Just a short bike ride away from the famed King Street filled with the best of Charleston's shops, art galleries and antiques, surrounded by beautiful historic homes, and amidst lanes lined with venerable oaks draped in weepy Spanish moss, Liz and Jonathan have created a sweet Southern respite. The couple who returned to their southern roots from bustling DC craved a slower pace from the rushed chaos that often comes with living in a busy metropolis. With a stocked bar cart at the ready for the friends they often host, a cozy covered porch complete with lounge-y adirondack chairs and nostalgic record player, and a renovated kitchen that opens up into an inviting, light-filled living room, their home is truly a reflection of the work to live versus live to work mentality that the two have embraced. Meet Jonathan and Liz Martin, and of course their sweet pup, Maddie!
The shoot took place on a Monday afternoon, but the beginning of the work week didn't stop the two from serving up champagne, spiked sweet tea, and delicious, characteristically southern to our delight, spread of Liz's mother's signature deviled eggs and a new favorite of mine- Benne wafers with pimento cheese. Yum!
Liz, Jonathan, and I actually first met in college. It was such a nice surprise to reconnect after several years and I was so flattered when they chose to include Society Social in their home! Here they utilize the Madison Mixer bar cart as an end table to their Quinn sofa.
Quickly glancing at Liz's "life loving" instagram, you'll discover a lady who can fearlessly don a fabulous fascinator à la Kate Middleton and a gentleman who loves a classic pocket square. The two busy professionals are always on the go but judging by said instagram ;) they always make time for the good life, or at Society Social what we call sparkly living, with family, friends, and each other!
Their date night jar which is situated on their Madison Mixer bar cart -- a birthday gift from him to her.-- is a lovely example of that and their adventurous, sparkly spirit. Half of the date ideas are written by Liz and the other half by Jonathan...can you guess which are from the Mr. or Mrs?
My inspiration when designing for Society Social comes so much from creating a home that adds quality to the shared and celebratory moments in life. Liz and Jonathan love to entertain and the spaces they created are thoughtfully planned for making the most of time spent at home.
The two turned their covered porch, which easily could've been an afterthought, into a welcoming spot for leisurely days and cocktail hours alike.
Their record player set up, which is conveniently at arm's length from the adirondack seating area, is complete with golden oldies and feel good hits.
Now don't you want to take some time to stop and smell the roses? I'm so grateful to have the most amazing customers and friends who so warmly welcome SS into their home and know how to enjoy the important things in life. Cheers to you Liz and Jonathan and to the beautiful life you've created!