My guilty pleasure, Southern Charm, returns to Bravo on April 4, and I can hardly wait! Charleston is one of my absolute favorite cities, and I look forward to catching glimpses of the Holy City… and inside the historic homes. The star of the show, in my opinion, is Patricia Altschul, who lives in the most amazing antebellum mansion designed by the legendary Mario Buatta. Known as the Isaac Jenkins Mikell House, Patricia’s home was featured in Architectural Digest in 2014, and I posted a tour here. Bravo has since published additional images, and I just had to share…
The morning room.
The double drawing room features my all-time favorite chintz… Hollyhock (Althea) by Lee Jofa.
Patricia loves her pugs.
I spy a Dodie Thayer tureen!
The main stairwell is decorated with a collection of 18th- and 19th-century silhouette portraits Patricia inherited and expanded over time.
Fabric by Manuel Canovas ensconces the master bedroom.
Hands down, the most beautiful blue and white bathroom ever.
To see more of Patricia’s home, you can watch this video tour from Bravo… and click here for clips of her favorite Southern Charm moments…
My favorite Patricia moment was when her new and extremely rare matte pink alligator Hermès Birkin bag arrived. Image via Cote de Texas.
And speaking of Birkins, One Kings Lane is running a fabulous sale featuring vintage Hermès bags, scarves, and jewelry. I am eyeing the pink Birkin… See more of my favorite pics above.
For my original tour of Patricia’s home, including images from Architectural Digest, click here. And for Patricia’s tips on hosting the perfect Kentucky Derby party, click here.
Built in 1853-1854 by cotton planter Isaac Jenkins Mikell, the Isaac Jenkins Mikell House was bought in 1935 by the Charleston Free Library and served as a public library until the early 1960s when it was sold and restored as a private residence. Patricia Altschul bought the house in 2008 and commissioned Mario Buatta to revamp the interiors. It is perfection!