Friday, March 27, 2015

Scenes around IOH

Isle of Hope...... come and see why we love this place. These photographs were taken by a local here on the island, Sammy Moore. He takes some incredible pictures! The IOH 2015 calendar included his beautiful pictures. Of course, they were all sold out by the time I went to buy one. Boo! 

Here's a little peek into life on the island. 

via Sammy Moore

via Sammy Moore

via Sammy Moore

via Sammy Moore

via Sammy Moore

via Sammy Moore

via Sammy Moore

via Sammy Moore

via Sammy Moore

via Sammy Moore

via Sammy Moore

via Sammy Moore


We've started looking for houses out here to call permanent. Trying to be patient for the right deal to come along is not easy for me. We'll probably have to squeeze into a 1 bedroom shack to be able to afford to live out here long term, but it may be worth it. :) 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Design Q&A: Hollie Wood Style

Today's Q&A is with Hollie of Hollie Wood Style, LLC. She's a Charleston based designer currently working from her Winnebago in California. Hollie and I went to high school together and were cheerleaders together once upon a time! It's great to stay in touch through social media, and I love to see people from my home town living out their dreams. What I love about Hollie's work is that it feels comfortable and lived in. I love a room that has character and a story, and Hollie's design aesthetic definitely reflects those elements. 


How did you get into interior design? 
I got into interior design when I was a child with my mother exploring southern flea markets in North Carolina with my family. 

HWS

What's the biggest challenge you face as a designer? 
Marketing my aesthetic and choosing the right client that represents my brand. 

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Describe your personal style at home. 
 Like the cozy warmth of a well-worn tattered sweater, the crumbling grace of an age-old European church, or the worn richness of faded textiles and the contrasting vintage floral tea cup set handed down from your great grandmother. My style is a renewed appreciation for what is used, loved, and worn. It embraces the uncommon character and wisdom embodied within timeworn imperfection while integrating ease and practicality. 

HWS

Do you have a go-to paint color? 
No, color is very important and nothing should be that easy. 

What's an easy way for someone to freshen up a space? 
Go outside and pick some flowers. 

HWS

What's been your most memorable project? 
Photographing Jackie Garbutt’s house. 

What are you currently working on? 
Renovating my 1975 Winniebago and promoting my Kickstarter campaign that is taking pre-orders that will fund the creation of my new design book, Antiquarian Glam Organic Lifestyle Design (OLD)

Any tips on being thrifty without compromising style? 
Buy what you love and be minimal. 

HWS
What would you say is timeless in design? 
Something with age. 

HWS

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You've had some amazing press coverage, what's that been like? (see press coverage here)
It’s a true blessing from God and I’m thankful for the recognition. 

HWS

Any advice to give those just starting their career in design, or that are aspiring to get into the field? 
If you are passionate about design, your work will naturally radiate through your life.

HWS

How has the city of Charleston influenced your work? 
My work is known to have a historical tinge. I find inspiration from Charleston’s gritty but formal architecture. I’m all about contradiction in my design for example pairing masculine and feminine objects together plays a huge design role in my philosophy. Charleston captures a new masculine and feminine contradiction within it’s style and vibe. 


What's next for Hollie Wood style? 
I recently moved to California to expand my work on the west coast. This week I launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to create my new design book. I am reaching out to my family, friends, clients, and community for support to make my dream a reality. The new book, Antiquarian Glam Organic Lifestyle Design (OLD), is planned to be released later this year. For more information check out our Kickstarter campaign page.

HWS

For more from Hollie, be sure to visit the website, Facebook, Twitter, and instagram. You've got to check out the Kickstarter campaign for the Organic Lifestyle Design book as well. Thank you so much, Hollie, for the interview! It was great to catch up with you. Your passion for design and the creative community is very inspiring. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

15 Months

FIFTEEN months and full of energy. This girl loves life more than anyone I know. She wakes up smiling and clapping and chattering to her doll babies. She goes to bed with her butt in the air. She spends her entire day running and laughing. An occasional crying or fussing, because, hello, she is a 15 month old... but for the most part she is full of pure JOY. And she spreads it to everyone around her. 


Her favorite activity is eating. She loves her food and loves trying new things. We have recently discovered her love of bbq and collards. Southern all the way! 



She experienced her first Savannah St. Pat's last week. She had a BLAST playing with her cousins and watching the parade- except for the bagpipes. She was not a fan of the loud noise, and I have to admit- me either. 


Evans also had her first experience at Vinnie's last weekend! We took a trip down to Forsyth Park to hit the farmer's market, and then stopped for pizza. If you haven't been to Vinnie's, you are missing out. It's a Savannah staple. 


The park was gorgeous this weekend. Lots of sunshine, and all the azaleas in full bloom. You just have to love Savannah. 


We love our strolls along the bluff. Isle of Hope has our hearts. Although, she looks kind of bored in this picture, huh? :)


Evans is pretty rough and tumble, but she does have her occasional girly girl moments. She loves to sit and play with all of my curlers and brushes. It is pretty darn cute. Anything that will make this child sit still is a win in my opinion. 


A few weekends ago, Hubs and I went to Texas for a wedding and E stayed here with grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. She had a blast playing with everyone. She really loves her cousin Cooper. She even said "Hi, Cooper" over that weekend. I hate that I missed it!! One of her first sentences! 







Hubs and I have gotten into the groove of this parent thing. Only took over a year, ha. We make it a point to do fun things just the two of us- like driving out to Tybee on a whim. Love this guy.



As for talking, she is chattering a lot, but we aren't really sure what she's saying. New words include t-shirt, teacher, baby, duck, cracker, breakfast (or "bre-fas"), cin-ga-go (cinderella), oopsies, thank you (or "tan u").... I'm probably forgetting a few. My mom says E said to one of her babies "stay right there". The other morning she said to me "I wan- I wan bre-fas" (I want breakfast).

Here, I think she's saying "not another picture, please".



At her 15 month appointment, she was 25 lbs 3 oz and 34" tall. She's wearing size 2T and some 3T, just depends on the brand. Girlfriend is tall! I'm glad she didn't get my shorty genes.

She is still sleeping like a champ. One nap a day now for about 2 hours. Night sleep 12-14 hours, just depends on how busy her day was. She is GO GO GO so when she does hit the bed at night, it's lights out. She puts herself to sleep still, which is amazing. We still have the same routine- bath, pjs, story, lay her down. I really miss her when she goes to bed now. It used to be that I was exhausted and ready for her bedtime, but she is so much fun now and such a snuggle goose that I LONG for her when she goes to bed! Isn't that ridiculous?!! I'm sure other parents can relate. The other night I was missing her so bad, I snuck into her room and stole a kiss while she was sleeping. Creepy stalker mom in full effect, y'all.

And so there you have it, I'm obsessed with my child. LOVE this kid!! Happy 15 months, Booter Scoots.