If you ever find yourself in the Southeast, make sure to plan a visit to Charleston and Savannah. Their stunning architecture and blooming azaleas are draw enough, but they also happen to be prime destinations for furniture and home goods.
Charleston, with its refined charm and stately townhouses, boasts a number of fine antique stores and elegant boutiques. Savannah is home to the famous Savannah College of Art and Design, so its offerings are more unusual and eclectic. Here are a few of my favorite spots in Charleston and Savannah:
Charleston, South Carolina
South of Market, 173 King Street, carries an eclectic mix. Many of the upholstered pieces, like the beige linen sofa and white tufted banquette below, are clean, contemporary versions of European classics. But the store also offers a selection of antiques, mid-century modern designs, and industrial pieces. South of Market has locations in Atlanta and New York City as well.
Tucker Payne Antiques, 169 King Street, is the perfect place to shop for a conversation piece. I was immediately drawn in by the imposing cast iron lions in the store’s front window. Tucker Payne Antiques is chock full unique decorative items, like the antique rocking horse pictured below. They also sell a wide selection of casegoods, like dressers and china cabinets.
24E, 24 East Broughton Street, is a dream to browse. Every corner of the two-story shop is filled with unusual, hand-crafted pieces, like the dining table repurposed from an airplane panel pictured below. This is the place to shop for a creative, urban, industrial home.
Alex Raskin Antiques, 441 Bull Street, is my absolute favorite discovery. Located in a charmingly dilapidated mansion in the heart of Savannah’s historic district, this store boasts four floors of wall-to-wall antiques. There are so many special finds, like the bone-inlay secretary and the primitive woven armchair below.