“It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth,
and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts,
the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.”
- Jimmy Carter
Having just moved to Charleston a few weeks ago, I have not yet lost my sense of appreciation for all of the beautiful things that make Charleston what it is: one of the most stunning places on earth. The view from the Ravenel Bridge hasn’t lost its awe; the herons and pelicans flying over the marshes haven’t lost my interest, and the smell of the seaspray from the crashing ocean waves still makes me smile.
Before I settle in, fall into a routine, and lose touch with all of the beauty that surrounds me, I want to give myself every oportunity to be outside. Luckily, new outdoor fabric lines, such as Link Outdoor, have given me another reason to enjoy the great outdoors… beautiful fabric! Not only is the fabric easy on the eyes, it is also easy to maintain. It is mold resistant, fade resistant, and extremely durable. Check out a few of my favorites from their latest collections.
Link Outdoor Fabrics
Link Outdoor: "Palme" in "Melon"
Me Taking in The View with Juneau
Today is such a rainy day. This morning I threw on my favorite bright orange wellies and my rain coat and trudged to work through the wet mess. At first the rain put me in a terrible mood. All I could think about was how much I wanted to be curled up in bed with some Earl Grey tea and copy of Domino Magazine. But when I finally got to work I realized how inspirational the rain is for watercolors… the soft hues, the wispy brush strokes, the bleeding lines of colors mixing together. Here are a few of my favorite watercolor artists that have inspired my work.
Watercolor by Sandra Suy
Watercolor by Caitlin McGauley
Watercolor by Malissa Ryder
Two summers ago I had the incredible opportunity to travel all over Europe to study abroad. With my very large suitcase in hand, I boarded a long flight to my new home in Florence, Italy for the next nine weeks. I had no idea how lucky I was to have a chance like this; I took a Florentine cooking class as well as a Renaissance Art History class and loved every minute of it. And even though my Italian never really proved to be a strength of mine, I was able to master a few very important words: vino, formaggio, and ciao bella!
These memories all came flooding back to me last week when a customer came in and told me they were taking a trip to Italy for a month this summer. I about shrieked with excitement upon hearing this and immediately we began exchanging our favorite places to eat, drink, explore, and shop. I had some amazing travels in Europe that summer but nothing compared to Florence. Its beauty and history can capture the heart of anyone who walks along the cobblestone streets admiring the work of some of the world’s best artists and architects. Even though I do not know when I will get to travel back to this magical city, I do know I have these unbelievable memories to keep me smiling throughout the day!
Check out my favorite places and spaces in Florence!
For a million dollar view, check out the Piazza Michelangelo.
For a refreshing drink stop by Art Bar for a passion fruit capiroska during “apertivo”.
The scent of leather is absolutely intoxicating at the Il Bisonte store!
For the best sandwich ever, you’ll find the locals heading to Il Fratellini for fresh prosciutto and sun dried tomato sandwiches. The best kept “secret” in Florence!
I can still see the lights glowing from my window of the Basilica San Lorenzo. Be sure to check out the Medici Chapel on the side entrance of the Basilica.
Today is the first day of June, and you know what that means… White poofy dresses, giant tiered cakes, and flocks of girls in matching frocks. That’s right… it’s wedding season. Except this time, it’s MY wedding (8 days and counting!!). I always thought that brides were wimps when they complained about the stress of a wedding, but now that it’s my turn I am finally beginning to understand where they were coming from. Aside from the guest list, the seating charts, the menu choices, and the cake tastings, my wedding is starting to feel like an interior design project in and of itself; From sofa selections to throw pillow color choices; from votive candles to decorative accessories, I am beginning to have trouble telling when I’m at work and when I’m not! Good thing I love my job. :)
And for those of you who don’t want to spend your pre-wedding bliss doing floor plans and furniture layouts, you can be thankful that we live in one of the biggest wedding hot spots in the country! Leave it to Charleston wedding event coordinators, such as Loluma, to turn a simple wedding reception into a scene that an interior designer, such as myself, would be proud of.
I am sitting here staring at a blank white screen lost for words. It is time to say good bye but I don’t want to say good bye. So instead of good bye I want to say I will see you all soon and I look forward to being back in the south in the near future! ESD has been a part of my life for almost 5 years and I feel so blessed and thankful to have worked for this amazing store! I am moving to Texas next week to be with my husband for his Residency. I want to say thank you to all of you that have read and followed my design blogs over the past year. I will miss you all!
It’s true what you’ve heard, mid-century pieces are making a comeback! From Design Sponge to Elle Decor, it seems that everywhere you look they’re taking over the spotlight. Try mixing these funky pieces with something more traditional for a truly unique look. For some great mid-century finds, stop in to see the fabulous pieces that just arrived today! From orange velvet occasional chairs to lamps straight out of 1965, this vintage furniture will have you saying, “groovy, baby.”
Sale runs Friday through Saturday. Better hurry. Items will go fast!
Summer is quickly approaching and it’s about time to dust off the grill and pull up a seat around a festive summer spread. Whether it’s just a casual night with a friend or entertaining a crowd, it’s always more fun to be surrounded by a warm sunset and a soft breeze. I’ve always loved summer entertaining- memories of fresh tomato sandwiches, sweet silver queen corn, and a crisp, refreshing cocktail. What’s more to love?!
Cue from Muffie by combining fun glassware with colorful flowers to create the perfect setting.
Check out the Vegetable Bin in downtown Charleston for all of your summer veggie needs!
Martha Stewart’s Watermelon Basil Margaritas
Photo Credit: Southern Living
What a stressful day. At 10:30 this morning I got a call that a cat of mine had been hit by a car. They said they were sure it was an orange cat and they saw it get hit! I have 6 cats. Some people are bleeding heart liberals….I have a bleeding heart for hurt cats, pet helper cats and well…just cats in general. I was able to find pretty quickly all my cats including two of the three orange cats. That left only Tanny…my favorite cat as the one hit and now missing!
Tanny is 14 and the oldest of the group. He lost his eye to a rose thorn when he was little and ever since that day, he has been the “under dog” of the group (in my mind ) and thus my favorite. He was picked on quite often when he was little even though I paid extra to give him a glass eye. Yep…that is what I said… A glass eye. He is a beautiful burnt orange color and has grown to be an impressive 11 pounds! I was crushed and i looked for Tanny all day. I really don’t think I sat down until about 6pm when my hopes had given way to the reality that he very well may have gone off the die.
The ability to love something deeply feels like a burden sometimes. I know it did today. I cried, I called, I prayed. It was just a cat I would say to myself but he was my friend too.
I put up signs. Missing cat, hit by car, and my number. I only put up a few thinking the chances were slim 8 hours after he was hit and under someone’s car. I got the call at 7pm. Someone just saw a dark orange cat run across the road. I ran to the street and there was nice lady standing in the middle of the road. She had seen my sign, seen my cat and here she stood looking as worried as I had been all day! Then she took of her sunglasses and looked at me in a perplexed way and said, “Muffie… Muffie Mitchell?” NO WAY…She knows me?! Turned out we went to High-school together in Columbia and hadn’t seen each other in oh….100 years or so! What are the chances? As I went off to look for the cat they had just seen, I shook my head and thought how incredible it would be if she were to have been the one to have found my hurt cat! I turned around the corner, walked up the hill and who was sitting by the back door but TANNY CAT! I scooped him up and put him in the the carrier and headed off to the the emergency vet clinic and and my prayers were answered…..he was going to be fine!
Hot off the press, we just received our new sample book of the adorable Lulu DK children’s fabrics from Schumacher! Come in and see the vibrant colors, whimsical themes, and wonderful feel of these beautiful new fabrics. Read more about the designer, Lulu deKwiatkowski, featured this month in Elle Decor.