Last February I met with potential clients at Amazing Grace Villa who had viewed my painting featured in the dining room and wanted to commission a custom artwork. Here are a couple of inspiration boards I created for the clients to get a sense of the color direction they preferred.
Last September I styled for an Indian wedding at Villa Bella Vita (recently famous due to a Housewives episode). Apologies for these images, after nearly a year of requesting photos from the photographer and couple I have given up and resorted to using my snapshots!
Such a shame as it was a beautiful couple and featured some lovely details! The largest challenge with this wedding was the mandap which I wanted to look like this but there was a little . . . .well let’s say big surprise to consider.
In an Indian wedding the grooms entrance is the grand event and this wedding was no exception. We have no elephants in Turks and Caicos, and prince charming on the white horse has certainly been done, so here comes the helicopter! I suppose from watching films I was certain the helicopter landing was going to execute hurricane force winds which would rip the mandap to shreds and cover the guests in a blanket of salty sand. I kept the mandap draping minimal for damage control and stood way back (as you can see from the above I-phone photo) and closed my eyes when it hovered over the ceremony spot. Much to my surprise, no whipping winds, no flying sand, no problems . . . whew! Will know better for next time, if there is one.
Last April I had the opportunity to travel to North Carolina for the spring High Point Market. As this was my second time at market, and intended for a single project, it was much easier to navigate. Unless you have been, it is quite difficult to grasp the fact that there are 180 buildings, 11.5 MILLION square feet of showroom space filled with amazing furniture finds! We ticked off our to visit list quite efficiently and managed to discover a few new vendors. .One day I hope to go for the full week and not rush about ever mindful of the ticking clock! Here are a few highlights pictured below:
Tropical Imaging and I teamed up again for another great shoot at Ocean Club Resorts. I look forward to these shoots every year as they are a couple of the friendliest resorts on island with the most helpful staff. If you are looking for a reasonably priced, casual, and perfectly located place to stay in Providenciales, look no further. Check out at the fresh facelifts in a few of the units! We will be back soon to photograph the new balconies and other renovations.
Last fall I met with Karen Whitt about styling for the 2014 Turks and Caicos Gourmet Safari. I was expecting this November event to be held somewhere special on property at the beautiful Regent Palms Resort The previous year I had heard rave reviews from guests describing the elaborate set-up at the spa. Imagine my shock when informed there was to be a surprise in store for, not only the guests, but the entire staff, in that they planned to host this elegant evening at a construction site! We planned a site visit to the Shore Club to evaluate. I arrived in my work boots and dutifully put on the assigned hardhat before entering. As I cautiously stepped over rubble and rebar, I must have thought of every negative imaginable. How on earth would guests in gowns and stilettos manage it, let alone enjoy it? As I was collecting my arguments against the idea, Karen continued to sell it. Referencing the safari style and the element of surprise, steadying herself amongst the concrete and construction chaos in her typical work dress of heels and high fashion. Once we climbed a few flights of stairs and soaked in the gorgeous view I began to see why the Hartling groups wishes were to hold the event here.
Shore Club fireworks for the Gourmet Safari
As the photos above can attest, it did turn out to be a magical night! Kudos to the Hartling group and Karen who took the risk in doing something unexpected and insisted on a unique experience for their guests. It may be the first and last time I have to climb scaffolding all day to decorate but it was well worth it! We all are anxious to see the Shore Club project completed. I look forward to seeing this exquisite render below turned into reality and the wait is soon over!