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at home in savannah: the renovation of an historic home

Theron and Maddie of This Wild idea

Summer romance: a rustic picnic emerging jewelry designer kristen baird

lovely locks: A Girl group with an attitude problem

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Table of contents Letter from the co-editors

The basics

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The Paprika Beau & Belle Our curated picks for June

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Recipe for a champagne honey cocktail

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The Gallery We asked our readers to for their artistic interpretations of the theme “dream�

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The features

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Designed by Kristen an interview with Savannah jewelry designer Kristen Baird

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Girl Gang: The Ladies of Lovely Locks a Q&A with the musicians

A Man and His Dog Paprika Southern sits down with Theron Humphrey of This Wild Idea to discuss his documentary photo project, the human/canine relationship, and following your passion

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Summer Romance

At Home in Savannah A look at the renovation of an historic home page 5

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Letter from the co-editors Welcome to Paprika Southern! We first dreamed up the idea for an online southern art and lifestyle magazine back in February and we’re thrilled to finally see our dream realized. In the pages of the June issue of Paprika Southern, you will find a sampling of the kind of stories you can expect from us, including artist interviews, a home tour, a styled photo shoot, and more. Producing this first issue has been a labor of love, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. We hope that you’ll make time in your day to spend with the words and images contained in the pages of Paprika Southern, and that you love it as much as we do. The response we’ve received from everyone we’ve shared this project of ours with has been overwhelming, and we thank you all for your kind words, your tweets, and your Facebook likes. We’d like to extend a special thanks to everyone who helped make this first issue possible, particularly our significant others, Anthony (husband of Siobhan) and Josh (beau of Bevin), without whose support none of this would be possible.

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The Team Bevin valentine Co-editor

siobhan egan Co-editor

Krystal Pittman Baker Advertising

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Behind the scenes in June

We love to share behind-thescenes tidbits on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Here’s a sampling of our adventures leading up to the June issue.

Shooting our introductory video

We often post sneak peeks at shoots that will be included in the upcoming issue

We ran across this honeycomb shaped wine rack in Beaufort, SC--perfect for our bee-inspired June issue!

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Currently... See what’s inspiring the co-editors this month!

Bevin

Have you heard the Joy the Baker podcast? It’s the perfect thing to listen to while on a road trip or working out. Joy and her cohost Tracy are hilarious and the podcasts are addictive. I’m slowly working my way through the archive now.

I recently read The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig and A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourne. The setting of each--colonial Kenya in the 1920s--fascinated me and I’m eager to find more books or movies set here. Can 1920s Kenya be a new trend?

Two movies I’m anticipating this summer are Frances Ha (directed by Noah Baumbach, of Kicking and Screaming fame) and Sophia Coppola’s latest, The Bling Ring.

Lately my wishlist has been filled with maxi dresses for summer. How pretty is this peach one? And I would love to pair it with these bee motif hair clips!

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This new Masterpiece series on PBS has absolutely captured my attention. I pretty much love everything that Masterpiece does because they create such fantastic storylines and their attention to detail is amazing. I love a good period piece.

These dessert plates from Anthropologie remind me of antique plates my mom has in her china cabinet. They are something I am only recently starting to appreciate.

I have been a huge fan of Arrested Development for quite some time. It has the type of humor I appreciate and I am in love with all the characters. I just started watching the new season and I am looking forward to seeing what develops!

Siobhan

I’ve listened to the music of Uni & her Ukelele for years. Not only is she an amazing song writer and ukelele player, but she has a fantastic voice. Her catchy tunes will keep you singing all day long.

I really adore anything with lace or crochet. I am also really into orange lately. That’s why this dress is so perfect. It also has pockets!

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The Paprika Belle & Beau for the belle... This month our minds were buzzing with bees! Inspired by bees and the honeycombs they build, we took yellow and grey as our color palette for June.

U. Breyn triple strand pearl necklace ($158) / Dandelion Hearted Dress ($104.99) / Jo Clark iPhone case ($35) / Kristen Baird honeycomb bangles ($65) / Aldari Art Studio tote bag ($18) / Seychelles heels ($90) / One French Bee slate tile coasters ($16) Paprika Southern page 10


...and the beau

J. Crew shirt ($59.50) / Club Monaco chinos ($79.50) / Cyberoptix silk-screened beehive necktie ($30) / Savannah Bee Company Grill Honey ($17) / Liquid Courage monogrammed flask ($22) / Sperry Top-Sider for J. Crew boat shoes ($98) page 11 Issue 1 / June, 2013


Designed by Kristen Text by Bevin Valentine Photography by Siobhan Egan

The slow ooze of honey ,

the movement of waterfalls, the New York City skyline, and the growth of flowers all number among the inspirations of Savannah-based jewelry artist Kristen Baird. This eclectic collection of sources forms the impetus behind the beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces the young designer creates. Originally hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Kristen moved to Savannah to attend Savannah College of Art and Design six years ago. Although she started out as an Interior Design major (a background which still figures prominently in her current work), she quickly found herself missing a more hands-on approach to art-making, and switched her major to Metals and Jewelry.

that is “very structural� but also incorporates inspiration from the natural world. She loves to take organic motifs from nature, and cites anything from flowers and plants to the movement of water to the natural structure of the honeycomb as sources she draws upon to create unique jewelry pieces. With these natural forms she seamlessly integrates architectural sources, as a nod to her love of New York City and architecture.

Underlying these disparate inspirations is an interest in systems, those which occur organically in nature, such as the honeycomb, and those that are man-made. It is this factor which allows nature and structure to function in harmony in Kristen’s work. In order to visually represent this concept where nature and architecture merge, Kristen chooses her materials and techKristen describes her design aesthetic as one niques carefully. The sterling silver that is often Paprika Southern page 12


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present, combined with a finishing technique called pickle white that allows the fine silver to rise to the surface of the piece and finish almost white, in her work yields a crisp, clean look. She adds touches of natural color with gemstones, and incorporates the movement of nature in shapes she uses and through the splash-casting process, in which melted silver is splashed into water and allowed to freeze however it hits. These techniques can be seen in her necklace Winter Wonderland which combines a structural shape with rough crystals, found geodes, and natural gemstones. This attention to texture, the play between sleek and rough, is typical of Kristen’s work. Many of the pieces in Kristen’s portfolio are decidedly statement pieces, and the sculptural plays an important role in her designs. In a landscape where much jewelry becomes structural to the point of being non-wearable, Kristen is Paprika Southern

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firm in her belief that no matter how structural a particular piece may be, it is important to her that it also be functional as jewelry. She likes to devise hidden mechanisms that allow a highly artistic and sculptural piece to be wearable, without its functionality being visible. One of Kristen’s favorite pieces, a hinge bracelet studded with gemstones, uses just such a hidden closure. It is clear in Kristen’s designs the value she places on quality and craftsmanship. Although her work is ever-evolving, she anticipates her love of minimal, clean lines combined with nature will remain. It is the interaction of these two elements that allows each piece, though highly intricate and detailed, to attain a sense of unity. Paprika Southern

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Girl Gang:

The Ladies of Lovely Locks text by siobhan egan photos by blu owl photography

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Virginia, South Carolina, and Alabama who came together in Savannah after getting to know each other through the local music scene. The result of this union is a self-described musical style of “folk-infused pop with an attitude problem.” How does that translate? Imagine catchy folk tunes laced with sexy grit. With strong vocals and a myriad of instruments such as guitar, piano, tambourine and accordion Lovely Locks mesmerizes the audience no matter where they play. The ladies were kind enough to do a little Q&A for us. from

Anna Chandler Age: 25 Hometown: Greenville, S.C.

How did band?

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Anna: Britt and Stina met at open mics and I joined after. We joke about how we each saw each other doing cool stuff from afar and made it our personal missions to befriend each other. I knew Britt as the bellydancing-costumed-singer-songwriter-founder-of Outlet Magazine­ —she was always wearing lots of hats, and wearing ‘em well. I knew Crystina because my old band, General Oglethorpe & the Panhandlers, begged her to learn bass so she could play with us—we loved her stage presence, dedication to her music and energy when she was playing guitar by herself, and we just wanted her in our band. So before Lovely Locks really got beyond acquaintances, we kind of “decided” on each other.

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Britt Scott

Age: 30 Hometown: Virgina Beach, VA

Crystina Parker Age: 24 Hometown: Mobile, AL

Virginia Beach, Virginia and came through Savannah originally while traveling the country. By then I knew Anna: In high school I played bass, I wanted to study graphic design so guitar and sang in a band called SCAD seeming like the perfect fit for TINA that was weirdly similar to me. One month later I was living in Lovely Locks (three female songwrit- Savannah as a SCAD undergrad. ers playing folk music, occasionally backed up by a couple of guys) and Chrystina: I grew up in Mobile dabbled in some “pop-punk” projects. Alabama and moved here with a I came to SCAD in 2006 to get my friend who was attending SCAD so BFA in Illustration and Creative Writ- I could pursue my music. ing and didn’t play music with anyone until 2009, when I formed General What are your influences? Oglethorpe & the Panhandlers with Devin Smith. We cut a record and Anna: Musical: Cyndi Lauper, Modecided to dedicate our early twen- town, Hole (Live Through This), ties to the band and see how it went. I Outkast, Patti Smith, Modest Mouse, decided to stay, and Savannah’s since The Elephant 6 Collective (Neutral Milk Hotel, The Music Tapes, Circubecome home. latory System). Britt: I grew up in the suburbs of Where did you grow up and what brought you to Savannah?

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Other: Dreams, literature, porch-sit- hyper-masculine, aggressively anar- Chrystina: My fashion style is best ting in good company, DIY fashion, & chistic song and, instead of scream- described as the “hand me down feminism. ing, make it soulful and powerful. queen.” I wear whatever I have available and throw some suspenders or a Britt: My parents are a huge influ- Chrystina: The “attitude problem” vest over it. ence for me right now. They are ex- bit, I would say, is our desire and tremely supportive of my music and drive to pursue what we love without Who does what in the band? I’m even working on a record with letting anything get in our way. What is your process? my dad back in Virginia. Musically, female angst rock from the mid-90’s How would you describe your Britt: Lately we’ve been experimixed with dance pop and some fashion style? menting with switching around insouthern Gospel/soul has made me struments but primarily Crystina the musician I am today. I also love to Anna: We’re very DIY—Britt’s plays guitar, Anna accordion and perdance so I’m drawn to mainstream “bedazzled” matching Lovely Locks cussion, and I play percussion as well. dance music such as Rihanna, Lady jackets and tanks for the three of us, We all sing lead as well as harmonies Gaga and Beyoncé. Other influential and I’ve made vests and jackets for and consider vocals a major part of artists include Joan Osborne, Patty everyone—Britt’s was based off her our sound. Thus far we write songs Griffin, Veruca Salt, Letters To Cleo, personal style, and Crystina’s was a individually and then bring them to stylistic interpretation of her song, the group for tweaking and musical No Doubt, and Tori Amos. “Dragon Slayer.” Mine’s covered additions, but the bones of the song As a band we don’t all listen to the in patches and buttons and glit- usually remains. As a guitarist, Stina same type of music but lately we ter blood. There are nods to Love- is able to easily flush out chord strucshare affections for Florence & the ly Locks on each of them. Lovely tures and effectively communicate Machine, Destiny’s Child, Mumford Locks is our girl gang, and that’s with other instrumentalists. Anna is and Sons, En Vogue, The Andrews definitely a big element in our stage extremely skilled at story telling and style. Throwback glam—we love our lyrical construction. I grew up in choSisters and other retro girl groups. glitter, studs, and shiny mixed with rus and musical theatre so I usually get Chrystina: Early on I found a varsity jackets and winged-out lash- focused on tightening the vocal harlarge amount of inspiration from es and liner. I like mixing vintage monies and inflections. We all write Led Zeppelin, Jeff Buckley and Bob and DIY--full mini-skirts, patterned and we all sing so there isn’t always Dylan. Now I also really enjoy any tights, studded denim, and recon- one leader. It depends on the song. local bluegrass I stumble across and structed band shirts. I have way too many band shirts. music with strong female vocals. How old were you when you started playing your first inYou have described your musical Britt: Comfortable rock n’ roll strument? style as “folk-infused pop with infused with bright colors and anan attitude problem.” Can you imal print. Over time it’s become Anna: I took a piano lesson or two at explain or expand on that a lit- important for me to be able to func- some point—I was maybe 10? That tle bit? tion in my clothes throughout the didn’t last long. I was around 14 entire day and night, but I’ve been when I began teaching myself guitar Anna: These aren’t gentle, croon- known to glam it up in mini dress- from tabs—I had taken a couple of ing, ukulele-strumming love songs. es and heals on occasion. As a band lessons before but enjoyed figuring it We love folk music as much as we we’ve adopted a hipster girl group out myself and playing exactly what love Top 40 and riot grrrl. We take vibe with matching jackets/vests I wanted to play (AC/DC, Nirvana). some of the spite, sass, and bluntness and color coordinating. We have ca- I found my first accordion at a flea of pop and punk rock and dress it up sual looks of skinny jeans, Converse market in New York when I was 21 in fine-tuned, three-part harmonies. sneakers/boots, tanks and letter- and taught myself from there. Like with our cover of Rage Against man jackets as well as formal styles the Machine’s “Killing in the Name usually comprising of all black attire Britt: If you consider your voice Of ”—it’s so much fun to take this and out crystal studded blazers. and instrument, which I do, then

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“Lovely Locks is our girl gang, and that’s definitely a big element in our stage style.

. . we love our

glitter, studs, and shiny mixed with varsity jackets and winged-out lashes and liner.”

-Anna

I started in elementary school by making recordings on my karaoke machine in my room. I didn’t really start playing other instruments until about 2010 when I started writing music completely on my own. My previous roommate owned a little Gretsch guitar that I borrowed and learned to play basic chords by watching instructional YouTube videos. The percussive influence comes from my father, who is a drummer, and my early exposure to tap dance. Rhythm and vocals are definitely the foundation of music for me.

What is the first album that you owned?

Chrystina: The first album I ever bought on my own was Fastball’s first hit record All the Pain Money Can Buy.

Anna: My dad let me have his Cyndi Lauper “She’s So Unusual” tape; it remains one of my absolute favorite re- Do you have a day job? If so, how cords to this day. All the modern pop does that affect your musical queens combined ain’t got nothin’ on career? the original gutsy freak diva. Anna: I just started my first full Britt: My first CD was Pieces of time-salary-big-girl-job a couple You by Jewel. My mom ordered of weeks ago. Before then, I would that and Core by Stone Temple Pi- keep a couple of part-time jobs and lots for me from a CD of the month freelance. The hours were flexible, club we had joined. I had plenty of so I could easily arrange time off cassettes before that though consist- to tour. I love having full-time work ing of amazing late 80’s/early 90’s because it pushes me to come home Chrystina: I was three years old pop music by Michael Jackson, Jan- and write. I’m at work thinking of when I first found a guitar and et Jackson, Debbie Gibson, Paula hooks and lyrics, and not being able beat it to shreds. It wasn’t until I Abdul and NKOTB. I also went to pick up the guitar kicks up my was about 11 when I started play- through this 1950’s/60’s phase re- drive—it makes me that much more ing the piano and taking guitar se- ally early on, which could explain productive when I get home. riously. my present day fascination with girl Britt: I also do freelance graphic groups.

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design and set my own hours which works well with my music schedule. My design skills have actually come in handy for the band more than I expected. We don’t have to hire outside designers for branding, not saying that we wouldn’t, but we don’t have to. Logos, posters, websites, photo concepts, etc. are just as much part of being a successful band as the music. Chrystina: I am a cook most days and run sound on others. I see it as a way to support and inspire my music. How do you envision of Lovely Locks?

the future

Britt: I associate Lovely Locks with our friendship so I always see the band being a part of our lives. In the near future we are planning on recording, building a stronger local fan base and touring. Even though

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we’ve been playing together for a while I feel like we are really just starting out as the band we’ve envisioned. This year all those little pieces that we seemed to have been missing are finally coming together. We’ve established our sound, look and brand and are ready to put our work out there and follow the response. We like to describe our readers as sweet and spicy. Are you sweet or spicy? Anna: I think the Locks are all pretty damn spicy. But also sweetly supportive. Britt: A little of both. We have a spicy exterior but can be rather sweet underneath it all.

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a Man & His Dog

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the photos. Maybe on Instagram, maybe Tumblr or Pinterest. Maybe a friend shared one with you, maybe you bought the book. The pictures are of a coonhound named Maddie in a variety of un-doglike positions, balancing, wearing costumes, holding objects in her mouth, and always patiently posing for the camera. These unfailingly charming photographs are made by Maddie’s owner, Theron Humphrey, with his iPhone, and have recently been published in a book aptly titled Maddie on Things. On an evening in Savannah in a park thick with sand gnats, Paprika Southern had the chance to sit down with Theron. (Maddie preferred to enjoy the park.) Though the photos of Maddie have now become iconic, the series actually grew out of Theron’s original project This Wild Idea. He conceived This Wild Idea as a photo road trip in which he would traverse the United States, meeting people, and telling their stories through photography. The goal was to meet and photograph one person a day for a year. After finishing graduate school with an MFA in photography, Theron describes feeling burned out on photography and academia. He took a year away from the art world doing manual labor, and eventually took a job shooting product photography. He ultimately found this work unfulfilling, saying “I was pointing my camera at stuff I didn’t love, didn’t believe in.” In his search for a more meaningful relationship with photography, a few things came together that ultimately inspired This Wild Idea. Theron identifies the three key factors as being burned out on corporate life, ending a relationship, and, photographing his grandfather for the final time. page 25

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Photograph courtesy of Theron Humphrey / www.thiswildidea.com

Photograph courtesy of Theron Humphrey / www.thiswildidea.com

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This last experience would be the blueprint for This Wild Idea. Theron returned to his grandfather’s farm in North Carolina and photographed him before he passed away. “All the images I made of him instantly became more valuable,” he says. In this way, the personal significance of the image becomes paramount, and the act of preserving a life in photographic form self-fulfilling. We photograph a person or a thing because it holds value, yet the act of photographing that same subject imparts value upon it.

to the public, an idea which is immensely important to Theron. Part of Theron’s popularity on the Internet is due to his hugely creative portraits of his dog and traveling companion, Maddie. Theron rescued Maddie from an animal shelter a few months before leaving to begin This Wild Idea. He wanted a dog as a traveling companion, and in particular a coonhound. As a native North Carolinian, Theron was interested in adopting a southern dog and appreciated the breed’s connection to the South. He describes meeting Maddie at the shelter, and how although he was initially hesitant about the responsibility of taking on a dog, she pressed herself against his leg and he was unable to put her back in a cage; they’ve been together over two years now.

It is this very concept—that each life has value—that makes This Wild Idea so appealing, and so successful. The project was funded by a Kickstarter grant, and enjoys a healthy social media following. Not insignificantly, the entirety of the project is available for viewing online, making the work completely free and accessible As Theron traveled for This Wild Idea—finding

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subjects by sometimes walking up to people and shaking their hand, other times traveling to meet people who signed up on his website— he often found himself alone on the road with only Maddie for company. The photographs of Maddie grew organically out of their relationship, and have been highly well-received by his audience. In addition to being fun and a bit tongue-in-cheek, the photographs capitalize on the more universal relationship between humans and canines. Theron points out that “people love dogs…they see and smell the world in a way we never will, but interact with us enough [for us] to feel we can understand them.” The popularity of the Maddie photographs has enabled Theron to continue his work with another documentary project, Why We Rescue. This project, which Theron is currently shoot-

ing, extends the spirit of This Wild Idea to people’s relationships with the animals they bring into their lives. In Why We Rescue Theron incorporates photography with audio to explore the when, why, and how of pet rescue. His goal is not to show “sad dogs behind cages” but to show instead the joy that adopting an animal can create. Both these projects are about connections— the connections between human beings, and the connections between humans and animals. It is the connection between photographer and the photographed that becomes the underlying subject matter of Theron’s work, whether the connection with a stranger forged over the moments or hours of a photo shoot, or the day-to-day relationship of man and dog created over days, months, and years.

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a canopy of live oaks, a rustic southern vineyard sweet with the promis and a summer picnic with that speci

photography by Siobhan Egan styling by Bevin Valentine

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Cheers to the summer! Toast to the start of a new season with this delicious champagne honey cocktail. Simple and refreshing, this drink is sure to be a hit at all your summer gatherings. Ingredients:

Dry champagne or sparkling wine Honeycomb Frozen berries (optional)

Directions:

Drop a teaspoon of the honeycomb at the bottom of a champagne flute and pour champagne over it. Garnish with frozen berries and enjoy.

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At Home in Savannah

text & photography by Bevin Valentine For the past few years Jeanne Svendson has been renovating her historic home in the heart of downtown Savannah, Georgia. She generously allowed us to photograph her home, and shared the renovation process, her aesthetic, and her decorating choices.

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C hoosing

to renovate To decide what she wanted from her renova-

an historic home, rather than buy new or build, was an organic process. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jeanne chose to remain in Savannah after graduating from college in 2007, and make her home here. When, one day as a student close to graduation, she and her parents walked by this house, which was for sale, the idea of living and working out of the same space, with the possibilty of rental income from a carriage house, began to take seed. After looking at a number of houses, they wound up buying the very first house that initially sparked the idea. The desirable downtown location, with its potential to open an art gallery, helped to decide it. Upon purchase the house was liveable, but needed major work, and, wanting to create a space she could live and work in for years to come, Jeanne decided to undertake a full renovation. page 45

tion, Jeanne relied on research, often spending afternoons with interior design and decor magazines in Barnes & Noble, and then following up with online research. She identified a love of clean lines and minimal, contemporary styling. This time spent researching allowed Jeanne to develop an overall vision for the space that guided her through the renovation. Along the way she came to appreciate juxtaposing her contemporary aesthetic with the exposed brick and other historic details that were uncovered during the renovation process. As discoveries were made and the state of details original to the 1853 house was assessed, she balanced incorporating these findings with remaining true to her own point of view. Among the most fascinating details revealed by the demo phase of renovation was the discovIssue 1 / June, 2013


ery of faux painting, seen above. At the time of purchase, the walls of the foyer and stairway were covered with a woven-grass wallpaper, and during demo the paper was torn off to reveal the faux, meaning the walls were painted to appear as wood paneling and marble. The painting is original to the house, and was most likely completed in the 1850s or early 1860s. Jeanne’s project manager put her in touch with a team from Charleston, South Carolina who had the expertise necessary to uncover and restore the painting. The house consists of three stories, including the parlour level living area, the upstairs bedrooms, and a garden level apartment, as well as a carriage house. The bulk of renovation to the upstairs and carriage house has been completed, and the garden (street-level) apartment renovation is currently underway. The top two Paprika Southern

stories are the “live” space, and the garden level will be the “work” space, where Jeanne plans to open a gallery and create a studio space for herself. Although the upstairs renovation is finished, the decorating process is on-going. A frequent visitor may notice that a piece once in the living room has migrated to the dining room table, for example. Jeanne retains her aesthetic of clean, contemporary lines, with muted wall colors and simple hardware, but incorporates bold colors and unexpected details in her decor choices. She credits her mother’s keen eye for decorating for many of the pieces in her home. During the renovation process her mother picked out and saved unique finds for Jeanne, ranging from Oriental rugs to the cowhide material her mother suggested using as a tablecloth in the dining room. page 46


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Some pieces in the house, such as the suzanis from Istanbul draped over the arm of the couch, are souvenirs from travel both within the United States and abroad. Other pieces were found locally in Savannah’s Downtown Design District and other downtown shops. The citrus colored chairs in the living room, for example, are from the Savannah-based interior and antiques shop Arcanum. Originally upholstered in a vintage orange fabric, Jeanne decided to reupholster them in the green leather pictured, in order to create a bright accent for the living room. The renovation process was an exercise in creating a space that is both liveable and unique to its inhabitant. In order to make her home feel more spacious and modern, she opened up the space, knocking out walls to create shared spac-

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es, and raising ceilings. The house is defined by details reminisent of Jeanne’s personal history, such as the back porches inspired by the porches at her grandparents’ Louisiana plantation, or the custom stained glass window in the master bathroom featuring a motif of her favorite insect, the dragonfly. In the end much of the bones of the original historic home remain. Elements such as the fireplace mantles, the grand doors that separate the living room from the dining room, and the original heart pine floors remain, while more functional spaces such as the kitchen and bathrooms were completely updated. The marriage of the contemporary with the historic takes place in an unexpected, yet pleasingly symbiotic way, with eclectic touches of the new residing peacefully with echoes of the home’s past.

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The Gallery We invited readers to submit artwork for our curated gallery section and were excited by the enthusiastic response. Because creating this magazine was our dream, we decided upon “dream” as this month’s theme. Some of these pieces have a dream-like quality, some are illustrations of dreams, and others reference the transitory nature of the dream-state. We are pleased to be able to offer our readers this participatory opportunity and to be able to provide a space in which to share their artwork.

Tori Mercedes Walls /Sweetdreams / digital photography / Port St. Lucie, FL

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Sarah Jones / Untitled / digital photography

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Jeanne Elizabeth Svendson / Trulightenment I, II, & III / digital photography / Savannah, GA

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Tori Mercedes Walls / Dreams of Exploring / digital photography / Port St. Lucie, FL

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Finn Schult / Falling / photography / Naples, FL

Jamie Hurt, in collaboration with Emily Jane Detrick / The sleep of reason begets monsters / photography

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Rania Manasi / The Dream / photography / Karditsa, Greece

Kristen McNevins / Light Dance / archival inkejet print / Tolland, CT

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Jennifer Peebles / Innocence / sterling silver, rough garnet, merino silk and wool

Next month’s theme will be “literary.” We want to see your artwork--any medium--inspired by literature and fictional characters, pieces that incorporate books, artwork that includes the written word, or any other way you connect “literary” with art.

Adriana Iris Boatwright / Falling / photography / Savannah, GA

To submit, email images of your work (up to 3) and the following information to mail@paprikasouthern.com: - Artist name - Title of work (must match file name) - Medium - Hometown - Website (if you would like us to link to you) - A brief statement about the work (optional) Files should be jpegs, and no more than 12 inches on the shorter side at 150ppi. Deadline: June 24

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P.S. Paprika Southern recommends ATLANTA The High Museum of Art will host an exhibition of Dutch Golden Age painting this summer, featuring Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the famous painting close to home! Dates: June 23- September 29

charleston Second Sunday on King Street is a popular monthly event in which the busy street is closed to vehicles for visitors to enjoy shopping, art, dining, and more on this historic and lively street.

Rebekah Jacob Gallery presents the photography exhibition Somewhere in the South, a rare showing combining the work of contemporary southern photographers such as Jerry Siegel, Eliott Dudik, and Kathleen Robins, with the likes of photographic legends William Eggleston and William Christenberry. Dates: June 1- July 31

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austin The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin will present Luminous: 50 Years of Collecting Prints and Drawings at the Blanton is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art. The show highlights drawings and prints by historic artists such as Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, and Rembrandt van Rijn, as well as by recent and contemporary artists, including Ana Mendieta and Vik Muniz. Dates: June 8 - September 15

savannah This summer sees the Jepson Center holding two photography exhibitions. Jerry Siegel has a solo show in Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists, while the exhibit Act/Natrual compares fabricated photography with candid, and includes artists Nan Goldin, Carrie Mae Weems, Walker Evans, and more. Dates Facing South: April 15 - September 16 Act/Natural: May 10 - August 4

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