Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Antiques, "new"-tiques, "dear"-tiques

When walking through the Charleston homes that graciously allowed visitors to peak inside during the annual Festival of Homes and Gardens, my eyes caught something I already loved. Isn't that the way we are?  We are drawn to the familiar.

When we're interested in a specific car, we see all the others just like it as we drive through town.

Before visiting any houses we had to make a stop at the Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation to secure our tickets. This shop was filled with beautiful Charleston memorabilia; classic pieces of Canton ware, pineapple decor, and more. This shop is as far from the typical souvenir store as you might get. These were beautiful items that would actually be used in home decor.

MySouthernHome2014 photo

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A work in progress...

After scavenging resale shops, antique stores, off price stores, Hobby Lobby, and other local haunts, I finally gathered a collection of blue and white transferware that reminds me of the pieces in some of the stunning china cabinets in Charleston, SC homes.

I still have art to hang; plus tweaking will always be a pass-time as I decide to move things around. But at least the dining room finally looks like someone has tried to use design principles to create a room with a plan.

Since our goal was to create a room that has the character of a home in the early days of Charleston or New Orleans, we used furniture that was created to remind people of that time period.

MySouthernHome2014 photo

Monday, July 10, 2017

Houston ASID showcase home 2017

The first weekend open and I've already visited this 10,000 SF home twice. It is a refreshing beauty after the overload of dark spaces in some previous show homes. Adding the inlaw suite and barn, there is a total of 14,000 SF, as advertised by the ASID.

The tour boasts 30 distinct spaces designed by multiple designers. To tour the house, tickets can be purchased online, at the door, or from various design firms involved in the showcase.

MySouthernHome2014 photo of ASID 2017 showcase home

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Historic patio furniture???

Regular readers know that I enjoy finding a used piece at a great price, as much to recycle items as to save money. Also, we all realize that late 1800's and early 1900's furniture are not today's trends in stores. Creativity and ingenuity are often required to solve a problem of not being able to find the perfect solution.

When it was time to find patio furniture, I started looking at local classifieds, plus websites for patio furniture stores in the area. While I've seen a regular parade of used  pieces of patio furniture in local classifieds, none or it looked like it would be "at home" in our backyard. We passed up the pieces, continuing our search.

"At home" is the key we used when searching for every element of our historic-like home. "Would this style have 'fit' into a late 1700 or 1800's home?"

Saturday, June 10, 2017

What is that smell?

I must laugh at this one. It only took one year to figure out an answer to a "problem."

We have floored in attic storage and are in that space regularly. Periodically we would notice an odor that we couldn't find. It would come and go.

But we could find NOTHING!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The beauty of historically appropriate hardware

While designing our dream home, we searched for nostalgic style hardware that was modern in function. Although we found hardware that we felt to be appropriate, I would have loved to have known about Nostalgic Warehouse at that point.

We like the hardware we chose.

Interior hardware
Plain, privacy, or keyed

Monday, May 22, 2017


There is something so southern about magnolia trees and their flowers.

We have a large southern magnolia in the front yard, plus a mig tig in the backyard. This bloom was on the mig tig.

Property of MySouthernHome2014