Friday, December 5, 2014

"i see a pattern" art dinner at the drawing room

On November 21, 2014, Rob and I had the pleasure of being invited to attend the “I See A Pattern” art dinner and exhibition at the Vendue Inn's Drawing Room. The event, curated by Robert and Megan Lange of RLS Fine Art Gallery, entailed a 4-course dinner, each course with its own unique Mira wine pairing, and an art exhibition featuring over 40 artists from across the globe.

During the cocktail hour, guests were invited to wander the halls of the recently renovated Vendue Inn while observing the exhibit and enjoying cocktails and h’orderves. In keeping with the “I See A Pattern” theme, many of the attendees at the event were dressed in an assortment of patterned clothing including stripes, polka dots, and other brightly colored pieces. The atmosphere was fun and energetic, and the artists were on hand to talk with at any time.  

Before the re-opening of the Vendue Inn, persistent local gallery owner, Mary Martin of Mary Martin Gallery, proposed her idea for a gallery space within the hotel with Vendue Inn owners, Lisa and Jon Weitz. Her persistency paid off and the Wetiz's decided that the interior and lobby of the Vendue Inn would incorporate not only a variety of artists and their carefully curated pieces, but that the Vendue Inn would also become Charleston's "art hotel". The idea, just like a traditional art gallery, is for the pieces in the lobby to change on a rotating basis incorporating different themes and artists.

Both Rob and I were pleasantly surprised by the amount of detail that went into the recent renovation of the Vendue Inn. The renovation was managed by LS3P and Hill Construction. The wrought iron gates in the lobby hallway and chandeliers hanging from the center of every room are a sight not to be missed. The Vendue Inn is full of true Charleston charm.  For the first time in recent history, all of the original buildings of the Vendue Inn are now connected from the inside via a long corridor. No detail was left untouched, even the exposed brick in the restrooms along the lobby.  

On this particular evening, Robert and Megan Lange chose the “ I See A Pattern” theme as a guideline when having artists submit their work for the exhibition.  The featured pieces consisted of a mixture of paintings, photographs and sculptures, all of various subjects. One of my personal favorites was the old-fashioned photograph viewers that were attached to a piece of hanging glass. Each photograph viewer had a different photo on the other side. This exhibit was a highly popular one, as both children and adults eagerly lined up to take a look. Another favorite of ours were the patchwork lions heads attached to the rod iron gates in the hallway. 

After the cocktail hour, guests who had made reservations to attend the art dinner were ushered through the wrought iron gate into the Drawing Room and seated at a number of tables under the crystal chandeliers. Wine glasses were filled nearly immediately with Mira wines, and the first course followed shortly after. The room was full of avid collectors and art aficionados, all eager and excited about the idea of the Vendue Inn being Charleston's art hotel. 

The first course,  Foie Gras Crème Brûlée (Blood Orange, Hazelnut, Brown Butter Biscotti) was paired with Mira “Admiration”. During this course artist Robert Lange spoke of his series of paintings that portrayed a number of different animals on an assortment of patterned vinyl backgrounds.  Lange expressed his goal of trying to represent modern commercial distractions that draw us away from the natural world.

The second course, Tasting of Lobster (Roasted with Creme Fraiche- "Cappuccino"- Butter Poached with Wild Greens), was paired with Mira Chardonnay and the presentation was given by June Stratton. Stratton spoke of her intimidation of the theme “I See A Pattern”, and discussed her beautiful natural design on one of her favorite subjects, horses.

The third course featured artist Nathan Durfee who spoke of his painting about those who feel compelled to adhere to a pattern. In this painting of a cat disguised amongst cardinals, Durfee portrayed his thought that, “sometimes we are drawn to wear a mask and conform to a certain norm, like the cat in the painting, the charades can be overwhelming sometimes”. Accompanying his presentation was Applewood Smoked Duck (Cracked Barley, Parsnips, Pickled Blueberry) and a pairing of Mira Pinot Noir “Stanly Ranch”.

The final course, Salted Crusted New York Strip (Bone Marrow, "Twice Baked Potato", Carmelized Onion Soubise, Black Truffle) was paired with Mira cabernet Sauvignon. Karen Ann Myers gave a presentation on her beautiful piece, “Abstract Triangles”, which hangs behind the receptionist area in the lobby of the Vendue Inn. Myers said that she “was motivated by a desire to paint as many different patterns and textures as possible on one surface”. Myers spoke of how she enjoyed the challenge of this painting and it was easily one of the favorites at the exhibit. 

The meal for the evening, presented by chef Jon Cropf, was incredible. Each dish was carefully prepared and beautifully presented.  During each course, we also heard from Jim Dyke, owner of Mira Winery, who gave us a great understanding of Mira wines and the winery itself.  Mr. Dyke currently resides in the Charleston area with his family. 

One of my favorite touches at the Drawing Room is how the checks are presented at the end of the meal. In keeping with the artistic theme, when dining at the Drawing Room, you are given your check inside a book of poetry. I would highly recommend a visit to the Drawing Room to any visitor or local Charlestonian. 

Whether you are just wandering through the lobby and looking at the gallery, or enjoying a dinner in the Drawing Room, you’re sure to feel right at home at the Vendue Inn. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

featured listing: 2005 pierce street

I don't know about y'all, but I am so excited that this is a short holiday week! Tomorrow afternoon Rob and I are heading out to Kiawah to meet up with his family who has rented a home on the island for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is always one of my favorite holiday's: lots of excitement with Christmas on the horizon and delicious food.

The past several days here in Charleston have been so rainy, and today is no exception. Even though it's gloomy outside, this cute little cottage on Daniel Island is making me so happy and cheery! I can easily imagine living in this cute home! You can view additional photos and listing details of 2005 Pierce Street on Daniel Island here. 2005 Pierce Street is being offered for sale for $599,000. 

 "2005 Pierce St is a charming cottage that boasts tons of upgrades and charm. You do not want to miss this home, it is truly one of a kind. When you approach the front of the home you are greeted by a large southern front porch. Once inside the wide foyer is flanked by guest bedrooms to the right and left as well as the laundry room and second bathroom. Beyond the foyer is the spacious open floor plan family room and eat in kitchen. To the right of the family room is the lovely master retreat with large bath and walk-in closet. Beyond the kitchen is the screened in porch that leads you to a beautiful landscaped back yard with a brand new in-ground pool. The backyard is a private oasis. The detached 2 car garage is accessible from the driveway or backyard."

Listing Provided By: Hayden Jennings Properties

I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends! I'll be back next week with some fun posts!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

featured listing: 3654 coastal crab road

Happy Thursday! Today I wanted to share a new listing with you in a great little neighborhood in north Mount Pleasant.When I was looking at the hot sheet of new listings this one really caught my attention. Both the inside and outside of this home is truly inspired by its lowcountry surroundings. The large front porch, beautiful view, and those hardwood floors.... ahhh. I also wouldn't mind that kitchen or soaking tub in the master bathroom either.

3654 Coastal Crab Road is located in the Darrell Creek neighborhood of Mount Pleasant, SC. Darrell Creek is a great community with large lot sizes (this home sits on half an acre), offering views of the marsh and nearby creek, as well as a community crabbing dock and pool. The neighborhood is conveniently located to the new Market at Oakland shopping center, and is a short drive from the beach and downtown Charleston. Darrell Creek really does provide you with a relaxing lowcountry oasis that's not far from all of the amenities Charleston has to offer its residents. 

3654 Coastal Crab Road boosts over 1,000 square feet of porches, perfect for enjoying a cup of early morning coffee, an afternoon sweet tea, or an evening cocktail. The home also features a 3 car garage with over 1,800 square feet of space. The home is newly built, 2008, and has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. 

The attention to detail in this home is incredible. The owners did not miss a single beat. I'm still obsessing over the beautiful 5' heart of pine hardwood floors that are featured throughout the entire home and just loving the contrasting dark wood stairs. I've already saved this to Pinterest! 

The large gourmet kitchen at 3654 Coastal Crab Road is an absolute dream. The white cabinets and dark island make for the perfect contrasting colors, and the granite and stainless appliances make this kitchen even better. 

The downstairs study features crown molding and beautiful french doors. Although this is considered an office, this room could make a perfect 5th bedroom, playroom or nursery. I'm also smitten over the fact that this home features custom Sherwin Williams paint colors throughout. All the colors are bright and coastal-y, following along with the beautiful coastal inspired architecture of the home. 

The master suite is a private oasis with a beautiful soaking tub, dual vanities and a tile shower. The shower also has dual shower heads. There isn't one inch of carpet in this entire home. The bathrooms all feature tile flooring and crown molding.  You had to admit, that claw foot tub looks like the perfect place to relax on a chilly evening. 

I told you 3654 Coastal Crab Road was just stunning. This home is being offered by Ron Davis Realtors, LLC for $597, 900. You can view additional Darrell Creek listings on my website

Friday, October 17, 2014

friday five {october 17}

Happy Friday, friends! Before I jump into this weeks Friday Five, can I just say how much I am loving the cooler weather this week? It's 59 degrees outside right now... yes, 59! I think we finally have fall in the air! And it's about time.

1// The 3rd Annual Iron Brew Challenge is taking place this weekend at Holy City Brewing. Rob and I have friends who have actually entered their home brew into the challenge, so we are going to support them, but I am also interested in seeing the whole event. I am not a big beer drinker, and Rob really isn't either, but it's supposed to be a huge event and Mellow Mushroom is sponsoring it! Can't say no to Mellow Mushroom pretzels :)

2// Earlier in the week I posted my "fall reading list" and I really enjoyed reading your other suggestions for me as well! This week I started From Notting Hill, With Love.... Actually. So far I am really enjoying it. It seems like it's going to be a quick, easy and fun read!

3// In just a couple of short weeks Rob and I will be moving and that has me thinking paint colors. I was so excited to see the Benjamin Moore 2015 Color Trend Report this week. There are some really great options in the report. I'm actually sort of looking forward to picking new colors out for the house.

4// I cannot believe how quickly October is going by! Before the end of the month I really want to try out a fun Halloween-y recipe. This one looks delicious!

5// Doesn't that seem like just the most perfect way to spend a chilly Sunday morning? I sure think so.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

reading list for fall 2014

There’s just something about the crisp autumn weather that makes curling up with a good book, your favorite fall sweater, a plush blanket and cup of coffee sound so cozy. Autumn always has been my favorite season, and it’s this time of year that I tend to find myself absorbed in a number of books. 

Here is what is currently on my list of books to read this fall: 

I know, I know, it's ridiculous I still have not read Gone Girl. Honestly, it's a little creepy for my normal taste in books, but I really want to try to read it before the movie leaves the theatre. And, every year I say I'm going to complete the Harry Potter series, but after Christmas I tend to stop, so I am vowing to pick that challenge back up. They really are fantastic books, and I love how JK Rowling brings that world to life. I stumbled upon Texts from Jane Eyre while reading an article on a different website. The book will be released in November but sounds absolutely hilarious. You won't want to miss it! 

I always love to hear your suggestions on books I should add to my list, though. So tell me, what are some of your favorite books that you've read recently, or books that are on your list to read?