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The creators of Peg Norriss, Chandra Johnson and Barrie Benson, talk about their love of art and design and what drove them to unify the two in this way.

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An Artistic Rebirth Former surgeon Sandy Palasti shares her story.

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Et Cetera Opens At ANFA

A must-see exhibition at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

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A New Gathering Space

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I am very excited to share our latest issue, which is none other than our highly anticipated annual Luxury issue! This issue is dedicated to showcasing the best of the best when it comes to living the good life in Charlotte and the Carolinas. We have curated a collection of articles that cover a wide range of topics, from mouth-watering dishes to awe-inspiring world-class design, lavish hotels, luxurious homes, high-rise living, and so much more.

In particular, we are excited to present the artwork of Sandy Palasti, a talented artist who is sure to leave you captivated with her art. Additionally, we invite you to celebrate the anniversary of Charlotte art staple, Anne Neilson Fine Art, which has played a vital role in shaping the art scene in Charlotte.

We are thrilled about our exclusive feature on how two Charlotte icons have joined forces to introduce art into your home. Peg Norriss is the collaborative design business founded by Chandra Johnson and Barrie Benson.

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COLLABORATIVE COLLECTIONS

The creators of Peg Norriss, Chandra Johnson and Barrie Benson, sit down with us to talk about their love of art and design and what drove them to unify the two in this way.

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Art and interior design have always been linked. From the gallery sculpture on display in the living room to the kid’s latest masterpiece taped to the fridge, there’s always some form of art to be found in a home. For some, that link is stronger than others, causing them to design whole rooms or living spaces with a particular piece of art in mind.

Chandra Johnson and Barrie Benson, both longtime friends and colleagues, wanted to make it easier for art and design lovers to blend their two worlds together. That’s why they founded Peg Norriss—a venture that works with artists to create capsule collections based on their work. The products they create—wallpaper being their largest seller—is all distributed through Schumacher. To find out more about their process and the driving force behind their collaboration, we asked them both a few questions.

What would you say is your mission at Peg Norriss?

Our mission is to support artists both creatively and financially. Our collections are a way to take their existing work and reimagine it, creating an additional revenue stream for them.

Why is both the creative and financial support of these artists so important to you?

When we started Peg Norriss, we knew we wanted there to be a charitable aspect to it. We both understood that these artists have spent their whole lives creating their path with art, applying for grants to help support their craft, so we saw this as a way to support them and allow their existing artwork to create profits while they are able to move onto future projects.

What’s the story behind the name Peg Norriss?

Our business was named after our two grandmothers, who were both forces of nature and very strong female influences in our life. Their respective styles, grit and grace have inspired us throughout life.

What do each of you bring to the business?

Johnson: As a designer, Barrie can envision how a piece of art might translate as a wallpaper in the interior design world. She has a pulse on the design landscape and what might be missing in the market.

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Benson: As a gallerist, Chandra has strong relationships with the artists we partner with. She works as a champion for them, and she also has a great eye for design. Together, we work to identify artists, select artwork and work with the team at Schumacher to create our wallpaper and fabric collections.

What’s the process like to produce a capsule collection?

Benson: We first identify the artist and gauge their interest. Often, that step is all about timing. We try to make it a minimal time commitment for the artist and allow their depth of involvement to be voluntary.

Johnson: The next step is to identify past artwork or explore possible new artwork that Barrie and her team can see working in the interiors market. We then create and present concepts to Schumacher. We can’t share specifics right now, but we’re working on a few new collections that we’re very excited about. Stay tuned!

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AN ARTISTIC REBIRTH

Sandy Palasti is a contemporary abstract artist living in Charlotte. But, her path to get where she is today was nothing short of unexpected.

As a young woman, Sandy followed her passion in science and landed in medical school. After a fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, she was recruited as the first Pediatric ENT surgeon in Charlotte where she cared for thousands of children and their parents. She was awarded Top Doctor in Charlotte multiple times.

It sounds surprising that now her full-time pursuit is in the arts, but if you knew Sandy's pursuits outside of her high-powered work, it wouldn't have been.

“I have always been creative,” she explains. “While I worked, that creativity was pushed to the side. But as soon as I retired, I began a series of explorations that ranged from writing, to ceramics, guitar, and finally, I discovered painting almost by accident in February 2020. At the time, I was deep into creating pottery in my garage and was looking for a way to paint pots.”

Here, Sandy shares more about her path to where she is today.

Do you see your proficiency in medicine and sciences as related to your skill with a paintbrush?

My curiosity and desire to learn everything there is to know about a subject has definitely propelled me quickly through the art world. I paint 4-6 hours every day, even on Christmas. I study art all afternoon and evening. And I suppose I will do this until I learn it all! But, my skills in surgery run completely op-

posite to how I paint. My hands performed precise little motions where every move was vital and my surroundings in the operating room were sterile and painstakingly organized. My studio is a mess! There is paint on every surface, drips coming down the wall, splatter on the ceiling and on my dog. My movements are bold and taking chances is often rewarded with a wonderful outcome, unlike in the OR!

What does your artistic process look like?

I enter my studio each morning with an idea or two. Then I will decide what medium will best capture this idea as I work in both acrylics and oils. Music is a big part of my process: The songs evoke memories and emotions that fuel the dialogue I have with the canvas. I will start with graphite, drawing very loose sketches. I then follow with colorful and translucent washes of paint or ink. Layer by layer, the painting evolves until it feels like me, and like the mood or statement I am trying to convey.

Is there a specific source that inspires your art the most?

After I retired from medicine, I tried to write my memoir. I spent five years taking workshops and sitting in coffee houses. I stepped away from it at the second draft phase but still had a story to tell. We all have stories to tell but you have to discover the way you’d like yours told. I discovered I liked to draw on the emotions of my earlier life in medical school and residency: how I functioned as a woman in the man's world of the operating room, how I could have done it differently along the way,

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How would you describe your art style?

My style uses bold and sometimes unexpected color that triggers memories of a time, place, or event in one's life. I know I am doing my best work when I am teetering on the edge, taking risks, keeping my energy engaged, and avoiding perfectionism.

What do you find most challenging about life as an artist and what is the most rewarding?

The reward is having an activity that I lose myself in every day. Entering my studio is the best part of my day. The challenge is dealing with the uncertainty that my efforts will result in a satisfying, finished product, or in a painting that feels like me.

Do you take commissions? Where can people find your work?

My work can be found on my website. I have been fortunate that collectors from California to Cape Cod to Canada have brought my work into their homes. I encourage people to join my newsletter as I write monthly about upcoming events, things that inspire me, and new collections.

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Brenda Bogart 72x48 mixed media collage on panel "Osprey with Fish"

Caroline Boykin 36x60 mixed media on panel "Small Town Saturday Night"

ET CETERA OPENS AT ANFA

Till the second week of June, Anne Neilson Fine Art releases its nine year anniversary exhibition: ET CETERA. The exhibition is composed of three high caliber women artists who all use mixed media in a way that results in their work appearing sculptural on the wall. The artists are Caroline Boykin, Brenda Bogart, and Allison James.

In addition to the anniversary celebration, this will also be a celebration for the release of Anne Neilson's memoir, The Brushstrokes of Life.

Artist Caroline Boykin is a North Carolina based

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Brenda Bogart is a Dallas artist renowned for her compelling and conversation-starting collage work and paintings of famous, historical figures.

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A NEW GATHERING SPACE

With the opening of The Coterie, one of Charlotte’s fastest growing areas welcomes a yoga studio.

Caitlyn Sheff’s brand new yoga studio on the West Side is the result of many hands. As the name would suggest, with 19 teachers, including her, and 12 front desk associates, according to Caitlyn, the team is what’s central to the studio’s existence. Behind the scenes, Bob Fullwood and Wyatt Starnes of Enbloc Construction and architects Sarah Feiner and Jessica Hoke of ODA Architecture made the beautiful space a reality.

Here, Caitlyn shares her journey to business ownership, what she hopes to bring to Charlotte with The Coterie, and what to expect when you visit.

When did you decide to start The Coterie?

Going through teacher training back in 2017, my friends and I joked about opening a yoga studio together someday, but by no means did we think it would actually happen. It took until late 2021 when a studio I was working for closed permanently that

I began really taking the steps toward making The Coterie a reality. I simply felt like I didn’t have a “yoga home” any longer, and the only way to find one was to build it. I started putting pen to paper, researching SBA loans and touring spaces about a month after the studio closed, and here we are now, a little over a year later.

What got you into yoga and/or movement practices?

I found myself at a yoga studio for the first time at 25. I was in a fairly ungrounded place, struggling with disordered eating and exercising and freshly out of a long term relationship. My therapist at the time was actually a registered yoga instructor, and he really encouraged me to try, knowing it would resonate with me. To say it resonated with me really underestimates the experience. Once I found something that pulled my mindset into a healthier place, I committed fully, and I made a promise to eventually teach this practice and share everything it had done for me.

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Why did you decide to offer the types of yoga on your schedule?

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How do you decide on instructors and how did you build your team?

Each and every one of our teachers are truly amazing. They have a natural way of holding space for others while pushing them toward growth in an extremely supportive way. Each front desk associate is equally incredible.

Is there anything a new visitor or member should know?

Show up as you are, please. Know that there are no prerequisites to being here or to taking a yoga class. We are literally here for you.

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Insofar as plastic surgery is concerned, Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology addresses all patient needs, as well as aesthetic preferences. Board-certified plastic surgeons work alongside patients to discuss each personal concern and goal and explore the most appropriate course of action, whether that is indeed surgery or an alternative plan. Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology specializes in mommy-makeovers, tummy tucks, breast lifts, and more.

All plastic surgeries are performed in Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology operating rooms, all of which are certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). To maintain this accreditation, Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology must adhere to strict standards that reinforce the highest level of patient safety. Additionally, every intensive procedure is overseen by a board-certified surgeon and trained medical staff who ensure all patients are well informed of the potential risks and make every effort to make patients feel safe and confident prior to surgery.

Given the company’s commitment to both personalized and high quality care, it’s no wonder that they have high levels of repeat and referral clients. “We are proud of this as it speaks to the satisfaction of our patients and the confidence they have in us to recommend our services to others,” says the team.

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words SUNNY HUBLER / photos JAMEY PRICE Chef Sam Hart brings his latest concept, Biblio, to west Charlotte.

EExecutive Chef Sam Hart of Counter-, has brought Charlotte another markedly inventive concept: Biblio.

Now open in West Charlotte, Biblio is a moody, gothic-style wine and tapas bar that describes itself as “the first reverse wine-pairing restaurant in the world.” Guests select a bottle first, and Executive Chef John Cruze then creates plates to complement the varietal selected. The only menu you’ll receive is the wine list, and the price of each bottle has been “inflated” to also include the cost of your meal.

There are 500 wines at Biblo, and all are small-production labels. Bill Cox is the wine director and Elyse Simchik serves as sommelier.

Hart, who was born and raised in the Queen City and has an extensive background in fine dining, opened the sister concept to Biblio in 2020. Counter-, also on the west side, is an intimate, full sensory restaurant experience featuring themed tasting menus paired to music.

“Originally [Biblo] was going to be one of the last concepts we planned to open, but the space lent itself perfectly to it,” Sam says. “Biblio is the opposite of Counter- in almost every single way. From the vibe, to the music, to the way you order. The biggest difference is that you order wine first, and from that order Chef John in the back figures out a few dishes that perfectly go with your wine.”

Along with the signature pairing service, there is also a limited a la carte menu. The offerings at Biblio change with every week, based on the produce the team is able to source from local farms and Freshlist. The proteins are locally sourced, as well. This seasonal dependence, Sam says, allows the chefs to think on their feet, and have a new challenge every day.

Opening two restaurants in three years, and one at the height of a global pandemic, is no small feat. For Hart, however, there’s no other path.

“This is the only industry where you can physically consume a story and art,” he explains. “We are fortunate to have access to all senses with our work. There is a great deal of sacrifice involved with deciding this life path, but it’s worth it every second of the day.” info

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A SPIRITED RETURN

Southern Distilling Company is the first legal distillery in Iredell County, and one of the largest privately owned distilleries outside of Kentucky.

The 20 acre Statesville campus houses a tasting room, production facility, barrel aging warehouse, bottling area, and conference room. There’s also two rickhouses on the campus, one currently filled with 24,000 barrels and another just starting to fill up. An event center is slated to open in 2023.

Under the leadership of Vienna Barger, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer and Pete Barger, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SDC produces spirits for over 100 clients globally and boasts an award-winning range of bourbon and ryes. Their Southern Star Double Shot Bourbon Cream Liqueur is the most awarded bourbon cream in the nation.

So, what’s the story behind this local heavyweight? Vienna and Pete share more about the birth of their business, and the Carolina history that informed it.

When did Southern Distilling begin, and what was the impetus?

Vienna: In 2013, Pete and I set out to build a company that embraces the spirit of America’s innovative craft distilling industry. Southern Distilling Company was born on a 20 acre historic farm in Iredell County, and the response has been resounding ever since. We grew up around multi-generational family business ownership, and realized a desire to establish a business of our own. We spent a decade exploring options before launching a startup bourbon and rye distillery with a comprehensive and unique business model that checked all the boxes and was scalable.

How did you all choose your location?

Pete: Everything about Southern Distilling Company is intentional, including the physical location of the distillery: While I am native of Statesville, NC, the city was also once known as

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words SUNNY HUBLER / photos courtesy JAMEY PRICE SSouthern Distilling Company revives the heritage of legal spirits production in North Carolina.

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the liquor capital of the world and continues to be an agriculturally rich region located at a key transportation crossroads today. Statesville supported a robust spirits industry with hundreds of federally licensed farm distilleries bringing their products into the city to be blended and bottled for distribution on the railroad. Due to the sheer volume of spirits being produced, the area became a key target for the Temperance movement, which set its sights on putting the spirits industry out of business. Statesville was voted dry in 1903, long before the rest of the nation entered Prohibition in 1920. The thriving farm distilleries and rectification houses either went out of business, moved west to Kentucky and Tennessee, or went underground, giving birth to the illicit moonshine trade that western North Carolina is known for today. Southern Distilling Company is proud to be bringing back this heritage and sharing the largely unknown history of legal spirits production in North Carolina.

Tell us about the "grain to glass" process.

Vienna: We purchase our grains from the local farmers, bring them to the distillery, store them in our silos and mill what we need fresh for each batch of bourbon or rye whiskey being made. A majority of the grain has been sourced from 20 miles around the distillery. Once the grains have fermented and they have gone through the distillation process the grains have been removed of all the sugars and carbohydrates, leaving a fiber and protein rich feed for our local farmers.

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Do you have a current favorite whiskey you distill?

Vienna: Our Southern Star Paragon collection is truly something that is unique. Each expression shows the remarkable way that proof points alter the overall flavor profile. Our Southern Star Paragon Wheated Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a 92 proof easy sipping bourbon with vanilla, honey, subtle hints of walnut, and a rich texture. The Southern Star Paragon Bottled-In-Bond Wheated Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a rich, silky, caramel texture with a complex array of floral notes.

The most unique product in our collection is Southern Star Paragon Cask Strength Single Barrel. This spicy, high proof bourbon was made for slow sipping. It’s herbaceous, woody, and peppery notes are balanced by sweet mint, cardamom and vanilla bean.

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WOOD-FIRED QUAIL

South End’s VANA offers a rotating selection of large and small format steaks and meats, so it’s rare that your entree offerings will be the same. The meats are in keeping with the rustic cuisine and cooked in the open wood-fire kitchen. If you see the quail on the menu, don’t miss it. This spin on roasted quail was finished off with persimmon, a delicate fruit that’s only lightly sweet, and topped with savory, umami truffle.

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UP IN THE AIR

Executive chef/owner Sam Diminich’s newest restaurant opened to the public in late January 2023. Housed in Wesley Heights, Restaurant Constance is the fruition of a dream for Diminich and the next phase of growth for the Your Farms Your Table Restaurant Group, a creative culinary company Diminich launched during the pandemic to meet customer needs

and support local farmers in the region. The seasons and local bounty drive the hand-crafted food menu and the extensive non-alcoholic beverage program.

A nice compliment to nearly any dish, Up in the Air is a light, refreshing beverage featuring fresh blackberry, locally grown mint, and bubbly water.

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THE PERFECT HARDWOODS

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The beauty, richness and natural qualities of wood make it one of the most popular choices for homeowners searching for new flooring. But “wood” is a broad category with many nuances. How do you narrow it down and find the perfect flooring for your home and lifestyle?

MYNEWFLOOR.COM IS HERE TO HELP.

“We’re a full-service resource for a wide variety of flooring, including hardwood, carpet, LVP, laminated wood and tile,” says MyNewFloor.com owner Carlo Garcia. “Now we’re excited to offer the Canto Collection, a premium wood line by Mercier. The ability to customize the different qualities of our products gives our customers the choices they’ve been seeking, at surprisingly competitive prices.”

Garcia says that Mercier is known for continuous innovation in product development, with technical performance levels higher than any other manufacturer in the industry. “These are floors designed with maximum durability and resistance to impact, scratches, water, abrasion, and other wear and tear, all while preserving the original beauty of the wood,” he explains.

How does customizing work?

Garcia says these are the most important factors to consider when choosing your wood floor:

Species

Wood species are differentiated by their grain, or the visible contrast of the growth rings. MyNewFloor.com’s Canto Collection includes Maple, Red Oak and White Oak, all of which have a pronounced wood grain that gives character and dimension to their appearance.

Sheen

Sheen refers to the different types of glosses based on the level of desired light reflection:

• Matte: Low light reflection, no sheen – helps to hide signs of wear.

• Matte-brushed: Adds a textured effect.

• Satin: Moderate light reflection, lightly transparent and silky.

• Satin-brushed: Adds a textured effect.

Grading

Grading refers to the width of each product in the Canto Collection. When making selections, the floor area and size of each room should be considered. Wider wood planks will make a smaller room look more spacious, while narrow ones are recommended to create an effect of depth. MyNewFloor.com’s array of widths even includes herringbone styles!

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Core

The Canto Collection features two wood cores:

• Solid wood: Made of 100% hardwood, with a thickness of 3/4 -inch. Solid wood flooring can be nailed or stapled to a subfloor.

• Engineered wood: Constructed of a hardwood surface layer, laid on top of a hardwood plywood. These floors allow for a glued, stapled or nailed installation, and even floating for most species.

SEEING – AND TOUCHING – IS BELIEVING

“Obviously there’s a lot to think about when choosing the perfect flooring,” Garcia says. “It can be difficult to visualize all the customized combinations by reading about them, or looking at photos online. That’s why we have a wide selection of Canto samples at our three Charlotte-area showrooms. We work with you to determine the best combinations – and the design possibilities are part of the fun!”

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LUXURY IS WAITING

This upscale living community at The Townes at SouthPark features everything from stunning designs to luxury amenities.

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PROFILES • SPACES • FEATURED HOMES

HHome is often thought of as a place of rest and relaxation a place to feel comfortable and secure. But shouldn’t home be so much more than that? What if home was also a place to admire? A place that felt like its own kind of artwork, where everything was curated to not only look beautiful, but function beautifully?

That’s the philosophy behind The Townes at SouthPark. This pet-friendly living community prides itself on bringing a high level of luxury to those who appreciate the finer things in life and want to live worry-free. Here, residents can enjoy a wide range of amenities, including state-of-the-art Thermador appliances, gas fireplaces, quartz countertops, and designer cabinetry. Residents can also choose from different interior finish styles to match their preferences. Select homes even have their own private elevators.

At The Townes at SouthPark, amenities go beyond just the physical features of a home. To support a worry-free lifestyle, the living community has integrated the communication technology Alfred into all digital spaces. With Alfred, residents can easily contact their leasing team, reach out to other community members, request services, and stay up to date on changes and events in the neighborhood. Alfred even brings residents exclusive perks and offers from the surrounding area.

To ensure that each resident has a home that suits their needs, The Townes at SouthPark currently offer 12 floorplans to choose from. These floorplans range in size from 2,885 to 4,066 square feet, perfect for both individuals and families. Their smallest floorplan, The Belk, features three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, plus a dedicated study. In comparison, their largest, The Archdale, features four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, plus a connected two-car garage.

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No matter the floorplan or lot location, each townhome benefits from being in one of Charlotte’s most premier neighborhoods. The Townes at SouthPark were built specifically to be near the neighborhood’s many stores and restaurants. Everything a resident could possibly need, from a quick cup of coffee to a full cart of groceries, is either a short walk or drive away.

For those looking to live in comfort without giving up the beauty of a well-designed home, The Townes at SouthPark are just right for their needs. To schedule a tour or learn more about leasing opportunities, visit their website.

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IN THE BUSINESS OF BUILDING

Jones and Hedges Custom Builders specializes in residential custom new home builds, renovations, additions, outdoor living spaces, kitchens, and baths. Leveraging over 20 years of combined experience building in the Charlotte area, Josh Jones and Kyle Hedges aim to “stay on schedule, stay within budget, and build lasting relationships with customers,” says Josh.

The two founders discovered they had mutual missions professionally: “We enjoy building relationships with great clients, seeing a project from start to finish, and using our talents to accomplish that,” says Jones.

Before founding his custom home building company in 2008, Jones was working at a national homebuilder, learning everything from how to schedule and manage builds, to how to interact with clients, to how to efficiently communicate with his team. Meanwhile, Kyle Hedges attended design

school at Ohio State and was using his degree to help clients visualize their future homes through 3D plans. Kyle Hedges leans on his love of design in collaborating with clients to bring their vision to life. "The process of being able to show someone how we can take their 2D idea and bring it into 3D is one of the greatest parts of my job," he shares.

With this motivating every business endeavor, the partners set to work constructing high-end homes, making an effort to match each client’s style and ideas to the client’s budget and the architect’s portfolio. The resulting homes vary widely in terms of style and size, yet Jones insists he could never choose a favorite past project: “It’s hard to have a favorite—that’s like asking which kid is your favorite. Each project is different in its own way and, as a result, we have many favorites. It may have to do with style, colors, layouts, and at times, it's more about the friendship you’ve created.”

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Client relationships are at the center of everything that Jones and Hedges does. They see every opportunity to build a home equally as an opportunity to build a relationship, and they define success as “the experience that a client feels they had, which always has the basic ingredients of build time, budget, and communication,” says Jones. Of course, the builders have other secondary goals. For instance, they strive to balance design, function, and style for the client. At the same time, they seek harmony between the style of the home and the style of the surrounding community, sometimes working alongside residential plan design firms to achieve this. Throughout the build process, they work collaboratively, allowing clients and architects to lead the way but chiming in helpfully with tips and insight gleaned from years of experience.

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Jones grew up in Charlotte, and consequently is well aware of how drastically the city has changed over the past few decades. Rather than feeling a sweep of nostalgia or grumbling achingly about how things used to be, Jones drives through the city’s streets with a sense of pride. He relishes living amidst such impressive growth and change. And no wonder—he is, after all, contributing to Charlotte’s evolution. “When we can drive down a street or through a neighborhood and show a friend or family member homes we’ve built, it’s a great feeling,” says Jones.

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A STUDY WITH AN EDGE

Amy Lee's approachable, yet elevated aesthetic has been developed during her 20 years of experience in custom home design and remodeling. Her full service interior design firm, Artistic Interiors, serves Lake Norman, Charlotte, and beyond.

This study, part of a project completed at The Point in Mooresville, started off with Amy Lee’s client asking for a place to relax and watch TV, read a book, or entertain if another couple was over.

“My client told me to think fire and alcohol when designing this space,” Amy shares. “She is very classy and edgy, and I wanted to invoke her personality into the room design.

This meant I needed to produce a unique design that was bold, yet cozy.”

With the room’s very high, vaulted ceilings, Amy knew she’d need to be intentional to make the space feel cozy.

“I went with a black paint color for the custom bookcases and walls,” she said. “This provided the perfect backdrop for the warmer, lighter colors in the room and made the room feel less expansive.”

The art was commissioned from local Charlotte artist Kent Youngstrom. The leather loveseat is Verellen, the swivel chairs are from Highland House and the ottoman is Bernhardt. —

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LIGHT SHOW

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Mike Fitton, David Robaina, and Eric Robaina of Home Technology Solutions in Charlotte specialize in all kinds of home automation and tech, from centralized video distribution, to security, whole home audio, and—increasingly— smart lighting.

Pictured here is the Control4 Vibrant Lighting on full display. As Mike tells us, there are two main aspects of advanced lighting in a home. One is the ability to control lighting and add lights to smart scenes. The second is using light-

ing to call attention to aspects of a home that owners want to highlight. Doing so can have a “drastic effect on the colors, hues and shades” of the surrounding space.

Plus, smart lighting can automatically adjust in color and temperature to match the natural circadian rhythm of the day. The Control4 Vibrant, framing this owner’s pool, provides intense color saturation, transition effects, and fadeto-white lighting effects. The tape light has a virtually unlimited RGB palette of color combinations.

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OFFICE OPULENCE

Lucy and Company is an interior design firm, located in Charlotte’s bustling South End, that specializes in original, bold designs and effortlessly modern spaces. Beth Keim, owner and principal designer, takes pride in her carefully crafted color concepts and marvelous details.

She recently lent her skills to this new home build from custom builders Jones & Hedges. The overarching goal was

to create a cohesive style for the whole house: a style that is modern and monochromatic.

[The client] loves black!,” Beth explains. “She trusted us on the entire home with unique and curated pieces.”

The result, with this office, is an edgy-chic space that also manages to be functional and accessible. The cabinet work is by Hardwood Creations and the rug is Kyle Bunting.

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Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside. — Coco Chanel

Be an opener of doors — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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GATHER IN GLAMOUR

As an interior designer, the ultimate gratification stems from achieving the sublime harmony between a client's desires and the project's final form. For Layton Campbell of JLayton Interiors, the reward feels all the much sweeter when he has already worked with a client to bring their visions to life before. That’s why Campbell was excited to get his hands on this new Simonini build — the Myers Park house belongs to a client who leaned on Campbell to design for a prior home as well.

“I worked with Jonathan Howard in 2002 on his previous home when I was an associate designer after just moving from New York City,” recalls Campbell. “He later sold the property and moved north.”

Two decades later, Howard reached back out to Campbell to reconnect on this new Charlotte project. It was like two old friends meeting, and the rest is design history.

At the beginning of the project, there was an extensive interview process. After all, the best way to truly understand a client’s goals is to ask specific questions about their lifestyle, preferred colors, and style direction. Campbell also likes to see inspiration pictures for a more visual conceptualization. It is also important, he notes, to inquire about the client’s hobbies and passions. All of this information is needed to craft the type of unique and personalized design plan that JLayton Interiors is known for.

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Layton Campbell of JLayton Interiors brings out this custom home’s full potential with a design that fuses glamour and comfort in a modern way.
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Campbell worked with the clients' passion for entertaining and their love for their art collection. These empty nesters sought Campbell out to transform their space into a glamorous and modern oasis without sacrificing comfort and warmth. The designer answered that call by creating a haven that strikes the perfect balance between opulence and hospitality.

Campbell deliberately and discerningly opted for a cohesive blend of understated hues that imbue the home with a sense of ease and elegance.

“I chose a light palette with accents of blues and amethyst

but there are punches of color sprinkled throughout as well for impact. The buttery Holland & Sherry wool drapes in the office are one of those moments where we wanted a happy touch of color that lifts the mood while [one of the clients] works from home.”

By selecting this color combination, the ambiance of each room radiates brightness and a warm, inviting atmosphere, devoid of any sterility. The addition of dark wood accents and flooring serves as an anchor, giving the appearance of a livedin abode, rather than a showroom for visitors.

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This is brought to life especially well in the kitchen, where the custom Calacatta countertops and mitered waterfall island take center stage. The same material, sourced from Walker Zanger, is used in a laser-cut pattern for the backsplash. A minimal stainless hood was chosen to showcase the splash from countertop to ceiling. In contrast, a darker stained island anchors the light, natural space. Functionally, the ample cooking area and island seating make this room an ideal gathering place for the clients and their guests; it's now a place to make both meals and memories. Custom stools in polished nickel and vegan leather by Powell & Bonnell soften the room.

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These clients also wanted glamour, and Campbell made sure to deliver. The custom-made lighting fixtures from Vitosi add an air of artistry to the space — especially evident in the hand-blown glass chandelier above the main stairway. This piece, one of the main characters in the home, was quite the endeavor, requiring two craftsmen per link to create the 11’ high fixture.

Ascending the staircase leads guests to the private sanctuaries of the home. The main suite in particular exudes sophistication with a chic and inviting bedding collection from Bedside Manor. The bedding compliments the more modern aesthetic of the chrome and upholstered bed.

The primary bathroom’s design is a nod to high design. Campbell used ultra-modern black and white tile from Walker Zanger and sleek polished nickel fixtures from Majestic Bath to deliver an unforgettable and dramatic space.

Down the hall, the detailed, thoughtful children's suite features a timeless ballet pink and gray palette.

This home's design is taken to new heights with the inclusion of exquisite luxury fabrics from esteemed brands Great Plains, Schumacher, and Romo.

Custom furniture adds both authenticity and richness. Memorable pieces like the nightstands, the dining room sideboard, and the foyer console were made by local Charlotte craftsmen at Kauffman and Co. The Phillip Jeffries wallpaper adds a surreal texture to the space; the walls appear as if coated with fabric and plaster.

Campbell personally designed the custom marble integrated vanity in the powder room. It is a testimony to the

attention to detail given to even the smallest spaces in this stunning home.

Ultimately, the rapport between designer and client, combined with thorough planning and near-perfect execution — from the stunning tile in the primary bathroom to the handcrafted chandelier — led to a modern home that is both art-forward and welcoming.

There’s no doubt Campbell exceeded expectations in this Myers Park project. The finished home is a masterclass in truly custom design, blending modernity with glamour. These results are a rarity in the current market saturated with trends.

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A lively, colorful hotel in downtown from the Kessler Collection.

When it comes to soaking in beautiful Charleston, there’s no hotel stay quite like the one Grand Bohemian Charleston offers. Ideally located on Wentworth Street, GBC offers easy access to all the best of downtown, while still feeling nicely tucked away into a quiet area. Once inside, you’re immediately met with Kessler Collection’s design-forward style. While many hotels in Charleston lean heavily on integrating the city’s own historic look into their aesthetic, Grand Bohemian takes a step away from the classic and into the more playful, vibrant looks that collection owner Richard Kessler tends to favor. Expect oversized art pieces, dramatic chandeliers, brass lanterns, golden tufted sofas, and neon purple lights that adorn the elevator.

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TThe hotel is marked by its dedication to both art and wine, which fuses perfectly with the laidback Southern elegance found throughout each of the hotel’s fifty luxurious rooms. Inside each room, you’ll find that everything—each lamp light, dresser, and pillowtop comforter—provides a pop of Bohemian style against the backdrop of traditionally Southern staples, such as the high-backed chairs and stately headboards.

The hotel’s appreciation for art is not only visible in the details of the interior throughout, it is displayed also in the Grand Bohemian Gallery and the Atrium. The Gallery, open to all guests, features unique pieces of art, jewelry, sculpture, and glass created by nationally and locally renowned artists— all for purchase. The Atrium is full of original pieces and vibrant green grass, and Atrium facing rooms are available.

After ambling through the gallery and admiring each piece of artwork, guests are encouraged to stop by the Grand Bohemian Hotel’s wine bar and wine blending room on the lobby level. Each class offered at the Grand Bohemian Hotel teaches guests the art and chemistry of blending grapes of different ages and regions to create a taste as unique and innovative as each guest’s personality. Guests can leave with their own uniquely blended bottle.

If you’re one who only likes wine when they dine, The Grand Bohemian Hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Èlevè, is sure to captivate your senses. It’s one of few rooftops in the city, so you’ll want to grab a spot outside whenever weather allows. The menu has a French flare, and there is ample seating indoors as well.

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All within a five minute walking distance of the hotel, you can grab dinner at Charleston staple FIG, get a delicious lunch at Vivian Howard’s Handy and Hot, or start your morning with craft coffee at The Rise.

The Holy City’s Grand Bohemian, like the rest of owner Richard Kessler’s Kessler Collection, is perfectly executed through detail and design. Married with the prime downtown location in one of our favorite Southern cities, and GBC has made itself into a true destination.

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Mural in downtown Edgefield. Titan Farms peaches. TLC Confections in Edgefield. Carolina Moon Distillery in Edgefield. Downtown Clinton. Downtown Johnston. Palmetto Shooting Complex.

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Experience the small town charm and character of South Carolina’s Old 96 District.

TThe Carolinas, like most of the South, are home to some incredibly charming small towns, reminiscent of a time long gone by. One such area is known as the Old 96 District. Nestled in the upper Western section of South Carolina, the Old 96 District comprises the counties of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens and McCormick. Within these counties you’ll find Southern history alongside local businesses, miles and miles of hiking, biking and walking trails and pristine freshwater lakes. Escape the hustle and bustle of busy life and explore these quaint Southern towns at your leisure.

Below, you’ll find our top recommendations from our memorable trip to the Old 96 District.

Edgefield, SC

Edgefield was once home to thousands of settlers. As part of the Great Wagon Road, it was a stop for travelers headed West. Today, Edgefield is beloved for its quaint downtown square, countless historic sites, and its growing artisan community.

First, take a stroll around the square! Then grab some delicious grilled cheeses and, of course, some sweet desserts at TLC Confections. After that, head around the corner for a tast-

ing at Carolina Moon Distillery. For the cocktail connoisseur, this place has an incredibly large local selection of pretty much every spirit you can think of, from moonshine to bourbon, gin, vodka and rum. Finish the day with an upscale meal at the Old Edgefield Grille or Christine’s Farm to Fork.

A note for the sporting lovers visiting Edgefield: The Palmetto Shooting Complex is an excellent destination just down the road. This world-class facility on 300 acres is home to five trap and skeet overlays and two sporting clays courses. They also have archery and a massive pavilion!

Johnston, SC

This quaint town is fondly known as the “Peach Capital of the World.” This area produces around 60 percent of South Carolina's peaches. If you enjoy traveling on country roads, a drive to Titan Farms or Big Smile is very picturesque. There are even opportunities to get off the pavement and onto some clay to explore even more of rural South Carolina. See the rows and rows of peach trees in this county for yourself. Titan Farms is the largest peach grower on the East Coast, with over 6,200 acres of peaches. One interesting fact we learned while there: You do not want ripe peaches to touch each other.

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Laurens, SC

From Edgefield, Laurens County sits about an hour and a half drive away. Laurens County was established in 1785 and is a proud part of the Old 96 District. In Laurens you’ll find a tight knit community with a lively downtown and beautiful outdoor gathering area.

The historic town square is home to standout eateries and local shops. We got to explore the knick knacks and antiques at Designs by D. The staff was so friendly, and the pickin’ was fun! For coffee enthusiasts, we can confirm that there’s tasty caffeinated beverages to be found in this town. A Cubano at Courthouse Coffee right on the square will get your morning started on the right foot. If you like sweets, we highly recommend ordering their famous cinnamon roll. And if you are in Laurens later in the day for lunch or dinner, be sure to carve out time for elevated Southern fare at Chef Caleb Satterfield’s Rootimentary. This beautifully designed restaurant has a sophisticated flair. The open kitchen allows guests a glimpse to where their food will be prepared. The bar has a speakeasy vibe and offers up some harder to find bourbons, such as Blantons and Buffalo Trace. And the food, well, it surprised us in the best way: so much flavor, and a great presentation too! If you go for dinner, order the shrimp and grits or the popular Coq Au Vin (chicken breast poached in red wine with bacon lardon). For lunch, the hamburger is spot on!

City Hall and outdoor dining area in downtown Laurens. Old Coca-Cola mural in Laurens. Chef Caleb Satterfield of Rootimentary in Laurens. Cinnamon roll from Courthouse Coffee in Laurens. The Willington Bookshop in Mt. Carmel. The Battle of Musgrove Mill State Park in Clinton.

Clinton, SC

Discover Clinton, SC — a hidden gem for those seeking a break from the city grind. Enjoy a stroll around town and then treat yourself to some delectable dining options. Steamers Restaurant is famous for their burgers, or grab a slice at House of Pizza. And if you're craving something different, don't miss out on the legendary hot dogs at Wilson's Curb Market.

For a delightful shopping experience, make your way to Tapestry Inc or Sunshine City — a salon meets boutique offering well known brands like Scout, Lily Pulitzer, and Simply Southern.

When you’re ready to explore, the perfect daytime activity awaits. The Battle of Musgrove Mill State Park and Historic Site is central to this area’s history. What was once the location of a Revolutionary War battle is now a park with beautiful natural features. Some of the features of the park include Horseshoe Falls, a fishing pond, and the Enoree River.

Willington, SC

Currently, the community of Willington is supporting a mission to become a “Book Town,” or a town that “supports a nonprofit book store at its center” and maintains a dedication to the history and culture at its roots.

If you blink you’d probably miss Willington. But, don’t let that fool you, because this area of South Carolina has a lot to offer, both culturally and naturally. The Willington bookshop is the

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center of this community, and features beautiful murals and over 40,000 new and used books. It’s a book lover's dream. There’s also The History Center, which includes local artifacts and genealogical resources. Visitors can tour the historic Daniel P. Juengst Railroad and Post Office Building as well as visit the African American Cultural Center. While in town, visit Mt. Carmel Cafe for some solid BBQ.

McCormick, SC

Then continue to the lovely downtown of McCormick to see the Dorn Mill, a former cotton gin that is now a nonprofit. Dorn Mill hosts a variety of events like the local farmers market and annual Festival of the Trees. Next, experience the vibrant local artists’ scene at MACK, the McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah and then go for a walk around downtown to take in the history and several beautiful murals.

As far as natural beauty in this area, there are several standouts. A bit outside of town, stop by Hickory Knob State Resort Park for a variety of outdoor activities like camping, archery, and even golf. This was our first visit to a State Park with a golf course — and a nice one at that. In nearby Mt. Carmel, you will find one of the most picturesque campgrounds we’ve seen while traveling. The beautiful Hester’s Bottoms family campground is located on the shores of Lake Thurmond.

Cotton Gin in downtown McCormick. A beautiful church in Trenton, SC. Hester's Bottoms family campground. South Carolina Chef Ambassador Erica McCier of Indigenous Underground in Abbeville, SC.

Trenton, SC

Trenton is a small 1.27-square-mile town in the Eastern part of Edgefield County. Formed in the late 1960s following the advent of the Charlotte, Columbia, and Augusta Railroad, the current town location was initially a stagecoach way station. Quaint and slow are this place’s charm! The town square has a single mural, a handful of benches, the cute Trenton Branch Ben Tillman Library, an homage to Veterans, several historical homes and beautiful churches, and lots of peace and quiet. It truly feels like a bygone era.

2023 south carolina chef ambassador

You really haven’t eaten in Abbeville, SC till you’ve sat down at Chef Erica McCier’s restaurant, Indigenous Underground and ordered the Gator and Grits! The restaurant, opened in 2021, provides a space for guests to enjoy food, music and culture under one roof. Chef Erica McCier has recently been named one of South Carolina's 2023 Chef Ambassadors, a first for the Old 96 District region. Erica is an inspiring and impactful businesswoman and chef, hailed for her creative dishes. What's surprising is that Erica never planned on becoming a chef or restaurant owner. She was previously a middle school visual arts teacher. However, health problems — specifically, kidney disease and renal failure

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A New Lease on Luxury

The Townes at SouthPark is Charlotte’s newest concept for luxury apartment living in SouthPark. Developed by Delray Ventures and built by Copper Builders, The Townes at SouthPark is a luxury townhome apartment community within footsteps of some of Charlotte’s best dining and world-class shopping. The utmost consideration has been given to even the smallest of details, bringing renters an experience that is unrivaled in Charlotte.

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— led her to discover her love for cooking and eventually enroll in culinary school. While on dialysis, she founded Trudy's at the historic Belmont Inn in downtown Abbeville which became increasingly successful through word of mouth. Today, she owns one of Abbeville's most thriving businesses, Indigenous Underground, which serves scrumptious soul food with a gourmet twist. For Erica, cooking is an art form that reflects self-expression, and her dishes embody this philosophy.

After our wonderful experience meeting the South Carolina Chef Ambassador we headed for bed at the Lofts on the Historic Brick Square Airbnbs. These are cozy and perfectly located, with a full kitchen, and beautiful character. We were particularly fond of the old exposed brick walls and high ceilings with rustic wood beams. The Belmont Inn, on the National Register of Historic Places, is also located on the square in Abbeville. The Inn features 25 cozy guest rooms. After a day of experiencing all the attractions this area of South Carolina has to offer, you can enjoy a refreshing drink on the spacious veranda before retiring to the comforts of your room.

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The best in upscale communities for Charlotte and the Carolinas.

While we tend to emphasize travel in these pages, the dream for many is to have a primary (or, even better, secondary) home somewhere that feels like a permanent vacation. Whether it’s in the amenities, grandeur, views, or access to nature, that “vacation-like” feeling has been perfectly captured in these luxury communities.

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Ascent Uptown

Ascent Uptown exemplifies luxury living. With 24-hour maintenance and concierge staff on call—not to mention services like tailoring and black car transportation—Ascent understands that part of creating luxury means leaving their tenants wanting for nothing. That’s why they also feature heated rooftop pools, as well as custom cabanas. For lounge areas, they have an outdoor grilling station, a sky lounge with kitchen catering, and a penthouse lounge complete with a bar and matrix TV. They even have an on-site pet spa and grooming salon. Tenants have everything they need to feel pampered at Ascent Uptown.

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The Ratcliffe

The Ratcliffe is a lavish condominium conveniently connected to the Overstreet Mall in Uptown, a retail space attached to several buildings in the area. Step outside your front door and

walk six blocks without ever leaving the complex. Looking for a romantic evening out? Grab a bite downstairs at Bernardin’s Fine Dining, which specializes in mouthwatering seafood, veal, lamb, and steak. This upscale complex is perfect for the city dweller looking for comfort, convenience, and community. ratcliffeliving.com

The Trust

With just eight custom condominium homes available, The Trust is one of the most exclusive apartment buildings in all of Charlotte. The elite building has even been home to famous athletes. Residents have access to a private rooftop terrace, a wine vault, and a luxury in-house restaurant. The Trust is among Charlotte’s most luxurious and private living accommodations. centercityliving.com

The Arlington

Known colloquially as “the pink building” due to its eyecatching desert rose glass exterior, The Arlington is a stylish condominium in South End that offers its residents luxury accommodations. The iconic highrise is equipped with spacious studio apartments and three-bedroom penthouses, all of which feature open floor plans, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies. Residents of The Arlington have access to a rooftop pool, a top-of-the-line fitness center and a private lounge. charlottepenthouses.com

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Townes At SouthPark

The Townes at SouthPark is a pet-friendly living community that prides itself on bringing a high level of luxury to those who appreciate the finer things in life and want to live worry-free. Here, residents enjoy a wide range of amenities, including state-of-theart Thermador appliances, gas fireplaces, quartz countertops, and designer cabinetry. Residents can also choose from different interior finish styles to match their preferences, and select homes even have private elevators. The Townes at SouthPark currently offer 12 floorplans to choose from: These range in size from 2,885 to 4,066 square feet, perfect for both individuals and families. Their smallest, The Belk, features three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, plus a dedicated study. In comparison, the largest floorplan, The Archdale, has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, plus a connected two-car garage. For those looking to live in comfort without giving up the beauty of a well-designed home, The Townes at SouthPark are just right for all your needs. southparktownes.com

TradeMark

The TradeMark is a 28-story highrise situated in the center of Uptown. This upscale condominium is bursting with personality and urban energy. Each room features private balconies, 10-foot ceilings, and spacious living and kitchen areas. Community spaces within the TradeMark overlook the Panthers Stadium, which is perfect for game-day viewing options. The building also has a private parking garage, an elevated pool terrace, and a fitness room. centercityliving.com

Avenue Penthouses

Each penthouse features a two-story wall of windows, as well as three private terraces. Still, that’s not all the Avenue has to offer. The condo building features a theater room and an outdoor TV lounge, as well as 24-hour concierge services. Through digital screens in all their elevators, the condo building keeps tenants informed about fun events and gatherings. Plus, with a pool, a fully

equipped gym, and free yoga classes, Avenue has everything its tenants need to support an active lifestyle. charlottepenthouses.com

The Francis and Novel Stonewall Station

These upscale apartments have everything from quartz countertops to waterfall kitchen island stone. Plus, it’s all located directly above a Whole Foods grocery store and LYNX Light Rail station. Amenities include a rooftop deck with an invisible-edge saltwater pool, as well as a skyline fitness center with cutting-edge Technogym equipment. It even has a fully gated dog park. As more and more shops start flocking to the Stonewall area, the Novel Stonewall Station community is sure to thrive. thefrancisuptown.com

The Residence at SouthPark

Living in the SouthPark neighborhood means having everything within reach. The Residence at SouthPark is located next to SouthPark Mall, placing the upscale apartment complex in walking distance of many of the most desirable restaurants, coffee shops, stores, and recreational activities. The Residence is home to some of the largest and most extravagant apartments in Charlotte. Floor plans are available in up to 3,057 square feet and include up to three expansive bedrooms. Outdoors, a sundeck with lounge seating, a rooftop saltwater pool and fire pit, a 24-hour fitness center, and a resident concierge service are all available. Tenants can even enjoy these perks with a drink in hand from the craft coffee, tea, and wine bar located inside.

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Museum Tower

As part of the Queen City’s “most dynamic zip code,” the Museum Tower soars 43 stories above Uptown Charlotte. The apartment complex is surrounded by boutiques, distinguished dining, breweries, sporting facilities, and much more. Plus, living at the Tower doesn’t just benefit the residents: It benefits

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the planet. Each apartment and penthouse is precisely created to facilitate environmentally-friendly living. The homes include smart thermostats and high-efficiency windows that maximize year-round energy efficiency. Amenities at the Tower include a valet dry-cleaning service, multiple fireplaces, a rooftop lounge and heated saltwater pool, and a spinning and yoga room.

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The VUE

The VUE clocks in at 560 feet, or 50 stories, tall. As the tallest high-rise between New York and Miami, the massive apartment complex rises above the historic Fourth Ward, an area filled with charming landmarks as well as many up-and-coming businesses. Amenities at the VUE include a full-sized golf simulation lounge, a spa, a private sky lounge bar, a business lounge with iMacs, and more. Plus, you can bring your furry friends along: The VUE offers a pet park on the seventh floor and a premiere pet walking service. vuecharlotte.com

Catalyst Charlotte

The Catalyst Charlotte complex lives up to its name by helping tenants have a respite to return to to complement their full, high-paced lives. The apartments are in the heart of the bustling Third Ward where restaurants, shopping districts, parks, and energy are all plentiful. Catalyst residents can enjoy the scenic views of the Third Ward from the ground or from the apartment`s fully landscaped outdoor terrace with a roaring fireplace or its elevated pool and sun deck. catalystcharlotte.com

Tindall Park

The Tindall Park spaces include ten-foot ceilings, a wet bar, exclusive professional series appliances, solid wood doors throughout each residence, walk-in glass showers, and much

more. Select residences even include full-size dining rooms and home offices. The grandeur does not stop at the individual units of the Tindall. The community is filled with lavish amenities for all kinds of residents to enjoy. For the fitness enthusiast, there is a 24/7 fitness facility and an outdoor terrace perfect for morning yoga. For the social butterfly, there is a clubroom designed for entertaining and social gatherings. For the workaholic, there are conference rooms and high-speed fiber Wi-Fi available. tindallparkapartments.com

The Hub South End

The Hub South End was created with its definition in mind: It truly is a center of activity and interest. The apartments are nestled in South End, one of the most dynamic and innovative parts of the city. The neighborhood has a high walkability and bike-ability rating so residents can easily travel and navigate the neighborhood’s rich array of restaurants, retail stores, and coffee shops. The Hub makes exploring your apartment building just as fun as exploring the city itself. Within the Hub, tenants can find luxuries such as a heated saltwater lap pool, a pet spa, an outdoor entertaining space complete with pizza ovens, and an air-conditioned bike storage and repair center. hubsouthend.com

THE CAROLINAS

Blue Ridge Mountain Club

Blue Ridge Mountain Club embodies nature and luxury all at once. The stunning condos and homes in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, offer endless possibilities for adventure into the mountains and a five star meal when you return from your day exploring. Enjoy on-site dining and drink options, lots of live events, and exclusive hiking trails. Plus, BRMC boasts some of the best sunset watching we’ve experienced. blueridgemountainclub.com

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Palmetto Bluff

Palmetto Bluff is the stuff dreams are made of. Beautifully designed on an exceptional piece of protected land and located in Bluffton, South Carolina, Palmetto Bluff is right on the shores of the May River. Walk, bike, or take part in the many water activities, along with golf courses, spas, and fitness centers. There are also several on-site dining and drink options, a treehouse, post office and more. Living doesn’t get much more effortless than this. montageresidencespalmettobluff.com

Timbers

Timbers is a luxury resort and living community located on Kiawah Island in South Carolina with sweeping ocean views.. Filled with pristine beaches and professional-quality golf courses, this area and Timbers offer top notch amenities and something for every age group to do. timbersresorts.com

Chetola Resort

While Chetola provides romantic scenery and relaxing activities for couples. Kids can enjoy the resort’s paddle boats and pickle ball courts, and the sportsmen can test their aim at the resort’s sporting reserve. Outside the resort, guests can explore the village of Blowing Rock or take a hike through the nearby mountain trails. Chetola Resort provides maintenance-free living in a resort atmosphere. There are approximately 260 Chetola Resort condominium units that can also

be included in seasonal vacation rental programs. chetola.com

Spring Island

Nestled between the resort town of Hilton Head Island and the charming coastal village of Beaufort, the gated community of Spring Island offers residents a quiet luxury that accents the natural beauty of its environment which is distinct from its neighbors. From empty lots to cozy cottages or a $12 million private-island estate, the community offers gorgeous housing for a wide range of budgets. Residents can test their accuracy at the community’s sporting-clays area or stalk quail with the community’s hunting club, or enjoy fitness classes, massage suites, a lap pool, and a fully-equipped gym. Outside, there’s a tennis court, a croquet field and a heated/cooled pool. springisland.com

Lodges at Eagles Nest

Lodges at Eagles Nest is more than just a place to call your mountain home; it’s truly high quality high country living. With a location close to Boone and Blowing Rock, Eagles Nest is the perfect family getaway. With activities like hiking, ATV trails, and a bustling on-site winery, Eagles Nest has something for everyone to enjoy.

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Linville Ridge

Linville Ridge it just a short drive from Charlotte and an ideal

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spot to purchase a vacation home in the mountains. Endless activities and beautiful dining venues are scattered around the resort. With one of the highest elevation golf courses and endless nature to explore, this is an ideal place for the whole family. linvilleridge.com

Cullasaja Club

The Cullasaja Club is a private club providing an authentic experience of life in the mountains. Established in Highlands, North Carolina, the Cullasaja Club is full of outdoor activities and stunning waterfalls to explore. Purchase one of their rustic homes and escape into the best of Carolina’s natural setting. cullasajaclub.org

Landfall Wilmington

Landfall Wilmington is one of the finest country clubs, surrounded by popular beaches, miles and miles of golf courses, and a historic downtown. Offering many outdoor activities and dining experiences, Landfall Wilmington provides a luxury experience right on the coast. Just a few hours from Charlotte, Wilmington is a wonderful place to buy a family-friendly beach house.

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The Cliffs

Combine the best of the sporting lifestyle and the club lifestyle, and you’ll get The Cliffs. The Cliffs is a luxury community featuring some of the highest quality homes along with outdoor

activities and dining experiences that members can enjoy. Enjoy a modern home with some old world charm when you purchase at The Cliffs. Club members can create a permanent residence or new vacation home in one of seven communities dispersed throughout the Asheville region, the NC mountains, or Keowee Lake.

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Lake Toxaway Estates

Lake Toxaway Estates is located in Western North Carolina, making it the perfect place for hiking and skiing in the winter months or boating and fishing during the summer. Their 1,100 home sites range in size from 20-acre camps to half-acre lots. The grounds include a playground and soccer field, 40 acres of open space known as The Meadow, and The Pavilion, an openair arena where monthly music events are held during the summer season.

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Wild Dunes

Located on the coast outside of Charleston, South Carolina, Wild Dunes is a world-class resort filled with beaches, golf, dining and outdoor activities. It’s easily walkable, bikeable with miles of well-kept trails. The gorgeous gated community offers endless beach days with the historic city of Charleston nearby. Wild Dunes is a beautiful, exclusive place for a dream vacation home.

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STAY IN STYLE

The best luxury hotels, resorts, and inns of the Carolinas.

TThough not every occasion calls for a hotel upgrade, when the time is right you’ll want to choose discerningly. For your next celebration, vacation, or self-care sojourn, try one of these stays. From the mountains of Western North Carolina to charming Charleston, the splendor, detail, and excellent service of these hotels will take your trip from rote to remarkable.

UPTOWN EXPERIENCES

The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte offers luxury lodging directly in the center of the city. A penthouse-level Spa and Wellness Center, sweeping city views, and a total of four onsite restaurants and bars all within the heart of Uptown make this hotel a Charlotte classic. If you choose to enjoy one of their suites, you’ll receive a spacious living room, parlor, and bedroom, access to a fitness room equipped with a Peloton Bike, formal dining for eight with a prep kitchen and wine cooler ensuite, an elevated honor bar, SFERRA fine Italian linens, and a large, full marble bathroom featuring an oversized garden bathtub and shower.

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The Ballantyne Hotel

Indulge in luxury and sophistication at the incomparable Luxury Collection Hotel in Charlotte. Nestled in a prime location, guests are blessed with easy access to premier shopping

at SouthPark, exhilarating outdoor activities at Whitewater Center, as well as tantalizing dining and entertainment options in the Ballantyne neighborhood. Bask in supreme relaxation at The Spa at Ballantyne or take a refreshing dip in one of the hotel's sparkling pools. Delight in the art of high-tea, complemented with an exquisite variety of sweet and savory bites. Immerse yourself in the unparalleled luxury of the Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte.

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The Ivey’s Hotel

This Parisian-style luxury, boutique hotel located in Uptown’s Fourth Ward offers comfortable accommodations, fine dining, and breakfast. Want to kick things up? In the Executive Suite, you’ll enjoy a luxuriously appointed room with a king bed, turn down service, frette linens and towels, a 55-inch Sony 4K television, fully stocked mini-bar, lutron controlled lighting, and spalike bathroom with a mistral bath. You’ll also be able to enjoy all-day snacks, and an evening cheese and charcuterie board accompanied with wine and champagne.

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The Dunhill Hotel

In the historic Dunhill Hotel, you’ll be able to enjoy sophisticated accommodations enhanced by gracious Southern hospitality and the hotel’s ideal location in the heart of Charlotte’s Uptown.

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One of our favorite offerings is the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Package. It includes overnight accommodations, a welcome amenity from the Bechtler, two Bechtler Museum of Modern Art admission tickets, a special discount in the museum store, and a glass of wine for each guest at The Dunhill Hotel’s lobby bar. dunhill.com

Grand Bohemian Charlotte

Opened Uptown in 2020, The Grand Bohemian boasts 254 guestrooms, all inspired by classic Argentinian style and art. True to the other Grand Bohemian collection hotels, the Charlotte version offers luxurious, modern accommodations, a spa, a private park and a rooftop bar. For an experience you won’t forget, book the Presidential Suite and enjoy a 1,380 square foot room with two king beds, two and a half baths, a sweeping city view, three 60inch TVs with LED screens, and a minifridge. marriott.com

Kimpton Tryon Park

The Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel considers itself part of the “New South” culture in Uptown Charlotte, where the buzzing energy of a major city blends with traditional hospitality. You can pop up to the rooftop, Merchant & Trade, for an expertly crafted cocktail set 19 stories above Romare Bearden Park, or lay your head to rest on luxe linens in one of their soothing guest rooms. With the Penthouse Suite, you can stretch out in nearly 1300 square feet. The suite features a luxurious king bed, a separate presidential suite living room, a large bathroom, plush bathrobes, an oversized desk, dining table, Italian frette linens, a fully stocked honor bar, and beautiful views of Uptown and the Knights Ballpark. tryonparkhotel.com

Duke Mansion

Built in 1915, The Duke Mansion has been home and host to scores of leaders of the 20th century. James Buchanan Duke’s most lasting legacies, including Duke University, Duke Energy and the

Duke Endowment, took shape at the home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mansion is operated as a nonprofit where all proceeds are used to preserve and protect this community treasure. The Dowd Suite is what the Mansion calls their “most elegant and luxurious room”—it boasts a beautiful view of the courtyard and gardens; appointed with a king sized bed, a shared sleeping porch, and a spacious bathroom with a large soaking tub and a shower for two. dukemansion.com

AC Hotel SouthPark

Immerse yourself in the sophisticated, European-inspired design of the new AC Hotel Charlotte SouthPark. Purposefully created to allow busy travelers to relax and connect with others, the new hotel is six miles from Charlotte’s city center and just over ten miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The SouthPark Mall, Mint Museum, and Blumenthal Performing Arts Center are also a short distance away. The AC Lounge and rooftop bar concept, Cordial, offer options for dining and craft beverages. The King Suite is 614 square feet with a living room. marriott.com

The Omni Hotel

Centrally located in the heart of Charlotte’s walkable Uptown financial district, the Omni is the perfect destination for business and leisure travel. Linked to twelve city blocks via a sky bridge, the hotel is just moments from top attractions like Discovery Place and the Bechtler. The Suite Parlor, at 740 square feet, is a generous, residential-style suite with plenty of privacy, a spacious “parlor” area with a king bed, living area, conference table (seating up to six), wet bar and full luxurious bathroom. omnihotels.com

Morehead Inn

Opened to the public as the Morehead Inn in 1984, the house quickly began to experience the acclaim and appreciation of its

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many visitors. An elegant Southern estate endowed with quiet elegance and fine antiques, the spacious, historic Dilworth home features intimate fireplaces, luxurious private rooms. and a fourbedroom carriage house. Stay in the spacious Worthington Suite on the ground floor of the historic Carriage House: It boasts a large living room area with a stone fireplace, wet bar, and refrigerator. The separate bedroom area has a queen sized bed. moreheadinn.com

Marriott Uptown

Set in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, this modern hotel offers chic guest rooms and suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with city skyline views, gleaming hardwood floors, an open-plan lobby with a coffee social hub, Coco and the Director, and all-day dining at Stoke Charlotte. For something special, try the 1187 square foot Presidential Suite with a private access floor. There are separate living and dining areas, and complimentary business services offered. marriott.com

MOUNTAIN ESCAPES

Greystone Inn

Lucy Armstrong built her estate on Lake Toxaway in North Carolina in 1915. Over a hundred years later, her home has grown into an elegant testament to the passion she felt for the area with The Greystone Inn. The natural splendor of the Nantahala National Forest surrounds the inn's stone facade: The architecture evokes turn-of-the-century glamor that has evolved to embrace modern simplicity. Swiss mountain chalets inspire the large square windows and gray board siding with white trim. The estate was privately owned until 1985 and underwent many renovations. Its most recent improvement occurred after the property exchanged hands in 2015. The Greystone Inn closed its doors in January of that year as it underwent a multi-milliondollar restoration. It reopened in May 2018. greystoneinn.com

Half-Mile Farm

Half-Mile Farm, a luxury country inn owned and operated by Old Edwards, is a place where serenity is paramount. The inn, in the mountains of Highlands, NC, restricts lodging access to guests over the age of 18 and strictly enforces a noise policy. But ask any guest, and they’ll tell you how grateful they are for a quiet reprieve so well-tailored to the breathtakingly landscaped grounds that comprise Half-Mile Farm. oldedwardshospitality.com

Grand Bohemian Asheville

Situated just outside the gates of the Biltmore Estate is the unmistakable facade of The Grand Bohemian Hotel, the Asheville chapter of the Kessler Collection’s signature fusion of art, eclectic decor, and luxury accommodations. Every Grand Bohemian has a distinct character, and the Asheville property embraces a European mountain lodge aesthetic with playful fervor. Hunting imagery and relics associated with the outdoors coexist with velvety ultraluxe interiors. The Grand Bohemian is also just outside of downtown Asheville. grandbohemianashevilleautographcollection.com

Hotel Domestique

The Swag

This private mountaintop resort, located just outside Waynesville, North Carolina, features remarkable Smoky Mountain views, award-winning eats, and charming rustic accommodations. A stay in one of The Swag’s exclusive 14 individually decorated rooms makes for the perfect mountain getaway retreat. Relax on the lawn and take in the view, dine on-site, and enjoy the easy access to beautiful hiking trails. theswag.com

Inspired by the travels, tastes, and lifestyle of legendary cyclist George Hincapie, Hotel Domestique exists at the intersection of two hospitality ideals. Part countryside auberge, part modern boutique hotel, Domestique is the definition of a retreat—it’s even located in a town called Traveler’s Rest. The destination is tucked at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the foothills of upstate South Carolina, allowing for some of the most stunning views in all of Carolina. Enchanting guests in search of peace from across the nation, the hotel’s unique blend of Old World style and contemporary design creates an atmosphere entirely cut off from daily routine (and daily stress). hoteldomestique.com

The Inn on Biltmore Estate

The Inn has a gorgeous, châteauesque-style based on the French Renaissance architecture of the estate itself, making

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it a relaxing way to enjoy the grounds and surrounding Asheville area. The sense of opulence never leaves you as you enjoy any of the fifteen restaurants within a mile of the inn. The Inn on Biltmore Estate also boasts proximity to the Biltmore Estate Wine Company, which opened in 1985 and produces high-quality local wine. The company has relatively young wine with sweet, Riesling-like whites, and spicy, chocolate-y reds. You can taste them yourself at one of the many sampling programs the Biltmore provides. biltmore.com

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Known for its combination of luxury and relaxation, this western escape will leave you happily immersed in the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. The Inn also provides guests with art, music and pristine outdoor adventures for an unforgettable experience. There’s several spectacular waterfalls in the Highlands area, so we recommend you venture outside the hotel room for a day trip. oldedwardshospitality.com

The Inn at Crestwood

Built in 1949, The Inn at Crestwood is a quaint mountain-side accommodation located in Boone, NC. The inn offers guests a relaxing and luxurious stay in the lush mountainous area. You can dine onsite at their New American-style restaurant or spend a day decompressing at their upscale spa before venturing into the bustling downtown of Boone. crestwoodnc.com

Mckinley Edwards Inn

The McKinley Edwards Inn is an upscale boutique hotel overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains in Bryson City, NC. Conveniently located near a plethora of restaurants, shops, and unique local attractions, the inn is the perfect spot for a family-friendly vacation. The Mckinley Edwards Inn offers pet friendly lodging, spacious accommodations, and stellar views of the rolling hills. mckinleyedwardsinn.com

The Omni Grove Park Inn

For over a century, The Omni Grove Park Inn has been the perfect destination for travelers to rejuvenate, relax, and breathe clean mountain air. This resort sits atop Sunset Mountain, providing guests with breathtaking views, and is equipped with its own award-winning spa and several restaurants and bars on property to choose from. For a classic mountain experience, visit Grove Park. Downtown Asheville is just a short drive down the road, so once you’ve explored the grounds of Grove Park, you can explore all the city has to offer. omnihotels.com

The Lodge at River Run

The Lodge at River Run is an upscale bed and breakfast locat-

ed in Banner Elk, NC, overlooking the picturesque Elk River. This hidden gem emphasizes serenity. Guests are pampered with comfortable king-size beds, fine linen, private paths, and an outside hot tub. Each night the lodge offers a complimentary wine and cheese reception. On special evenings, the hotel showcases live entertainment featuring local artists. thelodgeatriverrun.com

The Foundry

The Foundry is a unique retreat located in the heart of Asheville. The historic building was originally used as a steel factory, and though the hotel has since been renovated and refined, it maintains many important elements of its industrial origins. The hotel’s interior presents an artistic approach to modernity; extremely fitting for the vibrant city of Asheville. Each room is expertly curated to impress guests with each individual design. Indulge in The Foundry’s artisanal food and craft cocktails, with their restaurant Benne on Eagle, and enjoy the neighboring River Arts District. thefoundryasheville.com

Chetola

Chetola is an exquisite 87-acre resort in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Beloved for its tantalizing views and the unique attractions the property offers, Chetola is the perfect destination for every season. The Resort has also managed to fully embrace the stunning natural setting around it, and offers many ways to have fun at the Highlands Sports and Recreation Center, outside at Chetola Lake, and on the adjacent hiking trails. chetola.com

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Mast Farm Inn

Known for its impeccable weddings and historic lodging, the award-winning Mast Farm Inn is a great destination to enjoy mesmerizing views and a scenic atmosphere. With a wide variety of amenities ranging from outdoor activities to fine dining and shopping, the Inn gives guests a great home away from home. While you’re there, pop over to the original Mast General Store—it’s one of the primary reasons to visit Valle Crucis in the first place. Grab a spicy Blenheim Ginger Ale and linger on the century-old porch, which is always full of oldtimers and banjo-picking.

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Herons, The Umstead’s signature restaurant, headed by executive chef Steven Greene. theumstead.com

Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

In the RJ Reynolds building of Winston-Salem is the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, a pinnacle of Southern charm and luxury. Associated with the Kimpton is their restaurant The Katharine, a Southern cafe that has a Brasserie twist, also offering seating on their patio seasonally. The Kimpton Cardinal includes countless amenities for its corporate guests, including private dining for up to 10 guests, and packages for corporate retreats.

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Fearrington

The Fearrington Inn, which is located in a village of the same name just south of Chapel Hill offers many charms to its visitors. Not only is it located on generational farmland, lovingly maintained by the owners, but this farmland in turn supplies the restaurants with some of the food the Fearrington House Restaurant, the Belted Goat, and the Roost Beer Garden use every day. An on-site spa, individual room designs, and more await you when you stay at the Fearrington. fearrington.com

The Umstead

Located in Cary, North Carolina is the only Five-Star hotel in North Carolina, The Umstead. With over 150 guest rooms and suites in addition to an esteemed art gallery, this gem of the triangle cannot be overlooked. Be sure not to miss out on

O’Henry

Located in the ‘Friendly Homes’ neighborhood of Greensboro, O’Henry brings Old World charm with modern amenities. Your stay includes a hot southern breakfast and afternoon tea served in the lobby as well as airport transportation. O’Henry takes the safety and health of their guests seriously, so they have appointed a sanitation manager and increased cleaning efforts. All of these amenities, in addition to the locally sourced furnishings and custom-made art make for a truly bespoke experience.

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Planters Inn

In the heart of historic Charleston stands The Planters Inn, a monument of luxurious vacationing in the Carolinas. Whether you desire a private terrace entrance or a top-floor suite, the

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variety in designs offer something to every guest. Adjacent to the Planters Inn is the Peninsula Grill, as known for its classics—the famous 12-layer coconut cake—as its innovative cuisine and extensive wine list. plantersinn.com

Sanderling Resort

Located on the northern end of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Sanderling Resort offers a variety of vacation options to the discerning traveler. If privacy is your chief concern, Sanderling has a number of rental homes that include concierge services, housekeeping, and resort beach access as some of their many amenities. If you want a gorgeous view of the Currituck Sound while you eat, head to Kimball’s Kitchen. The Sandbar Restaurant is also available for more casual dining options during the day. sanderling-resort.com

Montage Palmetto Bluff

A pristine campus that oozes relaxation, Montage Palmetto Bluff is a classic southern escape. Located in the heart of Coastal Carolina, Montage Palmetto Bluff is set in a vibrant 20,000 acre community between Hilton Head and Savannah. The resort features two villages, eight southern-inspired dining options, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. montagehotels.com/palmettobluff

Beach at Charleston Harbor

Waterfront luxury never looked so appealing. Located in Charleston Harbor, the Beach Club is the quintessential southern resort. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, The Beach Club at Charleston harbor offers a respite for ev-

eryone. From the palmetto tree-lined entrance to the beautiful tropical landscape, The Beach Club offers a truly unique escape. charlestonharborresort.com

The Spectator

An elite way to experience one of the most inviting cities in the world, The Spectator is the pinnacle of southern class and culture. Located in the heart of Charleston’s bustling historic district the hotel offers the best in dining and jazz entertainment you can find in the lowland. From the delicious and unique upscale pub to a personal butler service, there is relaxation at every turn.

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Hotel Emeline

Catering to both the soulful sojourner and the inquisitive local, Hotel Emeline offers everything you need to feel right at home in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina. From catered excursions to a restful evening off their catered menu, Hotel Emeline is an all-encompassing experience for both the Charleston traveler and native.

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Hotel Hartness

Hotel Hartness seamlessly melds the charming history of Greenville's prominent Hartness family with modern luxury. This elegant sanctuary boasts tastefully-designed suites in the main hotel and four exceptional spa suites. Traversing the property, guests will appreciate the fusion of timeless architecture with contemporary decor.

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AWARD SEASON

How David Moritz’s impeccable vision and drive for innovation changed an industry.

IIn 2007, David Moritz was an ambitious young man fresh out of law school. Fifteen years later, he’s the visionary behind a luxury design firm that puts out the industry’s most iconic trophies and awards–the Emmy, the Golden Globe, the Dancing With the Stars trophy. In addition to an impressive roster of private and corporate clients, David’s company, Society Awards, also designs the MTV VMA Moon Person Award, Koons National Arts Award, CFDA Fashion Award, Billboard Music Award, and the CMT Award.

In the past decade and a half, David explains that he’s “had quite the education — in accounting, marketing, advertising, art and design… luxury brand building and strategy, and every busi-

ness operation in between.” What started out as just him, in an office on Wall Street, has now grown into an industry-disrupting firm with more than 50 employees and two factories.

Society Awards, born in New York City, now calls Charlotte, NC its home. How David got here, and how he envisioned and then made manifest a business so successful and prestigious without any initial intention to become an entrepreneur is a story well worth telling. Here is David in his own words.

What sets Society Awards apart from the rest of the industry? What sets me personally apart in the awards business is probably endurance, taste and professionalism. What sets Society

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Awards apart is nearly everything — we’re the only luxury brand focusing on awards, so it starts with being an actual valuable brand compared to generic, and it includes world class logistics, to award-winning (yes!) design, to the highest level of customer service, and expertise in all we do. From the quality of the products and the classiness of the service, to the unparalleled designs and artwork, you come to Society Awards for a luxury experience, and we build long term relationships.

What is your day-to-day role like now?

I still wear many hats, but thankfully I have great support and assistance all around. The collaboration effectiveness with my Co-Creative Director Vicky Fotopoulou is a work of art in itself, and everyone is contributing to our success in all departments. [There’s] an aspect of quality control which I see as a major part of my function. In addition to supervising all the departments, I also act as the CMO, setting the course for the next big innovation.

How did you end up in Charlotte, and why is it a good home for Society Awards?

My wife Charlotte (coincidentally her name) and I basically “interviewed” towns all over the country to move to from New York City pre-pandemic. Charlotte has such a wonderful confluence of appealing traits. It’s then become a great home for Society Awards for the same reason — great people, excitement about the future, pride in what we do. Society Awards always will be a New York City brand in style and passion.

How did you first begin to bring on such prestigious clients?

Unbelievably, I did that first. That was my plan — first get the most visible prestigious clients, then use that to entice a large number of corporate accounts. Little did I know that I’d be so good at reworking the prestigious awards that I would spend about half our company’s existence just doing that before we could turn attention to a wider audience. It’s important to point out that so many of our corporate accounts are also

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prestigious. Prestige is all about context — there may be a professional association and the award we make for them is the most prestigious thing in their circle.

How would you describe your own artistic tastes?

Taste and style develops throughout your life, doesn’t it? I wonder if my tastes have more or less settled now or if they will continue to evolve. My mother cautioned me, “Don’t buy any expensive furniture when you’re young, because your tastes will change four times before you’re 40!” That was true! One of the strengths of our approach is to have the discipline to put aside personal preferences, while pre -

serving good aesthetic judgment across all styles. Society Awards has its own baseline style that is fairly recognizable. It’s difficulty through simplicity, letting the form and material carry the beauty, timeless design within innovations, something Mid Century, but contemporary with a luxury tone.

What is your favorite part about your work?

The variety of tasks and how I’ve seen it grow from this idea to this tangible thing that others can see. What was in my mind is now in front of everyone’s face. If we want to collaborate with another luxury brand, they see us as a

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Society Awards has its own baseline style that is recognizable. carry the beauty, timeless design within innovations, some-

peer right away. That is never easy to create whole-cloth, especially in a niche or a new category, and in only fifteen years. Now that it’s here, it’s very fun to work with!

Having achieved a "pinnacle of success" in your field, what goals and aspirations remain that keep you truly motivated?

Well that’s very sweet to say, thank you! First, the world keeps changing so we have to keep at the forefront of innovation in all the areas that will matter to our clients, so that we can continue to provide them with this unparalleled experience. No rest for the weary in that regard!

Second, once you’ve created this powerful tool, you would want to use it right? See what else you can do with it and keep building it stronger! Who knows what Society Awards can do, who we could partner with or what collaboration opportunities exist for everyone’s benefit. It might be that Society Awards can do things that only my kids will have the vision to see, as they grow up with new technology and new industries.

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Articles inside

AWARD SEASON

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STAY IN STYLE

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AT HOME LUXURY

9min
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A New Lease on Luxury

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HISTORY PRESERVED

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CLASSIC MEETS ECLECTIC

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GATHER IN GLAMOUR

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OFFICE OPULENCE

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LIGHT SHOW

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A STUDY WITH AN EDGE

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Your Home is Beautiful

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IN THE BUSINESS OF BUILDING

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HOME & DESIGN

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THE PERFECT HARDWOODS

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RESTAURANT CONSTANCE'S UP IN THE AIR

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Bring your appetite for discovery.

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A SPIRITED RETURN

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A PIEDMONT LEGEND

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A NEW GATHERING SPACE

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ET CETERA OPENS AT ANFA

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AN ARTISTIC REBIRTH

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COLLABORATIVE COLLECTIONS

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Beautiful Results,

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE SMILE OF YOUR DREAMS?

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Sharing The Stories of North Carolina’s Most Extraordinary Homes

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