‘Cause you guys like Shabby Chic so much…….

This is what it looks like in real life.
Ocean front house for sale…..across from the chapel that sits on the marsh.
I want it.
I can’t buy it.
But….I want it.
Wonder if it is nasty aged inside…..or shabby chic with wooden aged floors and paneled walls and ceilings?
Want to call with me and visit it?
Most of the houses have a marsh walk on one side of house and beachfront on other side of house.
It is rather daunting to think of the narrow island and how affected they are when a hurricane hits. 
How the ocean crosses the road to make the whole island under water.
Especially if it hits on a high tide.
The marsh swells to almost the height of the road on high tide and the ocean almost breaks under the front porch of many of the homes…..in normal conditions.
The old section of the island, where we stayed, has lost more and more of it’s beach…..so that little “dry” section gets smaller and smaller. The bottom parts of the houses are un-insurable since Hurricane Hugo in 1990.
Beautiful to watch the high tide almost reach your front deck…when you are a guest.
SCARY if you are a homeowner and watching your front yard…..slowly erode.
Just a narrow stretch from one body of water to the other.
The old chapel that sits directly across from the house above……..It’s building is on risers and sits above the marsh.
Told ya’………..
Weathered siding……swaying hammocks.
The town hall and police station that also sits directly on the marsh.
The building is not even 10 feet deep.
Stairways to sandy shores that only show at low tide. 
Inviting one to find crabs for family feasts fresh from the ocean.
Easter egg hunts in a non-traditional setting.
Plain accommodations with extra coats of white paint to hide age and wear and tear……..
Old Iron beds with windows that face the sunrise of a millionaire.
Old beach houses that face the shore like a row of weathered soldiers.
Side by side.
A place where freshly washed children talk, with their new friends from their porches.
 Discussing life….tomorrows plans, clad in their pj’s, just as families did for generations before them.
Not fancy…….no fancy gadgets inside…….
A place back into time where children aren’t playing their x-boxes…..a book can be read from start to finish……..where sandy feet……feel good.
But memories made.
A little island that is know for the “shabby chic” way of life.
Shabby Chic is a style that is known for “weathered pieces of furniture or decor”……showing “history” in the piece.
Here…..it was just natural.
Time showed everywhere.
And
One wave….one weathered coat of paint…..one chenille bedspread……one freshly caught crab feast…….one sandcastle……one sunset and sunrise …..
Brought us closer to those in generations before us that enjoyed this shabby way of life……
Clean….shabby…..
But priceless.
Just thought you might want to see what it looks like when it is a way of life….not an attempt to emulate a style.
Glad to be home.
Just wondering……Can anyone guess where we stayed?
Gave you a few hints in the photos.
Love,

Me

0 thoughts on “‘Cause you guys like Shabby Chic so much…….

  • May 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm
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    Pawley’s Island, South Carolina? Sweet post. Looks like a wonderful place to stay. Thanks for sharing a piece of your memory.

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  • May 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm
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    Pawleys island South Carolina, you are such a good writer I love reading your posts. 🙂

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  • May 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm
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    I have been there, but I went back & looked just to make sure…
    Pawley’s Island, Such a lovely place… you lucky girl, to have vacationed there…

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  • May 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm
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    I would not have had any idea except I read the sign on the town hall!! I had no idea it was about to be eaten by the ocean though…….really or are you fibbing?? It looks like a wonderful place to just relax and enjoy being alive!! Don’t they make those awesome hammocks there? Glad you’re having a good vacation!
    Take care, VBg

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