Interior Design

The Allure of Charleston: Houses, Rooms, and Gardens

The Allure of Charleston celebrates this historic city’s eighteenth- and nineteenth-century styles and demonstrates how they continue to be employed and updated by design professionals today.

Anyone who loves houses and interiors loves Charleston. The Allure of Charleston shows why by delving into the architecture and interiors of the past and present. Exploring the question of what makes Charleston so distinct, Sully demonstrates why the language of its architecture, interior design, and gardens is so versatile and enduring. Examples of Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival architecture and of rooms containing an array of English, European, and American decorative details convey the complex harmony that characterizes the city’s houses. Featuring historic masterpieces including Drayton Hall, the Nathaniel Russell House, and Middleton Place, this volume also offers a look at present-day residences, among them a new house built faithfully to colonial style, a charming eighteenth-century dwelling with modern updates, a stunning Georgian town-house with a contemporary addition, and a sophisticated Federal home. The Allure of Charleston also includes a visual lexicon presenting the individual elements—wrought iron gates, garden statuary, pastel plaster walls, refined porcelain—that comprise the city’s style, making this exquisite book both informative and inspiring. 

About The Author

A renowned expert on Southern style, Susan Sully is the author and photographer of many books about archi-tecture and design. She has also coauthored books with leading Southern architects including Bobby McAlpine and Historical Concepts and contributed articles to the New York Times, Veranda, Town & Country Travel, and other publications.  

  • Publish Date: April 12, 2022
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 8-3/4 x 10-1/4
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $55.00
  • CDN Price: $75.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-7157-5


"No city in the United States may have a more distinctive style than Charleston. Southern tastemaker Susan Sully explores what exactly makes the city's approach to architecture, interiors, and gardens so profound and enduring. The book offers exclusive tours of Charleston's historic manors such as Middleton Place as well as its contemporary residences filled with lessons on the iconic decorating vernacular." —VERANDA

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