FLORIDA LIVING

Custom Art Project : : Clearwater Beach Map

Vibrant and Fun Watercolors Meets Functional Artwork

Being the resident artist here at LGD gives me some pretty cool opportunities with clients, most recently one of those being for the newly designed Hotel Cabana on Clearwater Beach. LGD did an incredible job exuding a modern, coastal but still minimalistic feel of relaxation throughout the design, much of which parallels my own artistic style in my coastal watercolor artwork.

When the owner commissioned me to create a 3' x 4' map to hang in their entry way for every guest to see, I was beyond excited! Custom maps have really become a passion project of mine, and a way to more deeply explore the design and architecture of different buildings in structures throughout Florida. Aside from these maps becoming a gorgeous piece of 100% custom artwork, they also serve a functional purpose - helping guests navigate their way around a new city or area, all while viewing beautiful illustrations.

Work in Progress of the popular "Pearly's Beach Eats" building on Clearwater Beach.

Work in Progress of the popular "Pearly's Beach Eats" building on Clearwater Beach.

Works in progress of: The Bait House, Clear Sky Cafe, Frenchie's Original Cafe, Clearwater Ferry and Palm Pavilion. Each piece of architecture that is included in custom maps is first hand painted as a full scale painting and then layered on top of a hand painted background, digitally.

Works in progress of: The Bait House, Clear Sky Cafe, Frenchie's Original Cafe, Clearwater Ferry and Palm Pavilion. Each piece of architecture that is included in custom maps is first hand painted as a full scale painting and then layered on top of a hand painted background, digitally.

Works in Progress: Hyatt Regency and Opal Sand Resort on Clearwater Beach.

Works in Progress: Hyatt Regency and Opal Sand Resort on Clearwater Beach.

The final product!

The final product!

We're SO excited to see this hung in Hotel Cabana, let us know if you stop by and see it too! Until next time...

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DESIGN PROJECT:: RELAXING OUTDOOR KITCHEN (BEFORE & AFTER PICS)

Alright guys. So apparently this whole Big Green Egg is a big deal. Like, a real big deal. So big of a deal, that we designed a new outdoor living space... around the Big Green Egg. It really made for a fun project. The homeowners have a beautiful home that they built roughly seven years ago, they entertain a lot and wanted to maximize that space and really update it, and really the husbands only priority was to fit in the egg. 

So we got to work. 

We collaborated with Olde World Cabinetry on this project, using the best finishes available for this outdoor space. 

Here are a few images of the space before, so you can see what we were working with.

We all got to work, reconfiguring the cabinetry, designing a beautiful custom hood, picking finishes and furniture. 

We thought it would be best to tile the back wall of the outdoor kitchen in a beautiful glass tile, from counter to ceiling. It really brought such a grand feeling to the space. Plus it sparkled when the light hit it. 

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I mentioned the glass backsplash tile has a certain sparkle to it, right? Yeah. It does. It's pretty. We love it. 

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... and this chandelier. It's so simple, yet so stunning. 

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Some other elements include a sweet little daybed by the outdoor fireplace and other little nooks that include a fire pit. We had a lot of fun mixing and matching some lovely fabrics to add some interest to the space. 

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This project turned out to be a really lovely space, monochromatic, classic and very functional. We just know that they will enjoy it for many years to come! 

So does this project have you reconfiguring your Big Green Egg in your head?! From our understanding it's a pretty important element for the outdoor chef!