July 30, 2019

patricia altschul's Charleston mansion

an in-depth look at Patricia’s Isaac Jenkins Mikell house

the Isaac Jenkins Mikell house

Yesterday’s blog post featured the fun coastal inspired home of Southern Charm’s Chelsea Meissner, and today we’re doing a complete 180, as we showcase the best of Patricia Altschul’s historic Charleston, South Carolina mansion.

Also known as the Isaac Jenkins Mikell house, Patricia lovingly restored and decorated her amazing home with the help of interior designer Mario Buata. It’s also quite convenient that she’s great friends with Carolyne Roehm who also has a love of very traditional, old-school décor.

Patricia Altschul

Built in 1853, in the Italian villa style, This home was the Charleston public library from 1935-1960. Fast forward to 2008 and the home has new life breathed into it with homeowner Patricia.

Thanks to her faithful butler Michael, this home runs like a well-oiled machine and is so perfect for hosting fabulous dinner parties.

Enjoy a visual tour around Patricia’s home today and let me know if you’re a Southern Charm fan or quite simply just a Miss Patricia fan!  

Patricia suggests the entertaining following tips:

ü  Plan ahead. Don’t wait until the day of the party to get everything done. She says this allows you to be calm and relaxed for the party. “If you’re stressed, it shows and it makes people uncomfortable.”

ü  Write everything down, including whom you are inviting and what food you are planning to serve.

ü  Call and invite people at least a month in advance. “It’s not a spontaneous event — you’re investing your time and money,” she said. Speaking to someone on the phone also allows for a more personal connection and you’re likely to get an RSVP sooner.

ü  Host the party in your home. It’s less intimidating and much cozier than meeting at a restaurant.
ü  If you’re planning a dinner party on a budget, serve simple, well-prepared food such as spaghetti and meatballs, salad, and homemade cookies for dessert. “The whole purpose is to get together and have fun; it’s not a gourmand roundtable,” she said.

An artichoke themed dinner party with the Southern Charm girls. Watching this episode, it seemed like none of the guests had ever eaten an artichoke before!

Patricia had to explain the proper way to eat an artichoke.

ciao! fabiana

Photos by Architectural Digest, Patricia Altschul 
on instagram  and Patrick Brickman on Houzz


robyn said...

I have never heard of either of these women, but I am a great fan of Charleston. This has been our home for nearly 25 years and I am so thankful God blessed us with the opportunity to live here. The city is just beautiful and full of lovely people who are warm and welcoming. You don't have to live in a mansion to appreciate this amazing city.

robyn said...

I have never heard of either of these women, but I do love Charleston, SC. I have been blessed to live here for 25 years and am so thankful that I do. The city is beautiful and full of warm and welcoming people. It has such a unique personality all its own. You don't have to live in a mansion to appreciate this amazing place.

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