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Friday Five // January 3rd, 2020

It’s the very first Friday of 2020! Let’s make it a good one. Find something awesome to do in the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events taking place in the Charleston area this weekend. Walk in the footsteps of history, enjoy delicious oysters for a good cause, and more. As always, no matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend!

January is Museum Mile Month in Charleston. Our Museum Mile features the richest concentration of cultural sites open to visitors, consisting of six museums, five nationally important historic houses, four scenic parks, and a Revolutionary War powder magazine, as well as numerous historic houses of worship and public buildings. This month, the price of one pass ($25 for adults, $10 for children ages three and up) will allow you access to up to 13 sites. Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor’s Center throughout the month of January.

Bring the whole family to Drayton Hall this Saturday for Daily Life at Drayton Hall—Interactive Learning for Kids. Get an inside look at what daily life would have been like at Drayton Hall in the late 18th century. Participate in hands-on activities and speak with interpreters about the many important jobs that took place on this well-known plantation. Learn how the Drayton family and the community lived and worked, how children were educated, how jobs and trades were taught, and more. Tickets are $12 for non-members and $10 for members when you register in advance. Get same-day tickets for $22 for adults and $15 for children. 

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum hosts its 2020 Pay What You Can Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. In lieu of the standard $24 admission and $5 parking fees, guests are encouraged to pay any amount of money they can afford in order to visit. “The ‘Pay What You Can’ weekend has become a tradition for Lowcountry families,” says Patriots Point Executive Director Larry Murray. “Budgets are tight after the holidays. This is a great way for people to enjoy time with their families without having to worry about the cost. We are also proud to serve as a wonderful learning opportunity to students who are out on winter break.” Families can pay whatever they feel comfortable paying for both admission and parking this weekend. Each ticket includes access to all three historic vessels, the Medal of Honor Museum, and the Vietnam Experience Exhibit. As always, active duty military in uniform and children under six are free.

The holidays may technically be over, but we’re still in a festive mood here in Charleston. If you’re not quite ready to stop celebrating the holidays, you might want to join the Holiday Pub Crawl this weekend. Back by popular demand, the Original Pub & Brewery Tours of Charleston celebrates the season with a fun and festive twist, complete with local flare and good cheer. Bring your friends and family on an adventure to historic taverns and pubs to feast on appetizers and holiday treats, while tasting a pint of local craft beer, Christmas ale, or beverage of choice. This is a unique spin on a historic city tour through the oldest pubs and taverns that can often be hard to find. As you visit four historic pubs, a local guide will regale you with tales of pirates, prohibition, patriots, and presidents who once walked the streets of Charleston. Reservations are required. Cost is $38 per person and includes appetizers and holiday treats. Drinks are available for purchase at each stop on the tour. Crawls depart at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm daily. A portion of all proceeds from the tour go to benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Head to Bowens Island this Sunday for the 2020 Save the Light Oyster Roast! Enjoy all you can eat local oysters, served steaming outside and under the restaurant in an enclosed area; chili from 82 Queen; hot dogs and trimmings from Swig and Swine; chicken bog and desserts; wine from Southern Wine; beer from Southern Eagle Distributors; as well as soft drinks and water. Multi-genre, toe-tapping dance tunes will be provided by Shakin’ Martinis. Bring extra cash for the raffles and merchandise sales, including lodging and dinner basket, hats, t-shirts, and more. All-inclusive tickets are $45 in advance at the link above, or $50 at the gate. All proceeds are used to support the restoration and preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse. 

Friday Five // December 20th, 2019

It’s the last Friday before Christmas, and there’s so much fun to be had in the Charleston area this weekend! You’re sure to find at least one appealing activity for yourself or your family in our weekly roundup of five fun events taking place in the Lowcountry this weekend. Slide into Christmas with a pajama party, learn about colonial Christmas traditions, see an annual Christmas spectacular, and more. As always, the staff and agents here at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend! 

OutSlide In, located at Citadel Mall, would love for you and your children to join them for a Pajama Party with Mrs. Claus on Friday from 6pm until 9pm. Dress your kiddos in their best Christmas pajamas for a fun time playing at OutSlide In. Mrs. Claus will stop by from 7pm until 8pm to take pictures and warm up with hot cocoa and Christmas cookies! Parents are invited to don their holiday jammies and onesies too and join in on the fun. The extended playground hours are for this event only. Stay with the children, or use the extra hours to get some last-minute shopping done. Regular admission applies for the event, and at least one parent or guardian over 18 must remain with the child. 

This Saturday from 11am until 4pm, the Friends of Charles Towne Landing present Sense of the Season. Have you ever wondered where your family’s Christmas traditions started? Visit Charles Towne Landing to learn how the colonists celebrated the holiday season. You might even spot some of your own family’s traditions in their early forms! Visit with costumed interpreters throughout the day in the common house. Learn about traditional holiday customs in England and how those customs might have been modified in the new colony. Watch as colonists prepare meals over the hearth, play traditional games, and make holiday crafts. What better way to spend the last weekend before Christmas than learning the origins of our traditions? 

Producers and performers Brad and Jennifer Moranz have created a brand new holiday spectacular at the Charleston Music Hall. Some of the most talented singers, dancers, and musicians from around the country will perform musical acts and comedy sketches with a holiday theme. You have several opportunities to see Charleston Christmas Special 2019 throughout the weekend. “This cast is nothing short of phenomenal—truly some of the best voices I have ever heard on the stage,” says Brad Moranz. “There are so many breath-taking moments in this show, I lose count.” Get your tickets online or call the box office to order. Tickets are $40 for adults, $37 for military and seniors age 62 and up, $21 for students 21 and under, and $18 for children 12 and under.

Foliday Market, the annual Folly Beach Holiday Market, takes place this Saturday from noon until 5pm at the Folly Beach Pier. Various vendors will participate in this last big event before the market is shut down until March 2020. The Market isn’t just for shoppers! There will also be entertainment by Jazz and R&B saxophonist Willie D and a few local bands. Children’s choirs will sing holiday tunes for the guests. Local food trucks and the bar from Pier 101 will also participate in the holiday cheer. Be sure to bring donations for Folly Angels! Donation barrels will be on hand for the final distribution to TriCounty Ministries and the Salvation Army.  

Gather the family and head to Barnes & Noble on Sam Rittenburg Boulevard for a Gullah/Geechee Holy Days Celebration! Enjoy an afternoon of cultural heritage and fun via a release party for the first two novels of Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. The day will feature artist Quadré Stuckey, sweetgrass basketry by Anastatia Ketchen, a discussion of cuisine and healing the community by Ragina Scott Saunders, and Gullah/Geechee traditional quilting by Carolee Holmes Brown. Queen Quet, Marquetta L. Goodwine’s, novels will be available for purchase as well as other titles regarding Gullah/Geechee culture and history, all of which have been selected by Queen Quet.

 

Home Design Trends on Our Radar for 2020

Home design trends tend to stick around a little longer than trends in some other industries, and for good reason. It’s not exactly as easy to overhaul a kitchen as it is to update your collection of sweaters. But when home design trends do shift to something new and droolworthy, you can bet we’re excited to share them with our clients and incorporate them into our own homes. From kitchen hardware to textiles and everything in between, here are some of the home design trends that are on our radar for the coming new year. 

High Gloss Kitchen Cabinets

Shaker-style cabinets aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, obviously; but many designers and homeowners are beginning to turn an eye toward high-gloss, flat-panel cabinet doors for the kitchen. The seamless flat-panel look is more modern, and a high-gloss finish adds to the chic, streamlined look. This is an especially good idea for smaller kitchens. Glossy surfaces allow light to bounce around the space, making the whole kitchen feel brighter and more open. Glossy cabinets don’t have to be white, either. The extra shine allows you to install cabinets in a darker color without compromising on reflected light and the illusion of space.

Wooden Beams

Ceilings haven’t gotten as much attention over the years as they deserve. More often than not, home builders just spray a popcorn finish on their ceilings. These days, however, the “fifth wall” is getting a lot more attention from homeowners and designers. One way to add interest to your ceiling is to add wooden beams. You might feel like beams would make a room feel heavy or cramped, but they can actually do just the opposite. In an otherwise all-white or neutral room, contrasting wooden beams draw the eye upward and add height to the space.

Brass Hardware and Accents

Just a couple of years ago, homeowners everywhere were trading out builder-grade brass hardware and fixtures for finishes like nickel and bronze. Brass and gold were considered dated and boring for a while, but now they are taking over design blogs and Instagram photos. Contrast is interesting and fun, and using brass or gold hardware is the perfect way to add that pop of interest to a kitchen or bathroom. As 2020 approaches, be on the lookout for kitchens and baths that pop with darker colors (e.g. black cabinets) paired with brass or gold accents.

Warmer Colors

Designers and homeowners are starting to move away from neutral grays and greiges toward warmer and more bohemian colors. Shades of coral and ochre are becoming particularly popular to warm up a space and give it a relaxed yet chic boho vibe. We are so here for this cozy, comfy update!

Customized Storage

In a post-Marie Kondo society, everyone is hankering for well-thought-out storage solutions that meet their needs, not random storage boxes they have to fit their things into like a game of Tetris. This means planning out storage systems and creating cubbies for the items you own, such as silverware, cups, and plates. Creating custom shelving and space in your pantry or cabinets for things you typically keep on hand is a great idea as well. It makes organizing and decluttering a snap. 

Laundry Rooms That Make a Statement

More and more homeowners have been turning their attention to the laundry room as a space to have fun with design and decor. This previously ignored area of the home has traditionally been pretty bland and basic. After all, what purpose does it serve other than, well, washing, drying, and folding laundry? Bright, creative minds have nixed that thought, though, and decided that even the most boring—and perhaps least utilized—rooms in the house should inspire anyone who steps foot inside! Even if the rest of your home is filled with neutral minimalism, the laundry room is the perfect place to experiment with bold, cheerful colors, fun patterns, and quirky design ideas like chalkboard walls, themed wallpaper, and creative storage. 

Friday Five // December 13th, 2019

It’s Friday again, which means it’s time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events taking place in the Charleston area over the weekend. Get a special view of a boat parade, have cookies with Santa Claus, view a holiday parade, and more! As always, no matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend!

Board the USS Yorktown this Saturday evening for the inaugural Lights on the Harbor: A Boat Parade Watch Party from 6pm until 9pm. Join Live 5 News WCSC and Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum for the best-ever view of the Charleston Boat Parade high above the harbor. Along with the can’t-be-beat views, you’ll enjoy holiday music, a cash bar operated by Special Ops Events’ Top Shelf Catering, and all your favorite holiday snacks and sweets available for purchase. Pose for photos with Santa as well as Scrappy, the Patriots Point mascot. Access to the Yorktown’s flight deck opens at 6pm, and the first boat of the parade is due to pass by at 6:20pm. Dress warmly and bring a chair. Coolers, food items, and wagons are not permitted on the ship. 

Still not finished with your Christmas shopping? Don’t fret; we’re not done either. Thank goodness for the 5th Annual Holy City Holiday Market this Saturday from noon until 5pm, held at Holy City Brewing’s original taproom (4155 Dorchester Avenue). Sip and shop local with more than forty vendors available to help you find the absolute perfect gift for those loved ones left on your list, featuring the likes of 138 Woodworks, Apis Mercantile, Bootlegger Soap Company, Carolina Clutches, Lowcountry Candle Company, Modern Apothecary, and many more! Don your holiday best and strike a pose for BadJon’s Big Shot camera, the same style of camera Andy Warhol used for his famous portraits. Then spread the holiday cheer with a donation to Camp Rise Above, which provides fun, life-changing camp experiences to children with serious illnesses, life challenges, and disabilities. The Holy City Holiday Market is a rain-or-shine, family-friendly event. Bring the kiddos and snap a selfie with Santa! 

Haven’t had your fill of holiday parades yet? Head down to Folly on Saturday for the 29th Annual Folly Beach Christmas Parade! Line up along Center Street and enjoy creative floats and festive community groups as they march down the street in hopes to win prizes for Most Original, Best Band/Music Group, and Best Christmas Spirit. The parade begins at noon and is immediately followed by Santa at Folly River Park and cocoa at the church across the street. The best viewing points are both sides of Center Street, south of Indian. Come early to snag your favorite spot, and don’t forget to bring bags for collecting all the candy passed out by the parade’s participants! 

Make your Sunday a festive one at the 5th Annual Cookies with Santa celebration at Mercantile and Mash. Santa and Mrs. Claus are back for this fun family event! Enjoy a homemade cookie decorating station, festive balloon artists, and food and drink specials for purchase, such as Mercantile & Mash’s famous hot chocolate with marshmallows for the kiddos, as well as spiked hot chocolate, mimosas, and Bloody Marys for the adults. Tickets for this event include one photo with Santa. (To keep the line moving along, each ticket allows for two total snapshots and one printed photo.) The cost is $15 per child. Please note that purchasing your tickets in advance does not determine line placement for photos. 

For even more holiday fun, gather up your family and get down to The Joe this Sunday afternoon for Charlie Claus at the Joe from 2pm until 5pm. Hang out with Santa Claus, Charlie Claus the RiverDog, and other beloved characters at the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Ballpark. Participate in arts and crafts, hop in a jump castle, shop the vendor village and more before A Muppet Christmas Carol starts at 3pm. Photos with Santa are free, so bring the fam and snap a pic from 2pm until 4pm. Admission is $5 (3 and under free), OR you can get in free with an unopened toy donation to The Salvation Army Charleston Angel Tree.

Tips For Keeping Your Home Show-Ready During the Holidays

If your home is on the market during the holiday season, you might assume that seasonal decorations are out of the question this year. But selling your home doesn’t have to put a damper on your holiday spirit. You can decorate for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa—whichever holidays you celebrate—and still be ready to show your home at a moment’s notice. Just use the following tips to help keep your home show-ready during the holiday season.

Keep It Simple

Homes can actually look their best all decked out in their holiday finery! The key to making it ready to show to prospective buyers is to keep your decor simple. Go traditional with some greenery (garlands, wreaths, swags, etc.) and white lights and simple bows. Anything that can be chalked up to personal taste should be left out for the time being. Leave the inflatable yard decorations and light-up nativity scene in the attic for this year. Think “less is more,” and keep your holiday decor tasteful, warm, and inviting. Or if you’re looking for an excuse not to decorate, you’ve got the perfect justification!

Create an Inviting Atmosphere

Of course it’s not always cold in December in Charleston, but if it is, be sure to keep the heat on. Offer up some treats like hot chocolate, cookies, and candy canes. Creating an inviting atmosphere makes buyers want to stay, which gives them more time to look and discuss your home’s best attributes, possibly inspiring them to make an offer.

Set Aside a “Wet Room” Area

Wet rooms aren’t quite as common in the Charleston area as they are in colder climates, so if you don’t have one, create a makeshift one. Snowy Decembers may not be typical here, but there’s always plenty of crunchy fallen leaves and the occasional rainstorm. The last thing you want is people trampling your clean floors with their wet, muddy, leafy shoes and leaving tracks everywhere. If you don’t have a defined space for wet shoes and rain gear, think about making space near the front door for a rubber mat for wet shoes, some coat hooks for rain jackets and winter coats, and an umbrella stand. 

Designate a Space for Holiday Activities

When you get a last-minute request for a showing, wouldn’t it be nice if all you had to do was quickly pick up any out-of-place items and fluff the throw pillows? You definitely don’t want to be running around from room to room, stashing stuff away and working yourself into a sweat to make your house presentable for buyers. To help keep pickup to a minimum, designate a spot in one room of the house for activities like wrapping gifts, playing games, and doing Christmas crafts. That way, you’ll just have one area to quickly pick up before your prospective buyers show up. 

Keep Important Features on Display

Resist the urge to codrapever your beautiful, reclaimed wood mantle, gorgeous leaded windows, or ornate banisters with garlands and stockings. Any selling features should stay in the limelight and not be covered or blocked in any way. 

Appeal to All the Senses

Switch on your neutral Christmas lights to bathe the house in a warm glow. Play some classical music or even some classic Christmas tunes. Have some treats like cider and cookies and festive paper napkins available for buyers and their agents. Set out a simmer pot on the stove to send a delicious, inviting aroma wafting through the house. Leave out your coziest throws and rugs to create a plush, homey feel for those buyers who tend to touch everything.

Mark Your Calendar Early

Decide which days you’ll host holiday parties or have get-togethers with friends and family, and have your real estate agent mark the dates down in your showing notes. This will alert buyers’ agents to the fact that your home won’t be available for showings on those dates. Then you won’t have any phone calls asking for showings or in-person interruptions while you’re preparing for or cleaning up after your celebrations.

Hire a Home Stager

If you’re not completely sure you can do it all on your own, think about hiring a home stager to help decorate your home in a neutral yet alluring way. A professional stager will be very familiar with what buyers will love and what will turn them off immediately. 

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