A magazine for Upstate Living
Years of atHome Magazine
T H E P A S T O R A L W AY O F L I F E The Carolina countryside sits right at our doorstep
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Threshold: atHome's doorstep
There may be no warmer welcome than the embrace of a grandmother. In this case, Nancy Stearns’ farmhouse is just up the lane on acreage she shares with her daughter, sonin-law and four grandchildren. “When the doorbell rings, I know who it is,” she says. This extended family staked claim to the rolling countryside of the Upstate and created a nostalgic homestead full of family, quietude and fireflies. Jump into the custombuilt community in our feature “The Two House Neighborhood” on pg.89.
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CONTENTS Fall 2018
Heart & Soul A modern farmhouse on 150 acres deep in a pine forest in Fountain Inn is palette perfect, top to bottom.
A Two House Neighborhood Architect Mitch Lehde helped a mother and daughter design their dream homes on a single stretch of land.
Luxurious Functionality Kathryn Williams hired Eric Brown Design to minimize the material and amp the amenity at their penthouse home. 10. THRESHOLD 14. NOTES FROM HOME 66. DESIGN SCHOOL
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CRAFTED Seagrove Pottery SAVE THESE DATES Fall Events OFF THE SHELF Word Play ASKED & ANSWERED Tree Care IN BLOOM Container Gardening STYLE SPOTTER Equestrian ON POINT Caning Restoration
InnerCella: home and décor, explored 49. NOOKS The Lofts at Mills Mill 56. OPEN TABLE Freestyle Fridays 59. VIGNETTES Farmhouse Styling 64. DETOURS GSO Tour of Homes
Modus: methods for home and life 120. ON THE TABLE Warm Cocktails 126. TREASURES Collecting Copper 128. WHAT TO DRINK NOW Month by Month 132. IN GOOD TASTE Colonial Milling 138. COMPOSITION Greyjey Studios 144. FILAMENT Converting Can Lights 148. SHOP Resources and advertisers' index 152. BEHIND THE WALL Cemetery Tale On our cover: Copper pots epitomize the heart of a southern collector; their warm luster pulls at the heartstrings of home, the hearth and a season of amber light and sunset foliage.
“They told me to grow roots, instead I grew wings.” —Louis de Bernières 12 _ at Home
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Notes From Home
The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. — Julia Child
ou’re so right, Julia. However, winning awards brings a great feeling of accomplishment too. And it’s especially rewarding if the awards come during your 15th year of publication. Hard to believe, but it’s been 15 years since the first issue of atHome published in the Fall of 2003. There have been changes over the years and this past couple of years has not been an exception. That’s what makes the awards all the sweeter. You’ve most likely noticed these changes and I want to acknowledge the lovely, talented women who have made a huge contribution to what has evolved into a magazine with renewed vibrancy. My thanks go out to Heidi Coryell Williams, Lina LeGare and Stephanie Burnette for their tremendous enthusiasm, enormous creative talents and stoic willingness to “get it done.” The numerous awards we received this year could not have been possible without them. It was especially gratifying because we had not entered atHome in competition for a few years. This year we received first place in the magazine division of the SC Press Association for one issue and second for an additional issue. We also received an ADDY award from the American Advertising Federation for one of our covers. Bravo and thank you to not only my amazing team of Heidi, Lina and Stephanie, but to each of our photographers, writers, sales reps and production staff who contribute their incredible talents to each and every issue we produce. Thanks too for our exceptionally loyal advertisers, some who have been with us on this journey for a number of years. Speaking of issues, this one is a stunner. It could possibly be our best one yet, although that’s how I tend to feel about each one of them. So without holding you up any further with my self-indulgent accolades for a successful awards season, go find your favorite article (or more likely articles!) and enjoy this Fall issue. We’ll be seeing you again for the Winter issue and starting our 16th year.
Lynn Greenlaw Editor-in-Chief
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A Place of Potters Just three hours up the road (and nowhere near the coast) is a town bursting with the handmade. It's called Sea Grove and we went there to visit its trove of studios, to meet the artisans and to bring home a wealth of heritage ceramics being produced right here in the Carolinas.
Linda and Jeff Potts' storeroom at Potts Pottery is a bit of a waiting game. Once finished, nearly everything stocked on the gallery's shelves will be sold within days.
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Fired and Glazed Sea Grove is the mecca of American pottery
The drive to Sea Grove, NC from the Upstate is nothing short of idyllic, lush with rolling farmland and a meandering two-lane road. A single word begins to dot the watercolored landscape repeatedly on signs large and small, printed and hand painted: pottery. You see, Sea Grove is a place of potters, hundreds of them at last count. It is the mothership if you are a potter, an entire town full of masters and mentors. If you are a collector of ceramics, bring your wallet and a ream of bubble wrap. The shear ability to buy directly from studios is heady and prices seem well within reach without a 3rd party gallery or festival involved. It started with a family named Owens. Their story spans three centuries at Owens Original Pottery. Boyd Owens is now at the helm of the studio and his father M.L. Owens was the first to fire a derived red glaze, something thought unachievable at the time. They are known for traditional dinnerware and brides still show up in droves with registry dreams of place settings numbering ten and twelve. Boyd’s grandparents opened the shop in the front of their kiln in 1895 here at the western edge of Moore County. M.L. took over in 1936 and discovered how to attain first a blue and then the signature Owens red glaze in 1945. He achieved it by using locally sourced clay (within a 25 mile radius) and firing a glaze recipe at 2000degrees. This was all over hard wood. When fuel oil and then propane oil came to the marketplace the hue brightened from scarlet to nearly fire engine red. As we tour the shop, a groupie walks in excitedly. “It’s like having space mountain outside your door without a line everyday,” he says. “I’m a potter from Florida. I come up here every year just to be in the midst of all this.”
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Boyd seems non-pulsed. “It’s not about me. It’s about the whole damn family for 123 years,” he says with a bit of a wink. He likes making flatware ceramics and his sister makes primarily bowls and cups. Boyd wants me to know that every piece is ovensafe, dishwasher-safe and can go in the microwave. I nod categorically but think pottery fanatics don’t care; they are in the land of their craft and a man named Owens is their prophet. I spend the next two days experiencing studios specializing in every imaginable form. Eck McCanless Pottery is a stand out for its agateware, in its brown/white and blue/ white variations. He’s a second generation Sea Grove potter and remembers being in clay as early as five or six years old, though his discipline is unique in the county. The patterns of agateware come from the color of the clay and not from an applied glaze or ornamentation. “Behind every piece of pottery is this movement,” he says, “and then I slice into the walls and it reveals something new, for sure something lying beneath.” He found some early success playing in bands and music is still a passion, but clay called him home. He opened his own studio nearly eight years ago and now has sons of his own. Oversized pitchers, vases and massive serving pieces are what he’s known for, yet fluted water cups and delicate bowls are addictively collectible. His two-room studio is a country cottage with appropriately peeling white paint and a darling meadow. He may be the new face of what Sea Grove stands for or he may simply be comfortable working amidst his immense talent. Closer to the center of town is the studio of Frank Neef. It’s on the first floor of their Victorian-style home right on East Main St. Neef is a
doyen of crystalline glaze, which he applies to wheel-thrown, hand-built porcelain pottery. He explains the process is based on the science of galvanizing metal employing a significant amount of zinc. “In the glaze you encourage the zinc to restructure itself in crystalline form by controlling the cooling process,” he says sounding much more like a chemist than a potter. “As it cools it will grow more singular crystal chains and clusters.” Neef began applying the shimmering surface to an exacting form: pierced, cutwork pottery. He says it's challenging to cut wet clay and have it maintain its structural integrity. The pattern is drawn with a lead pencil while the clay is still greenware. He uses an exacto knife to incise fretwork and will let it dry for three days before a first firing. When hung on a wall it throws ridiculous shadows and can feel simultaneously modern and traditional in form. A visit to Sea Grove is hard to encompass in just a few days. I came away ready for a return pilgrimage. A good place to start is the NC Pottery Center, an apt visitors center and museum spanning the history of pottery across the state. The town itself is peppered with inns and independent eateries, friendly locals and gorgeous drives. To really dive in, plan to stay at the Seagrove Stoneware Inn, the home of working married potters Alexa Modderno and David Fernandez, who also happens to be Sea Grove’s mayor.
Female Potters in Sea Grove This trio of women artisans (among the hundreds of potters here) really stands out if you’re planning a trip centered on what you’ll use in the home. Alexa Modderno Follow @moddware on Instagram to follow her new collection of dinnerware. She calls it a modern alternative to traditional stoneware. She and husband David Fernandez open their home as an inn and air b&b right in the heart of Sea Grove and adjacent to both their large commercial studio and comprehensive gallery. Linda Potts “My grandmother was a Cole and my grandfather was a King,” is how Linda Potts describes her Sea Grove lineage. The selfdescribed production potter has worked alongside her husband Jeff since 1991 at Potts Pottery and is best known for opaque turquoise place settings and serving pieces.
Bobbie Thomas The former IT exec turned to pottery and built a home and studio and gallery and gardens on nine acres of what she calls “big country.” Storybook sculptures built in clay and figures of all type hold elements of whimsy, along with a clear love of nature.
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SAVE THE DATE Fall festivities not to be missed in our corner of the Carolinas.
SYMPHONY TOUR OF HOMES GREENVILLE
INDIE CRAFT PARADE SOUTHERN BLEACHERY MARKETPLACE AT THE TAYLORS MILLS
The 40th annual Symphony Tour of Homes, A Harvest of Homes, will be held this year on October 5-7 in the Parkins Mill East and Hollingsworth Park areas of Greenville. Get all of the details for this can't miss event in the Detours section on p.64.
The Indie Craft Parade is back in a big way. This September they have their sights set on an even bigger home- The Southern Bleachery at Taylors Mill. This means bigger booths, more artists, and best of all- no long line to get in or crowded shopping environment. makerscollective.org /indiecraftparade
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This fun weekend includes a special luncheon on Friday, Signature Settings highlighting tablescapes created by GCMA volunteers, with guest speaker Danielle Rollins, stylemaker and hostess extraordinaire. gcma.org /antiques, 864.546.4074.
REESE WITHERSOON'S WHISKEY IN A TEACUP TOUR BELK THEATER AT BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, CHARLOTTE, NC Join the queen of southern charm for an evening filled with chats about enteraining, decorating her home and how she makes holiday traditions special. Bring a little piece of Reese's home into yours. blumenthalperformingarts. center-tickets.net
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SOUTHEASTERN ANIMAL FIBER FAIR WNC AGRICULTURAL CENTER, FLETCHER, NC
HIGHLANDS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL HIGHLANDS, NC
Those interested in fiber arts won’t want to miss this event. Join workshops in spinning, knitting, weaving and felting or simply shop the beautiful fibers and wearables. saffsite.org
The Highlands Food & Wine Festival offers a sip and savor through the North Carolina mountains. From A Generous Pour, the weekend's charity concert, to various wine dinners. highlandsfoodandwine.com
HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOPS ROOTS
Make your own holiday wreath with the talented team at Roots. Public workshop dates will be announced in early October, but groups of ten or more can secure a private workshop date now by emailing roots @rootsofgreenville.com. rootsofgreenville.com /winedesign-workshops
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Greenville Open Studios
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y curiosity about specific feeling without a name arose front and center not in my travels across the world, but when my oldest son was six. While he had created words for what he didn’t know or couldn’t say, one time he created a word that didn’t exist all. His younger brother made a toddler-esque observation and he replied, “well that was both funny and awkward, so fawkward.”
A few years later, I came across this book “Lost In Translation,” by Ella Frances Sanders, “an Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World” which contains funny and fascinating words that do not have an American English counterpart, but their ideas sure do. The definitions are as breathtaking as the illustrations. You know that feeling you have before a long awaited getaway? Well, the Swedish language nails it. Resfeber (noun) the restless beat of a traveler’s heart before the journey begin, a mixture of anxiety and anticipation Ah. Exactly. The Swedes also offer a word for another crucial and familiar concept. Tretar (noun) a second refill or three-fill cup of coffee Refill technically covers only the second pour leaving my vocabulary deficient daily. You know that moment when you think of the perfect witty retort a bit too late? The French and Yiddish languages cover it with terms that translate to “staircase words.” Choose from l’esprit de l’escalier (French) or trepverter (Yiddish) to round out your conversational pool. An idea that may not arise as often, but when you need it, you need it is:
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The Collection Asked & Answered
Q: A re the trees on my property safe to leave for my family and neighbors? A: About 70%-75% of tree failures occur from preexisting conditions. Having a qualified arborist check for cracks, cavities, mushroom growth and structural defects annually helps identify issues before they become serious. The other 25%-30% occur from unforeseen events like excess rain and wind as well as ice storms.
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ow important are trees to a vital community? Very! Not only do they provide shade in the summer months and a multitude of color in the fall, most importantly they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into our air. Not to mention the fact that they add a tremendous amount of beauty to the landscape. Unfortunately, trees canâ€™t entirely take care of themselves, especially in an urban environment, so we must be good stewards for them. We asked Scott Carlson of Schneider Tree Care to let us know just how to go about that task.
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urban environment often have stresses that forest trees do not have. Looking at the leaf crown can give an idea of the general health. Checking for dead wood, proper leaf size and color, especially at the top of the canopy, and ends of the branches can tell us what is going on with the tree.
Q: W hat should I consider when planting trees? A: Consider the mature size of the tree and the space it has to grow including overhead service wires. What do you want the tree to do: provide shade, fall color, spring or summer flowering, or aesthetics? Also, research to make sure that there are no chronic insect or disease issues associated with that species.
Q: W hat type of mulch is best to use around my trees? A: In a forest trees naturally mulch themselves by dropping leaves in the fall. This leaf layer recycles nutrients, organic material and helps hold moisture. In a yard, this process is usually interrupted when leaves are cleaned up in the fall. Therefore, any decaying organic material works to help hold moisture and start the process of nutrient recycling. This can be leaves, pine straw or wood mulch.
Q: W hen and how often should I prune my trees? Why do I need to prune? A: A general pruning cycle for a tree is every 3-5 years and can be done about any time. Reasons for pruning will be to remove dead limbs for safety and tree health, clearance from a structure, thinning to promote proper structure and to open up the canopy to reduce wind resistance during storms. Thinning can also help reduce insect and disease issues since most insects like protection from the elements.
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CONSIDER THESE COMPONENTS TO GET STARTED: • What is the scale and style of your house? • D o you have low-hanging eaves, a taller-than-usual door or other architectural features? • W hat colors do you like and what would complement your front door? • Is your location sunny, shady, sheltered or open? And as for the containers Gregory says, “Go bigger than you think.” She believes it’s better to have a few large pots rather than a lot of little ones and bigger pots mean less watering and maintenance because the soil can hold moisture.
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RESIST THE URGE TO PURGE. You want to rip everything out and jump right into fall, the problem is… it’s still hot and daytime temperatures will stay warm possibly into November. A better idea is to spruce your existing summer containers by using what Gregory refers to as “transitional plants.” Start by cleaning out any dead plants. Next, deadhead remaining flowers and trim off 1/3 of the foliage. “Don’t be afraid you’re hurting the plants. Just think of it like giving them a haircut,” she says. Now add in a few transitional plants like Euphorbias (Gregory likes ‘Ascot’, ‘Blackbird’ and any shade of bronze). She’s also fond of Coral Bells, ornamental grasses, Sedum, Creeping Jenny and Dichondra (‘Silver Falls), all which make excellent container choices. Barberry bush is a non-evergreen shrub that is hardy and deer resistant. Gregory loves to use them because the foliage has amber, yellow and deep red leaves that change with the season. They also stay relatively small, can live in sun to partial shade and the berries attract birds. Another option is Black Lace Elderberry, a shrub with lacey, purple foliage and clusters of pink flowers with a slight lemony scent. Fall is a great time to capitalize on foliage for color and texture. Many plants and shrubs have attractive berries and or leaves that change color with temperature changes. “You can have a beautiful fall container with lots of color and texture without any flowers at all,” says Gregory. Finally, as temps get cooler, add in fall elements such as pumpkins and gourds or Bittersweet or Birch twigs, feathers, pods or other natural elements. THE RULE OF THIRDS. When planting a container, Gregory advises to think in thirds. Plan for the bottom third of the pot to be drainage (Styrofoam peanuts or gravel), the middle third needs a mix of soil and compost. Reserve the top third for the plants, which then have room to spread and mound, spill over or grow upright. For the first week, check the pot every day. If it’s not moist mid-way down, then your container needs water. Even if a container is in shade, a breezy spot can wick water as though the plants were in full sun. at Home
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The Mane Stage Equestrian-inspired accents prove timeless and tasteful, lending full-bodied lines and soft hues to most any room. / by Heidi Coryell Williams
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WITH THIS RING The Magnolia Home collection, much like Chip and Joanna Gaines, is a perfect marriage of simplicity and style. The Towel Ring with Leather Bracket takes barn style up a notch with its smart and charming detail, adding character to your kitchen or bath. Special order, in store only, Mason and Magnolia, 604 North Main Street, Simpsonville
DERBY DISHES The equus collection from Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company packs a punch to any table top in statement-making black and white. Pieces include plates, saucers, mugs, serving trays, and more. Individual serving pieces range from $54-218, Shops of Provence, 3213 Augusta St, Greenville
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SADDLE-UP STOOL The London Bar Stool (shown in coffee brown finish) from French Heritage is the essence of rustic charm and vintage chic. The antique iron-finished barrel pairs with a handcrafted removable wooden cap seat, which doubles as storage. Ideal for bar or table. $375,Designers Choice Furniture Galleries, 377 US Hwy 70 SW, Hickory, NC
FRENCH COUNTRY CHARM Thibaut custom fabrics French Suzani pattern in gold from their Rue de Seine collection hearkens to the French countryside and pairs beautifully with woods, metals, and other rustic elements. Ideal for cushions and curtains, and other soft accents in an otherwise masculine space. $140/ yard, available through Hennessee Haven interior decor
STIRRUP CHANDELIER With a French black finish on its wrought iron body, Currey and Company's Colwyn Pendant, with its stirrup-like shape, invites more than horseplay to the room it calls home. The cylindrical ivory linen shade contrasts its dark frame to make this fixture a unique yet ubiquitous element of warm ambiance when it is lit. $620, 4Rooms, 2222 Augusta St #1, Greenville
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The Collection On Point
Woven /by Tasha L. Harrison
Silver River Center for Chair Caning Restores the Unraveled
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ituated in Curve Studios, the cornerstone of Ashevilleâ€™s River Arts District, Brandy Clements and Dave Klinger are the proprietors of Silver River Center for Chair Caning. Itâ€™s both a restoration business and a place to learn. Caning is an umbrella term used to describe a method of weaving chair seats and other furniture. Silver River is currently the only school and museum in the nation dedicated to the art and skill of chair caning, though some shops are willing to teach an interested customer and some schools of craft offer limited enrollment.
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“People tend to think of chair caning as a quaint craft of the mountains, but it is an ancient and global tradition,” says Clements. “Kings and queens have sat on caned chairs and caning is featured in modern art as well.” The duo has 20 years of experience between them and while they are mostly self-taught, in her twenties Clements spent a week with her Aunt Linda learning four styles of weaving. Clements describes her as “the cool aunt” they visited annually (today the two are best friends and confidants). Clements says she’s the archivist of the family, the one that “tells all the stories,” most of which are relayed through a burgundy, push button, landline phone, complete with a long, curly chord. The retired X-ray technician is still weaving chairs in her seventies. Once Clements learned the basics, she immediately started receiving business. With so few caners in the region, word spread fast and soon customers arrived with broken, unraveled, or sagging chair seats and left with a restored memory of the family member who owned it. “A chair can be the essence of person,” says Clements. “It captures the soul and carries the soul through time in the physical form of a chair.” When the volume of restorations reached avalanche proportion, she taught Klinger as well. Their skill developed by taking chairs apart, a
Brandy Clements and Dave Klinger are the proprietors of Silver River Center for Chair Caning
hands-on study of the process. At times they merely winged it. They have restored thousands of chairs or woven seats, and since expanding their restoration business into a school and museum, have taken on the responsibility of carrying on her family tradition of teaching the eager. In my exploration of Silver River, I experienced first hand the skill and artistry of caning. The reverence, pride, and importance of passing on the skill felt palpable. Clements believes that by carrying on her family’s tradition of chair caning she has become an advocate for the craft, an entrepreneur and a torchbearer. The dedication has connected her with chair caners across the globe, many of who also share a family history in the craft. She counts friends and followers in Greece, Uruguay, Australia, and Japan with whom she regularly shares photos and stories, despite the language barrier. Sometime in the future, Clements hopes to publish an archive of the collected stories of chair caners and their unique family traditions. For now, she finds contentment at the helm of Silver River. “I feel a specific type of pride, often emanating from somewhere outside of myself, each time I turn on the lights in my chair shop.”
A Caning Primer
Silver River specializes in hand caning which include splint, rush, shaker tape, machine, and laced. They range in difficulty from pressed caning which is simply placing a pre-woven piece of cane webbing into a groove (like fixing a screen door), to lace caning, a seven step process that weaves the cane into holes drilled into the chair. Rush weaving has been around since Pharaohs walked in Egypt and it was popular in Europe in the 1400s. Bulrush and cattails were most commonly used during those times because they were easily accessible. Today, materials range from corn shucks to iris leaves to leather. The result is four envelope triangles that meet in the middle. Splint or split weaving is the most common in Appalachia. Traditionally crafted using hickory, ash or oak, it is one of the easiest methods with a basic over/under technique that creates a strong seat. It can be fancied up with checkerboard, herringbone or Carolina patterns and made more colorful with Shaker tape. What are the signs that recaning might be needed? The seat is sagging or holes are in the cane. How long does it take? The time it takes to repair a cane chair depends on the caner, their level of skill, and the type of caning you need, but Clements estimates: Splint Weaving: 3-4 hours Rush Weaving: 4-6 hours Machine Caning: 2 hours Laced Caning: 10-15 hours
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A Storied Tapestry Steven Merckâ€™s loft is a striking study of form, function and scale / by Brendan Blowers / photography by Eli Warren
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InnerCella Nooks: small-space solutions
[above] Merck appreciates the richness of the brick and practicality of the exposed-beam ceiling. “If I want to hang a chandelier, all I have to do is run conduit,” he says. Entertaining centers around this lounge area where the goal was an inviting place for conversation to unfold comfortably with friends or family. [right] The gallery wall includes pastoral landscapes, antlers of various media and other allusions to the owner’s rural southern roots, a boyhood spent shucking corn and milking cows.
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InnerCella Nooks: small-space solutions
(above) The kitchen boasts clean and modern design, a contrast to the nearly century old brick and beam construction of the former mill. Clever out-of-eyesight storage like a bookend wine caddy is ready for entertaining at a moment’s notice.
The Mills Mill opened in 1897 and employed around two-hundred, mostly tenant farmers who traded in their plows for a steady wage in the textile industry spinning bed sheets and shirt sleeves for soldiers. The building sat empty for much of the last century but its elegant Romanesque Revival architecture still held promise and in 2004 the Mills Mill was reborn as 104 units of luxury condominia replete with 16-foot ceilings, 9-foot tall windows, heart of pine beams and exposed brick walls. When Steven Merck set foot inside the only double loft unit at Mills Mill four years ago, he knew he had to have it. He remembers thinking, “This is mine. I’m supposed to live here,” Growing up in Clemson, Merck had always been drawn towards homes with a story. In fact, he lived in a century old house off Augusta Road for two decades before buying the loft. He had also recently sold a successful Upstate business and was embarking on a second career in real estate with Coldwell Banker Caine. His family was surprised by the turn of events, but Merck felt ready to start his new life from a blank canvas. He began filling the 2,700 square foot loft with striking pieces of character, but he also wanted the rooms to feel welcoming. “I don’t like places where you feel like you can’t sit on anything,” he says. In transitioning from a house to loft living, the first challenge was reconciling a lack of a yard. A self-professed “garden and plant person,” Steven purchased the three fiddle-leaf fig trees from the previous owner so they could continue to grow in the century-old brick space. He added live orchids and other large containers, many from Roots of Greenville (the owners are close personal friends and Merck does some interior design with Wesley Turner at 4Rooms), to enliven the interiors. Steven envisioned a ten-foot chandelier over the dining table. It took several attempts to find just the right fixture, but he finally landed on just what he was at Home
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InnerCella Nooks: small-space solutions
[left] In the foyer, new life is gleaned from the past as an old shipping crate from Columbia, South Carolina, is given a custom glass top to become a stately entry table. A formal portrait of William Lenoir, a Revolutionary War officer, greets visitors as they enter the hall. 52 _ at Home
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[left] The soft comfort of the master bedroom balances the loft’s more rustic features. The bed is tastefully framed by understated antique furniture and a prominent figurative nude canvas in serene azure hues. [far left top] Merck learned to design on a large scale while upfitting the interior of his loft at Mills Mill. Pieces that would easily overpower a smaller space look right at home when under 16-foot ceilings. looking for from Arteriors at the High Point Market. He enlisted the help to hang the immense fixture from the high ceiling, and like most of the artful pieces in Merck’s home, it ideally fits the scale of the expansive space (plus he no longer bumps into the table at night). Having spent thirty years in retail commerce, Steven has been able to invest in what he calls his single addiction: fine art. From colonial portraits to charcoal nudes, contemporary pieces and figurative sculpture, Merck’s collection weaves through the loft like a storied tapestry. His appreciation for artwork came at an early age; he remembers watching his mother and aunt save coins to purchase chipped pottery from Georgia folk potter Lanier Meaders. Several of those
flawed pots have found a home in Steven’s loft today, though the family had little way of knowing back then that Meader’s work would one day be in the Smithsonian. Much like the artists he has always admired, Merck employs juxtaposition in his interior designs, such as his placement of a Kelly O’Neal abstract next to a provincial oil painting enticing the admirable qualities of both pieces to stand out. Deer antlers and pastoral landscapes displayed on a gallery wall (painted the ubiquitous Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams) are more than mere décor, they are a nod to Merck’s rural roots. He grew up shucking corn and milking cows, so his inclination is to always mix “the traditional in a contemporary setting.” Select antique rugs add vibrance to hallways, but Merck left
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[above] Century old exposed brick creates delicious wallpaper in a guest room set off by a waxed oak bed and subtle equestrianism. [right] Merck is unafraid to mix time periods and styles when displaying his fine art collection. A contemporary abstract painting adds vibrant color to a dark neutral wall opposite the kitchen and abutting a bar alcove.
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most of the acid-stained floors uncovered. “I love the concrete,” he says, “It’s so durable and I polish it myself.” Natural light fills the loft through the massive casement windows, but at night well-placed industrial lights (some of them outdoor fixtures), give the rooms a warm glow. Nearly every switch is on a dimmer, creating ambience impossible to achieve with static light in a space with so much vertical volume. High end custom furnishings carefully mixed with estate antiques and repurposed vintage subdivide the open living area. A lack of clutter makes its own statement in the room. Every piece feels intentionally placed creating a feast for the senses. Merck has a what feels like an innate knack for turning the simple into the sublime. A vintage shipping crate from Columbia gets a custom glass top to become an elegant entry table. In the master suite, an antique china cabinet is repurposed to hold Steven’s collection of personal curios. Pottery, personal gifts-- even a painting he picked up in Barcelona for five Euros-- are displayed behind the glass. The cumulative effect of walking through this well curated loft is like stepping into an explorer’s scrapbook. Being in the presence of objects with meaning collapses time. As the past and present converge, the air becomes tangible. The home is an honest distillation of his passion for life. “I don’t want my home just full of expensive stuff, everything here I like for a reason,” he says.
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YOU KNOW THAT FEELING YOU GET ON LESSER HOLIDAYS? A little flutter of excitement for the break from routine, but without big meals to plan and prepare, no presents to buy, just a postponement of hectic mindset. You may still throw in a load of laundry or weed the garden, but not without something that feels special.
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Freestyle Friday is my accidentally born selfcare ritual that is part Sabbath/part holiday, with equal parts perception and deliberation. Webster defines oasis as a pleasant or peaceful area or period in the midst of difficult, troubled or hectic place or situation. Well, I have planted one in every week. It began over twenty years ago as simply going out to lunch on Friday rather than making a turkey sandwich with a pickle and eating it at my desk. Soon it expanded to include an extra cup of coffee in the morning or an early evening happy hour. When I had children, I indoctrinated them. “Happy Freestyle Friday”
became an appropriate substitution for a “Good Morning” greeting. When they were toddlers, we’d opt for an afternoon movie instead of a nap. After the movie, we’d play hospital and I’d call being the one cared for on the gurney. It was a pleasure for them to skip napping and an indulgence for me to have one. Do not worry though, you do not need to be a Zen master to embrace freestyle Friday; I am in no way qualified to advise on that issue. What I do feel ok with weighing in on is creating celebration within mindfulness. A party? I’m in. Contrived festivity? Still in. Freestyling may include indulgence like dessert with lunch or a pedicure or only parts of the necessaries that you enjoy. It has as much to do with what you choose not to do as what you do. Now, I always begin Fridays with a bit longer coffee and reading before greeting the world. I may wake up earlier to do it. I write. I usually go for an unrushed run, preferably in the woods. I also reserve work I love to do for Fridays. This is easy enough, as there
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is always plenty to do. I may wear one of my shirts emblazoned with “Friday” across the front. The key point is I refuse drudgery. Grant budgets, calls to discuss insurance claims, returning packages, these all wait. Anything tinged with potential awkwardness can wait too. Any conversations involving awkward explanations or declining an invitation should be handled Thursday or can even wait until after freestyle. “I’m sorry I cannot join that board/ organization/ gathering” is NOT a Friday call to make. Such tasks can wait and it feels refreshing to have a day without it. My rules for Freestyle Friday are as pliable as the approach. There is no room for rigidity in freestyle. It is not failure if I cannot freestyle every Friday or if I end up with an obligation that defies celebration, but having the expectation means it happens more often than not. It’s the ritual and the feeling of protecting
time, seeking restorative pleasure and looking forward it. I pledge to enjoy a day, rather than just get through it. One day my co-worker and friend, Clive (an octogenarian, writer, accomplished runner, known most for his wise presence and positivity) and I were chatting as the woman delivered our daily mail at work. She’s typically quite engaging but came in harried, “I’m sorry I’m late, but I had to clean up after my weekend guests, my mail truck was on E and I got blocked in.” Clive laughed an understanding laugh and said with his forefinger raised “Just remember, you’re in charge!” I was struck that he, in the gentlest way possible, reminded her-- and me-that she had a say, even if she couldn’t control every detail. Freestyle Friday isn’t about avoiding work or spending every Friday at the spa. I cannot do either. It’s remembering we do have a say and responsibility to be stewards of our own time. And if we believe one day during the week deserves celebration, then it proves to be true.
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The star of this bright, white kitchen is the light fixture Jon Ward crafted from tobacco sticks, a variation on Chestnut Living's popular leatherhandled baskets.
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armhouse style is having a moment. But for Brandi Ward, who together with her husband, Jon, transforms spaces through their design and lifestyle brand, Chesnut Living, “farmhouse” transcends shiplap walls and tobacco baskets over the mantel. “I feel like our generation has seen before technology and after technology and we’re starting to see the repercussions of technology, so we’re craving something - more of a simple life - and to me that lends towards farmhouse,” says Brandi. “It’s just a feeling of home and comfort.” And while the Ward family does live on a farm of sorts complete with peach trees and hens happily laying eggs in an adorable coop - Brandi assures this aesthetic is achievable in any home, no chickens required. She says the best way to create this sense of stylish calm in one’s home is to start with a fresh, neutral palette. “For me farmhouse is wood tones and neutral [colors] and then adding in fresh greenery, creating a fresh feeling,” she says. “Because when you’re on a farm it’s mainly green, white and wood.”
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When it comes to accessorizing a room, Brandi suggests shopping within the family first for pieces that tell your story; it can be something as simple as a framed photograph or a beloved relative’s recipe book and then building on those artifacts with items that give you a similar feeling, whether they be foraged treasures or reproductions. Among Brandi’s favorite pieces are a pie safe that once provided safe haven for cooling pies baked by the grandmother of a dear friend. “Keep the things that you absolutely love, that when you look at them they give you joy and remind you of happy times,” she says. “Anything from your family history; incorporate something that’s authentic to you in that room.” Brandi is also a proponent of repurposing, whether that means giving new life to an old piece or using new materials in an unexpected way. Jon had for some time been building baskets out of tobacco sticks - traditionally used by tobacco farmers to hang leaves in the barn to dry after picking - when a new idea struck. “He made one that was big that had two big rope handles, and it was beautiful,” Brandi says. “He held it upside down and said, ‘What if I made a light out of it?’”
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Brandi and Jon enjoy scouring old barns for interesting pieces to incorporate into their home, and the treasure hunting gene seems to run in the family. This century-old wood pie safe with punched tin panels was found by her father. Brandi later learned that the piece had been owned by a friend's grandmother, making it extra special. Brandi added modern tassels to compensate for the worn out door latches. Tomato stems, like the one shown here inside the wire cloche, are a favorite accessory.
The tin roof over the chicken coop once sheltered a barn in Laurens County. The Wards' 10 chickens share their space with the Chestnut Living prep room, where Jon repurposed an old door and a barrel from Tractor Supply to create a sink and counter space in a corner of the coop.
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In short order the fixture was making a statement over their kitchen island. In similar rustic fashion, hog panel railing originally used to keep pigs in their place - looks downright elegant as a stair railing, and the 4x4 squares just happen to perfectly comply with code. Brandi has a particular fondness for old windows and uses them as dramatic wall hangings throughout her home, but she stepped up her game in the greenhouse, whose walls aren’t walls at all. “I went to Habitat for Humanity and bought a ton of windows and doors and laid it out how I wanted it on the driveway and then Jon built it for me,” she says. “He built the frame and then he screwed all the windows and doors together.” The Wards have since embarked on a new design adventure just down the road, where Brandi is busy putting her distinctive stamp on a fifthwheel trailer the family of four will call home while their future forever home is under construction.
Brandi designed this greenhouse fit for a fairy using windows and doors salvaged from Habitat for Humanity. The roof is corrugated acrylic and the floor is fashioned from reclaimed brick. Jon built hanging shelves using i-joists left over from construction of the main house, creating the perfect sunny perch for seedlings awaiting their turn to take root in the garden beyond.
Brandi's tips for creating a farm fresh feel in any space: • A fresh, neutral palette is the way to go. Think whites and wood tones with touches of fresh greenery here and there. • Take it one room at a time, and start with a clean slate. • Build a look using pieces that tell your story, whether they be treasured family heirlooms or simple knickknacks that fit the narrative. • Above all else, strive for surrounding yourself and your family with objects that bring joy and memories of happy times.
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Staying Local We take a slight detour this issue for the 40th anniversary Guild of Greenville Symphony Tour of Homes, this year featuring the neighborhoods of Parkins Mill East and Hollingsworth Park. / by Sandra Woodward / illustration by Bethany Williams
ne of life’s guilty pleasures for us designdependent folks is imagining what lies behind the doors and drapery of all those fabulous homes that don’t belong to us. While we must resist the urge to just knock on a total stranger’s door, at least once a year the good people of Greenville provide us a fleeting chance to peek behind the curtains. Even better, we have an invitation to walk right in and gawk. For the past 40 years of its 60-year history, the Guild of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra has presented an annual tour of homes, showcasing some of the area’s most outstanding residences and, in the process, enhancing the community’s knowledge of and interest in exceptional home design. The annual fundraiser for the Symphony and its programs is not only the ultimate fantasy fulfillment for home design aficionados; it is a community effort of grand proportions, involving the participation of a literal army of volunteers. Their hard work enables Greenville to boast a professional, vibrant orchestra that is committed to outreach, education and inclusivity, with programs for all ages. This year’s tour is Oct. 5-7, so grab a carful of like-minded friends and head for the homes. Since house viewing is a notorious appetite stimulant, you’re in luck with the featured neighborhoods of Parkins Mill East and Hollingsworth Park. In
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addition to the many options along Pleasantburg Drive near Parkins Mill, the delightful Stella’s Southern Brasserie is a five-minute stroll from the Hollingsworth homes. Each year’s tour offers insight into the unique approaches that are possible in creating our living spaces, and this year’s offerings comprise a total of five homes in two equally interesting yet completely different neighborhoods that illustrate the way urban living has expanded in scope in the 21st century. The stately homes of Parkins Mill East feature sweeping lawns and quiet streets, while the elegantly traditional, more compact homes of Hollingsworth Park feature smaller lots in close proximity, with common green spaces and some commercial properties for a modern-day village atmosphere. From architecture and garden design to interior detail and decor, the creative touches that make these homes distinctive and worthy of attention are displayed in abundant variety. A sixth, exquisite home on Babbs Hollow in the Collins Creek neighborhood is the venue for the Patrons’ Party honoring the homeowners and tour sponsors. Advance ticket purchase is required for this evening of elegant food, wine and live music. Tickets for this event are $75 and include a tour ticket. We offer only the briefest descriptions to whet your appetite.
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14 ORCHARD MEADOW LANE The home of Selena Riddle and Richard Warder Get ready for an eyepopping entry with a 20-foot ceiling and a grand piano as the focal point. Charles Bragg bronzes, Murano glass and fine custom and antique stained glass pepper this home as well as a superb antique pool table.
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12 ORCHARD MEADOW LANE The home of Sharron and Norman Glickman Elegant Swedish and Danish antiques reflect the homeowner’s heritage with notable art throughout, a library featuring a 17th century table from Provence, Staffordshire porcelain and extensive gardens designed by J. Dabney Peeples with custom designed fountains.
33 VERDAE CREST DRIVE The home of Jeanie and Fred Gilmer III
Look for antique plantation-house interior doors with original hardware, custom marble counters and English design touches.
32 VERDAE CREST DRIVE The home of Linda and Frank O’Brien The open plan of this home is spacious and welcoming with a unique barn door feature, an appropriately scaled pool and screened porch and posh outdoor living.
7 HOLLINGSWORTH DRIVE The home of Elizabeth Richardson Ogle This charming Charleston “singlehouse” styling with its a porch along the side and lovely outdoor stone steps in the back.
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ERIC BROWN DESIGN The penthouse at Riverplace offers unique urban luxury. Kathryn Williams and Tom Ervin's kitchen was designed by Eric Brown to counterpoint its striking river views. "Waterfall islands are simplistic in design. The basic visual is both ancient and modern, clean and architectural and a way to add a monumental accent in a deft way."
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Modern farmhouse project captured the imagination of all involved
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Blair Vana always imagined herself living off the fat of the land on a large piece of property. “I had a romantic notion of chickens and goats,” she says. And, while she allows farm life up close can at times be more barbaric than idyllic (mostly because of roosters), Vana is enthralled by the rural setting she, her husband, Matt and their three teenaged children now call home. “I just love the space, how quiet it is out here,” she says. “I love sitting on the porch and hearing nothing.” Whichever porch it is, the wide wrap-around front porch or the breezy screened porch out back, quiet is in great supply around this modern farmhouse perched on 150 acres deep in a pine forest in Fountain Inn. The love for this property became infectious for nearly everyone involved. Amanda Thomas, the architect who represented Tindall Architecture Workshop on the home’s design, counts this project high on her list of favorites. “I’ll always remember going out there for the first time in the winter of 2015. We hopped on their Kawasaki and Matt drove us all over the property, and it was just magical.”
A creek runs along much of the perimeter of the property, as do a number of woodland trails perfect for ATV adventuring. A gun range built in a clearing by Matt and his father and a massive fire pit have seen regular use since well before the house was built, but the house-a gleaming white board and batten beauty-- is where the real magic happens. Thomas’s design, masterfully executed by CarsonSpeer Builders, seamlessly blends the charm of a traditional Southern farmhouse with elements of modern high style and today’s most efficient construction practices. “They will have plenty of work to do on the land - and that’s what they wanted - but there will be very little maintenance needed on the house,” says James Speer, who took the lead on the build. Where a traditional farmhouse would be all wood, CarsonSpeer was able to achieve the same effect with far more durable materials. Real wood was used in a few places, like the cedar rafter tails, but most everything else is either Hardie board or PVC. The metal roof lends design consistency, tying together the main house and garage, and the hidden fastener system makes it less prone to leakage. “There’s a comfort level created by how we can build such a tight house today,” says Speer, noting the home’s many energy efficient features, including abundant spray foam insulation and airtight windows and doors. “If we didn’t put fresh air in with the HVAC system the fireplace wouldn’t work. No air gets in that house.” That is, of course, unless fresh air is on the agenda, in which case the porches rise to the occasion. The biggest porch
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I’ll always remember going out there for the first time in the winter of 2015. We hopped on their Kawasaki and Matt drove us all over the property, and it was just magical. —Amanda Thomas
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[left] A large, two-story vaulted living space that opens to the screened porch provides family space inside and out, and lends a traditional farmhouse feel to this contemporary floor plan. A multitude of generously proportioned windows a priority for Blair - flood the home with natural light throughout much of the day. The wide eave covering the front porch makes this a comfortable perch no matter the weather, and allows for opening up the house to capture the cross breeze provided by summer storms.
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runs along the front, wraps around the side and connects the house to the garage, providing shelter from the moment one ascends the steps, an element Thomas says is integral to achieving the traditional farmhouse aesthetic. But, there’s much more at play here than a serene spot for sipping sweet tea. “It’s a nice, relaxing porch, but it’s also functional,” Thomas says. “The overhang is deep enough to open the sliding doors and windows when it’s raining and get a nice cross breeze through to the back porch, which is also protected from rain and mosquitoes.” The proximity of the back porch to the kitchen and to the backyard grilling station sets the home up perfectly for entertaining, as does the non-traditional open floor plan inside. Speer says an older farmhouse would have been more chopped up and that this home’s airy interior won the hearts of every subcontractor, supplier and potential client that visited the site during the build. Matching today’s preference for an open floor plan with the traditional farmhouse concept was a challenge to which Thomas rose beautifully.“I looked at how we could have that without just walking into a big open space,” she says. Her solution was a navy and gold, shiplap-wrapped jewel box of a butler’s pantry, situated at the heart of the main living area. “I worked really hard to make the butler’s pantry this cool box floating in the middle of the house, rather than tucked to the side, out of the way,” Thomas says. “I arranged it to sort of divide the space but still allow things to flow nicely around the living room, dining room and kitchen.” 76 _ at Home
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[left top] Matt teamed up with his dad to build the chicken coop, adding board and batten to the exterior to coordinate with the main house. [left bottom] The navy and gold palette from the kitchen is repeated in the butlerâ€™s pantry, a shiplap-wrapped jewel that sits at the heart of the main living area. 78 _ at Home
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Clean white walls and more large windows keep things bright and cheery on the utilitarian end of the home. The laundry room, conveniently situated just inside the back door, includes a dog wash for cleaning muddy paws and feet.
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The same navy palette with gold accents is repeated in the kitchen, where open shelving and a massive island give Vana the space she needs to get creative with her cuisine. The quartz countertop is a lower maintenance and budget friendly alternative to her original desire for marble, which ultimately was used only in the master bath. The kitchen is Vana’s favorite room in the house, and her favorite feature is the window over the sink that gives her a mother hen’s eye view of the chicken coop (also built by the Vana men and designed to mimic the main house) across the back yard. “I love standing at the sink,” she says. “I almost feel like it’s better than TV screens with the chickens and ducks out there.” At present the Vana brood includes 12 adult chickens, two ducks, and 13 baby chicks. “I went to Duncan to get 4 laying hens and came back with 13.” From the kitchen window she can also keep an eye on her garden, which is thankfully a large one, as she admits to showing the same lack of restraint with seed catalogs as she does with chicken shopping. Windows were a priority for Vana and her wish was granted with a home that is naturally bright throughout the majority of the day. She says planning for natural light was a top priority and even admits to asking for a window in the pantry design, which was succintly shot down. She did score windows in the well-lit laundry room, however,
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which is located just inside the entrance from the garage and includes a dog wash for keeping their four pups from tracking in red clay. Likewise, there’s an impressive shower for their owners just down the hall. “Matt wanted the master shower to be like a car wash,” Speer says. “We also added an outdoor shower that wasn’t part of the original design.” Because the home is sited 2,000 feet from the road, and far from any hope of city water, Speer says a hydrologist was hired to help his team find water on the property and today the property is serviced by four separate wells filled with thousands of gallons of water.
When asked about a favorite detail in the home, Vana’s answer came as a bit of a surprise. The railing on the stairway that leads to the kids’ bedrooms and sitting area was inspired by her grandmother’s midcentury home. She had a vision for the railing that was reminiscent of a farm fence and turned to the internet for inspiration photos. Speer and the team from Heirloom Stair and Iron created just what she hoped for with fresh white horizontal boards. Simple design that works is a recurring theme in this stunning home, and one the Vanas hope will be appreciated and enjoyed by generations to come.
[clockwise from top] Blair originally wanted marble countertops throughout the home but ultimately decided on lower maintenance quartz everywhere except the sumptuous master bath. The master bath is also home to a massive shower that builder James Speer likens to a car wash, per Matt’s request. Enjoying some porch time along with their furry friends are Luke, Matthew, Charlotte, Matt and Blair. Luke, the eldest of the Vana brood, flew the coop for Clemson University this fall. The stair railing, reminiscent of a farm fence, was inspired by a similar one in Blair’s grandmother’s home and designed by Heirloom Stair and Iron. at Home
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A modern family designs life in the country
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The exterior maintains a modern farmhouse aesthetic: gables, vertical lines, metal roof and, of course, a long front porch.
ost mornings Lisa and Brad Baych and their four children wake up to sunlight flooding through their windows. There’s no need for shades because the forest of tall pines and mature oaks that surround their property provide plenty of natural privacy. “It took some adjustment to get used to at first,” Lisa says, “but it’s nice to be able to look out and just see trees.” The day starts around the natural quartz island in the kitchen where Brad, a trained chef, teaches the kids how to make their own breakfast. Just outside the French doors, bees and butterflies visit the flowering bushes near the pool. Beyond that a creek-fed two acre pond shimmers in the early light as wildflowers push their way skyward through red Carolina clay. Since purchasing this 12-acre plot in a part of Taylors that still feels rural, the Baych family has been spending a lot more time outdoors. “We wanted space for the kids to roam,” Lisa says. It was the need for more space that compelled them to buy this property and build on it, but it took a few years to get here. Their first home in Greenville was a four bedroom, two bath house with a small fenced-in backyard. It was in the type of neighborhood where according to Lisa everyone knew you, even if you had never met them before. The Baychs lived there for five years and did their best to make it fit their growing family. They added a family room, a half-bath, poured a driveway and built an outdoor fire pit. However after their fourth child Matthew was born, the couple knew they could never make it big enough. That’s when necessity sparked inspiration.
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[far left] The open living room has a Foucault’s Orb Chandelier hanging from 20ft high tray ceilings and ample views of the upstairs, which Brad and Lisa dubbed “the kid’s domain.” [top and left] A huge natural quartz island is a hub for the family. It’s where Brad cooks, the kid’s get their homework done and where everyone gathers for informal meals and games. The overhead beam that forms the transition into the kitchen was culled from a 200year old barn in Ohio, the state Stearns’ family was originally from.
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The back of the shiplapsided fireplace masks the landing of the staircase. The home’s neutral white and grey color scheme complements an overall open aesthetic. Living room furnishings are arranged to focus on family time while providing natural traffic flow to the kitchen, the kid’s downstairs playroom and the back patio. Red oak hardwoods run throughout the main house and bedrooms. Wood and antique accents add just a touch of rustic to the refined environs. The Baych’s have enjoyed moving from a house that always felt cramped to one custom built around their easy lifestyle. 92 _ at Home
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Lisa’s Mom, Nancy Stearns, had moved with the family from Oklahoma to Greenville and was living in a small bungalow within walking distance. The kids loved having her nearby and the prospect of moving put that in jeopardy. Brad and Lisa realized they could purchase enough land to suit two houses. Instead of living in the same neighborhood, they could simply get out of the city and build their own mini neighborhood. Stearns was open to the idea and the Baychs were excited by the prospect of building a home right-sized for their lifestyle. “If we’re going to have to move, we might as well build our dream house,” Lisa said to Brad. When Brad first set foot on the property off North Barton Road, his eyes took in the pond. He was transported back to his boyhood days fishing with his grandfather and recognized immediately this was the place he wanted to raise their kids. Lisa began to gather inspiration pictures and found herself drawn to the modern farmhouse look; a style of home with vertical lines, gabled roofs, and a profile in tune with the white picket fences and horse stables just down the road. Mitch Ledhe, of MHK Architects, visited the property once the Baychs had closed on it and immediately saw what he initially called “a big risk.” Brad and Lisa wanted a traditional twostory farmhouse but had purchased land with a steep slope that would require a walkout. To solve this problem, Lehde came up with a crafty solution. By moving the garage around back, he sketched out plans for a house with two entrances. A family entrance through a patio on the
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[right] Brad’s been teaching the kids to fish in the pond. In warmer weather, butterflies and dragonflies flit about. It’s an idyllic setting for spending an afternoon. A small red outbuilding was the only original structure on the land when the Baychs purchased it. They’ve kept it intact and named it “the fish house” and currently stores rods and tackle. A new dock that extends from the backyard down to the pond’s center is in the plans for the near future.
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lower level leading into the kitchen and a traditional front porch entrance at the top of the hill that opens onto a second story landing. The result is a harmonious blend of farmhouse and open interior with a structure that hugs the slope in a seamless transition. Lehde’s original framed sketches hang on a prominent wall in the home, a token of the family’s appreciation for their vision becoming a reality. The garage side of the home’s lower level consists of a mudroom where the family’s older yellow lab, Nemo, lies on the cool concrete floor to rest. A walk-in pantry provides ample shelving for food storage and Brad’s ever-growing cookbook collection. The kitchen/dining area leads out to an impressive great room with 20-foot high tray ceilings anchored by a shiplap sided fireplace fronting a staircase with metal railing and banisters. On one side of the central stairs is the master suite with attached bath and opposite that, a cozy children’s playroom.
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[above] It took Brad and Lisa time to acclimate to not needing to shade their bedroom windows. Now they love that privacy is naturally created by the water oaks and maples that surround their home. Most mornings, the couple wake up to sunlight coming through their wraparound master bedroom windows. [right] The master bath has plenty of room to shower or soak. Slate floors and subway tile grace every bath in the home. Different tiling patterns are found throughout the bathrooms, a subtle but effective way to make each one feel different. at Home
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[left] Matthew, the youngest of the four children, has a room fully quipped for his transition to a “big boy” bed. [right] A frequently used laundry chute is artfully concealed inside an upstairs window seat proving utility can still be stylish. [below] The vanity cabinet in Maryn’s bathroom was salvaged and updated by her grandma Nancy Stearns. The family enjoys repurposing antiques rather than buying new and each special find then becomes its own story. [below right] Daughter, Maryn, has a bedroom suite that doubles as private guest quarters when family comes to visit.
Lisa’s design aesthetic leans heavily towards the modern with neutral walls, clean lines, dark red oak flooring and industrial furnishings (although the Baychs have a soft spot for reclaimed antiques and selected family heirlooms). “It’s fun to have things that have a story,” Lisa says. A cedar storage chest in the kid’s playroom was an acquisition from Lisa’s brother, Phil, while an exposed beam in the transition to the kitchen came from a 200-year-old barn in Ohio. Stearns’ family originated from Cleveland, so having a rafter in her daughter’s house steeped in Ohio history is noteworthy to her. The second level is the kid’s domain; twin boys, Harper and Carter, have their rooms joined by what the family has come to call a “jack and jack” bath with their little brother’s room down the hall. Over the garage, Maryn has a bedroom wing with a walk-in closet and en-suite bath. “She may never want to leave,” Lisa jokes. It’s an undeniably luxurious space fit for every girl’s dream, but she’s asked to give it up when family comes to visit. A short walk up the drive, past the kids’ trampoline and a small raised-bed garden, sits Grandma’s house. Her
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three bedroom home has a more traditional footprint with a southern meets French country feel. Inside, Stearns stipulated plenty of built-ins for her antique books and opted for a lighter European stain on her wood floors. She loves having enough room to host family and friends, but admits her only unplanned visitors are the grandkids. “When the doorbell rings, I know who it is,” she says with the wry smile of a Grandma who keeps candy in stock for her favorite little ones. On Sunday nights, the family gathers at Stearns’ for dinner.
chaotic place and I want my home to be simple and clean.” It’s often dark by the time she makes the commute home, but arriving at a place where the only sound is the distant chirping of frogs and the rustle of leaves puts her mind at ease. Meanwhile, Stearns likes to take a glass of wine out to her back porch that overlooks a clearing. Herds of deer emerge from the trees to graze at sunset and nimble fireflies twinkle in the spaces between the dark pines. A recent bear sighting caused a bit of a stir until the family did some research and
There’s also a weekly rotation that determines when each grandchild gets to sleepover at Grandma’s. Stearns loves observing how unlimited access to the outdoors has influenced Maryn, Carter, Harper, and little Matthew. “Living here has allowed the kids to be free with their imaginations,” she says. In reality, it has freed everyone. Lisa is a doctor specializing in family medicine and urgent care in Greer and enjoys coming home to the peace and calm of the countryside. “I feel like the world is a
realized that black bear-- much like their Barton Road neighbors-- like to keep to themselves. Brad does the groundskeeping and ensures the fireplaces are always wellstocked with wood from the property. “I had to purchase and then teach myself how to use a chainsaw, which was interesting,” he says. He’s also been teaching his children to fish just like his Grandfather taught him. A recent overnight campout on their property was a big hit with the kids; seven-year-old
[top and right] Stearns cottage sits up the hill and around a slight bend from the family house. Her interior is a shade lighter and a touch more feminine. One thing she stipulated when the home was being built was plenty of built-ins for her antique books and keepsakes. She selected hardwoods that have a lighter European stain that, along with the shiplap, adds to the French country feel.
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[left] The far wall in the dining room was designed to fit the china cabinet which has been in Stearns’ family for centuries. Similar to the family’s kitchen, she also used an exposed beam from an old barn as an accent to frame the kitchen. While the cottage has a much smaller footprint, the open floor plan on the first level is well-suited for entertaining guests. [right] The back porch overlooks a clearing surrounded by redbuds, live oaks, and dogwoods. Stearns likes to take a glass of wine in the late afternoons and watch the deer graze and by nightfall, it’s all starlight and fireflies.
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Harper’s blue eyes shimmer as he described living in a place where you don’t hear “the trucks go ‘vroom,’ ‘vroom.’” The Baychs are enjoying the comfort that comes from a home where formmarries-function. In Oklahoma, they owned newer homes in traditional neighborhoods where entire rooms were rarely used. Now, every square inch of their house serves a purpose. “Our home design now allows for each of the kids to have their own space when they need some time alone or plenty of opportunities to hang out together. It ultimately works for our family,” Lisa says. Concessions were made, of course. School is a forty minute commute away for one, but most days, Brad doesn’t mind the contemplative drive on unclogged roads, past the friendly horses, goats and quiet farms. It may have been a leap of faith to create their own planned community, but this family found connection to the land they built on and in the process connected even more with each other.
[above] Nancy’s master bedroom is light and bright, shiplapped and filled with family mementos. The soft grays and creams of the furnishings, along with the pastoral views, lead to many restful nights. [left] Her master bath, with an abundance of natural light, extends the gray and cream color palette with a basketweave tiled floor, subway tiled walls and a painted chest of drawers.
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“One of our main desires in designing the penthouse was to unite as many metal finishes as we could in an extremely subtle way,” Brown says. “Iron, brass, bronze, silver, pewter are all present in various stages of patination.” A focal point for the residence is a stunning and considerable bullseye mirror by Irionies over the velum-clad bar by Jillian Chichester.
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LUXURIOUS FUNCTIONALITY Eric Brown Design helped Kathryn Williams achieve the art of reduction / by Brendan Blowers / photography by Inspiro 8 Studios
hen Kathryn Williams and her husband Tom Ervin decided to call the penthouse at Riverwalk home, they hired Eric Brown Design to make masterful use of a much smaller space. It faces the progression of the Reedy River as it finds it way towards the rocky falls, and feels like its own box seat above the Peace Center’s TD Stage. “It amazed me how freeing it was,” says Kathryn Williams, referring to the process of moving to Riverwalk. “We have in here the things we really need, the things we really want, and nothing else.” Before relocating, she called on the sought-after designer to perform a complete renovation. “We realized how incredibly creative he was with using space,” she says. It took 9-months to complete. Eric Brown, who has amassed an impressive portfolio including the design of the penthouse of the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, enjoys the process of directing contractors on a build from the beginning. “We are the ambassador for the client, with the architect and the builder,” he says. It was clear from Brown’s initial conversations with Williams, that she wanted to break from the traditional homes from her past, including the large property in the Chanticleer neighborhood, to embrace a carefree lifestyle in the city. She also requested a nod to her lifelong passion of riding and jumping horses. Brown immediately had builders remove unnecessary doorways to open up the entry hall. “The space is, architecturally, one continuous happening, ” Brown says. He likes to employ a continuity of materials, textures and fixtures in living spaces, a technique that works especially well for urban design.
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The living room with sweeping views of the city has a serene palette combining Belgian linens, bronze and wrought iron, highly textured metallic wall covering by Arte and warm wide plank oak floors. The centerpiece â€œHorse study # 3â€? is a poetic sculpture by Tom Corbin. 108 _ at Home
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The expansive kitchen island combines quartz and oak in a stylish juxtaposition of old and new, incorporating an array of blacks and browns set amid subtle textural surfaces. A sculpture by Alice Ballard rests sensually in a large wood bowl below jewel-like pendants.
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dentitcal custom oak built-ins installed in multiple rooms soften the overt commericial construction and add much needed storage. Another inspired turn was refinishing window frames from a cold silver to a warm bronze; where the frames once cast distracting glare, now they blend like shadows into the wall keeping the focus on where it should be: the 8th story view of the Reedy River and Main Street, Greenville. â€œThe tonality viewed from urban dwellings can often be severe, we wanted this condo to feel urban but soft. Mixing warmer greys with the many off-shades seen in worn or tarnished metal can create a sophisticated subdued urban feel,â€? Brown says. This subtle blending of form is present throughout the penthouse. Metropolitan materials like concrete and marble meld with more agrarian arrangements of leather and cow hair. Of course, just the right amount of equestrian has been included. Though there are a few specific references-- like the horse hoof foot of the four-post guest bed and the moody Turner-like painting by Stephen Chesley that hangs on the opposite wall-- there are also many subtle allusions. For example, how the s hape of the pulls on the guest room nightstands bend in a similar way to common horse tack. Walls and molding have been painted a warm grey and large interior plants, such as the Norfolk pine by the great room windows and the staghorn fern on the kitchen island, add organic dimension. Brown starts his design process by asking the client a few simple questions: What are you looking for? What colors do you respond to? Will you be entertaining? He will then gather elements together, creating a recipe of sorts and eventually unveil material options for the client to visualize the overall project on his magicificent conference table at The Eric Brown Design studio. It can include images pulled from a myriad of references ranging from his own childhood to classic Hollywood films. Memos of fabrics can be picked up and held, while Brown edifies his clients on types of stains, antiquing variations, furniture and art choices.
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The entry hall sports a lush race day painting by Alice Williams hung over matte oak paneling, which repeats throughout the residence creating cohesive architectural elements implying history to the dwelling. A myriad of textures are layered in this alcove including a custom round Kyle Bunting hair-on-hide rug as the piece de resistance. 112 _ at Home
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“One of our favorite things to do is to create artful multipurpose spaces,” says Brown. “I’ve always had a great love for the sofa table that doubles as a desk/dining area. So practical.” The custom ebonized table can also be utilized as a dining area for six. Brown has cleverly scattered the dining chairs throughout the penthouse knowing they can be gathered in numbers for necessity. The chairs are also on casters for ease of movement. at Home
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One of the more personal catalysts for the overall design finds its place over the master bed; Brown commissioned the portrait of Kathryn Williams’ horse Foster, “Glassy Mountain Morning” by Luke Allsbrook. “From the beginning stages, I knew this painting was going to be so very important. It captures the essence of who lives here.”
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or the Riverwalk penthouse, mirrors were slightly antiqued at the edges to harmonize with brushed oak floors and dark cabinetry. Brown says the effect adds a lightly lived-in feel to a new build project. A vellum topped desk and a really useful bar are beautifully surfaced, reminiscent of leather, and counterpoint nicely with hide rugs designed to fit hallways to scale. The space is extaordinarily wellbalanced, and demonstrates a designer who knows when to be a tad playful and where to hold back. Brown is mindful to not add an abundance of furniture, preferring to consider the client’s lifestyle, ensuring every piece has a purpose. “People so often have the need to put something in every possible space and on every empty surface. In an urban home, I really like focusing on luxurious functionality.” The workhorse of the living room is a custom built drop leaf table from England that Brown positioned behind the couch. Williams and her husband eat most of their meals at it, quite cozy for two, but easily convertible to seat up to six dinner guests with river views on two sides. Brown also removed an awkward Lshaped island and had builders install a practical pantry. Cabinets were surfaced with a dark “boot-like” finish, yet another reference to all things equine, while anchoring the natural light-filled room. In the master suite, a three-sided windowed nook is flanked with two deep velveted chairs while over the master bed, a handsome portrait hangs of Kathryn’s horse, Foster (who is Secretariat’s great-grandson) grazing in the Landrum meadow where he is stabled, a view of Glassy Mountain in the backg rou nd . I t was painted by Lu ke Allsbrook, a favorite of Brown’s for pastoral studies. “I arranged an outing in which Kathryn, Luke and I could interact with Foster at his stable,” Brown says he felt it was imperative for Allsbrook to experience the personality of the horse in its surroundings. “Luke Allsbrook does not capture an image on canvas, he captures moments. There is a big difference.”
Toying with the playful side of serious design, a horse-hoofed bed by Oly finds its place in the guest room creating a lighthearted nod to equine sensibilities. Warm and cool colors unite in a harmonious setting. A pair of paintings above the nightstands are by Justin Oberste.
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orses have always played a prominent role in Williams’ life; she’s a champion jumper. At times though, riding took a backseat to her law career and budding relationships. Williams says, “I realized I could study and ride, or study and date, but not all three at once.” When she completed law school, Williams chose the courtroom over the stables and it was her career that led to her marrying Tom Ervin. “I tried my very first jury trial in front of him,” she says. Now they are enjoying a whole new stage of life together at Riverwalk, one that includes walking to dinner at the Lazy Goat or listening to Peace Center concerts from their living room. And, yes, she has found her way back to riding and competing. A great interior designer works on the big picture, while still paying heed to the smallest of details. When Brown noticed that Williams and Ervin share the same last initials as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (W.E.) he removed the crown and modified the royal monogram to become a personal emblem on the couple’s linens for their master suite. Brown savors the first moment of walking a client through a fully completed project, showing a couple their re-imagined space for the first time. Williams asked Brown for something very different than what she and her husband were used to and what he delivered is a selective work of art. “I really wondered how we would adjust to a small space like this,” Williams says, “and we have loved it.”
[above] When you move from suburbs to a penthouse, its city views that become your backyard. This glass perch inside the Master Suite is in essence its own box seat for the TD Stage of the Peace Center. The pastel artwork in the guest room captures a romantic depiction of the wild horses of Cumberland Island. “I told Kathryn she had to have a white horse to go with her white horse bed,” Brown says, “so why not have it in an exquisite painting by Stephen Chesley?” 116 _ at Home
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Fall Back Earlier evenings beckon us to stay put. Invite friends over for a sip, a snack and what simmers in a pot on the stove. The warmth of the kitchen and the pop of a cork make for good company. FALL 2018
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An Ever Changing Fall
Tipple away the season with warming drinks and savory snacks
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huck the umbrella and say goodbye to the good ol’ boozy days of summer with its glut of tiki and iceladen sips. Now is the time to make a proper drink. Lean into cocktails and savory bites that set ablaze the fury of fall’s splendor. The ritual of making one is as enjoyable as the act of the imbibe. An intoxicating concoction can generate a state of ease. The essence of an aperitif is not the beginning of binge drinking; it is the ultimate solo endeavor, an excuse for crafted me time. Throw out any vestige of pumpkin-palooza. Conjugated in these three cups are trade route spices like ginger and cinchona and grounded undernotes of molasses and sorghum. Cocktails that usher in the bark of the newfangled. So pull on that knitted sweater and sip on these warningly toothsome, yet easy-to-make, libations. This is the new season of your wellstocked home bar.
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Warm versus Warming
Your secret arsenal is sitting in your kitchen, not in the season’s trending clichés. Go to your spice rack. Close your eyes, use your nose and follow your gut. Try bitters that scare you. Cardamom over Angostura? Why not! Pull out the unexpected. Cumin is a secret weapon of warmth (as is molasses over maple and beet or carrot juice over cream or apple cider). A hot drink puts booze in your blood stream, but a warming drink coats and in turn maximizes the residual longevity of the experience.
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Coriander Carrot Chips
2 large carrots or 3 medium carrots 1/2 tsp. olive oil ¼ tsp. sea salt Black pepper to taste ¼ tsp. ground coriander
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Method: Preheat oven to 350°F. Wash and peel the carrots. Using a mandolin, thinly slice the carrot on the bias making ovals. Toss the carrots with salt, pepper and coriander. Place the carrots in a single layer on a sheet pan lined with a Silpat.
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Bake for 18 minutes looking for the carrots to appear crisp without letting them burn. *For a semi-homemade version, purchase vegetable chips and spread in a crowded, single layer onto a sheet pan. Mist with cooking spray and dust with spices. Place in a cold oven and allow chips to warm until the temperature reaches 325 or until lightly browned. Immediately remove from sheet pan.
Spiced Balsamic Pecans
3 c. pecans ½ tsp. Curry powder ½ tsp. red pepper flake Salt and pepper to taste 2 Tbsp. high quality balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp. clarified butter 2 Tbsp. raw sugar ¼ c. roughly chopped fresh rosemary 3 Tbsp. dried thyme Method: Preheat oven to 325. Mix pecan with curry powder, pepper flake, salt and pepper, sugar and herbs. Melt the butter and slowly mix in the balsamic vinegar. Pour the wet ingredients over the nut mixture and fold out onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for up to 20 minutes; toss it using a spatula every 5 minutes watching for the pecans not to overly brown. Let it cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container.
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Golden Age of the Jerk What a soda jerk would make you if you could have booze in your contour bottle. Take a seat at the lunch counter and leap into the fountain drinks of yesterday with a rah-rah taste of the Friday night lights. Plantation Rum XO 20th Anniversary 1½ oz. Cardamaro Vino Amaro ¾ oz. Ginger root simple syrup ½ oz. Fresh-squeezed lemon juice ½ oz. Vanilla extract 1 ¼ tsp. Bittercube Blackstrap Bitters 4 dashes Method: Place a Nick and Nora glass in the freezer until chilled, at least 5 minutes. Add all liquids and bitters into a cocktail tin and fill with ice. Shake for eight seconds and strain drink into glass.
To Shame the Blush Breaking the disciplined parity of a Negroni, this frenzied rendition on the classic sip is an appetite-building aperitif with deep botanicals, a lack of vermouth and a phantom presence of celeriac. Hat Trick Botanical Gin 1 oz. Campri 1 oz. Cocchi Americano Rosa ½ oz. Combier Pamplemousse Rose Liqueur ½ oz. Method: Add all liquids into a pint glass or cocktail mixing glass and fill two-thirds of the way with ice and stir until wellchilled. Strain into rocks glass filled with large ice cubes. Garnish with orange peel.
The Old Man of New York Hold the Old World of an aged classic in your glass with this stylized riff on a Perfect Manhattan inspired by exploring the aromas of an antique store: cedar chests, leather chairs, worn books, and pipe tobacco. It’s a multidimensional drink that will evolve, not just in the glass but also on your palette. James E. Pepper 1776 Rye Whiskey Sherry Cask Finished 2 oz. Bonal Gentiane-Quina Aperitif ½ oz. Cocchi Americano Rosa ½ oz. Regan’s Orange Bitters 2 dashes Woodford Reserve Sassafras and Sorghum Bitters 2 dashes Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Method: Place a coupe or cocktail glass in the freezer until chilled, at least 5 minutes. Add all liquids and bitters into a pint glass or cocktail mixing glass and fill two-thirds of the way with ice. Stir vigorously with a cocktail spoon until chilled, about 30 seconds. Remove the coupe from the freezer, place the cherry inside, and strain the drink into the glass.
Now is the time to celebrate back to school, college football and of course the first flush of apples. Apple festivals across the Carolinas begin in August. Dip slices in citrus juice to keep fruit pretty (fyi: pineapple juice staves off oxidation better than lemon juice). Salted caramel cookies add a hint of a savory bite to our August offering. Local rosemary tops our number eight dessert, along with pistachio encrusted fig meringue kisses and deeply orange-hued edible flowers.
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Luster Copper vessels are perfect in the kitchen and on point for home decorating this fall. / by Lynn Greenlaw / Photography by Eli Warren
Thereâ€™s nothing quite as brilliantly pleasing as a gleaming copper vessel. Whether sitting on a your stove, hanging from a pot hook or used as a decorative accent for a favored plant, copper vessels -from antique to vintage to new- have a perfect place in the fall home. They are useful in cooking your favorite fall recipes, serving your guests and enhancing areas of your home with a sense of shining warmth. Cooks have been using copper cookware for centuries for its ability to warm quickly and stay warm leading to an even distribution of heat and a uniform cooking of the food. All copper is safe to cook in as long as it is lined in a non-reactive metal (as most copper cookware is). Most of these linings are made of nickel, tin, or stainless steel (after
1990). These lined pans can be used for almost any type of food. Unlined copper cookware is a better choice for whipping egg whites or making jams. Itâ€™s the acid in some food ingredients that will make the difference in the type of vessel you choose. If youâ€™re looking to purchase your first copper vessel or wanting to add to your collection, we offer these inspiring finds from private collections, many of which were found at The Rock House Antiques. Some copper lovers allow their pieces to achieve a beautiful aged patina on the exterior, even allowing them to verdigris. Others want them always to shine as if new. The one thing you never want to do with your copper is scrub it with an overly abrasive cleaner or cleaning pads.
French, 19th Century copper fish kettle poacher with brass handles.
French, 19th century. Tall-sided saucepan.
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Caring for Copper
Although the myth may persist that copper is hard to care for, we beg to differ; these cleaning tips will help to dispel any lingering fear. Wash and dry per usual: After cleaning with warm soap and water, be sure to dry your copper pots thoroughly. Any residual water could lead to a quicker tarnishing of the copper.
Italian, 20th century. This uniquely shaped hammered copper miniature pitcher/ vase was purchased on a honeymoon trip in Italy.
French, 19th century. Standard stockpot.
Buff tarnished spots with a very mild abrasive: Cut a lemon in half (or use the hollowed-out half of a squeezed lemon) and sprinkle table salt on the cut side of one half. Now rub! Salt saves the day, acting as a mild abrasive. To up the ante, you can add cornstarch or baking soda: mix equal parts salt and non-iodized cornstarch or baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Rub on a copper pot with a soft cloth, rinse with warm water, and voila. Polish with vinegar: We don’t recommend using your best balsamic, but a little white vinegar goes a long way with copper. Simply soak a cloth in it and rub the surface of your pot, periodically changing to a new area of your cloth.
Eastern European, 19th Century. This unusual fish poacher has iron legs that keep it elevated over a fire’s hot coals.
Or call in the tomatoes: The acid in tomatoes works wonders on copper. Cover the surface of your pot with tomato paste, let sit for a few minutes, and then wash it off with soap and water. Or, if you don’t have tomato paste, ketchup can play pinch hitter. Rub a small amount over your pot with a rag and rinse. There are also commercial products: Such as Mauviel Copper Cleaner and Wenol Metal Polish that will treat your copper gently. at Home
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Wind down summer and welcome fall with these ideal picks for the season / by Pete Martin
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Picking the perfect wine for a fall get-together can be tricky. It’s hard enough to know what kind of wine your guests will enjoy, but there’s another factor to consider: Mother Nature. Fall officially starts on Sept. 22, but as any South Carolinian knows, that doesn’t necessarily mean the end to warm weather. The average high in late August is close to 90 and temps still reach into the 60s by November. I love red wine, but for even its biggest fans a big red can be a tough sell on a warm day. That’s why you need to consider whites and lighter reds for fall, says Peter Bouharoun, owner of Bouharoun’s Fine Wine & Spirits. He suggested four wines in particular: an Italian white blend, a sauvignon blanc, a pinot noir and a merlot. A friend’s recent dinner party, which included grilled wild-caught salmon with a caper-infused cream sauce, seemed like the perfect opportunity for a tasting.
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Luigi Baudana Dragon 2015 BUY IT: to branch away from traditional chardonnay This white from the Piedmont region of Italy — primarily a blend of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling — presents a spicy, limey and slightly grassy nose, and lightly sweet, tropical peach flavors. This wine, which is served by the glass at Jianna in downtown Greenville, is a solid value and very easy-drinking. It would be an ideal choice for a late-summer gathering. “I love these alternative Italian whites,” Bouharoun says. “Not a lot of people know about them, but they pair really well with food.” $18
Stonestreet 2014 sauvignon blanc BUY IT: to drink as cooler weather takes hold This Stonestreet hails from high-altitude vineyards in Sonoma County, California. Aromas and flavors of white peach, caramel, lemongrass and basil dominate, but without the overly grassy notes often associated with sauvignon blanc. There’s also a nice, lengthy finish. It could pair well with poultry, but it’s most at home with salads and seafood. Its crisp acidity stood up nicely to the grilled salmon. $35
Roserock 2014 pinot noir BUY IT: for its versatility as fall gets into full swing This wine is made with grapes from a vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. A French influence means lighter, more-traditional wine, despite this Roserock’s deceptively deep, burgundy color. It’s elegant and well restrained, with abundant cherries — along with hints of cola and oak — on the palate. Serving turkey, roast pork or lean beef? I’d put this pinot at the top of my list. Bouharoun attributes this wine’s quality to its heritage. The winery is part of Maison Joseph Drouhin, a French wine producer based in Burgundy that was founded in 1880. $27
Freemark Abbey 2013 Napa Valley merlot BUY IT: because you’ll love its soft, round notes Merlots are bolder than pinots, but they are not as heavy as cabernets. This Freemark Abbey is a great choice for the latter days of fall (or even early winter). It is an easy-drinking wine, full of aromas and flavors of dark red fruits such as plums and cherries. I’d pair this with a filet or holiday roast or even a grilled burger. Bouharoun calls merlot one of your best wines. “You’re looking for that softness, that little bit of creamy finish. That’s the characteristics of a good merlot. What a lot of people don’t realize is most cabs are at least 10 percent merlot. That’s what’s softening them up.” $32
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It’s a golden southern morning and blessedly cool as Jon Stauffer heads out early to survey his cornfields. The kernels he planted in the rainy spring are now dry stalks, their husked kernels burnished, indented and dry. His wife Michelle busies herself inside baking buttermilk biscuits in cast iron pans and stirring a pot of buttery grits. There are apples to slice and plates to set, because after the morning’s work everyone is going to be hungry. Their son Grant checks on his flock of chickens and gathers fresh eggs. Meanwhile, friends are on the way over to help with the many chores involved to process the crop and prepare it for milling. It’s harvest day. This may read like idyllic family farm life from the 18th century, but the Stauffers are first generation farmers working land purchased just five years ago. Since 2015, their family business, Colonial Milling, has grown and milled heritage non-GMO corn in Pauline, South Carolina. “We’ve realized that living and eating this way, simply and with the freshest ingredients, just tastes better,” Michelle says, unsealing a jar of homemade strawberry jam. Theirs is a history unfolding. Jon and Michelle met in high school, and their roots in the Spartanburg community run deep. After a summer job cutting hay when he was 16, Jon knew he had found his calling. So after years of funneling his love of the outdoors into a landscaping business, farming beckoned in earnest. When the couple began searching for land, a listing for an antebellum home from the 1790s on 25 acres felt as if handed to them from across the centuries. The farmhouse echos with history: handmade bricks on the chimney are etched with dates, names and thumbprints; handhewn logs hide under the plaster in the front room and the kitchen connects to the main house by a narrow hallway. While playing outside, Grant often comes across arrowheads, hand forged nails and once even a rusted bayonet.
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“It’s a work in progress that’s for sure,” Jon says as he surveys their recent renovation project: resetting and plastering the brick pillars on a wide back porch. His eyes pass over the field of corn banking a creek, across free ranging chickens, the mill house and the vast kitchen garden and he smiles. “We wouldn’t have it any other way,” he says. Jon’s farming technique is at once age-old and new utilizing cover crops and companion planting to create bionutrient-rich soil essential to cultivate an heirloom crop. Both varieties of corn they grow, Hawkins Prolific and Hickory King, require careful tending in order to produce flavorful kernels ready to mill. From seed to field to table is a careful journey, one that requires faithful dedication. After harvest, the corn is ground onsite using a circa-1930s grain mill fitted with a pink granite stone before it is sifted into cornmeal, grits and polenta. The resulting product is delicious-- sweet, golden and possessing a depth of flavor absent in commercial products-which is why local-centric restaurants such as The Kennedy (opened by SC Chef Ambassador William Cribb) clamber to feature Colonial Milling’s products on their menus. They are
telling the same story really, of what can be produced by the land: good, simple food. It’s a story that requires work, but with the help of friends and food these chores are transformed into something more with children, chickens, kittens and a dog lending an air of celebration to this harvest morning. It is a way of life ripe for community. “We love having people over, and it seems like all of our friends are good cooks and love sharing meals.” Because most of them have small children, easy gatherings make the most sense. Harvest may not be your particular excuse to gather. Instead maybe it’s the first chilly morning of the season or celebrating friends in town or an impromptu neighborhood get-together. Michelle says she favors recipes that come together quickly, creating a comforting and delicious fall brunch. The Stauffers live by the sentiment, “make a life you love,” words which reflect in a home and a business brimming with simple pleasures: a morning’s work, friends around the table, and a perfect bowl of grits. Good for centuries before, and centuries to come.
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Modus In Good Taste
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RECIPES Cheese Grits
½ c. heavy cream 2 Tbsp. butter 1 tsp. kosher salt 1 c. stone ground heirloom grits 2 oz cream cheese ¼ c . sharp white cheddar cheese, grated Method: Over medium heat, bring three cups of water along with the first three ingredients to a boil. Stir in grits. Reduce heat to medium low and cover. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. After grits are fully cooked and creamy, fold in cheese and serve.
RECIPES BY MICHELLE STAUFFER & BETH BROWN ABLES
My first tip for light and flaky biscuits is to use cold ingredients, even frozen butter. My second tip is to not handle the dough too much. 2 c. all purpose flour 1 Tbsp. sugar 1 Tbsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. kosher salt 6 T bsp. frozen butter ( I use a box grater) into the flour mixture and stir well. 1 c. cold buttermilk Method: Preheat cast iron skillet in 450 degree oven. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients together. Grate butter directly into bowl. Stir well. Add buttermilk to the flour mixture and stir only until liquid milk has absorbed (the dough will still be crumbly). Pour dough on a lightly floured surface. Pat the dough with your fingertips into a rectangle. Fold the dough in half, then lightly press the dough again into another rectangle. Repeat this process 5 times. This process helps you get a flaky, layered biscuit. Cut your biscuits and place them in your cast iron skillet. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
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Adapted from Smitten Kitchen 2 p ounds (32 ounces) fresh spinach 1 small onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 4 Tbsp. butter 1 p ound mushrooms, thinly sliced ¾ c. heavy cream ¾ tsp. kosher salt ¼ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg 8 large eggs black pepper to taste Method: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and butter a 9x13 pan. In a large skillet, sauté spinach in batches with 1/4 cup water. Once all the spinach can fit in the pan, cover and simmer for two minutes. Drain in a colander, speeding along the process by squeezing handfuls of leaves to remove excess moisture. Chop and set aside. In the same skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté garlic and onion until soft. Add mushrooms and cook until they release moisture and begin to brown. Stir in cream, salt, nutmeg, and spinach. Bring to a simmer and then remove from heat. Carefully pour mixture into the greased pan. Using two spoons, create 8 wells for the eggs (at this point, you can cover and refrigerate until you are ready to bake your eggs). When ready to bake, crack an egg into each well, sprinkle with pepper and bake 15-30 minutes, until whites are set and yolks are runny, depending on your preference.
1 ½ p ounds fresh okra 3-4 inches long 2 c. water 2 c. white vinegar 3 Tbsp.kosher salt 1 Tbsp. sugar 1 lemon, sliced 4 cloves of garlic, peeled Pickling Spices: 2 Tbsp. mustard seed 1 Tbsp. coriander seed 1 Tbsp. red pepper flakes 1 tsp. fennel seeds 1 tsp. celery seeds 1 tsp. black peppercorns Method: In a small saucepan, mix water, vinegar, salt and sugar. Bring to a simmer. In each clean quart jar, place 1 Tbsp. pickling spice mixture, a slice of lemon, and 1 peeled garlic clove. Tightly pack trimmed okra in the jar and carefully pour the hot liquid over the okra leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Fit canning lid and ring to your jar. Place jars in hot water and bring to a boil. Boil 15 minutes then carefully remove jars. Allow to sit on the counter overnight, then check to see that your jars sealed. If you have one that didn't seal, that’s okay! Keep it refrigerated and eat it within a few weeks.
Watch a video of the biscuit technique on Colonial Milling’s channel on YouTube FALL 2018
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Andrews creates orderly compositions of ubiquitous and seemingly dissimilar materials.
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Ephemera in Grey Jonathan Andrews creates art from what’s discarded / by Tasha L. Harrison / Photography by Will Crooks
The gray jay (Perisoreus Canadensis) is a bird native to the Rocky Mountain subalpine terrain. Its feathers range from dove grey to a steely blue and is known for a “scatter-hoarder” characteristic of stockpiling food during plentiful months to prepare for leaner seasons. This bird inspired the name GreyJey Studios and with one peek into the workspace of Jonathan Andrews, it’s obvious that the studio could not have been more aptly named. Whimsy is probably the first descriptor that came to mind when I began to interact with Andrew’s work. The intimate and layered creations seem as if they were born from someone with a particular affinity for stories with knights, kings and maybe an ill-fated princess. A closer look reveals an artist with the uncanny ability to create fantastical structures from the everyday. Andrews, who attended Bob Jones University, says his art education definitely informed his work, but even then he found himself drawn to the artists that create layered and complex pieces. Graphic design is his chosen occupation, but both his freelance digital design work and his mixed media sculptures reflect a love for history, books, and artifact. Some pieces include drawing or painting components, but Andrews mostly finds inspiration in building things, which began during childhood with Legos and Tinker toys; everything from cardboard incense holders to Christmas ornaments and
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Current works such as Emerging Dawn and Stars Float Through-- two mixed media pieces comprised of vintage book covers, remnants of canvas and doilies-- feel more subdued, but are still highly textured. Their palette falls within his chosen aesthetic of greys, greens and blues, muted tones reminiscent of the grey jay’s feather. The distinguishing aspect of Andrews’ work is certainly its ingenuity. “I try to let the objects and structures direct the work and allow the juxtaposition of disparate elements to help create new ideas along the way,” he says. In a time when so much is disposable, Jonathan Andrews’ sculpture, paintings and mixed media art create tactile beauty out of the things that most of us would blindly discard.
Symmetry is a reoccurring theme in Andrew’s work. If you focus on each individual piece of a larger composition you may find tiny inconsistencies, but when viewed as a whole, you find the beauty in the balance.
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various other ephemera are used to construct what he calls his “dwellings.” You’d assume Andrews has a background in architecture and I found myself searching for blue prints and sketches, some sort of planning stage for these complex sculptures that can end up being two to three feet tall, but that isn’t how he works. “Some pieces start with an idea based on specific interest or object, but most of them develop as the process of building suggests the next step,” he says. Each work speaks to the viewer differently and some have more to say than others. The work Kept is a visual onslaught featuring dragon’s wings and Spiderman figurines all painted a sublime, uniform blue-grey and then it hits you: it’s a functioning mantle clock with a working drawer (which I immediately decided must house the only key to a perpetually locked attic door in a gloomy, old Victorian home).
In February 2017, Andrews challenged himself to create one curated box a day. This collection, Curious Februarius: A collection of Oddment and Knickknackery was displayed in The Sargent Building at Bob Jones University, to include Day 22, Jack’s Tally at Ten. [shown above]
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Kiss the Cans Goodbye
Unexpected lighting trick transforms a room with a flip of a switch / by Emily Neal
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Decorating a dining room with the vintage appeal of Edison bulbs is near to impossible with existing canned lights so use a converter kit to install a pendant light with clean lines and a clear view of the pre-industrial bulbs over a dining room table. Or, up the wow factor with large rattan pendants above a kitchen island to cleverly incorporate one of this year’s most versatile trends. A good rule of thumb is to hang pendants 30 to 36 inches above a counter. When hanging these new light fixtures be sure to pay close attention to the size of the pendants relative to the space as well as where they hang in regard to eye level when both standing or sitting. Keeping these details in mind and with a few converter kits you’ll be wondering why you hadn’t taken on this high impact project sooner. See how to install your can light cover on the next page.
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hen looking to dramatically change up a room, lighting is the infamous first target and for good reason. Replacing light fixtures is relatively inexpensive and fairly simple. It’s one of the easiest ways to change the overall mood of the room in just an afternoon. Flush mounts and outdated fans are the obvious choices when deciding what should go, but have you ever considered replacing a can light? Changing can lighting, also known as recessed lighting, to pendant lighting is much easier than it seems. With kits for under $20 from retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s, installation is quick and easy for a hired electrician or skilled homeowner. The hardest part of this upgrade will be deciding which can lights to replace since a pendant light will undoubtedly increase the drama of your space no matter if your style is rustic, modern or classic.
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YO U R S AT I S FA C T I O N I S O U R P R I O R I T Y !
Install a Can Light Converter Kit in Less Than 10 Steps Keep in mind that most kits require a pendant light that is under 50 lbs. Disclaimer: For those inexperienced with electrical work and hanging light fixtures always consult or hire a professional. TOOLS: • Can Light Converter Kit • Power Screwdriver • Replacement Pendant Light 1. TURN OFF POWER
Turn off the power at the circuit breaker before you begin anything. Ensure you have switched off the right breaker by checking the light switch.
2. REMOVE LIGHTBULB
Remove the bulb from the can light including any decorative trim around the can light. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions if needed.
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3. SECURE BRACE
Your converter kit will include a brace to be placed in the can fixture. Be sure that the locking bar is properly in place before screwing in the brace.
4. SECURE A SLIDING BAR
The converter kit will also include a sliding bar. It’s important to be sure that you are using the screws specifically designed for the sliding bar.
5. INSTALL MOUNTING BRACKET
Attach the mounting bracket to the brace from Step 3.
6. INSTALL WIRE AND COVERS
Screw the ground wire to the side of the recessed can and secure the metal cover plate to the mounting plate.
7. ATTACH MOUNTING BAR
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Install the pendant’s mounting bar to the mounting bracket from Step 5. Note that the mounting bar will be part of the pendant’s installation kit, not the converter kit.
8. ATTACH WIRES
Threading the pendant’s wires through the medallion, attach the correct wires to the kit wires. Secure the pendant light and flip your breaker switch back on.
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No fall brunch would be complete without slow-cooked heirloom grits grown and milled at Colonial Milling in Spartanburg County. [story on pg. 132]
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Eck McCanless shaves multiple colors of clay on a thrown pot to create the patterns of his renowned agateware in Sea Grove, NC. [story on pg. 28] ADVERTISER ���������������������������������������PAGE# 4 Rooms�������������������������������������������������������������������118 AJH Renovations, LLC������������������������������������67 Arthur Rutenberg Homes .������������������������23 Bennett's Frame���������������������������������������������� 125 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices���� 26 Bilt Rite Garage Doors����������������������������������85 Blackstream/Christies International . . . . Real Estate������������������������������������������������������4-5 Blue Ridge Electric Co-op������������������������37 Bogari��������������������������������������������������������������������������31 Carolina Consignment��������������������������������35 Carolina Furniture����������������������������������������������87 Carolina Heating Services Inc.��������������40 CarsonSpeer Builders�������������������������68-69 Cache & Company���������������������������������������� 129 Century Properties ��������������������������������������148 Clayton Tile�������������������������������������������������������18-19 Cobblestone���������������������������������������������������� 2-3 CRT Painting Company������������������������������ 145 Design on Tap Bath & Kitchen Gallery�����������������������������������������������24 Designed for Downtown������������������������104 Dillard-Jones Builder������� Inside Front & 1 Embassy Flowers�������������������������������������������� 122 Fairview Custom Homes�����������������������������41 Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting . . . . . . Gallery����������������������������������������������������������������117 Fidelity Bank Mortgage�����������������������������147 First Choice Custom Homes��������������������58 Galt Innovations������������������������������������������������86 Gateway Supply�������������������������������������������� 6-7 GBS������������������������������������������������������������������������������84 Geiss & Sons���������������������������������Back Cover Genco Pools & Spas��������������������������������������33 General Shale Thin Masonry Products����������������������������������������������������������105 Greenville Carpet One ����������������������������102 Hennessee Haven������������������������������������������22 Ike's Carpet ��������������������������������������������������������146
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The Sexton of Springwood Our public cemetery is the oldest in the state and adroitly cared for
pringwood Cemetery is a remarkably historic place in the heart of downtown Greenville and I’ve noticed that it’s one of the most un-changing aspects of our constantly evolving landscape of downtown growth. Did you know that Springwood Cemetery is the oldest municipal cemetery in South Carolina? We would naturally think that Charleston would hold this distinction, having been settled by English colonists in 1670; however, its oldest city cemeteries are all connected to churches and Charleston’s oldest public cemetery (Magnolia Cemetery) dates to 1850. Springwood Cemetery was officially founded in 1829 with its earliest grave dating back to 1812. Elizabeth Blackburn Williams was the motherin-law of Chancellor Waddy Thompson, one of Greenville’s early civic leaders. 152 _ at Home
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She wanted to be buried in the estate’s gardens and that site is now part of Springwood. A cemetery’s caretaker is called a sexton and Springwood has had just a few. The earliest appointment went to a British immigrant named George Morris in the late 1800s. While looking into the life of the third sexton, John Garraux, I stumbled across an intriguing connection to The Biltmore Estate. According to Lucile P. Ward’s book, “God’s Little Acre on Main Street,” Frederick Gottlieb Garraux came from Berne, Switzerland in 1867 to work as a cabinet-maker at the Biltmore Estate. In the early 1870s the family moved to Greenville where Frederick’s interest turned to farming. He and his wife, Elizabeth, began to plant and harvest productive grape vineyards. It was Frederick and Elizabeth’s son,
John, who became Springwood’s third sexton in 1910. He grew up in the newly developing neighborhood of “North Main.” Historian Suzanne Case relates that the street was called “Swiss Street” in honor of the family’s heritage and in 1911, just after John assumed the role of sexton, the street was renamed Garraux Street. Just a few years later, the city provided a house for the sexton located just behind the fence of Springwood Cemetery. Springwood no longer has a sexton and the sexton’s dedicated home was demolished decades ago. For years the “Friends of Springwood Cemetery” fundraised for the cemetery’s needs. Today, the City of Greenville cares for the grounds. It is the final resting place for more than 10,000 citizens connected to Greenville, about 2,600 of which were buried without gravestones.
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