Church Street Cheap & Chic

Exterior 2 copyThis Fall, W and I were grateful to have Southern Living come and take some pictures of the house for the magazine. I just received my copy of the March issue, and I am so excited to see all our hard work in print. As a northerner, having my house in Southern Living is just one more step in my assimilation into the South. A big thank you to Francesco Lagnese who took the pictures (website here), and to Erin Swift (website here) who did the styling.Portraits, InteriorsInstead of showing you all the pictures from the magazine (you can go pick up a copy if you’re interested!) I wanted to do a little Cheap & Chic of the Week with the photo of my garden. Since most of the items in the garden are catalog purchases, I thought I would give you my sources so it might help you style your garden to get ready for spring! Click on the photos or the item name to be redirected to each website.byholma-chair__0153946_PE312353_S4Guests often complement the wicker chairs in the garden, and are always surprised when I tell them that they are Ikea. The Byholma chair is $89.99, and while they are not made for outdoor use, with a little sanding and sealing they have held up well in the humid South Carolina Lowcountry.T_WithoutZoomThe Cafe Backless bench from Ballard Designs is what I used as the coffee table in the garden. It was the perfect size, and the right look, and it’s currently on sale for $99 down from $199. Definitely a good deal.425721_RATTAN_TRAY_HONEYThe backless bench repurposed as a coffee table looks great layered with this Rattan Tray from World Market, only $19.99. I leave the tray out in the elements and so far after about six months and a winter it still looks great. I also don’t worry about it because it is so well priced I can always buy another one!pillowThese 20″ square outdoor pillows that I used are also from Ballard Designs. The pattern is Callisto Stripe in Indigo and they are in an easycare fabric. I have left these pillows out uncovered all winter. And yes, this is not Connecticut, we did not get a million inches of snow, however, we have had a ton of rain and ice and the pillows still look great. They are also currently on sale for $24.99, and remember Ballard Designs entire website is 20% off through February 24th. Portraits, InteriorsHope you all enjoyed a little tour of my garden, and some Cheap & Chic of the Week finds. If you are interested in more pictures of my house, go pick up a March issue of Southern Living. (how delicious does that charcuterie/cheese plate look? Thanks goat.sheep.cow. !)

photos via Southern Living

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  • Congrats on the feature, Olivia! It looks like your windows don’t have screens. Do they not? I’m in Florida, so that would obviously never fly here, but is it common in Charleston? I just bought a 100-year-old farmhouse in my hometown and I’m working to restore it, so my eye is on details.

    1. No screens. Pretty common in Charleston. Screens and storm windows take away from the historic window sashes. Oooh sounds like a fun project – there are different kinds of screens that are more attractive, email me if you want to discuss!

  • How exciting!! I can’t wait to pick up a copy. You have such fantastic style I’m looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful home. This only fuels my desire to move to Charleston! xx

    1. Thank you! Such a complement coming from you! You know whenever you’re in Charleston you can always stop by 😉

  • would you mind sharing the exterior color of your house?!?! I LOVE IT!!!! xoxoxo

  • I love those IKEA chairs, how did you seal them? I was going to get them but want to know how to seal them. Thanks!