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3rd Thursday with Erica Gimson

Design store Raleigh North Carolina. Shop small independent home and gift store in downtow Raleigh

 

Join us this Thursday!
April 18
6-9pm


Meet our Spring Window artist and designer, Erica Gimson and shop her selection of Cyanotype print artwork and decorative pillows.  Hand-dyed one-of-a-kind shibori decorative pillows will also be available during this one-night POP UP event.

Pop in before or after dinner downtown, we'll have wine to share!




About the artist:

Erica Gimson Design is a collection of original artwork, home linens, wall coverings, and accessories.  All designs are created by Erica in her Raleigh studio.
 
As a professional textiles designer and consultant for major retailers, Gimson stays engaged with her local art and design community when not working on her own art/design collections.   

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About 3rd Thursday

Every 3rd Thursday we host a special multi-shop event with DTR Independent Shops to highlight the independent retail community in Downtown Raleigh.

Discover new locally and independently owned shops or revisit old favorites while enjoying extended hours, sips & snacks, and special in-store events and promotions.

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launch party: Artish Studio

Raleigh and the Triangle area is full of awesome creatives ...

Next Friday  join us to celebrate the launch of a new Raleigh-based design studio, Artish Studio! All of their products are interactive and built with modular pieces so that you can play with, move and change them – YOU can be the artist.

I love the concept and am so excited to be hosting them at the shop - the first time their designs will be out in the big world.

Launch party: Aug 3 from 6-9pm

In-store/on-view through Aug 5

Come create!

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top picks for a simple, modern, and organized entryway

photo by @selina.lauck featuring the Hub Wall Mirror


 


Entryways welcome us home and see us out. With each being unique in size and desired functionality, we thought we'd round up a few of our favorite pieces to give your space - whatever size it may be -  organizational peace of mind and be 
a joy to come home to.


 


1.  First things first: Doormats


Whether you place it inside or out, these tufted vinyl mats by Chilewich are as hard working as they are good looking. Their extra thin profile makes it perfect for any under-door space and its mold-and-chlorine resistant material is backed by a solid non-slip vinyl bottom. Available in a variety of colors, patterns, and three sizes (inquire for custom lengths!). 
 


2. Setting your keys down
Typically the first thing we unload and the last thing we pick up before heading out the door; make it easy to store your keys in something that's both functional and visually appealing. 


Wall Shelf by MostModest that also has plenty of space for a phone, wallet, and mail. Have fun selecting one of five colors.


Frank Tray by Good Thing - also available in a variety of colors to complement your existing decor.


Standing Bowl by Fort Standard - a sculptural beauty that will make it a breeze to scoop out keys or loose change.


Linen Resin Trays by Fog Linen in three sizes for corralling mail and small things from your day.




3.  Hanging your bags, coats, scarves ...
A place to hang your hat means a place to call home. We love these wall hooks for their simple and friendly designs that make a statement on any wall.


Carmen Hook in solid white ash wood by Most Modest. Great solo or grouped together, this hook is small but mighty.


Curve Hook by Normann Copenhagen. The scale of this design makes all the difference if you want simple function with high visual impact.


Corkscrew Wall Hook by ThisThat. Talk about multi-functional with a side of fun - this wide and continuous wall hook can hold and carry items of all shapes and sizes.




4. Things on (or rather off) the floor
Everything else you haul in and out deserves a proper resting spot, too. Not only does containing your stuff give organizational pleasure, but also provides visual ease. 


We love a good stool that can function as an occasional table, too. This sturdy Stir Stool by Kroft Studio welcomes you to sit and take your shoes off, or unload extra bags or mail onto its surface. Available in a multiple colors.


A minimalist umbrella holder by Umbra highlights the beauty of simple lines while allowing your umbrellas to breath, dry, and show off a little.


More than just a recycling bin, RE.BIN can store anything you need it to, and do it discreetly. 


Upgrade your college dorm room milk crates with these from WAAM Industries. Like our recycled plastic friend above, the storage possibilities for this plywood design are many.






5. The Last Look
A wall mirror in the entryway is always a good idea. Not only can it help create a sense of space (visual appeal and/or the feeling of more space) but it gives us that "last look" as we head out for the day.  Shop from two styles by Umbra: the Mira Mirror with natural wood and the Hub Mirror with matte black rubber. 






6. The last note
To-do lists, schedules, or just little love notes - you cant go wrong with a Daily Roller in one of your most used spaces. Available in black and white with paper roll refills.






7. If anything else...
... bring life and color via natural greenery. We particularly love these high plant boxes that offer dual function as a storage unit. Find your perfect color and say "welcome home".
 
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august featured artist

Body Shapes by Jordan Grace Owens

First Friday Reception August 4th, 6-9 pm

We are thrilled to welcome Durham-based artist Jordan Grace Owens to the shop for her second solo show in Raleigh. We love her playful minimalist style and the texture created by her medium of choice, ink on paper.

In this collection of drawings, Jordan explores bodies and shapes, both figurative and abstract. Linear figures bend into shapes, echoing blobby abstractions of body parts. 

A compilation of ink and gouache drawings made over the course of a year, Body Shapes is also an exploration of textures, materials, and organic lines. The artist expresses a graphic sensibility while embracing the organic marks of her human hand.

Jordan lives in Durham where she works as an artist and illustrator. She is best known for her minimalist portraits and movable paper dolls. Her illustrations have appeared nationally in newspapers, magazines, television, and books. You can find more of her work at www.jordangrace.com.

Jordan's work will be up and available for purchase through the end of the August. 

 

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art + function = <3

A step ladder that you'll actually love to use and want to keep out. Modern Lucano Step Ladder by Hasegawa in colorful lightweight aluminum. Japanese design that stands upright comes in 1, 2, 3 steps for kitchen, library, wardrobe closet, and office. Available at Port of Raleigh.

A step ladder that you'll actually love to use and want to keep out. Modern Lucano Step Ladder by Hasegawa in colorful lightweight aluminum. Japanese design that stands upright comes in 1, 2, 3 steps for kitchen, library, wardrobe closet, and office. Available at Port of Raleigh.

A step ladder that you'll actually love to use and want to keep out. Modern Lucano Step Ladder by Hasegawa in colorful lightweight aluminum. Japanese design that stands upright comes in 1, 2, 3 steps for kitchen, library, wardrobe closet, and office. Available at Port of Raleigh.

A step ladder that you'll actually love to use and want to keep out. Modern Lucano Step Ladder by Hasegawa in colorful lightweight aluminum. Japanese design that stands upright comes in 1, 2, 3 steps for kitchen, library, wardrobe closet, and office. Available at Port of Raleigh.

 

An often overlooked item in many homes is the step ladder. While there are plenty of options on the market for purely functional purposes (the kind that tend to be stored away and out of sight), we like to think “why not make it artful and so good looking that you’ll want to keep it out in your living spaces, leading to more use and overall enjoyment?”. That’s why we love the Lucano Step Ladders by Hasegawa.


Designed in Japan, the Lucano Step Ladders pack quite the punch: simple design, quality materials, solid construction with fluid movement and secure and easy everyday use. They are made of lightweight aluminum and come a variety of colors, perfect for complementing any existing kitchen, library, wardrobe closet, or office style and decor. A fun (and very convenient) design element is that they can stand upright on their own, no need to rest or lay them against a wall. You can literally display your ladder in the center of a room as a piece of art … in fact, we highly encourage that!


We’re not the only ones who love the Lucano Step Ladders; this sleek and practical contemporary design has won awards from German Good Design, Japanese Good Design, and Red Dot Awards.


It brings us so much joy to share them with you in our downtown Raleigh store and here in our webshop. Are you ready to love your step ladder and reach those high shelves in style?

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summer selects

 

Summertime and the livin' is easy ... and good looking. We've rounded up our favorite designs for you and your home to enjoy all season and beyond. Check out the full Summer Selects collection here.

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june's featured artist

Grey Goods Studio Pop Up at Port of Raleigh 

 

We are very excited to welcome June's featured artist Brooke Heauts of Grey Goods Studio for a month-long POP UP (and their first show in Raleigh!).

Come view handprinted and designed works on cloth and paper + shop the range of thoughtfully-made home furnishings. Heuts textile designs are a fresh take on contemporary abstract patterns and we can't get enough of her color palettes ... all perfect for adding a graphic and color pop to any space.

Learn more about Grey Goods Studio and get to know the artist below. 

Shop the POP UP. 


First Friday Reception
Friday June 2, 6pm-9pm 

 


Pop Up + Process

Saturday June 17, 1pm - 4pm

Meet the artist, enjoy light beverages, and admire handprinted + designed works on cloth and paper by Grey Goods Studio. Grey Goods Studio founder and designer, Brooke Heuts, will share her inspiration and process during a 30 minute sit-down talk in-store at Port of Raleigh at 1:30pm 

Thoughtfully made throw pillows and napkins made using Heuts unique contemporary designs will be available for purchase.

  

About The Artist

Grey Goods Studio, a textile & surface design studio based out of Durham, NC, was launched in early 2017 by fiber artist, Brooke Heuts and her partner, Braedyn Mallard. They both share a love of art + design and making the world a better (and hopefully more beautiful) place. The term Grey Goods refers to fabric in its “loomstate,” or fabric before it has been dyed, marked or finished. The hand designed textiles Brooke creates are inspired by the power and beauty of the first mark on an unmarked surface and preserving this mark-making is a key part of her artistic process. Brooke begins with experimentation and mark-making using various techniques including screen-printing, dyeing, painting and collage. Through a process of layering, adding and subtracting - she creates repetitions and patterns to preserve these marks.

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from easter brunch to mother's day

Modern tabletop brunch

Modern tabletop brunch

Modern tabletop brunch

Modern tabletop brunch

From Easter Brunch to Mother's Day and beyond ... modern tabletop goods that make every day a special day. This mix of American, Japanese, and Danish design combines different materials (metal, wood, porcelain, glass) to form a harmonious and intirguing presentation. Bon appetite! Delicious pastries from Boulted Bread.

Shop:

White Wire Bowl

Gather Vase

Globe Bud Vase

General Tray

Natural Porcelain Mug

Grey Gloss Porcelain Mug

Glass French Press

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playdate

 

We've partnered with our friends at Nugget for a casual and fun morning with the little ones!

Come for community and creative design play with Nugget sofas and Port of Raleigh favorites. Yes, there will be coffee for the grownups ;)

All ages welcome. No RSVP required.

 

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march first friday

Lost + Found, by Teryn Elizabeth Means
First Friday Reception  |  March 3, 6pm-9pm

Motivated by color, Means' composition seeks to remind us to find beauty in the simplest details of the present. Join us this First Friday to toast the new exhibition and meet the artist.

Show is on view through April 30

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