25 June 2015

A Very Special House Rabbit

The most fashion forward, stylish bun ever.

We found you after you were rescued from a box left at a pet store and loved you the moment we saw you.

Gucci, our Deep South Italian bunny rabbit.

One ear up.  One ear down.

Always sitting proud.

You loved us and we loved you.

We will miss you.

Gucci Rogers: 2009 - 2015.  
A very special house rabbit.

20 June 2015

Mother Nature's Hideaways

Once upon a time in my garden tiny cottages built from Mother Nature's finest materials were discovered.

Spanish moss picked from local live oaks surrounds the landscape, French lavender harvested from my garden last month covers the roof...

...hickory tree bark found in our woods holds up the walls, and a picket fence framing the property are some of the elements that were used to build this petite fairy cottage.

With a mix of some mossy "logs" cut from a fallen limb, a pretty blue bird and some vintage millinery flowers, glass stones for a path leading to the entrance of the fairy cottage...

 ...and a violet vintage dragonfly perched perfectly on a freeze dried chartreuse ranunculus, a charming cottage garden was created.

Not so far away, a barn bug house was spied upon by some butterflies and a busy bumble bee.

Pine bark and burlap, pecan shells and acorn caps...

...pebbles, twigs, and moss are all the foundation for this cozy and comfortable bug bungalow.

Scattered paper flowers are nestled in the mossy ground and a glass sun face medallion, which is emblazoned on the back barn wall, sparkles in the sunlight.

This charming cottage was created by my muse, my ten year old son.  {I created the one above.}

This is just one of the many projects we taught at our two week Summer Arts Camp this June.  To see more of our art projects the the creations made by the Camper Kids, please visit our Summer Arts Camp website.

As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

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The backdrop I used in these photographs is a vintage folio which was once used to store fine table linens.  I found it several years ago at local antique flea market.  When I purchased it {for about two dollars} I was pleased to find out who it belonged to - a family friend and an artistic icon in this town.

25 May 2015

Memorial Day

 Postcards from the past...

...thank you soldiers for fighting for our freedom.

01 May 2015

Happy May Day

Wishing everyone a beautiful beginning to this month of May and a Happy May Day.

This was my project last weekend - our newly painted front door.  

I changed it from our butter yellow, which we had for twelve years, to this icy "blue hydrangea" colour.  It is not quite an exact match to our mopheads of Endless Summer hydrangeas in our garden - ours are more of a periwinkle than blue - but...

...I love the coolness of this blue, which will be especially welcomed this summer.

Tradition says that we should leave a basket of flowers on our neighbor's door.

It is such a beautiful Spring day, I think I will roam our garden, pluck some blooms, find a little basket or another container like this one...

...and leave a little surprise next door.

Enjoy your weekend, however you may spend it.
As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

22 April 2015

Celebrating Earth Day

 ...along these mossy steps.

I made these photographs last summer when I was in Highlands, North Carolina and thought that today was the perfect day to share them.

At the time as I walked below the canopy of evergreens, I created a little project for myself...capturing the secret steps and woodland paths built from the indigenous materials of the mountain.

Granite steps, chiseled flat rocks, rustic railroad ties, tree limb hand rails...

...all lead me from one secret garden to another.

Mossy steps.

Steps that kept me wandering...

...and then I found this little bird cottage.

 Happy Earth Day.

Please honor our Earth and all that Mother Nature has given us.

Ciao amici,

14 April 2015

Lofty Downtown Style

I want to share with you all a peek at some of my recent design work, which is what usually keeps Italian Girl in Georgia away from here.  

Let's take a walk up these stairs for a closer look.

Last month I participated in our local Historic Foundation's semi annual Design House, which this year instead of the traditional selection of an Antebellum home, was an old building in the downtown district that had been renovated into a retail space and lofts.   

Lucky for our town rich with historic architectural gems, this has been the theme of gentrification for several years now.  And right up my alley because ever since I began my studies and graduated with a degree in architecture I never really wanted to build from the ground up.  

I have always believed that with so many abandoned buildings, both historical and relatively new throughout our cities and towns, that these structures could be put to good re-use with the right architectural and design modifications.

So, as a member of the organization and as an architectural and interior designer who believes in not wasting a useful space and wanting to help beautify our city, I thought it would be appropriate that I participate this year.

The area in the loft I was assigned to and enjoyed very much designing was the semi public space within the building - the stairways and landings that connected the loft downstairs to those upstairs.

The palette I chose was clean and crisp - warm grey {which changes its tones throughout the day}, brilliant white, and coal black.  I absolutely love how my glossy white French chairs and table stand out in front of the black wainscoting {which is original to the building}.

I specified that the hand rails and risers on the stairs also be painted the coal black.  This created a strong graphic look and accentuated the interior architecture further - giving even more of a lofty gallery feel to the space.

I took full advantage of the vast wall space and high ceilings and used it as a private gallery, specifically showcasing my original black and white photographs of iconic places and images of this town along with the work of other photographers, mixed media art pieces I made, and vintage Italian posters I have had in my own art collection for many years.  

All that with a mix of whimsy and humor, of course.

When I was in graduate school in Athens, Georgia, I lived in a loft and drew from that experience as I considered the design of this space.

The furnishings were minimal - a couple of French arm chairs {different but compatible}, a traditional side table painted glossy white, large scaled silver framed mirrors on the walls of each landing to reflect the light coming in from the skylight above, a deconstructed crystal chandelier, and the monochromatic eclectic arrangement of art on the walls {some of which even included my son's pen and ink artwork}. 

Art Deco inspired sleek black candle holders, vintage Georgia history books, and...

...a splash of hot pink with over-scaled wall flowers {poppies}, a tiny but sculptural Kate Spade glass vase, and a silk tassel the drawer pull of the table were some of the smaller scale details.

The industrial chic and minimalistic crystal chandelier I designed and made with Swarovski crystal garlands and pendants which surround and dangle from the scalloped metal wire lamp shade frame I then converted into a hanging fixture.

During the day, the light changes as it flows through the skylight above and the crystals cast a kaleidoscope of color on the walls.

I hope you enjoyed your tour!  Thank you for your visit.  As always, I appreciate the time you take to read my stories.

Ciao amici,
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