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Welcome to the Charleston home blog!

I should first confess that I’ve never blogged before, so if there are rules, guidelines, cautionary tales I should know about, bear with me. Otherwise, I’ll make my way into the world of home and garden blogging much the way I dove into the print arena: by sharing what I see on a day to day basis, while inviting in trusted design minds to do the same. Producing Charleston Home has been a great way to meet all kinds of trendspotters and tastemakers (think garden gurus, interior designers, shop buyers)—keep an eye out for them as guest bloggers in the coming weeks.

As for me, I glean as much inspiration from everyday homeowners as I do from paging through design books, attending lectures, and DIY workshops. For instance, I interviewed a woman a couple of days ago whose Spring Island getaway home we’re considering for an upcoming story. (Quick aside: For those unfamiliar with Spring Island, it’s a private community down near Beaufort that’s a real find as East Coast getaways go. I went on a quick press tour more than a year ago and was heartened in a way that’s difficult to achieve in planned communities. It had just the right mix of low-profile locale, family-friendly vibe, houses hidden behind the trees, and clubhouses that don’t feel “clubby.” My favorite? Dirt roads.) Anyway, back to my conversation with the homeowner: she and her husband use the house as a weekend spot, and I asked her about their decision to build a petite, 1,100 square foot house rather than the much larger getaways we’re all familiar with. She talked about how it gave them the opportunity to “reorder their life.” In other words, think about what they really needed from this house, or more broadly, what they need right now.

For whatever reason, this “reordering of a life” concept stuck. Like magazine covers splashed with neatly stacked bins and neatly organized bulletin boards, with the command "Get Organized Now!" printed in a clever font, it had a way of appealing for my need for efficiency and creativity. Plus, I was lounging in my underutilized, overstuffed office as I heard this bit, which drove home the need for a bit of a reevaluation. Sure, there's plenty of that to be done at home, but something about the word “reorder” told me I need to do this in steps, that I need to have priorities.

Right now, the top tier is my workspace. Design books. Fabric samples. Story ideas. Props. Production schedules. Sample layouts. And of course, administrative everything.

Here we go: I’ve set out to build a creative space of all spaces with room to write, room to create, and room to simply do more, better. Stay tuned for "before and after" photos, organizational solutions, even expenses (did I mention I don't have a budget for this?) And we'll just see where this goes. After all, nothing motivates better than the announcement of a project to cyberspace, right?

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