Defining a Lowcountry Style

Happy Friday!  We are expecting guests this weekend and I have been scurrying around and sprucing things up.  While doing so, the details of my home’s light fixtures, pillows, fabrics and accessories caught my attention.  I noticed a definite theme – lots of nature-inspired detail, colorful textured fabrics, pretty trim and hand wrought gilded and painted metal lighting and accessories.

I look for pieces that make a unique statement.  I have been so fortunate to find many on sale, in antique stores or consignment shops.  I decided to snap a few photos and share them with you.  This is just a glimpse.  I plan to share more in future posts.

The leaves and acorns in this rod iron piece caught my attention when I found it in an antique shop many years ago – it serves as the base of my countertop spice and olive oil rack.  I was told it was an engine block.

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There is a chandelier in almost every room, even the bathroom.  I am drawn to them, especially when they have unique details like the acorns (again with the acorns!) and leaves, hand wrought metal and girly, shiny crystals.  When I find a chandelier I cannot live without and the proprietor says “take in home on approval” I am doomed to own it!

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Palm frond detail is evident in many of my home’s accessories.  They show up in mirrors and other lamps, too.

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The golden metal edging below surrounds my night table.  Again, you’ll notice the nature-inspired details.  And the bunny accented box is a long time favorite, too.

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Fabric and trim are my favorite design elements.  Close friends call me “the fabric fondler”.  I will let you in on a well-kept secret.  I majored in textiles in college and my big dream was to own a specialty fabric store.  I have always had a love-affair with beautifully textured and colorful fabrics and trims.  I have far too many rolls of fabric stored away, just in case I need it.  When I need a fabric-fix I visit Sherry’s Honey Pot in Savannah, Georgia.  Sherry has the most amazing textiles and trims.  I think trim, like jewelry for an outfit, is the gilding that completes the look of pillows and bedding.

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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my décor style preferences and the special design details of Lowcountry style – the textures, finishes, colors, furnishings and accessories – that contribute to an elegant, luxurious and inviting home.

I am smitten with the Lowcountry style and lifestyle.  It is  an eclectic mix of a traditional and coastal aesthetic with nature-inspired design elements.  This style is so versatile.  What I like best about the Lowcountry style is that you can transform traditional furniture with the stroke of a brush.  No need to replace that traditional, dark furniture.   I’ve tried it and love the result.

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at the up-close details of my Lowcountry style.

Sandra

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10 thoughts on “Defining a Lowcountry Style

  1. very nice Sandra. I’m thinking you are so talented; you have a gift…. and some great genes. I’m talking about great grandpa’s genes… you know the one.

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    1. Stacey, thanks for stopping by! We are so fortunate to live in the Lowcountry – it is the star of the home tour! I plan to do a room by room tour, as each room gets tweaking. There are so many beautiful homes features in blog – including yours! Working on finding my style and my voice. Love that we are new buddies!

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  2. Your eye for and attention to detail is very intriguing to me. I would never notice anything like that, but now that you point these things out, I really like them! Interesting about what you studied and your dream. Let’s discuss further at lunch!

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    1. I just love getting and reading your messages! Thank you! As the saying goes “the devil is in the details” and so it is with décor and design – I think this is what makes homes, gardens and food so distinguishable. We have so much to talk about – see you soon!

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    1. Thank you for visiting. I love your blog and design sense! Your photos are amazing and I noticed you used your iPhone. I take all of my photos with my Samsung smart phone. I am partial to ‘macro’ photos. Also, I am a California native – moved away long ago; however, I qualify for one of those “native” bumper stickers that were popular long ago. Nice to know a fellow ‘fabric fondler”!
      Sandra

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      1. Oh you definitely deserve an honorary bumper sticker! I wonder what part of CA you were from.

        Thanks for your kind words about my blog. Yes, I do use my iPhone only because its handy and always with me. I think it must be tethered to my side. I love my clunky Nikon but it is not the most convenient and not always with me.

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