Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bargain Bright: Nate Berkus for Target

Today while wondering aimlessly throughTarget, I piddled right past this display of heavenly design! If you are not already a fan of Nate Berkus, you will be now! I am crushing on these sculpted branch gold lamp bases for $49.99 and oatmeal shades for $24.99 each! Gold vases are $22.00. The best part is that the whole line appears to be around $50. 

Style for everyone!! Now that is good news:)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Remembrance and Light: Love Our Baby's Tonight!

Sweet Home Charlotte. A blog I write in an attempt to only share the sweetest of story's, the happiest of days, my favorite things. The past few months have presented quite a few personal challenges and that has resulted in fewer and fewer blogs. This is not because I have nothing to say or to share with my readers, it is because what I have to say is not necessarily so sweet at all.

This fall my husband lost his father after a long fight with death. A business was sold and a new career was started. The future seemed brighter. Then Super Storm Sandy tore apart our family's home on the coast of Southern Connecticut. It did the same to countless others. There was mass shooting at a mall in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, a sleepy New England town close to my childhood home was the victim of unthinkable acts and children and public servants were murdered at the hands of a mentally unstable young man.

In this season of "merry" my heart hangs so heavy that at time's it feels as though it might break from the very threads that hold it steady. I can not comprehend what is truly wrong with the world, a world that until recently seemed flawed but mostly reasonable. A world that at times seemed even magical.

Every single night that I have been a mother,  I have laid down with my babies, and I have prayed to God that he keep them safe from harm. I tell him that I would sacrifice my life for theirs. I know that without them in my world, I would be broken, unable of writing anything "sweet" at all. Scotty would never recover from their loss, this fact keeps me on my toes every day. I imagine that the parents of Sandy Hook Elementary said the same prayers as I do every night. I imagine that they are broken that last Thursday night, their prayers were not answered.

How many times (just this week)  I have reprimanded my children for their over abundance of Christmas cheer. The "silly's and the crazy's" that drive me crazy. All the times I have said "NO" to their list of ever growing wants. . . knowing that  a small storage unit is filled with gifts hidden just for their special day. I weep for those family's that will be left with unopened toys, who have been robbed of their most beloved children and the memory's that would have been formed from a lifetime together. The teacher's and educators whose lives were sacrificed for the very children they spent countless hours with every day.

Someday soon I will be back with more fun ramblings on pretty interiors, presents and fun. For now though,  I am lighting a candle in remembrance of all of those affected by this tragedy in Newtown, Ct. For now I will spend every minute that I can honoring those children and family's. I will love on my baby's tonight, knowing that at least for today, my prayers have been answered.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Vintage Rockstar: Hank & JoJo Retro Tube Socks

Not sure what to give the cutest baby boy (or girl) that you know? Let me give you a hipster's little tip, Hank & JoJo Retro Tube Socks Rock! These vintage inspired tube socks are more than just adorable, they actually keep baby's toe's warm and snug! The knee high length keeps the legs covered when those pesky knickers get all jammed up! 

*Check out Baby Cooper headed to Ed's Tavern on a Charlotte snow day. His Hank & JoJo socks are keeping his baby legs snug and dry!

Available in sizes 3months-18months, these little overachievers are made of bamboo with AZO free dyes.  They arrive packaged in the coolest tin, that even to this day houses Batman and Robin for my almost 4 year old son Cooper.  Baby colors in Strawberry, Blueberry, Banana & Pear. Retails for $30 at Hank & JoJo.

I first fell for Hank & JoJo when Cooper was just a newbie, but we still roll around town in these cutie pie socks. Since there inception, Hank & JoJo have now introduced the Retro Toddler Tube Socks (age's 2-4) in unisex colors Canyon, Deep Sea, Grassland and Dessert Sun. Retailing online for $32 they would steal the show hip toddlers, boy or girl! Packaged in a larger 5 x 7 tin and in food grade ink! Check them out at Hank & JoJo.

Next up for Cooper this year are the Retro Kiddie Tube Socks for ages 5 to 7! Funky colors for hipster kiddies include Neon Yellow, Blazin' Red, Lime Green & Electric Blue. These are the same great socks minus the patched heels! Go to Hank & JoJo to stock up for all the little one's in your life!

Check out some of my other favorites:

Organic Cotton Skivvies makes going to the potty lots of fun!
Retails for $32 & Available in Boys & Girls.

Monday, December 3, 2012

It's A Long Story: Dilworth Coffee, Simplicity and Me.

Ask me how I like my coffee and I will tell you strong and black.  At Starbucks (when I must) I say "Small Coffee." Nothing skinny, complicated or spoken in Italian.  It's really nothing against Starbucks, but they are from Seattle, Washington, not exactly an overly popular international coffee destination. I am an American and I expect to order in sizes  Small, Medium and Large.  I prefer to put the cream in myself, leave me room or I will make it.  Either way.

One of the first times my Grandmother, Margie Marchard Bowley, met her (wealthy) Mother In Law's sister Aunt Elsie Dupont, she asked Margie how she liked her coffee. My Grandmother's answer was sweet, simple and polite, "with cream and sugar please."  Aunt Elsie's response, not quite as nice as she answered "How inconvenient  of you." Entirely abrasive, and yet most definitely, to the point.

It is for this exact reason that I am thankful for the simplicity of Dilworth Coffee. This little Charlotte coffee shop is tucked into the back of Kennilworth Commons. Inevitably one can order whatever complicated drink one could dream up, but for the rest of us, we can help ourselves to a fine selection of specialty artisan brews; in sizes Small, Medium and Large. 

At some point last year, Dilworth Coffee,  my favorite rustic, hippy, spot closed down for a week. A sign covered the door that said it was closed for renovations. My heart sunk, I loved the woodsy, comfort setting that felt like home.  I overheard someone mutter that they were making it more like Starbucks. I thought I might cry.

 Obviously, I have changed immensily over the past ten years. I am not as "hippy" as I used to be,  not as free spirited and earthy. While I used to brag that I could fit all of my belongings in the back of my Honda. I am pretty sure that we would fill up at least one large moving truck with all the possesions I have acquired over the last eight years.

As it turns out,  Dilworth Coffee has changed with me and I suspect many of it's patrons.  And when I finally opened up the doors. .  . I loved every inch of it.

The well curated gallery wall highlights an eclectic art collection. A metal, industrial style pendant illuminates a work area for patrons.

Fun food and drink specials greet us as always. Most are by local vendors.

A Circa Lighting Dave Hicks Pendant brings more than a touch of style to the minimalist environment. 

Rustic wooden walls remain, but this time in a refined style. 

Shop Local Y'all!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What I Am Loving Right Now!

Feel lucky and score this little distressed mirror at Cotswald Marketplace for $80!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Capture Ideas: York Chester Historic Home Tour 2012

York Chester 2012 Historic Home Candlelight Tour

Kick off the holiday season with this year's York Chester Historic Home Tour on December 1st 2012.  For your inspiration and viewing are six beautifully restored historic homes and Holy Trinity Church.  Spend the evening enjoying warmth, laughter and friendship as you reflect on the beauty of days gone by. 

Tickets are available at Dilworth Drug in Charlotte, Watson Insurance, Torrence Stationery and Rodi.  This years Hospitality Headquarters is sponsored by Rodi and Torrence Stationery & Gifts.  Advance tickets will be exchanged for a Tour Program at the Hospitality Headquarters on the night of the program.  Refreshments and Seasonal entertainment will be on hand at the headquarters located in the Rodi Atrium, 245 West Garrison Boulevard in Gastonia, North Carolina.  Proceeds from this years tickets sales will benefit Gaston Hospice.

Beautifully rendered drawings by the artist Tucker Cole are pictured above.  The individual drawings of the historic homes will be presented as gifts to the homeowners. It is a gift to all of us that they open up their homes for everyone to enjoy!

Click here for a map of the tour and get ready to share our love of North Carolina's Historic Homes!

*Information for this blog was obtained from

Thursday, November 15, 2012

There Is A Lot Going On In This Little Harlot Town

Wow! Who knew Charlotte would get so much national attention.  .  .AGAIN! Yes, The Democratic National Convention was quite the Political Party, but darn it was nothing like the paparazzi like news crews staking out our precious neighborhood Dilworth.

Even more exciting (to me of course) is that The Novogratz will be at the Mint Museum tonight presenting the series: Home by Novogratz.   The ultra cool Robert and Courtney and there SEVEN kids fascinated many of us (and me!)  with their design talents on HGTV's show The Novogratz. 

The event starts TONIGHT at 7pm and admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-member.
Click The Novogratz for more information on tickets.

Also going on in Harlot Town is Judith Voglesonger's JWVArtist's November show. The show started yesterday Wednesday November 14th and goes through Friday November 16th. 

Judith turns her gorgeous home into a personal gallery for all to enjoy! It is definitely a must if you are in the art market or are thinking about purchasing art in the future!

Hope to see you all tonight at The Mint Museum Uptown and tomorrow at JWV Artists!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Third Time's A Boy's Charm: Max's Nursery Retreat

It's always been a princess's dream at Allison and Kyle Bumgardner's Dilworth home. Pink, pink and more pink, helped to define the style of  Ella (age 8) and Kate (Age 6). The custom home by Gerrard Builders has everything a girl could wish for, even a "Princess Closet" with custom pink toile drapery, a dress up room and a pink kitchen.  As great fortune would have it, the Bumgardner's discovered that the third baby was going to be a BOY! Instead of giving up the family's playroom, Allison & Kyle opted to bunk both girls in Ella's larger room and give Kate's bedroom to their new baby brother Max!

*Girls control the reins over their new baby brother Max.

A long trimester (or two) was spent deconstructing Kate's bedroom and en suite bath and re-designing a baby boys retreat. With Allison at the helm, she enlisted Lauren Thompson from The English Room to consult on the final details of Max's abode. Allison was ultimately inspired by the craft website Etsy and pulled the look together with a long list of local vendors, shops and online merchants.

Allison designed  the custom crib bedding and had it made by a local seamstress. The gray chevron and coordinating fabric was purchased from

The yellow and white woven baskets are from West Elm. The cool gray woven ottoman was a Marshall's score! While the lamp, wicker table and crib were recycled from Kate's nursery. The glider was a gift from a friend.

The weathered wooden memory board was a custom design by Bobbin Designs. It is backed with fabric remnants from the bedding. Bobbin Designs is at local vendor/merchant Cotswold Marketplace.

 Recycling several of the pieces from Kate's nursery helped cut costs, leaving a little extra for the final details. The yellow poppy balls were spied at West Elm but were purchased from a online vendor. The lamp was updated with a Ballard Designs woven shade.

Yellow and Gray Wooden Chevron frames display priceless newborn photo's.

 Fun frames and even a rhinoceros's book-end remind us that this little one is especially loved.

Even the frames eloquently carry the nursery theme and fabric through to the final details.

Allison found the fun gray baskets at Target and accented them with chalkboard plates from Pottery Barn. Now stuffed full of bibs, they will no doubt be the home to multiple superheros and toy trucks.

Can you believe Allison and Kyle have been sweethearts since Junior High. The picture to the left was taken on a college trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Knitted by Peruvian artists, the sheep mobile was originally spotted at Philips Place boutique Magic Windows. After being put on unexpected bed rest,  she ultimately scored the piece online from BlaBla Kids.

Wondering how to update a changing station? Follow Allison's lead and add fun, yellow knobs from Anthropologie and brighten everything up!

 Allison added another mobile in front of the bathroom mirror. It mesmerizes Max and makes bath time lots of fun!

Painted Benjamin Moore's Stone Harbor, the bathroom colors perfectly tie the two rooms together. Even the yellow poppy's make a statement on the sink.

Fabric tie's bring the nursery pattern in to the bath without over powering it. The white curtain feels fresh and clean; just the way a nursery should.

There is no doubt about it, this little man is digging his big sisters!! 

This family is totally complete!

Photographs by Taylor Presson

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Final Piece of the Puzzle: The Counter Top

I set out this afternoon in search of the perfect counter top for our bathroom remodel. As my luck would have it, the second I walked in, I found the perfect slab of marble. There it was, this beautiful slab of Calcutta Gold staring me straight in the eyes and double daring me to look away. The perfect blend of white marble with veins of brown and grey! The floors are a dark brown travertine that (I absolutely love)are begging to be set off by bright white counter tops. 

Leave it to me to fall head over heals for something I can not afford. A slab is around 56 feet and cost around $5,600. A half slab is half of that.... and I only need around 10 feet. When I left the InStyle Showroom covered in dust, my sweet Sales Associate Lorena, promised to search the back for remnants of Calcutta Gold.  That leaves me praying for a remnant I can afford! 

Me + Style ='s EXPENSIVE!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Little Miss Fancy Pants

*My Style Icon Kelly Wearstler

Fancy these my loves!

Start with Messy Hair and Neutral Makeup

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Black Skinny with front slits make legs look long and lean!

A hint of "girly" is always sexy.

Winter white jeans with faux leather stripes are so "of the moment!" The under $100 price tag makes them somewhat affordable!

Source: via Taylor on Pinterest

Rag & Bone nails it with this layered biker/riding jacket. If I could buy one jacket for the next two years, this would be it!

Source: via Taylor on Pinterest

The long asymmetrical hem adds polish, while the gray knit makes it casual enough for the PTA. 

Source: via Taylor on Pinterest

Leather is everywhere this season and the leather leggings are huge! Tone it all down by going half & half leather and stretch!

Source: via Taylor on Pinterest

Color blocking was HUGE for Spring and Summer. Bring it into fall with this flattering little number!

Source: via Taylor on Pinterest

Dressy enough to wear out for the evening but solid enough to hike around town.

Source: via Taylor on Pinterest

Biker boots to wear with everything from your favorite skinnys & leggings. . . Rock the Rock Star look from day to knight by pairing them with a girly mini dress and jacket.

Source: via Taylor on Pinterest

Universally cool. Period.