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! 

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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!

Modern South Art
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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

Follow Friday: Templeton Silver

I love sharing incredible companies with you on our #FollowFriday posts. Today is no exception! In the interview below, we are talking to Nikki Wood of Templeton Silver! Her product is genius, and makes for a wonderful baby gift for any mom! Without further ado, I'll let Nikki tell you more below! Be sure to follow her on Instagram @TempletonSilver.

Templeton Silver
Owner: Nikki Wood
Products: Sterling silver pacifier clips

TDC: Tell us a little about how Templeton Silver got started, and the inspiration behind the idea.
TS:  I owned my own handmade beaded jewelry company for about ten years with my jewelry in boutiques all over the southeast. I had a childhood friend approach me about taking over their business. They made sterling and beaded pacifier clips that turn into a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage. She started the company when she was trying to find a cute pacifier clip that didn’t get dirty and "germy". They say that necessity is the mother of invention so they came up with the amazing concept of Templeton Silver’s unique clips as being:

1. A pacifier clips
2. That it also becomes a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage.  

The two owners (who were sisters) both had children and couldn’t give the business the time and energy it needed. I thought the idea was absolutely genius. There is a ton of competition with making jewelry and this opportunity came to me at the perfect time. I’ve always loved children and have always wanted to do something in the children’s industry. I ended up taking over the company about 3 years ago and basically revamped and expanded everything. They had a few different styles of clips (that were amazing and adorable) but I took my jewelry background and came up with different collections of clips and named them after all my best friend’s kid’s names.  It was a perfect fit for me. So, in 2013 I made Templeton Silver my own and it’s grown in leaps and bounds since!

TDC: I bet that was a huge undertaking!  What has been your favorite part about running the company for the past three years?
TS:  I absolutely love the fact that each day I learn something new and with each new day comes new opportunities. Every day I wake up and am excited about all the things that lie ahead and are waiting for me and my company. Whether it’s finding an amazing new boutique to be in, an awesome new mom who loves our products, or finding amazing people and shops on Instagram like Textured Design Co to collaborate with.  It’s really fun!

TDC: Templeton Silver is known for its sterling silver pacifier clips, and customers can choose from a number of beautiful beaded chains as well. What do you think sets your products apart from others out there?
TS:  Such a great question!  There are so many amazing and adorable pacifier clips out there. Templeton Silver pacifier clips are unique in that not only are they pacifier clips, but they turn into a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage (*patent pending) and they have 85% less bacteria than cloth or plastic pacifier clips bc silver is naturally antimicrobial. We try and have a different styles and color options so there is a perfect fit for each mommy and baby. All our clips are cpsc and cpscia tested which means we have had our clips tested in a child safety testing laboratory. We care about making sure your baby is safe!

TDC: All your products are available online. Can they also be purchase in any retail stores?
TS:  Yes! We are in over 200 high end baby boutiques

TDC: Is there anything you’d like to share with us about the future of Templeton Silver?
TS:  We are so excited about the future of Templeton Silver and what it holds.  We have a few ideas up our sleeve, so you’ll have to follow along in the new year and see what those are :)

TDC: All of Templeton Silver’s products are designed and handcrafted here in Charleston, SC.  What are some of your favorite things to do in Charleston? Any favorite spots in the Holy City?
TS:  I grew up in Charleston. I went to college at University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC and came right back to Charleston after I graduated. I swear I have a love affair with my home town. Love going to the beach, anything on the water, anything outside really (because there are no bad views in our amazing city). I’ve always loved just being downtown.  There’s something magical about our Holy City!

TDC: And finally, our favorite question… is there a Charleston restaurant you’re really loving right now?
TS:  Fig never ever gets old, does it!?  and Xiao Bao Biscuit is always a must.

Be sure to follow along with Nikki to see what she has in store for the future of Templeton Silver, and check out the image below for more details! 

Happy Friday everyone!
-Emily and Abby

2016 Fall Favorites

Our intern, Elise, gathered her 2016 fall must-haves! From booties to water bottles and everything in between, we've got you covered this season!

1. Steve Madden Cynthia Black Booties

$129
These Steve Madden booties are the perfect addition to any fall outfit. With four different colors to choose from, they are sure to step up your outfit game. Not only are they comfortable, but they can be worn both day and night.

 

2. Madewell Campfire Scarf

$62
This scarf is the perfect fall accessory. It easily complements any outfit and helps add a little flare to the simplest of looks. The best part of it all- the pattern is instructions on how to build a campfire!

 

3. Gather Canvas Container

$22
These hand-painted canvas containers are the perfect combination of functionality and charm. Whether you need a table centerpiece to hold your fruit/squash/napkins or little storage for your bedroom & bathroom these guys are the ideal organizer. Come by our Texture Design Co. shop on King Street to grab yours today! 218 B King Street, Charleston, SC

4. Henri Bendel 2017 Travel Girls Pocket Journal

$48
This pocket journal is perfect for any girl on the go. It easily fits into any purse or tote and will keep you organized throughout the new year.

 

5. Vince Camuto Crisintha Over the Knee Boot

$179.95
Over the knee boots made their mark in early Spring 2016 and this fall they’re more popular than ever. While the iconic Stuart Weitzman Lowland boot will cost you an arm and a leg, these boots still encompass the sleek and slimming elements of the shoe all while coming at a much more affordable price.

 

6. Ray-Ban 52mm Sunglasses Top Black

$160
Fun, trendy sunglass styles have been all the rage throughout the spring, summer and now the fall season. These Ray-Bans are the perfect way to spice up your style all while maintaining a classic, timeless look

 

7. S’well Water Bottle

$35
Whether you want to keep your coffee hot or your water cold, this water bottle is the perfect for an on-the-go lifestyle.

 

8. Reversible Leather Tote Bag

$59
This leather bag is perfect for toting around books or everyday essentials. With it’s convenient reversible feature you can pick and choose what color you want to showcase on a given day.

 

9. Kate Spade Holland Skinny Strap Watch

$195
Needing a new watch this fall? Well this is the one for you. This Kate Spade timepiece is sure to pull together any look. The skinny strap adds a youthful, yet sophisticated touch while the gold face adds a bit of elegance.

 

10. #Thankful Greeting Card

$4
Our new Texture Design Co. notecards are the perfect way to get in touch with friends this season. Whether it is an invitation, a thank you, or a simple hello, these cards are sure to add some modern flare to your fall.

Thanks for following along and happy fall y'all!
-Emily & Elise

New Members of the Texture Design Team!

We have two new interns starting this week! I'm pretty sure Texture Design won the jackpot on interns! Elise and Abby go to the College of Charleston and are so lovely to be around! This week they interviewed each other in order for you to get to know a little more about them! In the coming weeks you'll be hearing lots more from them!


Get to know Elise!

AT: You're fairly new to Charleston. Where are you originally from, and what brought you to the city?
EB: I am originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan which is a small suburb right outside of Detroit. When I was applying to schools I loved the idea of getting out of my comfort zone and trying something new and Charleston seemed like the perfect place to do that.

AT: What is your favorite thing about living in the Holy City so far?
EB: There is so much to love, but I am a huge fan of the atmosphere and the weather. Having access to so many amazing stores and restaurants that are all within a few blocks of me is amazing. I also love how kind and friendly people are here. A big plus is the weather!  Back home in Michigan it is freezing right now so having a nice 75 degree day in October is amazing! Oh and having the beach so close isn’t bad either!

AT: Do you know what you're planning to study at the College of Charleston?
EB: As of now, I plan on majoring in Marketing. I am hoping to work with fashion and media once I graduate, but I also am very interested in potentially minoring in real estate and doing something with that eventually.

AT: Any books/movies/music you're especially loving these days?
EB: I just finished reading The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan, and absolutely loved it. Marina was a writer who graduated from Yale in 2012, but was killed in a car accident just five days later. The book is a compilation of all the essays she wrote and they encompass all sorts of topics that young adults face and will have to face someday. I thought it was the perfect thing to read in the beginning of college, and I highly, highly recommend it.

AT: What's something you're excited or passionate about right now?
EB: Traveling and exploring. I have loved getting to run around Charleston every weekend and learning about the history of it and experiencing all it has to offer. Moving here has made me realize how many cool things there are in the world and how it is so easy to miss them. I’m working towards hopefully going overseas sometime soon and eventually studying abroad.

AT: What are you most excited about in working with Texture Design Co.?
EB: I am really excited to learn more about the world of marketing and also about running a business. I think it is going to be an awesome way to explore different fields of business and hopefully find something that I am passionate about. I am very grateful for the opportunity!

-Abby


Get to know Abby!

EB: Where are you from and what drew you to Charleston when you were looking at schools?
AT: I am originally from Naples, Florida, where I lived all my life until moving to Charleston for school. My dad was actually born in Charleston, and many of my relatives still live here, so I grew up visiting the city pretty frequently. I fell in love with this place at a young age, and have had my heart set on someday living here since I was about twelve years old. When I started looking for schools, the College of Charleston seemed like the perfect choice!

EB: You’re an English Major, is there anything specific that you hope to do with that once you graduate?
AT: I have always loved reading and writing, so declaring a major that allows me to study things that I really enjoy has been a huge game-changer for me. There is definitely a cliche attached to English majors that implies impracticality, but I think there are more opportunities out there than people may realize. In an ideal world, I would love to continue writing as a career, be it in the publishing world, with journalism, blogging, or otherwise.

EB: Are you involved in any activities around town?
AT: I am super involved with an organization called Young Life, which is a relational ministry for high school kids. I am a leader for kids at Bishop England High School, so I spend a ton of time meeting and hanging out with them - it’s something I’m more passionate about than almost anything. I am also currently working with South of Broad Living magazine, writing a monthly food column where I review up-and-coming restaurants in the city. As you can imagine, a job that combines eating and writing is a dream come true!

EB: What is your favorite restaurant in Charleston?
AT: Oh man, that’s a tough question. I think right now I would have to say Leon’s Oyster Shop - any place that offers fried brussels sprouts, incredible seafood and soft serve ice cream with rainbow sprinkles on the same menu is definitely high on my list.

EB: What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
AT: People might be surprised to know that I am something of a closet musician - I love singing and playing guitar, although I haven’t gotten to do it nearly as often as I used to since being in college. My younger brother and sister are super musically talented as well, so it’s always so much fun to jam together when we’re all home in Florida!

EB: What are you most excited about in working with Texture Design Co.?
AT: I am very excited to see the ins and outs of running a small, creative business up close, and also for the opportunity to gain more experience with blogging. I am also looking forward to learning from Emily! She has created a really beautiful shop and company, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

-Elise

Thanks for following along! Check back in next week for some of our fall favorites!

Follow Friday: Hermosa Jewelry

This time last year, I met Haley of Hermosa Jewelry! We both had a booth at a local event, and I was so impressed with her jewelry company! Haley is one amazing entrepreneur -- creative, smart, and delightful to talk to! Learn more about this Charleston native and her gorgeous line of jewelry in the #FollowFriday interview below! 

Hermosa Jewelry Charleston SC

HERMOSA JEWELRY
Owner:  Haley Keisler
Products:  handmade jewelry, custom & wedding jewelry
Follow @HermosaJewelry on Instagram!

TDC: Hermosa is Spanish, correct? Tell us a little about what inspired the name, Hermosa Jewelry.
HJ:  I studied abroad for a semester in college in Seville, Spain.  “Hermosa” means beautiful in Spanish, which in my opinion, I think my jewelry is beautiful but it also makes women who wear it feel beautiful, too.

TDC: Your jewelry is very striking! What led you to designing jewelry?
HJ: At the age of 12, I inherited a large box of costume jewelry from a family friend.  I started taking pieces apart and reassembling them into new designs.  And the rest is history, I’ve been designing jewelry since then.  

TDC: Do you currently have a favorite piece in your collection? 
HJ:  Yes!  My favorite piece right now is the Sansa Crescent Horn (featured above), named after Sansa in Game of Thrones.  It is a colorful statement piece that I have been wearing on repeat lately.  

TDC: What are the best ways for people to purchase your items? 
HJ:  You can shop in person at my studio & showroom located at 1304 Erckmann Drive, Suite D. in Mt. Pleasant.  Local stores in the Charleston area that carry my line include: Charleston Preservation Society, Karen Hagan Fine Art, Stox & Co. Salon & Spa, and The Green Shutter.  My website is open 24/7 as well (www.hermosajewelry.com).  I have a lot of upcoming events for the Fall and Holiday season which are listed on my website.  

TDC: You also had a booth set up at this year's Volvo Car Open Tennis Match. Tell us a little about that experience! Will we see some tennis stars wearing Hermosa Jewelry?
HJ:  Yes!  The Volvo Car Open is my biggest event of the year.  It is so much fun but a lot of work.  I showcase my jewelry for 9 days.  It’s a great way to get brand exposure for people that are attending the tournament.  I have three Tennis stars that rock Hermosa: Bethanie Mattek-Sands (just won gold at the Olympics), Sloane Stephens (won the Volvo Car Open), and Jelena Jankovic.

TDC: You lived in Colorado for a few years after college. Did you have a favorite city or town that you visited? Any recommendations for someone heading that way?
HJ:  Colorado definitely has a piece of my heart.  When I lived there, I skied every weekend.  Steamboat is one of my favorite places in Colorado to ski and visit.  It has a Western ranch feel to the town and the skiing is awesome!

TDC: Having grown up around Charleston, is there a Charlestonian tradition or activity that is extra special to you?
HJ:  I love spending time on the water- fishing, cruising, exploring.  You get to see Charleston from a different perspective.  

TDC: Last but definitely not least...what is your favorite Charleston area restaurant right now?
HJ:  My favorite Charleston restaurant is Muse.  It located on Society Street in a historic house.  It has a quaint yet intimate atmosphere and the food is fantastic!

Be sure to follow Hermosa on Instagram! @HermosaJewelry

Thanks for stopping by the blog! Next week we're introducing two new members of the Texture Design team!!

Best,
Emily Kirby

Celadon Home's Birthday Party

We are SOOO excited to be a part of an amazing lineup of local makers and artists to help celebrate Celadon's 22nd birthday and the online store’s 1st birthday! It’s going to be a great party, so you should plan on stopping by!

 The event is Saturday, November 5th from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Celadon Home
1015 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Celadon Home Birthday Party

Reply to the Facebook event and bring your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/1749602208622615/

 #celadonsturning22 #celadononlineturns1 #celadonsbirthdayparty

Have a great day!
Emily

2017 Calendar: Behind the Scenes

Our Flower Boxes of Charleston 2017 Calendar is now available for pre-order! This might be my favorite project to date! Some of you may have seen my #WednesdayWalks posts on Instagram, and if so you know that my walk to work involves the most beautiful scenery! Every single day I pass these gorgeous homes with exquisite flower boxes. I got to thinking it would be awesome to have a calendar featuring these unique flower arrangements!

Here we are a few months later, and I'm so excited about the final product! Between now and October 10th, you can pre-order at a discounted rate. So don't wait! Get yours soon!

Today I'm sharing a little of the behind-the-scenes! My friend Melissa Griffin (of Melissa Griffin Photography) graciously rode around with me taking pictures. Thank you Melissa! Just imagine me continuously stopping the car for her to jump out, take a picture, and jump back in! Be glad you weren't behind us! #goodtimes

I later went back out and took a few more pictures on my own. I love seeing the photograph next to the drawing! A special thank you to the flower box designers for their help in the process! Garden Elegance Landscaping Services, Jen Stringer Obi of Living Colors, and Kelli Shaw Designs were a huge part of bringing this calendar together! 

Love the colors on the house above! ^ One of my favorite things about the calendar is that you can frame all of the artwork when you're done! Each drawing is sized to be trimmed for an 8 x 10 frame! 
Don't forget to pre-order before October 10th! 

Best,
Emily Kirby