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    A Growth Spurt

    I had no expectations. Maybe that’s why I got so much out of it. I showed up with a clear mind, alone, notebook in hand. Seeing diversity was the first thing I noticed.  Not…

    November 8, 2016
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    Evacuating

    I did not want to go.  I believed if we stayed we could somehow protect the house.  With the renovation completed only 6 months ago, I felt like a parent needing to stay put…

    October 12, 2016
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    Your Big, Best Life.

    How do we know if we are living a big life? A life of fulfillment, a life of purpose, a life that makes a difference.  Our very best life. Many years ago, a longtime…

    October 6, 2016
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    My Happy Place

    I was giving a friend a tour of the house recently and she commented, “you sure do have a lot of spaces just to sit and relax”.  I had never thought of it that…

    September 22, 2016
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    Quirky

    Even I have sentimental limits. When it came time to decide what to do with the downstairs bathroom I was all for gutting it and starting over.  The bead board was covered in years…

    September 14, 2016
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    Outside In

      Walk through any of the historic streets of Charleston, and you will find the shutter dog. Stoically holding back the exterior of a home’s shutter, but with a whimsical swirl that adds curves…

    August 24, 2016
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    Not So DIY

    No.  This is not a picture of my DIY project. But it is a story about listening to your talented, artistic friends when they say they can help you with your DIY project.  But…

    August 17, 2016
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    Going for Bold

    This post was originally published in skirt! magazine’s online blog. Thanks to skirt! for the opportunity and partnership with the Charleston Blog Society! Any boldness in me comes from my momma. She didn’t let…

    August 10, 2016
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    First Party!

    After months of renovation and weeks of packing and unpacking, I knew the best way to bring the pretty back into the house was to plan a party. So, that’s exactly what I did. Almost…

    August 3, 2016
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    Bella Blooms … Saved Me from Myself

    My Daddy had a very green thumb. He had over 600 camellias on his James Island property, he grew cut flowers, had a veggie garden overrun with tomatoes, green onions, bell peppers and the…

    July 26, 2016