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keeping craft alive: spotlight on urban electric

the urban electric co. of charleston, south carolina

We have long relied on Urban Electric Co. for exceptionally crafted lighting fixtures – all bench made to order and to our specifications.  Seeing their company featured in a recent article in Business of Home and learning more about their dedication to nurturing the next generation of artisans makes our support of their company that much stronger.

With thoughtfulness and intention, they recruit artisans from diverse backgrounds and engage them in a 12-18 month apprenticeship program to become craftspeople.  (Currently, half of the 40 craftspeople working in the shop are women.)  Based on their contributions and craft, there’s a clear path to become senior craftspeople and eventually master craftspeople with the company.

This is exactly the approach we need to keep craft alive in our field, and in our country.  We couldn’t be more proud to support Urban Electric and other artisans dedicated to the revitalization of craft.  Join us!

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Urban Electric Co. featured in Business of Home:UE article taste

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Urban Electric Co.’s Yolanda, at our client’s home overseeing the installation of their fixtures.

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Urban Electric Co.’s fixtures featured in just a few of our many client homes:

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before & after…

a welcoming kitchen, and baths for all

 

 

 

 

before & after:

a welcoming kitchen, and baths for all

 

Even masterfully architected homes need a facelift eventually.  Last year, we helped our clients see the potential in their circa 1980 Jim Estes designed home and transformed their spaces for more comfortable gathering and weekend entertaining.

The galley Kitchen, Powder Room and Pantry were reappointed while honoring the original architecture and strong lines of the space.  And, we reworked the lower level space plan to increase the baths from one to three — so no more sharing bathrooms with weekend guests.  (And if you’ve ever reworked a lower level space plan, you know its a challenge to work around structural and mechanical requirements to reimagine a space.)

While challenges were plentiful, the plan worked and the waiting list for summer weekend visits is already growing.  An Estes home, proudly enhanced by taste.

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A coffee and beverage bar welcomes guests into the Kitchen, day or night.

 

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Terracotta tile was replaced with the warmth and character of hickory floors – set at a diagonal to complement the architectural character of the home – offering visual contrast to the honed Calacatta marble countertops and white cabinetry.

 

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A lighter and brighter Kitchen.

 

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The teeniest of Powder Rooms gains visual space with a cantilevered sink base in walnut.

 

 

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The hosts are equally as comfortable as their guests in their Master Bath, complete with large shower and private water closet.

 

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The once laundry was moved to create a guest bath, and an efficient laundry space created from an unused walk-in closet.

 

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After Photography: Kyle Caldwell

 

Consider Art this Giving Season

original art is a thoughtful holiday gift that gives and gives back, all year long

 

As you’re finishing your holiday shopping, consider giving a small work of original art. A petite piece of art comes with endless possibilities for incorporating into a home, presenting a low-pressure way for the recipient to enjoy your gift. Small works can fill a tiny wall in a vestibule, be combined with other pieces in a gallery-style art wall or even sit on a shelf to accent books and treasures. Current small pieces in the gallery at taste follow below. Call or stop by to see these in person and consider the giving possibilities, or even the possibility of a gift to yourself this holiday season.

 

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068---milikin---returning---12-x-12-in---oil-on-panel---1500This Dora Atwater Millikin piece comes framed in her signature unfinished wood surround.  

It’s perfect for the coastal home or a young sailor’s room.

Dora Atwater Millikin – “Returning” – 12 x 12 inches – oil on panel

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These teeny works by Jessica Pisano are perfect by themselves, or grouped in a grid on a wall.

Jessica Pisano – Oil & Gold Leaf on Panel – 6 x 6 inches each

(Top)  “Water’s Edge #33”  & “Water’s Edge #34”

(Bottom) “Water’s Edge #36” & “Water’s Edge #37”

Evelyn Rhodes - Beavertail Surf, West Passage - 8in x 10in framed RCVD 6.11.15 BThis classic coastal oil by Evelyn Rhodes would look stunning on a richly painted wall or hung on the face of a bookshelf.

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This exclusive giclee of a timeless oil by Evelyn makes a thoughtful gift for the budding or accomplished birder in the family.

Evelyn’s  Rhodes – “Crow in Snow” – 14 x 11 inches – Giclee Reproduction Framed at 17.75 x 14.75 inches

075A Peter Roux - Southern Coast no 2 - 24 x 24 - oil on canvas - 2750Peter Roux’s surreal landscapes are poignant by themselves, or grouped as a diptych.

Peter Roux – “Southern Coast  #2” – 24 x 24 inches – Oil on Canvas

074A Peter Roux - The Mysteries no 327 - 24 x 24 - Oil on Cavas - 2750Peter Roux – “The Mysteries #327” – 24 x 24 inches – Oil on Canvas

Barbara Owen -Layered Abstraction - Bubble - Acrylic Ink on Paper - 24 x 18

Barbara Owen’s works on paper are a gift of energy and happiness.  Each comes framed and provides the perfect infusion of color to a room.

Barbara Owen – “Layered Abstraction (Bubble)” – Acrylic & Ink on Cut Paper – 24 x 18 inches

027A - Barbara Owen - Layered Abstraction Garden - Acrylic & Ink on Cut Paper - 20 x 20 - 950Barbara Owen – “Layered Abstraction (Garden)” – Acrylic & Ink on Cut Paper – 20 x 20 inches

Susan Strauss’s coastal landscape is a composition that instantly draws you to that familiar place on the beach where worries and stress are far, far away.

Susan Strauss – “Early July” – 14 x 11 inches – Oil on Panel

Susan’s wooded landscape is a lovely reminder that Spring and Summer return, every year.

Susan Strauss – “Entrance” – 12 x 16 inches – Oil on Panel

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Susan’s watery and shimmery “Promising” is painted on an 1 1/2″ thick board, so beautifully stands on a shelf or a console table to complete a composition of objects.

Susan Strauss – “Promising” – 12 x 12 inches – Acrylic on Panel

taste interior design new england rhode island boston susan strauss artist galleryThese oils by Susan have wonderful texture and depth and would be stunning paired side by side or one over the other, providing flexible hanging options.

 Susan Strauss – “Closer” & “Seeing Into” – 12 x 12 inches each – Oil on Panel

Susan’s study of local bridges would be the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates these engineering works of art we travel on every day.

Susan Strauss – “Blue Bridge” – 8 x 10 inches – Oil on Panel

15 - Strauss - Long Swim - 18 x 18 - oil on panel - 1100Susan’s swimmer is one of my personal favorites and would make an ideal gift for anyone who regularly enjoys a dip in our bay.

Susan Strauss – “Long Swim” – 18 x 18 inches – Oil on Panel

Windows, 16 x 16 Kelly MilukasKelly’s tactile encaustic works come framed and ready to add vibrancy and texture to any wall.

Kelly Milukas – “Windows” – 16 x 16 inches – Encasutic Painting in Custom Hardwood Frame

060- A Milukas - Tree Chatter - 9 x 21 - Pastel, Float Maple Frame, Museum Glass - 1200These framed pastels by Kelly are just 8″ and 9″ wide and therefore able to perfectly punctuate one of those slivers of space we all have in our homes.

Kelly Milukas – “Tree Chatter” – 9 x 21 inches – Pastel, Float Maple Frame, Museum Glass

059A - Milukas - Flow - 8 x 18 - Pastel Custom Frame, Museum Glass -950Kelly Milukas – “Flow” – 8 x 18 inches – Pastel Custom Frame, Museum Glass

046A - Milukas -Orange City - 8 x 8 - Encaustic Painting in Custom Ash Frame - 695Kelly’s framed encaustics stand on their own or can be paired together for an always needed dose of color.

Kelly Milukas – “Orange City” – 8 x 8 inches – Encaustic Painting in Custom Ash Frame

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Kelly Milukas – “Float” & “Beach” 8 x 8 inches each – Encaustic Paintings in Custom Ash Frames

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Kelly’s seaside pastel offers so many shades of watery blue and earthy sand it can find a special spot in just about any coastal home.

Kelly Milukas – “Sand and Structure” – 10 x 19 inches – Pastel, Custom Float Maple Frame, Museum Glass

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Michael Rich – “Sky I” – 12 x 15 inches – Oil on Panel

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Michael Rich “Sky II” – 12 x 15 inches – Oil on Panel

051A - Michael Rich - Breathe - Oil on Canvas - 26 x 22 - 2800Lastly, Michael Rich’s abstract oils breathe modernity and a fresh spirit into any home and work equally well on richly painted or gallery white walls.

Michael Rich – “Breathe” – 26 x 22 inches – Oil on Canvas