Charmin’ Charleston

By: Emmy Berg

Known for its quintessential charm, Southern Hospitality and delicious cuisine, Charleston, South Carolina is home to some of the most beautifully historic homes south of the Mason Dixon.

Quaint streets lined with two or three storied homes sets the scene for a picture perfect destination.

Whether you favor the classic Charlestonian brick, wood frame, or stucco, this vivacious city has it all.

Head toward the Battery on the Charleston harbor and every direction you’ll find classic homes that showcase one of Charleston’s most unique features, the double-decker porches.

These staples, more traditionally known as piazzas, face south or west in order to capture the breeze. They also have another common feature, “haint blue” paint coated on the ceilings. This light blue color is said to warn off ghosts, negative spirits, and insects from entering the home.

Covered porches are only one of many traditional “Charleston” features. More include, the classic “Charleston green” color, hinged shutters that come in a variety of colors and sizes, ironwork, porte-cochères, and historic wood paneling.

Whether you’re taking a carriage ride down East Bay, strolling through the Market, or shopping along King Street, this Lowcountry gem is home to some of the most picture-perfect houses that maintain the city’s rich history.

Photos by Emmy Berg for The Potted Boxwood.

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The classic Charlestonian brick & “Charleston green.”

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Light blue paint on many of the porch ceilings.

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Cheerful Charm

I have been on a bit of a summer blogging vacation recently, but I came across a home so cheerful and charming that I had to share. British garden designer Butter Wakefield creates timeless and enchanting gardens, so it is no wonder that her home would be just that. A mix of playful patterns and classic furniture are the make-up for the most charming and effortless design.

Photos by Simon Brown via House & Garden UK.

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Winnetka Wonderful

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I recently was in another wedding of a very close friend in the beautiful town of Winnetka, Illinois. It oozes the charm and ambience you would expect of a small town. Lovely, well-appointed homes with lush landscaping and a quaint town center. On the north shore of Chicago, small towns line up to create an enchanting summer backdrop for a lovely wedding in a wonderful town. I hope you find these photos timeless and inspiring.

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North Shore

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Wedding 

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The luncheon was held at an incredible private home with beautiful grounds.

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Soft elegance with fresh flowers, fresh white tablecloth, and beautiful fruit.

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Hostess gifts of succulents.

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The bride used her own fabulous handwriting as the front of her programs, and on other touches throughout the wedding weekend. Moore Ink.

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Most enchanting church, Kenilworth Union Church.

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The reception was held at a very charming country club.

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Stay

There aren’t a lot of places to stay in the North Shore, but The Stone Terrace Bed & Breakfast is a newly opened option that is old-world elegance at it’s finest.  Clean well-appointed and chic accommodations.

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Out East

Summertime often evokes images of hedged lawns, bright blue pools, and shingled houses flanked by hydrangeas. Of course, what I am describing pretty much summarizes the homes out east. Even if you don’t have a chance to make your way to the coastal chic shores of the Hamptons, you can now transport yourself in a beautiful new book appropriately titled, Out East: Houses and Gardens of The Hamptons, written in an eloquent and inviting format by Jennifer Ash Rudick, a Southampton resident.

Out East takes you through some of the most historically well-known and picturesque homes of the Hamptons. From Harry and Laura Slatkin’s beautiful blue & white haven, to the completely redesigned and historically preserved home that formerly belonged to Millicent Rogers, Out East captures the beauty and the story behind one of the most coveted areas of the world.

Here is a sneak peak of Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons. The book is available July 11th.

To purchase: click here

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All photos by Tria Giovan.

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Tis’ The Wedding Season

Hi Friends! I am currently in a wedding marathon that will end come July. So sorry for the lack of posts! However, the one fabulous perk of having friends get married, not including the fact they have found their love, is that I can see all the hard work and beauty that reflects the couple’s taste. Well, let’s be honest, mainly just the bride’s taste. I wanted to share a few photos that I took from my friend’s wedding last weekend. There was a soft elegant ambience with beautiful touches of blue and white encompassed by lush greenery throughout. It was a really joyful occasion, as any wedding should be! #BeMineUihlein

*floral arrangements by The Garden Gate Dallas

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