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When you see the big orange gates off I-85, think of Gateway Supply Co. – and make sure to think of them for all of your plumbing, HVAC, kitchen and bath needs. You’ll usually find the Gateway team helpfully serving customers in their stunning showroom, though you may find them out in the community – for example, celebrating their customers at Fluor Field, cheering on the Drive. They probably won’t bring a bathtub, as seen here, but this tight-knit, hard-working group will definitely be having fun.

vision come to life. Customers have three extensive showrooms in the Upstate to choose from in Greenville, Spartanburg and Pendleton. The knowledgeable staff members at each location set Gateway apart from the rest.

Founded in April 1964 in Columbia, South Carolina, Gateway Supply Co. began as a plumbing supply warehouse. It has now grown to 14 locations all over South Carolina and it is still owned and operated by the Williams family.

After more than 30 years in Greenville, Gateway has deep roots in the community, and loves to support local organizations and show appreciation for its Upstate customers. They are excited to team up with the Greenville Drive for an upcoming customer appreciation event.

“We now have plumbing and HVAC supply counters and incredible bath and kitchen showrooms,” says Aimee Williams, marketing and showroom director. The Gateway showroom is a must for anyone building or remodeling a kitchen or bath. The helpful staff can assist with your plumbing needs along with an incredible array of faucets, fixtures, hardware and accessories that can make your

Gateway Supply Co. has been serving Greenville since 1989, and is managed and operated by Bill Fitts and Lonnie McCall. “We would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for our team,” Williams says. “We have an incredible staff that is always ready to help.”

“Our customers mean everything to us, so we’re excited to have some fun in downtown Greenville with the people who make our business possible,” Williams says. Pictured are Gateway team members Tabitha Nelson-Cuyar, Aerika Paxton, Aimee Williams (in the tub) and Chasidee Knapke.

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CONTENTS atHome's doorstep

threshold Spring's new growth can extend to our interiors too with tabletops, fixtures and furnishings benefiting from a discerning eye and fresh application.

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INBLOOM  Floral Fabrications

27. OFF THE SHELF  Table Books 30. ASKED & ANSWERED  Double Duty Baths 32. DETOURS  Wilmington 39. PERISCOPE  Aging with Your Home

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CONTENTS Spring 2021

ON OUR COVER: Designer Taylor Johnson welcomes you into our People Issue. It was a vertical shot meant to be a cover, in our esteem, shot by Photographer Emily Bolt.

Feature Stories

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A Daughter's Legacy Whitney McGregor applied her burgeoning brand of grandmillenial for her most important client yet: her mother.

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Creative Capital When Kim and Ed Brakmann hired designer Taylor Johnson, they gained art consultant, Everett King Waldrep too, an unexpected plus. 12  

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"EVERY GREAT DESIGN BEGINS WITH AN EVEN BETTER STORY."

Adventures in Homesteading The name may be well-known, but the Stathakis family remains grounded in the belief that a simpler life is the best kind of living.

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CONTENTS Inspired Living

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Everything old feels new again this year; it's a season to celebrate makers, making, collections and discerningly good taste.

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95. ON THE TABLE  Beer and Brunch 103. WHAT TO DRINK NOW  Spring Reds 106. PANTRY  Pine Nuts 110. MATRIMONY  Covid Love 116. TREASURE  Herend

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NOTES FROM HOME

"Have nothing in your home that you don't know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

— William Morris

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HO WOULDN’T agree with an expert like

William Morris? Morris was a British textile designer, artist, poet and novelist who was a fixture in the British Arts and Crafts Movement of the mid to late 1800s. His works are considered classics and many of his designs are still available today. Examples of his take on floral design can be seen in Off the Shelf on page 27. Quoting Morris seemed to be perfect given the focus of this issue. It’s all about interior design and the people who have used their expertise and interests to shape their way of life. One family changed their entire concept of living to move from a gated community to a 4.5acre property, complete with animals. A mother collaborated with her decorator daughter to fill a sunlit cottage home with her favorite art pieces and pops of color. When a husband and wife returned to Greenville as empty nesters, they enlisted a duo, one an interior designer and the other an art consultant, who guided them toward just the kind of home that as they put it, “feels just like us.” Who could ask for more? If Morris could visit the home of a Clemson professor in this issue, he would be impressed with the modern innovations that allow the owners to age in place. It’s a concept that would definitely have intrigued him.

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You’ll find a whole section on the reemergence of florals in the home. Two very successful designers, whose own home is splashed with florals, guide us through the various patterns, wallpapers, fabrics and furnishings that will add pizzaz to your home. Of course, we have some great non-decorating articles for you too. Yummy recipes and tasty drinks will be found in these pages. Also, a wedding that took place during the spring of last year when the couple chose not to wait for the pandemic to subside. Explore the pages, soak up some great ideas for your home and most of all, enjoy spring.

Lynn Greenlaw Editor-in-Chief

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IN BLOOM

Botanica

A N A I S F LO R A L B E D D I N G , B A L L A R D D E S I G N S

Florals layered with a supporting cast of patterned fabrications is spring's freshest hat trick.

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T H RESHO L D

In Bloom

Petal Pushers Rampant florals add panache to interiors say the gents of Madcap Cottage. / by Jason Oliver Nixon

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ust look at the runways at Gucci and Oscar de la Renta. Peruse the Anthropologie website, and pay a visit to the fabled Greenbrier resort. IKEA and Ballard Designs are pushing floral sheets. Flower power is back. In fact, gardening in general seems to be having a big moment. Apparently, there’s nothing like a pandemic to, paraphrase Voltaire, “cultivate one’s own garden.” Even the ubiquitous urban farmhouse trend is being chipped away at by rampant florals that are vining their way onto upholstery, wallpaper, pillows, rugs, tabletop and more. At Madcap Cottage, we are passionate gardeners and love connecting the indoors with the out. My partner, John Loecke, and I are simply mad for florals, and we want you to be, too! The two of us have spent 20 years in the industry and have brought dozens of Madcap Cottage floral patterns to market on everything from fabrics and rugs to wallpaper and tabletop, and our products can be found on Target. com, Overstock, Wayfair, and more. Remember: As trends change, one thing holds true-- florals remain a steadfast design element that are absolutely timeless. “Florals are happy,” says Loecke. “They deliver personality and are anything but cookie cutter. And they connect the indoors and the out. Fresh and inviting. And we all certainly need interiors that evoke a spirit of joy, especially right now. Who wants clinical, beige and blah?” Of course, florals never really left the building but the buds and blossoms that we are seeing right now have more negative space and a looser hand than, say, the tightly bunched cabbage roses that had a star turn


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on highly polished chintz circa 1985. Think less Laura Ashley and more layered eclectic; an English country house inherited by the groovy grandkids who listen to The Clash. Best of all, floral patterns work with any other print. And the bigger, the better. When you go big and bold with a pattern, it can actually ground a room, creating its own neutral template upon which you can layer. “The eye reads the overall pattern as a blank canvas,” says John. Use floral patterns and stripes as the base element in a room and then add various other prints upon this works-withanything foundation. Or, mix florals with animal prints, with bold geometrics, or with all-over neutrals (think a grey sofa) that need some elan. As for a floral color story, look to the great outdoors for visual cues. “Remember that if it works in your garden, it will work in your home,” says Loecke. “Make green a new neutral in your home and pair it with pinks, oranges, white and yellow. Have some fun.”

If you are hesitant about dipping your toe into an ebullient floral bouquet, start small. Try these five ideas this season: 1. Add floral throw pillows to a neutral-hued sofa. You might just decide to recover the whole thing. 2. Break out the vintage floral china that Granny left you in the will and mix it with your everyday plates. 3. Replace that builder-special light fixture with a floral pendant or chandelier. 4. Switch out your solid sheets for floral fitted and flats loaded with tempestuous tulips and reckless roses. 5. Place a floral scatter rug in front of a sink, in the bathroom, down the hallway or on either side of your bed.

[opposite page] The floral-packed sun room at the Madcap Cottage gents’ High Point, North Carolina home. All fabrics by Madcap Cottage, available at madcapcottage.com. [this page] John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage live and breathe florals and believe you should, too.

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Style Spotter

Blossom Dearie Fabulous retail finds to inspire flower-filled fantasies. From lighting to seating, florals feel sprite and off-the-shelf items add instant punch to any room.

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1. Spool Chair, in Songbird Cobalt and Tavern Black finish by C.R. Laine. $2,885

4. Get Smart area rug, Manor Born by Madcap Cottage for Momeni. $169

2. Watercolor Giclée Prints, Blue Ming with Florals by Frontgate. Set of 4 $699

5. 16-piece dinnerware set, English Garden by Madcap Cottage for Certified International. $143.99 at Target.com

3. Crystal Bud Cupertino large chandelier by Currey & Co. $3300

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6. Table lamp, Botanical Blue by Madcap Cottage for Port 68. $699 7. Language of Flowers Panama Boxset, Smythson of Bond Street. $475 8. Brentwood Chair with Skirt in Mitford Navy by Thibaut. $2,550

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There's a matching wallpaper.


Style Spotter

Flower's Power Upholstery and wallpaper awash with blooms feel on point. Bring florals out of the bedroom and into the spaces of your daylight hours.

A splash of garden-plucked exoticism for an armchair or pillows courtesy of Thibaut’s Tree House fabric in pink and green.

Carleton V’s eternally fresh Growing Wild in Shocking Pink will make you stop to smell the roses, er, tulips.

Blossom Dearie in Cherry from Madcap Cottage will surely have you seeing red in all the right ways.

From the iconic to the contemporary, these eight florals are a big design win according to John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, of Madcap Cottage.

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Embrace a bower of flowers with Bowood, a timeless, ever-fresh English floral in green/grey from Colefax and Fowler.

From Thibaut, Honshu in Navy from the Dynasty collection will transport a taste of the Far East to your wanderlusting walls.

Take a mini vacation to the coast with Madcap Cottage’s Isleboro Eve wallpaper in kicky Daffodil from York Wallcoverings.

See the forest for the trees with the moody Juniper Forest wallpaper in black by Rifle Paper Co. for York Wallcoverings.

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Off the Shelf

Florals in 2D A profusion of coffee table books brighten spring surfaces. / by Stephanie Burnette

The quickest way to add seasonal punch-- no water required—is with a floral-laden book or two on living room tabletops. Look for beautiful covers that allow the image to stand strong more so than title font. Large or single images create the most impact from afar, especially isolated on a white or pale background. Don’t forget to crack the cover and flip through the meat of a picture book. These titles are gorgeous inside and out and hand-picked by us; they offer stand-alone inspiration no matter which page is opened and come in nearly every price point. Shop for an attractive spine too, no doubt you’ll want to stack them with abandon. Employ such a book as a lift or plinth for collected objects, frames and heirloom items. They set a lovely stage for cherished things.

Petal: A World of Flowers Through the Artist's Eye by Adriana Picker; Hardie Grant; 8.8 x 1 x 11.4" ; $37 Visually lush and super informative

265 Vintage Botanical Illustrations by Kale James; Avenue House Press; 8.5 x .21 x 11" ; $19.99 William Morris's Flowers by Rowan Bain; Thames & Hudson; 7.1 x .8 x 7.8" ; $19.95

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Flower School: A Practical Guide to the Art of Flower Arranging by Calvert Clary; Black Dog & Leventhal; 8.25 x 1 x 10.25" ; $32 Forged Flora by Louesa Roebuck and Sarah Lonsdale; Ten Speed Press; 8.8 x 1.18 x 11.99" ; $40 Modern Living Grandiflora: Interiors Inspired by Nature by Claire Bingham; teNeues; 9.1 x .9 x 11.5" ; $55 Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom by Phaidon; Phaidon Press; 10.1 x 1.5 x 11.7" ; $59.95

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Asked & Answered

High Traffic Baths

I S TO C K

Jack and Jill’s pail of water has come a long way. The shared bathroom offers a great footprint for a busy home and our expert, Jennifer Lopez from ProSource, says a bit of planning can maximize its potential.

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Q. What works best for a shared children's bathroom? A. A hand-held shower is a must and don’t skip

on having a tub. I would also highly recommend double vanities or double faucets. For a kids’ bathroom, pool house or guest bathroom, I love the look of one large sink and two faucets.

Q. What is an ideal footprint for a Jack and Jill bathroom? A. Freestanding tubs can save space and offer a

great look, but with a shared bath you may prefer a built-in to hold everyone’s stuff. Tub/shower combinations are best for kids’ bathrooms or a guest room where you don’t typically have the square footage for both a shower stall and a tub.

Q. What type of hardware suits the sinks and the multiple doors in a Jack and Jill bath? A. The function of a single lever faucet is a good

choice, it’s less holes on the countertop and easy to clean. Doors leading out can make a statement. So many companies like Baldwin, Rocky Mountain or Emtek have a neat look. We also carry a company called First Impressions that has very creative styles for single doors or even double doors.

Q. How about getting enough hot water to a busy bathroom? A. Adding a tankless water heater just for bathroom use is the way to go. Navien is one of the best tankless water heaters on the market. When installed correctly, you can count on not running out of hot water, ever. It’s a big plus for back to back showers.

Q. What type of lighting is most functional? A. Wall-mounted lights create a decorative look

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whereas ceiling mounts are more for task lighting. You need a combination of both because you can never have enough light in a bathroom, let alone when used by multiple people.

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Jennifer Lopez is the Director of Showroom Sales for ProSource Supply in their Greenville location. Visit the website at prosourcesupply.com to learn more about the products they offer.

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The Collection Detours

Wilmington predates colonization and though it was incorporated by settlers from Europe as early as 1739, explorers were discovering a coastline full of wreckage in the 1500s, earning its name Cape Fear.

The secret’s out, Wilmington is an immersive, historic place. / by Stephanie Burnette

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THE CAPE FEAR RIVER is brackish and beautiful,

inhabited with seagrass, barnacles and industry, plus panoramic sunsets. It hugs Wilmington’s downtown (and its astonishing 230-block historic district) creating a backdrop for a town that has coupled a storied past with lively culture. Wilmington feels like a place continuously inhabited; it’s not frozen in time and this distinguishes it, in my mind, from similar towns of tourism.

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A Town Like No Other


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Much of Front Street boasts the stout brick construction of the Interwar period, today filled with unique retailers, upscale eateries, coffee shops, breweries and wine bars. UNC Wilmington adds in college students, dogs and affordable dining. Just beyond this are hundreds (and hundreds) of historic homes. Walking through the moss-draped neighborhood is a treat for the architecture-obsessed, as nearly every home is at least a century old and residentially occupied. Three significant mansions are open to the public, just blocks apart, curated with stellar touring information. The Burgwin-Wright house (1770) dates to the Colonial or Revolutionary era and includes Wilmington’s original gallows, a handsome walled garden and original kitchen and many fine antiques of its two enterprising homeowners. There’s also gallery space for local fine art. The Latimer House Museum (1852) displays the ostentatious wealth of the Victorian era and an ample collection of European art and statuary. Bellamy Mansion (1859) tells the in-town story of the Antebellum era of North Carolina’s coast; its rare intact urban slave quarters have been adroitly restored and what’s shared about the enslaved servants and their daily life at Bellamy is significant. An audio tour via phone app makes a visit here feel pandemic appropriate and don’t forget to look up; the plaster work in this home is astonishing. I found myself spending time up and down Princess Street during this trip to Wilmington. There’s a not-to-be-missed donut shop called Wake ‘n’ Bake, the lovely Bespoke Coffee (also a good place to sit if you need to jump on your laptop) and a fantastic place for lunch, Crust Kitchen and Cocktails. For dinner and drinks go to Manna. I really enjoy dining at the bar here. Wilmington is extra maneuverable with wide sidewalks, cross walks and ready signage. If you plan to stay in town, then your car will likely stay put. But there are reasons to venture out too. The beaches of Wrightsville, Carolina and Kure are gracious with many natural inlets and pretty marinas, all peppered with fresh NC seafood spots.

Beer may pull you out of downtown as well. Wilmington has fostered a legitimate craft beer culture, head to www.wilmingtonandbeaches for fantastic craft beer and brewery info. According to my craft beer expert, New Anthem and Wilmington Brewing Company are top notch; I enjoyed visiting both and brought beer home not sold in SC. And, then there’s The Ivy Cottage. It should really be called The Ivy Compound as it’s comprised of three buildings, two courtyards and a warehouse, chock full of consignment antiques, vintage wares, designer furnishings, estate jewelry and a wall of Waterford. The front room of the smallest building has vintage glassware ordered in a rainbow of hues, for sure a gram-able moment.

Historic Homes Open to the Public BURGWIN-WRIGHT HOUSE MUSEUM 224 Market St. | burgwinwrighthouse.com The life of the counting house turned private home is a story of the Colonial Carolinas.

LATIMER HOUSE MUSEUM 126 S Third St. | lcfhs.org New wealth of the Victorian age is well represented by excellent staff at the Latimer.

BELLAMY MANSION MUSEUM OF HISTORY & DESIGN ARTS 503 Market St. | bellamymansion.org The documentation of lives lived on the property is a study of history accuracy in the era.

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The Collection Detours Bespoke is a lively coffee shop on Princess St.

THE IVY COTTAGE 3020 Market St. | threecottages.com 125,000 consigned items makes The Ivy Cottage a treasure hunt.

BLUE HAND HOME 1125 Military Cutoff Rd. | bluehandhome.com A massive store of furnishings, dry goods, tabletop, coffee table books and more.

NEST FINE GIFTS AND INTERIORS 1125 Military Cutoff Rd. | nestfinegifts.com Next door to Blue Hand, Nest is a great companion shop with elevated coastal vibes.

Stay Over DREAMERS WELCOME DOWNTOWN INN 118 S Fourth St. | dreamerswelcome.com The most unique B&B experience of my travels, Dreamers Welcome is a boho mirage inside a fully restored antique home. Each room is uniquely and stylishly upfitted, with a focus on wellness, seamless technology and a vegan start to your day. Original fixtures and fireplaces juxtapose modern, luxury bedding, wellappointed baths and gracious service. You won’t want to leave.

Shopping OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET 249 N Front St. | oldbooksonfrontstreet.com A beloved bookstore since 1982, the owners run literary walking tours and Between the Covers B&B.

PORT CITY POTTERY AND FINE CRAFTS AT COTTON EXCHANGE 307 N Front St. | portcitypottery.com The Cotton Exchange is a vast complex and Port City Pottery is a must stop for local craft.

ANTIQUES OF OLD WILMINGTON 25 S Front St. A place for collectors with hundreds of items all grouped by type.

ART IN BLOOM GALLERY 210 Princess St. | aibgallery.com With its ironwork sign out front, be lured into a gallery of art and objects and jewelry.

A PROPER GARDEN 2 Ann St. | apropergarden.com The location of the shop has river views and great gifts for the gardener in your life.

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[Above] The addition of strategically placed windows allows for excellent cross ventilation. [Above far right] A number of oversized windows integrate the outside with the interior of the home. This fulfills David and Pat’s love of daylight thus promoting their desire for a healthy environment. [Below left] A 40 foot screened porch was an essential element for the couple who have used it for entertaining as well as dinners for two. It’s kept cool in the summer by its placement under a tree canopy. [Below far right] A continuous flow to all of the essential rooms on the main level of the home will help sustain the ability of David and Pat to enjoy their home for years to come.

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DESIGNING a home gave David Allison, a Clemson University Alumni Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of Clemson's Graduate Program in Architecture+Health, a chance to practice what he teaches. When building a forever home, David and his wife Pat, who is a lecturer at Clemson, set out to create a space that would be easy to maintain, use minimal energy, provide for sustainable and healthy living and could continue to serve their needs as they age. The home sits on a roughly 20,000 square-foot site; David said the house was oriented on the property in such a way that the couple are surrounded by tranquil, wooded views. “A definite decision in the design of the house was that we wanted to feel like we’re in the woods or the mountains and we’re actually in a subdivision in Clemson,” says David. While preparing construction documents, the Allisons called on the additional help of Jessica Stack, Rachel Matthews and Kenneth Dong. General contractor Jon McGinney of McGinney Homes LLC was selected for the unique project and though they moved in well before the current pandemic, the house has become a haven for the couple and exceeded every expectation, even the unplanned ones. “With living and working at home, and not doing much of anything else, it’s been a real blessing to us,” said David. “We feel like we’re in the woods, and since my field is the study of the

relationship between architecture of the built environment and health, we know that nature is a very therapeutic, stressreducing thing for people.” The three-level home offers 1,200-square-feet of central living space featuring an open design and many large windows to create harmony between indoors and out. The main floor includes an open kitchen, dining and living space as well as a primary bedroom suite. An 800-square-foot second floor holds two guest suites, each with a full bath. David and Pat partially finished 800-squarefeet on the basement level, with a planned separate entrance for a future live-in caregiver, if needed. A lovely 40x10-foot screened porch is kept cool in the summer by its clever placement under the tree canopy. The couple uses the porch for everything from entertaining to dinner for two. They plan to add outdoor cooking on the porch, a nod to the traditions of Pat’s Brazilian family and heritage. The house needed to be low maintenance over time, so durable materials were chosen with great care throughout. Dekton, installed by Rozell Stone, was one such choice picked for kitchen counters and shower flooring. It’s a sophisticated blend of raw materials that is chemical and scratch resistant with zero porosity. Where tile was installed, larger scale pieces were picked to minimize grout. Another choice of durable materials is the high-gloss scratch-resistant polyester kitchen cabinetry by Forest Kitchen Design Studio.

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“We didn’t want to spend our time cleaning or maintaining the house, or paying someone to do it,” David said, “so we invested in the front end so we would not have a lot of upkeep costs.” Extra-wide doorframes and pocket doors are a feature that can easily accommodate a wheelchair, but they also add grace to the home’s spacious interior. No detail was overlooked; in the garage, the floor sits level with the footfall of the home, so anyone can easily transition through the property on foot or otherwise. Likewise, the primary bathroom suite boasts a no-step, wide entry shower. It's a home so thoughtfully planned that living there is easy now and for a host of tomorrows.

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“We didn’t want to spend our time cleaning or maintaining the house, or paying someone to do it , so we invested in the front end so we would not have a lot of upkeep costs.” — David Allison


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HOMESTEADING Nick and Gretchen Stathakis wanted their kids to experience a different lifestyle, so they designed a home that required it. / by Brendan Blowers / photography by Taylor Cash

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Everyone in the family has enough space to explore endless projects, wherever their imagination takes them. Nick and Gretchen Stathakis wanted to be able to stand on their back porch and watch their kids run into a clearing of land framed by natural woods.

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hen the owner of Greenville’s Stax’s Original, Nick Stathakis, is home he has some unusual pastimes; Nick builds goat fences and other structures on his farm. A year ago, he flipped his UTV going up a steep hilly grade on the four-and-a-half acre property. He laughs about it now. After all, mistakes are bound to happen when you’re adapting to a way of life. Whether he’s showing his twelve-year-old son how to pound T-posts or sending all three kids on a hunt for garden stepping stones, there is always something to do, grow, clear, pick, or feed in the Stathakis backyard, and that’s exactly how Nick and his wife, Gretchen, want it.  The Stathakis family had lived in a large custom home in the gated Montebello community, but the house cost a lot to maintain and Gretchen started to notice some drawbacks. “We saw that our kids were starting to become ‘city kids’ they didn’t want to go outside or get dirty.”  Gretchen recalls jogging down a winding road past a wooded overgrown lot. Even before it went on the market, she met the owner and asked if she could walk around the property. As she trudged through a dense menagerie of weeds, mid-century ruins and tangled scrub trees, she couldn’t believe this untamed world was only two-minutes from the manicured lots of their

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neighborhood. The place recalled simpler times and the unkempt nature of the foothills in the Upcountry. When Gretchen was a child, the only rule was to be back for supper. “My Dad would come home when the sun went down, we’d watch his work truck pull up and that’s how we knew it was time to come in.”  She and Nick realized a unique opportunity to give their kids the type of free-range upbringing they’d both enjoyed, playing outside all day, getting lost in games of imagination. “The whole purpose of moving out here was, outside is your new playroom,” Gretchen says.  They purchased the property with no plans to subdivide it. The couple walked the land, creating sketches of what their home should have and where it could sit. Nick focused on a theme of “everything you need, nothing you don’t.” And, what the Stathakis family needed was simple: straight pitches, muted earth tones, lots of symmetry, organized in tidiness of a T shape.  They hired Sam Justice, of Justice Design Studio, to do the architectural rendering and Jeremiah Johnson, of Silverline, Inc., was also helpful in the initial design process. The goal was to take Gretchen’s inspiration of a post and beam house, a modern farmhouse aesthetic, and an airy barn-dominium and turn them into something that could be built efficiently and on budget.


“DON’T GET ME WRONG, OUR CHILDREN STILL LOVE THEIR ELECTRONIC DEVICES, BUT THEY ARE ALSO LEARNING HOW TO R AISE AND CARE FOR SMALL LIVESTOCK, HOW TO GROW FOOD, AND WHAT CROPS GROW THE BEST FROM SEASON TO SEASON. THEY MAY NOT KNOW THEY ARE LEARNING THESE THINGS, BUT THEY ALREADY KNOW AT THEIR YOUNG AGES MORE THAN I KNEW WHEN WE STARTED THIS JOURNEY JUST A YEAR AGO. IT’S ALL TRIAL AND ERROR , DAY BY DAY, HERE AND THAT’S WHAT I ENJOY.” —Gretchen Stathakis

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A farm table was brought over from their old house; over it hangs an industrial chandelier from Greer Lighting. This vaulted living area annunciates its minimal, functional design. They selected Rick Thoennes of Rembrey Custom Homes to do the construction, a bit of a surprise move as Thoennes is known for building luxury homes, such as those in Montebello and around Greenville that are similar in scope to the one the Stathakis family had just sold. Nick told Thoennes, “The accouterments you are used to putting in are not going to be here. Do you want to do it?” Thoennes said he did, and Gretchen and Nick say their 9-month build process hummed along and Thoennes came through with both their design needs and budget. The finished product is a 2,780 square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3.5 bath home that feels much bigger because of its 21-foot vaulted ceilings and open floor plan. The exterior siding is cement on an aged brick foundation.  The front entrance of the house leads into a great room with an open kitchen on the left and living space on the right. “We got rid of the formal dining room because we wanted everyone together eating,” Gretchen says.  A set of French doors opens to a large back porch for true indoor/outdoor dining and flow. The kitchen has natural white quartz countertops and minimal wood shelving instead of cabinetry; fresh eggs from their hens, and produce harvested from their garden, sit in a small dish by the kitchen window. Behind the kitchen is an oversized mudroom with an attached laundry room. It has built-in storage for all of the kids’ bags, coats and shoes.  Nick and Gretchen’s bedroom is on the main level and though it is on the smaller side compared to current custom build standards, it packs some creative punches into its right-sized layout. Instead of bumping the wall out for a walk-in closet, Gretchen decided to have a floating natural rock wall behind the bed. It was installed by Rusty Starr and B&L Distributing Company. The rough rock was selected from Cherokee antique stones with shades of gray-green, mountain smoke, steel and rusty brown; it reminds Gretchen of her greatgrandparent’s Cherokee heritage. Behind the rock, there is extra storage space and a set of very special doors opening to a shared his-and-hers closet, which suits the couple just fine. “I don’t have high heels in the closet, I have tennis shoes and dirty boots,” Gretchen says. 

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The closet doors are a piece of family history. Walter Stevens, Gretchen’s father, used to play in an old barn in Walhalla when he was a kid. One day, he called to say that the barn was getting torn down. Gretchen, her dad, Nick, and a woodworker friend named Josh Bagwell drove out and got the barn wood. Bagwell fashioned doors from it. They were hanging in their old house when it went on the market, but Nick and Gretchen forgot to put that the doors wouldn’t convey with the house. “We lost a sale over these doors,” she says and the couple aptly commissioned replica doors to be made for the eventual buyer. The main bedroom also has an en-suite bathroom with a dual shower and a double sink. It is well-designed for convenience and efficiency.   Their children, Frankie, Theo and Brooklyn, each have their own carpeted space upstairs. Oak stair treads were selected to match the LVT flooring from Greer Flooring Center that covers the home’s common areas. The couple chose waterproof vinyl planks that look and feel like wood for the added durability. “It can live up to three kids and if a random goat walks through, I don’t have to worry about it,” Gretchen says. 

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Frankie’s room has a window that overlooks a cluster of shade trees the family calls the “bird sanctuary;” several birdhouses and feeders hang from the lower branches. The area was left untouched on purpose when they cleared the land themselves by hand.   Frankie shares an L-shaped jack-and-jack bathroom with his younger brother. Theo’s room is over the kitchen and has excellent sunset views from the front and the goat pen and chicken roost out the back. Even in the upstairs bedrooms, the outside always beckons.  The lone daughter, Brooklyn, has her own “princess room” complete with a finished ladder loft space over the attic storage area. It gives her a hangout spot for friends who come over for slumber parties. “This is the one thing we did that cost extra money, but it was wasted space and now it’s a feature,” says Nick.  While the house is modern in its comfortable convenience and inviting, its higher purpose is to be a portal to the main attraction, the urban farm and great outdoors. Nick and Gretchen named their farm “Sticks and Twine” after a line from the award-winning film the couple executive produced in 2017. Most of the familythemed sci-fi film was shot in Greenville. It was released


Instead of bumping the wall out for a walk-in closet, the Stathakis' decided on a floating rock installation against the bed. Plenty of extra storage space is concealed behind the Cherokee natural stone.

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“These doors are extra-special,” Gretchen says. The wood was salvaged from a barn in Walhalla that her father used to play in as a kid. In the background is the entrance to the master bath. It features a dual head shower, his and her sinks and that’s about it. “Everything you need, nothing you don’t,” is how Nick describes it.

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nationwide and won seven best feature film awards at indie festivals. The lot has its own movie-esque backstory. In the 1950s, the property was the shared bottom half of three estates owned by the Greenville families the McClains, the Furmans and the Yeagers. Buried under three inches of earth the Stathakis’ uncovered stone pathways that used to lead to a shared pool, circular courtyard and changing rooms.  The concrete shell of the old pool conducts heat and found its second act as the foundation for a new greenhouse. Contractors on the project helped assemble the greenhouse’s A-frame. “It was pure imagination,” says Nick who figured out a watering system for the structure.  Today, Gretchen manages what’s growing; banana trees, lavender, aloe plants, basil for fresh pesto, celery, cucumbers, brussel sprouts and tomatoes are harvested for family use, but any extra can end up at the restaurant, “There are too many tomatoes to eat, so they go in the grilled chicken salads,” Nick says.  Behind the greenhouse, among the tall trees, is the place where the kids can run wild. Tepees, hammocks and forts provide the makeshift spaces for nature’s classroom. “There’s a switch in every child that is there inside of them and you put a kid out on a creek with some land and this new level of imagination just happens. A stick will entertain them for hours,” Nick says.  “We come out and have Nerf gun wars,” says Gretchen. This area also provides a food source and sanctuary for the wild turkeys who roam the mountainside. Wendy Watson of Wild Rehab of Greenville also released two groundhogs on the property.  The Stathakis family has come a long way in a short distance in the last two years.  Gretchen says, “It’s 180 seconds from here to the gates of Montebello, but you feel like you’re far from it.”

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Inspiration or Imitation? WWJD was a very popular Christian acronym a few years back, but the meaning of it has changed somewhat with the advent of home improvement programs. Now WWJD often means, ‘What Would Joanna Do?’ (Answer: Shiplap). The rise of HGTV, Pinterest, and Houzz has had a massive impact on residential renovations – some positive, some negative. But perhaps the most important effect the easy availability of design ideas has had on the renovation industry, especially the Design/Build renovation industry, is the blurring of the line between Inspiration and Imitation. It has been often said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but is that really what we want in our homes, a flattering rendition of someone else’s masterpiece? Consider the art that you have on your walls: Do you have reproduction Matisse, Renoir, or Van Dyke? Or do you have paintings by local artists that both capture and set the ambiance of your home? The former – imitation – will make your art gallery feel like a museum; the latter, like a home, your home. When applied to residential renovation design, this concept challenges the designer to discern the homeowners’ inspiration and to avoid simple imitation. This has become a more difficult task as the volume of Pinterest posts and Houzz boards grows alongside the visual input of the numerous home improvement programs on the tube.

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“A HOUSE IS ALMOST a maternal being, the way it shelters and holds people,” Whitney McGregor muses, “it will tell you what it wants to be, if you listen.” The Greenville-based designer’s reverence for place and intuitive listening comes from her mom, Chris Whitney Arthur. Growing up in a household committed to the arts and elevated experiences, McGregor was gifted an almost spiritual sense of space and color. It’s a legacy she continually reaps the benefits of in her flourishing design business, and when her mother found a cottage in Augusta Circle, she seized the opportunity to transform the space into a sunlit, artfilled testament of their creative bond. A collaboration, you could say, that was years in the making. Throughout her childhood in Columbus, Ohio,

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McGregor and her mom were more like “buddies, almost like roomies,” Arthur remembers. The two spent days creating artwork, rearranging rooms, designing and dreaming. “We have been collaborating for as long as I can remember,” says McGregor. “I’m the youngest in my family by ten years, and for most of my growing up everybody was out the house. It was just me and my mom getting in all kinds of trouble doing house projects.” Alongside such conviviality bloomed a deep level of trust, and freedom reigned. If 16-year old McGregor wanted to paint the floor in her bedroom? Just make sure to clean up the mess. Fly to Chicago to see Mikal Baryshnikov dance? Spend Sundays at the Columbus

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"A house is almost a maternal being, the way it shelters and holds people,” Whitney McGregor muses, “it will tell you what it wants to be, if you listen.”

Museum of Art? Yes, and yes. “Mom was forever pushing the arts and experiences on us, and I complained about it all. But now I’m so grateful for it,” McGregor laughs, and her mom agrees, “Oh, she hated it!” The effort didn’t go unappreciated. The experiences were a stretch financially for a single mom. “We didn’t have a lot, but we got to see and do so much because of her,” says McGregor. After graduating from Clemson and a life altering half year in France, McGregor settled with her husbandto-be, Tommy, in the Forest Acres neighborhood of Columbia. “We were hellbent on buying a house right after college, and somehow made it happen.” The couple found themselves in the middle of one of the worst economies in decades, making it impossible for McGregor to find a job. The house became her occupation, a true design laboratory with childhood days bubbling back to the surface as she dabbled away at projects, documenting the projects on her blog The Avarice. “It was little by little, a lot of IKEA, a lot of testing things out, real lipstick-on-a-pig moments.” As the couple planned their upcoming nuptials, people often were in and out of the house. “They’d ask, ‘did you do this yourself? can you do this for me?’” McGregor remembers. Her first clients were her wedding planner and photographer. It seemed kismet, like she fell into design, but believes everything was leading her to that moment. Publications, blogs and projects quickly followed, and soon Whitney McGregor’s reputation for styling, editing and timeless spaces was widely known.

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Mother & Daughter, Together Again McGregor’s business continues to unfold, with each undertaking more exciting and just as personal than the last. With projects in multiple states and a flourishing young family, life continues to inspire and surprise. In the midst of this, she and Tommy purchased a 1950s ranch nestled on several acres in the mountain landscape of Highlands, NC. This ongoing project came to be a bit of an Instagram darling and serves as a bespoke vacation rental she’s christened “The Halstead House”. The home is an influencer’s dreamscape with national magazine exposure to boot, a space which reflects McGregor’s “grandmillenial” style of juxtaposing modern edges alongside chintz, tufting, and ultra feminine touches. A call two years ago shifted the tenor of her life yet again. Arthur discovered an investment property in Greenville, near where McGregor and her husband, Tommy, had moved with their three children, Lilly Grace, Liam and Lucy (aka Biddy). “I went to see it that very night," McGregor says of the two- bedroom, two-bath 1950s bungalow. "It ticked all the boxes: great neighborhood, great size. If she didn’t buy it, I was going to.” When assessing a space, McGregor’s practicality wins out. “I look for a good foundation, so while the house was in bad shape, it was also workable: good roof, cabinets, floors. We didn’t have to pour all the money into ripping everything out and starting from scratch.” The mother and daughter envisioned a cottage that


hearth Combining her flawless design know-how with a lifetime of shared memories, Whitney McGregor creates a warm welcoming home for her mother Chris in the Augusta Circle neighborhood.

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Whitney McGregor with her mother Chris Whitney Arthur

Arthur could use from time to time to visit the grandchildren and McGregor could utilize for studio space. But Arthur soon fell in love with Greenville and the house just felt like home. McGregor calls it the ultimate design compliment. She began with the end in mind. “I know my mom’s style so intrinsically I didn’t even really need to think about it, and I also knew her furniture,” she says, “I knew where each piece would work, what colors she likes, how the place should feel.” Practicality aside, a deeper sense of place prevailed, she confesses, rooted in her artistic upbringing. “I’m a little woo-woo about houses. To me, they have souls, personality. The cottage started out a jumble of paint colors, it cried out for simplicity and freshness,” she says. Resetting to simple whites and neutrals created an ideal backdrop for her mom’s vivid and varied art collection. Collected over travels and places she’s lived, art became even more precious when Arthur evacuated her Louisiana home before Hurricane Katrina. “When we found

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out the levees weren’t going to hold, I packed my car with the family dog, our photographs, and my art and left that day.” The rest was completely destroyed in the aftermath. McGregor sees art as an extremely personal choice, and rarely chooses pieces for her clients. Her mom is fond of fine art photography by Clyde Butcher and Alan Klug and a Nancy Hammond giclée found a spot in the new house too, and while they may be lesser-known names to some, each piece holds meaning to Arthur. “Mom’s collection is based on what she likes, they all evoke a feeling in her, and are important to her because of that,” says McGregor. The colorful pieces add interest and emotion and personality to the space, they tell a story. Arthur and her daughter know full well that a home is more than things or a building. “We moved a lot when I was little so home became this really sacred thing to me,” says McGregor. “My mom always told me ‘it’s just a house, we can make a home anywhere.’ Watching her do that again and again really had an influence on me.”


floor detail Removing the existing tile revealed the kitchen’s original pine sub floor. McGregor stenciled the planks in a darker stain creating a rug effect and subtle room division.

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An Open Armed Welcome

curb appeal A few simple exterior updates can add up to maximum charm. Here, a sharp striped awning and citrusy studded wreath welcome visitors to the 1950s cottage.

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Entering the cottage today, a trellis-like entry is papered in Great Vine Leaf (by Cole and Son). It’s muted ivy print opens into a sun-lit living room and feels as if the house embraces you with light. A widearched dining room frames French doors that lead into the back yard; the small house opens its arms wide to all who enter. McGregor refinished, repaired, and reupholstered her grandmother’s settee for the dining room. When she visits, she says it’s where she sits and it feels special to have it there. The ceiling in both the dining room and kitchen were painted a delicate green blue, Pavilion Blue (by Farrow & Ball). While a traditional cottage might seem fractured and dim, this one hits the right notes with soft textures and patterns applied to its many inviting nooks; there is a soulfulness that typically takes years to establish. Pops of yellow act as visual grace notes: the marigold print on the settee, a mixing bowl in the kitchen, the wallpaper in the main bath. A delight. McGregor didn’t shy from using some larger furnishings. “Don’t scale everything down, it’ll end up feeling like a dollhouse,” she says. “You need some items that are human-scale.” She points to the sofa. “My mom’s sofa is huge, but you wouldn’t know that because we’ve created context with the large mirror above it.” The mother and daughter have a myriad of future plans for the house. At some point, the bathroom and kitchen will require an overhaul, but while these spaces wait for their next step, design will be life-paced, giving time to listen for what the house needs. In the bath, McGregor added inverted pleated flax linen skirting to cover existing cabinetry, adding a sense of both elegance and whimsy. It’s a revelation. Skirting has become a trademark of her personal style, “I say that if my husband stood still long enough, I’d skirt him.” Block print wallpaper tricks the eye, disguising a dog leg turn into the bathroom. The pattern is Plasencia (by Gaston y Daniela), a current favorite of McGregor. The kitchen contains its own clever fixes, Whitney points out. “Knowing that we will need to completely renovate the kitchen one day, we were creative and made do. ‘Making do’ is honestly one of my favorite things,” she says. Painting, accessorizing and removing the top cabinets made the space feel fresh and on point. Horizontal shelving spans the length of the room, even


on display Artwork collected over years of travel finds a fresh backdrop against the warm whites and neutrals of the walls and trim.

Scaled Design An oversized mirror fits the bill in the living room of the cottage bungalow. McGregor says there's no reason to use small furnishings in a scaled room and one great piece or fixture can make a smaller room feel bigger.

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across the window, creating visual depth without sacrificing light. When they took up the floor to re-tile and found white pine sub floor, McGregor stenciled it herself. The bedrooms, connected by a little hall, are painted All White (by Farrow & Ball). It’s a warmer gallery white neutral that pulls this side of the cottage together, along with its hall bathroom. A guest bedroom sits at the front of the house while Arthur’s bedroom is more private, sheltered at the back, featuring a queen-sized four poster bed. You might not expect it in a smaller home, but McGregor says, “Choose pieces that you really love, and you’ll find a place for them, you can make them work. There are rules you can break.” Cleverly, ceiling fans in both rooms are white in a near match with the ceiling paint, a visual trick that makes the room feel taller. It’s a sweet spot in life for Arthur, watching her grandchildren grow up and her daughter flourishing

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within her calling. “She is going to do so much more. She doesn’t even know her full potential, but I see it all the time, everywhere. I am just beyond proud of her.” The cottage is a reflection of both what has been and what is to be. “I have Mom to thank for everything, how I view the world, my creativity, my fire and my drive to make home. Just like this project, she fully trusted me,” McGregor says. “For any kid, that’s a good start in life when you feel like your parents implicitly and fully trust your ability.” Arthur says she never had any reservation about working with her daughter as decorator. It was as it has always been, just like the Columbus days. “I trusted her completely,” she says, as her eyes sweep the living room, resting on the rescued artwork and photographs. Knowing that a house is made of replaceable things, but it’s the irreplaceable feeling of home that is set here: a generational gift, an ode to a legacy handed from mother to daughter and back again.


“My mom always told me ‘it’s just a house, we can make a home anywhere.’ Watching her do that again and again really had an influence on me.” —Whitney McGregor

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DEN Floating shelves help to section the long multi-purposed room. They feature objects and smaller paintings including a framed abstract landscape by Rachael Van Dyke and an unframed narrow one by Shellie Lewis.

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fter her daughter goes to bed, designer Taylor Johnson heads to her sunroom studio to sift through fabric swatches and images and consult paint schedules. The floor will be covered. As the owner of Taylor Johnson Interiors, she loves the messy part because she says that’s where her creativity comes from. Suddenly, a color or an object will catch her eye and become the anchor that pulls a whole room together. “I’ve always liked interior design. It lights me on fire,” Johnson says. What started as a side hustle in the summer of 2018 became her full-time business in 2020. No more time wasted doing things she didn’t love. “Once I had my daughter, I realized how precious time was.” While Johnson juggles being a design-entrepreneur with motherhood, another family, Kim and Ed Brakmann are enjoying the novelty of being empty nesters. Returning to Greenville after living in Atlanta, the Furman alums sold their family-functional 90s-era traditional home and downsized back to the Upstate. The Brakmanns bought a 2,700 square foot, 1935 bungalow off Fairview Avenue. They can walk downtown or sit in their bright and airy three-bedroom home filled with less stuff, but more character. It's a new lifestyle for the Brakmanns. “We’ve never done anything like this before,” says Ed. For years, they were in go-mode, with furniture pieces and a decorating style selected around the needs of raising two daughters. They knew they wanted to invest more in interior design but didn’t know where to start. Then Kim discovered Johnson on Instagram, “She seemed to use a lot of clients’ existing furniture but had some really updated looks.” The Brakmanns sprung for a “decorator for a day” service and quickly realized Johnson was the resource their home needed. It started with a simple questionnaire, including things like ‘what colors do you like?’ and ‘are you an animal print person?’ For the record, Kim marked ‘no’ for animal prints, but ended up with some in the final design, an element today she really enjoys. The Brakmanns had hired Josh Carter of Oasis Custom Homes to make some renovations; he opened up the kitchen and added some cabinetry. Carter also updated the master bath, added bookshelves and more cabinets in the dining room and refinished the hardwood floors. The home’s previous owners were a family with kids. While the house had great bones, it needed cosmetic change to feel fresh and updated. For once, practicality could go out the picture windows; it was time to prioritize aesthetics. A powder room off the kitchen was eliminated. Johnson suggested excising the heavy legs of the kitchen island, extending its countertop and adding contrasting paint (Wolf Gray by Benjamin Moore). She then turned her expert eye to plan paint colors for the rest of the home. “Usually when you’re decorating, paint comes last, but they wanted to get move-in ready, so we used paint as a baseline,” she says. The initial two-hour consult evolved into a multi-stage design/ build plan with full participation of designer, contractor and

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KITCHEN The island's heav y legs were truncated for corbels and the countertop was extended for casual dining. It 's a room open to much of the home and is purposefully neat grounded by good design elements.

THE HOMEOWNERS PURCHASED THIS LIGHT FIXTURE AND THEIR DESIGNER CALLS IT "GREAT LOOKING ."

THOUGH NAMED WOLF GREY (BY BENJAMIN MOORE), THIS BLUE-LEANING HUE WAS JUST THE RIGHT COLOR .

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[FROM LEFT TO RIGHT] DESIGNER TAYLOR JOHNSON , HOMEOWNER KIM BR AKMANN AND HER PUP SAW YER , ART CONSULTANT EVERETT KING WALDREP.

homeowners. “We wanted this to reflect us. It was a fun project,” says the couple adding that Johnson’s warm and friendly demeaner makes her especially easy to work with. The living room holds just two yellow upholstered chairs and a circular ottoman in front of the fireplace. “Some people would say, yellow chairs that’s too much,” says Johnson, using it as an example of something the couple wouldn’t have chosen on their own, but now embrace. While the Brakmanns were excited to start fresh, a few sentimental pieces remain such as the antique chest of drawers in the living room, a fifth-generation family heirloom. Johnson believes that part of client-centered home design is taking what people love and elevating it. The dimensions of a family den proved challenging-- the room is long and narrow, and a previous owner raised the ceiling height to nearly double the rest of the home-- but maneuvering cardboard cutouts of furnishings on the floor revealed the best arrangement. The solution was scale and performance; two high-backed swivel chairs were selected for either side of an ideally sized couch and everything was upholstered in performance fabrics, durable enough for the Brakmann’s dog, Sawyer, to hop on and off. “You can do that today and with really gorgeous fabrics. I want to make houses that are everyone proof,” Johnson says. It was at this point that Johnson called in Everett King Waldrep, owner of King Consulting, to curate a collection of local art for the Brakkmann’s new aesthetic. “She is so knowledgeable of the artists in Greenville,” says Johnson. “She lives and breathes local art.”

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LI V I NG ROOM Quality and simplicity shine through in a room carefully planned by designer Taylor Johnson for right-sized living. Family antiques are the feature, complimented by art and just two especially comfortable upholstered chairs.

FLUSH MOUNT FIXTURE FROM GALLERY OF LIGHTING .

A COMMISSIONED QUAD OF JEAN WILSON FREEMAN 'S GOTHIC FLOR ALS.


PAIR OF FR AMED NUDES BY ARTIST KRISTINA BLAKENEY AND CUSTOM PILLOW IN HAND -DYED LINEN BY KUK A .


POTTERY BY DARIN GEHRKE . THE LARGER GROUPING (OF WHITE VASES OPPOSITE) IS ALSO BY THE CER AMIC ARTIST.

H OM E + A RT JEAN WILSON FREEMAN JOSEPH BR ADLEY Joseph Bradley has gone from growing up in a 150-year-old ramshackle farmhouse in South Carolina to becoming a nationally recognized artist. His oil paintings can contain as many as thirt y layers. Waldrep helped the Brakmanns to add one of Bradley ’s large bird paintings over their living room fireplace. It was obtained via the Shain Galler y.

LAURIE BUCK Three large canvases in the home are by Laurie Buck who works in her 19th-centur y Greenville boarding house turned galler y and studios. Buck ’s bright, soothing works reflect beaut y, the joy of creation, and always aim to please the eye.

Jean Wilson Freeman has been making art her entire life. A set of four Freeman charcoals were commissioned for this home. This unique partnership enabled the Brakmanns to have colorful new art that complimented the rest of the room. These works contain Freeman’s signature botanical images, a subject she tries to draw ever y day.

DARIN GEHRKE In addition to the paintings, there are several white and blue ceramic pieces in the home from Greenville artist, Darin Gehrke. Celebrated for his handmade potter y, Gehrke’s work is always striking and functional. He is inspired by the interaction bet ween people and handmade objects.

CHEYENNE TRUNNELL There is a peace found in the play of light in nature. That is the essence that Asheville painter Cheyenne Trunnell tries to capture in ever y painting. Her ethereal work helps to make a home feel like an intentional sanctuar y; when you see the Trunnell painting hanging over the bed in the Brakmanns bedroom, a sense of peace and calm are exactly the emotions evoked.

JESSICA RUTH FREEDMAN Two pieces by Jessica Ruth Freedman hang above a pedestal in one of the bathrooms. Freedman is a contemporar y painter who works in acr ylic, ink, and mixed media. Her florals are inspired by images she takes while traveling— filtered through her own abstract, jazzy flourishes.

MARY LEKOSHERE A Mar y Lekoshere painting, hung in one of the Brakmanns bathrooms, is called “ Woman on the Beach, the Sand may be Hot.” A Greenville native, Lekoshere’s work attempts to stir the viewer by capturing the beaut y of the human experience in a tangible image.

R ACHEL VAN DYKE An abstract landscape painter in mid-career, Rachel Van Dyke uses an ever-expanding color palette as a visual language to express land, traditions, and people.

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DI N I NG ROOM The Brakmann's wanted to keep their dining room casual but still have planned seating. A round table and six chairs fit the bill with a fiber rug underfoot .

THIS WIDE ARCH IS ORIGINAL TO THE HOME .


Waldrep is the daughter of a builder and a curator. As a child she would walk around the Columbus Museum of Art after school and have conversations with the staff, “It was one of the most special moments growing up,” Waldrep says of her childhood in Georgia. She worked in marketing and sales for pharmaceutical compounding, but three years ago the timing felt right to segue her art consultation into a full-time career. “I found such joy and excitement every time I thought about a piece of original art going into someone’s house,” she says. Waldrep visited the project and met the Brakmanns. She emailed them photos taken from gallery and studio visits of local artists and brought several different styles of paintings for the couple to experience. Ed liked the abstracts. Kim leaned toward florals. “This is where it gets fun for me,” Waldrep says, “I tell the homeowners, don’t give me too much feedback. Marinate on each piece and then let’s talk about it.” Waldrep describes the Brakmanns as easy-going and their home as a light-filled and joyful space under Johnson’s tutelage. “I wanted to carry that onto the walls as well,” she says. They looked at the art together. Waldrep has learned to watch clients’ facial expressions; when they smile, she knows she’s found the right piece. She believes what goes on the walls of a home can make everything come alive. Waldrep also selected pillows for the family room’s wingback chairs by textile artist Teresa Roche and ceramics by Darin Gehrke that are peppered throughout the home. Ultimately, some rooms feature work by as many as eight regional artists. Several existing pieces found their way into the collection as well, including two watercolor prints that Kim gave Ed as a wedding gift and a pair of Japanese prints that had belonged to his grandmother. “With reframing and rematting she pulled them into the aesthetic we were going for,” Ed says. As Johnson began the finishing stage of design, centered around the art procured by Waldrep, she pulled in hardware, draperies and fabrics to compliment statement pieces by each local artist. “Working together was organic. We communicated a ton. We were very respectful of each other’s jobs and purpose,” Johnson says. Taking time to layer each room in stages allowed for serendipity. At Everett’s suggestion, the Brakmanns commissioned Jean Wilson Freeman for a quad of watercolor and graphite on paper florals in stylized bamboo gilt for the living room. They would frame the antique bow-front chest and complement a large oil painting of birds by Joseph Bradley hung over the fireplace. Waldrep felt these were apt acquisitions for the front facing room. “After a long day, I want my clients to sit down and stare at artfilled walls and know that there are stories, emotions and connections between each piece.” Waldrep says. The Brakmanns also met artist Laurie Buck at her studio and purchased two vibrant works in blue that hang on either side of the large dining room window. A third painting of Buck’s, 60-inches tall, is the star of the family room, installed over the couch. “It tied everything together,” Johnson says, who incorporated floating shelves to the left of this, a design element Waldrep likes. “It gives division to the room and makes each spot its own cozy area.”

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36X36 INCH OIL OF GOLDFINCHES BY JOSEPH BR ADLEY.


E N S U I T E B AT H No room was left untouched by the eye of art consultant , Everett King Waldrep. The painting is by Mary Lekoshere called “ Woman on the Beach, the Sand may be Hot .”


THE PAINTING BY MARLISE NEWMAN ADDS DARK CONTR AST TO THE HOME'S COLLECTED ART.

The final room they worked on together was the Brakmann’s bedroom. Johnson employed calm greens in the room with bed pillows and window dressing. They wanted something special for over the bed. Waldrep found a painting by Asheville-based artist Cheyenne Trunnell, known for creating ethereal landscapes. The Brakmanns wondered if it should hang in a higher traffic area, but Waldrep interjected. “This is your special quiet place, you go to bed looking at this painting, you wake up looking at this painting,” she says. “It brings you peace and calm. This is the right place for this piece.” The joyous interworking of designer, curator and client was a hard project to bid goodbye. As they prepped for commercial photographer Emily Bolt to capture the completed home, Waldrep recalls texting Johnson: This photo shoot means we are wrapped with this project. The Brakmanns consider the cadre of experts, new friends. “These are bright, talented people,” Ed says of Carter, Johnson and Waldrep. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed. “I’m on a weekly Zoom meeting with a Bible study and one of the participants wanted to know who my decorator was, she could see my background. I thought, I need to be going to different rooms to show off more of the house,” Kim says. Most importantly, the Brakmanns love their new lifestyle. They were challenged to get out of their comfort zone, be more intentional with the home design and in doing so, discovered more about themselves. Kim says, “It feels like it’s us. That’s a great way to have it end up.”

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A WIDER PAINTING , BY ASHEVILLE ARTIST CHEYENNE TRUNNELL , WAS A SOUGHT AFTER STATEMENT PEACE TO HANG OVER THE BED.

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idday dining seems surmountable with time and quality recipes at hand. We asked Fork and Plough’s Chef Shawn Kelly to jump in on our latest preoccupation: brunch planned around beer. The Overbrook spot has become an epicenter for Greenville’s brunch set and coupling the farm-centered fare with the shenanigans of The Eighth State Brewing Company seemed like a pairing worth writing about. We asked the chef to work in reverse, first tasting four small batch beers and a seltzer by Eighth State. “I worked to create dishes that I thought would be complimentary and of the season,” he says. The menu bends classic brunch offerings into a crave-worthy affair, and a rainbow of craft beer alongside them just adds to the fun.

Beer & Brunch Lazeretto, a citrus orange 5.2% mixed fermentation sour ale, for Tuna Crudo with Deviled Egg Dressing Tuna crudo is fresh and clean on the palate until the rush of deviled egg and avocado mousse kick in. Lazeretto is a sour fruited with pineapple, guava, lemon, lime, kiwi, apricot, coriander and paradise seeds; its complexity is somewhat obscured by its happy nose, making it an apt first beverage of the day. “The Lazeretto has a great acidity that raw fish just craves,” says Kelly. Fauconnerie, a deep russet 13.2% American imperial stout, for XL Cinnamon Rolls Massive scratch-made cinnamon rolls deserve an equally impressive stout. Fauconnerie is a high-ABV peanut butter stout beloved for its coconut notes and buttery goodness, matching the bliss of a frosted cinnamon roll stride-for-stride. One Day, a pale blue 5.1% raspberry lemonade seltzer, for Pork Belly Biscuit Eggs Benedict Eggs Benedict gets a farmhouse makeover with biscuits and a slab of pork belly. “The electric blue of the seltzer will cut right through the fattiness of the pork and the hollandaise,” says Kelly. The hard seltzer with its celestial color is made with macerated lemon and its zest, hints of orange and blue curaçao and blue raspberry Kool Aid. Forgotten, a vibrant fuchsia 5.4% mixed fermentation sour ale, for Yuzu Crème Brulee Chef calls The Forgotten his favorite beer of the bunch, “It has this wonderful citrus thing going on that will be matched by the yuzu and equally balanced by the creamy custard.”

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Drink Craft Beer with Brunch THE EIGHTH STATE BREWING COMPANY PRODUCES IRREVERENTLY IMPRESSIVE SUDS, PERFECT FOR THE DAYTIME MASH-UP WE CALL BRUNCH. A flight at The Eighth State Brewing Company, in the original Claussen Bakery building at 400 Augusta St., may come as a bit of surprise if you’ve never been. Their small batch beer pours in an array of vibrant colors-- from green to gold, peach to magenta, blush to amethyst-- but their punchy vibe doesn’t belie the craft in what they produce. “Our goal is to try to be unique but also have some finesse,” says Cameron Owen. “Being raised in the ‘90s, I liked the art that was super bright and florescent so professionally it was about pigmenting but in a natural way, using different kinds of ingredients to do it.” Available on tap and in bottles and crowlers, many Eighth State offerings are scooped up in limited release, but if you find a favorite there will likely be a fresh spin on it in the near future. “We focus on styles of beer, instead of a specific beer. We work really hard to refine a style but to also change it up so it’s not redundant,” says Owen. Beer critic, blogger Alex Kidd agreed; he named The Eighth State Brewing Company one of his top three breweries just a year ago, calling the producer “plucky” and their catalog “consistently well done.” With a profile that’s more than just grain and yeast, we think Eighth State feels more aligned with what you’d want to wake up and drink. Similar to the ubiquitous mimosa, fruited ales and peanut butter stouts are built to compliment the gravy, sauces and frosting of brunch, aka the best meal of the weekend.


Fork & Plough Cinnamon Roll For the dough: ¾ cup warm milk (110 degrees F) 2 ¼ tsp active yeast ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 Tbsp molasses or honey 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted 3 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting 3/4 tsp salt For the filling: 2/3 cup brown sugar 1 ½ Tbsp ground cinnamon ¼ cup butter, softened For the cream cheese frosting: 4 oz cream cheese, softened 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened ¾ cup powdered sugar ½ tsp vanilla extract WARM milk to around 110 degrees.

Transfer warm milk to the bowl of an electric mixer and sprinkle yeast on top. Add molasses or honey with the sugar, egg, egg yolk and melted butter. Mix until well combined. Next stir in flour and salt with a wooden spoon until a dough begins to form.

PLACE dough hook on stand mixer and

knead dough on medium speed for 8 minutes. Dough should form into a nice ball and be slightly sticky. If it's too sticky, add a little more flour.

TRANSFER dough ball to a well-oiled

bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a warm towel. Place in a warm spot. Allow dough to rise for 1 hour to 1 ½ hours, or until doubled in size.

AFTER dough has doubled in size,

transfer dough to a well-floured surface and roll out into a 14x9 inch rectangle. Spread softened butter over dough, leaving a ¼ inch margin at the far side of the dough.

IN A SMALL BOWL , mix together brown sugar and cinnamon. Use your hands to sprinkle mixture over the buttered dough, then rub the brown sugar mixture into the butter. TIGHTLY ROLL dough up, starting from

the 9-inch side and place seam side down making sure to seal the edges.

CUT into 1-inch sections with a serrated

knife. You should get 9 large pieces.

PLACE cinnamon rolls in a greased 9x9 inch baking pan or round 9-inch cake pan (I also recommend lining the pan with parchment paper as well, in case any of the filling ends up leaking out). Cover with plastic wrap and a warm towel and let rise again for 30-45 minutes. PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Remove

plastic wrap and towel and bake cinnamon rolls for 20-25 minutes or until just slightly golden brown on the edges, you want an internal temp of 190 degrees. Allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes before frosting. To make the frosting: IN THE BOWL of an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Spread over cinnamon rolls and serve immediately.

Tuna Crudo Deviled Egg Dressing 6 cornichons, chopped 1/3 cup olive oil 2 Tbsp champagne vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped drained capers 1 Tbsp whole grain mustard Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper to taste 3 hard boiled eggs coarsely chopped 2 Tbsp chopped herbs (such as tarragon and parsley) WHISK cornichons, oil, vinegar, capers, and mustard in a small bowl to emulsify; season with salt and pepper. Gently mix eggs and herbs into dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

Avocado Mousse 2 avocados 3 pinches salt Juice of 1 lime 1 small pinch cayenne PUT ALL INGREDIENTS in food processor

and blend until smooth. Place in Ziplock bag with all air removed.

THINLY SLICE super fresh cherry red tuna and place on plate. Spoon room temperature dressing over the tuna. Cut a corner off the piping bag and pipe mousse around the tuna. Finally garnish with sliced radish, chopped cilantro or other little veggies of the season.

Yuzu Crème Brûlée

6 egg yolks 1/2 cup (100grams) sugar 2 cups heavy cream For the citrus mixture: 1 cup boiling water 1 cup sugar 3 green tea bags ¼ cup frozen yuzu puree, defrosted (of course fresh can be substituted, if you can find it) For the garnish: Supremes of 2 each grapefruit and orange TO MAKE the citrus mixture, bring water

and sugar to boil. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. When cool, remove tea bags and add the yuzu puree. Stir to incorporate.

IN A LARGE BOWL , whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until pale and thick (3-4 minutes). Reserve. MEANWHILE , place the cream in a

medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Add the citrus mixture. When this is hot, slowly pour it over the reserved egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly to prevent the yolks from curdling.

PREHEAT the oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees if using convection). Place 6-8 ramekins, depending on size, in a deep baking pan. Set aside. POUR the mixture into a 3-4 cup

measuring container, preferably with a spout as it makes it much easier to pour. Pour into the ramekins until about ¼ to ½ inch from the rim. Place the baking pan in the oven and pour enough hot water to reach about halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before removing the ramekins from the pan.

REFRIGERATE until completely cold.

When ready to serve, sprinkle each crème brûlée with one tablespoon of sugar and caramelize the tops with a blow torch. Garnish with citrus supremes.

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Antica Terra Ceras Pinot Noir, $128

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Luginbill suggests pairing this with roasted split chicken or grilled duck breast.

et’s face it: many people are easily overwhelmed when choosing a wine. Most wine stores have a daunting selection that can challenge even a seasoned wine drinker. Nathan Luginbill, a certified sommelier, and his business partner Nolan Merritt, an avid wine collector, understand this. When the two opened Wine House in 2019, a key goal was to offer a carefully curated list of highquality wines at various price points that could be enjoyed in the store or at home. And, with warmer weather upon us, the outdoor patio is an excellent option, especially for enjoying lighter red wines, which are perfectly suited for spring. Luginbill recently took the time to share five of his favorite lighter reds that are ideal for warm days and cool nights, and that pair well with a variety of seasonal dishes.

The 11-acre organically farmed vineyard is located on a prehistoric seabed in the EolaAmity Hills appellation, forcing the vines to struggle, without topsoil, atop a mixture of sandstone sown with 40-million-year-old marine fossils. Production, as you would expect, is very limited. “One very cool aspect of the winemaking at the winery is they blend all their wines blind, which create wines that will vary from year to year,” Luginbill says. “That is what is exciting to me.”

Justin Dutraive Fleurie La Madone, $117 (1.5-liter magnum)

THIS FRENCH WINE, MADE FROM GRAPES HARVESTED FROM 90-YEAR-OLD VINES, WOULD BE A GREAT OPTION.

Pair it with grilled salmon, octopus or burgers, or wood-fired pizza.

Winemaker Justin Dutraive made his first vintage in 2015 after leasing a small plot of land near the village of Fleurie. Expect a lighter wine, aromas of raspberries, spice and cherries, and flavors of bright fruit anchored by a smooth, tannic finish. “Everyone needs a magnum of gamay around when spring and warmer weather is approaching,” Luginbill says. “I look for lower-alcohol reds when drinking in warmer weather.”

Garcia Georgieva Finca los Quemados Claret, $42

THOUGH IT LOOKS DARKER THAN MANY CLARETS, THIS SPANISH TEMPRANILLO IS A FULL-BODIED WINE THAT DOESN’T EXHIBIT BIG TANNINS, SO IT IS A SOLID CHOICE FOR SPRING WEATHER.

Lamb chops, charcuterie or venison would be Luginbill’s recommended pairing. This naturally made wine sources grapes from very old vines and is matured in old French barrels. Expect a very clean nose, with dark fruit, floral notes, minerality and good acidity on the palate. The winemaker’s notes call this wine “very reminiscent of a French pinot noir,” so it should work well both alone and paired with a variety of dishes.

La Collina Rosa Luna Lambrusco, $23

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Serve this by itself, or preferably with appetizers such as charcuterie with plenty of prosciutto. This agricultural co-op, founded in 1975, cultivates fruits, vegetables, grains, livestock, bees, dairy for cheese, and, of course, wine. This wine is fermented in stainless steel for a very traditional and precise Lambrusco. Expect this lightly sparkling red to be fresh and fruit forward with good acidity. This is a highly drinkable wine that is perfect for spring. “There’s nothing like some great Lambrusco for springtime,” Luginbill says. “Juicy, fresh and just tasty bubbles.”

Les Enfants Sauvages Bouche Bee Rouge, $32

THIS MOURVEDRE IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL MOURVEDRE IN MANY WAYS.

This French wine can stand up to heavier dishes, so pair it with ribs, barbecue or sausage pizza. For starters, while some can have high alcohol levels, the Bouche Bee is about 12.5%. It also is not heavily tannic, as some wines made from this varietal can be. Instead, it’s bright, with lots of crisp fruit. No oak is used during fermentation. “It’s mourvedre in a different light,” Luginbill says. The wine is made organically and biodynamically, and the grapes are hand harvested. Only 250 cases are produced.

Get them: Visit www.winehousegvl.com

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Sowing Seeds Pine nuts add dimension to spring fare. / by Jonathan Ammons / photography by Eli Warren

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o you ever pass a jar on the shelf in the grocery store, and wonder just what it is that makes pine nuts worth their weight in gold? These little explosions of flavor can be costly— they can run as high as $35 per pound—and yet, they seem to be in every dialect of food, from every continent. It seems that the simple seed has become both a delicacy and a staple of modern cuisine. Pine nuts—as one might assume— come from pinecones, which grow on pine trees. An ancient source of protein for hunter-gatherer tribes of lore around the world, pine nuts can be gathered wherever pine trees grow, and they have a deep history in nearly every region of the world, although most of the pine nuts that we buy in the supermarket come from just 20 different species of pine tree. In fact, to this day, most companies that distribute pine nuts do not farm them, rather, they are wild harvested. Additionally, consider that it can take up to 24 months for a single pinecone to reach maturity and be ripe enough for picking, and the nearly four year gestation period for a tree to even produce a pine cone, and increasing global temperatures make it even harder for trees to produce cones. So, the rarity and speciality of such a supple ingredient starts to make a little more sense.

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High in vitamin K and E, and with a distinct and pungent flavor, the pine nut has become a fixture in Italian, Latin, and European foods in sauces like pesto, but it also pops up in Native American dishes, northern Asian cuisines, and is a mainstay in Levant foods of the Middle East. Most of us have a dusty jar with just a spoonful of pine nuts lingering in our cabinet somewhere from the last time we decided to make pesto. But it is important to know how to handle these little nuggets of gold, lest we waste their value. Remember that a pine nut, like any kind of nut, can spoil and go bad relatively quickly, within a few months of purchase. Also, be sure to toast your pine nuts before using them. This will help prevent the dreaded Pine Tongue— a malady that befalls some consumers that can leave them tasting a piney metallic taste in their mouth for everything they eat and drink! The jury is still out on what causes pine tongue, but the risk greatly diminishes when the nuts are cooked. As playful in desserts as they are in savory foods, pine nuts make a great addition to salads and fruits, but also play just as well in minced meat dishes like kibbeh, skewered and grilled, or as a decadent garnish for grilled vegetables, tossed with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

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Broccoli Pesto 1/2 cup broccoli, coarsely chopped ½ cup fresh parsley (stems removed) ½ cup fresh basil 2-4 cloves garlic ¼ -½ cup toasted pine nuts ½ cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese Olive oil, to texture Salt and pepper, to taste Method: Start by blanching the broccoli in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, enough to soften the leaves, but not cook through. Add everything but the salt, pepper, and oil to a food processor and pulse to coarsely chop. Mix in olive oil, salt, and pepper to season, and puree until a paste forms. Add olive oil in stages to ensure a nice, velvety texture, but be careful not to add too much, so that it doesn’t become greasy. Exact measurements on the oil isn’t really possible in a recipe like this, as the size and girth of the leaves may vary, so eyeball it, and use caution. I wouldn’t use more than ½ of a cup.

2 cups pine nuts 2 cups of all purpose flour ¼ cup Turbinado or Demerara sugar ½ tsp salt ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 stick of room temperature unsalted butter Confectioners sugar for garnish Method: Start by toasting your pine nuts in a pan over medium high heat, stirring or tossing regularly until they begin to darken. Set aside. Cube butter and add to a bowl along with the vanilla extract and sugar. Mix until a cream forms. Add flour, salt, and pine nuts, and mix until a batter forms. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 45-60 minutes, until the batter is cold to the touch. Using a spoon for measurement, form and shape 1-1½” pillows from the dough, flattening the bottom of each with the palm of your hand. They should be shaped like little boulders. Add to a buttered baking sheet, spaced apart by several inches, and place in a 350 degree oven for 20-23 minutes. Remove and allow to cool, tossing in the confectioners sugar until coated on all sides.

Toss with pasta, use as a sauce for vegetables, or even a stuffing for scratch made ravioli. This pesto actually freezes remarkably well, so feel free to bag it up and freeze whatever is left over.

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Love in the Time of Covid A determined couple faced-off against the pandemic. / by Lynn Greenlaw / photography by Toni Bouton

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erah Sowinski, a marriage and family therapist, and Daniel York, a personal trainer, high school baseball coach and a commercial real estate development associate, met (to no one’s surprise) at the gym. After a three-year friendship, which included some missed opportunities to change that status, Daniel finally got up the nerve to ask Jerah out. She said yes and that’s when our story begins. Daniel unexpectedly proposed during an outing to Biltmore. They began to plan for a lovely wedding at the Greenville Country Club to take place during the spring of 2020. Jarah even found the perfect gown at The White Magnolia Bridal. Starting a year in advance, all of their well

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thought out plans were ticking along nicely until Covid-19 raised its ugly head, causing them to regroup. They took a step back and thought, what could be done to bring some joy out of this situation? All they really wanted was to become husband and wife as soon as possible. Because of limitations on the amount of people they would be able to have in attendance, including three of Jerah’s best friends who live in California and couldn’t travel, and the need to have a primarily outdoor setting, they decided to have an at home wedding in the beautiful backyard of Jerah’s parents, Bob and Vicki Sowinski on McDaniel Avenue. Vicki sprang into action to secure the necessary needs for the day: flowers by Elements of Nature, dinner by Jan Steele Catering and drinks by Harry Peeden Bartending, wedding cake by Patty’s Cakes by Patricia, music by The Mulfinger Quartet, seating and linens and other needs by Event Rentals of Spartanburg, videography by Made Wedding Films. Several of the providers stepped in at the last minute to help the couple achieve their goal. Those who were able to attend shared a uniquely beautiful experience with Jerah and Daniel. Some of those who couldn’t be there for the ceremony but wanted to wish the couple well found a way to take part too; they formed a surprise drive-by parade as the bride and groom walked down the front walkway with sparklers. Jerah and Daniel are proof that even in the midst of a pandemic, love won’t wait.

For those who had to miss the ceremony, a drive-by method of celebration worked just fine.

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A Dog’s Day Too Boone, a Bernese Mountain dog, had been with Jerah for six years. He served as her beloved companion and also as part of her private practice as a therapy dog. Just months before the wedding, he was treated for a cancerous leg tumor. Sadly, Boone passed away only 18 days after the wedding. “Boone is another reason why we could never imagine having our wedding any other way than what occurred because it was so important that Boone was able to be there with us,” says Jerah. Boone’s devotion will long live in the memories and photos of the joyous day.

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hough I rarely pull out my china, porcelain for tabletop is a whole other story. Decorative pieces on a desk, grouped on a side table or sitting atop a couple of books can add a layer of personal style. And, the classic élan that a piece of Herend brings is unmistakable. The renowned Hungarian manufacturer is notable for designing dinnerware for Queen Victoria. Early china patterns resemble those of Sevres and Meissen, but it’s the figurines introduced to the marketplace in Europe as early as 1858 (and to the US consumer around 1957) that have, of late, re-captured the imagination of southern collectors. Herend named their signature check-like pattern “fishnet.” One of the craftsmen created it in the mid-1800s after taking note of a Chinese porcelain plate with a fish scale design. It was first applied to the breast of a rooster figurine, hoping to mimic movement in its feathers. Today, Herend is Europe’s largest porcelain manufacturer. Its figurines make up a significant portion of sales, especially in the gift category, and in the US demand for animals with the applied fishnet design has reached an all-time high. The tabletop figures are hard-paste porcelain and each one is hand painted. Newer offerings include modern motifs, such as sand dollars and rainboots, as well as variations of their most popular animals: bunnies and bears. It’s the fishnet pattern that changes the figure’s color; most are available in all nine colorways including two best-selling blue variations and the original black, as well as a signature pink named “raspberry” and a yellow hue called “butterscotch.” New pieces can be purchased or ordered through an authorized Herend retailer; the Upstate has two, Hale’s Jewelers in Greenville and Stafford Jewelers in Spartanburg. Pricing ranges from $150 to about $500 per piece, solidly making a Herend figure an heirloom quality gift. The resell market for Herend’s tabletop objects is on fire; figurines sell closer to retail pricing than any of their competing luxury gifts, including items made by Tiffany, Limoges and Lalique, and vintage pieces marked with older hallmarks can sell for much more. A gift of good taste never goes out of style and a grouping of Herend animals can capture the spirit of the season at a glance.

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Dabney Peeples Design Associates, Inc.����������������������������������������������������������������������� 48 Jeff Lynch����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 29 Jordan Lumber Company����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������78 Kevin Culhan Architect, LLC�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������18 Melange a diverse artistic collection����������������������������������������������������������������������������������100 MHK Architecture & Planning �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������101 Modern Real Estate Consultants����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 20 Nandia home & design ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 26 Old Colony Furniture ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Inside Back Pacific Shore Stones��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������108 Pelham Architects����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������78 Platt �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������15 ProSource����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 17 Ridgeline Construction Group, Inc.����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������77 Rozelle Stone������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 45 Sallé Galloway������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 11 Star Granite Interiors��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 114 Stoneledge Luxury Homes ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Back Cover The Heirloom Companies���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������31 Tindall Architecture Workshop������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������104 Two Men and a Truck������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 119 Verdae Development �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������13

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NEW HOME CATEGORY in the price range of 3,000,000 - 3,999,999 Gabriel Builders The Robinson Home gabrielbuilders.com

NEW HOME CATEGORY in the price range of 2,500,000 - 2,999,999 Stoneledge Luxury Homes The Bailey Home stoneledgeproperies.com

NEW HOME CATEGORY in the price range of 2,000,000 - 2,499,999 Fairview Custom Homes The Mulberry Modern fairviewllc.com

NEW HOME CATEGORY in the price range of 850,000 - 999,999 Alair Homes/Clemson The Vista Pointe home alairhomes.com/clemson

REMODEL CATEGORY in the price range of 400,000 - 499,999 Heritage Custom Builders The Lanneau Drive home heritagecustombuilder.com

REMODEL CATEGORY in the price range of 100,000. - 100,999 Daniel Builders The Zampogna Home danielbuilders.com

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P H OTO G R A P H Y P R OV I D E D

Congratulations are in order to some of the Upstate’s award-winning builders. Each year, the Home Builders Association of South Carolina picks winners in targeted categories, and for 2020 that included several of our local builders. All those listed were presented Pinnacle Awards (many not for the first time) for their excellent work on either new home construction or remodel projects.


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