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Visiting Catrina’s at the Ranch in Boerne is like going on a treasure hunt – you never know what you’re going to find, but you know it’s going to be well worth the search.

 

 “There’s an abundance of merchandise,” says Catrina Hoelke, award-winning designer, entrepreneur, and owner of the 6 1/2-acre furniture and design compound that bears her name. “The look in the store changes day by day.”

 

And what a look it is. Every corner of the 7000-square foot main building is brimming with one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, hand-forged chandeliers, artwork, tableware, tribal rugs, and eye-catching accessories from all over the world.

 

Hoelke grew up in the furniture business, working as a designer and buyer for stores in Texas and Colorado. It was during her recovery from a broken neck in 1998 that she decided to strike out on her own, opening Catrina’s Closet – a used clothing and furniture store — in Camp Wood, Texas.

 

“I started with five hundred dollars,” she says, sitting on one of her comfy custom-designed sofas replete with fringed pillows.  “That’s what my husband gave me, jokingly, when I said I wanted to start a business. He said, ‘Here you go, baby. Run with it.’”

 

She did – from the Camp Wood store to Catrina’s Western Center in Uvalde to a store in Sabinal, eventually finding a small space on Boerne’s Main Street until she found the present property on IH 10 West in 2004. There was one small snag: the building (ironically the former home of the Loft Restaurant, one of Hoelke’s first design jobs 35 years ago)
was condemned. City officials told her it was a scraper – there was no way to fix it. “I told them to hide and watch. I was a determined woman.”

 

That’s putting it mildly. Hoelke is a whirlwind, dealing with staff, taking calls, showing a visitor through some of the dozen or so display rooms at her showroom, and talking the whole time about the journey that brought her back to Boerne and the passions that fuel her jam-packed life.

 

“I work seven days a week. That’s what it’s taken to build this business.” She’s drawn as well to charities close to her heart – the new battered women’s shelter being built in Boerne, the American Cancer Society, the Cattle Baron’s Ball, and the San Antonio Zoo.

In addition, there’s a new passion in a new town – San Antonio, to be exact. In October, Hoelke opens her new store, La Catrina, off 1604 and Babcock near The Shops at La Cantera.

 

“It will have a more European look mixed with contemporary,” says Hoelke, adding that it will be a perfect complement to the Texas Tuscan look of the ranch store.  “La Catrina will give customers a whole new selection and choice.”

 

La Catrina will also carry on the tradition of providing the ultimate in customer service, especially Hoelke’s signature custom designs that allow clients to help create the perfect look. “They can select their own fabrics and styles so that their choices are unique and
fit their home décor.” They can also take home whatever they see at the store, unlike
some other high-end furniture stores that make you wait six to eight weeks while they order a sofa you saw on the showroom floor. “Anything you see here, you can buy.
We won’t make you wait.”

 

Others need Hoelke’s expert advice on site. A design call involves a visit to the home or business to photograph the space, then sketching out designs for suggested pieces.
“We price it all out in a list, room by room, so they know exactly what they’re spending.” There no additional charge for custom designs either, whether it’s one piece or a whole room. 

 

Hoelke is mindful of the rarefied image custom furniture has as being inaccessible to the average consumer. Not true, she says.  “We save money here. Other stores might mark up an item three times with freight. We don’t do that. People love to fix up their homes, but these are hard times and we appreciate that. We give them great value here.”

 

Hoelke shares the wealth in other ways, never forgetting how she started out and paying
it forward by mentoring other women with business dreams of their own. “I want to be the message to women that they can do it too. Start small and persevere. Find something you enjoy and diligently work at it.  Don’t give up and don’t look back.”

 

 

Catrina’s at the Ranch is located at 31300 IH-10 West in Boerne. To learn more about custom furnishings and accessories, and the new La Catrina store opening soon, call 830.755.6355 or visit www.catrinasattheranch.com.

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By the time Dawn Hearn was a junior in high school, she had already applied for the interior design program at Abilene Christian University (ACU).  “I graduated from ACU with an interior design degree and have been practicing interior design for almost 17 years,” says Dawn. “I love my job! I truly enjoy getting to know my clients. I listen to their wants and needs and learn how they live in their home so that I can design a space that not only functions well for them, but is beautiful too.”

A glance at Dawn’s portfolio lends insight to just how well Dawn listens to her clients’ desires. She has successfully worked with styles from modern to traditional and subdued to eclectic.

“One of the greatest things about this career is that every day is different and every client and project is unique,” she says. “I love working with clients on renovating their homes and offices to reflect their own personal styles.”

A member of both the American Society of Interior Designers and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Dawn’s design services include consultation, new construction, remodeling, budgeting, space planning, furniture layouts, drafting, purchasing, and seasonal decorating. In addition, Dawn recently earned the distinction of being a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), a certification that has personal relevance to her. 

“My brother-in-law uses a walker and wheelchair. His struggle with mobility inspires me to make interiors more accessible,” says Dawn. “It is amazing to me that in this day and age we are still building homes with narrow doorways and awkward thresholds that can’t even accommodate a walker.  There are so many things that we can incorporate into renovations that make homes more accessible for all of us and allow us to continue to live and function in our homes, no matter what physical challenges we may face.”

For Dawn, her next challenge is the opening of her new showroom, Whatnots. Whatnots will be located at Austin’s wholesale design center, Back Door To The Trade.

“Whatnots will be home to some amazing lamps, art and accessories for local decorators and designers to use as a resource for their own projects,” says Dawn.

With a passion for design that began as a child, as well as her professional drive, Whatnots is sure to be another success for this Austin interior designer.

Dawn Hearn Interior Design, 512.930.0250, www.dawnhearn.com

Designer Top 10:

  1. Period of Style: The clean lines of the Biedermeier period and the organic nature of Art Nouveau
  2. Color: Oranges – from clear and bright to muddy rusts
  3. Architectural Style: Frank Lloyd Wright for his ability to create harmony between his buildings and the natural surroundings
  4. Fabric: Lee Jofa and F. Schumacher large scale and archive prints
  5. Scent: Cashmere Mist by Donna Karen
  6. Treat: Coffee ice cream by Haagen-Dazs
  7. Shopping Website: Ebay
  8. Must Haves Under $50: Time and Again’s Shea Butter products, Starbuck’s Sumatra coffee, ZGallerie’s Chiang Mai Tables
  9. Spa Treatment: Choco-Foot-Love pedicure at Viva Day Spa
  10. Vacation: Italy’s Cinque Terre


JELD-WEN, the world’s leading manufacturer of windows and doors, is raising awareness that what seems obvious may not always be the case when it comes to great home style.

Charlotte homeowners who have long envied those neighbors with meticulous front entries and amazing curb appeal are being made aware that they might be mistaken in what they perceive to be true. In fact, experts say that it’s possible that those who have long admired the exquisite wood entry doors of their neighbors may have been operating under a false assumption all along.

“It’s time to face facts”
Master of disguise, JELD-WEN Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors have been in the spotlight in many of these instances. Authorities point fingers to the fact that it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between these doors and real wood doors, which has earned JELD-WEN numerous awards and recognition for product excellence.

“People shouldn’t be surprised if they can’t immediately spot the difference – even the experts have trouble telling them apart,” said Derek Brosterhous, product marketing manager for JELD-WEN. “What many people perceive to be wood doors are in fact our Custom Fiberglass line. We take that as the ultimate compliment.”

Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors are currently available through The Design Center, a completely new retail concept in the Ballantyne Area outside of Charlotte offering JELD-WEN windows, doors, garage doors as well as professional installation services all in one showroom.

A growing awareness
With a new Douglas Fir species style being introduced this month, JELD-WEN Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors have become even more masterful at realistically mimicking a variety of woodgrains. Known for its straight, clean lines that work well with contemporary, traditional and even rustic styles, Douglas Fir has long been one of the most popular wood species for homeowners, builders and architects. Specific door designs include Classic, Craftsman, Estate and styles with glass insert and sidelights – all available in different system configurations. The new Douglas Fir species is available in 10 stain colors, and discerning homeowners can choose additional style elements including clavos and straps as decorative accents.

It’s understandable that JELD-WEN’s Custom Fiberglass door line is highlighted in these cases of mistaken identity, says Brosterhous. The company has taken pains to ensure that its Custom Fiberglass doors also actually sound like real wood when visitors come knocking, thanks to a solid, energy efficient core.

With the addition of Douglas Fir, the Custom Fiberglass line is now offered five finishes, including Oak, Mahogany, Alder and paint – making it even more tricky to tell the difference between real wood.

Making a positive ID
Homeowners who may be suspicious that their neighbor’s door is actually a JELD-WEN Custom Fiberglass door masquerading with exquisite wood style are advised to watch for telltale signs. Experts say clues may include:

–    A seemingly lack of interest in maintenance. JELD-WEN Aurora Custom Fiberglass Doors require virtually no maintenance and won’t swell, fade or warp under extreme conditions. If the neighbors have a beautiful-looking wood door but do next to nothing when it comes to maintenance, it may be a sign that it’s actually fiberglass.

–    Style consistency. As a wood species, Douglas Fir naturally yellows as it ages. JELD-WEN Aurora Custom Fiberglass doors maintain color consistency, so the grain and stain stay true over time.

–    Confidence to the extreme. Fiberglass will hold up to extreme exposure or harsh weather. It is a perfect option for homes that experience direct sunlight and moisture where wood doors may not be suitable.

The Design Center is located at 9484 Old Bailes Road, Fort Mill, SC, 29707. The phone number is 800-276-0411. Please visit our website at www.jeld-wen.com for further information.

1. Looking like it belongs in the office ofDon Draper from Mad Men, this beautiful
coffee table from the Thom Filicia Collection harkens back to a style from a different era.
Available in several colors and wood finishes. www.vanguardfurniture.com. The Furniture
Connector. 704-507-9023.

2. Light-weight aluminum stacking chairs by designer Kasper Salto. Available with or
without arms. Backrest and seat in synthetic material or upholstered in fabric or leather.
Available in 9 colors. www.suiteny.com.

3. This richly colored, tall cabinet offers amplestorage while maximizing space efficiency.

The unique combination of both closed cupboard storage and open shelving offers varying

storage styles for varying product demands. www.stickley.com. Stickley. 704-442-7171.

4. The new David Hicks fabric designs range from punchy geometrics to stylised floral
motifs, in luxurious qualities ranging from sheers and printed linens to cut velvet and
flocked taffeta silk. www.starkcarpet.com. Stark Carpet.

5. Bright. Versatile. Unique. Floral capiz pendant makes a bold statement in the foyer
but compact enough to illuminate a powder room. Translucent floral available in turquoise,
hot pink, gold or white. www.lucyandcompany.com. Lucy and Company. 704-342-6655.

6. The Crosby Entertainment Console is as lovely for the eyes to behold as it is
functional. The four door cabinet is finished in limed oak, with adjustable hinges, interior
shelf, and pre-cut cord holes on the back. www.citysupplycharlotte.com. City Supply Co.
704-347-2489.

7. FireflyTM Original garden art serves many purposes, including a plant stake, garden art
and pathway lighting. When darkness falls, the amber LED light turns itself on automatically

and is beautiful both day and night. Just plant the FireflyTM in your garden and let nature takes

its course. www.porchesandyards.com. Porches and Yards. 704-987-3544.

8. With a spectrum of designs ranging from formal to casual and bold to understated,
Robert Allen fabrics provide the necessary tools to create the most distinguished of spaces.
Pictured here is the Vintage Blossom in Citrine.www.robertallendesign.com. Front Door Fabrics.
704-844-6330.

1. The Modern Surface Collection comes handmade from a Texas ceramic studio. This   particular design is called “Washers in Transparent Green”.www.tilecollection.com. Tile Collection, Inc. 704-541-8453.

2. 3-Lt. Pendant – Stem Mount. Highlighted by modern drum shades in cream linen fabric with soft side pleats. Finished in Espresso, this traditionally rooted design is where classic vintage styling meets minimalistic lines. www.progresslighting.com. Unique Lighting Showplace.
704-553-1341.

3. The strong lines and commercially inspired design of every Avado sink and faucet combine to form a collection that beautifully complements an array of décors from Modern to Scandinavian-inspired to Retro 1950’s. Available in chrome and brushed nickel finishes, each Avado kitchen and prep faucet includes premium features such as a dual-function hand-spray option. www.elkayusa.com. Elkay. HD Kitchen and Bath. Huntersville: 704-892-6466, Charlotte: 704-845-5970.

4. Nolte Home Studio offers this more modern and elegant alternative to traditional backsplashes with six impressive motifs- measuring 600 to 1800 mm in width. www.noltehomestudio-usa.com. Nolte Home Studio. 704-542-4640.

5. Experience the only toaster with a viewing window that lets you watch the toasting process in action. Set the toaster to an automatic brown setting, or simply press a button to pop up your toast when it is browned just the way you like. www.williams-sonoma.com.

6. Everything about the cast bronze Katagami Wading Pool® lavatory looks and feels organic, from the wildflower motif to the ever-changing bronze patina. The lavatory’s shallow design highlights texture and ensures nearly limitless faucet options. www.kohler.com. Ferguson Kitchen and Bath. 704-370-2020.

7. Expanding on our ever popular Beau Monde stone mosaic program, we are proud to offer a variety of beautiful patterns in exquisite art glass. Beau Monde Glass is produced by water jet and fabricated with meticulous attention to detail. An incredible, vivid color palette complements the line. www.annsacks.com.

8. Viking Hand mixers are the most powerful mixers available today. At 250 watts it creates whipped cream, beats egg whites and even emulsifies dressing more efficiently than you ever thought possible. www.vikingkitchenware.com.

1. Designed in the 1940’s and 50’s George Nelson’s clocks were highly
successful both as popular consumer products and icons of high design.
Design Within Reach. www.dwr.com.  704-365-6514.

2. Featuring a new super cute fit, the Bed Head pajama has a more
feminine fit than the traditional pajama. Cottage Chic. www.cottagechicstore.com.
704-375-1888.

3. Express yourself. Contemporary turned wood vessel in blues and turquoise,
Red Sky Gallery. www.redskygallery.com. 704-377-6400

4. This slim, retro-modern esspresso machine features automatic capsule ejection and
removable water tank and drip tray. A great addition to any stylish kitchen. Crate &
Barrel. www.crateandbarrel.com. 704-362-4003.

5. This modern pendant creates a layer of bright, downward illumination while
adding an element of sophistication to interior spaces. Available in various fabric colors
and a metal body. Modern Lighting Design. www.modernlightingdesign.com. 704-332-     0901.

6. Hand-crafted by Anna Balkan. Featuring amethyst, fresh water pearls, ruby quartz,
citrine, garnet, blue topaz, lemon quartz with 18K gold plated chain. Sedona Boutique.
www.sedonaboutique.com. 704-362-5507.

7. These glamorous pillows were inspired by “women and the love for their homes”.     Swarovski crystals, simple applique, designed to enhance the beauty of your home and    lifestyle. Lucy & Company. www.lucyandcompany.com. 704-342-6655.

Special thanks to Kathleen Hands for research.

Modern bathroom designs involve an elegant simplicity that creates a mood of comfort and ease.  There are five major bath trends today that seem to be dominating the desired design aesthetic:

1. Longer and wider cabinetry-helps to elongate a small bathroom

2. Environmentally conscious products- these may include energy efficient products,etc.

3. Accessibility systems:  organizational systems are vital and allow for efficient storage of items

4. Counter-tops of differing heights:  accommodates people and guests of all heights and sizes

5.  Multiple sinks: allows for multiple people to be in a bathroom area at once, completing different tasks

For more information please visit vithouse.com.

1. With the rich color and warm texture of rattan peel, the Contempo collection offers the ultimate in outdoor living. Crafted from premium synthetic vinyl, Contempo is all about endless arrangement possibilities and durability. Porches and Yards. 704-987-3544. lloydflanders.com.

2. With a fresh yet timeless approach to design, the Thom Filicia collection balances elements in unique and beautiful ways. The Robineau Road Round Mirror is the perfect complement to any living area. The Furniture Connector. 704-507-9023. vanguardfurniture.com.

3. From organic cottons to recycled polys and renewable bamboo, this beautifully designed collection has the look and feel of a high-end residential fabric collection, while maintaining the earth-conscious philosophy that both Clodagh and Duralee have committed to in an effort to reduce our imprint on the environment. duralee.com. Front Door Fabrics. 704-844-6330.

4. Rennie armless leather sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is mid-century modern. Deep seat, small scale and sleek styling are enhanced by tall, thin tapered legs. The grid-tufted back gives it true, unseen comfort with the attached cushions. mgbwhome.com.

5. Illuminate your home in a whole new way with the Soho 5 light antique nickel chandelier from Hinkley Lighting. Includes Opal etched glass shades that enhances this unique light fixture. Showplace. 704-553-1341. hinkleylighting.com. Unique Lighting

6. Add a little Moroccan flair with the Hyperion rug in red or olive. Available in sizes 5×8, 8×11, or 10×13. City Supply Co. 704-347-2489. citysupplycharlotte.com.

7. Galbraith & Paul lighting is designed with an artist’s eye and a craftsman’s hand. Remarkably soft and colorful patterned fabrics are teamed with high-quality lighting fixtures to create an amazing statement. galbraithandpaul.com.

Cool Facts:

It’s easy to understand the nickname Holy City from the many picturesque steeples that punctuate its distinctive skyline. The peninsula land was once called “Oyster Point” because of the mounds of opened and discarded oyster shells left there by the Kiawah Indians. Early settlers  landed on a promising location they christened Albemarle Point in April 1670. The Proprietors soon flattered their king, Charles II, by insisting the settlement be named Charles Town in his honor. With a rich 300 year history, Charleston today is America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historical treasure. Its appeal has been described as a “living museum.”

Visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to view the entire article.

 

After one of the coldest winters on record, who isn’t ready to throw open the shutters and throw out our tired old décor? Maybe you can’t afford go-for-broke redecorating this year, but you can still give your home a fresh new look for the season. Follow the advice of Charlotte’s leading interior design specialists, who gave us their best ideas for making simple, affordable changes that will help you and your rooms lighten up for spring. 

Out with the old says interior designer Eric Ennis of The Furniture Connector in Charlotte, who advises clients to start the new season fresh by eliminating clutter and getting rid of items they don’t love.

Visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to view the entire article

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