Each January in Melbourne, Florida the Tim Wakefield Celebrity Golf Classic takes place to raise money for a wonderful cause. The kids at the Space Coast Early Intervention Center benefit from the generous people in the area who participate, as well as the celebrities who come in to play golf and offer auction items.
|Kelly Edge and Marie Kinnaman|
My sister-in-law, Kelly Edge, not only golfs in the event, but she also auctions her design skills. A few years ago, she created a hot auction item along with professional Chef Lee Hillson and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Cidny Bullens. They call it the "Celebrity Party in Your Home" package.
|That's me working on the table-scape|
|The table set-up for dinner for ten.|
|The Salad Course of Caprese with House Made Mozzarella|
|Chef Lee's Pasta Carbonara|
Skuna Bay Salmon with Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Tart and Asparagus Salsa
|English Summer Pudding ready for the dinner guests|
|The intimate concert in the family room with Billy and Cidny was a fabulous way to end the evening.|
We had breakfast each morning somewhere along the Space Coast and I snapped this pic of the warning to keep off the dune - just out back of one of the restaurants.
After breakfast we headed back to teach a decorating class and enjoy a luncheon (prepared by Chef Lee) for six ladies. We shared our tricks-of-the-trade as we redesigned Carol and John's family room. The main problem we encountered in the home was the couple's very different design styles. Carol was all about clean lines, white paint, and contemporary furnishings. John liked an "island" style, color, and a more casual feeling. We wanted to bring both styles together in order to find harmony for the two of them and their kids.
|Kelly talking to the class before we began the redesign.|
|before: the angle in the flooring, the bar, and the kitchen nook (not visible) |
calls for an angle in the furniture arrangement.
|After: we followed that floor angle to place the sofa and loveseat first. The art was hanging |
high above the sliding door but it brings some color down low and fills the space nicely.
|Just a note about the tall black vases. We took out the way too small |
sticks you can see in the before pic and left them empty.
|Steak Tartare on Baguette and Polenta with Mushroom Ragout|
Pics of the band and homeowner, Carol, joining in on a couple of songs.
Kelly performed her (now famous) rendition of Proud Mary with Carol and some of the willing female guests. It was a highlight of the night for me to see my sister-in-law get her Tina Turner on. She did it again the next night at the 2nd cocktail party and band night. Photos further along in the blog . . .
Working in big beautiful homes with gorgeous furniture and accessories is always nice - but no matter the size of the home or the price of the furnishings, these homeowners still can have trouble with balance and scale and where to put things. All we needed to do in Christine's two rooms was to balance things out and push and shove furniture around a bit. We re-accessorized the areas and shopped her home for what we needed.
|Kelly going to great heights to get what we need. She was after those animals on the top shelf -|
they ended up on the living room mantle in the after shot.
|before formal living room|
|after formal living room|
|before family room|
|after family room|
|tansu chest in family room|
A highlight of the afternoon was hearing a brand new song, just written, by Cidny Bullens and Billy Austin. As Kelly and I worked our design magic, these two incredible songwriters were hanging out and creating music magic. We got to hear it first.Billy, above, singing the new song for us (Christine and Teresa are sitting on the step)
Cidny, right, playing the grand piano while Billy sang their new song.
By the way, Teresa (above) and her husband Rick, put Kelly and I up in a suite of rooms in their home, just down the street. Fabulous accommodations for our stay. And, they both helped us with the redesign - Rick even brought in some tools to hang art. Thanks so much!
Beautiful outdoor setting for the night's cocktail party and concert.
Fabulous sunset for the cocktail party
The nighttime cocktail party started in the home next door - at the neighbors (Millie and Steve) who shared the package with Christine. We carried plates of hors d'oeuvres prepared by the chefs through the yards, as guests enjoyed drinks and watched a beautiful sunset.
|Millie and Steve started the party with cocktails |
and hors d'oeuvres in their beautiful home
Kelly and girls getting their groove on to Proud Mary