Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Spring is finally here in Charleston, and the silvery gray wisteria vines are now dripping with lavender blossoms and acid green leaves...

 This wisteria vine is on Meeting Street in Charleston and is by far my favorite example in the city. The house next to it is crisp white; the rigid classicism of the Charleston single house combined with the highly organic nature of the wisteria makes for the perfect combination. 

The Wisteria Dining Room from the Parisian home of Auguste Rateau. He commissioned Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer in 1910 to decorate his home in the art nouveau style. 
The result? 
Carved wisteria blossoms and vines framing impressionistic pastel panels. Pretty Amazing.

A HABS photograph of Laurelton Hall, home of Louis Comfort Tiffany, which had a network of posts and wire netting so that wisteria would grow and form a ceiling above a portion of the garden.  The house burned in the 1950s.

Although Laurelton Hall burned, portions of the house were salvaged and the majority of architectural features are now housed in The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. This transom panel, c. 1910-20, was once in the dining room of Tiffany's Long Island estate. 

In Bloom New York partnering with interior designer Brian Reilly used wisteria vines and hydrangea blossoms in this amazing arrangement  for a Soho party.


  1. Soooo glad that I found you (via perfect gray) have a beautiful blog. Your header photo might just be the best I've seen....and this wisteria post is quite something....definitely following YOU...thanks for sharing...k

  2. Now that is beautiful. what is more beautiful than wisteria, Charleston and that Lévy Dining room. I have given you a stylish blog award-perfectly suited for such a stylish blog as yours. here is a link to the to do's. enjoy it and do with it what you will. Gaye aka little augury