guess what…. we’re home!!! and we couldn’t be happier about it. we’ve been gone four months (FOUR!) and it flew by and seemed like forever all at the same time. we pulled up to camp1899 and heart flutters, it felt so good to see our little home. it is a loooong drive, one thousand five hundred and sixty seven miles (+ all the extra stops), and when you’re exhausted it feels like triple that amount. we went through three snow flurries and then a big snow, passed 2 enormous ship propellors, saw the worlds largest easel (86 ft tall) with an equally large van gogh sunflower painting resting on it, passed a helicopter wrapped up like a big white burrito, drove the full length of kansas, started planning our next fun getaway (a short one that i am so excited about), but not before we planned a lot of rest and recuperating and not-doing-anything-at-all for awhile. and, and we have lots of diy plans (finally, we know!). one thing for sure, that king bed of ours, oh how we’ve missed you, there really is nothing like your own bed. thanks for everything north carolina.. but we’re oh so glad to be home!
we can’t believe it’s over. we had the best time in nyc and now are en route via amtrak back to north carolina. why do vacations go by so fast?! i took tons of photos to share next week (ready for nyc overload anyone?). in the meantime…send us good thoughts for a smooth, fast, uneventful, and peaceful train ride. let’s just say that on the way up we had multiple delays, including the train being searched by police not too long after we were delayed next to a prison.. hmmmmm. AND the only baby on the entire train sat directly behind us and bose noise cancellation headphones do not even come close to drowning out crying babies. (although, to the baby’s credit, it was a looong day and she did great all things considered). we’ll be back in the south just in time for new years, any fun plans? resolution making? it’s almost time….
i had a date with the best antique mall and my girlfriend jen yesterday… she has a booth at sleepy poet that i poked through forever, and then we both lost hours of time wandering up & down the aisles (if you are anywhere near charlotte it is a must-go-to kind of place!). so much good stuff.. if we had more than 528 sq. ft. of living space oh the things i could get myself into. i did leave with one southern tin and a teensy little santa cup and if we had dachsunds those cute weiner dogs would have been mine.
shopping antique malls is so fun, especially with a fellow thrift lover (be careful if you have the same taste though..), and they can be treasure troves, just remember that the booths in them are (usually) well curated collections & finds so it won’t necessarily be super cheap (compared to thrifting at a goodwill or similar), so expect prices that reflect the age and condition of the item and the rarity! it’s not a yard sale but you can still come away with amazing deals!! and remember those cute little santa mugs i mentioned the other day, jen surprised me with two more for my collection, just need an eggnog party now, thanks j♥
we have landed! we’re in north carolina for the next week before heading to the beach… the husband has clients that wanted a little work done at their lake house, paths through the woods, chain saw action, you know.. manly man stuff (; and i will be playing roadtrip catch up starting later today. in the meantime, isn’t this the best view from the dock? i tried a really good winter ale by four in hand while watching the sun set over the water, a good first night. be back soon….
we had a little date night.. we went uptown to see this real gingerbread house is in the lobby of the ritz carlton. just a few of the ingredients: 48 pounds of molasses, 500 pounds of sugar, 160 pounds of shortening, and 4 pounds of cinnamon.
i am so excited to introduce evelyn…. she’s a local author with an amazing book for the kiddos. we don’t have any little ones, but this book has a timeless story for any and all, and it’s on shelves in time for christmas!
1. The saying is that everyone thinks they have a book in them. How did you know that you really did?
I’ve been writing for years and when my father died I knew that life was far too short to keep putting off the things I believed, in my heart, were worth writing (and reading). So I took the chance and put it out there.
2. How did you find the process of writing the book to be?
Long. Two years long. Lots of time spent looking into things I was unsure of.
3. Since these were stories told to you as a child, did you find that the book flowed right out of you?
These weren’t really stories told to me, but were things my mother did with me. So, putting these things into words was a bit easy… just had to make the words flow so it would be easy for children to follow.
4. Since having the book published, what has been the biggest surprise, if any?
The reaction from people. People love being able to say that they know a published author!
5. Do you have any plans to write more books? And if so will we see more of Evie?
Yes, I have one finished and I am working on a third. As for Evie…yes, there may be a few more.
6. How did you balance being a single mom, full time hair stylist, and all of the other hats you wear and still author a book and have it published?
If you are lucky, you do what your passions are and you try to do them well. My life is full of my passions. Keeping it all together is a wonderful balancing act.
7. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers that either you received or you wish you would have known?
Yes…find an agent and never let anyone tell you you can’t!
8. If someone wants a book personalized can you do that?
Yes! Just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Do you have any scheduled book signings currently?
Not scheduled yet but the first one will be at Park Road Book Store (in Park Road Shopping Center). They have my book in stock now.
10. Can you please share your favorite childhood book with us?
Yes I can… It is called The Moon Singer by Clyde Robert Bulla. I still have my original copy.
It’s about a young boy who finds solace during his not so easy life by going into the forest at night and singing to the moon. Soon the Queen and all the other town folk find out and quietly hide themselves in the forest to hear this wonderfully voiced young boy sing.
As an additional note from me…not only is the story enchanting but the illustrations are some of the best I have ever seen, stop by and take a look!
a local etsy artist with ink to paper talent.
to see more of her work go to corelladesign.
emily clark is a charlottean, mom of three and local interior designer and blogger. i came to emily’s design blog via chicago. yes it took my dear friend lindsey (in chicago) to tell me about someone right in my back yard. isn’t that just the way it happens?! had to contact her after i read this post. (any of you out there love a bedroom fan too?) and lucky for all of us..she stopped just long enough to do a big question and answer.. thanks emily!
1. As a Charlotte Designer, can you tell us a few of your local favorite places to shop? Both fancy and budget friendly?
Those who read my blog will know I’m queen of the cheapskates when it comes to decorating (especially my own home!). For accessories, you can’t beat HomeGoods (the new one in SouthPark is great–really well stocked). I live right outside of Charlotte in Belmont and we have a cute downtown area with several antique/consignment shops. I love scouring them for unique pieces and furniture that I can makeover or use in some new way. If you haven’t been to Belmont lately, the downtown is thriving, and you can spend a fun afternoon shopping and eating there.
2. For people wondering about online designing with you, can you tell them a little about how that works?
I basically do everything except come to your home. The client sends me pictures of their room, along with measurements and any inspiration pictures they may have and we do the rest via email. I can just help with the finishing touches (lamps, artwork, pillows, for example. . .) or provide a full design plan (space planning, furniture arrangement, etc.), depending on what they need. You can find more detailed information here.
3. What do you think everyone should splurge on in their homes?
I think it’s okay to splurge on your bigger, basic pieces that you know you’ll have for a long time. A sofa in a classic style, in a good durable fabric, for example, would be a good investment. Save money and bargain shop for those smaller, trendier items that you know you’ll be ready to change out in five years (or less).
4. On What household items do you recommend saving your money, and buying less expensive?
I think storage pieces like decorative dressers, chests and desks, are good items to buy second-hand. I love looking at thrift and consignment shops for unique pieces. Sometimes older furniture is more substantial and has more character–especially when it’s repainted. And, the mix of old with new makes a room really interesting.
5. Where do you find your design inspiration?
Everywhere! If I’m at a loss, I do love looking through fabrics. I think it’s a good place to start–even if it’s just going on a small pillow. If I find a really beautiful pattern, I can sometimes envision the entire room within a few minutes.
6. What is your favorite thing about design blogging?
I have been amazed at the whole community of design bloggers and how supportive and nice they have been. I started my blog more or less as a way to keep up with my random design ideas and on-going projects. I never knew the opportunities and friendships that it would bring along the way. I also love getting emails and pictures from readers who have completed a project in their own homes based on something they saw on my blog. It’s very flattering and encouraging to me.
7. If you could work with any one famous designer who would you choose?
I’m still waiting on Nate Berkus to call me. (: Seriously, I admire his ability to create rooms that don’t look too “designed” and his budget-friendly ideas on decorating.