Friday, May 18, 2018

Going on a Garden Walk

Back in 2006, the Cassina Garden Club of Saint Simons Island started
hosting a tour of usually 7 private gardens in St. Simons and some years, 
Sea Island, for the public viewing. This event has evolved into 
a much loved annual event for visitors and residents alike.  
I have been wanting to go on this tour for several years, but this
is the first year everything fell into place. 
Myself and several other floral enthusiast packed up the car 
and headed South to Saint Simons Island. 

Our first tour stop on the Garden Walk took us to the part of the island
known as East Beach. This is where a 1950's bungalow, that was
original at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, was moved.

The front of the bungalow and garden pathways were created
using pebbles. 

One thing I noticed at almost all of the 
gardens was the use of free standing pots. 

Fences create wonderful backdrops. In this garden one was covered in 
Confederate jasmine and had a border of purple agapanthus and fern.

At each home, there were local artist working on paintings that would 
be for sale later at the Marketplace. 

We really enjoyed this home. The owner had a beautiful
deck area for outdoor entertaining. 

The deck also included a place to enjoy the sun or the shade. 

I loved the creative privacy treatment on the doors leading 
from the deck into the house. This was the only home that
we got to actually go into the house. But interior pictures
were not permitted. Oh how I wish I could have used 
my phone camera to capture all the great details inside! 

Tour Stop 2 was a gardeners delight. This is the home
of a Master Gardener and the garden was started two years ago. 

The front yard has raised beds for herbs, vegetables and
citrus. All of these need plenty of sun! 

As we started around the side of the house we saw
the beautiful hanging baskets that were on the porch. 
What a great place to relax and the ceiling is painted a 
beautiful blue. This comes from and old southern tradition.
 There are many stories and legends, such as keeping bugs at bay. 
But in the Deep South, a darker blue sometimes called “haint blue,” 
is believed by some to keep away evil spirits.

Also in their side yard was this interesting piece of 
"yard art." I wish someone could have told us the 
interpretation of this unique piece. 

We walked through this arbor, with the bright blue
gates, into their back yard.  

Again in this yard, they had a combination of planted 
landscape and pots. 

Would this not be a great place to relax and read
in their arbor swing. The bright blue sculpture is a fountain.
Such tranquility! 

This home also had an outdoor dining area

and as we walked around the other side of the house, we found a 
comfortable sitting area that offered a wonderful place 
to enjoy visiting with friends and neighbors. 

We strolled across the street  to see Tour Stop 3.

This home had a large wrap around porch and the 
ceiling was painted with an ivy trellis. 

Here you can see one of my friends talking with the 
artist about her painting and also a chandelier that 
they had hung over their table area.

The gardeners at this home liked to grow plants
that don't normally thrive in the coastal Georgia 
climate, outdoor philodendron and numerous 
rare perennials. 

Their prize plant (in the back top corner) is a blue grey 
century cactus, or American Agave. It started at12 inches
and has now grown to 8 feet tall! The pictures don't 
begin to show how big it is!

Our next stop took us to a beautiful marsh side 
home with numerous heat loving plants and azaleas. 

This home not only had the beautiful mash view, but 
a lovely pool area with tropical potted plants. 

This lovely white column home, from the front, offers 
a Southern plantation feel.

The side of this home had  a partial sun and shade 
area that was perfect for a large grouping of 
different types of hydrangeas. 

The back of the house offered you a beautiful view 
across the marsh!

Another partial sun and shade area had a grouping 
of ferns. I think, but am not sure, these are 
bird nest ferns. 

This is a sour orange tree. It is said the 16th century 
Spaniards settlers made sour orange pies.

We got a sample of these sour orange dainties. 
They were sour, but good! 

There were two more stops. One that did not allow any pictures made 
of their yard. The other had so many people roaming around in 
their garden area, I was not able to get a good picture. 

Our fun wasn't over yet. We went back to Gascoigne Bluff 
to visit the Marketplace. 

They had unusual yard art for sale.

They also had gifts, plants and the artist paintings you could purchase.

The late Audrey Hepburn said

To Plant a Garden is to believe in tomorrow!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost!

I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost! 

At least not the kind that you sit on! 

Phillippe Starck
One of the most influential European designers, Phillippe Starck, 
began designing products for Kartell in the company’s uprise in the 80s and 90s.  
Mixing the company’s desire to develop eco-friendly, contemporary plastic furniture 
with the designer’s style was the beginning of a beautiful partnership.  
Ever since the first Starck product was released under the Kartell name, 
the popularity of Starck’s designs increased significantly.  
Utilizing polycarbonate, a plastic that can be broken down for 
recycling purposes, these designs began popping up everywhere 
from hotels, weddings, restaurants and more.
This style of furniture has come to be referred to in the design industry
as Ghost Furniture. 

In the past few years we are seeing a popularity in Acrylic 
and Lucite furniture emerge. 

Come take a look at some of the interesting pieces 
that are being shown at the furniture marts! 

In this particular chair, they have left air bubbles
in the  back and legs. This makes the chair more
flexible and moves with the body. 

I would love to have this trunk for my shell collection! 

I just ordered this side "drinking table" for 
one of my favorite clients! 

You can even get drapery hardware. 

If you feel adventurous, try adding a ghost piece or two 
to your home! There is no reason to be afraid! 

source: My pictures from Americasmart, Pinterest, Philippe Starck

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The 65th annual Christ Church Tour of Homes

The Touring Girls and I am back from our annual visit 
to the Golden Isles for one of our favorite tours, 
The Christ Church Tour of Homes.

This was the tours 65th year. We have been going for 
over 10 years. Wish I knew how long, but none of 
us can remember! 
On Saturday, March 17th, the Episcopal Churchwomen of Christ Church 
Frederica welcomed  many visitors to St. Simons and Sea Islands 
for their 65th Annual Tour of Homes. 
There were eight private homes, four on Sea Island and 
four on St. Simons Island, and six historical stops on this year’s tour. 
The tour proceeds are devoted to area charities, 
primarily those geared to women and children in need. 

It is difficult to find pictures of this home tour. Photography is forbidden. 
But I put on my reporting cap and started sleuthing around. 
 We had to make a stop to one of our favorite brunch spots 
Cafe Frederica before we began the tour. We decided to 
hope on the bus to Sea Island first.

Stop A Sea Island
The above house was gorgeous with a very unique art collection.
It is designed in the style of a Havana Town Mansion.
Bronze was a favorite finish along with limestone, cypress and
pecan. An oceanfront lanai offered a beautiful view.

Stop B Sea Island

Generations of this family have returned to Sea Island and gathered joyfully here for good times. Since 1945 they have built treasured memories on the beach. This fabulous oceanfront home is an artful blend of the past and its special memories with a new emphasis on the present and a fresh look to the future.

Stop C Sea Island

This majestic beauty is full of unique design features and fabulous fabrics. For starters, the entry floor is hand painted. Just to the right is an alcove leading to the dining room. These walls feature ‘faux bois’, or a fake wood look- except this is not a wallpaper- this again is hand painted- complete with molding to give the appearance of paneling. Follow the hand planed walnut flooring into the stately dining room with its grand circular dining table.
Stop D Sea Island

A beautiful chippendale ‘trellis’ and railing greet you as you enter this 3 story town home. This ‘trellis’ effect softens the corners of the doorways leading to the great room which has it all! Notice the placement of the ‘faux bois’ wallpaper in the foyer giving the illusion of a paneled room. The bench here is a family heirloom and upholstered in a beach house cotton. An oyster shell and driftwood mirror combines with the travertine floor to give this home a breezy island feel. 

Harrington School

Once back on Saint Simons Island, there are historical sites on the tour
including the Harrington School and the tabby cabins and the Wesley Memorial at
Epworth By the Sea, near Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island.
Saint Simons Island Oceanfront

Follow the bricks through the welcoming courtyard to this oceanfront charmer in the St. Simons village area. The river-recovered heart cypress front door is the first hint of the treats inside. As you enter, your eyes are drawn across the beautifully restored original brick flooring to the wide expanse of glass ahead overlooking the St. Simons sound and the ship’s channel. This wall of glass is all hurricane -rated allowing the beautiful view to be enjoyed no matter what Mother Nature brings.
Sea Palms West Guest House
What a treat! This generous family has already shared their main house with the Tour of Homes twice before and now they are welcoming us to their new guest house. Perched on a beautiful bluff overlooking Dunbar Creek and Hawkins Island, this fabulous  site complements the main house beautifully.

Tour Stop 4 on East Beach, Saint Simons Island
This recently finished contemporary home overlooks the wide Marshes of Glynn on the west side of East Beach.  The hardscape out front is the first suggestion of the unique features  here. Just inside the front door, the elevator features original artwork by the homeowner’s grandfather. Collections and memorabilia from career travels mainly in South East Asia accent every room.

Tour Stop 3 East Beach, Saint Simons IslandSophisticated beachy’ best describes this full scale East Beach home. Behind the front door lies much more house than initially meets the eye. This 2017 design celebrates an open living space with soothing colors and 11ft. ceilings. Oversized custom furniture and fabrics with soft hues of white, blue and seafoam set a welcoming mood as you enter and give no clue that this house sleeps 16.

Technology is a beautiful thing, when it works properly. But this blog
platform is not wanting to let me insert all the pictures I would like.

PLEASE follow this link to read more detailed home descriptions and pictures!
You might also enjoy the article in the March Elegant Island Magazine.
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by Clicking Here

Someone made it very clear to me when I got back, that 
he was going with me on my next trip to Saint Simons!