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.
HGTV Dream Home 2011's mountain-lodge style extends to the two-car garage. The exterior showcases an impressive gable end complete with eco-friendly poplar bark siding and hemlock timbers, cut and milled locally.
A towering stone fireplace draws you into this lodge-style living room. Leather sofas are topped with Southwestern pillows, while a clever pulley system above the mantel conceals the TV behind a reclaimed wood screen.
This rustic lodge-style bedroom contains an antique iron headboard and footboard. A wood plank ceiling with exposed timbers, wide plank hardwood floors, ticking stripe window treatments and painted nightstands complement the bedroom's relaxed rustic style.
This stunning view from the kitchen to the dining room and the lounge area of the great room shows the consistent color scheme and coordinated look for these main indoor living spaces of this lodge-style retreat.
Whether relaxing at the end of an epic day skiing or gathering with friends and family to relax and recharge, this stylish lodge-style bonus room is sure to please with ski charm incorporated into every inch.
This bathroom doesn't sacrifice clean lines for a rustic look. Exposed timber beams add rustic, lodge style while wooden shelves above the tub provide necessary storage. The standalone tub is outfitted with a nickel-covered Victorian faucet for a traditional touch.
Complete with a stunning mountain view, this rustic patio features a lodge-style pergola that is positioned over a small sitting and grilling area. Gray paver stones cover the patio, while a lowered fire pit area provides a cozy spot for relaxing.
Located on a golf course and surrounded by picturesque mountain views, this neutral home features a rustic patio area complete with a lodge-style pergola and fire pit. Basalt boulder retaining walls are seen throughout the property, as well as a variety of layered plantings.