Hi there - it’s me. The guy who started this blog, was lucky to have you as a reader and then went MIA for 6 months. I should have titled this post "The Top 50 things I should have been blogging about" but I was concerned no one would click on that.
Below are the top 5 things I’m excited about as we go bodly into this new year. It’s part here’s-what-I’ve-been-up-to and part here's-what’s-on-the-horizon, but it’s no excuse for leaving you, my dear readers, high and dry all this time.
My absence aside, I’m excited to catch y’all up and get back to sharing all things TDI on the READ blog. Here they are, the top 5 things I’m excited about right now:
1. Selling, buying & renovating
My husband and I sold our house in the Wagener Terrace “burbs” of downtown Charleston and bought the 2nd floor of a townhouse in Harleston Village.
Long story short, one evening back in September I was drinking wine and looking at Zillow on the porch and now we live on the other side of town in a place that's 165 years old - and looks like it!
After closing on it in late October, we stayed put in WT for the month of November while I (with some backup muscle!) worked on and began designing the space. In December we moved in, put up a Christmas tree and camped out for the month. To start the new year, we packed up some of our clothes and moved into a rental, sold almost all of our furniture, and then organized (read: shoved) the rest of what we own into the kitchen in order to start renovations of the master bedroom, bathroom, master closet and the addition of a half bathroom.
I wish I was the kind of person (read: blogger) who could post a ton of progress posts chock-full of photos as the place starts, but the truth is, the best way to follow along on the renovations are my Instagram stories @tdebartola. That said, I can't wait to share more photography of the space once it's "all set".
2. Daps Breakfast and Imbibe
Daps Breakfast and Imbibe is THE new breakfast place on the Westside of downtown Charleston, from the brilliant culinary minds of Jeremiah Schenzel and Nicholas Dowling and designed by yours truly.
As seen in the photo, the place was in rough shape but had strong, iconic, Charleston bones!
You will also see many updates on the progress at Daps via TDI's Instagram Stories, but follow @dapschs to be teased by pictures of pancake stacks and heavenly biscuits.
3. The Harrison Rooftop Lounge and Clubhouse
Don’t worry, this isn’t some new spot you should have already heard of. It is the name of TDI’s first commercial client’s property in Long Island City Queens. Read what the WSJ had to say about the area and the project.
Taylor DeBartola Interiors designed a penthouse clubhouse space that opens up to an outdoor rooftop that boasts spectacular views of lower Manhattan and the East River. The rooftop includes two outdoor kitchen spaces, raised garden planters, flexible dining tables and chairs, conversation areas and luxurious teak lounge chairs from Summer Classics.
I am excited to share photos of this project when it gets warm enough on that rooftop for me to be out there!
4. The Dark Room: The Gibbes museum and Society 1858's Winter Party
Taylor DeBartola Interiors is thrilled to be a corporate partner with the Gibbes Museum and it's Society 1858 for this unique event! New York-based audiovisual artists Myth of an Atom will perform with DJ Fallen Atom and Hamby's Catering & Events is in charge of food, need I say more?
For more information or to purchase your tickets, check out the Gibbes museum's website by clicking the image above.
5. The Samsung Serif Television
Y’all - in the course of my 29.9 years, I’ve seen very few functional electronic things that also looked beautiful as objects. The Bose Series 901 VI speakers come to mind as well as the Bang & Olufsen Beovision TVs from the early 2000s, but not much else.
Form and function seem to have united with Samsung’s Serif TV, a collaboration with designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
The French brothers Ronan and Erwan's varied work ranges from furniture design, home accents and sculpture, but this television is the first electronics product from the pair of brothers. Their widely celebrated work is represented in the MoMA’s collection, among other museums.
This TV would be an excellent solution for many of the issues we come across designing the interiors of our homes and apartments. The legs give you the added option to eliminate pieces of furniture that would otherwise be necessary. And it’s beautiful just sitting out all on its own.
I'm not breaking any news with this one, this line of televisions has been available in Europe for years and launched in the United States mid 2016. I am not alone in thinking how nuts it is that more designophiles aren't raving about this.
It’s 2018, your television doesn't need to be the center of attention in your living space - but art you love sure does!