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Interior DesignWe spend of good part of our lives collecting – antique china, crystal figurines, sports memorabilia, old pottery, Christmas ornaments – the list is varied and unique to each individuals’ taste.  Sometimes vacations and excursions are primarily focused on adding to our collections.  When we get home and review our collectibles, we think, “Now what am I going to do with this?”.  Read the entire article HERE. Bryan Pule Interiors. 303-399-8866.

Front Door Fabrics

The girls at ~ Front Door Fabrics ~ are not only making a difference in our homes here in Charlotte by assisting us in selecting fabrics, furniture and accessories for our interior projects, but they’re also making a difference in the lives of women less fortunate. The girls at Front Door Fabrics have adopted a mission to support ~ Sisters in Service ~ with a vocational women’s center in Mali, Africa. The center provides 9 months of training to abused and abandoned women and provides their graduates with a sewing machine of their own to start a business to support their children and provide hope for a better future.
While I gush over imported fabrics on a daily basis, I often forget to look beyond the beautiful colors to the worlds where they are produced. It is heart warming to meet girls in your own community that are sharing their own success in these war-torn countries to make a difference. Front Door has won my business in the past with their well-edited selection of fabrics and the largest selection of pillow forms I’ve ever seen, but they have now assured me, without a doubt, they are my favorite MATERIAL GIRLS!
I know many of you don’t live here and can’t reap the benefits of having Front Door Fabrics in your own neighborhood, but you can visit ~ Sisters in Service ~ and learn more about how to get involved and how the proceeds from the books sold on Sisters in Service will help bring new life to abused and exploited girls.
Want to meet my material girls?
Mark your calendar for
Girls’ Night Out on February 17th from 6-8pm!
      An event for just us girls in their shop!

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Luxe Home Couture
  
               follow cupid’s arrow from store to store & find all of the
                                            things you love to love!

 
                                               please join us for a
                                                    CUPID CRAWL
                   and take advantage of our valentine’s specials!
 
 
                              friday february 11th from 10am – 5:30pm
                              saturday february 12th from 11am – 4pm 
                            monday february 14th from 10am – 5:30pm
 
 
                             cupid’s arrow will hit the following stores…
 
                   abode . interiors marketplace. ladonna antiques & interiors .
                      luxe home couture . post & gray . jenko’s . cinch . isabella .
                                     acquisitions . lucy & co . mrs. howard
  
                                              follow cupid’s arrow!
 
post & gray
2139 south tryon st 28203
704.332.2252
various discounts
$150 gift card giveaway

ladonna antiques & interiors
2216 hawkins st 28203
704.375.0082
20% off entire purchase

abode
201 w worthington ave 28203
704.332.3731
20% off entire purchase

luxe home couture
227 east blvd 28203
704.370.2644
20% off entire purchase
$250 luxe bucks drawing
refreshments . wine . chocolates

lucy and company
1009 east blvd 28203
704.342.6655
20% off new project of $2500+
*if booked feb. 11-14

mrs. howard
1001 e. morehead st 28204
704.376.8900
20% off entire purchase

interiors marketplace
923 providence rd 28207
704.377.6226
various discounts
$150 gift card giveaway

jenko’s
102 middleton dr #b 28207 
704.375.1779
20% off, up to 50% off select items
refreshments

cinch
715 providence rd 28207
704.333.0094
20% off regular-priced merchandise
$100 gift card drawing
refreshments & treats

acquisitions
715 providence rd 28207
704.334.2478
20% off accessories, lamps & mirrors
refreshments & hors d’oeuvres

isabella
715 providence rd 28207
704.377.4919
20% off all candles, diffusers, soaps & sleepwear
 

see you there!

When shopping for a new sofa or chair, the quality is on the inside. Don’t be misled by cost cutting imitations that do little more than diminish the comfort and durability of your new furniture.  Don’t be fooled…in the not so distant long run your back and wallet will pay for the corners cut on buying a piece of furniture not constructed to the highest quality standards.

Distinctive Fabrics & Furniture is committed to delivering outstanding quality custom upholstery at an exceptional value.  With over forty-five years of experience, we manufacture the custom upholstered furniture sold in our retail stores.  By managing the entire manufacturing process and eliminating the middleman markup each piece of furniture we produce is unmatched in craftsmanship and affordability.

A quality piece of furniture, should last a lifetime.  However, the most important aspects of quality are on the inside.  Each piece of custom upholstered furniture produced by Distinctive Fabrics and Furniture is constructed to the highest quality standards by skilled craftsman in our North Carolina plants.  Most important of those quality standards is the use of kiln, dried hardwoods and an eight-way hand-tied seating system.  When you’re buying new furniture, do not settle for anything less.

Always make sure your new sofa or chair is constructed with a solid wood frame consisting of five quarter or thicker, kiln dried hardwood for strength, durability and resistance to warping.  And most importantly, make sure you purchase nothing but a piece of furniture containing an eight-way hand-tied seating system consisting of double, coil springs fastened directly to the hardwood frame.  There are many imitations, pre-manufactured eight-way hand-tied systems on the market but none of them provide the superior seating comfort and durability of the traditional hand-tied approach from our skilled craftsman.   

Each piece of furniture manufactured by Distinctive Fabrics & Furniture is designed and custom built for your comfort, enjoyment and personal taste.  We encourage you to compare both our quality and our price.  We are confident you will not find a higher quality piece of furniture at a comparable price.  And with our re-upholstery services allowing you to periodically update the look of your furniture with a new fabric, your new furniture should last a lifetime.

Distinctive Fabrics & Furniture is located at 18820 Statesville Road in
Cornelius, NC. For more information call us at 704-895-6275. Or email to randrews@efabricsandfurniture.com.  You may also find us at www.distinctivefabricsandfurniture.com and on Facebook.

 

 

 

1. For a dramatic statement in any room, the Sausalito Collection is a powerful and elegant addition. The hand-worked wrought iron construction and linen shade give the collection an Old-World feel with contemporary updating. Finished in deep bronze or silver gold, the fixtures are available in chandeliers, sconces
and pendants. http://www.troy-lighting.com.

2. Sleep like royalty in the new Harlow queensized platform bed from renowned designer Michael Weiss. Featuring a sculpted headboard, leather upholstery and brass nail heads. Available in dozens of different wood finishes. Vanguard
Furniture. http://www.vanguardfurniture.com. The Furniture Connector. 704-507-9023.

3. Add a little bling to your home with thisbeautiful floor lamp. A vibrant sparkler with a three-diamond stem and kaleidoscope base, it features antiqued mirrors and recyclable tin. This floor lamp is a sophisticated lighting solution for even the most casual of rooms. Lucy and Company. 704-342-6655.

4. Inspired by the shapes of birds’ nests, the  sleek and lightweight Rin chair by Hiromichi Konno is an ideal complement to a desk or dining table. Made of molded plastic with a powder-coated aluminum frame, it measures 30.3”h. x 22.4” w. x 21.6” d., comes in six colors. Republic of Fritz Hansen. www.fritzhansen.com. 212-219-3226.

5. Robert Allen’s Hollywood collection features rich, shimmering fabrics mixed with tailored patterns to evoke memories of old Hollywood grandeur while maintaining modern sensibility for a versatile selection of designs. Robert Allen
Fabrics. http://www.robertallendesign.com. Front Door Fabrics. 704-844-6330.

6. Fresh and futuristic, these mid century fixtures are handcrafted from aluminum. They are an elegant update for period and modern homes. Rejuvenation. www.rejuvination.com. 888-401-1900.

7. Serve up some style with Jonathan Adler’s new Porcelain Dinnerware. Greek Key – a modern twist on classic China, platinum details and bold graphic patterns make any occasion special. Platinum Stripe – with clean stripes and platinum details, this China is an heirloom in the making. http://www.jonathanadler.com.

8. The exuberance, glamour and lush coloring of Lelievre’s latest collection frames Stark’s newest carpet: the elegant Samora. This hand-loomed wool carpet is  available in four colors but can be created in a custom color if desired. http://www.starkcarpet.com. Stark Carpet. 704-588-8842.



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.

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.

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 customerservice@sedonaboutique.com, or visit www.sedonaboutique.com.


The Bauhaus movement had a huge impact on art and architecture trends in the first part of the 1900s. Its modern design and functional application paved the way for experimentation in home décor. Nearly a century later, its sustained influence weaves its way into our homes over and over again…

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

As a personal stylist in Charlotte, Catherine Horgan works with clients to create signature looks and a fulfilling wardrobe. Learn how to tap into your personal style at www.ClosetOfStyle.com or call 704-408-0055 to schedule a style session.

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