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The Peak of Good Living Apex, North Carolina

Voted #6 in “Top 100 Best Places to Live!” December 2013 – First Edition

Table of Contents About the Editor Page 3

In this Edition Page 4

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One of the many signs along historic downtown

Principles of Design Balance



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About the Editor Hello, I’m Kerry-Ann Jenkins. When I was just one week old, my family moved down from Plainview, New York to Apex, North Carolina. Growing up in Apex was great. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to grow up. I’m very passionate about my family and dance. After 17 years of living in Apex I moved to Greenville, North Carolina and am currently attending East Carolina University as an Interior Design major. In Apex, there are always plenty of family-friendly community events to attend that you can just never get bored. I created this magazine because I want to share my love for Apex with other families. Apex is a town not everyone knows about and I just want for others to acknowledge the beauty of it.

Me after graduation

My family and I

I hope you enjoy,

Kerry-Ann Jenkins Me dancing during the Apex Christmas Parade


In this Edition…

“The Peak of Good Living” is a magazine dedicated to a variety of families looking for a beautiful, familyfriendly, community to live in. Our goal is to give you reliable information about all that Apex has to offer.

In this edition, we want readers to gain knowledge of the elements and principles of design in Apex. Getting to know the artistic side of things will help open your eyes to all of the town’s exquisiteness. 4

Elements of Design



Horizontal Lines HORIZONTAL LINES have the ability to make a space look longer and give a feeling of relaxation. Inside the Recreational Center are horizontal lines along the floors, ceilings, and walls. The long horizontal tube on the ceiling elongates the hallway and the two tone horizontal bricks help the wall look longer and create a calm feeling. Recreational Center


Vertical Lines

Outside the Recreational Center

VERTICAL LINES give height, dignity, and enhance a structure. In this gazebo outside of the Recreational Center, the columns are the most important part to help create the height of it’s structure. The vertical lines in the railings not only help for decoration of the gazebo, but also to help balance out the height of to it’s actual size. 9

Curved Lines

Inside Salem Street Promenade

CURVED LINES have a graceful effect on a room. Inside of Salem Street Promenade in Downtown Apex are lighting fixtures curved around a structural column and continued up around an air duct. Because the column is structural and can not be taken down, the curved line of lights makes the column look elegant so that it does not detract from the beauty inside of the building. Because the lights were continued up to the ceiling, it helps the eye to keep moving. 10



Tactile Texture Outside Tobacco & Mule

TACTILE TEXTURE is visual and physical texture. Visual texture is the texture that you can actually see. Physical texture is the actual softness or hardness, smoothness or roughness, and brightness or dullness of an actual object. Although many buildings in Apex are covered with brick, the outside of the Tobacco and Mule Company is a great example of both visual and physical texture. When you look at the bricks, it is easy to see that they appear to be rough. If you feel the bricks you would find that the way the bricks look is exactly how they appear to be, rough. You also have the ability to feel the groves between the bricks. 12

Implied Texture IMPLIED TEXTURE is texture that is only visual and does not actually have the texture that is appears to have.

Inside Salem Street Promenade

Inside this store that is currently being remodeled, the walls are painted with a technique that creates texture. You would guess that it’s rough but it is actually smooth like regular drywall. 13

Reflective Texture REFLECTIVE TEXTURE reflects objects or light from light sources.

A table outside of a restaurant

Walking along downtown you will see restaurants with tables to sit outside. This table for example appears to be clean and attracts attention because of it’s shine. 14


Task Light TASK LIGHTING is lighting that is essential when someone is trying to complete a specific activity that may require extra light in addition to general lighting. In this home in Apex, lighting is placed under the kitchen cabinets in order to provide extra light onto the countertops.

A kitchen inside a home in Apex


Soffit Light

Inside Salem Street Promenade

SOFFIT LIGHTING is lighting that is typically placed into ceilings and do not hang down. They are usually used to focus on a particular item in a space. Inside this hallway hosting multiple shops in Downtown Apex are soffit lights that are placed in between the walls and ceilings. These soffit lights project light onto the ceiling while still creating light in the rest of the space. The soffit lights here are also used to attract your attention to the beautiful wood paneling on the ceiling. 17

Natural Lighting NATURAL LIGHTING can be provided from windows or skylights. Not only can it provide light, but it can effect the feeling of the space and save energy.

Inside the Recreational Center

Inside the Recreational Center, big open windows provide lots of natural light to make it appear more open and refreshing.



Monochromatic MONOCHROMATIC COLORS are shades and tints derived from the same color or hue.

A table outside of a coffee shop

At this table outside of a coffee shop in the downtown area, the design is made up of many different tiles with the same hue, red, but of different shades and tints. By using the same color, it creates a calm look to a busy, interesting pattern. 20

Complementary The storefront of Sixpence Accents

COMPLEMENTARY COLORS are hues directly across from each other on the color wheel. Outside of the Sixpence Accents storefront in downtown the awnings and windows are painted green, while the door and the very top of the awning are painted red, green’s complement color. The use of complementary colors is pleasing to the eye and attracts your eye to come into this lovely store. 21

Neutral Palette Peak City Grill & Bar

NEUTRAL PALETTE contains colors that are not bright and can go with anything, like grey or beige. The front of Peak City Grill & Bar is painted with only black and grey colors. By using the neutral colors, the restaurant looks classy and appealing making customers want to come eat here. 22


Positive and Negative Space POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE SPACE rely on each other when it comes to design. Positive space is where the actual object or subject is while negative space is the area in which lies around the positive space. For example, between the Recreational Center is a little courtyard and a covered picnic area. The two buildings on both the left and right side and the covered picnic area are the positive spaces and the grass areas between all of them are the negative space. Outside the Recreational Center


Positive and Negative Space AS MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY, POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE SPACE rely on each other. Another example would be outside of this spa in Downtown Apex. The black part of the design, which contains shapes similar to a holly, is the positive space while the clear part which shows the window is the negative space.

The outside of a spa in Tobacco & Mule


Territoriality Space


Apex Volunteer Fire Department

area that one claims to be there own. Here in the Apex Fire Station, the firemen claim their own space by placing items such as jackets in the space near the trucks in case of emergency. 26


Abstract Shape ABSTRACT SHAPES are shapes that are not identified as something specific like how a square is recognized as a square.

Koka Booth Amphitheater

Right outside of Apex is a town known as Cary. Just like Apex, it hosts plenty of family-friendly events. Here at Koka Booth Amphitheater, there are many abstract shapes. At this particular structure there is an interesting roof not only to look at and enjoy, but to shade the deck from sunlight. 28

Geometric Shape Apex Chamber of Commerce

GEOMETRIC SHAPES are common shapes such as squares, triangles, etc. At the old train station known as Apex Chamber of Commerce is a hexagon made out of bricks on the concrete leading up to the station. By adding this simple hexagon to the concrete it attracts attention to an otherwise plain and boring area of concrete. 29

Natural/Organic Shape

NATURAL/ ORGANIC SHAPES are shapes that have a natural flow like a plant or a object in nature. Here at this bench in downtown the arm rails have ornamentation that have a natural look to it. This ornamentation gives a plain bench some excitement and beauty.

A bench in Downtown Apex



Geometric Form GEOMETRIC FORMS are forms that contain shapes like triangles, rectangles, hexagons, etc. Outside of Zdenek Law Firm, the building has a triangular roof, a rectangular door, rectangular windows, rounded front, and a diamond air vent. Here the geometric form helps make the building look orderly and pleasing.


Natural Form

Trees in a local Apex park

NATURAL FORMS are forms derived from nature. Here the trees at this park are natural forms.


Abstract Form ABSTRACT FORMS are forms that are similar to a certain objects but made to look unique

A bench outside of a residence

Here this old tree was cut down and constructed to look like a bench. This bench is abstract because it is unique and the other benches in Apex do not look like this one.


Principles of Design



Visual Symmetry


Structural Symmetry


Visual Asymmetry


Visual Radial Symmetry


Structural Radial Symmetry




Unity through Line


Unity through Shape


Unity through Color


Unity Through Repetition


Variety Through Color


Variety Through Materials


Variety Through Furniture


Variety Through Modern in Contrast to Old






Focal Point-Visual


Focal Point-Structural




Actual Density


Optical Density














Object in Proportion with Space


Objects NOT in Proportion with Space




Human Scale


Symbolic Scale


Picture Sources

Cover Page 1 Line Cover Page 6 Texture Cover Page 10 Light Cover Page 14 Color Cover Page18 Abstract Shape Page 27

Form Cover Page 30


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