Once the center of the American slave trade, Charleston is a city always contending with the good and bad of its history even as it has transformed into a food-centric and sophisticated Southern city where wealthy New Yorkers and Hollywood types flock for the easygoing pace and refined lifestyle and have scooped up homes at a ravenous pace that has threatened to price-out locals. Charleston is consistently named one of the country's top cities by glossy travel magazines and websites beguiled by its idiosyncratic beauty and charm. Homes, gardens and the people of Charleston are exceptionally gracious (especially so considering the 7 million tourists who flock to the city each year), furnishings lean toward the traditional but there is experimentation galore when it comes to the arts and food. There are endless options in high-end lodgings from the nouveau luxe Hotel Bennett to the bespoke, chic Zero George whose epic porches are the local answer to Prozac.
What was once a bedroom in a Charleston style home is now a chic, teal dressing room/closet, thanks to Nicole Norris, ASID, NCIDQ. A cheery turquoise color was chosen for the built-ins and balanced with a luxurious leopard print carpet. Other glamorous touches include a gorgeous crystal and hemp chandelier, sparkling drawer hardware, an upholstered fabric wall behind the glass shoe shelves and a custom-made full-length mirror.
A brick walkway leading to the front porch of this Charleston-style southern home is extra welcoming, thanks to its unusual width, which also keeps it in proportion to the horizontal lines of the house. The plants and miniature lanterns along the walkway emphasize the curved shape of the path and give visitors plenty to see before they even reach the front steps, as seen on HGTV's Curb Appeal.
Pieces of a palette were reconstructed by interior decorator Krystine Edwards to create a blank canvas for a star (made out of a festive ribbon) on this rustic Charleston, S.C., porch. It's above a bar cart decorated with a nutcracker, Mason jars, wire bottle holder and ornaments. Her blog is Living Pretty Styled.
A once sloping side yard with drainage issues has been reimagined as a garden design showcase with distinct border accents and areas for outdoor entertaining in the style of a Savannah-Charleston coastal home.
Former Manhattanite and now Charleston-based jewelry designer Janet Gregg is a vivacious, engaging woman-about-town whose beautiful home perfectly encapsulates her personal style: bold, colorful and globe-trotting meets preppy. Her living room feature an array of colorful artwork, much of it purchased on trips abroad.