Category Archives: Just Charlotte

Looking For a Cash Mob in Charlotte?

What a fascinating concept – CASH MOB.  This is a great way to stimulate the economy, support the local business community and meet people you ordinarily would not.  To date, there has not been one in Charlotte, NC, but I have a feeling that’s all about to change.

Just today, I heard of it for the first time on  WFAE NPR’s Here and Now. It’s brilliant!

There are official rules – but in general, the goal is to encourage people to go into small, local businesses and spend their money, en masse, to give the business owner a little bit of economic stimulus. We’d help businesses grow, we’d make people happy, we’d get stuff for ourselves, have a great time, and maybe we’d get a drink to celebrate afterward.  The minimum suggested amount to spend is only $20.00.

Outside of doing my part to support local businesses, my favorite part is meeting new people and getting together afterwards at a nearby pub to chat and celebrate!

I’m keeping an eye out for one in Charlotte.  I will be there!  Let me know if you here of one as well.

First Ladies Guide to Furniture and Accessory Shopping

Cotswold Marketplace had their “Friends and Family Night” last night AND my dear dear friend and fellow designer, Rosa Dest celebrated the opening of her new home furnishing and accessory retail space. I was a newbie to the Marketplace so I had a blast, along with meeting some wonderful NEW friends.

(Pictured Left to right) MarketPlace owner Melissa Vandiver, Multiple Blessings owner Caroline Simas, Dest Interiors owner Rosa Dest and Traveling Penny

Here I am with (left to right) Cotswold MarketPlace owner Melissa Vandiver, Multiple Blessings owner Caroline Simas and my friend Rosa, owner of  Rosa Dest Interior Design.imageSo what does shopping have to do with Michelle Obama?  Last night, I shopped, celebrated, worked and took photos, all while “bearing” arms – literally – in the middle of winter. Just like Mrs. Obama, I jumped at the chance to show off my “guns”.


After arriving, I made a bee-line to Rosa’s space. The first thing I noticed was the striking reddish orange wall – Tangerine Tango, which is the “it” color for 2012. Ough-la-la…It’s vivacious, sophisticated, warm and inviting.  On the focal wall, Rosa taped off alternate blocks in a matte and gloss finish which created more depth and interest than just a solid color.


The rooster behind me is an original oil painting – the details and colors are Ah-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I’m photographed with the artist below. Why does this space resonate with me?  It’s not just one style but a beautiful blend of modern day elegance peppered with a liberal dose of global character.

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Congratulations on your NEW venture Rosa!


After I left Rosa’s space (with my new bag) I had to check out some of the other spaces and THAT’s when I met Caroline with Multiple Blessings. She has a niche market, creating original inspirational products in unique packages for companies as well as designing and painting them.

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Her work sings “goodness and sunshine”.

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Caroline! You are a Rock Star Girly! Your designs make me happy. Maybe too happy – I just fell in the candle holder) and that’s before the wine))  Umm, cozy!

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This is a shoppers haven. At every turn there’s more to feast your eyes upon.


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Modern, graphic, oversized wallpaper designs for sale.


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Thanks again for the invitation Rosa.  Trust me, I will be back))))

Charlotte Nibbles, pay them a visit – 200 North Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

Later last night….



Traveling Penny goes to High Cotton Home


The showroom is a remarkable display of the casually elegant style that defines HCH’s customized product line.  If you like furnishings with distinct character, classic, timeless and modern appeal, then High Cotton Home, is the place to shop.  Located in  the Dilworth community of Charlotte, it’s over 7,000 sq feet of pure design heaven.


The best way to accessorize a bedroom with dark wood is to use light bedding – as shown here. This set leans towards the British Colonial style with its darker wood tones and wonderfully hand-carved bed posts. Is this your style?  Decor To Adore wrote a great post on this styles history.


Would this dining set look the same with white, solid upholstery? Absolutely not!

Meet the creative powers behind some of HCH’s collections

High Cotton Home is a tightly-edited collection of highly customizable, American-made furnishings from designers such as Thom Filicia, Annie Selke and Michael Weiss, all through  Hickory’s Vanguard Furniture .  YES Nibbles, I said American-made. That alone is an excellent reason to buy from them.

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How mod!  What a stunning console. The details remind me of one my mom had that housed a stereo and speakers. It just takes me back to a time when I was about 7 and my siblings and I would hold dance contest to the beat of James Brown and Marvin Gaye. Even the lamps have a fun retro vibe.


 A new shipment just arrived. Great timing.  It’s like Christmas.


Dual purpose space saving technique – store benches out of the way until you need them AND fill the void (beautifully) that 2-leg sofa table often has.

More upholstered goodies – notice how bold graphic pillow fabrics take a life of there own on solid sofas.





I could not resist trying out this bed. ORANGE is my color.  Did you know that if orange is your favorite color you tend to have a carefree, go with the flow,  F-U-N personality?



And you are charismatic, friendly and normally a hit at parties. Okay, I could go on and on about me – but enough already…


As you see, High Cotton Home has a little of everything – even a little bit of country.



 Among others, here are three upholstery fabrics I picked up to show my client.image

They work because her style is transitional with a balanced mix of earthy tones.  Kathy’s a repeat client. I first designed her space about 7 years ago and now she’s ready to update a few of her older pieces.  These fabrics have an everyday feel and are not overwhelming in pattern, scale or color.  I preselected some furniture options as well.  I’ll share those once we’ve finalized the selections.


That’s Rodney behind me.  He’s the owner of High Cotton Home, as well as Furniture Connector, where they sell designer market samples and close-outs straight from the manufacturer. Located not too far from here – be sure to visit both when you are in Southend.


Don’t forget to accessorize after you have all your larger pieces. Every home should have at least 1 star burst mirror – it just glows with personality)))

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  Notice the coffee table accessories from a previous project I completed. I picked those up from High Cotton for my client’s family room. They look like wood vases but they are actually ceramic. Perfect fit.

Time to wrap up this buying trip.


See you next time Mr. Hines!

Satisfy Your Decorating Book Fetish at PaperSkyScraper

Last week I was in search of a specific post card holder to display my portfolio cards at an upcoming exhibit.  I stopped in PaperSkyScraper because not only do they normally have trendy, stylish items for sale; but from the moment I walk in I immediately surrender all my concerns, worries and cares behind me!  Who knew a gift shop could be such an experience. This place quietly but urgently makes you want to just buy something!!  Honestly, whether you need it or not.  i constantly find myself saying, “Oh, I need one of these.” Or, “How cute is this!”

They are one of the go-to shops in Charlotte for fun items like greeting cards, wrapping paper, photo albums, cosmetic jewelery, spa and bathroom products, kitchen gadgets and all sorts of other gadgets and what-not’s.  Oh, and how could I forget…BOOKS!  It’s the first thing you see when you walk in. Lots of BOOKS on Interior Design, Garden Design and Decorating in every style imaginable. Someone was in h-e-a-v-e-n…

This is one of many reasons I  XOXO PaperSkyscraper so much.  I flipped through a BOOK or two while I was there.

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Texture, color, and strong silhouettes are Hagan’s established trademarks.

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It’s all about Style with Emily

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Wood’s reinvents his homestead in New Farmhouse Style

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You can find all of these books when you visit the Charlotte store or you can purchase through PaperSkyScraper’s On-Line site.

Amazingly, I did not find what I came in for but the staff, always on point, did everything they could to help me in my search.  But don’t feel sorry for me, as usual I did not walk out empty handed.  I bought some scrumptious velvety wrapping paper and 3 magazines that I have NEVER seen on the mainstream magazine racks (at least in the Queen City);

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Living etcThe Homes Magazine For Modern Art

WallpaperDesign, Interiors, Fashion, Art and Lifestyle

I give PaperSkyScraper 5 Stars for satisfying not only my interior design book fetish, but always delivering a warm and inviting place to escape!


Hats and Hooves 2011 – Roll Out the Red Carpet

Will you be there!

Come and support Queen City Jack and Jill at Hats and Hooves.  This red carpet Derby event is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte, Allison Loves and Charlotte Seen.  There will be mint juleps, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, giveaways and a silent auction. I am donating Interior Design Consultation Services valued at $165.00.  If you plan to attend,  be sure to bid for One-On-One time with me.  It’s a chance to have all those decorating questions answered – professionally! The positive growth and development of our future children are counting on your support.