Category Archives: Shopping

Displaying Collections With Style

There is a fine line between collecting and hoarding.  Most of us have a collection of some kind whether it is pottery bowls, milk glass or salt and pepper shakers.  The easiest rule to follow when displaying your prized possessions is to keep them altogether rather than spreading them throughout your home.

Create a focal point with your collection.

photo by Jonny Caspari

Don’t let grandma’s china languish in storage-hang it on display.

photo by Chance Anderson

Group like items together for a bigger impact rather than disperse individually.

Small items such as sea shells, antique buttons, and matchbooks display better in a container.  Choose one that complements the items you are exhibiting.

Photo Clever Visuals

Mr. H says: Every collection is made up of journey stories-Enjoy!

Friday Five: Shop Local

With the American Express Small Business Saturday to the Lowcountry Local First Buy Local Month , shopping in your community for the holidays is at the height of hip.  Here is a sampling of some local Charleston haunts to procure all the gifts on your list.

1. Open House-28 Windermere Boulevard

Featuring stationery, invitations, gifts, furniture, lighting, fine china, crystal and holiday décorOpen House Charleston SC

Open House also carries the fabulous locally made Rewined candles.  Handcrafted from a repurposed wine bottle filled with wine scented waxes.Rewind Candles

2. Charleston Cooks!-194 East Bay Street

Charleston Cooks! kitchen retail shop has your food and wine lovers covered.  You’ll find cookware, cookbooks, baking and bar essentials at this cooking emporium

Charleston Cooks

3. Charleston Flower Market-1952 Maybank Highway

Known for their gorgeous bouquets and arrangements, the Charleston flower market carries lovely gifts too

Charleston Flower Market

3. Croghan’s Jewel Box-308 King Street

For over a 100 years, Croghan’s Jewel Box has been Charleston’s go to place for gifts.  You’ll find not only breath-taking jewelry but a treasure trove of unique objects for the home and table

Croghans Jewel Box

5. Alpha Dog Omega Cat-40 Archdale Street

Since 1996, Alpha Dog Omega Cat has been indulging pets and their owners with the finest collection of luxury pet items, gifts and animal themed accessories

Alpha Dog Omega Cat Charleston

Mr. H says:  Money can buy happiness, you just need to know where to shop-Enjoy!

Made in the USA

When strolling through Walmart you’ll be hard pressed find products made entirely in the United States.  However, America is still a manufacturing country and these are some companies that proudly craft home furnishings in the USA.

Furniture

Harden Furniture in McConnellsville, New YorkHarden Furniture

Swaim-High Point, North Carolina

Swaim Furniture High Point NC

Wesley Allen Iron Beds-Los Angeles, California

Wesley Allen Wellington Bed

Fabrics

While many US mills have sadly closed, there still American made fabrics to be had out there.  These great designs our sold by Robert Allen Fabric:

Robert Allen Fabrics Robert Allen Fabrics

Robert Allen Fabrics Robert Allen Fabrics

Lighting

Hubbardton Forge-Castleton, Vermont

Hubbarton Forge

China and Crystal

Pickard-Antioch, Illinois

Pickard China Charlotte Moss

Pickard Crystal

Mr. H says: Buy American and Enjoy!

Erin Go Bragh

We’ll hear “Erin Go Bragh” many times tomorrow on St. Patrick’s Day but what exactly does it mean.  The most common translation is “Ireland Forever” meaning allegiance to Ireland.  In honor of the day that we American’s dye our rivers green, parade down Broad Street, and drink green beer, here are some fabulous Irish products made on the Emerald Island.

Enjoy that Guinness in this lovely Galway Irish Crystal mug.  Galway Crystal is one of the world’s best known brands of crystal with pieces in both the White House and the Vatican.

Galway Beer Tankard

Your soda bread will taste so much better when served on this lovely Belleek plate.  Made by hand, no two pieces are alike.

Belleek shamrock bread plate

Cuddle up with a Aran wool blanket.  Spun from sheep’s wool of the Aran Islands, this blanket has a traditional diamond cable motif.

Aran Wool Blanket

Mr. H says: A good friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have-Enjoy!

Fabulous Five: Valentine’s Day Shopping Ideas

Only three more days to Valentine’s day and here are five fabulous places to shop for your sweetie this year.

Sweet Gourmet-South Windermere Shopping Center

Feed the chocolate need in this newly opened gourmet food shop.  Besides Godiva, they carry teas, pasta, oils, spices, and jams from around the world.

Charleston Sweet Gourmet

Chantilly Lingerie-280 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant

Sexy and sassy lingerie can be found at Letha Polk’s store along with jewelry, accessories and more modest apparel.Chantilly Lingerie

The Smoking Lamp-401-B King Street. Charleston

Enjoy an espresso or a glass of wine while you look for that perfect cigar in their walk in humidor.
The Smoking Lamp

Urban Nirvana-Several locations around town.

To really pamper your valentine, this spa’s Urban Decadence package includes a one hour aroma massage, seaweed detox, and classic facial.  Devine!

The Wine Shop-3 Lockwood Drive. Charleston

Toast your love with a bottle of champagne from Debbie Marlowe.   Her dazzling wine expertise is sure to guide you to the perfect sipper.

Mr. H says: A life without love is like a year without summer-Enjoy!

Fabulous Five: Charleston home decor stores

Our Facebook question today inquired about your favorite place for home decor shopping.  Here are Five Fabulous finds right here in Charleston.

Read Brothers: 593 King Street, Charleston  www.readbrothers.com

Read Brothers Charleston SC

Since 1912, the Read Family has been supplying Charleston locals with fabrics, accessories, and hard to find notions.  The quirky interior, packed with items, is a step back in time and is a really fun shopping experience.

A World Apart: 2008 Wappoo Drive, James Island

Just a few steps down from my design studio you’ll find this store, with the white umbrellas heralding the entrance, chock full of architectural pieces, furniture and Balinese accessories.

Morris Sokal: 510 King Street, Charleston www.morrissokol.com

Morris Sokal Charleston SC

Another Charleston icon, dating back to 1921, Morris Sokal has 37,000 square feet of showroom space filled with furniture and accessories.  Their motto “Well worth the trip downtown!” Well said!

Nadeau: 640 Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant www.furniturewithasoul.com

Nadeau Furniture Mt. Pleasant SC

Offering unique, hand crafted furniture and accessories at affordable prices.  I just love their painted pieces.

The Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ReStore: 3304 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island

Habitat for Humanity Restore

Talk about recycling-all the items in this store are donated and I’m always amazed at the finds!  Located near Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, Habitat Restore is the lucky recipient of much of what is disposed of from the residents.  Lucky us!

Mr. H says: Our objects say the most about who we are-choose carefully-Enjoy!