It’s A New Day Dawning.

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Today is a new day. Embrace your dreams. Do not be afraid. Failure is not an option.

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It’s fun.

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Please Take Your Seat

 

Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola continues to charge through the world of design, affectionately earning the nickname “Hurricane Urquiola”.

The Spanish-born designer, who now lives in Milan, is virtually unknown in Spain but was professionally “re-born” in Italy where she is a house-hold name.

Her style is flowing, in that it is ever changing. Her strength is her ability to build long personal relationships with her clients and continuous communication.

“I’m interested in behavior structures, artisan techniques, certain aspects of memory… aspects of my life”, she says. “Every project needs a very long dialogue with the client. They can sometimes last up to two years and even overlap. I would describe it as a long and beautiful dance.”

She says that a contemporary woman’s ability to juggle many roles, from professional designer to mother, for example, can be an enormous advantage.

I personally find her work exciting and invigorating. It makes me smile. It make me think. It makes me want to

have a seat!

See what you think.

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Volant-Chair-for-Moroso

 

 

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Antibodi-Chaise-Lounge-for-Moroso

 

Crinoline for BB

Crinoline for BB

Clarissa Hood Armchair for Moroso

Clarissa Hood Armchair for Moroso

 

 

Foliage Sofa for Kartell

Foliage Sofa for Kartell

 

 Nub for Andreau World

Nub for Andreau World

Egg Swing Kettal Maia Collection

Egg Swing Kettal Maia Collection

I would call her creative. How about you?

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Things I Love… Stone Angels

There is something ethereal about these faces. Enjoy.

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Balmoral Cemetery Brisbane, Australia

 

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Highgate Cemetery, London, England

Highgate Cemetery, London, England

 

New Orleans cemetery angel

New Orleans cemetery angel

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Roof My Rafters!

I am at the beginning stages of design with several families who are having to make lots of decisions including what roofing products they will use.
One has already chosen to go with a standing seam metal roof for their low-country style home which is a perfect solution. I don’t know what  the other will choose but I wanted to talk with you a little today about my favorite roof- slate.
When The Writer and I bought our very first home – an adorable little cottage in one of the historic old neighborhoods of our city- it had a slate roof and a love affair was born. The house was built in 1920 and, because it was slate, this was the original roof.
I know what you are thinking. “WHO can afford to use a slate roof today!”  Obviously you have to weigh the cost but if you are building a new house and if it is, as the McAlpine group would say, an inheritable house and you factor in the fact that you will NEVER have to replace that roof then it becomes a little easier to swallow.
Rachel Grace from Houzz just published a well documented piece on roofs and I am borrowing some of their pictures and info rather than reinvent the wheel. How beautiful, romantic, charming is that roof. Imagine the same house with asphalt shingles… I would rather not, thank you.

Slate quarried for roofing is a dense, sound rock that’s exceptionally tough and substantial.

Cost: 
Most slate roofs are expensive, running between $15 and $30 per square foot installed. This figure is at least five times more than conventional roofing materials. However, a slate roof can last 150 years or more — at least five times longer than a conventional roof.
 Slate is available in a variety of sizes, natural colors and thicknesses, allowing for architectural customization. Some homeowners choose to create a pattern with slate roof tiles by mixing slates of different earthy colors. The color of a particular slate has to do with the quarry it hails from. Hues range from dark gray to green to purple.Slate roofing is built to withstand even the worst weather, making it an excellent roofing choice for all regions across the U.S., even those that experience a wide variety of weather patterns. Large flying debris picked up by tornado- and hurricane-force winds is all that is known to possibly damage a high-quality slate roof.Slate is also a fireproof material. While the wood decking installed under slate is obviously not fireproof, fires that affect entire neighborhoods are consistently transferred from roof to roof, and homes with slate roofs are typically spared.
 Slate often outlasts buildings themselves and can be recycled. Today many slate roofs are constructed with reclaimed slate. Besides the recycling benefits, reclaimed slate is often less expensive than new slate.A slate roof’s longevity also is an environmental plus, especially because slate rarely adds toconstruction and demolition debris like conventional roofs do. Plus, slate is a 100 percent natural material. Slate often outlasts buildings themselves and can be recycled. Today many slate roofs are constructed with reclaimed slate. Besides the recycling benefits, reclaimed slate is often less expensive than new slate.A slate roof’s longevity also is an environmental plus, especially because slate rarely adds to construction and demolition debris like conventional roofs do. Plus, slate is a 100 percent natural material.
Here are some of my personal favorites:
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Slate with terra cotta chimney pots… ummm… yes!
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A residence in Birmingham, Alabama
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Have I convinced you ?  Then please call  me so that I can be a part of birthing a new slate baby. You can name it. 🙂

 

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Pop Up Stores Down By The Riverside!

To start at the beginning of this post click here.

The headliners for Southern Makers were famous Alabamian Apparel Designers Natalie Chanin and Billy Reid. Both, in recent years, have moved their operations home to Florence, Alabama from New York and have embraced their roots as the world has embraced them.

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He did a great job of helping people get a sense of what his real stores feel like. They are all decorated like houses in buildings made to feel old with lots of brick, art, family relics etc. You’ve never met anyone more laid back. Makes me wonder what he’s like when he’s stressed. Does he ever get stressed? Surely.

This was my very favorite “stage prop” that he used.

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They covered a long table and said, “Ducks in a row.” So cute.

This little one thought so, too.

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Cute peeps with peeps. 🙂

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Natalie’s store was next door.

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If you aren’t familiar with her work, her garments are all handcrafted using quilting stitches and they are some of the softest things you will ever touch. Read her fascinating storyhere.

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They both gave lectures or taught seminars.

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It was great to see some really young folks in this seminar learning a trade.

Natalie’s daughter was very patient through it all. 🙂
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Then there were the local favorites:

Susan Starr

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Clowning around with Mark Dauber.

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My favorites of his work change so rapidly I call them the Dauber Dailies.

Here is today’s:

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Dr.Robert Parker and his hand carved bowls

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And some great work by the gals down at Gear!

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So from start to finish I would give it an A.

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My team! They were awesome.

As some came to mingle

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some came to ponder apparently. tee hee

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He is so distinquished!

Some came to be inspired.

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my answer:

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 Some learned to print the old fashioned way.

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And others just enjoyed an afternoon together.

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For me, it was a whole lotta all of the above.

I was inspired. I learned. I saw lots of friends. I hopefully contributed.

It doesn’t get any better than that.

So here’s my shadow bidding you adieu and sayin’

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as I say goodbye to my own friends.

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M.R. I adore you and I always giggle when I see Greg’s eyes disappear every time he laughs.  You two help to make the South great.

Love you.

It’s a wrap!

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Southern Makers Inaugural Event

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Sooo, the scene was finally set.

The staff bustled.

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The chefs hustled.

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yummy Dreamland

yummy Dreamland

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And we puzzled over how to do things (like play electric guitars) when the power blipped out. #oops #1st year #learning curves

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Isn’t that a beauty? All hand made by Thomas Hinds.

There was lots to do.

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 Lots to eat … and drink.

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She knew and loved my uncle. Lived next door and used to take him wild flowers every day in his latter years.

We just met.

I love the South.

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Pure goodness.. woman AND pie.

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We also had Southern growers.

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Yes, please.

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Way too pretty to eat

Way too pretty to eat

These two were my favs. Why?

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Because they were baking the bread!! Oh yeah. #sucker

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“Oh, Baby can you hear my heartbeat?”

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What else can you do with wheat and straw? Make brooms of course.

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Stay tuned for the headliners. Up next pop up stores by Chanin, Reid and Starr.

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Speakin’, Streakin’ and Seekin’

It was a busy Saturday. I spoke for the women’s conference at Vaughn Forest in Montgomery, AL at 10 then ran like a crazy woman downtown in time to help set up for the Southern Makers event (which was fantastic if you missed it) and spent late afternoon seeking interviews with all the uber talented folks represented. I have a million photos and plan to share a little photo journalism over the next few days. You should feel like you were there!

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Thanks, ladies, for having me. You were a delightful audience.

These events take lots of hands and lots of hard work. I love people who go the extra mile to make it special. One of those people is Garlan Gudger from Southern Accents in Cullman. I cannot believe the work that man put into Southern Makers. He brought 4 tractor trailer trucks of items down to create the staging for the event. Garlan, I hope you have 3 days to sleep. You deserve it!

Garlan hard at work

Garlan hard at work

This is the newly built forced perspective entrance built by Garlan and purchased by the city. Good move Montgomery.

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Lucy from Lucy’s Inspired left her mark all over the event.

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How cute are they!! And who knew we would all have to run around finding coats and boots to wear in May. #crazyweather!

Lucy on right with BFF Heather

Lucy on right with BFF Heather

Harvey, one of the sponsors, was excited. LOL

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Then Natalie Chanin and Billy Reid arrived and we were ready to rock and roll!

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The lines formed early.

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Folks were excited!

Goodwin, Mills, Cawood

Goodwin, Mills, Cawood

 

Southern Homes and Gardens

Southern Homes and Gardens

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Are you ready to see what it’s all about?  Come back tomorrow!

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A Little Self Spoof This Morning.. Enjoy

I received this this morning from Houzz and parts of it made me laugh out loud. This is tongue in cheek guys. BTW, I don’t like that self-loathing part but love the scribbles and bang head here. I can relate. haha
Hope you have a great day! Tomorrow is set up day for Southern Makers in downtown Montgomery. Don’t miss it!
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It’s Tuesday, No It’s Monday, No It’s…….

Do you ever feel like things are creeping up on you? LOL

Mossy Roots by David Burns

Mossy Roots by David Burns

 

Like you seriously need to pull out all of the calenders and cross reference because you are pretty darn sure you have forgotten sometime like the birth of a child or your own wedding? Yeah, me too.

Africa by Cedric Favero

Africa by Cedric Favero

I better be figuring it out before those Dudes get me.

It’s OK. I know it all has to do with this:

 

Dreams come a size too big

So that we can grow into them.

 

 

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