Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL1ISS1 2017

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 1 — ISSUE 1 36 HOME DECOR BY ALYSSA LAFARO The famous American architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright once said: "Form follows function — that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in spiritual union." He couldn't be more right. And the image collection website Pinterest happens to agree. The digital bulletin board platform recently released a report of home trends that suggests one can't live without the other. Storage, for example, goes well beyond closets, today. Vintage trunks can be repurposed as coffee tables and used for stowing things like blankets, books and tools. Accessories no longer require drawers — just creatively arrange those hats and scarves on walls. Even liquor has surpassed the cabinet as container, moving to colorful bar carts or eclectic shelving. There's no shortage of places to find such things in Charlotte. Start at the Sleepy Poet Antique Mall, voted "Best Antiques of Charlotte" by Charlotte Magazine since 2011. Visitors are sure to find plenty among the 55,000-square-feet of vendors. For those who love to cook, kitchen décor has become more functional than ever. Not only does enameled cast-iron cookware support high cooking temps and last for years, but it's often brightly colored — perfect for showcasing on open-air shelves. In fact, the kitchen has become the "command center" in many homes, and every command center needs a coffee bar. Think bed and breakfast here: a long, Home Décor form, function, fun with décor thin table adorned with a coffee maker, kitschy cups, an assortment of loose leaf teas and all the fixins beneath a huge chalkboard listing the daily family schedule and dinner menu. Paper Skyscraper on East Boulevard carries an assortment of elegant items for the kitchen, as well a wide selection of funky gifts. Then, head to Pineville — just 20 minute south of Charlotte — to stock up on loose leaf tea and coffee at Unwind Tea Leaves & Coffee Beans. Even the options for changing wall color have become easier. Avoid hours of painting with stick-on tiles or self- adhesive, removable wallpaper — especially great for the temporary atmosphere of apartment living. Celedore Wallpaper on Park Road in Charlotte carries Tempaper, a line that includes textured options like brick, metal or stone. Or create your own design at Heritage Printing & Graphics, offering custom-printed wallpapers and murals. Whether you paint or stick, color trends remain an important factor. Pantone's 2017 color of the year, a soft jade called "greenery," promises to "rejuvenate and revitalize." Although this color is one that actually represents new beginnings, it may be too adventurous for some. Sherwin Williams' color of the year is a bit calmer — "poised taupe" is just one of many trending neutrals including "mushroom" and "stone white." While cool, calm and collected colors may not be for everyone, it's safe to say that warmer tones are on the upswing as well. Consider burnt oranges like Pantone's "autumn maple," or yellows of all shades, from pale pollens to deep honeys. The staff at Charlotte's family-owned Eastway Paint have a combined 100 years of experience in the industry and claim they can color-match anything from nail polish to a stick of butter. Just six miles away, Hunter Coatings, another mom-and-pop shop, carries a wide selection from Benjamin Moore, which also has its own color of the year: "shadow," a deep, almost violet gray. No matter the color of your décor, plants provide a surefire way to brighten up any room. And plenty of low- maintenance options fill the market, today. Succulents and air plants, for example, enjoy sunlight-soaked spaces — and neither requires much watering. The latter don't even require soil to grow. Place them in hanging glass terrariums of all shapes and sizes along east-, south- or west-facing windows. Remember that quote from Frank Lloyd Wright? Well, since plants help purify the air by neutralizing odors and bacteria, try placing them in bathrooms, above the shower — they'll need little water in this location. Check out American Beauty Garden Center on Independence Boulevard for not only a variety of vegetation and organic products but classes to learn about complex techniques like hydrocarbon extraction. Or head

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