It is often remarked that Charlestonians are like the Chinese: They eat rice, worship their ancestors, and speak in a language that is hard to understand. Well, if I could live in a town that was incredibly charming and full of architecturally significant homes, I would be happy to adapt to their customs.
My trip to Charleston was absolutely fabulous. While the town was lovely and the food was divine, the company I was with made it worthwhile. I was able to drag my friends around town to take some beautiful pictures of homes in the battery. Charelstonian homes possess a glorious mix of styles that include federal, georgian, greek revival, adamesque, italianate, and victorian.
If you haven’t visited this sweet southern city by the water, I highly recommend a visit. I also recommend that you go during the holidays. August is a little too hot and humid, and the decorations at Christmas will truly put you in a state of bliss.
Here are some photos I took that will encourage you to pick up the latest issue of Garden & Gun, book a room at The Planters Inn, and take a walk around the beautiful battery.
Photos by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood.
The details of the homes in Charleston were something to see! Between the balconies, shutters, and molding, it was incredible. Nothing more fabulous than a white house with black shutters.
Charleston homes are known for being short in width and long in length.
I didn’t notice this as I was taking the picture, but look at the ceiling of the porch. Such a lovely light blue color.
The double front door facade leads to the typical Charlestonian style porch.
A light peachy coral colored home with long black shutters. The top floor showcases exposed brick.
A steepled tower roof gives this home some fabulous architectural flair. Visiting Charleston has me longing for a courtyard.
Stately columns on the side of this large corner revival house in the battery.
Chic black garages surrounded by charming brick in the arches.
This is one house I am quite in love with. So very Charleston with incredible attention to detail. Notice the exposed grid on the door and the revival-style facade that leads to the porch.
A little different look, but a handsome mix of colors with wonderful shutters.
A nice blue paint with white trim.
Again, the ceiling on the porch is painted a lovely light blue that makes for a wonderful reflection of light.
A sweet and gracious egg-shell colored home with blue shutters. Who doesn’t love a picket fence?!
Magnificent arches line the porch of this blue home with shorter balustrades on the roof.
A wonderful sidewalk view.
Look at this amazing shutter work on the porch. I love how they can go up and down to allow for more light or shade.
A burnt red door with boxwood topiaries. Almost has a London-like feel.
The battery is full of fabulous American-Southern architecture.
I could almost picture this type of architecture on the upper east-side. Simply stunning.
Mossy green steps flanked by cypress trees lead to this amazing black front door.
Iron work and a pop of color on this battery home.
Look at that stunning green door surrounded by intricate wood moldings. Love!
A driveway that is lush with landscaping and weathered with original brick pavers.
So historic, so charming, and so architecturally significant.
I would love to know how old those bricks are!
More wonderful shutter work and intricate detail.
I love green, and I love the green shutter and iron work. Charleston architecture really understands the importance of shutters, how to use them and the impact of big windows!
A peek into a driveway. How adorable are the pots scaling the wall?!
By far, one of my favorite houses. The courtyard, landscape, and overall architecture was charming, sophisticated, and all together perfection.
A little pink that only Charleston can pull off!
I love the light fixtures on the porch.
An elevated black and white beauty.
A red roofed brick home. So charming!
Beautiful boxwoods frame this side entry.
Another white home with red roof top.
An immaculate circular front entry porch.
A favorite view on a charming street corner.
Another white house, another black shutter, and another masterpiece in Charleston.
Small boxwood hedges line the entry with a gas lamp-post.
Divine window boxes on this black-shuttered home.
Blue and white is such a timeless combination. Notice how the windows in the picture above are lined in a light blue, while this dark blue front door adds a wonderful punch of color.
Jaw-dropping column and balustrade work.
I thought these window boxes were very unique. I love how they kept them all green.
Notice how most entries have steps to the front door. This home in particularly has a wonderful boxwood garden for the small front yard space.
Such a classic look for home.
A sweet yellow home with white trim that includes a magnificent wrap-around porch!
Just look at all the detail!
A colorful display of homes along the battery.
Charleston is a town with ideal architecture, fabulous shopping, and excellent dining. It will surely charm you!