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Marguerite Wyche.

THE NAME TO KNOW. 43 Collins Ridge Greenville $885,500

Marguerite R. Wyche, President 16 W. North Street Greenville, SC 864.270.2440 www.wycheco.com

This handsome traditional two story brick home is located in Collins Creek on a quiet cul de sac. With five bedrooms, five full baths, and over 4600 sq ft. The home features expansive windows which create a very bright and open feeling. The classic open foyer with two staircases leading upstairs. Opening off the foyer is the family room with breathtaking high ceiling, large windows, and lovely private views into the rear property. The kitchen is very spacious and across from the den. The lower level offers a large rec room, with fireplace, and access to the screen porch and backyard. also, the room currently being used as an office could be another bedroom. Superb family home!

641 Altamont Rd. Greenville $675,000 NEW PRICE Very rare property on 9+ acres on Paris Mountain within 15 minutes of downtown Greenville. Private, secluded acreage with 200 degree sweeping views of downtown to mountains. Also difficult to find on Paris Mountain is the gentle slope of the topography of this acreage, which allows space for the pool, lawn and ample area to play, walk and entertain. The existing residence has both a main home with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and an attached guest house. Originally built as a summer retreat, this charming cedar shake and siding home is situated on the property to take advantage of its private, unique setting.

62 Rock Creek Dr. Greenville $743,500 UNDER CONTRACT Imagine an oasis of privacy created by tall hemlocks, rhododendron, a fresh water creek and an exquisite home all within walking distance of Greenville Country Club. This handsome 4 bedroom, 3 and a half bath residence has been lovingly restored to a superb condition while maintaining the charm and quality of its original design. Among the renovations include: new exterior Hardie-plank siding, new roof, insulation, kitchen, master bedroom and bath, screen porch, two car garage..and more! The charm of the mature garden creates the feeling of a mountain retreat with the lush vegetation, winding brick paths ,and a welcoming bench by the creek.


112 Riverside Dr. Greenville $1,595,000 This classic two story Georgian home overlooking the Greenville Country Club golf course offers an elegant, private lifestyle. Situated on well landscaped grounds of just under an acre, the open floor plan was achieved after a major addition and renovation which preserved the character of the original residence and updated the home for today’’s taste. The two story entrance hall opens onto gracious living room and dining room which has French doors leading onto covered outside porch. Toward the rear of the home is open kitchen and very bright spacious family room. Exceptional outdoor terrace and fireplace, rec room downstairs, and downstairs covered, screened porch...all offer venues for enjoying family and friends. The flexible floor plan provides either 5 or 6 bedrooms with 4 full baths and 2 half baths. Upstairs, a true master retreat offers its own den, large bedroom and bath, and private balcony with views incredible views of the golf course. Truly, a unique opportunity in one of Greenville’’s highly desirable neighborhoods!

10 N. Lake Dr. Mountain Lake $275,000 Ideal family retreat within 30 minutes of Downtown Greenville, this spacious 4 Bed., 2 1/2 Bath home is the perfect venue to enjoy your family and friends! Located in idyllic, gated, historic community of Mountain Lake Colony, this property offers access to incredible amenities: swimming lake, fishing lake, community lodge (They have a great 4th of July celebration!), tennis courts, and access to over 300+ acres of private land which include hikes to Bald Rock and the adjacent Heritage Trust Preserves. So after an active day, relax on the 1000’’ screened porch with room for rockers, hammock, picnic table, and ping pong! The large built in “grill” on the porch is a nice addition to the “retro” kitchen is conveniently located next to the porch and great room. The large fireplace is a huge attraction during chilly fall days! All bedrooms are well portioned, and the bunk bedroom and full bath offer excellent flexibility on the number of guests the home will accommodate! The home is 7 minutes to Table Rock State Park and 20 minutes to Jones Gap State Park. Systems have been updated with new HVAC 2007, hot water heater, dishwasher. Tons of storage. Incredible value and a wonderful opportunity for a permanent or vacation home!

106 Rockingham Rd. Greenville $1,175,000 SOLD Charm, quality and an inviting lifestyle define this exceptional property found in one of Greenville’s highly sought after neighborhoods. The current owners literally took the original structure “down to the studs” in this total renovation and addition. The striking two story foyer with travertine floors and elegant stairs, leads to breathtaking living room/great room with limestone FP, wall of built-ins with wine cooler, & ice maker and an exceptional wall of windows from floor to ceiling which affords incredible light throughout the day from the private woods in the rear of the acreage. The new master suite, sitting room, dressing room is located just off to the right and has it own FP and private enclosed porch and entry to the patio. The new kitchen and keeping room are conveniently situated with easy access to elegant dining room, first floor laundry room, garage, and enclosed patio and outside terrace and fireplace. Truly a very special property in a enviable location with acreage, and privacy yet within minutes of downtown.


No home here is the same.

Because no dream is the same.


Perhaps you wish to wake up to 50-mile views in every direction. Or read a book on your back porch, overlooking a quiet lake cove below. Whatever your dream home, whatever joys you want to experience with friends and family, The Cliffs can help bring your ideas to life. L I V E I N O N E C O M M U N I T Y . P L AY I N A L L S E V E N .

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COVER PHOTO from the Castle On The Lake, p.94. CONTENTS PAGE PHOTO from Living The Dream, p.54. Both photos by Kris Decker.

Contents

Feature Homes 54 Living

The Dream

74 Cross-Country

Creation

94 Castle On

The Lake

Departments 12 19

Ideas in Bloom

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Book Shelf

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Wine & Dining

Design Radar

Notes From Home

Planters Punch

The Lemonade Cookbook

In The Kitchen With Adam Cooke

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Cutting A Rug

Building Character

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Arts & Antiques

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Labor of Love

Simply Unique

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Garden to Table

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Carved In Stone

Magical Fairy Dwelling

Do You Make Blueprints? Bales of Fun

Natural Beauty

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NotesFromHome “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~ Sir John Lubbock

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certainly would not consider it a waste of time to do any of the things that Sir John Lubbock proposes. As a matter of fact, I plan to do all three at some point this summer and add in a few more as well.

When you’re having your restful moments this summer, I invite you to include a perusal of this issue of At Home among them. Three spectacular homes are featured for you to dream about. Two are full-time residences that feel like vacation-style homes because of their beautiful settings. The other is a retreat home unlike any other you may have seen. It’s the homeowner’s “Jocastle” – and the name is quite fitting. Art has a big role in this issue with an article on the process of cutting a custom-designed 5’ stone obelisk. And on a more diminutive scale, you’ll be introduced to a very imaginative fairy house. A young mom created it for her children and their friends to enjoy. You’re going to want one of each for your garden. What’s summer without a wedding? We cover one on the best of all places – a farm. Join the bride, groom and their guests during a very relaxed, joyful occasion at The Farm at Rabon Creek. One of the best highlights of summer is the abundance of available fruits. Do you know which varieties are native to this area? You’ll learn all about them and how to preserve their heritage by reading the Garden to Table article. Included are some yummy recipes, too. That’s certainly not all, so you’d better get to reading so you don’t miss anything. Enjoy!

Lynn Greenlaw, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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Planters Punch Planted perfection brightens your patio Wr i t t e n b y R u t a Fo x Photography by Patrick Cox/Cox Photography

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Studded turquoise planter features a combination of Fern Spray Cypress, Charm Begonia, Guacamole Hosta, White Caladium and Variegated English Ivy. Best with shade to morning sun. Natural stone urn is planted with a mix of Red Cordyline, Sun Caladium, White Petunia, Green English Ivy, White Nemesia and Purple Petunia. Best with full sun to half-day sun.


Glossy black planter has a variety of Kimberly Queen Fern, Orange Profusion Zinnia, Black-Eyed Susan Vine and Acorus Grass. Best with sun to light shade.

Light green two-tone planter contains a burst of Red Star Cedar, Dragon Wing Begonia, Silver Falls and Red Petunia. Best with full sun.

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The Lemonade Cookbook Southern California Comfort Food from L.A.’s Favorite Modern Cafeteria Wr i tten b y Ala n Ja c ks o n a n d Jo a n n Cia n c iu l l i R e v iew b y Jill Hendrix, o w n e r o f F ic tion Addic tion

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iction Addiction’s cookbook club has been cooking out of The Lemonade Cookbook for the past two months and we love it! I first heard about this cookbook in an email newsletter for the book trade. A California bookstore was quoted as saying they had made the Fingerling Potato Salad (p.22) and put it out for customers to sample – and everyone who sampled bought the cookbook. I was so intrigued that I ordered a copy from the publisher so that I could take a look at it. When our cookbook club was trying to decide on this quarter’s book, I passed The Lemonade Cookbook around, and it became our choice by unanimous vote. April was the first month we cooked out of the book and the biggest hit was the Olive-Oil Braised Lima Beans. I took some to be polite, even though I’ve always thought lima beans tasted like chalk. The Lemonade Cookbook’s lima beans converted me and at least one other member of our group who had been a fellow lima-bean hater – we both even went back for seconds! For our May cookbook club meeting, I made the Ahi Tuna, Snap Pea and Radish Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette. It called for watermelon radishes, which I’d never heard of and couldn’t find locally, so I had to substitute regular radishes. But after Googling watermelon radishes I was so intrigued by the images that I’ve ordered watermelon radish seeds and plan to try growing my own. This dish was extremely simple to make, yet so satisfying that most everyone had seconds and I had no leftovers to take home, much to my husband’s chagrin. For June, it’s my turn to make a dessert and I’m torn between the Lemon Drop Cupcakes and the Passion Fruit Pavlova. The cookbook also contains several interesting lemonade recipes. We’ve tasted one – the Pear Basil Lemonade – and it was so refreshing I’m

looking forward to making some of the other exotic combinations: Watermelon Rosemary, Cantaloupe Sage, or Blueberry Mint Lemonade. One of the best aspects of The Lemonade Cookbook is that for almost every main meat dish (such as Seared Ahi Tuna with Crushed Orange Ponzu Sauce), there is a complementary recipe that lets you take any leftover meat and stretch it for another meal. In this instance, just use your leftover seared tuna to make the mouthwatering Tuna, Snap Pea and Radish Salad discussed above. If our cookbook club intrigues you,

you’re welcome to join us as a guest for any of our meetings. We usually meet the third Monday of the month at 7pm at Fiction Addiction. Just give us a heads up that you’ll be coming so we can set you a place. ah

The Lemonade Cookbook is available at Fiction Addiction (www.fiction-addiction. com), Greenville’s independent bookstore. Located at 1175 Woods Crossing Road behind Haywood Mall, the store stocks new and used books for children and adults, takes customer special orders, and hosts author events. For information, call 864-675-0540. SUMMER 2014

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o you’re still stepping out of bed onto a cold floor because you’ve been meaning to invest in a super soft rug but you’re not quite sure what to buy. You want it to be just the right size and pattern to pull the room together – and a splash of color would be great, too. So where do you begin?! Here are a few pointers to set you up for success.

Start with the rugs, if at all possible, when designing a room. They define spaces, create warmth, absorb sound, and set the tone for your style; in some cases, such as foyers and kitchens, rugs serve to protect your floors beneath. What type of rug you should choose is based on its location, the amount of traffic/wear it will take, your budget and, lastly, your own amount of consumer consciousness. Check out the table Chisana has created for some textile tips to help you make your selection. Note that if a rug is a blend of multiple textiles then the effect is typically to produce a more affordable rug that has combined properties of the fibers used. Scale large rugs that will encompass entire seating areas (such as your dining room table and chairs) or your entire living room by measuring from your strongest centerline, for example, your fireplace or a bank of windows, out to either the nearest point where foot traffic would begin or out to your wall, less 12”-30”. For seating areas you’ll want at least the front two legs of your

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chairs and sofas to be on the rug. Paths of travel behind seat groupings can stay uncovered. Standard rug sizes for newer, machine-made rugs are 3’x 5’, 4’x 6’, 5’x 7’, 6’x 9’, 8’x 10’, 9’x 12’, 10’x 14’ and 12’x 15’. Runners for hallways or galleys are typically 2’-6”x 8’. Once you’ve measured your room, pick the length/ size that would suit best. If you are in between sizes, go bigger; just make sure you don’t cover any air vents or floor details such as inset hearths. It’s okay for all of your furniture to be on the rug in one direction and just the front legs of the furniture in the other direction, for example if your room is square but your rug is rectangular. Square rugs do exist but they are better under a round table in a kitchen or to group club chairs around an ottoman -- a grouping that is symmetrical with a strong central element. Where to shop for your new rug, you ask? For modern or solid rugs try InMod or your favorite furniture shop such as Rowan Company or 4Rooms. For fantastic antique rugs, such as Turkish or Persians, try Togar Rugs in Asheville or Hakim Rug Gallery here


in Greenville. A wonderful way to get coverage without breaking the bank is to visit your local carpet store, such as McAbee’s Custom Carpet Inc., and have any carpeting cut down to your desired size. This is also a smart choice if you want or need a specific shape other than a rectangle, i.e. one corner needs clipping to fit the angled wall in your room. Carpet stores can also help you create stair runners to dampen sound and protect your stairs. Try adding an accent color as a fabric binder to border your rug for a fun detail at not much additional cost. Some dos and don’ts: I’ve often been asked “Can you place a rug on a carpet?” and my answer is this: If the carpet is a tight-looped or hooked pile then a rug can successfully sit on top of it. A good rule of thumb is if your carpet has movement to it when you step on it, it’s probably too thick to put another rug on top. Rooms we typically see this would be in a nursery or secondary bedroom where extra color, pattern and softness is desired. Never put wall-to-wall carpet over hardwoods if at all possible. Instead, opt for your largest available area rugs to do the job. When purchasing your rug, don’t forget to ask for the appropriate rug pad to go beneath your new floor covering. Pads add plush comfort and can keep slipping at a minimum. Even your outdoor rugs need pads. Outdoor rugs are no different than indoor rugs in regard to placement. Technology has brought outdoor floor coverings that feel softer and plusher than ever. If it’s been awhile since you’ve looked at outdoor rugs, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with your options. Once you own your new rug (and pad … wink, wink!) or have shuffled your own rugs around for proper placement, check to see if the fibers look different in one viewing direction versus another. You will see this simply by walking to the shorter length of the rug and looking back up the length of the pile. The rug will appear lighter from one direction than the other. Wools and silks are typically very directional so pick the coloring side you prefer and place it towards the location of the room from which you most enter. Since you will be walking on your floor coverings, remember that all rugs need different methods of cleaning. Follow the recommended cleaning directions or call Ike’s for a fantastic professional service to do it for you. Rugs are like art, they come in all sizes and qualities, so picking them is primarily a matter of finding the ones that you love and are right for your needs. If it takes you time to fill your home, that’s ok. When you do dress your floors you will appreciate the result a good rug can offer. Take a chance on a wonderful rug and see how well-composed design will bring you absolute delight!

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More than one million yards to choose from!

DesignRadar INDOOR TEXTILES

Wool Sturdy pile yet soft and durable; Repels water and stains; Good heat insulation. Silk Great luster and shine; Fibers are naturally tear resistant; Softer than wool and non-allergen. Fur, Hides or Leather Easy to clean; Highly durable; Low maintenance. Rayon

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Rayon can be substituted to give silk-like highlights to rugs when silk is too costly; Resists insect damage; Breathable material; Neither a fabric or man-made material.

lon Most common carpet and rug fiber on market; Resilient to wear and tear; Highly durable; Can be a substitute for silk. Polypropylene – “Olefin” Can be used indoors or outdoors; The most stain and fade-resistant material; Less expensive than nylon; Naturally water resistant. Sea grass Sea grass area rugs are constructed from natural, eco-friendly fibers; Stain resistant fibers and highly durable; Non-allergen. Sisal Sustainably grown and harvested; Most durable of all natural fibers; Can be combined with wool for texture and durability of sisal with the soft feel underfoot of wool; Suitable for both residential and commercial use. Bamboo Sustainably grown and harvested; Naturally Anti-bacterial; Non-allergen; Highly durable. Jute Sustainably harvested; Resembles the feel of wool; Jute plants are fast growing and do not require fertilizer or pesticides; Naturally shiny and holds colored dyes well. Cotton Sustainably harvested; Machine-washable; Soft to the touch; Biodegradable. Outdoor Textiles – Natural fibers such as, hemp, and jute are very Natural and Synthetic strong, sound-absorbent, sustainable, and add lots of texture to your outdoor space. Synthetic coverings such as polypropylene or plastic rugs, often come in a wider range of bright colors, can be easily hosed down and dry quickly. Synthetic fibers such as Olefin can provide you a water resistant material, that is slow to fade, resilient to wear and less expensive than natural fibers.

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CONS Inhumane harvesting of the material; Allergen; Wool holds moisture, making it susceptible to mildew and mold.

Inhumane harvesting of the material; Sensitive to moisture; Low durability.

Materials can be obtained Inhumanely; If stitching is added, can create a seam for splitting; Research is required before purchasing. Rayon loses strength when wet; Can fuzz as fibers deteriorate and pill like polyester; Vulnerable to oil-based stains and grease.

Can be discolored through cleaning if strong chemicals are used; Conducts static electricity; Soils easily.

Vulnerable to oil-based stains and grease; Fibers can become crushed or matted over time; Best used in low-traffic locations.

Not ideal for outdoor use; Primarily a product of China; Naturally slick surface, not ideal for use on stairs.

Course fibers can feel rough to the touch; Not recommended for outdoors; Can become slippery over time, therefore not recommended for stairs.

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“The focal point had to be vertical in order to contrast against the massive and relatively horizontal feeling of the native stone retaining walls. In addition, it had to have a European feel, almost Celtic in origin to fit in with the house and the mountain setting. It also couldn’t have been too refined or have too smooth of a finish. I had Tim weather the stone with a stippling effect and then darken it further with the husk juice from an ancient walnut tree that is still growing in my old garden next door. The new owners, Tracy and Johnny Bond, allowed me to gather the walnuts so we could soak them and extract the juice. It immediately adds centuries to the stone’s look. Bold, old and simple was what I was going for. It was a great team effort.” – Dabney Peeples

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Tools of his trade are displayed along with a drawing of the five-piece obelisk to be created by stonecutter Tim Deaver for the Whipple garden at The Cliffs of Mountain Park. Dabney Peeples drew his concept of and dimensions for the finished piece. (Right) Blocks of Indiana Limestone in varying sizes are waiting for Tim in the work yard at The Collins Group/J.Dabney Peeples Associates Inc. facility.

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uch was the thought process by J.Dabney Peeples Design Associates Inc. and stonecutter Tim Deaver in the creation of a stone obelisk to reside in the garden of the Whipple home at the Cliffs of Mountain Park. Tim Deaver, owner of the North Main Stone Company, has been working with stone since 1998 after years of experience in residential masonry. He was always intrigued with traditional stonework and decided to try his hand at crafting hand-carved bowls,

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Asian-inspired lanterns, troughs and birdbaths. He has recently transitioned to larger projects and accepts commissions for custom-designed works, both large and small. You can catch him on Saturdays at his booth at the Greenville TD Saturday Market or visit his website at northmainstone.com. Let’s follow his creation of the obelisk through a series of photographs taken at The Collins Group/JDP Design Associates Inc. site in Pendleton.

Tim begins work on the chunk of stone that will become the second tier of the obelisk. First he will measure and mark the stone for the finished size.

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1 1. Working with a mallet and chisel and following the markings he has made to help guide him to the proper size and shape, Tim begins chipping away the stone. 2. Tim carefully works each side of the stone following the guidelines provided by the drawing and his measurements. 3. Work now begins on the columns. 4. Two pieces, the capstone and the second tier, are finished.

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(Right) With all five pieces complete, Tim gets some help to assemble the obelisk. (Opposite page) After 30 hours of hard work … the finished obelisk! Now all that is needed is the natural walnut husk stain that will give the stone an appearance of centuries of existence. (Below) A few examples of Tim’s designs, worked in a variety of stones, are shown at his customary work place.

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UCKED UNDER THE CANOPY OF THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS, THE HOME OF DENNIS AND JUDIE WINKLEMAN IS AS WARM AND WELCOMING AS THE WINKLEMANS THEMSELVES.

The vision for the French Country beauty in the Cliffs Valley community was honed through years of magazine clipping, open house visits and fine home tours. The Winklemans cannot say enough about the team of craftsmen assembled by Bergeron Custom Homes to take their vision from dream to domicile. Having lived in the Greenville area for a few years in the late 1980s, the Pennsylvania natives were well acquainted with the Upstate’s charms, and always said they would return here some day. Little did they know it would follow a nearly 30-year stint in Wisconsin, which was a surprise to the family that had grown accustomed to relocating every five years or so. As luck would have it, the Winklemans’ eldest daughter chose to stay put in the South after graduating from Winthrop. While visiting

her and her husband one Christmas, the Winklemans spent the day looking around the Cliffs Communities and ended up buying a lot. That was 2005, and it would be four more years before they got serious about interviewing builders. They ultimately hired Jason Bergeron, with Bergeron Custom Homes, who tapped local designer Mitch Lehde to handle the architectural end of things. “We had built seven houses before this, so we weren’t new to construction,” Dennis said. “But I think the thing that impressed us about both of them was we had this little black book we’d been writing ideas down in for years. They were probably the best I’ve ever worked with at taking a concept and translating it – Mitch translating it to drawings and Jason turning it into stone and concrete and everything else.”

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Much of the home’s interior was designed with the couple’s art collection in mind. Rather than a traditional bookcase, the Winklemans opted for designer Mitch Lehde’s suggestion of using thoughtful lighting to showcase a few prized pieces. Heirloom Stair & Iron designed the fireplace grate to reflect the Peter Lik photograph that is now in place above the mantel.


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(preceding pages, clockwise from left) A 10-foot island was a must have for this family of cooks. | The groin vault ceiling in the hallway – reminiscent of an old European church – highlights pieces from the Winklemans’ collection of French poster art and Chihuly glass. | In addition to a sumptuous combination of travertine and marble in muted greys and browns to highlight the burst of green through the window, the master bath boasts what has come to be called the “car wash shower” – perfect for cleaning grandkids en masse. | Dennis and Judie searched far and wide for a fountain like those you might find in an Italian square, and finally discovered a vendor out of Wisconsin to custom build one for their powder room. | Americraft not only did the cabinets throughout the home, but also designed and built furniture to match the scale and artwork planned for the master bedroom.


(below) A bookcase turns to reveal a hidden bunkroom for the grandkids. Their builder, Bergeron Custom Homes, suggested using additional space that would have otherwise been boxed in to create another secret alcove, accessed through a window cut into the wall between the top and bottom bunks.


(opposite clockwise) More gorgeous metal work is found on the upstairs porch just off the kitchen, where the Winklemans enjoy both their morning coffee and evening cocktails with the wildlife that shares their space. | The game room is a popular destination for both the grandkids and friends and neighbors. | Rather than building the wine cellar to accommodate a tasting table, the Winklemans’ son came up with the idea of a semicircle design that creates the feel of being in the cellar but does not require tasters to tolerate temps of 55 degrees.

The end result is a meticulously thought-out home with a small day-to-day footprint for Dennis and Judie, but one that effortlessly expands when kids, grandkids and far-flung friends come to call. The main living area consists of the kitchen, dining room, great room, and two master suites on one level. The four-star guest accommodations are situated above the garage with a separate geothermal heating system and a hot water loop that allows for bypassing that area of the house when not in use. “For a lot of our life we live like it’s a ranch,” Judie said. While in the process of building the home, the Winklemans got a call from their youngest daughter, who lived in Texas at the time, saying her husband had gotten a job in Brevard, NC. That lucky streak has not yet drawn their West Coast-based son this way, but he is a frequent visitor. “Originally Dennis’ idea of the perfect retirement home was a six-car garage with a condo over the top,” Judie said fondly. “Judie always said when all the kids and grandkids come we want them to stay with us, and it’s worked out that way,” Dennis said. “We laugh because we have two kids who are within 45 minutes, and on holidays they bring their suitcases and move in for the week.” It’s hard to argue with that decision once you’ve seen what’s actually over the garage: a two-bedroom suite complete with two full

baths and a hidden bunk room for the little ones accessed through a secret bookcase. The Winklemans weren’t wearing their “Best Grandparents Ever” T-shirts the day At Home visited, but we feel sure they were tucked in a drawer around there somewhere. It’s also probably not easy to entertain the idea of leaving after all the cooking and eating that happens in the Winkleman kitchen -- which they wisely planned for when specifying a massive 10-foot island to accommodate all the would-be chefs in the family. The Winklemans appreciate having the best of both worlds in their leafy locale. This time of year, when the trees are fully dressed, it’s easy to imagine total seclusion. When not in the mood for solitude they need venture no further than the clubhouse for dinner with friends, who often end up back at the Winkleman abode for dessert and karaoke, or maybe a hotly contested Skee-Ball tournament. A well-stocked wine cellar is another big draw on the lower level, as is the grotto-like spa. (Relax. They’re Midwesterners.) Golf has so far not made it onto the retirement agenda, though they had high hopes for taking up the game. Still plenty of time for that. For now, Dennis and Judie are content to spend their early mornings meandering through the woods with their beloved Greater Swiss Mountain dog, Sophie, contemplating where the day will take them. ah

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The grotto is another great place to enjoy a glass of wine from the Winkleman’s extensive collection.


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Creation The Whipples leave the West Coast for their Cliffs dream home Written by Leigh Savage Photography by TJ Getz/GetzCreative Photography

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After living in California for 30 years, Ben and Bennie Whipple were ready to retire and settle on the East Coast. A visit to the Cliffs at Mountain Park community -- and to one piece of property in particular -- and the Whipples knew they had found just the spot to build their dream home: stately and elegant, with stunning vistas and plenty of room to entertain guests or simply spend time with their beloved Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Zulu and Zuri. “We liked this particular area because it’s so close to Greenville, so we don’t feel like it’s so remote,” said Bennie, who is retired from the real estate business. “We looked at a large number of properties, but when I looked at this lot, it was the oddest thing. I felt this peace.” After picking the site almost four years ago, the Whipples worked with architect Stephen Fuller and Gabriel Builders, traveling cross-country every three months to check on progress. “We got amazingly lucky to have the building team that we had,” Bennie said. “They all did an amazing job.” The Whipples thought a 4,500-square-foot home would offer ample space for two. But they ended up

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buying two lots, and the home design grew to fit the property. Now close to 7,000 square feet, the couple agrees that they have more space than expected, but “we loved the plan,” Ben said. “He flipped the floorplan to improve the views, and we couldn’t say no.” After a couple of years of overseeing the project from afar, including working with interior designer Jennifer Willis, who was formerly with Postcard from Paris, the Whipples moved in October and set to work finalizing interior details. “We wanted French Country with an Old World feel,” said Bennie, who went through numerous photos with Willis. “She really got a feel for the kinds of things we liked, and it worked out really well.”


(Above) The Whipples originally wanted a 4,500-square-foot home, but to create symmetry and fit the lot, the plan eventually stretched to almost 7,000 square feet. The garage is detached from the house because of architect Stephen Fuller's preference for creating distinctive separate structures. (Right) Bennie and Ben Whipple included many details in the home to accommodate their Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Zuri and Zulu.

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The kitchen and breakfast room showcase the couple’s desire to use neutral tones and simple lines to let the majestic scenery be the star. A dramatic limestone hood tops the Wolf range and a separate working pantry and a butler’s pantry allow the couple to leave out frequently used appliances without cluttering up the main kitchen. Art throughout the home reflects the couple’s interest in Asian design, which Ben said stems in part from his parents being stationed in the Far East during their time in the military. That military history also sparked an interest in equine themes, including the paintings in the family room. The paintings once belonged to Ben’s dad, Gen. Sherburne Whipple Jr., who was part of the mounted cavalry when he joined the army and had a lifelong love of horses, playing polo and then refereeing. “Ben’s dad was a General, and his father was a Colonel, and his father was a General,” Bennie said. “There is lots of military history on both sides of the family,” which led to many of the couple’s interior design choices.

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Through the family room are several outdoor spaces, including a porch, outdoor dining area, a fire pit, “and a barbecue Ben is going to learn to use,” Bennie said with a laugh. The infinity pool and spa offer more views of the mountains, including Table Rock. Back in the living room, neutral colors continue, with expansive windows, French oak floors and dramatic arched ceilings with intricate dark-wood moldings. A favorite accent is a bronze sculpture by Carolyn Young, an artist they appreciate for her Asian influence. Nearby are Young’s prints of Chinese myths, which were originally painted on silk. The dining area shows the attention to detail that is the hallmark of the home, with original antique panels from France built into door frames to create hidden storage. “It’s beautiful and actually functional, which I love,” Bennie said. The area surrounding the doors was faux painted by Rita Carson Bell at Fauxnatics to create a perfect match.


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The focal point in the entryway is a piece showcasing some of the couple’s most prized possessions: 34 military medals dating back to the Civil War. Items include pocket watches from four generations, in addition to World War II Order of Merit medals, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and a Distinguished Services Medal. There are also colorful division pins collected by family over the decades. A trip downstairs leads to more about the fascinating people behind the medals. The lower level – accessible via elevator or stairs – includes a club room, a wine room, two guest rooms and, coming soon, a home theater. But people tend to gravitate to a hallway, where Bennie has framed unique items including military promotions signed by presidents McKinley, Taft, Cleveland and T. Roosevelt. One photo shows the 1901 West Point baseball team with Ben’s grandfather sitting next to Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

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Each item has a story, such as a photo of Ben’s dad and aunt, along with their Sherpas, as they climbed the Matterhorn. There is also a print of a letter from President Abraham Lincoln appointing William Whipple to West Point to honor William’s father, who died in Chancellorsville in the Civil War. William chose not to go, and gave the appointment to Charles Whipple, Ben’s great-grandfather. The nearby club room is a favorite for relaxing with company, with a large stone fireplace, leather chairs and a painting of tussling Rhodesian Ridgebacks that closely resembles the couple’s own. The guest rooms are accessible through a unique serpentine hallway, where more childhood and multigenerational photos and portraits create a nostalgic feel. One bedroom has a private outdoor sitting area overlooking the pool and mountains.


In the arched entryway, guests tend to converge at the custom-finished table displaying 34 military medals earned by four generations of the Whipple family, from the Civil War through World War II. Stacked stone and natural light create an appealing stairway to the lower level.

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The club room on the lower level is a favorite place to relax, with its cozy seating and huge stone fireplace, one of five in the home. There are two guests rooms downstairs, including one with a private outdoor patio overlooking the pool and mountains.


Back upstairs, Ben and Bennie have their own offices, his full of golf trophies, leather chairs, hunting prints, and favorite items like his high school baseball glove, a Buddha statue and a poem his father wrote about his horse. A secret doorway leads to shelves full of books. Her office – “the working office,” he jokes – is simple and utilitarian, and leads to the master suite, with its huge closet and eye-catching ceiling with cupola. The dramatic limestone entry dominates one wall, and the TV is housed in the foot of the bed to create unobstructed views. It’s the details that make a house a home, and the Whipple’s dogs are the beneficiaries of many details, including their own raised dog bath area in the garage, large dog doors and even a faux grass area with

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drainage created just for their use. Above the garage, a large mother-in-law suite is being transformed into a workout area. The Whipples are enjoying settling into their new home, and say they learned that the horror stories they heard about overseeing construction – especially from across the country – did not capture their experience. “People kept saying we had to be out here,” Bennie said. “But I think it’s what you make it. If you hire people you trust and believe in, and allow them to do their jobs, it makes it a lot easier.” ah


Ben Whipple’s office is a study in masculinity, with golfing trophies, hunting prints, leather chairs and his high school baseball glove - “all of the important stuff,” he jokes. The scene-stealer in the master suite is the intricate paneled ceiling, topped with a cupola that brings in light while providing a unique architectural feature outside.

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With the perfect blend of space, scenery, elegance, comfort, detail and a great building team, the Whipples found that achieving their dream home was possible – even from 2,600 miles away.

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Castle on Lake the

Osterfelds enjoy their unique Jocassee getaway

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When most people think “lake house,” the image of a castle or monastery does not spring to mind. But that’s exactly what Jeff Osterfeld envisioned when he built a vacation home at Lake Jocassee.

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The 5,100-square-foot home sits in a serene, secluded spot called Fisher’s Knob that offers 180-degree water views. The home makes generous use of fieldstone, which Osterfeld said is low-maintenance and provides the look he was after. “It’s almost entirely stone, copper and big beams, which gives it that monastic look,” he said. “My bride calls it our ‘Jocastle.’” The look always appealed to Osterfeld, who said the 12-inch stone walls, along with six-inch interior walls, create “outrageously good insulation.” But more than that, he


loves the stone’s uniqueness. “I can hardly say I’ve ever seen another home that looks like it,” he said. Osterfeld enlisted the help of former LS3PNeal Prince Studio architect Matt Tindall, and the resulting plan won the 2013 Design Excellence Award from Residential Design + Build Magazine. It was recognized for its porches, outdoor dining areas and terraces that connect the residents with the outdoors, as well as for how the three stories were designed to fit the steep hillside. The Osterfelds live in Cincinnati, and chose

an Ohio interior designer to create an Old World look inside the home as well. Sheri said she followed her husband’s lead. “It was his dream, and I just followed along,” she said with a laugh. “The house is beautiful and the people are great, but I’m more a city girl.” Osterfeld, owner and CEO of Penn Station Inc., discovered Lake Jocassee when returning home to Ohio from Georgia. “I cut through the mountains and ran into it,” he said. “I just fell in love with the area. When we wanted to build a second home, I remembered the pretty lakes there.”

With180-degree water views at Fisher’s Knob on Lake Jocassee, the Osterfelds placed a premium on outdoor spaces, with outdoor dining and living areas scattered around the dramatic fieldstone structure.

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The award-winning architectural design by LS3P|Neal Prince Studio has been recognized for fitting seamlessly into a steep hillside, as well as the way the porches and terraces connect the residents with the outdoors.

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Inside, Sheri Osterfeld worked with an Ohio designer to complement her husband’s castle-like vision. Copper accents, dramatic light fixtures and textured, aged walls add Old World style while expanses of windows - including in the circular dining room maximize views and light.


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He bought the property in 2006, with construction complete in 2010. John Edwards, studio leader at LS3P-Neal Prince Studio, said the architect team knew they would have a chance to get creative when Osterfeld discussed the look he wanted. “People coming here to retire or build second homes often abandon some of the more rigid functional tenets that they might draw from when building for normal work life,” Edwards said. “People think a little

more outside the box.” He said those are dream jobs for most architects. “Those are the things we live for,” he said. “It lets us explore things that don’t occur every day. It’s a real pleasure and a challenge.” Tindall’s team mixed massive stones with smaller field stone elements, working to achieve a particular blend, a process that involved creating many sample walls. One notable fixture on the exterior is a belfry tower. When relaxing on an outdoor


deck, visitors can look straight up at the corner turret element, which features a Buckeye Bell made in Ohio. “I knew Jeff would be sold on that,” Sheri said. A sign near the tower lets visitors know rules such as how many rings signal mealtime or happy hour, but “I don’t think we’ve been following the rules the way Jeff intended,” she said. The Osterfelds agree that the back porch is their favorite spot and the ideal place to eat, read or relax with a glass of wine. “The

view is so spectacular,” Jeff said. “And being at the foot of the mountains, it’s often 60 to 80 degrees. It’s warmer than Ohio but the heat is very tolerable.” In addition to the back porch, Sheri loves the dining area with its round table and curved bank of windows. “If you have to be inside, it’s a nice place to be,” she said. ”But the biggest dining area is outside, right by the grill and overlooking the lake. There are sitting areas around the fireplace, and it’s a very nice place to hang out.”

The curved staircase is lined with fieldstone and topped with a faux- finished dome and candelabra-style lighting. While the largest dining table is in the circular indoor dining room, the most popular spot for meals is the outdoor dining area, with no decor needed beyond a few stacked-stone columns framing postcard-perfect scenery.


Cedar and copper accents the fieldstone on exterior details, lending an aged appearance that makes it seem like the home has been there for decades. Inside, the kitchen flanks the circular dining area and includes furniture-style cabinetry, softly textured walls and a view from the kitchen sink that Sheri calls one of the best in the house. A curved stairwell full of hand-cut fieldstone is functional and beautiful, and enhances the Old World feel with candles and, at the top, a dome with a candelabra-style fixture. Sheri

calls the interior a work in progress, and recently picked up more pieces, including a rug and studded leather pendants “that look like they belong in a castle.� Osterfeld’s company, which he founded 32 years ago, has 277 sub shops in 13 states. The closest locations are in Charlotte and Raleigh, though an Upstate outpost is likely in the future, he said. He heads to the lake house about every month or two, and while he plans visits as a respite from work, he often finds himself working in the middle of the night.


His wife and four children, ages 20 to 28, join when they can, especially one son who recently moved to Greenville. But with one in college and the other three working, it’s challenging to get everyone together. The exception: the legendary Fourth of July celebrations that have become a favorite tradition. Everyone gathers for meals, fishing, skiing and more. “We have a regulation shuffleboard, and everyone plays,” Jeff said. “We just spend a ton of time outdoors, hiking and enjoying the lake. It’s just great.” ah

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rtists use a multitude of mediums. Some paint with oils. Some paint with watercolors. Some draw with chalk. Some look through a lens and capture wondrous visions. Some use paper and fabric in collages and quilts. Jennifer Fowler used naturally found materials and bits of leftover items to create a fantasy world for the enjoyment of her children. Once she got it started, they happily joined in and have added many additional features themselves. A very humble person, Jennifer would not be inclined to call herself an artist. However, what she has envisioned and put together is definitely artistic. Her background includes working as an art teacher at Camperdown Academy. Having ADD and dyslexia herself, Jennifer said, “I had a common ground to understand the need to learn to focus and develop concentration skills.�

(Top) The fairy house idea was conceived from a kit that was purchased to provide a project for the children at a retreat home. The kit was so elemental that Jennifer felt compelled to use her imagination to embellish the idea and build one in their home’s backyard. (Right) Especially magical at night, the fairy house glows with a multitude of tiny lights. 112 | a thom e


Many dyslexics are creative and have unusual talent in the areas that require visual, spatial and motor integration. I think you will agree that Jennifer most definitely qualifies in this category. She gives credit to her friends and her husband for helping her develop a number of the skills that have gone into the growth of her creative talents. Those talents aren’t limited to fairy houses. View a sample of her other inventive works that are inspired by nature at www.giggletreestudio.com. Take a visit with us to this enchanting house. Look closely and you just may be lucky enough to catch a fairy at home. ah

(Left) Jennifer and her children used collected bark, twigs, rocks, moss and plants from the woods that surround their house to enhance the look of the fairy’s domain. (Below) A pond, complete with dock, lights and boats, was added to the base of the tree for extra fairy recreational value.

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Clockwise from top left: • No attention to detail is spared. In the home’s bathroom, a shell is used as a sink with an upside down metal picture hanger serving as the faucet and handles. A miniature towel rack with towels stands ready for after-bath drying. • Dining is quite elegant with padded bench seating and candlesticks on the cloth-covered table. • A stone fireplace for cold weather dining is an added attraction in the dining room. Three monkeys on the mantel caution the fairies to “see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.” The room also has a red twig chandelier.. • Knowing that fairies like beautiful things, Jennifer used a stained glass-effect necklace to create a lovely window in one room of the house. • Tiny picket fences surround various areas of the house. • Even fairies need a little recreation time, so a pool table is standing by in one room of the house. This item is one of Jennifer’s favorites.

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verseeing the kitchen and its culinary delights at Restaurant 17, located in Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest, is Adam Cooke. A native of Montana, Adam came to his new position via the Executive Chef position at the Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN, in addition to other top-rated resorts. Along the way he has honed his interest in sourcing local, seasonal and sustainable foods while incorporating traditional cooking methods with innovative techniques. In addition to buying from local organic farms, Adam has planted an herb garden on the Hotel Domestique property. You can’t get any fresher than that! He has graciously provided three recipes for you to try. As you will see by the photos accompanying the recipes, Adam definitely knows how to beautifully present the foods he so carefully selects. They almost look too pretty to eat … almost!

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Wine&Dining LOCAL ARUGULA AND RUBY STREAKS MUSTARD GREENS, PICKLED BERRIES, HAZELNUT MIGNONETTE, BUTTERMILK BLUE CHEESE AND DUCK CONFIT Any fresh greens will work for this salad but we prefer something with texture and a little bit of personality.. A nice bitter flavor like endive or radicchio is nice with the berries as well. Any blue cheese will work nicely as a substitution. Duck confit can be purchased at specialty markets or ordered online.

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HAZELNUT MIGNONETTE:

PICKLED BERRIES:

1 cup glucose 1 cup vinegar of choice (we use white wine or Champagne) Two shallots, minced 1 cup toasted hazelnuts 1 Tablespoon chopped tarragon Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Choose ripe berries and gauge their sweetness. We typically use equal parts vinegar, sugar and water for simple pickle projects. In this case sherry vinegar, red wine vinegar or even raspberry vinegar would be appropriate. Boil the vinegar, sugar and water together and cool before pouring over the berries. The berries will hold in the fridge for a few days.

1. Combine the vinegar and glucose with the shallots and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and cool. 2. Mix in the herbs and chopped nuts and stir in the olive oil. Reserve.

Combine the greens, berries, cheese and duck confit with the hazelnut mignonette as pictured and enjoy!


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To cook the rice grits: Heat a wide-bottomed pan to medium hot. Mince the leek and slice all the onions in different shapes. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan. Add the leek and onions and cook for five minutes being careful not to color the onions. Add the rice and toast in the oil, stirring frequently. Add half the stock and simmer, stirring often. When the liquid has evaporated almost all the way, add the remaining stock. The rice should be cooked, creamy and loose. To make the Parmesan cream: Scald the half and half and pour it over the cheese, add the cream and season with salt to taste. Strain the mixture and move it to an iSi Cream Whipper. If you don’t have a Cream Whipper, simply grate the cheese over the risotto at the last minute. Whipper can be purchased at specialty kitchen equipment stores like Williams-Sonoma, The Cook’s Station or Charleston Cooks!.

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CRISP PORK BELLY, EGGPLANT AGNOLOTTI, ARTICHOKE, PINE NUTS, CURRANTS AND OLIVES Pork belly can be purchased from Whole Foods in slabs. Use best-quality farmer’s eggs for the pasta for flavor and color. Artichokes are very time consuming to trim and cook so just buy the marinated ones at a deli unless you have a sous chef. PORK BELLY:

PASTA DOUGH:

EGGPLANT FILLING:

2 lbs whole slab pork belly 2 cups sugar 2 cups kosher salt ½ cup pickling spice

5 cups type 00 flour 5 eggs 2 cups egg yolks 1/3 cup milk ½ teaspoon olive oil 2 teaspoons white vinegar 1 teaspoon salt

2 large eggplants Salt and pepper Sherry vinegar Ground fennel seed

1. Combine salt, sugar and spices and rub the belly liberally. Place in a baking dish and keep in the fridge for 2 days to cure. 2. After 2 days rinse the belly and bake in a 275 F oven with a bit of water until tender. About 3 hours. Chill.

1. Mix all until well combined. You cannot over mix this dough. 2. Roll the pasta dough out to thin sheets with a pasta machine. 3. Pipe a tube of filling across the bottom of the sheet of dough and fold over to cover the filling and then roll once more. 4. Pinch Tootsie Roll sized sections. It should look like a string of beads. Using a fluted wheel knife, cut the filled shapes apart and freeze. 5. Meanwhile, boil a pot of water.

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1. Cut and roast the eggplant in a pan until very tender. 2. Add the ground fennel seed and season to taste with salt and pepper and vinegar. 3. Puree in a food processor and move to a piping bag with a medium-round tip. To plate: Cut a piece of the pork belly and roast in a hot pan on all sides. Drop 4 pieces of pasta in the boiling water. Add currants, pine nuts, olives, and artichokes to heat through in the rendered pork fat. Scoop the pasta out of the water and into the pan making sure to scoop a little water as well to help form a sauce. Move all items to a plate and enjoy. ah


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set of plans.” There is a large field of service prior to and during the production of said “prints” for which architects are apparently not known. We provide a little armchair therapy, education on the process, coordination of spaces and other design trades and research every day, leaving hopefully only a little firefighting during the construction process. If there is a spatial or functional problem that needs solving, architects are the one to call on first for a designed solution. Everyone at some point in time has self-medicated with Tylenol or other avenues. And we all know that does not make us able to operate or write prescriptions. However, it does mean that we have some ideas to offer as we proceed to work with the doctor on a treatment plan. Similarly, a client should actively participate in the process of design.


A successful project requires that architects take into account a vast amount of information gathered from the client. This may include what the goal is for the new or renovated space, who is using the space and for what purpose, where the site may be, when the spaces might be used, as well as how much money and time are available for the project. By listening to the client’s needs and concerns, architects can generate a multitude of options. Then we can generally lead the client to the best option based on budget, time and/or aesthetic constraints. The process is much like the doctor’s probing, testing, analyzing results and then delivering a prescriptive or surgical solution. This process of design also takes time and requires a lot of communication between the owner and architect, architect and engineers, and finally architect and contractor. A successful project is one that ultimately is constructed to meet not only the functional and aesthetic goals, but also the budget, time and quality standards to which the client, architect and contractor have agreed. Does a project really cost more when you include an architect? No. A well-designed and detailed plan for a project will allow for the most

accurate construction price at the onset, often reduce questions in the field, and reduce any change orders that would add time and cost to the construction phase. Architects are likely to include the highest quality materials within the budgeted amount, or recommend redirecting funds to the most important aspects, such as keeping the water out and holding the building up, first. Part of the creative aspect is to resourcefully use less-expensive materials for the highest impact. And if reducing the scale of the project and planning for future growth is necessary, architects can design accordingly. Ultimately, there is value added back in efficiently planned spaces, durability and longevity of specified materials, and typically lower operational and maintenance costs over the lifetime of the project. The expense of the architect is in the fee; the savings is in overall efficiency, the return is in added value and hopefully owner satisfaction. ah

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Cale and Elisha first met when they were 7 years old. While Elisha considered Cale best friend material for a number of years, he waited patiently for her to come around to his way of seeing their relationship.

Cale’s cousins, Toni and Edie, created all of the beautifully unique flowers, including the bride’s bouquet and those of her attendants. A magnolia wreath, which highlighted the huge hay rolls that backed up the altar, was among their contributions to the ceremony.

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GardentoTable MY DAD BROUGHT HOME a red dirt bike. My mom called it dangerous, and maybe she was right. We hopped on the back of the Honda XL 350 in our efforts to be brave and daring and rolled down Chinquapin Road to our destiny. Diverting off road, we whipped our way through the woods; the Sawtooth blackberries ripped ribbons of blood on our arms and legs while the rabbits went running until we tipped over into Brushy Creek, a little hurt but laughing. The stop made us notice we were surrounded by dark gems of sweetness, and we picked a few berries in revenge for our wounds. It was the 1960s, and the burgeoning Greenville suburbs were still a little wild, but welcomed our need for the pursuit of happiness and pleasure. In deepest darkest Botany Woods, a tasteful subdivision, my habitual camp, as a kid born in Greenville, was the undeveloped creek area where I, like a nearly extinct Carolina parakeet, hovered over a virgin forest. I showed my dad all the best trails, since these were “my” woods, where my friends and I frequently made leaf houses, created animals from steely creek clay and played Tarzan while the dragonflies buzzed until the fireflies glowed. Sparkly green sunlight filtered through the domed ceiling of treetops crowned with Muscadine grape vines that cascaded and dripped to the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus ground. It was a cathedral of nature. My friends and I were girls, and prey, swooshed them into a bucket, we weren’t supposed to get dirty, amazed at the claws thrashing but the lure of those crayfish in in agitation. Then we chased the cool running water was not to Swallowtails just out of reach. We resist. We splashed down on mudretreated to the woods to be queens slicked sand and captured those of the forest; we swung from the squirmy creatures like a hawk after vines and ate the thick-skinned 148 | a thom e

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grapes of Greenville’s nature. Play days merged into Sundays, the “Day of Rest” spent at church. Although I preferred my green cathedral of trees, there were some parts of the church day that brought me joy. In the long lingering light of


warm summer nights, the grownups chatted on the little lawn of the church on Lowndes Hill Road while the Alford boys and I climbed the thorny plum trees by the dilapidated farmhouse next door. Red juice dripped from our chins as we dined with delight from our perch. I never even thought if those trees grew there naturally or if someone who lived in that house long ago planted them. We just claimed the tree for our own, and gorged on sugary treasures. We were innocent and thought it would be there forever, unaware of the changes taking place right in our backyards. Greenville’s natural native environment had been undergoing changes since the late 1700s. Until then, Greenville was the land of the Cherokee, who settled west of the Saluda River and who cultivated corn, beans and squash and hunted deer, bear, duck and quail in presentday Greenville County. The period between the late 1700s to the early 1800s was a time of conversion in the Upstate, from native to imported as immigrants brought with them non-native species and plans to prosper. Native peoples

were replaced with settlers from all over the earth, who brought with them diseases that wiped out many peoples, as well as one of our plant natives, the American Chestnut. Inventions brought changes that happened to food grown in backyard gardens and farms. Elongated delicious watermelons, like the Bradford, were replaced by smaller ones that would fit in a refrigerator. Growers sought products suitable to be placed on a train and transported to far-away places without bruising or rotting. Wild species, which were considered treasures to Native Americans, became weeds or briars in backyard gardens as nurserymen developed exotic non-native species. Yet many now advocate for a native plant environment, for restoring the plants of the past, and for good reasons. “We want to save the world!” said Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food. “Native plants are better for the environment than exotic plants, generally requiring less fertilizer and other additives, less water, and less effort in pest control. They are especially important to native wildlife, such as pollinators, that may have

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for pest control, attracting beautiful swallowtails, cardinals, and others, how could I go wrong? This was a plan that fit well to my busy schedule and gardening budget. I continued to live in the suburbs, and had a backyard garden. I grew tomatoes and vegetables in summer, and had two American Pecans, as well as a lot of imported plants like Turkey figs and Japanese Maples. Yet, I craved a little wildness in my life and I longed to be a girl who gets dirty. We found some land on Old Jones Road in the heat of the summer, part of an old farming community in Greer that had not been touched in many years. It was wild, and covered in Sawtooth blackberries. Where we walked, the rabbits went running. American Persimmon and Red Mulberries grew along an old fence and deer jumped out from nowhere. It was a natural beauty, and the hawk in me knew it an opportunity not to


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LIST OF NATIVE PLANTS FOR LOCAL FOOD (Common name – Scientific Name – Ecological benefit) American Persimmon – Diospyros virginiana Deep tap root makes it a good dynamic accumulator, late blooming sustains pollinators.

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American Plum – Prunus Americana American plum is highly important as wildlife cover and food. Chickasaw Plum – Prunus angustifolia Songbird and game bird nesting. Highbush Blueberry – Vaccinium corymbosum Provides important summer and early fall food for numerous species of game birds, songbirds and mammals. Norton Grape – Vitis aestivalis Native grape resistant to disease. Muscadine – Vitis rotundifolia Resistant to pests and diseases, including Pierce’s disease, which can destroy other grape species. Muscadine is one of the grape species most resistant to Phylloxera, an insect that can kill roots of grapevines. Paw Paw (Large fruit) – Asimina triloba Larvae of the lovely Zebra Swallowtail butterfly (Eurytides marcellus) feed exclusively on the leaves. Red Mulberry – Morus rubra L. Not prone to debilitating pests, listed as endangered or threatened in four states, is a good food source for small mammals and terrestrial birds and was used by several Native American tribes to treat a variety of ailments. The sap was used to treat ringworm. The Cherokee made a tea from the leaves of the plant for treatment of dysentery, weakness, and difficulty urinating. The Comanche used the fruit of the red mulberry as a food source. Sawtooth blackberry – Rubus argutus Easily grows in all types of soils, provides food for many birds, bees and mammals. Chinquapin (Small Chestnut) – Castanea pumila Can be used as a wildlife component for stabilizing disturbed areas, resistant to fire. Good Sources: South Carolina Native Plant Society (SCNPS.org); Southern Heritage Nursery in Greer SC (southernheritagenursery.com)

resist. It was the perfect place for our new-forming work, a garden of earthly delights called Moon Hare Gardens. We will pick the wild berries to create an infusion, a blackberry liqueur to present to a small market. Infusions and beverages made from blackberries aren’t a new mischief, and were considered sacred hundreds of years ago to monks who began making them as the first pharmaceuticals, a healing substance for the hurt transpired. Even Greenville households boasted of blackberry wine back in the early 1900s. Until the 1800s, Greenville was full of many native species: Sawtooth blackberries, and Chickasaw plum thickets and giant Chestnut trees. Chinquapin bushes (a smaller chestnut, now rare, but very delicious) were known to have covered Greenville from College Street to the Academy branch.

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It was inherent natural beauty and still some remnants remain. Good sense tells us that we must retrace our path back to the wild, and take the important off-road detour to a clean natural environment. Even in small suburban backyards, an established natural landscape promotes environmentally sound practices, preserves biodiversity of native plant communities and establishes natural wonders. I am sure my dad would agree that planting some native wildness in the garden is good for raising a family, even if there are Sawtooth Vaccinium corymbosum blackberries that rip open your arms as a blood sacrifice. The brave and daring and taking its pleasures. congregation of the church on Yet, Chickasaw plum thickets and Lowndes Hill Road took a leap of Sawtooth blackberry brambles are faith in the 1980s and made an two ferocious natives. They find historic journey to their new destiny, their way around railroad tracks, leaving the plum tree behind. My riverbeds, fence posts or any place perch on the Chickasaw Plum tree left unattended in the sun, and bring was replaced with a jungle gym joy to those who seek them in the playground; although children enjoy summer. Greenville natives keep it, maybe they don’t know what they their roots deep and fight to keep are missing -- climbing a fruit tree their place on their land. But it is 152 | a thom e

also easy to plant them for your kids to climb in summer. Save the world! Come and pick wild blackberries in July at Moon Hare Gardens in Greer. Bring your gloves so not to offer a blood sacrifice. Pick one bucket for the farm, and keep one for yourself for free, or donate to your local food bank. Contact janettewwesley@ yahoo.com for information.


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(to serve over roasted game birds, duck or quail) 4 large very ripe plums, or 12 Chickasaw plums, pitted and cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 large clove garlic, very finely minced 1-2 Tablespoons sugar 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds 1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except sesame seeds; cook over high heat for 3 minutes. 2. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid thickens and the plums have softened and broken down to the consistency of a chunky preserve, about 15 minutes. 3. Remove from heat; transfer plum sauce to a serving dish, and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Serve warm.

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2 eggs juice and rind of 1 lemon 2 Tablespoons oil 4 Tablespoons water 2 and 1/4 cups of flour 10 fresh plums cut in small pieces 1 Tablespoon yeast 1. Whisk the eggs with the sugar, then add the oil, water, rind and juice of the lemon. Then incorporate the flour and the yeast, finally adding the pieces of plum and mix well. 2. Line a pie mold with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Let cool, sprinkle with some powdered sugar as needed and serve.

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Sources: The Greenville Century Book: Comprising an Account of the Settlement of the County, and the Founding of the City of Greenville, S.C. by S. S. Crittenden, Press of Greenville News, 1903. SUMMER 2014

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