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2015 Pantone’s Color trends for designers, home decor, make up, and more!

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Here we are again going into a new year and I am reporting on Pantone’s color of the year!

If you read my 2013 Blog on Pantone’s Color you would have seen that it was all about different blues going together, teal, navy and light blue and “Orchid” as their “star”   In 2012 it was “Emerald Green” but that didn’t last long, although “apple green or acid green” is still making its mark.

The Pantone Color Institute has nominated a Color of the Year, forecasting which specific hue designers and consumers will all supposedly be using, wearing, and buying for the following 12 months. Last week, Pantone announced that the 2015 Color of the Year is Marsala.

In a company press release, Pantone described the color as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” While last year’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, “encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Marsala, Pantone Color of the Year
Marsala swatch card.

Courtesy of Pantone

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors,” Pantone proclaimed.

While the design blogosphere largely reported the company’s annual marketing gimmick as if on cue, not everyone was as enthusiastic about the color. After all, color is a subjective, emotional experience, and there is no accounting for taste. (An even more pointed French expression of that idea suggests that there is no accounting for taste or colors: Les goûts et les couleurs ne se discutent pas.)

New York magazine’s The Cut called Marsala “icky.” In a post titled “The Problem With Pantone’s Color of the Year,” the Atlantic pointed out that Marsala reminded some people of “rust, the grimy, gag-inducing type that lines corners or frat boy dormitory-style bathrooms. Or blood, the freaky dried kind whose iron content has been exposed to the air long enough to evoke a dull brick.” Instead of the gourmet associations of Marsala wine and pomegranate fruit, as featured in the color campaign’s marketing images, the magazine suggested that it conjured visions of elementary-school mystery meat, liver, and meatloaf.

Pantone Color of the Year Marsala
Marketing images from the campaign for Marsala that show the color’s influence on food, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.

Courtesy of Pantone

Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute was unavailable for comment on the selection process, but press materials explained that it “requires careful consideration,” adding that Pantone “combs the world looking for color influences,” including the fashion and entertainment industries, art, popular travel destinations, technology, sports, and more.

Marsala wine, fabric, and nail polish.

Courtesy of Pantone

Kristin Hohenadel’s writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy

 In Sunday’s New York Times there was a fabulous article called “A color Is Prelude to the campaign.
In it they say:  Forget food; Pantone’s color of the year is all about politics.  The food industry feels that this color has strong food implications, but Pantone’s explanation of what this color means is this.  Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color  institute, said that the “hearty, yet stylish tone” is perfect because it exudes ”confidence and stability” and is “equally appealing to men and women.  It was quoted that President Obama wore a fetching scarf in this color this week at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington.
 I’m sorry, but I’m sticking with my “blues” and will not go chasing this new color soon. 
Let me know what you all think!
Have a grand Holiday Season and I’ll be catching up with you soon!
Tina Cahalan
Charleston Antique Stores



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Flea Marketing in France

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Thanksgiving is done and after all of our family left and the “turkey” was put to bed, I settled down yesterday reading one of my favorite sections “Travel”.  Fabulous article on navigating flea markets in Paris! Not only did the writer mention the names, the she talked about what you could find at her favorite spots.   Can you even imagine flea marketing in France!

Vintage Hermes silk scarves, many of them decades old  start at 160 euros at Le Monde du Voyage in Marche Serpette.  This shop also has a lot of well preserved Louis Vuitton trunks.

Post-Cubist gouaches in oak frames by the little known painter Jacques Marly (1885-1965) start at 950 euros.  Mary ainted only for pleasure during his life; his grandniece Josette Revellin hsa begun to sell a few at a time at Marche Serpette.

Old kitchenware:  Call on Francois Bachelier at Bachelier Antiquites at Marche Paul Bert for enamel scales, heavy copper pots, enameled metal animal prize medallions, tin molds, advertising signs, kitchen utensils, southwestern Frenchpottery jugs and pitchers and winemaking paraphernalia.  At 350 euros, the three-foot big, case iron apparatus in fire-engine red to cork wine bottles was a steal.

Old paper:  Take a detour to Paul Maurel in Marche Vernaison at St-Quen.  For 35 years, the shop has offered old travel posters, maps and flower and animal prints.

Costume jewelry:  If you’re longing for native English speakers, also in the Marche Vernaison is Au Grenier de Luie.  Jason and Heidi Ellis gave up their jobs as sports coaches, sold their London home to move to Paris and opened up a vintage jewelry and accessories shop five years ago.  If you’re not temped by the alligator handbags, try a rhinestone tiara.

Old postcards and photographs: Take another detour upan escalator to the Marche Dauphine and call on Phillipe Rault just inside the entrance.  At 15 euros apiece, you might walk away with the perfect gift; a 60 year old aerial photo of a Paris neighborhood!

That’s a lot of walking but my favorite was “Bachelier Antiques” with their kitchenware. The word  enamelware caught my attention right away. 

That’s done it, I am going to France in 2016 and I’m going to be wearing my “walking shoes”!  That $6.00 Sunday paper, The New York Times is going to cost me a lot of money, but its been my dream forever.

I hope you’ve enjoyed “flea marketing in France” via the Armchair!

Happy shopping mes amis!

Author: Elaine Sciolino, November 30, 20 14, New York Times

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Simply Vintage

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Hello my friends.

Today I am going to write about a store that can best be described as a “one stop shop” for vintage, antiques, uniques, local artisans of art, jewelry, stained glass original pine needle pieces, war items, mosaics, furniture, re-purposed pieces and more.

I having been shopping in antique, vintage, consignment and “unique” stores since I was 5 years old, then being accompanied by my Mom, “Frieda”.  It was that experience with her discerning eye, that I have continued to be a part of this world of old and one of kind pieces.

Simply Vintage has moved to  419 East 5th St.,  Summerville, SC.  It houses over 75 local vendors as well as consignment pieces.  Simply Vintage was sisters with “The Tea Farm Cottage” and now houses all vendors under one roof. It has over 2,000 square feet of treasures.  It has the largest “shop” of painted furniture in Summerville and has many original re-purposed items as well as salvage pieces. 

Each individual shop is painted a unique color that sets it apart from other shops.  There is an artist in the “house” that has done murals on the walls as well as floors.  The creativity bounds and makes for a pleasurable shopping experience.

 If they were to describe themselves this is what they would say:

Simply Vintage and The Tea Farm Cottage work as one store that is very eclectic. We carry candles, jewelry, fine art, repurposed furniture, antiques, dolls, garden items, and so much more. We have 80+vendors as well as many quality consignment pieces.  We have a dedicated “Garden Shop” with many collectibles. The store  has experienced sales help to satisfy even the most particular customer.  We participate in many of the Third Thursdays at Short Central for a taste of what you will find in our store.  Call  Simply Vintage for booth rental or your consignment needs.

Stay tuned for the “Simply Vintage” Open House in September.  I’ll be the first one on line!

See you there.











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Flea Markets

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Flea market comes from the French marché aux puces, a name originally given to a market in Paris which specialized in shabby second-hand goods of the kind that might contain fleas. The earliest English use that the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary has found dates from 1922.

 Car boot sale, Braderie, Farmers’ market, Garage sale, Hamfest, Pasar malam, Swap meet and White elephant sales are all different versions of what we know as “Flea markets”.

In the time of the Emperor Napoleon III, the imperial architect Haussmann made plans for the broad, straight boulevards with rows of square houses in the center of Paris, along which army divisions could march with much pompous noise. The plans forced many dealers in second-hand goods to flee their old dwellings; the alleys and slums were demolished. These dislodged merchants were, however, allowed to continue selling their wares undisturbed right in the north of Paris, just outside of the former fort, in front of the gate Porte de Clignancourt. The first stalls were erected in about 1860. The gathering together of all these exiles from the slums of Paris was soon given the name “marché aux puces”, meaning “flea markets”.

Many markets offer fresh produce, unique products and plants from local farms. Renters of the flea market are vendors. It may be indoors, as in a warehouse or school gymnasium; or outdoors, as in a field or parking lot or under a tent. Flea markets can be held annually or semiannually, others may be conducted monthly, on weekends, or daily. Flea-market vendors may range from a family that is renting a table for the first time to sell a few unwanted household items, to scouts who rove the region buying items for sale from garage sales and other flea markets, and several staff watching the stalls.

Different English-speaking countries use various names for flea markets. In Australian English, they are also called ‘trash and treasure markets’.  In the Philippine English, the word is tianggê, believed to be a loanword from the Hokkien spoken by Chinese Filipino emigrants, or possibly from the Nahuatl tianguis via Mexican Spanish, supplanting the indigenous term talipapâ.  In India it is known as gurjari or shrukawadi bazaar or even as juna bazaar. In the United Kingdom they are known as “car boot sales” if the event takes place in a field or car park, as the vendors will sell goods from the ‘boot’ (called “trunk” in American English) of their car. If the event is held indoors, such as a school or church hall, then it is usually known as either a “jumble sale”, or a “bring and buy sale”. In Quebec and France, they are often called “Marché aux puces”, while in French-speaking areas of Belgium, the name Brocante is normally used.

Albert Lafarge writes that one of the first American flea markets was the Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas, which began in 1873 as a place where people would go to buy horses; later, they brought their own goods to sell or trade. Other towns quickly adopted this pattern of trade, but the modern flea market was supposedly the brainchild of Russell Carrell, an east-coast antique show organizer. Working as an auctioneer in Connecticut, Carrell thought to run an antique show like an outdoor auction, only forgoing the tent, because fire hazards were too expensive to insure. Carrell’s 1956 Hartford open-air antiques market was claimed to be the first modern incarnation of the flea market, although the true flea market does not consist of professional antique dealers, but rather of people looking to make some extra money on the side.

While the concept existed in places such as what are now India, Bangladesh, and China for millennia, the origins of the term “flea market” are disputed. According to one theory, the Fly Market in 18th-century New York City began the association. The Dutch word vlaie (also spelt vlie, meaning “swamp” or “valley”) was located at Maiden Lane near the East River in Manhattan. The land on which the market stood was originally a salt marsh with a brook, and by the early 1800s the “Fly Market” was the city’s principal market.

The definition of a “good” flea market to me is when there are multiple vendors with  eclectic tastes that “err” on the vintage side.  If I go to a market that is selling socks or food, I’m not going to be hooked in.  The two best flea markets that I have attended have been the Metrolina Extravaganza in Charlotte, NC and “Montsweag Flea Market in Woolwich, Maine on Wednesdays.  They are open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday but, the “real collectibles” and antiques are on Wednesday. 

On my bucket list is going to Texas for Canton and Round Top, in NYC the Brooklyn Flea and of course in Massachusetts, Brimfield.  I’d like to get a small air stream and take off on the chase! 

Happy flea marketing for your favorite collectibles!


 1.  The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Lanuary: Fourth Edition 2000 

2. Prieto, J. (2007).  Flea Market History

3. www.hollisflea.com

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(Metrolina) Charlotte, NC and the (Catawba River Antiques Mall)

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Hello y’all! 

What a fabulous weekend I had.  I drove 3 hours from Summerville, SC to Belmont, NC. on Friday the 1st!  If you haven’t been to Belmont it has turned out to be a darling small town filled with specialty stores including antiques and lots of good restaurants.  My husband and I both went to college in Belmont,  he to Belmont Abbey and me to Sacred Heart.  We used to go to the Belmont Grill which is no longer there, to sit and “spoon”.  Oh those 60′s were fun!

 Only one mile from the town is the newly opened, (Catawba River Antiques Mall).  Belmont like lots of other small towns in the South had mills and that’s where this new shop is.  There will be 372 vendor booths in the 67,000 sq. ft. building.  They will be adding a cafe and offer two customer lounges with WiFi and flat screen TV’s.  They are going to have live auctions and special events coming up.  As of now, they have 230 booths rented out.  We saw a lot of vintage, antique and specialty “unique items” on display.  I scored a silver tin “soap dish” for only $5.00.  I have a collection of over 30 soap containers and they look great all clustered together outside of our bathroom in Maine.  My sister Leslie also got a book on WWII for a Christmas gift for her husband.  Jacque was searching for a “rooster print” and found one, but didn’t want to part with $40.00.  We had lunch at “Sammy’s” which is a local rustic place with great food!   Fun!

On Saturday morning, we left at 9:00 am for the (Metrolina) in Charlotte, NC.  They say that all of the good stuff is “snatched up” at the crack of dawn, but it couldn’t have been because it was packed to the rafters at the open flea market section.  It did cost us $10.00 each, but we justified it because there were no parking fees and there were plenty of clean places to eat!  There must have been over 300 vendors outside.  Then there were around 10 “Specialty Stores” which had Americana, mixed with vintage and home goods.  It was in one of these stores that Jacque finally scored and got a reproduction tin of roosters with all of the colors she liked!  I also found a Martini Shaker for $10.00 that worked instead just looking good! 

We had no sooner got there and started strolling down “Piccadilly Lane” and I met Janet who had a 1950′s high chair with a “celluloid top” that was in pristine condition and only cost $28.00.  The high chair was on my priority list as baby Logan, our new grandson is coming for Thanksgiving from NJ and he’ll be 10 months old, perfect for this seat!  The next items I bought, not on my priority list, but it was “love at first sight”.  A regency style coffee table painted turquoise with a mirrored art deco top.  Be still my heart.  Jacque said, Tina where will you put it?  I could not justify it, but knew “I had to have it”.  As you can see from the picture, it fits perfectly in our bedroom between our wing chairs where we sit in to have our morning coffee every day that we can. 

My husband Frank would have loved this flea market as it had some great “junk” displayed.  Old pieces of cars, containers that could be made into lamps, tools and lots of rustic “man stuff”!   He would have been digging deep into all of the bins.  One booth just had hardware including metal finials, hinges, knobs and you name it they had it!  It was a “do it your selfers” paradise.   Great prices at the flea market as the venders don’t have to pay a lot for their space.  The shops had higher prices and the large building at the end of the flea market that housed all of the “fine antiques” was top dollar, but the pieces were in pristine condition and some were “one of a kind”.

What a great weekend, and then home to Jacque’s where her husband was prepping for “crab cakes” and made us fabulous “Bloody Mary’s”.  I am fortunate to have my sister and good friends that live in Matthews, NC right outside of Charlotte & Belmont.  I’m looking forward to the next “Metrolina Extravaganza” and hope that Les & Frank have room for us! 

It’s been fun sharing my recent travels with you and can’t wait to write about my next adventure.

Until we meet again!

Tina (www.charlestonantiquestores.com)




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Shades of Grey! Painting our living room a new color after 4 years of neutral tan!

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Hey Y’all.

Mahogany chair

Painted grey over white on Mahogany Chair with Ikat material
































 The pictures above are of a mahogany chair that I bought at a yard sale over 15 years ago.  I thought I would always be in love with dark wood, but now that we are in 2014, I thought I would try to lighten up the look.  The story will enfold after my adventure with “Shades Of Grey”!

After 4 years of living in this new home, we decided it was time to paint.  The color which was a neutral tan was nice at first, but after a while after the “new smell” wears off, the color dims as well and in my decorating vocabulary spells “boring”!

I have a new “love  affair” with grey which every designer is saying is the new neutral so I chose a color from Lowe’s and then fingers crossed we forged ahead.    We have a very large living room in the middle of our one floor house and it doesn’t have any windows in it.  We get light from the kitchen and den that surround it, so using grey even though its light is a risk. I’m convinced that it’s all in the lighting.  Frank added small pin lights above which made a big difference.  This house was a big tease as the builders only put molding in the foyer and the dining room, but when you walked into the living room, no molding.  The design of the molding in the dining room was top molding and then painting under that with another layer of molding under the paint.  We call it “faux molding” as it tricks the eye into thinking that the whole thing is wood. 

We finished the painting and found that the grey we picked shows so many  moods, depending what time of day it is.  It can be a little dark with shadows, but it can also look like, I imagine a Paris morning would look like.  I like the sound of that,  “Paris Grey”.   I bought “Paris Grey”  (Annie Sloan paints) from Marigolds a wonderful store here in Summerville, SC and I already had a darker grey, compliments of my son Jerry, who knows I had projects in mind.  I knew that once we had finished painting the walls I would need to spiff up our furniture.  This is where my husband, Frank always says, decorating is a “hoax” as  you do one thing and it leads to another.  Isn’t it true then whenever you try to change one thing everything else just doesn’t measure up.

 Of course, I really want some new furniture, but I’m trying to be frugal and make do with what I have.   My chairs and love seat were purchased in the mid 90′s.  Hello!  I don’t think it’s unreasonable to want something new after 18 years.   I painted a mahogany chair  that I had purchased at a yard sale in NJ years ago, white which turned out to be too stark.  I covered it with the “dark grey” Annie Sloan paint and it was too dark, then I added the Paris grey and the clear wax.  Now it’s just right!  See the pictures above.  Hope you like the finished product as much as I do.  My next project will be to paint our living room chairs the same color and then get them slipcovered!  I know a great source here in Summerville, SC if anyone is interested!

We have two walls flanking our fireplace.  On one side, I have a grouping of things that I’ve collected over the years and the other side we created a gallery wall and the grey that we used really makes the black & white photography pop!  Frank made the shelves himself and we staggered them.  The top shelves are for art work and photographs taken by our son and the bottom for family photos.  I inherited my Mom’s black piano and small black bookcase and they look fabulous against the wall.  Black really does “ground” a room.

Our children and families will be joining us at Thanksgiving and I can’t wait to show them all that we’ve done.  One of my daughter-in-laws used to refer to our house as  “Grandma’s house and now I’m hoping that she sees our new look as a little “glammed up”!    Our next project will be the den, but that will have to be another story.

Hope you’ve enjoyed our painting and decorating journey and look forward to writing again soon.  This weekend I am off to Charlotte, NC where I am going to a brand new antiques mall called “The Catawba River Antiques Mall” in Belmont, NC and the Metrolina Flea Market in Charlotte.  I will be taking lots of pictures so stay tuned.

Until we meet again!










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Summer to Fall Fireplace Mantle Decorating

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Hi you all!  Happy Fall to all of my friends that like to decorate for the changing seasons.

I don’t know where you store your seasonal themed items, but I have a pantry that does
not hold any food and I call it my “prop” room. This is the room that I can pull from
when I want to stage a room according to whatever time a year it is.  Everything but Christmas is in the room as I needed a whole closet for that holiday. I have all of my beachy, summer things in a box, my fall items which include Halloween and Thanksgiving, winter which includes my red and silver pop items, Valentine’s Day and then of course, I can’t skip St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and it starts up all over again.

I have edited a lot through the years, but I’m a collector so you know how that story goes.  It’s something that you can’t stop!  In fact I’m going to the Charlotte Metrolina” Extravaganza” this November, but that’s a story for another time.

I’m looking at my fireplace mantle and it just won’t cut it for fall. It’s also a stretch, as it’s still in the 80′s most days, but I am used to four seasons and I’m going to trick our house into it. I’m going to show you a picture of what the mantle looks like in the summer. It’s very driftwood, beachy as we are fairly near the beach and I love that look. I have a large apothecary glass jar filled with sand, shells and star fish. I have an old tin painted in the Turquoise family up on the wall as my focal point.  I purchased the “tin piece” at “The Squirrel’s Nest” in Summerville, SC  Here is Summer.









When I think of fall, I think of burnt oranges, reds and browns. I packed my summer away and started anew!  I decided to use my silver Champagne bucket and filled it with gourds and my long bird feathers that I’ve been collecting for ages.  Then I decided my focal point on the wall would be a print by the Maine Artist Bjorn Runquist.  I love the look of propping art up against the wall, but I had already drilled holes for my “summer installation”,  so I was stuck on that one.  Since I had decided not to buy anything new, I had to rely on what I already had.  I needed a pop of red so I hung a small plate with a touch of gold and red on it and I anchored one end with two sisal covered jugs that I had scored at a previous yard sale.  We are going into Halloween and I do have a 6 yr. old Grandson that may come over, so I had to put a pumpkin on as well.   

The funny thing is that my husband is putting up molding all around our great room and we are going to be painting the walls a light grey.  Will I have to re-decorate after painting? Hope so, as it’s so much fun coming up with different combinations. 

I am no HGTV Design Star but, at least I stick my neck out and try new things!  So if you are doing the same old thing, I am challenging you to change it up!  Put away all of those old Thanksgiving table cloths and get out the burlap and use it as a runner!  This is also the time of year that I shine what silver I have.  It always makes a room glisten when you trot out your pieces to put on your buffet and I can remember my Mom doing it. Memories!  Bring on the company and holidays! 



Happy Halloween and until we meet again….





 Tina Cahalan, Charleston Antique Stores


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Park Circle History and a new kid on the block “Park Circle Antiques Mall”

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This is Park Circle Antiques Mall “Mantra”







Hello my friends. I’m excited to be blogging about all things Park Circle!  Above is a picture of the new kid on the block in Park Circle!

In July of 2013, the “Park Circle Antiques Mall” opened its doors on the corner of East Montague and Virginia Avenue. This is just what Park Circle needed, new blood coming in, giving jobs to lots of antiques vendors as well as stimulating the growing popularity of the Park Circle area. When you enter Park Circle Antiques Mall it is broken up into small “shop’s” and you can find Vintage, Antiques, Repurposed, new & unique gift items which is a perfect combination of something for everyone.   My first visit had me buying “Kentucky Derby” glasses at a great price and because we always go to a Kentucky Derby Party every year, I now have a cool gift to bring!  Remember when you buy used, old, vintage, antique you are “buying a story”.  All of the great designers of old and new always put “stories” into the rooms that they design by layering in pieces from different era’s.  That is how my own mother became a collector.  She bought one “transferware plate” in the 40′s and then saw another and another.  Our house was filled with little collections and vignettes that told a story.  It had personality and I thank her for her unerring taste that has helped me to achieve the look that I love, collected and eclectic!

Park Circle which was once a “blue-collar” neighborhood is giving birth to a younger population who are coming in to fix up old houses, to shop on the circle and frequent the restaurants. 

“Park Circle” was mostly covered by plantations before the Civil War. Then the Charleston Navy Yard was expanded in the 1940′s and carried strong until it closed in the mid 90′s. Park Circle suffered a decline in retail businesses, restaurants and home ownership because of so many people losing their jobs.  The Noisette Company, which owns 32 acres within a planned development district on North Charleston’s Navy Yard helped to renovate the parts of Park Circle that had fallen into disrepair by investing in the community that they were a part of.

Now you will find several ball fields, picnic tables, a gazebos and a playground. There is a Farmer’s Market at the Davis Community Center as well as other events. The restaurants in Park Circle are very good and include Cork (a hip Bistro), Madra Rua (an Irish Pub), Evo (specialty Pizzas) and Fratello’s Italian (Comfort Food).  Whenever we eat at Park Circle, we are struck by how many people know each other.  That’s what is so “cool” about a small community. 

In 2012, “ This Old House magazine” named Park Circle as a “Best Old-House Neighborhood.”  The people who were purchasing the old homes were updating the inside but keeping the integrity of the outside and the era that they were built.  They also went on to say, that it was a very “affordable neighborhood” and only 15 minutes away from downtown Charleston and 20 minutes from the beaches in Mt. Pleasant!

When my daughter Regan (who lives in NYC) announced that she was moving to the Charleston area and wanted to buy a small Bungalow with a yard, trees, and a part of a close-knit community, I immediately thought of Park Circle!  She is an AVP with a large insurance company, but she is also an artist and that’s the vibe that Park Circle is giving off these days!

I would also like to give a “nod” to my Chiropractor, Dr. Jay Schwartz who has a business called “Park Circle Chiropractic Center” which is located on North Rhett Avenue, in Park Circle.  Dr. Schwartz specializes in Deflexology.

Ok, every one, let’s all go over to Park Circle and do some exploring!  See you at Park Circle Antiques Mall!

Tina Cahalan, www.charlestonantiquestores.  




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2014 Color Trends for Design, Decorating & Fashion

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Hello my fellow antique & vintage lovers!

Last year after doing a lot of research, I talked about Emerald Green as being the “it” color. It won’t
be holding steadfast for 2014, but you will be seeing green in the form of “acid green” It will be more of an accent color, but the real stars will be blues. Teal, Turquoise, navy. Pantone Colors have released
their new fashion colors which is always a precursor to how designers for both interiors and the fashion
world will folow. They named their two blues “Placid Blue” which they are saying is a true neutral as it
denotes calmness. They also named one “Dazzling” Blue which they feel can be mixed with all of the blues for a big pop!

HGTV explains that: “Color forecasters are part designer, part sociologist and part predictor. They draw information from the runway, auto manufacturers and the housewares industry; they scour showrooms, trade shows and magazines for trends; they consider what’s happening culturally and how this impacts our national mood. Then they take all of that information and translate it into what colors we’ll be wearing and decorating with in the next year.”

“The housing crisis, ongoing war, historic election and economic downturn have combined to shape Americans’ color tastes. We’re searching for the color equivalent of mac and cheese: safe, traditional and comforting. But the pops of bright colors, from crimson to acid yellow, suggest that we’re ultimately hopeful about the future.”

Neutrals are always in, especially in larger purchases like cars, sofas or carpet. “For those big-ticket items, we’ll make the safer choice such as neutrals, from rich gray to camel,” says Emily Kiker Morrow, Director of Color, Style and Design at Shaw Industries. And, she continues, “We’re using trendier colors, like acid green or amethyst, as accent pieces.”

Both color forecasters see chocolate brown on the wane, though Turner notes that brown is still the go-to color in nearly every industry, from auto manufacturing to fashion to home. The guard is changing, however, as lighter browns begin to make an appearance. Morrow says, “We’re seeing browns shift to the colors of spices and beverages. Think mocha and cinnamon.”

Which neutral might just surpass brown as the favorite? Gray. And it covers a wide range of hues, which span soft gray to charcoal to hematite, and gain interest from metallic and pearlescent accents.

Green continues to gain strength from its association with the growing shift toward eco-consciousness. It will show up in everything from fabrics to accessories to countertops.

Pink and red are “the colors of causes.” and they are popping up in rooms everywhere.

You’ll see red as a bold accent in black-and-white designs; and look for pink in romantic bedrooms, the modern girl’s living room or even in the kitchen, from cabinetry to appliances.

Violet came in through the back door, catching fire in the goth trend in high schools (think purple-black T-shirts, eyeliner and fingernail polish). From there it made its way to the runway and now it’s lightening as it crosses into the home; popular variations include violet, wine and true purple. Pantone has released a Violet hue called “Violet Tulip” which they say evokes a Vintage Nostalgia.

Hot Color Combos

Just as the popularity of single colors waxes and wanes, so does the popularity of color combinations.

Brown and blue has been a favorite for several years turning up in designs for chairs and showing a little nod to “Mid Century” but the browns will be changing from Chocolate to tans, camel and caramel.

For the last few years, black and white has been a popular combination in the European market, but Turner has noticed that it’s making its way across the pond. While Morrow has seen it more in accent pieces, like textiles and wallpaper, Turner suggests it will take over entire rooms and recommends pairing it with hot accent colors like red or acid green for the latest look.

What’s Not Selling?

While you’ll see elegant gold in designs from traditional to Tuscan, don’t look for sunny true yellows in American homes (though Europeans love them).

Orange is another color that’s getting little love, unless you choose corals or an earthy, deep orange. But even then, these are used only as accents. Pantone has released their orange called “Celosia Orange” and it was love at first sight when I saw it. No, I would paint a room in it, but for accents new or old it’s in! Again a nod to Mid Century when orange was really in.

The trend toward violet, wine and amethyst is edging out soft lavenders or true purples. These colors, which were so popular in the 1980s, have taken a back seat to their bolder cousins.

The decorating trends have shifted. For the first time in several years I did not hear the word “Global” as a reference. We will still be seeing chevrons, zig zag, and stripes on rugs. Contemporary and playful wallpaper is still being shown on a “signature” wall. Mid Century is strong and although it spells “spare” the accents are almost always vintage! Decorating rustic paired with white slipcovers is still hot anything that is made with “reclaimed wood” is everywhere.

We are changing out our tan walls for a pale grey and I’m so excited. I have a ledge in my great room with black & white pictures that I think will look more dramatic against grey. Maybe a little Hollywood! The grey is the only contemporary thing that I own, still love my mahogony round coffee table filled with my collection of Match Book covers on a mirrored tray. I’ll post a icture when we’re done and she what you think!

Let’s get some new colors on our walls, pillows and accents! The holidays are coming! Happy decorating!


Emily Kiker Morrow, Director of Style& Design for Shaw Industries
Website: www.shawfloors.com
Highpoint Furniture
Jonathan Adler
Traditional Home
House Beautiful
Country Living
Pantone Color “Leatrice Eiseman

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Upcycled & Reclaimed Design & Consign Store! Talking about a ” new kid” on the Vintage block!

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Hello my friends!

Had a wonderful day yesterday with my daughter-in-law Paula! Went to my Grandson’s football game and then we were off to hunt up new and old stores! That’s right, there is a new kid on the block that I just discovered! It’s called Hoardin’ Helen’s and they are everything about Reclaimed & Upcycle finds! They also have a few “new” cool things sprinkled in as well. Most things look like one of a kind and very “hipster”! They are located on Clements Ferry Rd, next the Tailgators! They had a lot of metal letters both large and medium sized. Lots of things made from galvanized tin married with very unique and unexpected things! If you are looking for a one of kind look to “jazz” up your home this is the place to shop! Let’s go shopping!

We also stopped to see Glenda at “FYND” which is off of 17N. She showcases a lot of mid-century lamps and one of a kind light fixtures as well as books, original art, furniture, jewelry and more! Everything has a story and patina. Just love this store. Prices are very reasonable and she has lots of sales.

On the way back we stopped at SC Thrift which looks like it houses over 100 vendors. Although there were some cool
things to see, it was very large and nothing really “popped” out at us. I think the problem was that there are no inner walls so the “shops” seemed to be floating with no backdrop so they were hard to stage. One of the vendors has a very large collection of “33 records” for anyone who is a collector!

Got to run! We’re having company come to stay with us this coming weekend and that means I get to “stage” their
rooms! I should be cleaning, but decorating is more fun! I took off all of the covers of my books and grouped them by color! Paula has done this in her bookcase and your eye is drawn to the “like” colors! Brilliant idea! Thanks Paula and Emily Henderson who does this when she styles her rooms for clients!

Until we meet again!

Tina Cahalan
Charleston Antique Stores

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