Investing in art is something I don’t think I ever thought I would be excited about as a post-grad. I mean, Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, and Target had lots of options and sometimes you can even get them on sale! What more could I want when decorating my place? While I still do find decor from those places, I find myself going back to meaningful art when I want to add something to our walls.
Last Fall, we commissioned a special ocean painting by Brynn W. Casey for our Christmas presents to each other after our most recent visit to Hawaii. We typically don’t exchange gifts, but I admire the tranquility of the ocean she captures so beautifully. No joke, I had found her on Instagram over the summer and was subtly enjoying her posts in my feed. One morning on a walk near A-Bay on the Big Island, I was looking out over the ocean and thought of her work! I emailed her right away to see if she was available for a commission. It was such a treat to work with her and if anything it has started the snowball of getting more pieces! Here is my picture from that infamous walk:
Earlier this year, I shared my desire to enhance our front sitting room. It all started when I saw some curtains that got me thinking we needed to do some editing and adding. Here is a walk down memory lane…
I set this idea aside and focused on the outdoor updates. Until, I found some blue china paisley curtains at HomeGoods.
If you follow a few of the “it girl” bloggers then you are definitely aware of Teil Duncan, a Charleston artist known for her beach and bull scenes. Chris and I visited her studio at REDUX while we were in Charleston last Fall. It’s even in my Charleston Weekend Guide. Since then she has really taken off! I wish we had purchased an original piece back then so for now my beach print will have to do.
My mom gifted me with a large beach print for my birthday and I was eager to get it hung, but I needed to find a frame. I took it to Michael’s and they quoted me $280 with a 60% off discount. I was floored! I was thinking about $100 to get it matted and framed, but I wasn’t sure where it would end up so I was hesitant to commit. I had found several nice frames that were the exact size as the piece but I wanted mat around it. While walking through Walmart of all places to get plastic containers for organizing the study closet, I walked down the frame aisle and the dimensions were perfect. I had found a matted frame for less, way less than anywhere else!
Chris and I had the opportunity to visit my sister, Allie, in Charleston, South Carolina in November. If I had a favorite month to visit, it would definitely be November (I might be a little biased). It was the quintessential Fall with the beautiful colors covering all the huge trees and the weather was cool but not yet cold. We were lucky enough to stay with my sister who lives right over the bridge in St. Andrews; otherwise this weekend would have been a lot more expensive. Staying on the Peninsula is definitely preferred if you don’t want to rent a car.
I like to think Houston has some pretty good food options, and the Holy City definitely knows their way around Southern hospitality!
What we ate:
On Saturday, we started at the Bay Street Biergarten to watch some college football. They have this great concept where you pay by the ounce for beer and you serve yourself one of their over 60 taps. They have communal tables which make for a fun atmosphere. My sister enjoyed a signature bratwurst on a pretzel hoagie with sweet potato fries. I’m not personally a brat fan, but she said it was top-notch. Chris had their turkey sandwich served thanksgiving-style with cranberry sauce. I had their meatloaf sandwich which was outstanding. Fork and Knife required. We ordered an extra side of brussels sprouts and green bean fries. Continue Reading →