Thursday, July 9, 2009

Finishing Touches: Charleston

I thought we would end these mentions of Charleston with a few tiny finishing touches from around town which I will never tire of noting for you.

Go right over the top with the window box treatments. Use indigenous plants (ie. swamp weeds) for maximum effect and minimal chance of failure. Aren't these magnificent? Obvious, yes, but hardly overused.

When building enormous wrought iron fences to go around your property, it is a lovely touch to include gas lights, preferably in the gate arches.

Pay special attention to every last inch of space: Train vines over staircases, then cut religiously to keep from creeping from the riser onto each step. Do this every morning, be sure to have Sea Breeze in hand while doing so (finishing touch to your linen regalia).

Whatever you do, keep the jasmine trained above the doorway magnificently.

It may hold up the house one day soon.

And lastly: Probate is an ugly thing to do to a house and family. Read my lips: Trust. I don't care who you are or how much money you do not think you have. Trusts save homes and lives.


teaorwine said...

I am enjoying your tales of Charleston, a place I love as well. It is my stopping off point when I return north from Florida as Motel 6 on I-95 just doesn't suit me well.

I also have featured a number of photo essays of Charleston decor on my blog which I believe you and your readers may like. Please stop by for a gander. I was amazed by the use of parsley and other herbs in the window boxes. Brilliant!


An Aesthete's Lament said...

Thank you so much for this. I don't know which city is more romantic, Charleston or Savannah. I'd live in either, honestly.

Blushing hostess said...

AAL - you and me both. Let's be neighbors so I hang about in your library, okay?