At Judge Realty, we love nature: we’re eco-friendly, love the outdoors, and love using elements of nature in design. Sometimes, it can be a bit much though, we’ve all walked into a house before and been instantly overwhelmed with a saturation of houseplants, heavy woods, and even, dare we say, the musk of a life lived a little too naturally. We know houses, it’s what we do, we see a lot of them and have learned what works best and what to avoid. We’ve compiled a list of ideas we recommend for maximizing the natural aspects of your home, whether you’re planning a full renovation or just picking up a few trinkets.
Let the light in. The good thing about many of the historic homes in Savannah is the windows. When most of the houses downtown were built, taxes were placed on the number of doors, not windows- that’s why most of the windows go to the floor- they were treated as a door, but weren’t taxed as such. Capitalize on the natural light in your home and skip the curtains, let the light in and let it help design the space for you. Bring the outside in, without having to water and sun your interior decor. Ivy and moss are the bread and butter of Savannah- use them, let them speak for themselves, and let them add some color without having to repaint, reupholster, or change a thing. Bring the outside in, literally. There is nothing better than a decayed and dilapidated tree trunk, stump, or cut of wood. In Savannah, the houses are old and the trees are older- there are clean-up services all over town that give away trunks and stumps. Grab a few and turn them into a table, art piece, or extra seating.Keep it clean. Try keeping the palette neutral and add nature in unexpected ways: use wood on the ceiling, store logs for the fireplace in a new way and turn it into a design element, or opt for a leafy wallpaper instead of overcrowding a room with houseplants.
Our newest office-wide obsession is finding or building the perfect weekend getaway: modest, low maintenance, and minimal. Within our new minimalist’s manifesto, a collection of email chains acting as a constantly growing pinterest board within the office, one thing is clear: it’s time to bring impeccably well designed minimal spaces to the area.
So far, in our constant search, we’ve all agreed on three favorites: The Nook Residence by MU Architecture, built in Mansonville, Quebec; Rabbit Snare Gorge by Design Base 8 & Omar Ghandi, built on the coast of rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; Vipp Shelter by Vipp.
Last week in Forsyth Park it was tents, lights, and fashion. Savannah Fashion Week made the official leap into expanding the runway show by changing locations, throwing a top notch pre-party and adding five local established designers to the normal line-up of favorite boutiques.
Last week we made it to Charleston for Charleston Fashion Week. This five night celebration of fashion consisted of more than 35 shows with some of the talent coming from Savannah. Local designer Zachary Howell opened up the show on Tuesday night as an Emerging Designer. Mamie Ruth, Satchel. and Mliz Designs walked the retail runway on Friday evening.
Pick up the latest issue (March/April) of Savannah Magazine. You will find Lori Judge under the SavannahStyle section expressing her love for fashion, and sharing an inside look into her initial business dealings with Ben Carter.
These behind the scenes photographs perfectly reveal Lori balancing fashion, beauty, business, and motherhood.
When selling a home, well thought out closets have an impact on the sale value. It doesn’t have to be a place to simply place your wardrobe, but a place to put your wardrobe on display! So put some thought into a nicely designed and detailed closet. It will boost your resale value and make your life more organized!
We celebrate when the weather turns cool. Being able to pull out boots and jackets is something to cheer about in the South. Here are some of our favorite fall essentials from local boutique, Extant Fair.
Lori Judge, and her son soaking up the last heat of the fall weather in this locally made, heirloom teepee, by lovelane. Creating an afternoon spent making memories with family, in a lovely space for a mixture of imagination, relaxation, and play!