The Everlasting Battery

It is often remarked that Charlestonians are like the Chinese: They eat rice, worship their ancestors, and speak in a language that is hard to understand. Well, if I could live in a town that was incredibly charming and full of architecturally significant homes, I would be happy to adapt to their customs.

My trip to Charleston was absolutely fabulous. While the town was lovely and the food was divine, the company I was with made it worthwhile. I was able to drag my friends around town to take some beautiful pictures of homes in the battery. Charelstonian homes possess a glorious mix of styles that include federal, georgian, greek revival, adamesque, italianate, and victorian.

If you haven’t visited this sweet southern city by the water, I highly recommend a visit. I also recommend that you go during the holidays. August is a little too hot and humid, and the decorations at Christmas will truly put you in a state of bliss.

Here are some photos I took that will encourage you to pick up the latest issue of Garden & Gun, book a room at The Planters Inn, and take a walk around the beautiful battery.


Photos by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood.

TPB 2 story porch in Charleston

The details of the homes in Charleston were something to see! Between the balconies, shutters, and molding, it was incredible. Nothing more fabulous than a white house with black shutters.

TPB 3 story porch in Charleston

Charleston homes are known for being short in width and long in length.

TPB painted blue celing in Charleston

I didn’t notice this as I was taking the picture, but look at the ceiling of the porch. Such a lovely light blue color.

TPB American Flag with Black Doors in Charleston

The double front door facade leads to the typical Charlestonian style porch.

TPB Beautiful home in Charleston's Battery

A light peachy coral colored home with long black shutters. The top floor showcases exposed brick.

TPB Courtyard in Charleston

TPB Steeple Roofline in Charleston

A steepled tower roof gives this home some fabulous architectural flair. Visiting Charleston has me longing for a courtyard.

TPB Beautiful street corner landscaping in Charleston

TPB stately columns in Charleston

Stately columns on the side of this large corner revival house in the battery.

TPB Black garage in Charleston

Chic black garages surrounded by charming brick in the arches.

TPB Yellow White and Black home in Charleston

This is one house I am quite in love with. So very Charleston with incredible attention to detail. Notice the exposed grid on the door and the revival-style facade that leads to the porch.

TPB Black Shutter home with iron balcony

A little different look, but a handsome mix of colors with wonderful shutters.

TPB Blue Home in Charleston

A nice blue paint with white trim.

TPB Blue Painted Ceiling on Charleston Porch

Again, the ceiling on the porch is painted a lovely light blue that makes for a wonderful reflection of light.

TPB White Picket Fence in Charleson

A sweet and gracious egg-shell colored home with blue shutters. Who doesn’t love a picket fence?!

TPB Charleston Porch

Magnificent arches line the porch of this blue home with shorter balustrades on the roof.

TPB Charleston Red Brick

A wonderful sidewalk view.

TPB Charleston Shuttered Porch

Look at this amazing shutter work on the porch. I love how they can go up and down to allow for more light or shade.

TPB Red Front Door in Charleston

A burnt red door with boxwood topiaries. Almost has a London-like feel.

TPB Charlestonian Entry

The battery is full of fabulous American-Southern architecture.

TPB Charmng 4 Story in Charleston


TPB Charming Entry in Charleston

I could almost picture this type of architecture on the upper east-side.  Simply stunning.

TPB cypress trees and mossy steps in Charleston

Mossy green steps flanked by cypress trees lead to this amazing black front door.

TPB Deep Coral home in Charleston

Iron work and a pop of color on this battery home.

TPB Green Front Door

Look at that stunning green door surrounded by intricate wood moldings. Love!

TPB Driveway in Charleston's Battery

A driveway that is lush with landscaping and weathered with original brick pavers.

TPB historic home in the battery

TPB gated enterance in the battery

So historic, so charming, and so architecturally significant.

TPB gated side enterance in Charleston

I would love to know how old those bricks are!

TPB Shutter Magic in Charleston

More wonderful shutter work and intricate detail.

TPB Green Shutter home in Charleston

I love green, and I love the green shutter and iron work. Charleston architecture really understands the importance of shutters, how to use them and the impact of big windows!

TPB ivy covered drive in Charleston

A peek into a driveway. How adorable are the pots scaling the wall?!

TPB Lovely Lush Yard in Charleston

How wonderful.

TPB My favorite brick home in Charleston

TPB My favorite Red brick house in Charleston 2

TPB driveway of my favorite brick homeTPB My favorite Red Brick home in Charleston 3

By far, one of my favorite houses. The courtyard, landscape, and overall architecture was charming, sophisticated, and all together perfection.

TPB Pink home in Charleston TPB Pink home in Charleston's Battery

A little pink that only Charleston can pull off!

TPB Porch and Shutters to Love in Charleston

I love the light fixtures on the porch.

TPB Porch View

An elevated black and white beauty.

TPB Red brick georgian home in Charleston

A red roofed brick home. So charming!

TPB Red brick side view

Beautiful boxwoods frame this side entry.

TPB Red Roof in Charleston

Another white home with red roof top.

TPB Rounded Entry in Charleston

An immaculate circular front entry porch.

TPB sidewalk in Charleston

A favorite view on a charming street corner.

TPB white hosue with black shutters in the battery

Another white house, another black shutter, and another masterpiece in Charleston.

TPB Side Entry of Home in Charleston

Small boxwood hedges line the entry with a gas lamp-post.

TPB window boxes on a home with balck shutters

Divine window boxes on this black-shuttered home.

TPB white and blue house perfecton in Charleston

TPB blue front door in Charleston

Blue and white is such a timeless combination. Notice how the windows in the picture above are lined in a light blue, while this dark blue front door adds a wonderful punch of color.

TPB wide porch in Charleston

Jaw-dropping column and balustrade work.

TPB Window Boxes in Charleston

I thought these window boxes were very unique. I love how they kept them all green.

TPB Wood Door Walk-Up in Charleston

TPB Boxwood Landscape in Charleston

Notice how most entries have steps to the front door. This home in particularly has a wonderful boxwood garden for the small front yard space.

TPB yellow home with black shutters in battery

Such a classic look for home.

TPB Yellow Home

A sweet yellow home with white trim that includes a magnificent wrap-around porch!

TPB Yellow House and Black Shutters in Charleston

Just look at all the detail!

TPb Architecurally Gorgeous corner in Charleston

TPB Charleston Architecture 2

A colorful display of homes along the battery.

TPB Charleston Architecture

TPB Charleston Street View

Charleston is a town with ideal architecture, fabulous shopping, and excellent dining. It will surely charm you!