Home Heart & Soul: Stylish Summer Gathering

You already know Home Heart & Soul in Cornelius, NC, for gifts and décor that enhance everyday life and add joy to the home you love so much. Now, with summer upon us, owner Lori Savio is excited about creating the perfect look — and relaxing ambiance — for your outdoor spaces as well!

“Home Heart & Soul can truly be your one-stop shopping spot for fun, effortless summer entertaining,” says Lori. 


Summer is a perfect time to broaden your entertaining space to the great outdoors, and add those personal touches with easy, creative advice from Lori, and a wide array of fun options from barware and tableware, to easy-living linens, trays, and vases to hold flowers from your garden.

When you’re ready to talk summer soirées, there are endless options in the shop for cocktails, dining, and relaxing afterwards, including colorful cocktail napkins — an absolute must for festive gatherings!

Immersed in the design industry for nearly 40 years now, after starting her own business at age 25, Lori loves how the process of designing and creating spaces is always evolving. With the Design Center at Home Heart & Soul, she’s thrilled to be able to help clients design or renovate an area of their home, to reflect their personality and lifestyle — often even changing the way they use certain spaces on a daily basis.


The Design Center is also currently brimming with a variety of beautiful outdoor fabrics, rugs, and pillow options, including Revolution™ fabrics which is solution-dyed, stain-resistant, and can be cleaned with bleach. These popular fabrics are made in the U.S.A., and offer a five-year warranty.

Lori can also guide you with choices for solar shades — ideal for those Lake Norman patios! 

“Solar shades are specifically designed to provide light control and UV protection especially on those Carolina blue-sky days!” she explains. “These come in various ranges of openness factors, which determine the amount of light let in.  Our most common shade colors are classic whites, neutrals, and natural colors, and they are a wonderful addition to your outdoor space. They also work well for interior windows, and the beauty is they are clean, and roll up tightly and efficiently.”


For the summertime table, Lori loves Vietri’s shatter-proof melamine tableware. “It’s dishwasher-safe, lightweight yet sturdy, and works well for outdoor use — and with children. Plus, the styles and colors are ultra chic!” 

These casual collections from Vietri are inspired by the Italian lifestyle — finding joy around the table, and savoring that time with those you love.

Home Heart & Soul also offers the Laura Park signature Bamboo Serveware Collection — handcrafted of 100% bamboo, and an artful addition to your outdoor party (not to mention, a great choice to perk-up everyday summer meals as well!) The artist’s love of color is evident in each unique piece.

Lori will tell you she’s proud of the layout and feel of the shop — lovingly situated in a landmark house built in 1927, on the historic east side of Cornelius.

“We feel our merchandising gives clients insight into what I can accomplish in their home,” she explains. “It offers a glimpse of my design business, which includes consultation, custom window treatments, kitchen and bath remodeling, and anything in between!”

And you’re sure to leave with something unique for yourself or for a friend, and definite ideas on how this summer can be filled with festive gatherings!

Always warm and inviting, Home Heart & Soul is located at 20901 Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, NC, 704-892-4743. Follow them online at homeheartandsoul.com, and on Instagram @homeheartsoul. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Monday by appointment.


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