Home & Garden

Use it or Lose it

By Perri Kersh | May 26, 2015

In the past two months, I’ve had more than 25 people ask if I’ve heard of Japanese organizer Marie Kondo and her bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The main premise of this book is that the items in your home should “spark joy” or be tossed. And she […]

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A Downtown Retreat

By Jessie Ammons | May 12, 2015

Steve and Jan Capps both have decades of corporate America behind them. “I wouldn’t say we’ve retired,” Steve says of the couple today. “I would say we’ve changed direction.” When searching for a space to come home to after days spent on philanthropic and entrepreneurial pursuits, Chapel Hill was a […]

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Emergency Preparedness: Slacker’s Edition

By Perri Kersh | April 24, 2015

One of the things that stinks about being a grown-up is all of the shoulds … you should buy a house, you should have life insurance, you should have a will and you should definitely be prepared for a disaster. I’m about to turn 45 so I can check most […]

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The Perfect Fit

By Jessie Ammons | April 12, 2015

Sometimes a house is just a house. Often, a house becomes a home. Once in a blue moon, a house becomes so, so much more. “We said this house must have been waiting for somebody. I was waiting for someone to get it that got it. Through this whole process, […]

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Fitch Lumber Company

By Jessica Stringer | March 26, 2015

For generations, locals have picked out paint, selected crown molding and grabbed another box of nails at Fitch Lumber. It’s probably the only place in town to shop for a Carolina blue toilet seat while you wait for a key to be cut. The store carries “everything you need to […]

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Organizing & Grief

By Perri Kersh | March 25, 2015

Clutter in our homes can be stressful. Piles of mail and paperwork, unworn clothes, too many toys, electronics, cords, cables and miscellaneous household goods can get us down even in the best of times. Add to this an additional major life stressor, and the clutter can be paralyzing. This month, […]

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SallyMack Life Furnishings

By Jessica Stringer | March 19, 2015

If you’re looking for Sally Stollmack and she’s not at home, she’s likely at Midtown Market, the shopping center bookended by Lucha Tigre and The Root Cellar. Sally lives less than a mile away from where she occasionally hostesses at Kitchen and once sold books at Flyleaf Books. “In a joking fashion, […]

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Into the Wood(lands)

By Jessie Ammons | March 12, 2015

Despite hailing from Michigan and Illinois, respectively, Steve and Joyce Winterbottom always knew where they’d end up. They spent three decades in Atlanta and raised their family there, but frequently visited North Carolina. “We thought we’d retire eventually in Asheville,” Joyce says. It took one trip to Chapel Hill to […]

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Palette & Parlor

By Jessica Stringer | March 9, 2015

Somewhere between strolling Copenhagen’s streets and dinner parties with Danish friends, Ivy Simon dreamed up a big idea. During a year working abroad, the Chapel Hill native and her husband John were exposed to great design in a country where Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen are household names. “The elegant […]

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Yellow Chair Market

By Jessica Stringer | March 2, 2015

Not all kids grow up using power tools, but Amy Caylor and her three siblings did. “Now when I think about it, I can’t believe we have all our fingers,” Amy says. With (supervised) encouragement from their contractor dad and furniture-refinishing mom, Amy and her siblings were given room to […]

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