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The Daily Dish Southern Charm

Patricia Altschul’s Dining Room Is Like Something Straight out of Versailles

The Southern Charm matriarch has a room worthy of a European castle.

By Courtney Thompson
Patricia Altschul Hosts a Dinner for the Ladies

This we’ve long known: Patricia Altschul’s Charleston, South Carolina home is a historical gem. The 9,500-square-foot, 10-bedroom manse, dubbed the “Isaac Jenkins Mikell House,” is actually listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places. Prior to Patricia buying the home, it had been both a hospital during the civil war and a library, and after undergoing a restoration, the historic home was also honored with the Preservation Society of Charleston's 2012 Carolopolis Award for outstanding historic preservation.  

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Point being: The estate is totally magically and regal, which is exactly what we’d expect from the Southern Charm grande dame! And her dining room does not disappoint. First, let’s discuss the wallpaper. Swathed in the storied French wallpaper company Zuber’s "The American War of Independence" wallpaper — which, by the way, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy had installed in the White House’s private dining room in 1961— the coverings are totally personal to Patricia.

“Every time I move, the panels have been taken off the walls and reapplied,” Patricia told Elle Décor last year. “I love the idea of introducing history to my surroundings, and this scene reminds me of an ancestor who served under George Washington.”

As a whole, the dining room exudes pure elegance, from its luxe draperies to the crystal chandelier anchoring the room. In a recent photo shared to Instagram, Patricia showed the special space all set for a meal, complete with gorgeous china, crystal stemware, and a bountiful floral arrangement in the center of the table. “@mariobuatta designed dining room #antique #zuber #wallpaper #waterfordcrystal chandelier the scene of many #southerncharm #dinners,” Patricia captioned the lovely photo, which could easily be mistaken for a room in Versailles!

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