A Cheery & Colorful Nursery for Baby Girl

Six weeks before Miss Millie's arrival, the nursery was still our office and housing a GIANT roll top desk in the middle of the room. I was starting to get a little stressed that we would have nothing set up before her due date! You can ask my friends, it was starting to make me sweat. lol!

Thankfully we found someone who wanted to buy our humongous desk, and finally got some time to set up the nursery! I love sitting in Camille's room (which is a good thing because I sit in here a lot feeding this little princess!); it makes me smile because it is bright and cheery. No real theme...just colorful and hopefully a little whimsical. 

Creating a Colorful Little Girl Nursery

THE DETAILS:

Paint: Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams
Chair: Celadon Home
Ottoman Pouf: CB2 Braided Jute
Rug: Target Chevron Shag Rug
Sidetable: Target Scallop Kids Table
Shelves: Target White Traditional Wall Shelves
Plates: Lulie Wallace at Anthropologie 
^ Plates may not be available online anymore
Pineapple Print: Texture Design Co
Lamp: Birch Lane Kids Lamp
Mint Hooks: Clearance Item at Anthropologie
^ Similar Item
Wood Name Sign: The Salted Lantern
Newborn Photographs: Melissa Griffin
Wood Wall Frames: Target
Crib Sheet: Levtex Baby Coral Arrow
Pom Poms for Mobile: The Pom Pom Tree
Paris Artwork: Originals by Emily Reyna
Little Cow: Belle by Organic Farm Buddies

 Wood Name Sign on Camille's Door made by The Salted Lantern

Wood Name Sign on Camille's Door made by The Salted Lantern

As you can see, it is just a happy mix of colors and patterns in her room! Corals, Pinks, Mint, Aqua, Grey, Orange and the list goes on! Chevrons, arrows, stripes, & florals! 

I also tried to mix new and old to give her room some sentimental appeal! The shoes hanging from the hooks are my baby shoes that my mom saved. The old window was a piece that Martin found, and we added the hooks from Anthropologie. (The flower hooks were on clearance, so I don't know if you can still find them. But I linked a similar color hook above in the details.) The changing table is my dresser from my childhood. We painted it with Lowe's Furniture Paint and added knobs from Hobby Lobby. The little rocking chair was also in my nursery as a child. 

I wasn't able to find a nursery mobile that fit my colors, so I just made one using pom poms from The Pom Pom Tree and a few handmade pom poms! I'll do a DIY post on this in the next few months! (Email me if you want details now!)

I'm hoping that a lot of these items can grow with Camille, and perhaps I can pass some of it down to her for her future nursery! All photos by Melissa Griffin Photography!

Have a great day!
Emily

 

Love On Others. Free Instagram Image.

I believe we are called to love on others. This often means dying to ourselves and our own desires. Valentine's Day is approaching, and I believe the holiday is a great reminder to choose to put others before yourself! Right click and save the image below to use on your Instagram feed!

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

I Corinthians 14:4-7

Have a wonderful day!
Emily

New Medium for Illustrations

Started playing around with a new medium today! Gouache paint! It takes a little getting used to, but I like how it is almost the middle man between watercolor and acrylic painting! Stay tuned for new painted illustrations coming to the shop soon!

Gouache Painting

I also bought a beautiful metallic gold gouache that I'm really enjoying! You can see the detail of it above! Have you tried gouache? Do you like it? Thoughts?

Have a great day!
Emily Kirby

3 Tips on How to Gift Package Like a Boss!

Today Melissa Bowman, from The Blue Root, is taking over the blog and teaching us how to package our gifts like a pro! It is all about making the gift presentation just as exciting as the gift! 

Gift Packaging Tips
Melissa Bowman of the Blue Root
 Photos by Jennifer Collins Photography

Photos by Jennifer Collins Photography

ALSO! We've collaborated with The Blue Root to create a limited edition gift set! (pictured above) It features our 2018 Flower Box calendar, Pineapple mug, Charleston Christmas card, & Ripple Coffee! Purchase the gift box on her website or win one on our Instagram this coming Monday! 
 

3 Tips on How to Gift Package Like A Boss:

 

The holidays have always held a special place in my heart. It is a time to be with loved ones, to celebrate, and to bestow gifts to all of the special people in my life. But while I don't need a holiday to get creative with gift wrapping, they do make it easier to think outside of the box (literally!!) and to create a gift that is just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. I truly believe that the packaging can elevate your gift instantly making whatever is inside even more special. Here are my three top tips to help make your gifts eye-catching and beautiful:
 

1. The Vessel

I own a gift box business so obviously this is very important to me. I realize that budget can be an issue but finding a reusable vessel to hold your gift adds another level. It doesn't have to be expensive! Go to a craft store and look for plain muslin or canvas bags, heavy paper machete boxes or even a wire basket. Most of these can be purchased for under $10 and will remind the recipient of you every time they use it. 

 Photo by Jennifer Collins Photography

Photo by Jennifer Collins Photography


2. The Ribbon

Ahh, the ribbon. I remember helping my mother wrap gifts for Christmas as a child and curling yard and yards of gift wrap ribbon. The plastic feeling material was easy to tie and it was very inexpensive but it's impossible to get it off without cutting it or ruining the wrapping paper. Do yourself a favor and "splurge” on some real fabric ribbon. There is just something so special about presenting a gift with a beautifully tied bow that someone can gracefully undo. Double faced satin is my favorite and adds an elegant touch, but organza or sheer ribbon are great options as well. I have seen many varieties at the dollar store but if budget is a concern you can even use yarn. In fact, for one Christmas I used nothing but craft paper to wrap all of our gifts in and yarn was the perfect touch! If you do choose fabric ribbon, don't forget to trim the ends. An inverted V or diagonal cut will help keep the ends of your ribbon from fraying and finishes off the look.

 Photo by Caroline Edwards of Tiny Stars Photography

Photo by Caroline Edwards of Tiny Stars Photography


3. The Enhancements

At this point, your gift will look amazing in a reusable box or container and has a lovely ribbon to match but to really take it to the next level you can add a coordinating decoration to the gift. It’s wonderful if what you choose can give a hint as to what is inside but the most important thing is to match the theme of the gift wrap and ribbon. Get creative! In the past I have used small starfish, branches, and even candy. The holidays are the best time to find lovely adornments all over your home. Keep some branches from your christmas tree clippings or find an ornament or floral pick to add. The sky is the limit! Have fun and happy wrapping!

 Photo by Caroline Edwards of Tiny Stars Photography

Photo by Caroline Edwards of Tiny Stars Photography

Best,

Melissa Bowman
The Blue Root

 

New Member of Texture Design Co.

You may have seen on our Instagram that we welcomed a new addition to the Texture Design Co. family! Camille Lynn Kirby was born on July 25th, and it has been the sweetest, hardest, and most memorable past 3 months! People tell you all these things about motherhood, but NONE of it really makes sense until you are in the moment!

She has been my greatest joy and my greatest challenge! I love her so much my heart hurts, and I fall apart thinking about her growing up too fast! At 3am I reminisce on what 8 hours of sleep felt like, but at 6am I cherish her perky morning disposition! Her smile lights up her whole face, and she thinks her daddy is the funniest person she's ever met. She studies everyone and everything in the room, always very aware of her surroundings! I've been trying to take it all in, and I'm learning to enjoy the small moments.

Our good friend, Melissa Griffin Photography, took some amazing photos at Millie's one month milestone! I'm just now getting a chance to share the pics with you! 

Millie-105.jpg

Oh yes, and a shameless plug for our Charleston themed baby book, but only because I'm so excited about it! This keepsake book is my favorite project to date! I've been documenting Camille's first year in our copy of the book! The great thing about each page is that it isn't overwhelming! You can record the month's highlights in a few minutes...cuz ain't nobody got more time than that! :)

 

Have a great day!

Emily Kirby

Your Guide to the Perfect Charleston Bachelorette Party

We're well into the summer here in Charleston, and one thing is for certain - wedding season is in full swing! Every bride preparing for her big day deserves the only best for her bachelorette party, too, and what better place to celebrate than the Holy City? Endless options of places to eat, drink, and play make Charleston, South Carolina the ideal destination for a girls trip like no other. Here are a few of our favorite ways to take advantage of a weekend in the city.

Where To Stay

The Belmond Charleston Place

 Photo Courtesy of The Belmond Charleston Place

Photo Courtesy of The Belmond Charleston Place

The Belmond is one of my favorite hotels in Charleston. It is located on Lower King Street, right in the heart of the shopping district and boasting an impressive collection of boutiques and high-end retailers in their own lobby. With entrances on both King and Meeting street (looking right onto the City Market) the sprawling, marble-floored hotel offers easy access to many of Charleston's must-see areas. The recently-renovated rooms are lavish and exquisite, and the rooftop pool and spa area is one of the most beautiful luxury settings any Charleston hotel has to offer. 

The Mills House Wyndham Grand

The Mills House is another hotel I love to recommend.  It is associated with Wyndham, but the Mills House has the feel of a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel. Standing on Meeting Street in all its pearly pink glory, this one is hard to miss as you walk by. The hotel is in perfect walking distance to fabulous restaurants (close by are Husk and Poogans Porch, among others), and is just blocks away from Rainbow Row and much of the historic district. With a dazzling interior and a lounge-worthy outdoor pool and patio, a visit to the Mills will likely leave you wanting to stay forever. 

The Dewberry

Photos courtesy of Workspace

If a swanky, retro, but extremely high-class aesthetic is what you're all about, look no further than the Dewberry Hotel on Meeting Street. This newcomer has only been open for a year or so, but has already received the highest praise for it's sparkling interiors, incredible restaurant and world-class bar. A stay at the Dewberry will make you and the gang feel as if you stepped onto the set of Madmen, but you don't have to be a guest of the hotel to experience the grandeur - stop by their bar, the Living Room, for craft cocktails, or visit Henrietta's Brasserie, also on site, for a wonderful breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

Where To Eat

Breakfast:

Queen Street Grocery

Photo courtesy of Queen Street Grocery

Queen Street Grocery is a must stop for any breakfast lover and one of my personal favorites. Nestled in the quiet, residential area of Queen Street, QSG is a neighborhood favorite, surrounded by quaint walk-ups and brownstones.  Because of its slightly off-the-tourist-trail location, many miss out on the chance to eat here while in town. The cafe offers a delicious selection of sweet and savory crepes, salads, sandwiches, omelettes, and smoothies. Quaint and beyond delicious, a stop here is the perfect way to start your weekend in Charleston.

Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit is raved about by both locals and tourists. They are known for their world-renowned biscuits,  topped or stuffed with a variety of jams, meats, cheeses, and seasonings. Their original location is a tiny hole-in-the-wall shop on Upper King Street, but a second outpost has recently opened inside the City Market on Meeting Street. You can sit at the counter and dine or grab them to go, but they are without question a must eat during your trip to Charleston! Don't forget a cup of their French press coffee, too. 

Brunch:

Stars

Stars is a unique brunch experience because, unlike many other locations, guests are seated at a table and treated to an all you can eat buffet. One section offers a variety of salads, appetizers, and desserts, while another has biscuits, eggs, sausage, potatoes, and customizable omelettes and pancakes. After a delicious meal, and you follow up your brunch with mimosas and bloody Mary's Stars' spectaular the rooftop overlooking King Street.

Hominy Grill

 Photo courtesy of Hominy Grill

Photo courtesy of Hominy Grill

When it comes to weekends in Charleston, brunch is a necessity and Hominy Grill is the place to be. They didn't earn the title of most popular brunch spot for nothing - Hominy dishes out heavenly plates of grits, pancakes, and the infamous ‘Charleston Nasty Biscuit,’ a breakfast monstrosity compiled of fried chicken, cheddar cheese, and sausage gravy. Expect a wait to get in, but no need to worry - while you sit outside killing time, you can order drinks through a special window on the patio.

The Park Cafe

Adored by all, the Park Cafe is the brunch destination of your dreams. With a fresh, local menu dominated by the likes of poached eggs and avocado toast, this bright and airy cafe is the perfect start to the weekend. Enjoy a mimosa or a specialty coffee among the abundant greenery. 

Lunch:

The Palmetto Cafe

Photo courtesy of The Palmetto Cafe

The Palmetto Cafe is located right in the center of the renowned Charleston Place Hotel. The restaurant is set in a courtyard within the hotel and is surrounded by glass walls so you can enjoy the beauty both inside and out. The food is fabulous and the menu offers crowd-pleasing dishes such as She Crab soup, Lobster Mac and Cheese, and a Surf and Turf Burger. Once you polish off your meal, you can explore the stores within the hotel or head back out to continue exploring. 

Kitchen 208

 Photos courtesy of Kitchen 208

Photos courtesy of Kitchen 208

Kitchen 208 hosts a more casual, price-friendly atmosphere, while still delivering great quality and taste. Their menu consists of sandwiches, salads, and wraps. You order and pay at the front counter and then can choose a seat on their large side patio. The patio is located right on the busy King Street so its a great place to eat and people watch. The staff will deliver your food to your table and you just place your dishes in a bin when you are done. It is the perfect place to stop if you’re looking for something quick and delicious.

 

Dinner:

Oku

 Photo courtesy of Food Spotting

Photo courtesy of Food Spotting

Oku offers an unbeatable atmosphere on any weekend evening. As Charleston's favorite classy Asian spot, Oku boasts a great selection of drinks and an even better menu of appetizers and sushi. Even if you're not a sushi lover, have no fear: Oku also offers classic dishes like Chicken Teriyaki and Roasted Duck. After the dinner hours have passed, the restaurant becomes more of a bar scene, DJ and all. 

Husk

Photos courtesy of Charleston Culinary Tours

If it's a true culinary experience you're looking for, head to Husk. Owned by renowned chef and local favorite Sean Brock, Husk is all about dazzling spins on Southern favorites (think shrimp and grits, Carolina gold rice, and so on). If you can't snag a table in the main dining room, grab a seat at the adjacent Husk Bar, where the cocktails and bar snacks are just as to-die-for as the main menu.

A Night on the Town

Republic Garden and Lounge

Republic is a great stop for a night out downtown. The bar is right on Upper King and offers seating both indoors and out. The patio is where the real party is, with a live band featured most nights of the week. You can walk in but also have the option of reserve a table ahead of time, and with an extensive cocktail menu and bottle service available, Republic puts you in the center of the action of Charleston's lively late night scene.

Market Pavilion Rooftop

The Pavilion Bar is located on the roof of the Market Pavilion Hotel. It sits on the corner of the City Market and has a gorgeous view of the market, the bridge, and the city. Their have a variety of Martinis, Mojitos, and wines, many of which boast some southern flare. They also have a great late night food menu to browse. With high top tables and poolside loungers, this rooftop haunt is an ideal spot to end the night with an unparalleled view of the city and harbor. 

Elevé at the Grand Bohemian Hotel

 Photo courtesy of Marriott. 

Photo courtesy of Marriott. 

This rooftop restaurant and lounge feels part bar, part fairytale - in other words, the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of rosé at golden hour. Kick back in one of the many plush couches or chairs and watch the sunset. 

 

Fun Things To Do

Hit The Beach

 Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

Whether you’re staying in downtown Charleston or off on one of the islands, you're guaranteed to never be more than 20 minutes from a beach. What better place to spend the afternoon on a hot and sunny weekend? Folly Beach has the vibe of a classic beach town, with a wide selection of restaurants and shops - all bathing suit and sandy-feet appropriate. In the other direction, Sullivan’s Island is dreamy in its own right. A bit quieter but definitely not lacking in incredible restaurants or views, Sullivan's feels like summer year-round. Be sure to stick around for a post-beach bite, be it world-famous burgers at Poe's Tavern, tacos and margaritas at Mex 1, or something a little nicer at the Obstinant Daughter. 

 

Stroll Down King Street

 Photo courtesy of Daniel Island

Photo courtesy of Daniel Island

Shoppers, rejoice. In the heart of downtown Charleston is King Street, something of a mecca for fashionistas and explorers alike. In the number of shops living both sides of the street, you can find popular high end brands like Club Monaco, Louis Vuitton, and Vineyard Vines alongside local boutiques and big chains like Forever 21, H&M, and Urban Outfitters. Make a day of it by stopping for lunch or coffee at one of many cafes and restaurants tucked between retailers. 

 

 Candlefish Workshop

Photos courtesy of Candlefish

A wonderful option for groups and something of a bachelorette "must" here in Charleston, the Candlefish candle making workshop is a total blast. Spend an afternoon or evening choosing custom scents and learning how to pour candles like a pro, all in Candlefish's beautiful Wentworth Street space. As an added bonus, workshops are BYOB, so don't forget a to bring a bottle of rosé. 

 

Visit a Plantation

 Photo courtesy of Boone Hall

Photo courtesy of Boone Hall

If you're looking for a break from the downtown scene and want to take in some local history, why not visit a plantation? The Lowcountry is home to a multitude of the historic sites, including Boone Hall, Magnolia Plantation, and Middleton Place, all located within reasonable driving distance of downtown. Each plantation has their own unique story and visitor experience, but all offer a perfect dose of old Southern beauty and charm. 

However you spend your weekend, we hope these ideas help to make you bachelorette one you'll never forget!

If you need a souvenir to commemorate your girls weekend, check out our Texture Design Co. bachelorette weekend mugs on Etsy. Free pick up in Charleston if you message us!

- Elise & Abby

How To Summer in Charleston Like a Local

The temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer, and more visitors are flocking to the city every day. This can only mean one thing: summertime is officially upon us!  Though the heat can be brutal and the pace seems to slow down a bit during these months, there is something undeniably wonderful about summer in the Holy City. Whether you find yourself visiting for the weekend or sweating it out all summer long, take advantage of these local secrets to make the most of the season. We've rounded up some activities and events we love to help you savor the city during our favorite time of year. (Keep reading until the end for a chance to win our giveaway!!)

Bust Out Your Dancing Shoes

 Photo courtesy of charleston.com

Photo courtesy of charleston.com

One of my favorite things about summertime is without a doubt the return of "Shaggin' on the Cooper," a bi-weekly swing dance party that breaks out on the end of the Mount Pleasant Pier. As the evenings get warmer and the days get longer, carve out a few Saturday nights to watch the sunset under the Ravenel Bridge to the sound of a live band. Whether you're an expert shagger or the Cha Cha Slide is more your speed, you won't want to miss this series. Can't make it to one of these dates? Check out the "Moonlight Mixers" series on the Folly Beach Pier for even more chances to boogie. 

More information: https://ccprc.com/1175/Shaggin-on-the-Cooper

Go Farmer's Market Hopping

The wait is over - after a few months off, the farmer's market has returned to the Holy City. The downtown market is the place to be on Saturday mornings - Marion Square fills to the brim with food trucks (your best for breakfast this time of year), crafty vendors, and rows of farm fresh produce as far as the eye can see. The fun doesn't stop there, though; there are a number of different farmer's markets taking place all over the city throughout the week. We love the Folly Beach market, every Wednesday evening, and the Sunday Brunch Farmer's Market in West Ashley to name a few. 

More information: https://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/lowcountry-farmers-markets/

See a Show 

If there's one thing that says "summer" in Charleston, it's the annual Spoleto Festival. Since 1977, the 17-day festival has been committed to bringing world-renowned artists and performers to the city for a cultural event like no other. This year's lineup is sure to be dazzling as ever, the docket including everything from jazz to cinema to dance. Kicking off on May 26th, tickets for many shows are still available, but be sure to check out Piccolo Spoleto as well, a coinciding mini-festival with a number of performances free to the public. 

More information: https://spoletousa.org/

Take to the Bridge

Searching for the best view of the Charleston peninsula? Look no further than the Ravanel Bridge. The bridge is a city landmark to be sure, but it also boasts a pedestrian path for runners, bikers, and leisurely walkers. While it may be a little toasty to make the trek in the afternoon, a stroll at sunrise or sunset is pure bliss. Park your car on East Bay Street or over on the Mount Pleasant side and take in the beauty of the Charleston Harbor from above. 

Catch a Movie (with a View)

Is there anything better than kicking back and catching a classic movie on the big screen? Well, there is one thing - movie nights on the beach! Every Wednesday night, starting May 31st, The Tides resort on Folly Beach shows a crowd-pleaser (LaLa Land, Jaws, and Frozen are all on the calendar) on a huge ocean-front screen, and admission is totally free. Bring your friends, beach chairs, and movie snacks and make it a weekly tradition. Another great way to step up your cinema game? The swanky Restoration Hotel is hosting a rooftop film series this summer, too. 

More information: http://www.holycitysinner.com/2017/04/19/beach-movie-night-returns-to-tides-folly-beach-for-2017/

-Abby

Beach bag giveaway

And here is some really exciting news! In honor of Memorial Day and the start of summer, we are giving away two Beach Tote Bags!!

To Enter You Must:

(1) Follow @texturedeisgnco on Instagram

(2) Post a picture of your favorite summer activity and tag @TextureDesignCo. (Grilling out, Sun bathing, Biking...does not have to be in Charleston.) Be sure to use the hashtag: #ATextureDesignSummer

RULES: USA only; must have profile set to public until after winner announced.

FURTHER DETAILS: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. By entering, you are confirming that you are indeed 18+ years of age, release from any and all responsibility, and you are adhering to Instagram's terms of use.

TIMELINE: This sweepstakes will start on 5/25/17 at 1:00pm EST and end 5/29/17 at 5:00pm EST. Winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Instagram 5/30/2017.

Winner(s) will have 48 hours to claim prize, if not claimed a new winner will be randomly chosen. ***DISCLAIMER-VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, NO PURCHASE. Winner must have profile set to public to be eligible to win.

#ATextureDesignSummer

Best of Charleston Comfort Food

Like everyone else in Charleston, we at Texture are down right obsessed with some good Southern cooking. We love this city's quintessential cuisine so much that we've even devoted products to it: some of our favorite items in the shop are these greeting cards that celebrate love. friendship, and the joys of comfort food. 

Whether you are a resident of Charleston or a visitor, one thing is for sure: buttermilk biscuits can be found on every corner, and every restaurant seems to be boasting the best shrimp and grits in town. In the spirit of Southern hospitality, we've rounded up the best of the best. Caution: don't read on an empty stomach! 

Best Biscuits: Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

I cannot say enough good things about Hot Little Biscuit. It was one of the first places I went when I moved to Charleston, and has been a favorite ever since! Located on Upper King Street, HLB is about the size of a shoebox, but there's a reason for the near-constant line out the door: the bakers inside are cooking up pure magic seven days a week. The biscuits are in fact little (true to their name), so be sure to grab two or three, plain or filled. My personal favorites include the cinnamon, blackberry, and black pepper bacon, but the fried chicken biscuit (with chicken from neighboring Rarebit) is sure to blow you away, too. As an added bonus, HLB has late-night hours on the weekends, opening their doors from 10 pm-2 am for all you downtown bar crawlers. Be sure to check out HLB's new location, too, which just opened in the Charleston City Market! 

(Photos courtesy of calliesbiscuits.com)

Honorable Mentions for Best Biscuits: Hominy Grill, Poogan's Porch


Best Shrimp and Grits: Hominy Grill

Hominy Grill is as almost as integral to Charleston culture as grits themselves. With a line out the door rain or shine, every day of the year, it's safe to say this restaurant is doing something right. A famous locale for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it's only fitting that Hominy holds the crown for "best shrimp and grits in Charleston," named the winner by the Wall Street Journal, Eater, Trip Advisor, Southern Living, and countless others. What makes this dish so memorable? Grits from local mills topped with shrimp and mushrooms sautéed with bacon. Take our word for it - one taste is worth the wait. 

(Photos courtesy of hominygrill.com)

Honorable Mentions for Best Shrimp and Grits: Husk, Poogan's Porch, S.N.O.B.


Best Mac and Cheese: Crave Kitchen

Every fall, Charleston hosts one of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the South - that is, the annual Mac Off. For the past seven years, over twenty five local restaurants, chefs, and food trucks have gathered to compete for the title of "Best Mac and Cheese" in the Holy City, and, for the last five years, one restaurant has beaten them all. The reigning winner, year after year, is Crave Kitchen, located in Mount Pleasant. Chef Landon Ganstrom certainly knows his was around the dish - after his multiple Mac Off wins, Esquire magazine called his “The Most Life-Changing Mac ‘N’ Cheese in America.” Needless to say, Crave is not to be missed. Be on the look out for their food truck, Mac Daddy, as well, making appearences all over the area! 

(Photos courtesy of cravekitchenandcockails.com and themacoff.com)

Honorable Mentions for Best Mac and Cheese: Cru Cafe, Rarebit, Poogan's Porch


Best Pancakes: Three little birds 

I am convinced that Three Little Birds is one of Charleston's best kept secrets. After stumbling upon it by chance one morning, it has become my go-to breakfast spot. Though the menu is extensive and covers everything from specialty omelets to challah bread french toast, what they're really known for is their pancakes. My personal favorite is the granola maple stack, but Three Little Birds makes a variety of unbelievable pancakes, ranging from banana pecan to pumpkin in the fall, plus daily specials. Just over the bridge in West Ashley, it's a little off the beaten path for Downtown dwellers, but believe me, this place is a breakfast lover's paradise. 

Honorable Mentions for Best Panacakes: The Early Bird Diner, Hominy Grill, Eli's Table, Feathertop, Charleston Cafe.

-Abby 

Spring Pantone Colors 2017

Every fall and spring, Pantone releases a color trend report. The "it" colors for the season will pop up everywhere from clothing to home goods! This spring, the mix consists of soft pastels as well as bright, fun colors. Using the Spring 2017 list, we've created a curated set of goods to inspire you this season - hello color!

Spring 2017 Pantone Color inspiration board

 

Niagra

niagra dress

Lulus

Groove Thing Slate Blue Swing Dress

$49

 

Pale Dogwood

Kendra Scott

'Danielle-Large' Oval Statement Earrings

$65

 

Greenery

nail polish

Essie

On the roadie- Vibrant Green Nail Polish

$9

 

Island Blue

 
Island Blue Vase
 

Lord and Taylor

Kate Spade Posy Court Medium Vase

$60

 

Primrose Yellow

Primrose yellow writing desk

Target

Modway Furniture Writing Desk

$109.99

 

Pink Yarrow

pink pillow

Zinc Door

Jaipur Traditions Made Modern Max Anemone Decorative Pillow

$66

 

Hazelnut

hazelnut shoes

Soludos

Soludos Panda Embroidered Platform Smoking Slipper

$85

 

Kale

kale sunglasses

Blue and Cream

Oliver Peoples L.A. Coen Sun 49 Green

$325

 

Flame

j crew shirt

J. Crew

J. Crew Long Sleeve Off the Shoulder Top

$69.50

 

Lapis Blue

blue pots

JCPenney

Simplemente Delicioso Arte Gourmet 8-pc. Cookware Set

$135

We hope you find some fun inspiration for your home and wardrobe this spring!
For more color inspiration, check out our Love for Color board on Pinterest!

-Elise

The Ultimate Charleston Coffee Guide

It's no secret that our pretty little city is known far and wide for being a "foodie" town - our restaurants have received countless accolades (and have inspired many an Instagram), but what you might not know is that the Holy City is serious about its coffee, too. We have such an excess of spectacular coffee joints that whenever people ask me for a recommendation, I get overwhelmed by the possibilities. A city called home by college kids and working professionals alike, frequented by visitors of all ages, Charleston certainly has a high demand for caffeine, and let me tell you, this city delivers. My hope is that this guide will point you in all the right directions and satisfy your craving for the perfect cup of joe. Whether you're seeking a simple drip coffee or an artisan latte, a quiet space to do some work or the best place to catch up with a friend, we've got ya covered. 

 
 Photo by Abby Tierney @abbylaineee

Photo by Abby Tierney @abbylaineee

 

Located on Beaufain Street in an otherwise residential area, Black Tap may be one of the most well-known and highly praised coffee shops in downtown Charleston. With its minimalist décor and clean white aesthetic, Black Tap serves as home base for the city’s  young professionals, creatives, and college students alike. They’re famous for their expertly crafted pour overs (they roast all their own beans), but the lattes are phenomenal as well – I would recommend the honey or brown sugar. @blacktapcoffee

Perfect for: Getting down to business.

2. Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer

I may be partial to this shop on Vanderhorst Street, just steps from the heart of King Street and C of C’s campus. While it has indoor high-tops and bar seating, Kudu is better known for its patio area. Boasting a fountain and ivy-covered walls, strung with twinkle lights, it is without question my favorite place in the city. Kudu has a full menu of coffee and espresso drinks, but their craft beer and wine selection is not to be missed, either. As an added bonus, Kudu is often known to have live bluegrass in the courtyard on the weekends! @kuduchs

Perfect for: meeting with friends on a sunny afternoon. Kudu is one of the few coffee shops in Charleston that doesn’t have wifi, so while it might not be ideal for getting work done, it is wonderfully refreshing to look around and see people actually talking with one another, and not looking at their laptops.

3. Bakehouse

Bakehouse is perfectly situated on East Bay Street, right in the heart of the action. Just minutes from Waterfront Park and nestled between some of Charleston’s most famous restaurants, this bakery café is frequented by tourists and locals alike. With a wide selection of pastries and breakfast-y goodies (their claim to fame is that they provided desserts for Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ wedding in 2012) along with a number of local craft beers and dessert-inspired coffee drinks, Bakehouse has got you covered. @bakehousecharleston

Perfect for: refueling after a day of wandering through the historic district. Stop in for a specialty latte after a stroll by Rainbow Row.

4. Brown's Court Bakery

Another favorite of mine! Brown’s Court is part bakery, part coffee shop, making it one of the happiest places I know. The minute you walk in the door, you can smell the fresh baked bread coming out of the oven, not to mention spy the endless selection of pastries and breads on display (tempting is an understatement). The upstairs seating area at Brown’s is cozy and quiet, but their breezy porches are not to be missed either. @brownscourtbakery

Perfect for: grabbing a fresh baguette on your way home or ordering a coconut iced coffee to stay a while. 

5. Revelator

A recent newcomer to the Holy City, Revelator is already making a great impression. The coffee company, currently spreading like wildfire all over the South, and is committed to a clean, bright design and a simple coffee menu. Revelator's no-frills attitude and expert brewing already has folks flocking to its new Upper King location. @revelatorchs

Perfect for: settling in with a pour over and watching hipsters do their thing. 

(Photos courtesy of @revelatorchs) 

6. Mercantile and Mash

When the old Cigar Factory finally reopened last year, totally renovated into upscale office and event spaces, Mercantile and Mash was one of the beautiful new add-ons. A gourmet market on the first floor and a bar on the second, there isn’t much you can’t find at Mercantile and Mash. Frequented by the Cigar Factory’s workday inhabitants as well as many others, this gorgeous space serves up excellent coffee in addition to its impressive breakfast and lunch spreads. My personal favorites are the sweet cream latte and the nitro cold brew (a carbonated iced coffee that will blow your mind). @MercantileandMash

Perfect for: your lunch break.

(Photo courtesy of Charleston Eater)

7. The Daily

An offshoot of Charleston beloved mainstay Butcher and Bee, The Daily is your early morning dream come true. Tucked away under the Crosstown on Upper King, The Daily is part market (stocked entirely with locally curated goods), part cafe, dishing up their creative spins on eggs, toasts, and bakery items. The beverage menu is equally dazzling, featuring everything from coffee and tea to juices and smoothies. Oh, and their avocado toast is probably the best in town. My stomach is growling just thinking about it! @thedailychs

Perfect for: grabbing a quick and easy breakfast before a busy day. 

(Photo courtesy of @chsdatenight)

8. The Rise

The Rise is a part of The Restoration, a gorgeously renovated hotel on Wentworth Street. In tune with the rest of the hotel, the coffee shop is sleek, bright, and beautiful, offering pastries, coffee, and tea (my personal favorite is the vanilla almond latte). Though seating is scarce, think European - it's all about the grab-and-go. Want an insider tip? Take your coffee up to the Restoration's rooftop bar and restaurant, The Watch, and take in one of the best views of the city. @therestorationhotel

Perfect for: a classy pit stop for a quick jolt before conquering King Street. 

9. City Lights

 Photo courtesy of 360 Photo Co. 

Photo courtesy of 360 Photo Co. 

This hole-in-the-wall on Market Street is inarguably one of the coziest spots in Charleston. The tight space is hardly a concern, though - with coffee served in rainbow saucers and a counter full of cakes and pastries, I can think of little to complain about. Every time I've visited, the baristas have made a point of chatting and asking about my day - points for kindness and hospitality! 

Perfect for: holing up on rainy days. 

10. Tricera Coffee

Basically a part of the College of Charleston campus, Tricera is guaranteed to be filled with college kids at any given moment. Convenience is definitely a factor, but the coffee itself is also quite a draw: roasted locally by Cup Coffee, the brew at Tricera is top notch. To top things off, the tiny shop on George Street also makes incredible waffles and bagel sandwiches. @triceracoffee

Perfect for: A pick-me-up before class for us students, or a quick stop for King Street shoppers.

(Photos courtesy of Tricera Coffee)

11. Eclectic Cafe and Vinyl

After opening last summer, Eclectic has quickly become something of a local favorite.  A visit to this café is worth venturing off the beaten path to its location on the end of Spring Street. Though Eclectic has a great coffee selction, it is also a full service restaurant, serving up an amazing menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. As if that weren’t enough, Eclectic also doubles as the one of the city’s only real record stores, with walls lined with albums both old and new up for sale. @eclecticcafevinyl

Perfect for: a morning brew or a glass of wine to accompany some live music – Eclectic features a different local band almost every week.

Wherever you end up, enjoy your cup of coffee!

-Abby

 

Recap of the Southern Select Pop Up Shop!

The very first Southern Select Pop Up Shop was held March 10th and 11th at the Cigar Factory in downtown Charleston. It was an exciting event full of great brands, fun activities, delicious snacks, and fabulous people! I'd say it was a success!

You may be wondering, "What is Southern Select?" Great question! Southern Select is a "thoughtfully curated selection of the best in baby, child, and lifestyle dreamt up by the next generation of Southern talent." Future pop ups will be held in other cities across the south, so be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook

Today on the blog, I wanted to give you a visual recap of the event with links to some of the amazing brands. For those that could not attend or do not live close by, here is your chance to see a glimpse of the weekend!

Texture Design Co.

Pictured above is our table space. I always enjoy the challenge of setting up! It is like a puzzle making all the pieces work together! Check out our Etsy shop to order any of the products pictured! (Or come visit us at the shop...218 B King Street.)

The Blue Root

Next to us was our friend Melissa of the The Blue Root. She creates the most beautiful curated gift boxes packed full of Charleston made products! Be sure to check out our #FollowFriday post we did with her last year! Love her company's mission:

"Our mission is to feature artisans who work endless hours honing in and perfecting their craft and presenting their talent in a wood keepsake box to help celebrate those special moments in life."

Seed Factory

In front of our table was Seed Factory, a baby boutique with a brick & mortar in Atlanta, GA. Their colorful collection of baby goods was absolutely adorable! If you live in Georgia, be sure to check out their shop on Howell Mill Road!

Templeton Silver

Our friend, Nikki Wood, was all set up with her amazing Templeton Silver pacifier clips! We featured her company a few months back on our #FollowFriday blog. The greatest thing about Templeton Silver pacifier clips is that the naturally antimicrobial silver beads have 85% less bacteria than other cloth or plastic clips! AND the clips turn into bracelets for mom when baby outgrows them!

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Suite 33 Charleston

I'm telling you, this pop-up was so fun because it was so many small business friends! Do you remember us talking about Emily Papuga of Suite 33? She had her beautiful pillows and bags all on display! I love all of her new patterns!

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Modern South Studio

Cory McBee is the talented artist behind Modern South Studio. She has a lovely collection of modern graphic prints and abstract paintings! We were all swooning over her paintings at the show. I love her use of color with large strokes. You can find a few more of Cory's pieces in the stairwell at our shop!

Casuarina Fine Jewelry

Pretty sure these pictures speak for themselves! Simple, chic, eye-catching pieces all on display and available through Casuarina! Harriet Gilmore is the designer behind this line. She also happens to be a native to the Mt Pleasant area!

Hausful

Hausful is the newest modern home decor store in the Charleston area. They set up a little portion of their shop at the front of the pop-up! If you like clean lines, pops of colors, functionality, and sleek edges...go check out their brick & mortar shop on Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Leigh Webber

Leigh Webber

Fine art photographer, Leigh Webber, was also in attendance displaying her beautiful "Dive In" series! Each of the photographs makes you feel the sun, sand, and salt air vibes!

Wash With Water

Wash With Water

This beautiful set up of organic skincare greeted guests as they walked in the pop-up shop. Wash with Water creates natural soap, lotion and shampoo products for babies, kids and adults! Personally, I'm excited to try the baby products when Baby Kirby arrives this summer!

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Hemming Birds

If you follow us on Instagram, you know we're a huge fan of the bibs created by Charleston company, Hemming Birds! You can find a selection of their products at our shop as well! Their booth looked amazing at the pop-up! Fun fact, HB is another small business we interviewed on the blog last year!

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Love Lane Designs

Love Lane Designs

If you have a little one that loves to dress up, then you MUST check out Love Lane Designs. Her set up of carefully crafted costumes immediately captures your imagination! Designed in Savannah, each piece is a beautiful work of art carefully screen printed and sewn together! Be sure to visit the online shop to view the whole collection.

As you can see, it was a lovely event! This is only a portion of the vendors represented at the Charleston Southern Select Pop Up! I wish I had time to snap more pics, but definitely follow along with @SouthernSelectPopUp to learn of more great brands in the South!

Have a great day!
Emily

A Guide to Lower King Street: Part 3

Today is the last installment of our three part series exploring lower King Street in downtown Charleston. For those not familiar, this is the district of King Street between Market and Broad Street. It is a quaint part of King full of unique finds, including the Texture Design Co. shop! Be sure to check out the previous two posts (Part 1 and Part 2) to find some of our favorite neighboring food and clothing spots!

Lower King Street Gift Boutiques in Charleston

LOWER KING STREET: Part 3
Gifts and Homegoods

This week, we are focusing on a few of our favorite shops for locating the perfect gift or home decor! Each destination brings it's own style and flare to Charleston!

7. The Preservation Society of Charleston

The Preservation Society is located at 147 King Street.

The Preservation Society is a MUST stop for any visitor or local in Charleston! It was originally founded in 1920 and aims to "recognize, advocate, and protect the historic sites and buildings in the Lowcountry". All the items in the store are locally made in Charleston or help to explain the magic and history of the city. If you venture to their back room, you can browse through books while sitting in the comfy couches with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. They also sell locally made soaps, cards, paintings, and even grits! If you’re looking to learn a little more about our beloved city or just want to grab a souvenir, the Preservation Society is the place to go! Be sure to look for our Texture Design Co. cards and prints while you’re there!
 

8. Vieuxtemps

Vieuxtemps is located at 180 King Street.

Vieuxtemps brings a bit of old school elegance to Lower King. They feature a large selection of china, crystal, and silver ideal for any wedding registry. After 29 years, they continue to offer the largest selection in Charleston. Along with items for the bride-to-be, they offer upscale accessories such as jewelry, letter openers and jewelry boxes. Whether you’re registering for the big day or need a gift for the home, Vieuxtemps has a tasteful, elegant selection that is sure to please.
 

9. South of Market

South of Market is located at 173 King Street

If you’re on the hunt for furniture and accessories for your house or apartment, South of Market is the place to go! This store is one of three locations opened by Kay Douglass Interiors. The King Street showroom features new and re-purposed furniture along with antiques brought in from France and Belgium. Styles range from modern to classic, with a variety of pieces that will fit perfectly into any home. Along with furnishings, there is a wide array of candles, books, and kitchen items to help add a little more eye-candy to your decor!
 

10. Lily

Lily is located at 196 King Street

Lily Charleston brings the chic vibes of Europe and Paris to our very own Lowcountry. The boutique has a sleek white and silver interior that is extremely pleasing to the eye. All their items have a sophisticated European flare that will bring a sense of class to any home or event. The shop offers signature Charleston cookbooks with elegant Parisian kitchen ware to complement all of the recipes. Many of their bath and body items, along with exquisite jewelry, come straight from artisans in Paris and all around the world. Lily also features a selection of cufflinks, cologne, and handmade wood razors for the men in your life!
 

11. Texture Design Co.

Texture Design Co. is located at 218 King Street

We may be biased, but we think everyone in Charleston should come visit Texture Design Co! Our shop features a fun variety of Charleston themed goods such as cards, mugs, and prints! In need of the perfect greeting card? We can help you with that as well! Owner, Emily Kirby, has curated several other amazing pieces from other local designers including @Suite33Charleston, @ProduceCandles, @OystersAllAround, @LittleFishBoateak, and @hemming_birds. We are located on the second floor at 218 King so be sure to look out for us. We promise we won't disappoint, and we'd love to meet you!

Complete Map of Lower King Street Destinations

BOUTIQUES:

  1. Two Cumberland
  2. Vestique
  3. Charleston Shoe Company
  4. E.Blackhurst
  5. The Impeccable Pig
  6. 6. Be the Change Boutique


FOOD & DRINKS:

A. Bull Street Gourmet
B. Fulton Five
C. Bin 152
D. Kitchen 208
E. City Lights Coffee



7. The Preservation Society
8. Vieuxtemps
9. South of Market
10. Lily Charleston
11. Texture Design Co.

Thank you for joining us for our Lower King Street series!
We hope you'll check out our amazing neighbors!

- Elise

A Guide to Lower King Street: Part 2

Over the next few weeks, we will be running a three part series featuring some of our favorite spots on lower King Street in Charleston. For those not familiar, this is the district of King Street between Market and Broad Street. It is a quaint part of King full of unique finds, including the Texture Design Co. shop! Follow along as we explore the area right around us!

Be sure to visit last week's Part 1 post that explores the variety of clothing boutiques in the Lower King district.

LOWER KING STREET: Part Two
Foodie Spots

This week we are highlighting a few of Lower King's wonderful restaurants and eateries. Here in Charleston we are spoiled with great food, and our neighbors are no exception!

A. Bull Street Gourmet

Bull Street Gourmet is located at 120 King Street.

Bull Street is a long-time favorite of mine! This spot is great because it is truly a one-stop-shop - serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee as well as housing an impressive beer and wine market, making it the perfect place to grab a breakfast sandwich to start the day or pick up a bottle of wine on the way home. The menu boasts a vast array of soups, sandwiches and salads, and the market side is also stocked with a selection of gourmet groceries and fresh produce. As if that weren't enticing enough, I have been known to claim Bull Street's own Counter Culture coffee roast as one of my favorites in the city. @bullstreetgourmetcharleston

 

B. Fulton Five

Fulton Five is located at 5 Fulton Street off of King Street.

Just a few steps from King Street, Fulton Five is one of Charleston's most treasured restaurants. After being voted the city's "Most Romantic Restaurant" 17 years in a row, there's a reason why people are making reservations months in advance - Fulton Five's authentic Italian cuisine and cozy, candlelit atmosphere are the stuff of dreams. While the menu is a little on the pricier side, think of this white-tablecloth venue for your next special occasion - after just one phenomenal visit a few years ago, I have been longing to go back ever since. 

 

C. Bin 152

Bin 152 is located at 152 King Street.

Nestled amongst the many galleries and antique shops on Lower King is Bin 152, a warmly lit wine bar with offerings by the glass and the bottle. Open late with charcuterie and cheese boards up for grabs as well, Bin 152 is the perfect meeting place for friends, and an excellent spot for after dinner drinks. @bin152winebar

 

D. Kitchen 208

Kitchen 208 is located at 208 King Street.

Brunch lovers rejoice: as one of the only restaurants on King Street with ample patio seating and and all-day weekend breakfast menu, Kitchen 208 is a local favorite. While the vibe is on the fast and casual side, the food is to just as enticing as the breezy outdoor dining area. Boasting an endless menu of biscuits, waffles and eggs in the am and a slew of salads and sandwiches for lunch, Kitchen 208 promises to be a bright and sunny spot in any Charleston morning or afternoon, and a wonderful pit stop for those spending the day shopping on King! @kitchen208

 

E. City Lights Coffee

City Lights is located at 141 Market Street. (right around the corner from King Street)

Located just around the corner from our shop, City Lights is definitely a favorite of the Texture team. Serving up espresso, tea, and pastries in their tiny wood-paneled shop on Market Street, City Lights is one of the sweetest and coziest spots in the Holy City for a good caffeine fix. The staff is incredibly friendly and lattes are nothing short of blissful, making this the perfect place for working or meeting. @citylightscoffee

We hope you enjoyed Part 2 of Exploring Lower King Street! Be sure to check back next week for the final portion of our district tour!

-Abby

Our Partnership with Charleston's One80 Place

If you purchased one of our 2017 Charleston flowerbox calendars or prints this season, you might have noticed that a portion of the proceeds went to an organization called One80 Place, based right here in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. It is so easy to notice all the beauty in a city like ours (which Emily has depicted so well in these products!), but if you look a little closer, it’s impossible to miss the need that exists here as well. While capturing the charm of Charleston’s homes, we knew that there were many people in our city still struggling to meet basic needs, such as food and shelter. So, rather than just noticing the need, we wanted to do something to help. That’s why we decided to partner with One80 Place.

Entry into the main building at 0ne80 Place.

A few weeks ago, Emily and I were fortunate enough to tour One80 Place’s downtown campus. It’s safe to say we were blown away – the facility is so much more than just a homeless shelter, as one might think. The vision behind the nonprofit organization is not just to provide individuals and families with beds for a night, but rather, equip them with the tools to get back on their feet. This includes everything from legal help, job training, counseling, education opportunities and access to medical treatment, just to name a few of the incredible services offered on site. The end goal, we learned, is to end homelessness in Charleston all together. While this may seem like a lofty aspiration, after witnessing first hand all that One80 place is doing for this community, I believe wholeheartedly that a real, tangible difference is being made.

The main building includes the kitchen, cafeteria, medical wing, men's housing, men's veterans space, laundry, and conference room.

Our tour was lead by Vice President of Operations John Masters, one of many passionate team members, whose enthusiasm and heart for the project were nothing short of contagious. He walked us through the entire campus (which is still growing and expanding to include more space for housing and childcare, for example), comprised of a handful of building devoted to various aspects of the mission. While it provides shelter to roughly 160 people on a nightly basis, One80 place also houses a complete health care facility, community kitchen, education and professional training center, as well an entire wing devoted to serving the specific needs of veterans.

We left One80 Place that day feeling completely inspired – the measures being taken by the staff, volunteers, and supporters of the shelter are doing more to change the lives of people in the community than I can express. We at Texture Design Co. are beyond humbled to play even the smallest role in the amazing work being done there! A portion of the proceeds from our flowerbox prints and calendars will continue to go towards this organization, but if you want to learn more about One80 Place or find out how to get involved, click here.

-Abby

Spice Up Your Christmas Gift Wrapping!

When I was younger, the days and weeks leading up to Christmas meant a few things in my household - first, that my mother suddenly became very secretive, hiding unwrapped gifts in every closet, nook and cranny of our home (which we were of course forbidden to go looking for, but of course did anyways). Secondly, however, from December 1st to 24th, the laundry room became strictly off limits. This was always mysterious to me as a kid - I would arrive home from school to find her scrambling to shut the door to the top secret room as she greeted me, telling me not to go inside lest I should ruin her "Christmas magic." When I was a little older and in on the secret (my two younger siblings still on board with the magic of Santa and so on), I was finally granted entry to the laundry room, and what I found inside was nothing short of dazzling.

Check out some fun and unique Christmas gift wrap ideas in the blog below!

We paired green, light pink, and black for a unique Christmas look! Gift tags available for download in our Etsy shop. Don't be afraid of mixing bold patterns and unexpected Christmas colors! This year, Texture Design Co. released its first wrapping paper designs! The bold graphic wrapping paper is available exclusively in our Charleston shop (218 B King Street). 

It was as if my mother had taken the space and transformed it into Santa's workshop. Piles of wrapping paper, bows, tinsel, and ribbon covered the entire surface area of the floor, and a mountain of presents addressed to all of our friends and family sat stacked in the corner. Everything glistened in shades of red, green, and gold. From that day on, Christmastime took on something of a new meaning - the many afternoons my mother and I spent together in the laundry room workshop, cutting through sheets of wrapping paper and adorning boxes with perfectly tied bows are still some of my favorite memories. I can still remember those Christmas mornings, watching my brother and sister gaze in awe at the bounty under the tree, sharing a proud and knowing look with my mom. The "Christmas Magic" was still alive, indeed.

For this cabin feeling Christmas wrapping set, we paired our darker green wrapping paper with red bakers twine, buffalo check patterns, and polka dots! Gift tags available for download in our Etsy shop. The Texture Design Co. bold graphic wrapping paper is available exclusively in our Charleston shop (218 B King Street). Add a leaf to any package to add a little flair! Ribbon from Michaels Craft stores.

With the holidays right around the corner, our very own wrapping paper has arrived just in time. Whether you'd call yourself a professional, laundry room gift wrapping queen or one who struggles just to tape down those corners smoothly, we are here to encourage you to get creative this year. Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns, play with your color palate, or try breaking out of the classic holiday gift mold. We had a wonderful time dressing up these packages with Texture's own wrapping paper, and were delighted by how many fun and unique combinations we could come up with. 

For our last Christmas gift wrap grouping, we made it a little playful and whimsical! We combined seafoam, light pink, with traditional red and green Christmas colors! Play with patterns and textures! Mix ribbons with twines. Again, the Gift tags are available for download in our Etsy shop. The Texture Design Co. wrapping paper available in our Charleston shop (218 B King Street). 

The spirit of giving is plays a big role in this season, but it doesn't end with what's inside the box - we hope you all can find as much joy in the wrapping process as we did this year, and that this paper will provide some inspiration!

Merry Christmas,
Abby