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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.

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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.

 

 

 

Now that we’ve decked – and undecked – the halls for the holidays, this is the ideal time to design your home in a look all your own that delivers timeless functionality every day of 2011.
Have you often wished for a way to express your lifestyle and personal tastes in a home unique in every way, unlike furniture sets you see in
retail catalogs? Savvy Charlotte homeowners have known the secret for a while – 10 years to be exact – of shopping at The Furniture Connector for fabulous furniture at affordable prices.


When you cross the shop’s South End threshold, be prepared to be awed – and to enjoy your time within, often not something associated with furniture shopping. The beautiful display of designer market samples and closeouts comprise a broad range of styles for furniture, lighting, accessories, and art. For an advance glance at the newest items, peruse the Web site’s “Off the Truck” section.

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

Stop in The Furniture Connector at 2905 Griffith Street, located in South End, Wednesdays-Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5; call 704-507-9023, or visit http://www.thefurnitureconnector.com to see the new site that beautifully captures the culmination of a decade of change. You can also find the store on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Stop in The Furniture Connector at 2905 Griffith Street, located in South End, Wednesdays-Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5; call 704-507-9023, or visit www.thefurnitureconnector.com to see the new site that beautifully captures the culmination of a decade of change. You can also find the store on Facebook at www.youtube.com/user/Furnitureconnector



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.

Tucked among the treasures of West Hildebrand Avenue’s antique row, looms a large oasis on a corner lot. Breezy open fencing surrounds a mystical contemporary garden filled with pottery, statues, and most importantly, bamboo. Big Grass Bamboo has been the go-to spot for San Antonio’s eco-conscious cognoscenti since 2006. Owners John and Duang Hanesworth, “bamboo enthusiasts on a mission” as they call themselves, have established the company as the premier source for sustainable, elegant, stylish and globally friendly merchandise in South Texas.

A recent name change, from Big Grass Bamboo to the more simple Big Grass™, helps reflect the diversity of products available. While Big Grass carries everything from silk textiles to antiques to lanterns to hammocks, the store’s selection ultimately reflects a high-end design sensibility.  
“The Thai have a very refined sense of style. Many of our pieces are handcrafted by trained architects who became furniture designers,”
says John Hanesworth.

Already well known for outdoor room furnishings and garden decor, Big Grass is promoting two indoor furniture lines this season that integrate well with different design styles. Both product lines are made of distinctive, long-lasting bamboo. Loi™ (which means “flowing” in Thai)
is fashioned from laminated bamboo strips that are clamped and formed into fluid, contoured pieces. “It’s not instantly recognizable as bamboo,” says Hanesworth. “It actually has a very Scandinavian, contemporary look.” The Sabai™ line is made from solid core (not hollow) bamboo, giving it an appearance much like wood. Big Grass has a full complement of Sabai pieces: living room, dining room and bedroom furniture all featured in-store. Big Grass is the only US source for both furniture lines.

Big Grass may be best known locally for the innovative Ong™ jar. In a region with water shortages and the level of the Edwards Aquifer a major concern, rainwater collection and recycling is becoming increasingly mainstream. With the Ong jars, it can be beautiful as well. The jars are handmade in Thailand from dense concrete, and then custom-stained to match your décor. They can collect hundreds of gallons of water per rainfall, more than enough to water your landscape during the next drought. The only supplier of Ong jars in the US, Big Grass is so committed to rainwater conservation that it has donated several Ongs to area non-profits.

Beyond the sustainability of the objects they sell, Big Grass has another admirable aspect – a commitment to artisans. Working directly with skilled international artisans, the Hanesworths manage to ensure fair compensation, keep local traditions thriving, and maintain competitive prices for South Texas customers. “Many of our artisans are single women running their own businesses, or husband/wife teams. We love exploring Thailand and finding new artists to work with,” adds Hanesworth. In Big Grass, South Texas has the source for authentic, sustainable, stylish objects that are good for the planet.

Big Grass is located at 637 West Hildebrand in San Antonio, Texas. To learn more about their inventory, the artisan families they work with and to get tips about sustainability in practice, call 210.735.7999 or toll-free 877.735.7999, or visit their website at www.biggrassbamboo.com.

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