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Bon Weekend

A few garden details from around the garden recently.

Black bat flower, Tacca chantrieri:

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Bon Weekend – Meanwhile on Apartment Therapy…

Two amazing spaces that I’ve had the honor to share recently!

Leila & Buff’s Beautiful Beach Abode

Loree’s Dangerously Beautiful Garden

Here’s to a safe, fabulous and inspired weekend!

Mad about Hollie Wood style

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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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Monday, Monday

I thought it was time to start addressing on of our ‘corners of shame’. I haven’t given it a great deal of effort as the soil is absolute dreck and we eventually want this to be tiered, hopefully. However, it’s in mom’s main line of sight from her bed and I just couldn’t have her look out onto this patch of ick. We cleared out some of the area we cleared last year, laid down garden/weed cover, gravel and a couple pavers. Besides, it was time to move some of the pots from the other corner and patio. One of the many benefits of containers – when one space starts getting full it’s easy to rearrange and add focus to another area.

So, here we are last year in May:

And when we finished yesterday:

The red canna is struggling in the ground. It was planted last year, and the cannas in the pot are transplants from last year’s mother in the front corner. The bananas are only doing better because we’re on a more intensive fertilizing program. I hope if we up the fertilizer with them we’ll see some change.

I shared our Mothers Day gift we gave to mom last week and now it’s time to share the gift I was given for being an awesome stepmom/fur mom. 😉 We transplanted one of our rescue Jades into the pot, per mom’s request. I’m on the fence whether it will stay there or if we’ll wait until it gets larger. I shouldn’t complain as it’s done very well since we found it last year.

And since I talked about it last Friday, I decided to go ahead and tray the carnivorous pots before it gets really hot here.

I haven’t shown the Nepenthes in a while:

A while back I professed my black thumb in regards to succulents. I think I’m doing a little better now:

I’ll finish the post with a little details eye candy!

Here’s to a fabulous week!

Leather

As I mentioned yesterday, our third anniversary was on the 1st. We don’t normally subscribe to the ‘anniversary gift giving guide‘, but if we did I’m sure we could have said that we’d purposely given each other this beautiful Nepenthes Miranda because of it’s leathery pitchers. Nah, it was the perfect gift for us.

I think the humidity levels right now are just right. I am having to use that mantra as we’re beginning to swelter!

Bon Weekend – Snappy shakers

I ran across these vintage Japanese lobster claw salt & pepper shakers while trying to find more information on the lobster boxes. After a couple of days I decided I couldn’t resist them and paid for them. They arrived yesterday and are adorning on of the shelves (they’ve currently replaced the rooster) in the breakfast nook.

They’re so cute I want to pinch them. Yeah, I went there. 🙂 Have a safe and fabulous weekend!

Bon Weekend – Anniversaries

I moved the blog from Blogger a year ago this week. I’ve been very happy with WordPress so far. I’ll celebrate three years of big time blogging in August. Woot!

I took a few Instagram photos of some of the plants today. I’m happy to see more life emerging from the ground. The mild winter has been great in some respect but we’re going to pay for it this summer. The good:

It’s mid-March and some of the ginger is already above my knee.

The kaffir lime did very well in the pot and only lost a bit off the top.

I’m still scratching my head with this peony. We thought it long dead last summer but here it is!

I love Green Fever. Please have a safe and fabulous weekend. If the weather works, I hope everyone gets some quality outside time!

2011 in review

When I look back on what we did last year I see that we accomplished quite a bit! Sometimes it’s easy to lose track while going through the daily, weekly and monthly grind. Here are the highlights of what we did/made…

Bedroom
We went from ugh to ah in a matter of months. I was frustrated with myself for putting off starting a few things but in the end I think it worked for the better!

What we did in 2011:
Painting and a needed update for our bedspread. I’m still thinking of going with white and accenting with color through pillows.
Hung our Nelson bubble lamps.
Starry pelmet

What we need to work on/finish:
Recover bedside stools & redo lamps
Wood floors or decent carpeting
Louvered door for the closet

Stay tuned to Offbeat Home this week for the constellation light tutorial!

My Studio
I loved it when we got it set up the previous year but after working in it for a while I realized I needed to make changes.

What we did in 2011:
Made the steel prep table mobile
New flooring
New center work table
Reorganized the layout

Window shelf (in action)
Thread storage

What we need to work on/finish:
More shelving
The closet of doom

Breakfast Nook
A lackluster and unused space became a family project. Mom served for much of the inspiration.

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Worm sign

The holidays have been super busy and I have a couple new posts to share before the end of the year, but I had to share this. The bizarro weather has had us out in shorts (until late yesterday) working in the garden and pruning bonsai. We also noticed …

Worm sign! I am probably more excited about this than I should be, but they’ve moved out from the garden beds and into the yard. They’ve made great distance. I think there’s hope for our super shitty soil now. The dirt must flow.

Carry on.

Monday, Monday

What a wonderfully busy and fun weekend was had by all. Saturday’s HCAF was much fun and I sold a few things. I mentioned to friends that I really don’t need to get attached to some of the things I make as I almost cried when this walked away with a delightful new owner. I’m busy trying to get more inventory ready for the closing weekend of the Farmers Market, coming up this weekend!

Here’s to a fabulous week! I hope to have photos of the newer pillows taken and uploaded to Etsy tomorrow.

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