Reagan Charleston is bringing Italy to the Big Easy!
The Southern Charm New Orleans cast member knew her palatial pad, which she shares with her former NFL star husband and fellow cast member, Jeff, was going to be hers as soon as she laid eyes on it.
“We saw our home and we saw so many elements that we’d seen through our travels. It just had this feeling of home,” she says in a video tour
Guests are greeted with a painting of Venice, which pay homage to both Charleston’s favorite city and her house’s architectural origins.
“The family that built our home moved to the United States from Italy and they brought all of the artisans with them from Italy,” she explains. “So all of the plasterwork, all of the wrought iron, our front doors — they were all carved and finished by Italian artisans.”
The jewelry designer and law school student’s top furniture item is an “exquisite” 17th-century chest, but another piece in her dining room has an even richer backstory.
“We had somebody break into our house several years ago, and I shot my gun into my dining room,” she says. “[I] fired because my dad always said, ‘Just shoot if somebody’s in your house. Whether you miss or not, no one wants to be in the path of a scared blonde with a gun.’”
Although the incident, which she describes as “one of the wildest things that has ever happened in our marriage,” was peacefully resolved, there’s one battle scar that will never heal.
“My table has a nice little bullet hole on it,” she says. “I was devastated.”
And aside from that frightening run-in, Charleston is still fully enamored with her stately abode.
“I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful place,” she says. “I’ll wake up in the morning, and I’ll step out of my bedroom and I’m always like, ‘damn, isn’t this a pretty house?’”
For the full tour, watch the video above and tune into Southern Charm New Orleans, premiering April 15 at 9:00 ET on Bravo.