Our Restaurant | SEED Charleston

We’re building a restaurant! You might remember seeing that post about a year ago. If you’ve been wondering about that, here’s the deal.

Seed Charleston: Our Restaurant || House. Food. Baby.

We ARE building a restaurant. We are building a restaurant in one of the most historically protective cities in the country. We’ve hit every major road block you could ever imagine. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Our restaurant, Seed Charleston, will open at the end of 2015/beginning of 2016.

Our Restaurant: Seed Charleston || House. Food. Baby.

Photo Credit: Binkley’s

The restaurant has been a pipe dream for years. My brother is a formally trained chef. He’s worked in some of the best kitchens in the country, with award-winning chefs…James Beard award-winning chefs, like Kevin Binkley of Binkley’s in Cave Creek, AZ and Jose Andres, of Mini Bar in DC. I am a digital marketing professional who has been looking to run my own business for a while now. Who doesn’t want to be a their own boss, right? So, we decided a family-owned and operated restaurant would give us both what we wanted. A kitchen for a chef and a business for an entrepreneur. Boom!

In June 2013, we moved to Charleston, SC. My brother had a friend here. I moved site unseen.

Our Restaurant: Seed Charleston || House. Food. Baby.

In March 2014, we finally signed our lease!

Our Restaurant: Seed Charleston || House. Food. Baby.

With some help from our family, we are financing the entire endeavor ourselves. We are renovating an old Charleston single house {that’s it, above…scary, right?} and outfitting the entire space with DIY projects done almost exclusively on our own. That’s what happens when you’re on a shoe string budget. It’s a scary. It’s exciting. It’s crazy!

Our Restaurant: Seed Charleston || House. Food. Baby.

Photo courtesy of Binkley’s

We’ll be documenting the journey, the projects, the renovation right here on House. Food. Baby. So far the “adventure” has been filled with licensing, architecture reviews, permits, and other tedious, long-winded, bureaucratic busyness, but very soon we’ll be demolishing, rebuilding and beginning the fun stuff.

Stay tuned…

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Stick Bouquet

I have this thing for trees. One of the reasons I love Christmas so much is that it gives me an excuse to have a giant, live tree, in my living room. Over the years I’ve collected miniature trees to add to the holiday decorations, but recently I’ve been using those trees to decorate during the fall months as well. Who says you can only have a tree up in the winter?

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Of course, I do eventually take those trees down. It wouldn’t be nearly as exciting if I had trees in my house all year long.

Stick Bouquet || House. Food. Baby.

To fill the void my trees leave behind, I like to have other permanent bouquet-like structures to house my sentimental ornaments, like this sequined-heart ornament {it was the first ornament that Jeremiah and I received} so I like to keep it up year-round.

Stick Bouquet || House. Food. Baby.

This Christmas, my husband got me this sweet little paddle ornament. I tried hanging it in a few places, but it’s rather large. I was going to just tack it onto the wall, but then I decided it needed its own special tree, which is how this Stick Bouquet came to life.

Stick Bouquet || House. Food. Baby.

What you need:

  • Sticks {I found mine laying on the ground around our neighborhood}
  • Rocks {same thing here}
  • Tall galvanized pail

Stick Bouquet || House. Food. Baby.

Simply arrange your sticks the way you want and then hold them in place while you slowly add the rocks. The rocks will keep everything securely in place and also adds a bit of weight so that the vase won’t tip over.

*This tree would look awesome with lights or spray-painted with sequin paint. I’ll probably be adding one of those sometime soon.

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Updating the Front Door with Cobalt Blue Paint

Updating the Front Door with Cobalt Blue Paint || House. Food. Baby.We have a bright blue face on our house!

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It used to be red, but like a really sad, muted, dingy, old house red…

House Tour: Front of House || House. Food. Baby.

I’d been dying to paint our front door for some time now. I had originally landed on a bright yellow color, but after months of sitting on my haunches I realized that I was hesitating. Our off-white/beige house just didn’t seem to keen on having another shade of yellow…

So, after convincing the husband to go in a different direction, we decided to go with a color in the cobalt family. The one of the left was my Pinspiration and the one on the right is our color, Valspar’s Peek-a-Boo Blue {this is a remarkably bad paint swatch…}. If you’re interested in this color, it’s almost identical to the color of painter’s tape. Our actual door color lands somewhere in the middle of the inspiration and the actual paint swatch.

Updating the Front Door with Cobalt Blue Paint || House. Food. Baby.

I won’t give you a tutorial on how to paint your door, because they are a dime a dozen on the interwebs, but I did run into a few issues that I will share with you in an upcoming post.

Because we have a storm door, I decided not to use exterior paint. This is semi-gloss interior. Fingers crossed that I don’t regret that choice. I love having a storm door, but this color almost makes me want to take that thing off and let the new blue door prance around in it’s birthday suit.

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