Blue and White Monday: Christina Baker


White Mangrove by Christina Baker

Christina Baker paintings aren't easy to obtain. Oftentimes, customers call one of the two galleries in which Christina shows, and purchase a painting before it arrives sight unseen.  It's not unusual for all of her paintings to be spoken for before they ever reach the gallery.  

Eleanor by Christina Baker

This doesn't surprise me a bit.  Christina's work is masterful.  Each piece she creates is breathtaking.  I'm fortunate enough to enjoy three of her paintings in my entry, and I'm touched by them every day.

Heather by Christina Baker

The work I'm sharing today is some of her newest, and of everything here, only White Mangrove (which is amazing and has the most gorgeous combination of blues I can image) is still available.

Southern Blues by Christina Baker
 Southern Blues

Since I've gotten to know Christina, her work has evolved.  I'm impressed by the way she consistently pushes herself to grow. While her work grows and changes, it stays recognizable as hers.  I see artists on Instagram who copy her paintings, but they're always poor imitations that don't capture the ethereal quality Christina conveys.  This is a topic I'll be sharing about soon, but for now, you can read some about it here.

Lady of Shalott by Christina Baker
 Lady of Shalott

Monday is usually reserved for just blue and white, but I can't resist adding these.  

Secret Places by Christina Baker
 Secret Places

Palo Verde by Christina Baker
Palo Verde

For more on Christina, see my Q&A here.  She shares lots of interesting information about herself, and there are many other spectacular paintings to see.


Blue and White Monday: Cottage Love


Collection of blue and white Chinese Porcelain used as a beautiful accent in a West Highland Park cottage.

This lovely, charming West Highland Park cottage has been featured twice in Veranda Magazine, and it's easy to see why.  No detail has been overlooked -- Provence at its best.  

Collection of blue and white Chinese Porcelain used as a beautiful accent in a West Highland Park cottage.

The exquisitely done serene retreat is available, and you can see more of it here.




The mantel is always the focal point of any room with a fireplace. I've always loved changing mine up a bit from time to time, so I was thrilled to participate in Project Design: How to Style Your Mantle For Spring Two Ways. 

This is our family room.  It's where we spend most of our time, and we've enjoyed this gorgeous painting by Reagan Geschardt so much. I appreciate many design styles, but for my own house, I tend to keep things simple and symmetrical.  This painting is fantastic on its own and doesn't need embellishment, so I just added two bamboo shaped large vases with hydrangea and greenery from the grocery store.  With the beautiful colors Reagan used in the painting, I didn't have to do much to create a mantel perfect for spring.

Since I needed to show two ways to style a mantel, my daughter painted this maidenhair fern for me, and I love the loose way she used watercolor to create the leaves.  I wanted to do something unsymmetrical, and was excited to have the opportunity to use my new emperors set.  Every year toward the middle of February, I start to long for green.  With the arrival of spring, all of the green is such a welcome sight.  I asked my daughter to do something with lots and lots of this refreshing color, and she couldn't have chosen to paint anything I'd like more.  The ferns in the fireplace are in this wicker storage trunk from Target. I purchased it a few years ago and took the top and the bottom off.  After placing a plastic bin inside, it's perfect for displaying plants inside the fireplace during the warmer months.

Coincidentally, One Kings Lane just began a sale called Mantel Makeover.  If you're needing items for your mantel, it's a great place to start your search.

A big, huge thank you to Project Design for allowing me to participate.  This was lots of fun!  Don't miss seeing all of the spring mantel inspiration created by the talented group below!


Blue and White With Griffin Design Source


This fresh, crisp, spectacular space was designed by Ramey Caulkins, of Griffin Design Source.  

The photo, above, stopped me dead in my tracks Monday morning when I spotted it in my Instagram feed. Stylebeat's Marisa Marcantonio posted it, and I had to immediately learn more.

I love everything about this space.  To see more from Griffin Design Source, visit the site here.

On another note, I'm excited about an upcoming project. Tomorrow, I'll be participating in Project Design:  How To Style Your Spring Mantel Two Ways. The fireplace/mantel is always the focal point of the room, and it's fun to change things up a bit.  I'll be joining the following:

I hope you'll check back in tomorrow!



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