with grace headed down to georgia this week for the big day, we thought we’d start of a fantastic week of sneak peeks by “going south” with the three lovely ladies behind beautyeverday.com – a site that shares their creative experiences, artists, southern food, amazing southern homes, and love for the southern flora. first off is rebecca wood of r. wood studio. i love the feel of the rustic, recycled wood juxtaposed against her beautiful ceramics. click HERE for the complete post (with additional images) and stay tuned for kristen bach and rinne allen’s homes coming up next! [thanks, rebecca!] -anne
p.s. don’t forget to check out the new beauty everyday etsy shop!
[above: my humble home sweet home in the country. I’ve lived there 4 years, and loved every minute of it. i never get tired of the seasonal sights and smells. if you can move to the country, do it! being around that much pastoral beauty is really good for the soul. everything in my house is either handmade by someone or me I love, or something I got for free or at a thrift store. I’ve never been into ‘new’ stuff to me, the more rustic, the better. this is my bed, with one of my favorite paintings over it. the pillowcases are from china and a thrift store. roll pillow made by rinne Allen, cotton bedcover from urban outfitters..]
when I first walked in this house, I fell in love with all the recycled wood everywhere, and these simple kitchen shelves. I’ve become a fan of open shelving, because they are perfect for displaying my growing collection of pottery; so inspiring to look at and choose from. [Since] the inside of my house is made of reclaimed wood, thus the plank that says’ parking’. the sofa is from the goodwill ( $45!),the gold pillow is made from faux wood grain velvet I painted. the orange throw is old mohair hand me down from the 50’s.some of my personal platter collection is on the wall.
I after I graduated from college, I had a successful painting career for ten years or so, then it all came to an end when there was a stock market crash in 1987. I decided then that it was time to branch out into other things I was interested in doing, like jewelry making, fabric painting, making clothes, painting furniture, and learning china painting. I’d always wanted to learn china painting. I had a vision when I was a teenager, of selling hand painted teapots in Neiman Marcus. to my dismay, china painting proved very fragile. it came off on the dishwasher! so I got an old kiln at a yard sale and started rolling out balls of clay with a rolling pin. I didn’t know what I was doing, but knew some potters to pester with my questions. I was in new York showing some of my hand painted velvet and handmade hats to a store there, and when I pulled my first batch of plates out of the suitcase, the buyer immediately placed a big order, and R.Wood Studio was born. a couple of years later, Neiman Marcus placed a huge order, and so my dream sort of came true. Since then, we’ve been busy learning how to have a business and just keeping up with the demand. I love making something by hand that I know people will use and enjoy everyday. people love using our dishes, and that makes me very happy.
my front porch. all the furniture is from a great thrift store down the street. on summer evenings i sit out here for hours, listening to the birds and bugs and watching the clouds go by till the colors fade and the lightening bugs come out.
my kitchen table. I’ve sat there many an hour, staring out the huge window into the back yard. watching the birds on my feeder and seeing the green pine trees,springs the occasional deer or baby bunny. it’s a very meditative spot for me, surrounded by all the pottery I love while having my morning coffee. I get most of my ideas there.
CLICK HERE for the rest of rebecca peek– and additional full-sized images– after the jump!
my bathroom shelf, with roses from the garden, a bottle of cologne from Paris, and some yak milk soap from Tibet.