September 2016 Posts

Wanderlust: Charleston, SC

By: Shelby Adamson

With the summer winding down, a quick jaunt to Charleston was the perfect cure for my wanderlust. Sure, there’s the beach, but Charleston has so much to offer at any time of the year. Let me take you on a little tour.



James Beard Award-winning chef Sam Brock only uses locally grown food indigenous to South Carolina to create rich southern cuisine. Brock has been known to say: “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door.” He transforms traditional cuisine into modern fare that compliments the contemporary furnishings in a historic building. Husk is a feast not only for your eyes, but also for your stomach.


Ghost Tour:

After enjoying the low country fare, take a walk through Charleston’s historically rich streets. Black Cat Ghost Tours takes you by lamp light through downtown and weaves tales of darkly romantic ghost stories. The tour includes the gateway walk, a century old walkway that passes through several historic churches and cemeteries. Your tour guide will point out cryptic architecture and ironwork, and of course there will be talk of paranormal sitings. Educational and spooky? Yes!


Historic Charleston City Market:

In 1788 land was ceded to the city of Charleston by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney with the stipulation that it must be kept as a market. To meet this requirement, low sheds were built to house meat, vegetable, and fish vendors. In 1841 the current Market Hall was erected for meetings, social functions, and of course to house the vendors. When you visit these markets you will also notice beautiful handcrafted baskets made by the Gullah. (I could go on for quite a while about their rich and fascinating history; learn more here!)



What a stunner. It’s no surprise that 5Church has been featured in Architectural Digest. An old church with stained glass windows, the building was renovated and converted into a beautiful restaurant with a satin smooth masonry bar that runs the length of the restaurant. Not only are the cocktails are on point, but also “The Art of War” is written on the ceiling!


Angel Oak:

We will call it the Tree of Life. Angel Oak is a southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston and is estimated to be 500 years old. Even so, it may not be the oldest tree east of the Mississippi (but is definitely my favorite). A walk around this tree makes you truly appreciate the beauty in nature, and the beauty that is South Carolina.

Charleston is a totally reasonable driving distance from Atlanta, so embrace the whimsy of a last minute adventure and go! I’m positive you’ll fall in love with the charming city just as I have.

Virtual Inspiration: Desire to Inspire

by Shelby Adamson

As designers we are continually looking for inspiration, and we tend to set the bar high when it comes to interiors and their aesthetic beauty.  Recently we stumbled upon this beautiful blog, Desire To Inspire, and we cannot stop looking!  Kim & Jo are design aficionados that created the blog together (even though Kim lives in Canada and Jo in Australia, and they have never actually met in person).  They feature beautiful installation photos of work by designers and architects from around the globe.  Here we share a few of our favorites:

Contemporary barn by D. Stanley Dixon Architect:


Stan Dixon Barn


Coogee House by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects:




English Kitchen by Plain English:




Redesigned factory workspace by IFUB*:



And to brighten your day they always have a feature, Pets on Furniture every Monday.  These posts showcase beautiful furniture, and the pets that like to lay on it:


Pets on Furniture


Here is hoping you were as inspired as we were!

Need We Say More? Kelly Wearstler Dichotomy Table

By: Danielle Clockel


We gotta hand it to Kelly Wearstler, she sure knows how to make a statement. Have you ever seen anything like this Dichotomy Table?

Color Obsession: Rust

By: Danielle Cornely

As we might have mentioned before, we are really getting into these richer tones as the summer winds down. Rust especially has a wide range of subtleties, from vibrant burnt orange to deep dark sienna.


Photo courtesy of Dezeen Magazine.

We love a good patina! Sometimes embracing the natural change of materials can reveal a beautiful and unique look.


Photo courtesy of Mr. Brown London.

A statement sofa in cayenne is just the hot pop of color to bring life into your space.


Photo courtesy of Beacon Lighting.

A brushed bronze light with simple, clean lines adds a higher level sophistication.


Photo courtesy of Rugs and More.

Not ready to go all out on upholstery but still want to experiment with bold color? Go for a rich, vibrant rug!

When you think of rust, don’t just think of weathered metal. Think of the possibilities! Sofas, lighting, rugs — there’s a whole world of possibilities for this under appreciated hue.