Keeping Curiosity Alive

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Evan Anderson  Located less than three hours from Charlotte in Asheville, NC, is Leigh Anne Hilbert's studio and retail space, The DryGoods Shop. Leigh Anne is a seasoned leather worker and sewing extraordinaire. Her work has been featured across the country and is highly praised for it's durability, unique yet simplistic style and timeless value. …

Women Helping Women

 Article Melinda Burris Willms | Photography Destiny Johnson  For Farah Usmani, the love of hand embroidery came at a very early age.  She recalls her grandmother and mother practicing the art form, smocking by hand, in the British way. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Usmani came to the United States as a small child. She maintains ties with her native country,…

The Great Equalizer

 Article Valery Huffenhus of Decorating Den  Ottomans are the great equalizer in the land of design. Available at many price points and in countless shapes, sizes, colors and textures, they offer any room some distinctive design style. They can be incorporated into any decor style whether it’s transitional, modern, eclectic or traditional. They are multifunctional, acting as seating, serving or storage…

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

 Article Roni Fishkin of Mann Travels  Travel Style Tip:  High fashion in Ireland almost always calls for a good quality raincoat to keep you warm and dry. It rains almost every season there, so don't miss your chance to wear your most stylish outerwear.  A hundred thousand welcomes is a traditional Gaelic blessing that is used to greet visitors when they enter the Emerald…

Paper Dreams

Paper Dreams combined eco-couture and opera on the runway for one exclusive night at the Bechtler Museum. The event featured couture gowns designed by local artists using outdated Opera Carolina playbills, programs and brochures. All proceeds from the show went towards supporting the Opera Recycles® artists and the upcoming preparation for their 2018-19 showcases.

Lullaby Land

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Decorating Den Interiors  Perhaps you are looking for something unique, something that isn’t found in every store or on so many social media posts. But when you use your imagination for a decorating a kid’s room, the creative possibilities are endless. From custom bedding to hand-painted wall murals, you can dream up some fun and exciting…

Family Vacation Destinations

 Article Roni Fishkin of Mann Travels  Roni Fishkin is the Marketing Director of Mann Travels, which, with local ownership in Charlotte, has been serving travelers with personalized service for more than 35 years.   800-343-MANN (6266) |

An Advocate For the Animals

 Article Wesley Smith  We believe people will make good decisions for animals when they are treated with kindness and understanding, and when they have enough information and resources.                                                                                                                                                       -

Play the Part

What You Need to Create Unique Play Areas Perfect for Your Kiddos’ Unique Interests Nicolette Martin What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we were all asked as kids—one that was so innocently answered with whatever our obsession of the week was. Maybe today your child wants to be … Continued

Your Guide to Summer

 Article Emily Glaser  There are 92 days of summer, and we want to make sure you use them wisely.   Whether you're satisfying your sweet tooth (you'll sweat out those extra calories, anyways), hitting the water, or watching the big game (soccer, that is), this list is sure to keep you—and the little ones—busy all summer long.