Amy Lind | Artist

It was the portrait hanging in the window that pulled me into The Paris Market in Savannah, Georgia.  The store was showing several of Amy Lind’s paintings.    I was smitten with the luminosity of these beautiful portraits and how Lind renders her contemporary subjects in a traditional method–with some serious skill.




The Jolly Joker and the Gentle Giant


You can read all about Amy Lind on her website, see more paintings in her gallery, and follow her on her blog.  Seriously, I would love to just watch her paint while I sit in the studio eating pralines and take-out from Paula Deen’s…y’all.  I could learn a lot!

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Can You Measure Your Happiness in Yardage?

Today I can.

We ordered this for pillows, but I’m pretty certain I want a dress out of it, too.  Seriously, my inner granny just wet her Depends in excitement.  I love this fabric in a way that is almost obscene.

(Designers Guild, Amrapali, Indigo)

Coastal Living Showhouse 2012

It was such a nice surprise that the Coastal Living Showhouse coincided with our trip to Florida.  Natalie and I left the kids with the men, hopped on our bikes, and pedaled our way to Rosemary Beach for some we-time.

Benecki Homes built the L-shaped house, and Urban Grace Interiors designed the interiors.  One enters the house at the corner of the L, with doorways leading to the two wings.

So far so good, right?  But, wait!  See those stairs?  Ugh, we forgot to go upstairs, missing like 2000 square feet of extra house.  Blame it on mommy beach brain and the fact that we were anxious to make our massage appointments.  Even as we were leaving the house, we said to each other, “The house felt smaller than 5000 square feet…I could have sworn there was an upstairs.”

There was a little side prep kitchen off the main kitchen, with shelves similar to our new ones.  I have to say, I don’t think I like the idea of a side kitchen.

I’m with you, Urban Grace–I love long bolster pillows on the bed.

The kitchen, laundry, and bathroom cabinetry all displayed continuity while offering a variety of styles and hardware or lack of hardware.

As pretty as the house is, I would be just fine and dandy to spend my time in the backyard, watching the pool boy–I mean, watching the pool…boy, am I hot!
Here I am exiting the house and I just want to say, “Go back inside and see the upstairs!  Get your $15 worth!”  Oh well.

Lovely, isn’t it?  How can I get my hands on one such beach house?

Update:  I like to say great minds think alike…Julia of Hooked on Houses also posted about the showhouse, and she has photos of the upstairs, hooray!  So if you want the rest of the tour, check out her post.

You Need This Today

Just in case you haven’t had your daily dose of cute and/or nauseatingly corny and predictable captions, I give you this:

“Picture Purrfect”

“We were framed!”

“You complete me.”

“Let’s hang it catty corner!”

Oh, man, I love our kitties.

Living Room Progress | Pillows!

Do pillows make you as happy as they make me?  The first round of new pillows is ready.  Ms. Wearstler’s Channels looks lovely and a bit edgy in the dining room.

I love the fabric too much to limit it to one room so Sherry suggested a nice long lumbar for the sofa in the living room.

I snapped these photos this week after Sherry came over so we could play house and whip out paint decks and stroke fabric samples.

I was also in the middle of recovering the metal bamboo chairs–remember the spots?  We still have spots, just a different kind.

This Schumacher leopard will also cover the perfect bench (that I’ve been searching for to put under this IKEA table) that I bought from Dayka.  I made Sherry help me haul it in from the garage, “I can’t figure out what I’ll cover it in.”  Sherry tossed this leftover fabric on top, and shazam!  Decision made in 5 seconds.  Versatile and timeless, I think.

Back to pillows…over by the fireplace we have the two blue chairs (now slipcovered in white).  Notice the pillow loveliness.

When one is at a decorative center looking at a gazillion fabrics, overwhelmed at the sheer number of possibilities, it is easy to become confused.  But when I saw this pattern, I knew it was the one.  So many colors in one spot.

Soleil Bleu, Laguna…tell them Angela sent you.

Sherry and I mulled over colors for the fireplace wall, and now I have some painting homework to do.  We also finalized and ordered the fabrics for the family room pillows.  So close!

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