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.
So, long story short, I've got a lady from Lowe's coming to give me an estimate for new countertops on Monday! Yay!
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!
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.
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."
I definitely want a copy of that first one, titled "Negotiations," to hang over a bed.
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.
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.
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!
I have finally embraced white, and, in my next house, I'm definitely painting all the walls white! This is such a peaceful space!
Read the full article and see the rest of the house here.