Morgan Smith is the founder and CEO of the boutique children's swimwear label, minnow swim. She recently updated her Charleston, SC home with help from her designer, Molly Basile, One Kings Lane, and a little bit of Pepper! Follow along to learn more about Morgan and see how she styled our Emma Sky curtain.
First off, tell us a little bit about yourself!
I’m Morgan Smith, wife and mother to three. I created and run the children’s swim label, minnow. I am from Laguna Beach, CA yet currently enjoying the Lowcountry while living in Charleston, SC.
The entire Minnow collection is full of beautiful, custom prints that we’re constantly swooning over! What led you to start Minnow and where do you get inspiration?
I started off my career in the corporate fashion world in NY and LA, but always felt I would do my own thing one day, it was really about waiting for the right moment and authentic idea.
When my first son was 14 months old, I was consulting at the time and decided to take advantage of the flexible work scenario. We embarked on a home exchange in London. While there, we took a weekender to the Amalfi Coast. Before our travel, I searched London (a city with a large children’s clothing offering) in mid-July for boy’s swim options, yet I was disappointed with the assortment. I just wanted clean, simple with a great fit. It got me thinking about where I had found my son’s swim options back home, and how it always felt like this “find”, either I would buy the shorts way too small for him or find a vintage pair off Etsy so they would hit above his knee. Because knee dimples are meant to be seen! So when I got home from our house swap, I went to work on the first style, the minnow boardies for my little muse.
What does your home say about you?
I’m not scared of prints and I love a clean and classic aesthetic with color.
With three little ones at home, how do you balance creating a space that’s both stylish and functional?
I lean into performance fabrics and hope for the best! I try not to sweat the small stuff, the lamp may get knocked down and the carpet will get spilled on. We do our best. Our brand new countertops already have a tie dye stain from a family craft night, gah!
At Pepper, we believe no room is complete without curtains! What drew you to our Emma Sky curtain?
The Emma sky curtain feels elevated + classic yet still playful and fun. I love the pinch pleat construction—to me the curtains look very substantial and custom.
What advice would you give someone about to tackle a home renovation/re-design?
It takes time! It’s challenging to rush the process, because a well-designed home has so many layers and sentiment worked in.
Love Morgan's look? Shop our Emma Curtain here!