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The Quintessential Charlotte Magazine

Vol. 6 | No. 2

THE DESIGN ISSUE Inside NFL star Greg Olsen’s home, Heirloom Companies’ craftsmanship, Treehouse Masters’ owl library, Mudwerk’s wall art, and a peek into the spaces that mean the most to Charlotte’s best interior designers

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142 MAKING HEIRLOOMS The story of South Carolina’s Moseley family and their craft

148 OWL IN THE TREES Pete Nelson of Treehouse Masters builds Omni Montessori’s treehouse

154 ART WORK Eric Cockrell and his Mudwerk team craft Charlotte’s finest walls

160 COME ON IN Six Charlotte interior designers welcome us into their homes

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PASTEL PALETTE The abstract art of Charlotte designer Laura Park ART & LEGACY Visit gallery and frame shop Coffey & Thompson MUSIC FOR YOUR SOUL Lonnie and Ocie Davis’ Jazz Arts Initiative


RUNNING WORKS Dolhare’s non-profit offers new identity to the less fortunate



HABERDISH NoDa’s new mill town southern kitchen and craft cocktail bar




FORK Chef Tim Groody redefines fresh food


KANELBULLAR A Whisk + Wood Dessert


AIX’S RATATOUILLE One of Charlotte’s best new restaurants shares a favorite recipe


PLUM AFFAIR A tasty cocktail from BLT Steak


BURSTING BOBA Creative, colorful cocktails from 8.2.0 at the Music Factory

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SOUTHERN STYLE 5 questions with Charlotte stylist Kristin Heinrich BEAUTY RULES Layne Barter Makeup on inspirations and milestones BURN The boot camp is challenging women to change how fitness is approached









IN GOOD COMPANY Meet talented designer Beth Keim of Lucy & Company REST ASSURED Dewoolfson Down’s custommade down and linen products CURATED Charlotte’s talented designers share their decor selections

AN ABODE SITTING ROOM Mary Miller’s charcoal library is a restful retreat MRS. HOWARD’S PORCH A design by Lane Brown of Mrs. Howard/Max & Co. A HOUSE THAT IS A HOME Step inside Greg and Kara Olsen’s Kingswood Home


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A STEP BACK IN TIME Modern luxury and a vision of the past at Duke Mansion


NEW BERN A North Carolina coastal town steeped in history


NOLA Leslie Brooks eats, drinks, and relaxes in Louisiana’s Big Easy


THE QUEEn’S CUP The steeplechase isn’t just a horse race; at its very core, it’s an authentically Charlotte tradition

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THE DESIGN ISSUE This issue comes at the perfect time. As I write this editor’s note, our publisher Brett Barter is out and about searching for his family’s new home. And as most of you know, with a new home comes all kinds of decor, design, and service needs. Luckily for him, our 2017 Design Issue features our annual home guide: 16 pages that touch on nearly every aspect of the home and design industry. Our hope is that this issue will help inspire not only our publisher’s new digs but also influence our readers’ own design aesthetics and help transform many Charlotte houses into homes. This issue’s cover story gives readers a sneak peek into Panthers star Greg Olsen’s sophisticated yet functional family-friendly home. Readers will also meet the family behind Heirloom Companies— some of the best artisans in the Carolinas—and get

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a glimpse into the owl library at Omni Montessori featured on Treehouse Masters. You will also be introduced to the talented Eric Cockrell of Mudwerk and his most intricate plaster work, and step inside the spaces that matter the most to Charlotte’s best interior designers, including Amy Vermillion, Traci Zeller, Lauren Clement, Charlotte Lucas, Beth Keim, Lisa Sherry, and Mary Miller. Besides all things home and design, in the following pages you can read about NoDa’s Haberdish, Burn Boot Camp, Laura Park’s art, Corenlieus’ Fork!, the Duke Mansion, Whisk + Wood, Aix En Provence, and so much more. Best, Brett Barter, Publisher Jon-Paul Grice, Editor

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March/April 2017 THE EDITOR’S PICK


3/10/17 – 3/19/17 - Sleeping Beauty’s timeless tale of the beautiful Princess Aurora, a dashing prince, and the triumph of good over evil has delighted audiences for years. Originally created by the legendary choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1890, Sleeping Beauty remains a treasured ballet classic. Artistic Director and Choreographer Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux is joined by Associate Artistic Director Patricia McBride to stage this opulent production with gorgeous sets and costumes and a cast of fanciful characters. Join the Charlotte Ballet in March for Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted kingdom, as this beloved childhood story leaves you feeling happily ever after. The show will take place at the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. |

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“Sleeping Beauty is the essence of classical ballet, and I believe Charlotteans will enjoy the opulent sets and costumes of this spectacular performance. The ballet was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa with music composed by Tchaikovsky. I have a unique perspective on Petipa and Tchaikovsky because of my time as a principal dancer at the Paris Opera Ballet and New York City Ballet.”

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March/April 2017

4/29/17 Queen’s Cup Steeplechase

SET LIST Goings-on in music, film, comedy, and more in the Queen City. Charlotte Dance Festival March 12 - 18, 2017

Art & Orchids

02/03/17 - 03/19/17 - At Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, take a horticultural journey through the Victorian Era with a selection of antique prints from local collector Craig McCausland, complimented by a gorgeous Victorian-inspired living display to celebrate the “orchid mania” of the 19th century. The discovery, collection, and documentation of orchids in that era drove explorers to all corners of the world in such a craze that it was dubbed “Orchidelirium.” The hand-selected collection of orchids and tropical plants on display at Daniel Stowe is stunning.

Tchaikovsky’s works from 1890, this treasured story is certainly an unforgettable one.

Visit the Booth Playhouse at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center for a celebration dedicated to the expressive and emotional art form of dance.


03/11/17 - The Urban Ministry Center works to end homelessness through several initiatives. HousingFest unites music lovers while supporting the Urban Ministry Center’s efforts in Charlotte. UMC’s third concert to end homelessness features St. Paul & The Broken Bones on March 11 at the Fillmore. $2 from every ticket goes toward helping homeless individuals receive housing.

A Raisin In The Sun March 17 - April 2, 2017 This landmark drama was one of the first on Broadway to examine African-American life on the cusp of the Civil Rights Era and the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. The play will be performed at Theatre Charlotte.

The Bodyguard

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3/7/17 - 3/12/17 - Grammy Award-nominee Deborah Cox will star in Belk Theatre’s performance of the popular show, The Bodyguard. The musical is based on the film about a Former Secret Service agent who has to become the bodyguard to star Rachel Marron.

03/14/17 - Head to the Duke Mansion to taste the best wines, accompanied by hors d’oeuvres. Vineyard Representatives will be present, pouring you their award-winning wines as well as sharing the stories of their wines. ArtBreak

Sleeping Beauty

3/10/19 - Revisit your beloved childhood story by attending the Charlotte Ballet. With

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3/16/17 - ArtBreak tours are free thirty minute guided tours each third Thursday at the Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler

Miles & Coltrane: Blue March 22 - April 1, 2017 Award winning actors, musicians, and poets articulate this noteworthy shift in music history. This show at the Duke Energy Theater captures all the energy of the 1950′s, an element of time when American society was rapidly changing.

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4/23/17, 4/27/17, 4/29/17 The Girl Of The West

SET LIST Goings-on in music, film, comedy, and more in the Queen City. Museum of Modern Art, and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. These specially-crafted tours provide a brief but focused encounter with art for people who have a limited amount of time—and it even allows time to grab lunch as well. Visitors choose one of the three museums for each date, and experience a tour structured around a common theme reflecting the nature of permanent collections or special exhibitions on view. The theme for March is “Out of Place”, which focuses on the quirky and unexpected in the galleries.

south on a six-day voyage by sea and explore Norway’s coastal route along 34 ports. This show will allow you to see the small towns, natural wonders and witness the authentic culture of Norway. Beatles Classical Mystery Tour

3/18/17 - Relive The Beatles’ golden days through one of their most loved pieces. The Charlotte Symphony will bring the music alive in a brand new way for the 50th anniversary of the ground-breaking album by the Fab Four, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club.

Jazz Room at Stage Door Theater

03/17/17 - Jazz Arts Initiative continues Season 8 of its Jazz Room Series with the return of “Gypsy Jazz!” Guitarist Andy Page will be playing the music of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Director’s trip To Norway

03/17/17 - 03/27/17 - Experience the stunning northern lights of Norway on this expedition with the Schiele Museum. Travel from the wilderness of the Arctic to the fjords of the

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3/18/17 - 3/19/17 - Coppelia will be performed this spring by the Charlotte Youth Ballet in collaboration with Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico and the Mauro Ballet Company of Puerto Rico. The delightful tale of Coppelia presents a budding romance between two young villagers, Franz and Swanilda, alongside the curious working of their eccentric neighbor, Dr. Coppelius. Following the show, audience members have the opportunity to meet the cast.

Banff Mountain Film Festival March 26, 2017 The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in 40 countries. Experience this year’s screening of some of the world’s best mountain sport, culture, and environmental films at the Blumenthal Performing Arts at the McGlohon Theater.

Seed 20 March 27, 2017 The Social Venture Partners’ event spotlights twenty of the region’s most innovative ideas for tackling pressing social challenges. It’s more than just a competition, it’s also a celebration of social entrepreneurs and the energy and ideas they bring.

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March/April 2017

Black Violin

Taste of The Mint

Banff mountain film festival

3/21/17 - Treat yourself to a performance by one of the hottest bands. Black Violin has collaborated with everyone from Kanye West to The Eagles. With their careful combination of classical, hip-hop, R&B, and bluegrass, their performance is one you will not want to miss.

3/22/17 - Museum guests will enjoy four small plates and wine pairings at Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth at Mint Museum Uptown and then hop on the Mint shuttle to Mint Museum Randolph for a curator-led tour of the exhibition The Wyeths: Three Generations.

3/26/17 - Don’t have enough money or time to travel the world and see the most breathtaking and famous mountain ranges across the globe? Experience the Banff Mountain Film Festival here in Charlotte. The tour kicks off in Banff, Alberta showcasing culture, environmental, and mountain sport films, and then the tour travels to over 450 cities including the Queen City.


3/21/17 - Chef Alyssa will guide the class in making a gourmet breakfast deserving of the dinner title. Hone your kitchen skills and put together a menu that includes a breakfast sandwich on a fluffy biscuit with local pork belly and a fried farm egg. The menu also includes a ricotta crumble with vanilla citrus ricotta cheese, seasonal fruit, granola, and a sweet potato hash.

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3/22/17 - 4/1/17 - Come experience the musical marvel of the 1950’s with a modern twist: a night with live jazz at Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square. Dvorak Symphony No. 7

3/24/17 - Christopher Warren-Green conducts with Gordon Hunt on the oboe in the performance of Dvorak’s, Symphony No. 7, at the Belk Theater.

Art History Symposium

3/26/17 - This annual symposium at the Mint Randolph highlights a wide array of undergraduate art history students’ research on works of art or artists, drawing from The Mint Museum’s diverse collections. It’s a way to support local arts as well as the budding art industry professionals in our midst.


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3/30/17 – 4/9/17 - This musical will be sure to have you laughing and crying by the end. A funny take on dating and love will be performed at the Armour Street Theatre. Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors

3/30/17 - Head to the McGlohon Theater from 7:30pm to 9:30pm to see Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, a popular band from Memphis and East Nashville, TN, perform. Drawing influence from Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, the band found their place in today’s landscape of singer/songwriter Americana. They’ve played alongside John Hiatt, Don Henley, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, and more. PEter & The wolf


4/1/17 - A beloved childhood story is being brought to life at the Charlotte Symphony’s performance of Peter & the Wolf. The symphony will be accompanied onstage by the Charlotte Ballet Academy, bringing together dance and music for a magical night. charlotte jazz festival

4/17/17 - 4/23/17 - Come check out the best jazz musicians in the area during the Charlotte Jazz Festival. The week-long music festival will include acts like Rene Marie, Bria Skonberg, and the Creole Jazz Brunch. FOOD, WINE, & BREW FEST


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4/22/17 - Lincolnton’s “everything local” festival is just around the corner. This day-long festival will showcase Lincolnton’s talented artists, local breweries, wineries, eateries and much more.

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4/23/17, 4/27/17, 4/29/17 - Opera Carolina is kicking off the spring season with a bang. By fusing the classic Italian art form of opera with the quintessentially American Western through the masterful eye of Puccini, the renowned composer born in Tuscany in 1858. The Girl of the West is a bona fide Western set to a gorgeous operatic soundtrack. Opera Carolina tells us there’s one more interesting twist to this can’tmiss show: This is a feminist Western where Puccini provided the story with a true heroine. POP UP PICNIC

4/28/17 - Catawba Lands Conservancy’s inaugural community picnic in Freedom Park promises to be a Charlotte favorite, welcoming everyone to spend an evening outdoors. Families and friends are invited to come by car, bike, and on foot to spread blankets and enjoy a picnic in the park. The Pop-Up Picnic is presented to the community by Wells Fargo. THE QUEEN’S CUP

4/29/17-TheQueen’sCupSteeplechase is Charlotte’s premier tailgating event. Whether you’re looking for a reason to visit the Charlotte region, a day of fun for the entire family, or entertaining prospective clients, the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase offers a full day of outdoor activities and the finest professional horse racing in the region. This year at the Queen’s Cup, you can experience the thrill of the chase.

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Pastel Palette Laura Park’s playful impressionist paintings color canvas and textiles in her signature sophisticated style. by SUNNY HUBLER

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think one learns a lot from being self-taught, as your drive comes from the innate desire to excel in your own creative path. No one else can help you, and you head into the unknown with little more than your heart and a brush.â&#x20AC;? -Laura Park



“I think the best quote we’ve heard is ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.’ That’s how we feel; neither of us planned on being painters or painting anything, ever.”


Laura Park’s career began years ago as an elementary school teacher, perhaps, she says, more than anything just because she always loved to decorate the classrooms. It was an early indicator of her arts career to come. A native North Carolinian, Laura and her husband, Trip Park—another Charlotte artist and illustrator—moved around to several cities before finally settling back in the South. In Charlotte, Laura’s passion for design took over and she launched Laura Park Interiors at Cotswold Marketplace. That decision led

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her to her art, which now occupies a full-time place in her life. “Painting came out of a need to fill my store wall space,” Laura explains. “I think one learns a lot from being self-taught, as your drive comes from the innate desire to excel in your own creative path. No one else can help you, and you head into the unknown with little more than your heart and a brush.” Park uses designs created from her paintings on textiles to create pillows, bedding and other products from plates to dog beds.

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The playful style of Laura Park’s paintings combines her background as an elementary school teacher with the warmth of her personality. Her art has also captured attention for its sophisticated abstract strokes and color studies. Park begins her pieces with a color palette already in mind. However, from there she says she doesn’t use any particular direction or discipline. Like many of the Impressionists she credits as inspiration, she says she typically

has paint everywhere—walls, carpet, clothing—and simply lets her mood dictate the colors and vision until she “feels finished.” The path to being a full-time painter has come as something of a surprise to Park—nothing, she says, that she would ever have planned on doing as her life’s work. As a self-taught artist, she has continued to hone her craft on her own, in part by admiring and drawing inspiration from other established painters. She also names traveling and the change of seasons as major inspirations for her artwork. “I think the best quote we’ve [Laura and husband Trip Park] heard is, ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.’ That’s how we feel these days; neither of us planned on being painters or painting anything, ever.” Her most recent venture is her line of artful lifestyle designs, based on her paintings, that come in the form of colorful pillows, plates, candles and duvets. You can find these and more information at Laura’s abstract impressionist art is on display in the Queen City at Shain Gallery, in Atlanta at Gregg Irby Gallery, and in Raleigh at Art Source Fine Art. For a bit more info:


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Art & Legacy Coffey & Thompson Art Gallery delivers fine art balanced alongside a plethora of other services. by LESLIE BROOKS

With an ever-growing arts community, not many galleries can boast that they were among the first ever to open in the Queen City. Coffey & Thompson Art Gallery is one of the few that has survived the test with its longstanding history in Charlotte. The gallery opened its doors in 1946, and today Coffey & Thompson has over seventy years of experience assisting art lovers in Uptown. While the business changed owners in 2015, Lauri Dewhurst-Summers has maintained an

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impressive repertoire of services for her customers. Coffey & Thompson has become more than just a gallery by offering original fine art pieces for sale, limited edition print etching, commission sculptures, paintings, restoration, and even custom framing. The gallery started as a frame shop, and custom framing remains a crucial part of the business. “Frames,” Lauri insists, “can make or break a good or bad piece of art.” Lauri, whose “first




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love is interior design,” has even expanded the business to offer design services for her clients. Even so, the best-kept secret of Coffey & Thompson isn’t the art, but the warm hospitality of its staff. Whether you’re attending a gallery crawl or one of their hosted poetry readings, Coffey & Thompson is sure to entertain and delight. Walk on in: You’ll feel welcomed, and surely find that must-have piece for your home, or even find help restoring an old one. For a bit more info:

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Jerald Melberg is excited to exhibit Argentine artist Raul Diaz. As a child, Diaz’s father would take him fishing. The image of the boats dotting the water or stacked on the beach have remained with him, playing prominently in his paintings and sculptures— which he also sees as a metaphor for life’s journey. Cristina Toro Until April 8, 2017 LaCa presents Strike a Match to Hear My Sound, a new work by Cristina Toro that explores natural and supernatural aspects of fire and light. Toro’s paintings, dually inspired by her colorful upbringing in

Puerto Rico and introspective life in New York illustrate a mortal journey rife with discovery and loss, laughter and grief, and love and longing. Alberto Giacometti Until June 5, 2017 In 1962 Alberto Giacometti received the grand prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennale. One year later he was diagnosed with cancer. The same year of his diagnosis, Giacometti—in an effort to preserve his life’s work for eternity—released “45 Drawings” a collection of art made over the course of his career. There were 1,245 portfolios printed. The Bechtlers have #756 and will display it until June.



Out On The Town What to do on your night out for a show in The Jazz Room Before the performance dine and drink at Aria Tuscan Grill. Conveniently nearby The Blumenthal, start the night with Aria. The cool ambiance and excellent food are the perfect way to start your evening out in Charlotte. From the menu, be sure to order the caramelized gnocchi and the braised short rib.

music for the soul


Since 2009, Lonnie and Ocie Davis’ Jazz Arts Initiative has been Charlotte’s center for soul. by ASHLEY CARLINI

“Without educating a new generation of audience members and musicians, this music won’t live on. It all comes back to education.”


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Jazz, it’s been said, is music for the soul. When renowned New Orleans musicians Lonnie and Ocie Davis moved to Charlotte after Hurricane Katrina, that was exactly what they needed. There was just one problem: There was no centralized space for jazz musicians to go, and the jazz scene in Charlotte was very segmented. Most troubling was the fact that there was no emphasis on music education, specifically in jazz. These voids prompted the two to pull their resources from New Orleans and combine them with their vast musical talents to create an organization that could both support live jazz and provide a program focused solely on jazz education. Since 2009, their Jazz Arts Initiative has done just that by becoming Charlotte’s center for soul.

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Don’t miss organizer Bill Evans. He can typically be found greeting people as they enter and his vibrant personality adds to the charm of the show. Bill is closely involved with the Jazz Arts Initiative and knows his stuff when it comes to the Queen City. Cap off the performance at The Capital Grille. After the show, pop in to the Capital Grille for the warm double chocolate cake.

Today the organization focuses on three main areas: to provide the city with quality live jazz music, to provide jazz education to Charlotte’s youth, and to offer musician support. They do this with the help of volunteers and their board of directors, including board member Bill Evans and Chairman of the Board Ronnie Bryant. Both are involved in the planning of programs and events, including the Jazz Room, which is a monthly performance dedicated to showcasing talented jazz musicians. “It is our premier performance,” explains Ronnie. “We have it the third Friday and Saturday of every month, including two shows each night. We have a feature artist along with a local musician playing the music of a famous (and in most cases deceased) musician, like Miles Davis.”

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Chairman These performances, which have shaped the jazz of the Board music scene in Charlotte, were some of the first of Ronnie Bryant (left) and Board their kind. They have also greatly increased jazz enMember Bill gagement in the city, often the selling out of seats. Evans (right) of “I think we’ve provided a type of entertainment the Jazz Arts Initiative. that maybe didn’t quite exist in Charlotte before,” says Bill, “in terms of a real, true New York experience in a Jazz Room.” Lonnie Davis, co-founder and current president, explained that even though jazz was sparse when they first started the initiative, there was still a lot of enthusiasm from the very beginning. The city of Charlotte has been very supportive of what they’re doing, especially with the city’s youth. “One of our main focus areas even today is jazz education,” she explains. “That’s very important to us as an organization. That is the future of music; without educating a new generation of audience members and musicians this music won’t live on. It all comes back to education.” Their education program, Jazz Academy, has reached 15,000 students in the last academic year, and includes everything from the Jazz Arts Music Camp to workshops and assemblies. Lonnie proudly states, “we’re sharing the music not just with young people, but with adults as well.” Even in the Jazz Room concert series, they are still educating their audience.

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From left to right: Quincy Gaines, Meredith Dolhare, Lamarr BlockerThrockmorton.

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The Queen City is no stranger to the warmth of charity and compassion, even in the coldest of winter months. While it may not be obvious at first, there is a great sense of philanthropy in our city, and it can be found in the many efforts of selfless individuals. Meredith Dolhare is one such person, and RunningWorks, a nonprofit she began in 2012, offers a unique way for the less fortunate of the city to reclaim their agency and identity. While originally from Memphis, Meredith has called Charlotte home for the past eighteen years. In 2008, she competed in her first long distance triathlon. The more she competed, the more she realized that it “seemed a selfish pursuit not to add a charitable component” to what was becoming one of her biggest passions. Thus, the idea for RunningWorks originated and was nurtured in the years to come. “In their families, many The organization “uses sport to empower individuals and families to break were told they would never cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and amount to anything, or homelessness—one stride at a time.” At that their dreams were RunningWorks, Meredith and those that work with her “believe in individuals bestupid and unobtainable.” fore they believe in themselves.” Although a trauma survivor in her own right, Meredith’s mother always had faith that she could accomplish anything she set her heart and mind to. “Most of our team members had the opposite experience,” Meredith says. “In their families of origin or in school, many were told they would never amount to anything, or that their dreams were stupid and unobtainable.” As its name suggests, RunningWorks seeks to use sports and athleticism to empower those individuals trapped in the cycle of poverty, abuse, neglect, and homelessness. Meredith asserts that at RunningWorks, “we are not simply handing our team members and program participants a meal and sending them on their way. Every volunteer and team member can engage with each other should they so choose— especially since running tends to break down barriers and allows people to share life stories freely.” Quincy Gaines and Lamarr Blocker-Throckmorton are two of the many individuals that have salvaged their agency with the skills taught to them at RunningWorks.

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Get out your checkbooks Donate your time and money to one of these three Charlotte charities. Charlotte Bridge Home Charlotte Bridge Home helps Charlotte-area veterans successfully transition home after military service by identifying their education, employment, and healthcare needs and connecting them to available community, state, and federal resources. Charlotte Family Housing Charlotte Family Housing is a shelter-to-housing program for homeless families. They hold a deep belief in the strength and the capability of their families and build upon their strengths to help them forge a path back to self-sufficiency. Men’s Shelter of Charlotte The mission of the Men’s Shelter is to provide safe emergency shelter while working to end homelessness for each man in need in the Charlotte region. The vision is for the shelter to serve as the catalyst for systemic change to end homelessness in the community.



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Quincy lost seventy pounds with the help of the nonprofit and with the aid of people who helped and supported him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m terrible at meeting goals on my own,â&#x20AC;? Quincy asserts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would have taken the long route. RunningWorks is helping me to become more self-disciplined.â&#x20AC;? Lamarr, who has lived through many a trial brought on by Touretteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Syndrome, lost his job in April of 2013. Due to uncontrollable tics, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also sadly been banned from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public transportation. Through a friend, though, Lamarr discovered RunningWorks. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quickly course-corrected, finding new ways to run through life with his disorderâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;rather than letting it run him. Thanks to the organization and his tireless effort, Lamarr has rekindled relationships with long lost friends and found his sense of inner balanceâ&#x20AC;Śand heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now running half marathons and full ones regularly, beating

â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I am running, my mind is clear. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not feeling angry or any negativity. Furthermore, it has given me the discipline to run for greatness.â&#x20AC;?

his old times by hours. His most recent race day saw him miss his bus, which meant a 10-minute late start on a marathon. Lamarr still finished in four hours and 38 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I am running, my mind is clear, Lamar explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not feeling angry or any negativity. Furthermore, it has given me the discipline to run for greatness. Every day, running is playing some role in my life.â&#x20AC;? While a little unconventional, teaching those in need to run and offering them a supportive community in which to thrive physically and mentally has transformed numerous lives across the Queen City. Step by step, those that need it most are discovering themselves and, most importantly, a new way to cope with the hardships of life.

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SOUTHERN STYLE Charlotte sylist Kristin Heinrich talks about how she got her start in fashion, her inspirations, and her personal style. interview by SUNNY HUBLER photos by JAMEY PRICE

Kristin Heinrich spent the early part of her career in New York City. As an event planner, she worked with companies like Gucci, Hermes, La Perla, Tod’s and Burberry. Inside looks into that industry solidified a love for fashion eventually steering her toward private styling. Today she has a diverse clientele ranging from CEOs to athletes to busy moms. How did you start your business?

I always loved fashion, but it was completely unplanned and random how I ended up in this field. In high school, I found a real joy in shopping and later worked in boutiques during college. Helping my customers put looks together came naturally to me and was fun. Later, I started my own business and have been very fortunate to remain busy styling all kinds of clients. What is your favorite part about being a warddrobe stylist?

The best part of my job is that it never feels like a job! I honestly get excited to find the perfect look for whatever my client’s need may be. I’m not changing the world or saving lives, but I know for certain that my clients walk out of their doors feeling more confident, and their success is my success.

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“I’m not changing the world or saving lives, but I know for certain that my clients walk out of their doors feeling more confident, and their success is my success.”

A Few Words

with local stylist Kristin Heinrich Name a stylish person from another era that inspires you. I adore the timeless and iconic style of Grace Kelly. Your favorite color is Black. It’s sophisticated, slimming and chic! Name a celebrity whose style you love. Gwenyth Paltrow. She is classic and allAmerican by day and glamorous by night. The book on your coffee table is My Dior by Richard Avedon. It includes amazing images of Dior fashion from the 40s to the ‘70s.

What has been your biggest inspiration?

I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to go to Milan, New York, and San Francisco every year, so travel for me is the biggest inspiration: the ingenious layering of the San Francisco locals, the effortless style in Milan, the incredible people watching in NYC. What are some of the styling services you provide to your clients?

I do closet edits, shop for specific vacations or events, and dress people for public/TV appearances. Working with media production companies such as Wheelhouse Media is another fun part of my job. Styling on a live set for commercials or on location for videos is always great. In a couple words describe your own style.

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Beauty Rules words by ASHLEY CARLINI photos by JAMEY PRICE

Layne Barter’s makeup business has proven that with a little hard work and determination, you can turn what you love into a thriving career. Layne sat down with QC Exclusive to talk about her inspiration, challenges, and milestones.

What started your interest in style and beauty? Was it always a dream of yours to pursue a career that incorporated it?

“I really wanted to push myself to take a chance, to see if I could make a career out of doing something I loved.”

I grew up dancing competitively and was doing stage makeup by age ten, so I think my love for makeup started there. I also had a natural talent for it. My mother was a cosmetologist for many years, so I honestly think it’s in my blood. How did you make the decision to start your own business?

I worked in the dental field for about six years as an insurance coordinator and was also doing makeup part-time on the weekends to fuel my creative side. After being laid off unexpectedly, I made the decision to pursue makeup full-time First, I wanted to know where my next paycheck was coming from and second, I really wanted to push myself to take a chance to see if I could make a career out of doing something I loved.

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What were the challenges involved in launching your business?

I was starting from scratch. It was hard to break into an industry that thrives on referrals and word of mouth. I was lucky to meet several talented industry professionals who allowed me the chance to work with them, and who helped me to get my name out there.



What is your day-to-day work like as a professional makeup artist?

Every day is different. Weekdays mostly consist of answering wedding and editorial inquiries or doing bridal trials or makeup for a head shot. Six months out of the year my weekends are booked with weddings. Those days consist of waking up before the sun, and starting the bridal party before most people have had their first cup of coffee. What inspires you the most?

My clients’ stories and experiences inspire me. I love collaborating with them to come up with a look that makes them feel like the best version of themselves. What have been some of your biggest milestones as a makeup artist?

Having my editorial work published and having a commercial campaign featured on a billboard in New York City’s Times Square was truly special! But, I’m rewarded every time I

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“I’m truly grateful that clients trust me to help them look and feel beautiful on the most important day of their lives.” have a client book with me. It is an honor. I’m truly grateful that clients trust me to help make them look and feel beautiful on the most important day of their lives. Where can people learn more about Layne Barter Makeup and Beauty Counter?

I’m constantly hosting pop-ups. You can shop for Beautycounter products with me, check out other local vendors, and also receive lessons on new makeup techniques and the dos and don’ts of makeup application. If you’re interested, follow me at @laynebartermakeup or visit to schedule an upcoming event. For info: | @laynebartermakeup


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Burn In the Queen City, Burn Boot Camp is challenging women to change how they approach fitness. words by LESLIE BROOKS photos by JAMEY PRICE

Burn Boot Camp owners Devan and Morgan Kline are Queen City transplants originally from Battle Creek, Missouri. Upon their arrival in the city, they’ve built a fitness empire bent on cultivating a supportive, active community for women as they transform their lives and bodies. Before opening Burn, Devan was a professional baseball player, and Morgan worked for a corporation as a sales analyst. They’d known they were meant for more. Devan had “developed a passion for fitness, health, mindset, and maximizing human potential” during his athletic career, and he soon realized that he wanted to help empower others through his passion. Once Devan found his calling as a professional trainer, it was only a short time before he discovered the foundation for Burn Boot Camp.

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“I always knew that women, moms especially, needed more,” says Devan. “From my rough and violent upbringing to traveling the country and staying with families for baseball, I got to witness firsthand how incredibly necessary a program that focused on the leaders of the household was.” If Devan could influence the decision maker, he could “create happiness for the entire family while simultaneously creating advocates to other circles of influence.” In April of 2012, the couple began to lead their first camps, rain or shine, out of a parking lot. Now, Burn Boot Camp has reached 171 communities in 21 states across the country. Burn Boot Camp isn’t just a place for women to go work out. “It’s a lifestyle fitness facility,” Devan asserts, “meant to inspire, empower, and transform the lives of busy

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While most gyms teach fitness and dieting, Burn Boot Camp has a five pillar philosophy, the formula used to help women raise the standard of who they are and what they are capable of accomplishing: mindset, nutrition, strength training, burst training, and a positive environment. It is with this innovative take on health that Burn can influence and touch the lives of thousands of women every day. Burn Boot Camp does more than empower women, though. Each year they participate in national philanthropic efforts with organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Wounded Warriors, and Susan G. Komen. Devan and Morgan are not focused on the bottom line. Their efforts to transform families and focus on civic engagement demonstrates that Burn Boot Camp is a catalyst for life enrichment in every single community it touches. For a bit more info:

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“Haberdish is my attempt to get to the roots of what Charlotte cuisine is.”

In 2009, the year Jeff Tonidandel opened the Crepe Cellar, he had no restaurant experience. None as in he had never bussed a table before, let alone curated a menu, hired a kitchen staff, or branded a dining area. He had just returned from a trip through Europe that left him inspired by the cuisine he enjoyed during. Having always nourished a love for the culinary arts, Tonidandel decided to open a restaurant.

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Top Row: Haberdish’s front facade and beautifully rustic interior. Bottom row: Haberdish’s deviled eggs, mint julep, and pork shank. Portrait from left to right: Jeff Tonidandel and Jamie Brown (owners), Colleen Hughes (mixologist), and Carmen Spadaro (chef).

Eight years later, Tonidandel is partnering with Jamie Brown to open the couple’s third restaurant, Haberdish, just a few doors down from both the Crepe Cellar and his second culinary endeavor, Growler’s Pourhouse. Haberdish is neither European gastropub nor craft beer haven; rather, it bills itself as a “neighborhood hashery.” The mill town southern kitchen is Tonidandel’s way of paying homage to Carolina broadly and NoDa more specifically.

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Clockwise from top left: Colleen Hughes crafting one of her popular cocktails. The elegant bar at Haberdish. Hughes’ More than Words cocktail. Haberdish’s ice spheres.

“I’ve been here for 22 years, and I have become really fond of the city and fond of the South. Haberdish is my attempt to get to the roots of what Charlotte cuisine is.” As Tonidandel learned, Charlotte cuisine is challenging to nail down. At the end of the Civil War, the federal government waived taxes on textile mills located in the same district as their cotton suppliers. North Carolina, which was already a major textile producer due to its natural and economic resources, became the nation’s leading producer as northeastern mills migrated to take advantage of the new tax legislation. Subsequently, people flocked to the Piedmont from South Carolina, eastern North Carolina, and Appalachia to pursue emerging job opportunities in the textile industry, transforming Charlotte into a crossroads, populated by transplants. Cultures melded in the mill towns, as did ingredients, creating the culture and palate that we know and love today. Mill town roots run particularly deeply in NoDa, which, until the 1960s, was the site of both Highland Park Mill and Mecklenburg Mill, as well as the home of both mills’ employees. Haberdish is, in essence, a time capsule. “We’re trying to get down to that handmade family meal that you would have after church on Sundays,” Tonidandel explains. To do so, he has to harken back to a time before boxed meals—meaning the early twentieth century, which, coincidentally, was also the heyday of North Carolina textile mills. Copper light fixtures lend an air of old school, rustic elegance; they hang from exposed rafters, suspended above farmhouse tables and booths upholstered with denim produced by Cone, one of Carolina’s oldest mills. Behind a handsome black marble slab that functions as the bar, an old soda fountain fraternizes with apothecary vials filled with liqueurs and stoppered with alcohol pourers. Of course, the vast appeal of Haberdish’s early-twentieth century ambience would

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“We’re trying to get down to that handmade family meal that you would have after church.”

immediately be negated if the food and drink were underwhelming. Fortunately, both are delicious. Tonidandel has staffed his restaurant with talented and knowledgeable individuals. The kitchen is led by Carman Spadaro and his slowcooker, christened “Elaine.” The bar is headed by mixologist Colleen Hughes. From the smoked deviled eggs to the fried chicken and charred okra, every Southern dish that Spadaro puts on the food menu is painstakingly tweaked until it is the best it can possibly be. Similarly, Hughes masterfully crafts original cocktails designed to take diners through every stage of their meal, from aperitif to digestif. Together, the duo has crafted the culinary details, all carefully curated by Tonidandel, of an evening that will send Charlotteans’ taste buds into a delectable, authentically NoDa tail spin.

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F o r k Within these 100year-old walls, Chef Tim Groody redefines fresh food. words by COREY MILLER photos by JAMEY PRICE

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After years in the demanding-but-rewarding business of fresh food, Chef Tim Groody has already achieved some local fame for popularizing the farm-to-fork initiative in a burgeoning Charlotte food scene. These days, he’s perfectly content to carry out the movement in just one spot: the spatially-challenged kitchen of a cozy, century-old farmhouse on Main Street in Cornelius. Not long after getting hitched, Tim and Melanie Groody started looking for a house together. They wanted their own restaurant, but not in any old venue. Having poured his heart into food for years in commercial kitchens that didn’t belong to him, Tim wanted to cook out of an intimate space: He wanted a home. “This 104-square-foot kitchen is hell during Sunday morning brunch,” Tim laughs, “but we have fun.” He relishes the challenge—it’s part of the whole aesthetic. Thriving in this lovably noisy old house alongside Tim and Melanie are a number of other marriages, the most immediately evident being the restaurant’s merging of vignettes: Fork! is big city dining on the plate but small town comfort between the walls. On just about any given evening at Fork!, your table’s filled with an assortment of clean, white dishware

“People always notice a difference when they try fresh ingredients— the food just tastes better.”





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and the classiest concoctions (likely made with local liquors) Cornelius has ever seen. Tim’s daily menu, especially, is heavy on creative small plate options. Each dish is beautiful in its simplicity, with just the right amount of sauce and garnish. But your spread came to the table straight from the room where mom’s kitchen should be, and the floor creaked endearingly as it was carried to you. “We’ve even had this home’s past residents in here for dinner, pointing out what each room was,” Melanie recalls. “It’s still familiar to them.” It’ll be familiar to anyone, really, who grew up in a tiny place like Cornelius. If you’re wise

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enough to have chosen the corner of the house’s wraparound front porch, you’re surrounded by similar old houses, many of which are still residences. It’s the very definition of neighborhood eatery, and yet, the stuff on your fork is something truly different. There’s a reason for that taste, too. The other union in Fork!, of course, is Tim’s pride and joy. He and Melanie gave their restaurant the pointy silverware namesake for a reason, allowing the farm-tofork concept new specificity: Food comes to Fork! straight from an array of farms all over North Carolina. Tim selects his ingredients carefully, the way an artist chooses with precision which oils to mix. He’s adamant about “getting things that are readily available nearby,” making his menu more exclusively seasonal than any others around… and making repeat visits to Fork! absolutely essential. Folk around these parts seem to have figured this out, because Fork! has quite the regular following. “I like to eat fresh, so I share that,” Tim shrugs. “People always notice a difference when they try fresh ingredients—the food just tastes better.” So his houseguests keep coming back. For a bit more info:



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The Pore Over by Corey Miller @mylenweard

Your a.m. pairings Kanelbullar Try your kanelbullar with the caramel and chocolate notes in a Colombian or Guatemalan roast. If you’re not a big fan of cinnamon, though, I’ve got your other morning pairings covered. Butter Croissant The French love their café au lait combo. I don’t. If you know what’s good for you, complement the simplicity of the croissant with something nuanced, like the high-grown Gesha coffees of Indonesia. Scone Yeah, they’re great with tea, but I much prefer scones with a mug of the black stuff. Pairings for these usually depend on the content of the quick bread itself. For my personal favorite, citrus scones, brew something Mexican or Ethiopian for the tart, fruity acidity. A plain scone, on the other hand, needs the simple heaviness of Costa Rican blends. Biscotti Biscotti might be my favorite coffee pairing, for two simple reasons. There’s something about how quickly a piping hot beverage makes this stuff crumbly (and far more easily consumable). More importantly, though, biscotti gets along with espresso almost as well as I do. I love an almond biscuit as much as the next guy, but the fuller flavors, like chocolate or cherry, pair sublimely with just about any cup of that rich bitterness.

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Whisk + Wood’s Christina Morita travels in large part because she loves uncovering new recipes. Her kanelbullar, Sweden’s twist on a cinnamon roll, is all light sweetness balanced with warming spice. Rather than a bun with thick icing and heavy sugar, the European take is smaller, more delicate, and meant to be eaten as a companion to your morning coffee. The distinctive taste in the kanelbullar comes from the hint of earthy cardamom and from the pearl sugar that dots the top of the beautifully knotted pastry. The intricate design and layered dough takes a bit of time and patience to create, but the experience of biting into one of these breakfast pastries is worth every second. Whisk + Wood’s treats like this Kanelbullar are available at the Atherton Not Just Coffee location. For a bit more info: | Get the recipe:

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What wine should I pair with lamb?

Like any proper ratatouille, Aix en Provence’s rendition is built on a base of delicious Roma tomatoes, yellow and green zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers, seasoned with the requisite cloves and sprigs of garlic and thyme. The vegetables are bound together just densely enough with Chef Nick Tarnate’s delicious purée, but the real beauty and artistry of his ratatouille variation is owed to his addition of New Zealand lamb. The lamb waits in a warm oven for its defining moment, a whopping six minutes of golden-brown transformation in a sautée skillet before retreating into the oven for a basting finale. Once arrayed over the controlled chaos of vegetable and sauce, this tenderest of red meats completes a classic dish with deep, juicy flavor. For more info: | Get the recipe:

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Lamb, unlike beef in most ways, is a fortunate protein: Pairing it with wine is generally a basic ‘plug and play’ equation—fat content versus acid and so forth. Because the ratatouille gives the dish back some of the necessary acid to help better break it down, you’re better off drinking it with something a touch more delicate; tannin, for the most part, is bitter by nature, and for something as succulent as lamb you really don’t want to hide or obscure it. Landron-Chartier ‘Clair Mont’ is primarily Cabernet Franc, as is traditional of the Loire Valley, with about a quarter of neutral wood-aged Cabernet Sauvignon blended in to lift the body up and over most substantial proteins. Because the tomatoes tend to ‘sing’ over most texturally acidic wines, a tiny smattering of tannin will make it easier to enjoy the whisper of wild game you tend to get with a leaner cut.

“Lamb is a very winefriendly meat. At Fahrenheit we pair lamb with Chef’s Table Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. It’s a rich, vibrant wine offering with bright acidity and flavors of bing cherry, black tea and raspberries, finishing with full-bodied dark fruits, and vanilla.“ -Daniel Lydia Fahrenheit

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The Common Pint by Stephen Philpott @the_philpott

The Old Familiar Nothing says camaraderie quite like a group of like-minded people gathering to share beers of all sizes and potencies at the table of enlightenment. I speak of The Bottle Share, a simple ritual where old friends make new ones and beer geeks savor their obsession. In a recent share, many familiar faces made appearances: barrel-aged ales, admired for their booziness and complex malt profiles; sours, with a constantly evolving funk that appeals to a select few; and the familiar IPA, preferably from some new or storied brewery, a bottle so hard-to-acquire that it elicits “oohs” and “ahhs” from the group. The real draw of the bottle share, though, isn’t the beer. It’s the friendship. When we gather to share stories, anecdotes, and critiques over a variety of beers, we open up a little. For that moment in time, we become old friends—putting aside the amount of money we just drank. Maybe next time I’ll stick to the ol’ canned pale ale.

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Plum Affair words by COREY MILLER


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Out of BLT Steak’s series of cocktails featuring local cider, the Plum Affair is without a doubt the best selection for bourbon purists. Red Clay Ciderworks’ flagship gold unites with the smooth amber of Woodford Reserve in a spirit-forward cocktail that maintains full fruit flavors. Sugary plum, lemon juice, and spiced plum bitters compliment the cider-and-whiskey, cold-weather perfection. This melding of semi-dry, tart citrus and bittersweet stone fruit maintains the theme: Refreshing fruit base with a hard liquor bite. This seasonal transition beverage is just plum good. For more info: | Get the recipe:

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Bursting Boba words by COREY MILLER


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Quirky Cocktails by Sunny Hubler

Three odd but tasty ingredients found in the Queen City’s great cocktails. Pecan Wood Smoke Heist’s Pecan Wood Smoked Manhattan is a twist on a classic Manhattan. The drink is stirred over ice and eventually poured into a martini glass that’s captured the smoke from burning wood chips. The smoke is described as giving the cocktail a memorable “campfire” feel.

Boba’s main ingredient is seaweed extract, which forms the outer shell of the spheres.

These tall pillars of vibrant color are everywhere at 8.2.0—encouraging conversation at the bar, glowing in the karaoke lounge, classing up the arcade, and hiding in the secret library. This certainly isn’t the Queen City’s first brush with boba, but rarely (if ever) do we find it here in a cocktail. The cocktails are usually a hard liquor—we prefer the 1800 Reprosado—paired with a liqueur or a rum, and something to add color. They are, for the most part, delightfully sweet but also deceptively spirit-forward. While we usually try to avoid cocktail straws like the plague, these massive tubes are crucial to proper enjoyment of these beverages. You need the straw to reach the fruity boba submerged in the glass… but it’s not possible to retrieve these little bursts of flavor without also retrieving a good bit of vodka or tequila. That, however—as your barkeep will be happy to inform you—is the point. For a bit more info:

Mole Foam The Oaxacan Nights at Soul Gastrolounge is like nothing you’ve had: Soul takes Sombra Mezcal Joven, Cointreau, apple maple shrub, and lime, and then layers on a mole foam. The complexity of the foam complements the overall cocktail and adds an extra dimension of visual appeal to this pretty palate-pleaser. Beet Ginger Kombucha For the Fiesta Punch at The Punch Room, Bob Peters took tequila, cilantro, jalapeño, orange, and lime and added fresh beet ginger kombucha, a fermented, lightly effervescent tea. The use of the healthfriendly tea makes for a refreshing, crisp cocktail.

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In Good Company Beth Keim of Lucy and Company uses pieces that matter to create spaces you’ll want to live in.

L interview by COREY MILLER photos of Lucy & Co. spaces by MEKENZIE LOLI portraits and studio photos by JAMEY PRICE

Lucy and Company founder Beth Keim’s designs thrive on neutrals. But her definition of neutral is, at times, boldly far-reaching. She avoids oversaturation with color when possible but, under the umbrella of the Charlotte design firm she founded, Lucy and Company, she isn’t satisfied until she fits a good chunk of the spectrum into her designs. In other words Beth likes color when she likes it in the same way that she works with naturals and metals when she feels like doing so. Like anyone creative, she goes through what she calls “moods.” Her design style is always fluctuating and always evolving, ensuring that no two of her works are the same. Her gift for creating, thankfully, isn’t squandered on any one single style. She’s always changing, which is what defines her talent. The crisp cool of natural light is key: It gives a contemporary space much of its vitality, all the while accentuating the pure cleanliness of the home. The other pops of life are injected into the home’s living areas by the art, of course, which is all precisely placed to wake up certain areas.

“Sometimes I wish everyone would slow down, and create a space they’ll really enjoy.”

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Foundation Clockwise from top-left: Beth Keim, her studio Lucy and Company, one of her favorite spaces in her home, fabric samples in her studio.

How has your daughter Lucy influenced the company?

I was 36 and I really wanted a baby, and I was sick of waiting around. I brought her back from China and met my husband two weeks later. How funny is that? In a paint store, no doubt. At the time I started all this, she was little, we were focusing on kids rooms, and I just thought it was a cool name. Lucy’s amazing. She’s very organized, and purposeful. It still fits us.

“Anything mass-produced is a thorn in my side.”

What drove you to art and design in the first place?

I think I came by it naturally. My grandmother was very artistic, and my great aunt was one of the first designers ever licensed in New York and Florida. I think you’re born with that visual eye. You either have that or you don’t. It’s a hard thing to learn. I majored in art, but took a lot of business classes as well because I wanted a fallback, and it’s paid off. Is there any one thing that informed your earliest designs and bleeds into all of your designs now?

How did you get your start in design?

Back in 1998, I had just gotten back from China where I adopted my sixmonth-old daughter, Lucy. So right after I found Lucy, I started handpainting walls and furniture back when faux-finishing was all the rage. I did that for a couple years until I met my husband, who is also an artist—he wasn’t my husband then. [laughs] He and I joined forces and started doing it together. I was a little older than him, though, and I got tired of doing all that painting—I finally said, “why don’t you take over that side of the business and I’ll start doing a little more with interiors?”

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What inspired you to create that side of the business?

I was always in clients’ houses, thinking, “This faux-finish is great and this paintwork is great, but you need some new stuff to go with it.” I don’t have any design school training, but I’ve always been obsessed with visuals. Back then, I focused on upscale kids’ rooms because it was a niche. Nobody really did it. Then I’d walk past their living room and decide they needed a new sofa. So it evolved from kids’ rooms to adult spaces. Fast-forward 16 years and we moved over to East Boulevard, bought the building, and it got bigger and bigger. So here we are.

I’ve never tired of pattern on pattern on pattern. I love to mix different patterns and wallpapers, rugs and leathers, twigs and feathers, on top of each other. And I love wallpapers. Back in the day people would say “Ew, wallpaper?!” Trends have changed, but I’ve always loved wallpaper. What are some of the drastic changes you’ve seen in your own design efforts over the years?

My style has evolved. It really has. I used to be a very color-saturated kind of designer—color, color, color. And then about a year and a half ago (when I redid my own house), I started shifting to things a lot calmer and cleaner— blacks and whites and tans, because it was more soothing to me. The color— too much of it—was stressing me out.

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“Whatever is coming through the window is part of your color scheme and part of your art— green, to me, is a neutral.”

I’m also curious about all of the skeletal items. Do you have a fascination with bones?

Not really. The skull thing is probably trendy, but at the moment I’m digging it. Being married to an artist and having graduated from art school myself, I think art is so key. For some reason nature always plays a big part in what I try to do. Whatever’s coming through the window is part of your color scheme and part of your art—green, to me, is a neutral. Plants and vegetation can go anywhere with any color. But I am obsessed with hides and feathers currently. Any natural element works really well with this clean, blackand-white-and-leather look. So you’re blending neutrals with naturals?

My mood changes. I have these phases, just like anyone. [Pointing to images of a “canopied” ceiling in a bedroom] This is my daughter’s room. She’s obsessed with nature. She’s a big camper. My other daughter is the exact opposite: Lucy collects comic books and wants to be Batman. [laughs] Her room is all black and white. She’s even got a little office here [in the East Boulevard showroom] because this is Lucy and Company, after all. What does a design most need?

Lighting is crucial. There’s nothing worse than a boring fan with a light in it: It’s the first thing I try to yank out of a room. Lighting sets a tone, it sets the mood. Low lighting is so important. Your floor is your fifth wall, your ceiling can be your fifth wall. Don’t neglect them.

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What kinds of changes, either in industry trends or your own designs, do you see coming?

I would have to see what inspires me next, and I could find it in a floor, in a single tile. You’re constantly searching, right?

I’m always finding things. I just think what bothers me more than anything is the regurgitation. Anything mass-produced is a thorn in my side. [laughs] Now, I know some people don’t care, and they have other things that are important in their lives. They just want a sofa and a rug and a TV and a bed and they’re happy. But for me...I like the hunt. Sometimes I wish everyone would slow down and create a space they’ll really enjoy. How do we create that space?

You find things that are going to matter, that are different, that your neighbors aren’t going to have, that make you a little more unique. I have a love/ hate relationship with the internet. I love that I can find what I’m looking for, but you know—we see the same thing over and over and it gets stuck in the brain and we think that thing is what we have to do. You may come to me and say, “I saw this room you did, and I want that.” But you don’t want that, really, because that’s theirs. Don’t you want something that’s yours? For a bit more info:

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Rest Assured DeWoolfson delivers custom-made down and linen products, made just over the hills in the Blue Ridge Mountains. words by ANNIE GIBBS

Richard Schaffer, President and CEO of DeWoolfson store and factory, journeyed to the mountains of North Carolina in 1977. A young lawyer, Schaffer spent 25 years teaching business law at Appalachian State University, until his new dream was awakened by a single night’s slumber. While travelling through Europe, he


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fell in love with their way of sleeping—a novel sensation of being swathed in a light, luxury comforter wrapped in a beautiful duvet. Schaffer returned home with a couple unique souvenirs: a down comforter and the desire to deliver the same lavish, European-style sleep experience to the United States. Employing his

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“I realized that if I wanted to bring down comforters and pillows like I knew in Europe to America, then it had to be authentic. I couldn’t buy them from someone else, I had to make them here.” business savvy, Schaffer began to import German down-proof textiles and European down fills. The entrepreneur even designed his own blowing equipment to fill comforters and pillows, until a materials engineer was eventually brought in several years later. “What I didn’t realize at the time DeWoolfson began was that I was creating more than a product I loved,” Schaffer says. “I was helping to change the way my customers sleep.” What started as a trial undertaking has evolved into a meticulous operation, delivering preci-

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The Low Down 3 Facts about DeWoolfson

1 When making a down comforter, DeWoolfson weighs down to the hundredth of an ounce. 2 DeWoolfson uses thousands of pounds of down every month. 3 DeWoolfson’s brand of sheets, Lycella, is made from eucalyptus fibers and described as ‘cottony as cotton and silky as silk’.

sion and customization in an age of mass production. Schaffer has now become a professor of luxury sleep, dedicating ardent attention to detail in every element of his comforters, pillows and featherbeds. Only the most valued white goose down is used in DeWoolfson products. The snowflakelike material is weighed to the hundredth of an ounce in order to uniformly fill each fastidiously-sized comforter square. The fabrics are thoughtfully matched to the measure of the fill to achieve the highest quality product for each size comforter. With DeWoolfson in its 34th year, the original store has become a landmark. Nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, the shop offers custom pillow and comforter stuffing, alongside a vast collection of fine European linens. The High Country retailer remains a haven of indulgence, offering patrons their own glimpse of Europe in a convenience-based, shortcut-heavy culture. For a bit more info:

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Curated Charlotte’s most talented designers share their favorite decor selections for March. Mirrored Coffee Table

Arteriors Antique Brass Torchiere Lamp Feather Pillows through Dransfield and Ross

Bliss Studio Belgian Canopy Cabinet

Gray and White Tables by Mr. Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture Emile Sofa Brass and Moonstone from Addison Weeks

Mixed Material Console

Hermès’ graphic​Jardin d’Osier Wallpaper

Brass Lighting by Schwung Home

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Fouta Towels from Serena and Lily Accent chair from VanCollier’s Ginkgo Collection

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Design Philanthropy

good design words by SUNNY HUBLER

We get very excited about good design...and when it’s for a good cause? That’s even more remarkable. One of Charlotte’s premier architects, Ruard Veltman, has graciously designed the special playhouse that’s being built by Stanwick Dunham Builders. The project will be executed with the help of many others who are also generously donating their expertise and materials to the cause. These include David Wilgus, William Cahill, Master Thatcher, The Building Center, Lausch Construction, Carolina Timberworks, and Blockhaus, Inc. The playhouse will go to the highest bidder at the upcoming Levine Children’s Gala on April 1. For one lucky child, this “home” will be a place of wonder, not unlike the haven the Levine Children’s Hospital itself serves as. For many children and their families, LCH is a home away from home. Levine Children’s Hospital, which celebrates 10 years this year, opened debt-free thanks to generous philanthropic support from individuals, businesses, civic organizations, and family foundations. Fundraising efforts have continued to

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help advance the programs and services offered at LCH, from clinical cancer research trials to state of the art facilities. This year’s is the third annual Levine Children’s Gala, and it functions as the signature fundraising event for the hospital. Last year, the evening raised nearly half a million for the hospital through ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, a silent and live auction, challenge gifts, and direct donations. Stanwick Dunham Builders told us this feels like “a more meaningful, more creative way to give back to our community. It allows us to get more people involved across many disciplines, all helping by donating their talents and materials to make this project happen.” For a bit more information: 2017 Levine Children’s Gala Ruard Veltman Architecture Stanwick Dunham Builders

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AN ABODE SITTING ROOM This charcoal library by Mary Miller is a restful retreat. words by SUNNY HUBLER photos by MICHAEL BLEVINS

Mary Tobias Miller has an extensive interior design career. As a working designer since 1983, her latest project is abode, the shop she opened in Dilworth. The store serves as both a retail showroom for transitional items, vintage home furnishings, and accessories, as well as the space for her full-service interior design studio. Her designs are marked by her signature knack for creating a truly eye-catching room, embodied perfectly here in this uniquely-staged library. The charcoal walls in this quiet room create a moody, intimate feel, while the grey resin circular cocktail table, from Oly, anchors the room and provides a focal point. At the same time, the thoughtful implementation of the bright turquoise drapery prevents the room from becoming too serious. Miller also added touches like leather fabric, Lucite end tables, and a beautiful Andrea Costa landscape painting. The details tie the room together and capture the colors from the house’s overall palette. For a bit more info:

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Details Landscape Painting by Andrea Costa Grey resin cocktail table from Oly Fixture from Currey and Co.



Mrs. Howard’s Porch Living A restful retreat in the Blue Ridge designed by Lane Brown of Mrs. Howard/Max & Co. words by SUNNY HUBLER photo by DUSTIN PECK

Charlotte interior designer Lane Brown of Mrs. Howard/Max & Co. Design turned this Brevard, NC home’s porch into a restful retreat. The firm, started in 1996, is led by designer Phoebe Howard. Her fresh take on traditional approaches has earned her a name all throughout the Southeast. This particular home, nestled within Pisgah National Forest, all but demands a way to enjoy the outdoors, and Brown wanted to pull in touches of nature wherever possible. With an emphasis on natural light and organic neutrals throughout the entire space, Brown was able to create a porch that’s inviting and comfortable. The wicker furniture is a nod

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Details Wicker furniture from Kingsley Bate Woven rocker from Palecek Area rug by Dash and Albert Console table by Century

to the design studio’s foundational aesthetic, these classic pieces that take on a bit more of a modern feel with their boxy form and track arms. Thanks to these pieces, it’s become one of the most desirable rooms of the house: “You could find me curled up on one of the armless chairs on the screened porch with a glass of wine and book in hand anytime,” Brown says. “When you’re out there, you feel like you’re in a tree house!” The finished product is a casual, light, and airy space that manages to feel both indoors and outdoors. For a bit more info:

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A House That Is A Home For a young family that takes nothing for granted, finally a new home focused entirely on loving and cherishing their children words by DENISE LORRAINE DAVIS photos by METROPOLIS ICONIC SHOTS

As soon as you step inside the Olsen’s new home there is a palatable aura of understated grandeur, minimalist style and visual calmness. The exact kind of feeling you get when you enter a resort aimed at pleasing all your senses. “We travel a lot,” explains Kara Olsen, “We wanted that Colorado mountain resort feel. Cozy, but with a light and open, airy feel of a ranch home.” The property is situated indigenously with its surroundings and faces a lake with a large fountain. “Peter Leeke found this lot for us and we fell in love with it right away,” adds Greg Olsen. “It is hard to have both convenience and privacy. But Kingswood pulled it off.” This is the second time that the Leekes have worked with the Olsens, but this project would be entirely different. This time they

started from scratch and Kara was involved in the entire design concept and detailing decisions. This was an opportunity for the couple to make their home nothing short of perfect. The Olsen family has certain lifestyle needs that were considered in the home design phase. Greg is 6’5” and Kara is 5’9”. “We’re pretty sure the odds are that our kids will be tall as well!” laughs Kara. The house features a lot of overhead space with mostly a combination of 10-13’ vaulted ceilings. The scale feels like a modern castle. Without a doubt, their focus is all about their children first and foremost. There are two kids’ lounge areas, one by their bedrooms and another near the kitchen with an adjacent craft room “so I can keep an eye on them” explains Kara. A curved wall entrance to the children’s bedroom suite

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allows for light to stream in from the pool courtyard. There is no shortage of natural light in this home, which for two outdoorsy people, is hugely satisfying. The Olsens like to host and entertain their parents, family, friends, players and their wives. To accommodate that, the upper level boasts two separate guest suites (the ‘Chicago’ guest room and the ‘Beach’ guest room) and a lady’s lounge opposite a man cave media room

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and bar that showcases Greg’s NFL game collection. There is a shared linear crystal fireplace between the guy and gal hangouts and a cigar deck overlooking the pool. “Did Kara tell you that we have root beer on draft in the bar for the kids?” beams Greg. For certain, the driving force in designing the structure was that the Olsens wanted to be closer to their kids than they had been in their previous home that Kingswood had reno-



vated for them. Usually families look to separate the master suite from the children’s rooms often by floor level or opposite sides of a floorplan, but that was the exact opposite of what they wanted. The solution was to have the children’s suite and master bedroom suite located in a shared wing on the ground level with a short hallway between them for easy access. “I really love the way this turned out and I think it is nice that we have our guest suites and entertainment rooms upstairs—

separate from the main flow of the house. As a family with young children, we spend most of our time on the ground level like you would in a ranch-style home,” observes Kara. “Despite the clean simplicity of this 7,000-sq. ft. home, it is in fact a very complex structure,” says Peter Leeke. It is a unique horse shoe shaped craftsman-style home by JJ Barja, Elite Design Group. It features a 2nd floor deck, vaulted ceilings with 22’ beams, a below ground wine cellar

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and a reinforced professional gym floor with diamond plate walls. The property is designed with a separate standing garage building that added room for another car with storage above. That structure helps form a porte-cochère entrance to a courtyard for the family to play basketball and other games. It is impossible not to notice the focal point of the home: the pool deck. The home takes full advantage of this with walls of windows facing it from all sides. Another departure from the typical approach in home design is that the entrance

everywhere: the floating silver antique beam design in the dining room, the attention grabbing light fixtures, the media room and bar juxtaposed with antique and modern details and an oversize double shower (steam and regular) in the pool bath. The vintage hardwood flooring is her hallmark: steam-treated. The hardware is soft gold, and the doors custom-designed and built. The various wall coverings are hand-finished by Phillip Jeffries. One less obvious feature she added is how the master bath fills with water from a flush valve

foyer is part of the main foot traffic pathway that connects the side wings of the home and centers squarely on an inviting open dining room layout. The pool deck and outdoor living space is symmetrically centered behind it, providing a wonderful horizon line image from the front to the back of the property. Everywhere you look, you see the bright aqua blue pool, hot tub and fire pit. It feels like a vacation. All the interior design was handled by Louise Leeke and her signature touches are visible

in the ceiling: the water is oxygenated to prevent splashing and strategically placed over the tub for the quietest fall. The furnishings, artwork, accessories, and Phillip Jeffries wall coverings were also carefully curated to work in concert with Louise’s styling by Layton Campbell, JLayton Interiors. There is a distinctive blend of materials throughout including the exterior as well: rich dark cedar shakes and trim paint with a vanilla colored stucco, a natural cedar shake roof, and

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Indiana limestone. The overall effect relaxes the mind and feels utterly organic and down-toearth—just like the Olsens themselves. “One thing we definitely depended on was Louise guiding us on where to spend and not,” shared Kara. It is a common pitfall for homeowners building their dream homes, especially with all the décor resource magazines, and online sites available to them. “The main thing about building with Kingswood is that we like working with Peter and Louise. It’s just that simple. The house was built in a year and we had 100% confidence in the process. It was just an awesome experience,” concluded Greg. Fondest memory? Kara overheard the twins playing pretend builders: Talbot was Ms. Louise and TJ was Mr. Jason (project manager, Jason Hughes).

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A Passion To Help The HEARTest Yard Kara and Greg launched this campaign to help other families battling Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) “We wanted to set up a structure that provided an in-home nurse, free of charge, to these families,” Greg explains, “because we found that was such a powerful tool and resource in our own lives.” Every HLHS family receives up to 460 hours in free in-home nursing care between the first and second surgeries. To donate visit

A Step Back in Time The Duke Mansion offers guests in the Queen City both modern luxury and a vision of the past. words by LESLIE BROOKS


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Within the pristine, ivory-colored walls of The Duke Mansion, you may discover a luxurious haven far from the persistent jostle of city life. Whether you are new to the Queen City or a seasoned Charlottean, this Southern gem will reinvigorate your weekend and leave you with a renewed sense of tranquility. Modern luxury meets Southern hospitality in this austere period mansion, complete with twenty individually decorated guest rooms. While each suite is stunningly unique in its design, all the rooms host either a

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Friday Check in, then... Start your journey across Charlotte with dinner at Good Food on Montford, a Bruce Moffet restaurant that specializes in American small-plates. After you’ve had your fill, venture over to Fahrenheit for the best view of the Charlotte skyline and killer Mules.




Wake up and... Head down to the Mint Museum to catch a glimpse of the Queen City’s vivacious art scene. Every Saturday, the Mint hosts several classes that are typically open to the public. More importantly, a visit to the museum will give you the chance to enjoy the beautiful architecture of this repurposed church and the artworks of many talented artists displayed within. For lunch, head back down East Boulevard to the Mayobird for some of the best chicken salad in the city.

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spacious queen or king bed and an in-suite bath. Within the opulently designed rooms, the Duke Mansion offers its guests quiet privacy suffused with a warm, inviting hospitality. Built in 1915, and only two miles from the Center City, The Duke Mansion is a nonprofit destination. All proceeds are allocated to preserve and maintain this national treasure. Both the mansion and the four and a half acres of beautiful walking trails and gardens that it resides upon are a historic




Don’t go home just yet... Make sure you catch brunch at 5Church. Beyond the fact head chef Jamie Lynch was just featured on Bravo TV’s Top Chef, the brunch here is delectable. Order a carafe of their revitalizing mimosas and enjoy a warm toasted ham and cheese Croque Madame, drizzled with mornay sauce, and crowned with a fried egg.

landmark in Charlotte. Within these antiquated walls resides the opportunity to sample a bygone era, and perhaps a simpler time. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Duke Mansion is a must-see destination in the city. If possible, we highly recommend enjoying the splendor of this gem for a few nights. For a bit more info:

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On the coast of North Carolina, at the junction of the Neuse and Trent Rivers, rests the second oldest town in the state: New Bern. Having endured both the Civil War and the Revolutionary War, New Bern is the kind of well-preserved historic gem rarely found in the Tar Heel state. The town has something for everyone—buildings and businesses of bygone eras brush shoulders with modern shops, art galleries, and restaurants—making it the perfect destination for a weekend away from Charlotte. Step back in time at the Tryon Palace and Gardens, which Royal Governor William Tryon called home in the 18th century and which functioned as the first permanent capital of the state of North Carolina. No longer the governor’s residence, Tryon Palace now functions as an exceptional, sprawling complex of gallery, museum, and cafe space. Learn about the state’s economic, anthropological, and environmental past at the Regional History Museum; roam the

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By the Numbers


The year New Bern was settled by Swiss and Palatine German immigrants.


The number of Crepe Myrtles—the city’s official flower—found in the historic district. Clockwise from top left: New Bern’s beautiful waterfront. Historic downtown. Tryon Palace. One of many New Bern gardens.


Tryon Palace was completed and used as North Carolina’s first state capitol.

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Carolina Towns

New Bern’s appeal resides not only in its well-preserved history, but also in its gently bustling downtown.

gardens surrounding the Palace; visually immerse yourself in priceless art at the Duffy Gallery; and dine along the waterfront at Lawson’s Landing. When you’ve explored to your heart’s content, pop over to New Bern Academy Museum or Civil War Battlefield Park to round out your historic timeline with an exploration of the state’s role in the Civil War. New Bern’s appeal resides not only in its well-preserved history, but also in its gently bustling downtown. Spend an hour ogling New Bern’s eclectic variety of architectural styles, including Federal-style buildings, Georgian and bungalow homes, Victorian mansions, and Greek Revival homes. Explore the New Bern Farmer’s Market Saturday morning, where you can gnaw on baked goods, try on handmade jewelry, and purchase crafts and artwork composed by local artisans and artists. And, of course, don’t forget to shop at one of New Bern’s quaint antique or gift shops. At the end of the weekend, you’ll return to the Queen City with a deeper appreciation of North Carolina history, a full belly, and a few full shopping bags...and, if you’ve any sense, plans for your return trip to beautiful New Bern.

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South in Yo’ Mouth A day of eating in New Bern

Breakfast: Start your day at Baker’s Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery. They have an incredibly extensive menu, with everything from a big ol’ country ham platter to the “Bun & Sum” with cinnamon roll, two eggs and bacon. Make sure you pick up some snacks to go in the bakery before heading out. 2nd Breakfast: Still hungry? Fill up with a sausage biscuit and an extra cup of coffee to go at The Country Biscuit. Lunch: Morgan’s Tavern & Grill used to be a garage but today it’s a perfect lunch spot with great salads, solid soups, and a killer hot turkey sandwich. Supper: Head to The Chelsea for a lively dinner and a great cocktail menu. You can’t go wrong with an order of the brown butter barbecue chicken. Dessert: Prohibition Drinks & Desserts is the perfect spot to end your night with a cocktail and a sweet treat.

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If you’ve spent much time traveling, you’ve likely learned that every city has its own unique feel. There are nuances to each city that we come to either love or hate, but, more than likely, we appreciate their urban individuality all the same. Out of all the places I have called home across the American South, New Orleans is the city that keeps calling me back. No matter where my travels take me, I’ve never found another place quite like it. The quickest, surest path to my heart is some good, soulful food. New Orleans never fails to deliver. After Katrina, some people in the culinary world would say that the city is well beyond the best days of its cuisine, but I couldn’t disagree more. It only takes a stroll down into Bywater, a swanky neighborhood that is one of the local foodies’ best kept secrets, to see that the food scene isn’t just treading water. It’s an ever-evolving food-scape with hundreds of classics and new local favorites but for a taste of fresh, local fare take a swing into the Bacchanal wine store or Maurepas Food for some delicious goat tacos. There’s no lack of decadent places to stay for the evening in the Big Easy. Luxe boutique hotels litter the French Quarter, and the city’s full of avant-garde high-rise hotels. Beaucoup’s amenities and thoughtful guest service is sure to impress, no matter your personal preferences.

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Bellocq A swanky bar with black velvet settees and a bougie boudoir feel. Bourbon Street Start at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar and bar hop to Canal. Cane and Table Get your fill with Cane & Table’s prototiki drinks and colonial cuisine Grab a Bed Windsor Court Hotel Enjoy a five-star luxe hotel with a museum quality art collection. The Ritz-Carlton These luxury digs are on the edge of the French Quarter in a 1908 Beaux Arts Mansion. Hotel Mazarin A newer hotel to New Orleans, but a go-to for those looking for a boutique feel.

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Don’t worry, though; there’s too much to do in the city to stay indoors long. You’ll find yourself wandering the Quarter, exploring Greenwood Cemetery, visiting the art galleries in town, and (whether you like it or not) learning a ton about the rich history of New Orleans. After all, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another city in the States with this unique blend of French, Spanish, Creole, and African influences. The diversity of culture, multifaceted heritage, and downright sinfully delicious Creole food is enough to keep anyone coming back. The Big Easy has it all—whether you’re looking for a new culinary scene to explore or simply to getaway, this is one destination that will enchant with every return visit.


New Orleans was founded by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne


First opera in the U.S. opens in New Orleans.


The number of historic districts in Nola! More than any other U.S. city


Number of visitors the city gets during the Mardi Gras celebration.

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The Queen’s Cup words by ASHLEY CARLINI


photos by JAMEY PRICE

The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase is not just a horse race; at its very core, it’s an authentically Charlotte tradition. It reminds us that every year at the end of April, for at least this one day, a city can come together to make new memories in a beautiful landscape and raise money for an important cause.

“We love a great cocktail party, but we also love to watch racing. We think we have combined the best of both worlds—great sport with great socializing in an amazing setting.” - Bill Price



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Dollars have been raised for local charities by the Queen’s Cup.


Bill and Carrington Price founded the Queen’s Cup in 1995, and since then it has become the place to welcome spring in Charlotte. The race is held at the Brooklandwood, where unique natural beauty and terrain is protected and preserved by a conservation easement. The course has won accolades for being the best one in the national circuit. It was built with visibility in mind to accentuate the sprawling land, while emphasizing safety for both horses and jockeys. “We love a great cocktail party, but we also love to watch racing,” explains Bill. “We think we have combined the best of both worlds— great sport with great socializing in an amazing setting. Here, we encourage you to really engage with the event.” Like the Queen’s Cup, steeplechases themselves have come a long way. The concept originated in Ireland in 1752. At the time, steeplechase races were comprised of two horses racing

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from one town’s steeple to another. Throughout its history in the United States, only twice has the annual horse-racing tradition ever ceased— once during prohibition and again for a few years during the Second World War. Steeplechases are fast-paced, breathtaking events for both jockeys and spectators alike. The Queen’s Cup has put the steeplechase on the map in Charlotte. Comprised of five horse races, a hat and tailgating contest, a Jack Russell Terrier race, and pony rides for children, the day-long event is one big social hour. Those who have been even once can attest to the unique excitement the event provides. “There are a lot of long-time, loyal supporters,” Carrington Price says. “It’s rewarding to know that some people have been coming for the last 22 years to support the event, and it’s not only the patrons—we also have a handful of volunteers that have been volunteering for the last twenty-one years.”

Horses have raced at the Queen’s Cup.


Miles per hour is the fastest speed a horse has reached at the Queen’s Cup.


The number of years it took to build the Brooklandwood Racecourse where the Queen’s Cup takes place.


The height in inches of the hurdles that the horses jump over at full speed.



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The number of jockeys that ride in this year’s Cup.


The highest purse at this year’s Queen’s Cup Steeplechase


will attend this year’s steeplechase.


Volunteers help make the Queen’s Cup Charlotte’s premier tailgate


horses will run in the five races.


The overall cost of some of the thoroughbreds that race.

With two decades of the Queen’s Cup come a lot of memories. Bill and Carrington recall a year when Princess Anne of the United Kingdom, herself a jockey for many years, attended the Queen’s Cup. While they’ve had celebrity spectators in the past, the Queen’s Cup wasn’t started for royalty—it was made first and foremost for Charlotteans. “One of our biggest challenges is that people have this misconception that it’s hoitytoity,” explains Carrington. “But honestly it’s for everyone.” It’s also for a good cause: The Prices use the Cup to raise money each year, having donated over $750,000 to philanthropies to date. The Queen’s Cup will be making a contribution again this year to the Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina. Attending the in-

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augural Alzheimer’s Memory Gala as honorees, Bill and Carrington Price believe it is important to give back to the community as much as possible. A grassroots effort led by Bill and Carrington Price, the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase is the largest outdoor tailgate in the entire region. The sport, the feasting, and the socializing introduce a Southern tradition to both longtime locals and those who have just transplanted to the Charlotte region, providing us with the opportunity to call something our very own. It is the social event of the year that Charlotte never knew it needed. The Queen’s Cup is held the last Saturday of every April, this year on April 29, 2017. You can learn more about the event and how to donate at



The story of South Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moseley family and their crafts.





James Moseley in his design studio

In 1994, Allyn Moseley and his wife Sheree were searching for a place to raise their family. The two found home in Upstate South Carolina, hauling all of their belongings over 3000 miles from California. Somehow, they believed in this new home a whole nation away from their old one, this new place with growing room for their three sons. They didn’t, however, expect to grow a business. That was also the year Allyn Moseley opened his artisan woodworking company Heirloom Stairworks. A residential craftsman for many years, Allyn had always been obsessed with the fine woodworking details in a home. Staircases, in particular, always grabbed his attention. So, he started making them. In those early days, the only stairworker was Allyn, but the next generation of Moseleys would prove to be the most valuable tools in his shop. That original woodshop was just one step in a long, evolving staircase, the first venture of what would become an expansive family business. But back then, even as the company was evolving into Heirloom Stair and Iron, Allyn wasn’t interested in business. He just enjoyed the craft. If you’ve ever seen a spiral staircase being constructed, you’ll understand why. You’d practically have to call it an art, and an incredibly precise one at that, but Allyn doesn’t think he was born with any kind of special skillset.

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“This isn’t about talent,” Allyn insists. “It’s always been about effort and attitude, the work you put into it.” Allyn is a man you’d be hard-pressed to find behind a desk; he ascribes to a working man’s school of thought that, to this day, keeps him in the shop or on the jobsite. His oldest son Ben, on the other hand, believes that certain people are just naturally cut out for this kind of work. “It’s unlikely that we could bring an accountant in here and put him to work on this stuff,” Ben Moseley laughs. Considering the elegant wooden spiral currently reaching toward the woodshop’s ceiling, I’m inclined to agree with him. Ben is head of operations of what is now The Heirloom Companies, a conglomeration of the various businesses Heirloom Stair has expanded to become, as well as the ones it has assimilated over the years. Housed in their sprawling complex in Campobello, South Carolina, The Heirloom Companies are quickly becoming an artisanal juggernaut in the Southeast’s design industry. They are makers of hand-cut wooden staircases, crafters of intricate iron railings and fences, welders of gorgeously textured copper and bronze lighting fixtures, and creators of just about any furniture or home addition you can dream up. The name fits. And now, not unlike an heirloom, most of the business has been handed down to the three Moseley boys, Ben, James, and Travis.

Bronze and copper artisan Joe Cooper

Woodshop manager Hank Knights

THE EXCLUSI V ES Joe makes it look and sound simple, waving his magic “We’ve worked for the company our whole lives,” Ben wand around lackadaisically, but don’t let this old artisan jokes, “and we’re just now getting the paycheck. When we fool you—there’s 3000 degrees Fahrenheit coming out of were growing up, if dad needed help in the woodshop, we that thing, and his concentration produces unprecedented helped. We’ve always been part of this. His passion wasn’t detail in lighting fixtures. business, so involving the rest of us has really transformed Hank Knights is wood shop manager, and his years the company.” working here have earned him a reputation as Heirloom’s Growing up with a craftsman for a dad instilled in each of problem solver. He and his crew—which includes his two them a love for the craft. Even Travis, the youngest of the sons—can finish a spiral staircase in four days. Hank does three who studied orthodontics at the University of South right by the Heirloom Stair legacy. Carolina, decided quickly that he couldn’t see himself in anIn 2017, of course, Heirloom needs a computer guy. Luckother profession: “My heart,” he says, “was at Heirloom.” ily, there are several, but IT Coordinator Jon Gardner is the As Production Manager, Travis now heads up the handman who really understands forged metal portion of Heirthe machines. A transplant loom, but he had to earn that from California (where he position just like anyone worked for Intel), Jon overelse—he proved his worth sees all of Heirloom’s autopainting walls, laying tile, mated equipment. Allyn and and sweeping floors. He gravhis sons rely on Jon to “haritated toward the iron side of ness this technology and apHeirloom Stair and Iron afply it to the inspired designs ter working with his brother [Heirloom’s] artisans create.” James, who’s responsible for Along with the other resident much of the company’s awardtechies, Jon is responsible for winning ironwork. marrying old world craftsBefore Travis, James earned manship with modern techhis keep just the same. Years nology—Heirloom’s trademark ago, Allyn Moseley put to his business model. middle son a question that, in These men, like most at The hindsight, seems laughable: Heirloom Companies, are ex“If I buy a welder,” Allyn asked perts in their respective fields. back in the late 90s, “do you With skillsets like these, they think you can make money could easily make a living outwith it?” James’ affirmative side of the Moseley business… answer to that query was the but they choose not to. foundation for the whole ironJames, Allyn, and Ben Moseley Somehow, Heirloom reworking portion of the comof The Heirloom Companies mains a conglomerate withpany. Today, his hand-drawn out embodying the incorpodesigns are fundamental to rated stereotype, and it’s all thanks to these people who just about every major project the company takes on. make each facet of the business possible. On the surface, With the amount of projects they are taking on, of course, The Heirloom Companies is an amalgam of businesses unThe Heirloom Companies can’t just be the Moseley family der one roof. Actually setting foot under that roof, howanymore. And with over 20 people working away on metal ever, reveals the group’s true nature. They’re a bunch of and wood, the shop is full of skilled characters. artisans who’ve not only found convenience in working toTake Joe Cooper, whose skill with bronze and copper is gether—they also enjoy working together. And that’s what mesmerizing. Joe “fell under the spell of the torch” nearly 50 keeps keeps them all under one roof. They’re family. years ago, when he learned his textured bronze style of metalworking from a friend who lived in the Ozark mountains. “I’m basically taking copper and hand-welding it with a bronze alloy to create something new that looks old and For a bit more info: timeless,” Joe explains.

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“This isn’t about talent. It’s always been about effort and attitude, the work you put into it.” - Allyn Moseley




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When Beth Addison heard that renowned treehouse designer Pete Nelson, of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters fame, was in town, she did what any sane person who works with kids would do: She tracked him down. With her hastily sketched “owl’s nest” library idea in hand, Beth excitedly struck up conversation with the television personality. As Director of Development and Communications at Charlotte’s Omni Montessori School, Beth was the ideal person for the job. That job, of course, was recruiting Nelson Treehouse and Supply to design a treehouse on her school’s wooded campus. She had her work cut out for her, and so did Pete Nelson.

“If we can get kids in the trees and in a library at the same time, I think we’re succeeding on all fronts.” -Pete Nelson

THE EXCLUSI V ES I “When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.” In Beth’s barebones drawing and bright-eyed eagerness, Pete Nelson saw a little of his own childlike enthusiasm. “She was going to make it happen,” Pete laughs. “I love when I see that kind of spirit, because I’m such a yes-man myself.” Pete is no stranger to these kinds of appeals. The guy is on television, after all, because he knows his stuff. He’s been in the trees about as far back as he can remember. “My dad and I built my first treehouse in an old maple,” Pete says, reflecting on the big-kid career he’s chosen for himself. “It was tiny, but it was my first real place of my own and that made a huge impression. That was the beginning.” From then on, Pete began nurturing a deep-seated love for the woods and, well, wood itself. From crafting models in his grandfather’s woodshop to constructing formidable fortresses with his childhood friends, he found he had a knack for anything remotely tangential to carpentry work. “Back then, I didn’t have Nintendo, so if I had a sharp stick,” Pete laughs, “it was going to be a good day.” His every free moment was spent “nailing things to trees and knocking two-by-fours together”—a trial-and-error method of childhood that eventually revealed to him what he loved doing.

They were also, for a time, hard at work hammering out kinks. Pete is accustomed to building private homes for adults, and his tree-bound designs are, in truth, sturdier than many cement foundations are today. A commercial structure, on the other hand, meant safety permitting hurdles that Nelson Treehouse and Supply hadn’t encountered before—extra supports were necessary, the structure couldn’t be suspended too high off the ground, the path of entry had to be a particular incline—but these challenges were met with grins, not grimaces, because Pete and his crew believed in the project and all of the good it represented.

“Maria Montessori believed very strongly that it’s important for children to be connected to nature—especially nowadays, when we’re hooked up electronically all over the place.” -Beth Addison

II “What we need is a world full of miracles.”

III “What the hand does, the mind remembers.”

Naturally, the treehouse builder loved Beth Addison’s idea, but years in the business have taught him a couple vital lessons. Beth’s initial meeting ended with Pete’s ever-so friendly reminder that treehouses—even something much more child-sized than his usual lofty builds—aren’t cheap. For Beth, who has enrolled three children in the Omni Montessori program and who is thus thoroughly invested in the school’s welfare, the reality check was harsh. But good ideas rarely go to waste. “When you have a good cause,” Pete muses, “it doesn’t take long for someone to step up and say, ‘Sure, I’ll write a check for that.’” Word had gotten around, and “the most exciting phone call of [Beth’s] life” brought with it one of the school’s largest ever parent donations: The entire expense of her treehouse library dream. A couple months and loads of paperwork later, Pete’s team, an Animal Planet film crew, and Pete Nelson himself were on Charlotte’s Omni Montessori campus hammering out plans for a newly-designed treehouse library.

This treehouse library really was meant to happen, and it couldn’t have happened anywhere other than at a Montessori school. Pete admits to having felt a connection with the school and the project from the beginning. All of his children were educated in Montessori programs—a fact he doesn’t take lightly. Pete’s own excellent education and upbringing made him a Montessori student in spirit if not in practice, his inclination toward hands-on learning and respect for nature’s teaching ability aligning almost too perfectly with Maria Montessori’s philosophy. In a sense, he built this one for himself. Pete and Beth believed so deeply in this endeavor because the end result is more than just a fun addition to the grounds. Beth Addison says this little wooden owl is representative of everything the Montessori method cherishes in a child’s education. “Maria Montessori believed very strongly that it’s important for children to be connected to nature,” Beth explains. “Especially nowadays, when we’re hooked up electronically

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all over the place. We should seize any opportunity for kids to reconnect with the outdoors, and we try to do that on this campus. If you show up here on a regular day, there are children outside doing all sorts of things, but it’s very purposeful work.” Picking up rocks, studying trees, touching the campus (which in itself is so full of history)—learning while out-ofdoors is a major part of the lesson plan here. The newest addition to the campus practically had to be in the trees. Of course, it’s not just any old house suspended above the ground. It functions primarily as a library, a place for an altogether different kind of touchable learning. “Books are still so important,” Beth insists, “and we wanted to create a space that was comfortable and fun, but was also a quiet place where kids could go for research, a reading retreat, or just some time away from the classroom.” As with any true library, the hope here is that the sounds of turning pages and the hallmarks of tactile, technology-free learning will dominate the space. The library is as a library

should be—when a child requires information, they’re able to look for it in a tangible way. But Pete Nelson’s library may be just a little more enticing to the inquisitive child, for obvious reasons. And that was the whole idea. “If we can get kids in the trees and in a library at the same time,” Pete laughs, “I think we’re succeeding on all fronts.” IV “We must provide the child with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.” It’s not hard to keep the kids aloft and reading when the trees are this welcoming. Despite Pete Nelson’s assertion that he was meant to build, he’s an incredible designer because he has to be. His tree refuges wouldn’t be the luxe spaces they are if he didn’t understand form, and they probably wouldn’t be spaces at all if he didn’t understand function: One does not simply put a 250-square-foot structure up in a tree without a firm handle on basic architectural engineering. Fortunately,

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THE EXCLUSI V ES V “Play is the work of the child.”

“When you’ve a good cause, it doesn’t take long for someone to step up and say, ‘Sure, I’ll write a check for that.’” -Pete Nelson

being in the business of building in trees has made Pete some arborist friends. And they’ve taught him a ton. In the case of Omni Montessori’s treehouse, Pete retained as much of Beth’s original Owl’s Nest concept as he could. But the building site, as Pete says it’s wont to do, dictated much of the structure. “Trees inform the design,” Pete says. “If I try to begin with a preconceived notion of the design, I’m going to literally be fighting nature the whole way. It’s best to wait until the trees present themselves—and they always do.” In this case, the selfless volunteers for the cause consisted of a beautiful grove of oaks, sweetgums, and a lone cedar. Due to the positioning of these primary supports, Pete’s first elevation drawing steered away Beth’s “nest” idea in favor of an elongated structure with two large, round eyes. The owl’s nest became an owl, channeling the form of the Omni Montessori mascot, complete with a hand-carved beak of Western red cedar. Of course, the owl wouldn’t be a proper addition to a Montessori campus if it didn’t have anything to teach. Alongside all of the obvious instruments of learning on the shelves are some characteristically clever Pete Nelson design touches which in themselves have the ability to educate. The most obvious of these may also be the most physically attractive feature in the owl: The curling bench along the library’s rounded wall. It’s a Fibonacci Spiral, a reference to the efficient growth structure of many plants. “At the time we were building,” Pete recalls, “I was interested in this perfect recurring design in nature, so I saw no reason not to include it in a treehouse, which is by its nature connected to these living things.” It’s no accident that so much of the design emulates nature. The outdoors have plenty to teach, and so does a knowledgeable guy who spends all his time outside. In a Pete Nelson design, even the seating has something to share.

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Sharing has always been an integral part of Pete Nelson’s career. It’s what got him the Animal Planet show in the first place, even if he didn’t realize it at first. “In the early days,” Pete reminisces, “I used to wonder how a television show about a construction job could be interesting. The truth is, Animal Planet manages to make a story out of these things because it’s way more than just a treehouse. It’s about the people involved, realizing their dreams. Building these treehouses—this one, especially— keeps giving and giving. It gives to me, it gives to Beth and the school, and above all it gives to these kids.” Beth Addison just wanted a treehouse for the Omni Montessori kids. She never expected Animal Planet to step in and film her school’s story for television; they did, though, because it’s a story worth sharing. And that story is not so much the tale of Beth Addison or Pete Nelson as it is the story of a bunch of children and their treehouse. The Omni Montessori students, ranging from three to twelve-year-olds, were present for the whole of the construction and filming process. They were able to remain involved, befriending all of the cameramen from Animal Planet and the Nelson Treehouse crew along the way. It was a learning experience unlike any other: For nearly two months, the kids watched this wondrous, handmade thing spring up before their eyes. So when the children were finally allowed inside, there was a little of what Pete calls—“at the risk of sounding corny”—real magic. “They were truly in awe of what they were seeing,” Beth smiles. “There was such pure, raw emotion. The joy of those children…It was one of the happiest moments of my life.” The kids weren’t the only emotional parties, though. “Their reactions triggered my reaction,” Beth laughs, “which, of course, was ugly crying face.” With a response like the kids’, it’s really no surprise Pete Nelson is one of the happiest men on television. He does every day precisely the thing he wants to do, because he was able to explore his options when he was a child. Together with the school’s guides and the tried-and-true Montessori method, his Owl’s Nest Treehouse Library gives these Charlotte kids what years in the woods gave him: a place integral to childhood, a place where they can develop freely—a place of their own. As long as there are people like Pete Nelson and Beth Addison around, children will find what they love. If that happens to be building houses in trees, well, Pete’s niche market could use the healthy competition.

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“The [kids’] reactions triggered my reaction, which, of course, was ugly crying face.” -Beth Addison

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Eric Cockrell of Mudwerk in his NoDa studio. Opposite Page: A Mudwerk wall designed by Ruard Veltman Architecture.


WORK Eric Cockrell and his Mudwerk team craft Charlotte’s finest walls. words by COREY MILLER



Mudwerk owner and principle artisan Eric Cockrell earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. But you probably wouldn’t know it, because his walk and talk are so charmingly blue collar. At any given time, on just about any jobsite, he’s outfitted with all the hallmarks of a man hard at work. Ballcap and workshirt speckled with something that’s not quite dry, utility suspenders holding up a workshop ensemble rather than the pants to which they’re connected, a trowel curved and sharp-edged by years of curving and edging walls: Eric is always decked out in the regalia of the laborer. That’s just one of his hats, though. Founder of Charlotte’s premier artisanal plaster and concrete company—which is also arguably one of the best in the Southeast—Eric is also a wildly successful businessman, though that was never a role he saw for himself in the “mud.”

“I never became an artist—I’ve always been one. Over the years, though, I’ve become a businessman,” Eric explains, charting Mudwerk’s history in his characteristically abridged manner of speaking. Eric Cockrell always seems short on time, but that’s likely due to some six-month-long project awaiting his expertise and guidance. He wasn’t always an expert in this most luxurious of home finishings, though. Like just about anyone who has worked with his hands for years on end, Eric didn’t really choose it. He found his labor of love in a roundabout way, after some healthy adolescent roaming. The artist-turnedentrepreneur grew up in Rock Hill, but he’s lived all over the East Coast and has even spent some time in the Queen City’s most affluent areas. “I actually lived in Myers Park for a while when I was really small,” Eric grins. “This profession is the only way I’ve found to get back in that neighborhood, in these houses.”

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“I leave a little trail of dust behind wherever I go.”

Eric only worked with plaster briefly in school, on the occasional sculptural piece. These were decidedly less demanding projects than the thousands of square footage he and his Mudwerk team now mold on the daily. He found a love for this mixture of earth and water while working for an artisan plaster company in New York. “On my first few projects, I was very much just a laborer,” Eric recalls. “My on-site job was mixing the buckets and getting it up to the guys on the scaffolding.” Eric moved back south with his family and started Mudwerk in 2005. Back then, Mudwerk was comprised of one man and a toolbox. He still makes use of that old toolbox today, but he now heads up a team of “skilled laborers who are better than he ever was with walls.” It’s a skill that comes with years of repetitive motion and through Mudwerk, they’ve gotten plenty of practice. They enjoy what they do, not unlike Eric Cockrell himself but the fact is, laborers come and go. Eric and his team are artisans, the kind of contract workers whose work is worth more to them than just their wage. They care about each paying job because they care about the craft, not the other way around. With their help, Eric is doing a lot

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more managing and a lot less with his hands in the mud, but he’s still enamored with the stuff. “I’m running my own company and I still can’t wrap my head around it: We mix up this powder, add water, and after a while it gets hard. Somehow, I make a living with it.” That’s the simple way to put it. There’s a lot that happens to this mixture before Eric and his fellow mud-workers are done with it. Eric calls his job “every kid’s dream…playing with different colors of mud everyday.” The Mudwerk team at work, though, is nothing like children in a sandbox. Their “playing” is insanely precise handicraft, the kind of fluid movement that’s mundane to the artisan but pure spectacle to everyone else. The goopy plaster moves between trowel and plasterer’s hawk (a one-foot metal square with a handle) like it’s alive until it’s spread and smoothed onto walls, tables, or complex moldings. It all happens really quickly, but this is just the start. The application takes minutes; the drying takes weeks. When it’s all finally done and the last coating of protectants have been applied, Mudwerk’s efforts do something extraordinary to a house, creating a seamless, cream-tinted peace. In Charlotte’s market, especially, plaster marks a surprising collision of visuals, recalling the European luxury of bygone eras while somehow functioning as a modern update on the neverending painted wall of today’s homes. Beyond the walls, Eric’s plaster constructs a home that the design layman may not even realize he sees—foot-level molds wrapping down staircases, intricate plaster crowns and ceiling molds classing up bedrooms. These masterpieces often lurk in the periphery, but

Clockwise from top: Eric Cockrell of Mudwerk testing a new batch of plaster. A Mudwerk sink designed by Ruard Veltman Architecture (photo by Michael Blevins). Mudwerk walls designed by Frank Smith Design.

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“I am the luckiest guy in the world. It’s every kid’s dream. I get to play with mud every day.”

they keep the idea of the home in focus. When they’re at work, Eric’s people don’t just make moldings. They make a whole aesthetic. Eric is crafting more than just incredible interior art throughout the region. Since starting up Mudwerk in 2005, he’s built relationships with some of the best architects, designers, and builders in the region, including Ruard Veltman, Frank Smith, and Pursley-Dixon. “I’ve had to teach [the builders and architects] and teach myself what we can do. Someone like Ruard asks for something difficult, we somehow manage to pull it off, and then he asks for something even more out-of-theordinary. So we’re always trying new things, pushing the boundaries of what we think is possible with plaster.”

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At the same time, they’re changing what Charlotte thinks is even possible in a home. Walls are a foundational feature in any space, and Eric’s plasterwork makes them an even more attractive cornerstone. “I leave a little trail of dust behind wherever I go,” Eric chuckles, brushing off his office chair. But this artisan leaves a lot more in his wake than that. With every finished project, Mudwerk brings Charlotte more of what it doesn’t have and more of what it needs. Bent trowel and toolbox in tow, Eric Cockrell spends his days marrying art and work, molding his hometown into a prettier place to live. And that’s as admirable a thing as any artist or laborer can do. For a bit more info:

Opposite Page: A Mudwerk hood and scored backsplash designed by Ruard Veltman Artchitecture. This Page Clockwise from top left: A Mudwerk ceiling designed by Ruard Veltman Architecture (photo by Michael Blevins). Eric and the Mudwerk team in their NoDa studio. A Ruard Veltman-designed sink made by Mudwerk. Eric Cockrell of Mudwerk touches the walls of a Frank Smith Design home.


COME ON IN Six Charlotte interior designers welcome us into their homes for a behind-the-scenes look at the spaces that matter the most. words by SUNNY HUBLER


Designer Beth Keim’s house on Belvedere Avenue in Plaza Midwood is a stately Georgian Revival built in 1921 and renovated in 2004 and again in 2015. Beth’s newest design emphasizes a calming black and white color scheme paired with streamlined furniture. Her living room, once a more formal space, is now a casual area that Beth says she and her family can use all the time. Warm fabrics and distressed leathers give the space an aged feel offset by the white walls and the vintage two-sided desk, a gorgeous find from Slate Interiors in Charlotte. Additions like this desk are what Beth calls “pieces that matter, that make a space your own.”

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Charlotte Lucas is known for her embrace of the impact of color, pattern, and detail in her work. The designer started her own firm in 2012 and has since worked on projects all throughout the Southeast. This beautiful Eastover kitchen project, done in a space that was remodeled but not gutted, exemplifies her signature style perfectly. “The kitchen had great bones,” Charlotte explained, so she wanted to preserve plenty of the original

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surroundings. The young family in this Eastover home is busy, and since the kitchen is the heart of the family, Charlotte knew she wanted a clean and crisp design to complement “the day-to-day chaos with kiddos.” She painted everything pure white to offset the added moments of color in the Roman shades, lanterns, and additional small details (like the cabinet handles and sink fixtures) to add further interest to the space.


Amy Vermillion is known throughout the Southeast for her eye for detail that makes each of the interiors she designs so unique and fresh. She creates beautiful, layered spaces by focusing on architectural finishes with little touches of detailing. This space used to be part of Vermillion’s breakfast room before a recent kitchen renovation: Vermillion found herself wanting a more casual open space in her house, so she removed the wall between the kitchen and old formal dining room. She decided to create a space

she’d always wanted—a cozy seating nook. “It is my little sanctuary and one of my favorite spots in the house now,” she shares. “I love to sit quietly in the early morning and answer my emails, read, or plan meals by going through my cookbooks on the shelves nearby. When I open the windows, I can smell the jasmine planted on a trellis underneath the bay and can listen to the birds in the morning. The light is beautiful—I always feel better after spending time in my little nook.”

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Lauren Clement of Lauren Nicole Designs has been designing spaces for nearly a decade. Her own South Charlotte home, which she recently moved into, embodies her ability to take a functional space and design it beautifully. Her family room is the perfect reflection of her taste: It’s a light and airy room with a punch of color. “I am a farm girl at heart, so I love rustic elements,” she says. To achieve some rusticity in her own living space, she pulled in the wood beam mantel and the shiplap wall, but balanced the rustic with a bright, preppy feel, using accent pillows and colorful artwork. All of the elements in the space work together to create a comfortably stylish space for Lauren’s friends and family to enjoy.

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Lisa Sherry of Lisa Sherry Interieurs calls herself a “committed and creative rulebreaker.” Her designs are grounded in traditional foundations to give a nod of respect to the design field, but within every unique space, she brings a little bend and twist to the norm. Her own house embodies this perfectly, starting with her favorite room to design:

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the kitchen. Her own is both a high-functioning scullery and serves as party central. “My husband and I can cook for two and eat at the bar, or host a whole party from this command post,” she says. The aesthetic is open, airy, and welcoming with unexpected details like the golden lighting and artwork she chose to offset the clean, crisp, white interior.


Designer Traci Zeller says her breakfast room is one of her favorite spots in her home— with two large walls of windows, the room gets an abundance of sunlight flooding inside. “This room has a French sensibility, and that makes my soul happy,” Zeller smiles. The breakfast space is elegant but casual with its sophisticated faux ostrich upholstery and the round table that easily seats eight people. The large abstract painting by Jane Booth anchors the

wall to balance the windows. And—because designers think of everything—Traci says there’s no need to fret about the art fading because the windows have UV filters. The chairs also add interest to the room with the vintage vibe. “There’s real beauty in the imperfection of the distressed finish…and then who cares if the finish gets even more distressed?” Zeller reflects. “My family really uses this room, and that’s how it should be.”

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1st Row Gerrard Builders, Frank Smith Design, Grande Custom Homes 2nd Row Arcadia Homes, Ashley J Design, NewOld Custom Homes Charlotte Rug Gallery 3rd Row Lauren Nicole Designs, Kingswood, Liquid Design

2017 HOME GUIDE Whether you’re in the business of building, remodeling, decorating, or just plain finding the perfect dream home, you need to be able to rely on the very best industry professionals. Luckily for you, the Queen City offers some of the finest home providers and purveyors in the state. To help you narrow down your search, we have compiled a list of over 50 names to make your unique vision come true. From the most creative interior designers and fine furniture makers to the best real estate companies and the most dependable home builders, you are sure to find what you’re looking for here. Acquisitions

Bedside Manor

A sophisticated blend of old and new with only the finest antiques imported from all over the world makes the ACQ collection one-of-a-kind. Their collection includes pieces such as decorative accessories, throws, pillows and much more.

The friendly staff of the South Charlotte home goods retailer demonstrates their commitment to customer satisfaction through their vast understanding of color and chemistry in a variety of textiles and materials. Blackhawk Hardware

AGM Imports

AGM Imports Granite & Marble is your complete source for commercial and residential natural stone products, offering over 200 varieties and 20,000 slabs. Owner and President John Antunes entered the stone business in 1981, and AGM has been growing ever since. Arcadia Homes

The minds behind Arcadia Homes are synonymous with the constant pursuit of liveable luxury, a philosophy they wish to share with their clients. They believe that a custom home shouldn’t be built without first building a lasting client relationship.

This locally owned and operated hardware retailer in Park Road Shopping Center has been meeting Charlotteans’ home and garden needs since 1977. Blue Ridge Mountain Club

A collection of mountain homes with 50-mile views in every direction and a vast array of natural amenities, the Blue Ridge Mountain Club is the pinnacle of community living in Appalachia.

Cadenza Granite & Marble

Cutting-edge technology and traditional Carolina craftsmanship come together at Charlotte’s largest fabricator of natural stone countertops. Cadenza provides the Piedmont with a vast selection of natural stone product at competitive prices. Clark Hall Doors

Clark Hall Doors specializes in making lasting first impressions through the creation of elegant hardwood and iron entry doors. Using the finest quality timber along with the most refined steel and hand-forged wrought iron, this company opens the door to a number of lasting design possibilities. Classic Attic

This fine furniture and home accessory consignment retailer, like any good old attic, is fully stocked with unique treasures from the most affluent neighborhoods in the Queen City. Cococo

The Comfortable Couch Company creates remarkably comfortable pieces that are bench-made in Newton, North Carolina. COCOCO meets the demand for quality, affordable American-made furniture in the Carolinas. Coffey & Thompson

Bottega Stone is one of the leading granite and marble suppliers in the Southeast. Visit their showroom off of Westinghouse Boulevard to see their collection of beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated natural stone.

Opened in 1946, Coffey & Thompson is the Queen City’s first Uptown fine art gallery, custom frame shop, and art restoration center. With over 70 years of experience, this gallery offers a collection of services to satisfy your cultured side.

Charlotte Rug Gallery

Cottingham Chalk Hayes

With one of the largest selections of artisan rugs in the state, Charlotte Rug Gallery offers semi-antique and antique hand-knotted rugs from the most sought-after rug producing centers in the world.

With 30 years of experience, Cottingham Chalk Hayes scours every home from Lake Norman to Fort Mill to find you the perfect properties to list and buy. They’ve been around this long for a reason.

Bottega Stone

Ashley J Design

Ashley Jimenez has been designing custom Charlotte homes for over 10 years. The team at Ashley J Design are in touch with the latest in materials, design trends, and industry technology, guaranteeing clients get the perfect design.

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Offering an array of luxury lighting, including the finest pendants, chandeliers, and sconces, J. Landon is a design destination right in the heart of South End. ADDRESS 2504 Dunavant Street Charlotte NC 28203 704-376-4522 SPECIALIZING IN Decorative Lighting

ustus Efird’s family has long been in the business of providing the Charlotte area with exceptional lighting. His latest venture, J. Landon Decorative Lighting, channels his family’s years of experience in the industry into a modern showroom setting. Having taken over the family business from his parents four years ago, Efird and his wife Rebecca now oversee stores in Concord, Hickory, and Raleigh. Continuing a longstanding family tradition, their Charlotte store opened a new showroom in the South End area, and J. Landon was born. With access to hundreds of manufacturers, this location offers unparalleled lighting options to meet every need and style request.

“J Landon offers a creative collection of decorative lighting for every design aesthetic. From classic to eclectic, we offer lighting for all lifestyles.” The store’s knowledgeable staff, always available to aid customers in finding the perfect fixture for their home, is comprised of consultants with decades of lighting experience. They also feature custom capabilities for their clients: They’re known for their innate ability to take an idea and dimensions and create a one-of-a-kind fixture. Currently, J. Landon is expanding their Charlotte showroom to showcase an LED lighting lab, illustrating different bulbs, colors, and temperatures for their clients to choose the exact feel of their space. LED options are “changing the lighting industry,” and J. Landon insists on staying a step ahead of trend. “It’s important to be able to educate our clients on all of their options,” Rebecca Efird explains. “Lighting sets the tone for everything.”

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nterior Designer transplants Toni Hollingsworth and Emily Hudgens met at a design firm in Charlotte, where they fell in love with the city. Just a few years later, their own Charlotte-based firm, Theory Design Studio, was born. By combining artistry with their fastgrowing connection to the area, this team strives to foster an emotional connection between client and composition, while simultaneously blending aesthetic value with function.

“The satisfaction of seeing a completed project and an excited, smiling client never gets old.” Theory offers full design services for both residential and commercial projects, in addition to working with homebuilders to design and merchandise model homes. The seasoned, friendly designers are eager to navigate each individual’s style and budget to create a space complimentary to each person's specific day-to-day needs. “When you walk into a room, you should feel something,” says Hollingsworth. “We create this by listening to a customer’s needs and creating a space that is an extension of their personality and lifestyle.” Complementary to their design craft, Theory’s retail boutique celebrated its grand opening in the summer of 2016. Featuring artwork, lamps, accent furniture, and more, this boutique offers the chance to browse a variety of goods and local lines to find the perfect piece. Theory’s award-winning designers and retail experts will help you transform any Queen City space into a dream-worthy dwelling. “The satisfaction of seeing a completed project,” Hudgens muses, “and an excited, smiling client never gets old.”

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With a full design studio and a retail boutique, Theory Design makes emotional connections by creating aspirational and accessible designs, all while keeping your home at the forefront of the design. ADDRESS 1405 East Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203 704-900-0840 SPECIALIZING IN Full-Service Interior Design • Retail featuring lamps, accent furniture, and more


STARK W A haven of inspiration for designers and architects, Stark provides custom designed carpets for both residential and hospitality markets in modern, traditional, and classic styles. ADDRESS 11415 Granite Street, Suite A Charlotte, NC 28273 704-588-8842 SPECIALIZING IN Hand Knotted Area Rugs • Fine Wool Broadloom • Custom Designed Carpets

ith an inventory of 16,000 handmade rugs and over 3,000 different carpet patterns—if it’s beautiful and goes on the floor, STARK has it. What's more surprising is that 25 percent of STARK’s overall revenue is not through the purchase of stock inventory but generated directly from the minds of the world’s top interior designers in the form of custom product. The multifaceted process required to create a custom floor-covering can take weeks to conceive and significantly longer (sometimes as much as a year) to complete. From creating the two-dimensional design rendering to deciding on the fiber content and construction, it’s a passionate process.

“Never underestimate the value of something that’s truly one-of-a-kind.” Why would someone opt to go custom and commit months for their unique design to be brought to life? “Because they can,” says STARK Charlotte’s showroom manager Donna Barklage, who’s assisted with hundreds of custom flooring projects in her 35-year career with Stark. “And the result is always a ‘wow.’ Never underestimate the value of something that’s truly one-of-a-kind.” The interior design community seems to agree: STARK recently celebrated 75 years of business, and 12 years in the Queen City, where their products adorn the floors of places like The Savory, The Four Seasons, and The Cliveden Hotel. STARK carpets can also be found in the White House, the Empire State Building, the Turnberry Country Club in Scotland, and the Wynn Hotel in Macau.

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Couture Knots

Elizabeth Bruns

Frank Smith Design

Charlotte native Ali Nikrooz brings designer rugs to the Queen City at prices so affordable they’d threaten to unravel the rug market elsewhere. Retailing only the most trusted names in the rug industry, he and his team are committed to making your interior a personal couture statement.

Take your dining room to the next level with Elizabeth Bruns’ extensive collection of fine China and luxury utensils. Whether you are on a quest for the perfect gift or want to add elegance to your dining experience, they offer the finest.

Architectural designer Frank Smith understands what it takes to create beauty. His custom homes and renovations are designed to evoke an emotional response—precisely what he believes the best art should do. Grande Custom Homes

Engel & Völkers

The folk at Grande Custom Homes have a keen eye for design and are consistently informed on new trends and unique ideas within the home building industry. Grande is a progressive member of the North Carolina Home Builders Association and is both an unlimited licensed contractor and a certified green building professional.

Established in 1996, this full-service interior design firm and retail showroom caters to clients all over the city. Specializing in eclectic and sophisticated modern and transitional interiors, Crazy Jane’s can help you design everything from one room to an entire home.

Founded in Hamburg, Germany, this luxury real estate company opened in Charlotte in 2015 promoting and selling premium properties to the local area. Backed by their international prestige, Engel & Völkers offers excellent service and a variety of properties for many different price points.

DeWoolfson Down

Ferguson Showroom

Inspired by European luxury, DeWoolfson custom-creates comforters, pillows, and featherbeds within 12 to 48 hours directly from their North Carolina factory. Using imported European materials and only the most valued white goose down, DeWoolfson strives for elegance and efficiency.

Work with the friendly experts at Ferguson Showroom to find the right kitchen, bath or lighting products to complete your home. Find your inspiration during one of Ferguson’s gallery appointments or one-on-one consultations.

Good’s helps transform your visions into reality while striving for long lasting customer relationships. With over 150 years of combined experience in furniture and logistics, Good’s Home Furnishing features over 50 unique furniture lines, revolutionary bedding, and the finest custom draperies.

Fiber Seal

Grandfather Custom Homes

Fiber Seal offers free consultations by a professional fabric consultant along with no-cost testing and evaluations of your fabrics and carpets. Fiber Seal’s combination of exceptional post-installation protection products and exceptional follow-up service make for guaranteed customer satisfaction.

Grandfather Custom Homes has been building some of the city’s finest homes for over a decade. Grandfather truly values the relationships they create during the building process. They believe their work doesn’t end until the customer’s needs are completely satisfied.

Crazy Jane’s

Dwell Nova

The experienced talent at Dwell Nova has been going the extra mile for their customers since 1998. Dwell Nova’s agents do not rest until your property is sold and this work ethic is what places them in Charlotte’s elite. Working as a team to attain the best results for their customers is their top priority. EliTE DESIGN GROUP

Elite Design Group’s goal is to create the perfect custom floor plan design and home design for their customers. During their process, they combine their client’s authentic ideas with Elite Design Group’s own design expertise in order to make dreams become reality.

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Good’s Home Furnishing

Hearth and Patio Gerrard Builders

A life-long passion for building is apparent through each project Gerrard Builders takes on. Each masterpiece built is initiated through a strong client-builder relationship to ensure the entire vision is brought to life. Gerrard Builders has a client-centric philosophy. This has helped develop Gerrard’s reputation as one of the premier custom luxury home builders in Charlotte.

This family-owned retailer, originally The Chimney Shop, now offers patio furniture, fireplaces, and more. Hearth & Patio has expanded its reach to Northlake, while continuing a nearly four decade tradition of product quality and top notch customer service. Insight Automation

Insight Automation’s luxurious product lines ensure the very best the industry


STOREY HOME T With a retail shop and a whole design studio, Storey Home can offer in-store and in-home design services and consultations for clients looking to upgrade an old piece or add a new one to their homes. ADDRESS 1235 East Boulevard Suite A Charlotte, NC 28203 704-496-9902 SPECIALIZING IN In-Store and In-Home Design Services

he story of Storey Home began in Augusta, Georgia, where Shelby Storey Blackburn first became intrigued by interiors and design. Blackburn fondly recalls her influences growing up, particularly her grandmother’s creative eye and innate ability to transform old, forgotten pieces into something beautiful. After graduating high school, Shelby went on to attend The University of Alabama for a degree in Interior Design and Architecture, before attending Sotheby’s Art and Design Institute in London where she truly delved into the world of art and period furniture.

“When you walk into the store, you will notice that I have mixed the old with the new in an attempt to show how perfectly the two can be blended!” Today, Blackburn channels all of her education into Storey Home in Charlotte. This small retail shop in Dilworth sells a plethora of home goods and unique pieces, from small gift items such as candles and picture frames to larger pieces such as furniture and mirrors. With a full design studio in the back of the shop, Storey Home offers both in-store and in-home design services and consultations. Whether they are hoping to freshen up the look of an old piece in their home or add a new one, clients have the invaluable opportunity to see items in person in the Storey Home showroom. Here, and in the homes of Blackburn’s clients, old and new are combined in a marriage of the best of both worlds.

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asis Pools Plus was founded nearly 40 years ago with a perpetual commitment to help Charlotteans cherish the long-standing Southern tradition of outdoor living. They are retailers offering Charlotte’s best selection of high quality outdoor furniture, rugs, pillows, and umbrellas. They, of course, also carry pool & spa supplies, hot tubs, Big Green Egg grills, Yeti Coolers, and many other fun outdoor accessories.

“After 38 years, we have a great feel for what the people of the Carolinas are looking for in an outdoor space.” Comfortable, durable, on-trend, and timeless outdoor furniture has become their specialty. Collections from Tropitone, Summer Classics, Tommy Bahama, and many more are carefully curated each season to feature the freshest designs in all-weather wicker, high quality poly, cast aluminum, and teak, all featuring Sunbrella fabrics. The Oasis showroom boasts over 100 different outdoor furniture collections on display and in-stock, ready for your outdoor space today. With access to thousands of combinations of frame finishes and fabrics, their staff can also help you create your own custom pieces. With fire pits to make those cooler evenings cozier and patio umbrellas to combat the Southern heat, Oasis offers everything you need to extend your home’s living space outdoors, year-round. “Everything is a little more fun, a bit more relaxing when you’re outside,” Oasis owner Michael Kooiman says. “I think we are all connected to the outdoors and feel more alive there.”

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Complete your oasis and transform your outdoor living space with premium outdoor furniture, grills, and hot tubs from a family owned business. ADDRESS 11729 Carolina Place Parkway Pineville, NC 704-542-5300 SPECIALIZING IN Outdoor Furniture • AllWeather Wicker • Pool & Spa Supply • Hot Tubs & Swim Spas • Big Green Egg • Napoleon Grills • YETI Coolers



he Comfortable Couch Company (COCOCO), founded in 2010 by Steve and Danielle Sechrest and their partner, Gary Mangione, builds made-to-order, quality furniture at affordable prices. Steve and Danielle found themselves in the furniture industry after losing almost everything, and they were inspired to start a business which allows them to sell directly to the public in a way that caters to a customer’s wants and needs. Remarkably comfortable custom leather and fabric sofas, sectionals, chairs, and ottomans made-to-order and shipped direct from a North Carolina workshop. ADDRESS 19725 Oak Street #5 Cornelius, NC 28031 704-892-6680 SPECIALIZING IN Handmade and Custom Furniture

“There are lots of great small companies in America building their businesses the right way and it is important that we all support those businesses.” Handmade and built in their small plant in Newton, North Carolina, COCOCO’s offerings include custom sofas, chairs, sectionals, ottomans, benches, and beds—all made with the highest quality materials. With showrooms in Cornelius and Atlanta, consumers can choose their materials from nearly a thousand different leathers and hundreds of fabrics. Once the furniture is designed, the materials are ordered and the piece is built by COCOCO’s experienced craftsmen and women, utilizing timeless techniques to deliver quality, American-made furniture. With their high degree of personalization, they offer a unique experience and create an unparalleled product. There is no mistaking that what Steve and Danielle do comes from a place of passion, not just for the art and craftsmanship, but for creating a piece of somebody’s home.

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Kingswood Custom Homes

McDevitt Agency

Peter Leeke and his wife Louise founded Kingswood Custom Homes when they came to the United States from England in 1996. Highly recognized in both London and Charlotte, this custom home builder offers more than 50 years of home, design, and real estate experience.

The McDevitt agency team is chock full of highly knowledgeable real estate professionals that have helped the agency become a top producing firm. Representing both buyers and sellers of existing and new construction properties, clients are in extremely qualified hands.

Lake Norman Realty

Movement Mortgage

From wall mounts, ceiling fans, and hardware to chandeliers, furniture, and accessories, J. Landon’s showroom and website exhibit an impressive array that fits any home’s needs. Displaying styles from classic to eclectic, J. Landon offers lighting for all lifestyles.

The independent, family-owned business Lake Norman Realty has been open since 1978, making it the oldest Lake Norman real estate firm. With six offices throughout the area, this company has a diverse staff including waterfront experts, advisors for new construction and custom homes, commercial and investment property pros, and even farm and land specialists.

Founded during the financial instability of 2008, and shaped by a mission to help, Movement Mortgage is committed to leaving a long-lasting impact on the lives of their clients through their personal service.

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Lauren Nicole Designs


This home furnishings boutique and design studio houses a hand-picked selection of fine bedding and bath linens, lighting, throw pillows, gifts and accessories. Shop their carefully curated selection, or get advice from the receptive in-house designers. J. Landon

Founded in 1985 by mechanical engineer Sajjan Dhalial, this premier home building company has been producing meticulously crafted luxury homes in Charlotte for over three decades. Joe Purvis Photography

Specializing in architectural, real estate, and commercial photography, Joe Purvis is a true student of the art form. He is constantly learning new ways to take the perfect shot, studying sunsets so he can get that epic twilight photograph, and adding new gear to his arsenal so he can capture anything. With him behind the lens, your vision will surely be captured.

The professional interior design team behind Lauren Nicole Designs believes that your home should reflect you. By taking time to respect your style, budget, and needs, they provide you with a space that represents you uniquely. Liquid Design

Mike Lee Standley and Michael Williams are founders of Liquid Design, a green award-winning design firm, which thrives in designing solutions for even the most unique projects. Liquid Design is the area expert in creating mixed-use sustainable buildings and more.

KBN Interiors

Majestic Bath

Named after lead designer and owner Kimberly Brewer Nawn, this company's award-winning design work combines form and function to create beautiful interiors. This company offers personable service and handpicked pieces to accommodate any style.

With over 50 years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry and an extensive luxe collection of faucets, tubs, sinks, toilets and cabinet hardware Majestic Bath’s qualified staff will help create a bathroom that embodies your unique taste.

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Myron Greer

This full-service landscape and garden design firm is ready to listen to and execute your ideas for landscapes, hardscapes, waterscapes and pool design. Check out their online portfolio to view some of the Charlotte-based company’s noteworthy projects. New Life Building Supply

With a commitment to exceptional service, New Life has been supplying Charlotteans with every home accoutrement from cabinets and counters to siding and roofs for nearly four decades. Nestlewood

Founded on the notion that home is where the heart is, Nestlewood Realty can help you buy or sell a variety of Charlotte properties, from multimillion dollar estates to quaint bungalows on the outskirts of Uptown. New Old Custom Homes

NewOld makes homebuilding and designing fun and less intimidating by ensuring that the home reflects the client’s personal style. Proudly awarded “Custom Home Builder of the Year” for 2016 following the



Myron Greer Garden Design brings sophisticated design and a personal approach to their expertly crafted outdoor spaces by understanding their clients’ needs and providing spaces with cohesive design through plant, hardscape material, lighting selections and more. ADDRESS 704-372-0927 SPECIALIZING IN Garden Design Horticulture • Landscape Design

roviding the greater Charlotte area with beautiful, intricately designed garden spaces since 2002, Myron Greer works with his team, Meghan West and Karen Ernest to create and install personalized outdoor spaces. Since childhood, Myron had a passion for landscapes and spatial planning, beginning on his grandparents’ farm. Later, he was driven to pursue a second career and ultimately his passion by earning a degree in Landscape Design and Horticulture Technology from CPCC.

“When our job is done correctly it allows the homeowners to live as easily outside as they do indoors.” Myron Greer Garden Design sets themselves apart by tailoring each project to their clients’ needs and striving for a hands-on approach in all aspects of the process. Every client is a friend of the office and the team sets a high standard for their level of customer service, project completion and continued follow up with each client. Beginning with a consultation, Myron seeks to understand the scope of work and the clients’ priorities by discussing plant preferences, how the space will be used and the project’s ultimate outcome. Utilizing his vast knowledge of plant anatomy and spatial planning, Myron employs a variety of resources to create designs to meet clients’ needs and wants, but also to include functionality and livability.

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ow celebrating twenty years in business, Cadenza Granite and Marble is not only fabricating countertops—they are redefining the luxury countertop market. Their meticulous fabrication facility incorporates state-of-the-art technology designed to achieve incredible precision with remarkably quick turnaround times. Only the highest quality of customer service validates their top-of-the-line products and customer satisfaction.

“We would recommend Cadenza to anyone who wants the absolute best in quality, while remaining competitive in cost.” - Carol Manz Owner Ron Hannah lives by Cadenza’s mantra: “Our mission at Cadenza Granite & Marble is to strive for perfection in everything we do. From granite to marble to quartzite and even engineered quartz, we provide our customers with exceptional kitchens and bathrooms never before thought affordable.” In 2007, Hannah was awarded “National Fabricator of the Year” by Stone World Magazine and in 2012, he received the “Mastro della Pietra” award in Verona, Italy for his lifelong contributions to the Natural Stone Industry. Cadenza procures only the finest in raw materials, subsequently offering an array of options including granite, marble, quartzite, limestone, soapstone, recycled glass, and engineered quartz. These materials can be fabricated into countertops, shower surrounds, fireplaces, stairways, door casings, and more. The more difficult and challenging the project, the more interested Cadenza is in carrying out the work.

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Charlotte’s premier stone fabricator offers the most advanced fabrication and raw stone, sourced directly from the quarries, for homes that deserve exceptional touches of quality at approachable prices. ADDRESS 841 Biscayne Drive Concord, NC 28027 704-788-2744 SPECIALIZING IN Granite • Quartz • Marble • Limestone • Engineered Stone • Textured Stone



Personalized, full-service interior design. From small consultations to full interior remodels lead by a talented team of designers. ADDRESS 12206 Copper Way, Suite 128 Charlotte, NC 2827 877-583-0355 SPECIALIZING IN Interior Design Services • Design Planning and Installation • Design Consultation

auren Clement has design in her DNA. She was raised soaking up bits of the trade as she watched her interior designer mother, Linda Riddiough, sort through fabric and wallpaper swatches. Clement’s own design career began in 2006 with Lauren Nicole Designs, which grew rapidly from a simple idea into the full-service design business it is today.

“Designing an amazing space that my clients love always makes my heart sing.” Using a design process centered meticulously around each individual, Clement takes in everything from look to lifestyle to budget, blending all of these to produce the perfect outcome. The capable team at Lauren Nicole Designs also offers the unique advantage of handling the entire design process, from planning and installing right down to placing the last accessory. Clement’s attention to the smallest detail makes for beautiful interiors, but she’s driven to create something more than just a pretty room. Lauren Nicole Designs creates homes: “I can design the most beautiful space, but if it doesn’t function for the family that lives there, then it doesn’t matter.” Having put this philosophy into practice designing for her own family of four (plus two cats and two dogs), Clement understands how crucial it is for a home to work for its owners. Lauren Nicole Designs is capable of fulfilling any client’s needs, whether it’s a simple word of advice from a professional designer, or an entire home interior remodel. Clement creates a space entirely reflective of each client’s desires, both in form and function.

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R ESOURCE | 2017 Home Guide “Custom Home of the Year” for 2016 by The Charlotte, NC Home Builders Association, New Old Custom Homes clearly knows their stuff. Oasis Pools Plus

Founded in 1979, customer service has consistently been at the forefront of Oasis’ values. Originally retailing luxury swimming pools and hot tubs exclusively, Oasis Pools Plus has expanded to outdoor furniture and grills now carrying the best brands such as Big Green Egg and Napoleon Gas Grills. Picture House Gallery

Providing a broad array of art since 1974, Picture House Gallery’s ongoing support and service ensures the original artwork reflects the vision of the collector and complements any space it inhabits. Premier Sotheby’s

The Dilworth location of this leading luxury real estate brokerage firm offers excellent service to those seeking a range of home choices throughout the diverse Charlotte area. Remax Exclusive

As resident of the Center City in Charlotte, realtor Chris Bonnefoux focuses on working with buyers and sellers of Charlotte’s luxury condos and properties. Throughout his career, he has been able to put his passion for an exciting urban lifestyle to work as he applies his knowledge of the realty market to ensure the best selection for all of his clients. Rug Culture

Nasrin and Behzad Safarian are bringing their culture and long-time passion for beautifully crafted Persian rugs to Charlotte. This couple is dedicated to ensuring you find the perfect rug for your home.

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Shain Gallery

Possessing a reputation as one of the finest contemporary art providers in Charlotte, Shain Gallery was awarded “Best Gallery” by Charlotte Magazine. Providing only the finest art since 1998, the gallery offers consultations and assistance for art collectors at every level. Shea Custom

Family founded and managed since 1881, this home design and build company has maintained excellent quality for over 130 years. With options to create a custom home design plan along with many offerings for the interior and outdoor, Shea Custom will help you build the home of your dreams. South End Kitchens

Located on South Boulevard, this luxury kitchen studio offers customers excellent service and creative design, not to mention complimentary espresso during your consultation. Simonini

Simonini, a third generation familyowned luxury home building business has received national, regional and local recognition for its craft, and continues to deliver expertly crafted new homes. Stark Home

This Charlotte showroom offers beautifully unique carpets, rugs, fabrics and furnishings by continually exploring world markets. With a variety of services available, Stark Home caters to a spectrum of expertise, both standard shoppers and professional designers. Stickley Audi & Co

From single family home options to vacation cabins and everything in between, this high-end furniture store

line with a selection of fine wood pieces, oriental rugs and other home accents has been in business for over a century. They know what they’re doing. Storey Home

In Storey Home, Shelby Storey Blackburn marries old and new designs for an aesthetic all her own. Her Dilworth retail showroom offers in-store and in-home design services and consultations for clients looking to upgrade an old piece or add a new one. Sub-Zero and Wolf

Building his first refrigerator in his garage, Westye Bakke founded SubZero and Wolf and has been redefining the American kitchen for nearly a century. This showroom is your Charlotte destination for innovative kitchen appliances. The Shade Store

Now with 53 showroom locations, this company maintains its mom and pop roots by standing behind their product that is handcrafted in the USA. With more exclusive designer partnerships than anyone else in the industry, their showroom off of Sharon Road is worth a visit. Theory Design Studio

With a collective 20 years of experience in interior design, this awardwinning interior design firm offers a balance of aesthetic and function to match a spectrum of budgets. Walker Zanger

A company rooted in both the ancient quarries of Europe and modern stone trends, Walker Zanger has been a major player in the tile industry for over 60 years. The Charlotte showroom offers selections from around the world, each individually evaluated by the company’s experienced stone masters.



stablished in 1996, Crazy Jane’s is a full service interior design firm and retail showroom. Owner and designer Tom Holley has traveled around the country pursuing his longtime dream of working for himself and creating his own niche in Charlotte design.

Crazy Jane's is a full-service interior design firm and retail showroom with an expert eye for creating sophisticated modern and transitional interiors. ADDRESS 2502 Dunavant St. Charlotte, NC 28203 704-332-5454 SPECIALIZING IN Residential and Commercial Interior Design • Reupholstery • Custom Drapery • Retail Showroom

“People need to be surrounded by comfortable beauty on a daily basis, and it all starts at home.” Fast-forward 21 years, and Holley has actualized that dream right here in the Queen City to great success with his business. And today, he is still working with his first design client ever. Crazy Jane’s works with a wide variety of clients, ranging from residential family projects to commercial bank and medical clients. In addition to full and partial designs, Holley offers reupholstery, as well as wallpaper and drapery services. Crazy Jane’s is on the upward path, recently relocating to a 4200-square-foot showroom space. The store has an industrial aesthetic with full luxurious home furnishings at all price levels. Crazy Jane’s retails a vast array of top-of-the-line custom bedding, upholstery, lighting, art, accessories, rugs, reclaimed wood, and outdoor furniture. Holley brings his personal eye for design to the store’s offerings. His design specializes in modern twists on Turkish, Moroccan, and Indian themes while offering services in locations across the U.S., from the Carolina mountains to the coast and beyond. “The experience of helping clients build a beautiful environment and the lasting relationship that develops is the foundation of Crazy Jane’s,” Holley says. “One of the goals of Crazy Jane’s is ensuring that the client has a fun and enjoyable experience while we take over the stressful, behind-the-scenes work.”

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or the last decade, The Majestic Bath has been making Charlotteans’ kitchen and bath dreams into reality. With their extensive selection and extremely qualified staff, Majestic is Charlotte’s premier kitchen and bath showroom, specializing in the finest faucets, tubs, sinks, toilets, and bath accessories. As a Kohler Premier Showroom, they provide designer fixtures for both remodels and new construction for every kind of consumer. They also work with builders, designers, architects, plumbers, and homeowners directly, pulling from a great mix of all styles on display. Majestic is part of the Hughes Supply family, with a Hughes Kitchen & Bath showroom located at 16235 Northcross Drive for the convenience of north Charlotte clients.

“We enjoy getting to know our customers individually and seeing their project through to completion and beyond.” With their combined knowledge and extensive experience, The Majestic Bath’s staff can aid in finding the perfect fixture for every home, simultaneously creating a personable experience for every customer. With careful attention to detail provided throughout the shopping experience, Majestic is able to offer the utmost convenience for their clients and make for the easiest possible selection process. The Majestic Bath is determined to help with every step of personalizing your kitchen and bath, from fixture selection to personal attention and delivery, making your experience one-of-a-kind. This determination is the result of a customer-driven business model: At Majestic, the goal “is for every customer to be treated as if they were the only one.”

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The premier source for bathroom and kitchen fixtures, carefully selected for your next build or remodel. The expansive showroom boasts an impressive selection from all over the world. ADDRESS 621 S. Sharon Amity Road Charlotte, NC 28211 704-366-9099 SPECIALIZING IN Fine Faucets • Tubs • Sinks • Toilets • Cabinet Hardware • Designer Fixtures


CLARK HALL DOORS L Designer of elegant custom entries and windows with full-service installation.

ADDRESS 3034 Griffith Street Charlotte, NC 28203 704-987-0777

SPECIALIZING IN Custom Entries and Windows

ocated in the heart of Historic South End, Clark Hall Doors & Windows provides Charlotte homeowners with beautiful entries and windows. Their move to a new space in 2015 allows for a sprawling showroom in a convenient location— more than 2000 square feet featuring a wide array of designs. Owners Tricia and Gary Kesling understand that the front entry to a home is not just the exterior focal point—it is an important transition into the interior, setting a tone for the home and reflecting the homeowner’s design. They take pride in working with homeowners to find a material and design which will deliver them a customized entryway, aligning with their tastes and the home’s architecture to last for years to come.

“We have made Charlotte our home and our customers are our neighbors.” “The great thing about creating custom door and window solutions for homeowners is that they represent what the homeowner wants to portray,” explains Tricia, “and we take pride in providing the highest quality of materials that will create a worry-free entry for our homeowners.” Clark Hall Doors & Windows offers and installs the best possible product for all of their customers, whether it be a custom door or Marvin windows. They also provide homeowners a comprehensive warranty, demonstrating the company’s dedication to quality and timeless value. “We have made Charlotte our home and our customers are our neighbors; that is why we only provide customers solutions that will hold up over time,” explains Tricia.

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IN DEX AGM Imports........................................107 Acquisitions......................................55 Amina Rubinacci................................... 24 Arcadia Custom Homes...................... 39 Ashley J Designs.................................. 26 Bedside Manor ......................................41 Blackhawk Hardware........................ 83 Blue Ridge Mountain Club .................21 Bottega Stone................................... 129 Bruce Julian......................................... 89 Cadenza Granite & Marble............... 125 Carolina Sculpsure........................... 72 Charlotte Ballet............................... 55 Charlotte Rug Gallery.................... 127 Clark Hall Doors & Windows ............95 Classic Attic ........................................91 Clean Catch......................................... 87 Cococo Home .......................................97 Coffey & Thompson............................. 38 Cosmetic Dentistry of Carolinas...... 23 Couture Knots.................................... 99 Craft Growler Shop........................... 91 David's LTD............................................... 2 Dewoolfson Down............................ 134 Diamond Springs................................ 40 Diamonds Direct .................Back Cover Dwell Nova............................................ 14 Elizabeth Bruns.................................. 29 Engle & Völkers................................... 73

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Fahrenheit............................................ 10 Ferguson.............................................101 Fiber Seal............................................ 109 Gerrard Builders................................ 31 Global ...................................................85 Good's Home Furnishings................ 103 Grande Custom Homes...................... 57 Grandfather Homes ...........................65 Hearth and Patio ................................109 Infinity MedSpa................................... 68 Insight Automation ............................49 Isabella ................................................141 J. Landon ..............................................105 JasAm Luxury Homebuilders............ 61 KBN Interiors ......................................48 Kingswood ...........................................47 Lake Norman Realty........................... 53 Land Rover .............................................19 Lauren Nicole Design........................ 69 Lionheart Real Estate...................... 63 Majestic Bath .....................................131 McDevitt Agency.................................. 8 Metrolina Auto Group......................... 6 Movement Mortgage......................... 67 Myron Greer ........................................56 Nestlewood Realty............................ 63 New Life Building............................... 133 NewOld ................................................187 Noble Smoke......................................... 77

Oasis Pools Plus................................ 139 Omni Hotels & Resorts .......................89 Opera Carolina ...................................40 Picture House Gallery...................... 35 Piedmont Town Center ........................81 Pink Hanger ..........................................42 Pizzeria Omaggio................................. 85 Premier Sotheby's............................... 12 Queen's Cup Steeplechase.............. 123 RK Motors .............................................37 Remax Exclusive................................... 4 RugCulture ........................................109 Sally's Optical Secrets.................... 43 Satin Med Spa .......................................28 Schiele Museum................................... 52 Sea Level............................................... 87 Shea Custom Homes .............................71 Simonini .................................................51 Sporting Gent...................................... 27 Stark ......................................................17 Stickley Audi & Co ...............................127 Subzero Wolf Showroom................ 135 The Shade Store ...................................59 Theory Design Studio.......................100 Tiny .........................................................42 Toccare................................................ 60 Vendue ...................................................79 Windsor Jewelers ...............................25

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