It’s that time of year my friends…I have been so busy (like all of you) trying to wrap my world up in a tidy bow and on top of it all have returned from a great trip working with a client in Charleston. I’ll be going back there next week and everything is rather hurly burly right now with the holidays and my work load so please excuse my tardy posting.
I took a walk one day and photographed some pretty doorways. Charleston is so incredibly beautiful on its own that it needs very little Christmas decor. The old houses are enough for me however the local residents didn’t disappoint…fresh greenery abounds with red bows tucked here and there.
In a city where something is always in bloom, (I love the camellias in December), one can’t help marvel at how lovely everything is.
My client very graciously made arrangements for me at Two Meeting Street Inn which was charming, warm and inviting. (No more haunted hotels for me!)
The money ($75,000) used to build the house was a wedding gift from a wealthy merchant for his daughter and was presented on a silk pillow on the day of her betrothal in 1890. Situated on the corner of Meeting and South Battery, the location has water views and a garden courtyard in the back. The house reminds me of a wedding cake with its white fish scale shingle siding and generous meringue like arches and peaks.
You can see the “haint blue” ceiling on the porch which legend says keeps away the oogie boogies, plat eyes, ghoulies and the rest of the undesireables.
I dined al fresco on the porch for breakfast…delicious and relaxing. A wonderful way to start my designing day…gazing at the park and the water beyond.
The back courtyard looked like so many gardens I have seen in Italy…complete with a mossy wall with a small orange tree.
After a long day working, it was nice to take tea in the Victorian parlor near the Christmas tree.
I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, a peaceful, healthy and prosperous New Year. May you find time in this busy time to enjoy your families and friends and take a little time for yourself.
I leave you with one picture…I saw this on a gate…(“Crazy Dog”)
Do you think I could find one for my gate that says…”Decorateur Lunatique”?