Tina Yaraghi has always had “an inherent appreciation of beautiful things.” One quick glance at her blog and store, The Enchanted Home, and it’s obvious that growing up in a family where creating a beautiful home was important is a lesson that has carried through her life.
Well known for her love of blue-and-white porcelain, Yaraghi says her mother’s penchant for the style influenced her own tremendous collection and the love grew from there because of the classic color comboination's versatility and ability to fit in everywhere from the most modern home to the most traditional with grace and ease. “It’s a sure thing,” she says.
A sure thing that graces the interior of Yaraghi’s stunning New York house, the project where The Enchanted Home began and the site of a most unforgettable blogger luncheon in honor of my new novel, Slightly South of Simple. A dozen or so blogger friends gathered in Yaraghi’s bright, flower-filled dining room to sip rosé, feast on an outstanding lunch prepared by Yaraghi herself and do something a little bit out of the ordinary for friends so connected on the web: Talk face to face.
"Grand” really doesn’t even describe this stunning home. Yet, at the same time, the space is warm and comfortable, the kind of place where you’d like to spend hours on end—which we did. Stepping through the front door for the first time was like coming home in some ways to a place that we have visited on our laptops for years. And Yaraghi’s effervescent charm seems to radiate throughout each and every room, her mark clear in every detail.
Lucky for us, as Yaraghi and her husband were about to begin their design-and-build process, she was trapped at home in a huge snowstorm. While perusing other people’s blogs to pass the time, she had an inkling that this huge project might be something that others would like to follow along with as well. She jokes that, in the beginning, she had one follower: her mother. Needless to say, the blogger has come a long way.
Building was actually not in Yaraghi’s plan at first. She and her husband, Michael, had purchased an existing home that they planned to renovate for themselves and their three sons, now 27, 24, and 21. But, after six months of working with Michael J. Wallin, whom Yaraghi describes as “off the charts talented” and “a bit of a mad scientist,” everyone agreed that, for the family to have the home they truly desired, the best course of action was to build.
Much of the gorgeous blue-and-white porcelain in Yaraghi’s home can be found on The Enchanted Home.
The four-year process is one that Yaraghi documented on The Enchanted Home, one that proved that her hunch that others would like to follow this design and build was correct. It led to a large and devoted following and to something that Yaraghi might not have expected: a gorgeous online store. She knew she wanted to start a shop, but also understood the rigors of brick and mortar.
The store was a hit that led Yaraghi to begin searching for her own vendor to source products, namely the blue-and-white porcelain that her followers can't seem to get enough of. Now she is importing almost monthly and has several products that are exclusively hers or bear her design. ”It has been exciting to watch it grow,” Yaraghi says.
As for next steps, Yaraghi, who was born in Louisiana, is venturing South once again. She and her husband are in the beginning stages of building a coastal retreat in idyllic Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, which she calls “a little slice of Mayberry.” It is another opportunity for readers to follow along, to get another heaping helping of Yaraghi’s peerless style.
Kristy Woodson Harvey’s national bestseller, Slightly South of Simple, the first book in the Peachtree Bluff series, combines her two loves: writing and interior design. She writes the blog Design Chic, an inaugural member of the Design Blogger Hall of Fame, with her mom, Beth Woodson. Harvey lives in North Carolina with her husband and five-year-old son. Slightly South of Simple (Simon & Schuster) is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, and wherever books are sold.