Southern Life, Southern Style, Southern Lifestyle

TMagNolaGood Morning Lacquered Lifers. By now you all have seen (a million times) the T Magazine piece on Sara Ruffin Costello and Paul Costello’s New Orleans Garden District home. I have seen it a million times as well, but I keep coming back to it. Obviously for the architecture – their Italianate home was built in 1868, and my Greek Revival Italianate mix built in 1873, but for the lifestyle. There is a comment in the article that Sara makes about living in New Orleans, which just about hits the nail on the head about how Mr. B and I live in Charleston. ” The other thing I love here is blending with all age groups, we hang out with a lot of older people here.” For a long time, this part of our lifestyle here in Charleston has been one of our favorite things. Age has never been a barrier to entry at a party we have been invited to, or a party we have hosted. TMagNola 5Sara also mentions what it has been like moving into a home with so much history, even history for those still living … now that we have moved to New Street, stories about our house keep coming back to us, and people have been eager to reminisce about all the wonderful times they spent here with the previous owners … who had a tenure of 52 years. TMagNola 3It seems that us northerners, Costellos and Brocks, have really lucked out with our transitions to the South, and to our homes filled with history. I look forward to getting our renovation started, and to uncovering more of the stories that the Louis Barbot house has to share. TMagNola 4 TMagNola 2 TMagNola 6

Photos via T Magazine 

A True Jewel Box

Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! It is always the most wonderful feeling when you are flipping through a design magazine and you come across something that you absolutely love, and that is so familiar. Such was the case when I came across jewelry designer Janet Porcher Gregg’s 18th century Charleston cottage in this month’s issue of House Beautiful. I wont lie, I purchased the magazine because Gregg’s home was on the cover, and was eager to see what the crew at HB made of one of my favorite places in Charleston. JPG 2

Janet is a dear dear friend of mine. She is one of the first people I met when I moved to Charleston (for the first time) in 2007 straight out of college. I moved here to intern at Drayton Hall, but as it paid nothing, I also worked as Janet’s assistant. That working relationship was one of the most inspiring I have ever had, (not surprising when you see the photos of her cottage), and as a result she has remained a close friend. In fact, I credit Janet Gregg with introducing me to the wonders of paint and DIY, and often credit her with the founding of Lacquered Life. Needless to say an inspirational person in my life. JPG 3JPG 4JPG 5JPG 6

I have spent many a wonderful evening in that cottage – cocktails, dinner – always the BEST time. Janet has a knack for entertaining that I don’t believe is something that can be learned. I have met most of my favorite people in Charleston over dinner or cocktails at Janet’s, always with a martini or cosmo in my hand, the other crunching on cornichons that are consistently part of her bountiful cocktail platters. So let’s raise a glass to Janet Porcher Gregg, and her one of a kind cottage. JPG7

Photos via House Beautiful, for more photos and an interview click here