|I want to live here!|
Now, I'm not a purist. True low country has a lot of wood walls on the inside and I'm not too keen on the darkness that gives. I like light, bright, and airy. The architecture, though, is just that. Houses in this true style are built to encourage cross-ventilation and good air flow in general. Big windows and doors, high ceilings, transoms, lots of fans and off the ground. If you've ever been to Charleston, you know why! It's HUMID and HOT in the summer. If you go visit and aren't used to it, it feels like you've arrived at the rain forest on the equator:) You do adjust to it, though.
|I love this little courtyard and that monstrous screened porch.|
|How awesome is this porch? I'd be out here all the time. We'd never eat inside! I'd want my ceiling painted the traditional pale aqua blue. See below for more info on this. Kind-of neat:)|
|I'm just guessing, but that color looks a lot like Fowler Pink by Farrow & Ball. |
A good friend just painted with it and it's catching my eye.
|I don't mind the wood so much here with all the natural light. When you live down here, |
you do realize a room like this is a nice retreat from the summer sun and heat.
|I have a thing for these old trees. I'd love to have one on my property.|
|Perfect place for a low-country boil and hanging out with friends. I love this space!|
The African American language spoken in the "low country" of coastal South Carolina is called "gullah". "Haint" was explained as "haunt" or spirit -- and the story went that porch ceilings and wide overhangs on the exteriors of homes were painted a sky blue so that "haints", "haunts" or spirits would think they were the sky and pass right on through. This kept spirits from haunting or lingering around the home. There is no official "haint blue" color. The intent was to fool the spirits. via Mizblueprint
I've also heard it rumored that the color helps to keep insects and spiders away. Who knows?! Fun to tell regardless. Have a great day!