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FALL + WINTER 2018

FAMILY LIVING From designing a Family Hunt Camp to a Family Law Firm, it's all about Family Living in this Fall + Winter Issue

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To a Southerner, crisper air conjures up memories of hayrides and hunting excursions, gathering around a fire as soon as it’s cool enough to build one, and always foraging for the best greenery the area has to offer for decorating, from smilax to pine to stunning magnolias. It is not quite Fall here in the South, but we are all waiting with bated breath! Every time the temperature falls into the low 80s, we expend a tremendous amount of our small talk second-guessing the weather and exclaiming about how much cooler it feels! When I was raising four children, it could have been 90 degrees on the first day of school, but it still felt like Fall! As September rolled into October, and the kids had adjusted to their new school and activity routines, I started planning for the holiday season, a time I traditionally associate with extended family gatherings and traveling to special places to be together. Now that the Southern Autumn is making its slow creep into Winter, more and more events will revolve around home and family. Although my children have flown the nest and are feathering nests of their own, this year is no different. It seems only right that this Fall+Winter edition of N Home should be focused on family living and the season of Fall. This theme is illustrated in the cover story of a Family Hunt Camp built by a family that desired to introduce their grandchildren to the historic traditions of hunting, fishing, and enjoying the great outdoors. That it fulfills their dream is icing on the cake. We are also spotlighting two very successful businesses that were built on the trust and support inherent in sharing a name and family history. With the holidays approaching, join us in the old Southern custom of holiday decorating with foraged greenery, a tradition that stirs up the creativity in all of us. Whatever your own traditions in Autumn, as you peruse this issue of N Home, take the time to breathe in the beauty of the season and be thankful for those loved ones you call family! Cheers to Real Life, Real Style! Susan Victor svictor@nandinahome.com 803.649.0616

PUBLISHERS

Jim Victor Owner/CFO Sue Shannon Owner/Principal Designer EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Susan Victor Owner/Principal Designer ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR

Shelly Marshall Schmidt CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Shelly Marshall Schmidt P U B L I C AT I O N E D I T O R

Kathleen Huff Cunningham MAGAZINE DESIGN

Emily Barton Samantha Bodie

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6 Classic Livability: Mastering a Master Bedroom Design Designer Jessie LaFalce creates a master bedroom retreat centered around the homeowners’ collection of antique textiles 16 Before & After: Historic Victorian When a 100-year-old Victorian in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood came on the market, designer John Ishmael jumped on the opportunity 22 Cover Story: Family Hunt Camp This Southern family turned to Michele Merritt to create a luxurious multigenerational hunt camp

20 Meet the Designer: John Ishmael Get to know the inner workings of our Atlanta designer, John Ishmael 42 Foraged Greenery Wreath Follow floral and event designer Karin Jeffcoat’s steps to create your own foraged greenery wreath 52 An Interview with Erin Weston Catch a glimpse of the horticulture, fine arts and craftsmanship that intersect on Weston Farms

54 Holiday Gift Guide Our must-have gifts for the holiday season

4 Fringe Benefits The history and reinvention of the modern day tassel

12 Upholstered Beds 101 Your guide to creating a comfortable and stylish upholstered bedroom oasis 34 What’s N Trend Report The Nandina team weighs in on their favorite trends for Fall + Winter 2018 56 Color Report: Shaded Spruce Not quite blue, and not quite green, it’s perfectly in-between

36 Family Partners An Aiken law office gets a stylish makeover from designers Sue Shannon and Susan Victor 46 The Perfect Balance Designer Sue Shannon reimagines a four-story brownstone to fit the needs of an active family

Interior Design • Furniture • Accessories

Don’t miss the Spring + Summer N Home issue full of Real Life, Real Style inspiration See details for our free subscription on the back cover

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Fringe Benefits

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HISTORY of the TA S S E L

Design by Michele Merrit

Photography by Shelly Marshall Schmidt

The modern day tassel is a thing of beauty and style. Gone are the days when tassels and fringe were associated with stuffiness and antiquated times. Today’s tassels have reinvented themselves with bright colors, new materials, and style! They bring a sophisticated yet fun aesthetic to your home, and you can find them on anything ranging from drapery to drawer pulls.

UTTERMOST // CARB ON ADO CHAN DELIER Black diamond crystal topped tassels— about as glam as you can get!

LEE IN DUSTRIES // LEATHER FRIN G E CHAIR There’s something so edgy about leather fringe.

Did you know that tassels can be traced back to ancient Egypt and Biblical times? According to the Hebrew Bible, the Lord instructed Moses to tell the people of Israel to attach tassels (or “tzitzit”) on the corners of their garments, to remind them of the commandments. In ancient Rome, the word tassel

EASTERN ACCEN TS // EDRIS/LAG ERFELDT B OLSTER PILLOW

CURREY & CO // N ICOLEN E CHEST

Classic styling with a touch of faux leather.

The leather pulls add just a touch of masculinity to this feminine piece.

comes from the Latin word “tassau,” which means the clasp at a garment's neck. In 16th century France, skilled tassel and trim makers established the first Guild of the Passementiers, turning the tassel into an object of ornamentation. Each one was made from precious materials like silk and gold threads, making the tassel a sign of wealth and prominence.

WORLDS AWAY // HEN SLEY G OLD LEAF TASSEL LAMP Looking to incorporate the tassel in a more subtle way? This lamp serves form and function.

From there, the tassel gained

CARACOLE // OH HEN RY SIDE TAB LE

popularity all across the globe in

An elegant long tassel for a timeless look.

fashion and home décor, and can be found in almost every culture today.

SCHUMACHER // N ORFOLK TASSEL FRIN G E Grouping three tassels creates an elegant fringe.

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C L A S S I C L I VA B I L I T Y MASTERING A MASTER BEDROOM DESIGN Story by Susan Victor // Design by Jessie LaFalce Photography by Shelly Marshall Schmidt

A neutral pallet of grays, taupes and creams in the fabrics and furnishings allows the collection of hand knotted Orientals to take center stage. 6

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Traditional ranch style architecture with a mid-century vibe sets the tone for a master bedroom remodeling by a Buckhead family that requires a livable aesthetic for every room in their home. Although major structural renovations had been done when they purchased the house nine years ago, they had never gotten around to finishing

With two teenage children and

the vision they had for the interiors. With

several large rambunctious rescue

their two children now in high school and

dogs that are welcome into every

college, they were close to being empty

space of the house, the primary

nesters and were committed to realizing

design challenge was livability.

their original concepts.

“I realized almost immediately that this family believes a home needs

Nandina designer Jessie LaFalce had

to be lived in, and they do live

worked for 18 months with her clients

in their home! But that livability

to update and redecorate their home

requirement does not preclude

when they made the decision to build an

them from having incredible style

addition to increase the size of the master

with interiors that are refined and

bedroom and make room for a large new

collected,� noted Jessie.

master bathroom. Jessie worked with the architect to bring their vision into reality.

The view from the master bedroom through the dressing area features dark frame and opaque sliding doors into the new master bathroom.

A Pair of Currey & Co chandeliers hang from the tongue-and-groove paneled, open beam ceiling of the sitting area section of the master suite. The large industrial style metal windows look out onto the terrace and the gardens, flooding the sitting area with beautiful natural light.

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THIS IS MY

NEIGHBORHOOD AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

“I am passionate about providing my clients a home not just a property.” DEIR DR E STOK ER VA I L L A NC OU R T

Vice President, Meybohm Real Estate • Uncompromising service • Consummate professional • Extensive local market knowledge

A pair of Vanguard chests flank the custom headboard upholstered in a rich gray velvet.

• Integrity • Commitment to client’s needs and desires “This family has a very casual but sophisticated design sensibility. They love rooms that are classic yet approachable, with lots of textural elements and furniture and fabrics that can take a beating,”

• Ensures client’s transition into the community • Client relationships that last beyond closing

she explained. “The husband and wife are avid collectors of antique rugs. They have extensive knowledge in this area and treat each purchase as an investment. Their rugs became the foundation for the interior design of the combination master bedroom and sitting area.” The new addition also boasted architectural elements like open-beamed ceilings and large industrial style dark metal windows that melded perfectly with the couple’s relaxed yet sophisticated aesthetic. Using the homeowners’ collection of antique textiles as art on the walls, Jessie successfully played off them with rich neutral velvet and mohair fabrics in the bedding and upholstery. The end product is a truly masterful Jessie chose for the bedding a combination of velvet, linen and crisp cotton to add texture to the tone-on-tone pallet. 10

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Our own bedroom retreat is often the last room that we splurge to complete when furnishing our home. After all, no one sees it, right? The fact is that you spend one-third of your day there, more than you spend in any other room in your home or oďŹƒce. You deserve a luxurious space to wrap up your hectic day.

In our youth, many of us grew up with some form of wooden or metal bed. Brass and iron beds reigned supreme in the early- to mid-1900s. Mid-century furniture makers brought sleeker, lower profile wooden beds to the masses. These materials remained much unchanged until the early 2000s when upholstered beds started to become more popular.

If you’ve considered the switch to fabric, here's what you

NE E D T O K NO W >> Upholstered headboards and fully upholstered rails are available in all sizes and many different design styles >> They can be made as headboard-only and attached directly to the wall or to a simple bed frame >> Headboard-only styles require a bedskirt to complete the polished look >> Fully upholstered beds include upholstered side rails and a footboard in a variety of heights >> The custom fabrics that can be used are as vast as your imagination can dream up. Think bright bold patterns, soft subtle stripes or anything in between >> Performance fabrics are an outstanding choice as they can be easily cleaned with soap and water or a diluted bleach solution to keep them looking like new >> A variety of trims, from nail-heads to flat tapes, can enhance the look

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Here are a few styles that are popular today: T U F T E D : Tufting can be in a more traditional folded tuft fit for a princess or a sleeker button tuft suitable for a masculine retreat

S H A P E D : A gentle curve on a headboard, either tufted or plain, can be a very soft and feminine touch

W I N G S : Similar to a wing chair, the headboard can have small projecting sides, either curved or straight, to give you a feeling of being enveloped in your nest

H E I G H T: The beauty of a custom headboard is that you can get the exact look you want, in a height that fits your space and your design aesthetic

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In our chaotic lives, whether you want to jump into bed and watch your favorite show while eating Chinese take-out or relax and drift off to sleep

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with a good book, you can’t beat the comfort of a luxuriously soft back to help you end your day.

Sweet dreams!

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BEFORE + AFTER

Historic Victorian Story by Susan Victor // Design by John Ishmael Photography by Shelly Marshall Schmidt

A renovation project was nothing new for designer John Ishmael. In fact, he had spent the better part of his adult life finding affordable homes in areas of Atlanta just on the verge of a rebirth and making them into gems for resale. From a Highland Avenue loft in the ‘80s, a Decatur Cape Cod in the ‘90s, an Oakhurst Craftsman Bungalow in the early 2000s, to a downtown storefront apartment in 2010, there wasn’t a genre or location that was off-limits. When a 100-year-old Victorian in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood recently came on the market, both John and his husband Troy thought this house had the potential to be a permanent landing spot. After living for years in a storefront apartment in the city, they yearned for more space and a yard for their dogs. John described the initial viewing of the house as a mixed bag of emotions. “Troy immediately fell in love with the yard and the thought of a magnificently restored Victorian with a huge wraparound porch and a plum location near the beltline. I on the other hand was a bit overwhelmed about how much work it would require to get this fine old lady back into shape!”

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BEFORE – FOYER This view shows featured dark woodwork and paneling and one of the many shades of mauve located throughout the house.

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AFTER – OFFICE Floating shelves feature John’s eclectic collectibles while custom drapery, lighting and a custom built desk designed by John amp up the sophistication of this design.

Because the house had been fully renovated in the early 1990s, the kitchen and bathrooms were in good working order. But every downstairs room was a different shade of mauve or pink, and the dark heavy moldings and woodwork made the house feel old and musty. The initial project was mostly cosmetic and required a fresh coat of paint applied to all walls, woodwork, and moldings. “Paint became our best friend! We were slapping paint on everything!” laughed John. The next step was tearing out old carpet and refinishing all of the wood floors, a project John and Troy tackled on their own. The new light interior finishes became the perfect backdrop for their art collection and their eclectic style.

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Which is John’s favorite room? “The dining room, hands down!“ The unique room – largest in the house – has enough room to accommodate a custom dining table of 12-foot antique heart of pine planks. “I love to cook and Troy loves to entertain. We both come from huge extended families that love to visit, and the dining room fits our open-door policy,” he said. “In the end this house may be a keeper. It works for us, our dogs, our extended family and friends, and it has enough projects to keep us busy for a very long time!”

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Story by Sue Shannon Photography by Shelly Marshall Schmidt “Because I am an artist, I have always been fascinated with color, texture, light, and emotion, all characteristics of great interior design. My inspiration and love for design have grown naturally from my love of art,” John said. “Therefore, when I work with my clients, I see myself as a conduit for their creations. The finished product for my clients should always reflect their personality and not mine.” John joined the Nandina Atlanta team as an owner and lead designer in 2010 with more than 20 years of experience in the field of interior design. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, John owned and managed a successful custom workroom where he specialized in draperies, slipcovers, and custom furniture. His love of fabrics and delight in creating new spaces segued seamlessly into his successful career as a designer, and he is known for his creative use of textiles in designs. He is also passionate about art and enjoys a successful second career as an artist. His powerful abstracts are often the jumping off point for some of his most memorable interior design projects. John and his husband Troy live in a gargantuan old Victorian house which they are painstakingly updating to suit their busy lifestyle. From their daily hectic lives they come home to find serenity and rest, which is also enjoyed by their brood of four rescue dogs, Gumbo, Max, Chuck, and Lucky. The pups somehow found their new masters, intuiting they would be well-loved and cared for – a perfect fit for their unconventional abode. 20

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John and Troy share a love of collecting the unusual, which John then artfully curates in their electic home.

W H AT I S Y O U R P E R S O N A L D E S I G N S T Y L E ? Quirky. Our home is filled with pieces collected over many years – not antiques, but finds from all decades and design styles that speak to me. I love to mix them with something new and edgy. Clients often ask to see my house early in their design process. While happy to give a glimpse, I’m hesitant to share too much at first of my eclectic, somewhat chaotic home. I want my clients to know that for me, designing is about creating a special space for their family that feels like a personal extension of themselves, whatever the style.

N E V E R - F A I L D E S I G N T I P ? Always wait to pick your paint color at the end of fabric selection. So often paint color seems like the easiest and first thing to get checked off on a long list. I have learned the hard way that it’s a lot easier to match a paint color to a fabulous fabric find than to try and find a fabric you love that is perfect for the paint!

F A V O R I T E C O L O R R I G H T N O W ? Lavender and pale yellow with metallic golds. The juxtaposition of pale hues with bold metallics is restful and energizing at the same time. F U N F A C T ? Few know that I’ve had an eclectic career path. In the last 30 years I’ve called myself chef, engineer, seamster, and interior designer. Experiences in each totally distinct field have all melded to allow me to design a new, unique space from many perspectives, hopefully a win for my clients!

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H UN T C AMP Story by Susan Victor Builder: Todd Gaul, Designer Builders

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Design by Michele Merritt Photography by Shelly Marshall Schmidt

A lover of the outdoors, David Strube has spent years escaping to the pine flats of South Carolina to decompress, hunt with his buddies, commune with nature, and enjoy a culture that is slowly dying out. In this remote area of the state where the soil is sandy and the pines go on forever, there are more deer than you can imagine. Its rich hunting history has survived and thrived, attracting hunters from all over the country.

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The stone fireplace, open-beamed ceiling, and metal-strapped hand hewn mantel bring outdoor elements into the open floor plan of the great room.

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A wall of stained wood sporting a floating vanity invokes natural outdoor elements, as well as the tile wall and high window in the open shower/tub space.

Soon after the birth of Fisher, his first grandson, David was drawn to the idea of investing in a family hunt camp in South Carolina. “David wanted a place where we could come as a family and he could share with us his love of the outdoors and hunting, a place where Fisher and future grandchildren could play in the woods, hunt, fish, and spend long lazy days on the lake,” explained David’s wife Denise. “Once I saw the property and how it sits on the banks of a small lake completely surrounded by rolling hills full of pines, I was sold! His dream became our dream.” David was in charge of hiring a builder and finding a designer who could help transform the dream of a family hunt camp – albeit a luxurious camp – into a reality. As fortune would have it, Michele Merritt was the designer David met at Nandina one fall day. There was an immediate connection. “The Strubes are authentic, down-to-earth, and very much ‘you get what you see’ kind of

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people. David appreciated my forthright personality, and we bonded over our mutual love of the outdoors. I live on a farm and muck my own stalls and care for my horses and property. He could tell that I am not afraid to get my hands dirty,” Michele laughed.

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It is apparent that hunting and fishing are the focus when you enter the cedar-lined mud room. From the bench seat with boot storage and handy hooks to the custom-built, granite-faced clean sink with open metal racks where knives and gloves drip dry – all are in constant use during hunting season.

The kitchen boasts a combination of white and gray washed cabinetry with a custom hood and porcelain tile backsplash in a basket weave pattern.

The live edge bar height island was custom-made to Michele’s specifications by The Global Craftsman in Cashiers, North Carolina.

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Denise had encouraged David to make the initial decisions about the house. “I wanted to let him have the experience of finding the right builder and designer and I agreed with his choices of Todd Gaul and Designer Builders as well as Michele and Nandina, but when it came down to actually creating the final product, I couldn’t stay out of it!” exclaimed Denise. “We are not the easiest crew to satisfy. We wanted the entire family involved with the camp’s creation, so we asked for input from our son and daughter and their spouses.”

The house has three master bedroom and bathroom combinations to accommodate the Strubes and their adult children and spouses. Each couple had a say in the design of their own suite. The raw wood feature wall and the animal fur throw over a contemporary wire chair are unique touches in this master bedroom.

In reality, creating a multigenerational family hunt camp was the ideal project for Michele. The Strubes’ love of the North Carolina mountains led to a clear design vision, one that drew on the idea of bringing the outdoors into the interiors and highlighting open beam ceilings with relaxed comfortable living spaces. “The Strubes appreciate true craftsmanship and it is these elements in the design that are the showstoppers in the house,” Michele commented. From a custom-built walnut live edge island bar top in the kitchen to hand hewn beams and the metal-strapped solid beam mantel in the great room, the elements of custom craftsmanship are present in every room of this spacious family retreat. “Working with the Strubes on this project, gaining their trust and having the freedom to create beautiful handcrafted design elements was amazing. "Todd and his crew from Designer Builders took intricate custom creations and made them into reality – all while keeping everyone organized and the project on time. "The collaboration on all fronts was the key to success of creating this one-of-a-kind family hunt camp!” stated Michele with enthusiasm.

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“I realized the success of the project when I visited the Hunt Camp recently. From sunup to sundown there was something for everyone – you could sit on the porch with a drink and take in the beauty of the lake, skeet shoot, ride a four-wheeler through the woods, fish, or develop your skills on a water bike, or all of the above. It was heaven – I had gone back to camp!” - MICHELE MERRITT

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W H AT’ S

S UE S HAN N O N O W N E R & P R I N CI PAL D E S I G N E R – AI KE N

The Nandina team weighs in on their favorite trends for Fall + Winter 2018.

Summer Classics

JE SSIE L A FA L C E DE SIGN DIRE C TO R & L E A D DE SIGNE R – A TL A NTA

“Tribal vibes are showing up in all aspects of the home. Textures and patterns that evoke an escape to an exotic location can be seen in everything from rugs to wall coverings to fabrics and furniture. Embrace your wild side!”

Interlude // Console “Bone inlay is so popular right now ... I saw it all over Furniture Market in April. I love the fun, geometric pattern. It makes a unique statement piece for a room.” J ANAE ADAM S D E S IGN AS S I S TANT – ATLANTA

Surya // Skyline Pillow “No drapery panel or throw pillow is complete without a beautiful embellished trim. Whether you choose a decorative cord with a lip, metallic beads or fur braids, it takes a simple item and magnifies its appeal instantly.”

AI M EE R US CH S HO WR O O M M ANAGER - AIKEN

Couleur Nature // Linens “These gorgeous, hand printed, finely crafted French linens create a sense of welcome for your guests and a home full of hospitality and warmth ... perfect for this season of entertaining family and friends.”

ALANNA USSERY DESIGN ASSIST ANT – AT LANT A

Four Hands Bauer // Leather Chair "The mid-century design of this chair paired with the contemporary leather wraparound and buckles helps this piece stand out among other accents.”

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Surya // Festival Rug

Thibaut Honshu // Navy Wallpaper “I love using a big statement wallpaper with bold colors to liven up a room.”

“I love a gorgeous hand knotted rug with tons of color! They make such a statement and create a beautiful backdrop for your design.”

Soicher Marin Susan Hable // Whip Art “Evocative of earthiness and faraway lands, the stark yet organic form of Susan Hable’s art embodies the current trend towards all things worldly. For the well-traveled, a definite nod to bring out your treasurers.”

NI CO LE F O W LER DES I GN AS S I S TANT - AI K EN

Century Furniture // Credenza “Nothing is better than unexpected detailing on a beautiful case piece. This credenza is a testament to quality craftsmanship, with intricate circular fretwork.”

H A RL IE A L DRIDGE DE SIGN A SSISTA NT – A TL A NTA

Bungalow 5 // Bosco Armchair “Detailed exposed chair frames are so popular right now and bring added texture and interest into your space.”

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Currey & Co // Tadley Chest “Exotic woods in warm tones are back in a big way. This amazing chest in burled oak veneers with brass Gingko leaf pulls would make a statement in any room.” FA L L + W I N T E R 2 0 1 8

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FA M I LY PA RT N E R S Why Tension is Good for a Beautiful Design and a Successful Business Story by Susan Victor Interior Design by Sue Shannon and Susan Victor Photography by Shelly Marshall Schmidt

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A study in symmetry, the main waiting area boasts a pair of Elizabeth Snodgrass abstracts, a pair of modern leather sofas, and a pair of sleek animal print chairs anchored by a hand knotted Oriental.

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When Caleb Connor approached Sue Shannon and Susan Victor about the interior design of the newly renovated offices of Connor and Connor, LLC Trial Lawyers – the law firm that he and his father had started several years earlier – it was clear that father and son were bringing different perspectives to the drawing board.

Long halls are punctuated with original hand knotted Oriental rugs and accented by dark trim and white walls.

“We realized that although they both appreciated traditional elements, Caleb wanted to introduce a modern, youthful approach to the design while Ken was much more comfortable with a fully traditional interior,” stated Sue. The designers decided to play up the two men’s differences and use the design theory of tension to create beautiful spaces both men would appreciate. Tension is the idea that design elements not normally paired can produce interest and layered richness to the eye. The Nandina team appreciated the architect's juxtaposition of the aged brick interior walls and historical moldings of a 120-year-old building with a glass enclosed conference room and a modern mix of dark gray trim and stark white walls.

The partners have spacious offices that are simple in design with the age of the architecture of the building juxtaposed against modern furniture and light fixtures.

The tension of the architecture became a perfect backdrop for the tension of combining a large collection of traditional hand knotted Oriental rugs with modern furnishings and contemporary abstract art. Caleb noted that the element of tension played a role in producing a successful business as well as a beautiful design. Going into business with family is never an easy decision. Sometimes it is history that dictates the course – you join the family business because it is expected of you. Other times it is the circuitous route of circumstances, timing, and opportunity that leads to joining forces and opening a business with someone who shares your name. Caleb Connor took the circuitous route before he ended up as the second name of Connor and Connor.

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A peek into the Connor and Connor law library As a young boy growing up on a horse farm halfway between Tallahassee, Florida, and Thomasville, Georgia, Caleb was not enamored with the law or the illustrious law career his father Ken was building in Florida, garnering one accolade after another as one of the nation’s top trial lawyers and winning multiple eight-figure verdicts for his clients. At the University of Alabama, Caleb realized that he had an interest in and a propensity for the law. “When I was accepted to Georgia Law School and even afterwards, I was always more drawn to the business side of law,” recalled Caleb. “I never saw myself as following in my father’s

The conference room features a modern live edge wooden table with a glass wall of sliding doors.

footsteps and becoming a trial lawyer.” He practiced law for a time, then went to work for one of his largest clients on the business side. Ken finally convinced his son to move to Aiken and open a law firm together, when Caleb recognized he had a unique opportunity to be mentored by and work with one of the best trial lawyers in the country. “I was afraid if I passed on this, I would regret it later. It helped that my wife Faris wanted to get back to the Augusta area and closer to her family in Greenville!” The first year, Caleb and Ken worked out of an attic office in his parents’ home in Aiken, with Caleb’s wife Faris answering the phone and keeping up with clerical tasks. “Believe me, there was plenty of tension in the beginning! Ken was used to working for big successful firms with tons of support. I was coming out of business and keeping a close eye on the bottom line. Money was tight and patience was short!” laughed Caleb. Now, seven years later, Caleb has become a trial lawyer who can hold his own in any court, and the father-son firm is financially successful and respected throughout the Southeast. Tension proved to be a successful element for the design of their office spaces and the growth of their family business.

The original ornate wrought iron rail and newel post of the stairwell, along with the original heart of pine flooring, provide historical perspective while still blending perfectly with modern updated art and interior furnishings.

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Foraged Greenery Wreath A SOUTHERN

Story by Susan Victor

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Photography by Shelly Marshall Schmidt

CLASSIC

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Instructions by Karin Jeffcoat

When it comes to Southern traditions, foraging for holiday greenery is right at the top of the list.

Tips + Reminders

As floral and event designer Karin Jeffcoat of Côte Design describes it, “Here in the South

Always collect more than you think you will

we have a virtual smorgasboard of profuse foliage associated with the holidays —

need – it takes about 18 bundles of magnolia to

all free for the clipping right along the roadside!"

make one generous wreath.

From multiple varieties of magnolia, pine, and cedar – you can literally create magnificent wreaths

Don’t hesitate to use dehydrated fruit, pine cones, or cotton in your wreath. Cotton

and garlands with just a little know-how and minimal investment.” Karin is a huge proponent of the

is abundant in the South but not accessible for

wreath in all forms – hung on any door, window or mirror or used as a centerpiece on any table.

clipping (Cotton growers don’t take kindly to strangers in their fields.) Cotton is available

F O L L O W K A R I N ' S N O - FA I L S T E P S O N T H E N E X T PA G E S T O S TA R T A T R A D I T I O N O F C R E AT I N G Y O U R O W N F O R A G E D G R E E N E R Y W R E AT H .

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for purchase in most craft stores.

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STE P 1

Gather your supplies

>> 20-22” wire wreath base, purchased at a craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s >> 20 gauge wire on a roll (paddle wire) >> A good pair of clippers or cutters >> Oasis floral tape >> Floral wooden picks with wire >> Glue gun STE P 2

Get organized

>> Separate your greenery into large bins or into stacks on plastic bags. >> Lay out your wreath base and tools on a large work surface. STE P 3

Construct the wreath

>> Make bundles of magnolia and pine in 7-8” lengths and wrap with 20” gauge wire. It will take 18 to 20 bundles to complete the wreath. >> Start by wrapping a bundle onto the wreath form with the paddle wire. DO NOT cut the wire. >> Apply the next bundle over the first in the same direction and wrap with wire. Continue until entire form is covered. >> Attach pine cones and cotton to wooden picks with wire, and place picks into the wreath randomly over the surface. Use a hot glue gun to reinforce once they are located where you want them. >> Use a hot glue gun to place dehydrated fruit, nuts, or berries onto the wreath. >> Ribbon can also be added at the end. (However, some of us are purists and love the simple look of the greenery, fruits, and berries.) STE P 4

Use your imagination

Whether used traditionally on a door or untraditionally in a multitude of other spaces, your handcrafted wreath will make a beautiful holiday design statement!

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Perfect Balance URBAN LIVING IN A SMALL TOWN Story and Interior Design by Sue Shannon Photography by Shelly Marshall Schmidt When Carl and Ginger Henson started looking for a new home in Aiken, they didn’t immediately know what type of property to choose. They wanted more space for their home life and for their teenage daughter Hyler to spread out, yet they wanted to balance that desire with the reality that many enjoyable weekends are spent away from home. Just as they began their search, a four-story brownstone became available downtown with the winning combination of greater interior space, proximity to their daughter’s school and activities, and far less maintenance than a house on a large piece of property. The brownstone, classic in design and interior styling, was technically move-in ready. The Hensons enlisted Sue Shannon, owner and Principal Designer at Nandina, to help them create a new family retreat to enjoy after a long day at work or school, and safely and easily turn-key when they wanted to disappear for a weekend of adventure. Sue brought Aimee Rusch onto her team and together they worked with the Hensons to reimagine the brownstone for the active family. The Nandina duo wanted the interior design to complement the fun and brightly colored sense of personal style that Carl and Ginger are known for. The Hensons embraced the idea and the rest of the design process became a fun and easy collaboration. The first floor houses entertaining space: A gracious living/dining room and a large kitchen with a breakfast room. A bright paint palette, new coffered ceiling, contemporary lighting, and a new kitchen backsplash completed the main downstairs renovations. Their favorite elements include the vibrant teal dining room ceiling and interior front door that add a playful accent to the otherwise classic rooms. Pops of citron and contemporary art round out the welcoming space.

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The second and third floors provide sleeping and hanging-out quarters for the close-knit family. A renovated master suite and media room for the parents occupy the second floor, while on the third floor there is a two-room suite for daughter Hyler to entertain friends.

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"In another year, Hyler will be off on her own collegiate adventures. It’s been a pleasure helping Carl and Ginger create a nest that will always welcome her back home." – Sue Shannon, Nandina Principal Designer

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AN INTERVIEW WITH

Erin Weston

OF WESTON FARMS Story by Susan Victor // Photography provided by Erin Weston

For 30 years, Noel worked to beautify Raleigh by creating rich landscapes within the city's gardens and parks. If you've driven around the surrounding area, you've been treated to his visions of yellow daylilies covering medians and exits. Rather than plant grass that needed frequent mowing, Noel made minigardens to delight the eye – and all low-maintenance. In 2002, Erin Weston relocated from NYC to her home state of North Carolina to become a farmer, a bold move for a woman with a degree in fine arts and professional experience in publishing offices. “My vision was to grow a unique, enduring, luxurious product on my family farm. I made my first arrangements by clipping the branches and leaves from my grandmother’s Southern Magnolia tree for holiday decorations. I sold my first creations at a local farmer’s market and grew the business from there,” commented Erin. Erin’s move home coincided with Noel’s retirement as city horticulturist. Her wild idea of starting a luxury farm began with her recruitment of her father. “I recruited him to find the best magnolia trees in all corners of the globe,” she recalled. “We worked cooperatively in using the farm. It was his horticultural initiative and leadership that guided my path, but we cultivated separate products on adjacent plots. Learning from my father was much like interpreting riddles from the Sphinx – I had to first learn the language!” Each year the product line has expanded. To date, more than 10,000 trees have been planted at Weston Farms, and most are cuttings from Erin’s grandmother’s magnolia tree. The signature wreaths, garlands, and fresh magnolia arrangements are now shipped nationwide throughout the year. The quality, abundance of materials, unique ingredients, and designs have dazzled local markets, national interior designers, and presidential florists alike. What used to be a life of big city sophistication for Erin has been replaced with a bucolic day-to-day existence that is surprisingly unpredictable. “On the farm, there are no typical days. I could be preparing for a gala or fixing a waterline,” said Erin. “And as an entrepreneur, it’s best to show up at the most glamorous or the messiest situation with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn,” she laughed.

Just seven miles from the governor’s mansion, in the middle of a residential neighborhood, in Garner, NC, is a 30-acre farm. This gorgeous greenspace is the brainchild and hard work of the Weston Family, headed by former City of Raleigh horticulturist Noel Weston and his daughter Erin Weston.

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Erin is proud of what she and her father Noel have built and the impact Weston Farms has made on the community. “Nature is a delicate resource and our legacy is having an impact now. Since 2002, when our project began, we have kept 30 acres of land planted with trees and perennials. Having that greenspace in a public area is a meaningful contribution to the community. Weston Farms is a bright spot of biodiversity in an otherwise urban environment,” stated Erin proudly. Learn more about Erin Weston at WestonFarms.com or follow her on Instagram: @westonfarms

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CHRISTOPHE P O U R N Y // CUTTING BOARD T O N I C $27.50

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V I R G I N I A C O C K TA I L // 5 O Z D A R K C H O C O L AT E $12

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Great stocking stuffer!

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B E AT R I Z B A L L // O R T E G A T R AY $135 The essential multi-purpose tray for entertaining

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H O L LY S T U A R T H O M E // R E V E R S I B L E P L A C E M AT S $38

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Top 20 BEN’S G A R D E N // ROSÉ A L L D AY C O C K TA I L NAPKINS $20

C E N T U R Y // NILES BENCH

REED AND B A R T O N // S O H O C O C K TA I L S H A K E R $115

H O L I D AY GIFT GUIDE

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L E AT H E R B O U N D BOOK “TEQUILA M O C K I N G B I R D ” $75

A fun gift for cocktail drinkers and literary lovers alike! $4

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SAGEBROOK H O M E // R E A C T I V E B L U E VA S E $48

M A I N LY B A S K E T S // F R E N C H C O U N T RY W I N E R Y J U G $195

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R E E D & B A R T O N // S O H O C R Y S TA L N U T B O W L $50

L O T H A N T I Q U E S O A P // G R E E N T E A $8.50 Set this out in your guest bathroom for a luxurious experience

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N A PA H O M E A N D G A R D E N // S E Q U O I A O F F I C E S U P P L I E S $65

Masculine and timeless, this set is great for fathers or husbands! $48

R YA N S T U D I O // DASH PILLOW $225

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“WHISKEY IN A TEA CUP” BOOK BY REESE W I T H E R S P O O N $65 A must-have for the modern, Southern, stylish lady

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COLOR REPORT

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The luxurious and refined cousin of teal, shaded spruce brings warmth and drama into your home. Not quite blue, and not quite green, VA N G U A R D / / ASPEN CHAIR

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SCHUMACHER // CIRRUS C L O U D S W A L L PA P E R

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UTTERMOST // DELANE CANISTERS

CLASSIC HOME // B R YA N C L U B C H A I R

Pulling a room together just got easier. SCALAMANDRE // MALIN WALLCOVERING

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N Home - Fall + Winter 2018  

A biannual lifestyle magazine designed to motivate, educate, entertain, and ultimately inspire you to transform the space you call home into...

N Home - Fall + Winter 2018  

A biannual lifestyle magazine designed to motivate, educate, entertain, and ultimately inspire you to transform the space you call home into...