Let's be honest for a moment - making new friends as a "grown-up" isn't always the easiest thing to do. Sure, we all of piles of new-age pen pals through our favorite apps but I'm talking about new friends IRL. A while back I realized that if I wanted to build new friendships then I would have to get past my insecurities, seek out inspiring women and then ask to meet. Yes, sometimes your DM goes unanswered but more often then not this is how I start to form real connections with some pretty awesome people.
That's exactly how I met Nicole Cole. I started following Vestige Home in early 2017 and soon learned that she was located in Philadelphia, only about two hours from our home. When planning a visit to my sister in Philly I contacted Nicole, tried to sound as un-stalker-ish as possible, and asked if I could stop by her studio on my way home. I guess it worked because she agreed and we set a time.
I loved Nicole right away. She is warm and welcoming, a feeling that continues in her studio space filled with collected treasures and beautiful carvings. Her attention to detail was unmistakable - the workshop was curated (yes, even her workshop) and reflected her unique point of view, something that is hard to find. From the soft pink door to the tiny hanging plants, I was smitten.
Nicole's home is as unique and lovely as she is (did you see her One Room Challenge reveal? Yeah, it even got a shout out from House Beautiful) from the tumbleweed chandelier to the inky craftsman trim. Nicole's designs are both stylish and comfortable, always with the most beautiful vintage finds and layers of texture. Just this week Nicole is featured on the Style Matters Podcast with Little Yellow Couch. The interview really captures Nicole's warm personality and gives you a bit of insight into her design perspective and influences.
I knew that Nicole would be the perfect teacher to add to The Art of Living Well, the 2018 retreat hosted by Foxfire Mountain House. Nicole taught me how to carve, a skill that I cherish. There is really nothing like using a simple, beautiful object created by hand to move task to ritual. As a teacher, Nicole focuses on teaching skill and guiding creativity, allowing each student to create something completely unique.
I hope that you will take some time to discover more of Nicole's design and carving work and we would absolutely love to have your join us for the all-inclusive retreat at Foxfire Mountain House from March 8th through 11th. We will gather over four days to exploring how creative practices and moment of thoughtful self-care can help lead the way to a life well lived, something that Nicole strives for in her own work and life. I can't wait to meet everyone this year and add a few more friends, IRL of course.