Spring is all about new beginnings and here are three things to kick of my Spring…..
- Costco had the most beautiful potted hydrangeas. Yes…I’ll have 25 lbs of dog food, 8 bottles of red wine and some hydrangeas. Just the bare essentials please.
The hydrangeas add a nice pop of Spring color to our living room.
2. A new blue lamp
Lamp-$8 @ Goodwill...Lampshade $15 target. Pure bliss!!!!
Not sure what this lamp's history is. Check out the switch. How old fashioned! I think someone got crafty and painted an old lamp! What character.
Looking for just the right piece of art for this wall. The piece shown is just a place holder until I find something really fabulous. The skeleton keys on the chest are from the house I grew up in! Just a little piece of my past!
3. A new straw clutch
Now, I need somewhere to go!
From posh silk to printed cotton, ikat fabric is hot.
I came across this photo in Elle Decor and felt inspired. I love the neautral background of the sofa and the punches of color the ikats offer. It’s like a canvas splattered with rich, lively color. One of things I love about this look is that it looks as though it has evolved over time from travels around the world….eclectic, sophisticated and stylized, yet comfortable enough to crawl up and take a nap.
I knew that in order to achieve this look, I needed to find the real thing-not ikats purchased at the fabric store. A trip to the east is out of the question, so I turned to my friend, Ebay! For weeks, I carefully searched, adding sellers and items to my favorites. The selection was exquisite. Alas, on New Years day, I pulled the trigger on a variety of pillows from Uzbekistan (I must admit, I was a little worried that my purchase was funding some terrorist group or something…so I did some research to figure out where Uzbekistan is located and what its all about. I’m clear! Just a really poor country close to the crazy part of the world). I know I could have had them made here, but the fabric would not have been authentic. Most of the fabric here is printed not really dyed. And plus…I bought 6 pillows for $72! Even with the down pillow forms, I spent less than $25 each.
The only problem….I had to be patient for delivery. I think they were shipped via a very slow boat! Arrival was scheduled for February. But today…they arrived!
How exotic is this little package! Sealed with a real wax seal and held together with rope! Now if I had ordered these from Pottery Barn, the packaging would not have been nearly as interesting. I”m still waiting on a few, but just couldn’t wait to share with you my new ikat finds from Ebay.
And here they are!
Check out the intricate Suzani hand crafted detail!
And here is the room. I LOVE IT. So exotic, so delicous…so easy like Sunday morning!
What is one word to describe yourself? One word. Easy enough right? I have been deliberating this question now for weeks. It all began when a reporter from Greenville Magazine asked me to provide five words that describe myself. I asked the natural question- Do you mean words that I would use to describe myself…or words that others would use to describe me. We all know there is a potential for differing answers on this one! I polled a number of friends and colleagues who know me fairly well, and came up with a nice mix of descriptors: adventurous, optimistic, curious, zealous, fun. But really…I wouldn’t feel good about using any ONE of these words as the sole descriptor of me…my essence. Me to the core.
So then…that very same week, some girlfriends and I went to see “Eat, Pray, Love” and there I was again, faced by Elizabeth Gilbert with the very same question- What one word describes me? My word. My core. My essence. Damn…the universe is making me do some serious introspective deliberation. In the quiet of the day this question has lingered…In the busiest time of the day, this question has lingered. I searched my sole. One word just couldn’t do….I am a mix of things…some really juxtaposed against each other. I’m a little bit small town….yet…a little bit big city. I love highly sophisticated art but collect incredibly basic folk art. I navigate to fine dining at Michelin starred restaurants…yet crave good ol’ southern bbq.
And after weeks of soul searching…the conclusing hit me hard…I commingle. How could I have not seen my word from the beginning of the quest? After all, it’s the name I chose for my blog. COMMINGLE- to mix or mingle together; to blend. A fine word I fell in love with at age 12. A fine word to describe me- age 34.
What is your word?
There are many reasons why I feel very lucky to live in Gville. Artisphere is always a little reminder to me that I live in a really hip place. Each year Artisphere’s reputation is enhanced by the quality of artists it brings. This jurored art show draws people from all over the country to exhibit. This year over 300 artists entered and I must say the jurors did a great job with the selection. There was a huge variety of artists, from leather works to pottery to paintings on tar paper (yes the stuff you use on roofs).
The weather was spectacular not a cloud in the sky. We went early as it was mother’s day and we figured that it would be too crowded later in the day. If only I wasn’t on a budget….I saw so many cool things.
paintings on tar paper with layers of putty to give it texture
Luckily I was able to make a small purchase. And it may be the only piece of art I have ever purchased that C. actually liked…and he even encourage the purchase…I think he is mellowing in his old age. Or maybe I am just wearing him down.
The piece incorporates metal, glass and two small paintings layered in the center. The exterior frae is a metal that has been corroded with acid. The paintings are tucked under a deep glass giving it a box effect. I had the opportunity to talk with the artist. He was a really cool guy. I always like it when I can meet the artist. For me it makes or breaks the painting.
For those of you who know me, you know I am not a movie person. I don’t really watch movies and can honestly say that I do not enjoy going to the movies (most of the time I fall asleep). I think I have been to the movies twice in the past 6 years (ocean’s 11 and Marlie and Me). It’s just not fun for me. First of all, I think that theaters are disgusting…I think of all of the gross people who have sat in those cloth seats before me (doing lord knows what) and second…I can’t be totally still- must be doing something when watching a movie. Third, it’s usually miserably cold. Fourth-you can’t fast forward the stupid previews. Fifth, people chew popcorn really loud. Sixth- there is always a laughing hyena sitting close by. Ok that’s enough negativity…this blog is about positive new experiences.
So today I decided stretch my horizon and give the theater another shot. To make the experience something new, I went alone. I took a power nap this afternoon before heading out to ensure that I wouldn’t fall asleep in the theater. I even went prepared with a good sweater so I wouldn’t freeze. Movie selection: Date Night with Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. I saw them on the today’s show and the movie looked hilarious. Too bad they showed all of the funny clips on the Today’s show. Actually the highlight of the two hour experience was seeing the preview for Sex and the City Two.
Ok- seriously people- do you really spend money to go to the theater on a regular basis? How can an average american even afford to go to the movies? A matinée, popcorn and diet coke costs $14. REALLY? Seriously? And I went to the matinée. The movie was average…would have been much better if I could have half paid attention to it while perusing a magazine on my sofa with my pup Woo.
Popcorn was excellent. I do love good popcorn…but explain to me why I paid $8 for the same popcorn and coke that cost $1.50 at Target (as opposed to $8). And for me, two hours in target is much more fun than two hours in a gross theater.
As for the experience of going alone…not too different from going with someone. It’s not like you talk during the movie. I guess you could make out…but I’m too old for that. So…all in all…my opinion of the theater remains. See you again in another 6 years!
Looks like we are about 30 days away from beginning construction. Time to get serious about locating those wow pieces that will help make our new construction not seem so new! It was a beautiful day, so I headed up to Landrum to the Architectural Warehouse. After a 30 minute ride through the country, listening to some fab 80’s tunes, I arrived.
Though I didn’t really see anything too exciting, it was a nice drive and a good way to kill a few hours on Saturday. Apparently they have a larger warehouse with all of the “good stuff”- maybe next time. Here are a few pictures:
Here are a few of your ideas of new things for me to do!
- Try Sushi Uni
- Switch sides of the bed
- Go to Lake Lanier, SC near Landrun and eat lunch at restaurant that overlooks the lake
- Visit Bob Jones Art Gallery
- Play it forward in the drive through line
- Move ring to a different finger for the day
- Try Vietnimese beer
- Pho Noodleville- try the porkchops fried with two eggs sunnyside up with fish sauce
- Browse through the gray antique store near our house (never been but drive by everyday)
- Visit Nantucket
- Take public transportation for a week
- Get a tatoo- Maybe just a temporary version
- Go green for a day- do everything green- maybe for a week
- Be vegan for a day
- Visit Hawaii
- Ride bike to work
- Borrow children and visit the Children’s Museum
- Go to Little Theater event
- Make a chocolate lava cake…invite W. over to sample!
- Try making pottery
The winner of the contest is E.T. Think I’ll try public transport one day this week! This will be a post not to miss!
I have always admired the work of an artist friend of mine, Eric Benjamin. I have never been able to afford one of his pieces but I always try to share his work with friends to help create buzz for him. So recently when he asked for my help with marketing I was delieghted to consult with him.
Eric and I reviewed his goals and began developing tactics to use Facebook as a hub of information about this work. I work in social media day in and dayout as it applies to an accounting firm….I must admit it was really fun to think about it from an artist perspective. Our goal is to have about three hundred fans in two months….HELP US! http://bit.ly/bOMqTv
A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days at the Coca-Cola headquarters. This corporate headquarters, not so surprisingly, exudes happiness. Fantastic artwork by Picasso, Warhol and Steve Penely, a contemporary favorite, line the walls.
I am lucky enough to have a friend who is Steve’s cousin. Last night I was invited to an art party featuring Steve Penley. WOW. Upon arrive, we were greeted with huge museum pieces carefully decorating the gardens of the house. The house was filled with Penley paintings and coca-colas.
Steve paints for Coca-Cola. His work can be found at the world of coke and the coke headquarters. His current exhibit at coke, replaced a long running Warhol exhibit. Impressive. Very. Very.
I learned to appreciate art while studying in France, but it wasn’t until I began collecting that I learned to appreciate the artist. Steve’s work is impressive, but just as impressive as his art is Steve, the artist. Steve is a warm, funny guy. He graciously mingled with the guests, discussing art, politics and even his recent trip to the Vancouver Olympics.
As much as I love art, I love the people and stories that are the inspiration for the art. I would much rather purchase a “so-so” piece created by a great person than a great piece created by a “so-so” person! I rarely purchase a piece in which I haven’t met the artist personally. For me, the artist is the window to the soul of the painting. Though I wasn’t able to purchase a piece last night, Steve’s work is on my bucket list. Perhaps one day, I’ll be writing about my new Penley painting.
Open happiness and check out Steve’s work: www.stevepenley.com