Casual Elegance – Rustic Refinement

By on December 9, 2012

Chocolate Moose Interiors

Home décor is about letting your home reflect who you are.

Diane Cowart followed her dream by establishing a home décor and design studio, Chocolate Moose Interiors, in Dawsonville nine years ago. She feels they have accomplished the ideal mix of casual elegance and rustic refinement in their vast array of furniture, gifts, antiques and more. Many North Georgia homes (and beyond) are more beautiful because of her dream. She says her life is more enhanced due to the relationships she has formed with her customers. “I have met many wonderful people and am thankful for their loyalty and friendship.”

Nothing sparks a designer’s fancy quite as much as getting honor assignments. The Chocolate Moose has been asked to decorate the Music Room and Porte Cochere for Christmas At Callanwolde – Your Home for the Holidays. This event takes place December 7 – 18, 2012. (check out: The gothic-Tudor mansion’s rooms will be holiday-showcased by furniture and decorations provided by Atlanta’s top interior designers.

chocmoose flowersHowever, the holidays are only a part of each year. Chocolate Moose continually strives to please each client to the fullest with his or her décor requirements. We have clients who prefer an eclectic feel, old European, lodge, lake or traditional. One new trend is referred to as contemporary cabin – warm rustic finishes applied to modern shapes, or contemporary finishes on classic pieces. Our staff is knowledgeable about each look. The main objective is to meet the client’s needs according to their budget, how they live in and use their homes. We like to incorporate your existing pieces and work from there. If you are in construction, we will work with you from beginning to the final build.

When asked for consultation with home décor, we point out that decorating is personal. It is about creating an environment that is nurturing, relaxing and welcoming for you and your family. You are the biggest factor in redecorating, the most important source for inspiration. We urge each client to find a starting point – a rug, collection, fabric, art, or paint color – to create a comfortable home. Then the designer can help you think through your lifestyle, bring new ideas to your attention, and help you prevent mistakes.

Home décor is about letting your home reflect who you are, Diane says; “thus, great importance should be placed on individual and family lifestyles. What are the living patterns of individuals and the family as a whole? What area needs more structure?

chocmoose platesAt Chocolate Moose, we offer all you need to make your home “you”, from fine furniture to small items for gifts or personal use. I am always looking for the unusual pieces to add to those from various vendors we use for quality furniture, accessories – mirrors, art, pottery, lamps, dinnerware, candles, soaps – and gifts. Local artisans and furniture makers also add to the make-up of our store.

In addition to the above, we are also blessed with the talent of Terry Ledwell, respected floral designer. Terry has worked his magic with florals for the last 40 years. He is well known for the unusual and his ability to create just what you want. His work is all through the store, and will also be showcased at Callanwolde in the decorated spaces as well as pieces for sale in the gift shop.
There is more……

Diane also operates Chocolate Moose Consignment adjacent to the retail part of the store. Items are previewed before they are brought in, so the inventory is in good shape and clean. There is a varied selection of antiques, casual, inexpensive or quality furniture and heirlooms for the home. Great bargains abound.

With consignment, Diane offers price-tag bargains, frequent shopper cards, and items discounted 10-20-30 percent at 30-60-90 days, respectively. Few items are returned to the consignor after 120 days because turnover at Chocolate Moose is usually quick. There is a generous 40/60 split, as well as store credit with discounts for consignors. The consignment shop also offers the same design and consulting services as the retail area, which includes window treatments and several lines of bedding. Whether a client is setting up a first-time home, furnishing a college dorm or a playroom or seeking ideas for other creative décor, our consignment is a great source for you.

Whether shopping Chocolate Moose Interiors or Chocolate Moose consignment, Diane invites you to come and experience a warm welcome as you browse through the stores. We will always do our best to meet your needs.

Chocolate Moose Interiors
4055 Highway 53 East
Dawsonville, GA
(2.4 miles West of GA 400)
Monday through Saturday,
10:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Photos by: Stacey Lanning