✢ I’ll have a Double (take)

Eliza T. Collins, my dear assistant with our design firm,  is a gal who possesses many talents. Eliza is my right hand.  And when asked, she wears any hat that is needed for the task with a smile.  Lately, she’s taken snaps of a few of our projects and has done a marvelous job.  I begged her to share a few photos from her personal projects, and as usual….Eliza does not disappoint.



Eliza’s photographs were created through the combination of new and old age technology. She began with digital files, then morphed those through soft-wear programs she uses.  The images created from this process were laid out in the darkroom and then exposed  in the sunlight to create the final photographs blending new and old techniques.  I’m a huge fan!  ❈

Entire project can be seen on Eliza’s portfolio : www.elizacollins.com

✢ Sunny Kitchen

kitchen inspirationThis is a dreary day in Charleston, SC.  Just for fun, let’s force some sunshine in the day.  I see a new Kitchen…Dark Slate Gray painted walls by Farrow & Ball, trim and doors in same.  Bright White Painted wood  floor, White Cabinetry, White Counter tops, Copper sink, Zebra Palm Linen Panel Curtains – fabric by Schumacher, and thimble bead trim by Scalamandré  inset down sides of curtain.  SUNSHINE Yellow Velvet chairs surround a Mid-century Glass table.  Feeling the heat? ❈

✢ Spring Cleaning

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We are in Spring Cleaning Mode at Courtney Agosti Interior Design…and hope YOU will benefit!  We have two pair of BUBBLEGUM Irish Linen panel curtains with smocked top and trim on each interior panel that have no home!  Each panel measures 28″ w x 93″ l.  The bedroom photo shows the space for which they were made, but not used: so you can get an idea of how they may look.  **WE WANT TO GIVE THESE TO THE FIRST PERSON WHO “follows our blog” and “likes our Courtney Agosti Interior Design Face Book page” and ASKS for them.  Don’t forget to send me a message asking (either on FB or BLOG)!  If you live outside of the Charleston area, we just ask you pay a $40 shipping fee, and we will send them to you where ever you are in the United States. We hope our curtains will make some lucky little girl “BLUSH” with excitement!   ❈

✢ Let Them Eat Cake…(Hummingbird Cake that is) along with our family RECIPE! Bon Appetite, friends.


My middle child was Confirmed last week, and we opted to celebrate Pic-Nic style with Friends, Fried Chicken, Tomato Pie, Mac & Cheese, etc.  As something special for him and his friends, I simply changed the shape of the cake, et voila!  ENJOY! ❈

A special “thank you” to Mary at Lotus Flower who gave two teenage boys oasis to make this project possible.

Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 large eggs, beaten

1 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup applesauce

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained

1 cup chopped pecans

2 cups chopped bananas

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

3 Tablespoons warm milk

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat all ingredients in a bowl with electric paddle or beater until desired consistency is reached.


Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas.

Pour batter into three greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Store in refrigerator.