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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….

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

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

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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 www.closetandstorageconcepts.com.

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