Dream kitchens by Will Johnson Building Company

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Great article in Southern Neighbor about surviving your kitchen remodel.  Read here to see how best to prepare yourself.  It talks you through surviving “crock pot” + grill cuisine to budgets and how to find the best team to help you in building your dream kitchen!

Will Johnson Building Company is a wonderful, family run building company based in Chapel Hill.  In fact, they have a new location in Southern Village, stop by and introduce yourself!




Appraisal event at Ayr Mount

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Appraisal Fair at Ayr Mount

Hillsborough, NC
April 17th, 2014, 4 – 7 pm

Are you a fan of Antiques Roadshow?

If so, join us at Ayr Mount on April 17 for our inaugural Appraisal Fair at Ayr, inspired by the popular TV show!

Speak with antiques specialists, attend one or more mini-lectures, meet guest of honor

Julia Carpenter of UNC TV’s Collecting Carolina
Julia Carpenter of UNC TV’s Collecting Carolina, visit the house, mingle with fellow antiques lovers, and enjoy refreshments on the beautiful grounds.

Specialists in Attendance:

Leland Little, owner of Leland Little Auctions in Hillsborough, NC, specializing in furniture and
decorative arts.

Specialists from Leland Little Auctions:
Mark Solomon – rare & fine wines
Nancy Blount – jewelry
Claire Fraser – silver & fine art
Rob Golan – historical coins & military

David Lindquist and Elizabeth Lindquist, owners of Whitehall at the Villa Antiques in Chapel Hill, NC.

Doug Lay, owner of The Persian Carpet in Durham, NC.

Ayr Mount

376 Saint Mary’s Road

Hillsborough, NC 27278



Good press!

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It’s been a week of interviews…. The Scout Guide did a feature of me on their blog and I found I had a lot to say… as always!  Read the interview here to learn about how I found and fell in love with my job as editor of  The Scout Guide!


Also fun, a former classmate from college, Sarah Ferguson, has a great blog in Atlanta called Duchess Fare.  Sarah finds incredible vintage + design pieces along with her lifestyle blog and is great to follow.  Sarah, aka the Duchess, kindly included me in her “spotlight series.”   Read that interview here.

Do you notice any patterns?  I love my job and an adventure!

I hope you enjoy reading.

Honk Honk!  Is that the carpool?? No!  that’s the sound of me tooting my own horn.

Happy Weekend!




Mandolin’s Pesto



MANDOLIN shared a wonderful pesto recipe with The Scout Guide’s national blog last week– read it here!
I found the post timely, as I had just made pesto with my son earlier in the week.  Usually my daughter cooks with me, but I had a rare moment of having  just Porter in the kitchen with me and we had a blast.  {Normally that kid is out shooting hoops or has his nose buried in a book!}  When we were done with our project, Porter proclaimed the pesto to be “Porter’s Pesto” with the not secret ingredient– cheese.  {he claims to dislike cheese, however, he can polish off some ‘za!}  I think engaging him in the kitchen and using the parm to mellow out the heavy handed garlic use was a good way to have him be a bit more objective regarding “some things cheese!” Or at least I can hope and keep trying.

I can’t wait to try Lizzy and Sean’s Pesto now with Ports!

I love how it is so North Carolinian–

Collard + Peanut Pesto

Thanks for sharing, Lizzy and Sean!


(919) 322-0365

2519 Fairview Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608




Monkee’s New Look and Spring Open House




Monkee's New Look Tomorrow, Thursday March 27th,  Monkee’s of Raleigh will be celebrating their “New Look” with a Spring Open House and Loren Hope Trunk Show! Over the past month, Monkee’s has completely re-vamped their store front and made a new statement in North Hills with bright pink doors and awnings! Monkee’s is excited to introduce the Tory Burch Ready-to-Weat line & Milly line to their store and they currently have the largest amount of Tory Burch shoes the store has ever had in! All fabulous essentials for spring!

Some fun things that will be going on during the day include receiving an exclusive pair of Loren Hope Sophia Studs in the Monkee’s of Raleigh PINK with a purchase of $200 or more and a raffle for the Loren Hope Blythe Necklace featured in Monkee’s of Raleigh PINK. Loren, a North Carolina native, will also be in attendance-come meet the designer herself and enjoy some cupcakes & champagne!

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William Branson III is looking for models

So glad to hear that many of you are already taking advantage of this! If you haven’t already, take a look at the information below.

This is an incredible opportunity to have your children or grandchildren model for William Branson III.

Please note that there is a deadline, so jump on this as soon as possible. Don’t forget to tell them The Scout Guide Sent you!

Don’t forget to tell them The Scout Guide sent you!


Inspired by the days when William would quietly look into his children’s rooms to discover them engrossed in an imaginary world, these portraits are designed to capture the innocence and wonder of childhood.

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We are looking for models!

We are thrilled with the way our new line of portraiture, Stolen Moments, is evolving, and we are looking for models to help us bring this style of portraiture to the marketplace.

A camera study and an 8″ photograph is normally $645. Because this look is so new and we need to create samples as soon as possible, we are offering the portrait session and photograph for only $100.

Don’t wait to call, as this special will book up quickly.

We need models 1 year of age and older.

Each model camera study will be 30 minutes.

Please call 919-493-2467 by Thursday, March 27.

Feel free to pass this invitation along to your

friends and family.


2731 University Drive  Durham, NC