Last week I wrote about gorgeous Charleston entrances and exteriors that I was lucky to photograph while walking my client’s neighborhood in Charleston. It was nice to see that you love these homes as much as I do. I got a kick out of seeing them pinned on Pinterest and enjoyed the nice emails and comments. Thanks friends, that means a lot to me!
So here is part two…
I don’t know what I loved more about this…the incredible car, the beautiful facade or the fact that it was color coordinated.
For me, there is majesty in crumbling plaster and beauty in chipping paint. I swoon over these homes.
One of the many gorgeous iron gates in Charleston and can most likely be attributed to the famous “Iron Man” Phillip Simmons. He was born on neighboring Daniel Island in 1912 and had a famed career that spanned sixty years beginning when he was just thirteen years old.
More incredible ironwork…very reminiscent of New Orleans. Could also be the the art of Simmons–his work has been acquired across the South as well as museums as far West as Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The gas lanterns in Charleston are fabulous and can be seen on many Charleston homes.
The following doorway is actually an entrance onto a side piazza (veranda or porch). Side piazzas cover the long part of Charleston homes and were built to take advantage of the breezes–so they could blow into all the rooms facing the piazza.
So when you look at many of the historic homes in Charleston, they actually seem skinny from the front. In reality, they are quite large on the long side, but the single room depth that faces the street is deceiving.
Here is another example of that style of architecture. You can also see the “haint” blue ceilings on the piazzas. Most say that this beautiful blue/green/gray color keeps away the spirits, ghosts or “haints”. Skeptics say it keeps away the carpenter bees. I don’t know but either way you can’t go wrong.
If you like ghosty stories and Charleston ghosts, you might enjoy this post I wrote about staying in a haunted inn in Charleston- by mistake.
And one more to show the side entry. This one also had haint blue ceilings on the piazzas.
I’m crazy about the mini Greek key that adorns the fascia about the door and spans the arch above the fan light.
Can you smell that Confederate Jasmine? It’s also known as Star Jasmine and I have an arbor of it in my backyard. It smells heavenly and the little wrens who make their nests in it are the prettiest singers of all of my backyard birds.
For any aspiring gardener in the South, it’s a must. And super easy to grow—trust me, if I can’t kill it, no one can.
I adore this color combination. I painted my bedroom walls a more tan version of this last year and I love the way the light plays on the walls in the morning.
It’s like waking up in seashell…without the sand.
I leave you with these two fine fellas…they seem to exude the relaxed elegance that epitomizes Charleston’s charm.
It was really hard for me not to go up and pet them…as I neared the gate, their tails slowly thumped up and down–alas, it is someone’s private property. That creeping fig along the stairs is pretty fantastic, don’t you think?
Happy Monday and I hope you have a wonderful week!
Thanks for reading,
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