After spending Memorial Day weekend on Kiawah Island, outside of Charleston, SC, I've been day-dreaming about what it would be like to really live the Low Country life. This area has some of the most beautiful historic homes in the country, and what could be better than a 18th century townhouse in the heart of old Charleston? This c1753 home has been updated for modern family life while still retaining so much of its antique detailing and charm! Let's pour a glass of sweet tea and have a look!
Weather-beaten brick and black shutters, gates, and front door are a classic look.
Here's a great view of the traditional dual story side porch common in Charleston townhomes.
The faux front door, visible from the street, leads to this breezy porch.
The actual entrance to the home is off of the side porch and matches the outer door in weathered black.
The historic wood trim, millwork, and floors that really make the soul of this home are clearly visible in the foyer.
The fabulous wide plank floors and dado wall are blissfully left alone.
Creamy white walls in the formal sitting room let the paneling shine.
The moulding around the sitting room fireplace is from the 19th century, and, again, shines beautifully in nothing but simple white paint.
The paneling in the dining room is similarly left alone with nothing but white paint. The wide plank floors continue to glow with historic patina, and the champagne silk draperies give the room just enough southern finery.
I am obsessed with kitchens in historic homes that actually leave a bit of history intact. How gorgeous do the exposed beams and bricks looks with the lovely white cabinetry and transitional open shelving with subway tiles?
Again, a completely modern kitchen that respects the historic bones of the home.
A plain sisal runner gives a contrasting texture to the wainscoting, which I think is shiplap. I adore the powder room to the left of the stairs as well.
The master bedroom is similar to the public rooms downstairs as it has a simple treatment of white paint, letting the paneling and floorboards take the lead. the antique chest-on-a-chest (real name, weird I know) looks like its always lived in this house.
Gorgeous nine-over-nine windows let in streaming sunlight from the side yard and back yard.
Beautiful paneling and elegant, traditional marble surfaces make for a dream master bath. I like that they left the wood floors in this space as well. Heck, even that toilet is wicked elegant!
The upstairs library provides a peaceful and beautiful retreat, perfect for this historic home. The cognac colored wood paneling is elegant without being stuffy. I am in love with that campaign chest over to the left of the fireplace. Such a patrician jumble of well-loved furniture.
The side and back yard of the home is not fussy, but simply trimmed out in restrained boxwood hedges.
Hardly a frou-frou mansion for would-be Scarlett O'Haras, this genteel Charleston home looks as if its as comfortable in the 21st century as it was in the 18th. Such a charming and livable home in one of the country's most remarkably beautiful cities!