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And so I begin again…


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It has been a while since I last wrote a blog. So much to say and yet…silence. I love to take photographs. I love to write. Its time to get back to what I love….

Charleston Horticulture Society

I am so excited to host the Charleston Horticulture Society this Thursday. Such wonderful people makeup this organization and I am honored to be involved with them all. We will be here from 6:00 – 8:00 on Thursday evening. All are welcome to join, we are going to have a ball!

20% of all sales will be donated to the Charleston Horticulture Society. I hope to see you all there!










The Bells are Ringing

What a wonderful time of year it is! There is nothing that I love more than decorating my home for Christmas. After picking out my trees, I like to get out all of my decorations. Things from my childhood, pieces that I have collected and things from my children’s childhood. The holidays are a perfect time to display pieces that you have collected over the years.

Fresh flowers, real garland and lots of trees are a must for me. I will be the first to admit - I go a little bit crazy, but why not put Christmas trees all over my garden? Having trees outside creates a wonderland. A wonderland so fabulous that sometimes it stays up until February.

A style tip for you: Just because it is Christmas, you don’t have to decorate using only red and green. Have fun and don’t get overwhelmed… Happy Holidays!

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Charleston Living Magazine

Charleston Living mag

What a honor it is to be featured in such a wonderful magazine.. I had so much fun reminiscing and sharing my holiday tips. If you have never read this magazine, you are truly missing out.

To find out more about Charleston Living Magazine, check out their website http://www.charlestonlivingmag.com/

A subscription would make a perfect gift for any Charleston Lover..

Oyster Shell Art

Two women from Beaufort actually pick every oyster shell out themselves. The most beautiful thing to me – they are my age. They get in the boat, fire it up and pick oysters. Love them!


Wallpaper, Wallpaper, Wallpaper

I have a girlfriend that will wallpaper you if you would let her. But for me, I find wallpaper difficult. It is texture, painting with texture. When choosing a wallpaper, be sure to consider the size of the pattern; you don’t want to over-power a space. If you have a moisture or humidity concern, check out vinyl – it has come a long way. But when wallpaper is done correctly, it gives you depth that no other medium could. It makes a space special.


Painting with Pluff Mud

I have stooped to an all-time low in search of the perfect pluff mud grey. I took to the marsh, okay technically not me, the builder on a project I am working on went into the marsh to get a baggie full of pluff mud – yep, it looks like what you think it looks like.. Alas, the perfect pluff mud color is in fact the pluff mud.

pluff mud and paint

NYC Dreams


NYC cover up

Last year I was Christmas shopping in New York and found this beautiful cover up. It was gray and cold in the city and I bought it thinking that maybe I would bring it to the Bahamas sometime…. The pattern would be pretty. Yesterday I was alone on an island. Peace, quiet and the pattern reminded me of cold New York and a dream of this moment.

Perfectly Crooked

perfect crooked day

You miss so much of life in perfectionism. It doesn’t get much better than this.. A perfectly crooked day.

Grand Opening Celebration!

After being in our new Mt Pleasant location for two months, we are finally celebrating! We flipped the store yesterday, got tons of new plants, received a gorgeous upholstery shipment and the list goes on. What a busy, exciting time it is..

I hope to see everyone this evening at our Grand Opening Party. We are celebrating with cocktails and shopping from 6:00-8:00 tonight. One of my favorite jewelry artist will be here showing off her new collection. Rebecca Lankford is fabulous and so cool. See you soon!

store front

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