Recently, I visited illustrator Jordan Grace Owens in her home/studio in Durham, NC. She lives in a gorgeous light filled studio loft right in the downtown with easy access to all the wonderful restaurants there, Mateo, Pizzaria Toro and Parlour come to mind but gosh there are so many. She shares . . .
So in the days before I got the keys to Gather I was on one of my many morning thrifting trips when I saw this couch. I knew I wanted some big, bold florals in the space but was planning on creating some wallpaper and putting it behind the bar/cubicle areas. However, I thought this couch might . . .
When at the beach a few months ago it rained the first few days. So we took a trip to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. My daughter loved it and by the time we were finished the sun had come out and the rain had cleared. I actually enjoyed walking around their pretty . . .
Every summer as a kid my family would stay at my Great Aunt's beach house at Carolina Beach, North Carolina. The place was nothing fancy with wood paneled bedrooms, whose knots I remember, resembled a million distorted eyes staring back at you. The house was a street away from the beach . . .
Campbell Road Nursery is one of my favorite plant nurseries in the Raleigh/Cary, North Carolina area. Their prices are really good, their plants healthy, and they are nice and helpful. They have a huge plant variety and rows and rows of greenhouses. Like many nurseries their plantings are . . .
A few blocks away from Gather is a charming, well maintained and very well stocked herb garden, that you really wouldn't happen upon unless you knew it was there. It is tucked away behind the railroad tracks, near, but sort of behind the town offices and next to an old historic building that used to . . .
I always think it is fun to see progress shots. And while the space I am opening in downtown Cary has been changing a lot in the past few weeks since I've gotten the keys I still have quite a bit to do before my first tenants move in on June 15th. Here are before shots of the space that I took when . . .
My good friend (and business helper) Whitney just launched her new collection of handbags and clutches through her company Freshly Given. She uses re-purposed, scrap and salvaged leather and sews all of the bags by hand. I especially love this trapezoid clutch above. Here's a picture from a . . .
Once a week I try to make it a habit to go out exploring with no agenda and my camera in hand. This is a solitary, meditative pursuit and really inspires me for the rest of the week when I am at home behind my computer. I remember what it was like to work full time for someone else with a less . . .
For me, the best part about hosting The Rock & Shop Market is getting to connect with and create a showcase for all the amazing emerging designers & entrepreneur makers that are making a go of running their own product based businesses, not just in North Carolina but nationally as well. When . . .
Of course I know I'm a tad biased since I selected all the vendors for next week's Rock & Shop Market, but I think we've got a really great lineup this time around. This market will feature over 100 emerging artisans selling their wares alongside bands & djs & the Full Frame Documentary . . .
I'm so proud of my husband. For the past five years or so he's been making peppermint bark every holiday for gifting to family & friends. After lots of requests from those friends wanting to give to their own friends, he decided to make it official. His business is called The Apothecary's . . .