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The word evokes visions of brass warmed by gorgeous patina, well-worn chairs and lasting quality.  Though there may not be a hard and fast definition to what is and what is not, the romantic in me sings it’s delight when considering objects with an aura of history – that have stood the test of time, or have reinvented themselves, and that add warmth and life to a space full of sparkling, spanking new.  I had a glamorous great-aunt who’s life, jewelry, and furnishings whispered in hushed tones about things I will never have the thrill of experiencing.  Those whispers fill my senses and make each piece feel rich with history.

And with the surge of media celebrating times past, we are seeing more and more interest in furniture and accessories from unexpectedly mixed eras.  From Mad Men and Pan Am to the Tudors, and everything in between, eclectic furnishings are in demand.  Go ahead and jump in with a special piece that whispers to you… These are a few of my current obsessions.

What do you think?  A flame-stitched mid-century chair, perfect with a martini after work? Yes, please!  These vintage bar glasses? Fabulous. They offer a nod to a time when cocktails were glamorous.  And when did boring become the norm, anyway?  Why shouldn’t every day feel just a little special?  I want these to be my everyday water, cocktail and everything else glasses.  And then there are all the vintage smoking accessories…  Now, I know nobody smokes in their houses anymore (thank God!), but vintage ashtrays and matchstick holders are so gorgeous that they scream for a second life.  I love to use them for jewelry and desk accessories.  They have such sexy sculptural appeal.  What are your favorite vintage finds?  Check out the slide show for a taste of the vintage beauties currently living at Slate, or, come in and try on a past life… Whatever whispers its secrets in your ear.

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You have a defined style, you know what you like.  Why, oh why, then, can’t you get it to feel right?  Forgive the cliché, lovelies, but too much of a good thing…  In design (and just about everything else), we all know that while too much sweetness is cloying, too much masculinity can be cold, just as too many neutrals can feel monotone but overwhelming color feels like a circus. Do you find yourself drawn to the same elements over and over?  Marinate on this: One element in the absence of  its opposite may feel incomplete, but the whisper of its opposite magnifies itself. ( I theorize this is why kettle corn may be the world’s most addictive snack, as illustrated by my recent trip to the mountains.  But I digress… )  So if you are plagued by a Groundhog’s Day sense of safe and similar, what to do? Throw a wrench in it!  Highlight all the things you already love by peppering in a tiny hint of its counterpart.  You like clean lines and crisp finishes?  Drape a sumptuous throw over your sofa.  You have a room full of dark wood? Lighten up with a white-painted chest.  Lots of solids?  A kiss of pattern will banish the boring. Shall we begin?

Look your space and take stock.  What themes are repeated?  Is it all hard lines and crisp finishes?  Or perhaps you are a creature of comfort and many of your surfaces are rounded, soft and cozy.  Look at the colors in your space.  Are they cool or warm? Lots of color or all neutrals?  What words describe your aesthetic?  Super glam or casual?  Dark or light?  Preppy or romantic? Relaxing or energizing, etc?  Assign shapes to the elements in your space. What shape is most often repeated?  Look at the lighting, furniture, art and accessories, and take some notes.

Next step: Analyze.  Determine your comfort zone by what you see a lot of and your fears by what you don’t.  Perhaps you have a space filled with rounded shapes, comfy chairs, pillows and throws, lots of neutrals.  What are you missing?  You want it to feel comfy and relaxing but not boring!  Here’s the trick.  Your space is craving a tiny touch of the elements you run from.  It should be 90/10.  You need a few hard edges, some reflective surfaces (maybe a touch of sparkle?), a few shakes of bold color, and Voila!  Treat it like a spice.  Just a touch will wake up the flavor.  Perhaps a mirrored tray, a sleek accent chair, and a bold geometric pattern.  Take a color you love and introduce it around the room in small doses to add excitement and energy.  One, two, three, done.

Conversely, for all you hard-edge modernists out there wanting expansive breathing room, but living in sterility, your space is aching for the softness of a curving line or two, a touch of texture, and some organic shape to warm it up.  A few luxurious pillows, a touch of warm wood or fresh flowers, and an unexpected vintage accessory will replace the echos with exhales and coldness with an invitation to live  life within your walls.  Check out the driftwood lamp, the abstract flower painting, and the antique elephant garden stool.  Fresh flowers that never die add energy, and the organic shapes of the coral pillow and vessel are dynamite for breaking up the defined lines of a, ultra-contemporary space.

Overall the key is this:  take a risk.  Try something you normally wouldn’t.  A few opposites make a room feel just right.  Keep your modern or traditional, but juxtaposing just a few elements enhances the style you already have.  Don’t take my word for it – try it!  Come into Slate with a few pictures and we’ll help you find exceptional elements to carry it to the next level.  And because you can try nearly anything in the store on approval, there is no excuse to let your room sit stagnant!

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It’s time to start the new year with another Gallery Crawl. On Friday, January 6 we’ll be open from 5:00-8:00 to offer you the opportunity to browse the original art and home furnishings at Slate Interiors. Have a glass of wine and enjoy refreshments provided by Bisto La Bon, our popular across the street neighbor.

Our featured artist for January is Linda Dahlin. Linda expresses herself in oils on large canvases with an emphasis on luminosity. Linda has worked in creative arts all of her life as an actress in NYC and London.  She has also worked as a costume and set designer, web designer, and now as a full time oil painter. She has studied at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, the Pratt Institute in NY, and now studies under Andy Braitman at the Braitman Studio in Charlotte.

Linda’s over-sized paintings take a tremendous amount of time due to the very thin layers needed to achieve the translucent effect she desires. She uses rare oil colors from the Renaissance period to richly create her works of art. Lighting is also important to bring out all the character in her designs.

Linda intends to work even larger in the new year. Her pieces can be seen on our front wall through the month of January. She is one of more than 30 artists whose original work is on display at Slate. We offer a wide range of affordable art that is always warmly received.

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December is  a great month to visit Slate Interiors. In addition to our home furnishings, we have a great selection of original art. On the first Friday of each month we stay open late for the Gallery Crawl. Our many artists bring in new pieces as our inventory turns over frequently. Our front art wall this month showcases the work of Marcy Gregg.

Marcy’s journey to becoming a painter did not follow the typical artist’s career path.  Her life changed forever after a serious complication arose during the delivery of her third child, leaving Marcy in a coma with little hope of recovery. Overcoming incredible odds, with the healing power of the Lord, she regained consciousness but lost most of her memory. Faced with the daunting task of rebuilding her identity, Marcy re-evaluated her priorities. Determined to make the most of the second chance she had been given, in 2006 Gregg made the decision to sell her successful business and return to her true passion, art.

Gregg’s oil paintings are multifaceted explorations of the intrinsic beauty of nature, her chosen subject matter, and the inherent properties of her chosen medium, fine oil paints. Marcy confirms her love of paint and texture, often building up layer upon layer of paint to create a thick application of color. To achieve highly texturized compositions, Gregg also uses a palette knife.

Here is a sampling of Marcy’s work. Stop by soon to see it in person, or better yet, come to the Gallery Crawl, Friday, December 2, from 5:00-8:00pm. Have a glass of wine while you shop Slate Interiors and see all we have to offer.

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After nine years, turq jewelry is closing and bringing their final inventory to Slate. Here is your chance to get beautiful pieces at great prices. Starting, Tuesday, November 29, we’ll have hundreds of earrings, necklaces, and lingerie bags. Stop in soon to get the best selection. Here are a few of the offerings:

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Admonishing owl $64

According to an article from the stlye section of the wall street journal last month, every great space has, among other things… an animal? Looking around the spaces within slate, it proves true.  Animals make us smile, lower blood pressure, are personal, unexpected, and just plain charming!  May I suggest an owl? Everywhere I go, I find myself falling for owls.  They are charming, darling and wise.

As pillows, they warm a picture-perfect room with whimsey.  Bookends peek out to offer sage admonishment or hoots of laughter.  And how about an incredibly whimsical pair of andirons?  The amber glass eyes illuminate with the firelight!

Not into owls?  No worries-it’s all about your personality. A beautiful silver teddy bear talc shaker would be sweet in a nursery, or come check us out at slate to find your newest obsession. Whatever your penchant; dogs, monkeys, horses, find a sweet or quirky animal to tuck into your favorite room and notice how you smile whenever your gaze falls upon them. Voila! Instant charm.

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We’d like to welcome Dana Phillips and her mother, Sheila Mahood, the newest members of our Slate family. Guided by a shared passion for art, antiques and vintage items, Sheila and Dana love working together, taking trips to the High Point Market, and seeking out inspiration and current trends.  They are always on the look-out for unique pieces from all time periods.

Sheila, who lives in Fayetteville, WV with her husband Charles, daughter Sarah, and dog Lucy, has been an interior decorator for more than 15 years.  Her current passion is spending time in her workshop refinishing antiques, vintage furniture, and making glasses from wine bottles as well as doing room redesigns.

Dana and her husband live in Charlotte with their two sons Noah and Tosh.  A stay-at-home-mom with a background in Culinary Arts, she is inspired by green initiatives, and is continually seeking new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in her designs. Often you can find her in the workshop in her home crafting new items from discarded items such as burlap coffee sacks and otherwise repurposing items for a lovely second life.

Drop by Slate soon to check out Dana and Sheila’s great space.

 

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