In all my years of blogging, this is the post I’ve wanted to write the most: we bought a house! We closed two weeks ago after a roller coaster ride of inspections and negotiations (followed by even more inspections and negotiations…) but I’m thrilled to finally be able to say that we’re putting down roots in Raleigh.
I’m a homebody without question and not having a sense of permanence or a place that felt truly our own left me feeling unmoored these past 2-3 years. Professionally, it was like the cobbler’s children who had no shoes.
Architecturally, our new home is exactly what we said we didn’t want (isn’t it funny how that happens?) more 1950s ranch than 1890s federal (hard to come by in a young city like Raleigh), but we love the neighborhood, the big backyard, and the room to grow if we choose.
Right now it has grasscloth wallpaper that has been painted over (from the first time grasscloth was cool), lacquered brass switch plates, registers, and door knobs (again, from the first time brass was cool) and an unidentifiable but distinct smell it will take me an arsenal of Diptyque to defeat, but the bones are good, the potential is endless, and most importantly it’s ours.
I’ll be sharing peeks here and there along the way and am accepting all ideas for witty Instagram hashtags. 😉
Oh hi. Popping back in from the depths of blogging obscurity. Life has been particularly crazy this past month, but more on that later. For now, let’s ease back into the swing of things by reveling in all the whimsical glory of my new Mario Lopez Torres giraffe lamp found at a favorite new Raleigh haunt: Urbage.
The jury’s still out on whether it’s normal to buy pieces for the future nursery of your yet to be conceived children, but I’ve come to realize there’s no greater regret than a one-of-a-kind piece left behind, so until he’s needed elsewhere this guy will be dressing up my desk. Smiles all day long guaranteed.
Other items of note: the custom storage ottomans just back from the workroom in a vibrant Guatemalan striped woven. There is a serious lack of attractive storage furniture out there and pieces like these are so versatile!
I’m considering having a few more made in my favorite fabrics, any interest? We’re all about form and function over here.
One of the first projects I took on when we moved to Raleigh this fall was a nursery design for a sweet young couple. They had just moved into their first home–a 1950s white brick beauty–in November and baby girl was set to make her debut in February. We began work after Thanksgiving and were finished just in time to welcome baby Caroline home (ultimately she was gracious enough to wait a week so we could get her cornices installed 😉 )
I’ve shared a few peeks (here and here) along the way, and am happy to share the completed space with you today! My client is the epitome of Southern charm and grace and had collected a few special pieces to incorporate. We decided on a feminine but sophisticated scheme that would could easily transition from baby to toddler to pre-teen.
My jumping off point was a favorite hummingbird wallpaper. My client requested a serene space so I proposed papering the ceiling to provide visual interest, and neutral walls to keep the space from feeling busy. A buffalo plaid check provided the requisite pink and pom pom trim added some whimsy to the custom cornices.
Two of my favorite details in the room are the scalloped fixture we had lacquered in pale pink and trimmed in gold (to coordinate with the bathroom off the nursery) and the sweet mobile above the crib. Isn’t the combination of animals my client selected adorable?
Nurseries are always such a joy to decorate. There’s so much excitement, anticipation, and the opportunity to be more playful than you might in other areas of your home. I hope you enjoyed this one!
photos by Anna Routh
North Carolina readers & friends, I’m so excited to share an event I’m participating in this Saturday, April 30th in support of The Green Chair Project, a Raleigh non-profit providing donated home furnishings to renew the lives of families and individuals transitioning after homelessness, crisis, and disaster. Please watch this video to learn more about this amazing organization — if only every community could have a similar resource!
I’m incredibly passionate about my job, but it doesn’t escape me for second that I’m in the business of satisfying “wants” when so many are working to fulfill more basic needs. When I first transitioned to interior design years ago, I remember worrying that I would feel superficial. What I came to realize though, is that our environments have the power to affect us on an emotional level, and by making things a bit more beautiful/functional/restful, etc. I could enhance my clients lives and that was rewarding.
The Green Chair Project is empowering families throughout Wake County to enhance their own lives at a time when they need a hand up by giving them the autonomy to furnish their homes. Participants purchase furnishings at reduced prices which gives them a further sense of pride and ownership. It’s just an all around genius organization with a wonderful staff to boot, and I can’t wait to become more involved.
So, about the event:
Myself and 9 other NC designers were invited to re-furbish chairs donated to The Green Chair Project in collaboration with Robert Allen who sponsored our fabric selections. The chairs will be auctioned off this Saturday, April 30th with the talented gentlemen of Madcap Cottage, John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, acting as co-hosts. Tickets to the event are available for purchase here.
Here’s a peek at my chair!
I’m hoping I won’t have to have Garrett secretly bidding, but if this one does end up in our house I won’t mind one bit. 😉 If you’re in the area, I’d love to meet you at the event!
P.S If you’re not local but are interested in supporting The Green Chair Project please consider lending your support here.
Art is one of the few splurges I truly feel guilt free about making. I’ll debate the merits of a new bag or pair of shoes for months, but if a piece of art resonates with me I’m suddenly cavalier.
Unlike clothing or accessories which inevitably need to be replaced, art lasts a lifetime. Nothing sets the tone in a room or has the ability to spark conversation quite like a great piece of art. Over the years we’ve bought a few special pieces to mark various occasions and I love having those visual reminders of milestones.
I’ve developed a long “someday” list for our growing collection and the latest addition is artist Meredith Pardue. The Savannah College of Art & Design and Parsons graduate describes her canvases as “composed of organic forms that derive from those found in nature, but ultimately the paintings are a visual record of an unplanned dialogue between myself and a blank canvas.”
I’m completely captivated by her work and use of color. Hopefully it brightens your Monday.
images via Meredith Pardue and Artsy