Interior Decorating by Elaine Burns

A Walking Tour of Charleston, SC

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I spent a long weekend together in Charleston, SC. I read up on the must-see's and must-do’s pretty thoroughly - some of my favorite recaps here, here, and here - and the trip turned out to be as wonderful as I expected.

A highlight of the weekend (and my #1 recommendation for everyone that has asked since we got back) was our walking tour of the historic district of the city. There are dozens of tour companies, but we used Oyster Point and loved it.

Not surprisingly, I couldn’t get enough of the colorful homes and unique design details that lined the small streets.

My absolute favorite part of the tour was learning about the history and purpose behind the most common style of home design seen around the city; the Charleston Single House. These homes are a single room wide from the street and have multiple porticoes that extend the length of the house, allowing for coastal breezes and light. Because the porticoes are so large (nearly identical in size to the rest of the house), they feel especially grand and luxurious, but also completely practical.

Very different from the seaside cottages that I am used to seeing along the east coast, this design inspired my token souvenir - a small wooden replica of my favorite (pink!) single house (photo evidence below…).