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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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Have I ever mentioned that I love my job?  I do.  I love my job.  Weird stuff happens here.  The awesome kind of weird.  For example…

Once upon a time (not so very long ago…) a lovely lady heard great things about Slate and came to see what all the fuss was about.   Little did she know as she drifted through each vignette, that hidden among all the loveliness was a buried treasure in the form of a painting,  from her life decades ago.  Until there it was, staring her in the face with a sense of irony too unlikely for words.  So she sought out the charming and witty store rep (who bears an uncanny resemblence to your dear writer…) and told her, “You will never believe it, but I painted this in the 60’s.  I can’t believe it’s here.”  So I will tell you the story of how the painting came full circle, and then you will know why this place is so awesome. 

You can still see hints of the original colors, and still in it’s original frame!

Five decades ago, the aformentioned lovely (Chris is her name) gifted a sizable red and yellow magnolia flower painting to her sister for her birthday, which remained with her for her entire life.  After she passed and her husband remarried, it was thoughtfully returned to her, where it sat in a closet for several years. 

One day her daughter came upon it, decided it might be useful in a different color palette, and gave it a cream and sky-blue make-over.  Voila!  Sadly, her husband hated it.  So back to the closet it went.  Years come and go, and nob0dy wants it.  It’s time.  The daughters sells it.  A short time later, another daughter hears the painting has sold, and is beside herself.  Really? How could you just go and sell a family treasure like that?  I want that painting! 

Now at this point in the story, Chris pauses to qualify that (she swears) she talked to everyone and nobody wanted the darn thing.  But there we are.  The painting is gone.  I mean, what can you do?   And so she stares at this painting in serendipitous disbelief that it has made it’s way back to her.  It even has the original rough wood frame that her husband made for it.  And so it came to pass, my friends, that I made a call, relayed the story, and Cookie (the sweetheart  merchant who owned said painting), was as charmed by the story as I was, and returned it to the family for her cost.  The painting is home again, and hopefully not in the closet.   Full circle.  I love my job.

The end.

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He’s been your hero, your rock, the voice in your head, comic relief.  Your dearest friend, your dear old dad.  And for all these things (and so many more!) our desire on Father’s Day is to reflect even the tiniest glimmer of the love, admiration and respect we feel for the old man.  Unfortunately, it usually goes something like this:

“Dad, I love you so much that I have combed the world over to find you the perfect… new tie?”   Wowee.  Now, that’s love…  Really, if that’s all you got, don’t even bother.  Nobody wants another tie.  I don’t think I’m wrong about this.  For the love of  God, get some  inspiration!  Try just a modicum of thoughtfulness.  Really, it’s the least you can do.

Ok, so what does dear old dad like to do?  What would he do if he had the time?  What makes him smile and laugh for days?  Think.  How about a momento?  Something that will remind him of great times you have shared, dreams in the making or an inside joke he can’t live down.  Or something just really cool.  Or really anything at all besides another tie.  Really.

(By the way, I was testing this hypothosis with a dad I know around here (we refer to him as “Papa Color”, but that’s a whole other story…), and he agreed.  “No, not a tie.  Nothing practical.  Get me something I would never get for myself.”  So there it is.)  Here are a few unique and super cool gift ideas to get you started.  You’re welcome, dads.

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I have developed a neurotic obsession with art.  Blame the day job, but I am surrounded on all sides by incredible original art that often moves as quickly as it comes in.  You know that moment when you look at a piece of art and the thought of walking away from it feels as though you are leaving a child behind?  You simply must own it.  Lovelies, I don’t know if you are aware how lucky we are to live in an area where original art abounds.  Great art.  And great art by wonderful people.  I am blessed to know so many of them; it makes owning the pieces even that much sweeter.  One of these such gems is Sharon Hockfield, the featured artist here at Slate for the month of June.

Sharon, a career-long teacher with CMS,  is a Charlotte native who has always had a love of art, even while attending East Meck, but  it wasn’t until she began working with an artist on her daughter’s wedding invitations that she thought to actively pursue it.  She recently completed an artist-in-residence training with Andy Braitman, and her resulting work is lush and thick with paint.  She likes to work from life – figures and florals, which is a natural progression of another passion of hers – landscape design.    Come in and check out all the gorgeous and varied works by this lovely lady.  And don’t be surprised when you get attached…

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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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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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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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