I rarely need an excuse to be lured down to the South. Cities in Georgia and South Carolina seem to call to me in my sleep, reminding me to come back and spend time among their live oak trees and sip sweet tea while learning to enjoy life at a slower pace. So when I saw these photos of Hope & Union coffee shop, taken by photographer Kathryn Barnard, I had to stop myself from seeing it as a reason I should hope a plane down to Charleston for a quick getaway. Located in Charleston’s downtown Elliotborough neighborhood, Hope & Union is the sort of cafe that looks so sunny and welcoming it could double as a home. I have deep love and appreciation for shops that manage to create that homey feeling without crossing over into over-stuffed-sofa-and-hippy-wall-hanging land (Tea Lounge, anyone?). So when I heard that Kathryn first decided to photograph this space because she stumbled into it and liked it so much (she came back and shot the very next day) I believed her.
Kathryn was kind enough to share a collection of photographs from Hope & Union this morning, and you can see the full set after the jump. I’d give anything to swap my rainy Brooklyn morning for a sunny cup of coffee at one of those long tables. Until then, I’ll add Hope & Union to my list of place to visit when we head down this Fall for the D*S Book tour. Thanks to Kathryn for sharing these images, click here to view her full portfolio of photography online. xo, grace
*Thanks to Hillary, you can check out the preservation of the H&U building here.
CLICK HERE for more photos of Hope & Union after the jump! (I love that they used salvaged windows inside the shop- check out the dog photo below for an example)