"A Trip to Cline's Country Antiques"


After reading the May 2012 issue of Country Living....


Country Living

...and seeing the fabulous article on Emily and Michael Knott's North Carolina lake house,


Country Living


Country Living

.....I was determined to visit one of the places they mentioned as a source for some of their finds.   It's called Cline's Country Antiques in Mt. Pleasant, NC and I made the trek there this weekend.   Of course, I probably should've believed the website which said, "This is not a "prissy" place. Come dressed prepared to rummage and wander over acres of things."  It couldn't have been more accurate.  The place was FILLED with stuff (some might call it junk) and it was a bit overwhelming, even for me. 

Cline's Country Antiques

There is NO organization, but that's really part of it's charm.  It is like a vintage furniture graveyard, just waiting for a nice shopper to choose a few pieces to resuscitate. 

Cline's Country Antiques


There was literally building after building filled from dusty floor to ceiling with furniture.  For example,  I don't think I've ever seen so many chairs in one place. 

Cline's Country Antiques

At first glance, not that appealing, but add a quick coat of paint and you might have something that looks a little more like these....
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Fifi Folding Chair

The also had the most beautiful colored glass bottles.  I think they were intended for bottle trees,  but I picked up a few just because they were $2.50 a pop. 



I'll probably use them for followers or maybe as part of a tablescape for a garden party,

Afloral


...but I'm sure you could come up with something more creative to do with them.  Like this idea....


Nest Full of Eggs
There was so much decorative ironwork too.  Like these precious bottle openers in fish, lobster and seahorse styles.  I got a few because at $2.00/each, why not?
One Kings Lane (no longer available)

The one thing that I didn't get was this wrought iron bottle tree. 


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Not much for the look outdoors, but I'm thinking repainted, this might be the perfect idea for necklaces and bracelets. 





I currently have a tabletop version, but would like to replace the bookshelf with a nightstand. 


A floor jewelry tree like one of these, just might solve the issue of what to do with those necklaces if I only have a nightstand for bedside storage.

Needless to say it's a place I'll be returning to soon.


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"Inspired by Pop Art"

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Art Institute of Chicago. 


Now I have to admit that I'm not big into art.  While I can certainly appreciate it, it's just really not my thing.  However, I had a chance to check out the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit in Chicago, and it was pretty cool.  Lichtenstein was a prominent American pop artist, and his work is very easily recognizable. 

Lichtenstein

Head with Red Shadow- Lichtenstein


Lichtenstein

Lichtenstein's work featured bold primary colors, fun subjects and the use of repetition to convey depth and dimension. 


Lichtenstein Landscape - 1964


It got me thinking about dots and how they can be tastefully used in our homes.  Polka dots are a difficult element to incorporate without the result looking extremely juvenile.  One of the most important things to remember is to use dots sparingly in your space.  


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Tobi Fairley

Elle Decor

They can be the absolutely perfect accent.  But, if you're feeling adventurous and you desire to go all out with dots, remember that size and scale are important. 


Cowan & Tout


While a large portion of this bathroom is drenched in dots, the overall effect is toned down because of the size and muted color of the dots themselves and the white backdrop.  I love the idea of a wallpapered polka dot wall in a small space like the one shown here. 


Like Lichtenstein's work, varying size and placement of dots can be used to draw the eye to a particular location. 

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Instead of an allover dot, this wingback chair features dots that seems to disperse, originating from a large cluster in the corner that almost resembles a chrysanthemum. 

Whether you're an art connoisseur a novice, or not into it at all, no one can deny the fact that it has the power to inspire thoughts, ideas and even design.  Need a little inspiration?  Check out an art museum in your area.

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Special Guest Blogger: Closet Organization


So glad to feature Jennifer Burnham of Pure and Simple Organizing today.  



 
I found her online, after being introduced to her on twitter and funny enough we actually have a mutual friend.  Such a small world, and an even smaller Charlotte.  Welcome Jennifer!

Closets seem to be the long lost forgotten land.  No matter how old or new your home is, my guess is, it could use some updating.  I urge you not to jump ahead five spaces and start buying the latest organizing gadget for purses, scarves, and shoes.  Start at the beginning. 

       Take everything out of the closet. 
       Start a donation pile.
       Add anything that fits the following category:
       Broken (holes, zippers, spots)
       Seen its better day
       Does not fit
       Fits but makes you feel awful
       Has not been worn in 6 months
       This goes for shoes, purses, and jewelry
       Separate clothes by season
       Off season clothes should be stored elsewhere
       Under bed storage containers
       Containers that go in another room
       Containers in the garage (labeled of course!)
       Now that you are working with current season clothes that you actually want to wear:
       Sort by style
       Tank top
       Sleeveless top
       Short sleeve
       3/4 sleeve
       Long sleeve
       Jeans
       Slacks
       Dress pants
       Dresses
       Skirts
       Take an inventory of each pile
       Now to the fun part -- organizing and putting it back!

I highly recommend customizing your closet’s design to meet your needs.  However, that might be too much to take in today.  Maybe another post -- if you all like me enough! ;)

Remember that going up the wall is the best way to utilize your space.  If you don’t have enough room in the closet, then go out.  Organize your shoes and purses outside of the closet. 

If you can find it, then you will wear it.  If it is displayed in a visually appealing way, then you are more likely to switch things up. 


Ideas for Shoes:


Bookshelf shoe storage- Source

Shoe Moulding - Source

Towel Bar for shoes - Source

Ideas for Purses:


Bookshelf purse storage - Source

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Toilet Paper holder - Source




Ideas for Belts:

Robe Hooks- Source

Towel bars- Source

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Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal

One of my first clients asked if I would help update their master bathroom. They were looking for something light and spa-like, but really wanted to incorporate turquoise in the color scheme.  It sounded like a bit of a challenge, but I was up for it.  I knew that this would not be a complete overhaul, as their existing decor was completely fine.  However, they wanted something that was a little bit of a departure from their typical fare.

Master Bathroom - Idea Board

The existing decor was a bit dark, so we freshened it up a bit with the addition of fresh white towels and accessories.  Quality white towels are a quick and easy way to give any bathroom that spa feel.  You'll notice that my original idea board included coral, but the homeowner wasn't a fan.  I realizing that you can't win 'em all.  Lol!



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AFTER



I was able to bring in the turquoise the homeowner wanted by replacing the existing vanity bench with a turquoise one.   I also added sisal area rugs to add a little texture underfoot.

 


I've also been dying to do a coastal makeover, and while that wasn't what these homeowners wanted, I couldn't resist adding a couple of seascape touches.  I'm still looking for takers on the coastal room makeover.

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AFTER


They are pretty big collectors of art and there were a couple of pieces that were sentimental that they wanted to include in the bathroom.  Lucky for me they tied in perfectly with the coastal accessories. 

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AFTER



I will say the biggest challenge here was tying in the turquoise while keeping things light and airy. 

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AFTER


I know it's not a huge dramatic makeover, but sometimes they aren't.  Every now and then you run into a client who already has many of the elements needed for a fabulous space, they just need a little help pulling it all together.  In the end, I think they were pleased and that's what's most important.  If they like it, I love it. 
What do you think? 

So tomorrow (Friday) is my birthday and I'll be taking the day off (from both jobs).  Not to worry, I'm leaving you in good hands.  Jennifer Burnham from Pure and Simple Organizing will be dropping in for the first Dwell By Cheryl guest blogger post, and I think you're going to really like her. Have a great weekend!

 
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