This past Monday we handed over the rancher keys to the new owners and promptly left town for Charleston. We arrived just as the azaleas and cherries were blooming. The air was warm and the mosquitos were few and far between. I’ll take a March day in Charleston any day!
We stayed in the historic district on Meeting Street and a short walk away from some of the prettiest houses I have seen in my travels. The Charleston Single house was a fast favorite. The Charleston Single is similar to the Philadelphia Row House both with their long and narrow footprints, but the Charleston Single sets itself apart with double porches that run perpendicular to the street. The street-side door or privacy door opens onto the porch or piazza with the front door to the house off this piazza. Before the advent of cars, the piazzas mostly looked out onto green space. Now those small lawns and gardens are sometimes driveways. Still, just as charming.
I left my nicer camera in Pennsylvania but I was able to take a couple of pictures with my phone.
This house had everything going for it. Beautiful brick courtyard, iron gate and gas lamps. Gorgeous!
One of the grander houses on the street.
A closer look at the Charleston Single’s outstanding feature – the piazza.
So many pretty pretty details.
Narrow brick paths
and lots of color.
I spotted this house on Church St. I drove by twice just to make sure it was the same one. And, sure enough it was the house featured in Southern Living’s March 2014 edition and again in March 2015 (though just the door in that issue!) and it is every bit as pretty in person. The owner is an East Coast transplant who has her own blog – Laquered Life.
You can see the privacy door off the street leads onto the porch with the front door into the house painted the same brilliant blue.
Come on in!
Original floors. Gorgeous. The house was built circa 1780 and is known as the Russell-Dehon Tenement. The house was completely restored beginning in 2011 and won a Charleston preservation award in 2013.
And, the house as photographed for their feature in Southern Living.
This house would be hard to leave. The location is wonderful as it is situated on the quieter part of Church Street. The water is a block away and the best parts of the city are within walking distance.
I was hoping to bring more of Charleston home in the way of antiques but there just wasn’t enough time but we did stop at one local salvage and antique store on our way out of town. Flat Stanley suffered an unfortunate fate.
This fixture was tempting but I had 10 minutes to explore 4000 square feet so had to move on quickly.
If I were a collector, I would probably collect doors. This would be a good starting point.
We left empty-handed but I am determined to bring a bit of Charleston back home and into the garden.
I nearly put some Spanish moss into a baggie to bring home. I read that it has been found as far north as Delaware but I would need to see that to believe it. Spanish moss grows on Live Oaks whose branches are often covered in Resurrection Ferns. Our Middleton Plantation carriage driver explained that Resurrection Ferns will brown and shrivel in dryer times and with the first rain restore themselves to the green, vibrant plant you see below.
No Spanish moss, but I am armed with Charleston garden, gate and courtyard pictures that will hopefully iinspire our garden transformation this spring and summer. Stay tuned!