Ballantyne Magazine

FALL 2017

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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color schemes, going earthy or gray blue in a new shade called 'greige.'" In addition to pottery in those tones, Taflinger says her big sellers are designer Annie Sloan's decorative, chalk-based paints and inspirational wall signage. Across the street in Blakeney at Creative by Nature HOME, owner Paula Tompkins and son Zack, who helps man- age the store, are enjoying similar strong business. "Gray is huge with our custom- er base, and white is still good because it is a nice complement," Paula says. "Rose quartz is another trending color. "It's nei- ther pink nor peach, but more of a neu- tral we're seeing in accents like pillows." To meet customer demand, Tompkins introduced a line of artwork canvases that can be scaled to fit any room. "People would also rather have larger accessories such as pottery or a chunky lamp," she says. "They still want their home decorated but more as if it is curated or collected as opposed to an accumulation of little things." On the furniture front, modern farmhouse remains in style, Paula says, with her store featuring a line of sliding barn-door pieces, including a full-size media cabinet. Personalization At Good's Home Furnishings near Carolina Place Mall, business is also brisk. "This is a great time to be a con- sumer because personalization abounds," says store manager Shana Bretzius. "Many of our manufacturers create their product in North Carolina so you can design exactly what you envision." One of the store's top sellers is a large sectional sofa called the Orlando by Bernhardt, which features a double chaise perfect for piling everyone in for family movie night or Panthers games. The Palettes by Winesburg collection of custom, solid-wood bedroom and dining room pieces is also extremely popular, Bretzius says. Royston Davies, a designer at Good's with 15 years of experience, says that millennials want to get away from the jewel tones their parents favored. "Empty nesters and older adults also want to update or entirely redo by going "People would rather have larger accessories such as pottery or a chunky lamp. They still want their home decorated but more as if it is curated." — Paula Tompkins, Creative by Nature HOME Top: Creative by Nature HOME in Blakeney finds customers are seeking accessories that work with modern farmhouse furniture. Above: Decorative, chalk-based paints in earth or gray-blue tones are big sellers at Casual Elegance in Blakeney. BALLANTYNE FALL 2017 38 Feature

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