Ways to Give your Myrtle Beach Home Southern Flair
Whether you are a new or potential homeowner excitedly looking to decorate your recently purchased house, or whether you are an existing resident that is searching for ways to bring new life to the interior spaces of your home, why not consider the Southern aesthetic? Southern style homes are quite popular in the Myrtle Beach area, and for obvious reasons. But how does one go about changing a space into a Southern-inspired abode? We’re here to help.
Here are some ideas to help give your Myrtle Beach home some much-desired Southern flair:
Shabby Chic Décor
Shabby-Chic may not necessarily sound like a desirable name for something, but shabby-chic décor is quite nice if done correctly. Shabby-chic style is characterized by the use of old items or pieces that look like they are worn. For example: dresses with paint chipping off, rusted bed frames, weathered wood pieces, wooden baskets, etc. Basically, if it looks old/worn and its still functional and cute, then you have shabby-chic décor. Pro tip: Many people pair shabby-chic items with more delicate décor such as lace.
Antiques & Heirlooms
Sure, you can buy modern furniture and décor for your home, but consider mixing in antiques and heirlooms for a southern feel. This goes hand-in-hand with the shabby-chic style that is especially popular among residents of the Grand Strand area.
Wicker & Wood Furniture
Wicker and wooden furniture are quite popular in southern homes as it adds a natural yet refined feel. Wicker chairs, baskets, tables, stools, and more may be found in different colors such as natural stains and painted white. Wooden furniture is also a good choice as it provides neutral tones to go with colorful painted walls that are adored in southern homes.
If you travel along Hwy 17 going south from Myrtle Beach, you will most likely see people on the side of the road selling sweetgrass baskets. Nine times out of ten, the people selling these baskets are part of the Gullah community. The Gullah people have a traditional way of weaving sweetgrass baskets that are revered by residents and those who visit the south. Sweetgrass baskets are the perfect addition to your home for some Lowcountry southern style.
Yes; you read that right. Pineapple-themed décor such as indoor or outdoor lighting, gateposts, serving pieces, paintings, statues, and more, are quite popular in southern homes. Why? Because pineapples are a symbol of hospitality. This may seem a bit silly, but there is actually history behind this.
Legend has it that the pineapple became a symbol of hospitality from the days when ship captains would return to the colonies from the Caribbean Islands and would put a pineapple on a fence post. This action let his friends know that he made it home and that they should come to visit for food, drink, and stories. The tradition spread from New England to other parts of the colonies, and eventually reached the south.
Stories also say that the pineapple received its status as a symbol of hospitality because, back in the day, the fruit was hard to come by. So, if a guest was invited to a house and was offered pineapple, it was an ultimate sign that the seemingly affluent hostess was extending warm hospitality to her guests. Now, the pineapple is a great symbol for Southern Hospitality.
Have you ever heard of southerners painting things haint blue?” Haint blue is a color that is almost like a mixture of light blue, grey, and green. It was traditionally used to keep spirits, or haints,” out of homes. Nowadays people still use haint blue for this reason, but it is also just used as a stylish choice to add southern flair to your home. Haint blue is often used on porch ceilings, shutters, and doors.
Pawleys Island Hammock
Anyone who lives along the Grand Strand that wants to add Southern flair to their home should purchase a Pawleys Island Hammock. These hammocks, specific to the Pawleys Island Hammock Shop, are one-of-a-kind hammocks that are perfect for relaxing. String one up between two trees or on your porch and enjoy napping the afternoon away under the Carolina sun.
If you have a spacious porch, a rocking chair is a must-have. Rocking chairs not only have a great look to them, but they’re also great for relaxing because of their gentle back-and-forth motion. Rocking chairs come in different colors, so choose one that will go well with the exterior colors of your home.
Okay; so we’ve already established that if you have a spacious porch you need rocking chairs and possible a hammock. But one important item that your Southern home must have is a large porch fan. A porch fan (or fans) will help cool you down when you’re sitting outside on your rocker in the warm weather, sipping on your sweet tea.
Plants and Fresh Flowers
Every southern home needs a beautiful garden, so do some research and plant what you would like in your Myrtle Beach garden. Check out this helpful guide from Brookgreen Gardens to see what flowers grow well in our area during different times of the year:
Southern homes are often accented with fresh cut flowers. This is where you pretty garden comes in handy. Instead of buying fresh flowers from the store, simply pick your own flowers to save money and make your own arrangements!
Monogramming is HUGE in the south, so why not spruce up your home with some towels, blankets, napkins, etc. monogrammed with your initials? It’s not only super cute, but it’s also a great way to tell your item from someone else’s in the home.