Monday, November 29, 2010

Form and Function at its Peak!

I have been a SWAIM enthusiast for some time now and recently our firm has had the pleasure of getting reacquainted with this incredible manufacturer of high quality furnishings.  Swaim furniture is one of those "proud to be made in America" lines that truly has the eye of the design community.  Great form combined with superb function, attention to quality and attention to detail makes SWAIM an excellent choice for furnishing your home.

SWAIM offers a variety of furnishings including sofas, sectionals, chairs and also a large variety of casegoods.  In addition to this diverse line of furniture SWAIM also offers a large variety of incredible finishes and will often custom tailor the finish of any piece to truly make it a one of a kind! 
Check out some of the line ..

Schelfe and Associates is proud to represent this line to our customers and clients.  The best way to truly touch and feel the furnishings offered at SWAIM is to visit the SWAIM Design Center located in High Point.  The Design Center is open to the Trade Only and appointments can be scheduled with Schelfe and Associates for your one on one visit to the Design Center.  Give us a call at 919.832.8013 to set up your personal tour!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

An evening for Jerry!

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a truly special event.  The event was designed as a fundraiser to benefit a longtime CNN professional video photojournalist and his family.  Jerry Thompson a veteran of CNN, had blazed countless trails covering many of our nations past news stories and news events.  Jerry, recently diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, has an array of incredible friends who worked hard to make this fundraiser happen.   

Titled "Our Friend Jerry Thompson Fundraiser" was held at the way cool Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar near Chinatown in Washington DC.  Over 475 people crowded the floor including many top CNN and FOX news anchor men, women and staff.  Cuba Libre provided incredible treats and lots of Mojitos!  A live band performed throughout the evening and both a silent and live auction also helped bring in the funds!


Schelfe and Associates donated a block of time to the Silent Auction to be auctioned off with all the other items including several week long stays at incredible beach houses, a former STYX guitar signed by the band and many other cool items.  The evening was a huge success and as of the count this morning over $75,000 had been raised for Jerry and his family.

If you get  a chance please click on the link, there is always time to still help Jerry and his fmaily!


The Jerry Thompson Event at Cuba Libre!

OK, it did get a little crowded!

Tim yucking it up with veteran CNN anchorman Wolf Blitzer.

Tim shaking hands over a drink with anchor John King of CNN.

If you can please reach out and help support Jerry and his family during their time of need.  During this Holiday Season, don't we all have so much to be thankful for?

Our Friend Jerry Thompson Fundraiser
Jerry and his Family.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Exoti-Q #3.

Yep, we hosted our third Exoti-Q last week and the event was a huge success!  OK you ask, "What's an Exoti-Q"?  Good question! Well, it's kind of like an upscale Barbeque with a twist.  The twist is the foods being grilled are usually items you cannot easily pick up at the local Harris Teeter.  Tasty treats like Ostrich, Bison, Alligator, Pheasant, Antelope and many others are marinated and grilled to perfection and then served with tangy sauces.  Yes, we had chicken too!  Our hats are off again to Chef Dave Bowers for engaging us in all the delights! 

This event also marked a newcomer, Wines for Humanity.  They provided the wine for the evening and smartly paired all the courses of the evening with terrific wines from their select vendors.  Also wine was available for purchase and a percentage of the proceeds is donated by Wines for Humanity to prevent homelessness of families with children.

We typically have 30 to 45 people attend the "by invitation only" event which is hosted by Schelfe and Associates, Palczuk and Scarbrough and Cresa Partners.  The evening turned out to be a great night of eating great food, drinking good wine and meeting and mingling with terrific guests.

Be on the lookout for our next Exoti-Q event scheduled for early 2011!



Having Fun at the Event!

Michael, Lou, Tim, Marlene and Ruth Anne!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Designer Vicente Wolf

A few weeks ago I had the fortune of attending a seminar hosted by Vicente WolfVicente is one of those rare designers who throughout his career has taken his work into many facets of design.  His love for photography and his enthusiasm for travel are often visual clues to the interiors he designs.  I still remember the first time I heard him speak at a Design Conference in Washington DC over 20 years ago!

For this most recent seminar Vicente talked about his current work and some of the challenges his firm also faces in light of the recent and still recovering economy.  He was refreshingly open and honest with his comments and his dialog with the attendees.  At the end of his seminar I had a few moments of time to talk one on one with him as we discussed the future of design and what makes a "professional Interior Designer".

Vicente thank you for your views, your love of design and of course the work you shower us with!


Tim, Vicente and Marlene at Vicente's book signing!

It is great to share in the success of others especially those who give so much of their creative talents to help shape, transform and mold the spaces in which we live and play!

Check out Vicente's newest book; Vicente Wolf "Lifting the Curtain on Design", available at:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Classic Elegance

Did you catch this article in this month’s issue of Cary Magazine?  This is Schelfe and Associates' newest kitchen design project! 

This newly renovated kitchen is a favorite place for the homeowners to unwind and relax in this Raleigh home. It provides a comfortable yet elegant background for cooking, entertaining and sharing family memories.

Prior to the kitchen transformation, the kitchen in this older colonial style home had outdated finishes, appliances and a poor traffic circulation. Interior designer, Marlene Heymer, ASID of Schelfe and Associates, Inc., along with Sigmon Construction helped transform the kitchen into a large functional room with dramatic style. Marlene worked closely with the couple to understand their wishes of the overall style, feeling colors and budget. Making the kitchen truly spectacular and one-of-a-kind custom kitchen was the attention to detail to every component of the design. From the classical elements in the decorative hood above the cooktop, the fluted pilasters which pullout to store spices, to the large detailed island that seats six. The kitchen is designed to be functional as well as beautiful.

This timeless kitchen will serve the young family well for years to come. It was a great success and well planned design with a coordinated team of the client, builder and interior designer. Everything was well planned and exactly met the lifestyle and needs of the family. This kitchen is everything the homeowners wished - a spacious functional kitchen with timeless elegance!

Builder: Sigmon Construction
Cabinets: Cardinal Cabinetworks
Photographer: Jerry Blow Architectural Photography