JUNE 25th

The Vermillions Do Savannah And You Should Too! Part Deux

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Savannah

Finally I’m getting back to writing Part two of our trip…and if you missed Part One- Here it is.

Are you dying over this entry?  I about passed out from the level of gorgeousness.  The textures, colors, details…it just doesn’t stop in Savannah and I think this beautiful picture sums up the city very well.  As I said in my last post, there is a certain worldliness about Savannah.  She’s seen it, done it and gotten the tee shirt.  The paint is peeling in a couple of areas and the plaster is cracking and that’s what I LOVE about this city.  She doesn’t put on airs because she doesn’t NEED to.  She just is…

For the architecture and design junkies the tours are abundant!  What to see?  What to do?  Here are some ideas:

If you like –there are spooky, ghost filled houses-

432 Abercorn:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Savannah

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Savannah

 

There are houses filled with architectural delights-  (We couldn’t photograph in here)

Owens Thomas House-  This was my favorite home of all that we toured.  The English Regency beauty (designed by William Jay in 1816) is an architectural masterpiece.  Some of the marvelous features include a brass inlaid staircase, a bridge that spans the second floor and a Greek Key window made of Amber glass that casts a gorgeous pattern on the ceiling in the late afternoon.  It also boasts America’s first flushing water closets and had bath tubs and a shower fed by cisterns.

Owens Thomas House- Amy Vermillion Interiors Savannah

The gardens in the back are lovely as well.

Owens Thomas House- Amy Vermillion Interiors Savannah

There are homes built by shipping magnates:

This is Armstrong House which currently houses a law firm.  It cost almost $700,000 in 1916 which was a giant fortune then.   A mixture of Beaux Arts and Italian Renaissance, it had a ballroom, a billiards room, two libraries and has had major movies shot here including, “Midnight In the Garden of Good & Evil” and “Cape Fear.”

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Armstrong House Savannah

 

There are homes that hosted historical figures such as The Green Meldrim House which served as General Sherman’s Headquarters during the Civil War.  A great example of Gothic Revival architecture, it was built by Englishman Charles Green with oriel windows and Gothic ornamentation including a parapet and ornate ironwork.

Interestingly, Sherman sent a telegram to President Lincoln offering the city to him as a Christmas gift (along with 25,000 bales of Charles Green’s cotton).  The house now serves a rectory for St. John’s Episcopal Church which is next door.

Green Meldrim House- Amy Vermillion Interiors Savannah

One of my other favorite architectural gems is another gorgeous example of Neo Gothic.  It is currently a cute Christmas shop on Bull Street but was originally built to stable Arabian Horses!  Later Ford used it as a showroom for cars.  Check out the quatrefoils and rounded glass windows.

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One of the coolest things to do is grab a map and walk – (or ride the Trolley).  There is no shortage of interesting doorways, leaf covered stairs, ornamented windows and inviting porches.

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

For the book lover (and I’m one of those who can disappear for DAYS in a bookstore), there are fabulous independent bookstores like E.Shaver and The Book Lady.  I bought a first edition, signed copy of a diary written by a Southern lady who’s father was a Senator during the Civil War.  It’s amazing.

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And what goes nicely with a great book?

How about the world’s BEST ice cream at Leopold’s.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love their Chocolate Chewies & Cream (signature flavor)!  They have been dishing up ice cream, sundaes and making shakes since 1919.  We went twice in a two day period and it was jammed both times.

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

Savannah Amy Vermillion Interiors

We also went on a Dolphin Boat and there were so many dolphins, I would swear it was set up.  They were jumping, swimming next to the boat and Beans LOVED it.  As someone who has seen a lot of dolphins in her day (including kissing one and swimming with them in Florida), I was very impressed with the Savannah dolphins and their Southern hospitality!

Dolphin Tour Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

We did a lot of walking around town and the Riverfront—The Beans is carrying her purchase of a seashell craft souvenir (a frog made of mini conches playing a banjo made from a scallop) and Mr. V is carrying the entire world (my stuff) in his backpack.

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And don’t miss a chance to ride out to nearby Tybee Island.  It was a bit chilly the day we went but still a lot of fun to walk the beach and eat at the local fish shack, AJ’s Dockside.

Tybee Island- Amy Vermillion Interiors

This is a six year old doing her best pirate:

Tybee Island- Amy Vermillion Interiors

And finally the sign that screams the obvious:

Tybee Island- Amy Vermillion Interiors

 

As a wanderer I love to travel.  Some trips are better than others…this was one of the betters.  Don’t miss Savannah!

We have some upcoming trips planned (one of which involves a famous mouse and a castle and is all about the Beans), and I hope you have a wonderful summer either traveling or staying put with a good book and hopefully some ice cream too.

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JUNE 7th

Tastemaker Series on Ace Of Space Blog

Hello Friends!  I am honored and flattered to be included in Vicki Bolick’s Tastemaker Series on her award winning Ace of Space Blog.  Vicki’s blog is beautiful, insightful and a must read for those of us design junkies.  She brings an interesting background to her writing and designing–not too many designers can claim a past career handling personal correspondence for a President or Assistant Press Secretary to a NY Senator!  Published and awarded, Vicki has a discerning eye and is certainly a tastemaker herself.

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Ace of Space Blog- Amy Vermillion Interiors

Wanna read the rest of my interview and see some client projects?  Jump over to Ace of Space!  And if you aren’t already a regular reader of Vicki’s blog, you will want to be.

Thank you again Vicki for including me in your series!

**Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Savannah trip on my next blog post.

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MAY 28th

Traveling This Summer? Consider Savannah –Part One

Savannah.  She’s akin to the older and slightly more wild sister of Charleston.  Don’t get me wrong-anyone who reads this blog knows my great love affair with Charleston.  I love working there and visiting.  But there’s something about Savannah.  It has beautiful homes, crazy interesting history, its lion share of ghosts, characters aplenty and yet I can’t quite put my finger on it.  It just is Savannah.

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You may have been to Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day, (the biggest celebration outside of Chicago) or come down for a romantic weekend.  But have you ever taken your kiddos?  Mr. V and I took the Beans and we had an awesome adventure.  I’m not saying that all kids will patiently tour the historic homes or rifle through the stacks of books at neat shops like mine did but there’s plenty to do for all ages.

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We stayed at The Mansion on Forsyth Park, a luxury hotel across the street from the famed Forsyth Park.  It is part of the Autograph Collection of hotels so it has a super funky vibe inside which contrasts greatly from the 1888 Victorian Romanesque exterior.  Truth be told it was used as a funeral parlor at some point and we ate dinner in the room where they used to view the bodies.  Yikes!

Mansion on Forsyth Park- Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

The food is delicious at 700 Drayton and the lounge upstairs is worth the elevator ride.

Mansion on Forsyth Park- Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

The rooms are decorated in a Mad Hatter Baroque style which is fun and totally unexpected.  The walls are graced with contemporary art by Richard Kessler and almost everything is for sale.  A Lalique chandelier greets you at the entry and the lobby is filled with Versace furniture.  If you are looking for a quaint bed and breakfast this isn’t your place.  But if you love a spacious room, beautiful views of the park, a great bathroom with soaking tub and comfy bed away from the hustle and bustle of the Riverfront, this is it.

Mansion on Forsyth Park- Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

Weddings and events are routinely held here–they were setting up for one as we left.  And the outdoor pool is beyond the wall.

Mansion on Forsyth Park- Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

I loved getting in the elevator every day to see what the flower arrangement was!  It’s touches like these that really endear me to a place.

 

 

 

Mansion on Forsyth Park- Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

Haunted?  Maybe.  But I really enjoyed my stay here.

Forsyth Park- Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

The hotel is right across the street from Forsyth Park and the famous fountain.  Savannah is known for its lovely parks and squares but this one is the most famous.  Everyone is in this park from musicians, to marrying couples to moms in fit bootcamps.  They have a farmers market on Saturdays and there are playgrounds for the little ones.  Built in 1858, the fountain got its design from a model in the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

Mercer House- Savannah Amy vermillion Interiors Blog

Ghosts?  Probably.  Here is the Mercer House- famous for a lot of reasons including that the famed singer, Johnny Mercer lived here.  But what makes it even more intriguing is the shooting that took place here in 1981 when antique dealer and preservationist Jim Williams shot Danny Hansford, his troubled house man and reputed lover.  The story was told in the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil  by John Berendt and later made into a movie starring Kevin Spacey and Jude Law.  Interestingly, two people had died previously in the house- a former owner after falling over the staircase and a young boy who fell off the roof chasing pigeons.

You can take the tour–and the house itself is nice–but don’t expect a lot of information on “the tragic act of self defense” (as our guide put it) as they seem rather tight lipped about the whole affair.  Whatever you believe about the events of that fateful evening, it cannot diminish Williams’ efforts to save the beautiful homes that were being razed for parking lots and his undeniable exquisite taste.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room- Savannah Ga:  Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

On to brighter subjects–FOOD!  This is the line for Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room.  And it is very typical.  A must stop for anyone who loves Southern food and I have to say it was worth the wait.  That’s kind of a lie since the Beans and I scooted around the block ducking into various shops while Mr. V patiently held our spots but still….

The dining is family style and the food is non stop. Piles of fried chicken and biscuits. Ham and collards, beans and potatoes.  Yum.  There’s plenty to eat for vegetarians too.  Go with an appetite and a book for the line.  You never know who you might meet standing and waiting.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

Another great place to eat is The Public.  Casual and hip (sorry the picture is terrible), you can sit outside and watch the world go by while munching on shrimp and grits.  And trust me, the people watching on this busy corner is phenomenal.  The bar got busy with pretty people around 8 pm so if you are into that, put your cute clothes on and head over.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

Make sure to take one of the many trolley tours.  It’s a great way to see the city, get some history in and snap pictures of the incredible variety of architecture.  This is a Queen Anne beauty with double circular porches, scalloped metal roofs, gingerbread and stained glass transoms.  Be still my little heart.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

The architectural details are astounding.  Including this fish downspout on the back corner of a building.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

This is a doorway to a map shop.  I mean….I about passed out from the sheer fabulousness.  It was closed much to my disappointment-because there is little I love more than poking around a dark, old map and book shop.  The gate is amazing- there are small owls on the shield and acorns below.  I wanted in so badly….

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Another gem!  I took this as we were whizzing by on the trolley and meant to go back to take a better picture.  Rounded double verandas complete with creeping fig covered stairs and palmettos.  I’m surprised I didn’t have to breathe into a bag for most of the trip–the homes are that gorgeous.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

I could so live here.  I would spend my days drinking herbal teas, reading poetry and learning the harpsichord in the alcove room above the entry.  Not really. But it’s pretty wonderful.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

Double staircases.  Wanna know why?  Because a lady always walked in front of a gentleman and a lady couldn’t show her ankles and such as she ascended before the man.  Pretty close to our societal norms, huh?  Hard to imagine that but there it is.  Think about how stringent the customs were at that time to build one’s home to preserve the privacy of one’s ankles.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

I will end Part One of my Savannah blog with this picture of the Six Pence Pub.  It was packed as always when we were there and I had a Reuben Sandwich that was delicious.  Julia Roberts stood in her nightgown and pounded on the window at her philandering husband played by Dennis Quaid in the movie “Something To Talk About.”  Hard to believe that movie is almost ten years old!

Stay tuned for Part Two—Dolphins, the best ice cream on the planet and more mouth watering homes to chomp on.

 

 

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