Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sentimental Sofa & Other Charlotte Furnishing & Accessory Store Gems

In Charlotte I made time to check out a few old and new favorites for home furnishings & accessories.  If you find yourself in Charlotte - be sure to check out the following places:

1. Sleepy Poet Antique Mall

A big warehouse (55,000 square feet!!) with tons of individual vendor booths.  You can find anything from fur coats, fine antiques, old records, costume jewelry, gorgeous name it.  Many items are very reasonably priced. Link to website

I stopped by my aunt Leigh's booth (ask them where "Henn" is located) and saw her living room Duncan Phyfe sofa that I'd loved for years.  She bought it when she lived in Atlanta 20+ years ago.  I adore her home and over the years we spent countless hours discussing our love for decorating.  Naturally, I nabbed it and can't wait until it has a place in our house.

I sent her this pic with "sold" as the message.  So special for a sentimental girl like me.  Now we just need a house with a formal living room!

Here is a picture of it in her gorgeous living room

Another item I was pining for were these lamps (got the lady down $225 for the pair!!).

2. Alexander Scott

Another shop with a host of vendors divided among the two story store.  Most of the items are traditional and elegant.  Items I was drawn to included - gold & crystal sconces, marble top french bedside tables, lots of mercury glass urns, alabaster lamps and art by Libby Smart.  The items are pricier (although lots of booths had great sales), but lovely.  BONUS: Angie Harmon shops there, so you might have a celebrity sighting as you browse the space.

I didn't take any of my own pictures, but here are a few of my favorite items off their Facebook page (they update pretty frequently).
via Alexander Scott FB page

Love the pair of lamps
via Alexander Scott FB page

via Alexander Scott FB page

3. Slate Interiors

Sadly, I didn't make it there this trip...but I've heard rave reviews and plan to head over there in a few weeks when I'm back in Charlotte to pick up my sofa.  Self described as "Paris flea market meets SoHo."  Slate is a collection of 50 designers, merchants and artists.

My aunt Leigh has a booth here as well -- Hennessey House Interiors.  Here she is looking adorable in her booth back in the summer.

Below are a few others from their website -- you can see there are lots of FUN items.  I love the pops of color and a pop of modern to complement my traditional taste.

4. Mrs. Howard's

Run by husband and wife team of Phoebe & Jim Howard this space makes your feel like you are in a gorgeous home -- or walking through the pages of Veranda (which makes sense because they have graced the cover!).  Each room is staged completely with exquisite floors, wallcoverings, draperies and furniture and accessories.  It is unlike any place I've ever been and will leave you inspired and wanting to move in! Link to Phoebe's website

A sampling from the website -- there are LOTS of stunning photos and you can shop straight from her website, so go visit if you can't make it into the store.

A little more unconventional for home shopping, but I went to visit my grandparents at Sharon Towers Retirement Home and went down to their little second hand store, "The Treasure Chest," and came back with a pair of white porcelain Mottahedeh birds -- for $8! 

I neglected to take a picture before we left for the beach -- but kind of similar to these.

Ok- off to enjoy lunch in Beaufort on this beautiful day!



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