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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
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    Look. Listen. Love.

    “This has been a difficult week”. That was how my yoga instructor started class. And instantly tears started streaming down my face.  Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Dallas, Nice…and now Baton Rouge again.  All in…

    July 17, 2016
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    This Stuff Doesn’t Just Happen….

    No, this is not in my yard.  But it is my community and I am one lucky girl.  Charleston has over 120 parks and one day, in the midst of renovating our home, I…

    July 6, 2016
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    Little Treasures

    I am sentimental.  I like old things. I especially like old things that have been in the family. Sometimes they are antiques, and sometimes they are just old. And I still delight in finding…

    June 22, 2016
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    Recovering….

    Recovering….in more ways than one. The renovation takes a toll on you. You are making hundreds of decisions – it feels like by the hour – and then your only job is to unpack…

    June 15, 2016
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    Philip Simmons Was Here

    Love this picture!  It is of my sister and cousins, 1962. Why this and the reference to Philip Simmons?  Well, this is the picture, courtesy of my Aunt Joan, that helped date the railings…

    May 30, 2016
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    The Man Behind the House

    Meet Marc Engelke, our contractor. As he drove away, just having completed the first major punch list, I was filled with relief, sadness, fear and gratitude. I was really over wearing the blue tape…

    May 12, 2016
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    Welcome Home!

    “Welcome Home.” This is what Mr. G, my neighbor said to me when we moved in. It brought me to tears. You see, Mr. G has lived in this neighborhood for over 50 years.…

    April 29, 2016