Archive for January, 2012

Charleston Wedding: Virginia + Sean

Last weekend was my cousin Virginia Harper’s wedding to Sean Breen. The two said their vows at First Scotts Presbyterian Church and then had a beautiful reception at the Carolina Yacht Club. I was lucky enough to help with the styling and decor of the reception; my largest project was the 10-foot mantle! While we wait for the professional photos, I figured I would share a few shots I took myself.

Carolin Yacht Club Mantle

48 blocks of oasis, a whole case of sheet moss and an entire forest of smilax, 4 dozen hydrangeas, 150 roses, 30 french tulips, 36 stems of hyperium, berries and several colored orchids.

Carolina Yacht Club Mantle black and white

Carolina Yacht Club Reception

Carolina Yacht Club Charleston Wedding

Jim Smeal Wedding Cake


A Wedding on Whaley: Part II

As I noted in my earlier post, last winter I was up to my ears designing and styling my son and now-daughter-in-law’s wedding, that was held on May 5, 2011. The reception was held in the beautiful historic building, 701 Whaley in downtown Columbia, SC.

The outside of 701 is beautiful, so little needed to be done in terms of decor. I placed boston ferns and lanters along the sidewalk to guide guests to the reception. In the entry-way, I built two white fabric topiaries, which had a line of asymetrical flowers, which matched the line of handmade flowers on the bride, Katherine’s dress. The topiaries stood outside the entrance and oval wreaths wrapped in green satin fabric hung on the entrance doors.

701 Whaley Street

Green fabric wreath


wedding lantern

Fabric flowers, of all shapes, sizes and materials played a large role in the design, the inspiration of which came from the hand-made flowers on Katherine’s wedding gown. I started making the flowers using extra fabric I had around my studio. As the project progressed, the fabric flowers took on a life of their own and I had to call in for support! Luckily there are a few local wedding dress designers in Charleston that were kind enough send their fabric scraps my way.

Wedding Dress

Fabric Flowers

white and green fabric flowers

wedding decor fabric flowers

Fabric Flowers white and green

Cream and gream fabric flowers

Satin fabric flowers

Green and white fabric flowers

Green and white wedding cake

The interior of the historic warehouse has been renovated, but is still a raw space. The Grand Hall is an expansive (6,700 sq feet), open space with windows that reach 12 feet high. The 24-foot exposed-ceilings make the space feel even larger! It is the perfect blank canvas.

Wrought iron centerpieces gave the necessary height, without blocking anyones view. On the tall cocktail tables, we placed tall hurricane glasses with four tall green candles that were lit once it got dark outside. White semi-sheer curtains hung to separate the room between dinner and dancing. Garlands were wrapped around the banister, hung on the windows and decorated the cake table.

Wedding reception 701 Whaley

Wrought Iron Centerpiece

wedding reception 701 whaley street

window garland


Wrought Iron Wedding Centerpieces

701 Whaley Wedding Reception1

wedding garland

hurricane centerpieces with candlesticks

sparkler send offPhotography done by: Sara Parker Photography 

A Wedding on Whaley: Part I

This time last year, I was working on a true labor of love; designing and styling the wedding for my son, Laird and his new bride Katherine’s. The two wed in Columbia, South Carolina at West Ashland Methodist Church and celebrated their nuptials at the historic building, 701 Whaley.

Rehearsal Dinner: Capital City Club

Red and White Rose Centerpiece Metallic Silver Vase Centerpiece

Burlap place setting

Capital City Club Rehearsal Dinner

wedding place cards

Fabric flower and burlap sack place setting


Photography: Sara Parker Photography


Before and After: East Lake Chair

Inheriting furniture from family members can be tricky at times. You are often challenged with something that has significant sentimental value, but may not necessarily work with your current design. In my opinion, that is what makes a home unique to the individual.

This East Lake chair was my grandmother’s, and ever since I can remember it has been covered with this red velvet fabric. It was handed down to my mother, and then to me and I’ve always loved the intricate detail of the woodwork. As I have been re-decorating my own home, I realized the red velvet fabric of the chair was not going to fit as well as it had – I was looking for something a bit more “fresh.” Since I have been just CRAZY about hides lately, I had the chair re-upholstered in a funky off-white hide with metallic gold “burn out” spots. I absolutely love the combination of the traditional parlor chair with the modern fabric!

Vintage Chair


Vintage Hide Upholstered Chair

Color Pop: Tangerine Tango

Last month, Pantone announced Tangerine Tango as the color of the year for 2012. Since 2000, the Pantone Color of the Year has influenced everything from graphic design and packaging to fashion and beauty collections. The reddish orange hue is described as “sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it.”

For the past several years, orange has been making a comeback, in a bigger, brighter way. I have selected some of my favorites…there will certainly be more to come. Happy New Year!

Visit the Pantone website to see all of the past Color of the Year selections.

Tangerine tango stripe

Tangerine tango staircase

tangerine tango living room

Tangerine Tango Living Room2