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Ah, acrylic!  Lovely lucite.  The splendid see-through wonder incarnated into furniture fashions to sparkle in any space. J’adore!  It longs to be looked at.  It’s lovely to live with.  Vintage or spanking new, as transparent as your best friend, it is the clear choice for making impact without the visual weight. This versatile and incredibly dynamic material has been around since 1931, but it has just recently enjoyed an almost unprecedented re-emergence within the furniture market for its ability to open up a space, remove visual clutter, and add a touch of the unexpected.Louis and Casper the Friendly Ghost Chairs

Take the classic Louis chair, and reimagine it in lucite:  Bam! – the Louis Ghost Chair:  an instant update with a quirky nod to the much more formal past.  Thank you Philippe Starke.  And for even more fun, there are now mini-me versions of the ghost chair.  Your little loves will be drawn to them like moths to a flame.  And let’s not kid ourselves (you like that?) – these are a far cry from pink plastic barbie chairs!  Kid furniture with design appeal?  WIN!

And it just feels super special.  Want to make a fearless style statement?  Lux and sophisticated in a small, dark foyer, or perfect to back your sofa without overwhelming it, this lucite console might be the single sexiest piece of furniture you ever owned.

Not ready for quite that big of a leap?  How about a baby step?  This vintage ice bucket is pretty near perfection.  Look every inch the stylish hostess while serving your guests.  Another cocktail?  Yes, please!

And I can’t help but gush over this unique vintage game table set.  Simultaneously a table with four chairs sheer enough to fit into the most crowded corner without feeling cluttered, and its own storage solution.  Genius.  A rare and fabulous gem.  The perfect solution.  Super score!

So what is the moral of this story?  Come to Slate, and see all our exquisite lucite pieces.  They are in high demand, and there is something special for everyone.  Let us help you find the perfect piece for your abode.  You’ll be in love at first lucite.

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It’s a new month, friends, and though 2012 is half played out, we are here to give you something to look forward to each and every month.  Yes, those new year’s resolutions may be but distant memories, but at this, the halfway point in the year, we are hosting  a reason to put on a dress and drink some prosecco.  Our feature art wall changes the first of the month, so it is time to celebrate a new month, new artist and new season of summer fun. 

This month, at the crux of summer, we highlight the art of Kate Gaither.  Inspired by nature and frequently a painter en plien air (frenchy speak for open air painting), she often takes a multi-media approach, and has been known to use everything from recycled materials to beach glass she finds along the Carolina shore. 

Born in Indiana and raised in Florida, Kate moved to NC in 1980 after college at University of Florida. She owns Newport Properties, a full service real estate firm at Lake Norman and has been in Real Estate for 32 years. Kate finds it relaxing to create new visions of what she sees in nature in her spare time.

 This collection of works is inspired by spring’s bloom – everything coming to life; it is a collection featuring acryllics and collage.  And with the heat bearing down on us these days, these flowers may be the only ones not wilting in the sun.  Come see them here beginning the 1st of July.  Stay tuned for more information on our artist reception July 13th.

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Vintage...

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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“Dogs have no pretense, just an innate desire to please, and a lack of self-awareness that makes them beautiful.”

Five Buck Chuck 22x28 Oil on Canvas

For all of you dog lovers, we have a special treat in the works for you. We’ve all seen dog portraits, good and bad, and loved or hated them, but this is something else altogether.  We’re honored to introduce you to Heather LaHaise, a fine artist whose work has been featured in the New York Post, The State Newspaper, Modern Dog, and HGTV as well as several other publications and notable blogs such as Dog Art Today and Design Milk.  Heather treats dog as muse, evoking dignity in “the underdog,” often capturing the essence of rescue pups, senior dogs and strays in ways that elevate puppy love into high-fashion amor.

When you cast your eyes on her dogs, you instinctively feel the spirit of the animal; the sweet-tempered loyalty, the high-spirited adoration, or the curious adventurer.   Not only that, but the dogs feel like part of something bigger.  Something insatiably swank, haute couture, impressing upon you a love of urban landscapes and gorgeous textures.  This is fine art, darlings.  You have never seen anything like it.

She balances abstractionism with realism in her portraits with graphic use of space and expressive layering of paint.  Planes of uneven color, gestural marks and calculated drips mark her style, often with dogs as the focus of the finished piece.   And, while the dogs may give her a voice, she strives to transcend the singular category of “dog art” and continues to work toward contemporary ideas, including a collection of abstract works, collectively showing at Slate beginning March 1st.

So come in this Friday, March 2nd, enjoy our later hours with a beer or glass of prosecco, and organic delights provided by Thomas Martin Catering.  And don’t forget to bring Fido, Fluffy or Butch.  We love your pups.  And as always, treats provided for them too!

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Scrumptious Green Vintage Chair

Consider the chair…

A sitting thing, a resting thing, a reading, watching, reaching thing.  A feet-up place, and chatting space, another place to feed your face.  A comfy spot, a favorite spot, a snuggle-with-your-babies spot.  A place that’s great, but don’t you hate when someone beats you to “your” spot?

When you consider all the things a great chair does for a person, don’t you think it makes sense to invest in a piece that you absolutely love? Mmmm… I do.  So here is what I propose… (I know; I propose far too often, my friends, but always sincerely.)

Perhaps it’s time you find a new favorite chair…  if not to replace, then to accentuate.  Or perhaps to mediate?   (When I was a kid, my brothers and I would call “seat saved” when we got up so as not to have that dreaded battle over the “good chair” upon returning from the bathroom or getting a snack.   This is a proposal for a peace-offering, preventing constant war with your husband, girlfriend, roommate, or dog…  But I digress. )

Come into Slate and plant your buns in any of our lovely chairs. Take a moment.  Sink in.  Picture eating dinner, chatting with friends, hanging a picture, watching your guilty pleasure on TV, taking a leisurely snooze… Go on, we won’t wake you up!  (Just don’t tell us its “Jersey Shore” you love – we’ll make fun of you when you leave.  ;))

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So, you have purchased new furniture, found gorgeous art and put your space together with creativity and heart, only to feel like something is missing.  It doesn’t feel the way you hoped it would.  Perhaps it feels a bit flat. What are you doing wrong? 

Before you go out shopping endlessly for the perfect “something” to make all your design dreams come true, try looking up for inspiration.  No, you don’t need to pray to the God-of-All-Things-Beautiful – consider your lighting.  Is it adequate? Balanced?  Inspired?  Updated even?

Oh, Lighting.  Perhaps the single most important element of any space, but also one of the most overlooked, and trickiest to perfect; lighting is the magic element that can turn a room from glum to glamorous, dark to dramatic, or claustrophobic to cozy.  An otherwise well designed room without the right lighting can leave you with a sense of uneasiness, and the room feeling incomplete and uncomfortable. 

Enter Parker Kennedy Living…

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Founders David Ecton and Lance Jackson of Parker Kennedy Living have joined us here at Slate with a selection of unique and beautiful lighting at inspiring prices.  David holds an MBA in International Trade, while Lance is an Atlanta-based interior designer with 15 years experience, and projects everywhere from New York to Texas to Palm Beach, among others.  He has also worked as lead product designer of the lamp and accessory line The Bradburn Gallery.  Together they bring us lighting that ranges from contemporary to preppy to vintage in inspiration.  You’ll find the perfect lighting to complete your project, or the perfect statement piece for an instant update.  And don’t forget that anything at Slate can be taken home on approval – feel free to try it out.

So stop by and check out what’s “up.”  We’ll see you soon!

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