Jun 19, 2018

Children, Fishing and Art

To me, there's nothing more delicious than the sight of a little one outside, soaking up the sun and soaking up life.  I get major heart eyes for a good shot of my little guy fishing.

When I had the opportunity to have a painting created from one of these images by an artist I adore, I jumped.  Kendall is so very talented and I have to resist the urge to buy pretty much every single happy floral painting she creates.  When she mentioned that she wanted to work on a series of paintings of children earlier this year, I got in touch with her immediately.


I couldn't be any happier with how the piece turned out.

Kendall Kirk Singleton Child Fishing | The Lowcountry Lady

Kendall Kirk Singleton Child Fishing | The Lowcountry Lady

Kendall Kirk Singleton Child Fishing | The Lowcountry Lady

You can check out Kendall's work here.

I had a custom floating frame made through one of my favorite Etsy shops*.




*affiliate link

May 27, 2018

Benefits of a Buffet


Have you ever hosted a meal in your home and it felt like everyone was stepping all over each other in the kitchen?  Sometimes, that is half the fun of having everyone over.  Other times, if you're anything like me, you might find yourself wishing you had just a little more space.  Queue the buffet (or sideboard)!

Buffet and vertical floating wine bottle holder with air plants | The Lowcountry Lady

A buffet will help optimize your space, by allowing you to store a few more things in cabinets or drawers and by giving you an option to spread out snacks, cocktails or desserts when you're entertaining.  People often setup beverage stations on their buffets - I've always loved that idea.

Buffet and vertical floating wine bottle holder with air plants | The Lowcountry Lady

Our very handy brother-in-law made us a gorgeous floating wine bottle holder when we moved into the house.  It found its home over our new buffet today!  What do you think of the air plants?

Buffet and vertical floating wine bottle holder with air plants | The Lowcountry Lady

Source list (including select affiliate links) -
  • Indoor/outdoor buffet: Celadon
  • White flower pot and ZZ plant: Abide-a-while
  • Tiny flower pot and succulent: Whole Foods
  • Lamp: Pottery Barn
  • Govino Wine Glasses
  • Similar to our wine rack

Apr 22, 2018

Painting the Porch Ceiling Blue

Gallavant through neighborhood streets of Charleston and you're bound to catch a glimpse of a porch ceiling painted blue.  According to The Southerner's Handbook, the tradition of using 'Haint Blue' for porch ceilings, as well as front doors and even trim, is closely tied to Gullah culture.  Gullah wisdom suggests that haints (vicious ghosts) are unable to cross over water, so the blue paint color acts as a barrier to keep the spirits out of the home.  The book Very Charleston suggests that sky blue ceilings also deter bugs from nesting - I'll report back with my personal experience in a few months.  I'll be able to do that because I painted the ceiling on our small back porch this weekend.

I love the charm of any painted ceiling, but especially those painted blue.


Haint blue porch ceiling with SW Cay | The Lowcountry Lady

Here's the before shot showing the simple wood beadboard painted white.  It was fine, just missing the character I knew I wanted for this back porch which looks out to the woods.

Haint blue porch ceiling with SW Cay | The Lowcountry Lady

Choosing the right blue was a must.  I wanted something a little bit more vibrant and slightly turquoise because I knew it could stand up to all of the nature surrounding the porch.  I choose SW, Cay, and I love it!

My motivation for this project was reignited when I visited the Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff last week.  The designer for that home chose a dusty blue, which makes for another interesting choice.  Here's a picture I took during my visit -

Haint blue porch ceiling | The Lowcountry Lady

Thinking of painting your porch ceiling blue?  Consider these colors options -

Haint blue porch ceiling with Piazza Blue | The Lowcountry LadyHaint blue porch ceiling with SW Cay | The Lowcountry LadyHaint blue porch ceiling with SW Resolute Blue | The Lowcountry Lady

Left is SW Piazza Blue D-CR075, the most traditional choice for haint blue.
Middle is SW Cay 6772, my favorite and what I chose for my porch.
Right is SW Resolute Blue 6507, a little more mellow bluer blue.

Haint blue porch ceiling with SW Cay | The Lowcountry Lady