Before & After: Chevron

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This Week I...

(Pardon the reminiscing!)

Went to Athens to see a good friend and to visit because I had not been there in YEARS. I was giddy just driving into town...then I saw that all my old haunts had been replaced. Bissets, Gus's, Son's, Boarshead. I feel sorry for the kids there now but I guess they don't know any different. We ate lunch at East West which seems much nicer since my days of logging in drinking hours. And I am happy to report that The Grill is still around. I was tempted to get a milkshake but my get-slim-fast-for-spring-diet wouldn't allow it.

This use to be Boarshead...

This use to be Son's...

I think this was "The Roo" that we would walk from the sorority house to get our Big Gulps for late night study sessions.

This use to be Hodgson's Pharmacy where you could get 25 cent ice cream cones (at least they kept the sign)...
Now a Jittery Joe's.

This use to be an old school pharmacy/grill where you sit at the counter. They had the best grilled pimento cheese sandwiches! I know it burned in a kitchen fire a few years back but I am not pleased with the updated, generic suburbia look.

Seems like my life revolved around food and drinking. No wonder I gained the Freshman 30!

Thank the Lord this is being rebuilt!
Ok, enough of that..

Spent Easter with my family.

Watched 1,000 baseballs games and an Easter egg hunt.

Thanks for enduring all that...I will get back on track with the design posts next week!
Have a great weekend!


Designer Tip: Lining

Let me preface this by saying I am by NO means putting down another designer's work. BUT I have learned this the hard way and thought I would share it with you so that you can learn it the easy way!

When you buy ready-made window treatments, chances are they come unlined. This is one of the reasons why ready-mades are inexpensive. (Note I said one of the reasons) This may or may not bother you. If it doesn't then stop reading. If it does, then you can always have lining added by a seamstress.

If you are making custom-made window treatments you should properly line them.

I think it is very important to properly line your window treatments. This is especially important when you are working with a print. See when the light shines through this fabric you totally loose the print. If these were lined with a blackout lining, they would, well, block out the light. Or use an interlining between the fabric and the regular lining. Perhaps this designer had a reason for making the window treatments the way she did again and perhaps it does not bother her. Again, I feel the need to say that I think this room is absolutely stunning and I am by no means putting down her work!


Decorganizing: With Clos-ette

Melanie Fascitelli has created quite an empire in custom closet design with her company Closette, based in New York. She has worked with many high-end clients including celebrities to create not only a well organized closet but a beautiful showplace for their wardrobes! I am thinking that I need to do the same thing here in Charleston... high-end closet design/organization! Dreamy. Check out some of her work!

She also created an online shop with all of her approved products. Interested in organizing your closet but would rather do it yourself? Check out her book.


Road Trip

My apologies for the lack of posts lately by I've been traveling.
Hope everyone had a great Easter and I will be back on track tomorrow!


Before & After: Regency Desk

Check this out! Talk about having vision...


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This Week I...

Love seeing progress! It's gotta get ugly before it can look amazing. Tearing out the fireplace and preping the walls for installation of some new built-ins.

I think i'll go for a walk outside now
the summer sun's callin my name
(i hear ya now)
i just can't stay inside all day
i gotta get out get me some of those rays
everybody's smilin
sunshine day
everybody's laughin
sunshine day
everybody seems so happy today
it's a sunshine day
-The Brady Bunch

Get to go see these adorable kids...
And I couldn't be more excited!!!

Am also going on a lil' buying trip for Eclectic Finds. Have you been over there lately? Lots for sale! Including the ridiculously cute pillows Way Way of Blue Chickadee helped me create!

Happy Easter!


Pro or Con: Grasscloth?

I was at a happy hour function last night and someone was asking me if grasscloth was a trend or was it here to stay. I say it is here to stay. What do you think?

Designer Eddie Ross


So Tack-y

I just bought these lil' suckers and I am in love! I know it is the silliest little thing but I have a hard time finding push pins that I like and I saw these on some website and thought they would work as tacks. Well they are tacks but really used to match storm window sashes and their coordinating shutters, I believe originally from the 1950's but they are reproducing them. They are adorable, really!

You can get them here or here.


Suit Up!

Get it? Suit. Up. Literally, on the wall.
I've got a million of 'em folks.

I saw this photo in TradHome by designer Sara Gilbane and it reminded me of a the vintage bathing suit I had framed for a client. It was her grandmother's suit from the 20's and she wanted to have it on display. We hung it on the wall in her stairwell during the summer months and had a custom remote lift system installed to also hang her grandmother's quilt in the winter months. Looks as if we weren't the only ones with this idea....


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via apartment therapy

via design sponge

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via apartment therapy

I think I would rather frame my bathing suit than wear it right now.


John Duckworth

Stono River

Palmetto Island

I am in awe of local artist, John Duckworth who first wooed me with his abstract landscapes. But I've since learned he also does many other types of work like triptychs of icons, urban journey, liquid forms, narratives, panoramas and more. He lives on Johns Island where he renovated an old farm building and set up a state-of-the-art printing, framing and painting studio. Go check out his website to learn more.

Abe Triptych

Live Oak

Big Cypress Swamp