One of my very favorite places in the world is Savannah Georgia, and Michael and the boys and I were lucky enough to be able to go there for an extended weekend trip this past weekend. I was actually there for a work conference, so my hours for sight-seeing were pretty limited, but I was so excited to introduce the city to the boys, who had never been there before. I am always so inspired by the beautiful architecture, colors, and fearless use of design in this city!
My absolute favorite part of Savannah is the garden squares that the city is built around- there are 22 of them, and they are beautiful! Just seeing the squares, including the famous Forsyth Park, is worth a trip.
Here are some beautiful sources of inspiration that I picked up while I was in Savannah:
Architecture in Savannah
I found myself drawn to architecture that I am not normally drawn to, like very elaborate designs on imposing structures. Look at this:
This is the Tomochichi Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, and was originally a post office. I mean, can you even?
Even though I probably won’t all of a sudden transition to using lots of super ornate moldings with inset medallions, there are a lot of elements that I like here that I could pull into design for my house for sure. I love the fact that no design detail has gone unnoticed- and that is something that I forget sometimes! And, I would definitely use many of the individual elements in my room designs.
This is from the Telfair Museum (which we did not get to visit, but will definitely return to)
I kind of love the contrast of the different ironworks on the fence and the window.
This is the U.S. Custom House.
And City Hall:
I feel like this image sums it all up- the interplay of architecture, color, and design! Love the patina of the copper copings.
Colors and Design in Savannah
I was so inspired by how Savannah uses color and design.
There seems to be no fear regarding breaking traditional “rules” such as painting moldings untraditional colors, and it totally works!
It’s hard to see in this picture above, but notice how the windows are painted hunter green in the foreground…and the trim in the smaller building on the end is painted green and blue?
This building just kills me with all of its black painted pointy molding goodness!
This is the “back” of River Street, which is a destination point in Savannah that my boys absolutely loved. Again, fearless use of color and trim work! This totally inspires me to try this in my home!
This is the door to the Lutheran Church of the Ascension. It appears that I’ve become one of those bloggers who takes doorway pics now 😉 (That church is beautiful by the way- stunning in person- I couldn’t get a good full size picture of it for some reason- but you should check out the website that I linked above!)
This is Christ Church. The architectural details are beautiful, but I really loved the soft green color of the doors and trim and how they played off of the surroundings. This church is located right off of one of the squares and the setting is gorgeous.
This one was taken downtown. It is probably not a historical building, but it is my absolute favorite as far as use of color. Love the interplay of aqua, gray, and aged brass!
As soon as I saw this, my mind began racing with possibilities of how to use this combination in my home!
Even the designs and intricacies of the metalwork is inspiring!
There was so much we didn’t have time to see on this trip…Bonaventure Cemetery, Mercer House, or any of the museums. Savannah is definitely a city that you need to devote at least a good long weekend to truly experience. If you are a fan of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (which I love!) Savannah is a must see, but the city is so much more than just what you read in “the book”. I promise if you visit it, you will leave inspired!
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