Illustration for Charleston mag

BC_HD2The front courtyard of Bernard and Judy Cornwell’s Tradd Street home is charmingly inviting. Cheerful pansies abound, boxwoods are gently manicured, and above them, two window boxes are chock-full of perfection. There are roses, greenery lapping over old bricks, a wrought-iron fence: it could be a Charleston postcard, or perhaps one from England, or both. Inside, winter’s unfiltered sunshine floods the tidy living room. Tea is offered. Whiskey, the “perfect dog”—an excited Cavalier King Charles spaniel (of course)—wags and licks a jolly good welcome. “He’s absolutely spoiled rotten,” Bernard warns, and on cue, Whiskey bounces up on hind legs to concur.

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