My sister-in-law Cate West Zahl and I have more in common than just a last name. With a similar and often complimentary aesthetic we have been chatting for awhile about doing some type of collaboration in the design world. Cate is a hugely talented painter whose soothing, sophisticated abstracts will instantly upgrade any interior.
She works out of a light-filled studio in Downtown Charlottesville, VA and occasionally from her favorite New England coastal spots she visits with her family in Nantucket and Long Island. Not surprising since her work, while not exclusively coastal, invokes a landscapes and layers of intersecting planes and colors which, as she describes, “leads to a process of making choices of what to put in, and what to erase so that only the necessary components are left on the surface.” Isn’t this studio just perfect?
And our work was recently featured side by side in Glitter Guide editor Caitlin’s November edit:
So we’ve decided to come together this November in Charleston on Small Business Saturday for an exclusive show of her paintings inspired by my new Celebrate Collection:
If you are in Charleston on Small Business Saturday (November 28) from 2-6PM please join Cate and I us for a few hours of shopping, sipping and snacking and peruse Cate’s beautiful work at Candy Shop Vintage at 9 Cannon Street! And, as a special treat, we will also have fashion illustrator Daniel Velasco on hand doing LIVE PORTRAITS for $35 each all day on the 28th from 11AM – 5PM. Click here to reserve your spot now with Daniel (he booked up fast last time!).
– Deirdre Zahl (Owner & Designer at Candy Shop Vintage)
You would have to be living under a rock to not know that this has been a terrible week for South Carolina. Rain storm upon rain storm pounded the state starting last Friday. I live in Charleston and my family and I self-evacuated, not wanting to witness the inevitable impassable roads, days without being able to go to the grocery store, and potentially event worse. We live in a neighborhood that floods at the drop of that hat and are required by law to carry flood insurance. We anticipated that this could become a full-fledged catastrophe, and it was for many. Although Charleston was indeed hit hard and many lost cars and dealt with water damage in their homes, it was actually upstate where the worst disaster unfolded. Dams broke, rivers overflowed and people escaped with only the clothes on their backs, if they were lucky. It was horrifying to watch and at the time seemed like it would not end. These are just a few photos of the type of destruction seen around the state of SC this past week and are still dealing with:
For Charleston, though scary, there was almost a comical element to the ridiculous amount of water in our city. We are always well prepared for floods here. This is a friend of ours, standing in front of our house after we asked him to check on it (our house is elevated above the flood water by the way):
Another friend on the Battery, holding a drink. Yes, Charleston residents can drink through anything! We are lucky we could laugh about it. For us Downtowners it was bad but it could have been much worse!
The American Red Cross is out in full force in the State of SC. If you would like to donate directly to the flood recovery efforts you can do so here. We are also going to donate $20 from the sale of every True Navy Charleston Rice Bead Necklace online and in store in the month of October to the same fund. Keep the SC affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers as residents recover from this disaster.