About the Artist Leslie Murphy Cetingok
A native of Huntsville. Alabama Leslie completed her undergraduate studies at Auburn University, and her graduate studies at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She also studied Art and Graphic Design at UAB and Interior Design through the Inferior Design Institute, San Francisco. Leslie spent several years in New York, and she and her husband travel regularly to their home in Turkey, where she sources unique lighting, pottery. and textiles. Influences from her travels can be seen throughout her work. Her business, Design Art LLC, is a full-service design firm, which also allows her to pursue her passion for creating original works or art for clients. Her current works are mixed media on canvas.
The series on display at Palladio is entitled, “Water in its Various Forms.” Cetingok used various material including acrylics. metallic dusts. and epoxy to achieve the finished result. Many of her pieces have a liquid quality and organic natural strokes and movement achieved by dripping water. wiping and scraping away layers of the surface. and then adding on epoxy gloss coot for the final touch. Most of the works have neutral grey, soft blue and green tones and undertones with a predominately white background or foreground. Inspiration was mostly taken from the lakes and streams around he childhood family homes in the Huntsville Alabama area. Cetingok also departed from this palette to achieve a more colorful and bright segment of the series, the inspiration tor which was derived from various ocean and beach scenes in tropical locations visited by Cetingok, in particular the Maldives.
Renee’s demonstration on how to create a beautiful window box will be held at
Palladio Garden April 9th at 11am.
Renee will drawing for a free book giveaway and signing copies of Nantucket Window Boxes and Nantucket Hydrangeas after her demo. Event is FREE.
RENEE PEMBROKE IS A WRITER, GARDENER AND PHOTOGRAPHER, who inherited her love for gardening, and especially hydrangeas from her mother and late grandmother. Renee finds great pleasure in the art of window box design and is drawn to the extraordinary beauty and charm of hydrangeas and window boxes on Nantucket Island. She is a great lover of all art, but particularly that of Freida Hamm. Renee studied at the English Gardening School in London and under hydrangea expert Mal Condon at the Hydrangea Farm on Nantucket.
Renee lives in Memphis, Tennessee, where she developed and directed The Institute for Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books at Rhodes College. Also, she coordinated numerous workshops and lectures on the arts in the English Countryside. Her other works include Twenty Five Years With Freida Hamm, Nantucket Window Boxes, Nantucket Hydrangeas, children’s guides to Memphis, Nashville, and Nantucket as well as My Nantucket Journal.
Why are antiques so important? What constitutes an antique? Why invest in antiques now?
The popularity of antiques ebbs and flows throughout the country and throughout the world. They are typically seen as sound investments when nothing else is retaining value, but value can also fluctuate with the market.
As pieces with a story, antiques are heirlooms passed down from generation to generation that hold an imprint of familial history. Sometimes they come from a far away place geographically. The beautiful thing that is always present is the piece’s individuality and uniqueness. There is only one like it. There is only one with that unique history, stain, scratch, hardware…all of the wonderful little components that come together to give the piece depth. But how do you find the right antiques for you? And how do you use them in today’s decor?
Pick up books and read about Majolica and Louis Philippe. Why are items with these names sought after? Do all antiques have to be expensive? Taking the time to learn what you can about pieces that you can search for or that mean something to you, learning about their lineage, makes them far more valuable than any price tag could ever reflect. Gaining the knowledge to be able to spot a great piece, start a collection or incorporate it into current trends is a priceless art, and there is no “right” or “wrong.” So, happy hunting!
At 11 years old my daughter has a “style.” She likes chevron patterns and clean asian-inspired pieces. Maybe because I am more “boho” and artistic and like to clutter my space with trinkets she swings the opposite way? My 10 year old daughter likes fluffy and pink and anything with unicorns. Years ago before either of them were born I went to a yard sale with cash in my pocket. I had no idea I was going to purchase anything, but I had just gotten my first large paycheck.
The yard sale was at the home of a cabinet maker. As people perused the front yard I wandered around to his woodshop in the back where a head and footboard were leaning up against the shed. “Is this for sale?” I asked. “Yes,” he said. “But I wasn’t going to include it in the yard sale.” I offered him all of the cash in my pocket and took home a Jacobian chest from the 1600’s that had been turned into a twin sized bed in the 1800’s. Still visible was the hole where the key would have fit.
Both of my girls have used the bed. When I moved and downsized my house I redecorated and realized it was time to let go of a lot of things, some antiques included. I asked my daughters if either of them wanted the bed for their new room, and they both responded, “no, but you have to keep it so we can pass it down to our children.” It may not fit their style, but it sure fit their heart, and I was proud that they realized the value. It is still the sturdiest piece of furniture I own.
Below is a story by writer Mark Palmer for The Daily Mail. Read as he shares his experience with collecting antiques and the response of his own daughter:
“My daughter is finally leaving home. Not before time, you might say, since she’s in her mid-20s.
Olivia is teaching at a state primary, where she doesn’t earn much, but seems to be well rewarded in terms of job satisfaction.
“She is going to be sharing a flat with a friend and it should be reasonably bright and cheerful once I’ve finished with the paint-roller. What’s more, I told her the other day that apart from a bed and a sofa, she hardly needs to buy a stick of furniture.
“That’s because I’ve accumulated so much of the stuff and have been waiting for years to offload as much as possible to my children, if and when they could afford a place of their own.
There are chests of drawers, bookcases, sideboards, tallboy chests, a couple of wardrobes — even a dining room table, which, if you put in the two spare leaves, can seat 12 with- out feeling you’re wedged in like commuters at rush hour on the London Underground.
“Some of these bits and pieces are in better condition than others. I have a lot of them in my own home and a great deal more in storage, where it’s been gathering dust ever since my mother died more than ten years ago. All of it falls under the broad brush description of antique furniture. And that seems to be the problem.
‘Dad, I really don’t want loads of your old brown furniture,’ said Olivia, not unkindly but with enough feeling to make me realise there was little point in arguing the case.
And so we got in the car and headed off for a dispiriting pilgrimage to Ikea, where her head was turned by soulless, mass-produced, self-assembly kits that would have my grandparents spinning in their graves.
“How could she choose something assembled by an Allen key in place of my late granny’s precious mahogany bedside tables, which were made by specialist craftsmen during the latter part of Queen Victoria’s reign?
“Well, she can — and she does.
“This helps explain why the value of antique furniture has plummeted to such disastrous levels that many dealers are throwing in the towel or jettisoning the old in favour of more modern alternatives.
“Prices for ‘brown furniture’ are at their lowest since early in the last century, when the death toll from World War I meant the market was flooded, but with few buyers to take advantage of the rock-bottom prices because so many young men — who would have married and set up homes — had been killed. Today, other factors are at play.
“According to many in the antiques trade, popular TV programmes such as the Antiques Roadshow and Cash In The Attic have contributed to the attitude and tastes espoused by my daughter.
“Young people regard the Antiques Roadshow as ‘just for pensioners’ and don’t want to be associated with the sort of items, however precious, that people show to the experts with that compelling mixture of curiosity and pride.
“Expert Simon Myers has said they give the ‘perception that antiques are the prerogative of old people’. Earlier this year, the Antique Collectors’ Club’s annual furniture index concluded: ‘The market remains in a parlous state.’
“It’s such a pity.
“On the one hand, we all have a growing interest in our personal heritage (and an appetite for knowing about other people’s backgrounds, if TV series such as Who Do You Think You Are? are anything to go by).
“And yet we no longer seem to cherish furniture that has been passed down the generations, each piece with its own story to tell.
Young people will come to regret this, I’m sure, but only when it is too late to do anything about it.
“I am writing this article at the desk that belonged to my father. It is made of walnut with a leather inlay and has four drawers down each side and one bigger drawer in the middle. There’s not a nail (never mind a piece of Ikea plastic) to be seen in its construction.
“It isn’t valuable, but even if it were, it would break my heart to part with it. My father spent hours at this desk, writing letters, shuffling papers or just reading the newspapers. His beloved black labrador used to sit in the well, warming his feet. I couldn’t put a price on memories such as that.
“Britons spent nearly £14 billion on new furniture last year, according to market researchers Mintel.
‘People are replacing things more often, helped by the availability of cheap furniture,’ said an analyst. ‘Young couples starting out tend to buy cheaply at first.’
“And there’s the folly. Those same young people — my daughter included — will be throwing out their cheap furniture within a year or so and replacing it with something a little more ‘of the moment’, but still utterly forgettable in the longer scheme of things.
“And the price argument doesn’t stand up. I came across a George III drop-leaf dining room table the other day priced at £320 — a few years ago it would have cost almost £1,000. Clearly it was built to last, but what struck me was how practical it would be for a modern home, where space is at a premium.
Beautiful Hand-Carved Roping on the arms of this antique chair, certainly one of a kind
“Yes, it was brown, but there’s no rule to say you can’t strip down furniture and paint it with one of those soft greys or milky whites that will have your neighbours crowing about your sophisticated Scandinavian-style taste.
‘Furniture has always been cannibalised — and now is a great time to do it, with brown furniture selling so cheaply,’ says John McCall, managing director of John McCall Interior Design.
For example, he recommends buying a big mahogany wardrobe and knocking out the panels, replacing them with mirrors and then bleaching the whole ensemble so that you end up with a solid but elegant piece of furniture that will stand the test of time. Also, it would work out cheaper than a modern equivalent.
“There’s a lifestyle issue here, of course.
“Many young people don’t have the time — or the inclination — to polish furniture, never mind silver or brass.
“And a trip to the local recycling centre to dump a table and chairs that have fallen apart in less than six months (and TVs that are not quite as flat-looking as the latest models) is now part of their weekend routine.
An English Welsh dresser, more “brown” furniture. To paint this would surely be a crime!
“But all is not lost. James Podger, who runs the Great Grooms Antique Centre in Hungerford, Berkshire, says that antique furniture is still prized highly by Americans.
“The problem is just that people such as my daughter will come to realise this later than previous generations, who, frankly, just felt fortunate to have furniture of any kind passed down to them.
‘Everyone graduates towards quality eventually,’ says Mr Podger. ‘When you think about it — and contrary to conventional wisdom — the young tend to do a lot of things later rather than earlier.
‘We always think they grow up so fast, but when it comes to understanding the real value of something such as beautifully made furniture, they seem to take their time.’
Let’s hope he’s right.
“I don’t mind my parents’ old furniture languishing in storage (where I visit it occasionally), but I hope the penny drops for my children before I’m dispatched to my final resting place — which, I suppose, will be another piece of polished brown furniture, otherwise known as a casket.”
Article by Mark Palmer for The Daily Mail at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3371357/Why-millennials-prefer-Ikea-family-heirlooms-MARK-PALMER-asks-question-daughter-turned-nose-beautiful-antiques.html
During a portfolio review in Paris, the professor asked me if I “collected” anything. I had to stop and think, “no” I replied. Not that I could remember. Nothing that was significant to my art, that I was aware of. Nothing that had meaning in my life. No stamps, books, etc. Yes I hoard office supplies, does that count? It didn’t dawn on me until I returned home that I collect lots of things. They just aren’t things that cost a lot of money. In most cases they didn’t cost me anything.
I tend to believe that there is a Shel Silverstein poem that perfectly articulates each facet of our lives. I never really saw him as a children’s poet so much as a poet that wrote adult poems in such a way that children could understand them. One of my favorites is “Hector the Collector” which starts:
“Hector the Collector
Collected bits of string,
Collected dolls with broken heads
And rusty bells that would not ring….”
Over the years I’ve amassed a collection of things. I am proud to say that these things all hold significant meaning. I have lots of items collected from my travels including a stone given to me by a shaman in Cusco, a set of antique sculpting tools from a thrift store in Missouri, seaglass and bleached bones from the beaches in Puerto Rico, museum ticket stubs from my favorite exhibits in Paris, a glass bottle with a letter to God sealed inside that a group of us found on the beach on Horn Island….
To most people these things would be considered junk. While moving and de-cluttering I put things aside, thinking “why do I care about this button so much?” The truth is, all of these items become important touchstones for me. Maybe they were present during a moment I made a big discovery about myself (like the stone). Or they helped to kickstart a new art series (like a matchbox once did). Or they inspired me to go back to school (I enrolled in a PhD program after examining the seaglass and bones). Or they encouraged me to apply to art shows (like the ticket stubs).
“One man’s junk…” right? Except right now all of my most valuable treasures are in a box in my studio waiting to be discovered while I play around with the best way to pull them out for display. I feel like it’s time to stop treating them like junk and instead display them in such a way that I can be inspired by them every day…not just when I am lost and searching.
Are you a collector? What do you collect? I’d love to know! And do you display your collection for yourself or others?
My degree is in fine art. I can make paintings. I can draw beautiful scenes from my travels. I can sculpt elaborate installation art pieces. I cannot decorate a room. Why? It scares me to death! I LOVE to shop, but the idea of getting something home that doesn’t work makes me sit on a decision until I just decide, “Maybe I won’t work on this room. I’ll just go paint in my studio again today.” It sounds silly, I know. Two reasons people re-decorate are because of 1. divorce and 2. a move. I’ve done both. And I am OVERJOYED to finally be able to pick out “girly” things for myself and my daughters. If we want to paint pink glitter on the ceilings, we are free to do so. But I also know that I want to be deliberate and invest in pieces that will last a long time. I am ready for my big girl house.
So when I began researching HOW to go about decorating my new house I came across a GREAT ARTICLE I wanted to share. Rather than assume hiring a decorator is something I can’t afford, I’m beginning to see where hiring a decorator is something I can’t NOT afford! I think about all the wasted time, money and energy I’ve spent trying to find the right pieces for my home over the years, and it makes me sad. I think I could have built AND decorated my own house by now with money I threw away. So this year I am pledging to make smart decorating choices! (Click Here to read what my other pledge is) There are 10 reasons stated as to why you should hire a decorator but let me add how important a trained eye really is…EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE! YES! Included in that package is color theory and 3D education! These are two things that add depth to a decorator’s intuitive eye and are so very important. Understanding spacial relationships, and being able to visualize color combinations before you ever swipe a credit card is invaluable. So, good luck on your decorating endeavors. Send us some pics of finished projects! And if you are a DIY’er, THIS ARTICLE will be helpful too! Happy decorating y’all! – Lisa
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Maybe I was in denial, but I really didn’t think it was as bad as how others saw it. I divorced after 15 years of marriage, kids, parents, in-laws, floods, down-sizing, up-sizing, merging and collecting. We had an attic, therefore “if you can’t find a home for it, we’ll take it!” Or “we don’t have one of those yet, sure we’ll take it!” Or “that is really well-made, surely we can find a use for it someday” in the next house or next life.
When my husband and I agreed to divorce, he left. As in, HE LEFT. He never moved out. He never moved out the boxes of junk people dropped off that included headboards, dressers, toys for great-grand kids that may or may not ever be born, random mattresses (you can never have too many), yellowed books that fell apart as soon as they were opened, records (RECORDS!!), CD cases (JUST THE CASES, NO CD’s), bins of clothing for sizes nobody in the house had ever worn, VCR’s, T.V.’s, and several unidentifiable electronics (all of which came with their own power cords, although finding matches was like playing “Memory”), and many other random things that had no business taking up space in the attic (commemorative Coca-Cola bottles, strings of lights that hadn’t worked in years…the list goes on and on).
I moved and it was my job to go through this entangled mess and make heads or tails of it. Was it even worth starting piles labled “Keep,” “Donate,” or “Discard?” And many things couldn’t simply be thrown in the trash, I had to call a separate trash removal company, and at one point even a TOXIC CHEMICAL removal service to get rid of gallons of house paint, small propane tanks (I still don’t know what those were for). I became a champion of de-cluttering.
So much so that it made me re-evaluate why I allowed the clutter to accumulate and how I can avoid bringing it into my next home. Granted, there is a very distinct part of my personality that is “okay” with clutter (as my co-workers know from my desk), but I don’t like to live in it. And I can’t stand it when other people clutter my space.
As such, I have made a promise to myself to stay on top of things and say NO to anything I don’t need! Even if I think someday it will look really great in that summer home I plan to buy in Charleston, SC when I am an empty-nester in 10 or more years.
Do you struggle from this? Or know someone who does? Can you relate? I know I’m not alone here, so I’m passing along a GREAT list of items you can remove TODAY to create a little less clutter in your home and your life.