Inspiring Local Black Owned Businesses

My dear friend Whitney Robinson is an inspiration on so many levels. Somehow despite whatever challenges she seems to get herself into (and she always gets herself into them) she perseveres with a positive outlook, digs in further, and does it all while looking a lot more stylish than you too. Did I mention yet […]
May 31, 2020 by Michelle Smith

Raleigh Rose Garden in the time of Covid

My daughter and I attempted to get out of the house and take in some nature earlier in the week by visiting Raleigh’s Rose Garden which is currently in full bloom. We were greeted by lots of construction fencing and machines, though the garden is open despite that, it was closed when we came because […]
May 23, 2020 by Michelle Smith

Garden Inspiration: Claus Dalby

Claus Dalby is a Danish gardener whose work I follow on instagram. He creates stunning floral displays by grouping together potted plants in large masses. Here is some of his work. You can find more of his work on instagram or on his website here. Images via Claus Dalby’s instagram
May 22, 2020 by Michelle Smith

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia
May 21, 2020 by Michelle Smith

Art Inspiration: Michelle Morin

I recently started following artist Michelle Morin on instagram. Her work is lush and detailed featuring tropical plants, landscapes and other textured nature-inspired patterns. Her work is multi-layered and busy but somehow still subdued. I really love it. She began her work as an artist while working as a private gardener in Cape Cod. Inspired […]
May 20, 2020 by Michelle Smith

Shop Local Downtown Cary Apparel Fundraiser for Dorcas Food Pantry

I created a “Shop Local Downtown Cary” line of shirts for men, women, and kids, (plus hoodies and stickers) to show support for all of our local business neighbors and the Dorcas Ministries Food Pantry, also located here in downtown Cary, NC. 100% of the profits from these items will go to the Dorcas Food […]
May 19, 2020 by Michelle Smith

Maymont Farm, Richmond, Virginia

Maymont Gardens is a 100 acre public park in Richmond, Virginia. Here are some photos I took on a trip there in May of 2019.
May 18, 2020 by Michelle Smith

Interior Inspiration: Heidi Caillier

Heidi Caillier is a Seattle based interior designer whose work is both simple and elegant, laid-back and beautiful, design aesthetics, that I often aspire to in my own work. Here are some pictures of some of her work that I find especially lovely. Images via Heidi Caillier.com
May 04, 2020 by Michelle Smith

Finding Comfort in Children’s Graphic Novels of Quiet Adventure. For Adults, Teens and Kids Alike

Cari is one of the studio tenants at Gather. She has an MFA in poetry and teaches comic book classes at NC State as well as in her studio office at Gather through her business Bee Loud Comic Studio. Though she really loves doing this work in person, and has created special accommodations to make […]
April 27, 2020 by Michelle Smith

Quirk Hotel & Shop, Richmond, VA, April 2019

Quirk Hotel & Gallery in Richmond, Virginia
April 26, 2020 by Michelle Smith