A NATIVE OF GOLDSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA, ELEANOR-SCOTT LIVES AND WORKS AS AN ARTIST IN RALEIGH WITH HER FAMILY. THEY'VE BEEN IN THEIR TRADITIONAL COLONIAL-STYLE HOME IN COLEY FOREST FOR 4 YEARS.
ELEANOR-SCOTT STUDIED STUDIO ART AND ENGLISH AT WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY. SHE WENT ON TO EARN A MASTERS OF FINE ARTS IN CREATIVE WRITING WITH A CONCENTRATION IN POETRY. SHE SAYS SHE'S DRAWN TO THE WAY ABSTRACT ART, LIKE POETRY, IS LEFT OPEN FOR INDIVIDUAL INTERPRETATION, ALLOWING EACH PERSON TO EVOKE THEIR OWN MEANING AND FEELING FROM THE WORK OF ART.
WHO DO YOU LIVE WITH | My husband, Hill, and our three little girls, Avery, Julia and Derby
WHAT'S YOUR SIGN | Leo
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN THREE WORDS | Traditional, artsy, playful
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR WORK | Artist
THE BEST PART ABOUT YOUR JOB | The therapeutic process of putting paint on canvas and the amazing people that my art connects me to
FAVORITE CITY | Barcelona
YOUR THREE FAVORITE THINGS IN THE HOUSE | 1) The dinosaur sketch by famed paleontologist Robert Bakker, which Bakker gave to my husband when he was five years old 2) An antique chest in our foyer that belonged to my aunt and still smells like her 3) And our bed that my father had custom built using the wood from a single black walnut tree that was also used to build a bed for my brother and sister.
STYLE ICON | Otto Zenke
COLOR YOU NEVER TIRE OF | Chartreuse
WHAT DOES YOUR FAMILY DO CHRISTMAS MORNING | We race downstairs in our pajamas to see what Santa brought. I'm pretty sure he can hear the little girl squeals from the North Pole. Also, lots of coffee!
FAVORITE ORNAMENT OR DECORATION | The Moravian Star that tops our Christmas tree -- it reminds me of Winston-Salem, where our two oldest girls were born
WHITE LIGHTS OR COLORED LIGHTS | I'm a white lights person. But, I married a colored lights person. So, we have white lights, of course.
GET THE LOOK : GLITTERY ORNAMENT GOODNESS
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR HOME | Paint, cook, rearrange all the furniture (and then put it all back where it was before my husband gets home).
A BOOK YOU'VE READ MORE THAN ONCE | Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, a must read for anyone creative
THE LAST PLACE YOU TRAVELED | My hometown -- Goldsboro, North Carolina
WHAT DID YOU BRING BACK | Thanksgiving leftovers
ALBUM THAT ALWAYS PUTS ME IN A GREAT MOOD | The soundtrack to Les Miserables
YOUR STYLE MANTRA | Clean, comfortable and colorful
WHAT DO YOU BRING WITH YOU EVERYWHERE YOU GO | Diapers, snacks and 15 baby dolls
HOW DO YOU START YOUR DAY | First thing after I wakeup, I tiptoe downstairs and pray that I can drink one cup of coffee before the chaos starts.
WHAT DID YOU ASK SANTA FOR A | vintage watercolor landscape
I have a love/hate relationship with our Elf on the Shelf. She makes the kids behave but requires a lot of attention.
DREAM DINNER PARTY GUESTS | Ernest Hemingway, Julia Louise-Dreyfus and my grandmother (Because no matter how bad the food is, she’ll claim it’s the best thing she’s ever tasted. She’ll be less complimentary about my hair).
FAVE COCKTAIL | The cold beer that comes right before the nap at the beach in the summertime
BEST MEAL | Spaghetti and meatballs
GO-TO WEEKEND DESTINATION | Morehead City, North Carolina
FAVORITE ARTIST | So many! Richard Claremont’s landscapes are really speaking to me right now. And, I’m dying to own an Alexis Walter.
GET THE LOOK : SHOP STATEMENT DRESSES
My favorite Christmas heirlooms are the gold ball ornaments that belonged to my husband's grandparents that we hang from our dining room chandelier (they look like little disco balls).
FAVE FLOWER | Purple snapdragons
INDISPENSABLE DESIGN ELEMENT | Bold art
FAVORITE FABRIC | Cowtan and Towt’s Madame Butterfly because it has the most beautiful shade of rusty orange
BEST HOSTESS GIFT | A tiny orchid
PIECE OF JEWELRY YOU LOVE | My sapphire ring that my husband gave me when our second daughter, Julia, was born
THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR HOUSE | The big sunroom off our kitchen that serves as a fantastic play space for our girls, and the fact that it is right around the corner from the house that my husband grew up in so we can walk to the grandparents’
WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT YOU | I have terrible handwriting
THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME | Budapest
WHAT CAN YOU NOT STOP THINKING ABOUT | My Christmas shopping list
GET THE LOOK : TRY SOME CHIANG MAI
BEST CONCERT YOU'VE BEEN TO | Eric Clapton at PNC Arena
FAVE SONG TO DANCE TO | “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by the Temptations
WHAT SMELL DO YOU LOVE | Newborn baby
WHAT'S ON YOUR CHRISTMAS WISH LIST | Lake Pajamas and a burlwood coffee table (I’m on the hunt)
My style mantra - clean, colorful and comfortable
YOUR GO-TO COLOR PALETTE | Chartreuse, Vermillion and Sky Blue
HOW DO YOU UNWIND | Girlfriends and wine
DREAM CITY | Florence, Italy
FAVE MUSEUM | The Uffizi
SHOP FAVE BLUE AND WHITE WALLPAPERS
GET THE LOOK : PRETTY IN PINK
GET THE LOOK : LOVE SOME LILAC
FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP FOR CLOTHES | Shopbop, Tuckernut, Charlotte’s, Fleur
YOUR FAVE THING TO WEAR AT THE MOMENT | My Mother Runway Flare jeans that are as comfortable as sweatpants
SHOP ELEANOR'S FAVE JEANS AND COZY COATS
The best part of my job is the therapeutic process of putting paint on canvas and the amazing people that my art connects me to. My studio is on the second floor of our home, and it gets natural light from three sides.
Right now, the most important thing to me is keeping all of these people happy, healthy and alive.
SHOP BABY ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHY
WHAT SURPRISES YOU ABOUT RALEIGH | You never really have to get on the beltline if you don’t want to
FAVE RESTURANT | Stanbury and Royale
BEST PLACE TO GET COFFEE IN RALEIGH | Hereghty’s
WHAT'S ALWAYS IN YOUR FRIDGE | Milk, eggs and bacon
IF YOU WERE A BOXER, WHAT SONG WOULD YOU WALK OUT TO | Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie on Reggae Woman” (I’ve been waiting my whole life for someone to ask me that)