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A Magazine for Living

Fall 2016

Gary Player’s Travelers Rest residence is furnished entirely with African-purveyed home goods that seamlessly blend indoor comforts with outdoor luxuries. See the story on page 82.

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Handsome Georgian home offers the very best for those with the most discriminating taste and it is in the most sort after location in Greenville... close to Cleveland Park and minutes from downtown Greenville. This home has 5 bedrooms, 4 and 1/2 baths. It offers causal and formal areas, open floor plan, renovated kitchen and den in addition to: the original high ceilings and handsome hardwood floors, living room, dining room, paneled study, slate sunroom, brick terrace. The newly renovated kitchen makes entertaining a dream, and there is even a caterer’s kitchen! Additional features include: mudroom, rec room, exercise room, and screen porch. The entire property is fenced and privately landscaped. For the biking enthusiasts, the Swamp Rabbit Trail is very close as well!

607 McDaniel Ave. Greenville $998,500 In the heart of Alta Vista, this exceptional two story brick home offers an open, updated floor plan complimented by its exquisite décor. The high ceilings, slate and hardwood floors, handsome large windows are a superb backdrop for the large living room, dining room, den, and updated kitchen and breakfast room. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. The master suite enjoys its own den and 2014 updated bath. A large rec room is on the 3rd floor. The backyard is surrounded by lush landscaping and a brick wall providing a private retreat. This is a superb location within walking distance of downtown and the park!

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From the great room with its limestone fireplace and three sets of mahogany doors that open onto the covered outdoor porch with its own outdoor fireplace to the den or study… this home is simply spectacular with its handsome paneling and unusual triangular fireplace of brick. Handsome heart of pine floors are throughout most of the home. The kitchen has pine cabinets, teak countertops, Tennessee crab orchard stone for the tile, and hand-beaten copper sink. Eleven foot ceilings are throughout most of the first floor. Master bedroom with views of the property is on main level. This spectacular home is just minutes from Greenville’s downtown.

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120 E. Round Hill Rd., Greenville $2,495,000 Set on over 23 acres of gently rolling hills and fenced pastures with views of the Paris Mountain, this Georgian estate is one of finest in the Upstate. As you enter the private grounds and cross the bridged stream, your eye is mesmerized by the handsome two story Georgian structure reminiscence of Tidewater Virginia. The estate features stables with 6 stalls and office area; new gunite heated pool and outside gazebo; detached and attached garages for up to 10 vehicles; over 4,000 sq ft of new terraces, and walkways. The main house has 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 2 half baths with an open floor plan. The master suite is on the main floor with spacious his and her baths. A handsome walnut custom designed study is within close proximity of the master. The kitchen and breakfast area was totally rebuilt with custom cabinets, countertops, travertine floors, Viking 4 burner cook top with griddle, 2 Bosch dishwashers, 2 wall ovens, warming draw. All of the first floor flows easily into each other whether the casual den just off the kitchen, or the open Florida room, or handsome living room and dining room. This property is 15 minutes from downtown Greenville and minutes from Travelers Rest, yet you feel as if you are miles away in an incredible oasis of rolling pastures and mountain views creating a superb lifestyle in exquisite surroundings.

111 Rockingham Rd. Greenville $1,800,000 Fabulous “in town” estate – 5 bedrooms, 8+ baths on 1.6 acres; pool; tennis court; guest house; master suite with ultimate in luxury; handsome moldings; high ceilings; whole house generator and flexible floor plan for families of all ages. Gracious foyer leads to large living and dining each featuring a handsome fireplace. Family room is paneled with walnut, accentuating character & architectural design. Breakfast room, kitchen & pantry allow excellent functionality. Upstairs you will find 4 large bedrooms & 3 full baths. The guest house has a large gathering room, small kitchen, fireplace and two full baths, a sun room overlooking the pool and a porch overlooking the tennis court. Exceptional in every manner, this property has so much to offer to those who enjoy activities throughout the year as well as entertaining family and friends.



114 Woodland Way Alta Vista $954,500 This handsome 4 bedroom home is a rare combination of new construction located within walking distance of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The great room has the advantage of opening onto the kitchen as well as the back porch and private fenced backyard. The kitchen has all new appliances with Viking gas cook top; double ovens, wine cooler, ice machine and granite countertops. There is also a large island, breakfast area, and a desk nook. A very welcoming master suite is located on the main floor with views of the private landscaped backyard. Two staircases lead to the second floor which features 3 bedrooms; 2 full baths, a sitting area, and a large bonus/rec room with separate sink and small refrigerator.

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CONTENTS Fall 2016



FLOCK TOGETHER The North Main-area home of Greenville artist Joseph Bradley creates a space with creative flair.

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FROM AFRICA, WITH LOVE Legendary golfer Gary Player's Travelers Rest-area outpost makes room for culture, couture, and (most important) lots and lots of grandkids.


A SEASON FOR CHANGE A Simpsonville starter home turned farmhouse estate becomes a rustic, refined residence.

The Collection: items and ideas to inspire

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NOTES FROM HOME CRAFTED Ryan Calloway ironworks HARDWARE High-tech bath renovations THE SHELF Reads to inspire decor AROUND TOWN Symphony Tour of Homes STYLE GUIDE Green, gold, and glamor ASKED & ANSWERED Expert advice

InnerCella: style and décor, explored 43. 50. 54. 58.

NOOKS Family space on Lake Keowee OPEN TABLE My mother's market CRIBS Refined rooms for kids SCOUT OUT Fire pits and cauldrons

Modus: methods for home and life 122. 126. 130. 132. 134. 139. 144. 150. 156. 160.

DRINK The season's spice: chai GREEN Going solar in S.C. IN BLOOM Fall gourds MODUS STYLUS Carolina blogs TRIFECTA A petite buffet, three ways MATRIMONY Destination: Hot Springs, N.C. TREASURES Antique oyster plates MAN An historic loft turned bachelor pad SHOP Resources and Advertisers' Index BEHIND THE WALL A Rockwood Park attic

“The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” —John Muir 12 _ at Home

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A growing neighborhood town center that welcomes everyone. Whether you visit, work or live here, Legacy Square is blossoming into a shining centerpiece filled with a thoughtful collection of local shops and services for all. Located at the heart of Verdae’s high-growth area, this multi-phase town center surrounds the northeast end of Legacy Park and will ultimately include 13 acres of quality commercial development that provides accessibility and convenience to area residents and more.

Join the Expanding List of Businesses Holliday Dental YMCA at Verdae *Stella’s Southern Brasserie Majik Touch Lockers Park View at Verdae NHE Property Management

Wagner Wealth Management Caldwell Constructors KDS Commercial Properties Dwayne Wood Architects Kathy Lenser Interiors Verdae Development

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Notes From Home

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss


Fall is for Fresh Ideas

Feel free to contact me at or call 864.679.1200 and leave me a message. I always welcome your comments and suggestions.

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hich direction will you decide to choose when

your home no longer suits your needs? Or which direction will you choose if you want to decorate your new abode with personality and flexibility? We have some perfect examples of directions you might consider in the pages of this issue. One of our homeowners lives on a beautiful piece of property that borders the lush landscape of a golf course—designed by his internationally known father, Gary Player. The Players have graciously allowed us a peek at their home with African-inspired décor at the Cliffs at Mountain Park. Another couple saw a need to update and expand a home that started its life as a two-bedroom, one-bath brick bungalow on acreage in Simpsonville. You won’t believe how it looks and functions now for its human and animal inhabitants. The Groves-Cassidy’s new direction in lifestyle turned out beautifully. When a young family, the Bradleys, found a home in the North Main area of downtown Greenville, they knew it would have to be expanded to accommodate their needs and their extensive art collection. They came up with a design that serves them and their young children extremely well. Returning to his hometown after trying out Colorado, Joe Hindman found the perfect bachelor pad in a 100-year-old former mill community building and decorated it to perfection using items from his parents’ home, thrift stores, flea markets, and auctions. His direction in decorating is creative, appealing, and inspirational. We’ll give you tips on how to use a single piece of furniture in three different room locations, how to use a Chai tea in everything from cocktails to cake, and how to decide between kettle and cauldron fire pits. That’s only a small portion of the directions you can find that are available in the pages that follow. I won’t hold you up any longer. Go, explore, and be motivated.

Lynn Greenlaw Editor-in-Chief FALL 2016

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Items and ideas to inspire

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Meet iron artisan Ryan Calloway, who hand forges metal into inspired home furnishings and accessories.

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Style Guide Frames and Fresh Air


The Metal Man

“We ... create several designs, and the client chooses the one they like best.” –Ryan Calloway Learn more about Calloway’s creations, pg. 28

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The Collection Crafted: Upstate Artisans

Playing with Fire Metal artist Ryan Calloway crafts ironwork for the home by Kathleen Nalley // Photography by Will Crooks

Local metal artist Ryan Calloway of Creative Ironworks designs, forges, welds, and creates custom iron pieces for the home and workplace. He tailors each design to a homeowner’s individual personality and needs, creating usable, practical works of art. “We take input from the client and create several designs, and the client chooses the one they like best,” he says. Think fire screens with scrolls and filigrees. Think reclaimed wood and metal furniture, that eclectic mix of modern and rustic. Think iron railing curling along a winding staircase. Think outdoor planters, ornamental iron, garden gates— conversation pieces that strike a perfect juxtaposition between man and the natural world. Calloway works both with homeowners and interior designers. He’s especially proud of five table bases he collaborated with Fowler Interiors to create for the local co-workspace, Endeavor. The tables, used for bar-height workspace, consisted of many rings that were forged and welded together. “Furniture is always fun to build, and it feels good knowing the finished projects end up in a creative space that will inspire the work of others.”

Iron Man Metal worker Ryan Calloway studied under renowned Greenville ironsmith Howard McCall. He is carrying forward the traditional artisan trade by creating distinctive metal pieces for a new generation of Upstate homeowners.

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The Collection Hardware: trending accents & accessories

Bathrooms from Beyond

Technology and techniques that transform

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Realtors agree that plumbing is one of the top


ways to boost your home's value. Yet tackling the chaos, time, and expense of a bath renovation can make the proposition daunting. In fact, in many cases a full renovation isn’t necessary to bring new life to your plumbing system. Before dismissing plumbing upgrades as too costly or disruptive, consider simple comfort, efficiency, or style upgrades. These can typically be accomplished in just a few hours by a licensed service plumber and can make a huge difference. Breathe new life into your home’s most valuable rooms with these relatively low-cost ideas.

Comfort Trends 1. L uxurious Shower Heads: Rainfall shower heads are having a moment, but the options don’t stop there. The top manufacturers are offering a wide variety of shower experiences to today's homeowner, including highpressure and dual-head options. Each type of shower head offers a distinct twist to your daily ritual and can really set the tone for the start of, or wind down, of your day.

2. Chair-Height Toilets: Coming in about two inches higher than standard, these toilets are quickly becoming the norm due to their comfortable chair height. You may also see them referred to as “comfort height” and they are especially helpful for those with limited mobility. For maximum comfort, consider an elongated bowl. Just be aware that these toilets take a good bit of extra room and aren’t great for small bathrooms.

3. Personalization: The addition of smart technology to plumbing features means being able to customize the user experience. From programmable shower settings (above) to integrated sound systems, get used to the idea of technology in the bathroom. These applications, and many more, are just starting to hit the mainstream but are quickly gaining in popularity as homeowners embrace the idea of the “internet of things.”

BIO Anja Smith is an owner-operator of All Clear Plumbing which specializes in plumbing repairs in the Upstate.

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Efficiency Trends 1. Pressure-Assisted and Dual Flush Toilets: Low-flow got a bad rap in the 1990s, when technology had yet to catch up with environmental regulations. The good news is that these toilets have improved and water-saving toilet options are better than ever. For instance, national averages suggest that homeowners who invest in a dualflush toilet will save about $100 per year on their water bill. That makes the net savings on these toilets very high over their lifetime. If you are really worried about performance, try a high-performance, pressureassisted toilet. Just be prepared to pay for that performance.

Small spaces call for big ideas. A full-wall mirror creates the illusion of more square footage, and framing gives the room more dimension. You don't need tons of space to personalize your bath. Programmable shower settings and integrated sound systems work in any size room.

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2. On-Demand Water Heaters: Definitely the most expensive upgrade on our list, but worth every penny in a high-use home. Traditional water heaters hog energy keeping “stand-by” water hot all day long, while tankless heats water instantly, as it is used. The costs are starting to come down on these units, but they are still more expensive than traditional and you’ll want to go with one of the leading, recognizable brand names for ideal performance and reliability. claims that heating water accounts for as much as 18 percent of your energy bill each month, so the savings potential is huge. Just don’t let those endlessly hot showers cancel out that efficiency! 3. Greywater Systems: Rainwater recapture barrels for landscaping have been around for a while. But using greywater for other uses in the home, such as flushing your toilet, is a relatively new concept. These systems are still fairly complex to set up and require the work of a licensed plumber but can reap long-term benefits for efficiency. New products are hitting the market every day that make integration of greywater into a traditional home setting easier than ever.

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The Collection Hardware

High-pressure shower heads and comfort-height, elongated, and touchless toilets are among the bath customizations available today.

Health Trends 1. Touchless Technology: We have gotten used to waving our hand in front of a sink in a public restroom, but now the application is being moved into homes—and for good reason, since handles on sinks and toilets carry the majority of the germs in our kitchens and bathrooms. Be prepared for maintenance on touchless toilets and sinks, since they are all battery operated, but remember that you might also enjoy a lower water bill. Automatic shut-off helps cut down on water use as well as the spreading of germs.

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2. Whole-House Filtration Systems: Homeowners want their water as clean and pure as possible from the moment it enters the home. A whole-house filtration system provides great peace of mind for homeowners who want to ensure the highest-quality tap water, great-tasting ice, and water that is clear of impurities and chemicals. In addition to the taste of water directly from the tap, the elimination of chlorine is probably the most sought after reason for a whole house filter.

3. LED Lights: High-tech integration with plumbing features doesn’t stop at personalization. An increasing number of plumbing fixtures include LED lights. The most popular examples of these integrations are safety focused and include toilets with built-in nightlights and faucets with red and blue indicators for hot and cold water.

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The Collection Off the Shelf: book reviews

Décor's the Thing


Inspired spaces from book pages review by Jill Hendrix

If you have ever “rescued” furniture from the side of the road, inherited furniture your relatives no longer want, or are a hands-on person looking for a new project, look no further than Furniture Makes the Room: Create Special Pieces To Style a Home You Love, which details 15 projects and ideas that can then be applied countless ways for your own furniture. Furniture Makes the Room is Barb Blair’s second book. She refers to her first, Furniture Makeovers, as “Furniture 101.” For those of us lucky enough to call Greenville home we can see Barb’s work in person at Knack Studio (580 Perry Avenue in The Village of West Greenville). Furniture Makes the Room begins with a tutorial on how to select a project and warns of some pitfalls in the process. Barb believes it is better to create a piece you love that complements your decor versus a quickly painted piece soon relegated to a corner. One of my favorite transformations is the feather decal armoire. In this update it is all about the details—inside and outside the piece. Feather appliques add elegance


and a touch of whimsy. Wallpaper on the front of the drawers inside the armoire gives the extra design flair to make the piece special. And then Barb shows the armoire in a living room, art studio, and bedroom. I can also see it as a bar or storage element in a dining room. Thankfully after showing all these dramatic transformations Barb then has a section where she reveals her toolbox and favorite tricks of the trade. Gone are the days of marking off your painting area with boring straight edged painters tape — scallops, chevrons, and waves are now available.

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Many of the resources listed are local. Photos are crisp and more in the “coffee table book” genre than typical how-to books. Furniture Makes the Room is beautiful and educational and a recommended read for the Greenville do-it-yourselfer. Furniture Makes the Room: Create Special Pieces to Style a Home You Love by Barb Blair • Hardcover, $28

Jill Hendrix is the owner of Fiction Addiction, an independent bookstore found on Woods Crossing Road and online at

Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves

Co-written by best friends and interior decorating partners Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith, whose Charlotte-based design studio Circa Interiors has garnered national acclaim, this book is more than a beautiful centerpiece— it’s an invitation to stay awhile. It serves a dual purpose in the home of Community Journal Group’s events manager Kate Madden—a coffee table book and a guest book. “I have friends and family sign or write a note in after we entertain or when they stay overnight to remember their visit by!”

The anti-decorating book, “Styled,” from HGTV sensation Emily Henderson, is full of witty and purposeful advice about rearranging almost any space so that it feels finished, updated, and a reinvigorated reflection of “you.” She walks readers step-by-step through arranging almost any home surface. With more than 300 pages chock full of “insider” tips and tools, Henderson lifts the veil on trade secrets of design professionals. Best of all, she tells readers how to work with what they have. Graphic designer Lina Legare recommends this book saying, “Styling is working with what you have and making it look like it belongs in the pages of atHome!”

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Open-Door Policy The Greenville Symphony Tour of Homes prepares to showcase the Green Valley community photography by Will Crooks

Then and Now: The Green Valley neighborhood juxtaposes new construction and historic homes. Pictured is a Round Hill Road residence built in 2011. Also included in this year's tour is the White Oaks mansion, home of the president of Furman University and the first large home that was built in the Green Valley area.

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Since 1979, hundreds of Upstate home enthusiasts have taken part in an annual tour of homes to benefit one of the area's premier arts organizations. Known as the Symphony Tour of Homes since 1982, the event annually raises tens of thousands of dollars for the symphony. Always held in early fall, the event has grown from a one-day tour to three days of open doors, plus the signature Patron Party honoring homeowners and tour sponsors. With doors flung wide, thousands have had occasion to enjoy being inspired and awed by the inside of some of our most beautiful and interesting homes. The Guild’s mission has always been to promote, support, and assist the Greenville Symphony Orchestra through volunteerism and fundraising. This year’s 38th annual tour takes place in the Green Valley community, with the theme "Mansions to Modern." Tickets are available online and directly through the Symphony Guild and its members with proceeds benefiting the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

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FIT FOR A KING The class and luxury of the Bourbon dynasty sofa by Brabbu has lines inspired by Louis XIV and is then wrapped in a deep, emerald velvet. Coupled with matte aged brass legs, this sofa is the epitome of refined ambiance. Suggested retail $4,730, available through your interior design professional or online at

RIO RETRO Banana leaves bring a brilliant design pop to any room. Lovers of all-things glamorous and glitzy will appreciate this comeback queen: Brazilliance from Dorothy Draper's fabric and wall covering line, made famous by the Greenbrier Hotel, but found in stylish spaces from coast to coast. Suggested retail $375/10-yard roll, available at

BOW BEAUTIFUL Made of brass and accented by black enamel, this 48.5-inchtall mirror is part of Kate Spade's signature home furnishings Ellery line. The feminine bow lends a charmingly delicate detail that, like all her lines, is exquisitely Kate. Suggested retail, $2,015, West End Interiors, Columbia

MODERN LINES Refined strokes define the Jasper bedside table made by familyowned, New Orleansbased furniture maker Villa Vici. Finished in aged brass with gilded glass inset panels, this tasteful table is ideal for even the smallest space at only 17 inches deep. Minimalist form and rich, warm materials blend beautifully. Price by request, available through interior design professionals and at

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On Air Quality Q. Can flooring options actually be healthy? A. Yes. Good choices include no-added-formaldehyde and non-toxic hardwoods, allnatural linoleum or cork, and, although not particularly green, concrete floors are healthy. More important, always use zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) and isocyanine-free adhesives, as well as waterbased non-toxic sealers when doing home work. If carpet is desired, utilize area rugs.

On Framing Q. Should I purchase my art and frame choices to match my room colors? A. There are always exceptions to any creative project but as a general rule, no. The most important thing in purchasing art is to buy something that you love! If you buy a piece that speaks to you in a positive way, you are more than likely going to enjoy it for years to come even if you change sofas, paint colors, or even homes. By matting the work with neutral mat colors and framing the piece in the picture frame moulding that enhances it the most, you will always be able to find a spot for it to shine.

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A. A detached garage can dramatically reduce off-gassing from chemicals that people typically store in a garage such as paint, pesticides, gasoline, and pool chemicals, as well as carbon monoxide from vehicles. These can wind up in your home if you have an attached garage. Sealing the doors and installing an exhaust ventilation system will help!

Q. I found some old military medals in my attic that belonged to my grandfather. Is there a good way to display them in my home? A. Yes. Putting memorabilia in a shadow box is a wonderful way to preserve and enjoy it. By mounting the medals on fabric and selecting a moulding with some depth you can make a nice presentation. Engraving a plate with his name, date, and branch of service is also a nice addition. Not only do medals look great in a shadow box but so do Christening Gowns, golf clubs, jerseys, and antique guns. Some of the stranger things that I have framed for people include a hair brush, cigar butt, ice cream scoops, and even dryer lint! 40 _ at Home

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Nooks: set-aside spaces

The Dobbs’ lake room is a kid-oriented space, outfitted with chalkboard walls, racks for towels, and lake supplies. The “sneaky dog,” a family joke, was hand-painted by one of the builder’s staff.

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looking to relocate to the Southeast after years of frequent moves, he had a few priorities: finding a place near the mountains, building something traditional yet unique, and, most importantly, creating such a fun space, his six grandchildren would always be clamoring to visit. After completing his home across the cove from the marina at the Reserve at Lake Keowee, he knows his plan worked perfectly. “My grandchildren are always bugging my kids about when they can come back,” he says. Dobbs, whose career has included corporate leadership with General Electric and, more FALL 2016

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recently, with a private equity fund, has found he enjoys the home’s leisure spaces just as much as the grandkids do—ages 13 to 2. “Every room has great details in it,” he says. “It was a great team effort.” He collaborated with Abbi Williams, an architect and interior designer at Red Door Design Studio, and builder Will Hines at Keeoco Development Inc. to bring his vision to life. Williams embraced being part of that collaboration. “The best part of my job is that every client is greatly different from the last,” she says. “At the end of the day, my job is to help translate the ideas and visions of the client into a built environment.”

One key vision was the arcade. “I’ve always loved driving,” Dobbs says, so he purchased a CXC driving simulator with three screens offering 180-degree track views. The simulators are so realistic, professional racers use them to practice their skills. Neighbors, friends, and grandkids often ask to use it, and Dobbs is happy to oblige, “but this one is for me,” he offers with a laugh. The arcade also includes shooting games Area 51 and Big Buck, as well as a multi-game machine that plays classics like Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong. Across from the arcade is a well-stocked refreshment area with a 1966 Coke machine—fully operational for at Home

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one dime—as well as a popcorn popper, plenty of snacks, and a chalkboard wall. Williams says she uses Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint that comes in any color, not just traditional black and green. Dobbs also came up with the idea for a bunk room near the arcade in what was once planned to be the mechanical area. “I wanted to make the kids’ room bigger, to give them something unique and with real privacy,” Dobbs says. He and Williams moved the mechanical needs under the front porch and created a wall with four full-size beds along with two full pull-out trundles beneath, all outfitted with Pottery Barn bedding. “You can sleep 12 kids in that room,” he says. The lake room is another kid-oriented space, fully outfitted with chalkboard walls, racks for towels, and lake supplies and an adorable dog, hand-painted by one of the builder’s staff members. The painting depicts a family joke initiated by grandson Andrew when he was five: Andrew, who was not allowed to drink soft drinks, was given a Coke by his grandfather Randy, who was having a Jack and Coke, prompting Andrew to slyly say, “We’re sneaky dogs.” The nickname for the duo stuck. The recreation area also includes a 1953 jukebox, a guitar signed by the Rolling Stones, and an Auburn-themed bar with an 80-inch television, but Dobbs says his favorite area in the home is the back porch that runs the length of the kitchen and dining room. With a built-in beer tap, a slate floor, ceiling fans, and an electric heating unit, it allows him to take in lake views in practically any weather.

Dobbs enjoys the home’s leisure spaces as much as his grandkids.

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(ABOVE) Music memorabilia, including a guitar signed by the Rolling Stones, is on display in a well-lit curio. (LEFT) A 1966 Coke machine— fully operational for a dime— and a popcorn popper with a wall of Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint.

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InnerCella Nooks Though he hasn’t enjoyed an autumn in the home yet since moving in December, he is excited to take advantage of the screened porch next to the great room this year. With ceiling-height glass doors, a wood-burning fireplace, and soaring ceilings, “it opens up and looks like a big tree house,” he said. “I look forward to enjoying football afternoons this fall, and fall nights.” Dobbs owns a home in downtown Greenville, where he decided to live in 2008 to be closer to his children and grandchildren, who all live in Atlanta. Though he was seeking hiking and mountaineering more than lake living, he has found that living on Lake Keowee brings an abundance of recreational activities as well as stunning scenery. “I kind of backed into it,” he says, “but it’s a great place to make memories.”

(LEFT) A screened porch next to the great room has ceiling-height glass doors, a wood-burning fireplace, and soaring ceilings.

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InnerCella Open Table: stories, thoughts, and reflections

Bitter, Sweet, and Fresh An overflowing basket from the farmer's market becomes a flood of memories. by M. Linda Lee illustrations by Tatjana Mai-Wyss

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On Saturday mornings in summer, I have a ritual. I roll out of bed and throw on some clothes while my husband feeds our two golden retrievers. Then I stuff ice packs into the bottom of our wheeling cooler, shoulder my favorite canvas bag, and we head downtown for the TD Saturday Market. I am proud to say I have frequented this market since its first day, 14 years ago May, when a dozen or so producers pitched their small tents and tables on Court Street, behind the Liberty Building. The market didn’t draw a big crowd back then, but a stream of convivial shoppers trickled in, some with their leashed dogs in tow. I would buy, as I still do, heirloom tomatoes from Jeff Isbell of Iszy’s Heirlooms, and eggs from Deb Potter of Merciful Hearts Farm. Deb’s son Eric, for whom she named “Eric’s Eggs,” would be with her to explain how he raised his free-range hens (Eric is now a

29-year-old arborist); and former chef Jeff Isbell shared his favorite ways to cook tomatoes. In those early days of the market, before his products were readily available in area grocery stores, Tom Trantham sold his Happy Cow Creamery milk and cheese, too. Today Greenville’s Saturday Market is a veritable bazaar that spans two full blocks of Main Street. It encompasses dozens of producers, selling everything from grits and grass-fed beef to artisan-made cheese and chocolates. I have come to think of my favorite farmers as friends, and I look forward to chatting with Deb Potter about her hens, quizzing Chris Sermons of BioWay Farm about the best way to raise tomatoes in my yard, and commiserating with Leland Gibson of Gibson Farms about how the lack of rain is drying up the emerald pastures on which his cows graze. My Saturday morning at the market is as much a social event as it is a shopping trip. FALL 2016

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My fondness for farmer’s markets took root in the summer of 1976, the same summer my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was bedridden while undergoing chemotherapy—in the days when it was even more barbaric than it is now—so it fell to me to oversee the household and care for my father and my younger brother and sister. I would rush home from my clerical summer job and head straight up to my mother’s room, virtually holding my breath in anticipation, to see how she was feeling. Some days, sitting up in bed and smiling, Mom would buoy me up by reporting that she was having a good day. Other days, the dullness in her hazel eyes would belie her words, and I could see how sick she was from the toxic drugs. At those moments, my hopes evaporated like a wisp of smoke. My days rode this tedious emotional roller-coaster until one weekend my friend Vicki, who I knew from college, invited me down to her parents’ house in Newport News, Virginia. Mom was stable at that point, so my father agreed I should go. Happy to have a respite from my unexpected role as caretaker, I boarded a bus in Alexandria, Virginia, and Vicki picked me up at the station in Newport News. On Saturday morning, we accompanied Vicki’s mother to the local farmer’s market—the first time I’d ever been to one. It was a small group of grizzled farmers, standing behind pyramids of yellow and green squash, rows of crimson tomatoes, bins of fuzzy peaches, and cardboard containers of indigo blueberries, all waiting patiently to find their way into ratatouille, tomato pie, or, perhaps, homemade ice cream.

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We went back to the house toting bags heavy with yellow squash, green beans, plump tomatoes, and several pints of tart-sweet blueberries. I can’t remember now how Vicki’s mom prepared these items for dinner that night, but what I do vividly recall is that this farm-fresh produce alchemized into a meal that magically soothed my stress and grounded me temporarily amid the unpredictability that ruled my life that summer. After I returned home to Northern Virginia, I held that happy memory close as my mother went in and out of the hospital over the next couple of months.

She succumbed to her disease in early September, just before I returned to the University of Virginia for my senior year. My weekend in Newport News shines as a beacon in that dark summer. And to this day, when foraging through a farmer’s market—be it in Greenville, Seattle, Washington, Vancouver, Canada, or Lyon, France—I still experience the same sensation of well-being as I did at my first market so many years ago. I like to think that this would make my mother smile. FALL 2016

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Mother and businesswoman Deanna Rogers infuses her kid spaces with creativity and class by Leigh Savage // photography by Monica Parkkonen

While many parents have to spend extraordinary amounts of time researching and crowd sourcing, or just learning the hard way, “it was different for us,” she acknowledges Couple that with Rogers’ artistic bent and her flair for color, she’s managed to create two kidfocused rooms in her Berkshire Park home that flow with the rest of the house, make cleanup simple, and are just as much fun for the adults. Classy Kids Inc. was founded thirty years ago by Kyle Rogers’ family, and ten years ago, he and Deanna took over as owners and operators of the three locations, with Kyle as president and Deanna as vice president. Kyle focuses on operations while Deanna manages finances, though “we both do a lot of everything, and we have trustworthy employees at all of our locations,” which include two in Simpsonville and one in Greer. Deanna enjoyed shifting her artistic inclinations and child development skills to a home application, by creating rooms that are full of creative DIY projects, unique accents, and pops of bright color. ALL THAT SPARKLES:

DEANNA ROGERS HAD AN ADVANTAGE over most first-time moms when she welcomed son Lawson two years ago. After a decade of running three Classy Kids childcare locations along with husband Kyle, she already had a pretty good idea of what works when it comes to kids. “We had a huge leg up,” says Rogers, who welcomed daughter Lachlan in May. “We knew safety features, the best things to sleep in,” she offers.

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A lover of all-things girly, Deanna dove into decorating the nursery for Lachlan, often called "Lady" due to her already-refined demeanor. Priority No. 1: a glitter wall. She used the sparkliest wallpaper she could find, and then made a molding using two layers of wood to separate the wallpaper and the peach-painted section below. Focusing on a gold, mint, and peach color scheme, she found the bedding online at Caden Lane, adding golden bows and gold-dot sheets. On Etsy, a favorite online destination, she found Boppy covers in the same print as her bedding. She wanted to keep things fun yet glamorous, so she crafted a sparkling photo display using two separate frames and extra glitter wallpaper. She found a chandelier at Home Depot, which she said offers numerous lighting options at a fraction of the prices you’ll see at most baby-focused stores. Rogers is clearly a pro at combining creativity and her experience with children to create spaces that don’t break the bank and are great for every member of the family, and the many guests who are always coming over to play and swim. “It’s just fun,” she says. “I want the kids to enjoy it, but I still want our home to be nice. It’s good for them and it’s good for us.” FALL 2016

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Upstairs, son Lawson’s room showcases more of Deanna’s do-it-yourself skill with a wall of stripes that she hand-painted using a yardstick and a level. “I was obsessed with these colors, so I painted even before I had fabric,” she said of the vibrant orange, blue, green, and gray scheme. “You should never do that!” Fortunately, she found the perfect coordinating fabric at Baby Furniture Plus Kids on Pelham Road. She painted owls for the room, and said she prefers animals as accents for kids. “I don’t want a superhero room,” she said. “If you focus more on color than a character, you can always change out the accessories as the kids grow older.”

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Clean lines, a neutral color palette, and versatile, well-made furniture pieces come together to create a modern nursery that not only stands the test of time, but also serves as an inviting, utterly usable space for a home's smallest occupants—and their attendants. Get the details and then get the look for this luxurious lullaby lounge.

1. Petal Chic Light shines extra bright with this tulip petal chandelier in glossy white from Crystorama.

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2. Classic Charm The three-in-one convertible Jenny Lind spindle crib from DaVinci grows with a baby.

3. Beauty in Blush Nursery walls in "faint coral" with an eggshell finish from Sherwin Williams.

5. Rest, Refined This down-backed upholstered swivel chair with a simple box pleat could work in rooms other than nursery, too and comes from North Carolinabased furniture maker Lee Industries. FALL 2016

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Feeling the Burn

The newest outdoor fire features can add beauty and utility to your backyard


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smoldering wood, the warmth of an open fire under the stars? A backyard fire feature can turn any landscape, deck, or patio into an outdoor warming spot, favorite gathering place for friends and family, or haven in which to commune with nature. From fireplaces, pits, bowls, tables, and cauldrons, outdoor warming options are seemingly endless. Fire features may be permanent or portable, wood burning or gas, freestanding or built-in, and accommodate any budget—a big-box-store fire pit can cost less than one hundred dollars, while custom fireplaces can run 58 _ at Home

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upwards of $20,000. Joe Zawistowski of Green Hill Landscaping finds today’s homeowners desire the use of mixed materials in their fire features—brick, fieldstone, and granite, for example. Most homeowners opt for stone fireplaces for enclosed outdoor rooms, raised fire pits for landscapes (helps to keep little ones safe), and modern, contemporary lines. “Free-form features have given way to more simplistic, minimalistic designs,” he says. “And homeowners tend to place fire features on the edges of their patios as opposed to the once-popular center.”

Placement is key. Fire features should be far away from trees and located in a space that suits their function. “Thousands of years ago, fires were used to provide heat and cook. Today, homeowners typically want those areas separated,” he says. Consider function before placement: do you want ambiance, an artistic statement, a cooking apparatus, or simply a place to wind down and warm up? No matter how you go about creating your family’s outdoor warming retreat, Zawistowski insists you just do it: “Get a fire going and get outside in nature.”

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An outdoor warming retreat offers so many options for maximum enjoyment: • Grill on it: borrow a metal grate from your grill or oven and place over the fire to create an instant outdoor kitchen. • Gather around it: nothing says intimate more than a circle of friends communing around a fire. Add hot cider or spiked wassail and call it a party. • Summon the campground: roast marshmallows, tell ghost stories with the kids, and pitch a tent nearby to create a fall “staycation.”

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CAULDRONS VS. KETTLES by Lynn Greenlaw The South has a long history during the antebellum period with its syrup kettles. Syrup or sugar kettles were used to process everything from soap to hogs to sugar cane. If you’ve ever watched a classic western film you know about the campfire cauldrons. No chuck wagon would be complete without one. Each of these vessels is typically hand-crafted and both have become the modern-day alternative to the backyard campfire. Multiple options are available for each from two companies who are experts in the field: Carolina Kettles, located in Walterboro, SC, ( and the Cowboy Cauldron Company in Salt Lake City,Utah ( Because both types of firepits will serve the same purpose, once you compare them, the choice will most likely be one of aesthetics, the coolness factor, or a desire to stay with the historic choice for your geographic area. (Above) The fire cauldron has a wider price range and comes with various accessories for warming or cooking outdoors. (Right) Fire kettles are lower to the ground, highly customizable fire pits that are generally less expensive and are easily adapted to a variety of spaces.

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Large-scale, repeating patterns are a hallmark of painter Joseph Bradley’s work, which often showcases the migration of the American goldfinch.

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FLOCK TOGETHER Two creatives, three kids, and one artistically inflected home in Greenville's historic North Main neighborhood make for a very neat nest. BY S T E P H A N I E B U R N E T T E PH OTOG R APHY BY C H R I S I S H A M A N D PA I G E F R E N C H

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"When I wake up and see a painting I expect it to bring me joy. Not all art has to be challenging or counterpoint décor. When I paint I ask myself, ‘Would I want to see this every day?’” - Joseph Br ad ley


Woven rugs bring earthiness to mid-century styling and serve the Bradley family well in a high-traffic living room. The couple also collects vintage cocktail sets from the 1950s and 1960s including this frosted aqua pitcher with coupes.

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he 1920s North Main cottage of painter Joseph Bradley and his wife, pastry chef Rachel Bradley, is a study in mixed media. Furnishings and wares in the downtown abode echo decades past, but their home’s artwork is much newer—produced by a host of regional painters. It makes sense when you meet the Bradleys. There’re five of them including three young sons. Boys tear through the house, often with several neighbors in tow. No room is off limits, so in turn they are raised among the things their parents collect and value. “A very clean style—though I think it’s aesthetically beautiful—is unrealistic,” says Rachel. “Minimalist just wouldn’t work for our family.” Instead art peppers the home, often hung in striking ways. Joseph thinks it’s important to identify what he calls impact walls. He instructs: determine the first place the eye goes to when upon entering a space, and that’s where you hang the biggest, most significant piece of art. Their living room features three large works including a monochromatic Liz Rundorff Smith above the mantle. The Bradleys traded a painting for it, not knowing at the time how it would work with their interiors. “It’s soft and moody,” says Joseph, “and smart in the way it doesn’t demand attention, so the viewer’s eye lingers on it.” Joseph says his personal work is about art you want to live with. “When I wake up and see a painting I expect it to bring me joy. Not all art has to be challenging or counterpoint décor. When I paint I ask myself, ‘Would I want to see this every day?’” Many of his paintings are hung throughout the house both in common spaces and in bedrooms; nearly all depict southern fauna. Many feature his signature silver leaf. Rachel and Joseph are both 37 years old with birthdays just two weeks apart. They shopped for furniture and art together even FALL 2016

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before they married. A second-hand desk purchased on a date remains in Joseph’s West Greenville studio. “What you are drawn to changes over time, but you can see the journey,” he offers. “It’s like the tattoo of a home.” Rachel agrees. “We nudge each other a bit when something resonates. I don’t think the house would look like this without the both of us.” Mid-century furniture is also a midpoint for their family’s style, appealing to Rachel’s fondness for vintage and Joseph’s affinity for industry. A cocktail hutch in the dining room is a favorite; it houses sets of period cocktail glasses and decanters next to a bentwood dining set. The home is garnished with good rugs, and the dining room is no exception. Though walls remain neutral, the Bradleys don’t shy from color. A sizeable tribal-print rug displays a diamond pattern in pinks, golds, charcoal, and blue bridging the living room with the back of the house. Rachel’s Domicile “Kitchens have to be the right balance of utility and design,” says Rachel. The trained pastry chef and owner of Desserterie, a freelance baking company for independent restaurants, has worked in her share of commercial kitchens, large and small. Though they built a large deck and trellis off the back of the house, the couple chose to keep the original footprint of their kitchen intact. The challenge was to create directional flow for a cooking space bookended by doorways. First to go was an awkwardly shaped island, replaced with a vintage French kitchen table. “It was a traditional eat-in kitchen before and it’s still an eat-in kitchen,” says Rachel. “It’s just more functional now. The long table united the space without the need for a breakfast room.” An upper bank of cabinets was removed to add light and visual space. The rest were painted a Georgian blue that leans a bit teal, a color Rachel intuitively knew was the right hue. Their Bertazonni convection stove was moved in and a new hood installed above it. They added pot lights and replaced the sink, countertops, and tile. Rachel remarks that kitchens, like bathrooms, are a more permanent expense. “It’s not like a living room where you can replace a rug and a couple of pillows. We wanted the kitchen to be of good design and feel a bit timeless.” A post-modern cupboard defines the boundary of the space and offers display storage for some

“Kitchens have to be the right balance of utility and design.” —Rachel Bradley

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of Rachel’s favorite serving pieces. “Once it was placed, I knew the kitchen was complete.” Up the Stairs The brick cottage was likely built as a two-bedroom and one-bath, single-level home. A past owner expanded into the attic adding a bachelor-style master bedroom and bath. The Bradleys saw the possibility to reconfigure the upstairs to create a bedroom for each of their sons, but the first step was to do the unthinkable: remove the master suite. The bath alone was so large that the couple joked a yoga class could be taught in it. Rachel had the vision to see it as a pair of bedrooms. Changing the roofline raised the eight-foot ceilings, creating more physical space as well as interesting peaks overhead, some reaching 11 feet. A Jack-and-Jill bath was added for the boys. And, the master bedroom was redefined with its own adjacent bath and walk-in closet. Rachel worked hard to keep finishes consistent with the original architecture. They purchased 15 solid-wood doors from salvage stores in the various sizes needed. She scoured Ebay for matching escutcheons, the correct hinges, and glass doorknobs. Rachel and Joseph’s bedroom is a place to see some of his past work (Joseph keeps one painting from each of his major series). A notable early abstract landscape sits over a mid-century double dresser, and a duo of pattern-heavy goldfinches hang over the bed. The new en suite bath is resplendent in black and white with a cast iron clawfoot tub, glass-enclosed shower and double-faucet sink with black under bowl (a salvage piece shipped from Vermont). A picnic bench the couple found at Oddfellows in Asheville nearly runs the length of the wall, cleverly affixed to the floor. Period windows are operable, and new black matte penny tile contrasts simple white subway. Brass fixtures were located in town by Hughes Supply. “They found us exactly what we were looking for without the Chicago showroom prices,” says Joseph. A central landing anchors the upstairs renovation with a custom bookcase built solidly floor to ceiling. It’s a foot deep with eight shelves filled with books and family memorabilia. The baby of the family, Levi, may have the home’s most unique space. His bedroom was crafted from closet storage in a dormer-like recess. “The ceiling does it for me,” says Rachel. “It’s a camp bedroom, like a little escape.” A nest unto itself. Perfectly suited for them all.

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Pastry chef Rachel Bradley embraced understated luxury when designing her home kitchen opting for Shakerstyle cabinets, butcher-block counters, polished cafe fixtures, and a convection Bertazonni stove.

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Decorating with Art

The Bradleys have a large and growing art collection but struggle to display it all. They shared with atHome their best design tips for maintaining an artful home.

Identify: What does your home convey? If you want to feel calm, look for pieces that are monochromatic or pattern-oriented. If you want to make a statement, seek out color or art that has a focal point. Find rooms on Instagram or Pinterest and use them as a rule of thumb.

• Edit: Spaces need to work

together. Joseph’s mentor Carl Blair instilled in him that the whole is more important than its parts. What you take away can be as significant as what you add.

Splurge: When you feel strongly about a piece of art, buy it.

• Store: Putting things away

A gallery wall becomes a sophisticated update for a child’s room and an apt way to combine art, craft, memorabilia, and photography.

doesn’t mean you love them any less. Simply changing out art can make it feel like you’ve redecorated.

Restrain: Homes with a lot of windows create lots of little walls. Resist the urge to fill every space.

• Group: If you have a collection of art, group it together. A salon wall can make a singular statement when installed effectively.

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A custom bookcase anchors a modestly sized landing. Rachel struggled to furnish it before settling on the floorto-ceiling, foot deep installation.

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Black penny tile, often used behind sinks, was instead installed underfoot in the master bath offering textured styling in an otherwise austere space. A vintage picnic bench with iron legs provides storage and seating, and a love of houseplants prompted an extra-deep window shelf over the iron clawfoot tub which captures west-facing light.

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Greenville’s Best-Selling Artist Joseph Bradley grew up poor in rural South Carolina in a ramshackle farmhouse. The small drab structure was blue on the front and grey on the sides. He developed an affinity for nature, seeking beauty outside his home. “I fell in love with the wild South, when a fox pops his head over the tall grass, watching goldfinches devour seed pods. It colored my world.” His large-scale paintings depict deer, fox, birds, owls, and fish all evidently southern and often repeating in pattern. He says he uses pattern to capture the slow rhythm of natural surroundings and, of late, favors exaggerated symmetry. His work is highly layered; each piece can have thirty or more applications of metal leaf. Bradley has painted full time for nine years and employs two studio assistants to keep up with orders. He believes his style has evolved slowly, but takes note of its evolution. “I feel like I get better as I get older because my voice has gotten clearer,” says Bradley, “though as I enter my mid-career as an artist, I realize I’m identified for a certain type of work—I’ve created a brand per se—so I make lateral moves because I’m grateful for my following and for customers who connect with my work.” Galleries in New Orleans and Charleston represent Joseph Bradley. His work can be purchased locally solely at his studio in the Village of West Greenville. He tours select art festivals nationally, this year selling out at the Denver Cherry Blossom Festival. What’s next for Joseph Bradley? A line of fabric and home goods is in the works for 2017.

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Built in 2011 under the direction of his son, Marc, the vacation residence of Gary Player and his family was originally designed to be more of a model home, a showplace for everything that comes with the internationally known golfer’s brand of home living. The senior Player is a native of South Africa who has won nine PGA major tournaments, including three Masters titles. But as time went on, the Players found themselves returning to the Cliffs at Mountain Park estate to spend time together—be it as an outpost while participating in soccer

tournaments or for family-reunion style gatherings where the patriarch and his far-flung children and grandchildren from all corners of the world could gather comfortably. “This part of the world is a great little slice of America,” offers Marc Player, who—along with his wife, Claudia—played a key role in constructing and decorating the 8,300-square-foot home. On this morning, just an hour or so after sunrise, Marc is lounging on the home’s front stoop, wiping sweat from his brow after a long run through the surrounding woodlands.

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Marc and his trainer have just finished a long, early-morning workout through the nature preserve that surrounds the African-infused family estate, and his three sons are still sound asleep inside. The trails around the property lead to thoughtful and intentionally planned outdoor spaces, where the sound of running water is a constant backdrop: A well-tended grassy field with a couple of soccer goals is elevated on one plateau and is just a short walk from the home. A boma—a traditional South African livestock area—sits just down a wooded hillside, and, complete with firepit and a wide stone patio, becomes a unique, very useable outdoor entertaining area. “We bring a bluegrass band out here, and cook a lamb over the fire pit, and just relax,” Marc offers. And it doesn’t matter where in the world his guests come from—be they family or business clients—the property is ideal for gatherings of all stripes and sizes. On this day, Player and his sons (ages 8, 10, and 13) are in town from their full-time home in Florida to participate in an Upstate-area soccer tournament. Later in the day, they will throw tents and backpacks in the back of one of Player’s Range Rovers and head into the nearby national forest, where they plan to hike and primitive camp for a couple nights—just the boys.

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Indoor and outdoor spaces are seamlessly intertwined at the Player residence, where home accents range from African jewelry to serving ware and farm implements.

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A 200-year-old antique Moroccan platter hangs above the fireplace in the “outdoor room” overlooking the pool terrace. All of the accessories for the home were purveyed from the Player’s home continent, Africa.

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The Gary Player-designed golf course at Mountain Park is an 18-hole layout course highlighted by two water features: a 12-acre lake that runs along holes 11 and 12, and the North Saluda River, which enters play on eight holes. The 7,218yard layout offers variety in the form of wide fairways, native landscaping, large and gently contoured greens, and generous collection areas. Bordered by tall trees, the course boasts short distances between the greens and tees, making it very walkable. 

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The stairwell from the upstairs main hall leads to a lowerlevel lounge, which is anchored by a mid-room fireplace. A Nigerian wedding garment constructed of tiny shells hangs above the fireplace mantle, near ankle adornments that hail from the Maasai tribe in Kenya. Ostrich eggs are tucked into a glass coffee table.

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(Above) In the main hall, the aesthetic is decidely modern, denoted by floor-to-ceiling windows, a steel-and-cable stair railing, and a work by the South African artist Phillemon Hlungwani. (Right) Above the dining room fireplace is a painting of an indigenous South African Nguni bull that belonged to one of Marc Player’s friends, and the artist who painted it was a friend of the family, as well. Most items in the house carry a similar, special significance. FALL 2016

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(Above) Eating is always a family affair, with dining tables that have plenty of room for the entire family to gather together. (Right) During the summer and early fall months, the back terrace and infinity pool get a lot of traffic. Nerf toys and soccer balls are usually scattered amid oversized ironwood limbs, which make for interesting artistic elements.

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Out of Africa The Player estate is an idyllic setting, overlooking the Saluda River and the seventh green and fairway of the Cliffs at Mountain Park signature Gary Player Design golf course. To say that the family’s African heritage influenced the home and landscape design plans falls short. Every platter, every sculpture, every art piece and accent hails from their home country, purveyed in many cases by Marc himself, shopping street markets and galleries from Moracco to the Cape with his designers in tow. Marc is more than just Gary Player’s son: He is his business partner in Black Knight Enterprises, a global umbrella organization representing Player’s interests, and he has created a unique niche for the family in the high-end luxury hotel and real estate market by blending his eye for style and his head for business as the lead of the Player group’s design team. The luxury homegoods portion of the Player business relocated to London earlier this year, but the golf course design remains headquartered in Greenville, something Marc says the company is committed to long term. And a big part of that is because their employees have made this place home. “There’s just so much to enjoy here,” Marc says. His employees have young families who are enrolled in downtown schools, and they have embraced the quality of life that is unique to the Upstate. And he and his family enjoy escaping the heat and hubbub of Palm Beach throughout the summer, where they spend endless hours swimming in the backyard infinity pool.

Character Building Architect Tom Markalunas of Greenville-based Resort Custom Homes was brought in to design the Player retreat, which sits perfectly tucked into the foothills’ topography, a well-patinaed copper standing-seam roof occupying the horizon as visitors arrive. Huge, almost impossibly sized flagstones span the driveway and were brought in from Colorado, with the help of Charlotte, N.C.–based landscape architect Pam Granade. The approach to the home is easy, natural, and meandering—a bit of a throwback to yesteryear. As one enters the home that comfortable feel is continued. Main hall walls are made of granite blocks, while underfoot wide-plank hickory flooring offers a warming counterpart to the space. A steel-and-cable stair railing lines stairs that go both upstairs and downstairs.

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The home boasts two master suites: one downstairs for Marc and Claudia and the other upstairs for Gary and Viviane. (Right) This downstairs suite has a contemporary photograph of an African baobab tree hanging above the headboard, which many consider to be a symbol of Africa, with its root-like branches that reach toward the sky. The iron chandelier was custom made in Cape Town. (Left and below) Views are stunning from every bedroom.

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The lower stairs lead to a lounge area with fireplace, and décor includes a Nigerian wedding garment made from tiny shells above the mantle fireplace. Ostrich eggs are tucked into a glass coffee table, while African baskets and ankle adornments from the Maasai tribe in Kenya all are displayed as art pieces. Fabrics provide layers of intrigue and texture, pulling together the diverse accessories. Other lounges upstairs and outside the house each have their own unique personality; some are simpler and more sparse but all have African inflections that provide interest and aesthetics. With six Player children and 22 grandchildren, there is no shortage of activity at the residence. And that’s exactly how they envision life at the home for many, many years to come.

A traditional partner desk in the office is whimsically offset by a sparse piece of African artwork that is one of many “items of significance” that Marc Player purveyed for the family homeplace.

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WHEN YOU LIVE IN A HOUSE LONG enough, it can be hard to look past the day-to-day and see the home’s true potential. That was exactly where Carolyne Groves found herself when she married Jim Cassidy. The fresh perspective Jim brought to the farm cottage she had lived in for nearly three decades led to a major renovation that breathed new life into a sturdy old home. Carolyne and her first husband originally purchased the home and surrounding Simpsonville property in 1984, more for the acreage than the house itself. “We didn’t even look at the house when we bought this place,” Carolyne remembers. “I was boarding my horse, and I just wanted three acres out in the country so I could take my horse with me.” Because it sat on 11 acres, the house—a two-bedroom, one-bath cottage with no central heat or air—seemed adequate to fill the gap until the new owners were ready to build a more permanent home. They made a few minor renovations to get it move-in ready. Babies were born, prompting more

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additions and renovations. After Carolyne’s first husband passed in 2000 she stayed on, and before she knew it she’d been making-do in that starter home for 30 years. When Jim took up residence after the two married in 2012, he suggested the 70-year-old structure might be due for a face-lift. “He came in and just inspired me to change it all around,” Carolyne says. The original floor plan was one commonly found in homes of that era: a 12x12 living room at the front of the house, with French doors leading to a 12x12 dining room, followed by a narrow entryway to a galley kitchen at the back of the house. Earlier renovations had converted the original master bedroom to a den and enclosed a porch to create a sunroom at the front of the house. The first major change was taking down all those walls and turning tiny rooms into one big livable space. Carolyne and Jim credit their contractor, Bryan Stevens of Stevens Home Contracting, for his in-the-field decisions.

(ABOVE) Reclaimed barn wood, salvaged by the owners, was used for siding and complements an outdoor fireplace the couple finds they use quite often.

(RIGHT) The front door is original, and the rounded arch is repeated in an opposite doorway that leads from the kitchen to back of the home.

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(LEFT) Vaulted pine ceilings were added by going into the attic and opening up the space. Support beams were reclaimed from a regional mill. (BELOW) Carolyne Groves and Jim Cassidy, married in 2012, updated their 70-year-old Simpsonville home together.

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Among those was to vault the ceiling over the entire living, dining and kitchen area. “We wanted to have higher ceilings because it felt very claustrophobic,” Jim says. “And especially because we knew when we took these walls out it was just going to look like one big long tunnel,” Carolyne continues. The wood-vault ceiling makes way for light and air and a much roomier feel without adding any square footage. Additions were made to the back of the house to create a mudroom— essential for farm living — a pantry, and a breezeway that was eventually enclosed to give the four family dogs a room of their own. The master suite was pretty well turned inside out. The existing master bath became a closet, one that owners of 1930s era homes often only dream about. The original master bedroom (which had been functioning as a den since that late 1980s renovation) was once again reimagined as the master bath, taking advantage of the original coalburning fireplace that now boasts gas logs and a remote start.

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The original floor plan for the home consisted of a simple galley kitchen layout. Over the years, the space has been opened up and the latest renovation transformed it into a comfortable, gourmet kitchen.

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Carolyne and Jim had been told the fireplace would have to come out to make the changes they wanted, but Stevens came up with a plan that not only preserved the fireplace for the master bath, but opened up the backside of it to do double duty in the kitchen. “We had a basic plan, but [Stevens] came up with so many great ideas,” Carolyne says. Stevens suggested mirroring the arch of the front door in the shape of the doorway leading from the kitchen to the back hallway. He also added a porch adjacent to the kitchen and sided it with reclaimed barn wood salvaged from another property Jim and Carolyne own just down the road from their home. The inimitable design team of Bill Bates and Barry McElreath of The Rock House Antiques came in on the tail end of the project and made some pivotal suggestions with regard to color and furnishings, adding a light bright blue to the ceiling in several rooms and averting one potentially disastrous decision involving a sectional sofa. They also suggested adding a television to the sun porch, turning that once neglected space into one of the most used rooms in the house. Carolyne has picked up parcels of land over the years, and her beloved Outlook Farm now encompasses 26 acres. “And as it gets bigger, I keep adding horses,” she says, with a contented smile that Jim seems to understand perfectly. “She was born on horses,” he says. “She’s never going to give them up.”

(ABOVE) Clean, simple lines in furnishings and accessories complement the rustic aesthetic throughout the home.

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fireplace was a must-keep for Carolyne during the renovation, and it is a decadent luxury (with a remote start) for the master bath.

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(ABOVE, RIGHT) In the master bedroom and adjacent walk-in closet, the ceiling was painted a light blue that looks different in every room. It boasts beautiful views of the pasture through every window in the room. The closet was previously the master bath and has plenty of natural light.

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This space, with concrete floors and plenty of built-in storage, was initially designed to be a breezeway between the house and the garage, but it was eventually enclosed and is a favorite spot for the homeowners’ dogs to relax.

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The Chai Spice Apple cocktail combines everything that's flavorful and fall and turns it into a beautiful, delicious drink.

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Chai-infused recipes that bring fall to your table. by Beth Ables // Photography and Styling by Jessica Barley

Shaken, and served over ice, chai becomes a refreshing afternoon sipping beverage garnished with a little cinnamon.

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turn, we begin to crave comfort and warmth. Cozy layers of clothing, wool throw blankets, candlelight—we welcome fall as a respite from sweltering Southern summers. A time to cozy up. A steaming mug of spiced chai is fall in a cup. A traditional Indian tea, chai's fragrant mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and strong Darjeeling tea is both comforting and warming: perfect for the season. As I thought through how to best feature this beloved beverage, I considered my favorite coffee shops and how they prepare chai. After steaming milk, the barista adds chai concentrate to create a frothy latte. Which got me thinking: Could I make my own chai concentrate at home? And after tweaking the recipe for my own tastes (less of the licorice-y taste of anise and more spicy fresh ginger), the answer is a solid yes. And then, as I sipped my homemade chai latte, I couldn't help but wonder: What if I used the concentrate to add warming chai spice to other recipes? It's the season of all-things-apple, so I mixed up a bourbon-laced drink with fresh apple cider, maple syrup, and chai. This creates a surprisingly refreshing drink shaken over ice, but is also delicious heated as a toddy. How's that for versatility? But the best use for your chai concentrate has to be cake: a walnut pumpkin chai cake with goat cheese frosting. Creamy, tart, crunchy, this dessert has it all, but it's the chai flavors that truly shine. It may look like a showstopper, but it's an easy-to-create one. Here's a cake-baking hint: placing the freshly baked cakes directly into a freezer helps stop the baking process and creates a delicate, moist cake that your friends and family will keep talking about. (I know this from experience!) Fall in South Carolina's Upcountry has so much to offer: Gather loved ones to enjoy it with you.

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Traditionally served steaming hot and mixed with an equal part of milk, chai is fall in a cup.

Chai Concentrate Makes 6 cups concentrate. Adjust spices to personalize the chai to your specific tastes Ingredients: 6 cups water 1 ginger root, grated 4 whole cinnamon sticks 10 whole cloves 2 whole star anise

10 whole peppercorns 1 vanilla pod, sliced lengthwise 1 Tbsp allspice 8 cardamom pods, cracked 10 bags of Darjeeling (or other black or green) tea 1/2 cup honey or other sweetener, if desired

Method: Add water and all spices to a medium saucepan. Over high heat, bring to a boil, then turn the heat to medium low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add in the teabags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add sweetener. Using a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth, strain into a glass container. Allow to cool, then store in the refrigerator for up to one month. To make chai, mix equal parts concentrate with equal parts milk of your choice. Heat, or serve over ice.

Chai Spice Apple Cocktail Ingredients: 1 oz bourbon 4 oz apple cider

3 oz chai concentrate 1 Tbsp maple syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Method: In a cocktail shaker, add bourbon and fill halfway with ice. Add the rest of the ingredients. Cover, and shake well. Pour into glass and garnish with an apple slice or cinnamon stick. (Alternatively, combine everything but the bourbon and heat. Pour into a mug, add bourbon, and enjoy.) at Home

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Method: Preheat oven to 300°F. Grease and flour three, 8-inch round cake pans. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a large bowl/stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs one at a time, then add vanilla, pumpkin, and vegetable oil. Add the flour mixture in thirds, adding milk and chai in between. Mix until smooth, scraping down sides with each addition. Divide batter evenly into pans. Sprinkle tops with walnuts. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove pans from oven and immediately place in freezer for 45 minutes. For the frosting: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and goat cheese until smooth. Blend in vanilla. Add confectioners' sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth. Add more sugar if frosting seems too thin. Assemble the three layers with a thick layer of frosting in between each layer. Then apply a thin crumb coat on the top and sides. Store in the fridge until ready to serve. Sprinkle with flavored sugar (we used Bourbon Walnut sugar from Greenville's Spice and Tea Exchange) or walnuts.

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Dollars and sense How long does it take for me to get a ROI for solar? And, finally, solar panel installation also could qualify for a 30 percent federal tax credit on qualified expenditures by the homeowner. The deadline is Dec. 31, 2019. So the savings are significant, but what does it mean for the average homeowner to harness the sun’s energy with solar panels? Here are a few facts about solar panels:

Ground mount: For people who have enough property space, a ground mount is simple and easier to install, although it could be more costly. Pivoting stands: This type of installation is attractive to people who want their panels to follow the sun throughout the day. They’re more efficient, but also more expensive to install. ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO FINANCE SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION:


Monocrystalline silicon solar panels, also called

the most efficient panels, are useful on smaller roof surface areas because you don’t need as many of these on your roof. They generate more electricity per square foot than other types. Polycrystalline silicon panels are less efficient and less expensive. They don’t have as much silicon as the monocrystalline silicon solar panels. Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs) are the most expensive solar panels, but they work well with new construction because they’re designed to be part of the building and not added on. DIFFERENT TYPES OF SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATIONS:

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Solar leasing: This way to pay for solar panels has

become very popular because homeowners can lease panels for little or no money down. They pay a set amount each month, and the leasing fee usually is less than the cost of electricity from the power company. Power purchase agreement: Similar to a lease, the PPA has a homeowner pay a set amount for every kWh the solar system produces. Home equity loan: Solar panels can add to a home’s value, so – like renovation costs – it might be more affordable to borrow from your home equity to fund it. Energy efficient mortgage: The federal government offers EEMs for the purpose of financing solar panels, but the home has to be home energy rated through an energy audit professional.

The return on investment for solar panels is not so much a question of how much, but how long. South Carolina has been one of the places where out-of-pocket for solar power is higher and slower to recoup, but that is changing with more solar venders moving to the state within the past year. The average cost of installing solar panels is $15,000 to $20,000 nationwide. For homeowners who expect to sell their homes in the near future, there might be an immediate return on investment: The typical solar panel installation adds to a house’s resale value about $6,000 for each 1 kilowatt of installed solar. So for a 5 kW installation, there is an additional $30,000 added to the home’s value. But homeowners also can gain a ROI if they stay in their home. Here’s a sample scenario: An Upstate homeowner spends $20,000 on a 5 kW solar panel installation. The project qualifies for a $5,000 Duke Energy rebate (although the rebate amount could be reduced by Duke at any time), a $6,000 federal tax credit, and a $5,000 state tax credit distributed over two years. (Note: The out-of-pocket expense would be recouped in the 36th month, but since Duke Energy’s rebate is considered taxable income, there is a slightly higher overall cost.) The two tax credits and rebate come to $16,000, leaving the homeowner responsible for $4,000. In South Carolina, a homeowner who has installed solar panels could expect an average utility savings of $114 per month. This means the homeowner would receive a return on investment in about three years. Without rebates and tax credits, the ROI is typically about 10 to 14 years.

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A MIGHTY PUMPKIN Family tradition sparks fall porch décor by Lynn Greenlaw

Lisa Tice is a well-respected portrait artist who has served as chairwoman of the Rose Ball Decorations Committee and the Poinsett Club Member’s Art Show Committee. She has a reputation for beautiful, artistic design work, but she will be the first to tell you that when meeting new folks they often say, “Oh! You’re the pumpkin lady!” It all started nearly 20 years ago when her creative father, Frank Richman, with help from her equally creative mother, decided to help their daughter decorate her home’s porch with a variety of the largest and most uniquely shaped pumpkins they could find. He journeyed north to the Asheville Farmer’s Market and found pumpkins that were large, larger, and largest—some of them herniainducing sized.

Some were striped; they were selected in a multitude of colors and textures. Thus began a tradition. Her father passed away, but Tice, her family, and neighbors had come to expect and enjoy the pumpkins each autumn. Seeing her sadness at the thought of the tradition fading, her husband, Jeff, picked up and drove her to the market to continue what her father had begun. Tice says it was quite a task getting the pumpkins into their car. (Some are so large that a front-end loader must move them.) She likes to leave the majority of the pumpkins uncarved so that they can be enjoyed beyond October. She does, however, pick one each year to turn into a unique beauty. Says Tice: “I never know quite how it will turn out when I start. I just do it freestyle.”


Once a pumpkin has been carved, it has a short life span, usually not more than a few days. Try these tips to extend the life of your pumpkin, post-carving. • Use your fingertips dipped in petroleum jelly or vegetable oil to coat the cut edges of your Jack-O- Lantern. If the design is intricate, use a cotton swab. • During the day, keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight. • Cover your pumpkin with a wet cloth, during the day. • If you have room in your refrigerator, place your pumpkin in it overnight. • Place your pumpkin in a bucket of water overnight. • Add a teaspoon of bleach to a bucket of water and dip your pumpkin in it to inhibit mold growth.

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COTTAGE AT THE CROSSROADS Sifting through Leo and Jane Windham’s blog is more akin to taking a journey—a five years-and-counting journey—to reclaim a familyowned South Carolina farm and 1,4000-square-foot cottage and make it a homeplace. Downsizing and the idea of less being more is just one recurring theme of the couple’s blog posts, which cover the gamut— from crafts and recipes to DIY, gardening, and tablescapes (think a centerpiece made of dried split peas). From burlap topiaries to fresh cucumber feta salad dressing (ridiculously good), the Windhams have been thinking ahead to fall since August. Be sure to check them out for inspired décor and crafts this season.


3 LITTLE GREENWOODS South Carolina blogger and mom of (you guessed it) three kiddos, Ashley Greenwood is a former kindergarten teacher who not surprisingly manages to simplify some seriously chic accessory and crafting projects for The Rest of Us. She’s legitimately afraid of her sewing machine, so fabric projects are “no sew” (think curtain panels and lampshade updates). Gardening tips are designed for the novice but look like they were made by a pro—from hanging planters to container gardening. Approachable, doable, and delightful, this blog is an enjoyable read to return to time and time again.

AT HOME WITH THE BARKERS Upstate born-and-bred blogger Sonya Barker graduated from Clemson with a sociology degree, but since then she has made her mark by decorating and staging homes, including her own. Sonya’s clean, crisp blog is for the hands-on and slightly bolder home decorator, offering tips and advice on everything from installing wood-plank walls to constructing shutters. Her posts include how to properly apply chalk paint to a piece of furniture, and even (gasp) her adventures in glazing kitchen cabinets. From making over a chandelier to ransacking Home Goods for your fall mantle décor, Sonya’s style is something to aspire for. Start here. -from staff reports

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DRESSED TO IMPRESS A petite buffet gets made over three ways.

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What if a single piece of furniture could transform how you see your entire house? What if a bold color or a new placement freed you to see your house as something more than a place to cook and lay your head? What if a simple change led to seeing your house as a home? Because home tells a story. Your story. From the arrangement of furniture to refrigerator magnets, to the messes and the collections, a house becomes a home when a homeowner’s personality shines through. “Live with what you love” is Barb Blair’s unwritten code at her furniture studio and shop, Knack. Long a mainstay in the Village of West Greenville and in the creative community at large, Barb continues to surprise and delight her friends and fans with her intuitive, artistic furniture styling. It’s too simple to call what Barb does “furniture refinishing.”

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“There’s freedom in choosing something fun and different”

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The care and personality pored into each piece she touches is tangible: drawers lined with artful paper, drawer pulls meticulously selected to enhance and elevate her work. And like a grace note, she names her finished pieces as part of collections, the touch of an artist signing a masterpiece. “I want to embolden people to carefully create spaces they are proud of, spaces of welcome and intention,” Barb looks around her spacious, lightfilled studio, “We are naturally drawn to things we love and enjoy. Quality, story-filled items will work wherever you place them.” With that in mind for atHome, Barb transformed a traditional, petite buffet using a bold, saturated color of latex paint mixed specially for her at Suburban Paint.” It’s one of my signature colors. I named it Esme, after the woman who mixed it for me,” she says with a smile. The bright bold green may give some reason to hesitate, but “there’s freedom in choosing something fun and different,” she encourages. “Using something like this helps you to see your room in a totally new, fresh way.”

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And her encouragement rings true. Not only does this piece work in its original role, but moving it from room to room demonstrates just how versatile a piece like this can be. Be it as an entry table or in the bedroom as a dresser, as she styled the piece in each room, Barb took other items from around the home to keep things personal and to add a fluid, effortless style. “When you create a collected home full of things you love, there is so much to work with!” This keeps a space from feeling stagnant and dull. “Seasons of life change, and how we use each space changes as well. Look at each room in the home and ask yourself, ‘Am I using this room to its full potential?’ ‘What could I change to make it more in line with the way we live or use this space?’ And then do it!” Visit Barb at her painting studio and retail shop, Knack, at 580 Perry Avenue in the Village of West Greenville or online at

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FRIENDS SINCE MIDDLE SCHOOL, Greenville natives Jason and Laura Sykes had a destination wedding to remember on a crisp October day in Hot Springs, N.C., at a Victorian home turned historic inn. “I wanted a very intimate feeling for the whole weekend,” says Laura, who works as the office manager at the Greenville Little Theatre downtown.

“Like something that could have just happened to come together as it was happening in the moment.” While Laura readied herself inside the historic inn, friends and staff worked diligently to pull off the casual ambiance she sought. The setting was everything she never could have imagined when she first met Jason in Spanish class. The two were just 12 years old. Jason, who now teaches music at Fifth String Music, and Laura became best friends “almost instantly” the couple offers. “We passed notes into each other’s lockers and spent almost every day of that first summer together,” she says. They wouldn’t begin dating until nearly a decade later, when they reconnected in Greenville. They married in autumn, and he took her last name in a ceremony under the chestnut tree outside the historic inn. Mountain Magnolia, historically known as Rutland and built in 1868, has all the trappings of traditional Victorian architecture with its detailed woodwork, low roofs, wide eaves, and ornamental brackets. Vintage furnishings complemented family heirlooms that carried special meaning for both families: a set of pins, handed down through Laura’s family, were to be worn by both the bride and the groom to symbolize the joining of the two families. Lace table coverings mirrored detailed lace work on her dress, all radiating a classic elegance. 140 _ at Home

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A grey-blue chest of drawers was draped in vintage handkerchiefs, with the words “For your tears of joy” written on an attached mirror. The touch was a nod to Laura’s father, who has always worn a handkerchief in his front pocket. “I liked the idea of incorporating the old look with our “modern traditions,” she says. “It seemed like a perfect match for us.”

“We passed notes into each other’s lockers and spent almost every day of that first summer together.” Layers of eclectic textiles, interesting glassware, and accessories lent to the theme of the wedding, as did vintage handkerchiefs, a nod to the father of the bride.

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An obsession with antique oyster plates is better than pearls. by Lynn Greenlaw

oyster? We may never know, but whoever it was must have been extremely hungry. Little did this person know how popular the consumption of oysters would become and how the Victorians, between 1837-1901, would be responsible for making the way they are served an art form. Antique oyster plates are now highly collectible and vary in color, form, and price. They are primarily used as decorative display pieces, but can also be used for serving. If doing so, it’s best to serve the oysters without shells, as the hard edges of the shell can quickly damage the plates—this most likely was the reason for the higher-priced, sought-after antique plates that are desired by today’s collectors. Prices for antique plates can range from $100 to over $3,000. As you’re hunting for oyster plates, consider these tips to guide your search: Three basic styles: Deep-well plates (for oysters with ice) Another style of deep-well plates (for oysters without ice) Plates for oysters without shells

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guidebook. Two examples: Collecting Oyster Plates (Schiffer Book for Collectors) by Jeffery V. Snyder and Oyster Plates by Jim Karsnitz. Choose a type, color, or theme of plate that you like the best and learn all you can while you collect that selection only. Never buy a flawed plate no matter how inexpensive it is. Don’t hang the plates. Display them on stands. If buying online, insist on non-flash photos, ask for complete details on any markings and ask for complete details on age. There are many reproduction plates, and as a rule any plate under $75 is usually a reproduction. Plates with piercings for hanging wires are reproductions. Most oyster plates have a center well for sauces or lemons. The best plates came from well-known European china factories such as George Jones, Havilland Limoges, Minton, Quimper, and Wedgewood. U.S.-based Union Porcelain Works also produced some highly collectible plates.

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For 27-year-old Joe Hindman, finding a place to live in Greenville just fell into place. After less than a week of perusing Craigslist, he landed a modest, 500-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment barely a mile from downtown, and it was priced just right. Hindman grew up in the Upstate, but he moved to Denver to assist his brother with a start-up beverage venture called The Sophisticate’s Tea, now sold nationwide and locally at hot spots like Methodical Coffee and the Village Grind. “I felt Greenville had so much opportunity. I wanted to move back, and so I did in 2014,” he says. He secured a full-time job at Hubbell Lighting as a marketing specialist, which gives employ to his entrepreneurial spirit and creative savvy. Unsurprisingly, when it came time to find a place to call home, Hindman opted for a funky loft over a cookie-cutter apartment. He used his considerable artistic skills to maximize what he politely describes as a “less-than-mint condition” open living space, reclaimed square footage that was once the community building for a textile mill. The building that spent decades in disrepair is now perfectly suited to a bachelor lifestyle, and allows him to bike to downtown. 150 _ at Home

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In 2014, Joe Hindman moved back to Greenville from Denver, where he had been working with his brother to get a start-up beverage venture off the ground. The Sophisticate’s Tea is now found at retailers nationwide.

The vibe inside is decidedly urban industrial, while the style motifs run from Swiss chalet to Santa Fe with a little Ralph Lauren English country mixed in. Luckily, the historic 100-yearold building did have great potential and is being slowly renovated from the inside out. Most everyone in the building is also a young, unmarried professional looking for a unique loftliving experience. With an outlay of less than $500, Hindman did some minor painting, built an exterior closet for added storage, hung canvas dropcloths for drapes, and used plumbing pipe for curtain rods. He turned a recessed platform into an intimate reading nook by installing pine flooring, a painted ladder, and rustic railing. Kitchen cabinets were freshened with gallons of bargain paint – returns from customers who weren’t happy with their choices – for $3 a gallon. Furnishings were procured from vintage stores, antique shops, and yard sales, as well as the staple of any young bachelor: pass-downs from family.

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(left to right) A quadrafoil chandelier; tea tastes better from a locally made hand-crafted mug; Hindman can bike downtown from his renovated loft. (below) The mantle was handed down from his grandfather.

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Upcycling and reclamations provided extra room in the budget to purchase unique pieces from local retailers including WHIM, Shinola, Knack Studios, and Lily Pottery. Hindman is an avid art collector, preferring to make his purchases from local artists. Over the dining table, a gift from his mother, is a Chris Koelle angel lithograph. His grandfather handed down the china cabinet and the fireplace mantel. “I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me on social media to ask me how I got my space, because I Instagram so many photos of my apartment. My home is my creative outlet, and I express myself through interior design.”

Now, Hindman’s style sensibility is about to go global: He is the visionary and creative force behind an innovative project for STYLE TIPS FROM Greenville called HINDMAN: MODAL, a modern hostel and boutique hotel that is set to open next year. “It’s for hip tourists visiting • Check Instagram for Greenville, and we hope it will flash sales on furniture be an affordable alternative and accessories. with a warm, welcoming • Peruse Anderson’s community feel,” he says. “I can’t “Jockey Lot,” as well as wait to bring my design local flea markets and aesthetic to furnishing the hotel auctions, for unique finds. rooms and the common areas • Check publications with my mix of the unusual and like Dwell and sites like the eclectic.” Pinterest for design ideas and inspiration.

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WANT IT? FIND IT. A selective resource guide to the pages of atHome Bathrooms from Beyond (pages 30-32) Select renovations by Tindall Architecture Workshop, 723 Bennett St, Greenville. Master shower framed in onyx with shower fixture by Moen and Rohl; tub by Jason with acrylic shower door pulls. Faucets by Moen; vanity by Ikea; light fixtures from Hudson Valley. Young at Heart (page 43) Architect and interior designer: Abbi Williams, Red Door Design Studio, Atlanta/Lake Keowee,; builder, Will Hines, Keeoco Development Inc., Eatonton, Ga.,

Cribs: Trends (page 56) Nursery design by Anne Wagoner Interiors, Raleigh, NC, (919) 803-7112,, info@ Antique Chest (doubles as changing table) from Rock House Antiques, 415 Mauldin Rd, Greenville; vintage table lamp refurbished locally by “Little Lamp Shop” and new shade from Harrison Lighting; framed family heirloom gown, custom framing done by Frame Design, 1322 E Washington St, Greenville; pillow in swivel chair (fabric, trim, and construction) by Mansure Fabrics, 26 Aberdeen Dr., Greenville; baby shoes in custom acrylic shadow box by Bennett’s Framing, 2100 Laurens Rd, Greenville; crib bedding, mobile, and bassinet by Restoration Hardware,; custom rug from McAbee’s Custom Carpets, 12 N Kings Rd, Greenville; sunburst mirror, Ballard Designs,; custom monogrammed valances by Mary Miles Andrews, Greensboro, NC.

A Nice Spice (pages 122-124) Russet measuring cups, Anthropologie $28; copper teapot, World Market, $32; brass stirring spoon, Knack, Greenville, $16; ceramic mug, April Schwingle,, $25; Horta Cocktail Glass, Anthropologie, $12; spices and flavored Sugar, The Spice and Tea Exchange, prices vary; flowers by Julie Dodds of Willow Florals, Dressed to Impress (pages 134-136) Bedroom staging: house plants from Martins Nursery, 198 Martin Road,, (864) 277-1818; Staghorn fern, air plants: Urban Digs, 215 Wade Hampton Blvd, (864) 233-6821; insect print, Sunny Mullarkey Studio, 1172 Pendelton Street, Dining room staging: counting frame Himmeli air plant holder: $35, The Zen Succulent,; Vintage Glassware, A Darling Day rentals,

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ADVERTISER PAGE # 4 Rooms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Accu-Brick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 AJH Renovations, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 All About Flooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Allison Smith Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Annette Starnes– CB Caine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Arthur Rutenberg Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-49 Bank of Travelers Rest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Barbara Dalton Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Bella Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Bennett’s Frame. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Beth Joyner Crigler – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Blue Ridge Electric Co-op. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Carolina Consignment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Carolina Heating & Cooling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Christopher Park Gallery / Rainer’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Clayton Tile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Cliffs Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Comfort Keepers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Cox Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Cynthia Serra – Caine Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Deborah Guy – Allen Tate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Dillard-Jones Builders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Cover & 1 Elements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Embassy Flowers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 F. Pellegrino Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Ferguson Bath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Galt Innovations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Gateway Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

ADVERTISER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PAGE # GBS Building Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Genco Pools & Spas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Golden Strip Glass, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Goodwin Foust Custom Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Graham Kimak Landscape Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Green Hill Landscaping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Greenville Carpet One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Greenville Turf & Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116&147 Harrison Lighting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Hennessee Haven. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 HGI Cabinetry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Hillman’s Landscapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Hot Springs Pools & Spas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 IBI Builders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Ike’s Carpet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 J Francis Builders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 & 153 JDP Design/The Collins Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Jeff Lynch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Joan Herlong – Realty . . . . . . . Back Jordan Lumber Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Laura Burgess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Laura McDonald/Wyche Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Laura Simmons / Rosewood Communities . . . . . 22-23 Lil Glenn Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Marchant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Marguerite Wyche & Assoc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Martin Garden Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 McAbee’s Custom Rugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Mobius Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Old Colony. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Palmetto Specialty Transfer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Panageries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76-77 Paul Johnson Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Pelham Architects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Relax the Back. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 ReMax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Ridgeline Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Sexton Griffith Custom Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Smith and Web LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Suncrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Spaulding Group – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Stoneledge Properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 & 117 THAT Realty Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 The Reserve at Lake Keowee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 The Ridges. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Tindall Architecture Workshop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Trade Route. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Verdae Development. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Vintage Now Modern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Wilson & Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9


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A World War II-era invention manufactured by a Greenville company is discovered during a home renovation by Heidi Coryell Williams Garner’s Disappearing Stairs first were filed for trademark in 1939 by inventor Ernest P. Garner of Charlotte. The manufacturer, Weeks Mfg. Co., was owned by Harry Willis Weeks who was born in Charlotte, but called Greenville home for more than 60 years. He attended Furman, graduated from Duke University in 1943, and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific until 1947 when he came to Greenville to open Weeks Company, Inc. and make disappearing stairways, according to his obituary from 2009. Weeks might also be remembered by some in the community as a longtime member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church. According to the staircase patent application, dated July 26, 1939, the stairs that Weeks manufactured were designed to provide access to the attic of a building with stairs that "lock in a stationary position when lowered." “Heretofore, much difficulty has been encountered due to the lack of ample locking facilities,” Garner wrote in his application. Prior to the invention of these stairs, the lower end of an attic staircase was apt to slide away, whether ascending or descending the stairs, as soon as weight Found something during was applied, causing the your home renovation? user to “assume a risk greater than a wellWe’d love to feature your find in Behind the Wall. anchored stairwell.” Email us at lgreenlaw@


Peggy Stokes Nielson has traced every owner of her Frontus Street home, dating back to the early 1940s, also the early days of the Rockwood Park subdivision. So when Nielson and her husband, Craig, undertook a renovation of the bungalow-style home, she had a feeling there might be some treasures to be discovered, in part because the character of the place, which she had used as a second home since 2005, had been so well preserved. In 2010, the Nielsons renovated and expanded the bungalow in preparation for retirement and full-time occupancy. They wanted to open up the space and in doing so, had to remove a pull-down attic staircase that was original to the house. “The construction of the staircase was so impressive, I had the builder remove the metal plate that gave the manufacturer's name,” Peggy recalls. The plate read: Garner’s Disappearing Stairs, manufactured by Weeks Mfg. Co. Greenville, S.C. “Pulling that stairwell down, you knew it was substantial,” Nielson offers, explaining that all of the home’s storage was at the top of the stairs. “It folded out, so that you literally could have a large enough space to get something big up there. The whole thing just became fascinating to me.” Nielson, who did her masters work in history, looked in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records and discovered that

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