Thursday, February 28, 2013

Spring Updates for Your Coastal Carolina Home

Update your Coastal Carolina Home with these ideas that will transform any space that may need a touch up.  It’s almost spring time in beautiful Carolina and what better way to add to your spring cleaning by sprucing up some rooms.  You can spend a little or a lot with these ideas.  Even the smallest addition can make a room a brighter place. 

Redo the Curtains!

A great way to update your space is to change the curtains or add them!  Spruce them up with some colorful ones or add a fun print.  Chevron is a very popular print this year.  To make the area look larger bring in long curtains and hang them close to the ceiling to give the illusion of tall windows.

Give the Furniture a Paint Job!

A creative solution to add color or interest to the room is to grab a paint brush and paint furniture you already have! Some colors that are trending this year are emerald, navy, grey's and yellow's.

Use a Room Divider!

Not only can a room divider make a larger space feel warmer and more put together but it can also hide those area’s that may seem too much of an eye sore.  Have an old radiator that isn’t covered up?  Place a room divider in-front of it and use it as a decoration piece.

Add shelves or bookcases!

Take advantage of your blank walls by hanging shelves or adding bookcases to an empty space.  You can rotate the d├ęcor you put on the shelves to adapt to any room or use it as you would a cabinet and store things on them.  
Incorporate some Rugs!

Often there aren’t much texture items to a room or color.  Adding an area rug or a runner to a space can help bring in textures, color and warmth to a space.

Go to some Garage Sales!

Since, it’s getting warmer Carolina what better way to get some updates to your home then heading to your local estate, garage or yard sales. You never know what you will find!  I found some great antique furniture that I added some paint to and looks great in my kitchen as a storage space. 
Carolina Home Owners let me know how you added some color, provided extra storage or moved around some items for extra space.  I’d love to see it!  Let me know if you have some ideas you would like to add; comment below! 

Gena Gilbert

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day & Weekend on The Crystal Coast of Carolina

We are going to hit 60 degrees this Valentine's Weekend here in The Crystal Coast. What do we have in store for you to celebrate?  Not only will a great walk on the beach be romantic and refreshing there are many things you can do to enjoy the outdoors with the one's you love. 

23rd Annual "Art from the Heart"

The Arts Council’s 23rd Annual Art From The Heart will be held February 15 to March 2, 2013 at the Morehead City Plaza, units 6 & 7. The show will open with a public reception on Friday, February 15, with the show gallery open free to the public seven days a week through Saturday, March 2. The Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be held on Thursday, February 21. Art From The Heart is one of the region’s largest exhibitions of fine art by artists from Carteret, Craven, Pamlico, and Onslow Counties.  Arts Council’s website  

Delbert McClinton in Concert

The Morehead Center for Performing Arts & Events, 1311 Arendell St., Morehead City, presents “Delbert McClinton in Concert” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 16. Tickets are $45 & $35. Call 726-1501 or go to their website.

Mardi Gras on Middle Lane

Grab your beads, put on your best mask or festive costume, and head to downtown Beaufort on Saturday, February 16th!  Sister cities, in conjunction with Middle Lane businesses, invites you to Mardi Gras on Middle Lane on February 16th from 2:00PM to 6PM.  Enjoy New Orleans sounds and succulent Creole cuisine at this afternoon street carnival.
Low country and fiddle music by Gumbo Lily will welcome party-goers beginning at 2PM on the outdoor stage.  Gather your friends in a costumed “krewe” and parade Middle Lane in competition for prizes at 3PM.  Bring the kids along for the face painting and mask making experience under the tents.  Stop in to visit Madame Wendy at her fortune-telling booth.  Challenge your “krewe” to a round of boules or cornhole in the gaming area.  As the festivities continue, All Night Long will be playing a signature blend of jazz, blues, and dance music throughout the afternoon.  Quench your thirst from all the dancing and gaming with a frosty New Orleans-inspired beverage like Bourbon Street Punch made by Cru Wine Bar.  Come hungry and enjoy roast oysters at the Backstreet Pub, gumbo and king cakes from Beaufort Grocery, muffuletta and shrimp po’boys from Spoons Catering Company, and barbecued seafood from Aqua.  

2013 Escoffier Chef's Dinner Series

Carteret Community College presents the 2013 Escoffier Chefs Dinner Series. Advance tickets only. The cost for the full series of three dinners and one luncheon is $150 per person. Three dinners are $125 per person. Luncheon only is $30 per person. Dinner dates are January 22, February 18 and March 19. The luncheon is April 17.
If you want to do something romantic or enjoy a day with the kids there are many ways to spend time together in the lovely Crystal Coast. 
I would love to know what you did this wonderful holiday weekend!  Feel free to comment below!
Happy Valentine's Everyone!
Gena Gilbert

Friday, February 08, 2013

Too Cold for the Beach? See what Coastal Carolina has in store for you!

North Carolina's Southern Coast invites you to sneak away for budget-friendly events this winter. Enjoy all that the Southern Outer Banks has to offer with the winter blues saving, representing more than 40% off peak season rates. Get out of the house and go enjoy some of the beach without getting your feet wet or sinking a hole in your bank account.

Enjoying the coast during the winter months is one of the Southeast's best values! There are tons of wallet-friendly adventures for the entire family. Visit these local attractions for under $10!

Cape Lookout Ferry - Round trip $10

Shackleford Banks Ferry - Round trip $10
Beaufort Double Decker Tour Bus - Adults $8/Children $4

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores - Adults $6-8/Children $7-8

Beaufort Historic Site Homes Tours - Adults $8/Children $4

Old Burying Grounds - Adults $8/Children $4

Grab your jackets and head on out for an eventful weekend!  The North Carolina Coast can't wait to see you!

Thursday, February 07, 2013


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