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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

In my business I believe a nursery is all about Mom. It’s a room women dream of creating to welcome their new baby. It’s a
beautiful space to soak in some quite time while a baby is being rocked to sleep or a place to simply to gaze at while checking
in on a baby during nap time. Nurseries are an exciting thing to create in anticipation. Nurseries should transition easily into
a little person’s room. Roll in the bed and bide your time.

The teen room is generally the next, well, expense, or should I say long awaited dream – depending on who you ask. By the age of 13, I feel personalities should be expressed and function should rule. Mom appreciates the organization and their daughter’s feel a sense of expression and ownership.

Recently, I was asked to help in the completion of a ten-year-old preteen room. I was handed three things, brown walls, a fuchsia headboard and a bunch of trophies – my starting point. Emma and her mom, Stacy, were enthusiastic clients and every designer’s dream–they had trust in my skills and wanted to be surprised, so I was free to pull it all together.

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more.

Beth Keim is the owner of Lucy and Company, a full-service interior design firm located at 1009 East Boulevard in Charlotte. They can be reached at 704-342-6655 or at

1. The Modern Surface Collection comes handmade from a Texas ceramic studio. This   particular design is called “Washers in Transparent Green” 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. Unique Lighting Showplace.

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. 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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

The Arts and Crafts Movement that began in England in 1880 and held influence throughout Europe until the 1930s advocated the qualities of simplicity, use of honest materials, and an emphasis on craftsmanship. The Movement was a prelude to the Bauhaus School and modernism.
In America, Gustav Stickley, a leader of the American Craftsman Movement, which spawned the Craftsman (also known as Mission) style of furniture, was ahead of his time. Gustav believed, as leaders of the Bauhaus did, in incorporating machinery to improve the production process.
T oday the company that bears his name, Stickley Furniture, adheres to the guiding principles of the Arts and Crafts movement: dedication to quality, integrity, and pride in creating pieces of the finest workmanship. Using solid construction and the highest quality woods, the furniture created by his company was not only beautiful to look at and practical to use, it was made to last.
Staying true to its roots, Stickley Furniture continues its tradition of fine design principles born in the Arts and Crafts movement with designs that also reflect the Bauhaus and modernism periods that followed.
Mike Trescott, sales manager of Stickley Furniture in Charlotte, says the level of construction and craftsmanship they’ve maintained for more than a century at Stickley
Furniture is unique in the industry. He also notes though the Stickley name is associated with the Mission furniture created during the Arts and Crafts Movement, the company has carried the craftsmanship into new designs that fit well in an urban lifestyle.

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more.

Stickley Furniture is located at 721 Governor Morrison Street in Charlotte. Find them online at or call them at 704-442-7171.

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s wonderful to know the place to find perfect and enchanting home accoutrements is ready for the season. Sedona Boutique has garnered a stellar reputation as the place to shop for functional, artistically styled, one-of-a-kind pieces – and for good reason.

What to look for in terms of unique holiday beauties? Of course, their always-popular, painted-glass Christmas ornaments from various artists including Dona Gelsinger,
Susan Winget, Paul Brent, Patricia Brubaker, Peggy Abrams, and G. DeBrekht, along with
more contemporary holiday decor mainly for tabletops and to be used as accent pieces. For fall, Sedona Boutique once again features scented pinecones; still-life leaf ornaments dipped in gold, copper or silver; new glass pumpkin and food collections from Cohn-Stone Studios; and one-of-a-kind vases from Russia. Other tabletop decorations include an array of natural materials along with the use of gold or silver for items such as napkin rings and plates. A preview sale is planned for mid-to-late November if you are on their mailing list to receive sales promotions and coupons.

Sedona Boutique’s new Southpark location features a strong home-oriented emphasis on functional art from elite artists representing the US, UK, Europe, Italy, Israel, Germany, Russia, and the Czech Republic, along with the addition of rugs from Turkey.

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more.

Sedona Boutique is located at 4310 Sharon Road, Suite U11-A, in the Village at Southpark.
For more information, call 704-362-5507, email, or visit

The Elizabeth Community in Charlotte, a historic district about one mile from Uptown, will showcase five homes, an artist’s studio, and  several outstanding gardens and landscaped areas, during it’s annual Home Tour in October.

Who: The Elizabeth Community Association

What: Annual Home and Garden Tour

When: Saturday, October 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Sunday, October 3, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: The historic Elizabeth Community

Tickets: $12.00 in advance at Elizabeth neighborhood businesses;

$15.00 on tour days at the Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs,

1820 East 7th St.

Details: The showcased homes, studio, and landscaped areas are:

-Julie Chavez and Scott Kaysen, East 8th St., home and garden

-Diana and Reid Watson, Kenmore Ave., home and garden

-Heather and Gus Obleada, Clement Ave., home

-Paige McThenia and Jon Adams, East 8th St., home & garden

-Kristan and Ken Magas, East 5th St., home

-Kris and Ric Solow, East 5th St., garden and studio

-Leesa and Jim Clardy, East 5th St., garden

Tammy and Mark Hermann, East 5th St., garden

Elaine and Jerry Tylman, Kenmore Ave., outdoor areas

The Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs, 1820 East 7th St., and Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church, 501 Hawthorne Lane, will complete the tour offerings. The Council house will be decorated with arrangements crafted from flowers and greenery readily available in Charlotte. Club members will be on site to answer gardening questions.

Maya Packard, tour chairperson,

If the recession has taught us anything, it’s that bigger isn’t always better. Even when it comes to our kitchens, we’re downsizing; the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) design trends for 2010 included  concealed kitchens and space efficiency.

In this aspect, Europe is decades ahead of us. The European kitchen is the model of efficiency and beautiful minimalist design. Cooking in Europe is viewed differently than in the US with fresh ingredients and depends less on stored and pre-prepared food. Space is usually at a premium so appliances are smaller and storage is paramount.

Charlotte homeowners are in luck because Nolte Home Studios, maker of Europe’s most innovative kitchen and bedroom designs, has recently opened its first US showroom in Pineville.

Nolte is a German manufacturing company (second largest single label in the world) that has been designing and producing high-quality kitchens for more than 50 years. Their innovative space-saving designs keep everything in your cabinets organized and close-at-hand while using every inch of space available.

But those are the things you don’t see; the exterior of a Nolte kitchen is a work of minimalist art with clean uninterrupted lines and a streamlined elegant look….

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Visit the Nolte Home Studio showroom at 11523 Carolina Place Parkway in Pineville, or call 704-542-4640. Visit them online at

Murphy beds sure aren’t what they used to be. See for yourself at Closet and Storage Concepts, well – that is if you can find them in their newly styled disguises. Today’s Murphy bed is virtually undetectable in entertainment-center designs surrounded by cabinets often taking up an entire wall.

By definition, a Murphy bed folds or swings into a cabinet or closet for concealment. These days, innovation has almost made you resist hiding them because when the bed is out, it’s a beautiful piece, and folded up, it’s even more striking.

Robert Coover, owner of Closet and Storage Concepts, offers these beds typically used in guest bedrooms for homeowners who are either downsizing or want to utilize the room as a den as well as a guest room by incorporating TVs, desks, and couches. “This makes sense for downtown condos, town homes, retirement communities, and places with restrictive square footage,” Robert says. “They are a lovely, efficient way for single-family homes to double up…”

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about the Closet and Storage Concepts.

For more information on Closet and Storage Concepts, call 704-525-6515 or 1-888-THE-CLOSET (849-2567), or visit them at 635 Pressley Road, Suite H, and

1. Looking for stylish, comfortable and virtually maintenance free outdoor furniture? WeatherMaster synthetic wicker may be the outdoor furniture of choice. One of our collections, South Hampton by Lane Venture, offers a world of simple abundance with nature and sophistication. Porches and Yards. 704-987-3544.

 2. Big Sur three piece media cabinet in antique black finish. Oversized with a mirrored top, this versatile storage piece would be a perfect addition to any room. City Supply Co. 704-347-2489.

 3. The Ravella rug is a beautiful and versatile accent that can be used both indoor and outdoors. Its great for a busy kitchen or on your back deck. It was designed by Liora Manne for the Trans-Ocean Rug collection. Made from 70% polypropylene and 30% acrylic pile. Available in a variety of sizes. Front Door Fabrics. 704-844-6330.

 4. Amy Butler, A designer best known for her modern, relaxed approach to botanical, geometric and romantic inspirations has designed a collection of 36 distinct, eyecatching wallpapers exclusively for Graham & Brown. Wallpapers pictured are from two of the lines, Ocean and Midnight.

 5. The Caboche Grande chandelier is asuspension lamp composed by transparent globes of amber or a clear translucent color. A shade in white matte finish glass offers direct upward and downward light projection and diffusion throughout the space. Modern Lighting Design Showroom. 704-332-0109.

 6. Up the style quotient with a sleek bentwood seat embellished with graphic prints! .5”w x 19”d x 34.5”h; 18.5”h seat. Strong bentwood construction and sturdy chrome-plated iron base. Simple assembly.

 7. A nod to ancient China’s guardians, the Foo Dogs are a traditional lamp with the signature Barbara Cosgrove twist, reinvented in cool clean neutral colors. The Furniture Connector. 704-507-9023.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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