Rattan Rabbit Hole

Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! So the other day I ended up down the rabbit hole of the internet, searching for light fixtures for a client, and I came across Selamat Designs …. why have I never heard of this brand before? Based out of San Francisco, they specialize in rattan/jute/wicker products from places like Indonesia. The combination of living in Charleston, with our zone 9 subtropical climate, and my love of Tom Scheerer always makes me a sucker for natural material products, so I couldn’t be more thrilled when I ended up on the Selamat website … and  the price points are not astronomical. For example, the Beehive Pendant is listed around $200. Don’t you love little design discoveries like these? Selamat LightingClockwise from left: Beehive Chandelier // Bodega Round Pendant Light // Deco Hanging Pendant // Collins Hanging PendantSelamat TablesJute Basket Spot Table // Riva Bunching Table // Pamona Nesting Tables

The “Nightscape” of Preservation

Frank Relle 7Hello Lacquered Lifers. I know, I know, it has been a while. Putting the house on the market and getting ready for the move have really occupied my time … along with work and a sick dog. I’m sorry I have been neglecting you! To kick off the comeback today I want to introduce you to New Orleans based photographer Frank Relle. I was introduced to his work through an article in the NY Times, and I’ve fallen completely head over heels for his “Nightscapes” series. Photographing buildings all over New Orleans, particularly those in need of a little TLC, the lighting he uses makes the buildings seem as though they are part of some magical land … which, for those of us who have spent any time in New Orleans, know is the truth. For more information on Frank Relle, and to peruse more of his stunning work, visit www.frankrelle.com . And don’t worry Lacquered Lifers, like these historic buildings, I am here to stay. xo OliviaFrank Relle 6 Frank Relle 5 Frank Relle 3 Frank Relle 4

Leaving Church Street.

Exterior 2Good Morning Lacquered Lifers. So sorry that I haven’t been here in over a week. Now I can finally tell you the reason. We have put our house on Church Street on the market. Not to worry, we’re not leaving Charleston, we’re just ready for the next project and the next adventure. Church Street has been absolutely wonderful, such a happy place for Mr. B, Hamish, Hugh and me – but we’re ready for the next chapter. While I am excited for the next move, I will definitely be sad to leave our house on Church Street. So today, just a few of my favorite photos by the extremely talented and lovely Francesco Lagnese from the Southern Living feature. Portraits, Interiors Portraits, Interiors Portraits, Interiors Portraits, Interiors Portraits, Interiors Portraits, Interiors Portraits, Interiors Portraits, Interiors Portraits, Interiors Living Room 2

Hopping Towards Easter

Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! It’s that time of year again, time to start planning my Easter table. I was talking to someone the other day, and when I told them that Easter was my favorite holiday to host they looked a bit confused, and then I explained that Easter is the best because there is less stress and pressure associated with it than with other holidays. There is no specific set menu like Thanksgiving, and there isn’t the pressure of opening gifts like at Christmas. Easter is just a fun daytime meal with family and friends filled with pretty colors and the feeling of excitement that only the arrival of spring can bring. IMG_4212I had so much fun putting together my Easter table last year, and while I definitely plan on using elements of that table – I’m always on the lookout for new things to incorporate. On my radar right now? Some of my go to sources for table decoration. Up first? Linens.napkinI just discovered these wonderful Garden Gate napkins from Pomegranate Inc. Inspired by the garden club of Lexington, KY they will be perfect on your Easter table or at your next garden party!
napkin_set_bronteOver the years, my go to source for linens has been Roberta Roller Rabbit, and I really love this new pattern, Bronte.

eyelet tableclothFor a simple and rustic look for your Easter table, look no further than this Eyelet Tablecloth from Terrain. Allow your brightly colored Easter china to stand out! 
Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 10.17.53 AMAnd another goody from Roberta Roller Rabbit is the Larissa tablecloth – one of RRR’s less busy looks, I really like the different flowers and their colors. Looks like spring!

Stunning & Salvaged.

zinc 4Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! Today I share a very cool piece of architecture with really wonderful interiors. Designed by Aaron Hojman, Casa Zinc, located in Uruguay is a guest house clad with corrugated zinc, which the designer salvaged from abandoned barns throughout Uruguay. Every piece of this house has been salvaged from elsewhere, giving the interior of this otherwise brand new home the historic feel of one that has been there for a long time. There are pieces throughout the house from hotels, pharmacies, railway stations, warehouses, which have been given new life by their incorporation into Casa Zinc. While this project is not on a whole a preservation project, the preservation and rescue of all these architectural elements certainly warrants the appreciation of preservationists! If not for Hojman and his quest to salvage all these parts and build Casa Zinc, many of these decorative architectural elements would have been lost.  zinc 3 zinc 6 zinc 5 zincPhotos via Marie Claire Maison