Interior Design / October 18, 2018 / Amaris Bustos.
We are exposed to a lot of modern houses, especially if you’re right smack in the city. I crave the different style of rustic design universal in country homes. For me, such a house has an intriguing yet inviting character. It seems like it has a lot of stories dying to tell. Southern houses in the United States, particularly those built before the Civil War are an epitome of a remarkable period - fine living, rich culture, meticulous design.
When I speak of Southern design, Gone With The Wind immediately comes to mind. I see the homes that are Greek-inspired with the winding driveway, sweeping porch, massive pillars, spacious balcony, and dramatic staircase. The large windows that give the room the impression of an even bigger space are just grand.
Double doors, formal receiving areas, a vast dining room, and royalty-worthy bedrooms are enough to make anyone swoon me anyway. The showcase of wealth is a semblance of the proliferation of plantations during the early times in the South. And that’s not all.
For anyone interested in living in an Antebellum, it’s important to know that renovation in a snap. And they aim to preserve the historical value of these residences. You need to ask permission before doing any major redecorating work.
In your refurbishing efforts do not forget that these homes had hardwood floors and the use of rugs was almost mandatory to save the level from damage. For this type of home use traditional patterned rugs of either a European or Oriental design to keep the flow of your space consistent. A kind of hope that the larger, the better it will fit into the plan, because of the vast expanses and overly large areas that the rugs will need to cover.
If you’re interested in purchasing, leasing or move to this kind of home, it’s best to get in touch with the local historical societies before deciding on any major renovation work. As mentioned, these homes protect, and the history of the region is a priceless part of people’s lives.
Just think, you are residing in a place rich in history that has stood the test of time, a home that speaks of the past’s elegant lifestyle. You are living in a house that has stories to tell. It’s like getting a computer with amazing programs already installed. How heavenly!