Carolina Spaces, LLC - an interior design, home staging and model home merchandising firm based in South Carolina near Charlotte, NC - is happy to announce the addition of a retail boutique in York, SC to their list of services. The boutique offers name brand, designer furniture and custom designed/locally handcrafted pieces, as well as home decor items for sale.

"Downtown York does not have any store that currently offers new, designer furniture for sale. We are happy to fill that void," said Joan Inglis, Carolina Spaces' founder, owner and lead designer.

"If customers can't find what they are looking for on our showroom floor, we are happy to work with them one-on-one to meet their needs, including sourcing items from our warehouse and design studio in Belmont, NC, or placing custom orders with our brand partners," Inglis said.

The Carolina Spaces boutique is located at Yorkville Marketplace, 108 N. Congress Street, York, SC. Hours are Thursday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM and Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

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As Published in the Charlotte Home ι Design section of The Charlotte Observer

By Moment Palmer

The homebuilding industry has seen a huge surge in using recycled materials and sustainable practices for both construction and design applications, and now it's trending in interior design, too. Home decorating trends change constantly, and many pieces of furniture are inexpensive - since they're only intended to last until the next season's style debuts - and can easily be tossed and bought again.

However, many designers are working to turn this industry into something that's not only budget- and eco-friendly, but also long-lasting and sentimentally valuable.

"Recycling/repurposing is a great way to save money and the environment, but the true rewards come when materials are thoughtfully used to develop a space that is warm, welcoming and personal," says MaryJo Camp, certified kitchen and bath designer and partner with DesignCamp. "Our homes reflect who we are, and the kinds of materials and furniture one chooses combine to define the spac

TRENDS

The key to working upcycled furniture and decor into a room so it's both functional and decorative starts with first selecting one piece - usually a large item like a bed or sofa - and adding to the room one piece at a time. This avoids the outdated matching furniture suite look, instead building a recurring theme with the use of color, pattern or shapes.

"Repurposed, eclectic design is definitely very trendy - it mixes time periods and styles into a cohesive look," says Joan Inglis, owner of Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design. "The challenge in designing with recycled items, whether you use a few key pieces or a roomful, is to bring those eclectic materials together in harmony." Inglis recommends using different woods in varying tones, assorted metals and a mix of contemporary and traditional styles with a central element that ties the room together.

Personalization and well-being are the two main global trends emerging in sustsinable interior design. Combine purchased recycled materials with materials or pieces that have some personal importance to you, like antique hardware rom your home or a bureau turned into a guest room vanity. "These choices satisfy the need for emotional well-being by connecting to the past." says Inglis.

PERSONALIZED REPURPOSING

Incorporating personal and sentimental items into one's decorating scheme is a huge trend in upcycling decor, such as including reclaimed heritage pieces and family heirlooms. For example, old luggage can be stacked to become side tables with hidden storage, or a large, bulky TV armoire cabinet from a few decades ago can be inexpensively repurposed into a baby wadrobe, utlilty cabinet or computer nook. "Designers who understand their client's needs will encourage their clients to combine new and repurposed materials for a personalized design that can be enjoyed by the entire family," Ingllis explains.

Using antique drawer pulls and knobs from an original space and augmenting them with complimentary current hardware is a great way to honor the past while providing a new space that better suits the homeowner and family.

ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

Recycling and upcycling items into residential applications in furnishings, designs and home renovations not only benefit the homeowner's budget but also local businesses - and is also good for the planet.

"Purchasing locally from shops that carry American-made furnishings rather than buying imports online helps the local economy and has far-reaching environmental benefits." says Camp. "Think about the fuel used in shipping from foreign countries, then trucking from ports to distribution centers, and finally trucking to your door versus home delivery from a local business. The same is true for wood products that go into the construction and remodeling of homes. Always ask your contractor if they source materials locally or in the Carolinas."

Reusing materials from the existing space saves homeowners the cost of hauling to a disposal site and saves the environment the use of a landfill. It's also important to balance the cost of refurbishing a piece to make it appropriate for reuse. Consider reupholstering rather than buying a new sofa or chair. You can get the custom look you're after while making far less impact on the environment.

Using unique items repurpossed in creative ways can elevate a project from merely nice to exceptional, making it difficult to put a price tag on the improvement.

"Sustainability applies to decor as well," says Kelley Lentini, co-owner and designer at House of Nomad. "Instead of always buying new decor, look for vintage pieces that can be mixed in with your newer items to give personality and layer story into your space."

WOOD AND BUILDING MATERIALS

Some of the best and most popular materials to repurpose include recycled materials like barn siding, shiplap and wood flooring/cabinets. People also use wooden pallets to create indoor or outdoor furniture, shoe racks, pet beds or shelving.

Other trends that incorporate recycling wood (and other) materials include:

  • Live edge tabletops - A live edge is a slab cut from the tree without trimming the sides straight. Most of these slabs would be discarded because of cracks, holes and bark, but this naturaly beauty is very unique for use in dining rooms, consoles, cocktail and side tables. They can be found at lumber distributors that carry specialty woods.

  • Stained glass panels - Add to cabinetry or walls to enhance color and definition to spaces.folks

  • Unique table legs - Made of metal, wood, or other interesting materials, these can be used to support islands or other large pieces of furniture.

"Many folks enjoy visiting antique, thrift and consigment shops, flea markets and garage sales. There are plenty of furniture items, textiles, artwork and accessories from different time periods to be found. With some basic knowledge of carpentry and painting, the average person can morph an item into something totally different," Camp said.

TEXTILES

In addition to wood, textiles are also a popular interior design element homeowners and designers enjoy incorporating into a space. "Many of the rugs we hand-select in Morocco are vintage - meaning that instead of selecting new products, we are repurposing handmade items that have both beauty and age," Berkeley Minkhorst, co-owner at House of Nomad, explains. "Our goal is not just creating one-of-a-kind, traveled spaces but that our designs consider the places these designs come from."

Two favorite items House of Nomad designers like to use to add vibrant color to a sofa or bedroom are kanthas (hand-crafted from recycled saris) and overdyed rugs (crafted by taking vintage rugs, shaving them down, and completely dying them in one color). "These pieces are sustainable because they are repurposing a vintage piece," syas Minkhorst.

Whatever your next interior design project entails, consider using recycled materials and pieces to create a stunning one-of-a-kind look that is kind to your budget and planet.

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Take one look at the 2019 Colors of the Year and you should know that anything goes!

 
The calming blues and greens selected by Behr, Kelly-Moore, Cloverdale, Diamond Vogel, Dutch Boy, and Glidden/PPG range from gently saturated to intense, but are tried and true. 
 
Benjamin Moore stands firm with a soft gray - an industry standard and the choice of most new construction and homeowners planning to update with paint. 
 
Pantone gives us a rich coral seen all spring and summer in fashions and fabrics. 
 
Akzonoble, maker of Dulux Paint, choose Spiced Honey - a medium-golden neutral shade safe to use just about anywhere, and which makes me almost smell the spices and honey! 
 
Pratt & Lambert’s Earthen Trail is a version of the fleshy beige-pink that’s trying to make a big comeback from the 60s. Some dated properties still display this color in wall-to-wall carpeting and paint. Do you dare? 
 
Sherwin Williams’ dark Cavern Clay and Dunn Edwards’ darker Spice of Life are best in small doses, in rooms where there are a lot of windows and natural light.

Valspar’s 2019 selection of a dozen colors ranging from the tried-and-true neutral to pastels and jewel tones gives you a pallet to complement and contrast. 

In all things paint - remember that light has a great effect on the color you’ll see. Avoid mistakes by consulting a design professional before making your color selection. Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design provides professional color consultations and offers discounts on your paint purchase. Contact us at 1-855-SPACES-5.

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Joan Inglis, Interior Designer and Accredited Staging Professional Master®, had the honor of discussing her passion for interior design with Carolina & Co Live at the Myrtle Beach Fall Home Improvement & Outdoor Living Show last week! View the entire interview at blogspot.com.

Joan Inglis, Interior Designer and Accredited Staging Professional Master®, is the owner and lead designer of Carolina Spaces, a full-service home staging, luxury home staging, model home merchandising and interior design firm based outside of Charlotte in Lake Wylie, SC. Carolina Spaces provides services to the Charlotte, NC region and throughout the Southeast. Call 1-855-SPACES-5 or Contact Us for more information on our award-winning services.

 

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