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 : )