As you might imagine, the G&G staff is a creative bunch, and the inventive ideas extend beyond the page-making to our office in Charleston, South Carolina. There, the magazine comes to life in three-dimensional form. Case in point: the “flying” decoys recently on display in our editorial conference room during the annual Southeastern Wildlife Expo.
First came the planters, made by a local metalsmith to fit the two-hundred-year-old bricked-over windows from the original Cigar Factory, the shell of which our office now occupies. The room gets little-to-no light, so an evergreen, in this case the perennial mother-in-law’s tongue, brings the outside in. Above those, our team installed nearly forty retired decoys on loan from a generous hunter, hanging them from the ceiling in an homage to flushed ducks. The decoys were tied at different heights with fishing line, and a simple weight tied with the same filament on the back of each bird kept them from twisting and turning.
While most houses don’t have giant brick niches inside them, this idea is a fun one to riff on when a room needs some impact and a glimpse of the personality of the owner. It’s a great way to say “a sportsman lives here.”