There’s not a room in the house for which you have more freedom when it comes to decorating than the powder room. By their nature, powder rooms are small and briefly visited, making bold design choices more affordable and livable. It’s the perfect place to add color, pattern, and whimsy to your decor — and lots of it. And what better way to do that than with wallpaper?
OIB — I read the acronym on a bumper sticker and had no idea what it stood for until we arrived in the quaint coastal town. Ocean Isle Beach is a barrier island, which is part of the Brunswick Islands costal region. As you drive over the causeway onto the island, it’s clear the area is tranquil. You won't find mega high-rise condos or over development. What will greet you is seven miles of unspoiled shell-filled beaches.
As fall rolls in and we start enjoying cooler temperatures, now is a great time to be in the Charlotte area. The month of September usually ushers in festival time since it is still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors without the suffocating heat of the summer.
Green beans are the staple vegetable in my southern family, if you don’t count creamed potatoes. Every Sunday, there they were in the same yellow pot on my grandmother’s stove, with a bit of fat back for flavoring. Yes, I said fat back. If you’re not familiar, it’s exactly what it sounds like — the fat from the back of a pig.
When I moved back to the south from the west coast, I did it for familiarity, to be closer to family, and to raise a family of my own. I left with 30 cases of wine from my favorite wineries, secure in the knowledge that I had left the motherland, and could only hope to milk my cellar for all it was worth. Fast forward a few years, and my humble abode in the oft mispronounced town of Pfafftown was suddenly within 15 minutes of not only the best wine in NC, but a burgeoning trade of garage wineries that could go toe to toe with more than a few of their western counterparts. In addition to that, they bring with them a tradition rooted deeply in the culture of our region, securing a way of life for generations to come.
CompostNow is a new compost pickup service based in Raleigh that serves the Triangle area of North Carolina. Founded by Matt Rostetter, the service is geared towards apartment dwellers and those who can’t (or don’t want to) go to the trouble of maintaining their own backyard bin but value the benefits. Members earn back the nutrient-rich soil that is made from their compost which they can then use in their own gardens or donate to city gardens.