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Lakeside Retreat Shannon Bowman teams up with an impressive group to create an unforgettable family home.

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Pretty & Practical A beautiful Cotswold remodel from Amy Vermillion Interiors.

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Sophisticated Elegance Stunning interior design by Carolina Design Associates.

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An Urban Retreat Tour a unique Chantilly interior from Habitude.

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A Changing Relationship With Art Anne Harkness' story reminds us that it’s never too late to find your passion.

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Creativity & Color Experience the story behind the jewelry line Campbell + Charlotte.

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Artful Innovation Chef David Burke introduces his take on modern American cuisine with a new restaurant, Red Salt, in Charlotte. Fine & Fettle’s Pork Cheeks A creative and unique dish you have to try.

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VANA’S Beet Cured Salmon Capers A colorful and flavorful dish in SouthEnd.

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Dilworth Tasting Room’s Espresso Martini A delicious cocktail from Chad Whittington.

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A Fine Reputation Experience Jerald Melberg, Myers Park’s decades-old neighborhood gallery.

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Where Inner Beauty Surfaces Discover why hair salon Kenna Kunijo is quickly becoming a local favorite.

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Finding Inspiration Charlotte-based home and design Instagram accounts we love.

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Daring Dining A gorgeous space from Lucy and Company.

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A Timeless Update A beautiful bathroom from Pheasant Hill Designs.

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Sophisticated Chic JLayton Interiors with a masterful family room.

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Coastal Charm Sullivan’s Island combines the very best of the Charleston area, making it the perfect choice for your next vacation.

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New Luxury On Kiawah Take a break from bustling Charlotte and explore the luxurious Timbers Kiawah.

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Dynamic Design Karen Kettler executes a the perfect bathroom.

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Easy, Breezy Family Dining A stunning space embodies the House of Nomad aesthetic.

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Minimalist Living Patrick Lewis creates a timeless living area.

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Dining With Whimsy A fun and colorful space from Kelly Cruz.


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No. 74 This issue is all about getting inspired. Charlotte is blessed to have so many talented home and design industry professionals and we wanted to highlight some of our favorites. In the following pages you'll find some truly beautiful spaces from an impeccable dining room designed by the inimitable Beth Keim of Lucy and Company to a gorgeous home executed perfectly by the talented folk at Carolina Design Associates. Check out an impressive family room from J. Layton Interiors and a timeless home from Amy Vermillion Interiors. Designer Shannon Bowman shows off some of her recent work at a lakeside retreat, Habitude takes us on a tour of an absolutely unique home, and Pheasant Hill Designs shares a gorgeous updated bathroom. You'll also find all kinds of inspiration in a Karen Kettler space, a Patrick Lewis living area, and a colorful Kelly Cruz dining room. Aside from all the home and design goodness you can also visit Timbers Kiawah, Sullivan's Island, and The Spectator Hotel in Charleston, taste some delicious food at Red Salt, savor a couple creative dishes from VANA and Fine & Fettle, and wind down with cocktails from Dilworth Tasting Room. Stories on Anne Harkness and Jerald Melberg add some art and culture to the issue while Campbell + Charlotte and Kenna Kunijo add that extra punch of style. We had fun making this one and hope you find inspiration inside. Thanks for reading and here's to Spring! Sincerely, Jon-Paul Grice, Art Director Brett Barter, Publisher

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Anne Harkness has loved the process of creating artwork since she was a child. Through the experience of being surrounded by family members with an artistic influence, Anne was encouraged to draw and paint through school. Following their advice and her own talent, she attended the Atlanta College of Art and The Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Through many years of trial, error, and realizing which techniques are the most fulfilling and rewarding, Harkness has found her home in oil painting. It was only six years ago when this award-winning artist transitioned from other practices such as crayons, pencils, watercolor, and photography to the medium she truly loves.

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In 2014, Anne began to study this new medium under fellow oil painter and North Carolina native Curt Butler. Unsure if she could be successful with oil paints, she received glowing words of praise from her mentor. “You have what it takes to become an artist,” Butler said. His affirmation was the push she needed to pursue a full time career as an artist. For her paintings and projects, Anne draws inspiration from life. “I felt I had permission to love life and embrace the parts of it that made me dance and sing. For me, that was, and is, painting,” she said. “Friends and family insisted I keep going for it when they saw how happy painting made me.” She is also inspired by teaching. She loves to share insights, elements, and principles of painting with eager students at her


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professional studio. “Many have given to me–giving to others is a way of passing it forward.” According to Harkness, one of the most rewarding parts of teaching and painting is seeing young artists begin to understand techniques and excitedly bring their creative ideas to life on canvas. Anne loosely describes her own style and artistic aesthetic as “contemporary realism with a spin of line, design, and abstraction.” Though her practice and mediums have changed since college, elements of graphic design still have their moments in her oil paintings. When looking at any of her canvases, you can see a geometric foundation that has been overlaid with vibrant colors and intentional, softer strokes. After staying inside lines for so long–a theme in her artistic journey and in her life– Harkness says she finally learned to use the lines to her favor. “I began by using lines to outline a subject, like in a coloring book. Now I break lines and rules, and try to contain a recognizable portion of the subject but leave the lines that I used to draw the subject, which abstracts it.” One of her many works that captures this abstract aesthetic is the award-winning piece titled “A Capella.” In 2019, Harkness received the Fine Art Connoisseur Award of Excellence at the Looking West: An Exhibition Highlighting Works by American Women Artists in the Steamboat Art Museum in Colorado.

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“I felt I had permission to love life and embrace the parts of it that made me dance and sing. For me, that was, and is, painting.” “I felt so honored just to have been accepted into the show,” she recalls. “Receiving the award was over the top for me.” While her ‘most proud of’ painting list is always changing, this groundbreaking piece, and a few others including “The Duet” and “Skipper’s Day Off” are some of her current favorite creations. Anne Harkness is represented by Providence Gallery in Charlotte, and by Vision Gallery in Morehead City. info anneharkness.com / @annephark

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CR E ATI V IT Y & COLOR Experience the story behind the jewelry line Campbell + Charlotte. words SUNNY HUBLER / portraits JAMEY PRICE / product photos courtesy CAMPBELL + CHARLOTTE

Jenny Crane McHugh recently launched her handcrafted jewelry line full of bright, whimsical pieces that feel extra personal to Charlotteans. The line is broken down into four collections that represent different facets of McHugh herself, and she has dubbed the business one that is replete with: “serious jewels for those who don’t take themselves too seriously.” Marked with bright colors and a bit of spunk, Campbell + Charlotte offers necklaces, rings, and more in a fun, unpre-

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tentious way. The collection is distinct in McHugh’s use of high quality, vibrant diamonds and gemstones. The electronic storefront is bursting with unique gemstones and glittering diamonds, all hand-selected by Campbell + Charlotte owner Jenny Crane McHugh for her one-of-a-kind pieces. “We love the idea of our clients unapologetically knowing what they want and going out there to get it,” Jenny says. “I envision strong women and men who love color, love to laugh, and love a little bling.”


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Can you tell us about how your daughter (and her name) inspired your business and vision? The namesake is deeply meaningful to me. Campbell is my first child and daughter's name who, in many ways, was the push I needed to leave the corporate world and take a chance on my dreams. It is magical and crazy what a mama instinct can do to you. I immediately knew I wanted to make my daughter proud and show her that hard is not impossible. In terms of the vision for the brand, Campbell continues to grow into a headstrong, independent little lady who doesn’t take herself

What is your inspiration behind the whimsical, fun designs? The classic designs? The whimsical, fun designs are truly a reflection of what I think has been bouncing around in my head since I was a kid—just fun, happy things that make us smile. On the classic designs, my approach was to take something that felt pretty classic and add an unexpected design detail that would delight our clients when they discovered it. What intangible things, beyond the jewelry, do you hope to bring to your clients? Above all, hands down, we want our clients to feel like fine jewelry is approachable and that their experience with Campbell + Charlotte made them feel happy. Jewelry is such a personal and special purchase, and I don’t take for granted that I get to play a small role in so many awesome life events for our

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How do you recommend women incorporate bolder pieces into an outfit? Oh my goodness, I love this question! Here are a few thoughts/questions I often have related to this: You don’t need a bold outfit to wear bold jewelry. Color is your friend. Don’t be afraid to pair two (or more) bright colors together. If she can wear it, you can wear it. If you see someone else layering up five necklaces, rocking some killer earrings, or stacking up their wrists and you like it, then you should do it, too.

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Can you tell us an example of how some of your pieces are made? Everything starts with the design. Generally, that involves me working on a sketch through a number of iterations or seeing a gemstone I love that immediately brings the design into crystal clear focus. I am sketching all the time—on napkins, receipts and in my sketchbook. I have to capture them immediately so I don’t forget! Once I have perfected the design, I have an amazing production crew that I work with up in New York City where all of my pieces are made. These are true artisans who have been in the jewelry industry for years. How can customers get their hands on these products—online, storefront, or both? For now, online! Through our website or directly through Instagram as well. info campbellandcharlotte.com @campbellandcharlotte

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Experience Jerald Melberg Gallery, one of Charlotte's favorite art destinations. words JULIA FUNDERBURK

The Jerald Melberg Gallery made its debut in Charlotte in 1983 when a young art connoisseur took note of a city with potential to become a frontrunner with an untapped art scene. Since then, the gallery, named after founder Jerald Melberg, has hosted numerous collections and works from artists all around the United States and Europe. These carefully selected artists exhibit collections of poetic demonstrations, regardless of style, that breathe different life into the spaces of the gallery, and into the city.

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Located in the Myers Park neighborhood, the gallery itself is sleek and simplistic, and frames the collections on display with elegance and careful consideration. The glass doors on the outside give way into a neat showroom with gently painted walls, warm lighting, and precise spaces between each canvas. The physical design of the gallery is a work of art itself. The Jerald Melberg Gallery typically has two collections on display at a time, and is home to two different showrooms. There is a public gallery and a private presentation room,


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providing various viewers—art enthusiasts and collectors alike—with many opportunities to see and enjoy criticallyacclaimed works. A visit to the gallery is highly recommended to study the art up close, but the gallery also offers an online showroom of their two featured collections. Melberg regularly shows artists like Romare Bearden, Wolf Kahn, and Charles Basham, who are all among the many featured artists. The variety at this gallery, seen primarily in color, technique, and size, ensures accessibility and delight

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for all. If you’d like to visit the gallery for personal viewing or to place new pieces in a corporate collection, the Jerald Melberg Gallery has the expertise and reputation to provide an unparalleled experience.

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W H ER E I N N ER BE AU T Y SU R FACES Discover why hair salon Kenna Kunijo is quickly becoming a local favorite. words LIZA CARRASQUILLO

Finding a great hair salon has always been about more than just finding a place that does good hair—though that’s of course important. It’s about finding a place that makes every client feel special in a way that transcends their outward looks. People go to hair salons to bring out the best in their own personal versions of their self-perceptions—to feel beautiful outside and in. The stylists at Kenna Kunijo understand this completely, and it’s part of the reason why their stylish, high-end, boutique South End salon has grown so popular. Located on the main stretch of historic Camden Road, Kenna Kunijo is a buzzing, art-filled space with a host of expert stylists.

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Owners and master stylists Kenna Ehman and Lauren Kunijo built their salon on a foundation of empowerment and individualism. They strive to bridge the gap between a client’s inward beauty and their image goals. To do so, they’ve worked hard to cultivate a space where their stylists can thrive. “Our goal for the salon is to always have a drama-free environment,” says Kunijo. “This allows us to create art while giving room for all of our stylists to flourish and grow in their craft.” Growth has been on the minds of Ehman and Kunijo ever since they first opened their doors—and they’ve been successful at prioritizing it. Kenna Kunijo currently has a thriving team of stylists and assistants.


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“Our team has grown with each business season…” says Kunijo. “We’ve always been driven to be more than just a place for great hair, which is why we want to expand our team and eventually our education system.” That system is another factor that sets Kenna Kunijo apart. As a team dedicated to education, the co-owners invest an extensive amount of time not just keeping their stylists up to date on techniques and trends, but also on training themselves. “We’ve been in the industry eleven years already,” notes Kunijo about her and Ehman’s experience. “But honestly, we never stop training or learning.” That ambition to keep pushing forward and do right by their clients is what ultimately drove them together, and it’s why their business offers a wide range of services. Clients can come in for


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A RT F U L I N NOVATION Chef David Burke introduces his take on modern American cuisine with his restaurant Red Salt. words KENNEDI JACKSON photos JAMEY PRICE

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From culinary consultant and restaurateur David Burke comes a new take on modern American cuisine, Red Salt. The dinner only restaurant opened fall of last year inside of Le Meridien Charlotte and is available to both hotel guests and visitors. It is open Monday through Thursday from 5pm to 9 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 10 pm. New Jersey native David Burke, labeled “the culinary prankster,” owns 19 other restaurants across five different states, including Cloud Bar by David Burke, which is also located on the rooftop of Le Meridien. Burke is the author of two cookbooks and has also made appearances on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and Every Day with Rachel Ray. The restaurant decor in Red Salt reflects the energy inside. It infuses red seating and dim lighting for a modern

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chic interior. Each black tabletop is adorned with a salt candle. To compliment the cheerful atmosphere, the restaurant features unique artwork, curated by Chef Burke, and a large salt wall. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu which features cuts of steak using Burke’s patented Himalayan sea-salt dry-aging technique. Homemade bread and an award-winning pastry program are fan favorites. On the menu is an array of Burke’s signature dishes featuring “unique southern flair." Start off with a mouth-watering appetizer such as the lobster dumplings, black pepper maple glazed bacon, or salt brick seared wagyu beef. For your entree, choose from the savory salt-aged beef, or opt for a seafood dish like the lobster cioppino or ginger salmon. Goers can pair their meal


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with a variety of side dishes including truffle parmesan fries, bloody mary onion rings, or crispy brussel sprouts. You’ll definitely want to leave room for dessert: Caramelized apple tarts, butterscotch and banana pudding, and chocolate cheesecake lollipops are just a few of the delicious options. The menu provides desserts for two or more, but you may want to keep it all for yourself. The bar is a haven for wine-lovers, offering a selection of whites and reds by the glass. Don’t worry, there’s also options for the beerdrinkers as well. You may raise an eyebrow at the signature

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cocktails, which don distinctive names such as the Kindred Spirit, Flaming Figure, or Hi Tai. Whether you’re looking for a date-night option or want to knock a new restaurant off your bucket list, make a reservation at the restaurant today to experience Chef Burke’s creation for yourself. info redsaltbydb.com @redsaltbydavidburke


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POR K CH EEKS words LIZA CARRASQUILLO / photo JAMEY PRICE

One of Fine & Fettle's signature staples is their delicious pork cheeks. This ingredient isn't often used by the average restaurant, but that’s not due to their lack of flavor. Fine & Fettle serves this tender meat alongside crisp edamame, an earthy carrot puree, and a squid ink sesame cracker. The puree balances out the richness of the meat, while the sesame cracker adds a nice texture for each bite. Fine & Fettle’s menu might keep changing, but they’re sure to keep this favorite around for a while. info fineandfettle.com @fineandfettlecharlotte

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Visiting Vana is a unique experience. The upscale restaurant takes pride in its rustic appeal and concentration on incorporating wood elements throughout both the food and beverage program and the interior design. Patrons are treated to delicious family-style dishes no matter what time they stop by, including for brunch. Their popular Beet Cured Salmon is proof of that. The brightness of the beets works well with the pickled red onions and bitter greens served alongside. Topping it all off is a soft boiled egg, the runny yolk adding a smooth savoriness to the capers. Pair this favorite with one of their classics off the cocktail menu, and you’ll experience a brunch that’s one to remember. — info — vanarestaurant.com / @vanasouthend

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Dilworth Tasting Room may be best known for their wine tasting and small plate offerings, but this unique bar experience offers much more. Centrally located between the Dilworth and South End neighborhoods, Dilworth Tasting Room is a quaint spot to enjoy a drink and bite to eat. If you’re looking to mix it up a bit, try their take on a classic espresso martini. Their drink uses only the finest ingredients to recreate a familiar favorite. Mixologist and bar manager Chad Whittington blends together Stoli vanilla vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Godiva chocolate liqueur, Licor 43, and freshly brewed illy Espresso for a smooth, creamy martini. It’s the perfect way to round out a relaxing evening. — info — dilworthtr.com / @dilworth_tasting_room

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F I N DI NG I NSPI R ATION Charlotte-based home and design Instagram accounts we love.

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Homes is one of Charlotte’s top-tier luxury builders. The homegrown operation was founded in 1994. For over 26 years they’ve been committed to building Charlotte’s most exquisite residences. New Old @newoldcustomhomes New Old does it all: they build gorgeous homes in the Charlotte metro area, renovate interiors, and design living spaces you won’t soon forget. The award-winning design firm uses state-of-the-art technology, along with a team of expert architects, builders, and designers, to create stunning homes and innovative spaces.

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Where do you go to find home and design inspiration? In today’s day and age, you don’t have to look far. When we’re on the hunt for daily design ideas we turn to Instagram. The Queen City is home to a variety of top-tier builders, architects, and interior designers. We follow these Charlotteans in order to stay on-trend with the latest styles and to find ideas for our own spaces. Whether you’re looking to build a new home, or just need some interior design help, these Instagram accounts are sure to inspire. So, without further ado, here are our favorite Charlotte-based home and design accounts: Builders — Gerrard Builders @gerrardbuilders With over 27,000 Instagram followers, Gerrard Builders has solidified itself as one Charlotte’s premier building companies on IG. They specialize in custom residential homes that range in style from French provincial to classic modern and everything in between. Their expertly curated builds never fail to impress us. Grande Custom Builders @grandecustombuilders Grande Custom Builders is a boutique builder headquartered here in Charlotte. They’re best known for their custom-built homes, large renovations, and commercial construction. They’re also the talented builders behind The Goodyear House (@goodyearhouse) restaurant in NoDa. Arcadia Custom Homes @arcadiahomesinc Awarded 2020’s National Custom Home Builder of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Arcadia Custom

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Simonini Homes @simonini_homes For Simonini Homes, home building is a family affair. The familyowned company represents three generations of home builders who have been representing the industry for nearly 50 years. Simonini Homes is best known for renovating distinct homes and neighborhoods as well as building luxury custom residences. Kingswood Custom Homes @kingswoodhomes The team behind Kingswood Custom Homes came to Charlotte all the way from London, England. Owners Peter and Louise Leeke and his wife Louise moved across the pond in 1996 and opened up offices in both Charlotte and Kiawah, SC. Over the years, they’ve gained a reputation for exceptional service, an incredible dedication to craft, and unparalleled home design. Augusta Homes @augustahomes_nc Augusta Homes specializes in building and renovating luxury residential spaces in both Charlotte and Lake Norman. The company focuses on quality over quantity and only works on a select number of projects per year. According to them, this allows for an unparalleled attention to detail and excellent customer service. Royal Building Group @royalbuildinggroup Brothers Billy and Chris Royal are the talented team behind the Royal Building Group. Together they, along with their diverse team of architects and designers, strive to create beautiful custom homes using only the highest quality materials. Shea Custom @sheahomesnc Shea Custom is an award-winning custom home builder that prides itself on their expert craft and their wide range of services. Their comprehensive, 3,900 square foot design studio lets their clients, with the help of a dedicated design professional, browse through hundreds of design options. Peters Custom Homes @peterscustomhomes Owner Nicholas Peters is a second-generation builder with a penchant for building custom luxury homes in the Charlotte-metro area. His company is best known for their dedication to details, their use of clean, elegant lines, and their ability to create a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living spaces.


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HOME & DESIGN House of Nomad @houseofnomaddesign House of Nomad is the brainchild of North Carolina natives (and good friends) Berkeley Minkhorst and Kelley Lentini. The duo have traveled far and wide to source products, visiting places such as Thailand, Mexico, Bali, and Africa. Their style can be described as modern eclectic. And, in a relatively short amount of time, they’ve amassed quite the following on Instagram. They currently have over 40k followers. Lucy and Company @lucyandcompany Beth Keim is the proud owner of Lucy and Company, a full service interior design firm that is paving the way toward a more stylish Queen City. She is best known for her eclectic sense of style as well as her ability to adapt her client’s wants, needs, and personal preferences into a cohesive space.

Nest Homes @nesthomes At Nest Homes, they “take nesting seriously.” Their homes are modern yet timeless, elegant yet charming. Nest Homes specializes in building modern craftsman and elevated farmhouse-style homes. Their 1,800 square feet design center allows for a totally customizable home building experience. Pike Properties @pikeproperties The popular home building company has made a name for themselves in the Queen City with their gorgeous homes that are built to last. They also have quite the Instagram following. Pike Properties currently sits at 143k followers on the popular social media site. Grandfather Homes @grandfatherhomes For over a decade, Grandfather Homes has been designing and constructing speculative homes as well as building custom luxury homes in and around Charlotte. The company was formed in honor of owner Matt Ewer’s late grandfather John D. Schmidt, who according to Ewer, prided himself on his work ethic and integrity. To each unique project they bring a team of dedicated professionals with a wide range of expertise to fit your every building need. Interior Designers — Lawler Design Studio @lawlerdesign Suzanna Lawler, owner and principal designer of Lawler Design Studio, is a self-described “detail virtuoso and life enthusiast.” The company specializes in both residential and commercial interior design and is known to curate collections of furniture, lighting, rugs, fabrics, wall coverings, luxe bedding, and more! Her sophisticated work can be found across the country, from North Carolina down to Florida, and as far out as Colorado.

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Karen Kettler Designs @karenkettlerdesign Karen Kettler is a talented designer with an affinity for creating innovative kitchens, bathrooms, offices, and media rooms. She works closely with homeowner’s to ensure their space caters to their needs, both aesthetically and functionally. Charlotte Lucas Interior Design @charlottehlucas When it comes to interior design, North Carolina native Charlotte Lucas is all about creating a unique space that is undeniably you. She’s inspired by bold colors, antiques, family heirlooms, and whimsy. Her work has been featured in a variety of major and local publications. JLayton Interiors @jlaytoninteriors ​L ayton Campbell is a bonafide Charlottean. The interior designer, best known for his ability to work within a wide variety of styles, was born and raised in the Queen City. Though his design inspirations are shaped by his experiences traveling the world, he takes pride in listening to, and creating, idiosyncratic spaces for each client. Homestyles Interior Design @homestylesdesign With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Homestyles Interior Design has become a staple in the Lake Norman area. The company is owned and operated by awardwinning designer Wendy Yeakley. They specialize in residential and commercial interior design and pride themselves on their close attention to detail. Pheasant Hill Designs @kendrapheasanthilldesigns Kendra Tardif White is the driving force behind Pheasant Hill Designs, an interior design studio that specializes in high-end residential properties. With over 18 years in the business, White has become an expert in the field. She believes that the design of your home should speak to who you are as a person.


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Architects & Architectural Designers — Vinyet Architecture @vinyetarchitecture Vinyet Architecture is an architectural firm that focuses on residential and commercial spaces across the Carolinas. The company is run by a group of talented young professionals who bring a unique and fresh perspective to each project. Their main goal is to create buildings that are both environmentally conscious and fiscally responsible. Ruard Veltman Architecture @ruardveltmanarchitecture Ruard Veltman strives to create spaces that are timeless and you can see that in his stunning photography. During the developmental stages of designing, he draws by hand adding a personal touch to each space. Frank Smith Design @frank_smith_residential_design Frank Smith is many things: a civil engineer, residential designer, contractor, and an artist. The modernday renaissance man designs homes ranging in style from French, to Mediterranean and Italian. Garrett P. Nelson Studio @garrettpnelsonstudio Garrett P. Nelson is one of Charlotte’s premier architectural designers. Besides running his successful design firm, Nelson is also an adjunct interior architecture and design professor at Queens University. He specializes in designing beautiful custom homes.

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Jim Phelps Collection @jpcstu_d_o Jim Phelps is a talented designer with a passion for creating beautiful homes. An artist at heart, Phelps specializes in drafting luxury designs that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but functional as well. For more IG accounts we love please visit us at: qcexclusive.com @qcexclusive

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DA R I NG DI N I NG words SUNNY HUBLER / photo MEKENZIE LOLI

Creating a dining room that’s both elegant enough for special occasions and comfortable enough for entertaining isn’t an easy feat. Fortunately, Beth Keim knows a thing or two about designing a balanced space. As the owner and principal designer of Lucy and Company, Keim takes pride in balancing looks and functionality within a project. That balance is also clear in this dining room, photographed

by Mekenzie Loli. While the clients wanted a modern space, they didn’t want it to feel unwelcoming. Keim’s use of the white walls and rug gives the space a classic chic feel while also making it brighter. Paired with the dark wood floors, the whole area feels more inviting. The artistic accents, like the painting and the custom chandelier, tie everything together and act as focal pieces in the room.

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A TI M EL ESS U PDATE words LIZA CARRASQUILLO / photo JOE PURVIS

Pheasant Hill Designs is an award-winning design firm with a reputation for creating high-end spaces that feel completely unique to every client. Those skills are seen clearly in this highly customized master suite bathroom and closet. The client wanted to completely restructure the layout of the room to ensure that there was plenty of room for separate vanities, a large soaking tub, and a large shower. Because

their last bathroom felt dark, they wanted to make sure this one was bright and inviting. The muted colors on the walllength vanities help to frame the stunning patterned floor, while the blue wallpaper pulls the eye toward the far wall where the two windows shed natural light onto the tub. With the intricate patterns and light colors, Pheasant Hill Designs created a master suite that feels both updated and timeless.

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SOPH ISTICAT ED CH IC words SUNNY HUBLER / photo MICHAEL BLEVINS

Layton Campbell of JLayton Interiors is a native Charlottean: His clients, fellow Charlotte residents, desire unique spaces that are personal to their diverse tastes and needs and meant to keep up with the times. Layton is perfectly primed to deliver just that. This cozy living room is a layered space, with tons of texture and interest to pair alongside the clean white walls and dark trim. At every turn, there is “something tactile,” Layton explains, from the woven sweater rug to the custom wrought iron mirrors, fabrics with fringe

and tribal style embroidery. The young couple who own the home—built by Kingswood Custom Homes with hard line design by Louise Leeke—wanted a comfortable space they could live in daily, but they also sought a more sophisticated style when it came time to entertain. The custom wrought iron mirrors are by Jim Watts, Kelly Wearstler fabric is on the pillows, Theodore Alexander did the leather strap cocktail table, and the custom sectional and swivel chairs are Ambella Home.

— info — jlaytoninteriors.com / @jlaytoninteriors

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DY NA M IC DESIGN words SUNNY HUBLER / photo DUSTIN PECK

Karen Kettler, of Karen Kettler Design, and Ali McPhail of Ali McPhail Interior Design collaborated to pull off a timeless, beautiful bedroom/bathroom project in Foxcroft. Their work was completed in October 2020. When it came to the bathroom, the client's initial goal was to update the space; plus, it had a leaky malfunctioning shower and needed updating to fit their storage needs “It’s always fun working with Karen,” McPhail says. “She has a great sense of function in addition to beautiful cabinetry. Oftentimes, I can express the client’s vision to her and we then collaborate to add the right products and details to make that vision come to life. We have partnered often enough to know that we share an appreciation for spaces that will per-

form under daily use, but that also reflect attention to design details that make the spaces beautiful.” Unique tile details, wall finishes, and lighting were all part of the initial vision. The cabinetry, counters, plumbing fixtures and hardware made the client’s vision of her dream bath come true. Ultimately, the bathroom has better functionality and a more efficient layout alongside a unique, classic style with little details like the elegant antique mirror. Some of the vendors used here include Majestic Bath, Crossville Tile, Marble and Stone Shop, Walker Zanger, The Shade Store, and Carolina Wallcovering. The bright, fresh flowers are from Elizabeth House.

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E ASY, BR EEZ Y FA M I LY DI N I NG words SUNNY HUBLER / photo L AURA SUMRAK

This Sedgefield home, a craftsman style, got a big dose of character and global-modern vibes from the House of Nomad team. Kelley and Berkeley explain that the clients, a growing young family with a baby on the way, wanted their home to be inviting, cheerful, and functional. The dining room features neutral colors accented with a dramatic pop from the chandelier, timeless, functional choices with the chair and table, and a colorful but classic rug.

The sisal rug is from Stark and the lighting, framed textiles, and dining chairs and accessories all came straight from the House of Nomad Shop. House of Nomad also refreshed many other spaces in the home, including the bedroom, living area, and bathroom. “We were able to design several pieces of furniture and lighting for this project while we were in Bali and in Morocco,” Kelley and Berkeley share. “It was such an exciting project being able to bring it to life with things from our travels and our own designs!”

— info — houseofnomaddesign.com / @houseofnomaddesign

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M I N I M A L IST L I V I NG words LIZA CARRASQUILLO / photo MICHAEL BLEVINS

Not all rooms have such an abundance of natural light flowing into them—and for those that do, few use it to their full potential. Patrick Lewis, owner of Patrick Lewis Interiors, wanted this living room to be different. Because the clients preferred a light, minimalist design, Lewis worked with the five columns of floor-toceiling windows to create a serene space. By using nearly translucent window coverings, Lewis maximized the amount of

light entering the room. The white walls and light-colored furniture amplified the natural light, while the pops of blue gave the whole area an airy feel. Lewis worked with stylist Eleanor Roper and several local vendors, including Bourgeois McGinn Builders and Stark Carpet, to create this tranquil room. The upholstery was provided by Lee Industries and the table is Robert James Collection.

— info — patricklewisinteriors.com / @patricklewisinteriors

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DI N I NG W IT H W H I MSY words SUNNY HUBLER / photo TIFFANY RINGWALD

A good designer can blend the client’s wants and needs into a space that’s as beautiful as it is functional. A great designer, however, knows how to take things a step further and show off their client’s personality at the same time. That’s exactly what Kelly Cruz of Kelly Cruz Interiors did in her client’s new dining room, completed in Lake Norman, NC last year. She knew the client wanted a spacious, casual family dining area to gather for dining as well as lots of card games and family fun. She created a bright, open space, leaving the towering arch window bare to flood the room with natural light all day. The unique, star-like chandelier draws the eye before allowing the

focus to go down to the soft oranges in the chairs and the painting. “This space is eclectic in style with a good blend of modern elements and a nod to nature in the natural wood tabletop and chandelier,” Kelly explains. “The client’s whimsical art keeps the room fun and approachable.” Because the white walls and gray carpet allowed Cruz to create those focal points, she perfectly exemplified her client’s flair without cluttering the space. The acrylic chairs were a special request by the client, the chandelier is Dragonfly by Troy Lighting and the tabletop was custom made from a North Carolina tree slab by Mitchelcraft.

— info — kellycruzinteriors.com / @kellycruzinteriors

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Three of our favorite Charleston hotels serve up first-class service and style. words JULIA FUNDERBURK and SAMANTHA HUSTED

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Steal away for a romantic weekend in one of South Carolina’s best and most-featured hotels. Inspired by the Roaring Twenties, bustling bars in the age of Prohibition, and classic luxury, The Spectator Hotel is Charleston’s grand escape into comfort, splendor, and a little sprinkle of the past. The relatively new boutique hotel opened its doors in 2015 at the intersection of the City Market and the French Quarter, and has enjoyed rave reviews ever since. It remains a small and intimate paradise even with a location steps away from downtown’s busy outdoor shopping center, full of work by local artists, vendors, and craftsmen.

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The Spectator Hotel is also moments from The Gibbes Museum of Art, a gallery that houses contemporary American art and art specific to Charleston, and is less than a mile away from the Schooner Pride tour at Sunset. The highly-recommended sunset cruise aboard the Schooner Pride is the best way to feel the Charleston Harbor’s ocean breeze and watch the sunset after a classic seafood dinner, all while learning about Charleston’s landmarks and communities. Inside the hotel, rooms are decorated with a modern twist on traditional style. Experience relaxation with locallymade mattresses and pillows, soft white and grey hues, dark accents, and pristine bathrooms. High ceilings, balconies, and natural light fill each room with Charleston’s daytime brilliance and nighttime glow. With suite, queen, king, and ADA-compliant options, The Spectator Hotel has a room for everyone. The Spectator offers many amenities, adding to its charm and sophisticated reputation. The main luxury is the allinclusive butler service. The butler service streamlines the hotel’s vision for perfect Southern hospitality. Each guest is provided with a personal butler who ensures no detail or need goes unnoticed. Highlights include shoe shining, packing/unpacking, and pressing and concierge services. Other amenities include the beautiful downstairs hotel bar, with craft cocktails and bites, a gourmet continental breakfast, complimentary bicycles for a self-guided tour of the city along the famous cobblestone streets, and a welcome cocktail. If you want to really elevate your trip and experience all Charleston has to offer, extend your stay so you can visit the other Charlestowne Hotels' properties, French Quarter Inn and HarbourView Inn, at the same time, too. The French Quarter Inn provides yet another luxurious taste of the beloved city. It’s located in the heart of the historic district, overlooking Charleston’s famous open-air market. With its traditional, home-baroque interior, the French Quarter Inn is a masterclass in providing glamour along with the world-class hospitality.

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If you’re looking for a friendly, laid back travel destination, look no further than Sullivan’s Island. Ten miles away from the heart of Charleston, and neighboring the beautiful Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island offers visitors the best of both worlds. Visitors can take in the rich history of the Charleston area and enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation all without ever leaving the island. This charming, character-laden coastal oasis is still deeply rooted in its past. Take for example Sullivan Island’s most striking feature: its lighthouse. Known today by locals as the Charleston Light, this lighthouse helped welcome faraway travelers to the

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area throughout the 17th century. Take a stroll down Sullivan Island’s middle street and you will find Poe’s Tavern. Named after the famous English poet Edgar Allen Poe, it pays a tribute to the time Poe spent on Sullivan’s Island and the influence it had on his work, The Gold Bug. If you’re still looking for more ways to explore the area’s history, head to Fort Moultrie. It’s been fully restored to resemble the iconic role it placed in the Revolutionary War. Visitors today have the privilege of examining Fort Moultrie up close and learning more about its abundant history in the museum on-site.


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American staples. Their weekend brunch is one of the best times to pay a visit. No trip to Sullivan’s Island would be complete without taking a trip to the shoreline. Grab kayaks and paddleboards or fish alongside the beach. If you’d rather bury yourself in a good book or take a relaxing walk at sunset, the beach at Sullivan’s Island is a prime spot to do so. From its impressive local history to the twists on coastal cuisine, Sullivan’s Island ensures that you don’t need to travel far to experience the very best of the lowcountry.


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If you are wondering where to buy your next vacation home, look no further: Timbers Kiawah is the perfect beachfront spot, at just a few hours’ drive from Charlotte. The beautiful Timbers Resorts can be found worldwide, offering residents and guests a combination of luxury resorts, hotels and residences that have been carefully maintained since 1999. Buying into Timbers Kiawah not only grants you access to the Kiawah resort, but the other resorts around the world, as well: You can trade your week at Timbers Kiawah for a week in Tuscany.

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As one of the newest residential developments in nearly 30 years on the island, today you can find over 21 different homes to buy into as part of the Timbers community. This is also the first and only residence club ever on Kiawah Island. Timbers is a totally unique experience: Membership operates with a fractional ownership model so owners can have a hassle-free time, while the property itself operates like a full-service luxury resort (think concierge services, valet parking, and daily housekeeping).

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Shannon Bowman teams up with an impressive group of builders, architects, and landscape designers to create an unforgettable family home. words SUNNY HUBLER / photos DUSTIN HALLECK

S.B. Interiors offers full turnkey design service for construction and decorating. This can include the full comprehensive planning phase, construction selections, custom furniture selections and finishes, window treatments, rugs, artwork, and accessories. When helping with a new construction home, they work closely with the homeowner and the architect in order to see the whole vision and plan for the overall design. The architecture of the home is one of Bowman’s biggest points of inspiration: She has perfected blend-

ing the client’s tastes and style with the architecture to create the perfect design. This project was a new home; the homeowners tore down their dated home on this property, purchased the lot next door, and built three structures to create one big home, at 10,000 square feet, that their large family could enjoy as a vacation retreat. The builder was Dave Knecht Homes, LLC, the architect was Michael Abraham Architecture, and the kitchen designer was Doug Durbin of nuHaus.

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As Shannon describes it, the style leans toward a transitional Napa-inspired cottage with both traditional and modern elements trickled throughout. There are three structures all connected by walkways to the main house; two coach houses sit at the top of the property and one large main house by the lake—not to mention a grown up treehouse. The homeowners are always on the go, and have a very active family that includes six kids. The driving goal was to create a cozy environment for the family to relax and soak up lake life. The homeowners wanted each space to accommodate everyone in their family so they could maximize family time and enjoy being together. With this goal in mind, Shannon designed a custom banquette with three movable tables on casters and architect Michael Abraham designed the home with large scale windows that capture views from every angle. “We really focused on letting the lake and landscape outside be the driving force in design,” Shannon explained. “So, naturally, keeping a soft and neutral palette for the interiors seemed to be the perfect fit.” To achieve that palette, the team used Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace white walls and then added layers of taupe and gray heavy linens paired with white leathers for durability. In addition, Shannon used natural wood tones along with deeper wood accents to introduce the natural elements back into the

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furnishings and pick up on the exposed oak beams throughout the home. Large spaces can feel too open or cold, but this home is all about feeling inviting and cozy. “For the master bedroom, we felt the calming blue, gray, and white color palette would create the perfect escape for the owners. The calming colors not only feel so serene and luxurious, but also tied into the limestone colors on the fireplace.” The outdoor area is also central to the home: white and gray boulders create pathways and the layers of grasses and greenery soften the edges. The result is a casual yet lush feel that’s visible from the kitchen, hallways, and two coach houses. The outdoor screened porch features a custom, hanging daybed and the outdoor sectional allows for views of the lake but also views of the tv and fireplace. The majority of the custom furniture was designed and sourced through Stanford Furniture, the outdoor sectional is Lee Industries, and Abner Henry did a majority of the custom casegoods throughout the home, as well as the hanging daybed on the porch. Reaching Quiet made the custom concrete top for the console table that sits behind the sofa in the living room. Rugs were sourced through the Stark showroom and High Point Furniture Market. info sbinteriors.co / @sbinteriors_


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A Cotswold remodel by Amy Vermillion Interiors. words ELEANOR MERRELL / photos BRIE WILLIAMS

Minutes from Uptown while still preserving a suburban environment, Cotswold is one of Charlotte’s most popular neighborhoods. You’ll find it near Myers Park and Providence Park; it’s an established area with high-end homes and desirable dining and shopping. In this coveted neighborhood, Amy Vermillion of Amy Vermillion Interiors recently executed a beautiful remodel on behalf of a Charlotte client.

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A Book Lover’s Dream — The client for this remodel is an avid reader. She owns shelves and shelves of books, and she regularly hosts book club gatherings. To embrace this passion in her living space, the client worked with Amy to transform a rarely used living room into a library. They set to work designing a room that could offer as much book storage as possible in an elegant setting. Amy partnered with a trusted cabinetmaker to design floor to ceiling built-in shelves that would be both functional and beautiful. Everything—from the wallcovering to the drapes to the furniture—embraces a color palette of navy, gray, gold, and creamy white. Cozy perches like the velvet sofa and cut velvet epingle chairs provide ample options of places to curl up with a good read. Custom benches upholstered in white hair on hide leather are interest pieces that can also be used for book club seating. “Our client tells us how much she loves hosting book club meetings, as well as reading in this amazing space,” says Amy.

Feminine and Functional Home Office — In the era of COVID, who hasn’t taken a moment to spruce up their home office? For this client, the home office became a place that exudes both an aura of calm and a promise of productivity. The client shares the room with her son, who uses the table to complete his homework and work with his tutor. The client uses the desk regularly and, between the credenza and filing drawers, has ample space to keep work and home documents organized. A soft tan wallcovering joins forces with a creamy, patterned, wool carpet to produce a calming effect. Cheery pops of coral in the chairs adjoining the table and the tub chair add some femininity and levity to the space. “Our client tells us she really does use all the elements in here so it makes me happy to know that as pretty as it is, it’s also very practical,” says Amy.

“As pretty as it is, it’s also very practical.”

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Sweet Dreams of Cabinet Seams — Amy Vermillion has been designing interiors for decades. Yet, this house has one of her all-time-favorite built in pieces. Amy and the client had discussed the need for storage along the wall opposite the foot of the bed. However, the team was struggling to find a storage solution that would accommodate the client’s needs without jutting out too far into the limited space between the wall and the bed. The solution? Recessing part of the cabinet into the wall cavity. From the side, the cabinet seems shallow and leaves plenty of space where it’s needed most. However, it still offers the client considerable depth for her storage needs. There are adjustable shelves behind the doors and a television rests in the center piece. “A cabinetmaker that I hadn’t met called me to say he has had several clients ask him to duplicate this idea,” says Amy. “I’m glad people like it as much as my client and I do!” info amyvermillion.com @amyvermillioninteriors

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S OPH I ST ICAT E D E L E G A NC E Stunning interior design by Carolina Design Associates in this Gerrard Builders home. words SUNNY HUBLER / photos DUSTIN PECK

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This stunning new construction custom build comes as a joint effort between several Charlotte heavy-hitters: Gerrard Builders, Frank Smith Residential Design, and Carolina Design Associates. The house has five full baths, two half baths, and five bedrooms, plus a basement kitchen/bar entertainment room, a hidden cigar room, and an outdoor kitchen with a living and dining space and an exercise pavilion with outdoor shower. Anna Brantley, the interior designer who led the project, filled us in on all the details. The “Belgian modern” aesthetic is what inspired the architecture of the home, so the interior was designed to incorporate that while also balancing an “English transitional” style and feel. The open concept home is sophisticated, comfortable, and warm.

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The clients—a family who likes to entertain—wanted to stretch the normal transitional interior by incorporating modern aesthetics such as plaster walls, slab showers, waterfall sink vanity wall, high end furnishings and material selections that make the bones of the home truly stand out and shine, while still evoking a comfortable, clean, and livable feel. “The client also wanted to create an open concept to allow the outside to feel a part of the interior house,” Brantley explains.

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Residential Designer Frank Smith included large windows along the back of the home, and Brantley worked to tie together the pool and outdoor living space so both could feel like a part of the inside. The plaster on the walls in the main living areas of the house were used to create a subtle type of texture on the walls and allow for smooth corners with a clean finish. The warm, neutral, gray tones throughout the house are accented here with pops of color in the artwork, pillows and rugs.


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“We kept the fabrics textured and soft, but didn’t use a lot of pattern for a classic, timeless look,” Brantley explains. “We used prefinished European white oak hardwoods throughout the house to give a casual feel and lighten the floor color.” Other standouts of the home include the laundry room, with an area custom built to accommodate the beloved family dog. The striking butlery was designed with a navy and brass color scheme to complement the adjacent powder room featuring an integrated apron front sink vanity, all of which was created from porcelain slabs. Finally, the outdoor area of the home completes the entire design overhaul: With the living and dining area and pool, it became another large living space for the clients to use and an

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absolutely ideal way to achieve the clients’ shared goal of maximizing space for gathering and entertaining friends. Vendors include: Cabinets by Distinctive Cabinets, tile by Walker Zanger, hardware by Bird Hardware, and plaster walls and plaster sink by Mudwerks. Ferguson provided the plumbing and much of the lighting came from J. Landon. The paint is by Level 5 Painting, hardwoods are by Curated Surfaces, stairs are by Southern Staircase, and several of the home’s rugs were purchased from Couture Knots. info carolinadesignassociates.com / @carolinadesignassociates gerrardbuilders.com / @gerrardbuilders


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A N U R BA N R ET R E AT The Chantilly neighborhood welcomes a stunning addition executed perfectly by Habitude Interiors, Mermans Architecture & Design, and Royal Building Group.

N words ELEANOR MERRELL photos ERIN COMERFORD

Nestled between Elizabeth and Plaza Midwood, Chantilly is one of the most desirable places to live in Charlotte. Its wide streets are lined with old oaks and they’re consistently quiet, despite the presence of shopping and dining mere minutes away. The charming neighborhood has become a magnet for young, affluent Charlotteans who have partnered with builders to introduce larger, more beautiful homes to the neighborhood.


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Royal Building Group has already built a number of homes in Chantilly. Most recently, they partnered with architect Bryan Mermans to realize the vision of a bachelor, new to Charlotte, who wanted to create an urban retreat where he could host his family in fashion and comfort. The interior design, with its flairs of mid-century modern, was masterminded by Jennifer Felts, owner of Charlotte’s Habitude Interiors. Habitude Interiors is a full-service interior design studio that partners with clients on new construction, full or partial renovations and interiors, working from concept to completion. Their approach to each space is holistic, to ensure the finished product is cohesive and intentional. Jennifer Felts launched Habitude Interiors after years of practicing fast-paced and high-demand

corporate tax law in major cities across the U.S. According to her, in making the change “she re-designed her life.” This new construction home by Royal Building Group is 3,700 square feet and includes four bedrooms, four full baths, an office/guest suite downstairs, and a rec room upstairs. The interior is all clean lines and natural light. It’s largely minimalist but with subtle high end finishes that add a dash of pizzazz and character. For example, elegant backsplashes and sophisticated countertops elevate the kitchen, while statement lighting throughout the home gives character to hallways and bathrooms. Notably, all of the cabinets— throughout the kitchen and scullery, as well as the bathrooms—were custom designed and built to the homeowner’s exact specifications.


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As enticing as the interior may be, the primary goal for this custom new construction was to expand the living space into the outdoors and take full advantage of Charlotte’s temperate weather. To that effect, sliding glass doors comprise the wall between the downstairs sitting room and the outdoor patio. Upstairs, french doors invite visitors onto a second-story patio overlooking the backyard. The home has two patio spaces, both of which are sheltered by roofs and provide ample seating and gathering space. The back patio can offer comfort year-round via the presence of ceiling heaters and a cozy brick fireplace. The exterior of the home reflects Mermans’ unique style and defies classification. Elements of an English cottage are present in the steeply pitched roof, while tall windows and asymmetry hint at trends of modern architecture. The second story cantilevers out over the driveway to create a covered side entry and car parking. Concrete-like parged brick grounds the base of the home and provides a visual balance against the rest of the exterior’s painted brick and siding.

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Although Chantilly has many charms, the neighborhood’s lot sizes are compact. This presented a challenge for Bryan Mermans and Royal Building Group, who were forced to find creative solutions to incorporate the client’s competing priorities into the same limited tract of land. They desired a spacious home, but also wanted sufficient outdoor living space; he valued a yard, but also desired a garage. The result is an extraordinarily intentional design, from the ground-up build to the purposefully designed interior; every square foot was accounted for and every ounce of creativity applied. Each component of this living space works harmoniously together to create a Chantilly home uniquely adapted to its owner. info habitudeinteriors.com / @habitudeinteriors royalbldgroup.com / @royalbuildinggroup @mermansarchitectureanddesign


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