Monday, February 16, 2009

Masculine Mystique

The Cloister Smoking Lounge
What is it about a wooden paneled room that draws us in?  It's warm. It's cozy.  It just feels good.

Several of the rooms that the Sea Island Company has created at The Cloister are rich with beautiful wooden walls.  

This is the Smoking Lounge (as well as the opening photo).  This was were Granny and Mr. Green would withdraw after a delicious meal at the Georgian Room.  The room is almost entirely cyprus, with pecky cypress detailing on the coffered ceiling.  Be sure and notice the arched fanlight above the bookcase that looks like a transom window.  It's actually mirror.  A perfect illusion.    

Just look at the beautiful details, especially found in the curtains-always lined and interlined-and fabulous!

Here's my man of mystery.  Even non-smokers can't help themselves here!

Make your selection...

In addition to the Smoking Lounge, the Library at The Cloister was just perfect.  The walls were constructed entirely of pine.  As a native Southerner, I'm a bit biased to pine.  We are surrounded by it and it's quite plentiful.  

You'll love their library system:  take a book, read it, return it.  Didn't finish it during your stay?  That's o.k..  Just mail it from home at your leisure.  Got to love this place!
The Cloister Library
(photo: Sea Island Co.)

Finally, the darkest of the paneled rooms of The Cloister:  the Georgian Lounge.  It was by far the most difficult to photograph.  I do so wish that you could all see the details.  The chandeliers were stunning.   This was a great place to relax prior to dinner at the Georgian Room.

I hope you've enjoyed this little glimpse into some of the dark and mysterious paneled rooms of The Cloister.  Anyone have a favorite paneled room--on the post or elsewhere.  I'd like to hear all about it.  What do you consider the "must have" elements for a space like this?

Where to go next?  How about the Spa?   The Romans themselves would be jealous!

(large pictures from Sea Island Co., I took the little ones.)


  1. I love the curtain detail picture - there's nothing like fancy trims to get my heart racing!

  2. You really did a great job photographing all of this!

  3. Fabulous pictures! Love the draperies - wow!!

  4. Oh my.

    those are beautiful images. I especially like the library and the amazing ceiling.

  5. The Library and Spa are two of my other favorite rooms at Sea Island! Thank you or all these fabulous photos and SI post- I adore them! PS, did you ever get your bag?! I need to email Jennifer and get the 411 on that. This is VERY ODD!

  6. oooo so pretty! we are going to have to go someday!

  7. That library is gorgeous! I can't wait to see the spa photos!

  8. beautiful - the quality of the photos makes it even better! I wish everyone knew the importance of this. Great post - but I wish you would show your husband - too funny how you blurred his face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. All gorgeous! I think my favorite is the darkest.

  10. I just returned from a trip to Sea Island. One of my favorite destinations!
    I took tons of photos at the Cloisters one afternoom (being off season and a wek day, it was almost empty). The solarium is heaven on earth - so gorgeous!!


  11. I love wood-paneled rooms. My dream house would have a paneled library. So beautiful; thank you so much for continuing to share them.

  12. Thank you for your blog! I must say, it is extremely well-written. You have such clarity, focus, and consistency in your posts! And as far as The Cloister--there are just no words, truly. And Blackberry Farm--well, I'm a Tennessee native so you just can't go wrong there, either :)

  13. what a dreamy place, indeed.
    you are a true friend, to P&G. I know she treasures your friendship and opinion in every way. thanks for the suggestion. I made a post in efforts to support our dear friend, and with great hopes that the Pearl Event will be one of many.
    We just have to get her back down in the South, so we can hold her with our supporting arms!!! And not just our words!
    Have a great week.

  14. Hi Granny:
    Thanks for the great post! Don't know if you remember but I was suppose to have gone last Sept. Perhaps this year - we'll try again!!

  15. i was surfing around for research i am doing on a project...
    and who do i find ?

    why no posting lately.
    i miss you girl!