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Finding my Green Thumb

It's springtime AND I have my very own yard, so it's time for me to find my green thumb. Growing my own herbs, flowers and more has always been a goal of mine. Now that I'm a homeowner, I've decided to stop putting it off and dive right in...

Sweet & patient Dylan looks a little overwhelmed during our first trip to Lowes...

Last Sunday was all about planting. Hours were spent in and out of Lowes and the backyard.  I planted a small herb and vegetable garden, an orange tree, and some potted plants for our deck and patio. We even potted a fiddle fig leaf tree for our living room, which I could not be more excited about. 

Sunday was exhausting, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the hard part has just begun. I now feel like I have several "babies" to nurture. Each plant enjoys sun, water, and nutrients in different ways. Google has become my best friend in my effort to be a good plant mom.  

Our lemon tree is getting potted this weekend so that we can bring her inside during the winter.  I'm hoping our Citronella plant will help keep the mosquitoes away

I just LOVE the way live plants can really change the feel of a home. Our spaces feel even cozier now that we are surrounded by greenery. I am eager to plant more and more, but I'm trying to be patient and pace myself; I need to make sure this first round survives my newbie gardening skills.

I'm loving the Fiddle Leaf Fig tree in our living room.  Mr. Montagu is jealous he cant hang on the porch with the philodendrons and pups. 

This weekend is Plantasia, so I am hoping to pick up some great tips and tricks. Come out to support a beautiful cause! 





I have officially become a real adult and bought my first home.  The process was terrifying, exciting, and draining, but the end result is more that worth it.  

My own little slice of heaven in Riverland Terrace

Words are unable to express how amazing it feels to own my home. For the first time in my life I have some real roots and sense of permanence.  When I was growing up, I was always bopping between my parents homes, and then there were college dorms and shared apartments. I've had landlords and roommates, and never any control over the paint or nails on my walls.  I am now simultaneously free and grounded and it feels incredible.

My boyfriend and I feel like we have won the real estate lottery.  We own our dream home in our dream neighborhood and I keep waiting to wake up back in our old apartment.  We couldn't afford to buy on the Charleston peninsula, but Riverland Terrace is far from a compromise.  We can still walk and bike to some of our favorite spots, and downtown is merely two miles away.  

Our pet silhouettes fit perfectly into the new living room.

Our fur babies are especially pleased with the new yard. Our Carolina Dog, Tico, can now spend all of his time outside, and my lady, DaniGirl, is queen of the castle.  Even our kitten rescue, Monty, seems to really like the new digs. He enjoys surveying the yard from the safely of our screened in porch.

from left to right: Monty being curious about outside, Tico and his bestie having a mischievous backyard play-date, and the community garden that's around the corner :)

My sweet DaniGirl is right at home

Spring is the perfect time of year to settle into a new place.  I cant wait to start planting herbs and flowers, hopefully I don't find gardening too challenging.  Luckily I've teamed with the Horticultural Society this year so I should be able to get some great insider tips.  Plus Plantasia is just around the corner, so I'll have access to some amazing plants!

Now that we've settled in, I am back to business as usual.  I will be sharing more Charleston Hospitality progress, and stay tuned for the official pop-up show announcement!  




Happy Holidays!

PUMPED about how festive our living room looks this year!

I can't believe how fast this year has gone by! 2015 has been productive and exciting and now I am really looking forward to spending Christmas with my family in Annapolis.

So excited to see my cousins and their little ones, and to celebrate my dad's 70th BDay!

I come from a BIG family.  As much as I love living in Charleston, being apart from them is especially hard during the holidays.  There's nothing like sharing traditions and making memories with your loved ones, and I am so thankful that I will be able to spend a few nights with everyone back home this year.

Laughing with my family is my favorite

I'll be busy in the studio over these last few days before Christmas, finishing up the final pieces for the "Garden Party" collection release.  While painting to holiday music, I will be dreaming of my dad's homemade hot chocolate, my Aunt Lisa's amazing cooking, my mom's chocolate pecan pie, and laughing my butt off with all my siblings and cousins.  

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you all get to share time with your loved ones this year, xoxo

Here's a really fun throwback: Christmas circa 1994