A True Jewel Box

Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! It is always the most wonderful feeling when you are flipping through a design magazine and you come across something that you absolutely love, and that is so familiar. Such was the case when I came across jewelry designer Janet Porcher Gregg’s 18th century Charleston cottage in this month’s issue of House Beautiful. I wont lie, I purchased the magazine because Gregg’s home was on the cover, and was eager to see what the crew at HB made of one of my favorite places in Charleston. JPG 2

Janet is a dear dear friend of mine. She is one of the first people I met when I moved to Charleston (for the first time) in 2007 straight out of college. I moved here to intern at Drayton Hall, but as it paid nothing, I also worked as Janet’s assistant. That working relationship was one of the most inspiring I have ever had, (not surprising when you see the photos of her cottage), and as a result she has remained a close friend. In fact, I credit Janet Gregg with introducing me to the wonders of paint and DIY, and often credit her with the founding of Lacquered Life. Needless to say an inspirational person in my life. JPG 3JPG 4JPG 5JPG 6

I have spent many a wonderful evening in that cottage – cocktails, dinner – always the BEST time. Janet has a knack for entertaining that I don’t believe is something that can be learned. I have met most of my favorite people in Charleston over dinner or cocktails at Janet’s, always with a martini or cosmo in my hand, the other crunching on cornichons that are consistently part of her bountiful cocktail platters. So let’s raise a glass to Janet Porcher Gregg, and her one of a kind cottage. JPG7

Photos via House Beautiful, for more photos and an interview click here

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Seeing Beyond the Looking Glass

Window Sink 1Good morning Lacquered Lifers! Hope everyone had a good weekend, and I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s interview with Bunny Williams. If not, you can check it out here. Today I thought I would share one of my favorite designs that I recommend to clients all the time, and one that I will most certainly be using at New Street … the bathroom pedestal sink in front of a window.  Understanding that this is an option in bathroom design can be very handy, especially when renovating an historic home where spaces are never ideal. Window Sink 2I think often when people are designing a bathroom they avoid putting a sink in front of a window because they worry about the location of a mirror. However, as you can see from these photos – there are several ways to solve that problem. In the first photo, at Christopher Spitzmiller’s Clove Brook Farm, Spitzmiller mounted a small mirror to the frame of the window. This allows the guest to experience the beautiful view and be able to apply makeup. In the photo above, the mirror has been mounted in front of the window, without completely blocking the window, so one still gets all the benefits of the natural light. IMG_6684In this photo I took at an 18th century house here in Charleston, you can see that this homeowner took their paneled plantation shutter and placed mirrors in the inset panels. What I love about this is that you can have the mirror when you need it, and then you can open the shutters and look out into the garden when you don’t. 
Window SinkFinally, in this Caribbean bathroom, these windows aren’t even paned, they’re louvered, so the simple mirrors are mounted directly to the casing of the louvered shutters, which allows the louvers to still operate despite the mirror mounting.

So next time you’re renovating a bathroom, don’t look past the window as an opportunity for sink placement … and frankly, I much prefer a sink in front of a window than a toilet, don’t you?

photos via Architectural Digest, Veranda, Lacquered Life, and Elle Decor. 

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A New Beginning, at The End

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Good Morning Lacquered Lifers. The End. No not “The End” of this post, but rather a post about The End. Montauk, Long Island that is. Designed by the famed NYC-based interiors firm Roman & Williams, this house is very special – and yet didn’t start out that way. Built in the 1950s, with an unimpressive 1980s addition, the duo was able to completely change the look and feel of the house without doing a huge renovation. The simple addition of wood windows and doors, and removal of drywall has reinvigorated what was an otherwise dull house. The result? A house that wholeheartedly reflects the bohemian “surf’s up” attitude that made Montauk the destination that it is today. Well done Roman & Williams. No big surprise coming from the design duo behind NYC hotspots The Dutch, Lafayette, and the Highline Hotel. The End. Montauk 5Montauk 4Montauk 3Montauk 2Montauk 1
Photos via Roman & Williams 

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