Spacial Memory


For my spatial project I chose to illustrate a space that was very familiar to me growing up – my grandparents house on Seabrook Island. Having spent many an overnight weekend there and day trips, this house and all the nooks and crannies became ingrained in my mind.
Having a really good memory growing up and to this day, I can recall the most insignificant moments which always amuses my family as normally they do not remember. Drawing the space from memory was not too difficult just from the amount of time I spent there combined with my memory, I usually can remember things pretty well. With that being said, some of the aspects that I did not get exactly right was where certain walls and doors connected with one another as well as how furniture was arranged and the layout of the upstairs bedroom. Because the house was sold a few years back, I was forced to use pictures as a reference, which is definitely not the same as experiencing it firsthand. The things I missed shows that due to my age when the majority of my time there was spent, certain features were more important to remember such as the fact that the rug in the sunroom was prickly thus I always remembered to wear socks when coming up in the morning for breakfast. Games were an integral part of our visits and thus I knew exactly where Candy Land among others was kept. Concentrating on the things I left out, those aspects were just not as important for me to remember and held no weight for me personally that, for example, a certain chair was arranged this way. Furniture is also continually rotated and reorganized although less so in the sunroom we spent most of our time in, it is one of those design aspects that does not have to stay in one place permanently.


According to Soja when referring to The New World forum, “All is present within walking distance: the past, the present, the future” (Soja, 18). My grandmother moved from a house in Walterburo, SC that had been in her family since the 1800s before they moved to Seabrook in the 80s and thus her home contained many things that pointed to the past, as well as the present, and future. I often found myself continually intrigued by all her drawers full of old letters from my grandfather, as well as other historical items. I would sit there imagining the world that she lived in and what it must have been like. Then I would look at the pictures she had of us displayed next to these things and relish the time when I was a baby, so proudly gazing on these pictures. The future references in her home would be found mostly in the technological aspects such as the TV, the switch to cordless phones (eventually), as well as the modern aspects of her home like having all window walls in the main living room/sunroom area. When looking at the floor plan and how I would change it, since my architectural and design taste was highly influenced by this house I wanted to further push the inside to accommodate my ideal workspace environment. I did this by knocking out barrier walls in the sunroom and kitchen so that the living room, sunroom, and kitchen were all connected and did not feel so removed from one another. This would also ease communication problems as one could hear someone else from the sunroom much easier in the kitchen with this change. I also wanted to incorporate more modern and less stuffy furniture choices especially in the more formal living room. This space always felt like it was off limits or we had to be much more careful around these furniture pieces. Ideally I would want all the spaces to feel usable and open for collaboration and communication with others. Residing on a barrier island, there was a pond in the back where we would always use the binoculars to looks for alligators. Thus the influence of nature was strong in this space as well with floor to ceiling window walls in the sunroom, hence another reason why I absolutely love having large windows to this day in my living spaces to let more of nature in and the natural light as well. While the outside spaces may have been used less due to the fact that the gators also frequented it, I would like to change the landscaping and allow for a fire pit or gathering table of some sorts to enjoy the outdoor aspects of the home.
Overall, this home is very special to me and while I wish we still had access to it, thankfully when you sell a house you don’t sell the memories you made in it and for that I am extremely grateful. Growing up going to Seabrook will remain one of the highlights of my childhood.

Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins

Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins
Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins

Time sure does fly when you don’t want it to, especially during berry season in summer. One of my absolute favorite fruits is blackberries as well as any kind of berry… you name it: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries they are all so good. I discovered this recipe, however, during the dead of winter in Charleston, SC, which was actually quite brutal this year from ice storms. As brutal as winter can get in the south 😉

I was craving some warm berry muffins to go with my hot earl grey tea, which seems to always be in my hand during the colder months of the year. Thankfully I stumbled upon a rather healthy recipe, to my figure’s delight, so I just had to give them a try. I mean how could you go wrong with a healthy muffin recipe on an icy cold, blustery morning right? Keep in mind these go just as well if not better with fresh summer blackberries with some nice iced tea for a scrumptious morning breakfast or a tea time in the afternoon.

Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins

This is a great recipe to make using the last of the season’s fresh blackberries and you will not regret making them once you take a bite of the finished product!

Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins
Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins


Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins
Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins


Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins
Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins

Enjoy! Feel free to post your comments about your experience making these! Check out the recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction right here!



Baking Staples: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie dough

Coming home after graduating college was definitely not on my to do list. Unfortunately what I want is not always what ends up happening, since job opportunities were not coming out of the woodwork. Therefore after I had my first interview three days after graduation, I decided to bake to calm my nerves about job hunting.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are some recipes that are staples of the world of baking, varying by culture of course, and so I decided to take on some chocolate chip cookies. Generally I consider cookies a baking staple because growing up that was always my mom’s go-to sweet that she would make for us whether that be oatmeal, chocolate chip, or peanut butter, she made all kinds.

Fresh Chocolate Chip Cookies

As a growing and learning cook and baker, I decided to go with Martha Stewart’s Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, as I trust her knowledge of baking and recipes a lot. These indeed ended up being very soft and chewy just as the title suggested, and not only did I love them, but my siblings did as well!

The next time you want to bake some simple chocolate chip cookies for your family and friends, check out her recipe!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  2. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.