Natural sea-inspired art prints, air plants and that amazing juju hat (a favorite!) were our art feature wall in the space. The TV is there but it's not a feature of the room, just a part of it. Italian leather chairs and the low media center with the large midcentury lamp give this room a cool lounge feel. It makes me want to put a record on and make a gin & tonic with extra lime.
This angle gives a great view of how all three spaces work together - the living room to the reading nook to the kitchen. Everything is so bright and cheery, each space has a function and gives the relaxed feeling of the beach while not looking like a kitschy beach house in any way.
The clients wanted a grown-up space that they could entertain in but would stand up the wear and tear of little boys and dogs! The inspiration for this was their wedding on the beach - bright sunset orange, blues, and turquoise. Hands down it had to give them those feelings - and it did! We hunted down unique pieces all over Atlanta. The Italian leather club chairs feel very 70's lounge to me. I love them and they are insanely comfortable!
The entryway is a simple, homey landing pad. We reframed the raw silk floral art we found in another part of the house to give it the presence it deserved - front and center! Natural materials and candles and the vases that look like beach glass, give this entry the feeling of the ocean.
This wallpaper was a game/room changer! A boring space was transformed with great texture when that went up. The rustic table and the tray and indigo African textiles we framed, give it a relaxed feel but the damask curtains make us a little Southern. African textiles and mud cloth from the flea market made great art and we made pillows in the leather chairs in the living room out of it too! These custom, casual and bohemian touches made all the difference!
'Maypole’is a columnar apple tree with a straight, main leader and lots of narrow side branches. Hardy in zones 4 to 8, it’s ideal for small orchards or gardens. Use the apples, which are ready to pick by mid-September, for cooking into jams and jellies. T
Turnips grow best in cool weather; hot temperatures cause the roots to become woody and bad-tasting. They are typically planted in March, April, or May, depending on soil temperature and late freeze predictions; in areas with long seasons they can be planted again in August, September or October.
A spreading-type pansy formula mix provides a colorful edging for planting beds. Pair it with a leatherleaf sedge for a season-long show that keeps going strong even after cold temps arrive. For pansies in beds, fertilize at planting time with water-soluble plant food to give plants a solid start. In warmer zones, avoid giving pansies a high-nitrogen fertilizer during September to avoid causing plants to stretch.
Sweet olive blooms release a heady, sweet fragrance that’s almost haunting. Give plants cool temperatures during winter and a spot near a south, west or east window to encourage flowering. The natural bloom time falls from September to April, so you can count on this charmer for some winter cheer. Plants won’t start flowering until they’re 6 inches tall. Botanical name: Osmanthus fragrans ‘Fudingzhu’
In an interesting twist to heirloom plants, “friendship bread” is made from fresh sour dough yeast kept alive and shared between cooks. This image was taken at the National Heirloom Exposition held every September in Santa Rosa, California, but could have been taken in kitchen anywhere in the world. Sources and recipes for “starter” yeast can be found through an online search.
Clematis flowers come in many shapes and sizes. Clematis texensis is known as a small-flowered clematis because it opens little blooms. ‘Duchess of Albany’ features bell-shaped pink flowers with deeper pink stripes down the center of petals. This kind of clematis is also referred to as a late-flowering type, because its first flowers start appearing in midsummer and keep opening through September in most regions. Once vines are established, they’re drought tolerant. Small-flowered clematis work well as a vine that weaves through other plantings, such as shrub roses, perennials or other shrubs. For best flowering, cut back in early spring to 6 inches tall. Vines grow 8 to 20 feet tall by 2 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 5 to 9.