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A Weekend in Charleston: The Biker's Guide to Cannonborough-Elliotborough

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Opening Cannonborough Collective in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough area of Charleston has been one of the highlights of my year, and we truly love the community we are part of.  My partner Mimi & I often walk and bike around our shop, so we wanted to introduce you to some of the best parts of our 'hood.  Don't forget to pay us all a visit over the holidays; we truly appreciate you shopping "small"!

all images c/o Aneris Photography // bike rental provided by Holy Spokes bike share


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-Eat-

I eat at Five Loaves Cafe religiously!  It's kind of an addiction that I don't plan to drop any time soon.  My favorites are the mexican chicken chili & the mushroom quinoa salad, or anything from the juice bar.  For dessert, you can't go wrong with anything and everything at the adorable Sugar Bakeshop!

-Drink-

Warehouse has long been one of my favorite watering holes.  They never lack in delicious cocktail specials, and I love how you can pop in for some fun and games for date night (i.e. pool, shuffleboard, and giant Jenga). 

-Shop-

If you want to hit up all of the great shops on Cannon Street, I recommend starting at the King Street end at Candy Shop Vintage and making your way toward Rutledge.  CSV sells their signature rice bead necklaces and is always coming out with something new and fun, like these croissant earrings (I get SO many compliments on them!).  

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After you're bejeweled, stop by our shop next!  Cannonborough Collective has you covered for balloons and all kinds of gifts from local brands and makers.  We also host workshops and events a few times a month, so have a glance at our calendar!

Don't forget to get a little something for your guy at J. Stark; everything from classic bags to wallets and other sleek accessories.

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Next you'll want to hit up Mac & Murphy for a plethora of stationery, adorable trinkets, and a rotating assortment of cute prints from the likes of talents like Dorothy Shain.

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-Primp-

You're bound to be a little wind blown after cruising around the neighborhood, and you will LOVE our friends over at Drybar!  They don't do cuts or color, just killer blow outs, braids, & up-dos.  My hair is very fine and my least favorite feature, but I still always leave feeling like a rock star!

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  There are just too many great local spots to name them all; I also love Elliotborough Mini Bar, D'Allesandros Pizza, & Indigo & Cotton to name a few more. The next time you're near our shop, be sure to stop in to get a free Charleston guide created by Lauren BeltramoSAS-E Ink, & myself.  Hope you have fun exploring our neighborhood!

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5 Reasons to Attend G & G Jubilee

Attending the Garden & Gun Jubilee has been on my "Charleston Bucket List" for many reasons, and this year I finally went!  A trip to Charles Towne Landing is always a good idea, and I especially love it because we got married right under those giant oak trees.  Another huge plus of the Jubilee is that it's dog-friendly!  I knew it would be great, but the inspiring decor, delicious food, and endless vendors of products and libations made this event exceed my expectations.  I hope you enjoy this gallery of some of my favorite snippets of the day.

1. All the COLORS!

This bright and bold color palette has always been a Christmas favorite to me.  It reminds me of the Gap at Christmas when I was in high school!  Bring on pink and yellow Christmas trees!

2. Food & Drinks Galore

There was no shortage of goodness for the other kind of palate, from pecan milk hot chocolate to  bourbon & southern soul food. 

3. One Stop Christmas Shopping

This is an easy way to get some extra special items knocked off your list.  We had a calligrapher whip up some ornaments right on site, and there were so many unique goods & artisans around every corner.

4. Serious Scenery

The Legare Waring House and Founder's Hall are just the most gorgeous venues.  You'll find plenty of water nearby (watch for Gators!), and the trees are just brilliant.

5. Decor for Days

You can't beat the details & decor inspiration that the minds behind Garden & Gun come up with.  Swings and hay bales for seats & plaid/gingham everywhere make me wish this event happened more than just annually!

I can hardly wait for next year! Follow me on Instagram to see other fun things happening around Charleston!

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48 hours in Charleston

Jennifer Collins Photography 

Jennifer Collins Photography 

I don't recommend just coming to Charleston for one measly weekend; there is just too much to see, do, & eat!  To make the most out of a short visit, West Elm recently let me guest-write for their blog to give my top recommendations for a weekend trip.  You can read it HERE, with plenty of great photos by Jennifer Collins Photography!

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Girl's Night Out in Charleston: The Dewberry

Fall is in full swing, and I've decided to make the changing season be a good reason to usher changes into my life in general.  While I'm starting to focus on getting ready for the holiday hustle & bustle, I'm also going to be working hard to prioritize more time for family and friends.  I have a pretty tough boss who has been having me work a lot this summer (A.K.A me!), and I got in the habit of not shutting down enough on evenings and weekends.  I'm ready for more husband time, cool morning walks, and quality girl time.  The Dewberry is one of my new favorite places to connect with some gals for cocktails or indulge in a delicious meal at Henrietta's.  Libby Williams perfectly captured the essence of our recent lady date, full of old-fashioned vibes thanks to our Dandy Boutique attire styled by Charleston Shop Curator.  I hope to be back a lot as the weather cools off and we'll be left longing for a fun indoor spot.  Here are 3 things you will adore about this lovely retro hotel:

1. The Decor

Formerly a Federal building (circa 1960's), The Dewberry has been transformed into an intoxicating retreat. The owner, John Dewberry, has painstakingly attended to every last detail of this property and the hotel is 8 years in the making.  Everything you see was intentional to say the least; from the wall coverings to the curated mid-century furniture down to the font that is modeled after his father's signature.  My favorite part of the hotel is in "The Living Room", which is oozing with chic retro decor. 

John Dewberry is the man behind the details like the fabulous brass map behind us.

John Dewberry is the man behind the details like the fabulous brass map behind us.

2. The Food

While great restaurants are still a dime a dozen in Charleston, somehow Henrietta's Brasserie still managed to have all of us ooh-ing and ahh-ing over every last bite.  Ordering the Keegan Fillion Chicken for Two is a no-brainer; it's as satisfying as fried chicken but a lot healthier.  I also loved all of the seafood we had, and everything really exceeded my expectations since this is still a fairly new restaurant.  Read more about our meal on the Plate South blog.

3. The Bar in the Living Room

Before you even taste your first sip, you will be wowed by the bar itself.  It was shipped to Atlanta so it could be clad in brass, and though she be but little she is fierce!  Their offerings include my favorite fall beverage, an old fashioned, as well as a plentiful wine list.  This is a lovely little spot for a date night or to catch up on gossip with the girls, and if the bar is full you have the whole living room to hang out in! 

Both locals and visitors are going to love stepping back into time at this lovely location.  We had such a great time and I really appreciate skirt! magazine's publisher Jenny Dennis getting this lovely group of ladies together!

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A Weekend in Charleston: Upper King Design District

October 13 Design & Discover Walk |  Jennifer Collins Photography

October 13 Design & Discover Walk |  Jennifer Collins Photography

One of my favorite things about having visitors is taking them to Upper King Street to just walk and walk, especially now that this beautiful fall weather is upon us!  I think a lot of tourists fail to really venture north of Marion Square,  missing out on many of my favorite restaurants (Barsa, Hom, Rarebit, etc.).  More and more interior retailers are also working their way up King Street, joining the hub of design and creativity that is known as the Upper King Design District.  On your next visit downtown, don't miss out on these Charleston shops that have unique gifts and both modern and antique home decor.   Locals, be sure to mark your calendar for October 13 from 5-8pm.  This will be the perfect time to explore sales/special art exhibits/pop ups at the stores below, along with 9 other shops in the area for the Design and Discover Walk.  Check that link for more information, and take your own stroll to these stores the next time you're on Upper King using this neat map from Kristen Solecki.

AIM on King

648 King Street | website

The next time you are done grabbing coffee at The Daily, you have to head around the corner to the Antique and Interiors Market! You can shop over 15 booths from fabulous vendors like Building Art Workshop, Rogue, and David Kinard, and you might even run into the adorable shop dog Mae!  If you aren't in the market for furniture, you'll still discover decor accents, artwork, and plenty of gift items (candles, books, plates, etc.).  Sometimes you can just when tell a place has good vibes, and I would say at AIM it has a lot to do with the owners and delightful staff.  Half of the duo of owners/sisters, Mary Stewart (I mean who doesn’t love a double-named southern lady!?), is a peach of a gal who will hoist a ladder your way and to turn a Sputnik on for you in a heartbeat.

Objective Design Shop

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I’m a lover of anything mod, so this store was worth the visit to me just for a peek at the interior.  Super cool clocks adorn the wall when you walk in, and dozens of fun gifts and design accessories are sprinkled throughout the exposed bright and open space. The store owners, Lindsey Windham & Nate Justiss, have their own brand (Distil Union) that was launched from a Kickstarter campaign. You have probably heard of their Stanley Stands for phones or Wally Wallets, which are both sold in store. This cool union of friends has launched 6 Kickstarters so far, and I bet there will be more fun stuff coming from them in the future.  The fact that they have combined their workspace with their curated store makes it that much more awesome.  Those hustling entrepreneurs are busy working away while you shop their designs, as well as the creations of other great businesses they have discovered mostly while traveling.  The space itself even spawns from travels; the look of the store is inspired by NYC museum gift shops & Hong Kong design boutiques.

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The Southern Gallery

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I knew I loved this place after I saw the exterior that makes me think I could be in the Wynwood area of Miami.  Luckily for Charlestonians, it’s actually nestled on Line & Meeting.  When you walk in it feels like a space where a hip party is just begging to happen, but for now there are rotating art installations.  The current exhibit, “Take Me Away”, features the work of Jamea-Richmond Edwards.  It could be hard for art not to get swallowed in this space, but Take Me Away has plenty of life-size pieces that shine in The Southern.  No matter who is on display, I will probably keep coming back for the fabulous wallpaper found in the hall closet and bathroom.  I can’t wait to make this a regular #CharlestonDateNight spot to have on standby come rain or shine!

Mitchell Hill

438 King Street | website 

I think most locals have walked past this store dozens of times and smiled at the sight of the fancy but fun piggy banks posted up in the front window.  Those and the interesting artwork on display have always drawn me inside to browse.  One of my favorites is the work of Philip Durst; he's a practicing attorney who whips up amazing patterned art from discarded materials like candy wrappers!  You can find plenty of fun gifts & accessories here, too.  They have everything from Assouline coffee table books to quirky or classy shelf decor.

While I've always loved the MM gallery/design store, I only recently discovered their design center.  As I continue to expand my offerings for designer discounts to my interior decorating clients, I was so thrilled to join the MItchell Hill trade program.  Their wallpaper and upholstery selection is gigantic and gorgeous and I'm itching to go back to explore more. 

I think we are all even more appreciative of the gorgeous October ahead of us after Hurricane Matthew's weekend visit, so I am really looking forward to checking out Thursday's event. Charleston is back open and begging to be explored!

Follow along on Instagram for more design walk details: Objective Design Shop, Mitchell Hill, AIM on King, & The Southern Gallery, & Charleston Weekender.

All images by Jennifer Collins Photography

 

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