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How my love for buildings has helped me cope with lockdown and social distancing


Being on lockdown during a pandemic can cause nostalgia for most people. While past time feelings of happy events can bring joy, it can also bring some sadness. But there are ways to channel that sadness and remake these times.

I had recently been seeing and thinking of the beautiful buildings for more than one reason. One, my dad would take us on rides around our town to see beautiful homes. Two, I went to school for Architecture and graduated with an Interior Design degree. Three, in middle school, I completed a complex project that I got so engulfed in while touring historical buildings in Augusta.

So one day, while "safely" visiting my parents in my hometown of Augusta, GA, I wanted to relive that moment and take pictures. My mom actually picked the place. Her and my dad know this city like the back of their head. So, that's where we went the Morris Museum, also known as the Augusta Museum of History. Even though this place was not required to picture on my middle school project, I remember for driving by and possibly going to meet about volunteering opportunities with the museum when I arrived back to Augusta fresh out of college, circa, 2010.

This Augusta tour round would begin a new journey for me and my little one to get out and enjoy sceneries and nature. My mom was not reluctant, so I knew I was on to something good! We got dressed up and coordinated for the extra factor of the memory.

I chose the side of the building for the lighting, the grand window, ginormous columns, and coincidentally the leaves. There is always the factor the falls into place for a creative. Elements that were unintentional and unplanned that brings it all together.


The goal in this picture was to get as close up to the monumental column as possible with the baby and I in it. As a designer a designer, I'm all about little details. So a close up picture gave us all that more for the column.


"There are so many things to adore in this picture about the building. My mom, who was snapping the pictures stood across the street to capture this gorgeous elevation."


The warm colors of the leaves that were stationed in bunches along the sidewalk, set the tone for play for my LO. My love for buildings and her love for nature just mixed for these photos.


"This was what this day was all about. Getting us out and taking on new traditions and appreciations."

meet T. Nicole


Hi! I'm T. Nicole a.k.a Designhangover, I'm a city girl who met country scenes early and fell in love with it.  I'm a sweet mix between city, country, and town living.  I've lived in Augusta, GA, Washington D.C. and currently a small rural area in South Carolina. I studied Interior Design and Architecture at my dream college.  Now I'm happy to be back between Georgia and Carolina with my family!

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