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the real raleigh :: dustin patrick smith and burton buffaloe

By 4/29/2016

Name Dustin P. Smith and Burton B. Buffaloe
Occupation Dustin, Owner at Marigold Parlour Hair Salon. Burton, Cognitive Computing Analyst at IBM

Who do you live with Right now it’s just us and our two Chihuahua’s Levi and Tuff. But we are expecting twins, boy and girl, late summer 2016.
What’s your sign Dustin, Virgo; Burton, Taurus

What do you collect Art, Coffee Table Books and Treasure Chests.
Favorite places to score finds for your home I’m in love with a place called Slate Interiors in Charlotte. We never leave empty handed.

Describe your style in 3 words umm..hmm.. relaxed, colorful and a little bizarre
Fool proof dinner party tip everyone loves charcuterie … well unless you are vegan. In that case, everyone loves champagne?!

Top 3 things you attribute your success to It takes a good team. I never micro manage people and always treat them with respect, Allow them to shine in their own unique way, and always remain humble.
Necessary extravagance/simple indulgence We adore collecting art. We have a walk-in closet filled… that seems to be a little extravagant. The darkest chocolate we can find would be our simple. Both make us so happy.

Who would you want to play you in your biopic Dustin- Joe Manganiello, but Danny Devito would likley be the one who got picked
Netflix obsession House of Cards

Favorite song right now Kiiara , Gold… so good!
A book you've read more than once The giving tree, and we plan to read it many times over when the twins arrive.

One piece of advice you’d give an aspiring entrepreneur Give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you lose a great business opportunity.

Where is the last place you traveled Miami Beach
What did you bring back …… a body complex!?

Favorite place to get coffee in Raleigh I love Brew and can walk there from work.
What’s your newest music discovery Sylvan Esso (another North Carolina talent!)

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year Ask us this after the twins are born..
What surprises you about Raleigh That we don't have a Dean and Deluca! Can we please work on this :)

Favorite song to dance to September by Earth, Wind and Fire also anything Britney or Beyonce
Favorite hotel any Ian Schrager hotel.

What smell do you love coffee and campfires
What do you like to do in your home we love to entertain. Laughter and good people feed our soul

Two things you love about your job Dustin- I love that I have such close relationships with so many walks of life. Being a hair stylist I get to pick the brains of every type of person in every type of industry. I learn so much about things most people aren't exposed to in a work environment. I also love working with a group of creative artists. Everyone at my salon is beyond talented. I truly never dread going to work.

What’s always in your refrigerator a ridiculous amount of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and things that should have been tossed out weeks ago.
Book you're reading right now Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins and Baby 411

What can you not stop thinking about This new journey that is about to happen for us. We are about to be fathers to these two gifts from God. Its important that we prepare for them and give them a home filled with love and kindness. We want to be the best dads imaginable.

Favorite piece of clothing right now Any vintage Tee… But ask anyone who knows Dustin and they would tell you “anything plaid.” He owns more plaid than a Scottish Santa.
Favorite cocktail We love to try new Bourbon, paired with giant ice cube; You can’t go wrong.

The farthest you have been from home we went to New Zealand for a month last year. We drove the entire country from north island to south island. Its truly the most beautiful and spectacular place we have even been to.
Impromptu talent show - how do you win Burton can hit a high note that would shatter glass, Mariah Carey style.
What’s really important to you right now It's important to us that we live in a community that is tolerant and loving. Both Burton and I love Raleigh. We have both opened multiple businesses here in North Carolina and have contributed to the growth of our city. Thanks to the Supreme Court, we are thrilled that our state recognizes us as a couple. That was important to us before we started to work on having a family. I think it's important to remember that even though we may not agree with our neighbor, we should show unconditional love, respect and humanity to one another. We are all children of God and all different. That's what makes this world so beautiful. I hope we can rise above the fire storm that has happened in our state and come out a little wiser and a lot more inclusive.

3 favorite things about your house We love the location. We have complete urban living, right in the heart of Cameron Village, surrounded by parks, shops and restaurants. Another highlight is the outdoor courtyard. Dustin’s brother Chad Smith designed it and it’s a perfect entertaining space. We are often out by the fireplace hanging with friends and family. Lastly, we built the house together and its been a labor of love. This home will forever be special to us. 

Your favorite 3 things in your house The large Shaun Richards painting in our living room/ he is one of the most talented people we know and the painting has a lot of meaning to us. The Italian ceramic sculpted tiger head pot that we use as a planter /probably because we just got it ...so we’re dig’n it. The 300 year old gothic church gates that are the entrance to the courtyard/ they were Burton's moms and there is a crazy story that comes with them.


  1. OMG this was my favorite one thus far! I love their home and they seem like such awesome people too. I love these features. Keep them coming!

  2. Such a lovely couple! The house is amazing and will definitely be complete when your sweet babies arrive!

  3. loved this post - their style is wonderful and their sense of purpose (and sense of the world) makes them lovable. thanks for sharing - i want their bedroom!

  4. Beautiful home, but more importantly what a beautiful couple! This is my favorite interview of this series!! Kudos!

  5. What an incredibly fabulously interesting house - and couple. Lucky twins to have fathers like that!

  6. Just have to comment to say that these Real Raleigh posts are one of my favorite series on the blog. I'm always so inspired by the homes and the people that you photograph. Everyone's home is a little chic, a little kooky, a little moody, a little funny. I love it. This one did not disappoint!

  7. Wow this house is crazy amazing !!!! I always look forward to this series that you publish . So good ... Keep it coming !!!!

  8. First I want to say gorgeous house so beautiful and well put together and second I want to shout and YELL and scream oh my God twin babies I'm so excited for you!!can't wait can't wait oh my God!!!love Mama Brown

  9. I am in love. With these guys, their dogs and their home. So inspiring! I wish them the best with the addition of their soon-to-arrive twins. Curious about that coffee table out on the back deck. What is that coolness? Famous designer? DIY livestock tank topped with 70's smokey glass? Love it whatever it is. Thanks, Jamie! I really enjoy the Real Raleigh series.

  10. Dustin and Burton,
    So nice to "meet" you guys, and thank you for sharing your very cool collected home!
    Those babies no doubt are entering a home full of love, laughter and style! I do hope your wonderful state continues to grow and accept. God would not make you this way if it were not okay. That's my simple take on it anyway! Nice job Jamie, and I agree with others, Real Raleigh posts are the best!

  11. This is by far my favorite interview and couple of the series. Not only am I completely obsessed with their style, but I love the message they shared. I wish them all the best with their sweet babies and rad house!

  12. These guys are absolutely my favorite Real Raleigh so far! I love their sense of taste and the way theyve decorated the room for the twins, it's absolutely gorgeous fun and subtle at the same time! Thanks for bringing them to us isuwannee! <3

  13. Amazing house and two amazing gents! Loved this Real Raleigh! Congrats on your twins!!

  14. Love this place. The nursery is perfection!!!

  15. Which such thoughtful and talented parents, those children are going to be just amazing! Congratulations on your lovely growing family - and good taste - Dustin & Burton!

  16. I am blown over by their gorgeous home and thrilled by their new adventure. I wish them the best of luck! Their babies are so lucky to have them as Dads!

  17. I love everything on that house ! Awesome and looks so comfortable

  18. The collected feel of this home is wonderful. Def one of my faves

  19. This was a great one... So happy for them! Real Raleigh indeed.