Old School Charleston Townhouse

Are you a paneling person? Do you have a pediment impediment? Does millwork melt you and woodwork woo you? Yes, me too, I know exactly how that feels. The Thomas Rose house on Church Street in Charleston, SC was built in 1735 and has been blessedly left rather un-messed-around-with. The only thing better than gorgeous wood paneling is gorgeous wood paneling older than our country. I'm sure you agree.

The charming yellow exterior of this "single house" (which is what they call townhouses down in the Holy City) is bright and cheery, especially accented by sage green shutters.

Like many single houses, the Rose house has a false front door that opens up to a porch referred to in the local vernacular as a "piazza."

The home has a lovely garden and spacious side yard as well.

The foyer continues the yellow and green scheme from the outside of the house.

The main stair hall in the home retains its original flooring and wall paneling.

The downstairs formal sitting room is painted in two vibrant shades of turquoise.

The paneling in this room is thick yet compact in scale making it very impactful.

The paneling in the dining room, however, is thinner and reads as lighter.

Built-ins filled with antique silver flank the fireplace in the dining room.

Paneling on the walls, with detailing painted green, and scrolled carving on the sides of the stair treads continue up to the second story.

A formal sitting room on the second floor is long and skinny, running the length of the home. The creamy walls with sea foam green panel detailing are continued from the stir hall and into this parlor.

The arched built-in to the left of the fireplace echoes the arched door to the right, leading back out to the hall.

Holy frijoles -- the paper in this guest bedroom is about to Blow. Your. Mind. Brace yourself.

KAABOOOOOOOOOOOMM! Yes, that's the sound of your mind blowing from this antique Chinese hand painted paper AND the set of fretwork canopy beds. I know, those beds make me weep. Also, those silk pelmets are precious.

Gorgeous view of the stairs descending back down towards the first floor of the the home.

The driveway leads right into the side garden and is sheltered by large green gates.

This house is in pretty darn good shape for being almost 300 years old. That being said, you don't see me cooing over (or even posting) pictures of the kitchen or the  bathrooms. And that's ok. You don't dive in to an historic home for the amenities, you dive in for the details. I love the sense of history and place you get from truly beautiful original paneling and millwork.

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