Turning a Corner in Charleston

Battery Park in Charleston, South Carolina.

Battery Park in Charleston, South Carolina.

In a few steps, you can turn down a corner and escape.

That’s my favorite part of Charleston.

Scores of moving lines have been written about her beauty, seduction, and endurance; all of them true. She is a Holy City that entrances you with her streets of cobblestone and her walls of ivy. But, the best quality is her balance between busy and quiet.

Sometimes in life we need to just take a few steps, and turn a corner.

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Washington Square in Charleston, South Carolina

 

 

We should create that balance, whether we are planning a party, designing a room, or structuring our day. There needs to be a corner we can turn down to escape. It’s in the quiet of beauty that we heal.

 

Turning a corner in Charleston.

Turning a corner in Charleston. I love the creeping fig covered wall, edged in miniature boxwoods.

Matt, my husband, planned our trip as a late birthday present. He knows I love art & antique shows, and the Historic Charleston Foundation was hosting its 12th Annual Antiques Show during our Spring Break. Charleston, being a city on the water, has always been a thriving seaport and thus an early destination for beautiful 18th and 19th century furnishings and fine & decorative arts.  It was thrilling and inspiring to walk amongst the history at the show.

"A Map of South Carolina and Georgia..." by de Brahm. Available at Arader Galleries, $185,000.

“A Map of South Carolina and Georgia…” by de Brahm. Available at Arader Galleries, $185,000.

The decorative cartouche on de Brahm's map.

The decorative cartouche on de Brahm’s map.

One of the most exciting pieces to see in person was a map of South Carolina created by William Gerard de Brahm who was a German cartographer who moved to the colonies when appointed as a British surveyor. He went on to become the Southern Colonies’ most prolific and accurate mapmaker. The detail was exquisite and the decorative cartouche in the corner shows how important the indigo trade was to the colonies. The artistry caught my eye across the room and reminded me of my favorite fantasy wallpaper by Zuber.

A framed Zuber wallpaper panel in a bamboo frame creates a beautiful backdrop in this Mary McDonald designed rooms.

A framed Zuber wallpaper panel in a bamboo frame creates a beautiful backdrop in this Mary McDonald designed rooms.

The show, and the city, were inspirational.

Both reminded me of how far we’ve come, the balance we need in life, and the beauty that can be found right around the corner.

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