When you live in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, there are just certain things that say “Charleston.” Whether they’re items that have been passed down for generations or pieces that reflect modern Charleston, there are just some decorating items that go hand in hand with Lowcountry homes.
Here are some of our favorites:
Joggling boards have been seen on Lowcountry porches since the 1800s. According to the Old Charleston Joggling Board Co., the first one was spotted at a plantation built in 1803 in Sumter County, South Carolina. It grew into a trend with joggling boards as common as porch swings and hammocks are today. The legend goes that a joggling board, also called “a courting bench,” is designed to slide a couple closer together to encourage a kiss! A joggling board definitely makes a strong statement of Charleston and is a fun piece to display on your porch.
We love the look of plantation shutters in a home, which bring to mind days of Scarlett O’Hara. These wooden shutters can be opened entirely to let in light, closed entirely to keep out light or tilted upward or downward to let in varying amounts of light. According to the Plantation Shutter Company, in addition to being simply lovely, plantation shutters last longer than drapes and are easier to clean, as well. Scarlett would have approved!
Pineapples have long served as a symbol of hospitality, and in historic Charleston they represent our special type of Southern hospitality. You’ll notice them throughout the city, including the famous “pineapple fountain” at Charleston’s waterfront park. In Colonial times, ships’ captains would place a pineapple on their front porch letting others know they were home and welcoming to visitors. You’ll find pineapples carved into bed posts, in Charleston’s wrought iron gates, on hand towels, on stair posts, in paintings and as stand-alone decorative items. Use any and all in your Charleston home!
Charleston Rice Bed
Bring a touch of the Lowcountry to your bedrooms with an elegant and historic Charleston rice bed. The name comes from the ornate carvings of rice on each of its four wooden posts. You can see them in “Gone with the Wind” and “Pride and Prejudice.” Charleston rice beds are very traditional in style and design, so add them if you want a classic Southern look in your home.
If you live in the Lowcountry, you can’t drive far without passing a weaver selling his or her sweetgrass baskets along the side of the road or at the City Market in downtown Charleston. This weaving tradition of Charleston’s sea grasses started in West Africa and has been passed down in the Gullah community of the Lowcountry through Colonial Times to today. Choose from large and small baskets, containers and even drink coasters to add a hint of Charleston to your home.
Which of these Charleston classics are your favorites?