While working in Charleston recently, my client had to get on a conference call and I had 45 minutes to kill. I don’t know about you but I relish any opportunity to “kill time” in a beautiful place.
I grabbed my camera and walked around the block. I thought I had taken a “couple” of inspiration photos for an upcoming architectural renovation. Honestly, I didn’t even look at the pictures until I sat down to transfer the pictures into the client’s file. What I found was truly inspiring! And there are A LOT of pictures-too many for one post. So please check back for part two next week.
Whenever I have a new project, I tell my client they are in my brain. And since most of my client projects are long term I have a lot of visual information bouncing around my head. If you read my blog (or are a client of mine) you know that I get inspiration everywhere. Which is why I believe that if a creative person is in the “present” with her/his eyes open, there is a lesson in scale, proportion, color in almost anything.
Truly, it’s not hard to find beauty and architectural inspired ideas in Charleston. Even though the pictures are going to serve as an idea file for a different client in a different city they bring to mind the following questions…
What does your entrance/exterior say about you? Does it make your guests feel welcome? What impression do you want someone to have when they come to your door? Cozy? Inviting? Formal?
Interestingly, I found some of these entrances say more than one thing. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions but I will say that I have been invited to one of the grandest homes imaginable and there wasn’t anything welcoming about the exterior. Conversely, I have pulled up to a humble cottage and I couldn’t wait to see the rest of the house because the outside entry was so charming. So take a look at your entrance. Is it swept? Are there flowers? A mat? Does it make your guests feel welcome?
Maybe you can get some ideas from the following….I know I did.
Check back in next week for more Charleston entryways. Until then I hope you find inspiration everywhere!
Thanks for reading,
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