At Home Summer 2017

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A Magazine for Upstate Living

Summer 2017

A MODERN MIX From contemporary architecture and artwork, to avant-garde menus and makeovers. The future is now.

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BERRY GOOD. The elegant simplicity of a homemade pie in an outdoor setting is art in motion. (See story page 131.)

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CONTENTS Summer 2017: the modern-living issue



ROOMS TO ROAM Two designers take on a dated farmhouse and transform it into an inspiring home space.


THE LONG VIEW A design-build on Lake Keowee elevates modern elegance through customization.


HITTING A HOME RUN Jen and Alan Spilker's Roper Mountain Roadarea home invites life, inside and out. 8. THRESHOLD 16. NOTES FROM HOME

The Collection: items and ideas to inspire 22. IN BLOOM Great garlands 24. SAVE THESE DATES A summertime calendar 26. OFF THE SHELF Catch these cookbooks 30. ASKED & ANSWERED Home organization 32. GO PRO Designing woman Carey Taylor 36. STYLE SPOTTER Blues in view 39. PANTONE Bold color by Boho Style blogger 41. DETOURS Aiken, S.C., shopping

InnerCella: home and décor, explored

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45. SECOND HOME ESCAPES Mountain modern 50. H2-OH! A stand-out DIY pool and patio 54. OPEN TABLE No place like home 57. NOOKS The neglected pantry 62. FILAMENT Hanging lights go luxe

Modus: methods for home and life 112. DRINK Pitcher drinks = party time 120. TRIFECTA Bookshelves three ways 127. GREEN LIVING Container gardens 131. IN GOOD TASTE Summer pie social 140. MATRIMONY Hopkins-Newton vows 144. TECHNOPHILE Battery-powered lawn tools 148. INNOVATIVE DESIGN Narrow architecture 152. SHOP Resources and advertisers' Index 156. BEHIND THE WALL Historic Wilkins house On our cover: A Piedmont farmhouse gets a room-by-room renovation, and the result is a crisp, charming style that perfectly suits its design-minded owners. Photo by Rebecca Lehde

"There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for." —Milton Glaser 14 _ at Home

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Notes From Home

“The earth laughs in flowers” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

h Summer! It certainly has an abundance of flowers, and you can always hear the laughter of children at play during this season. You can also see that some laughter ensued while shooting the photo on this page at the farm of one of our featured homes. What delightful fun it was to feed the dwarf goats and try, unsuccessfully, to get them to stay calm and to stay down. Fortunately, my clothing was washable. We have three outstanding homes that are so very unique and exquisitely represent the dreams of their owners. The farm is a labor of love for two very creative fellows who had a boundless vision for not only the home, but also the surrounding property. I can’t wait to see how a portion of their acreage develops into a flower-cutting farm. The owners of a lovely home at The Reserve on Lake Keowee wanted a place to settle after many years spent in and out of the country. A place where their grown children and grandchildren would choose to visit often with plenty of amenities to keep them active. You’ll surely agree that they have achieved that dream. Then there’s the couple that didn’t plan to have more than two or three acres and ended up with seven. Plus they went from an historic home in St. Louis to a new build that echoes the exterior of a famous actor’s California home they admired. Plenty of covered porch space allows for the outdoor living they desired for themselves and their two treasured dogs. We have garlands of blooms to inspire your creativity for floral decorating. Reviews of cookbooks for at home and at the beach. Some refreshing pitcher drinks to share with your guests and some delectable pies to accompany them. Places to shop while traveling to or near Aiken, and some colors to inspire decorating your abode. An additional, very special feature includes another farm. This one is an historic farm that has been home to the Hopkins family since 1834. We are fortunate to be able to highlight the wedding of the Hopkins’ daughter. Please enjoy these articles and all the rest that grace the pages of our summer issue. We’ll look forward to bringing you more in September.

Lynn Greenlaw Editor-in-Chief

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Items and ideas to inspire

The Collection

PG. 22 _ In Bloom: Garlands _ PG. 24 Calendar: Save These Dates

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Cookbooks That Sizzle PG. 30 _ Asked & Answered PG. 32 _ Go Pro: Carey Taylor

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Style Spotter: Blue in View PG. 39 _ Pantone: Boho Chic PG. 41 _ Detours: Aiken, S.C.


Buds. Bottled.

This is not your grandmother's flower garland — a refresh for bundling blossoms around your summer table. SEE THE STORY, PAGE 22

Bud vases and vintage glass bottles create a modified floral garland, highlighting the beauty of each bloom and creating a wall of color.


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The Collection

Beyond the Vine

Practice makes perfect: Hone your design style with a decorative, hanging garland this season /by Suzie Bunn /photos by Levi Monday

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In Bloom: florals and more The Collection



If you are a creative person, then chances are your friends always put you in charge of “crafty tasks”— like tiling their backsplash, or telling them where their new staghorn fern should go (and then hanging it for them). They say to you, “I’m just not that creative. I need your eye.” But, you see, we are all naturally creative, and for the most part the old adage is true: Practice really does make perfect. The longer you study something, the better you get at it; the more tools you accumulate to perfect the process. There are two things to practice when thinking creatively: your source of inspiration and your strategy. Inspiration: Why am I doing this? You need this catalyst to get your wheels turning and to start thinking of ways to execute the project. Strategy: What’s in my tool box that can be used for this project? Think about who might have skills you don’t have to help you complete a project, and also consider the steps involved and what materials you need to source. The more you practice this inspire-strategize design cycle, the better you will become at it. You’ll acquire more tools to get the job done faster and more efficiently. You’ll become skilled at using those tools, and you will build muscle memory — you’ll know where to look for things that you didn’t even know existed before!

How to create a hanging garland Since inspiration is the most essential element to the design cycle, let this project inspire you to host a festive outdoor dinner party this summer. Think of a reason to celebrate! (There are so many.) Your children will be home visiting from college. Your best friend just had a new baby and you want to host them for a relaxing dinner. You are young and new to town, and you want to entertain guests at your place and let them get to know you! Your inspirations are your own, but this technique shows how you can create a different take on the popular table garland. By assembling a simple PVC structure with standard pipes and connectors, you can create a beautiful hanging piece over your table. For those handier than the rest of us, you could even build your frame out of copper pipe or wood!

Suzie Bunn is the owner and creative director of Statice, a Greenville-based floral design studio. Find her at SUMMER 2017

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Hardware includes PVC pipe and fittings, PVC cutter, measuring tape, and zip ties.

2 Forgeable vines make for great hanging garland. Wisteria, passion vine, morning glories, ivy, and southern smilax just to name a few. And remember, leaves of three, let it be!

3 Using evenly spaced zip ties, securely affix garland to your canopy frame, and then carefully tuck greenery around the plastic so it is hidden from view. at Home

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The Collection Calendar

SAVE THE DATE Summertime shindigs, shows, and demos to make note of.


THE JOHN C. CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL Bring a teenager and learn to cook together (with ingredients harvested daily from the on-site organic heirloom farm) in this weeklong experience in Brasstown, NC.


VEILS AND TAILS THE HILTON, GREENVILLE The Upstate’s finest wedding professionals (Upstate Bridal Association approved) all in one place along with entertainment and inspiring displays on wedding trends.


CAROLINA FOOTHILLS 2017 DOG SHOW TD CONVENTION CENTER Events include All Breed Shows, Obedience Shows as well as Rally Trials. Admission is free and activities are family friendly.


ANNUAL BISCUIT BRUNCH GREENBRIER FARMS This Father’s Day weekend, let dad enjoy farm-fresh biscuits, butters, jams, meats, and gravies, along with an iced coffee bar, live music, yard games, and back porch rockers.

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SPANISH PAELLA CLASS WITH ALBA SUNYER OF THE MEDITERRANEAN CORNER IMAGINE KITCHEN Learn to make Paella, the classic Spanish rice dish with seafood and meats. Tapas will also be served from marinated Manchego to pan con chocolate.



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2 01 7 Ro s e Bal l SEPTEMBER 15 AT THE POINSETT CLUB Reserve your tickets now to take part in the 24th Rose Ball, Greenville's longest-running charitable community event, celebrated biennially and organized by a notable charity ball board. Featuring more than 4,000 roses, the event, held at the Poinsett Club, is as beautiful as it is bountiful; since its inception in 1971, The Rose Ball has provided more than $3.3 million in funding to benefit the physical, emotional, and cultural needs of the people of Greenville. This stunning, elegant affair is known throughout the Southeast. For information or to reserve tickets,

HAVE AN EVENT TO SHARE? atHome welcomes calendar submissions for home, garden, and other related events. Email listing information to or call (864) 679-1205.

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The Collection Off the Shelf: book reviews

Savoring Summer

Historical and seasonal cookbooks to kick start your next kitchen creation. / by Lynn Greenlaw


It’s a recipe book. It’s a gardening book. It’s a look into the history of the family home of celebrated British gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006). Located in the countryside on the border of Kent and Sussex, Great Dixter’s gardens and kitchen are now overseen by Aaron Bertelsen who carries on the tradition started by Lloyd, an early proponent of the farm to table movement. Aaron grew up in New Zealand where his love for gardening began while working in his grandfather’s vegetable garden. His interest was further piqued by volunteering at Great Dixter in 1996. After earning a horticultural degree from Kew Gardens and studying at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in Israel, he returned to Great Dixter in 2006 intending to stay for three months but never left. The book contains many beautiful photographs and is divided into sections covering growing fruit and vegetables, recipes, and a garden diary that covers the

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four seasons of the year with tips for managing the garden throughout each. Classic and international recipes cover breakfast (raspberry muffins); soups (mint and pea); mains (chicken and leek pie); salads and side dishes (baby beet salad); biscuits, cakes, and desserts (pear and almond crumble); preserves (ripe tomato chutney); and basic recipes (chicken stock,

kale pesto, and more). Delightful to read and look through, this is more than a teaching cookbook. It is something uniquely British.

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The Collection Off the Shelf: book reviews


Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook: A Mouth Watering Treasury of Afro-American Recipes

Managing editor Heidi Coryell Williams was hooked when she first heard tell of this book by and about Spartanburg native Princess Pamela, who made a name for herself in New York as the proprietress of The Little Kitchen. (The 12-seat, speakeasy-style restaurant specialized in the soulful food of her childhood.) Southern food experts and Charleston brothers Matt and Ted Lee (hosts of “Southern Uncovered with The Lee Bros,” Ovation network) were equally enraptured. They discovered an old copy of Princess Pamela’s cookbook in a vintage bookstore, and they realized they’d come across something special enough to reprint. Her recipes are often paired with a poem. This personal and personality-filled book proves a treasure for anyone who enjoys history, poetry, and food!

Fresh Made Simple Fresh Made Simple is the perfect solution for cooks who struggle with following rigid recipes but still want some inspiration for simple culinary creations, says Upstate Business Journal writer Ariel Turner. “This delightfully illustrated cookbook gives approximate amounts of ingredients and, in some cases, no quantity at all, with the cooking method illustrated in the style of ink and watercolor,” she says. The 76 recipes, or methods, are divided into categories such as scrambled, tossed, roasted and toasted, stacked, stuffed, and chunky, with several options under each heading. The recipes range in simplicity from infused waters to a pea purée and linguine.

Written by Lauren K. Stein, illustrations by Katie Eberts, Storey Publishing, $18

Beach House Baking: An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts Client services manager Jane Rogers was thrilled to discover this cookbook with its easy-to-read (and follow) recipes that suit the everyday baker. The photos that accompany each recipe are bright and enticing, and although the cupcakes are "certainly lovely," she says, “the beverages were the easiest and most likely to be completed without much fuss” (and with the least amount of time away from the water, since these are supposed to be beach house recipes!) From novice baker to more experienced chefs, there is something for everyone!

Written by Lei Shishak, Skyhorse Publishing, $18

Check out the illustrations!

Written by Pamela Strobel, Introduction by Matt Lee and Ted Lee, Rizzoli, $30

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The Collection Asked & Answered

Make a Space

Our expert:


Getting your home guest ready this summer starts with streamlining your stuff. by Heidi Coryell Williams / Photo by Merritt Chesson

Making the most out of your home begins with smart, stylish organization. Our home expert offers insight and advice for clearing out the stuff and making a place for the people in your life. Q. My home has such limited closet space! Where am I supposed to keep everything? A: First reassess whether you absolutely need to keep all of your stuff. Do you really love it? Do

you actually use it? After you've ensured that everything you want to store is actually going to enrich your life and make it better, then you should consider just how often you'll need access to these items. For less-used or out-of-season items, consider attic space or high cabinets and shelving. For items you use all the time, discover newfound storage by adding hooks, shelving, and exposed clothing racks to your room, including on doors and closets. Just because it’s out in the open doesn’t mean it isn’t “stored.”

Q: My parents throw nothing away. They will be downsizing soon. Is there such a thing as an organization intervention? A: Actually, yes! There are professional organizers who are specifically trained to assist clients with hoarding tendencies and to support their families in this effort. Find a well-reviewed professional organizer who has experience working with hoarders and downsizing. Visit napo. for a directory of professional organizers in your area.

Q: We get lots of guests during the summer, but my guest room becomes a junk room over the winter. How can I clear it out and keep it guest-ready year round? A: First step, get rid of the junk by sorting in four categories: recycle, throw away, give away, keep. If you haven't used it in the past year or two, it might be time to let it go. Once you sort, then get it out. Follow through with getting it out of your house, otherwise your junk room will just move from one end of your house to the other. For those things you do decide to keep, give them an appropriate and uncluttered home in your house. Be very stingy about what you hold onto. And once your guest room is cleared, do not allow yourself the option of leaving "junk" in there. Give things a home as soon as they come into your home. 30 _ at Home



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The Collection Go Pro: Carey Taylor

One Inspiration For Greenville designing woman, Carey Taylor of C. Taylor Interiors, a whole room can be informed by a single, beautiful detail. by M. Linda Lee / photography by Will Crooks

GOING GREEN A self-professed “fanatic about embroidery,” Taylor pairs Scalamandre wallpaper with embroidered and appliquéd fabrics and a geometricpatterned cut velvet by Kravet Couture. “The fabrics in this grouping display 15 different shades of green,” Taylor says, “and create a mood for the beautiful Italian porcelain pieces to pop.”

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Carey Taylor perches on a tall stool in the back of her interior-design showroom off Woodruff Road. Behind her, shelves overflow with fabric swatch books from high-end houses such as Stroheim, Kravet, and Scalamandre. She is clearly in her element amid the samples of nubby tweeds, tone-on-tone silks, and patterned damasks that fan out in a textile color wheel around her on the table. Growing up in nearby Hickory, North Carolina, Taylor may have subconsciously caught the design bug attending furniture markets with her parents. Her mother, a hair stylist, is the creative soul, while her father boasts a head for business. “I inherited the best of both of them,” she says. Taylor was headed for a pre-law curriculum at college when a friend suggested she would be good at interior design. “I’d never thought of that before, but it just felt right,” the designer says. So she did an about-face and enrolled in The Art Institute of Atlanta, where she was required to take classes in graphic design, art history, fine art, drawing, and color theory, among others. “It was probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever done,” reflects Taylor. Though the training was rigorous, it gave her an invaluable grounding in the fundamentals of SUMMER 2017

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“I get a basket of design ingredients and I create beauty from it.”

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color, balance, and scale, and how to blend them together to form a cohesive and lovely whole. Taylor, who often finds inspiration from a single fabric, likens her customized residential projects to the Food Network show Chopped: “I get a basket of design ingredients and I create beauty from it.” After college, Taylor worked as the senior designer for Carolina Furniture and Interiors before opening her own business in 1999. These days, she balances the myriad hours she spends on design projects with the time she devotes to her husband and two teenage sons. Taylor takes a measure of a client’s personality and style before embarking on a project. For their part, clients rely on her intuitive design sense. Case in point, years ago Taylor helped a young woman design an addition to her house. The woman trusted Taylor so implicitly that she had a T-shirt made, commanding contractors: “Don’t ask me, ask Carey.” An artist who admittedly leaves part of her heart and soul in her projects, Carey Taylor draws her greatest satisfaction from seeing a space come to life. No matter the style, “a home,” she believes, “should be a collection of things that you love.” SUMMER 2017

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WARM GREY: THE NEW NEUTRAL New and fresh warm grey tones build a neutral but sophisticated palette. From the silver-embroidered grey linen to the understated GP&J Baker wallpaper with its airy toile feel.

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Enjoy the Hue With coastal accents and deep-toned blues, these subtle nods to the outdoors invite complexity and contrast to any interior space . / by Heidi Coryell Williams






FIT FOR A KING Seasonal Living's new Harmony Collection is due out in late summer/early fall, and in it, the trending royal blue hue gets an elegant boost. Marrying hand-hammered, 100 percent Amarillo copper with the company's versatile, innovative glazed ceramic, this versatile piece is usable as either an accent table or as small-scale seating. Available soon through your design professional,

BENTO BRIGHT The Graduation chandelier from Currey & Company's Hiroshi Koshitaka Collection plays on the idea of light and shadow for a dramatic, fourfoot-tall impact piece. Variegated blues are hand applied to concentric metal circles and remind of indigo-dyed textiles. Accents in gold leaf. $3,990, Lyndon Leigh & Candelabra, Mount Pleasant

SCULPTED SHELL Finely cast and constructed of gilt metal, Theodore Alexander's trio of tabletop accents comprises smaller and larger cast coral on white marble bases and one Nautilus shell. $957, available through Old Colony Furniture Co., 3411 Augusta Road

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TWICE AS NICE The double chaise from Coaster furniture's Donny Osmond collection is affordable, fun, and modestly sized at 30 inches deep. Velvet-like, ink blue fabric and brass legs finish the look. $1,349, Carolina Direct, 3088 SC-14, Greer

WHAT DO YOU SEA? Refined yet rustic, the Seeworthy mirror by Cyan Design brings the nautical off water. Constructed of aluminum and mirrored glass with a nickel finish, this eclectic piece is a modest 15 inches in diameter. $360, available through your design professional or at

CAPTAIN'S CHAIR The Frisco armchair from Sunpan Modern Home's Club Collection pairs exceptional design with luxe materials. Rich, velvet-like giotto marsala and navy fabric complement the black, grainy-wood frame. Finishing off this sleek seating piece are polished, stainless steel feet. $1,600, Heritage Furniture Outlet, 2220 Hwy. 70, SE, Asheville, NC or


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Dressed in bold color and eclectic furnishings, the home of Greenville style blogger Jenny Hall becomes an extension of her fashion sense. The Ro Sham Beaux chandelier was an inspiration piece for the entire dining room, with mint green beads and elegant gold trim.

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Jenny Hall has a passion for fashion—from head to toe kick. The Greenville blogger’s eponymous Instagram feed and popular Boho Style File blog has drawn devotees from the Upstate and beyond. Her full-time gig is buying and selling for Vann & Liv, a children’s boutique Jenny started online with her sisters in 2010 and that now has two brick and mortar locations. Then, last year, Jenny and her husband, Ryan, saw that his childhood home in the North Main neighborhood was on the market. “Ryan and I knew we wanted to be in North Main because of the charm of the people, and we spend most of our time downtown, so it was the perfect fit,” Jenny says. They quickly bought it, but the house wasn’t exactly turnkey. The couple spent 14 months renovating before they moved in to “a lot of blank walls and empty space,” she offers. That didn’t mean the fashion maven dove in and selected a different shade of paint for every wall. Rather, she says, walls were kept neutral so that they could be a blank canvas for pops of crisp, clean color throughout the home, from furnishings to art work. Last fall, Jenny partnered with designer Frances Kinloch to take part in a One Room Challenge, which meant they spent six weeks transforming a single space with input from other designers and readers. They selected Jenny’s dining room, starting with a single inspiration piece: a beaded mint green art deco chandelier, trimmed in glamorous gold accents. Window treatments were custom made from Schumacher fabric, complementing the color tones of the light fixture. And the room was tied together with an eclectic mixture of Asian-inspired furniture, luxe textiles, and an antelope print rug. Says Jenny: “I love colors that bring happiness and bold prints for fashion and home!”

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Downtown Aiken provides an abundance of selection and style that’s utterly walkable (but is better at a trot to hit all these spots!) / by Sandra Woodward / illustration by Bre Smith

Aiken, SC, is internationally known as a leading equestrian center, with an annual Triple Crown season and a winter population that swells as northern horse owners move their darlings to the soft southern climes—just as the original historic Aiken Winter Colony residents did in the 1800s. In some neighborhoods, horse-friendly dirt streets are the norm, and paddocks are as common as garages. The good people of Aiken spend ample time outdoors with their equestrian pursuits, and something about the outdoor life must stimulate the urge for home and hearth. For a city of its size, Aiken supports a thriving market for interior design studios, home décor, and antique shops. Take a day, or a weekend, and make the two-hour trek to this charming town (that’s by car, not horseback) in search of a few. If you’re feeling particularly posh, the restaurant at the famed Willcox Hotel is the place to go for lunch, but to meet all shopping deadlines, Malia’s in the heart of downtown gets consistently high marks.


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Detours: Aiken, SC The Collection NANDINA HOME DESIGN oozes elegance and style. The sumptuous showroom highlights the unique goods and upholstered furniture from top U.S. lines, which are enhanced by carefully selected home accessories, books, fragrances, and accents. While all are available for purchase individually, an experienced team of professional designers is also available for consultation on everything from the smallest room detail to the most elaborate project. 158 Laurens St SW (803) 649-0616 EQUINE DIVINE. You know you’re in Aiken when you find a shop that pays homage to the horse, with a wide-ranging array of top-quality, equestrian-themed goods from clothing and gifts to tableware, lamps, and home accessories. 126 Laurens St SW (803) 642-9772 FOLLY. Despite a name that evokes frivolity, Folly is serious about handsome, high-quality home décor. Beautiful lamps, pillows, barware, and accent pieces overflow the few well-chosen case pieces that are also for sale. 116 Laurens St. SW (803) 226-0550 AIKEN ANTIQUE MALL is, by definition, a sprawling warren of individual SUMMER 2017

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collections of antiques, memorabilia, and oddities to satisfy the nostalgic cravings of even the most jaded shopper. Prepare to spend more time than you could imagine in this time warp. 112 Laurens St SW (803) 648-6700 3 MONKEYS. Admit it. This whimsically named shop will leave you smiling when you see the quality and variety of the products offered. Extensive tableware collections are beautifully paired with high-end linens, as well as charming paper creations, from invitations to napkins and other serving ware for casual entertaining. Glass art, candles, and other accessories vie for attention, along with more personal items such as jewelry, candles, and bath products. 141 Laurens Street SW (803) 648.7592 ARTISAN MARKET & DÉCOR puts the fun in functional with a shop full of items by local artisans. A farmhouse-style table caught our eye, as well as other creatively wrought home accents, including repurposed furniture, fireplace mantels, clocks, lamps, mirrors, sculptures, and artwork. 119 Laurens St NW (803) 257-1984

ANTIQUE EMPORIUM, aptly named, offers many surprises. For instance, hats. As one of Aiken’s key sources of the hats that by tradition must be worn for the Aiken Triple Crown events of Trials, Steeplechase, and Pacers and Polo, the Emporium recently found homes for more than 400 hats. (More than simply serving their original purpose, hats are seen by some of us as surprisingly versatile design accents.) Equestrian collectibles, European, and American wood and wicker furniture, especially primitive and Victorian, and statuary and small goods for the garden round out the collection. 321 Richland Ave W (803) 643-9922 THRU TIME & AGES, LLC is a bit off the beaten path, in terms of both location and inventory. Just a few blocks away from the busiest downtown area, this is a place to grab a cup of tea or coffee and browse an intriguing if small assortment of Native American crafts, antiques and small goods. 218 York St SE (803) 226-0611 MATERIAL THINGS is all about fabric. Well, almost. A versatile and well-curated selection of fabrics for any decorating purpose, from bedding to drapery and pillow, is the heart

of this specialty shop, but the experienced staff also offers professional interior design services and custom sewing for drapery, occasional pillows, and bedding. Featured lines include but are not limited to such leaders as Stroheim, P/ Kaufmann, and Waverly. Wallpaper by Vervain and other top lines is also available for order, along with lamps and other accent pieces. 318 Park Ave SE (803) 643-3701 YORK COTTAGE ANTIQUES specializes in antique sterling and silver plate, offering many unusual and hard-tofind pieces. French and English furniture, carefully chosen antique equestrian collectibles, vintage sporting goods, glassware, and “smalls” make this well appointed shop, in business in Aiken for more than a quarter century, a favorite. 409 Hayne Ave SW (803) 642-9524 yorkcottage A few more spots located just a short drive from the downtown area: ANTIQUES & MORE features a field of almost 50 vendors with furniture and other standard housewares dating

from the 1700s to today. English antique glassware, equestrianthemed antiques, and mid-20th century finds are sure to please. Their outdoor and garden offerings feature just about anything that can withstand the elements, from statuary to furniture. 640 E Pine Log Rd (803) 644-1060 AIKEN ANTIQUES and Uniques. If you are in the market for a stoplight, this is your place. But don’t stop there; more than 40 vendors offer an ever-changing array of classic antique furniture, glassware, copper utensils, and unique accessories and collectibles in a well-arranged and welcoming environment that one client describes as a “treasure hunt.” 782 Silver Bluff Rd (803) 226-9144 aikenantiquesanduniques. com LAMPS, SHADES AND THINGS is a second-generation family-owned business that has been an Aiken fixture for 35 years. In addition to personal attention they sell and repair lamps and can create a custom lamp to just about any specifications. Their inventory of silk shades (they carry silk exclusively) includes a wide variety of shapes and sizes. 588 Silver Bluff Road (803) 649-0370

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Modern Mountain Lodge

An Upstate team of builders, architects, and decorators brings a beautiful blend of rustic and contemporary to this Mountain Park home. / by Leigh Savage / photos by Rachael Boling

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“We do a mixture of homes from very traditional to, particularly over the last four or five years, cleaner lines and more contemporary features — more modern homes,” says Ken Berry, owner of the Berry Group, which builds custom homes throughout the Upstate and in Western North Carolina. “We have definitely seen an increase in people looking for a modern-style home, or sometimes, a more traditional exterior with rustic materials, and an interior that is much more contemporary.” This Cliffs at Mountain Park home, built by the Berry Group as a getaway for a Baltimore couple, features architectural design by Johnston Design Group, with interiors in collaboration with Linda McDougald Design|Postcard from Paris Home. The homeowners, who envisioned an “edgy lodge,” interviewed four builders before they found a portfolio showcasing the look and feel they wanted with the Berry Group, including liberal use of timbers and stone that flow from the outdoors to the inside. The home showcases extensive stonework using a blend of Western North Carolina granite and Tennessee fieldstone. One highlight is the two-sided fireplace, which acts as a divider between the living area/kitchen and the dining room on the other side. The dining room acts almost as a foyer, and offers beautiful mountain views through back windows. In a classic example of modern-yet-rustic, the

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stones hide a large television on a telescopic lift that retracts when it isn’t in use. The homeowner had requested that visual clutter be kept at a minimum, and appreciates that the television is only visible when needed. The homeowners also love being in the kitchen, and envisioned a design where the kitchen is at the center of the home and a seamless part of the living area. In this area, the soaring, steeply pitched ceiling is lined with cedar selected for it’s lack of knots, which offers a cleaner look. The stainless range hood, massive triangular windows and industrial-style barstools add visual interest. French doors lead to the screened porch, which is used year-round thanks to the fireplace. While stone, wood and tiles keep the focus on natural materials, the modern cable railings on both the inside and the outside lean toward the contemporary style and also tend to recede from view. “The cable railing is stainless steel and narrow, and it almost goes away when you see it, so it really opens up your view in those areas,” Berry says. Because one of the homeowners is an avid cyclist, an outdoor shower was another personalized touch, allowing him to pull in on his bike and step right into the shower before heading inside. “It’s a neat layout that works really well for them,” Berry says. 48 _ at Home

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A Stone’s Throw

Using reclaimed materials and some DIY ingenuity, landscaper Joe Zawistowski reinvents the backyard pool as his own family oasis. / by Allison Walsh / Photos by TJ Getz


oe Zawistowski sometimes has trouble keeping pace with his ideas. “Insanity is my normal. I’m always thinking of stuff and figuring out how to do it,” he says. “I like what I do.” A landscaper by trade, Joe has spent the last two years executing some of his favorite ideas in the back yard of the Montclair Drive home he shares with wife, Heidi, and the couple’s three children. Never one to shy away from a hard day’s work, Zawistowski is a Wisconsin farm kid who grew up driving tractors and helping out with his dad’s grading and soil 50 _ at Home

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business. After high school, he studied landscape design and discovered an affinity for water features after building one for his mother. His company, Green Hill Landscaping, now specializes in water features and surrounding landscapes. He calls the backyard transformation his “weekend warrior on steroids” project. He did most of the work himself, but brought in a few friends and employees to help with the masonry and decking and other tasks that required an extra set of hands or two. “I wanted to go rustic with it, but have modern elements, too,” Zawistowski says of

his design plan. AAA Custom Pools brought to life Zawistowski’s vision for the pool, using a black plaster lining to achieve the lagoon look he had in mind. Zawistowski designed the pool to appeal to all ages: Small children can splash safely in the wading area, bigger kids can horse around in the shallow end, and the truly adventurous of any demographic can experience the thrill of the diving rock. The hot tub perched up top offers a relaxed bird’s-eye view of the action. The crown jewel of the pool is the rock waterfall. As lovely to listen to as to look SUMMER 2017

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at, the cascading water forms a natural white noise barrier against the sounds of life outside the fence. Zawistowski formed the waterfall using a custom, replicable water feature system known as Neptune Panels. “It’s a material you can make do whatever you want, and it looks like stone,” he explains. The waterfall is surrounded by dry stackstone walls, a time-consuming labor of love that requires fitting together stone of various shapes and sizes and chipping away at them here and there to form a cohesive structure. Zawistowski also employed Neptune Panels to create a grotto just off the rock waterfall. “I wanted this to look like it was a cave that someone discovered and maybe patched it over time because water was coming through,” he says. He added bench seating and incorporated small ledges to accommodate drinks and candles, the light from which casts an elegant glow through the waterfall at night. The grotto is open on each end and accessible by swimmers and landlubbers alike. A smooth expanse of Ipe decking connects the pool area to an outstanding outdoor kitchen, the centerpiece of which is a wood-fired oven. “I took a class on how to build these 10 years ago or so,” Zawistowski says. SUMMER 2017

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“The neat thing about it is because of the amount of mass in the structure,” he says. “It will hold heat for about a week, so once you get a fire going you can cook for a couple days in there.” The oven can accommodate up to to 20 loaves of bread at a time, and bake them in about eight minutes. Pizza is hot and fresh from the oven in two minutes, and the Zawistowskis are currently making room in the family freezer for a new spin on frozen pizza. “My wife’s a baker, she loves to cook, so we’ll use this a lot,” Zawistowski says. The outdoor kitchen also boasts a grill (designed for charcoal but Zawistowski plans to use wood) ample prep area, and a refrigerator, ensuring the inside of the house need only be used for sleeping in the months to come. Meals can be taken poolside, or in the shady refuge where Zawistowski tends to his collection of bonsai trees. The waterfall theme repeats here in the table, which Zawistowski built using a leftover slab of sandstone. He carved a trough down the middle, drilled a hole in one end, attached a pump to recirculate the water, et voila: waterfall table. Zawistowski says there is plenty of material out there for the taking if you know where to look and what to look for. The dry stack walls were built primarily using remnant stone, and most of the brick for the oven he found on Craigslist. “You have to be careful what kind of brick you use because some of it’s porous and will degrade, but this is solid, so I feel good about using it,” he says. “I’m all about using things that other people throw away.”


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A Broad View The greater the distance, the sweeter the homecoming.

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT the first time. The first day of school, the first kiss, the first trip abroad. Such firsts preserve an innocence that no other experience can match. I took my first trip to Europe the summer after I graduated from the University of Virginia. When I learned that my friend Frank, whom I knew from college, was looking for someone to travel abroad with him for two weeks, I jumped at the opportunity. We began our travels in London, then boarded a train for the English countryside. On the train, Frank, who was verbally chronicling our entire trip into a hand-help tape recorder, was busy describing aloud every detail of the scenery. I discreetly moved across the aisle under the guise of being able to better check out

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the view from the other side of the train. A few minutes later, a young English woman sat down opposite Frank. Eventually, we pulled into a station. Frank paused the recorder to find the name of the town where we had just stopped. As he looked up at the platform, he spied a sign that said “Buffet.” Not realizing that “Buffet” referred to the restaurant at the station, Frank continued to dictate: “We have just pulled into the town of Buffay,” he announced loudly into the machine. “Or is it pronounced Buffette?” At this, the young woman across from Frank looked him as if he were daft, and I stared out my window, trying to pretend I didn’t know him. Truth be told, I made my share of faux pas too. We were


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touring Windsor Castle one hot July day, and I was surprised how chilly it was inside. I wondered aloud to Frank why they had the air conditioning turned up so high, before it dawned on me that perhaps medieval castles weren’t equipped with HVAC systems. The second leg of our journey took us to France, touring fairytale castles in the Loire Valley, strolling the walled city of Chinon, and tasting wine in Sancerre. We ended our trip in Paris, and this is where my palate began its education. In cozy little bistros, I was introduced to magret of duck, perfectly roasted poulet rouge, and potted pork rillettes. The real epiphany, however, came the first time I tasted sorbet.

swarmed me like a cloud of bees, waving their hands in my face. All this time, I clutched the zipper of my purse, confident that they could not reach inside it. At the next stop, the gypsies fled the train. Once they were gone, I checked my purse, stunned to find that everything I needed to travel that day was gone: passport, cash, traveler’s checks.

“We ended our trip in Paris, and this is where my palate began its education. In cozy little bistros, I was introduced to magret of duck, perfectly roasted poulet rouge, and potted pork rillettes.”

Frank and I exited the train and found a pay phone—remember those?— on the street, and I called the police. Luckily, I was proficient in French at the time, and that was the day I learned to whine in another language.

We found the police station and a very kind English-speaking detective to help me. The problem was, it was Bastille Day, a French national holiday, My first bite of sorbet in and no one at the American France was a revelation. -M. Linda Lee Embassy in Paris was in Intense fruit flavors—apple, the office. We called the raspberry, pear—shocked Consul, who, reluctant to give up part of his day off, tried to talk my senses into awakening. And although my craving for mousse me into going to London sans passport and letting the London au chocolat borders on addiction, I found myself ordering sorbet authorities deal with my problem. for dessert nearly every evening. Our last day in Paris was our most eventful one. I had been careful the entire trip not to carry all my valuables with me when sightseeing, but that morning, we had to check out of our hotel and store our luggage there while we took one last Métro ride to the Tuileries garden before our late-afternoon flight back to London. This was one of the rare days I carried my purse, packed with all my cash, my passport, and my traveler’s checks. We were on our way back to the hotel on the Métro when a group of sari-clad gypsies headed down the aisle toward us. They


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I finally convinced him to help (more whining was definitely involved). We took a taxi—no more Métro for me!—first to the Gare de Lyon to have another passport photo taken, then to the American Embassy to get a new passport. I did make it to London that day, but without cash or credit cards, I arrived there literally penniless. Although I will never forget that first trip, and all the wonders it contained, I felt relieved when we touched down at Dulles International Airport a day later. Dorothy was right: there’s no place like home.

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All Things Stored and Wonderful A well-designed (and organized) pantry is well worth the effort. / by Kathleen Nalley / photos by TJ Getz

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Pantries can also be havens of style, where beauty cozies up with function. After all, Thacker notes, if something looks great, you are more likely to keep it clean and tidy. In a purely aesthetic move, Thacker once installed a vintage screen door as the entry to a homeowner’s rustic pantry and in another home, French doors. Another home’s pantry was made to look like an armoire. For homeowners without a dedicated walk-in pantry space, never fear. A cabinetmaker can retrofit a built-in pantry inside interior walls by cutting out sheetrock between studs and inserting shelving and finishes. Existing drawers, with reinforced pulls and slides, can store food items out of the way as well. If those ideas don’t fit your space, Thacker suggests purchasing an exposed shelving unit, an on-trend option. “You can purchase these units from kitchen supply houses or even make your own out of 2x6s to look like a ladder,” he says. No matter whether you dream of an organizational utopia or you simply want to get stuff out of sight, a well-thought-out pantry provides a way to simplify, store, organize, and yes, even beautify, the space in which you live.

How Do I Store Thee? Consider these tips for maximizing efficiency and creating beautiful, organized spaces: • Store mini-refrigerators and freezers under shelving, upping the pantry’s functionality quotient. • Install a countertop over or under shelving to create a coffee-prep station or to house your heavy stand mixer for baking. • Use wire baskets to store onions, potatoes, apples, and other produce (but be sure to not store onions next to anything else, as they cause other produce to go bad quickly!) • Store pasta, rice, dry beans, and cereals in tall, stackable glass containers. OXO fliplock airtight glass canisters and containers allow you to maximize space and visibility. • Hang thin wire shelves on the backs of pantry doors to create a space-saving spice, condiment, and/or oil rack. The ClosetMaid 8-tier cabinet door organizer is made for this purpose! • Keep aluminum foil and plastic wrap in bins attached to the door, similar to how you currently store paper towels. • Install vertical shelves for baking sheets and cutting boards. Or, retrofit an existing space with the Lazy Daisy 12” Chrome Tray Divider. • Bins on lower shelves keep kids’ snacks in reach of little fingers. The Container Store’s Like-It Black Modular Bins stack for maximum storage heights, and their wicker water hyacinth bins provide farmhouse style. • Take everything out of its original packaging, as this typically eats up loads of space. Transfer pre-packaged items (think crackers, granola bars, etc.) to labeled bins. • Install a lazy susan, like the Lazy Daisy Natural Wood Full Circle 2-Shelf Lazy Susan from Rev-A-Shelf, in a pantry corner. • Maximize vertical storage by using wire baskets under shelves. We love the Ikea OBSERVATÖR Clip-on basket. • Hooks, like the Ikea Grundtal S-hooks, hung from the ceiling, create even more storage options. • Don’t forget Fido or Socks! The Container Store has dry dog and cat food storage solutions for easy tuckaway in the pantry. • Sort and organize by category. Then, label everything! Diane at offers template labels you can customize for your own use.


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Two Greenville business owners, one dated farmhouse, and an incredible renovation story that’s captured the hearts of the Upstate and beyond.

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A 5,200-squarefoot home on 14 acres became a blank canvas for its young, creative homeowners.

The idea, according to Wesley Turner and Daniel Schavey, was to buy a few acres to grow some natural materials for their retail floral store Roots, An Urban Gardener’s Oasis, and possibly have a place to raise some small animals, like chickens and bees. What the couple stumbled upon was a salvage yard on 14 acres, a disjointed 5,200-square-foot main house, multiple falling-down outbuildings, a massive barn full of reclaimed wood, and a pond with a bait shack. “We knew of Old House Salvage,” says Wes of the property, “and we’d been out here before to buy props for the store, but we never really paid attention to the property.” When the address suddenly posted on Zillow, the couple couldn’t help but drive by. “It started off as just plain being nosey, but you couldn’t see the house from the fence and it hit me, what could that house be like on the inside?” Everything about it felt open: the floor plan, the land, the pond, the driveway, the expanse of sky overhead. Its Piedmont address—20 minutes outside of town—suddenly felt liberating.

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As seen on TV A casting director with HGTV heard Wes and Daniel were looking for property in Upstate, South Carolina, and asked if they’d be interested in being a part of the second season of We Bought a Farm (the same production team as Beachfront Bargain Hunt and Caribbean Life).

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They were living in a 1,000-squarefoot bungalow near the zoo, with their two businesses, Roots and 4Rooms, just a mile away. It was utterly convenient, and that was the problem. “We always had a reason to run up to the stores,” remembers Daniel. “It was just a stone’s throw away so we’d go check on things, constantly.” Funny enough, it was the outbuildings that spurred them to make an offer. “We stood in the workshop and could see it as a growhouse,” says Wes. “We suddenly saw the potential to have a house and a farm, and we liked how the property was set up as a business on one side and the house on the other; the pond and animals over here and flowers over there.” The farm will be flowers, a cutting farm to be exact, where once stood a field of toilets and tubs. The silent army of moldering fixtures revealed itself in astonishing mass when the tall meadow died back from the cold, nearly six months after Wes and Daniel took up residence. They moved to the farm exactly a year ago and haven’t stopped moving since. They tackled the main house with a massive upfit of the great room, followed by the kitchen, butler’s pantry, dining room, and powder room. Next, they repurposed the upstairs landing into a comfortable den and resurfaced the master suite and laundry room. A guest bedroom and bath and a mother-in-law apartment (both upstairs) remain to be renovated, as well as the back deck, patio, grounds and outbuildings, but the couple, who met soon after college, have nothing but time or can we say good timing ahead of them.


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A Lived-In Landing The upstairs landing is a beautiful space, overlooking the pond and its pastoral setting. “It’s all about the view up here,” says Daniel. “We spend a lot of time here with our dogs.” The flooring may echo repurposed plank barn wood but is actually sanded plywood cut into strips, painted and sealed with porch enamel. An oversized iron chandelier, installed above a super comfortable sectional, pulls double-duty matching in scale the massive beaded fixtures of the great room, as well as creating a central point of light visible from the road and driveway. Lots of plants lend the space softness and connection to the outside. Daniel says homeowners go too small when it comes to interior plants adding that the colors of nature act like a good neutral in a room. “It’s really fun to watch them change and evolve,” he says, “and larger plants are easier to care for than you think.” Nearly all of the furnishings and light fixtures in the home are from 4Rooms or Roots. “We wanted to show how what we sell in the stores can translate in real life,” says Wes. 70 _ at Home

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Farm shenanigans After moving to the farm Wes created an Instagram account, naming it Farm Shenanigans. It quickly garnered nearly 15,000 followers, something surprising to the pair since neither knew much about the social media platform. “I wanted to document the experience of this big project — renovating not just the inside of a farmhouse but the whole property,” says Wes. “But the thought of blogging felt like homework, so instead we snap pictures and post about what we’re up to on the farm. It really is our daily shenanigans.” They share the homemaking process tipto-tail with posts and stories and videos along the way, at times even allowing their followers to make design decisions. The painted staircase was one, a DIY feat they accomplished by precisely taping off the “voted-upon” grey and white key pattern. It was an inexpensive fix to piecemeal treads found under very blue carpet and a perfect example of their can-do, ‘Why not?’ attitude. “You do not have to spend a lot of money to get a great look,” says Wes. “Sometimes what you have to spend is the time to locate materials you can afford. And, give up on being perfect. The end result doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be pretty.” A really great room It took four months for Wes and Daniel to move downstairs. They lived in the tiny, unrenovated mother-in-law suite in the back corner of the house while painstakingly re-facing the great room. “Everything we owned fit into those two rooms,” says Daniel. “That’s when we realized what we took on, but Wes had vision about how to transform it into a modern take on a farmhouse.” The house is not old. It was built in the 1990s with all the expected late-century quirks including strange floating shelves and an interior window with shutters that looked down on the great room (the window is no more, but the shutters today flank the breakfast nook).

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Furry Friends Animals are a big part of the Farm Shenanigans story. To date there are two dogs, two inherited cats, three goats, fish, and bees, with chickens, ducks (and possibly a donkey) coming soon. The goats are a dwarf Nigerian breed, with beautiful blue or gold eyes. They act just like dogs loving on their owners, hungry for attention. A cinderblock outbuilding with a dirt floor will become a future coop. Wes says the Roots chickens will be relocated to the farm once it’s done.

Phase one was to shiplap over the existing diagonal siding and paint over the stained, second-story wood siding. “Anything installed vertically we kept, everything else got covered, primed, and painted,” says Wes. Not one thing was ripped out because, according to the guys, it would be messy, expensive, and unnecessary if another fix could be found. For weeks, they visited sawmills searching for half-inch thick boards. In desperation, they walked into Home Depot looking for the thinnest application available and found it: exterior concrete board. They succinctly covered the diagonal shiplap, allowing it to butt up against existing moldings and baseboards. “It’s all about working with what you have,” says Wes. “This house, it had good bones, but it needed a family.”

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THIS HOUSE, IT HAD GOOD BONES, BUT IT NEEDED A FAMILY. The dining room buffet features layered collections with references to bee-keeping (a passion for Wes) and horses and regional travel. The coffee bar (aka: the kitchen) Though its footprint was sizeable, the kitchen failed when it came to counter space, something the couple valued. Design decisions were quickly made and put into action: gone were most of the upper cabinets as well as an installed double oven. “We love coffee; we drink it all day,” says Daniel, “and now our espresso maker and our Keurig and all its stuff have the perfect home.” Wes playfully styles the coffee bar with massive jars artfully filled with donuts, cinnamon rolls, marshmallows, and K-cups. The loss of storage meant little in the long run. The house was built with ample floor-toceiling storage in a butler’s pantry located behind the kitchen.

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A masterful suite The master bedroom suite has been transformed into a space with ties to the rest of the house, but it certainly didn’t start that way. First and foremost, there was no wood. The bedroom was small; the bathroom was massive (and there were lots of funny closets and a fireplace to boot). The obvious solution was to gut and move walls, but Wes took a different approach. “I wanted to fall asleep around darker, richer colors, so we started with paint.” The entire bedroom, moldings and all, have been coated in a warm cashmere (called Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams). Scale became important to tricking the eye when it came to the bedroom. Wes added a single, oversized chair under the window and designed the rest of the furnishings around it. “Do a large scale item as a punch in any room,” says Wes. “Always add one thing bigger than it should be.” Every surface in the master bath has been updated including the ceiling, which may look like wood, but is actually specially installed wallpaper. The vanities have been dressed up with a collection of mirrors arranged asymmetrically by Wes with his artful eye for design. “We wanted it to feel like a masculine spa retreat and it reads that way now,” he says. Now that the projects are winding down, Daniel says the property has become a place that is hard to leave. “You come home to all this peace and light and comfort. It just feels like us, though I never imagined it would be on a farm.” 76 _ at Home

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Following a global career and a lifetime of living in other people’s often bland spaces, Len and Marlene Rubin embarked on a custom-build in the Reserve at Lake Keowee. The resulting home brims with personality and panache.

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en and Marlene Rubin moved a dozen times during his 37-year

career with Exxon, quickly settling into far-flung locations like Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Florida and, most recently, Plano, Texas. So when it came time to retire, they knew exactly what they wanted — and what they didn’t want. “No beige,” says Len. Work transfers often meant moving into what was available, and what was available tended to be nondescript neutrals. Their Reserve at Lake Keowee home, where they’ve lived for one year, eschews the shade in favor of grays, whites, and blues, selected with assistance from Kim Jackson at ID Studio Interiors. The five-bedroom home was designed and built by DillardJones, and the Rubins appreciated the collaborative nature of the process. “With design-build, it was seamless, and it worked out really well,” Len said. “We went back and forth about room configurations.” Building on a cost-plus basis allowed the couple to get exactly what they wanted throughout the process. After living so many places, the Rubins took their time before settling on the Reserve. They loved South Carolina and visited numerous communities, but kept coming back to the Reserve because of the lake, the mountains, the golf course, and, most of

all, the people. They also wanted a place that would tempt their three grown children and two grandchildren to come visit more often — a ploy that seems to be working. “They love coming here,” says Marlene. They can enjoy the boat, the lake, an outdoor firepit and hot tub, a rec room, and a fully outfitted movie theater, among other enticements. After two years of construction (held up when the Vermont slate for the roof got snowed in) the Rubins moved into their dream home, which incorporates their favorite materials, including an exterior of stone and northern fir with a butterscotch stain. A massive walnut door leads to the living area designed to showcase the lake view. Sweeping arches draw attention to the 450-pound chandelier, one of several handmade pieces in the home by Heirloom Stair and Iron in Campobello. “They were amazing,” Marlene says. The couple was even able to visit the Heirloom workshop while the team was making the lanterns that line the paths outside. Len Rubin found the fireplace stones online and discovered the oval accent design on Houzz. He liked the stones so much that they added another wall of them near the stairs. at Home

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A wine room, located adjacent to the lower-level rec room, was a last-minute addition and features a unique floor made of wine barrels. A secret door from here leads to a theater room.

Custom cabinetry by Upstate artisan Jose Florez is found in the custom kitchen and throughout the home.

“We wanted this house to be not modern, not traditional, but something in between,” Len says. “And we wanted a lot of light.” The kitchen was designed to Marlene’s specifications by Dillard-Jones, with a huge assist from Taylors-based Jose Florez of Florez Fine Woodworking, a New York transplant to the Upstate who created cabinetry, furnishings, and more throughout the home. Marlene didn’t like putting dishes in hard-to-reach upper cabinets, so she had Florez build sturdy drawers for plates, pots and pans, and more. He even created a large drawer with vertical storage for large spoons and ladles. The separate Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer creates more capacity and adds symmetry to the room. at Home

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The Rubins spend most of their time in the kitchen and living room or outside, but when family and friends arrive, the lower level awaits with a wealth of spaces for entertaining and relaxing. The rec room — accessible by stairs or elevator — offers a gas fireplace, a large television, and a kitchenette with refrigerator, dishwasher, and beverage center. The adjacent wine room was a last-minute addition and features a unique floor made of wine barrels. Through a secret door in the wine room is the the theater room, offering plush seating, acoustics-enhancing walls, and a big screen with a 4K projector installed by Simply AV. If the Rubins or guests are in the mood for golf but can’t hit the links outside, the golf simulator recreates holes on 30 courses. The exercise room offers workout equipment and easy-to-clean SwissTrax flooring, or they can choose the endless pool, a small indoor workout pool that uses current to keep the swimmer in one spot. The pool even includes an underwater treadmill.

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The indoors and outdoors blend together and are designed to entice visitors to stay awhile and return often, including outdoor fire pit, hot tub, golf simulator, lakeside porches and more.

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The master suite features fabrics, furnishings, and accents selected by ID Studio. Marlene said Jackson gave her options via email, and all selections were made having never seen the fabrics in person. “It worked out really nicely,” Len says. A disco-ball-style light fixture adds a bit of modern flair in the master bath, which is full of Carrara marble. Florez created the cabinets and vanity, as well as the entire master closet, where the couple hung a century-old, intricately carved Chinese window shutter purchased during their time in Asia. After years of traveling the world and settling in new places, the Rubins appreciated the opportunity to create a home perfectly suited to their needs and desires. “We had a lot of talented local craftspeople working on the house,” Marlene said. The team effort paid off with a decidedly non-beige home the Rubins, family and friends can enjoy for years to come.

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With this view from the kitchen,Jen got her dream kitchen/great room combination where she can cook and watch her favored sport, baseball, at the same time.

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R O O M Jen Spilker loves baseball. She also loves to cook. All she wanted was a kitchen that didn’t force her to choose sides. Jen and her husband, Alan, recently relocated to Greenville from St. Louis, where they renovated an historic home overlooking iconic Forest Park, site of the 1904 World’s Fair. Built in the 1890s, well before open floor plans were a thing, the layout of the Spilkers’ St. Louis home reflected the fact that the kitchen was rarely used by homeowners of that era, but rather by the people who worked for them, and was therefore far removed from the living spaces. “In St. Louis I’d have to be in the kitchen cooking and then run in the living room to check the score,” Jen remembers. “So it was really important to me to be able to watch my ball games and cook.” Jen and Alan hadn’t originally planned to build; they contracted local agent Melissa Morrell to help them find a ready-made house, but soon realized what they wanted — a spacious, functional layout (with a clear view of the TV from the kitchen) on a few acres in town — came attached to more bedrooms than they needed. “We just couldn’t find what we were looking for, and we decided if we want what we want, we’re going to have to build it,” Jen says. “What we wanted was maybe about three acres, we ended up with seven. We knew it was going to be a bit more to upkeep, but then you get excited about having a little orchard and a garden…”

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K I T C H E N The kitchen looks out onto the great room and large, flat-screen television, which accommodates entertaining and allows hosts and homeowners to be part of the fun.

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Primary inspiration When it came time to interview builders, Jen, an elementary school teacher, was unable to leave her classroom to attend the initial meeting. She drew up an admittedly elementary sketch of the layout she had in mind and sent it with Alan, along with exterior photos of Rob Lowe’s Santa Barbara home, featured in Architectural Digest. Goodwin Foust Custom Homes was up first, and they knocked it out of the park with a proposed plan that was a mirror image of Jen’s drawing. “Chris Shockley of Shockley Designs made the initial presentation, and it was so phenomenal, so well articulated. He had preliminary plans and everything already there for us,” Alan remembers. “Mentally I was feeling like it was going to take a lot not to hire these guys.” The Spilkers worked with local landscape architect Blake Sanders to come up with a plan that incorporated a large fenced area for Chip and Snickers, their muchbeloved and energetic border collies, to safely scamper, while preserving the impact of the mature landscape already in place. A fledgling fruit and nut tree orchard is under way, and Jen is crossing her fingers for a bountiful harvest from year two of her vegetable garden.

All that shimmers The home offers a wealth of outdoor living space from which to enjoy the gently rolling acreage. In addition to porches that span the length of the home’s rear, there are balconies off Alan’s office, the game room, and one of the two guest rooms upstairs. Jen says she often joked with the Goodwin Foust team that she didn’t really care what the inside of the house looked like because she and Alan — and Chip and Snickers — would be al fresco as much as possible. Still, the interior is a thing of beauty, with tasteful touches of Jen’s affinity for things that shimmer and sparkle. This is thanks in no small part to the artistic stylings of Sandra Frushour with Wallworks Design and Finishing.


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The home features a wide collection of antique chandeliers and sconces (left), an affinity for which the Spilkers developed during their time as stewards of an historic home. When an original could not be located, a local lighting store specializing in antique fixtures and a handful of reproductions were selected for the home. Hand-painted wallpaper (above) features unique designs and sparkly textures.



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Original artwork (here and opposite) purchased from and commissioned by favorite artists and artistic friends is on display, including in Alan’s home office. Many rooms open up to the outdoors, to accommodate a desire for indoor-outdoor living.


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The wine cellar is cleverly tucked beneath a stairwell and features custom-painted walls that suggest texture.

Jen had a friend helping her choose wallpaper, and as they flipped through samples they found, they loved certain patterns but not in the available colors, and vice versa. Her friend commented that it would be nice to be able to custom design wallpaper in just the right pattern and color for your home; Jen replied that she was sure it was possible if one was willing to pay for it. “Then our designer introduced us to Sandra,” Jen says. “Basically you can pick whatever wallpaper or wall design you want and she puts it right into the wall. She can do any color you want, glass beading, or whatever.”

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Frushour’s work is beautifully showcased in the foyer, powder room, and dining room, and she is currently adding a bit of shimmer to the master bath. The foyer, dining room, and master bath also play host to a bevy of breathtaking antique chandeliers and sconces, an affinity for which the Spilkers developed during their time as stewards of an historic home. Their St. Louis house retained a number of original chandeliers; others had been sold along the way. Through the process of replacing those the Spilkers discovered a local lighting store specializing in antique fixtures. “When we came here we decided, because we both love antique lighting, that we would put in some antique chandeliers to kind of mix it up,” Jen says. The end result, by all accounts, is a home run.

O R (Above) The pool and extensive patio area is a favorite spot throughout the summer for people and pups. (Right) The home also offers a wealth of outdoor living area looking out onto gently rolling acreage beneath a skyblue ceiling

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WILLY TACO: RED SANGRIA ••• It’s not summer without sangria, and the team at Willy Taco gave us their house recipe, notable for its (not-so) secret ingredient: fresh pineapple juice.

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JIANNA: THE COUNTESS ••• Aperol is the key to this Italian Riviera-inspired drink. Its orange hue and Prosecco topper is bright on the palate but packs a boozy punch.

Simple or ornate, new or old, the composition of a pitcher should be clear glass to feature a drink’s juicy color

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Very Vanilla: For the first shelf styling, a striking monochromatic white theme is on display, but this can work in a variety of complementary colors. Here, otherwise plain pieces pop against wood paneling, taking something that may seem dated and using it to highlight handsome, classic dark walls. Gather and group like items such as milk glass vases, white bound books, and even simple artwork.

BEYOND THE BOOKS Shelves styled three sensible, space-based ways.

Be they cluttered or empty, crammed or arranged with happenstance, our bookshelves seem to say a lot about us, and their omnipresence in every home reflects how important they are. And how easy they are to neglect. Styling a bookshelf in your home breathes new energy into a space, creating an instant refresh. All it takes is a bit of thought and some shopping—preferably around your home. Start by thinking about what purpose your shelves pose in their space. In an office, they may be used to store books and supplies; in a den or living area, they may serve a dual purpose: books and display. In a kitchen or a bathroom they serve as functional storage. Once you’ve determined the best use for your shelves, clear and clean them creating a fresh slate. (No shame in the amount of dust behind those knickknacks and encyclopedias!)

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Living Wall: Taking the likeitem approach to the limit, we gathered plants once scattered through the house and created a living wall. Add texture with baskets—think of hanging one or two to create even more interest. Also important to think about when styling a shelf is dimension: Use multiple heights and mix sizes. This will help your shelves look natural instead of sterile. All of that greenery is truly a stunning display.


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Arm’s Reach: Open shelving is certainly on trend in kitchens, and a bookshelf can add style without a complete overhaul. Find handsome glass canisters to show off grains, coffee, and sugar. Think about a complementing color, and add a few subtle touches to tie the shelves into your room. Cookbooks, a coffee station, and fresh flowers complete the scene. Now everything you need to create a meal is at your fingertips, and it’s looking great to boot.

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Self Containment Pump up your porch this season with playful combination plantings that bring beauty and bounty. / by Beth Brown Ables / Illustrations by Bethany Williams

IT’S THE SEASON FOR GARDENING, AND IT’S the season for porch sitting. What better way to combine the two than with a container garden? Packing color (and flavor!) into a smaller size offers less maintenance and more curb (and patio) appeal to your home. We spent time with two of the Upstate’s wellstocked and knowledgeable garden centers to get the lowdown on planting our own, easy-to-maintain containers: Country Boy’s and Martin Garden Center. For a classic, Southern front porch container Allen Walcher of Country Boy’s offers a wealth of advice. “You want to keep things a bit more formal. Two identically planted pots framing a doorway look neat and welcoming. For the backyard, however,” Allen says, smiling, “that’s where you can have some fun.” Create an English cottage-style container with five different plants. Allen suggests before planting to “think about your house color. Pick colors that complement your exterior.” Even more essential, look at your outdoor space and determine if it receives less than six hours of sunlight. If so, you’ll need to plant shade-loving varieties. Otherwise, choose sunny plants, and try to keep them out of the harsher summer afternoon light. From there, it’s time to do the fun part: select your plants. For a sun-loving container, think about which plants will grow tall, which will spill over the sides, and which will mound. It’s also fun to include a scented flower. Begonias work well as a center plant and come in a variety of colors. Allen’s final piece of advice is to add a white flower simply because, “When you add white, it makes all the other colors pop.” Pinch back dead blooms and leggy stems to keep your container lush and happy throughout the season.


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At Martin Garden Center, edible plants look just as compelling in containers, with the added bonus of upping your culinary aptitude. Choose two varieties of basil such as purple ruffle and Italian large leaf for color and height; oreganos and thymes will drape over the sides of the container, as will mints. Parsley, chives, and dill are all delicate and add interest (and flavor!). Or consider a more thematic grouping—a pot planted with tea flavorings (lavender, lemon balm, spearmint), or one just for a certain style of cooking (Italian basil, oregano, and parsley for pasta). Because herbs tend to spread quickly, containers also work well to keep them from overtaking your yard, while it also keeps what you need steps from your kitchen.

Follow these tips to make sure your potted plants are as pretty as they are plentiful: • Plant only in containers 14” or bigger, otherwise it is difficult to keep them watered. Plus, their roots need room to grow down. • Only use bowl-shaped containers for plants with shallow root systems, such as mosses and succulents. • Fill the base of pots with one inch of large bark mulch, styrofoam peanuts, or drainage gravel. Roots grow best (and therefore plants look best) if the soil drains well. • Use a potting soil with a high content of spaghnam peat moss. • Add a small handful of pellet fertilizer and mix well before planting.

Whether for color or culinary ventures (or both!) container gardens add enjoyment to any home and every style.


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AT YOUR SERVICE A stack of plates and cloth napkins invite guests to serve their own piece of the pie. Garland and pennants hang above a serving table laden with small bites, adding to the festive mood. A variety of pie choices create a delicious spread.

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Tonight Cathleen Seay welcomes her book club into her home, a place newly redesigned for easy social gatherings. Cathleen and her husband Britt, both Greenville natives, have raised their two children in the classic 1960s brick ranch, just a stone’s throw from Sirrine Stadium. Frank Ulmer, proprietor of Ulmer Lumber, built two homes on three lots on Jones Avenue in the 1950s and 1960s; one as a bungalow for his sister and one which ultimately became the Seay family’s brick ranch. Though it would have been simpler to find an open floor plan in another neighborhood, it wouldn’t be the place they call home. So on this evening, good friends-as-guests enjoy their first fête at the newly appointed home. They are welcomed by a front façade that feels decidedly less ranch and more influenced by cottage style with its warm cream paint and bronze casement windows. Those who circle around discover back steps that rise from a brick-trimmed stone courtyard strung with café lights. “The plan that worked best was


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pretty much a mullet: all business up front and party in the back,” Cathleen says. That party style extends to a new open-concept kitchen, designed around a bright turquoise island used for meal (and pie) prep as well as impromptu entertaining.

Easy as pie Pie proves an ideal summer party food with options sweet or savory, fruit to cream (and every variation between). For her guests, Cathleen offers at least three types of pie and counts on them to try them all. But there’s no need to offer a mountain of tableware; one plate per person will suffice. It’s a pie social, friends should be happy to sample with a single plate and fork. Savory pies are quiche-like, bound together with egg custard. A tomato pie (the Southern staple) is ideal for summer’s bounty, laced with fresh tender herbs. Best of all, most types of pie do well warm or at room temperature, adding to the ease of outdoor entertaining. But don’t forget to snag a cream pie from the fridge. Chocolate silk, banana or chiffon will

need to stay chilled until the appointed hour. Something handmade is thoughtful to serve, even if your hand wasn’t exactly involved. “Rachel Bradley brought delicious ridiculous pie options,” Cathleen says. Enlisting a friend who bakes, or turning to an expert like Greenville’s Desserterie, are excellent options; special order bakers are a growing trend in Greenville and other southern towns. Rounding out the table includes adding some snacks to the mix: nuts, cheese straws, maybe some crudité. Offer both wine and water (or iced tea); sparkling wine adds a nice touch to warm, day-lit evenings, served in simple café cups with its light, bright bite. Top off the evening by setting a festive mood with garland or pennants. Cathleen, working with her sister and local artist Jean Wilson Freeman, strings crinkled Reader’s Digest pages on an exterior wall, lending a vintage nod to the book club gathering. Cloth napkins, flickering candles and fresh flowers make a table feel special and, in lieu of cake stands, use items you have to create levels of varying height.

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Heirloom Tomato Pie

2 ¾ pounds assorted large tomatoes, divided 2 tsp kosher salt, divided 1 ½ c. (6 ounces) freshly shredded extrasharp Cheddar cheese ½ c. fresh goat cheese ½ c. mayonnaise 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 ½ Tbsp. plain yellow cornmeal 1 prepared piecrust Method: Cut two pounds tomatoes into ¼ inch-thick slices, and remove seeds. Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels; sprinkle with one teaspoon of salt. Let stand for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Stir together cheddar cheese, a quarter of the goat cheese, mayo, eggs, chives, parsley, vinegar, pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl until combined. Pat tomato slices dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle cornmeal over bottom of crust. Lightly spread ½ cup of cheese mixture onto crust; layer with half of the tomato slices in slightly overlapping rows. Repeat layers, using remaining tomato slices and cheese mixture. Cut remaining 3/4 pound of tomatoes into ¼ inch-thick slices and arrange on top. Sprinkle with remaining goat cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes, shielding edges with foil during the last 20 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Let stand for one to two hours before serving.

Chocolate Cream Pie Crust: 2 Tbsp. butter 12 chocolate sandwich cookies Filling: 3 c. whole milk 6 Tbsp. butter, cut into hunks 2⁄3 c. sugar ¼ c. cornstarch 9 egg yolks, beaten 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped 1 ½ tsp vanilla Topping: 2 c. heavy cream 2 Tbsp. sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 9-inch pie plate Method: Grease a glass pie plate lightly and set it aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crush chocolate cookies in food processor and place in a mixing bowl. Melt butter and pour over crushed cookies. Stir the mixture and press into the prepared pie pan. Bake for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and let it cool while mixing the filling. Put milk and sugar in a three-quart pot over high heat. Bring it to an almost boil. Pour the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture in a thin stream, while whisking the egg mixture. When half of the milk has been poured over eggs, return the tempered egg mixture back to the pot. Turn the heat to medium and while still whisking slowly bring the mixture to boil. Continue to whisk at this temperature for three minutes. Remove the pot from burner. Add butter and stir until melted. Add chocolate and stir until melted. Once the chocolate is mixed and the pudding is smooth, pour directly into the prepared pie shell. Cover with plastic wrap pressing directly on to top of pie. Chill overnight.

Summer Berry Pie

3 c. mixed fresh berries 1 c. sugar ¼ c. corn starch zest of one lemon heavy cream, as needed sugar, to garnish

1 prepared piecrust Method: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Wash and prepare berries and then toss with sugar, corn starch, and lemon zest. Pour into prepared pie shell. Cut strips of piecrust to place in a lattice pattern over top. Brush top of pie with cream, and sprinkle with sugar. Place pie on the top rack of oven. Put a cookie sheet on the rack below the pie to catch any bubble over. Bake for 45-55 minutes until golden and bubbly. Let cool for at least an hour.

RECIPES BY RACHEL BRADLEY OF DESSERTERIE Don’t see yourself whipping up pies from scratch? Cater them in from Desserterie Greenville, a custom pie business by pastry chef Rachel Bradley. The mom of three boys continues to bake for custom orders offering seasonal pies and specialty desserts, including the three pies Cathleen Seay requested for the pie social. Rachel shared her recipes with atHome (but they tasted especially delicious straight from the Desserterie boxes).

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See what guests saw with a first look at the renovation of the Seay house, showcasing family living and refined home design. Two elements were the heart of this renovation project, executed by Tindall Architecture Workshop: a new, large central staircase, around which a little over 1,000 square feet was added (including a pair of bedrooms and a bath for the kids) and a new, more open floor plan for easy entertaining.

MURALTASTIC Cathleen’s sister is renowned local muralist Jean Wilson Freeman, who was enlisted to emblazon the center halls with a playful take on a modern asterisk. A scaled-down version of her ubiquitous umbrella flowers emblazon the foyer in shades of coral over an earthy navy.

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A masterfully designed dormer creates an ideal upstairs bathroom. It boasts classic basketweave tile flooring, an upholstered window seat and a jewel of a glossy green vanity cabinet. Cathleen calls the color cheerful and sunny.

“We were down to the studs in the heart of the house,” remembers homeowner Cathleen Seay. “But the redesign makes all the difference. Especially when entertaining.” “At the end of the day you just want people to be happy to come over and then happy to stay,” says Cathleen. “We always thought this is why we should do it; we love to be home with our kids and their friends and our family and our friends. “Now our home feels exactly the way we always wanted it.”

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Grounds for Historic Vows Caroline Hopkins and Andy Newton unite on the Hopkins farm in southern Greenville County. / by Lynn Greenlaw / Photos by Patrick Cox

Having talked about her wedding day with her father since she was a little girl, Caroline Hopkins knew that the only place for her marriage was at the family’s farm. Established in 1834 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the farm has been home to seven consecutive generations of the Hopkins family. Caroline and Andy attended Presbyterian College. They didn’t date while there, but were as Caroline says, “acquaintances with many overlapping best friends.” It was only after each returned to Greenville after a few years that they serendipitously connected. SUMMER 2017

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During the 2013 Fall for Greenville event they connected while out with friends at the piano bar, Jack and Diane’s. They began dating soon after. While Caroline was out of town on business, a stealthy Andy met with Caroline’s dad and asked permission to propose to Caroline. Then, out to dinner soon after, they crossed the bridge near the Peace Center leading to Larkin’s on the River where she thought they were headed to meet friends. Andy stopped mid-way and presented her with a velvet box that contained a monogramed necklace with a center “N,” which reflected his last name. He then proposed with her paternal grandmother’s wedding ring. Of course she said, “Yes!” and they then headed to Jack and Diane’s where friends and family were already waiting to celebrate. Caroline and her dad, John, spent hours planning the ceremony site on the farm and eventually had a new structure, the Belvedere in the Woodland Garden, constructed for her nuptials. The Belvedere is a short walk from the Pond Overlook where guests were assembled before the ceremony. They were led to the Belvedere by bagpiper Nick Williams in tribute to John Hopkins’ Scottish heritage. The celebration took place in June 2016 with a magnificent ceremony and reception. Guests were treated to brunch by the Pond Overlook; the ceremony in the Belvedere; a walk through the pecan grove; a reception with the bridal party in the family home; and then a scrumptious sailcloth-tented luncheon in the private gardens. The bride’s dream wedding was fully realized. Andy is a Greenville High AP and honors U.S. history teacher and varsity football coach and an agent with the Fieldstone Realty Group. Caroline is a lawyer serving as an assistant solicitor with the 13th Circuit Solicitors Office. They reside in Greenville. 142 _ at Home

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shouldn’t take any longer than it has to. All the big names now have Li-ion battery-operated options: Bosch, STIHL, Ryobi, DEWALT, and Ridgid, among others. Their powerful new battery technology has translated into cordless and gas-less yard equipment that was once unimaginable—from uberpowerful leaf blowers to long-lasting push and even riding lawn mowers. (Think: 5,000-plus square feet of lawn on a single charge for a push mower and more than two acres for a riding one). Batteries can be rotated from appliance to appliance—so the same battery that works for a hedge-trimmer, works for the weed-eater—and are easily swapped out in the middle of larger jobs. Unlike some older technology, batteries run at full speed and strength until the very last second. Price points are generally dependent on charging speed and amp hours, which tells you how much energy can be stored in the battery and how long a tool can be run without stopping to charge. Look for 6-amp hours plus for the best return on your investment. Best of all, batteries can reach full charge in 30-45 minutes; that’s less time than it takes to get to 100 percent on your cell. So pop some headphones into your iPhone and slide a battery into your lawn mower. It’s time to get to work. SUMMER 2017

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A brief lowdown on battery-powered equipment NiCd battery

This older model of rechargeable battery uses nickel oxide hydroxide and metallic cadmium as electrodes. It is a heavier and less efficient battery than emerging battery technology.

Li-ion battery

The latest and greatest batteries for lawn care and power tool equipment, this is the current cuttingedge power source for most off-the-shelf tools. Batteries last longer, hold their charge longer, and take less time than ever to charge with less weight. Efficiency improvements will continue, but the Li-ion technology will likely be in place for some time.



There are three primary voltage platforms: 12, 18 and 36+ volts. The most prolific and pervasive of these three in terms of lawn care is the 18-volt platform which is being used to power everything from string trimmers to chemical sprayers. 36+ volt Li-ion batteries are new on the scene and are being used to power tools once thought to be exclusively gasoline only including lawn mowers (riding and push) and some high-powered leaf blowers.


Amp-hour ratings are comparable to gas tank size. This number tells you how much energy can be stored in the battery and relates to how long a tool can be run without stopping to charge. Maximum run time is key, so amp hours are creeping up from four and five to 6-amp hours plus.

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Nobody likes to wait any more, and this is one area where different brands can differ significantly. Bosch has a 36-volt lithium-ion battery and fast charger that full charges in 42 minutes. Most 18-volt batteries will charge in 30 minutes or less.


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Intentional architecture showcases modern, slimmed-down design, on display in a vacation home’s crisp kids rooms. / by Heidi Coryell Williams / photos by Rebecca Lehde



retained to create a purposeful place for a young, Greenville-area family to spend weekends and vacations, with enough room to entertain friends and extended family, the obvious solution was not a one-room-wide, contemporary home construct. But that’s exactly what worked. Because beyond space and style, this family also asked for something a little out of the ordinary, Gosnell explains: “Architecture.” The result is a three-level home, with two master suites and a pair of kids rooms that are as out-

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standing as they are out of the ordinary, encased in glass with a focus on materials that captures the sunlight and the natural surroundings of the site. The result: clean, natural elements of classic midcentury modern design earn full attention. “This is meant to be a vacation house, and the bedrooms were designed with that in mind,” Gosnell says. In one of the masters (there are two of them) the closet is not enclosed, but rather open to the bedroom and hidden by a low wall that comes up about six feet. Doors are sparse to ensure maximum natural light.

Bedrooms can be smaller when the color palette is light and consistent throughout, allowing color to live in furnishings and accents where they should find more longevity. The exception to this neutrality can be found in the kids’ rooms, where “permanent color” is incorporated into home materials, rather than on the walls. “The color changes are in the materiality of a cabinet and in the tile of the kids’ bathroom,” Gosnell says. “When the architecture is really strong, and it takes front stage, it’s easier to not feel like you’ve got to put a bunch of color on it.”


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Fifty-foot lake setbacks created placement and orientation challenges, but by creating a home that is no more than 25 feet wide at its broadest point, it also presented an opportunity, Gosnell says: “Sunlight. The sunlight in that house is ideal. You don’t get any dark rooms because you’ve got glass all the way around you.” That combination of glass and wood, as well as prominent ceiling forms, designates it as classic midcentury modern. “But we created a completely original design that responded specifically to this site. That’s where the architecture sets itself apart.” Other elements on display include LED lighting, foam insulation, and exceptional window technology—all of which makes the home extremely energy efficient. Windows were installed at standard sizes to accommodate standard roll-up blinds, all of which contributed to keeping construction costs down. Front-end planning involved interior designer Amy Emory who not only coordinated textiles and treatments to complement the architecture, but she also custom designed all the home’s millwork, for a truly integrated and individualized look. “Especially in modern architecture it has to be a holistic approach to interiors,” Gosnell says. The end result is a small package with big impact.

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Discovered in the Wilkins home’s attic was this wood block, inscribed with the names of builder Jacob Kagle and journeyman James B. Dunn.

“On Yesterday”

Historic Wilkins home renovation reveals a writing from a bygone time. / by Heidi Coryell Williams Resurrected from the ashes, a nearly 140-year-old letter was just one of countless discoveries unveiled in April as part of a unique and uniquely successful public-private partnership designed to preserve part of Greenville’s historic architecture. Owned by Greenville developer Neil Wilson, the Wilkins home was saved from demolition with the help of the Save the Wilkins House Committee. Working jointly, they arranged for the home’s relocation three years ago—just a few blocks from its commercial-heavy, Augusta Road location to the 100 block of Mills Avenue. While the move made space for an assisted living community on the busy business corridor, it also ensured the safe relocation of the Reconstruction-era, Italianate-style mansion. Among the countless historic details discovered beneath layers of paint, varnish and drywall, was one item of particular note: A letter written Friday, Nov. 22, 1878 by the home’s original owner, Upstate businessman William Wilkins to his wife, Harriet Cleveland Wilkins. The letter was first discovered following a fire in 1942 in the tower room of the home, which was then occupied by Jones Funeral Home. Funeral home owner, Floyd Jones, stored the letter in the company safe, where it was kept safe, and now it is on display at the restored home.

New York

22 Nov, 1878

My Darling Wife, I wrote you on yesterday that I would leave here on Saturday night which would have brought me into Greenville Monday morning provided I made all the connections. But I am sorry to say that since coming into our new house I find that in justice to my business or in order to get Penniman off all right it will be necessary for me to be here two or three days next week, which I dislike very much but do not like to get off after staying so long half fixed up. I assure you that you cannot possibly think longer of the time than I do. Your afft husband, Wm Wilkins

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