Bougainvillea in Charleston…

Bougainvillea in Charleston, SC

Such a pretty setting, isn’t it? All the pink blooms, with pops of white (and the cool blue chair) – all set in an English green space. Gorgeous! We stopped in Elizabeth Stuart Design (ESD) a week or two ago, looked around and then took a peek outside at the beautiful plants, furniture, etc. This setting is simply gorgeous! Bougainvillea’s are pretty amazing…

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Spring is springing up in Charleston!

Abide-A-While – Mount Pleasant, SC

Well, it seems as if spring is about to spring in Charleston, SC! One of our azaleas is blooming, camellias are always in bloom this time of year, and the garden stores are full of stunning and colorful plants. I know our garden centers get CrAzY around here, like we all need to get some pretty things planted after our long, hard winter (hehe). It IS always exciting to do just that! The anticipation of what you’ll find and how it will transform a space is always so much fun!

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Design Inspiration: DeVOL Kitchens

Image via DeVOL Kitchens Instagram | New York Showroom

You know when you run across a good design element (paint color, fabric, wallpaper, etc.) that you can’t get out of your mind? Use it for your next design inspiration! When we moved into our home over 25 years ago, we painted pastel colors, then a few years later once we were settled and also becoming unsettled (we have painted many colors over the years) and having a strong feeling that the pastel colors we selected did not embody the true feeling of our older home (1930’s). We ended up with a gorgeous deep and varying (chocolates) shades throughout the house. Then we were into greys, a nice dark grey that was so classy. Then, all of our inspiration was white… white, white, white. We painted again and everything was beautiful, sunny, airy, bright. Until it wasn’t. #timeforchange

After watching a season of FOR THE LOVE OF KITCHENS (DeVOL Kitchens out of the UK) on the Magnolia Network / Discovery+, we have a new design inspiration image. We love every kitchen that Helen Parker and Paul O’Leary design, they are a brilliant duo! This hand made tile (Emerald Green London Tiles), with the varying shades of green (individually handmade to order in their ceramics studio at Cotes Mill!) is over the top and exactly what we’re thinking about. One day, we would like to have it in our kitchen. Currently our kitchen is white subway tile floor to ceiling. We NEED SOME COLOR. So we’re thinking about Hague Blue (Farrow & Ball) cabinets, tile up to the cabinets on the stove side of the kitchen and up to the windows on the sink side of the kitchen and paint the walls Arsenic (F&B). This is all ONE DAY. But right now, what can we do that will tone down this white without too much $? PAINT. Paint is brilliant. You can transform a space for little money (especially if you do it yourself!)

If you haven’t watched For The Love Of Kitchens yet, please check it out if you love design, or just want to see some beautiful kitchens! You will fall in love with Paul and Helen, they’re amazing and have such exquisite taste.

As shown above, this is the New York Showroom (on Bond Street) – We cannot wait to visit one day! The paint color on the walls in this image is ARSENIC by Farrow & Ball (F&B) and it’s a delightful color that goes so well with the tile. Our kitchen isn’t large, so Arsenic wouldn’t be overwhelming. Cabinets are painted BOND STREET BLUE, which is DeVOL paint (ours could be Hague Blue by F&B, since DeVOL paint is not sold in the USA yet)… but that’s in the future.

We’re thinking greens and blues for three spaces. Our living area where we are in the evening, our study where currently, my husband works from home, but one day the table will be gone and we’ll use it to hang out, relax, read, etc. and our dining room (what you walk into from the entry). Decisions, decisions!

This all started from an image from DeVOL Kitchens Instagram. Our white house will be transformed into a sea of color and beauty and we cannot wait!

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✍️ Until next time…

Sun, shadows and a new (vintage) rug…

Charlie in the sunroom, one of his favorite places…

Sun and the shadows make for amazing photos. No matter the subject, the shadows are always so interesting to me. Shadows, reflections, different ways of seeing a view, they all pique my interest. Our sunroom has been one of the favorite rooms in our house, a special place to sit back (or at times, a great place to work). The sunroom is being updated so photos soon, I hope. We started with…

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Two Amazing Light Fixtures!

This is one amazing light fixture – Highly recommend!

I unrolled my yoga mat on the floor, sat down, looked up and this is what I saw… This is one of the coolest fixtures ever – I HIGHLY recommend! It looks good in any and every room. Designed by George Nelson and produced by Herman Miller.

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The Nelson Daybed With Mid Century Modern Appeal

An Eclectic Mix of Antique, Mid Century Modern and Classic Styles

This blog is all about sharing the things I love with you. Namely ART (as well as artists and art events), FOOD (recipes, restaurants, products I’ve tried and love) and anything HOME related whether it be furniture, lighting, etc.

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Some Of My Favorites… Sharp Task Lamps!

Some of my favorites. I am an inspired individual. I love to leaf through magazines, search catalogs and scour the Internet in search of just the right piece. Whatever it may be that I’m looking for. Often I/we (my husband and I) run into fabulous things that we absolutely love. We keep these things on a list if they one day fit into what we need/the look we’re going for, etc. I think it’s a good thing that we don’t buy what we want when we want it, because when we look back over our lists, things that we loved (usually related to home, like furniture, lighting, bedding, etc.) at one time are not things that we still love now. Whew! Let me also point out that I realize that THINGS are just things. They can be replaced. So when I say “I love” this or that, I am mindful that they are just things, but things that make a house a home 🙂 Continue reading “Some Of My Favorites… Sharp Task Lamps!”