Thursday, August 21, 2014

the gallery wall

The gallery wall is by no means a revolutionary idea, however it is one that I think has incurred growing interest with the rise of sites such as Pinterest and Houzz. In almost any home tour I click through on sites like the EveryGirl or personal and lifestyle blogs, the one thing they all have in common is this famed gallery wall. Each is unique in its own way, but nonetheless it's there.

These gallery walls range anywhere from exquisite and designer inspired to DIY-created and full of personal touches and lots of love. Either way, the gallery wall is the perfect solution for the empty wall in your entry foyer, the space over your bed in the guest room, or the empty stairwell. 

Now that we've been in our house for quite some time, there are still some blank spaces that I feel would be the perfect opportunity to get creative and pull together some of our favorite mementos to create a gallery wall. While some gallery walls are completely curated from expensive prints and designer home goods items, I tend to favor the gallery wall that would allow me to add personal touches to our home that might not fit elsewhere- such as pages from our favorite books, wooden initial letters, old ticket stubs, handwritten letters, dried flowers from our wedding day, and trinkets from trips Rob and I have taken together. 

I'll agree with those of you who think creating a gallery walls sounds like a daunting task, because it does. My first thoughts were: how am I possibly going to find enough items for my wall, and how am I going to hang them all? After reading some posts and looking at some inspiration on Pinterest, I've decided the first thing to do is figure out where the gallery wall is going to go and about how many frames or items it will take to make your wall look full. After you've figured out that much, see how many unused frames you can pull from around your own house, or stop by a thrift shop to purchase some inexpensive frames. After you have the frames you can decide whether you want to spray paint them or leave them the way they are. Once that's done comes the fun part- figuring out which items you want to put on display in your gallery wall. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on gallery walls. Have you created a gallery wall in your home? Do you have any helpful tips for those of us who haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet? Or, do you think gallery walls are overused and look cluttered? What are your favorite items on your gallery wall? 

Photos: 1 // 2 // 3 //

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


As I've mentioned on numerous occasions, one of Rob and I's favorite things to do is walk around downtown Charleston after dinner. We always try to pick a different neighborhood or area of the city for our walks, if for no other reason than the excuse to try out a new coffee shop or find new Instagram photo opportunities. One area we don't tend to walk a lot is the upper King Street area. We typically park somewhere near the Battery and walk around the areas South of Broad, lower King Street, and East Bay Street. 

On this particular night though, we parked near the visitors center on John Street and walked along upper King Street. It was interesting to see how many new restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques have popped up along upper King Street over just the past few months. 

As we walked along King Street we stumbled across a new ice cream shop that I've been hearing a lot about, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. We all know how hot it can be during August in Charleston, so any opportunity to cool off is welcomed with open arms. From the street Jeni's looked appealing, and packed, so we decided it must be living up to the hype and gave it a shot. 

Jeni's is unlike any other ice cream shop that I've ever eaten at, and trust me, I've tried out many. At Jeni's it is truly about the quality and the experience. 

How so?

Jeni's was founded on the principle of "built from the ground up", and that truly makes all the difference. Think: milk from grass-grazed cows, ice creams free of chemicals, dyes, and artificial flavorings, and ingredients that are peeled, blowtorched, and blended right in the Jeni's kitchen. 
It won't take long for you to realize that traditional ice cream flavors such as cookie dough, mint chocolate chip, bubble gum, and cookies and cream are nowhere to be found on Jeni's chalkboard menu. Instead, you will find flavors such as Bangkok peanut, the milkiest chocolate in the world and goat cheese with red cherries.

When it was our turn to order we were able to sample as many flavors as we wanted, and our scooper was also able to educate us on how each flavor was created, what ingredients it was made from, and what flavors would pair well together. 

I chose the goat cheese with red cherries and milkiest chocolate in the world- a perfect combination. Just writing this post is making my mouth water for one of Jeni's freshly made waffle cones and any combination of their delicious ice creams. 
Oh, did I mention that you can order Jeni's online and have it delivered to your door? Yes, online! Talk about a delicious delivery. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

view from my weekend

I know, I know... it has been so long since I have written a post on this little blog. But, I'm making efforts to change that this week. Work has been crazy, which in the world of real estate is always a good thing. Aside from that, life has just been busy.  But, I hope that everyone had a fabulous weekend and is gearing up for another great week!

1//  I am trying to get better about going to the gym, so this week I printed out the group fitness schedule and have put some classes on my calendar. I used to really enjoy BodyPump, and I think it's a great way to tone the entire body. It left me sore, that's for sure, but feeling great afterwards. What group classes are your favorite? 

2// This cute little house is one of my favorites, and it happens to be for sale. It's located in the cute little downtown neighborhood of Wagener Terrace and nestled right on the banks of the Ashley River. 

3// Friday evening I showed houses on James Island. This one is super cute, and I'm loving the renovation they did. The kitchen was majorly updated, and I'm loving that yellow front door and matching porch furniture. Also, who doesn't love distressed hardwoods? 

4// Lastly, yesterday afternoon one of my listings participated in a neighborhood open house event. 

We also went up to Columbia during the day on Saturday to celebrate the birthday of one of our friends sons who was turning 3. So overall, a busy weekend! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

business lately

I have been so crazy busy with work lately that I have not had much time to blog. Summer is always a busy time for real estate in Charleston, but the past 2 weeks have been crazy. Although, I am not complaining about that in the least bit. 

1// Yesterday afternoon I went to a contract signing with some clients who are going to be building a brand new home in Carolina Bay. They are so excited for construction to begin and are happy they are able to choose their colors, materials and even change some features of the floor plan. Their construction will be completed in January of 2015. Carolina Bay is such a cute, Charleston-style neighborhood in West Ashley. 

2// Last week I showed homes and attended a walk-thru before closing in Nelliefield. Nelliefield is a great community that is close to 526 and Mount Pleasant, and in a lot of ways similar to the style of Carolina Bay. Crescent Homes has been doing a great job out there, and I just love their product.

3// Last week I also sold a gorgeous vacation home to a family from Charlotte. If you look out the bedroom window in the photo, you can see the dock and the marsh. They close in just a couple of weeks! 

4// Lately, I find myself spending a lot of time at Starbucks and using it as my mobile office- which I am not complaining about. Naturally, I've started to try some of their new drinks for some variety, and the peach green tea lemonade is fantastic. Try it! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

an ode to blake lively

Happy Friday! Gosh, this week just flew by for me (hence, my absence here on the blog). My work has been crazy, but that is always a good thing. Lots of homes going under contract and listings being shown!

I'll be back on the blog next week, but for now, enjoy this little ode to Blake Lively...

Gossip Girl was one of my favorite book series of all times during my teen years, and as I entered into adult life it was still one of my most cherished collections. Sure, I truly love a good classic like The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned, or House of Mirth, but Gossip Girl is one of those books I will always be excited about. And during high school, when the show first aired, I can vividly remember hanging out with my best girlfriend while oh-ing and ah-ing over the difference between the book and the show, and what we loved and didn't love about the TV series: the characters, the plot, the fashion choices.

Last week, when Vogue launched it's #73questions with Blake Lively I was instantly excited. I love this girl. She is so real and candid. She's so untypical of what you find in Hollywood these days.

If you haven't already seen the video, then you are missing out. And if you have already seen it, well, it doesn't hurt to watch it twice.