Thursday, April 18, 2019

Spring Refresh with Nest Interiors

Looking for a Spring Refresh for your home? Now that Spring is officially here, I always like to do a bit of a refresh at home, whether it's a new set of pillows for the couch, a new chair, artwork or lighting, its nice to change it up a bit from the Fall/Winter months. Last week I visited Nest Interiors in Cameron Village for the first time. They opened about six months ago and are new to the Cameron Village area (you may know their sister store, located in the heart of Wilmington).  Nest is stunning inside and full of so many gorgeous contemporary furniture pieces as well as everything from light fixtures, wallpaper, gifts, jewelry, pillows, books, tables, dishware, and much more!

A premier provider of interior design and decorating services for over 7 years, Nest offers an eclectic mix of furniture, accessories and gifts at the store as well as offering full service interior design assistance to their customers. At the back of the store you can meet with an Interior Designer to discuss decorating services and they will even come to your home (first hour is complimentary!) The store’s cozy, home-like atmosphere is worth walking through and there is something for everyone here. It's the perfect place to shop for furniture and accessories to bring in that fresh Spring look.

Another great thing about NC-owned Nest is their beautiful furniture offerings are made in Hickory, NC. They are all about North Carolina and keeping it local.

I loved walking through the store and spent quite a bit of time looking at everything. There are so many beautiful items here. Keep them in mind for gift giving, bridal showers, even Mother's Day! I decided after browsing the store to feature five easy ways to add a little Spring Refresh to your living space, featuring my favorite finds currently in the store.

The Nest team are friendly and helpful so be sure to stop by and see this gorgeous store soon!

LOCATION: 446 Daniels Street Raleigh
HOURS:  Mon-Sat: 10 AM-6 PM, Sun: 12 PM-5 PM

Five Easy Ways
to Add a Little
Spring Refresh to
Your Living Space 

Beautiful lighting fixtures can be a great way to update any room. Nest has several chandeliers as well as lamps that add a great update to any room.

I absolutely loved this chair! This chair caught my eye and would make for a great accent to add to a bedroom nook or extra seating in a living room space or home office. It's comfortable and easy to accessorize as well.

This chair was probably one of the most comfortable chairs I have ever sat in!
It even rocked a little, but that back cushion was dreamy! 

This is probably one of my favorite ways to update and freshen a room. I am always adding new hardback beautiful coffee table books to my living room spaces and kitchen as well.  I absolutely LOVE all the books they sell here and its a quick and easy way to update and freshen up any room. 

So many great pillows here at Nest. And they are not just beautiful but comfortable as well. Pick a pattern or color to add new life to any room.

I've been taking old photos that are in dated frames and adding new life to them with a new updated, trendy frame. Nest has several beautiful frames that are perfect for freshening your space. They are also perfect to give as wedding, graduation or shower gifts. Mother's Day too! I also love adding a beautiful tray to a coffee table and use it to highlight special items from trips, candles, books and more.


ALSO: Nest will be participating in the upcoming VIP Shopper's Crawl happening in Cameron Village on April 30th! Be sure to stop by Nest for specials!

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this SPRING to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2019 Spring trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Roadtrip to Bodega

Last Wednesday night, we ventured out of the North Raleigh suburbs to have dinner at Bodega Tapas, Wine, and Rum. Located on the southern end of White Street in Historic Wake Forest in the former Backfins restaurant, Bodega just recently opened in February.  If you are familiar with Driftwood Southern Kitchen in Lafayette Village in North Raleigh, Chef Nunzio Scordo from Driftwood brings his new concept to Wake Forest. The menu boasts an eclectic range of cold and hot small plates with influences from around the world. Bodega also offers a nice selection of wine by the glass and bottle, sangria as well as classic and unique cocktails.

The restaurant is rustic, cozy and inviting. Parking is available just steps away. We arrived early and over the next hour the entire place filled up including the bar area. We had a friendly and helpful server and we loved the half price wine bottle special on Wednesday night (and half off cocktails on Thursday!). We left happy and full after four tapas plates and dessert! I'm looking forward to coming back again soon and trying more of the small plate options.

Thank you Bodega for a wonderful night!

Rustic, cozy interior

Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz from Australia. Wednesday 1/2 price wine bottles!

Manchego, comte, cana de cabra cheese served with fig cake, strawberry, and quince spread

Porcini cream, Taleggio cheese

Green olive salsa, greek yogurt

Crispy chorizo, crushed garlic, aioli

Buttermilk ice cream

110 South White Street Wake Forest, NC 27587

Closed Mon, Tues | Wed, Thurs 4:30pm-9:00pm | Fri, Sat 4:30-9:30pm | Sun 11:30am-8:00pm

Thursday, February 28, 2019



They are one of my favorite things. I’ve always loved books, even in this modern fast-paced world. As much as I love social media and all things digital, I still prefer to slow down with a book in hand.

We moved to Raleigh 18 years ago after living in Australia for a few years, bringing along a new baby girl and settling down in North Raleigh. As we got to know our new city and started making friends, I connected with other preschool moms and we found that going to Wake County Public Libraries was a wonderful way to spend our mornings or afternoons. We would check out all kinds of exciting books and go to the storytime events at several of the nearby branches. The girls would run around, pick out all the books that they wanted, and we would literally check out huge stacks of colorful, interesting books that caught their eye. They loved it!

*Wake County Public Libraries offers baby, toddler, preschool and family storytime sessions at many local branches, just check their schedule online for times!

As time went by, several of our favorite library locations transformed. With stunning renovations done to the existing buildings, the library spaces became much more inviting, modern and light. I would often plan to stop at a branch nearby while working or running errands, seeking books of all kinds — parenting advice, travel guides and quick cooking meals for the family. The libraries have always had such great up-to-date resources and I continued to check out stacks of books, this time for myself. When we made some plans to travel to Italy with the family one summer, I reserved the latest Rick Steves book, a proven valuable resource!

Over the years the library near us became a great place for the girls to research school projects, stock up on the latest Junie B. Jones or meet up with a chemistry tutor. I love the convenient drive-thru drop-offs and the fact that I can specify where to pick up my requested books, or drop off books at any convenient branch

Now the girls are in college (or headed there soon) and I find myself dropping by for my own purposes, browsing the aisles for what’s new and interesting. You will likely find me in the cookbook, social media/tech and how to organize (spark joy!) sections.

Leesville Community Library

Cameron Village Library

North Regional Branch

The story of my life is at the library.

The library is such a valuable, amazing + FREE resource to all of us here in Wake County and, if you aren’t taking advantage of what it has to offer, I would encourage you to go. Whether you have children or not, whether you’re young or old, there's definitely something for everyone. Did you make new year’s resolutions or start new hobbies or goals? Don't let them slip! Go grab some motivation with the latest books on fitness, health, diet, gardens, cooking, remodeling and more.

Get inspired and go to your local library! #YesAtTheLibrary

North Regional Branch

How do you get your library card? It's super easy!
If you live or own property in Wake County, there is no charge for a library card. A Wake County Public Libraries card allows you to check out materials from any of their 20+ libraries, use library computers, and access electronic resources and downloadable books. Just pop by any location with a photo ID and proof of your address!

Cameron Village Library

Too busy to pick books to read?
Let a librarian do it for you! If you are 16 or older, fill out the brief form online, and they will prepare a bag of three books for you to pick up at a regional library.

Are you part of a book club or wanting to start one?
Wake County Public Libraries have book club kits you can check out for your meetings!

Got a Harry Potter fan?

We LOVE all things Harry Potter! The libraries offer programs for teens in grades 6-10. This month there will be a battle of the fans where teens arrive ready to represent their favorite series — Harry Potter or Percy Jackson and the Olympians — in a trivia contest based on the books. Winning team gets the prize!

Books with Brian.

Children in grades K-5 and their families are invited to join the library for literacy activities. Children can come practice their reading skills with hands on games and activities to reinforce literacy skills with certified therapy dogs from the local organization See Spot Read. Readers of all levels welcome.

Book Donations
Finally, one of my favorite events of the year is the annual book sale. You can donate used books to the library and if they don't get circulated into the collections, they will go to the book sale to raise money for new books. The 2019 WCPL Annual Book Sale is scheduled for May 2-5, 2019, and will be held at Exposition Center at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

Cameron Village Library

North Regional Branch

Leesville Community Library