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

Spring is in the Air!

Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! Sorry for the lack of posts last week, there is a lot going on here at Church Street … and I promise to let you in the loop very soon. Spring has finally arrived in Charleston, and to celebrate that I want to embrace all things “spring-like” and surround myself with the feeling of springtime – which to me means green! The flowers are blooming and the plants are coming back and I want to feel that feeling inside and out. And who better to do that with than a man who loved his gardens, the late, great, Oscar de la Renta. So lets paper our walls with springtime so that we can feel this great all the time! All of the papers below are from Oscar de la Renta’s wallpaper collection for Lee Jofa. 
Oscar 4Zig Zag Paper in Blue/Green

Oscar 3Hedges Paper in Off White
Oscar 1Morning Glory Paper in Spring


Suite One: I’ll Take Two!

Suite OneGood Morning Lacquered Lifers. Thanks to Garden & Gun, I have just been introduced to the beautiful ceramics of Suite One Studio. Created by ceramicist Lindsay Emery out of North Carolina, these modern takes on traditional serving pieces have me swooning. You all know how I love a good piece of serve ware, (anything for entertaining!), and these are a wonderful change from many of the usual contemporary options. The Baroque Platter in Navy Brushstroke, seen above, takes it cues from antique silver platters, mimicking both the shape and the etchings along the edge. Keep an eye on the website, as many of the products are currently sold out – I definitely have my eye on a couple of these pieces and I am looking forward to her restocking. Below, a few more favorites. Suite One 5 Suite One 4 Suite One 2 Suite One 3