Shopping Small, Discount Codes, & Gift Guides

This Saturday is an important one to our family…it’s Small Business Saturday. I’m a small business owner, hoping to expand in 2015, and Charles is the director of our local Small Business Center and is always looking for his next venture.

A little info from American Express: “In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Nov 29.”

This year, Charles and I have made a pact to support as many small (and local) businesses as possible when shopping for Christmas gifts.  Our hope is that every gift we give will come from a small business. You can also take the pledge by clicking here.

In honor of Small Business Saturday, and to say thank you for your support, I’m offering 15% off my Etsy shop, The Park Collection, from today until December 1st. Just use code ShopSmall15 at checkout! Plus, many items have new lower prices!

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Also, each Monday in December, I’ll be sharing a gift guide. Gift guides are everywhere, but all too often, only large companies are featured, and items are out of the average person’s price range (I’d love to see a gift guide that doesn’t include Anthropologie or J. Crew!!).  So my gift guides will have two features: 1) each item will come from a small business, and 2) each item will be under $100.

How do you support small businesses?  Do you plan to shop small on Saturday, or over the holidays in general?

Interview With The Designer: Dwell By Cheryl Interiors

Today I want to introduce you to fellow NC blogger Cheryl from Dwell by Cheryl. In 2012, Cheryl opened up her own design business, Dwell by Cheryl Interiors. Y’all, this girl is the queen of multi-tasking…she juggles a full-time job, a blog, a design business, and design school. Whew, I’m exhausted just talking about it!!

Cheryl is on a mission to make interior design accessible and attainable to all of us common folks. Check out her site, I know you’ll love it!

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When and why did you decide to become a designer?

I’d always wondered, of all of the young, professional and fabulous people I know, why none of them had never hired an interior designer. Was it because they were uninterested in creating a beautiful home? Did they prefer builder basic to custom designed, or did they view design assistance as a service reserved for the rich and famous?  In 2012 , I launched Dwell by Cheryl Interiors because I believe that everyone deserves to dwell in a space that they absolutely love and cannot wait to come home to.

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What’s been your greatest challenge as a designer?

Working in a full-time career outside of design means that I can’t take on as many projects as I would like.  It’s become quite a challenge as my business continues to grow.  Adding to that the fact that I’m also a design student means that time and availability are without a doubt my greatest challenges.

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How would you characterize your style?

Approachable traditional.

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Does your personal home fit your design style?


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How did growing up in Mississippi influence the way you decorate?

In the South we LIVE in our homes. They are more than just places to reside, they are everything.  I want my clients to utilize every square foot of their homes.  The designs I create need to be functional and beautiful at the same time.

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What was the focus of your first paid design project?

My very first project was for a minister at my church. She was looking to create a prayer room in her already beautiful home. She wanted a peaceful and serene retreat where should could spend time with The Lord.

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Where do you find your inspiration?

Honestly, I get inspiration from pouring through design magazines, web resources, catalogs and social media.  I love seeing what other designers, manufacturers and brands are creating.

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What is the best advice you’ve received? 

Be authentic.

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Who has been your greatest professional influence?

Tobi Fairley. She’s such a wise business woman.  I admire the fact that she always seems to be moving forward.  She’s a true inspiration.

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What is your go-to hostess gift?

A scented candle.

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What is your dream design project?

I love projects where the client puts their complete trust in me.

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What do you have coming up next?

I’m extremely excited about the launch of my website on January 1st, my 3 year business anniversary. Up until this point it’s been all about the blog, but I felt after three years it was time to showcase my design work beyond the blog.  Stay tuned…

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Design Services • Blog • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • Pinterest • Bloglovin

All photos via Dwell By Cheryl.

This Week’s Links

Oops! I got so busy yesterday, I forgot to post my favorite links from the week. Ok, so these aren’t exactly all THIS week, but last week’s links were all Thanksgiving related so I had a few saved up. Have a super Thanksgiving week! :)


I loved reading Jane’s 30 things she’s learned in 30 years.

This modern farmhouse that Julia shared is so gorgeous.

These impressions are so spot on it’s scary.

A lovely 19th century house with all the comforts of home.

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Bon Appetit’s modern guide to Thanksgiving etiquette for hosts and guests.

6 easy home upgrades that each take you less than an hour. I can totally attest to #5!

OPI is giving free nail polish to anyone who donates $25 to the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

This beer brined turkey recipe looks just about perfect for Thursday.

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Thanks again to The Makers for making me a featured blogger in October!

I loved reading Hallie’s little life hacks.

Katy wrote an open letter to Target about their bathrooms.

Take some risks…it’s just paint.

So this is a thing.  And it makes me happy.  I don’t know why.

And in case you missed it…

  1. Interview With The Designer: Hillary Thomas Designs
  2. 5 Steps To Help You Stick To Your Holiday Budget (+ a FREE printable budget worksheet!)
  3. Historic Southern Homes: The Nottoway Plantation
  4. All About That Basement
  5. Quotable Friday