery panels above are lined with a large scale hand blocked linen featuring butterflies.


In the picture above you can see just a hint of the vibrant striped silk curtains that are made for the view from the street. I am assuming that the interior side has a different fabric. Two-sided curtains,what a luxury!


The cracks in the walls grow ferns.



This homeowner actually planted a variety of ferns in the ancient wall were the bricks and mortar had fallen away.



Charleston would be a great use for the new BM color app I have read about for your smart phone from Benjamin Moore Paints. It's called Color Capture. You take a picture of a color you like and it will match the color instantly to one of Benjamin Moore's 3300 paint colors. This door was such a unique and yummy color especially in combination with this crisp, clean white!







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Friday, June 24, 2011

Window Shopping in Charleston


I just returned from a few days in Charleston and took a few photos.  I thought you might be in the mood for a little window shopping. I just adore Charleston!



The blurry picture above is from the window at Vieuxtemps. Pamela Tidwell creates these lovely florals by hand in hard paste porcelain in the style of 18th century Meissen and Chinese porcelain. Her pieces are highly collectible and are a favorite of designers Charles Faudree and Charlotte Moss.

I love visiting South of Market on King Street. The displays are so graphic and fresh. I just want everything in the store, literally everything!

South of Market

South of Market


The photo above is the King Street window of Niche Interiors, the storefront of interior designer Matthew Bees. I didn't get to visit inside this store because it was by appointment only. I loved the simplicity and clean lines of this window vignette. The little silver compote held pretty white porcelain fruit.


Lunch at Husk at 76 Queen Street, the newest offering from Chef Sean Brock of McCrady’s.

A trip to Charleston is not complete without visiting Alexandra at 156 Queen Street. This lovely french antiques shop simply takes my breath away.






I always visit Circa Lighting at 426 King Street to see the latest in lighting. Although their online catalog is wonderful, I highly recommend visiting the store in person. The finishes and scale are so nice and hard to judge from online photographs. I fell head over heels in love with these two sconces.


I visited the Charleston City Market for a few gifts. I brought home a couple of these sweetgrass crosses to tie on top of graduation gifts, a sweetgrass floral bouquet and some very chic boho bags made from patchwork vintage batik.





Here's a picture of one the boho bags I bought at the city market. I actually bought two. One for a friend's daughter who just graduated from high school. She got one of the coveted spots at the NC State school of design in the textile design program! I have been struggling trying to find just the right gift for such an artistically talented graduate as a preppy monogram just wouldn't do for her. I just know she will love it. The other bag I got for my daughter for is returning from a mission trip to the Dominician Republic tonight just after midnight. I have really missed her and can't wait to hear about her trip.

Have a nice weekend!


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