Powder Room Makeover

Not realizing a few months ago that we were going to end up putting our house on the market, I decided to give our downstairs powder room a little makeover. I’d bumped into Maggie Revel of Leland Gal (a super talented Michigan-based artist and designer) in Charleston last summer and absolutely fell in love with her Birch Lattice Wallpaper. It had just the right touch of glam and rustic and for me, for some reason, brought to mind my years of horsebackriding – trail riding in particular – so I decided to build the theme of the powder room around both her wallpaper and horses. It was recently featured as one of the Before & Afters on Apartment Therapy, but there was only one image posted so I thought I’d share a few more as well as some of my sources.  I painted the door, and the ceiling myself and installed the horse head door knocker.  In hindsight I wish I had properly lacquered the door instead of just painting it glossy black as working with high gloss paint can get a little bit messy – maybe next time. Enjoy!

Birch Lattice Wallpaper in Emerald  from Leland Gal, Lowe’s Black Dot Tile, French horse race print, mid-century horse trash can and horse door knocker – all vintage, Charleston Hardware Company black ceramic doorknob, toilet paper holder from Luxe holdups, Shades of Light Bamboo Lantern in Coral, Charleston Guest Towels from our Collaboration with Lettermade,  and ceiling paint in Seabrook by Benjamin Moore.


…and the official “Before And After” Note we switched the way the door opened so that it didn’t open into the wall, a much more sensible configuration:

What’s Happening at Candy Shop Vintage

We have some exciting things planned at Candy Shop On Cannon to close out the summer and transition into fall.  This Thursday, The SoGood takes over Candy Shop On Cannon with some fabulous brands – get all the details here, starting with the Thursday evening cocktail Party at from 5-8PM.  Then, save the date for Friday, September 25th as we host a Fall Showcase of some of our favorite Southern designers and artists…

Malia Dreyer of Lettermade will be debuting new designs at Candy Shop Vintage on September 25th as well as some of her classics…

Jane Marie Edwards of Sissy’s will have a show in tandem with talented fashion illustrator Daniel Velasco who will also be on hand to do live personal portraits for just $30. And lovely Andrea Serrano of Charleston Shop Curator will be co-hosting the event with us.  (PS – aren’t these cards Daniel did for her recently just fabulous?)

I am so excited to have these talented people in our shop this fall!  The Fall Showcase will remain up for a week following the party.  The opening soiree is open to the public – anyone can come but space will be limited.  Here’s all the info. so email us your RSVP at contact@candshopvintage.com now if you’d like to get it on your calendar now – fall is just around the corner!


The Summer Blues

Anyone have the summer blues? A little too much heat for a little bit too long this time of year? We have the cure! Check our our brand new shade of Charleston Rice Beads in True Navy.  Also, hop on over to the Coastal Living blog if you are looking for a discount on your first order:

And congratulations to two of my Charleston girls and fellow entrepreneurs Ellie and Lindsay, who hit the ground running with their newly formed PR Firm Gray&Co. Their jewel box of an office on Society Street was featured today on Glitter Guide, our Charleston Cocktail Napkins adding the perfect bit of local flair. Lindsay (right) also looked fabulous in one of our vintage necklaces she selected:

Lindsay & Ellie are doing the opening of the new West Elm store opening on King Street in Downtown Charleston this Wednesday, which we are all very excited about! Especially me, since we are buying a new house and it is a hop, skip and a jump from my store on Cannon Street. Woo, hoo girls! Love to see my friends thriving so quickly after going out on their own!

Treat Yourself at The So-Good Summer Pop-Up

It’s nearing the end of the summer and if you live in the Southeast, the summer in August can start to drag on and on. So if you need to treat yourself, come find us later this month at  The So Good takeover at Candy Shop Vintage at 9 Cannon Street:

They will be bringing some fun brands in for two days, including Crowe Jewelry, Twine & Twig, Lake Pajamas, Coastal Road, August Morgan and Mattter & Home:

Join us in the evening Thursday, August 27th or stop by anytime 10-5PM on Friday, August 28th to check out all the goodies!


New Beginnings

I woke up to find a very lovely write up on my shop in Charleston on Lavin Label.  Monica and her talented photographer Kelli Boyd visited Candy Shop Vintage on Cannon Street a couple of weeks ago with Annie Reeves. The Birthday boy (our large, black standard poodle) was on his best behavior that day and got to pose with me.  For a mini tour of the shop, check our Lavin Label today!

At the moment I feel pretty overwhelmed with life.  My three year old daughter Daphne just got her tonsils out and is home from camp recovering. I am working on my Holiday Collection (stay tuned it is amazing!). We have also decided to put out house in Charleston on the market. We have lived in it seven years and pretty much all of our memories of Charleston so far center around this house. When we moved to our neighborhood, affectionately known as “The West Side” it was a quiet, quirky neighborhood with a lot of diversity and very few businesses. There were a lot of empty lots and run down houses and in the past seven years as Charleston has rapidly grown, we’ve seen restaurants, coffee shops and newly built homes crop up on what feels like an almost monthly basis.  My husband and I have put a lot of energy, money and love into updating and decorating our home and we feel, as a creative endeavor, we have done as much as we wanted and would like to move on to a new project and with the market so good, it is a good time to sell.  So, I thought I’d share some photos of our current home. We will likely move in November and, fingers crossed, if everything works out, be living in Wagener Terrace, a quaint and quiet neighborhood on the northern end of the Peninsula above Hampton Park. I have mixed feelings about leaving this home behind but has a creative person I love the idea of starting fresh too. Our Fishburne Street house was a place with a lot of firsts – first dogs, first child and even where I started Candy Shop Vintage (in this room, actually, now our guest room):

And, our big green couch in our living room was my first “grown-up” couch purchase (not just a fold out or something from a thrift store) and it is definitely coming with us:

One of my favorite spots in the house is right in between the living room and dining room where you can see our two fireplaces back to back.  Sally Benedict made a pair of amazing, symmetrical works on paper that hand above each one:

And our dining room kind of doubled as a library where we have kept a lot of our books, and of course like every Southern house, has a bar.

We didn’t really have room for a “play room” exactly but with the help of some fun accessories from Land of Nod and some chalkboard paint I kind of converted our breakfast nook into Daphne’s mini play room:

I think what I will miss most is probably our classic Charleston porch. It’s so nice to sit out there in the afternoons and evenings in the early spring and late summer when it is not so hot out.  The porch swing was one of our first additions to the house:

A lot of our friends and family were surprised we were moving because it does, in some sense, feel like our house is done and our neighborhood is in a good place. But personally, I am really excited about our new project, just a little farther uptown that I will share when things are a little farther along : )

Pop-Up Pajama Party

What is more fun that a sleepover?  I have so many great memories of sleepovers with my girlfriends from when I was in middle and high school.  It really becomes a lost art when you are an adult. Nevertheless, chic pajamas are appropriate at every age.  I have been loving my Tink & Tiger floral coverup/shirt for both the beach and lounging around. So, I am excited to be hosting a Tink & Tiger Pop-Up pajama party at Candy Shop On Cannon, our flagship retail showroom at 9 Cannon Street in Downtown Charleston: Continue reading

Rhode Island Round Up 2015

We got back from vacation in Rhode Island last week and I am suffering a little bit from what is probably the post vacation blues. As some of you know, much of the Candy Shop Vintage jewelry is produced in Rhode Island.  It also happens to be one of my favorite areas of New England and for such a small state has so much to offer – beach, city life, seafood, natural beauty… the list goes on. I even did an extensive mini-guide to Rhode Island on this blog last year, so I am going to try not to repeat myself too much as we discovered a few more local gems this summer. I started my trip this year attending an old friend’s wedding in East Hampton and happily found I could make my way over to Rhode Island easily via the Montauk Ferry to the The Block Island Ferry. Each ride was less than an hour and though we experienced some rain and choppy seas en route, it was a beautiful way to travel, even on a grey day and afforded me an opportunity to mediate on the traumatic events of the previous week in Charleston from afar.

For the first week we rented a house via Airbnb that is on a beautiful salt water river called the Narrow River, technically in North Kingstown but bordering the coastal sea town Narragansett. My daughter Daphne had her own little beach to play on just steps from our house… The water in Rhode Island is coooold unlike the bath-seawater on the South Carolina coast in the summer. Almost too cold for my taste but very refreshing!

We were also a short car ride to the Narragansett town beach (which is absolutely beautiful), as well as a hop skip and jump away from a walk along the Naragasett sea wall that runs along the rocky part of the coast and is considered one of the best “free attractions” in Rhode Island.

We ate dinner at one night at The Coast Guard House Restaurant which flanks the sea wall. When you are sitting inside, surrounding by windows on all sides, you feel a bit like you are on a ship.  Great sea food and amazing view.

My husband took this hilarious photo of me “working” on the new deck outside the restaurant where you can relax in Adirondack chairs and take in the view on the rocks just above sea level. This was a great addition to the restaurant since last summer and a quieter option than the sometimes rowdy local bar on the roof.  For the record, I was only booking our hotel in Providence for the end of the week, I do know how to shut down on vacation, even though it can be difficult : )

Probably one of the best new spots we discovered on this trip was the Matunuck Oyster Bar. For the life of me, I do not know how we missed this in the three years we came prior but it is hands down the best seafood in Rhode Island.  They do not take reservations so you can often expect to wait 45 minutes to an hour to be seated, but it is absolutely worth it. The local oysters were perfection and I had some amazing grilled tuna entree both nights we ate there.  You can sit outside or in and the restaurant sits on a quaint little cove where I imagine they gather most of their fish from. They bill themselves as “Pond to Table.”

After a week on the river, we spent the weekend in Watch Hill, a town I covered extensively in my post last year. One of its most charming features it it’s Flying Horse Carousel a classic, brass-ring-grabbing ride that happens to be the oldest in the country. Our daughter Daphne was simply too young to ride last year but this year could not get enough. Starting at $1 a ride you could literally spend all day there until you have to bribe you child to move on with ice cream!

Our last night in Watch Hill we went with our hosts to The Ocean House, a beautifully restored hotel above the center of town. I visited The Ocean House in high school and danced in its then dilapidated basement bar. The Ocean House 2.0, lovingly restored and brought back to its glory days by a local businessman is simply perfect. I cannot imagine a better spot to enjoy a glass of wine or lobster roll on the entire East Coast!

We ended our trip in Providence, R.I. staying at our favorite Providence Hotel, The Dean. This hip, easy hotel is centrally located and has some great features, like old school gated elevators, a lobby coffee shop and two bars and a restaurant on the ground floor. It is extremely comfortable, quiet and very well priced. They also provide valet parking if you have a car with you though you can easily walk (or Uber) to much of the city from where it is located. My white Charleston Rice Beads were the perfect go-to accessory for exploring Rhode Island this year!

Daphne and I had to take a photo in front of their painted wall.  She was a great little traveler, although after a week away she informed us she was ready to “go back to my home” in Charleston.

If you have some time to kill on an afternoon in Providence, this local cafe The Duck and Bunny is one of my absolute favorites.  It has a glamorous, intimate interior as well as a charming outdoor garden where you can just as easily have tea and cupcakes as you can a pre-dinner drink.

My husband and I also wanted to try our one of the true, local Italian gems that Providence has to offer that we’ve neglected on previous visits. Driving by Joe Marzilli’s Old Canteen in a former 1920′s speakeasy, their neon sign caught my eye.  We had a great dinner there – you cannot get more local than this place.  In fact we might have been the only non Italian-Americans in there. Also, did I mention the entire interior is done in shades of pink? Enough said.

We also spent an afternoon at the RISD Museum on Benefit Street which has an incredibly well-rounded, world class art collection, from Egyptian artifacts to Matisse to neons (my personal favorite) by Alejandro Diaz (below) and Dan Flavin. Sadly, their student exhibit was closed for the summer as I would have really liked to see that work. Fun fact: legendary costume jewelry Kenneth J. Lane is a RISD graduate.

We spent one afternoon with Daphne at her own version of a museum, The Providence Zoo. She had her face painted (very artistically I thought!) as a tiger and had fun growling at everyone we passed. The Providence Zoo is a perfect size for toddlers but I wouldn’t say it has an overwhelming number of exhibits.  We were in and out in under two hours, including a farm themed petting zoo. I noticed on our way out there were swan shaped paddle boats available for rent (!!!) in a nearby park – a must add to the list for next year!

We also managed to explore the quaint town of Bristol R.I. one afternoon, a short 30 minute drive from Providence.  Everything was decked and ready for their famous, annual July 4th Parade, which from the looks of the preparations is pretty spectacular. We did not have nearly enough time to spend their on our last afternoon, but we were so taken with it we were thinking of renting our vacation house there next summer…

Our last night in Providence or #PVD as it is hashtagged we got a babysitter and walked around downtown. As much as I should walk more in Charleston, I just don’t.  Walking is such an amazing way to appreciate a city, and you often find things you would not otherwise notice when you are driving, like this fantastic mural in the downtown Providence former “Jewelry District.”

We were even able to watch the sunset from one (possibly the only one) of Providence’s rooftop bars and it was a perfect note to end on.

Limited Edition Charleston Rice Beads & Happenings

A new Charleston Rice Bead Necklace in a 5′ length is now available online.  This is a limited edition piece for summer and we will be contributing $10 from the sale of every necklace online to The Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.  They are available here.

Also, if you are looking for things to do in Charleston this week, consider visiting The George Gallery tonight night for Imagining Eliza, a group show featuring ten artists.

Per my friend MK who helped organize the fundraiser:

Eliza  Pinkney was queen bee of Charleston back in the late 1700s and is responsible for introducing indigo farming to South Carolina. She was the first woman inducted into the South Carolina Women’s Business Hall of Fame and was generally just a total bad-ass. Her over 200 year old sack-back gown, thought to have been worn to the court of King George II, was given to the Charleston Museum in the 1940s and is in desperate need of restoration. Though we have her dress, no portraits of Eliza survived the Revolutionary War—we have no clue what she looked like! With this in mind, we’ve asked ten all-star artists from across the South and beyond to paint their own versions of an Eliza Pinckney portrait, inspired by her history and legacy. Proceeds from the sale of these works will go towards Eliza’s dress’s restoration. 

Then, this Wednesday I am SO excited that my good friend Sally Benedict whose beautiful ladies hang in my shop in Charleston is launching her new stationary line in collaboration with my fav Charleston paper shop, also on Cannon Street, Mac & Murphy you do not want to miss this:

If you are local, our Summer White Charleston Rice Beads are also available at Candy Shop Vintage at 9 Cannon Street – you can pick to wear to either of these fun evening events!


Some Thoughts On Charleston

I moved to Charleston seven years ago from New York City. While it was never a exactly a sleepy southern city, I have witnessed its explosive growth and development, particularly in the last three years. Charleston has grown rapidly and been put on the map, over and over again, as one of the best, most beautiful destinations in the country and a world class culinary mecca. There has been a feeling of palpable excitement in the air as Charleston accelerates into its unknown but exciting future.

I’ve often felt this is almost a ridiculously idyllic place to live, so beautiful some days that it’s almost as if nothing bad could ever happen in a place this nice. I feel lucky to live here, lucky to own a home here, fortunate to have launched a business here doing what I love. I’ve enjoyed Charleston’s hospitality, tasted its amazing food again and again and have tried to give and show the same to our friends and family who visit. When I travel other places, telling people I live in Charleston has often felt like disclosing that I am actually related to someone famous. It gets a visceral, universally positive response – everyone either loves Charleston or has heard that it is amazing and wants to go as soon as possible.

But last week all of that temporarily came to a grinding halt. Our community known for its openness, ease and hospitality was struck, suddenly, violently and seemingly out of nowhere. In spite of all the worse stereotypes of the South, they are not often uttered about Charleston, even though there is room for improvement in the city’s diversity and race relations. But something much worse than any one could have conjured up in their wildest, darkest imagination happened.  It did not seem real last week, and it hardly seems real now. 

image via gilshulergraphicdesign.com

My husband is an Episcopal Priest at Grace Church in downtown Charleston. When we heard this happened in a church, no less, the blow was especially painful, especially close to home. We had just shared a church service the Sunday prior with the neighboring A.M.E. Church and heard their spirited pastor deliver a message about the power of one to do great good. We consider our church, as many do, one of the safest places to be and one where racial divides do not exist – a sanctuary. A place where you would never have to worry about someone flying off the handle, becoming violent, or doing the impossible – killing.

Nearly a week into this crisis, however, a second story has begun to unfold. It is one so beautiful that it even trumps the cultural renaissance and staggering growth Charleston has been experiencing as of late. The love and peace that has flowed and flowed through Charleston and out of this crisis is overwhelming.  Every few hours for days after this terrible event I have read a new story that has brought me to tears -  particularly the forgiveness of the victim’s families. “We welcomed you Wednesday into our bible study,” said the Felicia Sanders, the mother of the youngest victim, “Tywanza was my hero, but as we said in Bible study, we enjoyed you but may God have mercy on you.”  The aid funds for the families were set up quickly and efficiently (learn how to contribute here), the church bells rung in unison from every church in the city and beyond this past Sunday morning at 10AM, and the diverse “unity chain” across the Ravanel Bridge brought thousands of residents out to stand for peace. Prior to this crisis, there was a sense that all this was possible here, but a there was lack of urgency and understanding on how and when to begin to implement it. 

I think about one of my favorite movies – the Grinch that stole Christmas – of a dark, despicable, damaged character who came down from the mountain to destroy a community. He was so sure he would rob them of their obscene happiness he was actually gleeful in his pursuit of destruction.  And when he got there, even his interactions with the sweetest and youngest of them didn’t deter him from his mission. But what he finds when he looks down the mountain – after he has taken seemingly everything from them – is that where he expects there to be anger and despair, he instead sees love and hope.  He hears their bells ringing and voices singing and sees their hands clasped in unity. This is our Charleston community right now. As the Mayor of Charleston observed, “if that young man thought he was going to divide this country… he miserably failed.” Now more than ever, I feel lucky to be a Charleston, S.C. resident.