Charleston Part II

Here are some more Charleston pics from our trip this past summer. I am always amazed by all of the creeping fig, iron gates, and gardens more than the houses themselves!

This pic is of two garage doors with a smaller door in between. I love the round iron grille in the door and all of the gorgeous ivy.

Here's a close-up. When I was taking pics of the garage doors a couple riding on bikes pulled up to this door and went inside. I felt kind of dumb taking pictures of their garage doors but thought they are probably used to it.

This is a little "alley way" between two houses. This is the kind of setting I have to stop and stare at. They even make the often neglected tiny narrow spaces look beautiful.


Imagine living in a 10 million dollar home and this is your only parking!


Another parking space.


These are in front of a lot of homes. It is a huge stone that was used to step up onto carriages. Anything over 75 years old can not be removed (even trees that are busting up the sidewalks and streets). But that's what makes Charleston so charming. It is a place frozen in time IF you ignore all of the countless trucks and workers EVERYWHERE working on these homes, trying to maintain them. It is endless work.  There is no easy-maintenance anything here. It's all wood, crumbling brick, and stucco.


A brick home covered in crumbling stucco. They have chosen to leave the exterior as is (I'm sure with permission). Such a pretty contrast to the blue painted windows.


Creeping fig is very popular. Here it is covering an out building.


The creeping fig on this garage is meticulously groomed.


Creeping fig on stone steps!


I have a creeping fig obsession. I wish I lived where I could grow it. Unfortunately, it is a little too cold where I am. Be back with more pics soon! I hope you are enjoying them. If you have any questions about visiting Charleston, send me an email at beneaththemagnolias@yahoo.com.  I often dream that I am one day going to live there and be in charge of tourism or something.




Charleston

My husband and I have been visiting Charleston for several years now. Every single time I go this city still amazes me. The architecture, churches, iron gates, cobble stone streets, and the GARDENS! Some of these gardens were started in the 1700s. I get excited when I have flowers that make it through two seasons!

We were able to stay at a friend's house on James Island. It was only a 10 minute drive to the downtown historic district. I have over 300 pics from just this trip alone. I don't know how many I'll share but I will divide the posts up.


 
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This huge round porch is unbelievable!


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Do you notice the ceiling of the porch is painted blue? It is called haint blue. The word haint comes from the word haunt. The Gullah people would paint their porch ceilings this haint blue to ward off evil spirits. They believed that these "haints" could not pass over water. The blue, of course, symbolized the water. Now they just paint them blue because it's pretty.  But there are so many shades. If you want haint blue, paint your ceiling a blue-green. A color that reminds you of water. Benjamin Moore's haint blue is Palladian Blue.


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This little pink house was in between two massive houses. A lot of times these were "kitchen houses". There was a law passed at one time that required kitchens to be in a separate structure. I don't know if this little pink house served that purpose. Many of these have been converted to charming little apartment homes and bed and breakfasts. This pink charmer can't be more than 12 feet wide!


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I don't believe there is a single house without an iron gate somewhere on the property. I especially loved this one. Directly behind the gate you can see the bold red front door. Can't walk by and not notice this one!

I have so much more I'll be sharing with you!

Changes

I left University Pickers in July. It was a difficult decision but one that needed to be made. I was painting day and night and exhausted and burned out. I didn't feel like UP was the right place for me to be anymore. I stayed at home for the next two months and did custom work. I currently have a booth in a store called El Marie's in Hartselle, AL. I am still doing custom orders as well. I am not nearly as busy as I was but things are a lot calmer around here.

I will be sharing a few pieces I have done over the last few months. The first is a table I did in French Linen chalk paint. I did the bottom of the table and the chairs in an heirloom white color. I also built the bench and added nail head trim.

Those pretty flowers were from my garden this past spring. My azaleas bloomed more beautifully than ever! Too bad this was the last time my flower beds looked pretty. I neglected them the entire summer and now they are very sad looking.



This sweet French Provincial set was done in Maison Blanche silver mink and Franciscan Grey.


I am terrible at remembering to take before photos! Since I have had more time on my hands I have started working on my house. I just painted my kitchen last night. My husband is out of town and doesn't know yet. It's beautiful honey! I promise you'll love it! I changed from Cream Fleece BM to Revere Pewter BM lightened 50%. I can't even put into words how much better it looks!! I never thought I would say this but I do not like yellow or gold in decorating anymore. It feels so limiting. I am a blue and gray girl. This new color is going to allow me much more flexibility. I am actually painting my kitchen cabinets too! Don't worry I will be sharing pics and tutorials along the way. I'm off to prime!

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