Name Settle Monroe
Occupation Creative writing teacher & mom
Who do you live with My husband, Jeff, our children: Jack (9), Duncan (7) and Hattie Mac (12 months) and our chocolate lab, Porter (14)
You’ve done an amazing job at making this house feel perfect for your family – simple, classic with just the right amount of personality. What were some of your tricks? Start simple and add layers of spunk as you can.
Favorite cocktail Old fashioned in the winter, gin and tonic in the summer
Necessary extravagance/simple indulgence Date nights/Hot Tamales and sour jelly beans
Favorite place to get coffee in Raleigh Yellow Dog
Fave restaurant Stanbury, Bhavana and Centro
What’s your newest music discovery Every year or so I rediscover the Staple Singers. Blaring “I’ll Take You There” in the kitchen makes even emptying the dishwasher bearable.
What would people be surprised to learn about you One of my first jobs involved being a cafeteria lady (hair net, latex gloves and all). I got a real thrill doling out extra chicken nuggets or piling on the mashed potatoes for kids when my boss wasn’t looking.
Favorite song right now “Good Kisser” by Lake Street Dive. Although, my family has banned it in our house because I have been singing it nonstop.
A book you’ve read more than once Jayber Crow, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, Bridge to Terabithia
Your favorite 3 things in your house 1) A David Shingler painting of my boys in the woods 2) Needlepoints of Revolutionary War generals that my grandmother made ages ago 3) An old photograph of my great-grandmother, Harriet Settle Plyler, for whom my daughter and I are named
What do you bring with you everywhere you go? A hair rubber band. How do women wear their hair down all day long? I can’t last more than an hour or two. I’ve usually got a book and a journal with me also.
Favorite place to buy clothes The Real Real, Shopbop, Father and Sons, Dress, Ebay
Fave scent Dove soap
Piece of Jewelry My grandmother’s emerald cocktail ring
Best concert you’ve ever been to When I was ten years old, my favorite song was “Blowing in the Wind.” My dad took me to see Bob Dylan that year, on a school night. I’ll never forget it.
Favorite song to dance to TIna Turner’s version of “Proud Mary”
What’s always in your refrigerator Siggis yogurt, Roots hummus and La Croix
Book you’re reading right now The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
Netflix obsession Grace and Frankie
What can you not stop thinking about Traveling out west with my family in a camper.
Weekend Destination The woods of Scotland County, NC on the Lumbee River, where my family has been gathering for many generations
Fave museum North Carolina Museum of Art, my favorite in all the world
Where is the last place you traveled Pine Knoll Shores, NC
What did you bring back Seashells and a few extra pounds from too many Big Oak shrimp burgers
Song/album/station that always puts you in great mood Van Morrison’s “Moondance” album, Neil Young’s “Harvest” album and Reba McEntire’s song, “Fancy” (the absolute best)
Fave movie set design “The Shop Around the Corner” in “You’ve Got Mail” is my all-time favorite.