07 August 2009

Lowcountry Lowdown

If you don't really know what Lowcountry means, that's OK; you're probably not from Savannah, Georgia. Lowcountry is a good thing. It means you have a house made from wood (in case there is a hurricane, wood is good) circa 1905 with at least one porch, if not four (to catch the breezes and the latest gossip). It means your ceilings are high (heat rises), your overhanging eaves are deep (shade from the blazing subtropical sun), each room in your house has a ceiling fan (to keep that still air moving) and your old wooden floors are painted glossy white.

One of Four Porches on this Tybee Island Former Franciscan Convent
Lowcountry Cottage, Circa 1905

A Lovely Old Wicker Couch Inherited and Made Fresh With
Blue Pillows and Cover

Ten Foot High Double Door Entry to Circa 1905
Lowcountry Cottage on Tybee Island

A Beach is Never Far Away in the Lowcountry

The Front River, One of Dozens that Spill into the Atlantic
in the Lowcountry Around Savannah

Twelve Foot Ceilings with Cypress Walls in Circa 1905
Lowcountry Cottage on Tybee Island

It means your furnishings are simple (antiques inherited, found, made to work again), your decor clean and inspired by the surrounding beaches, marshes and rivers. It means that outside grow palmettos, palm trees, crepe myrtle, wisteria, dogwood, magnolia; with lots and lots of Spanish moss hanging around. It means you can probably hear the ocean, or at least throw a stone in any direction and hit a waterway of some sort: bayou, river, stream, bay, ocean.

Series of Oyster Shell Paintings Found at
One Fish Two Fish in Savannah

An Oyster Shell Lamp Found at Paris Market & Brocante in Savannah

The Carmelite Monastery on Front River on Coffee Bluff
Near Savannah

The Chapel of St. Mary in the Cathedral of St. John
the Baptist in Savannah

The Cathedral of St.John the Baptist in Savannah,
Founded by French Nobles Fleeing the
French Revolution in 1789

It also means you just might also have a city home half an hour away....in downtown Savannah. This home is situated down the square from the magnificent Cathedral of St. John the Baptist...founded by French nobles fleeing the French Revolution in 1789. This home can be Georgian or Regency, and can be splendid by anyone's standards. It sits proudly on a street paved with cobblestones and with sidewalks of herringbone brick made 300 years ago.


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  1. Such a nice piece, Kit. I've always dreamed of a wrap-around porch! There's also Low Country Cooking, a cuising not unlike New Orleans or Cajun style; a combination of African and Caribbean cuisine and lots of seafood, since this style of cooking is found mostly on the coast!

    Welcome home!

  2. Thanks Melanie!

    Time for us to get together and do a Lowcountry Bar-b-que? Do you have some sauces that would work for this? Recipes? Yum!

    My cousin in Savannah took me to fabulous seafood restaurants all over the area. The best seafood I have had in a long long time.

    Yes on that wraparound porch.

  3. The Cathedral of St. John looks amazing. The design is pure art. Really amazing.


  4. HI Nicolette,

    Thanks for stopping by! The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was a sunning surprise. Although my mother was baptised there, and my great aunt Kate was choir director there in years past, I had never visited it until last week. It rivals the great cathedrals of Europe and is clearly influenced by the French originally fleeing the revolution. It is beautifully well kept, and has touches of art nouveau stenciling around the dado. I could have spent much longer time there, so cool and soothing from the searing/muggy heat of Savannah...a true sanctuary!

    BTW, I really like the BobMackie Asian-inspired plasma stand on your site and will check it out for a client..


I would love to hear what you think! merci!


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