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Want to know a few of my favorite furniture stores in Charlotte, NC ? Some of the most interesting furniture stores in Charlotte are easier to find than you may think. These stores range from whimsical to modern, and just about everything in-between. Is there anything better than finding exactly the right piece for your space, especially when you can see it in person? Here are a few of my favorite local Charlotte area design stores.
1401 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205
Over 90 unique merchants and artists showcase their pieces at Slate, an interior design store located in the heart of Plaza Midwood. What do I love so much about this gem? It might be the fact that you can often find exceptional pieces or the fact that Slate is a plethora of carefully cultivate furniture, art, and accessories unlike any other in the Queen City. It also might be that Slate is always my go-to when looking for that art or accessory that will just complete a room. Inventory changes daily so there is always new arrivals to fawn over (and maybe take home).
3100 South Blvd, in Charlotte, NC 28209
Run don’t walk to this furniture store. Seriously. Real wood pieces with trendsetting appeal combined with incredible prices make Nadeau a must see if you are looking to furnish your home. Open seven days a week, the store is continuously updating their stock and things move quickly. What is on the floor is what is in stock- so if you find something it is probably in your best interest to purchase that day. Tremendous quality for the price, check out Nadeau if you need anything from a side table to a large buffet.
Elements 4 Life
6024 NC-73, Davidson, NC 28036
Right outside the quaint town of Davidson (about 3o minutes North of the Queen City) lies a whimsical looking cottage where unique pieces and beautiful accessories can be found. Elements is a one stop shop for funky outdoor accessories and lovely garden adornments. Once inside, each room is assembled as an eclectic mix of whimsy with the pure essence of rustic chic. You can find my Simplicity furniture and accessory line here as well.
3224 Benard Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206
Located in Noda, Reinvented Charlotte takes preloved pieces and not only just reinvents them- they revitalize them to better than their former glory. Owner Michael Lankford takes “pride in mixing modern design with vintage furniture & textiles for a modern twist with a timeless foundation.” I’m never disappointed in the selection and love that I can find unique items for my clients that they won’t find anywhere else.
I’d love to know if you have been to any of these Charlotte area furniture stores?
I don’t know about you, but I am ready for all things Fall. Bring on the pumpkin patches, the crisp air, changing leaves, and yes, I will be that lady in Starbucks waiting for my PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte- nonfat milk hold the whip). I can’t help but think that this change of season gets everyone excited as well. Even the men are happy about it, although it probably has more to do with football season than their wardrobe or choice of drink.
This year I’m hoping to find a few transitional pieces to bring me gently into Fall. Our North Carolina weather can be unpredictable at best, going from frigid damp temperatures in the morning to sunny and a bit warm by afternoon. I swear I feel sometimes I need to bring two outfits for the day, especially when going from the design studio to a job site. Nothing like breaking a sweat (I’m not sweating- I’m glistening, right?) while out hunting for furniture with a client. I’ve been on the hunt for the best Fall style.
Here are a few of my latest pins while on the hunt for Fall wardrobe additions. Visit my Pinterest page here for style, interior design, and more.
I can’t stress how important good lighting is in a home. No matter how many beautiful pieces you put in a space, if you have poor lighting or improper proportions of your fixtures, you run the risk of throwing off your whole design scheme. I love to mix affordable options with high-end pieces, but more often than not if the budget allows I will splurge a little more on lighting. Trust me- It makes all the difference.
I have my tried and true sources for all things design, and I often find myself choosing Currey & Company again and again. It might be the impeccable attention to detail, the on point trends or timeless lines, but more than anything else it’s the craftsmanship and quality that makes Currey & Company a no-brainer when it comes to picking the right piece. I can truly say there hasn’t been a time when I couldn’t find that perfect pendant, lamp or chandelier.
Below our my favorite recent picks for lighting from Currey & Company. If you are interested in any of these pieces let me know (Contact me here).
Alright, commence the drooling.
Don’t worry- it’s a no-judgement zone here at AWD. A little slobber never hurt anyone.
I’m so excited everyone- really, really excited. You want to know why? I finally have set some time aside to curate my most favorite pins to our Ally Whalen Design Pinterest account. If you aren’t already spending countless hours on this incredible platform, let this be my word of caution- once you go Pinterest you never go back. Truthfully, the ideas and inspiration that come from pinning are just incredible. Need to find that perfect dinner dish for company? Pinterest. Want to find some of the hottest trends in kitchen design? Pinterest. You get my point.
As I am continuing to grow my curated content on Pinterest, I decided to give you all a sneak peak of my favorite weekly pins.
Take me to the coast… preferably to this HGTV Smart Home…
Love these dramatic windows in this home…black panes can make such a statement!
Quote to live by…
This gorgeous wallpaper from Phillip Jefferies. Swoon!
These amazingly comfortable shoes- you will thank me later.
This beautiful Jennifer Meyers ring…simple and understated- perfect. Want to find more inspiration like these? Find me on my Pinterest … new additions to my boards happening daily.
Is the Summer almost over with already? I feel like it was yesterday I was shivering from the winter blues, longing for warm lake days, and here we are with this season coming to a close. This summer Ally Whalen Design really hit our stride with incredible projects that took us all over the country and culminated with a strategic move into a new shop in Davidson, North Carolina (The Elements 4 Life). We even managed to sneak in a few family trips, boating excursions, and checked off a few of our to-do items at home as well (being able to design spaces is an incredible job, however I would venture to say most interior designer’s have a laundry list of things that they never quite get done at their own homes).
Although life hasn’t slowed down, I believe it has become so much sweeter. I’m finding myself surrounded by clients that allow me to fuse my creativity with their sense of style, ultimately culminating in some gorgeous design spaces. Scott and I have also been intentional in carving out more family time, especially with our two beautiful daughters. We both are entrepreneurs and constantly looking to expand our knowledge and areas of expertise, and that is why AWD as well as our family has flourished- we make it a family business. Working together as a team, Scott and I have grown this small little side job of mine into a full-fledged, nationally recognized interior design company, complete with our own line of furniture.
Reflecting on life lately, we are growing in the right direction with supportive friends, family, and clients- I can truly say we are right where we belong. Thanks for such an incredible summer!
You don’t need an expensive remodel to make your master bathroom feel luxurious and spa-like. If you are like me I consider my bath time to be my sacred space, as in “Mommy needs a time out, unless the house is on fire, don’t knock.” I wanted to share with you a few ways I have transformed my master bath in to a relaxing oasis.
BUY THE GOOD TOWELS
Don’t skimp when it comes to towels. They may feel fine in the store, but get them home and a few washes later you are left with some sandpaper and hanging strings. Investing in good towels means not having to replace them every six months. The #1 reason to purchase a quality towel? The feel and absorption. Drying takes place quickly, and you certainly won’t be exfoliating after your bath (leave that for the loofah).
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LIGHTING, BABY
We all know fabulous lighting can make a difference in a dressing room, sometimes meaning you go home in tears instead of that dress you thought was going to look smashing. Don’t sell yourself short when it comes to your bathroom lighting. I recommend staying under a 45watt bulb, and keep the lighting soft. Have a place with natural light to put your makeup on, but keep your bathroom for relaxing and unwinding after a long day. You aren’t doing surgery in there, so leave the high beams for the doctor’s office.
BRING IN THE PERSONAL ITEMS
It’s your retreat, so use it as such. If you have a romantic picture of you and your loved one here is the place to hang it. I love the use of beautiful black and whites with a wide mat and pretty frame. Sentimental items, maybe even a love letter framed, can be great additions to your master bath that make it feel luxurious and personal.
Everything in my master bath is stored neatly and tucked away in its rightful spot. The house can be chaotic, but coming into your sacred space should feel organized and well thought-out. Keep beautiful wicker baskets to store your toilet paper, and clear stackable units that give your makeup collection a sleek appearance.
What ways have you found that help turn your master bath into your own relaxing oasis?
Only in my dreams would I have thought I would be designing beautiful interiors near the sea. I have been so fortunate to have clients all over the United States, however it never gets better than working by the ocean. I can’t wait to show you all my Wrightsville Beach project, but in the mean time I have rounded up a few inspirational images to keep those nautical vibes flowing…
Is there anything more beautiful than driving into a development with lush pastures and tall silos that take you back to a slower time? Now take that image and imagine the landscape dotted with magnificent homes that are tucked into wooded tree filled lots. Homes that really deserve a fairytale story all on their own. This was the setting of Homearama, the 2015 festival of showcase homes in the picturesque development of Cheval, an equestrian lifestyle community unlike any other in our area.
You know that feeling when you walk into a home and you instantly can’t control your eyes. You bounce from beautiful detail to beautiful detail and you just can’t seem to absorb all the gorgeousness before you?
You know the feeling… that would be my experience in the design showcase home of New Old, custom home builders that just exude the type of loveliness that good friends are made of- except these friends build some of the most beautiful homes you may have ever laid eyes on. See the beautiful Mary Ludemann below- she is one part of the fabulous equation. Along with husband extraordinaire Troy, they build impeccable homes with the perfect blend of “old and new”- truly works of art.
I always get asked what are some of the top interior design mistakes I see being made when I go to redesign a space. Although I believe rules are made to be broken, there are always certain parameters that should be kept in mind when curating pieces and putting them all together. If you find yourself falling into any one of these design debacles don’t stress- there are easy fixes to these top four decorating mistakes.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of buying furniture and accessories in sets. The early living and bedroom suites where every lamp and end table was matched perfectly is now a thing of the past. Although it’s a quick fix to throw a room together, it never looks right and is always void of any personal style. Remember your decorating is a representation of you and your family and when it’s purchased in a lot it takes away from your own taste. Take your time curating your pieces and you will find there slowly emerges a pattern that is just “you.”
2. Furniture Scale Gone Awry
When decorating your rooms it is imperative to keep scale in mind. It’s so common to walk into a space and see side tables, artwork, or even the main sofa itself grossly scaled either too small or too large for a space. Nothing can throw off a beautiful design like a piece of furniture that’s tiny in comparison for a room. In all honesty, I would rather see a sofa too large than one too small for a space.
3. Hanging Pictures Too High
A common mistake seen one too many times is hanging artwork too high on the wall. Along with furniture scale, this is a faux-pas that is often times overlooked. Artwork should be hung at eye-level and always spaced evenly.
4. Too Many Colors Or Patterns
One way to make your room look extra small and chaotic? Mix several colors and patterns together and run with it. Whenever I am working with a client I always take into account hues that “speak” to them. These are colors that they are naturally drawn to and usually evoke relaxation or tranquility. Patterns should compliment a color scheme and not compete with it.