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A Magazine for Upstate Living

Spring 2017

The Ideas Issue

Tips on home staging, hacks for space saving, and inspiration for the color-craving

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Threshold: a step inside atHome A wooden trinket box with a marquetryinlaid lid crafted by furniture and woodworking artisan Michael McDunn. (See story page 35.)

"There’s a great feeling of satisfaction in creating something with your own hands." —Michael McDunn, artisan woodworker 10 _ at Home

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CONTENTS Spring 2017




SUSTAINED LIVING Builder Trey Cole creates an urban chic living space downtown and infuses it with a signature craftsman style.


FIXER UPPER The Barth family of six undertakes a modern mid-century renovation.


OLD WORLD. MODERN LIFE Gus and Belinda Rubio live and work from their utterly adaptable Cliffs at Mountain Park abode.


The Collection: items and ideas to inspire 28. IN BLOOM Designer Christopher Bassett 30. OFF THE SHELF Gardening reads 32. ASKED & ANSWERED Home staging 35. CRAFTED Woodworker Michael McDunn 36. HOME. WORK. Keiko Kamata's studio 40. STYLE SPOTTER Go bold or go home 43. NOOKS Laundry room luxury 47. DETOURS Cashiers, N.C., shopping 51. PANTONE Painted floors galore

InnerCella: home and décor, explored



54. BUILDING CHARACTER The "idea" house 58. OPEN TABLE Home growing 62. SECOND HOME ESCAPES Asheville charm

Modus: methods for home and life 124. 128. 132. 138. 140. 142. 148. 152.

DRINK Rosé colored glasses TRIFECTA A bar cart three ways IN GOOD TASTE Gathering over saison TECHNOPHILE The Volta V. TREASURES Best. Housewarming. Gift. Ever. MATRIMONY A family affair in Glenville, N.C. SHOP Resources and advertisers' Index BEHIND THE WALL Vintage MacShore furniture

On our cover: Our spring issue is bursting with color and creativity, including this rosé tasting, styled by Lina Legare and Stephanie Burnette and photographed by Eli Warren.

"I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else." —Pablo Picasso

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Notes From Home

“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.” – Will Rogers


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

e have a plethora of examples in this issue of folks who have had successes by following Will’s words of wisdom. The Rubios have built a successful business by paying attention to their client’s needs and wishes, lovingly paying attention to detail in the building of their residences and believing in their ability to produce quality structures. There is no better example of this than in their own home/office/showroom at The Cliffs at Mountain Park, one of our featured homes. The Barth family also followed Will’s advice to find their perfect family home in Greenville. Even though they didn’t know much about mid-century design, they trusted their instincts and their contractor/builder and could not be happier with their choice. Trey and Jenny Cole stepped outside the norm of their usual Craftsman style homes and ventured into a more urban style of building: city homes. On the corner of Academy and Markely St., on the southwest edge of downtown Greenville, sits a three-story home that bears some touches of Craftsman mixed with a more contemporary vibe. Within The Collection segment of this issue, you’ll meet a nationally known NYC-based floral stylist who has returned to his Greenville roots, an artist who incorporates a lot of love and joy into her work, and a wood craftsman who certainly knows what he is doing and creates furniture pieces that his clients love for generations. Visit a downtown guest house that has a multitude of creative features that utilize the space beautifully; pick up some great gardening book tips in Off the Shelf; take a detour to Cashiers, NC, and brighten up your home for spring in Style Spotter. That’s just a sample of what’s between our pages. Have fun discovering all the rest, and enjoy spring.

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Items and ideas to inspire

The Collection

PG. 28 _ In Bloom _ PG. 30 Book Reviews PG. 32 _ Asked & Answered

PG. 35 _ Crafted: Michael McDunn

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Artist Profile: Keiko Kamata _ PG. 40 Style Spotter: Bold Color

PG. 43 _ Nooks: Laundry Room

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NYC-based floral designer Christopher Bassett arranges found objects into art.


Shell Game

Sometimes the most bountiful bouquets never blossom.


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In Bloom: florals and more The Collection

Big City Blooms

Movie set stylist Christopher Bassett returns to his roots and sets up shop in Greenville /by Kathleen Nalley /photos by Levi Monday


He’s been a floral stylist on more than 15 movie sets. He spent over seven months designing the massive floral arrangements seen throughout the film “Stepford Wives.” He’s created a Russian Botanical Gardens party scene for the CBS show “Limitless.” He’s designed private gardens and interiors, including gardens at the John Derian  Companies in New York City. And not only is Christopher Bassett currently working on a book, as well as a another movie, he’s also setting up shop right here in Greenville at the Rock House Antiques. “My booth is a reflection of my point of view—some vintage, some found objects, some collections, some artistic creations. I’m creating a space that becomes my vision, my world,” says Bassett. His world is a whirlwind—Bassett lives and works in New York, but he flies down to Greenville to see his parents and work in his Rock House booth several times a month. In between, he constantly works on projects that range from floral styling to interior and garden design to photo shoots, tv shows, and film. Educated at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston (he also attended high school in Traveler’s Rest as well as the Greenville Fine Arts Center in the early 1980s), Bassett got his start at his mother’s shop, Twigs, then worked in Houston as a florist before winding up in New York City. There, he caught the attention of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, where he created weekly floral arrangements. Bassett got his first big break with the 1996 film “Bed of Roses,” which led to more movie and tv work, as well as being featured in Brides magazine and being named by Interview magazine as “one to watch.” “I really try to push the envelope and do something no one else is doing,” Bassett says. “I try to make people see things in a different way and inspire creativity.” Bassett’s work deals in color play and textures, layers of unexpected found items, and natural flora. He favors found objects. This aesthetic manifests in one turn as a topiary composed of seashells, in another as a tropical plant paired with a typical garden flower. Bassett is inspired by nature—walking through the woods and seeing relationships between living things, or combing the beach for shells, coral, and rocks. Most recently, nuts and pottery shards have inspired new creations. Once combined into a piece, he may add a patina, a lime-wash, or even chalk paint to give nuances of texture and sheen. “Sometimes things take on a completely different life,” he says. A self-described Renaissance man, Bassett looks forward to bringing big city inspiration to the Upstate. “Greenville has really grown and changed so much, and it’s important to not hold back or reign it in,” Bassett says. “There’s people in the community that appreciate good design.”

For more information, visit and Follow him on Instagram @christopherdbassett. SPRING 2017

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The Collection Off the Shelf: book reviews

Fashionable Flowers Books that inspire the art of thriving plants

A by Jill Hendrix

At my bookstore I often wear a store t-shirt that reads “So many books, so little time”. When I picked up Plants with Style by Kelly Norris and read his lament “too many plants, too little time” in the introduction, I knew I had stumbled across a kindred spirit. Kelly believes that plants matter because “they tell stories, reminding us of the journey and experience of acquiring and assembling them into a space, a garden, that brings us joy.” He also believes that “great gardens deserve great plants,” plants that thrive, not simply survive. His book is meant to encourage gardeners to follow their own styles and tastes and plant gardens distinctly their own. Plants with Style starts with a chapter on Environment, encouraging gardeners to embrace their environment by first incorporating some native plants. Just as Southern literature starts with a great sense of place, so should a Southern garden. And since no gardener ever seems happy with the soil, this chapter also includes suggested plants that thrive in “poor” soil and even improve it over time: milkweeds, bluestars, false indigos, and others. Kelly encourages gardeners to next think about expressing your garden’s style through structure: “Style is eternal—it’s a lasting sense of who you are, even if your taste in plants changes over time.” He advocates for various trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers. Kelly urges the reader to think of each season’s emblematic plants. Those one-hit wonders that mark the passing seasons: daffodils in the spring, irises and peonies in May, chrysanthemums in September. In the last two chapters, “Vignettes: Expressing Yourself in the Garden” and “Essential Kitsch: Horitcultural Odds and Ends,” Kelly’s love for the amazing variety of plants available to the modern gardener 30 _ at Home

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shines through with prose like this praise for Actaea simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty’: “Bold and dramatic, there’s nothing quite like a five-foot-tall vixen dressed in black to make your head turn.” Experienced gardeners will most appreciate Plants with Style. Newcomers to gardening would greatly benefit from Kelly’s approach

to garden planning outlined in Chapters 1-3. And all gardeners, no matter their level of experience, will be mesmerized by the beautiful color photography.

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From Art to Landscape

W. Gary Smith’s From Art to Landscape is the saving grace for persistent planters tired of soil toiling and in need of a new perspective. A landscape architect with an artistic eye, Smith presents readers with the fresh lens necessary to appreciate patterns in plant design. As a garden enthusiast, editorial assistant Abby Keith found the book insightful, saying, “I’ve never thought of gardening as a creative outlet, but Smith’s fusion of personal experience and artistic advice has changed my approach to personal planting and how I experience beauty in public gardens.”

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Native Plants of the Southeast When there are hundreds upon hundreds of trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses, and ferns to choose from, how do you pick one that will work in that shady spot or can survive when it’s hot, dry and sunny? Larry Mellichamp’s book is a go-to resource for gardeners. The book covers 460 native plants. He rates all plants, from one-stars that have limited ornamental appeal to four-star must-haves that he says are worth the trouble to acquire and establish. If you’re looking for a plant for a specific purpose, such as attracting butterflies or to provide fall color, he’s got that covered, too.

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The Collection Asked & Answered

Before staging

Home staging tips from Kim Dunn • Curb appeal is key. Landscape the front yard and take out overgrown shrubs and trees. The front door should have fresh paint and new hardware. Drive by your house to see how it measures up. Often buyers make decisions before they get out of the car. • Move-in ready is in demand. Buyers often will not have the ability to see beyond specific finishes. Painting has the highest return on investment when the seller sticks with a neutral color palette.

After staging

Learning to Let Go


Releasing your home to a stager prior to listing has its benefits. / by Ruta Fox

Let it go. Don’t resist eliminating items the stager wants to banish in order to sell. Release the personal “emotional energy” attached to objects.

Our expert:

Time to put your house on the market? We've all seen the HGTV shows where professionals take a space and make it shine. But a home stager is about more than beauty: These professionals can increase the bottom line on your home sale by as much as 10 percent. Q. What exactly does a home stager do? A: A home stager will help the seller see their home as a competitive product and will maximize the value. We make it look more desirable through de-cluttering, editing and placement of furniture, finish selections, and optimizing the flow of the floor plan.

Q. What are the benefits of hiring a home stager versus just trying to do this myself? A: Professional home stagers have no attachments and their recommendations are made with one goal in mind: to help the owner sell his or her home in the shortest time for the best price.

Q. Aren't staging and interior decorating the same thing? A: Actually, no. They have opposing objectives. Staging is depersonalizing to appeal to a wide array of buyer’s tastes, whereas interior decorating is focused on personalization specific to the homeowner’s taste.

Q. What is the average price range for a home stager? A: Consultation ranges from $150 to $250, which is a detailed room-by-room checklist to put the home in the most sellable position. A vacant home staging, where the stager brings in furniture and décor to totally transform your listing, runs around one to two percent of the listing price, with three-month packages starting at $1,800.

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Crafted: Upstate artisans The Collection

Art & Craft Michael McDunn has devoted more than four decades of hand-detailed wood work to Greenville by M. Linda Lee / photography by Will Crooks Michael McDunn has always liked to make things. As a sixth grader, making Barbie® doll furniture for his sister augured well for his future career. “One day,” he recounts, “I set some of the doll furniture up on our front porch and tried to convince the neighbor girls to buy it.” McDunn no longer needs to hawk his wares to the neighbors, as he has carved out a successful business designing and crafting furniture at his studio on Rutherford Road. In his small showroom, a mahogany Biedermeier-style desk entices visitors to run a hand over its sensuously smooth surface, while classic Southern rockers crafted of white oak wait to grace any porch. Sawdust scents the air in McDunn’s adjoining studio, where the carcasses of tables, cabinets, and other works in progress lie on benches like patients on operating tables, awaiting the surgeon’s attention. The Warren, Pennsylvania, native moved to Greenville 43 years ago. Here, he sold his first pieces—small stylized animals— to the gift shop at the Greenville County Museum of Art. Soon after, he added wooden goblets, bowls, and lamps to his repertoire, and eventually nailed down a job as the museum’s resident woodworker. In 1981, six months after his wife, Alice, gave birth to their first child, McDunn decided to strike out on his own. “I figured I should do it then, before I chickened out,” he recalls. He admires the perfect proportions of 18th-century furniture, and admits he has done more antique reproductions than he can count. Left to his own devices, though, McDunn leans toward a more cutting-edge Asian style. His signature pieces include freeform slab tables with tops carved from single pieces of wood. Although most of his commissions come from the Greenville area, McDunn’s furniture can be found in museums in South Carolina and Georgia, and in homes as far afield as Europe. Pieces can be as small as a wooden trinket box with a marquetry-inlaid lid to an eight-foot-long solid ebony sideboard, one of the most challenging projects he has ever tackled. He once even designed, made, and installed a complete closet lined in blond mappa burl for a client. It took him 1,800 hours to complete. Attention to detail defines McDunn’s work: the barely rounded edges of his furniture; the mortise and tenon and dovetail joints; the clean, balanced lines; the exquisite parquetry and marquetry inlay. “There’s a great feeling of satisfaction in creating something with your own hands,” says the modest artisan. “And it’s nice to know that when I finish a piece it may be kept in a family for many generations to come.” Michael McDunn Studio 741 Rutherford Rd. Greenville | 864 242-0311 | Showroom hours by appointment SPRING 2017

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The Collection Home. Work.

Expressions of Joy The home studio of fiber artist and printmaker Keiko Kamata provides a space to create. by Stephanie Burnette / photos by Rebecca Lehde


isual artist Keiko Kamata never imagined having a studio outside her home. “I didn’t want to be away from my family,” she says. “We just love being home. It’s our favorite thing to do. Everything has its place here.” You would think Kamata and her husband Dr. Eiho Baba, a philosophy and Asian studies professor at Furman University, had designed the modern craftsman to perfectly suit their many needs, but in fact they watched it be built for another artist, who almost immediately sold the North Main home. The family of four had outgrown their townhouse at the nearby Elements development and knew the timing was right. “The last couple of months I could see myself working bigger but couldn’t, and my art was taking over our living spaces,” remembers Kamata. “My studio was small and I wanted to print bigger, work bigger. I just knew there was a space for me out there.” Her newly minted studio, fashioned from the home’s finished basement, features glazed concrete floors and is complete with a wet print room converted from a laundry closet. And, it has enabled the printmaker to explore something unexpected: fiber art. For now, Kamata is working exclusively in linen, crafting large-scale graphic hangings that echo the structure of kimono with a common 36 _ at Home

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split pleat. At roughly ten feet across and six feet tall the work is striking in proportion, modern in coloration and decorously approachable. “I am attracted to artists who are brave enough to express joy,” says Kamata. A Matisse exhibit at MoMA last spring stirred her into action. “I had this moment where I realized it was okay for art to make people happy, and I cried.” She calls the breadth of her studio liberating, with workspaces for both print and fiber projects. Her two children, Yuki and Fuyu (and the family’s cat Millón) wander down to be with Kamata, so it’s not a place for contemplation. The home offers a separate space for that. Up an exterior staircase and over a screened porch awaits a gallery; a single room, perfectly proportioned and ideally lit. Kamata’s print series, titled Stories, hangs here. It is minimal in beautiful clear hues and full of symbology of mother and children. A leather chaise is its sole furnishing and the framed work is symmetrically hung across two walls. “I love the arts and crafts straight lines of this house, which tend to look more Asian,” says Kamata. “It suits our style and my work. But to have a gallery and a studio is something more. It has changed everything.” SPRING 2017

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Graduated printmaking tools are designed for precision but are pretty stacked, as well.


Open shelving puts a variety of implements at Kamata's fingertips.


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The Collection Home. Work.

“I had this moment where I realized it was okay for art to make people happy and I cried.”–Keiko Kamata

Fiber art fills a long wall in Kamata's spacious home studio.

Working in Two Mediums Jewelry and silhouettes are art in progress.

Keiko Kamata says it took a decade after earning a Masters in Fine Art (at the University of Hawaii Mānoa) to create without explanation. She calls printmaking a conceptual medium, one she connects with for its limitations. “It’s so precise. It’s about making a clean border, tight and perfectly aligned. That’s the beauty in it for me. Paper is this crisp thing never touched by the artist’s hand.”

Ample and eclectic storage make for a workable studio.

But fabric has afforded Kamata a wholly tactile medium, one where mistakes are allowable and accidents offer opportunity. “Working with fabric nothing is wasted, no step is ever pointless. My work in both areas is better for it. I’m growing in ways I never expected.”

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Eye-catching, bold hues are never a departure when searching for furnishings and accents that invite smiles. What better time to brighten up a room than spring? Playful, pretty, and pumped full of panache: we're particular to pieces that pair dramatic dyes with beautiful lines. Color us inspired! / by Heidi Coryell Williams

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GO BIG. GO BRIGHT. The Diana floor lamp by DelightFULL is mid-century lighting made groovy. Both in terms of color and scale, this piece lives large and illuminates even larger. The colorful lampshade in aluminum has a switch on its top, which, fully extended is over 7 feet tall. Smaller versions of this lamp come in at a lower price point, but it doesn't get more unique than this! $12,996, available through your design professional

STAR OF STRIPES The turquoise stripe in Loloi Rugs Tyler Collection is as pretty as it is playful, and it's affordable enough to be temporary. Hand- woven and 100 percent cotton, this affordable line of floor decor continues to grow its offerings with well-known designers including Ellen DeGeneres, Joanna Gaines, and others. $29-$39,

BEACHY BLUES The Holmes bookcase in coastal teal by Vanguard is made of mahogany solids and accented with brushed nickel ferrules. Just over 7 feet tall but only 16" deep the design is deceivingly compact. $2,757, Goods Home Furnishings, Hickory, NC

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ZIG AND ZAG The Kennedy sette by Vanguard in Jericho lemongrass fabric features a delicate yet playful nickel nailhead trim and fresh, French gray finish. Hand-tied construction and down cushioning are built for comfort and quality. $2,959, Hodge Floors, 459 Marion Ave., Spartanburg

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Nooks: Small Spaces The Collection

Wash Day Blues: A combo laundry room/mudroom that is functional and pretty. Bulletin board fabric by P/ Kaufmann Retreat pairs with a pale blue hue and crisp white beadboard. Custom-built cubbies contain shelving and room for storage.

From Dull to Divine

Laundry rooms become the epicenter of the home / by Kathleen Nalley /photos and styling by Amy Joyner Buchanan

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t may be your home’s smallest space, but it has become the hottest room (and, no, it’s not the kitchen!). The laundry room, that dimly lit utility space where you once merely did your wash, closed the door and quickly left, has evolved into its own beautiful right. Today’s homeowners cherish their laundry rooms…and it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with washing clothes. The burgeoning trend? To turn this much-used but oftenneglected space into a stylish, multifunctional mecca. “Laundry rooms are becoming more than just a forgotten little closet that holds the washer and dryer,” says Brandon Smith, senior designer at Design Elite Architecture and Interior Design Studio in Greenville. Often, the laundry room is part of a large multi-function space that might also serve as a craft room, a home office, or as a “home” for the family pets. “I recently designed a 300-plus-square-foot laundry room that featured a home office, built-in dog crates, an island that


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served double duty for folding and crafts, and a ‘drop zone’ that caught all the shoes, bookbags and mail before they could make their way into the house,” he says. It's all about using space wisely. “Families need all of those different functions, so why not combine them into one large space that’s nice to be in rather than three or four tiny ones?” he says. Converting your laundry area into a multifunction space can be money saver, too, since everything can do double-duty. And, as Smith notes, “Putting all of the potentially messy functions together helps keep the rest of the house tidy.” Infuse style and function into a space, and it becomes somewhere homeowners want to run to (not run from). Perhaps these ideas won’t make you love doing laundry. But having a clean, stylish and multifunctional space in which to do it may lessen the drudgery just a bit.

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Laundry Rooms The Collection

If you want to create less a space of mere utility and more a haven of function and style, consider some of the following upgrades to your laundry room.

1 Paint! Choose a soothing hue to calm your

washday nerves or energize the space with an intoxicating color you wouldn’t put somewhere else. Why not go for Benjamin Moore Baltimore Sky #760?


Replace the flooring. Wood-look tile is all the rage. Marazzi Montagna Dapple Gray porcelain gives your laundry room a warm, contemporary hardwood look with the water-resistance of tile (or, for a budget- friendly alternative, paint the flooring. See article on page 51.).


Rethink storage. Install kitchen cabinetry in the laundry room. You can have fun with hardware and color here, too. Ikea’s Sektion corner cabinet features a carousel. It's like a lazy susan for your cleaning products!

4 Install hide-able function. Remember those

old drop-down ironing boards from your grandmother’s house? Hide-Away offers several contemporary, out-of-sight ironing board solutions.

5 Decrease energy use by mounting drying A laundry pedestal, which can be purchased from most any home improvement store or custom made for a more rustic or refined feel, is a great way to maximize storage and declutter.


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racks that retreat back into a cabinet. Bed Bath & Beyond has many options. Go for the bling! Glass cookie jars can hold safety pins, detergent and fabric softener packs. A quick search on offers more cute vintage canisters than you’ll know what to do with!

6 Don’t forget lighting. Lighting sets the mood

of a space. Why not add style through a set of pendants or even a small chandelier? Beautiful lighting lightens the washday blues and helps you see stains before washing. A Metal Orb Chandelier from World Market may be just the touch your laundry room needs. at Home

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BASKETWORKS is one of the few shops to remain open year round, but a call will verify the hours. The sophisticated bouquet of fine-scented candles and complex potpourri blends may be the first thing you notice upon entering the shop, but the many visual treats include a unique and extensive selection of permanent flowers and botanicals as well as vintage furniture, quilts, and other accessories. 560 Hwy. 10 Cashiers, NC 28717 (828) 743-5052 BOUNDS CAVE'S RUG GALLERY has provided fine rugs to the Cashiers market for more than 15 years. In addition to their extensive collection of antique Orientals and tribal rugs, partners Judy Brown and Mark Petrancosta offer a diverse selection that includes new traditional, contemporary, and casual carpets for any indoor or outdoor purpose. 763 Hwy. 107 South (828) 743-5493

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Eclectic finds in Western NC-based Cashiers / by Sandra Woodward / illustration by Bre Smith

As the earth turns toward spring (at least in the northern hemisphere), we awaken to the primitive urge to douse the fire, sweep out the cave, and roll up the buffalo skins until next winter. Okay, so maybe all we do is buy a new rug and replace the faded patio umbrella, but the urge for renewal of all sorts, even in our homes, is strong. We find inspiration for home decor in many places, with nature heading the list. Here in the Upstate we are privileged with easy access to the colors and textures of springtime in the mountains; and Cashiers, in Western North Carolina, is one of the closest mountain towns offering many options for sprucing up your cave. Most of the shops in town, which close during winter months, reopen in early April. Some may open earlier. It’s worth a call in advance.


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THE DESIGNER’S MARKET is a one-stop source of those items necessary to create the framework of a beautiful, comfortable home. The upscale inventory of wall and floor coverings, fabrics, window coverings, cabinetry, and Farrow and Ball paints (See Painted Floors, page 51) is available to consumers and trade professionals alike; and the design staff can assist with details at every level of a home improvement project. 176 Warehouse Drive (828) 743-1400 at Home

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Francie Hargrove KARMA like its name, has a bit of an Eastern aura, featuring Asian furniture in addition to Urban Rustic and antique pieces. This relatively new shop run by veteran home furnishing retailers, also features glassware, lamps, books, accessories and smaller gift items. 8 Cashiers Commons (828) 743-2864 BUMPKINS reflects its whimsical name with an esoteric collection of home furnishings and accents that vibrate with character and charm. Their mission is to reuse, repurpose, and recycle materials to create a unique ambiance. 9 Cashiers Commons (828) 743-5499

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transformed into beautiful and unique items for the home; and the treasure- trove architectural salvage yard, Reclamations. 99 Cherrywood Road, between Cashiers and Highlands. THE CONSIGNMENT MARKET when you think about it, is a matchmaking service for home furnishings and accessories that are available for new relationships. Carol Hartley and her team offer a selective array of upscale indoor and outdoor furniture, tableware, lamps, and accent pieces, plus new lampshades and even lamp repair. Home staging and design services are also available. 12 Chestnut Square (828) 507-3325 theconsignmentmarket DOVETAIL ANTIQUES brings a little bit of Paris to the mountains. Owner Sally Johannessen has a passion for authentic

French antiques, which are carefully selected and directly imported, along with other charming and impossible-to-find accessories. Trés belle! 252 NC 107 South (828) 743-1800 FRANCIE HARGROVE has a resume that reflects a lifelong commitment to excellence in designing classically beautiful interiors. Available for design consultation, she also offers a retail location, for which she is developing a signature line of accessories, lamps, pillows and upholstery. 95 Hwy. 107 South (828) 743-9700 MANTIQUES as advertised, is a shop catering to the masculine side of home design, but there’s no rule that it’s exclusively for men. Located in the same complex as the popular Victoria’s Closet clothing consignment shops for

RUSTICKS offers quintessential handcrafted mountain furnishings in willow and hickory, as well as sumptuous upholstered and leather furniture, European antiques, porch furniture and other accoutrements of easy living. Design services are also available.

furnishings round out the variety and sophistication that permeate the pristine space. 31 Canoe Point (828) 743-0642 WHITE RABBIT BOTANICALS combines the indoors and the outdoors in a unique and stylish way. Specializing in distinctive plants and planted compositions for the home and garden, the shop offers equally distinctive home accents and gifts. 372 Valley Road (828) 743-3700

32 Canoe Point (828) 743-3172 THE VILLAGE HOUND is both for and about man’s best friend. With one room dedicated to items for dogs, the rest of the quaint cottage-shop features furniture, rugs, china, glassware, other home accessories and original artwork featuring dogs or horses—or both, in the various hunt scenes depicted. 25 Burns Street (828) 743-5990 VIVIANNE METZGER ANTIQUES is filled with fine English and European antiques, china, glassware, and unique accent pieces that give this cozy shop a patina of elegance. An extensive selection of antique oils and watercolors, antique mirrors and antique garden

Nice bite You may feel the need for refueling at some point during your shopping session. CORNUCOPIA 16 Cashiers School Road; (828) 743-3750 is an ever-popular lunch or Sunday brunch spot, with an enjoyable menu of casual fare. They open mid-to late March, so call in advance to confirm opening hours.

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Painted floors provide a giant pop of personality. / by Kathleen Nalley

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You’ve seen the photos on Pinterest and Houzz: seaside cottages with wooden floors painted in soft shades of green, cream, and blue harlequin patterns. Or that NYC loft with scarlet-red concrete running through kitchen, dining, and living areas. You’ve pinned them, liked them, even dreamed of them, but never considered doing such a thing to the floors in your Upstate home. Why not? Painting floors can be both an inexpensive and easy way to quickly and radically transform the look of a room. And this treatment is not just confined to hardwoods and concrete; some homeowners have even painted old vinyl and tired laminate (see for a laundry room floor makeover—from dingy and dinged vinyl to navy and cream stripes!). This is a project you can DIY (although it’s recommended that you speak to a paint pro first): Determine your colors and design (if any). Painted floors often appear one uniform color, or in a colorful pattern: stripes, blocks, chevron, basically anything you can conjure up. Next, scrub and clean the floor to remove any buildup, dirt, pet hair, and grime. Then sand to remove any wax or shine for better paint adhesion. Next, fill in any cracks or dings with caulk, then sand to level. Don’t forget to prime the floors before painting, and use a porch, outdoor or floor paint—anything else may yield undesirable results (think bubbles and peeling). As with any painting, cut in the paint from the corners and walls using a brush, and then simply roll on the rest. Most floors will need two coats, with plenty of drying time between. Give the floors a minimum of 24 hours to cure before use (a couple of days, if possible). As a rule of thumb, never paint when it’s raining or humid outside! If you’re not feeling quite as adventurous, why not paint a faux rug in a small area? One homeowner purchased stencils from a local arts and crafts supply shop and simply stenciled a design directly onto her old oak floors. Instant makeover and a conversation piece!


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Nook & Cranny

Designer N. Jackson Thacker assembles his best ideas into a compact space. / by Allison Walsh / Photography by TJ Getz

When N. Jackson Thacker moved his residential design business to E. Washington Street nearly 25 years ago, he saw the lot’s potential to someday play host to a second structure. “All this was wisteria,” Thacker says of the lower half of his property. “When I started this, people couldn’t believe I could get this building on this site.” While he prides himself on his ability to put five pounds in a two-pound bag when it comes to spacesaving design, time is a different matter. There are still only so many hours in a day. With his designs in demand all over town from the moment he hung out his shingle, Thacker had to put his own projects on the back burner for a decade or two. Opportunity knocked when Thacker’s son, Michael, found himself in need of a SPRING 2017

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Father and son worked together to create a jewel of a second home that maximizes every square inch with ingenious use of space.

This bathroom does double duty in service to the master bedroom and as a powder room for guests. Doors on either end and mirrored doors over the vanity infuses the space with natural light.

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An open floor plan flows from kitchen to living area, with a rounded wall that tucks into a hip bedroom for children.

place to live, and the two teamed up to finally build that house out back. The result of this father-son effort is 950 square feet of intelligent design that makes good use of every square inch. Thacker used a round wall and doors that fold on a radius to tuck a small den into the corner between the bedroom and main living area—an ingenious solution that leaves ample room for his two young grandsons to inhabit when they visit. The ceiling in the grandboys’ nook is fashioned from surplus Caribbean pine someone had discarded. The first several stair risers leading to a second level— all those stairs that can be reached from the floor—are fitted with hinged doors that give way to storage for vacuum cleaners and the like, and the steps are staggered side by side in order to accommodate the appropriate number of steps without encroaching on precious floor space. “I just wanted to let my hair down and do funky things and use things that I’ve found and collected over the years,” Thacker says, proclaiming himself a devotee of Fred Sanford—skilled in the art of scavenging for and giving new life to old, unwanted, or leftover materials. Thacker chose corrugated metal to add texture to the ceiling in the bedroom and scored a deal on a section that had been flattened by a forklift. He used the excess as a privacy rail around the deck that can be accessed from both the master bedroom and the kitchen. “I was looking for some old stuff, and I just didn’t like the rust,” Thacker says of his corrugated metal quest. “So I bought new and had a glaze put on it.” Thacker designed, and had built, a platform bed for this room, with drawers underneath for out-of-the-way storage. Perhaps the most talked about room in the house is the bathroom, thanks to a jewel of a stool installed at Michael’s insistence. Michael first became acquainted with the Toto Washlet while traveling in Asia on business and knew he would one day call this throne SPRING 2017

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InnerCella Building Character: Reclamations & Restorations his own. The Washlet automates the washroom experience—from the lid that lifts on approach to the bidet that bids one adieu. Mirrored doors over the vanity appear to house the traditional medicine cabinet, but curious guests are instead treated to a majestic view of the downtown Greenville skyline. The doors can be adjusted to let in plenty of light without compromising privacy. Thacker’s knack for cleverly disguised storage is showcased

in the kitchen. He never had a full set of drawings, just designed as he went, and along the way decided to thicken one wall of the kitchen, veneer over it with panels, and create a slim pantry. A two-foot refrigerator disappears in the cabinetry, and its freezer companion is across the room in a pull-out drawer. An old milk crate installed on casters acts as wine storage. And speaking of disappearing, every outlet and switch in the kitchen was installed on the underside of the cabinets, for an

A well-camouflaged refrigerator is tucked inside Thacker’s gorgeous cabinet design. An acidwashed granite island has the look and feel of leather.


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[Right] Thacker uses his “city house” as a showplace for favorite items he’s salvaged and collected throughout his career.

(Below] The master suite houses a platform bed with clever storage underneath, a Jackson Thacker original design.

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undisturbed antique mirror backsplash. What was originally conceived as a bachelor/ single dad pad for Michael is now a hot commodity among out-of-town visitors. The Thackers take great pride in using their property to show off their beloved hometown. Lucky attendees of their inaugural Fourth of July gathering had front-row seats for the city’s fireworks display, and guests are often pleasantly surprised by the lack of street noise despite being mere steps away from all downtown has to offer.


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Rites of Spring

The spices of life are best when home grown. / by M. Linda Lee / Illustrations by Tatjana Mai-Wyss


rowing up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., where winters are colder, bleaker, and longer than those in South Carolina, I counted on spring each year to paint over the dull gray canvas of winter with a palette of pastel hues. I watched intently for the first green tips of crocuses to poke their heads above the ground in March, reveled in the sunburst of daffodils, and sought out the pink profusion of cherry blossoms that rim the Tidal Basin in downtown D.C. in early April. In Greenville, it’s not unusual to have

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spring-like days in January and February. Still, it’s not until late March that the shamrock-green buds begin to hatch from the trees. That’s when I know it’s time to prepare my herb and vegetable gardens. Planting herbs in my kitchen garden, just off the back deck, is one of my most beloved rites of spring. Thanks to Greenville’s climate, the thyme, rosemary, oregano, chives, and lemon verbena in my plot all winter over. As does the tarragon and sorrel that grow nearby in pots. Every year I supplement those herbs with

a variety of annuals: basil, lemongrass, and whatever else strikes my fanc y when browsing the plant sales at local farms. The lemongrass, I should note, is for my dogs. I began years ago growing it for cooking, but soon after caught our younger Golden Retriever, Jasmine, eating it. She, in turn, taught our rescue Golden, Maddie, to eat it too. Now I buy two lemongrass plants every spring so each dog has her own to munch on. The contents of our vegetable garden likewise varies from year to year, depending on my ambition, but the one thing we always have is tomatoes. My husband, Joe, is of Sicilian descent, and fresh tomato sauce is de rigueur on our table in summer. We put in our tomato plants in early April and hem the two raised beds with chicken wire, in hopes of keeping our dogs from not only trampling the young tomato plants, but also from eating the ripe fruit. I discovered Maddie’s penchant for tomatoes last summer. She was in the backyard one afternoon, and I looked out and saw her back by the garden chewing. I called to her, and when she looked up, her mouth was dripping with red. Horrified at the thought that she was feasting on some wild critter, I called her again, more commanding this time. Unfazed, she merely glanced my way and kept right on eating (so much for me being the pack leader!). I ran outside, dreading what I would find. As I got closer, I laughed when I realized she was scarfing down a big, ripe, heirloom tomato that she SPRING 2017

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had plucked off the vine. I could hardly fault her for appreciating fresh tomatoes. Dogs are not the only animals drawn to our garden. A couple of summers ago, I went out to weed and found a chipmunk caught in the chicken-wire fencing. The poor little thing was trying his darnedest to wriggle free, but his torso was too plump to fit through the opening in the wire, which was digging into him the more he struggled. The only way to free him was to snip the wire, so I retrieved my shears and a pair of leather gardening gloves. When I tried to move the wire away from him so I could cut it without hurting him, the frightened chipmunk turned around and bit my finger as hard as he could. I could see his tiny face scrunched up with the effort, although, thanks to the gloves, all he got was a mouthful of leather.

As soon as he was free, the rodent scooted away. He ran several feet, and then did something odd. He stopped and looked back at me with—and I know I’m anthropomorphizing here—a puzzled

raised from seeds. About a week after I planted the seedlings, I went to check on them one morning and was shocked to see that half of the plants had vanished. I looked and looked again, searching for some sign of half-eaten leaves or empty stalks, but all I saw was black soil where foot-high tomato plants had stood the day before. Considering that perhaps I was losing my mind, I stared at the garden bed. And then I saw it: a small hole in the dirt next to the spot where each plant had been. Some varmint had pulled the stalks—leaves, tiny yellow flowers, and all—into his subterranean lair and devoured them without a trace. My guess is that the culprit was a vole or a mole, but I’ll never know for sure. I just hope it wasn’t the chipmunk that I saved. That would be sorry thanks indeed!

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The question facing the Upstate builder-architect team Ken Berry and Brad Wright as they prepared to take on a cottage build in an Asheville-area luxury home community was simple: How do we design something with character and build it on a smaller scale? The award-winning Berry Group’s 2014 custom home in the Cliffs at Walnut Grove was as much about maintaining balance in scale as it was about blending architecture into a heavily wooded lot, tucked into a private Western North Carolina hillside.

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InnerCella Second Home Escapes Tongue and groove Cypress ceilings pair beautifully with white plaster walls. Arched doorways and an open plan hearken to historic bungalows of yesteryear.

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Sustained Li ving Craftsman-style builder Trey Cole’s “city home” brings a new slant to downtown digs./ by Leigh Savage / photography by Rebecca Lehde

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rey Cole, a residential designer and developer in Greenville for 30 years, saw something missing from the local housing market: city homes. “I wanted to create an urban building that belongs in the city,” he says. “Something that was designed to be part of the city fabric.” City Homes at Markley was created to fill that need, and Trey and his wife Jenny were the first to move in. With 14 units on the property at the corner of Markley and Academy, four units are complete, with four more under construction. “They’re selling more quickly than we can get them built,” he says. As the City Homes name would indicate, each structure is a single-family home, and buyers own the property. “These are custom homes that abut each other but are not integrated,” he says. “They are individual homes.” He patterned them after row homes in larger Northern cities. The Coles typically move in as a project goes into full swing, meaning they have lived many places over the years, but “this is the first time we customized one just for us with the goal of living here forever,” Trey Cole says. “We’ll see!” Jenny Cole, who runs a cleaning business, said that after 15 moves in the couple’s 17 years together, their City Home is her

(Above) The openconcept kitchen and living area features a white pine ceiling with shadow line trim instead of crown molding. The result is classic space with a contemporary loft feel. (Right) Concrete Canvas by Tobin Hines created the floating shelves.

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Elements of art deco are used in the details of a metal overlay, designed by Cole and inspired by elevators found in historic homes from the 1920s.

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favorite. “I love the location, the great view of dowtown, how great it is for entertaining,” she says. While most of the units will have two to four bedrooms, the Coles created theirs with just one master loft upstairs and a full suite for guests on the lower level. Because he has so much experience building in the Arts and Crafts style, Cole incorporated that look in his home while also going a bit more contemporary. “All of the homes have that loft-inspired look, with wood ceilings and lots of glass,” he says. The top draw is the location, with a seven-minute walk to Fluor Field and a short stroll across the street to the Swamp Rabbit Trail and the new park district being constructed just around the corner. The walls of windows and extensive outdoor spaces allow beautiful views of downtown and even the North Carolina mountains. The main living area features five-inch white oak floors and a white pine ceiling with a shadow-line trim along the edge instead of crown molding. “It gives it a more contemporary look but is more complicated,” Cole says. “You can hide anything with trim, but this has to be perfect.” The concrete island, speckled with recycled glass, was created by the Cole’s friend Tobin Hines at Concrete Canvas. “That’s the predominant finish in the Trey and Jenny Cole (above) have been together for 17 years and have moved almost as many times. The two agree that their Markley city home is their favorite for its location and for how it has been customized to fit their lifestyle.

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To keep the focus on woodwork and expansive views, the Coles designed the living area simply, with an art deco pattern on the concrete hearth, and decorated intentionally, with prized pieces like a Stickley rocker.

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To reduce clutter in the home’s third-floor master bedroom, Cole added niches on either side of the Stickley bed, providing a place to tuck belongings away tastefully. He accented the area with 1 x 6 tongue-and-groove boards. Artwork above the bed are his own photos from a trip to New York City.

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house,” he says, found on the floating shelves in the kitchen and the fireplace in the adjacent living room. “I like that it’s tactile, it’s friendly and it’s handmade.” The concrete hearth has an Art Deco pattern that echoes the pattern on the elevator doors. A midcentury coffee table, and a Stickley chair show the couple’s love of Arts and Crafts style. The open floor plan has been ideal since the couple has hosted at least 20 parties since moving in 15 months ago. With the doors open to the large outdoor deck area, the couple can have a bonfire, watch the fireworks after ballgames and create a roomy indoor-outdoor event space. “We gave up heated square footage for more outdoor porches,” Cole says. Upstairs, the master suite has been transformed into an open loft with a spacious outdoor rooftop garden. The Coles are avid hikers and wanted to focus on the outdoors as much as possible, with outdoor seating, birdfeeders and plenty of plants. “I love to hang out there and have a cup of coffee and watch the birds,” Jenny Cole says. Next to the Stickley bed, built-in niches ensure that “instead of having normal bedside clutter, we can tuck everything away and have more of a clean look,” Trey Cole says. The area is accented with 1x6 tongue-and-groove paneling, painted the taupe color used throughout the home. “There is just so much going on with the wood and glass, we kept the trim and cabinetry one color so the rooms flow together and it’s more of an open look,” he offers. The jetted tub and shower with bench echo the colors and styles throughout the home, including

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Cole subtly incorporated a trapezoid shape in different rooms throughout the home, including vanities and a bench seat in the shower.

tongue-and-groove panels and a trapezoid shape. A large closet offers storage, though the Coles pared down their belongings by half before moving in. “The whole house makes you declutter endlessly,” he says. One feature that has been more beneficial than he expected is the accessibility of the home. Thanks to the elevator, ADA-approved sink, and a roll-in shower in the lower-level guest suite, several people who use wheelchairs have attended events at the home and said they were happy to see such an accessible location. The lower level is set up hotel-style, with a private suite with its own entrance and a kitchenette. The setup has been ideal for Cole’s adult children and other family and friends who visit but want privacy. The high-efficiency home has a tankless hot water heater and solar panels on the roof. “I’m always thinking about consuming less,” Cole says. “We can build a walkable community where people don’t need a car everywhere they go. I’m trying to do my part not to create urban sprawl and to help people spend more time doing what they want instead of driving.”

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Avid hikers, the Coles get a lot of use out of their jetted tub, which showcases the same panels and taupe paint used throughout the home, creating visual unity.

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FIXER UPPER The Barth family of six turned their need for space into a model of mid-century modern style and function.

/ by Allison Walsh / photography by TJ Getz When the Barth family first found their Roper Mountain Road-area home, the front door was solid and ordinary. Peter had this custom one created for maximum visual impact. at Home

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The distinctive work of local artist and family friend Joseph Bradley is showcased in the entry and main living area of the home.

The Barths, Melinda and Peter, were a hair’s breadth from moving to Charlotte 10 years ago when a chance weekend stopover in Greenville rendered them helpless to her many charms, and they decided instead to plant their young family here in the Upstate. They settled in Simpsonville, and as their family continued to grow they found themselves needing more space. A lot more space. “We had five kids in two bedrooms sharing one bathroom,” Melinda remembers of the family’s impetus to set their sights on something bigger. As charming as Greenville is, however, the one thing lacking is a surplus of six-bedroom homes situated on a few acres. There were five bedrooms aplenty, but as long as the Barths were going big they didn’t want to have to choose which two of the five children would still have to share a room in their new home. Their search turned up a handful of houses in the Parkins Mill area and Paris Mountain, which was too far from where their kids had already put down roots. They briefly considered building but had no real desire to start from scratch. “This one kept popping up. It was super dated, and it wasn’t the style we wanted, but we finally said let’s just go see it anyway,” Peter says of their mid-century modern home. at Home

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[opposite) The addition of expansive windows that overlook the pool and lake are Melinda’s favorite feature. [this page] Original brick exterior was retained and matched for the addition of a mother-in-law suite, but original yellow siding was replaced with cedar.

“And the second we walked in we knew this was the right house for us.” The Barths are no strangers to home renovation, so they were able to look past the very Brady interior, complete with a giant Asian screen running down the center of the main hallway and indoor rock gardens blooming plastic trees, frogs and gnomes. They see beauty in the bones. “We walked through it maybe 45 minutes, and then we made an offer,” Melinda says. “Because we’ve done it enough that we don’t see what other people get stuck on.” The lake out back didn’t hurt, either. In addition to breathtaking views from nearly every room of the house, the Barths’ new back yard sees a lot of action entertaining church and school friends, and there is no shortage of activities to keep them busy. Paddle boats and canoes are ready and waiting at the boat slip; aspiring fisherpeople can walk out onto the dam and cast their lines, and that’s if they tire of the at Home

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The kitchen, like most rooms in the home, retained the same basic layout. Fresh finishes and fixtures were the only updates required.

pool, fire pit, or gaga ball (similar to dodgeball but in a court). The Barths called on longtime friend Jason Bergeron, of Bergeron Custom Homes, to bring the home into the 21st century. Bergeron also tackled the addition of a mother-in-law suite most mothers-in-law can only dream of. Melinda’s mother lives in the onebedroom suite that boasts a full kitchen, living and dining areas, laundry room, private entrance, and some of the best views of the lake on the property. They were able to match the original brick and other materials from the main house for a cohesive look. “We did not move a lot of walls or openings in the main house. Most of the layout stayed pretty similar,” Bergeron says of the sixmonth renovation project. “But we took a lot down to studs and a good bit of it down to sheetrock.” The master bath underwent the most significant cosmetic change, enclosing an oddly floating toilet within a water closet, and eliminating one of two massive single vanities in favor of one massive double vanity. A small hobby room off the master was already plumbed for a washer and dryer so Melinda’s closet was expanded to take advantage of this handy feature. Four of the bedrooms 98 _ at Home

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originally had sliding glass doors that opened onto a walkway leading to the pool. As convenient as this seemed, the Barths chose to eliminate the possibility of their small children lighting out for late night swims (and one day their older children just lighting) by replacing those doors with windows. One of the family’s favorite features—the basement-turned-movie theater—wasn’t part of the original plan. “We’re here every night, either playing video games or watching movies,” Peter says. But because Peter and Melinda took on the task of interior design themselves they were able to be flexible and responsive throughout every step of the process. “We had to do a ton of research to figure out how to do mid-century modern,” Melinda says. And Peter agrees. “Neither of us would have picked that style, but we ended up really enjoying it as we learned more about it.”

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The master bath saw the biggest cosmetic change during the Barth’s renovation project. A sunken tub was replaced with a more modern one. A sauna was original to the house, and his and hers closets, original to the home, were expanded. (Opposite , bottom) The master bedroom is encircled by the updated master bath.

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Belinda and Gus Rubio needed a home, but they also needed office space and a place to showcase all that their company, Gabriel Builders, offers clients. Their new office/condo at the Cliffs at Mountain Park in Travelers Rest serves all of those purposes and more. Inspired by Mountain Park’s Italian Country feel, they enlisted Cynthia Masters at Panageries to help them create an elegant home that functions as well for business meetings and parties of 80 as it does for family gatherings and relaxing weekends. In business since 1984, Gabriel Builders is a custom home builder that does more than half its business in Cliffs communities. After years based in Greer, the Rubios decided it made sense to be more central to Greenville, Henderson, and Asheville. “We also wanted to downsize,” Belinda says. “Our youngest child is 27, so we thought we might build an office with a small apartment. But when we got to Mountain Park, we decided maybe we wanted to live here instead.” The three-story structure includes office space on the first and second floors and a two-bedroom condo on the top level. “We can access it through a secure elevator or stairs, so it is totally separate,” Belinda says. Gus wanted to recreate what visitors would find in Italy, including the landscaping, “so we created a pool that you might see in Italy—very simple, with grass growing around it. And of course the grandchildren love it.” The Rubios have three adult children and two granddaughters, ages 5 and 8. Other Italian touches on the exterior include exposed rafter tails on the roof, barrel tiles, and intricate trim work. Inside, plaster walls are accented with timbers from a 200-year-old barn in Pennsylvania. “So many of our customers want the real deal—reclaimed wood from an old barn,” Gus Rubio says. “That’s a little more expensive, so we wanted to show the reclaimed wood (on the upper level) as well as new wood that we made look old (downstairs).”

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The first-floor showroom kitchen houses a limestone range hood and pewter countertops by Francois & Co., as well as a maple Italian trestle table by Foothills Amish Furniture in Landrum. The beams are new wood but were distressed to look old.

accents. “We wanted a cohesive space that also shows all of the different details and possibilities with beams, countertops, molding,” Masters says. “It was a tall order, but we wanted people to be able to come in and say, I can envision that in my house.” The Rubios sprinkled unique touches throughout. They wanted to show how clients can use space under stairs and came up with an indoor dog nook designed just for Moose, a Whoodle (Wheaten terrier-poodle); and Tibi, a Shi Tzu. “My wife loves her dogs more than she loves me,” Gus Rubio jokes. The Rubios met when Gus was 14 and Belinda was 11 and started dating three years later. Their easy, laughter-filled rapport shows that even spending every day working together hasn’t diminished their affection. As vice president, Belinda focuses on customer relationships while Gus, the president, and his team create the hand-crafted homes. “We had a customer live with us for two weeks,” Belinda said. “We really want to maintain those relationships.”

Up and down Masters had two different directives for the first floor and the third floor. The lower level features more high-end finishes, neutral tones, and traditional furnishings, along with both warm and cool accents. Upstairs, she went warmer and also added a bit more color for the Rubios. But for both, “we wanted to let the architecture speak,” Masters says. “We created a jewel box where both levels are filled with inspiration.” The first-floor showroom is a show stopper: The entryway downstairs greets visitors with French oak parquet. From here, you can also see standard knotted oak floor and another that is five-inch with fewer knots. “So as soon as you walk in, you can see three different types of floors,” Belinda Rubio says, a hint at the variety that will soon be on display. Belinda had seen an antique stone sink that she loved, so Masters had a fabricator use a laser carving machine to

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The elaborate ceiling in the upstairs master suite was designed by architect Stephen Fuller. Interior designer Cynthia Masters added a wrought-iron bed and leather headboard.

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create a similar piece at a much lower cost. The limestone sink was then wall-mounted in the powder room using ironwork by Heirloom, the company that also worked on the staircases. “Limestone is easy to carve, is antibacterial, and gives that Old World feel,” Masters said. Limestone flooring in a Versailles pattern was used in the showroom kitchen and living room. Belinda Rubio loves to cook, and while the upstairs kitchen is pretty and useful, the first-floor kitchen is where the larger family events take place. It’s not just a showroom. It’s a fully operational kitchen, with Wolf and SubZero appliances and an Italian trestle table, built of maple by Foothills Amish Furniture in Landrum, that seats 12. Arched pocket doors open completely to the outdoor porch. The limestone range hood is by Francois & Co., as are the pewter countertops that Masters said will only become more beautiful with age. Upstairs is the third-floor condo, also the Rubios’ private suite (which is not all that private, as they often show it to potential customers). The couple used a pre-engineered hardwood floor from Gary Jordan at Jordan Wholesale Lumber. They selected it before finding out it is called the Rubio floor. In the living room, she and Masters selected or commissioned art with personal meaning, including a painting of a family walking toward an oak tree. “It’s like our kids walking hand-in-hand,” Rubio says. Oushak rugs, arched doorways, slightly abstract landscapes and swivel chairs bring comfort and beauty to the living area. In the powder room, Masters designed a pale blue cabinet and used a quartzite countertop and metal sink. A Venetian mirror was aged to look old, while the towel holder is an antique door knocker from France. The master bath is full of a marble called Diana Royal, used honed on the floor, as tumbled brick on a wall and as a slab for countertops. In the upstairs kitchen, quartzite was used for the countertops - made double-thick along the edges to look like a thicker piece. “Quartzite has beautiful veining like marble but is harder than granite,” Masters says. The Rubios love how their home functions as an office, a showplace, but most of all, as a beautiful and convenient place to live. “It’s off the beaten path, but we can be in downtown Greenville in 25 minutes, or Flat Rock in 15,” Belinda Rubio says. “We have nine miles of walking trails but we are close to everything. We love it up here. It’s a hidden jewel.”

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(Opposite) Laser-carved limestone mimics an antique stone sink in the showroom powder room. Campobello based The Heirloom Companies, which created ironwork throughout the home, made the brackets. (This page) The master bath is outfitted with Diana Royal marble used three ways.

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A beautifully appointed theater room on the second level serves not only as a client presentation space, but as Gus's perfect spot to catch up on his film loving pastime.

The pool, surrounded by grass, mimics Italian pools and is a favorite of the Rubios’ grandchildren.

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Nahe, Germany 2015 vintage $21.99 Tasting Notes: Buffington calls this rosé “deliciously wine geeky” for its German lineage of pinot noir grapes. A touch of sweetness, balanced with acidity, presents notes of fresh strawberry and a bit of spice.

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Bandol, France 2015 vintage $39.99 Tasting Notes: Bright red fruit paired with citrus creates a sip Buffington says displays “incredible depth and finesse.” Arguably the best rosé in the world, it is known for aging especially well.

Playful, rising in popularity, and pink: Get to know wine’s fruit-forward, fun loving cousin. / by Stephanie Burnette / photos by Eli Warren


Believe Ed Buffington when he says some wines are meant to be slurped. “Rosé tends to be less serious,” explains the co-owner of The Community Tap. “In fact, the first time I drank rosé in France they brought it to the table not in a carafe, but in a pitcher with bistro glasses. To this day we only drink rosé from bistro glasses at home.” Rosé’s higher acidity and fruit-forward mannerism pairs well with fatty or rich foods, classic appetizer fare such as cheese, cured meats and seafood. Buffington likes dry rosé with a washed rind cheese from local Thomasville Sweet Grass Dairy or any type of Camembert or brie-style cheese with lavash crackers and crudité. The pink sip has burst back onto the culinary scene and its popularity has shown no sign of abating. “Rosé is not a fad,” says Buffington. “It’s here to stay and offerings will only get better. As the weather warms we should all drink rosé. It’s delicious and built for easy entertaining.”

How to Taste: • Drink rosé cool, not cold • Take bottles out of the fridge 15 minutes before you intend to pour it (cold can mask rosé’s fresh, fruit flavors) • If it’s warm outside, then set rosé atop ice in a bucket, but not plunged in • Ask for family-farmed, family-produced rosé • To taste with two couples, open three bottles. Four couples? Open six bottles of the pink stuff to learn what you like • Pair rosé with cured meats, cheese and crackers or cold seafood such as boiled shrimp or crab dip served with raw bell pepper, cucumber or celery SPRING 2017

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Provence, France 2015 vintage $14.99 Tasting Notes: This wine-- a Cru Classe rosé-- is made in Provence, considered the spiritual home of rosé. Flavors of white peach and grapefruit create “exceptional freshness” on the palate according to Buffington.

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Mendoza, Argentina 2016 vintage $14.99 French winemaker Baptiste Cuvelier utilizes South American Malbec to craft a clean rosé with a bonedry finish. Buffington notes Cuvelier is part of the Leoville Poyferre family who’s Chateau is considered one of the finest wineries in all of Bordeaux.

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From refined to rock-and-roll, a showcase of styles for the bar cart.

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Refined formal: Tasteful yet understated, this setting is simple and cleanly showcases wines and heirloom crystal. Offering glasses and a salty snack welcomes guests to help themselves. Artwork and a low plant add restrained color and freshness.

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Classic Taste: For a more traditional approach, showcase your best liquors and bar tools alongside a stack of cocktail books, bitters, and glasses. Display a matchbook or cork collection to add personality. Use a tray to keep like items together.

WAS IT MAD MEN THAT REINTRODUCED THE BAR CART? Whatever spurred the revival, bar carts have officially moved out of the 1950s office and into our modern lives. For the many varieties of entertaining, there’s a bar cart style. Tutorials too often lean toward the crowded and kitschy. Straws? Decanters? Bitters? Shakers? It’s all a bit overwhelming. Creating a lovely spot for libations and more is definitely more easily accomplished through decluttering and deliberation. So gather your glassware. Select your favorite spirits. And prepare to sip in style.


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Al fresco fun: A mid-century metal cart works well with jars of snacks, a vintage rug and simple towels for spills. Frame the scene with lots of plants. Suddenly, it seems every porch needs a bar cart.

Try it: Beermosa • Light beer (anything from a pilsner to a Belgian white works here) • Orange Juice • Cut citrus for garnish (mint if you’re feeling fancy) Pour one part beer to two parts juice. Garnish and enjoy!

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But bar carts aren’t just for crystal and refinement. Wheel your festivities to the porch this season and try a beermosa, the so-wrong-it’s-right casual cousin to the mimosa. Using a bar cart (dare we call it a beer cart?) keeps all ingredients accessible to guests for a kicked-back atmosphere. Greenery, in a low-profile accent piece, adds color and life to any collection of monochromatic glassware and metalware. Keep it simple, but don’t be afraid to pick something with a little flair.

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DETAILS, PLEASE. Sunburst Farm smoked trout dip. Bright seasonal blooms from Laurel Creek Farm. Stecca bread from Swamp Rabbit Grocery. Hand-dipped raw silk table runners. Modern and sleek place settings, A Darling Day rentals. Saison from Birds Fly South Ale Project.

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South Carolina in the first bloom of spring is the South at its best. Before the humidity and mosquitoes descend, the technicolor swirl of azaleas, wisteria, dogwood, and daffodil sweeten the air, and everyone collectively breathes deeply. The air is rich with damp earth, greenery, and the bounty of harvest. After the dull brown of a southern winter, even the most introverted homebody finds renewal in the balmy air and emerging greenness. What better way to savor the season than a gathering of friends celebrating all that is good in spring? Though a few bottles of wine alongside a meal may first come to mind, the beverage that most says Spring is a saison, a type of craft beer whose name literally translates to “season.” Nobody knows that better than Shawn and Lindsey Thompson, founders of Birds Fly South Ale Project and juggernauts of all things fresh and local. More and more, craft beers such as saisons have found a welcome place at meal time and, even more so, when doing upscale entertaining. Because of beer’s more accessible vibe, it creates an environment that encourages conversation without being stilted or stiff. An event like this is best served family style, setting aside formality in exchange for community as guests pass plates and bottles, tasting, and talking and enjoying. Characterized as a light base with seasonal flavors added during fermentation, saisons tell the story of a particular region and of the produce currently in harvest. Which means that choosing a local saison and pairing it with local food creates a flawless meal with minimal effort: the flavors naturally complement one another because they are telling the same story. “Saisons and sours really complement food well,” says Shawn. “They’re lighter and don’t compete with flavors. Saisons tie into a region, into fresh seasonal flavors.” Like a saison, this particular gathering celebrates all things local. Everything from the textiles and pottery to the vegetables and flowers: it all is quite literally from here. This textured and colorful tablescape is a love note to the Upstate: its makers, brewers, and farmers. And what an effortless meal it becomes! From seasonal beers to local food, the flavors all organically mesh and meld: the southland’s awakening tableside. No more encouragement needed! When the first warm day of spring fills the air with change and renewed life, don’t wait for anything else to celebrate: it’s all the excuse anybody needs. Head to a farmer’s market, grab what looks good and fresh, gather friends, open a saison, and toast the season. What is more welcoming than that?

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When it comes to saisons, sours, and farmhouse ales, look no farther than the much-accoladed Birds Fly South Ale Project based in Hampton Station on the west side of Greenville. Housed in a former cotton mill and lined with wooden barrels, rough-hewn community tables, and high, wide-beamed ceilings, Birds Fly South is a warm, welcoming gathering place ideal for an afternoon sampling some of the best craft beers in the area. Recent tap listings include a carrot ginger saison, a raspberry sour, and a traditional French bier du miel. Owners Shawn and Lindsey Thompson began seriously homebrewing beer about eight years ago, but it wasn’t until Shawn’s stint in the Coast Guard was nearing its end that they decided to open their own brewery. “We decided we’d give it a year,” he shares. Using traditional openfermentation techniques passed on from saison master Bob Sylvester of Tarpon Springs, Shawn began brewing at Thomas Creek Brewery for distribution. Less than a year later to much anticipation, Birds Fly South opened their doors. Order a flight of beers and enjoy the variety of flavors. Birds Fly South Ale Project is located at 1320 Hampton Avenue Extension.

Chenin Blanc: a simple saison refermented using Chenin Blanc wine Rustic Sunday: a rye-forward farmhouse ale dry-hopped with Hallertau blanc Rhubarb Gose: a sour, salty, rhubarb beer SPRING 2017

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Sunburst Smoked Trout Dip with Balsamic Onion Jam

This smoky dip pairs deliciously with the sweet, deep flavored onion jam.

6 oz. Sunburst Farms smoked trout filet 1/4 c. cream cheese, softened 1/4 c. sour cream or greek yogurt 1 Tbsp. prepared horseradish Juice of one lemon Ground pepper (to taste) 1/2 tsp. fresh dill (plus more for garnish) 4 red onions, peeled and thinly sliced 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1/4 c. brown sugar 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Method: In a medium size bowl, mix together sour cream, cream cheese, horseradish, and lemon juice until smooth. Flake fish and add to the cream mixture. Mix well with a fork. Add dill and season with pepper to taste. Serve with onion jam. To prepare jam: heat oil over in a medium stockpot. Add onions, tossing to coat. Continue stirring until they completely soften, around 15 minutes. Add sugar and vinegar, cooking on medium low until the jam is the consistency of a thick marmalade. Stores up to a month in the refrigerator.

Springtime Salad with Yogurt Marinated Chicken

This bright, citrusy dinner salad is built around the idea that each guest can pass ingredients to create a plate to their liking. Offer warmth, crunch, tart, sweet, and creamy items, which provide variety, color, and interest. Marinating chicken in yogurt is a revelation: It’s a no-fail method for tender, juicy results. For the salad: 1 5 oz. package of baby arugula 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup olive oil 3 tsp honey Salt and pepper In a jar, shake up lemon juice, honey, and oil, toss arugula with dressing. For the chicken: 6 chicken breast cutlets 1/2 c. plain yogurt 1 Tbsp. salt 1/4 c. lemon juice Half an onion, chopped 2 Tbsp. honey 2 cloves minced garlic

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Method: Rinse and pat chicken dry. Set aside. In a blender or food processor, purée remaining ingredients. Place chicken in a gallon storage bag, pour marinade over, seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Heat your grill to medium high, grill cutlets 4-5 minutes per side. Slice and serve alongside salad.

Simple Roasted New Potatoes and Asparagus

2 lbs baby red potatoes, halved 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed Olive oil Salt and pepper

Method: Preheat oven to 400. Toss vegetables in olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Spread potatoes over half of a rimmed baking sheet. Roast 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add asparagus to the remaining half of the pan, roasting for 10 more minutes.

Honeyed goat cheese bites with pistachios

1 log goat cheese at room temperature Good squeeze of honey Cracked black pepper 1 c. toasted pistachios, finely chopped

Method: In a small bowl, mix cheese and honey and a few grinds of pepper. Add two tablespoons chopped nuts. Drop cheese mixture by the teaspoonful on a cookie sheet. Chill for 30 minutes. Roll each ball in remaining nuts, chill until ready to serve.

Hibiscus Pickled Shallots

7 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced 1 c. white balsamic vinegar 1 c. water 1/2 c. sugar 1 bag hibiscus tea 1 Tbsp. whole mustard seeds 1 Tbsp. whole coriander seeds

Method: Bring water, vinegar, and sugar to a boil. Add shallots, seeds, and tea. Turn off heat. Once cooled, transfer to a jar and chill overnight.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pavlova

A creamy, crisp, bright dessert that is spring itself. Don’t have time to make your own curd? Purchase a jar of lemon curd for delicious results. For the rhubarb curd: 2 c. fresh or frozen rhubarb, chopped 1/2 c. sugar 3 egg yolks (reserve whites for meringue) 2 whole eggs 1/4 tsp. salt 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed Method: In a blender or food processor, blend rhubarb until pulpy. Add a little water if needed. Using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth, squeeze out the juice and discard pulp. Reserve 2/3 cup of juice. Using a double boiler or glass bowl over a pot of simmering water, whisk together juice, sugar, yolks, eggs, and salt. Whisk until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon (18-25 minutes). Remove bowl, add in butter and stir until it melts completely. Chill for at least four hours before serving. For the meringue: 4 large egg whites 1 1/4 c. superfine sugar 1 tsp. vinegar 1tsp. vanilla 1 Tbsp. cornstarch Method: Preheat oven to 350. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy peaks develop. Add sugar, increase speed to high and beat until glossy peaks form. In a small bowl, whisk vinegar, vanilla, and cornstarch with 1/4 cup egg and sugar mixture. Add back to the bowl. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Pile meringue on parchment in a circle, making an indentation in the middle (for the curd). Place in oven, immediately turning the heat down to 250. Bake for one hour, open oven and cool completely before removing. To assemble: Carefully place meringue on cake stand or tray (don’t sweat it if it cracks, a pavlova should look rustic anyway), top with curd, then whipped cream, and then 2 cups of seasonal berries.


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emember when computers were ugly and clashed with your décor unless your design aesthetic leaned toward Eastern Block minimalism? You don’t have to remember, because that’s how almost every modern computer looks. Until now, thanks to a Greenville company. Computer Direct Outlet has launched the Volta V, the first commercially produced computer featuring a handcrafted wooden case made from domestically sourced trees. It is designed as a piece of furniture that will complement its surroundings—not a bulky computer. Its 5.5-inch height not only makes it ideal as a monitor stand but also provides a convenient space under the computer to store the keyboard when not in use, keeping workspaces as clean and pared down as this design. The legs are part of a one-piece, anodized-aluminum base plate that adds strength to construction. The rich wood grains—bamboo and walnut—lend a unique but versatile edge to the Volta. The luxurious wooden case is unstained, so that each computer best displays the wood’s natural accents and beauty. But don’t let good looks fool you: The Volta V is not just furniture. It’s


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/ by Stephanie Burnette / photos by Will Crooks Could a tee define a town? If it’s up to The Greenville Clothing Company it will. Three friends, Liz Brown, Willie Hunt and Mario Brown, joined forces to form a startup company with a narrow but lofty goal: to capture the spirit of living in Greenville on a shirt. An initial plan to outsource quickly turned local when prototypes failed to impress. “Everything about Greenville is personable. It just made sense to design it here, print it here, package it ourselves, and reflect Greenville in that way,” says Liz. Mario agrees. “We wanted high-quality materials with high-quality design. That’s what our town is known for, an intentionality of detail.” The result is a trio of tees, cleverly designed and beautifully constructed, with a nod to its neighborhoods, gathering places, and easy vibe. Super soft tri-blend ups this wardrobe staple with a premium drape and ductile feel. Out of the gate Greenville Clothing Co. sold 225 t-shirts in three designs, priced at $29.99 each. Orders arrive impeccably folded inside a new brown paper pizza box affixed with the #wearwelive logo tape. “Much like how we design the shirts, we wanted the packaging to be equally dynamic,” says Willie. “It’s more than a tee tossed in a bag.” New designs will celebrate what the team calls the craft of Greenville: its restaurant culture, trails and parks, and beloved neighborhoods. “It really is about wear we live,” says Willie. “Seeing people embrace SPRING 2017

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the clothing means a lot to us, but it also means that they love their communities.” The original three t-shirts will become staples for the young company; new designs will roll out seasonally along with tanks, hoodies, and zip-ups. Past customers get first dibs on new offerings, followed by a growing email list. “We are learning how to perfectly roll out a t-shirt,” says Liz who credits social media campaigns for helping them reach online consumers locally. “Greenville Clothing Co. is about simple, clean, specific imagery that represents the spirit of Greenville,” says Mario, “a place that people are proud to call their hometown.”

Meet the Makers The Greenville Clothing Co. describes itself as a three-headed tripod, an apt description for the trio of partners. Liz, Mario, and Willie have been friends for years (and the two named Brown happen to be married). Could they be more bright-eyed and adorable? We think not, but they also possess the hustle to launch a homegrown clothing company in their spare time.

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A globally infused outdoor ceremony marks the nuptials of Greenville couple Kaitlin Hill and Hercules Swart in nearby Glenville, NC. / by Heidi Coryell Williams / photos by Krystal Muellenberg

When Greenville couple Kaitlin Joy Hill and Hercules Morkel Swart sought out the Sawyer Family Farmstead in Glenville, North Carolina, for their outdoor wedding, it proved an idyllic spot for two outdoor enthusiasts who desired an al fresco spot to say “I do.” “We wanted to capitalize on the breathtaking mountain views that we live around,” says Kaitlin. It turns out a family Christmas tree farm (in the off season, of course) delivered. “It’s serene, almost magical there,” Kaitlin says.


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The magical setting seems fitting given their magical romance: The two met in January of 2014 at a church in Hamilton, New Zealand, where Kaitlin was attending Bible college. Hercules spotted his future wife and told a friend he called “dibs,” and the rest is history. Hercules’ proposal in New Zealand was a carefully crafted trail of handwritten letters detailing “The 25 reasons I love you” placed all around her college campus. “That week was my 25th birthday, so I assumed the cards were leading to a birthday gift or surprise, not to a proposal!” Kaitlin recalls. She followed the scavenger hunt around campus, discovering notes in all of her favorite spots. “The final card led me to my favorite lookout spot of Lake Rotokawau, a breathtaking lake only a few minutes walk from my dorm,” she says. “I spent a lot of time there, so this spot had some significance for me.” The final note read, “...I love that I get to ask you to marry me!” and when Kaitlin looked up, Hercules was on his knee with a handcrafted ring that contained a diamond that belonged to his grandfather. The family farm that played host to their wedding served as an ideal fit for this family affair. Kaitlin’s photographer was also her cousin, Krystal Muellenberg, and she “made sure to capture all the little details that made our wedding a perfect day,” Kaitlin says. The ceremony was officiated by Kaitlin’s father, also a pastor, and the couple’s communion chalice was the same one that Kaitlin’s parents, Greg and Kathy Hill, used on their wedding day. As a parting gift, each guest was given a hand-crafted mug made by Kaitlin (a nanny and a potter) to represent the unique recipient. Although the two met in New Zealand, Hercules’ family is originally from South Africa. So, in addition to incorporating the outdoors, the couple wanted to infuse their wedding day with international details reflecting their multi-cultural backgrounds. “We had his South African family crest hand-painted onto a banner, and New Zealand’s native kiwi birds sprinkled throughout the reception,” Kaitlin says. Four continents, five countries, and 14 states were represented at the ceremony. “Having so many close friends around us made our day incredibly special.” 144 _ at Home

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A selective resource guide to the pages of atHome Threshold: (page 10) Custom-crafted trinket box by Michael McDunn 741 Rutherford Rd, Greenville, (864) 242-0311 In Bloom: (page 27) Custom-designed floral and found-object arrangements by Christopher Bassett, booth at Rock House Antiques 415 Mauldin Rd, Greenville, (864) 299-8981 and online at Off the Shelf: (page 30) Titles available at Fiction Addiction 1175 Woods Crossing Road, Greenville, (864) 675-0540, Painted Floors: (page 51) Farrow & Ball floor paint, The Designers Market 176 Warehouse Drive, Cashiers, NC, (828) 743-1400 Nook & Cranny (pages 53-56) Traditional Concepts 702 E. Washington St, Greenville, (864) 235-5984

Mountain Charmer (pages 62-66) Builder, The Berry Group 134 N Main St, Six Mile, (864) 868-2811, ; architect Brad Wright, Wright Design 123 W Broad St, Greenville, (864) 907-1054,; interior decorating, Melanie Caulder Interiors (864) 329-0739, on Instagram @MelanieCaulderInteriors Sustained Living (pages 74-85) Built and designed by Trey Cole Design Group 1040 W Washington Street, Greenville, (864) 233-1606, Fixer Upper (pages 93-104) Renovations by Bergeron Custom Homes 204 Randall St, Greer, (864) 469-6515,; artwork by Joseph Bradley 16 Aiken St., the Village of West Greenville, and Kyle Ragsdale, Indianapolis, IN, Old World. Modern Life (pages 108-119) Gabriel Builders 52 Parkway Commons Way, Greer, (864) 879-3035, Modus Drink (pages 124-125) Selection of wines available at The Community Tap 217 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, (864) 631-2525, Greenville, Modus Trifecta bar carts (pages 128-130) Teak mid century bar cart, Whim Studio 24 Traction Street, Greenville,; oil landscape by Emily Jeffords,; vintage glass

ice bucket and carafe, Urban Digs 215 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, urbandigs; cocktail books and accessories from M.Judson Booksellers 130 S Main Street, Greenville, In Good Taste (pages 132-136) Sunbust Farms trout 314 Industrial Park Dr, Waynesville, NC, 828) 648-3010,; flowers by Laurel Creek Florals 413 Eastatoee Community Rd., Sunset, (864) 898-2324,, hand-dyed table runner, Alanah Textiles; ;plates: Joshua and Au Naturale collections from Pottery Barn;; ceramic serving dishes: Darin R. Gehrke Ceramics 1205 Pendleton St, Greenville,; marble and wood cake stand, Williams Sonoma,; handcarved spoons, Daniel Miller @dmillerbows; styling by A Darling Day rentals , Modus Technophile (pages 138) The Volta V. available at Computer Direct Outlet 2382 Laurens Rd Greenville, (864) 288-8507, Modus Treasures (pages 140-141) Greenville Clothing Company, Behind the Wall (page 152) Shindig Furnishings 11 Lois Ave, Greenville, (864) 915-9705, on Instagram @ShindigFurnishings


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APPLIANCES Jeff Lynch Appliance, 17 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville, (864) 268-3101;

ELECTRICAL/ELECTRICIANS/LIGHTING Harrison Lighting, 3021 Augusta St, Greenville, (864) 271-3922;

GENERAL CONTRACTORS/BUILDERS AJH Renovations, LLC, (864) 901-3021; Arthur Rutenberg Homes, 110 Riverlook Ln, Greenville, (864) 655-7702; Bergeron Custom Homes, 204 Randall St, Greer, (864) 469-6515; Dillard-Jones Builders, (864) 527-0463; Galt Innovations, (864) 335-0657; IBI Builders, Greenville, (864)414-6658; J Francis Builders, 101 Lovett Dr, Greenville, (864) 288-4001, Mobius Construction, (864) 517-6000; Sexton Griffith Custom Builders, (864) 295-0730; Smith and Web LLC, 270 Tokeena Road Seneca, (864) 509-7727

FINE JEWELER Geiss & Sons, 765 Haywood Rd, Greenville,, (864) 297-6458;

HEALTH/HOME CARE Rolling Green Village, 1 Hoke Smith Blvd, Greenville,(864) 987-9800;

FLOORING/CARPETING All About Flooring of SC, 2111 K North Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, (864) 438-0811; Greenville Carpet One, 226 Pelham Davis Cir, Greenville, (864) 281-0006; Ike’s Carpet, 128 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, (864) 232-9015; Jordan Lumber Company, 104 Rutherford Rd, Greenville (864) 232-9686; McAbee’s Custom Rugs, 12 N Kings Rd, Greenville, (864) 277-0470; FLORAL Embassy Flowers, 12 Sevier St, Greenville, (864) 282-8600;

HOME FURNISHINGS/INTERIOR DESIGN 4 Rooms, 2222 Augusta St #1, Greenville, (864) 241-0100; Allison Smith Interiors, Best Buy, 1125 Woodruff Rd #102, Greenville, (864) 559-8380, Carolina Consignment, 875 NE Main St, Simpsonville, (864) 228-1619; Carolina Furniture, 135 Mall Connector Rd G, Greenville, (864) 627-0642; Hennessee Haven, 820 S Main St, Unit 101, Greenville, (864) 558-0300; Old Colony, 3411 Augusta Rd, Greenville, (864) 277-5330; Panageries, 929 Rutherford Road, Greenville, (864) 250-0021;

GARDEN/OUTDOORS Martin Garden Center, 198 Martin Road Greenville, (864) 277-1818,

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Lil Glenn Company, (864) 242-0088; Melissa Morell/Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 2023 Augusta Road Greenville, (864) 242-6650; ReMax, Spaulding Group – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, (864) 458-8585; Stoneledge Properties, PO Box 26867 - Greenville, (864) 286-6141; THAT Realty Group, 339 Prado Way, Greenville, (864) 520-8567; Verdae Development, 340 Rocky Slope Rd Ste 300, Greenville, (864) 329-9292; Wilson & Associates, 213 E Broad St, Greenville, (864) 640-8700; RETAIL Tryon, NC, Downtown Tryon NC; Wild Birds Unlimited, 626 Congaree Rd, Greenville, (864) 234-2150; SOLAR SUPPLIERS Blue Ridge Electric Co-op, SPECIALTY SERVICES Bella Systems – Custom Closets, Landrum, (864) 633-5229, Tidewater Lumber & Mouldings, 596 Anderson Ridge Rd, Greer, (864) 9879663; Corley Plumbing Air Electric, 8501 Pelham Rd, Greenville, (864) 517-1251; Laundry room gear from Gateway Supply, see story page 45

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Mid-century salvage stewards Shindig Furnishings uncovered a treasure trove of finds in a shuttered Laurens Road wholesaler. / by Heidi Coryell Williams When Shindig Furnishings owners Jackie Blackwell and Jeff and Joan Soladay got the call that MacShore Classics, a wholesale furnishings and fabric company on Laurens Road, had been sold to a national gas station chain, and ‘Would they like to consider salvaging some of the office furniture inside?’ the vintage store owners had no idea that it would take months to get inside the building. They had even less of an idea about what exactly might be found there. But the time capsule they discovered behind MacShore’s doors was worth the wait; now the pieces purveyed promise to live on in the Greenville area and beyond for years to come thanks to Shindig’s commitment to reclaiming the past and preserving it for future generations. Walnut arm chairs, desks with gorgeous caning detailing and brass pulls, and much more: “We feel fortunate to save, literally salvage, some exceptionally made desks and chairs, but we can’t help and pause to honor the past,” Blackwell says. The third-generation, family-owned business employed “countless hard-working, blue collar employees,” she explains. So the quality-crafted building materials and the furniture within was worth saving, not just from an aesthetic perspective, but from an historical one, as well. “It’s hard not to be nostalgic in the line of work we’re in: visiting estate sales, picking antique malls, people calling us to clean out houses of family members,” Blackwell says. “But this particular one was tough. Progress is not always pretty, but it does make us feel fortunate that we help preserve the past by restoring it and passing it on.”

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