Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2015

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PJ Gartin is a freelance garden writer who lives in Charleston. Many thanks to Terry Monell for allowing us into her home for this story. The mouth is fashioned from Japanese privet. Spanish moss and gold-painted cotton boll bracts dangling from its antlers suggest that this Rudolf needs a refresher course on how to land. The best way to get your creative Christmas juices fowing is to frst take a careful look at your own garden. Even disappointing plantings, such as that scraggly silver dollar eucalyptus that you purchased on impulse, might suddenly hold artistic potential. Although Askew incorporates fancy peacock feathers into some of his designs, be on the lookout for dropped cardinal or blue jay feathers. Magnolia grandifora seedpods also have promise, as well as clusters of palmetto berries. Armed with a hot glue gun, a small roll of garden wire and plenty of brightly colored rib- bon (don't forget plaid), expect to have a creatively grand time playing with ideas. Even if you have no intention of completing these designs yourself, holding and examining plant materials, plus learning to appreciate their individual characteristics, will better enable you to discuss your decorative intentions with a designer. 2 FOR MORE IDEAS To start planning your holiday decorations, contact Nicholas at 252-339-1537 or nicholasaskew Order his handmade cotton wreaths and other natural accessories at They grew up in Charleston. They know Charleston. They are a team of Top Producers with Disher, Hamrick & Myers. Saida and Caroline are your KEYS to Charleston Real Estate. 30 Broad street, Charleston, SC 29401 Saida Russell : 8434789391 Caroline Ragsdale : 8434788200 Saida and Caroline are Experienced Realtors ® Who Represent Buyers and Sellers of Fine Property Throughout Charleston. 181 CS D

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