Monday, May 4, 2015

Historic Preservation in Charleston: A Lacquered Life

Last month, my husband and I took a mini trip to Charleston. It is one of our absolute favorite cities, and we wanted to squeeze in a visit before the baby arrives. The only problem with going to Charleston is I never want to leave. And while I have been known to daydream about owning an antebellum mansion someday, in real life I can live vicariously through Olivia at Lacquered Life. Olivia is a historic preservationist who, with her husband and two precious King Charles Cavaliers, restored a beautiful 1780s Charleston single located South of Broad on Church Street. You can read all about the amazing transformation in Southern Living.

After restoring her historic home to perfection, Olivia got the bug for a new project. The family sold their home and moved last week from the 18th century to the 19th century. You can follow Olivia's adventures on her blog and Instagram as she restores her "new" home.  In the meantime, let's revisit Church Street through these amazing photos, taken by Francesco Lagnese for Southern Living, May 2014.

Hamish the Cavalier, pictured above for the front cover of Southern Living's March 2015 issue.

I am so excited to watch Olivia's new home transformation! You can learn more about her preservation services here, and if you are planning a visit to Charleston, you will definitely want to check out her Charleston Guide. Thank you, Olivia, for giving us a glimpse into your lovely Lacquered Life


  1. I really like how the washer & dryer are hidden behind cabinet doors. I don't know how practical it would be, but it's a fun idea!

  2. I love the black and white fabric on those chairs...

  3. Her first project was totally swoon worthy...can't wait to see what she does with her new project. I LOVE anything to do with Charleston! Can't wait for your nursery reveal tomorrow...hope you are feeling well. Hugs!!


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