One of the best things about being an interior designer, besides designing of course,
is meeting great people.
One of my favorites is
Mississippi native Doug Self.
I have known him for quite a while.
He is wonderfully creative
a wonderful person.
He is authentic.
He has heart.
I visited with him last October
during market in High Point
in his wonderful showroom jdouglas.
He invited me to the upcoming opening of his
new retail store
back home in Mississippi.
|Doug Self and I in the jdouglas showroom in High Point|
It was a stormy, nearing winter afternoon
when we arrived at Provision.
The weather was dismal,
but the store was bright, beautiful, and inviting.
|I was immediately intrigued by the "Southerner's Handbook."|
It was full of warm home vignettes,
and products for personal pampering.
Even though the store was abuzz
in full party preparation mode,
Doug took time to sit down and chat
and tell me a bit about his
vision for Provision.
He chose the name by definition
for dual reasons.
Provision is intended to provide Oxford
with things that have not previously
been readily accessible locally,
and to give back to, sustain and provide for the town, the University, and the students.
Pro • vis • ion [prə-’vi-zhən]:
Provide something that is not readily accessible, to give back, sustain.
Additionally, Doug is dedicated
to local and state philanthropies,
giving back to causes including
Jackson based Peyton's House,
an after school safe house
for in danger children.
After our chat,
it was almost party time,
time for a little "Winter Cocktail"
|I loved this metal cocktail cart.|
and music from Chapel Hill's Mipso trio.
|Mipso from Chapel Hill, NC, warming up|
Doug flew them in for the party
Listen to their song "HOME AGAIN" HERE
Just before the party started,
I had to ask Doug one last question,
what a few of his favorite things
in the store are . . .
|Doug wants to spend his old age surrounded by design books.|
Of course design books,
men's leather dop kits,
and vervain, citrus soap
Of course I couldn't resist
the BLUE cookies . . .
Your love of life is
overflowing and irresistible.
Thank you and welcome home
dear Doug . . .
I am looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta!
photo credits: Marilyn Trainor Storey
Visit Provision Oxford
1611 University Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655