Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fashions to Furnishings: Indigo Girl (Self Mag Feb. 2011)

self indigo girl pg 117 design ala mod

self indigo girl pg 119 miles redd

Furnishings by Miles Redd

self indigo girl pg 120 drake design associates

self indigo girl pg 122 mscott218

self indigo girl pg 116 house beautiful

self indigo girl pg 123 xjavierx

self indigo girl pg 121

I thought this was the cutest photo shoot. And I would totally wear these outfits. Some of this stuff is even from Old Navy!

Friday, January 28, 2011

On a whim....

I went to Lowe's this afternoon to pick up some painter's canvas (it makes great material for throw pillows, and I don't worry too much about the dogs hurting it), and I decided to take a stroll through the countertop department.


I start asking the lady working about pricing and how to get an estimate. She explains that I just pick out what I want, and she'll come out and measure.

Domino Magazine

So, long story short, I've got a lady from Lowe's coming to give me an estimate for new countertops on Monday! Yay!

MarApr09 Southern Accents

So it's actually starting to happen. The transformation of my "blah" (and slightly non-functional) kitchen is in the early stages!!!


I'm not saying it will happen next week, but I'm reservedly hopeful.....because it COULD happen next month! or this year!
all images via mscott218

TGI Art on the Wall


Thomas O'Brien via nest egg

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


So relaxing. So simple. So fabulous.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Speaking of Art...

I found artist Kelly Reemtsen in this month's Southwest Art Magazine, and I just can't get enough!

She Has It

Heavy Handed


Kelly Reemtsen

ArtistTwo:Kelly Reemtsen

ArtistTwo:Kelly Reemtsen

She has a blog too!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Oil Painter with a Watercolor Fetish

I started oil painting this past summer, and I wouldn't give it up for anything. It's my favorite time of the week. But, I LOVE watercolors!

I don't know if it all started here, but a few years ago I bought a set of Pottery Barn books (They make one for every room of the house. I highly recommend owning a set; there are a lot of basic design principles in them, and they are very user-friendly.). When I opened the living room book, I immediately wanted the sofa and the paint horse painting.

Pottery Barn Watercolor Paint Horse

Fabulous, yes?!?

Incidentally, I've never actually been able to find a painting like this (Believe me, I've looked). I suppose I'll have to try painting a horse in oil myself (eek!).

So anyway, this turned me on to art - my favorite subject being animals. (I've already painted all my dogs.) Then, about 2 years ago I discovered the art of William Matthews. He says, "I've found that people tend to respond either to watercolor or to oil. I liked Wyeth, Sargent, Homer - for me it was always watercolor. That light touch. The transparency. The vulnerability of the medium."

William Matthews Negotiations

William Matthews Cows in Snow

I definitely want a copy of that first one, titled "Negotiations," to hang over a bed.

And then, of course, there's Winslow Homer. My favorite works of his were from the tropics.

Winslow Homer Tropics

Winslow Homer Wild Boars

Taking painting lessons has definitely opened my eyes to the art world. Crazy as it sounds, I never cared that much for real art before (A print here. A print there. Just fill the space and make it look good). But as I've settled into my style, I've learned more about me and what I love. I'm not going to go crazy and spend lots of money on custom art, but I feel like I can finally appreciate it. It enhances a room so much, and, like my numerous collections, gives a house a personalized touch.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I was flipping through my new Martha Stewart Living at the gym this morning, and it was all hand-made valentines and chocolate confections, until this (!!!):

MS John Derian Collection

She has included a small section on trendy people and the timeless objects they collect!

MS Katie Hatch Collection

MS Joan Pope Collection

I was so happy to see these artfully arranged collections, I actually forgot I was on the treadmill for a minute (just a minute, though). Love them!

MS Lisa Congdon Collection

And these are just my favorites!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Marvelous Update on an Old Favorite

I went cruising around over at Anthropologie today and found this guy! Just like those old west/aztec chairs, but with brighter fabric!

Anthro Berr Armchair

Anthro Berr Armchair 2

Anthro Berr Armchair 3

And there's loads more!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Feast Your Eyes...

Remember that girl from Garden & Gun mag that designed that awesome home (for Ronnie Dunn) with the giant front porch swing?!

Sis-in-law Rachel Halvorson on the cover of Garden & Gun: "Southern Style"

Well, her name is Rachel Halvorson, and she has a blog!! It is chock full of









I suggest taking a look here!

TGI Art on the Wall


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Lowcountry Style

Charleston is beautiful and their style, when not overly antiqued, is quite chic and neutral. Very relaxing.

Everyone here keeps telling us the best places to get "lowcountry" food - so far we figure this consists of shrimp and grits (neither of us even remotely likes grits so we haven't indulged), she-crab soup (really yummy when made right), and white hushpuppies (ultra tasty!). (I don't really count things like fried chicken and mashed potatoes 'cause we eat those at home all the time.)

So, back to design. I haven't been to many art galleries yet - saving them for tomorrow! But I did pick up a copy of Charleston Home magazine, and I really like it! So enjoy this home of a local artist from their most recent issue.

Charleston Home Mag Trading Paces  Front of House

Charleston Home Mag Trading Paces  Sun Porch

LOVE LOVE LOVE this room!! I mean, a purple ceiling?! That would have terrified me, but what does it NOT go with? A zebra head, antlers, and that fabulous dining table? CHECK! CHECK! CHECK!

Charleston Home Mag Trading Paces  Bedroom

Charleston Home Mag Trading Paces  Living Room

I have finally embraced white, and, in my next house, I'm definitely painting all the walls white! This is such a peaceful space!

Charleston Home Mag Trading Paces  Study

Read the full article and see the rest of the house here.

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