I’ve discussed on IG, (and I do apologize for you being the last to know) that Tad and I bought a new place and we’re moving this week. It’s another condo in the building we live in. It’s like a complex sort of – it’s a gated community in downtown Raleigh, right by the Farmer’s Market, that was originally a cotton mill, built in 1892. There are only two properties like this in Raleigh — sister buildings: Caraleigh Mills, where I live, and the Cotton Mill, off Capital Blvd. – and they ooze character b/c they’re so freaking old. 20′ ceilings, original brick and hardwoods, lots of weirdo-details, plus both properties have a lot of lovely amenities like a pool and a dog park. It’s kinda perfect for my life now – I don’t have to do any outdoor maintenance, but still get to enjoy gardens and landscaping, and I can just lock it right up when I leave.
So I’m leaving kondo to new renters on Aug. 1 and Tad and I are gonna redux our lifestyle in a very charming 4-story brownstone-like unit that’s had a rad renovation (courtesy of the previous owner), and boosts and extra bedroom. I’m doing a few upgrades – a new closet by California Closets, some updates to stone and tile choices, wallpapers, and changing out some fixtures. I haven’t finalized all these decisions b/c I am going to move in mini-stages – so I’m digging in to the inspo for some direction.
My current go-to for a lewk I like is Seattle designer Heidi Caillier. Dark and stormy, but somehow sparkly and shiny. How does she do it? With grasscloth and plaid, and natural woods and dope lighting and printed fabrics and luxe finishes, tons of texture and a real dare-to-mix style situation. I’m into it – go take a look at some greatest hits from her eye-candy-overload portfolio.