I have to admit that winter is not my favorite time of year. I actually learned how to ski because I needed something to look forward to, to make winters more bearable. And earlier today we were hit with snow so I decided to take a virtual vacation to one of the most popular vacation spots in the U.S., Charleston, South Carolina. I have wanted to visit for quite some time as I absolutely love older homes and it is known for its historic and very pricey Greek Revivals and Italianates that line the avenues of downtown Charleston. So what follows is an inside look at a few home interior and exterior shots of the charming city of Charleston.
For those of you who enjoy having an inside look into the lives of the rich and famous the February issue of Architectural Digest features the New York City home of singer John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen. Granted most of us aren’t able to afford the exact home furnishings of celebrities but that doesn’t negate the fact that there are ways to use their homes as a source of inspiration in smaller more affordable ways. For instance, the accent wall as shown above was made with reclaimed wood. In case you don’t have the opportunity to check out the latest issue I’ve provided a virtual tour of their home for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
For those of you who are subscribers to my monthly newsletter you’ve probably noticed that I have a thing for doors. I can’t explain why but I just love them. They’re just one of those details that can make or break a home or a room. I think the main reason I chose my home was the inviting cranberry red exterior door and the five panel solid wood interior doors with vintage glass door knobs. As you can see in the picture above of last year’s 7th annual DC Design House, the architects David Benton and Jim Rill of Rill Architects, made a bold choice with their door color selection that definitely makes an impact.
At the beginning of a new year conventional wisdom says out with the old and in with the new. But not so fast, the wise also know there is a season for everything. The key is knowing what should stay and when it’s time to let something go. The conclusion you make is often a matter of perspective. As 2015 begins now might be a good time to let go of old or bad habits and to gain a new lease on life. On the other hand it could be time to transform something old and give it a new lease on life. Too often this is also a time that we make resolutions that we don’t keep. Maybe 2015 is the year to resolve to focus on what truly matters enough to make it a permanent part of our lives.