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We picked up two vintage marble top plant stands last week in desperate need of some TLC on the legs. We bought them from the same place we bought the bar cart, magazine rack and some other odds and ends. I’m envisioning these living in the breakfast nook, in front of the curtain panels, but one may also go in the living room. I can’t decide which color direction I should go with the paint… a shade of red or maintain a gold/champagne tone.

This gorgeous bar cart before & after on Design*Sponge has me thinking of revisiting it’s ‘golden’ years.

D*S photo credit…

Monday, Monday – Last week in pictures

A couple weeks back a flower on Pinterest let me to discovering the Puya berteroniana – the Turquoise Puya – an incredibly beautiful terrestrial Bromeliad from Chile. It is a slow grower, taking several years for it to flower, and once it does a gardener’s patience is well rewarded! As it is a bromeliad, these plants are primarily monocarpic, meaning they die once they finish flowering. I’ve read that since these are such prolific growers that the death of a single rosette in a larger colony of Puyas is almost unnoticeable. I hope to be able to draw my own conclusions in a few years. ūüėČ

The plants aren’t readily available for sale online and I decided to use this opportunity to make my first purchase at Annie’s Annuals & Perrenials. This has been a long time coming and I am very thankful right now that 95% of what I’d like to order is out of stock! This is our little Puya, which arrived last week along with a Cerinthe major purpurascens “Blue Honeywort” and a Crassula erosula ‚ÄėCampfire‚Äô.

I picked up this Huernia zebrina from Danielle a couple weeks ago, on my Farmers Market Saturday and finally got around to taking a photo. I’ve always called it the Lifesaver plant. Apparently, I am not alone!

While I was squatting down photographing the Huernia I took a moment to get a shot of these beautiful Sempervivum flowers.

I also get to make a ‘I love our friends’ shout out because these yummy chocolate cocoa bean candy acorns by Andie’s Specialty Sweets arrived the same day as the package from Annie’s.

They didn’t last the afternoon. I had a hard time keeping Michael away from the tea cup while I was taking this shot with the phone. Thank you, Stephanie! ‚ô•

I ended the week with some terrific news that I’ll be sharing soon. Here’s to a wonderful and hopefully cooler week!

Photo credits: { 1 | 2 | 3 }

Monday, Monday

Saturday found me out running a few errands. One of the traffic lights in the area was having some hiccoughs and I took an alternate route, which took me near a flea market that we are always forgetting to visit. I stopped by in hopes of finding planting vessels and I was thrilled to leave with a lovely bundle in my arms! First is this lovely vintage ceramic elephant planter. Most that I’ve seen are usually stands/seats and this is slight smaller and an actual planter. I also happened upon two vintage green ceramic planters. I was eyeing a third, but it was a McCoy, and even though I was willing to spend $10 on it for it’s beauty, I wasn’t sure if I could allow myself to drill a hole through it. If it’s at the next market I may just get it for another use. We filled top of the elephant (who may or may not be named) with succulents and the other two with some of the carnivorous plants that were getting a little crowded in the big pot-bog.

I’m looking forward to our next excursion! A nice way to end one week and start another.

Bon Weekend – Marimo balls

A while back I was searching on eBay for live moss for the bonsai and carnivorous plants. It led me to the cutest things that I’ve seen in a while – Marimo balls. They’re a mass of algae that¬†get their shape from tumbling over rocks at the bottom of the lakes they inhabit. Marimo balls are highly prized in Japan and the annual¬†Marimo Matsuri¬†festival is held in their honor. The Japanese believe them to bring good luck and adopt them as ‘pets’.¬†The marimo were given protected status in Iceland in 2006. They’re slow growers and the large one is supposed to be around 7 years old. They also enjoy a swirl around with your finger (or stick of some sort) as it simulates lake currents. This is supposed to help them stay green and healthy.

We purchased one large and five small balls from a seller on eBay and they arrived yesterday. We split them into two very small thrifted apothecary jars. I was asked on Instagram whether we take the lids off at night¬†(Hi Sarah Rae!). I asked myself the same question last night. Since the water is supposed to be changed every one to two weeks, I’m guessing the lids can stay on? I have to admit I’m a little clueless. Then again, it wouldn’t hurt/be any trouble to take the off periodically.

I will update on their progress. Any feedback/information is welcomed!

Here’s to a safe and fabulous weekend!

Mad about Hollie Wood style


As I mentioned on Friday, I had the pleasure to photograph interior designer/stylist/collector Hollie Wood‘s beautiful home a couple weeks ago. Hollie is a gal after my heart. The lifelong treasure hunter (she’s been going to flea markets and garage sales since she was a babe in arms) has a sophisticated yet effortless style. She’s given home to pieces with a past, both large and smal,l and inspiration brims from every nook & cranny. When Hollie decided it was time to buy a house to showcase those treasures three years ago, her search lead her to North Charleston’s beautiful and historic Park Circle. Hollie purchased the 1948 brick bungalow from the original owner, who kept many of the original features but who had also added some not-so-original elements.

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Bon Weekend


Here is a sneak peek of Hollie Wood‘s uh-mazing home, which I had the honor to photograph a couple weeks ago, and will be featuring on Monday.

Here’s to a safe and fabulous weekend!

Glossed over

I get frustrated with myself when certain projects take FOREVER to complete. I tend to have grandiose ideas but lack the follow through. Sometimes I feel it has to do more with not willing to make the commitment when something just doesn’t feel quite right. The guest room has been one of those projects. More specifically… the walls. We’ve chosen the color but I just haven’t been able to commit to the design for the shadow striping.¬†This is the ‘doesn’t feel right’ element of the room.¬†I also know I want a shiny colored ceiling in the room and am going with a minty-sea foam tint. I pulled the above inspiration photos to show Michael what I wanted when I started talking about SHINY. Upon seeing these images and others he was immediately on board, in stead of looking at me like …

During said search I came back to some of the original OMG images (and which I could not find online for some time due to brain hiccoughs) for the color palette. Lacquered walls are so very seductive. Michael is in agreement with me. I started asking myself if having two rooms side by side with similar wall treatments seemed a little redundant and perhaps we should think of another course of action. This same search lead me to the pattern I want to use on the walls, of course! Decisions, decisions, decisions!

We’ve decided which route we’re going to take and I’ve decided to keep it¬†in the can until we’re finished. I’m glad no one is living in the room as it’s going to be a different kind of hot mess for a bit. I had the luxury of having Michael out of town while I went on a taping spree in the bedroom. We’re planning on painting the first ceiling coat on Monday. I so, so, so excited!

Stay tuned…

{ Photo Credits: 1 | 2 | 3 РBeetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!  | 4 & 5 | 6 }

The accidental Ortonist

The first lily opened this morning, amongst the intermittent rain and steam. I went out to shift some pots around and decided to bring the camera with me. The lens got completely steamed over and I thought it had cleared when I took the photos, but apparently not. Seems I have a little accidental Orton effect happening here. I think I can live with that!

Bon Weekend – Operation Jurassic Park

The new fence is up around the pond. I was originally cracking ‘Escape From New York/Snake Plissken’ jokes but Michael thought ‘Jurassic Park’ was more appropriate. The quick attempt to get the barrier up had us using what we had lying around… small wood dowels. They weren’t much but enough to last until we got something sturdier. For cost purposes we went with PVC piping.

I was also motivated me to make a few changes in the planting scheme in front of the pond. I was not happy with some of the sedum I used and pulled it out to make room for three clumps of Hakone grass that I’ve been wanting to move to a more prominent location. We added pea gravel and three pavers for maintenance purposes. They’ll make things easier when we have to clean filters and such, as well as adding ledges for various containers. I like this new direction with the plants and will look much nicer when the wall comes down in a few months.

Here’s Harry, by the way.

Here’s to a safe and fabulous weekend!

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Lock down!

I know I’ve gone on and on about the ‘Big Pond‘ that we’re planning to build. I made a pinkie swear with Michael that I would not entertain the thought of koi until the new pond was dug in, filtration installed and the water was ready to host fish. I was doing really well until recently when I saw some koi on my FB friends list and I caved. I started looking around the internet. That led me to setting bids on some fish. And winning them. And they arrived yesterday. And we love them.

We feel they should be ok for a couple/few months in this space (we do have great filtration), but two of them are a pretty nice size right now. But what happened after a couple of hours? Michael found one outside the pond. He quickly got it (dunno the sex yet as they’re too young) back in the water and cleaned it off. We knew that we needed netting ASAP. I told him that I would guard the pond while he went out to the store. I was a sight sitting beside the pond in the rain but we got the area covered and it appears all is well as everyone seems to be happy today. We’re planning on building a ‘wall’ with the remaining screening so that we can put one of the plants back in the water and the lily can bloom. There are three buds close to the surface so that is our project for this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

I joked that it would be the one who wasn’t named. We named the other two were named prior to arrival so we came up name for this one… Harry Flopper, The Fish Who Lived. We’ll just go with a shortened version, Harry.

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