Fall Showcase Preview

We are so excited about this Friday night where we will be hosting a fall showcase at Candy Shop On Cannon featuring designer Malia Dreyer of Lettermade with whom we collaborated on a series of fabulous cocktail napkins, as well as artist Jane Marie Edwards who is known for here whimsical, brightly colored abstract paintings and talented fashion illustrator Daniel Velasco. We’ll be kicking things off with a cocktail party from 5PM-8PM this Friday and then Saturday morning, select items from the Showcase will be available here on candyshopvintage.com starting at 5PM and including one-of-a-kind vintage, cocktail napkins and artwork. Here’s a quick preview of some of the items that will be featured in our sale:


You asked and we answered.  While our Cannon Street Storefront started out as more of a “retail showroom” model we are excited that the Charleston community has added it to it’s growing list of favorite local stores. In order to make shopping easier this fall and holiday season, we are expanding our retail hours to 11AM-6PM Tuesday-Friday and 11AM-5PM on Saturdays.  Happy shopping!

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 and select items will also be  available online for the duration. 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