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A Magazine for Living

Winter 2016

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

Handsome Georgian home offers the very best for those with the most discriminating taste and it is in the most sort after location in Greenville... close to Cleveland Park and minutes from downtown Greenville. This home has 5 bedrooms, 4 and 1/2 baths. It offers causal and formal areas, open floor plan, renovated kitchen and den in addition to: the original high ceilings and handsome hardwood floors, living room, dining room, paneled study, slate sunroom, brick terrace. The newly renovated kitchen makes entertaining a dream, and there is even a caterer’s kitchen! Additional features include: mudroom, rec room, exercise room, and screen porch. The entire property is fenced and privately landscaped. For the biking enthusiasts, the Swamp Rabbit Trail is very close as well!

607 McDaniel Ave. Greenville $998,500 In the heart of Alta Vista, this exceptional two story brick home offers an open, updated floor plan complimented by its exquisite décor. The high ceilings, slate and hardwood floors, handsome large windows are a superb backdrop for the large living room, dining room, den, and updated kitchen and breakfast room. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. The master suite enjoys its own den and 2014 updated bath. A large rec room is on the 3rd floor. The backyard is surrounded by lush landscaping and a brick wall providing a private retreat. This is a superb location within walking distance of downtown and the park!

20 Ferncreek Ln Greenville $979,500 From the great room with its limestone fireplace and three sets of mahogany doors that open onto the covered outdoor porch with its own outdoor fireplace to the den or study… this home is simply spectacular with its handsome paneling and unusual triangular fireplace of brick. Handsome heart of pine floors are throughout most of the home. The kitchen has pine cabinets, teak countertops, Tennessee crab orchard stone for the tile, and hand-beaten copper sink. Eleven foot ceilings are throughout most of the first floor. Master bedroom with views of the property is on main level. This spectacular home is just minutes from Greenville’s downtown.

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120 E. Round Hill Rd., Greenville $2,495,000 Set on over 23 acres of gently rolling hills and fenced pastures with views of the Paris Mountain, this Georgian estate is one of finest in the Upstate. As you enter the private grounds and cross the bridged stream, your eye is mesmerized by the handsome two story Georgian structure reminiscence of Tidewater Virginia. The estate features stables with 6 stalls and office area; new gunite heated pool and outside gazebo; detached and attached garages for up to 10 vehicles; over 4,000 sq ft of new terraces, and walkways. The main house has 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 2 half baths with an open floor plan. The master suite is on the main floor with spacious his and her baths. A handsome walnut custom designed study is within close proximity of the master. The kitchen and breakfast area was totally rebuilt with custom cabinets, countertops, travertine floors, Viking 4 burner cook top with griddle, 2 Bosch dishwashers, 2 wall ovens, warming draw. All of the first floor flows easily into each other whether the casual den just off the kitchen, or the open Florida room, or handsome living room and dining room. This property is 15 minutes from downtown Greenville and minutes from Travelers Rest, yet you feel as if you are miles away in an incredible oasis of rolling pastures and mountain views creating a superb lifestyle in exquisite surroundings.

111 Rockingham Rd. Greenville $1,800,000 Fabulous “in town” estate – 5 bedrooms, 8+ baths on 1.6 acres; pool; tennis court; guest house; master suite with ultimate in luxury; handsome moldings; high ceilings; whole house generator and flexible floor plan for families of all ages. Gracious foyer leads to large living and dining each featuring a handsome fireplace. Family room is paneled with walnut, accentuating character & architectural design. Breakfast room, kitchen & pantry allow excellent functionality. Upstairs you will find 4 large bedrooms & 3 full baths. The guest house has a large gathering room, small kitchen, fireplace and two full baths, a sun room overlooking the pool and a porch overlooking the tennis court. Exceptional in every manner, this property has so much to offer to those who enjoy activities throughout the year as well as entertaining family and friends.

221 Cureton Drive Augusta Road Area $967,500 Centrally located in the Augusta Road Area, this handsome 5 bedrooms; 4 full and 2 half bath custom brick and stone home has it all! Architecturally designed open floor plan featuring: fabulous master suite on the main floor; gourmet kitchen; bright, private office; large rec room; exercise room and more. Attention to every detail from custom sound system; lighting system; upscale appliances; room wired for home theatre... and more. Fabulous property in Augusta Road!!

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CONTENTS Winter 2016



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BEHIND THE ORANGE DOOR Where tradition, taste, and Tigers intersect: Inside Clemson University's updated president and first lady's house.


CLOSE TO HOME A 1930s bungalow is reenvisioned with modern style, classic design, and ample personality.


PUMP HOUSE REVIVAL A Greenville design team transforms an unlikely historic structure into a stunning home place.

The Collection: items and ideas to inspire 12. NOTES FROM HOME 27. IN BLOOM An all-season succulent wreath 28. FILAMENT Hand-strung beaded lights 31. CRAFTED Artisan door maker Luke Lyons 32. OFF THE SHELF Cookbooks to love 34. ASKED & ANSWERED Winter checklists 37. DETOURS Clayton, GA, shopping 40. STYLE GUIDE Geometrics galore 42. STYLED Mantels made beautiful



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SECOND HOME ESCAPES In Charleston OPEN TABLE My mother's Moravians CRIBS Refined rooms for kids SCOUT OUT Heirloom fire screens BUILDING CHARACTER A contempo reno

Modus: methods for home and life 120. DRINK Carolina-crafted cocktails 126. atHOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS A special recipe section for entertaining 130. GREEN Conservation Easements 134. TRIFECTA The classic side chair, three ways 138. MATRIMONY A mid-winter affair 142. TECHNOPHILE Haute home theatres 146. STYLUS Instagram obsessed 148. SHOP Resources and Advertisers' Index 152. BEHIND THE WALL Hand-drawn Willie Ward

"May your walls know joy; may every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility. " —Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey 10 _ at Home

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On our cover: A hand-crafted succulent wreath styled by Greenville florist Julie Dodds and photographed by Levi Monday.

InnerCella: home and décor, explored


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Notes From Home


“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh Feel free to contact me at or call 864.679.1200 and leave me a message. I always welcome your comments and suggestions. 12 _ at Home

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ainting dreams can come in a variety of forms as evidenced by the photo in which I appear on this page. I am not standing in a museum, but rather in a home that has been meticulously fashioned from a former mill water pump house and is overflowing with fabulous attention to detail. The homeowners are not just dreamers, but doers. They have a knack for “painting” spaces that would certainly be an overwhelming challenge for most of us. You’ll want to turn to p.103 to see more photos of this unique home. Be dazzled, too, by our other featured homes including an exclusive look inside the updated home of Clemson University president and first lady Jim and Beth Clements, as well as a newly renovated and decorated classic brick bungalow that is home to the owner of Muse Shoe Studio in Greenville. We are grateful to all of our homeowners for sharing their homes with us. Since this is the winter issue, we’ve filled the pages with features that will inspire you to warm up your home with all manner of items. From beautiful lighting fixtures to fireplaces and the screens that front them; interesting custom doors and cozy cribs for the little ones to snuggle into; tasty edibles that will warm the tummy and fill the house with the welcoming fragrance of freshly baked bread. There’s also a winter wedding, a how-to on creating a succulent wreath, and a profile of a small Georgia town that you just might want to travel toward on a sunny winter day when wanderlust strikes. There’s more too, but I want you to discover it for yourselves and then dream your painting. Enjoy! And have a very joyous holiday season. See you next year!

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Items and ide as t o inspire

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In Bloom

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Florist Julie Dodds creates a wreath for all seasons of hearty succulents.


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In Bloom: florals and more The Collection

Adorn the Door

Succulents add layers of interest and beauty. / by Allison Jones / photos by Levi Monday

Step 1: Obtain cuttings from the succulent plants that you’d like to use. There are online and local suppliers that sell succulent cuttings, but it works just as well to take cuttings from succulents that you already have on hand. Sedums and sempervivums are hardy enough to survive winter in the Upstate and provide a variety of color and texture. Step 2: Soak your moss until it is saturated. You’ll notice that the moss seems to grow as it soaks up a considerable amount of water. Depending on the amount of moss, the soaking process will take somewhere between 15 minutes to an hour. Once soaked through, you are going to ring out excess water from the moss with gloved hands. Step 3: Pack tight handfuls of the moss into your wire frame, working your way around until the frame is full and even. You want enough moss so that it hides most, if not all, of the front and sides of your frame.

Wreaths provided by Julie Dodds | Model: Caroline Hafer

Step 4: To hold the moss in place, tie the end of your floral wire to a point on the back of the frame. Now wrap the frame tautly with the wire, leaving about two inches between each pass of the wire. This will give you a secure base and will allow enough working space between wires for inserting your cuttings. This is also a good time to add a wire loop to the back of your frame, to use for hanging purposes.

Once completed, the wreath will need to lay flat for approximately two weeks, allowing the plants to root into the moss base. After about 2 weeks, you should see some root growth, and you can go ahead and water the wreath by sitting in about an inch of water for 10 to 20 minutes. When it has dried enough to be moist, but not dripping, it can be hung as a wreath or used as a table centerpiece. Remember that the plants are living. If taken care of properly, they will grow and, eventually, fill in open spaces. Conversely, you may want to occasionally trim portions of the wreath. This will help you to maintain the shape of your wreath and allow you to propagate more succulents from those cuttings. Make sure the wreath gets light, but not too much direct light, so that it can continue to grow and thrive.

Step 5: Determine your design layout. You can approximate the design by arranging your cuttings in a circle until you achieve your desired look. Step 6: Be sure to orient your frame by finding the hanging loop your created earlier. Now, use your pencil/ skewer to create holes in which to insert the stems of your succulent cuttings. Some cuttings will feel sufficiently secure when inserted, and others will need the added support of floral pins. Keep adding plant material until you are happy with the result.


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Allison O’Dell Jones is the educational program coordinator at the S.C. Botanical Garden. Garden creativity classes are offered throughout the year at the garden’s Hanson Nature Learning Center. For more information about classes or membership, visit

Materials: Wire wreath frame Long-fibered sphagnum moss Floral wire, 22/24 gauge Pencil or skewer Floral pins Succulent cuttings; If taking the cuttings yourself, allow them to callous over for about two to five days. Scissors or pruners Gloves Some recommended succulent selections for your wreath. Sedum rupestre ‘Silver’ Sedum rupestre 'Angelina' Sedum cauticolum 'Lidakense' Sedum lineare Sedum ‘Lime Zinger’ Sedum spurium ‘Red Carpet’ Sempervivum ‘Emerald Empress’ Sempervivum ‘Silver King’

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The Collection Filament

Beaded Beauties

Elizabeth Martin

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As a teenager, Elizabeth Martin’s future seemed less bright and more like an ultimatum: become a nurse or pursue her dream of becoming an Ole Miss Rebel. The University of Mississippi won her heart, and she left there with a marketing degree but without a clear roadmap for where she was headed next. So she veered North. Martin landed in New York City, secured a few job interviews, and eventually accepted a position in a high-end home store in Soho. It was here she discovered her love of lighting, specifically, chandeliers. “I fell in love with all of the beautiful chandeliers that we had hanging in the store,” Martin remembers. “I started to brainstorm and realized that handmade chandeliers were somewhat of an untapped market.”

Recognizing this as the perfect outlet (pun intended) for both her artistic and entrepreneurial tendencies, Martin soon hung out her shingle as Sullivan + Phenix, a purveyor of handmade, beaded chandeliers. Martin builds her chandeliers using iron sourced from a blacksmith local to her home base of Atlanta. She uses a variety of beads, but her favorites are handcrafted from broken bottles and other scrap glasses by women of the Krobo Tribe in the mountains of Ghana. “These beautiful glass beads are made in vertical molds. Each mold is filled with finely ground glass, which is layered to create different colorful designs,” Martin explains. “They are even more beautiful in person, and the way the light hits

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The goals of our team are to make your home safe, elegant, fun and easy to use. Through our expertise and experience we work to enhance the environments for our customers and provide simple control. them when the chandelier is lit is absolutely amazing!” Martin gets plenty of face time with these beauties. Even her smallest fixtures require the meticulous stringing of more than 1,200 beads. “I definitely find stringing beads to be a calming process,” she says. “But sometimes my hands start to get sore and I have to call it a day.” Martin primarily works with designers to create one-of-a-kind pieces for their clients’ homes, but she has dabbled in commercial work as well, designing seven unique chandeliers that now hang in the dressing rooms of Red Dress Boutique in Athens. She is currently excited to be working with her alma mater on the renovation of her former sorority house.


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Crafted: Upstate artisans The Collection

Opening the Door to Possibility Inman artisan Luke Lyons creates grand openings. by Kathleen Nalley / photos by Eli Warren To hear local wood artisan Luke Lyons rattle on about the tendencies of hard and soft wood species is like reading an encyclopedia on the history and uses of lumber. “Knotty alder, although a soft wood, is perfect for giving a wine cellar door rustic appeal. Hard maple makes a great contrasting color for an inlaid piece. There’s so many species of mahogany: Honduran, African, Sapele. And black walnut, a darker, denser wood, is often utilized for countertops; while Spanish cedar, with its natural aroma and uniform grain, is resistant to rot and mildew…and then there’s Arkansas cedar, pine, cherry, hickory, oak…” Lyons uses this wealth of knowledge to craft custom, artistic, and functional exterior and interior door systems for the home. Think grand entrance doors with forged iron details that mimic those of old castles. Wooden doors inlaid with beveled or etched glass. Or even the rare interior door that leads to a secret room, a door with hidden hinges that appears to be anything but. “My process for crafting doors is driven by the client’s inspiration. Really, imagination is the only limiting factor,” he says. Lyons sources new, unfinished lumber in a rough-sawn state, and he works with glass masters and finishers to create one-of-a-kind products. He doesn’t stock spec pieces and instead works solely from commission to ensure every detail, every bit of quality exceeds the client’s expectations. “Not many people provide custom doors because they are difficult to make and typically cost prohibitive,” Lyons says. “I take a lot of additional steps to craft doors that not only look aesthetically pleasing and distinctive, but that have integrity, and in 10, 20, 30 years will still be beautiful.”

“My process for crafting doors is driven by the client’s inspiration. Really, imagination is the only limiting factor,” –Luke Lyons Contact Door Artisan Luke Lyons (864) 230-2089 |


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The Collection Off the Shelf: book reviews

Southern Cooking for the Soul Discover recipes that satisfy. by Jackie Willey

Many people know Vivian Howard from her award-winning PBS show A Chef’s Life. But for those who don’t, Vivian Howard, the author of “Deep Run Roots,” is from the very small town of Deep Run, NC, where she grew up on the family farm and then escaped as soon as possible for the lights of New York City. Howard’s debut book is both an engaging cookbook featuring southern ingredients, and a coming-of-age story about an independent woman who, after trying to escape her southern roots, reconciled herself to them and, finally, embraced them. Today, Howard owns the restaurant Chef and the Farmer in a small town just fifteen miles from where she grew up. Like her show Howard’s cookbook is laid out ingredient by ingredient, including some essential southern staples—collards, rutabagas and peaches—as well as more mainstream items such as rice, eggs, and apples. This approach allows one to cook seasonally, using the fresh ingredients found at your local farmer’s market or roadside stand. But for those who like to plan first and shop afterward, Howard has also included a comprehensive traditional recipe guide with sections such as brunch, snacks, bread, salads, sides, and more. The color photos are worthy of a coffee table display and range from artisan looking squash and onion smother and Tom Thumb with dirty faro and rutabaga relish, to a watermelon harvest, potluck supper, and a field of sweet potatoes. In all chapters, readers will find a recipe that pays homage to the southern history of 32 _ at Home

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the featured ingredient (there are 24 in total), as well as a new interpretation of each. I was intrigued by the chapter on rutabagas, or as my husband refers to them, “the banned vegetable.” However, the sage honey- glazed pork tenderloin with bacon-roasted rutabagas leads me to believe I might be able to lift the ban on rutabagas at my house. The chapter on apples has several unique options, none of which are apple pie, unless

you count apple pie moonshine. My favorite from this chapter is the lentil apple soup with bacon. The hearty goodness of a lentil soup combined with the crispness of Granny Smith apples is perfect for those cold winter days.

Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South by Vivian Howard • Little, Brown and Company • hardcover, $40

Jackie Willey is an avid cook and cookbook reader, as well as a volunteer at Fiction Addiction, an independent bookstore found at 1175 Woods Crossing Road, Greenville and online at


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To designer Lina LeGare, a meal is the best excuse to have friends over, and it's an even better excuse when all of the produce is fresh and in season. Chef Nancy Silverton brings back the joy to cooking for friends and family in a simple way. Each section has already planned menus making this an even easier choice for simple entertaining.

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Our experts offer advice on gardening, the cost-benefit of home renovations, and working with subcontractors. On Forcing Bulbs Q: What are the best bulbs to force to add color and fragrance to the home in winter? And what is the best method to use to force them? A: One of the best bulbs to force in the winter are paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus) known for their intoxicating fragrance and beauty. They bloom quickly needing only about three to four weeks from bud to bloom. And unlike other bulbs, they do not need a "chilling" period, so you can start them right away after acquiring your bulbs. You can force paperwhites in either a water environment or a soil habitat. For a water environment, choose a shallow container with no drainage holes and add a base of stones. Place your bulbs atop the stones. Add enough water to reach the base of the bulbs, but don't let the waterline go over the middle of the bulb to avoid rotting. To force your paperwhites in a soil environment, use a container with drainage holes, fill halfway with a good quality potting soil, set the bulbs gently in the soil, and pack more soil around the bulbs leaving the tips visible. Then, water well. In either environment, place the narcissus bulbs flat side down and the pointed tips upward, packing them in pretty close, as this makes a beautiful display and also helps them to stand erect. Keep the container in a cool place and away from direct sunlight. When roots begin to form, move the dish to a bright, sunny window and watch the beauty emerge. When flowering begins, remove bulbs from direct sunlight.

BULB TIPS • You may use a water and 5 percent alcohol mixture for the watering needs. The alcohol allows the paperwhites to grow upright without drooping over. • The cooler you keep the container, the longer the blooms will last. • And remember, you can start a new batch of Narcissus paperwhites every two weeks for continuous color all season.

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Detours: small-town discoveries The Collection

LULU AND TULLY’S satisfies the inner bargain hunter as only a high-end consignment shop can. It’s filled with contemporary and antique items, all in excellent condition, at very competitive prices. 11 North Main Street Clayton, GA 30525 (706) 960-9446 MAIN STREET GALLERY has been a staple of downtown Clayton for more than 30 years with a national reputation. The airy, impeccable space houses three floors of contemporary folk art, with an emphasis on selftaught artists. 51 North Main Street Clayton, GA (706) 782-2440 PRATER’S COLLECTIBLES AND COFFEE SHOP is a great spot to combine a coffee or ice cream break with a look at a unique decorating possibility—vintage postcards, antique dolls, and other ephemera.

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Clayton, Georgia, offers an eclectic selection of shops and spots for homegoods and gifts. / by Sandra Woodward / illustration by Bre Smith Sprucing up our homes for the holidays and keeping them lovely for the long winter days that follow is a priority for most of us this season. Finding just the right something is never more challenging than when we are confronted with crowds of shoppers, snarled traffic, and elusive parking. Consider escaping to a smaller place and a slower pace, such as that found in Clayton, Georgia.


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BUTLER GALLERIES houses more than a dozen vendors offering home furnishings, linens, lighting, and accent pieces. In what used to be three separate businesses, you’ll find some lovely antique tableware, coffee table books, and outdoor accents referred to by the staff as “gardeniques.” 74 North Main Street Clayton, GA 30525 (706) 212-0155

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Reeves Hardware Less than a two-hour drive from Greenville in the northeast Georgia mountains and tucked within a couple of blocks, Clayton offers a surprising variety of interesting shops, offering antique and contemporary furniture, home décor items, and artwork, and even an old-fashioned pharmacy and soda fountain. Winter and holiday schedules can vary, so it’s worth a call in advance to confirm open hours. It’s worth noting that many of the shops listed here, along with others not included, offer a great selection of clothing, jewelry, and personal accessories, as well. When you grow weary of wandering, head over for lunch at Fortify Kitchen and Bar (69 N. Main Street), where Chef Jamie Allred is bringing national attention to his kitchen creativity. Open for lunch Wednesday-Sunday and for dinner Tuesday-Sunday. (706) 782-0050,


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CRAWFORD ART GALLERY features the paintings and woodcarvings of award-winning local wildlife artist Broderick Crawford. His meticulously rendered work features the “critters” of his native Georgia mountains. 106 North Main Street Clayton, GA 30525 (706) 782-8379 DOGWOODS is the new kid on the block, open less than a year and bringing the style and discerning eye of its artist-owner to the downtown mix. In addition to original artwork and fine antique furniture, there are some very special one-of-a-kind lamps and lighting options. 29 North Main Street Clayton, GA 30525 (727) 637-1617

REEVES HARDWARE is the mother lode of Clayton shopping: Quality furniture; indoor and outdoor; rugs; lamps; artwork, tableware; and all manner of items for the home. If you can’t find it at Reeves’, you probably don’t need it. 16 South Main Street Clayton, GA 30525 706-782-4253 THE TREEHOUSE as its name implies, is a cozy setting where the imagination can run free. The understated aroma of fine candles and potpourri suffuse the three-floor space housing a nice selection of upholstered seating and specialty pieces and an inviting array of beautiful, sumptuous bed linens. 112 N Main St Clayton, GA 30525 (706) 782-7297

Around the bend A couple of spots off the beaten path are beyond the Main Street strip but worth the extra few minutes of drive time. CHRISTINE’S HOME DÉCOR is a 15-minute drive north to Otto, NC, and worth the trip if you are searching for a wide selection of upholstery fabrics. Talk to Christine or her staff if you are interested in design services, too. 9958 Georgia Road, Otto, NC

WANDER located in a spic-andspan restored house just off Main Street, features a fun mix of modern rustic furniture designed by the owners as well as vintage industrial pieces; colorful tie-died linens; original paintings; and unique home décor.

TIMPSON CREEK GALLERY, seven miles west of Clayton toward Lake Burton, is one of those roadside shops whose exterior hides the treasures within. Of note are rustic Genesee River furniture, primitive American pieces and, most especially, the unique furniture of local master furniture craftsman Dwayne Thompson.

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The Collection Style Spotter

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The minimalist trend of geometric shapes and lines has been used to lend a modern edge in interiors for generations. Blended with organic materials and layered with interesting textures and hues, these mathematically inclined lines bring inspired order to room and life. / by Heidi Coryell Williams

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BRIGHT IDEA Scandinavian, geometric, minimalist, handmade, and local. Geometric pendant lights by Greenville-based Lonely Mountain Metalworks can be customized from patina to socket. All of Lonely Mountain’s lights are inspired by the tradition of Himmeli, a Finnish harvest festival that is honored, in part, through the geometric assembly of straw threaded into a structurally sound mobile then hung from ceiling rafters for celebratory décor. By translating this design into welded metal, these makers create a more solid structure that lends an even more modern aesthetic to minimalist décor. $90-$216,

FLOOR FLAWLESS Hand-knotted in Nepal and made with wool from Himalayan sheep, the Grids rug by North Carolina-based artisan Julie Dasher is ecofriendly and exquisitely made to order. Custom orders, priced upon request,

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"X" MARKS THE SEAT This deep-seated chair from Dorya home furnishings is a modernized occasional with inspiration from the 1920s. Espressostained mahogany and a pyramid leg shape contrast the plush, rounded back, making this a great transitional piece. The signature pyramid shape of the legs is a staple for this collection. $5,900, available through your design professional or at Home

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The Collection Styled: design details

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When designing fireplaces, the chief endeavor should, above all things, be cohesiveness—connecting this signature focal point to the overall style aspects of the home. There are as many ways to style a mantel as there are styles of fireplaces, each one lending itself to a unique accent and accessory set.

A well-appointed mantel can provide a fresh focal point, stylish accent area, and well-defined spot for warming heart and hearth.

Th e Cl i f fs a t Ke owe e S p r i n g s h o m e (l e f t) : A classic fireplace befits a classically styled home, and here the mantel reflects a timeless European feel. Located in the master bedroom, this mantel is constructed of carved limestone in a simple Gothic style, complementing the wainscoting of the walls. Atop the mantel, antique silver candlesticks, books wrapped in white leather, and white hydrangea provide a neutral setting for the framed original botanical. The botanical ethos pairs perfectly in this South Carolina architectural masterpiece by Johnston Design Group, which meets USGBC LEED Home Standards. Styling by Linda McDougald, Principal of Linda McDougald Design | Postcard From Paris Home and senior designer Moe Draz. 42 _ at Home

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Th e Cl i f fs of Wa l n u t Cove co m m u n i t y i n As h ev i l l e h o m e (r i g h t) : This fireplace combines a stone base with brick firebox surround. The mantel and over mantel were designed to replicate an old English fireplace. The millwork was painted rather than stained to give the fireplace a fresh and modern feel. Above the fireplace stands a pair of rustic antique European cellars doors and a pair of iron candle sconces.

Th e M c D o u g a l d h o m e , Co l l i n s Cre e k: Linda McDougald's living room fireplace is surrounded by painted brick, while the mantel is carved wood painted the same, dramatic dark color found on the cabinetry. Old English-style glass conservatory doors adjacent to the atrium of the home pair perfectly with a hand-made iron fire screen. The painting that hangs above the fireplace is an original Shannon Plourde. Custom-made JosĂŠ Florez cabinets incorporate a signature X-pattern on the door fronts, a pattern repeated throughout the home in interesting and unique ways.


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InnerCella Style and decor, explored

A Shore Fit

The Petrich family’s second home on Charleston’s Upper King makes a small space sing.

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The rebirth of a Charleston townhouse, built in 1840 in the Upper King District, reads like a renovation love story. Ann and John Petrich painstakingly restored the dilapidated two-story residence on St. Philip creating a duo of vacation units, but it was a crumbling outbuilding at the back of the property that captured their imagination. Today The Love Shack is a private space, a Holy City cottage. If the structure was intended to be a kitchen house or a caretaker’s space remains a mystery. “Back in the weedy brush stood this little building, a falling down shed thing,” remembers Ann. “When we got a real look at it I chuckled, ‘well that looks like a love shack to me’ and it stuck.” at Home _ 45

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The St. Philip’s Street outstructure; was mouldering shell that may have been a caretakers originally.

A handcrafted hammock, ordered from South America, stays cleverly shaded from the sun.

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From then on everyone involved in the project referred to it as The Love Shack, even the filed blueprints are labeled with the moniker. It was John who envisaged it as a getaway for the couple in contrast to their 1920s tapestry brick home in downtown Greenville. Obtaining approval from The Charleston Board of Architectural Review became hurdle number one; the renovated structure could be no taller, no larger than its original intended exterior. No variance would be granted to expand the size or pitch of the porch and any existing building materials (dating to the same era as the townhouse) would need to be reused or appropriately repurposed and subsequently documented. Photos show the structure caving in on itself, engulfed in vines. “It needed to be flattened,” says Ann. “In no other city would it have survived, but I’m glad we rebuilt it because it’s perfectly “us” now. There’s just enough room for two on the porch. There’s really only room for two of us in the whole place.” The 96-square-foot, two-bedroom, onebath cottage is a study in efficiency. Upper King District architect Ashley Jennings loaded the plan with northeast facing windows, filling the interior with soft, natural light. The Petrichs met Jennings next door at Brown’s Court Bakery, which she also designed. (The properties share a fence as well as the

aroma of croissants baking in the morning). The western façade cleverly contains no windows, shielding The Love Shack from hot afternoon sun and creating walls for headboards, art, storage, and a showerhead. The kitchen and living room are a seamless space, united by an elevenfoot-long oiled block countertop and five-inch wide, matte-finish pine floors. Open shelving stores dinnerware and other kitchen trappings. John joined 175-year-old wood, salvaged from a rotting floor joist, to create the custom shelves. A double farmhouse sink is a favorite of Ann’s, and a refrigerator is tidily tucked behind the laundry room wall, which doubles as a hallway to the sole bathroom. Original rafters are a stunning feature overhead, creating the illusion of space and adding to an ambiance Ann carefully planned for in a palette of white, linen, and “a pinch of blue.” She sought out scaled, comfortable furnishings for the truncated home and drove down light fixtures purchased from 4Rooms in Greenville. A funny elfin figure sits on one of the beams, watching over the house. Ann calls him their mascot, a figure that blessed the yearlong renovation. The 1930s stuffed toy was found under the house during demolition and was its first decoration upon completion.


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InnerCella Second Home Escapes Builder Marty Neb became instrumental while planning outdoor spaces. Two sets of custom French bistro doors open fully onto a courtyard-inspired patio laid with concrete pavers. Ann says it doubles the living space of the home and created the welcoming entranceway Neb knew they wanted. Stairs flank each set of doors, fashioned from the bricks of the original foundation. The antique bricks are slightly fatter than modern ones, adding to the authentic Low Country feel of the exterior. A deep blue hammock hung in the patio corner is nearly always shaded and an ideal spot to read or daydream. Just around back is a secret passage: a gate onto Payne Court, which epicures will recognize as the address

Block Party Though Ann and John Petrich often cook in their perfectly petite kitchen, Charleston eateries— just steps away—can woo them out onto the block. We asked Ann to share with atHome their favorite Upper King stops. •Breakfast and coffee: Brown’s Court Bakery at 199 St. Philip

An elfin doll discovered during the home renovation finds a high perch on refurbished rafters.

•Lunch: D’Allesandro’s Pizza at 229 St. Philip •Ice cream: Parlor Deluxe at 207 St. Philip •Dinner: Chez Nous at 6 Payne Court •Drinks: Warehouse at 45½ Spring •To go: Artisan Meat Share at 33 Spring

Refined finishes prove essential in a kitchen that shares four walls with a living room. Inset cabinetry, custom-designed shelves, and an extended hardwood bar top unify the multifunctional space.


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[right] Northeast facing windows fill this vacation home with morning light, complementing the cottage’s intentional color palette of repeating neutrals. [below] A pitched ceiling and layers of textiles add drama to a bedroom dressed in streamlined furnishings.

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of Chez Nous Southern French restaurant. Two bedrooms at opposite sides of the residence are nearly identical in size, each housing a queen-sized bed. The rooms should feel snug, but are not thanks to interior techniques employed by Ann including wall-mounted light fixtures, an absence of footboards, and single pieces of statement furniture, such as an heirloom armoire, and layers of luxe bedding in soft hues. “When we’re here, the world stops. There’s no hustle, no bustle. We’re completely relaxed,” says Ann. “There’s a lot of love here in this little space: We loved the project, the people who made it happen, and the love John and I have for each other. I think the name means more now than we first believed.”


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My Mother’s Moravians A holiday tradition stamped out in metal, dusted with sugar, and preserved on paper. / by M. Linda Lee / Illustrations by Tatjana Mai-Wyss Wafting across the kitchen, the aroma of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves mesmerizes: It is the scent of Moravian cookies crisping in the oven. One part of the litany of sweets— sugar cookies, crunchy meringue kisses, red velvet cake—that my mother baked for the holidays, the thin, spicy Moravian cookies were my favorite. A bite of one, to this day, evokes the essence of Christmas.

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I couldn’t imagine the holidays without making Moravian cookies, treats tied to my father’s hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A Protestant denomination founded by Jan Hus in Eastern Europe during the late 14th century, the Moravians came to America from Herrnhut, Saxony, to escape religious persecution in the mid1700s. They brought their treasured recipes

with them when they founded the settlement of Bethlehem in 1741. Called “tea cakes,” the original Moravian cookies were made only at the Christmas holidays. Though my father was not Pennsylvania Dutch (or Deutsch, before it was Anglicized), his mother was of German descent. And being raised in Bethlehem, he grew up eating gingery Moravian cookies and the yeast-leavened Moravian sugar cake that, in later years, we would buy at Groman’s Bakery whenever we visited my grandparents. Mom would make the dough the day before she planned to bake, wrapping it in wax paper and popping it into the refrigerator to chill overnight. The next day, she would break off a bit of cinnamon-colored dough and roll it out to a nearly impossible 1/8inch thin on the kitchen counter, which she first dusted liberally with flour to keep the lard-laced mixture from sticking. Then she would stamp out shapes using little tin cookie cutters—which I still have—in both non-traditional (playing card suits, a flock of petite birds) and holiday-themed shapes. My job was decorating. Before me, little glass bowls glinted with colored sugar, chocolate sprinkles, and tiny red hots for


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noses and eyes. It was a creative but time-consuming task, as the small size of the cookie cutters relative to the large amount of dough yielded tins and tins of cookies, which we would share with neighbors and friends. After my mother passed away in 1976, I carried on the tradition of making and sharing the Moravians, as we called them. My best friend, Terri, and her family were especially avid fans of these treats, and one Christmas Day I took a big tin of cookies over to Terri’s house, intending to present it to her mother. The moment I walked in the door, however, Terri’s younger sister Erin relieved me of the tin with a mischievous smile, promising to deliver it to her mother. Erin and the cookies disappeared into the small living room crowded with relatives, and every last crumb in the tin was devoured before my gift reached the other side of the room. To my chagrin, Terri’s mom, who was busy in the kitchen, never tasted a single cookie that day! Our live Christmas tree bore another Moravian heirloom, a multi-pointed Moravian star, representing the Star of Bethlehem. Because there was a little white light that tucked inside the open bottom of the paper star, it could not be placed on the tree until all the lights were strung—a


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comedy of errors in our house. My father was fastidiously neat, so I never understood why, when he unpacked the tree lights every year, they emerged in one big, tangled mass. In an attempt to unravel them, he would lay the strands across the living room floor, like an inextricably knotted necklace. Once he had them nearly untangled, our beagle, Daisy, would trot across the room as if on cue, innocently stepping all over the lights and invoking a string of expletives from Dad. My brother and sister and I found this hilarious, but learned to stifle our laughter, as Dad, in his frustration, never seemed to see the humor. After the lights were finally wrapped around the tree and before any other ornaments were added, Dad would crown the topmost branch with the Moravian star. I always loved seeing that star beaming faithfully atop the tree, a bright symbol of constancy and family.

After I was married, my father gave me my own star one Christmas, which he had ordered from the Moravian Bookshop in Bethlehem. Mine is also a paper star, and I carefully free it from its popcorn-lined box every Christmas so my husband, Joe, can attach it to the top of our tree. A couple of years ago, I visited the Moravian Bookshop in Old Salem (a Moravian settlement established in 1772) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in hopes of finding another paper star. I was disappointed to see that Moravian stars are made of plastic now, and when I asked, I was told that the artisan who made the paper stars passed away years ago. So, I cherish my delicate Moravian star, as much as I preserve (in a plastic sleeve) the original yellowed recipe for Moravian cookies, which Mom clipped from the December 1964 issue of Woman’s Day magazine. These are traditions that I hold dear, the ones that stoke warm memories of Christmas past.

I couldn’t imagine the holidays without making Moravian cookies, treats tied to my father’s hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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InnerCella Cribs: a room to grow This “Little Bundle� laser-cut wooden sign is by Sophia Invitations.

Vintage toys and Turkish rugs are whimsical and plush.

A soft, handmade mobile hangs above the crib.

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InnerCella Hardware: Metal and Steel

In another home, the company crafted a fire screen that incorporates

Allyn and Sheree Moseley founded parent company, The Heirloom Companies, after the couple moved to Greenville from California in an effort to find an ideal place to raise their family. While the couple originally set out to build custom staircases under the name Heirloom Stair and Iron, they eventually evolved the business to include two additional distinct brands: Heirloom Hand Forged Designs, which came about after customers continually requested custom pieces, and James Moseley Design, wherein their son and artist James designs custom metal works and wood creations. “The best part about The Heirloom Companies,” says Sheree, “is that it truly is a family company, and by family that extends to everyone here who has grown with us over the years.”

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A ranch-turned-contemporary construction project proves truly transformative. by Lynn Greenlaw / photography by TJ Getz It takes an extremely imaginative sense of creativity to find an all-brick, 1960s ranchstyle home saturated in Asian design elements and envision it as a sleek, open-concept, contemporary-style home. But, that’s exactly the kind of project a group of three friends and their contractor of choice embarked upon, and the results have proven Top to bottom, a before and after of the face lift a stunning. contemporary on Kingsridge Drive received. Greenville-based JCI Group is composed of a young visionary team made up of three business professionals and friends: John Alexander, Cooper Norris, and Ivan Dunlap. John serves as general manager of the group, Cooper (All Seasons Landscaping) is the landscape expert, and Ivan is the financial manager, who also analyzes potential investment options. Their general contracting partner, Josh King of KingCo Home Improvement, evens out the group, and together, it seems that there is no home challenge they can’t surmount. The end result for this house has been a sleek, stylish, updated home with quality materials that hardly resembles its former self. atHome sat down with the JCI Group, to learn more about their recent project on Kingsridge Drive in Greenville and get an inside look at their process for updating and renovating. WINTER 2016

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aH: Who was responsible for the initial idea to transform a red brick façade and Asian architecture into a contemporary, modern build?

John: The group had been looking to infuse some modern or mid-century design elements into our recent projects, but the houses we’d found up until the Kingsridge Drive house didn’t lend themselves to those particular influences. Upon seeing the initial clean lines of the house, we recognized the ability to bring in more linear forms—from the garage to the cypress siding to the tile feature walls and eat-in chef’s kitchen island. Josh: Once we started planning and designing the walls and exterior features, the house seemed to keep “giving” us the space we needed. A lot of inspiration just came from personal tastes—that is really something John and Ivan have developed, both on their own and as a team. Cooper: The simplicity of the architecture was also a real opportunity for us to showcase some unique landscaping that could be blended with outdoor living amenities. But really, we all had specialties that we explored and stretched to change this home from a choppy space both inside and out to a streamlined look that could appeal to a buyer who might have more of a West Coast taste, or a more sophisticated aesthetic, or maybe even someone who just wants something a little more extraordinary than the craftsman or bungalow style of home that is so prevalent in this area. aH: How long did it take to complete the renovation?

John: We spent about four months from start to finish, but a lot of that was front-end planning. Some elements just took a while to figure out. aH: What took the most time to “figure out”?

Josh: We flipped the kitchen several times before landing the plane, so to speak. The tile walls were easier than we thought they would be, but that’s because the local vendor, Circles and Squares, and the installer we use, Inline Tile, were great to work with at every turn.

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John: The garage and kitchen. The garage looked and felt like a major afterthought and the kitchen had the same presence; you would look at them and think, “What in the world did someone build here, and why?” Ivan: There were definitely times near completion when we were thrilled about how great everything looked, but also a little nervous to test the market with the design. It’s not like we are the first people to do something like this in Greenville, but we might be the first to sell this particular style in this area at this price point. It wasn’t always easy to figure out an issue or find a particular product, but it was always fun. Cooper: This project helped us to stretch our legs and see if we could bring a different aesthetic to the home renovation and flip market. aH: So, do you all consider yourselves contractors or are you “flippers?”

John: JCI Group is more than a house rehabbing business. We really love Greenville. We want to put a product on the market that isn’t the standard beige tile and neutral walls with mass appeal. We want to create a home that people can come right into and feel a sense of style and sophistication. Josh: We all take immense care to ensure quality and artistry in all the areas you see, like the one-off design handmade dining room fixture, and all the spaces you can’t see in a home. Cooper: The Kingsridge house is a great example of our work because it’s an experience for the person lucky enough to live there. It is a showpiece and a conversation starter. It is sleek and organic in style and allows you to be in this cool space that simultaneously brings in all the warmth and light in from outside. Ivan: This house is by far the most dazzling of the JCI portfolio.


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InnerCella Building Character: Renovations and Restoration (Left to right) Josh King, Cooper Norris, John Alexander and Ivan Dunlap. The Kingsridge House incorporated a variety of custom features that were unique and distinguishing to the project including: • Custom milled cypress siding and cladding • Custom tile and tile work throughout the interior • Custom dining room light fixture • Custom recess lighting • Custom landscape with pergola and outdoor fireplace • Custom garage door • Advanced technology features such as wifi, HVAC with geo fencing technology, wifi garage door, USB outlets, and more

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The President’s Home at Clemson University blends traditional architecture and the Clements family’s Southern-mod style sensibilities / by Cathy Sams / photos by Ashley Jones

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Beth’s collection of Steuben glass is a cherished reminder of her late grandfather, Art Wexell, who worked as a glassblower for Corning Glass Works.

The stately Greek Revival-style house at the edge of the Clemson University campus, with its covered portico and grand white columns, is unquestionably the residence of Tiger fans. The orange door is a dead giveaway. That distinctive touch was added by the current residents of the university President’s Home, Jim and Beth Clements, when they moved into the newly renovated home in mid-2014. They’d spent their first semester as First Couple living in the Clemson House penthouse—along with about 450 students (including daughter Hannah Clements) who lived in the residence hall floors below. The temporary quarters were needed because the 57-year-old home, which had been occupied by presidents dating back to R.C. Edwards, was undergoing its first major renovation in decades. Improvements previously planned to make the home accessible to visitors with physical disabilities uncovered termite damage and structural issues. But the finished product was worth the wait, not only for the Clements to move into, but also for the hundreds of guests and visitors that the home hosts each year. Along with a ramp that provides front-door access to wheelchairs and a downstairs bathroom that meets standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the home got a fresh new color scheme, a total kitchen makeover and a number of special “wow” touches— thanks to a team of talented architects, interior designers, contractors and staff overseen by project manager Mike Parker of the University Facilities staff. The result is a look that seamlessly blends Clemson and Clements styles, because—after all— in addition to being the site of frequent official events, it’s also home to the presidential couple, a growing teenager, and a dog named Skittles.

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Daughter Grace is the heart of the Clements family.

The Greek Revival-style President’s Home at Clemson University is 5,000 square feet and was designed by Charles Fant and Sons Architects of Anderson.

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Skittles the Goldendoodle gets a sun bath by a set of French doors, connecting the informal living room with the side garden.

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The foyer is a hub of activity for visiting students, dignitaries, family and friends. The official University seal is embedded in the hardwood floor.

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Nailhead trim contrasts beautifully with the elegant shape and fabric of a delicate arm chair. Accents throughout the home are fun and sparkly, like first lady Beth Clements.

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“One thing I tried to keep in mind as we worked though the renovation was that while this is the President’s Home of Clemson University, it is also where the President and his family live,” Parker says. “With Grace, it is the first time in a while that a younger child has lived in the house. So, I really wanted the house to feel like home to her. “While it was important to me that the public spaces have a tasteful and subtle Clemson touch, I felt the more private spaces needed to be more personal and livable for the Clements family so that they wouldn’t feel like they were living in a Clemson museum,” he says. According to the First Lady, the team nailed it, blending the Clemson brand in tasteful, artisan ways that feel homey from floor to ceiling. Upon opening the orange front door, the official seal of the university is embedded in the hardwood floor of the grand foyer, and another, smaller one was installed in front of the living room fireplace. Original plans called for painted seals, but Parker found a company that could create wooden inlays and then secured private donations to cover the cost. Outside, new iron gates added to the walled yards feature orange tiger paws designed by university facilities staff. The meticulously landscaped lawn and gardens include large open spaces ideal for entertaining groups under a tent as well as small seating areas. And it’s surprisingly quiet considering the backyard is adjacent to several residence halls. “People always ask about noise, but it has never been a problem,” Beth says. “We love being so close to students, and they have really welcomed us. We had the basketball team come to the home to sing the alma mater to us. A sorority brought a gingerbread house to (daughter) Grace, which she loved. Tiger Band is planning to bring us cookies. Being around students is the best part of living on campus.” New sofas and an informal dining set were added in the family rooms, but most of the home’s furnishings were inherited—dating back to previous administrations. There’s a piano reclaimed from the basement in the Clemson House and restored during the Lennon administration, a Henredon dining room suite donated during the Barker administration, and china, crystal, and sterling silver flatware purchased in the 1980s that provides formal service for 50.

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The formal living room has an earth-tone palette with agriculturally influenced textures and patterns found in the details.

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A Henredon dining table seats 14, and the home’s formal servingware is Buchanan Lenox china, Lady Ann Gorham crystal, and Chantilly Gorham sterling silver flatware.

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The oil painting above the fireplace is called “The President and First Lady.� Limited edition prints benefit the ClemsonLIFE program and the Grace Catherine Clements ClemsonLIFE Endowed Grant-in-Aid.

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Refreshed upholstery, paint, lighting, and accent pieces updated and personalized the look. Designers chose a modern gray-toned paint palette, recovered accent chairs to match, and used a light touch with tiger-themed décor, such as tiger-stripe upholstery on a love seat in the front hallway. “It’s a very classy and comfortable look,” Beth says. She and Linda Wofford, who manages events and administrative support for the first lady and the home, filled in with bargains from local home stores. Those personal touches reflect the easy-going design style of Clemson’s First Lady, which Beth describes as “updated traditional.” “I appreciate antiques but I lean toward furniture that looks old but isn’t,” she says. An example is a distressed apothecary-style chest that caught her eye because its multicolored finish includes touches of orange, making it the perfect place to display a vase of artificial oranges—souvenirs from the 2014 Orange Bowl (which Clemson won). The newly updated kitchen has its share of Clemson touches—including a hammered-steel bar sink with an embossed tiger and Beth’s personal purple and orange Fiesta Ware—and was designed to better accommodate catering for large events while still functioning as a family kitchen. With modern trends such as subway tile, a farmhouse sink, and quartz countertops, all new stainless steel appliances and a raised bar that added an eat-in area, it’s no wonder the kitchen is Beth’s favorite room in the home. “They did a fabulous job,” she says. “This is where everyone always ends up.” It’s also a transition zone from the formal dining and living areas, where most official events take place, to the cozy den and informal dining area where Jim, Beth, and daughter Grace spend most of their at-home time. Those rooms were added as part of a 1979 renovation to enclose a garage and create a private family area. Most of the Tiger sports memorabilia on display is limited to the President’s home office, which also includes the obligatory wallmounted, flat-screen television and a desk bearing the official seal of the university. Proudly displayed throughout the home are family photos, personal mementos, and original artwork painted by Beth’s mother, including an oil portrait of two tigers that hangs above the living room fireplace. The informal living and dining room are an open concept and are really the heart of the president and first lady’s living quarters. A Clemson-themed pillow by Catstudio graces a leather armchair.

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A limited number of prints have been commissioned to help raise funds for a cause dear to Beth’s heart: the university’s ClemsonLIFE program, which stands for “learning is for everyone.” The program provides a collegiate-type experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities, with on-campus living, courses, and job skills development. As the mother of a child with special needs, Beth understands those kinds of opportunities can be transformative. A cabinet near the foyer houses Beth’s collection of Steuben glass, cherished reminders of her late grandfather, Art Wexell, who worked as a glassblower for Corning Glass Works for many years, creating the handmade products that are now considered works of art. “I don’t know if he contributed to any of these but he might have, and he made others like them,” she says. “He was an incredible person with a great sense of humor. We always used to say he could make taking out the garbage fun.” Beth’s commitment to family, inclusiveness, and university causes are some of the reasons the home is being rebranded as the President and First Lady’s Home, with a new logo and visual identity just completed by the university’s Creative Services team. The new brand clearly recognizes the First Lady’s important role as university ambassador, hostess and role model. She’s also the chief celebrator of all Clemson achievements, which is one reason Beth decided that an outdoor light system that projects an orange tiger paw on the home—she calls it the “bat signal”— should shine every night, not just for major events or big sports wins. “Every day is special to someone on campus,” she says. “There are always sports teams playing. Whether it’s a birthday, or acing a test, there’s something to celebrate every day at Clemson.” (Opposite, clockwise from top left) Signed Orange Bowl memorabilia; a small sitting area in a downstairs bedroom overlooks the courtyard; subway tile and a farm sink are easy cleanup when entertaining guests and dignitaries; a hunting motif is a nod to the University’s agricultural roots on an armless accent chair. (This page) Orange and purple Fiestaware is ideal for casual entertaining; pierced brick and iron gates with Clemson accents that were forged in-house at the University denote a courtyard entrance.

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The latticework on the front door was designer Diana Gilbert’s inspiration for the lattice archway she crafted to create a small foyer in the living room.

Musette Stern puts a lot of stock in serendipity. Fifteen years ago she chatted up a stranger at a party and learned that a house had recently become available on a street she adored. Musette went to look at the house, with a #12 address on her birthday, March 12, and felt the stars align. The next week it was hers. “I’ve always just mostly lived right around here,” Musette says of the Augusta Road neighborhood she has called home since her family moved from Charlotte when she was in the sixth grade. “I love this area and I love old houses.” The 1930s-era bungalow was in dire need of updating, but Musette moved herself and her two small children in and maintained status quo for three years before tackling the kitchen. For that she called on designer Diana Gilbert, a close friend of her mother’s whose sense of style Musette had long admired. “My sister and I thought Diana and John were about the coolest people we’d ever seen,” Musette remembers of growing up across the corner from the Gilberts on McDaniel Avenue. Musette’s personal flair is in no short supply:

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The archway leading from living room to dining room was replicated on the opposing wall, creating a seamless flow into the heart of the home.

The mirror that hangs in the dining room was handed down from Musette’s great grandmother, who once presided as the first lady of North Carolina.

she’s the “Muse” behind Muse Shoe Studio on Augusta, and she and Diana work well together. The two paired up again recently when the time was right to make some even bigger changes. “A year and a half ago I decided to raise the ceilings, because I had always lived in houses with high ceilings. Because I didn’t have a second floor, I could do that,” Musette says. “Of course that led to doing other things, so it became a bigger project.” The ceilings got a 20-inch boost in every room—save the kitchen and two bathrooms, though both bathrooms did receive a major facelift. Most ceilings were able to go straight up,

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but the shape of the attic necessitated angles in a few rooms. A convergence of these angles in the breakfast nook, awash in Diana’s signature color, pale blue, casts an ethereal glow over this charming little corner of the home. “I am definitely a believer that you don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful,” Musette says. “And I like things not perfect.” The genius of this renovation is in the architectural details Diana added here and there to define spaces and make the most of Musette’s 1,800 square feet. A simple bit of lattice and a well-placed light fixture worked to carve a bit of a foyer out of the living room, and an archway outside the

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bathroom gives the two kids’ bedrooms the feel of tucked-away suites. The center of the house posed the biggest challenge, a cramped space with doors leading to various tiny closets at every turn. The inclination here could easily have been to knock out walls and open things up, but it was important to both Diana and Musette to improve the flow of the home without straying too far from the original design. “I like walls to hang things on and to have furniture against, and I want to get out of the kitchen, so I wanted the rooms, but I didn’t want them too tiny and choppy either,” Musette says. “This is what I wanted, and it suits the house.” Musette kept her walls and sacrificed a linen and coat closet, the happy result being the repurposing of her antique linen press from TV stand to … linen press. The renovation happened to coincide with Musette’s parents moving from her childhood home into assisted living, which gave Musette a place to go for the eight months she needed a roof over her head and also provided her with a number of cherished heirlooms with which to furnish her home when she moved back in. Perhaps the greatest of these treasures is a notebook in which her mother painstakingly recorded, in her own hand, the lineage and lore of each piece she herself had inherited over the years. “She remembered everything, and I’m glad she wrote it down while she still could remember,” Musette says. The designing duo did do away with one wall to push the back of the house out a bit and fashion a new entrance to the master bedroom. The master was once accessed through a dismal little den that was everyone’s least favorite room in the house. “If we watched TV in there it was when all the lights were off. It was horrible,” Musette says. “And now that’s where you spend all your time,” Diana says, and Musette agrees of this serene spot that now gets plenty of light thanks to a sunny little alcove overlooking the back yard. Landscaping is the next item on the agenda, and it’s hard not to be envious at the thought of Musette stepping out of her simple yet glamorous boudoir to sip coffee on her pretty porch, in the quiet back yard of her well-appointed cottage, in the neighborhood she has loved her whole life.

(Opposite) The dark, dismal den at the rear of the home was Stern’s least favorite room in the house, but after Gilbert worked her magic with a small addition of square footage and a big infusion of natural light it is now where she spends most of her time. (This page) Archways connect interior and exterior spaces and add historic charm throughout the home.

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Some creative covering-over of exterior windows and doors allowed for a more efficient arrangement of furniture in the master bedroom.

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Two tiny closets in the master bedroom were eliminated in favor of one crown jewel of organization, and the master bath got the boutique treatment.

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Avocado green tile and dated fixtures were replaced with classic grasscloth wallcovering and glittering lighting fixtures to create a stunning little hall bath. The clever shape of the vanity affords ample counter and storage space while still allowing the door to close on these tight quarters.

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Two white geese nest in the corners of the ceiling, wings splayed, beaks trained on the massive 16th-century painting over the loveseat. A tanned warrior spears a serpent on the credenza. Troves of small lamps, fixtures, and candles spotlight French wall paneling, framed by draperies. Finely hewn baskets sit expertly askew, nestled aloft the entryway. A16th-century mantle features a Scottish woman, captured in antique portrait, mottled smile set in permanent approval. Brass, and silver, and china sardines. And that’s just the living room. Barry McElreath and Bill Bates, partners with Carol and Tom Kilby in The Rock House Antiques, have been a design team for the better part of 25 years. Their history with the mill’s pump house spans back even further than their design business: The house sits behind an old cotton mill—a mill Barry McElreath worked as a teenager, and helped close down in the late 1980s.

Reclaimed gilded French wall paneling surrounds and highlights carefully selected antique furniture, lighting, and paintings in the living room of the home.

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(This page) Salvaged from a Midwest office building, the curved iron staircase beautifully balances with the textures of the painted brick exterior walls and the reclaimed wood flooring. (Opposite) Tucked beneath the stairs behind repurposed doors is a compact yet highly efficient home office space for McElreath-Bates, the interior design team who live in the home.

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The shell has since been scooped out and made into respectable condos, but the team saw the most potential languishing quietly behind the main attraction. When McElreath and Bates first got their hands on the decommissioned pump house, they were working with the bare minimum. Just four brick walls that extended two stories upwards, and not much else. It was this challenge that attracted them to the project, a challenge that the two had taken on many times before. Bill Bates described their work as taking “an unexpected rehab project”, and providing it a sort of micro-renaissance— working the bones of a neglected space into a warm, inviting home. “What we’ve accomplished with this particular space,” McElreath says, is “working with making it the best of what we have and what we can find.” It proved to be a perfect opportunity to mix craftsmanship with efficiency—both of space and value. An entire second floor was constructed from scratch to provide a sleeping area, bathroom, mini kitchen, and an outdoor space.

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A marble countertop, a hammered copper sink, Haint Blue painted cabinetry, and a collection of copper and pewter vessels are some of the highlights of the “wet” area of the two-part kitchen.

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The “working� area of the kitchen has all the necessities needed for preparation of meals, large and small. The marble floor was assembled from cast-off pieces of larger projects. It fit perfectly into the tight budget that the homeowners set for themselves not only in the kitchen, but also throughout the home.

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Everywhere you look, there are at least ten points of fascination. Antique dog collars, copper pots, myriad portraits—to the layman it can seem almost chaotic. However, as one peruses the endless landscape of paraphernalia, it becomes more and more clear that nothing here is by accident. There are no mistakes in the pump house. Everything was specially selected for its historical and aesthetic interest. Says McElreath: “The work is not half bad for the school of smoke and mirrors.” Shockingly, the taste on display is not indicative of great monetary expenditure. Even the building materials themselves are mostly reclaimed. Tree bark lines the ceiling upstairs, wood from the mill sturdies the downstairs, and the marble kitchen floor came to them free from a local supplier—polished and assembled in asymmetrical patterns as though working through a dazzling jigsaw puzzle. It’s almost impossible to imagine this amount of design came on a budget. Similarly budgeted is the space itself. While walking through the halls, and looking into the “beds in the walls,” one may think the designers took on a “Tiny House” project that is so on-trend these days. Not true.

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Two compact bedchambers can be found on the added second story of the home. Each unit has a standard twin bed and built-in shelving for books, TVs, and personally chosen decorative items for each of their occupants.

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Tree bark accents the ceiling of the upstairs space. A stone hearth and an antique fireplace surround along with vintage portraits, lamps, and antique vases and vessels are all part of a collection that has been accumulated over a period of years.

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The duo simply set out to make the most of what they had, and managed to stock an artistic endeavor with a mind-boggling amount of function. Quarters are close, but this home’s features are as robust as any other. Every nook, every alcove is put to use—sinks and fireplaces seem to be everywhere. A decorative wooden panel under the staircase swings open to reveal a complete, if tiny, office. And a thin strip of the top floor is dedicated to a seated balcony, where one would imagine Bates having his morning coffee with Albert the cat. McElreath and Bates deal in all brands of interior design—from French-inspired, all the way to cool modernist surfaces. The pair’s aesthetic really runs the gamut. But to enter the pump house project is to see the soul of the team. It may at times confuse the eye, but such is the essence of art—a singular vision that exposes the heart of the artist.

The addition of an outdoor space on the second level provides the perfect spot for morning coffee or watching the sun sink to the horizon.

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Multiple framed French prints, a stone trough sink, etched glass light fixtures, and an enameled stove add ambiance and flair to the main floor bathroom.

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Southern sippers from South Carolina-based BITTERMILK and Six & Twenty. / by Stephanie Burnette / photos by Chris Isham


What’s in these glasses tells a tale of two makers; South Carolina crafters, in fact, obsessed with the possibility of pouring a really good cocktail at home. The Yuletide Old Fashioned (see recipe at right) is a complex sip for such little effort: add four parts bourbon to one part mixer, stir and serve over ice. It’s a seasonal cocktail perfect for fireside nights, warm on the palate with notes of citrus, cherry, and burnt golden cane sugar matched with smallbatch bourbon. It is up-front delicious and worthy of commentary for its premium native ingredients. Count your guests impressed.

Meet the Makers BITTERMILK produces handmade cocktail mixers in North Charleston including their 2016 limitededition release, No. 7 Yuletide Old Fashioned. A standard Old Fashioned—consisting of sugar, booze and bitters—is traditionally garnished with orange and cherry. BITTERMILK eliminates this extemporaneous pick by adding nuanced flavors directly into their handcrafted syrup. They boil fresh orange peel with dried cherries and literally juice the mixture before kettle cooking it with a barrel-aged blend of spices, burnt golden cane sugar, and molasses. Rather than source burnt cane sugar, they do it themselves, by hand. Let’s call it a labor-intensive operation for the cocktail crazed. The result is an extraordinary Old Fashioned with an inflection of orange and a bright cherry pop. Six & Twenty produces select small-batch whiskey at their distillery in Piedmont including their 5-Grain Bourbon entirely derived from South Carolina heirloom crops; corn and wheat from the Upstate, barley from the Midlands, and rye and rice from the Low Country. To date, it is the only five-grain bourbon in existence, each grain leaving a distinct impression: Rye imparts spiciness. Rice adds back sweetness, much like sweet tea. Soft winter wheat (grown specifically for Six & Twenty) lengthens the mouth feel on the palate. Barley offers sprouted maltiness. And corn? Corn is the body upon which these flavors, including that of the oak barrel, stand. No other bourbon could be more perfectly suited for a Yuletide Old Fashioned. With two ingredients, you can mix this aspirational drink at home, one that will astound your guests and impress known cynics. But be sure to use a jigger. Not only will your cocktail taste better, but it will stave off the chance of over-serving your guests.


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The Old One-Two To make the Yuletide Old Fashioned for a crowd, pour one part BITTERMILK Old Fashioned No. 7 to four parts Six & Twenty 5-Grain Bourbon Whiskey into a glass pitcher. Add two scoops of ice and stir to marginally dilute. Pour into glasses filled with ice and serve.

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Brunch Reimagined

Local ingredients and a make-ahead menu combine to make mid-morning delicious. / by Stephanie Burnette / photos by Chris Isham Winter weekends are made for brunch, a midday meal designed for noshing, sipping and conversation. Gone are the soaked casseroles, fruit salads and coffee cake. Brunch has found its stride with fresh seasonal ingredients and a self-service presentation any home cook can pull together. What is required is a thoughtful combination of items, both savory and sweet. No matter if brunch stretches into afternoon, coffee is a must and juice with the option of a mixer. Strive for dishes that need napkins, but not utensils and save your guests the buffet juggle. We composed a brunch we’re craving of late: Brussels sprout tacos alongside pear and pancetta bites, locally roasted coffee and mimosas fashioned with tangerine juice. There’s something for everyone on this extemporary tray (and enough in combination to satiate even a picky eater). Brussels sprouts are available now in the South, as well as soft butter lettuces grown in area greenhouses. Pancetta paired with Bartlett pear and crumbled Gorgonzola cleverly fills store-bought wonton wrappers. Drizzle these with spiced local honey and elevate your game gourmet. 126 _ at Home

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Pear & Pancetta Bites serves 6 12 wonton wrappers (find these in the produce department) 1 Bartlett pear, chopped 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped ½ package of pancetta (about 2 ounces) Crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, to taste A pinch of dried thyme Cooking spray Carolina Honey Bee Company “Honey with a Ten Foot Stinger”

Method: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take wonton wrappers out of the refrigerator (they need to warm up slightly to become pliable). Warm a dry skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and sauté for one minute. Add the chopped fruit to the pan and sauté for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Sprinkle a pinch of dried thyme over top and turn off the burner, leaving the pan on the stove. Very lightly spray the cups of a muffin tin. Push one wonton wrapper into each cup with two fingers (they fold easily and make their own pretty shapes). Add a scoop of the fruit and meat mixture into each wonton cup using a spoon (note: do not over fill). Sprinkle in some crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, tapping it into the mixture. Bake for ten minutes. The cups are ready when the edges of the wonton wrappers are golden brown. Drizzle with honey to finish the dish. Spiced honey is especially noteworthy.


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1 package of grape tomatoes, cut into half lengthwise 1 avocado, cut into slices 1 bag of tortilla strips (find these in the salad dressing aisle) 2 T high quality balsamic vinegar 1 T celery salt 2 t coriander ½ t cumin

incidentals: sea salt, fresh ground pepper, granulated sugar, olive oil, red wine vinegar

To “quick pickle” red onion: soak it in 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of water, a pinch of sugar and a pinch of salt. Let it bathe in this solution for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight. Drain before serving. Method: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Toss the Brussels and matchstick carrots with three tablespoons of olive oil and turn out onto a sheet pan with sides. Season with one tablespoon of celery salt, two teaspoons of ground coriander and ½ teaspoon of ground cumin. Drizzle two tablespoons of good balsamic vinegar and one tablespoon of maple syrup over top. On a separate sheet pan, place grape tomatoes cut side up. Drizzle with olive oil and season with a bit of sea salt and granulated sugar. Place both pans into the preheated oven. Roast for 16 minutes and using a spatula, turn the Brussels mixture over once. Broil on low for 2-3 minutes, keeping a careful watch to keep the contents from burning (note: some charring of the vegetables is desired). Scoop the Brussels mixture into a serving dish and season to taste. Scoop the roasted tomatoes into a bowl and pour any accumulated liquid over top. Assembly: The ultimate taco would start with a lettuce cup. Add a few slices of avocado and some pickled red onion, a scoop of the Brussels sprouts mixture, a solid sprinkle of tortilla strips, several roasted tomatoes (with their sauce), all topped with the snowy queso fresco cheese.


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A treasured roll recipe in the hands of a mother-daughter baking team rises to the occasion. / by Beth Brown Ables / photos by Jessica Barley When I was first married and spending Thanksgiving with my husband’s family, my mother-in-law asked me what food most meant “home” to me. “Well, my mom makes these rolls...” I started. As I spoke, she produced a basket of three-part rolls my mom had sent for the occasion. And I started to cry. For me, no holiday meal is complete without my mom’s “three-part rolls.” Even the name itself is a story. They’re actually potato rolls, but when, as children, my brothers and I discovered the true name and “secret” ingredient, it sounded weird and inedible: How could something so delicious have a vegetable in it? Since Mom shaped her rolls into three dough portions in a muffin cup (a cloverleaf design), the name “three-part rolls” stuck. A potato bread, as a rule is sweet, with a tender crumb and soft texture. They’re unbelievable with homemade jam, and divine twisted into cinnamon rolls. I’d never baked mom’s rolls before, but asking her to

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share the recipe felt almost sacred, the handing down of a tradition. Based on an old Betty Crocker cookbook recipe, there were several back and forth phone calls as I worked through the process. “Did I tell you to use two packets of yeast?” “Do I have to use shortening?” I’m delighted with how easy these are to make, and I love the fact that the dough keeps for a week in the refrigerator. It’s simple to use one recipe to make both a batch of dinner rolls as well a pan of cinnamon rolls for the next morning. I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if I switched sweet potatoes for the white in the recipe. And so with my culinary wheels turning, I reimagined the rolls as pecan cinnamon rolls. Mom was a little horrified with my idea, but then—isn’t that just like mothers and daughters? Different and the same, new and traditional, side by side at the table. No wonder food memories are such rich recollections: one taste and we are back in a moment, around a table with those we love.


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Potato Refrigerator Rolls (aka Three-Part Rolls)

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

2 packages instant dry yeast 1 1/2 cups warm water 2/3 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp salt 2/3 cup shortening 2 eggs 1 cup lukewarm mashed potatoes 7-7 1/2 cups flour

In addition to the potato refrigerator roll recipe, you will also need: 2 cups brown sugar, packed 1 cup butter, melted 2 Tbs. cinnamon 2 pinches of nutmeg 1 cup chopped pecans

Method: In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water for a couple of minutes. Stir in sugar, salt, shortening, eggs, potatoes, and 4 cups of flour. Mix until well incorporated. Add 3 more cups of flour one cup at a time, mixing completely after each addition. (You can do this in a stand mixer with a dough hook if desired.) Knead for five minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Cover and refrigerate overnight. (Dough will keep five days refrigerated, punch down if it begins to reach the top of the bowl) Punch down dough. Form into three, small dough balls and place in greased muffin tin. Cover with a cloth and let rise for about an hour, or doubled in size. Bake at 375 until golden brown.

Method: Make roll recipe as indicated in previous recipe, substituting sweet for white potatoes. After rising overnight in the refrigerator, punch down dough and divide into two portions. Roll out dough portion into a rough rectangle. Drizzle with 1/2 cup melter butter. Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pecans. Sprinkle half the mixture over the butter. Starting from the top of the rectangle, roll dough tightly until an inch from the bottom. Stretch bottom portion over the top, pinching to seal. With a serrated knife, cut dough log into 1-inch rolls, placing in greased pan, cut-side down. Leave a bit of room for rising. Repeat with the other portion of dough. Cover and rise at least an hour. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until golden brown. While baking, whisk powdered sugar, vanilla, half and half, butter, and coffee in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Drizzle generously over hot rolls.

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For the icing: 1 bag powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 cup half and half 1/4 cup melted butter 1/4 cup brewed coffee

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Land trusts are an accessible way to preserve your family’s land as a lasting legacy. / by Scott Park Our land is a limited resource, but it provides unlimited life to the world around us. Maintaining open land for recreation, food production, and natural resource protection are the goals for land trusts throughout the nation. In the Upstate, the land trust program at Upstate Forever shares that

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same mission. In addition to providing a path toward good land stewardship, land trusts translate property protection into tax benefits for the landowners that choose to protect their property. Many seek land trust help as a financial tool for businesses, family trusts, farmers, and developers. The benefits to protecting land are readily apparent: safeguarding critical natural areas, ensuring plentiful and clean drinking water, providing recreational areas, saving historic sites, and maintaining a resilient landscape to disturbances are some of the results of conservation easements. But pursuing one can feel daunting. Here are some tips to help land owners determine whether a land trust might be right for them, their business, or their family. Upstate Forever appreciates the importance of helping landowners make the best decisions in support of natural resource preservation through land protection. To do that, each conservation easement is customized and considers the landowner’s current and proposedfuture situation. Latest projections show that land in our area is developing at a rate of 36 acres a day, creating a sense of earnestness to protect land. This same urgency is shared with the more than 100 landowners that Upstate Forever has easements with, many of whom own family farms. South Carolina is home to a rich history of farming, and in particular, the centennial (and even bicentennial) family farms, some holding the original King’s deed.

These lands are productive, have proven resilient over the many iterations of farming practices, and landowners often turn to conservation easements to preserve the property for its next 100 years. These properties are treasures, full of history, full of habitat supporting diverse wildlife, and likely hold significant prime farmland soils and significant water resources. However, the highest and best use of these properties is often the acrelot, single-family home development. Oftentimes these homesteads are under pressure from development that also exploits the same waterfront views with the next subdivision. At the same time, some landowners are challenged to maintain these traditionally large tracts of land, where development also brings the removal of soil resources, degraded water resources, and where it alters a once-scenic view into a sea of rooftops. These are places that are the foundation of our way of life, and all can benefit from their protection. Land Trusts are poised to help landowners maintain these special places. Historic farms are akin to property for hunting and fishing. Our State provides a wide range of opportunities for outdoor recreational hunting and fishing. From the large tracts and wide rivers of the Low Country and Pee Dee, to our various topography and cold-water streams, the hunting property is synonymous to relaxation to a productive workweek. These same places are also becoming the places we desire to establish our hunting cabin or place to retire.

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These are places for family, friends, and colleagues to gather and enjoy the natural beauty of our area. With the help of Land Trusts like Upstate Forever, the enjoyment of these lands can be secured for generations to come. Conservation easements may help focus the land management goals of these properties, securing an option towards affording a weekend getaway for now and the retirement homestead of the future. Most recently, landowners interested in preserving a certain quality of life have discovered how land trusts can help. Many of our neighbors seek to promote and safeguard a rural lifestyle and perpetuate that setting for the enjoyment of their children and grandchildren. Many would consider conservation easements able to save a little piece of heaven in this neck of the woods. Beat up by the constant development along two lane roads, rural areas are quickly converting farm equipment and cattle crossings to attracting more traffic,

flooding, septic systems, schools, and commercial areas. Many landowners living in these areas don’t have the benefits of zoning, nor are they too sure they want it; but what they do know is that as a landowner, the choice is theirs to grant a conservation easement to protect their little piece of heaven. Oftentimes, many landowners will strategize granting conservation easements as a neighborhood to protect a lower intensity of use for the land. Our land is one of the greatest resources where we live, work, and play. Land Trusts like Upstate Forever, which is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, are your resource to protect and preserve land for generations to come. We strive to keep our water clean, habitat preserved, farms in active production, history maintained, recreation in our special places, and rural lands as rural. Reach out to Upstate Forever, so they can better know how our experts can help you.

Visit Upstate Forever online at or get additional information about improving quality of life through land conservation at the South Carolina Conservation Bank, Scott Park is the land trust director for Upstate Forever, the premier land conservation organization for Upstate South Carolina. Upstate Forever’s mission is to promote sensible growth and protect special places throughout our region.

FAQs about Land Trusts Q. Does a conservation easement have something to do with government rights-of-way? A. A conservation easement or conservation agreement is a voluntary conservation option. It sets up a legal arrangement between a landowner and a government agency or land trust that ensures the land will never be developed. The land remains the private property of the landowner, who gets to decide what kinds of activities will be allowed or disallowed on the property. Q. When you sign a conservation agreement, do you give up all your rights to your property? A. Your conservation agreement is tailored specifically to your needs—in fact, you help design it. Its only purpose is to preserve the conservation values of your property, so you continue to control your land and any financial or other values you derive from it. Q. Will a conservation agreement give the government the ability to take over my property and management decisions? A. You and the conservation organization that holds the agreement work together to oversee your land, and you remain free to manage it for recreation, timber or other natural resources that benefit you personally or financially. The SC Conservation Bank has no authority for eminent domain. Q. Do I have a choice in land trust partners? A. Your potential land trust partners know that choice is important to you, so nothing will be forced on you when entering a conservation agreement. Q. Do conservation agreements reduce the value of your property and make it difficult for your children or grandchildren to profit from it? A: A conservation agreement can significantly reduce the estate taxes your heirs will have to pay, making it easier and more affordable for them to keep the land intact. In many cases, conservation easements can also increase the value as well as associated tax benefits such as income tax and estate taxes. Source: South Carolina Conservation Bank

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A simple sidechair becomes a versatile room accent. / Written and Styled by Beth Ables / Photos by Jessica Barley

When redecorating and refreshing a room, a major shopping trip is not always necessary. Looking around your home to find new uses for simple items creates new interest and a starting point for seeing a space in a new way. In this case, a dining chair: a simple item everyone has in their home can be transformed to work in a variety of uses. A workhorse of the household, chairs are not just used for seating but for stepping stools and book piles and coat hangers. But what if there was a new intended purpose for an extra chair? Of course, a dining chair is first...a chair. In this case, a vintage carved wooden chair is transformed simply and quickly with a gold velvet upholstery refresh. Easily at home at the holiday table, its use doesn’t end there. In this way, a favorite piece need not sit vacant pushed under a table! WINTER 2016

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A simple chair makes an ideal end table or bedside table as well. Use attractive books and an adjustable lamp for height. A chair as a bedside table makes for an airy, minimal alternative to a heavier bulkier chest of drawers.

Using a chair as a plant stand is an excellent, simple alternative for storage and display. The rungs underneath store a rolled up throw blanket or a collection of magazines, while the plant can be elevated with a few books... and what seems almost too easy suddenly looks purposeful and chic. The right chair could even be mounted to the wall for a more dramatic and quirky look.

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A Mid-Winter Affair Nicole Jean Greer and Jonathan David Mularski, married January 16, 2016 at The Viewpoint at Buckhorn Creek, Greenville

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Nicole Greer and Jonathan Mularski envisioned a unique winter wedding from the outset, by planning their special affair outdoors—right smack in the middle of January. It just made the job of providing a charming but cozy space for an intimate gathering of family and close friends that much more important.


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Nicole and Jonathan met at a downtown Greenville restaurant while watching the kickoff college football game in August 2014. A little more than two years later they gathered at the Viewpoint at Buckhorn Creek, near Paris Mountain. Nicole, who works in marketing at the Community Journals Publishing Group and Jonathan, an IT recruiter for Find Great People, had a vision for their event that made sure everyone who attended felt involved and included from “I do” to the last dance. “We really had to be creative with seating and we focused on making sure everyone had a visual,” Nicole offers. “Also, the flow of the wedding was something we spent a lot of time thinking about because of the layout of the house. Transitioning from ceremony to cocktails to reception was all very carefully planned out.” The 35-acre elevated property offers unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is located 15 minutes from downtown Greenville. The January landscape framed the mountain view and highlighted the rustic elements of the property including a Koi pond with timber frame pond house, timber frame pavilion with rock fireplace, and large patio with brick fireplace. The couple wrote their own vows about their commitment to one another, and guests were able to share in that intimate experience with an intimate setting. And although the couple was prepared for the elements, not the least of which was cold weather, the most surprising part of the day was how un-winterlike it felt. “An outdoor wedding in January in and of itself is special and unique,” Nicole offers. But then she adds, laughing: “However, we had the only 60-degree day in all of January!”

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(Right) Audio components specifically designed for exterior use can turn an outdoor seating area into an amplified, alfresco lounge. (Below) An entertainment room should also function as a warm gathering area when the screens are turned off.

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(Top) Hidden technology, such as this large-screen television hidden behind a sliding wall, allows a room to function as a gathering space when the screens are turned “off.� (Bottom) A full-scale media room can still look homey and simple with technology hidden in the design, from a mantle-mounted flat-screen to lighting and audio tucked into wooden rafters.

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Shopping Guide atHome in Your Home APPLIANCES Jeff Lynch Appliance, 17 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville, (864) 268-3101; ARCHITECTS Tindall Architecture Workshop, 723 Bennett St, Greenville, (864) 275-9766; ART & FRAME Bennett’s Frame, 2100 Laurens Rd, Greenville, (864) 288-6430; BANKING & FINANCE Bank of Travelers Rest, (864) 834-9031 or (888) 557-2265; CONSTRUCTION BUILDING SUPPLY GBS Building Supply, 103 Old Mill Rd, Greenville, (864) 288-6754; DECKS/PATIOS/EXTERIORS Accu-Brick, 3360 SC-101, Woodruff, (864) 334-4400; ELECTRICAL/ELECTRICIANS/LIGHTING Harrison Lighting, 3021 Augusta St, Greenville, (864) 271-3922; FINE JEWELER Geiss & Sons, 765 Haywood Rd, Greenville,, (864) 297-6458; FLOORING/CARPETING Greenville Carpet One, 226 Pelham Davis Cir, Greenville, (864) 281-0006; Hakim Rug Gallery, LLC, 2512 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, (864) 233-8060; HakimRugGallery 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;


FOOD & DRINK Christopher Park Gallery / Rainer’s, 610 S Main Street, Greenville (864) 232-1753; GARDEN/OUTDOORS Martin Garden Center, 198 Martin Road Greenville, (864) 277-1818, 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; Goodwin Foust Custom Homes, (864) 269-4900; J Francis Builders, 101 Lovett Dr, Greenville, (864) 288-4001, Mobius Construction, (864) 517-6000; Ridgeline Construction, (864) 248-4880; Sexton Griffith Custom Builders, (864) 295-0730; Smith and Web LLC, 270 Tokeena Road Seneca, (864) 509-7727 GIFTS/OUTDOOR Wildbirds Unlimited, Suite #4, 626 Congaree Rd, Greenville, (864) 234-2150; HOME HEALTH CARE Comfort Keepers, 26 Rushmore Dr, Greenville, (864) 641-4274; 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; Jeff Lynch, 17 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville, (864) 268-3101; Old Colony, 3411 Augusta Rd, Greenville, (864) 277-5330; Panageries, 929 Rutherford Road, Greenville, (864) 250-0021; Trade Route, 1175 Woods Crossing Rd, Greenville (864) 234-1514; Vintage Now Modern, 651 S Main St, Greenville, (864) 385-5004; KITCHENS/BATH/DESIGN Clayton Tile, 535 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, (864) 288-6290; Gateway Supply, 70 Chrome Dr., Greenville, (864) 235-7800; LANDSCAPE DESIGN/LAWNCARE Green Hill Landscaping,4 Sidney St, Greenville, (864) 255-3005, Hillman’s Landscapes, 300 Tucson Dr, Greenville, (864) 303-7591, JDP Design/The Collins Group, (864) 859-3425; POOLS/SPAS Genco Pools & Spas, 217 NE Main St, Simpsonville, (864) 967-7665; Hot Springs Pools & Spas, 578 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, (864) 676-9400; REAL ESTATE Annette Starnes– CB Caine, (864) 415-1763 Berkshire Hathaway Home, Beth Joyner Crigler, (864) 420-4718; Cynthia Serra – Caine Company, (864) 304-3372; Joan Herlong – Realty, (864) 325-2112; Laura Simmons & Associates, (864) 655-7145, Lil Glenn Company, (864) 242-0088; Marchant, 100 West Stone Avenue, Greenville, (864) 467-0085; Marguerite Wyche & Assoc., 16 W. North Street, Greenville, (864) 270-2440; McDonald Home Team, 1745 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, (864) 979-7055; macdonaldhometeamcom

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Melissa Morell/Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 2023 Augusta Road Greenville, (864) 242-6650; melissa-morrell-real-estate-agent New Style Communities, 9 Layken Lane, Simpsonville, (864) 207-8094; 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; The Reserve at Lake Keowee, (855) 822-0271; AtHome Verdae Development, 340 Rocky Slope Rd Ste 300, Greenville, (864) 329-9292; Wendi Ruth/ Coldwell Banker Caine, 111 Williams Street, Greenville, (864) 2502850; Wilson & Associates, 213 E Broad St, Greenville, (864) 640-8700; SOLAR SUPPLIERS Blue Ridge Electric Co-op, Carolina Heating & Cooling, SPECIALTY SERVICES Bella Systems – Custom Closets, Landrum, (864) 633-5229, Kasted, 220 Westfield St, Greenville, (864) 640-4822,

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Greenville residential designer N. Jackson Thacker has become the keeper of historic architect Willie Ward’s drawings. / by Heidi Coryell Williams When noted Greenville residential designer N. Jackson Thacker decided to open his own practice in 1985, he started by reaching out to a couple of colleagues—first to inquire about purchasing a firm. Bob Farmer, at one time an apprentice to historic Greenville architect Willie Ward, told Thacker he did not want to sell his firm, so the two agreed to work together in the same office, instead, helping each other out on projects, as needed. Within about six months, Farmer did decide to come work for Thacker. And he did so for the next seven years until he retired. It was during the span of that partnership that Thacker discovered his business partner had inherited all of the famed Greenville architect Willie Ward’s architectural drawings, as well as some of his office furniture, including a drafting table, chairs, and more. But the true gems are the drawings: some are blueprints; others are original sketches. All are a vital part of Greenville’s early history, as it grew and developed around this thriving community. Farmer eventually retired, moved to Columbia, and passed away. But in his will, he left all of the Ward drawings and files to Thacker, who has been a stalwart steward of those relics. “It’s history. And too much of it has just been destroyed,” Thacker offers from his E. Washington Street office. “People don’t hand draw plans any more. They are computer drawn.” Today, Thacker, whose name is on exponentially more Greenville-area building plans than Ward ever penned, keeps the tradition alive. Even though everything his design firm, Traditional Concepts, creates for construction documents is from CAD drawings, Thacker himself is wed to the craft of hand-sketched plans. Says Thacker: “I still draw by hand, because I love it.” Found something during

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