Beauty in Chaos

Pretty Pile on Top of A Wooden Dresser

For the past couple of months I have been hard at work at Gather, my coffee/tea, gift shop & coworking space in downtown Cary everyday Monday through Saturday and it hasn't left much time to work from home, catch up on backlogged emails and to-do's or to just pause to reflect. I'm big on . . .

My Living Room & Downstairs

Antlers, Textiles, Map, Wooden Farm Table, Michelle Smith’s Home

We recently had a party at our home with some friends, so while our house was tidy without toys and project piles everywhere (the downstairs anyway) I snapped some photos. Our wide open downstairs has evolved a lot in the seven years that we've lived here. In the past couple of years in . . .

Bedroom Paint Colors

Michelle Smith Bedroom

For the past five years my bedroom has been painted a pretty light blue color. Over the past year or two we've been handed down a few furniture pieces that I think would look really handsome against a warmer medium gray. You might remember that at the beginning of last year I contemplated . . .

Garden Update: Teepee Trellis

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I've been surrounded by gardeners my whole life and growing up my Mom always had a number of fruit trees, and a large fenced vegetable garden in the back. I have fond memories of sitting on my Great Grandmother's porch swing, watching the hummingbirds land on the feeder, and smelling her Muscadine . . .

My “Studio”

Michelle Smith Raleigh Studio

When I'm working I tend to sit at the kitchen table, but I have a few spots around the house where I do different business related tasks. My official "studio" is in the garage and doesn't look nearly as nice as some other areas which is an understatement to say the least - think piles of boxes, . . .

Garden Update

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Lots of weed pulling, mulching and garden preparation going on at my house. So far this year I've planted basil, peas, and green, yellow and red peppers. Despite the fact that it is still early, I'm taking my chances on there being no more frost. Basil will turn black and die if it gets too cold at . . .

House Tour Gallery

Michelle Smith House Tour

I've just added a page on the blog that features a house tour. You can see all the photos here. I've also added a photo link in the sidebar to the right. Eventually, I'd like to also add a section with ongoing house projects since I am always working on something. Would you be interested in seeing . . .