Update On New Projects

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The second floor went up last week and how about those columns? Don’t they make all the difference?

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This is my favorite time in a project. The walls are up and everyone is able to see/feel how the space is really going to perform.

For most folks it has been a faith walk up until now. They have simply had to trust me and the architect to assure them that we know how the space is really going to look. The walls now start to “talk to me” suggesting little changes that make all the difference in the end product. I’m not talking major changes, those take place on paper long before we ever reach this stage. It’s the little things: a wash on that beam instead of paint or a light moved a few inches to fit a planned painting at the proper angle. The re-positioning of a furniture grouping to take advantage of a view that you didn’t realize you would have, it all starts to come together slowly, piece by little piece.

The more autonomy we have at this stage the better the end result I have learned.

This is the view of the dining room, foyer, and stair hall. The door on the center left leads out to a screened dining porch.

I am so wanting to see some wood on that ceiling.

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Turn around and you see this. The large opening on the left is the front door.

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Keep panning right and you see the rest of the living room. The fireplace will be between the two short windows.

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You can’t really see it in the picture but I love the fact that these walls splay out to frame a spectacular master tub area.

It makes it much more important than straight “normal” walls would have.

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I have saved the best for last.

This is going to be the kitchen. The whole house started with this view.The ceiling starts out flat then vaults only in the center part of the room making the island and range wall the jewel box of the entire house. Topics of discussion right now are centering around marble, quartz, subway tile and hood details. It’s gonna be great y’all!

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Now here’s a weird one for you. On my way back from the inspection I saw  this on the lake.

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Seriously? Pelicans in Montgomery, Alabama? What in the world?

These spiffy custom bar stools just arrived for the Enterprise project. I love the way they turned out. The inside is a low maintenance leather (read- wipe up the spilled milk) while the outside is a way cool fabric that looks like grass cloth. Very chic.

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That week closed out with a meeting about some exciting possibilities in Georgia.

Stay tuned! Big announcements coming.

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  If you haven’t yet signed up for the giveaway click over to this post and read about Teresa Hatfield’s beautiful linens.

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Ciao Bella

Yes, I have been AWOL. I apologize. It would seem that everyone that I know  was in Europe last week. Except for me that is.

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piazza colonna rome

My sweet daughter and son-in-law were on a much deserved 10 day tour of Italy. I still haven’t heard all of the stories and can’t wait.

Looks like they were having fun though wouldn’t you say?

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Do all cars in Italy come with a dashboard rooster?

They enjoyed more cooking classes with her friends at Chiggi Palace, a lot of this

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lunch in tuscany flikr

and I feel sure some of this:

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Bobby Mc was arriving  in style in a water taxi at Venice.

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Rachel sent these from Paree:

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and there were two more friends besides this. Did I miss the memo???

So what, you ask, was I up to while all of this world travel was taking place?

I did a bit of traveling myself and, yes, congratulations are in order.

I survived my first solo 3 hour road trip with a two year old and a three year old.

They were actually very good except for the last 45 minutes when I threw all rules out the window and ignored the fact that she was writing all over her body with a black marker. Hey, she was quiet! We held “Gigi Camp” at my Daddy’s this year adding, in the process, 4 more children to the mix. Yep. You heard me right. 6 kiddos for 7 days. Now you know why I was AWOL. Any extra moment I could  find I was SLEEPING.

The arts and crafts this year were a major hit. Ask me, I will share. And thank you Pinterest for your input. It was awesome.

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All aboard the Gigi train for ice cream.

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Why just have treats when you can have happy treats ?

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We celebrated June birthdays.

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And ate Daddy out of house and home… at least they did. The adults didn’t have time to eat.

This face sums it up.

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Another successful year.

Now, back to work. Ciao!

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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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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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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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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!

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Goodwin, Mills, Cawood

 

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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 A Sunshiny Day!

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It’s a glorious day! The kind of day that makes you want to pull out the box and paint with all the colors. I think I will.

After a weekend filled with pink peonies, orchids, roses and hydrangeas as I helped with a sweet friend’s wedding; and a sneak peak at my child’s gorgeous new home it would seem that this week would have a hard time measuring up. Not so. This exciting week brings:

Our first real ballet (balyeah) recital complete with costumes! for the three year old.

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A speaking engagement on Saturday morning with opportunity show my new fabrics

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Southern Makers at the Montgomery Train Shed Saturday afternoon and evening. If you are close enough to make it don’t miss this event!

 

AND we have started on one new project that is super fab

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and are awating the plans on another.

God is good. Can’t wait.

 

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Ordinary To Extraordinary Part IV

To start reading this series from the beginning start here.

Today I am moving into finishes, floors, and surprises and we will just be scratching the surface. I already feel many more posts coming on this topic.

The wall and range hood below reminded me of a house in my neighborhood that has a beautifully patina-ed ( just coined a new word?) faux copper hood. This one is a faux leather wall and hood. It’s not for everyone but in the right place it is a  great statement piece. I’m thinking of the lodge I am going to design one day in Montana. 🙂

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Want it to be a little more European?  Add this to the face.

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Or more to my everyday taste… love me some brackets! I have done these in concrete and in wood and painted them to  look like stone. Both are glam.

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This is so smart. Whenever the builder/homeowner will allow me to  (when I am  brought in early enough) I make cased openings deep like this. It feels more authentic and it also makes the dead space usable. I am a huge fan!

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Just a tiny little detail- using 3 small spindles instead of 2 larger and adding the decorative knuckles- but what am impact.

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Be still my heart. Steel framed doors for a shower. I am still mad at myself, kicking myself, having a screaming hissy fit over throwing 3 huge sections of these away from a greenhouse on Daddy’s property. s-t-u-p-i-d!!!

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A dead, boring wall at the end of a hall comes to life when it is upholstered and trimmed out with nailheads.

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I will  have a secret door one day. Love them.

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Dueling Murphies. Gotta love it.

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I am going to do a full post on these stunning floors. Made by a virtual friend in south Alabama they are hand painted.

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Another beautiful re-purposed pedestal sink.

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I say yes! to sliding screens.

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I think we may have found a spot for several of the doors from yesterday’s post. Pumped!

It’s a beautiful day. Enjoy.

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I’m On A Picking Roll… More Great Salvage Finds

I feel like I hit the jackpot this weekend. Without much comment here are our weekend finds. If you are interested in purchasing and need more information leave me a comment with your contact information and I will supply details. Happy shopping!

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This …

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fits above this.

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Great bath or pantry door.

Great bath or pantry door.

 

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Got a study, need a door???

Got a study, need a door???

Just for my cottage lovers: the little shutters were so cute. This one has a water/milk pitcher carved out.

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This one has a tree.

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I think the middle set has already found a home as pocket pantry doors but the others are available.

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Forgive the ridiculously horrid picture of me but we wanted you to see how short these little guys are. I am barely 5’2″. Want great doors but only have 8′ ceilings? Here is your answer!

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Then on the opposite end of the spectrum…

I didn’t even notice the colored glass when we were in the barn. Obviously that could be replaced with clear. wavy or seeded for residential use. I think we found 6.

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“Oh Baby, can you hear my heartbeat? You’re the one I love.”

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Sorry, gotta run. I have stuff to add to fabulous extraordinary houses!!!

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