So Is It Christmas Or The Fourth of July?

I am so confused. I am supposed to be doing a whole lotta this tomorrow:

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Construction Update Today

 

 

 

My second born house child has been waiting patiently in the wings for her time in the spot light this month. The pictures from my site visit yesterday will give you a little construction update.

We are very excited today to begin shopping for her new “clothes”. It really is a bit like preparing Cinderella for the ball. And what a grand entrance Cinderella could have made down this staircase!

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Without further commentary…… pictures.

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(Light hasn’t been lowered yet.)

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Oh! But when your client’s child is competing in a huge event far far away in the middle of your visit you HAVE TO STOP AND WATCH!

Especially when she NAILS the dad gum thing and WINS it. Woo Hoo AG. We were all cheering for you.

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Until next time.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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It’s Photoshoot Day!

 

 

Well we have about one more hour to get everything ready for our friends at Hoffman Media. They are shooting the Brantley house today ready or not.

Photoshoot days are my favorite. Everyone is excited. The homes are always at party ready and the pros behind those lenses know how to bring out the beauty. They are fun to watch!

But first, a little fun through the lens of my camera. This dining room is filled with drama. A dinner party here is going to be quite elegant at night.

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We were still playing with accessories. Do you know that it is hard to add points of interest in a space without walls? My version of winged victory didn’t make the cut. LOL

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Happy Sunday

It has been a glorious week. Coming home from my site visit yesterday I passed field after field of cotton….. or southern snow as we like to call it.

It always makes me smile.

Thank you to friend, Morris Middleton for this lovely image.

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Have a wonderful  rest of your weekend and a happy Sunday as we reflect on all of our blessings!

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Paula Dean’s Lovely Estate

I am drooling over this lovely estate in Savannah owned by Paula Dean. Not only does the architecture hit many of my favorite elements like the roof lines and materials chosen but the setting is spectacular.

Image Sources: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn and Seabolt Brokers

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I mean, how beautiful is that?

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The landscaping alone is worth a fortune.

 

The boathouse sits  on the Wilmington River and looks like its own little idyllic getaway.

 

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Yes please to every part of this.

 

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I’m guessing this might be the pool cabana but I’m not sure.

 

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Yes, I am correct. And it would appear that there is a drop down movie screen for viewing at night from the pool.

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I bet some delicious meals were served here. Don’t you know! Bring on the buttah, Honey.

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Who really even cares what the inside looks like but here are a few rooms that I found. You know I love that ceiling and floor but throw in the shutter walls and I am sunk.

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Her bathroom is a house in itself.

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This is what I would want! Just give me this little guest house and I am happy as a lark.

There are two of these on the property.

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Did you enjoy day dreaming with me? I love Savannah.

See ya later, Y’all.

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Back To Proportion, Balance And Scale

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I good while back I did a series of posts on proportion, scale and balance. Mine started off like this:

Despite out best intentions the traditional buildings that are being constructed today do  not always feel ‘right’. They fail in the small details- the proportion of a window, or a badly –detailed door surround or in a short-sighted choice of material.

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Accessorization…The Finishing Touch

As we prepare for another photo shoot, I am all about accessorization today. There is the ever present tension of how much is enough and did it just become too much. I have a living room that does not feel warm yet. What’s a girl to do? So I hit my trusty Pinterest files for some inspiration.

Suzanne Kasler never fails to inspire me. I love that lady and her work.

 

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A look inside Suzanne Kasler’s own home. Photography by Erica George Dines , courtesy of Suzanne Kasler: Timeless Style, Rizzoli 2013.

 

The perfect rug always helps.

 

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A little glimmer of gold, a small touch of black and “just right” lighting adds drama to a space.

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A must have is great mixes of texture. How I wish we had a Ralph Lauren Home store here.

 

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Gotta have live plants…. but have to keep them season neutral or it messes up the shots for magazines. Guess I will have to call my Mama on that one.

 

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I have always been a sucker for casual elegance and it doesn’t get any better than pottery, old silver and horns. Bring it!

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So wish us happy shopping and a bit of luck with finding the perfect pieces as we hit the road running again today. Tomorrow we finish up in Brantley. I cannot believe this one is coming to a close. We will miss these trips and seeing this precious lady on a weekly basis.

 

 

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2015 Inspiration Home

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Steeplechase

I have wanted to collaborate on an event with my daughter, Megan, for a long time and this weekend I got my opportunity! She was in charge of the Guarantor’s Tent at Calloway Garden’s annual Steeplechase event and I volunteered to be her flunky.

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It was a beautiful fall day and the predicted rain did not dare show its face. I beat Megan there and had some time to get the lay of the land as they say.

This is a HUGE event. I had no idea. My first thought upon driving up to “her” tent was, “This is the biggest tent outside of a circus I have ever seen!”

Followed rapidly by, “We have how long to get this done???”

About that time a 21 foot U-haul truck flies up to the staging area driven by my tiny little girl who looked even smaller in that big truck. It was show-time for the second time in a week. When the back of the truck was revealed I was a bit weak in the knees. Had she actually loaded all of that? I didn’t ask.

 

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Megan explained her vision as she passed out stack upon stack of beautiful custom tablecloths made of oatmeal colored canvas. A little over half of the 30 tables where covered in these. The rest of the tables were farm tables that she had made just for this event by Jordan Vocational High School. They did an awesome job. Everything used in the tent is for sale as a fund raiser for the arts in Columbus, Ga.

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Megan’s sweet friend, Chenault James (whose work you should check out) came to help us. She was a God-send. Chenault was chosen as one of Traditional Home’s Rising Stars of Design this year and it is well deserved. I love gleaning from these inspired young women.

Bottom line… we did it. haha

The last flower was being placed as the first guests were arriving but, by George, we did it.

Thank you to John David Helms for the professtional shots.

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

The placemats are salvaged pieces of slate.

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Kristen Waites. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Kristen Waites. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

 

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Angie Everson. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Angie Everson. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Kristen Waites. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Kristen Waites. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Kristen Waites. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Kristen Waites. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

 

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

Everyone’s favorite part of the set-up was this gorgeous bar. Husband, Mac, and a friend made it. Chenault and Megan draped it in black and hung that impressive diptych of a racing horse front and center. Flanked by the massive lamps and Roe antlers on shields, it was a show stopper.

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This looked like a show stopper also which is why I couldn’t have any but… yum! Adult lemonade with sage, cucumber and something.

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The wait staff from Epic looked particularly dapper in their matching bow ties Megan provided for them.

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 Here she is chatting it up with the first guest just as the gates opened.

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We managed to snap a couple of pics before I got my bad self out of the way and went home to see the real stars of the show… the grands!

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

Hubby was proud and so was I.

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

 

As I started my car these fine folks allowed me to snap their image. They look ready for a fine time, don’t they?

Little did I know but this happens to be Mason and Mary Lou Lampton and this is their event. Mason grew up in Kentucky and started a small race there before meeting and marrying Mary Lou and moving to Columbus. He later started the steeplechase in partnership with Callaway Gardens to support the arts back in the 80’s. Now that’s what I call serendipity! Wish I had known to thank them. I love people who support the arts.

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November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Angie Everson. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Angie Everson. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

 

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Lance Boyd. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Lance Boyd. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

 

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by John David Helms. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Angie Everson. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Angie Everson. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Kristen Waites. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Kristen Waites. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

 

November 7, 2015 - Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Kristen Waites. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

November 7, 2015 – Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens with http://www.OutdoorEvents.com. Pine Mountain, GA. Photo by Kristen Waites. Full set of images available at http://www.johndavidhelms.com/events #chaserace

 

Cheers and good job, Megan.  As your Papa would say, “Ya ‘done good’, Baby Girl! And I am proud of you.”

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