Art: A few of my favorite pieces

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Our art tends to lean towards how we have decorated our home, neutral & rather simple. I'm not sure if it was a conscious decision, but rather one that has happened organically over the years. Of course our oversized piece from our family New York trip will always be a favorite. We also framed an image {image 3} from our 10 year anniversary trip to Miami and have it hanging in our guest room. Something about hanging photos from our trips that evokes a certain feeling and memories that we want to forever treasure. I have another piece from our California trip a couple years back currently in the works. I'll share once I have it up. If you have been around Two Ellie for any sort of time you will recall I have a love for all things Cecily Lowe. Image 2 & 4 are both by her and I have another in our main living room. Too much? Maybe, but she is a local artist that I can't seem to get enough of. Her work simply speaks to me. The 4th image is actually a print of hers from Minted and I love how the modern touch makes our vintage bathroom feel a bit more like me. The last image is from another local artist, Mckenzie Dove . Her use of texture is astounding. This piece currently sits among a few of my favorite things in our bedroom, but may shift as we finish off other spaces in our home. It's almost too pretty to be hidden away in the back of the house. The top image was a piece I did. I couldn't quite find a piece that was large enough for this wall that I adored and could afford so I gave it a go. I used my go to palette of whites, creams, and browns. The three rectangular pieces are actually handmade paper that my papa brought me from Colombia years ago that I had hidden away. Now it sits prominently in our front room and brings joy to me daily. Have any pieces of your own that speak to you? I love that art is truly for the eye of the beholder. 


We Travel - Watersound

Last week I shared one of my favorite places to travel to, 30-A florida. For our family it's a time to disconnect and be present. I know that is something that can be done from home, but why is it so hard sometimes? Something about escaping the daily routines of home life can really awaken our spirit, be more intentional with each other, and let us simply just be. These are some of my favorite moments from this past winter.

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Things To Do:

  • Grab a meal and watch a movie or a game at the Hub. It's a perfect place for little's and adults to have a good time. 
  • Bring or rent a bike and ride for hours on the bike friendly sidewalks
  • the taco place in seaside is one of our favorites. Don't forget a donut from five daughters food truck, they have gluten free too, but beware once they sell out for the day they close shop. 
  • Exploring the architecture of Aly's, Watersound and Rosemary Beach always leaves me inspired. Everything from the landscape to building is done oh so well. Also tons of little hidden play parks for those with little's. 
  • we can never get enough of reading on the beach
  • George's is a favorite place to dine. It is a bit of a splurge for us, but so worth it.  
  • For the rainy days we may head to the movie's at pier park they have an arcade that is fun for all too. 

A Beach Cottage

Some places can tend to make me breath deeper, want to disconnect more and simply just be. That place for me is by the water. Whether a lake or ocean I am impartial. We have some dear friends that bought a new place in Water Sound, 30- A Florida. They asked if I would help decorate it in exchange for trip time. Of course I said yes and to be honest they wouldn't have had to make any sort of deal, but don't tell them that. We are trying to save for Disney so this makes a perfect extra family vacation on a budget. They are planning to rent it out some so I had to mindful of that. Plus their young adult children and crew of friends can put a beating on a house. This was no hard renovation, but more of a facelift. We changed out most of the furniture as there style is more young and organic in feel by sticking to a simple palette of black, white, and wood tones. Most of the lighting changed and a good coat of paint everywhere was a definite need. Once the owners decide to make this a more permanent destination and no longer use it for a rental we will make a few more changes in the kitchen and baths. My favorite part may be all the art. We had it all commissioned by the owners mother! She is such a brilliant artist and put every vision we had into play. Here are some of my favorite snippets from a place that exudes peace.

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