When it comes to the big “design” destinations, most think of the obvious places: New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. But the décor scene is strong — if not stronger — in smaller cities. Case in point: Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is just down the highway from High Point (America’s hub of finely crafted furniture production) and is home to an array of creatives who are up on trends. It’s no coincidence that Viyet chose Charlotte as its latest design destination! To celebrate, we chatted with Holly Hollingsworth, the Charlotte-based designer and blogger behind The English Room. Here’s what she had to say about her singular (bold!) sense of style, fall trends, and her recommendations for what to see, do, and eat in Charlotte.
Viyet: What is your go-to source for inspiration?
Hollingsworth: Travel is my ultimate source for inspiration. I thrive on seeing new places and going on adventures. Travel is not only inspiration but the ultimate education. Instagram and Pinterest are invaluable, too.
Viyet: What item can you not live without?
Hollingsworth: iPhone and/or laptop, then art. They are not an item, but my dogs, too.
Viyet: Where is the best place to go for coffee, ice cream, drinks, quiet space, fresh air, good food, shoes, etc. in Charlotte?
Hollingsworth: Coffee: My husband makes a mean coffee. Laurel Market is my second choice.
Ice Cream: I am a fan of Nye’s Cream Sandwiches from Reid’s Fine Foods or King of Pops gourmet Popsicles.
Drinks: Foxcroft Wine Company for some great Chardonnay and a cheese plate.
Donuts: Duck Donuts is a real treat. Your world will be rocked.
Fresh Air: A hike with my 3 dogs at our mountain cottage in Linville, just 2 hours away. I also spend lots of time at the barn with my young equestrian. It is lovely therapy.
Good Food: The best meal I have had in ages was at Kindred in Davidson. It was well worth the drive for the craft cocktail and milk bread alone. I am a fan of Pinky’s when you need an indulgent burger and fried pickles. Good Food on Montford is great for small plates.
Art: Hidell Brooks Gallery has an amazing selection of artists.
Vintage Furniture: Slate Interiors has an ever-revolving selection of great vintage finds.
Viyet: Who are your design icons?
Hollingsworth: Elsie de Wolfe, David Hicks, Tony Duquette, and Iris Apfel. There are truly so many. I feel we can learn from everyone.
Viyet: If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
Hollingsworth: I would LOVE to design a boutique hotel. I am such a fan of Kit Kemp’s hotels with each personalized room. The thought of creating a space for people away from their daily lives allows more creativity and freedom somehow, which is quite intriguing.
My style in six words or less: Colorful, Collected, Layered, Artful, Happy
Viyet: Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
Hollingsworth: “More is More, less is a bore,” by Iris Apfel. I am a true maximalist.
Viyet: What is your favorite room in your home and why?
Hollingsworth: The family room, because it is where all my people and pets convene at the end of the day. It is colorful and comfortable, and of course brimming with art.
Viyet: What are the fall trends you are looking forward to?
Hollingsworth: Animal prints are trending. Leopard is always a fall staple. I am also really loving the design trend toward craft-made and small production items. Artisan products make me proud to support artists and craftsmen around the globe. The textile boom in particular has me swooning.
Viyet: What do you love about Viyet?
Hollingsworth: I love the huge selection of well-curated vintage items that are being repurposed to provide new life. Instant gratification is nice, too. Design often takes time.
Take a look at Holly’s favorite pieces from Viyet: