Join us this Thursday with Lemon Dried Designs as we kick off The Mill After Dark. Shop, sip and enjoy the debut of Reagan Gibson’s collection of ceramic jewelry.
There’s something about the organic sculptural forms being translated into jewelry that we absolutely love. We can’t wait for you to see the collection and find a piece that speaks to you.
We know you are as antsy as we are to learn more about her inspiration - so here’s a sneak peek inside.
The Mill: We’ve seen a few pieces but we can’t wait to see what other styles you launch during your pop-up with us this Thursday. Can you spill the beans a little bit? What can we expect to see? And what inspired this collection?
Reagan: I am so excited for the opportunity to share these designs through a pop up! The Mill embodies a minimal, timeless style and I believe these pieces have that same simplistic and statement making design that we love. With the current Autumn / Winter seasons, this collection will reflect those warm, crisp earth tones that draw us in to this time of year while also maintaining a minimal touch.
The Mill: Without giving away too many secrets, do you have any behind the scenes info you can tell us? Or show us? Seeing the work an artist puts into pieces gives you that emotional connection - so we want to know and see what makes your pieces come to life. Do you have a vision before you start each piece or do they kind of evolve as you go?
Reagan: As I am sure you can relate to also, it can change from day to day. Once I’m in the flow of things and working on shaping, a lot of new designs will come to me as I’m piecing them together and I can continue to build on from there. I’ve never been much for drawing, but there are times that while I’m at work or even at home cooking in the kitchen, I’ll think of certain patterns and shapes that I have to be sure to draw out before they slip my mind. It is sort of funny how once you’re so invested in a project, you’ll get new creative ideas to elaborate on even when you’re not necessarily in the middle of working on that project!
The Mill: Traveling and fellow creatives are a huge source of inspiration for us at The Mill. Where/what do you find you are most inspired and influenced by?
Reagan: Anyone that has met me knows I have a huge heart for nature and plants, so I tend to find a lot of inspiration from those ethereal textures and tones and is why I feel so lead to work with clay. Also, I am really inspired by artists like Bobby Clark, Renne Gouin, and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. I find it intriguing when artists create pieces purely driven by a texture or pattern, or tones that speak to them to create a new contrast. Something as simple as my mom’s rosemary bush in her front yard, or seeing an abstract painting that resonates with me can all be inspirational when deciding new pieces for a collection.
The Mill: I know for me personally, there a few things that spark creativity and get those juices flowing. Do you have any workspace must-haves? Like a cup of coffee, or a certain kind of music playing in the background that help make the process more enjoyable?
Reagan: One of the greatest things that I love about working with clay is that it is such a change from a usual day working on my computer! I can put on a Phoebe Bridgers or Brother Bird playlist, cozy up with a latte and really get immersed in working. Of course, I always have to make sure my favorite candle from The Mill is lit in my work space too, the Prosecco candle from Antica Farmacista.
The Mill: If you had to, could you pick a piece you’ve created that is your favorite? What draws you to this piece?
Reagan: Large, detailed earrings haven’t always been a common find in my jewelry box, but these clay jewels are so lightweight, it is easier to gravitate towards the more intricate and eclectic shaped pairs. Anything I can make in a lush, rich green will always be my favorite. Maybe because it reminds me the most of foliage and what inspired me to launch Lemon Dried in the first place... A combination of these tones with a unique, funky shape quickly grab my heart.
In love and can’t wait to get your hands on a pair? Join us Thursday from 5-7pm.
We bought a house!
As a young interior designer, one of the things I’ve looked forward to the most is having the chance to be my own client. Before I was married, I couldn’t make myself commit to a home or invest in pieces because I knew at some point I would have to mesh those with my better half. Now, as newlyweds - we are so excited to be homeowners! My husband is a civil engineer so he’s all on board for a little renovation and can see (and execute) my vision…match made in heaven.
Having myself for a client will likely be the hardest challenge yet. But I am so excited for this experience to be on the other side as a client and in turn, learn so much to better myself for my clients. As we go through this process, I want to share some of the behind the scenes of our design. We just closed on our home a few weeks and are doing a few things (like painting) before we move in. During the house hunting process, in order for a house to speak to me I had to have them designed in my head to really sell me on the home (ridiculous, I know). But this house spoke to the both of us and we have a vision that I can’t wait for you guys to see.
To kick off this series of #themcgoughhome - I’m sharing some inspiration for our new home!
Even though I am not much of cook, a kitchen is an extremely important feature in a home. It holds a lot of value in resell, is a place to gather and is where a lot memories are made. Thankfully, Nelson is like my personal chef - so he also sees value in a well designed kitchen.
One of the first big projects we will take on in our new home is the kitchen. So I’m sharing below some of the styles that are currently speaking to us and are on our vision board.
We have another surprise coming (more on that later), so we will likely live in the house for a bit before we do the kitchen remodel - eventually we will take out the wall dividing it from the living space. While updating the home, we want to ensure we keep the charm and character that attracted us to this home to begin with.
This space is great and cozy. At first, it’ll just get the touch of cosmetic things like furniture, art, lighting and accessories. But in the future, we’re thinking about a master bath renovation.
This is the space that really stole my heart and I can’t wait to share it with you! You’ll see so much of The Mill : Design + Home translated into this space.
Nooks & Crannies
This house isn’t perfect and there are some design challenges I can’t wait to take head on. We’re ready to take every nook & cranny and work magic on it.
be·spoke - refers to clothing / garments made to a certain individuals specifications.
Here at The Mill, we are all about creating that one of a kind experience, whether it’s designing your home, or adding a new piece to your everyday wardrobe. It is because of this mission that we are so excited to bring in Blue Delta Jeans for an all day event, catering to your exact needs in the perfect pair of jeans. BD’s ‘Bespoke’ Jeans are a custom design, made just for you from your measurements and personal preference of design.
Raw Denim | Real Denim
BDJ’s denim is grown and milled in the USA, going back to its roots from the late 19th century when denim was created for hard workers. Because of its toughness and longevity, Blue Delta provides a strong, durable fabric that is made to last and ready to wear with you on any adventure.
With each pair of custom jeans from Blue Delta, you will have your own personalized experience from the moment your exact measurements are taken, down to the stitching in your hem, the rivets, belt loops, custom pocket bags and even monogramming. Blue Delta is all about their Thread Theory, which provides you the options of a range of thread colors and hardware options, allowing you to make a unique personality for your jeans.
You’re probably wondering how you can get your hands on these timeless denim treasures, so we are bringing the experience to you. Join us on Thursday, June 13th from 10AM - 5PM for an all-day pop up featuring Blue Delta Jeans. We will have a representative here to give you the full low-down on everything denim and will even be taking orders and measurements, along with some tasty treats and cocktails. And the best part, BDJ will be offering a 20% discount with your purchase* and we will also have gift certificates available to purchase, just in time for the perfect Father’s Day gift or a gift for that special someone.
*restrictions apply, discount only valid on purchases made at The Mill on Thursday, June 13. Gift certificates redeemable through Blue Delta representative and are non-refundable.
A downtown loft tour with our very own, Reagan Gibson. This plant lady is sharing the 4-1-1 on keeping indoor plants alive.
I was so excited when Macy asked me to do a post on house plant care and what specific plants I recommend! I always try to give each of my plants all the TLC that they need, but letting them be the subject to an in-home shoot to show them off really reminded me how rewarding it can be to get these botanical beauties in your home and have them thriving. A lot of questions and comments I get from friends are them generally feeling like they don’t know where to start with houseplants and they’re so afraid that they’ll die so quickly. There are so many house plants that are low maintenance and are nearly indestructible, so the best way to get started is to do just that — start! Here are a few house plants that I think are great ‘starter’ plants and will have you wanting to fill your home immediately.
Devil’s Ivy (Pothos Vines)
I cannot recommend Pothos vines enough! These vines are so easy to maintain and can thrive in pretty much any lighting condition and water schedule. However resilient, too much sun can cause their leaves to yellow and ‘burn’, so make sure to have these guys away from a window sill. Pothos usually prefer to be completely dry between watering, so I would recommend watering once every week to week and a half, depending on your pot size and soil completely drying out. Pothos also LOVE to stretch their limbs out. If you see that your vines are getting long and a bit tangled, gently hang their limbs on a few tacked pins around their growing space and you’ll have beautiful vines growing around your walls in no time.
If you’re interested in taking it a step further, these vines can also completely grow in water! If you’ve got some extra jars laying around or even a betta fish bowl (completely safe for betta fish!), trim a few clippings from your Pothos plant and clip the leaves also, so that you can submerge the vine nodes down in room temperature water. You will see how quickly these roots will grow just from changing your water out weekly. Keep them in water for as long as you like, or repot them in indoor nutrient rich soil to start your new Pothos vine!
Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera Deliciosa)
You’ve probably seen the Swiss Cheese Plant’s iconic split leaf all over your social media feed, whether it be the plant itself or a piece of artwork for your walls. If you’ve got the space for a plant to have its own corner in your home, these tropical plants can grow anywhere from 5 - 10 feet tall and leaves can get as big as 12” in diameter! Swiss Cheese plants cannot handle full sun, so place these plants in a part of your home with partial or full shade. Also, some plants tend to collect some dust if they’re kept in their corners for too long. While dust won’t hurt the plant entirely, it is healthier for the plant (and aesthetically pleasing to plant lovers) to gentle wipe their leaves every now and then and mist their leaves with a plant mister. This will assure that not only are your roots getting the water they need, but also your ever growing leaves as well.
Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
Probably one of my favorites plants has to be the Rubber Plant or Rubber Tree. This particular variegation produces the most beautiful, lush green leaves and are so easy to maintain. Rubber plants prefer bright, indirect light, so place these near a window with some sheer curtains to assure their leaves to don’t ‘burn’. A watering schedule for Rubber Plants are super easy but does require some attention. During the warm Spring and Summer months, be sure to water every 7 days or so, while in the cooler winter months you can cut back to about once every week and a half to two weeks. An easy way to check the moisture in the water is to check the top two inches of soil. If you see that it is bone dry, go ahead and water!
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
The Peace Lily is a very common house plant due to how easy they are to maintain and how quickly they grow! These tropical beauties typically grow on the rainforest floor, so try to mimic those conditions by keeping your soil moist (watering at least once a week) and misting a couple times a week. With enough light, your Peace Lily will produce bright white blooms so place these on a well lit shelf near a window to get some bright, filtered light. It won’t hurt your Peace Lily to skip the misting as much, but definitely keep these in your weekly water schedule to make sure they’re staying happy and healthy!
While I only have a few plants listed here, there are so many wonderful house plants that are great ‘starter’ plants that are so easy to maintain! Pop into your local green house or garden center to have a look around, ask someone about the plants I have listed here, or get their opinion on some great house plants and how to care for them. Save our graphic below for a quick reference guide to these plants, or as a print to hang up in your bedroom!
Join us this Thursday with Courtney Hutchins Art for Sip Series No 7, "Abstracts Alive." Indulge in seasonal cocktails, shop and enjoy the exhibit by Courtney while she debuts a beautiful abstract painting live from 5-7 pm.
We love seeing art tie a space together, which is why we are excited to have Courtney at The Mill this Thursday. Watching/learning an artist's story & techniques connects you with a piece and their artwork. You all know we can't wait until Thursday to learn more about Courtney's story, so we sat down for a Q&A.
This Thursday's Sip Series, we're taking a breather from the Holiday rush with Star Bright Yoga. Join us for a twist on "glow yoga," we are partnering with Meg Gregory + The Fitness Factor for a free yoga class next to the Christmas Tree on the lawn at Brickerton. The class starts at 5:30 (arrive early) and will be followed by cocktails and holiday shopping at The Mill.
'Tis the Season to sweat... I mean sparkle.
Our mat Pilates class with Alise + The Fitness Factor was a blast. So we are so excited to be collaborating again for a fun filled event. Head over to our event page here for more details. AND for an inside scoop from Meg on all things health, fitness and holidays - check out our Q&A session below.
This weekend we're putting our favorite "athleisure" gear to work with Alise Acker and The Fitness Factor.
8-9 am → Bring your mat and head to the lawn at The Shops at Brickerton for a free mat pilates class and early morning fuel via Southbound Coffee.
9-10 am → Mimosas, giveaway and Q&A with Alise + The Fitness Factor at The Mill
Get to know our girlfriend, Alise and this weekend's Pilates instructor ... We can't wait to see you guys on Saturday at The Mill. XX
At The Mill, we believe in more than design but designing a lifestyle. Beauty runs deeper than your home or your wardrobe, it is rooted within ourselves. Which is why we are thrilled to be collaborating with Elizabeth Adams, MD this Thursday for Sip Series NO. 4 from 5-7 pm.
What to expect this Thursday:
5:00 | The Skinny on Botox & Fillers
5:30 | Live Botox Demonstration
6:00 | The Skinny on Skincare
6:30 | Live Botox Demonstration
6:45 | The Skinny on Integrative Aesthetics
Elizabeth "collaborate(s) with you, to help you approach your aesthetic concerns from a holistic platform and discover your gorgeous life - a life that blossoms with vibrance, vitality, and health. Together we can create a master plan to help you find both inner and outer beauty."
Can't wait until Thursday, get the "skinny" below ...
We are so excited to be hosting Ella Benton of Vivian Estelle Designs this Thursday at The Mill with her beautiful antique Mora Clocks. Having spent several years exploring overseas, both Ella and these Mora clocks, are full of wonderful stories. Stop by The Mill : Design + Home Thursday, November 9th from 5-7 pm to share a cocktail with Ella and admire the timeless beauty of these gorgeous Swedish antiques.
Can't wait until Thursday? Neither can we. Get the inside scoop below.
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