Coterie Crush: Emilie Hatch of Charleston, SC

May 22 2014

by Cheri Leavy

We have a Coterie Crush on our new friend we met at The Southern C Summit in Charleston this month. Emilie Hatch and her interior decor blog, Shell & Chinoiserie, have an engaging and light hearted air about them like you would expect from a gal who loves the coast. Her blog takes you on her journey of sprucing up her new home in Charleston and her collaborations with her blogging buddies in the industry. It’s a vibrant place to visit.

PS. She is a girl after any of our hearts when she names an anti-humidity hair product as a southern essential.

Check out Emilie’s favorites that she shared with us here…


As a collection? Quadrille’s China Seas—hands-down.


Our wedding pattern was Vera Wang [for Wedgewood] Grosgrain in gold; at the time I wanted something classic and subtle that could compliment wherever we were going to end-up. I still love our pattern, but two years later I would pick something a bit more bold. Thank God for paint, wallpaper, and fabric 😉

I have inherited some beautiful sets, as well, but I am ashamed to admit I don’t know much about them—luckily I have four older sister who do! I love interior decorating, but unfortunately I would not consider myself much of a chef or even entertainer (so not Southern—I know), so I have never really become invested in china, crystal, or silver…but there’s still time!


I am having a major sea foam-ish moment when it comes to paint color: we just painted our new master bedroom in Sherwin William’s “Sea Salt” and I am loving it, but Julia Ryan just did hers in “Salt Salt” at 50%, which I think is genius. I also love Benjamin Moore’s “Palladian Blue” and “Rainwashed”–both are very serene and similar to “Sea Salt”… Oh, and I love a good lacquered navy, too!


Where do I begin—the list is so long?! I am loyal to The Glam Pad and the lovely blogger behind it, Andrea. Her blog is so colorful and fun and her posts are so informative—each is chock-full of gorgeous images, but also interesting information! Not only is Andrea a talented designer and writer, but she is the definition of generous and thoughtful. One of the best aspects of blogging is the friends you meet along the way, and I am lucky to say Andrea is one of mine!


SUCH a fun question! I love scents because—much like a song—they bring me right back to a special time and place. It took me months to select a scent for my wedding day! (I went with Cartier’s Baiser Volé.)

Don’t get me wrong–I love my Baies (and any Diptyque I am lucky enough to get my hands on), but “Beach Fire” by Mixture is my favorite smell in the world–it is a sexy bonfire in a bottle. My other favorite is “Oak Moss” by Illume—YUM! And I love Tyler Candle Company’s (out of Texas) “Cuddle” scent.

“Nantucket” briar and “Summer Hill” are great go-to scents for everyday, as is Yankee Candle’s “Greenhouse.” Unfortunately, “Greenhouse” is retired so I hoard them whenever they make a rare reappearance. Of course, somewhere in November I switch over to their “Mistletoe” scent, and the Thymes “Frasier Fur” candle 😉

Aaand while we’re on the topic of Christmas scents, the Williams-Sonoma “Winter Forest” kitchen soap suite is the best!!! My mother-in-law got major brownie points for introducing me to that one–I wish I could wash my dishes in it year-round, but then I suppose it wouldn’t be as special. I can’t speak much to china, but oh how I could go on about scents!


I am more of a thrift store gal, buuut a lady never gives away her secrets 😉 Luckily Charleston is chalk-full of both!


How much time do you have? Meg Braff, Ashley Whittaker, Meg Lonergan (of LeSueur Interiors), Jamie Meares, Lauren Liess. And of course Alessandra Branca, Sig Bergamin, Anna Spiro (there are so many talented interior designers coming out of Australia!), Lynn von Kersting (Indigo Seas), John Knott and John Fondas, Barclay Butera, India Hicks, Roxy Te Owens…I am sure I am forgetting someone—there are so many!!!


Hmmm—I suppose I should pay more attention to the artist than the art because I am a bit stumped again! But I would say Slim Aarons, Gray Malin, Kerry Steele, Gitte Brandt, Virginia Johnson, Laura Row. I am having a major illustrations moment and have been following artists such as Mari Robeson, Michelle Grayson, Tiffany Leigh and Dana Mahnke. And I have always gravitate toward pastels and watercolors, abstract seascapes, and I love an old travel or sailing posters!


I was so excited when Meg Braff debuted a line of upholstered furniture last year and I am obsessed with the Roxy Te Owens collection—a girl can never have enough bar carts! I love Barclay Butera‘s beach-y line, too, and I admit I swoon over the Tommy Bahama Ivory Key and Island Estate collections. I wish India Hicks would develop a furniture collection…


Good anti-humidity hair products, like Quidad or Oribe’s! But in all seriousness: monogrammed bedding, pretty personalized stationary, fresh-cut magnolias, and of course a good bourbon! And–although I am anti-smoking and I support oyster bed preservation in South Carolina (it’s an issue!)–I love it when Lowcountry homes feature vintage tobacco baskets and oyster shells re-purposed as décorative accents…


Vintage, eclectic, feminine, coastal and classic.

Links to spotlights on other interior designers and tastemakers –


Co-Founder of The Southern Coterie


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Cheri Leavy View More Blog Posts from this Author

Cheri Leavy is a connector, cheerleader and marketing consultant for fellow entrepreneurs.
Building rapport and strengthening a sense of community:
• A community of female entrepreneurs through the The Southern Coterie and The Southern C Summit
• The faces and places of Athens that make our city so vibrant through guide2athens
• A community of devoted football fans through Bulldawg Illustrated
- Contributing editor to Coastal Illustrated, Executive Board Member of the UGA Alumni Association

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