Underwater Museum of Art, Florida

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So what is it all about? Well, besides being named as one of Time Magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places” of 2018, The Underwater Museum of Art Florida is a newly created local eco-reef and dive site situated right off Grayton Beach.

“The Underwater Museum of Art is the first permanent underwater sculpture garden in the U.S. Located in the Gulf of Mexico, off of Walton County, Florida, the museum lies at a depth of approximately 60-feet and at a distance of .7-miles from the shore of Grayton Beach State Park. Each year, a juried selection of sculptural works, drawn from artists throughout the world, is installed in the underwater garden. The sculptures quickly attract a wide variety of marine life and, over time, metamorphize into a living reef. This eco-tourism attraction not only entices art lovers and divers from around the country and around the globe, it provides a much-needed habitat for local marine life and fisheries as well as providing marine scientists, wildlife management professionals, ecologists, and students, with an opportunity to study marine life and measure the impact of artificial reef systems on the Gulf ecosystem.”- https://umafl.org/

My husband, Colby and I are honored to have been chosen as a sponsor of one of the 2019 statues that are scheduled to be deployed this summer by my thoughtful mother-in-law, Debra Cannon. She selected a statue that will be placed in our honor this summer and will be added to the 2018 group of statues that inhabit the Gulf of Mexico floor. How cool is that?!?

Check out some pictures of some of my favorite local artists, Justin Gaffrey and Allison Wickey’s works that were selected in 2018 for this project.

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Susan Gordon Pottery

My newest obsession is Susan Gordon Pottery— it’s a beautiful handmade pottery line from Birmingham, Alabama that has been featured in Southern Living and Martha Stewart Weddings. The abstract wave bowls are PERFECT for our Lovelace Interiors showroom in Inlet Beach. They blend beautifully with Annieglass for serving and as tabletop accessories. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but here are some of mine:

Check back this summer when they arrive at our Inlet Beach showroom! In the meantime, follow her on Insta:

 https://www.instagram.com/susangordonpottery/

Highpoint Market Spring 2019 Recap

Spring Highpoint Furniture Market in April was a SUCCESS! Our Lovelace buying team had an inspiring trip, and got some fun and fresh new pieces for both of our showrooms. Expect lots of COLOR, refined coastal influences, performance fabrics, woven textures, and abstract art. Stay tuned for future blog posts about what was HOT at market!

Flashback Friday

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Flashback to one of my very first jobs at Lovelace Interiors.. a beautiful master bedroom for a wonderful client in Panama City Beach. I still love the custom shell mirror, grasscloth master bed wall, and Global Views accent chest. The neutral tones and soothing colors make for a beautiful and serene space, even 8 years later 🙂

Lovelace Lifestyle Grand Opening

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Our second Lovelace Interiors Inlet Beach location Grand Opening party on March 28 was a HUGE success! If you’re local and you haven’t been– check it out! It’s around 5000 sq. feet of showroom space with a coastal flair.  We also sell jewelry by Bittersweet Designs, and a few select clothing and accessory lines. We also feature local and regional artists such as Justin Gaffrey, Amy Fogg, Allison Wickey, Roy Eure, and Beth Allee.

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And our photographer, Jim Clark, snapped some awesome candids that I LOVE of my family and friends who were able to make it!

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Ashley Longshore Art

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Photo Credit: https://www.ashleylongshore.com/

Remember when you were a kid and Christmas morning felt like it took FOREVVVVVVER to arrive? That’s what last week was like for me. But let me back up…

I have been a HUGE fan of New Orleans-based artist, Ashley Longshore, for a while.  I first started following her journey when she was the featured artist at Alys Beach’s Digital Graffiti back in 2013 and has graced the cover of local VIE Magazine numerous times. Her instagram is absolutely hilarious and she’s a bold and successful female artist who’s made a name for herself as a spirited, self-taught pop artist who freely speaks her mind and has the celebrity packed fan-base to back it up. 

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Ashley is also the resident artist at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman and designed their 5th Avenue windows for Christmas 2018, and has a 7th floor feature at their in-store cafe.  http://viemagazine.com/article/pop-arts-rebel-queen/

As their brand partner, she has a collection you can shop with placemats, trays, and bags. Click here for happy shopping 🙂 She also had a quickly-sold out collection of home and fashion accessories for Anthropologie.

She’s the perfect mix of brightly colored pop art and her talent stretches from her highly anticipated 200 “smalls” release one a year to her custom HUGE pieces. I love the bold color and touch of sparkle she uses from hand embellished jewels to gold leaf backgrounds. I signed up for her VIP release link to have early access to her small releases this spring, and lucked out in being able to snag one for the first time. In the first 30 minutes of the release, they were sold out of the pieces I was interested in, and I was bummed. Lo and behold, I signed back on around 9:30, only to find that she had released 20 more pieces for sale. It was a sign.. I scooped one up!  If possible, my Audrey Hepburn piece is even more beautiful in person, and she’s found the perfect home for now in my bookshelf until we build our dream home and she moves to my original art gallery wall that I’ve already started collecting for 🙂

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It’s hard to pick a favorite subject matter, but here are some of her most recent paintings that I adore, and hope to continue collecting in the future!

If you’re in New Orleans, be sure and make a stop at her 4537 Magazine Street Gallery– it’s everything you’d imagine it to be.. bold, bright, and FUN! And if you’re like me, and can’t get enough of her contagious and bubbly work, check out this article about “Six ways to own an Ashley Longshore.”

https://neworleans.louisiana.thescoutguide.com/post/154180968155/six-ways-to-own-an-ashley-longshore