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Contents Summer 2016
Though She Be Small A 1,100-square-foot space taken down to its studs becomes a stunning homeplace
Pathways and Journeys A McDaniel Avenue garden with English charm and Charleston history
All Things Bright A homeowner instills tradition into a new construction project with treasured pieces
Bonsai on display: decorating with Japanese-inspired string gardens
Homeowner Lisa Darby combined her late mother’s Hickory Chair sideboard with her own dining set and set it off with bright pink walls to make the dining room a unique, colorful space.
Gypsy Fisher’s childhood dream realized, married in her childhood home.
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” —Charles Bowden
Departments The Collection 28. 30. 34. 36. 38. 40.
CRAFTED Pottery by Jocie Conrad HARDWARE Patios and Porches THE SHELF Books for the Grill IN BLOOM DIY String Gardens STYLE GUIDE All that Glitters ASKED & ANSWERED Lawns and Pets
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InnerCella 43. ESCAPES Lake Keowee Living 50. OPEN TABLE Biodiversify with Bees 58. SCOUT OUT Splash Pools and Plunges
Modus 114. 121. 126. 131. 138. 141. 142. 144.
DRINK Vintage Glasses, Fresh Cocktails GREEN Air Quality at Home TRIFECTA One Meal, Three Ways MATRIMONY Married in a Riverside home TREASURES Collecting Perfume Bottles SHOP Resources from Our Pages ADVERTISERS INDEX Shop by Category BEHIND THE WALL Tullyton's Timbers
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A vibrant mixed-use development is taking shape on more than 1,000 acres of untouched real estate within the city of Greenville. A smart, flexible plan comprises diverse housing at varying price points, thriving commercial districts and an array of recreational amenities. Fostering a walkable environment, Verdae’s vision ranges from corporate headquarters and niche offices to a village square filled with specialty retailers, local restaurants and professional services, all interconnected by pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, a lush central park and abundant greenspace. It’s happening at Verdae.
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Notes From Home
Hey! It’s Summer!
“Be free and happy and danceful and uninhibited and now-y!” —Terri Guillemets WE’RE FEELING ALL OF THOSE THINGS BECAUSE WE HAVE A NEW DESIGN
and a terrific lineup of articles for you to read and enjoy. Our homeowners, two of them in Greenville and one of them on Lake Keowee, are happy and uninhibited in their respective homes because they have gotten exactly the lifestyle they were seeking. The Darbys started from scratch on a lot that was in a perfect location for them and built a new house that blends memories of a loved one who has passed with new, happy memories they are creating each day. Nicki Jones boldly walked into a house that definitely needed someone to love it again and proceeded to turn it into a danceful treasure of a home. The Metzgers found that the perfect method for luring their grown children to spend at least summer time with them was to build a home on Lake Keowee where they now enjoy quality time together. Thanks to them all for sharing their homes with us. And, oh! What a happy garden was created by homeowners who engaged the J. Dabney Peeples Design Associates, Inc./The Collins Group, Inc. to develop an outdoor living space that is not only gorgeous, but practical as well. You’ll have some “now-y” fun discovering the new titles for our departments. Here are a few of them—The Collection, InnerCella, Modus, Behind The Wall. Now go, and have fun discovering our new look. We hope you have a summer that meets all of your expectations. And don’t forget that some of the best memories come while wearing flip-flops. We’ll meet up again in the fall. Enjoy!
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JociePots are hand-crafted ceramic pieces made by Greenville artisan Jocie Conrad. Her botanical lanterns make any table more tasteful for evening entertaining.
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Light of Mine Up-and-coming potter Jocie Conrad debuts her inspired line of hand-crafted creations, bringing clay to life by Beth Ables / Photography by Jessica Barley
“Delicate is an ongoing theme in my work. The act of making something beautiful—creating delicate things from dirt, from nothing—that’s what keeps me doing this,” says local potter Jocie Conrad. “There’s life in the broken and unused and discarded.” Though she’s worked with ceramics for the past 10 years, Conrad only recently ventured out on her own as an artist. “I’ve always wanted to own my own business. It just took me a while to make the leap.” Featuring bright, even glazes with clean details and flourishes, there is an inherent joy to JociePots—a natural outpouring of her personality. Scalloped-edged salt cellars, monogrammed ring dishes, hand-dipped bowls and mugs: Each item is cheerful, delicate and useful all at once. Her lanterns are a particularly bright point, one-of-a-kind and each hand-carved with an abstract, almost botanical pattern. “I glaze them white so that the inner light becomes the focus, to me they are just... welcoming,” Conrad says. “I like the meditative nature of carving the clay,” she says. “There’s a creative freedom in that.” She dreams of one day working with fellow makers in a collaborative work space, “A welcoming, casual shop with a little dog. A place where people would want to sit and sip a glass of lemonade.” It's a happy image, as bright and satisfying as her clay creations.
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The Intentional Porch Adding or renovating an outdoor living area should begin as an extension of existing interiors by Amanda Thomas
Outdoor living is an essential part of most home designs, but too often
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screen 7. U nique rooflines that complement home style, such as exposed rafters and beams 8. P atterning in the layout of the screen grids 9. U nique lighting solutions
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Nothing says summer like lazy days by the pool and cookouts on the patio. The grill part of that seasonal picture can, unfortunately, be a bit intimidating. I’m content to delegate outdoor cooking to the men of my family, but this summer I’ve vowed to overcome that fear. To that end, I picked up Master of the Grill by America’s Test Kitchen. The whole concept of America’s Test Kitchen works. They do all the research and testing of countless variations on a recipe and then let you know what worked best (and why) so a vital step is not missed. For example, to keep hamburgers from puffing up on the grill, dimple them in the center. (When cooking on the stove that step isn’t necessary.) Master of the Grill includes recipes for all-things-grill including burgers, steaks, pork chops, kebabs, chicken, fish, shrimp, lobster, and even vegetables and tofu. It also includes tips on the best equipment to buy and cooking tips such as how to thaw meat quickly in case it didn’t get moved to the
fridge the night before. How to easily dehusk corn is another tip. The book is broken into three parts: the basics, the easy upgrades, and the serious projects. "The basics" is great for newbies, those needing a refresher after a long winter, and those who like traditional American-style grill recipes. "Easy upgrades" includes more choices for those not into red meat, including salmon, tuna or shrimp burgers, as well as international recipes such as South American-style steak, Mexican tacos, pork tenderloin with Asian glazes. The serious projects include barbecue (pulled pork, brisket and several types of ribs, such as short ribs, spareribs, pork ribs), grilled game hens, and even grillroasted turkey for Thanksgiving. Many of the recipes include several variations, so altogether the book includes nearly 700 recipes, tips and grill facts. After reading Master of the Grill, I feel ready to go ahead and plan that July 4th cookout! America’s Test Kitchen • Paperback, $29.95
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This 2015 release from Athens, Ga.-based chef Hugh Acheson is an excellent follow-up to his first critically acclaimed cookbook, A New Turn in the South. In The Broad Fork, Acheson (a Canadian native, who spent two of his middle school years in Clemson) narrates the four seasons of produce while he demystifies (or reintroduces) some of the most unusual and inspiring finds at the farmer’s market. His 200-plus recipes range from the simple (think: raspberry cobbler) to the truly savory (snapper ceviche with apple and lime). With a generous helping of beautiful photography, The Broad Fork is as beautiful as it is bountiful.
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Carolinas Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year Cool Springs Press’ acclaimed Month-by-Month Gardening series gets a fresh update for North and South Carolina. Featuring its hallmark, easy-to-use format, this new edition of Carolinas Month-by-Month Gardening is packed with knowledge and is designed to position the weekend gardener and the avid home landscaper for equal success. It includes specifics on growing annual and perennial flowers, bulbs, grasses (lawn and ornamental), edibles, roses, ground-covers, shrubs, trees, and vines throughout the year, and it includes a section on water gardening.
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String Gardens A Japanese-inspired plant project for the porch, patio or home provides a pop of panache to any space. by Lynn Greenlaw photography by Patrick Cox
Kokedama is Japanese for “moss ball.” This ancient form of bonsai is not only simple to create, it lends a definite “wow” factor to any space it decorates. • Julie Dodds of Willow Florals creates one in her West Greenville White Whale Studio space to show just how easy and lovely it is to assemble a string garden. MATERIALS
Live plants: tiny ferns, grasses, succulents and creeping flower vines. Select plants based on light. Soil: equal parts peat moss and a quality potting soil
Twine Fresh sheet moss: hypnum thrives in shade but tolerates some sunlight Floral pins Decorative moss: such as cut Spanish moss
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1 . Create a mixture of equal parts peat moss and potting soil. Put enough water in the soil mixture until it clumps and holds together when compacted. Remove the plant from its pot and gently shake off all the soil from its root system. [Pictured here, Julie uses a succulent and a caladium.] 2 . Cover the roots generously with the moist soil mixture, forming a ball. Squeeze out any excess water. Wrap the soil ball in sheet moss and secure the moss in place with the twine, as if wrapping a package. If desired, use the floral pins to secure additional moss to cover the twine. 3 Cut a long piece of twine to form a hanger. Attach it to the twine that is wrapping the moss ball, and you’re ready to hang your Kokedama. MAINTENANCE
Depending on your choice of plants, water the moss ball by soaking only the ball (not the top of the plant) in a container of water for 3-5 minutes at least once a week. You can tell by the weight of the ball if it needs watering. If it feels light, it’s thirsty. Once watered, let it drip dry and then rehang.
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CURTAIN CALL This low folding screen from Henredon's Barbara Barry collection comes in a faux shagreen and sits at a modest forty-eight inches high. Made from walnut solids and walnut veneer, it's an upscale answer to creating demarcated division in any room or space. Suggested retail $9,507, Westend Interiors, West Columbia
CHAISE DAYS From the new Summer Classics fine outdoor furniture line, this Croquet teak chaise is sophisticated and timeless in its simplicity. It comes in a variety of fabric options for color and quality. Suggested retail $2,299, available at Old Colony Furniture Company, Greenville
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On Pets Q. Keeping my dog cool is such a
challenge during the heat of South Carolina summer. What’s your go-to strategy for keeping them safe and comfortable?
A. There are plenty of ways to make sure your pet is able to enjoy the outdoors without getting overheated, but I do have a few favorites. My number one suggestion is get a kiddie pool! Don’t go the inflatable route, obviously, as puppy claws don’t mix with blow-up toys. A shallow plastic pool is a simple retreat for four-legged friends to relax or play in—whatever floats their boat! Go the extra mile and make poolside “popsicle” treats by freezing your dog’s favorite goodie in a bowl of water; turn it over to pop out the popsicle, and watch as your friend enjoys a cool, fun activity with a tasty reward! Q. At a certain point, it almost seems
like it gets too hot to even take my dog for a walk. How can I get him out of the house in the heat of the day? A. The best way to walk your dog in summer is always to take a hike! The shady paths of hiking trails are a welcome alternative to hot streets,
and an added bonus is that trails with water access offer additional cooling-off benefits. Walking through the water is also great exercise for you and your pup. When off-road isn’t an option, though, it’s important to try to stay off hot pavement as much as possible. Protect your pup by sticking to the sidewalk, grass, or trail. If that isn’t practical, protect your dog’s pads with booties, like those made by Ruffwear or a less expensive, disposable alternative offered by Pawz.
On Yards Q: I have such large, beautiful trees in
my home landscape. Why can’t my turf look just as good?
Q: My grass grows so fast during the summer and I am tired of mowing it so often! Can I just mow my lawn shorter? A: Mowing your lawn shorter does not mean less mowing. It is best to follow the “one-third” rule for mowing turfgrasses. This rule suggests no more than one-third the height of the leaf blade is removed during any one mowing event. Consult a trustworthy source to determine the appropriate mowing height to maintain for the species on your lawn. When you get back from your week at the beach, raise the mowing height temporarily so this rule is not broken, and then gradually lower the mower back to the desired height.
A: Warm-season grasses, especially bermudagrass, require extended periods of full sunlight for adequate growth. As trees and other obstacles prevent this, turf begins to thin over time. Consider planting a more shade-tolerant grass, such as certain cultivars of zoysiagrass. In our area, tall fescue is acceptable as well, but only if an irrigation system is present to make it through the hot summers. Just keep in mind, even the most shade-tolerant grass species cannot thrive in extreme shade.
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REBEKAH CROFT owns Better Than Boarding, LLC, a local pet sitting, dog walking and dog daycare business specializing in canine behavior, care and training.
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DAVID AND LAURIE METZGER are fairly new to empty nesting, but they’ve already worked out a foolproof plan to ensure regular visits from their offspring—move the nest to the lake. The Metzger family lived for 25 years in Charlotte, where David’s banking career landed them after stints in Los Angeles and Japan. With a son out of college and a daughter headed that way this spring, mom and dad recently took up full-time residence in their retirement home at the Cliffs at Keowee Falls South. The decision to sell the kids’ childhood home was initially traumatic for the Metzgers, but Laurie reports they have since decided the lake home is an acceptable substitute— and not just because there’s a beer tap in the kitchen.
Laurie admits the allure of lake living was initially lost on her. She preferred the salty air of Litchfield, where the family owned and enjoyed a vacation home for 10 years. But the clear waters and cool breezes of Lake Keowee turned her head when visiting the area with a friend who was considering building there. The Metzgers bought a house at Wynward Pointe on Lake Keowee and soon after purchased the lot where their home now stands. It would be several more years before they were ready to build. “We had a number of false starts, where it just didn’t feel right,” Laurie says, explaining that while they knew where they wanted to be, they didn’t have a clear vision of what the house should look like. The layout of the Wynward Pointe house
A wide hallway showcases earth-hued materials and allows for ample natural light to create a welcoming space for homeowners and their adult children.
A livable, lower-level layout transforms a lake house into a full-time place to perch by Allison Walsh
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eventually helped them hone in on their wish list for lake living. “Our kids’ rooms were in the basement, and every time we’d walk downstairs my husband would say, ‘This is what I’m talking about. I just want to be on lake level, as close to the lake as possible,’” Laurie says. “So we started drawing on graph paper.” Laurie and David continued drawing for two years, drafting little boxes representing the spaces they knew they wanted: a big kitchen with one center island for meal prep and another where friends and family could gather; a pool table room; and space to indulge the family’s passion for board games. “Our priorities were to be as close to the lake as possible and for every bedroom to have a view of the lake,” Laurie says. Armed with this and their hand-drawn plan, the Metzgers turned to Gabriel Builders, who in turn led them to Chris Shockley of Shockley Designs. “Chris was amazing, and instrumental in turning our graph paper into this,” Laurie says. “He did stay true to our plan and helped us fit in the bathrooms and closets and that kind of thing.” The Metzgers’ plan was to turn things upside down and put the primary living area on the basement level. The kitchen, family room and master suite are all just steps from the water’s edge, and it’s here that David and Laurie spend most of their time. In fact, when it’s just the two of them they rarely venture up to the main floor. “We literally never go upstairs,” Laurie says. “Unless the doorbell rings.”
(ABOVE) Lower-level dining has lake views and ample room for entertaining.
(BELOW) Bringing the kitchen down to the bottom floor means homeowners are just a few feet away from the water for all their dayto-day living.
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The view from the front entrance was almost compromised by a low-hanging beam that cut right across the water line. Laurie credits the Gabriel framing crew with catching it before the windows arrived. Taller windows were ordered, the beam was raised, and the stunning view of the horizon was saved. Lake views were also top of mind in the kitchen design. Laurie wanted the home to feel like vacation year round and didn’t want cupboards getting in the way of the water. Thanks to an ample butler’s pantry for storing glassware and serving-ware, they were able to eliminate upper cabinets from the layout. The kitchen gives way to a great room where everyone can indulge in their favorite recreational pursuit—billiards, board games or sports on the big screen— while still all being together in a shared space. David’s prized wine collection is beautifully contained in the climate controlled wine room. Laurie’s vacation vision was also applied to the kids’ rooms and the guest bed and bathrooms where she has taken great care to create the feel of a luxurious spa retreat. The Metzgers anticipate playing host to family, friends and friends of family from all across the country for many years to come. “It’s a pretty simple house but it accommodates a lot of people,” Laurie says. “I think it’s just going to turn out to be the new family home.”
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The home’s design is deceptively simple. Custom windows are intentionally much taller than standard size. Cabinetry and cupboards never impede the view.
(BELOW) A low-hanging beam at the front entrance once limited lake views but was raised by builders, saving stunning horizon views from almost every room.
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sorghum) need no insect help, since they pollinate by wind or are self-pollinating. But many of our most treasured fruit trees and shrubs, as well as favorite vegetables, do require pollination. They require, more specifically, nature’s pollinators—mostly honeybees, but also bumblebees, native bee species, hummingbirds, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles and more, which transfer pollen from one plant to another. Without these industrious pollinators, many of our most treasured plants would not survive. We would have less fresh food for our tables. We would have fewer plants yielding spices, oils, clothing fibers and essential medicinal ingredients and herbal remedies. 1
OUR WORLD WOULD BE SUBSTANTIALLY MORE BLAND, WERE IT NOT FOR THE BEE. Most know that honey bees and pollinators are in decline. But what many do not appreciate is how serious the problem on our hands is: More than 35 percent of all food crops do depend on pollinators, and these crops represent an economic value of hundreds of billions of dollars a year and many millions of jobs globally. We can point to the factors leading to this decline: habitat loss, use of pesticides, colony collapse (which only affects bees in colonies) and a parasite which turns both honeybees and bumblebees into “Zombie Bees.” Even the United Nations has weighed in on bees to this end, explaining in a recent position statement, “Bees embody what is most precious for us to protect.” The UN goes on to say that the hives of bees offer an “emblematic parallel to working together as a community. We see illustrations of hard work and stability that stem from the stable, regular and orderly society exhibited in a hive.” The UN says that pollination, important to all creatures, is defined as a “regulating ecosystem service of importance
Reﬂections on a threatened species that brings food to our tables and beauty to our lives by Janette Wesley
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BEES, REVERED FOR EONS, BRING NEW LIFE. AND YET THEIR VERY EXISTENCE IS NOW IN JEOPARDY. Ancient cultures from the Near East and Aegean believed the bee to be a sacred insect. Even in the Maya civilization, there was the bee god: Ah-Muzen-Cab. Found on many coats of arms, from the Merovingians, to the Barberini to Napoleon, the bee is a most enduring symbol. Throughout history, there has been a long list of gods and goddesses representing the bee, and bees and their honey have been exulted in folktales and mythology as symbols of immortality and resurrection. Most essential staple food crops on our planet (corn, wheat, rice, soybeans and
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“...The world was really one bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places. Don’t be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don’t be an idiot; wear long sleeves and pants. Don’t swat. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved.” —Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees for food production” that has a “role in supporting a good quality of life and biodiversity maintenance.” Indeed, our world of nations united understands at its core that everyone can and should contribute to helping pollinators thrive. How? By preserving their habitats and protecting their food sources. Bees proliferate in open, sunny places with an abundance and diversity of flowering food plants rather than in flower-poor, shaded woodlands. As backyard gardeners, we can use more native plants to attract native bees, which have specifically coevolved as partners in paradise, because we know that like us, bees need food all year round. Beside honeybees, the eastern U.S. is home to 450 other species of bees, and about 100 of those help to pollinate our apple orchards and other fruit trees and shrubs. MANY CROPS HAVE SPECIFIC BEE PARTNERS. Native North American plants, such as squash, blueberries, and sunflowers, were pollinated for millennia by native species before Europeans introduced the honeybee. Think of the tomato, loved by just about
1 Providing "bee hotels" in your garden is an excellent way for homeowners to help pollinators thrive.
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everyone and used in kitchens worldwide. Although the tomato plant is self-fertile, flowers must be vibrated by wind or other means in order to release pollen for fertilization. Scientific studies have shown that tomatoes and some other plants in the same family, like eggplant and potatoes, are best fertilized by “buzz pollination.” In order to release the pollen, bumblebees and some species of solitary bees are able to grab onto the flower and move their flight muscles rapidly, causing the flower and anthers to vibrate, dislodging pollen. This resonant vibration is called buzz pollination. Honey bees are unable to vibrate the tomato flower in this way, but bumblebees and other native species can. Studies show that visitation by native bees increases fruit-set by approximately 45 percent in Sungold cherry tomatoes, relative to wind pollination. Bee visitation also results in larger tomatoes averaging double the weight of wind pollination. (TOP) Native North American plants, such as squash, blueberries, and sunflowers, were pollinated for millennia by native species.
(BELOW) Providing hives and homes for pollinators is good practice for building healthy communities.
THE ANSWER, ACCORDING TO THIS GARDENER AND FOOD LOVER, IS COMMUNITY COLLABORATION. Consider Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, a story set in South Carolina during 1964, which pulls from Kidd’s personal experience as a child growing up in the segregated South. The bees serve as a young woman’s unspoken guide through a series of problems, including a community full of racism. But it also demonstrates how one young lady and others came to a place to work together to combat an irrational mentality held by
much of the community, through feelings and deeds as she learned the ways of bees. It is a beautiful parallel of how problems can be solved only when people work together in resolute action. Protecting pollinators goes beyond an environmental philosophy—it is a community issue that affects quality of life. It is about what is most precious for us to protect, the future of our Mother Earth. If property owners, volunteer groups, businesses, local authorities and others play their part, bees and other pollinators across towns and cities as well as in the countryside would thrive. So consider your role in protecting our sacred pollinators, and consider doing something: nurture a window box, tend to a park or gardens, as well as hedges, farms and fields. Plant something blooming and native, so that life continues to abound. Give the bees some of your love, or the ecstasy may soon be replaced by heartbreak at your dinner table. JANETTE WESLEY is a regular contributor to atHome, as well as an avid writer and gardener, and she serves as the Slow Food USA Governor for South Carolina.
Bee Keepers • Teach your children to respect the bees, not to kill them • Provide nectar all year round by planting native flowering plants; don’t use pesticides • Leave some natural areas for pollinator habitats in your yard • M ake or buy a bumblebee hotel. Encourage community groups, businesses and the general public to do the same; find instructions at bumblebee.org • Read more online about providing Native Bee Habitat on Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and SC Native Plant Society’s web sites
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Clemson researchers seek better understanding of Southeastern bees THE BEES ARE DYING. No one knows why
for certain, but the problem has raised alarms about the bounty of our food supply, Clemson University researchers explain. “It’s been said in many literature citations that one out of every three bites of food that we have is brought to you compliments of a pollinating species,” says Merle Shepard, professor emeritus of entomology at Coastal REC and also chair of the agricultural committee for the Agricultural Society of South Carolina. ”Loss and fragmentation of habitat, heavy use of pesticides, diseases—we are conscious of what’s causing the declines and are trying to develop strategies in order to enhance bee populations.“ Bees, as members of the large group of insects known as pollinators, carry pollen and nectar from the male parts of a plant to the female parts, fertilizing flowering plants. Wild pollinators are vital to about 75 percent of the flowering plants in the world. ONGOING STUDIES BASED AT CLEMSON
University’s Coastal Research and Education Center are investigating how a more diverse agroecosystem—swarming with native bees, wasps and other beneficial insects— might complement honeybees and enhance watermelon production.
Thanks to funding from the Agricultural Society of South Carolina and the National Watermelon Promotion Board, Shepard has helped sponsor a Clemson graduate student to spend the next several years researching how to enhance watermelon agroecosystems to attract native pollinators. “We are currently focusing on native bees,” Shepard says. “These are the ones that farmers used years and years ago even before the European western honeybee came on the scene and oftentimes when the domesticated are not actually foraging you will see a lot of the native bees out foraging around.” Shepard already identified 100 species of pollinators in the Charleston area, where he and his colleagues are doing the study at the USDA vegetable lab and the Clemson Coastal Research and Education Center. "SCIENTISTS KNOW A LOT MORE ABOUT BEES
out west and in the Midwest and Northeast than they know in the Southeast,” Shepard says. “So there’s a real need to find out which ones are here and what they’re doing and whether or not the ones that we’re seeing on various wild hosts and try to figure out their importance in a cultivated host system, watermelon, for example. The plan is to plant the wildflowers in
watermelon fields. The scientists want to test the idea that planting the flowers will draw more pollinators to the melons. “The target will be watermelon production,” Shepard says. “We’re going to try to manipulate the habitat—add in wildflowers to the landscape so these native bees provide these ecological system services to the farmers.” At the end of each growing season, the researchers will compare their flower-powered test sites to watermelon fields without added flowers. What’s more, the scientists are going to try to entice the bees to stay in the area by offering housing. Providing nesting sites for bees is another way people can help, Shepard says. Some bees nest in holes in trees. Bumblebees nest in rodents’ burrows. In the three years Clemson has been surveying wildflowers, researchers have gotten a much better understanding of a handful of major native pollinators: bumblebees, carpenter bees, leaf-cutter bees, ground-nesting bees. Continuing to understand the systems that help pollinators thrive is of utmost importance. “If we don’t,” Shepard explains, “the situation will continue to worsen.” —JIM MELVIN AND PETER KENT
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Small-scale water features and splash pools make your backyard oasis more accessible and attractive than ever. by Stephanie Burnette
PINT-SIZED POOLS ARE BECOMING
the ingénues of landscape design. These diminutive dippers offer easy recreation with less acreage, less water and considerably less fuss, seamlessly fitting into most any backyard aesthetic. The footprint of a dipping pool is much smaller; most weigh in at less than a third of the size of a standard pool and are just three to six feet deep. Their smaller, shallower stature often allows them to be disguised in plain sight as a water feature. Graham Kimak and his landscape design team are among those finding 58 _ at Home
value in the trend, saying “homeowners want to fit everything in.” Pets, kids and grandchildren; gardens and outdoor kitchens, decks and terraces: “A pool is just one of many elements they want access to.” The upside of a dipping pool is customization. Gone are the days of traditional stairs and aluminum handrails. Dipping pools are ideal for a sun shelf: a ledge immersed in eight to ten inches of water and large enough for at least a pair of chairs. Built for lounging or splash play, sun shelves also create an opportunity to
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Pop-up, in-floor vacuum systems are replacing Polaris robots to clean dirt and debris in dipping pools. Manage your pool from your smart phone. Temperature, lighting, water levels and cleaning can all be activated by app. Travertine is surging in popularity for its random, rectangular cuts and clean, soft styling. Or consider synthetic sod. A timed in-ground misting system cools this no-cut option. at Home
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Nearly all small pools installed today are saltwater for easy, managed maintenance. Gunite is the preferred construction for creating dipping pools in any configuration. For an organic-looking interior, upgrade to (ABOVE) County code requires a self-latching gated entry. (Right) A sun shelf is a small ledge with about eight inches of water that can accommodate chairs.
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From the Experts 5 Steps to a Better Pool Project Installing a pool with a detailed landscape plan can minimize the length and cost of your project.
a textured surface called Pebble Tec. And illuminating a pool is easier than ever before with all LED fixtures. Concrete cracks, making natural stone a good investment. If a stone paver breaks, the piece can be lifted and replaced.
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When Nicki Davidson Jones first approached the round house, there were trees jutting up from the cracked bed of the backyard pool. The place was a shambles. A vigilant friend begged her to practice some restraint, worrying that the structure might be condemned, even dangerous. Surely she wasn’t going to buy this claptrap. But Nicki, freshly determined, simply said—“It’s a round house!” Her mind was made up. It was love at first sight. The home is an indisputable oddity—a tiny, 15-sided curio resting on a hillside like a modernist yurt. It certainly stands out in an otherwise traditional suburban neighborhood, standing defiant against the brick, ranch-style houses that surround it. But in early 2015, after 45 plus years of abuse, “uniqueness” was pretty much its last remaining positive feature. A former drug den, it was dilapidated, stripped of wiring and plumbing, and in foreclosure 68 _ at Home
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when Nicki swooped in and bought it for a pittance in April of last year, knowing full well that she was taking on a mighty project. But a project was just what the doctor ordered. Originally from California, Nicki spent the last 20 years nesting in Greenville with her husband and two children. They had made a rich, satisfactory life for themselves as a family. But as time flies, so do adult kids, leaving the aforementioned nest feeling rather empty. Then, the death of her husband urged a raw, grieving Ms. Jones away from the large family home, and into an adventure of her own design. She sought an opportunity to salvage and revitalize something, and she found it waiting atop a scrubby, overgrown hill. Most might seek out a rescue dog. Nicki Jones sought out a rescue house. And there was much work to be done. The house, while seemingly ruined by neglect, time and the elements, had
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excellent bones which were soon stripped bare. Every wall, every remaining fixture was torn out, leaving just the external walls, windows, domed roof, and the bare concrete floor. What was left was a cavern of possibility. Nicki reached out to the community for help with the project, imagining and re-imagining the floor plan multiple times before finally settling on what felt most organic, and most true. It was this reliance on instinct that allowed for the round houseâ€™s stunning resurrection. Over the course of about eight months, new interior walls were erected, allowing for a spacious living area that flows directly into a modern kitchen. Select walls stop just short of the ceiling, allowing natural light to filter through the entire house, bolstering the brightness provided by the numerous windows. Despite its modern flair, the home seems suited to a neighborhood named for Sherwood Forest. In fact, nearly every wall sports a large picture window, opening up the interior and framing the lush, green surroundings. This effect is aided by a round skylight piercing the roof, which allows the brisk summer sun to infiltrate and keep things looking warm.
(Top and below) Moroccan-inspired lighting and bright accessories lend an eclectic elegance to the main living area.
(Right) Open shelving and ample natural and artificial light are a bright contrast to poured concrete floors original to the home.
Th e h o m e i s a n i n d i s p u t a b l e o d d i t y â€” a t i n y, 15 - s i d e d c u r i o r e s t i n g on a hillside like a modernist y ur t.
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A single bedroom, master bath, and small den fill in the rest of the relatively modest 1,100 square feet. As the project neared completion, Nicki began adding personal touches to humanize the empty quarters. In December of 2015, she began to move in. She whittled her belongings down to only the most emotionally essential, and it shows. There isn’t a single stick of furniture that doesn’t belong, each with its own personal story—from a framed photo of a statue captured from her California days, to an ottoman she painted herself in an ornate floral pattern. Even the elaborate backsplash over the kitchen counter was handcrafted, and designed on the fly—a beautifully improvised detail in a deeply intimate space. Walking in, you immediately know this is Nicki’s home. Not just something she bought, but something she made, specifically for herself, basically from scratch. With patience, and the support of her newly forged friendships, Nicki has made something truly remarkable, and truly individual. You can still see divots in the floor where old walls used to be, scarred from its
Nicki Jones kept only her favorite things when downsizing to 1,100 square feet. (Below) The single bedroom and bath have a “nook” feel.
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tumultuous past. This is the house’s humanity laid bare, reminding us that the most cherished things are always pocked with history. As for the tree-bearing pool—it was ultimately filled in. But that was inevitable, every gap eventually needs filling. Through the passage of time, cracks begin to show, but in the best cases, those cracks are spackled with thoughtfulness, warmth and a personal sense of power.
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and purposefully so, about the McDaniel Avenue garden designed by J. Dabney Peeples Design Associates, Inc./The Collins Group for the Allin family. The property was a clean slate when landscape designers arrived: There were buildings and grassy areas and a stack-stone water feature on a concrete patio. But there was little interest, and even less functionality. Most everything was on a single plane, with rustic fencing and patches of mulch and earth. Homeowners envisioned for themselves a much more interesting place to live, entertain and relax. The creation of multiple smaller spaces within the larger yard has the counterintuitive effect of making the yard feel bigger.
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It is an “exaggerated garden” effect: Courtyards are tucked within courtyards, partitions and fountains were added to create division and visual interest, the emphasis on personality and intimacy. “Every time you open the gate, you feel like you are on a journey,” Peeples says of the re-envisioned landscape. The plan was to provide a series of garden rooms on their McDaniel Avenue property. The space, although a good size, was in need of some refinement and a demarcation between the formal and more casual areas. The addition of brick walls, gated entries, an intimate iron-structured swing nook and a magnificent water feature haa given the garden the perfect setting for entertaining or quiet relaxation.
Each courtyard and each space has its own seating area, designed to create a sense of intimacy within the large garden.
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The terrace features bluestone under foot and custom pierced brick walls that transform the space into a courtyard. A copper awning, custom-made serving table and oversized urns are functional and beautiful accents.
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Throughout, the eye is drawn to center lines that interconnect to one another, a recurring “cross-axis.” But angles are softened by traditionally southern plantings from Confederate jasmine to whimsical succulents in large planters. Plants do more than simply fill space in this garden, as in all of Peeples’ gardens. “They are used as a design tool for structure and form,” he explains. “A restricted pallet of tried-and-true Southern plants were used for structure, and specialty plants became accents.” “We’re taking something very traditional and tweaking it to give it some more personality.”
(ABOVE) Four symmetrically placed highback swings hang from a custom arbor (complete with cup holders that fit a wine glass perfectly) and create a comfortable conversation area. Wisteria vine is beautiful and fragrant. (TOP) A patinated
water trough gets new life as a fountain catch basin. Large lanterns are turned at a 45-degree angle to create balance between the fountain and the columns.
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( ABOVE ) Planters and a center fountain are both made of a
marble composite. Fig vine, which will eventually cover the wall behind the fountain is just beginning its ascent. (Right) A custom granite table was created to fit in the exact space and is ideal for holding drinks or hors d'oeuvres when entertaining.
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(RIGHT) An historic Philip Simmons gate is tucked into a side entry of the McDaniel Avenue garden, anchoring and inspiring ironwork throughout the rest of the landscape, including the front drive (left) and in various scroll details found elsewhere in the garden's accents.
« TH E G ATE Philip Simmons was one of the most celebrated Charleston ironworkers of the 20th century, but his work is not nearly as well known outside of the Lowcountry. Simmons (1912–2009) was a renowned blacksmith in Charleston, whose interest in the trade began on his way to school when he was enticed by sparks flying from a blacksmith shop as he passed by. By age 13, he began apprenticing in the Calhoun Street shop under Peter Simmons (no relation). Peter’s father, who had been a slave, taught him the blacksmith craft. It was not uncommon for African men skilled in iron work to be brought to Colonial America as slaves. It was there that he built the foundation for his celebrated career, going on to practice and refine his talents throughout his lifelong metalworking career. The gate leading into the McDaniel Avenue garden designed by J. Dabney Peeples Design Associates, Inc./The Collins Group is the only known Philip Simmons gate in the Upstate, with the majority of his gates found in his hometown of Charleston. Other Simmons gates can be found in the Smithsonian, the Governor’s Mansion, and even in Paris and China.
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The “Swink” was acquired by Dabney Peeples for the McDaniel Avenue garden from John Paul Huguley, who was holding the piece for the American College of the Building Arts. The gate was originally commissioned in the 1980s as one of two gates for the home of the Swink family, Simmons’ insurance broker. The “sister” gate is still in Charleston, in a downtown garden, across the street from the modernday Simmons museum. “Philip Simmons is a poet of ironwork,” says Huguley, founder of the School of the Building Arts (now the American College of the Building Arts). “His ability to endow raw iron with pure lyricism is known and admired throughout.” Simmons began specializing in the ornamental iron designs that became a hallmark of his gates in 1938. At his 2009 funeral, one eulogizer said that a Simmons
gate was never “a gate” but always “the gate.” Throughout the course of his career, roughly 500 decorative pieces of ornamental wrought iron bore his signature design: gates, fences, balconies, and window grills among them. “The city of Charleston from end to end is truly decorated by his hand,” wrote John Michael Vlach, author of Charleston Blacksmith: The Work of Philip Simmons” & the Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc. Simmons died at the age of 97. Even after he retired from active forging he spent time at his shop, greeting tourists and entertaining questions and interviews from students and organizations from around the state. The art of ironwork in Charleston dates back to the early 1700s, and Simmons is among those credited with keeping the art form alive. The scrolls and elaborate designs—often animals and trees—are
Simmons’ signatures. He would go on to receive local and national recognition including from the Smithsonian Institution, and in 1982, the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts—the highest honor bestowed on a traditional artist in the nation. Simmons' craft continues to be sustained at his original shop through the hands of his former apprentices, Carlton Simmons (nephew) and Joseph “Ronnie” Pringle (cousin). The Simmons workshop was recently declared one of America’s Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust. —compiled by Heidi Coryell Williams For more information visit the Philip Simmons Foundation online at philipsimmons.us or the College of Building Arts in Charleston americancollegeofthebuildingarts.com
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(LEFT) Landscape designer Dabney Peeples, sitting in a custom, high-back swing, acquired the original Simmons gate from the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston. (ABOVE) An outbuilding turned art studio showcases copper and iron detailing, reminiscent of an English cottage.
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builder, because we wanted to replicate a lot of her house into my house.” She calls it “good therapy” to let go of her mother’s house by bringing some of it into her own. And builder Mobius Construction worked to accommodate each request. Lisa and Trey, also a physician, requested replicas of everything from decorative corbels around the range hood to the built-ins around the fireplace. They also incorporated many of Weaver’s treasured furnishings, light fixtures and art pieces alongside photos of Weaver with baby Charlotte. “My mom was my best friend,” Darby says. “She was divorced and I was an only child. We did everything together—we shopped together and traveled together. I still miss her. But she would love to know we still have so much of her house here with us.”
The Darby family home honors three generations of women.
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S TA RT I N G OV E R When the Darbys discovered the roomy corner lot in Traxler Park, they brought an existing 1,350-square-foot structure down to its foundation and initiated a completely renovated 3,500-square-foot home in its place. They wanted a soaring ceiling in the entryway and a large, arched front door. Darby especially enjoys twin mirrors in the foyer, since her mother bought one and she followed suit, buying her own. Now Darby has both, hers and hers, hung above bowfront chests that also belonged to mother and daughter. “I love that they aren’t exactly alike, but they are similar,” she says. The dining room is a colorful example of Darby’s blend of traditional style with bold, modern fabrics. The crowning touch is a one-of-a-kind pink-accented glass chandelier bought while in Italy with her mother. “I had to get a handyman I trust with my life to help me hang it—I could never replace it,” she says.
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(RIGHT) The “drop zone” off the eat-in kitchen is a catchall for the trappings of a young family, be it backpacks or briefcases.
An adjacent butler’s pantry was built with maximum storage, at Darby’s request, to accommodate both her and her mother’s glassware. Monogramed door pulls and an antique mirror tile add classic and distressed detail to the new construction. Darby and Weaver shared a love for Italian landscapes, and now both of their collections are on display in the butler’s pantry, kitchen and living room.
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Weaver’s inspiration peppers the kitchen, which is dominated by a massive granite-topped island. “We use this all the time,” Darby says. “It’s grand central station.” Weaver had a large island with storage, and Darby took photos to request a similar look. In addition to the unique corbels, Darby incorporated Weaver’s light fixture and also her “drop zone,” which featured a convenient spot to put purses and other items when walking in the back door. “We even used her knobs,” Darby says, pointing to the cabinetry. The vivid living room, with its intricate trey ceiling, incorporates a mix of Darby’s and her mother’s furnishings,
some updated with bright fabrics. She commissioned the Fred Jamar painting above the mantel to bring in a touch of Charleston, her husband’s hometown. Near the entry to the master suite, a glass-door cabinet is filled with special keepsakes, including souvenirs from Darby’s and Weaver’s travels to Argentina, Greece, Ireland and Italy. Two framed newborn gowns—Lisa’s and Charlotte’s— fulfill one of Weaver’s requests. “She wanted me to have them framed, and they looked great here,” Darby says. “You can enjoy them so much more when they are on display.”
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An antique finish on the bathroom mirrors adds elegance and timelessness to the neutral space.
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THINK PINK The master suite incorporates Weaver’s Drexel bedroom suite and Hekman lingerie chest with Darby’s bright linens. The master bath is the sole neutral room downstairs, an accommodation for Trey. “We can’t have pink everywhere,” Darby says, though she did add a feminine touch to the bath by hanging a chandelier that once hung in her mom’s dining room. A landing at the top of the stairs, home to an abstract piece by Greenville artist Marquin Campbell, leads to two guest rooms, a playroom and Charlotte’s bedroom. Charlotte’s pink-and-white striped haven features a finished nook built into a dormer, creating a fort-like play space. A prized possession here is the pink blanket—one of about 10 hand-crocheted by Weaver, who dreamed of defeating cancer long enough to rock a grandbaby. She not only managed that, but also attended Charlotte’s first birthday party. Darby loves her new neighborhood, the friends her family has made, and her new home’s proximity to work and great schools. But more than anything, she appreciates the way her home keeps her
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(RIGHT) Polka dots and whimsical sconces are playful accents in the bathroom of the Darby’s daughter.
(BELOW) A little girl’s room
with a nook she can call her own built into a dormer. (Opposite) The Drexel bedroom suite inherited from Darby’s mother is dressed in a bright palette of linens.
connected to the past; it’s an opportunity to remember her childhood and her mother through her home. “We had lots of conversations before she passed,” Darby says. “She wanted me to have the house I wanted—that was one of her wishes. She would love to know that we kept so many of her things but that I gave them my own spin.”
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Classy cocktails get a boost when served up in stylish, timeless barware.
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back and perfectly suited for summer sips. Amy Walcher of UrbanDigs has a picker’s touch when it comes to drinkware. She stocks her home store with sets of glasses and worthy accouterments and thinks the right look is to mix eras. Post-war Tom Collins with mid-century serving pieces? Oh, yes. Filigree rocks glasses with contemporary tableware? Spot on. Fill these cups with inspired cocktails. Chase Orsini-Liberatore, Dive ‘n’ Boar’s superb barman, says modern botanical drinks create a wow moment in a vintage glass. And, remember grandmother’s coupes? The bowl-shaped stems are having a curtain call. Pour a sparkling cocktail into one and prepare to serve your guests pretty.
1940s floral Tom Collins filled with THE CLAIRE UNDERWOOD, a chartreuse ginger cocktail topped with champagne.
1960s Valencia rocks glass filled with the GREAN MEAN MACHINE, an apple cucumber gin cocktail.
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4 1950s lidded etched glass pitcher filled with PRISON HOOCH, red wine sangria featuring sweet vermouth and port.
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Recipes by Chase Orsini-Liberatore of Dive ‘n’ Boar
THE CLAIRE UNDERWOOD
1½ ounces Milagro Silver Select Barrel Reserve Tequila ¾ ounce Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur 1 teaspoon Yellow Chartreuse Champagne In a shaker with ice, add all ingredients except champagne. Stir shaker slowly with your hand for 20 seconds and strain into coupe glass. Top lightly with champagne.
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2 ounces homemade green juice 1½ounces Hat Trick Extraordinarily Fine Botanical Gin 1 teaspoon Chareau Aloe Liqueur ½ ounce Champagne In a glass, build cocktail over ice. Stir to chill. Top with champagne. GREEN JUICE 6 s mall granny smith apples 1 English cucumber 1 celery stalk 1-2 big handfuls of baby arugula
In a juicer, press all ingredients. Remove any foam and strain liquid one time with a conical strainer and place in a bottle. Shake before each use. Will make several cocktails.
KOLLAR KOOLAH, MOCKTAIL
2 ounces club soda 3 sliced jalapeños 2 ounces homemade cilantro-brown sugar simple syrup ¾ ounce lime juice In a shaker, muddle jalapeños with simple syrup and lime juice. Add ice and shake well. Add club soda and stir to chill and strain into a glass. CILANTRO-BROWN SUGAR SIMPLE SYRUP 2 cups dark brown sugar 2 cups water Over medium heat, dissolve brown sugar into the water, stirring often until it just begins to boil.
Simmer for five minutes, then remove from heat. Add a bushel of torn cilantro to the syrup. Once the mixture has reached room temperature, place in the refrigerator. Chill for two days and remove cilantro with strainer.
(Serves 15-20) 1 boxed red wine (5 liters) 1 liter sweet Vermouth, such as Yzaguirre Rojo Reserva 2 bottles of port wine, 750 ml each 32 ounces Muscadine juice White pepper lightly sprinkled and mixed into the batch Fruit: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, red apple and lemon or orange. Place sliced fruit in the bottom of a glass pitcher or container. Add all ingredients and stir to incorporate. Allow it to get very cold, overnight or up to 24 hours.
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Breathe Deep Air quality and building biology: What you don’t see might be hurting you.
by Angela Self
MORE AND MORE RESEARCH IS UNDER WAY
Limiting exposure to indoor allergens and pollutants includes making sure gasoperated appliances are well-vented, and running your hood while cooking. This rustic, traditional kitchen gets a kick of contrast from Jenn-Air stainless steel appliances.
regarding how our environment affects us both internally and externally. What we’re finding is an increasing number of studies that demonstrate that a well-educated consumer leads a healthier life. The Environmental Protection Agency cites indoor air quality as a “top five” environmental risk to public health. The World Health Organization reports that 4.3 million people a year die from exposure to household air pollution. And a recent Harvard University study finds that poor air quality decreases cognitive function and decision-making ability. SHOULD YOU BE CONCERNED?
Let’s look at some symptoms of indoor air pollution:
Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. Headaches, dizziness, and fatigue can show up after limited exposure. Some of air pollution’s effects can mimic symptoms of viral illnesses and colds. Long-term effects abound as well, including respiratory disease, heart disease, and cancer.
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Indoor air quality correlates with issues pertaining to allergies and asthma. Likely you won’t notice that indoor air is a problem, or link it to any ailment. But rest assured, improving your indoor air quality could help you recover from an illness or clear up your problem entirely. Imagine coming home to clean air, where your body is able to recover from the day’s intake of toxins. A little-known fact is that indoor air is typically five to ten times more polluted than outside air. There are several categories of air offenders including particulates, chemicals, volatile organic compounds, and moisture intrusion. PARTICULARLY CONCERNING
A particulate can range in size from 0.1 microns, such as tobacco smoke, to 100 microns such as dust mites. Other particulates include dirt, dust, fibers, pollen, and plant spores. Viruses are ultrafine particles at .03-.05 microns and bacteria range from three to five microns. Of particular concern is that particles can remain airborne for a very long time. What are some steps that can be taken to reduce particulates in the air we breathe? A well-sealed HEPA vacuum cleaner (Did you know most vacuum cleaners re-emit 70 percent of what is taken in, and, can increase particulate counts in homes by over 90 percent?) Remove carpeting (carpet is an offender even if cleaned regularly) Use the highest MERV filter your HVAC unit can handle (at least a MERV 11 is recommended) CHEMICALS AND VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
Cleaning and laundry products are a primary source of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the home. Triclosan (a registered pesticide) is currently used in over 75 percent of hand and dish soaps; bleach is dangerous, and, if the term “fragrance” is listed on the product, beware. This can signal the presence of harmful chemicals, as essentially no FDA regulation is involved if this word is used. Plug-in and other air fresheners are some of the worst offenders, and there is evidence to show that mothers who use products like bleach and air freshener 122 _ at Home
increase the risk of their children developing persistent wheezing by age seven up to 41 percent. Keep in mind: Clean and fresh does not have to also be “scented”. WORST OFFENDER: MOLD
(Bottom left) Use earth-friendly paints, such as those by Mylands, which are water-based, ecofriendly formulations with low VOCs and high performance.
A green home is a healthy home. Limit pesticides and grow low-allergy houseplants that can remove dangerous chemicals from the air, making sure to dust.
Not only does mold look bad, but it releases both mycotoxins (chemicals the mold releases to defend their territory) and mold volatile organic compounds (MVOC’s, gases released by actively growing mold). These are dangerous toxins that you are breathing.
Mold grows anywhere there is moisture:
showers, front-loading washing machines, inside walls, HVAC systems, and closets, just to name a few. And, if you have a pet that has ever urinated on your carpet, there is a high possibility mold is growing underneath the spot where the accident occurred. Be sure to keep the moisture low in your home, fix a leak immediately (mold starts growing in 24-48 hours), and clean up excess water. NOTES ABOUT OTHER REPEAT OFFENDERS:
Combustion gases: a byproduct of incomplete combustion such as in gas appliances is carbon monoxide. Be sure gas-operated appliances are well-vented and run your hood (exhaust fan vented to outdoors) when using a gas range. The CDC lists cockroach (droppings and body parts), mold, dust mites, and pets as top causes of asthma. Pesticides are widely overused and many times unnecessary since they are used “preventatively” and are disruptive of
many bodily systems including hormone, immune, central nervous system, as well as being mutagenic, carcinogenic, and teratogenic.
The bottom line is this: Be careful with the things you bring into your home. Disinfectants are generally unnecessary unless there is an immune-compromised person residing there. Alternatives to cleaning with chemical products include: diatomaceous earth or Borax for insect control; heat for disinfection; hydrogen peroxide for mold (bleach spreads mold spores); and, clean virtually anything with soap, baking soda, vinegar, borax, and even oil. One of the best things you can do for all of these concerns is to use a single room or whole-house filtration system. However, keep in mind not all filtration units are of high quality. A building biologist can assist with choosing the best air filtration. You owe it to yourself to be sure the 20,000 or so breaths you breathe each day are free of toxins. Angela Self is a Certified Building Biologist and the founder and principal of Vital Spaces, a healthy home and building consultation service in Greenville. SUMMER 2016
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Regional blogs to bookmark for home and garden inspiration this summer ATTA GIRL SAYS A modern home website for the modern woman: Amy Buchannan is Greensboro, N.C.-based “Atta Girl,” and her lifestyle blog is an inspiring blend of (totally attainable) home décor ideas, simple but delicious recipes, and craft creations that range from a stunning front-door wreath to Minecraft pencil boxes (did we mention she’s the mom of a boy?). Check out her free "cut" template for an American flag and recreate her summer-themed project, which turns an old, salvaged window into a shabby chic July 4th art project. attagirlsays.com/2016/05/15/american-flag-art-old-window
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Elegant or easy, the perfect summertime dinner adapts to any occasion
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be fresh and effortlessâ€”highlighting the season at hand, the abundance of farm-fresh produce, the seaside, and the ease of gathering with friends and family. So much of enjoying a meal together depends on the atmosphere you wish to create for your guests. Elegant and understated? Go with crisp linen and gold-dipped glassware. Casual and cozy? Stack your favorite local pottery, and serve everything family-style. Or pack it all outdoors as the hot day cools down, and enjoy a picnic under the stars surrounded by flickering candlelight. The glory of this trifecta is while these three meals look entirely different from one another, they all utilize the same menu. What makes this meal even more enticing is that the drink and dessert can be made ahead of time, and the main dish comes together in less than 15 minutes. This leaves you with plenty of time for a day at the pool before guests arrive for a summertime meal. For a more informal meal, serve pasta and drinks as a buffet allowing guests to serve themselves. Richly hued pottery and lush plants add causal color and comfort. A sparkling citrus sangria complements the lemon in both the pasta and dessert. 126 _ at Home
(Above) For the most elegant feel, set a simple and classic table using foraged greenery and your delicious tart as the centerpiece. Here, a clean and crisp tablescape is formal without being fussy. Adding edible flowers (pick some from your herb garden) and a bit more lemon zest dresses up your pasta dish and makes it special. (Right and opposite far right) These recipes present just as beautifully when served buffet style.
Cook your main course in the morning or even the day before and chill in individual jarsâ€”this recipe is equally tasty served cold. Transporting your meal in jars eliminates the need for extra plates. Bottle up your sangria, wrap your dessert, and enjoy an easy and tasty evening picnic.
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Lemon Blueberry Crumble Bars (or Tart) with Lavender Mascarpone (Adapted from Smitten Kitchen) INGREDIENTS:
1 cup sugar 1 tsp baking powder 3 cups flour 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes 1 egg Pinch of salt Zest and juice of two lemons 4 cups blueberries 1/2 cup white sugar 4 tsp cornstarch Lavender mascarpone (recipe next page)
Penne with shrimp and spring vegetables (serves 6)
Shrimp and vegetables cook in the same pot as the pasta, so this meal comes together fast! As the season progresses, try switching the asparagus for thin green beans and the snow peas for thinly sliced summer squash. This recipe is infinitely adaptable and always delicious.
12-16 oz penne pasta One bunch thin-stalked asparagus (or 2 cups young green beans) cut into 1 inch pieces 8 oz snow peas trimmed and cut in half (or thinly sliced summer squash) Two lemons, zested (if youâ€™re feeling fancy), and juiced Two garlic cloves, minced Olive oil (around 3-4 tablespoons) 4 tablespoons fresh oregano and mint (or just basil), roughly chopped. 8 oz crumbled feta (for whatever reason, fresh crumbled is best) Also if feeling fancy, chopped pistachios and edible flower petals (roses, pansies, or herbs) 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined. thawed if frozen
In a small saucepan over medium heat, pour in enough olive oil to generously cover the bottom of the pan and heat. Add minced garlic and sautĂŠ for about a minute, set aside so the garlic infuses the oil. Into salted, boiling water, pour in the pasta. Cook for five minutes. Add the asparagus, cook for three minutes. Add the peas and shrimp, cook for two minutes. (Before the next step, measure out about 1/2 cup of pasta water and set it aside) Drain everything into a colander, and then return it to the cooking pot. Add garlicky olive oil, lemon juice, feta, and if needed, a little pasta water. Stir. Add herbs, and gently toss. Sprinkle with lemon zest, pistachios, and whatever else looks nice to you.
Baking the blueberry bar recipe as a tart elevates a casual dessert, and adding the lavender-infused mascarpone cream is a culinary treat.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9x13 inch baking dish (or tart pan with removable sides) In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, and baking powder. Add in salt and lemon zest, stir. Using a pastry cutter or fork (or even your fingers!), blend in the butter until it forms a crumbly (really crumbly) dough. Pat half the dough into the rectangular dish, or if creating a tart, press 3/4 of the dough on the bottom and up the sides of your tart pan. In a separate bowl, stir together lemon juice, 1/2 cup sugar, and cornstarch. Add blueberries, tossing to combine. Pour over your dough in the pan, spreading evenly to the edges. Sprinkle remaining crumbly dough on top of the berries. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is beginning to brown. This may take a bit longer for the tart. Cool completely, then cut into squares or remove top and bottom of tart pan. Chill until ready to eat. Garnish with lemon curls, fresh berries, and serve with lavender mascarpone.
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Lavender Infused Mascarpone
This also makes a fantastic parfait with the onslaught of summer berriesâ€”just layer the fruit and cream and sprinkle the top with crushed cookies, nuts, or lemon zest.
1 cup heavy whipping cream 1/4-1/3 cup dried lavender flowers 2 tablespoons sugar 1 cup mascarpone cheese METHOD:
Mix together cream, lavender and sugar in a heatproof glass bowl. Place bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir cream mixture just until sugar dissolves. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for two hours. Strain cream into a mixing bowl. Add mascarpone and beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Refrigerate and serve within 8 hours.
Making the meal ahead and storing in glass jars is easy and attractive for an evening picnic.
Citrus Sangria with Summer Berries
To make a nonalcoholic version, omit the wine and liqueur and add two bottles of lemonade and one bottle sparkling water INGREDIENTS:
2 oranges, thinly sliced 1 lemon, thinly sliced 1-2 cups berries, rinsed 1/2 cup orange liqueur 1/2 cup honey 2 bottles crisp white wine (such as a Savingnon Blanc) 1 bottle sparkling French lemonade
Place the fruit in a large pitcher with the liqueur and honey. Stir and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Before serving, add wine and lemonade, stir well. Garnish with slices of fruit.
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Back to Family A childhood home becomes an outdoor wedding venue for Gypsy Sanam Saifi and Taylor James Fisher in Greenvilleâ€™s Riverside neighborhood
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The traditional white brick home provides a stunning backdrop arrangements, including covering the pool to provide seating for guests and a last-minute tent rental because of impending rain. “It was totally worth all the extra work,” Gypsy says. Stepping out of her backdoor, arm in arm with her father so that she could walk down the aisle, was a dream realized. Interior furnishings were brought outdoors to make tasteful places for everything from hydrangea-laden flower arrangements to beverage
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Après Scent A vessel becomes a valuable heirloom
by Lynn Greenlaw photography by Rebecca Lehde
THE LITMUS TEST FOR WHAT MAKES
something collectible is often simply whether or not it is valued—which is to say, how highly sought after it is by collectors. But what value can be placed on the feeling of attachment and the love of discovery that goes along with finding just the right piece to add to your personal collection? Indeed, that is why we emphasize this point above all others: What is considered collectible is entirely in the eye of the beholder. The glass perfume bottle is as good a discovery as any, not simply because of the scent that lingers beneath its stopper. A bottle can become a reason to spend some time browsing through antique shops, vintage shops or flea markets, or it can simply be a decorative accessory. eBay and Etsy are easy-to-navigate resources for any antiquing adventure. But often one’s own home is an ideal spot to happen upon one of these lovely finds. Those glass perfume bottles that your mother or your grandmother has stowed on the back of a vanity could become valuable heirlooms some day. Blown- and cut-glass perfume bottles were made throughout the 1800s and they continue to be made today. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some are
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etched; some are bright colors; some are dark and dramatic; some have leaf and flower designs. Prices for vintage perfume bottles can range from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars depending on the size, rarity and glassblower. LEARN MORE BY VISITING
(above)A Steubenmanufactured bottle is wrapped in glass threads
So Coco: (top) Guerlain bottles became iconic with Chanel No. 5 and Shalimar
(below) Art Decoinspired geometric bottles peaked in the 1920s and 1930s
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“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”—Coco Chanel
Cynthia Serra, Realtor® (864) 304-3372
Fragrance Found: An antique perfume bottle
collection belonging to Greenville antiques hunter Mary Johnston is pictured above.
“It’s not about the transaction, it’s about the relationship.”
Steuben manufactured bulb-shaped perfume bottles using the company’s Verre de Soie technique, with glass threads wrapping the piece and matching the color of its iridescent base. Tiffany’s bottles included short, stumpy crystal cylinders with hob-nail bottoms and ornately engraved silver caps that covered the bottle’s crystal stopper. René Lalique of France was a giant when it came to small perfume bottles, which he produced in a series of ever-larger factories outside of Paris for François Coty and other perfume makers. Lalique brought his jeweler’s eye to perfume bottles— he even used a jewelry-casting process called cire perdue, also known as lost wax. Art Deco-inspired glass perfume bottles were at their height during the 1920s and 1930s. Natural forms and motifs gave way to geometric shapes and bold, streamlined designs. Raymond Guerlain’s bottles became signature shapes for Chanel No. 5 and Shalimar by Guerlain, and beautiful collaborations took place between Baccarat, the legendary maker of fine crystal, and Guerlain, along with fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.
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WANT IT? FIND IT. A selective resource guide to the pages of atHome CRAFTED POTTERY (PAGE 27): Jocie Pots, Greenville,available at jociepots.com and locally at Urban Digs, Goose Feathers and Custard Boutique ESCAPES, LAKE KEOWEE LIVING (page 43): General contractor, Gabriel Builders; residential designer; Chris Shockley, Shockley Designs, shockleydesigns.com; glass and iron staircase, The Heirloom Companies, theheirloomcompanies.com; lighting by Hubbardton and Forge; Sonos Sound System; Lutron Lighting System; Audio Advice, Charlotte, NC; radiant heat by Geothermal System Radiant Heat; landscape design, Thomas Navin Architect, New York, thomasnavinarchitect.com
SCOUT OUT SPLASH POOLS (pages 58-61): Landscape design by Graham Kimak, Greenville, (pages 59 and 61); custom loggia shade with fabric by Sunbrella, (page 61); available at Sunbrella.com THOUGH SHE BE SMALL (pages 66-73): Kitchen and Bath Design by Karan Marsh; architects, ArchitectsNAU, Willy Schlein, AIA, LEED AP, Jennifer Gosnell, Gosnell Architecture and Studio; general contractor, Covenant Building and Inspection, David Parker; landscaping by Nathanael Gorsline, Precision Lawn and Grounds; consultant, Terri Lynn Anderson, Brainstorm Inc.; lighting and plumbing sources: ProSource Plumbing Supply, Gateway Supply, Harrison Lighting, Real Deals, tile by Tile and Marble Gallery PATHWAYS AND JOURNEYS (pages 80-90): Landscape Design, J. Dabney Peeples Design Associates and The Collins Group, Pendleton, thecollinsgroup.org; small courtyard furniture (by small fountain) McKinnon & Harris; garden terrace furniture by Michael Taylor ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL (pages 98-111): General contractor, Mobius Construction; interior design services by Mayme Baker Interiors, Greenville, and Pulliam Morris Interiors, Columbia;
kitchen and bath hardware, Prosource Plumbing Supply; backsplash and tile, Clayton Tile; entryway topiaries, Roots, Greenville. MODUS GREEN (PAGES 121-122): Rustic kitchen consulting designer Mary Jo Peterson, Pro-Style range and appliances by JennAir, available at Jeff Lynch Appliance; geometric plant pot, $18, available at miafleur.com; Mylands Paints, water-based, eco-friendly formulations with low VOC’s, mylands.co.uk MODUS TRIFECTA (pages126-128): Gold stemless glassware, $23, World Market, worldmarket.com; vintage plates and gold silverware, available for rental, A Darling Day, adarlingday.com; plant arrangement, Roots: an Urban Gardner’s Oasis, Greenville, rootsofgreenville.com; pottery bowls, Hollowed Earth Pottery, Greenville, hollowedearthpottery. com; canning jars, $17 for 6, Weck Jars, weckjars.com; ceramic lanterns, JociePots, Greenville, jociepots. com MODUS TREASURES (pages 138-139): Selected bottles from The Rock House Antiques, Greenville
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GENERAL CONTRACTORS/BUILDERS AJH Renovations, LLC, (864) 901-3021; ajhrenovations.com Arthur Rutenberg Homes, 110 Riverlook Ln, Greenville, (864) 655-7702; arthurrutenberghomes.com Bergeron Custom Homes, 204 Randall St, Greer, (864) 901-1045; bergeroncustomhomes.com Chestnut Pond – Dunn Custom Builders, (864) 269-7505; dunncustombuilders.com Chestnut Pond – First Choice Custom Homes, (864) 505-2252; 1stchoicecustomhomes.com Chestnut Pond – Galloway Custom Homes, (864) 289-9994; gallowaycustomhomessc.com Chestnut Pond – Woodland Builders, (864) 414-1381; woodlandbuilders.co Dillard-Jones Builders, (864) 527-0463; dillardjones.com Elements, 102 N Main St., Ft. Inn, (864) 420-3756; firstname.lastname@example.org Gabriel Builders, (864) 879-3035; gabrielbuilders.com Galt Innovations, (864) 335-0657; galtinnovations.com Goodwin Foust Custom Homes, (864) 269-4900; goodwinfoust.com IBI Builders, (864) 414-6658 or (864) 423-4383; ibibuilders.com Mobius Construction, (864) 517-6000; mocollc.com Ridgeline Construction, (864) 248-4880; ridgelineconstructiongroup.com Sexton Griffith Custom Builders, (864) 295-0730; sextongriffith.com HOME FURNISHINGS/INTERIOR DESIGN 4 Rooms, 2222 Augusta St #1, Greenville, (864) 241-0100; 4roomsgreenville.com Barbara Dalton Interiors, (864) 509-1134; barbaradaltoninteriors.com Carolina Consignment, 875 NE Main St, Simpsonville, (864) 228-1619; carolinaconsignmentllc.com
Elements, 102 N Main St., Ft. Inn, (864) 420-3756; email@example.com Hennessee Haven, 820 S Main St, Unit 101, Greenville, (864) 558-0300; HennesseeHaven.com Jeff Lynch, 17 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville, (864) 268-3101; jefflynch.com LeCroy Interiors, 416 Haywood Road, Greenville, (864) 457-6981; lecroyinteriors.com Old Colony, 3411 Augusta Rd, Greenville, (864) 277-5330; oldcolonyfurniture.com Panageries, 929 Rutherford Road, Greenville, (864) 250-0021; panageries.com Paul Johnson Interiors, (864) 678-0277; paulljohnsoninteriors.com Trade Route, 1175 Woods Crossing Rd, Greenville (864) 234-1514; traderouteimport.com Villa Verona Design, 3598 Highway 11, Ste 106, Travelers Rest, (855) 337-9139; VillaVeronaDesign.com; TheBlindside.com Vintage Now Modern, 651 S Main St, Greenville, (864) 385-5004; vintagenowmodern.com HOME HEALTHCARE Comfort Keepers, 26 Rushmore Dr, Greenville, (864) 268-8993; comfortkeepers.com KITCHENS/BATH/DESIGN Clayton Tile, 535 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, (864) 288-6290; claytontileco.com Gateway Supply, 70 Chrome Dr., Greenville, (864) 235-7800; gatewaysupply.net Tile & Marble Gallery, 1616 Laurens Rd, Greenville, (864) 235-8545; tilemarblegallery.com LANDSCAPE DESIGN/LAWNCARE Green Hill Landscaping, (864) 255-3005; landscapingforthewelllived.com GroundsMaster, (864) 968-8130; groundsmaster.net JDP Design/The Collins Group, (864) 859-3425; thecollinsgroup.org PHOTOGRAPHY Cox Photography, 1 Augusta St #200, Greenville, (864) 233-9992; coxphotography.net Firewater Photography, (864) 561-7626, firewaterphotography.com POOLS/SPAS Genco Pools & Spas, 217 NE Main St, Simpsonville, (864) 967-7665; gencopools.com GroundsMaster, (864) 968-8130; liquidpools.net Hot Springs Pools & Spas, (864) 676-9400; hotspringspools.com at Home
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ADVERTISER PAGE # Frame Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Gabriel Builders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Galt Innovations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Gateway Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 GBS Building Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Genco Pools & Spas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Golden Strip Glass, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Goodwin Foust Custom Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Green Hill Landscaping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Greenville Carpet One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 GroundsMaster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Harrison Lighting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Hennessee Haven. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Hot Springs Pools & Spas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 IBI Builders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Ike’s Carpet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139 JDP Design/The Collins Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Jeff Lynch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Joan Herlong – AugustaRoad.com Realty . . . . . . . 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985 River Road, Greenville
213 Weatherby Drive, Greenville
101 Dominick Court, Greenville
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21 Chestnut Ridge Road, Greenville
1 Stonebrook Farm Way, Greenville
101 Rockingham Road, Greenville
6BR, 7.5BATH · $965,000
Coldwell Banker CAINE Jane McCutcheon (864) 787-0007 www.cbcaine.com
104 Bamber Green Court, Greenville 5BR, 4.5BATH · MLS#1319971 · $797,000
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS® Carole Atkison (864) 787-1067 SpauldingGroup.net
4BR, 4.5BATH · MLS#1320771 · $924,500
4BR, 5BATH · MLS#1316987 · $875,000
Wilson Associates Real Estate Linda O’Brien (864) 325-0495 wilsonassociates.net/author/linda/
Wilson Associates Real Estate Linda O’Brien (864) 325-0495 wilsonassociates.net/author/linda/
105 Sylvan Way, Greenville
10 Hollingsworth Drive, Greenville
4BR, 3.5BATH · MLS#1317644 · $662,000
3BR, 2.5BATH · $524,500
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS® Ginger Sherman (864) 313-8638 www.gingersherman.net
Coldwell Banker CAINE Jane McCutcheon (864) 787-0007 www.cbcaine.com
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Behind the Wall
Tales in Timber
A c. 1839 residence at Tullyton in lower Greenville County’s Fountain Inn is a rare example of early 19th-century brick construction in the Upstate, built in the style of the late-Federal, early-Greek Revival architecture. by Heidi Coryell Williams
Carpenter’s marks — also called marriage marks (because you “marry” two pieces together), are often found in the attics of houses and in barns built during the 1800s and early 1900s. Roman numerals are almost exclusively used for these because the straight lines of Is, Vs and Xs were easier to carve than the curves of Arabic numbers. 144 _ at Home
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There are ghosts of Tullyton’s once prominent architecture hidden in the attic and elsewhere: This two-story, load-bearing, masonry structure with a gable roof has ghostmarks of original and larger one-story porticoes on its façade. Early photographs of the structure show a cantilever overhang at the north façade. But the real treasure of this home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is hidden in the attic: timber rafters, hewn flat on the tops, found sequentially marked with Roman numerals. These “carpenter marks,” hand carved into the beams, are a testament to the time and craftsmanship it took to create these framing timbers. They are marriage marks in their joinery, which means they were fitted before being assembled for final construction. Fountain Inn developed slowly until cotton became an economic mainstay in the mid-1800s. For that reason, very few brick residences were built in the Upstate before 1840. The ruins of a c. 1821 house are adjacent to the brick home. This earlier structure was once home to the first postmaster of the Tullyton post office, Tully F. Sullivan, owner of T.F. Sullivan and Company, a cotton- and mercantile-trading company.
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