Editor's Note: Today's outfit!
Happy Tuesday! It was so great to see my client yesterday that I had not seen since the 90s. And the crazy thing is that she is friends with my client who moved from Denton to Fort Worth. Such a small world!!! Better behave wherever you go! In the last 27 years I have had many clients call after years of being dormant— why I keep my client bags and cloth boxes with all of the components of their jobs. My first full time assistant Mallory in 2008 asked me why I kept all of the files..... I am a bit of a pack rat (it is a bad fault!!!) The first time I needed to dig through one of the bags she got it! I am often asked to reupholster a sofa or chairs in a room—- and it helps so much to have all that has gone in the room to reselect a new fabric. My horrible pack rat fault does come into good use as far as design goes. I have really gotten better at throwing away magazines once I am through with them......even though it still hurts all the way to the dumpster!!! My old assistant Michelle used to purge magazines while I was at Friday lunch with mother—- sneaky thing!!!
The article today I found in March/April issue of Southern Home. The homeowner of this house in Charleston is a Mississippi native who wanted to “trade in her snow boots for flip flops” when she decided to move from Denver to Charleston. She has lived all over the world... from Australia to Japan. An artist by training... she fell in love with the designers she hired as soon as she walked into their art infused boutique. The home she purchased was built in 1840 and has 14’ ceilings! Wow!! Enjoy this great home and have a super day.
This incredible painting above the mantel in the living room was painted by an Aboriginal woman. The homeowner’s son made the origami cranes that are displayed underneath. Looks like the apple did not fall far from their tree in the artistic department !
A larger view of the living room. The colors in the room are all taken from the painting. What a cool juxtaposition to the otherwise traditional setting. The use of a daybed instead of a sofa adds interest to the room.
The end of the living room features a contemporary desk set against the original stained glass windows. This reminds me of a Jasper Johns painting that I did a paper on for my Art History class at Tulane. The sharp contrast in the same space really makes you take notice.
A view of the whole room.
The black and white marble in this entry and those doors—— so timelessly gorgeous.
One of the homeowner’s requests was for a bit of animal print in every room. Here in the dining room the benches under the console add a bit of pizazz.
The homeowner wanted a very contemporary dining room. The Saarinen tulip table and the Italian lucite chairs... along with the unconventional buffet... gives her the vibe she was seeking. If you look closely yo can see that she kept the crystal chandelier and the marble mantel that are original to the house.
Stunning garden ! I love that walkway!
What a great first floor study. The paintings on the bookcase were painted by the homeowner. I love the use of a round table and chairs instead of a desk.
When she moved from Denver she bought very few items except for her art. The rest she started over from scratch. Here pictured are some of her beloved art pieces in her studio.
She insisted on a custom upholstered bed tucked into wall of built in bookcases. I love how cozy it is— and the pendant lights.
This brick wall in the master bath is so Charleston! I love how they incorporated the contemporary tile with the old brick!
"Artist in Residence" article featured in March/April 2018 issue of Southern Home Magazine.
Text: Kate Abney
Designer: Mitchel Hill
Photography: Nancy Nolan
Last night's dinner!
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