Archive for May, 2012

May 25, 2012

Friday Fieldtrip::Ship to Shore

by heatherkp

Over the past few weeks I’ve been exploring all areas of downtown Charleston.  The Tall Ship Bounty was in docked in the harbor here for a weekend so we decided to go check it out.  It’s a replica of the original Bounty that was used in the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty staring Marlon Brando.  I love just about any excuse to be on the water or on a boat and it was a fun photo op!

Back on shore I visited a very fun restaurant that’s been in business for less than a year.  I headed over to Butcher and Bee for a local Permaculture guild meeting.  The restaurant is in the planning stages of working with the guild to create a permaculture garden to enrich the city and serve the restaurant (fresh, local, organic food!).  The are currently only open for lunch and late night bites but also have frequent “pop up dinners” a few times a month and they will gradually add more dinners and outdoor dining.  Check out their cool space and wonderful fresh food if you get a chance.

Our last visit for this week’s field trip is over to Redux Studio to see the Tempest installation exhibit by fellow SCAD alumni artist Jason Hackenwerth.  This installation represents a new direction and medium from this artist who’s past sculptural work has predominately been in latex balloons creating forms that are temporary in nature.  This work has less “mass” is more about line-work, drawing, painting and exploring positive and negative spaces (at least that’s my observation).

Beauty abounds both on and off shore here in Charleston.  I feel so grateful and privileged to be living in this beautiful and inspiring town with a strong sense of community and

May 23, 2012

Windowbox Wednesday

by heatherkp

I’ve been admiring all the beautiful window boxes spring up around town now that I’m LIVING IN CHARLESTON!  Almost every day I venture out on a walk in one direction or another and I always have my camera with me.  I snap away at all sorts of gorgeous, historic architecture and details (Gingerbread, masterful ironwork, worn paint effects, windows, doors etc).  As I’m looking around I’ve also been inspired by all  the beautiful window boxes.  Sooo…lucky for you I’ve decided to share them with you.  I won’t be living downtown in the historic district forever but while I’m here I’ll make a point to gather a photo collection of all the fun window boxes (and maybe a few other planters as well).

These two clean and modern boxes caught my eye amid a sea of more traditional and formal gardens and homes.  I love that they are in boxes painted Charleston Green and are only monochromatic shades of green.  A smart and stylish use of succulents will make these easy to maintain throughout the Heat of Charleston’s summer!

This box is a long term winner with mostly perennials including the centerpiece Hydrangea, ivy, lamium (which will have purple blooms), fern, purple oxalis (shamrocks) and just a couple purple petunias.

The two boxes above both feature analogous shades of purples ranging from deep to bright, fuchsia to blue purple.  They have a cool, mysterious and sophisticated look.

This last box is a real show stopper with it’s triadic color palette of yellow, fuchsia and purple.  What a handsome combination of lobelia, mandevilla, coleus, hibiscus and what I think it a type of coreopsis (the yellow flowers).  Upright and trailing plants as well as plants that are long blooming for the long summer season make this one of my favorites so far.

I hope this weeks selection will inspire you to get out and do a bit of gardening.

May 16, 2012

Women for Women Wednesday

by heatherkp

I missed International Women’s day on May 8th but I’ve seen so many fantastic women for women stories and websites recently I thought I’d share a few.  I found this beautiful video about the work that Kate Spade is doing with Women for Women in the latest issue of Lonny Magazine.  Check out the video and the free digital magazine, this issue hits it out of the park-REALLY Fantastic!

On a local level I will be joining ECEW [East Cooper Entrepreneurial  Women] in the next month or so now that I’m in Charleston.  On any level weather it be local or international we women have to stick together and support one another.  Especially in light of the recent attacks on women’s rights!

“Just think GUNS have a constitutional amendment protecting them

and WOMEN don’t.” -Eleanor Smeal

However you are inspired to help other women, in your community or in a community somewhere else around the globe I hope you will find the recent assaults on women’s rights a call to action.  Below are some fantastic organizations doing so much for women.

Women around the world still struggle for equal rights, here in the USA it’s not a matter of life and death for most of us but I hope you will remember that we haven’t gained our equality yet and there is so much more that we need to do, for ourselves and for our sisters around the world!

May 14, 2012

Makeover Monday::Year Long Transformation

by heatherkp

When I left Maryland I tried to wrap things up with most of my clients as best I could or pass them along to other organizers.  I had one client though that was making very good progress on her own and we had discussed before leaving the possibility of my continuing to work with her “Virtually”.  We began working together in one room tackling the transformation of the guestroom into something more comfortable for guests and also creating a functional work space where this client could work on the computer and her family genealogy projects.  When I arrived the room and walk in closet were crowded with many years worth of papers (personal, financial, you name it) mixed in with the genealogy papers.  Together we set to the task of sorting through these papers and deciding what to keep, what to toss and what category the keepers fell into.

Entrance to room

Guest Bed

Desk

Walk in closet shelves (all clothing that was hanging here was relocated)

As you can see from the before photo’s things were a bit of a jumble.  We worked together on average twice a month for a few hours each session.  Along the way as we began to see progress and as room was created we started to discuss the clients vision for this room.

  • How did she want it to feel and look?
  • How did it need to function in their day to day lives and for the guests who frequently used the room?

I discussed all of this with the client and asked her to gather some inspiring images to share what she liked.  We ended up working from one particular photo for the rooms inspiration.  Before things got finished the room actually looked worse!  That’s pretty common with almost any organizing project.

Things were pulled from the closet to sort through and this stained glass lamp served as inspiration for the color palette in the room.

The paint color was chosen and the room got a fresh paint job.

Furniture was re-arranged and cherished accessories were sorted through to select the ones to be used and displayed in the room.  This was roughly how things looked when I left Maryland in November.  I knew my client had her work cut out for her but I also was confident in her progress and motivation to complete this project.  So, we embarked on monthly phone coaching calls where she and I would “work” through her goals, progress and obstacles along the way.  I was very excited to see her progress when I returned to Maryland this past month.  Based upon what I had heard had been done in my absence, I knew she had done a great job.  This is what I saw when I returned!

A big part of this rooms re-designed focused on the function as a guest room for musicians and a genealogy office.  I also wanted to help this client use and appreciate the sentimental memorabilia that tied into the overall theme of the room and were too beautiful to be shoved in a closet!   Several stained glass lamps are being used and the violins and other musical instruments are now on display.  Furniture was relocated out of the room and the gold chair was brought in from another room. The primary color palette inspiration from the lamp worked well with most of the accessories and furnishings the client had on hand.

This desk is much more proportional to the room and was the only piece of furniture purchased.  The client loves it, I love it!

The closet got a transformation with the installation of shelves built to fit the basket filing system we created for the genealogy files.  In this case the client wanted to be able to pull out one family’s papers to work on at a time and she wanted to be able to work on them in this room or other areas of the house.  The final detail will be putting tags on the filled boxes.  No filing cabinets in sight!

The client has a bit more genealogy filing to do to complete this system but this part of the task will be something the client can easily handle on her own.  I know this because I see how incredibly far she has come in the past year of working together and in the past 4 months of her working with me on a coaching only basis.  Way to go!  I love to see these kinds of transformations, they can be so self motivating as the clients see how much progress they have made.  Working with clients virtually isn’t for everyone.  I only recommend working this way with specific clients who are interested in doing much of the work themselves, they have clear and specific goals encompassing a specific project and are very self motivated.  If you think you might be a candidate for working with me on a “virtual” coaching basis, send me an email and we can set up a free phone assessment.  What transformations have taken place for you in the past year?

 

May 12, 2012

Weekend Walking::US Botanical Gardens

by heatherkp

While I was up in the DC metro area I played tourist a couple days and did the expected amount of walking.  On this particular day I went downtown to meet my dad for lunch. Since he works only a few blocks from the US Botanical Gardens I knew I would have to pay a visit to the gardens right next to the Capital building.

It was a really beautiful day (which I can’t say was true of every day I was there, the weather was a roller coaster with temps ranging from the 50’s to 80’s!).

I knew I would catch some spectacular blooms but due to the early warm temps I was lucky to find the roses were in full bloom along with Peonies (which don’t do well in the south:(), clematis and many other late spring early summer bloomers.

I also found these baby ducklings (only 1 day old)!

My favorite were the tropicals blooming inside the conservatory though.  I found some unusual Hibiscus, many orchids, banana and other tropical foliage plants.

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time now you have probably noticed my love of floral/foliage photography.  I was in my own little oasis on this walk through the gardens.  Much like a walk by the ocean, walking through a garden takes away all my worries and I am truly brings me joy.  The beauty of flowers is one artistic muse I just don’t seem to ever tire of.  Where have you walked this week?  Did you find your muse along the way?

May 7, 2012

Moving Monday::Stuff Left Behind, A Wedding, A Puppy & A Shower…

by heatherkp

Yesterday we returned from a whirlwind 11 day trip back up to our former hometown to visit family and friends.  The trip included a wedding, a bridal shower (for my future SIL), trips to museums in DC, several parties (one on our behalf~Thanks!), family time, meeting my new family puppy (Katinka who we fell in LOVE with), my best friends 40th birthday (I’m not too far behind!), two client appointments and packing up our remaining “stuff”.  We “moved” 5 1/2 months ago now and have had this trip planned since.  I was asked to photograph a cousin’s wedding last week, which was really perfect timing for us to make this return trip.

Congratulations Matt and Chenoa!

Congratulations Matt and Chenoa!

My future SIL being playful!

My Puppy Sister, Katinka (A Coton de Tulear)

When we left MD last November we had to leave behind quite a few things at the last minute.  It wasn’t that we didn’t plan well, it wasn’t that we ran out of time but we didn’t have the space we anticipated in the truck we rented so we had to improvise.  Thanks to family and a couple friends we stowed away some treasures in MD during this time.  We had to leave behind a beloved model ship and dollhouse my grandfather built, our big TV, my Herman Miller Aeron chair, the rocking chair my brother and I were rocked in, many-many plants and quite a few garden tools.  We had to rent another U haul trailer to bring it all back but we did it!  It feels so great to know that we are here with all our stuff.  It also felt great to decide to leave a few items behind.  After living with everything in storage for so long I am so much more detached from our things.

The next exciting phase of our move will take us from our family’s place in Pawleys Island to downtown Charleston.  Later this week we will make that transition, one that will give us the much needed perfect space and timing to really know the place we are going to be living before we make big commitments.  It’s been challenging living like a gypsy but in the end I think this will help us have better area knowledge so we make a wise decision about where we will live next.  In the past we have made decisions about where we were going to live after only brief visits and in a few of those cases we felt stuck with something less than fantastic but that’s not gonna happen this time.  It may be another couple months before we finally have a home we can call our own but it’s going to be worth it in the end and I’ve learned a lot about flexibility and a certain sense of freedom that comes from living in limbo!

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