Warehouse Revival

There’s a small movement in Hickory, NC to enliven downtown’s old factories and warehouses with commercial and residential renovation. I’ve only seen a few examples and was really gracious to have had the opportunity to visit with Sarah Frisbey and see the work that she and John Paul Eller did with their downtown space, once a cotton storage warehouse.


I loved the way the blue velvet chairs popped. Also, note the handmade coffee table (made from an old door). Sarah clearly makes pink work and her eclectic sensibilities were inspiring to me. (The damask on the couches made me think she had channeled a more boho Tricia Guild.)

The bright green sets off a really great exhibition space filled with artwork by some of my favorite local artists Joe Lafone, Steve Brooks and Patti Fenick.

The Estate of Things chooses Sarah Frisbey
I love that the exposed bathtub and oversized nudes give the master bedroom an intense intimacy.

If you want to see more pictures, you can do so here at my Picasa Page. I wish that I had better photography skills so I could really show more of the details of the home. Either way, I’m happy to have met these fine folks here in Hickory and I’m encouraged and inspired with what they have done to preserve and enhance a historic structure in my hometown.

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  • Where is this at in Hickory?? When I move back I want to live there!! Hky def needs some downtown revitalization.

  • This is a great site. I’ve in most cases been a fan of this kind of thinking. I’m hoping that this starts a revival of this kind of thinking along the same lines.

  • I absolutely Love this! And I actually want to move to NC at some point, so maybe I’ll buy myself an old factory building and renovate like this! Absolutely beautiful!

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