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Allison Parker has a MBA in marketing and human resources from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Always loving the written word, Allison has a knack for streaming her thoughts through to the keyboard. Her favorite part of freelance writing is meeting interesting people and discovering unique subjects to share with her audiences. Allison enjoys being a devoted mom to her 3 beautiful boys and volunteering within their schools and community. Allison embraces new adventures, loves to travel, and is always on the quest to learn more about the world around her.


Melissa Corbin is a Tennessee-based freelance travel and culinary journalist who is forever on the hunt for the people and experiences that make our world a better place to live. You know the type––those who give a damn and aren’t letting the slightest bit of dust settle under their feet. Published by national publications such as Lonely Planet, Craft and AAA Traveler, she also enjoys writing for the cultures of regional lifestyles publications like this one. A storyteller at heart, she podcasts over at You can follow her adventures on Instagram @melcorbin to continue the conversation.


Maxine Breedlove is a world traveler who squirrels away paintings and eclectic artifacts from around the globe. She is unashamedly addicted to social media and reads everything from British literature and law review articles to billboards and bathroom-stall poetry. A perpetual student, Maxine is in her final year of law school at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Currently, she clerks in a boutique firm that focuses on personal injury law. Maxine is also the owner of Maxie Breedlove Home, a small paint color consulting and décor business. When not absorbed in law, you can find her sourcing art, lighting, and furniture for her booth at MADSTYLE Vintage in San Angelo, Texas. Please say hello at and @maxiebreedlove on Instagram.


@itssharonjane As a 6 year old, little Sharon Jane followed her mother around at every fashion show, event, production and casting she would work in. As Sharon grew, she realized just how much she loves fashion and became her mother’s right hand at all of those productions. From watching fashion shows on little screens to witnessing the fun chaos of backstage, Sharon Jane just loves the fashion world in all of its layers. After she received her Bachelor’s in Creative Advertising at the age of 20, she used her newfound experience in visual arts to continue her work in fashion as Sharon Jane Productions as well as part of Embellecerte, a company she started with her mother, working as personal shoppers, producers, content creators, model coaches, and fashion editors. As a fashion editor and content creator, Sharon hopes to express her love for the ever-changing fashion industry and show how fashion increasingly becomes a pioneer for positive change from self-love, sustainability to a wider acceptance of diversity.


Tonya Leigh is a Southern Francophile, a sommelier and sweet-tea sipper, as well as a Master Certified Coach who is crazy about inspiring women to add more elegance into their everyday and more joie into their vivre. As the Founder and CEO of French Kiss Life, Inc., Tonya has worked with Oprah and the IKEA Life Improvement Project and has spoken to global audiences on a wide array of topics ranging from being a woman in today’s world to embracing entrepreneurship as a fun and spiritual journey.


Adam Jacot de Boinod is a British author, most famous for his works about unusual words. He has written three books, the first two (The Meaning of Tingo and Toujours Tingo) looking at words that have no equivalent in the English language, and his latest book (The Wonder of Whiffling) looking at unusual words in English. He worked on the first series of the television panel game QI. His research on the show involved him reading an entire Albanian language dictionary and noting down any words that he found interesting. He formed the idea that there are 27 different words for moustaches and 27 words for eyebrows in Albanian, including, “vetullan” (“very bushy eyebrows”), “vetullor” (“slightly arched eyebrows”) and “vetullosh” (“very thick eyebrows”). After leaving QI, he began to investigate other languages, examining 280 dictionaries and 140 websites. This led to the creation of his first book in 2005, The Meaning of Tingo, a book featuring words which have no equivalent in the English language, “tingo” being a word from the Pascuense language of Easter Island meaning, “to borrow things from a friend’s house, one by one, until there’s nothing left”. He then wrote up a follow-up book entitled Toujours Tingo in 2007. In 2009, de Boinod wrote The Wonder of Whiffling, a book about unusual words in English, the word “whiffling” having several meanings, including, “one who examined candidates for degrees… an officer who cleared the way for a procession, as well as being the name of the man with the whip in Morris dancing.” Volume 4, Issue 4 |


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his issue is all about beautiful and comfortable spaces for families to gather and the designers who created them. As we enter the holiday season and celebrate coming together with friends and family, we look at unique homes from a surfside chic Nantucket 1970’s redo to the beautiful Kips Bay Palm Beach showhouse. Layton Campbell takes us on a journey to the Lake for a couple relocating from Houston to a complete new build designed around enter-

taining family and friends. Wendy Fennel from Bohemian Bungalow shows us the possibilities of extending our living room and taking it outside. How we co-exist with nature in our outdoor living spaces. The design luminary Ray Booth shares his young spirit and old soul. His philosophy and a little bit of advice. Architecturally trained and interiors practiced Ray is the master of modern elegance. We step into an Amagansett home he designed for a young restauranteur family from New York. A home to entertain with beautifully prepared lunches and dinners. As a result the kitchen became the primary focus. A visit to the Living room of Aiken - The Willcox hotel was a step back in time while seamlessly walking in the present. Unlike any other year in the near past we have spent more time at home then ever before. We have grown to value our shelter, home and see its reflection of ourselves and how we live. Many of us have used this time to redecorate, repurpose and refurbish. Whatever project or design we have taken on over the past few months, one thing is for sure, we treasure our homes more now then before and most important is the family we share it with.


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Confessions of a




an I erase 2020 completely? Take a Gap

bad thing…saves on the expenses and pampering ser-

Year and pretend it was only a mem-

vices. I never get in a fight with myself and I am

ory. What a year and it is not over yet! Maybe just a re-do with less

always right so basically living solo agrees with me. I can recite every word to every

tragedy for me and all those effected by this

episode of “Schitt’s Creek” and

unprecedented time. High Fives to any war-

if you have not watched this

riors who survived the “crash” of 2020 and

gem of a show on Netflix you

I promise to read your best-selling book on

are missing out my friends.

exactly how you did it! Positive Vibes are my vice however my half full glass has been a bit emptier the last 9 months as I imagine most of you are feeling the same way. Yes, I am sure YOU also have taken some punches and together it is time to take back the reigns and start living our BEST LIFE EVER once again. I am ready for it, truly more than ready.

Just like Cyndi Lauper

I am resilient and have a zest for life. Perhaps I am being a little bit melodramatic about wanting a re-do for 2020. In all honestly this time has given me the opportunity to embrace my new status as a single women and delight in all the opportunities I have in building a better life for myself. I have been given the opportunity to explore my options on where I will live and have settled into the life style of

sings, “This Girl Just Wants to

community living by purchasing my very own

Have FUN!” I want a social life

condo, penthouse style (slight exaggeration as

again. I want to start filming my

there are only 3 floors but I am on the top). I have

TV Show. I want to travel. I want to see peo-

also been given time to accept the injustices of ag-

ple, lots of people and be able to hug them. I

ing and make it work in my favor. Lastly, this year

want my life back. What most of us call NOR-

has given me the ability to slow down and enjoy


the simple things in life…. such as my sweet grand-

During this isolation (remember I am a social

daughter ELLA. She always takes the stress of life away

butterfly) I have found minimalistic is not such a

with her innocence of enjoying the happy things in life.


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Now that I have reminisced about the past nine months…. What

supernatural. Heck, maybe I am the next middle-aged superhero.

is going to happen in my next chapter of life? I will slowly and cau-

I always like to keep it real for my fabulous and dedicated readers.

tiously enter the totally foreign world of dating. I will most likely

You inspire me to share my life and I am grateful for your many

NOT use a dating site as my profile would read:

e-mails. They show me the courage, we gain from casting our light

“I know I am fabulous so trust me on that.” “If you are clingy, I

on others. Women need to lift each other up. Be there for each

am not your girl. If you are looking for a hookup, don’t swipe me.

other and not play a shame game and instead be happy for each

If you are looking for a wife, won’t be me. If you are a show boater,

other. Celebrate a great win instead of being jealous it was not you

sail on sweetie.” Definitely not going to get anyone interested in

who won. Surround yourself with those who know your strengths

my profile with my honesty, so dating will be organic and happen

as well as your weaknesses as your true friends are what makes life

when it is time. I will finish the book I have been writing and pub-

a little sweeter place to be.

lish it soon. I will continue to have empathy for others and always

I love all of your e-mails so please keep them coming! Let me

remember to be grateful. I will always remember that life is a roll-

know what article are your favorites and what you want to hear

er coaster and the dips remind me how beautiful life is. The dips

more of! Sharing is Caring and I am sharing it all YOU, my fabulous

make us realize how much we should appreciate the highs as well as


weathering the lows. It is easy to be patient and kind when you look good, feel good, your job is going great, your bank account is hefty and life could not be more perfect. However, if I have the ability to be patient and kind during a separation, during a complete social life shutdown, during moving 3 times in 1 year and during my soon to be ex-husband pushing me over the edge at times, well I call that

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CAPACITY By Tonya Leigh - Certified master life coach. The French Kiss Life

As we start building a life we love, we want more and more. We

Now, it doesn’t make sense because that’s not something that we

want more wealth, higher productivity, better health, more romance.

consciously want for ourselves. But subconsciously, that is what we

But so often, when we get those things, we find ourselves thinking

have been trained to hold and to experience in our lives. And our brain

it’s too good to be true and it can’t possibly last. And no sooner have

is always going to work to keep us at our comfort level. I see this with

we had those thoughts than all those things we have worked for start

wealth. I will see women come to work with me and they want to in-

to slip away. I see people all the time thinking that they need to take

crease their income. They want to have more money. And they will hit

relentless action to get more of what they love. But the truth is, that

up against a limit; their capacity. I also see this in productivity. For

never works in the long-term. And if this sounds familiar to you, then

me, there is a level of productivity that when I get to, I start hitting

what you really need to do is to stop taking action and start increasing

up against my limit. And that’s when I want to go and procrastinate.

your capacity.

That’s when I want to go do other things. I want to go back to my nor-

Every single one of us has this subconscious limit on what we allow

mal capacity that is comfortable.

into our lives. And when you start hitting up against that limit, the

Now, in my brain, I am telling myself, I want to have the most pro-

brain is going to freak out and it is going to do everything in its power

ductive day ever. But subconsciously, there is a level of productivity

to bring you back to your normal capacity. So, let’s see if you can relate

that I am comfortable with. And I’ve seen this in every area of my life.

to this. For some of you, maybe it’s your capacity for joy. So, things will

But here’s the thing – and this is why so many people struggle with cre-

be going really well in your life and you’ll be feeling so much joy and

ating what it is that they want – they’re trying to take a lot of action to

all of a sudden you have a thought, “This is too good to be true. This

get the result in order to increase their capacity, but you must increase

isn’t going to last.” That is your brain trying to bring you back to your

your capacity first.

normal capacity.

For example, you can go on 365 dates this year because you’re telling

Let’s think about love. Many people will choose a partner that fits

yourself that you want to find your soulmate. But if you have a small

into their love capacity. For some people, it’s going to be a lot of love

cup with the word love on it, you will subconsciously sabotage finding

that they’re allowing into their lives. For some people, it’s not that

the love of your life. And the same goes with money. The same goes

much love at all because they’re not used to receiving love. So, they

with your wellbeing. The same goes with your level of joy, your happi-

may choose someone who ignores their needs, who doesn’t really show

ness. Because your results are based on your capacity.

up in the relationship, who cheats on them, because that is what they have the capacity to hold.


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Another way to think about this exact same concept is to think about the thermostat in your house. It’s a regulatory mechanical system that

keeps the temperature at a certain level. So, if your comfort is at 70

about it is there’s where you are now, which is your comfort zone.

degrees, you set the thermostat to 70 degrees. And you can open up

It’s your current capacity. And then, above you is where you want to

the doors and you can let a lot of cold air come in. For a moment, the

be. There’s like another line above your current comfort zone that is,

house is a little confused and it’s a little uncom-

again, whatever it is that you want.

fortable. But eventually, the thermostat kicks

And what we often do is we leave our comfort

on and it’s going to work really hard to get back

zone and we start heading towards that thing

to 70 degrees because that’s what you have set

that we desire. And as we’re heading towards it,

it on. The same is true in our lives. We have

we start to feel so much discomfort in our bod-

a certain thermostat for our happiness, for our

ies because our brain is telling us crazy things

wealth, for our love, for our wellbeing, for our

like, “This is too good to be true. You don’t have

health. And subconsciously, that is what we’re

what it takes. This isn’t going to work.” And we believe it. We believe the thing

going to work really hard to maintain, even if

that is just seeking to keep us in our comfort

it’s not what we consciously want. So, that means we have to change our sub-

zone. It’s like, “I’m going to give her every

conscious programming to create results in

possible reason why she should go back to

our lives. We have to increase our capacity in

where she was.” So, if we listen to that and

whatever area that we want to create results

we go back to our comfort level, we never get

in, in order to leave space and room for that

to experience what it is that we want to expe-

thing in your life. It’s just like a cup. You have a

rience. We never increase our capacity.

small cup, it can only hold so much. So, if you want more of something, you’re going to have to have a bigger cup to hold that.

But if we have the courage to keep walking through that discomfort and feeling it and working through all of the beliefs that tell us it’s too

So, how do we increase our capacity? Well, the larger

good to be true and it’s not possible, eventually you get to a new nor-

the capacity, the more courage you’re going to need.

mal, a new capacity. And then that becomes your new thermostat.

And here’s why, the bigger the capacity, the more dis-

And then, if you’re like me, and most people, you’re going to have a

comfort. For example, if you’ve been used to being in

new goal that’s going to require that you increase your capacity again.

a room at 70 degrees and that’s your comfort level,

And every time you do it, at every level, what you’re going to hit up

and all of a sudden you want to decrease it to 30

against is all the discomfort that comes from increasing your capacity.

degrees, your body and your brain will freak out.

So, it makes sense.

So, it’s going to be very uncomfortable to increase

But if you want to increase your capacity for whatever it is, you’re

your capacity, which is why a lot of people don’t

going to have to get really good at feeling discomfort. And that is the

do it. I had to get comfortable with wealth in

number one reason why most people don’t create what they want.

order to have space for wealth, in order to

They’re unwilling to feel the discomfort of change. They’re unwilling to

have the capacity for wealth. And this is what is required of you, no matter what it is that you want in your

feel the discomfort of increasing their capacity. So, they sit in their houses with the thermostat set on 70, very comfortable. But it’s not exhilarating. It’s not fulfilling.

life. You have to have space for it. You

So, I’m curious, where in your life do you have a low capacity? And

have to have the capacity to have that

you can simply look to, what are things that you’re wanting to create

thing, to be that person, to hold

in your life? And look at your current capacity, and then imagine what

whatever it is that you want. If not,

the capacity is of the woman who’s created that. And then, it just boils

it’s just going to spill over. Another way I like to think

down to you being willing to feel the discomfort of increasing your capacity.

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The year of 2020 will go down in beauty history as the year of the eyes. With Mask wearing an unpleasant reality the eyes are all the focus. Lipsticks and fragrances, not so much.


esthetically, there’s a range of non-surgical treatment

make the eyes look more open and alleviate hooded eyelids. Gen-

options for the eyes starting with some medical grade

erally the duration is for 3-4 months and takes 3-14 days to kick in

eye creams. Some creams target the dark circles or puff-

post treatment.

iness and others are overall anti-age focused including elasticity of the eyelids and the “crapey“ beneath the eyes.

Filler can be placed around the eyes to lessen the indentions and in to the tear troughs. Filler is targeting the volume loss that occurs

Alissa Davis Pace at OVME in Charlotte suggested a micronee-

with age and can last up to one year. Results are noted immediately

dling device that includes radiofrequency called the Vivace. Mi-

but followed by some potential swelling and bruising. It fully settles

croneedling that improves the texture of the skin and fine lines. Ra-

in 2 weeks time. As an experienced injector, she said this is not the

diofrequency tightens the skin. This is a great procedure for under

fix for everyone with tear troughs or volume loss under the eyes.

the eyes (especially the crapey eye patient) and it boasts minimal

Assessment of the area by a well trained eye is critical in addition to


the injections themselves to have happy clients long term.

Injectables specifically address lines and can contour the eyes

Alissa also suggests PRP or platelet rich plasma around the eyes.

for a more rested look. Generally I start with a neurotoxin (ie-Bo-

This is where one’s blood is used to stimulate tissue regeneration

tox, Dysport) she said, to relax the muscles that pull brows down

and can be a great alternative for folks who are poor filler candi-

(chemical brow lift). I also relax the muscle that circles the eye to

dates. “This PRP is a part of my regenerative aesthetic medicine

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the economy and relax many of the lockdown measures that have helped slow COVID-19’s spread. Though the wisdom of these steps may be up for debate, one thing is not: many people are concerned for their safety going forward.

COVID-19 FLIES WITH THE GREATEST OF EASE. To keep the virus at bay, it helps to understand the basics of how

We’re stepping back out into a world that involves increased risk

a coronavirus like COVID-19 spreads. The average sneeze or cough

of exposure to the virus we’ve all been trying to avoid. Exactly how

releases hundreds of thousands of virus-laced droplets into the air.

much risk is unclear, but safeguarding health during the re-entry

Even breathing, speaking loudly or singing can send thousands of

process is all about prevention. And prevention is not only about

droplets, both large and microscopic, flying through the air, leav-

continuing to engage in behaviors that we know help keep a lid on

ing behind viral ‘clouds’ that, by some estimates, can linger for 15

the spread of the virus and avoiding the ones that don’t. Just as im-

minutes or more. So, it’s easy to see how the virus can land on oth-

portant, if not more so, is fortifying your body against the scourge

er people, as well as nearby surfaces, regardless of whether or not

now, before an anticipated viral surge in the fall / winter.

the person who launched the droplets (who may be asymptomatic

If you’re waiting around for some miraculous, mythical ‘fast-

and not taking special precautions) is still on scene. How far the

tracked’ vaccine, it could be a long wait– at least, for one that’s

viral particles travel and how long they linger will be influenced by


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things like the force of a cough or a sneeze (some particles can hit 200 mph), how good or bad the ventilation is and which way the proverbial wind is blowing. Contain yourself. Should you cross paths with a cloud of viral particles, researchers believe that it doesn’t take much – possibly as little as a few thousand or even a few hundred – to infect you and make you sick. Though we don’t yet know the exact number of COVID-19 particles that constitute the minimal infectious dose, we do know that a number of outbreaks have been traced to events like church services, funerals and family celebrations, where one asymptomatic person in relatively close quarters sickened many others, sometimes fatally. When it comes to COVID-19, it’s believed the bigger the viral load you’re exposed to, as in, the more particles that find their way into your system, the more severe the symptoms of the disease. So prolonged exposure is very likely to make matters worse. While a quick trip to the pharmacy would be considered fairly low risk, a full day of work in a multi-person office or manufacturing plant is not, far from it. But low risk or high, keeping the virus out is paramount, which is where masks come in. When you wear one, you’re primarily helping to prevent any virus you’re harboring (unknowingly, if you’re asymptomatic) from infecting others, but you’re also creating somewhat of a physical barrier between yourself and the viral droplets (large or small). Another mask-wearing bonus: you’ll be a lot less likely to transfer viral particles from your hands into your nose or mouth!

WORKDAY WISDOM. As we return to our office towers and public transportation, masks and gloves are simple and effective barriers that will go a long way in keeping you safe from viral invaders so use them without fail (style be damned). If you need a bit more peace of mind, you might also consider wearing safety glasses to prevent particles from entering through the eyes, either directly (yes, you get sneezed on) or indirectly, by rubbing your eyes. Keep spare masks, gloves and eyewear in sealed plastic bags and store in your desk drawer or in briefcases and backpacks so you’re not caught short. If your commute is a manageable one, instead of taking the bus or train, consider walking, biking or using a scooter to minimize exposure to both asymptomatic and symptomatic commuters and infected surfaces along the way. At the office, dispense with handshakes, fist bumps, elbow bumps and business card exchanges, and always maintain social distance. Keep in-person meetings to a minimum or, when feasible, consider conducting meetings outdoors, where distancing, sunshine and breezes can help minimize exposure. Why step outside? One small preliminary Japanese study recently found that risk of transmission indoors was almost 19 times higher compared to an outdoor environment. Indoors, be conscious of shared office equipment and high-touch surfaces: break room fridges and microwave handles; coffee-making equipment; door handles; elevator buttons; shared printers; copiers, etc. – and thoroughly wash hands (gloved or not) every


chance you get, turning faucets on and off with paper towels as a barrier to help prevent infection.

So, what do those viral clouds mean in the real world? In enclosed spaces, even with social distancing, it means increased risk for contagion, so the modern ‘open plan’ office is a major concern. If you’re one of the millions who are being called back to work in an office, at a time when a COVID-laced sneeze or two can potentially infect most of the room, insist on finding out what protocols management will be implementing to minimize infection risk. In addition to work-from-home options and flexible hours, on-site basics like increased physical distance between colleagues; physical barriers; upgraded sanitizing procedures; upgraded ventilation/airflow; ending the practice of ‘hot desking’ and making masks mandatory for all – are a good place to start.

START SELF-INOCULATING WITH HEALTHY HABIT INTEGRATION. With obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease being closely associated with poor COVID-19 outcomes, I cannot stress enough how important it is that you take your nutrition seriously, and work on getting those issues under control now. If you’ve made it through this first wave un-scathed, that’s great, but you may not be so lucky when the next COVID-19 wave likely returns in the fall. And if you’re already on a healthy path, now is the time to upgrade a bit more. The more you can fortify your body, the better equipped Volume 4, Issue 4 |


BALANCE it will be to repel the viral invaders. Here are a few essential tweaks

for sleep apnea, which disrupts sleep and can weaken the

to start with:

heart which can have dire, even fatal consequences.

• Manage your stress, with meditation moments throughout • Purge processed foods and sugar!

the day, and restorative yoga before bed • Support your mental health, which will in turn support

• Ditch ‘vegetable oils (including canola oil) and switch to healthier fats to cook with.

physical resilience. • Move more, walk more. Workout when possible, just don’t overdo it and undermine your immunity.

• Load















antifungals. • Get a few minutes of morning sun, to help regulate sleep/ • Pour on spices with medicinal benefits.

wake cycles, and to get a dose of vitamin D. • Retrain yourself to sleep well, to give your body the time it needs to repair, restore, and become more resilient.

• Get





encourage immunity-boosting autophagy.

• If you snore, periodically wake up choking or gasping, or

• Strengthen immunity with supportive botanicals and nutra-

find it hard to remain asleep during the night, get checked

ceuticals like curcumin, quercetin, N-Acetylcysteine, zinc, vitamins C and D and elderberry.

Recognized as a vocal pioneer of integrative and functional medicine (or what he calls “good medicine”), Dr. Frank Lipman is the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center and the Chief Medical Officer at The Well. He is the best-selling author of five books—How to Be Well, The New Health Rules, Young & Slim for Life, Revive and Total Renewal—as well as a sought-after international speaker. Dr. Lipman has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Women’s Health, New York Magazine, and O, The Oprah Magazine, and has appeared as a guest on TODAY, Extra, and The Dr. Oz Show.

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His newest book, The New Rules of Aging Well: A Simple Program for Immune Resilience, Strength, and Vitality, will be out on October 27, 2020.


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Nomadic Wealth keys on several primary principles, including: • The 4 things necessary to achieve real freedom in your life. • The 3 Pillars of Nomadic Wealth. • Why working a 9-5 is far more risky and less secure than working for yourself. • Traditional entrepreneurship vs. the Nomadic Entrepreneur. • Why most people are unhappy regardless of how much money they make and the one thing you can do to start being happy now. • Why the rich get richer regardless of how many social programs we create. • The difference between a producer and a consumer and why all the money flows to producers. • The 7 things a business needs to create nomadic wealth.

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INGREDIENTS: • 1 cup uncooked farro • 1 box cremini mushrooms • 1 butterrnut squash, peeled and seeded and cut in 1 inch chunks • 1 tsp garlic powder • 2 tbsp olive oil • 3 cups chopped kale • 1 shallot chopped • ½ cup toasted almonds (chopped) • Salt and pepper METHOD: 1. Cook 1 cup farro per the instructions on the back of the bag. This will make 3 cups of cooked farro. 2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the squash on a sheet pan and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper and toss well. Arrange squash in one layer and roast for about 25-30 min until the squash is tender, turning once with a spatula. 3. Sautee the shallot in 1 tbsp of evoo until translucent and then add in mushrooms and salt and

FALL FARRO SALAD By America Grace Richmond @americaskitchen

pepper to taste. 4. Sautee mushrooms for about 10 min, or until soft and then add in the chopped kale and cover for about 3 min. Kale should be wilted but still vibrant. 5. Once everything is cooked, incorporate the farro, squash, mushroom mixture and almonds in a

Farro is an ancient grain that has been around for thousands of years. It’s a nice alternative to quinoa, packed full of fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This is the perfect fall salad that is quick, can be paired with any protein or topped with greens and so yummy!


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large bowl. 6. Add more salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. 7. Salad can be served warm or put in the fridge to enjoy throughout the week.


First Feast Written by Melissa Corbin

‘Tis the season to give thanks. Imagining what that first

It’s no secret that 2020 has been more of a taker than

Thanksgiving must have been like for all in attendance,

a giver. We are in desperate need of a moment of peace.

both the takers and the givers, they probably were tired,

It’s times like these when a grateful heart is most useful.

hungry, and needed a moment of truce. Recounted by

To glean what we can from turmoil, however deep we

attendee Edward Winslow, there were 90 Native Ameri-

must dig, that’s where the healing truly begins. In plan-

cans and 50 Pilgrims at that first Thanksgiving that last-

ning this year’s Thanksgiving feast, a bounty of seafood

ed three days in October 1621. The indigenous menu fea-

available at your fingertips is a good place to start giving

tured ingredients such as wild turkey, cranberries, and

thanks, and a few coastal chefs have a thing or two to

seafood (primarily clams and oysters.)

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POMPANO & CRAB ROULADE The Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa in Florida is home to two restaurants, Cobalt Restaurant and Heaton’s Reef, where Executive Chef Winston Guerrero recently traded in his Rhode Island snow days for beach days. A Barranquilla, Colombia native, he’s always felt compelled to give back in charitable ways. Through the African Alliance of Rhode Island, Winston taught classes on how to use locally grown African and Latino ingredients to cook healthy meals, and undoubtedly is finding his way to now plug into his new community. For Thanksgiving, he suggests considering a Floridian favorite, Pompano. He says, “The fish is firm but finely flaked with a sweet, mild flavor. The flesh is pearly white, with a moderate fat content, and cooks up white. The fish is delicious and ver-satile, allowing it to be cooked and served in a wide variety of ways.” When selecting Pompano at the store or fish market, Guerrero recom-mends checking “the structure (or grain) of the flesh, to make sure it’s smooth and intact, not broken or flaky. And, be sure the flesh feels and smells clean.” **Wash hands. Thoroughly clean/sanitize your utensils, equipment and work surfaces.**

For the Crab


• 1 lb super lump pasteurized crab meat; not drained • 1/2 tsp salt & pepper • 1 tsp Old Bay • ¾ c panko breadcrumbs • 1 lemon squeezed for its juice

• ¾ c mayonnaise • 1 filet of Pompano de-boned skin on or off (I prefer the skin on) • ½ lemon • 1 tbsp butter

METHOD OF PREPARATION FOR CRAB: 1. Preheat oven to 400° F 2. Place crab meat in a large stainless steel bowl over an ice bath. Using gloved hands very carefully break apart the crab meat removing any shells or cartilage. 3. Add the remaining ingredients. 4. Gently mix the ingredients together using "soft" hands. You do not want to break up the large crab pieces.

8. I like to use a toothpick or a bamboo stick to secure together. You can also tie with butcher’s twine. 9. Place roulade on a sheet pan or oven pan and cook for 10 min. Raise the temperature to 450°F and cook for 5 more minutes. 10. Pull out of the oven and let it rest 11. While it’s resting, squeeze ½ lemon on the fish and 1 tbsp of

5. Make sure Pompano filet has no bones.

butter and let it naturally melt. This with its natural juices will

6. Lay the Pompano flat, skin side down, and on flat surface.

be your sauce.

Season with salt and pepper. 7. Place crab mixture on Pompano and roll, (Be careful not to put too much or filling will fall out when rolling.)


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12. This dish can be served with any of your favorite sides. We sometimes serve it with toasted farro and julienne power vegetables.


CATCH DIRTY SOUTH OYSTERS A Wilmington, North Carolina native, a James Beard Finalist for best Southeast Chef and featured on Bravo TV’s Top Chef (season 9) owner and chef, Keith Rhodes opened Catch Restaurant in 2006 in hopes that diners would catch his passion for North Carolina seafood. His menu features dishes that highlight seasonal flavors that are sourced from organic growers and local fisheries that support sustainable practices. He says, “Oysters are a perfect shellfish for holiday occasions that represent eastern North Carolina, whether stewed, roasted, grilled, fried or baked, they are totally customizable and have such a good flavor.” When selecting oysters, Rhodes encourages you to try to always pick local oysters, “They should always be cold, If buying in the shell, shells should be fully cleaned, no mud. Shells should be closed and the oyster when held, should smell like ocean water.” Three Little Spats, Nsea, Middle Sound Mariculture and Carolina Mariculture are some of his top local, farm-raised choices, along with wild-caught Stump Sound oysters. Chef Rhodes sends his best Thanksgiving wishes, “Always live to eat, and remember good food equals good times.”

INGREDIENTS: • 12 shucked oysters on the half shell • ½ cups seasoned/cooked collards or spinach • 4 slices bacon • 1 c pimento cheese • ½ c Parmesan cheese • 1 c seasoned bread crumbs

METHOD: 1. Preheat oven to 375° F 2. Cut each slice of bacon into 3/4 pieces. (depending on size of bacon slice) 3. Stack oysters with a tablespoon of greens on each oyster, then add a half tablespoon of pimento cheese on top, then a piece of bacon. 4. Top with 1 tsp of bread crumbs and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. 5. On a baking tray, crinkle a sheet of foil and pull back out over pan. Foil should be kind of crinkled so you can place each oyster on foil with light pressure. The foil acts as a brace so the oysters don’t tip over. 6. Bake until bubbly on top rack. (about 5-10 minutes) 7. Remove let rest for a few minutes, shells are really hot and enjoy. Volume 4, Issue 4 |





Chef Steven del Lima of New Bedford, Massachusetts has contributed to the

backbone of New York’s culinary scene since the early 90s. His lat-est venture slated to open this fall, Hooks and Chops, in Commack, New York puts his spin on a traditional steakhouse, as a seafood chophouse where he says, “I'm grateful to still have the opportunity to be able to open Hooks & Chops during a pandemic.” Being on Long Island and having the accessibility of all the fresh seafood, del Lima finds great inspiration, “I love using local ingredients as much as possible on my menus and I enjoy supporting local businesses as much as possible.” This time of year, he enjoys working with local oysters and yellowfin tuna from Montauk. When storing oysters at home, del Lima advises refrigerating them in a mesh bag, or an open container at 33-37 °F covered with a damp towel for up to 5 days, but that their flavor is best when eaten within 24 hours of purchase. When it comes to tuna, he says, “Shop with your eyes and your nose. Appearance and odor are very important when selecting tuna. Fresh tuna is moist in appearance, but not overly wet. It should also be firm, shiny and uniform in color. Tuna that looks dry, flaky or is brown on the edges is most likely not fresh.”


• 3 each Semolina dusted Peconic Bay Oysters, cleaned, shucked and soaked in buttermilk, to cover oysters • 3 oz. Charred Yellowfin Tuna, pre-charred, chilled, and sliced lengthwise • Hickory Seasoning for Tuna, enough to dust • 6 Tbsp Semolina Dust • 2 Tbsp Asian Pear Salsa • 1 oz. Wasabi Aioli • 1 oz. Maple-Soy Glaze

ASIAN PEAR RELISH • 1/4 each Asian pear, small dice • 1 Tbsp scallions, chopped • 1 Tbsp red bell pepper, small dice • 1/3 tsp ginger paste • Salt and Pepper to taste

• 1 tsp sesame oil • 3/4 oz. rice wine vinegar • 2/3 tsp honey • 1/4 tsp cilantro, washed & chopped MAPLE-SOY GLAZE • 1/4 bunch scallions, chopped • 1/4 Tbsp garlic, chopped • 1/4 Tbsp ginger paste • 1/4 c lite soy sauce • 1/8 c maple syrup • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar • 1 1/4 tsp light brown sugar • 1 tsp lime juice WASABI AIOLI • 1/4 c mayonnaise • 1/4 oz. light soy sauce • 3/4 tsp lime juice • 1/8 oz. wasabi paste • 3/4 tsp ginger paste


1. In a sauce pot, sauté the scallions, garlic and ginger paste for 1-2 minutes. 2. Add the brown sugar and melt. 3. Add the soy sauce, maple syrup and rice wine vinegar and bring to a boil.


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SEMOLINA DUST • 1/4 c Durum flour • 1/4 c Semolina • 1/2 Tbsp granulated garlic • 1/2 Tbsp granulated onion • Salt and Pepper to taste HICKORY SEASONING FOR DUSTING THE TUNA • ¼ c light brown sugar • ¼ c paprika • 3 Tbsp black pepper • 3 Tbsp kosher salt • 1 Tbsp smoked hickory salt • 2 tsp granulated garlic • 2 tsp granulated onion • 2 tsp celery seeds • 1 tsp cayenne pepper • Mix all ingredients together and place in a shaker. Dust all sides of the tuna.

4. Let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes. Add the lime juice at this time. 5. Thicken the sauce if needed with the slurry. 6. Cool and serve the sauce at room temperature.



Bless The Hounds Bloody Mary

The Polo Parisian


THE POLO PARISIAN Created by John "Goose" a decade ago, this cocktail has become a favorite between the locals before and after Sunday Polo Matches. METHOD:

INGREDIENTS: • 2oz vodka, • 1oz St Germain • 1oz cranberry juice, • /2 lime juiced

1. pour all ingredients into a mixing glass 2. fill glass with ice 3. shake well 4. strain into a chilled martini glass & garnish with a flaming orange peel. Volume 4, Issue 4 |




BLESS THE HOUNDS BLOODY MARY Enjoy one of Aiken’s longstanding Thanksgiving traditions, with the Blessing of The Hounds in Hitchcock Woods. The ceremony brings to light Aiken’s oldest foxhunting traditions. No better way to enjoy than with one of the Willcox’s signature bloody mary’s. INGREDIENTS: • 2oz vodka • 3/4 cup tomato juice • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce • 1 tsp horseradish • 1 dash tabasco • salt & pepper to taste • 3 olives • 1 lemon wedge • celery stalk METHOD: Shake all ingredients with ice, pour into glass, garnish with olives and lemon wedge

YOGA-TINI Created by a local Yoga Instructor to increase flexibility, energy, and vitality… Chukker Classic

especially enjoyed in the rocking chairs, on the porch at dusk.


INGREDIENTS: • 3oz Hendrix gin • 2 oz St Germain • 1 1/2 oz of lime juice

The perfect cocktail for divot stomping between chukkers and tailgating while

METHOD: Shake with ice, strain, serve in chilled martini glass. (Chill martini glass with ice)


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watching the King of Sports. INGREDIENTS: • 6 oz. Champagne • 3 dashes of House made bitters • Sugar cube

METHOD: Place sugar cube and bitters into champagne fluteslowly fill glass with champagne.

MIXOLOGY The Wilcox Smoked Manhattan

THE WILLCOX SMOKED MANHATTAN Brought into being by our Restaurant Manager and Sommelier Mathew Sayer this beautiful cocktail is to be enjoyed in our warm lobby in front of a roaring fire, remanence of a by-gone era. We age bourbon in new American oak mini barrels for 6 months, put the cocktail together then smoke it with hickory chips and serve it in a glass dome. INGREDIENTS:


• 2 oz House aged bourbon

pour all ingredients into the serving glass, add ice,

• 1oz Cocchi

stir well with a bar spoon, garnish with lemon peel

• 5 dash angostura bitters • lemon peel garnish

place in a cocktail smoke and smoke.

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he works of artist Anna Kincaide are a gateway

In college, a degree in interior design, lead to a job at a New

to a world that is at once fantastical and famil-

York fashion design agency where she spent four years cultivating

iar, inspired by fashion, photography, as well as elements of the

her craft. It was not to long before Anna returned back to her true

decorative arts. Juxtaposing control and spontaneous disruption,

passion: fine art.

Kincaide emphasizes the hidden, internal landscape of the figures she portrays.

Kincaide's references to history and fashion are clear. In her works we are reminded of the extravagant heights of Marie An-

Anna’s artistic career can be traced back to two things: a love af-

toinette's famous coiffure, which reached greater and greater

fair with Cary Grant and drawing book given to her by her mother.

heights in 18th century France, the iconic headdress of Egyptian

When Anna was young she consumed instructional books gifted

queen Nefertiti, the famous French Hood of Anne Boleyn, and the

by her parents with names like “Basic Drawing,” and “Dynamic Fig-

modest Spanish style one of Catherine of Aragon. These power-

ure Drawing.” With a gift for drawing and a flurry of possibilities in

ful women used fashion as a political tool as much as to make a

her head, she found inspiration in an unexpected place.



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Anna Kincaide’s artistic trademark is her ability of capturing the

creates the central theme in her work. The body language of her

elegant and timeless couture feel of the Cary Grant era; and paint-

subject is very important in her work as she does not rely on facial

ing the subjects’ where the faces are not visible, which, Anna says,

expression to convey emotion but rather gesture, color and cloth-

allows others to better identify with each painting.

ing. In short, the idea of the ambiguity between our physical bod-

While Kincaide incorporates this, and numerous other art his-

ies, personal identity and that private, internal space of our minds,

torical and fashion references in her work such as fashion photog-

which expands and unfurls like a flower in bloom. Anna Kincaide

raphy, illustration, as well as the idea of the portrait bust or silhou-

presents a world where dreams can become reality, and even sur-

ette, it is the defining separation between the body and mind that

pass it.

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Trend Report by: sharon jane | @itssharonjane

The air is getting cooler, the leaves are changing color, the magic of the holiday season is beginning to twinkle in, and the romance of autumn and winter is breezing in as nostalgic yet powerful looks were seen all throughout Fall-Winter 2020-21 ReadyTo-Wear fashion week. The shows were graced with inspirational comebacks, megaphoning hope for a revival even after all we have gone through since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived. Although the grand majority of the Fall-Winter 2020 collections were presented prior to the pandemic, some labels like J Brand and Tommy Hilfiger had to shift their plans since these shows were planned to be presented right when the pandemic was at its worst. Nevertheless, the labels that presented after the beginning of the pandemic still made the effort to showcase their collections digitally.

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times, staying hopeful in the present and being ready to face the future with no fear but certainty that this too shall pass. As fashion is now an incredibly important and moving voice for positive changes in societal issues, the industry has once again united to become a shoulder to lean on as we saw so many designers rushing to donate, digitize, protect, inspire, and motivate those like you and myself that see fashion as an artform and armor that incites us to persevere whatever circumstance comes our way. It is known that we can always expect an energy boost from fashion week as designers inspire us through the blood, sweat and tears they thread in every detail that is in every garment, outfit, collection and the overall atmosphere of their presentations. Fall-Winter 2020-21 was overall an homage to the things we treasure and feel nostalgic about, presenting collections inspired by the free 70s, the grungy and toughchic 90s, as well as giving us staple details to keep in mind like headscarves and bigger-than-life sleeves. Rest assured, here are the top 6 trending looks of Fall-Winter 2020-21 Ready-To-Wear.

HEADSCARVES First things first, I have to mention that headscarves dominated the runways. From Dior’s rock-and-roll bandana style to Jacquemus’s late 90s inspired triangle headscarves, the scarves ranged from bold-printed to solid pastel-toned that were usually paired with monochromatic outfits (like Marc Jacobs did). The headscarf is key to reviving the late 90s/early 2000s nostalgia seen on run-

Some of the details seen inspired by the era included rich neutral

ways a lot lately, even in past seasons, as well as welcoming a fresh

foliage color tones, effortless coats, flowing fringe, statement col-

new take on the 70s. You will see a wide range of prints from mag-

lars, matching pant-suit sets, bold americana plaids, velvet touch-

nificent florals, hypebeast-ready monograms, to far out geometric

es, bermudas and culottes, oversized ponchos and capes, quilted

printed scarves. The headscarf has proven to be this season’s fresh

textures, ivy league neckties, flower power sunglasses, flared pants,

new way to accessorize and complete any outfit.

corduroy, shearling outerwear, layering vests and turtlenecks, wide

THE 70S ARE BACK BABY It was a disco inferno, saturday night fever moment for the books as we saw so many mentions of the 70s this season. Channeling an

belts, and the mod color blocking styles that bled from the 60s into the 70s.


era of wildfire freedom of expression and soul searching that also

Although some designers went all out with brightly printed

celebrates the emergence of controversial music genres and culture

matching sets, avant-garde silhouettes, and voluminous sleeves,

shifts like hip hop, hair metal and disco. The 70s represent a daring

a fan favorite trend seen throughout was minimalism and mono-

era, a time where major shifts in culture and art took place, where

chromatic color spectrums. The minimalism was seen in sleek

artists took the opportunity to be fearless and stand up for what

cuts, effortless shapes, seamless draping, and single-colored, head-

is right, despite the social “norms” set at the time. Just as 2020

to-toe looks. Monochromatic styles came into play hand-in-hand

proved to be another era of major shifts in culture and art as well,

with the minimalistic styles as we saw either single-colored outfits

fashion celebrated the 70s to reimagine this golden era so we can

(like Marc Jacobs or Balmain) or three-dimensional gradient looks

reconnect with it today.

that played with different tones of the same colors (like Jacque-


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mus). The expected shades of

cool. There’s nothing more encouraging to

browns, beiges, creams, greys

do the impossible like wearing all leather or

and blacks were seen in this

latex looks paired with butt-kicking stompers

trend, just as the unexpected

or chained sandals. Call it heroine-chic or vil-

spring-reminiscent colors were

lainous modus operandi - the 90s and early

also seen like bright pinks, sen-

2000s are back tougher than ever, some go-

sible lavenders, sunset corals,

ing all the way, others mix-matching adding

fiery reds, and ripe lemon yel-

some ultra-femme details (think Van Hels-


ing meets Clueless).

Some designers that

hacked the matrix include Balmain, Alexan-


der McQueen, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta,

Swerving into the more ro-

Khaite, Anna Sui, N21, Prabal Gurung, Ro-

mantic side of the season’s

chas, Gucci, Assembly, Balenciaga, Rick Ow-

trends, a statement detail that

ens, The Row, Comme des Garçons, Hermes,

stood out a lot were statement,

Mugler and Fendi among many others.

bigger-than-life sleeves, from Fendi’s or JW Anderson’s feminine puff sleeve coats, Loewe’s dramatic layered extra-long sleeves, to Christopher John Rogers geometric 80’s-esque sharp

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The shoes seen throughout fashion week definitely stood out, seeing over the knee boots, disco-ready platforms, Mary Jane creepers, 90s stompers, cutesy fur sandals, wide-

trix-ready 90s and early 2000s inspired looks like all latex body

brimmed western/riding boots, chain details, detailed strappy

suits, leather floor-grazing coats, cutting edge shoulders, opera

heels, Avant Garde heels, “limitless” hosiery-like boots, bright color

gloves, metallic details, empowering capes, laser cut-outs, harness-

schemes and socks with feminine sandals. This season’s footwear

es, corsets, lingerie pieces, statement shades, unique headgear, tiny

was made to make a statement, to be the eye-catching detail to any

purses, Mary Jane creepers, and grungy stompers. The tough it-

outfit. Express yourself with your choice of shoes to complete any

girl look was all the rage this season - and boy does it look hella

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sheville’s Momentum Gallery is North Carolina’s source for mu-

seum-quality artwork. The downtown gallery presents work by emerging and mid-career artists alongside established masters of their medium.

Momentum proudly represents

some of the finest artists in the region, presenting their work in the greater context of exceptionally made work from around the country. The gallery is owned and operated by longtime Asheville art insider Jordan Ahlers and his wife, Shifra. Ahlers curates the space personally, allowing Momentum to offer considerable diversity but maintain a distinct point of view. The gallery has a strong focus on paintings and original prints while continuing to offer a surprising amount of alternative, sculptural choices to these traditional framed works including dynamic, low relief wall sculptures in glass, ceramic, wood, metal, and textile. Jordan comments, “I select art that moves me–unique, emotive, and provocative works that I can show in impactful arrangements. My primary concern is keeping the quality at a high level, so visitors and locals alike remain stimulated and engaged by our programming. There is a sense of curiosity and discovery with many of the works in the gallery.”


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Momentum Gallery’s culture is centered around creating a pos-

curatorial service. Working independently for clients or in tandem

itive experience for its visitors. The Ahlers regard professionalism

with their interior designer or architect, the gallery provides com-

and providing the highest level of customer service as the corner-

prehensive art-related services. One of the most helpful tools the

stone of everything they do. Shifra comments, “We value our inter-

gallery offers are incredibly detailed and accurate virtual previews,

actions with people visiting the gallery and appreciate the interest

allowing clients anywhere in the country the ability to audition art

they take in our artists’ work.”

in their home before deciding the work best suited for their space.

In the reopening of Asheville, venues like Momentum Gallery in downtown are taking the lead responding to current concerns. The

Curbside pickup, contactless delivery and installation, and private in-home auditions regionally are available options as well.

gallery is meeting clients at their comfort level with morning and

The destination gallery continues to move forward with its con-

afternoon hours set aside daily for private showings by appoint-

struction project one block away on Broadway Street with plans to

ment. The gallery opened its late spring/early summer exhibition

open in the new deluxe and expanded space this fall. Public gather-

completely online. They are currently promoting a 360° gallery

ings may be discouraged for some time, so Momentum is designing

tour on their website. It really showcases Ahlers’ expertise in cu-

a series of more intimate events to commemorate the gallery’s his-

rating spaces! Viewers can pan around the gallery and zoom into

toric move. These include invitation-only collector events with art-

individual works that interest them as if they were actually in the

ists and ramped up virtual programming. The public will be able to

space. All works link to the gallery’s website where one can find full

join small groups in scheduled tours offered at staggered intervals

details on each piece including professional photos, dimensions,

once Momentum’s new space opens later this year. Momentum

and pricing. The gallery recently produced a video interview with

Gallery encourages connection through social media or by signing

Alysia Fischer, one of three artists featured in their current exhi-

up on their website to receive updates through their e-newsletter.

bition, Emergence. The video is archived on Momentum Gallery’s

This is an important time to support independently owned small

YouTube channel along with a number of virtual studio tours, artist

businesses. Momentum Gallery is not only a family-owned busi-

interviews, and recorded demonstrations assembled over the past

ness, the Ahlers have impeccable taste and have created a very spe-

couple of months.

cial venue for experiencing and enjoying incredible art. It’s one of

Additionally, Momentum Gallery is expanding its personalized

our favorite places in North Carolina! Volume 4, Issue 4 |


Mariella Bisson

Paintings | Sculpture | Original Prints | Studio Furniture

Momentum Gallery offers a curated collection of museumquality works that celebrate material-based traditions rich in this area and reflect a contemporary aesthetic in

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magine an extension of your living space unmuddied by stoic walls or barriers to the fresh air and green grass. Imagine a space to experi-

ence a oneness with the world around us. A silence that that can only be a product of hummingbirds, whispering wind and rustling leaves…a flower blooming. Step into an outdoor living space created by Wendy Fennell of Bohemian Bungalow Design. Wendy is an artist with a flair for bringing the outside inside to create livable outdoor areas. Showcased as a guest designer at the Interior Design Company (IDS) ‘s 2020 Showhouse, Wendy Fennell was the imagination behind the Veranda in the “Southern Living House”. The builder, Southern Cottage, provided a blank canvas for Wendy’s creative outdoor fusion to flow. As an extension of the living areas inside the house, the veranda is a key focal point for gathering. Volume 4, Issue 4 |


The IDS showcase featured three homes by three different build-

Working from home, schooling from home, cooking from home-

ers as well as designs by 45 various designers. Selection for this

existing positively at home is a key focal point to utilize what was

prestigious honor was not random in any way. Designers wishing

once through of as just the patio. The fusion between fresh air space

to be a part of the IDS Showcase needed to be active IDS members

and drywall all the more important.

and participate in selection process to gain a spot by the builder’s

Fennell loves to incorporate the outdoors and natural mate-

house captain. Once chosen, the designers would be given a specific

rials into her designs. With the builder provided structure which

color palate and parameters in which to submit design plans for the

included coffered ceilings and outdoor lantern, Fennell created a

spaces available.

section of artisan succulent wall hangings to complement nature

Fennell notes, “It was key to be able to represent my eclectic design esthetic in the showhouse and to have a cohesive flow.” Socializing, especially in the unprecedented year of 2020 com-

while giving an individualistic art feel. The iron material chosen for the furniture was durable and modern. The hanging chairs bring a whimsical touch to the area.

plete with COVID-19 restrictions, was transformed in itself. Fam-

“I love to use natural material such as Rattan and different wo-

ilies, neighbors, friends were caught up in a mixed bag of a stay at

ven fabrics for the depth of their texture. For furniture, iron as well

home culture that transcends into more needs for a functional and

as resin wicker is palatable as well. Some of my favorite patterns in

Zen friendly outdoor living area.

fabric are Shagreen, geometrics as well as animal prints. “


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Outdoor fabrics to stand the test of the elements are criti-

When meeting with clients or contemplating a design aesthet-

cal in outdoor living. Wendy is the trade ambassador for Mitch-

ic, Wendy starts with a design consultation. Determining what the

ell Black Textile, a Chicago -based wallpaper and fabric com-

client likes is key to a smooth process. Taking pictures, obtaining

pany. Mitchell Black provides nature inspired designs for

measurements, and determining use of a budget are items covered

wallpaper that also can be printed onto fabric for whatever use the

in the initial meeting.

designer would like to incorporate such as “Performance Outdoor”. ( As well, Wendy has a licensing deal with Mitchell Black that produces her nature inspired wallpaper designs. Fennell reveals, “I love Asian designs such as Pagodas, Chinoiserie and Toile wallpaper. I love the shape of Pagodas as well as the ambiance of bamboo.” Fennel adds, “I also love to use live plants whenever possible such as succulents and live moss in an outdoor setting.”

“I advise clients to browse sites such as Pinterest to click on 2-3 pictures of rooms or styles they like and save 2-3 pictures as well pick a piece of art work they like to be a focal point or starting point. “ In terms of outdoor living design, Wendy finds it particularly important to get the vibe from the customer. “What you can do inside, you can now do outside, so it’s important to experience the vision of the space as an area to have time to one’s self to mediate, have a cup of coffee, read as well

With the ability to print any number of designs onto the fabric,

as keep it open to be able to have others join in to eat, talk, play

the options for an individual and long -lasting look are endless.

card games, watch TV or whatever brings them pleasure in the

Even rugs can be this versatile as they have a digital vinyl that can

living space.”

be cleaned easily with a hose.

With the ever changing times, it’s more important than ever to

When asked about her design flair for spaces, Fennell shares.

have a place to relax and breathe. With Bohemian Bungalow De-

“I love to create an eclectic space with a modern and transitional

signs, the process to create is simply fusion with one’s self and the



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Claudia By Claudia Ricciardone

Photography by Laura Sumrak

Holiday Parties Event Planner Style


Dear Claudia,

We normally go home to visit family for the holidays but won’t be traveling this year because of the pandemic. My mother is a pro at entertaining; however, I don’t seem to have inherited that gene. Also, my dining room’s color palette doesn’t work well with the normal red and green color scheme that I associate with the Christmas season. How can we make our holiday festivities feel extra special this year? Thanks, Fiona in Fairfield, CT


Dear Fiona,

You’re in luck! I’ve partnered with Lauren Pressley from Southern Savvy Events and Deedie Springer of Springvine Design (in the Charlotte, NC area) to show you how to transform your dining room for the holidays and set the theme for a joyous and festive occasion. Happily, we got to use my own dining room to demonstrate how it’s done! Volume 4, Issue 4 |




asked Lauren what she typically considers when planning a special event. “When hosting guests for any type of event, whether it be a simple dinner party or a holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas, I try to keep the five senses in mind. Sight, hearing, smell,

taste, and touch. Hearing is easy - keep easy listening or seasonal music playing softly throughout your home. My trick to tying the other senses together is to use menu ingredients, such as herbs or fruit, as cocktail accents, place setting details, and sometimes even adding them to the centerpiece. Most importantly though, anticipating your guests' needs or wants before they arrive is always a priority - do they have food allergies, what is their favorite variety of wine, etc... thinking these things through before they arrive will always be appreciated.” When creating the tablescape, Lauren considered my dining room’s palette, which doesn’t necessarily support traditional Thanksgiving and winter holiday décor. Lauren utilized a cool color scheme of blues and gray to compliment the room while Deedie added pops of burgundy and magenta to the floral arrangements to reflect a holiday aesthetic. Simple but elegant black and gray plates from Heath Ceramics grounded the tablescape and kept things from feeling too


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“busy,” allowing the eyes a place to rest. Minimalist flatware and

items that can be prepped the day before (such as charcuterie trays,

glassware from Crate & Barrel served the same purpose (the cham-

salads, and casseroles) can help reduce your stress levels and al-

pagne flutes are by Lenox). Although you don’t necessarily need

low you and your guests to enjoy your celebration. Asking guests to

customized paper goods for your at-home event, beautiful menus

bring a favorite holiday dish will minimize your time in the kitchen

and place cards from Viri Lovely Designs certainly made our tables-

while also incorporating their treasured traditions. And if you and

cape feel extra special.

your guests imbibe, don’t forget a fully stocked bar cart. Include

Lauren and Deedie, who often partner on events, styled my din-

one or two pitchers of premixed cocktails to make it easy for guests

ing room two ways. The first, geared toward Thanksgiving, used

to serve themselves (we also added mini-mousse cups by Amelie’s

deeper versions of colors already found in my dining room, giving

French bakery to ours). One of my closest friends, a fabulous host-

the room a bit of moodiness and depth. For instance, plum colored,

ess, sticks to this rule--she serves guests their first drink to get the

cloth napkins from Crate & Barrel echoed the lavender color found

party started and then they can help themselves to the remainder.

in my host chairs and drapery trim. Next, the room was trans-

A thoughtful but relaxed attitude towards entertaining is your best

formed to celebrate the winter holidays by removing most of the

trick to help guests enjoy themselves and feel welcome.

colorful blooms; instead, sticking to a palette of greenery spiked

Well Fiona, I hope that you found our holiday event planning tips

with icy accents of cool blues and white. Sprigs of pine added an or-

helpful and that you and your loved ones have a very happy and

ganic element to the chandelier. Signature cranberry, clementine,

joyous holiday season!

and rosemary cocktails brought a pop of color and holiday cheer to the table. Adorable ornament cake pops from Wow Factor Cakes did double duty, both adorning the plates and serving as a sweet ending to our holiday meal. Planning your holiday meal can be a challenge for those not comfortable with entertaining. Keeping things simple and including


Claudia If you have design queries, feel free to reach out. Send your questions via direct message on Instagram @claudiajosephinedesign. Please be sure to include photos, if applicable. Your question may be answered in my column!

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BLAME IT ALL ON HIS ROOTS The Wisdom and Giftings of Design Luminary

RAY BOOTH By Maxine Breedlove


ay Booth is an Alabama boy and Auburn graduate.

in New York City. The term bi-coastal does not fully capture the

You will not detect a Southern drawl, but you will

totality of his life because while he travels between coasts, he is

note the Southern hospitality. I am smitten, and not

rooted in the South and might also be found kicking sand around

because he is better looking than all the fellas on the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ list, but because Ray is everything a mother wants her son to be—intelligent, genteel, gifted, and successful.

Vieques--he is all over the place! Ray has lived the dream that many of us had, which is to live and work in New York City. He has been there, he has done that, and

I caught up with Ray on his 55th birthday. He had just returned

he is still doing it—but on his terms. With all the interstate busi-

from Los Angeles where he completed an install and was busy pre-

ness-trotting, I wondered what he considered home. “Wherever

paring to turn over a big project in Nashville. He also spends time

John is,” he said. John Shea is Ray’s treasured husband.

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RELATIONSHIP GOALS ARE A THING As I chatted with Ray, I learned that John was at their home in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Naturally, I assumed that Ray is the design boss at home. However, I was surprised to learn that John has a great eye too. The couple collaborated on their first apartment

Paris flea markets. It tickles me to hear that John might browse for bit but that, most likely, he will head back to the hotel and meet up afterwards. This couple is not attached at the hip on the daily, but they certainly seem aligned and content. If the intimacy exuded in Ray’s voice is any indication, their unity is sacred. It is the sanctity humans crave. There’s wisdom here.


together and have built two houses since then. Like a lot of couples, they do not necessarily share the same taste. John has his own ideas

Where there is wisdom, it is almost guaranteed that there has

and leans towards functional, practical, mid-century stylings. Ray

been pain, discomfort, sorrow, and heavy labor. I did not learn ev-

regards John’s input, which is refreshing. He insisted that, “It’s the

erything about Ray, but I can perceive a life that is bearing much

mix that makes the magic, and it’s good to challenge your personal

fruit. His energy, wisdom, and hunger for more gives me the sense

perspective.” I find that quite loving. Noted. I want to know more…

that his life would make a good movie.

I wonder whether they enjoy shopping together and ask whether

He developed a friendship with his professor and mentor (at an

John enjoys, say, antique shopping—like a full-day trek through the

age when some of us were acting a fool), and that friendship devel-


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oped into an illustrious career. He knows his mother. He loves her. He is a devoted husband with many friends. He acquired expertise and chooses well for himself. Ray exercises because he recognizes that his brain needs it…I am gushing, but seriously, I appreciate having fabulous people to look up to. So, what inspired Ray’s path in the first place? His mother, of course! Long ago, somewhere near Atlanta, Betty left her family home to live with distant relatives. Before this, the tiny tot had grown up in a home that lacked running water, and an outhouse was a normal part of her life. She first experienced grandeur at the Gower home (family friends of the distant relatives she was living with). Small eyes feasted on a parlor with a grand piano and a sweeping staircase. This is not a rag to riches story—not really. Rather, it is a study of benevolence and how kindness paid itself forward and manifested. You see, when Betty sees an Antebellum home, she internalizes more than the grand façade. That stateliness stirs deep emotion within her because she never fails to recall the kindness that the Gowers showed her during that young, vulnerable month away Volume 4, Issue 4 |


from her family home. For her, the gracious home personified the magnificent kindness that dwelt inside. She never recalls the impressive Gower residence without expressing gratitude for the kindness and generosity she experienced. Somehow, this cemented Betty’s love of beautiful homes and the emotional quality they


contain. The Gowers inspired gratitude, excellence, prosperity, and most

He is all that and a bag of chips, y’all. While attending architec-

of all, much more kindness. Later, when Betty had her own child,

ture school, Ray interned for renowned architect and professor,

Ray, he would accompany her on drives through the Twickenham

Bobby McAlpine. After graduating, Ray blazed his way to New York

Historic District in Huntsville, Alabama. Betty recalled the beau-

City where he honed his interior design chops in the offices of John

tiful architecture she had experienced as a young child, and that

Saladino. After two years, he had a job offer in Alabama. Ray was

interest transferred to Ray. He soon acquired an appreciation for

not ready to give up life in the city right that second, but after a

architecture. In his best-selling book, Evocative Interiors, Ray con-

decade in New York, Ray agreed to return to the South when Bobby

fesses that, in high school, he spent time sketching houses on graph

McAlpine offered him a partnership in Montgomery, Alabama. It

paper rather than focusing on homework.

was time to go home.


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A couple of years later, the group relocated to Nashville. Now,

gether a soft, ethereal palette for the young family. The beachside

McAlpine’s handiwork is represented throughout North America.

residence is serene and elegant with every detail pored over. When

Currently, Ray enjoys working across the United States. This sum-

I read that the kitchen’s range hood was sprayed with glossy auto

mer alone, he worked in Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York City.

paint, I had to ask Ray about it. He explained that the idea came

Considering the recent turmoil and riots, I asked Ray whether he

from a valuable lesson that he learned from John Saladino, which

thought New York City would ever return to normal. He mentioned

is that “There are a lot of tools in your toolbox.”

that he was in the city two weeks before the riots, and that he was

These homeowners are restaurateurs that require five-star rang-

there the week of the riots, but he did not hear anything. However,

es and industrial hoods, so he explored the option, and his con-

when he returned three weeks later, the street was boarded up. He

tractor handled the professional details (please do not try this at

finds it unfortunate that there is no common ground in our society

home). The kitchen also boasts a custom-made, steel etagere that

today. Even so, Ray fully believes that New York City will recover,

relates beautifully to a steel fireplace surround in the couple’s liv-

“It’ll come back,” he says, “and it’s an extraordinary person who

ing room. In sincere admiration for the custom piece, I joked that

chooses to live there.” Indeed.

the rest of us must scour HomeGoods and Pottery Barn if we need

If you are searching for inspiration for your own lifestyle, and for

an etagere. I was astonished to learn that while he aspires for high

your professional relationships, I recommend Ray’s book. It is in-

quality, he is not opposed to sourcing accessories, like little bowls,

telligently written, soulful, and the finest lifestyle book I have read.

from retailers. “We’re not snobbish like that,” he assured. “Custom

One of the projects that you will find about halfway through the

design is necessary when what’s right does not exist,” he clarified.

book is entitled Changing with the Tide, which features the most

Ray is correct. I mean, how many times have I wasted money set-

perfect quarantine hideaway.

tling on a rug or a chair that is not the right thing? A lot of times.

His long-time clients purchased a beach home in Amagansett on

Ray feels fortunate to fashion custom wares for his clients and

the South Shore of Long Island. Ray visited the property and felt

admits that he is addicted to steel. “It’s the frustrated architect in

inspired by the fog, the mist, and the sandy dunes. He pulled to-

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DNA. Ray’s dad was an aerospace engineer and bona fide tinkerer. Poor Betty could not pull her car into the garage because it housed Mr. Booth’s steel pieces and parts. Ray’s dad would even craft his


own bullets and carve gun stocks. Ray has been immersed in design and craftmanship for most of his life.

DOES HE STILL ENJOY SCOPING OUT BEAUTIFUL HOUSES? Yes, he loves it! When asked whether he preferred touring houses on foot, on bike, in car, or in a carriage, he answered right away. He

You bet your sweet McMansion he does. If your aim is a timeless look, Ray suggests the following: “Avoid the trends. Period. Do not walk, run away from them! When making decisions, try to be quiet and find the greater truth in the house. Hook an idea and design from there, pulling visual cues, but remain grounded in the true context of the home and its surrounding context.”

prefers to tour on foot or on a bike so that he can get the best view

While I have no doubt that he works incredibly hard at achieving

possible. He cannot point to a favorite neighborhood because, as

the high-end visions his clients demand, I also believe that Ray’s

he explains, he is a “glutton” for all the pretty places and is always

brilliant career was providential.

hungry for more. For example, while working in L.A. recently, he

Ray Booth’s bestseller, Evocative Interiors, was published by

experienced two glorious runs. Starting on Sunset and moving to-

Rizzoli and can be purchased on Amazon. For Ray’s striking fur-

ward San Vicente, Ray found his way up through the Hollywood

niture, accessory, and lighting designs, visit Hickory Chair and

Hills. Absorbed in the beauty, before he knew it, he had completed

Arteriors. For more stunning McAlpine inspiration, please visit

9.5 miles.


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to superior

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and satisfaction.

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“With over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, I thoroughly enjoy my career as a residential real estate agent and have learned that the most important thing I can do for my clients is to listen to what they have to say and then act on their behalf

Over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry

based on my training, experience and instincts.” A native Charlottean, I have also lived in San Diego, California; Seattle, Washington; and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Buying and selling homes for my family throughout the United States has given me a unique insight of the ins and outs of relocation - whether across town or across the country.

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704.287.7072 I believe you have to have a passion for what you do. Other than my family, real estate is my passion. My clients’ wants and needs are my top priority. I believe in building lifelong relationships and enjoy nothing more than working with my clients for years to come. Maren has remained one of the top producers at her firm since 2006. She served as a two term president for the Charlotte Regional Realtor®s Association in 2015 and 2016 and has been elected to serve as the president of the NC Realtor®s in 2020. She is a passionate public speaker and is always giving back to her industry. She believes that a great Realtor® doesn’t just provide excellent service to their clients. Rather they continue those efforts by dedicating their talents in other ways to be able to encourage economic, and personal growth in our community by supporting the residents throughout various philanthropic organizations.

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843.224.6651 A leading Charleston Realtor since 1991, Margaret’s knowledge of the Charleston market is unparalleled. Her level of personal service and dedication to making her clients successful is unmatched. In addition, her extensive network of relationships and resources

Her level of personal service and dedication

is invaluable to her clients, both before and after sales. Known for her effusive personality and refreshing candor, Margaret has a zealous following. Her ethics, experience, and expertise all translate to trust, that critical requisite for your realtor. Read her personal biography at “Margaret ‘makes it happen,’ and she knows every nook and cranny in Charleston” “We highly recommend Margaret if you want an excellent experience for both buying AND selling!” “We could not have asked for a better job: We highly recommend Margaret von

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knowledge Peggy has been selling residential real estate in the Charlotte Metro area since 1990, always

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full time. Her background in consumer banking and service quality with Citibank enabled her to transition into this career with ease During her 30-year career, she has been a perennial top producer, outpacing many of the area’s duos and teams. Peggy’s extensive knowledge of the Charlotte area real estate market is unparalleled. Her strong base of loyal repeat clients and their families is the reason Peggy has been so successful over the past 30 years. Her clients have consistently sought her advice and trusted her judgement over all of these years. Her strong work ethic and management style has created a team culture that always places her clients’ needs first.

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843.364.2822 John grew up in Washington DC, where he graduated from Saint Albans school and the Corcoran College of Art. Charleston was never far from John’s mind and he and his wife moved to Charleston part-time in 1993, and full-time in 2000 when their son was born. John is a nationally recognized artist known for his gesture drawings, abstract paintings, and figurative sculptures. He learned from his grandmother to ‘leave the world a better place than you found it.’ He serves on the Kennedy Center National Committee for the performing arts, joined in 2001 and was chairman from 2005-7. He also has served on the Spoleto Board, the Charleston Stage Board, the MUSC Children’s Hospital Board, and is

John’s family has been in the Charleston area for five generations since the founding

currently serving on the SOTA Council at the College of Charleston. John has restored many period homes in DC and Charleston, including a grand house on Charleston’s High Battery. Being in the top 2% of Realtors, he has been awarded the Realtor of Distinction Platinum Circle Award by CTAR, Handsome Properties Top Producer

of Yeamans Hall Club in 1925.

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SURFSIDE CHIC Photos by Nat Rea Photography

Nantucket interior designer Donna Elle discovered a deep-rooted love for this island—a place she instinctively knew was home—at the age of 17. Since then, Nantucket has been her muse. For Donna, a project comes to life when her creative autonomy

“I am deeply passionate about the creative journey,” Donna says.

merges with her professional partnerships. Through a deep in-

‘’it’s about staying persistent throughout the design process, allow-

volvement in the project development phase and an eagle eye for

ing the client experience to evolve with the home’s transformation.

the most specific design details, Donna has a way of inspiring col-

That tenacity creates a more genuine relationship between the de-

laboration and illuminating a cohesive vision for the full scope of a

signer, client and their home. At the end of the day, it’s about rec-

project, from start to finish.

ognizing that harmony and trust are built through this ingenuity.”

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With a depth of knowledge garnered through decades of expe-

ranch with meticulous attention towards reshaping the “once was”

rience and the ability to create a uniquely intimate design expe-

into the “what is.” Rhythm and balance are supported by forceful

rience, Donna enriches a project—seamlessly connecting clients,

highlights of bold color and textural finishes. The furnishings and

builders, architects, and contractors. Establishing a relationship of

lighting inject touches of seaside elegance, surrendering to an over-

trust with her clients allows her to deliver a curated design process

all flair of femininity and strong architectural lines. There are over

that encompasses the wholeness of a project—connecting the dots

50 specifications of lighting alone. There are exposed studs and

between the essence of the client and their surroundings.

faux finishes creating a feeling as if the home has stood the test of

This Nantucket beach home was renovated from it’s original 70’s


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Donna has a unique gift of connecting with her clients and understanding their personality, she is able to translate this into the design of the home. The whole home is a true reflection of the family that lives there. Entertaining and guests are always foremost in Nantucket. This home was built with a separate wing for the guest bedrooms and a separate wing for the Master. The beautiful hand built bar connects the kitchen and living room. A true conversation piece. It is backlit with pen & ink hand drawings under the glass top depicting ocean scenes. The home collectively feels as of St. Barts meets Nantucket.

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LAKE Layton Campbell of J Layton Interiors clients moved from Houston to The Point on Lake Norman, NC. The move brought them closer to family on the east coast and provided them an opportunity to build their dream home. It was important to them to create a home that would entertain large family and friend gatherings. At 12,000 sq ft,with the architecture designed to open completely to outdoor lakefront living, the challenge was to make one feel enveloped while maintaining the fluid space and serenity. 92

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“We began our journey for this project in late 2017. It has been over a two year process that was focused on making the dwelling and lake blend as one. This connection was key to all design decisions whether it was bringing in the soft colors of the water or playing with textures that create a sense of calm and interest. I have loved working with these clients and their dedication to making every detail perfect for their home and lifestyle.” said Layton Campbell who has enjoyed over 20 years in the design business since he opened in 2004. “I enjoy working in various design styles and always joke that I live vicariously through all my clients.” Layton is fortunate to travel to the most wonderful places creating homes with his clients. As I had a chance to catch up with him in-between clients trips from Figure 8 Island and Nantucket. “Ultimately I want harmony and balance between environment, architecture and client. Contrasts are key to achieving this idea. Light to dark, cozy to openness. Elegant and casual living. It's all balance.”

art is taking precedence with the eye popping Rebecca Ward acrylic on stitched canvas hanging above the Bolier bench. Jim Thompson sheers add softness to the space. Art shapes the tone of each area from the incredible textural Martin Kline piece hanging in the dining room to the delicate work

The clients on the Lake Norman project have an extensive art

of Valeria Nascimento (porcelain in perspex case) in the upstairs

collection that takes center stage throughout most of the home.

vestibule. They each complement the architecture and finishes that

Upon entering the custom steel doors in the foyer one realizes that



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Michael Berman barstools saddle up to the indoor/outdoor bar connecting folks directly to the lovely lake view. A Holly Hunt dining table and Janus et Cie chairs offer a casual dining experience in the all seasons room. Handknot abstract rug by Stark. A Rudin swivel chair allows the occupant to enjoy inside and out views. A Dusty Griffith art piece from Anne Neilson Gallery sings above a bone console table just beyond the entryway. Phillip Jeffries "Boucle" wallcovering and original art by Mary Janacek add depth and warmth to compliment the custom marble topped vanity. Campbell created an outdoor oasis with Janus et Cie lounging and dining pieces. Using neutral tones blending seamlessly so nothing takes away from the beautiful water views. Cohesively achieving the harmony and balance throughout the home. *Architecture by Richard Hamm of Houston *Hardline finishes by Louise Leeke of Kingswood Custom Homes *Builder Kingswood Custom Homes *Photos Courtesy of Michael Blevins / MB Productions NC @ mb_productions_nc.

Campbell added Phillip Jeffries hand crafted "Beyond" mural to bring life to the expansive niche in the master suite. The abstract pattern and colors echo the soft water just beyond the balcony doors. Smoky mirrors behind the beside lamps are by Made Goods. The Chiseled metal frame bench anchoring the bed in embossed leather is custom through Ambella Home. Hand dipped ombre sheers by Rosemary Haligarten frame the view of the all seasons outdoor shower and tie in the charcoal veining from the surrounding marble. In the living room Campbell designed the large walnut veneer and acrylic cocktail table to anchor the gracious size of the room and bring the conversation pieces together. A handmade mosaic art piece by Ann Gardner on a curved metal frame reflects the glistening water. Campbell also designed the large custom area rug with Stark using three subtle tones that tie back once again to the watery hues. Volume 4, Issue 4 |


Story by Susan Victor Interior Design by Sue Shannon, Principal Designer Nandina Home & Design Aiken, S.C. Architecture by Jeffrey Burden of Truong, Montgomery and Burden/Architecture and Design Builder: Steve Kisner, Kisner Construction


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COMING HOME Designer Sue Shannon Shares the Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of Building Her “Final” Home

The idea of “home” can trigger many emotions, both good and bad. But if fortune smiles upon you, that structure can become sacred to you. Then, no matter what exotic destination beckons you to visit, the moment you return and open the door to your home and walkinto that space, it envelops you with comfort, peace and solitude. At that moment you realize the priceless value of “home.” Volume 4, Issue 4 |


At Nandina we have the privilege and honor of helping to create homes every day. Understanding just how personal and emotional that process can be for our clients usually becomes much more real when we find ourselves walking in their shoes! As designers we are exposed to many beautiful spaces that stretch the limits of creativity. We fantasize about building or renovating the perfect home for ourselves and our families. When the opportunity and the funds finally do come to fruition, the reality is that the actual process mirrors all of the angst, agonizing over selections, managing details, and organizing orders that we handle every day with our clients. Only this time we are our clients! And often, own expectations are more difficult to manage than those of our clients! When my Nandina business partner Sue Shannon and her husband Tim decided to build their new home, Sue often said, “This is it! My next home is an assisted living facility!” We were in the throes of building our business and Tim was working long hours as a busy surgeon in a large orthopedic medical practice. When I sat down with Sue to interview her about the interiors of her home for this feature, we were both flooded with memories of how eye-opening that experience was eight years ago.

Susan Victor (SV): As a busy person building a design business, how did you make the leap to take on building a new home? Sue Shannon (SS): Well, no one ever realizes just how much time and energy it takes to build a custom home. We had built two other homes before, and I think I just assumed it would be easy and a new challenge. I spent a lot of late nights poring over magazines and finish samples. I didn’t want my personal project to take away from my commitment to clients during the workday. One night around midnight, I remember being in tears as I counted and re-counted every cabinet door and drawer in the entire house so I could finalize the hardware order. Honestly, I felt like I didn’t have a day off for the 18 months it took to build our home.


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SV: How did you begin the creative process? Did you have a plan and then find the property, or the other way around? What came first, the chicken or the egg? SS: The “property egg” definitely came first! It is shaped like a piece of pie with a tail, and there were utility lines running through it that couldn’t be crossed. Because it’s in the historic district and has large setbacks from the golf course, the actual buildable space on the lot was quite limited. I knew that building on this property was going to be a challenge, but the location checked all the boxes for Tim and me. It was in town, which made it closer to our store for me and closer to the hospital for Tim, but most of all it was one of only a handful of properties available on the historic city golf course – a major plus for Tim! Before we ever purchased our quirky plot of land, we hired Jeff Burden as our architect to make sure we could actually build a livable house on it. Jeff got right to work scribbling on a napkin to show us just how the house could nestle into the hillside and give us that downtown home on a golf course that we were looking for. Jeff has a focus on historical design. We felt strongly that we wanted the exterior of the home to reflect the historic neighborhood in which it sits. He had been recommended by friends, and after meeting him I felt he was the perfect collaborator for me to make our vision become a reality. We asked Jeff to design the exterior so that it would fit into our very old, historic neighborhood. We gave him free rein on the style and trusted his judgment. He jumped off existing larger homes in the neighborhood and used some elements from them to make the house feel and appear as if it had been here a long time. Jeff likens the house, built on this property, to Marilyn Monroe squeezed into her red dress, bursting at the seams!

SV: What were the most critical and difficult design decisions you had to make during the process? SS: The Lot shape was tricky. We ended up needing to purchase an additional slice of land to make the front fit comfortably on the street. The slope of the lot dictated that the house would be a two-story with a walkout lower level. We ended up with a larger space than originally intended because of this. On the interior, the ceiling millwork was selected as the house was being built. We decided on many of the designs once the house was framed and its character began to take shape. The choices that we made at this point are some of my favorites. The “doughnut hole” into the great room with the natural plank ceilings, the high/low ceiling in the study, and the Hitchcock ceiling in our bedroom are unique characteristics that I appreciate every day. Jeff suggested using old wood for our hardwood floors throughout. He linked us up with David Howard, a master furniture and flooring craftsman from Tennessee, who can make magic happen with wood that originally looks beyond repair. We trusted him as he traveled to Pennsylvania and took down most of an old barn to harvest the wood we used throughout the house. He did an incredible job with finishing and added some special design elements that instantly helped to give this new-build some age and character. Volume 4, Issue 4 |


adult children when they are in town, but also gained a space that’s great for storage. We especially love our covered upstairs porch and outdoor fireplace. They are equally as comfortable for two as they are when set up for a large gathering. SV: What was your design inspiration for the palette and style of the interiors? SS: I was much more concerned about the interiors, not surprisingly. I love a clean, uncluttered, transitional space, but felt strongly that the surfaces in this home should reflect the aesthetic and time period of the neighborhood. While at High Point Furniture Market, before we’d ever broken ground, I found a beautiful Oushak rug that I loved. It later became the starting point for our whole design. As time has passed, the interiors have changed and become more layered, just as our lives and interests have SV:

I remember how we agonized

evolved as empty nesters.

over the wash that was used on the great room ceiling! I think we asked

SV: I remember the day you found

the painter to sample that stain four

that rug! It was a beautiful jumping

or five times.

off point for the warm palette that runs throughout the main floor of the

SS: Poor Robert the painter! He was so patient! He still talks about watered-down




on their heads as they worked. I remember you and I wanted that perfect khaki color that wouldn’t throw pink and still allow the wood grain to show through. What a challenge! But thankfully, we finally nailed it. SV: Describe how you live in the house. After this much time, what decisions still ring true for your lifestyle? What would you change? SS: Our overall goal was to design a home for our new life as empty nesters and have comfortable space on one-level to live in and entertain friends and family. We wanted create a setting where we could age in place. My husband, Tim, loves to cook, but wanted a prep/cooking area where two cooks could work and guests could be a part of the process. He stayed out of the way on most selections, but had a strong voice when it came to flow and function throughout the main level. He was right, and I’m glad I listened to his wise counsel. We ended up with a large lower level, which houses our


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How would you define your design

flow in a tight bathroom downstairs

team and what it meant for you to

and an inch or two more clearance on

have a collaborative effort as you

the garage doors ...

went through the build/design process?

SV: I often tease you about how you can’t go more than six months without

SS: Often the hardest project de-

tweaking something in your design –

signers will do is one for their own

new drapes or pillows, or sometimes a

family! I was fortunate to have a

whole new look for a guest room.

strong team to fall back on when doubts crept in. Susan, you were definitely my sounding board, and also my partner in crime! We

What’s up next for this house?

were used to collaborating on projects and we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. A lot of the times when I felt stymied on

SS: We’ve been here for eight years and the time has flown by. I

a specific design dilemma, you helped me gain clarity and remain

change something every year. It’s hard not to when you are exposed

sane. Jeff was there too, with a trained, experienced eye. Lastly, the

to some of the greatest designers around through our travels to

Kisner construction crew was a class act and very easy to work with.

markets and networking events. I’ve only recently overhauled two

You could count on them to keep things running smoothly and on

guest bedrooms to fit the needs of our growing and changing fami-


ly. Next up? Maybe nothing, but there is a spark of an idea starting to ignite in Jeff’s brain and mine that might include a cute little

SV: What would you do differently?

guest house and maybe a bunk room. It would give us that ONE extra room that we sometimes need, especially if there might be some

SS: Not a lot, I’m happy to say! A larger window in the great room

little grandchildren in the future. One can always hope that if you

to bring in more light, a couple of pocket doors that could ease the

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BAMBOO HILL Photography courtesy of Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach.


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his years Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Palm Beach,

french doors that open up to an expansive loggia, and a spacious

was the third annual Florida iteration of the esteemed

kitchen with an adjacent outdoor dining terrace. The home’s large

Show House in New York City, benefitting both Kips Bay

master suite offers sprawling garden and pool views. The estate

Boys & Girls Club and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.

also boasts two guest houses, a pool house, and an expansive pri-

Featured 19 of the nation’s most prominent design firms, the Show

vate garden with lush tropical flora for the ultimate outdoor living

House — is owned by famed interior designer himself Lars Bolander.

and entertaining experience.

“The Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach has become

Design enthusiasts and novices alike were inspired by the level

a highly anticipated event since first opening its doors in 2017 and

of creativity and imagination on display through unexpected wall

we were thrilled to return for a third year,” said James Druckman,

treatments, beautiful furnishings and an array of bold colors.

President and CEO of the New York Design Center, and President of the Board of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. “This year’s incredible talent is comprised of local, national, and international designers, and we are so grateful for their support in raising critical programming funds for the 17,000 children served by both organizations.”

ALESSANDRA BRANCA MASTER BEDROOM Comfortable, chic living is Alessandra Branca’s signature approach to design and the New York-based designer of Branca, Inc.

In just under three months, the group of talented designers com-

did just that with the Master Bedroom. Inspired by one of her fa-

pletely transformed each room of the remarkable 8,751-square-foot

vorite countries, Portugal, the bedroom touts blue-and-white wall-

home inspired by South African and Dutch architecture. Affection-

paper resembling Portuguese tile, a vintage bed, and pieces from

ately dubbed Bamboo Hill, the main home, located at 260 Palmetto

her namesake furniture line, Casa Branca. On the terrace, floor-to-

Lane in West Palm Beach’s South End neighborhood, features four

ceiling custom window treatments by The Shade Store make way

bedrooms, five bathrooms, a great room with vaulted ceilings and

for sweeping views of the garden and pool.


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Inspired by classical architecture, Connecticut-based Sarah

The vestibule, hallway and powder room feature the contem-

Blank of Sarah Blank Design Studio created a timeless kitchen that

porary transitional style of the Boca Raton-based designer Javier

offers a relaxing and refreshing gathering place for all. The space

Fernandez of Transitional Designs, Inc. Titled “Design with Bite,”

is anchored by a Thermador range and features KOHLER’s Poise

the three spaces are united with framed wall panels in a dark wood

Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, beautiful Dekton by Cosentino coun-

trim with three-dimensional suede inserts. Infused with both vin-

tertops, a wine cellar, and a large island that blends style with func-

tage and modern style, a light grey pony hair console table is nes-

tion. The light blue custom millwork and Fabricut wallcoverings

tled in the vestibule below contemporary art pieces, while “pouf”

add dimension to the kitchen, while artwork depicting birds and

ottomans line the hallway.

coral pays homage to the home’s South Florida location.


SUZANNE KASLER GREAT ROOM “Edited Style” was designed at the hands of Atlanta-based Su-

Jungle-inspired patterns and Asian influences are captured in

zanne Kasler of Suzanne Kasler Interiors. Built on a quintessential

Palm Beach-based Leta Austin Foster of Leta Austin Foster & As-

Palm Beach color palette of pink and white and featuring rattan,

sociate’s “Tropical Study.” China Seas “Nairobi” wallpaper by Qua-

linen, and natural materials, the Great Room boasts stunning views

drille in a custom colorway covers the walls with whimsy. Wood

of the outdoor logia, garden, and swimming pool. High-gloss, built-

blinds by The Shade Store , decorative Asian elements, Chinese

in bookcases in Benjamin Moore’s Custis Salmon stretch across an

porcelain, and a collection of books fill the space, showcasing the

entire wall, housing a number of books and white sculptural piec-

dwelling of an eccentric, yet sophisticated seasoned traveler.

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BRIAN AND ALEXANDRA BRADY FOYER Brian and Alexandra Brady of Southhampton-based Brady Design made their father-daughter debut with a classically inspired foyer. Upon entering the home, a whimsical scene of palm trees framed by pilasters bridges the transition between indoor and outdoor, and a selection of antiques and custom design elements fill

the landscape design. Purple and pink bougainvillea bring a pop of color among the greenery of the native plants, while various sitting areas welcome guests to relax in tranquility.

JONATHAN SAVAGE POOL PAVILION Inspiration for the “Cabana Hideaway” by Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design was derived from the Nashville-based de-

the space.

SHERRILL CANET LOGGIA A crisp palette of black, white, and jewel tones reigns supreme on the shaded terrace designed by New York-based Sherrill Canet of Sherrill Canet Interiors . Embracing its role as the heart of the plantation-style home, the Loggia blends modern touches with antique pieces for a tailored look, inspiring good conversation and glamorous, comfortable outdoor living.


signer’s lifetime of travel to the French West Indies. The relaxed and livable outdoor escape is filled with fine finishes from Indonesian teaks, luxurious woven fabrics and heirloom quality furnishings and accessories. Nantucket and Palm Beach fine art photographer, Nathan Coe’s print, alongside The Shade Store’s custom drapery is the perfect backdrop to the lush upholstered Sutherland Furniture daybed. The pair of custom designed teak louvered dividers flanking the space contrast with crisp white painted walls to create the ultimate luxurious respite. For the past forty-seven years, celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of

The home’s garden was transformed by Mario Nievera & Keith

fine furnishings, art, and technology. For a third year, the highly

Williams of Palm Beach-based Nievera Williams Design . Drawing

esteemed design event headed south, enlisting some of the nation’s

inspiration from the gardens of the Taj Mahal, “The Mughal Gar-

most talented interior designers to transform a home in West Palm

den” features bold patterns and bright colors that expose the glory

Beach, Florida. Proceeds from the Kips Bay Decorator Show House

of outdoor living in South Florida. A Mughal design utilizing sod

Palm Beach were to benefit Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and Boys &

and gravel surrounds the pool, offering a strong visual element to

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Discover Historic Southern Pines, NC If you're feeling the urge for a few days away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life, you may need to look no farther than the Sandhills of North Carolina. Just over an hour from Raleigh-Durham, and two hours from Charlotte rests the picturesque township of Southern Pines. The pace seems to slow a bit as you stroll through the magnolia-lined streets of downtown. The historic district is made up of a unique blend of shops, mom-and-pop businesses, taverns and an outstanding selection of restaurants from pizza-by-the-slice, to high end steak, seafood & pasta restaurants, to farm-to-table experiences that rival those in any metropolitan area. Southern Pines' quaint historic Sunrise Theater (boasting live broadcasts of the Met Opera), and town center train station that doubles as the visitors' center round out the inviting ambiance. At the heart of the town sits

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by Adam Jacot de Boinod

urely one compensation for having to stay put this year is thee opportunity to save this year’s holiday money and to put it towards,

and plan properly for, that dream holiday of a lifetime for 2021. Make up for it all by going somewhere breezy in its natural setting, life-affirming as a result of the wonderful range of animals to witness and with an upbeat and charming population to attend to your every need. Up on the Pacific side and close to Nicaragua is an area of Costa Rica called Guanacaste. It means ‘elephant-ear tree‘ and became incorporated into mainstream Costa Rica when the Inter-American Highway was built in 1954. And when Liberia Airport was built in the mid 1970s, bringing with it an 80% influx of Americans, this remote and once poor province, formerly owned by farming families from Cordoba in Spain, had turned into the next luxury hotspot as it moved away from fishing and agriculture to tourism and hospitality. You can fly direct from Miami, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Charlotte Douglas and Chicago .to Liberia Airport in Guanacaste or else take a charming short flight from San José, capital and largest city of Costa Rica. The luxury resort area of Guanacaste is Papagayo, said by some to be shaped

like a fire-breathing dragon and means parrot (rather than the often quoted father rooster). I loved exploring this peninsula which, along with two prestigious hotels, has beautiful villas and developments that have become vacation homes and residences to the wealthy looking for sustainable luxury, along with all that it entails: peaceful, unspoiled nature and wildlife, beauty and excitement. It is very much an American conceit with its buggies the most common form of transport for visitors. The 18-hole golf course, designed by Arnold Palmer and with Ernie Els as its ambassador, has games played out on ‘paspalum’ the sumptuous carpet-like grass. Near the main entrance there’s a marina to dock 355 slips where boats for cruising, yachting and sport fishing, particularly for both the black and blue marlin.

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It’s all beautifully landscaped as a semicircle of large palm trees

which was once an area of commerce in pre-Colombian times, is

welcomed me along with sculpture by Jorge Jiménez Deredia who

the longest while Playa Jicaro is the most remote on the southern

uses organic shapes that reflect the country’s pre-Columbian her-

side. In the north, there’s Prieta Beach Club, a perfect day out with

itage. These Diquis stone spheres in particular act as a timeless

its Olas Lounge an ideal spot for lunch in front of waves strong

metaphor of Costa Rica’s deep-rooted egalitarianism: seamless and

enough for me to body surf. Indeed the ocean laps at three sides of

edgeless and possessing a notion of wholeness.

this peninsula, in coves and inlets and there are 31 beaches along

Papagayo has a number of exquisite beaches. Playa Nacascolo,

15 miles of its coastline. The water is calm and as stiff as an ironed tablecloth one moment and rough and rippling as a scruffed up napkin the next. There is a good number of trails both leisurely and exacting along the coast and inland. The one from Playa Blanca to the top


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has 800 steps and the one going between Playa Virador and Playa

Cathedral Point is the prestigious and stunning Four Seasons Re-

Prieta as many as 1000. The first I found challenging and the sec-

sort Costa Rica It’s very evidently

ond fully bracing amongst mountainous terrains of tangled, sun-

the preeminent hotel in the region and even has its own kiosk at

less, tight-knit forests, as giant leafy ferns and vines encircled the

Liberia airport.

trunks of massive trees.

The bay side (Playa Blanca) and ocean side (Playa Virador) have

Situated at the end of the peninsula and being in itself a penin-

a different feel and, I allowed myself to believe, almost a different

sula, and jutting out to the Pacific similarly to Manuel Antonio’s

climate. Eco friendly electric buggies went at a relaxing speed and

it was such an important first scene as the rounded shape of the foyer was truly receptive and embraced me with its open arms, luring me into its golden mosaic fold. The New York based boutique Meyer Davis Studio has completed a recent extensive reimagining of the resort reflecting the natural beauty of Costa Rica. I savoured the airy indoor spaces moving from the lobby to the guest rooms, restaurants and lounges. Like an unfolding journey I discovered each space organically flowing with its ambient music into the next and creating a sense of casual luxury as well as effortless sophistication. The stunning new design plays Volume 4, Issue 4 |


with space, form, texture and light and weaves together natural colours and elements, local woods and indigenous art. There are Residence Villas, Resort Residences and even Estate Homes. The Canopy Suites offer real privacy and have rooms with triangular interior roofs and rounded sofas to offset the square dimensions while the veranda railings echo the shape of the branches. The outside of the standard Guest Rooms have three-pronged buttresses that also echo the branches of the surrounding trees. The colours are consistent throughout and blend organically with their natural surroundings. The earth-toned stucco exteriors were computer-generated from actual dirt samples to replicate the deep browns, oranges and reds of the soil and the roots of the land. The roofs are designed to resemble the interior architecture of the conch shell and blend into the background like the backs of the armadillos, turtles and butterflies that inspired them. Breakfast boasted inventive mixes of juices and smoothies, but the real treat was the avocado flatbread with egg white scrambled bites, chipotle aioli and mixed salad leaving an aftertaste with a lovely contest between the differing herbs and spices. A real explosion of flavours. The chia pudding with caramelized pineapple and the acai and tapioca combinations were also rather memorable though less in conflict with each other. I experienced the unobtrusive yet attentive service of a characterful staff who enjoyed, and appeared proud of, their jobs.


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As Isadore Sharp, the Canadian founder of the Four Seasons Hotel Group, rightly says: “some of life’s fondest memories are made around the dinner table” and for the most typical guests who get to stay a week at the resort it’s wonderful that there’s a healthy choice of restaurants. The three main ones are all sideby-side. Añejo, the Asian fusion with Costa Rican food was casual and informal both inside and out, with tapas including salmon tostadas and charred tuna wonton tacos, ‘lomo salteado empanadas’ and ‘hamachi tiraditos’. I enjoyed the live music of an upbeat local trio at the Bahia Grill that overlooks the Playa Blanca and, along with succulent steaks and fish offers interestingly charred eggplant dip, wood-fired roasted cabbage, roasted cauliflower, grilled avocado and asparagus. And for my last night, at Pesce an Italian and Costa Rican fusion offering pastas and risottos, I chose the delicious local produce ‘lattuga del giardino’ salad to go with my lemon-crusted red snapper. I couldn’t get enough of this delightful country. I have to go back. Whenever but soon.

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The Living Room of Aiken

THE WILLCOX HOTEL By Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

If you haven’t yet been to Aiken, SC and the historic Willcox Hotel— voted the #1 Best Hotel of the South by Southern Living Magazine in 2019, it’s a must add to your list. Since the last years of the 19th century, this grand edifice has graced the oak-lined streets of Aiken, providing a cozy fire and welcoming rest for weary travelers. Today, its towering white columns and warm hospitality embrace guests from around the world, many who come to enjoy the equestrian events for which Aiken is famous. A full-service hotel, restaurant, salon & spa, The Willcox Hotel is a beacon of southern charm and grace, and it pulses with the rich history of South Carolina’s genteel past.

Sleep Where the Legends Once Reclined Guests can still stay in the room where Winston Churchill slept when they visit The Willcox. Although the smell of cigar smoke is long gone his aura may still be felt.They can admire the view Franklin D. Roosevelt often enjoyed and stroll the grounds that Elizabeth Arden once explored. There’s history here, and the stories behind it are as enchanting as the locale. John Jacob Astor, IV stayed at The Willcox, so did Joseph Pulitzer. It’s rumored that FDR’s train broke down so often near this very spot that a secret entrance was


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added just for him, with an elevator to bring him up from the tracks and into the hotel for a clandestine rendezvous with his mistress, Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd, who lived in town. If you want to feel the pulse of the past in historic Aiken, SC, a stay at The Willcox Hotel is a necessity.

Enjoy Award-Winning Accommodations Since 1900, The Willcox has welcomed guests into its sweeping, spacious rooms and embraced them with open arms. Long an icon of southern hospitality, The Willcox made #7 on Travel and Leisure’s list of Best Hotels in the World in 2016. The original gathering place for the winter colonists of the dawning 20th century, the hotel today still attracts throngs of visitors every year. They come for the nearby equestrian events and for the unfiltered charm of the southern experience. With a hotel, restaurant, and full-service salon & spa onsite, every day at the Willcox makes guests feel like royalty. Amenities Are Endless at The Willcox Hotel. This historic hotel offers modern guests amenities for miles, including: Free Breakfast, Free Hi-Speed WiFi, Business Center and Internet Access, Babysitting Services, Fitness Center, Salon & Spa, Restaurant, Grocery Service, Lounge Area with Bar, Saltwater Pool, Dog and Horse Concierge Services, and of course pets are welcome.


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And, though the list of hotel amenities is long and enviable, it’s really the hotel itself that’s the draw. Magnificent architecture, grand fireplaces, and museum-quality furniture make a stay at The Willcox Hotel worth repeating. Your pet gets a cozy bed here, as well as a home-baked treat. There’s a turndown service for you and one for your furry friend. Access to dry cleaning and laundry services makes your stay that much more comfortable. Guests will feel the difference from the moment they step into the grand lobby, which the locals have lovingly nicknamed The Living Room of Aiken.

Exploring the Charm and Gentility of Aiken, SC Aiken is known for the role it plays in national and local equestrian events, including The Carolina Cup, the Aiken Spring and Fall Steeplechase events, and Pacers and Polo -- the third event of the Aiken Triple Crown. Thousands of guests flock to this area every year to join the excitement and thrill of the race. Aiken is Thoroughbred County and home to the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame. Then there’s Oktoberfest and the Festival of 1,000 Lights to round out the year. There’s always something fun to do and somewhere exciting to go in Aiken.

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Aside from the many organized festivals and sporting events that

free of processed and chemically preserved foods. Retire to the liv-

overtake Aiken each year, there’s the backdrop — a genteel south-

ing room after dinner and enjoy the two stone fireplaces flanking

ern environment where centuries-old oak trees tower over streets

each side, the walls are made of the most gorgeous burled wood

littered with leaves and petals. Seasons here are unlike anywhere

from trees that are now extinct. You need to visit the Willcox to

else in the world, and so are the people. Standing before The Willcox

understand the feeling of contentment and appreciation of such

Hotel, it’s impossible not to picture the arri-val of its most famous

wonderful hotels that have stood the test of time and have evolved

guests from the past as they rode up in carriages drawn by magnifi-

from past to present. Of course this has much to do with restau-

cent horses to be welcomed by shining lights in every window.

rateurs’ Geoffrey & Shannon Ellis who purchased The Willcox on

After enjoying breakfast hop on one of the cruising bikes offered

New Year’s Eve 2009. Two beautiful people inside and out who

and cruise through town or over to the Whitney polo field, one of

have succeeded their mission to bring back the spirit of ‘the good

the 40 polo fields located in the county. Cruise down quant tree

old days” with a continued commitment to superb personal service,

lined streets. You’ll be amazed by

gracious accommodations, and

who occupied some of the homes

excellent cuisine.

you pass, returning to spend a lei-

The exterior of the hotel is as

surely day by the pool, or perhaps

grand as its reputation with six

a massage too. Dress for dinner

stately columns holding court.

and enjoy the romantic Wilcox

Overhead, flags wave quietly in

Restaurant. Executive chef Ed

an easy southern breeze. A step

DeFelice draws inspiration from

up onto the sprawling front porch

his international travels creating

offers the opportunity to sit and



relax after your journey. Rocking

made from scratch. Committed to

chairs — the official out-door seat

seasonal cooking and sustainable

of the South — line the bricks and

and local food sources whenever

extend that last hand of civility.

possible results in a menu that is

You’ll want to stay a while.



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MOVING GIANTS At the beginning of 2018, the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve

Located 1,000 miles away in the neighboring nation of Mozam-

in South Africa realized that it had a problem. It had too many ele-

bique, Zinave National Park was having the opposite problem. A

phants. About 200 too many elephants, to be exact.

civil war fought three decades earlier had caused major depletion in

Owned and operated by the De Beers Group, the Venetia Reserve

Mozambique’s wildlife population, including elephants. At the start

is roughly the size of Atlanta, Georgia, and is only able to accom-

of 2018, Zinave, which is around 13 times the size of the Venetia

modate around 40 to 60 elephants at a time. When the population

reserve, only had eight elephants living there.

grows too high, there is the risk of overwhelming the food supply,

The Venetia reserve and Zinave National Park quickly realized

making the environment uninhabitable for other wildlife and even

that they were the solution to each other’s problems - they just

for the elephants themselves.

needed a little help making it happen.

The problem was clear. If the Venetia Reserve did not take ac-

Through eight months of tedious planning and a collaborative

tion, the elephant overpopulation would result in severe environ-

effort between the Venetia reserve, Zinave, the De Beers Group, the

mental decline.

Mozambique and South African governments and the Peace Parks Foundation, a massive re-wilding effort had begun.

Translocating 200 elephants from the Venetia Reserve to Zinave

Malak Jewelers is proud to support De Beers in their efforts to

started with safely capturing the wild elephants. In order to make

influence positive change. As a partner of Forevermark, a brand

the process more manageable, a team of experts transported the

from the De Beers Group, Malak Jewelers is committed to offering

elephants in groups of 50 at a time. The team sedated the elephants

their customers beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced diamonds,

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Jewelers who carry Forevermark must meet strict criteria: out-

Zinave, a journey that takes between 36 and 50 hours to complete.

standing service, high-quality jewelry, and a deep understanding of

Transporting 50 tons of living cargo across 1,000 miles of mostly

diamonds. Out of 64,000 jewelry stores nationwide, only 480 are

unpaved roads is no small feat. The rewilding team had to work

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ly as possible, taking special care to ensure that the elephants re-

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Upon arrival at Zinave, the elephants quickly adjusted to their

grante’d by De Beers.

new, spacious environment. In addition to providing the elephants

Malak Jeweler• and the.De Beers Group be.lieK in the impor-

with a happier, healthier environment, Zinave also put in place

tance of forever and understand that in order to continue to cher-

strict anti-poaching measures, including a team of rangers who pa-

isit,,,;one of nature’s greatest gifts, the protection and1ongevity of

trol the national park both on foot and on bike. They want to ensure

die environment must ceme first and foremost. park, they are able

that once the elephants are at the national The Moving Giants proj-

to live out a long life, free of any illegal poaching.

ect is only one of the De Beers Group’s many conservation efforts to minimize their environmental footprint.

“There is no greater symbol of Africa than the majestic elephant,” said Bruce Cleaver, the CEO of the De Beers Group, in a statement

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on the Moving Giants website, “For us to be able to help secure

cludes in a statement on their website, “We cannot disregard the

their future in Mozambique, while also ensuring other species at

environmental impact that comes with recovering them, yet we

our Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve can flourish, is something

know that we have no right to recover nature’s treasures without

evefy employee of De Beers Group is proud of.”

treasuring nature.”

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