Made in Durham: Fill Your Home With These 11 Unique Local Products

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Feel right at home with these 11 home decor finds

Durham Candle

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Each 10 oz. black, matte vessel contains 7.5 ounces of wax and a soulful blend of tobacco, cotton and whiskey, along with sleek wooden wicks. Each candle burns for 70-80 hours. Pro tip from Nouveau Central designer Cameron Renfrow: “When your favorite Bright Black candle burns out, reuse it as a flower vase.” Bright Black, $28

Damien Coffee Table

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This made-to-order furniture piece is crafted from a single live- edge slab of black walnut and sits on four hand-turned walnut legs. It features black walnut butterflies and various figured walnut inlays. Bull City Designs, pricing starts at $4,500

Seed Vessel in Water Blue (Tall) and Seed Vessel in Water Blue (Short)

The pieces are sold separately, but they make a lovely pair and style beautifully when mixed and matched with other handblown pieces by Elijah Leed, adding a light, airy and structural element to your home. Vert & Vogue, $198 each

North Carolina-Shaped Cutting Board

AHeirloom’s boards are made of strong, eco-friendly bamboo that’s organically grown in managed forests, an ecologically responsible alternative to the clear-cutting of old growth forests. It’s a unique gift that’s perfect for commemorating a special time and place. Parker & Otis, $39.99

Dancing Memory Bubble Mobiles

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This delicate and whimsical made-to-order piece can hang anywhere in your home. The mini silver disks dance at the bottom – a design inspired by Calder mobiles and created by mixed media artist River Takada-Capel. Rivtak, $52

5 Points Gallery Artwork

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A bit of colorful history about the familiar downtown location featured in this oil painting: The corner building’s original brick facade was covered over with pink siding when it became the location for Montaldo’s, a high-end women’s clothier. A faint outline of the letters can be seen above the black awnings if you look closely at the building today. “Corner of Church and Parrish,” by Anne Gregory 24×30 inches, $2,400

Jenny Blazing

This acrylic painting on stretched canvas incorporates hand-painted and monoprinted original paper. “As a Durham-based artist, this community’s unique history, people and natural surroundings inform and inspire my constantly evolving creative vision,” Jenny says. “I’ve always built imaginary worlds that shape and color my experience. Plucking pieces from my surroundings, I rearrange life’s building blocks to construct distinctive new realities. “Carolina: The sky’s the limit,” by Jenny Blazing 36×36 inches, $1,300

Durham, NC Pillow

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Nothing says Durham like, quite literally, a Durham pillow! The Durham Box, a seasonal guide to local products, sells this 12-by- 20-inch lumbar pillow filled with down inserts that reps the best city around and is perfect for any chair, bed, bench or sofa. The Durham Box, $42

Boden Couch

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This couch from Rowe Furniture features solid hardwood frames with sinuous spring suspension and three layers of high-density foam core that meets California’s green standards. There are more than 100 durable kid- and pet- friendly fabrics to choose from – all of which are resistant to stains, odor and liquids (red wine included). It’s 90 inches long, 38 inches deep and 35 inches tall, but also available in 99 inches long and as a sectional. Vintage Home South, pricing starts at $2,716

6-inch Calathea Rattlesnake (Calathea lancifolia)

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Photo by Allie Mullin Photography

“Calathea Rattlesnake is having its moment in 2021!” says Megan George, creative director and chief maker at The ZEN Succulent. “Its patterned foliage with deep purple unleaf beautifully stands out in even the simplest pots.” Its springy leaves look like little rattlesnake tails (hence the name) and continue to beautifully fill in over time. It’s a great beginner’s plant – when its leaves droop, that means it needs filtered water. Pro tip from Megan: “This calathea hates water that is heavily chlorinated, which causes its leaves to brown on the edges, so make sure to use filtered water or tap water that has sat out overnight (which allows the chlorine to evaporate).” The ZEN Succulent, $24

Handmade Tumblers

Though not technically crafted in the Bull City, these cups are handmade out of dark brown stoneware clay and glazed in glossy white with pattern details that are carved freehand by Gretchen Quinn nearby in her downtown Raleigh studio. Her pottery is dishwasher- and microwave-safe and durably designed for everyday use. Indio, $30 each

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Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee is the assistant editor at Durham Magazine. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, she attended UNC-Chapel Hill and double majored in broadcast journalism and German.

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