Our destination last week was Charlotte, North Carolina. En route, a dear friend and I visited Furnitureland South (located in Jamestown) in search of furniture.
I have never visited a showroom like this. They have their own restaurant and a Starbucks to help maintain a level of energy to walk through every square foot of this furniture haven.
Once in Charlotte, we wandered around the city and visited various boutiques, including the infamous Mrs. Howard.
The above photo is from their Max & Company show space. We visited each space numerous times, rediscovering what we missed during our first peek.
The corner of this room in the above photo features a vignette I've admired for quite some time. I would describe it as a conversation nook where you can entertain, socialize and play boardgames surrounded in a regal design aesthetic. It's a wonderful setting, inviting you to take a break from technology and get back to the basics of entertaining. Where are the poker chips?
There are numerous boutiques to visit, particularly in the South End area of Charlotte. Interiors Marketplace and Post and Gray are both sanctuaries to home interiors. We enjoyed the camaraderie among the friendly ladies at both shops and selected a number of souvenirs to take into our own homes.
At their recommendation, we visited Rococo for antiques and home design offerings and enjoyed a savory lunch at Nolen Kitchen that consisted of whole wheat penne pasta and sliced chicken breast. The meal is unforgettable, consisting of olive oil and chicken broth.
Changing gears a bit, we visited the SouthPark Mall and met the most amazing salespeople who catered to our fascination with fragrances, in particular, Jo Malone.
The main reason for our visit to Charlotte was to attend an art event called Inspired. It fulfills a creative curiosity where I have a newfound appreciation for artist Suze Weinberg, melting pots and beeswax.
Incorporating some of my favorite images, quotes and design elements and bringing them together as a piece of art using beeswax is called encaustic painting. It has tapped into my desire to be creative, so we will see where it takes me.
To travel down various paths during this visit was exhilarating. Charlotte is one place I will remember with great fondness with an urge to return again very soon.
Note: Almost all photos were taken with my iPhone.