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the real raleigh :: heather garrett

By 1/06/2016

Name Heather Garrett
Occupation Interior Designer

Who do you live with My two teenagers, Blaire and Walker, and cat
What’s your sign Capricorn

Describe your style in 3 words Tumbleweed Chic Supreme
Fool proof dinner party tip Music, candles, wine, and an extrovert.

What do you collect stones and quotes printed on pretty paper
Favorite piece of clothing right now My black Curators zip-up sweatshirt dress from Magpie Boutique, over waxed Page denim. I guess that’s an outfit.

3 favorite things about your house The view from my 4-poster bed, the 100 yr old factory floors in my loft, and the sound of Walker playing piano
What’s always in your refrigerator ½ and ½, yogurt, and chardonnay.

Where is the last place you traveled New York City
What did you bring back A giant sweater with a hood that obscures my whole head, which I bought at Barney’s on my way to the airport.

You know you can always count on my Dad.
If you hired an interior designer for your home I would give them a personality test.

Favorite hotel The Old Edward’s Inn in Highlands, NC
Favorite cocktail French 75

What smell do you love I love sultry scents, and I carry a perfume oil in my bag called Datura, from New Orleans. It fixes any feeling I’m having.
What do you like to do in your home Cook without pressure, listen to my kids play music, lower the blackout shades and read in bed.

3 things you always include in a room you’re designing Sconces for lighting, down cushions for lounging, and a place to put your glass of wine without having to get up.
A book you've read more than once A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Your favorite 3 things in your house A large painting by my college roommate, Sara Hendren...my Cisco linen sofa...and a portrait of my kids both sitting in a cardboard box by dear friend Tammi Floccare.

The farthest you have been from home Warsaw, Poland, visiting a Pen Pal in high school. OR Hope Valley Country Club.
Top 3 things you attribute your success to Discipline, Courage, and Resilience - wait, strike Resilience, insert Pretending.

Favorite place to buy clothes Magpie Boutique in Durham
Two things you love about your job Drawing pictures, and re-thinking the best use of a room someone has given up on.

Netflix obsession Blaire and I are watching 8 seasons of Gilmore Girls
What can you not stop thinking about A beach house

How do you unwind Pure Barre class, followed by a glass of wine, followed by a bath. In that order.
Impromptu talent show - how do you win I’m proud that I can still bend into a pretzel at 44.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year That a lot can happen in the 2 minutes between feeling a reaction and letting it out of my mouth, if I can sit it out.
One piece of advice you’d give an aspiring entrepreneur The harder I work, the luckier I am.

What are you most excited about wearing this winter Tights. They’re making a comeback for me.
Favorite restaurant Schillers in NYC, I have great memories there. Pizzeria Toro in Durham.

Who would you want to play you in your biopic Dora, the fish on Finding Nemo
Favorite fabric Kevin O’Brien's vintage velvet ombre pillows

Necessary extravagance/simple indulgence I take a bath with candles and bubbles and music every. Single. Night.
What’s really important to you right now Optimism and moisturizer. 

you can find heather here, and follow her on instagram


  1. so so good! love the art, her bedroom, all of it!

  2. Of all the Real Raleigh post, Heather is my favorite! Love her designs (I checked out her website) her house and her vibe. Would love to have a drink her type of gal. I feel inspired. Thanks so much for these post! I really enjoy them all.

  3. Her art choices have an intimate appeal and I love her earrings! (: Great design taste.

  4. Jamie, I'm a long-time reader but have never commented. Just wanted to tell you how cool I think this series is. Keep up the great work!

  5. love hearing from a 40 plus lady who's a cool. xo

  6. I love these! And her home is stunning!

  7. This is a wonderful series and I particularly enjoyed this post. Heather has impeccable taste and a great attitude about her work and life. Truly inspiring.

  8. ALLLLL the yesses to this one Jamie. I mean, what a way to start out the new year. I loved every image. And her personality is so fun. If this is was 40 looks like, Im all over it! Her home is fabulous.

  9. Regards from Argentina, Heather is a very beautiful woman!