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Features 14 Personal Space Lake Keowee home surrounds the Capellas family with their favorite things

73 Less is More Condo inspires Knight to reduce and reprioritize

99 At Home for the Holidays with the Cheros Family

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10 Notes From Home 34 Wine and Dining

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Notes from Home QUOTING ANDREW W YETH MAKES ME THINK OF OUR MARVELOUS GREENVILLE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART. It has an extensive collection of Wyeth’s work that includes a major piece from every period of his career. Thinking of the Art Museum is appropriate for another reason. Within this issue we have an interview with Bobby McAlpine, a renowned architect and designer from Alabama, who will be a featured speaker at this year’s Annual Museum Antiques Show. You will find information about the show with the article. Also in this issue we’re continuing our theme of inspiration that was so much a part of the spring issue. We must have struck a nerve then because your response was so strong. We are particularly grateful to those who toured the iHome and helped raise a considerable amount of money to benefit the Upstate South Carolina affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. We thank you for your participation. A few of the inspirational ideas to be found in this issue include a visit to a spectacular get-away home on Lake Keowee, a tour of the downtown condo in Spartanburg that forced its owner to set priorities, a visit with a local artist and conservationist, the ins and outs of decorating

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MICHAEL AND MARIE CAPELLAS HAVE LIVED AND TRAVELED AROUND THE WORLD, BUT WHEN THEY VISITED WHAT IS NOW THEIR LAKESIDE RETREAT AT THE CLIFFS AT KEOWEE FALLS, THEY KNEW IT WAS SIMPLY TOO HEAVENLY TO PASS UP. “We had always wanted a lakeside home, and we fell in love with Lake Keowee,” says Marie. Though the couple was originally looking for a lot to build on, they asked to see the work of some local builders and were taken to this home, built on spec by Mike Blackburn/Steve Yoder Construction and designed by architect Keith Summerour.

oPPoSITe: attention

to detail, which drew the Capellas family to this lakeside home, is evident in the exterior’s massive stones, mahogany accents and sealed slate roof. LeFT: This side entrance offers privacy for guests staying in the upstairs suite. beLoW: Landscaping maximizes the stunning views, especially the rushing waterfall adjacent to the home.

They made an offer that day. “It was the attention to detail,” Marie says. “Michael and I aren’t big on huge houses that don’t look like they belong. This house looked like it belonged here, like a lake house, and that’s what drew us to it.” Michael Capellas, currently the CEO of First Data Corp., was previously chairman and CEO of Compaq Computer Corp., president of Hewlett-Packard, and president and CEO of WorldCom (later MCI), posts that have taken him and his family around the world and across the country. But the couple recently settled

in Atlanta, and they enjoy spending weekends and vacations either on Kiawah Island or here in the mountains of South Carolina’s northwest corner. “It’s comfortable there,” says Marie from her Atlanta home. The mountain home is just a two-hour drive, making it a quick getaway when they want to relax or play a few rounds of golf. Their two daughters, ages 29 and 25, enjoy visiting as well, bringing friends for boating, wakeboarding and cookouts. The Capellases had a lot of furnishings, rugs and personal mementos they wanted to incorporate into their � 17 � fall/winter 2009 | 15

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mountain home, so they asked Suzi Smith, owner of Design Partners Inc., to oversee the entire process. “We asked her to use our furniture, and I was just blown away that she was able to do it.” They told Smith they wanted casual, friendly and comfortable, but Smith wanted to make sure it also had a sophisticated feel. She also wanted to play up the architecture and the craftsmanship that are the hallmark of Blackburn’s homes, while focusing on the scenic beauty of Lake Keowee. Smith calls the interior style of the home “eclectic—a mixture of styles. They’ve lived in Indonesia and many places, and they have all kinds of things they have accumulated from around the world. So if you can use what they have, add new furniture and put it together, you can make something that looks stunning and it is much more personal.” It’s easy to see how the couple fell in love with the home as you crest the driveway and see the exterior’s massive natural stones, the sealed slate roof, colorful landscaping leading to a peaceful section of Lake Keowee and even a dramatic waterfall lined with boulders. The home differs from most in that it has very little drywall, with most walls constructed of plaster and shiplap panels, along with beams from century-old cotton mills. Windows and doors are primarily � 18 � mahogany, and Smith Hundred-year-old beams from an old cotton mill add beauty to the main-level living area.

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Interior designer Suzi Smith used many pieces from the Capellas family’s previous home to create a look that is both sophisticated and comfortable. The kitchen features knotty alder cabinets by Mouser.

used shades that blend into the mahogany throughout the home “so the shades would disappear.” In the spacious kitchen, cabinets by Mouser are constructed of knotty alder. “The only thing I added was the built-in cappuccino machine,” Smiths says. Off the kitchen, the mudroom shows off the quality of construction, with clear pine tongue-and-groove boards and a pickled stain. The laundry room boasts beautiful granite countertops as well as screens on the windows that slide down when they are needed and disappear when they aren’t—a useful touch found throughout the home. A selection of cowboy hats hang on the walls, reminding the Capellases of years spent in Texas. The summer kitchen and screened porch are where the Capellases spend much of their time. “It’s my favorite room,” Marie says. “I’ve always loved being able to sit out there. We hardly ever use the kitchen inside—we just cook outside.” A large grill, granite countertops and a stone fireplace dominate the space, with wicker furnishings offering a spot to unwind and

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soak up the view. The wood in this area is random in width, and put together with pegs in a mortise-and-tenon style. Extra pegs extend from the walls to showcase the intricate construction technique. A notched-out beam above the dining table inside provides evidence of its past in a cotton mill—one of many places where the builder left hints about his materials. “The entire home is a piece of art,” Smith says. In the cozy master suite, the floor changes levels, giving the appearance of an addition. It also features both horizontal and vertical � 21 �

The screened summer kitchen and living area, a favorite of Marie Capellas, offers wicker furnishings, a stone fireplace and a grill area with granite countertops and a sink.

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above: Horizontal and

vertical clear pine shiplap walls, painted off-white, add a more formal feel to the master suite. right: Two sinks,

travertine tiles, vertical shiplap and iron fixtures adorn the master bath. The adjacent cedar closet offers his-and-hers dressing areas.

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shiplap, of clear pine painted an off-white, to offer a more formal feel. The spacious cedar closet ensures adequate storage, while his and her sinks feature iron fixtures. Up the staircase, a landing shows the couple’s love of family photos, with a variety of shots of their two daughters, who live in Dallas and New York City. In the bedrooms, dressers are built right into the wall, taking advantage of the storage space next to the dormers. One room was designed for the younger daughter, using the rugs � 22 � from her room

The home overlooks a beautiful stretch of Lake Keowee. Though they enjoy relaxing on their boat, Michael and Marie have been known to leave it docked to take in the view from the comforts of home. fall/winter 2009 | 21

in their old home. As is often the case, Smith says, the rugs dictated the red-and-blue color scheme. A coordinating quilt, purchased from the local Pickens County Quilt Guild, adds a colorful and comfortable touch. “I love to use things made within a 25-mile circumference of a home,” Smith says. “It makes people feel connected.” Niches along the upstairs hallway feature plush chairs, stunning views and a variety of artwork collected by the Capellases. Near the guest suite are two large Lalique crystal sculptures representing the couple’s two daughters, which light up at night, casting an elegant glow. Michael’s baby quilt, in a simple black frame, adds color to one wall. The guest suite was designed with kids in mind, with a separate bedroom area featuring two built-in twin beds and heart-pine floors. The adjacent parents’ room includes a refrigerator and sink, lots of � 25 � built-in storage and pickled pine horizontal paneling. above: An upstairs bedroom includes a built-in storage chest, a window seat and a quilt by the local Pickens County Quilt Guild. right: A hammered copper sink and circular

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right: The guest suite

includes an area designed with kids in mind, with two twin-sized beds beneath framed quilts. BELOW: The adjacent parents’

area of the guest suite has a natural pine floor, pickled pine horizontal panels and a hidden refrigerator.

above: On the home’s lower level, this wine tasting area complements the nearby temperature-controlled cellar. The tables and chairs were in the rec room at the couple’s former home near Washington, D.C. right: A backgammon/cocktail table and golf memorabilia bring a relaxed,

personal touch to the living area on the lower level.

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The lower level is the nostalgic part of the home, Smith says. While Michael Capellas doesn’t like to overtly broadcast his accomplishments in his home, the more private lower level is the perfect place to put his guitar collection, snapshots with luminaries (Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Sting, to name a few), and a framed copy of BusinessWeek when he graced the cover with his personal guitar. The casual living area features a large backgammon/ cocktail table as well as an elephant chair the couple picked up in Indonesia, so named because it was designed like the chairs that sit on the back of an elephant. Through iron doors is a spacious wine cellar, and several tables offer spots to sample vintages. The living area accesses an outdoor patio, with a flagstone floor, stone arches and a picturesque trail leading down to the lake. The rec room is home to a pool table and plenty of interesting items on the wall, including guitars, signed set lists and photos with musicians including Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and James Taylor. There is also a workout room and a small office, outfitted with a daybed so Michael can recline while working. He uses photos � 26 � a wireless keyboard and a 48-inch stoRY � 30 �

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LEFT: Though they don’t ski, the Capellas family enjoys touring the

lake on their boat or taking out their Sea-Doo watercraft. above: Massive stone arches create a perfect gathering spot on the lower patio, which leads to a winding path to the lake. photos � 28 �

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The rec room is home to some of Michael Capellas’ favorite items, including guitars from Mick Fleetwood and the Beach Boys as well as signed set lists and photos with luminaries such as Sting and Stevie Nicks.

flat screen as his monitor—a high-tech counterpoint to his childhood rolltop desk. Marie says the blend of beautiful scenery and many of their favorite things, collected over decades, make their Lake Keowee home the ultimate place to relax and unwind. Their peripatetic life may have made them citizens of the world, but “we are South Carolinians now,” she says. “After retirement, this is where we’ll be.” 

rIgHT: The small office designed for Michael Capellas features a daybed for lounging with his computer keyboard, which is connected to a 48-inch screen. beLoW: To the rear of the home, the path to the lake is lined with boulders, flowers and landscape lights adorned with whimsical birds.

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Lulu’s Favorite Recipe Mark Pollard is director of contract

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Lulu’s Tomato-Basil Pie 9-InCH PIeCruST, HoMeMaDe or PrePareD 3 or 4 vIne-rIPeneD ToMaToeS 1/2 CuP MayonnaISe 1/2 CuP Sour CreaM JuICe oF ½ LeMon 1½ TeaSPoonS Cayenne PePPer 2 TeaSPoonS PaPrIKa 2 TeaSPoonS garLIC PoWDer 2 TeaSPoonS onIon PoWDer 2 TeaSPoonS DrIeD baSIL 1/4 CuP PLuS 2 TabLeSPoonS FreSHLy graTeD ParMeSan CHeeSe 1/4 CuP graTeD CHeDDar 1/4 CuP FeTa CHeeSe CruMbLeS 1/4 CuP FreSHLy CHoPPeD baSIL


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Decorating with Asian-inspired pieces need not conjure up images of 1990s trends, which often featured dark dining rooms outfitted with cold cabinets in red or black lacquer. In fact, many Upstate homeowners have found the latest Asian design trends infuse existing spaces with accents such as

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natural, soft elements and bursts of bountiful color. However, homeowners, designers and interior decorators can find the whole process of selecting Asian furniture or accessories somewhat intimidating for fear the entire space must take on an “all Asian” theme. According to Sherry Smid, owner of Greenville-

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making pieces that literally transform areas are ones that have been recycled from the life of a previous owner,” Smid says. Garry Price, owner of Design Elite Architecture, explains that because Asian design stems from and reflects nature, many residential settings can be enhanced by pieces that have a founding in Asian vernacular. From colorful silk fabrics to woodcarvings, Asian accessories and furniture cast a natural look and feel, which tends to take the edge off a monochromatic room or highlight a minimalist space. “All these small influences from Asian-inspired items literally brings the homeowner into the home, adding a uniqueness that can’t be replicated. It leads to an eclecticism, but in a refined way,” says Price, whose passion for exotic décor began with watching his mother collect antiques and was matured by studying architecture. Price has incorporated Asian elements that feature textural images and decorative pieces throughout his home, including artwork depicting Chinese history, a European-style cabinet with Asian influences, and colorful, eye-popping accessories such as a Cantonese Rose Medallion plate, a blue and white porcelain vase reminiscent of a Dutch-English design, antique statues that reflect different stages of Asian society, and a powder room with a colorful cloisonné bowl in use as a sink and a � 44 � bamboo themed faucet. 42 | at home

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Joel Kirby, owner of Curly Willow Designs in Greenville, admits he gets bored easily in his home and is continually finding new ways to incorporate Asian accents into his contemporary mechanic’s-garage-turnedhome. Currently, an Asian screen purchased at Trade Route adorns his bed as a headboard, he nurtures a Zizi plant in a colorful Asian

bowl to pull out the various shades of greens in his favorite painting of a Lowcountry scene, and he routinely fills Asian containers with tall, loose bamboo stalks to fill the volume of his spacious living room. In the past, he has even recommended to a few of his clients to add a grouping of vibrant Asian vases filled with tall bamboo stalks to serve as a playful room divider.

From Thailand... eucalyptus branches secured to a redwood base and used as a headboard.

Because recycled elements can often be found in Asian furniture, there is also a “green” theme to this particular design process. For example, an antique painted rail can be used as the backbone of a formal chair, while an antique chest can spruce up a foyer or bathroom in a traditional home.

Additionally, Chinese doors make great walls for wine cellars and can also serve as centerpieces for tables, with the addition of some simple legs. Kirby says another popular way Upstate residents are borrowing from Asian design is by adding � 46 � garden statues,

A green Asian crackle bowl with a beautiful specimen plant compliments the various shades of green in a favored painting.

plants or water features to special spaces. Garden statues and fountains can be used indoors – for meditation rooms or to add a tranquil effect in a noisy shared room – as well as in outdoor settings, including garden areas and covered porches. Bonsai trees can also work as accent pieces to complement artwork and furniture. 46 | at home

Multiple stalks of bamboo add height and interest to a tall sculptural copper planter.

While many Upstate homes are decorated in traditional ways, there are virtually limitless ideas for individuals to incorporate popular Asian-inspired designs to add a burst of color for a temporary change or to move the focal point of a room entirely. The possibilities are only limited by the imagination.


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As you remember, we had suggested design schemes for the larger bed from Diane Nodine of Sa Gairdin Inc., sister company to J. Dabney Peeples Design Associates and the Collins Group. And for the smaller bed from John W. Curnow of John W. Curnow Landscape Design. Also involved in the project were Country Boy’s, Martin Nursery, and South Pleasantburg Nursery. All of the plants previously suggested were subject to seasonal and regional availability and to the homeowner’s budget. It can sometimes take more than one or two seasons to accomplish your planting goals once you have a landscape design. Let’s see what happened…



Perennials added to the bed are Dianthus, Dwarf gardenia, bearded Iris, Prostrate Spreading yew, Hellebores (Lenten rose) and additional Dwarf Mondo and variegated Liriope. Seasonal color includes Dahlias, Penta and Coleus. EARLY FALL: brightly

colored garden chrysanthemums, purple asters, rudbeckia (black-eyed Susan) and ornamental cabbage will provide color and texture for the fall season. 48 | at home

BEFORE LATE SPRING: Perennials added are

Hydrangea, Gardenia, Hosta, Astilbe, Foxglove, Mazus, Heuchera (Coral Bells), Shasta Daisy, and Verbena Bonariensis. Seasonal color provided by Coleus, Impatiens, Penta and Zinnias. EARLY FALL: Seasonal color is now achieved

with the addition of various colors of chrysanthemums and asters.



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WITH THREE SONS, I HAVE RECEIVED MY SHARE OF “FROM-THE-HEART” ARTWORK AND HAVE LOVED EVERY SINGLE PIECE, from the little ceramic heart that hangs by a ribbon and the papier-maché flower to birthday and Christmas cards that were made with every ounce of love my sons have to give. Those pieces have graced our refrigerator, my office and my bedside table—even my daytimer—and have brought me endless joy and boundless smiles over the years. It’s hard to think of any other material possession that pleases most mothers more than their children’s creations—creations marked by effort, intention, pride and creativity (lots of creativity). And it’s the authors of this work who cause this art to be so very special for us. It is with this thought in mind that a particular sculpture has become one of my most adored pieces. All of my adult life, I have been enamored of anything mother and child. Sculptures and artwork depicting that special bond between a mother and her children exude a beauty that is deeply touching and speaks to the heart of a relationship unlike any other on this earth. Some years ago, as I unpacked a container of antiques that had recently arrived from Europe, a beautiful bronze Cipriani sculpture was slowly unveiled behind layers of packing paper. At last, there, in full view, was this captivating woman holding a young child, one hand gently touching the child’s head and a gaze of pure delight. Its elegant yet modern art deco style captured the pure beauty of the bond of mother and child. I was speechless and simply in awe over the piece. Stunned not only by its artistic and historic importance but also by its delicate intricacy, I was thrilled to find it was even more perfect than I had anticipated. It was an exquisite work of art that I knew would become part of my personal collection. I knew also that it was to be at my home in the midst of the cottonball ghosts, finger-painted rainbow, and the water-colored “portrait” of me and my sons.

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Holiday Treasures CHRISTMAS KEEPSAKES PLUS A WHOLE LOT MORE YOU’RE A YOUNG MARRIED COUPLE, STILL IN COLLEGE with very little money to buy presents for beloved family members at holiday time. What do you do? If you’re Milly and Robert Wilson, you use your creative talents to provide them with something that may not be costly but does come straight from the heart. Thus in 1964 was born “And All Through The House,” a collection of adorable, hand-painted wooden ornaments that cover all holidays as well as almost any special occasion one could possibly think of or have a need to commemorate. Today, it’s a thriving cottage industry for Milly, who lost her beloved partner Robert in 2004, and her elves, Ravenel Scott and Linda Benjamin. Milly, who has a degree in studio art, draws basic ornament patterns on wood. Ravenel, a member of the Woodworker’s Guild, meticulously cuts them out. Linda prepares them by sanding them and painting a neutral background. Then Milly gets busy with her paints and brushes and her imagination going full tilt to personalize each and every ornament. If you’re lucky enough to know Milly then you’re already familiar with her multitude of talents and her amiable personality. If you haven’t previously been introduced to Milly’s charming characters, you’re in for a treat. You can see more of the collection on

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Milly creates a new design every year for her family group in a vehicle theme (these can be personalized with the number of members in your family ‌ even pets!).

Milly’s buddy, boomer, frequents his favorite spot on the couch and watches for the next visit from an excited ornament recipient.

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aCroSS THe ToP: It can take time to collect all of the

elements involved in this spectacular, complex crèche. Milly adds new pieces every year. above: The bunny family is all ready to help you

celebrate a glorious easter. ToP, rIgHT & rIgHT: Thanksgiving ornaments naturally bring together the Pilgrims and the Indians. beLoW: Have you ever seen a cuter group of trick-or-


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Milly in her studio and surrounded by just a few of the multitude of ornaments that can be personalized.

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The Open Hearth opened its doors in 1959, meaning the family-owned restaurant is now celebrating 50 years as an Upstate legend. It may be rare for a restaurant to stay at the top of its game for five decades, but it’s rarer still to have a chef who has been with the restaurant for 35 of those years. William Brown, now known for his aged steaks, cooked to perfection over a charcoal fire, has done just that, while also creating fabulous seafood, chicken and chops. Try this classic sauce over your next grilled steak—or head to Wade Hampton Boulevard and let Chef Brown create one just for you.

Amanda Bennett, Art Consultant: Amanda Bennett has been surrounded by art since age 11. That’s how old she was when her parents opened the doors of Bennetts’ Frame and Art Gallery in Greenville. As an art consultant, Amanda helps clients choose and integrate art into commercial and residential spaces. Amanda’s extensive experience is combined with an artful eye, creating an amazing talent for matching artwork to a space.

Art Broker: Much of the artwork found at Bennetts’ Frame and Art Gallery can’t be found anywhere else in Greenville. Through meeting artists in places like China, South Africa and Italy, Amanda has brought unique, one-of-a-kind pieces to her Greenville gallery that fit any budget and style.

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Alyn’s Favorite Recipe Alyn Abrams attended culinary school in Atlanta

and Greenville and spent 17 years working in restaurants including Rene’s Fish Market and Sassafras. But for the past four years, he’s combined his skills as a chef and teacher at Foxfire Gallery & Kitchen Shops, where he works with other chefs to coordinate cooking classes and also teaches his own. He specializes in sauces, soups and stews. “It’s the sauce that really finishes a dish, and makes all the difference,” he says. This dish offers an example, with a flavorful marinade that adds spark to a healthy meal just right for fall grilling.

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Grilled Flank Steak & Vegetable Salad 1 medium flank steak (approximately 1 pound) 2 large yellow squash (cut in half and cut on bias) 2 large zucchini (cut in half and cut on bias) 1 pound fresh spinach, cleaned 1 pint cherry tomatoes (cut in half) 1 pint baby bella mushrooms (cut in quarters)

Marinade: 1 cup balsamic vinegar 2/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup brown sugar 3-5 cloves minced garlic 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano 3 Tablespoons fresh rosemary (finely diced) Salt and cracked pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients for marinade an hour or so in advance if possible. Reserve half of the marinade for the meat and use the other half for marinating the squash and zucchini and dressing the salad. Marinate the meat for a minimum of 1 hour and a max of 24 hours. If 1 hour only, use a Jaccard meat tenderizer to tenderize the flank steak. The vegetables only need an hour or so in the marinade. Take this time to prepare the spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms for the salad. Grill the steak to a medium rare and discard the marinade used on the steak. While the steak is resting, grill the squash and zucchini making sure not to overcook them. Slice the steak thin, and arrange squash in a pile in the center of the plate with the slices of steak covering and draping outward, with the salad on the outskirts of the plate. Drizzle with marinade/dressing from the vegetables only.

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The House Within Us


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editor’s note: architect bobby Mcalpine will be a featured speaker Friday, october 16, at the greenville County Museum of art’s 24th annual Museum antiques Show. The event starts on Friday, october 16, and runs through Sunday, october 18.

IF EYES ARE THE WINDOWS TO THE SOUL, IT STANDS TO REASON THAT OUR BODIES ARE JUST THE METAPHORICAL OUTER WALLS OF A HOUSE . Continue that line of thinking and the heart of that home can be found, literally, within those four beating chambers and the twists and turns of our brains. So it is for Bobby McAlpine. The soft-spoken architect, whose every turn of phrase rises and falls with the dulcet breath of Southern cadence, has made a career of what is borne from the internal rooms of his imagination and his clients’ desires. “People ask me all the time, ‘What inspires you?’ I’m always floored by that because it wouldn’t occur to me to be influenced by conditions. I’m inspired more by what is inside and what needs to come out,” says McAlpine. � 66 �

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This philosophy is rooted in McAlpine’s own childhood, during the years he dreamed his way out of the succession of sawmill towns where he grew up. His career in architecture evolved organically: “When the most fertile ground is your internal life you begin to crave it showing up in your physical life; in something you get to walk in and be in.” Pausing for a reflective moment, McAlpine observes, “That expands your own heart into the world you’ve shaped,” then quips, “keeping up with heart’s architecture keeps you agile. It does involve change and moving on.” McAlpine speaks from his own, most recent home in Tennessee, a dwelling he describes as a “little New England colonial by the side of a lake in the woods,” and a place he adores. “It’s a dream sewn up in cotton.” But dreams are ephemeral and McAlpine admits that no matter how personally enchanted he is with a home, he never stays in one longer than three years before getting the itch to test new ideas that he’s not ready to put out to clients. “I am in a constant state of re-creation. I start to redecorate and reinvent from inside. I do that a 66 | at home

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couple of times before I realize I can’t put any lipstick on and take it to town,” he chuckles. That restlessness has another practical application. “I can enjoy the lessons with no sentimental craving of wanting to keep the place,” he explains. That is not to say that a home shouldn’t be true to its owner. However, McAlpine sees primary homes as going beyond incorporating personal dreams; they are often more about the way others perceive them.

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“Mountain or lake houses are more honest,” he declares, explaining that when day-to-day living is taken out of the equation, owners can find their greatest love. “They should take that lesson back with them. I always celebrate people electing to notice when they are wandering around in a reality that is not there anymore. It is empowering.” To this he adds, “One ingredient to the success of any home is modesty. It has to occur in some element: it can be the material, scaling, what you don’t do. Modesty has to be key no matter how grand the place.” � 68 � fall/winter 2009 | 67

These two ideals dovetail in the home he designed for Greenville residents David and Sherry Poole. It is nothing short of majestic from the exterior. Once inside though, McAlpine’s vision—to endow every room with views out in four directions—serves to make the spaces more intimate while also blurring the boundaries with the landscape.

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With a nod to the restorative powers of the Pooles’ sweeping 10-acre property framed by tall trees and dotted with a man-made lake, McAlpine confesses he has only been able to accomplish complete directional vistas twice in the 500 homes he’s designed. No matter. Because of his broad client base (the Montgomery-based firm has designed homes across the Southeast) McAlpine’s work has run the gamut of placement from urban to rural. In each, the indelible leitmotif of those ideals comes through. Perhaps it is because the self-professed “romantic, 1920s kind of guy” continues to let the ideas flow directly from his own heart into daily pencil sketches. “I welcome how it gets tilted and twisted in accordance to who I’m with. It is a pretty delicious, ever-changing subject,” says McAlpine. He’s also quick to point out that, for him, good things evolve quickly. “I believe the kinetic process is where real magic happens.” McAlpine occasionally designs interiors for clients as well and here, too, he advocates first impressions, as well as shifting and changing. Directoire Dog Bed Console

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“I usually have a host present in the room,” he explains, “something so big it is actually quiet but presents smaller things.” Thus he’s fond of long tables or other large pieces that support a changing array of the homeowner’s collectibles.

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So fond in fact, he’s recently designed a new line of home furnishings for MacRae, the firm that also carries his upholstery. McAlpine suggests items in the collection are the “antiques of tomorrow,” thus fulfilling both the need to shift things around, and maintaining the integrity of fine craftsmanship worthy of being passed from one generation to the next. Whether he’s talking about the home itself, or its adornments, McAlpine keeps coming back to the heart: “When you really love a place it is like marrying the right person—you don’t try to change everything about it. You have to have a little bit of reverence for what drew you in. Choose smart and tread lightly. If there is enough of the right emotion and spirit then you can have a little faith to let it shape you a little bit.” After a moment of deliberation he adds, “If you are lucky, you find what you are missing in yourself.” 

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ABOVE: Beverly Knight enjoys her small but wellplanned kitchen, which is home to just one remnant from her collector days – the Native American pottery above the cabinets.

Beverly Knight once relished her rambling home

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Then she decided to make a change. Knight was

one of Beverly’s favorite spots, offering the ideal perch for enjoying many of downtown Spartanburg’s festivals and events.

stuffed with … well, stuff. From Carolina Panthers gear to her Native American art collection to a massive assortment of Christmas décor and 450plus cat items, she loved to buy, collect and display. “I had more stuff than anybody needed,” she says. the first buyer at the Library Commons, a four-story condominium complex in downtown Spartanburg. While her previous home was more than 2,600 square feet, plus two large decks and a big yard, her new place would be a mere 1,124 square feet. Knight knew it would be a challenge, but she was ready for a new lifestyle that allowed her to get more out of less. “Everything I brought here had to count,” says

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Knight, standing in her bright, serene living room overlooking tree-lined Denny’s Plaza. “I had two rules in bringing things from the other house: it had to be so useful I can’t live without it, or so beautiful I can’t live without it.” Thus began a lengthy process of weeding through her belongings, sending an abundance of furnishings, books and knickknacks to her nephew, auctions, yard sales and consignment shops. She marveled at all she had accumulated in the almost 40 years she lived in her former home, in the Hampton Heights Historic District just a stone’s throw from her new condo. “My personal theory is, you collect things because you want to own them, but then, after awhile, they begin to own you,” she says.

The shift in attitude began when she retired after 28 years as a high school English teacher and three more as a public relations administrator for the school district. She began to travel more, and started questioning the years she spent taking care of her home and its flower garden.

fish and lotus blossoms. Both were picked up during her travels. “I just like to have things scattered around

“There were other lives I wanted to live,” she says.

balcony lets her enjoy events like Music on Main

She was also inspired by China, where she traveled in 2001 and again in 2007. Several family members had been stationed in China, Japan and Korea over the years, leading to a lifetime of interest in the region and appreciation for the design style there.

without leaving home. During the holidays, the

The Asian influence is evident upon entering the condo, where a white jade statue of the Chinese goddess of mercy sits below a watercolor featuring koi

with a table that seats four but can expand to seat

that help me remember good times I’ve had,” she says. The main living area showcases the primary reason she chose the condo: the fourth-floor view. Large windows display the skyline and plaza, and a

town Christmas tree sits just beyond her window, eliminating the need to set one up inside. The living/dining area is anchored by bright, saffroncolored chairs from the West Elm catalog, along six. Underneath is a unique shaggy carpet, a sample piece from Italy, that adds texture.

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Originally a guest room, it’s now repurposed as an office that gets daily use. The yellow chair folds out for overnight guests, while the ottoman stores extra bedding.

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The dining and living areas showcase the main reason Beverly chose the condo – the wrap-around downtown view.

The orangeand-red color scheme was partially dictated by a watercolor she bought in Charleston for her mother about 30 years ago, which now hangs in the living room. Knight collaborated with interior designer Janet Estes to combine her favorite things into a cohesive look. ďż˝ 78 ďż˝

Interior designer Janet Estes helped arrange the furniture to achieve a spacious feel despite the small square footage.

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The master suite continues the Asian theme, with tiny Chinese platform shoes, a childhood gift from her aunt, next to the Asian platform bed she designed and had built. Since storage is at a premium, she included rollout storage beneath the bed to hold extra bedding, plus gifts and wrap. The pillow covers were purchased at the Great Wall of China, while photos she took of the largest seated Buddha in the world, in Hong Kong, decorate the walls. Knight says the master bath is her haven, and was designed to her specifications, from the granite countertops to the drawer height to the large shower with bench. Though not a “kitchen person,� Knight added a few clever twists here, including a cabinet that once stored towels in the bathroom at her old home. She had it painted black and, when it wouldn’t fit 78 | at home

The master bedroom is a serene oasis thanks to a custom platform bed, asian accents, and pillow covers purchased at the great Wall of China.

in her new guest bath, decided to just leave it in the kitchen. She had glass shelves made and it now serves as a handy bar area, with room for her glasses, silver and other items that wouldn’t fit in the cabinets. Early in the design process, Knight realized that the second bedroom would function better as an office. Guests would use it only a few times a year, but she enjoys the space every day, reading in the expansive yellow chair (which converts to a bed) and doing freelance writing and volunteer work on the computer tucked inside a cabinet. The adjacent guest bath also gets a lot of use, thanks to a deep soaking tub she customized to make it shorter but deeper. She enjoys reading in the bath, beneath a poster depicting two of her favorite things—books and cats. Since moving in last summer, Knight has achieved the look she wanted, and the lifestyle to go with it: strolls to Jazz on the Square and her favorite restaurants, walking next door to the library, entertaining friends and traveling when the mood strikes. Though she loved the home she lived in for 40 years, she’s found she doesn’t spend a minute missing it or the contents she collected over a lifetime. “I brought everything I loved the most,” she says. “And this is effortless.  It’s an effortless way to live.”

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Wish your table were a bit larger so you could accommodate more of your friends and family during holiday meals? Well, there’s an uncomplicated and convenient way to accomplish that goal. Kerry di Pasquale, the “Decorating on a Dime” expert, has just the solution to this quandary. We’ll show you a quick fix that Kerry credits to her “mum and dad” and along the way you’ll also see the steps to creating a beautiful Thanksgiving table that will dazzle your guests. As always, Kerry keeps in mind the budget-conscious decorator and gives tips for how to achieve the high-end look without spending beyond your limits.

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BEFORE Kerry started with a round table that seats four comfortably. After placing towels on the table’s top to protect its finish, she added a piece of square plywood, which had been sized to expand the top to seat eight.

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She used ž-inch plywood, cut it in half, rounded the corners, and used a piano hinge to fasten the halves together. This makes it easy to store when not in use. She placed the plywood piece on top of the table, centering it, and attached four rubber feet to the bottom of the plywood right up against the original table so the plywood top would not shift.

Next was the layering of decorative pieces to create the stunning display on Kerry’s table. First layer is the fresh greenery that she picked right outside her door. Next she layered seashells, gourds made of varying materials, colorful leaves and several sizes of candles.

Next she added a painter’s drop cloth, which is inexpensive and a neutral color, to serve as the first decorative layer. Kerry likes to use a large one because it adds fullness and drama. The finishing cloth is brown burlap, another inexpensive and neutral fabric that can be used for a number of occasions. She had it stitched together to create the desired size. 87

She finished with a beautifully decorated napkin on each plate.

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The four silver chairs, originally black, Kerry picked up on sale for $40 apiece. She then painted them a terra cotta color, silver leafed them and changed the seat cushions.

of course, with Kerry it doesn’t stop with the table. She carried the theme onto the chandelier and the mirror behind the table. and doesn’t it look beautiful?!

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NATURE LOCAL ARTIST DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM HER LOVE OF NATURE The nature of nature, as it has existed through the millennia, is that of endless adaptation. The surety of its encroachment upon our basic existence is matched only by its cautious and persistent change. Judy Iselin Cromwell, a Greenville artist and literal Upstate trailblazer, closely watches this churning metamorphosis expand and contract in slow motion through her living room window, every day.

after laborious effort, Judy Iselin Cromwell was elated to receive historic place status for her property brushy Creek.

Nostalgia beckons for the afternoons spent ice-skating on the pond that once was about an acre out from the house, yet her eye catches only a few rolling mounds of grass, and the trickle of a stream that stands in its stead. This thin line of water is all that remains of Judy’s skating pond, and it is all that staves off the forest leaning into the opposite bank, which seems to stand silently watching her in return. The property, known as “Brushy Creek,” did not always appear so small. The original house was built on 45 acres purchased by Alexander McBee around 1830. The land was green and sprawling, suitable for farming, and sported a small but fully functional smokehouse northeast of the main dwelling. And, of course, there was the pond—still skateable as late as the mid-1980s. Around 1950, Judy’s mother spied progress coming swiftly down the road, and carved off around 25 acres to benefit the fledgling Hughes Academy middle school, satisfying her educational interest over that of greater commercial development. This decision saw the family property down to just less than 20 acres, the majority of which has grown thick amid trees and brush, with the house serving as a modest oasis at its heart. The old smokehouse has become an intricate shell of beams and rubble, home largely to snakes and curious tufts of grass, but still maintains its shape if not its purpose.

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When painting, Judy prefers the natural light and fresh air of her back porch “studio.”

Conversely, the primary residence itself has held up beautifully, almost rebelliously, as it has grown larger and more functional since its conception. The kitchen, once its own separate entity, was connected to the living quarters via the construction of a large sitting room circa the early 1900s. But the most intriguing addition to Judy’s home is the creatively wealthy, and seemingly vast, aggregation of art she herself has produced, and subsequently displayed, on virtually every agreeable surface. � 95 � Her bright, bountiful acrylics and

oPPoSITe Page, boTToM: an abundance of wildflowers and swaying grasses in a field where once horses and cattle grazed leads the way to the Cromwell home. LeFT: When the ice storm in 2005 brought down one of the century-old oaks that bordered the walkway to the front door, Judy preserved a piece for the front porch. above: Magnificent oaks now dwarf the original well house. fall/winter 2009 | 93

The home, built in the 1830s by alexander Mcbee, and expanded by Judy’s parents, The Iselins, and then Judy and her husband, is still an idyllic oasis in the heart of downtown greenville.

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watercolors are clustered on every wall, and sit atop tables, desks and chairs throughout every room. Inspired by nature, the South and North Carolina mountains in particular, she often stands on her porch—just off the kitchen—coating a canvas with rich whisks of paint. Sometimes she dives in with specific intent, sometimes she arrives just to experience the unconscious marriage of shape and color before letting it dry and starting again, but she always comes toward her art with a profound interest in nature, and a desire to let it come naturally. As passionately as she interprets nature on canvas, Judy is equally enthusiastic about preserving the Upstate environment and respectfully modifying it for � 96 � ToP: Inside the front door the home reveals its “shotgun”

style of main hallway with rooms to the right and left. rIgHT, ToP: Judy’s paternal aunt painted the entry hall

mural shortly after the Iselin family moved in. She used the only available medium…house paint. It appears that the artistic streak runs deep in the family. rIgHT, boTToM: The indoor art studio occupies the front bedroom. When friends and family come to visit the lucky ones will repose surrounded by Judy’s colorful art.

our meditative enjoyment. She has helped to take control of over 30,000 acres of forest around the Caesar’s Head area of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness, clearing out miles of new trailways for all levels of hikers. She is also one of those responsible for the continuing revision of the Lake Conestee wetlands in Greenville, which is appealing to the more casual naturalist, especially after a healthy rain. For Judy, these conservational projects, primarily bolstered by volunteer efforts, are emotionally akin to her own children. Through art and ideas, she maintains an interminable appreciation for nature, and as it seethes and seeds outside her window she remains in a state of peaceful observation. She knows that even as the surging wilds grow and flare with unfailing potency, the human spirit, too, is a thing unbound in a cycle  of endless adaptation.

The downstairs of Judy’s home is a gallery of her prolific artwork. nature is her inspiration and that of several other artists that she has collected and befriended. When not painting, she tirelessly devotes countless volunteer hours to land conservation efforts. 96 | at home

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The eucalyptus-topped tree in the sunroom/sitting area off the family room contains all of the “fun” and colorful glass ornaments that Sylvia Cheros has collected throughout the years. It’s a perfect spot for Santa, too.

Fresh greenery tied up with bright red and gold ribbons and masses of nandina berries say “Welcome!” to the lovely traditional red brick home of Sylvia and John Cheros. Located in the Huntington area of Greenville, the Cheros family has enjoyed their home for the past 30-plus years. Along with her aunt, Midge Cothran, and the talented assistance of her favored decorator, Carey Taylor of C. Taylor Interiors, Sylvia looks forward each year to decorating for the holidays. The greenery, some of it from the family’s beautifully landscaped property and a good portion of it from Midge’s farm, is refreshed throughout the month of December to keep it always looking its best. Happy Holidays from the Cheros family!

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one can almost hear the sounds of carols being sung by the family while gathered in the lovely formal living room with its stunning tree decorated in white and gold. Fresh greenery, berries and a golden bow adorn the fireplace mantel.

a blue and white soup tureen adds just the right touch to finish off the table, which is set with Lenox Holiday pattern china.

ToP: a family of carolers stands ready to greet those who enter the front hallway

of the Cheros home. The banister is swagged with greenery, berries and golden ribbon, which reflect the candlelight and soft white glow of the tree in the living room. rIgHT: bronzed leaves and fern fronds, frosted fruits and a metallic orange,

quilted bow combine beautifully and complement the surroundings. above: In the dining room, Sylvia and Carey Taylor of C. Taylor Interiors play

up the blues and oranges in the wallpaper, rug and chair seat fabric when decorating for the holidays. fall/winter 2009 | 101

rIgHT: This corner display cabinet in the kitchen provides the perfect spot for displaying additional pieces of the Lenox Holiday pattern china beLoW: Sylvia has the perfect expanse of countertop on which to display her Christmas village collection.

above: The heart of the home is said to be the kitchen and that is truly the case here. With their love of entertaining family and friends in mind, Sylvia and John Cheros decided about five years ago to expand and reconfigure the kitchen with these dramatically beautiful results. rIgHT: every countertop of the kitchen

is adorned with decorative items that speak to the season. This niche includes a nativity scene surrounded by the glow of golden candlelight.

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ToP: Sylvia and her aunt Midge like to extend their decorating to all areas of the home. The red, gold and green of the season punch up the color in the bookcase shelving in the family room. rIgHT: Conveniently located to the kitchen and the sunroom (shown previously), the family room is ready for the season. With its decorated mantle and fireplace screen all that’s needed is the warm blaze of a winter night’s fire.

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