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Charming mountain home nestled on 9 private, wooded acres. Cypress shakes outside & warm wormy chestnut inside, a beautiful view of Furman & downtown Greenville, pool & slate patio, 3 bed, 3 baths in the main house as well as an attached guest cottage with porch, bedroom, bath, fireplace, & separate kitchen. Main home features a large vaulted living room, dining room, and bright “keeping room”. While just minutes from downtown, this property offers quiet, comfortable retreat. Square footage in MLS reflects both structures.
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7 Par rish Ct. Greenville $1,225,000 Set on almost 2 & a half acres of land with your own private, lovely pond & waterfall, this 4 bedroom 4 1/2 bath home has the best of all worlds! Located in Collins Creek, it offers a superior neighborhood & convenient “in town” location as well as an incredibly private oasis. The home is a traditional “low country” style with wide pine hardwood floors, high ceilings, a gracious front porch, a spacious two story entrance, a bright Florida room overlooking a pond, a large den, three additional bedrooms, and heated and cooled storage. The Master, with “his” & “her” space, is on the first floor along with an updated kitchen & breakfast room that opens to a patio & private rear garden. a charming potting shed and deck chairs are a perfect place to reflect upon the day.
400 Crescent Ave. Greenville $1,295,000 Exquisite, traditional two story brick in the heart of Alta Vista with a superb renovation while keeping the charm of the original structure. The front entry encompasses a lovely foyer with access to both the study & living room. High ceilings & handsome moldings create an atmosphere of graciousness. From the living room, sun room, dining room, & family room you are presented with exceptional choices for entertaining. The kitchen & breakfast room have been totally renovated. The first floor master suite offers a gracious dressing room, “his” & “her” space, & a totally new bath. With fireplace, wet bar, & French doors opening onto a stone patio, where you can view the extremely private garden. Upstairs offers three or four additional bedrooms & three full baths as well as storage & an exercise room. Truly an exceptional residence on Crescent Avenue.
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110 Huckleberr y Ridge Greenville $2,950,000 International by design, this superb 10 acre mountaintop estate with unobstructed 270 degree view & over 7,000 sq.ft. offers an authentic Asian residence, surrounded by waterfalls, koi ponds, year round gardens, deck, indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub, & green house. The entire interior takes advantage of the breathtaking view. Five bedrooms, six baths, master bedroom suite with superb bath & dressing room, living room & dining room share a stunning open fireplace, dramatic high ceilings made of bamboo, open floor plan, easyaccess kitchen, den with fireplace & bookshelves, kitchen features a top of the line appliances, fireplace & island. A detached studio with soaring ceilings and fireplace could be used as an office, rec room, or guest quarters.
104 Parkins Lake Rd. Greenville $2,825,000 This stately Georgian residence is situated on almost 10 acres of land including a pond and guest house, thus, creating a rare “in-town” estate just minutes from downtown and the airport. The main house, with over 6,500 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, and 5 baths, features an exceptionally open floor plan, high ceilings, extensive molding. The interior rooms range from a bright sunroom with full length windows that capture the views of the pond; a warm, inviting cherry library; and, a downstairs pub with a full length bar and brass foot rail! The home’s inviting terraces lead to a fabulous “Pond House” with a full kitchen, sauna, and hot tub. This property offers an exceptional lifestyle!
6 Woodland Way Cir. Greenville $1,775,000 One of Greenville’s finest residences on over 2 acres of landscaped grounds overlooking Cleveland Park. With its high ceilings and expansive proportions, this 4 bedroom, 5 bath home offers an open floor plan rarely found in this market. Its custom features are simply too extensive to list, a few include: Master bedroom suite with entertainment center; His & Her baths and closets and a balcony overlooking in ground pool and Cleveland Park; handsome library; whole house generator; garages with 4 car capacity; media/den room and much more!
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Come home to the heart of Verdae. Hollingsworth Park reinvents a bygone era, creating an intimate community defined not merely by where—but also how—you want to live. Nestled within the City of Greenville, this new urban development offers a diversity of housing options at varying price points, from custom and estate homes to more modest single-family dwellings and townhomes. Residents enjoy a 20-acre central park, shared common areas, pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and being close to everything.
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Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~ Henry James
ravo Henry James. He sums it up pretty well, doesn’t he? Summer may be hot and humid but we still welcome its arrival.And when it becomes too much to tolerate we know that it’s a relatively short escape to the mountains or the shore for some relief.We really have the best of both worlds living in the Upstate of South Carolina. Lucky us! Whether you’re at home this Summer or headed elsewhere on some adventure, I hope you’ll take along this copy of our magazine to while away the Summer days. There are some intriguing articles for your perusal. One couple whose home is featured can retreat to their gorgeous getaway, with its neutral palette décor, on the banks of Lake Keowee. Another can head to their award-winning, laid-back family cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. Our third featured home seems to be always filled with the brightness and warmth of Summer due to the color choices made by its interior designer owner. Special thanks to the Ervin-Williamses, the Tindalls and the Carmodys for letting us visit. Need to decorate your outside spaces with a pop of color and perhaps some fruits of the season? Then be sure to check out our Ideas In Bloom and Garden to Table features. Want something to help you stay refreshed and cooled right outside your own backdoor? Then turn to the TRENDS feature for some head-turning ideas for swimming pools. A charming couple has shared their joyous at-home wedding with us, too. Thank you to the Lovvorns. See you in the Fall. Meanwhile, don’t get too much sun, sand or surf. But remember: some of the best memories come while wearing flip-flops!
I love hearing from you with your comments and suggestions. Please contact me at 864.679.1239 or Lgreenlaw@communityjournals.com.
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Garden in a Pot
Containers add color, interest to the patio, porch and garden Written by Lynn Greenlaw Photography by Patrick Cox
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here are a multitude of reasons to add container plantings to your porch, garden or patio: added color; added fragrance; added veggies (think tomatoes), herbs or citrus; and added space for the chipmunks or squirrels to hide their nuts for later. Okay, maybe that last one is not really valid although it oftentimes seems that my backyard critters think thatâ€™s why the pots are there! We recently attended a containerplanting seminar at Martin Nursery in Greenville and they graciously allowed us to photograph the staff and attendees in action. Hopefully youâ€™ll gain some inspiration for your own pots while viewing the beautiful combos in this feature. Of course we could provide you with the names of the plants in each of the featured containers. But that would take away the fun. Visit your local plant nursery and indulge your own unique creative abilities.
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(BELOW) The container-planting seminar began with some tips for how to select plants for the greatest impact.
(BELOW) With their newly gained knowledge, the ladies headed out to select just the right plants for their containers. (FAR LEFT) After roaming through the gorgeous selection of plant material, the ladies took their choices to a fully equipped planting station. (LEFT) The fun really began as the plants were arranged in the chosen containers and garden masterpieces were created.
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BETH FORTUNE OF MARTIN NURSERY RECOMMENDS THREE MAIN INGREDIENTS TO CREATE AN APPEALING CONTAINER: Thrillers, Spillers and Fillers. 1. Thrillers. A thriller is a plant used in the middle or the back of the container to give the arrangement height and drama. Examples of thriller plants: grasses, rosemary, spikes, angelonia, caladiums, coreopsis and yarrow. 2. Fillers. Filler plants are used in the middle of the container to intermingle and fill the gap between the thrillers and spillers. By using different colors and textures, you’re creating a container that’s full as well as colorful. Examples of filler plants: autumn ferns, coral bells, lantana, Diamond Frost euphorbia, pentas, begonias, New Guinea impatiens and coleus. 3. Spillers. A spiller is selected to spill over the container, softening the edges. This can be as simple as ivy or a plant that flowers as well. Examples of spiller plants: ivy, bacopa, creeping jenny, petunias, million bells, sweet potato vine, thyme and wire vine. When planting a container, consider the location and amount of light. Using plants with similar growing conditions will help guarantee success. Be creative with your container selection as well as plant selection. Don’t be afraid to mix perennials with annuals or use small shrubs for your thriller. ah SU MME R 2012 I 21
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‘Hers: Design with a Feminine Touch’ Written b y Ja c qu e l in e d e M o n tr a ve l Review b y Ja c kie Wil l e y
a female friend just starting her home and on a limited budget, and equally useful and fun for a woman who has a well-established home and is looking for ideas to enhance her space. Not to mention it is a lovely book with wonderful photographs that would enhance any coffee table.
Jackie Willey is a volunteer at Fiction Addiction. This book is available at Fiction Addiction (www.fictionaddiction.com), 1020A Woodruff Road, Greenville, 864-675-0540. The store stocks new and used books for children and adults, takes customer special orders, and hosts author events.
ers: Design with a Feminine Touch” by Jacqueline deMontravel is a delightful design idea book for establishing a feminine space in any style home. Ms. deMontravel believes that all women need a space for their own use, whether it’s a place to be creative, to relax or to work – or a spot to share with family and friends. Jacqueline deMontravel certainly has the background to author this book. She is the editor of Romantic Homes magazine and oversees such publications as Cottages & Bungalows and Victorian Homes. In “Hers,” she features style ideas garnered from some of her very creative friends. She shows, for example, how a home with three young boys can still have a feminine side and a retreat for the woman of the house. While the title may invoke thoughts of pink lace and large cabbage roses on wallpaper, the book covers much more than the traditional. Ms. deMontravel shows how any style, be it Coastal, French, Ethnic, Gustavian or Romantic, can be adapted to a special feminine interpretation. She even goes past interior design to suggest ideas for outside space as well as hostess tips. The amazing rooms pictured in this book are inspiring, but not so overwhelming that they require a professional to implement them. Ms. deMontravel explains how to work in any space – small, large, multifunctional, etc. – and use any of the styles you have decided are “you.” “Hers” would be a wonderful gift for
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Deck water jets have become quite a popular addition to pools in the last few years. Mostly aesthetic, they do add an extra element of fun for the kids. In addition to those shown here, there are jets available that produce bubbling mini fountains of water on shallow shelves or steps within the pool.
Wade In! Backyard pools have come a long way since the basic rectangle Written b y Ly n n G r e e n l a w
hereâ€™s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a dip in a nicely chilled swimming pool. Hopefully, you are fortunate enough to have fond memories of lazy afternoons spent around the nearest community pool or in your own backyard pool. Our son and his friends were mostly waterlogged by the end of summer vacation.
Whereas the basic backyard pool of yesteryear was most likely a rectangle with perhaps a diving board and the occasional slide, today there are a lot more options available. Weâ€™ve assembled photos of some of the more intriguing features now offered by local pool and spa companies. We hope that you will gain inspiration and stir your creativity while viewing these pools.
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A trio of waterspouts, a spillover spa, walk-down steps and rounded edges provide visual interest for this backyard pool. Gorgeous stonework and lush plantings help make it a true oasis of tranquility.
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If you have a killer view you canâ€™t go wrong with an infinity edge on your backyard pool. This type of pool edge is thought to have first appeared in the 1600s at the Palace of Versailles. Although this is the most difficult type of pool to construct, it is well worth the effort. The slope of this property allows for a captivating waterfall view too. The pool has a finish on the deck that comes in different colors and textures and stays cool in hot weather. That makes it easier on the tootsies.
Photo by Patrick Cox Pool by Genco Pools and Spas
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This multi-featured geometric-shaped pool has lots of options. The far end has a “beach” or “zero” entry that allows you to walk right into the pool … no steps involved. In the middle are sheer waterfalls that descend from a raised planter with an old-world style fountain. On either side are built-in benches.
Photo by Patrick Cox
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Uniquely shaped, this pool has dual spillovers and a trio of decorative waterspouts built into the stonework. The flowing water produces a wonderful sound that helps mask outside noise.
Sited nearer the house, providing privacy, is a spillover spa with a sun shelf in front and steps leading into the pool. The wide surround on the spa edge provides additional seating for the patio
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This shot just couldn’t be resisted. Yes, it’s an infinity edge pool with a spillover spa surrounded by lovely stonework and a custom iron railing. But … look at that view! Even the lions are impressed.
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pstate designer Nicole Belue – the daughter of a builder and land developer – has seemingly spent her life with a paintbrush in one hand and a copy of Architectural Digest in the other. So when the mother of two boys discovered eco-friendly paint that flawlessly covered a room and did so without the powerful fumes and toxic ingredients to which she’d become accustomed, she breathed a sigh of relief. The CEO of that paint company? Well, he just happened to be a friend, so Belue promptly created a color palette for his line of environmentally friendly baby nursery paints – one that blended the organic with the evocative. The result is the newly released Lullaby Paints, made by Upstate-based Imperial Paints and now being marketed coast to coast. At a time in the design world when paint can have a cult following (think Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint™ line) and when decorator “pinboards” are the new paint chip (thanks to addictive Web sites like Pinterest), Lullaby Paints is perfectly positioned to reach the nurseries of eco-minded parents everywhere – all from a small factory in Spartanburg County. Lullaby Paints is appealing and unique in all the right ways, from its chic packaging in metallic, resealablespouted plastic pouches to the noticeable lack of smell when it is rolled on the wall. Best of all, perhaps, despite being new to the marketplace, the paint has the benefit of more than two decades of experience. The parent company of Lullaby is Imperial Paints, and it was formerly the U.S. subsidiary of a British paint company that has been making nontoxic paints for 20-plus years, having garnered numerous awards including the UK Seal of Approval, the Daily Telegraph/ NatWest Bank Clean Technology Award, and the Glaxo Welcome Responsible Business Award. Each container of Lullaby Paint is made to order in the
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Aside from giving the exterior a good scrubbing and replacing the porchâ€™s red chipped tileWARM with flagstone, one WELCOME of the few The front door greets visitors with changes an anmade tique wrought ironthe doorHarlans salvaged fromwas a removing the twoWillarge building in Argentina, where Kathryn shrubs obscuring the liams lived as a child. She loves that itâ€™s windows. asymmetrical and that the original glass behind the wrought iron opens to bring in breezes.
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hen Tom Ervin and Kathryn Williams bought a lot at the Cliffs at Keowee Springs in 2008, the busy Greenville lawyers wanted a serene lakeside home that took them worlds away from work – but wasn’t worlds away. “They wanted a place to forget the to-do list while enjoying a sunset cruise, but where, if needed, they could spend a Friday working just as efficiently as they do at their office. And to top it all off, they wanted a home that was designed to USGBC LEED for Home standards, so the architectural and interior design had to meet rigorous criteria for efficiency and sustainability. It was a tall order, but after working with architects at Johnston Design Group, interior designers at Linda McDougald Design, landscape designers J. Dabney Peeples Design and Seamon Whiteside, and builder Jeff Tutman – and incorporating their own personalities, hobbies and interests – they got everything they wanted and more. “The home is inspired by the English Country tradition with an emphasis on the use of natural, authentic materials and architectural antiques – it is all about connection to nature,” notes Scott Johnston of Johnston Design Group. “We further tie in sustainability elements through the broad reliance on renewable energy and rain water collection. The home seamlessly incorporates geothermal, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technologies, which reduces the energy demand of the home by half, and we collect rain water for irrigation of the extensive gardens.” The three-level home features the lakeside views Kathryn loves as well as the view of the mountains Tom wanted. The large windows and neutral color palette allow the stunning scenery to remain the focus in as many rooms as possible. “We wanted to allow the Lake Keowee views to become part of the interior,” Williams says. Williams is a woman who knows what she wants. During an almost 30-year legal career, she has tenaciously represented injured workers, among other clients, and has been named in Best Lawyers in America by her peers. She was also the first – and still the only – woman elected president of the S.C. Trial Lawyers’ Association. INSIDE AND OUT In a nod to Old English Country architecture, the home uses the same materials on the exterior and interior. For example, the limestone and iron accents outside are repeated inside on the stairs, which features iron rails and limestone treads.
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NATURALLY NEUTRAL (Opposite) The antique Italian door over the fireplace showcases Williams’ love of ironwork, and adds visual interest to the monochromatic color scheme. Arched doorways and expansive windows make the lakeside scenery the main attraction, while the refurbished 1913 Steinway piano adds beauty and entertainment at parties.
Tom Ervin has practiced law since 1977, and at age 32, he was the youngest circuit judge ever elected to the S.C. Judiciary. Kathryn tried her very first jury trial in front of him as a rookie lawyer. They met again 17 years later at a judicial reception, “and we’ve been together ever since,” Williams says. When they married in 2003, Ervin retired from the bench and joined her law practice. Their busy schedules inspired them to find a second home that was close to home. “We built it as a getaway, but we knew if we had a place too far from home, we wouldn’t use it,” Williams says. “This is just 30 miles from Greenville and we’re in a different world.” This innovative couple wasn’t interested in the typical lake house look, instead creating a style Williams calls “English Country with an edge.” The materials – limestone, slate, iron – are traditional English Country, but the interiors are a comfortable mix of new and old, and full of clean, simple lines. The entrance to the home evokes the English Country feel, with an arched doorway and three rectangular openings that bring in natural light. The wrought iron door is an antique salvaged from Argentina, which holds special meaning for Williams since she spent her early childhood living there. The door is just a hint of the ironwork that punctuates the home. “I just think there is nothing any prettier than ironwork,” Williams says. “It’s pretty without being fussy or too feminine, because I’m not about frills and ruffles.” The entryway and dining area feature vaulted brick ceilings and dramatic beams that were faux finished to achieve an aged appearance. “The stairway of our home, located in the entry, is itself a stunning work of art. Patterned after the design of the antique balcony found for the master bedroom, the railings are custom-crafted from iron and the treads are limestone,” notes Williams. The dining room opens to the main living area, where a 19th century iron door from Italy – this one hung over the coursed limestone fireplace – offers a focal point in the neutral-toned room. “It takes some courage to do a no-color house, but we’ve just loved it,” Williams adds. A refurbished satin ebony 1913 Steinway piano holds court in one corner, and while Williams enjoys playing, “my husband says we should sue my piano teacher for malpractice,” she says with a laugh. She frequently asks SU MME R 2012 I 53
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CLASSIC MEETS MODERN The kitchen features sleek appliances and an expansive pewter-topped island, while an antique fireback from the 1700s serves as a backsplash. The range hood is made of zinc, and the spacious pantry lets the accomplished cook keep things neat when entertaining.
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SIMPLY ELEGANT The kitchen continues the neutral color scheme found through the home, with white cabinets and glossy tiles. The Lacanche range is a favorite “because it does what I tell it to do,” Kathryn says, and the gas and electric ovens plus a warming cabinet give her plenty of versatility.
her talented stepmother or a friend to play at parties. “My hobby is cooking, and I got the kitchen of my dreams,” Williams says. She loves whipping up culinary creations on her beloved Lacanche range. Countertops of pewter and Carrara marble and a custom-designed zinc and steel range hood are sleek yet warm, while the gas and electric ovens, plus a warming cabinet, give Williams the functionality she prizes. A spacious pantry includes another refrigerator, sink and prep area, which allows her
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to keep her kitchen looking neat while entertaining. She calls her peaceful master suite “the prettiest bedroom I’ve ever seen,” and credits Linda McDougald with designing an entire room around a French blue antique mirror the couple had previously purchased. Tom likes paneled walls, so McDougald designed panels painted with an aged finish and had the antique mirror integrated into the paneling. The antique French Empire chandelier builds on the peaceful feel of the room, while the balcony beckons with more antique Argentinean ironwork.
One of the guest bedrooms, used by visiting friends or the couple’s grown children, features an antique Louis Philippe armoire with cabinetry built around it, adding both storage and visual interest. Antique botanical prints and artwork continue the neutral theme, and a copy of Glimpses, a book of poetry Tom published in college, is on display. Kathryn was impressed with Tom’s poetry when they began dating, “but like my piano playing, it’s gotten a little rusty,” she jokes.
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FRENCH FLAIR The master suite was designed around an antique mirror in a soft shade of French blue. Faux-finished paneled walls, an Oushak rug and a glittering chandelier create interest in the serene setting. Argentinean ironwork adorns the balcony, and the stainless steel tub brings a sleek touch to the master bath.
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PERSONAL GLIMPSES Prominently showcased is Glimpses, a book of poetry Tom Ervin had published while a college student. The guest room is dominated by an antique Louis Philippe armoire, which is surrounded by custom cabinetry. The home theater, a favorite spot for Tom during college football season, has a refined Art Deco design.
Tom loves college football, so a home theater with a big screen was a must. “He parks there from August until when the Super Bowl comes on,” Williams says. The media room, with a nod to refined Art Deco design, includes a huge screen and plenty of comfy seating – which caused the couple’s only design argument. Ever practical, Tom wanted armchairs with built-in cup holders, but Kathryn deemed them “tacky.” She agreed to the armchairs, but stood firm on nixing the cup holders in favor of sleek polished nickel tables.
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On the home’s top level is the dining porch, which, except for the limestone fireplace, is wrapped in windows, affording unbelievable views of the lake and mountains. With linen-slipcovered chairs, a table designed by McDougald and custom-made by Trey Sherman, and Apache bluestone floors, this is where the couple dines most often. An exterior spiral staircase allows quick access to the outdoors and the dock. Out on their pontoon boat or curling up on the porch with their two miniature Schnauzers, Ervin and Williams
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DINING DIORAM Ervin and Williams enjoy many meals on the dining porch, which is surrounded by glass and affords 360-degree views of the lake and mountains. The exterior spiral staircase gives the dining porch direct access to the dock and the lake below.
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Carmody and family love their older neighborhood in the Augusta Road area, which offers quick access to Cleveland Park and Main Street. She planted creeping fig to add to the outside ambiance. In the kitchen, chalkboard paint creates a handy place for lists or daughter Ila’s doodles.
Interior designer Lindsay Carmody knew having a child would change her life, but she didn’t realize how much it would transform her style – for the better. Carmody, whose daughter Ila is 2 and a half, says her style has gotten bolder and more whimsical, and she’s become much more confident with color. “I used to be so fearful of color, and now I can’t get enough,” she says. “I love colors and patterns I can mix together.” Though children do add challenges to decorating – “I understand messes, spills and the day-to-day craziness,” she says with a laugh – she enjoys factoring kids into her plans “because it makes me not so serious when it comes to design.” As an example in her own home, she cites the chalkboard paint that covers the front of a low cabinet in the kitchen. It’s great for jotting notes or messages, and Ila enjoys doodling while mom and dad cook meals. While sophistication and elegance always have their place, Carmody likes the “lively, personable” feel that kid-friendly designs bring to a home. Carmody grew up in New Jersey and then attended the Art Institute of Colorado in Boulder, where she met her husband Joe, a project manager for a metal fabrication company. While earning a bachelor of arts degree in interior design, she worked as a design assistant in Denver. SU MME R 2012 I 73
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After three years, she was offered a job in Greenville as an in-house designer for a company building homes in the Cliffs communities. A few years later, she went into business with a partner, but for the past four years, she’s been working on her own. “I always dreamed of working from home, starting a family and doing my own thing out of my own house,” she says. The house has become not just her home and her office, but an ever-evolving project that reflects her style, which she defines as “not truly traditional or truly modern,” but a mixture of the things that draw her in. She fell in love with her home in the Augusta Road area in part because of its history. “I have always had a love for older houses,” she says. “They are not perfect, but they are perfect in my eyes. That’s what makes them charming.” The inside has a bright, modern feel, but the outside has classic appeal, with a gas lamp, towering trees, and creeping fig climbing the walls. “I’m obsessed with it,” she says of the rapidly growing plant, and she looks forward to when it clambers up the steps and reaches the chimney. The living room greets guests with a soothing color palette that gets plenty of sunlight thanks to windows large and small. She loves the seagrass rug, which she says goes Pale blue walls lighten up the living room, while neutral and botanical accessories add personality. Removing plantation shutters brought in light and showcases the room’s unique small windows. (RIGHT) The sunroom offers another appealing mix of colors and patterns.. 74 | a thom e at_Home_SUMMER2012_F_Carmody1.indd 74
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Though Carmody loves color, she did not like the jumble created by her book collection â€“ so she covered every one with brown kraft paper. Among the monochromatic collection, she mixed blackand-white photos with white and silver accessories picked up on her travels. Carmodyâ€™s husband Joe spent an entire summer refinishing all of the cabinets and adding beadboard accents in the kitchen. Going with inexpensive beadboard and keeping the existing countertops kept costs to a minimum. An added touch is wallpaper on the inside of cabinet doors.
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Lindsay Carmody’s Summer Favorites: White CeramiC Bird
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advantage of what is typically unused space within the roofline. I envisioned a sleeping loft and a third story with ladder access as a perfect play spot for my son â€Ś and he and his friends love playing there. The layout encourages family interaction. While there are multiple spaces to sleep, read, entertain, relax or watch television, they remain all visually connected. This enhances the idea of a comfortable, interactive space. Our family getaway was an opportunity to take advantage of ideas and principles that I pursue in my own practice. I wanted to design a space that was sustainable, open, efficient and unique to the mountain context. It was important that the home become a reflection of the sustainable initiatives that I find important in residential design. I specifically wanted to minimize energy consumption and waste. Salvaged materials were used throughout the home to demonstrate environmental responsibility and to help keep costs within reason. Discounted, reclaimed and industrial materials were used throughout.
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(ABOVE) - The single bedroom in the cabin is functionally and colorfully decorated in keeping with the efficient quality of the rest of the cabin. (OPPOSITE)- The 1,100 sq. ft. cabin takes full advantage of its mountain ridge vantage point.
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fall in love with an orange and – as I later learned – I was not the only one to have fallen under the intoxicating spell from the fragrance of orange blossoms and the tasty fruits. Long in history, the orange blossom was the symbol of love, and was a constant at weddings from the Greeks to the Romans to the ancients in China. According to Greek mythology, when the goddess Hera married Zeus, the king of heaven, she was given orange blossoms by Gaea, the goddess of earth and fertility.
The origins of the orange are traced to ancient China, and brides there adorned themselves in the orange blossom – the symbol of purity, chastity and innocence – for their weddings. As this tradition spread to India and Persia, the Europeans who battled the “Crusades” brought the tradition to Europe, and then the custom broadened to the colonies in America. Even Queen Victoria wore a wreath of orange blossoms when she married Prince Albert, as did Jacqueline Kennedy when she wed Aristotle Onassis. These aromatic flowers have been used to create perfumes, incense and orange blossom water, and citrus fragrances are used by elegant perfume makers like Calvin Klein, Chloé and Ralph Lauren to arouse the love of men and women. As for lemons, it is widely presumed they originated in southern India and
China, and were used as an antiseptic and antidote for various poisons. Although scurvy was known even in the days of Hippocrates (400 BC), it was not until 1932 that the disease was connected to the lack of vitamin C. Lemons arrived in Europe, near southern Italy around the 1st century AD, during the times of ancient Rome, and later traveled to Persia and Egypt around 700 AD during the Muslim conquests. Although life in the countryside was deteriorating, cities like Constantinople flourished, and courtyard gardens, Orangeries and Limonaias became a focal point of the home and statement of wealth by the 1500s. In India, the lemon was used for many purposes, such as traditional medicines and Ayurveda, and is still one of the main ingredients in Indian cuisine. In the south of India, pickled spiced whole lemons are eaten daily for lunch. As with many foods that exchanged between Europe and the Americas, Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds to Hispaniola on one of his voyages and the French brought them to New Orleans. I like to think that some of the trees I adored from the window of the Winnebago were their distant relatives. One of the rare fruit trees which bloom and bear at the same time, this lovely creature in a beautiful container creates a theatrical aspect to any garden. At the front entrance to a gate, or by the front door, or in a space where you relax after work, a citrus plant in a summer garden provides a unique splash of color and fragrance. The sweet-smelling blossoms will not all produce fruit, and although many will fall from the tree like young love, they can be used in cooking as an aromatic spice. Obviously some will eventually become fruit, pollinated by bees or other insects, thus a summer outdoors is necessary.
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GardentoTable A few orange trees like Clementine mandarins need to be cross-pollinated, and require another tree nearby. The fruits can be left on the trees for long periods without danger of over-ripening. Ideally planted in terra-cotta, a material that breathes, citrus loves bright light and an airy space, with soil that drains well. The plants can remain outside until the temperatures drop into the upper 30s and then winter in the house by a bright window facing south or west and away from heating vents. The breeze of a ceiling fan in the room helps reinvent outdoor conditions where you keep the citrus indoors only through the coldest of months. If it is small enough to move easily, a gentle cool shower every few weeks over leaves and branches limits the chances of a houseplant pest invasion. All citrus are frost-sensitive to some degree and although the leaves and stems can tolerate temperatures into the high 20s, the fruits will be damaged by freezing. Some varieties, like Kumquats, are more “cold hardy” than others. Citrus trees do require high amounts of nitrogen as a soil amendment, which can be as simple as applying composted grass clippings (no fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides added to the lawn of course). For good flower and fruit production, the trees also need phosphorus. Organic bone meal tends to be the best source; another recommended source is phosphate rock. It will also add calcium to the soil, and you don't have to worry about it burning the roots of your citrus tree. Beyond this love affair with the perfume and look of a citrus tree, there are some very practical reasons to grow your own. In our kitchen, orange and lemon zests are used on a weekly if not daily basis. If you purchase fruit from the store, eliminate the worry of pesticides and dyes on the peel by purchasing only organically grown fruits for your kitchen. Commercially grown grocery store citrus are typically sprayed with an artificial dye called Citrus Red No.
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