Category: north carolina

wish i were checking in: 21c museum hotels

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21c Museum Hotels is coming to downtown Durham! 21c is a boutique hotel company out of Louisville, Kentucky that renovates and restores historic buildings, turning them into gorgeous modern art museums/hotels/chi-chi restaurants. The company was founded by two art collectors who were passionate about bringing art into people’s daily lives in an accessible and engaging way. All of the 21C museums are free of charge, open 24/7, and feature unique installation pieces, rotating curated collections and host cultural events. The Durham location will be housed in the old Hill building on the corner of Corcoran and Main. I can’t wait to see what they bring to the Bull City!

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–Melissa P.

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My talented friends Oami, Lissa, and Jessie teamed up to do a photo shoot for Oami’s clothing line, Judah Ross (with Jessie as the model and Lissa as photographer). The results are so beautiful I had to share… I want all of those clothes (and Jessie’s hair).

—Ellie

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Photos by Lissa Gotwals / Model Jessie Gladin-Kramer / Styling by Liz Esser / Accessories by Map of Days, Haden Designs and Shelter / with thanks to Epona & Oak, Benelux Cafe and Artspace

happy weekend!

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Days seem to be flying by lately. Now that I’m down to the last couple months in my pregnancy, there seems to always be some kind of doctors appointment or baby-related to-do list item that needs checking off, and of course work and keeping up with the house is keeping my husband and me busy as well. Today I’m cleaning up my Golden Belt studio for tonight’s 3rd Friday open house (stop by, if you’re local! I’ll be around from 6:30-8:30).

The above is one of the many beautiful photos of Aurélie Lecuyer’s home in France, found courtesy of Bloesem.

Weekend Event Picks for Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill: Durham’s free summer music series has moved to DPAC’s front lawn, and kicks off tonight with Solas and Kenny Roby // Third Friday in Durham, including live music at Goldenbelt // Grand Opening of Spectre Arts in Durham, also tonight // Roman Holiday screening on the lawn of NCMA, 8pm // 44th annual Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival on Saturday afternoon // Parents looking to engage their children in art, check out blogger and author Jean Van’t Hul at The Regulator Bookshop Saturday night // The Rite of Spring Centennial from the NC Symphony // Head to City Plaza in Raleigh for Artsplosure, all weekend

Have a good weekend!

—Ellie

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Some favorites:

1. Ben Barretto weavings via Pinterest
2. a pretty rose wedding cake (paired with my wedding invitation!) via Bella Figura (photo by Caroline Joy Photography)
3. love this wallpaper via Pinterest
4. a nice post on the pressures of social media on SF Girl By Bay
5. an over budget rug I want for our nursery

Weekend Event Picks for Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill: It’s Third Friday in Durham // Enjoy music, art, food, camping & crafts at the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival all weekend long in Chatham County // Closing weekend of Activated Art at the Ackland, performances Friday and Saturday night // Last chance to take your kids to the NC Science Festival at Marbles Museum // Bet you didn’t know storytelling was a competitive sport…hear 8 previous winners compete at the Monti GrandSLAM Friday night // Live & Local Earth Day music festival Saturday in Raleigh // 10th annual Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival on Saturday // Go green at the free Durham Earth Day festival Sunday afternoon

Have a great weekend!

—Ellie

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Some favorites:

1. Making a wall mural on Little Green Notebook (photo by Seth Smoot, styling by Kendra Smoot, for Cup of Jo)
2. sea glass mobile (would be a fun DIY!)
3. a delicious salad recipe on Recipe Girl
4. painted dresser by Knack
5. vintage Kodak logo

Have a great weekend!

—Ellie