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sneak peek: michelle smith

by Grace Bonney

today i’m thrilled to share a sneak peek into the beautiful raleigh, north carolina home of michelle smith. you may know michelle from her beautiful design work, her indieNC shop, or the fantastic indie design show she produces, rock & shop market. she is a wonderful supporter of indie design in north carolina and i’m proud to have her lovely home on the site today. michelle has sent over great descriptions for each room so i’ll let her words to the talking. be sure to click here to view full sized and additional images of michelle’s home.

also, michelle will be hosting the 9th rock & shop market this saturday, june 20th. click here for more details. she’ll also be curating window displays in empty storefronts in raleigh and durham, so be sure to check those out if you’re in town!

[image above: Our bedroom is serene and light-filled. I love the color on the walls. The print on the left is from Danna Ray, the poster was designed by FloraFauna. The blue pillow was custom made for me by my friend Bliss. The pillow in front is from local North Carolina designer Modern Radar. The olive tree is a nice little reminder of my husband and my trip to Florence. The table is a family heirloom and the mirror and frames I got from a thrift-store and painted white.]

[image above: Hallway. We replaced the standard hallway light fixture with a paper lantern that we hard-wired. It was an easy and inexpensive change that made a big difference in the look of the hallway. The poster is from Bold & Nobel, a company that hails from the UK and prints all their pieces on recycled paper. My dream is to have a live/work space in a renovated barn. The shelf, is reclaimed barn-wood and brings a small piece of that dream into this house.]

[image above: I got this dresser from a thrift store for $30, then sanded and painted it. It makes for great hideaway storage and a place to set the mail & keys. I love the original knobs on the cabinet fronts.]

[image above: This gorgeous table had been sitting in my parent’s garage and was functioning as my Dad’s work table. Luckily for us, he came to his senses and offered it to us as a dining table. The chairs are from West Elm and are our first officially-adult furniture purchase. The pictures above the table were taken by us on road trip across the gorgeous Southwest terrain a few summers back. The capiz shell lamp was a bargain find at $50.]

[image above: I have a thing for textiles of all sorts and in addition to tablecloths, have a growing assortment of napkins and linens. I covet Martha Stewart’s prop-closet filled with decorative dishes, accessories and linens for every imaginable occasion and photo shoot.]

[image above: Music is a big part of our lives. Many evenings you’ll find us sitting around making music. The picture on the mantel above the fireplace was painted by Ben’s 90 year old Grandmother who attended RISD as a young woman. My Grandmother, too, is a painter. It’s nice and inspiring to have their pieces in the house.]

[image above: A few years ago my husband built me this converted closet office in our guest room. It’s a quiet place to sneak off to and get work done while the baby is napping. When guests stay we simply close the closet doors. My creative process, when working on new product ideas, can be a little messy so I do most of that work in my studio in the garage, but this space stays organized and calm and helps me stay efficient in the administrative side of my business.]

[image above: My good friend Ryan created this letterpress poster for The Bain Project, an innovative art project here in Raleigh that featured artists creating site-specific installations in an abandoned water factory on the outskirts of town. Ryan also created the poster for the upcoming Rock & Shop Market, the biannual event that I produce, which features live bands & emerging designers selling their wares.]

[image above: Our downstairs is completely open and has high ceilings. The kitchen opens onto this area and functions especially well when we have friends over for dinner and “cookie-fests”. The club chairs are hand-me-downs from my parent’s first place and are a retro orange and green stripe underneath the slipcovers.]

[image above: My husband and I are both avid cooks and passionate about using local ingredients from our garden, our csa or our local farmers market. Ben’s specialty is baked goods (he won 1st prize for scones in the State Fair!) and mine is in using herbs and veggies. I guess you could say we collect cookbooks. Some of our favorites: The Herbal Kitchen, Tartine, The Bread Bakers Apprentice and Super Natural Cooking. I also collect creamers (the one above houses salt for pinching in dishes at the last minute), tablecloths, and vintage tins.]

[image above: We keep a chalkboard near the front entry to write little notes, doodles and to-do’s. Chalk pens are the coolest thing ever!]

[image above, left to right: The hanging paper lanterns give the nursery a soft, pleasant glow when they are lit and are a fun touch. The rocking chair, wooden clock on the bookcase and school chairs were all picked up at local thrift stores for absolute bargain prices. The chairs were $5 a piece. I’m a big believer in shopping second hand. Flea markets, thrift stores and craigslist are my go to source when I need a piece, not only is the thrill of the hunt satisfying, but the price tag and environmental impact (or lack of) is as well. Right: Ah, the backyard: our little retreat where we grow veggies and herbs and eat outside in the summer. It’s my favorite thing of all about our house. The vegetable garden is behind the white fence. My husband and I made the table from a window that had been sitting in a friend’s backyard. We love to sit outside in the evenings, turn on the twinkle lights and enjoy a good meal with friends. It’s heavenly.]

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