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DEPARTMENTS 10 Notes from Home 37 Ideas in Bloom
Garden Roses Attend The Ball
FEATURE HOMES 19 Landmark Legacy Family thoroughly enjoys Caesars Head “Survivor”
60 Natural Wonder Simplicity maximizes the stunning setting at this Lowcountry home
110 Second Home… Second To None Greenwich couple spends five years planning their vacation home in a Cliffs community
49 Simply Unique And The Winner Is…
83 Garden to Table Red, White & Pink
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133 Arts & Antiques Beyond A Hobby
145 Wine & Dining
At Home in the Kitchen with Chef Nello Gioia
Contents page and page 19: A little bit of history and heaven on Caesars Head. Photo by Patrick Cox. on the Cover and page 60: Palmetto Bluff beckons the Horowitz family. Photo by Rachael Boling.
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A little piece of history on Caesars Head sits surrounded by trees and lush plantings.
Family thoroughly enjoys Caesars Head “survivor”
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For 150 y ea rs, Greenvillians have
families who hold title to structures which were
journeyed to Caesars Head state Park for a respite from heat, humidity and routine. Johanna and Johnny aiken uphold this tradition by “camping out” as often as possible in their own lovely mountaintop nest, a rare piece of Caesars Head history.
originally part of the Caesars Head Hotel property.
The aikens belong to a very small club of two:
crowned south Carolina’s Blue ridge escarpment. ��
This landmark hotel, constructed in 1851 by Colonel Benjamin Hagood of Pickens County, drew guests from far and wide. Perched above the newly created Jones Gap road, which linked Greenville to North Carolina’s Transylvania County, Caesars Head Hotel summer 2011 | 19
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Guests who made the trek up to the popular destination hotel—which offered cooler mountain air, hiking trails and natural springs—could choose lodging within the main building or in one of a few family-style cottages. After decades of patronage and several owners (including Greenville’s Marchant family) the hotel was consumed by fire shortly after the 1954 season had ended, and two duplex cottages were all that remained of the historic property beloved by so many. Eventually, each duplex was transformed into a singlefamily household. It’s in one of these where, today, the Aikens relish their happiest of comfort zones. The couple has transformed what was a small rustic habitat into an enviable sanctuary offering pleasure for the eyes, body and spirit. Johanna’s design skills are legendary among those who know her. Here she’s struck the perfect balance of creature comforts in the haven that’s often brimming with grown children and happy grandchildren. “It is my little ‘love cottage,’ I can tell you that,” says Johanna, without hesitation. The home’s rustic elegance is evocative of a mountain cabin that winks at shabby chic. A welcoming focal point is the living room’s stone fireplace, while richly hued oriental rugs lead the eyes from room to room, and coax shoes right off of feet. Plump loveseats, sofas and chairs are covered in happy toiles, soft to the touch, cheery in reds and blues. ��
OPPOSITE: One of the many additions to the home
is the vaulted screened porch and multi-level deck. TOP: In 1851 Colonel Benjamin Hagood built The
Caesars Head Hotel with outbuildings that included the two duplex cottages seen on the far right. ABOVE: Johanna and Johnny Aiken are the owners of one of the two surviving buildings from the grand hotel that was destroyed by fire in the 1950s.
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An inviting farmhouse-style table beckons family members to enjoy meals coming from the coziest of kitchens. The cottage’s original pre-Civil War walls of horizontal chestnut planking warm this room … after a lot of effort. Someone, years ago, had used oil-based paint on the walls, “so a previous owner spent an entire winter burning and scraping, to get back to original wood,” explains Johanna. In contrast (and perhaps as a reward for all that effort) the kitchen’s quaintly peeling ceiling was a happy accident after a postponed roof repair. “We put on fresh ceiling paint,” explains Johanna, “but a series of leaks made the paint peel. We all just fell in love with it and left it that way.” Johanna discovered the kitchen’s eight-foot pine sideboard in a former Greenville antiques store. Above it she displays an often-used assortment of blue-and-white dishes, but the fish motif many of them bear is neither astrological nor recreational in nature. “I just love fish,” she confesses. “It’s a consistent theme in our home in Greenville, too. Years ago (noted area artist) Millie Leapheart painted a fish backsplash in our original kitchen.” Above the sideboard is a collection of glasses from various wine-tasting events; a full wine rack and bowls of empty corks speak to years of enjoyment as well as future hospitality. The middle of Johanna’s kitchen holds a round table and four chairs, a functional space which invites others to sit down and chat while she prepares meals. “I love to cook here,” she says. A nearby hanging rack is heavily laden with her pots and pans. In the den, another antique sideboard holds cherished photos of all the Aiken clan, from oldest to tiniest. “We have three grown children, two of whom are married, and four grandchildren,” says the genial matriarch with a smile. “The two local grandchildren get to come up a lot more often than the two in Cincinnati, but it’s a gathering place we use as often as we can.” ��
In order to return them to their original finish, layers of paint were handscraped by previous owners from the walls of this inviting living room. All of the walls in the cottage’s four original rooms still contain the pre-Civil War horizontal chestnut planking. 22 | at home
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LEFT: The comfy master bedroom is visible through the window of what was once an enclosed porch but is now the family room. ABOVE: Bright yellow walls and crisp white bedding provide a welcoming backdrop for some of the original artwork that Johanna has lovingly collected for their retreat.
The cottage’s master bedroom—like the rest of the Aiken’s delightful getaway—contains several pieces of original art by local artists. Cows and sunflowers flank a queen bed with turned bedposts. The imaginative bedside lamps—made of bamboo curtain rods on marble bases—were a quirky invention a la Johanna. “I just had a hard time coming up with lamps to go in there, and then it hit me,” she says. There’s not a vignette within the entire cottage that isn’t picture perfect. Apparently, Johanna’s eye for design has been inherent her entire life. “I probably should have gone into interior design,” she admits, “but instead, I sell a line of designer clothing out of New York. I’ve been with them since they started
20 years ago.” (Johanna’s trunk shows for Worth Collection have been a huge hit locally, and her Greenville territory is first in the country in sales.) While Johanna gets much of the credit for the Aiken getaway’s interior, she and Johnny worked together to conceive the adjoining screened porch and deck. Reached via a small passageway from the den and dining area, the magnificent porch is truly its own world. A massive stone fireplace dominates this open-gable and exposed-beam marvel. Hand-cranked shades of thick canvas can be rolled up or down as weather dictates. “In the winter, we’ll go out on the porch, close the shades, build a fire,” she says, “and it’s very cozy �� there. We do a lot of reading by the fire.” summer 2011 | 25
A massive stone fireplace dominates this open-gable and exposed-beam marvel. Hand-cranked shades of thick canvas can be rolled up or down as weather dictates. “In the winter, we’ll go out on the porch, close the shades, build a fire,” she says, “and it’s very cozy there. We do a lot of reading by the fire.” Johnny, who co-owns Aiken Mitchell Construction, hired a residential Caesars Head builder for the addition of this wonderful space. An adjoining outdoor deck is grilling headquarters and sports a table for summer dining al fresco. The property’s landscaping is postcard-perfect. While a talented local landscape expert is crucial to the process, the Aikens both enjoy gardening on the mountain. The couple’s connection to Caesars Head makes their purchase of the cottage all that more special. “We both grew up in Florence, but went to summer camp in Cedar Mountain,” says Johanna, “so we’ve always been familiar with Caesars Head. It had a lot of significance to us.” ��
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A very postCivil War addition was this former enclosed porch that now serves as the family room and dining room. A third bedroom can be seen through the far doorway.
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One of the cottage walls holds a black-and-white photo taken of Johanna and Johnny at Caesars Head decades ago. Their romance with the mountain is one of many long-term Aiken allegiances. “Johnny and I met and fell in love in the sixth grade,” confesses Johanna, who says they were married two weeks after graduating from The Citadel and Columbia College, respectively. Johanna’s loyalty to others runs just as deep. “Every year,” she says, “the first week of November, five of my kindergarten friends come up. When I make ‘em, I keep ‘em forever,” she says, with a laugh, of her lifelong pals. There’s little doubt the kindergarten gang thoroughly enjoys the refuge originally designed as a catalyst for relaxation and conviviality. Somehow we think Colonel Hagood would be pleased to no end by the knowledge that such a gracious and fun-loving couple now cares for one of his cottages on the mountain. •
A small passageway separates the yearround screened porch from the rest of the house. Its elevation gives it the feel of a treetop perch. 30 | at home
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It’s a homegrown tradition: rose gardeners throughout Greenville donate their most beautiful flowers to the Rose Ball as the Poinsett Club’s grand ballroom is transformed into an enchanted rose garden to support local charities.
David Adam’s Circus Floribunda rose – a rose bush that has multiple blooms on one stem
he donation of these roses has a long history in Greenville dating back to the first Rose Ball in 1971. Today, the tradition continues with the next Rose Ball scheduled for September 16 of this year. Funds will be raised to support the following charities: Greenville Chapter of the American Red Cross, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System—Breast Health Center, The Cancer Society of Greenville County, Clarity—The Speech, Hearing and Learning Center, Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children, The Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation, Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Greenville Hospital— The Medical Experience Academy, Meyer Center for Special Children, Pendleton Place Children’s Shelter, Project Host, Safe Harbor and YMCA Judson Community Center.
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Through the years, the backdrop of this charitable occasion would not be possible without the support and participation of the local rose growers themselves. Henry Parr and David Adams are two such generous and talented rose growers.
contributor to the Rose Ball. In 2000, a few years into retirement, David’s wife gave him his first rose bush. He quickly but carefully added more roses to his garden. David’s first rose donation was in 2001, and he has continued donating his beautiful roses to every Rose Ball since.
Henry’s history with the Rose Ball began in 1977 when he accompanied Mrs. Daniel to the Ball. In 1986, Henry moved into his Cleveland Forest home which had a rose garden planted by the home’s original owner, well-known rose grower and enthusiast Arthur Cottingham. Henry soon was busy tending the rose garden and proudly donated his roses to the ball in 1987.
David acknowledges that he has run into every problem in his rose-growing career including pests such as aphids, Japanese beetles and spider mites. Most growers would be discouraged but not David. “I will do this as long as I get pleasure out of it, but you have to work at it,” he says.
When asked why homegrown roses are important to the Rose Ball, Henry says, “They are part of the tradition; homegrown roses are how the Rose Ball first started.” David has also been a consistent
For those who love roses like Adams and Parr, the Rose Ball offers a way to both contribute and enjoy the beauty of roses while supporting various Greenville charitable causes. Visit www.roseball. org for ticket information or contact email@example.com to arrange to make rose contributions.
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Henry prunes to avoid the candelabra effect, enabling the center rose to grow stronger. LEFT: Henry notes the second 5 leaf on the stem as the ideal place to cut a rose. ABOVE:
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Greenville residents Henry and Jamie Horowitz had heard of a preserved piece of Lowcountry called Palmetto Bluff, and decided to celebrate her birthday with a visit to the inn there. After a few days in this unique landscape—a maritime forest between Charleston and Savannah—the couple left with great memories and, to their surprise, their own piece of land. “We fell in love with it,” Jamie says. “It was surprising for Henry, because he tends to contemplate things, but it just has such great ambiance and was so beautiful.” Henry, who owns commercial real estate, was impressed from the start. “The whole development was done in a first-class manner, with great details and a high attention to quality,” he says. “We decided this is where we want to have our vacation home. I like that it’s part of a 20,000-acre development and most of it is preserved forever.”
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The Horowitz home takes maximum advantage of the stunning scenery, with several spots for outdoor dining and relaxing. The path running along the side of the house leads to a pond and offers an enjoyable spot to stroll.
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The Horowitzes love riding bikes along the numerous trails running throughout Palmetto Bluff. The welcoming front door is surrounded by windows, which are prominent throughout the home, affording natural light and gorgeous views. Henry and Jamie like a neutral palette, which allows the beauty outside the home to take center stage.
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The awardwinning kitchen design creates a perfect place to socialize and for Jamie to indulge her passion for cooking. She loves the neutral color palette, the easy-to-maintain materials and the spacious island with seating, which allows guests to join her as she cooks.
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In the master
In the master suite, French suite, French doors lead to a doors leadporch to a screened screened porch affording views affording views of the May of the May River, the pond, River, the pond, palm trees and palm trees and greenery so wild greenery so and dense it wild and dense resembles the it resembles the jungle. jungle.
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The Horowitzes prefer a serene, neutral environment, and they worked with Linda McDougald and Moe Draz of Linda McDougald Design on the interiors. They are also partial to the work of another collaborator—their daughter Andreana, who was working with McDougald at the time. “Our Palmetto Bluff home is the third project on which we’ve engaged Linda’s help. She also worked with us on our Greenville home and my downtown office,” says Henry. “We like a less-is-more, simple-but-elegant approach,” says Henry. “We don’t like clutter, and we like something that is understated.” Jamie says the neutral color palette was the perfect fit because with so many windows and French doors, the exterior beauty can take center stage. “I didn’t want the interiors to compete with what’s outside,” she says. The home is surrounded by tropical foliage, including many palm trees, with the river flowing nearby. White and tan shades on the walls and furnishings also allow the Horowitzes to showcase their art, which they have been collecting for years. The couple is passionate about the arts— so much that in 2005, Henry founded Artisphere and was its board chairman. Six years later, it’s one of the premier arts events in the country and he serves as president emeritus.
The tranquil master bath, in shades of white, tan and watery blue-green, has a unique circular window that overlooks the garden path and freshwater pond.
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The upstairs landing provides a pleasant place to sit and is topped by two pieces of art that were gifts from interior designer Linda McDougald.
“We’re collectors, so most of the furniture and artwork in the house is associated with trips or a special occasion,” he says. Work by Upstate artists mingles with items picked up around the world or at nearby galleries in Beaufort or Savannah. Jamie says the décor is still a work in progress. “Sometimes you have to live in the house to find out what you need,” she says. “Especially artwork, which adds so much personality to a house.” A photographer at a restaurant in St. Barts, where the couple was vacationing with friends, snapped one of her favorite photos. “It’s just one of those things in the house that allows us to remember where we were, and brings back very fond memories for us,” she says. Henry says his favorite room is the outdoor enclosed porch, where he and Jamie spend time relaxing and soaking up the scenery. He also likes his small office, but says every room in the house is spacious and appealing.
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Jamie agrees about the porch, and says she and
Henry spend a lot of time there reading, talking and enjoying meals. “It overlooks a wild junglelike area, and you can see the river and the pond. You can hear the birds and watch armadillos, which are everywhere, so that’s really fun.” An avid cook, Jamie also loves the kitchen, which is open to the living and dining areas and allows her to mingle with friends or her grown son and daughter when they visit. “They can sit across the island and I can visit with them, so it’s great for entertaining,” she says. They both appreciate that windows, including French doors that lead to the screened porch, surround the entire living area. Now that the majority of decorating is complete, the Horowitzes can head to Palmetto Bluff and see where the weekend takes them, whether that means heading to the village for dinner, heading out on their favorite bike trails or just heading to the porch with a cup of coffee and a book. “It’s one of those things that just works for us,” Jamie says. “It’s the perfect place to put your feet up and relax.” •
The palm-filled view toward the May River often calls the Horowitzes outdoors to walk, bike, kayak, or simply curl up with a good book.
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Palmetto Bluff was designed with the goal of creating a human settlement that preserves and protects the rivers, marshes and forests of the area. In addition to homesites with a variety of lot sizes, Palmetto Bluff features a popular inn and spa, four restaurants, and a gorgeous pool.
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treams of sunlight pierced through my eyelids and the cacophony of birds pealed me out of the bed. The clock pulsed in red letters it was six in the morning. I suited up in muddied old shoes, shovel in my holster, and slipped my hands into leathery gold gloves gripping red-handled clippers seriously. To my surprise, my son Reid was already out there, pruning the roses to glorious perfection. On really good days we garden together. We coax each other out of the house into a nice garden; he with the roses and me, the tomatoes, sharing our wisdom one with the other. ��
Although he still doesn’t eat many vegetables, I enticed him to listen to my stories of flowers and fruits: vast seas of varieties, sizes and shapes, and how it was they arrived to our neck of the woods in South Carolina. Most people associate tomatoes with Italy, and many think that is where they originated. Yet this is an American story, one that crosses the Amazon and the Atlantic and travels from South to North America. Let me paint you a picture. Tomatoes began their historical journey from their ancestral home in the coastal highlands of western South America, Peru to you and me. Had you been a guest of the leader of the Moche culture around 1 AD, the Lord of Sipán, there you would have visited his lands, vast agricultural fields flowing with water from brilliant
systems of irrigation, and then he would serve you his Sunday best dinner: Guinea pig (still a Peruvian specialty) rubbed in ground peanuts, seasoned in fermented garlic cooked in clay ovens, with tomatoes and cilantro, and beans and honey. Grown in Andean fields over centuries of Mesoamerican civilizations, tomatoes became a staple to the Incas, Mayas and Aztecs. Seeds hemmed in pockets reached mighty rivers and swam over the Amazon in canoes, making their way to Mexico and Central America. Little and golden, they were called “xitomatl,” or “plump thing with a navel” and later called tomatl, “the swelling fruit” by various peoples. Then Cortez arrived and discovered them growing in Moctezuma’s gardens in 1519, and then everything changed.
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GA R DEN TO TA BL E When Franciscan priest, herbalist and ethnographer Bernardino de Sahagún visited Mexico in 1529 he noted the Aztecs combined tomatoes prepared with peppers, ground squash seeds, corn and salt, the original recipe for salsa. Who knew at the time how big this would be? European cooking had not reached a climax prior to the arrival of tomatoes and many other worldly foods brought back by the explorers. By 1540, a transformation was in store for a beloved soup in Spain.
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Gazpacho was made in many ways and going back to the Romans based in bread and vinegar, some with rabbit or quail, others with almonds, garlic and grapes. But after the arrival of the tomato, gazpacho attained great glory, a ripe red thirst-quenching dish served cool in summer. The Europeans adopted a new set of beliefs and other souls converted to the ways of the Aztec’s tomatoes. Although embraced and cultivated by the peasant classes of the southern Italic peninsula, the tomato soon rose in stature and became fit for a king. Chef Antonio Latini, who served as chef to the Spanish viceroy of Naples, wrote the earliest recipe for tomato sauce, published in 1692 in his cookbook Lo scalco alla moderna (The Modern Steward). 1692 Recipe “Spanish Tomato Sauce” Take a half dozen tomatoes that are
mature and put them over the coals and turn them until they are charred, then carefully peel off the skin. Cut them up finely with a knife, and add onions finely cut up, at your discretion, finely chopped peppers, a small quantity of thyme or pepperwort. Mix everything together and add a bit of salt, oil and vinegar. It will be a very tasty sauce for boiled meats or other.
After that, tomatoes were all over Europe, and then made their way back over the Atlantic to the American colonies in the 1700s. Preservation of the fruit of the garden was crucial to survival, and recipes for storing foods for winter were vital. “To Keep Tomatoes for Winter Use,” written by South Carolinian Harriott Pinckney Horry in 1770, was the first colonial cookery manuscript known to have contained a tomato recipe: cooked on the fire, put into pint “Potts” and sealed in an inch of melted butter. Besides the numbers of varieties increasing and heirlooms developing, little changed over the next 250 years, but as tomatoes became more appealing to cooks, farms saw that it was in their interest to increase production, making them able to endure long roads of transportation by picking them green then gassing them at will to start the ripening process.
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Gazpacho BY RENATO VICARIO Traditionally, gazpacho is made by pounding the vegetables using a mortar and pestle, as this helps in keeping the gazpacho cool and also avoids the babyfood consistency created by blenders or food processors. This is the traditional recipe from Andaluc’a. 10 oz. of bread 21 oz. of tomato
A Modern Day Salsa, with Respect to the Ancient By rEnATo ViCArio 2 Mexican avocados (locally known as a criollo, small with dark black skin and containing a large seed) - peeled, pitted, and chopped 2 cups ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped (your choice as to the variety; to remain as true to the original as possible, you should use a yellow pear tomato type) 3 green and 1 small red onion, sliced and chopped (Aztecs would have used Allium Kunthii, commonly known as Kunth’s Onion as onions and garlic as we know today had not arrived there yet)
1½ cups toasted pumpkin seeds (with their white hull removed - pepitas) chiles according to your taste and “heat” requirements (ancho, chile de arbol, serrano, jalapeno, habanero, tepin) ¼ cup chopped culantro (Mexican coriander) ¼ cup pulque vinegar (you could substitute with red wine vinegar or lime juice) Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
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There is a word to describe Bill McMahon’s approach to homebuilding. That word is thorough. Five years of exhaustive research, meticulous planning and hand picking a construction dream team last fall culminated in a stunning display of design and craftsmanship at the Cliffs at Keowee Falls South. 110 | at home
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, McMahon is a partner at the investment banking and securities firm of Goldman Sachs, where he has worked for the last 28 years, and lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with Jennifer Padovani, his bride of less than a year.
his radar. Having spent time at a friend’s Pawleys Island beach house, a seaside escape was their first consideration. The southeastern seaboard was eventually ruled out because of August’s debilitating humidity and the havoc hurricanes have the potential to wreak, but water was still a must-have.
When he began thinking of a vacation home to share with Padovani and his three children, ages 19, 18 and 16, the Cliffs communities were not on
“I like being on the water. I gave the ocean a really hard think,” McMahon says, explaining his decision to look into lake living.
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He looked out west, finding some magnificent possibilities in Wyoming and Idaho, but with snow covering the ground more often than not a lake home would be a summer-only getaway. Even after turning his search back east, McMahon wasn’t aware of the good life to be had in the Carolina mountains until he ran across an ad for the Cliffs communities in the Wall Street Journal. “It just goes to show you have to keep advertising – even in tough times,” he says of his ultimate decision to purchase a piece of Jim Anthony’s labor of love in April 2006. McMahon was impressed with the work of Stephen Fuller, an Atlanta-based home designer who created the architectural guidelines for several Cliffs communities, and invited him and one other designer to submit their ideas for maximizing the natural beauty of the Lake Keowee landscape.
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McMahon and his bride have already welcomed a number of friends and relatives through this grand entrance, and now that the word is out that’s not likely to stop anytime soon. “People are lining up for their turn. I’m hoping I’ll still get to use my house,” he jokes.
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Willis Watts, of Delaware River Trading Company fame, supplied the “unbelievable vision” for the design, creating interior views that rival those outside the windows.
“The only guidelines I gave them were that I wanted a good view of the lake, good outdoor space, and five bedrooms,” McMahon remembers. McMahon fell for the Nantucket feel of Fuller’s design and signed on the dotted line that summer. The next 18 months would be spent tweaking the plan, and the project was opened for bidding in early 2008. One can only hope to walk away from a years long construction project with as much love for the contractor as Bill McMahon has for the folks at Gabriel Builders, owned by Gus and Belinda Rubio and named for their son Gabe, who served as McMahon’s project manager. Gabriel was one of three top-notch builders assembled in Atlanta to pitch to McMahon. “There are not a whole lot of folks who can build that house, so it’s the little things that make a difference,” McMahon says of his decision to go with Gabriel. “It impressed me that Gus brought his wife along. They are completely professional, but family oriented.”
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The fabulous fixture illuminating the dining room table is a favorite conversation piece among the homeâ€™s many guests.
Every party ends in the kitchen, and this one is wellequipped to handle a crowd with plenty of comfortable seating and more gorgeous views.
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He also took comfort in the seamless relationship the Rubios have with Stephen Fuller, a relationship that has solidified during the construction of a number of Cliffs masterpieces. Being 550 miles away, and with no shortage of contractor horror stories of his own, McMahon went into the project with a sense of guarded optimism but was quickly won over by the Gabriel approach. “I really came to appreciate Gabriel – you can
trust these guys. They kept me informed on a weekly basis, sent pictures, and gave plenty of warning on big decisions, nothing last-minute,” McMahon says. “I felt like I had a partner instead of just a contractor.” The home they created together is big on luxury and rich in detail, but McMahon is just as enamored of the features you can’t see as those you can.
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The billiard room, with its padded bench seating and quarter-sewn oak walls, is another favorite gathering spot, as is the wine room, if only to marvel over the arched brick ceiling and complementary brick floor. The design of the doorway was a group effort, with the final concept sketched on a napkin in a downtown Greenville bar. The warm paneling and coffered ceiling in the library beckons one in to sit and read for awhile.
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The views from the master suite, particularly through the windows surrounding the bathtub, are Jenniferâ€™s favorite feature. Not a bad way to wake up.
He seems almost remorseful that the “unbelievable complexity of framing” in the master suite’s arched ceiling is hidden behind the ceiling itself – exquisite though that ceiling may be. Even the mechanical room is a thing of beauty. McMahon was committed to being as green as possible in the construction of his home – harnessing the heating power of the earth and sun with geothermal energy, solar water heaters, and radiant floor heating – and the resulting
efficiency means this very large home uses very little electricity. McMahon’s enthusiasm for his new home is catching and he has become an unofficial ambassador of sorts for the Cliffs – he has sold a number of friends and colleagues on the temperate climate and amenities available to owners. These amenities – three golf courses to play, a variety of clubhouses, an equestrian center, and of course, the lake – are what set the community apart for him.
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This second-floor bedroom boasts water views in both directions.
“No other place came close, there are so many things for the kids to do,” McMahon says, adding that his youngest daughter, a trained equestrienne, is particularly excited about the equestrian center. The home was completed in November of last year and already family and friends are taking full advantage of this splendid retreat. The newlyweds spent a week here after their late October nuptials at Kiawah, took a New Year’s Day lake plunge with friends, and brought the kids down for Easter. McMahon hopes to make his Keowee Falls getaway a monthly destination and has come to realize, thanks to a direct flight, he can get here from his New York home faster than he can make the three-and-a-half hour drive to the Hamptons. “Especially now that I have stuff down there, I take my Kindle and just walk onto the plane,” he says. “I get there, inside the gates, and settle in. Even when the lake gets busy, it’s still a peaceful, tranquil, relaxing place.”
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The slope of the property allows for three levels on the lakeside, two of which include year-round open-air rooms such as that pictured below. Of course, there are gorgeous lake views from all three levels.
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Winton Eugene is happiest when he is alone in his studio carving intricate designs into his hand-thrown stoneware.
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here was a time when Rosa and Winton Eugene’s unassuming homestead on a rural stretch of road in Cowpens regularly attracted helicopters piloted by curious law enforcement agents. But since word got out that the intense heat emanating from the property was producing something more akin to Majolica than marijuana, the buzz surrounding their home these days is from serious art collectors.
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The most striking thing about the Eugenes and their work is that they neither planned nor aspired to be working potters. What started as a way for Rosa to keep her husband occupied and out of her hair has turned into a second career for both of them that after 25 years has them in the enviable position of having to work like much younger people to keep pace with demand for the bowls, mugs and vases bearing Winton’s signature low relief designs. �� summer 2011 | 133
“This is hard work. You do pottery shows and art shows and craft shows and you’ve got to pack all this stuff and lift it and move it and unpack it and repack it—it just wears on the body,” Rosa says. “Put it this way,” chimes in Winton, who will reach official retirement age this summer. “Simply because you’re getting older, it doesn’t get any lighter.” Still, the physical demands of their hobby-turned-household income have not dampened their love for what they do. Winton, a native of Louisiana, owned a carpet business when the couple lived in Chicago and, after returning to Rosa’s home state, made his living installing carpet in vans for Classic Coach in Spartanburg. He had long enjoyed oil painting as a means of releasing his creative energy, but admits to a certain level of impatience with the process.
The Eugenes must work consistently in their home studio to meet the demands for their pots. They create one large concept piece each year and break that down into smaller, and more affordable, pots, bowls and mugs bearing the same design. Once Winton has accumulated a table full of pots, Rosa sets about glazing them.
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“The oil paintings take a long time. You have to wait for it to dry and then take a whole year before you fix it, put that final spray on it,” Rosa explains. “So he wasn’t getting any—I call it—gratification.” Rosa and her children had come to realize that idle hands for Winton meant lots of family projects for everyone else. They bought him a potter’s wheel for Christmas in hopes that covering those hands with clay would keep them busy. “He’s one of those self-motivated people where if he’s planting flowers or pruning trees, (then) we got to plant flowers, and we got to prune trees,” Rosa says in the goodnatured way of ribbing one another the two have perfected over 42 years of marriage. “So we decided he needed another hobby.” It came as no real surprise that Winton became a prolific potter. It wasn’t long before—and Rosa really should have seen this coming—Winton’s new hobby became the family’s new endeavor. Mixing glazes proved to be too tedious for Winton, particularly when it came to writing down formulas so he could re-create the ones that worked, so Rosa, a former surgical nurse, was enlisted—or, as she remembers it, begged on hands and knees—to mix, measure and remember. Then storage became an issue. “He just had too much of it … once we stopped giving it away to my family members, you have to figure, what are we going to do with it?” Rosa remembers, crediting her sister with suggesting they try peddling their pots at Freedom �� Weekend Aloft. summer 2011 | 135
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Burdens to Bear, 8/12/99 is one of Rosa’s coil stoneware creations. Winton did the surface decoration in a mock mosaic technique using tile grout to create the black lines.
They made $300 that weekend. Winton quit his job. Rosa realized that $300 represented six months of work. She remained gainfully employed a while longer. But before long she started dabbling in coil pots and got pretty good at it. She listed her first piece at $500—a ridiculous sum for a new potter, her husband said. The pot sold. “I got started because I wanted to help him. Then my work got to be …” Rosa trails off, looking for a way to diplomatically say what her husband willingly offers up. “… more expensive than mine. That’s the bottom line,” he says.
Today Rosa’s pots sell for as much as $5,000. This doesn’t seem to bother Winton one bit. One might wonder why two darlings of the art world—who have collectors following them around the country to
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acquire more of their work and were even approached by the Smithsonian to include a piece at auction—have chosen to stay put in Cowpens. Why they haven’t traded their unpretentious ranch for a downtown loft above a studio with lots of windows in which to display their wares. For one thing, they don’t need to. Right now they work six shows a year, down from 36 when they first started out, and are working on cutting back to four. Even with this limited schedule folks are buying pieces right off the display at what are supposed to be gallery shows. The Eugenes come home with orders for up to 100 pieces a year, and regularly receive requests for commissioned work. Their home gallery is open two months a year and by appointment, but if you stop by unannounced—and people do, no matter the obscurity of their address—Rosa isn’t going to turn you away. ��
Winton specializes in stoneware thrown on a potterâ€™s wheel, on which he then carves and etches his original designs, like A Memory, 1/9/96.
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“When you’re in business you don’t worry about that,” she says. “You just turn off your pot and say come on in.” And then you stumble upon Winton alone in the quiet of his studio, hunched over a bowl shaped and smoothed by his own hand, meticulously carving clay from the pencil lines of one of his trees with its sprawling branches, and you ask him if he still enjoys his hobby,
after all these years of loading and unloading, cracked bowls and exploded pots, and bearing criticism—constructive and not—from both professionals and passersby.
When the roles are reversed,
hoW do you knoW What’s best for your parents?
“Oh yes,” he answers. “The people … that’s Rosa. But this, in here, with the quiet and the birds and the trains … it’s the perfect place to create art.” •
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The pots shown here make up a series known as The Price (Freedom). The first pot (left) was created in 2004 for an African-American show based on diversity and unity and is dedicated to the abolitionist John Brown, and a slave woman named Ann who died under questionable circumstances after refusing to work in an Edgefield stoneware factory. Rosa was inspired by their willingness to give their own lives so that others might be free. The second piece was created in 2008 but not glazed until this year; Rosa will not glaze a piece until she is completely satisfied with the color.
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