Our Partnership with Charleston's One80 Place

If you purchased one of our 2017 Charleston flowerbox calendars or prints this season, you might have noticed that a portion of the proceeds went to an organization called One80 Place, based right here in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. It is so easy to notice all the beauty in a city like ours (which Emily has depicted so well in these products!), but if you look a little closer, it’s impossible to miss the need that exists here as well. While capturing the charm of Charleston’s homes, we knew that there were many people in our city still struggling to meet basic needs, such as food and shelter. So, rather than just noticing the need, we wanted to do something to help. That’s why we decided to partner with One80 Place.

Entry into the main building at 0ne80 Place.

A few weeks ago, Emily and I were fortunate enough to tour One80 Place’s downtown campus. It’s safe to say we were blown away – the facility is so much more than just a homeless shelter, as one might think. The vision behind the nonprofit organization is not just to provide individuals and families with beds for a night, but rather, equip them with the tools to get back on their feet. This includes everything from legal help, job training, counseling, education opportunities and access to medical treatment, just to name a few of the incredible services offered on site. The end goal, we learned, is to end homelessness in Charleston all together. While this may seem like a lofty aspiration, after witnessing first hand all that One80 place is doing for this community, I believe wholeheartedly that a real, tangible difference is being made.

The main building includes the kitchen, cafeteria, medical wing, men's housing, men's veterans space, laundry, and conference room.

Our tour was lead by Vice President of Operations John Masters, one of many passionate team members, whose enthusiasm and heart for the project were nothing short of contagious. He walked us through the entire campus (which is still growing and expanding to include more space for housing and childcare, for example), comprised of a handful of building devoted to various aspects of the mission. While it provides shelter to roughly 160 people on a nightly basis, One80 place also houses a complete health care facility, community kitchen, education and professional training center, as well an entire wing devoted to serving the specific needs of veterans.

We left One80 Place that day feeling completely inspired – the measures being taken by the staff, volunteers, and supporters of the shelter are doing more to change the lives of people in the community than I can express. We at Texture Design Co. are beyond humbled to play even the smallest role in the amazing work being done there! A portion of the proceeds from our flowerbox prints and calendars will continue to go towards this organization, but if you want to learn more about One80 Place or find out how to get involved, click here.

-Abby

2017 Calendar: Behind the Scenes

Our Flower Boxes of Charleston 2017 Calendar is now available for pre-order! This might be my favorite project to date! Some of you may have seen my #WednesdayWalks posts on Instagram, and if so you know that my walk to work involves the most beautiful scenery! Every single day I pass these gorgeous homes with exquisite flower boxes. I got to thinking it would be awesome to have a calendar featuring these unique flower arrangements!

Here we are a few months later, and I'm so excited about the final product! Between now and October 10th, you can pre-order at a discounted rate. So don't wait! Get yours soon!

Today I'm sharing a little of the behind-the-scenes! My friend Melissa Griffin (of Melissa Griffin Photography) graciously rode around with me taking pictures. Thank you Melissa! Just imagine me continuously stopping the car for her to jump out, take a picture, and jump back in! Be glad you weren't behind us! #goodtimes

I later went back out and took a few more pictures on my own. I love seeing the photograph next to the drawing! A special thank you to the flower box designers for their help in the process! Garden Elegance Landscaping Services, Jen Stringer Obi of Living Colors, and Kelli Shaw Designs were a huge part of bringing this calendar together! 

Love the colors on the house above! ^ One of my favorite things about the calendar is that you can frame all of the artwork when you're done! Each drawing is sized to be trimmed for an 8 x 10 frame! 
Don't forget to pre-order before October 10th! 

Best,
Emily Kirby

The Shop Reveal!

If you saw our post three weeks ago, you know we're opening a shop in downtown Charleston! We've been working hard to get the space ready for visitors! And finally we have an opening date...

WE'RE OPENING TOMORROW! 

218B King Street
Charleston, South Carolina
10am to 5pm Monday-Saturday

2nd Floor above Nine West Shoes

Lots of elbow grease and paint were required to get this room ready for customers, but it was so rewarding to see it come together. And thankfully, we had lots of help from wonderful family and friends. As promised, here are photos of the before and after!

Big difference from the original gold painted walls! Right?! Thank you so much for your encouragement in the process! Please, please come by and say hi! 

Best,
Emily Kirby

We're Opening a Shop!

Texture Design Co. is opening up a shop and office space in Charleston!

AND we're beyond excited! Our new location will be on King Street above Nine West shoes.

We'll be sharing the second floor with our friends at Be the Change Boutique.

This week we got our keys, and now we are starting to measure, pick paint colors (I can't decide!), and figure out what in the world we're doing (kind of kidding). Martin and I have a ton to do in order to get this place ready for you to come see us!

By the way, it is a very cool story of how God just presented the opportunity; I'm still in awe! (I can't take any of the credit.) About a month ago, Be the Change Boutique called and threw out what I thought was a crazy idea. And here we are a few weeks later...

Our goal is to open early/mid June. We will definitely keep you posted on the progress and opening date! Here are some black and white pics of the space now. Once we get it looking pretty, I'll show you the before and after in color!

More details to come! We can't wait for you to stop by once we're up and running!

Best,
Emily Kirby

Creative Collaboration with Kate Waddell Art

If you follow Texture Design on Instagram, you've seen some of our recent posts showcasing the new collaboration with Kate Waddell Art! A few months ago, I interviewed Kate on the blog, and I was just so impressed with her work. We started discussing a line of cards for her artwork, and here we are today with a full line of paper goods!

All of the items above are available through the Texture Design Co. Etsy shop

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BUT WAIT! THERE IS MORE! We also collaborated on a calendar! Each month will include a sketch by @katewaddellart that will fits an 8x10 frame. It will be filled with fruit, flowers, vases, pattern and color!It will be available for order in the next two weeks! (Follow Texture Design Co. on Instagram for updates!)

Thank you all for following along! More collaborations coming your way in the future!
Best,
Emily Kirby

Birthday Month Celebration!

This past weekend I turned 29! I love having a reason to get together with people and celebrate! Since I can't have you all over to my house to celebrate with me, I thought I'd take the chance to introduce myself a little more right here on the blog! 

Photos by Leah's Opus Photography

A Few Things About Me:

  • I LOVE coffee and all breakfast foods. (Including pop-tarts)
  • My husband and I got married about a year and a half ago! (January 25, 2014)
  • I originally studied interior design before going back to school for a graphic design degree.
  • Cumming, GA is where I grew up...then I moved to Athens, GA for college...and then to Charleston, SC after college graduation.
  • My current favorite book is The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken.
  • I get excited talking about entrepreneurship and small businesses.
  • I could spend a lot of time in West Elm, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, and Hobby Lobby. :)
  • When there is free time, I prefer to be outside.
  • I love community. I think that strong friendships are a great treasure.
  • A perfect evening for me would probably involve an outdoor concert under the stars. (Preferably a Need to Breathe concert).
  • My favorite aspect of interior design is fabric selection.
  • I think coffee mugs are one of the greatest gifts. They are so functional, and every time you use them, you think of the person who gave it to you!
  • One of the many things I've learned in marriage is the need to makes things right when you hurt someone. Forgiveness is huge. I've also learned how freeing marriage is! 
  • My desire is to serve Jesus.
  • Given the choice, I'd rather bake than cook.
  • At times, I can be a perfectionist...I have to be careful about it! :)
  • One of my favorite things about the fall season is Georgia football. 
  • It is really hard for me to say no to sugar...especially doughnuts!
  • I love getting one-on-one time with people.
  • I definitely believe in being silly!
  • I love that I get to do graphic design for a living!...let me know if you need anything designed!

Thanks for finding out more about me! I'd love for you to leave a comment so I can get to know more about you! (where are you from? what are you passionate about?)

ALSO, in honor of birthday month...there is a coupon code for 20% off anything in the Etsy Shop!!
Expires 7.31.15. At checkout, use coupon code: BIRTHDAY

Thanks again for following along!
All of the photos in today's blog were taken by Leah's Opus Photography.
Best, Emily Kirby

Emily Kirby