At Home Spring 2018

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A magazine for Upstate living

Spring 2018


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8 Moss Falls Lane, Cliffs at Glassy $1,945,000 | MLS#1346522 John “Clark” Kent 864-784-9918

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5 Autumn View Ridge, Natures Watch $699,000 | MLS#1346304 Lonnie Adamson 864-385-4659

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310 Garnet Valley Drive, Inman $260,000 | MLS#1359770 Spencer Ashby 864-344-0333


423 S. Pendernale Drive, Millbrook $259,900 | MLS#1353721 Debra Owensby 864-404-8295

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“I am so fresh in soul and spirit that life gushes and bubbles around me in a thousand springs” —Robert Schumann Make these flowerladen ice cubes for whatever you plan to sip. The trick is to combat floating, so lodge edible flower buds into the wells of an ice cube tray and slightly fill with filtered water. Press foil over top of each cube. In a few hours, peel back the foil, add more petals, water and repeat. You’ll be rewarded with flower-packed cubes that will delight guests. Learn more about the perfectly seasonal trend of Aromatized Cocktails on pg. 120.

Behind the Lens We asked commercial photographer Eli Warren to capture a nearly impossible scenario: a glass filled with rose petal packed one-inch ice cubes while pouring an effervescent cocktail over top. “I like that you don’t know exactly what you’ll get,” he says. “You set up the shot. The stylist does their part and you shoot it as soon as it’s assembled. There’s not a lot of time for adjustment.” Whereas winter calls for cooler tonality and summer asks for the feeling of “fruit colors,” Warren says he thinks of shooting for spring as “wet and green” and tries to subconsciously incorporate a little of this into his images.

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CONTENTS Spring 2018



Lake Forecast Charlie and Gail Croom build a lavish retirement home at The Reserve at Lake Keowee


Plantation Promise Jeff and Jennifer Verkon fulfill Gone with the Wind dreams with a custom homestead in Gray Court


State of Mind Tindall Architecture and builder CarsonSpeer help breathe new life into an in-town Mid-Mod 10. THRESHOLD 14. NOTES FROM HOME

The Collection: items and ideas to inspire 28. IN BLOOM Purple artichokes 30. SAVE THESE DATES Spring events 32. OFF THE SHELF Building treehouses 34. ASKED & ANSWERED Pollen strategies 36. CRAFTED Artisphere's emerging artist 42. STYLE SPOTTER Birds of a feather

InnerCella: home and décor, explored

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45. INNOVATIVE DESIGN Brick & mortar 49. NOOKS A lofted art studio 54. OPEN TABLE Rooted in love 57. FILAMENT Little lamp shop 60. DETOURS Columbia

Modus: methods for home and life 120. DRINK Aromatized cocktails 124. ON THE TABLE Crudité 126. TREASURES Tray chic 130. IN GOOD TASTE Spring teaparty 136. TECHNOPHILE Central vacuum 140. MATRIMONY Claudia & Lewis Moore 145. GREEN LIVING Native azaleas 147. STYLUS Mapping Artisphere 148. SHOP Resources and advertisers' Index 152. BEHIND THE WALL Guesthouse disguise On our cover: Spring is a season of fickle temperature and astringent light, captured in our featured home's Master Bath at The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

"In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." —Margaret Atwood 12 _ at Home

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There’s a New Neighborhood with Single-level Homes at Hollingsworth Park. Beautiful homes along tree-lined streets will welcome you. Bella Grove at Hollingsworth Park offers a fresh approach to city living, featuring single-level cottage homes from the high $400s in a village-like atmosphere. With great respect for architectural beauty, this close-knit community showcases distinctive details, charming verandas, a 20-acre greenspace, multiple pocket parks and maintenance free lawns. Here, families and neighbors interact with one another in a variety of settings. In its early stage of development, lot selections within Bella Grove are available now.

Visit the Verdae Sales Office located at 340 Rocky Slope Road, Suite 300 - Near Legacy Park Call (864) 329-8383 for sales office hours and for more information about Bella Grove. Veranda photo by Rachael Boling Photography

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Notes From Home

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! — Mark Twain


Editor in chief Lynn Greenlaw on the wraparound porch of the Verkon's Amazing Grace home. See more of this home in the article beginning on p.87

e certainly know what we want. After a winter that started way too early with dismal cold and snow and then followed up with way too much rain, we will now happily welcome what will hopefully be a glorious spring. To that end, we are filling our pages with lots of spring color involving recipes that utilize spring’s best vegetables, drinks with flowers, and an unusual color of a well-known vegetable to add to a gorgeous spring bouquet. You’ll find ideas for cleaning your home and keeping the pollens at bay. There’s also a lovely spring wedding that involves not one, but two lakes. Of course, we’ll also acquaint you with three outstanding homes that will help to shake off the winter doldrums. The three offer inspiration with a variety of design and décor. The Crooms have a love for the outdoors that led them to The Reserve at Lake Keowee for building their dream retirement home. Their interior designer, Cynthia Masters, has created a beautiful environment for them that blend the wife’s feminine style with the husband’s masculine preferences. The Verkons blended “his and hers” ideas of how their dream home on 15 acres should look. They had an interest in incorporating reclaimed materials, family heirlooms and antique items that speak to their aesthetic. They have accomplished this beautifully. Our third home is a vintage Mid-century Modern home that offered the new owners lots of challenges in their efforts to return it to its original glory. Their determination and the expert work of those that they hired for the project has produced a stunning home that they plan to enjoy for many years. It also left them feeling proud of their efforts to protect the integrity of this home’s design. That’s just a teaser of what to find on these pages. There is a lot more to discover. Enjoy! And Happy Spring!

Lynn Greenlaw Editor-in-Chief

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Items and ideas to inspire

The Collection _ In Bloom: Purple Artichokes PG. 30 _ Calendar: Save These Dates PG. 32 _ Off the Shelf: Treehouses

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_ Asked & Answered: Pollen _ PG. 36 Artisphere's Emerging Artist PG. 42 _ Style Spotter: Nested PG. 34

Purple artichokes add dimension to tables and arrangements


Thistle Season Pantone's color of the year inspires a fresh hue. SEE THE STORY, PAGE 28 SPRING 2018

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PANTONE’s Color of the Year Ultra Violet caught us a bit by surprise with its celestial hues and lofty epitomes. And though it may feel premature to paint the town purple, nature offers us an organic application with a rush of artichokes speeding to spring markets. The purple variety is almost a dead ringer at its elbows for the Ultra Violet chip #18-3838. Artichokes look pert simply grouped on a table, in a bowl or as part of an arrangement, adding significant architecture to a container. PANTONE tells us Ultra Violet is forward thinking with energy that communicates ingenuity and calls it an “enigmatic purple, nuanced and full of emotion.” What we’re certain of is that the aubergine globes feel fresh in the home, a symbol of Ultra Violet’s undeniable aplomb. We asked Suzie Bunn of STATICE to create an array in an Ultra Violet mood and the result is unpredictably warm and earthy, demonstrating the Color of the Year’s natural élan. Bunn captured early spring with elements that run the gamut of purple components; the bouquet feels harmonious in shades of violet, lilac and fuchsia, blue-leaning pinks, mossy greens and take note of the artichoke’s citron interior, naturally tipped in bronze. We created our own palate from this bouquet with an app called PANTONE Studio. In our estimation, it’s a game changer for identifying paint formulations. Simply snap a photo of an object or scene, indoors or out, and watch a palate manifest. With the tap of finger, your table or décor can be inspired directly from real life.

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Purple artichokes flush Pantone’s Color of the Year, offering relevant applications for the home

Metallics are a luxe complement to PANTONE’s 2018 Color of the Year Ultra Violet, whereas the range of greys and greige popular in interiors of late push the purple hue towards an accented neutral. Hotels have embraced the color purely on its own, featuring its pop and saturated energy in lobbies and common spaces.

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The Collection Calendar

SAVE THE DATE Brighten your spring agenda with these garden & art-inspired events






One morning. Five neighborhoods. One hundred trees. In under three hours on the morning of March 17th, TreesGreenville will plant one hundred trees in five different Greenville neighborhoods with the help of local volunteers. You won’t want to miss this event or the Community Tap After Party.

The Joyful Garden Tour is a beautiful event that combines showings of private gardens and the beautiful Christ Church grounds as they reach their peak bloom. Don your favorite garden party attire and enjoy one of the best times to be a garden lover in South Carolina. Proceeds go to the historic grounds at Christ Church Episcopal. /gardentour.php





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Every two weeks, the SC Botanical Garden hosts Lunch and Learns. On March 21st, Clemson’s Barbara Smith will bring her forty years of experience in horticulture to the table as she covers how to plant a succulent garden. Learn planting tricks to help your succulents thrive from this Certified Nursery Professional.


FINE ART & FLORA GREENVILLE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART Local floral designers and garden enthusiasts will fill the museum with arrangements inspired by permanent collections including the likes of Jasper Johns and Andrew Wyeth. For those wanting to try their hand at these artistic arrangements, attend the Bouquet to Go workshop for a small charge. /events

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Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Downtown Condo Rondo MAY 12, 2018 | DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE The Guild of the Greenville Symphony is back with their annual Condo Rondo. This unique event lets you experience downtown living visting condos and townhomes just steps off Main Street and all within walking distance of each other. Enjoy unique design and style while supporting future endeavors of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Tickets $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour /downtown-condo-rondo


ARTISPHERE MAIN STREET, GREENVILLE This nationally recognized three-day festival offers art patrons the rare opportunity to meet exhibiting artists while purchasing original works. In its downtown setting, Artisphere continues to delight with visual art, food and performances.



GREENVILLE AREA The Greenville Council of Gardens invites you to stroll through some of Greenville's most inspired private gardens. Get an insider’s look at creative uses of space and find tips on how to care for that one plant that you’ve been struggling with as you meet the gardeners themselves. This annual tour displays the variety of beauty brought to our area by local homeowners. /spring-garden-tour


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The The Collection Collection Off the Shelf: book reviews

Books That Branch Out


Recently I’ve noticed that many of my customers (myself included) are interested in simplifying their possessions and lifestyles. This trend explains the amazing popularity of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up (not to mention all those Tiny House TV shows). I’m also seeing a lot of books published about simplicity, being present and rediscovering the joys of nature. All of these trends seem to come together in Home Tree Home: Principles of Treehouse Construction and Other Tall Tales by Peter Nelson. Whether you want to be present with your kids enjoying the treehouse of their dreams, want to create a private sanctuary for yourself, or just want to live a simpler life more attuned to nature, Nelson is here to help. He explains the basics of picking out and caring for the right tree while interspersing stories of the people he’s met and helped in his career. Nelson’s first design maxim is to allow the tree to dictate the design rather than trying to fit a pre-conceived design onto a tree. He advises building your first treehouse on a small scale and to involve kids in the design and construction. You should do as much of the actual building work on the ground as possible, so it should be safe to include your kids or grandkids. Still, once you get ready to leave the ground make sure you have safety gear and know how to tie the bowline and prussik knots described in the book. I have no carpentry experience 32 _ at Home

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Treehouse books help homeowners plan for a room with a view by Jill Hendrix

myself but Peter includes so much detail that even I think I could build the treehouses he describes. Once you’ve conquered a children’s treehouse and are interested in something more ambitious you need to do a little extra planning and setup: research your county’s zoning/permitting requirements, consult an arborist and scavenge for materials if you have a low budget. Most of us are not quite ready to move lock, stock and barrel into a house that is ten or more feet off the ground (and without running water), but I do love the

idea of a treehouse office or potting shed; just imagine sitting in such a setting, feeling the sunlight, hearing the wind through the leaves and looking out on a gorgeous view. Even if the closest you get to a treehouse is flipping through this book, it’s worth taking a moment to do so to reawaken the young kid inside us all, who always wanted one.

Home Tree Home: Principles of Treehouse Construction and Other Tall Tales By Peter Nelson • Penguin Group • paperback, $25

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The Perfect Treehouse: From Site Selection to Design & Construction

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I had a great treehouse as a kid. It had two levels of decking with a fireman’s pole, a slide, a ladder and a swing set all attached. It had a tire swing hanging from a limb too; it was a bit of a menagerie. Kroner’s book, on the other hand, is big on design. These are treehouses worth moving into as a tiny home in their own right or as a guesthouse, or party pad. The book does a stellar job of providing functional information and visual inspiration. It’s by far pretty enough to leave out on a coffee table for guests to peruse.

Custom builder Peter Nelson, of Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters,” and his wife Judy turn their passion for the “deliberate folly” of treehouse design, and explore it in beautiful pictorials and intentionally plain language in “the treehouse book.” The Nelsons’ book showcases everything from the exquisite to the eccentric in projects that span the country, coast to coast. From the metrics that make them safely inhabitable to identifying the specific canopies that are most accommodating for treehouse construction, this coffee table-style book is chock full of ideas and innovations to get you started on your dream above-ground build.

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The Collection Asked & Answered

Q: How do I clean the yellow film off my outdoor living areas without contributing to my spring allergies? A: Let’s back up. Did you know the yellow

coating produced by pine trees is not a significant allergy trigger? It’s actually the pollens created by grasses and non-pine trees, so your first line of defense is your outdoor area. Keep grass low and discourage growth of weeds, as they are the most prolific producers of allergenic pollen.

Q: How can I keep pollen out of my home? A: The best way is to implement simple

consistent habits: wear a hat outdoors, take your shoes and clothes off at the door or mud room (if possible), put your clothes into the washer immediately and then take a shower and wash your hair. Remember, if you go to bed with pollen on your body or in your hair, you will spread the pollen in your bedroom. Building Biologists are always concerned about the bedroom first since your body is not only in healing mode while sleeping, but also more susceptible to all toxins.

Q: Are there other ways my home can help me get through the spring? A: Regularly change your HVAC filters and

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Pollen Strategies For Your Home Sweet Home

It’s that time of year… Allergy Season. Some of us dread it and for good reason: 67million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies and our abundant outdoor beauty here in the Upcountry means dealing with loads of it. Year after year the Carolinas rank as some of the worst places for allergy sufferers and if you think you escape pollen when you enter your home, then think again. Allergy symptoms are barely alleviated inside residential structures for most, but Building Biologist Angela Self says your home can be a refuge if you plan to keep the outdoors at bay.

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use the highest MERV rating your system can handle. Clean dust from things in your home using damp cloths. Vacuum using a true HEPA filter equipped vacuum cleaner and invest in whole house or individual room air purification. And, don’t forget about your furry friend! Allergens get trapped in pet hair so be sure to bathe your pets often.

Our expert: ANGELA SELF

Angela Self is the principal of Vital Spaces, a construction and building biology consulting firm. She is a native of South Carolina and has two sons.


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The Collection Crafted

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Artisphere’s emerging artist is landscape painter Michelle Jardines

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atching artist Michelle Jardines paint is equal parts machination and meditation. Like an improvisational laser printer, her brush sweeps band by band across the horizon of a canvas. The resulting landscapes appear “deep from in here” she says tapping her chest, informed by such authentic feeling that it’s somehow familiar. “I paint from the top of the canvas to the bottom, I really do.” After moving to Greenville four years ago, Jardines began painting in oil for the first time in almost a decade. “I decided to finally call myself an artist, to be an artist.” Though she’d been painting since high school, other obligations always seemed to elbow her passion out of the way, but the seeds of true calling were always there. “My father was the one


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who taught me not just to see a painting,” she says, “but to feel them and to understand the poetry behind the painting.” Her abstract landscapes speak volumes; the blended, layered scenes are rich with emotion, foggy, moody storm clouds moving in a subtle color palette of grays, greens, and blues. Gorgeous, compelling images invite the viewer to rest and reflect, much like the natural world they depict. Jardines believes landscapes can speak a volume of emotion. “I’m looking for a conversation with my audience, taking something from my memory or feeling and communicating it. It’s sort of a dance. The painting’s like music. You might move in to study it and may take a step back to try to understand what it evokes inside of you.” That dance seems unstoppable these days. Jardines was

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recently named the Artisphere 2018 Emerging Artist, Greenville’s nationally acclaimed fine art festival. She was selected out of thousands of applicants. “The honor of that, it’s so overwhelming,” she says, “but expanding my audience, introducing my work and sharing my passion with others is an unbelievable privilege.” Her studio at The Artistry (on the outskirts of the Village of West Greenville) is a bustling stop during MAC Open Studios and this past year Jardines exhibited with a solo show at Center Stage Theatre. Emotional connection and storytelling is vital to this first generation Cuban American, who funny enough paints in either contemplative silence or with music blasting at an ear-splitting volume. “I take emotions, these experiences from my life that I’m processing and share them in brushstrokes, hopefully relatable ones,” she says. “My paintings come from a real place within me.

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Whether it’s grief or motherhood or love, I’m finding peace as I paint, I’m transferring all of this onto something that’s physical; it’s so real. This is how I feel that I can belong.” It’s no surprise that collectors are clamoring to hang Jardines’ work. She believes original art is an essential element that warms up a home and says it can not only convey your story or personality, but also spark conversation. Her past professional experience adds another element of expertise to commissions. Jardines approaches commissions with an in-home consultation to assess canvas size, color, texture and even mood. She says that the end result can feel almost collaborative. “I have a true love for interior design and helping a client make sense of their space allows my art to share moments in another’s life.” Michelle Jardines, 12 Andrews St.,


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FLIGHT TO FLOOR From Bob Timberlake’s Reflections Collection, this Mohawk Salem Feathers rug blends oneof-a-kind design and spectacular realism into a single woven piece. Plumes of spotted silky feathers seemingly float above the Salem Feathers’ vivid canvas. Sizes and prices vary, McAbee’s Custom Carpet, 12 N Kings Rd.

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Brick & Mortar

Color, texture and treatments top trends for custom exteriors / by Libby McMillan Henson / photography by Levi Monday

Hand-selected bricks from T.L. Cannon and Sons in Spartanburg include the Upstate’s most in demand brick color: Oyster Pearl


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Trade Lingo Straight-Edge brick: cut to have straight edges Scratched or Textured brick: front side of the brick is not flat and tends to hold paint better Tumbled brick: worn down to look old, via mechanical tumbling Flush mortar: also called “full”, the mortar is flush with the brick face Recessed or Concave mortar: most common and best for avoiding water penetration Raked mortar: recessed ½”-1” and raked with a special tool Smeared mortar: overly full with mortar smeared or smudged onto the brick face

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s Tad Cannon walks across the Spartanburg brickyard his great grandfather founded 112 years ago, his trusted dog Bitsy follows him. Although the countless stacks at C.L. Cannon and Sons look very much alike with the sides of the bricks facing outward, Cannon can easily walk to the most unusual and the best sellers. As any neighborhood drive reveals, the Upstate has, until recently, been “much ado” about red brick. “Brickyards carry product that’s made from regional clay,” explains Cannon of the red tones in clay from Columbia and nearby, “so no large transportation costs are involved.” But, today’s homeowners are steering away from red brick by painting their brick exteriors or building with beige, white or gray brick. “I’m also getting more and more requests for brick with coatings,” says Cannon, “which have a permanent coating in another color, like white. In certain cases, it can be more economical to use a lime wash on a textured brick. These bricks’ rough edges are perfectly designed to hold such a treatment.” Cannon says the brick in highest demand is called Oyster Pearl. Tumbled and coated in an oyster hue, this brick from North Carolina can look dramatically different with dark or light mortar. Cannon points out several others, most of which are named for places. He shows me dramatic Cordoba, its multi-colored façade an abstract range of warm hues; white-coated Nantucket; and Copper Run, its variations stretching from cream to gold to gray. Oddly, the brick called Marshton can evoke thoughts of food when studied closely, its pocked texture not unlike a brownie, albeit in shades of grays and brown. Today’s evolutions in brick color have carried over to mortar as well. “Ten years ago, you had two choices of mortar: gray or buff,” recalls Cannon. “But today, over half of all jobs have a colored mortar.” A glance at his sample box reveals a soft palette of possibilities, with names like oyster white, dandelion and Augusta cream. With hands that have pulled thousands of sample bricks from the tightly stacked piles that have served four generations of his family, Cannon selects one last item that tells today’s story. “Another best-selling brick,” he reveals, “is Oyster Bay.” He holds a tumbled brick that hints at the traditional past, but is ready for a more versatile future, its tonalities ranging from red and pink to cream and gold. In fact, Stoneledge Properties owners Chris and Miranda Bailey selected this same beautiful brick when building their own home, which was showcased in the 2016 Designer Showcase Home Tour of Hope (benefiting the Cancer Society of Greenville County). “In today’s luxury homes,” says Chris, “we see the trend going toward a more timeless look, away from Americana and back to European architecture. Brick exteriors offer a sense of character that you just don’t get in stone veneer.”


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Nooks: small-space solutions

Artist Melissa Anderson’s Studio was built with a sense of place

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“The floor has loads of character... Visitors to artist Melissa Anderson’s studio would never guess that when she designed it, she worked from the outside in. Anderson decided her studio would be perched atop the garage at the rear of the custom home she and husband Scott were building. “The studio needed to correspond with the style of the house,” she remembers. “There was a lot of thought that went into what we were going to be seeing from the house and from the yard. We had to think about the outside first.” A glance toward the studio from the

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Anderson’s inspiring private terrace and garden clearly underscores this former lawyer’s surprising skill at architectural and landscape design. Every inch of her home turf is artful and while the overall vibe is casual in an elegant way, function clearly holds as high a priority as form. The goal for both structures was a sense of history. The antique iron grate near the studio is but one of the many reclaimed building components this salvage-happy mom purposefully curated from sheltered treasures she keeps in a local storage unit. A short climb up the stairs immediately reveals

Anderson’s light-filled workroom. “I generally paint large and I needed a means for getting large canvases in and out of the studio, so we put in an eight foot high door and wire stair rails.” The height above ground level works to Anderson’s advantage when it comes to light. “I already had five of these windows,” she says with a smile, as sunshine pours in from all four sides through the salvage glass. A circustent-shaped ceiling is a feature of the loft; its form maximizes every bit of the structure’s roofline. Anderson’s original intent was white walls and floors, the perfect backdrop for her


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so if it gets paint on it, it gets paint large, colorful canvases, “but these floors came out of a 1920s house that was being demolished and I just couldn’t paint them,” she says. “The floor has loads of character. So if it gets paint on it, it gets paint on it. I couldn’t see rolling these floors white.” Anderson also installed salvaged cabinets (from a house torn down on Crescent Avenue); a reclaimed sink; salvage tiles; and an eclectic mix of vintage furnishings. Shiplap walls complete the look, all of which fuels this artist’s imagination. She’s dubbed a rolling table at the top of the stairs her “treasure


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table.” Anderson rolls it into the studio’s heart, creates vignettes using favorite objects and then captures the scene on canvas. A favorite subject is the large blue and white Asian urn from her friend Michael Green, owner of Artifacts Greenville. “I paint a lot of everything,” says Anderson who works on multiple pieces at the same time. Two large easels on casters hold paintings. A rolling double-sided gallery wall affords space for displaying available works and there are large wooden bins too, chock full of paintings of various themes ranging

from horses to beaches to still lifes. “It’s not about subject for me. It’s about texture and color and application, so I’m generally looking for subjects that will let me do that. Inspiration comes from life.” Melissa Anderson’s work hangs in prestigious public locations across the Upstate and her studio is a popular stop during MAC Open Studios. Her backyard will be one of the featured properties this April for The Joyful Garden Tour by Christ Church Episcopal. For more information, visit

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A series of custom-built wheeled easels allows artist Melissa Anderson to move large canvases around her studio while a painting is in process.

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InnerCella Open Table: Reflections of Home

Rooted in Love When a birch encroaches, can compromise be found? / by M. Linda Lee / illustrations by Tatjana Mai-Wyss

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ON A BRIGHT SUNDAY MORNING, I sit at the kitchen table sipping my tea and pondering the river birch tree that now arches above our porch roof and overhangs the back deck. Joe, my husband, and I have a running debate— OK, argument— about this tree, which we planted 20 years ago by the corner of our screened porch. He has been lobbying for several years to cut it down, while I have vehemently supported its existence. He claims that the birch is one of the dirtiest trees in existence, given that, in all seasons, it manages to drop something on the deck. In spring, seed pods litter the planks like fuzzy chartreuse caterpillars, and, soon afterwards, a good month of pollen blankets the deck, the screened porch, and everything in it, in a sticky yellowgreen dust. In summer it’s the thin, fragile branches that blow down after a rain or the slightest wind. In fall— September into December-- the tree sends down a steady cascade of dead leaves, requiring constant sweeping. If it’s at all breezy we can sweep the deck thoroughly once and 15 minutes later, it looks like we never touched it. Winter winds blow down larger branches. I can’t argue with the fact that this tree is messy, but I balance Joe’s complaint against the fact that the birch provides much of our backyard’s shade in summer. Yes, it does block light from the fig tree, which substantially cuts our crop of figs each year and still I stick up for it (despite how much we and our golden retriever love figs).

tree’s roots are encroaching on the foundation of the house. Here, I must admit, he has a case. That’s why we had our arborist notch the roots so that they wouldn’t snake any closer to the house. Every other year, he comes to trim large branches away from the roof and Joe always asks his opinion about cutting the tree down. Lucky for me, our tree guy possesses strong environmental leanings and does not recommend removing a healthy tree. To many people Joe’s arguments would be more than enough to do away with the tree, but I hold fast in its defense. Besides the fact that river birches are one of my favorite trees; I love the delicate fall of their branches drooping like willows toward the ground and the paper-like texture of its pale gray bark as it peels away from the trunk.

each caterpillar (there were hundreds of them, or so it seemed) off the branches and drowned them in a bucket. Although its leaves were lacey from having been munched on, the birch recovered and thrived. Joe does credit me with saving the tree, a feat I could never pull off now that it towers over our roof. So I remain torn when it comes to that river birch. Without it, our deck would be infinitely less messy, but it would have no respite from the searing sun in summer. And, yes, our grass would grow back in the parts of the yard the tree now shades for most of the day, but the sun would beat down unrelentingly on our screened porch in the afternoon. Certainly, the fig tree would appreciate more light, but how I would miss those graceful trunks curving toward the sky. Call me a tree hugger (I don’t mind the label) but if I have my way, the river birch is staying.

Truth be told, the real reason I am so obstinate in my desire to keep this tree is that I have an emotional attachment to it. A year or so after we planted it, when the birch was only six or seven feet tall, it was infested with some sort of caterpillars one spring. They were defoliating the branches at an alarming rate, but I unconditionally refused to spray the tree with a toxic pesticide, which was what the guy at the hardware store recommended. My only other recourse was to remove the pests manually, and that’s what I did. Joe thought I was crazy— perhaps he was right— when I set up the ladder and climbed up to pluck

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InnerCella Filament

Luminaries Joy and Clyde Glenn create exceptional lamps from beloved objects /by Leigh Savage /photography by Levi Monday


n the hands of Clyde Glenn, who owns The Little Lamp Shop along with his wife Joy, most anything can become a lamp: candlesticks, vases, a football helmet and even an old typewriter. “It was a portable typewriter that belonged to the customer’s father, who was a doctor,” he says. “It had been in his office.” Glenn fashioned it into a useful piece that brought not just light to the room, but also meaning and memories. The Glenns’ skill creating unique lamps is earning The Little Lamp Shop a growing clientele of designers and other customers who want to bring new life to an object as a lamp. Recent projects include lamps made from a bust of Benjamin Franklin and a decanter missing its stopper. Even a Tiffin lunch box— a tall, multi-tiered food carrier from South Asia— can become a unique lamp. “You have to use your imagination sometimes,” Clyde says when asked if there’s been anything they couldn’t turn into a lamp. Often, he employs a figurine arm that stretches over a treasured item so the lamp hovers above and is not connected to the piece, a nifty idea allowing the owner to change out the display item.


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[from left to right] A vintage brass Asian Tiffin lunch box; a souvenir tea tin from Fortnum and Mason in London and an antique Chinese temple statue.

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A pair of silver candlesticks (one shown here), with uniquely shaped black clip-on shades, have been wired and are ready to grace a buffet table or accent a marble bathroom counter in elegant fashion.

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The Glenns opened The LIttle Lamp Shop-- “a shop within a shop” located inside The Rock House Antiques-- in 2012, and have since expanded several times. The shop came to fruition when they each tried to retire, but neither liked sitting still for long. Joy has a passion for antiques and began with a small booth in a shop where the Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center sits today. She later started Antiques Associates with seven friends. When Clyde retired from engineering in 2000, she closed the store and the couple began remodeling houses, tapping his construction experience and her flair for design. But Joy missed working with antiques and approached Southern Estates Antiques (now The Rock House) about a small booth. When a customer asked if she knew anyone who could fix a lamp, she knew just the person. Soon, The Little Lamp Shop was born, with Clyde creating lamps from various items as well as doing repairs. Joy stocks finials, lamp shades, harps and bases and is available to consult on finding the perfect shade. “I need the lamp lady,” is a common refrain heard at The Rock House. The Glenns never envisioned working together let alone owning a lamp shop (they recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary), but their complementary skillset and ebullient personalities have created an ideal partnership. “We have a good time,” says Joy. “We’ve met the most wonderful people. It works out well for us.”

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InnerCella Detours

In the Heart of Cola

A Mecca for the Shopping Savvy Await at Five Points & Devine / by Sandra Woodward / illustration by Tatjana Mai-Wyss


ne of Columbia’s most charming features (among the centers of government, higher education, history and other such weighty matters) is a unique town-within-a-town worth exploring for a day or even longer. Five Points is a hub of restaurants, bars, shops and galleries and first-timers and old hands alike head there for its special character of small-town hospitality. Leave home early enough for brunch at the famed Gourmet Shop, check out the nearby shops featuring clothing and gifts all in the heart of Five Points, then turn the corner to Devine Street where diehard venues for original art, furniture and home décor await your exploration. While you’re on Devine, take a break and reward yourself with a special treat at the Silver Spoon Bake Shop.

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InnerCella Detours THE GOURMET SHOP Since 1979, The Gourmet Shop has been a destination for those who appreciate the best in food, wine and products for the kitcheninclined. Quality is key, whether it’s Emile Henry cookware, festive French and Italian table linens, elegant glassware or that one thing you didn’t know you needed. 724 Saluda Ave. (803) 799-3705 PORTFOLIO GALLERY With two entrances (one just a few steps from The Gourmet Shop) Portfolio has been a Five Points mainstay for 30 years, with owner Judith Roberts providing a venue for American artists offering paintings, ceramics, sculpture and more. Yard art and other whimsical creations join more traditional expressions for a lively gallery experience. 2007 Devine St. (803) 256-2434

Just Steps Away There’s a stop for every whim in the ultimate neighborhood of our capital town. Need coffee? Head to Drip, Five Points mainstay for all things steamed. How about a drink and an app? Publico is the place with all juice margaritas and noshable tapas. Ready for dinner? Don’t miss a chance to eat at Tallulah on Devine St with gorgeous plates featuring chef-driven South Carolina meats and produce. REVENTE The city’s top consignment store features designer labels, clothing, shoes and bags as well as jewelry and accessories. Since so many are now amassing vintage pieces like collectibles and/or


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art, Revente is arguably one of the South’s best stops to hunt down statement pieces. 737 Saluda Ave. (803) 256-3076 BLOSSOM Enter Blossom to saturate your senses with the color, scent and pure beauty of the extensive inventory of fresh flowers as well as quality silk arrangements. But stay to find the perfect vase or vessel from the interesting collection of pewter, cloisonné, crystal and fine basketry. 2001 Devine St. (803) 714-3025 BOHEMIAN HOME Filled with an eclectic treasure-trove of home decor, this large gallery is a rabbit hole worth going down. Be prepared for some serious browsing; fine contemporary furniture, including a wide range of Ekornes Stressless recliners, case goods, dramatic lamps and lighting fixtures, sculpture, and accents will surprise and delight. 2720 Devine St. (803) 779 4966 WESTEND INTERIORS With two locations (the other at 830 Meeting Street), Westend Interiors offers design services and retail home décor. The Devine St showroom features classic, stylish furniture, traditional and contemporary lighting, inviting pillows and other textiles, accent pieces and beautiful antique rugs. 2732-C Devine St. (803) 931-3677 NON(E)SUCH Extensive fine tableware makes Non(e)such the epicenter of bridal registry in the Midlands, but this

three-generation family business also features carefully curated home décor, from elegant antique and contemporary case goods to fine imported porcelain, linens and gifts. The impeccable style of founder (and Greenville native) Margaret Davis has been lovingly carried on by her daughter and granddaughter after her recent passing. 2754 Devine St. (803) 254-0772 HOFP GALLERY “Art from around the world and around the corner” is how this Devine St mainstay (in business for half a century) describes its offerings. Art from many cultures are represented in a range of style and price. Located in the historic former Shandon Market, HoFP proffers award-winning custom framing by owner Alice Perritt and her staff. 2828 Devine St. (803) 799-7405 COMPOSITIONS BY STEVEN FORD Interior designer Steven Ford has served clients in the Columbia area and well beyond from his Devine Street studio for more than 25 years. Two years ago he opened this retail gallery featuring elegant and timeless furniture, lighting, textiles and other items he personally selects. 2850 Devine St. (803) 888-6740 GARDENER’S OUTPOST Turn from Devine St onto Woodrow and find this refreshingly independent garden center focusing on South-Carolina-grown plants, including eco-friendly and hard-to-find varieties. Explore the non-plant inventory, from Reveal

growing lights for keeping indoor plants happy (especially nice for cooks who yearn for fresh herbs at their fingertips) to handcrafted potting benches and outdoor furniture. 709 Woodrow St. (803) 252-0041 SOUTHERN POTTERY Artists from South Carolina and well beyond are represented in this gallery space made even more pleasant by the welcoming vibe of owner Donna Green. The diverse contemporary and traditional styles of established and emerging potters are represented, and classes are offered for any level. 3105 Devine St. (803) 251-3001 BEST MATTRESS Since 1928, this unique company has been creating custom mattresses that are hand-made by a small group of experienced craftsmen. From a high-end king mattress (with every curated option) to a simple traditional twin, a Best company mattress is specifically designed for the individual’s wishes and needs. Upholstery services also are available. 2930 Devine St. (803) 779-2408 RE-INVINTAGE As whimsical and clever as its name, this shop is devoted to rescuing and reinventing furniture for new and perhaps untraditional uses. The furniture pieces are supplemented and enhanced by an extensive inventory of artwork and home décor accents. 912 Harden St. (803) 851-3162

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in and yang with a killer view. This is what Charlie and Gayle Croom got when they enlisted architect Brad Wright to design their retirement home at The Reserve at Lake Keowee. Wright brought builder Will Hines and interior designer Cynthia Masters on board, and together they created a lakeside sanctuary that seamlessly blends Gayle’s ultra-feminine Old World style with the decidedly masculine preferences of her husband, a retired Air Force lieutenant general. “The challenge here was to marry masculine and feminine without either of them looking out of place,” Masters says. “We added a lot of feminine

elements, with the tufting and the fabrics and the floral drapery, the ornateness of the candlesticks. Those were things Gayle liked that we added in moments so that Charlie would still be comfortable and it would still feel masculine.” Masters chose a warm, neutral palette of taupe, beige, almond and eggshell, mixing in some charcoals and bronzes and accenting with watery blue pulled from what amounts to a 270degree view of the surrounding lake. Charlie’s taste for solid structure was addressed through the architecture, with chunky exposed beams and thick, arched cased openings. He also has a plum office space on the mezzanine level, with windows lining both walls and a dedicated wet bar and lounge area tucked into a corner.

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The decidedly masculine feel of chunky beams and thick, arched doorways is balanced with more feminine elements - the tufted sofas, ornate accessories, and floral draperies and centerpieces. The walls in the main living area are true Italian plaster, meticulously hand-mixed to achieve just the right warm, neutral hue.

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The Crooms put a great deal of trust in their design-build team, but came to the table with a few items on their wish list, chief among those being windows on top of windows and a fireplace in the dining room. The fireplace is echoed in the kitchen with the limestone range hood.

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The sunny second-floor study is where Charlie spends most of his day. The built-in shelves were designed by Americraft based on a photograph of a Gothic arch Gayle provided. Cynthia Masters of Panageries worked with the cabinetmaker to repeat the arch in the vanity of each guest suite.

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”What I love about this house is in ten years you’re not going to know when it was built, you’re not going to know when it was designed and they’re not going to have to start over,” Masters says. “There may be things over time they’re going to want to tweak here and there, but all the things that are attached are timeless.” The Crooms couldn’t be more pleased with the results. “We wanted something that was a little classic that would last through time. Something that really looked good but was also comfortable,” Charlie says. “I think Cynthia delivered in spades for us and our architect did a good job on the dimensions of the house. It doesn’t look overwhelmingly large. It’s cozy and comfortable and it’s been serving us well.” The Crooms are an active, outdoorsy sort, so they always knew they would retire South once their D.C. days were done. “As much as I tried, Gayle did not want to retire in New Jersey,” says Charlie, a New Jersey native. For many years they assumed they would land somewhere along the coast, both being avid golfers. But the threat of hurricanes and the general wear and tear a coastal climate can inflict on a home drove their search inland. They scheduled a visit to look at properties in surronding lake communities and quickly found them to be outside their price range. “We were going to be here a week but we discovered that in the first two hours, so we were wondering what to do with the rest of our time,” Charlie says. “We decided to just tour around the lake and see what’s here. We happened to turn down this road and bump into The Reserve.”

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Brad Wright of Wright Design selected the materials for the home’s exterior, choosing a mix of brick and limestone accented with copper elements and a slate tile roof. The Crooms dine al fresco whenever possible, which is fairly often thanks to a third fireplace on the porch. 78 _ at Home

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he first thing they saw was the sprawling Great Lawn and from there discovered the quaint Village Center with its dedicated market, chapel and post office. The Crooms quickly fell in love with the little community. They met with an agent that day and, impressed with his no pressure approach, kept in touch and continued looking at property over the next five years. “We probably saw every property here,” Charlie says. When they learned a new section was opening they made one more trip to see a lot perched on top of the hill and everything fell into place. Charlie and Gayle have two grown children and two small grandchildren who they anticipate seeing quite a bit of in their new digs. “We built it to entertain our children, to provide a place where they’d come to us,” Croom says. “And what more could you ask for, with golf, tennis and a lake?”

Building a house is never without its headaches (particularly in a challenging landscape) but this project seems to have gone off without a hitch and everyone involved counts themselves lucky to have been a part of it. “The best part of this project was working with Charlie and Gayle. We couldn’t have asked for nicer clients,” says Wright. “They truly respected our talents and were very open to our ideas.” Masters agrees. “It was just a dream project because the Crooms trusted that we had their back and the end product was going to be what they would want.” Charlie says he and Gayle are still pinching themselves over their new reality. “We had a dream team and we never had any issue through the build of the house. It was just a total pleasure,” he says. “We recognize it every morning when we wake up and ask ourselves if we’re really living here.”

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Jeff and Jennifer Verkon moved into Bentley Manor in the fall of 2017 after years of planning, preparation, and even a few months of living in the barn that they built on the property in 2008.

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The broad foyer leads to the dramatic central staircase that was a must for Jeff. The bench to the right is an early 1900s piece from the George Witt shoe factory in Lexington, Va.

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Jeff Verkon made a vow at age 12: he was going to build his own Tara. Inspired by his love of history (and his annual viewing of “Gone With The Wind” with his mother) he started plotting his piece of paradise, envisioning acres of wide-open South Carolina countryside, a dramatic central staircase and an expansive balcony on the second level. The person who wasn’t part of those childhood plans was his wife Jennifer, an interior designer by trade, who brought her own vision to their homestead. “I like a more casual ranch style: simple lines, but with a bit of curve,” she says, “casual

but with a bit of elegance.” The mix of these two dreams culminated in a home that blends clean lines and bold color with historic elements, family heirlooms and numerous pieces with storied pasts. “I won’t buy anything unless it has a story,” says Jeff, who loves antiquing and is willing to visit a hundred stores to find the right piece. Jeff, who grew up in South Florida, forged his connection to the Carolinas when he was stationed at Fort Bragg after graduating from Florida State. He would often drive the South’s backroads and in 2006 found his perfect 15-acre plot in Gray

Court and in his mind christened it: Amazing Grace. He completed a barn on the property in 2008, though at the time he was living in Jacksonville, Flordia. He met Jennifer soon after and they married in 2012. She had never lived outside of Jacksonville for an extended period, but after some convincing the couple began to sketch out plans for Amazing Grace. They lived in the barn while construction ensued on the property and moved into the home this past fall. They tapped First Choice Custom Homes to build the 4,800 square foot home and went back and forth on features they

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[above] The master suite blends a graceful chandelier with a ceiling made from reclaimed pine planks Jeff found in an old barn near his property. The art includes four pages from the sketchbook of a designer for Simplicity Patterns. [right] A spacious shower in the master bath is unique in its varying patterns of neutral toned marble and tile.

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With plenty of room for entertaining, the kitchen area is home to several one-of-akind pieces, including a table made from a lane of bowling alley. The range hood boasts reclaimed pine planks.

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wanted. The finalized project was dubbed “Bentley Manor at Amazing Grace” in honor of Jeff’s grandmother and though the name may sound ostentatious, this couple is far from it. “I’ve mowed the lawn in my pajamas,” says Jeff. The Verkons wanted to imbue many aspects of the new home with local history, including bricks from Woodside Mill in Simpsonville and pine planks from an old cotton barn likely dating to the 1800’s that was part of Stoddard Mill, just down the road. “It took two winters to take all of the boards down,” says Jeff, who reclaimed them one by one with the owner’s permission.

A wide entryway leads directly to one of Jeff’s favorite features, a dramatic stairway fit for Scarlett O’Hara and a unique turn of the century bench in the hall bears markings of the George Witt shoe factory in Lexington, Virginia. On one side of the entry is Jeff’s office, where he displays his grandfather’s house plans, military mementos and other personal items. An outdoor space features a fireplace, where a beam from the cotton barn serves as the mantel. The fireplace also includes a brick from his fraternity house at Florida State as well as a brick he brought back from a recent mission trip to Cuba. “That was almost an international

incident,” he says. “But I wasn’t leaving without it.” Across the entryway is a dining room with rich blue-green walls, wire-brushed oak floors and bold art in a frame etched with the name Evangeline. “It’s from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,” Jennifer says, “There was a picture of her in it, but we just loved the frame.” The buffet was built in the Upstate in the 1820s, according to preservationist Martin Meek, who sold them the piece. A spacious kitchen was designed with family in mind and handily can accommodated 36 if needed. The table is one-of-akind, made from a piece of bowling alley

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[above] Lydi the cat poses in the dog wash, located in the spacious laundry room. Jennifer brought Lydi home from the same shop where she found the stained glass door in the kitchen. [right] The walls of the dining room skew deep blue or green, depending on the light.

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Bentley Manor at Amazing Grace overlooks 15 acres in Gray Court, with 4,800 square feet indoors and multiple outdoor spaces.

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from the University of Tennessee student center. “We were at Underground Salvage in Brevard, flipping through huge pieces of bowling alley,” Jeff says. Jennifer selected one with walnut inlay arrows to drive home the fact that it was from a bowling alley and Treehugger Customs was enlisted to build the base. Another focal point in the kitchen is an Art Nouveau door with stained glass, likely from the 1920s. Jennifer had gone looking for a door and found the perfect one, as well as a cat. “The shop owner

came out with a kitten in the pocket of her overalls and I said, I want the door and the cat.” The master suite is a prime example of the casual-meets-elegant style of Jennifer Verkon, who has her own interior design business along with working for Southern Traditions. Its weathered barnwood ceiling was the perfect backdrop for an elegant light fixture. “Once I saw this room, I knew it needed a chandelier.” And while their children Dalton and Delaney are off at college, each has a

room when home; a bunk room for Delaney, with four storage bunks and plenty of space for friends, and a more masculine room for Dalton. But the real draw upstairs is the porch with its wide vistas, wood-look tile floor and Charleston “haint blue” ceiling. Looking out over pastureland dotted with horses, it’s clear that the Verkons have built a home that combined their individual goals into something even greater than either could dream up alone.

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[above] The master bath is the same rich blue as the dining room, accented with art painted by the Verkon’s daughter Delaney. [right] Likely from the 1920s, this Art Nouveau stainedglass door had a previous life in Upstate New York.

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A renovation-turned-reclamation from Tindall Architecture and CarsonSpeer makes for a roomy, refined family home space.

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Mid-century furniture sits low and wide creating comfort in rooms that appear naturally grounded.

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The whimsical, graphic wallpaper from Brewster Home Fashions was selected by the homeowner because it resembled the work of Mary Blair, a Walt Disney Company artist and animator.

Layers upon layers of new epoxy flooring create a terazzo-like look at a fraction of the cost.

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“How are we going to feel if we drive past and somebody’s torn it down?” This was the question retold to Tindall Architecture Workshop by a client about an ailing mid-century property in the Stone Lake neighborhood. The couple had been considering an addition to their existing North Main home, but the lure of a MidMod was about to change their future address. They had recently attended an open house, where they were met with a room full of shellshocked potential buyers lured by a low asking price and equally stunned by the extent of the disrepair. In fact, the listing realtor was handing out disclosures wanting to be upfront about the physical state of the home. But, Tindall’s client only saw what could be described as “possibly a really fun project.” They had watched architecturally significant homes be torn down while living in the Pacific Northwest and didn’t want it to happen here in Greenville’s established neighborhoods. The home was designed and built in the late 1950s by a young architect who lived there for only a short time before selling it to a Greenville family who maintained ownership until the matriarch passed away in November of 2016. After making an offer, the couple learned they were in competition with several real estate developers, so they wrote directly to the family stating their intention to preserve the home and raise their own family there. From most any architect’s perspective, it’s refreshing to come across clients who are willing to save houses and invest time and money into them. But the reality in Greenville’s market is that in a lot of instances, depending on the house, it is less costly to knock down and build new.

blended beauty The overarching goal of the renovation was to preserve the mid-century character of the home while adapting it to meet the expectations of a 21st century family. This was achieved through the collaborative efforts of the architect; the builder, CarsonSpeer Builders; the interior designer, ID Studio Interiors; and the homeowners. The homeowner says he and his wife did have a fairly clear idea of the look they were going for, but credits ID Studio with helping them narrow down the abundance of mid-century lighting at Home

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Reproduction pendant lights, inspired by laboratory design, light the large working island

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Slab cabinetry doors in two different tones help keep the kitchen up to date yet period appropriate

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options on the market and with selecting paint colors and finishes to seamlessly blend the different woods throughout the home. The home’s footprint remains intact and exterior doors and windows were replaced within the existing openings. A funky flow issue between the kitchen and main living area was resolved by eliminating interior doors and walls here and there, but all the structural changes happened within the existing floor plan. A large cabinet between the dining area and mudroom does double duty as room divider and additional storage. Much of the basement was reclaimed for additional living space, so every opportunity for storage was capitalized upon. Most of the floor and subfloor had suffered extensive water damage, but the brick entryway was saved after substantial cleanup. The wood floor in the main living area was replaced with epoxy, a suggestion from Tindall at which the homeowners first balked (as their thoughts immediately went to the material’s most common application as a garage floor coating) but are now glad they heeded. It’s ten layers of epoxy 3/8 of an inch thick, amazingly beautiful, basically indestructible, and best of all drastically less expensive than terrazzo. Upstairs from the main floor are three bedrooms, one of which holds a bit of a hidden secret; a staircase leading to the attic was tucked into the closet with shelves built-out on either side.

Materials in new exterior combinations — like brick paired with vertically clad wood siding and geometrically shaped windows— stood out in the traditional neighborhoods but remains fresh with its distinct architectural point of view.

down below The basement is where most of the structural changes took place, courtesy of a large crack in the foundation that required lifting the house from the front corner and tearing out and repouring the slab. What was once largely unfinished space is now home to shared office space, laundry room, an ingenious ventilated cat bathroom and the master suite. Americraft built all the cabinetry in the house, including a lovely set of built-ins that create an entryway between the sitting and sleeping areas of the master, providing a perfect framework for a stunning tableau of wallpaper the homeowners chose for an accent wall. The finished home gives kids plenty of elbow room upstairs, plenty of privacy for the parents down below and an elegant, open space for everyone to meet in the middle. 112 _ at Home

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The homeowners insisted on not painting the original exterior brick facade.

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The home’s restoration relied on historically accurate white painted walls paired with natural wood ceilings and cabinetry built-ins.

Graphic rugs create high impact in transitional spaces.

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New Modernism Unarguably, Mid-Century Modern design occurred between 1945 through the 1960s though some experts note the architectural style as early as 1931 and trailing into the early 1980s.

Larger round elements above mimic new penny tile on the bathroom floor.

The crux of MidMod was simplicity, in structure, in function, in style. Sleek lines whether organic in form or geometric in nature, ruled the day and trumped ornamentation. It is sometimes forgotten that MidMod interiors embraced a graphic use of white often juxtaposed with black or waxed wood. Many of the movement’s pioneers were Scandinavian, where white walls and large windows brought light into homes during long winters. The west coast especially embraced this notion of integrating nature into interiors often with oversized windows creating framed portraits of exterior scenes. We see the advent of sliding glass doors during this period and multiple points of exit from a single room. Split-level spaces surged in popularity especially in the south where builders capitalized on rolling terrain.

A pair of mirror image bathrooms serve the kids quarters upstairs. The parity with its rounded elements is set off with identical linear, navy matte sink bases.

Texture became central to design and materials were paired in unique combinations from wood and brick to concrete, glass, resin and concrete and the advent of plastic as a home material, especially in furnishing.

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Aromatized Cocktails Spring’s newest sip is light, bright, and white-hot garnished with the ultimate accessory: botanicals

Drink something new this season at home. This is not your grandparents sherry or vermouth, these are aromatized wines, crafted by hand in tiny towns in foreign lands. These elixirs are infused with organic extracts, sit transparent in a glass and are much (much!) lower in alcohol than the crush of bourbon and moonshine crowding shelves of late. They mix perfectly with nothing more than tonic and ice, but garnish them liberally with edible flowers, herbs, spices and even tiny pickled peppers for a photo worthy glass.

Dolin Le Vermouth Blanc & tonic is ideally garnished with fresh tulip petals, spray rose bud, French lavender & black peppercorns creating a layered, sweet sip.

Regan Cannon, bar manager at Husk Greenville, is a superfan and plans pour cocktails utilizing aromatized bottles with abandon at the South Main Street restaurant. It’s all about the seasonality of the ingredients-- is how he puts it-- and believes since their flavors can be more delicate than gin, to use a higher ratio of booze-to-tonic. “These are refreshing low octane drinks that can be consumed all day long and you will be able to enjoy their flavors. It makes so much sense for springtime when the freshest of new green herbs and flowers are coming up and the air is filled with the scent of them all March, April and May-long,” says Cannon. We couldn’t agree more.

Manzanilla Deliciosa en Rama sherry & tonic is the driest of our offerings ornamented with primrose (the bloom of an herbaceous plant), cilantro leaf & tiny Peruvian peppers.

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The bar at Husk picked three differing aromatized wines for us to feature in these on point drinks of spring. Aromatized wines are readily available at liquor stores and cost about as much as a standard bottle of wine. Their lower alcohol percentage makes them slurpably appropriate to drinkand-repeat. Caperitif Kaapse Dief & tonic is an off-sweet aromatic drink with stock petals, carrot ribbons & fennel frond complimenting soft, lanolin-like texture and dried spice characteristics.

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Alley Twenty Six Tonic Syrup is a perfectly blendable craft syrup from the Carolinas, Durham (to be exact) bottled by the spot on cocktail bar bearing the same name.

An aperitif from South Africa, this slightly sweetened sip made with Chenin Blanc is flavored with cinchona bark as well as three-dozen indigenous ingredients imparting baking-spice characteristics, but without tasting autumnal.

Manzanilla Deliciosa en Rama Spain The sherry whose name means “on the branch” is unfiltered, bottled straight from the cask in Sanlúcar. It’s dry and bright and selenic including notes of almond. Sherry and tonic is a classic refresher on the coast of Spain, known as a rebujito.

Dolin Le Vermouth Blanc France The French white vermouth is the sweet-tart of the trio, perfectly clear and ripe with essence of flowering broom, elderberry and peach. Its silken mouth-feel balances the brightness of soda and won’t compound the bitterness of tonic.

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/ by Stephanie Burnette / photos by Eli Warren

Now is the time for bubble-topped cocktails. A bounty of citrus, ideally in season, will soon deluge markets to brighten winter months. This luminous sip is inspired by the La Fête du Citron—the 90-year-old lemon festival occurs each February in Menton, a coastal town in the heart of the Riveria. The intensely yellow orbs are ripe for the picking (and cocktail ready), so invite friends over for a citrus toast. Look for fruit with smooth, even skin, ones that feel slightly heavy for their size. A thinner-skinned lemon will yield more juice. Equiae nos est fugit ut quuntia spiction porerectia pre eum quas quas dolupis itatur? Rum facidende mo omnimaximus aut harum, quatasp ictotas ariorro omnihillitat officiatem quatissit eum elignis erro es magnis as volorum aceptas sitasintur aute non nus et aliaessi nus a ipsum a nobistrunt, sa ne odi tes delitae nia vento odipsan dentios anisque volumquunt, saperumque samus et veliquo qui doluptatem atus, am et quas qui sus, ulpa quos sandunto toriae doluptibea ped ut inia comnimus, solupti oreiciminum quasperit, se voluptur aut officitia num hicidem porestet quatem netum fuga. Ut odipiet quos aut eaquiasita sim aut facepre ptatiae voleceped utet volupis tiist, nis res et inctem. Itatem


A spring vegetable tray entices guests with fresh and savory bites / by Stephanie Burnette / photography by Eli Warren

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Spring’s early harvest beckons a wowworthy vegetable tray. An ombre of green creates harmony for the eye and the palate, so step away from the expected celery and carrots and embrace what’s seasonally available from Upstate purveyors.

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Collectible transferware platters feel right at home on spring tables. These are antiques worth keeping on hand in the kitchen since platters from this period are nearly always food safe. Staffordshire Historical Blue, Blue Willow and Flo Blue are the most recognized 19th century designs of underglazed porcelain. Did you know cobalt blue was the most widely used pigment because of its ability to withstand the temperatures of antique kilns? These platters are fully glazed, including their top and bottom rims, and were produced for daily use in British and American households. We love them for their classic design, table presence and warm white patina.

How did we cook beets and keep the leaves fresh?

Peel the beets keeping the stems intact. Wrap stems and leaves in a cold, damp paper towel and then cover with foil. Boil the bulbs in salted water for 45 minutes upright in a small crowded pot. Cool before quartering. SPRING 2018

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Wash and towel dry everything. Nothing bruises a tender vegetable faster than water drops. Lay washed veggies in a single layer on an absorbent cotton towel. Roll the towel up gently patting as you go to absorb moisture. Delicate leaves can be spun in a salad spinner.

Step 1:

Use greens to set the stage. They are not just ornamentation, but also highly noshable. We utilized full spinach leaves and deliciously bitter dandelion greens to create fringe at opposing angles.

Step 2:

Plan the position of containers to hold wet or brined items like dips, olives and pickles. They don’t need to match; in fact, find vessels that are of varying diameter and height. We combined softened cream cheese with Greek yogurt and nestled it in store-bought pesto for a dip that continues to please the more it’s dipped into.

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Not every component needs to stay raw. Roast cruciferous vegetables-- like broccoli, rapini or cauliflower-- in the oven with smoked salt and a spritz of oil for 10-12 minutes at 400degrees. Chill in the fridge until it’s time to assemble.

Step 4: Pare by hand. Interesting cuts make for a pretty platter so slice pale carrots into angular wedges and take the tops lengthwise off pods to reveal their nestled peas. Cucumbers should always be stripped from their waxy exterior and utilize a serrated peeler to strip asparagus as well. The stalks become increasingly tasty raw when shed of its skin.

Step 5: Add the unexpected. Shaved fennel is a delicious addition. Consider giant capers in place of olives or go old school and pile up endive. Look for unique varieties of veg such as watermelon radish, golden beets or an array of Swiss chard to add surprising interest. at Home

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Modern Mix Mary Jurek Design juxtaposes hand-hammered, stainless steel with an Acacia wood insert in this Sierra oval tray for an “old world meets modern day” style. Easy care stainless steel is dishwasher safe but hand washing is recommended for the wood insert.

Tray Chic We asked Terry Gillespie of Hennessee Haven to be our platter picker and she delivered with styles to suit any spring table, luxe-to-simplified, earthy-to-refined and all with a sense of tradition and heirloom-worthy possibility. / Photography by Levi Monday

Straight from the Garden Chelsea House is known for exquisite home décor pieces that have stood the test of time. Hand-crafted in Italy, this piece begs to be part of your Spring tabletop.

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Tropical Jewel This stunning Charleston Sea Jewels tray is hand crafted by artisans and embellished with one abalone shell. Each piece, enhanced with a subtle touch of bling sure to catch your eye, is available in several sizes and shapes of white or gold.

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Who doesn’t dream of gathering granddaughters together for an annual tea party? Fourteen years ago, Becky Fuduric convinced her daughters and friends to begin a tradition that has now become as fun as it is fancy. “When we started, there was a lot of dress up and pretending with the granddaughters,” says Fuduric, “but as the girls got older we changed things up. We insist they drink tea and they practice their manners, but they still love to play bubbles when all the eating’s over, just like when they were little girls.” Some things never change. Fuduric always remembers to bring a box of sugar cubes. “We go through a lot of sugar at these things,” she says. This year the women gather at Artifacts, a new Greenville antique and interiors store that holds a special space out its back door: a period greenhouse. It’s the perfect setting for a tea party. A wide table has been draped with hand dyed silk, set with lacy plates and handme-down silver. Hot water simmers close by, orchids nod in the warm air and the buffet overflows with bites both sweet and savory.

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In Good Taste Modus As the young guests arrive, they exclaim over one another’s dresses and descend on the food, choosing berries and scones and cakes with girlish enthusiasm. Cardamom scented scones, heaped with jam and fresh cream, are on the menu as well as gorgeous fruit salad, an herby frittata and delicate petite fours presented on local pottery with linen napkins. Light spills into the space, warming the chilly day and smiles grow wider with the plinking of sugar cubes and the passing of plates. The menu changes from year to year and sometimes store bought wins out over homemade, but what matters most is time together. “If we don’t have time to make scones, we just pick them up at the store,” says Fuduric. “I never want anyone to stress, that takes all the fun out of things.” Time is also spent pouring over scrapbooks of tea parties from years past. The mothers pose as servers, pouring tea, passing scones and even scraping crumbs. The group is part formal/part fun-loving, which suits the close knit group. Setting up your own tea is a simple yet meaningful endeavor. Aim for comfort over formality. Don’t have a sterling tea set? Use your favorite mugs or items that hold special meaning. If there are young people on your invitation list, be sure to offer something other than tea (like sparkling pink lemonade) to drink and have fun elements like a box of vintage gloves to try on and bubbles to blow while photos are snapped. Such sweet springtime memories will be treasured for years to come… just don’t forget the sugar cubes.


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Cardamom-Scented Scones

Springtime Frittata

2 ¾ c. unbleached all-purpose flour 3 Tbsp. sugar 1 Tbsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda ¼ tsp. salt ½ tsp. cardamom 6 Tbsp. salted butter, frozen and grated 1 c. buttermilk 1 egg beaten, for brushing

6 asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into two inch pieces 2 Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped 1 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped Salt and pepper to taste 6 large eggs 6 oz. fresh goat cheese or feta, crumbled Olive oil

The citrusy character of cardamom complements fresh spring berries, but remember scones are best enjoyed the day they’re made.

Method: Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom and salt. Lightly fold in grated frozen butter. Fold in buttermilk just until dough comes together, it will be a bit dry. Chill in refrigerator for 10 minutes. Turn the mixture out onto the counter, knead a few times and divide into two portions. Form into disks. Cut each disk into wedges and place on parchment-lined pan. Brush scones with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar, if desired. Bake 12-15 minutes until lightly golden brown.

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This savory addition to a tea is extremely adaptable. Add other herbs or vegetables to suit the season and your taste.

Method: Preheat broiler. In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Add herbs and seasonings.

Citrus Salad

We like the addition of berries and/or finely sliced mint to this beautiful and refreshing salad. 2 ruby red grapefruit 3 Naval or Cara Cara oranges 2 blood oranges 2 Tbsp. honey ¼ cup pistachios, finely chopped Method: Remove rinds of fruit with a sharp knife, first cutting off bottoms and tops and then carefully trimming off all pith around the sides. Slice and then arrange on a large platter: starting with grapefruit and ending with blood oranges. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with pistachios.

In an 8 inch skillet, heat a swirl of olive oil over medium heat. Sauté as paragus until it is bright green and beginning to soften. Pour in egg herb mixture and turn heat down to medium low. Stir occasionally until eggs are almost set. Sprinkle cheese on top and slide skillet under the broiler. After two or three minutes, the eggs should be completely set and the top should be slightly browned. Remove from oven and slide a spatula around the sides and bottom to loosen from the pan. Cut into wedges and serve warm or room temperature.


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lthough most homes today are being built in the most energy efficient manner possible, new construction results in a lessening of the flow of air in and out. New homes routinely feature dense foam insulation to seal up air pockets or are wrapped tightly in a high-density polyethylene material like Tyvek and finished with windows that prevent even an ounce of air conditioning from escaping. Unfortunately, these innovations can trap a variety of allergens as well as VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) inside the home; notably, the EPA believes indoor air quality can be two to five times dirtier than the air outdoors. Many homeowners are turning to a central vacuum system. The system, which is comprised of a canister installed in an accessible place like a garage and a detachable hose that moves from room to room, has many advantages over a conventional vacuum cleaner and creates a much healthier living environment. A central vac system provides 100% removal of microscopic dust, dirt, pet dander, mold and pollen and can reduce over 50% of nasal and non-nasal, eye and sleep allergy symptoms along with noxious odors. Everything goes directly into a canister that only needs emptying a few times a year. The suction is five times more powerful than a portable vacuum and the system is surprisingly quiet and easy to use, plus eliminates damage to furniture and walls.

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Find local contractors in our shopping index on page 148. “A central vac system is certainly an additional luxury feature to be touted in the home’s listing description; frequently buyers ask for it or a list of local providers so they can get a system installed right after closing,” says Susie White, Realtor Associate with Wilson Associates. Devin Hinson of Central Vac Center serves the Upstate for both new build and existing homes. He says installation in older and even historic homes is relatively simple. “Most historic homes were built with a crawl space, so we can access almost any room and though a lot of these homes don’t have an attached garage, our unit can go right where the HVAC equipment is.” He recommends systems from HCP and Beam and explains that there are two configurations to consider: detachable hose or hidden hose. A detachable hose “plugs in” to an installed receptacle in the room and takes up a smaller wall footprint, whereas a hidden hose retracts directly into the wall. But the kitchen tends to be most homeowners focus. “You want a Vacpan for quick cleaning in the kitchen,” says Hinson. “It’s an automatic dustpan right where you need it. Just get out a broom and sweep right into a vent.”

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How do robots stack up? • Although robot vacuums have become increasingly popular because they effortlessly manage the vacuuming for you, they are not able to clean as thoroughly or as extensively as a central vacuum system. • Priced around $400, they are significantly more affordable (a central vac system starts around $1,500 and depends on square footage), but robot vacuums have smaller motors offering significantly less suction, along with a much smaller canister size that has to be emptied often. They also exhaust microscopic particles back into the air in the home. • Round robot vacuums are not able to get into square corners, or clean baseboards, molding and walls and they are unable to clean furniture or pets. Their smaller brush roll can also redistribute debris and pet hair instead of picking it up.


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Wedding Trilogy Three interconnected families have graced our pages / by Lynn Greenlaw / Photography by Ernest Rawlins Photography

This article brings with it the pleasure of having featured three weddings that have brought together the same two families over a span of 12 years. The very first atHome wedding feature was in the Summer 2006 issue. It highlighted the reception of Lauren Bell and R. Montague Laffitte, III on the Bell family property. Flash forward to Fall 2015 and we highlighted the at-home reception of Kate Hendricks and Othniel Laffitte (Montague’s brother) at Kate’s family home in Anderson. Now we are thrilled to feature Claudia (Bell) and Lewis Moore at their lovely wedding and reception on the Bell family property. Claudia’s mother, Jacquie Greer Bell and her aunt, Jacquie’s sister, who both grew up on the property, took advantage of the gorgeous setting for their wedding receptions. Claudia said, “I felt it was a family legacy to be married on the property.”

Family Traditions Carry On • Lewis gave Claudia an engagement diamond that has been in the Moore family since the 1850’s. • Claudia’s wedding band belonged to her great-grand- mother on her grand father’s side of the family. • The scripture reading during the ceremony was read from the Greer family bible.


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Two lakes flank Claudia’s childhood home and Claudia and Lewis took it to the next level by utilizing views of both lakes; One side was the site for the nuptials and a large tent on the opposite side served as the site for the reception. Claudia, a physical therapist assistant, and Lewis, a law enforcement officer, met when she was assigned to rehab his shoulder. Although Lewis asked her for a date numerous times, it was several months before she finally agreed. Lewis popped the question about nine months later at Claudia’s favorite spot on the family property called “The Big Rock.” Wearing her mother’s revitalized and slightly altered wedding dress, Claudia walked down the aisle toward a festooned cross on the dock overlooking the lake to the sounds of a harpist playing the “Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin by Wagner. During the reception the generator powering the tent gave out for a period of time; fortunately, the lights from the house and the clear night sky with its stars and brilliant moonlight provided beautiful ambiance until the power was restored. Everyone agreed that it was a night to remember. Claudia and Lewis reside in Greenville and are awaiting the completed renovation of a home that abuts the Bell family property. Their connection to this treasured property will create a bond for the next generation.

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zalea. Just the name evokes Southern charm and likely images of the Masters Tournament. Augusta National’s azaleas are spectacular, but every gardener can enjoy the bright colors of these versatile shrubs (even without a grounds crew). Asian azaleas are evergreen with small leaves and a mounded form. They offer a variety of flower shapes and colors, but the blooms are not fragrant. Some Asian varieties bloom a second time in the fall; but because they retain their foliage, Asian varieties can need winter protection. Native azaleas are plentiful and appealing. Once established, these deciduous shrubs tend to thrive better than their evergreen Asian cousins, according to Miller Putnam and Bill Sharpton, both avid gardeners and members of the South Carolina Native Plant Society. “People think of azaleas as an understory bush and they do fine in shade, but natives can do really well in sun, too,” says Putnam. “You should water them the first two to three years, but after that you don’t have to do much unless there’s a drought.” Sharpton helped start the South Carolina Native Plant Society in 1995. He likes that native azaleas attract hummingbirds and points out their four-season appeal; big buds in winter, bright flowers and fragrance in spring and summer, nice leaf color in fall. “A big benefit of native azaleas is that so many of them have wonderful fragrance. My favorite would probably be the Florida Azalea,” he says. The shrub is a beautiful, fragrant azalea that blooms orange to yellow beginning in April and lasting through May. Other fragrant varieties include Piedmont, Plumleaf and Pinxter, but the popular Flame Azalea, known for its vivid red and orange coloring, is fragrance-free. Sharpton agrees about the hardy nature of native azaleas, but cautions people not to plant them too deep. “They don’t have deep roots. Plant them high so that they just sit there and look at you.”

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Mark Your Calendar: Support the South Carolina Native Plant Society by attending the Upstate Native Plant Sale on April 21st at Conestee Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hundreds of native trees, shrubs and perennials will be for sale including native azaleas already adapted to our soil, but plan to shop early. This annual event often has shoppers waiting for it to open. Experts in native landscaping will be available to answer your native gardening questions. Need more time to decide? Native azaleas are available at area nurseries (on hand or by special order) including a variety of stocked species at Martin Garden Center.

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he Top 10 rated art and street festival promises a tapestried lineup this Mother’s Day weekend, especially in visual art categories. With fine art photography, multi-media art, paintings and printmakers to consider, it’s time to map out your Artisphere stops. These nine artists are at the top of our list; half are local, half are traveling here and one recently moved to Greenville from Chicago because of his Artisphere experience. Welcome to the ‘ville Keith Grace.









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A selective resource guide to the pages of atHome The Collection In Bloom (page 27) STATICE, Greenville,, @staticefloral Off the Shelf (page 32) Fiction Addiction, 1175 Woods Crossing Rd #5, (864) 675-0540, Crafted (page 36) Michelle Jardines, The Artistry, 12 Andrews St, Greenville, InnerCella Nook (page 49) Melissa Anderson, Feature Well Lake Forecast (Page 68) Panageries, 929 Rutherford Rd, Greenville, [864] 250-0021, Wright Design, 123 W Broad St, Greenville,

A citrus salad for a spring tea [story on pg. 130]

State of Mind Home (page 104) Tindall Architecture Workshop, 723 Bennett St, Greenville, [864] 275-9766,; CarsonSpeer, 2131 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, [864] 214-6644,; Korall Wall Mural, Brewster Home Fashions, Modus Drink (page 119) Bouharoun’s Fine Wines & Spirits, 301 Falls St, Greenville, [864] 233-2738, Treasures (page 124) Hennessee Haven, 820 S. Main St, Greenville, [864] 597-9494, In Good Taste: Tea Party (pagae 130) Antique dÊcor by Artifacts Greenville, 3209 Old Buncombe Rd, GreenvilleSilk runners, Alanah Textiles,; Pottery plates and mugs, Donovan Pottery,; Lace plates, Jocie Pots,; Farm table and chairs, A Darling Day Vintage Rentals, Technofile (page 136) Central Vac Center, 107 Chippewa La, Williamston, [864] 847-1111 Green Living (page 145) Martin Garden Center, 198 Martin Rd, Greenville, [864] 277-1818, Behind the Wall (page 152) Greenville History Tours, [864] 567-3940,

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Lil Glenn Company, (864) 242-0088; Marchant Real Estate, 100 W Stone Ave, Greenville, (888) 664-6095; Melissa Morell/Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 2023 Augusta Road Greenville, (864) 242-6650; Remax, 600 Independence Blvd Greenville, (864) 241-8200 THAT Realty Group, 339 Prado Way, Greenville, (864) 520-8567; The Cliffs, (866) 411-5771 ; The Reserve at Lake Keowee, 921 Reserve Blvd, Sunset, (864) 869-2106; Total Property Management,LLC, 887 NE Main St #301, Simpsonville, (864) 3509802; Verdae Development, 340 Rocky Slope Rd Ste 300, Greenville, (864) 329-9292; Wilson Associates Real Estate, 213 E Broad St, Greenville, (864) 640-8700; SOLAR SUPPLIERS Blue Ridge Electric Co-op, SPECIALTY SERVICES Big Rock Natural Stone & Hardscapes, 4709 Augusta Rd, Greenville, (864) 2369300, Designed for Downtown, 215 E Belvue Rd, Taylors,(803) 351-1385; GBS, (864) 288-3627, General Shale Thin Masonry Products, Palmetto Outdoor Spaces, Greer, (864) 553-0478; palmettooutdoorspaces. com Palmetto Specialty Transfer Inc., 103A International Ct, Greenville, (864) 2865062; Stanley Steemer, 50 Metts St, Greenville, (800) 783-3637; Suburban Paint Co. Art Supplies, 1378 N Pleasantburg Dr, (864) 244-1375; Unique Concrete Design LLC, (864) 304-3885;

ADVERTISER ���������������������������������������PAGE# 4 Rooms �������������������������������������������������������������������85 AJH Renovations, LLC ������������������������������������82 Bennett's Frame ����������������������������������������������100 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices ���� 33 Big Rock Natural Stone & Hardscapes �����64 Blackstream/Christies International . . . . Real Estate ������������������������������������������������������ 6-7 Blue Ridge Electric Co-op ������������������������35 Bogari ������������������������������������������������������������������������58 Carolina Consignment ���������������������������������16 Carolina Heating Services Inc. ������������ 122 Carson Speer Builders ��������������������������������116 Century Properties �������������������������������������� 143 Clayton Tile ������������������������������������������������������20-21 Coldwell Banker Caine �������������������������������47 Crescent Homes ��������������������������������������24-25 Decker Home Repair & Remodeling �� 102 Design on Tap Bath & Kitchen Gallery ����44 Designed for Downtown ������������������������ 139 Dillard-Jones Builder ������� Inside Front & 1 Embassy Flowers ��������������������������������������������103 Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery ����������������������������������������������������������������������86 First Choice Custom Homes ��������������������101 Gabriel Builders �����������������������������������������80-81 Galt Innovations ������������������������������������������������118 Gateway Supply ��������������������������������������������8-9 GBS ������������������������������������������������������������������������������48 Geiss & Sons ���������������������������������Back Cover Genco Pools & Spas ����������������������������������������31 General Shale Thin Masonry Products ������������������������������������������������������������84 Graham Kirkman Landscape Designs ���� �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������63 Greenville Carpet One ������������������������������62 Hennessee Haven ������������������������������������������65

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estates Homes as distinguished as our readers.

14 Lanneau Drive, Greenville

8 Summerhall Glen Lane, Simpsonville

4BR, 4.5BATH · MLS#1359916 · $950,000

5BR, 4.5BATH · MLS#1360372 · $800,000

Wilson Associates Laura McDonald (864) 640-1929

Coldwell Banker Caine Susan Gallion (864) 350-3434

204 Hemmingford Circle, Simpsonville 4BR, 3.5BATH · MLS#1361027 · $669,000 Coldwell Banker Caine Susan Gallion (864) 350-3434

16 W. Tallulah Dr., Greenville 4BR, 4.5BATH · MLS#1360117 · $795,000 Coldwell Banker Caine Heidi Putman (864) 380-6747

104 N. Leach Street, Greenville

106 N. Leach Street, Greenville

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3BR, 3.5BATH · MLS#1356182 · $649,973

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner Stina Thoennes (864) 304-9475

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner Stina Thoennes (864) 304-9475

At Home Estates is a feature of At Home Magazine. To advertise your listing in At Home Estates, contact Caroline Spivey at 864.679.1229 or 106 Raes Creek Drive, Greenville 4BR, 3.5BATH · MLS#1359757 · $525,000 Wilson Associates Angela Rodriguez (864) 609-7219

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Outbuilding Mystery


Hampton Pinckney guesthouse stands as quiet landmark / by John M. Nolan

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in while the main house was being built. Unfortunately, that building was torn down sometime in the last few decades but local stories persisted that a remaining back yard building was this cottage. The Armstrongs were committed to preserving the heritage of the building’s exterior in all manner possible and inside Barry noticed evidence of its age through the rough, hand-wrought chimney bricks and the horsehair laden plaster remnants. It turns out, this plain building with two simple side entryways likely dates to the midnineteenth century and served as a servant’s quarters or slave cabin for the McBee/Landrum families. Vardry McBee was the largest landowner in the district and in 1860 owned fifty-six slaves. City maps of Greenville in the 1880-90s show many such servants’ quarters dotted throughout downtown Greenville among the commercial and residential

buildings. An almost identical building dating to the same time period was rescued in 2009 from destruction at the Williams-Earle property on Grove Road and is now carefully preserved at the Living History Farm at the Roper Mountain Science Center. The Armstrong outbuilding is likely the last original slave cabin extant in the downtown Greenville area making it a significant piece of American, Greenville, and African-American history preserved right in a residential backyard. P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U R T E S Y O F J O H N N O L A N

Linda and Barry Armstrong bought their Hampton-Pinckney home six years ago. They were drawn to the historic neighborhood, adjacent to downtown Greenville, as well as the additional living space provided by a nice-sized outbuilding in the backyard. They loved the history of the main house; it was one of the original McBee family homes that established the Hampton-Pinckney neighborhood. Vardry McBee, often called the “Father of Greenville,” gifted the land to his son, William Pinckney, who later gave divided lots to his children including daughter Malinda Penelope. Malinda married Chevis Montgomery Landrum (from the family for which Landrum, SC is named) and a Victorian-style four bedroom home was built on the site in 1874. We know at least three outbuildings were part of the original property; one was dubbed a “honeymoon cottage” that the young couple lived

In 2006, John Nolan started Greenville History Tours out of his love of history and the city. He conducts weekly historic walking, driving and culinary tours guiding visitors and locals. Learn more about numerous historic homes on his yearround Historic Neighborhoods driving tour or from his book, A Guide to Historic Greenville, South Carolina.


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