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Features 17 Decorating on a dime Simpsonville designer creates high-end looks on a shoestring budget.

55 Bed, bath & way beyond Inspiring before and after renovation project.

83 Creativity grows among the trees Artist Yuri Tsuzuki finds inspiration in her Cleveland Park studio.

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75 Art & Antiques Step by step with Artist Yuri Tsuzuki

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creatively repurposing furniture and “found” items on a tight budget. She includes some budget-saving tips for flooring and ceiling treatments, too.

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Yuri Tsuzuki’s highly creative art projects are a highlight of this issue as well. Not to mention her inspiring and unique studio and guesthouse.

This issue is all about inspiration, thanks to our involvement with Milestone Custom Homes and The Inspiration Home in Cobblestone. You’ll find wonderful photos of the iHome and information on how to tour it within this special issue. It’s not the only subject covered that will inspire you, though. There’s also a fabulous renovation project of a kitchen and master bedroom and bath in the Frick home with “before and after” photos that will dazzle you. With the present economy causing us all to approach decorating projects with thoughtfulness, wait until you see what Kerry Di Pasquale did to transform a builder’s standard home into a decorator’s dream by

Spring is always an inspirational time of year and a good time to think of the approaching wedding season. Betsy and Lucas Anthony have allowed us to share some of the most enjoyable moments of their wedding with you. Cupcakes are hot right now. Must be their ability to give us the chance to eat cake without the guilt involved with eating a large slice. Plus they are so wonderfully portable. The cupcakes we have featured are so beautifully decorated that you almost don’t want to eat them … almost. Much, much more … so get started and be inspired!

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Great design doesn’t require a great big budget, and that’s important to remember, especially when the headlines herald economic peril day after day. Maybe you’ve had to put off the purchase of your dream home, or that big renovation project, for the foreseeable future. But with the help of the right professional you can still surround yourself with beauty and style, without drowning in debt. Kerry Di Pasquale is just such a designer. A native Brit who spent her formative years in California before being lured East two years ago by the prospect of more affordable real estate, Kerry has an impeccable eye for color and a passion for helping people discover and display their personal style. “I walk away,” she explains. “The design shouldn’t reflect me; it should reflect the people who live there.” Her own sense of panache is evident in every nook and cranny of her Simpsonville home, which she spent the last two years updating from top to bottom and inside out. “It looked like a big apartment, very vanilla,” Kerry remembers, flipping through a stack of before pictures that show white walls, beige carpet and popcorn ceilings. Having moved here on little more than a wing and a prayer, her housing budget was minimal. So she purchased the best home she could afford in a small Simpsonville neighborhood and set to work putting childhood lessons learned from her hardworking parents to good use.

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“My parents grew up in England during the war, so they went through … really doing without and being disrupted from their homes,” Kerry says. “We were just taught to make do with what you’ve got and embellish on it. And that’s exactly what I do.” In less than two years the look has gone from vanilla to vivacious, without violating the budget. Here’s how she did it. � 19 �

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used inexpensive outdoor furniture and reclaimed architectural elements to pull together a preview of the innovative design visitors will find inside her 2,100 square foot home.


Entrance from dining room with pre-exisiting wall.


Just across the entryway, the seagrass look is ingeniously mirrored with wallpaper inside the tray. This room was originally a fourth bedroom, which Kerry had no use for so she took out a wall, created an arched doorway to reflect that in the dining room, and converted the space to a comfy TV room, which she uses regularly. ďż˝ 20 ďż˝

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The dining room sits just off the entryway, making it the perfect setting for making a statement. Kerry did just that by adding case molding to the doorway and crown molding along the ceiling and inside the tray. The ceiling was further embellished with beadboard paneling inside the tray and a luscious coat of chocolate brown just below. The paneling is repeated in the wainscoting, pulling the space together to create a room worthy of any supper club. Having had her druthers, Kerry would have installed hardwoods throughout, but instead she cleverly inlaid seagrass carpeting here and there. In the dining room, the budget-friendly strategy looks more like a high-end custom touch. ďż˝ 22 ďż˝

OPPOSITE, INSET: Dining room from entry.

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Looking toward the kitchen from the living room.


The kitchen underwent perhaps the most dramatic transformation. The raised breakfast bar was eliminated and the counter expanded to visually open the space, and the laminate countertops were upgraded to (still affordable) tumbled travertine 2x2 tile. Kerry likes this product for its durability, dirt-masking properties, and ability to take the heat of an errant pan. She also added a trio of fabulous light fixtures over the counter, traded the standard issue appliances for sleek stainless steel, and gave the backsplash the tile treatment. The original cabinetry remains, and has taken on a whole new warmth thanks to its newly stylish surroundings. One of the first things Kerry did was have the popcorn effect scraped from the ceilings. She says this is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project, but weekend warriors take warning: it’s not a tidy one.

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The kitchen opens onto the living room, where Kerry used one of her favorite tricks. Using simple molding to form a frame above the mantel, she created a canvas limited only by the imagination. She chose to paint a contrasting shade within the borders, but the space could be filled with wallpaper, a mural, virtually anything. The seagrass carpeting inlay is repeated here, and meshes nicely with the coastal touches near and dear to this California girl’s heart. Throughout the home Kerry replaced lighting and ceiling fans, added beefier baseboards and crown molding, and replaced all the hinges and doorknobs with brushed nickel hardware. She also replaced all the closet doors with unobtrusive folding doors. � 26 �

Living room view from the kitchen.

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In one guest bedroom Kerry mounted a sheet of galvanized steel behind the bed and, voila, a chic headboard for only $25. A section of electrical conduit does duty as a curtain rod, and the effect is softened with bright, feminine colors and delicate chandelier lighting to achieve a look that is anything but industrial. ďż˝ 27 ďż˝

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In another guest room fat horizontal stripes ring the room, giving the illusion of a larger space and allowing Kerry to cram the room with furniture without it looking, well, crammed in. Kerry purchased very little new furniture for her new home, but instead repurposed her existing pieces, hand-me-downs from friends, or castoffs discovered alongside the road. A pair of picnic table benches from a bygone Italian phase were upholstered with dollar store cushions and fun fabrics, and the two went their separate ways to provide pretty perches at the foot of the guest and master beds. The substantial bedside table in the master bedroom is a dresser given by a friend whose dog had chewed the handles. Kerry liked the look, left it as is, and the piece has served her well in a number of rooms. When knobs and handles do need replacing, picture frames need embellishing, or a piece needs a general spiffing up, Kerry dips into her extensive collection of seashells and grabs the glue gun. photos � 28 � story � 31 �

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A picnic table, now bereft of its seating, was moved upstairs to the bonus room where it serves as a handsome desk. This inviting space is filled with still more spruced up thrift store pieces, as well as artfully arranged family pictures and mementos, a personal touch you’ll find in every room of Kerry’s home – even the laundry room. 

Editor’s note: To contact Kerry, please call 864-679-1239 or email

BELOW: Kerry played off

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A room of one’s own is a gift. And when it’s a child’s bedroom that facilitates the imagination and inspires creativity, then it’s a thing of wonder.


Bedrooms Writ ten by Lynn GreenL aW Photos by Patrick cox

On the following pages are three rooms that are definitely “themed” and have been designed to reflect the distinct personalities of the young people who inhabit them. Of course, all children’s rooms need to be functional as well as personal and motivational. Children need an effective space to play, work and create as well as sleep. You may not be able to see all of these elements in the perspective of the following photos, but they are there in each of the rooms. We hope these creative rooms inspire you. � 36 �

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Ella’s room Pink … it’s always been a popular color for a little girl’s room. And when it’s paired with tutus – an instant classic. This is Ella’s room. Ella Markalunas (age 5) loves her beautiful fairy canopy over her twin-sized white iron bed. Her Mom found the bedding, printed with birds, flowers and fairies, in England. A handpainted trunk resides at the foot of the bed for extra storage. Ella, her sister Lily (age 2 1/2), and their buddy Bentley spend time at the ballet bar twirling to their favorite music.

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Winston’s room Curse of the Black Pearl a few years ago, it didn’t take much deliberation to decide on a theme for his room in their new house. His black, boat-shaped bed flies the Skull and Crossbones flag and is named the Black Pearl in honor of Winston’s favorite character from the movie, Jack Sparrow. In keeping with the theme, artist Janet Graziano painted the walls with sea creatures and a setting sun covered by ominous clouds. He and his grandfather Tony made Winston’s favorite item in his room, the small sailboat sitting on the pirate chest. Tony also made the chest. A hammock, themed bedding and a net with sea creatures on the wall in the corner above the bed complete the setting. � 40 �

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When Winston Rego (age 8) and his Dad saw The Pirates of the Caribbean: The

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Winston’s room Curse of the Black Pearl a few years ago, it didn’t take much deliberation to decide on a theme for his room in their new house. His black, boat-shaped bed flies the Skull and Crossbones flag and is named the Black Pearl in honor of Winston’s favorite character from the movie, Jack Sparrow. In keeping with the theme, artist Janet Graziano painted the walls with sea creatures and a setting sun covered by ominous clouds. He and his grandfather Tony made Winston’s favorite item in his room, the small sailboat sitting on the pirate chest. Tony also made the chest. A hammock, themed bedding and a net with sea creatures on the wall in the corner above the bed complete the setting. � 40 �

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Jana’s room Jana Sanders (age 9), seen here with her sisters Leah (age 7) and Bella Vita (age 4), has “always” had an interest in American Indians. Luckily, they are the granddaughters of artist Janet Graziano so all three sisters have hand-painted murals in their rooms. Jana of course chose Indians and horses as her theme. The mother horse with her colt is her favorite. Following along with the theme are her American Girl doll Kia on her horse, the dream catcher, the horse wallpaper border and numerous horse figurines. The Indian village mural (seen in close-up) is on the wall leading into the sleeping area of Jana’s bedroom.

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rugs are often the starting point in decorating a room, and they serve as the foundation for everything that comes next, from furniture selection and placement to fabric and paint choices. since they are often one of the more expensive items purchased for a room, it’s important to choose the right one – sometimes a difficult task since they come in so many colors, patterns and textures. at mcabee’s Custom Carpet inc. in greenville, customers know they’ll have a massive variety of options when they see six large rooms filled to the brim with thousands of samples. the staff, led by Becky lanford, can help clients – homeowners or interior designers – navigate the selection, which is divided by mill and price point. “Clients might come in with their fabrics selected, or just with blueprints, and we’ll figure out where rugs will go,” lanford says. at mcabee’s, the options are multiplied because rugs can be put together using more than one color or pattern. “we add borders and do different kinds of edging,” she says. her father, Jim mcabee, started the business almost 50 years ago and patented his own method for creating custom pieces. while color and pattern are what people notice first, lanford says size and shape are equally important in a room, and her company creates custom sizes and shapes as well as stair runners to coordinate spaces. tracy fowler, owner of fowler interiors in greenville, says she often chooses a rug first when

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At McAbee’s Custom Carpet, the colorful yarns lining the walls are occasionally used to make custom hooked rugs.

designing a room. “It’s much more efficient if you start with the rug,” she says. “It tends to set the color palette, though the rug doesn’t have to have every color that is present in a scheme.” Size and placement of rugs can define conversation or dining areas, and Fowler says a common mistake is using a rug that is too small. “In a living room or great room setting, my first preference is to have all of the feet of the furniture in that area on the rug,” she says. “If you have the furniture partially off of the rug, you never get that cohesive, conversational feel. It just doesn’t feel as connected.” Choosing a rug Lanford says the first consideration should be how a space is used. She starts by asking, “Is it a high traffic area? Do you have pets or young kids?” If so, she suggests avoiding natural materials like sisal or mountain grass, which is a popular seller but is difficult to clean.

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Always Expect the Best Stunning Fabrics To add a finished look, McAbee’s can add thin nylon or thicker cotton binding that blends with any color combination. Serging and fringing are other options.

never created the same rug twice. “There are endless possibilities,” she says. Recent trends at her business include textile carpets that mimic the look of natural materials like sisal. “If you want a natural look but have pets or kids, it’s a good alternative, and it’s softer,” she says. Animal prints are hot, but Lanford doesn’t call them a trend because they have such staying power. “Twenty years ago, I thought it was trendy, but it stayed. It’s never gone

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For a more subdued but inviting look, she enjoys putting together rugs that are the same color but different textures, creating a tone-on-tone effect. McAbee’s can add fringe, serging (stitched threads to bind the rugs) or binding (using thin nylon or a wider cotton to bind the edges) for a finished look. Fowler says she’s been seeing increased

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This rug, custom-made by McAbee’s, blends with the décor’s subtle color scheme but adds visual punch with a bold pattern.

interest in the palace style, borderless rugs like those found in English palaces. Instead of the typical

Because rugs can be so large and heavy, it can be frustrating to bring rugs home to see how they work with the rest of the décor. To simplify the process, Fowler has collected dozens of 2x3 foot rugs, which can be tossed in the trunk and taken to a client’s house to see how the styles and colors blend. She now offers a service to other interior designers called Bunfoot & Brocatelle, which allows designers to borrow Photo BY PATRICK COX the samples so they can show clients the look they are trying to achieve – without the hassle of lugging a 9x12 rug.

Persian or Indian rug with a center field and a border, these have a continuous pattern from top to bottom. The Oushak style is also consistently popular, notable for its faded, washed look. “It has a very soft, worn patina that goes well with antiques,” Fowler says.

According to Fowler, a rug is a huge investment, and quality and durability can vary widely, so she stresses the importance of buying from someone you trust. “And make sure you love the rug,” she says, “because it needs to last for a while.”

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Grow inG tired of how your m aster bath a nd bedroom look a nd function? Perhaps the kitchen has become dated and doesn’t meet your current needs. time for a change? well, take a look at the amazing before and after results of the project that the fricks, sally and ken, of campobello, have accomplished in their home. utilizing the decorating skills of kathy humar of creative Palette and the contracting/ building skills of Jeff hardee of hardee homes, the fricks have not only updated the look of their rooms, but also increased the functionality and comfort levels of the two areas in their home that are in constant use. inspiring … indeed! photos � 56 � story � 57 �

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It might be easier to say what didn’t change in the master bath – the entire area was gutted and totally redesigned. The new sink vanity, from Architectural Warehouse in Landrum, with its new bronze faucets, replaces the separate sinks that were divided by a wall before. Wall and floor tile with a glass tile border and inserts in the floor are from Clayton Tile. Light fixtures in a craftsman style are from The Lighting Gallery. The walk-in, tiled, glass door shower replaces the outdated small bathtub. An inviting, slipper claw foot bubble massage tub from Ferguson’s sits in front of the see-thru fireplace. The walls are painted with Toasty by Sherwin-Williams. Decorative touches such as free-standing towel and toilet tissue holders, oval framed mirrors, framed artwork and a horse sculpture (Sally is the owner of Motlow Creek Equestrian Center) on a round, inlaid wooden chest add to the ambiance of photos � 58 � the “new” space. story � 59 � spring 2009 | 57

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The master bedroom had fewer changes that are no less stunning. The ceiling was raised and vaulted with a new ceiling fan and adjustable recessed lighting added. The walls dividing the bedroom from the bath area were both removed and the new walls were brought farther into the sleeping area to provide more space in the bathroom. This also allowed for the addition of the see-thru fireplace. Hardwood flooring replaced the carpeting. New atrium doors replaced the dated sliding glass doors. A comfy leather chair and ottoman with a side table and new lamp provide a cozy spot for reading or just enjoying the fireplace. Sumptuous silk draperies, all new bed linen, the addition of an armoire that used to reside in the kitchen and a warm paint color, Sensational Sand by SherwinWilliams, complete the impressive redo. ďż˝ 60 ďż˝

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The kitchen has had a remarkable transformation, too. The heart pine floors are the only remaining element of the old look. The ceiling was raised and vaulted with recessed lighting added. Leaded glass pendant lights provide just the right touch over the new granite-topped center island that was positioned lengthwise to create a better flow to the work area. New stainless steel appliances and a multi-burner gas range from Burnett Appliances create an updated look. New cabinetry is from Classic Caseworks. All tile is from Clayton Tile. The paint color is Capilano Beige from Sherwin-Williams. An existing hall closet just off the kitchen was fitted with a Swedish modular storage rack and voila … a wine closet! photos � 62 � story � 63 �

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Another addition to the kitchen that makes an impact is the corner fireplace. With its tile surround and arched top its appeal is far superior to the armoire that formerly resided in the space. New chairs were purchased for the table that was built by Sally’s father. Hanging on the wall are hand-painted violins that add an unexpected complement to the kitchen and a reflection of the musical abilities of both Sally and Ken. Overall, a truly stunning renovation project that the Fricks will be enjoying for years to come. 

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It’s sprIng and that garden bed you have been neglectIng to plant Is just sIttIng there, waItIng for you… but you have lost your InspIratIon. never fear! we have just the solutIon. In the next three consecutive issues of at home, we will provide some ideas on how to plan a garden bed that will add interest to your landscape throughout the year. this issue features the beds we’ll be working on and the design plans for them (the plans are suggestions and may fluctuate with availability of materials). we’ve enlisted the help of some experts to guide us with this project. they are:

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First, some tips from the Clemson University Extension. The five steps to creating a garden design are: • Determine your needs for an area (in this case, purely ornamental). • Decide on the level of maintenance that you want. • Determine the conditions of your site (soil type, amount of sun or shade, drainage, soil acidity or alkalinity). • Create your design scheme. • Choose plants that will meet all of the above criteria. When starting anew in a garden bed, as we are here, you’ll first want to amend the soil. Over time, soil becomes compacted and nutrients leach

Design tips from Diane: • Plant in groups rather than single plants for more impact. • Plan for four-season interest.

from the soil. Recommended soil amendments are homemade compost, animal manure and alfalfa, mushroom compost or topsoil. Some experts would add green sand and bone meal to provide extra nutrients. Add 1-3 inches of the chosen compost to the top of the soil and let nature work it in or, using a pitchfork, work the mixture into the top 6 inches of the bed. Don’t work in a bed when the soil is wet. If a handful of soil easily crumbles when squeezed then it’s the perfect time to begin. � 70 �

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Y uri Tsuzuki h as a lways been dr aw n to trees, which rem a in consta nt but a re a lways ch a nging. As her family traveled from Tokyo to Nagoya to Paris to Greenville, “there was always one tree in each yard that we remembered,” she says. “Our friends would change, customs would change, we would change, but the tree would always remain constant.” Though she has explored trees though ceramics, painting and other forms, her latest project involves creating large, threedimensional trees out of wood. After working in New York for many years, where she didn’t have much space, she loves spending time in her airy-yet-cozy Greenville studio, where she can “work large.”

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The first step in creating a tree is cutting out shapes and gluing them to paper, seeking a form she finds interesting. She uses colorful paper in whatever pattern appeals to her, though the patterns aren’t part of the final design.

When cutting out her models, Yuri focuses not just on the shapes, but what is visible in the open spaces. “It’s also the light and the shadow and what you can see behind the flat planes,” she says.

Next comes creating small three-dimensional “maquettes,” or models, which allow her to see which shapes will stand securely. The trees will be made of two pieces of wood that slide together like a puzzle, with no nails or other fasteners, so it’s important to create a solid design.

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Next comes the final product, and though she uses her models as guides, she may add or remove certain parts of the design as the mood strikes. She uses a jigsaw to cut the pieces, which is difficult because the jigsaw doesn’t allow the same level of detail as her scroll saw. Once she achieves the form she likes, it’s time to sand, prime, sand again, and apply three coats of paint, sanding between each coat. She loves designing and cutting the trees, but finds painting and finishing the most mundane part. However, each step is necessary to make sure the wood is smooth, the paint adheres properly and the right color is achieved. In this piece, she kept her basic treeand-umbrella design, but moved the

three raindrops beneath the tree limbs and added an owl. The piece reflects a respect for nature, which is frequently found in Japanese culture and art. “A tree provides shelter for us,” Yuri says. “Sometimes, when it’s rainy and windy and cold, and the trees are bare, you wish they had an umbrella to protect themselves.” Though Yuri says she is still in the experimental stage with the trees, she hopes to eventually create an entire forest of them to dot the landscape of her home. She then plans to have a kid-friendly picnic event, inviting friends and family to congregate among the trees she loves – both those created by nature and those she created by hand. 

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Artist Yuri Tsuzuki finds inspiration in her Cleveland Park studio

Creativity Grows among the trees writ ten By LeiGH SAVAGe

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As a citizen of the world, artist Yuri Tsuzuki has managed to create her own personal haven, tucked among the trees in Greenville. Yuri grew up traveling between Nagoya, Japan, and Greenville thanks to the family business, TNS Mills, which operated here. Fluent in Japanese, English and French, she was immersed in a variety of cultures from a young age, which today influences her work as an artist – helping her understand what makes people different as well as what makes us the same. Now, her 2-year-old son, K, is following in her footsteps, learning English, French, Japanese and Spanish thanks to his multi-lingual, globe-trotting parents. Yuri’s husband, Knute Hammarskjold, is Swedish, though the couple met in Kuwait and now Knute spends much of his time working in Bogata, Colombia. It’s a busy life, but Yuri wouldn’t have it any other way, and she loves returning to Greenville as frequently as possible to enjoy her studio, which she designed with friend and architect John Kisner.

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Yuri wanted to construct the studio on the property of the family home near Cleveland Park, but she wanted to have the absolute minimum impact on the surroundings, particularly the trees she treasures. The builders managed to save every tree, including a favorite dogwood that snakes upward between the studio and the adjacent guest house. She decided to build the studio on a pre-existing detached garage, constructing a second level to expand the space and add light. On the lower level, she added

as many windows as possible, and included metal grating in the ceiling so the light from the upper level could flood the gallery space below. The floor, once concrete, is now hardwood, and the walls are covered with her work, hung on an innovative Australian system that uses no nails. Instead, wires move back and forth across the walls, allowing her to switch out art and arrangements whenever the mood strikes. “I change the space so much,� she says. Currently on display is a series of paintings called The Deer Ladies,

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inspired by a trip to Morocco, and some jewelry left over from a showing, dangling from a tree limb hanging on the wall. A favorite feature on the lower level is the red section in the center of the ceiling, which seems to pour natural light into the room. The square is simply painted with a fluorescent red paint, giving the illusion of a light source even when it’s dark out. Though it wasn’t intentional, the update, which took eight months, includes several supports that look like torii gates, which in Japan are often openings to a shrine. The design – two poles with a bar across the top – can be seen in several places in the studio. “That was not conscious, but it just happened that way, which was pretty magical,” she says. Up the metal stairs is the second level, added for use as a work space. Since Yuri was able to design it to her own specifications, she photos � 88 � story � 89 � included an abundance of storage for art supplies as well

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as display space. Easy-toclean Formica countertops surround a large island work table. The room is completely encircled with windows, allowing her to be inspired by the trees surrounding the studio. “Each window is like a painting,” she says, and points to a painting inspired by a favorite tree on the property. Everything is related, from the tree to the painting to sculpture to jewelry to wood pieces to a painted garment she is designing. The studio allows her to indulge her love of variety, both in scale and medium. “That’s how my mind works, and for me, the art forms are all connected. Each one lends itself to teach me how to do something else.” Outside, the building blends effortlessly into the leafy environment, with exteriors made of metal that was designed to rust. Though space was limited – because of limited square footage and her desire to save every tree – Yuri managed to add a small guest house next to the studio with the same deepred, rusted exterior. The guest house is only five feet � 90 �

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wide on one side, but feels much larger thanks to expansive windows, high ceilings and smart design. Alcoves display her art, and a large sculpture sits on a table she made from a salvaged chunk of a chopped-down tree. From the driveway, the guest house and studio, which are two separate buildings, appear to be one, with seamlessly sloping rooflines that create aesthetic harmony with the slope of the land and the surrounding trees. It’s another example of the eye for detail and love of nature that is a hallmark of her work. ABOVE

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Examples of Yuri’s distinctive jewelry designs.

of becoming a journalist. She fulfilled that goal with a job at NHK, a Japanese television station, working in New York for a show called “Good Morning Japan,” and while she yearned to cover galleries and the arts scene, she was assigned the finance

beat. She continued to create art as a hobby while earning a master’s degree in art history from Columbia University, and eventually left journalism to pursue art full time. Her work quickly found a following, and has been covered in publications such as The New York Times and Town & Country. She currently sells her pieces privately and through a gallery in Japan, and her ultimate goal as an artist is to have a piece in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For now, she’s content to travel the world with her family and to spend as much time as possible in her custom-made studio, where she can look out on her green surroundings and experiment. Though she still travels extensively, “I really do enjoy being here, because I have the studio, and it’s just the way I want it,” she says. “Growing up, just like now, we weren’t always here, so that makes it special to come home.” 

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My Favorite Objet d’Art

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I spent the early years of my marrIed lIfe In an old but charmIng cIrca 1920 north maIn street house In greenvIlle.It was filled with one-of-a-kind antiques and beautiful objet d’art that I had collected as an antique dealer. after more than a decade of renovation projects (with much of the labor being supplied by “moi”) I eventually burned out on the old house. so one evening over a candlelight dinner I told my husband I wanted to build a brand-new house. I never imagined that he would present me with a challenge that would blow me clear out of my Jimmy choo stilettos. “yes, dear,” he said, “you can build a new house under one condition: let’s auction everything with this house and do a new look.” “everything?” I replied. “yes, dear, the furniture and everything. We will use the money from the auction to furnish the new house.” In his infinite wisdom he was convinced I would never say yes to such a radical notion. however, over dinner that night I agreed that I would take only two small boxes of favored objects from our house. honestly, it was one of the most liberating processes of my adult life. It was a powerful reminder that every material object we are entrusted with during this lifetime is only on loan to us anyway. they are, after all, only objects. so it was a simple question for me when asked to identify my favorite object. It is “kite boy,” as I affectionately call him. no one has ever been able to identify his sculptor or date. he may be worth as much as my beloved convertible or he may be worth 2 cents… it is really not relevant. for to me, he represents youth and the simple pleasures that are all around us if we would only slow down and take hold of them. When I look at him I imagine the most glorious spring afternoon with the breeze brisk on his cheeks. I can almost hear him giggle as his kite takes flight. after all, it is the story the object tells that resonates with the heart, never the object itself.  94 | at home

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“For me, it’s just being yourself and conveying who you are through how you decorate and the food and drink you provide,” she says. “People aren’t there to critique, they are there to enjoy themselves and be among friends.” For a spring party, she enjoys focusing on fruit and lighter fare – with an emphasis on dessert, of course! She often uses citrus flavors in spring and summer, and says offering a few wine selections can enhance the culinary experience. A certified wine sommelier, she is an expert at pairing wines with meals as well as with cupcakes, and she hosts popular wine and cupcake tastings at her Pelham Road store. 100 | at home

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Anna moved to Greenville in 2007 after a varied career in Florida that included real estate, decorating, training at the Cordon Culinary Institute in Miami and much more. She now pours her passion for creating into Cupcake Couture and Catering, which bakes custom cakes, made from scratch in small quantities and decorated by top pastry chefs and decorators. Her two favorite product testers are her children, Matthew, 4, and Madeline, 3. First and foremost, the offerings at a cupcake party should taste fabulous, but the aesthetics run a close second. “I’m all about color and the visual,” Anna says. Though she isn’t a big “theme person,” (since people often go overboard), spring is the perfect time for bright colors and a variety of florals, both in décor and cupcake design. So call a few friends, try a couple of cupcake recipes, and get creative. Offer coffee, tea or wine, and see how simple spring entertaining can be! 

Putting it together Anna Featherston says a few tips can take a cupcake party from fun to fantastic. • The featured recipe includes a Chambord glaze, so it doesn’t lend itself to a wine pairing. However, Anna likes to pair white cake with light, white wines such as Riesling or a buttery Chardonnay.

• Chocolate cake pairs nicely with a heavier red wine such as a Bordeaux or Cabernet.

• For tea, she suggests Earl Gray or a rose-infused tea, which will accent the cakes without detracting from the dessert flavors.

• If you don’t typically entertain, keep it simple and small, and perhaps just invite a few close friends.

• Parties in spring are all about color, so don’t be afraid to bring bright hues into the décor through flowers, napkins, plates, etc. White linens are a classic backdrop, and fresh flowers are a must!

• Keep the cakes light and fruity, with spring fruits such as strawberries, mangos, melons or citrus.

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1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract (Madagascar) ¾ cup buttermilk 2 tablespoons Chambord (raspberry liqueur)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray; dust with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Set aside. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Place 2 cups of granulated sugar and ¾ cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy (about 3 or 4 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add rind, lemon juice and vanilla; beat until combined.  Beating at low speed, add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat just until combined (batter will be thick so don’t be alarmed). Spoon batter into pan. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes to one hour, depending on your oven. Remove from oven when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a metal spatula. Place a plate upside down on top of cake; invert onto plate. Pierce cake liberally with a toothpick. Brush 2 tablespoons of liqueur over the warm cake.

Chambord Glaze ¾ cup powdered sugar 2 ½ tablespoons Chambord 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon butter (melted)

Combine powdered sugar, 2 ½ tablespoons liqueur, 1 tablespoon juice and 1 tablespoon butter, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Drizzle slowly over warm cake. Cool completely. Makes approximately 16 servings.

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Anna Featherston at Cupcake Couture makes all of her cakes and cupcakes from scratch using the finest ingredients, and her specialty recipes are proprietary. But for those looking to whip up some cupcakes at home that are a step up from the basic box mix, try this recipe from the world-famous Magnolia Bakery in New York City, where the cupcake craze got its start. This recipe can also be found on

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Betsy Fisher a nd Lucas a nthon y First k new each other through the Fr iendship oF their Fa miLies w hen she was in middLe schooL a nd he was in high schooL .

then she moved and a gap of 13 years intervened. she came home for a wedding one weekend, they ran into each other and haven’t been apart since. in the meantime, Lucas’ father, Jim anthony, developed the cliffs communities and inadvertently created a heavenly setting for a beautiful wedding. we thank Betsy and Lucas for sharing their special event with us.

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Betsy Fisher Anthony perches on a dramatic overlook near the chapel at the Cliffs of Glassy from where she has a 75-mile view. ABOVE: Talk about creative proposals! Lucas carved his question into a tree and surprised her on a Thanksgiving Day walk around the property of her parents’ new home. Watching from inside the house, the whole family ran out to celebrate the moment she saw the message. RIGHT: The chapel

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While everyone else inched their way down the mountain from the chapel to the reception site at the Cliffs Valley Country Club, the newlyweds got a speedier ride. A much better viewpoint, too!

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After the traditional first dance the couple, along with their family and friends, enjoyed the entertainment of “Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts.” Betsy says the band, one of Lucas’ college favorites, was his only request during the planning of the wedding.

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A most memorable and sparkling sendoff was provided for Betsy and Lucas as their guests lined the walkway and wished them well. The bride and groom left the reception headed for a night at the Westin Poinsett Hotel and then off to the Four Seasons Hotel in Nevis, West Indies. May they have a lifetime of happiness together!

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In the scenic foothills of Northeast Georgia you’ll find a one-of-a-kind golf club and conference center...minutes from Lake Hartwell. Cateechee Golf Club offers members and guests a serene escape from the hectic pace of everyday life on a course that spans 380 acres of rustic tranquility. No houses, no street crossings, no traffic to spoil your experience of playing on Georgia’s only Audubon Signature Course, just named a ★★★★★ destination by Golf Digest. An elegant 40,000 square-foot clubhouse anchors this par 72, semi-private golf course that is open for play seven days a week. Other amenities include state-of-the-art red clay tennis courts and fitness center. Stop by the Waterfall Grille for an extraordinary lunch or dinner in a casually sophisticated atmosphere. Offering classic American cuisine, complemented by an extensive wine list, the Waterfall Grille is a favorite watering hole for locals and visitors alike. Cateechee is the perfect location for weddings, business functions, and special events. Call today to reserve your personal suite for a Cateechee weekend getaway.

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hen the double doors of the Inspiration Home (iHome) are thrown open on April 17th, visitors will get an eyeful, or “i-full” as it were. Not your average dream home, the iHome goes well beyond most ordinary show dwellings stuffed with all manner of innovations – most of which are often out of the average homeowner’s reach both in terms of cost and availability.

Instead, partners Jerry Fay and Chris Rogers (center) of Milestone Custom Homes approached this project by applying their company mission “to build exclusive homes with inclusive building practices,” with a dose of accessible practicality. The result is a seamless blend of old-world craftsmanship, innovative design and stateof-the-art technology that can be found in every corner of this gracious, three-story, 8,400-square-foot home reminiscent of an Italian country manse. Located in the elegant enclave better known as Cobblestone in Simpsonville, the iHome was designed from the ground up to create “a true showcase for products and best practices” similar to what he’d seen in other parts of the country, says Fay. It’s something he says has never been duplicated in Greenville. “We call ourselves the new breed of builder,” Fay says on a day spent scurrying around to oversee the finishing touches placed in the year-long project. This new breed is hardwired to be intrepid. Despite the recent downturn in the real estate and new construction markets, Fay and Rogers confidently forged ahead to make their vision a reality.

“We really wanted to show we are not building the houses that were built 20 years ago,” says Fay as he describes a host of features that make the house functional and efficient. Though sustainability and sheer size don’t often go hand-in-hand, Fay notes that the iHome is a living example of how to incorporate energy-efficient materials and systems, as well as smart planning, to reduce the overall cost of maintenance. Beginning with the bare earth, Fay explains that when the property was graded (quite tricky due to the 30-foot drop in the backyard), massive boulders were salvaged for use in the retaining walls. Then landscape designers Graham Kimak and David Van De Water of Arbor Engineering Inc. drew up a plan that used many native plants for their ability to thrive in heavy clay soil and withstand high heat and drought conditions. A new species of grass called “Blue Heat” was used for sod. It stays green like a fescue, but fills itself in like a Bermuda, and is extremely droughttolerant – the best of all worlds. Speaking of drought, the Hunter ET System sprinkler can sense the rate of evaporation in the soil and moisture in the air so that the landscaping is only watered when necessary. When it does rain, permeable pavers reduce the amount of runoff and erosion.

The “clean and green” pool uses only natural table salt to create pure chlorine and the spa has a high-efficiency gas heater that heats quickly and is economical to run. Equal care was taken inside. The frame was treated with an antimicrobial, Icynene insulation was used in the walls to make it tight as a drum, and the BioStar Program ensures ongoing indoor air quality. Even though Fay is quite proud of the work he and Rogers have done to bring this project to completion, he is quick to point out that there is another way the iHome will be a source of inspiration and connection to the community. All proceeds from the tour of the home will go to the Upstate South Carolina affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “We chose Susan G. Komen for the Cure because this organization inspires people to live every day. This collaboration brings a deeper meaning to every brick in the home,” asserts Fay. It is a cause close to his own heart, as his wife is a cancer survivor. Ultimately, the strength of the concept and of the well-appointed house itself is that it embraces sustainability and a commitment to quality on a grand scale that never feels imposing. Inside and out, the colors are warm, the furnishings are comfortable, and the abundance of natural light just feels good. There are plenty of places to imagine kicking back, snuggling up, laughing, or playing. And Fay encourages visitors to do just that: “Get in, touch it, see it, and feel it. That’s why we built it that way.”

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TAKE THE TOUR Dates & times Friday, Saturday and Sunday – April 17-May 10 aDmissiON Advanced tickets are $12; $15 at the door; $10 for groups of 10 or more; Ages 6-16 are $5; and ages 5 and under are free. LOCatiON Cobblestone subdivision in Simpsonville.

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DiReCtiONs No parking is allowed in the actual neighborhood. Parking and shuttle pick up at the 2900 block of Roper Mountain Road. Follow the iHome signs. BeNeFittiNG Ticket proceed will support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Upstate South Carolina.

mORe iNFO For more information, visit Also, on the tour, be sure to see rooms not featured here: Home Theater, Wine Cellar, Family Command Center, Screened Porch, Pool House, 4th Floor Children’s Loft, 2nd Floor Laundry, and the iHome Gym.

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ust behind the bubbled glass panes of the entryway lies a foyer that is more than just a passage to the main part of the house – it is truly a room of its own. Carey Taylor points out that architectural elements such as the barrel ceiling and a long paneled wall were just begging for large statement pieces. After painting that ceiling a soft gray-blue and applying glaze over the wheat colored walls, she further kept the look from getting too heavy by choosing a sideboard in light wood. Mixing old with new and eye-catching accents allows residents and guests to ease into the house and experience a cherished collection that says, “welcome to my home.”

TOUR TIP: The foyer is dramatically enhanced with an illuminated barrel ceiling.

Carely Taylor of C. Taylor Interiors, Allied Member ASID, is a degreed designer who has extensive training in all styles. She prefers not to do anything too trendy, as she would like her clients to enjoy the results for years to come.

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DINING ROOM WINDOWS: Jeld-Wen LIGHTING: Capital Lighting by Ferguson TOUR TIP: The coffered ceiling is even more amazing to see in person.


ith its deeply coffered ceiling and magnificent Palladian window, the dining room had an unmistakable elegance even before the walls got a generous coat of paint containing real bronze for a subtle, rich glow. A very traditional reproduction of an 18th century mahogany table is made less stiff and formal with selections of charming gilded chairs and pops of turquoise in the Persian rug, soft olive on the window treatments and embroidered silk Brunschwig and Fils fabric on the seats. “It is formal but you could go in there just to have coffee and feel beautiful. The colors and the gild on the chairs make it feel less traditional,� says Taylor.

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PAINT: Sherwin-Williams

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he small room opposite the dining room is splashed in sunlight, all the better to show off the burnished silver accents chosen by the design team at Postcard from Paris. Inspired by Match pewter from Italy, which they say is a “testament to old-world Italian craftsmanship and artistry often overlooked in this age of speed and convenience,” the accessories complement furnishings that include a Paris desk and guest chairs from Baker and an 18th century Louis Philippe secretary from France. The ivory tone-on-tone colors for fabrics, rug and window treatments provide a neutral canvas to better reflect the mix of exceptional new pieces with well-worn, timeless European antiques. TOUR TIP: Cedar beams at ceiling.

Postcard from Paris is a fullservice interior design firm with an 11,000-sq.-ft. showroom in Greenville’s historic West End. Principal Linda McDougald, shown here, has 20 years of experience in design, marketing, public relations and advertising. Moe Draz as an associate’s degree in art with a concentration in graphic design combined with an extensive background in retail management and customer relations.

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BREAKFAST ROOM WINDOWS: Jeld-Wen LIGHTING: Capital Lighting by Ferguson TOUR TIP: Don’t miss the 1x6 wood wainscotting featured in this room.


mural painted by Vivica Amato depicts a bucolic Tuscan hillside scene awash in golds and greens. Tall pointed cypress trees dot the rolling land and dark furrows of turned earth suggest farming’s deep roots in Italian culture. Embroidered linen valances crisply accent the windows that surround the farmhouse table and chairs, which, like the cabinets, are meant to appear slightly distressed as if they had been in the home for generations.

FLOORING: Engineered Handscraped Hardwood

Suzi Smith of Design Partners has been honing her eye for color, concepts and fine furnishings since she was a small child. She is a degreed designer with 35 years of professional experience. Since moving to South Carolina 5 years ago, Design Partners has done extensive residential work in the European traditional and French Country styles, as well as commercial projects. spring 2009 | 129

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KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS: Cambria Quartz CABINETS: Mullinax Woodworks CABINET FINISHING: Southern Coatings

Suzi Smith of Design Partners has been honing her eye for color, concepts and fine furnishings since she was a small child. She is a degreed designer with 35 years of professional experience. Since moving to South Carolina 5 years ago, Design Partners has done extensive residential work in the European traditional and French Country styles, as well as commercial projects.

TOUR TIP: Be sure to see the reverse osmosis water and real cedar beams on ceiling.


uzi Smith has traveled to Italy many times and was eager to reproduce the relaxed hospitality of an Italian farmhouse kitchen at the iHome. Cabinets in complementary shades of ivory and black, a stained hood finished in plaster, a hammered copper sink and the heavy wooden beams all suggest a primitive look reminiscent of a typical Italian villa that has been in a family for generations.

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he vaulted, paneled ceiling and massive fireplace lend extraordinary warmth to the keeping room just off the kitchen area. Rather than fill the space with fussy fabric, Suzi Smith selected black raised panel shutters for the windows and leather and chenille coverings for the sofa and chairs. A charming painting of a hunting dog along with mounted deer antlers hint at the look of a traditional lodge without being too literal. Hints of avocado green along with a scattering of plants make the room feel fresh and alive.

TOUR TIP: Don’t miss the E-space office located off Hearth Room and the 1x6 cedar ceiling and mantle.

Suzi Smith of Design Partners has been honing her eye for color, concepts and fine furnishings since she was a small child. She is a degreed designer with 35 years of professional experience. Since moving to South Carolina 5 years ago, Design Partners has done extensive residential work in the European traditional and French Country styles, as well as commercial projects.

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GRAND ROOM WINDOWS & DOORS: Jeld-Wen FIREPLACE: Fireside Hearth & Home STAIRCASE: Heirloom Stair & Iron CABINETS: Mullinax Woodworks

Carolina Furniture is a design firm specializing in a formal, traditional style. Owner Linda Dickens has been in business for over 30 years and has an excellent eye for quality merchandise and an uncanny knack for connecting with clients. Rosanne G. Hamilton is a degreed designer and a member of ASID with 33 years of experience.

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TOUR TIP: MUST SEE features are the Jeld-Wen 12' folding door system, the fresh air intake (can you find it?) and the cedar lined screened porch.


he main living space is truly a room with a view: from it you can see the entrance, the kitchen and the outdoors, a true connecting point for the entire house. With that in mind, Hamilton and Dickens elected to blend timeless elements with comfortable furnishings to create a warm and inviting space just made for relaxing. Starting with a neutral wall palette, they brought in accents of gold and brown. The subtle impact of paprika brightens the space between the beams in the coffered ceiling. Antique wooden boxes, leather-bound books and a delightful landscape over the fireplace (actually part of Linda’s own collection) play well with the deeply cushioned sofa and chairs swathed in herringbone tweed and tapestry. The cushions are

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intentionally loose and unattached, taking away any hint of formality and inviting one and all to curl up or sprawl out in front of the fire. A wall of glass doors separates the great room from the screen porch, its own thoughtfully appointed space with a professional gas grill and another stone fireplace. The designers didn’t want to compete with the gorgeous view of the pool and landscape so they stuck with a simple table and chairs by Summer Classics in a lightweight metal that makes it easy to rearrange. On the opposite wall where a large piece of furniture would just get in the way, the two chose a garden mirror that imitates a Palladian-style window to give a reflection of the space without being intrusive.

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MASTER SUITE FLOORING: Engineered Handscraped Hardwood LIGHTING: Capital Lighting from Ferguson WINDOWS: Jeld-Wen Low-E Clad

The design team at Ethan Allen believes that style is “the difference between a room full of stuff and a room that makes you feel better.” Designers include Valerie DeWitt, Brent Rollins, Pamela Kitts, Kathleen Renz, Kimberly Haynes and Tim Ellis (not shown).

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TOUR TIP: Control all pool functions from the comfort of the sitting room in the master bedroom and also enjoy the expansive view.


he designers of Ethan Allen say that tradition was their guide but not their ruler as they interpreted the feel of a Tuscan home in the master suite. Opting instead for “Villa Fresh,� their starting point was a relaxing monochromatic palette to which they added a modern twist of greens and blues. The sitting room with its

dramatic view inspired them to create a gracious European room to offer the homeowners a quiet retreat for morning coffee or reading their favorite book. The sumptuous bed, wide chairs and delicate ironwork on the legs of the side table combine to project the warmth and effortless elegance of a pared-down classic.

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MASTER BATH FLOORING: American Oleum Tile CABINETS: Miller Millworks PAINT: Sherwin-Williams


he team at Ethan Allen brought the sweep of blues and greens from the master bedroom into the bath. The barrel ceiling glows a soft sage that is echoed in the walls. Pale dusky blue on the lower portion of the ceiling suggests a view of the sky while variegated tiles in shades of buff and limestone underfoot are reminiscent of beach sands. Decorative touches such as the printed balloon shades and wrought iron light fixture keep the look grounded to the overall Tuscan theme. Long-necked ceramic vases, a dark wood framed mirror and an eye-catching curved cabinet lend an elegant air. TOUR TIP: Don’t miss the steam shower, barrel ceiling and MTI radiant heated freestanding tub.

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BEDROOM 3 FLOORING: L&L Carpet Co. RAIL SYSTEM: Heirloom Stair & Iron PAINT: Sherwin-Williams TOUR TIP: Check out the barrel ceiling over the window with arched top transoms.


t’s a room fit for a prince, a knight in shining armor, a mighty safari hunter – or all of the above. And that was precisely what Neena Dorsey and Lauren Middlekauff had in mind when they planned a retreat for a small boy with big dreams. They added the bamboo ladder for the express purpose of climbing to scale those imaginary heights and a zebra rug to rest on when visions of jousts and hunts tire him out. Rustic cane furniture and burlap window treatments provide a neutral canvas for the little man to add his own collections of dinosaurs, racecars, rocks or whatever he’s into at the moment.

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BEDROOM 2 FLOORING: L&L Carpet Co. LIGHTING: Capital Lighting from Ferguson PAINT: Sherwin-Williams

TOUR TIP: There’s a loft that joins 2 bedrooms, built-in desk, and velux sun tunnel in bath. Charisma owner Lisa Bass believes she honed a painter’s eye for color as she worked toward a degree in fine art. Together with Rhonda Sanders, they have developed a business “all about being different, fun and quirky,” and have been doing model homes throughout the southeast for years.


t’s a big bedroom for a small person, so Lisa Bass and Rhonda Sanders set to work adding bright colors, whimsical accents and eclectic elements such as the faux picket fence wall paper to bring it more to scale. The scarlet fabric of the duvet and curtains gave the designers a palette of punchy colors to create a room that was not too precious and could easily grow with the young lady who lives in it for years to come. The bright colors meander into the bathroom, where slim, crimson rectangles of glass tile line the shower walls and green zebra prints decorate a rug. Rustic rattan chairs, a weathered bamboo bed, mirrors like daisies, and a dragonfly wall sculpture bring together this lovely garden of delights.

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BEDROOM 4 FLOORING: Shaw Carpeting by L&L Carpet Co. PAINT: Sherwin-Williams TOUR TIP: See the built-in desk, playhouse with window, and tiled bath with fossil tile inlays.


his is the “dollhouse� room, according to Pamela Marcengill and Judy Peterson. Punctuated by walls as deep blue as a summer sky, the space is like its own small cottage with its bead board accents, flowers dancing across the walls, and delicate, sheer custom window treatments that appear like watercolor paintings on fabric. The fetching pink bed from Young America by Stanley is certainly a place to snooze, but the window seat with its comfy cushion and hidden storage, invites a young girl to dream. Bright citrus and bold graphics will continue to charm as this little girl grows into a young lady.

Elegant Distinctive Interiors is a familyowned & operated business, working hard to bring high-quality furnishings to clients. Pamela Marcengill has over 20 years of experience with home staging including the Southern Living Home in Atlanta. A member of ASID, she holds a degree in fine art and interior design.

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Wii ROOM FLOORING: Shaw Carpeting by L&L Carpet Co. CABINETS: Miller Millworks WINDOWS: Jeld-Wen Picture Window

Lifestyles designers Neena Dorsey and Lauren Middlekauff believe that sophistication can be comfortable and classic decor will never go out of style. Dorsey has 16 years of experience and Middlekauff has four years of decorating under her professional belt.

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TOUR TIP: Room is wired for gaming & surround sound. Also, look for the hidden desk alcove.


high cathedral ceiling and large arching window lend a chic air to a media room that has been fully furnished with casual comfort in mind. Playing off their favorite themes of rustic country cottages and beachside bungalows, designers Neena Dorsey and Lauren Middlekauf pulled together a look that combines the two seamlessly. An oversized sectional sofa in neutral taupe is dressed with piles of pillows sporting stenciled leaves and petals in turquoise and olive. The ottoman doing

double duty as a coffee table also features fabric with a mod blue scroll design. Faux antelope heads flank an abstract landscape on one deep gold wall, but the real focal point of this room is the round chair-and-a-half. Covered in soft velour the color of sand-washed sea glass, it is impossible to resist climbing on and tucking up to watch a film, gaze out the window or take a nap.

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GUEST SUITE WINDOWS & DOORS: Jeld-Wen Low-E Clad PAINT: Sherwin-Williams FLOORING: Engineered Handscraped Hardwood

Postcard from Paris is a full-service interior design firm with an 11,000-sq.-ft. showroom in Greenville’s historic West End. Principal Linda McDougald has 20 years of experience in design, marketing, public relations and advertising. Moe Draz, shown here, has an associate’s degree in art with a concentration in graphic design combined with an extensive background in retail management and customer relations.

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TOUR TIP: Two immediately noticeable features in this room are the 5'' handscraped oak floors and the expansive bay window.


n the capable hands of the team from Postcard from Paris, the downstairs guest suite becomes more than just a spare bedroom – it is a soothing retreat of welcoming comfort and understated luxury, as one would expect in an Italian home. The lines of the furnishings are graceful and distinctive, particularly the Century Furniture Louis Philippe walnut and

pewter bed. Glacial blue fabrics from Beacon Hill, Robert Allen and Lee Jofa mix well with mirrored accents on frames and at the dressing table. The bay window in the sitting area is dressed with nearly sheer fabric to diffuse the light and soften the view to the outdoors. At once sumptuous, light and airy, this is a room that will make any guest feel pampered.

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GAMEROOM FLOORING: Engineered Handscraped Hardwood CABINETS: Miller Millworks CABINET FINISHING: Southern Coatings

James & Company combines outstanding customer service with a selection of quality furnishings that are affordable. The showroom offers many brands previously only available in High Point or Atlanta. Delice Winters has been involved in the design business since she was a child working with her mother. A degreed designer, she is a member of ASID, IIDA and IDA.

TOUR TIP: Be sure to see the chiseled edge on countertop & real stacked stone backsplash.


ven though the kitchen on the lower level flows into the billiard room, Delice Winters wanted to create a totally different and unexpected mood. Taking cues from an Italian coffee shop, she set oversized Sherill chairs with textured fabrics and an elegant antique bench around a round cocktail table. In another part of the room a card table is set up for games and accented with prints of old maps. The wet bar area gets a pop of color with a bold speckled countertop that boasts a bright fruit arrangement.

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BILLIARDS CABINETS: Miller Millworks CABINET FINISHING: Southern Coatings BILLIARD TABLE: Loree Jon’s TOUR TIP: There is a theater room through the custom built sliding barn door.


nother great place to relax and gather, this room opens out to the pool area but a lot of the fun will be had indoors at the game. The billiard table is from Loree Jon’s and Delice Winters of James & Company added a pub table in one corner and scattered bar stools covered in a black bean colored leather throughout. There is a hint of the Tuscan theme in the rich dark wood furnishings, Hemlock wood cabinets and walnut floor, while the abstract spheres in the wall art echo the shape of the billiard balls.

LIGHT FIXTURE: Capital Lighting from Ferguson

James & Company combines outstanding customer service with a selection of quality furnishings that are affordable. The showroom offers many brands previously only available in High Point or Atlanta. Delice Winters has been involved in the design business since she was a child working with her mother. A degreed designer, she is a member of ASID, IIDA and IDA. spring 2009 | 145

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POOL & PATIO POOL: Signature Pools PAVERS: Accu Brick FENCE: Atlas Fence TV & SOUND: VIP Solutions LANDSCAPING: Grounds Master Stone: Three River Stone Stone Installation: Samson Stone OUTDOOR FURNITURE: Maynard’s OUTDOOR CONTAINER PLANTS: Martin Nursery

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TOUR TIP: The poolhouse has it’s own kitchen, fireplace and bath.


he backyard of the iHome certainly makes a splash with its centerpiece: a curvaceous pool that is refreshingly efficient. In addition to the IntelliChlor® Salt Chlorinator automatic chlorine generator that creates pure chlorine from common table salt, it boasts such cutting-edge technology as the IntelliTouch® Multifunction System that automates and synchronizes all pool and spa-related equipment scheduling, and the IntelliFlo® VS+SVRS Pump which can reduce energy costs by 30 to 90

percent. With safety and energy efficiency taken care of, sprawling out on the sturdy yet comfy chairs and loungers provided by Maynard’s Home Furnishings can be that much more relaxing. The entire outdoors is just made for entertaining groups large or small with gas grills and fireplaces both in the screen porch and out by the pool house. Jerry Fay notes that both grill areas are covered, making it a snap to throw family dinners or a lavish spread on the barbecue on all but the coldest days.

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iHome Features


New species of Sod – Blue heat grows vigorously and is green year round. It fills itself in if it is thinned out from stress or wear and tear. Tolerates heat, sun, humidity, produces oxygen and filters rainwater to provide clean ground water. In addition, planting selection and design has been optimized not only for impact, but also sustainability. During construction, there was a dedicated tree save area.

The spiral stairs were reclaimed from a deconstructed home in Charleston.



An aNtimicroBial was applied to the framing during construction which will inhibit any potential mold growth in the wall cavities.


Whole house carbon filter & reverse Osmosis water.


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PermeaBle PaverS are designed to allow water to permeate to the sub surface.

raiN Barrel collects rain water and stores it so you’ll have water for future use, whether it’s for watering the garden

Swimming pool uses only natural table salt, the iNtellichlor® Salt chloriNator automatic chloriNe geNerator creates pure chlorine in the pool, is cost effect, and eliminates the need to buy, store, and add harsh chlorine products manually. The IntelliFlo® VS+SVRS Pump is the revolutionary way to reduce energy costs (by 30% to 90%) and meet the desire for the safest pool possible.


the huNter et SyStem is a new state-of-the-art climatic weather controller will take the guesswork out of irrigation scheduling. It measures key climatic conditions and uses them to calculate your local Evapotranspiration (ET) factor. By taking into the account the rate at which water is consumed by evaporation and plant life, the system will initiate a schedule to replenish only the water that is actually needed. It also uses the new WiltGard™ technology which can intervene to trigger protective watering when extreme conditions threaten your plants. The result is a dramatic savings in your water bill (an average of 30%), healthier root zones, and your participation in conserving our precious natural resources.

The aqua Safe® eNgiNeered SePtic SyStem offers an alternative to standard septic systems. The system features a unique aeration process, which reduces sewage to an odorless, safe discharge within 24 hours. This new technology helps solve common soil or site issues in wastewater management. It is a scaled down version of a larger township and municipality sewage treatment plant




lP techShield, radiant barrier roof sheathing, blocks up to 97% of the radiant heat in the panel from entering your attic, which keeps your home cooler. Meaning less work for your air conditioner.

catwalk roof uNderlaymeNt is a high strength synthetic roofing underlayment that provides outstanding protection against water intrusion and outperforms roofing felt. Engineered from polypropylene fabric and coated on both sides with surface-enhanced polymeric coatings, Catwalk 30 provides exceptional strength. certaiNteed – lifetime ShiNgle trex BraSilia® deckiNg has a lush feel and exotic look of tropical hardwood. Without compromising quality, durability or beauty, Trex constructs its composite products from a unique combination of wood and plastic fibers derived from reclaimed or

hvac SyStemS up to 17 SEER rated and Energy Star rated. Two-stage operation system reduces temperature and humidity swings in the home by heating and cooling more evenly. Up to 50% savings over standard system. Air Bear whole house media filters. Effectively remove mold spores, pollen, and other airborne contaminants. Using highly efficient, 100% electrostaticallycharged synthetic material have been proven to be 5 to 10 times more efficient than traditional 1'' throw-away filters.

air PurificatioN hydroxyl geNerator was installed on the HVAC to purify the air by using Hydrogen Peroxide molecules (a proven and safe, effective antiseptic agent). Quarterly air sampling will take place for one year to monitor the Indoor Air Quality of the Inspiration Home.






Natural thiN StoNe is making real stone available to a much broader audience. This innovative product has developed a niche in applications where stone previously wouldn’t have been considered because of cost or weight restrictions.

recycled resources. ZERO trees are cut down to make Trex.

or just keeping it handy for emergency situations.





Windows, doors, exterior door frames and components with auralaSt® wood are protected against wood decay, so they’ll maintain their structural integrity. Protects against termite infestation. AuraLast® wood offers superior resistance to water saturation and protects wood against swelling. AuraLast®, JELD-WEN’s proprietary,


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the benefits of iHome products:


– green – healthY

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size than traditional tank water heaters, thus reducing the amount of material that ends up in landfills. The primary components of Rinnai tankless water heaters – including the copper heat exchanger and stainless steel burners – are recyclable.



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xquisite home! 4 ac- 5 BR/4BA. Formal LR & DRs w/ detailed ceilings & decorative columns, sunken 2-story GR has glamorous details w/overlook balconies from the master & one of the guest BRs. Octagonal chef’s dream kitchen has a perfect view of the tropical retreat below, a 50x25 saltwater in-ground pool. Master suite has separate sitting room w/ upper deck access, master BA has walk-in steam shower & heated tile floors & tub decking. Walk-out basement w/ home theatre, gym, massage room, billiard room, gaming/bar area, & an ever-ready sauna. 2-car attached garage w/ an additional 3-car detached complete w/ shop area, 1/2 BA, & a separate motor home bay w/ 15’ ceiling & hook-ups.

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ice level, open 58 acres with fantastic views of Glassy Mountain & The Blue Ridge. Horse lover’s & duffer’s dream! Right next door to Collinsville Equestrian Trail, which feeds into Foothills Equestrian Trail. Also walking distance to Links O’Tryon golf club. Includes 2 fishing ponds & adorable honeymoon cabin. NOTE: Prospective buyers cannot enter the property unattended, must be accompanied by your agent, by appointment. Park outside gate, then walk property. $3,000,000


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ith more than 5,100 square feet of perfectly planned living space, attention to detail & fine craftsmanship, this home offers more square footage for the price than you will get just about anywhere! This exquisite European style brick & stone home, built in 2006 has 4BR, 4.5BA, keeping room, study, bonus & media rooms. Gourmet kitchen has all the upgrades a cook could want plus a butler’s pantry with wine cooler. Master suite on main with rich hardwood flooring & trey ceiling. Located in the gated, amenity packed community, Kingsbridge, on an interior lot in quiet cul-de-sac. $749,000


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xceptional BASEMENT home offering 4BR, 3BA, & 2 half BAs, PLUS bonus & keeping rm. Absolutely amazing home for entertaining with finished basement including a media rm, play rm, recreational rm with wet bar, wine closet & outside patio. Lovely gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, great storage, double ovens, large 2-level island with bar seating, & desk area. Master suite boasts plush bath with whirlpool jetted tub, separate vanity areas, tiled shower, huge closet with built-in storage areas, large sitting area with bay window, built-in corner cabinet, & private balcony. $699,900

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