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PofR Visits | a mid-century ranch for a modern family



One of the biggest pleasures in owning a homewares store is knowing that your goods become a part of your customers' lives. This month, we visit a Raleigh family who's been shopping with us since we opened our doors; how wonderful it was to experience their mix of personal and professional passion for simple and timeless design (they helped us design!). Let's visit with Sarah, Daniel, Jack, and Harper ...



How long have you lived in your home and why did you choose to live here?

We've lived here for three years so it's still very much a work in progress. We moved here from a two-bedroom townhouse right downtown on Hargett Street because we were expecting our daughter and needed more space! We wanted to stay close to downtown Raleigh where we work and were very lucky to find a home that fit our needs with a yard to boot. We are pretty close to the Person Street area and we regularly visit the shops there with our kids. We also live in a neighborhood that is very close to several families with kids of similar ages to ours. Easy play dates are a really nice perk of our current location!



 A mid-century sofa purchased from Father & Son and reupholstered feels right at home with a pillow of Sarah's own print design.





How do you approach designing your home and each space in it?


Because we work in a very visual creative field (we run a full-service design studio together), we favor clean lines, white space, and thoughtfully designed functional pieces. Our kids are also a major factor in what we choose to bring into our home, of course. We want a place where we can all be comfortable without losing out on style. Having a minimalist aesthetic is partly style choice and partly something we started practicing when the kids were babies and young toddlers. It was safer and easier to just keep surfaces clear of breakables and now we are so used to living that way it's become what we really prefer stylistically.




Daniel's film photography turned DIY art. A classic Braun Alarm Clock rests on the nightstand.


Art by Sarah hangs on the wall. Rainbow Stacking Toy adds to the pop of color.




What object/piece do you enjoy using most on a daily basis?

It's a tie between our couch and our king-sized bed. We bought with the goal of having spaces where the whole family could comfortably fit for movie nights and Saturday morning cuddles. They were our first grown-up furniture purchases and we are still really happy with both pieces a few years in.




This poster has moved with Sarah to every place she's lived from her high school bedroom to college dorm room to first apartment to their current home. It was given to her by her high school English teacher and mentor who she loves very much: "I like having a reminder of her in my home". 


Sarah and Daniel love to shop locally: every time they take the kids to Boulted Bread, they have a tradition of picking up a new specimen from Holder Goods & Crafts for their collection. Candle is from another local favorite, Wylde.


Daniel studied music in college and he has been collecting vintage gear ever since. Some of his guitars were passed down from his grandfather so they are very special to him. 



Fill in the blank and share why: “We always have/keep ___ in our home”

Coffee! Our morning tradition is that whoever wakes up first makes a big pour over and brings the second cup to whoever is still in bed. Daniel was a barista for many years so his pour overs taste a lot better than mine, but I try my best! We also have beautiful and functional coffee gear so that makes the early morning ritual that much more pleasant.




A General Tray corrals their plentiful produce while the Peeler gets frequent use during cocktail hour.  A Re.Bin recycling bin sits in the background.



What’s one thing we might be surprised to know about your home?

On the outside, our house is an extremely traditional 1960's ranch but we've chosen to incorporate a lot of modern and mid-century modern pieces in the interior design because that's our true taste. I've learned over the years that the two styles can totally be mixed together without it feeling like a mismatch. That's the amazing thing about well-designed pieces, they can work almost anywhere with anything.



Lucano Step Ladder in the kitchen, ready to give the kids a step-up.



Thank you, Faucette Family for sharing your home with us!

For more on Sarah and Daniel's design studio visit Native State Design.

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PofR Visits | a growing family in downtown Raleigh


Seth, Leilani, and Emerson were one of the first families to visit Port of Raleigh when we opened in December 2015. Their welcoming spirit and shared enthusiasm for our community left an instant impression and lasting connection. We love getting to see their daughter, Emerson, grow up (check out her framed artwork) and are honored to play a tiny part in the beautiful home they’ve created. Through thoughtful design plans and intentional purchases, they have perfected their space with a seemingly effortless balance of the things they love, want, and need.




How long have you lived in your home and why did you choose to live here?

Seth, Levi (the four legged furry one) and I moved to Effie Way in the late summer of 2014.  I was 7 months pregnant with Emerson so we were cutting it close!  After living in Boylan Heights for close to 3 years as renters, we met a builder who had the wild idea to cram a handful of shotgun-style row homes into an empty lot nestled between Dix Park and Boylan Heights proper.  Both Seth and I loved the first Raleigh apartment we ever lived in, located on Jones St., that also happened to be a true shotgun style home and the idea of owning and designing our own was very appealing.  On top of this, we were thrilled to stay close to the neighborhood we'd come to love that is centrally located near plenty of parks and green space for Emerson to enjoy as she grows up.



How did you approach designing your home and each space in it?

After we signed a contract to buy our lot, the build timeline slowly got pushed further and further out as our builder wrestled with various infrastructure issues before breaking ground.  However, this gave us plenty of time to come up with a plan for designing the details of the house, specifically, the interior.  

Seth and I lived in six spaces around downtown Raleigh over the course of five years so we had plenty of experiences to inform our design decisions and more specifically what we "needed" in the way of a functional space. Of course, we also spent hours poring through magazines and blogs trying to focus our budget on things that mattered and would have a lasting impact on our day to day use of the space.

We love clean and minimal design, but also felt compelled to give a nod to 1930s historic roots of the shotgun style homes that would soon surround ours. Oddly enough, Seth and I both started out loving the low country style historic "Charleston" aesthetic when we got married in 2008 but, after living in various tiny apartments in Raleigh, we began mixing in elements of minimalism to our style maybe more out of necessity than anything.

With these various space transitions, we found ourselves loving the "less stuff" mentality but still enjoyed the charm of a transom window or the warmth of unfinished reclaimed floors.  Funny side note: when we were finishing construction, several people asked when we were going to finish the floors and what color we were going to paint the all white walls!



What object/piece do you enjoy using most on a daily basis?

As far as large objects go, the giant island with inset stool space and crushed quartz top that runs the length of our open kitchen is easily the best decision we made during the design process.  We cook here, serve drinks to our friends, naturally congregate during parties, make pasta with Emerson and do late night work via laptop all in the same spot.  We were very nervous about plopping down this big permanent object in the middle of our house but we've never had a single regret about having a central object to hold the entire first floor together.  

A fun movable piece we really love are the WAAM Industries wooden milk crates that neatly hold Emerson's weekly haul of library books as well as her choice of downstairs toys.  We've come to love pieces like the milk crates for their ability to neatly and affordably solve messy storage issues without having to build permanent installations and run the risk of not being able to switch things up when we want to.  



Fill in the blank and share why: “We always have/keep ___ in our home”

Papier d'Armenie' incense paper -  you will never find our house without a book of these.  No one wants to smell whatever we cooked for dinner long into the evening, and with a kitchen that sits in the middle of the living space, these are must have!  On a slightly less exotic note, we also always have magic erasers on hand to keep our walls and counters (mostly) white with a toddler who has yet to grasp our same appreciation for a clean home.


Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us, Seth and Leilani!


Their PofR finds can be found here, too.

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