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CLIENT LOVE

Moving to Durham, Hillary was determined to be in a particular area of the city - close to family and friends. After a tedious search, she found her gem of an abode while driving around Hope Valley and put in offer on it within twenty four hours. However, she knew when she moved in that something would simply have to be done about the kitchen and bathrooms.

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Alva Horton
CONVERSATION

A lover of music (cue the 90’s R&B y’all), Tiffany Warren can often be found at Durham’s Beyu on a Saturday night, so this jazzy Main Street spot was her choice for our afternoon latte and convo.

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Alva Horton
REDing RAINBOW

When we’re not working (although we’re always working), most of us are veracious readers. As the topics of new books, old standby magazines, favorite blogs, and current podcasts are always on our lips, we decided to start sharing our top picks in a new segment inspired by the one and only LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow fame. Note: he also has a super cool podcast where reads out-loud his favorite short stories.

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Alva Horton
DESIGN ADVICE

Using inspiration from nature’s favorite hue, we love a color scheme that incorporates a variety of shades as well as textures (especially velvet) and rich prints (think malachite-like organic forms). The color of balance and growth, though often identified with envy, in Feng Shui practices it is believed that using green will invite good luck and fresh energy.

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Alva Horton
MAKER MOMENT

It is pretty safe to safe that if it is red or shiny or has something to do with architecture, then we collectively love it, which is why on any given day you’re likely to find one of us wearing a piece from Raleigh maker, Kathleen Dautel of Spark Metal Studio.

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Alva Horton
ARCHITECTURE 101

Can you name an architect practicing before the 20th century? Of course there is Christopher Wren and Michelangelo but the career itself is relatively new (higher education for the profession as we know it didn’t begin in the West until the 1850s). So when we’re asked to name an architect, names such as Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Eero Saarinen will come to mind, right?

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Alva Horton
CONVERSATION

Dara usually gets coffee when she takes Ila to the Parlor but she made a special exception for us on this hot early Fall afternoon and shared in the cookies and cream deliciousness.

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Alva Horton
FARMER'S MARKET

What better way to spend the first day of Fall than strolling through the Carrboro Farmer’s Market. Celebrating its 40th season this year, there are over 40 members supporting the market’s goals of supporting local farmers and artisans while allowing the Triangle community to reap the rewards of their harvests and creations. All goods are produced within 50 miles, making it one of our area’s freshest spots to shop for weekly groceries.

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Alva Horton
FURNITURE 101

Chances are you have a spare Bentwood chair, stool, barstool, or hat rack in your furniture collection already. Or maybe you’re like one member of our design team who has 10+ Thonet pieces in her home. They can be found at any yard sale anywhere in America or Europe, TROSA usually has a few on hand, IKEA has multiple knock-offs, and we guarantee you’ve sat in more than your fair share in a restaurant or two (or 10). Why the plethora of Bentwood? Could it be the world’s most popular AND stylish chair? Does it epitomize the marriage of craft and mass production? Read on friends!

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Alva Horton
CONVERSATION

Originally from Indianapolis, our second Susan (known affectionately as just "Rains" to prevent confusion with Susan U.) almost moved to Portland before coming down South. On an early Summer day we met up with her to find out more about her experiences in the Triangle and beyond and to share a cup of joe at Raleigh's Yellow Dog Bread Company where sweet treats abound. 

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Alva Horton
NEIGHBORHOOD TOUR

The Bull City's various neighborhoods are as diverse as her inhabitants but the Central Park area of the city seems to be where they all join together. Centrally located (hence the name) between Downtown, Old North Durham, and Trinity Park, some of this area's landmarks have been here for over a hundred years while some of the newest developments like Liberty Warehouse incorporate the old while creating a hip new vibe fitting for the community's growth and revival. 

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Alva Horton
DESIGN ADVICE

If you've spent any time on Instagram recently, then you've probably noticed your fair share of shoe selfies on super fantastic floors. You *may* have even seen some of us take advantage of the terrific tile at the Durham Hotel. This is in fact a trend that doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon but if there are two things we can get behind, great interiors and fabulous shoes are definitely them! 

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Alva Horton
ARCHITECTURE 101

Tel Aviv is home to more than 4,000 Bauhaus style buildings thanks to the influence of four Israeli architects that attended the arts school prior to its closure in 1933: Arieh Sharon, Shmuel Mestechkin, Munio Gitai-Weinraub and Shlomo Bernstein. Modernist elements like flat roofs and abundant windows that simply didn't function well within Northern Europe's cold and wet climate acclimated perfectly to Israel's desert air. Thanks to a 2015 preservation pact between the governments of Germany and Israel, over 1,500 of these beautiful buildings will be restored in the coming years while simultaneously educating current craftspeople, architects, and artists on the materials and principles originally employed.

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Alva Horton
FARMER'S MARKET

30,000 sq ft - can you believe it?! We’ve been to a lot of markets around the world and Raleigh’s State Farmers market is one of the most impressive. On a quiet day in early Summer we joined Jewell (and baby) for a stroll.

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Alva Horton
DESIGN ADVICE

Wicker is enjoying a little revival these days, and we couldn't be happier.  With its earthy, handcrafted texture, organic forms and its natural vibe, there's a lot to love. 

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Alva Horton
SHOP LOVE

Bekah Bohlen had always dreamed of owning a shop and producing her own line of stationery, but with her husband finishing up his Ph.D — and a possible move in the not-so-distant future — it seemed impractical to think about putting down roots. That’s when the idea of a tiny, mobile shop came to her. “I loved the idea of having a space to test out new products, get direct customer feedback and support other small brands like my own,” Bekah shares. And with a moveable shop, she didn’t have to worry about where she and her husband ended up.

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Alva Horton
ARCHITECTURE 101

From 1919-1933 this dynamic German school changed art education throughout the world forever. That’s a pretty bold statement, we know, but it happens to be the total truth. Founded by Walter Gropius after his close encounter with the afterlife in a chimney shaft during World War I, the ultimate goal of the school was to epitomize Architecture. From his manifesto illustration to his hiring choices and even the name of the school and its workshops, Walter Gropius sought to create a 20th century cohesion between traditional craft and new age technology.

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Alva Horton