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Finding the Luxe

Looking to be inspired in creating an enviable interior, luxe style today calls for a mix of materials reflective of classic designs but with a contemporary fresh look bringing balance and sophistication to form and function.  NC Living found some coveted favorites to delight your design sense and bring envy to all of your well-heeled friends.

There is nothing old-fashioned about this mid-century diamond-cut pattern on these 15-ounce Bourbon Street Double Old Fashioned (DOF) glasses inspired by the French Quarter in New Orleans. Visually making a statement on the bar, the tactile and nicely weighted feel of the glass in hand will elevate the enjoyment of the beverage within. The crisscross design is available in a bevy of sizes and shapes including wine, flute, coupe, rocks, and highball glasses along with a 40-ounce decanter and ice bucket by Rolf Glass. Set of 4 of DOF glass: $72.50 at

Eyelets are back in and they are hot! Pair these Carnival hand-crocheted 100% linen napkins with any of Kim Seybert’s napkin rings or her Gem Blocks to complete the look of your tablescape. Kim’s designs are featured in Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and luxury retailers around the world. Napkin available in two colors: White/Beige and White/Seafoam; size 21” square; set of four: $112 at

Sophisticated and functional, this Chin Hua Lotus Bar Cabinet crafted with maple and walnut solids and satin walnut veneer will add grandeur to any room. Tucked behind the double doors is a mirrored back panel with LED interior lighting, a mirror work surface, wine bottle storage, fixed shelving, and two adjustable shelves. The metal base is black nickel-plated with one fixed wood shelf. Size: 54”w x 17.25” d x 74.25” h. Available colors include Sable (shown), Prairie, Black Pearl, Smoke and Sapphire. $10,650 by Century Living at

Designed as jewelry for the table by NY-based designer Kim Seybert, this Gem Block brass napkin ring with faux malachite inlay will inspire any hostess or host to throw one fabulous dinner party. Couple with one of Kim Seybert’s napkins for a finished look. Size each: 1.5”w x 1.75” t; set of four: $84 at

Literally wrapped in luxury and sitting in front of the fire on a chilly evening, you will delight in your purchase of this Emara throw by Sferra. Made of delicately soft cashmere blended with superfine Merino wool, the design is layered with fluid organic pressed pleats inspired by ripples on water. As much an art piece as a home accessory, Sferra’s attention to detail makes this exquisite work of craftsmanship standout. Available in two colors Winter White and Natural. Size: 50” x 70”; $1,110.00 at

Designed by Spanish designer Miguel Arregui, the classic Fonda Chair is intricately handwoven by superior artisans in Mexico. With anything woven being en vogue, this chair is bound to be the center of attention in any room. Made from hand-woven palm leaves wrapped on an iron base, it is available only from the innovative and contemporary Tao Studio Gallery located in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Tao Studio can easily ship this one-of-a-kind piece to anywhere in the world. Email Tao for an estimate. Size: 36"h x 18"w x 17”d; $750 (estimated in US Dollars) at

North Carolina native Whitney Caudle’s fresh designs and bold colorations will make any sofa or chair be the signature seat in the room. With a touch of contemporary, yet a youthful, sophisticated style, Whitney’s vast collection is available in every color, shape, texture, and size. Consult for her catalog. Priced from $175.

This Rattan Daisy Hanging Light by specialty designer Soane in London is made from hand-woven cane by Leicestershire, England weavers. Suspended by a natural rope chain, the 4-bulb chandelier’s sculptural knitted design allows soft light to filter out through the cane as well as casting light below. Antique brass canopy and fittings add to the distinctive detail. Size: 13-1/4” H x 31-1/2” D. Lead time: 8-14 weeks. Headquartered in London, Soane showrooms can also be found in San Francisco and New York. Price upon request at 

Highly stylized ceramic lighting, including chandeliers, pendants, and table lamps are LA-based designer and artisan Heather Levine’s signature. Sought after by clients from around the world, Heather’s one-of-a-kind designs are artful and functional. This particular pendant’s glossy white glaze is super chic while the decorative circle cutouts give it an edgy feel exposing the light from within. Size: 11.5” tall x 11” in diameter; $1,125 at

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